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Black History Month and Valentine’s events: 16 things to do this weekend in metro Atlanta

You’ll find plenty going on in metro Atlanta if you’re looking for something to do this weekend. In addition to other events, Black History Month and Valentine’s Day happenings are on the calendar. 

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

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Cobb

Smyrna Black History Month Celebration. 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 15. Smyrna Community Center, 200 Village Green Circle, Smyrna. 678-631-5540. https://www.facebook.com.

Celebrate Black History Month in Smyrna with music and dance performances as well as speakers, vendors, food, giveaways, historical displays and more.

Global Mandala: Hope for Humanity. 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Friday, Feb. 14 and Saturday, Feb. 15 and 9 a.m.-7:30 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 16. Unity North Atlanta, 4255 Sandy Plains Rd., Marietta. 678-819-9100. unitynorth.org.

Walk through an enormous mandala that’s made up of thousands of disks created by people from all over the world. You can also contribute your own disk and enjoy music, dancing, and other special programs each day. 

“The Swan Princess.” 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 15 and Sunday, Feb. 16. Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre, 2800 Cobb Galleria Parkway, Atlanta. 770-916-2800. https://www.cobbenergycentre.com.

This world premiere production of “The Swan Princess” is a shortened version of “Swan Lake” that’s one-hour long and is the perfect way to introduce your kids to ballet. 

Stepp Stewart’s Motown Motor City Revue. 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 14 and Saturday, Feb. 15 and 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 16. $22.50-$35. Marietta’s New Theatre in the Square, 11 Whitlock Ave. NW, Marietta. 770-426-4800. https://www.theatreinthesquare.net.

This tribute show brings classics – including “Heard It Through the Grapevine” and “Ain’t Too Proud to Beg” – from the ‘60s and ‘70s to life.

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DeKalb

Friends of the Chamblee Library Book Sale. 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 15. Free admission. Chamblee Library, 4115 Clairmont Road, Chamblee. 770-936-1380. https://events.dekalblibrary.org.

Stock your home library with books and other media at great prices while benefiting the Chamblee Library.

Bird ID Walk at Arabia Mountain. 9:30 a.m. Friday, Feb. 15. 3787 Klondike Road, Stonecrest. https://www.dekalbcountyga.gov.

Join a ranger to take a two-hour guided bird walk for beginners. Atlanta’s 10 most common species will be among the topics discussed. Ages 8 and up are welcome and can register online by emailing ArabiaRanger@gmail.com with the subject line “birding.” When you go, wear appropriate footwear and bring a refillable water bottle and binoculars. 

Metropolitan Youth Symphony Orchestras of Atlanta Concert. 3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 16. $15 adult, $6 student/senior/military. The Rialto Center, Georgia State University, 80 Forsyth St. NW, Atlanta. https://events.rialtocenter.gsu.edu.

The Metropolitan Youth Symphony Orchestra’s two orchestras perform works by Beethoven, Tchaikovsky and more. 

Taste Test Challenge. 2 p.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 15. Free. Doraville Library, 3748 Central Ave., Doraville. 770-936-3852. https://events.dekalblibrary.org to register online.

Put your taste buds to the test as you try to guess different flavors by taste alone.

North Fulton

Daddy/Daughter Valentine’s Unicorn Painting Party. 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 15. $25 per person. Painting with a Twist, 11770 Haynes Bridge Road #801, Alpharetta. 470-294-0051. https://www.paintingwithatwist.com.

Spend some time painting with your daughter as you each create a unicorn. 

Artisan Chocolate. 10 a.m. Sunday, Feb. 16. $69 per person. Sur la Table at North Point Mall, 1082 North Point Circle, Alpharetta. 678-280-0086. https://www.surlatable.com.

Explore different kinds of chocolate, learn secrets for using them effectively, and prepare a menu of chocolate treats.

Alpharetta Women’s Wellness Retreat. 3 p.m.-8 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 15. Retreat $20 Alpharetta resident, $30 non-resident. Hotel accommodations $84. EVEN Hotel Alpharetta, 2715 Old Milton Parkway, Alpharetta. 770-869-2546. https://www.facebook.com.

Care for yourself with an afternoon of wellness and activities like a yoga flow class, an immersive sound bath, holistic health discussion and more.

“Telling Our Story.” 3:30 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 16. Free. Pleasant Hill Missionary Baptist Church, 725 Pleasant Hill St., Roswell. http://www.grovewaycommunitygroup.com/.

Current and past Roswell residents share their experiences about growing up in the town. This Groveway Community Group event is a part of the Roswell Roots Festival.

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Gwinnett

Cirque Diabolo. 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 14 and Saturday, Feb. 15. Infinite Energy Center, 6400 Sugarloaf Parkway, Duluth. 770-626-2464. https://www.facebook.com.

Cirque Diabolo presents a show with world-champion acrobats, contortionists and aerial artists.

Suwanee Sweetheart Sprint. 10 a.m. 5K, 10:45 a.m. fun run. Saturday, Feb. 15. $20-$35. Suwanee Town Center Park, 330 Town Center Ave., Suwanee. https://www.active.com.

Wear your best Valentine’s attire to run in this qualifier for the AJC Peachtree Road Race. Awards by age group with be presented and a costume contest will be held.

Kidsignments. 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Friday, Feb. 14 and Saturday, Feb. 15. Free admission. Gwinnett County Fairgrounds, 2405 Sugarloaf Parkway, Lawrenceville. http://kidsignments.com/.

Kidsignments, a semi-annual consignment sale of everything for infants, children and teens, wraps up this weekend. Some items are 25 percent off on Friday and 50 percent off on Saturday.

“Barefoot in the Park.” 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 14 and Saturday, Feb. 15 and 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 16. Adults $18, kids/seniors $15. New Dawn Theater Company, 3650-A Satellite Blvd., Duluth. 678-508-9846. https://www.newdawntheatercompany.com.

The New Dawn Theater Company presents Neil Simon’s classic romantic comedy, “Barefoot in the Park.”

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