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.
Veterans parade, picnic in Powder Springs
Powder Springs Veterans Day Parade and Picnic by the city of Powder Springs and American Legion Post 294 will include a 10 a.m. parade, noon program and picnic with food vendors today. Town Square, Pineview Drive, downtown Powder Springs. tdurham@CityOfPowderSprings.org.
Holiday on the Homefront in Duluth
Holiday on the Homefront. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. today. $8, free for Gwinnett Environmental and Heritage Center members. McDaniel Farm, 3251 McDaniel Road, Duluth. Experience the Christmas season during the 1860s through a living history demonstration with Civil War soldiers. Make crafts, enjoy festive hayrides and have your picture taken with Santa Claus. Register: GwinnettEHC.org or pay at the door.
Family Cowboy Day in Dunwoody
Family Cowboy Day by The Friends of the Dunwoody Library. Storytime for children ages 5 to 9 at 10:15 a.m., pony rides 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., photo ops and balloon crafts 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., rodeo games 11:45 a.m. to 1:45 p.m., concert by the Back in the Saddle Band 2:30 p.m. today. Free. Dunwoody Library, 5339 Chamblee-Dunwoody Road, Dunwoody. Souvenirs for all who wear western attire. Unique snacks and a silent auction. 770-512-4640. BackInTheSaddleBand.com.
Chili Inferno Cook-Off in Canton
Main Street Canton’s Chili Inferno Cook-Off. 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. today. $5 for 10 tasting tickets, free parking. Cannon Park, 130 E. Main St., Canton. Live music, games, chili samples. Vote for favorite teams, competing for first, second and third place awards and the People’s Choice Award. 770-704-1552 or email@example.com.
Family fun day in Dallas
Paulding Public Safety Appreciation’s Family Fun Day. Noon-5 p.m. today. $20 unlimited bowling, bumper cars and laser tag; $8 for a game card. Stars and Strikes, 2400 Hiram Acworth Highway, Dallas. Public safety vehicles will be on display. 678-520-5140, paulding.gov/CivicAlerts.aspx?AID=767.
Kids in the Kitchen! in Sandy Springs
Kids in the Kitchen! 4 p.m. today. Free. Sandy Springs Branch, 395 Mt. Vernon Highway, Sandy Springs. Children and their parents are invited to prepare healthy foods. 404-303-6130, afpls.org.
Agatha Christie play in Decatur
Agatha Christie’s “The Unexpected Guest.” 8 p.m. today, 3 p.m. Sunday. $15 to $23. OnStage Atlanta Theatre Company, 2969 E. Ponce de Leon Ave., Decatur. 404-897-1802, OnStageAtlanta.com.
‘Wuthering Heights’ discussion in Roswell
Club Nostalgia: “Wuthering Heights” (1939) with Merle Oberon, Laurence Olivier and David Niven. 2:30-5 p.m. Sunday. Free. East Roswell Library, 2301 Holcomb Bridge Road, Roswell. The movie is viewed at home, then discussed during the meeting with trivia and prizes. Audrey at 404-310-5354, ClubNostalgia.vpweb.com.
African ceremony in Atlanta
Oukumo Rites of Passage Closing Ceremony. 5 p.m. Sunday. Free. Zion Hill Baptist Church, 6175 Campbellton Road, Atlanta. The event is modeled after traditional African “coming-of-age” rituals with dance, music, colorful African clothing and African ceremonies that represent the graduates’ transition to adulthood. 404-691-8025.
Pasta With a Purpose in Alpharetta
Pasta With a Purpose dinner. 5:30 p.m. Sunday. $10 for adults, $8 for children under 10. St. Aidan’s Episcopal Church, Burtenshaw Hall, 13560 Cogburn Road, Alpharetta. The dinner will be served by the youths of the Honduras Building Mission Team. All profits will assist in travel expenses for the team’s mission trip next year. Tickets: tinyurl.com/zh69rs2. 770-521-0207, staidans.org.
Big band dance concert in Norcross
Sunday Kind of Groove Concert Series: Dance Concert with The Atlanta Seventeen big band by Atlanta Plays It Forward. 6-8 p.m. Sunday. $10, free parking. Norcross Cultural Arts Center, 10 College St., Norcross. Get ready to foxtrot, waltz, rhumba, bossa nova and tango. Bring your own picnic and beverages. A benefit concert for All About Developmental Disabilities. Tickets: 770-368-2076, firstname.lastname@example.org.
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