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Community-wide Events

‘Ask A Master Gardener’ Saturday

On Saturday, April 28, Master Gardeners will be in front of the Dahlonega Walmart from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. to answer gardening questions. What plants grow best in north Georgia? What plants work well in full sun or shade? Are there any plants that are drought-resistant or deer-resistant? Which plants bloom when? When is the best time to prune? Get the answers to these questions and many more from local Master Gardeners.

Boy Scout Troop 303 Car Wash Saturday

Boy Scout Troop 303 will be washing cars at Auto Zone from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, April 28. Donations toward summer Scout camp expenses will be accepted.

SUCHES FRee HEALTH FAIR Saturday

Free Screenings for eyesight, hearing, blood sugar and blood pressure will be held at the Suches Health Fair at the Suches Community Center from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, April 28. The event is sponsored by the Dahlonega Lions Club with participation by Suches Fire Stations,

Union County EMS and Woody Gap School.

Bike Rodeo, Car seat safety check Saturday

The Heart of Gold Pilot Club of Lumpkin and White Counties will hold a Community Safety Day from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, April 28 at Walmart of Dahlonega. There will be a Bike Rodeo for the children (with parental supervision) and a Safety Check/Replacement of your Automobile Child Safety Seat by local law enforcement. Walmart of Dahlonega will donate a brand new bicycle to be raffled off. The focus of the event will be on safety precautions to prevent brain injury. 678-617-5805, 706-835-9136

Auraria Community club Yard Sale Saturday

Auraria Community Club will have a community yard sale Saturday, April 28. Spaces are available for $5. The club will serve breakfast and lunch. Proceeds will go to club charities. Bring unwanted items and join the club for a great day. 706-864-3432, 706-864-2740

International Dinner democratic fundraiser

The Lumpkin County Democratic Party will host an International Dinner Party at 6 p.m. Sunday evening, April 29. This fundraiser will be held at the home of Ron and Joanne Fogaros. Make reservations by April 27. For more information and reservations e-mail lumpkindemocrats@yahoo.com or call 706-867-8653.

Republican Headquarters Grand Opening

The Lumpkin County Republican Party will celebrate the opening of its new headquarters at 24 Alicia Lane, suite 3 (in front of the post office) at 7 p.m. Tuesday, May 1. Jeff , 706-973-7091

Ranger Open House May 5

The annual 5th Ranger Training Battalion will host an Open House at Camp Frank D. Merrill Saturday, May 5. Gates open 11 a.m. and events include weapons and equipment displays, mountaineering and snake shows, live helicopter and parachute operations and hand-to-hand combat demonstrations. Admission is free.

BOOK/BAKE SALE AT LIBRARY

The Lumpkin County Library, in partnership with the Dahlonega Woman’s Club, will hold a bake sale and book sale from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, May 12. Come early to stake your claim on some delicious baked goods and drinks, and then browse the book sale. All proceeds will benefit the Lumpkin County Library.

The Library is part of the Chestatee Regional Library System and serves all members of the Lumpkin County community. 706-864-3668, www.chestateelibrary.org

Community Support Activities

Relay seeks Participants, contributors

Lumpkin County’s Relay for Life will be held May 11-12 at Lumpkin County High School. The event begins at 6 p.m. May 11 with opening ceremonies and the Survivor Lap. Register a team, join a team, sign up for survivor activities, sign up as a survivor, purchase a luminaria, make a donation and view event information at www.lumpkincountyrelay.org. Registration to participate is free.

AT-EASE program checks on Homebound

This program of the Lumpkin County Sheriff’s Office provides regular contact to those who are homebound, disabled, sick, living alone, or just need the assurance of a friendly voice. Participation can be temporary or ongoing. Registration forms are available on the Sheriff’s Office website at www.lumpkincounty.gov, at the Lumpkin County Sheriff’s Office, and by phone request at 706-864-3633.

Cell PHones collected for soldiers

Dahlonega Funeral Home is collecting old cell phones for “Cell Phones for Soldiers,” an effort to support military members returning from active duty by offering free cell phones to all armed forces returning from service in Iraq and Afghanistan. 706.864.DOVE

SEED SAVING & LENDING LIBRARY

Wild Mountain Girl Herbal School on the square in Dahlonega offers a seed library. Completely free to the public, this is a way for the community to share and save valuable seeds of all types. Cindi Vernon, (706) 429-6323, cindiv@windstream.net

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

Children & Young Adults

PIck & Bow Summer MUsic Camp REGISTERING

Georgia Pick & Bow Traditional Music School will hold a week-long day camp of intensive music instruction for young beginner through advanced musicians June 18-22. The camp offers training in bluegrass and old time music, song, dance, and crafts for students 4th through 12th grades and is held at the Dahlonega Baptist Church. Instruction and activities are geared toward having fun, developing skills, playing music in a group, and, in general, immersing children in an interest that may well last a lifetime. For more information or an application form, contact Ann Whitley, annwhitley@mac.com or 404-790-9211.

CAMP, CLASSES at Dahlonega Gymnastics

Now registering for summer camp, gymnastics classes and swimming lessons. Call 706-864-8516 or visit DahlonegaGymnastics.com to register online. (May 30)

Kids on Campus Summer Program at NGCSU

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

DUMC MMO/preschool registering

Dahlonega United Methodist Church MMO/Preschool is now taking applications for school year 2012-2013. Ages Toddlers-Pre-K class. Contact Angie Mayo or Dana Fritchle @ 706-864-8521. www.dahlonegaumc.org/ministries/mmo-and-preschool

Head Start/Pre K applications NOW OPEN

Lumpkin County Head Start/Pre-K is taking applications for its 2012-13 program year. Children will need to be age 3 or 4 by Sept. 1 in order to qualify. The Lumpkin County Head Start/PreK program welcomes children with disabilities and does not discriminate based on race, gender, national origin or religion. 706-864-3456

YMCA After-School Program

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

SCOUTING:

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

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

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

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

Races/Festivals

Ranger 5K/15K run, 34K bike race

The annual 5th Ranger Training Battalion will host the Mountain Ranger Run, a 5K, 15K race and 39K bike race. Registration for the run and bike race is available at www.active.com Search “Mountain Ranger Run.” Money earned from the event is returned to the community’s non-profit organizations.

At the Library

Lumpkin County Library, 706-864-3668

www.chestateelibrary.org

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

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

STORY TIME PROGRAMS

Movers and Shakers, 11 a.m. Wednesdays: Intended for children ages 4 to 5, the program may include songs, finger plays and crafts in addition to stories. Through April 25

Free Document Shredding, Thursday, April 26, 1-3 p.m. Are you holding on to credit card statements from 1978? Clean out old records and bring them to the library when the American Security Shredding truck visits in celebration of Financial Literacy Week. 706-344-3690 or 706-864-3668

Reunions

Oak Grove School Reunion April 28

The annual reunion for Oak Grove School and community will be held at noon Saturday, April 28, at Oak Grove Baptist Church Fellowship Hall. Please bring a covered dish. 706-865-3906, 706-864-0327

Pets

Micro-chipping at animal shelter

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

volunteer pets needed

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

TLC Donations needed

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

Purchases from online retailers benefit TLC

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

TLC seeks volunteers, trainer assistants

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

Senior Services/Activities

lumpkin County Senior Center

266 Mechanicsville Road, 706-864-2358,

lcseniorcenter@windstream.net

Free Sculpture class starts Monday. A free Sculpture Class for seniors will begin Monday, April 30, at 10 a.m. in the Senior Center Art Studio. It will consist of a series of four different Monday sculpture demonstrations, followed by four weekly workshops on Wednesdays and Fridays, 10 a.m. to noon, utilizing those techniques. The first demonstration, taught by sculptor Bob Dodds, will be on “carving,” a subtractive method for wood and stone.

Living Well Workshop: A Chronic Disease Self-Management Program from Stanford University. For adults with any chronic condition (diabetes, heart disease, arthritis, COPD, etc.) or for those caring for someone with a chronic condition—tense muscles, pain, stress and anxiety, depression, fatigue and more. This free 6-week program starts Wednesday, April 25, 1:30 to 4 p.m., and continues Wednesdays through May 30.

SENIOR Co-ed SOFTBALL: Monday, Tuesday and Thursday mornings at 10 a.m. Co-ed, age 50+. 678-343-8069.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Music/Drama/Film & More

Variety show will benefit Senior Center

Friends of Seniors, Inc. will hold its first Annual Talent Show Fundraiser at 7 p.m. Friday, April 27, at the Lumpkin County Parks YMCA. See story page 3B.

NOrth Georgia Children’s Chorus May 4

The North Georgia Children’s Chorus will present Sounds of Spring, the concluding concert of its 5th performance season, at 7 p.m. Friday, May 4, at NGCSU’s Gloria Shott Auditorium. NGCC consists of two performing choirs, Jubilant Song, ages 12-18, directed by Janey Chapman, and The Upbeat Singers, ages 8-12, directed by Ruth Purcell. Accompanist is Hannah Chapman. A reception will follow the concert. Free and open to the public.

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 Dahlonega Appalachian Jam. Join in or stop by to listen. Produced by Dahlonega Downtown Development Authority and Better Hometown Program. Facebook group: Dahlonega Appalachian Jam, 706-864-3513

events at NGCSU

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

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

Thursday, 8 p.m.: Dahlonega Idol

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

Sunday, April 29, 4-6 p.m. Monthly Wine Tasting. Appetizer pairings with wine from Tiger Mountain Vineyards. $40/person includes tax and gratuity. Reservations required.

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, 7-9+ p.m.: Open Jam Night hosted by Justin Bridges. All genres of music. Free, tips for host appreciated.

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

Friday, April 27, 8-10+ p.m.: Marshall Ruffin. $10 Advance / $12 Day of Show. The 25-year old roots-rock and blues singer-songwrit-

er-guitarist Ruffin taught himself to play at age 13 and several years later, majored in jazz performance at the Berklee College of Music. It was while in Boston, Ruffin recognized and tapped into his songwriting skills and vocal gifts. He has opened for dozens of regional and national artists, and signed with Jammates Records. Hiis 2009 sophomore project is nominated for the Independent Music Awards ‘Blues Album of the Year’. www.marshallruffin.com

Saturday, April 28, 8-10+ p.m.: The Michelle Malone Banned. $20

Advance / $25 Day of Show. Michelle Malone was born in the

Deep South and grew up listening to her mother sing in the church choir every Sunday. Two time Grammy nominee, Moanin’ Malone, now armed with a bottleneck slide, blues harmonica, and her signature soul-filled vocals, has taken those religious roots and blended in rock, folk, and blues. www.michellemalone.com

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

Monday, 7-10 p.m.: ‘Audition’ Open Mic.’ $3. Every 2nd & 4th Monday the stage will be open to amateurs and up and coming artists alike to share their original songs in an audience-judged competition for a $50 prize, and an invitation to a quarterly ‘Final Cut’ Open Mic Challenge to win their own show at the Moon.

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

www.hollytheater.com

The Fiddleheads: The Fiddleheads are a group of bluegrass-inspired, genre-crossing musicians from Dahlonega who were recently featured on America’s Got Talent. See story page 3B.

Stairway to Broadway: Friday, April 27, 8 p.m. and Sunday, April 29, 2 p.m. This variety show with student actors and directors includes scenes from Wicked, Annie, and The Lion King, and musical numbers ranging from ballads to up-beat dance numbers. Presented by The Holly Performance Academy. Adults: $15, Children: $7.50

Embraceable You in concert, Saturday, April 28, 8 p.m. $15. See story at right.

Stairway to Broadway: Sunday, April 29, 2 p.m. See listing above.

The Fiddleheads: Thursday, April 26, 8 p.m. $15 (See article this page)

Embraceable You in concert, Saturday, April 28, 8 p.m. with the music of George and Ira Gershwin. Embraceable You features two talented young artists singing, dancing and falling in love in the style of Gene Kelly, Frank Sinatra and Lena Horne, with a little extra modern flair and pizzazz. $15

One Acts, Tuesday, May 1, 8 p.m.: Presenting a combination of one-act plays written by local and well-known playwrights. $10, $7 w/valid student ID.

Johnny Cash Now, Friday, May 4, 8 p.m.: Go back to a Johnny Cash concert of 1969 and hear not only Johnny’s most popular songs but also the sounds of other artists who performed with him—Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins, and Elvis Presley. $15. www.johnnycashnow.com

Mountain Music & Medicine Show, Saturday, May 5, 7:30-10 p.m. Live recording of a radio show. $15 www.mmmshow.com

Grant Searcey Art Show opening reception/music by Erick Jones of American Anodyne: Wednesday, May 9, 7 p.m. Free.

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

Thursdays: College Night

Fridays: Live entertainment

Mondays: Trivia

Tuesdays: Country Western Music/Karaoke night

Friday, April 28: Stoned Sandwich

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, April 27, 8:30-11:30 p.m.: Erick Jones. Whether performing with the Atlanta based country-rock band American Anodyne, the North Georgia folk group Ugly Cousin, or solo acoustic, Erick Jones’ narrative storytelling draws upon the trials of small-town life in the south, drunken revelry, and searching for redemption in the era of the “new depression.” No cover, all ages.

Saturday, April 28, 8:30-11:30 p.m.: Angela O’Sullivan: Local Singer/Songwriter Angela O’Sullivan boasts roots in the South, a love for the West, and a Wanderlust for International travel... all of which have subsequently influenced her folk/indie acoustic style. Her songlist includes a mix of anything and everything from Nat King Cole to Johnny Cash, Sting to Jimmy Buffet, Fleetwood Mac to Kings of Leon, interspersed with a Norah Jones/Sarah MacLachlan style of original tunes. Her covers are recognizably authentic with a twist of Coffeeshop charm and a crowd appeal that suits a variety of venue and age ranges. No cover, all ages.

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

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

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WINE TASTING

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

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

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

Support Groups

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

Domestic violence: support, crisis line

NOA (No One Alone) conducts weekly support groups for women and children to give victims the opportunity to process current abuse and the emotions accompanying domestic violence situations. Groups meet each Wednesday from 6:30-7:45 p.m. Childcare provided. 706-867-6420 for information. 24-Hour Crisis Line, 706-864-1986

Reformers Unanimous Addiction Program

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

Grief support programs at NGMC

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

Kinship Care—grandparents raising grandchildren

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

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

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

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

Alcoholics Anonymous:

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

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

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

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

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

Assistance Available

Free Food at DCOG Monday, May 7

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

Education/Classes

Gainesville sBDC Classes

Gainesville Small Business Develoment Center offices located at The Featherbone Communiversity, 999 Chestnut Street, Gainesville. Register online at www.georgiasbdc.org or call 770-531-5681 for more information.

Maximum Money, Wednesdays May 2-30, 9-11 a.m. Dawsonville Best Western. $50 Register at www.dawson.org

Starting a Business: Q&A, 5-7 p.m. Wednesday, May 2. No charge. Pre-registration required.

Stewards of Children Training May 11

This child sexual abuse prevention training program is offered on the 2nd Friday of each month at the Dahlonega Presbyterian Church. May’s session will be held from 5:30-8 p.m. May 11. Deadline for registration is May 4. $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.

Gold Panning: Learn about the history of the Dahlonega gold belt, as well as various types of gold mining and panning techniques. In addition, participants will learn where to look locally for gold. April 28, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. $59, Bill Findley

Intro to Fused Glass Jewelry: Make a glass pendants in just one day. Materials fee of $20 payable to the instructor on the day of class. April 28, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., $99. Carol Sheppard

Intermediate Bridge: Move onto the next step in bridge playing. Wednesdays, May 2-23, 10 to 11:30 a.m. $89. Fred Fister

Appalachian Basket Weaving: Learn to weave an egg basket from kudzu vines supplied by your instructor. Saturday, May 12, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. $79 Regina Hines.

Administrative Professionals Day Lunch & Learn Dahlonega: The Cinderella Complex. With laughter and humor, certified life coach Sudie Crouch will help participants discover ways to deal with co-workers who are making our workdays less enjoyable and more stressful. Come ready to embrace your inner Cinderella. Wednesday, April 25, 11:30-1 p.m. $25 (includes lunch)

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.

S.A.T. and Study Prep

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

program aims to improve reading skills

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

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

GED opportunities

Great news! Incentives are now available for GED students who are serious about committing to earning their GED. Our own Literacy Coalition is offering a $10 gas card for students meeting an attendance criteria, and $20 to any student who refers a new student who meets the attendance criteria. Call for details and let us help you obtain the GED credential needed to even interview for a job these days. 706-867-2862

Mountain Ed High School

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

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

Buddhist meditation and study group

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

Volunteers

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Wellness/Fitness

Yoga at Dahlonega Spa Resort

Thursdays at 6 p.m.: Hot Yoga—it’s powerful and energetic Yoga posture-flow in a heated room with Carolina Sartain—burn calories while detoxifying body and mind. Tuesdays at 6 p.m.: Yoga for all levels. A basic Hatha Yoga flow, appropriate for any level with Chris Sartain. 400 Blueberry Hill off Town Creek Church Road. 706-865-7678

YOGA with Quiana

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

Holistic movement classes

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

AT Dahlonega Healing Arts

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

Jazzercise

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

YOGA Flow for Personal Fitness

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

natural & holistic living

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

Wellness Classes

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

saturday Walking Group

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

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, 706-864-4606

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 Classes

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

classes at Funky chicken

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

art instruction by Win Crannell

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

Painting lessons by Anita Elder

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

Recycling

PLASTIC/PAPER/ALUMINUM:

• # 1 & 2 plastic bottles (discard lids)

• Corrugated cardboard (clean and dry)

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

• Aluminum and tin cans. (please rinse out)

Locations:

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

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

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

• Bins on Highway 19 North across from Ace Hardware.

CITY PICK UP AT RESIDENCES

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

CFL BULBS: Home Depot

BATTERIES

• Radio Shack/Dahlonega Pharmacy:household rechargeable batteries

• Home Depot

Cell PHones

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

PLASTIC GROCERY BAGS:

• J&J Foods

• Walmart

STYROFOAM: Publix accepts egg cartons and meat trays.

Electronic Recyclables, MIcrowaves, etc.

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

Church/Religious Events

Gospel Singing

Singing at Etowah Baptist Saturday

Etowah Baptist Church will have a singing Saturday, April 28, at 7 p.m. Guest singers are Welcome Home Baptist Youth Choir and Sheffield Sisters. Everyone is welcome to attend. Pastor, J W Day.

Cane Creek Baptist Hosts Across Time Sunday

The bluegrass gospel group Across Time will be singing at Cane Creek Baptist Church at 11 a.m. Sunday, April 29. Everyone is welcome.

Gobers at Brown’s Chapel Sunday

Brown’s Chapel in Dahlonega will have a special singing at 11 a.m. Sunday, April 29. Special singers will be The Gobers. Junior Evans, pastor, invites all. 706-482-8321

Freedom MInistries saturday night singing

Saturday night singing: Big Oak Gospel Music at 7 p.m. each Saturday. Featured singers on April 28 are Steve Pruitt, The Mitchells, 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/glendonwilliamsfreedomheirs, freedomministries@windstream.net

Revival at Friendship Baptist continues

Friendship Baptist Church, located on Morrison Moore Parkway, is having spring revival at 7 p.m. each day through Wednesday, April 25. Rev. Charles Bice and Rev. Steven Baker are helping Pastor Lance Fuller. Everyone is welcome.

Revival continues at Cavender’s Creek

Cavender’s Creek Baptist Church will hold revival services through Friday, April 27, at 7 p.m. each evening. Preaching is by Rev. Terry Head and Rev. Chris Anderson. Pastor Stephen Adams invites everyone to attend. 678-617-2922

Breakfast, Yard and Craft sale at St Paul UMC April 28

St. Paul UMC, 14 Martins Ford Rd. off Hwy. 60 near the Hall County line, will hold a breakfast and Yard and Craft Sale from 7 a.m.-2 p.m. on Saturday, April 28. Booths are available. Carol Wittig, 770-983-2556 or Pastor David, 706-973-9924

Lighthouse sets Singing, Youth service, Homecoming

The Lighthouse Baptist Church, 5007 Highway 52 East, will have a singing Saturday, April 28, at 7 p.m. featuring the Wilson Sisters, Change of Heart, Ronnie and Phyllis Vaughn and other singers. All are welcome. Come as you are. A youth service will be held at 11 a.m. April 29. On May 6 at 11 a.m. the Homecoming Service will include communion, foot washing, honoring elders and dinner on the grounds. All are welcome. Rev. G.W. Gravitt, pastor.

Pastor Appreciation Day at DCOG Sunday

Dahlonega Church of God, 4 Happy Hollow Road, will celebrate Pastor Appreciation Sunday April 29, honoring its pastor, Rev. Larry K. Henry, who has served the church for the past three years. A meal will follow the service, and the public is invited to the celebration.

UnitARIAn Universalist church

Georgia Mountains Unitarian Universalist Church is a welcoming congregation. On Sunday, April 29, Jerry Gonzalez, Executive Director of GALEO (Georgia Association of Latino Elected Officials), will provide an update on immigration laws and issues in Georgia. 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

Big Tent Meeting all next week

An Independent Baptist Tent Meeting will be held in Dahlonega Sunday through Friday, April 29-May 4, at the top of Crown Mountain on South Chestatee Street, behind the Shell station. Sunday services begin at 6 and 7 p.m., and Monday-Friday services at 7 p.m. The Marksmen will be singing on Friday.

WOMEN’S MINI-RETREAT at DUMC May 4

Dahlonega United Methodist Church will host “An Evening with Angie Smith” Friday, May 4. The wife of Todd Smith, lead singer of the hit Christian contemporary group Selah. Smith is a nationally-known speaker who travels with Women of Faith. She will speak on “What Women Fear.” All ladies are invited for the dinner at 5:30 p.m. followed by the event at 7 p.m. Advance tickets for dinner and the event are $45; advance registration for the event only is $20; tickets at the door for the event are $30. www.dahlonegaumc.org or Brenda Elrod, 678-577-1639

Annual Chicken Dinner at Lighthouse Baptist May 5

Lighthouse Baptist Church, Dawsonville, will hold a Chicken Dinner

Fundraiser from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, May 5, at 329 Harmony Church Rd. Plates are $7. 678-357-1377, 706-265-9868, www.lighthouse-baptist.com

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

Senior Services uncut

lumpkin County Senior Center

266 Mechanicsville Road, 706-864-2358,

lcseniorcenter@windstream.net

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Community-wide Events

‘Ask A Master Gardener’ Saturday

On Saturday, April 28, Master Gardeners will be in front of the Dahlonega Walmart from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. to answer gardening questions. What plants grow best in north Georgia? What plants work well in full sun or shade? Are there any plants that are drought-resistant or deer-resistant? Which plants bloom when? When is the best time to prune? Get the answers to these questions and many more from local Master Gardeners.

Boy Scout Troop 303 Car Wash Saturday

Boy Scout Troop 303 will be washing cars at Auto Zone from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, April 28. Donations toward summer Scout camp expenses will be accepted.

SUCHES FRee HEALTH FAIR Saturday

Free Screenings for eyesight, hearing, blood sugar and blood pressure will be held at the Suches Health Fair at the Suches Community Center from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, April 28. The event is sponsored by the Dahlonega Lions Club with participation by Suches Fire Stations,

Union County EMS and Woody Gap School.

Bike Rodeo, Car seat safety check Saturday

The Heart of Gold Pilot Club of Lumpkin and White Counties will hold a Community Safety Day from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, April 28 at Walmart of Dahlonega. There will be a Bike Rodeo for the children (with parental supervision) and a Safety Check/Replacement of your Automobile Child Safety Seat by local law enforcement. Walmart of Dahlonega will donate a brand new bicycle to be raffled off. The focus of the event will be on safety precautions to prevent brain injury. 678-617-5805, 706-835-9136

Auraria Community club Yard Sale Saturday

Auraria Community Club will have a community yard sale Saturday, April 28. Spaces are available for $5. The club will serve breakfast and lunch. Proceeds will go to club charities. Bring unwanted items and join the club for a great day. 706-864-3432, 706-864-2740

International Dinner democratic fundraiser

The Lumpkin County Democratic Party will host an International Dinner Party at 6 p.m. Sunday evening, April 29. This fundraiser will be held at the home of Ron and Joanne Fogaros. Make reservations by April 27. For more information and reservations e-mail lumpkindemocrats@yahoo.com or call 706-867-8653.

Republican Headquarters Grand Opening

The Lumpkin County Republican Party will celebrate the opening of its new headquarters at 24 Alicia Lane, suite 3 (in front of the post office) at 7 p.m. Tuesday, May 1. Jeff , 706-973-7091

Ranger Open House May 5

The annual 5th Ranger Training Battalion will host an Open House at Camp Frank D. Merrill Saturday, May 5. Gates open 11 a.m. and events include weapons and equipment displays, mountaineering and snake shows, live helicopter and parachute operations and hand-to-hand combat demonstrations. Admission is free.

BOOK/BAKE SALE AT LIBRARY

The Lumpkin County Library, in partnership with the Dahlonega Woman’s Club, will hold a bake sale and book sale from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, May 12. Come early to stake your claim on some delicious baked goods and drinks, and then browse the book sale. All proceeds will benefit the Lumpkin County Library.

The Library is part of the Chestatee Regional Library System and serves all members of the Lumpkin County community. 706-864-3668, www.chestateelibrary.org

Community Support Activities

Relay seeks Participants, contributors

Lumpkin County’s Relay for Life will be held May 11-12 at Lumpkin County High School. The event begins at 6 p.m. May 11 with opening ceremonies and the Survivor Lap. Register a team, join a team, sign up for survivor activities, sign up as a survivor, purchase a luminaria, make a donation and view event information at www.lumpkincountyrelay.org. Registration to participate is free.

AT-EASE program checks on Homebound

This program of the Lumpkin County Sheriff’s Office provides regular contact to those who are homebound, disabled, sick, living alone, or just need the assurance of a friendly voice. Participation can be temporary or ongoing. Registration forms are available on the Sheriff’s Office website at www.lumpkincounty.gov, at the Lumpkin County Sheriff’s Office, and by phone request at 706-864-3633.

Cell PHones collected for soldiers

Dahlonega Funeral Home is collecting old cell phones for “Cell Phones for Soldiers,” an effort to support military members returning from active duty by offering free cell phones to all armed forces returning from service in Iraq and Afghanistan. 706.864.DOVE

SEED SAVING & LENDING LIBRARY

Wild Mountain Girl Herbal School on the square in Dahlonega offers a seed library. Completely free to the public, this is a way for the community to share and save valuable seeds of all types. Cindi Vernon, (706) 429-6323, cindiv@windstream.net

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

Children & Young Adults

PIck & Bow Summer MUsic Camp REGISTERING

Georgia Pick & Bow Traditional Music School will hold a week-long day camp of intensive music instruction for young beginner through advanced musicians June 18-22. The camp offers training in bluegrass and old time music, song, dance, and crafts for students 4th through 12th grades and is held at the Dahlonega Baptist Church. Instruction and activities are geared toward having fun, developing skills, playing music in a group, and, in general, immersing children in an interest that may well last a lifetime. For more information or an application form, contact Ann Whitley, annwhitley@mac.com or 404-790-9211.

CAMP, CLASSES at Dahlonega Gymnastics

Now registering for summer camp, gymnastics classes and swimming lessons. Call 706-864-8516 or visit DahlonegaGymnastics.com to register online. (May 30)

Kids on Campus Summer Program at NGCSU

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

DUMC MMO/preschool registering

Dahlonega United Methodist Church MMO/Preschool is now taking applications for school year 2012-2013. Ages Toddlers-Pre-K class. Contact Angie Mayo or Dana Fritchle @ 706-864-8521. www.dahlonegaumc.org/ministries/mmo-and-preschool

Head Start/Pre K applications NOW OPEN

Lumpkin County Head Start/Pre-K is taking applications for its 2012-13 program year. Children will need to be age 3 or 4 by Sept. 1 in order to qualify. The Lumpkin County Head Start/PreK program welcomes children with disabilities and does not discriminate based on race, gender, national origin or religion. 706-864-3456

YMCA After-School Program

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

SCOUTING:

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

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

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

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

Races/Festivals

Ranger 5K/15K run, 34K bike race

The annual 5th Ranger Training Battalion will host the Mountain Ranger Run, a 5K, 15K race and 39K bike race. Registration for the run and bike race is available at www.active.com Search “Mountain Ranger Run.” Money earned from the event is returned to the community’s non-profit organizations.

At the Library

Lumpkin County Library, 706-864-3668

www.chestateelibrary.org

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

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

STORY TIME PROGRAMS

Movers and Shakers, 11 a.m. Wednesdays: Intended for children ages 4 to 5, the program may include songs, finger plays and crafts in addition to stories. Through April 25

Free Document Shredding, Thursday, April 26, 1-3 p.m. Are you holding on to credit card statements from 1978? Clean out old records and bring them to the library when the American Security Shredding truck visits in celebration of Financial Literacy Week. 706-344-3690 or 706-864-3668

Reunions

Oak Grove School Reunion April 28

The annual reunion for Oak Grove School and community will be held at noon Saturday, April 28, at Oak Grove Baptist Church Fellowship Hall. Please bring a covered dish. 706-865-3906, 706-864-0327

Pets

Micro-chipping at animal shelter

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

volunteer pets needed

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

TLC Donations needed

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

Purchases from online retailers benefit TLC

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

TLC seeks volunteers, trainer assistants

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

Senior Services/Activities

lumpkin County Senior Center

266 Mechanicsville Road, 706-864-2358,

lcseniorcenter@windstream.net

Free Sculpture class starts Monday. A free Sculpture Class for seniors will begin Monday, April 30, at 10 a.m. in the Senior Center Art Studio. It will consist of a series of four different Monday sculpture demonstrations, followed by four weekly workshops on Wednesdays and Fridays, 10 a.m. to noon, utilizing those techniques. The first demonstration, taught by sculptor Bob Dodds, will be on “carving,” a subtractive method for wood and stone.

Living Well Workshop: A Chronic Disease Self-Management Program from Stanford University. For adults with any chronic condition (diabetes, heart disease, arthritis, COPD, etc.) or for those caring for someone with a chronic condition—tense muscles, pain, stress and anxiety, depression, fatigue and more. This free 6-week program starts Wednesday, April 25, 1:30 to 4 p.m., and continues Wednesdays through May 30.

SENIOR Co-ed SOFTBALL: Monday, Tuesday and Thursday mornings at 10 a.m. Co-ed, age 50+. 678-343-8069.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Music/Drama/Film & More

Variety show will benefit Senior Center

Friends of Seniors, Inc. will hold its first Annual Talent Show Fundraiser at 7 p.m. Friday, April 27, at the Lumpkin County Parks YMCA. See story page 3B.

NOrth Georgia Children’s Chorus May 4

The North Georgia Children’s Chorus will present Sounds of Spring, the concluding concert of its 5th performance season, at 7 p.m. Friday, May 4, at NGCSU’s Gloria Shott Auditorium. NGCC consists of two performing choirs, Jubilant Song, ages 12-18, directed by Janey Chapman, and The Upbeat Singers, ages 8-12, directed by Ruth Purcell. Accompanist is Hannah Chapman. A reception will follow the concert. Free and open to the public.

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 Dahlonega Appalachian Jam. Join in or stop by to listen. Produced by Dahlonega Downtown Development Authority and Better Hometown Program. Facebook group: Dahlonega Appalachian Jam, 706-864-3513

events at NGCSU

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

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

Thursday, 8 p.m.: Dahlonega Idol

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

Sunday, April 29, 4-6 p.m. Monthly Wine Tasting. Appetizer pairings with wine from Tiger Mountain Vineyards. $40/person includes tax and gratuity. Reservations required.

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, 7-9+ p.m.: Open Jam Night hosted by Justin Bridges. All genres of music. Free, tips for host appreciated.

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

Friday, April 27, 8-10+ p.m.: Marshall Ruffin. $10 Advance / $12 Day of Show. The 25-year old roots-rock and blues singer-songwrit-

er-guitarist Ruffin taught himself to play at age 13 and several years later, majored in jazz performance at the Berklee College of Music. It was while in Boston, Ruffin recognized and tapped into his songwriting skills and vocal gifts. He has opened for dozens of regional and national artists, and signed with Jammates Records. Hiis 2009 sophomore project is nominated for the Independent Music Awards ‘Blues Album of the Year’. www.marshallruffin.com

Saturday, April 28, 8-10+ p.m.: The Michelle Malone Banned. $20

Advance / $25 Day of Show. Michelle Malone was born in the

Deep South and grew up listening to her mother sing in the church choir every Sunday. Two time Grammy nominee, Moanin’ Malone, now armed with a bottleneck slide, blues harmonica, and her signature soul-filled vocals, has taken those religious roots and blended in rock, folk, and blues. www.michellemalone.com

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

Monday, 7-10 p.m.: ‘Audition’ Open Mic.’ $3. Every 2nd & 4th Monday the stage will be open to amateurs and up and coming artists alike to share their original songs in an audience-judged competition for a $50 prize, and an invitation to a quarterly ‘Final Cut’ Open Mic Challenge to win their own show at the Moon.

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

www.hollytheater.com

The Fiddleheads: The Fiddleheads are a group of bluegrass-inspired, genre-crossing musicians from Dahlonega who were recently featured on America’s Got Talent. See story page 3B.

Stairway to Broadway: Friday, April 27, 8 p.m. and Sunday, April 29, 2 p.m. This variety show with student actors and directors includes scenes from Wicked, Annie, and The Lion King, and musical numbers ranging from ballads to up-beat dance numbers. Presented by The Holly Performance Academy. Adults: $15, Children: $7.50

Embraceable You in concert, Saturday, April 28, 8 p.m. $15. See story at right.

Stairway to Broadway: Sunday, April 29, 2 p.m. See listing above.

The Fiddleheads: Thursday, April 26, 8 p.m. $15 (See article this page)

Embraceable You in concert, Saturday, April 28, 8 p.m. with the music of George and Ira Gershwin. Embraceable You features two talented young artists singing, dancing and falling in love in the style of Gene Kelly, Frank Sinatra and Lena Horne, with a little extra modern flair and pizzazz. $15

One Acts, Tuesday, May 1, 8 p.m.: Presenting a combination of one-act plays written by local and well-known playwrights. $10, $7 w/valid student ID.

Johnny Cash Now, Friday, May 4, 8 p.m.: Go back to a Johnny Cash concert of 1969 and hear not only Johnny’s most popular songs but also the sounds of other artists who performed with him—Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins, and Elvis Presley. $15. www.johnnycashnow.com

Mountain Music & Medicine Show, Saturday, May 5, 7:30-10 p.m. Live recording of a radio show. $15 www.mmmshow.com

Grant Searcey Art Show opening reception/music by Erick Jones of American Anodyne: Wednesday, May 9, 7 p.m. Free.

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

Thursdays: College Night

Fridays: Live entertainment

Mondays: Trivia

Tuesdays: Country Western Music/Karaoke night

Friday, April 28: Stoned Sandwich

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, April 27, 8:30-11:30 p.m.: Erick Jones. Whether performing with the Atlanta based country-rock band American Anodyne, the North Georgia folk group Ugly Cousin, or solo acoustic, Erick Jones’ narrative storytelling draws upon the trials of small-town life in the south, drunken revelry, and searching for redemption in the era of the “new depression.” No cover, all ages.

Saturday, April 28, 8:30-11:30 p.m.: Angela O’Sullivan: Local Singer/Songwriter Angela O’Sullivan boasts roots in the South, a love for the West, and a Wanderlust for International travel... all of which have subsequently influenced her folk/indie acoustic style. Her songlist includes a mix of anything and everything from Nat King Cole to Johnny Cash, Sting to Jimmy Buffet, Fleetwood Mac to Kings of Leon, interspersed with a Norah Jones/Sarah MacLachlan style of original tunes. Her covers are recognizably authentic with a twist of Coffeeshop charm and a crowd appeal that suits a variety of venue and age ranges. No cover, all ages.

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

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

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WINE TASTING

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

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

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

Support Groups

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

Domestic violence: support, crisis line

NOA (No One Alone) conducts weekly support groups for women and children to give victims the opportunity to process current abuse and the emotions accompanying domestic violence situations. Groups meet each Wednesday from 6:30-7:45 p.m. Childcare provided. 706-867-6420 for information. 24-Hour Crisis Line, 706-864-1986

Reformers Unanimous Addiction Program

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

Grief support programs at NGMC

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

Kinship Care—grandparents raising grandchildren

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

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

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

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

Alcoholics Anonymous:

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

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

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

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

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

Assistance Available

Free Food at DCOG Monday, May 7

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

Education/Classes

Gainesville sBDC Classes

Gainesville Small Business Develoment Center offices located at The Featherbone Communiversity, 999 Chestnut Street, Gainesville. Register online at www.georgiasbdc.org or call 770-531-5681 for more information.

Maximum Money, Wednesdays May 2-30, 9-11 a.m. Dawsonville Best Western. $50 Register at www.dawson.org

Starting a Business: Q&A, 5-7 p.m. Wednesday, May 2. No charge. Pre-registration required.

Stewards of Children Training May 11

This child sexual abuse prevention training program is offered on the 2nd Friday of each month at the Dahlonega Presbyterian Church. May’s session will be held from 5:30-8 p.m. May 11. Deadline for registration is May 4. $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.

Gold Panning: Learn about the history of the Dahlonega gold belt, as well as various types of gold mining and panning techniques. In addition, participants will learn where to look locally for gold. April 28, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. $59, Bill Findley

Intro to Fused Glass Jewelry: Make a glass pendants in just one day. Materials fee of $20 payable to the instructor on the day of class. April 28, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., $99. Carol Sheppard

Intermediate Bridge: Move onto the next step in bridge playing. Wednesdays, May 2-23, 10 to 11:30 a.m. $89. Fred Fister

Appalachian Basket Weaving: Learn to weave an egg basket from kudzu vines supplied by your instructor. Saturday, May 12, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. $79 Regina Hines.

Administrative Professionals Day Lunch & Learn Dahlonega: The Cinderella Complex. With laughter and humor, certified life coach Sudie Crouch will help participants discover ways to deal with co-workers who are making our workdays less enjoyable and more stressful. Come ready to embrace your inner Cinderella. Wednesday, April 25, 11:30-1 p.m. $25 (includes lunch)

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.

S.A.T. and Study Prep

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

program aims to improve reading skills

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

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

GED opportunities

Great news! Incentives are now available for GED students who are serious about committing to earning their GED. Our own Literacy Coalition is offering a $10 gas card for students meeting an attendance criteria, and $20 to any student who refers a new student who meets the attendance criteria. Call for details and let us help you obtain the GED credential needed to even interview for a job these days. 706-867-2862

Mountain Ed High School

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

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

Buddhist meditation and study group

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

Volunteers

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Wellness/Fitness

Yoga at Dahlonega Spa Resort

Thursdays at 6 p.m.: Hot Yoga—it’s powerful and energetic Yoga posture-flow in a heated room with Carolina Sartain—burn calories while detoxifying body and mind. Tuesdays at 6 p.m.: Yoga for all levels. A basic Hatha Yoga flow, appropriate for any level with Chris Sartain. 400 Blueberry Hill off Town Creek Church Road. 706-865-7678

YOGA with Quiana

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

Holistic movement classes

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

AT Dahlonega Healing Arts

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

Jazzercise

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

YOGA Flow for Personal Fitness

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

natural & holistic living

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

Wellness Classes

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

saturday Walking Group

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

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, 706-864-4606

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 Classes

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

classes at Funky chicken

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

art instruction by Win Crannell

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

Painting lessons by Anita Elder

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

Recycling

PLASTIC/PAPER/ALUMINUM:

• # 1 & 2 plastic bottles (discard lids)

• Corrugated cardboard (clean and dry)

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

• Aluminum and tin cans. (please rinse out)

Locations:

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

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

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

• Bins on Highway 19 North across from Ace Hardware.

CITY PICK UP AT RESIDENCES

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

CFL BULBS: Home Depot

BATTERIES

• Radio Shack/Dahlonega Pharmacy:household rechargeable batteries

• Home Depot

Cell PHones

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

PLASTIC GROCERY BAGS:

• J&J Foods

• Walmart

STYROFOAM: Publix accepts egg cartons and meat trays.

Electronic Recyclables, MIcrowaves, etc.

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

Church/Religious Events

Gospel Singing

Singing at Etowah Baptist Saturday

Etowah Baptist Church will have a singing Saturday, April 28, at 7 p.m. Guest singers are Welcome Home Baptist Youth Choir and Sheffield Sisters. Everyone is welcome to attend. Pastor, J W Day.

Cane Creek Baptist Hosts Across Time Sunday

The bluegrass gospel group Across Time will be singing at Cane Creek Baptist Church at 11 a.m. Sunday, April 29. Everyone is welcome.

Gobers at Brown’s Chapel Sunday

Brown’s Chapel in Dahlonega will have a special singing at 11 a.m. Sunday, April 29. Special singers will be The Gobers. Junior Evans, pastor, invites all. 706-482-8321

Freedom MInistries saturday night singing

Saturday night singing: Big Oak Gospel Music at 7 p.m. each Saturday. Featured singers on April 28 are Steve Pruitt, The Mitchells, 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/glendonwilliamsfreedomheirs, freedomministries@windstream.net

Revival at Friendship Baptist continues

Friendship Baptist Church, located on Morrison Moore Parkway, is having spring revival at 7 p.m. each day through Wednesday, April 25. Rev. Charles Bice and Rev. Steven Baker are helping Pastor Lance Fuller. Everyone is welcome.

Revival continues at Cavender’s Creek

Cavender’s Creek Baptist Church will hold revival services through Friday, April 27, at 7 p.m. each evening. Preaching is by Rev. Terry Head and Rev. Chris Anderson. Pastor Stephen Adams invites everyone to attend. 678-617-2922

Breakfast, Yard and Craft sale at St Paul UMC April 28

St. Paul UMC, 14 Martins Ford Rd. off Hwy. 60 near the Hall County line, will hold a breakfast and Yard and Craft Sale from 7 a.m.-2 p.m. on Saturday, April 28. Booths are available. Carol Wittig, 770-983-2556 or Pastor David, 706-973-9924

Lighthouse sets Singing, Youth service, Homecoming

The Lighthouse Baptist Church, 5007 Highway 52 East, will have a singing Saturday, April 28, at 7 p.m. featuring the Wilson Sisters, Change of Heart, Ronnie and Phyllis Vaughn and other singers. All are welcome. Come as you are. A youth service will be held at 11 a.m. April 29. On May 6 at 11 a.m. the Homecoming Service will include communion, foot washing, honoring elders and dinner on the grounds. All are welcome. Rev. G.W. Gravitt, pastor.

Pastor Appreciation Day at DCOG Sunday

Dahlonega Church of God, 4 Happy Hollow Road, will celebrate Pastor Appreciation Sunday April 29, honoring its pastor, Rev. Larry K. Henry, who has served the church for the past three years. A meal will follow the service, and the public is invited to the celebration.

UnitARIAn Universalist church

Georgia Mountains Unitarian Universalist Church is a welcoming congregation. On Sunday, April 29, Jerry Gonzalez, Executive Director of GALEO (Georgia Association of Latino Elected Officials), will provide an update on immigration laws and issues in Georgia. 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

Big Tent Meeting all next week

An Independent Baptist Tent Meeting will be held in Dahlonega Sunday through Friday, April 29-May 4, at the top of Crown Mountain on South Chestatee Street, behind the Shell station. Sunday services begin at 6 and 7 p.m., and Monday-Friday services at 7 p.m. The Marksmen will be singing on Friday.

WOMEN’S MINI-RETREAT at DUMC May 4

Dahlonega United Methodist Church will host “An Evening with Angie Smith” Friday, May 4. The wife of Todd Smith, lead singer of the hit Christian contemporary group Selah. Smith is a nationally-known speaker who travels with Women of Faith. She will speak on “What Women Fear.” All ladies are invited for the dinner at 5:30 p.m. followed by the event at 7 p.m. Advance tickets for dinner and the event are $45; advance registration for the event only is $20; tickets at the door for the event are $30. www.dahlonegaumc.org or Brenda Elrod, 678-577-1639

Annual Chicken Dinner at Lighthouse Baptist May 5

Lighthouse Baptist Church, Dawsonville, will hold a Chicken Dinner

Fundraiser from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, May 5, at 329 Harmony Church Rd. Plates are $7. 678-357-1377, 706-265-9868, www.lighthouse-baptist.com

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

Senior Services uncut

lumpkin County Senior Center

266 Mechanicsville Road, 706-864-2358,

lcseniorcenter@windstream.net

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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