Whether you prefer to enjoy an outside activity or seek refuge indoors from the pollen invasion, there’s something for everyone in this week’s event round-up. For even more to do around town, visit our events calendar HERE.

Free Mulch. Cobb EMC offers free mulch from the clearance maintenance of Cobb EMC power lines. It is available throughout the year and can be delivered when crews are in your area. More info: cobbemc.com/content/request-wood-chips.

APRIL 1-30
5th Annual Roswell Azalea Festival. Enjoy concerts, a River Run, art exhibition and much more. Cost varies based on events. Events located throughout Roswell check website for information on what is happening and when. More Info: 770-640-3253 or www.roswellazaleafestival.com.

Feeding Time at the Chattahoochee Nature Center. Join a naturalist for an in-depth look at one of their resident animals as they are being fed. 4pm. Admission: $10/Adult, $6/Child (3-12), $7/Senior 65+, $7/Student (Ages 13 -18), Children 2 & under are free. Chattahoochee Nature Center, 9135 Willeo Road, Roswell. More info: 770-992-2055 or chattnaturecenter.org

Pop-In Preschool Storytime. Bring your preschooler for a fun, interactive storytime that includes fingerplays and movement activities, too! 10:30am. Free. Ages 3-5. Sewell Mill Library, 2051 Lower Roswell Road, Marietta/ East Cobb. More info: 770-509-2711.

Gritter Baby Storytime. Introduce your baby to the world of reading through finger plays, bouncing rhymes, music and books. 10:15 am. Free; No registration required. Ages Birth-18 months. Gritters Library, 880 Shaw Park Road, Marietta/East Cobb. More info: 770-528-2524.

Toddler Tadpoles is for children ages 1-2. It lasts 20-25 minutes and can include stories, finger plays, bean bags, shaker eggs, lots of music, and fun. 10:15am. Free; No Registration required. East Cobb Library, 4880 Lower Roswell Road, Marietta/East Cobb. More info: 770-509-2730.

The Gritters Knitters. Do you knit, crochet, or work with yarn in anyway? If you would like to get together to craft, get inspired, and make new friends, then this group is for you. All skill levels are welcome, the only requirement is your enthusiasm! Just bring your yarn and yourself. Fridays: 11am-1pm. Gritters Library, 880 Shaw Park Road, Marietta. More info: 770-528-2524.

Marietta Square Farmers Market features products that are grown and produced in Georgia, including produce, plants, honey, breads, cheese and other items. Saturday: 9am-12pm. Rain or shine. Now open all year. Glover Park-Marietta Square. More info: 770-499-9393 or mariettasquarefarmersmarket.net.

Good Mews Spring Flea Market. Find great bargains on a variety of items. All proceeds benefit Good Mews Animal Foundation, a local non-profit organization which operates a volunteer-based no-kill shelter for homeless, abused, and abandoned cats. Saturdays: 10am-5pm. Sundays: 12-5pm. 562 Wylie Road, Marietta (behind the U-Haul on Highway 120). More info: 770-499-2287 or goodmews.org.

Eco-Tinker: Interactive Exhibits. Head outdoors for a nature-inspired tech and tinker stations where you can experiment and explore. There’s plenty to play with while you learn at STEM stations. Members: Free. $10/ Adult, $6/Child (3-12), $7/Senior 65+, $7/Student (Ages 13 -18), Children 2 & under are free. Chattahoochee Nature Center, 9135 Willeo Road, Roswell. More info: 770-992-2055 or chattnaturecenter.org.

APRIL 5 & 6
Spring Native Plant Sale. Attract butterflies, pollinators, birds and more to your garden by adding native plants. Over 120 species of plants available, and horticulturists and knowledgeable volunteers on site to help you plant the garden of your dreams. Herbs and veggies for the edible garden and more. 10am-5pm. Chattahoochee Nature Center, 9135 Willeo Road, Roswell. More info: 770-992-2055 or chattnaturecenter.org.

APRIL 5-14
Shen Yun invites you to travel back to the magical world of ancient China. Experience a lost culture through the breathtaking art of classical Chinese dance, and see legends come to life. Wednesday: 7:30pm; Thursday: 2pm; Friday: 7:30pm; Saturday: 2pm & 7:30pm; Sunday: 1pm. Tickets: starting at $85. Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre, 2800 Cobb Galleria Parkway, Atlanta. More info/tickets: 800-745-3000 or cobbenergycentre.com.

2019 Run the River. Enjoy a scenic run/walk along the Chattahoochee River. Proceeds will be used to continue Home Stretch’s mission of providing housing, hope, and life skills to homeless families. 10K: 7:30am; 5K: 7:45am; 5K Walk: 7:50am; Fun Run: 7:55am. 10K: $40. 5K: $35. Family: $115. Fun Run: $15. St. Andrew Catholic Church, 675 Riverside Road, Roswell. More info: 770-642-9185 or homestretch.org.

Georgia Native Plant Society’s 8th Annual Spring Native Plant Sale. Thousands of native perennials, ferns, shrubs, azaleas, vines and trees will be available. 10am-2pm. Free. McFarlane Nature Park, 280 Farm Road SE, Marietta.

Spectacular Showcases presented by the Georgia Symphony Orchestra. Edward Eanes’ twenty years as concertmaster will be celebrated in a grand fashion with a performance of orchestral showpieces. Rimsky Korsakov’s beloved Scheherazade weaves a thrilling and memorable musical tale. Liszt’s exciting Les Preludes is one of the earliest symphonic poems, and full of brilliance and drama. Guest conducting this first half of this performance will be Stephen Plate, Director of the Kennesaw State University School of Music. Also includes a pre-concert talk with Edward Eanes as he reflects on two decades with the Georgia Symphony Orchestra. 8pm. Tickets: $10+. Marietta Performing Arts Center, 1171 Whitlock Avenue, Marietta. More info: 770-429-2390 or online at georgiasymphony.org.

Cobb Connections. This networking event provides the opportunity to build relationships and grow businessto-business and business-to-consumer connections. 3-4:30pm Cobb Chamber members: Free. General Admission: $25. Registration required. Cobb Chamber of Commerce, 240 Interstate North Parkway, Atlanta. More info: cobbchamber.org.

Solutions to Substance Use Disorder: A County Wide Approach. A symposium presented by Davis Direction Foundation. Hear from Cobb County’s own recovery roundtable leadership council members and newly appointed GBI Director Vic Reynolds to understand the community approach and solutions to substance use disorder. 7-9pm. Free. Marietta First United Methodist Church, Family Life Hall, Building A, 56 Whitlock Avenue, Marietta. More info: missy@davisdirection.com.

APRIL 11-21
Murder! At The Strand. An immersive theatrical who-dunit! Using all of The Strand, this interactive, world-premiere event challenges the audience to identify the true story behind a nefarious crime and the criminal with the motive to commit it. This is an opportunity for patrons to experience the historic Earl and Rachel Smith Strand Theatre as never before. Wednesday, Thursday & Friday: 7pm & 8:30pm; Saturday: 3pm, 7pm & 8:30pm; Sunday: 3pm. Tickets: $40-$45. Earl and Rachel Smith Strand Theatre, 117 North Park Square, Marietta. More info: 770-293-0080 or www.earlsmithstrand.org.

Cobb County Master Gardeners’ Thyme to Read Book Club will be discussing The Second Bud by Martha Ezzard. Book is available through the Cobb County Public Library system. 10:15-11:15am. Free. Cobb County Water Lab, 662 Atlanta Road, Marietta. More info: 770-528-4070 or cobbmastergardeners.com.

APRIL 12-28
Singin’ in the Rain presented by The Atlanta Lyric Theatre. The “Greatest Movie Musical of All Time” is faithfully and lovingly adapted by Broadway legends, Betty Comden and Adolph Green, from their original award-winning screenplay in Singin’ in the Rain. Thursdays, Fridays & Saturdays: 8pm. An additional matinee performance on Saturday, April 27 and Sundays: 2pm. Tickets: $51-$71. Jennie T. Anderson Theatre, 548 S. Marietta Parkway, Marietta. More info: atlantalyrictheatre.com.

Ivy Lane Fashion Show to benefit suicide prevention in East Cobb high schools. Lunch, drinks, music, swag bags, auction and more. 3pm. Tickets: $30. To purchase tickets online go to ivylanemarietta.com. Sponsorships available. Ivy Lane boutique, 3605 Sandy Plains Road, Marietta/East Cobb. More info: 770-578-0506 or ivylanemarietta.com.

Marietta Square Artisan Market. An open-air fine arts market showcasing the best of local, handmade art and fine crafts. From jewelry to sculpture, paintings and more, there is something for everyone. 9am-2pm on Mill Street between Church Street and the railroad tracks. More info: ArtistsMarketMarietta.com.

APRIL 13 & 14
42nd Annual Kennesaw/Big Shanty Festival combines the rich heritage of Kennesaw and the Civil War era with funfilled activities with arts and crafts, food and live entertainment. The festival kicks off with a parade on Saturday at 9:30am, starting at Adams Park and continuing down Main Street through downtown Kennesaw. Saturday: 10am-6pm. Sunday: 12-5pm. Free. Downtown Kennesaw, 2829 Cherokee Street, Kennesaw. More info: 770-423-1330 or kennesaw.com/big-shanty-festival.