Close to Home for Aug. 12

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

Free tennis clinic in McDonough

Jac Roth Free Tennis Clinic. 8:15 a.m. registration, 9 a.m. to noon Saturday. Free. Richard Craig Park, 125 S. Zack Hinton Parkway, McDonough. The first 50 participants to register will receive a free t-shirt. Open free to all ages and experience levels. Equipment and instructors will be provided by the Henry County Parks and Recreation Department. A free weenie roast/cookout will follow the clinic. 770-288-7300,

Consignment sale in Kennesaw

Born Again Blessings consignment sale. 9 a.m. to noon Saturday. Riverstone Church, 2005 Stilesboro Road NW, Kennesaw. First-time parents and educators with ID may sign up for early shopping privileges 7-8:30 p.m. Thursday. 678-384-5200,,

Pure Barre Class in Roswell

Pure Barre Class. 10-10:45 a.m. Saturday. Free. Roswell City Hall parking lot, 38 Hill St., Roswell. Ages 16 and up are welcome to receive a full-body workout, concentrating on hips, thighs, seat, abdominals and arms. The Pure Barre technique is low-impact, protecting joints by avoiding any bouncing or jumping. Each strength section of the workout is followed by a stretching section. Bring a mat. This event will take place during the Roswell Farmers and Artisans Market from 8 a.m. to noon every Saturday through the end of October, also at Roswell City Hall.

Minecraft Mania in Lawrenceville

Minecraft Mania. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday. Free. Collins Hill Branch, 455 Camp Perrin Road, Lawrenceville. Open to all ages for Minecraft activities, crafts and adventures.

Back-to-School Carnival in Tucker

Back-to-School Carnival. 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday. Free. Saint Andrews Presbyterian Church, 4882 Lavista Road, Tucker. Enjoy face painting, bouncy houses, spin art, a petting zoo, Bible stories, church songs and free hot dogs. 770-938-2833,

Solar Eclipse Preparation in Decatur

Solar Eclipse Preparation. 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Saturday. Free. Decatur Library, 215 Sycamore St., Decatur. Four sessions will be 10-10:30 a.m., 11-11:30 a.m., noon-12:30 p.m. and 1-1:30 p.m. Learn about the upcoming partial solar eclipse, how to view it safely and receive a free pair of eclipse glasses while supplies last. Glasses will be provided in partnership with STAR Library Education Network and NASA @ My Library. 404-370-3070,

Transferable Wealth workshop in Atlanta

Transferable Wealth: Peace-of-Mind Workshop. 10:30 a.m. to noon Saturday. Free. Wolf Creek Library, 3100 Enon Road, Atlanta. Adult participants will be instructed on how to prepare a financial legacy for their loved ones. 404-613-4255,

Master Gardener session in Dunwoody

“Saving Seeds”: Dunwoody Community Garden & Orchard’s Master Gardener session. 11 a.m. to noon Saturday. Free. DCGO greenhouse complex barn opposite the skate park at Brook Run Park, 4770 N. Peachtree Road, Dunwoody. “Saving Seeds” will cover when and how to collect and store seeds, the advantages of saving seeds, selection of best plants and seed libraries. Refreshments will be served.

Inspiring Students workshop in Atlanta

Inspiring Students to Excel: Parent Workshop. 2-4:30 p.m. Saturday. Free. Wolf Creek Library, 3100 Enon Road, Atlanta. Adults may learn how to prepare their college-bound students with scholarships and essay-writing skills. 404-613-4255,

Tri-Music Festival in Villa Rica

Tri-Music Festival. 5-9 p.m. Saturday. $25. The Mill Amphitheater, 106 Temple St., Villa Rica. Presented by the Stepping Stones Foundation and TriMu to fund scholarships for high school graduates in Douglas, Paulding and Carroll counties. Featuring Erica Dawson, Travis Wright and Beanee.

‘Driving Miss Daisy’ play in Jonesboro

“Driving Miss Daisy” by The Front Porch Players. 7:30 p.m. Saturday and Aug. 18 and 19, 2:30 p.m. Sunday and Aug. 20. $10 to $15. First Presbyterian Church of Jonesboro, 1842 Lake Jodeco Road, Jonesboro. Based in Atlanta, this Pulitzer Prize-winning play by Alfred Uhry also was made into an Oscar-winning movie for Best Picture. 770-897-1404,

‘Moonlight and Magnolias’ play in Norcross

“Moonlight and Magnolias” by Ron Hutchinson. 7:30 p.m. Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday. $10. Lionheart Theatre Company, 10 College St., Norcross. 678-938-8518,,

South River Stroll in Lithonia

South River Stroll with Interpretive and Recreational Hiking. 8 a.m. Sunday. Free. Davidson-Arabia Mountain Nature Preserve, 3787 Klondike Road, Lithonia. Join Ranger Robby for a short, casual and scenic stroll along the South River. Occurring at 8 a.m. every Friday and Sunday in August, the separate moderate hikes will last two to three hours. Bring water. DeKalb County Recreation and Parks and Cultural Affairs public relations specialist LaShanda Davis at 404-371-3643 or

Decatur BBQ, Blues & Bluegrass Festival

Decatur BBQ, Blues & Bluegrass Festival. 2-9 p.m. Saturday. $15 to $20 adults, free for children ages 12 and under when accompanied by a paying adult. Harmony Park, 630 East Lake Drive at Oakview Road, Oakhurst near Decatur. Benefiting the Community Center of South Decatur by supporting educational programs and community events and providing grants to other nonprofit groups in Decatur.

Free shredding in Kennesaw

Keep Kennesaw Beautiful’s shredding event. 9 a.m. to noon Saturday (or until the shred truck is filled). Free. Kennesaw Public Works facility, 3080 Moon Station Road, Kennesaw. No glass, metal, electronics, magazines, newspapers, books, three-ring binders or household trash/recycling will be accepted – only personal documents. No need to remove staples or paper clips, but large binder clips and three-ring or other binders need to be removed. Document limit is 10 boxes no bigger than a 12x10x15 banker/file box. 770-424-8274,

Antique Firearms Show in Marietta

Southeastern Civil War and Antique Firearms Show. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday. $6 for adults, free for children under age 10. Cobb Civic Center, 528 S. Marietta Parkway SE, Marietta. Various historians will lecture during the show, including Michael K. Shaffer who will discuss “Cobb County in the Civil War” at 3 p.m. Saturday.

‘Program Palooza’ in Kennesaw

Kennesaw Parks & Recreation’s “Program Palooza.” 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday. Free. Ben Robertson Community Center, 2753 Watts Drive, Kennesaw. All ages are welcome. Activities and entertainment will include cattle roping, gold panning and a child-friendly shooting gallery. Healthy refreshments will be available from the chuck wagon and watering hole (while supplies last). Western attire is encouraged. Meet program instructors, observe and participate in a variety of demonstrations and learn about dozens of new recreation activities that will be offered this fall. A discount will be offered for registration accepted on-site during the event. 770-422-9714 or

Money lessons in Atlanta

Money Lessons Done Right! 2-3 p.m. Saturday and Aug. 19 and 26. Free. Wolf Creek Library, 3100 Enon Road, Atlanta. Young adults, ages 15 to 25, are invited to discover the importance of saving, budgeting and investing money as a young adult. 404-613-4255,

Identifying Snakes in Dacula

Understanding and Identifying Snakes. 2:30-3:30 p.m. Saturday. Free. Dacula Branch, 265 Dacula Road, Dacula. Adults are invited to an introduction to the Savannah River Ecology Herpetology website by a guest speaker.

Banks & Shane concert in Cumming

Banks & Shane concert. 3 p.m. Saturday. $25. The Cumming Playhouse, 101 School St., Cumming. Tickets: 770-781-9178.,

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