Looking for something to do locally this summer with or without your children? Here’s your Fayette County guide to all things summer in June and July!
RIVERFEST, Saturday, June 12 – 4 p.m., Historic downtown Newnan. We are bringing the river to the square! There will be a 35’ x 50’ pool setup on the street in downtown Newnan for kayak demos and canoe/kayak tug-of-war. You can also enjoy a rock wall climbing wall, exhibits, and more. For more information, go to mainstreetnewnan.com/events/2016/riverfest-2016.
ALAN PARSONS PROJECT, Saturday, June 8 – 11 p.m., Frederick Brown Jr. Amphitheater, 201 McIntosh Trail, Peachtree City. Alan’s name alone brings to mind his unique and ground breaking work on DARK SIDE OF THE MOON. This now-historic musical work has etched his name into the minds of all rock music fans. This underscores Alan’s contribution to the arts and his profile as one of the most historically significant artists of a generation. For ticket information, call 770-631-0630 or go to amphitheater.org.
FARM TO TABLE BENEFIT, Thursday, June 9, 6 – 9 p.m., Scarbrough Preserve, Rowland Rd., Brooks. Come taste delectable offerings from local farms and chefs to benefit Southern Conservation Trust’s programs and services. New this year will be the opportunity to buy “straight from the farm” local food presented by our local farmers. Along with the beautiful setting, the evening will include a splash of Blue Grass by Flint River Ramblers, and guests will be greeted to the sounds of Peach Pickers. We welcome new artist Blaire Morgan, as she serenades us during the evening. Don’t miss the silent and live auctions to help SCT continue to conserve greenspace, farms, and public nature areas. For more information, go to sctlandtrust.org.
SUMMER WINED-UP, Friday, June 10, 5 – 9 p.m., Historic downtown Newnan. Don’t miss our downtown wine-tasting event where guests can enjoy a “wine walk” through over 25 host locations. Merchants will feature hor d’oeuvres and a variety of whites, reds, and specialty blend wines for guests to sample. Pre-sale tickets are available online for $20 per person and may be available (if not sold out) on the day of the event at the registration table on East Court Square for $25, beginning at 4:30 p.m. Upon sign-in at 3 E Court Square, Cook’s Office Equipment, each participant will receive a commemorative wine glass and an informational brochure. Event-goers must provide a valid photo ID for admittance. Hunter Taxi will be available and provide services throughout the evening for guests who would prefer taking a taxi home. Free parking is available along downtown streets, and in the City of Newnan’s public parking lots. For more information, go to mainstreetnewnan.com/events/2016/summer-wined-up.
OLD COURTHOUSE 5K, Saturday, June 11, 8 a.m., Fayette Senior Services, 4 Center Dr., Fayetteville. Join the Georgia Civitan Foundation and Fayette County Civitan Club to support organizations serving fragile citizens such as the Joseph Sams School, Fayette County Special Olympics and many more. For more information, call 678-362-4000 or email email@example.com.
FINDING NEMO, Saturday, June 11, dusk, Glenloch Recreation Center, 601 Stevens Entry, Peachtree City. Peachtree City’s Outdoor Summer Movie Series begins under the stars as B98.5FM presents “Finding Nemo” on a giant outdoor screen. The movie is free to the public and begins at dusk. Plan to arrive early to enjoy Glenloch’s new playground and to meet the radio personalities. Concessions will be available, but feel free to bring a picnic basket.
INDEPENDENCE DAY CELEBRATION, July 4, 9 a.m. – 11 p.m., Peachtree Pkwy (parade) and Drake Field (fireworks), Peachtree City. This treasured Peachtree City tradition includes the ever-popular Independence Day Parade and a spectacular fireworks display. Parade starts on Peachtree Parkway, north of Braelinn Golf Club at 9 a.m. Fireworks at Drake Field start at dusk. For more information, go to peachtree-city.org.
NATIONAL PARKS ADVENTURE FILM, Through Thursday, June 16, Fernbank Museum of Natural History, 767 Clifton Rd., Atlanta. Join the audience on the ultimate off-trail adventure into our nation’s awe-inspiring great outdoors and untamed wilderness at Fernbank Museum’s IMAX® Theatre. Moviegoers will soar over red rock canyons, climb up steep mountain peaks, and explore other-worldly realms found within America’s most legendary outdoor places. The film is an action-packed celebration of the 100-year anniversary of the National Park Service. For times and ticket information, go to fernbankmuseum.org or call 404-929-6400.
LUNCH ON THE LAWN, Friday, June 17, 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m., Historic Courthouse lawn, downtown Fayetteville. Enjoy free entertainment outdoors during your lunch hour. You can bring your own lunch or purchase a lunch from local restaurants. The Mom’s Club of Fayetteville will be selling homemade desserts and fresh lemonade. Whitewater Church in Fayetteville will be providing literature about their church, and free water. For more information call Main Street 770-719-4173.
FAYETTE MARKET DAY, Saturday, June 18, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m., Heritage Park at the Old Historic Courthouse Grounds, Fayetteville. Fayetteville Main Street welcomes everyone to browse through a variety of vendors showcasing their homemade and homegrown products. Everything from jewelry, jellies, flowers, fresh produce, birdhouses, basket weaving and homemade dog treats are available for sale to the public. For more information, call 770-719-4173.
ELTON JOHN TRIBUTE CONCERT, Saturday, June 18, 8 p.m., Frederick Brown Jr. Amphitheater, 201 McIntosh Trail, Peachtree City. Enjoy the Atlanta Pops Orchestra’s “Remember When Rock was Young” tribute to Elton John. For ticket information, go to amphitheater.org or call 770-631-0630.
GIVEAWAY DAY, Saturday, June 21, 9 a.m. – 12 p.m., Peachtree City Church of Christ, 201 South Peachtree Parkway, Peachtree City. Have a friend in need? We want to help! We’ll have free clothing, toys, furniture, tools, accessories, baby and child gear, books and accessories. Refreshments and facility tours also available.
TOMATO TASTING PARTY, Saturday, July 16, 9 a.m. – 12 noon, Peachtree City Farmers Market, Aberdeen Village Shopping Center Parking Lot, Peachtree City. Don’t miss this old-fashioned Tomato Tasting Party, sponsored by Fayette Woman, Peachtree City Farmers Market and Down to Earth Organics Association. Club members will bring cut-up samples of their favorite tomatoes for attendees at the market to taste. Sample some tried-and-true heirloom favorites as well as newer hybrids. Awards will be presented by Fayette Woman for “Biggest Tomato,” “Best Cherry Tomato,” “Best Heirloom Tomato,” and “Best Hybrid Tomato.” For more information, contact Linda Giles at firstname.lastname@example.org.
CHIHULY IN THE GARDEN, Through Sunday, Oct. 30, various times, Atlanta Botanical Garden, 1345 Piedmont Ave., Atlanta. Internationally-acclaimed artist Dale Chihuly returns for an encore exhibition of his spectacular works of art, presented in a setting that has doubled in size since his blockbuster show in 2004. The exhibit will include 21 installations. Some of the installations are being created specifically for the Midtown garden, which in 2016 celebrates its 40th anniversary. Chihuly Nights will offer extended evening hours, giving visitors a different, yet spectacular experience for viewing the sculptures with dramatic lighting, set against the city’s beautiful skyline. Cocktails will be available at cash bars, and guests may enjoy dinner at the new Linton’s in the Garden restaurant opening in spring. For more information, go to atlantabg.org.
WALK WITH A DOC, Saturday, June 18, 8 a.m., Parking lot near Partners II Pizza, Aberdeen Village, 215 Northlake Dr., Peachtree City. Walk with a Doc is an opportunity for community members to “walk and talk” with doctors and health professionals at a designated location. The program lasts approximately one hour, and offers a casual, enjoyable and personable experience with a doctor. Doctors will take five minutes to talk on a health topic of their choice and participants can ask questions freely for the remainder of the session. The group gathers in the parking lot at 8 a.m. and the walk begins promptly at 8:30 a.m. It is free and pre-registration is encouraged. Walks will occur the third Saturday of each month through November. For more information, go to piedmont.org/patients-visitors/walk-with-a-doc.
FIRST TIME CAMPER PROGRAM, Ongoing, Georgia State Parks. If you have always wanted to try camping but don’t have the gear, Georgia State Parks, Coleman and REI have a great deal for you and your family! Through the First Time Camper Program, you can borrow equipment for two nights and receive ranger guidance in all aspects of camping. You will even be provided with an emergency phone number you can call during the night. Regular camping fees apply. Equipment includes a six-person tent, four sleeping pads, camp stove with fuel, lantern and camp chairs. For more information or to book your site, go to gastateparks.org/FirstTimeCamper.
BALLOONS OVER FAYETTE, Saturday, June 11, 2 – 10 p.m., McCurry Park, Fayetteville. Come experience a fun, family-oriented atmosphere! Hot air balloon festival will include tethered rides, hot air balloon glow, inflatable rides, kids’ zone, local entertainment, craft and food vendors, and much more! For information, contact the Parks and Recreation Department at 770-716-4320 or by email at email@example.com
GET TO KNOW FAYETTE SENIOR SERVICES, Tuesday, June 7, 10 – 10:30 a.m., Fayette Senior Services, McIntosh Place, 191 McIntosh Trail, Peachtree City. Join in these monthly meetings to learn more about Fayette Senior Services’ Life Enrichment Center and social services. This is a great opportunity for those interested in becoming a FSS member to learn more about the benefits of membership. We are here to help you age well and live well! This program is free but pre-registration is required. Call 770-461-0813 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org (include name, phone number and event title). FSS members and non-members welcome.
VIRTUAL DEMENTIA TOUR, Tuesday, June 7, 12:30 – 3:30 p.m., Fayette Senior Services (FSS), Life Enrichment Center, 4 Center Dr., Fayetteville. The Virtual Dementia Tour is a proven method to build a greater understanding of dementia through the use of sensory tools that give a chance to step into dementia patients’ shoes in a way you never imagined before. This program is free but pre-registration is required. Call 770-461-0813 or email: email@example.com (include name, phone number and event title). FSS members and non-members welcome.
THE POWER OF SLEEP, Wednesday, June 8, 1:30 – 2:30 p.m., Fayette Senior Services (FSS), Life Enrichment Center, 4 Center Dr., Fayetteville. Sleep and rest may be the magic solution to many of our health challenges. Flo Bradley shares the secret to getting eight hours of sleep per night and the impact it has on overall vitality and health. This program is free, but pre-registration is required. Call 770-461-0813 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org (include name, phone number and event title and location). FSS members and non-members welcome.
LIVING WITH ALZHEIMER’S DISEASE, Wednesday, June 15, 22 and 29, 12:30 – 2:30 p.m., Gathering Place, 203 McIntosh Trail, Peachtree City. This three-part series, presented by Susan Formby, with the Alzheimer’s Association, is for caregivers of people with early stage dementia. Learn what you need to know, how to plan, and what you can do to better navigate this chapter of your life. This program is free, but pre-registration is required. Call 770-461-0813 or email: email@example.com (include name, phone number and event title). FSS members and non-members welcome.
DECODING MYSTERIOUS MEDICAL BILLS, Wednesday, June 22, 1:30 – 2:30 p.m., Fayette Senior Services (FSS), Life Enrichment Center, 4 Center Dr., Fayetteville. Cory Hall, Director of Patient Access, Piedmont Fayette Hospital, explains the world of medical bills and helps us decode these confusing stacks of papers. Learn about the language and codes you regularly see and how to deal with insurance companies and hospitals. This program is free, but pre-registration is required. Call 770-461-0813 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org (include name, phone number and event title). FSS members and non-members welcome.
LIGHTS, CAMERA, ACTION! Friday, June 24, 1 – 2 p.m., Fayette Senior Services (FSS), Gathering Place, 203 McIntosh Trail, Peachtree City. Get an insider’s guide to becoming an extra in the film business! Melissa Hill will share secrets of the easiest and best ways to become an extra. Learn about a typical day on a set, and hear about current filming in the Atlanta area. This program is free, but pre-registration is required. Call 770-461-0813 or email: email@example.com (include name, phone number and event title). FSS members and non-members welcome.
BRAIN HEALTH UNIVERSITY, Wednesday, June 29, 1:30 – 2:30 p.m., Fayette Senior Services (FSS), Life Enrichment Center, 4 Center Dr., Fayetteville. Meghan Lowry, with Heritage, presents monthly classes at Brain Health University to demonstrate brain health and cognitive engagement can be pursued through an assortment of experiences and lifestyle choices. Each month enjoy a series of exercises and games that help sharpen the mind. This class will focus on diets and brain fuel. This program is free but pre-registration is required. Call 770-461-0813 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org (include name, phone number and event title). FSS members and non-members welcome.
FOOD SAFETY, Thursday, June 30, 1:30 – 3:30 p.m., Fayette Senior Services (FSS), Gathering Place, 203 McIntosh Trail, Peachtree City. Food preparation can make or break a meal, and possibly your stomach too! Mary Kay Garafalo Rudd, PhD and Registered Dietician will discuss food safety in the kitchen. Learn about the safest practices for preparing food and the consequences of undercooked foods. Learn how long to keep leftovers, best storage methods for certain foods and more! This program is free but pre-registration is required. Call 770-461-0813 or email: email@example.com (include name, phone number and event title and location). FSS members and non-members welcome.
PTC YOUTH TRIATHLON, Saturday, June 11, 8 – 10:30 a.m., Glenloch Recreation Center, 601 Stevens Entry, Peachtree City. Athletes, ages 6-15, are invited to compete in this friendly community race. Medals will be awarded to all finishers, as well as t-shirts. Distances for juniors are 50-yard swim, 3-mile bike and .5-mile run. Distances for seniors are 100-yard swim, 6-mile bike and 1-mile run.For more information, go to peachtree-city.org.
TEEN COMMUNITY EMERGENCY RESPONSE TEAM CAMP, Monday, June 13 – Friday, June 17, 8 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., Peachtree City Police Department, 350 Hwy 74 S, Peachtree City. Peachtree City Police Department will be hosting a TEEN CERT camp in the training room at the Police Station. TEEN CERT educates young adults about disaster preparedness for hazards that may impact their area and trains them in basic disaster response skills, such as fire safety, light search and rescue, team organization, and disaster medical operations. Prospective candidates must be between 13 and 17 years of age at the time of registration and a resident of Georgia. Applicants will be required to complete an enrollment form and applicable waivers. There is no charge to attend this class; however, the class size will be limited. Applications are available online, or at the police department. The application deadline is June 1st, 2016. For more information, go to CERT-PTC.com or call 770-487-8866 and ask for Captain Pye.
CAMP W.I.L.D, Monday – Friday, Jun 27 – July 1 and July 11 – 15; 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. Line Creek Nature Area, Hwy 54, Peachtree City (Fayette-Coweta County Line) Register now for Camp W.I.L.D., a summer camp experience for children, ages 6 – 12, that Southern Conservation Trust sponsors to get kids outside. Kids will engage in activities related to Water, Insects, Leaves and Dirt. Kids will explore aquatic life in Line Creek, hike the trails, scramble over granite outcroppings and make arts and crafts projects at Line Creek Nature Area. To register, go to sctlandtrust.org.