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Jan. 29-Feb. 4
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This week

Wellness Expo, Gainesville. 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. today, Gainesville Civic Center, 830 Green St., Gainesville.

Parenting lecture, Gainesville. With Avril Beckford, an Atlanta pediatrician and president of the Georgia Chapter of the Academy of Pediatrics. 8:30 a.m. Friday, Student Center, Lakeview Academy, 796 Lakeview Drive, Gainesville. 770-531-2609.

Night of Laughter, Gainesville. Benefits Habitat for Humanity's Hall County Habitat High; features comedians Jerry Farber and Johnny Porrazzo. 8 p.m. today, with food and drinks at 7 p.m. Grove Street Station, 610 Grove St., Gainesville. $50. Reservations required. 678-450-5998.

How to Save on Your Food Bill, Gainesville. With Hall County Extension Agent Debbie Wilburn. 1 p.m. today, Hall County Library main branch, 127 Main St. NW, Gainesville. Free. 770-532-3311 or

Green Life Expo, Athens. More than 50 exhibitors displaying resource-conserving products and services. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, The Classic Center, 300 N. Thomas St., Athens. Free. 706-208-0900.

Large dog adoption, Flowery Branch. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, PetSmart, 5873 Spout Springs Road, Flowery Branch. 770-532-6617 or

Public Foreign Policy Discussion Group, Gainesville. 6 p.m. Monday, Feb. 9 and Feb. 23, Gainesville Branch Library, 127 Main St. NW, Gainesville. 770-532-3311, ext. 114 or


Lend a Hand 2 Our Furry Friends, Suwanee. Buffet, mini adoption, raffle and live music. 1 to 11 p.m. Feb. 7, Jeffreys Sports Bar, 105 Horizon Drive, Suwanee. $10 admission from 6 to 9 p.m. includes buffet; adoption fee is $70 per animal and includes spay/neuter and shots. 678-934-0585.

Valentine's dance, Gainesville. For Special Olympics participants and their families. Disc jockey and light refreshments. 6 to 8 p.m. Feb. 10, Gainesville Civic Center ballroom, 830 Green St. NE, Gainesville. 770-844-8162.

Welcome Table, Cumming. Lasagna dinner and book signing and lecture by photojournalist Linda Schaefer, who was the last person to interview Mother Teresa. 6 to 8:30 p.m. Feb. 11, Cumming First United Methodist Church, 770 Canton Highway, Cumming. Dinner, $4 children, $6 adults; program, $5 per person. 770-887-2900, ext. 213 or

Valentine's in the Garden, Atlanta. See "Orchid Daze: Gorgeous Meets Glass" and sample beverages and chocolate desserts. 7 to 11 p.m. Feb. 14, Atlanta Botanical Garden, 1345 Piedmont Ave. NE, Atlanta. $25 per person, $40 for couples. 404-8776-5859.

Speakeasy Dinner and Dancing Club, Atlanta. Benefits Children's Healthcare of Atlanta Spina Bifida Clinic. 1920s-themed dinner with entertainment and dancing. 7 p.m. Feb. 15, Hyatt Regency Atlanta, 265 Peachtree St. NE, Atlanta. $125-$250. 404-250-5437.