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For the week of May 6-12
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This week


AARP Driver Safety Program, Flowery Branch. 8:30 a.m. today, Avita Community Partners, Flowery Branch. 4331 Thurmon Tanner Road, Flowery Branch. 770-967-1188.


National Day of Prayer events, Gainesville. The Fishermen. Breakfast, 7 a.m. today, Gainesville Civic Center, 830 Green St., Gainesville; prayer event, noon today, downtown Gainesville square. Breakfast, $15 per person; prayer event free. 770-402-6745.


Flights of Fancy 2010 Springtime Benefit Auction, Gainesville. Garden and nature-oriented artwork, dinner by Rico's World Kitchen of Buford and beverage bar. Benefits Elachee Nature Science Center. 6:30-9 p.m. Friday, Elachee Nature Science Center, 2125 Elachee Drive, Gainesville. $35. 770-535-1976.


Celebration of Women's Service to Humanity, Gainesville. Luncheon. Jocelyn Dorsy of WSB-TV Channel 2 will speak. The Northeast Georgia Chapter of the American Red Cross will unveil The 1917 Society, a new Red Cross chapter club. 11:30 a.m. Friday, Northeast Georgia History Center, 322 Academy St. NE, Gainesville. 770-532-8452 or  


Star Motorcycle Factory Demo and Display, Dawsonville. Free food, drinks and door prizes. To take a demo ride, bring your motorcycle operator's license. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday and 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, Moto 400, 108 Prominence Court, Dawsonville. Free. 706-265-6686.


Gateway thrift store grand opening, Gainesville. Benefits Gateway Domestic Violence Center. 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Saturday, Gateway thrift store, 1642 Park Hill Drive, Gainesville.


Taste of Flowery Branch, Flowery Branch. Samples of the menus of local restaurants. 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, downtown Flowery Branch. Benefits the Flowery Branch High School Marching Band. $10; $5 kids age 9 and younger. 770-561-1328.


Contra Dance, Sautee. The Cagefree String Band will perform; calling by Beverly Smith. Saturday: 6:30 p.m. potluck; 7:30 p.m. lesson; 8-11 p.m. dance. SNCA gym, 283 Ga. 255, Sautee. Members $7, adults $8, students $4, children age 7 and younger free with supervising adult. 706-754-3254.


Lanierland Auburn Club annual meeting, Flowery Branch. Barbecue dinner; speakers Ted Roof and Randy Campbell. 6 p.m. Tuesday, Eagle Ranch, 550 Union Church Road, Flowery Branch. $20 adults, $12 kids age 12 and younger before Saturday; after Saturday, $25 adults, $15 kids age 12 and younger. Reservations required. 770-519-3321.


Forum, Gainesville. Guest speaker Major Kevin Jarrard, who will talk about Riverside Military Academy. 7 p.m. Tuesday, Northeast Georiga History Center at Brenau University, 322 Academy St. NE, Gainesville. Free for members; $3 nonmembers. 770-297-5900.  


Active Generation Health Fair, Flowery Branch. Ages 55 and older. Screenings, information on products and services for seniors, indoor Walk-a-thon to benefit the Alzheimer's Association. 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday, Mulberry Creek Community Center, Flowery Branch. 4491 JM Turk Road, Flowery Branch. Free. 770-535-8280 or




Autism Speaks pageant, Cleveland. For newborns-age 21. May 15, Cleveland Worship Center, 529 East Kytle St., Cleveland. 770-865-8961 or   


Mule Day, Jefferson. Demos of plowing, blacksmithing, quilting, basket and soap making. Barbecue for sale. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. May 15, Shields Etheridge Heritage Farm, Jefferson. $5 adults, kids free. 706-367-2949.


Rubber Duck Derby, Gainesville. Benefits the Boys & Girls Clubs of Hall County. Send rubber ducks down Lake Lanier to win prizes. 5K Derby Dash & Bash, 5:30-9:30 p.m.; derby, 3 p.m. May 15, Clark's Bridge Park, 3105 Clark's Bridge Road, Gainesville. $5 per duck. 770-656-3825.


Contra Dance, Sautee. The Elftones will perform; calling by Bob Dalsemer. May 29: Potluck, 6:30 p.m.; lesson, 7:30 p.m.; dance, 8-11 p.m., Sautee Nacoochee Center Gym, 283 Ga. 255 N., Sautee. $8 adults, $7 SNCA members, $4 students, free for children age 7 and younger with a supervising adult. 706-754-3254.


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.