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 email@example.com.
Fishing derby in Jonesboro
Fishing Derby, 8 a.m. to noon today, Clayton County International Park, 2300 Highway 138 SE, Jonesboro. $5. ClaytonParks.com, 770-477-3766.
School supply drive in Austell
Sweetwater Mission’s School Supply Drive (also hygiene items and children’s socks and underwear), 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. today, 6289 Veterans Memorial Highway, Building 12-A, Austell. SweetwaterMission.org, 770-819-0662 ext. 11.
Fernbank reptile day in Atlanta
Reptile Day, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. with 11 a.m., noon, 1 and 2 p.m. presentations today, Fernbook Museum of Natural History, 767 Clifton Road NE, Atlanta with live reptiles and amphibians. $16-$18, free for 2 and under. FernbankMuseum.org/calendar-of-events/reptile-day.
Tribute to ’80s in Lawrenceville
“Like, Totally 80s!,” 5 to 8 p.m. today, Rhodes Jordan Park, 100 East Crogan St., Lawrenceville with a 1980s costume contest, games, 80s trivia, crafts, photo booth and concessions in the meadow ending with the “Back to the Future” movie. Face painting, crazy 80s hair and temporary tattoos by the HOOKED Teen Club. Free. 678-277-0890.
Allatoona band in Dunwoody
Summer Concert in the Park with Allatoona, 7 p.m. today, Dunwoody Nature Center, 5343 Roberts Drive. $3-$5, free for 3 and under. AllatoonaBand.com, DunwoodyNature.org.
Free family film in Milton
Milton’s “Family, Fun, Flicks and Food Trucks” with “The Goonies,” 7 p.m. today with the movie starting around 9 p.m., Milton High School lawn, 13025 Birmingham Highway. Free. Bring a blanket or chair. Courtney Spriggs, Milton’s public outreach coordinator, at courtney.spriggs@CityOfMiltonGa.us or 678-242-2533.
Fishworks play in Dunwoody
Fishworks, Inc. presents “Tan Shoes and Pink Shoelaces: A Memory Musical,” directed by Chick Durrett-Smith, at 7:30 p.m. today and July 16-18, Kingswood United Methodist Church Theatre, 5015 Tilly Mill Road, Dunwoody. $17-$20. 404-667-0751.
Free family movie in Stockbridge
Stockbridge Main Street’s Screen on the Green with “Home,” 7:30 p.m. today, lawn beside City Hall, 4640 North Henry Blvd. preceded by games and prizes. Free. Bring your blanket or lawn chair. CityOfStockbridge.com.
‘Going to St. Ives’ play in Stockbridge
Academy Theatre’s “Going to St. Ives” by Lee Blessing, 8 p.m. today, July 18, 2 p.m. Sunday, July 19, Stockbridge Community Arts Center, 146 Burke St. $17-$20. Tickets: stives-stockbridge.brownpapertickets.com. AcademyTheatre.org/Stockbridge.
‘Nelle’s Story’ play in Atlanta
“Nelle’s Story: The World of Harper Lee” by playwright Melita Easters, directed by Carolyn Cook, a one-woman show with Mandi Lee as Nelle Harper Lee, the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of “To Kill a Mockingbird” and this month’s release of “Go Set a Watchman,” 8 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays, 3 p.m. Sundays through July 19, Synchronicity Theatre, One Peachtree Pointe, 1545 Peachtree St. NE, Suite 102, Atlanta. $20-$38. SynchroTheatre.com, 404-484-8636.
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