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.
English as a Second Language in DeKalb
English as a Second Language Classes for ages 18 and above. Free. No registration is needed for these ongoing classes. Sponsored by Literacy Action and DeKalb County Public Library. Literacy Action at 404-377-7323 or DCPL Literacy Services at 404-508-7190 ext. 2240. DeKalbLibrary.org.
- 10-11:30 a.m. today. Tucker-Reid H. Cofer Library, 5234 LaVista Road, Tucker. 770-270-8234.
- Noon-1:30 p.m. today. Doraville Library, 3748 Central Ave., Doraville. 770-936-3852.
Native American Women exhibit in Cartersville
“By Her Hand: Native American Women, Their Art and the Photographs of Edward S. Curtis.” 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. today, 1-5 p.m. Sunday. $7 to $10. Booth Western Art Museum, 501 Museum Drive, Cartersville. 770-387-1300, BoothMuseum.org.
Pictures with Santa at Serenbe
Pictures with Santa. 1-4 p.m. today, Sunday and Dec. 3. $30. Today and Sunday at The Farmhouse Front Porch, 10950 Hutchesons Ferry Road, Palmetto and the Serenbe Holiday Bazaar on Dec. 3. Including one digital image by J.Ashley Photography with as many people as you would like. Ticket information: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Wii Play in Stone Mountain
Wii Play for ages 8 to 14. 2-3 p.m. today. Free. Stone Mountain-Sue Kellogg Library, 952 Leon St., Stone Mountain. Open to first 12 participants. Funding provided by the Friends of the Stone Mountain-Sue Kellogg Library. 770-413-2020, DeKalbLibrary.org.
‘The Nutcracker’ in Marietta
“The Nutcracker” by the Georgia Metropolitan Dance Theatre, 60th anniversary season. 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. today, 2 p.m. Sunday. $10 to $25. Jennie T. Anderson Theatre, Cobb Civic Center, 548 S. Marietta Parkway, Marietta. 678-287-9020, GeorgiaMetroDance.org.
Sinatra musical in Tyrone
“Christmas My Way: A Sinatra Holiday Bash!” 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, 3 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays through Dec. 18 except 2:30 p.m. Sunday. $15 to $40 with discounts or groups of 20 or more, students, seniors and children ages 12 and under. The Legacy Theatre, 1175 Senoia Road, Suite C, Tyrone. Tickets: 404-895-1473, TheLegacyTheatre.org.
Journey Tribute Band in Marietta
Departure: Journey Tribute Band. 8 p.m. today. $20. The Earl Smith Strand Theatre, 117 North Park Square, Marietta. Tickets: 770-293-0080, EarlSmithStrand.org/calendar/tickets.
Art on the Atlanta BeltLine
Art on the Atlanta BeltLine. Through Nov. 30. Free. Sponsored by Atlanta BeltLine, Inc. and the Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs, Art on the Atlanta BeltLine is an inspiring way to explore this emerging system of parks, trails, transit and development that reclaims a 22-mile loop of historic rail lines around the city’s core. 404-446-4408, art.beltline.org.
- Westside: Gordon White Park.
- Eastside: Historic Fourth Ward Park.
- Eastside Trail: From the southern terminus of the paved trail at Lake Avenue / Irwin Street north to the intersection of 10th Street and Monroe Drive with the interim hiking trail continuing north for one mile to Montgomery Ferry Drive.
- Eastside Trail through Reynoldstown: From Kirkwood Avenue south to Memorial Drive.
African fashion exhibit in Atlanta
“Africa Forecast: Fashioning Contemporary Life.” Through Dec. 3. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesdays to Fridays, noon-4 p.m. Saturdays. $3 (suggested donation). Spelman College Museum of Fine Art, 350 Spelman Lane SW, Atlanta. A group show of works by black female designers and artists. 404-270-5607, museum.spelman.edu.
Christmas Canteen in Lawrenceville
Aurora Theatre’s Christmas Canteen 2016. Through Dec. 23. 8 p.m. Tuesdays to Saturdays, 2:30 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays, 10 a.m. Dec. 7, 14, 21 and 23. (Some shows sold out.) $20 to $65. 128 E. Pike St., Lawrenceville. Sketch comedy mixed with theatrical numbers and singing. In the lobby during the Festival of Trees, place under your favorite tree a new, unwrapped toy and / or a canned food item for Toys for Tots. 678-226-6222, AuroraTheatre.com.
Drive-Thru Christmas Lights at The Rock
Drive-Thru Christmas Lights for more than one mile. Through Dec. 31. Free but donations accepted 6-10 p.m. through Wednesday. $5 per vehicle, $20 per bus (by cash or card) 6-10 p.m. Dec. 1-8, 11-15, 18 and 20-31. The Rock Ranch, 5020 Ga. 36, The Rock off Interstate 75, Exit 201. Founded by the late S. Truett Cathy of Chick-fil-A, this 1,500-acre working cattle farm has 35 attractions, concessions and a Georgia Grown Farm Market on select days. 706-647-6374, TheRockRanch.com/our-location.
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