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For the week of Nov. 12-18
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This week

Book signing, Gainesville. Janice Hardy, author of "The Shifter," will read excerpts and sign books. 1-3 p.m. Saturday, Hall Book Exchange, 1854 Thompson Bridge Road, Gainesville. For ages 10 and older only. 770-532-6693.

Stress management/relaxation skills workshop, Turnerville. 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Panther Brook Spiritual Center, 1000 Panther Brook Lane, Turnerville. Reservations required. Free. 706-754-7488.

Tellabration!, Sautee. Storytellers. Featuring Lauretta Hannon. 8 p.m. Saturday, Sautee Nacoochee Center, 283 Ga. 255 N., Sautee. $15 members, $20 nonmembers, $8 kids age 6-17. 706-878-3300. 

AARP Driver Safety Program classes, Cumming and Gainesville. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, Christ the King Lutheran Church, 1125 Bettis Tribble Gap Road, Cumming, 678-591-4816. Also, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday, First Church of the Nazarene, 1301 Otila Drive, Gainesville. 770-538-4816.

National Commemorative Candle Lighting, Toccoa. Alzheimer's Foundation of America. 5:30 p.m. Sunday, Stephens County Recreation Center Gym, Rose Lane, Toccoa. 706-886-4740.

Crabapple Garden Club, Murrayville. "Enhancing Your Home with Holiday Designs." 10 a.m. Wednesday, 6659 Ben Parks Road, Murrayville. 770-532-3562.


Jingle Mingle, Gainesville. Food, wine tastings, "giant chicken" lighting, carolers and prize drawings. 5-8 p.m. Nov. 19, downtown Gainesville square. Free. 770-297-1141.

It's a Wonderful House, Braselton. See homes in Chateau Elan decorated for Christmas. Strolling carolers, Christmas choirs, shopping and dining will be featured. Benefits the Gwinnett Children's Shelter. 5-8 p.m. Nov. 20, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Nov. 21, 1-5 p.m. Nov. 22. Tour originates at Chateau Elan Sports Club, 1965 Sports Club Drive, Braselton. $20 in advance, $25 at the door.

Buena Vista porch tour, Athens. Guided tour to several historic homes in the Buena Vista section of Athens' Boulevard neighborhood. Live music and local food. 2-5 p.m. Dec. 6, starting at 194 Buena Vista Ave., Athens. $10 advance, $15 day of event; reservations recommended for tours. 706-206-3055 or


Southern Living Idea House tours, Dahlonega. Tour the house featured in August's Southern Living. Decorated for Christmas. Benefits the United Way of Dahlonega/Lumpkin County. 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday-Saturdays, 1-5 p.m. Sundays through Dec. 20. Achasta, 150 Birch River Drive, Dahlonega. $5. 706-867-1660.

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. $3; first three lessons free. 404-372-6707. 

Toastmasters, Gainesville. Improve your public speaking skills. 5:45-6:45 p.m. Mondays. Downstairs radio production 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.