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For the week of July 29-Aug. 4
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This week

James Gregory, Dahlonega. Comedian. 7 p.m. Friday, Holly Theater, 69 W. Main St., Dahlonega. $28. 706-864-3759.

Northeast Georgia Church Burning Briefing, Gainesville. Learn about how to prevent church arson and assist churches in need. 10 a.m. Friday, Montgomery Memorial Baptist Church, 1210 W. Ridge Road, Gainesville. 678-971-4422.

Folk Life Traditions, Helen. Various folk events Friday and Saturday: Bluegrass concert by The Suggins Brothers, 8 p.m. Friday; folk skills demonstration including wooden bowl making, chair caning, cider making, butter churning, folk toys, candle dipping and pioneer tools, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday; dulcimer concert by Nathaniel Samsel, 11 a.m. Saturday; concert and square dance with music by The Possum Knockers, 8 p.m. Saturday; jewelry maker Lee Johnson, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday. Unicoi State Park and Lodge, 1788 Ga. 356, Helen. $5 parking. 800-573-0659, ext. 305.

2010 Georgia Gourd Society Show and Sale, Perry. 1-5 p.m. Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Georgia National Fairgrounds & Agricenter, 401 Larry Walker Parkway, Perry. simplygourdgeous@comcast.net 

2010 Rabies & Wellness Clinic, Gainesville. Puppies and kittens must be at least 3 months old for rabies vaccinations. Pets must be in a carrier or leashed. No flea dips at this event. Dog baths and nail trims. 8:30 a.m. to noon Saturday, Humane Society of Northeast Georgia, 845 W. Ridge Road, Gainesville. $10 for rabies shot; $20 per microchip; donation for baths and nail trims. 770-532-6617 or info@humanesocietyhallcounty.com.

Gainesville Singles Dance, Gainesville. Hors d'oeuvres, dance music. 8 p.m. Saturday, American Legion, 2343 Riverside Drive, Gainesville. $10.

Bring Julie Home, Gainesville. Live band, games for children, hamburgers and hot dogs for sale. Baskets for raffle including items from local businesses. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Fitness Forum, 1210 Thompson Bridge Road, Gainesville. $10 for raffle ticket. 678-943-3115.

'70s/'80s Skate Reunion, Gainesville. 7-11 p.m. Saturday, Skate Country, 2276 Thompson Bridge Road, Gainesville.

"Everybody Can Dance" marathon, Gainesville. Bring water, towel and dancing shoes. 1:30-3:30 p.m. Saturday, Georgia Mountains YMCA, 2455 Howard Road, Gainesville. Free. 770-297-9622.

Ballroom dancing, Gainesville. Waltz, foxtrot, Latin, swing, shag, hustle, etc., with Lanier Dance Club. West Coast swing lesson, 6:30 p.m., dance starts at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Gainesville Civic Center, 830 Green St., Gainesville. 770-845-4463. $10.

Northeast Georgia Writers Conferences, Gainesville. Wednesday, 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 holmeslynda@bellsouth.net.

Job fair, Dillard. 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Wednesday, fellowship hall of Dillard United Methodist Church, U.S. 441 and Berry Whitehead Street, Dillard. 706-782-4812 or welcomecenter@gamountains.com.

Upcoming

AARP Driver Safety class, Gainesville. 9 a.m. Aug. 5, Gainesville First United Methodist Church, 2780 Thompson Bridge Road, Gainesville. $14, $2 discount for AARP members, preregistration required. 770-538-4816.

AARP Driver Safety class, Flowery Branch. 8:15 a.m. Aug. 6, Avita Community Partners, 4331 Thurmon Tanner Road, Flowery Branch. $14, $2 discount for AARP members, preregistration required. 770-538-4816. 

Fourth Annual Car and Truck Show, Clayton. Registration 9 a.m.-noon, awards at 4 p.m. Aug. 7 (rain date Aug. 14), Georgia Mountain Flea Market, 811 U.S. 441, Clayton. 706-212-0523 after 6 p.m.

Northeast Georgia Mountain Beekeeping Association meeting, Clarkesville. 11 a.m. Aug. 7; meet at Clarkesville Public Library for carpool to Bob Binnie's Honey House. 770-598-5970.

Teen driver program, Oakwood. Teaches driver attitude, knowledge and behavior of both parent and driver. 6:30-8:30 p.m. Aug. 9, Gainesville State College, 3820 Mundy Mill Road, Gainesville. Registration required. dwilburn@uga.edu or 770-535-8290.

History Forum, Gainesville. Trip Selman, Scout executive with the Jefferson Service Center of Northeast Georgia Boy Scouts of America, will speak about the 100th anniversary of scouting. 7 p.m. Aug. 10, Northeast Georgia History Center, 422 Academy St., Gainesville. 770-297-5900. $3, members free.

"Journey to a Healthy Existence," Gainesville. Health education lecture series by Dr. David Phillips. 7 p.m. Aug. 12, Gainesville Civic Center, 830 Green St., Gainesville. Free. 770-654-1310.

History Center Open House for Educators, Gainesville. Area educators are invited to browse history center resources. Refreshments provided. 3:30-6 p.m. Aug. 23, Northeast Georgia History Center, 422 Academy St., Gainesville. 770-297-5900. Free.

History Center new volunteer training, Gainesville. Open to volunteers with less than one year of experience, or experienced volunteers who want a refresher. Potential volunteers also invited. 10 a.m.-noon Aug. 25, Northeast Georgia History Center, 422 Academy St., Gainesville. Free. 770-297-5900.

Kids Fall/Winter Consignment Sale, Cumming. No strollers. 8:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Aug. 26, 5-8 p.m. Aug. 27-28, Cumming First United Methodist Church, 770 CantonHwy., Cumming. 770-887-2900.

Third Annual Happy Heart Car Show & Festivities, Gainesville. 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Aug. 28; yard sale vendors set up at 7:30 a.m. Northeast Georgia Diagnostic Clinic, 1240 Jesse Jewell Parkway, Gainesville $15 preregistration, $25 day of for car show. 770-718-5542 or shannon.furnas@ngdc.com.

Ongoing

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 gainesvilletoastmasters@yahoo.com

Old-fashioned square dance, Hiawassee. 7 p.m. Mondays. Senior Center, 48 River St., Hiawassee. Free. 706-896-1060 or info@townshistory.org.

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.

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