Weekend Guide: HGTV All American Handyman Casting Call, IKEA’s “BYOF” (Bring Your Own Friend) Day, and More

Hello, local readers! Hot off the press is this week’s edition of our weekend guide, filled with the best things to do in and around Atlanta this Thursday through Sunday. As always, be sure to add anything we missed in the comments section. Enjoy your weekend!!

HGTV All American Handyman Casting Call

W Atlanta-Midtown. Sunday, 10:00 a.m. – noon. Free.

Are you the king or queen of home improvement? Do you love to DIY? If so, prove it by attending the HGTV All American Handyman casting call! HGTV star’s Mike Holmes and Scott McGillivray are looking for skilled and personable Handymen and Handywomen to join the cast for Season 3. Did I forget to mention, a chance to win $20,000 is up for grabs?

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Drumvoices Circle

Auburn Ave. Research Library. Saturday, 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. Free.

Join local artists in celebrating Martin Luther King’s life and legacy at the Drumvoices Circle. Eugene B. Redmond will be hosting this special event highlighting poetry and the visual arts created during the Black Arts Movement. A moving and powerful reflection on history, Drumvoices Circle is ideal for all ages.

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IKEA BYOF (Bring Your Own Friends) Day

IKEA stores nationwide. Saturday. Free. 

BYOF (Bring Your Own Friends) Day is IKEA’s way of “rewarding friendships.” The event includes gift card giveaways, free food, decorating tips, and amazing savings. RSVP on Facebook, and, for every friend you invite, IKEA will donate $1 to Save the Children, up to $50,000 total!

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Advance Auto Parts Monster Jam

Georgia Dome. Saturday, 7:00 p.m. $15-$55; all access passes $110.

We promised that the events in 2012’s Weekend Guide posts would be bigger and better than ever, and the Monster Jam Monster Truck Racing at the Dome this weekend is going to be huge! In fact, promoters are saying that the line-up of monster trucks at this event is bigger than the Georgia Dome has ever accommodated. Many Metro PCS store locations are offering free pit passes, so we advise checking Monster Jam’s website prior to Saturday to learn more.

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Atlanta Boat Show

Georgia World Congress Center. January 12-15. Thursday – Friday, 11:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.; Saturday, 10:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.; Sunday, 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. Adults, $10; Children 15 and under, free.

Shop hundreds of new boats, along with a plethora of boating accessories and essentials during the annual Atlanta Boat Show. Visit with exhibitors and boating experts throughout the four day event. Even if you decide not to leave with a brand new boat, your paid ticket gets you a free 1-year subscription to your choice of Yachting, Boating, Field & Stream, Cruising World or Popular Science magazine.

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Livvy’s Love Fun Run and Walk

Stone Mountain Park. Saturday, Registration at 7:00 a.m.; Run at 8:00 a.m. $25 per person for families of 5+; $500 for teams of 20-50..

Enjoy a scenic five mile run or walk this Saturday morning as you jog to raise funds for Livvy’s Love non-profit foundation. After the run, spend the afternoon enjoying the park. All registrants will receive a Livvy’s Love Run/Walk T-shirt and a free raffle ticket. 

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