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For the week of Dec. 3-9
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This week

Georgia Mountains Regional Commission Annual Reception & Dinner, Dillard. Food, door prizes and entertainment. 5 p.m. Friday, The Dillard House Conference Center, downtown Dillard. $35. 770-538-2607.  

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

Sleigh Bell Tour of B&B Inns, Dahlonega. Seven bed & breakfast inns will be decorated and offer refreshments. 1-6 p.m. Sunday. Purchase tickets at Dahlonega Welcome Center, 13 S. Park St., Dahlonega. $12. 706-864-3513.

Christmas Tour of Homes, Gainesville. Benefits Gainesville High School Drama Department. 1-5 p.m. Sunday. 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. Sunday, starting at 194 Buena Vista Ave., Athens. $10 advance, $15 day of event. 706-206-3055 or


Cow Patty Bingo, Homer. 10:30 a.m. Dec. 19, softball field behind Banks County Library, 226 Ga. 51 S, Homer. $25. 706-677-2108. 


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.