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Chili Cook-Off, St. Paddy's Celebrations on Tap This Weekend

This weekend, dressing in pink and green does not mean you're preppie.

Celebrate St. Patrick's Day, raise funds for fighting breast cancer, meet an author or listen to some tunes — these are just a few of our favorite things to do this weekend.

Where/When: , 6290 Abbotts Bridge Road, Johns Creek; Saturday, March 19, 1-2 p.m. (bowl preview sale); 5:30-8:30 p.m. (chili cook off).

Why Go: All are invited to join Johns Creek Community Arts Center for its annual Chili Cook-Off and Bowls Event. Bowls Preview Sale will be from 1-2 p.m., so come early to get first pick of all the bowls. Enjoy snacks and refreshments as you browse and purchase your one-of-a-kind bowl. Then be ready for your taste buds to enjoy the savory flavors of chili as local chefs boast their recipes.

Price: $5

Where/When: , 1930 Bobby Jones Drive, Johns Creek; Saturday, March 19, 7-11 p.m.

Why Go: The Pink Affair is a non-profit organization and an annual fundraising event hosted by the Zeta Tau Alpha (ZTA) North Fulton Link Alumnae Chapter to fund the fight against breast cancer. Randy & Spiff from 106.7, Atlanta's Greatest Hits, return as emcees for the third year.  The evening includes cash bar, dinner buffet, silent auction, live auction, games, dancing and more. Enjoy complimentary wine during silent auction. Attire is dressy casual. 

Price: $100

Where/When: , 3000 Old Alabama Road, Johns Creek; Saturday, March 19, 9 a.m.

Why Go: This campaign is comprised of a series of supporting volunteer collection efforts to gather shoe donations. Healthy Notions works with community organizations, schools, students, churches, youth groups, families, friends and social clubs throughout the Southeast.

Volunteers and donors come together to drop off, process and sort donations to benefit orphaned children in Haiti and Dominican Republic.

Price: Donation of shoes

Where/When: Durty Kellys, 480 N Main St., Alpharetta; March 17, 18 and 19 (Thursday, Friday and Saturday)

Why Go: Join Durty Kellys for the third annual St Paddy's Celebration. It’s time for a wee bit o’partin! So come join Greater Atlanta’s premier St Patrick’s celebration for a time of drinking, dancing, laughing and a whole lot of partying, Irish style! You will enjoy live Irish bands, bag pipes, billiards,  prizes, souvenir beer mugs and a variety of draft beers from 30 beer taps (in house).

Price: Free to attend, cost for purchases.

Where/When: , 1810 Hembree Road, Alpharetta; Saturday March 19, 8 a.m.-2 p.m.

Why Go:Roswell, Alpharetta and Milton Public Works Departments, along with Keep Roswell Beautiful are joining together to offer residents in these areas a chance to clean out their garages, basements and attics and dispose of unwanted items at no charge. Proof of residency will be required. This event has become so popular, please expect delays.

Price: Free

Where/When: Cumming Playhouse, 101 School Street, Cumming; Saturday, March 19, 8 p.m.

Why Go: This Saturday and Sunday celebrate St. Patrick’s Day as the Cumming Playhouse Singers present music of Ireland that is filled with many memorable songs, sounds and culture of the Irish.  The ensemble has created a wonderful vocal celebration of St. Patrick’s Day that is sure to be both inspiring and entertaining.

Price: $15

Where/When: , 1575 Dahlonega Highway, Cumming; Saturday, March 19, 9 a.m.-noon

Why Go: Enjoy food, bluegrass, face-painting and meet the growers at Cumming Harvest’s Open Market. This is the chance to buy some locally grown organic (no chemicals) food.

The Cumming Harvest is an online Market of locally grown food, open all year, produced without synthetic fertilizers and pesticides by local family growers who care about the food we eat and the land we live on.

Price: Free to attend

Where/When: , 950 Forest St., Roswell; Saturday, March 19, 7 p.m.

Why Go: Join the Georgia Philharmonic for a feast of 19th Century Lyric Masterpieces.  The night will conclude with Beethoven's Symphony No. 7, which inspires audiences and critics alike with its lively rhythms and memorable motives. By the end of this tour, you will not be able to go home without at least one song stuck in your head.

Price: $10 student/seniors ($35 season); $15 adult general ($55 season); $25 adult prime ($95 season)

Where/WhenPeerless Book Store, 8465 Holcomb Bridge Road, Alpharetta; Saturday, March 19, 1 p.m.

Why Go:V isit the new Peerless Book Store on Saturday when guest James Robert Smith talks about his newest release, "The Flock."  This is a book that is already on the way to the big screen. Peerless Book Store is located between in between Kroger and Mona Lisa in Rivermont Station.

Price: Free to attend

Where/When: Northeast Atlanta Hilton, 5993 Peachtree Industrial Blvd., Norcross; Saturday, March 19, 7 p.m.-midnight

Why Go: Raise funds for Paint Georgia Pink while having fun with heavy hors d’oeuvres, DJ and dancing, door prizes, silent suction and cash bar to benefit the fight against breast cancer. The theme is Pink Pirates, but any costume, especially period costumes, are welcome.  If costumes are not your thing, formal attire is requested.  

Price: $50

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