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.
Chili Cook-off in Cabbagetown
Chomp & Stomp Chili Cook-off and Bluegrass Festival. 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., 12:30 p.m. tastings begin Saturday. $6 (spoons), $6 to $8 (drink tokens). Cabbagetown Park, 177 Kirkwood Ave. Benefiting Cabbagetown parks, green spaces and the community center with three stages of live musicians and more than 65 local artists in the Artist Market. Cabbagetown originally was a neighborhood of Appalachian people who came to Atlanta to work in the nearby Fulton Bag and Cotton Mill (now the Stacks Lofts) until the mill closed in 1978. ChompAndStomp.com.
Serenbe Fall Trail Race 5K, 15K
Serenbe Fall Trail Race 5K and 15K. 7:30-8:30 a.m. registration, 9 a.m. Saturday. $50 for 5K, $60 for 15K, $35 for children ages 12 and under. Selborne Green, 9110 Selborne Lane, Chattahoochee Hills. Park in the Wildflower Meadow on Hutchesons Ferry Road near The Inn at Serenbe. No strollers and no dogs in the race. SerenbeTrailRace.com.
Walk to End Alzheimer’s in Duluth
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Alzheimer’s Association Walk to End Alzheimer’s. 8 a.m. registration, 9 a.m. ceremony, 9:30 a.m. walk Saturday (rain or shine). Free but donations encouraged. Duluth Town Green, 3578 W. Lawrenceville St., Duluth. In Georgia, more than 140,000 people live with the disease and have 519,000 caregivers. In addition to the three-mile walk, participants will enjoy a live band before and after the walk. Register: GeorgiaWalk.org. 1-800-272-3900, alz.org.
Handcrafted Market in Marietta
Ribbons and Holly Handcrafted Market. 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. Free. Fellowship Hall, Mt. Bethel United Methodist Church, 4385 Lower Roswell Road, Marietta. Shop hand-produced items like quilts and stitchery, home goods, children’s items, jewelry and holiday items from over 50 vendors. Also a silent auction, face painting for children, baked goods sale and lunch. 770-971-2880, MtBethel.org/event/ribbons-holly.
Healthy Pets DeKalb in Decatur
Healthy Pets DeKalb by LifeLine Animal Project. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. Free. Shoal Creek Park II, 3643 Glenwood Road, Decatur. Participants should bring dogs on a leash and cats in a container. Free services and items to DeKalb pet owners will include free vaccinations by LifeLine veterinarians, vouchers for free spay/neuters to use at LifeLine’s Spay and Neuter Clinics, free microchipping, pet registration, dog and cat food, collars and leashes. 404-330-6053, community@LifeLineAnimal.org.
Día de los Muertos Festival, Parade in Brookhaven
Día de los Muertos Festival and Parade by We Love BuHi. 5-10 p.m. Saturday. Northeast Plaza, Brookhaven. A traditional holiday to honor and remember departed family members and ancestors throughout Mexico and Latin American countries, this Day of the Dead Celebration will feature community altars, a market and a Bike-Ped Procession. WeLoveBuhi.com/DiaDeLosMuertos.
Running for Office workshop in Decatur
“Basic Training to Run for Office” workshop by the Lambda Epsilon Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Saturday. Free. Georgia State University, Decatur Campus, 3521 Panthersville Road, Room SB 1190, Decatur. Designed to inform the community about the methods and requirements to run for political office. Among the scheduled panelists are DeKalb Superior Court Judge Gregory A. Adams; DeKalb State Court Judge Brian K. Ross; DeKalb Solicitor General Donna Coleman Stribling; State Sen. Tonya Anderson, D-Lithonia; President/Chief Executive Officer Kerry Ramsey of KD Ramsey & Associates and Stonecrest Councilman Rob Turner. LambdaEpsilonOmega.com.
Book Festival of MJCCA in Dunwoody
Book Festival of MJCCA. Saturday through Nov. 20. Times, days and ticket prices vary. Marcus Jewish Community Center, Zaban Park, 5342 Tilly Mill Road, Dunwoody. More than 45 authors will speak on panels, at book signings and in interviews. AtlantaJCC.org/BookFestival.
Craft Fair in Peachtree Corners
Craft Fair. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday. Fellowship Hall, Christ the King Lutheran Church, 5575 Peachtree Parkway, Peachtree Corners at Spalding Drive. Handmade crafts by the CtK Craft Group, a quilt drawing, a bake sale, used book sale and concessions. Proceeds will benefit the local charities of Norcross Cooperative Ministry, Interfaith Outreach Home, The Next Stop Foundation, Family Promise Network, Lutheran Services of Georgia and Christ the King Preschool. Proceeds from concession sales will support youth missions. 770-449-1211 or CtKLutheran.org.
FURever Fest in Marietta
FURever Fest. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. Free. Front lawn, Cobb County Animal Shelter, 1060 Al Bishop Drive, Marietta. Special adoption rates will be available at this at-capacity shelter. The need is great due to the numbers of animals displaced by storms in Texas, Florida and Georgia. Bring a dog or cat food donation (unopened and unexpired) that will help a local pet food pantry. With a DJ and food vendor, visit animal-related businesses, services and organizations. A K-9 officer and the handler will demonstrate the skills these dogs provide as members of the police force. 770-590-5614, CobbAnimalControl.org, facebook.com/CobbAC.
Alpharetta Library Book Sale
Friends of the Alpharetta Library Book Sale. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. Library Porch and Book Store, Alpharetta Library, 10 Park Plaza, Alpharetta. 404-613-6735, afpls.org.
Johns Creek Poetry Festival
Johns Creek Poetry Festival. 10:15 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. Free. Northeast/Spruill Oaks Library, 9560 Spruill Road, Johns Creek. Join published poets to learn about the craft of poetry and remember late co-chair of the Johns Creek Poetry Group, Ronald Boggs, while reading his poetry. Open to adults and students older than 10 years of age. 770-360-8820, afpls.org.
Arts and Crafts Market in Suwanee
Arts and Crafts Market. 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. George Pierce Park, 55 Buford Highway, Suwanee. Do some early Christmas shopping with unique pieces from local crafters, photographers, knitters, and quilters. 678-277-0910, GwinnettCounty.com.
Public piano opening in Marietta
Opening of newest free public piano by Play Me Again Pianos. Noon Saturday. Egg Harbor Cafe, 4719 Lower Roswell Road, Marietta. Play Me Again Pianos is a Georgia nonprofit charity, installing and permanently maintaining 88 free public pianos throughout the Atlanta Metropolitan area for the community to play and enjoy. Named “Tommy” for one of the family member owners of Egg Harbor Cafe, this piano was designed and painted by Angela Decker Lockman, a Visual Arts educator, who was assisted by her students Cate McCoy and Aubrey Ward of East Cobb Middle School. EggHarborCafe.com, PlayMeAgainPianos.org.
Printmakers Exhibition reception in Sandy Springs
Opening Reception: Atlanta Printmakers Studio’s Annual Members Exhibition. 1-3 p.m. Saturday. Exhibit: Saturday to Dec. 8. Free. Abernathy Arts Center, 254 Johnson Ferry Road NW, Sandy Springs. Gallery hours: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays to Fridays. 404-613-6172, FultonArts.org.
NaNoWriMo Write-ins in Woodstock
Write-in for National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo). 1:30-3 p.m. Saturday and Nov. 11, 18 and 25; 5:30-7:30 p.m. Nov. 28. Free. Woodstock Library, 7735 Main St., Woodstock. 770-926-5859, SequoyahRegionalLibrary.org/woodstock. nanowrimo.org.
International Festival in Clarkston
International Food & Wine Festival. 6-9 p.m. Saturday. $30 to $40, free parking. Clarkston Community Center’s Angora Hall, 3701 College Ave., Clarkston. Guests must be 21 years or older to attend. Cocktail attire is suggested. This fundraiser event for the center will showcase the cuisine of many countries from which Clarkston’s international population hails such as Ethiopia, Turkey, India, Afghanistan, Thailand, Vietnam, Morocco and Uganda. New this year will be an art gallery where paintings, jewelry, pottery, baskets and other works of art and crafts may be viewed and purchased. Tickets: ClarkstonCommunityCenter.org.
Comedy play in Canton
“Over the River and Through the Woods” by Cherokee Theatre Company. $15 to $18. Friday through Nov. 12. 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, 2:30 p.m. Sundays. The Canton Theatre, 171 E. Main St., Canton. This family comedy is written by Joe DiPietro and directed by Ed Palombo. info@CherokeeTheatre.org.
U.S. Supreme Court Justice Breyer in Dunwoody
U.S. Supreme Court Associate Justice Stephen Breyer: “The Court and the World.” 8:15 p.m. Saturday. $30 to $35, including a paperback copy of the book. Marcus Jewish Community Center of Atlanta, 5342 Tilly Mill Road, Dunwoody. Justice Breyer will discuss his examination of the court’s work from the conduct of national security policy to international trade to consideration for circumstances beyond America’s borders. 678-812-4002, atlantajcc.org.
Suicide Prevention Walk in Atlanta
Out of the Darkness Walk for American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP). 2 p.m. Sunday. Free but donations encouraged. Piedmont Park, 1320 Monroe Drive, Atlanta. This fundraising walk supports the foundation’s local and national education and advocacy programs and its goal to reduce the annual rate of suicide by 20 percent by 2025. The walk is one of more than 400 Out of the Darkness Community Walks being held nationwide this year that are expected to unite more than 250,000 walkers and raise millions for suicide prevention efforts. With this walk last year, the Georgia Chapter raised more than $280,000 and had over 2,100 participants. 770-843-3836, cowens@AFSP.org, AFSP.org.
Rx Abuse, Heroin Use Summit in Kennesaw
A Night of Education: Understanding Rx Abuse and Heroin Use Summit. 6-8 p.m. Sunday. Northwest Cobb Family YMCA, 1700 Dennis Kemp Lane, Kennesaw. The Y and Georgia Prevention Project invite parents, teens, educators and community organizations to discuss drug abuse, how it is affecting teens and their families and provide tips on what parents can do to try and prevent their children from heading down that road. Also view EMT demonstrations on proper Narcan™ distribution for overdose victims, a panel discussion with local experts and a keynote address by Teresa Johnston, founding director of Kennesaw State University’s Center for Young Adult Addiction and Recovery. Northwest Family YMCA board member Felicia Wagner at FeliciaWagner22@gmail.com.
Martin Luther Collection at Emory
“From Wittenberg to Atlanta: The Richard C. Kessler Reformation Collection at Thirty Years.” Exhibit continues through 6 p.m. Nov. 27. Pitts Theology Library, Emory University, 1531 Dickey Drive, Atlanta. This collection holds more than 3,800 works - a mark approximated by only two other libraries in North America, including greater than 1,000 publications by Martin Luther that is more than any library in the U.S. Tour scheduling: 404-727-5094 or firstname.lastname@example.org. pitts.emory.edu.
Elegant Elf Marketplace in Sandy Springs
The Elegant Elf Marketplace by the Sandy Springs Society. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. $5 entrance fee, free for children ages 10 and under, free parking. Lake Forest Elementary School, 5920 Sandy Springs Circle, Sandy Springs. This festive upscale gift market will feature more than 85 carefully selected local and regional artists, craftsmen, gourmet food purveyors and unique gift vendors in jewelry, handcrafted fashions, fine crafts, items for home and garden, handbags, toys and more. The Honorary Chair is Peter Kaiser, award-winning chef and owner of Kaiser’s Chophouse in Sandy Springs. Steve Penley will sign his book “Reagan and the American Ideal” at 2 p.m. Sunday. See a fashion show and enjoy lunch and snacks at the Polar Express Café. Tickets to win gift packages of beauty, home, apparel and other specialty items will be available for purchase. The Sandy Springs Society has raised more than $3.5 million for its philanthropic grants program that this year has funded 22 local nonprofit organizations. SandySpringsSociety.org.