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Community Events

Faculty, Students share travel experiences

NGCSU is hosting its second annual North Georgia Travels Series on Wednesdays at 4 p.m. in the Special Collections Room, 3rd floor, Library Technology Center. Sessions are free and open to the public. On Nov. 16 Julie Higbee will present “Tea, Books, and Bombs: Kabul in September.” Higbee will be examining some of the recent history of Afghanistan, along with her experiences there.

Breakfast fundraiser Nov. 19

A breakfast fundraiser and cake sale will be held from 6-10:30 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 19, at the Town Creek/Frogtown District Goodwill Community Building on Town Creek Church Road. Proceeds will benefit the building fund.

Defensive Driving: free for vets, military

A free AARP Defensive Driving Course will be offered to veterans and active duty personnel and their spouses at the NGCSU Pennington Leadershp Center, Room 112, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 19. Non military, $14, with a $2 discount for AARP members. Completion of the course may entitle students to an auto insurance discount. Students need not be 55 and AARP membership is not required. Early registration recommended. Linda, 706-864-1796

Dinner with Congressman Tom Graves Nov. 19

The Lumpkin County Republican Party will host a spaghetti dinner for 9th District Congressman Tom Graves at 6 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 19, at the Lumpkin County Parks YMCA building (rec center). Graves will be the featured speaker for the evening, and other local and state candidates who have announced for office will also attend. $10, children under 10 $5. Missy Clymer, 678-634-5071

Democratic Party meeting Nov. 28

The Lumpkin County Democratic Party will meet at 6 p.m. Monday, Nov. 28, at the United Community Bank meeting room on Morrison Moore Parkway. Dinner will be available. The meeting will focus on fund raising and planning winning campaigns to turn Georgia Blue in 2012.



Races/Festivals/Rides

Dahlonega’s Old Fashioned Christmas

Thousands of tiny white lights all around the Public Square will be lit Thanksgiving weekend—at dark, Friday, Nov. 18, to usher in the city’s Old Fashioned Christmas season. A month of special events begins the following weekend when Santa comes to town. He will be on the square every weekend from Nov. 26 through Dec. 18. The city’s annual Christmas parade will take place on Saturday, Dec. 3 at 4:30 p.m. Plenty of other festive holiday events continue almost daily throughout December until after New Year’s with caroling, entertainment, wine sampling, live theater Christmas events. Weekly events can be found listed in this section of the Nugget as they approach.

Frosty 5K Run/Walk & Kids Fun Run Dec. 10

The Lumpkin County Indian Basketball Teams will hold the 2nd Annual Frosty 5K Run/Walk & Kids Fun Run, Saturday, December 10, 9 a.m., Yahoola Creek Park. Strollers welcome—it’s a great, easy course. Divisions for ages 5 and up. $20 advance, $25 race day for 5K, $10 fun run. Register at: www.active.com. Register by December 1 to guarantee a T-shirt. twood@lumpkin.k12.ga.us

At the Library

Lumpkin County Library, 706-864-3668

www.chestateelibrary.org

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

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

eBooks: Downloadable at the library’s Web site.

Middle School Teen Bingo, Wed., Nov. 16, 4-5 p.m. Join us for snacks and prizes. Grades 6-8

The Happy Bookers Book Discussion Group, Thursday, Nov. 17, 1:30 p.m. The Valley of Light by Terry Kay will be discussed. The group meets the third Thursday of each month to discuss fiction, non-fiction, and award-winning books. New members are welcome. Books for discussion can be reserved at the library.

Genealogy Workshop, Saturday, Nov. 19, 11 a.m.: Learn how to use the Web to trace your family roots. Reservations required.

Children & Young Adults

HOLIDAY FUN DAY at Jazzercise Nov. 19

Jr. Jazzercise will host a Holiday Fun Day for ages 5-12 from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, Nov. 19.  Betsy Gagné, 678-617-0329, bgagne@windstream.net

Breakfast with Santa Dec. 3

R-Ranch in the Mountains, Stone Pile Gap Road off Highway 60 North, will host its 22nd community-wide Breakfast with Santa from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday Dec. 3. 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. Pictures with Santa on his sleigh will also be available at the lodge for $2.50. 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. 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

Community Assistance

Help with Christmas available

For those experiencing financial hard times and worried about being able to provide Christmas for their families, Community Helping Place (CHP) may be able to help. CHP is ready to play Santa for Lumpkin County residents whose monthly income falls within its guidelines, have legal custody of their children and who are not receiving Christmas assistance from other local Christmas outreach programs. CHP will be accepting White Christmas applications at its office, 2030 Highway 19 North, 10 a.m. until noon Mondays through Fridays Nov. 7 through Nov. 18. To apply, individuals must provide a current photo ID, proof of Lumpkin County residency, proof of income, proof of children’s enrollment in Lumpkin County schools and children’s Medicaid cards.

Free Food at DCOG Monday, Dec. 5

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

Community Support Projects

SILENT AUCTION BENEFITS FAMILY CONNECTION A silent auction Dec. 1-3 (Thursday-Saturday) sponsored by United Community Bank, 206 Morrison Moore Parkway, will benefit Lumpkin Family Connection. Items offered include a signed copy of Paula Deen’s latest cookbook, Southern Cooking Bible; The Southern Living Christmas 2011; Purt Nigh Gone: The Old Mountain Ways, signed by the author, Honorable Zell Miller, CDs and an autographed picture of Karen Peck; an autographed picture of Jeff Foxworthy; tickets to Dollywood, “Country Tonight,” Stone Mountain Park, and horseback riding at Brasstown Valley; certificates for teeth whitening from Dr. Ronald Williams and another from Headlines Hair Salon; jewelry, and sports memorabilia. Raffle tickets to win a handmade afghan will be available for purchase, as wil be Christmas Desserts cookbooks produced by Lumpkin Family Connection.

Food, fashion help at Southern finds Sat.

Southern Finds celebrates its one year anniversary Saturday, Nov. 19, from 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. with refreshments, prizes and 15 percent off savings store wide. Fashion expert Polly Neal will also be available for complimentary consultations from 12-3 p.m. 706-867-6167

Toys for Tots at Dahlonega Funeral Home

Dahlonega Funeral Home is collecting Toys for Tots through December 19. New, unwrapped toys can be dropped off Mondays through Fridays, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

CHP Christmas Shop opens Monday

The Community Helping Place Christmas Shop will open Monday, Nov. 21. Stocked with Christmas decorations, clothing and more, the shop is a fundraiser for the CHP’s White Christmas program. Located in the furniture section of the CHP’s Thrift Store, 2030 Hwy. 19 North, the shop will be open Monday through Friday through Dec. 17 from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and Saturdays 10 a.m.-4 p.m. 706-867-9621

official Dahlonega ornament now available

Issued exclusively by the Community Helping Place of Dahlonega, this year’s official Christmas in Dahlonega ornament depicts the Holly Theatre. The limited edition ornaments, handcrafted in the USA, are available for $20 (cash or check only) at The Fudge Factory, West Cleaners, the CHP Thrift Shop and Continuing Education at NGCSU. All proceeds benefit the Community Helping Place Medical Clinic, Thrift Stores, and Food Pantry. 706-867-9621, ext. 101

Donations for CHP white christmas program

The Community Helping Place White Christmas is an annual Christmas outreach serving Lumpkin County residents in need during the holiday season. Last year CHP White Christmas served 280 households which included toys for a record-breaking 498 children. You can participate by donating new, unwrapped toys and non-perishable food items. Financial contributions are always welcomed. 2030 Hwy. 19 N, 706-867-9621

DUMC youth sell Christmas trees

Dahlonega United Methodist Church youth are selling live Christmas trees to raise money for their mission trip next summer. Fresh cut Fraser Firs from North Carolina will be available at the church parking lot for pick-up on Nov. 25 from 5-8 p.m. Home delivery can be arranged. Orders can be placed online also at www.dahlonegaumc.org

Pick up for Southern finds

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

Free PIck up of Donations by CHP

Community Helping Place is in need of gently used furniture. Free pick up within a 10-mile radius of the store. Ben, 706-867-9621 ext. 106

Pickup by Waypoint

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

Free medical supplies, book swap

Free book swap. Also, free medical supplies for loaner program. Donations of medical supplies/equipment in good condition needed. Lisa Jo’s Thrift Store, next to Moore’s Building Supply. 706-429-7232

Pets

spay/neuter clinic Nov. 30

Atlanta Humane Society’s spay/neuter clinic returns to the Lumpkin County Animal Shelter Wednesday, Nov. 30. For a cost of $20, cats and dogs will be spayed/neutered, receive a rabies shot and be micropchipped. Payment must be made in cash. Appointments must be made in person at the shelter on Red Oak Flats Road prior to the clinic date. Appointments will be on a first come/first serve basis. 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

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

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

Senior Services/Activities

lumpkin County Senior Center

266 Mechanicsville Road, 706-864-2358,

lcseniorcenter@windstream.net

Senior work needed for Holiday Art Show: The Art Group at the Senior Center, in conjunction with the Dahlonega Arts Council, is accepting works of art from seniors (age 55+) for its Holiday Show and Sale December 3-4 and 10-11 at the Old Cannery Arts Center. Deadline has been extended to Nov. 18. Contact Diane Stephenson, 706-429-6448, atciga@windstream.net

CANASTA (Card Game): Newcomers welcome, Monday and Wednesday every week from 2-5 p.m.

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

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

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

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

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



Music/Dance/Drama & More

EVENTS AT NGCSU



Handel’s Messiah: The NGCSU Orchestra and the Dawson Community Chorale will present Handel’s Messiah on Friday, Nov. 18, in at the Dahlonega United Methodist Church and Saturday, Nov. 19, at the Dawsonville First Baptist Church. Both concerts at 7:30 p.m. $5. See story page 7B.

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

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

NGCSU Orchestra Concert, Friday, Nov. 18, 7:30 p.m., Dahlonega United Methodist Church

Jazz Band Concert, Monday, Nov. 21, 8 p.m. Holly Theater. $12 adults/ $6 children at the door, NGCSU students free.

Film screening and discussion: The Colors of the Mountain. Wednesday, Nov. 16, 6 p.m., Library Technology Center. This film highlights the fear that the Colombian citizens experience due to the conflict between FARC and the Colombian government. A discussion led by Dr. Christian Harris, Associate Professor of Political Science, will follow the screening.

Film screening and discussion: For My Father. Thursday, Nov. 17, 6 p.m., Library Technology Center. This film highlights the conflict between Israel and Palestine. A discussion led by Dr. Jon Miner, Associate Professor of Political Science, and Dr. Victoria Hightower, Assistant Professor of History will follow the screening.

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

www.diningindahlonega.com.

Every Sunday through Wednesday: Texas Hold ’Em

Every Friday: Karaoke

Every Saturday: Live music at 9 p.m.

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

Monthly WineTasting: Sunday, Nov. 27, 4-6 p.m. Appetizer pairings with wine from around the world. $40/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, 7-9+ p.m. Open Jam Night hosted by Justin Bridges. Free, tips for host appreciated.

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

Most Friday and Saturdays: Red Room Piano Bar, hosted by Rick Harris. Harris, plays ‘step back in time a bit’ songs from the 1920’s to the 1960s on the corner on the piano, with horn in hand. Free.

Friday, Nov. 18: ‘Music & Music-inspired Art’ featuring #1 hit songwriter, Chuck Cannon and debuting the art of Heather Wilkerson. Chuck Jones opens!

5-6 p.m. Meet the Artists reception for Heather Wilkerson, visual artist, with Chuck Cannon and Chuck Jones. See more information on page 7B.

8-11 p.m. Chuck Cannon is a South Carolina born and Nashville raised multi-award winning songwriter who has authored over

a dozen #1 hit songs, including the two million record seller, How Do You Like Me Now. Cannon delivers his own songs even better than the diverse array of iconic artists who have recorded his songs - Toby Keith, Merle Haggard, Willie Nelson, Boy Zone, and Dolly Parton to

name a few! From I Love the Way You Love Me and American Soldier to the gut wrenching title track of his latest album, God Shaped Hole, Chuck Cannon’s legendary songwriting has entertained audiences all over the world. He is an amazing storyteller, composer and musician. Jones has authored half a dozen top 10 songs himself. Jones’ songs have been recorded by artists as diverse as Patti Labelle, Ronnie Milsap, Shelby Lynne, Chris Ledoux, The Fabulous Thunderbirds, Charlie Daniels, Deana Carter, Reba McEntire, Rascal Flatts, Randy Travis, and Peter Cetera. Performance $22 advance, $25 day of show. www.CHUCKCANNON.com www.hlivesart.com http://chuckjonesmusic.com

Saturday, 2-4:30+ p.m. Dixieland Jazz Jam hosted by Rick Harris. Free. Held most Saturdays. Free.

Saturday, Nov. 19, 8-10 p.m. Roxie Watson, $14 advance, $16 day of show. Roxie Watson is an all girl five piece string band that plays

what they like to call “alterna-grass,” a mix of traditional sounding songs that contain three and four part harmonies, elements of old country, Appalachian music, hymns and bluegrass—without adhering to the traditions of any one

genre. www.RoxieWatson.com

Sunday, 2-5 p.m. Traditional Music Jam: Bring your instruments and/or voices and join in on/around the stage, or have a seat and just listen as a 90-plus-year-old “pickin’ and grinnin” tradition continues. Hosted by BlueBilly Grit. Free.

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

The Dock @ Bobber’s Fish House

51 North Grove Street, Dahlonega, 706-867-9151

Friday, Nov. 18, 8 p.m.: Buzzard Mountain Boys Music Revue: The Full Monty Version. The BMB will be baring their souls in this not to be missed event. They will be joined by Miss Ona Mae Grizzle renowned Professional Flogger (flat dancer/clogger), banjer picker, and dog house bass plucker. Dress in a Full Monty outfit and be ready for a wet overalls contest. The show is free in appreciation of those who have supported the Music Revue.

Saturday, Nov. 19: Live acoustic music and open mic 7-9 p.m.

Sunday, Nov. 20, 2:30 p.m. Pick & Bow Traditional Music School recital. www.georgiapickandbow.org

Sunday, Nov. 21, 3-6 p.m.: SEBA (Southeastern Bluegrass Association) jam. Come join the pickin’ or just come listen.

Holly Theatre, 69 West Main St.,

706-864 3759, www.hollytheater.com

Babes in Toyland, the delightful holiday musical, presented by the award-winning Holly Performance Academy Nov. 18, 19, and 20. Friday and Saturday 8 p.m. Sunday Matinee 2 p.m. $15 adults, $7.50 under 12.

NGCSU Jazz Orchestra and Jazz Combos. Monday, Nov 21, 8 p.m.: $12 adults, $6 children at the door, NGCSU students free. See page 7B for story.

Amy Ray and her band, The Shadowboxers, Thursday, Dec. 8, 8 p.m. Tickets $15 adults, $10 with NGCSU ID. See story page 7B.

Have a Holly Holiday— An Endowment Fundraiser for the Holly. Friday, Dec. 16, at the Dahlonega Marketplace featuring a festive dinner and entertainment. $50/person

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

Fridays: Live entertainment

Saturdays: ’80s/’90s Karaoke Night, 9 p.m.-midnight

Sundays: Race day

Tuesdays: Outdoor live music, 8 p.m. to midnight

Friday, Nov. 18: Stoned Sandwich Live

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.

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

Friday, Nov. 18, 8:30: Tim McNary. The band McNary was formed in August 2010 when Dan Sheffield showed up for a drumming audition at Tim McNary’s Atlanta apartment. Two months later, with a bassist, they were opening up for the national singer songwriter duo The Civil Wars at The Melting Point in Athens. By March 2011, Dan and Tim had quit their day jobs and were playing music full time. McNary is currently growing its fan base by playing around the southeast. The band has already logged 130 shows in 2011 and plans to enter the studio to record its second studio album in January. All ages, no cover.

Saturday, Nov. 18, 8:30 p.m. Veronika Jackson. Veronika Jackson is one of the finest acoustic folk blues musicians in the Atlanta area. She performs for arts and music festivals and various acoustic music halls in Georgia and around the southeast regions. She has traveled also across the Atlantic performing for music festivals and opening concerts for festival promoters. All ages, no cover.

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.

Yahoola Creek Grill, 1810 S. Chestatee

Street, 706-482-2200, www.yahoolacreekgrill.com

Saturdays, Nov. 19 & 26, beginning 7 p.m.: Rob Brooksher. Enjoy the acoustic stylings of Rob Brooksher as he plays an eclectic mix of folksy favorites from Bob Dylan, Avett Brothers and Mumford & Sons, as well as original compositions. All

ages welcome.

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WINE TASTING

Dahlonega Tasting Room featuring Habersham Wines, 16 North Park Street · Public Square

Naturally Georgia featuring Tiger Mountain Vineyards, 90 Public Square North:

Nov. 6, 1-6 p.m. Holiday Open House. Wine tasting, hot soups, specials, drawing.

Education/Classes

S.A.T. and Study Prep

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

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.

Chocolate Gift Ideas: Join Rachael Mildner and learn how to make your own chocolate barks, chocolate grahams and chocolate covered pretzels—perfect for gifts or holiday get-togethers. Wednesday, Nov. 16, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. $59

Holiday Fun With Kudzu Decorations: Twine a kudzu Cornucopia, then use the same technique to complete a kudzu Christmas tree! Nov. 19, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. $59 plus $20 materials fee to instructor

CPR/First Aid for the Community: This class is designed for childcare professionals, foster parents, new parents and grandparents, and anyone who needs to know the basics of CPR and First Aid. The class covers adult, child and infant CPR and basic first aid. Thursday, Nov. 17, 5:30-8:30 p.m. $45

Hydrorobics - Session IV: An invigorating, low impact exercise program. Learn exercises in the pool that will help improve flexibility, endurance, circulation and general health. All ages, fitness levels and non-swimmers are encouraged to join. Nov. 21– Dec. 16 (11 sessions) Monday, Wednesday, Friday, 10-11 a.m.

Recipes from the Kitchen: Make bath salts, bath soaks, body scrubs, face masks and more from simple ingredients you can find in the grocery store. Great for gifts. Choose from two classes: Dec. 3, 10 a.m. to noon or Dec. 6, 6:30-8:30 p.m. $39 plus $25 materials fee.

Online PLU-Approved Courses for Teachers: North Georgia Continuing Education offers a multitude of online courses approved for two PLU credits by the Department of Education. Courses include: Creating the Inclusive Classroom, Leadership, Survival Kit for New Teachers and more. Full list at www.northgeorgia.edu/ce.

Online Learning with Ed2go: NGCSU’s Continuing Education Department offers instructor-led, on-line classes which run for six weeks, and are never cancelled. Go to www.ed2go.com/ngcsu for a listing of classes.

Buddhist meditation and study group

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

International appalachian academy

Classes Wednesday for Japanese Language/Culture and Thursday for World History/Literature. 6:30-8:30 p.m. 390 Tom Bell Odom Road. 706-265-5502, learn@internationalappalachianacademy.com

GED opportunities

It’s a great time to begin preparing yourself for 2012. As new jobs open up, are you prepared to beat out the competition? Free GED preparation by caring instructors is right around the corner in Dahlonega each Monday through Thursday from 8-7. 706-867-2862

Wellness/Fitness

meditation: Cultivating Inner Peace

Learn to quiet your mind and cultivate peace regardless of what’s going on around you. Explore different styles of meditation and other mind-calming techniques. Perfect to help maintain ease through the holiday season! Four Mondays, 5:15-6 p.m. Nov. 21, Nov 28, Dec. 5, Dec. 12. $42 for the series at Dahlonega Healing Arts. Quiana Grace Frost, instructor. Register by Nov. 20 and save $5. 828-318-9169 or iliveingrace@yahoo.com

Yoga with Quiana Grace Frost

Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays 9-10:15 a.m. and Thursdays 4-5:20 p.m. at Dahlonega Healing Arts. Special back care class noon-1:15 p.m. Wednesdays. All levels welcome. First class free. To join, contact Quiana Grace Frost, 828-318-9169, quiana@ekstasis.us

Holistic movement classes

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

Yoga at Dahlonega Spa Resort

Yoga at Dahlonega Spa Resort Tuesdays 6-7:15 p.m. $12/class, five classes $10. 400 Blueberry Hill off Town Creek Church Road. 706-865-7678

AT Dahlonega Healing Arts

Morning Yoga 9-10:15 a.m. Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. Evening Yoga Monday, 6:20 p.m.; Wednesday, 6 p.m., Thursday 4 p.m. and Friday, 4:30 p.m. Meditation Monday, 5:30-6:15 p.m. (spiritual discourse/meditation/chanting are part of this meditation). Chigong/Taichi: Tuesday at 6 p.m. and Thursdays at 6:30 p.m. 81 Crown Mountain Place, Building E, Suite 100, 706-867-7026

Yoga Classes with Chris Sartain

Yoga promotes health, strength, flexibility, balance and peace. Classes Wednesdays, 6-7:15 p.m. and Fridays, 4:30-6 p.m. Dahlonega Healing Arts, 81 Crown Mountain Place Bldg E, Suite 100. Chris Sartain, 404-202-9652

Jazzercise

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

YOGA Flow for Personal Fitness

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

natural & holistic living

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

Wellness Classes

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

saturday Walking Group

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

87 abrightwell@hotmail.com

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

PLASTIC GROCERY BAGS:

• J&J Foods

• Walmart

STYROFOAM: Publix accepts egg cartons and meat trays.

Electronic Recyclables, MIcrowaves, etc.

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

Support Groups

Cancer Patients

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

Nursing Mothers’ Support

Mom to Mom Breastfeeding Support Group meets monthly at different locations due to weather or site availability. Please call before coming. The next meeting will be Nov. 11 at 12:30 p.m. There will be a demonstration and information about “Infant Massage.” Pregnant and breastfeeding mothers meet in an informal setting for fun, information and friendship. Lynn Hale, WIC Breastfeeding Counselor, 678-630-9596

Domestic violence: support, crisis line

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

Reformers Unanimous Addiction Program

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

Grief support programs at NGMC

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

Kinship Care

Kinship Care, grandparents raising grandchildren and relatives raising nieces and nephews, meets the second Wednesday of each month from 10-11:30 a.m. at the Lumpkin County Senior Center, 266 Mechanicsville Road. Jocelyn Joaquim, 706-864-2768

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: Monday through Friday at noon, Saturday at 9 a.m. and Sunday at 3 p.m. All meetings at Kidz Church of the Dahlonega United Methodist church using the Maple Street entrance opposite the Sun Trust bank ATM. AA Hotline: 706-867-7769

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

Al-Anon:

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

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

Lumpkin County Caregivers

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

NARCOTICS ANONYMOUS

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

Church/Religious Events

music:

Freedom MInistries Saturday night singing

Saturday night singing: Big Oak Gospel Music at 7 p.m. each Saturday. Featured singers on Nov. 19 are the Goss Family, Sketter Hindman, and Glory Road. The event is hosted by The Freedom Heirs and admission is free, but a love offering will be collected. 1067 Highway 115 South (Old Dahlonega Highway) 706-867-6534 www.gospelgigs.com/glendonwilliamsfreedomheirs, freedomministries@windstream.net

UnitARIAn Universalist church

Georgia Mountains Unitarian Universalist Church is a welcoming congregation. Children’s religious education classes begin at 11:30 a.m. following announcements and story time. Child care provided. 706-864-0661, www.gmuuc.org

Prayer LIne available

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

Art Classes

Art by Rayneri Watercolor Classes

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

classes at Funky chicken

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

art instruction by Win Crannell

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

Painting lessons by Anita Elder

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

Volunteers

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

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

Odyssey Hospice Volunteers

Odyssey Hospice needs volunteers in the Dahlonega area to help meet the needs of hospice patients and families, and enable them to live a higher quality of life than they would achieve on their own. Volunteers visit with patients, offer administrative support, make blankets, bake cookies and provide many other services. Gail Manter, Manager of Volunteer Services, 706-549-5736 or 877-637-9432.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Holly Theatre welcomes volunteers in any capacity, concessions, set construction, answering phones, marketing, organizing, children’s theater. 706-864-3759

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

More Educational Opportunities

Mountain Ed High School

Earn a high school diploma at night. SACS accredited, certified teachers, state-funded. 4-9:30 p.m. Mon.-Thurs. 706-864-0229

Herbal Apprenticeship

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

program aims to improve reading skills

The Lumpkin County Literacy Coalition and Lanier Technical College are both supporting a new Adult Literacy Program (ALP) initiative to identify and help those who want to improve reading skills. If you have a relative or friend who cannot read at all, or can read some but would like to improve their reading abilities, then encourage them to give ALP a call. The program offers one-on-one tutors, self-pacing and confidentiality. 678-516-6950.

Scouting

SCOUTING:

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

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

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

Venturing group: Venture Crew #79 meets Wednesday nights at 6:30 p.m. in the art room at Park and Rec. Venturing is a youth led program for boys and girls ages 13-20 and involves high adventure activities such as kayaking, white water rafting and rock climbing as well as social activities and community projects. Augustus Brightwell, 706-864-94

Lessons: Music/Dance

music, songwriting lessons

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

Clogging Classes

Beginner clogging classes are forming for fall. Age 5 up. $40 per month, one hour a week. Call about adult classes. crbbarnes@windstream.net or 706-974-7305

STring Instruments

Bluegrass instrument instruction—fiddle, banjo, guitar, bass, mandolin. Sonny Houston, 706-864-4606

MUSIC LESSONS

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

Dance Classes: Ballet Barre

Now registering for fall, starting at age two-and-a-half in ballet, tap, jazz, contemporary and hip hop.  www.bbarre.com, 706-867-1905.

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

WILL (Women in Lumpkin Leadership), a monthly professional and social networking group for women, meets the third Wednesday of each month (Nov. 16) from 8 to 9:30 a.m. (program begins at 8:30) at the Stewart Center for Continuing Education next to Dairy Queen. $5-per-meeting fee is collected to support future activities. No membership commitment required. Send message to lumpkincountywillgroup@yahoo.com to be added to E-vite list.

Lumpkin County Retired Educators Association meets the third Thursday (Nov. 17) at 11:30 a.m. at Lumpkin County High School. Thanksgiving dinner will be served. $10

Georgia Mountain Chapter of Military Officers Association of America meets at 7 p.m. the third Thursday of each month (Nov. 17) at Ryan’s in Dawsonville. Retired, former and current military officers are welcome. www.gmcmoaa.org, 706-265-7613

The American Legion #239 Auxiliary meets the third Thursday (Nov. 17) of each month, 6:30 p.m. at the American Legion Hall. www.dahlonegalegion.org

F.E.A.R. (Face Everything and Recover) is a coalition in Lumpkin County organized to focus on drug and alcohol prevention for a new generation, intervention for addicts now and optimism for a drug-free community in the future. The group meets at noon on the third Thursday of the month (Nov. 17) in the community room of the United Community Bank. It seeks to provide support and services to families affected by alcohol and drug abuse. Bridgette Barker, brigette.barker@lumpkinsheriff.com

Habitat for Humanity of Lumpkin County meets at 6 p.m. the third Thursday of each month (Nov. 17) in the meeting room upstairs at Yahoola Grill.

TLC HUMANE SOCIETY meets at 7 p.m. on the third Thursday (Nov. 17) in the basement of the Dahlonega Library. Please come and bring a friend. We are trying to plan for our fund raisers for the year and any ideas and suggestions will be greatly appreciated. 706-864-2817

GOLD COUNTRY SQUARE DANCERS meets the first and third Fridays of each month (Nov. 18) from 7:30 to 10 p.m. at the Dahlonega United Methodist Church fellowship hall on South Park Street at Maple Street. The public is invited for fun, exercise and good fellowship. Dana Whitfield, 706-864-9021

The Funky Chicken Art Project holds a woodcarvers gathering on the third Saturday of each month (Nov. 19), noon-3 p.m. More information and directions at www.funkychickenartproject.com or call Christina at 706-864-3938 or e-mail: funkchic@windstream.net

SEBA (Southeastern Bluegrass Association) holds a jam the third Sunday of each month (Nov. 20) from 3-6 p.m. at Bobber’s Fish House, 51 Grove Street N. Raymond Busbee, 706-216-3885.

We Recycle! meets the third Monday of the month (Nov. 21) at 5 p.m. in the Community Room of the United Community Bank on Morrison Moore Parkway. www.WeRecycleLumpkin.org

AARP – Lumpkin Chapter 1966, meets the third Monday (Nov. 21) of each month at 11 a.m. in the Fellowship Hall of Dahlonega United Methodist Church. A lunch will be served ($7). Anyone age 50+ is invited. Join us for food, fellowship, fun and informative speakers. Gail Monroe, 706-531-8973

Blue Mountain Masonic Lodge #38 F&AM meets at 7:30 p.m. the second and fourth Tuesdays, (Nov. 22) of each month. 706-864-3838

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Lions Club of Dahlonega meets the second and fourth Thursdays (Dec. 8) at Just Off the Square Café, at 6 p.m. Everyone is invited. Anne Mundy, 706-864-5899

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

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

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

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

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

Gold Diggers Garden Club will meets at 7 p.m. on the second Tuesday of the month (Dec. 13), in the Senior Center on Mechanicsville Rd.

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

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

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

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

The North Georgia Photography Critique Special Interest Group will meet from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 15, in the Dawson County library, 342 Allen Street, Dawsonville to share tips and critique each other’s photos. New members welcome. dphotoman@gmail.com, http://web.me.com/paulschiemer/Critique_Group/Photos.html

The North Georgia Amateur Radio Club (NGARC) meets at 6 p.m. the third Tuesday of each month (Dec. 20) in Dahlonega. Those interested in becoming licensed amateur radio operators or those who are already hams are invited to join the organization. Tom Crowell, president, 706-864-0410; Reudi Mettler, vice president, 404-474-0686

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Community Events

Faculty, Students share travel experiences

NGCSU is hosting its second annual North Georgia Travels Series on Wednesdays at 4 p.m. in the Special Collections Room, 3rd floor, Library Technology Center. Sessions are free and open to the public. On Nov. 16 Julie Higbee will present “Tea, Books, and Bombs: Kabul in September.” Higbee will be examining some of the recent history of Afghanistan, along with her experiences there.

Breakfast fundraiser Nov. 19

A breakfast fundraiser and cake sale will be held from 6-10:30 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 19, at the Town Creek/Frogtown District Goodwill Community Building on Town Creek Church Road. Proceeds will benefit the building fund.

Defensive Driving: free for vets, military

A free AARP Defensive Driving Course will be offered to veterans and active duty personnel and their spouses at the NGCSU Pennington Leadershp Center, Room 112, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 19. Non military, $14, with a $2 discount for AARP members. Completion of the course may entitle students to an auto insurance discount. Students need not be 55 and AARP membership is not required. Early registration recommended. Linda, 706-864-1796

Dinner with Congressman Tom Graves Nov. 19

The Lumpkin County Republican Party will host a spaghetti dinner for 9th District Congressman Tom Graves at 6 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 19, at the Lumpkin County Parks YMCA building (rec center). Graves will be the featured speaker for the evening, and other local and state candidates who have announced for office will also attend. $10, children under 10 $5. Missy Clymer, 678-634-5071

Democratic Party meeting Nov. 28

The Lumpkin County Democratic Party will meet at 6 p.m. Monday, Nov. 28, at the United Community Bank meeting room on Morrison Moore Parkway. Dinner will be available. The meeting will focus on fund raising and planning winning campaigns to turn Georgia Blue in 2012.



Races/Festivals/Rides

Dahlonega’s Old Fashioned Christmas

Thousands of tiny white lights all around the Public Square will be lit Thanksgiving weekend—at dark, Friday, Nov. 18, to usher in the city’s Old Fashioned Christmas season. A month of special events begins the following weekend when Santa comes to town. He will be on the square every weekend from Nov. 26 through Dec. 18. The city’s annual Christmas parade will take place on Saturday, Dec. 3 at 4:30 p.m. Plenty of other festive holiday events continue almost daily throughout December until after New Year’s with caroling, entertainment, wine sampling, live theater Christmas events. Weekly events can be found listed in this section of the Nugget as they approach.

Frosty 5K Run/Walk & Kids Fun Run Dec. 10

The Lumpkin County Indian Basketball Teams will hold the 2nd Annual Frosty 5K Run/Walk & Kids Fun Run, Saturday, December 10, 9 a.m., Yahoola Creek Park. Strollers welcome—it’s a great, easy course. Divisions for ages 5 and up. $20 advance, $25 race day for 5K, $10 fun run. Register at: www.active.com. Register by December 1 to guarantee a T-shirt. twood@lumpkin.k12.ga.us

At the Library

Lumpkin County Library, 706-864-3668

www.chestateelibrary.org

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

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

eBooks: Downloadable at the library’s Web site.

Middle School Teen Bingo, Wed., Nov. 16, 4-5 p.m. Join us for snacks and prizes. Grades 6-8

The Happy Bookers Book Discussion Group, Thursday, Nov. 17, 1:30 p.m. The Valley of Light by Terry Kay will be discussed. The group meets the third Thursday of each month to discuss fiction, non-fiction, and award-winning books. New members are welcome. Books for discussion can be reserved at the library.

Genealogy Workshop, Saturday, Nov. 19, 11 a.m.: Learn how to use the Web to trace your family roots. Reservations required.

Children & Young Adults

HOLIDAY FUN DAY at Jazzercise Nov. 19

Jr. Jazzercise will host a Holiday Fun Day for ages 5-12 from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, Nov. 19.  Betsy Gagné, 678-617-0329, bgagne@windstream.net

Breakfast with Santa Dec. 3

R-Ranch in the Mountains, Stone Pile Gap Road off Highway 60 North, will host its 22nd community-wide Breakfast with Santa from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday Dec. 3. 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. Pictures with Santa on his sleigh will also be available at the lodge for $2.50. 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. 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

Community Assistance

Help with Christmas available

For those experiencing financial hard times and worried about being able to provide Christmas for their families, Community Helping Place (CHP) may be able to help. CHP is ready to play Santa for Lumpkin County residents whose monthly income falls within its guidelines, have legal custody of their children and who are not receiving Christmas assistance from other local Christmas outreach programs. CHP will be accepting White Christmas applications at its office, 2030 Highway 19 North, 10 a.m. until noon Mondays through Fridays Nov. 7 through Nov. 18. To apply, individuals must provide a current photo ID, proof of Lumpkin County residency, proof of income, proof of children’s enrollment in Lumpkin County schools and children’s Medicaid cards.

Free Food at DCOG Monday, Dec. 5

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

Community Support Projects

SILENT AUCTION BENEFITS FAMILY CONNECTION A silent auction Dec. 1-3 (Thursday-Saturday) sponsored by United Community Bank, 206 Morrison Moore Parkway, will benefit Lumpkin Family Connection. Items offered include a signed copy of Paula Deen’s latest cookbook, Southern Cooking Bible; The Southern Living Christmas 2011; Purt Nigh Gone: The Old Mountain Ways, signed by the author, Honorable Zell Miller, CDs and an autographed picture of Karen Peck; an autographed picture of Jeff Foxworthy; tickets to Dollywood, “Country Tonight,” Stone Mountain Park, and horseback riding at Brasstown Valley; certificates for teeth whitening from Dr. Ronald Williams and another from Headlines Hair Salon; jewelry, and sports memorabilia. Raffle tickets to win a handmade afghan will be available for purchase, as wil be Christmas Desserts cookbooks produced by Lumpkin Family Connection.

Food, fashion help at Southern finds Sat.

Southern Finds celebrates its one year anniversary Saturday, Nov. 19, from 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. with refreshments, prizes and 15 percent off savings store wide. Fashion expert Polly Neal will also be available for complimentary consultations from 12-3 p.m. 706-867-6167

Toys for Tots at Dahlonega Funeral Home

Dahlonega Funeral Home is collecting Toys for Tots through December 19. New, unwrapped toys can be dropped off Mondays through Fridays, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

CHP Christmas Shop opens Monday

The Community Helping Place Christmas Shop will open Monday, Nov. 21. Stocked with Christmas decorations, clothing and more, the shop is a fundraiser for the CHP’s White Christmas program. Located in the furniture section of the CHP’s Thrift Store, 2030 Hwy. 19 North, the shop will be open Monday through Friday through Dec. 17 from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and Saturdays 10 a.m.-4 p.m. 706-867-9621

official Dahlonega ornament now available

Issued exclusively by the Community Helping Place of Dahlonega, this year’s official Christmas in Dahlonega ornament depicts the Holly Theatre. The limited edition ornaments, handcrafted in the USA, are available for $20 (cash or check only) at The Fudge Factory, West Cleaners, the CHP Thrift Shop and Continuing Education at NGCSU. All proceeds benefit the Community Helping Place Medical Clinic, Thrift Stores, and Food Pantry. 706-867-9621, ext. 101

Donations for CHP white christmas program

The Community Helping Place White Christmas is an annual Christmas outreach serving Lumpkin County residents in need during the holiday season. Last year CHP White Christmas served 280 households which included toys for a record-breaking 498 children. You can participate by donating new, unwrapped toys and non-perishable food items. Financial contributions are always welcomed. 2030 Hwy. 19 N, 706-867-9621

DUMC youth sell Christmas trees

Dahlonega United Methodist Church youth are selling live Christmas trees to raise money for their mission trip next summer. Fresh cut Fraser Firs from North Carolina will be available at the church parking lot for pick-up on Nov. 25 from 5-8 p.m. Home delivery can be arranged. Orders can be placed online also at www.dahlonegaumc.org

Pick up for Southern finds

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

Free PIck up of Donations by CHP

Community Helping Place is in need of gently used furniture. Free pick up within a 10-mile radius of the store. Ben, 706-867-9621 ext. 106

Pickup by Waypoint

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

Free medical supplies, book swap

Free book swap. Also, free medical supplies for loaner program. Donations of medical supplies/equipment in good condition needed. Lisa Jo’s Thrift Store, next to Moore’s Building Supply. 706-429-7232

Pets

spay/neuter clinic Nov. 30

Atlanta Humane Society’s spay/neuter clinic returns to the Lumpkin County Animal Shelter Wednesday, Nov. 30. For a cost of $20, cats and dogs will be spayed/neutered, receive a rabies shot and be micropchipped. Payment must be made in cash. Appointments must be made in person at the shelter on Red Oak Flats Road prior to the clinic date. Appointments will be on a first come/first serve basis. 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

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

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

Senior Services/Activities

lumpkin County Senior Center

266 Mechanicsville Road, 706-864-2358,

lcseniorcenter@windstream.net

Senior work needed for Holiday Art Show: The Art Group at the Senior Center, in conjunction with the Dahlonega Arts Council, is accepting works of art from seniors (age 55+) for its Holiday Show and Sale December 3-4 and 10-11 at the Old Cannery Arts Center. Deadline has been extended to Nov. 18. Contact Diane Stephenson, 706-429-6448, atciga@windstream.net

CANASTA (Card Game): Newcomers welcome, Monday and Wednesday every week from 2-5 p.m.

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

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

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

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

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



Music/Dance/Drama & More

EVENTS AT NGCSU



Handel’s Messiah: The NGCSU Orchestra and the Dawson Community Chorale will present Handel’s Messiah on Friday, Nov. 18, in at the Dahlonega United Methodist Church and Saturday, Nov. 19, at the Dawsonville First Baptist Church. Both concerts at 7:30 p.m. $5. See story page 7B.

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

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

NGCSU Orchestra Concert, Friday, Nov. 18, 7:30 p.m., Dahlonega United Methodist Church

Jazz Band Concert, Monday, Nov. 21, 8 p.m. Holly Theater. $12 adults/ $6 children at the door, NGCSU students free.

Film screening and discussion: The Colors of the Mountain. Wednesday, Nov. 16, 6 p.m., Library Technology Center. This film highlights the fear that the Colombian citizens experience due to the conflict between FARC and the Colombian government. A discussion led by Dr. Christian Harris, Associate Professor of Political Science, will follow the screening.

Film screening and discussion: For My Father. Thursday, Nov. 17, 6 p.m., Library Technology Center. This film highlights the conflict between Israel and Palestine. A discussion led by Dr. Jon Miner, Associate Professor of Political Science, and Dr. Victoria Hightower, Assistant Professor of History will follow the screening.

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

www.diningindahlonega.com.

Every Sunday through Wednesday: Texas Hold ’Em

Every Friday: Karaoke

Every Saturday: Live music at 9 p.m.

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

Monthly WineTasting: Sunday, Nov. 27, 4-6 p.m. Appetizer pairings with wine from around the world. $40/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, 7-9+ p.m. Open Jam Night hosted by Justin Bridges. Free, tips for host appreciated.

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

Most Friday and Saturdays: Red Room Piano Bar, hosted by Rick Harris. Harris, plays ‘step back in time a bit’ songs from the 1920’s to the 1960s on the corner on the piano, with horn in hand. Free.

Friday, Nov. 18: ‘Music & Music-inspired Art’ featuring #1 hit songwriter, Chuck Cannon and debuting the art of Heather Wilkerson. Chuck Jones opens!

5-6 p.m. Meet the Artists reception for Heather Wilkerson, visual artist, with Chuck Cannon and Chuck Jones. See more information on page 7B.

8-11 p.m. Chuck Cannon is a South Carolina born and Nashville raised multi-award winning songwriter who has authored over

a dozen #1 hit songs, including the two million record seller, How Do You Like Me Now. Cannon delivers his own songs even better than the diverse array of iconic artists who have recorded his songs - Toby Keith, Merle Haggard, Willie Nelson, Boy Zone, and Dolly Parton to

name a few! From I Love the Way You Love Me and American Soldier to the gut wrenching title track of his latest album, God Shaped Hole, Chuck Cannon’s legendary songwriting has entertained audiences all over the world. He is an amazing storyteller, composer and musician. Jones has authored half a dozen top 10 songs himself. Jones’ songs have been recorded by artists as diverse as Patti Labelle, Ronnie Milsap, Shelby Lynne, Chris Ledoux, The Fabulous Thunderbirds, Charlie Daniels, Deana Carter, Reba McEntire, Rascal Flatts, Randy Travis, and Peter Cetera. Performance $22 advance, $25 day of show. www.CHUCKCANNON.com www.hlivesart.com http://chuckjonesmusic.com

Saturday, 2-4:30+ p.m. Dixieland Jazz Jam hosted by Rick Harris. Free. Held most Saturdays. Free.

Saturday, Nov. 19, 8-10 p.m. Roxie Watson, $14 advance, $16 day of show. Roxie Watson is an all girl five piece string band that plays

what they like to call “alterna-grass,” a mix of traditional sounding songs that contain three and four part harmonies, elements of old country, Appalachian music, hymns and bluegrass—without adhering to the traditions of any one

genre. www.RoxieWatson.com

Sunday, 2-5 p.m. Traditional Music Jam: Bring your instruments and/or voices and join in on/around the stage, or have a seat and just listen as a 90-plus-year-old “pickin’ and grinnin” tradition continues. Hosted by BlueBilly Grit. Free.

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

The Dock @ Bobber’s Fish House

51 North Grove Street, Dahlonega, 706-867-9151

Friday, Nov. 18, 8 p.m.: Buzzard Mountain Boys Music Revue: The Full Monty Version. The BMB will be baring their souls in this not to be missed event. They will be joined by Miss Ona Mae Grizzle renowned Professional Flogger (flat dancer/clogger), banjer picker, and dog house bass plucker. Dress in a Full Monty outfit and be ready for a wet overalls contest. The show is free in appreciation of those who have supported the Music Revue.

Saturday, Nov. 19: Live acoustic music and open mic 7-9 p.m.

Sunday, Nov. 20, 2:30 p.m. Pick & Bow Traditional Music School recital. www.georgiapickandbow.org

Sunday, Nov. 21, 3-6 p.m.: SEBA (Southeastern Bluegrass Association) jam. Come join the pickin’ or just come listen.

Holly Theatre, 69 West Main St.,

706-864 3759, www.hollytheater.com

Babes in Toyland, the delightful holiday musical, presented by the award-winning Holly Performance Academy Nov. 18, 19, and 20. Friday and Saturday 8 p.m. Sunday Matinee 2 p.m. $15 adults, $7.50 under 12.

NGCSU Jazz Orchestra and Jazz Combos. Monday, Nov 21, 8 p.m.: $12 adults, $6 children at the door, NGCSU students free. See page 7B for story.

Amy Ray and her band, The Shadowboxers, Thursday, Dec. 8, 8 p.m. Tickets $15 adults, $10 with NGCSU ID. See story page 7B.

Have a Holly Holiday— An Endowment Fundraiser for the Holly. Friday, Dec. 16, at the Dahlonega Marketplace featuring a festive dinner and entertainment. $50/person

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

Fridays: Live entertainment

Saturdays: ’80s/’90s Karaoke Night, 9 p.m.-midnight

Sundays: Race day

Tuesdays: Outdoor live music, 8 p.m. to midnight

Friday, Nov. 18: Stoned Sandwich Live

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.

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

Friday, Nov. 18, 8:30: Tim McNary. The band McNary was formed in August 2010 when Dan Sheffield showed up for a drumming audition at Tim McNary’s Atlanta apartment. Two months later, with a bassist, they were opening up for the national singer songwriter duo The Civil Wars at The Melting Point in Athens. By March 2011, Dan and Tim had quit their day jobs and were playing music full time. McNary is currently growing its fan base by playing around the southeast. The band has already logged 130 shows in 2011 and plans to enter the studio to record its second studio album in January. All ages, no cover.

Saturday, Nov. 18, 8:30 p.m. Veronika Jackson. Veronika Jackson is one of the finest acoustic folk blues musicians in the Atlanta area. She performs for arts and music festivals and various acoustic music halls in Georgia and around the southeast regions. She has traveled also across the Atlantic performing for music festivals and opening concerts for festival promoters. All ages, no cover.

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.

Yahoola Creek Grill, 1810 S. Chestatee

Street, 706-482-2200, www.yahoolacreekgrill.com

Saturdays, Nov. 19 & 26, beginning 7 p.m.: Rob Brooksher. Enjoy the acoustic stylings of Rob Brooksher as he plays an eclectic mix of folksy favorites from Bob Dylan, Avett Brothers and Mumford & Sons, as well as original compositions. All

ages welcome.

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WINE TASTING

Dahlonega Tasting Room featuring Habersham Wines, 16 North Park Street · Public Square

Naturally Georgia featuring Tiger Mountain Vineyards, 90 Public Square North:

Nov. 6, 1-6 p.m. Holiday Open House. Wine tasting, hot soups, specials, drawing.

Education/Classes

S.A.T. and Study Prep

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

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.

Chocolate Gift Ideas: Join Rachael Mildner and learn how to make your own chocolate barks, chocolate grahams and chocolate covered pretzels—perfect for gifts or holiday get-togethers. Wednesday, Nov. 16, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. $59

Holiday Fun With Kudzu Decorations: Twine a kudzu Cornucopia, then use the same technique to complete a kudzu Christmas tree! Nov. 19, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. $59 plus $20 materials fee to instructor

CPR/First Aid for the Community: This class is designed for childcare professionals, foster parents, new parents and grandparents, and anyone who needs to know the basics of CPR and First Aid. The class covers adult, child and infant CPR and basic first aid. Thursday, Nov. 17, 5:30-8:30 p.m. $45

Hydrorobics - Session IV: An invigorating, low impact exercise program. Learn exercises in the pool that will help improve flexibility, endurance, circulation and general health. All ages, fitness levels and non-swimmers are encouraged to join. Nov. 21– Dec. 16 (11 sessions) Monday, Wednesday, Friday, 10-11 a.m.

Recipes from the Kitchen: Make bath salts, bath soaks, body scrubs, face masks and more from simple ingredients you can find in the grocery store. Great for gifts. Choose from two classes: Dec. 3, 10 a.m. to noon or Dec. 6, 6:30-8:30 p.m. $39 plus $25 materials fee.

Online PLU-Approved Courses for Teachers: North Georgia Continuing Education offers a multitude of online courses approved for two PLU credits by the Department of Education. Courses include: Creating the Inclusive Classroom, Leadership, Survival Kit for New Teachers and more. Full list at www.northgeorgia.edu/ce.

Online Learning with Ed2go: NGCSU’s Continuing Education Department offers instructor-led, on-line classes which run for six weeks, and are never cancelled. Go to www.ed2go.com/ngcsu for a listing of classes.

Buddhist meditation and study group

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

International appalachian academy

Classes Wednesday for Japanese Language/Culture and Thursday for World History/Literature. 6:30-8:30 p.m. 390 Tom Bell Odom Road. 706-265-5502, learn@internationalappalachianacademy.com

GED opportunities

It’s a great time to begin preparing yourself for 2012. As new jobs open up, are you prepared to beat out the competition? Free GED preparation by caring instructors is right around the corner in Dahlonega each Monday through Thursday from 8-7. 706-867-2862

Wellness/Fitness

meditation: Cultivating Inner Peace

Learn to quiet your mind and cultivate peace regardless of what’s going on around you. Explore different styles of meditation and other mind-calming techniques. Perfect to help maintain ease through the holiday season! Four Mondays, 5:15-6 p.m. Nov. 21, Nov 28, Dec. 5, Dec. 12. $42 for the series at Dahlonega Healing Arts. Quiana Grace Frost, instructor. Register by Nov. 20 and save $5. 828-318-9169 or iliveingrace@yahoo.com

Yoga with Quiana Grace Frost

Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays 9-10:15 a.m. and Thursdays 4-5:20 p.m. at Dahlonega Healing Arts. Special back care class noon-1:15 p.m. Wednesdays. All levels welcome. First class free. To join, contact Quiana Grace Frost, 828-318-9169, quiana@ekstasis.us

Holistic movement classes

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

Yoga at Dahlonega Spa Resort

Yoga at Dahlonega Spa Resort Tuesdays 6-7:15 p.m. $12/class, five classes $10. 400 Blueberry Hill off Town Creek Church Road. 706-865-7678

AT Dahlonega Healing Arts

Morning Yoga 9-10:15 a.m. Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. Evening Yoga Monday, 6:20 p.m.; Wednesday, 6 p.m., Thursday 4 p.m. and Friday, 4:30 p.m. Meditation Monday, 5:30-6:15 p.m. (spiritual discourse/meditation/chanting are part of this meditation). Chigong/Taichi: Tuesday at 6 p.m. and Thursdays at 6:30 p.m. 81 Crown Mountain Place, Building E, Suite 100, 706-867-7026

Yoga Classes with Chris Sartain

Yoga promotes health, strength, flexibility, balance and peace. Classes Wednesdays, 6-7:15 p.m. and Fridays, 4:30-6 p.m. Dahlonega Healing Arts, 81 Crown Mountain Place Bldg E, Suite 100. Chris Sartain, 404-202-9652

Jazzercise

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

YOGA Flow for Personal Fitness

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

natural & holistic living

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

Wellness Classes

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

saturday Walking Group

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

87 abrightwell@hotmail.com

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

PLASTIC GROCERY BAGS:

• J&J Foods

• Walmart

STYROFOAM: Publix accepts egg cartons and meat trays.

Electronic Recyclables, MIcrowaves, etc.

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

Support Groups

Cancer Patients

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

Nursing Mothers’ Support

Mom to Mom Breastfeeding Support Group meets monthly at different locations due to weather or site availability. Please call before coming. The next meeting will be Nov. 11 at 12:30 p.m. There will be a demonstration and information about “Infant Massage.” Pregnant and breastfeeding mothers meet in an informal setting for fun, information and friendship. Lynn Hale, WIC Breastfeeding Counselor, 678-630-9596

Domestic violence: support, crisis line

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

Reformers Unanimous Addiction Program

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

Grief support programs at NGMC

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

Kinship Care

Kinship Care, grandparents raising grandchildren and relatives raising nieces and nephews, meets the second Wednesday of each month from 10-11:30 a.m. at the Lumpkin County Senior Center, 266 Mechanicsville Road. Jocelyn Joaquim, 706-864-2768

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: Monday through Friday at noon, Saturday at 9 a.m. and Sunday at 3 p.m. All meetings at Kidz Church of the Dahlonega United Methodist church using the Maple Street entrance opposite the Sun Trust bank ATM. AA Hotline: 706-867-7769

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

Al-Anon:

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

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

Lumpkin County Caregivers

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

NARCOTICS ANONYMOUS

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

Church/Religious Events

music:

Freedom MInistries Saturday night singing

Saturday night singing: Big Oak Gospel Music at 7 p.m. each Saturday. Featured singers on Nov. 19 are the Goss Family, Sketter Hindman, and Glory Road. The event is hosted by The Freedom Heirs and admission is free, but a love offering will be collected. 1067 Highway 115 South (Old Dahlonega Highway) 706-867-6534 www.gospelgigs.com/glendonwilliamsfreedomheirs, freedomministries@windstream.net

UnitARIAn Universalist church

Georgia Mountains Unitarian Universalist Church is a welcoming congregation. Children’s religious education classes begin at 11:30 a.m. following announcements and story time. Child care provided. 706-864-0661, www.gmuuc.org

Prayer LIne available

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

Art Classes

Art by Rayneri Watercolor Classes

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

classes at Funky chicken

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

art instruction by Win Crannell

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

Painting lessons by Anita Elder

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

Volunteers

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

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

Odyssey Hospice Volunteers

Odyssey Hospice needs volunteers in the Dahlonega area to help meet the needs of hospice patients and families, and enable them to live a higher quality of life than they would achieve on their own. Volunteers visit with patients, offer administrative support, make blankets, bake cookies and provide many other services. Gail Manter, Manager of Volunteer Services, 706-549-5736 or 877-637-9432.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Holly Theatre welcomes volunteers in any capacity, concessions, set construction, answering phones, marketing, organizing, children’s theater. 706-864-3759

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

More Educational Opportunities

Mountain Ed High School

Earn a high school diploma at night. SACS accredited, certified teachers, state-funded. 4-9:30 p.m. Mon.-Thurs. 706-864-0229

Herbal Apprenticeship

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

program aims to improve reading skills

The Lumpkin County Literacy Coalition and Lanier Technical College are both supporting a new Adult Literacy Program (ALP) initiative to identify and help those who want to improve reading skills. If you have a relative or friend who cannot read at all, or can read some but would like to improve their reading abilities, then encourage them to give ALP a call. The program offers one-on-one tutors, self-pacing and confidentiality. 678-516-6950.

Scouting

SCOUTING:

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

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

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

Venturing group: Venture Crew #79 meets Wednesday nights at 6:30 p.m. in the art room at Park and Rec. Venturing is a youth led program for boys and girls ages 13-20 and involves high adventure activities such as kayaking, white water rafting and rock climbing as well as social activities and community projects. Augustus Brightwell, 706-864-94

Lessons: Music/Dance

music, songwriting lessons

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

Clogging Classes

Beginner clogging classes are forming for fall. Age 5 up. $40 per month, one hour a week. Call about adult classes. crbbarnes@windstream.net or 706-974-7305

STring Instruments

Bluegrass instrument instruction—fiddle, banjo, guitar, bass, mandolin. Sonny Houston, 706-864-4606

MUSIC LESSONS

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

Dance Classes: Ballet Barre

Now registering for fall, starting at age two-and-a-half in ballet, tap, jazz, contemporary and hip hop.  www.bbarre.com, 706-867-1905.

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

WILL (Women in Lumpkin Leadership), a monthly professional and social networking group for women, meets the third Wednesday of each month (Nov. 16) from 8 to 9:30 a.m. (program begins at 8:30) at the Stewart Center for Continuing Education next to Dairy Queen. $5-per-meeting fee is collected to support future activities. No membership commitment required. Send message to lumpkincountywillgroup@yahoo.com to be added to E-vite list.

Lumpkin County Retired Educators Association meets the third Thursday (Nov. 17) at 11:30 a.m. at Lumpkin County High School. Thanksgiving dinner will be served. $10

Georgia Mountain Chapter of Military Officers Association of America meets at 7 p.m. the third Thursday of each month (Nov. 17) at Ryan’s in Dawsonville. Retired, former and current military officers are welcome. www.gmcmoaa.org, 706-265-7613

The American Legion #239 Auxiliary meets the third Thursday (Nov. 17) of each month, 6:30 p.m. at the American Legion Hall. www.dahlonegalegion.org

F.E.A.R. (Face Everything and Recover) is a coalition in Lumpkin County organized to focus on drug and alcohol prevention for a new generation, intervention for addicts now and optimism for a drug-free community in the future. The group meets at noon on the third Thursday of the month (Nov. 17) in the community room of the United Community Bank. It seeks to provide support and services to families affected by alcohol and drug abuse. Bridgette Barker, brigette.barker@lumpkinsheriff.com

Habitat for Humanity of Lumpkin County meets at 6 p.m. the third Thursday of each month (Nov. 17) in the meeting room upstairs at Yahoola Grill.

TLC HUMANE SOCIETY meets at 7 p.m. on the third Thursday (Nov. 17) in the basement of the Dahlonega Library. Please come and bring a friend. We are trying to plan for our fund raisers for the year and any ideas and suggestions will be greatly appreciated. 706-864-2817

GOLD COUNTRY SQUARE DANCERS meets the first and third Fridays of each month (Nov. 18) from 7:30 to 10 p.m. at the Dahlonega United Methodist Church fellowship hall on South Park Street at Maple Street. The public is invited for fun, exercise and good fellowship. Dana Whitfield, 706-864-9021

The Funky Chicken Art Project holds a woodcarvers gathering on the third Saturday of each month (Nov. 19), noon-3 p.m. More information and directions at www.funkychickenartproject.com or call Christina at 706-864-3938 or e-mail: funkchic@windstream.net

SEBA (Southeastern Bluegrass Association) holds a jam the third Sunday of each month (Nov. 20) from 3-6 p.m. at Bobber’s Fish House, 51 Grove Street N. Raymond Busbee, 706-216-3885.

We Recycle! meets the third Monday of the month (Nov. 21) at 5 p.m. in the Community Room of the United Community Bank on Morrison Moore Parkway. www.WeRecycleLumpkin.org

AARP – Lumpkin Chapter 1966, meets the third Monday (Nov. 21) of each month at 11 a.m. in the Fellowship Hall of Dahlonega United Methodist Church. A lunch will be served ($7). Anyone age 50+ is invited. Join us for food, fellowship, fun and informative speakers. Gail Monroe, 706-531-8973

Blue Mountain Masonic Lodge #38 F&AM meets at 7:30 p.m. the second and fourth Tuesdays, (Nov. 22) of each month. 706-864-3838

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Lions Club of Dahlonega meets the second and fourth Thursdays (Dec. 8) at Just Off the Square Café, at 6 p.m. Everyone is invited. Anne Mundy, 706-864-5899

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

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

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

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

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

Gold Diggers Garden Club will meets at 7 p.m. on the second Tuesday of the month (Dec. 13), in the Senior Center on Mechanicsville Rd.

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

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

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

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

The North Georgia Photography Critique Special Interest Group will meet from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 15, in the Dawson County library, 342 Allen Street, Dawsonville to share tips and critique each other’s photos. New members welcome. dphotoman@gmail.com, http://web.me.com/paulschiemer/Critique_Group/Photos.html

The North Georgia Amateur Radio Club (NGARC) meets at 6 p.m. the third Tuesday of each month (Dec. 20) in Dahlonega. Those interested in becoming licensed amateur radio operators or those who are already hams are invited to join the organization. Tom Crowell, president, 706-864-0410; Reudi Mettler, vice president, 404-474-0686

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