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Community-wide Events

Session on Jobs, re-training Thursday

Georgia Mountains Workforce Development (GMWD) will hold an Overview Session for anyone unemployed or looking for career training/retraining at the Lumpkin County Parks YMCA, 365 Riley Rd, at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. Thursday, Feb.16. The Overview Session will acquaint potential customers of the services and requirements of the Workforce Investment Act (WIA) of 1998. The program provides federal funding for education and training to eligible adults 18 years and above seeking to enhance their current skills, learn a new trade or obtain their GED. Participants must be residents of Lumpkin County or one of the other 12 counties served by GMWD, or be/have been employed by a company whose business is/was within the service area. To see if you qualify for services and to register for the Overview, contact the office at 770-538-2727. GMWD is operated by Georgia Mountains Regional Commission.

Master Gardeners/4-H Plant sale underway

The Lumpkin County 4-H Club and the Georgia Mountains Master Gardener Association are conducting a spring plant sale, offering high quality perennials, ferns, shrubs, blueberries and native plants at reasonable prices. Prepaid orders will be taken until Thursday, March 1. Order forms must be delivered to the Lumpkin County Extension office at 26 Johnson Street, Suite A, Dahlonega. Checks should be made payable to the Lumpkin County 4-H Club. Plants will be ready for pick up from 3-6 p.m. Friday, March 16 and 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, March 17 at the Lumpkin County Recycling Center/Road Department Shop at 1646 Red Oak Flats Road. 706-864-2275

Community Tree Planting Ceremony Friday

The public is invited to the 2012 Arbor Day Celebration tree planting ceremony at 11 a.m. Friday, Feb. 17, at the Choice Avenue Parking Lot, corner of Choice Avenue and Meaders Street in downtown Dahlonega. Rebecca Shirley, 706-482-2707

Town hall meeting to discuss SPLOST Feb. 23

Learn more about the local SPLOST at a Town Hall meeting at 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 23, at the Lumpkin County Parks YMCA, 365 Riley Rd. Experts will explain the issues and answer questions. SPLOST will be on the March 6 ballot.

Retired teachers GALA Feb. 25

The Lumpkin County Retired Teachers Association will hold a Gala at 6:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 24, at The Market Place on the square. The event will include hors d’oeurves, music, dancing and a silent auction. Tickets are $25 and raffle tickets for a “Dahlonega Getaway” are also available for $5 each, to support scholarships and local youth enrichment programs. Anita Middleton, 706-864-3377, or any LCREA member.

PartiGras! will benefit Arts Council Feb. 25

PartiGras 2012, a benefit for the Dahlonega Arts Council, will take place at 7 p.m. Feb. 25 at the Achasta Club House. The event will feature hors d’oeuvres, a seated dinner buffet and a King Cake, live and silent auctions, and Zydeco and Dixiland music. Tickets are available at the Lumpkin County Visitors Center and DAC board members.

Scrabble Challenge returns Feb. 25

The annual Kiwanis of Lumpkin County Scrabble Challenge to benefit the children of the community will be held Saturday, Feb. 25 beginning at 1 p.m. at YMCA Parks & Rec. Categories of play include Junior (13 and under), High School (14-17 years of age), Adult and Learner’s Mode, which is open to all ages and can use a dictionary. Entrance fee is $5 for Juniors and $10 for all other categories. There will be raffle drawings, snacks and drinks and prizes for the winners. To register, send an e-mail to sezealy@gmail.com or call 706-973-9180 for more information.

Sheriff’s Dept. will waits tables for Relay

Sheriff Stacy Jarrard will be taking orders and Sheriff’s Department employees and volunteers will be waiting tables Sunday, March 4, from 2-4 p.m. at the Wagon Wheel Restaurant. All tips and donations from the department’s “Waiting for a Cure” will benefit Lumpkin County’s Relay for Life.

Races/ Festivals

Chasing Away Winter 5K/1 Mile/tot trot Sat.

This fundraiser for the Dahlonega United Methodist Church’s Mothers Morning Out program will begin at LCHS and travel a course through Camp Glisson. The 5K begins at 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 18; 1 mile at 2:45 p.m. and Tot Trot at 3 p.m. $20 for 5K. Late registration $25. Register online though Feb. 16 at active.com. Registration opens at 12:30 p.m. on race day. For more information, call Angie or Dana at the Preschool Office, 706-864-8521.

Challenged Child 5K/Fun Run March 4

Challenged Child and Friends will hold its 20th Anniversary 5K and 1 Mile Fun/Run at Riverside Military Academy Sunday, March 4. Registration begins at 1 p.m. for the Fun Run/Walk and 2:30 p.m. for the 5K. Contact Taylor Gilmer at taylor@challengedchild.org or call 770-535-8372. To volunteer to help with this event, call Robyn Shoaf at (770) 535-8372 Ext. 120. Challenged Child and Friends provides educational, therapeutic, nursing and family support services to children with disabilities in Hall and surrounding counties, including Lumpkin.

Community Support Projects

SEED SAVING & LENDING LIBRARY seeks seeds

Wild Mountain Girl Herbal School on the square in Dahlonega is seeking donations now for a seed library. Completely free to the public, this is a way for the community to share and save valuable seeds of all types. The seed lending library will open March 24. Cindi Vernon, (706) 429-6323, cindiv@windstream.net

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

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

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

Free teen driving program offered Feb. 28

Georgia Teens Ride With P.R.I.D.E. (Parents Reducing Injuries and Driver Error) is a free, national award-winning two-hour course designed to help parents and their new (or soon to be) teen drivers, ages 14-16, learn what they need to do during the 40 hours of supervised practice driving time required by Georgia law. This program addresses driver attitude, knowledge and behavior of both the parent and new teen driver; teens and parents must attend together. Classes are held on the fourth Tuesday of each month at 4 p.m. at Lumpkin County Parks YMCA, 365 Riley Rd. Information/registration: Brandy Fitzpatrick, 770-369-4416, brandyfitzpatrick@ymail.com

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

Dahlonega Baptist preschool registering

Registration and classroom tours will be held for the Dahlonega Baptist Church’s Sonshine Weekly Preschool for its 2012-13 session according to the following schedule: Children of church members—Feb. 2, 9 a.m. to noon or 6-8 p.m.; Feb. 3, 9 a.m. to noon. Others from the community—Feb. 6, 9 a.m. to noon; Feb. 7, 9 a.m. to noon or 6-8 p.m. Programs serve children ages 1-5. Denise Green, 706-864-3676, ext. 114, denise@dbch.org

Head Start/Pre K applications open March 1

Lumpkin County Head Start/Pre-K will begin taking applications March 1 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. The following information is required to complete an application: child’s birth certificate, immunization certificate, income verification for the past 12 months, social security card, and proof of residency. 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 

Support Groups

Cancer Patients

Life with Cancer, a support group for men and women, meets the second Monday of every month at 6:30 p.m. at Church of the Apostles, 32 Grant Road West, Dawsonville. Facilitator is Joan Palazollo, a licensed, practicing counselor and cancer survivor. 706-878-8149

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

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.

Storytime Programs:

Movers and Shakers, Wednesdays through Feb. 15, 11 a.m. Intended for children ages 4-5. No pre-registration is required, but groups larger than five are requested to call at least two days in advance. The programs last 45 minutes to an hour and may include songs, finger plays and crafts in addition to stories.

Happy Bookers Book Discussion Group, Thursday, Feb. 16, 1:30 p.m.: February selection: 1864: Lincoln at the Gates of History by Charles Bracelen Flood. The Happy Bookers book discussion group meets the third Thursday of each month and rotates discussing fiction, non-fiction, and award-winning books. New members are welcome.

Genealogy Workshop, Saturday, Feb. 18, 11 a.m. Learn to use the web to trace your family roots. Reservations required.

Tween Program: Shrinky Dinks, Tuesday, Feb. 28, 3:30 p.m. Come on over and decorate a sheet of Shrinky Dinks. Grades 3-5.

Dr. Seuss’ birthday and Read Across America Day, Saturday, March 3, 11 a.m. Cookies, games, crafts and fun, fun, fun!

Assistance Available

FRee Tax help to qualified filers

AARP Foundation Tax-Aide offers free help to older taxpayers and people with limited income. Free tax preparation and electronic filing is available from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesdays through April 11 at the Dahlonega Senior Center, 266 Mechanicsville Road.

OneHarvest food available at St. Paul

St. Paul United Methodist Church, Highway 60 South at 14 Martins Ford Road, is a pick-up location for OneHarvest Food Ministries. Available boxes include boxes of meats and vegetables, prepared meals, a box of chicken and a grill special which can be ordered at discounted, group-purchase prices. Order at www.oneharvest.com or at the church, 706-973-9924.

Free Food at DCOG Monday, March 5

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. 4 Happy Hollow Road, 706-864-3782

Music/Drama/Film & More

Church Choir Festival at DUMC Feb. 26

Dahlonega United Methodist Church will host a Church Choir Festival at 3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 26. Choirs from Christ the King Lutheran Church (Cumming), Dahlonega United Methodist Church, Grace Baptist Church (Cumming), and North Georgia College & State University (NGCSU Singers, Le Belle Voci, and Patriot Choir) will participate. The Festival Director is Dr. John M. Broman, NGCSU Director of Choral Activities, and the Festival Accompanist is Mary Beth Hutcheson. The afternoon program is free and the public is invited to attend.

events at NGCSU

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

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

Symphonic Band Concert, Thursday, Feb. 16, 8 p.m., Lumpkin County High School

Senior Voice Recital by Michael Abreu, 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 28, Gloria Shott Performance Hall. Michael Abreu, bass, will present selections from the classical vocal repertory in Italian, German, French, and English. He will be accompanied by his instructor, Mary Beth Hutcheson. The recital is free and open to the public.

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 starts Feb. 16

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

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

Dahlonega Idol starts Feb 16 and runs every Thursday night. Qualification rounds Feb 16 through April 12; Idol Finals April 19 at 8 pm. 1st Place $300. Cash or prizes through four places.

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, 6:30-9:30 p.m. Open Jam Night hosted by Justin Bridges. All genres of music. Free, tips for host appreciated.

Thursdays, 6:30-9:30 p.m.: Tom & Juli. Hundreds of cover songs from the 60s, 70s, 80s and 90s while you dine. Free.

Friday, Feb. 17, 8-10+p.m.: Nora Jane Struthers. $14 Advance / $16 day of show. “It’s not really bluegrass, it’s not really old time,

it’s not folk—it’s all of these things,”—that’s how Nora Jane describes her music. Winner of the neo-traditional band competition at West Virginia’s Appalachian String Band Festival and a finalist in Colorado’s Telluride Troubadour competition, Nora Jane is considered one of the most ‘up & coming’ voices of Americana Music, with the cream of Nashville’s musicians

together on her first ‘solo’ CD. www.NoraJaneStruthers.com

Saturday, Feb. 18, 8-10 p.m.: Larkin Poe. $14 Advance / $16 day of show. Sisters first,  and classically trained music lovers and

storytellers second, who toured as teenagers with their elder sibling, Jessica, as the national festival headlining band, The Lovell Sisters.  The soul singing, song-writing sister duo of  Rebecca and Megan Lovell now embark on a new journey of music with five  ‘Larkin

Poe’ EP’s already recorded in just two years. www.LarkinPoe.com

Sunday, Feb. 19, 2-5 p.m. SEBA (SouthEastern Bluegrass Association) Jam Session. Free. Join in or listen to the Dahlonega chapter’s monthly 3rd Sunday jam. http://www.sebabluegrass.org/

Sunday, 6:30-8:30 p.m.+ 3rd Sunday Greybeard’s Acoustic Music Session. An eclectic “bluegrass & beyond” repertoire ranging from Old Time to Gospel, Blues to Jazz, Rock ‘n Roll, a little bit of Classical, and enough ‘straight up’ Bluegrass to keep your toes tapping. $5, invited performers, free.

Holly Theatre, 69 West Main St., 706-864 3759,

www.hollytheater.com

Speakeasy Wednesday: Holly Underground, 9 p.m. to midnight, $7 advance, $9 at the door

Feb. 22: Folkrock band Damon Moon and the Whispering Drifters, http://lungsdirtanddreams.com

Saturday afternoon Movies: Magical Moments Movies for the whole family, 2 p.m.

Band of Brothers, Mondays through Feb. 20: Screening of two episodes/week. 8 p.m. $3

Willy Wonka, Feb. 17, 18, and 19 and 24, 25, 26. Friday and Saturdays at 8 p.m., Sundays at 2 p.m. The Award Winning Holly Performance Academy will perform the classic Willy Wonka, made famous from the Roald Dahl book, Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory. Directed by Stephanie Neuman. $13 adults, $7 under 12 years of age. See story at right.

The Taming of the Shrew, Thursday, Feb. 23, 8 p.m.: Presented by NGCSU; performance by the highly regarded touring company, The National Players. $25, first 150 NGCSU students with ID free. See article page 1B.

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

Thursdays: College Night

Fridays: Live entertainment

Saturdays: College football

Mondays: Trivia

Tuesdays: Country Western Music/Karaoke night

Friday, Feb. 17: Stoned Sandwich

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

Friday nights: Live music 6-9 p.m. by Bobby Wesley playing Country/Rock. No cover.

Saturday nights: Live music 6-9 p.m. by Emily White playing Jazz. No cover.

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, Feb. 17, 8:30-11:30 p.m.. Tim McNary. The band McNary was formed in August 2010 when Dan Sheffield showed up for a drumming audition at Tim McNary’s Atlanta apartment. Two months later, Dan and Tim had hired a bassist and were opening up for the national singer songwriter duo The Civil Wars at The Melting Point in Athens, Ga. By March 2011, Dan and Tim had quit their day jobs and started playing music full time. In May of 2011 Elliott Phillips joined the band as drummer and Dan moved to bass. McNary is currently growing their fan base by playing around the southeast.

Saturday, Feb. 18, 8:30-11:30 p.m.: Jessi Lynn. Take a little bit of Jennifer Nettles, a dash of Bonnie Raitt, a shot of Johnny Cash, and you’ll end up with Jessi Lynn. www.jessilynn.com

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.

Senior Services/Activities

lumpkin County Senior Center

266 Mechanicsville Road, 706-864-2358,

lcseniorcenter@windstream.net

drawing class begins Feb. 20, taught by Bob Dodds, and will meet Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 10-11 a.m. for 6 weeks. Free to Lumpkin County Seniors 55+, but individuals must furnish their own materials.

SENIOR Co-ed SOFTBALL begins March 1: Bring your glove and come play at The Lumpkin County Parks & Recreation Field #5 (adjacent to the Senior Center, 266 Mechanicsville Road.) Games will be played Monday, Tuesday and Thursday mornings at 10 a.m. Co-ed, age 50+. 678-343-8069.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Education/Classes

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.

StartSmart, a comprehensive course for early stage entrepreneurs: Tuesdays, 5-8 p.m. Feb. 28-April 17. The course covers all areas of business start-up, planning and management. Sponsored by Wells Fargo. Partial scholarships may be available. $495

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.

Building a Basic Web Page for Personal or Business Use: Build and publish a simple Web site consisting of a home page and at least four supporting pages. Two Thursdays, Feb. 16 and 23, 5:30-7:30 p.m. $99. Judy McHan

Photography – Intermediate: Learn advanced exposure, night photography, portraiture, photo editing, and how to be more creative in your photography. SLR camera with manual capability required. Four Tuesdays, Feb. 21 - March 13, 7-9:30 p.m. $129. Trevor Morris

Basic Beading: Learn about beads, findings, jewelry making materials and design concepts and make your own jewelry. Tuesday, Feb. 21, 6-9 p.m. $45. Pat Martin

Intro to Wire-Sculpted Jewelry: Learn to Make a Bracelet: Make a beautiful, uniquely designed wire-sculpted bracelet in just one session. Materials fee $25. Saturday, Feb. 25, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. $69. Carol Sheppard

Intro to Soap Making: Learn how to make soap from scratch. $25 supply fee. Saturday, March 3, 10 a.m. to noon. $29. Session II: Tuesday, March 6, 6:30-8:30 p.m. $29. Jan Kelley

Clean Green: How to Make Safe Household Cleaners: Commercial cleaners may increase the toxicity of air, surfaces, and water for our families. Instruction and demonstration include how to create green and affordable household cleaners within anyone’s time restrictions. Session I: Saturday, March 3, 1-3 p.m., $29. Session II: Tuesday, March 13, 6:30-8:30 p.m. $29. Jan Kelley

Appalachian Basket Weaving: Weave a Kudzu Bird House: Twine a birdhouse using kudzu vines (supplied by instructor). Materials fee $20. Saturday, March 3, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., $79. Regina Hines

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 www.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.

Buddhist meditation and study group

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

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

It’s a great time to begin preparing yourself for 2012. As new jobs open up, are you prepared to beat out the competition? Free GED preparation by caring instructors is right around the corner in Dahlonega each Monday through Thursday from 8-7. 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. Mon.-Thurs. 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

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.

S.A.T. and Study Prep

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

Pets

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.

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

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.

Volunteers

LOOKING FOR A FEW GOOD MEN AND/OR WOMEN: Lumpkin County Senior Center is looking for volunteers to help in the kitchen area. 10 a.m. to noon.  Gail or Rhonda, 706-864-2358

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

MEALS ON WHEELS VOLUNTEERS NEEDED to serve as substitute drivers. Vehicle needed. Call Rhonda at 706-864-2358 for more information.

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 WORKSHOP Feb. 18

“Opening to the Joy of Yoga” with Quiana Grace Frost will be held Saturday, Feb. 18, 9 a.m.-noon. Go deeper into yoga and discover the joy of practice on all levels: physically, emotionally, mentally and spiritually. Asana, Pranayama, Mudra, Mantra, meditation and more. All levels welcome. 828 318-9169, iliveingrace@yahoo.com

YOGA with Quiana

Yoga promotes ease, health, vitality and peace. Vinyasa Flow integrating movement, breath and mudras. Mondays 9-10:15 a.m. and 6:15-7:30 p.m.; Wednesdays 9-10:15 a.m., 6-7:20 p.m.; Thursday 4- 5:20 p.m.; Friday 9-10:15 a.m. Saturdays 8-9:30 a.m. To join, contact Quiana 828-318-9169

LEARN TO MEDITATE

Body, mind, spirit, stress reduction. Mondays 5:15 - 6 p.m. To join, contact Quiana 828-318-9169

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. Meditation Monday, 5:30-6:15 p.m. (spiritual discourse/meditation/chanting are part of this meditation). 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

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

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 Feb. 18 are Bobby Allen, Stephens Sisters, and Pure in Heart. 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

The Gobers featured at Solid Rock Feb. 26

Solid Rock Baptist Church, 1662 Highway 115 West, Cleveland, will hold a singing featuring the Gobers at 11 a.m. Sunday, Feb. 26. Everyone is welcome.

Pray LUmpkin Feb. 21

Pray Lumpkin, the monthly community-wide (inter-denominational) prayer gathering for Dahlonega/Lumpkin County, is held from 6:30-8:30 p.m. on the third Tuesday of each month at the Community House on North Park Street. Janet Eriksson, dahlonegaprayer@gmail.com.

UnitARIAn Universalist church

Georgia Mountains Unitarian Universalist Church is a welcoming congregation. On Feb. 19 the topic will be “Recycling/Hemlocks and UU Seventh Principle.” Paul Von Ward will talk about the goals of the local organization WeRecycle and provide an update on recycling in Lumpkin, and Donna Shearer will address the danger of possible total extinction of North Georgia’s hemlocks. 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

Prayer LIne available

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

Lessons: Music/Dance

Dance Classes

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

music, songwriting lessons

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

STring Instruments

Bluegrass instrument instruction—fiddle, banjo, guitar, bass, mandolin. Sonny Houston, 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

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

WILL (Women in Lumpkin Leadership), a monthly professional and social networking group for women, meets the third Wednesday of each month (Feb. 15) from 8 to 9:30 a.m. (program begins at 8:30) at the Stewart Center for Continuing Education next to Dairy Queen. $5-per-meeting fee is collected to support future activities. No membership commitment required. Send message to lumpkincountywillgroup@yahoo.com to be added to E-vite list.

The Blue Ridge Archaeology Guild will meet at 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 16, at the United Community Bank on Morrison Moore By-Pass. Retired forester, volunteer archaeologist, and author Cliff Shaw will talk about the Passport In Time Archaeology project at the extinct Nevada mining town of Aurora, and his participation in it this summer. Shaw has written a history of the short-lived mining town. He will show a Forest Service video of participants in the project, which included investigation of the Chinese inhabitants of Aurora in the 1860s. Visitors are welcome.

Lumpkin County Retired Educators will meet on the third Thursday of the month for a luncheon (Feb. 16) at the Dahlonega Funeral Home. A tour of the facilities will begin at 11 a.m. Dr. Davis Palmour, hypnotherapist, will present the program. 706-864-0164

Georgia Mountain Chapter of Military Officers Association of America meets at 7 p.m. the third Thursday of each month (Feb. 16) at Ryan’s in Dawsonville. Retired, former and current military officers are welcome. www.gmcmoaa.org, 706-265-7613

The American Legion #239 Auxiliary meets the third Thursday (Feb. 16) of each month, 6:30 p.m. at the American Legion Hall. www.dahlonegalegion.org

F.E.A.R. (Face Everything and Recover) is a coalition in Lumpkin County organized to focus on drug and alcohol prevention for a new generation, intervention for addicts now and optimism for a drug-free community in the future. The group meets at noon on the third Thursday of the month (Feb. 16) in the community room of the United Community Bank. It seeks to provide support and services to families affected by alcohol and drug abuse. Bridgette Barker, brigette.barker@lumpkinsheriff.com

Habitat for Humanity of Lumpkin County meets at 6 p.m. the third Thursday of each month (Feb. 16) in the meeting room upstairs at Yahoola Grill.

Dahlonega Young Professionals Group (YPG) meets the third Thursday (Feb. 16), 5:30 p.m., this month at the Community Helping Place. YPG is a networking organization of dedicated, talented young professionals ages 21-40 with the goal of enriching the community by uniting and developing the county’s young professionals. For information on where each month’s meeting is held, go to dahlonegaypg.com.

TLC HUMANE SOCIETY meets at 7 p.m. on the third Thursday (Feb. 16) in the basement of the Dahlonega Library. Please come and bring a friend. We are trying to plan for our fund raisers for the year and any ideas and suggestions will be greatly appreciated. 706-864-2817

The Funky Chicken Art Project holds a woodcarvers gathering on the third Saturday of each month (Feb. 18), noon-3 p.m. More information and directions at www.funkychickenartproject.com or call Christina at 706-864-3938 or e-mail: funkchic@windstream.net

GOLD COUNTRY SQUARE DANCERS meets the first and third Fridays of each month (Feb. 17) from 7:30 to 10 p.m. at the Dahlonega United Methodist Church fellowship hall on South Park Street at Maple Street. The public is invited for fun, exercise and good fellowship. Dana Whitfield, 706-864-9021

SEBA (Southeastern Bluegrass Association) holds a jam the third Sunday of each month (Feb. 19) from 2-6 p.m. at The Crimson Moon Café. Raymond Busbee, 706-216-3885

We Recycle! meets the third Monday of the month (Feb. 20) at 5 p.m. in the Community Room of the United Community Bank on Morrison Moore Parkway. www.WeRecycleLumpkin.org

AARP – Lumpkin Chapter 1966, meets the third Monday (Feb. 20)) of each month at 11 a.m. in the Fellowship Hall of Dahlonega United Methodist Church. A lunch will be served ($7). Anyone age 50+ is invited. Food, fellowship, fun and informative speakers. Roberta Peters. 706-864-4383

The North Georgia Amateur Radio Club (NGARC) meets at 6 p.m. the third Tuesday of each month (Feb. 21) in Dahlonega. Those interested in becoming licensed amateur radio operators or those who are already hams are invited to join the organization. Tom Crowell, president, 706-864-0410; Reudi Mettler, vice president, 404-474-0686

The North Georgia Photography Critique Special Interest Group will meet from 6:30-8:30 p.m. on the fourth Thursday (Feb. 23) in the Dawson County library, 342 Allen Street, Dawsonville to share tips and critique each other’s photos. New members welcome. dphotoman@gmail.com, http://web.me.com/paulschiemer/Critique_Group/Photos.html

The Lions Club of Dahlonega meets the second and fourth Thursdays (Feb. 23) at Just Off the Square Café, at 6 p.m. Everyone is invited. Anne Mundy, 706-864-5899

The Lumpkin County Democratic Party will hold its monthly meeting at 6:30 pm, Monday, Feb. 27, at the United Community Bank Meeting Room. Candidates and issues will be discussed. Dinner provided with donation. For more information contact lumpkindemocrats@yahoo.com

Blue Mountain Masonic Lodge #38 F&AM meets at 7:30 p.m. the second and fourth Tuesdays, (Feb. 28) of each month. 706-864-3838

The Dahlonega Tea Party meets on the first Thursday of the month (March 1), at 7 p.m. in the lower level of the Lumpkin County Library. The public is invited to attend the meeting to learn what the Tea Party is.

Dahlonega Woman’s Club meets the first Thursday (March 1) at 6 p.m. in the Community House on North Park Street. Please bring a brown bag dinner if you wish.

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

Lumpkin County Family Connection Collaborative meets on the first Thursday of each month (March 1) at noon at Lumpkin County Parks­—YMCA. Anyone interested in the well being of families and children in Lumpkin County is invited to attend. For additional information, contact Brenda Cronan 706-265-8389 or email bcronan@lumpkin.k12.ga.us. Web site: www.lumpkin.k12.ga.us/~fc/

The Weekend Gold Miners club meets the first Saturday of every month (March 3) at 5 p.m. at the Auraria Community Center. The family-oriented group offers local prospecting locations and camaraderie to those with an interest in prospecting. 770-531-WEGM(9346)

The Lumpkin County Chapter of the VFW meets at 7 p.m. the first Monday of each month (March 5) at the United Community Bank Community Room, 206 Morrison Moore Parkway. Any Honorably Discharged Veteran or current service member (American Citizen) who has received Combat or Hostile Fire Pay, Received a Campaign Medal or has served in the Republic of Korea for more than 30 consecutive/60 non-consecutive days is invited. Applicants should bring $25 and proof of eligibility. vfw.post.5533@gmail.com

Gaddistown Homemakers meets the first Tuesday of every month February through November (March 6) at 74 Fire House Lane, formerly Pre-K, across from Woody Gap School. Homemakers in the Suches area are invited.

LUMPKIN COUNTY REPUBLICAN PARTY meets at 7 p.m. the first Tuesday of each month (March 6) in the United Community Bank Community Room. All Lumpkin County residents are welcome. Jeff Clymer, Chairman, (706) 973-7091. www.Lumpkin-GOP.org.

TROUT UNLIMITED, GOLD RUSH CHAPTER meets at 7 p.m. on the first Tuesday of the month (March 6) in the Ivie Lodge at Camp Glisson (two miles north of Dahlonega on Highway 60). Speaker will be Kate Owens, Director, Upper Coosa River Program for Georgia Nature Conservatory. Dinner is served at 6:30 p.m. for those who wish to eat. Fly tying classes will be conducted Feb. 16. Sherman Head, beartooth@windstream.net or 706-864-6461; goldrushtu.org

Auraria Community Club meets at 7 p.m. the first Tuesday of each month (March 6) at the Community Clubhouse on Auraria Road. Join the club for a covered dish dinner. All members and friends are welcome. The cost is only $5 to join for a year of fellowship and giving back to the community. For information about the club or renting the clubhouse call 706-864-3432 or 770-527-1578.

Gold Rush Quilter’s Guild meets the first Wednesday of each month (March 7) at 10 a.m. at Friendship Baptist Church on Friendship Road off West Moreland and Highway 129, Cleveland. Visitors and new members welcome. Elizabeth Pickel, 706-219-3890; Jan Fambrough, 706-867-8502

The new Georgia 400 Tea Party will meets on the second Thursday (March 8) from 7:30-9 p.m. at the community room of the United Community Bank on Morrison Moore Parkway. All meetings are open to the public. Elected officials and candidates running for office are invited to attend. 706-864-9784

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

The Georgia Mountain Handspinners Guild meets the second Saturday (March 10) at Hopewell UMC on Hopewell Road south of Murrayville, 12-4 p.m. Visitors welcome. Lynn Johnson, 706-864-6407

Etowah River Critters Club: Macro-Invertebrate Sampling and Photography on the Upper Etowah River the second Saturday (March 10), 390 Tom Bell Odom Road (off Siloam Church/Rider Mill Road). joe@worldclass.net, 706-265-5502

Garden Bugs Club: Get a taste of planting, tending and harvesting at Revival Gardens Organic Produce the second Saturday (March 10), 9:30-11:30 a.m. For the young and the young-at-heart. 390 Tom Bell Odom Road (off Siloam Church/Rider Mill Road). realfood@revivalgardens.com, 706-265-5502

Dawson County Chapter 970 of the Vietnam Veterans of America meets the second Monday of each month (March 12) at Ryan’s Family Steakhouse. Fellowship and supper are at 6 p.m. and the meeting starts at 7 p.m. Wayne Watkins, 706-429-5002

Gold Diggers Garden Club meets the second Tuesday (March 13) at 7 p.m. at the Senior Center. Meetings are open to the public.

Mountain Coin Club for beginner and advanced numismatists meets the second Tuesday of each month (March 13) at 6:15 p.m. at North Georgia Technical College, Blairsville. Call YOCS, 706-379-1488.

Word Chasers Book Club meets on the second Tuesday of the month (March 13) at 1 p.m., in the craft room at the senior center. All are welcome. Rhonda, 706-864-2358

Mountain Laurel Lady Riders meets the second Tuesday of the month (March 13) at 7 p.m. at The Sunflower Chinese Restaurant in the Piggly Wiggly Shopping Center, Highway 129, Cleveland. Come early for dinner. This is the local chapter of Women on Wheels (WOW), a national organization promoting motorcycling for women. Any woman who rides her own motorcyle, sport bike or scooter, or who is just interested in motorcycles, is invited. 706-968-6625.

Friends of Waypoint meets for monthly luncheons on the second Wednesday of each month (March 14) at noon at the Waypoint Center, 45 Eagle Overlook Drive (off Six Mile Road), Dahlonega. Waypoint Center is a Christ-centered recovery program for men. New members are welcome; community support and involvement is critical for the success of the program. 706-864-7110, www.waypointcenter.org

The American Red Cross Disaster Action Team meets the second Wednesday of each month (March 14) at 7 p.m. in the basement of St. Luke’s Catholic Church, 91 North Park Street. The group is seeking volunteers to help victims of disasters in the Lumpkin County area. All interested citizens are welcome. Karen, 706-867-1910

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Community-wide Events

Session on Jobs, re-training Thursday

Georgia Mountains Workforce Development (GMWD) will hold an Overview Session for anyone unemployed or looking for career training/retraining at the Lumpkin County Parks YMCA, 365 Riley Rd, at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. Thursday, Feb.16. The Overview Session will acquaint potential customers of the services and requirements of the Workforce Investment Act (WIA) of 1998. The program provides federal funding for education and training to eligible adults 18 years and above seeking to enhance their current skills, learn a new trade or obtain their GED. Participants must be residents of Lumpkin County or one of the other 12 counties served by GMWD, or be/have been employed by a company whose business is/was within the service area. To see if you qualify for services and to register for the Overview, contact the office at 770-538-2727. GMWD is operated by Georgia Mountains Regional Commission.

Master Gardeners/4-H Plant sale underway

The Lumpkin County 4-H Club and the Georgia Mountains Master Gardener Association are conducting a spring plant sale, offering high quality perennials, ferns, shrubs, blueberries and native plants at reasonable prices. Prepaid orders will be taken until Thursday, March 1. Order forms must be delivered to the Lumpkin County Extension office at 26 Johnson Street, Suite A, Dahlonega. Checks should be made payable to the Lumpkin County 4-H Club. Plants will be ready for pick up from 3-6 p.m. Friday, March 16 and 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, March 17 at the Lumpkin County Recycling Center/Road Department Shop at 1646 Red Oak Flats Road. 706-864-2275

Community Tree Planting Ceremony Friday

The public is invited to the 2012 Arbor Day Celebration tree planting ceremony at 11 a.m. Friday, Feb. 17, at the Choice Avenue Parking Lot, corner of Choice Avenue and Meaders Street in downtown Dahlonega. Rebecca Shirley, 706-482-2707

Town hall meeting to discuss SPLOST Feb. 23

Learn more about the local SPLOST at a Town Hall meeting at 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 23, at the Lumpkin County Parks YMCA, 365 Riley Rd. Experts will explain the issues and answer questions. SPLOST will be on the March 6 ballot.

Retired teachers GALA Feb. 25

The Lumpkin County Retired Teachers Association will hold a Gala at 6:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 24, at The Market Place on the square. The event will include hors d’oeurves, music, dancing and a silent auction. Tickets are $25 and raffle tickets for a “Dahlonega Getaway” are also available for $5 each, to support scholarships and local youth enrichment programs. Anita Middleton, 706-864-3377, or any LCREA member.

PartiGras! will benefit Arts Council Feb. 25

PartiGras 2012, a benefit for the Dahlonega Arts Council, will take place at 7 p.m. Feb. 25 at the Achasta Club House. The event will feature hors d’oeuvres, a seated dinner buffet and a King Cake, live and silent auctions, and Zydeco and Dixiland music. Tickets are available at the Lumpkin County Visitors Center and DAC board members.

Scrabble Challenge returns Feb. 25

The annual Kiwanis of Lumpkin County Scrabble Challenge to benefit the children of the community will be held Saturday, Feb. 25 beginning at 1 p.m. at YMCA Parks & Rec. Categories of play include Junior (13 and under), High School (14-17 years of age), Adult and Learner’s Mode, which is open to all ages and can use a dictionary. Entrance fee is $5 for Juniors and $10 for all other categories. There will be raffle drawings, snacks and drinks and prizes for the winners. To register, send an e-mail to sezealy@gmail.com or call 706-973-9180 for more information.

Sheriff’s Dept. will waits tables for Relay

Sheriff Stacy Jarrard will be taking orders and Sheriff’s Department employees and volunteers will be waiting tables Sunday, March 4, from 2-4 p.m. at the Wagon Wheel Restaurant. All tips and donations from the department’s “Waiting for a Cure” will benefit Lumpkin County’s Relay for Life.

Races/ Festivals

Chasing Away Winter 5K/1 Mile/tot trot Sat.

This fundraiser for the Dahlonega United Methodist Church’s Mothers Morning Out program will begin at LCHS and travel a course through Camp Glisson. The 5K begins at 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 18; 1 mile at 2:45 p.m. and Tot Trot at 3 p.m. $20 for 5K. Late registration $25. Register online though Feb. 16 at active.com. Registration opens at 12:30 p.m. on race day. For more information, call Angie or Dana at the Preschool Office, 706-864-8521.

Challenged Child 5K/Fun Run March 4

Challenged Child and Friends will hold its 20th Anniversary 5K and 1 Mile Fun/Run at Riverside Military Academy Sunday, March 4. Registration begins at 1 p.m. for the Fun Run/Walk and 2:30 p.m. for the 5K. Contact Taylor Gilmer at taylor@challengedchild.org or call 770-535-8372. To volunteer to help with this event, call Robyn Shoaf at (770) 535-8372 Ext. 120. Challenged Child and Friends provides educational, therapeutic, nursing and family support services to children with disabilities in Hall and surrounding counties, including Lumpkin.

Community Support Projects

SEED SAVING & LENDING LIBRARY seeks seeds

Wild Mountain Girl Herbal School on the square in Dahlonega is seeking donations now for a seed library. Completely free to the public, this is a way for the community to share and save valuable seeds of all types. The seed lending library will open March 24. Cindi Vernon, (706) 429-6323, cindiv@windstream.net

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

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

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

Free teen driving program offered Feb. 28

Georgia Teens Ride With P.R.I.D.E. (Parents Reducing Injuries and Driver Error) is a free, national award-winning two-hour course designed to help parents and their new (or soon to be) teen drivers, ages 14-16, learn what they need to do during the 40 hours of supervised practice driving time required by Georgia law. This program addresses driver attitude, knowledge and behavior of both the parent and new teen driver; teens and parents must attend together. Classes are held on the fourth Tuesday of each month at 4 p.m. at Lumpkin County Parks YMCA, 365 Riley Rd. Information/registration: Brandy Fitzpatrick, 770-369-4416, brandyfitzpatrick@ymail.com

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

Dahlonega Baptist preschool registering

Registration and classroom tours will be held for the Dahlonega Baptist Church’s Sonshine Weekly Preschool for its 2012-13 session according to the following schedule: Children of church members—Feb. 2, 9 a.m. to noon or 6-8 p.m.; Feb. 3, 9 a.m. to noon. Others from the community—Feb. 6, 9 a.m. to noon; Feb. 7, 9 a.m. to noon or 6-8 p.m. Programs serve children ages 1-5. Denise Green, 706-864-3676, ext. 114, denise@dbch.org

Head Start/Pre K applications open March 1

Lumpkin County Head Start/Pre-K will begin taking applications March 1 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. The following information is required to complete an application: child’s birth certificate, immunization certificate, income verification for the past 12 months, social security card, and proof of residency. 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 

Support Groups

Cancer Patients

Life with Cancer, a support group for men and women, meets the second Monday of every month at 6:30 p.m. at Church of the Apostles, 32 Grant Road West, Dawsonville. Facilitator is Joan Palazollo, a licensed, practicing counselor and cancer survivor. 706-878-8149

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

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.

Storytime Programs:

Movers and Shakers, Wednesdays through Feb. 15, 11 a.m. Intended for children ages 4-5. No pre-registration is required, but groups larger than five are requested to call at least two days in advance. The programs last 45 minutes to an hour and may include songs, finger plays and crafts in addition to stories.

Happy Bookers Book Discussion Group, Thursday, Feb. 16, 1:30 p.m.: February selection: 1864: Lincoln at the Gates of History by Charles Bracelen Flood. The Happy Bookers book discussion group meets the third Thursday of each month and rotates discussing fiction, non-fiction, and award-winning books. New members are welcome.

Genealogy Workshop, Saturday, Feb. 18, 11 a.m. Learn to use the web to trace your family roots. Reservations required.

Tween Program: Shrinky Dinks, Tuesday, Feb. 28, 3:30 p.m. Come on over and decorate a sheet of Shrinky Dinks. Grades 3-5.

Dr. Seuss’ birthday and Read Across America Day, Saturday, March 3, 11 a.m. Cookies, games, crafts and fun, fun, fun!

Assistance Available

FRee Tax help to qualified filers

AARP Foundation Tax-Aide offers free help to older taxpayers and people with limited income. Free tax preparation and electronic filing is available from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesdays through April 11 at the Dahlonega Senior Center, 266 Mechanicsville Road.

OneHarvest food available at St. Paul

St. Paul United Methodist Church, Highway 60 South at 14 Martins Ford Road, is a pick-up location for OneHarvest Food Ministries. Available boxes include boxes of meats and vegetables, prepared meals, a box of chicken and a grill special which can be ordered at discounted, group-purchase prices. Order at www.oneharvest.com or at the church, 706-973-9924.

Free Food at DCOG Monday, March 5

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. 4 Happy Hollow Road, 706-864-3782

Music/Drama/Film & More

Church Choir Festival at DUMC Feb. 26

Dahlonega United Methodist Church will host a Church Choir Festival at 3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 26. Choirs from Christ the King Lutheran Church (Cumming), Dahlonega United Methodist Church, Grace Baptist Church (Cumming), and North Georgia College & State University (NGCSU Singers, Le Belle Voci, and Patriot Choir) will participate. The Festival Director is Dr. John M. Broman, NGCSU Director of Choral Activities, and the Festival Accompanist is Mary Beth Hutcheson. The afternoon program is free and the public is invited to attend.

events at NGCSU

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

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

Symphonic Band Concert, Thursday, Feb. 16, 8 p.m., Lumpkin County High School

Senior Voice Recital by Michael Abreu, 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 28, Gloria Shott Performance Hall. Michael Abreu, bass, will present selections from the classical vocal repertory in Italian, German, French, and English. He will be accompanied by his instructor, Mary Beth Hutcheson. The recital is free and open to the public.

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 starts Feb. 16

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

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

Dahlonega Idol starts Feb 16 and runs every Thursday night. Qualification rounds Feb 16 through April 12; Idol Finals April 19 at 8 pm. 1st Place $300. Cash or prizes through four places.

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, 6:30-9:30 p.m. Open Jam Night hosted by Justin Bridges. All genres of music. Free, tips for host appreciated.

Thursdays, 6:30-9:30 p.m.: Tom & Juli. Hundreds of cover songs from the 60s, 70s, 80s and 90s while you dine. Free.

Friday, Feb. 17, 8-10+p.m.: Nora Jane Struthers. $14 Advance / $16 day of show. “It’s not really bluegrass, it’s not really old time,

it’s not folk—it’s all of these things,”—that’s how Nora Jane describes her music. Winner of the neo-traditional band competition at West Virginia’s Appalachian String Band Festival and a finalist in Colorado’s Telluride Troubadour competition, Nora Jane is considered one of the most ‘up & coming’ voices of Americana Music, with the cream of Nashville’s musicians

together on her first ‘solo’ CD. www.NoraJaneStruthers.com

Saturday, Feb. 18, 8-10 p.m.: Larkin Poe. $14 Advance / $16 day of show. Sisters first,  and classically trained music lovers and

storytellers second, who toured as teenagers with their elder sibling, Jessica, as the national festival headlining band, The Lovell Sisters.  The soul singing, song-writing sister duo of  Rebecca and Megan Lovell now embark on a new journey of music with five  ‘Larkin

Poe’ EP’s already recorded in just two years. www.LarkinPoe.com

Sunday, Feb. 19, 2-5 p.m. SEBA (SouthEastern Bluegrass Association) Jam Session. Free. Join in or listen to the Dahlonega chapter’s monthly 3rd Sunday jam. http://www.sebabluegrass.org/

Sunday, 6:30-8:30 p.m.+ 3rd Sunday Greybeard’s Acoustic Music Session. An eclectic “bluegrass & beyond” repertoire ranging from Old Time to Gospel, Blues to Jazz, Rock ‘n Roll, a little bit of Classical, and enough ‘straight up’ Bluegrass to keep your toes tapping. $5, invited performers, free.

Holly Theatre, 69 West Main St., 706-864 3759,

www.hollytheater.com

Speakeasy Wednesday: Holly Underground, 9 p.m. to midnight, $7 advance, $9 at the door

Feb. 22: Folkrock band Damon Moon and the Whispering Drifters, http://lungsdirtanddreams.com

Saturday afternoon Movies: Magical Moments Movies for the whole family, 2 p.m.

Band of Brothers, Mondays through Feb. 20: Screening of two episodes/week. 8 p.m. $3

Willy Wonka, Feb. 17, 18, and 19 and 24, 25, 26. Friday and Saturdays at 8 p.m., Sundays at 2 p.m. The Award Winning Holly Performance Academy will perform the classic Willy Wonka, made famous from the Roald Dahl book, Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory. Directed by Stephanie Neuman. $13 adults, $7 under 12 years of age. See story at right.

The Taming of the Shrew, Thursday, Feb. 23, 8 p.m.: Presented by NGCSU; performance by the highly regarded touring company, The National Players. $25, first 150 NGCSU students with ID free. See article page 1B.

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

Thursdays: College Night

Fridays: Live entertainment

Saturdays: College football

Mondays: Trivia

Tuesdays: Country Western Music/Karaoke night

Friday, Feb. 17: Stoned Sandwich

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

Friday nights: Live music 6-9 p.m. by Bobby Wesley playing Country/Rock. No cover.

Saturday nights: Live music 6-9 p.m. by Emily White playing Jazz. No cover.

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, Feb. 17, 8:30-11:30 p.m.. Tim McNary. The band McNary was formed in August 2010 when Dan Sheffield showed up for a drumming audition at Tim McNary’s Atlanta apartment. Two months later, Dan and Tim had hired a bassist and were opening up for the national singer songwriter duo The Civil Wars at The Melting Point in Athens, Ga. By March 2011, Dan and Tim had quit their day jobs and started playing music full time. In May of 2011 Elliott Phillips joined the band as drummer and Dan moved to bass. McNary is currently growing their fan base by playing around the southeast.

Saturday, Feb. 18, 8:30-11:30 p.m.: Jessi Lynn. Take a little bit of Jennifer Nettles, a dash of Bonnie Raitt, a shot of Johnny Cash, and you’ll end up with Jessi Lynn. www.jessilynn.com

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.

Senior Services/Activities

lumpkin County Senior Center

266 Mechanicsville Road, 706-864-2358,

lcseniorcenter@windstream.net

drawing class begins Feb. 20, taught by Bob Dodds, and will meet Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 10-11 a.m. for 6 weeks. Free to Lumpkin County Seniors 55+, but individuals must furnish their own materials.

SENIOR Co-ed SOFTBALL begins March 1: Bring your glove and come play at The Lumpkin County Parks & Recreation Field #5 (adjacent to the Senior Center, 266 Mechanicsville Road.) Games will be played Monday, Tuesday and Thursday mornings at 10 a.m. Co-ed, age 50+. 678-343-8069.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Education/Classes

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.

StartSmart, a comprehensive course for early stage entrepreneurs: Tuesdays, 5-8 p.m. Feb. 28-April 17. The course covers all areas of business start-up, planning and management. Sponsored by Wells Fargo. Partial scholarships may be available. $495

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.

Building a Basic Web Page for Personal or Business Use: Build and publish a simple Web site consisting of a home page and at least four supporting pages. Two Thursdays, Feb. 16 and 23, 5:30-7:30 p.m. $99. Judy McHan

Photography – Intermediate: Learn advanced exposure, night photography, portraiture, photo editing, and how to be more creative in your photography. SLR camera with manual capability required. Four Tuesdays, Feb. 21 - March 13, 7-9:30 p.m. $129. Trevor Morris

Basic Beading: Learn about beads, findings, jewelry making materials and design concepts and make your own jewelry. Tuesday, Feb. 21, 6-9 p.m. $45. Pat Martin

Intro to Wire-Sculpted Jewelry: Learn to Make a Bracelet: Make a beautiful, uniquely designed wire-sculpted bracelet in just one session. Materials fee $25. Saturday, Feb. 25, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. $69. Carol Sheppard

Intro to Soap Making: Learn how to make soap from scratch. $25 supply fee. Saturday, March 3, 10 a.m. to noon. $29. Session II: Tuesday, March 6, 6:30-8:30 p.m. $29. Jan Kelley

Clean Green: How to Make Safe Household Cleaners: Commercial cleaners may increase the toxicity of air, surfaces, and water for our families. Instruction and demonstration include how to create green and affordable household cleaners within anyone’s time restrictions. Session I: Saturday, March 3, 1-3 p.m., $29. Session II: Tuesday, March 13, 6:30-8:30 p.m. $29. Jan Kelley

Appalachian Basket Weaving: Weave a Kudzu Bird House: Twine a birdhouse using kudzu vines (supplied by instructor). Materials fee $20. Saturday, March 3, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., $79. Regina Hines

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 www.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.

Buddhist meditation and study group

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

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

It’s a great time to begin preparing yourself for 2012. As new jobs open up, are you prepared to beat out the competition? Free GED preparation by caring instructors is right around the corner in Dahlonega each Monday through Thursday from 8-7. 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. Mon.-Thurs. 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

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.

S.A.T. and Study Prep

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

Pets

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.

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

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.

Volunteers

LOOKING FOR A FEW GOOD MEN AND/OR WOMEN: Lumpkin County Senior Center is looking for volunteers to help in the kitchen area. 10 a.m. to noon.  Gail or Rhonda, 706-864-2358

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

MEALS ON WHEELS VOLUNTEERS NEEDED to serve as substitute drivers. Vehicle needed. Call Rhonda at 706-864-2358 for more information.

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 WORKSHOP Feb. 18

“Opening to the Joy of Yoga” with Quiana Grace Frost will be held Saturday, Feb. 18, 9 a.m.-noon. Go deeper into yoga and discover the joy of practice on all levels: physically, emotionally, mentally and spiritually. Asana, Pranayama, Mudra, Mantra, meditation and more. All levels welcome. 828 318-9169, iliveingrace@yahoo.com

YOGA with Quiana

Yoga promotes ease, health, vitality and peace. Vinyasa Flow integrating movement, breath and mudras. Mondays 9-10:15 a.m. and 6:15-7:30 p.m.; Wednesdays 9-10:15 a.m., 6-7:20 p.m.; Thursday 4- 5:20 p.m.; Friday 9-10:15 a.m. Saturdays 8-9:30 a.m. To join, contact Quiana 828-318-9169

LEARN TO MEDITATE

Body, mind, spirit, stress reduction. Mondays 5:15 - 6 p.m. To join, contact Quiana 828-318-9169

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. Meditation Monday, 5:30-6:15 p.m. (spiritual discourse/meditation/chanting are part of this meditation). 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

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

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 Feb. 18 are Bobby Allen, Stephens Sisters, and Pure in Heart. 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

The Gobers featured at Solid Rock Feb. 26

Solid Rock Baptist Church, 1662 Highway 115 West, Cleveland, will hold a singing featuring the Gobers at 11 a.m. Sunday, Feb. 26. Everyone is welcome.

Pray LUmpkin Feb. 21

Pray Lumpkin, the monthly community-wide (inter-denominational) prayer gathering for Dahlonega/Lumpkin County, is held from 6:30-8:30 p.m. on the third Tuesday of each month at the Community House on North Park Street. Janet Eriksson, dahlonegaprayer@gmail.com.

UnitARIAn Universalist church

Georgia Mountains Unitarian Universalist Church is a welcoming congregation. On Feb. 19 the topic will be “Recycling/Hemlocks and UU Seventh Principle.” Paul Von Ward will talk about the goals of the local organization WeRecycle and provide an update on recycling in Lumpkin, and Donna Shearer will address the danger of possible total extinction of North Georgia’s hemlocks. 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

Prayer LIne available

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

Lessons: Music/Dance

Dance Classes

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

music, songwriting lessons

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

STring Instruments

Bluegrass instrument instruction—fiddle, banjo, guitar, bass, mandolin. Sonny Houston, 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

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

WILL (Women in Lumpkin Leadership), a monthly professional and social networking group for women, meets the third Wednesday of each month (Feb. 15) from 8 to 9:30 a.m. (program begins at 8:30) at the Stewart Center for Continuing Education next to Dairy Queen. $5-per-meeting fee is collected to support future activities. No membership commitment required. Send message to lumpkincountywillgroup@yahoo.com to be added to E-vite list.

The Blue Ridge Archaeology Guild will meet at 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 16, at the United Community Bank on Morrison Moore By-Pass. Retired forester, volunteer archaeologist, and author Cliff Shaw will talk about the Passport In Time Archaeology project at the extinct Nevada mining town of Aurora, and his participation in it this summer. Shaw has written a history of the short-lived mining town. He will show a Forest Service video of participants in the project, which included investigation of the Chinese inhabitants of Aurora in the 1860s. Visitors are welcome.

Lumpkin County Retired Educators will meet on the third Thursday of the month for a luncheon (Feb. 16) at the Dahlonega Funeral Home. A tour of the facilities will begin at 11 a.m. Dr. Davis Palmour, hypnotherapist, will present the program. 706-864-0164

Georgia Mountain Chapter of Military Officers Association of America meets at 7 p.m. the third Thursday of each month (Feb. 16) at Ryan’s in Dawsonville. Retired, former and current military officers are welcome. www.gmcmoaa.org, 706-265-7613

The American Legion #239 Auxiliary meets the third Thursday (Feb. 16) of each month, 6:30 p.m. at the American Legion Hall. www.dahlonegalegion.org

F.E.A.R. (Face Everything and Recover) is a coalition in Lumpkin County organized to focus on drug and alcohol prevention for a new generation, intervention for addicts now and optimism for a drug-free community in the future. The group meets at noon on the third Thursday of the month (Feb. 16) in the community room of the United Community Bank. It seeks to provide support and services to families affected by alcohol and drug abuse. Bridgette Barker, brigette.barker@lumpkinsheriff.com

Habitat for Humanity of Lumpkin County meets at 6 p.m. the third Thursday of each month (Feb. 16) in the meeting room upstairs at Yahoola Grill.

Dahlonega Young Professionals Group (YPG) meets the third Thursday (Feb. 16), 5:30 p.m., this month at the Community Helping Place. YPG is a networking organization of dedicated, talented young professionals ages 21-40 with the goal of enriching the community by uniting and developing the county’s young professionals. For information on where each month’s meeting is held, go to dahlonegaypg.com.

TLC HUMANE SOCIETY meets at 7 p.m. on the third Thursday (Feb. 16) in the basement of the Dahlonega Library. Please come and bring a friend. We are trying to plan for our fund raisers for the year and any ideas and suggestions will be greatly appreciated. 706-864-2817

The Funky Chicken Art Project holds a woodcarvers gathering on the third Saturday of each month (Feb. 18), noon-3 p.m. More information and directions at www.funkychickenartproject.com or call Christina at 706-864-3938 or e-mail: funkchic@windstream.net

GOLD COUNTRY SQUARE DANCERS meets the first and third Fridays of each month (Feb. 17) from 7:30 to 10 p.m. at the Dahlonega United Methodist Church fellowship hall on South Park Street at Maple Street. The public is invited for fun, exercise and good fellowship. Dana Whitfield, 706-864-9021

SEBA (Southeastern Bluegrass Association) holds a jam the third Sunday of each month (Feb. 19) from 2-6 p.m. at The Crimson Moon Café. Raymond Busbee, 706-216-3885

We Recycle! meets the third Monday of the month (Feb. 20) at 5 p.m. in the Community Room of the United Community Bank on Morrison Moore Parkway. www.WeRecycleLumpkin.org

AARP – Lumpkin Chapter 1966, meets the third Monday (Feb. 20)) of each month at 11 a.m. in the Fellowship Hall of Dahlonega United Methodist Church. A lunch will be served ($7). Anyone age 50+ is invited. Food, fellowship, fun and informative speakers. Roberta Peters. 706-864-4383

The North Georgia Amateur Radio Club (NGARC) meets at 6 p.m. the third Tuesday of each month (Feb. 21) in Dahlonega. Those interested in becoming licensed amateur radio operators or those who are already hams are invited to join the organization. Tom Crowell, president, 706-864-0410; Reudi Mettler, vice president, 404-474-0686

The North Georgia Photography Critique Special Interest Group will meet from 6:30-8:30 p.m. on the fourth Thursday (Feb. 23) in the Dawson County library, 342 Allen Street, Dawsonville to share tips and critique each other’s photos. New members welcome. dphotoman@gmail.com, http://web.me.com/paulschiemer/Critique_Group/Photos.html

The Lions Club of Dahlonega meets the second and fourth Thursdays (Feb. 23) at Just Off the Square Café, at 6 p.m. Everyone is invited. Anne Mundy, 706-864-5899

The Lumpkin County Democratic Party will hold its monthly meeting at 6:30 pm, Monday, Feb. 27, at the United Community Bank Meeting Room. Candidates and issues will be discussed. Dinner provided with donation. For more information contact lumpkindemocrats@yahoo.com

Blue Mountain Masonic Lodge #38 F&AM meets at 7:30 p.m. the second and fourth Tuesdays, (Feb. 28) of each month. 706-864-3838

The Dahlonega Tea Party meets on the first Thursday of the month (March 1), at 7 p.m. in the lower level of the Lumpkin County Library. The public is invited to attend the meeting to learn what the Tea Party is.

Dahlonega Woman’s Club meets the first Thursday (March 1) at 6 p.m. in the Community House on North Park Street. Please bring a brown bag dinner if you wish.

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

Lumpkin County Family Connection Collaborative meets on the first Thursday of each month (March 1) at noon at Lumpkin County Parks­—YMCA. Anyone interested in the well being of families and children in Lumpkin County is invited to attend. For additional information, contact Brenda Cronan 706-265-8389 or email bcronan@lumpkin.k12.ga.us. Web site: www.lumpkin.k12.ga.us/~fc/

The Weekend Gold Miners club meets the first Saturday of every month (March 3) at 5 p.m. at the Auraria Community Center. The family-oriented group offers local prospecting locations and camaraderie to those with an interest in prospecting. 770-531-WEGM(9346)

The Lumpkin County Chapter of the VFW meets at 7 p.m. the first Monday of each month (March 5) at the United Community Bank Community Room, 206 Morrison Moore Parkway. Any Honorably Discharged Veteran or current service member (American Citizen) who has received Combat or Hostile Fire Pay, Received a Campaign Medal or has served in the Republic of Korea for more than 30 consecutive/60 non-consecutive days is invited. Applicants should bring $25 and proof of eligibility. vfw.post.5533@gmail.com

Gaddistown Homemakers meets the first Tuesday of every month February through November (March 6) at 74 Fire House Lane, formerly Pre-K, across from Woody Gap School. Homemakers in the Suches area are invited.

LUMPKIN COUNTY REPUBLICAN PARTY meets at 7 p.m. the first Tuesday of each month (March 6) in the United Community Bank Community Room. All Lumpkin County residents are welcome. Jeff Clymer, Chairman, (706) 973-7091. www.Lumpkin-GOP.org.

TROUT UNLIMITED, GOLD RUSH CHAPTER meets at 7 p.m. on the first Tuesday of the month (March 6) in the Ivie Lodge at Camp Glisson (two miles north of Dahlonega on Highway 60). Speaker will be Kate Owens, Director, Upper Coosa River Program for Georgia Nature Conservatory. Dinner is served at 6:30 p.m. for those who wish to eat. Fly tying classes will be conducted Feb. 16. Sherman Head, beartooth@windstream.net or 706-864-6461; goldrushtu.org

Auraria Community Club meets at 7 p.m. the first Tuesday of each month (March 6) at the Community Clubhouse on Auraria Road. Join the club for a covered dish dinner. All members and friends are welcome. The cost is only $5 to join for a year of fellowship and giving back to the community. For information about the club or renting the clubhouse call 706-864-3432 or 770-527-1578.

Gold Rush Quilter’s Guild meets the first Wednesday of each month (March 7) at 10 a.m. at Friendship Baptist Church on Friendship Road off West Moreland and Highway 129, Cleveland. Visitors and new members welcome. Elizabeth Pickel, 706-219-3890; Jan Fambrough, 706-867-8502

The new Georgia 400 Tea Party will meets on the second Thursday (March 8) from 7:30-9 p.m. at the community room of the United Community Bank on Morrison Moore Parkway. All meetings are open to the public. Elected officials and candidates running for office are invited to attend. 706-864-9784

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

The Georgia Mountain Handspinners Guild meets the second Saturday (March 10) at Hopewell UMC on Hopewell Road south of Murrayville, 12-4 p.m. Visitors welcome. Lynn Johnson, 706-864-6407

Etowah River Critters Club: Macro-Invertebrate Sampling and Photography on the Upper Etowah River the second Saturday (March 10), 390 Tom Bell Odom Road (off Siloam Church/Rider Mill Road). joe@worldclass.net, 706-265-5502

Garden Bugs Club: Get a taste of planting, tending and harvesting at Revival Gardens Organic Produce the second Saturday (March 10), 9:30-11:30 a.m. For the young and the young-at-heart. 390 Tom Bell Odom Road (off Siloam Church/Rider Mill Road). realfood@revivalgardens.com, 706-265-5502

Dawson County Chapter 970 of the Vietnam Veterans of America meets the second Monday of each month (March 12) at Ryan’s Family Steakhouse. Fellowship and supper are at 6 p.m. and the meeting starts at 7 p.m. Wayne Watkins, 706-429-5002

Gold Diggers Garden Club meets the second Tuesday (March 13) at 7 p.m. at the Senior Center. Meetings are open to the public.

Mountain Coin Club for beginner and advanced numismatists meets the second Tuesday of each month (March 13) at 6:15 p.m. at North Georgia Technical College, Blairsville. Call YOCS, 706-379-1488.

Word Chasers Book Club meets on the second Tuesday of the month (March 13) at 1 p.m., in the craft room at the senior center. All are welcome. Rhonda, 706-864-2358

Mountain Laurel Lady Riders meets the second Tuesday of the month (March 13) at 7 p.m. at The Sunflower Chinese Restaurant in the Piggly Wiggly Shopping Center, Highway 129, Cleveland. Come early for dinner. This is the local chapter of Women on Wheels (WOW), a national organization promoting motorcycling for women. Any woman who rides her own motorcyle, sport bike or scooter, or who is just interested in motorcycles, is invited. 706-968-6625.

Friends of Waypoint meets for monthly luncheons on the second Wednesday of each month (March 14) at noon at the Waypoint Center, 45 Eagle Overlook Drive (off Six Mile Road), Dahlonega. Waypoint Center is a Christ-centered recovery program for men. New members are welcome; community support and involvement is critical for the success of the program. 706-864-7110, www.waypointcenter.org

The American Red Cross Disaster Action Team meets the second Wednesday of each month (March 14) at 7 p.m. in the basement of St. Luke’s Catholic Church, 91 North Park Street. The group is seeking volunteers to help victims of disasters in the Lumpkin County area. All interested citizens are welcome. Karen, 706-867-1910

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