Get Out: What to Do This Weekend
There are other things going in the area besides the Harry Potter opening: Justin Bieber, chocolate, music and more.
Chocolate Art at Mountain Park Library
When/Where: Thursday, July 14, 6 p.m., Mountain Park Library, 1210 Pounds Road, Lilburn.
Why Go: As part of the Gwinnett County Library's Teen Summer Reading Program, Mountain Park Library has an edible art event to jumpstart the weekend. Teens will be able to practice their skills on piping in the kitchen by making edible art.
When/Where: Friday, July 15, 4 p.m.-8 p.m. for the market and 7 p.m. for the conference, Old Town Lilburn, Main Street, Lilburn.
Why Go: Old Town is having its usual farmer's market, and this Friday is Arcado Elementary Night with WitzzlePro, a math game that will be taught by the Lilburn Woman's Club Education Department. Also happening in town is a writer's conference at the Little Shop of Arts and Antiques, which will be open to teens and adults. A number of local writers and poets will be reading and speaking at the event, which will take place Friday and Saturday. See Friday's details here and Saturday's details here.
Guru Purnima Festival at BAPS
When/Where: Sunday, July 17, 3:30 p.m., BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir, 460 Rockbridge Road, Lilburn.
Why Go: Everyone is welcome to celebrate Guru Purnima, the festival to worship or pay respect to the Hindu spiritual guide Vyasa, who is believed to have been born on this day. Music chanting (known at Kirtan Bhakti), spiritual discourses and cultural programs will be performed during the festival. Mahaprasad (traditional Hindu food) will be served after the worship, too.
Magic 2012 Launch Party and Championship Qualifier
When/Where: Saturday, July 16, 11 a.m.- 2p.m. for qualifier and 6 p.m. for party, The Gaming Pit, 4805 Lawrenceville Highway, Lilburn.
Why Go: Magic fans, bring your own decks to compete at the Gaming Pit to win $250 and automatically qualify for the TCQ Wizard World Championship Tournament in Chicago, where players will compete to win $75,000. Afterward, there will be a launch party where each player will be given six booster packs and compete in a field tournament for four rounds. The party will have multiple booster prizes to the winners.
Pricing: Each event is $25 per person.
Diversity Exhibit and Celebration
When/Where: Thursday-Friday, July 14-15, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., and Saturday, July 16, hours vary, Centerville Community Center, 3025 Bethany Church Road, Snellville.
Why Go: See the world without having to spend money on a plane ticket. The Centerville Community Center is having an ongoing self-guided tour of art from the seven continents of the world, celebrating their culture, history and traditions.
The Rockaholics ATL
When/Where: Thursday, July 14, 9 p.m., The Moonshadow Tavern, 3976 Lawrenceville Highway, Tucker.
Why Go: The classic rock, soul and blues band The Rockaholics ATL will play this Tucker tavern as part of their live music bill for the weekend. The Rockaholics ATL were recently voted as Atlanta's Best Blues Band on ReverbNation and have played at other venues such as Northside Tavern and Fat Matt's Rib Shack.
Pricing: Free to watch.
"Children of Eden"
When/Where: Friday-Saturday, July 15-July 16, 8 p.m., and Sunday, July 17, 2:30 p.m., New London Theatre, 2485 Main Street East, Snellville.
Why Go: This weekend is the opener for New London Theatre's latest production, "Children of Eden." Involving Adam, Eve, Noah and the "Father," "Children of Eden" depicts the too-familiar conflicts between parents and children as seen in the chapter of Genesis. The performance is described as heartfelt, humorous and bittersweet.
Pricing: Tickets are $12.60 each, but some discounts and additions can apply. Visit their website for more details.
Sound Decision at the Party Room
When/Where: Saturday, July 16, 10 p.m., Party Room, 5481 Memorial Drive, Stone Mountain.
Why Go: Cranking out the sounds of dubstep, hip-hop and reggae, Sound Decision has been around since the mid 1980s while under a different name in the Baltimore and Washington area. Now based in Atlanta and expanding to three members, Sounds Decision concentrates on their reggae side and will be performing at the Party Room with other guests such as Danger Zone and Gyallis International. Caribbean and Jamaican speciality food and drinks will be served.
Pricing: $10 per person.