Close to Home for April 15

Cowboy Festival in Villa Rica

Pine Mountain Gold Museum Cowboy Festival. 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. today. $5 each for train rides, museum admission and gemstone panning. Stockmar Park, 1881 Stockmar Road, Villa Rica. Cowboy music, cowboy shows, mine tours, free historical demonstrations, including blacksmithing, flint knapping and distilling. 678-840-1445,,

Spring Fling in Fayetteville

Spring Fling Arts & Crafts Festival by Fayette Senior Services. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. today. FSS Life Enrichment Center, 4 Center Drive, Fayetteville. Arts and crafts, photography, food, music, face painting, games, prizes and more. Amy Epperson at 770-461-0813 or

Art Market in Norcross

Art on the Chattahoochee Art Market. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. today. Pinckneyville Park Medlock Corporate Pavilion, 4758 South Old Peachtree Road, Norcross. Browse through vendor booths for art, try tasty food and watch a demonstration or a live music performance. Children are invited to enjoy trampolines, inflatables, games, crafts and a chalk art contest.

Easter Egg Hunt in Lilburn

Lilburn Easter Egg Hunt. 10 a.m. today. Free. Lilburn City Park, 76 Main St., Lilburn.

Dash for Dr. George in Villa Rica

Dash for Dr. George fundraiser for the Esophageal Cancer Education Foundation. 7 a.m. registration, 8 a.m. 5K, 9 a.m. Fun Run today. $15 for 1-Mile Fun Run, $25 to $30 for 5K. Clinton Nature Preserve, 8720 Ephesus Church Road, Villa Rica one mile west of Post Road. 678-985-3921,,

Egg Drop in Marietta

Northeast Cobb Community Egg Drop. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. today. Free parking, $7 per child for unlimited rides. Football fields, Sprayberry High School, 2525 Sandy Plains Road, Marietta. Children, ages 3 and under, will begin their hunt at 11:30 a.m. Then more than 90,000 eggs and pieces of candy will be dropped from a helicopter at 1:30 p.m. for ages 4 to 7. The final hunt will be at 3:30 p.m. for ages 8 to 10. Free egg hunts, free photos with the Easter Bunny and free comedy shows. 770-423-1330,

Easter Egg Hunt in Douglasville

Easter Egg Hunt and Small Business Expo/Health Fair/Life South Blood Drive. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. today. Free. Jesse Davis Park, 7775 Malone St., Douglasville. Egg Hunt at 11 a.m. for ages 6 and under, 11:45 a.m. for ages 7 to 12. Sigma Omega Omega Chapter, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority at 337-380-9945 or

Cobb County Egg Hunt in Marietta

Cobb County Egg Hunt. 10 a.m. today. Free. Al Bishop Softball Complex, 1082 Al Bishop Drive, Marietta. Activities will include egg hunts, art activities, live entertainment, inflatables, a hula-hoop contest, tug-of-war, musical chairs and a food truck. Five egg hunts will be broken into age groups: 11 a.m. for ages 3 and under, 11:30 a.m. for ages 4 and 5, noon for ages 6 and 7, 12:30 p.m. for ages 8 through 10, 1 p.m. for all age groups. Bring your baskets. Special needs participants will be included in all activities. 770-528-4333,

Doraville Mayor’s Easter Egg Hunt

Doraville Mayor’s Easter Egg Hunt. 10 a.m. today. Free. Honeysuckle Park, 3037 Pleasant Valley Drive, Doraville. Children will be grouped by age, including toddler to 3 years, ages 4 to 6 and ages 7 to 9 with prizes awarded in each category. The Easter Bunny will pose for pictures while holiday music and a bouncy house will add to the festive event hosted by Mayor Donna Pittman. Doraville Public Information Officer Bob Kelley at 770-881-3881 or

Easter Egg Hunt in Lithia Springs

Lithia Springs Easter Egg Hunt. 10:30 a.m. today. Free. Annette Winn Elementary School, 3536 Bankhead Highway, Lithia Springs. Open to children through fifth grade. Prizes and photo booth. Donna McMichen at Lithia Springs First Baptist Church at 770-948-2126 or

Western Art, Literary Show in Dawsonville

The Bowen Center for the Arts: Round Up Western Art & Literary Show. Noon-4 p.m. today, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Friday. Free. The Bowen Ranch (Bowen Center for the Arts), 334 Highway 9 N., Dawsonville just north of the Historic Square. Historical artifacts, Conestoga wagons, saddles and vintage cowboy gear are on view. Also, get your picture taken on a bucking bronco or behind jail bars. Ginny Greenwood at 706-216-ARTS(2787) or,

West African dance lessons in Atlanta

West African dance lessons for adults by Fulton County Arts and Culture. 12:45-2:15 p.m. today and every Saturday through May 6. $10. West End Performing Arts Center, 945 Ralph David Abernathy Blvd., Atlanta. Instructed by Ramatu Sabbatt. 404-613-6465,

Lantern Parade in Suwanee

Suwanee’s Glow in the Park Community Lantern Parade. 5 p.m. activities, 7:30 p.m. parade, 8:30 p.m. concert today. Free. Town Center Park, 330 Town Center Ave. A strolling jazz band will lead an illuminated pageant of light, music and color through Old Town and down the Brushy Creek Trail, ending at Town Center Park with a concert starring 80s cover band Electric Avenue. Everyone is encouraged to create illuminated costumes and carry their pre-made lanterns to parade together in this family, pet-friendly event. No live flames permitted - only battery-operated LEDs.

Strand Ole Opry in Marietta

Strand Ole Opry: Country Music Concert. 8 p.m. today. $18 to $20. The Earl Smith Strand Theatre, 117 North Park Square, Marietta. Be transported to the Old South with vocals, live band accompaniment and traditional Southern storytelling. 770-293-0080,

Sunrise Service in Suwanee

Community Sunrise Service. 6:30-7:30 a.m. Easter Sunday. Free. Suwanee Town Center Park, 330 Town Center Ave., Suwanee. This interdenominational service will consist of music, prayer and a three-part message from local pastors.

Easter Sunrise Service on Stone Mountain

Easter Sunrise Service. 7 a.m. Easter Sunday. $15 for a one-day permit, free for church vans and buses, $12 for skyride round-trip, $7 for one-way, free for walk-up trail. Stone Mountain Park, 1000 Robert E. Lee Blvd., Stone Mountain. The Stone Mountain Sunrise Association will present two simultaneous, nondenominational Easter services at the top of the mountain and at the base of the mountain on the Memorial Lawn. Park gates and the Summit Skyride open at 4 a.m.

Easter Sunrise Service in McDonough

Easter Sunrise Service. 7 a.m. Sunday. Free. McDonough Square, 5 Griffin St., McDonough or, in case of rain, the First Baptist Church of McDonough, 101 Macon St. Wesley Chapel United Methodist Church Pastor William Bert Neal III will deliver the message. Afterward at Wesley Chapel UMC, worship services will be held at 8:30 and 11 a.m., breakfast at 9:40 a.m. and Sunday school at 10 a.m. Free. Wesley Chapel UMC, 397 Racetrack Road, McDonough. 770-957-4728,

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