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.
Jonesboro Farmers Market Kick-Off
Jonesboro Farmers Market Kick-Off. 8 a.m. to noon today. Downtown Jonesboro. Market will be open 8 a.m. to noon Saturdays and 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursdays. rclark@JonesboroGa.com.
Mableton 5K, Junior Fun Run
Mableton 5K and Junior Fun Run. 8 a.m. 5K, 9 a.m. Fun Run today. $30 to $35. Mable House Complex, 5239 Floyd Road, Mableton. Register: MabletonDay.com/about/mableton-day-5k-race.
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Mableton Day. 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. today. Free. Mable House Complex, 5239 Floyd Road, Mableton. Car Cruise-in, entertainment, arts and crafts, vendor booths, food and Kids Corner. MabletonDay.com.
Park Work Day in Decatur
Work Day. 9-11:30 a.m. today. Frazier-Rowe Park, 2886 Lavista Road, Decatur. Meet by the picnic tables. Jobs for all ages and abilities. facebook.com/FrazierRowePark, frazier-rowepark.weebly.com.
Music, Health, Wellness Expo in Roswell
Roswell Family Music, Health and Wellness Expo. 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. today. Free. Riverside Park, 575 Riverside Road, Roswell. Local bands and artists will perform, while fitness instructors will demonstrate programs such as Cardio Fusion and healthcare professionals will offer free health screenings. Inflatables, trampoline demonstrations, face painting, concessions and many other child-friendly activities also will be offered. Kiran Fatania at 770-594-6406, RoswellGov.com.
Dunwoody Art Festival
Dunwoody Art Festival. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. today, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday (rain or shine). Free with free parking. Dunwoody Village Parkway, Dunwoody. Top artists from across the nation will showcase handmade jewelry, sculpture, paintings, homemade soaps and home décor for purchase. Food trucks will offer lobster rolls to homemade doughnuts. A Kidz Zone will include rides, sand-art activities, crafts and games. Continuous live music. CVBDunwoody.com/things-to-do/annual-events/dunwoody-art-festival, dunwoody.SplashFestivals.com.
Garden Tour in Cobb County
“Through the Garden Gate” Tour of seven gardens by Master Gardener Volunteers of Cobb County (MGVOCC). 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. today (rain or shine). $20 advance, $25 day of event. Seven locations. This tour is designed to inspire and help homeowners learn from the gardens owned or maintained by Cobb County’s Master Gardeners who follow research-based horticultural practices. MGVOCC promotes and supports horticulture education projects in 54 school and 15 community and demonstration gardens throughout Cobb County. CobbMasterGardeners.com/2017-garden-tour-descriptions.
Train Day in Loganville
Train Day. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. today. Free. Vines Park, 3500 Oak Grove Road, Loganville. See G-scale trains with more than 1,000 feet of track, a 25-foot bridge, tunnels, a viaduct, an airport, towns and villages. Also enjoy crafts, games and concessions. GwinnettCountyEvents.com.
ART Station exhibits in Stone Mountain
Exhibits at ART Station’s galleries. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. today, the closing day for both exhibits. Free. 5384 Manor Road, Stone Mountain. In the Main Gallery, see 75 pastels by members of the Southeastern Pastel Society of Dunwoody. In the Trolley Stop Gallery, view Legacy of Hope, an exhibit by Dylan Scott Pierce which includes watercolors, oils and drawings - all derived from his travels to Africa. 770-469-1105, ARTStation.org. SoutheasternPastel.org/meetings.html, DylanPierce.com.
Dance Recitals in Roswell
Tolbert-Yilmaz School of Dance Spring Recitals. 10 a.m., 1 p.m., 4 p.m., 7 p.m. today; 1 p.m., 4 p.m. Sunday. $12. Cultural Arts Center, 950 Forrest St., Roswell. tysod.com. Tickets: RoswellBallet.com.
Quilting lessons in Jonesboro
Ready … Set … Quilt! 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. today. Free. Clayton County Headquarters Library, 865 Battle Creek Road, Jonesboro. Beginners are welcome and will receive instruction. Participants must bring their own sewing machines and materials. 770-473-3850, claytonpl.org.
Mother’s Day Craft in Buford
Mother’s Day Drop-In Craft for all ages. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. today, noon-5 p.m. Sunday. Free. Buford-Sugar Hill Branch, 2100 Buford Highway, Buford. gwinnettpl.org.
Sweet Auburn Springfest in Atlanta
Sweet Auburn Springfest. 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. today, 1-8 p.m. Sunday. Free. Historic Auburn Avenue District, 230 John Wesley Dobbs Ave., Atlanta. Soul for Real! will perform at 6 p.m. today. International Food Court and Kids Fantastic Fun Zone included. SweetAuburn.com/SweetAuburnFestivals.
Kennesaw Mountain events
Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park, 900 Kennesaw Mountain Drive, Kennesaw. Free. Visitor Center at 770-427-4686 ext. 0, nps.gov/kemo.
- Environmental Trail Hike for 1.3 miles: 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. today. This event will be cancelled in case of inclement weather.
- Civil War Artillery Talk: 11:30 a.m. to noon. Sunday. Learn the differences between Civil War artillery pieces and how these differences changed warfare during the American Civil War.
Aerial photo exhibit opening in Atlanta
Eye in the Sky exhibit. Through July 7. Reception and artist talks: 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. today. Free. Aviation Community Cultural Center, Contemporary Gallery, 3900 Aviation Circle NW, Atlanta. See drone and aerial-based photography by Georgia artists. 404-612-8600, FultonArts.org.
‘Wheeled Warriors’ in Marietta
“Wheeled Warriors” of rare military vehicles by the Georgia Military Vehicle Preservation Association. 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. today. Free but donations appreciated. Aviation Wing, 555 Perrin Road, Marietta. Food vendors, a swap meet and gifts for sale. The Aviation Wing is an outdoor, secondary campus to the Marietta Museum of History and home to numerous military aircrafts such as the C-141 Starlifter, the B-29 Superfortress and the C-130. 770-794-5710, info@MariettaHistory.org.
‘Pete the Cat’ puppet play in Atlanta
“Pete the Cat” puppet play based on the book series by James and Kim Dean and directed by Jon Ludwig. Through May 28. Noon and 2 p.m. Saturdays, 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. Sundays, 10 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. Tuesdays to Fridays except noon on May 23-26. $20.50, free for children under age 2. Center for Puppetry Arts, 1404 Spring St. NW, Atlanta. 404-873-3391, puppet.org/buy-tickets/2016-17/pete-the-cat.
‘Twinderella’ in Roswell
“Twinderella” comedy for all ages by Roswell Youth Theatre with student actors ages 8 to 18. 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. today. $8 cash or check at the door. Bill Johnson Community Activity Building, Roswell Area Park, 10495 Woodstock Road, Roswell. Artistic Director Leslie Kelley at 770-641-3987 or lkelley@RoswellGov.com.
Mother’s Day Craft in Jonesboro
Mother’s Day Craft for children and teens. 2-3 p.m. today. Free. Clayton County Headquarters Library, 865 Battle Creek Road, Jonesboro. 770-473-3850, claytonpl.org.
Kids’ Origami Club in Atlanta
Kids’ Origami Club. 3:30 p.m. today. Free. Peachtree Branch, 1315 Peachtree St. NE, Atlanta. Practice origami, the Japanese art of paper-folding, and make something to take home. Although recommended for children ages 8 to 12, younger interested children, who have assistance from a parent or caregiver, are welcome to attend. 404-885-7830, afpls.org.
BBQ Festival in Acworth
Smoke on the Lake BBQ Festival by the North Cobb Rotary Club, city of Acworth and the Georgia Barbecue Association. 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. today. Cauble Park, 4425 Beach St., Acworth. All proceeds from this event are distributed among several local charities. Teams from all over the Southeast will compete in professional and amateur divisions to see who will take home the title. SmokeOnTheLake.org.
‘Annie Get Your Gun’ in Woodstock
Irving Berlin’s “Annie Get Your Gun” (PG). Through May 21. 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, 2 p.m. Sundays. $15 advance, $18 at the door. Elm Street Cultural Arts Village, 8534 Main St., Woodstock. 678-494-4251, ElmStreetArts.org.
Lag B’Omer Picnic in Marietta
Lag B’Omer Picnic. 4:30-6:30 p.m. Sunday. $12 adults, $6 child, $36 family. East Cobb Park, 3322 Lower Roswell Road, Marietta. BBQ, games and music. 770-565-4412 ext. 300. Register: ChabadOfCobb.com.
Woodstock Remembers 120 exhibit
Woodstock Remembers 120: 1897-2017 exhibit by Preservation Woodstock. Through May 21. Free. Woodstock Library, 7735 Main St., Woodstock. PreservationWoodstock.com.