Close to Home for Aug. 22

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

Run, walk for epilepsy in Atlanta

Magnolia Run and Walk for Epilepsy, 7 a.m. registration, 8 a.m. 5K and 1 mile today, Perimeter Mall, 4400 Ashford Dunwoody Road, Atlanta. $25-$35.,

‘Summer Sing’ in Dunwoody

Choral Guild of Atlanta’s “Summer Sing” with singers of all voice parts invited, 9:15 a.m. to noon today, St. Luke’s Presbyterian Church, 1978 Mount Vernon Road, Dunwoody. Free.

Obstacle course in Conyers

Rugged Maniac Obstacle Course with 25 obstacles along 3 miles and a festival, including mechanical bulls and adult bounce houses, 10 a.m. today, Georgia International Horse Park, 1996 Centennial Olympic Parkway, Conyers. $79 to $89.

Back-to-school carnival in Tucker

“Back to School Carnival” for the church’s preschool and after-school programs, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. today, St. Andrews Presbyterian Church, 4882 Lavista Road, Tucker with face painting, bounce houses, spin art, a petting zoo, Bible stories and church songs, hot dogs, chips, snow cones and more snacks. Free., 770-938-2833.

Meet Margaret Mitchell in Atlanta

Meet the Past Festival with “Gone With the Wind” novelist Margaret Mitchell and many activities, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. today, Margaret Mitchell House, Atlanta History Center’s Midtown Campus, 979 Crescent Ave. NE. $11-$16.50.

Festival of India in Duluth

Festival of India by the India American Cultural Association to celebrate India’s 69th Independence Day, 11 a.m. today, Gwinnett Convention Center, 6400 Sugarloaf Parkway, Duluth.

‘Battle of the Bands’ in Stone Mountain

“Battle of the Bands” with local high school bands, including food and prizes, noon to 3 p.m. today, Greater Hidden Hills, Redan Village, northeast corner of South Hairston and Redan Roads, Stone Mountain to benefit the nonprofit Greater Hidden Hills Community Development Corp. Business table reservations for $25:, 508-591-3526.

‘Music in the Park’ in Hiram

“Music in the Park” by New Unity Christian Fellowship Church with the New Unity Praise Team, Shane (Fairshake), Smash, Clarence Elebee and Peyton Bedford and the Bedord Singers, 6 to 9 p.m. today, Ben Hill Strickland Sr. Memorial Park Amphitheater, 372 Oak St., Hiram. 678-517-1047.

Tenor Ken Lavigne in Buford

Canadian tenor “Ken Lavigne: The Road to Carnegie Hall,” 8 p.m. today, Sylvia Beard Theatre, 2200 Buford Highway, Buford. $20-$25.

Tall Tall Trees in Roswell

Tall Tall Trees with banjo player Mike Savino, 8 to 10 p.m. today, Roswell Cultural Arts Center, 950 Forrest St. $25.,, 770-594-6232.

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