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Etc. events
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

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.


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

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

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

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


 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.