Small Business Saturday in Roswell

November 29, 2014

Small Business Saturday - Shop Small

Small Business Saturday is a day dedicated to supporting small businesses not just in Roswell, but across the country.

Founded by American Express in 2010, this day is celebrated every year on the Saturday after Thanksgiving.

This year, Small Business Saturday is on November 29th.

First there was Black Friday, then Cyber Monday. Now, there’s the 5th annual Small Business Saturday, the day people support small businesses. American Express is partnering with lots of local businesses.

This year, American Express is offering Card Members the opportunity to get a $10 statement credit when they enroll their eligible American Express® Card and then use it to spend $10 or more in a single in – store transaction at a qualifying small business location on Small Business Saturday. And you can do this three times.

The number of enrollments is limited. Enrollment opened at 12:00AM MST on November 16th and continues until 11:59PM MST on November 29th unless the enrollment limit is reached sooner.

If millions of Americans shop small, it will be huge. So get out in Roswell and shop on Small Business Saturday.

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Turkey Workshop at Barrington Hall

November 11, 2014
6:30 pmto9:30 pm

Join Roswell’s own Chef John Wilson in the kitchen of Historic Barrington Hall for an entertaining and engaging evening of gastronomical delight! Chef Wilson presents a full array of classes based on classic European, international and American cuisine and cooking skills. Barrinton Hall

Just in time for Thanksgiving, the featured class is “Turkey Workshop.” The recipes include “Roast Tom Turkey,” “Butternut Squash Puree” and “Sausage and Apple Cornbread Pudding.”   The class will be held on November 11, 2014 from 6:30 to 9:30pm.

After creating the meal you will dine on it in the spacious and modern kitchen of historic Barrington Hall. Complimentary wine is served with dinner and a free mini tour of Barrington Hall is included with the class. Reservations are required and space is limited so make your reservations today!

The Turkey Workshop is held at Barrington Hall, 535 Barrington Drive, Roswell, GA 30075. Call 770.640.3855 to make reservations. cost is $50 per person.

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2014 Roswell Chili Cook-off

November 8, 2014
1:00 pmto3:00 pm

The 2014 Roswell Chili Cook-off will be held on Saturday, November 8, 2014, 1–3 pm at Leita Thompson Memorial Park, 1355 Woodstock Rd, Roswell, GA 30075.

To have a proper chili cook-off, you need some rules and here they are:


  • Participants should supply at least 2 gal of chili
  • Creativity with your recipes is encouraged. All bases (beans, meat, veggie, etc.) are valid.
  • Participants must submit an ingredients list. No lists or recipes will be given out unless you would like to share. This cook-off involves sampling by event attendees, please be aware that liability is based on ingredients cooked in your chili. Anyone preparing and serving harmful ingredients will be held liable.
  • Any non-traditional or unusual ingredients must be disclosed to prevent allergic reactions (seafood, peanuts, chocolate, etc.)
  • Chili should be prepared prior to event and sufficiently heated before 1 pm on November 8.
  • Chili must be prepared and served in a sanitary manner.

General Info:

  • Participants must furnish their own cookware and serving utensils.
  • A heat source can include a number of different methods including traditional propane camp stove, Coleman fuel, or BBQ (no electricity or running water will be available at the booths.)
  • Sides and Supplements: (Cornbread, bread, salsa, cheese, etc.) are optional but encouraged to support your chili.

Set-up Rules and Times:

  • All Participants will be allowed to set up no earlier than 11:30 a.m.
  • Advertisement and booth decoration are encouraged (offering a prize for the most spirit)
  • At the close of the event, all equipment, advertisements, and decorations must be removed from the site, but should remain until 3 p.m. and no longer than 5:30 p.m.
  • Chairs and 6’ folding tables will be supplied.
  • Shelter will not be supplied, but will be permitted up to 10×10’
  • One ounce sample cups, spoons, and paper napkins will be supplied.

Prizes for both categories (professional and amateur) include ceramic awards plus:

  • First Place = $150; Second Place = $100
  • Best All-Round Spirit and Booth Design (one prize for all entries) = $100

All Chefs will be allowed to choose a small bowl from the event as a thank you for participating.

Click here to register for the Roswell Chili Cook-off.

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Roswell Recycling Center celebrates America Recycles Day

November 15, 2014

America Recycles Day

Help the Roswell Recycling Center celebrate America Recycles Day by attending one of the many events and programs planned for November.

America Recycles Day, a program of Keep America Beautiful, is a nationally recognized day dedicated to promoting and celebrating recycling in the United States. Roswell Recycling Center invites residents to mark this special day and month in the following ways:

• America Recycles Day Cookout: Atlanta Recycling Solutions, the company that recycles all of the electronics accepted at the Recycling Center, will be hosting a cookout on America Recycles Day, November 15, grilling burgers and hot dogs from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. There will be some great giveaways while supplies last.

• Tool Collection: The Recycling Center will be collecting tools for the Atlanta Community Tool Bank November 1-23.

The Roswell Recycling Center is located at 11570 Maxwell Road, Alpharetta, GA 30009.

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Fulton County Schools – Redistricting Meeting

November 5, 2014
5:00 pmto7:00 pm
December 10, 2014
5:00 pmto7:00 pm


Redistricting meetings set for new elementary schools, middle school additions

Three community meetings are set for October 8, November 5, and December 10 to address the redistricting process for two new schools in Roswell as well as classroom additions at three North Fulton middle schools.

About the new schools/additions
One of the schools (“Highway 9 Elementary School”) is already under construction at the intersection of Highway 9 and Thomas Drive in Roswell. Scheduled to open in August 2015, it will temporarily serve as Esther Jackson Elementary School for one year only so that school can be torn down and be rebuilt on its site. Once the new Esther Jackson opens in August 2016, the Highway 9 school will re-open with a new identity (official name TBD) to the students in its newly developed attendance zone.

Classroom additions being built at three middle schools (Autrey Mill Middle School, Hopewell Middle School, and Taylor Road Middle School) also require that attendance zones in area schools be examined so that enrollments can be balanced. High school boundaries will be reviewed at the same time, but only to address any feeder pattern misalignments that could occur from middle school adjustments.

About the redistricting process
Each time a redistricting effort is under way, the school system holds three rounds of meetings to gather information needed to draft a redistricting proposal that best meets the community’s needs. Unlike other school systems, Fulton uses a process that encourages public discussion before developing a proposal. This allows the community to have maximum input in how the proposed attendance lines are created.

Meetings are planned for:

Round One – October 8, 7-9 p.m. at Centennial High School

School system staff outlines redistricting process and establishes ground rules for facilitated small-group input sessions.
Participants move to small-group sessions and input is gathered related to the redistricting criteria.
Staff reviews public comments and applies school board-approved redistricting criteria to develop alternative attendance zone plans prior to the next community forum.
Round Two – November 5, 7-9 p.m. at Alpharetta High School

Staff presents alternative proposals that were developed with established criteria and community input from the first forum.
Community members comment on strengths and weaknesses of each plan in facilitated small-group discussions.
Prior to the next community forum, staff condenses the number of attendance zone alternatives based on public input.
Round Three – December 10, 7-9 p.m. at Centennial High School

Community members review and provide input on revised attendance zone alternatives in facilitated small-group discussions.
Staff uses comments to develop final attendance zone options for Board consideration.
To maximize input, parents and community members also can participate online through the redistricting website once it goes live on October 8.
Criteria used for developing redistricting proposal
During the meetings, community members will review the school board’s redistricting criteria and can comment on residential development, traffic, previous redistricting, special programs and other issues relevant to the criteria used for redrawing attendance lines.

Primary Criteria

Geographic Proximity – Distance traveled using available routes of transportation.
Instructional Capacity – Number of students who can be accommodated at the school, taking into account the number of classrooms and resource rooms needed for art, music, labs, English to Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL), special education and Talented and Gifted (TAG) programs.
Projected Enrollment – Number of students assigned to a school, taking into account the future projected enrollment.
Secondary Criteria
When primary criteria indicate more than one option, options are evaluated on the basis of:

Traffic Patterns – Factors impacting accessibility of the school from all portions of the attendance zone, including travel time, traffic flow in the area, safe operation of school buses and other safety considerations.
Previous Rezoning – The school system seeks to avoid rezoning neighborhoods more than once during a three-year period if facility sizes and geographic distribution of student populations allow.
Special Programs – Special programs are those serving children with special needs that require use of additional space over and above a regular classroom. Where possible, the school system avoids setting attendance zones that would place a disproportionate number of special programs at a school.
School Feeder Alignment – Where possible, consideration is given to the alignment of elementary, middle and high school attendance boundaries.
The Fulton County Board of Education is scheduled to vote on the new attendance zones in February 2015. Changes in middle school attendance zones will go into effect in August 2015 with elementary zone changes following in August 2016.

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5th Annual Williez Chili Cook-off

November 1, 2014
2:00 pmto4:00 pm

chili cookoff

Don’t miss out on the 5th Annual Williez Chili Cook-off. Williez Chili Cook-off is North Fulton’s longest running Chili Cook-off.

This year the proceeds benefit Keep Roswell Beautiful and The Drake House.  The event will be held at 2 pm on Saturday November 1st at Willow Springs Neighborhood Park. The park is located at 10579 Roxburgh Lane.

Visitor Information
– Tickets for chili tasting and judging will be available on-site.
– No reservation required. Just show up and eat great chili.
– Tickets are $3 per sample or $20 for a value pack.
– Water, soft drinks and event souvenirs will be available for purchase. Cheap.
– Live Music by Coverage
– Portable restrooms will be on-site.
– A playground is available for the kiddies.
– Limited handicap parking is available. Get there early.

20+ teams will battle for the best chili title.

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Alive After Five October 16th

October 16, 2014
5:00 pmto9:00 pm

Alive After Five Roswell


Alive After 5 for October will be held on Thursday, October 16th from 5-9pm. Enjoy live music, outside vendors, late hours by retailers, face painting, free trolley, balloons, and more. Enjoy with family, a date, your dog or your friends.

Enjoy every 3rd Thursday of the month from 5-9pm thru October. Each month over 3,000+ people throughout the Historic District enjoy shops, galleries, music, restaurants and vendors.

At the Heart of Roswell Park at the corner of Elizabeth Way and Canton Street,  the band Men in Blues will be performing.

Complimentary trolleys start at City Hall at 5PM and will take you to both the Canton Street and the Roswell Square venues.

Have a great evening in Historic Roswell!

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Roswell’s 64th Annual Frances McGahee Youth Day Parade

October 11, 2014
9:45 amto1:00 pm

The 64th Annual Frances McGahee Youth Day Celebration will be held on Saturday, October 11, 2014, beginning at 10 a.m. with the annual parade. This year’s theme is “Play it Forward”.

The fun begins at 9:45 a.m., the Roswell Runners Club will host the 18thAnnual Historic Roswell 5K Road Race. The race starts on Mimosa Blvd. in the Roswell Historic District, near the front of the Roswell United Methodist Church (814 Mimosa, Roswell, GA). The race runs along Canton St., turns left on Woodstock, then enters Roswell Area Park where it shifts onto the trail, finishing on the path by the football field in the park. This course is fairly flat with only 2 very short hills (in the park) and is very scenic. Click here to register for the 18thAnnual Historic Roswell 5K Road Race.

The parade will begin at First Baptist Church on Mimosa and end in Roswell Area Park on Woodstock Road.

This year’s Grand Marshall is Recreation and Parks Director Joe Glover. Williams taught at Roswell High School from 1967 to 1981 and served as a Roswell Commission member from 1988 to 2012. Williams was elected as a citizen member of the Board of Trustees of the Georgia Recreation & Parks Association from 2005 to 2012.

A long-standing tradition in Roswell, Youth Day was started in 1950 by a group of concerned parents and has become one of the most successful events in City history. The City of Roswell celebrates Youth Day annually with a parade and festival. This event gives local youth organizations, such as scout troops, schools, dance and performing arts students, the opportunity to be recognized for their accomplishments. Each year, the event grows with even more floats, marching bands and spectators.

So come out with your family, bring a blanket and enjoy this truly unique event!

Don’t head home after the parade! Stop at the Roswell Area Park for an outdoor festival.

After the parade, the Youth Day celebration continues with a festival in Roswell Area Park. Kids 15 and under may receive a free lunch (while supplies last), and activities include inflatable slides and moonwalk, pony rides, climbing wall, entertainment and much more.

If you or your group would like to participate in the Youth Day Parade, call the Roswell Recreation, Parks, Historic and Cultural Affairs Department at 770.641.3705 or download an application at .

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24th Annual Rivers Alive Cleanup

September 27, 2014
8:30 amto12:00 pm

Rivers Alive RoswellRivers Alive, Georgia’s annual river clean-up, comes to North Fulton on September 27, 2014. Sponsored by Keep Roswell Beautiful (KRB), the clean-up will take place from 8:30 to 11 a.m. followed by awards and comments by elected officials at 11:15 at Riverside Park. The event will be held rain or shine.

Georgia has more than 70,100 miles of rivers and streams that need your help to stay clean. Individuals, neighborhoods, scout troops, schools, churches, clubs and service organizations are being asked to pull together to make a difference for the Chattahoochee River. Cleanups of the Chattahoochee and surrounding areas will be going on in the week leading up to the event. Volunteers are also needed on the morning of this event for privet (invasive species) removal at Riverside Park and Chattahoochee Nature Center, as well as litter pickups in surrounding areas. Participants who own a canoe or kayak are encouraged to bring them to the clean-up.

All volunteers must have the Rivers Alive volunteer waiver form completed and signed before arriving at the event. Click here for the Rivers Alive waiver form.

This North Fulton event is brought to you by Keep Roswell Beautiful (KRB), the City of Roswell, the Chattahoochee Nature Center, the City of Alpharetta and the Alpharetta Natural Resources Commission. Partners of the North Fulton cleanup include Harry’s Farmer’s Market, SuperTARGET, Starbucks, Kiwanis Club of Historic Roswell and Windward Rotary.

For more information, please contact Vicki Culbreth at 770-641-3742.

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48th Annual Roswell Arts Festival

September 20, 2014
10:00 amto6:00 pm
September 21, 2014
10:00 amto5:00 pm


The 48th Annual Roswell Arts Festival will be held on September 20th and 21st, 2014. Festival hours are Saturday 10-6 p.m. and Sunday 10-5 p.m.on the historic Roswell Town Square. Due to limited parking, we encourage visitors to take advantage of the free shuttle running from City Hall to Town Square. The shuttle will be running for the duration of the festival, and will have plenty of room to store anything that you might purchase.

Nestled in the heart of historic downtown Roswell, the Roswell Arts Festival is held on the Roswell Town Square. Entertainment featuring local singers, dance companies, and children’s entertainers begins daily at noon on both days of the festival. Children’s painting, sand art, and other activities are also available. Food vendors on site.

Founded in 1966, the Roswell Arts Festival Committee has worked tirelessly to bring quality artisans to Roswell for the benefit of the community and to raise money in support of the Roswell Recreation and Parks Department. The Roswell Arts Festival has raised money for a variety of projects throughout its forty year history, including funding for the Roswell Visual Arts Center, Roswell’s Riverside Park, funding for the Roswell Adult Recreation Center, and funding for the purchase of sixty three acres of land that would later become Roswell Area Park. Through monies raised by the annual festival, the Roswell Recreation Association has been able to donate more than half a million dollars towards the betterment of recreation in Roswell.

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