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Smyrna-Vinings Kids News You Can Use

School Board Chairwoman Alison Bartlett to host town hall meeting tonight; Russell Elementary set to celebrate its 50th birthday; National Costume Swap Day event and much more.

Cobb School Board of Education Chairwoman Alison Bartlett is set to host a town hall meeting tonight at Osborne High from 6-8 p.m. The school is located at 2451 Favor Road.

Bartlett’s Post 7 includes , and elementary schools.

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Staying on the subject of Russell, all are invited to help the school celebrate its 50th birthday on Saturday from noon to 5 p.m. There will be music, games, bounce houses, food and much more.

There will be an alumni room where guests can mingle with teachers and students, plus self-guided tours of the school where an exhibit on the history of Russell can be viewed.

The school also has a brand new kickball field and there will be games at 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. And don’t miss out on the singing of “Happy Birthday’’ and the passing out of free cupcakes at 3:30 p.m.

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will be holding its Fall Festival Saturday beginning at 3 p.m. Sponsored by the Brown Elementary PTA and , the festival will include games with prizes, inflatables for jumping fun, face painting, arts and crafts, a petting zoo and more.

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Speaking of fall fests, the second annual Kickball Classic and Fall Festival benefiting the Nickajack Elementary Foundation last Sunday was a big success and lots of fun.

For the second year in a row, the Vinings Estates team won the eight-team kickball tournament, but not without a lot of competition from the runner-ups, “We Got The Runs,’’ led by Nickajack PE teacher, Eric Homasky.

Said Meredith Yahne of the NES Foundation, “The Fall Festival was a huge success! Whether you were riding the bull, jousting with friends or getting your face and hair painted by our tireless volunteers, we are so glad you came to join us!

“Thank you to all of our volunteers and our sponsors! The support of our community businesses is critical to our success and we truly appreciate everything you do for us.”

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Be Hallo-green this year! Throughout October, Macaroni Kid and Febreze will participate in National Costume Swap Day events. Smyrna Vinings Marietta Macaroni Kid will hold a swap this Sunday at Moore's of Atlanta, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. 

A costume swap is recycling at its most fun. Kids get new-to-them costumes, and parents get to save money and the planet. So before you toss out that old costume and head to the store to buy a new one, join Smyrna Vinings Marietta Macaroni Kid for a costume swap and free party on Sunday at Moore's of Atlanta, located at 1810 Spring Road in Smyrna.

Not only will kids get to pick out a costume, but there will be fun activities happening at Moore's of Atlanta Chinese Martial Arts as well. There will be mini lessons for kids (drop, kick and roll!), a coloring/activity station, some fun from The Music Studio at Vinings and more. There will be free pizza (while it lasts) from DaVinci’s Pizzeria, too. Plus, the first 50 people to check out will receive a gift bag, which includes, among other things, a bottle of Febreze.

Here is how the swap works:

Participants are encouraged to drop off swap-able, gently used, clean costumes during listed hours at one of these designated locations:

Moore's of Atlanta today and Friday between 4 and 7 p.m. and The Music Studio at Vinings (4895 South Atlanta Road) today and Friday between 2:30 and 6:30 p.m.

In exchange for costume(s) participants will be given a Swap Ticket to be brought back for the event on Sunday. (one ticket per full costume)

Donations will also be taken for Halloween Accessories (all accessories will be free at the swap, no ticket required).

If you would like to take part in the Costume Swap this year, please RSVP HERE. Registration is not required, but it's encouraged and extremely helpful for planning purposes.

Although last minute drops on Sunday are not ideal, if you cannot drop off your costumes during the week, drop offs will be accepted starting at 10:45 a.m. on Sunday at Moore's of Atlanta. No new drop offs after 11:30 a.m. please.

Learn more about National Costume Swap Day by visiting their website here. Although the official day is Saturday, Oct. 8th, swaps are being held around the country throughout the month of October. For more information, visit Smyrna Vinings Marietta Macaroni Kid at  http://smyrnavinings.macaronikid.com/ or contact Michelle Sisco, michelles@macaronikid.com

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Also, compliments of Smyrna Vinings Marietta Macaroni Kid, check out some of these local Thursday kid dining specials. Please call ahead as these specials do change.

Captain D’s  - On Thursday, get two free kid's meals with any adult entree purchase at regular price (dine-in only). 3439 South Cobb Drive; (770) 435-4810. (This special may apply at other locations).

Cinco - Kids 12 and under eat free Monday through Thursday. Kids 12 and under also eat free for the Sunday All-You-Can-Eat Buffet from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. 2851 Akers Mill Road; (770) 952-5550. 

South City Kitchen - Kids 12 and under eat free Sunday through Thursday from 5-6 p.m. with purchase of an adult entree at regular price; 1675 Cumberland Parkway; (770) 435-0700.

Stevi B's - Kids 3 and under eat free always!

St. Angelo’s Pizza – Thursday night is Family Night. Kids eat for 99 cents. Face painting and fun! 4686 South Atlanta Road; 404-794-9254.

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