Close to Home for March 24-25

The Conyers Cherry Blossom Festival is 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Free with $5 daily parking or an $8 weekend parking pass. Georgia International Horse Park, 1996 Centennial Olympic Parkway, Conyers. Hundreds of art-and-craft exhibits, multiple food courts, cultural performances, live entertainment and a children’s area. 770-860-4190, Courtesy of Conyers Cherry Blossom Festival

You’ve got a few hours over the weekend and may be 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

Lost Southern Voices Festival in Dunwoody

Revival: Lost Southern Voices Festival. 8:30 a.m. to 6:45 p.m. Saturday. Free. Georgia State University Perimeter College, 2101 Womack Road, Dunwoody.

Botanical Boogie in Douglas County

Botanical Boogie 5K Run/Walk, 1-Mile Fun Run, 1K Pet Parade. 8:30 a.m. 5K, 10 a.m. Fun Run, 10:30 a.m. 1K Pet Parade Saturday (rain or shine). $15 to $25 and $2.50 signup fee. Clinton Nature Preserve, 8720 Ephesus Church Road, Villa Rica. Presented by the Junior League of Douglas County. All proceeds will benefit Douglas County charities. Katrina R. Harley at

5K, Fun Run in Avondale Estates

Explorer Dash 5K and 1-Mile Fun Run. 8:30 a.m. 1-Mile Fun Run, 9 a.m. 5K Saturday. $20/1-Mile Fun Run, $40/5K. The Museum School of Avondale Estates, 923 Forrest Blvd., Decatur.

Civil War Symposium in Kennesaw

Center for the Study of the Civil War Era: 15th Annual Civil War Symposium. 8:30 a.m. to noon Saturday. Free but donations welcome. Kennesaw State University (KSU) Continuing Education Center, Room 400, 3333 Busbee Drive NW, Kennesaw. Register:

All 4 Kids Sale in Marietta

All 4 Kids children’s consignment sale. Through Saturday. 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday. Mt. Paran North Church of God, 1700 Allgood Road, Marietta. Strollers are welcome. Many items will be half price on Saturday.

Conyers Cherry Blossom Festival

Conyers Cherry Blossom Festival. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Free with $5 daily parking or an $8 weekend parking pass. Georgia International Horse Park, 1996 Centennial Olympic Parkway, Conyers. Presented by the city of Conyers and the horse park, the festival includes hundreds of art-and-craft exhibits, multiple food courts, cultural performances, live entertainment and a children’s area. Highlights will include The Sound Garden and country artist John King. 770-860-4190,

The Conyers Police Explorers’ Dash into Spring 5K Run/Walk: 8 a.m. Saturday. $25 race day. Register: Sergeant Peggy Franklin at 678-374-5603 or The Grizzly Experience: 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

Let Freedom Ring Festival in Gwinnett

Let Freedom Ring Festival. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. $8 for all ages. Isaac Adair House, 15 S. Clayton St., Lawrenceville. In celebration of the Gwinnett County Bicentennial, learn about the county’s namesake, Button Gwinnett, and his role in signing the Declaration of Independence. Tour the historic Isaac Adair House, view live musket demonstrations and early weapon technology, meet with living history experts and experience life during the late 1700s. Barter for goods at the trading post, churn fresh cream, play historic games, make toys, write with a quill, understand the role of currency and mimic Ben Franklin’s glass harmonica. Sponsors include Gwinnett County Parks and Recreation, the Button Gwinnett Chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution, the Philadelphia Winn Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution and the Gwinnett Historical Society. Register by today or pay at the door: 770-822-5178 or

Brookhaven Cherry Blossom Festival

Brookhaven Cherry Blossom Festival: A Music and Art Extravaganza. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday (rain or shine). Free concerts, free parking and shuttle at certain lots. Blackburn Park, 3493 Ashford Dunwoody Road, Brookhaven. New Artist Market, live entertainment, Classic Car Show (only Saturday), Food Court, Kidz Zone, Dahlonega Action Dogs, Pet World. 404-637-0500,,

5K Run/1K Walk. 6:30-7:15 a.m. registration, 7:30 a.m. 5K Run, 8:15 a.m. 1K Walk Sunday. $30, $25/ages 16 and under. Pet Parade. 1:30 p.m. Sunday. All pets must remain on a leash.

Easter Adventure in Villa Rica

The Ultimate Easter Adventure. 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Saturday. Pine Mountain Gold Museum, 1881 Stockmar Road, Villa Rica. Also, train rides, live animals, food and prizes. Meet and greet with the Easter Bunny and friends. 678-840-1445,

Sequoyah-Con in Jasper, Ellijay, Woodstock, Canton

Sequoyah-Con by the Sequoyah Regional Library System. 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday. Free for all ages. Pickens Library, 100 Library Lane, Jasper; Gilmer Library, 268 Calvin Jackson Drive, Ellijay; Woodstock Library, 7735 Main St., Woodstock; R. T. Jones – Headquarters Library, 116 Brown Industrial Parkway, Canton. Popular fandoms, cosplay, comics, films, panels, activities and programs.

Cobb County Egg Hunt in Marietta

Cobb County Egg Hunt. 10 a.m. Saturday. Free. Al Bishop Softball Complex, 1082 Al Bishop Drive, Marietta. Activities will include egg hunts, art activities, live entertainment, inflatables, a hula-hoop contest, tug-of-war, musical chairs, food trucks and vendors. There will be four egg hunts by age groups with special needs participants included in all activities. The schedule is:

10-11 a.m./park opens with armband distribution, games, activities and entertainment. 11 a.m./ages 3 and under hunt. 11:30 a.m./ages 4 to 5 hunt. Noon/ages 6 to 7 hunt. 12:30 p.m./ages 8 to 10 hunt.

Bring your own baskets. 770-528-4333,

Vaccination Station in Lawrenceville

Vaccination Station at the Atlanta Pet Expo. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. $10 vaccine with free rabies shot, $25 microchip (cash only). Gwinnett County Fairgrounds, 2405 Sugarloaf Parkway, Lawrenceville. Gwinnett County Animal Welfare and Enforcement will offer these services with partners, including Animal Alliance of Georgia, Canine Pet Rescue and Society of Human Friends of Georgia.

Author Expo in Tucker

Author Expo by DeKalb County Public Library. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. Free. Tucker-Reid H. Cofer Library, 5234 LaVista Road, Tucker. From all across Metro Atlanta, authors will discuss their work, sell and autograph their books and talk about their personal journeys as writers. Among the featured genres will be fiction, nonfiction, inspirational, self-help, children’s and science fiction. 770-270-8234,

Easter Extravaganza at The Rock

Easter Extravaganza. 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday. Free egg hunt for all ages but $10.70 for Farm Fun Wristband. The Rock Ranch, 5020 Barnesville Highway, The Rock off I-75. Find more than 60,000 eggs. No pets or coolers. Wristband includes unlimited carousel, pony rides, jumping pillow, locomotive train rides, ball toss sports challenge, Tiny Town and pedal carts all day. Zip line, rock wall and gemstone mining are extra cost. Adults only will need wristbands if they plan to participate in activities. Tickets:

Kennesaw Mountain events

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

Civil War Music. 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. Using the fife, musician and living historian KD Sellers will demonstrate the many functions of music during the Civil War. Kennesaw Mountain’s Illinois Monument: Commemorating the Past, Honoring the Present and Inspiring the Future. 11-11:30 a.m. Sunday. Illinois Monument, Cheatham Hill. Park at Cheatham Hill Road. The ranger will discuss how this park was established through efforts of Union veterans who fought at Cheatham Hill.

Spring Vegetable Gardening in Atlanta

Spring Vegetable Gardening. Noon Saturday. Free. Adams Park Library, 231 Campbellton Road SW, Atlanta. Learn how to prepare for a spring garden – whether it is in the ground, in raised beds or in containers. Recommended planting dates and times until harvest will be covered along with selecting what to grow and how to plan for a successful harvest. Adults and teens are welcome. 404-752-8763,

‘Sheltered’ play premier in Atlanta

“Sheltered” by Alix Sobler. Through Sunday (some performances sold out). 2:30 p.m. and 8 p.m. Saturday, 2:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Sunday. $10 teens, $20, $42. Alliance Theatre Company at Actor’s Express, 887 W. Marietta St. NW, Atlanta. In 1939 Nazi Germany, a Jewish couple arranges for 50 children to be given up by their parents and taken to safety in the United States. Recommended for ages 12 and above due to some adult situations.

Vinings Village Civic Club 100th Celebration

Celebration of the 100th Anniversary of the Vinings Village Civic Club. 3-5 p.m. Saturday. Vinings Library, 4290 Paces Ferry Road, Atlanta. Centennial cake and program with the dedication of a display case, donated by the Indian Creek Garden Club, housing original 1919 Vinings Village Civic Club minutes, recognition of guests and brief readings from the historic minutes.

Zine Workshop in Atlanta

Zine Workshop with Alexa Lima. 3 p.m. Saturday. Free. Cleveland Avenue Library, 47 Cleveland Ave. SW, Atlanta. A zine (pronounced ZEEN – short for magazine or fanzine) is a small-circulation, self-published work of original or appropriated texts and images that is usually reproduced via photocopier. Alexa Lima of hip-hop collective WAKE will lead a workshop teaching ages 8 and above the basics of creating their own zines. 404-762-4116,

‘Kiss Me, Kate’ in Avondale Estates

DeKalb School of the Arts (DSA): “Kiss Me, Kate.” 8 p.m. Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday, 8 p.m. March 29-31. $13.41/adults, $7.20/students. DSA Kyle Theater, 1192 Clarendon Ave., Avondale Estates. This Broadway musical classic tells the story of an ex-husband and wife starring in a musical version of “The Taming of the Shrew.” Off stage, the production is troublesome with ex-lovers’ quarrels and a gangster looking for money owed to them. Tickets:

Atlanta Community Symphony Orchestra 60th Concert

The Atlanta Community Symphony Orchestra: 60th anniversary concert. 4-6 p.m. Sunday. Free but $20 donation suggested. Pleasant Hill Missionary Baptist Church, 725 Pleasant Hill St., Roswell. Led by Juan R. Ramírez, artistic director and conductor, the orchestra will present “A Journey from Spain to Mexico,” also including dance. 770-993-2707,,

Gospel Show in Cumming

Gospel Show with Frances Westray Mooney and Fontanna Sunset. 7 p.m. Sunday. $15 plus Georgia 7 percent tax. The Cumming Playhouse, 101 School St., Cumming.

MLK book author in Dunwoody

New York Times bestselling author Steve Berry: A Page from the Book Festival of the MJCCA. $10/MJCCA member, $15. 7 p.m. Sunday. Marcus Jewish Community Center of Atlanta, 5342 Tilly Mill Road, Dunwoody. Originally from Marietta, Berry will present his newest thriller “The Bishop’s Pawn” – marking the 50th anniversary of the murder of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. – in conversation with CNN Editorial Producer Nadia Bilchik. Berry’s historical novels have been translated into 40 languages with more than 22 million copies in 51 countries. Berry and his wife Elizabeth are the founders of History Matters, a foundation dedicated to historic preservation with the raising of nearly $1 million since 2009. Books will be available for purchase. Expanding on the success of the annual November Book Festival of the MJCCA, A Page from the Book Festival events allow the MJCCA to continue fostering a love of reading and enabling interaction with sought-after favorite authors all year long. Tickets: MJCCA Box Office at 678-812-4005 or

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