Southern Sweets: Pound Cake Cook-Off is 12:30–3:30 p.m. Saturday. Free. Bill Johnson Community Activity Building, 10495 Woodstock Road, Roswell. Taste pound cake and vote for your favorite as a part of the Roswell Roots Festival this month. AJC file photo

Close to Home for Feb. 10-11

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

Atlanta Jewish Film Festival

Atlanta Jewish Film Festival. Through Feb. 15 at various venues. $12 to $36. 404-410-4010, 678-701-6104,

Marietta Mardi Gras 5K

Marietta Mardi Gras 5K Fun Run + Walk. 8 a.m. 5K, 9 a.m. 1K, 9:15 a.m. Tot Trot Saturday (rain or shine). $15 to $40. Historic Marietta Square, 50 N. Park Square, Marietta. Hosted by the Junior League of Cobb-Marietta, this festive, family-friendly event also will offer a costume contest, jazz musicians and a king cake. Top runners, best costumes and most spirited teams will be awarded. Funds raised will support the league’s mission of helping women and children in Cobb County and their new focus on combating domestic violence.,

Dunwoody Walk with a Doc

Dunwoody Walk with a Doc. 9-10 a.m. Saturday and each second Saturday. Free. Brook Run Park, 4770 N. Peachtree Road, Dunwoody on the front field, opposite the playground. The program is focused on getting participants active in a Dunwoody park while conferring with a healthcare professional host who can provide support to walkers and answer questions during the walk. Healthy snacks, coffee and blood pressure checks also will be offered.

A Day of Self Love in Jonesboro

A Day of Self Love. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday. Free. Mundy’s Mill High School, 9652 Fayetteville Road, Jonesboro. Such topics as fitness, financial planning and public safety will be addressed. Medical testing, a healthy recipes exhibit and educational workshops also will be a part of the event. In a first-time collaboration, Clayton County District 3 Commissioner Felicia Franklin Warner and Henry County District 5 Commissioner Bruce Holmes will support this event along with the Henry-Clayton Section of the National Council of Negro Women. Food will be available for a fee.

Roswell Roots Festival

Roswell Roots Festival. The city of Roswell is hosting this 17th annual festival throughout February in conjunction with Black History Month, relating to art, food, live music, storytelling, history, education and community engagement. Roswell Roots has grown into one of the largest, most comprehensive celebrations of Black history and culture in the Southeast and has been awarded the “Gold Award for Best Cultural Event” by the Southeast Festival and Events Association.

  • Roswell Roots Marketplace. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday. Bill Johnson Community Activity Building, 10495 Woodstock Road, Roswell. Original collections of work from artists and makers, celebrating Black history and culture, will be available for sale.

Hannah’s Journey: The Cook’s Quest. 11 a.m. to noon Saturday. Free. Smith Plantation, 935 Alpharetta St., Roswell. Living history interpreter and open-hearth cooking expert Clarissa Clifton will demonstrate making traditional Southern food in the cookhouse hearth. She will define and discuss “Southern Poverty Food,” its perception, the concept of Farm to Table and present-day Southern food trends. 770-641-3978.

  • Southern Sweets: Pound Cake Cook-Off. 12:30–3:30 p.m. Saturday. Free. Bill Johnson Community Activity Building, 10495 Woodstock Road, Roswell. Taste pound cake and vote for your favorite.
  • Olympic movie screening. 5-8 p.m. Saturday. $5 to $35. Zion Missionary Baptist Church, 888 Zion Circle, Roswell. Hosted by Zion’s Boy Scout Troop 206 and St. James United Methodist Church’s Troop 2206 as their fundraiser, this screening of “Olympic Pride, American Prejudice” was written and directed by filmmaker Deborah Riley Draper. The 2016 film follows 18 African-American Olympians who won hearts and medals at the 1936 Olympic Games in Berlin - among them Jesse Owens. Draper will participate in a Q&A session with other guests. Tickets: 770-993-8587,,

    Auditions for comedy in Tucker

    Auditions: “The Curious Savage” comedy. 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday. First Baptist Church of Tucker, 5073 Lavista Road, Tucker. Main Street Theatre is seeking male and female actors, ages 18 to 65 and above, to audition for this comic tale of greed, generosity and sanity by John Patrick. Be prepared to read from the script and bring a recent photo. Open casting encourages actors of all ages, colors, sizes, identities, cultures and abilities to audition for any part in which they are interested. The show will run weekends May 11-20.

    Norcross Town Hall Fiesta

    Norcross Town Hall Fiesta. 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. Norcross Cultural Arts and Community Center, 10 College St. NW, Norcross. This event will include time to mix and mingle with new Mayor Craig Newton, City Council members and other city officials and see presentations by local organizations.

    • Meet and Greet: 11 a.m. While enjoying refreshments, meet city officials in a casual environment where you can chat about anything that is important to you.
    • Presentations: noon. Many local organizations will be featured, including Corners Outreach, Gwinnett Legal Aid, Gwinnett County Juvenile Court, Good Samaritan Health Clinic, Gwinnett County Public Library – Norcross Branch, Latin American Association and Next Generation Focus.
    • Welcome: 12:35 p.m. Mario Guevara, reporter for Mundo Hispanico, the largest Hispanic newspaper in Georgia and the Spanish division of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, will lead in welcoming Fiesta guests and introducing the remainder of the program.
    • Introduction of the Mayor: 12:40 p.m. State Rep. Pedro “Pete” Marin, D-Duluth, will introduce Newton.
    • Greetings from the Mayor: 12:45 p.m. Newton will address Fiesta guests as he begins his first term.

    ‘All Things Tomatoes’ in Dunwoody

    Master Gardener Learning Session: “All Things Tomatoes.” 11 a.m. to noon Saturday. Free, including refreshments. Dunwoody Community Garden & Orchard (DCGO) greenhouse complex, Brook Run Park, 4770 N. Peachtree Road, Dunwoody opposite the skate park. Learn about growing tomatoes from seeds and transplants, tomato varieties, site prep, watering, fertilization and insect and disease control.

    Teen Dating Violence Awareness in Jonesboro

    Teen Dating Violence Awareness presentation. Noon Saturday. Free. Mundy’s Mill High School, 9652 Fayetteville Road, Jonesboro. The Clayton County Office of Youth Services, Clayton County Board of Health and Henry-Clayton Section of the National Council of Negro Women will host this event in response to a national survey that one in 10 teens reported being hit or physically hurt on purpose by a boyfriend or girlfriend at least once. Also, one in 10 teens reported they had been kissed, touched or physically forced to have sex against their will at least once by someone they were dating.

    Ice skating in Atlanta

    Winter at Atlantic Station: Ice Skating. Through Wednesday. Noon-11 p.m. Saturday, noon-9 p.m. Sunday, 4-10 p.m. Monday to Wednesday. $15 adults, $12 children under 12, including skates and unlimited skating for that day. Atlantic Station, 1380 Atlantic Drive NW, Atlanta. 404-410-4010,

    The Roswell Dance Starz

    The Roswell Dance Starz: “Evolution – A Journey of a Dancer.” 1 p.m. and 6 p.m. Saturday. $12 online, $15 at the door. Roswell Cultural Arts Center, 950 Forrest St., Roswell. This resident dance company of the Roswell Recreation, Parks, Historic & Cultural Affairs Department is made up of hand-selected dancers, ages 7 to 18. The group is dedicated to improving the dance technique of its members by providing opportunities to be a major part of a large -scale performance, experience professional workshops, compete, attend master classes and participate in other educational and performance opportunities. Auditions are held each May. Tickets: Nicole Brook at 770-641-3987 or

    Rhapsody Dance in Avondale Estates

    Rhapsody Dance Concert. 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday. $12/adult, $6/general student, $4/DSA student. DeKalb School of the Arts, Kyle Theater, 1192 Clarendon Ave., Avondale Estates. “Rhapsody” features pieces from former Broadway dancer Joan Kall Stewart, Darrell Grand Moultrie, a tap piece by Tre McClendon, a swing piece from Birda Ringstad and a Marci Lefkoff jazz piece. DSA’s Anna Dunn reconstructs “Dance of the Hours” from the opera “La Giaconda” and Dean Williams’ “Crazy Just Might Work.” Works by two DSA seniors also are featured - Raven Crosby’s piece plays with “Breaking the 4th Wall” and Sarah Napier explores “Choreography Accumulation.” Tickets:

    Big Band Night in Atlanta

    Jazz Fest 2018: Big Band Night. 8 p.m Saturday. Free but tickets required. Emerson Concert Hall, Schwartz Center for Performing Arts, Emory University, 1700 N. Decatur Road, Atlanta. Join Gary Motley, Peter Erskine, Darek Oles, the Emory Big Band and members of the Emory University Symphony Orchestra as Richard Prior conducts. 404-727-5050,,

    ‘Million Dollar Quartet’ in Tyrone

    “Million Dollar Quartet.” Through Feb. 25. 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, 3 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays, 7:30 p.m. Sunday and on Feb. 18 and 25. $15 to $45. Legacy Theatre, 1175 Senoia Road, Suite C, Tyrone. Rated PG for mild adult language, this musical play is inspired by the famed recording session that brought together Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis and Carl Perkins for the one and only time with many rock ‘n’ roll hits. Tickets: 404-895-1473,

    Southern comedy play in Cumming

    “Southern Sirens: A Southern Comedy.” Through Feb. 25. 8 p.m. Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays; 3 p.m. Sundays. $22.50 to $25 plus 7 percent tax. The Cumming Playhouse, 101 School St., Cumming. Every year middle-aged ladies have an all-girls’ beach getaway. This year they devise a plan to lure local homewrecker Dixie Lynn Lee to the beach to teach her a lesson. Tickets: 770-781-9178,

    Super Museum Sunday

    Super Museum Sunday. Free. Including the metro Atlanta sites listed below, more than 100 sites are participating in this annual Georgia History Festival event, including historic sites, house museums, art museums and other points of interest in Savannah and throughout Georgia.

    • 1-5 p.m. Funk Heritage Center, 7300 Reinhardt Circle, Waleska. 770-720-5970,
    • Noon-4 p.m. Marietta Museum of History, 1 Depot St., Marietta. 770-794-5710,
    • Noon-4 p.m. Millenium Gate Museum, 395 17th St. NW, Atlanta. 404-881-0900,
    • Noon-4 p.m. Museum of History and Holocaust Education at Kennesaw State University, 3333 Busbee Drive, Kennesaw. 470-578-2083,
    • Noon-4 p.m. Pickett’s Mill Battlefield Historic Site, 4432 Mt. Tabor Church Road, Dallas. 770-443-7850,
    • Noon-5 p.m. SCAD FASH Museum of Fashion & Film, 1600 Peachtree St. NW, Atlanta. 404-253-3132,
    • Noon-4 p.m. Seven Springs Museum at the Bodiford House, 4355 Marietta St., Powder Springs. 678-626-0799,
    • Noon-4 p.m. William Root House Museum & Garden, 80 N. Marietta Parkway NW, Marietta. 770-426-4982,

    Teen Gavel Club in Alpharetta

    Teen Gavel Club: Learning the Art of Public Speaking. 3 p.m. Sunday and Feb. 25. Free. Alpharetta Library, 10 Park Plaza, Alpharetta. In partnership with the Alpharetta Toastmasters, teens, ages 12 to 19, can learn how to improve their public speaking skills. 404-613-6735,

    Trace Your Roots in Dacula

    Trace Your Roots: A Free African-American Genealogy Workshop. 3-6 p.m. Sunday. Dacula Branch, 265 Dacula Road, Dacula. Learn how to explore free genealogy databases, including the Library Edition of and HeritageQuest. Hosted by the Gwinnett County Public Library with the Ebony Society of Gwinnett. 770-978-5154,

    ‘God’s Trombones’ in East Point

    “God’s Trombones”: An African-American Celebration of Black Sermons. 4 p.m. Sunday. Free. Headland Heights United Methodist Church, 2147 Dodson Drive, East Point. The seven sermons were preached in the South during the 1920s by African-American preachers. 770-969-1142, 404-344-0144.

    Chopin Piano Recital in Roswell

    Chopin Society of Atlanta: Szymon Nehring Piano Recital. 6-8 p.m. Sunday. $10 to $25. Roswell Cultural Arts Center, 950 Forrest St., Roswell. Winner of the 2017 Arthur Rubinstein International Piano Master Competition in Tel Aviv, Israel, Nehring also was a recipient of an Honorable Mention and Audience Prize at the 2015 Fryderyk Chopin International Piano Competition. Tickets: