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Welcome to Your Weekend: Home Grown

June 12

"Home Grown Jazz By The River," 
This concert is a fundraiser for the Washington Street Community Center in Covington, will be held Friday, June 12, from 7 to 11 p.m. The concert will be held at the Porterdale Mill Lofts, 109 Main St., and features Rockdale County native Xavier Gordon and the Xavier Gordon Trio. Bring picnic baskets, blankets and chairs. The tickets are $25, and doors open at 6:30 p.m. For more information, call (770) 786-4002 or visit

"The Sensational Sounds of Motown"
Covington Summer Concert Series features "The Sensational Sounds of Motown (R&B and Soul) at the Square downtown, 7 p.m. Admission is free. The event is sponsored by Covington Main Street and the Newton County Arts Association. For more infomration, call (770) 786-8111 or (770) 385-2077, or visit

Madison Community Theater will present "13" at the Morgan County High School Auditorium Friday, June 12 at 7 p.m. and Saturday, June 13, at 2:30 p.m. For more infomration, visit or call (706) 474-2912.

June 13

Community Walk
A Community Walk, sponsored by Newton County Parks, will start at 9 a.m. in Chimney Park. Join Vanessa Nolley, Newton Trails Board member, and learn about some of the things to look for during the hour-and-a-half walk. For more information, visit

Run with the Monks 5K
8:30 a.m.; Monastery of the Holy Spirit, Conyers; 5K run and 1.5 mile Fun Run/Walk through wooded Monastery landscape; registrato is $25 for 5K, $20 for 1.5 mile Fun Run/Walk

The Morgan County African American Museum will hold "Juneteenth-A Day of Remembrance," celebrating the end of slavery, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. The celebration includes vendors, free face and nail painting, music and storytelling. The museum is located in the Moore House at 156 Academy St., Madison. The celebration culminates with "Music in the Park," at the Madison Town Park, 218 W. Jefferson Street, Madison, from 6 to 10 p.m. Tickets are $10 in advance, $15 at the gate. For more information, call (706) 342-9191, or visit

Olde Town Summer Film Series: Box Trolls
Starts after dark; at Olde Town Pavilion; The Olde Town Summer Film series kicks off with “The BoxTrolls;” refreshments available for purchase; viewing is free. 

June 14

Cruisin' to the Cross
The First Baptist Church in Conyers will be holding its annual car show, "Cruisin' to the Cross," Sunday, June 14, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Local business owner Tim Thompson, whose business, Atlanta Picture Cars, has rented cars to production companies for some of the recently filmed movies in Conyers, metro Atlanta and beyond, will be on hand with some of his autos. Proceeds from the 8th annual show will benefit 4Sarahv[], a nonprofit organization whose mission is to empower change in the life of women and girls working in the sex trade by providing a holistic approach which includes residential program assistance, scholarships, STD/HIV resources, suicide intervention, addiction, domestic violence resources, church placement and prayer.

Georgia Caribbean American Heritage Coalition's 10th anniversary
Caribbean American Heritage Month will be celebrated at the Olde Town Conyers Pavilion, 949 South Main St., Sunday, beginning at 4 p.m. The Georgia Caribbean American Heritage Coalition's 10th anniversary will feature music, food and performances. Tickets are $15 for adults, children, 6-12, $5, and children under 5 free. For more information, call (770) 602-2606, email, or visit

June 18

Jazz Workshop
Instrumental Jazz Workshop for rising 9th through 12 grade students will be held today and Sunday at the Porter Auditorium, 157 Ram Dr., Covington. The workshop is sponsored by the Arts Association. For more information, call (770) 786-8188 or visit

Jugtime Rag Band
The Jugtime Rag Band will play from 7:30 to 9:30 at Madison Town Park, 218 W. Jefferson Street, as part of the "Oh, Those Summer Nights!" concert series, Saturday night. For more information, call (706) 342-1251, x208, or email

Farther out ...

Brookhaven Beer Festival
The Brookhaven Beer Fest will be held June 13,from 3 to 8 p.m. Sample 150 beers, hear live music and visit food vendors. Tickets are $40, and can be purchased online at The event is held behind the Brookhaven Marta Station on Apple Valley Road. For more information, visit

American Hydrangea Society Garden Tour
Hydrangeas blooming in several different settings in large and small garden will be part of the 21st Annual American Hydrangea Society's Garden Tour, Saturday, June 13, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The tickets are $30 for individuals, $40 for couples, and includes a one-year membership in the society. The tour starts at the first of five gardens, located at 640 Tanglewood Trail, Sandy Springs. For more information, visit