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Community-Wide Events

College PROBE fair Thursday

The Fall 2012 PROBE College Fair will come to Lumpkin County High School from 9-11 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 4. Students and parents will have the opportunity to speak one-on-one with representatives of post-secondary educational institutions which include colleges, universities and technical colleges. The fair is free and open to high school students and their families. Students can stay informed about this year’s fair by texting PROBEINFO to the number 33233 or at GeorgiaProbe on Facebook. Both options include fair details, links to participating schools and tips and advice for attending the fair.

Cottrell speaker series Thursday

David McNeill, President and Managing Director, 4th Strand, will be the presenter at the Mike Cottrell School of Business Speaker Series Thursday, Oct. 4, from 12:55-1:55 p.m. Sessions are held in the auditorium of the Health and Natural Sciences building at 159 Sunset Drive. This is the fourth year for the speaker series in which NGCSU and its business school bring top executives to campus to share their ideas for sustaining profitable growth in today’s fiercely competitive world. Sessions are free and open to the public.

ASK A MASTER GARDENER saturday

On Saturday, Oct. 6, a local Master Gardener will be on hand to answer gardening questions from 9 a.m. to noon at the Farmers Market across from the BB&T main office in downtown Dahlonega. You can ask about suitable plants for our area, weed and insect pests, plants with a purpose (such as drought-tolerance, deer-resistance, seasonal color, attracting birds and butterflies), and lots more. And if the answer isn’t readily available, Master Gardeners will research it and get back to you. Ask a Master Gardener is a monthly service on the first Saturday of each month during the Farmers Market season.

RefrigiWear Fall Benefit Carnival Saturday

RefrigiWear will hold a benefit carnival for cancer victim Delores Pirkle from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 6, at their facilities at 54 Breakstone Drive, Dahlonega. The event will include a yard sale, live music, silent auction, 50/50 raffle, carwash, and kids carnival with a bounce house, face painting, cornhole and more. Bryan Wilson or Debbie Dean, 706-864-5757

Community Yard Sale Oct. 6, spaces available

The American Legion Ladies Auxiliary will sponsor a community-wide garage sale from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 6. Space rental is $5 and your donation will support Auxiliary Youth Programs such as Georgia Girls State, the annual poppy program and other Veteran’s support programs. Nancy Sutherland, 706-867-7046

Hunger walk recruiters meeting Sunday

The Dahlonega Hunger Walk is being organized as part of a worldwide hunger walk sponsored by the Church World Service. The walk will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 4, on the NGCSU drill field and around the square. Representatives from churches and other organizations are invited to attend a recruiter’s meeting Sunday, Oct. 7, at 2 p.m. at the Dahlonega United Methodist Church, Room 301. Those interested in helping to publicize the walk and recruit participants will be given recruiting materials. 75 percent of funds raised go to disaster areas; 25 percent will go to the local food pantry at the Community Helping Place. Carol Wilson, 706-864-4757, www.cropwalk.org

Monthly Habitat surplus sale Oct. 12-14

Habitat for Humanity holds a surplus sale of home construction and remodeling supplies (including tools and decorating items) on the second weekend of each month. The items are available Friday and Saturday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., and Sunday, 12-4 p.m. at 16 Westbrook Dr. (next to Chestatee Animal Hospital on Hwy 52 East). All proceeds benefit Habitat.

Rape Response volunteer training

Rape Response, Inc., a United Way agency serving victims of sexual violence in Lumpkin County with support, advocacy and education will be offering training for new volunteers beginning Saturday, Oct. 13. Volunteers are on call at night or weekends and are free to maintain their own schedules. Training spans three weeks with classes Saturday, Oct. 13, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.; Thursday, Oct. 18, 5:30-8:30 p.m.; Thursday, Oct. 25, 5:30-8:30 p.m.; and Saturday, Oct. 27, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. All dates must be attended. To register for training, or learn more about Rape Response, call (770) 503-7273 or visit the website at www.raperesponse.com.

Learn about gold prospecting Oct. 20

Weekend Gold Miners Prospecing Club, Inc., invites the public to learn about recreational gold prospecting at a free common dig on their Etowah River lease from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 20. Club members will be demonstrating equipment used in their hobby. Signs will be posted along routes. For maps and information visit www.weekendgoldminers.com or call 770-531-9346.

Rides, Races, Festivals

Lake Zwerner 5K Saturday

The NOA 5K Trail Run/Walk & Duathalon (run/bike) will take place on Saturday, Oct. 6 at Lake Zwerner, Dahlonega Reservoir. Racers can choose either one. The Duathalon will start at 8:30 a.m. and run/walk will start at 9 a.m. Pre-registration is available at active.com. Registration forms are also available on the NOA website at www.noonealone.org/ and at Southern Finds. All proceeds benefit NOA, the local agency addressing issues of domestic violence. Call 706-864-1306, ext. 1, for additional information, to volunteer or just come out and have fun!

1st annual 4x4 Mountain cruise Saturday

Lumpkin County Emergency Services Volunteers will hold a novice ride for all 4x4s Saturday, Oct. 6. All ages welcome. Registration begins at 8 a.m. at Wimpy Field. The 50 mile cruise through the national forest begins at 10 a.m. and will return to Wimpy about 1 p.m. where there will be raffles, food, family fun, and a cruise in. Firewise and home fire safety will be set up. Registration fee $25; meal ticket extra. Proceeds go to LCES volunteer fund to purchase equipment and help families after fires. RSVP to lcesMountainCruise@yahoo.com, or Dan Witcher, 678-858-4259

suches Run above the clouds Saturday

Held in conjunction with the Suches Indian Summer Festival, the race begins at 9 a.m. Oct. 6. Registration begins at 7:30 a.m. at the Suches Community Center. The highest altitude race in the state, the10K road race over a challenging but scenic out-and-back course has six age classes. There is also a 1 mile fun run. 10K $15 (long sleeve T-shirt), fun run, $10 (short sleeve T-shirt). The race benefits students at Woody Gap School. Applications and information online at www.suches.com/run, or email cloudrun@yahoo.com

registration open for youth homes ride

Lumpkin County Sheriff Office is now registering bikers to join in the Annual Ride to Benefit the Georgia Sheriff’s Youth Homes to be held Saturday, Oct. 13. Cost to join the event is $25 per bike and $10 per passenger. Riders will leave from Frazier’s Harley Davidson in Buford and end at Rider’s Hill in Dahlonega. Money raised from the event goes to support the five campuses across the state where at-risk youth are provided a structured, loving environment, educational support, recreational opportunities and training in life skills. Registration forms can be downloaded at http://www.lumpkincounty.gov/dept/sheriff under downloads and mailed to Lumpkin County Sheriff’s Office c/o Brigette Barker, 10th Annual Ride, 385 East Main Street, Dahlonega. Make checks payable to Georgia Sheriffs’ Youth Homes. Georgia Sheriffs’ Youth Homes is a 501©3 organization. For more information, contact Barker, LCSO, 706-482-2629.

Gold rush days Oct. 20-21

Gold Rush Days, Dahlonega’s largest and oldest festival, will be held Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 20 and 21, around the square and in the streets of downtown Dahlonega. Over 300 art and craft exhibitors will be on hand and an estimated crowd of over 200,000 will visit the festival, voted one of the Top 20 Events in the southeast by the Southeast Tourism Society. Included in the two day event are a parade, children’s activities, a fashion show, gold panning contest, wheelbarrow race, King and Queen Coronation, hog calling, buck dancing contest, gospel singing and other live entertainment, wrist wrestling, and of course, plenty of food. Sponsored by the Dahlonega Jaycees. 706-864-7247, www.dahlonegajaycees.com

Children & Young Adults

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 at each county elementary school. 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

Dance classes at Ballet Barre

New Classes for 2012-2013 Season at The Ballet Barre: Clogging and Baton. Still enrolling for Hiphop, Ballet, Tap, Jazz and Contemporary. 706-867-1905, www.bbarre.com 10/24

Nature & Outdoors

Local River Clean ups: Saturdays, Oct. 6 & 13

Lumpkin County’s 11th annual RiversAlive.org clean-ups of the Etowah and Chestatee rivers are in need of volunteers, both in boats and on the ground. On Oct. 6 participants will meet at Revival Gardens, 390 Tom Bell Odom Rd. at 9 a.m. to work on the headwaters of the Etowah River. On Oct. 13 participants will meet at 3865 Dawsonville Hwy (Lumpkin Coalition) at 9 a.m. to work on other high traffic access points on the Etowah and Chestatee. Free t-shirts and an after clean-up meal included. Call 706-265-5502 to let organizers know you’re coming.

TU family fun day at Frog Hollow Sunday

The Gold Rush Chapter of Trout Unlimited will present its Family Fun Day Sunday, Oct. 7, at Frog Hollow Fly Fishing. Frog Hollow has donated the use of the trophy trout stream it borders to the chapter, and the public is invited to fish there at the greatly reduced rate of $25 for two one-hour slots of fishing on two of five sections of the river, and $15 for one hour. The event also includes raffles, an auction, a barbecue dinner and games for children For details, description of river sections and a sign up chart, go to the Fun Day menu at www.goldrushtu.org

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

First Visit Tours: Each Sunday in October, 2-4 p.m. Tour Smithgall Woods Visitors Center and other facilities by van. Please register in advance.

Guided Hikes in October: Friday, Oct. 19, 2-4 p.m.: Lakeside Loop Hike at Buck Shoals (2 miles); Friday, Oct. 19, 5-7 p.m.: Twilight Hike at Buck shoals (2 miles); Friday, Oct. 26, 1-3 p.m.: Martin Mine Trail (1 mile); Saturday, Oct. 27, 9-11:30 a.m.: Buck Shoals State Park. Please register in advance for all hikes.

Fall Celebration, Saturday, Oct. 13, noon-4 p.m. Hayrides, traditional crafts, music, and games and homemade chili. There is a $6.00 parking fee per vehicle but the event is free.

At the Library

Lumpkin County Library, 706-864-3668

www.chestateelibrary.org

HOURS: M-W 11:30-5:30, TH 12:30-7, FRI-SAT 10:30-3:30

Closed for furlough Monday, Oct. 8

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

Children’s Program: Movers & Shakers, 2 p.m. Wednesdays, is intended for children ages 2 to 5. The programs last 45 minutes to an hour and may include songs, finger play and crafts in addition to stories.

Children’s Program: Coat and Costume Exchange, Saturday, Oct. 6, 1-3 p.m. Outgrown your coat or costume? Need a larger size? Different color, length, pattern? Come to the library and exchange your coat/costume for a different one. All child, teen and adult sizes accepted. Please be sure the coat(s)/costume(s) you bring are gently loved and washed. (If you don’t wish to exchange, donations of coats and costumes are gladly accepted.)

Pumpkin Decorating, Saturday, Oct. 13, 10:30-11:30 p.m. and 12:30-1:30 p.m.: All pumpkins, paint and craft supplies for this free event provided by the library and a generous donation from Burt’s’ Farm. Children ages 3-17. Spaces are limited – please sign up at the circulation desk or call the library.

Pets

Sign up now for Spay/neuter in December

Lumpkin County Animal Shelter is taking reservations now for spay and neuter services Wednesday and Thursday, Dec. 19 and 20. Low-cost spay/neuter services for cats and dogs will be provided by The Atlanta Humane Society in its state-of-the-art mobile Surgical Utility Vehicle at the Lumpkin shelter. Surgeries are $20 and include a complimentary rabies vaccination and microchip if needed. Appointments must be made in person and in advance at the shelter (10:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday). Owners can take their pets home shortly after surgery. Pet owners wanting to take advantage of this opportunity are advised to come by the Shelter and make their request soon as the appointment schedule fills up quickly. As a special gift to those who sign up this time, a photographer will be on hand to take free photos of pets (with their owners if desired), courtesy of FRIENDS OF the Lumpkin County Shelter ANIMALS. Lumpkin County Animal Shelter, 1363 Red Oak Flats Road, 706-867-7297

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

Purchase 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.

Education/Classes

Stewards of Children Training Oct. 12

This child sexual abuse prevention training program is offered on the 2nd Friday of each month at the Dahlonega Presbyterian Church. October’s session will be held from 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Oct. 12. Deadline for registration is Oct. 5. $10/person includes a meal and child care. Contact Brenda Cronan, Family Connection Director, at 706-867-7047 or bcronan@lumpkin.k12.ga.us for information or to reserve a spot.

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.

Outdoor Photography: As you photograph nature, learn more about using aperture, depth-of-field, white balance, filters and ISO. Focusing on composition, you will learn how an image works on the page and how to construct a picture. Larry Winslett, five Wednesdays, Oct. 3-31, 6-8:30 p.m. $129

Basic Car Maintenance: Gain the knowledge you need to care for your car and reduce the number of trips to the mechanic. Saturday, Oct. 6, 10 a.m. to noon. $39 Bill Findley

Electrical Recertification Workshop: Four-hour workshop for electricians who want to satisfy the mandatory state requirements for renewal of Georgia Electrical Contractors Certificates of Competency. Saturday, Oct. 6, 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. $79. Philip Martin

Building a Basic Web Page: Build a simple web site consisting of a home page and at least four supporting pages and publish to the Internet. Wednesday/Monday, Oct. 10, 15 & 17 5:30- 7:30 p.m. $129 Judy McHan

Soap Making: Learn safety guidelines and how to make soap by hand at home. Each student will take home handmade bars of soap. Saturday, Oct. 13, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. $47, $25 supply fee

Pottery—Beyond Beginner: Hone the pottery skills you learned in Beginner Pottery and learn some new techniques. $139 includes clay and kiln time. Five Mondays/Wednesdays, Oct. 15 - Nov. 14, 6-8 p.m. Kyle Jones

Sapelo Island Adventure: History & Ecology of the Georgia Coast—Register by Oct. 15: Join us for a rich field experience on Sapelo Island. Become familiar with the culture and history of one of Georgia’s unspoiled barrier islands, and visit many cultural and historic sites. Learn about organisms commonly found in Sapelo Island’s marine habitats of Georgia, and the impact of human activities on the coastal ecosystems of Georgia. We will be climbing in and out of a flatbed truck and riding in a boat, so good physical condition is required. We will be staying in a dormitory, and the group will be responsible for cooking their own meals. An optional dinner one night will be at Lula’s in Hog Hammock, approximately $25. Nov. 10 - 13. $189/person. Organizational meeting: Monday, Oct. 29, 6 p.m. Tour Guide: Nancy Dalman

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.

Music/Drama/Film & More

NGCSU EVENTS

Symphonic Band Concert at Lumpkin County High School, 8 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 4

Spanish Film Festival, 7 p.m. Monday, Oct. 8 Nix Fine Arts Center, 312.

NGCSU Planetarium: Shows Fridays 8-9 p.m. through Nov. 16 at George E. Coleman Planetarium, room 234 of the Health & Natural Sciences Building, Sunset Drive. Current show: “2012—The End of Time?” What does the Mayan Calendar really have to say about the world coming to an end on December 21, 2012. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. with no admittance after 8 p.m. Free. www.northgeorgia.edu/planetarium

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

Dahlonega Mountain Dance Oct. 12

The Dahlonega Mountain Dance will be held at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 12, at the Woodmen of the World Building, above Cranberry Corners. Music will be by Whistlin’ Rufus, and Rob Harper will do the calling. Please wear soft-soled shoes. A suggested donation of $8 will be accepted to benefit the Georgia Pick & Bow Traditional Music School. dahlonegamountaindance.com

Movies under the stars Oct. 12

Movies Under the Stars series returns to Hancock Park Friday night, Oct. 12, with the showing of Ice Age 4: Continental Drift. The free family event begins at dusk, but families gather about 6 p.m. for games, concessions, give-aways, and more. Please bring blankets/chairs. Proceeds benefit the Lumpkin Youth Leadership Program.

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

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 Corkscrew Café, 51 Main Street West, 706-867-8551; www.thecorkscrewcafe.com

Wednesdays, 5 p.m. till close: Corkscrew University. Jamming and singing with Lara Polangco on the back deck. Special pricing for NGCSU students.

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, Oct. 5, 8 p.m.: The Fiddleheads, $17. The Fiddleheads are a group of bluegrass-inspired, genre-crossing musicians from

Dahlonega. Formed by frontman mandolin player Zak McConnell in the fall of 2009, they first performed in front of a packed audience at NGCSU in November of that year. They began to amaze crowds instantly, wowing them

with renditions of traditional bluegrass ballads, modern rock, and songs from the pinnacle of 80’s pop music.

Saturday, Oct. 6, 8 p.m. Songwriter Showcase featuring Erin Thomas.

$8. Nashville-based folk singer-songwriter Erin Thomas evokes the styles of Alison Krauss, Patty Griffin, Eva Cassidy and Norah Jones but remains a unique—and gorgeous—voice. Her new album You Don’t Know Me features a duet with Vince Gill and debuted in the Top 10 on US folk radio in August, charting at #8 on the Folk DJ album chart, with the title track coming in at #4 on the song chart.

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.

Sunday, 7 p.m.: Jason’s Jug O Blues Jam: $5 or Free for Jammers. Come join host Jason Childs for a night of soulful blues.

Holly Theatre, 69 West Main Street. Business office open 9-4 Mondays. 706-864-3759, www.hollytheater.com

Friday, Oct. 12 and Saturday, Oct. 13, 8 p.m. They’re Back! Holly & The Heartbreakers, Classic 50s and 60s Rock and Roll at the Historic Holly Theatre, present Come Together, an event for the community to show its support for the theater and enjoy a great night of oldies and rock and roll. Featuring Colleen Quigley, Leigh Ann Shaw, Chad Watkins, John Certusi and many more! $15. Purchase tickets online.

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

Thursdays: College Night

Fridays: Live entertainment

Tuesdays: Country Western Music night

Friday, Oct. 5: Feel Trip

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

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

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, Oct. 5, 8:30-11:30 p.m. Jason Kenney. Jason has been teaching and performing music for over 10 years. Originally from Dahlonega, Jason toured throughout the country playing lead guitar with Corey Smith from 2004 to 2006. During this time he released a solo album as well as collaborated on two of Smith’s albums. He was a founding member of “The Family Honor” and “HomeGrown Revival.” He currently performs with David and Noel Blackmon as the Kenney-Blackmon String Band. Jason teaches guitar, mandolin, banjo, music theory, and songwriting. All ages welcome. No cover charge.

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

Saturday, Oct. 6, 8:30-11:30 p.m. John Sosebee. With Sosebee on foot drums, guitar, and vocals, and his brother, Jacob Gise, on bass and foot percussion, this one-of-a-kind setup produces a tremendous sound that is always mistaken for a three or four piece band. And now having proven themselves at many of the South’s top venues and festivals, (including George’s Springing the Blues 2010, Smith’s Ole Bar, The Roadhouse, and many many more), they are one of the Atlanta area’s hottest Blues acts. Sosebee’s upcoming second album will feature all original tunes, penned by Sosebee himself, and aims to capture the spirit and energy of their live performances. Influenced by greats such as R.L. Burnside, Junior Kimbrough, Mississippi Fred McDowell, Muddy Waters, and Blind Willie Johnson from a young age, John Sosebee has a deep rooted feel for the Blues. All ages, no cover.

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, now located at Carriage House Shoppes, 11 South Grove Street. 706-482-0004.

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 Oct. 6 are Willing Vessels, Pure in Heart, and Gospel Mountain Singers. 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/

UnitARIAn Universalist church

Georgia Mountains Unitarian Universalist Church is a welcoming congregation. On Oct. 7 Dr. Donna Sullivan will present Praising Men, Delighting Women. Dr. Sullivan will discuss strategies for understanding and dealing with the differences between male and female. 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

BBQ Chicken at MIll Creek Baptist Saturday

Mill Creek Baptist Church will hold its annual BBQ Chicken Dinner from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 6. Chicken will be available for $6 per plate. The fundraiser will benefit the youth group.

Fall festival Oct. 6 at St. Paul the Apostle

St. Paul the Apostle Catholic Church’s 31st Annual Fall Festival will be held Saturday, Oct. 6, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. This event has something of interest for all ages. Included are pony/hay rides, kid’s train, bounce house, inflatables, face painting, silent auction, jewelry bazaar, bake sale, attic treasures, kiss-a-pig contest, our famous pumpkin patch, live music and entertainment, food and beverages, and several vendors with a variety of items for sale. 1243 Hulsey Road, Cleveland, at the intersection of Highway 75. Parking and admission free.

Church Offers Halloween Alternative

For eleven nights during the month of October, beginning Oct. 5, Lighthouse Baptist Church, Dawsonville, will offer young people an alternative to haunted houses. Hell’s Gates is the provocative name given to an outdoor reality drama that takes over 150 people to produce each night and has cost nearly $50,000 to develop. Each person who enters becomes a part of the drama, entering into scenes that have real fires, multimedia special effects and pyrotechnical explosions, and that challenge the participant to consider the results of making life-changing decisions. 329 Harmony Church Rd. Info, video, and tickets ($12) at www.hellgsgates.com or 888-295-0099.

BBQ fest at Christ the Redeemer Oct. 7

Christ the Redeemer Catholic Church, 991 Kilough Church Rd., Dawsonville, will hold a BBQ Festival Oct. 7, serving from 12:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Prizes, drawings, and piano music by Sharon Collins. Adults $8, children $4, family maximum $25. Advance ticket purchase available. Tom Meeks, 678-778-5959; Fred Weber, 706-525-8770

Chestatee Baptist Association at Mt. Gilead

Mt. Gilead Baptist Church will host the Chestatee Baptist Association Friday and Saturday, Oct. 12 and 13. Services will begin at 10 a.m. followed by lunch. Pastor Les Fuller invites and encourages all to attend.

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

Wellness/Fitness

Natural, herbal readers group forming

Wild Mountain Girl Herbal School is forming a new group to read books about natural, herbal, gardening and more. “Wildreaders” will meet the first Sunday of every month 3-4:30 p.m., beginning Oct. 7. The public is invited. (706) 429-6323

Yoga at MindyYoga

Class schedule at www.mindyyoga.com. Mindy Searcey, Certified Yoga Instructor. 106 Public Square North, downstairs in Hall’s Block Building. 706-531-4718, info@mindyyoga.com

Running Group: Gold Rushers

Dahlonega Gold Rushers, a running group for all ages, abilities, distance/speed, meets on Saturday mornings at 6:30 a.m. at Hancock Park. Free.

Project Dahlonega Boot Camp

Free co-ed fitness program that motivates and educates individuals in fitness and healthy nutrition. Workout sessions are a balanced mixture of cardio, strength, and agility, and tailored so each fitness level can achieve maximum potential. No one left behind! Come join and change your life! Hancock Park, Monday-Friday 5:15-6:15 a.m.

Zumba classes at YMCA

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

Yoga at Dahlonega Spa Resort

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

Dahlonega Healing Arts

Yoga by Kathryn Crifasi, 678-770-0400, 6 p.m. Wednesdays and 10:30 a.m. Fridays. 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

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

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 and evening one hour classes for all ages and fitness levels promoting improved personal well being while engaging in traditional flowing Yoga postures. $5/class. Paula Bingham 706-864-2851 pyb3644@hotmail.com

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

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

Weekend camp for drummers

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

STRING INSTRUMENT Lessons

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

Art Workshop

PLEIN AIR WORKSHOP

Amanda (Carder) Lovett will present a Plein Air workshop at The Art Loft for beginning to intermediate students. This workshop offers individual instruction in the studio and in the field, and group critiques that will enhance skills. Thursday, Friday and Saturday, Oct. 11-13, 9:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. $335. Register at 706-429-6008 or download registration form at www.artloft.net

Reunions

Helton, Oct. 7

Descendents of James L. Helton and Ann (Ricks) Helton will gather at noon Sunday, Oct. 7, at Town Creek Community Building, Cleveland. Betty Helton Dockery, 706-865-2642

Nix Oct. 14

The Annual Nix Reunion will be held Sunday, Oct. 14, from 3-6 p.m. at the Fortress Church, located just south of Dahlonega, 145 Torrington Road (pass Trammell Tire, cross bridge, and turn right). Bring your favorite covered dish and a drink, and family history and photos to share with your friends and relatives. Jewell Hood, 706-864-2490

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\

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 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 1 p.m. Thursdays.

YOGA FLOW for PERSONAL Fitness: One-hour classes promoting strength, flexibility, endurance, balance, breath control and stress relief. All fitness levels. $5/class Tues/Th @ 4:15 Paula Bingham, 706-864-2851, pyb3644@hotmail.com

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



Support Services

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 6:30-7:45 p.m. The Lumpkin group meets in Dahlonega on Mondays from 6:30-7:30 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 grandchilden, 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

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 Pets

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

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.

Community Support Needs

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

More Children & Youth

preschool Programs now enrolling:

Sonshine Weekday Preschool of Dahlonega Baptist Church is enrolling students for the school year. The preschool is an early education program in a Christian environment for one year olds through four/five year old Pre-K. Classes follow the Lumpkin County calendar. For registration and enrollment forms, samples of curriculum and parents’ handbook visit www.dbch.org or contact Stacy Mizer, 706-864-3676, or stacy@dbch.org. (9/19)

Dahlonega United Methodist Church MMO/Preschool. Dahlonega United Methodist Church MMO/Preschool enroling for school year 2012-2013. Ages Toddlers-Pre-K class. Angie Mayo, 706-864-8521, www.dahlonegaumc.org/mmo-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

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 Scouts of America Troop 303 (ages 13-17) meets each Monday (when school is in session) from 6– 7:30 p.m. in the basement of the Community House, at the corner on North Park and Hawkins streets. The active troop schedules monthly outings and regular merit badge classes. Scoutmaster Scotty Erwin, 706-969-8117; Committee Chairman Beecher DuVall, wbdgnld@windstream.net

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 YMCA Parks & 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 Education

GED program at adult learning center

The Adult Learning Center’s new hours of operation are 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, and closed Thursday and Friday. Orientation and pre-testing will be conducted on Wednesdays beginning at 9 a.m. and ending at approximately 3 p.m. We help you prepare for your GED, and there is no charge until the final GED tests. Partial scholarships are available for those who qualify. Register at 706-867-2862.

Mountain Education Charter High School

MEC is a SACS accredited, non-traditional, self-paced, mastery learning evening high school serving students ranging in age between 15-21 who have left traditional day school and would like to obtain their Georgia High School Diploma. MEC has eight sites in the North Georgia area, with one in Lumpkin. 706-219-4664, www.mymec.org

S.A.T. and Study Prep

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

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

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

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

Volunteers

Adult Literacy Tutors: The Adult Literacy Program (ALP) of Lumpkin County is seeking volunteer tutors to work with adults on their reading skills. Training is available. For more information call Vikki Condrey, 706-429-4517.

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 Volunteers: Do you like to knit, crochet, sew or craft? Can you run an errand or clean a yard for someone? Will you help meet the needs of patients and families living with a life-limiting illness? Would you just spend time visiting with a hospice patient? Gail Manter, Manager of Volunteer Services, Odyssey Hospice 706-549-5736 or 877-637-9432.

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, http://www.lumpkinliteracy.org/

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. David Faile, 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.

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

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

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Community-Wide Events

College PROBE fair Thursday

The Fall 2012 PROBE College Fair will come to Lumpkin County High School from 9-11 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 4. Students and parents will have the opportunity to speak one-on-one with representatives of post-secondary educational institutions which include colleges, universities and technical colleges. The fair is free and open to high school students and their families. Students can stay informed about this year’s fair by texting PROBEINFO to the number 33233 or at GeorgiaProbe on Facebook. Both options include fair details, links to participating schools and tips and advice for attending the fair.

Cottrell speaker series Thursday

David McNeill, President and Managing Director, 4th Strand, will be the presenter at the Mike Cottrell School of Business Speaker Series Thursday, Oct. 4, from 12:55-1:55 p.m. Sessions are held in the auditorium of the Health and Natural Sciences building at 159 Sunset Drive. This is the fourth year for the speaker series in which NGCSU and its business school bring top executives to campus to share their ideas for sustaining profitable growth in today’s fiercely competitive world. Sessions are free and open to the public.

ASK A MASTER GARDENER saturday

On Saturday, Oct. 6, a local Master Gardener will be on hand to answer gardening questions from 9 a.m. to noon at the Farmers Market across from the BB&T main office in downtown Dahlonega. You can ask about suitable plants for our area, weed and insect pests, plants with a purpose (such as drought-tolerance, deer-resistance, seasonal color, attracting birds and butterflies), and lots more. And if the answer isn’t readily available, Master Gardeners will research it and get back to you. Ask a Master Gardener is a monthly service on the first Saturday of each month during the Farmers Market season.

RefrigiWear Fall Benefit Carnival Saturday

RefrigiWear will hold a benefit carnival for cancer victim Delores Pirkle from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 6, at their facilities at 54 Breakstone Drive, Dahlonega. The event will include a yard sale, live music, silent auction, 50/50 raffle, carwash, and kids carnival with a bounce house, face painting, cornhole and more. Bryan Wilson or Debbie Dean, 706-864-5757

Community Yard Sale Oct. 6, spaces available

The American Legion Ladies Auxiliary will sponsor a community-wide garage sale from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 6. Space rental is $5 and your donation will support Auxiliary Youth Programs such as Georgia Girls State, the annual poppy program and other Veteran’s support programs. Nancy Sutherland, 706-867-7046

Hunger walk recruiters meeting Sunday

The Dahlonega Hunger Walk is being organized as part of a worldwide hunger walk sponsored by the Church World Service. The walk will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 4, on the NGCSU drill field and around the square. Representatives from churches and other organizations are invited to attend a recruiter’s meeting Sunday, Oct. 7, at 2 p.m. at the Dahlonega United Methodist Church, Room 301. Those interested in helping to publicize the walk and recruit participants will be given recruiting materials. 75 percent of funds raised go to disaster areas; 25 percent will go to the local food pantry at the Community Helping Place. Carol Wilson, 706-864-4757, www.cropwalk.org

Monthly Habitat surplus sale Oct. 12-14

Habitat for Humanity holds a surplus sale of home construction and remodeling supplies (including tools and decorating items) on the second weekend of each month. The items are available Friday and Saturday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., and Sunday, 12-4 p.m. at 16 Westbrook Dr. (next to Chestatee Animal Hospital on Hwy 52 East). All proceeds benefit Habitat.

Rape Response volunteer training

Rape Response, Inc., a United Way agency serving victims of sexual violence in Lumpkin County with support, advocacy and education will be offering training for new volunteers beginning Saturday, Oct. 13. Volunteers are on call at night or weekends and are free to maintain their own schedules. Training spans three weeks with classes Saturday, Oct. 13, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.; Thursday, Oct. 18, 5:30-8:30 p.m.; Thursday, Oct. 25, 5:30-8:30 p.m.; and Saturday, Oct. 27, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. All dates must be attended. To register for training, or learn more about Rape Response, call (770) 503-7273 or visit the website at www.raperesponse.com.

Learn about gold prospecting Oct. 20

Weekend Gold Miners Prospecing Club, Inc., invites the public to learn about recreational gold prospecting at a free common dig on their Etowah River lease from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 20. Club members will be demonstrating equipment used in their hobby. Signs will be posted along routes. For maps and information visit www.weekendgoldminers.com or call 770-531-9346.

Rides, Races, Festivals

Lake Zwerner 5K Saturday

The NOA 5K Trail Run/Walk & Duathalon (run/bike) will take place on Saturday, Oct. 6 at Lake Zwerner, Dahlonega Reservoir. Racers can choose either one. The Duathalon will start at 8:30 a.m. and run/walk will start at 9 a.m. Pre-registration is available at active.com. Registration forms are also available on the NOA website at www.noonealone.org/ and at Southern Finds. All proceeds benefit NOA, the local agency addressing issues of domestic violence. Call 706-864-1306, ext. 1, for additional information, to volunteer or just come out and have fun!

1st annual 4x4 Mountain cruise Saturday

Lumpkin County Emergency Services Volunteers will hold a novice ride for all 4x4s Saturday, Oct. 6. All ages welcome. Registration begins at 8 a.m. at Wimpy Field. The 50 mile cruise through the national forest begins at 10 a.m. and will return to Wimpy about 1 p.m. where there will be raffles, food, family fun, and a cruise in. Firewise and home fire safety will be set up. Registration fee $25; meal ticket extra. Proceeds go to LCES volunteer fund to purchase equipment and help families after fires. RSVP to lcesMountainCruise@yahoo.com, or Dan Witcher, 678-858-4259

suches Run above the clouds Saturday

Held in conjunction with the Suches Indian Summer Festival, the race begins at 9 a.m. Oct. 6. Registration begins at 7:30 a.m. at the Suches Community Center. The highest altitude race in the state, the10K road race over a challenging but scenic out-and-back course has six age classes. There is also a 1 mile fun run. 10K $15 (long sleeve T-shirt), fun run, $10 (short sleeve T-shirt). The race benefits students at Woody Gap School. Applications and information online at www.suches.com/run, or email cloudrun@yahoo.com

registration open for youth homes ride

Lumpkin County Sheriff Office is now registering bikers to join in the Annual Ride to Benefit the Georgia Sheriff’s Youth Homes to be held Saturday, Oct. 13. Cost to join the event is $25 per bike and $10 per passenger. Riders will leave from Frazier’s Harley Davidson in Buford and end at Rider’s Hill in Dahlonega. Money raised from the event goes to support the five campuses across the state where at-risk youth are provided a structured, loving environment, educational support, recreational opportunities and training in life skills. Registration forms can be downloaded at http://www.lumpkincounty.gov/dept/sheriff under downloads and mailed to Lumpkin County Sheriff’s Office c/o Brigette Barker, 10th Annual Ride, 385 East Main Street, Dahlonega. Make checks payable to Georgia Sheriffs’ Youth Homes. Georgia Sheriffs’ Youth Homes is a 501©3 organization. For more information, contact Barker, LCSO, 706-482-2629.

Gold rush days Oct. 20-21

Gold Rush Days, Dahlonega’s largest and oldest festival, will be held Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 20 and 21, around the square and in the streets of downtown Dahlonega. Over 300 art and craft exhibitors will be on hand and an estimated crowd of over 200,000 will visit the festival, voted one of the Top 20 Events in the southeast by the Southeast Tourism Society. Included in the two day event are a parade, children’s activities, a fashion show, gold panning contest, wheelbarrow race, King and Queen Coronation, hog calling, buck dancing contest, gospel singing and other live entertainment, wrist wrestling, and of course, plenty of food. Sponsored by the Dahlonega Jaycees. 706-864-7247, www.dahlonegajaycees.com

Children & Young Adults

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 at each county elementary school. 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

Dance classes at Ballet Barre

New Classes for 2012-2013 Season at The Ballet Barre: Clogging and Baton. Still enrolling for Hiphop, Ballet, Tap, Jazz and Contemporary. 706-867-1905, www.bbarre.com 10/24

Nature & Outdoors

Local River Clean ups: Saturdays, Oct. 6 & 13

Lumpkin County’s 11th annual RiversAlive.org clean-ups of the Etowah and Chestatee rivers are in need of volunteers, both in boats and on the ground. On Oct. 6 participants will meet at Revival Gardens, 390 Tom Bell Odom Rd. at 9 a.m. to work on the headwaters of the Etowah River. On Oct. 13 participants will meet at 3865 Dawsonville Hwy (Lumpkin Coalition) at 9 a.m. to work on other high traffic access points on the Etowah and Chestatee. Free t-shirts and an after clean-up meal included. Call 706-265-5502 to let organizers know you’re coming.

TU family fun day at Frog Hollow Sunday

The Gold Rush Chapter of Trout Unlimited will present its Family Fun Day Sunday, Oct. 7, at Frog Hollow Fly Fishing. Frog Hollow has donated the use of the trophy trout stream it borders to the chapter, and the public is invited to fish there at the greatly reduced rate of $25 for two one-hour slots of fishing on two of five sections of the river, and $15 for one hour. The event also includes raffles, an auction, a barbecue dinner and games for children For details, description of river sections and a sign up chart, go to the Fun Day menu at www.goldrushtu.org

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

First Visit Tours: Each Sunday in October, 2-4 p.m. Tour Smithgall Woods Visitors Center and other facilities by van. Please register in advance.

Guided Hikes in October: Friday, Oct. 19, 2-4 p.m.: Lakeside Loop Hike at Buck Shoals (2 miles); Friday, Oct. 19, 5-7 p.m.: Twilight Hike at Buck shoals (2 miles); Friday, Oct. 26, 1-3 p.m.: Martin Mine Trail (1 mile); Saturday, Oct. 27, 9-11:30 a.m.: Buck Shoals State Park. Please register in advance for all hikes.

Fall Celebration, Saturday, Oct. 13, noon-4 p.m. Hayrides, traditional crafts, music, and games and homemade chili. There is a $6.00 parking fee per vehicle but the event is free.

At the Library

Lumpkin County Library, 706-864-3668

www.chestateelibrary.org

HOURS: M-W 11:30-5:30, TH 12:30-7, FRI-SAT 10:30-3:30

Closed for furlough Monday, Oct. 8

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

Children’s Program: Movers & Shakers, 2 p.m. Wednesdays, is intended for children ages 2 to 5. The programs last 45 minutes to an hour and may include songs, finger play and crafts in addition to stories.

Children’s Program: Coat and Costume Exchange, Saturday, Oct. 6, 1-3 p.m. Outgrown your coat or costume? Need a larger size? Different color, length, pattern? Come to the library and exchange your coat/costume for a different one. All child, teen and adult sizes accepted. Please be sure the coat(s)/costume(s) you bring are gently loved and washed. (If you don’t wish to exchange, donations of coats and costumes are gladly accepted.)

Pumpkin Decorating, Saturday, Oct. 13, 10:30-11:30 p.m. and 12:30-1:30 p.m.: All pumpkins, paint and craft supplies for this free event provided by the library and a generous donation from Burt’s’ Farm. Children ages 3-17. Spaces are limited – please sign up at the circulation desk or call the library.

Pets

Sign up now for Spay/neuter in December

Lumpkin County Animal Shelter is taking reservations now for spay and neuter services Wednesday and Thursday, Dec. 19 and 20. Low-cost spay/neuter services for cats and dogs will be provided by The Atlanta Humane Society in its state-of-the-art mobile Surgical Utility Vehicle at the Lumpkin shelter. Surgeries are $20 and include a complimentary rabies vaccination and microchip if needed. Appointments must be made in person and in advance at the shelter (10:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday). Owners can take their pets home shortly after surgery. Pet owners wanting to take advantage of this opportunity are advised to come by the Shelter and make their request soon as the appointment schedule fills up quickly. As a special gift to those who sign up this time, a photographer will be on hand to take free photos of pets (with their owners if desired), courtesy of FRIENDS OF the Lumpkin County Shelter ANIMALS. Lumpkin County Animal Shelter, 1363 Red Oak Flats Road, 706-867-7297

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

Purchase 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.

Education/Classes

Stewards of Children Training Oct. 12

This child sexual abuse prevention training program is offered on the 2nd Friday of each month at the Dahlonega Presbyterian Church. October’s session will be held from 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Oct. 12. Deadline for registration is Oct. 5. $10/person includes a meal and child care. Contact Brenda Cronan, Family Connection Director, at 706-867-7047 or bcronan@lumpkin.k12.ga.us for information or to reserve a spot.

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.

Outdoor Photography: As you photograph nature, learn more about using aperture, depth-of-field, white balance, filters and ISO. Focusing on composition, you will learn how an image works on the page and how to construct a picture. Larry Winslett, five Wednesdays, Oct. 3-31, 6-8:30 p.m. $129

Basic Car Maintenance: Gain the knowledge you need to care for your car and reduce the number of trips to the mechanic. Saturday, Oct. 6, 10 a.m. to noon. $39 Bill Findley

Electrical Recertification Workshop: Four-hour workshop for electricians who want to satisfy the mandatory state requirements for renewal of Georgia Electrical Contractors Certificates of Competency. Saturday, Oct. 6, 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. $79. Philip Martin

Building a Basic Web Page: Build a simple web site consisting of a home page and at least four supporting pages and publish to the Internet. Wednesday/Monday, Oct. 10, 15 & 17 5:30- 7:30 p.m. $129 Judy McHan

Soap Making: Learn safety guidelines and how to make soap by hand at home. Each student will take home handmade bars of soap. Saturday, Oct. 13, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. $47, $25 supply fee

Pottery—Beyond Beginner: Hone the pottery skills you learned in Beginner Pottery and learn some new techniques. $139 includes clay and kiln time. Five Mondays/Wednesdays, Oct. 15 - Nov. 14, 6-8 p.m. Kyle Jones

Sapelo Island Adventure: History & Ecology of the Georgia Coast—Register by Oct. 15: Join us for a rich field experience on Sapelo Island. Become familiar with the culture and history of one of Georgia’s unspoiled barrier islands, and visit many cultural and historic sites. Learn about organisms commonly found in Sapelo Island’s marine habitats of Georgia, and the impact of human activities on the coastal ecosystems of Georgia. We will be climbing in and out of a flatbed truck and riding in a boat, so good physical condition is required. We will be staying in a dormitory, and the group will be responsible for cooking their own meals. An optional dinner one night will be at Lula’s in Hog Hammock, approximately $25. Nov. 10 - 13. $189/person. Organizational meeting: Monday, Oct. 29, 6 p.m. Tour Guide: Nancy Dalman

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.

Music/Drama/Film & More

NGCSU EVENTS

Symphonic Band Concert at Lumpkin County High School, 8 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 4

Spanish Film Festival, 7 p.m. Monday, Oct. 8 Nix Fine Arts Center, 312.

NGCSU Planetarium: Shows Fridays 8-9 p.m. through Nov. 16 at George E. Coleman Planetarium, room 234 of the Health & Natural Sciences Building, Sunset Drive. Current show: “2012—The End of Time?” What does the Mayan Calendar really have to say about the world coming to an end on December 21, 2012. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. with no admittance after 8 p.m. Free. www.northgeorgia.edu/planetarium

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

Dahlonega Mountain Dance Oct. 12

The Dahlonega Mountain Dance will be held at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 12, at the Woodmen of the World Building, above Cranberry Corners. Music will be by Whistlin’ Rufus, and Rob Harper will do the calling. Please wear soft-soled shoes. A suggested donation of $8 will be accepted to benefit the Georgia Pick & Bow Traditional Music School. dahlonegamountaindance.com

Movies under the stars Oct. 12

Movies Under the Stars series returns to Hancock Park Friday night, Oct. 12, with the showing of Ice Age 4: Continental Drift. The free family event begins at dusk, but families gather about 6 p.m. for games, concessions, give-aways, and more. Please bring blankets/chairs. Proceeds benefit the Lumpkin Youth Leadership Program.

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

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 Corkscrew Café, 51 Main Street West, 706-867-8551; www.thecorkscrewcafe.com

Wednesdays, 5 p.m. till close: Corkscrew University. Jamming and singing with Lara Polangco on the back deck. Special pricing for NGCSU students.

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, Oct. 5, 8 p.m.: The Fiddleheads, $17. The Fiddleheads are a group of bluegrass-inspired, genre-crossing musicians from

Dahlonega. Formed by frontman mandolin player Zak McConnell in the fall of 2009, they first performed in front of a packed audience at NGCSU in November of that year. They began to amaze crowds instantly, wowing them

with renditions of traditional bluegrass ballads, modern rock, and songs from the pinnacle of 80’s pop music.

Saturday, Oct. 6, 8 p.m. Songwriter Showcase featuring Erin Thomas.

$8. Nashville-based folk singer-songwriter Erin Thomas evokes the styles of Alison Krauss, Patty Griffin, Eva Cassidy and Norah Jones but remains a unique—and gorgeous—voice. Her new album You Don’t Know Me features a duet with Vince Gill and debuted in the Top 10 on US folk radio in August, charting at #8 on the Folk DJ album chart, with the title track coming in at #4 on the song chart.

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.

Sunday, 7 p.m.: Jason’s Jug O Blues Jam: $5 or Free for Jammers. Come join host Jason Childs for a night of soulful blues.

Holly Theatre, 69 West Main Street. Business office open 9-4 Mondays. 706-864-3759, www.hollytheater.com

Friday, Oct. 12 and Saturday, Oct. 13, 8 p.m. They’re Back! Holly & The Heartbreakers, Classic 50s and 60s Rock and Roll at the Historic Holly Theatre, present Come Together, an event for the community to show its support for the theater and enjoy a great night of oldies and rock and roll. Featuring Colleen Quigley, Leigh Ann Shaw, Chad Watkins, John Certusi and many more! $15. Purchase tickets online.

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

Thursdays: College Night

Fridays: Live entertainment

Tuesdays: Country Western Music night

Friday, Oct. 5: Feel Trip

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

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

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, Oct. 5, 8:30-11:30 p.m. Jason Kenney. Jason has been teaching and performing music for over 10 years. Originally from Dahlonega, Jason toured throughout the country playing lead guitar with Corey Smith from 2004 to 2006. During this time he released a solo album as well as collaborated on two of Smith’s albums. He was a founding member of “The Family Honor” and “HomeGrown Revival.” He currently performs with David and Noel Blackmon as the Kenney-Blackmon String Band. Jason teaches guitar, mandolin, banjo, music theory, and songwriting. All ages welcome. No cover charge.

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

Saturday, Oct. 6, 8:30-11:30 p.m. John Sosebee. With Sosebee on foot drums, guitar, and vocals, and his brother, Jacob Gise, on bass and foot percussion, this one-of-a-kind setup produces a tremendous sound that is always mistaken for a three or four piece band. And now having proven themselves at many of the South’s top venues and festivals, (including George’s Springing the Blues 2010, Smith’s Ole Bar, The Roadhouse, and many many more), they are one of the Atlanta area’s hottest Blues acts. Sosebee’s upcoming second album will feature all original tunes, penned by Sosebee himself, and aims to capture the spirit and energy of their live performances. Influenced by greats such as R.L. Burnside, Junior Kimbrough, Mississippi Fred McDowell, Muddy Waters, and Blind Willie Johnson from a young age, John Sosebee has a deep rooted feel for the Blues. All ages, no cover.

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, now located at Carriage House Shoppes, 11 South Grove Street. 706-482-0004.

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 Oct. 6 are Willing Vessels, Pure in Heart, and Gospel Mountain Singers. 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/

UnitARIAn Universalist church

Georgia Mountains Unitarian Universalist Church is a welcoming congregation. On Oct. 7 Dr. Donna Sullivan will present Praising Men, Delighting Women. Dr. Sullivan will discuss strategies for understanding and dealing with the differences between male and female. 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

BBQ Chicken at MIll Creek Baptist Saturday

Mill Creek Baptist Church will hold its annual BBQ Chicken Dinner from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 6. Chicken will be available for $6 per plate. The fundraiser will benefit the youth group.

Fall festival Oct. 6 at St. Paul the Apostle

St. Paul the Apostle Catholic Church’s 31st Annual Fall Festival will be held Saturday, Oct. 6, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. This event has something of interest for all ages. Included are pony/hay rides, kid’s train, bounce house, inflatables, face painting, silent auction, jewelry bazaar, bake sale, attic treasures, kiss-a-pig contest, our famous pumpkin patch, live music and entertainment, food and beverages, and several vendors with a variety of items for sale. 1243 Hulsey Road, Cleveland, at the intersection of Highway 75. Parking and admission free.

Church Offers Halloween Alternative

For eleven nights during the month of October, beginning Oct. 5, Lighthouse Baptist Church, Dawsonville, will offer young people an alternative to haunted houses. Hell’s Gates is the provocative name given to an outdoor reality drama that takes over 150 people to produce each night and has cost nearly $50,000 to develop. Each person who enters becomes a part of the drama, entering into scenes that have real fires, multimedia special effects and pyrotechnical explosions, and that challenge the participant to consider the results of making life-changing decisions. 329 Harmony Church Rd. Info, video, and tickets ($12) at www.hellgsgates.com or 888-295-0099.

BBQ fest at Christ the Redeemer Oct. 7

Christ the Redeemer Catholic Church, 991 Kilough Church Rd., Dawsonville, will hold a BBQ Festival Oct. 7, serving from 12:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Prizes, drawings, and piano music by Sharon Collins. Adults $8, children $4, family maximum $25. Advance ticket purchase available. Tom Meeks, 678-778-5959; Fred Weber, 706-525-8770

Chestatee Baptist Association at Mt. Gilead

Mt. Gilead Baptist Church will host the Chestatee Baptist Association Friday and Saturday, Oct. 12 and 13. Services will begin at 10 a.m. followed by lunch. Pastor Les Fuller invites and encourages all to attend.

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

Wellness/Fitness

Natural, herbal readers group forming

Wild Mountain Girl Herbal School is forming a new group to read books about natural, herbal, gardening and more. “Wildreaders” will meet the first Sunday of every month 3-4:30 p.m., beginning Oct. 7. The public is invited. (706) 429-6323

Yoga at MindyYoga

Class schedule at www.mindyyoga.com. Mindy Searcey, Certified Yoga Instructor. 106 Public Square North, downstairs in Hall’s Block Building. 706-531-4718, info@mindyyoga.com

Running Group: Gold Rushers

Dahlonega Gold Rushers, a running group for all ages, abilities, distance/speed, meets on Saturday mornings at 6:30 a.m. at Hancock Park. Free.

Project Dahlonega Boot Camp

Free co-ed fitness program that motivates and educates individuals in fitness and healthy nutrition. Workout sessions are a balanced mixture of cardio, strength, and agility, and tailored so each fitness level can achieve maximum potential. No one left behind! Come join and change your life! Hancock Park, Monday-Friday 5:15-6:15 a.m.

Zumba classes at YMCA

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

Yoga at Dahlonega Spa Resort

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

Dahlonega Healing Arts

Yoga by Kathryn Crifasi, 678-770-0400, 6 p.m. Wednesdays and 10:30 a.m. Fridays. 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

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

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 and evening one hour classes for all ages and fitness levels promoting improved personal well being while engaging in traditional flowing Yoga postures. $5/class. Paula Bingham 706-864-2851 pyb3644@hotmail.com

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

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

Weekend camp for drummers

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

STRING INSTRUMENT Lessons

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

Art Workshop

PLEIN AIR WORKSHOP

Amanda (Carder) Lovett will present a Plein Air workshop at The Art Loft for beginning to intermediate students. This workshop offers individual instruction in the studio and in the field, and group critiques that will enhance skills. Thursday, Friday and Saturday, Oct. 11-13, 9:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. $335. Register at 706-429-6008 or download registration form at www.artloft.net

Reunions

Helton, Oct. 7

Descendents of James L. Helton and Ann (Ricks) Helton will gather at noon Sunday, Oct. 7, at Town Creek Community Building, Cleveland. Betty Helton Dockery, 706-865-2642

Nix Oct. 14

The Annual Nix Reunion will be held Sunday, Oct. 14, from 3-6 p.m. at the Fortress Church, located just south of Dahlonega, 145 Torrington Road (pass Trammell Tire, cross bridge, and turn right). Bring your favorite covered dish and a drink, and family history and photos to share with your friends and relatives. Jewell Hood, 706-864-2490

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\

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 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 1 p.m. Thursdays.

YOGA FLOW for PERSONAL Fitness: One-hour classes promoting strength, flexibility, endurance, balance, breath control and stress relief. All fitness levels. $5/class Tues/Th @ 4:15 Paula Bingham, 706-864-2851, pyb3644@hotmail.com

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



Support Services

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 6:30-7:45 p.m. The Lumpkin group meets in Dahlonega on Mondays from 6:30-7:30 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 grandchilden, 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

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 Pets

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

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.

Community Support Needs

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

More Children & Youth

preschool Programs now enrolling:

Sonshine Weekday Preschool of Dahlonega Baptist Church is enrolling students for the school year. The preschool is an early education program in a Christian environment for one year olds through four/five year old Pre-K. Classes follow the Lumpkin County calendar. For registration and enrollment forms, samples of curriculum and parents’ handbook visit www.dbch.org or contact Stacy Mizer, 706-864-3676, or stacy@dbch.org. (9/19)

Dahlonega United Methodist Church MMO/Preschool. Dahlonega United Methodist Church MMO/Preschool enroling for school year 2012-2013. Ages Toddlers-Pre-K class. Angie Mayo, 706-864-8521, www.dahlonegaumc.org/mmo-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

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 Scouts of America Troop 303 (ages 13-17) meets each Monday (when school is in session) from 6– 7:30 p.m. in the basement of the Community House, at the corner on North Park and Hawkins streets. The active troop schedules monthly outings and regular merit badge classes. Scoutmaster Scotty Erwin, 706-969-8117; Committee Chairman Beecher DuVall, wbdgnld@windstream.net

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 YMCA Parks & 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 Education

GED program at adult learning center

The Adult Learning Center’s new hours of operation are 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, and closed Thursday and Friday. Orientation and pre-testing will be conducted on Wednesdays beginning at 9 a.m. and ending at approximately 3 p.m. We help you prepare for your GED, and there is no charge until the final GED tests. Partial scholarships are available for those who qualify. Register at 706-867-2862.

Mountain Education Charter High School

MEC is a SACS accredited, non-traditional, self-paced, mastery learning evening high school serving students ranging in age between 15-21 who have left traditional day school and would like to obtain their Georgia High School Diploma. MEC has eight sites in the North Georgia area, with one in Lumpkin. 706-219-4664, www.mymec.org

S.A.T. and Study Prep

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

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

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

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

Volunteers

Adult Literacy Tutors: The Adult Literacy Program (ALP) of Lumpkin County is seeking volunteer tutors to work with adults on their reading skills. Training is available. For more information call Vikki Condrey, 706-429-4517.

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 Volunteers: Do you like to knit, crochet, sew or craft? Can you run an errand or clean a yard for someone? Will you help meet the needs of patients and families living with a life-limiting illness? Would you just spend time visiting with a hospice patient? Gail Manter, Manager of Volunteer Services, Odyssey Hospice 706-549-5736 or 877-637-9432.

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, http://www.lumpkinliteracy.org/

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. David Faile, 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.

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

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

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