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Community-Wide Events

CASA/RCH Gingerbread house contest

CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) and Rainbow Children’s Home are sponsoring “Home for the Holidays,” a gingerbread house competition to benefit children who are without a permanent home. The competition, to be held Saturday, Dec. 1, at the Dahlonega Baptist Church, is for families ($10 entry fee with participation from at least one adult and one child under 12); teams such as a business, civic or church group, sorority, etc. ($25); or individual adults ($20) or youth ages 12-17 ($5). There will be winners in each category plus a People’s Choice winner. The public will be able to view the houses from 1-4 p.m., and they will be on display at locations around town during the holidays. For full details, rules and a downloadable entry form, visit www.enothcasa.org or call 706-864-5110. Entry forms can also be picked up at the Welcome Center.

Hollywood celebrity at Renewsables Nov. 21

Melissa Peterman, best known for her role as Barbara Jean in the TV series Reba, will be in Dahlonega Wednesday, Nov. 21, and will make an appearance at Renewsables Thrift Store, 21 N. Grove Street, Suite A , from 1:30-4:30 p.m. Peterman currently hosts the Singing Bee on CMT, stars in Baby Daddy on ABC Family and has just published an e-book.The public is invited to meet her, to celebrate “White Wednesday” by wearing white for a discount, and to help support Connectability.

Defensive Driving course Nov. 27

An AARP Defensive Driving Course will be held at the Dahlonega Baptist Church, 234 Hawkins Street, on Tuesday, Nov. 27, from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. with an hour lunch break. Completion of the course may entitle students to an auto insurance discount. Students need not be 55 and AARP membership is not required. Registration recommended. Free to veterans and their dependents, or $14/person, $2 AARP discount. 706-864-4383

School system informational meeting Nov. 28

The Lumpkin County School System will hold an informational meeting to discuss the new accountability system for Georgia schools. The new system, the College and Career Ready Performance Index, will release report cards for public schools for the first time December 2012. The meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, Nov. 28, at 3:30 p.m. in the board room located at 56 Indian Drive.

Town Hall meeting Nov. 29

Rep. Kevin Tanner, Sen. Steve Gooch and Tax Commissioner Rachel Pruitt will hold a Town Hall meeting Thursday, Nov. 29, 5:30 p.m. in the board room at the Administration Building. Pruitt will be talking about House Bill 386, the new title tax that goes into effect March 1. Tanner and Gooch will give an overview of the upcoming legislative session then turn the mic over to the public for concerns and questions. Please enter through the rear doors.

Diving Bell Pavilion Dedication Nov. 30

The community is invited to join the Chestatee River Diving Bell Committee, the City of Dahlonega Mayor and Council and special guests for the dedication of the Chestatee River Diving Bell Pavilion in Hancock Park Friday, Nov. 30, at 11 a.m. Rebecca Shirley, 706-482-2707

DWC Christmas Market Dec. 1

Dahlonega Woman’s Club is sponsoring “Christmas Market on Candy Cane Lane” Saturday, Dec. 1, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., at the Community House on the corner of North Park and Hawkins streets. Many one-of-a-kind gift and holiday decor items, baked goods and food ready for gift-giving will be available as well as jewelry, wood products and other artwork. Proceeds will go to Community Helping Place’s White Christmas and Lumpkin County Sheriff’s Office Shop with a Cop programs. For additional information contact dwccandycanelane@yahoo.com.

Annual Cookie Walk at St. Luke’s Dec. 1

St. Luke’s Catholic Church invites everyone to its annual cookie walk 1-7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 1. The event is sponsored by the Women’s Guild and will be held in the church hall at 91 North Park Street. Buy a Christmas tin for $10 and fill it with delicious homemade cookies. Leisa, 706-864-4779 (church office)

Arrangement Workshop/Mannequin Display

Southern Finds is hosting a live mannequin display and complimentary holiday arrangement workshop Saturday, Dec. 1, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. 40 North Grove Street, 706-867-6167

Get your picture made with a wild animal

Chestatee Wildlife Preserve will offer the public the chance to have their picture taken with one of its animals for a donation to the Lumpkin County Sheriff’s Office Shop with a Cop. The event takes place Saturday, Dec. 1, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. at the Dahlonega Walmart. All proceeds will benefit Shop with a Cop, the annual program that provides disadvantaged children with the opportunity to purchase Christmas gifts for themselves and their families.

Rides, Races, Festivals

Dahlonega’s Old Fashioned Christmas

Events kick off Friday. Details on page 1B.

Winter Runderland at NGCSU Dec. 1

The Athletic Training Honor Society at NGCSU is hosting its first 5K run/walk, Winter Runderland, Saturday, Dec. 1, beginning at 9 a.m. (registration at 8 a.m.) on the NGCSU campus. Entry fee $20 through Nov. 23, $25 Nov. 24-race day. Proceeds from the race will go towards the National Athletic Trainers’ Association Research & Education Foundation (NATA Foundation) which is dedicated to advancing the profession of athletic training through research and education, and to the North Georgia ITA. Register at Active.com. USATF certified course. Janet West, jlwest1247@northgeorgia.edu

Frosty 5K Run/Walk & Kids Fun Run Dec. 8

The Lumpkin County High School Basketball Tip-Off Club will hold the 3rd Annual Frosty 5K Run/Walk & Kids Fun Run, Saturday, December 8, 9 a.m., Yahoola Creek Park. Strollers welcome—it’s a great, easy course. Mail registration to Tina Wood, 44 School Drive, Dahlonega, GA 30533, twood@lumpkin.k12.ga.us, or register at www.active.com. Register by December 1 to guarantee a T-shirt.

Community Support Needs

CHP White christmas collections underway

The Community Helping Place White Christmas is the annual Christmas outreach which serves Lumpkin County residents in need during the holiday season. Last year CHP White Christmas served 243 households which included toys for 466 children. New, unwrapped toys and non-perishable food items can be dropped off at the CHP Food Pantry, 2030 Highway 19 North, Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. through Dec. 8. Financial contributions can be sent to PO Box 712, Dahlonega, GA 30233.

COATS & CANS for Unseen Hands in November

Eagle Scout candidate Joseph Head is heading up a Coats and Cans drive, collecting non-perishable foods and new and gently used coats and hats until Nov. 30 to be given to the Unseen Hands MInistry. Donation boxes are all around town, at J&J Foods, the library, United Community Bank, and many more locations. The 14-year-old’s goal is to collect 4,000 pounds of food and more than 100 coats. Check out his Facebook page at CoatsAndCansEagleProject.

Gifts being collected for Rainbow home

Belle Avance Salon is collecting donations for the residents of Rainbow Children’s Home for Christmas from now until Friday, Dec. 21. Girls at the home for abused and neglected youngsters range in age from 12-18. Suggested items include undergarments, slippers, socks, robes, hygiene items and coats. Be treated to a mini-makeover with the salon’s exclusive makeup line when you bring in a donation. Belle Avance is located at 232 East Main Street.

official dahlonega ornament now available

The Community Helping Place Official Christmas in Dahlonega Ornament, this year featuring the Fudge Factory, is now available at the following locations: The Fudge Factory, West Cleaners, Belle Avance Salon, Hairworks, the CHP Thrift Store, Starbucks and North Georgia Continuing Education. The cost is $20 and sales support the programs of CHP.

Toys for Tots collections underway

Dahlonega Funeral Home is accepting donations for its annual Toys for Tots drive. New, unwrapped toys and clothing can be dropped off at the funeral home, 20 Gibson Drive off Highway 60, Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Businesses interested in having a collection box, or for more information, call Amanda Jones, 706-864-3683. All donations will go to Lumpkin County families. Last day to make a donation is Friday, Dec. 21.

Brick Fundraiser for Cherokee museum

The Yahoola United Cherokee Museum and Cultural Education Center, Inc. is selling engraved bricks which will become part of the permanent Cherokee Memorial walkway leading to the Museum from the parking area. Bricks are $55 each and will bear a personal message. Proceeds from the Pave the Way Program go toward the building of the museum. Pave the Way brochures are available at the Welcome Center or on the Web at yahoolacherokeemuseum.com. (1/month)

Gold Museum bricks for holiday giving

The perfect holiday gift—Friends of the Gold Museum are offering engraved bricks to be placed in front of the Gold Museum for a donation. All money goes to maintain the museum and keep it open seven days a week. Donations are tax deductible. Bricks ordered by Nov. 30 will be installed before Christmas. Order forms available at http://randyrick.us.FOGM/FODGMBrickDonation.pdf.

AT-EASE program checks on Homebound

This program of the Lumpkin County Sheriff’s Office provides regular contact to those who are homebound, disabled, sick, living alone, or just need the assurance of a friendly voice. Participation can be temporary or ongoing. Registration forms are available on the Sheriff’s Office website at www.lumpkincounty.gov, at the Lumpkin County Sheriff’s Office, and by phone request at 706-864-3633. (1 wk)

SEED SAVING & LENDING LIBRARY

Wild Mountain Girl Herbal School on the square in Dahlonega offers a seed library. Completely free to the public, this is a way for the community to share and save valuable seeds of all types. Cindi Vernon, (706) 429-6323, cindiv@windstream.net (1 wk)

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

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. 706-867-9621 ext. 106.

Pick up for Southern finds

Call Southern Finds (A NOA store) to pick up gently used furniture and/or home decor. Donations receive a tax deductible receipt. 706-867-6167

Pickup by Waypoint

Waypoint Center Thrift Store will pick up yard sale leftovers, furniture, clothing and household items. All donations benefit the organization’s non-profit, faith based addiction recovery program. Call 706-867-0297 for pickup. www.waypointcenter.org

At the Library

Lumpkin County Library, 706-864-3668

www.chestateelibrary.org

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

CLOSED NOV. 21-25

Food for Fines in November: The library will accept two cans or boxes of non-perishable food for each $1 of fines due for items owned by, checked out from, and returned to Lumpkin County Library. Food will then be distributed to local food pantries.

Facebook. “Become a Fan” on the library’s Website

eBooks: Downloadable at the library’s Website.

Free Online Classes: Register with your library card at www.chestateelibrary.org

Zinio! Dozens of popular magazines available in digital format

Children& Young Adults

Free teen driving program offered Nov. 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

Breakfast with Santa at R-Ranch Dec. 1

R-Ranch in the Mountains, Stone Pile Gap Road off Hwy. 60N, will host its 23rd community-wide Breakfast with Santa from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday Dec. 1. Children are invited to attend a free continental style breakfast with Santa. Each child will receive two free tickets for any crafts plus a free pony ride. Extra tickets are 50 cents. A donation of $3 is requested for adult breakfasts. 706-864-6444 www.rranchga.com

YMCA After-School Program

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

SCOUTING:

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

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

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

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

Education/Classes

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 program at adult learning center

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

Mountain Education Charter High School

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

S.A.T. and Study Prep

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

Herbal Apprenticeship

Wild Mountain Girl Herbal School is offering a 10-month Herbal Apprenticeship Program, held one Saturday a month for 10 months covering a complete study of the herbal world. Cindi Vernon, (706) 429-6323, cindiv@windstream.net

program aims to improve reading skills

The Lumpkin County Literacy Coalition and Lanier Technical College are both supporting a new Adult Literacy Program (ALP) initiative to identify and help those who want to improve reading skills. If you have a relative or friend who cannot read at all, or can read some but would like to improve their reading abilities, then encourage them to give ALP a call. The program offers one-on-one tutors, self-pacing and confidentiality. 770-740-9343, 706-429-4517

Free Workshops at Home Depot

Saturday, Nov. 24: 10-11 a.m., Interior Painting; 1-2:30 p.m. Kitchen Updates

Sunday, Nov. 25: 1-2:30 p.m., High Efficiency Lighting

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.

Natural Bath and Beauty Recipes: Make an assortment of bath products from simple ingredients you can find in your local grocery store. Students will take home a container of bath salts, bath soak, sugar body scrub and a salt body scrub. Saturday, Dec. 1, 1-3 p.m. $39. Jan Kelley

Holiday Soaps: Learn this easy soap-making technique; take home instructions and four soap bars in beautiful packages suitable for gift giving. Saturday Dec. 1, 10 a.m.-noon. $29 Jan Kelley

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.

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.

Music/Drama/Film & More

NGCSU EVENTS

International Film Festival, Monday, Nov. 26, 7 p.m., Library Technology Center Room 382: “Lion of the Desert” will be introduced by Dr. Abdeslam Elfarri and is recommended for those interested in Middle Eastern studies, history, political science, and international affairs.

Le Belle Voci and Patriot Choir Concert, Monday, Nov. 26, 8 p.m., Shott Auditorium, Nix Fine Arts Center.

Jazz Band Concert, Wednesday, Nov. 28, Shott Auditorium, Nix Fine Arts Center.

Percussion Ensemble Concert, Monday, Dec. 3, 8 p.m. Shott Auditorium, Nix Fine Arts Center

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

The Bourbon Street Grille, 90 A Public Square North, 706-864-0086, thebourbonstreetgrille.com

Wednesday, Thursday, & Saturday nights: Live music on the back deck.

Caruso’s, 19B East Main Street, 706-864-4664

www.diningindahlonega.com

Every Sunday, 5 p.m.: Texas Hold ’Em Poker

Every Mon., Tues., Wed., 7:30 p.m.: Texas Hold ’Em Poker

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

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

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

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

Friday & Saturday: Live music with Tom Coolidge.

Sunday, Nov. 25, 4-6 p.m.: Monthly WineTasting/Appetizer pairings with wine. $50/person includes tax and gratuity. Reservations required.

The Crimson Moon Café, 24 North Park Street, 706-864-3982, www.thecrimsonmoon.com for advance reservations online. Call for day of event reservations.

Wednesdays, 7:30-9:30 p.m. Tom & Juli Hundreds of cover songs from the 60s, 70s, 80s and 90s while you dine. Free.

Thanksgiving Day: closed

Friday, Nov 23, 8-10:30 p.m.+: Montana Skies $14 advance/$16 day of show. Elements of classical technique, jazz improv and the

power and energy of rock n’ roll. Montana Skies creates a unique new sound, from finger-picking to flamenco, with the unusual pairing of cello and guitar. The core of the group Montana Skies is husband and wife team Jonathan Adams on guitars (steel string and spanish/nylon) and Jennifer Adams on cellos (acoustic cello and her custom 6-String Electric cello). Montana Skies has an extensive tour schedule which has taken them all

across the US, Canada and to Asia. As the group moves ahead, they continue to explore the boundaries of contemporary instrumental music. www.montanaskiesmusic.com

Saturday, November 24, 8-10:30 p.m.+: Larkin Poe Acoustic Trio. $16 advance, $18 day of show. For the past five years,

soul singing, songwriting sisters Rebecca and Megan Lovell of Larkin Poe have been captivating audiences around the world with their insightful lyrics, magnetic presence, and dazzling instrumental virtuosity. From the stage of the Grand Ole

Opry to the hippy-fest Bonnaroo, these chameleon performers continue to impress and mature, attracting attention from music lovers and celebrities alike. www.larkinpoe.com

Sunday, Nov. 25, 8 p.m.: 4th Sunday Jazz Jam Session. $5 (Free for Invited Performers)

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

Lingo Lounge, Thursday, Nov. 29, 8 p.m. Holly Underground. Special guest Georgia State Poet Laureate. See more page 1B.

It’s a Wonderful Life: This classic Christmas drama will be presented by the Holly Theater Company for three weekends Dec. 7-23. 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

Tuesdays: Country Western Music night

Friday, Nov. 23: Dan Sheffield

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

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

Poppy’s Pool Hall,132 Legion Road, 706-864-0774, www. nga.apaleagues.com

Every Saturday night: 7:30 p.m. Tournament

Every Wednesday: 7 p.m. APA (American Poolplayers Association) 8-Ball pool league play

Shenanigan’s Irish Pub, 87 North Chestatee Street, 706-482-0114. All ages welcome, no cover.

Wednesdays, 8:30-11:30: Wingin & Singin: 50¢ chicken wings and karaoke

Thursdays, 8-10 p.m.: Team Trivia. Prizes and giveaways.

Friday, Nov. 23, 8:30-11:30 p.m.: John Sosebee. With John 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.

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

Saturday, Nov. 24, 8:30-11:30 p.m.: Adam Kadmon. The great-grandson of a former orchestra leader and musician in 1930’s Pittsburgh, Pa., Adam has long been showcasing his musical talents. Adam played continuously in the Savannah area from 2008-2010, where he performed music influenced by Hendrix, The Doors, and the acoustic stylings of John Mayer. Upon moving to the North Georgia area in 2010 he became a focal point of the Atlanta hip hop scene. He performed with the neo-soul band “The Benjammins” around the city in multiple venues including the famed Underground Atlanta club “Scores” and the Sweet Auburn Festival. Adam plays and sings various styles of music, with originals blending acoustic folk, blues and hip-hop jam funk.

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WINE TASTING

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

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

Simply Taste Buds, a tasting room for Georgia Wines, now located at Carriage House Shoppes, 11 South Grove Street. 706-482-0004.

Pets

Food Drive/Free nail trim at Red Barn

Red Barn Veterinary Hospital is holding a Holiday Pet Food Drive now through Dec. 22. For each donation received, Red Barn will offer a free nail trim for your pet. All proceeds benefit TLC, Lumpkin County’s no-kill animal shelter. Red Barn is located at 14 Seven Mile Hill Road.

Sign up now for Spay/neuter in December

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

Micro-chipping at animal shelter

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

volunteer pets needed

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

Purchase from online retailers benefit TLC

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

TLC Donations needed

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

TLC seeks volunteers, trainer assistants

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

Nature & Outdoors

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

Turkey Stroll at Buck Shoals, Saturday, Nov. 24. Take a leisurely 1.5 mile stroll around Crean Lake at Buck Shoals. Meet at the Buck Shoals main entrance at 9:00 a.m. Please register.

Spice Up the Holidays, Saturday, Dec. 1, 10 a.m. to noon. Explore traditional and modern uses of common holiday spices for medicinal purposes. $25

Volunteers

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Compassionate Hospice of North Georgia seeks individual volunteers and group organizations are to help people coping with terminal illness and their families. Steven Vanlerberghe, 678-651-1440

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

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

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

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

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

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

Support Programs

Overcomers Outreach at Bethlehem Baptist

Bethlehem Baptist Church is offering an “Overcomers Outreach” Biblically based 12-step meeting—a program that addresses everyday problems and afflictions such as addiction, divorce, depression, compulsive behaviors, etc.—on Tuesday nights at 6:30 p.m. in the fellowship hall. 706-864-2743

Support for victims of family violence

The NOA Network Support Group meets weekly in Dawsonville and Dahlonega to provide emotional support to victims of family violence and their children. Topics are led by a licensed counselor and include: Building Self-Esteem, Managing Emotions, Healthy Relationships, etc. Childcare and snacks are provided. The Lumpkin group meets in Dahlonega on Mondays from 6:30-7:30 p.m. 706-867-6420 for information. 24-Hour Crisis Line, 706-864-1986, or live webchat available at www.noonealone.org

Nursing Mothers’ Support

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

Reformers Unanimous Addiction Program

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

Grief support programs at NGMC

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

Kinship Care—Grandparents Raising Grandchildren

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

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

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

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

Alcoholics Anonymous:

The Gratitude Group: Meeting at noon Mon., Tues, Wed., Fri. and at 7:30 p.m. Thursday (Twelve and Twelve) in meeting room #2 of the Lumpkin County Library (downstairs); 9 a.m. Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday at Dahlonega Funeral Home, Hwy. 60. AA Hotline: 706-867-7769

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

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

Al-Anon:

Saturdays 9-10 a.m. and Tuesdays 6:30-7:30 p.m. at Georgia Mountain Unitarian-Universalist Church, 439 South Park Street. 706-864-1254

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

Church/Religious Events

Gospel Singing

Freedom Ministries Saturday night singing

Saturday night singing: Big Oak Gospel Music at 7 p.m. each Saturday. Featured singers on Nov. 24 are Forever Alive, Fresh Start and Sketter Hindman. The event is hosted by The Freedom Heirs and admission is free; a love offering will be collected. 1067 Highway 115 South (Old Dahlonega Highway) 706-867-6534 www.gospelgigs.com/

UnitARIAn Universalist church

Georgia Mountains Unitarian Universalist Church is a welcoming congregation. On Nov. 25 Rev. Barry Whittemore will present “Be Still,” focusing on perhaps both the most primary and most difficult spiritual commandment. 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 Nov. 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.

Community invited to day of meditation Dec. 1

On Saturday, Dec. 1, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., the people of St. Elizabeth’s Episcopal Church invite the community to join them in a day of preparation for the Advent. The day will be made up of Seven Meditations of the Blessed Virgin Mary. Each meditation will begin on the hour or the half hour, and people may participate in any number—from one to all seven. Drinks and snacks will be provided. 1188 Hamp Mill Road, 706-864-5423

Prayer LIne available

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

Wellness/Fitness

Yoga at MindyYoga

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

Running Group: Gold Rushers

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

Project Dahlonega Boot Camp

Free co-ed fitness program that motivates and educates individuals in fitness and healthy nutrition. Balanced mixture of cardio, strength, and agility, and tailored so each fitness level. Hancock Park, Monday-Friday 5:15-6:15 a.m.

Zumba classes at YMCA

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

Yoga at Dahlonega Spa Resort

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

Dahlonega Healing Arts

Yoga by Kathryn Crifasi, 678-770-0400, 6 p.m. Wednesdays and 10:30 a.m. Fridays. Chigong/Taichi: Tuesday at 6 p.m. and Thursdays at 6:30 p.m. 81 Crown Mountain Place, Building E, Suite 100, 706-867-7026

Holistic movement classes

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

Jazzercise

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

YOGA Flow for Personal Fitness

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

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

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

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.

Electronics, metals, etc.

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

• Ace Hardware, 1976 Hwy. 19 N. Electronics and metal drop bin for computers, radios/speakers, washing machines, refrigerators, and more. Free disposal, free pick up/meet up. Chuck: 706 973-0586; Joseph: 706-482-8287

Free Food/Services

Free Food at DCOG Monday, Dec. 3

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

Free Legal Services

Georgia Legal Services program provides free legal services to qualifying senior citizens and low-income clients. Services are based on case type and financial eligibility. GLSP does not handle criminal cases. Appointments: 1-800-745-5717 between 9 and 11 a.m. Monday-Thursday. (1/mo)

Senior Services/Activities

lumpkin County Senior Center

266 Mechanicsville Road, 706-864-2358,

lcseniorcenter@windstream.net

SENIOR Co-ed SOFTBALL: Monday, Tuesday and Thursday mornings at 9 a.m. Co-ed, age 50+. 678-343-8069.

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

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

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

Wellness programS for 55+: Healthways Silver Sneakers, designed for 55+ adults, Monday, Tuesday and Friday at 9:30 a.m. Cardio Fit at 1 p.m. Thursdays.

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

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

Lessons: Music/Dance

Dance Classes

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

music, songwriting lessons

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

STring Instruments

Bluegrass instrument instruction—fiddle, banjo, guitar, bass, mandolin. Sonny Houston, 404-377-1194

MUSIC LESSONS

Beginning and intermediate piano and violin, children and adults welcome. Ruth Purcell, 706-482-9968 or rppurcell@windstream.net

Music lessons

Guitar, banjo, mandolin, bass. $10. James Lambert, 706-973-9317

Weekend camp for drummers

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

STRING INSTRUMENT Lessons

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

Art Lessons

Art by Rayneri Watercolor Classes

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

Drawing for the Fun of It by Jon Dahlstrom

Drawing classes/workshops for age seven and up, portfolio reviews. The Artists Corner in Cranberry Corners on the Square. 706-482-0258, jon@scrapsnscribbles.com

classes at Funky chicken

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

art instruction by Win Crannell

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

Painting lessons by Anita Elder

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

CASA/RCH Gingerbread house contest

CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) and Rainbow Children’s Home are sponsoring “Home for the Holidays,” a gingerbread house competition to benefit children who are without a permanent home. The competition, to be held Saturday, Dec. 1, at the Dahlonega Baptist Church, is for families ($10 entry fee with participation from at least one adult and one child under 12); teams such as a business, civic or church group, sorority, etc. ($25); or individual adults ($20) or youth ages 12-17 ($5). There will be winners in each category plus a People’s Choice winner. The public will be able to view the houses from 1-4 p.m., and they will be on display at locations around town during the holidays. For full details, rules and a downloadable entry form, visit www.enothcasa.org or call 706-864-5110. Entry forms can also be picked up at the Welcome Center.

Hollywood celebrity at Renewsables Nov. 21

Melissa Peterman, best known for her role as Barbara Jean in the TV series Reba, will be in Dahlonega Wednesday, Nov. 21, and will make an appearance at Renewsables Thrift Store, 21 N. Grove Street, Suite A , from 1:30-4:30 p.m. Peterman currently hosts the Singing Bee on CMT, stars in Baby Daddy on ABC Family and has just published an e-book.The public is invited to meet her, to celebrate “White Wednesday” by wearing white for a discount, and to help support Connectability.

Defensive Driving course Nov. 27

An AARP Defensive Driving Course will be held at the Dahlonega Baptist Church, 234 Hawkins Street, on Tuesday, Nov. 27, from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. with an hour lunch break. Completion of the course may entitle students to an auto insurance discount. Students need not be 55 and AARP membership is not required. Registration recommended. Free to veterans and their dependents, or $14/person, $2 AARP discount. 706-864-4383

School system informational meeting Nov. 28

The Lumpkin County School System will hold an informational meeting to discuss the new accountability system for Georgia schools. The new system, the College and Career Ready Performance Index, will release report cards for public schools for the first time December 2012. The meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, Nov. 28, at 3:30 p.m. in the board room located at 56 Indian Drive.

Town Hall meeting Nov. 29

Rep. Kevin Tanner, Sen. Steve Gooch and Tax Commissioner Rachel Pruitt will hold a Town Hall meeting Thursday, Nov. 29, 5:30 p.m. in the board room at the Administration Building. Pruitt will be talking about House Bill 386, the new title tax that goes into effect March 1. Tanner and Gooch will give an overview of the upcoming legislative session then turn the mic over to the public for concerns and questions. Please enter through the rear doors.

Diving Bell Pavilion Dedication Nov. 30

The community is invited to join the Chestatee River Diving Bell Committee, the City of Dahlonega Mayor and Council and special guests for the dedication of the Chestatee River Diving Bell Pavilion in Hancock Park Friday, Nov. 30, at 11 a.m. Rebecca Shirley, 706-482-2707

DWC Christmas Market Dec. 1

Dahlonega Woman’s Club is sponsoring “Christmas Market on Candy Cane Lane” Saturday, Dec. 1, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., at the Community House on the corner of North Park and Hawkins streets. Many one-of-a-kind gift and holiday decor items, baked goods and food ready for gift-giving will be available as well as jewelry, wood products and other artwork. Proceeds will go to Community Helping Place’s White Christmas and Lumpkin County Sheriff’s Office Shop with a Cop programs. For additional information contact dwccandycanelane@yahoo.com.

Annual Cookie Walk at St. Luke’s Dec. 1

St. Luke’s Catholic Church invites everyone to its annual cookie walk 1-7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 1. The event is sponsored by the Women’s Guild and will be held in the church hall at 91 North Park Street. Buy a Christmas tin for $10 and fill it with delicious homemade cookies. Leisa, 706-864-4779 (church office)

Arrangement Workshop/Mannequin Display

Southern Finds is hosting a live mannequin display and complimentary holiday arrangement workshop Saturday, Dec. 1, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. 40 North Grove Street, 706-867-6167

Get your picture made with a wild animal

Chestatee Wildlife Preserve will offer the public the chance to have their picture taken with one of its animals for a donation to the Lumpkin County Sheriff’s Office Shop with a Cop. The event takes place Saturday, Dec. 1, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. at the Dahlonega Walmart. All proceeds will benefit Shop with a Cop, the annual program that provides disadvantaged children with the opportunity to purchase Christmas gifts for themselves and their families.

Rides, Races, Festivals

Dahlonega’s Old Fashioned Christmas

Events kick off Friday. Details on page 1B.

Winter Runderland at NGCSU Dec. 1

The Athletic Training Honor Society at NGCSU is hosting its first 5K run/walk, Winter Runderland, Saturday, Dec. 1, beginning at 9 a.m. (registration at 8 a.m.) on the NGCSU campus. Entry fee $20 through Nov. 23, $25 Nov. 24-race day. Proceeds from the race will go towards the National Athletic Trainers’ Association Research & Education Foundation (NATA Foundation) which is dedicated to advancing the profession of athletic training through research and education, and to the North Georgia ITA. Register at Active.com. USATF certified course. Janet West, jlwest1247@northgeorgia.edu

Frosty 5K Run/Walk & Kids Fun Run Dec. 8

The Lumpkin County High School Basketball Tip-Off Club will hold the 3rd Annual Frosty 5K Run/Walk & Kids Fun Run, Saturday, December 8, 9 a.m., Yahoola Creek Park. Strollers welcome—it’s a great, easy course. Mail registration to Tina Wood, 44 School Drive, Dahlonega, GA 30533, twood@lumpkin.k12.ga.us, or register at www.active.com. Register by December 1 to guarantee a T-shirt.

Community Support Needs

CHP White christmas collections underway

The Community Helping Place White Christmas is the annual Christmas outreach which serves Lumpkin County residents in need during the holiday season. Last year CHP White Christmas served 243 households which included toys for 466 children. New, unwrapped toys and non-perishable food items can be dropped off at the CHP Food Pantry, 2030 Highway 19 North, Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. through Dec. 8. Financial contributions can be sent to PO Box 712, Dahlonega, GA 30233.

COATS & CANS for Unseen Hands in November

Eagle Scout candidate Joseph Head is heading up a Coats and Cans drive, collecting non-perishable foods and new and gently used coats and hats until Nov. 30 to be given to the Unseen Hands MInistry. Donation boxes are all around town, at J&J Foods, the library, United Community Bank, and many more locations. The 14-year-old’s goal is to collect 4,000 pounds of food and more than 100 coats. Check out his Facebook page at CoatsAndCansEagleProject.

Gifts being collected for Rainbow home

Belle Avance Salon is collecting donations for the residents of Rainbow Children’s Home for Christmas from now until Friday, Dec. 21. Girls at the home for abused and neglected youngsters range in age from 12-18. Suggested items include undergarments, slippers, socks, robes, hygiene items and coats. Be treated to a mini-makeover with the salon’s exclusive makeup line when you bring in a donation. Belle Avance is located at 232 East Main Street.

official dahlonega ornament now available

The Community Helping Place Official Christmas in Dahlonega Ornament, this year featuring the Fudge Factory, is now available at the following locations: The Fudge Factory, West Cleaners, Belle Avance Salon, Hairworks, the CHP Thrift Store, Starbucks and North Georgia Continuing Education. The cost is $20 and sales support the programs of CHP.

Toys for Tots collections underway

Dahlonega Funeral Home is accepting donations for its annual Toys for Tots drive. New, unwrapped toys and clothing can be dropped off at the funeral home, 20 Gibson Drive off Highway 60, Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Businesses interested in having a collection box, or for more information, call Amanda Jones, 706-864-3683. All donations will go to Lumpkin County families. Last day to make a donation is Friday, Dec. 21.

Brick Fundraiser for Cherokee museum

The Yahoola United Cherokee Museum and Cultural Education Center, Inc. is selling engraved bricks which will become part of the permanent Cherokee Memorial walkway leading to the Museum from the parking area. Bricks are $55 each and will bear a personal message. Proceeds from the Pave the Way Program go toward the building of the museum. Pave the Way brochures are available at the Welcome Center or on the Web at yahoolacherokeemuseum.com. (1/month)

Gold Museum bricks for holiday giving

The perfect holiday gift—Friends of the Gold Museum are offering engraved bricks to be placed in front of the Gold Museum for a donation. All money goes to maintain the museum and keep it open seven days a week. Donations are tax deductible. Bricks ordered by Nov. 30 will be installed before Christmas. Order forms available at http://randyrick.us.FOGM/FODGMBrickDonation.pdf.

AT-EASE program checks on Homebound

This program of the Lumpkin County Sheriff’s Office provides regular contact to those who are homebound, disabled, sick, living alone, or just need the assurance of a friendly voice. Participation can be temporary or ongoing. Registration forms are available on the Sheriff’s Office website at www.lumpkincounty.gov, at the Lumpkin County Sheriff’s Office, and by phone request at 706-864-3633. (1 wk)

SEED SAVING & LENDING LIBRARY

Wild Mountain Girl Herbal School on the square in Dahlonega offers a seed library. Completely free to the public, this is a way for the community to share and save valuable seeds of all types. Cindi Vernon, (706) 429-6323, cindiv@windstream.net (1 wk)

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

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. 706-867-9621 ext. 106.

Pick up for Southern finds

Call Southern Finds (A NOA store) to pick up gently used furniture and/or home decor. Donations receive a tax deductible receipt. 706-867-6167

Pickup by Waypoint

Waypoint Center Thrift Store will pick up yard sale leftovers, furniture, clothing and household items. All donations benefit the organization’s non-profit, faith based addiction recovery program. Call 706-867-0297 for pickup. www.waypointcenter.org

At the Library

Lumpkin County Library, 706-864-3668

www.chestateelibrary.org

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

CLOSED NOV. 21-25

Food for Fines in November: The library will accept two cans or boxes of non-perishable food for each $1 of fines due for items owned by, checked out from, and returned to Lumpkin County Library. Food will then be distributed to local food pantries.

Facebook. “Become a Fan” on the library’s Website

eBooks: Downloadable at the library’s Website.

Free Online Classes: Register with your library card at www.chestateelibrary.org

Zinio! Dozens of popular magazines available in digital format

Children& Young Adults

Free teen driving program offered Nov. 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

Breakfast with Santa at R-Ranch Dec. 1

R-Ranch in the Mountains, Stone Pile Gap Road off Hwy. 60N, will host its 23rd community-wide Breakfast with Santa from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday Dec. 1. Children are invited to attend a free continental style breakfast with Santa. Each child will receive two free tickets for any crafts plus a free pony ride. Extra tickets are 50 cents. A donation of $3 is requested for adult breakfasts. 706-864-6444 www.rranchga.com

YMCA After-School Program

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

SCOUTING:

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

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

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

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

Education/Classes

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 program at adult learning center

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

Mountain Education Charter High School

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

S.A.T. and Study Prep

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

Herbal Apprenticeship

Wild Mountain Girl Herbal School is offering a 10-month Herbal Apprenticeship Program, held one Saturday a month for 10 months covering a complete study of the herbal world. Cindi Vernon, (706) 429-6323, cindiv@windstream.net

program aims to improve reading skills

The Lumpkin County Literacy Coalition and Lanier Technical College are both supporting a new Adult Literacy Program (ALP) initiative to identify and help those who want to improve reading skills. If you have a relative or friend who cannot read at all, or can read some but would like to improve their reading abilities, then encourage them to give ALP a call. The program offers one-on-one tutors, self-pacing and confidentiality. 770-740-9343, 706-429-4517

Free Workshops at Home Depot

Saturday, Nov. 24: 10-11 a.m., Interior Painting; 1-2:30 p.m. Kitchen Updates

Sunday, Nov. 25: 1-2:30 p.m., High Efficiency Lighting

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.

Natural Bath and Beauty Recipes: Make an assortment of bath products from simple ingredients you can find in your local grocery store. Students will take home a container of bath salts, bath soak, sugar body scrub and a salt body scrub. Saturday, Dec. 1, 1-3 p.m. $39. Jan Kelley

Holiday Soaps: Learn this easy soap-making technique; take home instructions and four soap bars in beautiful packages suitable for gift giving. Saturday Dec. 1, 10 a.m.-noon. $29 Jan Kelley

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.

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.

Music/Drama/Film & More

NGCSU EVENTS

International Film Festival, Monday, Nov. 26, 7 p.m., Library Technology Center Room 382: “Lion of the Desert” will be introduced by Dr. Abdeslam Elfarri and is recommended for those interested in Middle Eastern studies, history, political science, and international affairs.

Le Belle Voci and Patriot Choir Concert, Monday, Nov. 26, 8 p.m., Shott Auditorium, Nix Fine Arts Center.

Jazz Band Concert, Wednesday, Nov. 28, Shott Auditorium, Nix Fine Arts Center.

Percussion Ensemble Concert, Monday, Dec. 3, 8 p.m. Shott Auditorium, Nix Fine Arts Center

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

The Bourbon Street Grille, 90 A Public Square North, 706-864-0086, thebourbonstreetgrille.com

Wednesday, Thursday, & Saturday nights: Live music on the back deck.

Caruso’s, 19B East Main Street, 706-864-4664

www.diningindahlonega.com

Every Sunday, 5 p.m.: Texas Hold ’Em Poker

Every Mon., Tues., Wed., 7:30 p.m.: Texas Hold ’Em Poker

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

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

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

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

Friday & Saturday: Live music with Tom Coolidge.

Sunday, Nov. 25, 4-6 p.m.: Monthly WineTasting/Appetizer pairings with wine. $50/person includes tax and gratuity. Reservations required.

The Crimson Moon Café, 24 North Park Street, 706-864-3982, www.thecrimsonmoon.com for advance reservations online. Call for day of event reservations.

Wednesdays, 7:30-9:30 p.m. Tom & Juli Hundreds of cover songs from the 60s, 70s, 80s and 90s while you dine. Free.

Thanksgiving Day: closed

Friday, Nov 23, 8-10:30 p.m.+: Montana Skies $14 advance/$16 day of show. Elements of classical technique, jazz improv and the

power and energy of rock n’ roll. Montana Skies creates a unique new sound, from finger-picking to flamenco, with the unusual pairing of cello and guitar. The core of the group Montana Skies is husband and wife team Jonathan Adams on guitars (steel string and spanish/nylon) and Jennifer Adams on cellos (acoustic cello and her custom 6-String Electric cello). Montana Skies has an extensive tour schedule which has taken them all

across the US, Canada and to Asia. As the group moves ahead, they continue to explore the boundaries of contemporary instrumental music. www.montanaskiesmusic.com

Saturday, November 24, 8-10:30 p.m.+: Larkin Poe Acoustic Trio. $16 advance, $18 day of show. For the past five years,

soul singing, songwriting sisters Rebecca and Megan Lovell of Larkin Poe have been captivating audiences around the world with their insightful lyrics, magnetic presence, and dazzling instrumental virtuosity. From the stage of the Grand Ole

Opry to the hippy-fest Bonnaroo, these chameleon performers continue to impress and mature, attracting attention from music lovers and celebrities alike. www.larkinpoe.com

Sunday, Nov. 25, 8 p.m.: 4th Sunday Jazz Jam Session. $5 (Free for Invited Performers)

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

Lingo Lounge, Thursday, Nov. 29, 8 p.m. Holly Underground. Special guest Georgia State Poet Laureate. See more page 1B.

It’s a Wonderful Life: This classic Christmas drama will be presented by the Holly Theater Company for three weekends Dec. 7-23. 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

Tuesdays: Country Western Music night

Friday, Nov. 23: Dan Sheffield

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

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

Poppy’s Pool Hall,132 Legion Road, 706-864-0774, www. nga.apaleagues.com

Every Saturday night: 7:30 p.m. Tournament

Every Wednesday: 7 p.m. APA (American Poolplayers Association) 8-Ball pool league play

Shenanigan’s Irish Pub, 87 North Chestatee Street, 706-482-0114. All ages welcome, no cover.

Wednesdays, 8:30-11:30: Wingin & Singin: 50¢ chicken wings and karaoke

Thursdays, 8-10 p.m.: Team Trivia. Prizes and giveaways.

Friday, Nov. 23, 8:30-11:30 p.m.: John Sosebee. With John 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.

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

Saturday, Nov. 24, 8:30-11:30 p.m.: Adam Kadmon. The great-grandson of a former orchestra leader and musician in 1930’s Pittsburgh, Pa., Adam has long been showcasing his musical talents. Adam played continuously in the Savannah area from 2008-2010, where he performed music influenced by Hendrix, The Doors, and the acoustic stylings of John Mayer. Upon moving to the North Georgia area in 2010 he became a focal point of the Atlanta hip hop scene. He performed with the neo-soul band “The Benjammins” around the city in multiple venues including the famed Underground Atlanta club “Scores” and the Sweet Auburn Festival. Adam plays and sings various styles of music, with originals blending acoustic folk, blues and hip-hop jam funk.

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WINE TASTING

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

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

Simply Taste Buds, a tasting room for Georgia Wines, now located at Carriage House Shoppes, 11 South Grove Street. 706-482-0004.

Pets

Food Drive/Free nail trim at Red Barn

Red Barn Veterinary Hospital is holding a Holiday Pet Food Drive now through Dec. 22. For each donation received, Red Barn will offer a free nail trim for your pet. All proceeds benefit TLC, Lumpkin County’s no-kill animal shelter. Red Barn is located at 14 Seven Mile Hill Road.

Sign up now for Spay/neuter in December

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

Micro-chipping at animal shelter

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

volunteer pets needed

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

Purchase from online retailers benefit TLC

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

TLC Donations needed

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

TLC seeks volunteers, trainer assistants

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

Nature & Outdoors

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

Turkey Stroll at Buck Shoals, Saturday, Nov. 24. Take a leisurely 1.5 mile stroll around Crean Lake at Buck Shoals. Meet at the Buck Shoals main entrance at 9:00 a.m. Please register.

Spice Up the Holidays, Saturday, Dec. 1, 10 a.m. to noon. Explore traditional and modern uses of common holiday spices for medicinal purposes. $25

Volunteers

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Compassionate Hospice of North Georgia seeks individual volunteers and group organizations are to help people coping with terminal illness and their families. Steven Vanlerberghe, 678-651-1440

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

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

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

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

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

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

Support Programs

Overcomers Outreach at Bethlehem Baptist

Bethlehem Baptist Church is offering an “Overcomers Outreach” Biblically based 12-step meeting—a program that addresses everyday problems and afflictions such as addiction, divorce, depression, compulsive behaviors, etc.—on Tuesday nights at 6:30 p.m. in the fellowship hall. 706-864-2743

Support for victims of family violence

The NOA Network Support Group meets weekly in Dawsonville and Dahlonega to provide emotional support to victims of family violence and their children. Topics are led by a licensed counselor and include: Building Self-Esteem, Managing Emotions, Healthy Relationships, etc. Childcare and snacks are provided. The Lumpkin group meets in Dahlonega on Mondays from 6:30-7:30 p.m. 706-867-6420 for information. 24-Hour Crisis Line, 706-864-1986, or live webchat available at www.noonealone.org

Nursing Mothers’ Support

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

Reformers Unanimous Addiction Program

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

Grief support programs at NGMC

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

Kinship Care—Grandparents Raising Grandchildren

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

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

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

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

Alcoholics Anonymous:

The Gratitude Group: Meeting at noon Mon., Tues, Wed., Fri. and at 7:30 p.m. Thursday (Twelve and Twelve) in meeting room #2 of the Lumpkin County Library (downstairs); 9 a.m. Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday at Dahlonega Funeral Home, Hwy. 60. AA Hotline: 706-867-7769

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

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

Al-Anon:

Saturdays 9-10 a.m. and Tuesdays 6:30-7:30 p.m. at Georgia Mountain Unitarian-Universalist Church, 439 South Park Street. 706-864-1254

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

Church/Religious Events

Gospel Singing

Freedom Ministries Saturday night singing

Saturday night singing: Big Oak Gospel Music at 7 p.m. each Saturday. Featured singers on Nov. 24 are Forever Alive, Fresh Start and Sketter Hindman. The event is hosted by The Freedom Heirs and admission is free; a love offering will be collected. 1067 Highway 115 South (Old Dahlonega Highway) 706-867-6534 www.gospelgigs.com/

UnitARIAn Universalist church

Georgia Mountains Unitarian Universalist Church is a welcoming congregation. On Nov. 25 Rev. Barry Whittemore will present “Be Still,” focusing on perhaps both the most primary and most difficult spiritual commandment. 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 Nov. 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.

Community invited to day of meditation Dec. 1

On Saturday, Dec. 1, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., the people of St. Elizabeth’s Episcopal Church invite the community to join them in a day of preparation for the Advent. The day will be made up of Seven Meditations of the Blessed Virgin Mary. Each meditation will begin on the hour or the half hour, and people may participate in any number—from one to all seven. Drinks and snacks will be provided. 1188 Hamp Mill Road, 706-864-5423

Prayer LIne available

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

Wellness/Fitness

Yoga at MindyYoga

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

Running Group: Gold Rushers

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

Project Dahlonega Boot Camp

Free co-ed fitness program that motivates and educates individuals in fitness and healthy nutrition. Balanced mixture of cardio, strength, and agility, and tailored so each fitness level. Hancock Park, Monday-Friday 5:15-6:15 a.m.

Zumba classes at YMCA

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

Yoga at Dahlonega Spa Resort

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

Dahlonega Healing Arts

Yoga by Kathryn Crifasi, 678-770-0400, 6 p.m. Wednesdays and 10:30 a.m. Fridays. Chigong/Taichi: Tuesday at 6 p.m. and Thursdays at 6:30 p.m. 81 Crown Mountain Place, Building E, Suite 100, 706-867-7026

Holistic movement classes

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

Jazzercise

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

YOGA Flow for Personal Fitness

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

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

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

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.

Electronics, metals, etc.

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

• Ace Hardware, 1976 Hwy. 19 N. Electronics and metal drop bin for computers, radios/speakers, washing machines, refrigerators, and more. Free disposal, free pick up/meet up. Chuck: 706 973-0586; Joseph: 706-482-8287

Free Food/Services

Free Food at DCOG Monday, Dec. 3

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

Free Legal Services

Georgia Legal Services program provides free legal services to qualifying senior citizens and low-income clients. Services are based on case type and financial eligibility. GLSP does not handle criminal cases. Appointments: 1-800-745-5717 between 9 and 11 a.m. Monday-Thursday. (1/mo)

Senior Services/Activities

lumpkin County Senior Center

266 Mechanicsville Road, 706-864-2358,

lcseniorcenter@windstream.net

SENIOR Co-ed SOFTBALL: Monday, Tuesday and Thursday mornings at 9 a.m. Co-ed, age 50+. 678-343-8069.

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

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

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

Wellness programS for 55+: Healthways Silver Sneakers, designed for 55+ adults, Monday, Tuesday and Friday at 9:30 a.m. Cardio Fit at 1 p.m. Thursdays.

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

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

Lessons: Music/Dance

Dance Classes

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

music, songwriting lessons

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

STring Instruments

Bluegrass instrument instruction—fiddle, banjo, guitar, bass, mandolin. Sonny Houston, 404-377-1194

MUSIC LESSONS

Beginning and intermediate piano and violin, children and adults welcome. Ruth Purcell, 706-482-9968 or rppurcell@windstream.net

Music lessons

Guitar, banjo, mandolin, bass. $10. James Lambert, 706-973-9317

Weekend camp for drummers

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

STRING INSTRUMENT Lessons

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

Art Lessons

Art by Rayneri Watercolor Classes

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

Drawing for the Fun of It by Jon Dahlstrom

Drawing classes/workshops for age seven and up, portfolio reviews. The Artists Corner in Cranberry Corners on the Square. 706-482-0258, jon@scrapsnscribbles.com

classes at Funky chicken

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

art instruction by Win Crannell

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

Painting lessons by Anita Elder

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