Above: Left to right, Michelle Cristal (asCalliope), Bess Winebarger (as Melpomene), Patrick Robinson (as Sonny) and Jesse Thomas-Durden (as Kira) appear in the show Xanadu, JR. at MJCCA’s Jerry’s Habima Theatre.
March 7-17. Xanadu JR. is an electrifying musical tale is full of romance, art and dancing, and is ideal for audiences of all ages. Jerry’s Habima Theatre, a program of the Marcus Jewish Community Center of Atlanta, is Georgia’s only theatrical company directed and produced by professionals that features actors with special needs. MJCCA member tickets are $25 for adults, $10 for children 12 and under: $10. For the community, tickets are $35 for adults, $15 for children 12 and under. MJCCA’s Morris & Rae Frank Theatre, 5342 Tilly Mill Road, Dunwoody 30338. To purchase tickets, call 678-812-4002, or visit atlantajcc.org/habima.
The 37th Annual Great American Cover-Up Quilt Show
March 8-17. Monday-Saturday 10 a.m.-4 p.m.; Sunday, 1-4 p.m. The 2019 show features over 150 unique, antique, traditional and art quilts made by local artists and displayed throughout Bulloch Hall. A special additional feature of 15 pieces includes quilts on the theme of the late singer/songwriter Prince.Bulloch Hall admission is $7 for seniors; $8 for adults; $6 for children ages 6-18; and free for ages 6 and under. Bulloch Hall, 180 Bulloch Ave., Roswell 30075. For more info, visit bullochhallquiltguild.org.
Live Radio Drama for the Whole Family
Saturday, March 30, 1 p.m. The Atlanta Radio Theatre Company performs live audio drama at a wide variety of events such as DragonCon, Mythic Journeys and the World Fantasy Convention. Come hear performances of adaptations and original literary favorites. Gwinnett County Public Library, Peachtree Corners Branch, 5570 Spalding Drive, Peachtree Corners 30092. Get details by calling 770-978-5154 or visiting gwinnettpl.org.
North Fulton Master Gardeners classes
Mondays, March 18 & 25, 7-8:30 p.m.The Recreation and Parks Department and Friends of Lost Corner host the North Fulton Master Gardeners series of classes for homeowners. On Monday, March 18, The Basics of Vegetable Gardening class covers planning your garden, sustainable (organic) garden practices, spring vegetables, herbs, as well as, mulching, weed control, fertilizing and pest control. On March 25, The Fragrant Garden class helps you identify fragrant plants for each season to add a new dimension to your garden. Learn about container plants as well as annuals, perennials, shrubs, vines and roses. Cost is $10 for each class or $60 for the entire series. Pre-registration is requested, though walk-ins are welcome. Lost Corner Preserve Cottage, 7300 Brandon Mill Road, Sandy Springs 30328. To register, visit friendsoflostcorner.org.
The Loving Approach Family Education Series on Dementia
Wednesdays, 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 email@example.com or calling 404-775-0488. Find out more at orchardseniorliving.com/brookhaven.
How Journalists and the Public Shape Our Democracy
Thursday, March 21, 6:30 p.m. Join us for a 30-minute reception followed by a panel discussion hosted by CBS46 anchor Karyn Greer. Panelists include Senior Editor, WABE Public Broadcasting Atlanta Senior Editor Susanna Capelouto and Global Freelance Journalist and former CNN Journalist Archith Seshadri. They will discuss the importance of journalism and a free press in our country and the role the public plays in an informed democracy. Gwinnett County Public Library, Suwanee Branch, 361 Main Street, Suwanee 30024. Further info at 770-978-5154 or gwinnettpl.org.
Isaac Roberts and the Roswell Railroad
Thursday, March 21, 7-8:30 p.m. The Roswell Railroad, running from northern Sandy Springs to Chamblee, operated from 1881 to 1920. Isaac Roberts was in charge of the railroad for all 39 years and played a vital role in the reconstruction of the entire area, including the creation of two new communities—Dunwoody and Chamblee. This lecture by Clarke Otten, FOLC Board Member and local historian, offers insight into Roberts, his home and his railroad. A $5 donation to the Friends of the Lost Corner is suggested. Lost Corner Preserve Cottage, 7300 Brandon Mill Road, Sandy Springs 30328. To register, visit friendsoflostcorner.org.
Shows & Festivals
The Model Train Show
Saturday & Sunday, March 16 & 17. Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sunday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sponsored by the Piedmont Division of the National Model Railroad Association, the show gives visitors a chance to view old or new trains and shop from more than 250 vendor tables. Admission is $10 for adults and free for Scouts in uniform and ages 8 and under. Cobb Galleria, 2 Galleria Pkwy., Atlanta 30339. Get tickets and more info at themodeltrainshow.com.
41st Annual Atlanta Home Show
Friday-Sunday, March 22-24. Floor & Decor brings you Georgia’slargest home show, the Atlanta Home Show. The Atlanta Home Show is a great event for older adults. With hundreds of exhibitors, speakers, product demonstrations and live radio broadcasts, it’s a lively event that anyone can enjoy at their own pace. There are also a lot of exhibits and products to make aging in place easier and safer. Seniors age 65 and older with ID receive free admission! Cobb Galleria Centre, 2 Galleria Pkwy., Atlanta 30339. Go to atlantahomeshow.com for more info.
Water Drop Dash 5K & Water Festival
March 23, 8 a.m. The Water Drop Dash 5K is a fast and flat course along the Chattahoochee River. Afterward, stay for a celebration with music, giveaways and fun activities. Space is limited, so register now. Chattahoochee Nature Center, 9135 Willeo Road, Roswell 30075. Call 770-992-2055, x238 or visit chattnaturecenter.org for more info.
ShamRockin’ for a Cure
Saturday, March 23, 7 p.m. Help support the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation while enjoying a night filled with music, delicious foods and adult beverages as well as silent and live auctions. Tickets are $105 for early birds and increase to $115 as the date gets closer. This event is for people 21 and older only. Ameris Bank Amphitheatre at Encore Park, 2200 Encore Pkwy., Alpharetta 30009. Visit shamrockinforacure.com for tickets and details.
Brookhaven Cherry Blossom Festival
Saturday & Sunday, Mar. 30 & 31, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Brookhaven celebrates its fifth annual Cherry Blossom Festival in Blackburn Park. The fun includes a 5K run, food court, classic car show, artists market, pet parade and live music. Blackburn Park, 3493 Ashford-Dunwoody Rd., Brookhaven 30319. For more info, go to brookhavenga.gov/festival.
Tax Assistance Offered by AARP Tax Aid
Fulton County seniors who need help with their taxes can visit several facilities in the area. AARP Tax Aid representatives will be at the facilities on the following dates to help with 1040 and 1040EZ returns.
North Fulton Government Service Center, 7741 Roswell Road, Sandy Springs 30350, offers tax assistance open from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. each Tuesday and Thursday through April 11.
Dorothy C. Benson Senior Multipurpose Facility, 6500 Vernon Woods Drive, Sandy Springs 30328, offers tax assistance on Mondays and Wednesdays only, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., until April 15. Call for an appointment: 404-613-4900.
Harriett G. Darnell Senior Multipurpose Facility, 677 Fairburn Road NW, Atlanta 30331 offers tax assistance on Fridays, March 8 and 22, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Call for an appointment: 404-613-8580.