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MLK Weekend at Medieval Times: 16 things to do this weekend in Atlanta

Just when you thought the cold snap was over another wave quickly approaches, but you can still get the most out of your weekend by learning something new at one of the many events taking place throughout the Metro. 

Whether you've always wanted to try your hand at glassblowing, or want to celebrate Martin Luther King through service or festive actvities, Atlanta has you covered all weekend long.

»11 Atlanta events that honor the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr.

Find your next hidden talent by attending one of these not-to-miss events happening in a county near you:

Cobb

Bonsai Study Group. 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday, Jan. 12. Free with garden admission. Smith Gilbert Gardens. 2382 Pine Mountain Road, Kennesaw. 770-919-0248. www.smithgilbertgardens.com.

Discover everything you need to get started on a new hobby at the Bonsai study group taking place at Smith Gilbert Gardens on Friday. You'll learn from Bonsai Curator Rodney Clemons, who will guide you through the basics and talk about the garden's Bonsai collection.

Abundance Dance Company's "The Love Project." 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 13. $10 to $15 per person. The Art Place Mountain View. 3330 Sandy Plains Road, Marietta. 414-745-7435. www.abundancedancecompany.com.

Come out to see Abundance Dance Company's first production of 2018, "The Love Project," which will feature contemplative dance with themes of love and healing to a backdrop of live music and spoken word. 

Guided 24-Gun Battery Hike at Kennesaw Mountain. 11 a.m. Sunday, Jan. 14. Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park. 900 Kennesaw Mountain Drive, Kennesaw. 770-427-4686. www.nps.gov.

Experience a Ranger-led hike up to the Union 24-Gun Battery site this Sunday, which will include a 3-mile hike and information about local Civil War history.

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Yoga With Cats. 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 a.m. Sunday, Jan. 14. $20 per person. Good Mews Animal Foundation. 3805 Robinson Road, Marietta. 770-499-2287. www.goodmews.org.

You didn't read it wrong -- you'll commune with cats as you stretch and tone your way to a peaceful mind on Sunday. Yoga With Cats takes place at the Good Mews Animal Foundation, which will feature a certified yoga instructor that will guide you through an hour-long class. 

DeKalb

Hot Glass "Date" Night. 4 p.m., 6 p.m. and 8 p.m. Friday, Jan. 12. $195 per couple. Spruill Center for the Arts. 5339 Chamblee Dunwoody Road, Dunwoody. 770-394-3447.www.spruillarts.org.

Learn how to make your own blown glass creation at the Hot Glass "Date" Night at Spruill Center for the Arts. Bring your special someone along for a night of molten excitement as you create a glass paperweight, ornament or keepsake at this hands-on class.

At the Fernbank Museum of Natural History is the Reflections of Culture exhibit, where Native American clothings is on display now with many other items that highlight body modifications and cultural messaging found in clothing, jewlery in modern society all over the world, and in historic cultures. Visitors at the museum for the new evening series will have access to exhibits at the museum. (Jenni Girtman / Atlanta Event Photography) (The Atlanta Journal-Constitution)

Fernbank After Dark 2018 Kick Off Party. 7 p.m. Friday, Jan. 12. $10 to $20 per person. Fernbank Museum of Natural History. 767 Clifton Road NE, Atlanta. 404-929-6400. www.fernbankmuseum.org.

Join Fernbank as they kick off the new year with a Fernbank After Dark Party on Friday. This adults-only bash will feature live music, craft brews, giant screen movies, hands-on experiments and more. 

Learn To Meditate. 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 13. $50 per person. Shambhala Meditation Center of Atlanta, 1447 Church St., Decatur. 404-370-9650. www.atlanta.shambhala.org.

If you're new to meditation, don't miss the opportunity to learn the art of mindfulness from the experts at the Shambhala Meditation Center of Atlanta. This 3-hour class will equip you with the techniques and instruction you need to start a meditation practice at home.

"It's in the Bag" Art Supplies for Charity Event. 3 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 14. Free. Ashford Park Community Center. 2980 Redding Road NE, Brookhaven. www.brookhavenga.gov.

Help local women and children at My Sister's House by donating art supplies at Ashford Park Community Center. Your kids will decorate brown paper bags, which you can fill with crayons, colored pencils, paper and markers for children in need. 

Gwinnett

Chateau Elan winery director and winemaker Pete Kasprzak, far left, talks about the aging and bottling process as he leads a tour through the cask room. Tours are one of the many things to do when visiting Chateau Elan Winery & Resort in Braselton. (Kimberly Smith / AJC)

Chateau Elan Winery Tour. 2:30 p.m. Friday, 1:30 p.m., 3:30 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. Saturday, 1:30 p.m and 4:30 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 12 to 14. Free. Chateau Elan Winery & Resort. 100 Rue Charlemagne, Braselton. 678-425-0900. www.chateauelan.com.

Take a free tour around the Chateau Elan Winery this weekend, which will take place at Cellar Door onsite. If you've ever wanted to get a taste of the Chateau, here's your chance to do it for free. 

MLK Weekend Junior Knight Training at Medieval Times. 6:30 p.m. Friday, 1:30 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 12 and 14. Free with child admission. Medieval Times Dinner & Tournament. 5900 Sugarloaf Parkway, Lawrenceville. 770-225-0230. www.medievaltimes.com.

Your kids will love learning how to be a Junior Knight at the special free training weekend at Medieval Times. Kids ages 5 through 12 can enjoy a hands-on experience with the Knights of Medieval Times in the arena before the show. 

smallWORKS Exhibition at the North Gwinnett Arts Association. 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Jan. 12 and 13. North Gwinnett Arts Association. Unit B-7 Charleston Market Place, Suwanee. 678-878-2818. www.ngaa4arts.com.

Support local artists by attending the smallWORKS Exhibition, courtesy of the North Gwinnett Arts Association. This community-driven exhibition will feature one-of-a-kind paintings, pottery, jewelry and more at the Suwanee Welcome Center. 

Homeowner H2O Education Seminar. 11 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 13. Free. Gwinnett County Public Library Collins Hill Branch. 455 Camp Perrin Road NE, Lawrenceville. 770-978-5154. www.gwinnettpl.org.

Learn about water conservation efforts in your area by attending the Homeowner H2O seminar taking place at the Collins Hill Library on Saturday. This special presentation, developed by The Department of Water Resources, will discuss leak detection, repair, water-efficient fixtures and water-saving behaviors for homeowners. 

North Fulton

Flashlight Friday Night Urban Hike and Movie. 8:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 12. Free to hike, $11.50 per person for the movie. Lefont Theater. 5920 Roswell Road, Atlanta. 404-851-9111. www.heritagesandysprings.org.

The Heritage Sandy Springs Outdoors Club will host the Flashlight Friday Night Urban Hike and Movie this Friday. This 3-mile hike will begin at the Lefont Theater and will take you through the Sandy Springs City Walk and Heritage Green before returning for an optional movie at the Lefont.

Disco Skate at Avalon On Ice. 6-10 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 13. $2 off ticket. Avalon. 2200 Avalon Blvd., Alpharetta. 770-765-1000. www.experienceavalon.com.

You'll get disco fever when you hit the ice for Avalon's Disco Skate Night Saturday. Dress up in 70's attire and receive $2 off your ticket price as the DJ spins your favorite hits.

Reiki Level One with Susan Rushing. 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 13. $150 per person. Phoenix & Dragon Bookstore. 5531 Roswell Road NE, Atlanta. 404-255-5207. www.phoenixanddragon.com.

Discover the methods and techniques of Reiki energy healing on Saturday as Phoenix & Dragon hosts Susan Rushing, Traditional and Essential Reiki Master, for a morning of healing, education and inspriation.

One Year Anniversary Party at Goldfish Swim School Johns Creek. 4:30 - 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 13. Free. Goldfish Swim School Johns Creek. 6000 Medlock Bridge Parkway, Johns Creek. 770-744-0250. www.goldfishswimschool.com.

Goldfish Swim School is celebrating their One Year Anniversary with an open family swim, balloon artist, free lesson raffle, photo booth, face painter and more. 

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