NOA CHILI Cook-Off Saturday, enter by Oct. 24
The 7th Annual Chili Cook-Off, sponsored by NOA (No One Alone), will be held in Hancock Park from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 27. A $10 admission ticket to the event includes tasting, cornbread, drink and dessert as well as the opportunity to vote for your favorite chili and BBQ. Children 10 and under admitted free. To enter the chili competition, you must submit your entry form by Oct. 24; contestant fee is $25 per group. Proceeds will go to NOA, a local organization addressing the issue of domestic violence in our community. http://noonealone.org, Cara, 706-864-1306 ext. 2.
Porter Village yard sale SATURDAY
The Ranger families of Porter Village will hold their annual Yard Dale Saturday, Oct. 27, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. The public is invited. Porter Village is located on Morrison Moore Parkway near Cavenders Creek Road.
Movie Day set for SATURDAY
The DVD movies Agenda: Grinding Down America (2 and 6 p.m.) and Dreams from My Real Father (4 and 8 p.m.) will each have two free showings in the Community Room at United Community Bank on Morrison Moore Parkway on Oct. 27. The public is invited to attend. 770-231-8729
Cottrell speaker series continues Nov. 1
Rich McKay, President and CEO of the Atlanta Falcons, will be the presenter at the Mike Cottrell School of Business Speaker Series Thursday, Nov. 1, from 12:55-1:55 p.m. Sessions are held in the auditorium of the Health and Natural Sciences building at 159 Sunset Drive. This is the fourth year for the speaker series in which NGCSU and its business school bring top executives to campus to share their ideas for sustaining profitable growth in today’s fiercely competitive world. Sessions are free and open to the public.
CASA Masquerade Nov. 3
Enotah CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) will hold its fourth annual Masquerade fundraiser, “Let’s Have a Ball,” Saturday, Nov. 3, from 6:30-10 p.m. at The Dahlonega Marketplace on the square. There will be dinner and dancing, and a raffle and silent auction. Dress in your party clothes (not necessarily formal) and wear a masquerade mask or not. Tickets are $45 per person or $80 per couple and can be purchased by phone at 706-864-0300.
Dahlonega Hunger Walk Nov. 4
A community-wide CROP Hunger Walk will begin on the NGCSU drill field at 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 4. Sponsored by World Wide Hunger Walk, the event will raise awareness and funds for international relief and development as well as locally (25 percent) for the Community Helping Place food pantry. Individuals and teams can sign up online and can set goals for how much money they will attempt to raise. Carol Wilson, 706-864-4757, www.cropwalk.org
DUMC soup Cafe Nov. 5
The Dahlonega United Methodist Church First Monday Café will be held on the first Monday of the month, October through March (2nd Monday in January), from 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. All you can eat soup and cornbread, and dessert, is available for a $5 suggested donation, and all proceeds benefit the Community Helping Place and Family Connection. DUMC Fellowship Hall, which is connected to the new sanctuary building, on the main level. 706-864-2521
Woman’s Club Annual Spaghetti Supper Nov. 6
The Dahlonega Woman’s Club will host its annual Spaghetti Supper from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 6, at Lumpkin County Parks YMCA on Riley Road. Dinner includes a generous portion of homemade spaghetti and sauce, tossed salad, garlic bread, beverage, and dessert. Tickets are $8/adults, $5/students (including NGCSU). Dine-in or take-out. Tickets can be purchased now from club members and will also be available at the door. This is one of DWC’s major fundraisers for 2012, and all proceeds go towards the many community projects the club is involved with every year, including college scholarships.
State Patrol career fair Nov. 9
The Georgia State Patrol will be hosting a career fair on Friday, Nov. 9, at the Georgia State Patrol Post 6 in Gainesville, 2000 Cleveland Highway, from 1-3 p.m. The patrol will be accepting applications for the 93rd Georgia State Patrol Trooper School. More information is available at www.dps.ga.gov.
Free Defensive Driving course for Veterans
An AARP Defensive Driving Course for veterans will be held at the American Legion Post (behind Chick-fil-A) on Saturday, Nov. 10, from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Please bring lunch. Free for all veterans and their family members. Please RSVP to Nancy Sutherland, 706-867-7046
Drive in memory of Linda Walden Monday
A Red Cross Blood Drive in memory of Linda Walden will be held at C&W Ace Hardware, Hwy. 19 N, on Oct. 29 from noon to 5 p.m. RSVP to 706-864-3222; walk-ins also welcome. Donors will be entered into a Red Cross drawing for a $1000 Gift Card.
Rides, Races, Festivals
Chestatee Wildlife Preserve ride sunday
Chestatee Wildlife Preserve is holding a benefit bike ride and day at the zoo on Sunday, Oct. 28. The ride starts at Appalachian Biker Gear at Settendown Village Road and Georgia 400 with registration (adults $10, children 11 and under, $5.) A police-escorted ride to the zoo begins at 11:45 a.m. Ride your motorcycle or drive your car and bring your family. Animal show at 2 p.m. 678-951-3058, 678-537-6765, email@example.com
Hemlockfest 2012: Nov. 2-4
The 8th annual Hemlockfest will be held at Starbridge (Highway 52 East) on November 2, 3, and 4. The survival of hemlock trees in this area is being threatened by the woolly adelgid, an aphid like insect spreading through our forests. This benefit festival will raise funds and awareness to help save these magnificent trees. The event will offer three days of bands and entertainers plus food and beverage, natural crafts vendors, interactive presentations and exhibits, and lots of activities for kids and adults. Friday $15, Saturday $25, Sunday $10. www.hemlockfest.org
FOREVER YOUNG RIDE and BBQ Nov. 3
The Forever Young Motorcycle Ride and BBQ benefitting activities at the Lumpkin County Senior Center will take place Saturday, Nov. 3. See details page 8B.
Dahlonega Literary Festival Nov. 10-11
The 9th Annual Dahlonega Literary Festival will be held the Nov. 10 and 11 featuring readings, panel discussions book signings, children’s programs and vendors at the NGCSU Continuing Education building. A Saturday morning keynote address by Barbara Brown Taylor will be held at the NGCSU Library Technology Center as will several other presentations, and a Saturday night extravaganza featuring humorist Nick Wynne will be held at the Crimson Moon Cafe. Lunch with the authors will take place Saturday in restaurants around the square. www.literaryfestival.org
Seasonal Family Events
Trick or Treat on the Square Oct. 31
The Chamber of Commerce and the Dahlonega Merchants will be treating children under 12 to “treats” from 5:30-7:30 p.m. on Halloween night. Hundreds of children come to the square each year for this event in which store keepers dress in costume and distribute candy. For safety reasons, the city will close the square to vehicle traffic during the event. In order to offset individual merchants’ costs, the Welcome Center is accepting donations of candy to pass out in front of the Welcome Center and to share with merchants.
events AT area churches:
Fall Festival Chili Cook off Saturday at Berea
Berea Baptist Church, Highway 52 and Pecks Mill Creek Road, will hold a fall festival with fun and games for all and a chili cookoff at 5:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 27. 706-864-7137
Hallelujah Festival at Auraria Church Saturday
Auraria Church of Almighty God will host a Hallelujah Festival at 5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 27. Activities include a hayride, puppet show, games, prizes, high bouncers, tents, food and fellowship. Rain date Nov. 3. Auraria Church is located eight miles south of Dahlonega on Auraria Road. There will be fun for all ages; everyone is invited. Pastor Corey Ray, 706-864-7460
Dahlonega Baptist Annual Fall Festival Sunday
Dahlonega Baptist Church invites kids of all ages to its annual Fall Festival to enjoy the sights, sounds and flavors of fall. The event will take place from 3-5 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 28, at the church, 234 Hawkins Street (just behind the Main Street BB&T Bank). The festival is free and will feature plenty of games and activities for children, including several inflatables, an 18-ft. super slide, and face painting. Children can have special photos made to take home that afternoon. There will be plenty of popcorn, funnel cakes, boiled peanuts and baked goods. All are welcome.
Dahlonega UMC Trunk-or-Treat Oct. 31
Dahlonega United Methodist Church will hold its annual Trunk or Treat at a new location this year. On Wednesday, Oct. 31, the event will take place from 5-7 p.m. at the church’s Park Street building, 107 South Park Sreet. Expect lots of candy, free food, bouncy house, and games!
Trick or Trunk at Bethel Tabernacle oct. 31
Bethel Tabernacle Baptist Church in Dahlonega will have a Trick or Trunk on Wednesday, Oct. 31, starting at 7 p.m. Everyone is welcome.
Trunk-O-Treat Oct. 31 at the fountain
The Fountain Church of God of Prophecy will hold a Trunk-O-Treat from 6-8 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 31. The theme is Super Heroes. There will be a cake walk, pony rides, petting zoo and trunks of treats! Come out and join in the fun.
Fall festival at Bethlehem Baptist Oct. 31
Bethlehem Baptist Church will be hold its annual Fall Festival on Wednesday evening, Oct. 31, at 6:30 p.m. There will be plenty of food, fun and games for everyone.
Nature & Outdoors
Support Save Georgia’s Hemlocks with vote
Donna Shearer, founder and Chairman of Save Georgia’s Hemlocks (SGH), is a finalist for the 2012 Cox Conserves Heroes award for her work and that of SGH to save north Georgia’s hemlocks. The winner, to be selected by popular on-line vote through Oct. 29, will receive a substantial monetary gift for his/her nonprofit organization. SGH encourages the community to increase awareness of this important issue and funding for programs to save the hemlocks by voting at www.wsbtv.com/coxconservesheroes, and by passing the word along.
Smithgall Woods Programs, $5 parking fee or park pass required, 706-878-3087, www.gastateparks.org
First Visit Tours: Each Sunday in October, 2-4 p.m. Tour Smithgall Woods Visitors Center and other facilities by van. Please register in advance.
Guided Hikes in October: Friday, Oct. 26, 1-3 p.m.: Martin Mine Trail (1 mile); Saturday, Oct. 27, 9-11:30 a.m.: Buck Shoals State Park. Please register in advance for all hikes.
At the Library
Lumpkin County Library, 706-864-3668
HOURS: M-W 11:30-5:30, TH 12:30-7, FRI-SAT 10:30-3:30
Scavenger Hunt postponed: Hunt will not be held Nov. 3.
Facebook. “Become a Fan” on the library’s Web site
eBooks: Downloadable at the library’s Web site.
Free Online Classes: Register with your library card at www.chestateelibrary.org
Genealogy Workshop, Saturday, Oct. 27, 11 a.m.: Volunteer William Knight will be on hand to share his knowledge and teach you how to use and access different databases available on the web. Registration is required.
Ghost Hunting at Your Library, Saturday, Oct. 27, 3 p.m.: Join ghost hunter Lisa Shackelford for an adventure into the unknown when she talks about her experiences as a paranormal investigator. Learn about the tools used and see/hear recorded evidence. Lisa will also answer any questions you may have about hauntings and the paranormal. This program is designed for adults and teens and not recommended for young children.
D.O.G. Obedience Agility & Rally-O!
Classes start week of Oct. 30-Nov. 4 and run for 7 weeks. (Intermediate Obedience is pre-requisite for Agility.) $99 with $10 discount on Obedience Classes for adopted shelter dogs. Dogs must be 4 months w/vaccinations. Dahlonega Obedience Group (D.O.G.), certified instructor Mary Kay Crowell, 706-864-0410.
Visit DahlonegaObedienceGroup.com for class schedules (10/24)
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. 1363 Red Oak Flats Road, 706-867-7297
Stewards of Children Training Nov. 9
This child sexual abuse prevention training program is offered on the 2nd Friday of each month at the Dahlonega Presbyterian Church. November’s session will be held from 5:30-8 p.m. Nov. 9. Deadline for registration is Nov. 2. $10/person includes a meal and child care. Contact Brenda Cronan, Family Connection Director, at 706-867-7047 or firstname.lastname@example.org for information or to reserve a spot.
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, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday, Nov. 2. $99
New Business Venture Workshop (for start-up businesses 0-2 years old), Nov. 2, 2-6 p.m. Snack included. $69
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.
How To Protect and Extend the Life of Your Computer: Free lunch and learn presentation to learn tips and trick on keeping your computer in its best working condition. Friday, Nov. 2, noon - 1 p.m., OR, 1-2 p.m. Free, but please register by Oct. 26. 678-222-1750
Plumbing Recertification Workshop: This four-hour workshop will satisfy the mandatory state requirement for annual renewal of Georgia Plumbing Certificates of Competency. Saturday, Oct. 27, 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. $79. Scot McEwen
Holiday Wreath Decorating: Decorate a greenery wreath with berry clusters, pine cones, ribbon, tree ornaments, or pick a theme, such as snowmen. Use these techniques to make amazing wreaths year-round. Monday, Oct. 29, 5:30-8:30 p.m. $45 Tammy Bryant
Photography – Advanced: Learn advanced composition, shooting raw photos, histograms, using your flash, and studio lighting techniques. You will develop a better eye with our in-class critiques. Four Tuesdays, Oct. 30 to Nov. 20. 6-8:30 p.m. $129. Peggy Cozart
NRA Basic Pistol Shooting Course: Learn the basic knowledge, skills, and attitude for owning and operating a pistol safely. This course includes classroom and range time learning to shoot revolvers and semi-automatic pistols. Learn the rules for safe gun handling; pistol parts and operation; ammunition; and more. Saturday, Nov. 3, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. $159. Rita Woods
Ribbon Bow Making: Learn how to tie a professional bow and several variations of a basic bow. Also learn many ways to use bows in decorations such as tree toppers, mailbox bows, gift bows, and more. Wednesday, Nov. 7, 5:30-7:30 p.m. $29. Tammy Bryant
Hydrorobics: An invigorating, low impact exercise program. Get a total body workout as you tone, strengthen and achieve flexibility and circulatory endurance in the water. All ages (16 and up), all fitness levels, and non-swimmers encouraged. Five Mondays/Wednesdays/Fridays, Nov. 12 - Dec. 14 (No classes week of Nov. 19) 9:45-10:45 a.m. $55
Beads, Wires & Chains: Learn to combine chains and wires with beads to create jewelry. You will create a single strand necklace (20”- 40” long), and matching bracelet and earrings. Tuesday, Nov. 13, 6-9 p.m. $49. Pat Martin
Jane Austen—Her Novels, Life and Times: Explore the enduring appeal of Jane Austen’s novels. Using excerpts, film clips, and active learning techniques, we will discuss her insights into the rapidly evolving social and cultural events that shaped her times. Wednesday, Nov. 14, 6-8 p.m. $29. Donna Gessell
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
Performing Arts Faculty Cooperative Concert, 8 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 24, Shott Auditorium
Spanish Film Festival, 7 p.m. Monday, Oct. 29, Nix Fine Arts Center, 312.
NGCSU Planetarium: Shows Fridays 8-9 p.m. through Nov. 16 at George E. Coleman Planetarium, room 234 of the Health & Natural Sciences Building, Sunset Drive. Current show: “2012—The End of Time?” What does the Mayan Calendar really have to say about the world coming to an end on December 21, 2012. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. with no admittance after 8 p.m. Free. www.northgeorgia.edu/planetarium
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
Rot N Rustys Haunted House
Interactive haunted house. Open Friday and Saturdays through Oct. 27 with special showings Thursday, Oct. 25 and Wednesday, Oct. 31. Dark to 11 p.m. 312 Riley Road, across from the new courthouse. www.rottenrusty.com
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
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 with Lara Polangco on the back deck. Special pricing for NGCSU students.
Sunday, Oct. 28, 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.
Friday, Oct. 26, 8-10 p.m.+: Tillers Folly. $12/advanced, $15 day of
show. Tiller’s Folly is the preeminent Canadian based award winning Americana/Folk/Celtic group at the forefront of a bold new movement in acoustic roots music. For the past 16
years, through thousands of performances stretching from the Pacific Northwest to the British Isles, they have spread their memorable blend of energy, history, musicality, romance and just plain fun from small and large halls to televison, radio, theatres and festivals.
Saturday, Oct. 27, 8-10 p.m.+: Adam Kadmon with special guest
Carl Jah (Classic Rock/Pop/Soul) Free. Adam brings former Dred Zeppelin lead guitarist Carl Jah for a night of classic covers and new originals in an epic collaboration. Kadmon has long been showcasing his musical talents in the Savannah and Atlanta areas. He plays and sings various styles of music, with originals
blending acoustic folk, blues and hip-hop jam funk. Guitar player Carl Jah is a multi-faceted rock player.
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.
4th Sunday, 7-9 p.m. Jazz Jam w/ Rick Harris: $5 at door (Free for Invited Performers) Talented multi-instrumentalist Rick Harris hosts this ‘Jazz it Up’ Jam for jazz musicians and singers alike to join in and enjoy their addiction to all flavors of America’s most progressive music!
Holly Theatre, 69 West Main Street. Business office open 9-4 Mondays. 706-864-3759, www.hollytheater.com
Lingo Lounge, Thursday, Oct. 25, 8 p.m. “The right place for writers” will present its open mic for writers with a “Spooky Night” flavor. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. Comic MC Ben and singing DJ Tommy Pirone keep it lively. Free admission.
An Evening with Mark Twain, 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 27: a one-man show starring Kurt Sutton. $15. See more info at right.
Mountain Music & Medicine Show, Nov. 3: The live recording of a radio show featuring mountain music and humor takes the Holly stage six times a year. Pre-show 7:30 p.m.; radio show 8 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, Oct. 26: Modern Vinyl
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, Oct. 26, 8:30-11:30 p.m.: Dan Sheffield.is a guitar-picker and singer from just outside Atlanta. He is a lover of all styles of music and performs well-known covers, rock classics, blues, country and soul with his evocative singing and with Delta-fingerstyle guitar licks and progressive rock feel. His powerful voice and distinctive musical style have enabled him to perform alongside such well-respected Atlanta musicians as Nathan Nelson, Bill Sheffield, Joe McGuinness, Count M’Butu and Mudcat. All ages welcome. No cover charge.
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, Oct. 27, 8:30-11:30 p.m.: Kurt Thomas. (Cash bar in courtyard, weather permitting.) Kurt grew up enjoying the close-knit country life in Dahlonega, and the small-town way of life is a frequent theme in many of the songs he writes. He has recorded four CD’s with Lee Davis at MLD Productions. “Kurt’s songwriting ability is one of the most amazing talents I have seen in my many years in the music business,” said Davis, an opinion supported by Kurt’s 2008 win of Kenny Chesney’s Next Big Star contest making him the opening act for Chesney, Brooks & Dunn, Sammy Hagar, LeAnn Rimes, Gary Alan and Sugarland. Kurt has also opened for Zac Brown Band, Joe Diffie, Little Big Town and Blue County. All ages welcome. No cover charge.
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
Simply Taste Buds, a tasting room for Georgia Wines, now located at Carriage House Shoppes, 11 South Grove Street. 706-482-0004.
Christmas Card Workshop with Anita Elder
Anita Elder will hold a Christmas Card Workshop from 9:30 to 4:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 1, at the Art Loft. Artists of all levels working in watercolors and oils will get individualized instruction as they create a holiday-themed work of art that may then be transferred to holiday cards. Fee of $75 includes lunch. 706-429-6008, www.artloft.net
Plein Air at Art Loft
Debra Nadelhoffer will offer a Plein Air Workshop for all levels of oil and pastel 9:30-5 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, Nov. 8-10, at the Art Loft in Dahlonega. $335. To register, call Anita Elder, 706-429-6008.
Free Food at DCOG Monday, Nov. 5
The Mercy Monday program at Dahlonega Church of God makes boxes of non-perishable food available at no cost to those who are going through a difficult time. Distribution is between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. on the first Monday of the month. A box lunch will be provided. 4 Happy Hollow Road, 706-864-3782
season ended, survey available
The Dahlonega Farmers Market has ended its season. Supporters are encouraged to complete a survey to help with planning for next year. http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/Q7536VF Rebecca Shirley, 706-864-6133
Program on Grief support during the holidays
Grief Share will present “Surviving the Holidays,” a program for individuals dealing with grief during the holidays, at 10 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 25, at The Lumpkin County Senior Center. Registration required. 706-864-2358
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 Dawson group meets in Dawsonville on Wednesdays from 6:30-7:45 p.m. The Lumpkin group meets in Dahlonega on Mondays from 6:30-7:30 p.m. Please call NOA (No One Alone) at 706-867-6420 for more information or to join a group. 24-Hour Crisis Line, 706-864-1986, or live webchat available- 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
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
AA Big Book Meeting: meets at Dahlonega Baptist Church every Tuesday at 7:30 p.m.
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
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
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, email@example.com, 706-867-7047
Odyssey Hospice Volunteers: Odyssey Hospice needs volunteers in the Dahlonega area to help meet the needs of hospice patients and families, and enable them to live a higher quality of life than they would achieve on their own. Volunteers visit with patients, offer administrative support, make blankets, bake cookies and provide many other services. Gail Manter, Manager of Volunteer Services, 706-549-5736 or 877-637-9432.
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 firstname.lastname@example.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, email@example.com, 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
Singing at Salem Baptist Saturday
Salem Baptist Church will have a singing Saturday, Oct. 27, at 7 p.m. Featured singers will be The Holbrooks. Everyone is invited.
Freedom Ministries Saturday night singing
Saturday night singing: Big Oak Gospel Music at 7 p.m. each Saturday. Featured singers on Oct. 27 are New Beginning, Frankie Wilson, and Joy Makers. 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/
Wauka Mountain Boys at High Shoals
High Shoals Baptist Church will have a singing at 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 27. Featured singers are the Wauka Mountain Boys of Clermont. The church is located approximately 1 1/2 miles beyond the top of Amicalola Falls on High Shoals Road.
Barbecue at Mt. Gilead Baptist Saturday
Mt. Gilead Baptist Church will hold its annual barbecue Saturday, Oct. 27, beginning at 11 a.m. Plates will be $8 (chicken or pork). Pastor Les Fuller welcomes all for great food and fellowship.
Homecoming Sunday at Cavenders Creek
Cavenders Creek Baptist Church will hold Homecoming Sunday, Oct. 28. Services begin at 10:30 a.m. Everyone is welcome.
2-part sermon series at LifeSpring church
LifeSpring Community Church will present a two-part series by Pastor David Hoard on Sundays Oct. 28 and Nov. 4. In “Leaving Boring Church Behind!” Pastor Hoard will show why God’s house should be one of the most exciting and interesting places experienced during the week. LifeSpring is located at 385 Lumpkin County Parkway in Mariah Business Park, behind Chestatee Ford on Ga. 400. Service times are 10:30 Sunday morning, and Wednesday night Adult Bible Study and Youth Service are at 7 p.m. Everyone is invited.
UnitARIAn Universalist church
Georgia Mountains Unitarian Universalist Church is a welcoming congregation. On Oct. 28, Justin Ellis, Executive Director of the Soque River Watershed Association in Clarkesville and a small scale grower, will present “Building an Organic Community Garden.” 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 Oct. 28
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.
Revival next week at Harvest Baptist
Harvest Baptist Church, Dawsonville, will hold revival services Monday, Oct. 29 - Thursday, Nov. 1 (Monday at 7 p.m. and Tuesday through Thursday at 10 a.m. and 7 p.m.). Special preachers include Mark Wheeler, David Nix, and others. All are welcome. 123 John Perry Road, 706-265-1526, J. Mark Biddy, Pastor.
Cars, crafts and cakes for Oak Grove
Oak Grove Baptist Church will hold a fundraiser at the WalMart parking lot on Saturday, Nov. 3, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. There will be an antique car cruise-in ($20 entry fee), craft booths, a concession stand, and baked goods. In case of rain the cruise in will be cancelled and crafts and baked goods will be moved to the church fellowship hall. To rent a booth to sell homemade crafts ($10) contact Jan Gaddis at 706-265-8762
Turkey shoot at Mill Creek Nov. 3
Mill Creek Church will hold its Annual Turkey Shoot Saturday, Nov. 3, beginning at 11 a.m. next to Crane’s Store on Highway 9 South. Cost is $3 per shoot and money raised will benefit the church cemetery fund.
Church Offers Halloween Alternative
For eleven nights during October, Lighthouse Baptist Church, Dawsonville, is offering young people an alternative to haunted houses at Hell’s Gates, 329 Harmony Church Road. Info, video, and tickets ($12) at www.hellsgates.com or 888-295-0099.
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
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, 404-377-1194
Beginning and intermediate piano and violin, children and adults welcome. Ruth Purcell, 706-482-9968 or firstname.lastname@example.org
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 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, email@example.com, 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, firstname.lastname@example.org
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\
lumpkin County Senior Center
266 Mechanicsville Road, 706-864-2358,
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, email@example.com
Nutrition Program for 60+: Socalize, exercise, play games and enjoy crafts, pool, and more. Have a nutritious hot meal.
• # 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
Community Support Needs
Free PIck up of Donations by CHP
Community Helping Place is in need of gently used furniture. Free pick up within a 10-mile radius of the store. Ben, 706-867-9621 ext. 106
Pick up for Southern finds
Call Southern Finds (A NOA store) to pick up gently used furniture and/or home decor. Donations receive a tax deductible receipt. 706-867-6167
Pickup by Waypoint
Waypoint Center Thrift Store will pick up yard sale leftovers, furniture, clothing and household items. All donations benefit the organization’s non-profit, faith based addiction recovery program. Call 706-867-0297 for pickup. www.waypointcenter.org
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, firstname.lastname@example.org or stop by TLC at 1735 Red Oak Flats Road.
More Children & Youth
preschool Programs now enrolling:
Sonshine Weekday Preschool of Dahlonega Baptist Church is enrolling students for the school year. The preschool is an early education program in a Christian environment for one year olds through four/five year old Pre-K. Classes follow the Lumpkin County calendar. For registration and enrollment forms, samples of curriculum and parents’ handbook visit www.dbch.org or contact Stacy Mizer, 706-864-3676, or email@example.com. (9/19)
Dahlonega United Methodist Church MMO/Preschool. Dahlonega United Methodist Church MMO/Preschool enroling for school year 2012-2013. Ages Toddlers-Pre-K class. Angie Mayo, 706-864-8521, www.dahlonegaumc.org/mmo-preschool
Lumpkin County Head Start/Pre-K. Children will need to be age 3 or 4 by Sept. 1. The program welcomes children with disabilities and does not discriminate. 706-864-3456
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, firstname.lastname@example.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 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 email@example.com
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, firstname.lastname@example.org
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
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; email@example.com
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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 email@example.com
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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
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, 706-429-4517