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Family events
For the week of Oct. 29-Nov. 4
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This week

Lakeview Academy Fall Festival, Gainesville. Games, Eurojump, food. Kids wearing costumes will get a prize. 4:30-7:30 p.m. today. Lakeview Academy, 796 Lakeview Academy, Gainesville. $10 for 20 tickets, $20 for 40 tickets; $25 wristband will include games and activities. 770-531-2609.

HallowSCREAM Vampire Ball, Gainesville. For middle school ages. 6-9 p.m. today. East Hall Community Center, 3911 P. Davidson Road, Gainesville. $8 in advance, $10 at the door. 770-535-8280.

Pumpkin Festival, Stone Mountain. Kids can participate in a stage play, pie-eating contest, obstacle course and Pumpkin Parade. Through Saturday. Stone Mountain Park, U.S. 78, Stone Mountain. 770-498-5690.

Nightfall Halloween Festival, Gainesville. Kids can learn about nocturnal creatures, see live animals, do crafts and listen to stories. Friday. Elachee Nature Science Center, 2125 Elachee Drive, Gainesville. $3 Elachee members, $5 nonmembers. 770-535-1976.

Trick or Treat on the Square, Gainesville. Train rides, face painting, Moonwalk and candy at downtown stores. 3-5 p.m. Friday. Downtown Gainesville square.

"Going Batty," Athens. 10-11:30 a.m. Friday, Memorial Park, 293 Gran Ellen Drive, Athens. $6 for Athens-Clarke County residents, $9 for others. Preregister by Wednesday; space limited. 706-613-3580.

Southern Tree Plantation, Blairsville. Hayrides, petting farm, train ride for kids, pumpkins and pony rides. Noon-6 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, noon-6 p.m. Sunday. Southern Tree Plantation, 2581 Owltown Road, Blairsville. Various costs. 706-745-0601.

Sardis Baptist Church Community Harvest Festival, Gainesville. Car show, "smoke trailer," fresh pressed apple cider, games and contests, arts and crafts, hayrides and live music. 3-8 p.m. Saturday, Sardis Baptist Church, 2724 Sardis Church Road, Gainesville. Free. 770-536-6921.

Fountain of Faith fall festival, Flowery Branch. Benefits Fountain of Faith building fund. Booth spaces available. 6-8:30 p.m. Saturday. Fountain of Faith Worship Center, 6028 Spout Springs Road, Flowery Branch. $25 to rent a booth. 770-572-6152.

Trunk-Or-Treat, Sautee. Hot dog and chili dinner, "trunk-or-treat" at decorated cars, carnival games and haunted house, contra dance. 5 p.m. to midnight Saturday. Sautee Nacoochee Center, 283 Ga. 255 N., Sautee. Carnival tickets cost 25 cents each or 5 for $1. Contra dance costs $7 for SNCA members, $8 for nonmembers, $4 students, children age 7 and younger free with supervising adult. 706-878-3300.

Trek or Treat, Suwanee. Games, activities, face painting, pumpkin hunting, costume parade, free hot dogs and trek or treating along the Suwanee Creek Greenway. 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday. Suwanee Creek Park. 1170 Buford Highway, Suwanee. Free.

Chili Festival, Dahlonega. Benefits the NOA domestic violence center. Compete with other cooks for award for the best chili recipe. Trick or treating and movie night in the park will follow the festival. 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. Hancock Park, just off the square in downtown Dahlonega. $10 to attend, free for kids age 9 and younger; $25 to compete. 706-864-1306, ext. 6.

The Refuge Fall Festival, Oakwood. Food, games, yard sale and karaoke. 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. The Refuge Worship Center, 3579 McEver Road, Oakwood. 770-297-7101.

Trunk or Treat Car Show, Gainesville. Door prizes, silent auction, food and costume contest for kids. 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. Napa Auto Parts, 2275 Browns Bridge Road S.W., Gainesville. 678-943-7092.


Hemlockfest, Murrayville. Featuring live music including Soulhound, Mudcat, Emerald Rose, the Dot Line Projekt, The Family Honor and Gold Rush. Traditional crafts and art booths. Benefits the Lumpkin Coalition. Nov. 6-8. Starbridge Retreat, 326 Starbridge Road, Murrayville. 404-310-5605 or  

The Wiggles Go Bananas Live!, Atlanta. 1:30 p.m. Nov. 8. The Arena at Gwinnett Center, 6400 Sugarloaf Parkway, Atlanta. $10-$40. Ticketmaster.  


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

North Georgia Corn Maze, Cleveland. Corn maze, hay rides, movie screenings and the Dungeon of Fear. Maze, 4-10 p.m. Thursdays, 4-11:30 p.m. Fridays, 10 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sundays through Nov. 22; Dungeon of Fear, 6:30-11:30 p.m. various days through Nov. 7; movies throughout season 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

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

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.