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Family events
For the week of June 25-July 1
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This week

Castle of Cans, Oakwood. Live music, homemade food, yard sale, silent auction and activities for kids. Bring cans. 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, McEver Road United Methodist Church, 3606 McEver Road, Oakwood. Yard sale and auction items for donation, 7 to 10 a.m. Benefits the United Methodist Church. 770-532-3160.


American Legion fireworks, Gainesville. Sponsored by Paul E. Bolding Post 7. Snow cones, hot dogs, horse shoes and fireworks at dusk. Noon July 4, Laurel Park, 3100 Old Cleveland Highway, Gainesville.

Fourth of July Celebration, Helen. Music by David Blackmon & Curley Maple, games, food and drinks. 2 to 7 p.m. July 4, Rivermist Lodge, 6965 S. Main St., Helen. 706-878-1234 or 706-878-9463.

Fourth of July fireworks, Suches. Rubber duck race, live music and clogging. Bring lawn chairs. 7 p.m. July 4, fireworks at dusk. Woody Gap School, 3736 Ga. 60, Suches. Free.

Fourth of July celebration, Dahlonega. Reading of the Constitution, pet show, patriotic music, watermelon cutting and auto show. Fireworks at dusk. 8:30 a.m. to 9:45 p.m. July 4, downtown Dahlonega. Fireworks at the North Georgia College & State University Drill Field, 82 College Circle, Dahlonega. Free downtown parking, $5 parking at NGCSU.  

Star Spangled Classic, Athens. Fireworks, games, inflatable jumping toys and music. 6 to 9:30 p.m. July 4, Bishop Park, 705 Sunset Drive, Athens. Free. 706-613-3589.

Fabulous Fourth, Buford. Live music, fireworks and "Independence Day" screening. 2 p.m. July 4, with fireworks at dusk and movie after fireworks. Mall of Georgia, 3333 Buford Drive, Buford. Free. 678-482-8788.

Georgia Mountain Fair, Hiawassee. Arts and crafts booths, carnival rides, pony rides, parade and concerts. July 15-25, Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds, 1311 Music Hall Road, Hiawassee. $9 admission, $15 admission with unlimited carnival rides, free for kids age 9 and younger; parking $2. 706-896-4191 or


"Tools for Living," Sautee. Exhibit of tools used to sustain early valley inhabitants. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Saturday, 1-5 p.m. Sunday, Sautee Nacoochee Community Association History Museum, 283 Ga. 255 N, Sautee. 706-878-3300. 

Movies Under the Stars, Buford. 6:30 p.m. Saturdays through Aug. 22. Mall of Georgia, 3333 Buford Drive, Buford. 678-482-8788. 

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-Saturdays, 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.

"Dinosaurs: Ancient Fossils, New Discoveries," Atlanta. Through Aug. 16, Fernbank Museum of Natural History, 767 Clifton Road NE, Atlanta. $15 adults, $14 students and seniors age 62 and older with ID, $13 children ages 3-12, free for children age 2 and younger and museum members. 404-929-6400.