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 .
Caring Hands volunteer orientation Tuesday
Caring Hands Ministries will hold a volunteer orientation on Tuesday March 27 at 6:30 p.m. The 17-year-old volunteer driven ministry helps people in need in North Georgia. Volunteers are needed to help with the craft shop and craft program, with clerical and Internet work, special events, fundraising, community garden, Homeland Military Relief food box distribution, follow up with people who have asked for help, and help in other ways. Volunteers with a truck or van who can occasionally help move things from place to place would be appreciated. The orientation will be held at Caring Hands Ministries office at Appalachian Hope Center, 6483 Cleveland Highway, next to Papa’s Pizza on Highway 129 in Clermont. Volunteer hours are very flexible. Some people work from the office, some at the garden sites or other locations, some help from home. To register or for more information contact the office at 706-219-1980, caringhandsmin.tripod.com.
Rep. Graves’s staff in LUmpkin Tuesday
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 Annual meeting Tuesday
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, firstname.lastname@example.org, 706-864-2275
A 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
LCMS Yard sale Saturday, spaces available
Lumpkin County Middle School will hold 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, email@example.com
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.
Spaghetti Dinner for relay for life March 28
Dine in or take out Wednesday, March 28, 4-6:30 p.m. at United Community Bank main office, 206 Morrison Moore Parkway. Plates are $7 each and include spaghetti, bread, salad, drink, and dessert. Proceeds will benefit Relay for Life.
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.
NOA Spring Gala April 13
The 2012 NOA (No One Alone) Spring Gala will be held Friday, April 13, at R-Ranch in the Mountains. Reception begins at 6 and dinner at 7:30. There will be an auction, a raffle, music, and dancing. A seated dinner will be catered by Events by Dezine; music will be provided by the Kip Dockery Jazz Trio; photography by Michael Cottrell Photography will be available, and Stephen Smith will be the guest auctioneer. Tickets are $75 for individuals or $600 for a table of 8. NOA provides emergency shelter, counseling, legal advocacy and support services for victims of domestic violence and their children. For reservations contact Nicole Alvarez, 706-864-1306 Ext 6, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Raffle will help preserve McDonald house
An original oil painting of the Captain McDonald House by local artist Laura Brown is being auctioned to help preserve the historic McDonald House. The house, located in what is now Yahoola Creek Park, is the only surviving home of a Confederate Officer in North Georgia. Raffle tickets, and the painting, are available at the Dahlonega Visitors Center on the square for $5. The winning ticket will be drawn on Labor Day.
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, email@example.com
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
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, firstname.lastname@example.org
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, email@example.com
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
lumpkin County Senior Center
266 Mechanicsville Road, 706-864-2358,
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.\
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, email@example.com, 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
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
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. See story page 3B.
TWEEN Board Games, Tuesday, March 27, 3:30 p.m. Bring a friend a try your hand at some fun board games. Grades 3-5.
• # 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)
• 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
• Radio Shack/Dahlonega Pharmacy:household rechargeable batteries
• Home Depot
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
STYROFOAM: Publix accepts egg cartons and meat trays.
Electronic Recyclables, MIcrowaves, etc.
• Waypoint Thrift Store, Highway 60 East of 400, 706-867-0297
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, firstname.lastname@example.org
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/
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.
David Brothers Trio, Wednesday, March 28, 8 p.m., Shott Auditorium, Nix Fine Arts Building. Adults $5, students $2, NGCSU ID free
“Magick,” The Golden Eagle Band’s indoor drum corps style show. Thursday, March 29, Memorial Hall, NGCSU.
enhake quartet, Friday, March 30, 8 p.m. Shott Auditorium $10 Adults/$5 Students/Free with NGCSU ID. enhake performs regularly throughout the world’s most prestigious venues, including New York City’s Weill Recital Hall, Oklahoma Mozart Festival, South Korea’s PanMusic Festival at Seoul Arts Center, and the Promising Artist of the 21st Century Series in Costa Rica.
Caruso’s, 19B East Main Street, 706-864-4664
Every Sunday, 5 p.m.: Texas Hold ’Em Poker
Every Mon., Tues., Wed., 7:30 p.m.: Texas Hold ’Em Poker
Thursday, 8 p.m.: Dahlonega Idol
Every Friday, 9 p.m.: Karaoke & Dance Night
Every Saturday, 9 p.m.: Karaoke, Dance and Contest night
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 Corkscrew Café, 51 Main Street West, 706-867-8551; www.thecorkscrewcafe.com
Monthly Wine Tasting, Sunday, March 25, 4-6 p.m. Sample a selection of wines and appetizers. $40/person, tax and gratuity included. Reservations required.
The Crimson Moon Café, 24 North Park Street, 706-864-3982, www.thecrimsonmoon.com for advance reservations online. Call for day of event reservations.
Wednesdays, 7-9+ p.m.: Open Jam Night hosted by Justin Bridges. All genres of music. Free, tips for host appreciated.
Thursdays, 7-9+ p.m.: Tom & Juli. Hundreds of cover songs from the 60s, 70s, 80s and 90s while you dine. Free.
Friday, March 23, 8-10 p.m.+ The Fiddleheads. $17 advance, $20 day of show. The Fiddleheads are a group of bluegrass-inspired,
genre-crossing musicians from Dahlonega, formed by mandolin player Zak McConnell in the fall of 2009. They first performed in front of a packed audience in Shott Auditorium of North Georgia College & State University in November of that year when they instantly
amazed the audience. Then in the summer of 2011 they made two appearances on America’s Got Talent, NBC’s top rated talent show. Advance reservations are highly recommended. www.THEFIDDLEHEADS.net
Saturday, March 24, 8-10 p.m. Robin Bullock’s CD release party.
$12 Advance / $ 14 Day of Show. Award-winning Celtic/American string wizard Robin Bullock is a prolific composer and multi-instrumentalist, whose virtuosity on guitar, cittern and mandolin blends the ancient melodies of the Celtic lands and their vigorous Appa-
lachian descendants into one powerful musical vision. www.robinbullock.com
Sunday, 2-5 p.m. Traditional Music Jam: Bring your instruments and/or voices and join in on/around the stage, or have a seat and just listen as a 90-plus-year-old “pickin’ and grinnin” tradition continues. Hosted by The Buzzard Mountain Boys. Free.
Sunday, 7-9+ p.m. 4th Sunday Jazz Jam. $5 admission, performers free. A new tradition of music for all the ‘jazz junkies’ in the area to come be a part of on stage or just enjoy from a table view.
‘Monday, 7-10 p.m.: ‘Audition’ Open Mic.’ $3. Every 2nd & 4th Monday the stage will be open to amateurs and up and coming artists alike to share their original songs in an audience-judged competition for a $50 prize, and an invitation to a quarterly ‘Final Cut’ Open Mic Challenge to win their own show at the Moon.Holly Theatre, 69 West Main Street, 706-864-3759,
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, through April 1, Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m., Sundays at 2 p.m. $15.
See photos page 1B.
Johnny B’s Beef & Brew, 438 West Main Street, 706-864-2400
Thursdays: College Night
Fridays: Live entertainment
Tuesdays: Country Western Music/Karaoke night
Friday, March 23: John Sosebee
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
March 28, 5-9 p.m. A Night in Italy with Wine Tasting
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 23, 8:30-11:30 p.m.: Tim McNary. The band McNary was formed in August 2010 when Dan Sheffield showed up for a drumming audition at Tim McNary’s Atlanta apartment. Two months later, Dan and Tim had hired a bassist and were opening up for the national singer songwriter duo The Civil Wars at The Melting Point in Athens, Ga. By March 2011, Dan and Tim had quit their day jobs and started playing music full time. In May of 2011 Elliott Phillips joined the band as drummer and Dan moved to bass. McNary is currently growing their fan base by playing around the southeast.
Saturday, March 24, 8:30-11:30 p.m.: Erick Jones and Friends. Whether performing with the Atlanta based country-rock band American Anodyne, the North Georgia folk group Ugly Cousin, or solo acoustic, Erick Jones’ narrative storytelling draws upon the trials of small-town life in the south, drunken revelry, and searching for redemption in the era of the “new depression.”
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.
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
Wine Highway hours: Friday 11-8 p.m., Saturday 11 a.m.-8 p.m. and Sunday 12:30-7 p.m.
Simply Taste Buds, a tasting room for Georgia Wines, 39 South Chestatee Street, 706-482-0004.
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
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
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 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
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
St. Paul United Methodist Church, Highway 60 South at 14 Martins Ford Road, is a pick-up location for OneHarvest Food Ministries. Available boxes include boxes of meats and vegetables, prepared meals, a box of chicken and a grill special which can be ordered at discounted, group-purchase prices. Order at www.oneharvest.com or at the church, 706-973-9924.
Free Food at DCOG Monday, 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
Gainesville sBDC Classes
Gainesville Small Business Develoment Center offices located at The Featherbone Communiversity, 999 Chestnut Street, Gainesville. Register online at www.georgiasbdc.org or call 770-531-5681 for more information.
Starting a Business Q &A, April 4, 5-7 p.m. Free.
NORTH GEORGIA CONTINUING EDUCATION
For information on these classes, contact the NGCSU Department of Continuing Education at (706) 864-1918, email email@example.com or register at www.northgeorgia.edu/ce.
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
Lunch and Learn—Learn to make a Straw Bale Garden: Learn a new and easy way to garden. Straw bale gardening is perfect for those with limited time or space, poor soil, or those with restricted mobility. Easy access to the higher surface of a straw bale eliminates bending to plant and harvest. Bring your lunch and learn how to grow delicious vegetables or beautiful flowers with no weeding, hoeing or tilling. Tuesday April 3 11:30 to 1 p.m. $10
Online PLU-Approved Courses for Teachers: North Georgia Continuing Education offers a multitude of online courses approved for two PLU credits by the Department of Education. Courses include: Creating the Inclusive Classroom, Leadership, Survival Kit for New Teachers and more. Full list at northgeorgia.edu/ce.
Online Learning with Ed2go: NGCSU’s Continuing Education Department offers instructor-led, on-line classes which run for six weeks, and are never cancelled. Go to www.ed2go.com/ngcsu for a listing of classes.
Meals on Wheels needs volunteer drivers to deliver meals in the Lumpkin County area. If you have the time (only two hours out of your week) and want to help the homebound senior adults in our community, please call Rhonda at 706-864-2358 for more information or come by the senior center for an application. Training will be provided.
Mentoring volunteers are matched with students to serve as a role model, advisor and friend. Lumpkin County Family Connection Mentor Program, Brenda Cronan, firstname.lastname@example.org, 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 email@example.com
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, firstname.lastname@example.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.
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. email@example.com, 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. firstname.lastname@example.org, 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. First class free for locals through end of March. To join, contact Quiana, 828-318-9169, email@example.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
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; firstname.lastname@example.org
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 email@example.com
natural & holistic living
The Southern Association of Green Enthusiasts is open to anyone who is interested in natural, alternative, green and holistic living. Cindi Vernon, (706)429-6323 or firstname.lastname@example.org
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
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
Bluegrass instrument instruction—fiddle, banjo, guitar, bass, mandolin. Sonny Houston, 706-864-4606
Beginning and intermediate piano and violin, children and adults welcome. Ruth Purcell, 706-482-9968 or email@example.com
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
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 27, The Rev. Dr. McKay Caston, Creekstone Church, will be the preacher.
Freedom MInistries saturday night singing
Saturday night singing: Big Oak Gospel Music at 7 p.m. each Saturday. Featured singers on March 24 are Forever Alive, Chad Martin, and Changed 4. 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, firstname.lastname@example.org
The Stancils featured at Solid Rock Sunday
Solid Rock Baptist Church, 7662 Highway 115 West, Cleveland, will hold a service of gospel song and gospel singers, featuring The Stancils from Cumming, at 11 a.m. Sunday, March 25. Everyone is welcome.
Cancer Survivor Singing at Sardis Saturday
The New Bryants are hosting the 2nd Annual Cancer Survivor Singing featuring six gospel groups, beginning at noon Saturday, March 24, at Sardis Sports Complex, 2811 Sardis Road. Cancer survivors are special guests, and funds raised benefit The New Bryants’ piano player, Janice, who is now fighting cancer. BBQ plates, raffles and more. 678-283-6498
Yard sale, bake sale at Restoration Saturday
Restoration Christian Church, 523 Ben Higgins Road, will hold a yard sale, bake sale and raffle Saturday, March 24, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Pastor Bobby Pierce, 678-209-6113
WOMEN’S inspirational EVENT AT DBC
Dahlonega Baptist Church, 234 Hawkins Street, will hold an inspirational women’s event from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, April 14. Frances Worthington of Desert Flower Ministries will be the speaker, and the program will include worship through music, Bible study, and breakout sessions. Continental breakfast, lunch, and childcare will be provided. Donations accepted. Please register by April 11. (706) 864-3676, www.dbch.org, email email@example.com (1 wk)
UnitARIAn Universalist church
Georgia Mountains Unitarian Universalist Church is a welcoming congregation. On Sunday, March 25, Laura Arnold will present: “Rethinking ‘Turn the Other Cheek’: Our Call to Creative Non-Violence.” 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
Sacred Grounds at DPC March 25
Sacred Grounds, a coffee house ministry, is held at the Dahlonega Presbyterian Church every fourth Sunday of the month at 6 p.m. Coffee, drinks and light snacks are served.
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.
Men’s fellowship supper at The Fortress
The Fortress Church off Torrington Road will have its regular men’s fellowship supper Saturday, March 31, at 6 p.m. Everyone welcome.
“Jews for Jesus” March 31 at Foothills
Pastor T.R. Myers invites all to hear a free presentation of a Model Seder with Mark Landrum of “Jews for Jesus” at 6 p.m. Saturday, March 31 at Foothills Fellowship, 5320 Long Branch Road. Jews for Jesus is an agency that proclaims that Jesus is the Messiah of Israel and Savior of the world. The late Moishe Rosen, a Jew who believed in Jesus for over 35 years, founded the organization but points out that Jews for Jesus began about 2,000 years ago, around 32 C.E. Jesus’ first disciples were Jewish and there have been some Jewish people who have believed in him ever since. Call 770-519-4899 for more information.
Sermon at War Hill includes live alligator, lion April 1
The Church @ War Hill, 8847 Highway 53 East, Dawsonville, invites the public to join them for a special illustrated sermon for the whole family. On Sunday, April 1, at 9:15 a.m. and 10:45 a.m. an alligator and a live lion will help us realize that God has given us everything we need to face any challenge, no matter how large! 706-216-3080, 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 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, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.oscarrayneriart.yolasite.com
classes at Funky chicken
Beginning woodcarving at the Funky Chicken Art Project. www.funkychickenartproject.com or Christina, 706-864-3938, email@example.com
art instruction by Win Crannell
Win Crannell is offering art instruction at his studio/gallery at 734 Calhoun Road. 706-864-6422, firstname.lastname@example.org
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
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
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 email@example.com
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, firstname.lastname@example.org or stop by TLC at 1735 Red Oak Flats Road.
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, email@example.com
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
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, firstname.lastname@example.org
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 email@example.com
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, firstname.lastname@example.org
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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