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Etc. events
For the week of Dec. 31-Jan. 6
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This week

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. today, Medieval Times Dinner & Tournament, 5900 Sugarloaf Parkway, Lawrenceville. $69.95 adults, $35.95 children. 888-935-6878.

Jug Drop, Winder. Dance and contests. 8 p.m. to midnight today, Barrow County Museum, 74 W. Athens St., Winder. Free. jugdrop@yahoo.com.

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

New Year's Eve , Clarkesville. Dance, 9 p.m. today, with breakfast at midnight, Georgia Heritage Center for the Arts Education Building, 157 Mary St., Clarkesville. $10. 706-754-5989.

New Year's Day Tea, Tallulah Falls. 2 p.m. Friday, Georgia Heritage Center for the Arts gallery, 11785 U.S. 441 N, Tallulah Falls. Free. 706-754-5989.

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, will share his photos. 10:30 a.m. Saturday, with breakfast at 8 a.m. EAA Sport Aviation Center, Briscoe Field, 690 Airport Road, Lawrenceville. 404-314-7573 or jlevine@bellsouth.net.

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

Upcoming

Northeast Georgia Writers Conference, Gainesville. Cecil Murphey will teach the secrets of writing dialogue. 1-3 p.m. Feb. 3, Peach State Bank, Third floor, 325 Washington St., Gainesville. Free for members; $25 preregistration required for nonmembers. No registration at the door. 770-297-0680 or holmeslynda@bellsouth.net.

Ongoing

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 gainesvilletoastmasters@yahoo.com

Old-fashioned square dance, Hiawassee. 7 p.m. Mondays. Senior Center, 48 River St., Hiawassee. Free. 706-896-1060 or info@townshistory.org.

Tasteful Tuesdays, Gainesville. Get a taste of food, drinks or services from downtown businesses. Noon Tuesdays. Downtown Gainesville square. Free.

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