Five Things to Do This Weekend Jan. 6-8: Basketball, Tree Mulching, Music and the Iditarod

Welcome to "Five Things You Need to Know for the Weekend," a Dunwoody Patch column that sifts through the long list of events competing for your time to offer our pick of five things worth doing with your time off.


1. Cheer on Dunwoody High School’s girls and boys basketball teams as starting at 5:30 p.m. at . Saturday, they take on MLK High School at MLK High in Lithonia starting at 5:30 p.m.


2. Today's the twelfth day of Christmas. On the thirteenth day of Christmas, get rid of the Christmas tree at , a Christmas recycling event that turns trees to mulch to be used in public beautification projects and will be available for free delivery to Atlanta metro area residents.

Old lights, decorations and ornaments can also be recycled at the event, though the trees must be brought to the site bare.

Courtesy of Ferry-Morse Seed Company (and while supplies last), vegetable and flower seed packets will be given to those bringing trees for recycling.

The event is all day Saturday at Home Depot, 6400 Peachtree Dunwoody Rd. NE.


3. While the winter has been mild in Atlanta, Alaskans are in the throes of their cold, snowy season. Saturday, Dunwoody children will be making caps to help mushers in Alaska stay warm. The event, which is for kids from age 8 to 12, will be held at 1:30 p.m. Saturday at the Dunwoody Library. Yarn and hooks will be provided.


4. Get romantic. Pianist Jeffrey Siegel, who gives concerts with lively commentary, will be giving the program , Sunday afternoon at the Marcus Jewish Community Center of Atlanta. Tickets are $25.


5. Consider adopting a dog or cat. As it is every weekend, Homeless Pets Foundation will be at the Dunwoody PetSmart on Saturday from 11:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and on Sunday from noon to 4:30 p.m. with pets available for adoption. All animals are spayed or neutered, have up-to-date shots, are microchipped and, within two weeks of adoption, can get a free vet check-up. Cost is $125 for cats or $175 for dogs and is considered a tax-deductable donation.

Please email peter.cox@patch.com with any tips for this weekly feature, we'll try to get your events and announcements on our page and, hopefully, into this column.


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