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For the week of Nov. 26-Dec. 2
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This week

Thanksgiving Community Contra Dance, Sautee. Potluck dinner, 6:30 p.m.; lesson, 7:30 p.m.; dance, 8 p.m. Sautee Nacoochee Center Gym, 283 Ga. 255 N., Sautee. $8; $7 SNCA members, $4 students, free for age 7 and younger. 706-878-3300.

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


Christmas Cruise In, Gainesville. Cars, motorcycles and trucks, food and door prizes. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Dec. 5, Liberty Bible Church, 1050 McEver Road, Gainesville. 770-967-9230 or 770-536-8627.

Christmas Tour of Homes, Gainesville. Benefits Gainesville High School Drama Department. 1-5 p.m. Dec. 6. Houses in Gainesville: Eddie and Becky Martin, 1071 Green Street Circle, Gainesville; Phillip and Lydia Sartain, 696 Dixon Drive, Gainesville; Darrell and Denise Rochester, 965 Green Street Circle, Gainesville; Kent Tench, 731 Crestview Terrace, Gainesville. $20. 770-654-0758 or 770-533-2748. Tickets available from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday-Dec. 3 at the door or at Gainesville High School.

Buena Vista porch tour, Athens. Self-guided tour to four homes in the Buena Vista section of Athens' Boulevard neighborhood; tours do not include homes' interiors. Live music and local food. 2-5 p.m. Dec. 6, starting at 194 Buena Vista Ave., Athens. $10 advance, $15 day of event. 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.