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.
Walk, Wag N’ Run 5K, 1K Fun Run in Brookhaven
Walk, Wag N’ Run 5K, 1K Fun Run by Ahimsa House. 6:30 a.m. registration, 7:30 a.m. 5K, 8:45 a.m. 1K Saturday. Free parking next to the park. Lenox Park, 1025 Lenox Park Blvd. NE, Brookhaven. Dogs are welcome. Ahimsa house is Georgia’s only nonprofit to help human and animal victims of domestic violence. Since 2004, Ahimsa House has provided almost 70,000 nights of emergency safe shelter for animals in abusive situations with 92 percent of its clients reunited with their pets. Funds raised will support a 24-hour crisis hotline, emergency shelter, veterinary care and legal advocacy. 404-496-4038, director@AhimsaHouse.org, AhimsaHouse.org/WalkWagNRun. 24-Hour Hotline: 1-800-33-HAVEN (42836).
Volunteer Day in Lithonia
Stewardship Saturday Volunteer Day. 9 a.m. Saturday. Free. Davidson-Arabia Mountain Nature Preserve, 3787 Klondike Road, Lithonia. Help clear and clean trails, pick up trash or remove invasive species. Tools and gloves will be provided. Bring water and snacks. LaShanda Davis at 404-371-3643 or lsdavis@DeKalbCountyGa.gov.
Summer Sing workshop in Dunwoody
Choral Guild of Atlanta’s Summer Sing workshop. 9 a.m. refreshments, 10 a.m. to noon workshop Saturday. Free. St. Luke’s Presbyterian Church, 1978 Mount Vernon Road, Dunwoody. All singers are welcome to this workshop with guest composer and choral conductor Timothy Michael Powell, director of Choral Activities at Oglethorpe University. Have fun singing excerpts from the guild’s fall concert, including the “Bluegrass Mass” by Carol Barnett and “Dear Appalachia.” Refreshments will be served. 404-223-6362, email@example.com.
Open House in Buford
Fall Family Open House. 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday. Free. Bogan Park Community Recreation Center, 2723 Bogan Road, Buford. Enjoy lawn games, refreshments, free giveaways and free demonstration classes on zumba, yoga, ballet and Spanish karate. GwinnettCountyEvents.com.
Humorist, author Alex McRae in Newnan
Award-winning writer and humorist Alex McRae. 10 a.m. Saturday. Free. Carnegie Library, 1 LaGrange St., Newnan. McRae will present his new anthology “There Ain’t No Gentle Cycle on the Washing Machine of Love” and a book signing. 770-683-1347, NewnanCarnegie.com.
Quilting lessons in Jonesboro
Ready, Set, Quilt! 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. Headquarters Library, 865 Battle Creek Road, Jonesboro. Join Mary Wright for quilting and fellowship. Beginners are welcome and will receive instruction. Participants must bring their sewing machines and materials. 770-473-3850, claytonpl.org.
Lake Point Community Day in Emerson
Lake Point Community Day. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. Free for all ages. LakePoint Champions Center, 755 Highway 293, Emerson off I-75. Hosted by the Bartow History Museum as a part of Hometown Teams: How Sports Shape America, a traveling Smithsonian exhibition at the museum. Open play for basketball, pickleball, volleyball, fustal and knockerball. Tumbling for ages 4 to 6 at 10:30 a.m. and for ages 7 and above at noon. Bre Johnson at 404-263-0445 or Bre.Johnson@LakePointSports.com, LakePointSports.com/ChampionsCenter.
Family show in Roswell
Roswell Family Series: “A Perfect Balance” by Kevin Reese. 10 a.m. Saturday. Free but ticket required. Roswell Cultural Arts Center, 950 Forrest St., Roswell. This multi-media theater performance celebrates the work of Alexander Calder and integrates music, movement, text, puppetry and visual art, culminating in a 17-foot mobile that suspends into the audience. RoswellCAC.com/discover-us/cultural-arts-center/roswell-family-series.
Book Sale in Chamblee
Book Sale by Friends of the Chamblee Library. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. Chamblee Library, 4115 Clairmont Road, Chamblee. 770-936-1380, DeKalbLibrary.org.
Young Marines orientation in Smyrna
Information session/orientation for the Fall 2017 Recruit Training Class for the Young Marines national youth program. 10 a.m. Saturday. Bravo Company 4th Reconnaissance Battalion, 1880 Roswell St., Smyrna. Hosted by the General Raymond G. Davis Metro Atlanta Young Marines. Boys and girls, ages 8 to 18, are invited to attend. Promoting a healthy, drug-free lifestyle, Young Marines emphasizes leadership, teamwork, community service and citizenship. The class will be held on Saturdays in September and October after which participation is typically the second and fourth Saturdays of the month. 404-403-2793, YoungMarines.com.
Golf Cart Show in Peachtree City
Golf Cart Show. 10 a.m. to noon Saturday. Free. The Avenue Peachtree City, 239 City Circle, Peachtree City. Hosted with Fayette Senior Services. Show off your golf cart decorating talents. Enjoy putt-putt golf, a bounce house, face painting, balloon animals, a golf simulator and giveaways. The Avenue has selected FSS as the benefiting charity to receive all donations. FSS at 770-461-0813.
Genealogy workshop in Atlanta
Genealogy: Immigration and Family History Research. 10:30 a.m. to noon Saturday. $15. Atlanta History Center, 130 West Paces Ferry Road NW, Atlanta. Join Sue VerHoef, director of Oral History and Genealogy at the Atlanta History Center, for a genealogy program designed to help you find your immigrant ancestors. 404-814-4042, AtlantaHistoryCenter.com/programs.
Tiny House workshop in Canton
Design Your Own Tiny House. 1-2 p.m. Saturday. Free. R. T. Jones Memorial Library, 116 Brown Industrial Parkway, Canton. Join Kara Rumble as she talks about the many benefits of living in a tiny home and design your tiny dream home. Register: 770-479-3090 ext. 228. SequoyahRegionalLibrary.org/calendar.
Aerospace workshop in Cumming
Aerospace Education Workshop by Civil Air Patrol. 1-3 p.m. Saturday. Free. Hampton Park Library, 5345 Settingdown Road, Cumming. Open to all ages. 770-781-9840, forsythpl.org.
Photography workshop in Cumming
Digital Photography Workshop by Luis Pita. 2-4 p.m. Saturday. Free. Forsyth County Library, 585 Dahlonega St., Cumming. Learn about camera controls, composition and tabletop macro photography. 770-781-9840, forsythpl.org.
Organ Donation Awareness in Lithonia
Organ Donation Awareness Symposium. 2 p.m. Saturday. Free. Stonecrest Library, 3123 Klondike Road, Lithonia. Entertainment by the Lou Walker Performing Arts Group and Lou Walker Highlighters Dancers. Hosted by Asert Enterprises. Tresa D. Smith at 678-408-1171 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
‘A Lesson Before Dying’ play in Decatur
“A Lesson Before Dying” by Dominion Entertainment Group. 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. Saturday, 3 p.m. Sunday, 11 a.m. and 8 p.m. Aug. 31, 8 p.m. Sept. 1-2, 2 p.m. Sept. 2, 3 p.m. Sept. 3. $11.34 to $32.04. Porter Sanford III Performing Arts and Community Center, 3181 Rainbow Drive, Decatur. Tickets: BrownPaperTickets.com/event/2907574. DominionEnt.org.
Afternoon of Jazz in Union City
Afternoon of Jazz. 3 p.m. Saturday. Free. South Fulton Library, 4055 Flat Shoals Road, Union City. Enjoy the historical, musical art form of jazz with John Robertson and Rosemary Rainey Robertson. 404-613-3092, afpls.org.
John’s Creek Symphony Orchestra
John’s Creek Symphony Orchestra. 6 p.m. doors open, 7 p.m. Saturday. Mark Burkhalter Amphitheatre, 3150 Old Alabama Road, John’s Creek. First-come, first-serve seating for an evening of light classics and pops. Food vendors will be available. JohnsCreekSymphony.org.
Line Dance Marathon in Norcross
Line Dance Marathon. 6 p.m.-midnight Saturday. $5 if dish is brought to share, $9 without a dish. Lucky Shoals Park Community Recreation Center, 4651 Britt Road, Norcross. Dance to country, hip-hop and pop music. All skill levels may participate. A beginner line dance will be taught at 6 p.m. Participants must be at least age 18. Register: 678-277-0860. GwinnettCountyEvents.com.
Blues for Dixie concert in Cumming
Blues for Dixie concert. 8 p.m. Saturday. $20. The Cumming Playhouse, 101 School St., Cumming. The Bell Research Center will host Atlanta guitarist Barry Richman and his band Friday and local favorites “The Frogtown Ramblers” playing Saturday. Among guests sitting in with the bands will be Danny Lee Pendley and Frank Clark. 770-781-9178. Tickets: PlayhouseCumming.com.
‘To Kill a Mockingbird’ in Newnan
“To Kill a Mockingbird” play. 8 p.m. Saturday, 3 p.m. Sunday. $10 to $17. Newnan Theatre Company, 24 First Ave., Newnan. NewnanTheatre.org.
Mount Paran Centennial Celebration in Atlanta
Mount Paran Centennial Celebration. 9 a.m., 11 a.m. and 6 p.m. Sunday. Mount Paran Church, 2055 Mount Paran Road NW, Atlanta. Both morning services will share future visions; the evening service will feature songs, videos and speakers from the past followed by a reception. 404-923-8700, MountParan.com, facebook.com/mpcworship.
Ice Cream Crankin’ in Roswell
Miss Mary’s Ice Cream Crankin’. 2-4 p.m. Sunday (rain or shine). Roswell Square Park, 600 Atlanta St., Roswell. Hosted by BurgerFi. Taste more than 100 homemade ice cream flavors. Enjoy music, ice cream contests with prizes and a Kids Korner with face painting and a bouncy house. Proceeds will benefit The Drake House, a short-term crisis housing program for homeless single mothers and their children in North Metro Atlanta. 770-587-4712 ext. 307, hyork@TheDrakeHouse.org.
Theater Awards ceremony in Roswell
Metropolitan Atlanta Theater Awards. 2 p.m. doors open, 3:30 p.m. ceremony Sunday. $20 plus tax. Roswell Cultural Arts Center, 950 Forrest St., Roswell. Annual awards will go to those involved in community theater across Metro Atlanta. matawards.com/awards-ceremony.
4-H Open House in Atlanta
Open House: Fulton County 4-H Club. 2-3:30 p.m. Sunday. Free. Atlanta History Center, 130 West Paces Ferry Road NW, Atlanta. Monthly club meetings are hosted for grades K through 12. Events and competitions are offered for fourth to 12th grade 4-Hers throughout the year. Activities include shooting sports, judging teams, public speaking competitions, weekend trips and statewide summer camps at Rock Eagle. 404-814-4099, email email@example.com, AtlantaHistoryCenter.com/programs.
Teen Gavel Club in Alpharetta
Teen Gavel Club: Learning the Art of Public Speaking. 2:30 p.m. Sunday. Free. Alpharetta Library, 10 Park Plaza, Alpharetta. Teenagers will learn how to improve their communication skills with assistance from members of the Alpharetta Toastmasters chapter. 404-613-6735, afpls.org.
GospelFest in Mableton
GospelFest by Bridges of Success Academy. 3 p.m. and 6 p.m. Sunday. $10 to $40. Mable House Barnes Amphitheatre, 5239 Floyd Road, Mableton. Hear Cynthia Winthrop and Gospel recording artists Virtue. MableHouse.org.
Chippy Challenge in Atlanta
Atlanta Audubon Society: Volunteer Recognition and Chippy Challenge. 3:30-5:30 p.m. Sunday. Free but $5 for trivia cards per person. Manuel’s Tavern, 602 N. Highland Ave. NE, Atlanta. Nikki will try to stump the crowd with new bird and birding-related trivia questions to win a prize. Play individually or with teams of no more than four people. Those who bring a friend, who joins Atlanta Audubon at the event, will have their and their friends’ trivia charges waived. Since Chippy is the mascot for the Learning About Birds (LAB) curriculum, proceeds will benefit Atlanta Audubon’s LAB programs. Atlanta Audubon volunteers, who contributed 100 or more hours of service in 2016, will be celebrated. 678-973-2437, AtlantaAudubon.org/upcoming-events.
Grant Park Summer Shade Festival
Grant Park Summer Shade Festival. 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday, 11 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Sunday. Free. Grant Park, 700 Boulevard Ave. SE. Enjoy an artist market, live entertainment, a Kids Zone, 5K run and food vendors. Ride your bike to the festival and park it for free with the Atlanta Bicycle Coalition Bike Valet. This annual event raises funds for the Grant Park Conservancy to restore, renovate, beautify and maintain historic Grant Park. SummerShadeFestival.org.
GWTW jewelry collection in Marietta
GWTW: The Joseff of Hollywood jewelry collection. Through Aug. 31. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday to Saturday. $6 to $7. 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.
Football Fest in Atlanta
Football Fest. 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. Free outside but inside $17.99 to $21.99 and free for ages under 3 and active/retired military with valid ID. College Football Hall of Fame, 250 Marietta St. NW, Atlanta. Celebrate the upcoming college football season with a family-friendly festival. Outside, see marching bands, mascots, cheerleaders and DJ appearances. The Railers will perform 1-2 p.m., also outside. 404-880-4800, cfbhall.com/happenings/football-fest-2017.
Axam Dance Theatre in Atlanta
Axam Dance Theatre Experience: “My Faith - An Encore Performance of My Favorite Things.” 4 p.m. Sunday. $20 to $25. Southwest Arts Center Theater, 915 New Hope Road, Atlanta. Original music by S. Renee Clark. AxamDanceTheatreExperience@gmail.com, FultonArts.org, eventbrite.com.
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