Close to Home for July 18

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

5K race in Brookhaven

It Starts in the Parks 5K Race, 7:30 a.m. today, Blackburn Park, 3493 Ashford Dunwoody Road, Brookhaven. $40.

Railroad event in Kennesaw

Railroad Rendezvous by Dixie Precast, 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. today, Kennesaw’s Southern Museum, 2829 Cherokee St. with model train layouts, outdoor games, a Hobo Jungle with re-enactors, live music, crafts and tours of the Operation Lifesaver Mobile Educational Exhibit. $5-$7, free for 3 and under, $5 extra for 4 and older to board the General of the famous Great Locomotive Chase of the Civil War., 770-427-2117 ext. 3058.

Ice cream festival in Eatonton

Crooked Pines Farm’s first Ice Cream Festival, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. today, 355 Harmony Road, Eatonton. $5., 706-347-0274.

Civil War event in Roswell

Civil War Living History Weekend, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. today and Sunday, Barrington Hall, 535 Barrington Drive, Roswell., 770-640-3855.

Shingleroof campmeetings in McDonough

Shingleroof Campground, established in 1831 as an interdenominational Christian organization, 11 a.m. and 7:45 p.m. worship services daily through July 24, Campground Road at Georgia Highway 155, McDonough. Meals: $8 adults, $4 under 12.,, 678-894-4107.

Campmeeting services in Marietta

Marietta Campmeeting, various times with 10 speakers daily through July 26, 2301 Roswell Road, Marietta, an open-air arbor non-denominational church where revival services have been held every July since 1837 (except during the Civil War until 1870).,

Summer festival in McDonough

Fully Persuaded Summer Festival Fundraiser to help feed orphans in Uganda and plant churches in Pakistan, 11 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. today, McDonough Square, 5 Griffin St., McDonough with a children’s talent show, games, prizes, live music, dancing and food.

Civil War encampment in Atlanta

Returning Home: Life After the Civil War, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. today, Atlanta History Center, 130 West Paces Ferry Road NW with a Civil War encampment. $11-$16.50, free parking.

Bicycle, music festival in Stone Mountain

IBMF Atlanta, Inc.’s International Bicycle and Music Festival, noon to 10 p.m. today, Main Street, Stone Mountain Village with free health screenings, face painting, live music and international cuisine. IBMF Atlanta’s meet-up ride will kick off at 9 a.m. today. Free., 678-485-9930.

‘All About Eve’ discussion in Roswell

Club Nostalgia, 2 to 4 p.m. today, East Roswell Library, 2301 Holcomb Bridge Road, Roswell with trivia and prizes, discussing “All About Eve” (1950)., 404-310-5354.