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For the week of Sept. 10-16
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This week

Sportsman's Feast, Flowery Branch. Food, exhibits, seminars and prizes. Speaker Ed Litton, executive producer of "One 80 Outdoors." 5:30 p.m. today, Blackshear Place Baptist Church, 3428 Atlanta Highway, Flowery Branch. $10. 770-534-7058.

Diabetes 101, Gainesville. 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Georgia Mountains Center, 301 Main St. SW, Gainesville. $15 in advance, $20 after Friday. Breakfast and lunch included. 888-342-2383, ext. 3166.

Breast Cancer 3-Day Fund Raiser, Gainesville. Food, drinks, art sale. 5 to 10 p.m. Sept. 12, 2 Dog Restaurant, 317 Spring St., Gainesville. 770-287-8384.

AARP Driver Safety Program, Cumming. 8:15 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday, Northside Hospital — Forsyth, 1200 Northside Forsyth Drive, Cumming. Reservations required. 770-343-9500.

Gainesville Singles Dance, Gainesville. For ages 35 and older. Cash bar, disc jockey, hors d'oeuvres and dancing. 8 p.m. to midnight Saturday, American Legion, 2343 Riverside Drive, Gainesville. $10 cover charge.

Learning Relaxation/Stress Management Skills Workshop, Turnerville. 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Panther Brook Spiritual Center, 1000 Panther Brook Lane, Turnerville. Free. Reservations required. 706-754-7488.

Contra Dance, Sautee. Live music by Elsie Peterson and Ed Baggott. Becky Walker will call dances. Potluck supper, 6:30 p.m.; lessons, 7:30 p.m.; dance, 8 to 11 p.m. Saturday, Sautee Nacoochee Center gym, 283 Ga. 255 N., Sautee. No partner needed. $8 adults, $7 SNCA members, $4 students, free for children age 7 and younger with supervising adult. 706-754-3254.

Responsible Dog Owner Day, Lawrenceville. The Lawrenceville Kennel Club and the American Kennel Club will give tips on dog care. Noon to 4 p.m. Saturday, Discover Mills, 5900 Sugarloaf Parkway, Lawrenceville. Free. 678-847-5000.

Alma Bowen book signing, Cleveland. Former Times editor and columnist will sign "The Cement Duck." 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Historic Courthouse Museum, downtown Cleveland square. Free. 706-865-3225.  

TNA Wrestling, Gainesville. Featuring AJ Styles of Gainesville and other wrestlers. 5 p.m. Sunday, Georgia Mountains Center, 301 Main St. SW, Gainesville. $20-$35. 770-534-8420.


"All Things Bright and Beautiful," Gainesville. Gloria Stargel will share stories from her book, "My Anchor Holds - The Difference Jesus Makes." 6:30 p.m. Sept. 17, Dogwood Forest, 3315 Thompson Bridge Road, Gainesville. Free. Reservations required by Friday. 770-531-7800.  

Book signing, Dahlonega. Author Olivia H. Robinson will sign "Hockenhull Gold." 1 to 2:30 p.m. Sept. 19, Lumpkin County Library, 342 Courthouse Hill, Dahlonega. Free. 706-864-3668.

Ride for the Wounded, Jasper. 11 a.m. Sept. 19, with registration at 9:30 a.m. Pickens County Chamber of Commerce Rideshare parking lot, 500 Stegall Drive, Jasper. $25 per bike or $10 per passenger. Benefits Silver Star Families of America. Motorcycles and street-legal vehicles can participate. 706-299-1253 or

Inspired by Nature: Elachee's Safari Benefit Dinner & Auction, Gainesville. Live and silent auctions, cocktails, dinner and live jazz. 6 to 10 p.m. Sept. 19, Elachee Nature Science Center, 2125 Elachee Drive, Gainesville. $75 per person. Reservations required. 770-535-1976.

Taste of Gainesville, Gainesville. More than 40 Northeast Georgia restaurants. Snow cones, face painting and cotton candy for kids. 6 to 9 p.m. Sept. 19, Lake Lanier Olympic Venue, 3105 Clarks Bridge Road, Gainesville. $25 in advance, $30 at the door, children age 9 and younger free. 770-287-0077 or

Author reading, Gainesville. Kathryn Stockett will read excerpts from "The Help." 7:30 p.m., Hosch Theatre, Burd Center for the Performing Arts, Brenau University, 429 Academy St., Gainesville. Free; limited space. 770-534-6160 or

Petit le Mans, Braselton. Sept. 23-26, Road Atlanta, 5300 Winder Highway, Braselton. Tickets, $55-$85; infield parking pass, $40; motorcycle infield parking, $5. Discounts for tickets purchased by Sept. 18. 800-849-7223. 

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

Southern Roots & Cowboy Boots Barn Dance, Clarkesville. Barn dance on sawdust floor with country music deejay. Bring chairs and coolers; no alcohol allowed. 8 p.m. to midnight Sept. 26, Livestock Pavilion, Habersham County Fairgrounds, 4235 Toccoa Highway, Clarkesville. $5 per person in advance, $7 at the gate. 706-754-3650.

AARP Driver Safety Program, Dawsonville. 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Oct. 2, Dawson County Public Library, 342 Allen St., Dawsonville. Reservations required. 770-344-3690.

A Matter of Taste Preview Party, Gainesville. Preview for Art in the Square. 7 to 10 p.m. Oct. 2, downtown Gainesville square.

Business Expo, Dawsonville. Area businesses will exhibit. Free samples, door prizes. 4 to 7 p.m. Oct. 6, Lakeview Center, 2057 Dawson Forest Road, Dawsonville. Free. 706-265-6278.  

HealthSmart: Health and Wellness Expo, Gainesville. Luncheon with Phil and Amy Parham from "The Biggest Loser," health screenings and flu shots. Lunch, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.; expo, 1 to 6 p.m. Oct. 7, Georgia Mountains Center, 301 Main St. SW, Gainesville. Lunch, $20; expo free. 770-532-6206 or

Forum, Gainesville. "Prehistoric Native American Culture in Georgia." The Scull Shoals Project presented by Jack Wynn. 7 p.m. Oct. 13, Northeast Georgia History Center, 322 Academy St., Gainesville. Free for members, $3 nonmembers. 770-0297-5900 or

Taste of History Luncheon, Gainesville. "History of Healthcare in Northeast Georgia." 11:30 a.m. Oct. 23, First Baptist Church Family Life Center, 751 Green St. NW, Gainesville. $50-$100 for individual tickets, $750 for table. Speaker to be announced. 770-297-5900 or

Ghost Walk, Gainesville. Tours begin at 6 p.m. and leave every half hour. Oct. 23-24, Northeast Georgia History Center, 322 Academy St., Gainesville. Call for tour times and prices. 770-297-5900 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. Lessons start Sept. 14; first three lessons free. $3. 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.