Submarines, Boz Scaggs highlight the week

Monday, June 30

See the stars and take a stroll at Fernbank Science Center. Best known as the site of a cool planetarium, the center is also the site of Fernbank Forest, a 65-acre pocket of inside-the-Perimeter wilderness. Trees, shrubs, wildflowers and ferns along 1 1/2 miles of trail are labeled so children (and parents) can learn what they're looking at. On June 30, exhibits are open 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Fernbank Forest: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Planetarium shows at 11 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. (Hours vary throughout summer so it's a good idea to call or check Web site before going another day). Admission is free. Planetarium shows cost $4 for adults and $3 for children, students and seniors. 678-874-7102;

— Helena Oliviero

Tuesday, July 1

Who knew so many artists have made art about submarines? To celebrate the 60th anniversary of Jimmy Carter's having become a submariner, the Carter Library and Museum has gathered 43 drawings and paintings from the U.S. Naval Historical Center. Works in the show "A View From the Periscope" range in style from a jaunty, sepia-tone rendering of the Confederate submersible Hunley to a photo-realist portrait of the ships Greenfish and Halfbeak in port. Torpedoes ... los! Noon-4:45 p.m. Sundays; 9 a.m.-4:45 p.m. Mondays-Saturdays. Through Aug. 3. $8; $6 ages 60 and older, military and students with ID; ages 16 and younger free. 441 Freedom Parkway, Atlanta. 404-865-7100,

— Ed Hall

Wednesday, July 2

His hit-making days were brief, but Boz Scaggs delivered one flawless album (1976's "Silk Degrees") and many more moments of musical magic in a career that has spanned more than 40 years. The soulful Scaggs performs tonight, with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, at Chastain Park Amphitheatre. Singer-songwriter David Jacobs-Strain opens the show. 8 p.m. $25-$90; $25 lawn. 4469 Stella Drive N.W., Atlanta. 404-733-4800, 404-249-6400,

— Shane Harrison

Thursday, July 3

Unattached and looking for a place to meet someone or just have fun with friends? Check out Singles Night at the Braves. Admission price of $25 gets singles a seat in the Golden Moon Casino Pavilion, plus a pregame party at 5:30 p.m. with live DJ and two complimentary drinks. The Braves take on the Philadelphia Phillies at 7:10 p.m. Turner Field, 755 Hank Aaron Drive S.W., Atlanta. 404-522-7630, 404-249-6400,

— Kevin Braun

Friday, July 4

It's the 2008 Gay Pride Festival, and it's moved this year from Piedmont Park to the Atlanta Civic Center because of the drought. It's free and features the PRIDE Parade, Dyke March, a committment ceremony, an AIDS quilt, and three stages of singers and performers. The festival kicks off 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. July 4. And from 11 a.m.-11 p.m. July 5 and 6 at the Atlanta Civic Center, 395 Piedmont Ave NE.

—Mary Lou Pickel

Saturday, July 5

Pack a picnic and a lawn chair and enjoy some free music courtesy of Roswell's Riverside Sounds 2008 series. Tonight's performers are Bluegrass band and Dove-award nominees Honi Deaton and Dream. Concessions available. 7:30 p.m. July 5. Free. Riverside Park, 575 Riverside Road, Roswell. 770-641-3705,

-Ali Mangkang

Sunday, July 6

They're big, they're bad, and they're really, really hard to parallel park. The Major League of Monster Trucks rolls into Atlanta Motor Speedway today as sixteen super-sized trucks compete for a $100,000 prize. 3 p.m. qualifying; 4 p.m. autograph sesson; 6 p.m. racing and freestyle. $15-$55; $5-$20 for children. Atlanta Motor Speedway, 1500 U.S. 19/41 South, Hampton. 770-946-4211,

-Ali Mangkang

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