February 2017


All month

Roswell Roots Festival
Roswell will celebrate Black History Month with a series of unique and fun events for everyone. Roswell Roots is the largest and most comprehensive celebration of black history and culture in the state, including special exhibits, concerts, workshops, art, cooking demonstrations, storytelling and drama. To view the complete list of events, go to


Tour of Independent Filmmakers
7 p.m. The Southern Tour of Independent Filmmakers will show “Mind/Game: The Unquiet Journey of Chamique Holdsclaw,” which follows the journey of “the female Michael Jordon” as she emerges as a mental health advocate. Afterward, there will be an opportunity to meet and talk with the director. See the film at the Roswell Cultural Arts Center, 950 Forrest St., Roswell.

Cupid Chase 5K Road Race
8 a.m. Whether you are running away from Cupid’s arrow or madly in love, the PT Solutions Physical Therapy Cupid Chase 5K is for all skill levels and age groups and benefits Rally Foundation for Childhood Cancer Research. Register online at or in the PTS Store in Roswell, where the race will start. Registration starts at $30 for adults, $25 for students. Sweet Apple Village, 12050 Etris Road, Roswell.

A Temptations Revue
8 p.m. See a live show with Grammy Award winner Barrington “Bo” Henderson as the group sings through a decade of Temptations songs and some classic Motown hits. Tickets are $30, or $75 for a season pass to the LIVE! in Roswell series. The show will be held at the Roswell Cultural Arts Center, 950 Forrest St., Roswell.


“Things that Matter”
2-4 p.m. Groveway Community Group, Inc. returns to the main stage with its annual Black History Production celebrating African American heritage and culture through song, dance, acting and spoken word. Tickets are $10 in advance and $15 at the door. Roswell Cultural Arts Center, 950 Forrest St., Roswell.

Heritage Tour
2 p.m. Tour the Autrey Mill Heritage Village and learn about what life would have been like for the farm families at the turn of the 18th century in Johns Creek. Tours are free for members, and nonmembers are asked to provide a suggested $2 donation. The tour will take place at the Autrey Mill Nature Preserve and Heritage Center, 9770 Autrey Mill Road, Johns Creek.


Making Successful Transitions Workshop
10 a.m. Learn how to make a concrete plan for transitioning into a new career or lifestyle change, like having a child, starting a restaurant or working on relationships. This session with certified life coach Sonia Tank will explore how to determine new goals and reach them. Reservations are required by calling 770-360-8820 or emailing The workshop will take place at the Northeast Spruill Oaks Library, 9560 Spruill Road, Johns Creek.


Deb Bowman Concert
7 p.m. Celebrate Valentine’s Day early with Deb Bowman’s New York-style jazz cabaret as part of the Autrey Mill Unplugged concert series. Doors open at 7 p.m. for socializing and light refreshments. The concert starts at 8 p.m. in the Warsaw Church, 9770 Autrey Mill Road, Johns Creek. Tickets are $20 each.


Community Conversation: Downtown Parking Deck
6:30-8 p.m. For the past several months, the city of Alpharetta has been working with its consultant to refine plans for providing new structured parking to meet the growing needs of its downtown area. Join the next community conversation on this topic as the latest ideas are presented. Residents are encouraged to share their thoughts and impressions at Alpharetta City Hall, 2 Park Plaza, Alpharetta.


“Having Our Say, The Delany Sisters’ First 100 Years”
Through March 5, times vary. See the centenarians and African American pioneers Sadie and Bessie Delany share stories of their rich family history as descendants of slaves through the Civil Rights Movement and beyond. This comedy-drama by Emily Mann celebrates the indomitable human spirit. Tickets start at $21. Roswell Cultural Arts Center, 950 Forrest St., Roswell.


Roswell Green Expo
10 a.m.–3 p.m. Keep Roswell Beautiful will hold the Roswell Green Expo, featuring family-friendly activities designed to introduce residents to vendors and organizations that can assist them in becoming more green at home. Bill Johnson Community Building, 10495 Woodstock Road, Roswell.

Johns Creek Arts Bowls Fundraiser
3-6 p.m. Enjoy a variety of chilies along with refreshments while supporting the Johns Creek Arts Center. Each ticket includes one handmade bowl out of over 300 choices, all created in their clay studio. Tickets are $20 at pre-order and $25 at the door. Johns Creek Arts Center, 6290 Abbotts Bridge Road, Building 700, Johns Creek.

Back in the Saddle
3 p.m. and 8 p.m. See Back in the Saddle live and enjoy the sounds of their energetic Western music, including classic Cowboy songs, Western swing, movie theme songs and some original tunes. Tickets are $20. The show will take place at The Cumming Playhouse, 101 School St., Cumming.

The Jewels of Our Lives Gala
6-11:30 p.m. An exciting evening is planned for Senior Services North Fulton supporters and community leaders to celebrate the lives of seniors in North Fulton and Senior Services North Fulton. Fundraiser tickets start at $150 per person and are available online. Country Club of the South, 4100 Old Alabama Road, Johns Creek.


The Untold Story of Roswell
3-4:30 p.m. Step back in time for a view of life in Roswell from those who lived it at this free event. Listen as Roswell residents share their stories of growing up in Roswell’s black community. Presented by Visit Roswell and Groveway Community Group as part of the Roswell Roots Festival. Hear the stories at the Roswell Visitor’s Center, 617 Atlanta St., Roswell.

Remembering Anne Frank
6:30-8:30 p.m. Two surviving friends of Anne Frank, Eva Schloss and Ed Silverberg, will recount their stories via video and through drama as actors portray them on stage. “And Then They Came for Me: Remembering the World of Anne Frank” is presented for young audiences by the Georgia Ensemble Theatre. See the show at the Roswell Cultural Arts Center, 950 Forrest St., Roswell.


Roswell poetry slam
7 p.m. Sign-in for participants at 6 p.m. The Roswell Roots Festival presents “Slammin’ in the Suburbs,” a poetry slam featuring 15 local talents as they read off their own works. First place wins $1,000. To compete, sign up in person at the event. Roswell Historic Cottage, 972 Alpharetta St., Roswell.


Jog for a Cause in Milton
8-11 a.m. Milton presents the 14th annual Jog for a Cause and Milton Mayor’s Run. This 5K race is a Peachtree qualifier and is in partnership with North Point Pediatrics to benefit the families of local pediatric cancer patients. The route will begin and end at Milton’s Freedom Park, located at Deerfield Parkway and Webb Road. Cost is $25.

Wiphan Warthog Waddle 5K
8-11 a.m.  Join this 5K and 1K Fun Run to benefit orphans and vulnerable children living in Zambia. The flat 5K winds through a quiet neighborhood adjacent to Fellowship Bible Church, 480 West Crossville Road, Roswell, where the event will start and finish. This is a Peachtree qualifier, and registration starts at $25.

Pound Cake Cook-Off
1-3 p.m. Roswell will host its third annual Pound Cake Cook-Off. Guests are invited to taste pound cake and vote for their favorite entries. First and second place will be awarded in each category. A People’s Choice Award will also be given to the participant with the most votes from guests. The cook-off will be at the East Roswell Recreation Center, 9000 Fouts Road, Roswell.

Simon & Garfunkel
3 and 8 p.m. Revisit the famous reunion of folk duo Simon & Garfunkel at Central Park with Lee Lessack and Johynny Rodgers. Celebrate their beloved classics with genuine set lists at The Cumming Playhouse, 101 School St., Cumming. Tickets are $27.50.


Bourbon & Boas Roswell Mardi Gras Ball
7-11 p.m. Celebrate Mardi Gras with the Viola Foundation’s second annual Roswell Mardi Gras Ball, Bourbon & Boas, benefiting the Roswell Woman’s Club and Skyland Trail. 60 Sloan St., Roswell.

Joe Gransden & His 16 Piece Big Band
8-10 p.m. Come enjoy an evening of jazz with Joe Gransden and his 16 piece Big Band for the third of four concerts at the Roswell Cultural Arts Center, 950 Forrest St., Roswell. Individual tickets start at $30.

Looking Ahead March:


Summer Serendipity
View the works of the Johns Creek Arts Center’s newest exhibit and juried fine arts competition, Summer Serendipity. This free exhibit will showcase works in all mediums created by local artists. Visitors can view the works at the Johns Creek Arts Center, 6290 Abbotts Bridge Road, Building 700, during its regular hours.


St. Patrick’s Day Celebration
3 and 8 p.m. Join Chloe Agnew, an original former member of music group Celtic Women, as she celebrates St. Patrick’s Day with original Celtic music. Tickets are $30 each. See the show at The Cumming Playhouse, 101 School St., Cumming.


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