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Out in the Crowd: Reptile expo set for Saturday

Snakes and lizards and frogs, oh my!

The Georgia Herpetological Society will host its annual Georgia Reptile Expo from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday with thousands of reptiles and amphibians, cages and supplies for sale.

Those who attend Saturday's expo, a fundraiser for the Georgia Reptile and Amphibian Conservation Fund, will have the opportunity to get close to a 17-foot python on display, possibly the largest in the state of Georgia. For those who prefer to stay far away from potentially dangerous slithery creatures in the wild, the Venomous Snakes of Georgia exhibit can provide information on identifying the six venomous snake species that call Georgia home.

The expo will also include an exhibit of live native reptiles and amphibians, displays by nature centers and conservation organizations, education seminars and activities for kids.

John Jensen, co-author of "Reptiles and Amphibians of Georgia," will hold a book signing Saturday.

"This is a great family event that kids cannot get enough of," said Stephanie Patterson, event director for the Georgia Herpetological Society.

For more information on Saturday's Georgia Reptile Expo, call 770-965-0706 or e-mail ghs_expobellsouth.net.

Sugar Hill Fall Festival

The eighth annual Sugar Hill Fall Festival will be held from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday at E.E. Robinson Park, 850 Level Creek Road in Sugar Hill, rain or shine.

The festival will feature arts, crafts and food vendors, children's activities, a petting zoo, home and wellness expos, a chili cook-off, a 5K race, a car show and a parade.

The parade will open this year's event, beginning at 10 a.m. at the T. Carl Buice School parking lot, 1160 Level Creek Road in Sugar Hill.

Event parking and shuttle service will be provided.

For more information on the festival, visit www.cityofsugarhill.com/fallfest or call the Sugar Hill Recreation Department at 770-831-7413.

Other local events happening this weekend

American Legion Post 251 in Duluth will host a haunted house from 5 to 9 p.m. today and Saturday at 2760 Ga. Highway 120. Admission is $5. For more information, call 770-623-4504.

Fifth Row Center will present "The Girl in the Rain" at 7:30 p.m. today and 3 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday at The Springs Church, 6553 Spout Springs Road, Flowery Branch. Tickets are $10 for adults, $8 for seniors 55 and older and $6 for students. For more information, e-mail 5throwcenter@gmail.com or visit www.fifthrowcenter.com.

Southeast Pug Rescue and Adoption Inc. will host its PugFest 2008 fundraiser from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at the Gwinnett County Fairgrounds, 2405 Sugarloaf Parkway, Lawrenceville. Admission is $6 for adults and $3 for children younger than 12. For more information, visit www.rescuepug.com.

The city of Suwanee will hold its Trek or Treat celebration from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at Suwanee Creek Park, 1170 Buford Highway. The event is free and open to the public. For more information, call 770-945-8996.

The city of Duluth will celebrate Halloween on the Green with various activities and an outdoor showing of "Scooby-Doo" on Saturday. Activities begin at 3 p.m. and the movie is set to start at 6:45. The events will be held at the Duluth Town Green, 3142 Hill St. For more information, visit www.duluthga.net or call Elizabeth Rudin at 678-475-3512.

The Life is Good Pumpkin Festival will be held from 1 to 6 p.m. Saturday at Sterling on the Lake, 7005 Lake Sterling Blvd. Admission is free, and donations will benefit families in need. For more information, visit www.newlandpumpkinfestival.com or call 770-967-9777.

The 34th annual Crusaders' Ball Against Cancer, a 1940s USO-style hangar party, will be held from 6:30 p.m. to midnight Saturday at the Georgia Jet Hangar at Briscoe Field. Tickets are $150 per person. For more information, visit www.crusadersball.org.

Lilburn will hold its annual car show, open to 1988 models and older, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday in Old Town Lilburn. Registration will be held from 9 a.m. to noon, and awards will be presented at 4 p.m. Entry fee is $20. For more information, call Joette Segars at 770-921-5422 or e-mail jsegars2007@bellsouth.net.

Snellville Parks and Recreation Department will host its annual Fall Carnival from 6 to 9 p.m. Saturday at T.W. Briscoe Park, 2500 Sawyer Parkway, Snellville. The event is free. For more information, call 770-985-3535.

Sherry Norfolk will present "Spine Tinglers and Teasers" at 10 a.m. Saturday as part of Aurora Theatre's Children Playhouse. The event will be held at the theater, 128 Pike St. For more information, call 678-226-6222 or visit www.auroratheatre.com.

Braselton Antique and Holiday Festival will be held from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday at Braselton Town Park on Harrison Street in Braselton. For more information, call 706-824-7204.

SideBar: If You Go

What: Georgia Reptile Expo

When: 10 a.m. to

4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday

Where: North Atlanta Trade Center in Norcross

Cost: $8 for adults, $5 for children younger than 12 and free for children younger than 3

For more information: Call 770-965-0706 or e-mail ghs_expobellsouth.net