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Etc. events
For the week of Dec. 24-30
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Medieval Times Dinner & Tournament, Lawrenceville. New Year's Celebration. Dinner and tournament, dancing, Champagne toast and balloon drop at midnight and continental breakfast. 9:30 p.m. Dec. 31, Medieval Times Dinner & Tournament, 5900 Sugarloaf Parkway, Lawrenceville. $69.95 adults, $35.95 children. 1-888-935-6878.

Jug Drop, Winder. Dance and contests. 8 p.m. to midnight Dec. 31, Barrow County Museum, 74 W. Athens St., Winder. Free.

Chicken Drop, Gainesville. DJ music, cash bar, breakfast buffet, Champagne toast and balloon drop. Benefits Humane Society of Northeast Georgia. 8:30 p.m. Dec. 31 to 1 a.m. Jan. 1, Gainesville Civic Center. $55, couples $100, table of eight $420, VIP table of eight $500. 770-531-2394.

The Blue Angels in Pictures, Lawrenceville. Photographer Paul O'Mara, who traveled with The Blue Angels, a U.S. Navy and Marine Corps flight formation team. 10:30 a.m. Jan. 2, with breakfast at 8 a.m. EAA Sport Aviation Center, Briscoe Field, 690 Airport Road, Lawrenceville. 404-314-7573 or

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.