Close to Home for April 21-22


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

Bobby Tillman Race in Douglasville

The Bobby Tillman Walk/Run of Love Race. 7:30-11 a.m. Saturday. $25/ages 18 and older, $20/ages 17 and younger. Chapel Hill High School, 4899 Chapel Hill Road, Douglasville. Presented by BFAM, Inc. and the Douglas County Law Enforcement Teams, the race honors the memory of Tillman.

Veterans Walk, 5K in Douglasville

The American Legion Post 145 Veterans Walk and 5K Race. 8 a.m. registration, 9 a.m. run/walk Saturday. $25. Boundary Waters Park, 5000 Highway 92, North/166 East, Douglasville. Proceeds will benefit the National Emergency Fund, created in response to Hurricane Hugo in 1989, that has provided more than $8 million in direct financial assistance to American Legion family members and posts.

Color Run fundraiser in Lilburn

Color Run by St. John Neumann Regional Catholic School Crusaders. 8 a.m. registration, 9-11 a.m. Saturday. $25 to $35. Lilburn City Park, 76 Main St., Lilburn on the track in front of the bandstand. Funds raised will benefit the school’s playground. 404-219-5694,

Georgia Grown Trails

Georgia Grown Trails. Beginning this spring, explore Georgia-grown products at dozens of stops along Trails 37, 41-341, 1 and 280 throughout the state. Options include U-pick farms, dairies, vineyards, wineries, farm tours, B&Bs, restaurants using local and regional products and specialty food stores.

Prostate Symposium in Atlanta

Health & Wellness Event: Prostate Symposium. 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. Free screenings. Ben Hill United Methodist Church, 2099 Fairburn Road SW, Atlanta. 404-344-0618,

Woodstock Greenstock Day

Woodstock Greenstock Day. 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday. Woodstock Elementary School, 230 Rope Mill Road, Woodstock. The city of Woodstock, Waste Management, Secure Recycling, USAgain and Georgia Document Destruction bring you a day of recycling. Drive through and they will unload for you. 770-592-6000 ext. 1952. Guidelines:

Recycling Drive-thru in Douglasville

Electronics and Scrap Metal Drive-thru Recycling Event. Saturday. Free except $5/TV or monitor. Keep Douglasville Beautiful will accept anything that plugs in, uses batteries, has metal content, eyeglasses, hearing aids, gently worn shoes, clothing and household items. 678-449-3138,

9 a.m. to 2 p.m. First Presbyterian Church, overflow parking lot, 9190 Campbellton St., Douglasville.

Noon-2 p.m. Tributary Village Activity Center, 3240 Bakewell St., Douglasville.

Park Pride in Stone Mountain

Earth Day volunteer project by Park Pride. 9 a.m. to noon Saturday. Free. Hairston Park, 889 S. Hairston Road, Stone Mountain, DeKalb County. Park Pride, an Atlanta nonprofit, and the Friends of Hairston Park are hosting this family-friendly volunteer opportunity. Hairston Park has a new playground, fitness trail, two lakes and a trail system around the lakes and through the forest. Volunteer efforts will focus on helping to open and clear overgrown trails, making a forested area next to the playground a safer space where children can play and picking up litter in the park. Volunteer Manager John Ahern at Register:

Dunwoody Earth Day Celebrations

Stream Clean-Up. 9-11 a.m. Saturday. Pernoshal Park, 4575 N. Shallowford Road, Dunwoody. Clean-up will be along a portion of the Nancy Creek tributary. Gloves and trash bags will be provided. Wear clothes you don’t mind getting dirty or wet (such as long pants, boots and hat). Bug spray and sunblock are recommended. Cody Dallas at Check the “Upcoming Events” page on the city of Dunwoody website for updates and inclement weather cancellations.

9-11 a.m. Saturday. Pernoshal Park, 4575 N. Shallowford Road, Dunwoody. Clean-up will be along a portion of the Nancy Creek tributary. Gloves and trash bags will be provided. Wear clothes you don’t mind getting dirty or wet (such as long pants, boots and hat). Bug spray and sunblock are recommended. Cody Dallas at Check the “Upcoming Events” page on the city of Dunwoody website for updates and inclement weather cancellations. Paint Recycling Event. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. $1/gallon. Dunwoody Nature Center, 5343 Roberts Drive, Dunwoody. Dunwoody Nature Center at 770-394-3322.

Cobb recycling in Marietta

Keep Cobb Beautiful Community Recycling event. 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday. $10/each CRT TV and CRT monitor (cash only). Jim R. Miller Park, 2245 Callaway Road, Marietta. Recycle electronics, polystyrene and household textiles. Also, have your paper shredded. 770-528-1135. Restrictions:

Big Shanty Festival in Kennesaw

Big Shanty Festival. 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, noon-5 p.m. Sunday. Free. Depot Park, 2829 Cherokee St., Kennesaw. A parade kicks off all of the festivities at 9:30 a.m. Saturday.

Money Smart Week in Fayetteville

Money Smart Week. Saturday to April 28. Free. Fayette County Public Library, 1821 Heritage Park Way, Fayetteville. Recommended for youths ages 10 and above, this national initiative between the American Library Association and the Federal Reserve Bank (Chicago) provides financial literacy programming to help people better manage their personal finances. Topics will include basic saving, budgeting, investment and stocks. Presentations will be provided by Cynthia McCrary and Howard Johnson of Better Investing – Georgia Chapter. Public Services Librarian Gina Martin at 770-461-8841 or

10 a.m. Saturday. “Clip2Save” Extreme Coupon Workshop.

6:30 p.m. April 23. “Dollars and Sense” Real to Film Talkback.

4 p.m. April 24. “Be Stock Smart” – play the stock market game.

2 p.m. April 25. Investment Portfolio Review.

6:30 p.m. April 26. Investment Club Meetup.

Lemonade Days in Dunwoody

Lemonade Days. Through Sunday. 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday, noon-6 p.m. Sunday. Wristbands for unlimited rides: $25/through Sunday. Brook Run Park, 4770 N. Peachtree Road, Dunwoody. This year marks the 20th anniversary of the 1998 tornado that destroyed entire Dunwoody neighborhoods and led to the first Lemonade Days as a relief effort for affected families. Hosted by the Dunwoody Preservation Trust (DPT), more than 30 full-scale carnival rides, greater than 20 food and beverage vendors, a 5K Run, center-stage performances and the Dunwoody Idol contest will be highlights of DPT’s major fundraiser. Profits will go to the rehabilitation and maintenance of the 1870 Donaldson-Bannister House and Gardens that will open this year as a public special-event and educational facility. No pets allowed.,

Legacy Theatre auditions in Tyrone

Auditions: Legacy Theatre’s new Conservatory Program. 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday. Free for ages 5 to 18. 1175 Senoia Road, Suite C, Tyrone. Auditioners will be taught a simple dance combination, song and improv games. If accepted, monthly fees will be charged. Those in the conservatory will be eligible to perform in Legacy’s professional summer musical production “Hairspray.” Audition reservations: 404-895-1473,

Spring Saturdays at The Rock

Spring Saturdays. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and April 28. $13 and tax/ages 3 and older. The Rock Ranch, 5020 Highway 36/Barnesville Highway, The Rock off I-75 South, Exit 201. Gemstone mining, zip line, carousel and the rock climbing wall are an extra cost.

Sandy Springs Artsapalooza

Sandy Springs Artsapalooza. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. Free. 6100 Lake Forrest Drive NE, Sandy Springs. Presented by The Atlanta Foundation for Public Spaces and organized by artists for artists, the festival will include local musicians, interactive art stations, up to 150 arts and crafts participants in several disciplines and a play area.

Georgia Aquarium program in Lawrenceville

“An Ocean of Discovery” by the Georgia Aquarium. 10 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. Saturday. $7. Aurora Theatre, 128 E. Pike St., Lawrenceville. 678-226-6222,

Garden Fair, Plant Sale in Marietta

Garden Fair and Plant Sale. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. through Saturday (rain or shine). East Cobb Park, 3322 Roswell Road, Marietta. Choose from a large selection of plants, tools and decorative items for your garden or favorite gardener. Helpful, knowledgeable vendors and Master Gardeners will be available to offer tips and advice. Proceeds will benefit the programs and projects of the Master Gardener Volunteers of Cobb County. 770-528-4070,

Druid Hills Tour in Atlanta

50th anniversary: Druid Hills Tour of Homes & Gardens. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday (rain or shine). $30 event days. Tour tickets will be valid all weekend. No photography, smoking, food, beverages, backpacks, strollers or high heels allowed inside homes.

Milton Earth Day Celebration

Milton Earth Day Celebration. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. Free. Milton City Hall Plaza, 2006 Heritage Walk, Milton. Highlights include live music by Gray Matter Acoustics, zoologist Jim Nark with his variety of animals, children’s activities, North Fulton Master Gardeners answering questions and the Milton Disability Awareness Committee demonstrating accessible gardening with raised planters. Register for the Rain Barrel Workshop (open only to Milton residents) at Register for Composting Basics Workshop at 678-242-2500,

Gwinnett Family Fest in Duluth

Gwinnett Family Fest by the Gwinnett Chamber. 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Saturday. Free. Gwinnett Chamber parking lot next to Infinite Energy Center, 6500 Sugarloaf Parkway, Duluth. More than 125 merchandise, craft and local business vendors, children’s rides, a celebrity dunk tank, creative activities and a wide array of food and beverage options.

‘The Jungle Book’ in Roswell

“The Jungle Book”: FamilyStage Series. 11 a.m. Saturday and April 28. $10. Roswell Cultural Arts Center, 950 Forrest St., Roswell. All ages are welcome but best for elementary ages. All patrons need a ticket. Written by Greg Banks, this new adaptation of the Rudyard Kipling classic is directed by Laurel Crowe.

Johns Creek International Festival

Johns Creek International Festival. 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday. Free with free parking. Heisman Field (across from the Atlanta Athletic Club), 1930 Bobby Jones Drive, Johns Creek. Among the attractions will be food trucks, live music, dance performances and children’s activities. Proceeds will benefit Leadership Johns Creek.

‘Disney’s The Little Mermaid’ at Serenbe

“Disney’s The Little Mermaid” by Serenbe Playhouse. Through Sunday. 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday. $35 to $60. The Grange Lake, Serenbe, 10496 Serenbe Lane, Chattahoochee Hills. Rated G as family friendly for all ages. 770-463-1110,

Disaster Relief Concert in Decatur

Disaster Relief Concert for the American Red Cross. 3 p.m. Saturday. Free but donations welcome. Avondale Pattillo United Methodist Church, 3260 Covington Highway, Decatur. The Decatur Civic Chorus and other local choral groups will sponsor this concert, including The Bubba Rays, Festibal Singers of Atlanta, Church of Epiphany Choir and the Avondale Pattillo United Methodist Church Choir.

Cars & ‘Q for the Cause in Atlanta

Cars & ‘Q for the Cause by Choate Construction. 4-7 p.m. Saturday (rain date: April 28). $20 and $40 until April 12, $30 and $50 April 13-21, free for children under 8. Choate Construction Company, 8200 Roberts Drive, Atlanta. See more than 120 stellar cars and taste BBQ from Jim ‘N Nicks. Also participate in a silent auction and enjoy live music – all to benefit the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.,

Dancing Stars of Atlanta fundraiser in Cobb

Dancing Stars of Atlanta: Alzheimer’s Association, Georgia Chapter fundraiser. 5:30 p.m. to midnight Saturday. Cobb Galleria Centre, 2 Galleria Parkway SE, Atlanta. Mirroring the TV show, this event pairs local Atlanta residents with professional dancers to raise money by gaining votes in a one-night dance competition. Fans can vote online for $1 before the event. 800-272-3900, Tickets: or Larrica Hubbard at

500 Songs for Kids in Atlanta

500 Songs for Kids XII. 7 p.m. Saturday and May 18-19, June 15-16, July 13-14. Pay what you want. All ages welcome. All but one concert is at Vinyl, 1374 W. Peachtree St., Atlanta – a standing room venue – except May 18-19 at the EARL, 488 Flat Shoals Ave. SE, Atlanta. Based in Atlanta, the 501(c)3 nonprofit Songs for Kids Foundation gives children, battling serious illness, the opportunity to express themselves through music with musicians both in and out of children’s hospitals through live interactive concerts, hospital bedside performances, music mentorship and songwriting and recording programs. 404-541-9231,,

Divas With a Cause in Marietta

Divas With a Cause Benefit Concert: Jukebox Mix. 8 p.m. Saturday. $25/balcony, $50/general admission, $75/VIP. The Earl and Rachel Smith Strand Theater, 117 N. Park Square, Marietta. Funds raised will benefit 180 Your Grief Inc., Hope Worldwide Atlanta, LifeLink of Georgia, National Kidney Foundation, Second Helpings, Strive Michael Inc. and, to help those still recovering in Puerto Rico, United Methodist Committee for Relief. Smyrna Councilwoman and former Miss Alaska Maryline Blackburn is the founder and CEO of the nonprofit Divas With a Cause. Tickets:

‘America, Volume 4’ in Marietta

“America, Volume 4” Concert by the Georgia Symphony Orchestra and regional African-American organizations. 8 p.m. Saturday. $20 to $30/adult, $10/student. Marietta Performing Arts Center, 1171 Whitlock Ave., Marietta. Open to all ages, the concert will include the Morehouse Glee Club, Spelman Glee Club, Uzee Brown Society of Choraliers and Georgia Spiritual Ensemble. Featuring the music of African-American composers, this concert will be the fourth installment in a multi-year, multi-ensemble series dedicated to American music. Tickets: 770-429-2390 or

‘Godspell’ musical in Tyrone

“Godspell.” Through May 13. 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, 3 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. $15 to $40. The Legacy Theatre, 1175 Senoia Road, Suite C, Tyrone. Tickets: 404-895-1473,

‘Leaving Iowa’ comedy in Stone Mountain

“Leaving Iowa: A Comedy about Family Vacations.” Through May 6. 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, 3 p.m. Sundays and 8 p.m. May 3. $16 to $23. OnStage Atlanta Theatre Company at Art Station, 5384 Manor Drive, Historic Stone Mountain Village. This family-friendly comedy is about the “Greatest Generation” and their dedication to the family road trip. Tickets: 404-897-1802,

Taste & Sound of Woodstock

Taste & Sound of Woodstock. Noon-6 p.m. Sunday. 50 cents/ticket, $5/package. Tastes equal one to eight tickets. Northside Hospital-Cherokee Amphitheater, 101 Arnold Mill Road, Woodstock. Hosted by Main Street Woodstock, this event will feature dozens of Woodstock area restaurants, serving tastes of their best dishes and competing in a variety of categories. The event will benefit the Woodstock High School Band Program. There will be live music and children’s activities. This event kicks off Woodstock Restaurant Week.

Big Chicken Chorus in Marietta

Big Chicken Chorus: “Happy Trails” with guests Rooftop Records. 3 p.m. Sunday. $8 to $25, free for children under age 6. Marietta Performing Arts Center, Marietta High School, 1171 Whitlock Ave. NW, Marietta. Tickets: 470-349-0550,

Georgia Festival Chorus in Kennesaw

The Georgia Festival Chorus: “Legacy of Music” spring concert. 6 p.m. Sunday. Free. Kennesaw United Methodist Church, 1801 Ben King Road, Kennesaw. Under the direction of Frank Boggs. 404-234-3581,,
Source: Close to Home for April 21-22