Close to Home on May 20

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

5K Run/Walk in Woodstock

“Hustle for Heroes” 5K Run/Walk by Woodstock Public Safety Foundation. 7:30 a.m. 5K, 8:30 a.m. 1 Mile Run today. $15 5K Police/Fire/EMT/Military and 1-Mile Run, $30 5K. First Baptist Church of Woodstock, 11905 Highway 92, Woodstock.

Kirkwood Spring Fling

Kirkwood Spring Fling and Tour of Homes. All proceeds will benefit the Kirkwood Neighbors’ Organization, a local 501(c)(3) nonprofit group dedicated to community improvement.

  • 5K Road Race: 8:30 a.m. today. $30 to $35, $20 for children 12 and under. 11 Kirkwood Road NE, Atlanta. Pets and strollers welcome.
  • Festival: 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. today. Free except for art, food and drink purchases. Bessie Branham Park, 2051 Delano Drive, Atlanta.
  • Tour of Homes: noon-5 p.m. today, Sunday. $20, free for children 12 and under.

Herb Emory Memorial Ride in Lithia Springs

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The Herb Emory Memorial Ride to benefit Toys for Tots. 9 a.m. registration, 11 a.m. kick-stands up today. $25 per motorcycle. Fred’s BBQ House, 541 Thornton Road, Lithia Springs. 770-941-1155.

Geranium Festival in McDonough

Geranium Festival by the McDonough Lions Club. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. today. Free. Square, Downtown McDonough. Park free at Henry County High School, 401 E. Tomlinson St., McDonough; and take the free shuttle or park free at the deck behind the courthouse near the festival area. View handcrafted and artistic designs that cannot be found in local stores. Taste strawberry shortcakes, funnel cakes, snow cones, barbecue, tomato sandwiches, hamburgers right off the grill, chicken sandwiches and more festival food.,

Catfish Rodeo in Lithia Springs

Family Fun Day Catfish Rodeo. 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. today. Free. Sweetwater Creek State Park, 1750 Mt. Vernon Road, Lithia Springs. Open to elementary and middle-school students accompanied by a parent/guardian. Free fishing, food, games and music. State Rep. Roger Bruce, D-Atlanta, at 404-656-7859.

Poverty Simulation in Duluth

Poverty Simulation. 9:15-9:45 a.m. registration, 10 a.m. to noon today. Saint Leo University’s Gwinnett Education Center, 3555 Koger Blvd., Suite 105, Duluth. Saint Leo University-Gwinnett and the United Way of Greater Atlanta will host this event with participants assuming the roles of low-income family members from single parents to senior citizens. The families will seek assistance from human services agencies and other organizations to provide for their basic needs during the course of four 15-minute “weeks.” The role-playing families will experience not having enough food or money to pay bills, no transportation to get to work and a lack of adequate child care. 678-380-4005,

Woodstock Spring Festival

Woodstock Spring Festival by Woodstock Public Safety Foundation. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. today. The Park at City Center, Woodstock. Moonwalks, games, police K-9 demonstrations, food vendors, arts and craft vendors, music in the gazebo all day, police and fire trucks on display and prizes. 770-592-6000 ext. 1008,

Field Day in Roswell

Field Day for all developmentally disabled persons ages 16 and up. 9:45 a.m. to 2 p.m. today. Free. Adult Recreation Center and Grimes Bridge Soccer Fields, Grimes Bridge Park, 830 Grimes Bridge Road, Roswell. Entertainment, field games, food and prizes. This event is cosponsored by Roswell United Methodist Church and the Roswell Recreation, Parks, Historic and Cultural Affairs Department. Registration forms are available at recreation centers throughout Roswell. 770-641-3950,

Safety Education Block Party in Smyrna

Cobb County Public Safety Education Block Party. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. today. Free. Cobb Park, 2776 Sanford Road, Smyrna. Food and music with local fire and police departments, 911 and other groups.

Water Plant Open House in Buford

Shoal Creek Filter Plant Open House. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. today. Free. Shoal Creek Filter Plant, 1755 Buford Dam Road, Buford. Gwinnett County water professionals will answer questions about water in Gwinnett. Also, crafts and games for children, festival activities and free fairground food. Jackie Valett at 678-376-6722.

Kids to Parks Day in Union City

Union City’s Kids to Parks Day. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. today. Free. Ronald Bridges Park, 5285 Lakeside Drive, Union City. Kids to Parks Day is a national day of outdoor play organized by the National Park Trust. Scavenger hunts, bounce houses, face painting, youth baseball games, free food and a chance to win prizes. 770-964-1236,,,

Book Sale in Dunwoody

Book Sale. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. today, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday. Most priced 25 cents to $2. The Dunwoody Library, 5339 Chamblee-Dunwoody Road, Dunwoody. On Monday, fill a large grocery bag for $6. The sale includes 25,000 items, including current hardback fiction, paperbacks, children’s books, videos, CDs, DVDs, audio books, vinyl records, magazines, puzzles and collectible books. Also, there will be a large selection of history, literature, travel, religion, self-help, home improvement, cookbooks and large-print books. All proceeds will benefit the Dunwoody Library and the DeKalb Library System. 770-512-4640,

Marietta Greek Festival

Marietta Greek Festival. 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. today, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday (rain or shine). $5. Holy Transfiguration Greek Orthodox Church, 3431 Trickum Road NE, Marietta. Food, shopping, entertainment, children’s activities. 770-924-8080,

Canton Festival of the Arts

Canton Festival of the Arts. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. today, Sunday. Free with free parking. Brown Park, 223 E. Marietta St., Canton. 770-704-6244,,

Family Field Day in Berkeley Lake

Family Field Day. 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. today. Free. Pinckneyville Park Community Recreation Center, 4650 Peachtree Industrial Blvd., Berkeley Lake. Enjoy lawn games, sack races and giant Twister. 678-277-0920,

Shamrock Arts Celebration in Tyrone

Tyrone Recreation’s Shamrock Arts Celebration. 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. today, 1-5 p.m. Sunday. Shamrock Park, Tyrone. This new event will celebrate artists and makers, including a Makerspace exhibit, and provide a variety of entertainment on the Shamrock Stage with on-site food vendors. See a Pinewood Derby competition on Saturday. A County Fair Exhibit will allow competition for a blue ribbon in a variety of categories. The Fayette County Public Arts Committee will host the two-day Chalk Art Festival for free, including one box of chalk, to participants who must reserve a 4’x4’ or 8’x8’ space but also a community space for those who wish to complete a quick design. Mitch Bowman of Tyrone Recreation at or County Fair reservation: Chalk Art reservation:

Taste of Douglasville

Taste of Douglasville by the Cultural Arts Council of Douglasville/Douglas County. 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. today. $1 to $4 for tastings. 6695 Church St., Douglasville. Kids Korner and continuous local entertainment with 125 booths, including 20 restaurants. 770-949-2787,

Tuskegee Airmen in Peachtree City

Living Aviation History program: Tuskegee Airmen. 11 a.m. today. $10, free for veterans and active military members. Commemorative Air Force (CAF) Dixie Wing Museum hangar, 1200 Echo Ct., Peachtree City next to Atlanta Regional Airport – Falcon Field. Researcher/historian Zellie Orr and a panel of Tuskegee Airmen and successors will discuss the stories of this famed group. Orr will tell the story of how the 332nd Fighter Group won the first USAF Worldwide (Conventional Class) Aerial Gunnery Competition in 1949 and how, 55 years later, she located their “missing” trophy. Panelists will discuss their aviation experiences and stories to round out this discussion.

Rose Show in Fayetteville

The South Metro Rose Society’s Rose Show. 1-4 p.m. today, Sunday. Free. Fayetteville Church of Christ, Fellowship Hall, 870 Redwine Road, Fayetteville. Local rose growers are invited to enter their roses into competition by 9:30 a.m. May 20. Ribbons and prizes will be awarded. Rose bouquets will be sold and door prizes will be given. Questions will be answered by American Rose Society Consulting Rosarians. The South Metro Rose Society meets on the fourth Monday of January to April and August to October at The Heritage Bank, 440 N. Jeff Davis Drive, Fayetteville. 770-631-3885.

‘Atlanta Campaign’ lecture in Marietta

“Atlanta Campaign,” a lecture by Civil War historian Michael K. Shaffer. 1 p.m. today. Free. Switzer Library, 266 Roswell St. NE, Marietta. Shaffer at 770-528-2320,,

Events at Kennesaw Mountain

Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park, 900 Kennesaw Mountain Drive, Kennesaw. Free. Visitor Center at 770-427-4686 ext. 0,

  • Hike Through History for 2.3 miles round trip to the top : 1-3 p.m. today. Meet historical guests, including an 18th-century pioneer and Union and Confederate soldiers, on a guided hike to the top of Big Kennesaw Mountain.
  • Infantry Demonstrations: 11 a.m., noon, 2 p.m. and 3 p.m. Sunday. This interactive infantry demonstration will consist of a step-by-step description and demonstration of basic infantry tactics, culminating in a musket firing.

Armed Forces Day in Jonesboro

Armed Forces Day. 2-3 p.m. today. Free. Clayton County Headquarters Library, 865 Battle Creek Road, Jonesboro. Honor the men and women who serve(d) in the United States Armed Forces by making a craft. Youth Services Department at 770-473-3850,

Celebrity Basketball Game in Atlanta

Celebrity Basketball Game by Breakthrough Atlanta and the National Basketball Retired Players Association (Atlanta Chapter). 4 p.m. today. $15. Wallace Gymnasium, The Lovett School, 4075 Paces Ferry Road NW, Atlanta. See a friendly competition between Team Dale Ellis and Team Dikembe Mutombo with fellow NBA legends Jaylen Brown, Tom Gugliotta, Stephen Jackson, Theo Ratliff, Peerless Price, Dale Davis, Deandre (Mosquito) Bray, Joe Smith, Jamario Moon and Drew Barry. Tickets:

Kids to Parks Day in Gwinnett

National Kids to Parks Day Events. 5-11:30 p.m. today. Rhodes Jordan Park, 100 E. Crogan St., Lawrenceville. Gwinnett County Parks and Recreation and Live Healthy Gwinnett are hosting a Spring into Summer event, a race and a movie under the stars. 770-822-8869,,

  • Spring into Summer Wellness Festival. 5-8 p.m. today. Free. Check out health and wellness exhibitors, fitness demonstrations, children’s activities, giant lawn games, inflatables and food vendors.
  • GLOW in the Dark 3K Fun Walk/Run. 5 p.m. walk-up registration and packet pickup, 8-10 p.m. today. $10. All ages, strollers and dogs are welcome.
  • B at the Movies With B98.5. 9:15-11:30 p.m. today. Free. Bring a blanket and snacks, and enjoy the animated film “Sing.”

‘The Comedy of Errors’ in Atlanta

“The Comedy of Errors.” 7:30-9:30 p.m. today, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Sunday. $15 to $39. The Shakespeare Tavern Playhouse, 499 Peachtree St. NE.

Atlanta Master Chorale Concert

Atlanta Master Chorale: Brahms’ German Requiem. 8 p.m. today, 4 p.m. Sunday. $30 adults, $25 seniors, $10 students. Emory University, Schwartz Center for Performing Arts, 1700 N. Decatur Road. Tickets: Arts at Emory Box Office at 404-727-5050.

Book Sale in Decatur

Tots-Teens Book Sale. Noon-5 p.m. Sunday. Frazier-Rowe Park, 2886 Lavista Road, Decatur. Meet by the picnic tables. The sale benefits the park. There also will be book readings and discussion about summer reading.,

Bees talk in Decatur

Bees and Other Pollinators by Lori Huster. 4 p.m. Sunday. Frazier-Rowe Park, 2886 Lavista Road, Decatur. Meet by the picnic tables. Learn about pollinators and see beekeeping equipment.,

Joy Night Celebration

Joy Night Celebration. 5-9 p.m. Sunday. First Baptist Church Decatur, 308 Clairemont Ave., Decatur. This celebration of gospel music will showcase African-American spirituals and other genres of choral music. The grand finale will feature several local choirs, including Greenforest Community Baptist Church, Oak Grove United Methodist Church and St. Paul’s Episcopal Church. 404-373-1653,

Plein Air reception in Suwanee

Suwanee Plein Air by North Gwinnett Arts Association. Awards ceremony and reception: 6-8 p.m. Sunday. NGAA Center for the Arts Gallery, Suwanee Town Center, 3930 Charleston Market St., Unit B-6, Suwanee. “Plein Air” is a French term that means painting in the open air, working directly from the landscape or cityscape as it appears exactly at that moment.

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