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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

Blue Mountain Masonic Lodge #38 F&AM meets at 7:30 p.m. the second and fourth Tuesdays, (Dec. 8) of each month. 706-864-3838

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. For the Christmas program, attendees should bring a dozen cookies toward refreshments, a $5 wrapped gardening gift for exchanging, and clippers and gloves for making arrangements. The club will hold its annual Christmas garden gift exchange and will be making gift bags and arrangements for the seniors and Meals on Wheels recipients.

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

Lumpkin County Retired Educators Association meets the third Thursday (Dec. 15) at 11:30 a.m. at Lumpkin County Parks YMCA. A catered lunch will be served for $10.

Georgia Mountain Chapter of Military Officers Association of America meets at 7 p.m. the third Thursday of each month (Dec. 15) 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 (Dec. 15) 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 (Dec. 15) 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 (Dec. 15) in the meeting room upstairs at Yahoola Grill.

TLC HUMANE SOCIETY meets at 7 p.m. on the third Thursday (Dec. 15) 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 (Dec. 16) 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 (Dec. 17), 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 (Dec. 18) 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 (Dec. 19) 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 (Dec. 19) 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

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

WILL (Women in Lumpkin Leadership), a monthly professional and social networking group for women, meets the third Wednesday of each month (Dec. 21) 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.

The Lumpkin County Chapter of the VFW meets at 7 p.m. the first Monday of each month, (Jan. 2) 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 (Jan. 3) 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 (Jan. 3) 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.

The Dahlonega Tea Party meets on the first Thursday of the month (Jan. 5), 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 (Jan. 5) 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 (Jan. 5) 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, (Jan. 5) 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 (Jan. 7) 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)

Holiday Events for All Ages

Dahlonega’s Old Fashioned Christmas

Dahlonega’s Old Fashioned Christmas is a month-long celebration. Festive holiday events will continue almost daily throughout December until after New Year’s with caroling, entertainment, wine sampling, live theater Christmas events and more.

Friday, Dec. 9

• Trolley Tours, 7 & 8 p.m. Tickets at Visitors Center ($5/$3)

• A Tuna Christmas, 8 p.m., Holly Theatre. $15

Saturday, Dec. 10

• Visit Santa at Visitors Center 1-6 p.m.

• Caroling with Matt Carter on the keyboard at Paul Thomas Chocolates, 5-6:30 p.m.

• Open house at Habersham Winery with wine, food and cider

• Trolley Tours 6, 7, and 8 p.m. Tickets at Visitors Center ($5/$3)

• A Tuna Christmas, 8 p.m., Holly Theatre $15

Sunday, Dec. 11

• Visit Santa at Visitors Center 1-5 p.m.

• Sleigh Bell Tour of B&B’s, 2-5 p.m. Tickets $10 at Visitors Center. www.innsofdahlonega.com

• Dip a peppermint stick in chocolate at Paul Thomas Chocolates, 1-3 p.m., kids under 12

• Open house at Habersham Winery with wine, food and cider

• ­, 2 p.m., Holly Theatre $15

Friday, Dec. 16

• Date Night by Candlelight at Paul Thomas Chocolates. Bring your date or mate for cocoa and gingerbread cookies 6-8 p.m.

• Trolley Tours, 7 & 8 p.m.Tickets at Visitors Center ($5/$3)

• A Tuna Christmas, 8 p.m., Holly Theatre. $15

Saturday, Dec. 17

• Visit Santa at Visitors Center 1-6 p.m.

• Open house at Habersham Winery with wine, food and cider

• Trolley Tours 6, 7, and 8 p.m.Tickets at Visitors Center ($5/$3)

• A Tuna Christmas, 8 p.m., Holly Theare. $15

Sunday, Dec. 18

• Visit Santa at Visitors Center 1-5 p.m.

• Open house at Habersham Winery with wine, food and cider

• A Tuna Christmas, 2 p.m., Holly Theatre $15

Old Fashioned Christmas Trolley Tours

Thirty-minute trolley tours of the historic Dahlonega downtown area will feature storytelling about Dahlonega and Lumpkin County’s rich history. Trolleys will run Fridays at 7 and 8 p.m. and Saturdays at 6, 7, and 8 p.m. through Dec. 17. Tickets are available at the Visitors Center­—adults, $5; children, $3.

Pet Photos w/Santa saturday to benefit TLC

Santa will be visiting 1000 Acrewood Pet Resort Saturday, Dec. 10, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. for photos with your pets. For $10 visitors will receive a 4x6-inch photograph with all proceeds going to the TLC Humane Society. 1000 Acrewood is located at 1808 South Chestatee Street, Suite 203. Call 706-864-9197 for more information.

Holiday Festival: LcFC benefit saturday

Saturday, Dec. 10 from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. Lumpkin Family Connection will hold a Holiday Festival at Lumpkin County High School. The non-profit collaborative that works to insure success in school and life for Lumpkin County’s children will be selling six-inch Douglas firs in peat pots for $10 to “Grow the Future.” The purchase of a seedling also gives the chance for your child to decorate the pot. There will be face painting, coloring, ornaments to be made, a cookie contest (make your favorite cookie and enter it for judging and sampling), the chance to bid on pre-decorated Christmas trees provided by area non-profits and a raffle. A $5 raffle ticket buys you the chance to win a set of silver and gem stone earrings, made by the elves at Thomas Scanlin’s Studio Jewelers. Six tickets for $25. There will also be food, entertainment and more.

PHoto with Santa, Identi-kid kit Saturday

Children can have a free photo taken with Santa Saturday, Dec. 10, and have an identi-kid kit completed as well, compliments of the Lumpkin County Sheriff’s Office. The event will take place at United Community Bank’s main branch on Morrison Moore Parkway, 8 a.m.-noon.

Santa’s Workshop at Jazzercise Saturday

Jr. Jazzercise will host Santa’s Workshop for ages 5-12 Saturday, Dec 10, from 10 a.m. to noon. Cost $15 per child (sibling discounts offered) and pre-registration is required. Betsy Gagné, 678-617-0329 or bgagne@windstream.net

Frosty 5K Run/Walk & Kids Fun Run Saturday

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

Art, music and family activities at Amicalola

Amicalola Falls State Park will host area artists and musicians from 4 to 9 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 10, during its annual Christmas Open House. The open house will also offer free programs including hayrides, kids’ crafts, folk toys, holiday bingo, story time, and the gingerbread house viewing and voting. The Relay of Life team will hold a bake sale. Highway 52 between Dahlonega and Ellijay. Parking $5 per car, free with a yearly park pass. GAStateParks.org, 706-265-1969.

Holiday Tour of B&Bs Sunday

Four Dahlonega bed and breakfast inns will open to the public from 2-5 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 11, offering tours, refreshments, and beautiful decorations. See story page 1B.

Kiwanis Community Holiday Dinner Dec. 17

Kiwanis Club of Lumpkin County will be holding a Community Holiday Dinner Saturday, Dec. 17, 11 a.m.-2 p.m.—or whenever the last person is served. The event will be held at the Lumpkin County Parks YMCA and is free to all comers.

Christmas Day meal at DUMC

Dahlonega United Methodist Church will host a free meal on Christmas day from 2-4 p.m. in the building behind SunTrust Bank. No reservations are needed. 706-864-2521, www.dahlonegaumc.org

Community Events

Sheriffs office christmas auction Dec. 10

The Lumpkin County Sheriff’s Office Christmas Auction takes place Saturday, Dec. 10, 6 p.m. at the Old R&R Auction Barn, Jim Pruitt Road. Auctioneer Randy Pruitt will be taking the bids on a variety of decorative household items such as hand-painted wooden animals, clocks, porcelain collectables and many other items that make perfect Christmas gifts for those on your list. All proceeds will benefit Shop With A Cop and other Sheriff’s Office youth programs.

Democrats set christmas party for Dec. 10

The Lumpkin County Democratic Party will hold its annual Christmas party at the home of Elvin and Nancy Hilyer from 2-5 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 10. The afternoon will feature a potluck of appetizers and desserts, entertainment and raffle prizes. $10 donation requested to cover party costs. RSVP by Thursday, Dec. 8, to lumpkindemocrats@yahoo.com or mail LCDP, Box 2074, Dahlonega 30533. Contact Ken at 706-867-8653 for more information and directions.

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.

Computer Basics, 9-10 a.m., Wednesday, Dec. 7: This computer class will focus on the basic parts of the computer, the ability to navigate through the Windows system and troubleshooting. No prior knowledge needed. Registration is required.

Tween program: American Girl Book Group, Wednesday, Dec. 7, 4-5 p.m. Each month the group features one special American Girl for discussion. December will be Kit’s month! Read any Kit book that you would like then join the group to share. Grades 3-6.

Holiday Storytime for the family, Thursday, Dec. 8, 6-7 p.m. Enjoy festive stories, crafts and snacks.

Warm Up! America Crocheting and Knitting Group of Dahlonega, Saturday, Dec. 10, 10 a.m. to noon. Come join this lively knitting group as they create different knitted and crocheted projects to benefit the community. All ages and experience levels welcome.

Teen Christmas Card Craft, Tuesday, Dec. 13, 4-5 p.m. Join other teens for this Christmas card workshop and spread some Christmas cheer. Completed cards will be delivered to area assisted care homes. Grades 6-8.

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

U Play? Tween Gaming, Wednesday, Dec. 14, 4-5 p.m. Wii Sports golf on the big screen. Grades 3-6

Gingerbread House Decorating Workshop, Saturday, Dec. 17. Children will decorate their own gingerbread houses. Three sessions offered: 10-11 a.m., 12-1 p.m. and 2-3 p.m. Space is limited. Reservations are now open.

Genealogy Workshop, Saturday, Dec. 17, 11 a.m. Learn how to use the web to trace your family roots. Volunteer William Knight will be on hand to share his knowledge and teach you how to use and access different databases available on the web. Registration required.

Blood Drives

Four upcoming blood drives

The need for blood during the holidays is critical. LifeSouth will hold four blood drives in Lumpkin County during the next few weeks. Dates and locations are: Friday, Dec. 16, BB&T, 60 Main Street West, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Saturday, Dec. 17, Unseen Hands Food Bank, Auraria Baptist Church, Auraria, 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.; Wednesday, Dec. 21, Chick-fil-A, 488 Morrison Moore Parkway East, 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., and, Wednesday, Dec. 28, Lumpkin County Fire Department, Morrison Moore Parkway East, 1 to 6:30 p.m. Donors must be at least 17 years old (16 years old with a signed LifeSouth parent permission form), weigh 110 pounds or more, and show a photo I.D. at the time of donation. 888-795-2707, lifesouth.org.

Children & Young Adults

Child Safety Seat Program Dec. 15

The Lumpkin County Sheriff’s Department is offering a series of child safety seat classes to parents of children eight years old and under. Discussion will center on ways to better protect children, and child safety seat technicians will be available to check child safety seats. Classes will be held at 4 p.m. Dec. 15, and Jan. 12. Reserve a spot at 706-864-0414.

New Classes at Dahlonega Gymnastics

Beginning Jan. 2 Dahlonega Gymnastics will offer Cheer Bears, a six-week competitive cheer class, on Mondays/Wednesdays from 4-5 pm. Backhandspring Clinics are Monday 5:15-6:15 p.m. ($10/ class) and Adult Gymnastics meets on Mondays from 6:30-8 p.m. ($10/class) 706-864-8516, www.dahlonegagymnastics.com

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

Community Support Projects

CASA raffle of trip to Cayman Islands

Enotah CASA is raffling off a trip to Cayman Brac which includes a week’s stay and two round trip plane tickets from Miami. CASA provides Court Appointed Special Advocates to work with and support children in foster care. Raffle drawing at Shenanigan’s Irish Pub Dec. 21. Tickets, $10 each or 3 for $20, are available at Shenanigan’s or by calling the CASA office, 706-864-0300. www.enotahcasa.org

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 OPEn

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

Cell PHones collected for soldiers

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

official Dahlonega ornament 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

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

Red barn collects food, offers nail trims

The Red Barn Veterinary Hospital is collecting pet food to be distributed among Lumpkin County rescue organizations. As a thank you, Red Barn will give your pet a free nail trim. The collection goes on until Dec 23 at 14 Seven Mile Hill Road.

Purchases from online retailers benefit TLC

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

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

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



Music/Dance/Drama & More

Winter One-Act festival by LCHS Drama Dept.

Lumpkin County High School Drama Department will present its annual “Winter Festival of One-Acts” at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Dec. 9 and 10. See story page 3B.

Dahlonega Mountain Dance Friday

The Dahlonega Mountain Dance will be held at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 9, at the Woodman of the World Building, above Cranberry Corners. Music is by the Atlanta band, The Tune Dogs, with calling by Rob Harper. Please wear soft-soled shoes. A suggested donation of $8 will be accepted to benefit the Georgia Pick & Bow Traditional Music School. Visit Dahlonega Mountain Dance on Facebook.

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

Wednesdays, 7-9+ p.m. Open Jam Night hosted by Justin Bridges. All genres of music. Free, tips for host appreciated.

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

Friday, Dec. 9, 8-10 p.m. The Solstice Sisters Winter Solstice/Holiday Show. $12 Advance / $14 Day of Show. This Athens based

trio is known for its three part harmonies as well as for spontaneous and energetic live shows featuring old time country ballads, traditional folk and 40’s styled swing. This special “Winter Solstice Show” will feature Maggie Hunter, Susan Staley and Anna Dur-

den.with songs from their original CD, Holiday Music From Around the World, as well as a number of entertaining ‘holiday’ sing alongs! www.myspace.com/solsticesisters

Saturday, Dec. 10, 8-10 p.m.+: An Intimate Evening With Michelle Malone. $20 Advance Reservations and Day of Show. ‘Moanin’ Malone’ returns to ‘The Moon’ playing hard-edged, soulful, southern rocking blues, but THIS time in a rare ‘solo’ show! This will be a ‘living room’ like concert that you don’t want to miss for this two time Grammy nominee

blues woman! www.MichelleMalone.com

Sunday, 2-5 p.m. Old-Time 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. Free. Hosted by Whistlin Rufus.

Sunday, 6:30-9:30+ p.m. 2nd Sunday Jazz Jam, hosted by Alan Davis, Jr. $5 admission, performers free. www.ALANDAVISJR.com. A new tradition of music for all the ‘jazz junkies’ in the area to come be a part of on stage or just enjoy from a table view.

Holly Theatre, 69 West Main St., 706-864 3759,

www.hollytheater.com

A Tuna Christmas, a production of the Holly Theater Company, Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m., Sundays at 2 p.m. through Dec. 18. $15

Amy Ray and The Shadowboxers, Thursday, Dec. 8,

8 p.m. Tickets $15 adults, $10 with NGCSU ID.

Have a Holly Holiday—An Endowment Fundraiser for the Holly. 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 16, at the Dahlonega Marketplace featuring a festive dinner and entertainment. $50/person

A Buzzard Mountain Christmas, a live holiday radio show in two acts by The Buzzard Mountain Boys, Jim (Bob) White and Joe (Bob) Matteson. 7:30 p.m. Dec. 22 and 23. $15

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

Thursdays: College Night

Fridays: Live entertainment

Saturdays: College football

Sundays: NFL football

Mondays: Trivia

Tuesdays: Country Western Music/Karaoke night,

Friday, Dec. 9: Live music with John Sosebee

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

Friday nights: Live music 6-9 p.m. by Bobby Wesley playing Country/Rock. No cover.

Saturday nights: Live music 6-9 p.m. by Emily White playing Jazz. No cover.

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, Dec. 9, 8:30-10:30 p.m.: Chad Garrett, Singer-songwriter Chad Garrett combines playful lyrics, a unique acoustic guitar style and a passion for entertaining people. Experimental influences crash into an acoustic sound paved by classic songwriters. By not relying on fitting into one musical genre, Garrett defines a style all his own.

Saturday, Dec. 10, 8:30-10:30 p.m.: Erick Jones. Whether performing with the Atlanta based country-rock band American Anodyne, the North Georgia folk group Ugly Cousin, or solo acoustic, Erick Jones’ narrative storytelling draws upon the trials of small-town life in the south, drunken revelry, and searching for redemption in the era of the “new depression.”

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

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

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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:

Senior Services/Activities

lumpkin County Senior Center

266 Mechanicsville Road, 706-864-2358,

lcseniorcenter@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

Community Assistance

Free Legal Services

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

Free Food at DCOG Monday, Jan 2

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

OneHarvest food deadline Dec. 9

St. Paul United Methodist Church, Highway 60 South at 14 Martins Ford Road, is a pick up location for OneHarvest Food Ministries. Monthly orders of first quality prepared frozen meals as well as meats and vegetables in a variety of purchase options can be ordered at discounted, group-purchase prices. Order at www.oneharvest.com or at the church, 706-973-9924, through Dec. 9 for delivery Dec. 17.

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 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.

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.

Karate—Beginner: Learn the basic physical exercises for agility, and then you learn Tae Kwon Do and Hapkido techniques. 10 Tuesdays, Jan. 3-March 6, 6-7 p.m. $59. Danny Jarrard

Karate—Advanced: Students who have attained the rank of green belt will further their knowledge of Tae Kwon Do and Hapkido techniques. 10 Tuesdays, Jan. 3-March 6, 6:45-7:45 p.m. $59. Danny Jarrard

Learn to play an instrument: Piano, Guitar, Strings, Mandolin, Woodwinds, Percussion. Parents of younger children must attend instructional sessions. Seven 30-minute lessons during Jan. 9-Feb. 20, date and time to be determined by student and instructor. Variable fees.

Hydrorobics: An invigorating, low impact exercise program. Tone, strengthen and achieve flexibility and circulatory endurance in the water. All ages (16 and up), all fitness levels, and non-swimmers are encouraged to join. Five Mondays/Wednesdays/Fridays Jan. 9 - Feb. 13, 9:45-10:45 a.m. $69. Joan Souders

Photography – Beginner: Gain photography skills, and take better pictures as you learn about the operation of your camera. Participants will focus on manual camera operation, metering, exposure, depth of field, shutter speed, and composition. Note: Students need to bring an SLR camera with manual capability (digital or film) to all classes. Four Tuesdays, Jan. 17- Feb. 7, 7-9:30p.m. $129. Trevor Morris

Math: Grades 3 - 8: Filling the Gaps–In Math is mastery-based class; students achieve mastery of each standard as a prerequisite for progress through the program. The curriculum is designed for math intervention in Grades 3 through 8, covering skill sets through linear equations. Fees: Tuition $175; access to software $150. 12 Mondays Jan. 23 - April 16, 4:30-6:30 p.m.

Math: Grades 9-12: College Algebra: This Filling the Gaps – In Math class covers the developmental math curriculum and includes all the topics typically covered in beginning and intermediate algebra plus all the prerequisite pre-algebra content from both elementary and middle school. This program will cover skill sets through quadratic equations. Fees: Tuition$175; access to software $150. 12 Mondays Jan. 23 - April 16, 4:30-6:30 p.m.

Scuba Diving Intro Night: Free introduction to learn more about the scuba classes offered and which one is right for you. Thursday, Jan. 26, 6:45-8:30 p.m. Free, but registration required. Bill Lach

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

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.

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

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 lesson for Christmas:

Nutcracker Sweet promotion: $78/month (1- 60 minute class/week Jan to May and recital fee). Dance classes start at age 2 1/2. 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

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

Church/Religious Events

Community weekday advent services

The annual community-wide Dahlonega-Lumpkin County Ministerial Association-sponsored Advent services will be held on Tuesdays of Advent at St. Luke the Evangelist Catholic Church, across from Hancock Park. The services will begin at noon, and a snack lunch (for a donation) will be served at 12:30 p.m. in the fellowship hall.

The schedule of services and preachers is as follows:

Dec. 13: Waiting: for Life to Unfold, Father Neil Dhabliwala, St. Luke the Evangelist Roman Catholic Church

Dec. 20: Waiting: for the Promise of Christmas to be Fulfilled, Rev. Christy Greenwald,

Dahlonega United Methodist Church

music:

Freedom MInistries Saturday night singing

Saturday night singing: Big Oak Gospel Music at 7 p.m. each Saturday. Featured singers on Dec. 10 are Down to Earth, Singing God’s Praises and Pure in Heart. 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

Christmas Play at Nimblewill Baptist

Nimblewill Baptist Church will present a Christmas play at 6 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 10. Pastor Todd Skinner invites the public to attend.

Auraria Church Christmas Program Sunday

Auraria Church of Almighty God will present its Christmas Program

at 6 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 11. Everyone is invited. Pastor is Rev.Corey Ray.Church is located eight miles south of Dahlonega on Auraria Rd (Old Highway 9 East). 706-864-7460

Drive through nativity at Mt. Olive Dec. 17

Mt. Olive Baptist Church, Dahlonega, will present a drive-through Christmas nativity with all live actors and animals from 6-8 p.m. Saturday night, Dec 17. The public is invited to witness The Christmas Story unfold while driving through a scenic story of the announcement and celebration of the birth of Jesus. The church is located on Mt. Olive Church Road. 706-892-9343.

A Charlie Brown Christmas at the Fountain Dec. 18

The Fountain’s Clearwater Kids will present A Charlie Brown Christmas at 6 p.m. Sunday Dec. 18. Soup and sandwiches wil be served after the performance. Everyone is invited. The church is located at 1304 Grove Street North, Dahlonega.

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

More Children & Youth

YMCA After-School Program

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

More Pets

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

Wellness/Fitness

YOGA with Quiana

Yoga promotes ease, health, vitality and peace. Vinyasa Flow integrating movement, breath and mudras. Mondays 9-10:15 a.m. and 6:15-7:30 p.m.; Wednesdays 9-10:15 a.m.; Thursday 4- 5:20 p.m.; Friday 9-10:15 a.m. Saturdays 8-9:30 a.m. To join, contact Quiana 828-318-9169

LEARN TO MEDITATE

Body, mind, spirit, stress reduction. Mondays 5:15 - 6 p.m. To join, contact Quiana 828-318-9169

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

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. 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

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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

Blue Mountain Masonic Lodge #38 F&AM meets at 7:30 p.m. the second and fourth Tuesdays, (Dec. 8) of each month. 706-864-3838

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. For the Christmas program, attendees should bring a dozen cookies toward refreshments, a $5 wrapped gardening gift for exchanging, and clippers and gloves for making arrangements. The club will hold its annual Christmas garden gift exchange and will be making gift bags and arrangements for the seniors and Meals on Wheels recipients.

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

Lumpkin County Retired Educators Association meets the third Thursday (Dec. 15) at 11:30 a.m. at Lumpkin County Parks YMCA. A catered lunch will be served for $10.

Georgia Mountain Chapter of Military Officers Association of America meets at 7 p.m. the third Thursday of each month (Dec. 15) 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 (Dec. 15) 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 (Dec. 15) 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 (Dec. 15) in the meeting room upstairs at Yahoola Grill.

TLC HUMANE SOCIETY meets at 7 p.m. on the third Thursday (Dec. 15) 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 (Dec. 16) 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 (Dec. 17), 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 (Dec. 18) 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 (Dec. 19) 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 (Dec. 19) 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

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

WILL (Women in Lumpkin Leadership), a monthly professional and social networking group for women, meets the third Wednesday of each month (Dec. 21) 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.

The Lumpkin County Chapter of the VFW meets at 7 p.m. the first Monday of each month, (Jan. 2) 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 (Jan. 3) 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 (Jan. 3) 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.

The Dahlonega Tea Party meets on the first Thursday of the month (Jan. 5), 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 (Jan. 5) 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 (Jan. 5) 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, (Jan. 5) 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 (Jan. 7) 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)

Holiday Events for All Ages

Dahlonega’s Old Fashioned Christmas

Dahlonega’s Old Fashioned Christmas is a month-long celebration. Festive holiday events will continue almost daily throughout December until after New Year’s with caroling, entertainment, wine sampling, live theater Christmas events and more.

Friday, Dec. 9

• Trolley Tours, 7 & 8 p.m. Tickets at Visitors Center ($5/$3)

• A Tuna Christmas, 8 p.m., Holly Theatre. $15

Saturday, Dec. 10

• Visit Santa at Visitors Center 1-6 p.m.

• Caroling with Matt Carter on the keyboard at Paul Thomas Chocolates, 5-6:30 p.m.

• Open house at Habersham Winery with wine, food and cider

• Trolley Tours 6, 7, and 8 p.m. Tickets at Visitors Center ($5/$3)

• A Tuna Christmas, 8 p.m., Holly Theatre $15

Sunday, Dec. 11

• Visit Santa at Visitors Center 1-5 p.m.

• Sleigh Bell Tour of B&B’s, 2-5 p.m. Tickets $10 at Visitors Center. www.innsofdahlonega.com

• Dip a peppermint stick in chocolate at Paul Thomas Chocolates, 1-3 p.m., kids under 12

• Open house at Habersham Winery with wine, food and cider

• ­, 2 p.m., Holly Theatre $15

Friday, Dec. 16

• Date Night by Candlelight at Paul Thomas Chocolates. Bring your date or mate for cocoa and gingerbread cookies 6-8 p.m.

• Trolley Tours, 7 & 8 p.m.Tickets at Visitors Center ($5/$3)

• A Tuna Christmas, 8 p.m., Holly Theatre. $15

Saturday, Dec. 17

• Visit Santa at Visitors Center 1-6 p.m.

• Open house at Habersham Winery with wine, food and cider

• Trolley Tours 6, 7, and 8 p.m.Tickets at Visitors Center ($5/$3)

• A Tuna Christmas, 8 p.m., Holly Theare. $15

Sunday, Dec. 18

• Visit Santa at Visitors Center 1-5 p.m.

• Open house at Habersham Winery with wine, food and cider

• A Tuna Christmas, 2 p.m., Holly Theatre $15

Old Fashioned Christmas Trolley Tours

Thirty-minute trolley tours of the historic Dahlonega downtown area will feature storytelling about Dahlonega and Lumpkin County’s rich history. Trolleys will run Fridays at 7 and 8 p.m. and Saturdays at 6, 7, and 8 p.m. through Dec. 17. Tickets are available at the Visitors Center­—adults, $5; children, $3.

Pet Photos w/Santa saturday to benefit TLC

Santa will be visiting 1000 Acrewood Pet Resort Saturday, Dec. 10, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. for photos with your pets. For $10 visitors will receive a 4x6-inch photograph with all proceeds going to the TLC Humane Society. 1000 Acrewood is located at 1808 South Chestatee Street, Suite 203. Call 706-864-9197 for more information.

Holiday Festival: LcFC benefit saturday

Saturday, Dec. 10 from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. Lumpkin Family Connection will hold a Holiday Festival at Lumpkin County High School. The non-profit collaborative that works to insure success in school and life for Lumpkin County’s children will be selling six-inch Douglas firs in peat pots for $10 to “Grow the Future.” The purchase of a seedling also gives the chance for your child to decorate the pot. There will be face painting, coloring, ornaments to be made, a cookie contest (make your favorite cookie and enter it for judging and sampling), the chance to bid on pre-decorated Christmas trees provided by area non-profits and a raffle. A $5 raffle ticket buys you the chance to win a set of silver and gem stone earrings, made by the elves at Thomas Scanlin’s Studio Jewelers. Six tickets for $25. There will also be food, entertainment and more.

PHoto with Santa, Identi-kid kit Saturday

Children can have a free photo taken with Santa Saturday, Dec. 10, and have an identi-kid kit completed as well, compliments of the Lumpkin County Sheriff’s Office. The event will take place at United Community Bank’s main branch on Morrison Moore Parkway, 8 a.m.-noon.

Santa’s Workshop at Jazzercise Saturday

Jr. Jazzercise will host Santa’s Workshop for ages 5-12 Saturday, Dec 10, from 10 a.m. to noon. Cost $15 per child (sibling discounts offered) and pre-registration is required. Betsy Gagné, 678-617-0329 or bgagne@windstream.net

Frosty 5K Run/Walk & Kids Fun Run Saturday

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

Art, music and family activities at Amicalola

Amicalola Falls State Park will host area artists and musicians from 4 to 9 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 10, during its annual Christmas Open House. The open house will also offer free programs including hayrides, kids’ crafts, folk toys, holiday bingo, story time, and the gingerbread house viewing and voting. The Relay of Life team will hold a bake sale. Highway 52 between Dahlonega and Ellijay. Parking $5 per car, free with a yearly park pass. GAStateParks.org, 706-265-1969.

Holiday Tour of B&Bs Sunday

Four Dahlonega bed and breakfast inns will open to the public from 2-5 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 11, offering tours, refreshments, and beautiful decorations. See story page 1B.

Kiwanis Community Holiday Dinner Dec. 17

Kiwanis Club of Lumpkin County will be holding a Community Holiday Dinner Saturday, Dec. 17, 11 a.m.-2 p.m.—or whenever the last person is served. The event will be held at the Lumpkin County Parks YMCA and is free to all comers.

Christmas Day meal at DUMC

Dahlonega United Methodist Church will host a free meal on Christmas day from 2-4 p.m. in the building behind SunTrust Bank. No reservations are needed. 706-864-2521, www.dahlonegaumc.org

Community Events

Sheriffs office christmas auction Dec. 10

The Lumpkin County Sheriff’s Office Christmas Auction takes place Saturday, Dec. 10, 6 p.m. at the Old R&R Auction Barn, Jim Pruitt Road. Auctioneer Randy Pruitt will be taking the bids on a variety of decorative household items such as hand-painted wooden animals, clocks, porcelain collectables and many other items that make perfect Christmas gifts for those on your list. All proceeds will benefit Shop With A Cop and other Sheriff’s Office youth programs.

Democrats set christmas party for Dec. 10

The Lumpkin County Democratic Party will hold its annual Christmas party at the home of Elvin and Nancy Hilyer from 2-5 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 10. The afternoon will feature a potluck of appetizers and desserts, entertainment and raffle prizes. $10 donation requested to cover party costs. RSVP by Thursday, Dec. 8, to lumpkindemocrats@yahoo.com or mail LCDP, Box 2074, Dahlonega 30533. Contact Ken at 706-867-8653 for more information and directions.

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.

Computer Basics, 9-10 a.m., Wednesday, Dec. 7: This computer class will focus on the basic parts of the computer, the ability to navigate through the Windows system and troubleshooting. No prior knowledge needed. Registration is required.

Tween program: American Girl Book Group, Wednesday, Dec. 7, 4-5 p.m. Each month the group features one special American Girl for discussion. December will be Kit’s month! Read any Kit book that you would like then join the group to share. Grades 3-6.

Holiday Storytime for the family, Thursday, Dec. 8, 6-7 p.m. Enjoy festive stories, crafts and snacks.

Warm Up! America Crocheting and Knitting Group of Dahlonega, Saturday, Dec. 10, 10 a.m. to noon. Come join this lively knitting group as they create different knitted and crocheted projects to benefit the community. All ages and experience levels welcome.

Teen Christmas Card Craft, Tuesday, Dec. 13, 4-5 p.m. Join other teens for this Christmas card workshop and spread some Christmas cheer. Completed cards will be delivered to area assisted care homes. Grades 6-8.

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

U Play? Tween Gaming, Wednesday, Dec. 14, 4-5 p.m. Wii Sports golf on the big screen. Grades 3-6

Gingerbread House Decorating Workshop, Saturday, Dec. 17. Children will decorate their own gingerbread houses. Three sessions offered: 10-11 a.m., 12-1 p.m. and 2-3 p.m. Space is limited. Reservations are now open.

Genealogy Workshop, Saturday, Dec. 17, 11 a.m. Learn how to use the web to trace your family roots. Volunteer William Knight will be on hand to share his knowledge and teach you how to use and access different databases available on the web. Registration required.

Blood Drives

Four upcoming blood drives

The need for blood during the holidays is critical. LifeSouth will hold four blood drives in Lumpkin County during the next few weeks. Dates and locations are: Friday, Dec. 16, BB&T, 60 Main Street West, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Saturday, Dec. 17, Unseen Hands Food Bank, Auraria Baptist Church, Auraria, 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.; Wednesday, Dec. 21, Chick-fil-A, 488 Morrison Moore Parkway East, 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., and, Wednesday, Dec. 28, Lumpkin County Fire Department, Morrison Moore Parkway East, 1 to 6:30 p.m. Donors must be at least 17 years old (16 years old with a signed LifeSouth parent permission form), weigh 110 pounds or more, and show a photo I.D. at the time of donation. 888-795-2707, lifesouth.org.

Children & Young Adults

Child Safety Seat Program Dec. 15

The Lumpkin County Sheriff’s Department is offering a series of child safety seat classes to parents of children eight years old and under. Discussion will center on ways to better protect children, and child safety seat technicians will be available to check child safety seats. Classes will be held at 4 p.m. Dec. 15, and Jan. 12. Reserve a spot at 706-864-0414.

New Classes at Dahlonega Gymnastics

Beginning Jan. 2 Dahlonega Gymnastics will offer Cheer Bears, a six-week competitive cheer class, on Mondays/Wednesdays from 4-5 pm. Backhandspring Clinics are Monday 5:15-6:15 p.m. ($10/ class) and Adult Gymnastics meets on Mondays from 6:30-8 p.m. ($10/class) 706-864-8516, www.dahlonegagymnastics.com

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

Community Support Projects

CASA raffle of trip to Cayman Islands

Enotah CASA is raffling off a trip to Cayman Brac which includes a week’s stay and two round trip plane tickets from Miami. CASA provides Court Appointed Special Advocates to work with and support children in foster care. Raffle drawing at Shenanigan’s Irish Pub Dec. 21. Tickets, $10 each or 3 for $20, are available at Shenanigan’s or by calling the CASA office, 706-864-0300. www.enotahcasa.org

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 OPEn

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

Cell PHones collected for soldiers

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

official Dahlonega ornament 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

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

Red barn collects food, offers nail trims

The Red Barn Veterinary Hospital is collecting pet food to be distributed among Lumpkin County rescue organizations. As a thank you, Red Barn will give your pet a free nail trim. The collection goes on until Dec 23 at 14 Seven Mile Hill Road.

Purchases from online retailers benefit TLC

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

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

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



Music/Dance/Drama & More

Winter One-Act festival by LCHS Drama Dept.

Lumpkin County High School Drama Department will present its annual “Winter Festival of One-Acts” at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Dec. 9 and 10. See story page 3B.

Dahlonega Mountain Dance Friday

The Dahlonega Mountain Dance will be held at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 9, at the Woodman of the World Building, above Cranberry Corners. Music is by the Atlanta band, The Tune Dogs, with calling by Rob Harper. Please wear soft-soled shoes. A suggested donation of $8 will be accepted to benefit the Georgia Pick & Bow Traditional Music School. Visit Dahlonega Mountain Dance on Facebook.

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

Wednesdays, 7-9+ p.m. Open Jam Night hosted by Justin Bridges. All genres of music. Free, tips for host appreciated.

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

Friday, Dec. 9, 8-10 p.m. The Solstice Sisters Winter Solstice/Holiday Show. $12 Advance / $14 Day of Show. This Athens based

trio is known for its three part harmonies as well as for spontaneous and energetic live shows featuring old time country ballads, traditional folk and 40’s styled swing. This special “Winter Solstice Show” will feature Maggie Hunter, Susan Staley and Anna Dur-

den.with songs from their original CD, Holiday Music From Around the World, as well as a number of entertaining ‘holiday’ sing alongs! www.myspace.com/solsticesisters

Saturday, Dec. 10, 8-10 p.m.+: An Intimate Evening With Michelle Malone. $20 Advance Reservations and Day of Show. ‘Moanin’ Malone’ returns to ‘The Moon’ playing hard-edged, soulful, southern rocking blues, but THIS time in a rare ‘solo’ show! This will be a ‘living room’ like concert that you don’t want to miss for this two time Grammy nominee

blues woman! www.MichelleMalone.com

Sunday, 2-5 p.m. Old-Time 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. Free. Hosted by Whistlin Rufus.

Sunday, 6:30-9:30+ p.m. 2nd Sunday Jazz Jam, hosted by Alan Davis, Jr. $5 admission, performers free. www.ALANDAVISJR.com. A new tradition of music for all the ‘jazz junkies’ in the area to come be a part of on stage or just enjoy from a table view.

Holly Theatre, 69 West Main St., 706-864 3759,

www.hollytheater.com

A Tuna Christmas, a production of the Holly Theater Company, Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m., Sundays at 2 p.m. through Dec. 18. $15

Amy Ray and The Shadowboxers, Thursday, Dec. 8,

8 p.m. Tickets $15 adults, $10 with NGCSU ID.

Have a Holly Holiday—An Endowment Fundraiser for the Holly. 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 16, at the Dahlonega Marketplace featuring a festive dinner and entertainment. $50/person

A Buzzard Mountain Christmas, a live holiday radio show in two acts by The Buzzard Mountain Boys, Jim (Bob) White and Joe (Bob) Matteson. 7:30 p.m. Dec. 22 and 23. $15

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

Thursdays: College Night

Fridays: Live entertainment

Saturdays: College football

Sundays: NFL football

Mondays: Trivia

Tuesdays: Country Western Music/Karaoke night,

Friday, Dec. 9: Live music with John Sosebee

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

Friday nights: Live music 6-9 p.m. by Bobby Wesley playing Country/Rock. No cover.

Saturday nights: Live music 6-9 p.m. by Emily White playing Jazz. No cover.

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, Dec. 9, 8:30-10:30 p.m.: Chad Garrett, Singer-songwriter Chad Garrett combines playful lyrics, a unique acoustic guitar style and a passion for entertaining people. Experimental influences crash into an acoustic sound paved by classic songwriters. By not relying on fitting into one musical genre, Garrett defines a style all his own.

Saturday, Dec. 10, 8:30-10:30 p.m.: Erick Jones. Whether performing with the Atlanta based country-rock band American Anodyne, the North Georgia folk group Ugly Cousin, or solo acoustic, Erick Jones’ narrative storytelling draws upon the trials of small-town life in the south, drunken revelry, and searching for redemption in the era of the “new depression.”

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

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

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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:

Senior Services/Activities

lumpkin County Senior Center

266 Mechanicsville Road, 706-864-2358,

lcseniorcenter@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

Community Assistance

Free Legal Services

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

Free Food at DCOG Monday, Jan 2

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

OneHarvest food deadline Dec. 9

St. Paul United Methodist Church, Highway 60 South at 14 Martins Ford Road, is a pick up location for OneHarvest Food Ministries. Monthly orders of first quality prepared frozen meals as well as meats and vegetables in a variety of purchase options can be ordered at discounted, group-purchase prices. Order at www.oneharvest.com or at the church, 706-973-9924, through Dec. 9 for delivery Dec. 17.

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 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.

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.

Karate—Beginner: Learn the basic physical exercises for agility, and then you learn Tae Kwon Do and Hapkido techniques. 10 Tuesdays, Jan. 3-March 6, 6-7 p.m. $59. Danny Jarrard

Karate—Advanced: Students who have attained the rank of green belt will further their knowledge of Tae Kwon Do and Hapkido techniques. 10 Tuesdays, Jan. 3-March 6, 6:45-7:45 p.m. $59. Danny Jarrard

Learn to play an instrument: Piano, Guitar, Strings, Mandolin, Woodwinds, Percussion. Parents of younger children must attend instructional sessions. Seven 30-minute lessons during Jan. 9-Feb. 20, date and time to be determined by student and instructor. Variable fees.

Hydrorobics: An invigorating, low impact exercise program. Tone, strengthen and achieve flexibility and circulatory endurance in the water. All ages (16 and up), all fitness levels, and non-swimmers are encouraged to join. Five Mondays/Wednesdays/Fridays Jan. 9 - Feb. 13, 9:45-10:45 a.m. $69. Joan Souders

Photography – Beginner: Gain photography skills, and take better pictures as you learn about the operation of your camera. Participants will focus on manual camera operation, metering, exposure, depth of field, shutter speed, and composition. Note: Students need to bring an SLR camera with manual capability (digital or film) to all classes. Four Tuesdays, Jan. 17- Feb. 7, 7-9:30p.m. $129. Trevor Morris

Math: Grades 3 - 8: Filling the Gaps–In Math is mastery-based class; students achieve mastery of each standard as a prerequisite for progress through the program. The curriculum is designed for math intervention in Grades 3 through 8, covering skill sets through linear equations. Fees: Tuition $175; access to software $150. 12 Mondays Jan. 23 - April 16, 4:30-6:30 p.m.

Math: Grades 9-12: College Algebra: This Filling the Gaps – In Math class covers the developmental math curriculum and includes all the topics typically covered in beginning and intermediate algebra plus all the prerequisite pre-algebra content from both elementary and middle school. This program will cover skill sets through quadratic equations. Fees: Tuition$175; access to software $150. 12 Mondays Jan. 23 - April 16, 4:30-6:30 p.m.

Scuba Diving Intro Night: Free introduction to learn more about the scuba classes offered and which one is right for you. Thursday, Jan. 26, 6:45-8:30 p.m. Free, but registration required. Bill Lach

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

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.

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

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 lesson for Christmas:

Nutcracker Sweet promotion: $78/month (1- 60 minute class/week Jan to May and recital fee). Dance classes start at age 2 1/2. 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

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

Church/Religious Events

Community weekday advent services

The annual community-wide Dahlonega-Lumpkin County Ministerial Association-sponsored Advent services will be held on Tuesdays of Advent at St. Luke the Evangelist Catholic Church, across from Hancock Park. The services will begin at noon, and a snack lunch (for a donation) will be served at 12:30 p.m. in the fellowship hall.

The schedule of services and preachers is as follows:

Dec. 13: Waiting: for Life to Unfold, Father Neil Dhabliwala, St. Luke the Evangelist Roman Catholic Church

Dec. 20: Waiting: for the Promise of Christmas to be Fulfilled, Rev. Christy Greenwald,

Dahlonega United Methodist Church

music:

Freedom MInistries Saturday night singing

Saturday night singing: Big Oak Gospel Music at 7 p.m. each Saturday. Featured singers on Dec. 10 are Down to Earth, Singing God’s Praises and Pure in Heart. 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

Christmas Play at Nimblewill Baptist

Nimblewill Baptist Church will present a Christmas play at 6 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 10. Pastor Todd Skinner invites the public to attend.

Auraria Church Christmas Program Sunday

Auraria Church of Almighty God will present its Christmas Program

at 6 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 11. Everyone is invited. Pastor is Rev.Corey Ray.Church is located eight miles south of Dahlonega on Auraria Rd (Old Highway 9 East). 706-864-7460

Drive through nativity at Mt. Olive Dec. 17

Mt. Olive Baptist Church, Dahlonega, will present a drive-through Christmas nativity with all live actors and animals from 6-8 p.m. Saturday night, Dec 17. The public is invited to witness The Christmas Story unfold while driving through a scenic story of the announcement and celebration of the birth of Jesus. The church is located on Mt. Olive Church Road. 706-892-9343.

A Charlie Brown Christmas at the Fountain Dec. 18

The Fountain’s Clearwater Kids will present A Charlie Brown Christmas at 6 p.m. Sunday Dec. 18. Soup and sandwiches wil be served after the performance. Everyone is invited. The church is located at 1304 Grove Street North, Dahlonega.

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

More Children & Youth

YMCA After-School Program

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

More Pets

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

Wellness/Fitness

YOGA with Quiana

Yoga promotes ease, health, vitality and peace. Vinyasa Flow integrating movement, breath and mudras. Mondays 9-10:15 a.m. and 6:15-7:30 p.m.; Wednesdays 9-10:15 a.m.; Thursday 4- 5:20 p.m.; Friday 9-10:15 a.m. Saturdays 8-9:30 a.m. To join, contact Quiana 828-318-9169

LEARN TO MEDITATE

Body, mind, spirit, stress reduction. Mondays 5:15 - 6 p.m. To join, contact Quiana 828-318-9169

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 

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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. 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

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