Above: Music In The Park is a free concert event featuring the Johns Creek Symphony Orchestra. 

The Arts

The Music of Led Zeppelin and The Who

Saturday, Sept. 15, 8-10 p.m. The Georgia Players Guild continues their 2018 season with the music of two iconic musical groups — Led Zeppelin and The Who. There’s quite a show in store, so don’t miss this tribute. General admission advance purchase tickets are $20. Earl & Rachel Smith Strand Theatre, 117 N. Park Square, Marietta 30060. Go to earlsmithstrand.org or call 770-293-0080 for tickets and information.

Rising out of Hatred bookAuthor Talk + Signing: Eli Saslow

Thursday, Sept. 20, 7:30 p.m. A Prologue to the 27thAnnual Book Festival of the Marcus Jewish Community Center of Atlanta presents Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter Eli Saslow. He discusses his powerful story of how a prominent white supremacist changed his heart and mind in Saslow’s book “Rising Out of Hatred,” an intensely personal saga of a man who disavowed everything he was taught to believe at a tremendous personal cost. Cost is $18, $13 for MJCCA members. Morris & Rae Frank Theatre, MJCCA, 5342 Tilly Mill Rd., Dunwoody, 30338. For more info, visit atlantajcc.org or call 678-812-4002.

Music in the Park

Saturday, Oct. 6, 7 p.m. The Johns Creek Symphony Orchestra opens it 2018-2019 season with a free concert at the Newtown Park Amphitheater. Enjoy a free concert of American music, including selections from Sousa as well as Broadway and jazz. Mark Burkhalter Amphitheater at Newtown Park, 3150 Old Alabama Rd., Johns Creek 30022. More info is available at johnscreekga.gov. For information about the Johns Creek Symphony Orchestra upcoming concerts, go to johnscreeksymphony.org.

Community

NADTee It Up Golf Tournament

Sunday, Sept. 23, registration at 1 p.m.; shotgun start at 2 p.m. The public is invited to attend this fundraiser for the North Atlanta Dance Theatre, a Johns Creek non-profit that’s celebrating its 20thyear. There’ll be food, entertainment and prizes. Golfers will be greeted with goody bags and each golf cart will be equipped with a 20thanniversary bottle of bubbly. Participants will also receive food along the course from restaurant partners like Pasta Vino and Taco Mac; Titos and Patron will serve drinks. For more information and to register, email northatlantad658@bellsouth.netor call 770-772-8000. Learn more about NADT at northatlantadance.com.

AAUW bookfair59th Annual Atlanta AAUW Bookfair

Runs from Monday, Sept. 24 – Sunday, Sept. 30. The American Association of University Women (AAUW) offers more than 75,000 gently used books for sale at bargain prices. Proceeds are donated to scholarships and community projects, offering opportunities for women and girls. The week-long event will be held at Perimeter Mall, 4400 Ashford Dunwoody Rd., Atlanta 30346. For hours and other details, visit bookfairaauw.org.

Health & Wellness

couple walkingFalls Prevention Workshops

Tuesdays, Sept. 18 & 25. Sept. 18 at 10 a.m.; Sept 25 at 11 a.m. Every year in Gwinnett County, there are over 3,400 visits to the ER by residents age 55 and older due to falls. Serious falls are not an inevitable part of aging. Learn how to protect yourself. The Gwinnett County Public Library has partnered with Gwinnett County, the county’s Fire and Emergency Services Department and the Georgia Department of Public Health for these workshops. Sept. 18 at Centerville Senior Center, 3025 Bethany Church Rd., Snellville 30039; Sept. 25 at Norcross Senior Center, 5030 Georgia Belle Ct., Norcross 30093. To learn more, visit gwinnettpl.org or call 770-978-5154.

Wellness for Healthy Aging Seminar

Tuesday, Oct. 9, 6:30 p.m., doors open at 5:45 p.m. WellStar Health System offers Wellness for Healthy Aging, programming that provides people 50 and older with the tools to make lifestyle enhancements for healthy aging and living a life well-lived. The topic for October is Sleep Apnea.In addition to a keynote speaker, educational materials and giveaway items, participants will also enjoy a healthy dinner, dessert and complimentary valet parking. Registration is required; registration fee is $10. WellStar Atlanta Medical Center South, Auditorium (Ground Level), 1170 Cleveland Ave., East Point 30344. Call 770-956-STAR (7827) to register.

Learn Something

red flowering bushFall Is for Planting

Tuesdays, Sept. 11 & 25, 6:30 p.m. In partnership with Gwinnett County Extension, Gwinnett County Public Library presents Timothy Day, Gwinnett County Extension Agent, as he explains proper techniques of planting and maintaining landscapes, trees and shrubs in the fall. The Sept. 11 workshop will be held at Gwinnett Library’s Suwanee Branch, 361 Main St., Suwanee 30024; the Sept 25 workshop will be at Collins Hill Branch, 455 Camp Perrin Rd., Lawrenceville 30043.Reservations are requested and can be made by emailing events@gwinnettpl.org.For more info, visit gwinnettpl.org or call 770-978-5154.

green frogFrogs of Cobb County

Friday, Oct. 5, 10-11:30 a.m. Mike Kahle with Cobb County Watershed Stewardship presents a slide show about local species that includes recordings of what each of the 15 species found in Cobb County, Ga. sound like. Free, but registration is required. East Cobb Senior Center, 3332 Sandy Plains Rd., Marietta 30066. Call 770-509-4900 or visit cobbcounty.org for more info.shrimp and grits logo

Festivals

Shrimp & Grits Festival

Friday, Sept. 14 — Sunday, Sept. 16. Friday, 4-9 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m.-9 p.m.; and Sunday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Jekyll Island is known for some of the country’s freshest and most flavorful shrimp, and the annual Shrimp & Grits Festival brings together food lovers as they celebrate the classically Southern dish. It also draws chefs from top restaurants throughout the state as they compete for the title of “Georgia’s Best Shrimp & Grits.” The festival is presented by Southern Living and includes family-friendly entertainment, live music, an artists’ market and, of course, food. A Craft Brew Fest will also be available for people aged 21 and up, with the purchase of a ticket. While the festival is free and open to the public, individual day tickets are also available for the VIP Lounge, an exclusive festival retreat that offers an elevated tent, catering and open bar. National Historic Landmark District, Jekyll Island, Ga. 31527. Find out more at jekyllisland.com.

Roswell Arts Fest logo52nd Annual Roswell Arts Festival

Saturday, Sept. 15 & Sunday, Sept. 16, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Presented by the Roswell Recreation Association, an all-volunteer group, the festival raises funds to benefit the city’s Recreation & Parks programs. Fine Arts, original crafts, entertainment and children’s activities will be presented, and a variety of food trucks will be on site to satisfy hungry appetites. Historic Roswell Town Square, 610 Atlanta St., Roswell 30075. Find out more at roswellartsfestival.com.

Heritage Sandy SpringsHeritage Sandy Springs Festival

Saturday, Sept. 22, 9 a.m.-6 p.m. & Sunday, Sept. 23, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Presented by Heritage Sandy Springs, the festival has grown from a small picnic to a major event drawing over 20,000 attendees. Visitors enjoy two days of art, live music and entertainment, a Chalk Walk Art Competition, gourmet and festival food, and classic rides. There are also 5K and 10K races, as well as a pet parade. Admission is free. The festival has more room for fun at the beautiful new City Springs property at 1 Galambos Way, Sandy Springs 30328. For more info, visit heritagesandysprings.org.

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