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For the week of Oct. 8-14
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This week

Ghost Tours, Lawrenceville. 7:30 p.m. Sunday-Thursday, 7 and 9 p.m. Friday-Saturday through Oct. 31, Tours begin at Aurora Theatre, 128 Pike St., Lawrenceville. $15 adults, $12 children. 678-226-6222. 

Ballroom and '50s Rock and Roll Dance, Clarkesville. 8 p.m. Friday and Oct. 16, Georgia Heritage Center for the Arts Education Building, 157 Mary St., Clarkesville. $5. 706-754-5989.

Contra dance, Sautee. "For the Kids" dance for children and supervising adults, 4:30 to 6 p.m.; potluck supper, 6:30 p.m.; lesson, 7:30 p.m.; full 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 7 and younger with a supervising adult. Supervising adults free for "For the Kids" dance. 706-754-3254.

WERA Grand National Final & Suzuki Cup Series Final, Braselton. Saturday and Sunday, Road Atlanta, 5300 Winder Highway, Braselton. 800-849-7223.  

How to Save on Your Food Bill, Gainesville. County Extension Agent Debbie Wilburn. Noon Monday, Gainesville branch of the Hall County Library, 127 Main St. NW, Gainesville. Free. 770-532-3311, ext. 114 or mhunter@hallcountylibrary.org.

Picnic in the Park, Gainesville. Ribbon cutting ceremony for the Rock Creek Park Greenway and Amphitheater. Barbecue and entertainment provided. Preregistration ends today. 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Rock Creek Park, corner of W. Academy St. and Northside Drive, Gainesville. 770-531-6598 or dgregson@gainesville.org

East Georgia Genealogical Society meeting, Winder. Restoration, preservation and records of the Jackson County Historical Courthouse. Charlotte and Jerry Mealor. 7 p.m. Tuesday, Church of Latter Day Saints, 36 Sims Road, Winder.

Forum, Gainesville. Jack T. Wynne will speak on "The Scull Shoals Mystery." 7 p.m. Tuesday, Northeast Georgia History Center, 322 Academy St., Gainesville. Free for members, $3 nonmembers. 770-297-5900 or jcarson@brenau.edu.

Upcoming

Harvest of Hope Gala, Gainesville. Children's Center for Hope and Healing. Live music, food and wine from Grapes & Hops Bar and Bistro and Scott's on the Square. 7 to 11 p.m. Oct. 17, Quinlan Visual Arts Center, 514 Green St., Gainesville. $75; couples $125. 770-532-6530.

SkyWarn Class, Nicholson. Meteorologist Ben Gooden will teach volunteers how to spot storms. 7 p.m. Oct. 19, Nicholson Civic Center, Lakeview Drive, Nicholson. Preregister. egilbert@westjacksonfd.com.

"History of Healthcare in Northeast Georgia," Gainesville. Taste of History Luncheon. 11:30 a.m. Oct. 23, First Baptist Church Family Life Center, 751 Green St. NW, Gainesville. $75; $750 for table. 770-297-5900 or jcarson@brenau.edu.

Chicopee Woods Indian Festival Dancers, Gainesville. See dancers who will be a part of the Chicopee Woods Indian Festival. 2:15 p.m. Oct. 23, meeting room, Gainesville Branch Library, 127 Main St. NW, Gainesville. Free. 770-532-3311, ext. 132.

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 jcarson@brenau.edu.

Food for Thought ... A Tour of Kitchens, Gainesville. Tour five Gainesville kitchens, sample food created by local chefs. Live music. Benefits Teen Pregnancy Prevention Inc. 1 to 5 p.m. Oct. 25, various Gainesville homes. $30. 770-535-7066 or teenpregprev@mindspring.com.

Halloween Party and Dance, Clarkesville. 8 p.m. Oct. 31, Georgia Heritage Center for the Arts, 157 Mary St., Clarkesville. $10. 706-754-5989.

Haunted pasture, Mount Airy. Eleven-acre haunted pasture. Oct. 31, D.R. Taks Farm, 1344 Blair Road, Mount Airy. $6 in advance, $8 night of event. 706-768-5212.  

Good News Clinic 2009 Fundraising Dinner, Gainesville. Katie Deal Wright will perform. 6 p.m. Nov. 3, First Baptist Church banquet hall, 751 Green St. NW, Gainesville. 770-297-5040.

Red Carpet Costume Ball, Gainesville. Benefiting the Quinlan Visual Arts Center. 8 p.m.-midnight Nov. 6, Grove Street Station, 610 Grove St., Gainesville. $50, $100 for all-access VIP ticket. RSVP by Oct. 26. 770-536-2575.
 

Ongoing

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. 404-372-6707. 

Toastmasters, Gainesville. Improve your public speaking skills. 5:45 to 6:45 p.m. Mondays, Ralph W. Cleveland room, Jacobs Building, Brenau University, 340 Green St., Gainesville. Free. 678-469-2777 or gainesvilletoastmasters@yahoo.com.

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

Tasteful Tuesdays, Gainesville. Get a taste of food, drinks or services from downtown businesses. Noon Tuesdays, downtown Gainesville square. Free.

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. 

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