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Etc. events
For the week of Aug. 27-Sept. 2
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This week

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

Happy Heart Car Show, Gainesville. Benefits The American Heart Association. 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday; registration ends at 2 p.m.; awards at 3 p.m. Guilford Medical Complex, 1240 Jesse Jewell Parkway, Gainesville. $15 preregistration; $25 registration. 770-538-4254 or

Calabash Party, Gainesville. Music by Airtight Band, shag lessons, silent auction, hors d' oeuvres and cash bar. Benefits The Guest House. 7 p.m. Saturday, The Elks Club, 1547 Riverside Drive, Gainesville. $35. 770-535-1487 or

1940 Douglas DC-3 aircraft and spaghetti dinner, Lawrenceville. Experimental Aircraft Association Chapter 690. Retired Captain Ron Alexander shows his 1940 Douglas DC3; spaghetti dinner will benefit the Elgin Wells Sr. Memorial Scholarship Fund. 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, Gwinnett County Airport, Lawrenceville. Dinner, $20 in advance, $25 at the door. Reservations required. 678-770-1877 or

Rabies clinic, Oakwood. Hall County Humane Society. Puppies and kittens must be at least 3 months old for rabies shots. 8:30 a.m. to noon Saturday, Walmart, 3875 Mundy Mill Road, Oakwood. $10 per shot. 770-532-6617 or

Vineyard Fest 2009, Braselton. Wine tastings, seminars, demonstrations, grape stomping and art display. 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday, Chateau Elan Winery, 100 Tour de France, Braselton. Reservations required; tickets not available day of event. $75. 678-425-0900, ext. 41.

Georgia Governor's Tourism Conference, Buford. Register online. Monday-Wednesday, Lake Lanier Islands Resort, 6150 Holiday Road, Buford.

Alternative Healing Arts: Aha!, Gainesville. 7 p.m. first Wednesday of each month, Unity of Gainesville Church, 3361 Clarks Bridge Road, Gainesville. Free. 770-534-0949.


Meet the Candidates, Homer. Candidates for November 2009 election. 6 to 8 p.m. Sept. 24, Banks County Recreation Center, 607 Thompson St., Homer. Free. 706-677-2108 or


Beginning Mainstream Square Dance lessons, Gainesville. Lakeshore Squares square dance club. 7:30-9:30 p.m. Mondays, First Presbyterian Church, 800 S. Enota Drive, Gainesville. First three lessons free; $3 beginning Sept. 14. 404-372-6707. 


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


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.