In this file photo, the ferris wheel goes up for the Yaarab Shrine Circus, held annually at Jim R. Miller Park in Marietta.
Photo: Andy Sharp / AJC
Photo: Andy Sharp / AJC

Things to do in Atlanta on Monday, May 21

Memorial Day is exactly one week away, and it will cap off a long weekend of parades, picnic and other playful events.

But that doesn’t mean you have to sit around like a lump this Monday.

Here are three things-to-do today that can help light a firecracker under your body and brain:

ANTHONY GROOMS AT GEORGIA CENTER FOR THE BOOK

Award-winning novelist Grooms will discuss his newest book, “The Vain Conversation.” Set in Georgia, it explores the lynching of two black couples from the perspective of three different characters: a victim, a presumed perpetrator and a young witness to the crime. Grooms’s book” seeks to advance the national dialogue on race relations,” GCB says. “With complexity, satire, and occasional levity, he explores what it means to offer and receive redemption, and the broader issues of oppression and violence everywhere.” Grooms, who teaches writing and American Literature at Kennesaw State University, also is the author of the novels “Bombingham” and “Trouble No More,” both selected as “Books All Georgians Should Read.” The event starts at 7:15 p.m. in the Decatur Library Auditorium. Free. 215 Sycamore St, Decaturwww.georgiacenterforthebook.org

YAARAB SHRINE CIRCUS & FAIR

The largest Shrine circus in the world returns to Cobb County for its 76th annual festival of family friendly fun. Catch the clowns, trapeze artists, animals and more in performance under the Big Top and enjoy more than 40 rides and other attractions on the grounds while gorging out on fried Oreos, funnel cakes, cotton candy and delectables. Proceeds go to the Yaarab Shrine as part of its work raising funds for Shriners Hospitals for Children. The circus runs daily through May 28, opening at 5 p.m. on weekdays (check web site for weekend hours). $7 general admission, free for children under 10 (additional cost for some Midway rides and parking). Jim R. Miller Park, 2245 Callaway Road, Marietta. www.2018shrinecircus.com

FREE YOGA ON THE PROMENADE

Do your Downward Facing Dog in one of central Atlanta’s most verdant and visually stunning settings: On The Promenade in Piedmont Park. This one-hour session usually takes place on the fourth Monday of each month, but has been switched to this third Monday in May to avoid butting up against Memorial Day next week. 7 p.m. Free. Piedmont Park, 1320 Monroe Drive, Atlanta. www.piedmontpark.org

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