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Jan. 8-14
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This week

Southeast Championship Bull Riding, Gainesville. 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 3 p.m. Sunday, Georgia Mountains Center, 301 Main St. SW, Gainesville. $13 adults in advance, $15 day of show, $8 children age 12 and younger, $9 seniors age 55 and older. 770-534-8420.

Kitty Kindergarten, Gainesville. Training for cat owners. 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Humane Society of Hall County, 845 W. Ridge Road, Gainesville. $3. 770-532-6617.

Book signing, Cumming. Bill Porter will sign "Presidential Lessons Learned - Follow the Leader." 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Barnes & Noble, The Avenues in Cumming, Building 200, Suite 252, 410 Peachtree Parkway, Cumming. 770-781-0867.

Contra dance, Sautee. The Blue Ridge Rounders will perform. Becky Walker will call the dances. Potluck supper, 6:30 p.m.; lesson, 7:30 p.m.; dance, 8 to 11 p.m. Saturday, Sautee Nacoochee Center gym, 283 Ga. 255 N, Sautee. $8 adults, $7 SNCA members, $4 students. Free for children age 8 and younger with a supervising adult. 706-754-3254.

Ham radio licensing classes, Gainesville. Saturday, Jan. 17 and 24, Chattahoochee Baptist Association building, 1220 McEver Road, Gainesville. $35, preregistration required. Lanierland Amateur Radio Club or 770-967-4397.

Hoopdance workshop, Athens. Learn basic hoop dance moves. 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 18 and 25. Canopy Studio, 160 Tracy St., Athens. $25 per day or $60 for three sessions. 706-549-8501 or

Manners and More, Gainesville. Dog behavioral classes with Tracey Schowalter of Puppy Adept. Six-week course beginning 6:15 p.m. Tuesday, Humane Society of Hall County, 845 W. Ridge Road, Gainesville. $110, $82.50 for dogs with proof of adoption. 770-532-6617.

"Dancing White Stallions," Gainesville. Lipizzaner stallions. 7:30 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday, Georgia Mountains Center, 301 Main St. SW, Gainesville. Adults $22.50, seniors age 60 and older and children age 12 and younger $20.50. 770-534-8420.

Atlanta Boat Show, Atlanta. See boats, personal watercraft and marine accessories, attend boating and fishing seminars and kids' activities. 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Wednesday-Jan. 16, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Jan. 17 and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Jan. 18, Georgia World Congress Center, 285 Andrew Young International Blvd. NE, Atlanta. Adults $9, $5 ages 13-15, free for children age 12 and younger. Opening day, tickets $5 for all ages. 954-441-3220. 


Inauguration celebration, Gainesville. Watch the televised Inauguration Ceremony for President-elect Barack Obama. Noon Jan. 20, meeting room, Hall County Library main branch, 127 Main St. NW, Gainesville. 770-532-3311.

Atlanta Motorsports Park preview, Atlanta. Speakers include David Murry, Jeremy Porter and Bob Varsha. Preview of a performance vehicle country club. 7 to 8:30 p.m. Jan. 22, Motorcars of Georgia, The Bimmer Store, 7865 Roswell Road, Atlanta. Reservations required by Jan. 16; limited to 50 people. 678-513-3278 or

Dancing with the Stars tour, Duluth. 7:30 p.m. Jan. 25, Arena at Gwinnett Center, 6400 Sugarloaf Parkway, Duluth. $68-$128. Ticketmaster. 

Night of Laughter, Gainesville. Benefits Habitat for Humanity's Hall County Habitat High. Featuring comedians Jerry Farber and Johnny Porazzo. Build-a-taco and beverages. 7:30 p.m. Jan. 29, Grove Street Station, 610 Grove St., Gainesville. $50 per person. Reservations required. 678-450-5998.

How to Save on Your Food Bill, Gainesville. County Extension Agent Debbie Wilburn will explain how to save on groceries without sacrificing food quality. 1 p.m. Jan. 29, Hall County Library main branch, 127 Main St. NW, Gainesville. Free. 770-532-3311 or