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Bits & Bites: Hackers gather for monthly Cartersville meeting

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Cyber Tech Cafe owner Nathan Underwood organizes a “hacker” meet-up in Cartersville every month at Jefferson’s Restaurant.
It’s not the usual gathering at Jefferson’s Restaurant on Main Street —instead of shooting the breeze over football and baseball, affiliates of DEF CON North Atlanta talk shop about wireless routers and Windows XP security flaws.

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Ballets take center stage at The Grand Theatre

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Steps of Faith Dance Company dancer Hannah Miller, center, appears to take flight during a rehearsal for “The Nativity.” SKIP BUTLER/The Daily Tribune News

Continuing to help anchor The Grand Theatre’s holiday programming, “The Nutcracker” and “The Nativity” will grace the stage once again next month. While one will offer a secular tale and the other will feature a biblical-based storyline, both ballets will highlight the magic of the Christmas season through a young girl’s eyes.

 

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The Church at Liberty Square’s senior pastor to retire Dec. 6

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Dr. Joe E. Edwards, senior pastor at The Church at Liberty Square, will retire Dec. 6 after serving in the ministry for 50 years. SKIP BUTLER/The Daily Tribune News

After serving in the ministry for 50 years, Dr. Joe E. Edwards, senior pastor at The Church at Liberty Square, will retire Dec. 6. Excited to embark on the next stage of his life, Edwards — who has led the Cartersville congregation for 28 years — feels confident the church will remain in good hands, with his successor being his current executive pastor, Dr. Jacob King.

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13th annual Euharlee Festival of Trees kicks off Saturday

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In preparation for the 13th annual Euharlee Festival of Trees, Windy Arrington decorates a tree in memory of her father, Jerry Massey. Through Dec. 12, the Festival of Trees — located at the Euharlee Granary, 114 Covered Bridge Road — will be open to the public Monday through Thursday from 6 to 9 p.m. and Friday to Sunday from 6 to 10 p.m. SKIP BUTLER/The Daily Tribune News

Continuing to provide comfort to those impacted by pregnancy and infant loss, Kingston resident Khristie Staines is embracing the opportunity to once again feature a memorial tree in the Euharlee Festival of Trees. Titled “Angels Among Us,” the for-display-only offering from Footprints on the Heart will join many decked-out trees and decor that will be up for auction starting Nov. 28.

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Allatoona Elementary School Jr. Beta Club opens lending library at ARC

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Nicolas Hooge, president of the Allatoona Elementary School Junior Beta Club, and classmates Isabella Ray, left, and Katlyn Hovers welcome guests to the grand opening of the lending library at the Allatoona Resource Center. SKIP BUTLER/The Daily Tribune News

A group of fifth-graders from Allatoona Elementary School want to spread their love of reading to kids who may not have books of their own.

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Porter guides Bartow Christmas Coalition campaign

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Melissa Porter is the owner of Melissa & Co. Salon in Cartersville and president of the Bartow Christmas Coalition. SKIP BUTLER/The Daily Tribune News

Through the Bartow Christmas Coalition, its president, Melissa Porter, has helped hundreds of families have a brighter holiday season. Formed in the early 1990s, the nonprofit assisted 800 families, 1,300 children and 180 senior adults in 2014.

 

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Grand Oaks’ open house to benefit memorial scholarship Nov. 22

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Decorators at Grand Oaks, Nelda Lewis, from left, Ray Thacker, Richard Hunt, Debbie McKaig and MaryJohn Chapman, decorate the tree on the third floor that will become a Christmas carousel surrounded by papier-mache horses. The decorating team is busy preparing for the venue’s Christmas Open House Nov. 22. SKIP BUTLER/The Daily Tribune News

With the annual Christmas Open House quickly approaching, Nelda Lewis and her fellow decorators at Grand Oaks are busy transforming the late 1800s Greek revival structure into a holiday showstopper. The design team — also consisting of Grand Oaks owner Ray Thacker, Richard Hunt, Debbie McKaig and MaryJohn Chapman — is utilizing thousands of ornaments, as well as life-size nutcrackers, ribbons and greenery to provide a festive atmosphere for the Nov. 22 gathering.

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‘Ansel Adams: Before & After’ opens at the Booth Saturday

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Booth Western Art Museum staffers are the first to see the iconic works of Ansel Adams that will be available for public viewing Nov. 14 through March 20, 2016, at the Cartersville venue. SKIP BUTLER/The Daily Tribune News

Inviting visitors to view the American photographer’s signature “images in a new light,” the Booth Western Art Museum will unveil “Ansel Adams: Before & After” Saturday.

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