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Marvel Universe Live: 16 things to do in metro Atlanta this weekend

One of the best things about living in metro Atlanta is there's always something to do, no matter what your interests. If you're looking for a fun way to spend the weekend, you'll find everything from a ballet performance to a Marvel Universe live show to enjoy.

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Check out the following 16 things to do in metro Atlanta this weekend:

Cobb

Beauty & the Beast. 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 23 and Sunday, Feb. 24. $10-$58 plus fees. Cobb Energy Centre, 2800 Cobb Galleria Parkway, Atlanta. 770-916-2800. https://www.cobbenergycentre.com/.

This Atlanta Ballet production of “Beauty & the Beast” is an enchanting tale of adventure and love that's told in a one-hour format ideal for kids.

The Wiz. 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 22. $8-$9. Earl and Rachel Smith Strand Theatre, 117 N. Park Square, Marietta. 770-293-0080. https://earlsmithstrand.org/.

The Strand Movie Series features “The Wiz,” a retelling of “The Wizard of Oz” that features Dorothy as a Harlem schoolteacher. The film stars Diana Ross, Richard Pryor and Michael Jackson.

City, county and community leaders jump in an ice cold lake to raise money for Big Brothers Big Sisters during the first ever Polar Bear Plunge at the Clark County Fairgrounds lake Thursday. Bill Lackey/Staff

Special Olympics Polar Plunge. Gates open at 11 a.m., plunge at 1 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 23. Cauble Park on Lake Acworth, 4425 Beach St., Acworth. http://www.specialolympicsga.org/.

Collect pledges from family and friends to benefit the Special Olympics, and get ready to take the polar plunge into Lake Acworth.

Celebrate African-American History. Noon-5 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 23. The Southern Museum, 2829 Cherokee St., Kennesaw. 770-427-2117. https://www.southernmuseum.org/.

Celebrate African-American history with a family-friendly afternoon of living history, costumed interpreters and more.

DeKalb

The Stonecutter. 9:30 a.m. and 11 a.m. Friday, Feb. 22 and Saturday, Feb. 23. Saturday, Feb 23. $5 general admission, Agnes Scott students free. Dana Fine Arts Building, Agnes Scott College, 141 East College Ave., Decatur. 404-471-6250. http://calendar.agnesscott.edu

The “Stonecutter” is based on a Japanese folktale about an unfulfilled mason who realizes that there's something to be celebrated in everyone.

Scottish Heritage Sunday. 10-11:30 a.m. Sunday, Feb. 24. Free. Saint Luke's Presbyterian Church, 1978 Mt. Vernon Road, Dunwoody. 770-393-1424. https://slpres.org/.

Celebrate the church's Scottish heritage with a special service that features bagpipes, kilts and the presentation of various tartans.

Love Run 5K. 8:30 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 23. $35. The Gazebo on the Decatur Square, 1 Court Square, Decatur. https://runsignup.com/Race/GA/Decatur/4thAnnualLoveRun5K.

The annual Love Run 5K is sponsored by DeKalb County District Attorney Sherry Boston to benefit the Women's Resource Center to End Domestic Violence. This AJC Peachtree Road Race qualifier follows a fast course in downtown Decatur, and food is offered at the finish line.

Snow Mountain wraps up its season this weekend.
Photo: Jonathan Phillips/For the AJC

Snow Mountain. Starting at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 23 and Sunday, Feb. 24. $34.95 with other park attractions available at an additional charge. Stone Mountain Park, 1000 Robert E. Lee Blvd., Stone Mountain. 1-800-401-2407. https://www.stonemountainpark.com/.

Enjoy Stone Mountain's Snow Mountain for the last time this season. You can reserve a two-hour time slot for snow tubing and also spend time in the Snowzone snow play area.

North Fulton

Roswell Roots Arts Festival. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 23. Free. DoubleTree Hotel, 1075 Holcomb Bridge Road, Roswell. 470-358-3611. https://roswellartsfund.org/.

Browse through artwork that celebrates black history and culture at this event.

Score some deals at Alpharetta restaurants during Restaurant Week.
Photo: From awesomealpharetta.com/For the AJC

Alpharetta Restaurant Week. 11 a.m.-9 p.m. continuing on Friday, Feb. 22, Saturday, Feb. 23 and Sunday, Feb. 24. Three-course dinners for $20-$40 and three-course lunches for $15-$20 (beverage, tax and tip aren't included). Various participating restaurants. 770-698-9292. https://www.awesomealpharetta.com/event/alpharetta-restaurant-week/all/.

Discover Alpharetta restaurants you haven't tried before or dine at an old favorite as you score some deals during Restaurant Week.

PawStrong and GirlSTRONG Nation & Atlanta Humane Society 5K Fun Run/Walk. 9 a.m. start time Saturday, Feb. 23. $40. Riverside Park, 575 Riverside Road, Roswell. https://www.active.com/roswell-ga/running/distance-running-races/pawstrong-girlstrong-nation-and-atlanta-humane-society-5k-fun-run-walk-2019.

Run the beautiful trails of Riverside Park, and if you'd like, bring your pooch to this dog-friendly race.

Milton's Mayor Run and Jog for a Cause. 7:30-10 a.m. Sunday, Feb. 24. Freedom Park, Deerfield Parkway at Webb Road, Milton. 678-242-2533. https://www.cityofmiltonga.us/.

Get some exercise with this fast AJC Peachtree Road Race qualifier, which raises money for local pediatric cancer patients.

Gwinnett

Marvel Universe Live! 7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 22, 11 a.m., 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 23 and 1 and 5 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 24. $29-$99. Infinite Energy Center, 6400 Sugarloaf Parkway, Duluth. https://www.infiniteenergycenter.com/.

This all-new live show is designed for the whole family as it gathers Marvel superheroes to defend the universe from evil.

Greenwood Culture Fest. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 23. Free. Lucky Shoals Park, 4651 Britt Road, Norcross. http://events.exploregwinnett.org/event/greenwood_culture_fest_7818#.

Enjoy food and fun and visit with local businesses in this event designed to honor the past and celebrate the future during Black History Month.

World Thinking Day. 11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 23. $2-$4. Gwinnett Environmental & Heritage Center, 2020 Clean Water Drive, Buford. 770-904-3500. https://www.gwinnettcounty.com/web/gwinnett/Home.

Cultural performances, presentations, face-painting and hair-braiding are presented by the Gwinnett Youth Commission.

Run the Reagan. Race start times vary, with the first starting at 9 a.m. Saturday Feb. 23. $35 and up. Ronald Reagan Parkway, Snellville. 678-230-6114. https://raceroster.com/events/2019/19623/run-the-reagan.

Join in the annual Run the Reagan, where you can help raise money for local non-profits. You'll be able to choose from a half-marathon, marathon, 10K, 5K and a 1K fun run.

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