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For the week of April 8-14
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This week


AARP Driver Safety Program classes, Gainesville. 9 a.m. Friday, First Baptist Church of Gainesville, 751 Green St. NW, Gainesville. Preregister. 770-534-7354.


The Cupcake Camp and Contest, Flowery Branch. 2 p.m. Saturday, Mulberry Creek Community Center, 4491 JM Turk Road, Flowery Branch. $2 for three cupcakes. Contest entry free. 770-535-8280.


Book signing, Braselton. Bruce Parkman will sign "Transformed: The Journey into a Spirit-Filled Life." 2-5 p.m. Saturday, E & E Bookstore, 116 Towne Center Parkway, Braselton.    


Cork and Keg Festival, Helen. Beer and wine tastings, live music by the Kip Dockery Trio. 2-6 p.m. Saturday, Helen Festhalle, Helen. Benefits the Sautee Nacoochee Center Association. $35. 706-878-3300.


Book signing, Gainesville. Karen White, author of "The Girl of Legare Street" and "The House on Tradd Street," will speak and sign books. 1 p.m. Saturday, Hall Book Exchange, 1854 Thompson Bridge Road, Gainesville. 770-532-6693.


Contra Dance, Sautee. Saturday: Kids dance, 4:30-6 p.m.; potluck, 6:30 p.m.; lesson, 7:30 p.m.; dance, 8-11 p.m. Sautee Nacoochee Center Gym, 283 Ga. 255 N., Sautee. Free for kids 8 and younger with supervising adult, $8 adults, $7 SNCA members, $4 students. 706-754-3254.


Celebrate Spring with Dress Up Boutique, Dahlonega. Reception with food, drinks and music; fashion show featuring dresses and jewelry. 6 p.m. Monday, Dress Up Boutique, downtown Dahlonega square.


"Distant Voices: The Story of the Nacoochee Valley Indian Mound," Gainesville. Emory Jones will talk about his latest book. 7 p.m. Tuesday, Northeast Georgia History Center, 322 Academy St., Gainesville. $3 nonmembers, free for members. 770-297-5900 or


AARP Driver Safety Program classes, Gainesville. 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday, Lanier Village Estates, 42112 Misty Morning Way, Gainesville. Preregister. 770-535-7834.


Relay for Life used book sale, Gainesville. Used books, magazines and CDs. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday, front lobby, The Times, 345 Green St. NW, Gainesville. Benefits the American Cancer Society's Relay for Life. 770-532-1234.




Fresh Green Friday, Gainesville. Four-course meal made with locally grown ingredients. Benefits Cedar Hill Enrichment Center. 7 p.m. April 16, Cedar Hill Enrichment Center, 5735 Dawsonville Highway, Gainesville. $20 per person. 770-887-0051.


Chili Cook-Off, Braselton. 4-6 p.m. April 17, Year One, 1001 Cherry Drive, Suite 1, Braselton. 706-387-0300 or


AARP Driver Safety Program classes, Cumming. 8:15 a.m. April 17, Christ the King Lutheran Church, 1125 Bettis Tribble Gap Road, Cumming. Preregister. 678-591-0438.


Earth Day Celebration, Gainesville. Plant exchange, grilled food, games, DJ and door prizes. 1-5 p.m. April 17, Fisher's of Men Christian Center, 2412 Old Cornelia Highway, Gainesville. Free. 404-388-7194.  


Old Friends Car Club, Gainesville. DJ, prizes, food and cars. Noon to dark April 17 (rain date April 24), downtown Gainesville square. Donation for car show participation. 404-372-7032 or 770-654-7146.


Sautee Nacoochee Vineyards Swinging in the Vines, Sautee.  Live acoustic music, wine tastings and light hors d'oeuvres.  1-4 p.m. April 17. Nacoochee Crossing, Ga. 17 and Ga. 255, Sautee. 706-878-1056 or 706-878-0542.


"Alzheimer's Disease & Other Dementias: What every family caregiver needs to know," Gainesville. Desserts and coffee will be served. 6:30-8 p.m. April 22, Dogwood Forest Assisted Living Community, 3315 Thompson Bridge Road, Gainesville. Reservations due by April 19. Free. 770-531-7800.  


Big To-Do, Atlanta. Hidden treasures, line dancing, hula hoop contests, rock climbing and barbecue. Benefits Visiting Nurse Hospice Atlanta Children's Program. 3:30 p.m. to dark April 25, Zoo Atlanta, 800 Cherokee Ave., Atlanta. $60 adults, $30 children age 3-12, free for children age 2 and younger. 404-215-6010.


Northeast Georgia Writers Conferences, Gainesville. 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. 

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.