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For the week of Dec. 17-23
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This week

Southern Living Idea House tours, Dahlonega. Tour the house featured in August's Southern Living. Decorated for Christmas. Benefits the Holly Theater. 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. today-Saturday, 1-5 p.m. Sunday. Achasta, 150 Birch River Drive, Dahlonega. $5. 706-867-1660.

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

Christmas Contra Dance, Sautee. Live music by Cattywampas, calling by Susan Davis. 9 p.m. to midnight Saturday, Sautee Nacoochee Center Gym, 283 Ga. 255 N, Sautee. $8 adults, $7 SNCA members, $4 students, free for age 7 and younger with supervising adult. 706-754-3254.

Book signing, Dahlonega. Wes Sarginson and Loren Smith. 1-3 p.m. Saturday, Visitor's Center, downtown Dahlonega square. Free. 706-429-4153.


Dia de Reyes, Atlanta. Storytelling, music, food and family activities. 1-5 p.m. Jan. 3, Atlanta History Center, 130 W. Paces Ferry Road, Atlanta. Free. Museum admission $7. 404-814-4000.  


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.