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Etc. events
For the week of Feb. 18-24
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This week


Coastal conservation Association Lanier banquet, Cumming. 6 p.m. today, The Coo Coo's Nest, 1920 Freedom Parkway, Cumming. $60. 770-296-7020 or 404-461-3558.


Jane Goodall 50th Anniversary, Atlanta. Goodall will speak at the event commemorating her 50th anniversary of Gombe research. Cocktail reception, 5:30-6:30 p.m. Friday, Fernbank Museum of Natural History, 767 Clifton Road, Atlanta. $95. Reservations required. 703-682-9288 or  


AARP Drive Safety Program classes, Gainesville. 9 a.m. Friday, 1 p.m. Saturday, Redwine United Methodist Church, 3285 Poplar Springs Road, Gainesville. Reservations required. 770-967-1188.  


Shades of Africa, Gainesville. Talent showcase including dance, singers/rappers and spoken word, featuring Brenau University students. 8-10 p.m. Friday, Pearce Auditorium, Brenau University, 500 Washington St. SE, Gainesville. Free.


Silent meditation/prayer retreat, Turnerville. Panther Brook Spiritual Center, 1000 Panther Brook Lane, Turnerville. Free, reservations required. 706-754-7488.

AARP Driver Safety Program classes, Gainesville. 9 a.m. Monday and Tuesday, The Legacy Shoppe, Lakeshore Mall, 150 Pearl Nix Parkway, Gainesville. Reservations required. 770-869-7150.


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. 

"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. 

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

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

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.