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For the week of Feb. 11-17
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This week

 

Swing Dance, Cleveland. The Truett-McConnell College Jazz Band will perform. 7 p.m. today, Sewell-Plunkett Fine Arts Building, Truett-McConnell College, 100 Alumni Drive, Cleveland. Free. 706-865-2134, ext. 110.

 

Taste of Haiti, Gainesville. Folk dancing, art, food and silent auction. Benefits the American Red Cross. 6-9 p.m. today, John W. Jacobs Jr. Building, Brenau University, 500 Washington St. SE, Gainesville. 

 

AARP Driver Safety Program, Gainesville. 9 a.m. Friday, Grace Episcopal Church, 422 Brenau Ave., Gainesville. Reservations required. 770-536-0126.

 

Prelude to Valentine's Day, Sautee. Wine, hors d'oeuvres and live music by Monica Spears. 3-6 p.m. Saturday, Yonah Mountain Vineyards Tasting Room, 2454-B Ga. 17, Sautee. $15. 706-878-5522. 

 

Contra dance, Sautee. Live music by Bill and Libby Hicks. Calling by Dean Snipes. Potluck, 6:30 p.m.; lesson, 7:30 p.m.; dance, 8-11 p.m. Saturday, Sautee Nacoochee Center Gym, 283 Ga. 255 N., Sautee. $8 adults, $7 SNCA members, $4 students, children age 7 and younger free with supervising adult. 706-878-3300.

 

A Night of Valentines, Gainesville. AirTight will perform. Dinner, ballads and dance lessons. 6:30 p.m. Saturday, First Baptist Church banquet hall, 751 Green St., Gainesville. Reservations required. $15. 770-534-7354. 

 

Liberty Belle flights, Atlanta. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Peachtree-Dekalb Airport, EPPS Aviation, 1 Aviation Way, Atlanta. $430 per 45 minute flight. 918-340-0243.

 

Wine & Chocolate LOVERS Celebration, Dahlonega. Wine and chocolate tastings. 1-5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 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.

2010 Mardi Gras Fundraiser Ball, Atlanta. Benefits Foreverfamily. Hors d'oevres, dinner and dancing with live band. 7:30 p.m. Saturday, 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. Saturday, 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 ourneighbor@bellsouth.net.

"Poet's House: Byron Herbert Reece's Home from Farm to Heritage Center," Gainesville. Items from Reece's home and studio. Through March 27, Northeast Georgia History Center, 322 Academy St. NE, Gainesville. 770-297-5900. 

The Love Poems of Byron Herbert Reece, Gainesville. Readings of Reece's poems by Mildred Greear. 1-3 p.m. Saturday, Ada Mae Ivester Education Center, Northeast Georgia History Center, 322 Academy St. NE, Gainesville. Free for members, $3 nonmembers. 770-297-5900.

Family Sunday, Gainesville. "Affairs of the Hearts - Love and Science on Valentine's Day." Learn about Valentine's Day celebrations. Create scherenschnitte (artistic paper cutting), origami and pop-up Valentines. Hunt for the Hearts scavenger hunt, 2 p.m.; other events 1-4 p.m. Sunday, Northeast Georgia History Center, 322 Academy St. NE, Gainesville. $5 per family for nonmembers; free for members. 770-297-5900.

Upcoming

Coastal Conservation Association Banquet, Cumming. Attendance cost includes a CCA Lanier annual membership, dinner and three drink tickets. Silent auction, live auction and raffle. 6 p.m. Feb. 18, The Coo Coo's Nest, 1920 Freedom Parkway, Cumming. $60. 770-296-7020 or Chad.Downey@equifax.com.

Shades of Africa, Gainesville. Talent showcase with dance, singers, rappers and spoken word artists. 8-10 p.m. Feb. 19, Pearce Auditorium, Brenau University, 500 Washington St., Gainesville. Free. dcesar@tiger.brenau.edu.

Special Olympics Polar Plunge, Buford. Benefit for Special Olympics Georgia. Food, music and costume contests. 11 a.m. Feb. 20; jump into Lake Lanier at 1 p.m. Lake Lanier Islands Beach and Water Park, Friendship Road, Buford. $50 minimum donation. 770-414-9390 ext. 115.

Silent meditation/prayer retreat, Turnerville. 10 a.m. Feb. 20, Panther Brook Spiritual Center, 1000 Panther Brook Lane, Turnerville. Reservations required. 706-754-7488.

A Taste of Athens, Athens. More than 50 local restaurants, silent auction, wine and live music. 5-8 p.m. Feb. 21, The Classic Center, 300 N. Thomas St., Athens. $45; $75 VIP.   

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 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.

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. Jacobs Building Room 208, 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.

East Georgia Genealogy Society, Winder. Meets 7 p.m. second Tuesday of each month, Betty Jo Maddox Community Room, The People's Bank Financial Center, 76 Broad St., Winder.

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

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