Literary & Performing Arts

A Page from the Book Festival of the MJCCA Author Talk + Signing

Wednesday, Feb. 1, 7:30 p.m. Part of the Marcus Jewish Community Center of Atlanta Book Festival series, Thomas L. Friedman, author of “Thank You for Being Late”, a field guide to the 21st century, shares his original analysis of the seismic changes going on in our world. The series’ five author talks and signings run from January to April and bring prestigious authors to the Atlanta community. $18 for members, $24 for community. Marcus Jewish Community Center of Atlanta, 5342 Tilly Mill Rd., Dunwoody 30338. Call the MJCCA box office at 678-812-4005 or visit


Tuesday, Jan. 17, 7:30 p.m. Part of the Arts Council Signature Series, this one-night only creative spectacular showcases visual art, music, theater, puppetry, singing, dancing and comedy—all on one stage. Show tickets are $35 for adults, $32 for seniors 65+, $28 students. Series tickets are $85 per person and include two other shows in the series. Pearce Auditorium at Brenau University, One Centennial Circle, Gainesville, 30501. For tickets and more information, call 770-534-2787 or visit

LIVE! In Roswell Presents The Temptations

Saturday, Feb. 4, 8-10 p.m. Grammy Award winner Barrington “Bo” Henderson, former lead singer of The Temptations, performs the unforgettable songs of Motown. Classic hits like “Get Ready,” “My Girl,” and “Just My Imagination” will transport you to the good old days. Tickets are $75 per person. Cultural Arts Center, 950 Forest St., Roswell, 30075. Go to for more information.


Bluehair Technology Class Series

Mondays, Jan. 9 & 23 and Feb. 6 & 27, 10 a.m. Bluehair Technology offers a series of four tech classes at Amy’s Place in Roswell. Class subjects are: Week 1—taking, editing and sharing pictures with smartphones; Week 2—getting directions and traffic information with smartphones; Week 3—Windows 10 basics; and Week 4—streaming movies to a TV. Each class is $20. Amy’s Place, 14 Sloan St., Roswell, 30075. To register, call 770-696-9808 and visit for details.

What You Need to Know About Your Taxes

Monday, Jan. 23, 11 a.m.-12 p.m. Trained volunteers from the AARP Foundation Tax-Aide present what’s new for the 2016 tax season, and provide information about why you should file, where to file for free and what you can do to ensure a complete and accurate return. Free, registration required. Senior Wellness Center, 1150 Powder Springs St., Ste. 100, Marietta, 30064. Call 770-528-5355 or go to to learn more or register.

Special Events

2017 Atlanta Boat Show will be held at Georgia World Congress Center.

2017 Atlanta Boat Show

Thursday, Jan. 12-Sunday, Jan. 15. Thursday & Friday, 11 a.m.-9 p.m., Saturday, 10 a.m.-9 p.m., Sunday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Presented by Progressive Insurance, this is the 55th year for Georgia’s biggest boating event. The family event includes boats for all budgets and interests, as well as entertainment and instruction, and even activities for kids. Admission is $14 for adults 16+; free for youths 15 and under when accompanied by a paid adult. Active military, law enforcement and firefighters receive one free ticket with a valid ID. Georgia World Congress Center, Hall C, 280 Northside Dr. NW, Atlanta, 30314. To purchase tickets or get more information, visit

Callanwolde Arts Festival

Friday, Jan. 20-Sunday, Jan. 22. Friday, 6-9 p.m., Saturday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. & Sunday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. This two-day indoor festival features approximately 86 artists, including painters, sculptors, jewelers and photographers. There’ll be demonstrations, dance performances, live music and gourmet food trucks. Tickets are $20 per person for the Friday Preview Party, and $5 per person on Saturday and Sunday. Callanwolde Fine Arts Center, 980 Briarcliff Rd. NE, Atlanta, 30306. For details or to order tickets, call 404-872-5338 or visit

Friends of the Roswell Public Library Book Sale

Thursday-Sunday, Jan. 26, 27, 28 & 29. Thursday, Friday & Saturday, 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m.; Sunday, 2-5:30 p.m. A large quantity of good quality hardcover and paperback books will be available, including fiction and nonfiction books organized by category, as well as DVDs, CDs and children’s books. Credit cards or checks accepted. All proceeds will go directly to the Roswell Library for materials and community programs. No scanners on Thursday, please. Roswell Public Library, 115 Norcross Street, Roswell, 30075. Learn more at, or call 770-640-3075.


Hearing Screenings

Monday, Jan. 23, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Erin Rellinger, Audiologist with the Hearing Center at Eye Consultants of Atlanta, will provide free hearing screenings, which will take less than 10 minutes per person. Free. Walk-ins are welcome. Freeman Poole Senior Center, 4025 S. Hurt Rd., Smyrna, 30082. Call 770-801-3400 or go to for details.

Tuesday, Feb. 7, 10 a.m.-12:00 p.m. Free hearing screenings offered by Wellstar Audiology. Free. Appointment is required. North Cobb Senior Center, 3900 S. Main St., Acworth, 30101. Find out more by calling 770-975-7740 or visiting

A Matter of Balance

Tuesday, Jan. 24-Tuesday, Mar. 14, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Aloha to Aging presents an 8-week group intervention that features practical strategies to reduce fear of falling and increase activity levels. A $5 donation per class is appreciated. Class size is limited; reservations required. Aloha to Aging, 4608 Lower Roswell Rd, Marietta, GA 30068. Call 770-722-7641 or email for info and to reserve your spot.

Kathy Dean

Kathy Dean is a freelance writer and editor based in metro Atlanta.