Guest speaker: Yogacharya Ellen Grace O’Brian will discuss the spiritual science of happiness at Hillside International Truth Center during the 10 a.m. service. She will also conduct a workshop titled “Realize Your Dharma: Live Your Extraordinary Life with Higher Purpose” with topics such as living with purpose, freedom and prosperity from 1-4 p.m. Aug. 19. Free and open to all. Hillside International Truth Center, Inc., 2450 Cascade Road SW, Atlanta. 404-758-6811, hillsideinternational.org.
Cue a concert: Organist Stefan Donner will perform works from Carl Czerny, Robert Schumann, Johannes Brahms and Felix Mendelssohn during a Friends of Music concert series. A reception will follow after the concert. Free and open to all. 7 p.m. Aug. 22. Holy Innocents’ Episcopal Church, 805 Mount Vernon Highway, Atlanta. 404-255-4023, holyinnocents.org.
Chocolate class: Learn what happens at a chocolatier and how to make your own gourmet confections during a chocolate shop cooking class. Participation is $50-$65. Open to all. 7 p.m. Aug. 27. Marcus Jewish Community Center of Atlanta, 5342 Tilly Mill Road, Dunwoody. 678-812-4002, atlantajcc.org.
Sustainable gardening: A sustainable gardening symposium will offer opportunities to learn more about environmentally-sound and sustainable gardens as well as lectures from experts in the field, book signings, plant auctions, hot lunch direct from the garden and more. Registration, inclusive of lunch, is $50-$60. 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Sept. 8. Monastery of the Holy Spirit, 2625 Highway 212 SW, Conyers. 770-483-8705, trappist.net.
Cue a concert: Selections from Kurt Weill, Jake Heggie, Mitch Leigh, Samuel Barber and Aaron Copeland will highlight the theme of struggle and survival in a performance called Songs of War and Peace by Daniel Weisman, tenor and Mauro Ronca, piano. Free and open to all. 7:30 p.m. Sept. 15. Northwest Presbyterian Church, 4300 Northside Drive NW, Atlanta. 404-237-5539, nwpcatlanta.org.
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