Celebrate the beginning of summer at the annual Decatur Beach Party Friday, June 18, from 5 p.m. until midnight. Decatur brings in 60 tons of sand and turns the courthouse square into a beach complete with a kid’s boardwalk, live music, dancing, food court and more. On the Community Bandstand, The Reputations will play beach music and more from 5 to 8 p.m.  followed by  Terry Lee and the G.T.’s on the main stage at the MARTA Plaza. The food court will be set up on East Court Square between the beach/boardwalk area and the main stage. Enjoy a variety of beach fare such as hamburgers, hot dogs, funnel cakes, beer, wine and soft drinks. No outside food or beverages are allowed into the festival area. Tickets are $6.50 in advance at www.decaturdba.com or $10 at the gate.  Children 12 and under are free, limit 2 per paying adult. Kid’s Boardwalk tickets will be for sale inside the event.  For more information visitwww.decaturdba.com or call (678) 553-6573.

On Saturday, June 19, at 8:30 a.m., the Mary Lin Foundation will host the 5k Rocket Run in Candler Park. All proceeds will benefit Mary Lin Elementary School. The race starts the school, 586 Candler Park Drive, and is open to all ages. Registration fees are $20 if postmarked or registered online by June 1. After June 1, the cost of the event is $25. For more information and to register visit www.active.com or www.marylinfoundation.org.

Join the Fernbank Museum of Natural History on Saturday, June 12, when the Artemis guild of young professionals hosts Lost Oasis 2010: A Museum Masquerade, a benefit for family and children’s programming at Fernbank Museum. A Museum Masquerade begins at 8 p.m. and will feature live music by Kingsized, entertainment by “The Dames Aflame,” an auction, prize drawing, specialty cocktails and delicious cuisine. Attendees are invited to wear a mask and cocktail attire, and there will be a prize awarded for the guest with the evening’s best mask. Last year’s Lost Oasis event netted $100,000 for children and family enrichment programs. Individual tickets are $100 per person. fernbankmuseum.org.

The annual Rock the Cure fundraiser for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation is Saturday, June 19, 7:30 to 11 p.m. at Sweetwater Brewing Company. Featured bands will include Mama’s Love and Lost City. There will also be food, beer and raffle prizes. Tickets range from $30 to $50. www.jdrfrockthecure.org.

The Diamond Awards will be held at 7 p.m. on Saturday, June 5, by the Not Alone Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to providing financial assistance and resources for chronic kidney disease and end-stage renal disease patients and their families. The Diamond Awards were established to honor individuals in the entertainment and business worlds who, through their perseverance and success, have left a footprint on their industries. Special guests for the awards ceremony include music legend Chaka Khan, entertainment law mogul Joel A. Katz, actress Terri J. Vaughn, actress and host of “The View” Sherri Shepherd, and athlete Brian Jordan. Tickets are $150 per person and proceeds from the inaugural event will benefit the Not Alone Foundation. The event will be held at Georgia State University’s Rialto Center, 80 Forsyth St. www.thenotalonefoundation.org.

The Flicks on 5th summer film series kicks off in mid June with a screening of a free movie on Wednesday nights on the 5th Street Bridge in the heart of Georgia Tech’s Technology Square at Spring Street at 5th Street. The line up includes Sherlock Holmes (June 9), The Hangover (June 16), The Blind Side (June 23), The Hurt Locker (July 7), Fantastic Mr. Fox (July 14) and Hot Tub Time Machine (July 21). Patrons are invited to come at 7 p.m. to enjoy food from Tech Square’s local restaurants many of which will be offering movie night specials. Movies begin at 9 p.m. (rain or shine) and you’re welcome to bring blankets and folding chairs.   flickson5th.gatech.edu.

The Fox Theatre kicks off the 2010 Coca-Cola Summer Film Festival with a mix of contemporary and classic hits beginnging with Sandra Bullock’s Oscar-winning role in The Blind Side on Thursday, June 3, at 7:30 p.m. On Friday, June 4, there will be a tribute to late director John Hughes with a double feature of Ferris Bueller’s Day Off at 7:30 p.m. followed by The Breakfast Club at 9:30 p.m. The Wizard of Oz at 2 p.m. and Jaws (the 35th anniversary screening at 7:30 p.m.) are set for Saturday, June 5. Additional films for July and August will be announced later in the summer. As always, there will be pre-show with a sing-along on the Mighty Mo organ and a classic cartoon. Tickets are $8 and are on sale at the Fox Theatre Box Office and at www.ticketmaster.com.

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.