Above: The show “Annie” will be presented by the Cumming Playhouse Oct. 19 through Nov. 11.
In Conversation with Authors Karin Slaughter and Sara Paretsky
Thursday, Oct. 18, 7 p.m.Karin Slaughter is one of the world’s most popular and acclaimed crime writing storytellers with over 35 million copies of her 18 novels sold across the globe. Sara Paretsky is the founding mother of Sisters in Crime and promotes women in the mystery field with her female detective series starring V. I. Warshawski. The event is free and open to the public, and books will be available for purchase and signing. Norcross Cultural Arts & Community Center, 10 College St., Norcross 30071. Find more info and other Gwinnett Community Public Library events by visiting gwinnettpl.org or by calling 770-978-5154.
Runs Oct. 19 through Nov. 11. Thursday-Saturday, 8 p.m.; Sunday, 3 p.m. Annie is a fiery, young orphan whose seemingly hopeless situation brightens when she spends time in the home of the wealthy industrialist, Oliver Warbucks. Her indomitable spirit wins over the household staff, and even the cold-hearted Daddy Warbucks learns to love her. He offers to help Annie find her long-lost parents by offering a reward to them, which puts Annie in danger. Tickets run $27.50 to $30. Cumming Playhouse, 101 School St., Cumming 30040. Get details at playhousecumming.com.
Friday, Oct. 26, 7-9 p.m. The Callanwolde Concert Band gets into the spirit of Halloween with this special event that features spooky music and special guest Matthew Kaminski, organist for the Atlanta Braves. There’ll be trick or treating around the estate and a family-friendly costume contest with prizes. Tickets — $5 in advance, $10 at the door — are limited, so reserve your spot early. Callanwolde Fine Arts Center, 980 Briarcliff Rd., Atlanta 30306, callanwolde.org. Get more info on Calloween and other upcoming Callanwolde Concert Band shows at calcb.org.
Veterans Adaptive Cycling
Runs Oct. 2 through 23, Tuesdays at 10 a.m. Open to all veterans with disabilities. The Roswell Recreation, Parks, Historic & Cultural Affairs Department offers this free program that allows disabled veterans to explore the extensive trail at Big Creek Park. Sign up at roswellgov.com/register. Get more info by calling Will Crook or Jessica Leonard at 770-641-3950.
General meetings on the third Tuesday of each month, September — May, 10 a.m.-12:10 p.m. The Newcomers of Cobb County welcome women who are new to the area and are looking for fun things to do. In addition to monthly social activities, the group supports community projects throughout the year. John Knox Presbyterian Church Community Center, 505 Powers Ferry Rd., Marietta 30067. Visit newcomersofcobbcounty.com to learn more.
Health & Wellness
Tuesday, Oct. 16, 10 a.m.-12 p.m. Misuse of and addiction to opioid drugs is a serious national crisis that affects public health as well as social and economic welfare. Michael Crooks, PharmD with Alliant Quality, will discuss opioids, opioid safety and general precautions when taking prescription medications. Free, but registration is required. Senior Wellness & Marietta Neighborhood Center, 1150 Powder Springs St., Ste. 100, Marietta 30064. Call 770-528-5355 or visit cobbcounty.org to register and get more info.
Friday, Oct. 26, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Stop by for health screenings, fitness demos, health talk, enertainment and more. Free and open to the public. Lunch available for purchase. Bethesda Park Senior Center, 225 Bethesda Church Rd., Lawrenceville 30044. For more information, visit the Gwinnett County Public Library website at gwinnettpl.org or call 770-978-5154.
Brookhaven Arts Festival
Saturday & Sunday, Oct 20 & 21; Saturday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sunday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. More than 140 artists will display their works — paintings, sculptures, glassworks, fiber arts, jewelry, photography and much more — in a wide variety of styles and price ranges. There’ll be musical performances both days, and a classic car show on Sunday. Local vendors will offer food and beverage. Admission and parking are free. The festival will be held behind the Brookhaven MARTA station, 4047 Peachtree Rd. NE on Apple Valley Rd. Go to brookhavenartsfestival.com for more info.
Sunday, Oct. 21, 11 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Presented by the Hebrew Order of David International and the Atlanta Jewish Times, this year’s festival benefits the Jewish Education Loan Fund. Taste tickets are $1, and you receive a free ticket with every 10 you purchase. City Green at the City Springs Center, 1 Galambos Way, Sandy Springs 30328. Get tickets and more info at TheAtlantaKosherBBQ.com.