Summer is a time for everything from outdoor concerts to vacation Bible school in Paulding County.

Some upcoming events in and around Paulding include:

EVENING WITH 'ELVIS': Jeffrey Cole as "Elvis" and the Steadfast Quartet will perform in “An Evening with Elvis” benefiting Shepherd’s Rest Ministries Saturday, June 9, at 7 p.m., at Dallas Theater. 

Tickets are $22 with all proceeds benefiting Shepherd’s Rest Ministries Inc. safe house and services for abused women and children.

For more information other than ticketing, call 770-443-5213 or visit http://shepherdsrestministries.org/.

RETRO SOUND: A free concert featuring The 80ators band is set for Saturday, June 9, at 8 p.m. at Veterans Park in Dallas.

The band is a 1980s music tribute band. Food and drinks will be allowed but no alcoholic beverages. Veterans Park is at 240 Constitution Blvd. adjacent to the Watson Government Building.

For more information, call 770-445-8065.

'SHOW AND SHINE': Paulding County Jeepers are hosting a “show and shine” car shop Saturday, June 9, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Tractor Supply Co. in Dallas to collect donations for the county animal shelter. 

Cash donations will be accepted, but there is a need for canned dog and cat food, blankets, white rice and a rice cooker, and more.

For more information, visit West Georgia Jeepers United on Facebook.

BENEFIT GOLF TOURNAMENT: The Jack Steele Memorial Golf Tournament to benefit Fairways for Warriors is set for June 9 and 10 at Creekside Golf Club in Hiram, with two-person teams. 

The event helps fund the nonprofit's mission of providing therapies and resources to veterans with permanent physical injuries, related mental health issues and everyday coping challenges, and post traumatic stress, in addition to providing them golf experiences at their facilities with other clients.

The event is named for a veteran and member of Creekside Golf Club in Hiram who died on the golf course of a heart attack in 2008. 

For more information, call 770-367-3363. 

OPRY EXPERIENCE: “Country Comes to Town: A Grand Ole Opry Experience” featuring the music of country legends, is set for Saturday, June 16 at 7 p.m.

Local artists Doc Winn, Fred Trout, Jason Earl and Dallas Martin will perform in the tribute concert, which features the music of country legends from Nashville’s famed Grand Ole Opry, some contemporary favorites, and some artists’ original songs. 

This show will be hosted by Atlanta radio legend Mark McCain.

Tickets are $20 for reserved seats. For more information, call 678-361-7425.

FREE MOVIE: Radio station B98.5 and Paulding County Parks and Recreation will present "Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle" Saturday, June 16, at Taylor Farm Park in southeast Paulding County.

The free event is part of the "B at the Movies" free family movies series.

It begins at 7:30 p.m., with the movie beginning at dusk. Food and drinks are allowed but no alcoholic beverages. The park is at 1380 Pine Valley Road in Powder Springs. 

For more information, call 770-445-8065. 

CHRIS JANSON IN CONCERT: Country music hitmaker Chris Janson is scheduled to perform as part of the Dallas Concert Series June 23 at 8 p.m. in downtown Dallas at the corner of Main and West Spring streets. 

Janson’s top 10 hits have included “Buy Me a Boat” and “Fix a Drink.”

The Downtown Dallas Merchants Association and city of Dallas will host the show. Gates will open at 6 p.m. with the Dallas Martin Band opening for Janson. 

Tickets are $25 in advance, $30 online and $35 at the gate. Food trucks will be onsite, and coolers will not be allowed. 

The event is sponsored by Flight 242 Memorial. For tickets and more information, visit www.dallasgaconcerts.com.

BENEFIT BBQ: A benefit barbecue for cancer victim Stacy Jones is set for June 23 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at 54 Braswell Mountain Road in Dallas.

The BBQ Dudes of Burnt Hickory organized the event to benefit Jones, whose cancer has led to numerous surgeries and hospitalizations.

Plates are $10 and include barbecue, cole slaw, baked beans and bread. 

ROLLING RIVER RAMPAGE: Bethel United Methodist Church in Hiram will host vacation Bible school Monday, June 18, through Friday, June 22, with the theme, “Rolling River Rampage, Experience the Ride of a Lifetime with God!”

Times are 6 to 8 p.m. for ages pre-kindergarten to fifth grade.

For more information, please call 770-943-2532.

GOSPEL HERITAGE FESTIVAL: Atlanta blues legend Beverly “Guitar” Watkins will be among the performers during the Thomas A. Dorsey Gospel Heritage Festival June 22 and 23 at the Mill Amphitheater and Mt. Prospect Baptist Church in Villa Rica.

Held the fourth Friday and Saturday in June, the festival features gospel, blues and jazz artists and celebrates Villa Rica's hometown music legend, Thomas A. Dorsey. 

The event kicks off on June 22 at 7 p.m. at the Mill Amphitheater in downtown Villa Rica with live jazz from the Kerwin Felix Band and 4Corners. A Gospel service featuring the Thomas A. Dorsey Birthplace Choir and the Canton Spirituals is set for June 23 at 3 p.m. at Mt. Prospect Baptist Church, where Dorsey learned to play the piano. 

A blues show featuring Watkins and the band Zakiya Hooker & Bluz 4 U is set for the Mill Amphitheater June 23 at 6:30 p.m.

For more information, call 678-840-1160.

Dorsey, a Villa Rica native who died in 1993, was the writer of the famous hymn “Take My Hand, Precious Lord” and is considered the founder of Gospel music. The Thomas Dorsey Birthplace Choir was inducted into the National Convention of Gospel Choirs and Choruses (NCGCC) which was co-founded by Dorsey.

'JUST DESSERTS': CAST Productions presents its dinner theater-styled production of “Just Desserts” at various locations in Villa Rica, Hiram and Douglasville though July 21.

A summary of the show stated, “It’s summer in Georgia, and Judge Cogsworth, a curmudgeon who hates sweets, is judging a charity bakeoff, albeit grudgingly. Countless entries have been whittled down to three: a tart submitted by Lucy “Scooter” Bright, owner of a nail salon; a Depression-era style cake by Edna Mae Carter, the local librarian; and a rich torte created by Margaret Mason, a local society lady. 

In the middle of tasting all the goodies, the judge falls dead, and it’s up to Miss Polly Peabody, the head of the contest, and the audience to determine the murderer as we serve up some ‘Just Desserts.’”

Upcoming shows in the area include:

•June 30, 7 p.m., Olive Tree, 150 Stone St., Villa Rica.

•July 8, 4 p.m., Olive Tree, 150 Stone St., Villa Rica.

•July 14, 7 p.m., Olive Tree, 37 Beatty St., Hiram.

•July 15, 4 p.m., Blu Rose Art Bistro, 6774 W. Broad St., Douglasville.

•July 21, 7 p.m., Olive Tree, 37 Beatty St., Hiram.

Tickets are $36 plus sales tax and include dinner, drinks, gratuities and the show.

For more information, www.castplays.com, at the respective restaurant or call the CAST Box Office at (770) 646-8031.

BLUEGRASS FESTIVAL: The annual Raccoon Creek Bluegrass Festival is set for July 13 and 14 at Raccoon Creek Music Park in north Paulding County.

The park is at 332 Music Park Path, located off Tibbitts Road and Braswell Mountain Road in Dallas.

The festival is a rain or shine event. Tickets are $10 for July 13, 6 to 10 p.m.; $20 for July 14, noon to 10 p.m., or $25 for both days.

Tickets can be purchased at the gate. Children 12 and under admitted free.

The July 13 lineup includes performances by the Raccoon Creek Parking Lot Pickers, Old Mill Road Band, 501 Central, and Frances Mooney & Fontanna Sunset.

The July 14 lineup includes performances by the Raccoon Creek Parking Lot Pickers, The Steed Brothers, The Wiseman Brothers, Edgar Loudermilk Band featuring Jeff Autry and Dixie Jubilee.

No smoking, alcoholic beverages or pets in the concert area. Bands and schedule are subject to change without notice.

For more information, call 770-617-1750 or 770-445-2555, email rakerick@aol.com, or visit www.raccooncreekmusic.com.

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