Above: September is full of fun and festivals, but you can take some time to explore your creative side during Art in the Park—City Lights events held at Hammond Park in Sandy Springs.
Books, Bites, Beverages and Bestselling Authors
Tuesday, Sept. 10, 7:30 p.m. Lynn Cullen is the bestselling author of “Mrs. Poe” and more than 15 award-winning children’s and adult books. Her newest novel, “The Sisters of Summit Avenue,” has just been released. Patti Callahan Henry is the New York Times bestselling author of 15 novels including “Becoming Mrs. Lewis.” Books will be available for purchase and signing. The silent auction and wine bar are sponsored by the Friends of the Library. Peachtree Corners City Hall, 310 Technology Parkway, Peachtree Corners 30092. Find out more at gwinnettpl.org or call 770-978-5154.
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12 Angry Jurors
Runs Sept. 13-29. On a long hot day, a jury votes 11 to 1 that a 19-year-old man is guilty of murdering his father. However, as the evidence is re-examined, new uncertainties come to light. This courtroom thriller, based on the highly acclaimed movie with Henry Fonda, explores what it means to live in a democracy. Tickets are $15 for seniors (65+)/students and $18 for adults. Reserve tickets, $20 and $23, are also available. Act3 Playhouse, 6285-R Roswell Road, Sandy Springs. Go to act3productions.org or call 770-241-1905 for tickets and details.
Art in the Park—City Lights
Saturday, Sept. 28, 2-5 p.m. Let the natural beauty of Hammond Park inspire you to get in touch with your inner artist. Come with friends to celebrate a special event or just enjoy getting together for fun and creativity. Through November, the Hammond Park Community Building transforms into an artist studio. Each month features a different canvas painting. Cost is $30 per person. Hammond Park Community Building, 6005 Glenridge Dr., Atlanta 30328. Register at registration.sandyspringsga.gov.
Christel Minotti Opening Reception
Saturday, Oct. 5, 5-7 p.m. Christel Minotti is an award-winning artist whose paintings explore the relationships of colors and shapes. Her childhood was spent in Finland where basic modern forms were admired and blended with the nature-centered mysticism of the past. Minotti’s paintings will be exhibited at Gallery 4945 Oct. 3 through Dec. 1. Gallery 4945, a volunteer run gallery offering exhibition space for emerging and established artists in the Atlanta area, is located at 4945 High Point Road, Sandy Springs 30342. For more information, call 404-252-3324 or visit gallery4945.weebly.com.
Music in Newtown Park
Saturday, Oct. 5, 7 p.m. For the season finale of the Johns Creek Summer Concert Series, join the Johns Creek Symphony Orchestra for a free concert of light classical and Pops favorites performed at the Newtown Park Amphitheater. Mark Burkhalter Amphitheater at Newtown Park, 3150 Old Alabama Rd., Johns Creek 30022. More info is available at johnscreekga.gov. For information about the Johns Creek Symphony Orchestra 2019-2020 season, visit johnscreeksymphony.org.
Health & Wellness
Don’t Let Cancer Stop You
Tuesday, Sept. 10, 1 p.m. Ines Beltran, Family and Consumer Sciences Agent with the University of Georgia – Gwinnett Extension, and Olga Jimenez, Senior Manager of Community Outreach with the American Cancer Society, will oversee this seminar. Coupons for a free mammogram and exam will be available for those who qualify after the program. Gwinnett County Public Library, Buford Branch, 2100 Buford Highway, Buford 30518. Learn more at gwinnettpl.org or by calling 770-978-5154.
High Country Standup Paddleboard (SUP) Yoga
Sunday, Sept. 15, 9:30-11 a.m. SUP YOGA is a combination of yoga and standup paddleboarding. Each class starts with brief instruction on paddle technique. Then participants paddle out to a nearby protected area on the river and the paddleboards are anchored. Following the warm up paddle, students are guided through breathing techniques and basic sun salutations before flowing into more challenging postures on the water. Cost is $35. Overlook Paddle Shack, 200 Morgan Falls Road, Sandy Springs 30350. Get details and register at highcountryoutfitters.com.
Senior Fitness Assessment and Exercise Demo
Monday, Sept. 23, 10 a.m. and Tuesday, Sept. 24, 1 p.m. Presented in partnership with Gwinnett County Parks and Recreation. Receive a brief Senior Fitness Assessment, watch exercise demonstrations to improve mobility limitations, and learn how to help prevent falls and injury. For Sept. 23, pre-register by Sept. 20 at gwinnettparks.com with code BEP41905, or call 678-277-0179. The event will be held at Bethesda Park Senior Center, 225 Bethesda Church Road, Lawrenceville 30044. For Sept. 24, no pre-registration is needed; the event will be held at Gwinnett County Public Library, Lawrenceville Branch, 1001 Lawrenceville Highway, Lawrenceville 30046. To find out more, visit gwinnettpl.org or call 770-978-5154.
Social Security Pre-Retirement Program
Saturday, Sept. 14, 11 a.m. Get the facts from a Social Security Public Affairs Specialist and receive information about benefits and tools for you and your family. This is a great opportunity to get answers to your questions. Gwinnett County Public Library, Collins Hill Branch, 455 Camp Perrin Road, Lawrenceville 30043. For details, go to gwinnettpl.org or call 770-978-5154.
Georgia Perennial Plant Association Presents Shannon Currey
Monday, Sept. 16, 7-9 p.m., Shannon Currey is the current Southern Region Director for the Perennial Plant Association and serves as the Marketing Director for Hoffman Nursery in North Carolina, a wholesale nursery that specializes in ornamental and native grasses. This free event is in partnership with the Georgia Perennial Plant Association. Reservations are recommended. Atlanta History Center, 130 West Paces Ferry Road, Atlanta 30305. Visit atlantahistorycenter.com for info and to make a reservation.
Geology of Sandy Springs Walk & Talk
Thursday, Sept. 19, 6:30-8:45 p.m. The hills and hollows of Sandy Springs, its vistas of the Chattahoochee and even its name, are tied to its geologic past. The program starts with a gentle walk to view the geological wonders located at Lost Corner. Then Dr. Bill Witherspoon, co-author of Roadside Geology of Georgia (georgiarocks.us), presents a slide lecture on Rocks, Rejuvenation, and Ridges: The Geology of Sandy Springs. The program is free, and the book is available for purchase; the walk is held if weather permits. Lost Corner Preserve Cottage, 7300 Brandon Mill Road, Sandy Springs 30328. To get more info, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
28th Annual Marietta StreetFest
Saturday, Sept. 21, 9 a.m.-9 p.m. & Sunday, Sept. 22, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Held in the historic Marietta Square, Marietta StreetFest is a celebration presented by the Marietta Museum of History. There’s something for everyone. Artist Alley and Jewelry Row feature works from more than 75 artists. Kids Korner and Tiny Tot Town include inflatables, crafts and games for young attendees. The Marietta Grassroots Music Festival showcases local bands and singer/songwriters and the Hubcaps and History Classic Car Show will bring a variety of interesting cars. Admission is free. Glover Park on the Historic Marietta Square, 50 North Park Square, Marietta 30060. For more info and a festival map, visit mariettastreetfest.com.
53rd Annual Roswell Arts Festival
Saturday, Sept. 21 & Sunday, Sept. 22, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Fine art and original crafts will be available, as well as live entertainment and children’s activities. A variety of food trucks will be on site to satisfy hungry attendees. The festival is presented by the Roswell Recreation Association to raise funds that will benefit the city’s Recreation & Parks programs. Historic Roswell Town Square, 610 Atlanta St., Roswell 30075. Go to roswellartsfestival.com for more info.
60th Annual Atlanta AAUW Bookfair
Runs Monday, Sept. 30-Sunday, Oct. 6. Browse among tens of thousands of gently used books, all available for sale at bargain prices. Presented by the American Association of University Women (AAUW), the book sale supports scholarships and community projects offering opportunities for women and girls. Perimeter Mall, 4400 Ashford Dunwoody Road, Atlanta 30346. Go to bookfairaauw.org for hours and additional information.
A CHaRMing Evening
Thursday, Oct. 3, 6:30-10 p.m. Atlanta’s Center for Hard to Recycle Materials (CHaRM) is Atlanta’s only permanent drop-off facility for materials too harmful or bulky for the curb. The annual fundraiser helps cover the organization’s costs, growth and programs. This year, the evening includes a live performance from Yacht Rock Revue, heavy hors d’oeuvres, Sierra Nevada and a selection of wines. Tickets are $50 per person and increase to $60 on Sept 17. The event also features a car raffle, and the prize is a three-year lease of a new BMW i3 donated by Global Imports BMW; tickets are $100 each. Callanwolde Fine Arts Center, 980 Briarcliff Road, Atlanta 30306. For tickets and more info, visit charmbmw.org.