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Community-wide Events

Summit focuses on international businesses

The NGCSU Mike Cottrell School of Business’s Center for the Future of North Georgia will host the 2012 Economic Development Summit, “Going Global for Growth,” from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Thursday, March 15. The event will help attendees gain an understanding of the success factors for international companies locating facilities and headquarters in North Georgia communities. Topics will include export/import opportunities, opportunities for business and economic growth, the diverse opportunities and challenges of international business, and cultural differences and business practices of international companies. $49. Registration: http://www.northgeorgia.edu/summit

Connecting suppliers w/ international buyers

In conjunction with the March 15 Economic Development Summit at NGCSU, individual appointments will be held from noon to 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 14, to connect qualified Dahlonega suppliers with international buyers from Germany and Israel. Small businesses that provide products or services in one of the following areas and are interested in exporting are invited to participate: innovative food products, aviation subsystems, automotive parts and niche manufacturing products. Ansley Hynes, Georgia Department of Economic Development, 404-962-4841, ahynes@georgia.org

Gold Museum hosts A.T. program Thursday

The Dahlonega Gold Museum will host a lecture on the history and experiences to be found on the Appalachian Trail, presented Thursday, March 15, by hiking enthusiast Charles Aiken. A true “Appalachian Trail salesman,” Aiken has hiked thousands of miles on the trail, including a thru-hike in 1997, and is a trail maintainer. Doors open at 5 p.m. and the program begins at 5:30 p.m. Patrons are welcome to tour the Gold Museum exhibits before and after the presentation until 7 p.m. $3.50-$6. 706-864-2257

Stewards of Children Training Thursday

This Child Sexual Abuse Prevention training program will be offered at the Lumpkin County Sheriff’s Office Training Room from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, March 15. Visit www.d2l.org for details about the program. Contact Brigette Barker, 706-482-2629, for information or to reserve a spot. $10/person.

Drug Court graduation ceremony March 22

Enotah Family Drug Court will acknowledge the hard work of the participants from Lumpkin and White counties who have completed the intense 18-month program of Enotah Family Drug Court. The graduation ceremony and celebration will be held at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, March 22, at the Lumpkin County Parks YMCA. Everyone is invited to attend. information@EnotahFDC.org .

Rep. Graves’s staff in LUmpkin March 27

Representatives of the office of U.S. Rep. Tom Graves will be available to meet with constituents at the Lumpkin County Library, 342 Courthouse Hill, from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 27, to assist with casework, questions and concerns pertaining to federal programs or policy issues.

LC Homeowners Association Annual meeting

The Lumpkin County Homeowners Association Annual Meeting will take place on Tuesday, March 27, at 7 p.m. in the United Community Bank community room on Morrison Moore Parkway, across from the Post Office. The public is invited.

4-H training: Help Kids learn about robotics

4-H will host a Robotics Training in Dahlonega from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday, March 29, at the Lumpkin County Parks YMCA. The training covers easy to follow lesson to engage 4-H members in engineering design concepts, building robotics and successfully programming robots. The training is free and includes lunch. Ian Cowie, icowie@uga.edu, 706-864-2275

Taste of the Mountains tickets available

A Taste of the Mountains offers the opportunity to sample food from dozens of Dahlonega restaurants while supporting Family Connection. The 14th annual event will be held from 6-8 p.m. Thursday, March 29, at Lumpkin County High School. Tickets (adults, $15; ages 5-12, $5) are available at the Visitors Center, at the Lumpkin County school board office, Community & Southern Bank, SunTrust bank at 400, and United Community Bank. Family Connection is a collaborative of agencies and individuals working together to assist families in creating better outcomes for their children. 706-867-7047

Community Support Activities

Trail fest to hold community shoe drive

In honor of the 60th anniversay of Mildred Norman Ryder’s first female thru hike of the AT in 1952, Trail Fest is partnering with Walk a Mile in My Shoes for a Community Shoe Drive. Gently used shoes will be collected in Hancock Park during the festival, March 16-18, and donated to Dahlonega charities. Mildred Norman Ryder, and her walks for peace, is the inspiration for WAMMS. WAMMS founder DonnaChristine Park from Arizona, the “Little Ol’ Lady AND the SHOES,” will be at the collection booth. Please gather up your shoes you don’t wear and bring them to the Trail Fest.

Weekly Fish Fry Dinners at St Luke’s Fridays

The Men of St. Luke’s Roman Catholic Church are hosting their annual Lenten Fish Fry dinners from 5-7 p.m. Fridays through March 30. Dinner choices include fried fish, baked salmon or crab cakes. Each meal consists of fries or baked potato, hush puppies, cole slaw, salad and roll. Fried fish dinner, $8, crab cake dinner, $8, baked salmon dinner, $9. Clam Chowder, $3, drinks, $1 each. Children’s dinner: fish and chips or mac & cheese with fries, $4. Family price: $25 includes two adults and three or more children.

spaces available for LCMS Yard sale

Lumpkin County Middle School is having a yard sale from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, March 24, in the school’s upper parking lot. All spaces will be $25 and the money will go towards field day supplies. The community is invited to participate. You must provide your own tables. Rain date Saturday, April 14. Lynn Sylvester, 706-864-6189, lsylvester@lumpkin.k12.ga.us

UCB Popcorn on Fridays for relay for life

United Community Bank will be serving freshly popped popcorn at the Main Office, 206 Morrison Moore Parkway, on Fridays during the month of March. Donations will be accepted for the American Cancer Society/Relay For Life.

ring raffle will benefit Georgia Pick & Bow

Georgia Pick & Bow is raffling off an 18-karat gold diamond ring with exquisite filigree, handcrafted by the renowned Whitehouse Brothers, a jewelry company famous for its unique designs. The ring, which has a retail value of $4,600, was donated to the local music program for children by an anonymous donor. It can be seen, and tickets can be purchased, at Studio Jewelers on the Dahlonega Public Square. Raffle tickets are $10 each or three for $25. The winning ticket will be drawn April 22 at Bear on the Square festival. See a photo of the ring and learn more about its story at www.GeorgiaPickAndBow.org.

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 April 15. Cindi Vernon, (706) 429-6323, cindiv@windstream.net

Cell PHones collected for soldiers

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

Races/Festivals

spring on springer AT Trail-Fest March 16-18

See details on page 1B.

Spring on Springer 5K March 17

Spring on Springer, a 5K race beginning at Lake Zwerner (Yahoola Reservoir) will take place at 9 a.m. Saturday, March 17, during the Dahlonega TrailFest. Registration is available at Active.com and closes March 15. $20, students $15. www.dahlonegatrailfest.org

Yahoola United Cherokee Spring Powwow

The Yahoola United Cherokee Museum and Cultural Education Center, Inc, a non-profit 501C3, will host the Second Annual Spring Powwow 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, March 31 and April 1. Festivities will take place atop Crown Mountain on Findley Ridge. The event will help raise funds for the construction of a world class museum in Dahlonega. www.yahoolacherokeemuseum.com, 706-482-8353

Refrigiwear Rescue Run April 7

Refrigiwear is hosting its 1st Annual 5K run to benefit the TLC Humane Society. The Rescue Run 2012 will take place at 9 a.m. at Yahoola Creek Park April 7 to benefit Dahlonega-Lumpkin County’s non-profit, no-kill shelter. $20 advance registration, $25 race day. A fun run will be held at 10:30 a.m. Well managed dogs on a leash are welcome. Register at Active.com. Kelly Couch, 706-864-5757 ext. 360

Children & Young Adults

GYMNASTICS at the YMCA

Build strength, confidence, agility, and flexibility while learning gymnastics skills and having fun. Classes are for ages 3-14. Session 4 registration begins March 13, and classes are filled on a first come, first serve basis. Session 4 includes 9 classes on Wednesdays from March 21-May 23. Tiny Tumblers: ages 3-5, 5:15-5:50 p.m., $60; Tumble Trainers, beginner/intermediate, ages 6 and up, 4-5 p.m., $80; Tumble Tigers: advanced, ages 7 and up, 4-5:30, $100. Call Ms. Connie with class questions at 706-864-5753, or the YMCA to sign up, 706-864-3622.

Free teen driving program offered March 27

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

Senior Services/Activities

lumpkin County Senior Center

266 Mechanicsville Road, 706-864-2358,

lcseniorcenter@windstream.net

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

STORY TIME PROGRAMS

Totally Toddlers, 11 a.m. Tuesdays: Designed for children ages 2-3, the program offers age appropriate books, songs, and fingerplays. March 20- April 24.

Movers and Shakers, 11 a.m. Wednesdays: Intended for children ages 4 to 5, the program may include songs, finger plays and crafts in addition to stories. March 21-April 25

Internet Basics, Wednesday, March 14, 9-10 a.m. This computer class teaches a basic knowledge of the internet. Learn the parts of the Explorer window and how to navigate Google. Email accounts and search tips for the internet will be discussed. Students need to be familiar with a computer and have basic knowledge on how to use a keyboard and mouse. Registration is required.

Happy Bookers Book Discussion Group, Thursday, March 15, 1:30 p.m. 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! Please ask a staff member if you would like to reserve a copy of this month’s book, The Book of Marie by Terry Kay

Genealogy Workshop, Saturday, March 17, 11 a.m. Learn how to use the web to trace your family roots? Reservation required.

Kids Program: Pirates and Princesses Party, Saturday, March 24, 10 a.m. to noon. Bring your little pirates and princesses to this free event and enjoy crafts, games and prizes. Decorate a magic wand or eye patch. Search for pirate booty in the library. Step inside our pixie dust parlor for a sprinkling. Come dressed as your favorite pirate or princess and have your photograph taken for free by professional photographer Doug King.

Pets

TLC needs volunteers during trailfest

TLC Humane Society needs volunteers to help with adoptions during Trailfest, Friday-Sunday, March16-18. Volunteers can work helping to set up and break down the tent; transport animals, crates and supplies; work the booth, answer questions and water the dogs; and walk the dogs in Hancock Park. For more information, call (770) 289-7332 or e-mail cjk9care@gmail.com.

Dog Obedience, Agility & Rally-O starting up

New classes start March 21-25. (Intermediate Obedience is a pre-requisite for Agility.) Classes run for 7 weeks. Dogs must be 4 months w/vaccinations. $99 with $10 discount on Obedience Classes for adopted shelter dogs. Class schedules at www.dahlonegaobediencegroup.com. Dahlonega Obedience Group (D.O.G.), certified instructor Mary Kay Crowell, 706-864-0410

Music/Drama/Film & More

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/

Piano Duet performance, Richard and Eric Wan, Tuesday, March 20, 12:45-1:15 p.m.. See story at right.

Spring Choral performances by NGCSU Singers and Le Belle Voci: 8 p.m. Monday, March 26, Holly Theater, and 8 p.m. Tuesday, March 27, Dahlonega United Methodist Church. adults $5, children $2, NGCSU free.

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

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

Friday, March 16, 8-10 p.m.+: The Greencards. $30 advance, $35 day of show. From the first notes struck together in 2003,

through tours with Bob Dylan and Willie Nelson, and up to the recent release of their fifth studio album The Brick Album, the twice Grammy nominated Greencards have won steadily escalating acclaim for their multi-dimensional Americana

vision. From newgrass devotees, to rock loyalists, this fascinating Australian spearheaded band has been turning heads – everywhere they go!www.THEGREENCARDS.com

Saturday, March 17, 8-10 p.m.+: St. Patrick’s Day with Jamie Laval with special guest David Brown. $16 advance, $18 day of show.

Jamie will present a 2-hour program of traditional music from Scotland, Ireland, Brittany, Quebec, and Appalachia, accompanied by his intricate foot percussion, amusing stories, and observations on the cultural ties linking the Scots-Irish to Appalachia. Joining Laval will be Asheville native David Brown on guitar and banjo. Classically trained, Jamie won the U.S. National Scottish Fiddle Championship in 2002 and now concertizes throughout the

U.S. and Scotland with over 100 engagements per year. www.JAMIELAVAL.com

Every 3rd Sunday of the month, 2-5 p.m.: SEBA (SouthEastern Bluegrass Association) Jam Session. Free.

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.

Monday, March 19, 7-10 p.m.: “Speak Out Spoken Word” Open Mic Nite hosted by Jon Dahlstrom, now in the main floor concert hall. Share your poetry, prose, or dialog in a safe and supportive atmosphere. $3 to compete.

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

www.hollytheater.com

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

Saturday afternoon Movies: Magical Moments

Movies for the whole family, 2 p.m.

The Pacific, Mondays through March 27: Screening of two episodes/week of the WWII made-for TV series. 8 p.m. $3

Radio Gals, March 16-April 1, Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m., Sundays at 2 p.m. $15.

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

Thursdays: College Night

Fridays: Live entertainment

Mondays: Trivia

Tuesdays: Country Western Music/Karaoke night

Friday, March 16: 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, March 16, 8:30-11 p.m. John Sosebee. With Sosebee on foot drums, guitar, and vocals, and his brother, Jacob Gise, on bass and foot percussion, this one-of-a-kind setup produces a tremendous sound that is always mistaken for a three or four piece band. And now having proven themselves at many of the South’s top venues and festivals, (including George’s Springing the Blues 2010, Smith’s Ole Bar, The Roadhouse, and many many more), they are one of the Atlanta area’s hottest Blues acts. Sosebee’s upcoming second album will feature all original tunes, penned by Sosebee himself, and aims to capture the spirit and energy of their live performances. Influenced by greats such as R.L. Burnside, Junior Kimbrough, Mississippi Fred McDowell, Muddy Waters, and Blind Willie Johnson from a young age, John Sosebee has a deep rooted feel for the Blues. All ages, no cover.

Saturday, March 17, St. Patrick’s Day Celebration: Music and Irish fare all day.

12-2 p.m. Live bagpipes

3-6 p.m. Tom and Juli

8:30-11:45 p.m.: Roshambeaux

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

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

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WINE TASTING

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

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

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

Support Groups

Nursing Mothers’ Support

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

Domestic violence: support, crisis line

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

Reformers Unanimous Addiction Program

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

Grief support programs at NGMC

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

Kinship Care—grandparents raising grandchildren

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

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

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

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

Alcoholics Anonymous:

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

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

Al-Anon:

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

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

Lumpkin County Caregivers

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

NARCOTICS ANONYMOUS

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

Assistance Available

FRee 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 at St. Paul, order by Mar. 16

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 by 3 p.m. March 16 for pick up March 24. Order at www.oneharvest.com or at the church, 706-973-9924.

Free Food at DCOG Monday, April 2

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

Education/Classes

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.

How to Troubleshoot Your PC: A Basic Guide to Tune up Your Computer. This class will cover the concepts of diagnosing and troubleshooting your personal computer. Note: This is not a course to fix a broken computer. Wednesday, March 14, 5:30-8:30 p.m.. $75. Kyle Johnson

Zumba: Join the wildly popular dance-fitness class that incorporates Latin and international music with dance movements. Zumba integrates some of the basic principles of aerobic, interval and resistance training to maximize calorie burn, cardiovascular benefits and total body toning. Zumba is fun, easy and effective. Six Thursdays, March 15-April 19, 6-7 p.m., $69. Debbie Carter-Dye

Zumba Gold: Zumba Gold takes the Zumba formula (the party-like atmosphere, the zesty Latin music and the sheer vibrancy of each class) and modifies the moves and pacing to suit the needs of the active older participant, as well as the de-conditioned participant. Six Fridays, March 16-April 20, 9-10 a.m. $69. Margit Kilian

Zumba Toning: Combines targeted body-sculpting exercises and high-energy cardio work with Latin-infused Zumba moves to create a calorie-torching, strength-training dance fitness-party. Six Fridays, March 16-April 20, 10:30-11:30 a.m. $69. Margit Kilian

Intro to Soap Making: Learn to make soap from scratch. $25 Supply fee. Saturday, March 17, 10 a.m. to noon. $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 includes how to create green and affordable household cleaners. Saturday, March 17, 1-2 p.m. $29. Jan Kelley

Alcohol and Drug Abuse Prevention Program: This program focuses on alcohol and drug abuse prevention giving you a greater understanding of your risk for alcohol or drug related problems throughout life, for adults and youth. Four Mondays/Thursdays, March 19, 22, 26, 29. 6-8 p.m. $52. Vikki Condrey & Judy Broad

Pottery: Beyond Beginner. Continue to build on your pottery skills. Six Mondays/Wednesdays, March 19-April 25, 6-8 p.m. $139. Kyle Jones.

Karate – Beginner: Learn the basic stances, blocks, and straight middle punches used in karate. Tuesdays March 20-May 22, 6-7 p.m. 59. Danny Jarrard

Karate – Advanced: Continue advancing your karate skills. Tuesdays, March 20-May 22, 6:45-7:45 p.m. 59. Danny Jarrard

Computer Basics: Join other adult learners in understanding elementary computer concepts such as basic concepts and web applications. No prior computer knowledge needed. Tuesdays March 20-April 10, 5:30-7:30 p.m. $99. Anita Roush

Social Media­—Facebook, Twitter & LinkedIn: Learn how to use these social media outlets to attract new customers and retain existing clients. March 22, 5:30-7:30 p.m., $69 Christine Wilbanks

ServSafe® Certification Training for Food Service Workers: Class and exam for individuals who are employed by, manage, or own food service operations in the hospitality industry. March 24 and 31, 9 a.m. to noon. $150. Anne Converse. Recertification Exam Only: 11 a.m. March 31, $80.

Disc Golf: Disc golf is played much like traditional golf, except with a flying disk. Yahoola Creek Park. March 24, 9 a.m. to noon. $25. Bruce Johnson

Intro to Microsoft Word 2007: Learn the basics and how to attach and email your documents. March 26 and 28, 5:30-8 p.m. $119. Judy McHan

The History of Appalachia: Settled 13,000 years ago, Appalachia has a long, rich history that is explored with tales of explorers, native peoples, and the tenacious group known as the Appalachians. March 26 and April 2, 6-9 p.m. $99. Barry Whittemore

Photography – Advanced: Learn advanced composition, shooting raw photos, histograms, using your flash, and studio lighting techniques. SLR camera with manual capability required. Tuesdays, March 27 - April 17, 7-9:30 p.m. $129. Trevor Morris

Plumbing Recertification Workshop: Satisfies the mandatory state requirement for annual renewal of Georgia Plumbing Certificates of Competency. March 31, 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. $65 ($79 after March 21). Scot McEwen

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.

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

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 & Nature Workshop March 31

Enjoy the beauty of nature practicing yoga on a deck above a rushing creek, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, March 31. Take a short hike to a lovely waterfall afterwards. $30 advanced registration by March 17, $35 afterwards. quiana@ekstasis.us, 706-864-4684

Labyrinth Workshop April 1

A Labyrinth Workshop will be held from 1-3:30 p.m. Sunday, April 1, in a beautiful Chartres cathedral-style labyrinth in a meadow along Yahoola Creek. Enjoy a peaceful labyrinth walk and gain rich insights and benefits for your own life. $30. Reserve space by March 28. quiana@ekstasis.us, 706-864-4684

Yoga at Dahlonega Spa Resort

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

YOGA with Quiana

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

Holistic movement classes

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

AT Dahlonega Healing Arts

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

Jazzercise

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

YOGA Flow for Personal Fitness

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

natural & holistic living

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

Wellness Classes

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

saturday Walking Group

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

Church/Religious Events

Pre-Easter Community services every Tuesday

The Dahlonega-Lumpkin County Ministerial Association is holding community-wide services in the weeks leading up to Easter each Tuesday at noon at Dahlonega United Methodist Church. A soup and sandwich luncheon will follow each service. On March 20, Pastor Joseph Robinson, The Fountain, will be the preacher.

Gospel Singing

Freedom MInistries saturday night singing

Saturday night singing: Big Oak Gospel Music at 7 p.m. each Saturday. Featured singers on March 17 are Three or More, Glory Bound, and Holy Reign. 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

Benefit Singing Saturday at Christian Hill

Christian HIll Baptist Church, 6505 Cantrell Road, Dawsonville, will hold a benefit singing Saturday, March 17, from noon to 6 p.m. Featured groups are Heavenly Voices (aka the Bill Bennett Family), soloist Rainey Roden, Morris Stancil and Greg Stancil, the Stephen Sisters, Spiritual Voices, and the Trinity Baptist Church Choir. Barbecue plates will be for sale and a handmade quilt will be raffled. An offering will be taken. Randy, 770-893-3040

Poor Man’s Supper at Solid Rock Saturday

Solid Rock Baptist Church, Cleveland, will hold its annual Poor Man’s Hot Dog Supper and cake walk Saturday night, March 17, from 5-7 p.m. $5/plate. Highway 115 near Lumpkin/White county line.

Hot Dog dinner Sunday at Shiloh UMC

Shiloh United Methodist Church, 253 Shiloh Church Road, Dawsonville, will have a hot dog dinner Sunday, March 18, from 1-3 p.m. Proceeds will benefit VBS and the youth program. $5 donation/plate. Michael Ridings, pastor, 770-363-4551

UnitARIAn Universalist church

Georgia Mountains Unitarian Universalist Church is a welcoming congregation. On March 18, On Sunday, March 18, Susan Zealy will present “Learning about Enotah CASA.” 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

Pray LUmpkin March 20

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.

Action packed KidsTurn event at WarHill

The Church @ War Hill invites the public to join them for an action packed KidzTurn Event. This lively presentation of the Word of God through live music, puppetry, videos, lighting effects, quiz games, object lessons, and storytelling will minister to parents, teens, and children alike. Events begin at 7 p.m. Friday, March 23 and continue Saturday, March 24, and Sunday March 25, at 6 p.m. (706) 216-3080, www.warhill.com.

Prayer LIne available

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

Art Classes

Art by Rayneri Watercolor Classes

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

classes at Funky chicken

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

art instruction by Win Crannell

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

Painting lessons by Anita Elder

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

Recycling

PLASTIC/PAPER/ALUMINUM:

• # 1 & 2 plastic bottles (discard lids)

• Corrugated cardboard (clean and dry)

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

• Aluminum and tin cans. (please rinse out)

Locations:

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

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

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

• Bins on Highway 19 North across from Ace Hardware.

CITY PICK UP AT RESIDENCES

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

CFL BULBS: Home Depot

BATTERIES

• Radio Shack/Dahlonega Pharmacy:household rechargeable batteries

• Home Depot

Cell PHones

Dahlonega Funeral Home collects old cell phones for “Cell Phones for Soldiers,” an effort to support military members returning from active duty. 706.864.DOVE

PLASTIC GROCERY BAGS:

• J&J Foods

• Walmart

STYROFOAM: Publix accepts egg cartons and meat trays.

Electronic Recyclables, MIcrowaves, etc.

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

More 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

More Children & Youth

YMCA After-School Program

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

SCOUTING:

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

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

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

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

More Pets

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.

More Education

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

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

Mountain Ed High School

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

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

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Frequent MEETINGS

Dahlonega Rotary Club meets Tuesdays at noon at the Lumpkin County Parks & Rec. The club serves the county through community service, scholarships and donations. Jason Cox, 706.531.6201, jcox@northviewortho.com

Lumpkin County Kiwanis meets every Monday at noon at Just Off the Square. Accepting new members. Please park in the rear parking lot. 813-230-4096

The Dahlonega Sunrise Rotary Club meets Thursdays from 7:30-8:30 a.m. at Just off the Square Country Cafe. Dan Bowers, 706-864-4144

North Georgia Toastmasters meets on the first and third Thursdays from 4:30-5:30 p.m., in the Chestatee Room of Student Center South. Improve your public speaking skills in a positive environment. http://ngcsu.free toasthost.cc

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Community-wide Events

Summit focuses on international businesses

The NGCSU Mike Cottrell School of Business’s Center for the Future of North Georgia will host the 2012 Economic Development Summit, “Going Global for Growth,” from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Thursday, March 15. The event will help attendees gain an understanding of the success factors for international companies locating facilities and headquarters in North Georgia communities. Topics will include export/import opportunities, opportunities for business and economic growth, the diverse opportunities and challenges of international business, and cultural differences and business practices of international companies. $49. Registration: http://www.northgeorgia.edu/summit

Connecting suppliers w/ international buyers

In conjunction with the March 15 Economic Development Summit at NGCSU, individual appointments will be held from noon to 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 14, to connect qualified Dahlonega suppliers with international buyers from Germany and Israel. Small businesses that provide products or services in one of the following areas and are interested in exporting are invited to participate: innovative food products, aviation subsystems, automotive parts and niche manufacturing products. Ansley Hynes, Georgia Department of Economic Development, 404-962-4841, ahynes@georgia.org

Gold Museum hosts A.T. program Thursday

The Dahlonega Gold Museum will host a lecture on the history and experiences to be found on the Appalachian Trail, presented Thursday, March 15, by hiking enthusiast Charles Aiken. A true “Appalachian Trail salesman,” Aiken has hiked thousands of miles on the trail, including a thru-hike in 1997, and is a trail maintainer. Doors open at 5 p.m. and the program begins at 5:30 p.m. Patrons are welcome to tour the Gold Museum exhibits before and after the presentation until 7 p.m. $3.50-$6. 706-864-2257

Stewards of Children Training Thursday

This Child Sexual Abuse Prevention training program will be offered at the Lumpkin County Sheriff’s Office Training Room from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, March 15. Visit www.d2l.org for details about the program. Contact Brigette Barker, 706-482-2629, for information or to reserve a spot. $10/person.

Drug Court graduation ceremony March 22

Enotah Family Drug Court will acknowledge the hard work of the participants from Lumpkin and White counties who have completed the intense 18-month program of Enotah Family Drug Court. The graduation ceremony and celebration will be held at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, March 22, at the Lumpkin County Parks YMCA. Everyone is invited to attend. information@EnotahFDC.org .

Rep. Graves’s staff in LUmpkin March 27

Representatives of the office of U.S. Rep. Tom Graves will be available to meet with constituents at the Lumpkin County Library, 342 Courthouse Hill, from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 27, to assist with casework, questions and concerns pertaining to federal programs or policy issues.

LC Homeowners Association Annual meeting

The Lumpkin County Homeowners Association Annual Meeting will take place on Tuesday, March 27, at 7 p.m. in the United Community Bank community room on Morrison Moore Parkway, across from the Post Office. The public is invited.

4-H training: Help Kids learn about robotics

4-H will host a Robotics Training in Dahlonega from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday, March 29, at the Lumpkin County Parks YMCA. The training covers easy to follow lesson to engage 4-H members in engineering design concepts, building robotics and successfully programming robots. The training is free and includes lunch. Ian Cowie, icowie@uga.edu, 706-864-2275

Taste of the Mountains tickets available

A Taste of the Mountains offers the opportunity to sample food from dozens of Dahlonega restaurants while supporting Family Connection. The 14th annual event will be held from 6-8 p.m. Thursday, March 29, at Lumpkin County High School. Tickets (adults, $15; ages 5-12, $5) are available at the Visitors Center, at the Lumpkin County school board office, Community & Southern Bank, SunTrust bank at 400, and United Community Bank. Family Connection is a collaborative of agencies and individuals working together to assist families in creating better outcomes for their children. 706-867-7047

Community Support Activities

Trail fest to hold community shoe drive

In honor of the 60th anniversay of Mildred Norman Ryder’s first female thru hike of the AT in 1952, Trail Fest is partnering with Walk a Mile in My Shoes for a Community Shoe Drive. Gently used shoes will be collected in Hancock Park during the festival, March 16-18, and donated to Dahlonega charities. Mildred Norman Ryder, and her walks for peace, is the inspiration for WAMMS. WAMMS founder DonnaChristine Park from Arizona, the “Little Ol’ Lady AND the SHOES,” will be at the collection booth. Please gather up your shoes you don’t wear and bring them to the Trail Fest.

Weekly Fish Fry Dinners at St Luke’s Fridays

The Men of St. Luke’s Roman Catholic Church are hosting their annual Lenten Fish Fry dinners from 5-7 p.m. Fridays through March 30. Dinner choices include fried fish, baked salmon or crab cakes. Each meal consists of fries or baked potato, hush puppies, cole slaw, salad and roll. Fried fish dinner, $8, crab cake dinner, $8, baked salmon dinner, $9. Clam Chowder, $3, drinks, $1 each. Children’s dinner: fish and chips or mac & cheese with fries, $4. Family price: $25 includes two adults and three or more children.

spaces available for LCMS Yard sale

Lumpkin County Middle School is having a yard sale from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, March 24, in the school’s upper parking lot. All spaces will be $25 and the money will go towards field day supplies. The community is invited to participate. You must provide your own tables. Rain date Saturday, April 14. Lynn Sylvester, 706-864-6189, lsylvester@lumpkin.k12.ga.us

UCB Popcorn on Fridays for relay for life

United Community Bank will be serving freshly popped popcorn at the Main Office, 206 Morrison Moore Parkway, on Fridays during the month of March. Donations will be accepted for the American Cancer Society/Relay For Life.

ring raffle will benefit Georgia Pick & Bow

Georgia Pick & Bow is raffling off an 18-karat gold diamond ring with exquisite filigree, handcrafted by the renowned Whitehouse Brothers, a jewelry company famous for its unique designs. The ring, which has a retail value of $4,600, was donated to the local music program for children by an anonymous donor. It can be seen, and tickets can be purchased, at Studio Jewelers on the Dahlonega Public Square. Raffle tickets are $10 each or three for $25. The winning ticket will be drawn April 22 at Bear on the Square festival. See a photo of the ring and learn more about its story at www.GeorgiaPickAndBow.org.

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 April 15. Cindi Vernon, (706) 429-6323, cindiv@windstream.net

Cell PHones collected for soldiers

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

Races/Festivals

spring on springer AT Trail-Fest March 16-18

See details on page 1B.

Spring on Springer 5K March 17

Spring on Springer, a 5K race beginning at Lake Zwerner (Yahoola Reservoir) will take place at 9 a.m. Saturday, March 17, during the Dahlonega TrailFest. Registration is available at Active.com and closes March 15. $20, students $15. www.dahlonegatrailfest.org

Yahoola United Cherokee Spring Powwow

The Yahoola United Cherokee Museum and Cultural Education Center, Inc, a non-profit 501C3, will host the Second Annual Spring Powwow 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, March 31 and April 1. Festivities will take place atop Crown Mountain on Findley Ridge. The event will help raise funds for the construction of a world class museum in Dahlonega. www.yahoolacherokeemuseum.com, 706-482-8353

Refrigiwear Rescue Run April 7

Refrigiwear is hosting its 1st Annual 5K run to benefit the TLC Humane Society. The Rescue Run 2012 will take place at 9 a.m. at Yahoola Creek Park April 7 to benefit Dahlonega-Lumpkin County’s non-profit, no-kill shelter. $20 advance registration, $25 race day. A fun run will be held at 10:30 a.m. Well managed dogs on a leash are welcome. Register at Active.com. Kelly Couch, 706-864-5757 ext. 360

Children & Young Adults

GYMNASTICS at the YMCA

Build strength, confidence, agility, and flexibility while learning gymnastics skills and having fun. Classes are for ages 3-14. Session 4 registration begins March 13, and classes are filled on a first come, first serve basis. Session 4 includes 9 classes on Wednesdays from March 21-May 23. Tiny Tumblers: ages 3-5, 5:15-5:50 p.m., $60; Tumble Trainers, beginner/intermediate, ages 6 and up, 4-5 p.m., $80; Tumble Tigers: advanced, ages 7 and up, 4-5:30, $100. Call Ms. Connie with class questions at 706-864-5753, or the YMCA to sign up, 706-864-3622.

Free teen driving program offered March 27

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

Senior Services/Activities

lumpkin County Senior Center

266 Mechanicsville Road, 706-864-2358,

lcseniorcenter@windstream.net

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

STORY TIME PROGRAMS

Totally Toddlers, 11 a.m. Tuesdays: Designed for children ages 2-3, the program offers age appropriate books, songs, and fingerplays. March 20- April 24.

Movers and Shakers, 11 a.m. Wednesdays: Intended for children ages 4 to 5, the program may include songs, finger plays and crafts in addition to stories. March 21-April 25

Internet Basics, Wednesday, March 14, 9-10 a.m. This computer class teaches a basic knowledge of the internet. Learn the parts of the Explorer window and how to navigate Google. Email accounts and search tips for the internet will be discussed. Students need to be familiar with a computer and have basic knowledge on how to use a keyboard and mouse. Registration is required.

Happy Bookers Book Discussion Group, Thursday, March 15, 1:30 p.m. 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! Please ask a staff member if you would like to reserve a copy of this month’s book, The Book of Marie by Terry Kay

Genealogy Workshop, Saturday, March 17, 11 a.m. Learn how to use the web to trace your family roots? Reservation required.

Kids Program: Pirates and Princesses Party, Saturday, March 24, 10 a.m. to noon. Bring your little pirates and princesses to this free event and enjoy crafts, games and prizes. Decorate a magic wand or eye patch. Search for pirate booty in the library. Step inside our pixie dust parlor for a sprinkling. Come dressed as your favorite pirate or princess and have your photograph taken for free by professional photographer Doug King.

Pets

TLC needs volunteers during trailfest

TLC Humane Society needs volunteers to help with adoptions during Trailfest, Friday-Sunday, March16-18. Volunteers can work helping to set up and break down the tent; transport animals, crates and supplies; work the booth, answer questions and water the dogs; and walk the dogs in Hancock Park. For more information, call (770) 289-7332 or e-mail cjk9care@gmail.com.

Dog Obedience, Agility & Rally-O starting up

New classes start March 21-25. (Intermediate Obedience is a pre-requisite for Agility.) Classes run for 7 weeks. Dogs must be 4 months w/vaccinations. $99 with $10 discount on Obedience Classes for adopted shelter dogs. Class schedules at www.dahlonegaobediencegroup.com. Dahlonega Obedience Group (D.O.G.), certified instructor Mary Kay Crowell, 706-864-0410

Music/Drama/Film & More

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/

Piano Duet performance, Richard and Eric Wan, Tuesday, March 20, 12:45-1:15 p.m.. See story at right.

Spring Choral performances by NGCSU Singers and Le Belle Voci: 8 p.m. Monday, March 26, Holly Theater, and 8 p.m. Tuesday, March 27, Dahlonega United Methodist Church. adults $5, children $2, NGCSU free.

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

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

Friday, March 16, 8-10 p.m.+: The Greencards. $30 advance, $35 day of show. From the first notes struck together in 2003,

through tours with Bob Dylan and Willie Nelson, and up to the recent release of their fifth studio album The Brick Album, the twice Grammy nominated Greencards have won steadily escalating acclaim for their multi-dimensional Americana

vision. From newgrass devotees, to rock loyalists, this fascinating Australian spearheaded band has been turning heads – everywhere they go!www.THEGREENCARDS.com

Saturday, March 17, 8-10 p.m.+: St. Patrick’s Day with Jamie Laval with special guest David Brown. $16 advance, $18 day of show.

Jamie will present a 2-hour program of traditional music from Scotland, Ireland, Brittany, Quebec, and Appalachia, accompanied by his intricate foot percussion, amusing stories, and observations on the cultural ties linking the Scots-Irish to Appalachia. Joining Laval will be Asheville native David Brown on guitar and banjo. Classically trained, Jamie won the U.S. National Scottish Fiddle Championship in 2002 and now concertizes throughout the

U.S. and Scotland with over 100 engagements per year. www.JAMIELAVAL.com

Every 3rd Sunday of the month, 2-5 p.m.: SEBA (SouthEastern Bluegrass Association) Jam Session. Free.

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.

Monday, March 19, 7-10 p.m.: “Speak Out Spoken Word” Open Mic Nite hosted by Jon Dahlstrom, now in the main floor concert hall. Share your poetry, prose, or dialog in a safe and supportive atmosphere. $3 to compete.

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

www.hollytheater.com

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

Saturday afternoon Movies: Magical Moments

Movies for the whole family, 2 p.m.

The Pacific, Mondays through March 27: Screening of two episodes/week of the WWII made-for TV series. 8 p.m. $3

Radio Gals, March 16-April 1, Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m., Sundays at 2 p.m. $15.

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

Thursdays: College Night

Fridays: Live entertainment

Mondays: Trivia

Tuesdays: Country Western Music/Karaoke night

Friday, March 16: 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, March 16, 8:30-11 p.m. John Sosebee. With Sosebee on foot drums, guitar, and vocals, and his brother, Jacob Gise, on bass and foot percussion, this one-of-a-kind setup produces a tremendous sound that is always mistaken for a three or four piece band. And now having proven themselves at many of the South’s top venues and festivals, (including George’s Springing the Blues 2010, Smith’s Ole Bar, The Roadhouse, and many many more), they are one of the Atlanta area’s hottest Blues acts. Sosebee’s upcoming second album will feature all original tunes, penned by Sosebee himself, and aims to capture the spirit and energy of their live performances. Influenced by greats such as R.L. Burnside, Junior Kimbrough, Mississippi Fred McDowell, Muddy Waters, and Blind Willie Johnson from a young age, John Sosebee has a deep rooted feel for the Blues. All ages, no cover.

Saturday, March 17, St. Patrick’s Day Celebration: Music and Irish fare all day.

12-2 p.m. Live bagpipes

3-6 p.m. Tom and Juli

8:30-11:45 p.m.: Roshambeaux

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

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

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WINE TASTING

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

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

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

Support Groups

Nursing Mothers’ Support

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

Domestic violence: support, crisis line

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

Reformers Unanimous Addiction Program

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

Grief support programs at NGMC

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

Kinship Care—grandparents raising grandchildren

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

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

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

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

Alcoholics Anonymous:

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

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

Al-Anon:

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

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

Lumpkin County Caregivers

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

NARCOTICS ANONYMOUS

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

Assistance Available

FRee 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 at St. Paul, order by Mar. 16

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 by 3 p.m. March 16 for pick up March 24. Order at www.oneharvest.com or at the church, 706-973-9924.

Free Food at DCOG Monday, April 2

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

Education/Classes

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.

How to Troubleshoot Your PC: A Basic Guide to Tune up Your Computer. This class will cover the concepts of diagnosing and troubleshooting your personal computer. Note: This is not a course to fix a broken computer. Wednesday, March 14, 5:30-8:30 p.m.. $75. Kyle Johnson

Zumba: Join the wildly popular dance-fitness class that incorporates Latin and international music with dance movements. Zumba integrates some of the basic principles of aerobic, interval and resistance training to maximize calorie burn, cardiovascular benefits and total body toning. Zumba is fun, easy and effective. Six Thursdays, March 15-April 19, 6-7 p.m., $69. Debbie Carter-Dye

Zumba Gold: Zumba Gold takes the Zumba formula (the party-like atmosphere, the zesty Latin music and the sheer vibrancy of each class) and modifies the moves and pacing to suit the needs of the active older participant, as well as the de-conditioned participant. Six Fridays, March 16-April 20, 9-10 a.m. $69. Margit Kilian

Zumba Toning: Combines targeted body-sculpting exercises and high-energy cardio work with Latin-infused Zumba moves to create a calorie-torching, strength-training dance fitness-party. Six Fridays, March 16-April 20, 10:30-11:30 a.m. $69. Margit Kilian

Intro to Soap Making: Learn to make soap from scratch. $25 Supply fee. Saturday, March 17, 10 a.m. to noon. $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 includes how to create green and affordable household cleaners. Saturday, March 17, 1-2 p.m. $29. Jan Kelley

Alcohol and Drug Abuse Prevention Program: This program focuses on alcohol and drug abuse prevention giving you a greater understanding of your risk for alcohol or drug related problems throughout life, for adults and youth. Four Mondays/Thursdays, March 19, 22, 26, 29. 6-8 p.m. $52. Vikki Condrey & Judy Broad

Pottery: Beyond Beginner. Continue to build on your pottery skills. Six Mondays/Wednesdays, March 19-April 25, 6-8 p.m. $139. Kyle Jones.

Karate – Beginner: Learn the basic stances, blocks, and straight middle punches used in karate. Tuesdays March 20-May 22, 6-7 p.m. 59. Danny Jarrard

Karate – Advanced: Continue advancing your karate skills. Tuesdays, March 20-May 22, 6:45-7:45 p.m. 59. Danny Jarrard

Computer Basics: Join other adult learners in understanding elementary computer concepts such as basic concepts and web applications. No prior computer knowledge needed. Tuesdays March 20-April 10, 5:30-7:30 p.m. $99. Anita Roush

Social Media­—Facebook, Twitter & LinkedIn: Learn how to use these social media outlets to attract new customers and retain existing clients. March 22, 5:30-7:30 p.m., $69 Christine Wilbanks

ServSafe® Certification Training for Food Service Workers: Class and exam for individuals who are employed by, manage, or own food service operations in the hospitality industry. March 24 and 31, 9 a.m. to noon. $150. Anne Converse. Recertification Exam Only: 11 a.m. March 31, $80.

Disc Golf: Disc golf is played much like traditional golf, except with a flying disk. Yahoola Creek Park. March 24, 9 a.m. to noon. $25. Bruce Johnson

Intro to Microsoft Word 2007: Learn the basics and how to attach and email your documents. March 26 and 28, 5:30-8 p.m. $119. Judy McHan

The History of Appalachia: Settled 13,000 years ago, Appalachia has a long, rich history that is explored with tales of explorers, native peoples, and the tenacious group known as the Appalachians. March 26 and April 2, 6-9 p.m. $99. Barry Whittemore

Photography – Advanced: Learn advanced composition, shooting raw photos, histograms, using your flash, and studio lighting techniques. SLR camera with manual capability required. Tuesdays, March 27 - April 17, 7-9:30 p.m. $129. Trevor Morris

Plumbing Recertification Workshop: Satisfies the mandatory state requirement for annual renewal of Georgia Plumbing Certificates of Competency. March 31, 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. $65 ($79 after March 21). Scot McEwen

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.

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

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 & Nature Workshop March 31

Enjoy the beauty of nature practicing yoga on a deck above a rushing creek, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, March 31. Take a short hike to a lovely waterfall afterwards. $30 advanced registration by March 17, $35 afterwards. quiana@ekstasis.us, 706-864-4684

Labyrinth Workshop April 1

A Labyrinth Workshop will be held from 1-3:30 p.m. Sunday, April 1, in a beautiful Chartres cathedral-style labyrinth in a meadow along Yahoola Creek. Enjoy a peaceful labyrinth walk and gain rich insights and benefits for your own life. $30. Reserve space by March 28. quiana@ekstasis.us, 706-864-4684

Yoga at Dahlonega Spa Resort

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

YOGA with Quiana

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

Holistic movement classes

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

AT Dahlonega Healing Arts

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

Jazzercise

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

YOGA Flow for Personal Fitness

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

natural & holistic living

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

Wellness Classes

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

saturday Walking Group

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

Church/Religious Events

Pre-Easter Community services every Tuesday

The Dahlonega-Lumpkin County Ministerial Association is holding community-wide services in the weeks leading up to Easter each Tuesday at noon at Dahlonega United Methodist Church. A soup and sandwich luncheon will follow each service. On March 20, Pastor Joseph Robinson, The Fountain, will be the preacher.

Gospel Singing

Freedom MInistries saturday night singing

Saturday night singing: Big Oak Gospel Music at 7 p.m. each Saturday. Featured singers on March 17 are Three or More, Glory Bound, and Holy Reign. 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

Benefit Singing Saturday at Christian Hill

Christian HIll Baptist Church, 6505 Cantrell Road, Dawsonville, will hold a benefit singing Saturday, March 17, from noon to 6 p.m. Featured groups are Heavenly Voices (aka the Bill Bennett Family), soloist Rainey Roden, Morris Stancil and Greg Stancil, the Stephen Sisters, Spiritual Voices, and the Trinity Baptist Church Choir. Barbecue plates will be for sale and a handmade quilt will be raffled. An offering will be taken. Randy, 770-893-3040

Poor Man’s Supper at Solid Rock Saturday

Solid Rock Baptist Church, Cleveland, will hold its annual Poor Man’s Hot Dog Supper and cake walk Saturday night, March 17, from 5-7 p.m. $5/plate. Highway 115 near Lumpkin/White county line.

Hot Dog dinner Sunday at Shiloh UMC

Shiloh United Methodist Church, 253 Shiloh Church Road, Dawsonville, will have a hot dog dinner Sunday, March 18, from 1-3 p.m. Proceeds will benefit VBS and the youth program. $5 donation/plate. Michael Ridings, pastor, 770-363-4551

UnitARIAn Universalist church

Georgia Mountains Unitarian Universalist Church is a welcoming congregation. On March 18, On Sunday, March 18, Susan Zealy will present “Learning about Enotah CASA.” 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

Pray LUmpkin March 20

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.

Action packed KidsTurn event at WarHill

The Church @ War Hill invites the public to join them for an action packed KidzTurn Event. This lively presentation of the Word of God through live music, puppetry, videos, lighting effects, quiz games, object lessons, and storytelling will minister to parents, teens, and children alike. Events begin at 7 p.m. Friday, March 23 and continue Saturday, March 24, and Sunday March 25, at 6 p.m. (706) 216-3080, www.warhill.com.

Prayer LIne available

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

Art Classes

Art by Rayneri Watercolor Classes

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

classes at Funky chicken

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

art instruction by Win Crannell

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

Painting lessons by Anita Elder

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

Recycling

PLASTIC/PAPER/ALUMINUM:

• # 1 & 2 plastic bottles (discard lids)

• Corrugated cardboard (clean and dry)

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

• Aluminum and tin cans. (please rinse out)

Locations:

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

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

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

• Bins on Highway 19 North across from Ace Hardware.

CITY PICK UP AT RESIDENCES

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

CFL BULBS: Home Depot

BATTERIES

• Radio Shack/Dahlonega Pharmacy:household rechargeable batteries

• Home Depot

Cell PHones

Dahlonega Funeral Home collects old cell phones for “Cell Phones for Soldiers,” an effort to support military members returning from active duty. 706.864.DOVE

PLASTIC GROCERY BAGS:

• J&J Foods

• Walmart

STYROFOAM: Publix accepts egg cartons and meat trays.

Electronic Recyclables, MIcrowaves, etc.

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

More 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

More Children & Youth

YMCA After-School Program

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

SCOUTING:

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

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

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

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

More Pets

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.

More Education

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

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

Mountain Ed High School

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

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

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Frequent MEETINGS

Dahlonega Rotary Club meets Tuesdays at noon at the Lumpkin County Parks & Rec. The club serves the county through community service, scholarships and donations. Jason Cox, 706.531.6201, jcox@northviewortho.com

Lumpkin County Kiwanis meets every Monday at noon at Just Off the Square. Accepting new members. Please park in the rear parking lot. 813-230-4096

The Dahlonega Sunrise Rotary Club meets Thursdays from 7:30-8:30 a.m. at Just off the Square Country Cafe. Dan Bowers, 706-864-4144

North Georgia Toastmasters meets on the first and third Thursdays from 4:30-5:30 p.m., in the Chestatee Room of Student Center South. Improve your public speaking skills in a positive environment. http://ngcsu.free toasthost.cc

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DEADLINE for Club News: Fridays at 5.

Please submit items to Margo Booth,

mbooth@thedahloneganugget.com

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