Close to Home for Aug. 29

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

5-Alarm 5K Run/Walk in Lawrenceville

5-Alarm 5K Run/Walk for the nonprofit Gwinnett Fire Employee Benevolent Fund, 7 a.m. registration, 8 a.m. today, Lawrenceville Lawn, 147 Luckie St. to help Gwinnett Fire employees and their families in times of crisis. $25. Register:

Hummingbird banding in Kennesaw

Hummingbird banding by “Hummingbird Whisperer” Julia Elliott, one of 150 in North America authorized to band hummingbirds, 8 to 11 a.m. today (rain or shine), Smith-Gilbert Gardens, 2382 Pine Mountain Road, Kennesaw with children’s activities. Free shuttles from Ben Robertson Community Center, Adams Park, 2753 Watts Drive., 770-919-0248.

Yurt open house in Lithia Springs

Open house and ribbon-cutting with free activities and Chick-fil-A and Kona Ice for purchase, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. today, Sweetwater Creek State Park, 1750 Mt. Vernon Road, Lithia Springs for a 10-unit yurt village, a bathhouse with hot showers and five-tent campground with reservations starting Sept. 1. At $85 nightly, yurts sleep up to six and come with beds, futons, screened windows and locking doors plus an outside deck, picnic table and grill/fire ring. $5 parking., 770-732-5871.

Gospel benefit concert in Decatur

Rose G. Bates Gospel Benefit Concert by the Loving Rose Bates Walking Team, 6 p.m. today, Central DeKalb Senior Center, 1346 McConnell Drive, Decatur to support the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. $10-$20. Tickets: 800-838-3006 (24/7).

Gospel concert in Jonesboro

Gospel Concert, 6 p.m. today, lawn, Historic Jonesboro Courthouse, 121 South McDonough St. Free.

‘sQuaRe show’ reception in Atlanta

Atlanta Collage Society’s “sQuaRe show,” combining innovative technology with a collage art format along the Atlanta BeltLine, today to Sept. 26 with a free opening reception 6 to 9 p.m. today, L1 Gallery, 828 Ralph McGill Blvd. NE, Suite L1.,

Twilight 5K Walk/Run in Decatur

Twilight Reflect Hope 5K Walk/Run by A Beacon of Hope Pregnancy and Relationship Resources, 7:30 p.m. today, downtown Decatur. $20-$25 by Aug. 15, $30. Register:

‘Mary Poppins’ in McDonough

“Mary Poppins” by The Henry Players, 7:30 p.m. today, 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Henry County Performing Arts Center, 37 Lemon St., McDonough. $15 to $18.

Michelle Martin in Stone Mountain

Singer Michelle Martin accompanied by ART Station Music Director Patrick Hutchinson, 7:30 p.m. drinks and desserts, 8:15 p.m. first set, 9:15 p.m. second set today, Trolley Stop Cabaret, 5384 Manor Drive, Stone Mountain. $15., 770-469-1105.

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