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Today

Diana M. Hawkins will be reading and signing copies of her book, "Lumpy the Elephant," at 11 a.m. today and 3 p.m. Saturday at Books for Less, 2815 Buford Drive. For more information, call 404-964-1452.

Aurora Theatre's "Christmas Canteen" will open at 8 p.m. today and continue through Dec. 21. Shows will be at 8 p.m. Fridays, 2:30 and 8 p.m. Saturdays and 2:30 p.m. Sundays. There are additional Wednesday and Thursday performances. For more information, visit www.auroratheatre.com.

The Gwinnett Symphony Orchestra and Chorus will perform with the Northeast Atlanta Ballet in "The Nutcracker" today, Saturday and Sunday in the Performing Arts Center at the Gwinnett Center. For more information, call 678-447-7356.

Sunday

Gainesville's Multi-Cultural Event will be held at 7 p.m. Sunday at First United Methodist Church, 2780 Thompson Bridge Road. For more information, call 770-235-8394.

Monday

City of Snellville's 27th Annual Christmas Tree Lighting, "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas," will be held at 7 p.m. Monday at Snellville City Hall. For more information, call 770-985-3535.

Tuesday

A one day show featuring local artists, "Art in the Garden," will be held from noon until dusk Tuesday at The Hudgens Center for the Arts, 6400 Sugarloaf Parkway, Duluth, Building 300, Gwinnett Center. For more information, call 770-623-6002 or visit www.artsgwinnett.org.

Thursday

The Meet the Artists' reception for the "Color and Contrast: Conversation in Art" exhibit will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday at the George Pierce Park Community Center, 55 Buford Highway, Suwanee. For more information, call 770-831-4173.

Dec. 5

The Lilburn Festival of Christmas will begin Dec. 5. The Christmas Tree Lighting will be held at 6 p.m. at Lilburn City Park, and there will be a Christmas Concert at 8 p.m. at Lilburn First Baptist Church. For more information, visit www.lilburnparade.org.

An Annual Pottery and Art Sale will be held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Dec. 5 and 6 at The Hudgens Center for Arts, 6400 Sugarloaf Pkwy., Duluth. For more information, call 770-623-6002.

The Aurora Theatre presents a one-man Charles Dickens' "A Christmas Carol" starring Anthony Rodriguez for 9 performances from Dec. 5 through Dec. 21 at the Aurora Studio Theatre. For more information, call 678-226-6225 or e-mail al@aouroratheatre.com.

Dec. 6

The Academy Radio Theatre Company will present "An Atlanta Christmas," conceived by Thomas E. Fuller, at 2:30 p.m. Dec. 6 at the Academy Theatre located at 119 Center St. in Avondale Estates. For more information, call 678-362-7649.

Brookwood High School's chorus will perform their Holiday Concert at 7 p.m. Dec. 6 at Grace Community Church.

Lillian Faulkner Baggett will have a book signing from 2 to 4 p.m. Dec. 6 at Walden Books, Gwinnett Place, 2100 Pleasant Hill Road Duluth. For more information, call 7790474-7410.

The Grayson Arts and History Center will present the 2nd Annual "Grayson, Come Home for the Holidays" Christmas Tour of Homes from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Dec. 6 at The Grayson Arts and History Center. Ticket price is $20 per ticket. For more information, call 678-985-7775.

Buford's annual Holiday Festival and Parade will be held Dec. 6. The Festival will be held from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. The parade will begin at 2:30, and will travel from Tannery Row to the Bona Allen Mansion. For more information, visit www.visitbuford.com.

The Lilburn Festival of Christmas will continue on Dec. 6. The Lilburn Christmas Parade will begin at 10 a.m. on Main Street Christmas in the Park will be held from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Lilburn City Park. The Candlelight Tour of Lilburn historic homes will run from 5 to 8 p.m. For more information, visit www.lilburnparade.org.

The event "A Civil War Holiday" will take place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Dec. 6 at McDaniel Farm Park. For more information, call 770-814-4920.

Johns Creek Symphony hosts a Holiday Pops Concert, Christmas Gala and Champagne Dessert Reception at 8 p.m. Dec. 6 at St. Benedict Church in Duluth. For information on ticket prices, visit www.johnscreeksymphony.org or call 678-992-2055.

Suwanee's annual Old Town Holiday Festival and Caboose Lighting event will be held at 5 p.m. Dec. 6 on Main Street in historic Old Town in Suwanee. For more information, e-mail LDewilde@suwanee.com.

The Aurora Theatre will present Lee Bryan - That Puppet Guy in The North Pole Fa-la-la-la Follies at 10 and 11 a.m. Dec. 6 at the theatre in Lawrenceville. For more information, call 648-226-6222.