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For the week of July 8-14
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This week

AARP Driver Safety Course, Gainesville. 9 a.m. today, Westminster Church, 1397 Thompson Bridge Road, Gainesville. Reservations required. 770-534-1078.

Tailgating Fest, Oakwood. Ham radio festival with electronics for sale. 8-11 a.m. Saturday, Jackson EMC Operations Center, 3704 Old Oakwood Road, Oakwood. Free. 770-561-1051.

2010 Rabies & Wellness Clinic, Oakwood. Humane Society of Northeast Georgia. Rabies shots, vaccinations and micro chipping for cats and dogs. 8:30 a.m. to noon Saturday, Hayes Chrysler, 3115 Frontage Road, Oakwood. Various costs. Puppies and kittens must be at least 3 months old for rabies vaccinations. Pets must be in a carrier or leashed. 770-532-6617 or

Ballroom Dancing, Gainesville. Lanier Dance Club. Dances will include the waltz, foxtrot, swing, shag, country/western and Latin style. West Coast Swing lessons, 6:30 p.m.; dance, 7:30 p.m. Monday, Gainesville Civic Center, 830 Green St. NE, Gainesville. $10. 770-845-4463.


Small Business & Entrepreneurial Expo, Buford. Learn about start-up basics, how to do a business and marketing plan, funding options and loan packages. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. July 15, Mall of Georgia, 3333 Buford Drive, Buford. Free. Registration required. 770-271-9458. 

Northeast Georgia Hair Explosion, Gainesville. Hairstyling competition featuring celebrity judges, prizes, live entertainment and vendor booths. 3-9 p.m. July 17, Grove Street Station, 610 Grove Street, Gainesville. Free; $15 competition fee at the door.

Car Show & Sound Off, Gainesville. Registration, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.; show, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. July 17, Lakeshore Mall, 150 Pearl Nix Parkway, Gainesville. $20 car show; $20 sound off. 678-617-5262 or 678-630-1368.

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. 678-943-2576 or


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.