MARIETTA — The Georgia Ballet opened the season with 26 professional members and three student trainees, its largest professional company to date. The season will open with “The Firebird,” a Russian folk tale set to an Igor Stravinsky’s score. Also on the program is New York City Ballet founder George Balanchine’s first American ballet “Serenade.” Performances of “The Firebird” and “Serenade” take place in Marietta on Oct. 20 at 7:00 p.m. and Oct. 21 at 2:00 p.m. at the Jennie T. Anderson Theatre/Cobb Civic Center.
From Nov. 30 until Dec. 2, the Ballet will feature founder Iris Hensley’s production of “The Nutcracker.” Five performances will be presented at the Jennie T. Anderson Theatre/Cobb Civic Center. The season will close with “Swirling Soirée,” a collection of all new works by emerging and established regional choreographers at the Murray Arts Center on the campus of Mt. Paran Christian School at 7 p.m. Jan. 25. To purchase tickets, call (770) 528-0881 or visit www.georgiaballet.org.
Medtech enrolling students
MARIETTA — The Marietta campus of Medtech College is enrolling students for medical billing and coding specialist and medical assistant diploma programs. The campus also offers medical assistant, associates in applied science degree, along with certificate programs in electronic health records and phlebotomy. Medtech is located at 4501 Circle 75 Parkway, S.E., Atlanta. For more information, call (770) 859-9779.
* Dressbarn has opened a new retail store at Providence Square Shopping Center, 4101 Roswell Road, Marietta, in the Home Depot Shopping Center. To celebrate its grand opening Marietta, Dressbarn shoppers can register to win a $250 shopping spree.
* Throughout the month of September, in honor of Childhood Cancer Awareness month, customers at RaceTrac can to add $1 their purchases to benefit the children and families who attend Camp Sunshine. Beginning today, all funds from coffee purchases through Saturday will go directly to charity.
* Cumberland Mall retailers are hosting a fashion show from 11:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Friday. Attendees can register for the event at the “club table,” located near Subway and Cinnabon, to receive a meal ticket and dessert ticket. At 12:00 noon, retailers Cache’, Francesca’s Collections, Ashley Stewart and others will model fall styles. Prizes and giveaways will be offered to attendees. For information, call (678) 631-1305 or visit www.cumberlandmall.com.