Here are events and opportunities to help others, experience nature, stay in shape or just have a lot of fun around metro Atlanta as a family this weekend, Feb. 12-13, 2011:
“Aladdin and the Arabian Nights":
Take the whole family to “Aladdin and the Arabian Nights,” a production of The Enchantment Theatre. Jere Flint will conduct the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra. There will be life-size puppets and other visual wonder on Sunday, February 13, at 1:30 and 3:30 pm. Ticket prices range from $15-$20. Learn more at http://www.atlantasymphony.org/Calendar/2010/Aladdin-Arabian-Nights.aspx
If you like outrageously big-wheeled vehicles overturning and leaping over heaps of stuff, then Monster Jam is for you (www.monsterjam.com/Tickets/2011/02/12/Atlanta,_GA/). The action comes to the Georgia Dome Saturday, Feb. 12 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets range from $15 to $110 (the Total Access Pass). All tickets $2 more on the day of show.
**Deal alert: There are $5 adult discount coupons available at participating Advance Auto Parts locations through Feb 11, 2011 while supplies last. Check out the web site for participating stores.
Night hike at Panola Mountain State Park:
Hike up the mountaintop with an experienced guide on Saturday, Feb. 12, 2011 at 5:30 p.m. The site advises that hikers bring flashlights, hiking boots and water. Meet at the nature center 30 minutes the program. Register in advance. Panola Mountain State Park’s address is 2600 Highway 155, SW, Stockbridge, GA 30281. Cost is $7 plus $5 parking. Phone: 770-389-7801.
Races, walks and trots:
Check out web sites such as www.rungeorgia.com/calendar.html for a list of walks and races going on in Atlanta and throughout Georgia on Saturday, Feb. 12, 2011 to benefit your health - and maybe a worthwhile community organization as well.
Among the events in metro Atlanta on Feb 12:
- Atlanta Track Club Heart & Soles 5K, Georgia Perimeter College’s Decatur Campus, 8 a.m. Free for ATC Members,$10 for non-members. Learn more by visiting http://www.atlantatrackclub.org/;
- Marietta Mardi Gras 5K, 8 a.m. Benefits Junior League of Cobb-Marietta and its community partners. Cost is $30 now and on race day; $15 for Tot Trot which is at 9 a.m. The event takes place at the square in downtown Marietta. For more info, look up www.marietta5k.com/;
- The 10th Annual Chattahoochee Challenge 10K Race at 8 a.m. to benefit the Chattahoochee Nature Center. On site registration is $32 for 10K, and $15 for Fun Run at 7:30 a.m. Register online at www.active.com or at any Big Peach Running Company Store (http://www.bigpeachrunningco.com/). Find out the details at chattnaturecenter.org/events-calendar.html
Give others support:
According to information on Underground Atlanta’s web site, a bra is the single item of clothing women in need often need. Weaves in the City, located at downtown’s Underground Atlanta (http://www.underground-atlanta.com/) is supporting the bi-annual “bra drive” of retailer Soma Intimates (last year, Soma collected more than 28,000 bras and redistributed them to local charities). Drop off gently used or new bras at the salon now through Feb. 14.