Coming Up – OCG’s weekly local event guide

January 27, 20177min1860
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Atlanta Street car offers guests free rides


Re-discover Atlanta and ride the Atlanta streetcar free of charge Tuesday, Jan. 31, 6 a.m. to 11 p.m. Celebrate and explore some of Atlanta’s most vibrant urban neighborhoods. Take a selfie on the Jackson Street Bridge or take a stroll through the Martin Luther King, Jr. Historic district.

The free fare program runs monthly on the last Tuesday of each. For more information, visit


Interfaith community to celebrate faiths


The Annual World Religion Day celebration is set for Saturday, Feb. 18, 2 p.m., at the Dunwoody Public Library, 5339 Chamblee Dunwoody Rd., Dunwoody.

Since 2011, the city of Dunwoody Baha’i community, with the participation of many great friends in the interfaith community, gather to celebrate each other’s faiths and religious and spiritual traditions. Each community will present a form of art and/or a description/vignette of their respective faith. For more information, call (770) 512-4640.

Peacebuilders camp seeks summer counselors

Peacebuilders Camp at Koinonia Farm is seeking counselors for its summer camp. Peacebuilders is an overnight summer camp in rural South Georgia where youths ages 11 to 14 spend a week together learning how to work toward peace and justice. If you are seeking a way to build a society with more generosity, caring, and kindness then you should apply to be a counselor at Peacebuilders Camp this summer. Apply by March 1, send a cover letter and resume to For more information, visit




DeKalb Board of Health offers free Rapid HIV Testing


The DeKalb County Board of Health is offering free and confidential Rapid HIV Oraquick testing, with same-day results. No registration required.

Wednesday, Feb. 8 and 22: 1 to 5 p.m. Clarkston Library, 951 N. Indian Creek Drive, Clarkston. 404-508-7175.

Monday, Feb. 27, 1 to 5 p.m., Decatur Library, 215 Sycamore Street, Decatur. 404-370-3070.



Senior spa day set at Scott Candler Library

 Celebrate Valentine’s Day early and enjoy a relaxing mini massage by a licensed massage therapist Wednesday, Feb. 8, 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Scott Candler Library, 1917 Candler Road, Decatur. The program is open to first 15 participants. To register, please visit the branch or call 404-286-6986.

Civic Engagement 101 set at Stonecrest Library


Learn about civic engagement and how to bring changes to local issues such as traffic signals or state issues, like health care reform.

Community organizers and county and state representatives will explain the structure of government and discuss best practices for communicating successfully with municipal, county and state representatives.

The meeting will be held on Saturday, Feb. 18, 2 to 3 p.m., Stonecrest Library, 3123 Klondike Road, Lithonia. 770-482-3828.





Snellville writer’s group helps budding writers


Join the Centerville Writer’s Group, Thursday, Feb. 2, 10 a.m. to noon, at the Centerville Community Center, 3025 Bethany Church Road, Snellville.

Receive structured feedback in a critique format. All genres are welcome and there is no pre-registration required.

The cost is $1 per person per meeting (in exact cash, no coins). Free for first time visitors only. Please email the group coordinator at for more class information.


Story time at Bethesda pool set for Feb. 3


Join the Bethesda Park Aquatic Center for story time at the pool on Friday, Feb. 3, 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., 225 Bethesda Church Road, Lawrenceville.

Families are invited to enjoy story time at the pool featuring the popular children’s book “Swimmy” by Leo Lionni. Children are welcome to swim and engage in activities based on the book. All pool rules apply.

All ages are welcome, however pre-registration is required. The cost is $6 per person for Gwinnett residents (children under age 3 are free). Call 678-277-0880.




“Love Framed in Black and White” to be presented at Nancy Guinn Library


The Nancy Guinn Memorial Library will host a free program on Saturday, Feb. 4, 2 to 4 p.m., 864 Greet St., Conyers.

Paula Wright will present a powerful story of love, race, and courage entitled, “Love Framed in Black and White.” Wright, a seventh-generation member of the Ramey family, will share how her inheritance of a treasure of family photos led to the discovery of a forbidden love story between a young white confederate soldier and a slave girl not owned by his family. It is a story that reveals the true meaning of courage and the power of love against almost insurmountable odds. All ages are welcome. To RSVP, register with the Adult Services Department by calling (770) 388-5040.



Discover Point Church to host free sign language classes


Enjoy a fun evening of learning American Sign Language on Tuesday, Jan. 31, 7 to 8 p.m., at Discover Point Church, 1605 Highway 138 SW, Conyers. Classes are free and open to the public age 13 and up.

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