TO-DO LIST: 8 events to check out in Alpharetta, Milton in July, August

Woman running with her dog
The sixth annual Heart & Sole 5K takes place Aug. 8 in Avalon. (Courtesy Heart & Sole 5K)

The sixth annual Heart & Sole 5K takes place Aug. 8 in Avalon. (Courtesy Heart & Sole 5K)

Despite the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, several events are still set to take place in Alpharetta and Milton throughout July and August. While all event dates were still scheduled as of publication July 21, event details are subject to change as guidance changes regarding when and how events can be held due to COVID-19.

July 24: Peruse an art exhibit

The Alpharetta Arts Center, which reopened in late May after being closed due to COVID-19, presents the "Art Americana" exhibit, featuring two-dimensional and three-dimensional fiber and folk art from artists in the southeastern U.S. Guests can visit the exhibit during business hours. Free. Alpharetta Arts Center, 238 Canton St., Alpharetta. 678-297-6165.

July 24: Enjoy a drive-in concert at Avalon

After a tryout of Avalon’s inaugural Drive-In Live event in June, Avalon management expanded the event into a summer series, taking place every other Friday from late June through August. Concertgoers will pull into the parking lot in front of Ted’s Montana Grill upon arrival and be directed to a designated space to set up chairs or remain in their cars. Drive-In Live is limited to 55 cars with two empty parking spaces between each group. All proceeds are donated to different local charities. The final two Drive-In Live events take place Aug. 7 and 21. 6 p.m. $25 (per car). Avalon, 2200 Avalon Blvd., Alpharetta.

July 25: Take a free barre class

From July through September, The Barre Code in Alpharetta is offering free, socially distant barre classes every Saturday and BarRestore classes—yoga and barre combined—every second and fourth Thursday at Brooke Street Park. Attendees must bring their own yoga mat, and no registration is required to attend. 10 a.m. (barre), 6 p.m. (BarRestore). Free. Brooke Street Park pavilion, 2 Park Plaza, Alpharetta (behind Alpharetta City Hall). 678-984-0722.

July 28: Go wine tasting, enjoy charcuterie

Head out to Painted Horse Winery & Vineyards for a wine barrel tasting event with Director of Winemaking John Bowen and owner Pamela Jackson. Bowen and Jackson will provide an evening of wine education and wine tasting as well as charcuterie from Cheeses & Mary. Registration is required. Space is limited. 7 p.m. $45. Painted Horse Winery & Vineyards, 2105 Bethany Way, Milton. 770-846-1559.

Aug. 7, 8: See a guitarist perform live

Guitarist Scott Henderson, a South Florida native, will perform live with Archibald Ligonniere on drums and Romain Labaye on bass guitar at The Velvet Note in Alpharetta. The Velvet Note features a living-room concert setting designed by musicians and for musicians. 7:30 p.m. $48. The Velvet Note, 4075 Old Milton Parkway, Alpharetta. 855-583-5838.

Aug. 8: Run, walk in a 5K, fun run at Avalon

The sixth annual Heart & Sole 5K, Fun Run and Tot Trot returns to Avalon in Alpharetta after a postponed date due to COVID-19. Runners and walkers of all ages are welcome, as well as strollers and dogs. The 5K takes place first, followed by the 1-mile fun run and the Tot Trot. The post-race party will kick off with a complimentary Tito’s bloody mary and mimosas for race finishers on the Plaza at Avalon. Proceeds from the race benefit The Lionheart School. 7:30 a.m. (5K), 8:30 a.m. (Fun Run), 9 a.m. (Tot Trot). $10-$40. Avalon, 2200 Avalon Blvd., Alpharetta. 770-772-4555.

Aug. 11: Vote in the primary runoff election

Several races from the June 9 primary elections will head to runoffs Aug. 11, including the races for Fulton County sheriff, Fulton County district attorney and the Fulton County board of education District 4 representative. The runoffs will settle which candidate will represent their respective political parties or district on the November ballot.

Aug. 15: Learn first aid education for free

Learn critical response skills, such as stopping severe bleeding, treating a sprain and stabilizing a broken bone, at a free community first aid class hosted by Alpharetta Department of Public Safety instructors. The class is designed for those age 18 and older, but children ages 13-17 can attend with an adult. Registration is limited for social distancing purposes, and face masks will be required. 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Free. Alpharetta Adult Activity Center, 13450 Cogburn Road, Alpharetta. 678-297-6000.
By Kara McIntyre
Kara started with Community Impact Newspaper as the summer intern for the south Houston office in June 2018 after graduating with a bachelor's degree in mass communication from Midwestern State University in Wichita Falls, Texas. She became the reporter for north Houston's Tomball/Magnolia edition in September 2018, moving to Alpharetta in January 2020 after a promotion to be the editor of the Alpharetta/Milton edition, which is Community Impact's first market in Georgia.


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