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Family events
For the week of Oct. 7-13
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This week

Haunted Nights of Lights, Buford. Animated Halloween lights, haunted maze, pony rides, pumpkins, carnival rides, marshmallow roast and shopping. 7-11 p.m. nightly through Oct. 31, Lake Lanier Islands Resort, 7000 Holiday Road, Buford. $20 per car Monday-Thursday, $25 per car Friday-Sunday.

Secret Santa Car Show, Oakwood. Rods, muscle, classic and race cars along with food, arts and crafts, jewelry and a swap meet. 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. All proceeds to benefit the Secret Santa program for residents of the City of Oakwood. No entry fee. Cash/Check donations only. Ben's Furniture Building (the old Sam's location) next door to Hayes Chrysler, just off Mundy Mill Road, Oakwood. For more information contact Tony Tankersley at 985 Collision at 770-536-4985 (or after hours at 770-265-0285) or e-mail

Georgia Apple Festival, Ellijay. Arts and crafts, apple-themed events. Parade, 10 a.m. Oct. 16, downtown Eliijay; Festival, Saturday-Sunday and Oct. 16-17: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturdays, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sundays, Ellijay Lions Club Fairgrounds, 368 Craig St., Ellijay. $5 adults, free for kids age 10 and younger.

Family Day: Harvest of History, Gainesville. 1 - 4 p.m. Sunday. Take a step back in time to experience early 1800's family life in Northeast Georgia. Hands-on activities include bread making, butter churning, drying and using herbs, and weaving. Demonstrations include old-time woodwork with lathe, planting and harvesting Victory Garden. Live mule and milk cow also on hand. Free. Northeast Georgia History Center, 322 Academy Street, NE, Gainesville. For more information, call 770-297-5900, e-mail, or visit

Forum: The T. R. R. Cobb House, Gainesville. 7 p.m. Tuesday. Sam Thomas, curator of the T. R. R. Cobb House will present the program. The T. R. R. Cobb House is located in Athens where it was built in the early 1830's. The house was moved to Atlanta and to Stone Mountain before being moved back to Athens in 2004. It is being restored as a house museum. Admission is free for members and $3 for non-members. Northeast Georgia History Center, 322 Academy Street, NE, Gainesville. For more information, call 770-297-5900, e-mail, or visit


Libertyfest, Lula. Crafts, yard sale, carnival games, fair hair and face painting, concert and food available for purchase. 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 16, Daniel's Charter Parking Area, near Ace Hardware, 4336 Cornelia Highway, Lula. Booths $15 with table; $10 no table. Benefits Liberty Baptist Church. $1 fair hair, $2 per kids' activity, $5 for a wristband to do all activities. 678-617-8479.

Ghost Walk, Gainesville. Oct. 29-30. Seven walks each night. First walk leaves at 6 p.m. and last walk leaves at 8 p.m. Walks begin and end at the History Center. Tickets $10. Reservations strongly encouraged. Not for children younger than 10. Northeast Georgia History Center, 322 Academy Street, NE, Gainesville. For more information, call 770-297-5900, e-mail, or visit


Kangaroo Conservation Center, Dawsonville. Schedule a tour to see kangaroos and other Australian animals, a butterfly garden and Aussie Walkabout hiking trail. Kangaroo Conservation Center, 222 Bailey-Waters Road, Dawsonville. For age 5 and older. $14-$28. 706-265-6100 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 p.m. Monday-Saturdays. 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.

Guided walking ghost tours, Flowery Branch. Through Nov. Friday-Sunday nights, times flexible. Downtown Flowery Branch. Six person minimum; call for reservations. $10 adults, $8 children and senior citizens.

North Georgia Corn Maze, Cleveland. Corn maze, hay rides, movies at dusk; haunted house. Maze open now through Nov. 21: 4-10 p.m. Thursdays, 4-11:30 p.m. Fridays, 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 kids age 4-10 and seniors age 60 and older, free for kids age 3 and younger. Haunted house priced separately. Combination and group pricing available. Call to schedule group visit. 800-959-1874.

Jaemor Cornfield Maze Adventure, Alto. Through Nov. 6. Sept. hours: 3-9 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday, 1-6 p.m. Sunday; Oct. hours: 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday, 1-6 p.m. Sunday. Last ticket sold one hour before closing. Jaemor Farms, 5340 Ga. 365, Alto. $8 age 10 and older, $7 age 3-9, free for age 2 and younger. 770-869-3999.