The Great "Punkin" Ride to benefit the family of Beth "Punkin" Bennick Stein will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday at the Triple Play Sports Grill at 2685 Buford Highway in Buford. For more information, call Terry Hoopaugh at 678-283-6471 or Pat Stein at 404-516-8974.

Steve Doocy, cohost of "Fox & Friends," will be signing his new book, "Tales From the Dad Side, Misadventures in Fatherhood," at 2 p.m. Saturday at Discover Mills Books-a-Million. For more information, call 678-847-5115.

The 35th Annual Lilburn Daze will be held from

9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday at Lilburn City Park. Admission, parking and shuttle service are free. Shuttles will run from Market Place Shopping Center at the corner of U.S. Highway 29 and Indian Trail-Lilburn Road First Baptist on Main Street. Parking at City Park and City Hall is reserved for handicap patrons.


A Red Cross Blood Drive will be held from 3 to 7 p.m. Wednesday in the Fellowship Hall of Duluth First United Methodist Church, at 3208 Duluth Highway in Duluth. To register, call Sherry Griffeth at 770-476-3776, ext. 49 or e-mail

Oct. 18

The Taste of Centerville will be from 11 a.m. to

6 p.m. Oct. 18 at the Presbyterian Church of the Redeemer, at 3750 Zoar Church Road in Snellville. For more information, call 770-979-2567.

The Taste of Lawrenceville will be held from 1 to 4 p.m. Oct. 18 in the Central Gwinnett High School commons areas.

The Gwinnett County Public Library is hosting a Gwinnett Reading Festival and will have a special appearance by Spider-Man from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 18. The event will be held at the Gwinnett County Fairgrounds at 2405 Sugarloaf Parkway. For more information, visit or or call 770-978-5154.

The Second Annual Autumn on the Green Downtown Jazz Concert will be held at 6 p.m. Oct. 18 at Snellville City Hall. For more information, visit

Oct. 19

Patrick Garbin will be discussing his book "About Them Dawgs!" at

2 p.m. Oct. 19 at Borders Books, Music and Cafe in Snellville.

Oct. 20

Beatrice Smith Samples will be signing and discussing "The Sparrow's Wing," the sequel to her novel "Maggie McKinnon" at 10 a.m. Oct. 20 at the Senior Center, on Sawnee Avenue in Buford. For more information, call 770-614-2550.

Oct. 23

A Princeton Review seminar, "Getting Into College - and Paying For It" will be held at 7 p.m. Oct. 23 at Borders Books, Music and Cafe in Snellville.

Margaret Folk will be hosting Peaceful Eating: Vegetarianism at 11 a.m. Oct. 23 at the Tannery Row Artist Colony, Studio No. 84, located at 554 W. Main St. Building C in Buford. For more information, call 678-428-4877 or visit

Brookwood High School Performing Arts will present the musical "The Robber Bridegroom" at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 23 and 25 at Brookwood High School.

Oct. 25

Star 94's Movie Under the Stars presents "Scooby Doo and Halloween" on the Green at dusk Oct. 25 in historic downtown Duluth. For more information, visit or call Elizabeth Rudin at 678-475-3512.

Oct. 30

Rosemary Benavides Williams will be demonstrating Special Effects with Watercolors at

11 a.m. Oct. 30 at the Tannery Row Artist Colony located at 554 W. Main St. in Buford. For more information, visit

Ongoing events

Aurora Theater will host the Lawrenceville Ghost Tours at 8:30 p.m. every night in October. Dress appropriately for the weather and wear comfortable shoes as this is a walking tour that begins and ends at the Aurora Theatre. Tickets are $12 for adults and $9 for children. For reservations call 678-226-6222 or visit for more information.

The Hudgens Center for the Arts is hosting the "Gifts from Africa: Bronzes, Art and Artifacts" exhibit of the personal collection of African art through December. For more information, call 770-623-6002.

Button Theatre announces their next series of classes. Classes will be held on Tuesdays. Classes are as follows: Acting 101 from 5 to 6:30 p.m., Acting 102 from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Classes will be held at the Jaqueline Casey Hudgen's Fine Arts Center. For more information, call the Button Box Office at 770-831-0591 or e-mail Celia Rosenblum at

The Vines Railroad Garden train museum is open to the public from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. every Sunday. The train museum is located at 3500 Oak Grove Road, Loganville. Call 770-554-9697 or visit

"Out to Lunch at ART Station" is held from 12:15 to 12:45 p.m. on the third Monday of each month at ART Station, 5384 Manor Drive, Stone Mountain. Tickets are $10 and include a boxed lunch. Call 770-469-1105 or visit

MOMS Club of Lawrenceville-North offers daytime activities for at-home mothers and children. Events include play groups, weekly activities, monthly meetings, service projects and more. If interested, e-mail

The Stone Mountain Chorus invites all interested men to attend rehearsal meetings every Monday at 7:30 p.m. in the Jacqueline Casey Hudgens Center for the Arts, 6400 Sugarloaf Parkway, Building 300 in Duluth. Call 770-978-8053 or visit www.stone

The Northeast Georgia Civil War Round Table meets at the Gwinnett History Museum the first Sunday of each month at 3 p.m. Call 770-972-0528.