Today

Gwinnett County Fair runs through today at the Gwinnett County Fairgrounds, 2405 Sugarloaf Parkway in Lawrenceville. The exhibit hall will be open from 1 to 9 p.m., and the carnival runs until 10 p.m. Admission is $5 for adults, $2 for senior citizens and children ages 6 to 12 and free for children under 6. Parking is free. Call 770-963-6522 or visit www.gwinnettcountyfair.com.

The North American Bluebird Society will hold its 2007 convention through today at the Georgia Center in Athens. Experts will address house sparrows, fire ants and paper wasps; presenters will speak on Eastern, Mountain and Western bluebirds; and activities will include bus trips to the Georgia Botanical Garden and Stone Mountain. The event will also include a bird walk, a silent auction, educational exhibits and vendors. The cost is $45. Visit www.nabs2007.com.

A retirement seminar for women will be offered at 10 a.m. today at the Red Sky Cafe and Coffeehouse, 2033 Buford Highway in Buford. The seminar is free and includes brunch. Call 770-682-4493.

Monday

The Quinn House in Lawrenceville will register children from low-income families and seniors in Gwinnett County for Christmas help Monday through Nov. 2. To register for assistance or become a sponsor, call 770-962-0470 between 9:30 a.m. and 3 p.m. Monday through Thursday.

Tuesday

An eczema support group will meet at 6 p.m. Tuesday at the McDonald's located at the intersection of U.S. Highway 78 and Ga. Highway 124 in Snellville. Dinner is included. Call Anita Horning at 770-979-0761 for more information.

The Barrow County Board of Education will meet for their monthly work session at 6 p.m. Tuesday in the Professional Development Center, 179 W. Athens St., Winder.

Registration for the Miss Mill Creek Scholarship Pageant will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday and Oct. 2 in the commons area of Mill Creek High School, 4400 Braselton Highway, Hoschton. Registration is also available online at www.missmillcreek.com.

Wednesday

Huntington Learning Center will offer "Homework: A Parent's Survival Guide" at

7 p.m. Wednesday at the Duluth center, 3360 Satellite Blvd., Duluth. The free workshop offers advice on ensuring children have the right environment and skills for completing assignments. Call 770-232-1948.

Thursday

The University of Georgia Small Business Development Center at Gwinnett will offer a seminar on retirement planning for minority entrepreneurs from 10 a.m. to noon Thursday at Georgia Gwinnett College, 1000 University Center Lane, Lawrenceville. The cost is $19. Visit www.georgiasbdc.org/ce/gwinnett.

Friday

Auburn will collect donations as part of the Great American Clean-Up Friday and Saturday. Containers will be set up next to City Hall in Auburn. The city will accept tires, batteries, motor oil, scrap metal, electronics and junk. The collection will run from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. Call 770-963-4002, ext. 223.

"The Emporer's New Clothes," a production of WonderQuest, the Gainesville Theatre Alliance's youth theater group, will run from Friday through Oct. 6 at the Pearce Auditorium at Brenau University, 500 Washington St. S.E. in Gainesville. Showtimes are at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 5 and 6, and at 2:30 p.m. Saturday. Tickets range in price from $7 to $12. Visit www.gainesvilletheatrealliance.org.

Saturday

Gwinnett Small Business Boot Camp, offered by Gwinnett Small Business Development Center and Gwinnett Small Business Alliance, will run from 8:15 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday at Georgia Gwinnett College, 1000 University Center Lane, Lawrenceville. The boot camp will include a series of courses designed for existing and prospective small business owners and nonprofit groups. Registration is required. Call Helen Sutherland at 678-407-5385 or visit www.gwinnettsbdc.org.

Flotilla 24 of the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary, Lake Lanier, will hold a five-day Advanced Coastal Navigation course 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. Saturday 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.

Sept. 30

The Gwinnett County Republican Party will hold its first annual fundraising

barbecue from 2 to 5 p.m.

Sept. 30 at Collins Hill Park, Lawrenceville. Elected Republican officials including U.S. Rep. John Linder, are scheduled to address the crowd. Admission is $15 in advance, $20 at the door and $5 for children 12 and under. Call 770-925-VOTE or visit www.gwinnettgop.org.

Discover Mills Sling Shot Speedway, a NINCO World Cup Regional Endurance Race, will be held from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sept. 30 at Discover Mills, 5900 Sugarloaf Parkway, Lawrenceville. Slot car racers are invited to participate in the race, in preparation for the NINCO World Cup Race, Nov. 17-18 in Stuttgart, Germany. Visit www.discovermills.com or call 678-847-5000.