Coming Up: Things to do in DeKalb, Rockdale and Gwinnett

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 Join Arabia Mountain for Junior Ranger Day

Help your children discover the great outdoors. Arabia Mountain National Heritage Area is hosting Junior Ranger Day on Sept. 30, 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., at Panola Mountain  State Park Nature Center, 2620 Highway 155 SW, Stockbridge.

Kids will participate in hands-on activities where they’ll explore landscapes filled with amazing plants and creatures; learn about nature and history; and work together to protect parks.
ctivities are geared toward children ages 8-12, although the entire family is welcome to attend. All Junior Rangers will earn a badge, special prizes and precious memories.

Friends from AWARE, Davidson-Arabia Mountain Nature Preserve, Flat Rock Archives, Monastery of the Holy Spirit and Panola Mountain State Park will guide the youths through some awe-inspiring activities. At the end of the day, the   Junior Rangers will be sworn in and receive their badges in a special ceremony. Tickets for the event are $5 (adults are permitted to participate at no charge with one paying child). Tickets are available at

For more information, call Sarah Lisle at 404-998-8384, ext. 6 or email

Stonecrest Library to host “Super Book Sale”

The Friends of Stonecrest Library will host its “Super Book Sale” on Saturday, Aug. 12, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., at the Stonecrest Library, 3123 Klondike Road, Stonecrest.

There will be books in all categories for sale including fiction/non-fiction, crafts, textbooks, romance, magazines, encyclopedias, books on tapes, CDs, DVDs and VHS. 404-482-3828.

“Fresh Start” for moms workshop offered

Single, teen or military veteran moms who earn less than $12 per hour are invited to “Fresh Start Careers for Mothers” on Aug. 26, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Stonecrest Library, 3123 Klondike Road, Stonecrest.

The Resource Center will provide tips on resumes, interviewing and free business clothing. Open to the first 12 participants. To register: 470-294-0034.

Starting a non-profit? 

The National Association of Nonprofits will host a Lunch & Learn workshop, “Nonprofit 101,” on Aug. 10, 11:30 a.m. to 1 the Stonecrest Library, 3123 Klondike Road, Stonecrest. This is the first in a series of workshops that will be offered to help those who are interested in launching a nonprofit.

Workshop highlights include: formation and infrastructure; bylaws;
board development; and fundraising. Bring your own lunch. To RSVP: 770-482-3828.



Get fresh veggies at DeKalb Mobile Farmers Market

Get fresh vegetables in your neighborhood at the DeKalb Mobile Farmers Market on Thursdays: Aug 3, 10, 17, 24 and 31, noon to 2 p.m.

The mobile market provides access to healthy, affordable food for communities where access is limited and accepts EBT (SNAP benefits), credit cards and cash. The market is a program of DeKalb County Cooperative Extension, with funding from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Thursdays, Aug. 3, 17 and 31: Scott Candler Library, 1917 Candler Road, Decatur 30032. 404-286-6986.

Thursdays, Aug. 10 and 24: Redan-Trotti Library, 1569 Wellborn Road, Lithonia 30058. 770-482-3821.

Find out what’s fresh at Stone Mountain Farmers Market 


The Stone Mountain Farmers Market is held each Tuesday, 4 to 7 p.m., in the city of Stone Mountain’s Municipal Parking Lot on Main Street.

The market features fresh fruits and vegetables, local honey, goat cheese,  and other  locally-made soaps and more.  



Nancy Guinn Library hosting Michael C. Carlos Museum photo exhibit

The Nancy Guinn Memorial Library in Conyers, 864 Green St., S.W., is hosting an eight-panel touring photographic exhibition from Atlanta’s Michael C. Carlos Museum through Tuesday, Aug. 8.

“Discover the Stories of Civilization: Stories of Beauty, Power, Love, Glory and Faith” highlights 15 treasures from the museum’s renowned collections of art from Egypt, the Near East, Greece, Rome, Africa, the Americas and Asia.

The exhibition’s statewide tour is part of a new partnership between the Michael C. Carlos Museum and Georgia Public Library Service that also allows residents with valid library cards to check out a museum family pass, valid for up to six free admissions, at more than 400 participating libraries across Georgia.

From its founding as the Emory University Museum in 1919, the Michael C. Carlos Museum has served generations of students, scholars, schoolchildren, history buffs, art lovers and tourists for nearly a century. Today it welcomes more than 100,000 visitors each year.


Free outdoor family movie at Black Shoals Park

Rockdale County Parks and Recreation will present a free outdoor movie, “The Secret Life of Pets,” on Saturday, Aug. 12, at Black Shoals Park, 3001 Black Shoals Road, Conyers.

There will be food trucks, games, snacks and activities at 7 p.m. for the children. The movie starts at sun down.


Rockdale Fall Youth Baseball registration open

Rockdale County Parks & Recreation is accepting registration for Fall Youth Baseball. Registration runs July 24-Aug. 18, by 5 p.m.

Registration can be completed online on Rec1 or in person at Johnson Park Recreation Center, 1781 Ebenezer Road S.W., Conyers. All birth certificates must be submitted in person.

The 5-week season will include two games per week.

Registration fees: Wee Leagues (ages 3 to 4 years old), $60; and ages 5-14, $120 per week.



1st Saturday Aviation Program, pancake breakfast set

Enjoy an all-you-care-to-eat pancake breakfast at the 1st Saturday Aviation Program and Pancake Breakfast, 8 a.m., with the program beginning at 10 a.m. in the EAA Sport Aviation Center, 690 Airport Road at Gwinnett County’s Briscoe Field. Pancakes, eggs, sausage, biscuits, milk, juice and coffee will be available.

The price of breakfast for adults is $6, children under 10, $3. The aviation program is suitable for all ages. Aircraft and auto parking available. For more information: 770-498-8984.

The pancake breakfast and program also will be offered on the following dates:

Saturday, Sept. 2, 8 to 10 a.m.

Saturday, Oct. 7, 8 a.m. to 10 a.m.

Saturday, Nov. 4, 8 a.m. to 10 a.m.

Saturday, Dec. 2, 8 a.m. to 10 a.m.

Heartfulness Meditation class set at Rhodes Jordan Park

Certified instructors from Heartfulness will lead a series of relaxation techniques to help you develop clarity of mind, self-confidence, empathy, awareness and focus.  The class will be offered on Saturday, Aug. 5, 10 to 11 a.m., at Rhodes Jordan Park, 100 East Crogan St., Lawrnceville.

For more information: 770-822-8869.

Other dates the class will be offered:

Saturday, Aug. 19, 10 to 11 a.m.

Saturday, Sept. 2, 10 to 11 a.m.

Saturday, Sept. 9, 10 to 11 a.m.

Saturday, Sept. 16, 10 to 11 a.m.

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