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For the week of Jan. 28-Feb. 3
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This week

Live Active Live Well wellness expo, Gainesville. Live music, food, educational seminars and wellness screenings. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. today, The Holbrook, 3319 Thompson Bridge Road, Gainesville. Free. 678-207-2345. 

Night of Laughter, Gainesville. Benefit for Habitat for Humanity's Hall County High featuring comedian David Ferrell. 7 p.m. today, Grove Street Station, 610 Grove St., Gainesville. $50. 678-450-5998.

Friends of the Jefferson Public Library Book Sale, Jefferson. Movies, CDs, hardbacks and paperbacks. Baked goods and coffee also will be sold. 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday and 9-4 p.m. Saturday, Jefferson Civic Center, 65 Kissam St., Jefferson. 706-367-8012.

Green Life Expo, Athens. More than 75 "green" exhibitors highlighting environmentally friendly products and services. Friday-Saturday, The Classic Center, 300 N. Thomas St., Athens. 706-357-4506.

Bridal Expo, Gainesville. Bridal vendors including florists, musicians, photography, venues and bakers. Hors d'oeuvres and door prizes. 1-4 p.m. Sunday, Gainesville Civic Center, 830 Green St. NE, Gainesville. 770-531-2680.

Get Organized workshop, Gainesville. Led by organizing expert Deniece Schofield. 10 a.m. to noon or 7-9 p.m. Monday, Quality Inn and Suites, 726 Jesse Jewel Parkway SW, Gainesville. $25 at the door. 800-835-8463.

Ballroom Dancing, Gainesville. Lanier Dance Club. Learn the Waltz, Foxtrot, Shag and other dance styles. Foxtrot, 6:30 p.m., regular dance, 7:30 p.m. Monday, Gainesville Civic Center, 830 Green St. NE, Gainesville. $10 per person. 770-845-4463.

AARP Driver Safety Program classes, Dahlonega. 9 a.m. Tuesday and Feb. 4, Lumpkin County Library, 342 Courthouse Hill, Dahlonega. Reservations required. 706-867-1910.

Northeast Georgia Writers Conferences, Gainesville. Wednesday: Cecil Murphey; April 7, Julie Garmon; Aug. 4, Amy Wallace; Oct. 6, Sandra Brim. Workshops are 1-3 p.m. at 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


Father/Daughter Valentine Dance, Buford. North Gwinnett Kiwanis Club. Dress in Sunday attire. For all ages. 6-8 p.m. Feb. 6, Legacy Lodge and Conference Center, Lake Lanier Islands Resort, 7000 Holiday Road, Buford. $40 per couple; $10 per additional daughter. Gate admission included in ticket price. 404-386-4782. 

Lay Responder CPR/AED/First Aid Instructor class, Gainesville. 9 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Feb. 9-11, The Northeast Georgia Chapter of the American Red Cross, 311 Jesse Jewell Parkway, Gainesville. Registration required. 770-532-8453, ext. 16.  

Eighth annual Warm Hearts and Cold Noses Valentine's Gala, Atlanta. Benefits Happy Tails pet therapy association. 6-9 p.m. Feb. 6, Villa Christina, 4000 Summit Blvd. NE, Atlanta. $60 single ticket/$100 couple for members, $75 single ticket, $140 couple nonmembers. 770-740-8211.

2010 Mardi Gras Fundraiser Ball, Atlanta. Benefits Foreverfamily. Hors d'oevres, dinner and dancing with live band. 7:30 p.m. Feb. 13, Atlanta History Center, The Grand Overlook, 130 West Paces Ferry Road, Atlanta. $100. Formal attire. 404-223-1200.

Our Neighbor, Inc. Banquet and Auction, Gainesville. Singer and storyteller Allen Levi will speak. 6 p.m. Feb. 13, Gainesville Civic Center, 830 Green St. NE, Gainesville. $60 per person; $100 per couple; $400 for a table of eight. 678-617-5527 or

Mom Expo, Braselton. Now seeking exhibitors for one-day conference focusing on moms and families. March 13, Chateau Elan, 100 Rue Charlemagne, Braselton. To be a presenter or exhibitor, call Julie King, 770-5336593.


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.

American Business Women's Association, Gainesville. 6 p.m. the fourth Tuesday of each month, Ryan's Family Steakhouse, 2415 Browns Bridge Road, Gainesville. 770-967-3352. 

Great Decisions foreign policy meetings, Flowery Branch. Meetings to discuss U.S. foreign policy. 6-7:30 p.m. Mondays through March 8, 3446 Winder Highway, Flowery Branch. 770-967-9749.

Martinis and IMAX, Atlanta. Cash bar, DJ and IMAX movies. "Wild Ocean" showing through March 26; "Van Gogh: Brush with Genius" and "The Old Man and the Sea" showing through March 31. 6:30-11 p.m. Fridays, Fernbank Museum of Natural History, 767 Clifton Road NE, Atlanta. Included with IMAX ticket, specially priced at $12. $7 cover charge without IMAX ticket. 404-929-6400. 

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.