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.
Old Soldiers Day Parade and Road Race. 7 a.m. 8K race at Wills Park behind the city pool, 9:15 a.m. city band, 10 a.m. memorial service, 10:30 a.m. parade through downtown Alpharetta Saturday (rain or shine). Free to watch but $24 early-race entry, $30 day-of-race entry. 2 Park Plaza, Alpharetta. The city of Alpharetta and American Legion Post 201 will host this 65th anniversary event to honor U.S.A. veterans and recognize their service. The parade will include floats, high school marching bands, military units, classic cars, clowns and music, concluding at American Legion Post 201 on Wills Road. There free hot dogs and soft drinks will be served along with children’s activities. 678-297-6000, Alpharetta.ga.us. Race: 678-297-6173 or email@example.com.
Health Fair. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. Free. Kelly Lake Church of God in Christ, 2411 Whites Mill Road, Decatur. All free, there will be PSA blood screenings, on-site physician exams, blood pressure and diabetes screenings, muscular and bone system screenings, nutrition guides, consultation on weight loss and a fitness trainer on site. Health Fair Host is Bishop Norman O. Harper. Dr. Gloria Johnson-Rodgers at firstname.lastname@example.org.
GWTW: The Joseff of Hollywood jewelry collection. Through Aug. 31. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday to Saturday. Marietta Gone With the Wind Museum, Scarlett on the Square, 18 Whitlock Ave. NW, Marietta. View jewelry pieces worn in GWTW and other films from the Golden Age of Hollywood. This museum has drawn visitors from every state and more than 80 countries to see the private collection of Dr. Chris Sullivan of Ohio, including GWTW clothing. JuliensAuctions.com, facebook.com/MariettaGWTWMuseum, gwtwmarietta.com.
“Creating Camelot: The Kennedy Photography of Jacques Lowe.” Through Aug. 27. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays; 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Thursdays; 1-5 p.m. Sundays. $12 plus tax, $10 plus tax for seniors, $9 for students, free for children ages 12 and under. See more than 70 photographs of President John F. Kennedy, his wife Jacqueline and their children Caroline and John Jr. by Jacques Lowe, Kennedy’s personal photographer from 1958 through his early years in the White House. Booth Western Art Museum, 501 Museum Drive, Cartersville. 770-387-1300, BoothMuseum.org.
Roswell Slip and Slide Extravaganza. 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. Free with free parking. Leita Thompson Park, 1200 Woodstock Road, Roswell. Three slides (150 feet, 100 feet and 50 feet), food vendors and music. Children under 18 must be accompanied by an adult to sign waiver onsite. Donations are welcome and will benefit Roswell’s Adaptive Camps for Kids with Disabilities and Star House. RoswellGov.com.
Back-to-School Success Rally. 1-4 p.m. Saturday. Free. Fairfield Inn & Suites, 7850 Stonecrest Square, Lithonia. Youth mentor and anti-violence and anti-crime activist Orrin “Checkmate” Hudson, founder of Be Someone, Inc., will use a life-size chessboard to teach life lessons to students. Orrin@BeSomeone.org, eventbrite.com.
Summer MusicFest™ Series: Back in Time band. 6 p.m. gates open, 8 p.m. concert Saturday. $20 adults, $18 seniors (65+) and students. Lawn, The Arts Council Smithgall Arts Center, 331 Spring St. SW, Gainesville. With members from all over northeast Georgia, this nine-piece rock-n-roll band has a four-piece horn section for an all-ages, family-friendly show. Food truck will be Sweet Butts BBQ. Tickets: 770-534-2787 or TheArtsCouncil.net.
ATL Collective Relives Allman Brothers’ “Eat a Peach” Album. 6 p.m. doors open, 8 p.m. show Saturday. $25. Atlanta History Center, 130 W. Paces Ferry Road NW. Partake of food trucks, cash bars and full access to Atlanta History Center exhibitions before listening to performers honoring one of the Allman Brothers’ most popular albums. Chuck Reece of “The Bitter Southerner” will be the evening’s host, providing oral history of the Allman Brothers, retellings of the Atlanta Pop Festival’s historical impact on Atlanta and celebrating Alex Cooley. 404-814-4000, AtlantaHistoryCenter.com/programs.
KISS @ the Movies: “The Secret Life of Pets.” 7:30 p.m. block party, dusk for movie Saturday. Free. Stockbridge City Hall, 4640 N. Henry Blvd., Stockbridge. KISS104fm.com.
“Hunchback of Notre Dame” musical. Through Aug. 27 (some performances sold out). 8 p.m. Tuesdays to Saturdays, 2:30 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays, 10 a.m. Tuesday and Aug. 15. $20 to $35. Aurora Theatre, 128 E. Pike St., Lawrenceville. Based on the Victor Hugo novel and songs from the Disney film. 678-226-6222, AuroraTheatre.com.
Club Nostalgia: “The Night of the Hunter” (1955) with Robert Mitchum, Shelley Winters and Lillian Gish. 2:30-4:30 p.m. Sunday. Free. East Roswell Library, 2301 Holcomb Bridge Road, Roswell. The movie is viewed at home, then discussed at the meeting. Audrey at 404-310-5354, ClubNostalgia.vpweb.com.
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