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Close to home for June 2-3

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.

JailBreak Challenge in Lawrenceville

JailBreak Challenge obstacle course. 8 a.m. Saturday. $50 race day. Gwinnett County Sheriff’s Office, 2900 University Parkway, Lawrenceville. Compete as individuals or teams of four in this military-style 5K obstacle race over mixed terrain. JailBreakChallenge.org

Fishing Derby in Douglas County

Fishing Derby by Douglas County Parks and Recreation. 8 a.m. to noon Saturday. Free. Deer Lick Park, 2105 Mack Road, Douglasville. Age groups are 4 and under, 5-6, 7-8, 9-10, 11-12, 13-16, adaptive and senior citizens. A prize will go to the biggest catch in each age group. Tammy Cochran at 770-920-7129 or tcochran@co.douglas.ga.us. CelebrateDouglasCounty.com

Snellville Farmers Market

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Snellville Farmers Market. Opens 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday and continuing Saturdays (rain or shine). Cash preferred. Town Green in front of Snellville City Hall, 2342 Oak Road, Snellville. SnellvilleFarmersMarket.com/faqs

Homeschool Used Book Sale in Marietta

Homeschool Used Book and Curriculum Sale. 9 a.m. to noon Saturday. Cash or credit card. Magnolia Room and Fellowship Hall, Johnson Ferry Baptist Church, 955 Johnson Ferry Road, Marietta. Hosted by the Johnson Ferry Homeschool Group, the sale will include many items at half price on Saturday. jfbcHomeschool@gmail.com, jfbcHomeschool.com, jfbcHomeschool-BookSale.com

Coweta County Farmers Market in Newnan

Coweta County Farmers Market. Opens Saturday. 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays and Wednesdays through the end of September. GeorgiaGrown.com/members/profile/coweta-county-farmers-market

  • Saturdays: Asa M. Powell Senior Expo Center, 197 Temple Ave., Newnan.
  • Wednesdays: Courthouse Square, downtown Newnan.

Norcross Community Market

Norcross Community Market. 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. opening Saturday and continuing Saturdays through Aug. 26. Lillian Webb Park, 5 College St., Norcross. Besides fresh food, enjoy chef demonstrations, children’s activities and live entertainment by Codey Bearden. Kaiser Permanente of Georgia Educational Theatre and Lionheart Theatre will entertain the children while Gwinnett Master Gardeners will answer gardening questions. Noble Fin will provide a chef’s demonstration, and Gingham and Eyelet will provide sewing demonstrations. Ready-to-eat food and drinks will be available for purchase. Sustainable Norcross will start the season’s recycling collections with worn-out U.S. flags in honor of Flag Day on June 14. Applications: facebook.com/NorcrossCommunityMarket NorcrossCommunityMarket.com

Hydrangea Festival in Douglasville

Penny McHenry Hydrangea Festival, Garden Tour and Flower Show. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Free for many events and exhibits. Douglas County Courthouse, 8700 Hospital Drive, Douglasville. Free shuttles are provided for in-town events during this nationally recognized festival. Free parking is provided at Douglas County High School at 8705 Campbellton St., Douglasville; the Douglas County Courthouse and the downtown Douglasville parking garage, 6700 Church St. 678-449-3939, Barbara Woodell at bwoodell.dc.museum@gmail.com, HydrangeaFest.org

Hat Parade in Douglasville

Hat Parade at the Penny McHenry Hydrangea Festival. 9:30-10 a.m. Saturday. Free. Steps of the Douglas County Courthouse, 8700 Hospital Drive, Douglasville. Members of the Woodie Fite Senior Center Tea Group will show their hat designs during the Hat Parade, also including a number of Red Hatter groups. Barbara Woodell at bwoodell.dc.museum@gmail.com, HydrangeaFest.org

Honor Flight Car Show in McDonough

Honor Flight Benefit Car Show. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. $20/show car with all vehicles welcome, free for spectators. Summit Racing Equipment, 20 King Mill Road (I-75 at Exit 216), McDonough. Donations also are welcome to benefit Honor Flight, a 501(c)3 nonprofit that takes World War II, Korean and Vietnam veterans on trips to the national memorials in Washington, D.C. to provide them “with honor and closure.” Enjoy food and music. Georgia Street Rod Association at CarShow@gsra.com, HonorFlight.org

Butterfly Festival in Roswell

Flying Colors Butterfly Festival. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, noon-5 p.m. Sunday. $8 to $12, free/child ages 2 and under, free shuttle bus service from St. Francis School near the corner of Willeo/Azalea Roads and Highway 120. Chattahoochee Nature Center, 9135 Willeo Road, Roswell. Highlights will include butterfly encounters and releases along with sale of plants to attract butterflies to your gardens. This oldest, largest natural science learning center in the Southeast encompasses 50 species of native wildlife and 127 acres of native plants and gardens. No pets. 770-992-2055 ext. 238, programs@ChattNatureCenter.org, ChattNatureCenter.org/special-events/festivals/butterfly-festival

Dixie Highway Yard Sale in Marietta

Dixie Highway Yard Sale at the Marietta Museum of History. Through Saturday. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. Free admission but museum tours are $7/adult, $5/senior (55+) and free/student and child 5 and under. The Tumlin Community Room, first floor, Marietta Museum of History, 1 Depot St., Marietta. Created in 2006, the 90-mile Dixie Highway Yard Sale celebrates historic communities along Georgia’s Dixie Highway each year on the first full weekend of June, starting in Ringgold and ending in Marietta. At the museum, books, household items, military memorabilia, furniture and items from the museum collection will be sold. There also will be advice on how to repurpose items. All proceeds will benefit the direct care of the museum’s permanent collection. MariettaHistory.org, OldDixieHighwayYardSale.com

Forsyth County spray pad opening

Forsyth County spray pad opening. 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturdays through Sept. 3 (closed Sundays and Mondays). $2/person (1 year old and up), cash or check only; free/adult with a paying child as long as the adult remains on the dry deck; $30/annual individual pass; $60/annual family pass. Old Atlanta Park, 810 Nichols Road, southeast Forsyth County - also with a playground, two pavilions, a 1-mile walking trail and a recreation center. 770-205-4646, ForsythCo.com/parks

  • 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays through Aug. 1 (closed Sundays and Mondays)
  • 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays and 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturdays from Aug. 2 to Sept. 3 (closed Sundays and Mondays)
  • 1:30-3:30 p.m. and 4-6 p.m. Sundays only through Aug. 26 at $200 for a two-hour private rental, including exclusive use of the spray pad and adjacent pavilion for a maximum of 100 participants

‘Container Gardening’ lesson in Dunwoody

Dunwoody Master Gardener Learning Session: “Container Gardening.” 11 a.m. to noon Saturday. Free. Dunwoody Community Garden and Orchard Greenhouse Complex, Brook Run Park, 4770 N. Peachtree Road, Dunwoody opposite the skate park. Betty Alspaugh will discuss her techniques for container gardening and what to plant. dcgo.org

‘Bees’ in Dunwoody

Free First Saturday: “Bees.” 11 a.m. to noon Saturday. Dunwoody Nature Center, 5343 Roberts Drive, Dunwoody. Learn about honeybees and how they pollinate most fruits and vegetables. See the center’s observation honeybee hive and a traditional stacked honeybee hive. DunwoodyNature.org

‘Peter Pan’ musical in Serenbe

“Peter Pan” musical. Open through Aug. 26. 11 a.m. Thursdays through Saturdays, 2 p.m. Sundays (rain or shine). $13 to $30. Serenbe Playhouse, The Mado Hideaway, Serenbe, 8455 Atlanta Newnan Road, Chattahoochee Hills. Rated G for all ages, this world premiere pirate adventure will be presented outdoors. Tickets: 770-463-1110, SerenbePlayhouse.com/shows-events/current-season/peter-pan

Floral Design in Chamblee

Introduction to Floral Design. 11 a.m. to noon Saturday. Free. Chamblee Library, 4115 Clairmont Road, Chamblee. Adults can learn how to make beautiful, yet simple, floral arrangements from floral designer Marie Pylant. Funding is provided by the Friends of the Chamblee Library. 770-936-1380, DeKalbLibrary.org

Candler Park Music and Food Festival

Candler Park Music and Food Festival. Noon-11 p.m. Saturday (rain or shine). Candler Park, 1500 McLendon Ave., Atlanta. $30, free for children under age 12 when accompanied by an adult. Attractions will be live music, a food village, an artist market and adult field games. CandlerParkMusicFestival.com, facebook.com/CandlerParkFestival

Disability Waiver Assistance in Clarkston

U.S. Citizenship Disability Waiver Assistance. Noon-1:30 p.m. Saturday. Free. Clarkston Library, 951 N. Indian Creek Drive, Clarkston. Georgia Refugee Health and Mental Health will show adults how the U.S. citizenship disability waiver works and how they can apply for it through the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) if they are disabled or elderly. 404-508-7175, DeKalbLibrary.org

Paulding County Rabies Clinic

Paulding County Rabies Clinic. 2-4 p.m. Saturday. $10 (cash only). Braley Sports Complex, 775 Industrial Blvd. N., Dallas. All dogs must be on a leash and all cats in a carrier. Print, complete and bring two certificates per animal at paulding.gov/DocumentCenter/View/6727. Paulding County Animal Control at 770-445-1511, paulding.gov/DocumentCenter/View/6726

Cobb Library Party in Marietta

Kickoff Party: Cobb County Public Library System’s Summer Reading Program. 5-7 p.m. Saturday. Free. Switzer Library, 266 Roswell St., Marietta. Come dressed in your favorite dancing outfit from your favorite decade for the Decades Dance Party. The Atlanta Dream will lead basketball drills and give away tickets to its Sunday game to children. Adults can purchase discounted tickets, and half of the proceeds will go to the Cobb Library Foundation. Hundreds of 2018 Summer Reading Program events are scheduled. More partners are the Cobb County School District, Marietta City Schools, Smyrna Public Library and Biblionasium. 770-528-2320, Cobbcat.org/srp. Log in summer reading minutes at Cobbcat.org/srplog

‘Alice in Wonderland’ dance in Newnan

Southern Arc Dance: “Alice in Wonderland.” 5:30 p.m. Saturday. $15. Wadsworth Auditorium, 25 Jefferson St., Newnan. Tickets: 770-683-3724 or SouthernArcDance.org

‘Moana’ cartoon in Kennesaw

Disney’s animated film “Moana” (rated PG). 6 p.m. entertainment and giveaways, dusk movie Saturday. Free. Swift-Cantrell Park, 3140 Old 41 Highway, Kennesaw. Moviegoers should bring a blanket or low-back chairs. Park inside the park or at neighboring Kennesaw Elementary School. Movies are subject to change, and cancellations may occur due to weather conditions. 770-422-9714, kennesaw-ga.gov/parks-and-recreation

Roswell’s Riverside Sounds Concert Series

Roswell’s Riverside Sounds Concert Series: Wild Rivers. 7-9 p.m. Saturday and first Saturdays through October. Free. Riverside Park, 575 Riverside Road, Roswell. RoswellRiversideSounds.com, WildRiversMusic.com

‘Living on Love’ play in Dunwoody

“Living on Love” romantic comedy play. Through June 10. 8 p.m. Thursdays to Saturdays, 2:30 p.m. Sundays. $15 to $33. Stage Door Players Theatre, 5339 Chamblee Dunwoody Road, Dunwoody. Tickets: 770-396-1726 (1-4 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays), StageDoorPlayers.net/BoxOffice/index.html. StageDoorPlayers.net

Sweetwater Triathlon, Duathlon in Lithia Springs

Sweetwater Triathlon, Duathlon, 5K Fun Run. 7 a.m. registration at Shelter 1, 8 a.m. Sunday. $40 to $60. Sweetwater Creek State Park, 1750 Mount Vernon Road, Lithia Springs. Presented by the Kiwanis Club of Douglas County, the triathlon will begin with a 200-yard swim, 10-mile asphalt bike ride and finish with a 5K road/trail run. The duathlon will begin with a 5K road/trail run, 10-mile asphalt bike ride and end with the 5K trail/road run. The 5K Fun Run will be road and trail. Awards will be given for overall winners and the top three in each age group per race. Rebekah Biddulph at RABiddulph@yahoo.com. active.com/lithia-springs-ga/running/distance-running-races/24th-annual-sweetwater-triathlon-duathlon-5K-2018?int

Farmers Market at Shops Around Lenox

Farmers Market at Shops Around Lenox. Opens noon-4 p.m. Sunday and June 10, 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. Craig Gleason will provide Sunday’s entertainment. ShopsAroundLenox.com/event/farmers-market-2018-june3

Pickleball in Douglasville

Pickleball. 1-4 p.m. Sundays through June 24. Free. Deer Lick Gym, 2105 Mack Road, Douglasville. Tracie Ivey at tivey@co.douglas.ga.us, DouglasCountyParks.com

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