Before you gather around the Thanksgiving table, spend the week attending great events all around East Cobb. For more ideas, click here.

Free Mulch. Cobb EMC offers free mulch from the clearance maintenance of Cobb EMC power lines. It is available throughout the year and can be delivered when crews are in your area. More info:

Marietta Square Farmers Market features products that are grown and produced in Georgia, including produce, plants, honey, breads, cheese and other items. Saturday 9am-12 Noon. Rain or shine. Now open all year. Glover Park-Marietta Square. More info: 770-499-9393 or

Good Mews Décor Market. Get started on your holiday. Choose from festive fall décor, collectibles, ornaments and tree trimmings, knick-knacks and so much more! Proceeds go to Good Mews Animal Foundation, a cage free no-kill shelter for cats. Friday, 12/7: 12 noon-5pm; Saturday: 10am-5pm; Sunday: 12 noon-5pm. Free. Sandy Plains Shopping Center, 1860 Sandy Plains Road, Suite 202, Marietta. More info:

NOVEMBER 16 & 17
Guard & Reserve On-site Sale hosted by The Military Family Support Center. The sale is available to retired veterans and active duty personnel and their families who have been granted commissary privileges. Sale features grocery goods and features a stock assortment of about 1,000 items including fresh meat, fresh produce, chilled and frozen items. Thursday & Friday: 9am-5pm; Saturday: 9am-3pm. Military Support Center, 1901 Terrell Mill Road, Marietta. More info: Susan Edmonds, or 910-330-7954.

Annual Gem and Mineral Show & Sale presented by Cobb County Gem & Mineral Society. Over 30 vendors will show a large selection of gems, fossils, rocks and bead supplies. Friday-Saturday: 10am-6pm; Sunday: 10am-5pm. Cobb County Civic Center, 548 South Marietta Parkway SE, Marietta. More info:

Sesame Street Live!: Make Your Magic. When magician extraordinaire Justin visits Sesame Street to put on a magic show for the whole neighborhood, Elmo wants to be part of the big event. But there’s one problem… Elmo doesn’t know how to do magic! In the end, Elmo learns that you can do anything you set your mind to if you just keep trying! Join your favorite Sesame Street friends on this magical adventure when Sesame Street Live! Make Your Magic comes to your neighborhood. Friday: 10:30am & 6pm; Saturday: 10am & 2pm; Sunday: 2pm. $15-$60. Cobb Energy Performing Arts Center, 2800 Cobb Galleria Parkway, Atlanta. More info/Tickets:

The Circle for Children Character 5K. Join The Circle for Children for a run/walk, a non-profit that helps needy and at-risk children in Georgia. Funds raised will help Devereux Advanced Behavioral Health Georgia and Wellspring Living. Packet pick-up: 6:30am; Race: 8:30am. $25 through 11/9; $30 after 11/9; $40 on race day. Sweet Apple Elementary School, 12025 Etris Road, Roswell. More info:

Annual Sprayberry Arts & Crafts Show. Over 150 artists and crafters, raffle and great food. Santa’s Workshop where kids can have a picture taken with “Elf on the Shelf” for $3. Proceeds go to Sprayberry High School PTSA. Saturday: 9am-5pm. Sunday: 10am-4pm. Admission: Free. Sprayberry High School, 2525 Sandy Plains Road, Marietta/East Cobb. More info: 770-578-3200 or

Atlanta Lab Rescue 5K. Bring the family, kids and dogs out for one of their largest fundraisers. Peachtree qualifier race. Packet pick-up: Friday, 3-7pm at Big Peach Running Company, 1062 Johnson Ferry Road, Marietta/East Cobb. Race: 9am. $35. Midway at Jim R. Miller Park, 1082 Al Bishop Drive, Marietta. More info/registration: www.

Pranksgiving. A lineup of stand-up comics from the Atlanta area will perform. This event is suggested 21+ due to the nature of live comedy. 8-10pm. $10. The Earl and Rachel Smith Strand Theatre, 117 N Park Square, Marietta. More info:

16th Annual Gobble Jog. MUST Ministries’ largest fundraiser. Peachtree qualifying race. Packet pick-up: Wednesday, November 21, 10am-6pm at the Cobb County Civic Center, 548 South Marietta Parkway SE, Marietta. Same day registration for untimed runners only beginning at 6:30am. 10K: 7:30am start; 5K Timed: 9:00am start; 5K Untimed: 9:30am start; 1K: 8:45am start; Tot Trot ages 5 & under: 10:30am start. Marietta Square, 50 E Park Square, Marietta. More info/to register:

Lights of Life. Millions of holiday light displays throughout the Life University campus. Come see Santa on the weekends. Pictures with Santa, pony rides: $5; train rides: $3; and a petting zoo: $3. Seasonal drinks and snacks available for purchase. Monday-Thursday: dark-9pm; Friday-Sunday: dark-10pm. Monday-Thursday: $5/car; Friday-Sunday: $10/ car; Everyday: $20/bus. Life University, 1269 Barclay Circle, Marietta. More info: 678-331-4334 or