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.
Milton Veterans Day Breakfast
Milton Veterans Day Continental Breakfast. 8 a.m. Saturday. Free to all veterans. Milton City Hall, 2006 Heritage Walk, Milton. The breakfast will be followed by the Milton Literary Festival. The breakfast speaker will be retired Brigadier General A. J. “Tony” Tata who served 28 years in the United States Army. Author of several novels, he regularly appears on many national news networks, commenting on national security matters. AJTata.com/about, MiltonLiteraryFestival.weebly.com.
Health Fair in Fayetteville
Health Fair. 9 a.m. to noon Saturday. Free, including lunch. Southeastern Primary Care Specialists, 105 Carnegie Place, Fayetteville. Held in honor of Dr. John Harsch, the health fair will include free dental exams for all ages and other free medical services and exams, including pediatric. Administrative Assistant June Paggett at 770-716-7999.
Recycling event in Kennesaw
Recycling event by Keep Kennesaw Beautiful. 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday. Free except for TVs and CRT monitors (cash only). Kennesaw Public Works facility, 3080 Moon Station Road, Kennesaw. Discard unwanted electronics, recycle metal and shred personal documents securely. Also, the Public Works glass recycling station - usually only available on weekdays - will be open. Not accepted will be tires, household trash and nonelectric equipment. Secure personal document shredding will be done on-site; the document limit is 10 boxes. While there is no need to remove staples or paper clips, documents should be removed from three-ring binders. 770-424-8274, kennesaw-ga.gov.
Dunwoody Veterans Day Tribute
Dunwoody Veterans Day Tribute. 10-11 a.m. Saturday. Veterans Memorial, Brook Run Park, 4770 N. Peachtree Road, Dunwoody. DunwoodyGa.gov.
Georgia Veterans Day Parade in Atlanta
Georgia Veterans Day Parade. Saturday. The Georgia Veterans Day Association’s theme, “WWI Centennial,” is based on the 100th anniversary of the introduction of American military forces into World War I to remember those who served and educate the public on this often-overlooked chapter in American history. 770-546-0946, dlumsden@GeorgiaVeteransDay.org, GeorgiaVeteransDay.org.
- 10:45 a.m. Pre-Opening Ceremony on Baker Street in front of the World of Coca-Cola, 121 Baker St. NW. Atlanta Vocal Project will perform.
- 11:11 a.m. The 36th annual Veterans Day Parade will begin on Peachtree Street in downtown Atlanta south of Ralph McGill/Ivan Allen Jr. Boulevard and continues down Baker Street and onto Marietta Street. Reviewing Stand will be on Baker Street in front of the World of Coca-Cola. The Grand Marshal and Freedom Ball keynote speaker will be Major General James Everette Livingston, United States Marine Corps (Retired), Medal of Honor recipient. GeorgiaVeteransDay.org/grand-marshal/4590702130.
- 6 p.m. $75. Freedom Ball at the Oceans Ballroom, Georgia Aquarium, 225 Baker St. NW. A social hour, silent auction, program and dinner will be included. The returning celebrity emcee will be Wes Sarginson. Tickets: FreedomBall@GeorgiaVeteransDay.org.
Powder Springs Veterans Day Ceremony
Powder Springs Veterans Day Ceremony. 10:45 a.m. Saturday. Veterans Memorial in front of the Powder Springs Library, 4181 Atlanta St., Powder Springs. Presentations by the Powder Springs Elementary Chorus and the McEachern High School ROTC will begin at 10:45 a.m. followed by the ceremony at 11 a.m. Hosted by the city of Powder Springs and American Legion Post 294. CityOfPowderSprings.org.
Gwinnett County Veterans Day Ceremony
Gwinnett County Veterans Day Ceremony. 11 a.m. Saturday. Free. The Gwinnett Fallen Heroes Memorial, Gwinnett Justice and Administration Center, 75 Langley Drive, Lawrenceville. Veterans are encouraged to attend and be recognized. Colonel Fred Van Horn, a Vietnam veteran and a Purple Heart recipient, will be the keynote speaker. GwinnettCountyEvents.com.
Marietta Veterans Day Parade
Marietta Veterans Day Parade. 11 a.m. Saturday. Marietta Square, downtown Marietta. Hosted by the city of Marietta and the Kiwanis Club of Marietta, the parade will begin at the Roswell Street Baptist Church at 10:45 a.m. and march up towards the Marietta Square and back down Lawrence Street to be back at the Square by 11:11 a.m. The Grand Marshal will be Colonel Mike Varicak of the United States Marine Corps. 770-794-5509, MariettaGa.gov.
Smyrna Veterans Day Ceremony
Smyrna Veterans Day Ceremony. 11 a.m. Saturday. 20th Century Veterans Memorial between the Smyrna Public Library and City Hall, 2800 King St., Smyrna. Guest speakers will be Lt. General Steven Arnold, U.S. Army (Retired) and Rear Admiral Robert P. Wright, U.S. Navy (Retired). The Whitfield Academy Concert Band will provide music for the ceremony and Campbell High School JROTC Cadets will present the colors. South Cobb High School Chorus will provide a musical salute to the veterans. Organized and managed by the Smyrna Veterans Committee; Veterans Memorial Association of Smyrna, Ga, Inc.; American Legion Post 160; the Smyrna Parks and Recreation Department; Smyrna Rotary Club; Chick-fil-A and JWC Real Estate. SmyrnaCity.com.
HBCU Festival, Expo in Fairburn
HBCU Fall Festival and Small Business Expo. 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. Langston Hughes High School, 7510 Hall Road, Fairburn. The Divah Filez and the school will host this festival to expose Fulton County schools and the Atlanta Metropolitan Area to Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) with educational resources for parents. Resources will include panel discussions on the HBCU experience, Financial Aid 101 and financial literacy services such as credit repair and restoration. Activities, for all ages, will be headed by the school’s student and parent organizations, including a bounce house, games and food. HBCU alumni and campus representatives will come from all over the U.S.A. to represent their schools and assist students in applying to college. One of the top three HBCU blog sites in the world, The Divah Filez was created by Central State University graduate Jazmyne Byrd, a journalist for Sheen and UpScale Magazine. 470-223-1682 or info@TheDivahFilez.com.
Civil War History Day in Kennesaw
Civil War History Day. 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday. The Southern Museum of Civil War and Locomotive History, 2829 Cherokee St., Kennesaw. Lectures by Civil War historian Michael K. Shaffer on “Civil War in Georgia” at 10 a.m., “War in the Western Theater” at 11 a.m. and “Grant & Sherman: Together in Victory” at noon. Also, candle dipping and quill pen writing. SouthernMuseum.org.
Fall Fit Fest in Atlanta
Fall Fit Fest. 1-4 p.m. Saturday. Free. Chastain Horse Park, 4371 Powers Ferry Road NW, Atlanta. Hosted by Emory University doctoral students of Physical Therapy for the families of GiGi’s Playhouse. Enjoy such activities as an obstacle course, group games, developmental play and horse petting with music. firstname.lastname@example.org.
Acworth Veterans Day Ceremony
Acworth Veterans Day Ceremony. 2 p.m. Saturday. Patriots Point at Cauble Park, home of the Veterans Memorial to honor America’s veterans, 2293 Beach St., Acworth on Lake Acworth. The keynote speaker will be Kennesaw Mayor Derek Easterling, a retired U.S. Navy lieutenant. Veteran pavers: Acworth.org/departments/parks_recreation_and_community_resource_department.
Douglas County Veterans Day Lighted Parade
Douglas County Veterans Day Lighted Parade. 7 p.m. Saturday. Douglas County High School, 8705 Campbellton St., Douglasville and goes through downtown Douglasville. Rick Martin at 770-920-7303 or RickMartin@co.douglas.ga.us. CelebrateDouglasCounty.com.
Woodstock Veterans Day Ceremony
Woodstock Veterans Day Ceremony. 7 p.m. Saturday. The Park at City Center, 101 Arnold Mill Road, downtown Woodstock. Honoring those who have served in our U.S. Military, this ceremony is presented by the city of Woodstock, Marine Corps League Detachment 1311 Woodstock, American Legion Post 316 and the Warriors’ Watch Riders. WoodstockGa.gov, WoodstockParksAndRec.com.
KSU Gospel Choir in Kennesaw
KSU Gospel Choir with singer Babbie Mason. 8-10 p.m. Saturday. Free. Dr. Bobbie Bailey and Family Performance Center, Kennesaw State University, 488 Prillaman Way NW, Kennesaw. Watch live online at musicKSU.com. email@example.com, arts.kennesaw.edu/music.
Atlanta Rhythm Section in Sugar Hill
Atlanta Rhythm Section. 8 p.m. Saturday. $25. The Bowl at Sugar Hill, 5039 W. Broad St., Sugar Hill. TheBowlAtSugarHill.com.
Veterans Day Concert in Marietta
Veterans Day Concert: The Big Chicken Chorus Salutes! 8 p.m. Saturday. $10, free for veterans and active military. Listen to patriotic music in barbershop harmony. The Earl Smith Strand Theatre, 117 N. Park Square, Marietta. 770-293-0080, EarlSmithStrand.org, BigChickenChorus.org.