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.
Family & Life 5K in Decatur
Family & Life 5K/Fun Run/Tot Trot. 7:30 a.m. packet pickup, 8 a.m. run, 9 a.m. Fun Run Saturday. $15 Fun Run/Tot Trot, $22 untimed 5K, $30 timed 5K. Briarlake Baptist Church, 3715 Lavista Road, Decatur. Register: FamilyAndLife5K.com.
Douglas County Challengers Baseball
For free, Douglas County Challengers Baseball Team is open to children and young people with special needs who are physically and/or mentally challenged from ages 5 to 21. Every Saturday morning now through June, then September and October. Free for families of the players for registration fee, uniforms, necessities, even trophies. Beulah Ruritan Park, 3655 McKown Road, Douglasville. Players will be accepted at any time during either spring or fall seasons. Philip Troglin at 770-941-2209, DCChallengers@aol.com, facebook.com/DouglasCountyChallengers.
Diabetes Fun Walk in Decatur
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Focus on the Family Diabetes Fun Walk. 8 a.m. registration, 9 a.m. to noon Saturday. Free. Exchange Park Recreation Center, 2771 Columbia Drive, Decatur. Health screenings, giveaways, food demonstrations, diabetes education and free samples. Sponsors are the Diabetes Community Action Coalition and Georgia Diabetes Coalition, Inc. with funds raised to support their educational and outreach programs. 678-310-4432, dcacFulton.org.
Master Gardeners Plant Sale in Douglasville
Douglas County Master Gardeners Annual Plant Sale. 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday. Woodie Fite Senior Center, 8720 Dorris Road, Douglasville. DCMG is a nonprofit organization, and this is the only fundraiser each year. firstname.lastname@example.org.
Dunwoody Farmers Market
Dunwoody Farmers Market. Opens Saturday through October. 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays. Brook Run Park, 4770 N. Peachtree Road, Dunwoody. Visit more than 40 vendors. DunwoodyFarmersMkt.com. Weekly updates: facebook.com/DunwoodyFarmersMarket.
Peachtree Road Farmers Market in Atlanta
Peachtree Road Farmers Market. 8:30 a.m. to noon Saturdays through Dec. 15 (rain or shine). Free parking. The Cathedral of St. Philip, 2744 Peachtree Road NW, Atlanta. With more than 35 chef demonstrations scheduled for this season and 50 weekly vendors, this market is the largest producer-only farmers market in the state, meaning everything has been grown, raised or made by the seller. Jobs: PeachtreeRoadFarmersMarket.com/career-opportunities. PeachtreeRoadFarmersMarket.com/AboutUs.
Car seat checks in Roswell
Car seat checks by the Roswell Fire Department. 9 a.m. to noon Saturday. Free. Fire Station 4, 1400 Old Alabama Road, Roswell. Car seat checks will be performed by certified child passenger safety technicians. Participants also will be reminded to register their car seats with the manufacturers, so they can be notified in case of a recall. Lt. Ed Botts at ebotts@RoswellGov.com.
Awesome Blossom Spring Fest in Stockbridge
Awesome Blossom Spring Fest. 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. Free admission and parking. Bethel United Methodist Church, 245 Fairview Road, Stockbridge. Attractions are the American Legion Riders from Post 77 in Conyers, a silent auction, entertainers, children’s activities, a mini health clinic, a pie-baking contest and food for purchase. 770-474-2570, AwesomeBlossomFestival.com, bethel-umc.com.
Douglas County Special Olympics Car Show
Douglas County Special Olympics Car Show. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. Free admission for spectators, $25 vehicle registration. Arbor Place Mall, Sears parking lot, 6700 Douglas Blvd., Douglasville. Open to all cars, trucks and bikes. Trophies will be awarded for top three in each class, and all judging will be done by Special Olympics athletes. All proceeds will benefit Douglas County Special Olympics. Jessica Morgan at 770-920-7129 or email@example.com.
May-retta Daze Arts, Crafts Festival
May-retta Daze Arts and Crafts Festival. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. Free admission. Glover Park, 50 N. Park Square, Historic Marietta Square, Marietta. More than 100 local and area artists and craftspeople will display and sell their paintings, pottery, jewelry, woodwork, glass, floral designs and more at the annual festival. 770-794-5601, MariettaGa.gov/CivicAlerts.aspx?AID=1696.
Roswell’s Drinking Water Festival
Roswell’s Drinking Water Festival. 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday. Free. Roswell Water Treatment Plant, 100 Dobbs Drive, Roswell. Tour the water plant and learn more about the source of drinking water, how it is treated and water conservation. Also, enjoy a free cookout, children’s activities, giveaways and sign up for the AquaHawk water monitoring system. This event kicks off National Safe Drinking Water Week, Sunday to May 12. Vicki Culbreth at 770-641-3742 or vculbreth@RoswellGov.com.
Snellville Days Festival
Snellville Days Festival: 45th anniversary Arts and Crafts Festival. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, noon-5 p.m. Sunday. Free with free parking. T. W. Briscoe Park, 2500 Sawyer Parkway, Snellville. Ride a free shuttle 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday from Snellville First Baptist Church, 2400 Main St. but not on Sunday. Free, continuous live entertainment and kid’s field offered both days. SnellvilleDays.org.
Open House Trail Mixer in Lithonia
Open House Trail Mixer. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. Arabia Mountain Heritage Area Alliance, 3350 Klondike Road, Stonecrest. Park at the Vaughters’ Farm Trailhead, 3366 Klondike Road, Lithonia. From 11 a.m. to noon, join a 1.5-mile walking tour around the Vaughters’ Farm Meadow Loop. Bring insect repellant and a water bottle. Drop in, grab a snack and speak with staff and board members to learn about the people and places that form the Arabia Mountain National Heritage Area (AMNHA), one of 49 National Heritage Areas recognized by the U.S. Congress for its unique contribution to the nation’s development. In portions of DeKalb, Rockdale and Henry Counties, the AMNHA includes more than 33 miles of paved hike/bike trails and historic and natural sites such as the Davidson-Arabia Mountain Nature Preserve, Panola Mountain State Park, Flat Rock Archives and the Monastery of the Holy Spirit. ArabiaAlliance.org/OpenHouse2018.
Bicentennial! GEHC Monthly Spotlight: Engineering Gwinnett (1950 to present day). 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and May 12, 19 and 26. $7 to $10, free for children under age 2. Gwinnett Environmental and Heritage Center, 2020 Clean Water Drive, Buford. Explore some of the impacts the developments of I-85 and the Buford Dam had in the 1950s and that continue today. Test engineering skills, learn some of the impacts pollutants have on local streams and rivers and sharpen creative skills with crafts. GwinnettCountyEvents.com.
Woofstock in Suwanee
Woofstock: “Atlanta’s Largest Pet Party in the Park.” 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday. Free admission. Town Center Park, Suwanee. Dogs, cats, birds, ferrets and pets of all kinds are welcome; but all animals must be on a leash. Highlights include live music, dog contests, pet adoptions, pet vendors, arts and crafts and food trucks. WoofstockATL.com.
Taste of East Cobb
Taste of East Cobb. 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday. Free admission, $1/taste ticket. Parking lot, Johnson Ferry Baptist Church, 955 Johnson Ferry Road, Marietta. “Bites” range from one to five tickets. Taste some of the best of East Cobb County’s restaurants while enjoying live music from the Walton High Jazz Bands, a Kids Zone, a drawing, a silent auction and a “Best of Taste of East Cobb” competition. TasteOfEastCobb.com/tickets.
Roswell dance recitals
Roswell Performing Arts: “Once Upon a Time” dance recitals. Noon, 2, 4 and 7 p.m. Saturday. Roswell Cultural Arts Center, 950 Forrest St., Roswell. Nicole Brook at NBrook@RoswellGov.com or Nancy Whitehead at NWhitehead@RoswellGov.com.
Wildlife Center Tours in Lithonia
Wildlife Center Tours. 1 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays (weather permitting). Free but donations welcome. Atlanta Wildlife Animal Rescue Effort (AWARE), 4158 Klondike Road, Lithonia. AWARE rehabilitates injured and orphaned wildlife and educates the public. AwareWildlife.org/programs-tours.
Broadway musical comedy in Marietta
“Catch Me If You Can” Broadway musical comedy. 3 p.m. and 8 p.m. Saturday, 3 p.m. Sunday. $20. Cobb County Civic Center, Jennie T. Anderson Theatre, 548 S. Marietta Parkway, Marietta. Presented by the Cobb County Center for Excellence in the Performing Arts (CCCEPA) magnet program at Pebblebrook High School in Mableton. To date, CCCEPA alumni have performed in 63 shows on Broadway. Tickets: cccepa.com/upcoming-performances/box-office or at the box office one hour before each performance.
Kentucky Derby Party in Dunwoody
Kentucky Derby Party. 4-7 p.m. Saturday. Free. Dunwoody Country Club, Magnolia Room, 1600 Dunwoody Club Drive, Atlanta. In honor of Foster Care Appreciation Month, the event is hosted by Bethany Christian Services which can be toured at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday at 6645 Peachtree Dunwoody Road, Atlanta. On Saturday, see Derby festivities by live stream while enjoying heavy hors d’oeuvres and a silent auction. Prizes will be awarded for the Best Ladies Hat and the Most Dapper Gent. 770-455-7111, firstname.lastname@example.org, bethany.org/Atlanta.
‘Coco’ cartoon in Kennesaw
Disney-Pixar’s animated film “Coco” (rated PG). 6 p.m. entertainment and giveaways, dusk movie Saturday. Free. Swift-Cantrell Park, 3140 Old 41 Highway, Kennesaw. The Kennesaw Parks and Recreation Summer Outdoor Movie Series returns with this 2018 Academy Award winner for “Best Animated Feature.” Moviegoers should bring a blanket or low-back chairs. Park inside the park or at neighboring Kennesaw Elementary School. Movies may change, and cancellations may occur due to weather conditions. 770-422-9714 or kennesaw-ga.gov/parks-and-recreation.
Cellist, pianist concert in Morrow
Spring U.S. Recital Tour: Truls Mørk, cello with Uzbek pianist Behzod Abduraimov. 6:30 p.m. pre-concert talk, 7:30 p.m. concert Saturday. $60 (with discounts). Spivey Hall, Clayton State University, 2000 Clayton State Blvd., Morrow. The talk will be given by Dr. Kurt-Alexander Zeller. Tickets: Spivey Hall Box Office at 678-466-4200 or SpiveyHall.org.
Roswell’s Riverside Sounds Concert Series
Roswell’s Riverside Sounds Concert Series: Leah Calvert. 7-9 p.m. Saturday and first Saturdays through October. Free. Riverside Park, 575 Riverside Road, Roswell. RoswellRiversideSounds.com, LeahSatellite.com.
Atlanta Master Chorale, Tom Key at Emory
Atlanta Master Chorale: “Music and the Civil War” with Theatrical Outfit Artistic Director Tom Key. 8 p.m. Saturday. $30/adult, $25/senior citizen, $10/student and Emory staff. Emory University, Schwartz Center for Performing Arts, 1700 N. Decatur Road, Atlanta. Songs and spirituals will be presented alongside poetry and contemporary letters. Arts at Emory Box Office at 404-727-5050. AtlantaMasterChorale.org, TheatricalOutfit.org/staff/Tom-Key.
GSO Jazz in Marietta
Sam Skelton and the GSO Jazz Combo with vocalist Karla Harris. 8 p.m. Saturday. $28/adult, $10/student. The Earl and Rachel Smith Strand Theatre, Marietta Square, 117 N. Park Square, Marietta. Latin jazz music will be presented in celebration of Cinco de Mayo. GSO Jazz is part of the Georgia Symphony Orchestra organization. Tickets: 770-429-2390 or GeorgiaSymphony.org.
5K Race/Walk, Fair in Dunwoody
The Harris Jacobs Dream Run 5K Road Race/Walk and Family Fit & Fun Fair. 8 a.m. Sunday. $30/adult, $35/adult on race day, $15/children under age 12. Marcus Jewish Community Center of Atlanta’s (MJCCA) Zaban Park campus, 5342 Tilly Mill Road, Dunwoody. This event was created 25 years ago to honor the memory of Harris Jacobs, a past MJCCA president. The HJDR course is a 2019 AJC Peachtree Road Race qualifier, allowing runners to use their time to qualify for a start wave in the 2019 Road Race. Participants will be chip-timed and receive a high-performance t-shirt. The fair follows the race with the Atlanta Hawks Flight Crew, a rock climbing wall, face painting and free massages. Proceeds will support the MJCCA’s Blonder Family Department for Special Needs, welcoming individuals of all backgrounds and abilities. Pam Morton at 678-812-3981 or Pam.Morton@AtlantaJCC.org. AtlantaJCC.org/HJDR.
Serenbe May Day Festival
Serenbe May Day Festival. Noon-5 p.m. Sunday. $5. 10950 Hutcheson Ferry Road, Chattahoochee Hills. This celebration of arts and culture includes streets lined with local and regional makers, food trucks and live music with other visual and performing artists strolling throughout the community. The children of Serenbe will perform a traditional Maypole Dance in the middle of the festival. A children’s area (sponsored by Chatt Hills Charter School) will includes games, a bungee run and horse rides. Proceeds will benefit the Art Farm at Serenbe. Park in the Wildflower Meadow. serenbe.com/events#comm-directory.
Marietta Square Farmers Market
Marietta Square Farmers Market. Opens noon-3 p.m. Sunday and continuing Sundays, 9 a.m. to noon Saturdays year-round. 65 Church St., Marietta. Shop from more than 65 vendors. MariettaSquareFarmersMarket.com.
Pianist concert in Morrow
Paul Lewis, piano. 3 p.m. Sunday. $60 (with discounts). Spivey Hall, Clayton State University, 2000 Clayton State Blvd., Morrow. Tickets: Spivey Hall Box Office at 678-466-4200 or SpiveyHall.org.