Weekend Planner: Crafting, Hiking, Conserving

Learn about activities and events where you can get creative or learn about saving bats and turtles.

Here are some activities and events going on in Stone Mountain and Lithonia:

Crafting with Hafeezah

When: Saturday, Jan. 26, 11 a.m.- 12 p.m.

Where: Hairston Crossing Library, 4911 Redan Rd., Stone Mountain

Who's this for: Families

Why go: Spend Saturday being creative and crafty with the whole family.

How much: Free.

Ranger Rendezvous

When: Saturday, Jan. 26, 9-11:30 a.m.

Where: Davidson-Arabia Nature Preserve, 3787 Klondike Road, Lithonia

Who's this for: Probably not best for kids; this is described as a rugged hike.

Why go: Challenge yourself on this 4-5 mile, moderate-to-difficult hike.

How much: Free, but registration is required. Register here: rlastrove(at)dekalbcountyga.gov

Bat and Bog Turtle Conservation Efforts

When: Saturday, Jan. 26, 10-11 a.m.

Where: Davidson-Arabia Nature Preserve, 3787 Klondike Road, Lithonia

Who's this for: People interested in these conservation initiatives.

Why go: Come learn more about the efforts from Katrina Morris, a Department of Natural Resources wildlife biologist (she'll talk bout bat conservation) and DNR wildlife biologist Thomas Floyd (bog turtles).

How much: Free, but donations will be asked for to support DNR's non-game conservation fund. Atlanta Wild Animal Rescue Effort (AWARE) will match all donations.

Snow Mountain at Stone Mountain Park

When: Through Feb. 18

Where: Stone Mountain Park

Who's this for: Everyone

Why go: Dash through the snow!

How much: A Snow Mountain Pass is $27 (plus tax) for adults and children.

Here's what's going on this weekend in towns nearby:

On Decatur Patch

Red Brick Beer School. The Beer Growler in Avondale Estates will host a beer schol led by Red Brick's new head brewer. He'll talk about winter ales and introduce their anniversary ale, "The Lost Years." 7 p.m. Sunday. $30

Learn healthy cooking at the Decatur Library. Les Dames d’Escoffier International members Kristy Cook and Nancy Lutz will teach you how to host a party with healthy foods. 10 a.m. Saturday at the Decatur Library. Free.

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