You’ve got a few hours over the weekend and may be 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.
Homeless Drive by Rideshare. 5 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily through March 17. Transportation Center, 8800 Dorris Road, Douglasville. Needed donations for hygiene items include deodorant, soap, toothpaste, toothbrushes, shampoo, combs, hairbrushes and toilet paper. Other donations can include gently used jackets, socks, tarps, umbrellas, ponchos, bottled water and batteries. Jerie Blackwood at 770-949-7665 or JBlackwood@co.douglas.ga.us.
March events. Free. 770-427-4686 ext. 0 or nps.gov/kemo.
- Kennesaw Mountain Trail Club Work Day. 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday and the second Saturdays of every month. Parking and registration is at the overflow parking lot on Old Highway 41. Volunteers are needed to help park staff maintain the 20-plus trails of Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park. The NPS Volunteer Services Agreement is required. A parent must sign the form if the student is under 18 years old. The form and directions to the registration site are available on the club’s website at KennesawMountainTrailClub.org.
- “Welcome to Kennesaw Mountain.” 11-11:30 a.m. Saturday. Visitor Center, Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park, 900 Kennesaw Mountain Drive, Kennesaw. Experience a Ranger-led presentation on the Battle of Kennesaw Mountain and the Atlanta Campaign and how these events shaped history and the park as it is today. This presentation will use various maps and artifacts to illustrate this portion of history.
Kindermart Children’s Consignment Sale. 9 a.m. to noon Saturday. Fellowship Hall, Smyrna First United Methodist Church, 1315 Concord Road, Smyrna. Save on children’s clothes, toys, baby gear, strollers, car seats, books and sporting gear. Sponsored by Preschool/Kindergarten Parents Club. Many items half price on Saturday. 770-436-4108, SmyrnaFUMC.org/Kindermart, KindermartSale.com.
Dunwoody Walk with a Doc. 9-10 a.m. Saturday and on each second Saturday. Free. Brook Run Park, 4770 N. Peachtree Road, Dunwoody on the front field, opposite the playground. The city of Dunwoody and program partner Emory Saint Joseph’s Hospital are providing this exercise and education initiative. The program is focused on getting participants active in a Dunwoody park while talking with a healthcare professional host who can provide support to walkers and answer questions during the walk. Healthy snacks, coffee and blood pressure checks also will be offered. DunwoodyGa.gov.
Touch-a-Truck. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. Free. Depot Park, 2828 Cherokee St. NW, Kennesaw. Cherokee Street will be closed from Big Shanty Drive to Main Street from 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Children are invited to touch levers, flip switches and shift gears on their favorite vehicles. Food and beverages will be available for purchase. Kennesaw Parks & Recreation at 770-422-9714 or kennesaw-ga.gov.
Museum Spotlight: Modern Gwinnett. 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. Included with Gwinnett Environmental and Heritage Center admission. GEHC, 2020 Clean Water Drive, Buford. Examine some of the changes over the past 200 years that have shaped Gwinnett to become “the modern premier destination of today.” 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. for a Museum Spotlight Tour. Noon, 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. (when available) for the Blue Planet Sensory Theater. 770-904-3500, www.GwinnettEHC.com.
Airplanes and Aircrews. 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. $5 and $2 for autographed 8X10 prints of planes. The Aviation Wing, 555 Perrin Road, Marietta. Talk with pilots, navigators, flight engineers and crew chiefs. 770-794-5710.
FamilyStage Series: “Miss Nelson Is Missing!” 11 a.m. Saturday and March 17. $10. Georgia Ensemble Theatre, Roswell Cultural Arts Center, 950 Forrest St., Roswell. 770-641-1260, get.org.
Chimes of a Thousand Clocks. Noon Saturday. Champ’s Clock Shop, 3834 King Drive, Douglasville. Experience this spring forward event for daylight savings time. It begins with the gentle ticking of majestic Grandfather Clocks, wagging tails and eyes of classic Kit-Cat clocks and suddenly the first Cuckoo calls from a distance. The rich gongs, bells and chimes begin to swell with an added blend of musical animated and nostalgic tones of time-telling history, slowly filling the room. Light refreshments will be served. Jeff Champion at 770-942-2128 or email@example.com. ChampsClock.com/chimes.htm.
“Sheltered” by Alix Sobler. Through March 25 (some performances sold out). 2:30 and 8 p.m. Saturdays, 2:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Sundays, 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays to Thursdays, 8 p.m. Fridays. $10 teens, $20, $42. Alliance Theatre Company at Actor’s Express, 887 W. Marietta St. NW, Atlanta. In 1939 Nazi Germany, a Jewish couple arranges for 50 children to be given up by their parents and taken to safety in the United States. This play is recommended for ages 12 and above due to some adult situations. AllianceTheatre.org.
RumiNation, The Stage Play. 6 p.m. Saturday. $20, $30 plus online fees. Clayton County Performing Arts Center, 2530 Mt. Zion Parkway, Jonesboro. To raise funds to support academic and performing arts programs and spotlight the impact that Club Xhell Youth Life Center is making in the community, this musical, comedy and dramatization is about intergenerational conflict, misconceptions and finding common ground to validate each other’s experiences. RumiNation will feature a 100-voice Heritage Community Choir. RuminationStagePlay.com, YouthLifeCenter.org.
“Disney’s Beauty and the Beast JR” by Main Street Teens. 7 p.m. Saturday, 3 p.m. Sunday. $10 to $12. The Dallas Theater, 208 Main St., Dallas. 678-363-0813, DallasTheatre@dallas-ga.gov, DallasTheaterGa.com/beauty-and-the-beast.
“The Addams Family” musical comedy by Jerry’s Habima Theatre. 7:30 p.m. Saturday, 1 p.m. and 5 p.m. Sunday. $35, $15/ages 12 and younger and $1.25 service fee per ticket with no reserved seating. Marcus Jewish Community Center of Atlanta, 5342 Tilly Mill Road, Dunwoody. Georgia’s only theatrical company, directed and produced by professionals, will feature actors with special needs for this 25th annual musical theatrical production. 678-812-4002, AtlantaJCC.org/habima.
“Driving Miss Daisy” by Cherokee Theatre Company. Through March 18. 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, 2:30 p.m. Sundays. $15 to $18, free for volunteers. Downtown Canton Theatre, 171 E. Main St., Canton. 770-591-0282, CherokeeTheatre.org.
Doggie Dash and 5K. 8-8:45 a.m. registration, 9 a.m. start time Sunday (rain or shine). $35 event day, $50 dog bone tribute. Promenade, Piedmont Park, 1320 Monroe Drive, Atlanta. A shorter dash (about 1 mile) has been added for those dogs that cannot run a 5K. All proceeds will be used to maintain and enhance the Piedmont Park Dog Parks. www.PiedmontPark.org/DoggieDash.
Quince Girl Expo. 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday. Free. Pinckneyville Park Community Recreation Center, 4650 Peachtree Industrial Blvd., Berkeley Lake. Party planning professionals will offer interactive demonstrations and share ideas on planning a Quinceañera celebration with a grand prize drawing for a party room rental for a Quince girl and other door prizes. Quinceañera is a celebration of a girl’s 15th birthday in the Hispanic culture, marking the transition from childhood to young womanhood. The celebration often includes a lavish party that can feature entertainment, a meal and a special dance. 678-277-0920, Melissa.Day@GwinnettCounty.com.
“Georgia’s Other Civil War: The War to End All Wars and Its Impact on the South.” 2 p.m. Sunday. Free. The Carnegie Library, 1 LaGrange St., Newnan. On the 100th anniversary of its conclusion, World War I will be discussed by historian Jamil Zainaldin. 770-683-1347, Carnegie@CityOfNewnan.org, NewnanCarnegie.com.
Celebrate 200 Years of Gwinnett with Norcross Resident Historians-Turned-Authors Panel Discussion. 3 p.m. Sunday. Free. Norcross Cultural Arts and Community Center, 10 College St., Norcross. Join the Gwinnett County Public Library (GCPL) and city of Norcross for this panel discussion with Edith Holbrook Riehm, Gene Ramsay and Cate Kitchen who wrote “Images of America: Norcross,” the 140-year history of Norcross through stories and photographs. The book will be on sale before and after the discussion for $20 ($15 with a student ID), and attendees may have their copies autographed. This event is part of a larger Bicentennial Series Program provided by the GCPL Norcross Branch. NorcrossGa.net.
Carly Burruss Band. 3 p.m. and 8 p.m. Sunday. $15 plus 7 percent Georgia sales tax. The Cumming Playhouse, 101 School St., Cumming. Tickets: 770-781-9178, PlayhouseCumming.com, CarlyBurruss.com/bio.
The Georgia Festival Chorus: “Legacy of Music” spring concert. 6 p.m. Sunday. Free. GraceLife Church, 1083 Allgood Road NE, Marietta. Under the direction of Frank Boggs. 404-234-3581, GaFestChorus@gmail.com, TGAFC.org.
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