Above: Atlanta Concert Band presents Picasso’s Musicians on March 15. SPECIAL 

EDITOR’S NOTE: Many of the events have announced cancellations due to COVID-19 concerns. If you’re unsure, please check the event website or call the number provided.

The Arts

Mama Mia!

March 12-22. This family-friendly production uses ABBA’s greatest hits to tell the hilarious story of a young woman’s search for her birth father. Jerry’s Habima Theatre, a program of the Marcus Jewish Community Center of Atlanta, is Georgia’s only theatrical company, directed and produced by professionals, that features actors with special needs. MJCCA member tickets are $25 for adults, $10 for children 12 and under. For the community, tickets are $35 for adults, $15 for children 12 and under. MJCCA’s Morris & Rae Frank Theatre, 5342 Tilly Mill Road, Dunwoody 30338. To purchase tickets, call 678-812-4002, or visit atlantajcc.org/habima.

Picasso’s Musicians: Creating Harmony in Classical Proportions

Sunday, March 15, 4 p.m. Join the Atlanta Concert Band for their first concert of 2020 as they kick off their 58th year of providing classical and pop music to the metro Atlanta area. The concert will feature works by Hazo, Persichetti, Schubert, Zdechlik, Heel, Fillmore, Reed and others. Synagogue Ahavath Achim, 600 Peachtree Battle Avenue, Atlanta 30327. To find out more, visit atlantaconcertband.org or contact John Arnold at 404-358-1966.

A Page from the Book Festival: Harlan Coben—CANCELLED

Wednesday, March 18, 7:30 p.m. Marcus Jewish Community Center of Atlanta (MJCCA) welcomes Harlan Coben, the New York Times bestselling author of “Run Away,” as he discusses his newest book, “The Boy from the Woods,” with New York Times bestselling author Emily Giffin. Tickets are $35 and include a hardcover copy of the book. MJCCA, 5342 Tilly Mill Road, Dunwoody 30338. For information, visit atlantajcc.org/bookfestival or call 678-812-4002.

Writers Remember Pat Conroy—CANCELLED

Sunday, March 22, 3 p.m. New York Times bestselling writer Pat Conroy inspired a legion of fans. A panel of writers—featuring Anthony Grooms, Mary Hood and Teresa Weaver—will discuss Conroy and the anthology in his honor, “Our Prince of Scribes.” The panel will be moderated by coeditor and Pat Conroy Center executive director Jonathan Haupt. A book signing will follow. A Gwinnett County Public Library event held at Peachtree Corners City Hall, 310 Technology Parkway, Peachtree Corners 30092. Call 770-978-5154 or visit gwinnettpl.org for more.

enra: Dreams—CANCELLED

Friday, March 27, 8 p.m. Japanese performance company enra blends contemporary dance, juggling and martial arts. Animated computer graphics synchronize with the performers in a series of magical scenes. Part of the 2019-2020 Georgia Tech Arts season. Tickets are $15-25. Ferst Center for the Arts, 349 Ferst Drive, Atlanta 30332. For tickets and info, call the box office at 404-894-9600 or visit arts.gatech.edu.

A Night in Russia—CANCELLED

Saturday, March 28, 7:30-10 p.m. Presented by Transamerica Foundation, this is a blockbuster musical tour of Russia, including Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 2. Chattahoochee High School’s finest young musicians will be incorporated into the concert. Johns Creek United Methodist Church, 11180 Medlock Bridge Road, Johns Creek 30097. Go to johnscreeksymphony.org for tickets and more info.


Classes & Community Events

 Organic Gardening

Tuesday, March 10, 6:30 p.m. Join UGA Gwinnett County Agricultural Agent Timothy Daly to learn the basics of organic gardening. Registration requested. Gwinnett County Public Library, Peachtree Corners Branch, 5570 Spalding Drive, Peachtree Corners 30092. Register at gwinnettpl.org/calendar. Get details at 770-978-5154 or gwinnettpl.org.

Junior Geologists at Big Trees Preserve

Friday, March 13, 9-10:30 a.m. Spend some time creek side under the big, beautiful trees at Big Trees Preserve. The pebbles at Big Trees contain a lot of mica—nature’s glitter! We’ll decorate egg cartons for your budding rock collection. Free and open to all ages; registration requested. Big Trees Preserve, 7645 Roswell Road, Sandy Springs 30350. Register at registration.sandyspringsga.gov.

NOWAMOM Spring/Summer Consignment Sale—CANCELLED

Saturday, March 14, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Find everything your grandkids need for Spring and Summer. Go to the website for an early bird pass and get in at 8 a.m. Sandy Plains Baptist Church, 2825 Sandy Plains Road, Marietta 30066. More at NowamomSale.org.

Gwinnett County Airport Rides Day
Saturday, March 14, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. The Dixie Wing will offer rides at Gwinnett County Airport (KLZU) for a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to fly in historical WWII airplanes. Choose from P-51 Mustang or the Pilot Maker, the PT-19 Cornell. Whatever you fancy, it’ll be a flying experience you’ll never forget. Due to high demand on the day of the event, pre-purchase is suggested. Gwinnett County Airport, 600 Briscoe Boulevard, Lawrenceville 30046. Go to dixiewing.org/gwinnett-county-airport-klzu-rides-day/ to learn more.


Saturday, March 14, 11 a.m. Learn steps you can take to save water, and how small changes add up to significant savings each year. Every attendee receives a free indoor/outdoor water conservation kit. Presented by the Gwinnett County Water Department. Gwinnett County Public Library, Collins Hill Branch, 455 Camp Perrin Road, Lawrenceville 30043. For more GCPL events, visit gwinnettpl.org.

Local Snakes and Amphibians—CANCELLED

Thursday, March 19, 7-8:30 p.m. Lost Corners Preserve has a mature second growth forest, a natural springhead, an ephemeral bog and perineal stream. It’s a great place to view the plants and wildlife of the area, including frogs and snakes. Learn about the varieties of snakes that currently—and used to—live here. Open to all ages; registration requested. Donations are appreciated. Lost Corner Preserve 7300 Brandon Mill Road, Sandy Springs 30328. To register, visit friendsoflostcorner.org.

Big, Stupid Parking Lot Carnival—POSTPONED

Saturday, March 28, 3-8 p.m. The adults-only carnival is a fund-raiser for Dad’s Garage Theatre. In addition to rides, street performers, food and lots of beer, there will be “performance” booths manned by Dad’s Garage improvisers, like Redneck Wine Tasting, Battle Shots and Bad Caricatures. Tickets start at $12. Dad’s Garage, 569 Ezzard Street, Atlanta 30312. Details and tickets at dadsgaragecarnival.com.

Denim, Diamonds & Dice

Saturday, April 4, 7-11 p.m. A renovation fundraiser for Alpharetta American Legion Post 201, this event features dinner, music, dancing, casino tables and wine & bourbon pull. Dress in your best denim, add some bling and come for a fabulous evening. Tickets are $115. For tickets, contact Michelle Betts, michelleb.sway@att,net or 678-386-6640, or Nancy Hoehn, nancyh.sway@att.net or 321-436-8043.

Shows & Festivals

The Model Train Show—CANCELLED

Saturday & Sunday, March 14 & 15. Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sunday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Visitors can view old or new model trains and shop from the more than 250 vendors. The show is sponsored by the Piedmont Division of the National Model Railroad Association. There will be an operating layout, door prizes and a raffle. Admission is $10 for adults, free for ages 8 and under; parking at Cobb Galleria Centre is $5. Cobb Galleria, 2 Galleria Pkwy., Atlanta 30339. Tickets and details are available at themodeltrainshow.com.

Water Drop Dash 5K & Kids Fun Run

Saturday, March 21, 7 a.m. The 5K is held along a fast and flat course beside the Chattahoochee River. Afterward, stay for a celebration with music, giveaways and fun activities. Registration is $35, or $45 on the day of the race; Kid’s Fun Run cost is $15. Chattahoochee Nature Center, 9135 Willeo Road, Roswell 30075. Visit chattnaturecenter.org for more info.

ShamRockin’ for a Cure—CANCELLED

Saturday, March 21, 7 p.m. Enjoy a night of music, good food and drinks while helping support the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. There will be silent and live auctions, too. This event is for people 21 and older only. Early bird tickets are $105; the cost increases to $115 as the event gets closer. Ameris Bank Amphitheatre at Encore Park, 2200 Encore Pkwy., Alpharetta 30009. Get tickets and more info at shamrockinforacure.com.

Brookhaven Cherry Blossom 5K & Festival—CANCELLED

5K is on Saturday, March 21; festival is on Saturday & Sunday, March 28 & 29. Plans are underway for the 2020 Brookhaven Cherry Blossom celebrations. Blackburn Park, 3493 Ashford-Dunwoody Rd., Brookhaven 30319. For updates, go to brookhavenga.gov/festival or facebook.com/BrookCherryFest.


Health Fairs, Open Houses and More

Iora Primary Care has planned several Wednesday events in the metro Atlanta area to share health information and introduce their services to the community. Refreshments provided. For more information, visit ioraprimarycare.com.

Marietta Health Fair

March 11, 11 a.m.-1 p.m.

280 Cobb Parkway, Marietta 30060

Diabetic Chew & Chat

March 11, 12:30-1:30 p.m.

4424 Hugh Howell Road, Tucker 30084

Metro Open House—CANCELLED

March 18, 11 a.m.-1 p.m.

2685 Metropolitan Parkway, Atlanta 30315

A Healthier You!—CANCELLED

March 18, 2:30-4 p.m.

4850 Sugarloaf Parkway, Lawrenceville 30044

Spring into Health!—CANCELLED

March 25, 12-2 p.m.

3527 Memorial Drive, Decatur 30032