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Diving Bell Groundbreaking celebration

A Diving Bell Groundbreaking will take place at 11 a.m. Thursday, June 28, in Hancock Park where a pavilion and plaza will be built to house the soon-to-be-installed Chestatee River Diving Bell.

Parade applications available—due June 29

The Chamber of Commerce is accepting entries for the annual 4th of July Parade to be held Wednesday, July 4, at 5 p.m. in downtown Dahlonega. Walking groups, marching groups, marching bands, character groups (clowns, dancers, etc.), vintage autos, Scouts, church groups, civic organizations and more are invited to come help Dahlonega celebrate America’s birthday. Parade application deadline is June 29. Entry fee is $20 per group. To download an application, go to www.dahlonega.org, click on FESTIVALS, and select 4th of July. Applications can also be picked up at the Welcome Center on the square.

Orientation for adult literacy volunteers

The Lumpkin County Adult Literacy Program (ALP) is in need of additional volunteer tutors and will be holding an orientation and question/answer session to discuss program opportunities. No experience is needed ... just a desire to help someone learn to improve their reading skills. The meeting will be held at the Adult Learning Center at 150-B Johnson Street, Dahlonega, on Saturday morning, June 30, from 9:30 to 11 a.m. All are invited. Light snacks provided. 706-429-4517

Readers needed historic documents July 4

The Chamber of Commerce is signing up volunteers for the annual Community Reading of the Constitution. This year a reading of the Declaration of Independence will be added to the community event, which begins at 12:30 p.m. on the west lawn of the Gold Museum following the Patriotic Ceremony. The reading is expected to take about an hour. Contact laura@dahlonega.org by Friday, June 29 to be a part of this popular July 4 activity.

Defensive Driving course July 10

An AARP Defensive Driving Course will be held at the United Community Bank, in the community room, 206 Morrison Moore Parkway, on Tuesday, July 10, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. with an hour lunch break. Completion of the course may entitle students to an auto insurance discount. Students need not be 55 and AARP membership is not required. Registration recommended. $14/person, $2 AARP discount, $5 for education system employees. 706-864-4383

NOA seeking t-shirt design for Duathlon

NOA (No One Alone), Lumpkin County’s shelter program for victims of domestic violence, is asking area artists to submit T-shirt designs for its annual 2012 Lake Zwerner 5K & Duathlon. Designs should focus on the event—a run/walk/bike around Dahlonega’s Lake Zwerner at the reservoir on Oct. 6. Deadline is July 30. The winning artist will receive a prize as well as recognition in The Nugget and at the event on Oct. 6. Entries can be emailed in PDF format to lakezwerner5k@gmail.com or mailed to NOA, P.O. Box 685, Dahlonega.

Festivals/Races/Rides

Three Sisters Wine festival: EndS saturday

Saturday will be the final day of the month-long Three Sisters Vineyards & Winery’s signature event, the 11th annual Georgia Wine Country Festival. On Saturday, June 30, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., a Georgia Wine Garden featuring wines from around the state will be presented for a $20 fee to visitors and includes a keepsake wine glass. Music, tastings, food. 439 Vineyard Way, Dahlonega. Free general admission. www.ThreeSistersVineyards.com.

Nature & Outdoors

Smithgall Woods Programs, $5 parking fee or park pass required, 706-878-3087, www.gastateparks.org

Guided Hike at Buck Shoals State Park, Saturday, June 30, 9-11:30 a.m. Hikers will meet at Buck Shoals, an unopened state park, at 9 a.m. Explore wildflowers and features of the park with Volunteers Everett and Leslie Avery. The hike will end at about 11:30 a.m. Please register.

Community Support Activities

LCHS Band needs your help

The LCHS band is trying to raise funds and receive donations of food to feed over 100 students during three weeks of band camp. Band funds are tight and supporters feel this savings in expenses will help pay for uniforms, instruments, travel expenses, and more. Contact Debbie Carroll, 678-936-6601, mrsdebbiecarroll@gmail.com if you can help. Donations can be mailed to LCHS Band c/o Andrew Harwood, LCHS, 2001 Indian Drive, Dahlonega, GA, 30533.

Brick Fundraiser for Cherokee museum

The Yahoola United Cherokee Museum and Cultural Education Center, Inc. is selling engraved bricks which will become part of the permanent Cherokee Memorial walkway leading to the Museum from the parking area. Bricks are $55 each and will bear a personal message. Proceeds from the Pave the Way Program go toward the building of the museum. Pave the Way brochures are available at the Welcome Center or on the Web at yahoolacherokeemuseum.com. (1/month)

Free PIck up of Donations by CHP

Community Helping Place is in need of gently used furniture. Free pick up within a 10-mile radius of the store. Ben, 706-867-9621 ext. 106

Pick up for Southern finds

Call Southern Finds (A NOA store) to pick up gently used furniture and/or home decor. Donations receive a tax deductible receipt. 706-867-6167

Pickup by Waypoint

Waypoint Center Thrift Store will pick up yard sale leftovers, furniture, clothing and household items. All donations benefit the organization’s non-profit, faith based addiction recovery program. Call 706-867-0297 for pickup. www.waypointcenter.org

Farmers Market

Blackburn Farmers Market opens Saturday

The new county-operated Lumpkin County Farmers Market at Blackburn Park in the south end of the county will open Saturday, June 30. The market will be open through the growing season from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Wednesdays and Saturdays. The market pavilion is located off Auraria Road, just south of Blackburn Elementary School.

FARMERS MARKET Saturdays in Dahlonega

The Dahlonega Farmers Market is open 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays in a new location this year. The market features locally grown, seasonal vegetables and fruits as well as jams, honeys, herbs, flowers and plants at West Main and Waters streets (across from the Holly Theater). Farmers interested in participating can obtain a permit ($15/month) at City Hall, 465 Riley Road. Become a Fan of the “Dahlonega Farmers Market” on Facebook. Rebecca Shirley, 706-864-6133

Children & Young Adults

Free Camp for Kids of Disabled Veterans:

A free camp program for children of fallen, wounded or disabled military veterans and service members will be held at Wahsega 4-H Camp in Dahlonega on July 15-20. Camp Corral, a week-long outdoor summer camp with locations across the U.S. throughout the summer, is sponsored by the Golden Corral restaurant chain for children 8 to 15, and offers a traditional camp experience with recreational water and target sports, horseback riding, crafts and campfire stories. www.campcorral.org

Kindermusik day camp starts July 16

Creatures in My Backyard Kindermusik Summer Camp is coming to Dahlonega July 16-20. $90, $5 off per friend. Ages 0-7 years. Licensed educator Bonnie Bost, 770-315-1302.

MOON MOUNTAIN ART CAMP JULY 23-27

Moon Mountain will hold an art day camp at the Old Cannery, just off the square on Enotah Street, July 23-27, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The emphasis will be on hands-on, interactive, and fun learning, with exposure to a wide range of artistic media and methods. $125 week, or $100 for 3 days (M/W/F). Nora L. Mendoza, Art Director, 706-300-7003, info@noramendoza.com

Ballet Barre registering for fall

The Ballet Barre is currently enrolling for the fall season in Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Hip Hop, Contemporary, Pointe, and new this year, Beginning Baton.706-867-1905, www.bbarre.com

CHEER/TUMBLE/GYM AND SWIM YMCA Camp

July 9-13. Cheer/Tumble 10 a.m. to noon, $50. Learn cheers, chants, jumps and tumbling; snack provided. Gym and Swim noon-2 p.m. $50 Work on tumbling skills as well as gymnastics equipment; daily swimming from 1:30-2 p.m.; snack provided. Stay the whole time 10-2, $80. Ages 6 and up. Groups will be divided up based on age and skill levels. Sign up at the YMCA. Call Ms. Connie with questions 706-864-5753

Summer theater camps at the HOlly

The Holly Theater will offer summer theater camps to kids ages 6-18. Camp information, dates and fees are available by visiting www.hollytheater.com. Click on youth programs and then productions. Or call the Holly at 706-864-3759 for more information.

July 16-20, 9:30 a.m.-1 p.m. The AristoCats, ages 6-12, Performance date Friday, July 20, 6 p.m. $125.

July 16-August 3, 2:30-5:30. Scheherazade (The Arabian Nights), p.m., ages 13 - 18. Three-week sessions, 5 days/week. $300. Performance 630 p.m. Friday, Aug 3.

YMCA Summer Day Camp now registering

Lumpkin County Family YMCA is offering a summer day camp program for ages Pre K-8th grade. A wide range of activities are offered in a safe and fun environment. Following a one-time $15 registration fee, weekly rate is $69 and includes lunch. Hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. with extended hours available at no additional cost from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Themed weeks include: July 2: Patriotic, July 9, Theatre; July 16, Dare/Local Heroes; July 23, Animals, and July 30, Camp Celebration.

Kids on Campus Summer Program at NGCSU

Camps will be offered the week of July 9-13 and July 16-20, and will include Passport to China, Snack Attack, Space O’Rama, CSI, and Crafty Kids. For full camp information, including sports camps, visit www.northgeorgia.edu/summercamps

preschool Programs Registering:

Dahlonega United Methodist Church MMO/Preschool. Ages Toddlers-Pre-K class. 706-864-8521, dahlonegaumc.org/ministries/mmo-and-preschool

Lumpkin County Head Start/Pre-K. Children will need to be age 3 or 4 by Sept. 1. The program welcomes children with disabilities and does not discriminate. 706-864-3456

Free Meals/Food/Help

Free Food at DCOG Monday, July 2

The Mercy Monday program at Dahlonega Church of God makes boxes of non-perishable food available at no cost to those who are going through a difficult time. Distribution is between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. on the first Monday of the month. A box lunch will be provided. 4 Happy Hollow Road, 706-864-3782

Free meals for school-aged children

Step of Faith Outreach, Inc. will offer a Summer Food Service Program in Lumpkin County at W.L. Whelchel Family LIfe Center, 69 Hickory Grove Road. Free nutritious breakfasts (8-9 a.m.) and lunches (noon-1 p.m.) will be served to any school aged child 18 years and younger Mondays through Fridays from June 4-August 3. Take GA-52 east out of Dahlonega for about 5.5 miles, then turn right onto Old Dahlonega Hwy. and go 2.3 miles. Life Center is on the left right behind Hickory Grove CME Church. For more information, or to volunteer to help, call 678-617-9913 or 706-867-6879. The program is sponsored by The U.S. Department of Agriculture.

At the Library

Lumpkin County Library, 706-864-3668

www.chestateelibrary.org

HOURS: M-W 10-5:30, TH 11-7, FRI-SAT 10-3:30

Closed Wednesday, July 4

Facebook. “Become a Fan” on the library’s Web site

eBooks: Downloadable at the library’s Web site.

Free Online Classes: Register with your library card at www.chestateelibrary.org

Summer Reading Program: Registration open through July 31

Wellness/Fitness

Free Stress Management program offered

“Stress Free Fridays” is a program through the Appalachian Nurse Practitioner Clinic at NGCSU offering free Stress Management consultations and workshops to the public. Two sessions of workshops will be held Friday afternoons in June. Session 1 will be held at 1 p.m. in the Health & Natural Sciences building auditorium and will consists of presentations and discussions on various stress related topics. Session 2 will be held at 3 p.m., also in the Health & Natural Sciences building (exact room number may vary); participants will experience different forms of stress management techniques taught by trained professionals. Topics for June 29 are: Session 1, Money Management, and Session 2, Yoga and Music Therapy. Individual stress management consultations will take place in the mornings on Fridays and appointments may be made by calling (706) 867-2713. They will consist of a short assessment and discussion in order to find a personalized stress management technique suited to each individual.

Zumba classes at YMCA

Dance, sweat, and laugh with Zumba. Classes held Monday, Wednesday and Friday 6:30-7:30 p.m. Sign up at Lumpkin Parks YMCA, 706-864-3622. $5 per class.

Yoga at Dahlonega Spa Resort

Tuesdays at 6 p.m.: Yoga for all levels. A basic Hatha Yoga flow, appropriate for any level with Chris Sartain. 400 Blueberry Hill off Town Creek Church Road. 706-865-7678

YOGA with Quiana

Yoga promotes ease, health, vitality and peace. Vinyasa Flow integrating movement, breath and mudras. Monday, Wednesday, Friday, 9-10:15 a.m.; Wednesday, 6:20-7:35 p.m.; Thursday 4- 5:20 p.m.; Saturday 8-9:30 a.m. To join, contact Quiana, 828-318-9169, iliveingrace@yahoo.com

Holistic movement classes

Wild Mountain Girl Herbal School on the square announces new holistic movement classes. Classes for grace, balance, gentle stretching, cardio-strength, walking and more. All classes are easy and inexpensive. Cindi Vernon, 706-429-6323

Dahlonega Healing Arts

Morning Yoga 9-10:15 a.m. Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. Evening Yoga Monday, 6:20 p.m.; Wednesday, 6 p.m., Thursday 4 p.m. and Friday, 4:30 p.m. Chigong/Taichi: Tuesday at 6 p.m. and Thursdays at 6:30 p.m. 81 Crown Mountain Place, Building E, Suite 100, 706-867-7026

Jazzercise

Adult classes offered now, Jr. Jazzercise and Team Dance coming soon. Jazzercise of Dahlonega, 400 Wal-Mart Way, Suite F. 678-617-0329, www.jazzercise.com; bgagne@windstream.net

YOGA Flow for Personal Fitness

Morning/afternoon/evening classes promoting improved strength, flexibility, endurance, balance, breath control and stress relief. Paula Bingham, YogaFit® trained 706-864-2851 pyb3644@windstream.net

natural & holistic living

The Southern Association of Green Enthusiasts is open to anyone who is interested in natural, alternative, green and holistic living. Cindi Vernon, (706)429-6323 or cindiv@windstream.net

Wellness Classes

Learn healthy eating habits, lifestyle choices and exercises by certified nutritionist and wellness coach. 706-429-7956 Wellness-21, on the Public Square. www.wellness-21.com

saturday Walking Group

Come join us and make walking fun and social. All levels welcome. Light stretching, strengthening and walking of course. Introduction to Nordic walking. Call for times and locations. 706-429-7956, Wellness-21, on the Public Square. www.wellness-21.com

Music/Drama/Film & More

Jamming on the Square every Saturday

Acoustic musicians gather on the lawn of the Dahlonega Gold Museum from 2-5 p.m. every Saturday through Oct. 13 for the jam that welcomes pickers and listeners. Produced by Dahlonega Downtown Development Authority and Better Hometown Program. Facebook group: Dahlonega Appalachian Jam, 706-864-3513

events at NGCSU

Pickin’ Porch Old Time Jam: An old-time music jam is held from 12:30-2 p.m. every Thursday at NGCSU’s Vickery House. Musicians of all levels are welcome to bring fiddles, banjos and more for a friendly exploration of the traditional music of Appalachia. Others are invited to listen. Jon Mehlferber, 706-867-2832, jpmehlferber@northgeorgia.edu

NGCSU Planetarium: Shows Fridays 8-9 p.m. at George E. Coleman Planetarium, room 234 of the Health & Natural Sciences Building, Sunset Drive. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. with no admittance after 8 p.m. www.northgeorgia.edu/planetarium

Caruso’s, 19B East Main Street, 706-864-4664

www.diningindahlonega.com

Every Sunday, 5 p.m.: Texas Hold ’Em Poker

Every Mon., Tues., Wed., 7:30 p.m.: Texas Hold ’Em Poker

Every Friday, 9 p.m.: Karaoke & Dance Night

Every Saturday, 9 p.m.: Karaoke, Dance and Contest night

The Crimson Moon Café, 24 North Park Street, 706-864-3982, www.thecrimsonmoon.com for advance reservations online. Call for day of event reservations.

Wednesdays, 7:30-9:30 p.m. Tom & Juli. Hundreds of cover songs from the 60s, 70s, 80s and 90s while you dine. Free.

Friday, June 29, 8 - 10 p.m.+: The Mosier Brothers. $15 advance

/ $17 day of show. The founding members of Blueground Undergrass, Rev. Jeff and Johnny Mosier, create a unique blend of Americana, Bluegrass, Folk, Rock – and the progressive ‘JamGrass’ that their BGUG and WSP fans fell in love with. With

bass player and drummer joining them you can expect world class music will be made!www.TheMosierBrothers.com

Saturday, June 30, 8 - 10 p.m.+: Wesley Cook. $10 advance / $12

day of show. This “artist on the rise” performs with an alternative upbeat style! His original songs are reminiscent of Dave Matthews, Paul Simon, Jason Mraz. www.wesleycook.com



Sunday, 2-5 p.m. Traditional Music Jam: Bring your instruments and/or voices and join in on/around the stage, or have a seat and just listen as a 90-plus-year-old “pickin’ and grinnin” tradition continues. Free.

Sunday, June 24, 7:30 p.m.-9:30 p.m. Blues Jam Session.

Holly Theatre, 69 West Main Street, 706-864-3759,

www.hollytheater.com

The Lingo Lounge, Open Mic for Writers, 8 p.m. Thursday, June 28. A unique open mic experience for writers in a casual, lounge-type atmosphere reminiscent of the coffeehouse tradition. Listen, relax, laugh, linger. Ben Sierachik, local comic poet, will emcee. Free after party dancing with DJ Tommy Pirone. Holly Underground.

Hannah Thomas Band: In concert Friday, June 29, 8 p.m. with special guest Marshall Chapman. Hannah Thomas is an up and coming young singer/songwriter. hannahthomasband.com $15. See article this page.

Mountain Music and Medicine Show, July 7, 7:30 p.m. with BlueBilly Grit, Cindy Musselwhite and Friends, Curtis Jones and the Mountain Gypsy Project, the Buzzard Mountain Boys and the usual cast of characters. $15.

Johnny B’s Beef & Brew, 438 West Main Street, 706-864-2400

Thursdays: College Night

Fridays: Live entertainment

Tuesdays: Country Western Music night

Friday, June 29: Kingfish Blues Revival

The Oar House, 3072 Highway 52, 706-864-9938, www.theoarhouse.com

Live entertainment Friday and Saturday 6-9 p.m.

Le Petit Café, 259 Church Street, 706-867-0000, www.lepetitcafedahlonega.com

Saturday, June 30, 7 p.m.: A Taste of Spain. Four course meal of Spanish cuisine, trivia quiz, live entertainment. $25. Reservations required.

Poppy’s Pool Hall,132 Legion Road, 706-864-0774, www. nga.apaleagues.com

Every Saturday night: 7:30 p.m. Tournament

Every Wednesday: 7 p.m. APA (American Poolplayers Association) 8-Ball pool league play

Shenanigan’s Irish Pub, 87 North Chestatee Street, 706-482-0114. All ages welcome, no cover.

Wednesdays, 8:30-11:30: Wingin & Singin: 50¢ chicken wings and karaoke

Thursdays, 8-10 p.m.: Team Trivia. Prizes and giveaways.

Friday, June 29, 8:30-11:30 p.m.: Tim McNary. The band McNary was formed in August 2010 when Dan Sheffield showed up for a drumming audition at Tim McNary’s Atlanta apartment. Two months later, Dan and Tim had hired a bassist and were opening up for the national singer songwriter duo The Civil Wars at The Melting Point in Athens, Ga. By March 2011, Dan and Tim had quit their day jobs and started playing music full time. In May of 2011 Elliott Phillips joined the band as drummer and Dan moved to bass. McNary is currently growing their fan base by playing around the southeast. All ages, no cover.

Saturdays, 12-3 p.m. on the deck: Tom and Juli. Listen to an incredible repertoire of cover songs from this popular Dahlonega duo.

Saturday June 30, 8:30-11:30 p.m. Jordan Armstrong.

Mondays, 8-10 p.m.: Open Mic Night hosted by Jason Kenney

Tuesdays: Tuesdays with Tim—live music with Tim O’Donovan, 6:30-9:30 p.m.

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WINE TASTING

Dahlonega Tasting Room featuring Habersham Wines, 16 North Park Street · Public Square, (706) 864-8275

Naturally Georgia featuring Tiger Mountain Vineyards, 90 Public Square North: 706-864-0832

Simply Taste Buds, a tasting room for Georgia Wines, 39 South Chestatee Street, 706-482-0004.

Volunteers

Meals on Wheels needs volunteer drivers to deliver meals in the Lumpkin County area. If you have the time (only two hours out of your week) and want to help the homebound senior adults in our community, please call Rhonda at 706-864-2358 for more information or come by the senior center for an application. Training will be provided.

Mentoring volunteers are matched with students to serve as a role model, advisor and friend. Lumpkin County Family Connection Mentor Program, Brenda Cronan, bcronan@lumpkin.k12.ga.us, 706-867-7047

Odyssey Hospice needs volunteers in the Dahlonega area to help meet the needs of hospice patients and families, and enable them to live a higher quality of life than they would achieve on their own. Volunteers visit with patients, offer administrative support, make blankets, bake cookies and provide many other services. Gail Manter, Manager of Volunteer Services, 706-549-5736 or 877-637-9432.

Affinis Hospice is seeking caring, upbeat volunteers to work with hospice patients in and around Lumpkin County. Roxann, 678-333-8507 or rbradford@affinishospice.org

COMMUNITY HELPING PLACE is seeking volunteers for the Food Pantry, Free Clinic and Thrift Store. Flexible scheduling. Ben Wallace, Volunteer Services Director, 706-867-9621

Compassionate Hospice of North Georgia seeks individual volunteers and group organizations are to help people coping with terminal illness and their families. Steven Vanlerberghe, 678-651-1440

CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) needs volunteers to work with abused and neglected children. 706-864-0300, information@enotahcasa.org, www.enotahcasa.org.

Lumpkin County Literacy Coalition has volunteer opportunities in ESL, GED, Adult Literacy, Children’s Literacy, or on fundraising committees. Office, 706-867-9607; Juanita Tipton, 706-867-1835, www.lumpkinliteracy.org

THRIFT STORE CUSTOMER SERVICE: NOA (No One Alone), the domestic violence program for Dawson and Lumpkin counties needs volunteers to work at its thrift shop. Fiona Boss, 706-867-6167

Lumpkin Animal Shelter needs volunteers for office work as well as hands-on socialization of animals. 1363 Red Oak Flats Road, 706-867-7297

Dahlonega-Lumpkin County Humane Society, a/k/a “TLC”, needs pet foster homes, volunteers, and donations. Mary Waits, Foster Home Coordinator, 770-823-3908, or to volunteer, contact the shelter at (706)864-2817.

Hospice of NE GA. Medical CENTER needs caring individuals to help serve grieving individuals following the death of their loved one. Training provided. Carol Jewell, 770-533-8888 or 888-572-3900, www.nghs.com

Holly Theatre welcomes volunteers in any capacity to help with concessions, set construction, answering phones, marketing, organizing or children’s theater. 706-864-3759

DAHLONEGA Gold Museum needs volunteers to help staff the museum four to eight hours each month. Training provided. Call or drop by, 706-864-2257

Support Groups

Overcomers Outreach at Bethlehem Baptist

Bethlehem Baptist Church is offering an “Overcomers Outreach” Biblically based 12-step meeting—a program that addresses everyday problems and afflictions such as addiction, divorce, depression, compulsive behaviors, etc.—on Tuesday nights at 6:30 p.m. in the fellowship hall. 706-864-2743

Support for victims of family violence

The NOA Network Support Group meets weekly in Dawsonville and Dahlonega to provide emotional support to victims of family violence and their children. Topics are led by a licensed counselor and include: Building Self-Esteem, Managing Emotions, Healthy Relationships, etc. Childcare and snacks are provided. The Dawson group meets in Dawsonville on Wednesdays from 6:30 p.m.-7:45 p.m. The Lumpkin group meets in Dahlonega on Mondays from 6:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m. Please call NOA (No One Alone) at 706-867-6420 for more information or to join a group. 24-Hour Crisis Line, 706-864-1986, or live webchat available- www.noonealone.org

Nursing Mothers’ Support

Mom to Mom Breastfeeding Support Group meets monthly at different locations due to weather or site availability. Pregnant and breastfeeding mothers meet in an informal setting for fun, information and friendship. Lynn Hale, WIC Breastfeeding Counselor, 678-630-9596

Reformers Unanimous Addiction Program

RU meets every Friday at 7 p.m. at Wahoo Baptist Church, 9365 Highway 52 East, Murrayville. Helping others break chains of addiction. Childcare provided. Supported by Wahoo, Faith, Canaan, and Harvest Baptist churches. 706-867-9385

Grief support programs at NGMC

Hospice of Northeast Georgia Medical Center (NGMC) offers free grief support groups in area schools, as well as an ongoing support group to parents surviving the loss of their adult child. 770-219-8888, Jennifer Sorrells, Jennifer.Sorrells@nghs.com.

Kinship Care—Grandparents Raising Grandchildren

Kinship Care, a program for grandparents and other relatives raising grand childen, is a safe place to share experiences. Members learn from each other and find out about programs for which they and the children may be eligible. Meetings are held from 10 a.m. to noon on the second Wednesday of each month at The Lumpkin County Senior Center. Legacy Link, Inc., Area Agency on Aging, 770-538-2650 or 1-800-845-LINK.

CELEBRATE RECOVERY: Biblically-based 12-Step Recovery Meeting.

Dahlonega UMC: Every Saturday. Church service 5:30 p.m. Celebrate Recovery Meeting 6:30 p.m. Dinner provided. Dahlonega United Methodist Church Fellowship Hall, 107 South Park Street

Set Free Church: Every Tuesday and Wednesday night at 7 p.m., 1660 Highway 52 East

Alcoholics Anonymous:

The Gratitude Group: Meeting at noon Mon., Tues, Wed., Fri.; 7:30 p.m. Thursday (Twelve and Twelve); 9 a.m. Saturday; 3 p.m. Sunday. All meetings at Kidz Church of the Dahlonega United Methodist church using the Maple Street entrance opposite the Sun Trust bank ATM. AA Hotline: 706-867-7769

12 Step Meeting: Thursdays, 7:30 p.m., Dahlonega Baptist Church

AA Big Book Meeting: meets at Dahlonega Baptist Church every Tuesday at 7:30 p.m.

Al-Anon:

Saturdays 9-10 a.m. and Tuesdays 6:30-7:30 p.m. at Georgia Mountain Unitarian-Universalist Church, 439 South Park Street. 770-833-2034

Lumpkin County Caregivers

A support group for caregivers of those suffering from Alzheimer’s disease and related dementia meets at 12:30 p.m. the first Monday of the month at Dahlonega Baptist Church. 706-867-6569

NARCOTICS ANONYMOUS

Narcotics Anonymous meets twice a week, 8 p.m. Mondays and 7 p.m. Fridays, at Georgia Mountain Unitarian-Universalist Church on South Park Street. 706-216-5023

Reunions

Dockery, July 8

All descendants of Webster and Florence Dockery are invited to a reunion Sunday, July 8, at 1 p.m. in the fellowship hall at Mt. Pisgah Baptist Church. Please bring a covered dish.

LCHS Class of ’92

Lumpkin County High School Class of ‘92 will hold its 20-year Reunion Saturday, July 21. All classmates and teachers are invited catch up with old friends, munch on comfort food catered by hometown favorite The Wagon Wheel, sing some karaoke and dance the night away at The Marketplace on the Dahlonega Public Square Saturday, July 21, beginning at 7 p.m. Events are also planned for Friday evening and Saturday morning. To learn more and register, go to http://92indians.blogspot.com/.

LCHS 50th class reunion: Register now

The LCHS class of 1958 and the graduating class of 1962 will hold a 50th class reunion on Saturday, August 4, from 3-8 p.m., in the location of the old high school gym, now a new lunchroom. Sandra Smith, 706-265-5252; Janet Jarrard, 706-864-2030 (7/4)

Pets

Dog Obedience Agility & Rally-O

Classes start week of July 10-15. Intermediate Obedience is a pre-requisite for Agility. Classes run for 7 weeks. Dogs must be 4 months with vaccinations. $99 ($10 discount on obedience classes for adopted shelter dogs). Visit www.dahlonegaobediencegroup.com for class schedules. Dahlonega Obedience Group (D.O.G.), certified instructor Mary Kay Crowell, 706-864-0410

Micro-chipping at animal shelter

Micro-chipping is available to the public at Lumpkin County Animal Shelter for any dog or cat for $20. Tuesday-Saturday, 10:30 a.m. -4:30 p.m. 1363 Red Oak Flats Road, 706-867-7297

volunteer pets needed

The Compassionate Pets Program at Compassionate Hospice of North Georgia is seeking volunteers. Tami, Volunteer Coordinator, 678-943-3585 or 678-717-0969

TLC Donations needed

Dahlonega-Lumpkin County Humane Society, a/k/a “TLC,” is a small no-kill 501(c)3 located at 1735 Red Oak Flats Road, Dahlonega. Their wish list includes pet leashes, flea control, puppy and kitten wet food, toys and scoopable cat litter, as well as cash donations, volunteer dog walkers and foster homes. 706-864-2817

Purchases from online retailers benefit TLC

TLC Humane Society has partnered with Adoptashelter.com to raise money for Lumpkin County’s no-kill shelter. Any item purchased through http://adoptashelter.com/MallPortal/?shelter_id=1487 at over 400 retailers such as Amazon, Walmart, iTunes, Office Depot and others earns money for TLC. All prices, customer service and discounts are exactly the same as going directly to the merchant.

Senior Services/Activities

lumpkin County Senior Center

266 Mechanicsville Road, 706-864-2358,

lcseniorcenter@windstream.net

SENIOR Co-ed SOFTBALL: Monday, Tuesday and Thursday mornings at 9 a.m. Co-ed, age 50+. 678-343-8069.

Rubber Bandits: Strength training program Tuesdays and Fridays through June 29 from 8:30 a.m. to 9:15 a.m. $10 per person/month.

Silver Singers: This group of community singers is open to seniors 55+ to sing and have fun. Tuesdays.

Artists Open Studio: Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 10 a.m. to noon at the Senior Center Art Studio.

Wellness programS for 55+: Healthways Silver Sneakers, designed for 55+ adults, Monday, Tuesday and Friday at 9:30 a.m. Cardio Fit at 3 p.m. Thursdays.

YOGA FLOW for PERSONAL Fitness: Beginner level yoga classes for 55+ from 4:15 to 5:15 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays. $60 for a six-week session.

Nutrition Program for 60+: Socalize, exercise, play games and enjoy crafts, pool, and more. Have a nutritious hot meal.

Art Workshops

Digital Photography Workshop

Jon McLean from JMP Studio, LLC (www.jmpstudio.com), will lead a three-day workshop focusing on technical skills, composition, and use of lighting in digital photography as well as using photo editing software. 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, July 19-21, at the Art Loft in Dahlonega. $295. Anita Elder, 706-429-6008, www.artloft.net

Church/Religious Events

Gospel Singing

Freedom MInistries saturday night singing

Saturday night singing: Big Oak Gospel Music at 7 p.m. each Saturday. Featured singers on June 30 are Stephens Sisters, Steve Pruitt, and Forever His. The event is hosted by The Freedom Heirs and admission is free; a love offering will be collected. 1067 Highway 115 South (Old Dahlonega Highway) 706-867-6534 www.gospelgigs.com/glendonwilliamsfreedomheirs, freedomministries@windstream.net

Vacation Bible School

The Fountain, July 9-13, 6-8:45 p.m. “Adventures on Promise Island” for ages 4 and up. Graduation will be held Sunday, July 15, at 10:30 a.m., and lunch will be served. Wear flip flops if possible. 1304 Grove St. N.

Auraria Church revival Continues

Auraria Church of Almighty God is holding revival services through Friday, June 29, at 7:30 p.m. There are special singers each night and Pastor Corey Ray is preaching. Everyone is invited. The church is located eight miles south of Dahlonega on Auraria Rd. (old 9 East Highway). 706-864-7460

Car wash, hot dogs Saturday for mission trip

Mountain View Baptist church will have a car wash and will be selling hot dogs in the parking lot of Napa Auto Parts, Saturday, June 30, from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. Proceeds will benefit the church’s mission trip in September. Lynn or C.J. Collins, 706-864-3821

Revival, baptism at The Lighthouse Baptist

The LIghthouse Baptist Church, 5007 Hwy. 52 East, will hold Summer Revival at 7 p.m. nightly Sunday, July 1, through Saturday, July 7. Rev. Daniel Ray Martin will be the guest speaker. Everyone is welcome. Baptism will be held at the church Sunday, July 8, at 3 p.m.

UnitARIAn Universalist church

Georgia Mountains Unitarian Universalist Church is a welcoming congregation. On June 30 Professional singer Brad Brannon will lead a sing along “An American Songbook”—songs to help us get into the spirit of July 4th and think about why we love our country.

Please see article page 6. Worship 11 a.m.; children’s religious education classes 11:30 a.m. following announcements and story time. Child care provided. 706-864-0661, www.gmuuc.org

Revival July 8 at Bethel Tabernacle

Bethel Tabernacle Baptist Church will hold revival at 7 p.m. nightly Sunday, July 8 through Friday, July 13. Rev. Jason Daniell, pastor, will be assisted by Rev. David Skinner. Everyone is welcome.

Prayer LIne available

A local prayer line is available 9 a.m.- 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday and a half day Sunday. If no one answers leave request on machine. 706-864-0673, http://gearinministries.tripod.com

Lessons: Music/Dance

Dance Classes

The Ballet Barre offers dance classes starting at age 2 1/2 in ballet, tap, jazz, contemporary and pointe. www.bbarre.com

music, songwriting lessons

Jason Kenney offers instruction in guitar, mandolin, banjo, songwriting, and music theory at the Holly Theater. 706-344-7059

STring Instruments

Bluegrass instrument instruction—fiddle, banjo, guitar, bass, mandolin. Sonny Houston, 404-377-1194

MUSIC LESSONS

Beginning and intermediate piano and violin, children and adults welcome. Ruth Purcell, 706-482-9968 or rppurcell@windstream.net

Music lessons

Guitar, banjo, mandolin, bass. $10. James Lambert, 706-973-9317

STRING INSTRUMENT Lessons

Guitar, banjo, fiddle—­­any string instrument. Vintage Music, Public Square. Individual or small groups. 706-864-2682

Weekend camp for drummers

Drum Camp for beginners, middle school, high school. Three-day weekend camps in Dahlonega. Rory Knapton, 706-865-1564

Art Lessons

Art by Rayneri Watercolor Classes

Oscar Rayneri, watercolor instructor, offers classes on Tuesdays from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at his studio.  706-867-8059, orayneri@windstream.net, www.oscarrayneriart.yolasite.com

Drawing for the Fun of It by Jon Dahlstrom

Drawing classes/workshops for age seven and up, portfolio reviews. The Artists Corner in Cranberry Corners on the Square. 706-482-0258, jon@scrapsnscribbles.com

classes at Funky chicken

Beginning woodcarving at the Funky Chicken Art Project. www.funkychickenartproject.com or Christina, 706-864-3938, funkchic@windstream.net

art instruction by Win Crannell

Win Crannell is offering art instruction at his studio/gallery at 734 Calhoun Road. 706-864-6422, wcrannell@windstream.net

Painting lessons by Anita Elder

Learn the fundamentals of oil painting in a fun and relaxing environment with fellow artists. Tuesday and Wednesday mornings, beginner through advanced. Individual help given each student. 706-429-6008, www.artloft.net

Recycling

PLASTIC/PAPER/ALUMINUM:

• # 1 & 2 plastic bottles (discard lids)

• Corrugated cardboard (clean and dry)

• Office paper and junk mail, magazines etc. No paperboard (such as cereal boxes), brown fiber paper (such as brown paper bags) or paper towel or toilet tissue cores.

• Aluminum and tin cans. (please rinse out)

Locations:

• Lumpkin County Recycle Center, 1642 Red Oak Flats Road, (706-867-7574

• Lumpkin County Landfill, Barlow Road. 706-864-6338

• Bins at Radar Ridge, Morrison Moore across from the college dorms

• Bins on Highway 19 North across from Ace Hardware.

CITY PICK UP AT RESIDENCES

The City accepts the same things except for cans. They do not have to be separated.

CFL BULBS: Home Depot

BATTERIES

• Radio Shack/Dahlonega Pharmacy: household rechargeable batteries

• Home Depot

Cell PHones

Dahlonega Funeral Home collects old cell phones for “Cell Phones for Soldiers,” an effort to support military members returning from active duty. 706-864-DOVE

PLASTIC GROCERY BAGS:

• J&J Foods

• Walmart

STYROFOAM: Publix accepts egg cartons and meat trays.

Electronic Recyclables, MIcrowaves, etc.

• Waypoint Thrift Store, Highway 60 East of 400, 706-867-0297

More Children& Youth

YMCA After-School Program

Lumpkin County Parks YMCA After School Program serves children from Lumpkin elementary and middle schools from 2:45 to 6 p.m. on school days. One time registration fee $15. Weekly fees: one day, $15; two days, $30, three to five days, $40. Register at the Lumpkin County YMCA Community Center or contact Stephen Disanto, 706-864-3622. tfn

SCOUTING:

Boy Scout Troop 36 is chartered by the Mountain Ranger Association and meets Monday nights at 6:30 p.m. at their scout hut located at Camp Frank Merrill 5th RTB. Troop 36 participates in a 50-mile hiking/canoe trip every summer, as well as camping, kayaking, backpacking, rock climbing and caving year round. Don McElliott, 706-864-0278, www.dahlonega36.mytroop.us

Boy Scout Troop 303 meets weekly on Mondays at 6 p.m. in the Scout Hut with a campout generally held once a month. Visit and consider making Troop 303 your Boy Scout home. 706-867-7047, www.bsa303.org

Cub scout pack 36 meets Mondays from 6:30-7:30 p.m. at the Lumpkin County Parks YMCA arts and crafts room. Monthly themed pack meetings, outdoor activities plus community service projects. 770-503-6221, 706-867-6711, www.littlemen.webs.com

Venturing group: Venture Crew #79 meets Wednesday nights at 6:30 p.m. in the art room at Park and Rec. Venturing is a youth led program for boys and girls ages 13-20 and involves high adventure activities such as kayaking, white water rafting and rock climbing as well as social activities and community projects. Augustus Brightwell, 706-864-9487 abrightwell@hotmail.com 

More Pets

TLC seeks volunteers, trainer assistants

TLC Humane Society is looking for volunteers to help animals, make new friends and have fun. There are many ways to help, from walking dogs to working on construction projects. Volunteers are also needed to assist in training the TLC dogs Saturdays, 10 a.m. at TLC—no experience needed. 706-864-2817, info@tlchs.org or stop by TLC at 1735 Red Oak Flats Road.

Senior Services uncut

lumpkin County Senior Center

266 Mechanicsville Road, 706-864-2358,

lcseniorcenter@windstream.net

SENIOR Co-ed SOFTBALL: Bring your glove and come play at The Lumpkin County Parks & Recreation Field #5 (adjacent to the Senior Center, 266 Mechanicsville Road.) Games will be played Monday, Tuesday and Thursday mornings at 10 a.m. Co-ed, age 50+. 678-343-8069.

FRee Tax Help: Wednesdays, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. See info under Assistance Available heading.

Rubber Bandits: strength training program for older adults. Dr. Dawn Hayes, professor in physical therapy at NGCSU, instructs the class Tuesdays and Fridays through June 29 from 8:30 a.m. to 9:15 a.m. $10 per person/month. Contact Dr. Hayes at 706-864-1899 or dmhayes@northgeorgia.edu.\

Silver Singers: This group of community singers is open to seniors 55+ to sing and have fun. No singing talent necessary. Directed by Jenni Jackson. 10:30 a.m. Tuesdays.

Artists Open Studio: Meets Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 10 a.m. to noon at the Senior Center Art Studio. Come work on your own art—any discipline, any level. Share, socialize and learn from other artists. Lumpkin residents 55+ are free. 706-864-2358

Wellness programS for 55+: The nation’s leading fitness program, Healthways Silver Sneakers, designed for 55+ adults, Monday, Tuesday and Friday at 9:30 a.m. Cardio Fit at 3 p.m. Thursdays. Improve strength, flexibility, balance and coordination. Programs are free.

YOGA FLOW for PERSONAL Fitness: Beginner level yoga classes for 55+ from 4:15 to 5:15 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays. $60 for a six-week session. Paula Bingham, pyb3644@windstream.net, 706-864-2851

Nutrition Program for 60+: Socalize, exercise, play games and enjoy crafts, pool, and more. Have a nutritious hot meal. Come by for a tour of the center. 266 Mechanicsville Road, 706-864-2358

Education/Classes

S.A.T. and Study Prep

Essay, English, math, and science with Dr. Norman Leonard nleonard73@gmail.com

program aims to improve reading skills

The Lumpkin County Literacy Coalition and Lanier Technical College are both supporting a new Adult Literacy Program (ALP) initiative to identify and help those who want to improve reading skills. If you have a relative or friend who cannot read at all, or can read some but would like to improve their reading abilities, then encourage them to give ALP a call. The program offers one-on-one tutors, self-pacing and confidentiality. 770-740-9343, 706-429-4517

International appalachian academy

Classes Wednesday for Japanese Language/Culture and Thursday for World History/Literature. 6:30-8:30 p.m. 390 Tom Bell Odom Road. 706-265-5502, learn@internationalappalachianacademy.com

Paychecks may be available for GED studENTS

For working on getting your GED, a new Federal Program may pay you up to $72 per week for up to six months for gas and lunch, plus testing fees and day care for single parents. Call 706-867-2862 to see if you qualify. The GED Adult Learning Center will be closed starting June 1 and will reopen July 9.

Mountain Ed High School

Earn a high school diploma at night. SACS accredited, certified teachers, state-funded. 4-9:30 p.m. Monday-Thursday. 706-864-0229

Buddhist meditation and study group

Gold Hills Buddhist meditation and study group meets weekly in Dahlonega. Carol Trimble, meditation instructor, 706-482-0514

Herbal Apprenticeship

Wild Mountain Girl Herbal School is offering a 10-month Herbal Apprenticeship Program, held one Saturday a month for 10 months covering a complete study of the herbal world. Cindi Vernon, (706) 429-6323, cindiv@windstream.net

NORTH GEORGIA CONTINUING EDUCATION

For information on these classes, contact the NGCSU Department of Continuing Education at (706) 864-1918, email conted@northgeorgia.edu or register at www.northgeorgia.edu/ce.

Online PLU-Approved Courses for Teachers: North Georgia Continuing Education offers a multitude of online courses approved for two PLU credits by the Department of Education. Courses include: Creating the Inclusive Classroom, Leadership, Survival Kit for New Teachers and more. Full list at northgeorgia.edu/ce.

Online Learning with Ed2go: NGCSU’s Continuing Education Department offers instructor-led, on-line classes which run for six weeks, and are never cancelled. Go to www.ed2go.com/ngcsu for a listing of classes.

The Blue Ridge Archaeology Guild will meet at 7 p.m., Thursday, June 28, at the United Community Bank on Morrison Moore Parkway.Three NGCSU biology and history students worked this year on an archaeobotany project, designed to determine what plant foods were used at the Duckett site in north Hall County between AD 400 and 700. They will present their report on that project, with pictures and a discussion of how it was done and what was learned. Visitors are welcome.

The Lions Club of Dahlonega meets the second and fourth Thursdays (June 28) at Just Off the Square Café, at 6 p.m. Everyone is invited. Anne Mundy, 706-864-5899

The North Georgia Photography Critique Special Interest Group will meet from 6:30-8:30 p.m. on the fourth Thursday (June 29) in the Dawson County Library, 342 Allen Street, Dawsonville to share tips and critique each other’s photos. New members welcome. dphotoman@gmail.com, http://web.me.com/paulschiemer/Critique_Group/Photos.html

The Lumpkin County Chapter of the VFW meets at 7 p.m. the first Monday of each month (July 2) at the United Community Bank Community Room, 206 Morrison Moore Parkway. Any Honorably Discharged Veteran or current service member (American Citizen) who has received Combat or Hostile Fire Pay, Received a Campaign Medal or has served in the Republic of Korea for more than 30 consecutive/60 non-consecutive days is invited. Applicants should bring $25 and proof of eligibility. vfw.post.5533@gmail.com

LUMPKIN COUNTY REPUBLICAN PARTY meets at 7 p.m. the first Tuesday of each month (July 3) in the organization’s headquarters, 24 Alicia Lane, Suite 3 (in front of the Post Office). All Lumpkin County residents are welcome. Jeff Clymer, Chairman, (706) 973-7091. www.Lumpkin-GOP.org.

Gaddistown Homemakers meets the first Tuesday of every month February through November (July 3) at 74 Fire House Lane, formerly Pre-K, across from Woody Gap School. Homemakers in the Suches area are invited.

TROUT UNLIMITED, GOLD RUSH CHAPTER meets on the first Tuesday of each month (July 3) in the Ivie Lodge at Camp Glisson (two miles north of Dahlonega on Highway 60). Dinner ($8) is served at 6:30 p.m. for those who wish to eat. Program begins at 7 p.m. Sherman Head, beartooth@windstream.net or 706-864-6461, goldrushtu.org

Auraria Community Club meets at 7 p.m. the first Tuesday of each month (July 3) at the Community Clubhouse on Auraria Road. Join the club for a covered dish dinner. All members and friends are welcome. The cost is only $5 to join for a year of fellowship and giving back to the community. For information about the club or renting the clubhouse call 706-864-3432 or 770-527-1578

Dahlonega Woman’s Club meets the first Thursday (July 5) at 6 p.m. in the Community House on North Park Street. Please bring a brown bag dinner if you wish.

The Stonepile Writers, a community creative writing group, meets the first Thursday of each month, (July 5) at 6 p.m. at the Vickery House, 1 Vickery Drive, on the NGCSU campus. Barbara Seaton, 706-867-2911, BCSeaton@ngcsu.edu

Lumpkin County Family Connection Collaborative meets on the first Thursday of each month (July 5) at noon at Lumpkin County Parks­—YMCA. Anyone interested in the well being of families and children in Lumpkin County is invited to attend. For additional information, contact Brenda Cronan 706-265-8389 or email bcronan@lumpkin.k12.ga.us. Web site: www.lumpkin.k12.ga.us/~fc/

GOLD COUNTRY SQUARE DANCERS meets the first and third Fridays of each month (July 6) from 7:30 to 10 p.m. at the Dahlonega United Methodist Church fellowship hall on South Park Street at Maple Street. The public is invited for fun, exercise and good fellowship. Dana Whitfield, 706-864-9021

The Weekend Gold Miners club meets the first Saturday of every month (July 7) at 5 p.m. at the Auraria Community Center. The family-oriented group offers local prospecting locations and camaraderie to those with an interest in prospecting. 770-531-WEGM(9346)

Dawson County Chapter 970 of the Vietnam Veterans of America meets the second Monday of each month (July 9) at Ryan’s Family Steakhouse. Fellowship and supper are at 6 p.m. and the meeting starts at 7 p.m. Wayne Watkins, 706-429-5002

The Georgia Mountains Master Gardeners meet at 7 p.m. Monday, July 9, at Lumpkin County Parks YMCA on Riley Rd. Lumpkin County Extension Agent Clark MacAllister will present information on identifying and controlling some of the most commonly found weeds in our area. The public is invited. Glynn Rogers, 706-867-0003

Gold Diggers Garden Club meets the second Tuesday (July 10) at 7 p.m. at the Senior Center on Mechanicsville Road. This month, Tracey Pierce will present a program on “Berries.” Meetings are open to the public. 706-867-6426

Mountain Coin Club for beginner and advanced numismatists meets the second Tuesday of each month (July 10) at 6:15 p.m. at North Georgia Technical College, Blairsville. Call YOCS, 706-379-1488.

Blue Mountain Masonic Lodge #38 F&AM meets at 7:30 p.m. the second and fourth Tuesdays, (July 10) of each month. 706-864-3838

Word Chasers Book Club meets on the second Tuesday of the month (July 10) at 1 p.m., in the craft room at the senior center. All are welcome. Rhonda, 706-864-2358

Mountain Laurel Lady Riders meets the second Tuesday of the month (July 10) at 7 p.m. at The Sunflower Chinese Restaurant in the Piggly Wiggly Shopping Center, Highway 129, Cleveland. Come early for dinner. This is the local chapter of Women on Wheels (WOW), a national organization promoting motorcycling for women. Any woman who rides her own motorcyle, sport bike or scooter, or who is just interested in motorcycles, is invited. 706-968-6625.

Gold Rush Quilter’s Guild normally meets the first Wednesday of each month but will meet July 11 due to the Independence Day holiday, at 10 a.m. at Friendship Baptist Church on Friendship Road off West Moreland and Highway 129, Cleveland. Visitors and new members welcome. Elizabeth Pickel, 706-219-3890; Jan Fambrough, 706-867-8502

The American Red Cross Disaster Action Team meets the second Wednesday of each month (July 11) at 7 p.m. in the basement of St. Luke’s Catholic Church, 91 North Park Street. Karen, 706-867-1910

The American Red Cross Disaster Action Team meets the second Wednesday of each month (July 11) at 7 p.m. in the basement of St. Luke’s Catholic Church, 91 North Park Street. The group is seeking volunteers to help victims of disasters in the Lumpkin County area. All interested citizens are welcome. Karen, 706-867-1910

Friends of Waypoint meets for monthly luncheons on the second Wednesday of each month (July 11) at noon at the Waypoint Center, 45 Eagle Overlook Drive (off Six Mile Road), Dahlonega. Waypoint Center is a Christ-centered recovery program for men. New members are welcome; community support and involvement is critical for the success of the program. 706-864-7110, www.waypointcenter.org

THE Georgia 400 Tea Party PATRioTS meets on the second Thursday (July 12) at 7 p.m. (new meeting time). at the community room of the United Community Bank on Morrison Moore Parkway. Jeff Anderson of GeorgiaCarry.org, an active advocate for all citizens to have their Second Amendment rights protected will speak on current gun laws and and other pending legislation. Meetings are open to the public. Elected officials and candidates running for office are invited to attend. 706-864-9784

The Golden Stitches Quilters Guild meet the second Thursday (July 12) at the Lumpkin Senior Center from 6-8:30 p.m. to sew on individual and community projects. Come quilt, sew, and learn. Dana Fritchle, 706-864-9261; Deborah Raptis, 706-867-1869, or email goldenstitches@hotmail.com

The Georgia Mountain Handspinners Guild meets the second Saturday (Juy 14) at Hopewell UMC on Hopewell Road south of Murrayville, 12-4 p.m. Visitors welcome. Lynn Johnson, 706-864-6407

Etowah River Critters Club: Macro-Invertebrate Sampling and Photography on the Upper Etowah River the second Saturday (July 14), 390 Tom Bell Odom Road (off Siloam Church/Rider Mill Road). joe@worldclass.net, 706-265-5502

Garden Bugs Club: Get a taste of planting, tending and harvesting at Revival Gardens Organic Produce the second Saturday (July 14), 9:30-11:30 a.m. For the young and the young-at-heart. 390 Tom Bell Odom Road (off Siloam Church/Rider Mill Road). realfood@revivalgardens.com, 706-265-5502

SEBA (Southeastern Bluegrass Association) holds a jam the third Sunday (July 15) of each month from 2-5 p.m. at The Crimson Moon Café. Raymond Busbee, 706-216-3885

AARP – Lumpkin Chapter 1966, meets the third Monday (July 16) of each month at 11 a.m. in the Fellowship Hall of Dahlonega United Methodist Church. Please bring a brown bag lunch. Anyone age 50+ is invited. Food, fellowship, fun and informative speakers. Roberta Peters. 706-864-4383

We Recycle! meets the third Monday of the month (July 16) at 5 p.m. in the Community Room of the United Community Bank on Morrison Moore Parkway. www.WeRecycleLumpkin.org

The North Georgia Amateur Radio Club (NGARC) meets at 6 p.m. the third Tuesday of each month (July 17) in Dahlonega. Those interested in becoming licensed amateur radio operators or those who are already hams are invited to join the organization. Tom Crowell, president, 706-864-0410; Reudi Mettler, vice president, 404-474-0686

WILL (Women in Lumpkin Leadership), a monthly professional and social networking group for women, meets the third Wednesday of each month (July 18) from 8 to 9:30 a.m. (program begins at 8:30) at the Stewart Center for Continuing Education next to Dairy Queen. $5-per-meeting fee is collected to support future activities. No membership commitment required. Send message to lumpkincountywillgroup@yahoo.com to be added to E-vite list.

Georgia Mountain Chapter of Military Officers Association of America meets at 7 p.m. the third Thursday of each month (July 19) at Ryan’s in Dawsonville. Retired, former and current military officers are welcome. www.gmcmoaa.org, 706-265-7613

The American Legion #239 Auxiliary meets the third Thursday (July 19) of each month, 6:30 p.m. at the American Legion Hall. www.dahlonegalegion.org

Habitat for Humanity of Lumpkin County meets at 6 p.m. the third Thursday of each month (July 19) in the meeting room at Yahoola Grill.

F.E.A.R. (Face Everything and Recover) is a coalition in Lumpkin County organized to focus on drug and alcohol prevention for a new generation, intervention for addicts now and optimism for a drug-free community in the future. The group meets at noon on the third Thursday of the month July 19) in the community room of the United Community Bank. It seeks to provide support and services to families affected by alcohol and drug abuse. Bridgette Barker, brigette.barker@lumpkinsheriff.com

Dahlonega Young Professionals Group (YPG) meets the third Thursday (July 19), 5:30 p.m. YPG is a networking organization of dedicated, talented young professionals ages 21-40 with the goal of enriching the community by uniting and developing the county’s young professionals. For information on where each month’s meeting is held, go to dahlonegaypg.com.

TLC HUMANE SOCIETY meets at 7 p.m. on the third Thursday (July 19) in the basement of the Dahlonega Library. Please come and bring a friend. 706-864-2817

The Funky Chicken Art Project holds a woodcarvers gathering on the third Saturday of each month (July 21), noon-3 p.m. More information and directions at www.funkychickenartproject.com or call Christina at 706-864-3938 or e-mail: funkchic@windstream.net

The Dahlonega Tea Party meets on the fourth Tuesday of the month (July 24), at 7 p.m. at United Community Bank. The goal of the organization is to promote well-informed, active participation in local, state and federal government through discussions of current issues and the Constitution.

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Diving Bell Groundbreaking celebration

A Diving Bell Groundbreaking will take place at 11 a.m. Thursday, June 28, in Hancock Park where a pavilion and plaza will be built to house the soon-to-be-installed Chestatee River Diving Bell.

Parade applications available—due June 29

The Chamber of Commerce is accepting entries for the annual 4th of July Parade to be held Wednesday, July 4, at 5 p.m. in downtown Dahlonega. Walking groups, marching groups, marching bands, character groups (clowns, dancers, etc.), vintage autos, Scouts, church groups, civic organizations and more are invited to come help Dahlonega celebrate America’s birthday. Parade application deadline is June 29. Entry fee is $20 per group. To download an application, go to www.dahlonega.org, click on FESTIVALS, and select 4th of July. Applications can also be picked up at the Welcome Center on the square.

Orientation for adult literacy volunteers

The Lumpkin County Adult Literacy Program (ALP) is in need of additional volunteer tutors and will be holding an orientation and question/answer session to discuss program opportunities. No experience is needed ... just a desire to help someone learn to improve their reading skills. The meeting will be held at the Adult Learning Center at 150-B Johnson Street, Dahlonega, on Saturday morning, June 30, from 9:30 to 11 a.m. All are invited. Light snacks provided. 706-429-4517

Readers needed historic documents July 4

The Chamber of Commerce is signing up volunteers for the annual Community Reading of the Constitution. This year a reading of the Declaration of Independence will be added to the community event, which begins at 12:30 p.m. on the west lawn of the Gold Museum following the Patriotic Ceremony. The reading is expected to take about an hour. Contact laura@dahlonega.org by Friday, June 29 to be a part of this popular July 4 activity.

Defensive Driving course July 10

An AARP Defensive Driving Course will be held at the United Community Bank, in the community room, 206 Morrison Moore Parkway, on Tuesday, July 10, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. with an hour lunch break. Completion of the course may entitle students to an auto insurance discount. Students need not be 55 and AARP membership is not required. Registration recommended. $14/person, $2 AARP discount, $5 for education system employees. 706-864-4383

NOA seeking t-shirt design for Duathlon

NOA (No One Alone), Lumpkin County’s shelter program for victims of domestic violence, is asking area artists to submit T-shirt designs for its annual 2012 Lake Zwerner 5K & Duathlon. Designs should focus on the event—a run/walk/bike around Dahlonega’s Lake Zwerner at the reservoir on Oct. 6. Deadline is July 30. The winning artist will receive a prize as well as recognition in The Nugget and at the event on Oct. 6. Entries can be emailed in PDF format to lakezwerner5k@gmail.com or mailed to NOA, P.O. Box 685, Dahlonega.

Festivals/Races/Rides

Three Sisters Wine festival: EndS saturday

Saturday will be the final day of the month-long Three Sisters Vineyards & Winery’s signature event, the 11th annual Georgia Wine Country Festival. On Saturday, June 30, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., a Georgia Wine Garden featuring wines from around the state will be presented for a $20 fee to visitors and includes a keepsake wine glass. Music, tastings, food. 439 Vineyard Way, Dahlonega. Free general admission. www.ThreeSistersVineyards.com.

Nature & Outdoors

Smithgall Woods Programs, $5 parking fee or park pass required, 706-878-3087, www.gastateparks.org

Guided Hike at Buck Shoals State Park, Saturday, June 30, 9-11:30 a.m. Hikers will meet at Buck Shoals, an unopened state park, at 9 a.m. Explore wildflowers and features of the park with Volunteers Everett and Leslie Avery. The hike will end at about 11:30 a.m. Please register.

Community Support Activities

LCHS Band needs your help

The LCHS band is trying to raise funds and receive donations of food to feed over 100 students during three weeks of band camp. Band funds are tight and supporters feel this savings in expenses will help pay for uniforms, instruments, travel expenses, and more. Contact Debbie Carroll, 678-936-6601, mrsdebbiecarroll@gmail.com if you can help. Donations can be mailed to LCHS Band c/o Andrew Harwood, LCHS, 2001 Indian Drive, Dahlonega, GA, 30533.

Brick Fundraiser for Cherokee museum

The Yahoola United Cherokee Museum and Cultural Education Center, Inc. is selling engraved bricks which will become part of the permanent Cherokee Memorial walkway leading to the Museum from the parking area. Bricks are $55 each and will bear a personal message. Proceeds from the Pave the Way Program go toward the building of the museum. Pave the Way brochures are available at the Welcome Center or on the Web at yahoolacherokeemuseum.com. (1/month)

Free PIck up of Donations by CHP

Community Helping Place is in need of gently used furniture. Free pick up within a 10-mile radius of the store. Ben, 706-867-9621 ext. 106

Pick up for Southern finds

Call Southern Finds (A NOA store) to pick up gently used furniture and/or home decor. Donations receive a tax deductible receipt. 706-867-6167

Pickup by Waypoint

Waypoint Center Thrift Store will pick up yard sale leftovers, furniture, clothing and household items. All donations benefit the organization’s non-profit, faith based addiction recovery program. Call 706-867-0297 for pickup. www.waypointcenter.org

Farmers Market

Blackburn Farmers Market opens Saturday

The new county-operated Lumpkin County Farmers Market at Blackburn Park in the south end of the county will open Saturday, June 30. The market will be open through the growing season from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Wednesdays and Saturdays. The market pavilion is located off Auraria Road, just south of Blackburn Elementary School.

FARMERS MARKET Saturdays in Dahlonega

The Dahlonega Farmers Market is open 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays in a new location this year. The market features locally grown, seasonal vegetables and fruits as well as jams, honeys, herbs, flowers and plants at West Main and Waters streets (across from the Holly Theater). Farmers interested in participating can obtain a permit ($15/month) at City Hall, 465 Riley Road. Become a Fan of the “Dahlonega Farmers Market” on Facebook. Rebecca Shirley, 706-864-6133

Children & Young Adults

Free Camp for Kids of Disabled Veterans:

A free camp program for children of fallen, wounded or disabled military veterans and service members will be held at Wahsega 4-H Camp in Dahlonega on July 15-20. Camp Corral, a week-long outdoor summer camp with locations across the U.S. throughout the summer, is sponsored by the Golden Corral restaurant chain for children 8 to 15, and offers a traditional camp experience with recreational water and target sports, horseback riding, crafts and campfire stories. www.campcorral.org

Kindermusik day camp starts July 16

Creatures in My Backyard Kindermusik Summer Camp is coming to Dahlonega July 16-20. $90, $5 off per friend. Ages 0-7 years. Licensed educator Bonnie Bost, 770-315-1302.

MOON MOUNTAIN ART CAMP JULY 23-27

Moon Mountain will hold an art day camp at the Old Cannery, just off the square on Enotah Street, July 23-27, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The emphasis will be on hands-on, interactive, and fun learning, with exposure to a wide range of artistic media and methods. $125 week, or $100 for 3 days (M/W/F). Nora L. Mendoza, Art Director, 706-300-7003, info@noramendoza.com

Ballet Barre registering for fall

The Ballet Barre is currently enrolling for the fall season in Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Hip Hop, Contemporary, Pointe, and new this year, Beginning Baton.706-867-1905, www.bbarre.com

CHEER/TUMBLE/GYM AND SWIM YMCA Camp

July 9-13. Cheer/Tumble 10 a.m. to noon, $50. Learn cheers, chants, jumps and tumbling; snack provided. Gym and Swim noon-2 p.m. $50 Work on tumbling skills as well as gymnastics equipment; daily swimming from 1:30-2 p.m.; snack provided. Stay the whole time 10-2, $80. Ages 6 and up. Groups will be divided up based on age and skill levels. Sign up at the YMCA. Call Ms. Connie with questions 706-864-5753

Summer theater camps at the HOlly

The Holly Theater will offer summer theater camps to kids ages 6-18. Camp information, dates and fees are available by visiting www.hollytheater.com. Click on youth programs and then productions. Or call the Holly at 706-864-3759 for more information.

July 16-20, 9:30 a.m.-1 p.m. The AristoCats, ages 6-12, Performance date Friday, July 20, 6 p.m. $125.

July 16-August 3, 2:30-5:30. Scheherazade (The Arabian Nights), p.m., ages 13 - 18. Three-week sessions, 5 days/week. $300. Performance 630 p.m. Friday, Aug 3.

YMCA Summer Day Camp now registering

Lumpkin County Family YMCA is offering a summer day camp program for ages Pre K-8th grade. A wide range of activities are offered in a safe and fun environment. Following a one-time $15 registration fee, weekly rate is $69 and includes lunch. Hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. with extended hours available at no additional cost from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Themed weeks include: July 2: Patriotic, July 9, Theatre; July 16, Dare/Local Heroes; July 23, Animals, and July 30, Camp Celebration.

Kids on Campus Summer Program at NGCSU

Camps will be offered the week of July 9-13 and July 16-20, and will include Passport to China, Snack Attack, Space O’Rama, CSI, and Crafty Kids. For full camp information, including sports camps, visit www.northgeorgia.edu/summercamps

preschool Programs Registering:

Dahlonega United Methodist Church MMO/Preschool. Ages Toddlers-Pre-K class. 706-864-8521, dahlonegaumc.org/ministries/mmo-and-preschool

Lumpkin County Head Start/Pre-K. Children will need to be age 3 or 4 by Sept. 1. The program welcomes children with disabilities and does not discriminate. 706-864-3456

Free Meals/Food/Help

Free Food at DCOG Monday, July 2

The Mercy Monday program at Dahlonega Church of God makes boxes of non-perishable food available at no cost to those who are going through a difficult time. Distribution is between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. on the first Monday of the month. A box lunch will be provided. 4 Happy Hollow Road, 706-864-3782

Free meals for school-aged children

Step of Faith Outreach, Inc. will offer a Summer Food Service Program in Lumpkin County at W.L. Whelchel Family LIfe Center, 69 Hickory Grove Road. Free nutritious breakfasts (8-9 a.m.) and lunches (noon-1 p.m.) will be served to any school aged child 18 years and younger Mondays through Fridays from June 4-August 3. Take GA-52 east out of Dahlonega for about 5.5 miles, then turn right onto Old Dahlonega Hwy. and go 2.3 miles. Life Center is on the left right behind Hickory Grove CME Church. For more information, or to volunteer to help, call 678-617-9913 or 706-867-6879. The program is sponsored by The U.S. Department of Agriculture.

At the Library

Lumpkin County Library, 706-864-3668

www.chestateelibrary.org

HOURS: M-W 10-5:30, TH 11-7, FRI-SAT 10-3:30

Closed Wednesday, July 4

Facebook. “Become a Fan” on the library’s Web site

eBooks: Downloadable at the library’s Web site.

Free Online Classes: Register with your library card at www.chestateelibrary.org

Summer Reading Program: Registration open through July 31

Wellness/Fitness

Free Stress Management program offered

“Stress Free Fridays” is a program through the Appalachian Nurse Practitioner Clinic at NGCSU offering free Stress Management consultations and workshops to the public. Two sessions of workshops will be held Friday afternoons in June. Session 1 will be held at 1 p.m. in the Health & Natural Sciences building auditorium and will consists of presentations and discussions on various stress related topics. Session 2 will be held at 3 p.m., also in the Health & Natural Sciences building (exact room number may vary); participants will experience different forms of stress management techniques taught by trained professionals. Topics for June 29 are: Session 1, Money Management, and Session 2, Yoga and Music Therapy. Individual stress management consultations will take place in the mornings on Fridays and appointments may be made by calling (706) 867-2713. They will consist of a short assessment and discussion in order to find a personalized stress management technique suited to each individual.

Zumba classes at YMCA

Dance, sweat, and laugh with Zumba. Classes held Monday, Wednesday and Friday 6:30-7:30 p.m. Sign up at Lumpkin Parks YMCA, 706-864-3622. $5 per class.

Yoga at Dahlonega Spa Resort

Tuesdays at 6 p.m.: Yoga for all levels. A basic Hatha Yoga flow, appropriate for any level with Chris Sartain. 400 Blueberry Hill off Town Creek Church Road. 706-865-7678

YOGA with Quiana

Yoga promotes ease, health, vitality and peace. Vinyasa Flow integrating movement, breath and mudras. Monday, Wednesday, Friday, 9-10:15 a.m.; Wednesday, 6:20-7:35 p.m.; Thursday 4- 5:20 p.m.; Saturday 8-9:30 a.m. To join, contact Quiana, 828-318-9169, iliveingrace@yahoo.com

Holistic movement classes

Wild Mountain Girl Herbal School on the square announces new holistic movement classes. Classes for grace, balance, gentle stretching, cardio-strength, walking and more. All classes are easy and inexpensive. Cindi Vernon, 706-429-6323

Dahlonega Healing Arts

Morning Yoga 9-10:15 a.m. Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. Evening Yoga Monday, 6:20 p.m.; Wednesday, 6 p.m., Thursday 4 p.m. and Friday, 4:30 p.m. Chigong/Taichi: Tuesday at 6 p.m. and Thursdays at 6:30 p.m. 81 Crown Mountain Place, Building E, Suite 100, 706-867-7026

Jazzercise

Adult classes offered now, Jr. Jazzercise and Team Dance coming soon. Jazzercise of Dahlonega, 400 Wal-Mart Way, Suite F. 678-617-0329, www.jazzercise.com; bgagne@windstream.net

YOGA Flow for Personal Fitness

Morning/afternoon/evening classes promoting improved strength, flexibility, endurance, balance, breath control and stress relief. Paula Bingham, YogaFit® trained 706-864-2851 pyb3644@windstream.net

natural & holistic living

The Southern Association of Green Enthusiasts is open to anyone who is interested in natural, alternative, green and holistic living. Cindi Vernon, (706)429-6323 or cindiv@windstream.net

Wellness Classes

Learn healthy eating habits, lifestyle choices and exercises by certified nutritionist and wellness coach. 706-429-7956 Wellness-21, on the Public Square. www.wellness-21.com

saturday Walking Group

Come join us and make walking fun and social. All levels welcome. Light stretching, strengthening and walking of course. Introduction to Nordic walking. Call for times and locations. 706-429-7956, Wellness-21, on the Public Square. www.wellness-21.com

Music/Drama/Film & More

Jamming on the Square every Saturday

Acoustic musicians gather on the lawn of the Dahlonega Gold Museum from 2-5 p.m. every Saturday through Oct. 13 for the jam that welcomes pickers and listeners. Produced by Dahlonega Downtown Development Authority and Better Hometown Program. Facebook group: Dahlonega Appalachian Jam, 706-864-3513

events at NGCSU

Pickin’ Porch Old Time Jam: An old-time music jam is held from 12:30-2 p.m. every Thursday at NGCSU’s Vickery House. Musicians of all levels are welcome to bring fiddles, banjos and more for a friendly exploration of the traditional music of Appalachia. Others are invited to listen. Jon Mehlferber, 706-867-2832, jpmehlferber@northgeorgia.edu

NGCSU Planetarium: Shows Fridays 8-9 p.m. at George E. Coleman Planetarium, room 234 of the Health & Natural Sciences Building, Sunset Drive. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. with no admittance after 8 p.m. www.northgeorgia.edu/planetarium

Caruso’s, 19B East Main Street, 706-864-4664

www.diningindahlonega.com

Every Sunday, 5 p.m.: Texas Hold ’Em Poker

Every Mon., Tues., Wed., 7:30 p.m.: Texas Hold ’Em Poker

Every Friday, 9 p.m.: Karaoke & Dance Night

Every Saturday, 9 p.m.: Karaoke, Dance and Contest night

The Crimson Moon Café, 24 North Park Street, 706-864-3982, www.thecrimsonmoon.com for advance reservations online. Call for day of event reservations.

Wednesdays, 7:30-9:30 p.m. Tom & Juli. Hundreds of cover songs from the 60s, 70s, 80s and 90s while you dine. Free.

Friday, June 29, 8 - 10 p.m.+: The Mosier Brothers. $15 advance

/ $17 day of show. The founding members of Blueground Undergrass, Rev. Jeff and Johnny Mosier, create a unique blend of Americana, Bluegrass, Folk, Rock – and the progressive ‘JamGrass’ that their BGUG and WSP fans fell in love with. With

bass player and drummer joining them you can expect world class music will be made!www.TheMosierBrothers.com

Saturday, June 30, 8 - 10 p.m.+: Wesley Cook. $10 advance / $12

day of show. This “artist on the rise” performs with an alternative upbeat style! His original songs are reminiscent of Dave Matthews, Paul Simon, Jason Mraz. www.wesleycook.com



Sunday, 2-5 p.m. Traditional Music Jam: Bring your instruments and/or voices and join in on/around the stage, or have a seat and just listen as a 90-plus-year-old “pickin’ and grinnin” tradition continues. Free.

Sunday, June 24, 7:30 p.m.-9:30 p.m. Blues Jam Session.

Holly Theatre, 69 West Main Street, 706-864-3759,

www.hollytheater.com

The Lingo Lounge, Open Mic for Writers, 8 p.m. Thursday, June 28. A unique open mic experience for writers in a casual, lounge-type atmosphere reminiscent of the coffeehouse tradition. Listen, relax, laugh, linger. Ben Sierachik, local comic poet, will emcee. Free after party dancing with DJ Tommy Pirone. Holly Underground.

Hannah Thomas Band: In concert Friday, June 29, 8 p.m. with special guest Marshall Chapman. Hannah Thomas is an up and coming young singer/songwriter. hannahthomasband.com $15. See article this page.

Mountain Music and Medicine Show, July 7, 7:30 p.m. with BlueBilly Grit, Cindy Musselwhite and Friends, Curtis Jones and the Mountain Gypsy Project, the Buzzard Mountain Boys and the usual cast of characters. $15.

Johnny B’s Beef & Brew, 438 West Main Street, 706-864-2400

Thursdays: College Night

Fridays: Live entertainment

Tuesdays: Country Western Music night

Friday, June 29: Kingfish Blues Revival

The Oar House, 3072 Highway 52, 706-864-9938, www.theoarhouse.com

Live entertainment Friday and Saturday 6-9 p.m.

Le Petit Café, 259 Church Street, 706-867-0000, www.lepetitcafedahlonega.com

Saturday, June 30, 7 p.m.: A Taste of Spain. Four course meal of Spanish cuisine, trivia quiz, live entertainment. $25. Reservations required.

Poppy’s Pool Hall,132 Legion Road, 706-864-0774, www. nga.apaleagues.com

Every Saturday night: 7:30 p.m. Tournament

Every Wednesday: 7 p.m. APA (American Poolplayers Association) 8-Ball pool league play

Shenanigan’s Irish Pub, 87 North Chestatee Street, 706-482-0114. All ages welcome, no cover.

Wednesdays, 8:30-11:30: Wingin & Singin: 50¢ chicken wings and karaoke

Thursdays, 8-10 p.m.: Team Trivia. Prizes and giveaways.

Friday, June 29, 8:30-11:30 p.m.: Tim McNary. The band McNary was formed in August 2010 when Dan Sheffield showed up for a drumming audition at Tim McNary’s Atlanta apartment. Two months later, Dan and Tim had hired a bassist and were opening up for the national singer songwriter duo The Civil Wars at The Melting Point in Athens, Ga. By March 2011, Dan and Tim had quit their day jobs and started playing music full time. In May of 2011 Elliott Phillips joined the band as drummer and Dan moved to bass. McNary is currently growing their fan base by playing around the southeast. All ages, no cover.

Saturdays, 12-3 p.m. on the deck: Tom and Juli. Listen to an incredible repertoire of cover songs from this popular Dahlonega duo.

Saturday June 30, 8:30-11:30 p.m. Jordan Armstrong.

Mondays, 8-10 p.m.: Open Mic Night hosted by Jason Kenney

Tuesdays: Tuesdays with Tim—live music with Tim O’Donovan, 6:30-9:30 p.m.

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WINE TASTING

Dahlonega Tasting Room featuring Habersham Wines, 16 North Park Street · Public Square, (706) 864-8275

Naturally Georgia featuring Tiger Mountain Vineyards, 90 Public Square North: 706-864-0832

Simply Taste Buds, a tasting room for Georgia Wines, 39 South Chestatee Street, 706-482-0004.

Volunteers

Meals on Wheels needs volunteer drivers to deliver meals in the Lumpkin County area. If you have the time (only two hours out of your week) and want to help the homebound senior adults in our community, please call Rhonda at 706-864-2358 for more information or come by the senior center for an application. Training will be provided.

Mentoring volunteers are matched with students to serve as a role model, advisor and friend. Lumpkin County Family Connection Mentor Program, Brenda Cronan, bcronan@lumpkin.k12.ga.us, 706-867-7047

Odyssey Hospice needs volunteers in the Dahlonega area to help meet the needs of hospice patients and families, and enable them to live a higher quality of life than they would achieve on their own. Volunteers visit with patients, offer administrative support, make blankets, bake cookies and provide many other services. Gail Manter, Manager of Volunteer Services, 706-549-5736 or 877-637-9432.

Affinis Hospice is seeking caring, upbeat volunteers to work with hospice patients in and around Lumpkin County. Roxann, 678-333-8507 or rbradford@affinishospice.org

COMMUNITY HELPING PLACE is seeking volunteers for the Food Pantry, Free Clinic and Thrift Store. Flexible scheduling. Ben Wallace, Volunteer Services Director, 706-867-9621

Compassionate Hospice of North Georgia seeks individual volunteers and group organizations are to help people coping with terminal illness and their families. Steven Vanlerberghe, 678-651-1440

CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) needs volunteers to work with abused and neglected children. 706-864-0300, information@enotahcasa.org, www.enotahcasa.org.

Lumpkin County Literacy Coalition has volunteer opportunities in ESL, GED, Adult Literacy, Children’s Literacy, or on fundraising committees. Office, 706-867-9607; Juanita Tipton, 706-867-1835, www.lumpkinliteracy.org

THRIFT STORE CUSTOMER SERVICE: NOA (No One Alone), the domestic violence program for Dawson and Lumpkin counties needs volunteers to work at its thrift shop. Fiona Boss, 706-867-6167

Lumpkin Animal Shelter needs volunteers for office work as well as hands-on socialization of animals. 1363 Red Oak Flats Road, 706-867-7297

Dahlonega-Lumpkin County Humane Society, a/k/a “TLC”, needs pet foster homes, volunteers, and donations. Mary Waits, Foster Home Coordinator, 770-823-3908, or to volunteer, contact the shelter at (706)864-2817.

Hospice of NE GA. Medical CENTER needs caring individuals to help serve grieving individuals following the death of their loved one. Training provided. Carol Jewell, 770-533-8888 or 888-572-3900, www.nghs.com

Holly Theatre welcomes volunteers in any capacity to help with concessions, set construction, answering phones, marketing, organizing or children’s theater. 706-864-3759

DAHLONEGA Gold Museum needs volunteers to help staff the museum four to eight hours each month. Training provided. Call or drop by, 706-864-2257

Support Groups

Overcomers Outreach at Bethlehem Baptist

Bethlehem Baptist Church is offering an “Overcomers Outreach” Biblically based 12-step meeting—a program that addresses everyday problems and afflictions such as addiction, divorce, depression, compulsive behaviors, etc.—on Tuesday nights at 6:30 p.m. in the fellowship hall. 706-864-2743

Support for victims of family violence

The NOA Network Support Group meets weekly in Dawsonville and Dahlonega to provide emotional support to victims of family violence and their children. Topics are led by a licensed counselor and include: Building Self-Esteem, Managing Emotions, Healthy Relationships, etc. Childcare and snacks are provided. The Dawson group meets in Dawsonville on Wednesdays from 6:30 p.m.-7:45 p.m. The Lumpkin group meets in Dahlonega on Mondays from 6:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m. Please call NOA (No One Alone) at 706-867-6420 for more information or to join a group. 24-Hour Crisis Line, 706-864-1986, or live webchat available- www.noonealone.org

Nursing Mothers’ Support

Mom to Mom Breastfeeding Support Group meets monthly at different locations due to weather or site availability. Pregnant and breastfeeding mothers meet in an informal setting for fun, information and friendship. Lynn Hale, WIC Breastfeeding Counselor, 678-630-9596

Reformers Unanimous Addiction Program

RU meets every Friday at 7 p.m. at Wahoo Baptist Church, 9365 Highway 52 East, Murrayville. Helping others break chains of addiction. Childcare provided. Supported by Wahoo, Faith, Canaan, and Harvest Baptist churches. 706-867-9385

Grief support programs at NGMC

Hospice of Northeast Georgia Medical Center (NGMC) offers free grief support groups in area schools, as well as an ongoing support group to parents surviving the loss of their adult child. 770-219-8888, Jennifer Sorrells, Jennifer.Sorrells@nghs.com.

Kinship Care—Grandparents Raising Grandchildren

Kinship Care, a program for grandparents and other relatives raising grand childen, is a safe place to share experiences. Members learn from each other and find out about programs for which they and the children may be eligible. Meetings are held from 10 a.m. to noon on the second Wednesday of each month at The Lumpkin County Senior Center. Legacy Link, Inc., Area Agency on Aging, 770-538-2650 or 1-800-845-LINK.

CELEBRATE RECOVERY: Biblically-based 12-Step Recovery Meeting.

Dahlonega UMC: Every Saturday. Church service 5:30 p.m. Celebrate Recovery Meeting 6:30 p.m. Dinner provided. Dahlonega United Methodist Church Fellowship Hall, 107 South Park Street

Set Free Church: Every Tuesday and Wednesday night at 7 p.m., 1660 Highway 52 East

Alcoholics Anonymous:

The Gratitude Group: Meeting at noon Mon., Tues, Wed., Fri.; 7:30 p.m. Thursday (Twelve and Twelve); 9 a.m. Saturday; 3 p.m. Sunday. All meetings at Kidz Church of the Dahlonega United Methodist church using the Maple Street entrance opposite the Sun Trust bank ATM. AA Hotline: 706-867-7769

12 Step Meeting: Thursdays, 7:30 p.m., Dahlonega Baptist Church

AA Big Book Meeting: meets at Dahlonega Baptist Church every Tuesday at 7:30 p.m.

Al-Anon:

Saturdays 9-10 a.m. and Tuesdays 6:30-7:30 p.m. at Georgia Mountain Unitarian-Universalist Church, 439 South Park Street. 770-833-2034

Lumpkin County Caregivers

A support group for caregivers of those suffering from Alzheimer’s disease and related dementia meets at 12:30 p.m. the first Monday of the month at Dahlonega Baptist Church. 706-867-6569

NARCOTICS ANONYMOUS

Narcotics Anonymous meets twice a week, 8 p.m. Mondays and 7 p.m. Fridays, at Georgia Mountain Unitarian-Universalist Church on South Park Street. 706-216-5023

Reunions

Dockery, July 8

All descendants of Webster and Florence Dockery are invited to a reunion Sunday, July 8, at 1 p.m. in the fellowship hall at Mt. Pisgah Baptist Church. Please bring a covered dish.

LCHS Class of ’92

Lumpkin County High School Class of ‘92 will hold its 20-year Reunion Saturday, July 21. All classmates and teachers are invited catch up with old friends, munch on comfort food catered by hometown favorite The Wagon Wheel, sing some karaoke and dance the night away at The Marketplace on the Dahlonega Public Square Saturday, July 21, beginning at 7 p.m. Events are also planned for Friday evening and Saturday morning. To learn more and register, go to http://92indians.blogspot.com/.

LCHS 50th class reunion: Register now

The LCHS class of 1958 and the graduating class of 1962 will hold a 50th class reunion on Saturday, August 4, from 3-8 p.m., in the location of the old high school gym, now a new lunchroom. Sandra Smith, 706-265-5252; Janet Jarrard, 706-864-2030 (7/4)

Pets

Dog Obedience Agility & Rally-O

Classes start week of July 10-15. Intermediate Obedience is a pre-requisite for Agility. Classes run for 7 weeks. Dogs must be 4 months with vaccinations. $99 ($10 discount on obedience classes for adopted shelter dogs). Visit www.dahlonegaobediencegroup.com for class schedules. Dahlonega Obedience Group (D.O.G.), certified instructor Mary Kay Crowell, 706-864-0410

Micro-chipping at animal shelter

Micro-chipping is available to the public at Lumpkin County Animal Shelter for any dog or cat for $20. Tuesday-Saturday, 10:30 a.m. -4:30 p.m. 1363 Red Oak Flats Road, 706-867-7297

volunteer pets needed

The Compassionate Pets Program at Compassionate Hospice of North Georgia is seeking volunteers. Tami, Volunteer Coordinator, 678-943-3585 or 678-717-0969

TLC Donations needed

Dahlonega-Lumpkin County Humane Society, a/k/a “TLC,” is a small no-kill 501(c)3 located at 1735 Red Oak Flats Road, Dahlonega. Their wish list includes pet leashes, flea control, puppy and kitten wet food, toys and scoopable cat litter, as well as cash donations, volunteer dog walkers and foster homes. 706-864-2817

Purchases from online retailers benefit TLC

TLC Humane Society has partnered with Adoptashelter.com to raise money for Lumpkin County’s no-kill shelter. Any item purchased through http://adoptashelter.com/MallPortal/?shelter_id=1487 at over 400 retailers such as Amazon, Walmart, iTunes, Office Depot and others earns money for TLC. All prices, customer service and discounts are exactly the same as going directly to the merchant.

Senior Services/Activities

lumpkin County Senior Center

266 Mechanicsville Road, 706-864-2358,

lcseniorcenter@windstream.net

SENIOR Co-ed SOFTBALL: Monday, Tuesday and Thursday mornings at 9 a.m. Co-ed, age 50+. 678-343-8069.

Rubber Bandits: Strength training program Tuesdays and Fridays through June 29 from 8:30 a.m. to 9:15 a.m. $10 per person/month.

Silver Singers: This group of community singers is open to seniors 55+ to sing and have fun. Tuesdays.

Artists Open Studio: Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 10 a.m. to noon at the Senior Center Art Studio.

Wellness programS for 55+: Healthways Silver Sneakers, designed for 55+ adults, Monday, Tuesday and Friday at 9:30 a.m. Cardio Fit at 3 p.m. Thursdays.

YOGA FLOW for PERSONAL Fitness: Beginner level yoga classes for 55+ from 4:15 to 5:15 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays. $60 for a six-week session.

Nutrition Program for 60+: Socalize, exercise, play games and enjoy crafts, pool, and more. Have a nutritious hot meal.

Art Workshops

Digital Photography Workshop

Jon McLean from JMP Studio, LLC (www.jmpstudio.com), will lead a three-day workshop focusing on technical skills, composition, and use of lighting in digital photography as well as using photo editing software. 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, July 19-21, at the Art Loft in Dahlonega. $295. Anita Elder, 706-429-6008, www.artloft.net

Church/Religious Events

Gospel Singing

Freedom MInistries saturday night singing

Saturday night singing: Big Oak Gospel Music at 7 p.m. each Saturday. Featured singers on June 30 are Stephens Sisters, Steve Pruitt, and Forever His. The event is hosted by The Freedom Heirs and admission is free; a love offering will be collected. 1067 Highway 115 South (Old Dahlonega Highway) 706-867-6534 www.gospelgigs.com/glendonwilliamsfreedomheirs, freedomministries@windstream.net

Vacation Bible School

The Fountain, July 9-13, 6-8:45 p.m. “Adventures on Promise Island” for ages 4 and up. Graduation will be held Sunday, July 15, at 10:30 a.m., and lunch will be served. Wear flip flops if possible. 1304 Grove St. N.

Auraria Church revival Continues

Auraria Church of Almighty God is holding revival services through Friday, June 29, at 7:30 p.m. There are special singers each night and Pastor Corey Ray is preaching. Everyone is invited. The church is located eight miles south of Dahlonega on Auraria Rd. (old 9 East Highway). 706-864-7460

Car wash, hot dogs Saturday for mission trip

Mountain View Baptist church will have a car wash and will be selling hot dogs in the parking lot of Napa Auto Parts, Saturday, June 30, from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. Proceeds will benefit the church’s mission trip in September. Lynn or C.J. Collins, 706-864-3821

Revival, baptism at The Lighthouse Baptist

The LIghthouse Baptist Church, 5007 Hwy. 52 East, will hold Summer Revival at 7 p.m. nightly Sunday, July 1, through Saturday, July 7. Rev. Daniel Ray Martin will be the guest speaker. Everyone is welcome. Baptism will be held at the church Sunday, July 8, at 3 p.m.

UnitARIAn Universalist church

Georgia Mountains Unitarian Universalist Church is a welcoming congregation. On June 30 Professional singer Brad Brannon will lead a sing along “An American Songbook”—songs to help us get into the spirit of July 4th and think about why we love our country.

Please see article page 6. Worship 11 a.m.; children’s religious education classes 11:30 a.m. following announcements and story time. Child care provided. 706-864-0661, www.gmuuc.org

Revival July 8 at Bethel Tabernacle

Bethel Tabernacle Baptist Church will hold revival at 7 p.m. nightly Sunday, July 8 through Friday, July 13. Rev. Jason Daniell, pastor, will be assisted by Rev. David Skinner. Everyone is welcome.

Prayer LIne available

A local prayer line is available 9 a.m.- 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday and a half day Sunday. If no one answers leave request on machine. 706-864-0673, http://gearinministries.tripod.com

Lessons: Music/Dance

Dance Classes

The Ballet Barre offers dance classes starting at age 2 1/2 in ballet, tap, jazz, contemporary and pointe. www.bbarre.com

music, songwriting lessons

Jason Kenney offers instruction in guitar, mandolin, banjo, songwriting, and music theory at the Holly Theater. 706-344-7059

STring Instruments

Bluegrass instrument instruction—fiddle, banjo, guitar, bass, mandolin. Sonny Houston, 404-377-1194

MUSIC LESSONS

Beginning and intermediate piano and violin, children and adults welcome. Ruth Purcell, 706-482-9968 or rppurcell@windstream.net

Music lessons

Guitar, banjo, mandolin, bass. $10. James Lambert, 706-973-9317

STRING INSTRUMENT Lessons

Guitar, banjo, fiddle—­­any string instrument. Vintage Music, Public Square. Individual or small groups. 706-864-2682

Weekend camp for drummers

Drum Camp for beginners, middle school, high school. Three-day weekend camps in Dahlonega. Rory Knapton, 706-865-1564

Art Lessons

Art by Rayneri Watercolor Classes

Oscar Rayneri, watercolor instructor, offers classes on Tuesdays from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at his studio.  706-867-8059, orayneri@windstream.net, www.oscarrayneriart.yolasite.com

Drawing for the Fun of It by Jon Dahlstrom

Drawing classes/workshops for age seven and up, portfolio reviews. The Artists Corner in Cranberry Corners on the Square. 706-482-0258, jon@scrapsnscribbles.com

classes at Funky chicken

Beginning woodcarving at the Funky Chicken Art Project. www.funkychickenartproject.com or Christina, 706-864-3938, funkchic@windstream.net

art instruction by Win Crannell

Win Crannell is offering art instruction at his studio/gallery at 734 Calhoun Road. 706-864-6422, wcrannell@windstream.net

Painting lessons by Anita Elder

Learn the fundamentals of oil painting in a fun and relaxing environment with fellow artists. Tuesday and Wednesday mornings, beginner through advanced. Individual help given each student. 706-429-6008, www.artloft.net

Recycling

PLASTIC/PAPER/ALUMINUM:

• # 1 & 2 plastic bottles (discard lids)

• Corrugated cardboard (clean and dry)

• Office paper and junk mail, magazines etc. No paperboard (such as cereal boxes), brown fiber paper (such as brown paper bags) or paper towel or toilet tissue cores.

• Aluminum and tin cans. (please rinse out)

Locations:

• Lumpkin County Recycle Center, 1642 Red Oak Flats Road, (706-867-7574

• Lumpkin County Landfill, Barlow Road. 706-864-6338

• Bins at Radar Ridge, Morrison Moore across from the college dorms

• Bins on Highway 19 North across from Ace Hardware.

CITY PICK UP AT RESIDENCES

The City accepts the same things except for cans. They do not have to be separated.

CFL BULBS: Home Depot

BATTERIES

• Radio Shack/Dahlonega Pharmacy: household rechargeable batteries

• Home Depot

Cell PHones

Dahlonega Funeral Home collects old cell phones for “Cell Phones for Soldiers,” an effort to support military members returning from active duty. 706-864-DOVE

PLASTIC GROCERY BAGS:

• J&J Foods

• Walmart

STYROFOAM: Publix accepts egg cartons and meat trays.

Electronic Recyclables, MIcrowaves, etc.

• Waypoint Thrift Store, Highway 60 East of 400, 706-867-0297

More Children& Youth

YMCA After-School Program

Lumpkin County Parks YMCA After School Program serves children from Lumpkin elementary and middle schools from 2:45 to 6 p.m. on school days. One time registration fee $15. Weekly fees: one day, $15; two days, $30, three to five days, $40. Register at the Lumpkin County YMCA Community Center or contact Stephen Disanto, 706-864-3622. tfn

SCOUTING:

Boy Scout Troop 36 is chartered by the Mountain Ranger Association and meets Monday nights at 6:30 p.m. at their scout hut located at Camp Frank Merrill 5th RTB. Troop 36 participates in a 50-mile hiking/canoe trip every summer, as well as camping, kayaking, backpacking, rock climbing and caving year round. Don McElliott, 706-864-0278, www.dahlonega36.mytroop.us

Boy Scout Troop 303 meets weekly on Mondays at 6 p.m. in the Scout Hut with a campout generally held once a month. Visit and consider making Troop 303 your Boy Scout home. 706-867-7047, www.bsa303.org

Cub scout pack 36 meets Mondays from 6:30-7:30 p.m. at the Lumpkin County Parks YMCA arts and crafts room. Monthly themed pack meetings, outdoor activities plus community service projects. 770-503-6221, 706-867-6711, www.littlemen.webs.com

Venturing group: Venture Crew #79 meets Wednesday nights at 6:30 p.m. in the art room at Park and Rec. Venturing is a youth led program for boys and girls ages 13-20 and involves high adventure activities such as kayaking, white water rafting and rock climbing as well as social activities and community projects. Augustus Brightwell, 706-864-9487 abrightwell@hotmail.com 

More Pets

TLC seeks volunteers, trainer assistants

TLC Humane Society is looking for volunteers to help animals, make new friends and have fun. There are many ways to help, from walking dogs to working on construction projects. Volunteers are also needed to assist in training the TLC dogs Saturdays, 10 a.m. at TLC—no experience needed. 706-864-2817, info@tlchs.org or stop by TLC at 1735 Red Oak Flats Road.

Senior Services uncut

lumpkin County Senior Center

266 Mechanicsville Road, 706-864-2358,

lcseniorcenter@windstream.net

SENIOR Co-ed SOFTBALL: Bring your glove and come play at The Lumpkin County Parks & Recreation Field #5 (adjacent to the Senior Center, 266 Mechanicsville Road.) Games will be played Monday, Tuesday and Thursday mornings at 10 a.m. Co-ed, age 50+. 678-343-8069.

FRee Tax Help: Wednesdays, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. See info under Assistance Available heading.

Rubber Bandits: strength training program for older adults. Dr. Dawn Hayes, professor in physical therapy at NGCSU, instructs the class Tuesdays and Fridays through June 29 from 8:30 a.m. to 9:15 a.m. $10 per person/month. Contact Dr. Hayes at 706-864-1899 or dmhayes@northgeorgia.edu.\

Silver Singers: This group of community singers is open to seniors 55+ to sing and have fun. No singing talent necessary. Directed by Jenni Jackson. 10:30 a.m. Tuesdays.

Artists Open Studio: Meets Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 10 a.m. to noon at the Senior Center Art Studio. Come work on your own art—any discipline, any level. Share, socialize and learn from other artists. Lumpkin residents 55+ are free. 706-864-2358

Wellness programS for 55+: The nation’s leading fitness program, Healthways Silver Sneakers, designed for 55+ adults, Monday, Tuesday and Friday at 9:30 a.m. Cardio Fit at 3 p.m. Thursdays. Improve strength, flexibility, balance and coordination. Programs are free.

YOGA FLOW for PERSONAL Fitness: Beginner level yoga classes for 55+ from 4:15 to 5:15 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays. $60 for a six-week session. Paula Bingham, pyb3644@windstream.net, 706-864-2851

Nutrition Program for 60+: Socalize, exercise, play games and enjoy crafts, pool, and more. Have a nutritious hot meal. Come by for a tour of the center. 266 Mechanicsville Road, 706-864-2358

Education/Classes

S.A.T. and Study Prep

Essay, English, math, and science with Dr. Norman Leonard nleonard73@gmail.com

program aims to improve reading skills

The Lumpkin County Literacy Coalition and Lanier Technical College are both supporting a new Adult Literacy Program (ALP) initiative to identify and help those who want to improve reading skills. If you have a relative or friend who cannot read at all, or can read some but would like to improve their reading abilities, then encourage them to give ALP a call. The program offers one-on-one tutors, self-pacing and confidentiality. 770-740-9343, 706-429-4517

International appalachian academy

Classes Wednesday for Japanese Language/Culture and Thursday for World History/Literature. 6:30-8:30 p.m. 390 Tom Bell Odom Road. 706-265-5502, learn@internationalappalachianacademy.com

Paychecks may be available for GED studENTS

For working on getting your GED, a new Federal Program may pay you up to $72 per week for up to six months for gas and lunch, plus testing fees and day care for single parents. Call 706-867-2862 to see if you qualify. The GED Adult Learning Center will be closed starting June 1 and will reopen July 9.

Mountain Ed High School

Earn a high school diploma at night. SACS accredited, certified teachers, state-funded. 4-9:30 p.m. Monday-Thursday. 706-864-0229

Buddhist meditation and study group

Gold Hills Buddhist meditation and study group meets weekly in Dahlonega. Carol Trimble, meditation instructor, 706-482-0514

Herbal Apprenticeship

Wild Mountain Girl Herbal School is offering a 10-month Herbal Apprenticeship Program, held one Saturday a month for 10 months covering a complete study of the herbal world. Cindi Vernon, (706) 429-6323, cindiv@windstream.net

NORTH GEORGIA CONTINUING EDUCATION

For information on these classes, contact the NGCSU Department of Continuing Education at (706) 864-1918, email conted@northgeorgia.edu or register at www.northgeorgia.edu/ce.

Online PLU-Approved Courses for Teachers: North Georgia Continuing Education offers a multitude of online courses approved for two PLU credits by the Department of Education. Courses include: Creating the Inclusive Classroom, Leadership, Survival Kit for New Teachers and more. Full list at northgeorgia.edu/ce.

Online Learning with Ed2go: NGCSU’s Continuing Education Department offers instructor-led, on-line classes which run for six weeks, and are never cancelled. Go to www.ed2go.com/ngcsu for a listing of classes.

The Blue Ridge Archaeology Guild will meet at 7 p.m., Thursday, June 28, at the United Community Bank on Morrison Moore Parkway.Three NGCSU biology and history students worked this year on an archaeobotany project, designed to determine what plant foods were used at the Duckett site in north Hall County between AD 400 and 700. They will present their report on that project, with pictures and a discussion of how it was done and what was learned. Visitors are welcome.

The Lions Club of Dahlonega meets the second and fourth Thursdays (June 28) at Just Off the Square Café, at 6 p.m. Everyone is invited. Anne Mundy, 706-864-5899

The North Georgia Photography Critique Special Interest Group will meet from 6:30-8:30 p.m. on the fourth Thursday (June 29) in the Dawson County Library, 342 Allen Street, Dawsonville to share tips and critique each other’s photos. New members welcome. dphotoman@gmail.com, http://web.me.com/paulschiemer/Critique_Group/Photos.html

The Lumpkin County Chapter of the VFW meets at 7 p.m. the first Monday of each month (July 2) at the United Community Bank Community Room, 206 Morrison Moore Parkway. Any Honorably Discharged Veteran or current service member (American Citizen) who has received Combat or Hostile Fire Pay, Received a Campaign Medal or has served in the Republic of Korea for more than 30 consecutive/60 non-consecutive days is invited. Applicants should bring $25 and proof of eligibility. vfw.post.5533@gmail.com

LUMPKIN COUNTY REPUBLICAN PARTY meets at 7 p.m. the first Tuesday of each month (July 3) in the organization’s headquarters, 24 Alicia Lane, Suite 3 (in front of the Post Office). All Lumpkin County residents are welcome. Jeff Clymer, Chairman, (706) 973-7091. www.Lumpkin-GOP.org.

Gaddistown Homemakers meets the first Tuesday of every month February through November (July 3) at 74 Fire House Lane, formerly Pre-K, across from Woody Gap School. Homemakers in the Suches area are invited.

TROUT UNLIMITED, GOLD RUSH CHAPTER meets on the first Tuesday of each month (July 3) in the Ivie Lodge at Camp Glisson (two miles north of Dahlonega on Highway 60). Dinner ($8) is served at 6:30 p.m. for those who wish to eat. Program begins at 7 p.m. Sherman Head, beartooth@windstream.net or 706-864-6461, goldrushtu.org

Auraria Community Club meets at 7 p.m. the first Tuesday of each month (July 3) at the Community Clubhouse on Auraria Road. Join the club for a covered dish dinner. All members and friends are welcome. The cost is only $5 to join for a year of fellowship and giving back to the community. For information about the club or renting the clubhouse call 706-864-3432 or 770-527-1578

Dahlonega Woman’s Club meets the first Thursday (July 5) at 6 p.m. in the Community House on North Park Street. Please bring a brown bag dinner if you wish.

The Stonepile Writers, a community creative writing group, meets the first Thursday of each month, (July 5) at 6 p.m. at the Vickery House, 1 Vickery Drive, on the NGCSU campus. Barbara Seaton, 706-867-2911, BCSeaton@ngcsu.edu

Lumpkin County Family Connection Collaborative meets on the first Thursday of each month (July 5) at noon at Lumpkin County Parks­—YMCA. Anyone interested in the well being of families and children in Lumpkin County is invited to attend. For additional information, contact Brenda Cronan 706-265-8389 or email bcronan@lumpkin.k12.ga.us. Web site: www.lumpkin.k12.ga.us/~fc/

GOLD COUNTRY SQUARE DANCERS meets the first and third Fridays of each month (July 6) from 7:30 to 10 p.m. at the Dahlonega United Methodist Church fellowship hall on South Park Street at Maple Street. The public is invited for fun, exercise and good fellowship. Dana Whitfield, 706-864-9021

The Weekend Gold Miners club meets the first Saturday of every month (July 7) at 5 p.m. at the Auraria Community Center. The family-oriented group offers local prospecting locations and camaraderie to those with an interest in prospecting. 770-531-WEGM(9346)

Dawson County Chapter 970 of the Vietnam Veterans of America meets the second Monday of each month (July 9) at Ryan’s Family Steakhouse. Fellowship and supper are at 6 p.m. and the meeting starts at 7 p.m. Wayne Watkins, 706-429-5002

The Georgia Mountains Master Gardeners meet at 7 p.m. Monday, July 9, at Lumpkin County Parks YMCA on Riley Rd. Lumpkin County Extension Agent Clark MacAllister will present information on identifying and controlling some of the most commonly found weeds in our area. The public is invited. Glynn Rogers, 706-867-0003

Gold Diggers Garden Club meets the second Tuesday (July 10) at 7 p.m. at the Senior Center on Mechanicsville Road. This month, Tracey Pierce will present a program on “Berries.” Meetings are open to the public. 706-867-6426

Mountain Coin Club for beginner and advanced numismatists meets the second Tuesday of each month (July 10) at 6:15 p.m. at North Georgia Technical College, Blairsville. Call YOCS, 706-379-1488.

Blue Mountain Masonic Lodge #38 F&AM meets at 7:30 p.m. the second and fourth Tuesdays, (July 10) of each month. 706-864-3838

Word Chasers Book Club meets on the second Tuesday of the month (July 10) at 1 p.m., in the craft room at the senior center. All are welcome. Rhonda, 706-864-2358

Mountain Laurel Lady Riders meets the second Tuesday of the month (July 10) at 7 p.m. at The Sunflower Chinese Restaurant in the Piggly Wiggly Shopping Center, Highway 129, Cleveland. Come early for dinner. This is the local chapter of Women on Wheels (WOW), a national organization promoting motorcycling for women. Any woman who rides her own motorcyle, sport bike or scooter, or who is just interested in motorcycles, is invited. 706-968-6625.

Gold Rush Quilter’s Guild normally meets the first Wednesday of each month but will meet July 11 due to the Independence Day holiday, at 10 a.m. at Friendship Baptist Church on Friendship Road off West Moreland and Highway 129, Cleveland. Visitors and new members welcome. Elizabeth Pickel, 706-219-3890; Jan Fambrough, 706-867-8502

The American Red Cross Disaster Action Team meets the second Wednesday of each month (July 11) at 7 p.m. in the basement of St. Luke’s Catholic Church, 91 North Park Street. Karen, 706-867-1910

The American Red Cross Disaster Action Team meets the second Wednesday of each month (July 11) at 7 p.m. in the basement of St. Luke’s Catholic Church, 91 North Park Street. The group is seeking volunteers to help victims of disasters in the Lumpkin County area. All interested citizens are welcome. Karen, 706-867-1910

Friends of Waypoint meets for monthly luncheons on the second Wednesday of each month (July 11) at noon at the Waypoint Center, 45 Eagle Overlook Drive (off Six Mile Road), Dahlonega. Waypoint Center is a Christ-centered recovery program for men. New members are welcome; community support and involvement is critical for the success of the program. 706-864-7110, www.waypointcenter.org

THE Georgia 400 Tea Party PATRioTS meets on the second Thursday (July 12) at 7 p.m. (new meeting time). at the community room of the United Community Bank on Morrison Moore Parkway. Jeff Anderson of GeorgiaCarry.org, an active advocate for all citizens to have their Second Amendment rights protected will speak on current gun laws and and other pending legislation. Meetings are open to the public. Elected officials and candidates running for office are invited to attend. 706-864-9784

The Golden Stitches Quilters Guild meet the second Thursday (July 12) at the Lumpkin Senior Center from 6-8:30 p.m. to sew on individual and community projects. Come quilt, sew, and learn. Dana Fritchle, 706-864-9261; Deborah Raptis, 706-867-1869, or email goldenstitches@hotmail.com

The Georgia Mountain Handspinners Guild meets the second Saturday (Juy 14) at Hopewell UMC on Hopewell Road south of Murrayville, 12-4 p.m. Visitors welcome. Lynn Johnson, 706-864-6407

Etowah River Critters Club: Macro-Invertebrate Sampling and Photography on the Upper Etowah River the second Saturday (July 14), 390 Tom Bell Odom Road (off Siloam Church/Rider Mill Road). joe@worldclass.net, 706-265-5502

Garden Bugs Club: Get a taste of planting, tending and harvesting at Revival Gardens Organic Produce the second Saturday (July 14), 9:30-11:30 a.m. For the young and the young-at-heart. 390 Tom Bell Odom Road (off Siloam Church/Rider Mill Road). realfood@revivalgardens.com, 706-265-5502

SEBA (Southeastern Bluegrass Association) holds a jam the third Sunday (July 15) of each month from 2-5 p.m. at The Crimson Moon Café. Raymond Busbee, 706-216-3885

AARP – Lumpkin Chapter 1966, meets the third Monday (July 16) of each month at 11 a.m. in the Fellowship Hall of Dahlonega United Methodist Church. Please bring a brown bag lunch. Anyone age 50+ is invited. Food, fellowship, fun and informative speakers. Roberta Peters. 706-864-4383

We Recycle! meets the third Monday of the month (July 16) at 5 p.m. in the Community Room of the United Community Bank on Morrison Moore Parkway. www.WeRecycleLumpkin.org

The North Georgia Amateur Radio Club (NGARC) meets at 6 p.m. the third Tuesday of each month (July 17) in Dahlonega. Those interested in becoming licensed amateur radio operators or those who are already hams are invited to join the organization. Tom Crowell, president, 706-864-0410; Reudi Mettler, vice president, 404-474-0686

WILL (Women in Lumpkin Leadership), a monthly professional and social networking group for women, meets the third Wednesday of each month (July 18) from 8 to 9:30 a.m. (program begins at 8:30) at the Stewart Center for Continuing Education next to Dairy Queen. $5-per-meeting fee is collected to support future activities. No membership commitment required. Send message to lumpkincountywillgroup@yahoo.com to be added to E-vite list.

Georgia Mountain Chapter of Military Officers Association of America meets at 7 p.m. the third Thursday of each month (July 19) at Ryan’s in Dawsonville. Retired, former and current military officers are welcome. www.gmcmoaa.org, 706-265-7613

The American Legion #239 Auxiliary meets the third Thursday (July 19) of each month, 6:30 p.m. at the American Legion Hall. www.dahlonegalegion.org

Habitat for Humanity of Lumpkin County meets at 6 p.m. the third Thursday of each month (July 19) in the meeting room at Yahoola Grill.

F.E.A.R. (Face Everything and Recover) is a coalition in Lumpkin County organized to focus on drug and alcohol prevention for a new generation, intervention for addicts now and optimism for a drug-free community in the future. The group meets at noon on the third Thursday of the month July 19) in the community room of the United Community Bank. It seeks to provide support and services to families affected by alcohol and drug abuse. Bridgette Barker, brigette.barker@lumpkinsheriff.com

Dahlonega Young Professionals Group (YPG) meets the third Thursday (July 19), 5:30 p.m. YPG is a networking organization of dedicated, talented young professionals ages 21-40 with the goal of enriching the community by uniting and developing the county’s young professionals. For information on where each month’s meeting is held, go to dahlonegaypg.com.

TLC HUMANE SOCIETY meets at 7 p.m. on the third Thursday (July 19) in the basement of the Dahlonega Library. Please come and bring a friend. 706-864-2817

The Funky Chicken Art Project holds a woodcarvers gathering on the third Saturday of each month (July 21), noon-3 p.m. More information and directions at www.funkychickenartproject.com or call Christina at 706-864-3938 or e-mail: funkchic@windstream.net

The Dahlonega Tea Party meets on the fourth Tuesday of the month (July 24), at 7 p.m. at United Community Bank. The goal of the organization is to promote well-informed, active participation in local, state and federal government through discussions of current issues and the Constitution.

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