What: Gospel Jam is an informal gathering of musicians, singers and listeners, meeting on the second Friday nights in the Fellowship Hall of Poplar Springs Baptist Church for around 15 years. String instrument players (guitar, banjo, fiddle, mandolin, Dobro, bass, autoharp, etc.) and singers gather to play hymns and Gospel tunes, stand around the piano and sing and enjoy food and fellowship. Usually, there are about 25 musicians from many churches.
Everyone is invited to participate - either by playing, singing, clapping hands and patting feet or listening. "Come give it a try, and help us make a Joyful Noise to the Lord," says Larry Holland, one of the organizers.
Where: 2056 Hiram Douglasville Hwy, Hiram, GA 30141
When: 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.
What: Based on the hilarious MGM film starring Reese Witherspoon, Legally Blonde: The Musical follows sorority star Elle Woods, an underestimated blonde who doesn't take "no" for an answer. When her boyfriend dumps her for someone more "serious," Elle puts down the credit card, hits the books, and sets out to go where no Delta Nu has gone before: Harvard Law. Along the way, Elle proves that being true to yourself never goes out of style.
Where: 548 S Marietta Pkwy SE, Marietta, GA 30060
When: 8 p.m.
Cost: $30, buy tickets online.
What: Before the kids go back to school on Monday, bring them in IN their PJ's to paint and have breakfast. Choose a piece of pottery to paint and enjoy pancakes, coffee and juice. Please add $3.50 for breakfast. Please make a reservation for this no later than August 10.
Where: 4290 Bells Ferry Rd NW, Kennesaw, GA 30144
When: 10 a.m.
Cost: $5, buy tickets online
What: A night of side-splitting laughter and fun from some of Atlanta’s top comedians…all for one great cause!
Where: 4500 W Village Pl SE, Smyrna, GA 30080
When: 8 p.m. to 11 p.m.
What: This event brings together corporations, philanthropic leaders and community leaders all for the cause of fighting cancer.
Proceeds from the gala benefit ACS and its fight against cancer.
The gala will feature a silent auction as well as fine food and beverages, with a musical performance by Prime.
The theme of this year’s Swordsman’s Ball is “Warriors of the Fight,” focusing on people who surround cancer patients during their cancer battles such as family, friends, nurses and doctors.
When: 6:30 p.m. to midnight
Cost: $125 buy tickets online
What: Accomplished coutry singer Marty Stuart will perform at the the Mable House Barnes Amphitheatre. Tickets are on sale now through Ticketmaster or at the Mable House Barnes Box Office. The lawn area is for blankets, pillows, etc. No lawn chairs are permitted.
Where: 5239 Floyd Rd SW, Mableton, GA 30126
When: Gates open at 6:30 p.m., show begins at 8 p.m.
Cost: $15 / Reserved Sections 2 & 3: $35 / Reserved Section 1: $48 / Table (seats 6): $402. Buy tickets online