Mother’s Day Events

Callanwolde Fine Arts Center Jewelry Show & Sale is Mother’s Day weekend, May 8, 9 a.m. to 2p.m. and May 9, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Handcrafted, original pieces of jewelry by Callanwolde instructors and students make perfect last minute gifts for mom. 980 Briarcliff Road.

The annual Mother’s Day Brunch at the Georgia Aquarium is back on Sunday, May 9, with food from the Wolfgang Puck catering team. Seatings are at 10:30 am and 1:00 pm. For more information, and to purchase tickets, visit

The Atlanta Botanical Garden will host High Tea Service on Saturday, May 8, and Sunday, May 9, complete with British scones, tea and sandwiches at Mershon Hall. Seatings are at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. Prices are $35 for Atlanta Botanical Garden members and $50 for non-members. (404) 370-0856 or

The Ritz-Carlton Atlanta is offering a Mother’s Day Brunch with all-day dining, an outstanding steakhouse dinner menu, and breakfast and Sunday Brunch in Buckhead. The Sunday Brunch will consist of more than 50 selections, and musical entertainment. For reservations, visit

The Concentrics family of restaurants – including ONE midtown kitchen, TWO urban licks, TAP, Parish, Murphy’s, Lobby at Twelve and Room at Twelve – are all offering Mother’s Day brunch. Visit for details and to make reservations.

May Events & Happenings

May 8 will mark the 20th anniversary of the Komen Atlanta Race for the Cure. Komen Atlanta plans to raise $2 million to enable Atlanta’s women to detect and survive breast cancer. To register for the race, visit

The 10th annual Run, Walk ‘n Roll, the principle fund-raising event of Friends of Disabled Adults and Children, is set for Saturday, May 1. Adults and children of all ability levels are invited to compete in a 5-mile run or a 2-mile walk and roll at Confederate Hall inside Stone Mountain Park.  The event will include a continental breakfast and other refreshments, door prizes, silent auction and raffle, and will be held rain or shine. Registration begins at 7:30 a.m. with the run starting at 8:30 a.m. and the walk and roll scheduled for 9 a.m.

Cheers for Children, a benefit for Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta featuring live music from That 80s Band, will be presented by the Friends Junior Committee (FJC) on Saturday, May 8, 7 p.m. to Midnight. FJC is a community volunteer organization comprised of young professionals in the Atlanta area. The benefit will be held at the Mason Murer Fine Art Gallery, 199 Armour Drive. Guests will enjoy an open bar, free hors d’oeuvres, live music, and a silent auction. Tickets are $40 in advance or $50 at the door.

The 2010 Brookhaven Bolt 5K Run/Walk presented by Brookhaven Self Storage and benefiting Ashford Park Elementary School is Sunday, May 16, at 8 a.m. After the 3.1 mile race, a family festival will be held at Ashford Park. Registration is $20 until May 14 via and $25 the day of the race.

The Rialto Center for the Arts at Georgia State University will present Moving in the Spirit’s ER: Education Revolution on Thursday, May 6, at 7 p.m. This vibrant dance event examines the history of education and freedom in America, and celebrates the different ways we learn. Set to the beloved tunes of School House Rock, this family-friendly performance features student and professional dancers, poet Alice Lovelace, and visual artist Sal Brownfield. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children under the age of 13, and may be purchased at the door on the night of the event. (404) 624-5295 or

The Skin Cancer Awareness Network will host the fourth annual Save Our Skin 5K Walk/Run on Saturday, May 29, at Perimeter Place. The event offers food, entertainment and fun for all ages. Board certified dermatologists will be on hand to provide complimentary skin spot checks for all participants. All participants will receive a free T-shirt and will be eligible for prize drawings, trophies, and awards. Registration starts at 7 a.m., and the race starts at 8. Register online at or Registration fee is $20 in advance and $25 after May 18. For more, visit

Club Blue, the young professionals society of the Brookhaven Boys & Girls Club, will host the inaugural Dodging for Dollars dodge ball tournament on Saturday, May 15, at 10 a.m. The tournament, hosting 32 teams (up to 8 players each), will give individuals a chance to showcase athletic abilities in both co-ed and open divisions. The cost per team is $150. To register your team, or to get more information on Dodging for Dollars, visit or email

On Saturday, May 8, Young Audiences at Woodruff Arts Center (YAWAC) will host the 2010 Mad Hatter Event, where families will enjoy a morning of whimsical flair, artist performances, hands-on arts activities and sightings of the Mad Hatter and his friends. Everyone is encouraged to arrive promptly at 10 a.m. and to join the event’s fun atmosphere by wearing wild and wonderful hats and brightly colored outfits. A flat “kids” ticket rate will be offered to all, which is $12 in advance and $15 at the door. All funds raised through the Mad Hatter event will support YAWAC’s mission of transforming the lives and learning of young people through the arts.

Autism Speaks and Marcus Autism Center, two organizations dedicated to support research, treatment and advocacy for autism spectrum disorders, are teaming up to host the fourth annual Georgia Walk Now for Autism Speaks in Atlantic Station on Sunday, May 23, at 10 a.m. For more information about the walk or to register, visit or call Samantha Williams at (770) 451-0570.

Registration for the 20th annual AIDS Walk Atlanta & 5K Run will be available online beginning May 15. This year’s Walk & 5K Run will take place on Sunday, Oct. 17 at Piedmont Park, beginning at noon for runners and 2 p.m. for walkers. For more information or to volunteer, visit or call (404) 876-9255.

Collin Kelley

Collin Kelley has been the editor of Atlanta Intown for two decades and has been a journalist and freelance writer for 35 years. He’s also an award-winning poet and novelist.