Above: The Chattahoochee Nature Center presents Enchanted Woodland Wonderland, a family-friendly event with reindeer, hot cocoa, games and crafts. Photo courtesy of CNC.

The Arts

Spruill Wine Tasting and Handmade Gift Bazaar

Tasting: Tuesday, Dec. 10, 6-8 p.m. Bazaar: Saturday, Dec. 14, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Spruill Art Center hosts several events during the holidays. On Dec. 10, everyone is invited to enjoy hand selected wine and cheese pairings at the historic home of the Spruill Gallery. Select featured artists will be on hand at the Handmade Gift Bazaar on Dec. 14. Visit with them while you shop from a showcase of unique gift items. Spruill Center for the Arts, 4681 Ashford Dunwoody Road, Atlanta 30338. Find out more at spruillarts.org.

Gone with the Wind 80th Anniversary Screening

Saturday, Dec. 14, 1-5 p.m. “Gone with the Wind” premiered 80 years ago on December 15, 1939 at the Loew’s Grand Theater in Atlanta with more than 300,000 people attending. Celebrate the anniversary with a special screening, and get there early for a prelude of the original score by Ron Carter on The Strand’s Mighty Allen Theatre Organ—and door prize drawings. Tickets are $14. Earl and Rachel Smith Strand Theater, 117 North Park Square, Marietta 30060. For tickets and additional info, visit earlsmithstrand.org or call 770-293-0080.

Community & Family Fun

Forest Family Fridays: Solar Viewing and Sun Weaving Craft at Big Trees Preserve

Friday, Dec. 13, 9-10:30 a.m. On one of the shortest days of the year (in terms of sunlight) and weather permitting, a Sandy Springs naturalist will set up a telescope so we can safely view the sun—and even see sunspots. To celebrate the return of longer days, we’ll make festive sun wands. Open to all ages; walk-ins welcome. Big Trees Preserve, 7645 Roswell Road, Sandy Springs 30350. Register at registration.sandyspringsga.gov.

Enchanted Woodland Wonderland

Sunday, Dec. 15, 2-6 p.m. This holiday highlight is presented by Northside Hospital and sponsored by High Meadows School. There will be live reindeer, games, winter crafts, s’mores, hot cocoa and more. Everyone is invited to find fairy houses and gnome homes along the Enchanted Woodland Trail. Included with general admission and free to CNC members. Chattahoochee Nature Center, 9135 Willeo Road, Roswell 30075. Details at chattnaturecenter.org.


Learn Something

Veterans Roundtable

Wednesday, Dec. 11, 1 p.m. Meet with experts on Veterans resources. Discuss your needs and get real help on filing VA claims, medical care, housing and job resources. Newly discharged and senior retirees are welcome. This is presented in partnership with Goodwill Industries of North Georgia. Gwinnett County Public Library, Buford Branch, 2100 Buford Highway, Buford 30518. For more information, email cwalker@ging.org.

Consumer Investigator Dale Cardwell

Thursday, Dec. 12, 7 p.m. Cardwell will share his seven-step strategy to becoming a savvy consumer and speak about his debut book, Don’t Get Scammed: Get Smart! Books will be available for sale and signing. Free and open to the public. Gwinnett County Public Library, Suwanee Branch, 361 Main Street, Suwanee 30024. For more info, visit gwinnettpl.org or call 770-978-5154.


Roswell Winter Puppet Series

The annual Winter Puppets Series at Roswell Cultural Arts Center are fun for kids and adults, alike, so they’re a perfect place to take the grandchildren.

The North Pole Fa-la-la-la-la Follies

Thursday-Saturday, Dec. 5-7. Thursday, Friday & Saturday, 10 a.m.; Saturday, 1:30 p.m. Lee Bryan, That Puppet Guy, presents a sparkling holiday production that includes a zany and colorful cast of characters who perform in the North Pole’s annual talent show. Get ready for hilarious holiday high-jinx from a wisecracking fruitcake, tumbling teddy bears and the not-so-abominable snowman.

The Adventures of the Gingerbread Man

Thursday-Saturday, Dec. 19-21. Thursday, Friday & Saturday, 10 a.m.; Friday, 1:30 p.m. “Run! Run! Run as fast as you can!” sings the Gingerbread Man in this runaway hit production created by puppeteer David Stephens of All Hands Productions. Follow everyone’s favorite Christmas cookie on all his adventures in this hilarious retelling of the classic story.

Where: Roswell Cultural Arts Center, 950 Forrest Street, Roswell 30075

Tickets: $5; purchasing tickets early is strongly encouraged.

More info: 770-594-6232 or RoswellCAC.com.

Kathy Dean

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