Close to home for March 18


Close to home for March 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

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

Parent Academy in Conyers

Parent Academy for parents and tweens/teens. 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. today. Free, including lunch. Rockdale Career Academy, 1064 Culpepper Drive, Conyers. Help shape the next Strategic Plan, a five-year road map for Rockdale County Public Schools. Then join classes for parents and teens from financial planning to conflict resolution, resume writing, understanding children’s classes. Also, door prizes. 770-918-6174, Darci Gilreath at,

Kidney Awareness 5K in Lilburn

Central Baptist Church’s March Gladness Kidney Awareness 5K/Walk and Run. 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. today. City Park, 76 Main St., Lilburn. Live music, vendor booths and health screenings. 678-588-0540,

Tossed Out Treasures in Sandy Springs

Tossed Out Treasures: Sandy Springs Society. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. today. City Center Crossing Shopping Center (former Marshalls location), 6337 Roswell Road, Sandy Springs. This upscale re-sale market sells gently-used, high-end items such as home décor, jewelry, silver, crystal, sports equipment, art, furniture and clothing. All proceeds will benefit the society’s philanthropic grants program, benefiting more than 25 nonprofit organizations. Tickets:

‘Sleeping Beauty’ in Roswell

Roswell Dance Theatre: “Sleeping Beauty.” 10 a.m., 2 p.m. and 6 p.m. today. $15 to $25. Roswell Cultural Arts Center, 950 Forrest St., Roswell. Tickets: 770-998-0259,

Community Carnival in Roswell

Community Carnival. 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. today. Centennial High School, 9310 Scott Road, Roswell. All proceeds will go half to the North Fulton chapter of Habitat for Humanity and half to Centennial Knights Soccer to cover scholarship player fees, travel and equipment. Bring your gently used athletic shoes and sports cleats to donate for the Atlanta Dream Center, serving low-income communities. Linda Jones at

Shoupade Park Tour in Smyrna

Shoupade Park Tours as a part of the Phoenix Flies program. 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. today. 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.”

‘The Flying Tigers’ in Peachtree City

“The Flying Tigers”: Living Aviation History Day series. 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. today. $10, free for active-duty military members. The Commemorative Air Force (CAF) Dixie Wing Warbird Museum headquarters, 1200 Echo Court, Peachtree City. Authors Susan Clotfelter Jimison and Billy McDonald will narrate the Flying Tigers story based on their research and books about this pioneering group of combat aviators who went to China to fight the Japanese before the U.S. entered World War II. A special attraction, the CAF P-40 Warhawk, will be on display. The museum and hangar are open 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays or by special appointment.,

Civil War Soldiers in Kennesaw

“Commonalities Among the Soldiers of the Union and Confederacy.” 11:30 a.m. to noon today. Free. Visitor Center, Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park, 900 Kennesaw Mountain Drive, Kennesaw. 770-427-4686 ext. 0,

Botanical Boogie in Villa Rica

Botanical Boogie 5K/1-Mile Fun Run by Junior League of Douglas County. 11:30 a.m. today. $25 to $30 adults, $15 children under 12. Clinton Nature Preserve, 8720 Ephesus Church Road, Villa Rica.,,

Dog Walk/Irish Festival in Tyrone

Paws for a Purpose Charity Dog Walk & Irish Festival by Fayette Daybreak Rotary Club and the Tyrone Recreation Department. Noon-4 p.m. today. Shamrock Park, Tyrone Road, Tyrone. There will be food trucks, music, contests, K-9 demonstrations, an Irish Costume Contest for dogs and people, a 1- or 2-Mile Dog Walk around the lake, Irish dancers and the Peachtree Wind Ensemble. Proceeds will benefit the Fayette Humane Society, CAREing Paws and Pets for Vets. 770-595-0691. Registration: or

Alpharetta Symphony Orchestra concert

The Alpharetta Symphony Orchestra: “Sounds of a Mediterranean Spring,” a concert benefiting the homeless and at-risk through Family Promise of Forsyth County, Inc. 7 p.m. concert today. $20. Alpharetta First United Methodist Church, 69 N. Main St., Alpharetta. Concert includes The Atlanta Guitar Trio and the world premiere of “Nightingale’s Anthem” by local 14-year-old composer Brian Shon. AlphaSO is open to all instrumentalists with high school-level playing ability or higher. Tickets:

‘Hairspray’ play in Douglasville

“Hairspray, the Broadway Musical.” Through March 26. 7 p.m. today, 3 p.m. Sunday, 7 p.m. March 24 and 25, 3 p.m. March 26. $10 adults, $6 students. Chapel Hill High School Theater, 4899 Chapel Hill Road, Douglasville. Kevin Moore at 770-651-6275,

‘Hairspray’ in Covington

“Hairspray” by the Newton County Arts Association with the Oxford Youth Singers. 7 p.m. today, 3 p.m. Sunday. $5 to $20. Porter Performing Arts Center, 140 Ram Drive, Covington.

‘The Wizard of Oz’ in Dunwoody

“The Wizard of Oz” by Jerry’s Habima Theatre for all ages. 7:30 p.m. today, 1 p.m. Sunday. $25 to $35, $10 to $15 children 12 and under. Marcus Jewish Community Center of Atlanta’s Morris & Rae Frank Theatre, 5342 Tilly Mill Road, Dunwoody. Georgia’s only theatrical company directed and produced by professionals, featuring actors with special needs. Susie Davidow, retiring this year after directing the MJCCA’s Blonder Family Department for Special Needs for 16 years, will be honored. Tickets: 678-812-4002, or

Bridal Expo in Buford

Bridal Expo. 1-4 p.m. Sunday. $6 to $25, free for members and children 2 and under. Gwinnett Environmental and Heritage Center, 2020 Clean Water Drive, Buford. 678-765-4664,

Sidney Lanier concert near Emory

Music and Poetry of Sidney Lanier: “The Land, the People and Providence” concert by the Glenn Chancel Choir. 7-8 p.m. Sunday. Free, including free parking in Emory University’s Fishburne Parking Deck, 1672 North Decatur Road, Atlanta. Glenn Memorial United Methodist Church, Glenn Sanctuary, 1660 North Decatur Road, Atlanta. The music and poetry of this 19th century Georgia poet will be commemorated upon the 175th anniversary year of his birth. Lanier also was a virtuoso flute player, composer, author, scholar and lecturer on literature and poetry.

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