For kids & families

‘Lions in Illyria’
Thursday, Oct. 22 and Friday, Oct. 23, 7 p.m. – Separated from her brother after a storm at sea, Violet, a young lioness, must brave an unknown country all alone. This family-friendly, one hour show is a re-imagining of Shakespeare’s 12th Night told through animals, humor and music. Tickets are $5 each and support the MVPS Arts program. Black Box Theater, 510 Mount Vernon Hwy., NE, Sandy Springs, 30328. To purchase tickets in advance and for more information, go to mountvernonschool.org or call 404-250-5880.

Family Movie Night
Friday, Oct. 23, 6:30 p.m. – The All Saints Catholic Church in Dunwoody presents a screening of the popular classic “The Wizard of Oz” in the Social Hall. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and the movie starts at 7 p.m. This event will be Chastain style; guests are encouraged to bring a blanket and food, and watch the movie. 2443 Mount Vernon Rd., Dunwoody, 30338. Go to allsaints.us or call 770-393-3255 for additional details.

Blue Heron Birthday
Saturday, Oct. 24, 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. – Come out and learn about the Blue Heron Nature Preserve’s 30-acre property nestled in the heart of the city during this fall festival that celebrates the Preserve’s 15th birthday. Participants will enjoy interpretive walks of the grounds and exhibits, plus first-hand knowledge about the preserve’s stewardship of the environment, conservation and educational initiatives. The event feature sfood and cake, scavenger hunts for kids, honey bee demonstration with a local beekeeper, live plant seed harvesting, music, rescued urban animals with AWARE, bird walks with the Atlanta Audobon, a ribbon cutting and historical data from Buckhead Heritage. Free and suitable for all ages. 4055 Roswell Rd., NE, Atlanta, 30342. Find out more by going to bhnp.org or by calling 404-345-1008.

Seussical the Musical
Friday, Oct. 30 and Saturday, Oct. 31, 7 p.m., and Nov. 1, 3 p.m. – The Dunwoody United Methodist Church presents an all-ages musical adaptation of Dr. Seuss’ stories. The skits pull from the “Cat in the Hat,” “Horton Hears a Who!” and other well-loved stories. General admission tickets are $20 each. Student tickets are $10 when purchased at the door. Show up in costume for half-price tickets. 1548 Mount Vernon Rd., Dunwoody, 30338. Go online to dunwoodyumc.org or call 770-394-0675 with questions.

Giving back

Great Day of Service
Saturday, Oct. 24, 9 a.m. – The Dunwoody United Methodist Church Great Day of Service provides opportunities to participate in one of over 40 projects at the church or in the community. Start the day with a breakfast followed by a variety of projects to get behind, including Stop Hunger NOW! food packing, Potato Drop for the Atlanta Community Food Bank, make blankets for Project Linus, and much more. Off-site service projects like yard work and home repair also available. Lunch provided afterward. Free and open to the public. 1548 Mount Vernon Rd., Dunwoody, 30338. Go to dunwoodyumc.org for more details.
Volunteer Day
Saturday, Oct. 24, 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. – Come out for a morning of giving back at Brook Run Park. Volunteers will be working with Trees Atlanta to plant new trees in the park as part of Dunwoody’s Volunteer Day. Free and open to the public. Brook Run Park, 4770 N. Peachtree Rd., Dunwoody, 30338. To find out more information and to register as a volunteer go to treesatlanta.org.

Lectures

Great Day of Service
Saturday, Oct. 24, 9 a.m. – The Dunwoody United Methodist Church Great Day of Service provides opportunities to participate in one of over 40 projects at the church or in the community. Start the day with a breakfast followed by a variety of projects to get behind, including Stop Hunger NOW! food packing, Potato Drop for the Atlanta Community Food Bank, make blankets for Project Linus, and much more. Off-site service projects like yard work and home repair also available. Lunch provided afterward. Free and open to the public. 1548 Mount Vernon Rd., Dunwoody, 30338. Go to dunwoodyumc.org for more details.
Volunteer Day
Saturday, Oct. 24, 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. – Come out for a morning of giving back at Brook Run Park. Volunteers will be working with Trees Atlanta to plant new trees in the park as part of Dunwoody’s Volunteer Day. Free and open to the public. Brook Run Park, 4770 N. Peachtree Rd., Dunwoody, 30338. To find out more information and to register as a volunteer go to treesatlanta.org.

Festivals

Apple Cider Days
Wednesday, Oct. 21 through Sunday, Oct. 25, hours vary. – Bring the whole family out for carnival rides, amusements, food and vendors. This annual fall fundraising event is hosted by Dunwoody Preservation Trust. Free to attend; bring cash for rides and snacks. Perimeter Mall, 4400 Ashford-Dunwoody Rd., Dunwoody, 30346. Find out more by going online to appleciderdays.org.

Fall Festival
Saturday, Oct. 24, 1 – 5 p.m. – Enjoy the crisp weather at Lynwood Park with a fall-themed get-together for the entire family. The event will have food, a bounce house and other activities. Free and open to the public. Lynwood Park, 3360 Osborne Rd., Brookhaven, 30319. Go to brookhavenga.gov to learn more.

Harvest Festival
Saturday, Oct. 24, 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. –  The 2nd annual Heards Ferry Harvest Festival includes carnival games, interactive attractions, a rock wall, arts and crafts, a school-wide pumpkin auction, holiday cake auction, cupcake walk, a live DJ and several local food vendors. Wristbands provide unlimited access to most of the activities, and are $25 for children over five and $15 for children under five. Tickets also be available in $10 increments for individual games and attractions. Parking available at the Fulton County Office building next door to the school. For more information, email harvestfestival@hfeeaglealliance.org. Heards Ferry Elementary School, 6151 Powers Ferry Rd., Sandy Springs, 30339.

Ashford Park Fall Fair
Saturday, Oct. 24, 11 a.m. – 3 p.m –The Ashford Park School Fall Fair is a community tradition that helps support on-going professional development for teachers, STEM classroom and student enrichment programs, and special events throughout the year. Activities include a rock wall, inflatables, festival games, sand art cart, petting zoo, food trucks, raffle prizes, craft vendors and School of Rock. Free and open to the community. All-inclusive wristbands are $15; purchase by Oct. 20 and pay only $12. Adults do not need a wristband. Children 2 and under play for free. 2968 Cravenridge Dr., Brookhaven, 30319. Go to ashfordparkschool.com or call 678-676-6702 to learn more.

Dia De Los Muertos
Sunday, Nov. 1, 12 – 5 p.m. – Visitors of all ages are invited to learn about and experience a Day of the Dead Festival at the Atlanta History Center. The event features storytelling, crafts, authentic Mexican food and entertainment, plus a display of altars honoring lost family and friends that are decorated with flowers, favorite foods and beverages. This event takes place on free admission day, and is open to all ages. 130 West Paces Ferry Rd., NW, Atlanta, 30305. Call 404-814-4000 or go online to atlantahistorycenter.com for more details.

Get outside

Paint the Park
Sunday, Oct. 25, 1 – 4 p.m. – Calling all artists! The city of Brookhaven hosts an afternoon of art  in Blackburn Park. The day features art contests, treats and a bounce house for the kids. Artists of all ages are encouraged to participate. Paper and art supplies provided. Winning entries will be displayed at City Hall. Free and open to the public. Blackburn Park, 3493 Ashford-Dunwoody Rd., Brookhaven, 30319. For more information, go to brookhavenga.gov. To sign up as a judge or to inquire further about the event, email news@brookhavenga.gov or call 404-637-0508.

Rivers Shivers 5k
Saturday, Oct. 31, 8 a.m. – Get active and support the students at E. Rivers Elementary School in this 5K along Peachtree Battle Avenue. Race proceeds benefit the E. Rivers PTA. Race day check-in and same day registration opens at 7 a.m. and closes at 7:30 a.m. Tickets start at $30 each for 5K participation and $15 for the 100-yard run. E. Rivers Elementary School, 8 Peachtree Battle Ave., NW, Atlanta, 30305. Find out more at eriverselementary.com or by calling 404-802-7050.

Duck Duck Goose 5K
Saturday, Oct. 24, 9 a.m. – The Murphey Candler Park Conservancy presents the second annual Duck Duck Goose 5K and one-mile fun run. This fundraiser supports the conservancy and their efforts to maintain and promote the park. Online registration is $30 for the 5K and $20 for the one mile until Oct. 21. Runners are encouraged to arrive by 8:45 a.m. 1662 West Nancy Creek Dr., Brookhaven, 30319. More information? Go to murpheycandlerpark.org.
Garden Talk & Tour
Saturday Oct. 24, 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. – The Dunwoody Community Garden at Brook Run Park hosts a DeKalb County Master Gardener seminar, plant sale and garden tour. Visitors will have a chance to learn about “Square Foot Gardening” and “Nature-based Play,” followed by a plant sale and an outing to the nearby garden. Pre-registration is recommended by going online to dcgo.org. Tickets are $20 until October 23; $25 at the door. Brook Run Park, 4770 North Peachtree Rd., Dunwoody, 30338. To learn more about this event, go to cvbdunwoody.com.
Party with the Past
Thursday, Oct. 29, 6:30 – 9 p.m. – The Atlanta History Center hosts a program designed to introduce Atlanta’s young professionals to the history of Atlanta. This free history series takes place at different historically significant spots all around the city. Every Party With the Past features a free history lesson from a guest speaker, a cash bar and food for purchase, as well as activities and prizes. Bring a blanket and have a picnic on the main quad. Costumes encouraged. Food and beverages are available for purchase.  Oglethorpe University, 4484 Peachtree Rd., Brookhaven, 30319. Learn more at atlantahistorycenter.com.