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This week

Scarecrow on the Square, Gainesville. Benefits Interactive Neighborhood for Kids. Families, schools and businesses can enter scarecrows to be displayed on the downtown Gainesville square. Through Oct. 19. $30 entry fee per scarecrow. For more information, contact Interactive Neighborhood for Kids, (770) 536-1900 or

Sundown Cinema Series, Buford. Family movie series. "Charlotte’s Web," beginning at dusk today; "Flushed Away," dusk Oct. 18; "The Grinch Who Stole Christmas," dusk Oct. 25, Mall of Georgia Village Pavilion, 3333 Buford Drive, Buford. Free. (678) 482-8788.

Fun on the Farm, Blairsville. Hayrides, train rides for children, pony rides and maze. Through Oct. 28: noon to 6 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, noon to 6 p.m. Sunday, Southern Tree Plantation, 2531 Owltown Road, Blairsville. Free admission, activities $4-$13, children age 2 and younger free. (706) 745-0601.

Fall Storytimes, Gainesville. "Quack Quack! Honk Honk!," 10:30 a.m. or 3 p.m. Friday, Gainesville Branch Library, 127 Main St. N.W., Gainesville. Free. (770) 532-3311 or the Hall County Library System.

Fall Storytimes, Gainesville. 3 p.m. today, 10:30 a.m. Friday, Blackshear Place Branch Library, 2927 Atlanta Highway, Gainesville. Free. (770) 532-3311 or the Hall County Library System.

Mule Camp Market, Gainesville. Gainesville Jaycees. Appalachian festival with arts and crafts, mule rides, live music and petting zoo. 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, noon to 5 p.m. Sunday, downtown Gainesville. Free. For more information, e-mail

2007 Georgia Mountain Fall Festival, Hiawassee. Includes pioneering skills demonstrations, arts and crafts, pig races and the official state fiddlers convention. Friday-Oct. 21, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday. $8, children younger than 10 free, $2 for parking; $20 FunFest Pass valid any three days. Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds, 1311 Music Hall Road, Hiawassee. (706) 896-4191.

Prater’s Mill Country Fair, Dalton. Southern food, pony rides, more than 200 exhibits. 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, Prater’s Mill, 500 Prater’s Mill Road, Dalton. $5 adults, free for children age 12 and younger. (706) 694-6455.

"Are you smarter than a 10 year old?," Dawsonville. Teachers from local elementary schools will ask contestants questions based on current student curriculum. Fifth-grade students will advise contestants. Benefits READ Inc. 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday, Dawson County High School, 1665 Perimeter Road, Dawsonville. Tickets $3 students, $4 adults, $15 family maximum. (706) 265-6278.

Mother and son dance, Gainesville. Dinner, games and dancing. 5:30-8 p.m. Tuesday, Gainesville Civic Center. Must register by today. $22 per person. (770) 531-2680 or Gainesville Parks and Recreation.


Fall Expo for Lights on Afterschool, Gainesville. Games, inflatable jumping toys and food. Hall County YMCA Youth and Community Services Afterschool Program. 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Oct. 18, Jones Elementary, 6th Chicopee Street, Gainesville. (770) 287-9622 or the Afterschool Alliance.

Fall Festival, Gainesville. Car show, games, rock wall and costume contest. Benefits Wauka Mountain Elementary School. 3 to 6 p.m. Oct. 20, Wauka Mountain Elementary School, 5850 Brookton Lula Road, Gainesville. Free. (770) 983-1414.


"You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown," Sautee. Stage adaptation of the "Peanuts" comic strip follows Charlie Brown through the mishaps of his life. Through Oct. 21. Thursday-Saturday, dinner begins at 7 p.m., show begins at 8 p.m.; Sunday, dinner begins at 1 p.m., show at 2 p.m, Black Bear Dinner Theatre. $45.50 adults, $42.50 seniors age 65 and older and students, $15 children age 12 and younger. (706) 865-0074.

Oktoberfest, Helen. Through Oct. 28, Nov. 1-Nov. 4. Festhalle doors open at 6 p.m. weekdays, 1 p.m. weekends. Helen Chamber of Commerce Festhalle, 1074 Edelwiess Strasse, Helen. Admission: $7 weekdays, $9 Saturdays, Sundays free. Contact: (706) 878-2181, Alpine Helen Georgia Convention and Visitors Center, Greater Helen Chamber of Commerce.

Frogs: A Chorus of Colors, Atlanta. Features more than 100 live frogs from around the world in their natural habitats. Through January 2008. Fernbank Museum of Natural History, 767 Clifton Road N.E., Atlanta. (404) 929-6300.

Hot Rod Night, Tiger. First Saturday every month, Tiger Drive-In Theater, 2956 Old U.S. 441 S., Tiger. Admission $1 off, popcorn free for classic car riders. Contact: (404) 680-5066, (706) 782-1611.

Big Bugs and Killer Plants, Atlanta. Carnivorous plants and wooden bug sculptures by artist David Rogers will be featured. Through October: 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday-Sunday, Atlanta Botanical Gardens, 1345 Piedmont Ave., Atlanta. $12 adults, $9 seniors and children ages 3-17, children age 3 and younger free. (404) 876-5859.

North Georgia Corn Maze, Cleveland. Hay rides, outdoor movies and haunted barn. Through Nov. 18: 4 to 10 p.m. Thursday, 4 to 11:30 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday, North Georgia Corn Maze, 559 Tom Bell Road, Cleveland. $10 adults, $9 children ages 4-12, $9 seniors age 60 and older, children age 3 and younger free. Additional costs for haunted house and hayrides. (800) 959-1874 or e-mail

Maize Quest, Alto. Corn maze, hayride and pumpkin patch. Through Nov. 3: 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 1 to 6 p.m. Sunday, Jaemor Farm Market, 5340 Ga. 365 N., Alto. $8 adults, $7 children ages 4-7, free for age 3 and younger. Last ticket sold one hour before closing. (770) 869-3999.

Uncle Shuck’s Corn Maze and Pumpkin Patch, Dawsonville. Through Nov. 18, Ga. 53 two miles west of Ga. 400, Dawsonville. Open weekends, daily in October. Bonfires, tractor-drawn hayrides, pony rides, haunted trails for Halloween, picnic areas, food and refreshments. Admission: $9 adults, $8 seniors and children 12 and younger; hay rides, bonfire $4, combo ticket $11; group rates for parties of 20 or more. Contact: (888) 674-8257.

"The Alps," Atlanta. Film about a climber’s journey up the Eiger North Face in Switzerland. Through Jan. 4, 2008: 10 a.m., noon, 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. Mondays-Saturdays; noon, 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. Sundays; Martinis and IMAX, 6 and 8 p.m. Fridays, Fernbank Museum of Natural History, 767 Clifton Road, Atlanta. $11 adults, $10 students and seniors, $9 children age 12 and younger, $6 museum members. (404) 929-6400.

Interactive Neighborhood for Kids events, Gainesville. Workshops, classes, home school, foster family, Girl Scout and Cub Scout days. Interactive Neighborhood for Kids, 999 Chestnut St., Gainesville. $6 adults and children age 2 and older, free for children younger than 2. (770) 536-1900.

Chestatee Wildlife Preserve & Zoo, Dahlonega. More than 125 animal species. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily, Chestatee Wildlife Preserve, 469 Old Dahlonega Highway, Dahlonega. $5 children age 11 and younger, $10 adults. (706) 864-9411.

"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. $3 adults, $2 children ages 2-12, age 1 and younger and members free. (770) 535-1976.