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For the week of March 18-24
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This week


Gainesville Care Center Celebration Banquet Fundraiser, Gainesville. Guest speaker Carol Everett. 6:45-8:45 p.m. today, First Baptist Church Banquet Hall, 751 Green St. NW, Gainesville. $30 per person, $240 for a table of 8. Must be 18 or older to attend. Registration closed; call or come by banquet for stand-by tickets. 770-535-1413.


Wine Highway Weekend, Sautee. Various wineries on the Georgia Wine Highway will have events. Friday-Sunday. $20 for a passport includes admission and events at all wineries.


Taste of North Hall, Gainesville. "Dinner with a Touch of Brass." Local restaurants, silent auction and live music. 5-7:30 p.m. Saturday, North Hall High School gym, 4885 Mount Vernon Road, Gainesville. $10. Benefits the North Hall High School Band. 770-718-7340.




A Taste of the Mountains, Dahlonega. More than 20 local restaurants. 6 p.m. March 25, Lumpkin County High School, 44 School Drive, Dahlonega. Benefits Lumpkin County Family Connection. $15 adults, $5 children age 5-12, free for age 4 and younger.  


Yonah Mountain Vineyards winery tours, Sautee. See a wine cave, get barrel tastings of future vintages and a full tasting. Noon and 3 p.m. March 27, The Yonah Mountain Vineyards Tasting Room, 2454-B Ga. 17, Sautee. Reservations and prepayment required. $25 for tour and tasting. 678-525-6050.


Lumpkin County Spring into Action Lifestyle & Wellness Expo, Dahlonega. 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. April 3, Lumpkin County Park and Rec, 365 Riley Road, Dahlonega. Benefits the Lumpkin County Meals on Wheels Program. 706-864-1335.


Cork and Keg Festival, Helen. Beer and wine tastings, live music by the Kip Dockery Trio. 2-6 p.m. April 10, Helen Festhalle, Helen. Benefits the Sautee Nacoochee Center Association. $25 per ticket through March 31; $35 for tickets bought April 1 and later. 706-878-3300.  


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. 

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.