Close to home for June 9-10

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

Run with the Monks in Conyers

Run with the Monks fundraiser: 8-mile endurance race, 5K, 1-mile casual run. 6:30 a.m. check-in, 8:30 a.m. races Saturday. $25 to $40, free for children under 10. Monastery of the Holy Spirit, 2625 Highway 212 SW, Conyers. All proceeds will go directly to the Mercy Heart Clinic, providing spiritual, emotional and physical care for low-income and under-insured residents of Rockdale County. 770-483-8705,

Family Fitness Day in Dunwoody

Family Fitness Day. Saturday. Pernoshal Park, 4575 N. Shallowford Road, Dunwoody. This day also is celebrated nationwide on the second Saturday in June, following the National Recreation and Park Association calendar and encouraging visits to local parks.

  • Family Fitness Day 5K Run/Walk. 7:30 a.m. Saturday.
  • Family Fitness Day Festival. 9 a.m. to noon Saturday. Walk with a Doc (9-10 a.m.), free workout classes and clinics, a Kids Korner, giveaways and food trucks will be available. Le Keshia Walton at


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Stomp Out Homelessness Walk in Atlanta

Stomp Out Homelessness Challenge Walk. 7:30-8:30 a.m. registration, 9 a.m. Saturday. $60/adult, free/child 12 and under with a paying adult, any amount/senior citizens over 60. Washington Park/Westside Beltline, next to the Washington Park Tennis Center, 102 Ollie St., Atlanta. In support of the Metro Atlanta Task Force for the Homeless, this two-mile walk is being launched by the Martin Luther King Jr. Drive Merchants Association (MLKJDMA). Register:

Snellville Farmers Market

Snellville Farmers Market. 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturdays. Town Green, Snellville City Hall, 2342 Oak Road, Snellville.

Virginia-Highland Summerfest in Atlanta

Virginia-Highland Summerfest: 35th anniversary. 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday. Free. 1004 Virginia Ave. NE between North Highland Avenue and Park Drive in John Howell Memorial Park, Atlanta. Artist Market closes at 6:30 p.m. Saturday.,

  • Summerfest 5K. 8 a.m. race Saturday. $35. Begins at the eastern end of the festival one block east of the intersection of Virginia and North Highland Avenues.
  • Summerfest Tot Trot for 7 and under. 8 a.m. registration, 9:30 a.m. race Saturday. $10. John Howell Memorial Park, 797 Virginia Ave. NE.

Hydrangea Tour in Roswell, East Cobb

American Hydrangea Society Garden Tour. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday (rain or shine). $30/one ticket, $40/two tickets with tickets including society membership for one year and available only 9 a.m. to noon Saturday by cash or check to AHS. Tickets at Garden 1: 1318 Baileys Corner, Marietta and Garden 7: 120 Willow Way, Roswell. Tour seven gardens in Roswell and East Cobb that showcase varieties of hydrangea. Based in Atlanta, the society was founded by the late Penny McHenry.

Norcross Community Market

Norcross Community Market. 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays through Aug. 26. Lillian Webb Park, 5 College St., Norcross. Besides fresh food, enjoy chef demonstrations, children’s activities and live entertainment. Ready-to-eat food and drinks will be available for purchase. Hosted by the nonprofit Sustainable Norcross, Inc., the market is sponsored by the city of Norcross to retain its Green Community Platinum certification from the Atlanta Regional Commission - one of two in the 10-county metro Atlanta area to achieve this designation. Each week the Sustainable Norcross booth hosts a drop-off of specific items requested for recycling or repurposing - worn-out U.S. flags this Saturday for proper disposal. The market is a participant in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP or EBT) – one of two farmers markets in Gwinnett County participating and Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program (SFMNP) - one of four in the 10-county metro Atlanta region. With the Wholesome Wave Georgia Fresh for Less program, the market bears the cost of doubling the purchasing power for SNAP and SFMNP participants. Applications:

Operation Kidsafe in Marietta

Operation Kidsafe Child Safety Event. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. Free. Volkswagen of Marietta, 1860 Cobb Parkway S., Marietta. Presented by the Volkswagen of Marietta Team, this event is one among many occurring across the U.S. and Canada. Privately, parents take home the only record of the visit (a Bio Document) that is ready to hand to law enforcement in an emergency. Safety tips to start a family safety action plan also are included. No special information is needed since there is no data basing. 770-955-6565,

Peachtree Corners Festival

Peachtree Corners Festival. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, noon-5 p.m. Sunday. Free with free parking at 6234 Crooked Creek Road. The Corners Office Park, 6025 The Corners Parkway, Peachtree Corners. Arts/crafts and food vendors, musical entertainment, children’s activities and a car show will be among the attractions.

Roswell Lavender Festival

Roswell Lavender Festival. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday. Free with free parking at Roswell Presbyterian Church, 755 Mimosa Blvd. and Roswell City Hall, 38 Hill St. and free trolley service. Barrington Hall, 535 Barrington Drive, Roswell. Crafts, food, music and demonstrations of ways to use lavender will be highlights. Also, build a fairy house for free. 770-640-3855, Michele Glazer at,

‘The Wizard of Oz’ musical in Roswell

Summer Puppet Series: “The Wizard of Oz” musical by The Frisch Marionettes. 10 a.m. Saturday. $5 ages 2+, $30 summer pass (seven shows for the price of six). Cultural Arts Center, 950 Forrest St., Roswell. 770-594-6232,

Red Clay Storytelling Festival in Fayette County

Red Clay Storytelling Festival. Saturday. $10 to $75. The festival is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the growth and appreciation of storytelling as an oral tradition, a performing art and an educational tool. Tickets:

  • Children’s Storytelling Workshop at 10-11:30 a.m. Brooks Chapel, 112 Church Alley, Brooks.
  • Family Concert at noon-1 p.m. Brooks Chapel, 112 Church Alley, Brooks.
  • Two workshops (choose one) at 3-5 p.m. Brooks Chapel, 112 Church Alley, Brooks.
  • Evening Concert at 7-9 p.m. Brooks Chapel, 112 Church Alley, Brooks.

Gwinnett Bicentennial Event in Buford

Bicentennial Event Spotlight: Depression-era Gwinnett. 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday and 1-4 p.m. June 16, 23, 24 and 30. $10 for ages 13+; $7 for ages 3-12, military personnel and seniors; free for ages 2 and under; $3 extra for nonGwinnett residents. Gwinnett Environmental and Heritage Center, 2020 Clean Water Blvd., Buford. Visitors will experience what daily life was like for Gwinnett families in the Great Depression. Explore the center’s historic garden plot, create household items from recycled materials and participate in a scavenger hunt.

‘Winnie-the-Pooh’ musical in Atlanta

“Winnie-the-Pooh” musical. Opens 11:45 a.m. Thursday and Friday through July 8. 10:30 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. Saturdays except 1 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. this Saturday; 3 p.m. Sundays; 10 a.m. and 11:45 a.m. Tuesdays through Fridays except 7 p.m. June 22 and 11:45 a.m. July 3. $15/adult, $10/child 6 to 17, $5/child 3 to 5, free/child under 3. Paid parking of $10 to $15 in the Woodruff Arts Center Parking Garage, Arts Center Way between 15th and 16th Streets. Alliance Theatre, Rich Auditorium, Woodruff Arts Center, 1280 Peachtree St. NE, Atlanta. Based on the children’s stories by A. A. Milne, “Winnie-the-Pooh” is presented in collaboration with the High Museum of Art’s “Winnie-the-Pooh: Exploring a Classic” exhibition (through Sept. 2) with more than 200 works, including original illustrations, manuscripts, letters and photographs. 404-733-5000,,

National Caribbean Month in Decatur

National Caribbean American Heritage Month: Anancy Storytelling Festival. 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday. Free. Wesley Chapel-William C. Brown Library, 2861 Wesley Chapel Road, Decatur. This festival will feature the “Tattletales” young people from the Kuumba Storytellers. Adult storytellers will share traditional Anancy stories that are popular in Caribbean culture but originated in West Africa. 3 years and over. 404-286-6980,

Worldwide Knit in Public Day in Dunwoody

Worldwide Knit in Public Day by Atlanta Knitting Guild. 1:30-3:30 p.m. Saturday (rain or shine). Pernoshal Park, 4575 N. Shallowford Road, Dunwoody. Bring a dish to share and nonalcoholic drinks, a chair, your knitting or crocheting projects and a friend who wants to learn more about AKG. Door prizes will be given. Lydia at 770-826-2620,

Everly Brothers Experience in Cumming

The Everly Brothers Experience: Zachary and Dylan Zmed with “The Bird Dogs.” 3 p.m. and 8 p.m. Saturday. $25, $27.50 plus seven percent state tax. Cumming Playhouse, 101 School St., Cumming.

Food That Rocks in Sandy Springs

Food That Rocks: A Celebration of Sandy Springs. 6:30-11 p.m. Saturday (rain or shine). $55, $65 plus fees. Sandy Springs City Green, City Springs, 1 Galambos Way, Sandy Springs. Only open to ages 21 and older, visitors are encouraged to use the underground parking decks which can be accessed from both Sandy Springs Circle and Mount Vernon Highway with valet parking at the Mount Vernon Highway entrance. This event will benefit the following Sandy Springs-based charities: The Drake House, Community Assistance Center and Second Helpings Atlanta. Tickets:

Peachtree Peppers concert in Dunwoody

The Dunwoody Nature Center Summer Concert Series: Peachtree Peppers (modern rock and Red Hot Chili Peppers tribute). 7-9 p.m. Saturday. $5/nonmember adults, $3/nonmember students, free/children 3 and under and members. 5343 Roberts Drive, Dunwoody. Sponsored by the city of Dunwoody. Seating will be available on a first-come, first-served basis. Bring your picnic dinner. Drinks may be purchased.

Country music concert in Woodstock

Woodstock Summer Concert Series: Love and Theft country music duo. 7:30-10:30 p.m. Saturday. Free. Northside Hospital-Cherokee Amphitheater, 103 Arnold Mill Road, Woodstock. Six shuttles will run from 5 p.m. to 11:45 p.m. on two routes - from the Northside Hospital Towne Lake Parking Deck and Woodstock City Church. The Woodstock Trolley will run as well.,

Davina & The Vagabonds concert in Roswell

LIVE! in Roswell: Davina & The Vagabonds. 8 p.m. Saturday. $30, $25 for military, seniors and students. Roswell Cultural Arts Center, 950 Forrest St., Roswell. Tickets: 770-594-6232,

Michael Jackson Tribute Band in Duluth

Michael Jackson Tribute Band: Who’s Bad with James Times. 8-10 p.m. Saturday. Free. Town Green, Festival Center Stage, 3142 Hill St. NW, Duluth. Come dressed in your favorite Michael Jackson attire. Food and drink vendors will be available. 770-476-3434,

‘Paddington 2’ in Buford

Movies at Mall of Georgia: “Paddington 2.” Dusk about 8:30 p.m. Saturday. Free. 3333 Buford Drive, Buford.

Farmers Market at Shops Around Lenox

Farmers Market at Shops Around Lenox. Noon-4 p.m. Sunday and June 17 and 24. Shops Around Lenox, 3400 Around Lenox Drive, Atlanta. Outdoor market features local produce, craft foods like artisan jams and jellies, beef jerky, peanut butter, chocolate baklava, cheese and olives and natural body products. Ryan Clifford will provide Sunday’s entertainment.

Decatur Arts Festival

Decatur Arts Festival. Dalton Gallery, Agnes Scott College, Dana Fine Arts Building, 141 E. College Ave., Decatur. Purchasing information: Decatur Arts Alliance at 404-371-9583 or

  • Fine Arts Exhibition. 2-5 p.m. through Sunday but noon-6 p.m. Monday.
  • Closing Reception. 4-6 p.m. Sunday. Join the Decatur Arts Alliance and selected artists for brief discussions of the artists’ works.

Savory Sundays in College Park

Savory Sundays in College Park: Planes, Trains and Food Trucks. 6-8 p.m. Sunday through Sept. 9 and Oct. 14 on the second and fourth Sundays. Church parking lot, College Park United Methodist Church, Harvard and E. Main Streets, College Park. This community gathering has food trucks, games and live music. Updates:

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