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Kick off your week of patriotic celebrations by taking in a concert by The U.S. Army Ground Forces Band and Jazz Guardians, part of The Arts Council’s Smithgall Arts Center Summer Musicfest Series. PAGE 6 Independence Day celebrations will get off to an explosive start at the Gainesville Symphony Orchestra’s Patriotic Pops Concert at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday in the Brenau University Amphitheatre. PAGE 6

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“People Like Us” has as many flaws as the dysfunctional family the movie is centered around. But it’s still worth sticking around for the final climax. PAGE 10

The inaugural Georgia Mountains Farm Tour will showcase some of the farms, community gardens and restaurants that supply food in Northeast Georgia. PAGE 14


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“We Bought A Zoo;” Movies Under the Stars, Buford. June 30. Mall of Georgia. Film at dusk. Guests encouraged to bring blankets, lawn chairs. 404-233-3993 or jworrall@ bravepublicrelations.com.

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Friday Night Flicks, Cornelia. Film at dusk. July 13. “Hugo.” Cornelia City Park. Free. 706-778-8585. Summer Movies Under the Stars, Dahlonega. Dusk. Second Fridays through September, Hancock Park. July 13 “Journey 2: The Mysterious Island;” Aug. 10 “The Lorax.” Presented by Chestatee Regional Hospital. Bring your own blanket or low-back lawn chair. Concessions available. Proceeds from concessions benefit the Lumpkin Youth Leadership Program. www.Dahlonega. org. “Monte Carlo;” Movies Under the Stars, Buford. July 14. Mall of Georgia. Film at dusk. Guests encouraged to bring blankets, lawn chairs. 404-233-3993 or jworrall@ bravepublicrelations.com. “Glee: The Concert Movie;” Movies Under the Stars, Buford. July 21. Mall of Georgia. Film at dusk. Guests encouraged to bring blankets, lawn chairs. 404-233-3993 or jworrall@bravepublicrelations.com. “Soul Surfer;” Movies Under the Stars, Buford. July 28. Mall of Georgia. Film at dusk. Guests encouraged to bring blankets, lawn chairs. 404-233-3993 or jworrall@ bravepublicrelations.com. Friday Night Flicks, Clarkesville. Film at dusk. Aug. 11. “The Lorax.” Ruby C. Albright Aquatic Center. Free. 706754-2220.

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The Georgia Wine Country Festival, Dahlonega. Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. June 30. Music, tastings, dining. Three Sisters Vineyards & Winery, at 439 Vineyard Way, Dahlonega. Free General Admission. www. ThreeSistersVineyards.com. Northeast Georgia Charity Horse Show. All day June 29-30. Chicopee Woods Agriculture Center, 1855 Calvary Church Road, Gainesville. Featuring American saddlebreds, Hackney ponies, standardbred horses. Also classes open to any breed. Silent Auction. Free. Dedicated to 5-year-old cancer survivor Jay Love. Book signing, Cornelia. 1-3 p.m. June 30. Books With A’Peal, North Main Street, Cornelia. Diana Palmer’s “Courageous” and Jan Walker’s “Knee Neeps.” 706-7784563, booksapeal@windstream.net

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Book signing, Gainesville. 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. July 7. Joseph Scott Morgan’s “Blood Beneath My Feet.” The Hall Book Exchange, Gainesville, hallbookexchange.com Homeschool book sale, Gainesville. Noon to 8 p.m. July 20. Georgia Mountains Center, 301 Main St. SW, Gainesville. Educational books and items for sale by

US Army Ground Forces Band: The Jazz Guardians, Gainesville. 8 p.m. June 29. The Arts Council Smithgall Arts Center lawn. The Arts Council Summer MusicFest. Free. Dinner tickets extra, call for prices. 770-534-2787, www.theartscouncil.net. Hannah Thomas Band, Dahlonega. 8 p.m. June 29. The Historic Holly Theater, 69 W. Main St., Dahlonega. www.hollytheater.com, www.HannahThomasBand.com Coldplay, Atlanta. July 2. Philips Arena. Gainesville Symphony Orchestra Patriotic Pops Concert, Gainesville. 7:30 p.m. July 3. Gates open at 6 p.m. Brenau University amphitheater. $20 adults, $18 seniors 65 plus, $5 children age 7-17, children younger than 7 are free. 770-532-5727. Vertigo, Gainesville. 8 p.m. July 3. The Arts Council Smithgall Arts Center lawn. The Arts Council Summer MusicFest. 770-534-2787, www.theartscouncil.net.

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Furthur featuring Phil Lesh and Bob Weir. July 10. Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre at Encore Park, 2200 Encore Parkway, Alpharetta. www.vzwamp.com Diana Krall. July 11. www.deltaclassicchastain.com. Summerland Tour featuring Everclear, Sugar Ray, Gin Blossoms, Lit and Marcy Playground. July 13. www. deltaclassicchastain.com. Miranda Lambert with special guests Lee Brice and Thomas Rhett. July 13. Aaron’s Amphitheater, Atlanta. www.livenation.com. 404-443-5000. Crosby, Stills & Nash. July 14. Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre at Encore Park, 2200 Encore Parkway, Alpharetta. www.vzwamp.com local homeschool group. Pre-K to 12th grade in all subjects. Homeschool Enrichment Expo tables open for information on local classes, activities, etc. Free and open to the public. 770-297-0138, hersheyrules@ bellsouth.net.

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Historic Downtown Farmers Market, Gainesville. 2:306:30 p.m. Fridays. Downtown Gainesville Square. www. gainesville.org. Hall County Farmers Market, Gainesville. Tuesdays 6 a.m. until sellout, Saturdays 7 a.m. until sellout. Through October. East Crescent Drive and Jesse Jewell Parkway by Interstate 985 Exit 24 in Gainesville. www.hallfarmers. org. Downtown Jefferson Farmers Market. 7-10 a.m. Saturdays through September. Vendors have vegetables, plants, baked goods and other homemade items. 706367-5714. Old Jail tours, Dahlonega. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays. Through July 30. Downstairs rooms have a collection of period memorabilia in photographs, interesting objects and tools. Lumpkin County Historical Society. Learn Conversational Spanish. Free. 5:30-6:30 p.m. Thursdays. Goodwill Oakwood Career Center, 3715 Mundy Mill Road, Oakwood. 770-538-4209

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Email your information to getout@gainesvilletimes.com. The deadline to have your event listed in Get Out is the FRIDAY before the next publication. Listings run at the discretion of the editor. If you would like to place an ad, call Betty Thompson at 770-532-1234 or email bthompson@gainesvilletimes.com Dahlonega Farmers Market. 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. every Saturday through Oct. 27. West Main and Waters streets, downtown Dahlonega across from The Holly Theater. 706-482-2707, rebeccashirley@dahlonegadda.org. Spout Springs Farmers Market, Flowery Branch. 47 p.m. Thursdays through October. Spout Spring Library parking lot. Fresh and local produce and crafts. SSLFarmersmarket@gmail.com Friendship Woman’s Club, Flowery Branch. Meets every fourth Thursday. Flowery Branch Depot, Flowery Branch. 404-394-9865 or SallyWeatherbee8@aol.com. East Georgia Genealogy Society, Winder. 7 p.m. every second Tuesday of the month. Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, 36 Sims Road, Winder. www. eastgageneology.com. American Business Women’s Association, Gainesville. 6 p.m. fourth Tuesday each month, Ryan’s Family Steakhouse, 2415 Browns Bridge Road, Gainesville. 770967-3352. Toastmasters, Gainesville. Improve your public speaking skills. 5:45 to 6:45 p.m. Mondays. Jacobs Building Room 208, Brenau University, 340 Green St., Gainesville. Free. 678-469-2777. gainesvilletoastmasters@yahoo.com. Old-fashioned square dance, Hiawassee. 7 p.m. Mondays. Senior Center, 48 River St., Hiawassee. Free. 706-8961060 or info@townshistory.org.


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Bursting with patriotic pride Annual fireworks display set for July 4 at Laurel Park; area communities offer variety of events BY BRANDEE A. THOMAS

bthomas@gainesvilletimes.com Every summer, holiday revelers look forward to celebrating America the beautiful with July Fourth barbecues and firework displays. This year is no exception. The Paul E. Bolding Post No. 7 of the American Legion is helping to hold down the fireworks front with its 49th annual display at Laurel Park, 3100 Old Cleveland Highway in Gainesville. The gates will open at 9 a.m. Wednesday. Admission is free, but there is a $5 parking fee. Although the fireworks won’t start until dusk, early arrival is encouraged since many families like to stake out their spots by late afternoon. Once the park is full, folks will have to be turned away at the road. Families are encouraged to bring their picnics, blankets and lawn chairs. The American Legion Post 16 in Cleveland will also host a Fourth of July celebration. The group, along with local boy scouts, will gather at noon at the post on Ga. Highway 75 South in Cleveland for a flag retirement and burning ceremony. The public is invited to bring worn flags for burning and to hang around afterward for free hot dogs and watermelon. If you are unable to attend that ceremony, you can drop off your worn flags in advance at Nix Hardware, 15 Courthouse Square in downtown Cleveland. North Georgia College & State University also has planned a fireworks display to conclude Dahlonega’s family-style Fourth of July celebration. The Dahlonega festivities include a 5K/10K race at 7 a.m. followed by children’s activities and live music. An Independence Day Parade at 5 p.m. Wednesday will wind around the town’s square. The historic square

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What: Sterling on the Lake Fireworks Festival When: 6 p.m. June 30 Where: Sterling on the Lake, 7005 Lake Sterling Boulevard, Flowery Branch More info: Free admission. Parking $10 per car.

What: Aurora Theatre’s Prelude to the 4th Concert When: 7:30 p.m. July 3, fireworks at dusk Where: Historic courthouse, downtown Lawrenceville More info: Free. 678226-2639, www. visitlawrenceville.com What: Paul E. Bolding post No. 7 of the American Legion 49th annual fireworks When: Dusk, July 4 Where: Laurel Park More info: Gates open at 9 a.m.; parking $5. What: American Legion Post 16 flag retirement ceremony

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will also be peppered with a variety of family-friendly activities, including a patriotic ceremony at the Dahlonega Gold Museum, 1 Public Square. After the parade is over, the public is invited to gather at North Georgia’s

William J. Livsey Drill Field to watch the fireworks and partake in the AllAmerican refreshments that will be sold by the school’s cadets. More events will be taking place throughout Northeast Georgia.



When: Noon, July 4 Where: Old Ga. Highway 75 S., Cleveland More info: Free hot dogs and watermelon, 706-8650894

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What: Freedom Festival When: 5-10 p.m. June 30, concert, activities; fireworks at dusk Where: Downtown Jefferson More info: Free. 706-3675714

The annual American Legion fireworks show explodes in the sky over Lake Lanier and Laurel Park during last year’s Independence Day celebration.

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What: Celebrate Braselton Festival and Parade When: 4 p.m. July 4 parade, followed by activities, 9 p.m. fireworks Where: Historic downtown Braselton Park More info: Free. www. braseltonfestivals 706-6545720. What: Mall of Georgia’s 10th Annual Fabulous Fourth When: 2 p.m. July 4, activities and concerts, fireworks at dusk followed by “Sherlock Holmes 2: A Game of Shadows.” Where: Mall of Georgia, 3333 Buford Drive, Buford More info: Free. 678-4828788, www.mallofgeorgia. com What: Fourth of July Family Celebration & Firecracker 5K/10K When: 7 a.m. July 4, race followed by family activities around the historic town square; 5 p.m. Independence Day Parade through the historic square; dusk fireworks display on North Georgia’s William J. Livsey Drill Field Where: Downtown Dahlonega More info: dahlonega.org


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Salute to July 4 Symphony back in tune Wave your flag with decorated Army band From staff reports Kick off your week of patriotic celebrations by taking in a concert by The U.S. Army Ground Forces Band and Jazz Guardians, part of The Arts Council’s Smithgall Arts Center Summer Musicfest Series. The patriotic concert is set for 8 p.m. Friday, June 29. Gates open at 6. The band was U.S. Army Ground organized as the Fourth Infantry Forces Band and Regiment Band Jazz Guardians in 1845 in New Orleans. It began The Arts Council’s during the Mexican Summer Musicfest Series War, where its members became When: 8 p.m. June 29 the only Army band Where: Smithgall Arts to receive a combat Center, 331 Spring St., distinction from the Gainesville president. Since How much: Concert is free then, The Army More info: 770-534-2787, Ground Forces www.TheArtsCouncil.net. Band has served during the Civil War, the War with Spain, the Philippine Insurrection and both World Wars. Following World War II, the Fourth Infantry Regiment Band changed its name to the 214th Army Band. In 1985, Secretary of the Army John O. Marsh Jr. conferred the designation The Army Ground Forces Band. It has served as the Musical Ambassador of the American Combat Soldier, serving as an outreach asset for the U.S. Army Forces Command, headquartered at Fort Bragg, N.C. The Jazz Guardians, a 21-member big band, tours the country paying tribute to the big bands of yesteryear, including Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Glenn Miller, and Woody Herman. It has collaborated with artists such as Louis Bellson, Cab Calloway, Bill Watrous and Jamey Abersold. Visitors are invited to bring blankets and lawn chairs, though no outside food or beverages may be brought in. A catered dinner is available; cost is $15 for members, $20 for nonmembers; reserved table and dinner for eight members $150, nonmembers $200. For information, call 770-534-2787 or visit www. TheArtsCouncil.net.

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From staff reports Independence Day celebrations will get off to an explosive start at the Gainesville Symphony Orchestra’s Patriotic Pops Concert at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday in the Brenau University’s Amphitheatre. Attendees to the annual outdoor tradition will experience a variety of musical entertainment including an acoustic pre-show starting at 6:30 p.m. featuring the band Pocket Dreams and then the GSO Bluegrass Band will take the stage. Gates open at 6 p.m. Guests may bring lawn chairs, picnics and of course, American flags. The concert marks the return of the GSO after a 10-month hiatus and also welcomes the return of noted music

director, Lauren Green. “Even though I’ve only been to Gainesville two or three times as a guest conductor, I wanted to do whatever I could to give the orchestra a chance to hang on,” said Green, music director and conductor of the Bartlesville Symphony Orchestra in Oklahoma. The GSO is hoping to see younger crowds take an interest in their music. “That’s why we lowered our ticket prices this year and why children ages 7 and younger can come for free,” Hyatt said. Tuesday, the orchestra and countless volunteers will present a selection of patriotic tunes from composers such as Sousa, Mancini, Custer, Cohan and more, and as night falls, sparklers will light up the skies.

GSO Patriotic Pops Concert When: 6 p.m. July 3 Where: Brenau University Amphitheater, 810 Brenau Lane, Gainesville How much: $20 adults, $18 seniors, $5 ages 8-17, ages 7 and younger free More info: 770-532-5727, info@ gainesvillesymphony.com, www. gainesvillesymphony.com

Tickets for the concert — which is being held in honor and memory of the late Anne Gress, a longtime GSO supporter — are $20 for adults, $18 for seniors and $5 for children ages 8-17. Tables for eight are available for $200. Tickets can be purchased in advance or at the gate.

Holiday adrenalin rush with VerTigo ‘Top Gun’ screening follows concert From staff reports The Arts Council’s Summer Musicfest and Movies on the Green series continue Tuesday, July 3, with a mix of favorites to get you revved up for the July Fourth holiday. The concert begins at 7:30 p.m., followed by the movie at dusk. Gates open at 6 p.m. The concert will feature VerTigo, an Atlanta pop rock band led by the lead vocals of Peggie Hoskins and harmonies by Wayne Langford, Linda

Dixon, Kerry Leo and Jay Millwood. Their style ranges from rock, funk, pop to blues playing favorites from the 1950s through today. The movie will be “Top Gun,” marking its 25th anniversary with Tom Cruise as a daredevil fight pilot, an iconic film that spawned a fashion movement of aviator glasses and bomber jackets. Other concerts and movies in the summer series include “16 Love” (July 13), The Atlanta Symphony Orchestra

Summer Musicfest, Movies on the Green When: Concert begins at 7:30 p.m., movie at dusk July 3 Where: 331 Spring St., Gainesville How much: $15 members, $20 others More info: 770-534-2787, www. TheArtsCouncil.net

(July 20), The Swingin’ Medallions (Aug. 3) and “The Lorax” (Aug. 24).


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with Carl Dylan, singer/musician BY BRANDEE A. THOMAS

bthomas@gainesvilletimes.com Utah may be a ways off from Montego or Kokomo, but it brought local band Carl Dylan closer to a rendezvous with the Beach Boys than a tropical vacation ever could. The band, fronted by Gainesville resident Carl Dylan, recently beat out 3,000 other bands in a nationwide contest, which afforded them the privilege of opening for Question: Who is Carl Dylan, the band? Answer: We have been playing together as a unit only for a few months. I’ve known Aaron Johnson the drummer for about six years, Rhett Shull the electric guitarist for about eight months and Trygve Myers the bass player for a couple of months. We all met through music. Aaron and I have a mutual friend who dragged him to one of my shows years ago. He then introduced me to Rhett, who he’d played a couple of shows with, and we saw Trygve playing at a show and became friends with him through our friends in his band. Q: How would you describe the band’s sound? A: We have been described as bluegrass death metal, (but) really we are pop/rock/singer songwriter in the same avenue as John Mayer or Need to Breathe. Q: We understand that you’re from South Africa. How did you end up in Gainesville? A: I was in Atlanta to go to college. After I graduated I started playing music. I soon met and married the prettiest girl I’ve ever met at a show. Shortly after

Q: What was it like to be selected as one of the top eight bands in the Top Blip competition? A: It was an amazing, nerve-wracking, exhausting experience. The biggest thing that we took from the experience was learning how committed and wonderful our fans are. They are the only reason we made it through and are the driving force behind what we do. They had to vote, share, and like our videos in order for us to

make it through round after round. Our videos were viewed more than 30,000 times. It was like an online “American Idol.” We made it from more than 3,000 bands around the world to the final eight. And then we went out to Utah and opened for Dave Barnes in the final live competition where the crowd and judges picked us as one of two bands to open for The Beach Boys. We’re simply blown away by the whole experience. We feel very fortunate because the bands involved in the whole competition were really incredible. Q: Will the Beach Boys performance be the largest crowd that you all have performed for?



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a stop on The Beach Boys’ 50th Reunion Tour at Brigham Young University on July 4. The group will be competing against Utah resident Ryan Innes for $10,000 at the Stadium of Fire event, in a contest sponsored by the entertainment website www.topblip.com. The Times snagged Dylan, the band’s founder and lead vocalist, to get a little insight on the group before they head out west for the performance of their lives.

that, I got a job offer from a local church in Gainesville to come and lead worship and Kathryn, my wife, got a job at a local missions organization called Adventures in Mission. That’s what made us leave Midtown for the beauty of the Gainesville square.

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A: We will be playing in front of 55,000 people and yes, it will be the largest performance for us to

date, but you never know what next week holds. We are definitely excited. The competition was nerve

wracking, but performing is what we love, so we are incredibly pumped for the time on that stage.


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Spout Springs Farmers Market, Flowery Branch. 4-7 p.m. Thursdays through October. Spout Spring Library parking lot. Fresh and local produce and crafts. SSLFarmersmarket@gmail. com

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Hannah Thomas Band, Dahlonega. 8 p.m. June 29. The Historic Holly Theater, 69 W. Main St., Dahlonega. www.holly theater.com, www.Hannah Thomas Band.com

Holiday Gorge Floor Hike, Tallulah Falls. 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. June 30. 3.5 miles. No pets; wear appropriate footwear; children must be 10 or older; bring food and water. Tallulah Gorge State Park. $5 plus $5 parking. 706-754-7981.

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Appalachian Jam, Dahlonega. 2-5 p.m. Saturdays until Oct. 13. Listeners and musicians can enjoy the acoustic bluegrass and old-time string music on the Dahlonega Gold Museum State Historic site lawn. Free. 706-4822707, rebeccashirley@ dahlonegadda.org.

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Sam (Chris Pine) learns his estranged father has died but resists going to the funeral, despite the best attempts of his girlfriend Hannah (Olivia Wilde) to get him there. His father’s lawyer (Philip Baker Hall) gives him a package his father left for him. It contains $150,000 and a note instructing him to give the money to someone he has never met. Turns out, the money is intended for a sister, Frankie (Elizabeth Banks), and a nephew, Josh (Michael Hall D’Addario), Sam never knew he had. Sam makes contact with Frankie and Josh and begins to build a relationship with them — only he can’t bring himself to tell them his real identity.

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Lingo Lounge, Dahlonega. 8 p.m. June 28. Speak freely in an intimate, open mic lounge atmosphere. All genres welcome to listen, speak, mingle and enjoy the creative spirits. Downstairs of the Holly Theater, 69 W. Main St., Dahlonega. Free. www.hollytheater.com.

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The Arts Council’s Summer Musicfest and Movies on the Green series continue Tuesday, July 3, with a mix of favorites to get you revved up for the July Fourth holiday. VerTigo will perform at 7:30 p.m., followed by a showing of “Top Gun” at dusk. Gates open at 6 p.m.

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Pottery On and Off the Wheel, Helen. 1-4 p.m. July 12-Aug. 16. Learn how to create hand-built pieces using pinch, coil and slab construction techniques and/or thrown pieces on the potter’s wheel. Instructed by Hilton Hill. $150 plus $25 materials fee. Helen Arts & Heritage Council, 25 Chattahoochee St., Helen. 706-878-3933, www.helenarts.org.

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The Paul E. Bolding Post No. 7 of the American Legion is helping to hold down the fireworks front with its 49th annual display at Laurel Park, 3100 Old Cleveland Highway in Gainesville. The gates will open at 9 a.m. Wednesday. Admission is free, but there is a $5 parking fee. Families are encouraged to bring their picnics, blankets and lawn chairs.

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“Nunsense,” Demorest. June 28-July 1. $20 general admission, $15 groups of eight or more, $18 seniors; Piedmont College students, faculty and staff are admitted free. 706-778-8500 ext. 1355, www.piedmont.edu/FA.

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Held by the Georgia Mountains Farmers Network and the Soque River Watershed Association, the event is set for 1-6 p.m. Saturday June 30 and Sunday, July 1. It will feature 14 farms in Hall, Habersham, Rabun, White and Stephens counties, two community gardens and optional meal stops with foods prepared by local chefs.

Georgia Mountains Farm Tour.

“Kids Bowl Free” summer program, Gainesville. Through Aug. 31. National program gives two free games of bowling every day of the summer, seven days a week during selected time to kids younger than 15. Gainesville Bowling Center, 2317 Browns Bridge Road, Gainesville. 770-536-5563, www.kidsbowlfree.com.

Northeast Georgia Charity Horse Show, Gainesville. All day June 29-30. Chicopee Woods Agriculture Center, 1855 Calvary Church Road, Gainesville. Featuring American saddlebreds, Hackney ponies, standardbred horses. Also classes open to any breed. Silent auction. Free. Dedicated to 5year-old cancer survivor Jay Love.

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Complex drama sets off own fireworks JEFF MARKER jmarker@gsc.edu

Film Review Hollywood seems to finally be getting the message that it’s not only comic book fanboys who like to go to the movies this time of year. This summer, some smaller dramas and comedies are managing to squeeze in among the blockbusters. The unconventional comedy “Seeking a Friend for the End of the World” released last week, and this week we get a heartfelt melodrama. “People Like Us” is a change of pace for its director and cowriter, Alex Kurtzman. Known for writing and producing Science Fiction actioners like “Star Trek,” Disney-DreamWorks II “Transformers,” and “Alias,” Kurtzman instead draws on his From left, Chris Pine, Elizabeth Banks and Michael D’Addario stand in a scene from “People Like Us.” own life to tell a story about fractured families and long lost half-siblings. has never met. crab and watch the sunset, etc. makes us like Sam less and less. Sam (Chris Pine) learns his Turns out, the money is Frankie continues to reveal Watching the second act estranged father has died but intended for a sister, Frankie more and more of her past is like watching some of the resists going to the funeral, (Elizabeth Banks), and a to Sam, who consistently Superman or Batman movies. despite the best attempts of his nephew, Josh (Michael Hall responds with some spiritWe’re sitting there thinking, “Just girlfriend Hannah (Olivia Wilde) D’Addario), Sam never knew he lifting compliment or nugget of tell her who you are, for crying to get him there. had. wisdom. out loud!” Or, “Can’t you see They miss the funeral but Sam makes contact with It’s hard to understand that Clark Kent is Superman? do arrive at Sam’s house, Frankie and Josh and begins to Kurtzman’s choice here. It Do the glasses really disguise whereupon Sam’s mother Lillian build a relationship with them seems he wanted to hold off the him so much?” (Michelle Pfeiffer) gives him a — only he can’t bring himself to big confrontation for as long as If Sam had told Frankie earlier, well-deserved slap on the face. tell them his real identity. possible so it would have huge we could have spent more time Clearly, there is some heavy We know early on that the big impact. And it does. When we watching them coming to terms duty dysfunction going on in reveal will eventually happen, finally reach the scene when all with this complex situation this family and within Sam and the movie would have been truth is revealed, it’s a doozy. and building a real sibling personally. much better had it happened However, the whole time Sam relationship. Because that’s Even Sam doesn’t yet sooner rather than later. is hanging out with Frankie in what works best in “People Like understand just how deep The middle half becomes the order to get to know his long Us.” this dysfunction goes, until his very definition of cloying. Sam lost sister, Frankie believes During the third act, Sam, father’s lawyer (Philip Baker Hall) waits a long, long time to tell that it’s a romantic relationship. Frankie and Lillian all start gives him a package his father Frankie who he really is. Instead, The whole thing just becomes actually dealing with things left for him. It contains $150,000 Sam takes Frankie and Josh on gross for a while, which not only rather than denying them, which and a note instructing him to quasi-dates. They eat tacos, fold undermines the drama Kurtzman builds to an undeniably moving give the money to someone he laundry, drive up the coast to eat is trying to create, but also climax.

‘People Like Us’ Starring: Chris Pine, Elizabeth Banks, Olivia Wilde, Michael Hall D’Addario, Philip Baker Hall Rated: PG-13, for language, some drug use and brief sexuality Runtime: 1 hour,. 55 minutes Bottom line: A winning family drama

“People Like Us” is definitely flawed, but’s also the kind of earnest movie that’s nearly impossible to dislike. A lot of care and craft went into this movie. It’s also obvious that the story comes from a very personal place for Kurtzman, and the cast nails each scene, even the ones we could probably do without. Far from perfect, “People Like Us” will satisfy those who prefer emotional rather than computergenerated fireworks. Jeff Marker teaches film and literature at Gainesville State College. His reviews appear weekly in Get Out and on gainesvilletimes.com/getout.


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4:00-6:25-8:45 Brave (PG) Thu. 1:45-4:30-7:00 Fri.-Sun. 3:05-5:35-8:05 Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted (PG) Thu. 1:45-4:05-6:35 Fri.-Sun. 2:20-4:55-7:20 Magic Mike (R) Fri.-Sun. 3:356:05-8:30 Rock of Ages (PG-13) Thu. 2:455:25-8:05 Snow White & the Huntsman (PG13) Thu. 2:10-5:05-7:55 Ted (R) Fri.-Sun. 2:40-5:15-7:45 That’s My Boy (R) Thu. 3:15-5:458:15 Tyler Perry’s Madea’s Witness Protection (PG-13) Fri.-Sun. 2:004:30-7:00

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Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter (R) Thu.-Sun. 4:15-9:30 Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter 3D (R) Thu.-Sun. 1:15-7:00 Brave (PG) Thu.-Sun. 12:00-12:452:30-3:15-5:00-5:30-7:15-8:15-9:30 Brave 3D (PG) Thu.-Sun. 1:30-4:007:30-10:00 Hop (PG) Thu. 10:00 The Karate Kid (PG) Thu. 10:00 Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted (PG) Thu.-Sun. 12:15-2:30-4:457:15-9:30 Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted 3D (PG) Thu.-Sun. 1:00-3:15-5:308:00 Magic Mike (R) Thu. 12:01 Fri.-Sun. 1:45-4:30-7:00-9:45 Marvel’s the Avengers (PG-13) Thu. 12:30-3:30-6:30-9:30 Men in Black 3 (PG-13) Thu.-Sun. 12:00-2:30-5:00-7:30-10:00 People Like Us (PG-13) Fri.-Sun. 12:30-3:45-7:00-9:45 Prometheus (R) Thu. 1:00-4:00-7:009:45 Rock of Ages (PG-13) Thu. 1:15-2:004:15-5:00-7:00-8:00-9:45 Fri.-Sun. 1:15-6:45 Seeking a Friend for the End of the World (R) Thu. 1:45-4:30-7:00-10:00 Fri.-Sun. 4:00-10:00 Snow White & the Huntsman (PG-13) Thu. 1:00-4:00-7:00-9:45 Fri.-Sun. 1:00-4:00-6:45-9:30 Ted (R) Thu. 12:01 Fri.-Sun. 1:454:30-7:00-9:45 That’s My Boy (R) Thu.-Sun. 12:002:30-5:00-7:30-10:00 Tyler Perry’s Madea’s Witness Protection (PG-13) Thu. 12:01 Fri.Sun. 12:00-1:00-2:30-4:00-5:007:00-7:30-9:30-10:00 What to Expect When You’re Expecting (PG-13) Thu. 1:30-4:30-7:15-9:45

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Dawson 400 Stadium Cinemas 706-216-1622 189 North 400 Center Lane, Dawsonville Disney-DreamWorks II

Michelle Pfeiffer, left, and Chris Pine sit on a bench in a scene from “People Like Us.” 3D (R) Thu. 12:30-2:55-5:208:00-10:40 Brave (PG) Thu. 10:15-11:051:40-3:10-4:10-6:40-8:10-9:10 Brave 3D (PG) Thu. 12:15-12:452:40-5:05-5:40-7:30-9:55-10:40 The Hunger Games (PG-13) Thu. 12:10-6:30 Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted (PG) Thu. 11:05-11:501:25-2:10-3:45-4:35-6:30-7:009:00-9:20 Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted 3D (PG) Thu. 10:3012:50-3:10-5:30-8:05-10:25 Magic Mike (R) Thu. 12:01 Marvel’s the Avengers (PG-13) Thu. 12:20-3:50-7:15-10:25 Marvel’s the Avengers 3D (PG-13) Thu. 10:45-1:50-5:10-8:15 Men in Black 3 (PG-13) Thu. 10:50-1:30-4:20-7:40-10:10 People Like Us (PG-13) Thu. 12:01 Prometheus (R) Thu. 11:10-2:054:55-7:45-10:35 Prometheus 3D (R) Thu. 3:309:30 Prometheus: An IMAX 3D Experience (R) Thu. 10:10-1:054:00-7:00-9:50 Rock of Ages (PG-13) Thu. 11:1012:40-2:05-3:30-4:55-6:457:45-9:45-10:35 Safety Not Guaranteed (R) Thu. 10:20-12:35-2:55-5:15-7:3510:00

Seeking a Friend for the End of the World (R) Thu. 11:00-1:304:05-7:10-9:35 Snow White & the Huntsman (PG13) Thu. 10:30-1:35-4:30-7:3010:20 Ted (R) Thu. 12:01 Fri.-Sat. 11:45-2:15-4:45-7:15-9:4512:15 Sun. 11:45-2:15-4:457:15-9:45 That’s My Boy (R) Thu. 10:4011:25-1:20-2:10-4:05-5:106:45-7:50-9:25-10:30 Tyler Perry’s Madea’s Witness Protection (PG-13) Thu. 12:01

Movies 400 678-513-4400

415 Atlanta Road, Cumming

Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter (R) Thu. (1:00) Fri.-Sun. (4:10) 7:30-10:05 Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter 3D (R) Thu. (4:00) 7:30-10:05 Fri.-Sun. (1:15) Brave (PG) Thu.-Sun. (12:052:30-4:55) 7:20 Brave 3D (PG) Thu.-Sun. (12:353:00-5:25) 7:50 Kung Fu Panda (PG) Thu. (10:00) Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted (PG) Thu.-Sun. (12:002:25-4:50) 7:15 Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted 3D (PG) Thu.-Sun. (1:00-

3:25) 6:05-8:30 Magic Mike (R) Fri.-Sun. (1:304:15) 7:20-10:05 Marvel’s the Avengers (PG-13) Thu.-Sun. (12:00-3:15) 6:309:45 Men in Black 3 (PG-13) Thu. (1:00-4:30) 7:20-10:10 Fri.-Sun. (1:00) 7:00 People Like Us (PG-13) Fri.-Sun. (12:45-3:40) 6:30-9:20 Prometheus (R) Thu. (1:15-4:10) 7:05-10:00 Rock of Ages (PG-13) Thu. (12:30-1:00-3:25-3:55) 6:307:00-9:25-9:55 Fri.-Sun. (3:50) 9:50 Snow White & the Huntsman (PG-13) Thu.-Sun. (12:30-3:30) 7:00-10:00 Ted (R) Fri.-Sun. (1:15-4:00) 7:30-10:10 That’s My Boy (R) Thu. (1:304:20) 7:25-10:15 Tyler Perry’s Madea’s Witness Protection (PG-13) Fri.-Sun. (12:40-3:25) 7:00-10:00

Habersham Hills Cinemas 6 706-776-7469

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Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter (R) Thu. 2:30-4:50-7:30 Fri.-Sun.

Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter (R) Thu. 12:00-2:20-7:15 Fri.Sun. 2:20-7:15 Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter 3D (R) Thu. 4:45-9:40 Fri.-Sun. 12:00-4:45-9:40 Brave (PG) Thu.-Sun. 12:00-2:204:40-7:00-9:20 Brave 3D (PG) Thu.-Sun. 12:302:50-5:10-7:30-9:50 Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted (PG) Thu. 12:00-2:154:30-6:55-9:10 Fri.-Sun. 12:002:15-4:30-6:55-9:55 Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted 3D (PG) Thu. 12:05 Magic Mike (R) Thu. 12:01 Fri.Sun. 1:05-4:05-7:05-9:35-12:00 Marvel’s the Avengers (PG-13) Thu. 1:00-4:00-7:00-9:20 Fri.Sun. 1:00-4:00-7:00-9:10 Men in Black 3 (PG-13) Thu. 2:254:50-7:20-9:45 People Like Us (PG-13) Fri.-Sun. 12:55-4:20-7:10-9:45 Prometheus (R) Thu. 12:45-4:007:00-9:45 Rock of Ages (PG-13) Thu. 1:004:00-7:00-9:45 Snow White & the Huntsman (PG13) Thu.-Sun. 1:00-4:00-6:509:35 Ted (R) Thu. 12:01 Fri.-Sun. 12:05-2:30-4:55-7:20-9:4512:00 That’s My Boy (R) Thu. 1:05-4:106:50-10:00 Tyler Perry’s Madea’s Witness Protection (PG-13) Thu. 12:01 Fri.-Sun. 1:10-4:10-6:50-9:2512:00


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NOW SHOWING Movie reviews from Associated Press and McClatchy Newspapers. Stars out of four.

openING ‘People Like Us’ ■ Review, 10

continuING ‘Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter’

H½ (R for violence throughout and brief sexuality.) It’s a totally ridiculous premise, this notion that our 16th president lived a secret life, seeking out bloodsuckers at night. But it’s a creative one, and it should have provided the basis for a free-wheeling, campy good time. Unfortunately, director Timur Bekmambetov and writer Seth GrahameSmith, adapting his own best-selling novel, take this concept entirely too seriously. What ideally might have been playful and knowing is instead uptight and dreary, with a visual scheme that’s so fake and cartoony, it depletes the film of any sense of danger. Bekmambetov, the Russian director whose 2008 action hit “Wanted” was such a stylish, sexy thrill, weirdly stages set pieces that are muddled and hard to follow, and the murky 3-D conversion doesn’t help matters. He also keeps going back to some of the same gimmicky uses of 3-D, including slo-mo slashings and beheadings that send black vampire blood spurting from the screen; the repetition of this trick produces the same numbing effect that it had in Tarsem Singh’s “Immortals” last year. The tall, lanky Benjamin Walker certainly looks the part as the title character but

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From left, Lord MacGuffin, voiced by Kevin McKidd, Lord Dingwall, voiced by Robbie Coltrane and Lord MacIntosh, voiced by Craig Ferguson in a scene from “Brave.”

there’s no oomph to his performance. He doesn’t exude any confidence or charisma, either as he becomes increasingly skilled in vanquishing his foes or as he succeeds in wooing the sophisticated (and engaged) Mary Todd (Mary Elizabeth Winstead). And once he becomes the Lincoln we actually know — with the beard and the hat and that big, famous speech — it feels like he’s playing dress-up rather than embodying the spirit of a towering historical figure.

‘Brave’

HH(PG for some scary action and rude humor.) Pixar is long overdue for a feature with a strong female character at its center. Now that she’s arrived, it’s clear that she deserves better. “Brave” is beautiful to look at, as you would expect given the technical and artistic standard the animation behemoth has set. Set in the wilds of Scotland, our heroine, the feisty and free-spirited Princess Merida (voiced by Kelly Macdonald), has a finely detailed mane of

long, red curls that look so bouncy and soft. And the story begins promisingly enough, with our heroine — an avid archer — leaping on her valiant steed and taking a thunderous ride through the countryside, expertly hitting her targets without missing a beat. She’s obviously a character with a mind of her own, one

who has no apprehension about breaking the rules — which is why it’s such a shame that the film itself feels so old-fashioned and safe. The script revisits some familiar Disney character types and themes: a princess in a long-ago kingdom who pays an ill-fated visit to a witch, a spell that

changes everything and needs to be broken, and the misunderstandings and danger that ensue. “Brave” begins thrillingly but turns rather silly and slapsticky, as if it were aimed mainly at the little kids in the audience rather than the whole family. But the voice cast is strong, including Billy Connolly.


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‘Seeking a Friend for the End of the World’

HH½ (R for language including some sexual references, some drug use and brief violence.) Steve Carell and Keira Knightley, together as a couple who’ve fallen suddenly and madly in love? Surely the apocalypse is nigh. An asteroid 70 miles wide is hurtling toward Earth, ensuring destruction and doom for the entire planet. Screenwriter Lorene Scafaria explores how people behave when the rules of polite society are stripped away, a premise that isn’t exactly novel but one that’s brimming with potential for absurdist, satirical comedy. Within that setting, Carell and Knightley get thrown together. The pairing doesn’t make a whole lot of sense on paper but for the most part they have enough unexpected, opposites-attract likability and find themselves in enough strangely amusing situations to make the movie work. The mawkish third act, however, nearly destroys all that appeal. Carell’s character is very much in the vein of the detached and depressed but wryly observant figures he’s played before: He’s an insurance agent whose wife takes off when news of the asteroid breaks. Knightley is his downstairs neighbor in the apartment building, a free-spirited, pot-smoking Brit with a penchant for classic vinyl records. Naturally, these two people need to go on a road trip.

‘Rock of Ages’

HH½ (PG-13 for sexual content, suggestive dancing, some heavy drinking and language.) Just when you thought you’d never hear Def Leppard’s “Pour Some Sugar on Me” again outside of a strip club comes this big, splashy homage to the decadence

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Keira Knightley as Penny, left, and Steve Carell as Dodge sit on a couch in a scene from “Seeking A Friend for the End of the World.”

of 1980s rock ‘n’ roll. Specifically, we’re talking about 1987 on the Sunset Strip, the birthplace of bands like Guns N’ Roses and Poison, and all the big-haired, eyelinered debauchery that defined that scene. Your enjoyment of this musical, based on the Tonynominated Broadway show, will depend greatly on your enjoyment of this music — because director Adam Shankman crams in a lot of it. Did you make out in a car with your high school honey past curfew to Skid Row’s “I Remember You”? If your answer is yes, you’ll probably have a good time, even though the movie lasts an awfully long time. Sure, the characters are all broad types, from fresh-faced newcomers with dreams of stardom to grizzled, cynical veterans who’ve seen it all. But the

movie has enough energy to keep you suitably entertained, as well as a knowing, cheeky streak that prevents it from turning too reverent and self-serious. Julianne Hough stars as Sherrie, a wholesome blonde fresh off the bus from Oklahoma who hopes to make it as a singer in Los Angeles. Instead, she ends up working as a waitress at the venerable (and fictional) Bourbon Room, where she quickly falls for aspiring rocker Drew (Diego Boneta). But the club has lost some of its cache, to the distress of its owner (Alec Baldwin in long hair and a leather vest) and his right-hand man (Russell Brand, being Russell Brand), so they’re hoping a performance from rock god Stacee Jaxx (Tom Cruise, easily the best part of the film) will keep the place alive.

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Tour region’s food chain Local farms to show off their wares From staff reports Looking for a fresh way to spend a weekend in the mountains? The inaugural Georgia Mountains Farm Tour will showcase some of the farms, farmers, markets, community gardens and restaurants that supply food in Northeast Georgia. Held by the Georgia Mountains Farmers Network and the Soque River Watershed Association, the event is set for 1-6 p.m. Saturday June 30 and Sunday, July 1. It will feature 14 farms in Hall, Habersham, Rabun, White and Stephens counties, two community gardens and optional meal stops with foods prepared by local chefs. Participants can purchase one weekend pass that allows entry to any farm both days. Amongst the products featured are numerous fruit and vegetables; a dairy cow creamery with milk, cream, butter and ice cream; pastured eggs; certified organic beef; and water wheel milled grains and associated baked goods. Other highlights include a demonstration of horsepowered equipment, an aquaponic farm for tilapia production and several farms using hoop houses for season extension.

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“Northeast Georgia has developed an organized, energetic and expanding farming community in just the last few years,” says Justin Ellis, SRWA director and organizer for the new farmers network. “We felt like the time was ripe to share our unique food and farming experience with as many people as possible.” The cost is $35 per carload for weekend passes and can be purchased online at www.soque.org. All weekend passes include a $5 gift certificate to the Locally Grown or Simply Homegrown markets. Proceeds of the event will help benefit the new farmers network. Farms and gardens

Georgia Mountains Farm Tour When: 1-6 p.m. June 30-July 1 Where: 14 farms in Northeast Georgia How much: $35 per vehicle for weekend More info: 706-754-9382, soque@windstream.net

included on the tour include: Hall County, Cedar Hill Enrichment Center; White County, LoganBerry Heritage Farm, Mountain Fresh Creamery, Nacoochee Valley Farm, Cairn Rock Farm; Habersham County, Indian Ridge Farm, Royal Oaks Farm, Melon Head Farm, GreenWay Community Garden, Copper Pot Gardens; Rabun County, Burton

Mountain Farm, Sylvan Falls Mill, Old School Garden, Lake Rabun Hotel and Restaurant; plus Jan and Zen’s Garden (Franklin County), Taylor Creek Farm (Stephens County), Gibson Farms (Westminster, S.C.) and Leah Lakes Farm (Macon County, N.C.) For more information, visit www.soque.org, email soque@windstream.net or call 706-754-9382.

‘Northeast Georgia has developed an organized, energetic and expanding farming community in just the last few years.’ Justin Ellis, Soque River Watershed Association director and organizer

outdoors events This week

Fun at the Fort, Winder. 7-9 p.m. June 29, July 13, 20 and 27. Antique methods including candle dipping, brick oven bread baking, card loom. Fort Yargo State Park, 210 South Broad St., Winder. $3, $5 parking. 770-867-3489. Wildlife Show, Winder. 6-7 p.m. June 30 and July 7, 14, 21 and 28. Live wildlife demonstration featuring native and exotic animals. Amphitheater in Campground 1. Fort Yargo State Park, Winder. $3, plus $5 parking. 678-963-8891. Holiday Gorge Floor Hike, Tallulah Falls. 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. June 30. 3.5 miles. No pets; wear appropriate footwear; children must be 10 or older; bring food and water. Tallulah Gorge State Park. $5 plus $5 parking. 706-754-7981. Bike ride, Dahlonega. 9 a.m. June 30. 36-plus miles up in the Dahlonega area. Ride leaves promptly from the Greenbrier Shop Center just off Dahlonega’s courthouse square. No ride in precipitation, or if high predicted to be above 92 degrees. Chicken City Cyclists 770-534-7075, or UNNOLDL@Charter.Net. Holiday Gorge Floor Hike, Tallulah Falls. 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. July 1-3, 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. July 6-7. This is a strenuous trek, include hiking down 531 stairs, a river crossing jumping from rock to rock, and climbing boulders along the side of the river to Bridal Veil Falls where you can swim. Total miles are 3.5. No pets; wear appropriate footwear; children must be 10 or older; bring food and water. $5 plus $5 parking. Tallulah Gorge State Park. 706-754-7981. Full Moon Hike, Tallulah Falls. 8:50-10:50 p.m. July 3, 9:30-11:30 p.m. July 4. Enjoy the gorge in the magical, shimmering light of the full moon. The hike will begin at the Interpretive Center, following the North Rim Trail, with a descent of the Hurricane Falls Trail staircase to the suspension bridge over Hurricane Falls. This is considered a strenuous hike, approximately 1.5 miles and 1,099 steps. Register in advance. $5 plus $5 parking. Tallulah Gorge State Park. 706-754-7981. Independence Day at Vogel, Blairsville. 8:30 a.m. July 4. Flag-raising ceremony, bicycle parade, pedal boat races, sandcastle building competition, watermelon eating, sack races, egg tosses and greased pole climbing. $5 parking. Vogel State Park 706-745-2628.


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arts events This Week

Summer Day Camp art show. Helen. 2-4 p.m. June 29. Each camper will have a display of scrapbooks, prints, paintings, jewelry and pottery, stories and poems. Local dulcimer group Mountain Jam will provide music for the reception. Free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served. The Helen Arts & Heritage Center, 25 Chattahoochee Strasse. 706877-3933.

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First Friday, Gainesville. 5-10 p.m. July 6, Aug. 3, Sept. 7. Live music and art on display. Meet the artists. Downtown Gainesville square. www.gainesville.org. Pottery On and Off the Wheel, Helen. 1-4 p.m. July 12-Aug. 16. Learn how to create hand-built pieces using pinch, coil and slab construction techniques and/or thrown pieces on the potter’s wheel. Instructed by Hilton Hill. $150 plus $25 materials fee. Helen Arts & Heritage Council, 25 Chattahoochee St., Helen. Free. 706-878-3933, www.helenarts.org.

Watercolor workshop by Tony Couch, Gainesville. July 16-20. Gainesville Civic Center. Presented by Gainesville Watercolor Society. 786-208-4320. “Sights and Sounds of Summer,” Helen. Reception 5-7 p.m. July 19. Helen Arts & Heritage Council, 25 Chattahoochee St., Helen. Free. 706-878-3933, www. helenarts.org.

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“Merge,” The 2012 Hal B. Rhodes III Student Exhibition, Dahlonega. Through July 30. North Georgia College & State University’s Library Technology Center, 3rd floor. Annual juried exhibition of paintings, drawings, prints, photographs, ceramics, textiles and weavings created by students. Free. 706-867-2832. “Just Folk: Folk Art Meets the Quinlan,” Gainesville. Through Aug. 11. Showcasing the work by 30 contemporary folk artists. Quinlan Arts Center, 514 Green St. NE, Gainesville. $5 per session. 770-5362575, www.quinlanartscenter.org. “Happy Birthday Mr. Miller,” Gainesville. Through Aug. 11. Celebrating R.A. Miller in honor of his 100th birthday. Quinlan Arts Center, 514 Green St. NE, Gainesville. $5 per session. 770-536-2575.

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Theater events

Ann-Carol Pence with a full orchestra. Free. 678-226-2639.

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“Nunsense,” Demorest. June 28-July 1. $20 general admission, $15 groups of eight or more, $18 seniors; Piedmont College students, faculty and staff are admitted free. 706-778-8500 ex. 1355, www.piedmont.edu/FA. Lingo Lounge, Dahlonega. 8 p.m. June 28. Speak freely in an intimate, open mic lounge atmosphere. All genres welcome to listen, speak, mingle and enjoy the creative spirits. Downstairs of the Holly Theater, 69 W. Main St., Dahlonega. Free. www.hollytheater.com. “Southern Sirens” auditions, Dahlonega. 5-7 p.m. July 1. Cast needs include five females ages 35-50 and one female aged 18-25. Audition will consist of a cold read from the script. The Historic Holly Theater, 69 W. Main St., Dahlonega. www.hollytheater.com. “Big River: The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn,” Lawrenceville. 7:30 p.m. July 3. On the grounds of the historic courthouse in downtown Lawrenceville. Lawn seating begins at 5:30 p.m. Aurora Theatre will be led in concert by musical director

The Mountain Music & Medicine Show, Dahlonega. 7:30 p.m. July 7. An oldtime live radio show with bluegrass, folk, gospel music and Appalachian humor, history and heritage. Recorded live and later broadcast on GPB Radio statewide. Holly Theater, 69 W. Main St., Dahlonega. $15. 706 864 3759 www. hollytheater.com, www.mmmshow.com Fifth Row Center theater camp, Flowery Branch. July 9-13. Sterling on the Lake. Ages 6-16. Experience stage and special effects makeup, juggling, singing, acting for the stage, combat, acting for film class. Taught by trained professionals. www.fifthrowcenter.com. “A Closer Walk with Patsy Cline,” Clarkesville. 7:30 p.m.; matinee 2 p.m. July 26-29 and Aug. 2-5. Presented by Habersham Community Theatre and Dean Reagan. Live band to accompany “Patsy” featuring more than 20 hits. Habersham Theater, just off the square in Clarkesville. $16 adults, $11 for fulltime students. 706-839-1315, www. habershamtheater.org.


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