Above: The Decatur Arts Festival runs Friday, May 25 through Sunday, May 27. Photo courtesy of Decatur Arts Festival.

 

Older Americans Month

Picnic in a Park for Decatur’s Active Adults & Seniors

Wednesday, May 9, 10 a.m.-1 p.m.Join Decatur Active Living for a fun day in the park. They provide the main course, drinks and desserts. Please bring a side dish to share with everyone. There’ll be entertainment, games, food and much more. This is a free event, but registration is required! McKoy Park, 1000 Adams St., Decatur 30030. To register, contact Sara Holmes at 678-553-6559 or sara.holmes@decaturga.com.

Healthy Aging & Spirituality

Wednesday, May 9, 11:30 a.m. Can a well-rounded spiritual life help you stay healthy and live longer? Join us for this informative non-denominational program with Rabbi Judith Beiner and Debbi Dooley. We’ll look at spiritual tools, including music, and discuss topics such as legacy, ethical wills and writing a “last letter.” The program will highlight the research of Dan Buettner, author of “The Blue Zones,” which studied communities where many people live to age 100 or more and pointed to the importance of spirituality in promoting health and longevity. Lunch is provided. RSVP to Deb Papenhagen at dpapenhagen@belmontvillage.com.

Spring Fling Celebration

Friday, May 18, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Get involved and learn about Wesley Woods by attending the Spring Fling Celebration. There’ll be a bake sale, jewelry sale and popcorn and ice cream sales. Delicious BBQ plates will be available for $15 each. Advance tickets available at the reception desk. Wesley Woods Towers, 1825 Clifton Road, Atlanta 30329. For more information, visit wesleywoods.org or call Jennie Deese at 404-728-6662.

National Senior Health & Fitness Day

Wednesday, May 30, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Join Decatur Active Living and DeKalb County Library for the annual National Senior Health & Fitness Day. This free event will have vendors, panel discussions, health screenings, exercise demos, Steel City Pops, DrumRise and much more. The first 150 people receive a gift.Parking is limited, so please carpool, take MARTA bus or train, or ride with your senior living shuttle.Decatur Recreation Center, 231 Sycamore St., Decatur 30030. Contact Sara Holmes, 678-553-6559 or sara.holmes@decaturga.comfor more info.

Senior Summit 2018

Thursday, May 31, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. In celebration of Older Americans Month, Fulton County Senior Services and Somerby Sandy Springs are partnering to present Senior Summit 2018. Visit various health and well-being exhibitors and then attend a Panel discussion of senior care professionals, moderated by Special Guest Moderator Bill Liss, Senior Source Editor of 11 Alive. Lunch and refreshments are provided for a charge. Somerby Room, Somerby Senior Living, 25 Glenlake Pkwy., Sandy Springs 30328. For more info, call 770-695-0230 or visit SomerbySpark.com. RSVP by May 24 to Jodi Firestone at jfirestone@somerbyliving.com.

 

The Arts

Curious Savage

Runs May 11-18. Friday & Saturday, 7:30 p.m.; Sunday, 2:30 p.m. Performed by Main Street Theatre. When Ethel P. Savage’s husband dies and leaves her $10 million, she decides to give the entire fortune away. Her stepchildren commit her to a sanitarium and Mrs. Savage finds her true family there among the kind, loyal residents. Tickets are $15 for adults, $12 for seniors (55+) and students; $10 for ages 12 and under. Tucker Recreation Center, 4898 Lavista Rd., Tucker 30084. For tickets, show times and more info, visit tuckertheatre.com.

Brent Davis, photo by Couret Photography

The American Dream

Saturday, May 12, 7:30 p.m. The Johns Creek Symphony Orchestra’s Season Finale is a musical tour of the U.S., featuring baritone Brent Davis, and Roger Wise as narrator. The concert features Broadway favorites, old American songs and jazz, as well as a salute to the heroes who’ve made the American Dream possible. Tickets are $32 for adults; $27 for seniors 55+; $16 for students and children. JCSO collects donated food items for the North Fulton Community Charities Food Pantry as part of the “Orchestras Feeding America” campaign. Johns Creek United Methodist Church, 11180 Medlock Bridge Rd., Johns Creek 30097. For more info, call 678-748-5802 or visit JohnsCreekSymphony.org.

A Page from the Book Festival: How to Grill Everything

Thursday, May 17, 7:30 p.m. Bestselling author Mark Bittman returns to the Marcus Jewish Community Center (MJCCA) stage for a book signing and talk about his latest cookbook. The book features more than 1,000 recipes and hundreds of variations, along with practical advice about grilling basics. Tickets are $10-$15. MJCCA, 5342 Tilly Mill Rd., Dunwoody 30338. For more info, visit atlantajcc.org or call 678-812-4002.

Fences

Runs May 17-June 3. Thursday-Saturday, 7:30 p.m.; Sunday, 2:30 p.m. Legendary playwright August Wilson’s dramatic work about Troy Maxson, a strong, hard black man who has survived the pressures of life in America. In the new spirit of liberation in the 1960s, however, he’s finds himself angry and afraid; he’s a stranger to the world, and to his wife and son, both of whom he understands less and less. Tickets are $25. Marietta’s New Theatre in the Square, 11 Whitlock Ave., Marietta 30064. Details and tickets are available at theatreinthesquare.net, or by calling 770-426-4800.

Wings (1927): A Silent Film

Sunday, May 20, 3-5:30 p.m. This 1927 silent American film is set during the First World War about two young men, both in love with the same woman, who become fighter pilots. The film stars Clara Bow, Charles ‘Buddy’ Rogers and Richard Arlen. Gary Cooper appears in a role that helped launch his career. The film will be accompanied live on the Mighty Allen Theatre Organ by Strand organist Ron Carter. Tickets are $10. Earl Smith Strand Theatre, 117 North Park Square, Marietta 30060. Visit earlsmithstrand.org or call the box office at 770-293-0080.

Decatur Arts Festival

Friday, May 25-Sunday, May 27. Artwalk on Friday, 5-10 p.m. Artists Market on Saturday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. & Sunday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. This celebration of the arts includes an Artists Market, ArtWalk, music, performing arts stage, theatre and literary arts, comedy and even a book sale at the Decatur Public Library. General admission is free. Get details on events and locations at decaturartsfestival.com.

 

Community

Claws for a Cause: A Crawfish Boil

Saturday, May 12, 5-8 p.m. Enjoy an authentic Cajun crawfish boil, complete with cold beer, spicy crawfish, chicken jambalaya and live music by Suburban Angst. The event supports Senior Services North Fulton. Be sure to bring your tailgating chairs. Tickets are limited—$50 in advance, and $55 at the door, if available—and include two pounds of crawfish and two Jekyll Brewing drink tickets. Jekyll Brewing, 2855 Marconi Dr., #350, Alpharetta 30005. For tickets and more info, visit ssnorthfulton.org, and under “Upcoming Events,” click on “Claws for a Cause.”

Gardens for Connoisseurs Tour

Saturday & Sunday, May 12 & 13, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Ten spectacular private gardens, ranging from woodland settings to urban spaces, are showcased, featuring the work of talented landscape architects, garden designers and local gardeners. Proceeds benefit the mission of Atlanta Botanical Garden. Tickets for the tour are $28 in advance, $35 on days of the tour, and are valid both days. Free for children under 12. Visit atlantabg.org for tickets and details.

Rockin’ at the River

Saturday, May 19, 6:30 p.m. An evening of food, drink and music includes a Patron Party from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m., Dinner & Auction at Ben Brady Lakeside Pavilion from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m., and Dessert & Dancing on Green Roof Discover Center from 9 to 11 p.m. The annual gala benefits the Chattahoochee Nature Center. Tickets are $125, VIP tickets are $250. Chattahoochee Nature Center,9135 Willeo Rd., Roswell 30075. Visit chattnaturecenter.org or call 770-992-2055 for information.

Friends of the Roswell Public Library Book Sale

Runs Thursday, May 31-Sunday, June 3. Thursday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m.; Sunday, 2-5:30 p.m. No scanners on Thursday, please. A large quantity of good quality hardcover and paperback fiction and non-fiction books, organized by category, will be offered for sale. There is an excellent selection of art and coffee table books, and DVDs, CDs and children’s books are also available. Cash or checks are accepted, and all proceeds go directly to the Roswell Library for materials and community programs. Roswell Library, 115 Norcross St., Roswell 30075. To find out more, call 770-640-3075 or email Roswellgafriends@gmail.com.

 

Learn Something

Seniors Access to Services

Monday, May 14, 3 p.m. Join us and receive information and answers about low-cost and no-cost public benefits programs that provide services to seniors. Learn how and when to apply and get help in removing barriers to applying for needed benefits. In partnership with Atlanta Regional Commission; free and open to the public. Gwinnett County Public Library, Grayson Branch 700 Grayson Pkwy., Grayson 30017. Get info about this and other events at the Gwinnett Public Libraries at gwinnettpl.org.

Predatory Lending Prevention Workshop

Tuesday, May 22, 6 p.m. Get tips on how to protect your home and credit. This workshop offers information and advice on how to protect yourself from predatory lending practices. Learn how to identify, avoid and report predatory lending. In partnership with Catholic Charities; free. Gwinnett County Public Library, Lilburn Branch, 4817 Church St., Lilburn 30047. Visit gwinnettpl.org for info about the many events at Gwinnett Public Libraries.

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