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For the week of April 30-May 6
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This week

Flights of Fancy benefit auction, Gainesville. Live and silent auction of handmade bird houses and garden art, live music and food. 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, Elachee Nature Science Center, $30. 770-535-1976.  

"Portraits in Gray: A Collection of Civil War Photography," Gainesville. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday-June 27, Northeast Georgia History Center, 322 Academy St. NE, Gainesville. $5 adults, $4 seniors, $3 students, members free. Closed Sundays and Mondays. 770-297-5900.

Antiques show and auction, Flowery Branch. About 75 booths. 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, with auction 6:30 p.m. Monday, Flowery Branch Antiques, 5540 Atlanta Highway, Flowery Branch. Free. 770-967-9080.

Pets & More USA Expo, Norcross. Local and national pet vendors, dog comedy show and demonstrations. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, North Atlanta Trade Center, 1700 Jeurgens Court, Norcross. Single day admission $7; three-day pass $12; free for kids age 16 and younger.

"Fashion: Imagination Unrestricted," Athens. 8 p.m. Saturday, intersection of West Washington Street and Hull Street, Athens. $10 in advance, $12 at the door. 706-613-3771.

"For the Kids" Community Contra Dance, Sautee. Live music by the Cage Free String Band. 4:30 to 6 p.m. Saturday, Sautee Nacoochee Center gym, 283 Ga. 255 N., Sautee. Free. 706-754-3254.

Contra dance, Sautee. Live music by Peavine Creek. Potluck supper, 6:30 p.m.; lesson, 7:30 p.m.; dance, 8 to 11 p.m. Saturday. Sautee Nacoochee Center gym, 283 Ga. 255 N., Sautee. $8 adults, $7 SNCA members, $4 students, free for children age 8 and younger with a supervising adult. 706-754-3254.

VineDog Weekend, Dahlonega. Winetasting, with treats for leashed dogs. Get your dog's photo on a private wine label. VineDog Costume Contest, 3 p.m. Saturday; other events Saturday and Sunday, Three Sisters Vineyards, 439 Vineyard Way, Dahlonega. 706-865-9463.

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

Book signing, Gainesville. Gloria Stargel will sign "My Anchor Holds: The Difference Jesus Makes." 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Saturday, Family Christian Store, 662 Dawsonville Highway NW, Gainesville. Free to attend. 770-532-9164.

Business Expo, Gainesville. More than 30 vendors. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, South Hall Middle School, 3215 Poplar Springs Road, Gainesville. $1.

Doggie Scrub UPS & Microchip Clinic, Gainesville. United Parcel Service employees will help raise funds for the Humane Society of Hall County. Baths for small and large dogs, nail clipping and microchip registration. 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday, Humane Society of Hall County, 845 W. Ridge Road, Gainesville. $5 for nail clipping, donation for baths. $20 per pet for microchipping. Pets should be leashed or in a carrier.

Pet CPR/First Aid Workshop, Gainesville. Learn to administer CPR on pets. 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, Humane Society of Hall County, 845 W. Ridge Road, Gainesville. $99. Benefits the Humane Society of Hall County. 770-532-6617.

"Exodus" movie screening, Cleveland. 4 p.m. Sunday, Restoration Point, 65 Warehouse Drive, Cleveland. Free. 706-219-2030.

Old Fashioned Square Dance, Hiawassee. Open to spectators and dancers. 7 p.m. Monday, Senior Center, two blocks off the Hiawassee square on Ga. 76, next to the Hiawassee courthouse. $1 donation. 706-896-1060 or

Active Generation Health Fair, Flowery Branch. For ages 55 and older. Health vendors, nutrition advice and free health screenings. 9 a.m. to noon Tuesday, South Hall Community Center, 3494 Atlanta Highway, Flowery Branch. Free. 770-535-8280 or

Farmers market and Medicare information session, Gainesville. For Medicare beneficiaries with chronic illnesses. 11 a.m. Tuesday, East Hall Community Center, 3911 P. Davidson Road, Gainesville. Free. Preregister. 866-727-6648.


Maranatha Christian Academy live and silent auction, Oakwood. May 9: Barbecue dinner, 11 a.m.-3 p.m.; silent auction, noon-2 p.m.; live auction, 2-3 p.m. $6 for barbecue. Maranatha Christian Academy, 5135 McEver Road, Oakwood. 770-536-6334.

Kennel Caper & Rabies Clinic, Gainesville. Radio personality Bill Wilson will be locked in a dog kennel until $12,721 is raised for the Humane Society of Hall County. DJ, raffles, food. 8 a.m. May 9, with Mobile Veterinary Service rabies clinic from 8:30 a.m. to noon. Gainesville Super Walmart parking lot, 400 Shallowford Road, Gainesville. $10 for rabies shots. 770-532-6617.

Ham radio licensing class, Braselton. Tri-County Amateur Radio Club. Technician level class and official license FCC test. 8 a.m. May 9, Braselton Public Utilities Building, Braselton.



Toastmasters meeting, Gainesville. Public speaking. 5:45 to 6:45 p.m. Mondays, Jacobs Building, Brenau University, corner of Academy and Green Streets, Gainesville. 770-532-1630, ext. 218 or