By allowing ads to appear on this site, you support the local businesses who, in turn, support great journalism.
Welcome to your Weekend
12n legs

Well, the holidays are upon us. While our jack-o- lanterns sit in the garbage can at the end of our driveways, we are quickly replacing the skeletons that once adorned our walls with pilgrims and gourds. The mall is playing Christmas carols, and we're reminded again how close the holidays really are. One thing I love about this time of year is that it reminds us what's important: family, and the people we surround ourselves with. So whether I'm snuggling on the couch watching my favorite old movies with a cup of hot cocoa or taking a dazzling tour of the lights in at the Botanical Garden, I'm going to try to make sure to give the special people in my life an extra hug and offer them a spot on the couch or an extra ticket.

If you're in the mood to have a night out on the town, Atlanta Botanical Garden opens its doors for their annual holiday tradition, Holiday Nights on Nov. 15th. Maybe you're feeling wild! Herd your royal rumpus down to the Breman Museum to celebrate Maurice Sendak's beloved children's classic "Where the Wild Things Are" and join in the costume parade at the Wild Times at Breman Exhibit on Sunday. Are you ready for some Shakespeare? The New American Shakespeare Tavern is showing "Twelfth Night" until the 31st! Awake Coffee Community is hosting the first annual Handmade Holiday Fest.

Twelfth Night
7:30 p.m., Friday November 7-Sunday November 30
Cost: General Admission $15
Get ready for a night of sharp wit and clever puns! Twelfth Night is a comedy written by the timeless William Shakespeare that centers on twins Viola and Sebastian, who are separated in a tragic shipwreck and are thrust in precariously hilarious situations. Read more about the play here: ( The New American Shakespeare Tavern is hosting, and with a delectable in house menu, it's a perfect choice for a date night or a friend outing.
Click here for more info.

Holiday Nights
5 p.m.-10 p.m., Saturday November 15-January 3
(Monday - Wednesday)
$17 Adult (Member $14)
$11 Child age 3 - 12 (Member $8)
Child Under 3 Free
The annual Holiday Lights at Atlanta Botanical Garden is back! A perfect event for the whole family, the Garden boasts giant butterflies, a unicorn, and shaggy dog from Imaginary Worlds for its 2014 lighting season. Long-time favorites such as the Orchestral Orbs, Glittering Galaxy, Radiant Rainforest, and Model Trains are sure to dazzle your senses as you walk through the fantastically lit garden. Just don't forget your scarf!
Click here for more info.

Wild Times at The Breman!
12 p.m. - 4 p.m., Sunday November 16
Cost: Adults $15, Children $9
Come down to the Breman Museum on Sunday to celebrate the beloved children's classic Where the Wild things Are at a festival dedicated to the author, Maurice Sendak. First, let your little wild things listen to a reading of the classic tale, then learn about the book and author on an interactive guided tour followed by ‘The Music Class' live in concert, and last but certainly not least, a wild rumpus costume parade! Other attractions include face painting, creating your own monster activity, and if you're hungry the Incredible Falafel Food Truck will curb those rumbling bellies.
Click here for more info.

Handmade Holiday Fest
9 a.m.-3 p.m., Saturday November 15
Cost: free
Awake Coffee Community is hosting its first ever Local Handmade Holiday Fest on Saturday. Come out to support local artists and crafters, and stay for the terrific coffee! Santa and his elves will be making a special appearance, so everyone can get their lists early in this year to the jolly one himself. There will be plenty for the kids to do, as they will have cookie decorating stations and activity stations to keep those nimble fingers occupied; plus coffee and hot chocolate will be available inside the whole day.
Click here for more info.

City of Lithonia America Recycles Day
9 a.m. - 3p.m., Saturday November 15
Cost: free
Be a part of Georgia history as the City of Lithonia launches its first recycling center and farmer's market on Main Street. America Recycles Day is a nationally recognized day dedicated to promoting and celebrating recycling in the United States. It provides an opportunity to give back to the community by stressing the importance of recycling. Residents are encouraged to Pledge2Recycle campaign by donating gently used household items. There will also be an opportunity to shop the local vendors and farmer's goods while a variety of food trucks and live music will be present as well.
Click here for more info.

Paula Dean Live!
6 p.m.-8 p.m., Sunday November 16
Cost: 47.50-200.
The Queen of southern cooking is coming to the Atlanta Symphony Hall for a special holiday event! Paula and her husband, Michael will be live for a 90 minute show that covers delicious cooking for the holidays, and a little backstory on our beloved butter lover. If you're keen on meeting her, for a little extra you can have a photograph and meet with her!
Click here for more info.

Pre-Thanksgiving Blow-Out
5 p.m. - 2 a.m. Wednesday, November 26
Cost: free
Come down to the Whistle Post Tavern on the Wednesday before thanksgiving for their annual blow-out! Dinner and drinks will start around 5p.m., and with live entertainment and festive drink specials, this celebration won't end until the wee hours of the morning.
$5 drink specials: Neopolitan holiday, Santa dude's o'politan, S'mores hot chocolate
Click here for more info.