Here comes the sun. Do do do do. Here comes the sun. Do do do do. And I say, it's all right.
George Harrison sure did sing it right. Here comes that fabulous Georgia sunshine. March is the month of transition from the winter cold to the beautiful, warm southern spring we all know and love. In March we look forward to new cherry blossoms, daffodils, St. Patrick's Day, NCAA March Madness, the beginning of festival season and Justin Bieber's birthday. (He's still cool right?)
When you're not chillin' out on the couch watching basketball, get out and experience some of the many events happening this weekend. Now that winter is fading away, there is so much more to see and do in our area. March over to Midtown for the annual Atlanta St. Patrick's Day Parade. The whole family will enjoy the clowns, floats, dancers, music and fun and hopefully capture some of the luck of the Irish. Want to do something positive for our community? Stay local and sign up for the Rock on Rockdale 5K to raise support for the Special Olympics. You'll get your weekend exercise while helping many of our local children and adults with disabilities. Escape reality for a day and pretend you are socializing with friends at an English garden party as you play in the Cherry Blossom Charity Croquet Tournament at Oxford Emory. Luuuuuuucy! A fun date night awaits you at the Cobb Energy Centre for I Love Lucy Live. Desi, Lucy, Fred and Ethel will take you back to 1952 and bring you the hilarious antics you remember from the classic TV show. Need something for the whole family? Check out a screening of James and the Giant Peach at the Centre for Puppetry Arts in Atlanta. In addition to the show, admission to the Centre's exhibits is included.
I Love Lucy Live
Friday-Sunday, Mar. 13-15, various times
Cost: $41 and up
America's favorite foursome, Lucy, Ricky, Fred and Ethel are back live on stage at the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre for a fabulous new performance. Go back to 1952 and be a part of the Desilu Playhouse studio audience as they await the filming of some hilarious I Love Lucy episodes.
Atlanta St. Patrick's Day Parade
Saturday, Mar. 14, noon
Head down to Peachtree St. for the always grand Atlanta St. Patrick's Day Parade, a local tradition for over 130 years. More than 2,000 dancers, musicians, cheerleaders, clowns and Irish and local dignitaries are expected to march this year. Grab the family, get your green on, get a good spot and enjoy the festivities!
Rock on Rockdale 5K and Fun Run
Saturday, Mar. 14
Cost: $20 and up
Lace up your shoes and help the Special Olympics raise funds to support programs for children and adults with intellectual disabilities. The Rock On Rockdale 5K is slated to be one of our largest fundraising events to provide Special Olympians with transportation, equipment and uniforms. Registration begins at 7:30am at the Government Annex, 1400 Parker Rd. Conyers. The fun starts at 8:30 and the 5K begins at 9 a.m.
James and the Giant Peach
Saturday, Mar. 14, 7 pm
Cost: Free for members, $7 for non-members
Watch a screening of the 1996 Disney flick James and the Giant Peach. Based on Roald Dahl's children's book, this film tells the story of a young boy's journey of self-discovery and his unforeseen encounters with human-sized insects and a juicy, giant peach. You will also enjoy an admission to the Center for Puppetry Arts and its many amazing galleries with your movie ticket purchase. http://puppet.org/perform/filmseries.shtml
Cherry Blossom Charity Croquet Tournament
Saturday, Mar. 14, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Cost: $50 (includes equipment, continental breakfast and lunch)
Bring your friends to Oxford Emory for this fun and unique event. Funds raised from the tournament will benefit Phoenix Pass in Conyers, the Rockdale Special Olympics and Willing Helpers Medical Clinic in Covington.