Close to Home for Sept. 5

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

Music Festival in Jonesboro

Sweet Georgia Peach Music Festival for all ages, 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. today and Sunday, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday (rain or shine), Clayton County International Park Beach and Water Park, 2300 Highway 138 SE, Jonesboro. Beach hours: 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. today, 1 to 7 p.m. Sunday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday. $15, free parking and free for children under 2.,, 770-473-5425.

Book sale in Decatur

Book sale by Friends of the Decatur Library, also including DVDs and CDs, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. today, lawn in front of the Decatur Library, 215 Sycamore St. or inside in case of rain. Only cash or checks.

Art in the Park Festival in Marietta

Marietta’s Art in the Park Festival with 175 artists, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. today through Monday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. today for Chalk Art Display, Marietta Square. Free, free parking in the decks on Lawrence and Waddell Streets.

Crocheting in Jonesboro

Crochet Club, 10 a.m. today, Headquarters Branch, 865 Battle Creek Road, Jonesboro for participants of all levels. Free. 770-473-3850.

Gold Rush Festival in Villa Rica

Pine Mountain Gold Museum Gold Rush Festival, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. today, 1881 Stockmar Road, Villa Rica with pioneer dress, demonstrations, craft vendors and entertainment. Free. Linda Shaw,, 770-459-8455.

Extreme sports, music tour in Kennesaw

The Extreme Tour, a cultural outreach project featuring sports and music that aims to reach at-risk and counter culture youth with services and resources that would assist them in making positive, as well as healthy decisions for a successful life. 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday, Kennesaw Skatepark, 3140 Old 41 Highway NW. Free.

End-of-Summer Celebration in Roswell

Roswell’s End-of-Summer Celebration, 5:30 p.m. Sunday, Centennial High School, 9310 Scott Road for families with music by The Free Byrds and Back Trax, carnival games, giant inflatables, face painting, children’s twist contest, a food vendor and fireworks to benefit many Centennial High School clubs. 770-650-4230.

Smyrna 5K on Labor Day

Smyrna 5K by Adventure Outdoors and Smyrna Police Distributors for Smyrna Public Safety Foundation and Smyrna Optimist Club, 7 a.m. registration, 8 a.m. Monday, Smyrna Village Green Circle, 1305 Bank St. SE. $25 to $30. Register:,

Parade, BBQ in Douglasville

Douglasville Labor Day Parade and BBQ, 10 a.m. Monday with parade by the Sweetwater Shrine Club on Church Street from Fairburn Road to Rose Avenue and BBQ in Hunter Park after the parade by Douglasville Masonic Lodge 289. Free., 470-262-5084.

Aesop’s Fables puppets in Atlanta

“The Tortoise, the Hare and Other Aesop’s Fables” for ages 2 and up, 10 and 11:30 a.m. Thursdays and Fridays, 11 a.m., 1 and 3 p.m. Saturdays, 1 and 3 p.m. Sundays through Sept. 20, Center for Puppetry Arts, 1404 Spring St. NW. $9.25 to $16.50.