Close to home for Jan. 7

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

ESL Classes in DeKalb

English as a Second Language Classes for adults. Free. Literacy Action at 404-377-7323 or DCPL Literacy Services at 404-508-7190 ext. 2240.

  • 10-11:30 a.m. today. Tucker-Reid H. Cofer Library, 5234 LaVista Road, Tucker.
  • Noon-1:30 p.m. today. Doraville Library, 3748 Central Ave., Doraville and continuing Saturdays at these locations.

‘Winter Wonderland’ in DeKalb

“Winter Wonderland: Celebrations & Traditions Around the World.” 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily through Sunday. 8. $16 to $18, free for museum members and children ages 2 and younger. Fernbank Museum of Natural History, 767 Clifton Road NE, Atlanta. A tribute to seasonal celebrations around the globe. 404-929-6300,

‘Turn Homeward, Hannalee’ in Roswell

Georgia Ensemble Theatre’s Family Stage: Adventure Series - “Turn Homeward, Hannalee.” 11 a.m. today. $10. Cultural Arts Center, 950 Forrest St., Roswell. Cathy Kaemmerlen of Tattling Tales tells the historical fiction account of what a 12-year-old mill girl and her family may have encountered after the Battle of Kennesaw Mountain as Union troops advanced toward Roswell.,

Winter Open House in Douglasville

Winter Open House at the Cultural Arts Council. Noon-3 p.m. today. Free. 8652 Campbellton St., Douglasville. Artist demonstrations, student performances and registration for winter classes. Arts Education Coordinator Joi Jamison at 770-949-2787,,

Glenn Miller Orchestra in Morrow

The Glenn Miller Orchestra with music director, vocal soloist and Atlanta native Nick Hilscher. 3 p.m. today. $40. Spivey Hall, 2000 Clayton State Blvd., Morrow. Open to ages 8 and above. 678-466-4200,,

Harvest Festival in Vinings

Harvest Festival: The Indian Way. 3-4 p.m. today. Free. Vinings Library, 4290 Paces Ferry Road, Atlanta. Learn about and celebrate Makar Sankranti, the Harvest Festival, with traditional music, dancing, food, crafts and interesting facts about this festival that celebrates the arrival of spring in India. All school-age children and their parents or guardians are welcome to attend.

Young Artists in Johns Creek

Young Artists. 4:30-5:30 p.m. today and Jan. 21, Feb. 4 and 18, March 4 and 18, April 15 and May 13. Free. Ocee Branch, 5090 Abbotts Bridge Road, Johns Creek. Children, ages 5 and under, may learn the basic techniques of drawing, painting, elements of art, principles of design and cartoon/anime’ drawing. 770-360-8897,

Christmas tree recycling in Cobb

Christmas tree recycling. 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. today at select Home Depot locations throughout Cobb. Through Jan. 15 at these county parks:

  • Noonday Creek Park, 489 Hawkins Store Road, Kennesaw
  • Lost Mountain Park, 4845 Dallas Highway, Powder Springs
  • Sewell Park, 2085 Lower Roswell Road, Marietta
  • Fullers Park, 3499 Robinson Road, Marietta

Free mulch will be available after Monday. 770-528-1135,,

Christmas tree recycling in Canton

Christmas tree recycling event. 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. today. Boling Park, 1200 Marietta Highway, Canton. 770-704-1544,

Free reading with Kenny Leon

Free play reading of “What’s Up Down There” by Janece Shaffer, a new comedy. 7-9 p.m. today. Theatrical Outfit, 84 Luckie St. NW, Atlanta. Directed by and featuring Tony Award winner Kenny Leon, the reading will tell the stories of five men and the importance of getting checked for prostate cancer. Produced by Dr. James Bennett and Midtown Urology in partnership with CHAMPS and Leon’s True Colors Theatre Company. RSVP:

Atlanta Botanical Garden Lights

Garden Lights, Holiday Nights. 5-10 p.m. through today. $20 to $41, free for children under age 3. Atlanta Botanical Garden, 1345 Piedmont Ave., Atlanta. See a new Walk of Flames display and a newly expanded Tunnel of Light in the 30-acre garden. 404-876-5859,

Ice Rink, Lights in Atlanta

Ice Rink and Holiday in Lights at Centennial Olympic Park. Through Sunday. $12 (90-minute skate and skate rental). 265 Park Ave. W. NW, Atlanta. 404-222-7275,

Fantasy in Lights at Callaway Gardens

Fantasy in Lights Final Night. 4-8:30 p.m. today. $21 adults, $10.50 ages 6 to 12, free for ages 5 and under. Callaway Gardens, 17800 U.S. 27, Pine Mountain. 8 million lights, 15 dazzling scenes, Christmas Village, Jolly Trolley. 1-855-923-7299,

Winter Adventure at Lanier Islands

Winter Adventure at LanierWorld Water Park. 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. today, 11:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday - also closing day for Winter Adventure. $19.99 to $29.99. Lanier Islands, 7000 Lanier Islands Parkway, Buford. 678-304-3120,