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Community calendar - North

Today

Chateau Elan's Vineyard Fest will run from noon to 5 p.m. today. The event will include wine tasting, cooking demonstrations, wine seminars, grape-stomping and food samples. Tickets are $75 and include wine tasting, food samples and seminars. Tickets must be purchased in advance. Visit www.chateauelan.com or call 678-425-0900, ext. 41.

Friday

Charles and Lori will perform from 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. Friday at Grapes and Hops Bar and Bistro, 4856 Hog Mountain Road, Flowery Branch. Call 770-865-9145.

Sept. 8

Gwinnett Environmental and Heritage Center will host a Raccoon Rendezvous event from 2 to 3 p.m. Sept. 8 at the center, 2020 Clean Water Drive, Buford. Participants can explore the natural history and habitat of raccoons. The event is free with paid admission to the center. Call 770-904-5308 or visit www.gwinnettehc.com.

Gwinnett Environmental and Heritage Center will offer a chance to earn a GEHC patch from 1 to 4 p.m. Sept. 8 at the center, 2020 Clean Water Drive, Buford. Registration is required, and the cost is $5 per student. Call 770-904-5308 or visit www.gwinnettehc.com.

Sept. 11

Real Estate Resources Academy will offer Real Estate Pre-License classes from Sept. 11 through Oct. 30 at the academy, 3594 Buford Highway, suite 140, Suwanee. The classes meet from 6 to 10 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays and from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturdays. Call 678-318-7949 or visit www.realestateresourcesacademy.com.

Sept. 13

Miss Gwinnett County Youth Pageants will be held starting at 6:30 p.m. Sept. 13, at 7 p.m. Sept. 14 and at 1 p.m. Sept. 16 at the Gwinnett County Fairgrounds, 2405 Sugarloaf Parkway in Lawrenceville. The pageants are open to Gwinnett County residents ages 6 months to 17 years old. The preregistration fee is $75 until Aug. 26. The cost after Aug. 26 is $85. Call Karen at 678-620-0885. For more information and a registration form, visit www.gwinnettcountyfair.com.

Sept. 15

Miss Gwinnett County Pageant will be held at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 15 at the Gwinnett County Fairgrounds, 2405 Sugarloaf Parkway in Lawrenceville. Interested parties can meet at 3:45 p.m. Sept. 9 at the pageant building at Gwinnett County Fairgrounds. If interested, call Karen by Sept. 1 at 678-620-0885 or visit www.gwinnettcountyfair.com.

Sweet Temptations will host an Edy's Ice Cream Eating Contest at 3 p.m. Sept. 15 at the store, 350 Town Center Ave., suite 101, Suwanee. The event will include contests for different age groups, including children under 5, ages 6-10, ages 11-15 and ages 16 to adult, as well as a couples' competition. The entry fee is $10 per participant, and proceeds will benefit the Suwanee Police Department. Call 678-482-8241.

Gwinnett Environmental and Heritage Center will offer a chance to earn the Boy Scouts Webelo Forester Activity badge from 1 to 3 p.m. Sept. 15 at the center, 2020 Clean Water Drive, Buford. The cost is $7 per Webelo Scout. Call 770-904-5308 or visit www.gwinnettehc.com.

Gwinnett Environmental and Heritage Center will host Club Method, a hands-on science event for middle- and high-schoolers, from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Sept. 15 at the center, 2020 Clean Water Drive, Buford. The event is free with paid admission to the center. Call 770-904-5308 or visit www.gwinnettehc.com.

Gwinnett Environmental and Heritage Center will host a "Skins, Scat and Tracks" event from 2 to 4 p.m. Sept. 15 at the center, 2020 Clean Water Drive, Buford. Participants will learn how to identify animals by what tracks they leave behind. The cost for this members-only event is $3 per person or $7 for a family of four. Call 770-904-5308 or visit www.gwinnettehc.com.

Sterling Stampede 5K and Treehouse Tot Trot, benefits for My Sister's Place nonprofit group, will be held Sept. 15 at Sterling on the Lake, 7005 Lake Sterling Blvd. in Flowery Branch. The 5K race will begin at 9 a.m. at the Sterling Clubhouse, and the half-mile fun run for kids starts at 8:30 a.m. Visit www.sterlingonthelake.com.

Sept. 21

Carisma Gallery will host the second annual Historic Buford Plein Air Festival on Sept. 21-23 at various locations in Buford, including the Tannery Row Mercantile, Bona Allen Mansion, Stonehedge, the Chattahoocheee River and old town Buford. The festival is open to artists of all experience levels. Registration is $40. Call 770-271-7501 or visit www.carismahome.com.

Power Rangers 15th Anniversary Celebration Tour will run from 3 to 6 p.m. Sept. 21 at the KB Toys at Mall of Georgia, 3333 Buford Drive in Buford. The free event, celebrating the television show, will offer an obstacle course, prizes and a chance to get photos and autographs from the real-life Power Rangers. Call 678-482-7377 or visit www.bandai.com.

Sept. 22

Flotilla 24 of the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary, Lake Lanier, will hold a five-day Advanced Coastal Navigation course Sept. 22 through Oct. 27 at the Corps of Engineers Office, Buford Dam Road, Buford. The classes will run from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Sept. 22 and 29 and Oct. 13, 20 and 27. The classes are led by certified Coast Guard Auxiliary instructors, and the cost is $95. Class size is limited to 20. Contact Roy Crittenden at 770-393-4382 or acrit@mindspring.com.

Gwinnett Environmental and Heritage Center will host a bird watching program at 8 a.m. Sept. 22 at the center, 2020 Clean Water Drive, Buford. David Decker from the Atlanta Audubon Society will lead the walk. The cost is $3 per person, and center members can attend for free. Call 770-904-5308 or visit www.gwinnettehc.com.

Gwinnett Environmental and Heritage Center will host a Nature Kids Environmental Club event from 3 to 4 p.m. Sept. 22 at the center, 2020 Clean Water Drive, Buford. Participants will learn about ladybugs. The cost is $5 per child, and center members can attend for free. Call 770-904-5308 or visit www.gwinnettehc.com.

Ongoing-general

The Level Creek United Methodist Church offers CPU /Drop Box for donations of used clothing and shoes. The church is located at 4844 Suwanee Dam Road, Suwanee. Call 770-945-0205.

Unity Christ Center presents the ongoing "A Course in Miracles" at 9:30 a.m. Sundays and 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays. The center is located at 3474 S. Scales Road in Suwanee. An offering is requested. Call 770-495-0881 or visit www.unitychristcenter.org.

Epiphany Lutheran Church holds senior fitness classes for those age 50 and older from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at the church, 1350 Peachtree Industrial Blvd. in Suwanee. The cost is $30. Call 770-945-0594.

MOMS Club of Buford-Mill Creek offers daytime activities for at-home mothers and children. Activities include monthly meetings, park/play days, playgroups, field trips, book club, moms' night out, service projects and more. The group meets at 10 a.m. the third Friday of each month at Buford Presbyterian Church, 1242 Buford Highway, Buford. E-mail bufordmillcreekmoms@yahoo.com or visit www.momsclub.org.

Ongoing-specific days

Monday

Families Anonymous meets at 7 p.m. every Monday at Level Creek United Methodist Church, in the church parlor, 4844 Suwanee Dam Road in Suwanee. Call 404-725-4861 or visit www.familiesanonymous.org.

Senior fitness classes are held from 10 to 11 a.m. every Monday, Wednesday and Friday at the George Pierce Park Senior Fitness Center, 55 Buford Highway in Suwanee. The cost is $54 for six weeks. Call 770-945-0594.

Living Faith Church offers Brazilian Jujitsu, Mauy Thai and MMA classes for men and women at 6 p.m. every Monday. The church is located at 1707 Enterprise Drive, Buford. Classes are free. Call 770-402-4860.

Level Creek United Methodist Church will host a Cadets 1400 group meeting for second- and third-grade girls at 7 p.m. Mondays. Level Creek United Methodist is located at 4844 Level Creek Road in Suwanee. Call 770-945-0205.

"The Light," a men's sexual purity support group, meets Monday evenings at Sugar Hill United Methodist Church, 4600 Nelson Brogdon Blvd. in Sugar Hill. Confidentiality is assured. Call 678-386-7349.

Celebrate Recovery will meet at 7 p.m. Mondays at Sugarloaf Community Church, 1401 Old Peachtree Road in Suwanee. Child care is available. Call 770-476-1400 ext. 232 or e-mail cr@sugarloafcc.org.

Fresh Start Divorce Recovery Group meets at 7 p.m. Mondays at Living Faith Church, 1707-A Enterprise Drive in Buford, in the Brickton Complex. Child care is available. Call 770-271-9888.

Tuesday

Senior Bridge Club meets from 9:30 a.m. to noon Tuesdays at Bogan Community Center, 2723 N. Bogan Road in Buford. Reservations are required. Call 770-614-2060.