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STUDENT AND INSTRUCTOR JEWELRY MARKET
The Spruill Center for the Arts will hold the sixth annual Student and Instructor Jewelry Market, showcasing student to professional-level jewelry artists who will sell their unique, handcrafted items to the public. Shoppers can select from a unique collection of diverse jewelry styles, including sterling silver, fine silver, gold, glass, beads, gemstones and more at prices for everyone. 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. Feb. 23. Spruill Education Center, 5339 Chamblee Dunwoody Road, Atlanta. Please call 770-394-3447 or visit spruillarts.org.
‘CLIMB A MOUNTAIN, SAVE A LIFE’ KARAOKE FUNDRAISER
A karaoke fundraiser for the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center. Collecting donations in support of a local mountain climber, climbing Mount Shasta, Calif., as part of the Fred Hutchinson 2014 climb team for breast cancer research. 100 percent of proceeds go to the FHCRC. 9:30 p.m. Feb. 28 at 555 South Atlanta Street, Roswell. Please call 404-826-5862 or visit getinvolved.fhcrc.org.
‘ON GOLDEN POND’
Presented by the award-winning Gypsy Theatre Company, this show promises to be a wonderful Valentine’s weekend choice of entertainment. “On Golden Pond” tells the story of an elderly couple returning to their summer home for the 48th year and their experiences there. Shows are at 8 p.m. on Thursday, Friday and Saturday and at 3 p.m. on Sunday. Through March 9. Please visit playhousecumming.com for ticket information.
CASA SUPERHERO 5K RUN/WALK
Come join the Court-Appointed Special Advocate program of Forsyth County for their sixth annual Superhero 5K Run/Walk. All kids need a hero, but kids in foster care need superheroes. There will be many superheroes on hand at this event, along with photo opportunities and prizes. All funds received directly support the CASA volunteer advocacy program. This is a chip-timed race and Peachtree Road race qualifier. From 8 a.m. to noon on Feb. 22 at 4110 Carolene Way, Cumming. Please call 770-886-2800, ext. 3126 or visit forsythcountycasa.org.
LEAP FOR LITERACY POLAR BEAR PLUNGE
Wee Books will be holding their annual Leap for Literacy where people brave the cold Lake Lanier water to support childhood literacy. Wee Books is a literacy program that provides children with a free, age-appropriate book a month, each year until they reach the age of 5. From 10 to 11 a.m. Feb. 22 at 4081 War Hill Park Road, Dawsonville. Please call 706-216-6323 or visit kinseyfamilyfarm.com.
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YOUNG ARTISTS CONCERTO COMPETITION
Join the Georgia Philharmonic as they welcome the finalists of the Young Artists Concerto Competition. These exceptional young musicians from all over the Southeast recently competed in person before an esteemed panel of judges for a position within one of three categories based on age group. In addition to the three winners, three additional young laureates were selected to perform as well. One exceptional string player will be awarded a $500 scholarship sponsored by Atlanta Violins. 7 p.m. Feb. 22. Cambridge High School, 2845 Bethany Bend, Milton. Please visit georgiaphilharmonic.org.
SOUTHEASTERN PASTEL SOCIETY EXHIBITION
Pastel Renaissance is a juried event that features more than 50 exquisite pastel paintings by members of the Southeastern Pastel Society. Paintings are available for purchase. Every Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. through March 7. Johns Creek Arts Center, 6290 Abbotts Bridge Road, Building 700, Johns Creek. Please call 770-623-8448 or visit johnscreekarts.org.
‘THE BOLD AND THE ELEGANT’
Das Gallery Fine Art is holding its public opening for “The Bold and the Elegant” exhibit, featuring the mystical and vibrant collection by Joanne Rafferty. The show also includes captivating Georgia landscapes by John Torina; the eclectic mixed media works of Kevin Foltz; the prismatic wood abstractions of Dan Strothers; the improvisational abstracts of Ben Henderson; and intricate sculptures by Hung Nguyen. Noon – 9 p.m. March 1 at 2225 Old Milton Parkway, Suite 400, Alpharetta. Please call 678-995-3463 or visit dasgalleryfineart.com.
‘ANNE OF GREEN GABLES’ AT THE DANCING GOAT THEATRE
Set in the early 1900s, on Prince Edward Island off the coast of Nova Scotia in Canada. The story depicts life of Edwardian times, and tells the story of Anne and her move to Green Gables. The story has all the elements of life: youth, age, families, joy, sorrow, hope, disappointment, love and rivalry. Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. March 1 – 8. 10700 State Bridge Road, Suite 6, Johns Creek. Please call 770-772-0762 or visit performingartsnorth.org.
The Forsyth County Public Library will host a poetry reading of 15 broadsides pieces provided by the University of North Georgia for their “No Small Measure: Collaborations Between Artists and Poets” exhibit. Guest readers will include local authors and artists such as Gloria Bennett, Ezekiel Black, Karen Dodson, Kyle McCord, Samuel Prestridge, B.J. Robinson and Heidi Staples. 6:30 p.m. Feb. 20. Cumming Library, 585 Dahlonega Road, Cumming. Please visit forsythpl.org.
STAR BRIGHT WINTER CAMPFIRE
Join park naturalist Jerry Hightower for a campfire, guided hikes and a beautiful winter evening with the glowing stars overhead. Roast marshmallows over an open fire and walk along a forest trail. Discover new facts about the wildlife of the park and their nocturnal habits. Enjoy the campfire, the crisp winter air, the stars and the nocturnal sights and sounds of the Chattahoochee. 6 – 8:30 p.m. Feb. 22 at 8615 Barnwell Road, Johns Creek. Please call 678-538-1200 or visit nps.gov.
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5K SCRUB RUN
The Scrub Run is hosted by the University of North Georgia’s Associates of Science of Nursing class of 2014. The cost to register is $25 in advance or $35 day of race. The race is located at Lake Zwerner at Yahoola Creek Reservoir, and the trail is a 5K around the reservoir. 8 a.m. Feb. 22. 1026 Morrison Moore Parkway East, Dahlonega. Please call 770-629-1410 or visit ngscrubrun.com.
WIPHAN WARTHOG WADDLE 5K
A 5K and 1K Fun Run benefitting impoverished widows and orphans living in HIV/AIDS-ravaged Zambia. Wiphan Care Ministries provides skills training to widows and an education, discipleship, uniform, shoes, basic medical care, plus five meals-a-week to orphans. This race is a chip-timed Peachtree qualifier. 8 a.m. Feb. 22. Fellowship Bible Church, 480 West Crossville Road, Roswell. Please visit wiphan.org.
FORSYTH COUNTY YMCA FIRST ‘Y IT MATTERS’ SWIM-A-THON
This swim-a-thon will raise money for the annual “Y It Matters” campaign. “Y It Matters” raises money for children, adults and families in the metro Atlanta area. All funds raised go to Forsyth County. A cookout will immediately follow the swimming. From 2 to 6 p.m. Feb. 22. 6050 Y St., Cumming. Please call 770-888-2788 or visit spiritonline.ymcaatlanta.org.