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For the week of Oct. 15-21
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This week

Stadium of Screams, Lawrenceville. Admission includes a scary movie. Choose between scary and not-so-scary "haunts." 7 p.m.-midnight today-Saturday, Oct. 22-24 and Oct. 29-Nov. 1. Gwinnett Braves Stadium, 2500 Buford Drive, Lawrenceville. $13-$35. 770-995-6285.

Book signing, Blairsville. Winton Porter will sign "Just Passin' Thru: A Vintage Store, The Appalachian Trail and a Cast of Unforgettable Characters." Live music by the Possums, drum circles and storytelling. Signings 1-2, 3-4 and 7 p.m.; music and other entertainment, 7 p.m. Saturday. Mountain Crossings, 9710 Gainesville Highway, Blairsville.

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. Georgia Heritage Center for the Arts Education Building, 157 Mary St., Clarkesville. $5. 706-754-5989.

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. 7-11 p.m. Saturday. Quinlan Visual Arts Center, 514 Green St., Gainesville. $75; couples $125. 770-532-6530.

AARP Driver Safety Program class, Cumming. 8:15 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday. Northside Hospital, 1200 Northside Forsyth Drive, Cumming. Reservations required. 770-343-9500.

Meals on Wheels, Gainesville. Learn about the program that provides meals to 300 home-bound people in Hall County. 6 p.m. Monday. Gainesville Branch Library, 127 Main St., Gainesville. Preregistration required. 770-532-3311, ext. 114, or

SkyWarn Class, Nicholson. Meteorologist Ben Gooden will teach volunteers how to spot storms. 7 p.m. Monday. Nicholson Civic Center, Lakeview Drive, Nicholson. Preregister.


"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

AARP Driver Safety Program class, Gainesville. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 23. First Baptist Church, 751 Green St. NW, Gainesville. Reservations required. 770-534-7354.

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.

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. 1-5 p.m. Oct. 25. Various Gainesville homes. $30. 770-535-7066 or

Howloween Costume Contest, Oakwood. Benefits the Hall County Humane Society. Bring your pet into Pet Pleasers Bakery, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Oct. 27-31, to enter it in the contest. Prizes awarded Nov. 2. Winners featured on bakery's Web site. Pet Pleasers Bakery, 4324 Mundy Mill Road, Oakwood. 770-534-3843. 

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.

Halloween Swim Clinic, Gainesville. Brenau University Swim Team. Swimmers must be at least 4 years old and able to swim 25 yards of freestyle. Costume contest, pizza party after swimming. Register by Oct. 26. Bring swim suits, goggles, caps, towels, water bottle, granola bars, fins, snorkels, paddles & kick board. 9 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. Oct. 31. Brenau Fitness Center, 500 Washington St., Gainesville. 770-538-4687.


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. 5:45-6:45 p.m. Mondays. Ralph W. Cleveland room, Jacobs Building, Brenau University, 340 Green St., Gainesville. Free. 678-469-2777 or

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

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, 1-5 p.m. Sundays through Oct. 18 and Oct. 24-Dec. 20. Achasta, 150 Birch River Drive, Dahlonega. $5. 706-867-1660.