Jan. 30. Get Connected. A networking event for members of Atlanta’s film and television industry takes place at 6 p.m. at the Porter Sanford Performing Arts and Community Center, 3181 Rainbow Drive, Decatur. The cost is $10 with film, food, networking and workshops on the agenda.
Feb. 1. Decatur Biggest Loser Challenge. The kickoff for the second Decatur Biggest Loser Challenge takes place from 7 to 10:15 a.m. at Leapin’ Lizards, 185 Sams St., Decatur. Sponsored by Pinnacle Fitness Bootcamp and CertaPro Painters, the challenge offers $250 cash prizes as well as boot camp sessions and painting gift certificates for the biggest losers. Body weights are kept private. Final weigh-in is March 22. To register, go to www.pinnaclefitnessbootcamp.com.
Feb. 6. Monthly Sacred Harp Singing. 7:30-9:30 p.m. Early American hymns sung in powerful, exuberant style, as seen in Awake My Soul. Beginners welcome; instruction provided. Emory Presbyterian Church, fellowship building, 1886 North Decatur Road. Questions or directions, call (404) 892-6836 or www.atlantasacredharp.org.
Feb. 8. Library Book Sales. Two DeKalb County libraries are holding winter book sales. The Friends of Decatur Library’s sale takes place from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Decatur Library, 215 Sycamore St., Decatur. The Friends of Hairston Crossing Library sale will be held from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Hairston Crossing Library, 4911 Redan Road in Stone Mountain.
Feb. 8. Daddy Daughter Dance. A semi-formal annual event is open to fathers, grandfathers and uncles and their girls in the eighth grade and younger. The dance includes an Italian buffet, photos, music, dance, games and prizes. Cost is $30 a couple and $5 for an additional girl. The dance will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Chamblee Civic Center, 3540 Broad St., Chamblee.
Feb. 8. Black History Month Performance. A musical/drama highlighting Black history greats such as Queen of Sheba, Nelson Mandela, Harriet Tubman, Jack Johnson, Malcolm X and more. Performance is free and takes place at 6:30 p.m. at Hillcrest Church of Christ, 1939 Snapfinger Road, Decatur.
Feb. 10. Blood Drive. The Wade Walker Park Family YMCA Blood Drive takes place from 3 to 7 p.m. at the YMCA, 5605 Rockbridge Road in Stone Mountain. To make a date to donate, go to www.redcrossblood.org and use sponsor code “wadeymca.” Donors are asked to drink plenty of water, avoid caffeine, eat iron-enriched food and bring their identification.
Feb. 22. DeKalb Convention & Visitors Bureau’s Reunion Planning Workshop. Those planning a family reunion may want to attend this workshop to gain advice and tips on making the most of this special family event. The workshop takes place from 9 a.m. to noon at Marriott Evergreen Conference Resort, 4021 Lakeview Drive, Stone Mountain. It is free but pre-registration is required. Call (770) 429-5016 to register.
Ongoing. Tours of Callanwolde Mansion. Area residents can experience Callanwolde’s 27,000-square-foot Gothic-Tudor mansion located on 12.5 acres in the Druid Hills neighborhood of Atlanta. Those on the tour see how the Candler family of Coca-Cola fame lived as they stroll through the formal and native gardens, view artists at work and learn more about Atlanta history. Callanwolde, located at 960 Briarcliff Road NE in Atlanta, is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Tours are available from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays. Tickets are $8-$12. For more information, go to www.callanwolde.org.
Ongoing. Homeschool Extras. The Marcus Jewish Community Center of Atlanta (MJCCA) recently introduced Homeschool Extras. Metro Atlanta homeschool families are welcome to MJCCA’s’s 52-acre, state-of-the-art Dunwoody campus to participate in hands-on group activities. Participants in Homeschool Extras can get active with sports such as tennis, gymnastics, and swimming; or explore their artistic side with drama and dance. Registration is open now. Classes start in January. Programs are offered between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m., Monday-Friday. For more information, contact Ashley Cohen at (678) 812-3867 or via email@example.com; or visit www.atlantajcc.org/homeschool. Offered on a semester basis, Homeschool Extras is designed for age groups: 4-6, 7-9 and 10-13. MJCCA membership is not required, and Homeschool Extras is open to the community.
Ongoing. Registration for Second Annual Race for the Art. Registration is open for this 5K run/walk starting at the Porter Sanford Performing Arts and Community Center, 3181 Rainbow Drive, Decatur. Cost for an individual is $20 and $25 for teams with five or more participants. The race takes place March 29. To register go to www.active.com/decatur-ga/running/distance-running-races/second-annual-porter-sanford-race-for-the-arts-5k-walk-run-2014.
Ongoing. Free tax assistance and preparation. This service, available for low- and moderate-income taxpayers, is available from AARP Foundation Tax-Aide from Feb. 3 through April 15. You do not need to be a member of AARP or a retiree to use this service. AARP Foundation Tax-Aide volunteers, trained in cooperation with the Internal Revenue Service, will offer help with personal income tax returns at various locations around Georgia. Last year, AARP Foundation Tax-Aide volunteers in the United States helped more than 2 million people file their federal, state and local tax returns. The program is offered at many sites in Georgia, including senior centers, libraries and other convenient location. Call the toll-free number, 1-888-AARPNOW (1-888-227-7669) or visit the website at www.aarp.org/taxaide during this tax season, to locate an AARP Foundation Tax-Aide site.
West African dance classes. Classes are taught by master West African dance instructor Assane Kouyate. Open to participants of all ages and levels who are ready for a fun-filled, energy packed class. Traditional and modern dances are taught. In addition, participants can develop an awareness of how song traditions work hand in hand with dance movement as a means of expression and communication of daily life in West African cultures. Thursdays; Beacon Hill Centre Theatre (corner Electric and W. Trinity Place–inside Ebster Rec Center at the back), 404 West Trinity Place, Decatur, 7 – 8:15 p.m., Cost: $12. For more information, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.sekhousenegal.com/westafricandance.
Veterans Recognition Campaign. Crossroads Hospice seeks compassionate volunteers, ROTC cadets, members of the armed forces, and their loved ones to participate in a special project honoring veterans in the Greater Atlanta region this fall.
Crossroads Hospice has developed the “Honor Our Veterans” recognition campaign to acknowledge veteran patients and veterans in the community. There are many ways to volunteer, including visiting with patients in their homes, nursing homes or assisted living facilities, assisting with group ceremonies of recognition, and collecting personal memories from veterans and their loved ones.
For more information or to sign up as a volunteer, contact William English at email@example.com or (770) 270-9898. Applications can be found online at www.crossroadshospice.com/volunteering.
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