Pool party: Celebrate Shabbat with family and friends during an outdoor pool and splash pad party. Open swim will begin at 5 p.m. followed by Shabbat songs and blessings with Rabbi Glusman at 6 p.m. Free ice pops, challah and grape juice will be available; other drinks and snacks will be available for purchase. Guests may also bring picnic or potluck to share with others. Free and open to all. Visit the website to register. 5-7 p.m. June 1, 15 and 29. Marcus Jewish Community Center of Atlanta, 5342 Tilly Mill Road, Dunwoody. 678-812-4002, atlantajcc.org.
Book study: Participate in a summer book study series of “Being Christian” and “Being Disciples” by Rowan Williams. The short, easy-to-read books explore the basics of Christianity and how to practice faith. Participants will read a chapter each week throughout the summer; exact dates and chapter discussion can be found at saintannes.com/faith-in-action/lifelong-formation. A limited supply of books may be purchased for $10. Free and open to all; reading in advance is not required. 9:15 a.m. Sundays, June 3-Aug. 5. St. Anne’s Episcopal Church, 3098 St. Anne’s Lane NW, Atlanta. 404-237-5589, saintannes.com.
Run for fun: The Monastery of the Holy Spirit will team up with Mercy Heart Clinic for the ninth annual Run with the Monks fundraiser, which will include a 5K and 1-mile casual run as well as an 8-mile endurance race. Runners and walkers will trek through the monastery woodlands, making it an open-air course over natural dirt or grass terrain. The 8-mile race will not be for beginners. All of the proceeds from race registration and sponsorship will go directly to the Mercy Heart Clinic which provides physical, emotional and spiritual care for low income and under insured residents of Rockdale County. Registration is $25-$40; children under 10 run for free. Check-in will begin at 6:30 a.m.; races will begin at 8:30 a.m. June 9. Monastery of the Holy Spirit, 2625 Highway 212 SW, Conyers. 770-483-8705, trappist.net.
Author workshop: Learn how to become an author in a special workshop facilitated by Leslie E. Royal, author, speaker and international journalist whose work has appeared in Essence, Black Enterprise and Fortune magazines. Royal’s workshop will include tips to writing a first book and self-publishing. On-site registration, inclusive of a book, will be $20. 12:30-2:30 p.m. June 10. Hillside International Truth Center, Inc., 2450 Cascade Road SW, Atlanta. 404-758-6811, hillsideinternational.org.
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