Special Events

Valentine’s Day Meet & Eat

Tuesday, Feb. 14, 12 p.m.-2 p.m. Enjoy a delicious catered meal and celebrate as the Reminiscents perform live. Wear your red, pink or purple outfit and have some fun at this fundraising event that benefits the C. Freeman Poole Senior Center. $12 for Cobb residents; $14 for non-residents. Freeman Poole Senior Center, 4025 South Hurt Rd., Smyrna, 30082. Call 770-801-3400 or go to www.cobbcounty.org for details.

Opening Reception: Mario Petrirena

Friday, Feb. 24, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Artist Mario Petrirena was born in Cuba and raised during the political upheaval of the 1960s. He was one of 14,000 children evacuated to America during Operation Pedro Pan. Petrirena’s work, a combination of ceramics, installation pieces and collage, reflects both the struggles and the value of his dual identities. Tickets are $8 for adults, $6 for seniors and children ages 6-18. MOCA GA (Museum of Contemporary Art), 75 Bennett St., NW, Atlanta, 30309. For tickets and more info, call 404-367-8700 or go to mocaga.org.


Thursday, March 9, 7:30 p.m. Ruthie Ellenson (author of the New York Times bestseller “The Modern Jewish Girl’s Guide to Guilt”) and Jewish Federation of Greater Atlanta’s (JFGA) CEO Eric Robbins invite the community to be part of a compelling conversation about philanthropist Edgar M. Bronfman’s “Why Be Jewish? A Testament,” published just weeks before Bronfman’s death in December 2013. Ellenson and Robbins will discuss the 12 tenants Bronfman’s identifies as having shaped his leadership in the Jewish community for more than 25 years. Part of the Marcus Jewish Community Center of Atlanta Book Festival series, this event is presented in partnership with the JFGA. Free and open to the community with RSVP. Jewish Federation of Greater Atlanta, 1440 Spring St., Atlanta 30309. Call the MJCCA box office at 678-812-4005 or visit www.atlantajcc.org/bookfestival.

Performing Arts

And Then There Were None

Feb. 10, 11, 16, 17, 18, 23, 24 & 25, 8 p.m.; Feb. 12 & 19, 3 p.m. A classic Agatha Christie murder mystery comes to the stage in Sandy Springs. Ten guilty strangers are trapped in a house on an island. One by one they are accused of murder, and one by one they start to die. Tickets are $23 for adults, $20 for students and seniors 65+. Act 3 Productions, 6285-R Roswell Rd., Sandy Springs, 30328. Order tickets online at act3productions.org, or call 770-241-1905.

Heritage Winter Classics: SympVibes & Nothin’ But Treble

Sunday, Feb. 12, 4:30-6:30 p.m. Enjoy an evening of superb a cappella music. SympVibes (Sympathetic Vibrations), an all-male a cappella group founded at Georgia Tech, arranges all their own

music, mostly pop and classic rock. At the other end of the musical scale, Nothin’ But Treble is Georgia Tech’s all-female, award-winning a cappella group. Tickets are $5 for members, $10 for non-members. Heritage Hall, 6110 Bluestone Rd., Sandy Springs, 30328. Call 404-851-9111 or visit heritagesandysprings.org.



Thursday, March 9, 7:30 p.m. Bill Cherry, Dean Z and Jay Dupuis, winners and finalists from the 2009, 2013 and 2014 Elvis Presley Enterprise’s (EPE) annual worldwide Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist ContestTM, are featured in the initial leg of the ELVIS LIVES 2017 tour. They’ll be joined by a live band, back-up singers and dancers, and an Ann-Margret tribute artist. As a co-producer of the tour, Graceland is providing rarely seen restored video and photo assets from its Graceland Archives to enhance the production. The Fox Theatre, 660 Peachtree St NE, Atlanta, 30308. Tickets are priced at $100, $75, $55, $45 and $35, plus applicable fees. Buy tickets at the Fox Theatre Ticket Office, online at FoxTheatre.org or by calling 855-285-8499.



Learn Something

Safety First: Bringing it Home

Wednesday, Feb. 22, 10 a.m.–11:30 a.m. From your home security and medical alert system to preventing falls and other injuries, this seminar will teach you how to stay safe in your home. Learn about home modifications, kitchen and bathroom safety and most important fire safety. Bonita Prigmore from Comforting Arms will lead the discussion. Free; registration required. West Cobb Senior Center, 4915 Dallas Hwy., Powder Springs, 30127. To find out more, call 770-528-8200 or visit cobbcounty.org.

Nature Club Dine & Discover: National Parks

Thursday, Feb. 23, 7-9 p.m.; presentation begins at 7:30 p.m. Join the Nature Club for its monthly potluck, then spend an educational evening with Jim Taylor as he shares photos and stories from his travels to all the U.S. National Parks. Tickets are $10 for the general public (ages 16+), and $5 for CNC members. Chattahoochee Nature Center, 9135 Willeo Rd., Roswell 30075. More info available at www.chattnaturecenter.org or by calling 770-992-2055 x237.

In the Teaching Kitchen: Satisfying Soup

Thursday, Feb. 23, 10-11:30 a.m. and 12:30-2 p.m. Nothing satisfies in cold weather like a nice, warm bowl of soup. Smita Daya, of Olea Oliva, will demonstrate how to make healthful and tasty minestrone using a variety of fresh ingredients, and will include an avocado, lentil and garbanzo salad. $8 for Cobb residents; $10 for non-residents. Senior Wellness Center, 1150 Powder Springs St., Ste. 100, Marietta, 30064. Register or learn more by calling 770-528-5355 or visiting cobbcounty.org.

Kathy Dean

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