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Weekend Planner: Try The Sunday Ride

You can learn about trees in Avondale Estates, dine out for a good cause, tour beautiful kitchens and observe the theatre of the absurd.

Here are five things to do this weekend in Decatur and Avondale Estates. For a full list of ideas, go to the Patch calendar of events.

1. Festival of absurdist plays. The Academy Theatre presents these performances by local playwrights at 8 p.m. Friday, Saturday and Sunday. $10 in advance, $15 at the door.

2. Tree Walk. Local arborists will lead you through the city and talk about unusual characteristics of the city's trees. This is the first time for what may become an annual event. Starts at 10 a.m. Saturday at the Avondale Community Club, 59 Lakeshore Drive. Free.

3. Tour of Kitchens. The Junior League DeKalb County sponsors this event that starts at noon Saturday at the Mary Gay House, 716 W. Trinity Place. $10.

4. Neighborfood Decatur. Buy a ticket to sample foods at eight walkable restaurants in downtown Decatur. Drink specials included. Some of the proceeds will benefit Breakthru House, a longterm residential recovery program for women. Starts at 2 p.m. Saturday at city hall. Tickets are $40 now, $45 on Saturday.

5. The Sunday Ride. Avondale Estates will close off four miles of streets to cars Sunday so folks can bike, walk, skate and scoot around town. It's part of the open streets initiatives. Starts at 11 a.m. Sunday at Avondale Estates City Hall, 21 N. Avondale Plaza. Free.

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