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.
Homeless Drive in Douglasville
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.
Veterans Benefit Seminar in McDonough
Veterans Benefit Awareness Seminar. 9 a.m. to noon Saturday. Fellowship Hall, Wesley Chapel United Methodist Church, 397 Racetrack Road McDonough. Sponsors will be the VA Regional Benefits Office, Atlanta Veterans Medical Center, Georgia Department of Veterans Affairs and Veterans Support Group to provide one-on-one assistance to address concerns about VA benefits and VA services as well as discuss VA registration. Bring a copy of DD Form 214. Open to transitioning military, veterans and military/veteran family members. 770-629-5423.
Kids Closet Sale in Atlanta
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Kids Closet at Winters Chapel Spring/ Summer Sale. 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday. Winters Chapel United Methodist Church, 5105 Winters Chapel Road, Atlanta. Many items will be half price on Saturday at this nonprofit consignment sale of gently used children’s clothing, furniture, toys, books, athletic equipment and accessories. 770-393-3478, KidsCloset@WintersChapel.org, KidsClosetWintersChapel.org.
All 4 Kids Sale in Woodstock
All 4 Kids children’s consignment sale. 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday. His Hands Church, 550 Molly Lane, Woodstock. Strollers are welcome. Adults who donate $5 cash to missions at the door on Thursday morning can enter the sale at 8:30 a.m. No donation needed for children. Many items will be half price on Saturday. all4kids.com.
Park’nership in Sugar Hill
Park’nership. 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday (rain or shine). E. E. Robinson Park, 650 Peachtree Industrial Blvd., Sugar Hill. Join the Gwinnett Parks Foundation to serve with other volunteers. Bring gloves, sturdy shoes and a water bottle. 678-277-0900. Register: VolunteerGwinnett.net.
PADV Teen Summit in Decatur
Teen Summit by Partnership Against Domestic Violence (PADV). 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. Free. Decatur High School, 310 N. McDonough St., Decatur. PADV is Georgia’s first, largest and most experienced nonprofit working to end domestic violence. Teen dating violence will be the topic to encourage teens to speak up about dating violence and help parents educate their adolescents about healthy relationships through hands-on activities, workshops and teen-led sessions. Members of the Teens Against Dating Violence (TADV) advisory board will provide leadership at the summit with this year’s board comprised of nine high schoolers from the metro Atlanta area who each helped create sessions and workshops. PADV helps to transform the lives of about 20,000 women and children every year through emergency intervention, education, violence prevention and long-term advocacy. padv.org/tdv-info-for-teens, facebook.com/PADVAtlanta.
Slam Poetry in Decatur
Slam Poetry & Open Mic for Teen Summit participants by VoxATL. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. Free. Decatur High School, 310 N. McDonough St., Decatur. Teens may sign up to share their work by emailing Josie@VOXATL.org and at the Teen Summit.
Local Authors Festival in Cartersville
Local Authors Festival. 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday. Free. Cartersville Library, 429 W. Main St., Cartersville. Join for an hour of brief “lightning” presentations from local authors followed by the opportunity to meet and talk with authors, buy their autographed books and network. There is no cost for authors to set up a table. Nicole Oderisi at 770-382-4203 ext. 125 or nicole@BartowLibrary.org.
Kennesaw Mountain events
March events. Free. Visitor Center, Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park, 900 Kennesaw Mountain Drive, Kennesaw. 770-427-4686 ext. 0 or nps.gov/kemo.
- “Civil War Music Program.” 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. Join musician and living historian KD Sellers as she demonstrates the uses of music during the Civil War with the fife.
- “Life of a Soldier.” 11-11:30 a.m. Sunday. An interactive Ranger presentation will use various reproduced props and personal items to illustrate how soldiers lived and fought on the Atlanta Campaign trail in 1864.
Children’s puppet play in Atlanta
“Rainforest Adventures.” 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Saturday, 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. Sunday. $11.25 to $19.50. Center for Puppetry Arts, 1404 Spring St. NW, Atlanta. By Jon Ludwig, Stephanie Kaskel Bogle and Raylynn Hughes. All ages, 2 and up, must have a ticket. puppet.org/buy-tickets/2017-18/rainforest-adventures.
Children’s play in Roswell
FamilyStage Series: “Miss Nelson Is Missing!” 11 a.m. Saturday and March 10 and 17. $10. Georgia Ensemble Theatre, Roswell Cultural Arts Center, 950 Forrest St., Roswell. 770-641-1260, get.org.
‘The Jungle Book’ in Decatur
“The Jungle Book” by the Alliance Theatre Company. 1 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. $18 to $32. Porter Sanford III Performing Arts and Community Center, 3181 Rainbow Drive, Decatur. Suitable for all audiences. AllianceTheatre.org.
Sensory-Friendly Concert in Marietta
Georgia Symphony Orchestra (GSO) Sensory-Friendly Concert with Autism Speaks. 2 p.m. Saturday. $10. Marietta Performing Arts Center, 1171 Whitlock Ave., Marietta. Francisco Vila on cello will be the guest artist during this concert of classical music for those with autism and their family members. 770-429-2390, GeorgiaSymphony.org.
Cajun Concert in Cumming
“King of Cajun: Jo-El Sonnier” Concert. 3 p.m. and 8 p.m. Saturday. $22.50 to $25 plus seven percent sales tax. The Cumming Playhouse, 101 School St., Cumming. 770-781-9178, PlayhouseCumming.com. jo-elsonnier.com/biography.
Magic Show in Stockbridge
Magic Show: Christian illusionist Christopher Tracy. 6 p.m. dinner, 7 p.m. show Saturday. $10/adults, $5/children. Community Bible Church, 2001 Jodeco Road, Stockbridge. Tickets are available 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Mondays through Fridays at the church or at the door on March 3. 770-914-0808 ext. 222, cindy.hall@CommunityBibleChurch.com. ChristopherTracy.com.
Disney musical in Dallas
“Disney’s Beauty and the Beast JR” by Main Street Teens. Through March 11. 7 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, 3 p.m. Sundays. $10 to $12. The Dallas Theater, 208 Main St., Dallas. 678-363-0813, DallasTheatre@dallas-ga.gov, DallasTheaterGa.com/beauty-and-the-beast.
‘The Women of the Muppets’ in Atlanta
The Women of the Muppets Panel. 7 p.m. Saturday. $25. Center for Puppetry Arts, 1401 Spring St. NW at 18th Street, Atlanta. Open to ages 13 and up, this lecture and discussion will include women who made groundbreaking contributions to the work of The Jim Henson Company. They include Sonia Manzano, the actress who played Maria on Sesame Street for 43 years; Bonnie Erickson, the original designer and builder of Miss Piggy and the heckling old men in the balcony, Statler, Waldorf and Zoot, saxophonist for The Electric Mayhem band and Fran Brill, the first female puppeteer for Sesame Street who created the characters of Zoe and Prairie Dawn. Moderator will be Karen Falk, the head archivist for The Jim Henson Company. Tickets: puppet.org/buy-tickets/2017-18/the-women-of-the-muppets.
Musical comedy in Dunwoody
“The Addams Family” musical comedy by Jerry’s Habima Theatre. Through March 11. 7:30 p.m. Saturday, 1 p.m. and 5 p.m. Sunday, 7:30 p.m. March 8 and 10, 1 p.m. and 5 p.m. March 11. $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, featuring actors with special needs for this 25th annual musical theatrical production. 678-812-4002, AtlantaJCC.org/habima.
Southern Crescent Chorale in Morrow
Southern Crescent Chorale. 8-10 p.m. Saturday. $20. Spivey Hall, 2000 Clayton State Blvd., Morrow. 678-466-4491, clayton.edu/spiveyhall/concerts. SouthernCrescentChorale.org.
Purim Carnival in Marietta
Purim Carnival. Noon-2:30 p.m. Sunday. $10/preschooler, $20/child, $50 maximum/family. Temple Kol Emeth, 1415 Old Canton Road, Marietta. 770-973-3533, KolEmeth.net.
Atlanta Philharmonic Orchestra Concert
Atlanta Philharmonic Orchestra Concert: “The Muse and the Poet.” 3 p.m. Sunday. $10 to $15. North Decatur Presbyterian Church, 611 Medlock Road, Decatur. Kenn Wagner, Atlanta Symphony Orchestra violinist, and Joel Dallow, Atlanta Symphony Orchestra cellist, will be featured on “The Muse et le Poet” with APO’s Music Director Amy Wilson conducting. Children are welcome. info@AtlantaPhilharmonicOrchestra.org. Tickets: BrownPaperTickets.com/event/3323801.
Bulloch Hall lecture in Smyrna
First Sunday Lecture: Bulloch Hall. 3-4 p.m. Sunday. Free. Smyrna Library, 100 Village Green Circle SE, Smyrna. Gwendolyn I. Koehler, educational coordinator for Bulloch Hall in Roswell, will speak on her first book “Mittie & Thee: An 1853 Roosevelt Romance” about the love affair between Martha “Mattie” Bulloch and Theodore Roosevelt. She is now working on a post-1865 Bulloch and Roosevelt family project. At Bulloch Hall, she continues Bulloch family research, tour and exhibit development, docent training and recruitment. SmyrnaCity.com, BullochHall.org.