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Feb. 26-March 4
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This week

Northeast Georgia Healthy Marriage Initiative, Gainesville. Community project presentation and lunch. 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. today, Peach State Bank & Trust, 325 Washington St. NW, Gainesville. Make reservations by Monday. 770-502-3336 or

Spring Cleaning Inside and Out, Gainesville. Shed some winter weight and clear your home of stagnant winter energy. 10 a.m.-noon today, Cedar Hill Enrichment Center, 5735 Dawsonville Highway, Gainesville. $20. 770-887-0051

World Thinking Day 2009, Gainesville. Exhibits created by Girl Scouts of Historic Georgia feature various countries. 9 a.m. Saturday, Georgia Mountains Center, 301 Main St. SW, Gainesville. $2. 706-548-7297.

Raise the Roof, Sautee. Benefits the restoration of the roof of the 1850s slave cabin near the Sautee Nacoochee Center campus. Breakfast, shingle-splitting demonstrations, live music, folk pottery demonstrations and history walk. 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. Saturday, Sautee Nacoochee Center, 283 Ga. 255 N., Sautee. All-you-can-eat pancake breakfast, $5 adults, $3 children ages 6-12, free for chidlren age 5 and younger. 706-878-3300.

Book signings, Gainesville. Gloria Stargel will sign "My Anchor Holds The Difference Jesus Makes." 10 a.m. to noon Sunday, Lakewood Baptist Church book store, 2235 Thompson Bridge Road, Gainesville; 3 to 4 p.m. Wednesday, Peach State Bank, 325 Washington St., Gainesville. Free. 770-532-6307.

"Key Ingredients: America by Food," Dahlonega. The Smithsonian Traveling Exhibit featuring food-themed art and interactive exhibits. Saturday-April 11, Library Technology Center, North Georgia College & State University, 82 College Circle, Dahlonega. Free. Appalachian Studies Center or 706-864-1540.

Learn and Dance, Sautee. 7:30-9:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sautee Nacoochee Center Gym, Ga. 255, Sautee. $3 adults, ages 12 and younger free. 706-878-3300.

Stars on Ice, Atlanta. Featuring Sasha Cohen, Jeffrey Buttle, Todd Eldredge, Michael Weiss and other ice skaters. 7 p.m. Wednesday, Philips Arena, 1 Philips Drive, Atlanta. $12.50-$120.


Harlem Globetrotters, Atlanta. 1 p.m. March 7, Philips Arena,  1 Philips Drive, Atlanta. $21.

Lunch and Learn series, Braselton. Featuring author Patricia Sprinkle. 11:30 a.m. March 11, Braselton-West Jackson Library, 132 W. Broadway, Braselton. RSVP required. 678-546-3380. $6, includes lunch.

Spring/summer kids' consignment sale, Cumming. Children's and teen clothing, baby equipment, toys, books and more. 8:30 a.m.-1 p.m. and 5-8 p.m. March 12, 8:30 a.m.-1 p.m. March 13 and 8:30 a.m.-1 p.m. March 14. Cumming First United Methodist Church, 770 Canton Highway, Cumming. 770-887-2900.

Gainesville Woman of Distinction luncheon, Gainesville. Honors Frances Mathis; benefits Girl Scouts of Historic Georgia. Former Gov. Zell Miller will give the presentation and Lydia Sartain will be Mistress of Ceremonies. 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. March 12, Gainesville First United Methodist Church, 2780 Thompson Bridge Road, Gainesville. $40; reservations required. 770-536-8656.

Contra Dance, Sautee. Potluck dinner, 6:30-7:30 p.m.; introductory lesson, 7:30-8 p.m.; dance with music by the Cage Free String Band, 8-11 p.m. March 14. Diane Silver will be calling. $7 adults and SNCA members, $8 students, $4 children, ages 7 and younger free with a supervising adult. Sautee Nacoochee Center Gym, Ga. 255, Sautee. 706-878-3300.

Celebration Banquet fundraiser, Gainesville. Benefits Gainesville Care Center; fFeaturing guest speaker Cal Thomas. 6:45-8:45 p.m. March 17, Gainesville First Baptist Church, 751 Green St. NW, Gainesville. 770-535-1413. $30 or $250 for table of eight.

Wine Highway Weekend, Northeast Georgia. Progressive tasting at North Georgia's farm wineries and affiliates. March 21 and 22. $20, collected at first winery visited.

Atlanta Pen Show, Atlanta. See different styles of vintage and modern pens. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. March 21-22, Crowne Plaza Hotal Atlanta Perimeter NW, 6345 Powers Ferry Road, Atlanta. 770-955-1700. $7, children younger than 12 free with adult.  

Paula Poundstone, Athens. 9 p.m. March 26, Classic Center, 300 N. Thomas, St., Athens. 706-357-4506. $10-$40.