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For the week of July 23-29
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This week

Hot dog picnic, Jefferson. Jackson County Historical Society. "The Ethridge Home Movies" will be screened. 6 p.m. today, Shields-Ethridge Heritage Farm, 2355 Ethridge Road, Jefferson. $15 per person, $25 per family. 706-654-9066.

Alternative Healing Program, Oakwood. Information on acupuncture, "intuitive" healing, natural remedies and alternative medicine for people and pets. 2 p.m. Sunday, Blackshear Place Branch Library, 2927 Atlanta Highway, Gainesville. 770-532-3311, ext. 151.


Large dog adoption, Flowery Branch. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Aug. 1, PetSmart, 5873 Spout Springs Road, Flowery Branch. 770-532-6617 or

Atlanta Model Train and Railroad Artifact Show and Sale, Norcross. 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Aug. 8, North Atlanta Trade Center, 1700 Jeurgens Court, Norcross. $7 adults, free for children age 12 and younger. 813-949-7197.

Rabies clinic & flea dip, Gainesville. Puppies and kittens must be at least 3 months old for inoculations. Flea dips for dogs only. 8:30 a.m. to noon Aug. 15, Humane Society of Hall County, 845 W. Ridge Road, Gainesville. $10 rabies shot, $5 per dog for flea dips. 770-532-6617 or

Car & Bike Show, Athens. Benefits Friends of Advantage. 6 to 9 p.m. Aug. 29, The Varsity, 1000 W. Broad St., Athens. $10 registration. 706-296-8086, 706-614-6143 or 706-201-6724..


Toastmasters, Gainesville. Improve your public speaking skills. 5:45 to 6:45 p.m. Mondays,  Jacobs Building at Brenau University, 340 Green St., Gainesville. Free. 770-294-6059 or


Old-fashioned square dance, Hiawassee. 7 p.m. Mondays, Senior Center, 48 River St., Hiawassee. Free. 706-896-1060 or


"Rescuing a Piece of Romantic History," Dahlonega. Collection of "sweetheart" jewelry from overseas service members. Through July 31, The Dahlonega Gold Museum, 1 Public Square, Dahlonega. $3.50-$5. 706-864-2257.


Greenhaven show house, Marietta. Tour this eco-friendly decorator show house with eco-pet suite, fly fishing room, "green" home theater, women’s study and "green" kitchen. Benefits Upper Chattahoochee Riverkeeper. Through Aug. 9, Greenhaven, 2380 Chelsea Landing Way, Marietta. $20 online, $25 at the door. 404-492-5508.


Southern Living Idea House tours, Dahlonega. Tour the house featured in August's Southern Living. Benefits the United Way of Dahlonega/Lumpkin County. 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday-Saturdays, 1 to 5 p.m. Sundays through Oct. 18, Achasta, 150 Birch River Drive, Dahlonega. $5. 706-867-1660.