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WEEKEND EVENTS: Santa Claus, Cavalia Odysseo and Larry Munson
WEEKEND EVENTS: Santa Claus, Cavalia Odysseo and Larry Munson

ATLANTA – There are tons of fun events going on this weekend, in your area. We’ve listed a few of them for you to check out with your family and friends.

The Gwinnett Braves will be hosting a Marines Toys for Tots Drive on Friday and Saturday at Coolray Field. The Braves want to make sure “as many children as possible” have a Merry Christmas. People can take their donations between noon and 3:00 p.m. and meet with former Braves pitchers Phil Niekro and Zane Smith and former Falcons defensive back Scott Case. For each new unwrapped toy you bring, the Braves will give you a ticket to exchange for an autograph. The Toy Drive will be open from 10:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m.

Bring your family to enjoy a Waffle House breakfast with Santa at Underground Atlanta between 8:30 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. on Saturday morning. For only $10, your children can have breakfast in the food court and personally deliver their wish lists to the big guy. With each ticket Santa will be handing out take home photos for your children to frame and admire.

Rack up on books and gifts for the family at the Southwest Arts Center on Saturday. More than one hundred children’s and adult authors will be in attendance between 10:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. While there, you can drop off new clothes, shoes, toys, diapers and gift cards. All donations will be used to create gift bags for the Atlanta Children’s Shelter. The Southwest Arts Center is located at 915 New Hope Road in Atlanta.

Wreaths across America will pay tribute to veterans laying in state at the Marietta National Cemetery beginning at noon on Saturday, November 10. The organization was founded to coordinate wreath laying ceremonies on the second Saturday of December at Arlington, as well as, at other locations around the country. Wreaths will be placed at different gravesites, as a tribute, on the sites of men and women who served their country. The Marietta National Cemetery is located at 500 Washington Avenue in Atlanta.

New Age Composer John Serrie will perform two concerts at the Tellus Science Museum in Cartersville on Saturday night. The first concert will happen at 7:00 p.m. and the second at 8:30 p.m. Concert goers can listen to Christmas music and enjoy the stars at the museums 40 foot dome planetarium. Tickets to the concert are $15 for Science Museum members and $25 for all other attendees. Serrie will sign CDs after each concert. Tellus Science Museum is located at 100 Telllus Drive in Cartersville. 

Many have been wondering why a big white tent has been erected just off the highway near Spring Street and Eight Street. It’s the sequel to Cavalia, called “Odysseo” and it is being held in that tent, in the middle of Midtown. Tickets to the event range from $69 to $134 and the event offers discounts for children and senior citizens. Odyssso is going to be around until January, although, there’s a good chance it’ll be extended. Check it out online.

Alliance Theatre has brought back is classic production of Charles Dickens "A Christmas Carol"   It's the 22nd year Alliance has performed the holiday favorite.  Well-known local actor Chris Kaiser is one again playing Ebenezer Scrooge.   You have four chances to see it this weekend at 2:30 and 8:00 today, 2:30 and 7:30 tomorrow. Tickets range from $21 to $60.  It will be at the Alliance through Christmas Eve.   By the way, the Theatre is also accepting non-perishable food donations to the Atlanta Community Food Bank.

Looking for a little irreverence with your Christmas plays?   We think we found just the place and it’s Onstage Atlanta in Decatur.  They are presenting what they call "Merry Little Holiday Shorts".   Listen to the titles of some of the eight original one-act plays they are presenting: "Rebel without a Claus", "Oy Vey Maria" and "To Grandmother's House We Go-Against Our Better Judgment" Intrigued?  Tickets are 12 to 15 dollars.   Today's plays are at 3 p.m. and tomorrows at 8:00 p.m.  The one-acts run through next weekend. Onstage Atlanta is located at 2597 North Decatur Road in Decatur.

The Gwinnett Gladiators are back in town hosting two games.  They host the South Carolina Stingrays at 7:05 tonight and again tomorrow at 4:05 p.m.  During the first intermission of both games, middle school choruses will sing Christmas Carol favorites.  The team is also accepting new, unwrapped toys for the Marines Toys for Tots campaign.

Longtime Bulldog Football announcer, Larry Munson, will be honored at Sanford Stadium, on Saturday afternoon at the place where he made his mark, for so many years, on the University of Georgia. At 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, the school will hold a memorial service for long-time announcer Larry Munson, who died last month at the age of 89. Gates at Sanford Stadium will open at noon and the one-hour memorial service will begin at 1:00 p.m. Larry Munson was voice of the Dawgs for 42 years.