From at art festival to outdoor jazz concerts that benefit charities, consider enjoying some of the offerings are friends are hosting in the coming weeks.

By Teresa Tobat
Children of Conservation Hosts Fundraising Dinner  

The nonprofit Children of Conservation will host Eats & Beats, a fundraising event featuring more than 20 of Atlanta’s top restaurants, catering companies and four chef bands, to kick off the season for Dinner & A Cause Cards on May 7. Dinner & A Cause Cards give guests a 20 percent discount at participating Atlanta restaurants for an entire month.

Eats & Beats will take place at The Buckhead Theater from 7 to 9:30 p.m., and all proceeds from the event and sales from Dinner & A Cause cards benefit Children of Conservation, a nonprofit dedicated to the conservation and protection of endangered animals in developing countries. Children of Conservation projects also benefit the locals working to protect endangered animals, preserve their habitat and end bushmeat trade.

General admission costs $60 and includes food, alcohol and the concert. To purchase tickets to Eats & Beats, please click here. For more information about the event, please visit

Dunwoody Art Festival

On May 12 and 13, Chamblee Dunwoody Road across from Dunwoody Village will be transformed into an artist market as part the Dunwoody Art Festival. Along with the creative artist market where guests can purchase one-of-a-kind works, kids can enjoy great rides, sand art, crafts and games. Attendees also can listen to live music throughout the event. The festival also boasts a food court with dishes from neighborhood restaurants and funnel cake.

Admission to the event is free. For more information, please visit

Hal’s Kitchen Features Chinese Cuisine Cooking Class

Forget about ordering out for Chinese and consider taking a cooking class so you can learn how to make your very own Asian cuisine. On May 8, Natalie Keng of Chinese Southern Belle, a business that uses food to connect people and culture, will show participants how to make “Harvard hottie” Asian salad, seasoned beancurd pockets stuffed with purple rice (inari zuki), steamed pork buns and open-faced steamed dumplings (sao mai).

To register, please visit

Ray’s on the River Holds Jazz Concerts to Benefit Charities

Beginning in May, the Sandy Springs location of Ray’s on the River will host a three-part jazz concert series to benefit local charities. The concerts will be held at Ray’s on the River’s event lawn that overlooks the Chattahoochee River.

The concert series kicks off with a performance by Ken Ford and members of the Ken Ford Symphony at “Strings on the River” on May 19 from 12 to 4 p.m. Tickets are $45 per person, with a $55 VIP ticket option also available. Proceeds benefit The Ken Ford Foundation, an organization that focuses on enhancing academic excellence through music appreciation and making music classes and programs for young people available throughout Georgia. 

To purchase tickets, please click here. For a complete list of performing artists, please visit  

6700 Powers Ferry Road
Sandy Springs, GA 30339



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