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 CommunityNews@ajc.com.
Skip Wells SEMPER FIve K in Kennesaw
Skip Wells SEMPER FIve K to celebrate the life of Lance Corporal Skip Wells, U.S. Marine Corps. 7:30 a.m. registration, 8 a.m. Saturday (rain or shine). $45. Kennesaw State University, The Perch in front of the Kennesaw greenway, Kennesaw. Wells, who would have turned 24 on April 29, was killed in a terrorist attack on July 16, 2015 in Chattanooga, Tennessee. Join his mother Cathy Wells and the rest of his family for a fun event to celebrate his birthday and his love for America. Virtual racers can submit their route and picture on Facebook.com/LanceCorporalSkipWellsFoundation and receive a shirt and dog tag medal. Proceeds will go to the 501(c)3 nonprofit Lance Cpl. Skip Wells Foundation for scholarships. Maria Life at 770-547-4263 or info@TortoiseAndTheHareRacing.com. RacesOnline.com/events/semper-five-k.
APDA Walk in Norcross
American Parkinson Disease Association Georgia Optimism Walk. 8:30 a.m. check-in, 10 a.m. walk, 11 a.m. discussion Saturday (rain or shine). Pinckneyville Park, Medlock Pavilion, 4758 S. Old Peachtree Road, Norcross. This fundraising event offers a short, noncompetitive walk of 1.2 miles, “oldies but goodies” music, a Kid’s Corner, drawings and a Q&A discussion facilitated by APDA’s Information & Referral Center at Emory Brain Health Center. Funds raised will enable APDA to continue providing local information, education and support to those impacted by Parkinson Disease and fund scientific research into the causes, prevention, treatments and ultimately the cure. APDA Georgia Chapter at 404-330-2436 or GAwalk@apdaparkinson.org.
Chamblee Fun Mud Run
Chamblee Fun Mud Run. 8:30 a.m. Saturday. $40 and $3 online signup fee. Chamblee Middle School, 3601 Sexton Woods Drive, Chamblee. Recommended for ages 8 and above, this 2.5-mile run has obstacles, water features and mud. In three years, nearly $100,000 has been raised to benefit the school’s students and teachers with technology purchases as one example. ChambleeFunMudRun.com. Register: RunSignup.com/Race/GA/Atlanta/ChambleeFunMudRun.
The Garden Faire in Roswell
The Garden Faire. 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday (rain or shine). Historic Bulloch Hall, 180 Bulloch Ave., Roswell. With the Roswell Azalea Festival, the North Fulton Master Gardeners will host this event, including Pass-a-Long Plant Sale, shopping, Vintage Fleatique, entertainment, gardening presentations, bake sale, food vendors and beverages. Proceeds will benefit local North Fulton Master Gardener demonstration gardens. 770-992-1731, nfmg.net/garden-faire.html.
Gwinnett Master Gardeners’ Plant Sale
Gwinnett Master Gardeners’ Plant Sale. 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday (rain or shine). Lilburn Library and City Hall parking lot, 4817 Church Road NW, Lilburn. The Gwinnett County Master Gardeners Association will sell trees, shrubs, perennials, annuals, vegetables and herbs, including native and pollinator-friendly plants. Only checks and cash will be accepted. Funds raised will support the GCMGA’s ongoing efforts to promote horticulture principles and environmental practices across Gwinnett, offering enriching community programs and educational opportunities for all ages. GCMGA is organized through The University of Georgia’s Gwinnett Extension office, operating as a part of UGA’s College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences and College of Family and Consumer Sciences. GwinnettCountyMasterGardeners.com.
Root House Plant Sale in Marietta
Plant Sale. 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday. The William Root House Museum & Garden, 80 N. Marietta Parkway NW, Marietta. Choose from a wide variety of vintage, heirloom and native Georgia plants - many of which are grown in the Root House garden. All of the profits from the Plant Sale will be used to support the museum. Owned and operated by Cobb Landmarks & Historical Society, the museum offers an authentic look at life for a middle-class Georgia family during the 1860s. Cobb Landmarks is embarking on a $600,000 capital expansion project that will enlarge the William Root House campus, adding a smokehouse, exhibit/event space, executive offices, a research library and conference room, public restrooms and a kitchen. Free self-guided tours of the museum will be offered during the sale. 770-426-4982, RootHouseMuseum.com.
Woodstock Touch-a-Truck. 9-11 a.m. Saturday. East Main Street, downtown Woodstock. As a part of Georgia Cities Week, join Woodstock Police, Fire and Parks and Recreation Departments to view vehicles and equipment on display. Bring your children, see demonstrations and try the equipment. facebook.com/WoodstockGaGovt.
Decatur Electronics Recycling
Decatur Spring Electronics Recycling event. 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday. $10/cathode ray tube TV, $5/CRT monitor, free for other items. Cash only with exact change required. Decatur Public Works, 2635 Talley St., Decatur (enter from Columbia Drive). Gather your old electronics, documents and styrofoam to be recycled and shredded. Recyclables must be dropped off during the hours of the event. No early drop-offs. Open to any metro area resident. Decatur Solid Waste Superintendent Sean Woodson at 404-377-5571. Guidelines: DecaturGa.com/city-government/city-departments/public-works/electronics-recycling-day-with-styrofoam-recycling-and-paper-shredding.
ArtsFest Gwinnett. 9 a.m. Chalk Walk artists, noon-6 p.m. festival, 7-9 p.m. show Saturday. Free. Lawrenceville Lawn, 210 Luckie St., Lawrenceville. Highlights include live music, food trucks, local artists and the Chalk Walk. The evening outdoor performance will be Aurora Theater’s live Broadway production of “The Hunchback of Notre Dame.” LawrencevilleGa.org. VIP dinner and show packages: AuroraTheatre.com/Hunchback-in-Lawrenceville. Chalk Walk applications: LawrencevilleGa.org/FormCenter/Community-Events-10/ArtsFest-Gwinnett-Registration-for-Chalk-72.
Spring Saturdays at The Rock
Spring Saturdays. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday. $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. TheRockRanch.com.
Touch-a-Truck in Douglasville
Bear Creek Water Treatment Plant Open House. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. Free. 4930 Gray Road, Douglasville. Hosted by the Douglasville-Douglas County Water and Sewer Authority, this event will be an educational event for all ages. Meet the professionals and enjoy children’s STEM activities, Touch-a-Truck, rain barrel drawings and games. Open to anyone in the Douglas County community interested in water resources. 770-920-3850, ddcwsa.com.
Cobb 4-H Derby Hat Contest in Smyrna
The Cobb 4-H Horse and Pony Club’s Spring Horse Show and Derby Hat Contest. 10 a.m. Saturday. GB’s Stables, 448 Hurt Road, Smyrna. Beginner, novice and open divisions for all ages. Classes will be available for people with horses and without horses. Prizes will be awarded for the top hats in these categories: most humorous, most elegant, most equestrian, most whimsical and most creative. 770-528-4070, cassie.mccollum@CobbCounty.org. extension.uga.edu/county-offices/cobb/4-h-youth-development/news-and-events.html.
‘The Jungle Book’ in Roswell
“The Jungle Book”: FamilyStage Series. 11 a.m. Saturday. $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. get.org/family-stage.
Master Gardener session in Dunwoody
“Large-Scale Organic Gardening”: Master Gardener learning session. 11 a.m. to noon Saturday. Free. Dunwoody Community Garden and Orchard Greenhouse Complex, Brook Run Park, 4770 N. Peachtree Road, Dunwoody opposite the skate park. Rod Pittman will discuss his techniques for large-scale organic gardening on his eight acres of highly productive organic fruits and vegetables. dcgo.org.
Children’s musical in Tyrone
“POLKADOTS: The Cool Kids Musical.” 11 a.m. Saturday. $15. The Legacy Theatre, 1175 Senoia Road, Suite C, Tyrone. Recommended for pre-k through fifth grade. Tickets: 404-895-1473, TheLegacyTheatre.org/shows/PolkaDots.php. Field trip reservations: Melanie@TheLegacyTheatre.org.
Inman Park Festival in Atlanta
Inman Park Festival. Free for festival. Tour of Homes: $20 to $25. Various locations. This 47th annual street festival includes musical acts, a parade, a dance festival, Street Market, Arts and Crafts Market and children’s activities. InmanParkFestival.org
- Tour of Homes: noon-6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.
- Festival: 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.
Forsyth Benefit Handbag Auction in Cumming
Forsyth Benefit Handbag Auction. 1:30-3 p.m. Saturday. Sexton Hall Enrichment Center, 2115 Chloe Road, Cumming. Forsyth County Senior Services is offering for sale gently used handbags, purses and wallets to benefit older adults in need. Apryl Milam at 770-781-2178. ForsythCo.com.
Madagascar JR in Mableton
DreamWorks Madagascar: A Musical Adventure JR. 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Saturday. $10 to $15, free for ages 2 and under if sitting on an accompanying adult’s lap. Mable House Barnes Amphitheatre, 5239 Floyd Road, Mableton. Table seating area is limited to six persons per table regardless of age. Presented by Inspire Homeschool Academy. mhba@CobbCounty.org, MableHouse.org/index.php/amphitheatre.
Chilean comedy in Lawrenceville
“El Gran Dia de la Madre (The Great Mother’s Day).” Through Sunday. 2:30 p.m. and 8 p.m. Saturday, 2:30 p.m. Sunday. $20 to $30. Teatro Aurora, 128 E. Pike St., Lawrenceville. This comedy from Chile is in Spanish with English supertitles. 678-226-6222, AuroraTheatre.com.
Best of Town Brookhaven
Best of Town Brookhaven. 3-7 p.m. Saturday. Online: $23.16 to $39.01. Event day: $30 (food only), $45 (food and drinks). Town Brookhaven, 4330 Peachtree Road, Atlanta. Ticket prices include 10 food tickets and five drink tickets with extras available for purchase. Live music by The 80ators. Proceeds will benefit Bert’s Big Adventure. bit.ly/2HX9IOG, 80ators.com, BertsBigAdventure.org.
Choral Guild of Atlanta
Choral Guild of Atlanta: “The Glory of Mendelssohn.” The program will be highlighted by excerpts from the oratorio “Elijah” and other sacred anthems. 404-223-6362 or email@example.com.
- 4 p.m. Saturday. Free but donations welcome. St. John’s Episcopal Church, 3480 E. Main St., College Park.
- 4 p.m. Sunday. $15, $12/senior citizen, $5/student online or at the door. Northside Drive Baptist Church, 3100 Northside Drive, Atlanta.
BAM Percussion comedy show in Dunwoody
eXplosion: the Art and Comedy of BAM Percussion. 8 p.m. Saturday, 4:30 p.m. Sunday. $26 to $36/adult, $13 to $18/child. The Marcus Jewish Community Center of Atlanta, 5342 Tilly Mill Road, Dunwoody. BAM has toured Canada, the United States, South America, Africa, the Middle East, Asia, New Zealand and more than 11 European countries. AtlantaJCC.org/bam. Tickets: MJCCA Box Office at 678-812-4002 or AtlantaJCC.org/BoxOffice.
‘Godspell’ musical in Tyrone
“Godspell.” Through May 13. 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, 3 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. $15 to $40. The Legacy Theatre, 1175 Senoia Road, Suite C, Tyrone. Tickets: 404-895-1473, TheLegacyTheatre.org.
‘Leaving Iowa’ comedy in Stone Mountain
“Leaving Iowa: A Comedy about Family Vacations.” Through May 6. 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, 3 p.m. Sundays and 8 p.m. May 3. $16 to $23. OnStage Atlanta Theatre Company at Art Station, 5384 Manor Drive, Historic Stone Mountain Village. This family-friendly comedy is about the “Greatest Generation” and their dedication to the family road trip. Tickets: 404-897-1802, OnStageAtlanta.tix.com. OnStageAtlanta.com.
Roswell Moves! Roswell is the first Georgia city to receive the prestigious League of American Bicyclists Bike-Friendly Community designation. BikeRoswell.com.
- Mayor’s Ride. 7:45 a.m. Sunday. $45 to $55 (day of event), including lunch. Roswell Area Park, 10495 Woodstock Road, Roswell. Choose from 18-, 42- or 64-mile routes. Register: BikeRoswell.com.
- Historic Roswell Kiwanis Kids’ Bicycle Safety Rodeo. Noon registration. Behind Roswell Provisions, Canton Street.
- An Open Street Event. 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday. Free activities. Five blocks of Canton Street to be closed as a one-day public park. Walk, pedal, roll, play and enjoy local merchants and restaurants, vendors and live music presented by Atlanta Plays It Forward.
Sorority Info Session in Peachtree City
Sorority Information Session. 2 p.m. Sunday. St. Paul Lutheran School, 700 Ardenlee Parkway, Peachtree City. The speaker will be Dr. Melinda Sutton Noss, the Assistant Vice Chancellor of Student Affairs and Dean of Students at the University of Mississippi. Sponsored by the Atlanta Southern Crescent Alumnae Panhellenic Association. Open to all interested high school senior and junior girls and their parents who reside in the Southern Crescent area. ascapa.org and click on Recruitment.
FBA Orchestra Concert in DeKalb
FBA Orchestra Concert. 6:30 p.m. Sunday. Free. Worship Center, First Baptist Church of Atlanta, 4400 N. Peachtree Road, Atlanta. Directed by Jeff Cranfill, the church’s Worship and Celebration Orchestras will play a selection of classics, hymns, jazz and television and movie compositions. Included will be original pieces, “The Imperial March” from “Star Wars,” “Tuba Tiger Rag,” “Jubilee” from Symphonic Sketches and music from “Star Trek,” “Battlestar Galactica,” “Lost in Space” and “The Jetsons.” fba.org/music.
The Georgia Festival Chorus in Marietta
The Georgia Festival Chorus: “Legacy of Music” spring concert. 6:30 p.m. Sunday. Free. Johnson Ferry Baptist Church, 955 Johnson Ferry Road, Marietta. Under the direction of Frank Boggs. 404-234-3581, GaFestChorus@gmail.com, TGAFC.org.
National Drug Take-Back Day
National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. Free and anonymous. Participate in this safe, convenient and responsible way of disposing of prescription drugs while also learning about the potential for medication abuse.
By the Norcross Police Department. Front of City Hall/Police Department, 65 Lawrenceville St., Norcross. NorcrossGa.net.
By the Roswell Police Department, the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and WellStar North Fulton Hospital. Roswell Recycling Center, 11570 Maxwell Road, Roswell. WellStar will collect sharps/needles and take them off-site for proper, safe disposal. Roswell Police Officer Lisa Holland at 770-640-4422 or dea.gov.
By the Avondale Estates Police Department and the DEA. City Hall, 21 North Avondale Road, Avondale Estates. Also, drop off unwanted medications at City Hall year-round during regular office hours. Major Browen at jbrowen@AvondaleEstates.org.
By Keep Cobb Beautiful. Precinct One, 2380 Cobb Parkway, Kennesaw. No needles/sharps or durable medical equipment will be accepted. 770-528-1135, KeepCobbBeautiful.org.
By WellStar. No questions will be asked, and no ID or registration are required. Sharps, liquids and pills will be accepted. 770-793-7373, CobbCounty.org.
- Cobb Senior Services, 1150 Powder Springs St., Marietta.
- WellStar Acworth Health Park, 4550 Cobb Parkway, Acworth.
- WellStar East Cobb Health Park, 3747 Roswell Road NE, Marietta.
- WellStar Vinings Health Park, 4441 Atlanta Road, Smyrna.