Close to home for March 11

Atlanta St. Patrick’s Parade 5K

Atlanta St. Patrick’s Parade 5K presented by IWeLife. 8:30-9:55 a.m. registration, 10-11 a.m. run today. $35 to $40, $20 for children 12 and under. Supporting Spina Bifida Association of Georgia, the run/walk starts on Peachtree Street near 14th Street, runs through Midtown, Piedmont Park and finishes on the parade route on Peachtree Street.

Walk the Talk in Suwanee

Walk the Talk by Live Healthy Gwinnett. 9 a.m. today. Free. George Pierce Park, 55 Buford Highway, Suwanee. Dr. Alan L. Wang will discuss healthy nutrition while walking with participants.

Cobb Library Book Sale in Marietta

Cobb County Public Library System’s Semi-annual Book Sale. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. today, 1-5 p.m. Sunday. Free parking. Jim Miller Park, 2245 Callaway Road, Marietta. Pay with cash and checks. Sunday is BYOB (Bring Your Own Box) Day of any size and fill it to the top for $20 for upper-level books or $10 for lower-level books. Combination boxes are $20. All profits go to buying more items for Cobb’s 16 libraries. Jonathan McKeown at 770-528-2332 or

Daffodil Day in Atlanta

Daffodil Day. 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. today. Free. Historic Oakland Cemetery, 248 Oakland Ave. SE. Presented by the Historic Oakland Foundation and the Georgia Daffodil Society (GDS), Daffodil Day includes a cut-flower display, plant sale, “Ask the Expert” panel with GDS representatives, children’s crafts, storytelling, garden tours and presentations from daffodil and gardening experts. 404-688-2107,

Fish Fry/Car Show/Gospel Jam in Hiram

Fish Fry/Car Show/Gospel Jam. 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. today. $20 to $25 to enter car of all makes and models with awards, $8 fried catfish plate. Poplar Springs Baptist Church, 2056 Hiram Douglasville Highway, Hiram. All proceeds will go to the church’s Student Ministry. Bringing their stringed instruments to play or sing along to red hymnbook songs and Gospel tunes, participants in Gospel Jam usually meet at 7 p.m. on the second Fridays in Fellowship Hall with a covered-dish dinner. 770-943-6789,

Teen jobs workshop in Morrow

How to Get Hired for Teens. 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. today. Free. Morrow Library, 6225 Maddox Road, Morrow. Learn how to use the Georgia Department of Labor’s online job-hunting resources, create resumes, complete a job interview and how to dress for success. 770-347-0170,,

Shoupade Park Tours in Smyrna

Shoupade Park Tours as a part of the Phoenix Flies program. 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. today and March 18. Free. Shoupade Park, 4833 South Cobb Drive, Smyrna. Tour Shoupade Park with Civil War historian Michael K. Shaffer for an overview of the Chattahoochee River Line’s significance and two unique fortifications known as “Shoupades.”

Atlanta St. Patrick’s Parade

Atlanta St. Patrick’s Parade. Noon-1:30 p.m. today (rain or shine). $25 for each seat on viewing stands in front of Colony Square at Peachtree and 14th Streets, otherwise free. Parade begins at the intersection of Peachtree and 15th Streets and continues down Peachtree to 5th Street.

Roswell Dance Starz

Roswell Dance Starz: “Tribute: A Dancer’s Celebration of Art, Literature, Music, Film and Stage.” 1 p.m. and 6 p.m. today. $14, including children. Roswell Cultural Arts Center, 950 Forrest St., Roswell. This resident dance company of the Roswell Recreation, Parks, Historic and Cultural Affairs Department is made up of hand-selected dancers ages 7 to 18. Tickets: 770-641-3987,

Disaster Relief Concert in Decatur

Disaster Relief Concert for the American Red Cross. 4 p.m. today. Free but donations welcome. Avondale Pattillo United Methodist Church, 3260 Covington Highway, Decatur. The Decatur Civic Chorus, with other local choral groups, is sponsoring the concert to benefit the American Red Cross and the clients they serve in Southeast Georgia devastated by tornadoes and storms in January 2017. Enjoy music from The Bubba Rays, Festival Singers of Atlanta, Church of the Epiphany Choir, Decatur Civic Chorus and Avondale Pattillo UMC Choir.

Friends of Wadsworth Concert in Newnan

“Friends of Wadsworth Concert – The Legacy Continues” by the Newnan Cultural Arts Commission. 6:30 p.m. doors open, 7:30 p.m. concert today. $25. Charles Wadsworth Auditorium, 25 Jefferson St., Newnan. Works by Brahms and Mendelssohn, a section from Messiaens Quartet for the End of Time, French and American vocal works, George Gershwin, finishing with an arrangement of Rhapsody in Blue. 770-253-2682 ext. 203,, Tickets:

Purim Carnival in Jonesboro

Purim Carnival. 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Sunday. $1 for each game ticket. Congregation B’nai Israel, 1633 Ga. 54 E., Jonesboro. Enjoy crafts, games, prizes, food and drinks for purchase and a silent auction. All proceeds will help buy a new playground. 678-817-7162,

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