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For the week of Oct. 7-13
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This week

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

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

The Newtown Florist Club 60th Anniversary, Gainesville. "The Work Has Only Just Begun." Dinner featuring Shirley Sherrod, former U.S. Department of Agriculture employee. 7 p.m. Saturday, The Gainesville Civic Center, 830 Green St. NE, Gainesville. $35 adults, $20 age 18 and younger. Call for ticket availablilty. 770-718-1343.  

The Longstreet Society Sesquicentennial Seminar Series, Gainesvile. Lectures, tour of James Longstreet sites. Saturday and Sunday, 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 longstreet@optonline.net.

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

Dog Day Afternoon Golf Tournament, Gainesville. Benefits the Humane Society of Northeast Georgia. Registration, 10 a.m.; shotgun start, 12:30 p.m. Monday, Chattahoochee Golf Course, 301 Tommy Aaron Drive, Gainesville. $125 per player entry fee. 770-532-6617.

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

Upcoming

Rock Goodbye Angel, Gainesville. Candlelight Remembrance Service for those who have lost an infant through miscarriage, stillbirth, perinatal loss or neonatal loss. Refreshments will be served following the service at 7 p.m. Oct. 14, Duckett Mill Boat Ramp, 3720 Duckett Mill Road, Gainesville. 770-331-1281. 

YMCA Fall Big Band Dance Party, Gainesville. Refreshments and dance lessons. 7:30-11 p.m. Oct. 16, Georgia Mountains YMCA, 2455 Howard Road, Gainesville. $25 in advance; $30 at the door. 770-344-9345 or msadams1@mac.com.

Pageant workshop, Flowery Branch. 6 p.m. Oct. 17; to prepare for Nov. 5 and 6 Miss Flowery Branch Scholarship pageant. Fifth Row Center Studio, 5509 Main St., Flowery Branch. Free. Open to ages 3-24. 678-357-7359 or info@fifthrowcenter.com.

Unchained Tour, Gainesville. Authors will sign books and meet fans. 6 p.m. Oct. 19, Northeast Georgia History Center, 322 Academy St., Gainesville. 770-531-2664 or info@theunchainedtour.org.

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.

Ride for Recovery Poker Run, Gainesville. Benefits the participants of the Treatment Courts of Hall and Dawson Counties. Motorcycle ride. 8 a.m. Oct. 23. Ride begins at First Baptist Church of Gainesville, 751 Green St. NW, Gainesville, and ends at Chicopee Woods Agricultural Center, 1855 Calvary Church Road, Gainesville. $25 for the first rider, $10 per passenger, $5 for an extra hand. 770-297-3526 or amathe@hallcounty.org.

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. 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 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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