Coming Up: Local events for the week of May 5

May 5, 20177min2650
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Decatur lantern parade set

Light up the night at the Decatur Lantern Parade on Friday, May 12, 8 p.m. at the Color Wheel Studio, 508 E. Howard Ave., Atlanta.

Make your own lantern at home or attend a lantern-making workshop where supplies and guidance are provided. Line-up at Color Wheel Studio begins at 8 p.m., with the parade beginning at 9 p.m. and ending at the Decatur Square.

Parade music will be provided by the Black Sheep Ensemble and Wasted Potential Brass Band. Please note the Decatur Lantern Parade is battery powered. Flying lanterns are forbidden.

For more information or to find a lantern workshop, visit




Grant Park festival boasts best barbecue

The Grant Park Conservancy will present the second annual “Pick ’n in Grant Park” BBQ and Music Festival on the weekend of Saturday, May 12 – 13 at Grant Park, 840 Cherokee Ave SE, Atlanta.

The free two-day festival will entail a barbecue competition, kid zone, street market and live music. For more information and updates, visit


Springfest takes over Historic Auburn Avenue District

The Sweet Auburn Springfest will held during Mother’s Day weekend, May 13 – 14 in the Historic Sweet Auburn District in Downtown Atlanta.

The event will take place on John Wesley Dobbs, between Jessie Hill and Hilliard street. The free festival, expected to draw thousands, offers attendees the opportunity to sample Atlanta food and culture with a burgeoning menu of food, entertainment and fun for the entire family. There will also be a kids’ zone and a 150 foot zip wire. For more information, visit



DeKalb County Parks and Rec to host mother and son night at Trampoline Park

Moms and sons are invited for a fun evening out on Thursday, May 11, at Trampoline Park, 2075 West Park Place Boulevard, Stone Mountain.

The event will offer a night of music, arcade games and food. Mothers and sons may register as a couple for $25. To access online registration, visit and click the “Register Now” button on the department’s homepage, or register in person at any DeKalb County recreation center.

For more information, contact Recreation, Parks and Cultural Affairs at 404-294-3150.

 Stonecrest Library to host “Fresh Start Careers for Mothers”

If you are a single or teen mom or a mom who has served in the military and you earn less than $12 per hour, the Stonecrest Library, 3123 Klondike Road, is hosting a workshop for you that will be held on Saturday, May 13, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

You will learn interviewing skills and how to write a professional resume. You also will get a four-hour Microsoft Office lesson and free business clothing.

The program is open to the first 12 participants. To register, call 470-294-0034. For more information on Stonecrest Library programs, call 770-482-3828.



Movies Under the Stars series set

Bring the family for a free outdoor movie on the Square in downtown Lawrenceville. The city’s Movies Under the Stars series kicks off on Friday, May 12, at dusk.

Guests are encouraged to come early to enjoy pre-movie festivities. Bring a picnic dinner or purchase a meal from a food truck vendor or have dinner at one of the restaurants on the Square. Feel free to bring lawn chairs or blankets but no pets, grills or open flames will be allowed in the park.

For more information, visit or call 770-963-2414.


“Pawfest” celebrates 24 years of animal kindness

Put your pooch on a leash and head to Pawfest on Saturday, May 13, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. at Briscoe Park, 500 Sawyer Parkway, Snellville.

Pawfest is a free pet festival that commemorates “Be Kind To Animals” Week. Festivities will includes a morning hike, a fashion show for dogs, Frisbee demos, contests, food, entertainment, and kids’ activities. Greater Atlanta Dog & Disc Club will host a toss-and-fetch competition.

For more information, visit



North Georgia Live Steamers offers miniature train rides

The North Georgia Live Steamers(NGLS) railroad club will be offering train rides to live steam hobbyists on Saturday, May 13, 1 – 4 p.m., at the Georgia International Horse Park, 1996 Centennial Olympic Parkway, Conyers – across the street from Hawthorn Suites and adjacent to the Steeplechase.

The NGLS encourages and assists others interested in the construction of scale steam engines, locomotives and railroad equipment. Rides will conclude with the last train at 4:30p.m. The cost to ride is $2 per person. Run days may be canceled for inclement weather. Please check for last-minute changes.


Olde Town summer film series is back

Enjoy a family friendly outdoor movieat the Olde Town Summer Film Series on Saturday, May 13, at the Olde Town Pavilion, 949 S. Main Street. Gates open at 7 p.m. and the movie begins at dusk.

Concessions and children’s activities will be available prior to the movie.

For more information, call 770-602-2606.

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