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For the week of Sept. 9-15
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This week

"September to Remember," Jefferson. Author Harry Bryan will read excerpts from his book, "Growing Pains and Gains: The Way It Was Growing Up in Small Town Jefferson, Georgia," and sign books. 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. today, Jefferson Public Library, 379 Old Pendergrass Road, Jefferson. Free. Bring your own lunch or preorder from Gingham Gal Cafe, $5. 706-367-5307.

Rose Ceremony, Gainesville. In honor of local women who received Teacher of the Year Awards in the Hall County, Gainesville City and Lumpkin County school systems. Theta Chapter of Delta Kappa Gamma, an International Honor Society for Women Educators. 4 p.m. today, First Baptist Church Banquet Hall, 751 Green St., Gainesville.Community Helping Place Gold Party, Dahlonega. Silent and live auction, food and wine. 6 p.m. Friday, Montaluce, 501 Hightower Church Road, Dahlonega. 706-867-9621.

Power of the Purse , Gainesville. Sponsored by WomenSource. Fashion show, vendor marketplace and designer purse raffle. 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Quinlan Visual Arts Center, 514 Green St. NE, Gainesville. 770-503-9060.

Chicken barbecue fundraiser, Gainesville. Half chickens and sides. Benefits local charities. 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, 621 Lakeshore Drive, Gainesville. $7. 678-316-7834.

The Patriot 250, Braselton. Race to celebrate freedom and remember those who lost their lives on Sept. 11, 2001. Most patriotic apparel contests, USCS Winged Outlaw Spring Cars, 100-lap Pro Late Model "American 100," Legends, Bandoleros, ProChallenge Cars, Junk Yard Dogs and the Raceceiver Shout Out Round #1. Saturday: gates open 4 p.m.; racing, 7 p.m., Lanier National Speedway, One Raceway Drive, Braselton. $20 adults, free for kids age 11 and younger. 770-967-8600.

Basic buck dancing and flatfoot dancing class, Clarkesville. Beginning and experienced dancers welcome. 7-8 p.m. Monday-Oct. 18, Georgia Heritage Center for the Arts, 157 Mary St., Clarkesville. Wear hard-soled shoes. $60 for six-class series. 706-348-7542 or

Forum, Gainesville. "Faces of Freedom." Lieutenant Colonel J. D. Kirby will speak. 7 p.m. Tuesday, Northeast Georgia History Center, 322 Academy St., Gainesville. Free for members, $3 nonmembers. 770-297-5900 or


Antique Tractor Show, Clermont. The North Hall FFA Alumni Annuql Antique Tractor & Equipment show. 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 18, intersection of Clark's Bridge Road, Clermont. No entry fees or show prizes; door prizes and concession stand. Benefits the North Hall FFA chapter.

Friends of the Library Used Book Sale, Gainesville. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sept. 18 and 19, Hall County Library Gainesville Branch, 127 Main St. NW, Gainesville. Volunteers needed to set up and work at the sale. 770-532-3311, ext. 134.


 American Business Women's Association, Gainesville. 6 p.m. the fourth Tuesday of each month, Ryan's Family Steakhouse, 2415 Browns Bridge Road, Gainesville. To attend as a guest, call 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.