Above: February is Heart Health month, and several locations offer special events such as Heart Screenings, including Cobb County Senior Centers.

The Arts

Shoelaces poster


Atlanta Jewish Film Festival

Feb. 6-26. This 21-day event offers a broad selection of genres and themes to moviegoers. Highlights include: “Shoelaces,” a tender family story nominated for eight Israeli Academy Awards; “Leona,” a delicate romance about a young woman from Mexico City torn between her Syrian-Jewish family and a forbidden love; and “Chewdaism: A Taste of Montreal,” a nosh-umentary in which two best friends return to their hometown and eat their way across the city. Festival venues include Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre, Regal Atlantic Station, Sandy Springs Performing Arts Center at City Springs and Rich Auditorium at Woodruff Arts Center. Visit AJFF.org for details.

Page from the Book Festival Author Events

The Secret of Clouds book coverWednesday, Feb. 13, 7:30 and Sunday, Feb. 24, 7 p.m. A Page from the Book Festival of the Marcus Jewish Community Center of Atlanta (MJCCA) presents two author events this month. On Feb. 13, Elinor Lipman, “Good Riddance,” will be in conversation with another bestselling author, Emily Giffin. On Feb. 24, Zoe Fishman, New York Times bestselling author, will talk with Alyson Richman, “The Secret of Clouds,” and Pam Jenoff, “The Lost Girls of Paris.” Tickets for each event are $10 for MJCCA members, $15 for the community. MJCCA, 5342 Tilly Mill Road, Dunwoody 30338. For more info, visit atlantajcc.org/bookfestival or call 678-812-4002.

Eddie Owen Presents: Standards and Classics of Love

Friday, Feb. 15, 7:30 p.m. Celebrate Valentine’s Day with all the elegance of yesteryear.Duluth vocalist Allan Wiltshire premieres Standards and Classics of Love. Relive the greatest love songs of the 40s, 50s, 60s and beyond with a swinging band and amazing local talent. Reserve seating is $20, $23 the day of the show; Premium seating is $25, $28 the day of the show. Red Clay Music Foundry, 3116 Main Street, Duluth 30096. Call 678-892-6373 or visit eddieowenpresents.com for info and tickets.

Gina’s Journey: A Film Exploration on the First Official Slave Narrative

Ginas Journey posterThursday, Feb. 21, 6 p.m. In 1825, William Grimes wrote and published the story of his life as a slave and his escape to freedom. Two centuries later, his great-great-great-granddaughter, Regina Mason, picks up where her ancestor left off, with a book, a documentary and her own story of self-discovery. Gwinnett County Public Library, Lilburn Branch, 4817 Church Street, Lilburn 30047. Visit gwinnettpl.org or call 770-978-5154 for info on this and more GCPL events.

The Adult Spelling Bee

Friday, March 1, 7-9:30 p.m.; VIP event at 5:30 p.m. There’ll be laughs, unusual-on-stage antics and truly funny attempts at spelling difficult words. This isn’t your average spelling bee. Adults are the ones spelling, they wear costumes and the audience gets to participate! Cobb EMC Community Foundation, The Marietta Daily Journal and S.A. White Oil present this grown-up evening of comedy benefitting Communities In Schools Georgia in Marietta/Cobb County. The students and family-friendly event is $15 for students, $20 for adults and $60 for VIP tickets.Earl and Rachel Smith Strand Theatre, 117 North Park Square, Marietta 30060.Call the box office at 770-293-0080 or visit earlsmithstrand.org for tickets and additional info.

Learn Something

North Fulton Master Gardeners Series of Classes for Homeowners

Mondays, Feb. 18 & 25, 7-8:30 p.m. The Recreation & Parks Department and Friends of the Lost Corner host the North Fulton Master Gardeners series of classes for homeowners. The Lawn Care class on Feb. 18 will cover: how cool and warm-season grasses differ and what they require: soil testing, fertilizing, weed control, aerating and watering. The Good Soil and Composting class on Feb. 25 is the foundation for spring classes on growing and maintaining vegetables, perennials, shrubs and roses. It provides an understanding of the science of soil and covers the use of compost and mulch to improve and protect your soil. Cost for the classes are $10 each or $60 for the entire series. Pre-registration is requested, but walk-ins are welcome. Lost Corner Preserve Cottage, 7300 Brandon Mill Road, Sandy Springs 30350.
For additional info or to register, visit friendsoflostcorner.org.

The Natural History of Sandy Springs – History and Ecology Series

Thursday, Feb. 21, 7-8:30 p.m. Learn about the ecology of this area before and after the European settlers arrived. Instructor Alan Toney, FOLC Board Member and Master Naturalist, gives a non-human perspective of which species disappeared, which ones benefited and what was introduced as the forest was replaced by agriculture. Cost for the class is a suggested $5 donation to the Friends of the Lost Corner. Lost Corner Preserve Cottage, 7300 Brandon Mill Road, Sandy Springs 30350.Cost: Suggested $5 donation to the Friends of the Lost Corner. Find out more and register at friendsoflostcorner.org.

GCPL Afrocentric fabricsAfrocentric Fabric History and Design

Sunday, Feb. 24, 3 p.m. Presented by Gwinnett County Public Library in partnership with the United Ebony Society. The bright colors, distinctive designs and quality of African fabrics are rich with cultural meaning. Learn the history of African fabrics and how they can enhance your wardrobe. Gwinnett County Public Library, Lawrenceville Branch, 1001 Lawrenceville Highway, Lawrenceville 30046. Call 770-978-5154 or go to gwinnettpl.org to get details on this and more events at Gwinnett County libraries.

Health & Wellness

What Would It Mean to be Dementia-Friendly?

Friday, Feb. 15, 9-11:30 a.m. Brookhaven and Dekalb County residents are invited to “What Would It Mean to Be Dementia Friendly?” a presentation hosted by Orchard at Brookhaven. Dr. William Hu, a neurologist at Emory University, will facilitate the community conversation and share his experiences from around the globe as well as results from his 2017 focus group research funded by Decatur, Georgia’s Dementia Spotlight Foundation. Reducing stigmas of dementia and raising awareness is a key area of this movement happening across the globe. Salvation Army Worship & Service Center, 2090 North Druid Hills Road, Atlanta 30329 (Please enter on North Druid Hills Road.) RSVP to wecare@orchardseniorliving.comor call 404-775-0488.

Heart Health

Monday, Feb. 18, 10:15-11:15 a.m. What do the numbers mean? Learn about cholesterol, its components, health effects and ways to improve your cholesterol to reduce your risk of a heart attack. North Cobb Senior Center, 3900 S. Main St., Acworth 30101. Call 770-975-7740 or visit cobbcounty.org for more info.

Pixabay handsThe Loving Approach Family Education Series on Dementia

Wednesdays, Feb. 20, March 20, April 17 and May 15, 7-8:30 p.m. This dementia skills education series, begun in December, is still open to family members and caregivers of people with brain change. It offers invaluable knowledge while providing guidance and a forum for questions and discussion. Free; registration is required. Oak Grove United Methodist Church, 1722 Oak Grove Road, Decatur 30033. Register by emailing wecare@orchardseniorliving or calling 404-775-0488. Find out more at orchardseniorliving.com/brookhaven.

Hearing Screening

Friday, March 1, 9 a.m.-12 p.m. Is your hearing causing you concern? Take the time to have it checked out and get a free screening from Dr. Bret Greenblatt.Free; first come, first served.East Cobb Senior Center, 3332 Sandy Plains Rd., Marietta 30066. Get details by calling 770-509-4900 or visiting cobbcounty.org.