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GET TO KNOW Braselton Actress Shares Her Craft.

TASTE OF HOME Caylor and his high caliber fare in the Blue Ridge Art District.

FEATURED HOME Saving grace found in southern living.

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RECREATION The importance of stretching can’t be overestimated.

RECREATION Save the Date! See you at the Outdoor Expo!

AROUND TOWN A look at past local events.

CALENDAR A plethora of local events to plug into your weekend.

ON THE COVER: Eaddy Mays by Sarina Roth, Never the Rock Photography

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DIRECTOR OF REVENUE Leah Nelson GENERAL MANAGER Norman Baggs ADVERTISING SALES Bernadette Mastracchio Jenna Wellborn Megan Lewis Trent Sexton Debra Cates

22 THIS ISSUE’S CONTRIBUTING WRITERS J.K. Devine

J.K. Devine is a journalist who worked at The Times for four years as features editor. Before then, she worked as a copy editor, page designer and reporter at newspapers in Tennessee and Florida.

Pamela A. Keene

Pamela A. Keene is a journalist who writes for about a dozen publications across the Southeast and nationally. She frequently writes about travel, gardening and business. She is also an accomplished photographer. She lives in Flowery Branch.

Amber Tyner

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Amber Tyner is a student at the University of North Georgia. When she has free time, she enjoys baking as well as going new places with her family.

Emilie McGrath

Emilie McGrath is a wife, mother, and nurse. After working in critical care for over ten years, Emilie became aware of the fragility of life, while simultaneously realizing that within all of life’s circumstances, there are endless stories of beauty and inspiration to be told. Emilie strives to write and tell other’s stories while being thankful for the journey of writing her own.

CORRECTION: In the July Issue of HOME Magazine, it was reported that the Georgia Grown Program was initiated by Georgia Agriculture Commissioner Gary Black. In fact, the program was begun under former State Agriculture Commissioner Tommy Irvin. Georgia Grown, which promotes Georgia agriculture and products, was rebranded and expanded by Commissioner Black.

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GET TO KNOW

BRASELTON ACTRESS, STUNTWOMAN SHARES HER CRAFT STORY BY PAMELA A. KEENE  PHOTOS BY SARINA ROTH

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s a kid growing up just outside of New York City, Eaddy Mays created her first theatrical roles in her basement. By age 10 she had been cast in a community theater production of “The Snow Queen.” Today, she’s played roles in major films, including “The Blind Side,” the television series “Teen Wolf,” and national television commercials. She’s always had a passion for her roles, satisfying her quest for learning all she could by immersing herself in her work. In 2011, when she was given a stunt double in the MTV show “Teen Wolf,” she asked the director to let her do the fight scenes herself. “I’d been watching people on set do stunt fighting and wanted to give it a try,” she says. “Along the way I had met people

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who were incredible and willing to share their knowledge and inside information. After that first time, I realized how little I really knew. For me, that was the beginning of yet another aspect of my theater and film work. It’s just a thrill for me and another way to stretch my talents.” Since then, she immersed herself in training with stunt performers from projects like “Black Panther,” “Civil War,” and “MacGyver.” She does performance stunt driving, tactical weapon training, has taken headers off 12-foot walls, and is learning multiple styles of fighting. On and off camera, Eaddy drives motorcycles at high speed, hang glides, rides and volunteers with horses. “I’ve always been athletic, but my stunt work has taken my athleticism to a whole new level,” she says. She’s also learned to

shoot rifles, handguns and compound bows. “The more I can learn, the happier I am,” Eaddy says. She owns a HD V-Rod Street Rod motorcycle and for fun she goes to the Georgia Gun Club to shoot. She spends time on Lake Lanier as well in her 19-foot runabout. Eaddy graduated from the University of Georgia with a degree in history, continuing her theatrical work, plus radio and television. After college, she moved to Braselton but says she realized a move to Los Angeles would put her in a better location to develop her craft. Then, when the film industry in Georgia took off, she moved back to Georgia to act. She landed the role of Elaine in “The Blind Side” in 2009. Her other acting film roles include Andrea Arnold in “Army Wives,”


“I learned that the most vital thing I can do in life is to simply be. And that has made all the difference.” — Eaddy Mays

Victoria Argent in “Teen Wolf,” Agent Thomas in “Madea’s Witness Protection,” and the lead zombie in “The Walking Dead.” Along the way, she expanded her talents, earning a diverse collection of credits, from writer to producer, to director and stunt performer. Throughout her career, she tends to be cast as a villain. With her strong facial features and big presence on the screen, she commands attention. Her voice is strong, but in many ways, that’s part of her offscreen persona of dignity, inner strength and commitment. A single mom with three kids ages 12, 15 and 20, Eaddy was diagnosed with thyroid cancer in 2014; it recurred in 2015. “Yes, cancer is terrible. But I changed in a way that altered my life for the better,” she says. “I learned that the most vital thing I

can do in life is to simply be. And that has made all the difference.” Her cancer battles also made it possible for her to book a commercial for Walgreens, whose commitment was to use only real cancer survivors in the national ad campaign. Eaddy shaved her head on camera for the commercial, “Battle Cry. “It was quite an experience meeting, working with and becoming friends with these brave, strong women.” For her, acting is not portraying a character in the typical sense. “Acting for me is much more than being a line-reader. It’s about becoming the person I’m portraying, to bring the person to life from the page,” she says. “It’s not about showing the feelings, the emotions, it’s about setting yourself aside, living in that moment, being those emotions and making

it all come to life.” Eaddy is vocal about sharing her gifts with the next generation. “One of the things I really love doing is working with upcoming actors and filmmakers,” she says. “There are so many incredible storytellers and creators out there with something important to say. I want to help them collaborate and put these people together to tell their stories.” Her dream film? “I’d like to be the female lead in a movie directed by Clint Eastwood, a role where I could ride a horse.” “I’m so privileged to live my life doing what I absolutely I love,” she says. “And, I’ll tell you this, my career has certainly come a long way from ‘The Snow Queen.’” H

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1: Mountain Sunset Wrap - smoked soy portobello, blistered corn, fire roasted peppers, purple cauliflower hummus, shaved bermuda's.

3: Ramen bowl offered during a Pop-Up night.

2: Lee Caylor’s army-issued duffle from the Korean War that his son, Doug Caylor, had made into an apron. He hand-painted his name. The 4-leaf clover patch in the bottom left corner came off of his uniform along with the handle at the top left and the name-patch on the top right.

5: Doug Caylor's father, Lee Caylor, Korean War veteran with part of Bread & Bleu's dining room in the background.

oug Caylor, Co-owner and Chef at the new Bread and Bleu restaurant in Blue Ridge and son of the late Lee Caylor, came to the North Georgia Mountains after traveling the world in search of the best types of cuisine and cooking styles. During his travels, he found the best food in the most unexpected places and made with the freshest and highest quality ingredients. He fell in love with international street food and the concept of quality over quantity. Recognizing his passion for local sourcing and unique fare, Doug opened Bread and Bleu this year in what is now known as the downtown art district of Blue Ridge. At Bread and Bleu, Doug and his staff, which includes co-owner Tamara Marable and Chefs Akayla Campbell and Shay Morris, have created a laidback atmosphere in a historic garage. From creating a commemorative veterans wall to shipping in only the highest caliber cooking equipment, Doug’s team shows its commitment to creating a truly unique dining experience in this area. The son of a Korean War veteran, Doug states that his drive to produce a high quality product stems from the sacrifice made by his father: “As a young boy, I was always fascinated that my dad was a soldier. He was more than aware of the pain and struggle involved with war and wanted nothing more than for me to not have to go through what he did.” In honor of his memory, Doug has repurposed his father’s duffel bag from the Korean War, into an apron. At Bread and Bleu, the various cooking techniques and flavors from around the world will transport your senses to another place, all while you are tucked away in the scenic North Georgia Mountains. H

4: Doug Caylor, owner of Bread & Bleu, firing up a dish on the Montague range.

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ach time new people enter Todd and Heidi Ferguson’s home in the Chattahoochee Country Club subdivision in Gainesville, their eyes immediately look skyward to the white shiplap on the vaulted ceiling. “Recently, we were on a tour of homes and people would walk in and gasp,” Heidi said. “It makes you feel good because you love your home.” Heidi loves her two-year-old house, which she helped design to be a respite that feels like a vacation home. Todd, her husband of 23 years, gave her “carte blanche” because it would be their third and forever home. Envisioning the home’s look of white complemented by coastal cool colors became much more to Heidi. “It was my saving grace,” said the 45-year-old who went through treatment

for stage 4 breast cancer when the Fergusons decided to build the house in December 2016. “It kept my mind distracted. It also gave me hope because I knew I would live in the house one day.” Heidi carefully planned her four-bedroom, 3.5-bath residence based on a house in Southern Living magazine. The couple then hired the Todd W. Reed and Ron Reed of REED BROTHERS design & build to construct Heidi’s vision. “Heidi was ahead of the game,” Todd Reed said. “She knew the look and feel and gave me component to incorporate into her design.” Heidi said the brothers were ideal contractors because of their patience and flexibility with the major and minor alterations. For example, Heidi wanted a very specific light blue color in her master bedroom and

variations of it throughout the house. “We picked a light blue color and then diluted it by 50 percent for the master bedroom,” Heidi said. The color was exactly what Heidi wanted, making the master bedroom her favorite place. She used a muted gray color in her son’s bedroom and in the upstairs guest bedrooms, which are on the opposite end of the house. The master bedroom and her son’s “junior suite” have walk-in closets with hanging rods and built-in shelving. The master bedroom has the addition of drawers to eliminate standalone dressers. Both bedrooms also have their own bathrooms, and the master has two vanities. One for Todd and one for Heidi. Todd’s vanity has a unique alteration, his sink off to one side instead of in the center.

ABOVE: Shiplap and barn door detailing in the family room are two components in Heidi’s vision for her home.

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“Our faith brought us through my stage 4 cancer to live in this home.” — Heidi Ferguson

“Now I have all of this counter space,” he said. It wasn’t his only suggestion. Todd also proposed to have a screened-in porch off the master bedroom. It is outfitted with a bed-size swing and a comfy chairs. It is his favorite room. “I had a screened-in porch in the house that I grew up in,” he said. “I like to sit out there and read and watch Netflix on my iPad.” Heidi was hesitant on the idea because she worried the porch and screen would decrease the natural light in the bedroom. The Reed brothers offered a solution. They installed an additional or transom window situated above the doors opening onto the porch and closer to the vaulted bedroom ceiling. “That’s a common request, because people want the light along with the outdoor space,” Reed said. This small adjustment was one of several the Reed brothers made to the original design. Another was modifying the fullsize traditional office into a small computer workstation with storage space off the liv-

ing room. Sliding barn-style doors can close off or open up the space. More alterations were made to the kitchen. Todd suggested locating the vegetable sink on the island to one side and not the center. Heidi approved. “I have all of this space to prep,” she said pointing to the white marble island which contrasts with the matte-finished honed granite countertops on the opposing walls. Heidi also heralded the custom cabinetry from Covenant Woodworks. She said it suits the family’s needs to make the home as efficient and useful as possible. For example, one cabinet houses the coffeemaker with all of its condiments. Other cabinets adorned with glass display Heidi’s antique white ironstone dishes, eliminating the need for a china cabinet. This customized style allows Heidi, a self-proclaimed neat freak, to keep items organized. “I hate clutter,” she said. “I like order. And I’m calmer when it’s clean.” To decrease any clutter spots, the Fergusons opted against a formal dining room.

LEFT: The carefully appointed kitchen is large and inviting, eliminating the need for a formal dining room. RIGHT: Gainesville residents and Todd and Heidi Ferguson in their new home that borders the Chattahoochee Golf Course.

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“The formal dining room in our last home was a catch-all,” Heidi said. “Visually and mentally, I wanted the clutter gone.” Instead the home has two large dining room tables separating the kitchen from the living room. A fabric runner covers the division between the two tables to create the illusion of one large table. In the living room is an L-shaped couch, two fabric covered rockers and a worn brown leather chair. Todd usually is on the couch while Heidi prefers the rockers. And their dog, Gunner, takes up residence in the leather chair, one of the only pieces of furniture that made the move from their old home. The living room has three sets of French doors that open onto the outdoor patio and kitchen and faces the No. 15 hole of the golf course. “It has the best unobstructed view,” Heidi said. Original pieces from local artists including Renee Bouchon, Parrish Hoag, Colleen Leach and Kellie Lawler adorn the home. Heidi said she never would have selected original art if not for the encouragement from Maggie Griffin and Grace Brackman of Maggie Griffin Design. She said they helped with the finishing touches of her home. “I wanted to add color to my white house with art,” she said “And I wanted to keep the furniture very simple and uncomplicated.” She has succeeded, and others have noticed. An online blogger with HomeBunch.com featured the house as a modern farmhouse original. Several elements of the 3,500-square-foot home are also featured on the websites of REED BROTHERS and Covenant Woodworks. “I said that my home would be in a magazine some day and now it is,” Heidi said, adding it would not have been without their miracle. “Our faith brought us through my stage 4 cancer to live in this home.” H ABOVE: The Ferguson’s master bedroom features a well appointed screened in porch room.

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icture this: over the weekend, you played catch with your kids or grandkids, or went swimming at the lake. Perhaps you did yard work or cleaned out your garage. On Monday or Tuesday, you have a little ache or pain that wasn’t there before. Should you be concerned? “Trust your instincts if you think you need to see your physician,” says Gary Davis III, MD, with Specialty Orthopedics. “If you’re concerned, or the pain persists or worsens, there’s never any harm in seeing your doctor and getting it checked out. Every once in a while what seems like a minor injury can be something more.” Dr. Davis told the story of a recent patient who thought he had a simple sprained ankle, but when it didn’t get better, he made a doctor’s appointment and got an X-ray. “It turned out that he had a torn ligament that needed physical therapy to heal,” he says. “Once we as physicians evaluate an injury,

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we may prescribe an anti-inflammatory, bracing, an injection or physical therapy. Personally, I prefer to diagnose the patient and educate them about their choices. That way, they have an active role in their recovery.”

“The most important thing about stretching is to use proper form.” — Robin Moses As an orthopedic surgeon, the most common injuries Dr. Davis sees involve the shoulders and rotator cuffs, ankles, and knees, including the meniscus and the anterior cruciate ligament, often referred to as the ACL. Even simple daily activities can cause these joints to be susceptible to strains, sprains and injuries.

He says that many of these injuries may be prevented by educating yourself and being realistic about your capabilities. “It’s also important to properly stretch your major muscle groups before you begin any physical activity, especially if it’s something that you’re not accustomed to doing on a regular basis or that may use different muscles than your normal daily life. “Just five to 10 minutes of gentle stretching and warm-up can help reduce the chance of strains or injury,” he says. Personal trainer Robin Moses agrees. “Most of my clients are health-conscious and want to improve their physical abilities,” says Robin, who trains clients at Falcons Fitness in Flowery Branch and is a 4th Degree Black Belt in Karate. “They come to me for guidance in developing a fitness, cardio or strength-training program that can become a lifestyle for them. And one of the most important things we discuss is proper stretching, warming up before their


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workout, then taking time to cool down afterwards.” Moses recommends starting with the large muscle groups, including your legs and lower extremities, your back, your shoulders and arms. She also suggests jogging in place for several minutes before beginning your routine. “The most important thing about stretching is to use proper form,” she says. “An improper stretch can do more harm than good, so be sure that you have an experienced trainer or therapist demonstrate the proper positions for you.” Stretches are most beneficial when they are held for 10 to 20 seconds each time, being careful to actually stretch the muscles to the point of feeling some resistance. She says you may feel slight discomfort and some resistance, but do not strain the muscle. Rest for about five to 10 seconds between each repetition. “If you’re feeling pain, you are doing the stretch incorrectly,” she says. “Or it could be an indication of a problem. Anytime you feel pain in a stretch, stop immediately, or you could cause serious damage.” She says that a good pre-activity stretching routine should take about 10 to 15 minutes. “This is a great way to warm up your muscles,” she says. Another factor for avoiding injuries is to keep hydrated. “Drink plenty of water before, during and after your activity,” she says. “While you’re working out, your body needs more fluids to help regulate your body temperature, keep nutrients flowing to your muscles, replace hydration due to perspiration and it help you avoid dehydration.” After you work out, she suggests taking at least 10 to 15 minutes to cool down. “Because your muscles are warm, you can do deeper stretches. And be sure to continue to drink water throughout the day,” Moses says. “When you stretch and workout properly, you will see benefits beyond the time you spend in the gym. It can also get you in better shape to handle your daily life and all the recreational opportunities that come with it.” H

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overs of the outdoors will soon come together for an event geared toward hunting, fishing, camping, hiking and biking. The upcoming Outdoor Expo, presented by The Times, Forsyth County News and Dawson County News, will give outdoor enthusiasts a chance to browse through a variety of products and services at a “one-stop shop.” “It is a trade show that we’ve put together to appeal to all hunters, fisherman, campers, hikers and bikers in north Georgia,” said Debra Cates, sales and promotions specialist at The Times. Free to the public, the event will be held 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 24, at 6140 Events in Cumming. “It’s the weekend before hunting season starts, so we thought it might be a good time for gun dealers and people with hunting supplies and all that to exhibit there,” she said, mentioning it will be the company’s first time hosting the expo. She said vendors at the event will range from kayak and canoe dealers to businesses that sell camping supplies and outdoor clothing. “There’s going to be an insurance representative there because they want to make sure people are thinking about needing insurance for golf carts, boats, campers, RVs—that type of thing,” Cates added. “And then we also have a chiropractor from the community that wants to be there to work with outdoor enthusiasts.” Gun Commanders, a shop located in Cleveland, will also have a booth at the event. “We are a firearms dealer and Class 3 dealer,” said Kelsey Farrow, shop manager. “Our big seller is we’re a Blue Label dealer, so your first responders, law enforcement and military past and present all get a really good discounted price through some of the manufacturers that we carry.” Rebecca Johnakin, co-owner of the

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store, said she decided to become a vendor in order to expand her customer base. “We really haven’t been in that area, and having an outdoor expo seemed to be a great venue for us because it caters to that person,” she said. Farrow said the attendees of the expo will see “firearms that are harder to find and more unique to this area” and can expect great customer service. “Someone will come in and want a gun, and we don’t just sell them any gun,” she said. “We make sure that we’re getting them what best fits their needs, and if we don’t have it, we find it for them.” Johnakin added that she and Farrow will be at the expo to appeal to any female customers. “A lot of women are not comfortable in a firearms store,” she said. “Seeing another woman who they can relate to makes them comfortable and feel at ease.” In addition to many vendors like Gun Commanders, the Outdoor Expo will have several food trucks, including Kona Ice, and booths for the event’s sponsors—Lanier Carts & Outdoor, John Megel Chevrolet and jB JAMS. “I work real closely with The Times on most any event they put on,” said Mike Quisenberry, owner of Lanier Carts & Outdoor in Oakwood. “We just like to be a part of the community, give back to the community where we can.” He said his store sells, services and rents golf carts and utility vehicles. “We’ll display a number of different carts,” he said about his booth at the expo. “We’ll probably have, depending on my space available, three to four custombuilt carts showcasing what we do as far as customization. And definitely focus a little bit more toward the off-road or hunter or outdoorsman-type vehicle versus the street vehicle that we may sell into a neighborhood.”

Quisenberry has also donated an E-ZGO golf cart for a giveaway at the event. “It’s just (in) support of the expo,” he said about the donation. “I wanted to make an impact so it was something people were excited about to draw attention to the event. I hope it grows into something bigger.” And while it is the first Outdoor Expo, Cates said The Times also hopes it expands. “We hope for it to be an annual event,” she said. “We’re hoping if it’s a success this year that next year we’ll actually have workshops and classes to go along with it.” Cates said the company currently hosts several other expos as well. “We have a Home Show coming up Oct. 25-27, and it will be in Hall County at Lanier Technical College campus,” she said. “We do Media Days for the kickoff for the high school football season and two Healthy Aging Expos a year.” Like the other events, she hopes the Outdoor Expo will be popular in the community. “We’re hoping, of course, for an excellent turnout so that people will really want to do it next year,” she said. “Just expect a wide variety of products and services that are available.” H

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AUGUST CALENDAR OF EVENTS 7: Children's Story Time and Smiles. 10 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. 1911 Sweetbay Dr, Gainesville. Free. 7: Jaemor Farms Pop-Up Farm Market: Braselton. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. 1400 River Place, Braselton. 770-484-8000. Free.

9: Flyboard Show. 6 to 8 p.m. Lake Lanier Islands Resort, 7000 Lanier Islands Parkway, Buford. 470-323-3440.

6: Robotics Club Jr.. 3 to 4 p.m. Spout Springs Branch Library, 6488 Spout Springs Rd., Flowery Branch.

9: Farmer’s Market. 3:30 to 7 p.m. Location, 800 Hwy 400 South Suite 370, Dawsonville.

6: Suwanee Farmers Market. 4 to 7 p.m. Town Center Park, 370 Buford Highway, Suwanee. 770-945-8996.

7: Nar Anon Family Support Group. 6 to 7 p.m. Family Life Center, First Baptist Church, 751 Green St. NW, Gainesville. 770540-4395, kentmurphey@gmail. com. Free.

4, 11: Pregnancy and infant loss support. 6 to 8 p.m. Rock Goodbye Angel, 615 Oak St., Suite G, Gainesville. 407-252-9884, angela@ RockGoodbyeAngel.com. Free.

8: Bingo. 7 to 9:30 p.m. American Legion Post 7, 2343 Riverside Drive, Gainesville. 678-617-2774, jbdillon1@gmail.com.

4: The Vision Networking Event. The Beginning Of Success For All Business. 6:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. 909 Atlanta Hwy, 909 Atlanta Highway, Gainesville.

8: Music Bingo at Shazzy's Bar & Grill. 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. Shazzy's Bar & Grill, 4949 Lanier Islands Parkway, Buford. 8: Trivia Thursdays. 7 to 9 p.m. Downtown Drafts, 115 Bradford Street SE, Gainesville. 678-9432165, aimee@downtowndrafts. net. 8: Zumba. 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Blackshear Place Branch Library, 2927 Atlanta Hwy., Gainesville. 9: Downtown Gainesville Farmers Market. 2:30 p.m. Gainesville Historic Downtown Square, Gainesville. 9: Kartel Tacos & Tequilas Meet. 8 to 11 p.m. Tacos & Tequilas, 3480 Financial Center Way, Buford. 770-743-7737, kirbs@ kartel.life. Free.

5: Sons of Confederate Veterans, Concord Rangers Camp #2135. 7 to 8 p.m. Dawson County Senior Center, Basement) 201 Recreation Road, Dawsonville, info@dawson. org. 6: Heartfulness Meditation. 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Blackshear Place Branch Library, 2927 Atlanta Hwy., Gainesville. 6: The Internet A.K.A. "The Cloud". 10:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. North Hall Tech Center, 4175 Nopone Rd. Suite B, Gainesville. 6: Small Biz Marketing Series: Automate Your Marketing. 6 p.m. Gwinnett County Public Library - Suwanee Branch, 361 Main Street, Suwanee. 770-9785154, events@gwinnettpl.org. Free.

8: Meet Nationally Known Speaker, Activist, & Author Terence Lester. 7:30 p.m. Gwinnett County Public Library Suwanee Branch, 361 Main Street, Suwanee. 770-978-5154, events@ gwinnettpl.org. Free. 8: Sons of Confederate Veterans. 7 to 8:30 p.m. Historic Piedmont Hotel, 827 Maple St., Gainesville. 770-536-8438, rmfarm@ bellsouth.net. Free. 10: Fall Gardening in North Georgia. 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Lumpkin County Parks and Recreation, 365 Riley Road, Dahlonega. 706-864-2275, gamtnsgm@gmail.com. Free. 10: Fifth Annual Sheriff's Show & Shine Car Show. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Hall County Sheriff's Office, 2859 Browns Bridge Road, Buford. 770-531-6900.

Gainesville, gary.verheyen@ reagan.com. Free. 10: Sunrise Yoga. 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Murrayville Branch Library, 4796 Thompson Bridge Road, Gainesville. 770-532-3311 ext. 171, bhood@hallcountylibrary.org. Free. 11: Marriage Enrichment. 9 to 9:45 a.m. Mount Zion Baptist Church, 4000 Thurmond Tanner Road, Flowery Branch, mzbcinfo@yahoo.com. Free. 24: Outdoor Expo, 10A-5P, 6140 Events, 6140 GA-400 Suite H, Cumming, GA 30028. Call 770535-6332 for more information. 27: Lego at the Library. 4 to 5 p.m. Spout Springs Branch Library, 6488 Spout Springs Road, Flowery Branch. 28: Insurance Assistance Relief. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Murrayville Branch Library, 4796 Thompson Bridge Road, Gainesville. 770-532-3311 ext. 171, bhood@ hallcountylibrary.org. Free. 29: Tween Book Club. 2 to 3 p.m. Gainesville Branch Library, 127 Main St. NW, Gainesville.

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