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Etc. events
For the week of Nov. 19-25
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This week

Jingle Mingle, Gainesville. Food, wine tastings, "giant chicken" lighting, carolers and prize drawings. 5-8 p.m. today, downtown Gainesville square. $5 for Greater Hall Chamber of Commerce members, $15 for guests. 770-297-1141.

Community Baby Shower, Clarkesville. Donate diapers, baby wipes and toiletries, receiving blankets, stuffed animals, gift cards and children's underwear. 4-7 p.m. today, Old Clarkesville Mill, 583 Grant St., Clarkesville. Free.

Holiday Book Signing, Cornelia. Including Alma Bowen, John Kollock, Gloria Stargel, Garrison Baker and Rick Darby. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Historic Cornelia Depot, downtown Cornelia. 706-778-4563.

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

Gainesville Singles Dance, Gainesville. Cash bar, hors d'oeuvres, dance music. 8 p.m. Saturday, American Legion, 2343 Riverside Drive, Gainesville. $10.

AARP Driver Safety Class, Cumming. 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Saturday, Christ The King Lutheran Church, 1125 Bettis Tribble Gap Road, Cumming. 678-591-0438.

2009 New Vogh release, Sautee. Monica Spears will perform. Appetizers and wine tastings. 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday, The Yonah Mountain Vineyards Tasting Room, 2454-B Ga. 17, Sautee. 706-878-5522.


Pride of Dixie Antiques Market, Norcross. Hundreds of antique booths, estate jewelry and art. Nov. 28-29, North Atlanta Trade Center, 1700 Jeurgens Court, Norcross. 770-279-9899.

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 e-mail Kristen Morales.


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.