Close to Home for June 24

Ice Cream Social by Slow Food Atlanta and Peachtree Road Farmers Market is 12:30-2:30 p.m. today. $15 to $20 adults, $5 to $10 children, free for children ages 4 and under. Child Hall, The Cathedral of St. Philip, 2744 Peachtree Road, Atlanta. Tickets include an all-access pass to each flavor. Tickets: AJC file photo
Ice Cream Social by Slow Food Atlanta and Peachtree Road Farmers Market is 12:30-2:30 p.m. today. $15 to $20 adults, $5 to $10 children, free for children ages 4 and under. Child Hall, The Cathedral of St. Philip, 2744 Peachtree Road, Atlanta. Tickets include an all-access pass to each flavor. Tickets: AJC file photo

Touch a Truck in Brookhaven

Touch a Truck. 9 a.m. to noon today. Free. Blackburn Park, 3493 Ashford Dunwoody Road, Brookhaven. Children are invited to hop on a dump truck, run the sirens on a police car and get behind the wheel of a fire truck among other activities.

Bike Tour in Roswell

Guided ArtAround Roswell Bike Tour by Roswell Arts Fund and Bike Roswell. 9 a.m. to noon today. Free but food or drink for sale. Begin and end at Lucky’s Burger and Brew, 1144 Alpharetta St., Roswell. Bike Roswell tour guides will provide safety instruction and serve as ride leaders and sweeps in this first Bike Friendly City in Georgia. Roswell Arts Fund guides will tell the stories behind the sculptures and the artists who created them. At each stop, riders will have the opportunity to stop for photos and experience the sculptures in this museum without walls. Recommended for adults and teens ages 15 and above, but those under 18 must be accompanied by an adult. Bring a helmet and water bottle.,,

Fundraiser yard sale in Douglasville

Indoor/outdoor fundraiser yard sale for the Alzheimer’s Association. 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. today. Benton House, 4999 Prestley Mill Road, Douglasville. 770-942-9449,,

Tucker 125th Anniversary Celebration

Tucker 125th Anniversary Celebration. 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. today. Tucker Rec Center, 4898 LaVista Road, Tucker. With children’s activities, food trucks and Local 7 Eating Contest, this event is a joint venture among the Friends of Tucker Parks, Tucker Historical Society and Tucker Optimist Club.

  • Live music. 11 a.m. from bluegrass band SmokeRise from Tucker, noon from Molly Parden of Atlanta and 1 p.m. from Matthew Perryman Jones of Tucker.
  • U.S. Postal Service. 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. The postmaster will stamp the commemorative anniversary pictorial postmark on Tucker-themed postcards that will be available for purchase or on other items for mailing, using the desk that belonged to Alph Chewning, Tucker's first postmaster 125 years ago.
  • Photography Exhibit and Contest by "Tucker Clicks." Open free to any photographer age 16 or older. Photos should capture "the spirit of Tucker." Cash prizes.
  • Quilt Show. Open to old and new quilts and quilt tops. Bring them to check-in table 8:30-9:30 a.m. in the Rec Center's auditorium.

American Girl Doll Club in Sandy Springs

American Girl Doll Club: “Travel to Hawaii With Kanani.” 10:30 a.m. to noon today. $8 for members, $10 for nonmembers, $15 at the door. Heritage Sandy Springs Museum, 6075 Sandy Springs Circle, Sandy Springs. Free parking is available on Sandy Springs Place in designated lots. Best suited for ages 5 to 12. Bring your favorite doll. Learn this month about Hawaii through the eyes of Kanani who helps her family run a shaved ice shop and wants to help people protect Hawaiian wildlife. Register: Melissa Swindell at 404-851-9111 ext. 2 or

Clay and Ceramics in Roswell

Explore Clay and Ceramics: A Makers in the Afternoon Event. 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. today. Free. Heart of Roswell Park, 925 Canton St., Roswell. Join Roswell’s AJ Argentina and the Roswell Clay Collective for a clay and ceramic interactive demonstration. This family-friendly series features artistic, interactive demonstrations throughout Roswell’s parks. Each event highlights a different form of art. Makers in the Afternoon is presented by ArtAround Roswell. Children under 13 must be accompanied by an adult.

Artist Talk in Buford

Artist Talk with Linda Fraser. 1 p.m. today, 1 p.m. July 8, 2 p.m. July 30, 1 p.m. Aug. 12. $7 to $13, free for members and children ages 2 and under. The Gwinnett Environmental and Heritage Center (GEHC), 2020 Clean Water Drive, Buford. These talks concern her watercolors and pencil drawings in the new exhibit titled “Southeastern Native Plants: An Artistic Walk through the Seasons.” Through Aug. 19. 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mondays to Saturdays, 1-5 p.m. last Sundays. Exhibit and Artist Talks are included with admission to the GEHC. Artist Talk registration:

Impressionist/comedian in Cumming

Voice impressionist-comedian Johnny Counterfit. 3 p.m. and 8 p.m. today. $20 to $25 plus tax of seven percent. The Cumming Playhouse, 101 School St., Cumming. Counterfit recreates the singing voices of 25 traditional country music superstars, Hollywood legends and comedians from the last 50 years. 770-781-9178. Tickets:

Beach Bash in Milton

Beach Bash. 5 p.m. gates open, 6-10 p.m. today. Free. Bell Memorial Park, 15245 Bell Park Road, Milton. A1A, the original and official Jimmy Buffet tribute show, will start at 8 p.m. Food trucks, children’s activities. No outside food and beverages - except coolers containing only water that will be searched by the Milton Police Department upon entry. No roadside parking or parking in nearby neighborhoods. 678-242-2533,

The Woody’s, ‘Trolls’ in Buford

Movies under the Stars by Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta and Concert Showcase. 6:30-8:30 p.m. concert with The Woody’s, around 9 p.m. movie today with “Trolls” (PG) and every Saturday through July 29 (except July 1). Free. Lawn, The Village Pavilion/The Village Amphitheatre, Mall of Georgia, 3333 Buford Drive, Buford. Also games, bounce houses and snack concessions such as shaved ice. Teresa Holloway at 770-271-9458 or

Olympian Pool Clinic in Atlanta

Swim Across America: Olympian Pool Clinic for ages 7 and up. 10:30 a.m. to noon Sunday. $25, including lunch. Georgia Tech Aquatic Center, 750 Ferst Drive NW, Atlanta. Olympians Amanda Weir, Doug Gjertsen and Neil Versfeld will teach this pool clinic at the home of the 1996 Summer Olympic Games, including stroke correction, starts, turns, racing techniques and strategies. Proceeds will support teams participating in Swim Across America which raises funds for pediatric cancer research at Aflac Cancer & Blood Disorders Center at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta. On-site registration will be available.,

Morris Brown Concert in Atlanta

“Imagine, Aspire, Believe” Benefit Concert hosted by Morris Brown College, Morris Brown College Focus Group and the MBC National Alumni Association. 4 p.m. Sunday. $25. Big Bethel AME Church, 220 Auburn Ave. NE, Atlanta. Well-known local artists will be showcased. 404-458-6085 ext. 2020. Tickets:

Civil War battle anniversary in Kennesaw

Battle of Kennesaw Mountain: 153rd Anniversary. 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. today and Sunday. Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park, 900 Kennesaw Mountain Drive, Kennesaw. Artillery, infantry and civilian demonstrations will be given throughout each day. Also, stroll through Civil War-era military and civilian camps or participate in guided hikes to the 24-gun battery. Visitor Center at 770-427-4686, ext. 0 or

West End Tour of Homes in Atlanta

Historic West End Tour of Homes by West End Neighborhood Development (W.E.N.D.). 4:30 p.m. ticket office opens, 5-10 p.m. today. $25. The Wren’s Nest, 1050 Ralph David Abernathy Blvd. and Hammonds House Museum, 503 Peeples St. Pick up maps at either location as it will be needed to enter each home. Stroll through 10 homes, a gallery and a museum in this self-guided walking/driving tour with refreshments and docents at each home.

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