Christmas in July Festival in Grayson
Christmas in July Arts and Crafts Festival. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. Grayson Park, 2301 Loganville Highway, Grayson. Hear Christmas music while shopping and taking pictures with Santa. Children’s activities will include pony rides, bounce houses, water slides, mini-golf and a play area. GwinnettCountyEvents.com.
Solar Eclipse workshop in Atlanta
Solar Astronomy Workshop and Eclipse Primer. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. Free. Historic Fourth Ward Park, 680 Dallas St. NE, Atlanta. Drop by anytime during this time frame - weather permitting. Hear from Atlanta Audubon Society Master Birder Stephen W. Ramsden, founder and director of the Charlie Bates Solar Astronomy Project that is named in memoriam of a friend and victim of veteran suicide. Try several telescopes and video cameras for monitoring the solar atmosphere. Pick up free solar eclipse glasses and spectrographs for use during the eclipse. AtlantaAudubon.org/upcoming-events.
Back 2 School Bash in Lilburn
Youth of Gwinnett’s Back 2 School Bash. 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday. Free. Berkmar High School, 405 Pleasant Hill Road, Lilburn. Free school supplies, giveaways and live entertainment. YoGwinnett@gmail.com, YoGwinnett.org.
Community Jamboree in Douglasville
Community Jamboree. 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. Free. Douglas County Housing Authority, 8474 Pounds Circle, Douglasville. Free food, drinks, games, inflatables, live performances and drawings. Free school supplies. email@example.com.
Bookbag Blitz, Resource Fair in Douglasville
Bookbag Blitz and Resource Fair. 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday. Free. Jessie Davis Park, 7775 Malone St., Douglasville. School supply distribution (child must be present), haircuts, face painting, community resources and music. Hosted by Sigma Omega Omega, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority and Legacy of Pearls. SigmaOmegaOmega.com.
Infantry Demonstrations in Kennesaw
Infantry Demonstrations. 11 a.m., noon, 2 p.m., 3 p.m. Saturday, Sunday. Free. Visitor Center, Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park, 900 Kennesaw Mountain Drive, Kennesaw. View a step-by-step description and demonstration of basic infantry tactics, culminating in a musket firing by the 4th Kentucky Volunteer Infantry and 33rd Alabama Infantry Company. May be canceled if inclement weather. 770-427-4686 ext. 0, nps.gov/kemo.
Back-to-School event in Lithia Springs
Back-to-School Explosion Community Event. Noon-5 p.m. Saturday. former campus of Colonial Hills Christian School, 7131 Mt. Vernon Road, Lithia Springs. Art exhibits, music, food, $1 games, $1 face painting, $5 open mic. IntegrativeArts@att.net, chrams.org.
Home School Bash in Jonesboro
Home School Back-to-School Bash. Noon-2 p.m. Saturday. Free. Headquarters Library, 865 Battle Creek Road, Jonesboro. Home school students are invited to enjoy activities and surprises. Youth Services Department at 770-473-3850. claytonpl.org.
‘Meet Me in St. Louis’ in Roswell
“Meet Me in St. Louis” play. 1 p.m. and 5 p.m. Saturday, 4 p.m. Sunday. $10, $25. Roswell United Methodist Church, Building B, Fellowship Hall, 814 Mimosa Blvd., Roswell. See the Broadway stage version of the 1944 Judy Garland MGM movie. Tickets: 678-871-7766, RUMCactingUP@gmail.com, facebook.com/RUMCactingUP.
Back-to-School Bash in Jonesboro
Back-to-School Bash. 1-3:30 p.m. Saturday. Free. Lee Street Park, 155 Lee St., Jonesboro. School supplies will be given to the first 600 Clayton County children in kindergarten through eighth grade. Founded by Jonesboro High graduates and pro athletes Harry Douglas and Toney Douglas, The Douglas Brothers Foundation, Inc. will sponsor this event. DouglasBrothers.org.
‘Thoroughly Modern Millie’ in Duluth
“Thoroughly Modern Millie” by Agape Players. 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. July 29, 3 p.m. July 30. $17 to $32. Infinite Energy Theater, 6400 Sugarloaf Parkway, Duluth. Tickets: 770-626-2464, InfiniteEnergyCenter.com, AgapePlayers.org.
Disney’s ‘Beauty and the Beast’ in Tyrone
Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast” play. Through Aug. 6. 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays to Sundays, 3 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. $30 and $45, $25 and $40 seniors ages 60 and over and students, $15 children ages 12 and under. The Legacy Theatre, 1175 Senoia Road, Tyrone. Tickets: 404-895-1473, TheLegacyTheatre.org.
Tenth Avenue North concert in Dallas
Music in the Park: Tenth Avenue North concert and musical guests. 4-11 p.m. Saturday. $15 for ages 5 and above. Veterans Memorial Park, 240 Constitution Blvd., Dallas. 3 p.m. tickets at entry gate, 4 p.m. gate opens, 5 p.m. Missing Peace, 5:40 p.m. West Ridge Church Worship Band, 6:20 p.m. Tera Parsons, 7:30 p.m. I Am They, 9 p.m. Tenth Avenue North. DallasGaConcerts.com, TenthAvenueNorth.com/IHaveThisHope.
Solar Eclipse Photography in Atlanta
Photographing the 2017 Solar Eclipse by the Georgia Nature Photographers Association. 4-6 p.m. Saturday. Free. Fernbank Science Center Planetarium, 156 Heaton Park Drive, Atlanta. Plan and prepare now for photographing the Aug. 21 solar eclipse, a once-in-a-life-time event. This program follows the planetarium’s program “Totality: The Wonder of Eclipses” at 3 p.m. with fees of $5 to $7. gnpa.org, fsc.fernbank.edu.
Classic Car Cruise in Acworth
Acworth Classic Car Cruise. 4-9 p.m. Saturday. Free. Main Street, downtown Acworth. View vintage cars on parade and display. Acworth.org.
Back-to-School Bash Benefit in Woodstock
Back-to-School Bash: Benefit for the EOD Warrior Foundation. 4 p.m. Saturday. Free. Eagle Watch Main Park, 3045 Clubhouse Drive, Woodstock. EOD stands for Explosive Ordnance Disposal, the disarming and disposal of bombs. Meet bomb technicians, see their response vehicles and try to operate a bomb disposal robot. Food trucks, games, a rock climbing wall, DJ and a movie night with “The Boss Baby” (2017-PG). EODWarriorFoundation.org/events.
‘Sing’ movie in Union City
Movies by Moonlight: “Sing.” 6:30 p.m. activities, dusk for movie Saturday. Free. Ronald Bridges Park, 5285 Lakeside Drive, Union City. Union City Park and Recreation Month events for residents of all ages and abilities to celebrate this initiative of the National Recreation and Park Association. Visit weekly contest at nrpa.org/july. UnionCityGa.org.
Disney’s ‘Moana’ movie in Marietta
Disney’s “Moana” movie. 7 p.m. activities, dark for movie Saturday. Free. Custer Park Sports Complex, 600 Kenneth E. Marcus Way, Marietta. The Marietta Parks and Recreation Department will host the event and show the movie on a 40-foot screen. Activities will include giveaways, games, and inflatables. Concessions will be available for purchase. MariettaGa.gov.
ATL Nations Cup in Atlanta
ATL Nations Cup 2017. Noon-5 p.m. Sunday. $5 to $10. Grady Stadium, 929 Monroe Drive NE, Atlanta. All proceeds will benefit Soccer in the Streets’ free youth soccer programs in 17 public schools, eight community programs and two life works program sites. Since 2016, more than 7,500 children have participated and the first Homeless Soccer Program in the Atlanta area has been formed. nc.SoccerStreets.org, facebook.com/SoccerStreets.
APEX Museum Open House in Atlanta
APEX (African-American Panoramic Experience) Museum Open House. 1-5 p.m. Sunday. Free. 135 Auburn Ave., Atlanta. Celebrate the museum’s 39th anniversary by viewing exhibits and enjoying entertainment. 404-523-APEX (2739), info@APEXMuseum.org.
Silent Comedy Shorts in Marietta
Silent Comedy Shorts. 2:30 p.m. Sunday. $10. Strand Theatre, Marietta Square, 117 North Park Square, Marietta. Four Strand Theatre organists will provide accompaniment to the antics of Buster Keaton, Charlie Chaplin, Harold Lloyd and other great silent film comedians from the 1920s at the only theatre in metro Atlanta that offers live theatre organ musical accompaniment to the silent film era. The organ pre-show on the Mighty Allen Theatre Organ will begin a half hour before showtime. EarlSmithStrand.org.
Franklin Pond Concert in Atlanta
Franklin Pond Summer Finale Concert. 3 p.m. Sunday. Free. Kellett Chapel, Peachtree Presbyterian Church, 3434 Roswell Road, Atlanta. Presented by Franklin Pond Chamber Music, 21 young musicians will perform works by Mozart, Mendelssohn, Schubert, Glazunov, Brahms and Dvorak. Faculty members and Atlanta Symphony Orchestra musicians Jun-Ching Lin and Carolyn Hancock will perform with the students during the final piece. 404-252-3479, fpcm@FranklinPond.org.
Operation Kidsafe Safety Day in Newnan
Operation Kidsafe Safety Day. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. Free, including burgers and hot dogs from Casablanca noon-2 p.m. Nissan of Newnan, 783 Bullsboro Drive, Newnan. Parents take home the only record of the visit, a bio document, that is ready to hand to law enforcement in an emergency. The free, private bio document is a custom digital fingerprinting unit. Safety tips to start a family safety action plan also are included. Pam Hough at OperationKidSafe22@gmail.com. 770-254-3800, NissanOfNewnan.com.
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 CommunityNews@ajc.com.