Suwanee Glow in the Park: Community Lantern Parade is 5 p.m. Saturday. Free for all ages. Town Center Park, Suwanee. Courtesy of

Close to home for April 14-15

You’ve got a few hours over the weekend and are looking for a nearby diversion – something that doesn’t require reservations or a tank of gas. Welcome to Close to Home! Each week we’ll highlight the quick, quaint and quirky events in your neighborhood. Email submissions to

Sickle Cell Road/Race Walk in East Point

Sickle Cell Road/Race Walk by the Sickle Cell Foundation of Georgia. 7 a.m. registration, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday. $25 to $35. Tri-Cities High School, 2575 Harris St., East Point. Participants will run a 7K (4.3 miles) course or walk 4K (2.5 miles). Proceeds will support programs and services of the Sickle Cell Foundation of Georgia, a 501(c)(3) organization serving sickle cell patients and their families throughout Georgia.

Race Against Hunger in Powder Springs

Spring Chicken Run: A Race Against Hunger. 7 a.m. registration, 8 a.m. 1-mile run/walk, 8:30 a.m. 5K run/walk and Tot Trot Saturday. $35 for 5K run/walk on race day, $25 for 1-mile run/walk, free for Tot Trot. Powder Springs City Hall, 4484 Marietta St., Powder Springs. Park one block east at Powder Springs First Baptist Church and Powder Springs First United Methodist Church, also on Marietta Street.Presented by Cobb EMC Community Foundation, the race will benefit Sweetwater Mission of Austell in its 50th year of providing food, clothing, education programs and family support services to local residents who are struggling to make ends meet.,

Springs Fest in Powder Springs

Springs Fest. 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. Free. Powder Springs City Hall, 4484 Marietta St., Powder Springs. This day of family fun with food trucks, caterers, live music, performances, children’s activities, face painting, bouncy house and local vendors will help support Sweetwater Mission.,

Roswell Azalea Festival

Roswell Azalea Festival with dozens of activities throughout April. Complete list:

  • Choate Construction “Run the River” 5K, 10K, Walk and Fun Run. 7:30-9 a.m. Saturday. St. Andrew Catholic Church, 675 Riverside Road, Roswell. All ages, strollers and pets are welcome in this event that benefits HomeStretch’s mission of providing housing, education and hope to homeless families.
  • Azalea Pops Music Series. 1-4 p.m. Sunday and April 22 and 29. Free. Sunday: Barrington Hall, 535 Barrington Drive, Roswell. April 22: Bulloch Hall, 180 Bulloch Ave., Roswell. April 29: Smith Plantation, 935 Alpharetta St., Roswell. Bring a lawn chair and picnic to this series of outdoor band concerts.

Norcross Clean-up, Recycling Day

Norcross Clean-up and Recycling Day. Saturday. The city also will be accepting canned or nonperishable goods donations for the 2018 “Can” Do for Hunger Campaign at each cleanup/recycling location. Donated items will be given to local food banks and to community members in need. Sonya Isaac at 678-421-2027.

  • Clean-Up Event. 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Free but open only to Norcross residents (proof of residency required). Public Works Facility, 345 Lively St. just off Buford Highway. Also including a shredding and recycling event, residents may bring in bulky items such as trash, appliances, furniture or any other nonhazardous items.
  • Shredding Event. 9 a.m. to noon or until the truck is full. Free and open to all. Norcross City Hall, 65 Lawrenceville St. American Security Shredding will be on-site with their shred truck. Each person is limited to five medium boxes or the equivalent.
  • Electronics Recycling Event. 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Free except $20/TV and $10/CRT monitor. Open to the public. Norcross Community Center, 10 College St. Get rid of old cell phones, computers and keyboards. For a complete list of recyclables, visit the city website. Console or projection TVs cannot be accepted. Corporate pick-up also is available upon request.

Forsyth County Master Gardener Plant Sale, Expo

Forsyth County Master Gardener Plant Sale and Expo. Through Saturday. 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday (rain or shine). The Barn at Cumming Fairgrounds, 235 Castleberry Road, Cumming. More than 40 vendors will offer a wide range of plants and other garden products suited for this climate. Hard-to-find native plants, annuals, shrubs, vegetables, herbs, soil amendments, birdhouses, handcrafted artisan wares, gourmet food items, fountains, pottery and garden décor will be sold. Master Gardener Extension volunteers will be available to assist with plant selection and provide gardening advice and clinics. 770-887-2418,

Kennesaw Mountain events

Kennesaw Mountain events. Free. Visitor Center, Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park, 900 Kennesaw Mountain Drive, Kennesaw. 770-427-4686 ext. 0,

  • Park Day. 8:30 a.m. to noon Saturday. Register at park amphitheater. Join the Civil War Trust’s annual event to help battlefields and historic sites with maintenance projects - large and small. Co-hosted with the Kennesaw Mountain Trail Club, activities will include invasive plant removal, clearing brush and other trail maintenance. So far, the Trust has preserved more than 48,000 acres of battlefield land in 24 states. Amanda Corman at 770-427-4686 or Volunteer forms:
  • Infantry Demonstrations. 11 a.m., noon, 2 p.m. and 3 p.m. Sunday. View an interactive infantry demonstration, consisting of a step-by-step description and demonstration of basic infantry tactics and culminating in a rifled musket firing. Note that rifled musket firings are loud, especially to those with hearing sensitivity.

Cobb Semi-annual Book Sale

Cobb Semi-annual Book Sale. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. through Saturday, 1-5 p.m. Sunday. Free parking. Cobb Civic Center, 548 S. Marietta Parkway SE, Marietta. Payment by cash and checks. Until 1 p.m. Friday, electronic devices are not permitted. Shoppers only will be able to buy up to two boxes of items at a time. Sunday is BYOB (Bring Your Own Box) Day - any size box and fill it to the top. All profits will go directly to buy more items for the 16 libraries in the Cobb County Public Library System. Jonathan McKeown at 770-528-2332 or

Plant Sale & Art Show in Dunwoody

The Brook Run Plant Sale & Art Show. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. through Sunday. Brook Run Park Greenhouse Complex, 4770 N. Peachtree Road, Dunwoody opposite the skate park. Choose from the Dunwoody Community Garden’s organically grown vegetables, herbs, heirloom tomatoes, annuals and perennials. The Dunwoody Fine Arts Association will sell moderately priced artwork from local artists 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily.,

Recycling Day in Marietta

Recycling Day by the Pope High School Band. 9 a.m. Saturday. Pope High School, 3001 Hembree Road NE, Marietta. Participants can recycle metal, electronics, appliances, paint and paper for shredding. A $10 donation includes all-you-can-bring metal, appliances and electronics. Additional fees apply for other items.

Decatur Farmers Market

Decatur Farmers Market. 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday and continuing Saturdays. Free parking at the church and in the parking deck next to the church. First Baptist Church of Decatur, 308 Clairemont Ave., Decatur. Free parking in church’s parking deck. Front lawn, First Baptist Church of Decatur, 308 Clairemont Ave., Decatur. Educational chef Mercedes and the Nelligan School of Traditional Music will be there along with farmers, artisans and a children’s booth. If you swipe $10 in EBT, you get $20 to spend at the market. Stop by the Information Booth to find out more.

Dunwoody Walk with a Doc

Dunwoody Walk with a Doc. 9-10 a.m. Saturday. Free. Brook Run Park, 4770 N. Peachtree Road, Dunwoody on the front field opposite the playground. The city of Dunwoody and Emory Saint Joseph’s Hospital are sponsors. This monthly exercise and education initiative takes place on the second Saturday of each month. April’s walk will be hosted by Dr. Daniel Nicholson with Perimeter Orthopedics. Healthy snacks, coffee and blood pressure checks also will be provided.

Duluth Rotary Car Show

Duluth Rotary Car Show. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. Free but $25/car on event day. Main Street, downtown Duluth. Antique classics, foreign sports, hot rods, muscles and pickups will be the featured cars. Enjoy music and a drawing. Burgers, hot dogs, chips and drinks will be on sale along with a commemorative t-shirt. Proceeds will benefit Operation One Voice which aids children and families of fallen Special Operations Forces. An application must be completed for each car.

Bicycle Safety Rodeo in Atlanta

Bicycle Safety Rodeo by Fulton County Sheriff’s Office. 10 a.m. registration Saturday. Free. Parking lot, Juvenile Courthouse, 395 Pryor St., Atlanta. To youths ages 6 through 14, some bikes will be given away that were donated by the deputies and staff from Fulton County Court Services. Parents must stay on site with their children. Members of the Fulton County Sheriff’s Office, the Atlanta Police Department Beltline Patrol, the Georgia State University Pedestrian Safety Team, the MARTA Police Department and Atlanta Public Schools Police will provide bicycle education and training to children and their families. 404-612-6624,

Atlanta Micro Home Tours

Atlanta Micro Home Tours. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday. $20/self-guided tour, $30/guided tour 2-4 p.m. with your bike, $50/guided tour 2-4 p.m. with bike rental, free/child under age 12 with each ticketed adult. Tiny Office, MLK MARTA parking lot, 203 Grant St. SE. Tours feature eight small homes and accessory dwelling units in the Inman Park, Candler Park, Old Fourth Ward, Cabbagetown and Grant Park neighborhoods, ranging from 180 to 1000 square feet. Tours end with Informational After Party and networking from 4-6 p.m. at Grindhouse Killer Burgers, 701 Memorial Drive SE.

Children’s Musical Tour in Lawrenceville

“A Musical Tour Through Latin America” by Havana Son. 10 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. Saturday. $7. Aurora Theatre, 128 E. Pike St., Lawrenceville. 678-226-6222,

Acworth Art Fest

The Acworth Art Fest. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. Historic district, Main Street, downtown Acworth. See 100 artisans from around the country and their works of paintings, pottery, metalwork, folk art, glass, jewelry and yard art. Also, enjoy The Kidz Zone, downtown shops and eateries and the food court.

Forsyth Senior Expo in Cumming

Forsyth Senior Expo by Forsyth County Senior Services. 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday. Free. Forsyth Conference Center, Lanier Technical College, 3410 Ronald Reagan Blvd., Cumming. For seniors, their families, friends and caregivers, the event hosts vendors, free health screenings, refreshments and multiple opportunities to win door prizes. 770-781-2178,, Kathy Howard at

Spring Saturdays at The Rock

Spring Saturdays. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and April 21 and 28. $13 and tax/ages 3 and older. The Rock Ranch, 5020 Highway 36/Barnesville Highway, The Rock off I-75 South, Exit 201. Gemstone mining, zip line, carousel and the rock climbing wall are an extra cost.

Cowboy Festival in Villa Rica

Cowboy Festival. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Pine Mountain Gold Museum, 1881 Stockmar Road, Villa Rica. Presented by the city of Villa Rica and Western Music Association, the event will include history, live music, cowboy shows and train rides. Sharon Dupont at 678-840-1440 or

Multicultural Festival in Duluth

Multicultural Festival and County Government Day. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. Free. Shorty Howell Park, 2750 Pleasant Hill Road, Duluth. Explore other cultures and learn about all of the different services provided by Gwinnett County government. Hosted by the Gwinnett County Police Department, local groups will perform folkloric and traditional dances and songs, and food trucks will sell treats. For children, there will be bounce houses and face painting. Residents can meet police officers and see their equipment, including a helicopter and specialty vehicles.

Georgia Renaissance Festival in Fairburn

Georgia Renaissance Festival. Opens 10:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday through June 3, including Saturdays, Sundays and Memorial Day. $19.95 to $23.95, $9.95 to $11.95/ages 6 to 12, free/ages 5 and younger. 6905 Virlyn B. Smith Road, Fairburn.

Health Fair in Atlanta

Health Fair by Women of Distinction, Inc. and Men of Distinction-Atlanta. 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. Free. Greenbriar Mall, 2841 Greenbriar Parkway SW, Atlanta. Doctors, nurses, counselors and therapists will be among those healthcare providers onsite to provide such services as blood pressure testing, diabetes testing, HIV/hepatitis testing, speech and language screenings, Family First safety seminar and free ID theft risk assessment. Live nonstop entertainment will be sponsored by Urban Spice Magazine on the Macy’s Stage.,

‘The Jungle Book’ in Roswell

“The Jungle Book”: FamilyStage Series. 11 a.m. Saturday and April 21 and 28. $10. Roswell Cultural Arts Center, 950 Forrest St., Roswell. All ages are welcome but best for elementary ages. All patrons need a ticket. Written by Greg Banks, this new adaptation of the Rudyard Kipling classic is directed by Laurel Crowe.

Mostly Mutts ‘Flea’ Market in Acworth

Mostly Mutts “Flea” Market spring fundraiser. 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. through Saturday. Acworth Crossing shopping center, 3335 Cobb Parkway NW, Suite 840, Acworth. Funds raised will help Mostly Mutts protect animals from being euthanized at local shelters by providing housing, health care, training and physical and emotional care to rescued animals until they can be placed in their new “furever homes.” Since 2004, Mostly Mutts has saved about 6,500 animals. Mostly Mutts is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization licensed by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, staffed by volunteers and privately funded through donations and adoption fees. Mostly Mutts Animal Rescue and Adoption, Inc., 3238 Cherokee St., Kennesaw at 770-272-6888,

Atlanta Grilled Cheese Festival in Brookhaven

Atlanta Grilled Cheese Festival. Noon-6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. $32.50/adult (21+) Saturday, $32.50/adult Sunday and free/ages 12 and under with a ticketed adult only on Sunday. Brookhaven Park, 4158 Peachtree Road, Brookhaven. Restaurants from all over Atlanta will serve their versions of grilled cheese sandwiches. Cast your vote for Best Grilled Cheese in Atlanta. Tickets include admission and three grilled cheese samples with more samples available for purchase for $2 to $3 each for a quarter sandwich. Saturday is a 21+ event, but all ages are welcome Sunday. Also live local music, contests and activities.

Flag Retirement Ceremony in Woodstock

Flag Retirement Ceremony by the city of Woodstock and American Legion Post 316. 2 p.m. Saturday. The Park at City Center, 101 Arnold Mill Road, Woodstock. Participants will be The Kings’ Academy Army JROTC Color Guard and the Woodstock Fire and Police Departments.

‘Disney’s The Little Mermaid’ at Serenbe

“Disney’s The Little Mermaid” by Serenbe Playhouse. Through April 22. 2 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays; 7:30 p.m. Wednesdays, Thursdays and Sundays; 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays. $35 to $60. The Grange Lake, Serenbe, 10496 Serenbe Lane, Chattahoochee Hills. Rated G as family friendly for all ages. 770-463-1110,

Confederate Memorial Day in Marietta

Confederate Memorial Day Observance. 2 p.m. Saturday (rain date: Sunday). The Marietta Confederate Cemetery, 381 Powder Springs St., Marietta. Sponsors are the Kennesaw Chapter 241 of The United Daughters of the Confederacy.

Broadway Cabaret in Duluth

Broadway Cabaret by Agape Players. 3 p.m. Saturday. $17 to $27, free for children under 2. Infinite Energy Theater, 6400 Sugarloaf Parkway, Duluth. Hear favorite Broadway tunes. No refunds or exchanges. 770-626-2464,

‘Murder! at The Strand’ in Marietta

“Murder! at The Strand.” 3 p.m., 7 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. Saturday; 3 p.m. Sunday. $45. Earl and Rachel Smith Strand Theatre, 117 N. Park Square, Marietta Square, Marietta. This interactive world-premiere event will challenge the audience to identify the true story behind a crime and the criminal with the motive to commit it. Created by director and playwright Corey Bradberry and escape room designer Jeremy Ledbetter, this 75-minute immersive experience will invite patrons to take on the roles of audience members, witnesses to a crime and ultimately investigators following clues, interacting with the actors and examining the space to identify the culprit. Patrons will be given the chance to explore many areas of the theatre not typically open to guests. Governed by the Friends of The Strand, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, the theatre is a multi-use performing arts and events facility. Box office hours: 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Mondays through Fridays, 9 a.m. to noon Saturdays. The box office opens two hours before showtime. Tickets: 770-293-0080,

Atlanta Bird Fest in Roswell

Atlanta Bird Fest by Atlanta Audubon Society. 4-6 p.m. Saturday. $20/general public, $15/Chattahoochee Nature Center members or Atlanta Audubon Society members. Ben Brady Lakeside Pavilion, Chattahoochee Nature Center, 9135 Willeo Road, Roswell. Artist Julie Zickefoose, author of “Baby Birds: An Artist Looks into the Nest” and other books, will share her influences and her artistic process for the aspiring natural history artist. Tickets:

G4G13 in Decatur, Atlanta

G4G13. Hosted by the Gathering 4 Gardner (G4G) Foundation, this 13th biennial event—dedicated to preserving the legacy of writer and polymath Martin Gardner for popularizing recreational mathematics—will include free events open to the public, in downtown Decatur and around Atlanta, through Sunday.

  • Artist’s Reception. 5-9 p.m. Saturday. Different Trains Gallery, 432 E. Howard Ave., No. 24, Decatur. Artist’s Reception for the “M.C. Escher +” Art Exhibition that will be open through June 9.
  • “Poetry, Drumming and Mathematics.” 2:30 p.m. Sunday. Free. Fulton County Central Library, One Margaret Mitchell Square, Atlanta. Winner of the Fields Medal, the highest honor a mathematician can receive along with the Abel Prize, Professor Manjul Bhargava of Princeton University will present this lecture.

Suwanee Lantern Parade

Suwanee Glow in the Park: Community Lantern Parade. 5 p.m. Saturday. Free for all ages. Town Center Park, Suwanee. A strolling jazz band will lead an illuminated pageant of light, music and color around Town Center Park, ending with a 7 p.m. concert starring The Glow Band. Participants are asked to wear illuminated costumes and carry pre-made lanterns with battery-operated LEDs. Pets are welcome, too, but no drones and no live flames. Prizes will be awarded for the best glow looks and costumes.

Katie Deal in Dallas

“Wildflowers: The Women of Country Music” starring Katie Deal. 7 p.m. Saturday. $22 to $28. The Dallas Theater, 208 Main St., Dallas. 678-363-0813,

‘The Hunchback of Notre Dame’ in Mableton

“The Hunchback of Notre Dame” by the Theatre Project. 7 p.m. through Saturday, 5 p.m. Sunday. $10/adults and teens, free/ages 12 and younger. Mable House Barnes Amphitheatre, 5239 Floyd Road, Mableton. Tickets:

London Choir Boys in Atlanta

The Choir Boys of St. Paul’s Cathedral from London, England. 7:30 p.m. Saturday. $10 to $25 advance, $15 to $30 event day. The Cathedral of St. Philip, 2744 Peachtree Road NW, Atlanta. Presented by the Moore-Wilkerson Fund of the Cathedral of St. Philip, Friends of Cathedral Music and the British Consulate-General Atlanta, the choir is one of the most renowned choirs of men and boys in the world that is known from its many recordings and its participation in services on national occasions - most recently Her Majesty The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee (2012) and the funeral of Baroness Margaret Thatcher (2013). The choir’s main responsibility is to sing the daily choral services of St Paul’s Cathedral. 404-365-1000,

‘The Andrews Raid’ lecture in Kennesaw

“The Andrews Raid” lecture by local historian Michael K. Shaffer. 7:30-8:30 p.m. Saturday. $7.50/adult, $6.50/senior (age 60+), $5.50/child (ages 4 to 12), free/museum and society members (cash only at site, credit at museum). Underpass Amphitheater, Depot Park, 2829 Cherokee St., Kennesaw. On the anniversary of the Great Locomotive Chase of April 12, 1862, the lecture is presented in partnership with the Kennesaw Historical Society and the Southern Museum of Civil War and Locomotive History (open 7-9 p.m. Saturday).

‘The African Queen’ discussion in Roswell

Movie discussion: “The African Queen” (1951) with Humphrey Bogart and Katherine Hepburn. 2:30-4:30 p.m. Sunday. Free. East Roswell Library, 2301 Holcomb Bridge Road, Roswell. The movie is watched at home and discussed at the meeting. Trivia and prizes included. Audrey at 404-310-5354 or

Pray Paulding in Dallas

Pray Paulding. 3 p.m. Sunday and each Sunday. Paulding County Courthouse, 240 Constitution Blvd., Dallas off U.S. 278.

‘Blue Ridge Scenic Railway’ in Smyrna

“Blue Ridge Scenic Railway”: First Sunday Lecture. 3-4 p.m. Sunday. Free. Smyrna Library, Meeting Room, 100 Village Green Circle SE, Smyrna. Melissa Beck, author of “Blue Ridge Scenic Railway,” will share her photographic history of the copper miners, shop owners, homesteaders and railroad workers who made these mountains their homes often for many generations.

Holocaust Remembrance Day in Dunwoody

Holocaust Remembrance Day (Yom HaShoah) commemoration ceremony. 3:30-4:30 p.m. Sunday (rain or shine). Free. Besser Holocaust Memorial Garden, Marcus Jewish Community Center of Atlanta (MJCCA), 5342 Tilly Mill Road, Dunwoody. At one of the preeminent Holocaust Memorials in the Southeast that was built by Holocaust survivor Abe Besser and his wife Marlene Gelertner Besser, the program will feature remarks from Holocaust Educator Helen Bissell who will share the story of her late father Abe Korn, a Holocaust survivor and author of “Abe’s Story.” This day commemorates both the 6 million Jews who died during the Holocaust and the Warsaw Ghetto uprising of 1943. 678-812-4161,

Georgia Festival Chorus in Woodstock

The Georgia Festival Chorus: “Legacy of Music” Spring Concert. 4 p.m. Sunday. Free. Hillside United Methodist Church, 4474 Towne Lake Parkway, Woodstock. Under the direction of Frank Boggs. 404-234-3581,,

Russian Concert in Atlanta

Russian Concert by Lyra. 7 p.m. Sunday. Free but donations welcome (cash or checks). $20/CD (cash only). St. Anne’s Episcopal Church, 3098 St. Anne’s Lane NW, Atlanta. Five professional vocalists from St. Petersburg, Russia will perform a capella Russian music in varying styles. 404-237-5589,

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