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Get Out: Weekend Planner

Preserve food, support Atlanta Community Foodbank, eat breakfast, tour gardens or learn about being a "Southern Fried Child."

1. SUPPORT THE 3rd ANNUAL SPRINGFEST

Where/When: , 211 East Trinity Place, Decatur, Saturday, May 14, 1 p.m. to 12 a.m.

Why go: Besides benefitting the Atlanta Community Food Bank and it’s 700 community partners, DJ Amy Handler will be entertaining kids, along with members of the Imperial OPA Circus, who will have mask making and stilt walking workshops alongside their life-sized puppets until 2:30. Then, the music starts with bands playing inside and outside, late into the night. Bands include: The Shathouse Rats, Abby Wren, What It is, The Mermaids, Blair Crimmins and the Hookers and more.

Pricing: $10 per person/children 10 and under free. (All ticket proceeds go to the Atlanta Community Food Bank.)

2. CHECK OUT THE DECATUR GARDEN TOUR

Where/When: , 435 Oakview Rd., Decatur, Saturday, May 14, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, May 15, 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Why go: Benefitting the Oakhurst Community Garden Project and the Decatur Preservation Alliance, this year’s theme is “Outdoor Spaces, Entertaining Places” and features gardeners who will open the up part of their homes to demonstrate outdoor and indoor living areas.

Pricing: advance tickets: $20/day of tickets: $25/children 12 and under: free. For more information: http://decaturgardentour.com/tickets

3. EAT YOUR BREAKFAST

Where/When: The American Legion Harold Byrd Post 66, 30 Covington Rd., Avondale Estates, Saturday, May 14, 8 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.

Why go: Post 66 provides a “second Saturday” family breakfast including: scrambled eggs, crisp bacon, sausage patties, grits, pancakes, biscuits and gravy, along with unlimited coffee, orange juice and iced tea.

Pricing: $5 per person/$2.50 per child

4. ATTEND A “SOUTHERN FRIED” BOOK SIGNING

Where/When: Eagle Eye Book Shop, 2076 N. Decatur Rd., Decatur, Saturday, May 14, 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Why go: Meet Jimmie Moomaw, the author of this interesting, well-written book who is an Avondale Estates resident and former city commissioner. “Southern Fried Child” is a collection of stories about everyday life told through the eyes of a child growing up in Mississippi in the 40s and 50s and captivates readers from page one.

Pricing: Free/varies with purchases.

5. PUT UP OR SHUT UP

Where/When: , 180 W. Ponce de Leon Ave., Decatur, Monday, May 16, 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.

Why go: Teaching different ways to preserve food, Sherri Brooks Vinton will focus on berries for this class, including a demo on liquor infusions, jams, making a gastrique and berry leather.

Pricing: $75 per person

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