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Etc. events
For the week of Feb. 4-10
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This week

Ballroom dancing, Clarkesville. 7 p.m. first and third Friday of each month, Georgia Heritage Center for the Arts, 157 Mary St., Clarkesville. $5. 706-754-5989.


Father/Daughter Valentine Dance, Buford. North Gwinnett Kiwanis Club. Dress in Sunday attire. For all ages. 6-8 p.m. Saturday, 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.


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


"Flying the Alaska Bush," Lawrenceville. Bush pilot Jay Baldwin will present a program on "Survival Flying." Pancake breakfast, 8 a.m.; program, 10:30 a.m. Saturday, EAA Sport Aviation Center, Briscoe Field, 690 Airport Road, Lawrenceville. 404-314-7573 or


Wine & Chocolate LOVERS Celebration, Dahlonega. Wine and chocolate tastings. 1-5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 13-14 and 20 and 21, Three Sisters Vineyards & Winery, 439 Vineyard Way, Dahlonega. Some tastings free; $15 tastings and $25 private, seated tastings. Reservations only required for private tastings. 706-865-9463.


Superbowl Party, Gainesville. Benefits Samaritan Stand Corp-Sandlot After School and Sports Camp. Auction. 5 p.m. Sunday, Poor Richards, 1702 Parkhill Drive, Gainesville. $10 per person. 770-503-5005.

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


"Sitting Up With the Dead," Gainesville. Research family genealogy. Boxed dinner, beverages and midnight snack. 5 p.m. to midnight Feb. 12, Hall County Library main branch, 127 Main St. NW, Gainesville. $12 per person. Registration due by Monday. Late registration fee $5. 770-532-3311, ext. 116.

Hugs & Kisses Horse Camp, Mount Airy. No riding experience necessary. Games on horseback, arts and crafts, snacks. 12-3 p.m. Feb. 13, D.R. Taks Farm, 1344 Blair Road, Mount Airy. $25. Bring a friend and get $10 off your reservation. Reservations due by Wednesday. 706-768-5212.

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. Deadline for reservations is Sunday. 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.

Northeast Georgia Writers Conferences, Gainesville. 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


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.