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Get Out: What to Do This Weekend

Bluegrass, fitness and dancing on tap the weekend of Friday the 13th

Reading to Learn's Open House for Summer Camp

When/Where: Saturday, May 14, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., , 4805 Lawrenceville Highway, Lilburn.

Why Go: Rather than letting your child watch TV and lounge by the pool all summer, why not get their brains a bit more engaged and activated? Reading to Learn is offering extensive summer camps this year to keep children focused and to get them prepared for the upcoming school year, and their open house will have all the details and allow parents to sign their children up. There will be a bunch of kids activities, too, including inflatables, face and craft painting, Japanese calligraphy and Indian hand painting.

Pricing: Free. 

80s & 90s Hits Chill Mingle & Dance Night

When/Where: Saturday, May 14, 8 p.m.-2 a.m., , 3907 Burns Road, Lilburn.

Why Go: Relive the Madonna and Michael Jackson era from the '80s and '90s with Thirsty's blast-from-the-past dance night this weekend. Created by the local dance meet-up group Dancing4fun, the event is sure to bring some 20th century moves to the dance floor, especially for those whose wonder years are in this time.

Pricing: There will be no cover all night.

AARF Pet Central Volunteer Day

When/Where: Sunday, May 15, noon-4 p.m., AARF Pet Central, 6570 James B. Rivers Drive, Stone Mountain.

Why Go: Come back to work Monday knowing that you did something good this weekend: After AARF Pet Central, a homeless pet shelter that had planned to open next month, , they're having a volunteer day to help get it back on its feet. Through the community, they hope to replace the $5,000 worth of stolen pet supplies, computer equipment and other items, so lend a helping hand to those who need it.

Pricing: Email Melanie (melanie@aarfatlanta.org) in advance if you know you'll be volunteering. Donations will be accepted, too, at the site and on the AARF website.

Bluegrass Music Festival

When/Where: Saturday, May 14, 10 a.m.-9 p.m., Stone Mountain Village, Main Street, Stone Mountain.

Why Go: Stone Mountain Village is popping this Saturday with an old-fashioned street party. Tons of food (including barbecue from the Stone Mountain Masonic Lodge #449), a classic car show, fireworks at sundown, a pottery show, art sales, and music and dancing on Main Street line the ticket of festivities. There will be tons for the kids to do, too, from jumping in a bouncy house, balloon art a bubble station and more.

Pricing: Free.

Author Doug Dahlgren Book Signing

When/Where: Saturday, May 14, 1 p.m.-4 p.m., , 94 Main Street, Lilburn.

Why Go: There’s a cultural happening every weekend in Old Town Lilburn, with artists, authors and other interesting people frequently coming to town. Dahlgren, a Decatur resident, is in town to sign his new book, “The SON, Silas Rising,” a political thriller featuring character Jonathan Crane.

Pricing: Books will be on sale for $16.

Snellville Family Fitness Tournament & Wellness Fair

When/Where: Saturday, May 14, 8:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m., Briscoe Park, 2500 Sawyer Parkway, Snellville.

Why Go: As a late celebration for Mother's Day, Families Get Fit is having a day of sports competitions and activities to include all family members. Major competitions families can battle against are sand volleyball, tennis, kickball and more, and less competitive activities include zumba, yoga, races, martial arts and more. Cash prizes and medals will be awarded to the winners of the “big league” competitions, and badges will be given to all participants. Get ready to get fit!

Pricing: Advance registration is up to $10 per person, and same-day registration is up to $15 per person. For specific prices and for more information, click here. If the weather doesn't cooperate, a rain date is scheduled for May 21.

Richard Ferris May 12, 2011 at 05:21 PM
Well done. We need to have more information on local activities. Thank you!
Sarah Bakhtiari May 13, 2011 at 02:28 AM
Thanks, Richard!
Cristina Butler May 14, 2011 at 12:49 PM
I agree, it's so hard to find fun things to do, and I know they are out there!
Barbara Barth May 14, 2011 at 11:35 PM
Sarah - thanks for the nice write-up on the shop. We have even more things coming and on Friday nites beginning June 3rd I am open til 8pm. HOWEVER, June 3rd is special. First late Friday night - 6-9, Live music by BA Headrock and a sneak peek at Richard Ferris' photography that has its official opening the next day from 1 to 4. Remember the Lilburn Farmer's Market is every Friday night beginning June 3 - Aug 26 across from City Hall. Then come by the shop for some more great fun. I am open to suggestions on what will bring ya'll out on a Fri or Sat night, let me know and we'll do it!
Sarah Bakhtiari May 15, 2011 at 03:08 AM
Scott actually added your event for this weekend, so he gets all the credit! And I'll be sure to add the Old Town Lilburn events for June 3rd in that weekend's article--I've been waiting for it!

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