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For the week of Sept. 30-Oct. 6
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This week

"A Bird's Eye View," Gainesville. A Standard Flower Show by Crabapple Garden Club, Fleur De Lis and Gainesville/ Gateway of The Gainesville Federated Garden Club. 3-5 p.m. today and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday, The Hunt Tower and shops around the square, downtown Gainesville.

Rot N. Rusty's Haunted House, Dahlonega. Friday-Saturday, Rot N. Rusty's Haunted House, 1250 Red Oak Flats Road, Dahlonega. $12 per person. Tickets available at Spirit Halloween stores in Gainesville and Buford.  706-867-9105 or

CASA Blanca, Gainesville. Benefits CASA. Live jazz by Sentimental Journey Jazz Band. Italian food, drinks, auction. Black tie, bow tie or 1940s attire optional. 6:30-9 p.m. Saturday, Georgia Mountain Center, 301 Main St. SW, Gainesville. $40. 770-531-1964.

Gary Gildner reading, Demorest. Gildner, a novelist and poet, will read some of his work, 5 p.m. Wednesday, Brooks Hall, Center for Worship and Music, Piedmont College, 165 Central Ave., Demorest. Free. 706-778-3000, ext. 1564.

Northeast Georgia Writers Conference, Gainesville. Sandra Brim will lead a Structuring and Writing Poetry Workshop. 1-3 p.m. Wednesday, 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


AARP Driver Safety Program, Flowery Branch. 8:30 a.m. Oct. 7, Avita Community Partners, 4331 Thurmon Tanner Road, Flowery Branch. 770-967-1188.

Book Signing, Gainesville. David H. Hanks will sign "The Disappearance." Oct. 9, Frames-You-Nique, 104 Main St., Gainesville. 770-532-7074.

The Longstreet Society Sesquicentennial Seminar Series, Gainesvile. Lectures, tour of James Longstreet sites. Oct. 9-10, The Holiday Inn Lanier Centre Hotel, 400 E.E. Butler Parkway, Gainesville. $155 members, $135 Life members, $185 new members (includes 1-year membership.) 770-531-0907 or

Harvest of History, Gainesville. Family-oriented program focusing on the vegetables grown in North Georgia gardens. 1-4 p.m. Oct. 10, Northeast Georgia History Center, 322 Academy St., Gainesville. Free. 770-297-5900.

Forum, Gainesville. Sam Thomas of the T.R.R. Cobb House in Athens will speak. 7 p.m. Oct. 12, Northeast Georgia History Center, 322 Academy St., Gainesville. $3 nonmembers, free for members. 770-297-5900.

Gala for Hope & Healing, Gainesville. Benefits the Children's Center for Hope & Healing. Hors doeuvres by Scott's on the Square, wine and live jazz by Larry Barker and ensemble. Silent auction. Oct. 23, Quinlan Visual Arts Center, 514 Green St. NE, Gainesville. 770-532-6530, ext. 33.

Ghost Walks, Gainesville. Take a walking tour of Brenau University's campus and learn legends from the past. 8 p.m. Oct. 29-30, Northeast Georgia History Center, 322 Academy St., Gainesville. 770-297-5900.


 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.