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Adult Recess: 7 fun and free things to do in metro Atlanta this week

Why wait until the weekend to find something fun to do in metro Atlanta?

There's plenty going on during the week, including some events that don't cost a thing to enjoy!

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Break away from work or your normal routine, and check out the following seven free things to do in metro Atlanta this week:

Adult Recess. 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Wednesday, May 22. The Home Depot Backyard, 1 Backyard Way, Atlanta. https://thehomedepotbackyard.com/.

It's not just kids who need a midday break – adults need to get up from their desks and get outside, too! Stop by the adult recess event to enjoy green space and music, meet new people and join in recess games like foursquare. If you're one of the first 100 attendees, you can also score a free King of Pops.

Family Forest Walk. 9-10:30 a.m. Friday, May 24. Big Trees Forest Preserve, 7645 Roswell Road, Sandy Springs. http://www.sandyspringsga.gov.

Take a short, guided walk through some of the tallest trees in Sandy Springs, like the Tulip Poplar and American Beech, and make leaf and bark rubbings to take home. Pre-registration is requested, and you should meet at the outdoor classroom at the start of the trail.

Our Prince of Scribes– Writers Remember Pat Conroy. 7:15-9 p.m. Wednesday, May 22. Decatur Library Auditorium, 215 Sycamore St., Decatur. 404-370-3070. https://events.dekalblibrary.org/event/1937507.

Beloved author Pat Conroy is known not only for his best-selling books but also how he helped nurture other writers during his lifetime. This panel discussion features Jonathan Haupt, co-editor of the book, "Our Prince of Scribes – Writers Remember Pat Conroy," as well as Cliff Graubart, Cynthia Graubart, Anthony Grooms and William Walsh. Each shares their unique perspective on Conroy's influence.

Hands On! Fridays. 11-11:45 a.m. Friday, May 24. Smyrna Public Library, 100 Village Green Circle SE, Smyrna. https://www.smyrnaga.gov/.

Bring your elementary or tween-aged child to work together to learn through experimentation and play. This event lets you learn about aerodynamics as you make paper airplanes and launch foam missiles. Since these activities require focus and dexterity, younger siblings shouldn't attend. RSVP to sreference@smyrnaga.gov.

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Yoga on the Green. 8-9 a.m. Tuesday, May 21. Town Green, 5140 Town Center Blvd., Peachtree Corners. https://www.peachtreecornersga.gov.

Whether you're a yoga beginner or an experienced yogi, join the class and stay for light snacks afterward. The free classes continue each Tuesday through August, and you should come prepared with water (not in a glass container), a small towel and a mat if you have one. Wear comfortable clothes that will let you move, including a close-fitting shirt or one that can be tucked in. Any shoes are fine, since you'll be participating while you're barefoot.

Brown Bag Series. Noon-1 p.m. Thursday, May 23. Glover Park at Historic Marietta Square, 50 N. Park Square, Marietta. http://www.mariettaga.gov.

Bring your lunch and a blanket or chair and take your lunch break outdoors at Historic Marietta Square. You'll be able to enjoy a free concert featuring Kirk Smith & Friends.

Red, White, Bluegrass & Bach. 7-9:30 p.m. Friday, May 24. Town Center Park, 310 Town Center Ave., Suwanee. 770-945-8996. https://www.suwanee.com.

Dress in red, white and blue if you'd like and commemorate Memorial Day early at Suwanee's annual event. You'll be able to hear bluegrass music as well as fun and patriotic selections performed by the Main Street Orchestra.

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