1. The Packway Handle Band will be performing at the Ashford Manor Concert on the Lawn this Wednesday evening. It will be the last concert of the season, and what better group to close it out than this fabulous quintet from Athens. Gates will open at 5pm, giving you a chance to find your seat and enjoy a picnic before the opening act takes the stage at 6pm. Tickets are $15 and tables are available to rent for a fee. Guests can also have Bulldawg Food deliver their dinner from Mirko Pasta or Barberito’s.
2. Wayne Pacelle, the CEO and President of The Humane Society of the US, will speak at the UGA Miller Learning Center on Wednesday at 7pm. He will give a presentation, Q&A and book signing of his best seller, The Bond: Our Kinship With Animals, Our Call to Defend Them. On Thursday, you can support the animals and a local restaurant by dining out at Casa Mia, where 10% of your meal will be donated to the Athens Area Humane Society.
3. Calling all book lovers! The Books for Keeps Book Sale will be held on Friday, Saturday and Sunday at Stiles Properties in Five Points. Thousands of books will be for sale at rock-bottom prices.
4. The DanceAthens dance concert, presented by Dancefx and Dancestyle Dancewear, is the culmination of a week of events celebrating dance in Athens. You can enjoy performances by the Red Hotz, Studio Dance Academy, Georgia Dance Team, UGA Ballroom Performance Group and more, on Saturday at the Morton Theatre beginning at 4pm.
5. Do your kids need to let out some energy? There are lots of ways for them to do so in Athens, including Zumbatomic at Whole, Creative Movement at Dancefx, Music Time at Full Bloom, Open Playtime and Storytime at the ACC Library and Family Dancing at Floorspace.
Heirloom Cafe will host an Herb Paper Making Class for children on Saturday at 3pm. This class is the last in a series called The Secret Life of Herbs, in which children learned how to make herbal tea and reusable tea bags, potpourri pillows, and herb wreaths. The class is limited to 10 participants and cost $7 per child.