Close to Home for Feb. 20

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 veterans breakfast in Douglasville

Free breakfast for veterans with presentation of colors by the Chapel Hill High School JROTC and a program. 8-11 a.m. today. Chapel Hill High School, 4899 Chapel Hill Road, Douglasville. 770-651-6200.

Wiphan Warthog Waddle in Roswell

Wiphan Warthog Waddle, a race to benefit 900 orphans and vulnerable children educated by Wiphan in the slums of Ndola, Zambia. 8 a.m. 1K Fun Run, 8:30 a.m. 5K Race/Walk, 9:30 a.m. awards today. $15 to $30. Fellowship Bible Church, 480 Crossville Road, Roswell. Register: 770-826-9928.

Roswell Roots Festival

Roswell Roots events for Black History Month.

  • Living History Event. 10:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. today. Free. Smith Plantation Barn, 935 Alpharetta St., Roswell. 770-641-3978.
  • West African Rhythms and Flavors. 11 a.m.-3 p.m. today. Free. Barrington Hall, 535 Barrington Drive, Roswell. 770-640-3855.
  • Are You Smarter Than the Griot? 2 p.m. today. Free. Roswell Branch, 115 Norcross St., Roswell. 770-640-3075.
  • The Untold Story of Roswell. 3-4:30 p.m. Sunday. Free. Roswell Visitors Center, 617 Atlanta St. 770-640-3253.

Polar Plunge in Lake Lanier

Georgia Law Enforcement Polar Plunge fundraiser for Special Olympics of Georgia, the largest fundraising effort of all Special Olympics organizations in the U.S., benefiting the 26,702 athletes of Special Olympics Georgia. 1:30 p.m. today. Lake Lanier Islands, 7000 Lanier Islands Parkway, Buford.

‘The Farmer’s Daughter’ in Roswell

Club Nostalgia, meeting to discuss “The Farmer’s Daughter” (1947) movie, starring Loretta Young and Joseph Cotten. 2-4 p.m. today. Free. East Roswell Branch, 2301 Holcomb Bridge Road, Roswell. Watch the movie at home, then discuss it at the meeting with trivia and prizes. 404-310-5354.

‘Casablanca’ in Marietta

“Casablanca” (1942) with Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman. 7:30 p.m. live organ pops variety show and sing-along, 8-10 p.m. today. $7 to $8. Earl Smith Strand Theatre, 117 North Park Square, Marietta. Tickets: 770-293-0080.

‘Sacred Sounds’ in Atlanta

“Sacred Sounds” with The Jones Family Singers (Christian Gospel), including Susana Behar (Jewish Ladino) and Azar Mehmood (Ghazal). 8 p.m. today. $44.04 to $72.12. Rialto Center for the Arts, 80 Forsyth St. NW., Atlanta. 404-413-9849.,

‘Buddy Holly Story’ in Tyrone

“Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story.” 3 and 8 p.m. today, 3 p.m. Sunday. $15 to $45. Legacy Theatre, 1175 Senoia Road, Tyrone.

‘Music for Missions’ in Tucker

United Methodist Men’s 220th “Music for Missions” Concert with Russian musical artists Olga McNeill on flute and Elena Dorozhkina on piano. 7 p.m. Sunday. Free but donations welcome for the church’s missions and charities. Lawrenceville Road United Methodist Church, 3142 Lawrenceville Highway, Tucker.