Close to home for Feb. 11

Dunwoody Nature Center tour

BYOB: Bring Your Own Binoculars. 7 a.m. to sundown today and Feb. 18, 25. Free. Dunwoody Nature Center, 5343 Roberts Drive, Dunwoody. Self-guided tours available of the 22-acre preserve. 770-394-3322,

Sensory Storytime in Cumming

Special Needs Library Hour and Sensory Storytime. 9-10 a.m. today and second Saturdays. Free. Hampton Park Library, 5345 Settingdown Road, Cumming. The library will be open an hour earlier for special needs patrons and their families only. 770-781-9840 ext. 6709,

WWI Black History program in Morrow

“The Enduring Chronicle: African Americans and World War I: Over There and Over Here” by the Metro Atlanta Chapter of Afro-American Historical and Genealogical Society. 9:30 a.m. registration, 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. today. Free. National Archives, 5780 Jonesboro Road, Morrow. Lunch will be provided. Register: National Archives Education Specialist Joel Walker at 770-968-2530 or

Roswell Roots Arts Festival

Roswell Roots Arts Festival. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. today. Free. Roswell River Landing, 245 Azalea Drive, Roswell. Enjoy an original and a diverse collection of local artists and makers. Pieces will be for sale.

North Atlanta Home Show in Duluth

North Atlanta Home Show. 10 a.m. today, noon Sunday. $8. Infinite Energy Center, 6400 Sugarloaf Parkway, Duluth. More than 150 companies will be displaying the latest in home improvement products and services.,

Toastmasters in College Park

Ardyss Toastmasters Club. 1:30-3:30 p.m. today and every second and fourth Saturday. Free. College Park Branch, 3647 Main St., College Park. Adults are invited to learn how to become effective communicators and listeners and better speakers and presenters. Register: 404-762-4060.

‘A Tempest’ in Atlanta

Staged reading of “A Tempest” by Theater Emory. 7:30 p.m. today, 2 p.m. Sunday. Free. Theater Lab, Schwartz Center for Performing Arts, 1700 N. Decatur Road, Atlanta. Forum and reception to follow Sunday reading. This 1969 adaptation of Shakespeare’s “The Tempest” makes use of African oral tradition to examine resistance to colonialism through a Caribbean lens. Reservations:

‘Le Petit Prince’ play in Atlanta

“Le Petit Prince.” Jasmine Thomas and Chris Kayser star in this adaptation of the classic tale directed by Carolyn Cook. In French with English supertitles. Through Sunday. 8 p.m. today, 3 p.m. Sunday. $18.50 to $27.50. Theatre du Reve at 7 Stages Back Stage Theater, 1105 Euclid Ave. NE, Atlanta.

Daylily Society in Marietta

The Cobb County Daylily Society. 2 p.m. Sunday. Free. Room 256, Marietta First United Methodist Church, 56 Whitlock Ave., Marietta. Diana Waldrop at 770-429-0204.

Water Quality 101 in Cumming

Water Quality 101 by Keep Forsyth County Beautiful (KFCB). 2:30 p.m. Sunday. Free. Post Road Library, 5010 Post Road, Cumming. Intended for adult residents though children, ages 12 and older, are welcome to attend with an adult. Forsyth County Adopt-A-Stream Coordinator Kevin Smith will use a hands-on, interactive model to show how daily activities can have a negative impact on water and how to minimize that impact. KFCB at 770-205-4573.

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