3 fun things


Cherry Blossom Festival

Spring is in full bloom, and so are Brookhaven’s cherry blossoms. Blackburn Park is home to 140 cherry trees, known as sakura in their native Japan, making this scenic nook one of the best places in the metro area to find them in full bloom. The weekendlong, rain-or-shine celebration of the city’s official tree kicks off with a 5K run and 1K walk before it goes into full swing with an arts and crafts market, children’s village and pet world. The morning of April 3 features a classic car show and a pet parade. Live music and food vendors will be located throughout the park for sweet and savory sensations.

10 a.m.-7 p.m. April 2; 11 a.m.-6 p.m. April 3. Most events are free; entry fees required for 5K and pet parade. Blackburn Park, 3493 Ashford Dunwoody Road, Brookhaven. 404-637-0508, brookcherryfest.org.


“Next to Normal: the Musical”

What does it mean to be normal these days? Despite what we may present on the outside, we’re all coping with life’s many challenges. “Next to Normal” features a look inside a “typical American family,” with a mother who is struggling with manic depression. Based on the book by Brian Yorkey and with music from Tom Kitt, the play tells the family’s story through the perspectives of each member. The production runs through April 10.

8 p.m. April 1-2; 3 p.m. April 3. $30-$45. Theatre in the Square, 11 Whitlock Ave., Marietta. 770-426-4800, theatreinthesquare.net.


Community yard sale

Calling all yard sale fans: The city of Fayetteville is making it easy to uncover treasures without driving from house to house. During this communitywide event, more than 50 vendors will take over Kiwanis Park to sell a variety of items, ranging from clothing for infants, adults and everyone in between to antiques, tools, exercise equipment, video games and jewelry. Not in the mood to shop? Mingle with the neighbors at the Special Olympics fundraiser area, where Chick-fil-A biscuits, coffee and baked goods will be on sale. Parking is free.

8 a.m.-3 p.m. April 2. Free. Kiwanis Park, 980 Redwine Road, Fayetteville, 770-716-4320, fayettecountyga.gov//parks_and_recreation.

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