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Family events
For the week of Aug. 27-Sept. 2
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This week

Spelling bee, Dahlonega. 7 p.m. today, Holly Theatre, 69 W. Main St., Dahlonega. 706-867-9607 or lcliteracy@yahoo.com.  

Celebrating Community Connections, Gainesville. Seventh anniversary. Dance performances, petting zoo and vendors.  10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Interactive Neighborhood for Kids, 999 Chestnut St., Gainesville. $2. 770-536-1900 or 678-804-8472, ext. 1.

North Georgia Corn Maze, Cleveland. Corn maze, hay rides, movie screenings and the Dungeon of Fear. Maze, 4 to 10 p.m. Thursdays, 4 to 11:30 p.m. Fridays, 10 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sundays this Saturday through Nov. 22; Dungeon of Fear, 6:30 p.m. to close various days Sept. 19-Nov. 7; movies each Friday and Saturday at dark. North Georgia Corn Maze, 559 Tom Bell Road, Cleveland. Maze, $9-$10; Dungeon of Fear, $14-$15; hayride, $4-$5. 800-959-1874 or info@northgacornmaze.com.

Upcoming 

Maize Quest, Alto. "Georgia Grown"-themed cornfield maze. 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. Friday-Saturday, 1 to 6 p.m. Sunday Sept. 5-Nov. 14. Flashlight nights, dusk to 10 p.m. beginning Sept. 12, Jaemor Farm, 5340 Ga. 365, Alto. $8 adults, $7 ages 4-7, free for children age 3 and younger. $5 hayride. 770-869-3999.

Clermont City Celebration, Clermont. Formerly "Clermont Days." Music, 1K walk, 5K run, car show, children's activities, parade, fireworks. 9 a.m. Sept. 5 and community-wide outdoor church service, Sept. 6; downtown Clermont and Concord Baptist Church. 678-616-4778.

Fall Arts Festival, Flowery Branch. Art, children's activities, book bags and T-shirts for sale. 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Sept. 12, Spout Springs Library, 6488 Spout Springs Road, Flowery Branch.

Vogel's Mountain Music/Arts and Craft Day Festival, Blairsville. Live music and arts and crafts booths. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sept. 12, Vogel State Park, 7485 Vogel State Park Road, Blairsville. $5 parking; $2 children, $5 adults; no pets allowed near music or crafters. 706-745-2628.

Old Milton Country Fair, Alpharetta. "Old-time" children's games, square dancing, arts and crafts, antique wagon, tractor and car show and watermelon- and pickle-eating contests. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sept. 12 and 13, Milton Center, 125 Milton Ave., Alpharetta. Free. 770-653-6821 or www.oldmiltoncountryfair.com.

"Elmo's Green Thumb," Atlanta. Sesame Street Live. 7 p.m. Sept. 17; 10:30 a.m. and 7 p.m. Sept. 18; 10:30 a.m., 2 and 5:30 p.m. Sept. 19; 1 and 4:30 p.m. Sept. 20, Philips Arena, 1 Philips Drive, Atlanta. $17-$87. Ticketmaster.

Mountaineer Festival, Clayton. Parade, street dance, old-fashioned contests and bluegrass music. 6 p.m. Sept. 18 and 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Sept. 19, downtown Clayton. 706-982-2304 or 706-782-4512.

Foxfire Fall Heritage Festival, Dillard. Arts and crafts, demonstrations, games, live music. Benefits Foxfire's student programs in Rabun County. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 26, Dillard City Hall, downtown Dillard. $4 adults, $2 ages 6-10, free for age 5 and younger. 706-746-5828 or foxfire@foxfire.org.

Cumming Country Fair and Festival, Cumming. Rides, Heritage Village and concerts. 4 to 10 p.m. Monday-Thursday, 4 p.m. to midnight Friday, 10 a.m. to midnight Saturday, 12:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday Oct. 8-18, Cumming Fairgrounds, 235 Castleberry Road, Cumming. $7 adults, $3 ages 5-18, free for age 4 and younger; advance tickets, $5 adults, $2 ages 5-18; $3 parking. 770-781-3491. 

Georgia Mountain Fall Festival, Hiawassee. Arts and crafts, demonstrations, Georgia State Fiddlers' Convention and other live music. 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday-Saturday and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday Oct. 9-17; Fiddlers' Convention, Oct. 17. Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds, 1311 Music Hall Road, Hiawassee. $9 adults, age 9 and younger free. $2 parking. No pets allowed. 706-896-4191 or gamtnfair@windstream.net.

Gold Rush Festival, Dahlonega. Arts and crafts booths, parade, hog calling and buck dancing contests, live music and children's activities. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Oct. 17-18, downtown Dahlonega square. Free. 706-864-7247 or 800-231-5543.

Dawson County Moonshine Festival, Dawsonville. Crafts, food, live music, children's activities, parade and car show. 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 24-25, downtown Dawsonville square. Free. 877-302-9271.

Ongoing 

"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. Concert and movie. 6:30 p.m. Saturdays through Sept. 5. Mall of Georgia, 3333 Buford Drive, Buford. Free. 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.

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