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Family events
For the week of Dec. 30-Jan. 5
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This week

"Wonders of Winter Wildlife," Buford. Learn how animals migrate, go dormant, or tough out winter weather. Make food for wildlife, create a snow-track craft and take a guided hike. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. today, Monday and Jan. 8, Gwinnett Environmental & Heritage Center, 2020 Clean Water Drive, Buford. Free with paid admission. 770-904-3500. 

Old Fashioned Christmas, Dahlonega. Ends Saturday. Downtown Dahlonega square. 706-864-3513.

Magical Nights of Lights, Buford. Animated light displays. 5-10 p.m. today, Lake Lanier Islands, 7000 Lanier Islands Pkwy., Buford. 770-945-8787.

Floating Christmas Tree, Tallulah Falls. 5 p.m. today-Monday, Tallulah Lake, Main St., Tallulah Falls. Free.

Happy New Year Celebration, Gainesville. Make noise makers, masks and join a "parade." Magician Jeff McClure will perform magic tricks. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Interactive Neighborhood for Kids, The Featherbone Communiversity, 999 Chestnut St., SE, #11, Gainesville. 770-536-1900.


Story times, Hall County. Children can listen to stories, sometimes read by special guests. Various days and times at libraries in the Hall County Library System. Free.

"Waters of Time: The Chicopee Woods Story," Gainesville. Learn about previous eras and inhabitants of Chicopee Woods. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Saturday, Elachee Nature Science Center, 2125 Elachee Drive, Gainesville. $5 adults, $3 children age 2-12; age 1 and younger and members free. 770-535-1976.