Close to Home for April 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

VFW Golf Tournament in Conyers

Rockdale County VFWs charity golf tournament. 7:30 a.m. registration, 9 a.m. shotgun start today. $60. Honey Creek Golf & Country Club, 635 Clubhouse Drive SE, Conyers. Funds raised will go to support Rockdale County veterans, including transitional housing. VFW Auxiliary Chairman John Darby at 770-713-3487 or

Roswell Cycling Festival

The Roswell Cycling Festival by nonprofit Roswell Bicycles, promoting safe cycling. Today through April 30. Free for many events. Historic Roswell and several area parks. A 25-mile recreational bicycle ride with Giovanni’s Tile Design cycling team. 8-11 a.m. today. Roswell Area Park, 10517 Woodstock Road, Roswell.

Hipster Yard Sale in Decatur

Hipster Yard Sale ATL with The Friends of Chapel Hill Park. 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. today. Free, including parking. Chapel Hill Park, 3985 Lehigh Blvd., Decatur. Proceeds from vendor fees will go to building a fishing pier at the park’s 35-acre lakeside location in South DeKalb.

Plant Sale in Lilburn

Plant Sale by Gwinnett County Master Gardeners Association. 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. today. Lilburn Library/City Hall Complex parking lot, 4817 Church Road NW, Lilburn. Perennials, vegetables, herbs, natives, shrubs, annuals and garden art will be for sale.

Earth Day in Atlanta

Earth Day. 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. today. Blue Heron Nature Preserve, 4055 Roswell Road, Atlanta. Park Pride Restoration Work Day, Children in the Garden (supervised activities), Building Your Wildlife Sanctuary Workshop by Atlanta Audubon Society, Art Opening Interpretive Talk by artist Tim Hunter, Critter Celebration by the Amphibian Foundation, Art in Nature Exhibit tours, Green Theater performances, live music. 404-946-6394,

Plant Sale, Garden Fair in Marietta

Plant Sale and Garden Fair by Master Gardener Volunteers of Cobb County. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. today. Free. Jim Miller Park, 2245 Callaway Road, Marietta. A wide selection of plants, in every price range, will be available along with gardening accessories, yard art and jewelry from specialty vendors from around the Southeast. Profits will support MGVOCC’s horticulture education projects in 54 schools and 15 community and demonstration gardens throughout Cobb County.

Union City Community Health Day

Union City Community Health Day. 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. today. Free. Ronald Bridges Park, 5285 Lakeside Drive, Union City. Free services will include free medication prescriptions for up to six months (bring your list of medications), general dental exams, chiropractic services, vital signs assessment, eye exams, reading glasses, physical exams, free food, musical performances, panel discussions, healthcare-related vendors and activities for children and seniors. 770-964-1236,,

Dance Open House in Atlanta

Celebrating the Diversity of Dance in partnership with Dance Week. Open House: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. today. Dance Celebration: Noon-2:30 p.m. today. Free. Southwest Arts Center, 915 New Hope Road, Atlanta. DJ T-Mo of Goodie Mob will host a day of music, dance and art. 404-613-3220,

Earth Day in Norcross

Earth Day Celebration. 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. today. Discovery Garden Park, 189 Lawrenceville St., Norcross. Face painting, food trucks and art demonstrations.,

Children Are the Future Exhibit in Clarkston

The Children Are the Future Exhibit. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. today. Panel discussion: 1-4 p.m. Sunday. Free. Adam’s Center, Christ Community AME Church, 4154 Ponce de Leon Ave., Clarkston next to Refuge Coffee.

Lemonade Days in Dunwoody

Dunwoody’s Lemonade Days by the Dunwoody Preservation Trust. 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. today, noon-6 p.m. Sunday. Free but carnival rides are purchased separately. Brook Run Park, 4770 N. Peachtree Road, Dunwoody. More than 30 full-scale carnival rides (wristbands for unlimited rides will be $25 today and Sunday), more than 20 food and beverage vendors, a 5K Run, center-stage performances and the Dunwoody Idol contest. All proceeds are used within the community for historic preservation and education.

Hospital Open House in Canton

Community Open House by Northside Hospital Cherokee to tour its replacement hospital. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. today. Free. 450 Northside Cherokee Blvd., Canton off I-575 at the Ga. 20 exit. Also entertainment from local schools and activities for children. The hospital will open for patients on May 6.

Clarkston Culture Fest

Clarkston Culture Fest. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. today. Free. Off Ponce de Leon and Market Streets, Clarkston next to Tucker. Live performances on the Main Stage. The Culture Village will showcase some of the city’s more than 60 different cultures and languages. Kids’ Zone will provide face/nail painting, henna, hair braiding, inflatable bouncy castles, photo opportunities and carnival games.

WWII Heritage Days in Peachtree City

WWII Heritage Days. 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. today and Sunday. Suggested donation of $10 for adults, $5 for children ages 11 to 17. Free for children 10 years and under, WWII veterans and uniformed military. Dixie Wing Historical Airpower Facility, Falcon Field, 1200 Echo Court, Peachtree City. Re-enactors, WWII veterans, military vehicles, vintage warbirds and exhibits will present a living history experience for all.

Plant Sale in Dunwoody

Dunwoody Community Garden & Orchard Plant Sale. 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. today, Sunday. Greenhouse complex, Brook Run Park, 4770 N. Peachtree Road, Dunwoody opposite the skate park.

Art Around Roswell

Art Around Roswell ribbon-cutting ceremony by Roswell Arts Fund. 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. today. Heart of Roswell Park, 925 Canton St., Roswell. Performances and artist demonstrations. 770-817-6674,

Muddbuggs & Music Festival in Duluth

Muddbuggs & Music Festival with crawfish and seafood. Noon-8 p.m. today. $15, free for children ages 10 and under with accompanying adult. Town Green, 3142 Hill St. NW, Duluth. Legal guardians must accompany ages 18 and under. A children’s section will have games and inflatables. Also low-country boil with five musical acts, including Mia Green Band, Tray Dahl, Jugtime Ragband and Zydafunk featuring Charlie Wooton.—music-a-crawfish-boil-with-music.

‘Joseph’ musical in Mableton

“Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat” musical by Andrew Lloyd Webber. 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. today, 5 p.m. Sunday. $8 for adults, free for children 12 and under. Mable House Barnes Amphitheatre, 5239 Floyd Road, Mableton. Performers will be children and teens ages 10 to 17 with The Theatre Project from the Mable House Art Center. 770-819-3285, Tickets:

Summerhill Activation in Atlanta

Summerhill Activation during Atlanta Streets Alive: Southside Trail event. 2 p.m. Sunday. Starts in Westview and finishes in Grant Park via Ralph David Abernathy Boulevard and Georgia Avenue. See performances by Bird City Revolutionaries, Ruby Velle & The Soulphonics, Crime Mob and The Lee Boys from 2:30 to 6:15 p.m. Burgoyne Fite at 404-888-3203,

Beethoven Chamber Orchestra in Johns Creek

The Beethoven Chamber Orchestra’s “A Spring Fling” gala concert. 7 p.m. today. Free. Johns Creek United Methodist Church, 11180 Medlock Bridge Road, Johns Creek. Hear 40 local student musicians with the Ludwig Symphony Orchestra perform masterpieces by Mozart, Elgar, Tschaikovsky and Paganini and two world premieres by Wang and Ludwig. 770-623-8623,

Georgia Symphony Orchestra in Marietta

Georgia Symphony Orchestra: “Just the Beginning.” 7 p.m. silent auction, 8 p.m. concert today. $10 to $30. Marietta Performing Arts Center, 1171 Whitlock Ave., Marietta. This season finale will include preludes, overtures and concert openers by Mozart, Mendelssohn, Dvorak and Wagner, concluding with Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture with the GSO Chorus.

Yom HaShoah Service in Atlanta

Yom HaShoah - Service of Remembrance, commemorating the six million Jewish people who perished during the Holocaust. 11 a.m. Sunday. Free. Memorial to the Six Million, Greenwood Cemetery, 1173 Cascade Circle SW, Atlanta. The speaker will be Manuela Mendels Bornstein, Holocaust survivor from France. 678-222-3700,

Taste & Sound of Woodstock

Main Street Woodstock’s Taste & Sound of Woodstock to benefit the Woodstock High School Band program. 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday. $5 ticket. Northside Hospital-Cherokee Amphitheater, downtown Woodstock. Woodstock-area restaurants will serve tastes of their dishes and compete in a variety of categories. Bring blankets and chairs to enjoy music groups. The Chrisally Kids Zone will have inflatables, slides and an obstacle course. Stacy Brown at 770-592-6056 or,

Holocaust Remembrance Day in Dunwoody

Community Holocaust Remembrance Day (Yom HaShoah) commemoration ceremony. 3:30-4:30 p.m. Sunday (rain or shine). Free. Marcus Jewish Community Center of Atlanta’s Besser Holocaust Memorial Garden, 5342 Tilly Mill Road, Dunwoody at one of the preeminent Holocaust Memorials in the Southeast. Hear remarks from Tilar J. Mazzeo, author of “Irena’s Children: The Extraordinary Story of the Woman Who Saved 2,500 Children from the Warsaw Ghetto” about Irena Sendler. Remember the Holocaust victims with readings and memorial prayers and experience the lighting of six torches in memory of the 6 million Jews who perished during the Holocaust. Also, the anniversary of the heroic Warsaw Ghetto uprising of 1943 will be observed during this event cosponsored by the Atlanta Rabbinical Association, The Consulate General of Israel to the Southeast and the MJCCA. 678-812-4161,

Big Shanty Festival in Kennesaw

Big Shanty Festival by the city of Kennesaw and the Kennesaw Business Association. 9:30 a.m. Main Street parade, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. festival today, noon-5 p.m. Sunday. Free. Downtown Kennesaw, 2829 Cherokee St., Kennesaw. Entertainment, about 40 food options, children’s activities and more than 200 arts and crafts booths. See a Civil War encampment in Depot Park, Kristen Johnson/Lady Houdini, K-9s in Flight and Walking Tree Man. Parking is available at Adams Park with shuttle buses running from Swift-Cantrell Park and from Kennesaw Crossing Shopping Center, Cobb Parkway at North Roberts Road. Peter Jezerinac or Bill Watson at 770-423-1330,,

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