Above: Henry Winkler, here with Lin Oliver, is one of the featured authors at the MJCCA Book Festival, a series of events designed for everyone who enjoys reading. Photo courtesy of MJCCA.

The Arts

The Book Festival of the MJCCA Presents Its 28th Edition

Calling all book lovers! From October 30 to November 18, the Book Festival of the Marcus Jewish Community Center of Atlanta (MJCCA) will celebrate 28 years of bringing culture and conversation to the greater Atlanta community. This year’s Book Festival repertoire of more than 45 authors has something for everyone. More than 13,000 people from across the Southeast will come to engage with and listen to their favorite local, national and international authors.

Headlining authors include Preet Bharara, Hillary Rodham Clinton and Chelsea Clinton, Akbar Gbajabiamila, Ambassador Nikki R. Haley, Jodi Kantor, Adam Rippon, Bari Weiss and Henry Winkler. Local authors include Perry Brickman, Zoe Fishman, Sherry Frank, Lynn Garson, Andy Lipman, Bev Saltzman Lewyn, Pat Mitchell, Brent Pease & Kyle Pease, I.J. Rosenberg and Robyn Spizman.

All events will be held at the MJCCA, 5342 Tilly Mill Road, Dunwoody. Purchase tickets for each individual event, or, for a better value, purchase a series pass for access to most November events. Some events are free. Call the MJCCA box office at 678-812-4002 or visit atlantajcc.org/bookfestival.

Baby, The Musical

Runs Nov.8-24. The show examines how parents-to-be experience the emotional stresses and triumphs, as well as the desperate lows and the comic highs that accompany the anticipation and arrival of a baby. Act 3 Playhouse, 6285-R Roswell Road, Sandy Springs 30328. Visit act3productions.org for tickets and info.

JCSOPops Presents The Crystals

Saturday, Nov. 16, 7:30 p.m. The 1960s girl group The Crystals, known for “He’s a Rebel” and “Da Doo Ron Ron” are the featured guest performers. Opening for them are JCSO’s String Quartet and future rock stars from School of Rock Johns Creek. Johns Creek United Methodist Church, 11180 Medlock Bridge Road, Johns Creek. Get tickets and details at johnscreeksymphony.org.

Sinatra Forever: A Tribute to Frank Sinatra

Saturday, Nov. 16, 8 p.m. Sinatra Forever is a timeless concert that pays homage to perhaps the greatest singer of all time. Rick Michel’s dazzling musical interpretation is performed with all of Sinatra’s original arrangements and a fantastic seven-piece band. Tickets are $30; $25 for seniors, students and military in person or by phone. Roswell Cultural Arts Center, 950 Forrest Street, Roswell 30075. For info and tickets, visit roswellgov.com, click on ‘Discover Us’, then ‘Cultural Arts Center.’

A Conversation with Photographer Kate T. Parker

Sunday, Nov. 17, 5 p.m. Award-winning photographer Kate T. Parker will discuss her exhibit StrongHearted, as well as her best-selling books “Strong is the New Pretty” and “Heart of a Boy.” All of Kate’s books will be for sale in the lobby, and she will sign autographs immediately following the talk. Admission is free, but a ticket is required. Roswell Cultural Arts Center, 950 Forrest Street, Roswell 30075. Go to roswellgov.com, click on ‘Discover Us’, then ‘Cultural Arts Center’ for details and tickets.

Art in the Park—Poinsettia

Saturday, Nov. 23, 2-5 p.m. Let the natural beauty of Hammond Park inspire you to get in touch with your inner artist! The Hammond Park Community Building transforms into an artist’s studio where you can gather with friends and create beautiful paintings. Open to adults; cost is $30 per person. Registration is required. Hammond Park Community Building, 6005 Glenridge Dr., Atlanta 30328. Register at registration.sandyspringsga.gov.

Jenny Heaton Opening Reception

Saturday, Dec. 7, 5-7 p.m. The exhibition runs Dec. 5 through Feb. 2, 2020. An active metro Atlanta artist, Jenny Bishop Heaton earned a BFA from Auburn University. She’s studied with many outstanding artists and has taught art classes to students of all ages. Gallery 4945, 4945 High Point Road, Sandy Springs 30342. More at gallery4945.weebly.com.

Learn & Do

Bearing Witness: Unforgettable Stories from the Holocaust

Sunday, Nov. 10, 3 p.m. Presented by Gwinnett County Public Library in partnership with the Georgia Commission on the Holocaust. Bebe Forehand and her family were hidden from the Nazi’s in a 12×14-foot attic room for three years. They survived, but about 29,000 Belgian Jews did not. Hear her incredible story. Peachtree Corners City Hall, 310 Technology Pkwy NW, Peachtree Corners 30092. Find out more from the library by calling 770-978-5154.

AARP Defensive Smart Driver Course

Thursday, Nov. 14, 10:30 a.m.-5 p.m. in Snellville & Monday, Nov. 18, 10:30 a.m.-5 p.m. in Lawrenceville. Learn defensive driving techniques and refresh your driving skills. Please bring a bag lunch and a beverage. For drivers 18 and older. Reservations are requested. The cost is $15 for AARP members (bring your card) and $20 for nonmembers—cash or check only! Pay at the door. Gwinnett County Public Library, Snellville Branch, 2740 Lenora Church Road, Snellville 30078. Gwinnett County Public Library, Collins Hill Branch, 455 Camp Perrin Road, Lawrenceville 30043. Register at events@gwinnettpl.org.

Native American History: Cherokee Use of Plants & Cooking Demonstration

Thursday, Nov. 14, 6:30 p.m. Cherokee Nation’s master gardener and Native American culinary history expert Tony Harris will talk about culturally important, native Georgian plants. Chef Jeffrey Mayer will prepare recipes from the Smithsonian National Museum of the America Indian “The Mitsitam Cafe Cookbook.” Gwinnett County Public Library, Suwanee Branch, 361 Main Street, Suwanee 30024. To find out more, visit gwinnettpl.org or call 770-978-5154.

Stick-Gathering Stroll & Marshmallow Roast at Morgan Falls Overlook Park

Friday, Nov. 15, 9-10:30 a.m. Take a guided nature walk on the hillside trail and collect sticks for a fire in the park’s beautiful fire pit, weather permitting. Marshmallows are provided. Meet at the Overlook fire pit. Free and open to all ages. Overlook Park, 200 Morgan Falls Road, Sandy Springs 30350. For more info, activities and events, visit friendsoflostcorner.org.

Native American Contributions to Our Country

Tuesday, Nov. 19, 6:30 p.m. GGC’s Dr. Michael Gunther will speak about native Americans in war and peace, from the forgotten patriot allies in the American Revolution to the famous code talkers of World War II. Gwinnett County Public Library, Collins Hill Branch, 455 Camp Perrin Road, Lawrenceville 30043. Get more info at gwinnettpl.org or 770-978-5154.