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Top 5: Free events and activities

Salsa Pop, Castleberry Hill Art Stroll and more




If hardcore grinding in clubs isn't your version of a good time, take a Sunday night break and try a new style of dirty dancing. Le Moulin Rouge offers free salsa lessons on the last Sunday of every month. The venue's decorated to look like the streets of Paris -- a fine place to show off your new dance moves at the party immediately following lessons. Last Sunday of every month, 1-5:30 p.m. 716 Ponce de Leon Place. 404-246-4148. www.salsapop.com.

Castleberry Hill Art Stroll

Finally -- take in dinner, drinks and art viewings without bouncing frantically from one locale to another. Some comfy walking shoes and you're good to go. The Castleberry Hill 4th Friday Art Stroll combines diverse works from neighborhood galleries for the grand price of zero dollars. Impress your friends with your cultural sophistication and don't spend a dime. Through Oct. 24. Every fourth Friday, 7-10 p.m. Castleberry Hill, Peters and Walker streets. www.castleberryhill.org/artstroll.html.


The Fernbank Science Center Observatory is bound to floor everyone. Patrons can view the center's telescope, named the largest in the Southeastern United States, or impress a date by droppin' the line "Baby, I'll take you to the moon." Either way, this place is sure to attract all walks of life. Thurs.-Fri., 9-10:30 p.m. Fernbank Science Center, 156 Heaton Park Drive. 678-874-7102. fsc.fernbank.edu.

Georgia Capitol Museum

Living with an entirely new person can be a tricky situation. If you find yourself in catastrophic fights with your college roommate, suggest a breather. Visitors can view historical battle flags, and you can feel comforted that your petty war is not as grandiose as the battles you learn about. Mon.-Fri., 8 a.m.-5:30 p.m. 2 Martin Luther King Jr. Drive, Suite 820. 404-656-2846. www.sos.georgia.gov/state_capitol/about.html.


An empty wallet needn't prevent college singles from dating. Bring a small picnic lunch for two and enjoy a little bit of the great outdoors at the Centennial Olympic Park Music at Noon. You often can find Art Institute of Atlanta students experimenting on their new beats. Enjoy a variety of live music including pop, R&B and jazz, performed by your favorite local artists. Through October 2008. Tues., Thurs., noon-1 p.m. Centennial Olympic Park, 265 Park Ave. www.centennialpark.com.

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