Coming Up: Local Neighborhood Events + Happenings

February 23, 20177min1690
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This is a weekly post that lists all of the events going on around town.  If you would like your event featured, email



Ballethnic dance company pays homage to Apollo Theater

In honor of Black History Month, Ballethnic Dance Company will perform a tribute to the famous Apollo Theater Sunday, Feb. 26, 4 p.m. at the Georgia International Convention Center, 2000 Convention Center Concourse, College Park.

Set to a swingin’ soundtrack inspired by the Amateur Night early days in the 1930s, Apollo Nights features adult and youth performers dancing to tunes of Ella Fitzgerald, Duke Ellington, and other legends of jazz and swing. Celebrate the present by traveling to the past at the Georgia International Convention Center in College Park.

Discount tickets are available for $10 at

Celebrate Dr. Seuss’s birthday


Children are invited to celebrate the birthday of Dr. Seuss on Thursday, March 2, 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., at Central Library, 1 Margaret Mitchell Square, Atlanta.

Children will have a Seuss of a time listening to Dr. Seuss stories and making crafts during the birthday celebration.

This event is free and open to children ages 4 and under. Registration is required. Email with your child’s name, age, and a contact phone number.




Spring gardening workshop set at Decatur Library


The public is invited to attend a spring gardening workshop Tuesday, Feb. 28, 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Decatur Library, 215 Sycamore Street, Decatur.

Join Stephanie Van Parys, horticulturist and executive director of the Wylde Center, to find out what vegetables to plant this spring and how to get started. The second half of the class will cover vegetable varieties that may be planted in your summer garden.

Metered parking is free after 6 p.m. Additional free parking is available in the Manuel Maloof parking lot and the DeKalb County Courthouse deck after 5 p.m. For more information, call 404-370-3070.


Family fun day set at Gresham Library


Storyteller Jerry G. White of A Performance Method will bring history to life and take the family on an educational journey through performance and fun on Saturday, March 4, 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Gresham Library, 2418 Gresham Road SE, Atlanta.

After the presentation, make a craft, play games and test your brain at black history bingo. Food and prizes included. For more information, call 404-244-4374.




Extension Service hosts annual plant sale


The Gwinnett Extension Service is hosting its annual plant sale on Thursday, March 16, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., at the Gwinnett Coun­ty Fairgrounds, 2406 Sugarloaf Parkway, Lawrenceville.

A variety of blueberries, blackberries, raspberries, figs, apples, pomegranate, goji berry, native azaleas, pecan trees and other landscape plants will be available. Orders will be tak­en through March 7.

Visit or call 678-377-4010 to request an order form. All orders must be prepaid by cash or check and prepaid orders must be picked up on March 16. Additional plants also will be available for purchase on pickup day.


Gwinnett 101 Citizens Academy accepting applications

Gwinnett residents are invited to participate in the Spring 2017 Gwinnett 101 Citizens Academy. The free 12-week program offers a behind-the-scenes perspective of local government beginning Tuesday, April 11 and concluding June 27.

Participants will learn why firetrucks respond to medical emergencies; how tax dollars are spent; how sewage is turned into clean water and more. Students will also get an opportunity to visit various departments for in-depth briefings and demonstrations.

Applications are available at The deadline to apply is March 3. Participants must be at least 18 years old and be a resident or business owner in Gwinnett or a student attending a Gwinnett college or university.

For more information, contact Nicole Love Hendrickson at 770-822-8877 or



Conyers Rockdale Council for the Arts to host concert


The public is invited for an evening of songs, faith, hope and inspiration Sunday, March 5, 6 p.m. at the Rockdale Auditorium, 903 N. Main St. Conyers.

The concert will be presented by Conyers native, internationally and critically acclaimed soprano Theresa Hamm-Smith, and the voice students from her studio, Bella Musica Music Studio.

Tickets are $20 for adults and $5 for students and seniors. For more information, visit or call 770-922-3143.


Conyers-Rockdale Council for the Arts presents “American Apartheid”


The Conyers Rockdale Council for the Arts (CRCA) will present a play, “American Apartheid” Feb. 24-26, at the Center Street Arts Theater, 910 Center St., Conyers.

The play centers on the 1906 Atlanta race riots and recounts the love story of a mixed-race woman passing as white, her black fiancé and a new white love interest at a time when racial tension is at an all time high.

The play, written by Wade Marbuagh and Paul Hudson, will be performed by the Being Human Players. For tickets and more information, visit

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