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

www.diningindahlonega.com

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

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

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

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

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

Monthly Wine Tasting: Sunday, June 24, 4-6 p.m. Appetizer pairings with wine. $40/person includes tax and gratuity. Reservations required.

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

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

Thursday, June 21, 7-9 p.m. “Audition” Open Mic. Budding to professional songwriters are invited to enter a competition based on lyrics, melody, vocal /instrumental skills and overall performance ability. $50 cash prize on Final Cut night.

Friday, June 22, 8 p.m.-11p.m.: Chuck Cannon. $22 advance/$25

day of show: Acclaimed Nashville based songwriter who has written over a dozen #1 songs recorded by a variety of mega-stars. He has authored How Do You Like Me Now?, I Love the Way You Love Me, American Soldier and many, many other hit songs takes the stage as to showcase his own prowess as an entertainer. www.CHUCKCANNON.com

Saturday, June 23, 8-11 p.m. Humble Tripe. $12 advance/$14 day of show. Humble Tripe. Progressive folk, Americana. Shawn Luby is a graceful performer who’s songs evoke thought and emotion. His band, Humble Tripe,

showcases his melodic folk tunes with a modest amount of enegitic presence

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

Sunday, June 24, 7:30 p.m. Jazz it Up Jam. $5

Monday/Tuesday: Closed.

Holly Theatre, 69 West Main Street, 706-864-3759,

www.hollytheater.com

Miss Firecracker Contest, a production of the Holly Theater Company. June 22-24, Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m., Sunday at 2 p.m. $15. See more this page.

The Lingo Lounge, Thursday, June 28, 8 p.m., Holly Underground. Writers open mic in an intimate, casual, lounge-type atmosphere. Free. see story page 1B.

Hannah Thomas Band: In concert Friday, June 29, 8 p.m. with special guest Marshall Chapman. Hannah Thomas is an up and coming young singer/songwriter. hannahthomasband.com $15

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

Thursdays: College Night

Fridays: Live entertainment

Tuesdays: Country Western Music night

Friday, June 22: Stoned Sandwich

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Friday, June 22, 8:30-11 p.m.: Jason Connelly. Musicians of the purest sense, Jason Connelly and Keith Hirsch write from personal life experience; their lyrics are filled with reality and genuine emotion. Jason Connelly’s voice and rhythmic guitar and Keith Hirsch’s ability to make a djembe sound like a full drum set characterize the Jason Conelly Band. All ages welcome. No cover charge.

Saturday, June 23 - 12-3 p.m. on the deck: Tom and Juli. Listen to an incredible repertoire of cover songs from this popular Dahlonega duo.

Saturday, June 223, 8-11:30 p.m. Dan Sheffield. Sheffield is a guitar-picker and singer from just outside Atlanta. He is a lover of all styles of music and performs well-known covers, rock classics, blues, country and soul with his evocative singing and with Delta-fingerstyle guitar licks and progressive rock feel. His powerful voice and distinctive musical style have enabled him to perform alongside such well-respected Atlanta musicians as Nathan Nelson, Bill Sheffield, Joe McGuinness, Count M’Butu and Mudcat.

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.

Isakson Rep in town Wednesday

Tate O’Rouke, Field Representative for Northeast Georgia for U.S. Senator Johnny Isakson, will hold an open office day for constituents on Wednesday, June 20, from 2:30 p.m. until 4:30 p.m. at the Dahlonega-Lumpkin Chamber of Commerce offices on the square. Isakson encourages constituents to come talk with his representative about any issues concerning the federal government, federal legislation or federal agencies, such as Veterans Affairs, the IRS, Medicare, or the Bureau of Citizenship and Immigration Services.

Candidate Forum June 21

The Dahlonega-Lumpkin County Chamber of Commerce and Dahlonega Woman’s Club will host a Candidate Forum at 6 p.m. Thursday, June 21, at Lumpkin County YMCA Parks and Recreation, Riley Road. The community will have the opportunity to hear from the candidates and ask questions. Candidates invited include those running for County Commission, Chief Magistrate Judge, School Board, Coroner, and County Surveyor. Others invited and running unopposed are Stacy Jarrard, Sheriff; Rachel Pruitt, Tax Commissioner; Clerk of Superior Court, Rita Harkins; Jim McClure, School Board, and Michael Chastain, Judge, Probate Court.Questions for the candidates can be submitted to cand4um@yahoo.com or placed in the drop box in the Visitor Center on the square. Deadline for questions is 5 p.m. Wednesday, June 20. 706-864-3711

Benefit Bake Sale Saturday

A benefit bake sale to support the NOA (No One Alone) shelter will be held from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, June 23, at Southern Finds on North Grove Street. Come enjoy cookies, brownies, brittle and more. 706-867-6167

Orientation for adult literacy volunteers

The Lumpkin County Adult Literacy Program (ALP) is in need of additional volunteer tutors and will be holding an orientation and question/answer session to discuss program opportunities. No experience is needed ... just a desire to help someone learn to improve their reading skills. The meeting will be held at the Adult Learning Center at 150-B Johnson Street, Dahlonega, on Saturday morning, June 30, from 9:30 to 11 a.m. All are invited. Light snacks provided. 706-429-4517

Festivals/Races/Rides

Three Sisters Wine festival: june weekends

Three Sisters Vineyards & Winery’s signature event, the 11th annual Georgia Wine Country Festival, will be presented every Saturday and Sunday in June, Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Sundays from 11:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. June 23-24, and June 30. A Georgia Wine Garden featuring wines from around the state will be presented for a $20 fee to visitors and includes a keepsake wine glass. Music, tastings, food. 439 Vineyard Way, Dahlonega. Free general admission. www.ThreeSistersVineyards.com.

Nature & Outdoors

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

3rd Saturday Youth Fishing Days: Children and a special adult are invited to fish from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday, June 16, in Buck Shoals lake, a stocked lake in an unopen state park.

Keeping the Wild in Wildlife: Notes from a Wildlife Rehabber, 10 a.m. to noon, Saturday, June 23. Rehabber Liz Nicholas will discuss how we can look at our relationship with wildlife and promote keeping wild animals wild. Register early. $15 advance, $20 after June 15.

Park After Dark at Smithgall Woods, 7-10 p.m. Friday, June 22. Explore the wonders of the night! A bed-sheet will be set up to collect insects to see what we can find and there will be a short hike on paved roadway. $5 per adult or $10 per family. Registration required.

Guided Hike at Buck Shoals State Park, Saturday, June 30, 9-11:30 a.m. Hikers will meet at Buck Shoals, an unopened state park, at 9 a.m. Explore wildflowers and features of the park with Volunteers Everett and Leslie Avery. The hike will end at about 11:30 a.m. Please register.

Community Support Activities

LCHS Band needs your help

The LCHS band is trying to raise funds and receive donations of food to feed over 100 students during three weeks of band camp. Band funds are tight and supporters feel this savings in expenses will help pay for uniforms, instruments, travel expenses, and more. Contact Debbie Carroll, 678-936-6601, mrsdebbiecarroll@gmail.com if you can help. Donations can be mailed to LCHS Band c/o Andrew Harwood, LCHS, 2001 Indian Drive, Dahlonega, GA, 30533.

AT-EASE program checks on Homebound

This program of the Lumpkin County Sheriff’s Office provides regular contact to those who are homebound, disabled, sick, living alone, or just need the assurance of a friendly voice. Participation can be temporary or ongoing. Registration forms are available on the Sheriff’s Office website at www.lumpkincounty.gov, at the Lumpkin County Sheriff’s Office, and by phone request at 706-864-3633. (6/20)

Free PIck up of Donations by CHP

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

Pick up for Southern finds

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

Pickup by Waypoint

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

Children & Young Adults

Free Camp for Kids of Disabled Veterans:

A free camp program for children of fallen, wounded or disabled military veterans and service members will be held at Wahsega 4-H Camp in Dahlonega on July 15-20. Camp Corral, a week-long outdoor summer camp with locations across the U.S. throughout the summer, is sponsored by the Golden Corral restaurant chain for children 8 to 15, and offers a traditional camp experience with recreational water and target sports, horseback riding, crafts and campfire stories. www.campcorral.org

Kindermusik day camp starts July 16

Creatures in My Backyard Kindermusik Summer Camp is coming to Dahlonega July 16-20. $90, $5 off per friend. Ages 0-7 years. Licensed educator Bonnie Bost, 770-315-1302.

MOON MOUNTAIN ART CAMP JULY 23-27

Moon Mountain will hold an art day camp at the Old Cannery, just off the square on Enotah Street, July 23-27, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The emphasis will be on hands-on, interactive, and fun learning, with exposure to a wide range of artistic media and methods. $125 week, or $100 for 3 days (M/W/F). Nora L. Mendoza, Art Director, 706-300-7003, info@noramendoza.com

Ballet Barre registering for fall

The Ballet Barre is currently enrolling for the fall season in Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Hip Hop, Contemporary, Pointe, and new this year, Beginning Baton.706-867-1905, www.bbarre.com

Free teen driving program offered June 26

Georgia Teens Ride With P.R.I.D.E. (Parents Reducing Injuries and Driver Error) is a free, national award-winning two-hour course designed to help parents and their new (or soon to be) teen drivers, ages 14-16, learn what they need to do during the 40 hours of supervised practice driving time required by Georgia law. This program addresses driver attitude, knowledge and behavior of both the parent and new teen driver; teens and parents must attend together. Classes are held on the fourth Tuesday of each month at 4 p.m. at Lumpkin County Parks YMCA, 365 Riley Rd. Information/registration: Brandy Fitzpatrick, 770-369-4416, brandyfitzpatrick@ymail.com

CHEER/TUMBLE/GYM AND SWIM YMCA Camp

July 9-13. Cheer/Tumble 10 a.m. to noon, $50. Learn cheers, chants, jumps and tumbling; snack provided. Gym and Swim noon-2 p.m. $50 Work on tumbling skills as well as gymnastics equipment; daily swimming from 1:30-2 p.m.; snack provided. Stay the whole time 10-2, $80. Ages 6 and up. Groups will be divided up based on age and skill levels. Sign up at the YMCA. Call Ms. Connie with questions 706-864-5753

Summer theater camps at the HOlly

The Holly Theater will offer summer theater camps to kids ages 6-18. Camp information, dates and fees are available by visiting www.hollytheater.com. Click on youth programs and then productions. Or call the Holly at 706-864-3759 for more information.

June 25-29, 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.: The Ever After. Ages: 6-12. Performance at 2 p.m. Saturday, June 30. Tuition $125.

July 16-20, 9:30 a.m.-1 p.m. The AristoCats, ages 6-12, Performance date Friday, July 20, 6 p.m. $125.

YMCA Summer Day Camp now registering

Lumpkin County Family YMCA is offering a summer day camp program for ages Pre K-8th grade. A wide range of activities are offered in a safe and fun environment. Following a one-time $15 registration fee, weekly rate is $69 and includes lunch. Hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. with extended hours available at no additional cost from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Themed weeks include: June 25, Talent; July 2: Patriotic, July 9, Theatre; July 16, Dare/Local Heroes; July 23, Animals, and July 30, Camp Celebration.

Kids on Campus Summer Program at NGCSU

Camps will be offered the week of July 9-13 and July 16-20, and will include Passport to China, Snack Attack, Space O’Rama, CSI, and Crafty Kids. For full camp information, including sports camps, visit www.northgeorgia.edu/summercamps

preschool Programs Registering:

Dahlonega United Methodist Church MMO/Preschool. Ages Toddlers-Pre-K class. 706-864-8521, dahlonegaumc.org/ministries/mmo-and-preschool

Lumpkin County Head Start/Pre-K. Children will need to be age 3 or 4 by Sept. 1. The program welcomes children with disabilities and does not discriminate. 706-864-3456

Free Meals/Food/Help

Free Food at DCOG Monday, July 2

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

Free meals for school-aged children

Step of Faith Outreach, Inc. will offer a Summer Food Service Program in Lumpkin County at W.L. Whelchel Family LIfe Center, 69 Hickory Grove Road. Free nutritious breakfasts (8-9 a.m.) and lunches (noon-1 p.m.) will be served to any school aged child 18 years and younger Mondays through Fridays from June 4-August 3. Take GA-52 east out of Dahlonega for about 5.5 miles, then turn right onto Old Dahlonega Hwy. and go 2.3 miles. Life Center is on the left right behind Hickory Grove CME Church. For more information, or to volunteer to help, call 678-617-9913 or 706-867-6879. The program is sponsored by The U.S. Department of Agriculture.

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

Closed Wednesday, July 4

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

eBooks: Downloadable at the library’s Web site.

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

Summer Reading Program: Registration open through July 31

Superheroes and How to Draw Comics, Wednesday, June 20, 2 p.m. Superhero comic book artist Kyle Putkammer will present a workshop on how to draw comics. www.galacticquest.com

Happy Bookers, Thursday, June 21, 1:30 p.m. June Selection: In the Garden of Beasts by Erik Larson. The Happy Bookers book discussion group meets the third Thursday of each month. The group rotates discussing fiction, non-fiction, and award-winning books. New members are welcome.

Volunteers

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

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

Odyssey Hospice 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Music/Drama/Film & More

North GA Chamber MUsic Fest June 22, 24

The inaugural North Georgia Chamber Music Festival, which features four programs of music spread out over two weekends in June, will continue at NGCSU’s Gloria Shott Performance Hall Friday, June 22 at 8 p.m., and Sunday, June 24, at 3 p.m. See article page 1.

Jamming on the Square every Saturday

Acoustic musicians gather on the lawn of the Dahlonega Gold Museum from 2-5 p.m. every Saturday through Oct. 13 for the jam that welcomes pickers and listeners. Produced by Dahlonega Downtown Development Authority and Better Hometown Program. Facebook group: Dahlonega Appalachian Jam, 706-864-3513

events at NGCSU

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

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

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

www.diningindahlonega.com

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

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

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

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

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

Monthly Wine Tasting: Sunday, June 24, 4-6 p.m. Appetizer pairings with wine. $40/person includes tax and gratuity. Reservations required.

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

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

Thursday, June 21, 7-9 p.m. “Audition” Open Mic. Budding to professional songwriters are invited to enter a competition based on lyrics, melody, vocal /instrumental skills and overall performance ability. $50 cash prize on Final Cut night.

Friday, June 22, 8 p.m.-11p.m.: Chuck Cannon. $22 advance/$25

day of show: Acclaimed Nashville based songwriter who has written over a dozen #1 songs recorded by a variety of mega-stars. He has authored How Do You Like Me Now?, I Love the Way You Love Me, American Soldier and many, many other hit songs takes the stage as to showcase his own prowess as an entertainer. www.CHUCKCANNON.com

Saturday, June 23, 8-11 p.m. Humble Tripe. $12 advance/$14 day of show. Humble Tripe. Progressive folk, Americana. Shawn Luby is a graceful performer who’s songs evoke thought and emotion. His band, Humble Tripe,

showcases his melodic folk tunes with a modest amount of enegitic presence

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

Sunday, June 24, 7:30 p.m. Jazz it Up Jam. $5

Monday/Tuesday: Closed.

Holly Theatre, 69 West Main Street, 706-864-3759,

www.hollytheater.com

Miss Firecracker Contest, a production of the Holly Theater Company. June 22-24, Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m., Sunday at 2 p.m. $15. See more this page.

The Lingo Lounge, Thursday, June 28, 8 p.m., Holly Underground. Writers open mic in an intimate, casual, lounge-type atmosphere. Free. see story page 1B.

Hannah Thomas Band: In concert Friday, June 29, 8 p.m. with special guest Marshall Chapman. Hannah Thomas is an up and coming young singer/songwriter. hannahthomasband.com $15

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

Thursdays: College Night

Fridays: Live entertainment

Tuesdays: Country Western Music night

Friday, June 22: Stoned Sandwich

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Friday, June 22, 8:30-11 p.m.: Jason Connelly. Musicians of the purest sense, Jason Connelly and Keith Hirsch write from personal life experience; their lyrics are filled with reality and genuine emotion. Jason Connelly’s voice and rhythmic guitar and Keith Hirsch’s ability to make a djembe sound like a full drum set characterize the Jason Conelly Band. All ages welcome. No cover charge.

Saturday, June 23 - 12-3 p.m. on the deck: Tom and Juli. Listen to an incredible repertoire of cover songs from this popular Dahlonega duo.

Saturday, June 223, 8-11:30 p.m. Dan Sheffield. Sheffield is a guitar-picker and singer from just outside Atlanta. He is a lover of all styles of music and performs well-known covers, rock classics, blues, country and soul with his evocative singing and with Delta-fingerstyle guitar licks and progressive rock feel. His powerful voice and distinctive musical style have enabled him to perform alongside such well-respected Atlanta musicians as Nathan Nelson, Bill Sheffield, Joe McGuinness, Count M’Butu and Mudcat.

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, (706) 864-8275

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

Simply Taste Buds, a tasting room for Georgia Wines, 39 South Chestatee Street, 706-482-0004.

Art Workshops

Digital Photography Workshop

Jon McLean from JMP Studio, LLC (www.jmpstudio.com), will lead a three-day workshop focusing on technical skills, composition, and use of lighting in digital photography as well as using photo editing software. 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, July 19-21, at the Art Loft in Dahlonega. $295. Anita Elder, 706-429-6008, www.artloft.net

Support Groups

Overcomers Outreach at Bethlehem Baptist

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

Support for victims of family violence

The NOA Network Support Group meets weekly in Dawsonville and Dahlonega to provide emotional support to victims of family violence and their children. Topics are led by a licensed counselor and include: Building Self-Esteem, Managing Emotions, Healthy Relationships, etc. Childcare and snacks are provided. The Dawson group meets in Dawsonville on Wednesdays from 6:30 p.m.-7:45 p.m. The Lumpkin group meets in Dahlonega on Mondays from 6:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m. Please call NOA (No One Alone) at 706-867-6420 for more information or to join a group. 24-Hour Crisis Line, 706-864-1986, or live webchat available- www.noonealone.org

Nursing Mothers’ Support

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

Domestic violence: support, crisis line

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

Reformers Unanimous Addiction Program

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

Grief support programs at NGMC

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

Kinship Care—Grandparents Raising Grandchildren

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

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

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

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

Alcoholics Anonymous:

The Gratitude Group: Meeting at noon Mon., Tues, Wed., Fri.; 7:30 p.m. Thursday (Twelve and Twelve); 9 a.m. Saturday; 3 p.m. Sunday. All meetings at Kidz Church of the Dahlonega United Methodist church using the Maple Street entrance opposite the Sun Trust bank ATM. AA Hotline: 706-867-7769

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

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

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

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

Reunions

WIlliams-Gable

The Williams-Gable reunion will be held Sunday, June 24, at the Pine Valley Picnic area on Highway 9 South approximately five miles from Dahlonega. Bring a picnic lunch and join the fun and fellowship. Lunch will be served about 12:30 p.m. A gift will be presented to the oldest, youngest, and to the one who comes the greatest distance. Syble Brown, 706-864-3968; Grace Samples, 770-887-5619; Gene Floyd, 770-815-3164

LCHS Class of 2002 June 23

Lumpkin County High School Class of 2002 will hold its Ten Year Reunion on June 23. For details, e-mail lchs02reunion@gmail.com.

Sullivan-Mashburn June 23-24

Descendants of William Sullivan and Rebecca Mashburn Sullivan will be hosting the 80th annual family reunion Saturday and Sunday, June 23 and 24. On Saturday a meet and greet will be held in Blairsville at 5:30 p.m. at the Milton Inn with dinner at 7 p.m. at the Cookie Jar/Steve’s Steak House. On Sunday the family will worship together at 11 a.m. at Confidence UMC on Nottely Dam Road with a potluck luncheon following. Tracy Lea Baugh-Cape, 706-969-8970; Allison Sullivan, 404-723-0730

Stringer Family, June 24

Everyone is welcome to attend the Stringer Family Reunion at 11 a.m. Sunday, June 24, at Mt. Zion Baptist Church Community Building off Highway 115 West, Dahlonega. Bring a covered dish for lunch.

Pets

Low-cost spay/neuter services June 20-21

Low-cost spay/neuter services for cats and dogs will be available at the Lumpkin County Animal Shelter by appointment on June 20 and 21. The Atlanta Humane Society partners with the county shelter to provide these services in its state-of-the-art mobile Surgical Utility Vehicle. The unit will return on June 20 and 21 and appointments are being taken now. Surgeries are $20 and include a complimentary rabies vaccination and microchip if needed. Pets can go home shortly after surgery. Appointments must be made in person at the shelter, 1363 Red Oak Flats Road in Dahlonega, 10:30 a.m. to 4:40 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. For information call 706-867-7297.

Dog Obedience Agility & Rally-O

Classes start week of July 10-15. Intermediate Obedience is a pre-requisite for Agility. Classes run for 7 weeks. Dogs must be 4 months with vaccinations. $99 ($10 discount on obedience classes for adopted shelter dogs). Visit www.dahlonegaobediencegroup.com for class schedules. Dahlonega Obedience Group (D.O.G.), certified instructor Mary Kay Crowell, 706-864-0410

Micro-chipping at animal shelter

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

volunteer pets needed

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

TLC Donations needed

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

Purchases from online retailers benefit TLC

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

Recycling

PLASTIC/PAPER/ALUMINUM:

• # 1 & 2 plastic bottles (discard lids)

• Corrugated cardboard (clean and dry)

• Office paper and junk mail, magazines etc. No paperboard (such as cereal boxes), brown fiber paper (such as brown paper bags) or paper towel or toilet tissue cores.

• Aluminum and tin cans. (please rinse out)

Locations:

• Lumpkin County Recycle Center, 1642 Red Oak Flats Road, (706-867-7574

• Lumpkin County Landfill, Barlow Road. 706-864-6338

• Bins at Radar Ridge, Morrison Moore across from the college dorms

• Bins on Highway 19 North across from Ace Hardware.

CITY PICK UP AT RESIDENCES

The City accepts the same things except for cans. They do not have to be separated.

CFL BULBS: Home Depot

BATTERIES

• Radio Shack/Dahlonega Pharmacy: household rechargeable batteries

• Home Depot

Cell PHones

Dahlonega Funeral Home collects old cell phones for “Cell Phones for Soldiers,” an effort to support military members returning from active duty. 706-864-DOVE

PLASTIC GROCERY BAGS:

• J&J Foods

• Walmart

STYROFOAM: Publix accepts egg cartons and meat trays.

Electronic Recyclables, MIcrowaves, etc.

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

Church/Religious Events

Gospel Singing

Singing Saturday night at Salem

Salem Baptist Church will have a singing Saturday, June 23, at 7 p.m. Featured singers will be The Bridgemen. Pastor Tony Howard welcomes everyone.

Freedom MInistries saturday night singing

Saturday night singing: Big Oak Gospel Music at 7 p.m. each Saturday. Featured singers on June 23 are Pure in Heart, The Mitchells, and Down to Earth. The event is hosted by The Freedom Heirs and admission is free; a love offering will be collected. 1067 Highway 115 South (Old Dahlonega Highway) 706-867-6534 www.gospelgigs.com/glendonwilliamsfreedomheirs, freedomministries@windstream.net

Revival at Freedom Baptist continues

Freedom Baptist Church is holding revival services through Friday, June 22, with services are at 7 p.m. Brothers Terry Head and Josh Chatam are assisting. Rev. Ronnie Fuller invites everyone to attend. The church is located at the corner of Happy Hollow and West Circle.

Non-Denominational Taizé service June 24

St. Elizabeth’s Episcopal Church, Dahlonega, invites the community to a Taizé service, a non-denominational prayer and music service, at 6 p.m. Sunday, June 24. The service consists of simple, beautiful, repetitive song accompanied by multiple instruments, a period of silence, reading from the Holy Scriptures, and prayer. 1188 Hamp Mill Road, 706-864-5423, www.stelizabethepiscopal.com

CONCORD ORDINATION rescheduled for June 24

The ordination service at Concord Church, originally scheduled for June 10, was cancelled due to a death in the family. The new date for the ordination of Brett Caldwell as Deacon is Sunday June 24, at 3 p.m. The Church is located four miles north of Dahlonega on Hwy. 19. Pastor Roger Dunagan invites everyone.

Sacred Grounds at DPC June 24

Sacred Grounds, a coffee house ministry, is held at the Dahlonega Presbyterian Church every fourth Sunday of the month at 6 p.m. Coffee, drinks and light snacks are served.

UnitARIAn Universalist church

Georgia Mountains Unitarian Universalist Church is a welcoming congregation. On June 24 Rev. George Owen will present “Beyond Christianity (and Judaism and Islam),” a look at how the world is rapidly changing for religion as many of us have known it for generations. The speaker will discuss his own journey, and prospects for major religions around the world. Worship 11 a.m.; children’s religious education classes 11:30 a.m. following announcements and story time. Child care provided. 706-864-0661, www.gmuuc.org

Revival/Homecoming at Pleasant Valley Sunday

Pleasant Valley Church will be having Homecoming and Revival June 24-30, at 11 a.m. and 7:30 p.m. There will be special singing every night. The Shady Grove Boys will be singing at 11 a.m. Sunday. Bobby Baker and Chris White will be helping pastor Gary Keown. Everyone is welcome.

Auraria Church revival begins MONDAY

Auraria Church of Almighty God will hold revival services Monday, June 25, through Friday, June 29, at 7:30 p.m. There will be special singers each night and Pastor Corey Ray will be preaching. Everyone is invited. The church is located eight miles south of Dahlonega on Auraria Rd. (old 9 East Highway). 706-864-7460

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

Farmers Market

FARMERS MARKET Saturdays in New location

The Dahlonega Farmers Market is open 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays in a new location this year. The market features locally grown, seasonal vegetables and fruits as well as jams, honeys, herbs, flowers and plants at West Main and Waters streets (across from the Holly Theater). Farmers interested in participating can obtain a permit ($15/month) at City Hall, 465 Riley Road. Become a Fan of the “Dahlonega Farmers Market” on Facebook. Rebecca Shirley, 706-864-6133

Lessons: Music/Dance

Dance Classes

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

music, songwriting lessons

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

STring Instruments

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

MUSIC LESSONS

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

Music lessons

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

Weekend camp for drummers

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

STRING INSTRUMENT Lessons

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

Wellness/Fitness

Free Stress Management program offered

“Stress Free Fridays” is a program through the Appalachian Nurse Practitioner Clinic at NGCSU offering free Stress Management consultations and workshops to the public. Two sessions of workshops will be held Friday afternoons in June. Session 1 will be held at 1 p.m. in the Health & Natural Sciences building auditorium and will consists of presentations and discussions on various stress related topics. Session 2 will be held at 3 p.m., also in the Health & Natural Sciences building (exact room number may vary); participants will experience different forms of stress management techniques taught by trained professionals. Topics for June 22 are: Session 1 - Effective Communication Session 2 - Progressive Muscle Relaxation and Guided Imagry. Individual stress management consultations will take place in the mornings on Fridays and appointments may be made by calling (706) 867-2713. They will consist of a short assessment and discussion in order to find a personalized stress management technique suited to each individual.

Yoga at Dahlonega Spa Resort

June 25, 6 p.m.: Hot Yoga—it’s powerful and energetic Yoga posture-flow in a heated room with Carolina Sartain—burn calories while detoxifying body and mind. Tuesdays at 6 p.m.: Yoga for all levels. A basic Hatha Yoga flow, appropriate for any level with Chris Sartain. 400 Blueberry Hill off Town Creek Church Road. 706-865-7678

YOGA with Quiana

Yoga promotes ease, health, vitality and peace. Vinyasa Flow integrating movement, breath and mudras. Monday, Wednesday, Friday, 9-10:15 a.m.; Wednesday, 6:20-7:35 p.m.; Thursday 4- 5:20 p.m.; Saturday 8-9:30 a.m. To join, contact Quiana, 828-318-9169, iliveingrace@yahoo.com

Holistic movement classes

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

Dahlonega Healing Arts

Morning Yoga 9-10:15 a.m. Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. Evening Yoga Monday, 6:20 p.m.; Wednesday, 6 p.m., Thursday 4 p.m. and Friday, 4:30 p.m. Chigong/Taichi: Tuesday at 6 p.m. and Thursdays at 6:30 p.m. 81 Crown Mountain Place, Building E, Suite 100, 706-867-7026

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

Art Lessons

Art by Rayneri Watercolor Classes

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

Drawing for the Fun of It by Jon Dahlstrom

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

classes at Funky chicken

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

art instruction by Win Crannell

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

Painting lessons by Anita Elder

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

Senior Services/Activities

lumpkin County Senior Center

266 Mechanicsville Road, 706-864-2358,

lcseniorcenter@windstream.net

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

Rubber Bandits: Strength training program Tuesdays and Fridays through June 29 from 8:30 a.m. to 9:15 a.m. $10 per person/month.

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

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

Wellness programS for 55+: Healthways Silver Sneakers, designed for 55+ adults, Monday, Tuesday and Friday at 9:30 a.m. Cardio Fit at 3 p.m. Thursdays.

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.

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

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

SCOUTING:

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

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

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

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

More Pets

TLC seeks volunteers, trainer assistants

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

Senior Services uncut

lumpkin County Senior Center

266 Mechanicsville Road, 706-864-2358,

lcseniorcenter@windstream.net

SENIOR Co-ed SOFTBALL: Bring your glove and come play at The Lumpkin County Parks & Recreation Field #5 (adjacent to the Senior Center, 266 Mechanicsville Road.) Games will be played Monday, Tuesday and Thursday mornings at 10 a.m. Co-ed, age 50+. 678-343-8069.

FRee Tax Help: Wednesdays, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. See info under Assistance Available heading.

Rubber Bandits: strength training program for older adults. Dr. Dawn Hayes, professor in physical therapy at NGCSU, instructs the class Tuesdays and Fridays through June 29 from 8:30 a.m. to 9:15 a.m. $10 per person/month. Contact Dr. Hayes at 706-864-1899 or dmhayes@northgeorgia.edu.\

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

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

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

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

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

Education/Classes

S.A.T. and Study Prep

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

program aims to improve reading skills

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

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

Paychecks may be available for GED studENTS

For working on getting your GED, a new Federal Program may pay you up to $72 per week for up to six months for gas and lunch, plus testing fees and day care for single parents. Call 706-867-2862 to see if you qualify. The GED Adult Learning Center will be closed starting June 1 and will reopen July 9.

Mountain Ed High School

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

Buddhist meditation and study group

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

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

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.

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

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

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

www.diningindahlonega.com

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

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

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

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

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

Monthly Wine Tasting: Sunday, June 24, 4-6 p.m. Appetizer pairings with wine. $40/person includes tax and gratuity. Reservations required.

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

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

Thursday, June 21, 7-9 p.m. “Audition” Open Mic. Budding to professional songwriters are invited to enter a competition based on lyrics, melody, vocal /instrumental skills and overall performance ability. $50 cash prize on Final Cut night.

Friday, June 22, 8 p.m.-11p.m.: Chuck Cannon. $22 advance/$25

day of show: Acclaimed Nashville based songwriter who has written over a dozen #1 songs recorded by a variety of mega-stars. He has authored How Do You Like Me Now?, I Love the Way You Love Me, American Soldier and many, many other hit songs takes the stage as to showcase his own prowess as an entertainer. www.CHUCKCANNON.com

Saturday, June 23, 8-11 p.m. Humble Tripe. $12 advance/$14 day of show. Humble Tripe. Progressive folk, Americana. Shawn Luby is a graceful performer who’s songs evoke thought and emotion. His band, Humble Tripe,

showcases his melodic folk tunes with a modest amount of enegitic presence

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

Sunday, June 24, 7:30 p.m. Jazz it Up Jam. $5

Monday/Tuesday: Closed.

Holly Theatre, 69 West Main Street, 706-864-3759,

www.hollytheater.com

Miss Firecracker Contest, a production of the Holly Theater Company. June 22-24, Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m., Sunday at 2 p.m. $15. See more this page.

The Lingo Lounge, Thursday, June 28, 8 p.m., Holly Underground. Writers open mic in an intimate, casual, lounge-type atmosphere. Free. see story page 1B.

Hannah Thomas Band: In concert Friday, June 29, 8 p.m. with special guest Marshall Chapman. Hannah Thomas is an up and coming young singer/songwriter. hannahthomasband.com $15

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

Thursdays: College Night

Fridays: Live entertainment

Tuesdays: Country Western Music night

Friday, June 22: Stoned Sandwich

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Friday, June 22, 8:30-11 p.m.: Jason Connelly. Musicians of the purest sense, Jason Connelly and Keith Hirsch write from personal life experience; their lyrics are filled with reality and genuine emotion. Jason Connelly’s voice and rhythmic guitar and Keith Hirsch’s ability to make a djembe sound like a full drum set characterize the Jason Conelly Band. All ages welcome. No cover charge.

Saturday, June 23 - 12-3 p.m. on the deck: Tom and Juli. Listen to an incredible repertoire of cover songs from this popular Dahlonega duo.

Saturday, June 223, 8-11:30 p.m. Dan Sheffield. Sheffield is a guitar-picker and singer from just outside Atlanta. He is a lover of all styles of music and performs well-known covers, rock classics, blues, country and soul with his evocative singing and with Delta-fingerstyle guitar licks and progressive rock feel. His powerful voice and distinctive musical style have enabled him to perform alongside such well-respected Atlanta musicians as Nathan Nelson, Bill Sheffield, Joe McGuinness, Count M’Butu and Mudcat.

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.

Isakson Rep in town Wednesday

Tate O’Rouke, Field Representative for Northeast Georgia for U.S. Senator Johnny Isakson, will hold an open office day for constituents on Wednesday, June 20, from 2:30 p.m. until 4:30 p.m. at the Dahlonega-Lumpkin Chamber of Commerce offices on the square. Isakson encourages constituents to come talk with his representative about any issues concerning the federal government, federal legislation or federal agencies, such as Veterans Affairs, the IRS, Medicare, or the Bureau of Citizenship and Immigration Services.

Candidate Forum June 21

The Dahlonega-Lumpkin County Chamber of Commerce and Dahlonega Woman’s Club will host a Candidate Forum at 6 p.m. Thursday, June 21, at Lumpkin County YMCA Parks and Recreation, Riley Road. The community will have the opportunity to hear from the candidates and ask questions. Candidates invited include those running for County Commission, Chief Magistrate Judge, School Board, Coroner, and County Surveyor. Others invited and running unopposed are Stacy Jarrard, Sheriff; Rachel Pruitt, Tax Commissioner; Clerk of Superior Court, Rita Harkins; Jim McClure, School Board, and Michael Chastain, Judge, Probate Court.Questions for the candidates can be submitted to cand4um@yahoo.com or placed in the drop box in the Visitor Center on the square. Deadline for questions is 5 p.m. Wednesday, June 20. 706-864-3711

Benefit Bake Sale Saturday

A benefit bake sale to support the NOA (No One Alone) shelter will be held from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, June 23, at Southern Finds on North Grove Street. Come enjoy cookies, brownies, brittle and more. 706-867-6167

Orientation for adult literacy volunteers

The Lumpkin County Adult Literacy Program (ALP) is in need of additional volunteer tutors and will be holding an orientation and question/answer session to discuss program opportunities. No experience is needed ... just a desire to help someone learn to improve their reading skills. The meeting will be held at the Adult Learning Center at 150-B Johnson Street, Dahlonega, on Saturday morning, June 30, from 9:30 to 11 a.m. All are invited. Light snacks provided. 706-429-4517

Festivals/Races/Rides

Three Sisters Wine festival: june weekends

Three Sisters Vineyards & Winery’s signature event, the 11th annual Georgia Wine Country Festival, will be presented every Saturday and Sunday in June, Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Sundays from 11:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. June 23-24, and June 30. A Georgia Wine Garden featuring wines from around the state will be presented for a $20 fee to visitors and includes a keepsake wine glass. Music, tastings, food. 439 Vineyard Way, Dahlonega. Free general admission. www.ThreeSistersVineyards.com.

Nature & Outdoors

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

3rd Saturday Youth Fishing Days: Children and a special adult are invited to fish from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday, June 16, in Buck Shoals lake, a stocked lake in an unopen state park.

Keeping the Wild in Wildlife: Notes from a Wildlife Rehabber, 10 a.m. to noon, Saturday, June 23. Rehabber Liz Nicholas will discuss how we can look at our relationship with wildlife and promote keeping wild animals wild. Register early. $15 advance, $20 after June 15.

Park After Dark at Smithgall Woods, 7-10 p.m. Friday, June 22. Explore the wonders of the night! A bed-sheet will be set up to collect insects to see what we can find and there will be a short hike on paved roadway. $5 per adult or $10 per family. Registration required.

Guided Hike at Buck Shoals State Park, Saturday, June 30, 9-11:30 a.m. Hikers will meet at Buck Shoals, an unopened state park, at 9 a.m. Explore wildflowers and features of the park with Volunteers Everett and Leslie Avery. The hike will end at about 11:30 a.m. Please register.

Community Support Activities

LCHS Band needs your help

The LCHS band is trying to raise funds and receive donations of food to feed over 100 students during three weeks of band camp. Band funds are tight and supporters feel this savings in expenses will help pay for uniforms, instruments, travel expenses, and more. Contact Debbie Carroll, 678-936-6601, mrsdebbiecarroll@gmail.com if you can help. Donations can be mailed to LCHS Band c/o Andrew Harwood, LCHS, 2001 Indian Drive, Dahlonega, GA, 30533.

AT-EASE program checks on Homebound

This program of the Lumpkin County Sheriff’s Office provides regular contact to those who are homebound, disabled, sick, living alone, or just need the assurance of a friendly voice. Participation can be temporary or ongoing. Registration forms are available on the Sheriff’s Office website at www.lumpkincounty.gov, at the Lumpkin County Sheriff’s Office, and by phone request at 706-864-3633. (6/20)

Free PIck up of Donations by CHP

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

Pick up for Southern finds

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

Pickup by Waypoint

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

Children & Young Adults

Free Camp for Kids of Disabled Veterans:

A free camp program for children of fallen, wounded or disabled military veterans and service members will be held at Wahsega 4-H Camp in Dahlonega on July 15-20. Camp Corral, a week-long outdoor summer camp with locations across the U.S. throughout the summer, is sponsored by the Golden Corral restaurant chain for children 8 to 15, and offers a traditional camp experience with recreational water and target sports, horseback riding, crafts and campfire stories. www.campcorral.org

Kindermusik day camp starts July 16

Creatures in My Backyard Kindermusik Summer Camp is coming to Dahlonega July 16-20. $90, $5 off per friend. Ages 0-7 years. Licensed educator Bonnie Bost, 770-315-1302.

MOON MOUNTAIN ART CAMP JULY 23-27

Moon Mountain will hold an art day camp at the Old Cannery, just off the square on Enotah Street, July 23-27, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The emphasis will be on hands-on, interactive, and fun learning, with exposure to a wide range of artistic media and methods. $125 week, or $100 for 3 days (M/W/F). Nora L. Mendoza, Art Director, 706-300-7003, info@noramendoza.com

Ballet Barre registering for fall

The Ballet Barre is currently enrolling for the fall season in Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Hip Hop, Contemporary, Pointe, and new this year, Beginning Baton.706-867-1905, www.bbarre.com

Free teen driving program offered June 26

Georgia Teens Ride With P.R.I.D.E. (Parents Reducing Injuries and Driver Error) is a free, national award-winning two-hour course designed to help parents and their new (or soon to be) teen drivers, ages 14-16, learn what they need to do during the 40 hours of supervised practice driving time required by Georgia law. This program addresses driver attitude, knowledge and behavior of both the parent and new teen driver; teens and parents must attend together. Classes are held on the fourth Tuesday of each month at 4 p.m. at Lumpkin County Parks YMCA, 365 Riley Rd. Information/registration: Brandy Fitzpatrick, 770-369-4416, brandyfitzpatrick@ymail.com

CHEER/TUMBLE/GYM AND SWIM YMCA Camp

July 9-13. Cheer/Tumble 10 a.m. to noon, $50. Learn cheers, chants, jumps and tumbling; snack provided. Gym and Swim noon-2 p.m. $50 Work on tumbling skills as well as gymnastics equipment; daily swimming from 1:30-2 p.m.; snack provided. Stay the whole time 10-2, $80. Ages 6 and up. Groups will be divided up based on age and skill levels. Sign up at the YMCA. Call Ms. Connie with questions 706-864-5753

Summer theater camps at the HOlly

The Holly Theater will offer summer theater camps to kids ages 6-18. Camp information, dates and fees are available by visiting www.hollytheater.com. Click on youth programs and then productions. Or call the Holly at 706-864-3759 for more information.

June 25-29, 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.: The Ever After. Ages: 6-12. Performance at 2 p.m. Saturday, June 30. Tuition $125.

July 16-20, 9:30 a.m.-1 p.m. The AristoCats, ages 6-12, Performance date Friday, July 20, 6 p.m. $125.

YMCA Summer Day Camp now registering

Lumpkin County Family YMCA is offering a summer day camp program for ages Pre K-8th grade. A wide range of activities are offered in a safe and fun environment. Following a one-time $15 registration fee, weekly rate is $69 and includes lunch. Hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. with extended hours available at no additional cost from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Themed weeks include: June 25, Talent; July 2: Patriotic, July 9, Theatre; July 16, Dare/Local Heroes; July 23, Animals, and July 30, Camp Celebration.

Kids on Campus Summer Program at NGCSU

Camps will be offered the week of July 9-13 and July 16-20, and will include Passport to China, Snack Attack, Space O’Rama, CSI, and Crafty Kids. For full camp information, including sports camps, visit www.northgeorgia.edu/summercamps

preschool Programs Registering:

Dahlonega United Methodist Church MMO/Preschool. Ages Toddlers-Pre-K class. 706-864-8521, dahlonegaumc.org/ministries/mmo-and-preschool

Lumpkin County Head Start/Pre-K. Children will need to be age 3 or 4 by Sept. 1. The program welcomes children with disabilities and does not discriminate. 706-864-3456

Free Meals/Food/Help

Free Food at DCOG Monday, July 2

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

Free meals for school-aged children

Step of Faith Outreach, Inc. will offer a Summer Food Service Program in Lumpkin County at W.L. Whelchel Family LIfe Center, 69 Hickory Grove Road. Free nutritious breakfasts (8-9 a.m.) and lunches (noon-1 p.m.) will be served to any school aged child 18 years and younger Mondays through Fridays from June 4-August 3. Take GA-52 east out of Dahlonega for about 5.5 miles, then turn right onto Old Dahlonega Hwy. and go 2.3 miles. Life Center is on the left right behind Hickory Grove CME Church. For more information, or to volunteer to help, call 678-617-9913 or 706-867-6879. The program is sponsored by The U.S. Department of Agriculture.

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

Closed Wednesday, July 4

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

eBooks: Downloadable at the library’s Web site.

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

Summer Reading Program: Registration open through July 31

Superheroes and How to Draw Comics, Wednesday, June 20, 2 p.m. Superhero comic book artist Kyle Putkammer will present a workshop on how to draw comics. www.galacticquest.com

Happy Bookers, Thursday, June 21, 1:30 p.m. June Selection: In the Garden of Beasts by Erik Larson. The Happy Bookers book discussion group meets the third Thursday of each month. The group rotates discussing fiction, non-fiction, and award-winning books. New members are welcome.

Volunteers

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

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

Odyssey Hospice 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Music/Drama/Film & More

North GA Chamber MUsic Fest June 22, 24

The inaugural North Georgia Chamber Music Festival, which features four programs of music spread out over two weekends in June, will continue at NGCSU’s Gloria Shott Performance Hall Friday, June 22 at 8 p.m., and Sunday, June 24, at 3 p.m. See article page 1.

Jamming on the Square every Saturday

Acoustic musicians gather on the lawn of the Dahlonega Gold Museum from 2-5 p.m. every Saturday through Oct. 13 for the jam that welcomes pickers and listeners. Produced by Dahlonega Downtown Development Authority and Better Hometown Program. Facebook group: Dahlonega Appalachian Jam, 706-864-3513

events at NGCSU

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

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

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

www.diningindahlonega.com

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

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

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

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

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

Monthly Wine Tasting: Sunday, June 24, 4-6 p.m. Appetizer pairings with wine. $40/person includes tax and gratuity. Reservations required.

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

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

Thursday, June 21, 7-9 p.m. “Audition” Open Mic. Budding to professional songwriters are invited to enter a competition based on lyrics, melody, vocal /instrumental skills and overall performance ability. $50 cash prize on Final Cut night.

Friday, June 22, 8 p.m.-11p.m.: Chuck Cannon. $22 advance/$25

day of show: Acclaimed Nashville based songwriter who has written over a dozen #1 songs recorded by a variety of mega-stars. He has authored How Do You Like Me Now?, I Love the Way You Love Me, American Soldier and many, many other hit songs takes the stage as to showcase his own prowess as an entertainer. www.CHUCKCANNON.com

Saturday, June 23, 8-11 p.m. Humble Tripe. $12 advance/$14 day of show. Humble Tripe. Progressive folk, Americana. Shawn Luby is a graceful performer who’s songs evoke thought and emotion. His band, Humble Tripe,

showcases his melodic folk tunes with a modest amount of enegitic presence

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

Sunday, June 24, 7:30 p.m. Jazz it Up Jam. $5

Monday/Tuesday: Closed.

Holly Theatre, 69 West Main Street, 706-864-3759,

www.hollytheater.com

Miss Firecracker Contest, a production of the Holly Theater Company. June 22-24, Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m., Sunday at 2 p.m. $15. See more this page.

The Lingo Lounge, Thursday, June 28, 8 p.m., Holly Underground. Writers open mic in an intimate, casual, lounge-type atmosphere. Free. see story page 1B.

Hannah Thomas Band: In concert Friday, June 29, 8 p.m. with special guest Marshall Chapman. Hannah Thomas is an up and coming young singer/songwriter. hannahthomasband.com $15

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

Thursdays: College Night

Fridays: Live entertainment

Tuesdays: Country Western Music night

Friday, June 22: Stoned Sandwich

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Friday, June 22, 8:30-11 p.m.: Jason Connelly. Musicians of the purest sense, Jason Connelly and Keith Hirsch write from personal life experience; their lyrics are filled with reality and genuine emotion. Jason Connelly’s voice and rhythmic guitar and Keith Hirsch’s ability to make a djembe sound like a full drum set characterize the Jason Conelly Band. All ages welcome. No cover charge.

Saturday, June 23 - 12-3 p.m. on the deck: Tom and Juli. Listen to an incredible repertoire of cover songs from this popular Dahlonega duo.

Saturday, June 223, 8-11:30 p.m. Dan Sheffield. Sheffield is a guitar-picker and singer from just outside Atlanta. He is a lover of all styles of music and performs well-known covers, rock classics, blues, country and soul with his evocative singing and with Delta-fingerstyle guitar licks and progressive rock feel. His powerful voice and distinctive musical style have enabled him to perform alongside such well-respected Atlanta musicians as Nathan Nelson, Bill Sheffield, Joe McGuinness, Count M’Butu and Mudcat.

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, (706) 864-8275

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

Simply Taste Buds, a tasting room for Georgia Wines, 39 South Chestatee Street, 706-482-0004.

Art Workshops

Digital Photography Workshop

Jon McLean from JMP Studio, LLC (www.jmpstudio.com), will lead a three-day workshop focusing on technical skills, composition, and use of lighting in digital photography as well as using photo editing software. 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, July 19-21, at the Art Loft in Dahlonega. $295. Anita Elder, 706-429-6008, www.artloft.net

Support Groups

Overcomers Outreach at Bethlehem Baptist

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

Support for victims of family violence

The NOA Network Support Group meets weekly in Dawsonville and Dahlonega to provide emotional support to victims of family violence and their children. Topics are led by a licensed counselor and include: Building Self-Esteem, Managing Emotions, Healthy Relationships, etc. Childcare and snacks are provided. The Dawson group meets in Dawsonville on Wednesdays from 6:30 p.m.-7:45 p.m. The Lumpkin group meets in Dahlonega on Mondays from 6:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m. Please call NOA (No One Alone) at 706-867-6420 for more information or to join a group. 24-Hour Crisis Line, 706-864-1986, or live webchat available- www.noonealone.org

Nursing Mothers’ Support

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

Domestic violence: support, crisis line

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

Reformers Unanimous Addiction Program

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

Grief support programs at NGMC

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

Kinship Care—Grandparents Raising Grandchildren

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

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

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

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

Alcoholics Anonymous:

The Gratitude Group: Meeting at noon Mon., Tues, Wed., Fri.; 7:30 p.m. Thursday (Twelve and Twelve); 9 a.m. Saturday; 3 p.m. Sunday. All meetings at Kidz Church of the Dahlonega United Methodist church using the Maple Street entrance opposite the Sun Trust bank ATM. AA Hotline: 706-867-7769

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

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

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

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

Reunions

WIlliams-Gable

The Williams-Gable reunion will be held Sunday, June 24, at the Pine Valley Picnic area on Highway 9 South approximately five miles from Dahlonega. Bring a picnic lunch and join the fun and fellowship. Lunch will be served about 12:30 p.m. A gift will be presented to the oldest, youngest, and to the one who comes the greatest distance. Syble Brown, 706-864-3968; Grace Samples, 770-887-5619; Gene Floyd, 770-815-3164

LCHS Class of 2002 June 23

Lumpkin County High School Class of 2002 will hold its Ten Year Reunion on June 23. For details, e-mail lchs02reunion@gmail.com.

Sullivan-Mashburn June 23-24

Descendants of William Sullivan and Rebecca Mashburn Sullivan will be hosting the 80th annual family reunion Saturday and Sunday, June 23 and 24. On Saturday a meet and greet will be held in Blairsville at 5:30 p.m. at the Milton Inn with dinner at 7 p.m. at the Cookie Jar/Steve’s Steak House. On Sunday the family will worship together at 11 a.m. at Confidence UMC on Nottely Dam Road with a potluck luncheon following. Tracy Lea Baugh-Cape, 706-969-8970; Allison Sullivan, 404-723-0730

Stringer Family, June 24

Everyone is welcome to attend the Stringer Family Reunion at 11 a.m. Sunday, June 24, at Mt. Zion Baptist Church Community Building off Highway 115 West, Dahlonega. Bring a covered dish for lunch.

Pets

Low-cost spay/neuter services June 20-21

Low-cost spay/neuter services for cats and dogs will be available at the Lumpkin County Animal Shelter by appointment on June 20 and 21. The Atlanta Humane Society partners with the county shelter to provide these services in its state-of-the-art mobile Surgical Utility Vehicle. The unit will return on June 20 and 21 and appointments are being taken now. Surgeries are $20 and include a complimentary rabies vaccination and microchip if needed. Pets can go home shortly after surgery. Appointments must be made in person at the shelter, 1363 Red Oak Flats Road in Dahlonega, 10:30 a.m. to 4:40 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. For information call 706-867-7297.

Dog Obedience Agility & Rally-O

Classes start week of July 10-15. Intermediate Obedience is a pre-requisite for Agility. Classes run for 7 weeks. Dogs must be 4 months with vaccinations. $99 ($10 discount on obedience classes for adopted shelter dogs). Visit www.dahlonegaobediencegroup.com for class schedules. Dahlonega Obedience Group (D.O.G.), certified instructor Mary Kay Crowell, 706-864-0410

Micro-chipping at animal shelter

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

volunteer pets needed

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

TLC Donations needed

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

Purchases from online retailers benefit TLC

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

Recycling

PLASTIC/PAPER/ALUMINUM:

• # 1 & 2 plastic bottles (discard lids)

• Corrugated cardboard (clean and dry)

• Office paper and junk mail, magazines etc. No paperboard (such as cereal boxes), brown fiber paper (such as brown paper bags) or paper towel or toilet tissue cores.

• Aluminum and tin cans. (please rinse out)

Locations:

• Lumpkin County Recycle Center, 1642 Red Oak Flats Road, (706-867-7574

• Lumpkin County Landfill, Barlow Road. 706-864-6338

• Bins at Radar Ridge, Morrison Moore across from the college dorms

• Bins on Highway 19 North across from Ace Hardware.

CITY PICK UP AT RESIDENCES

The City accepts the same things except for cans. They do not have to be separated.

CFL BULBS: Home Depot

BATTERIES

• Radio Shack/Dahlonega Pharmacy: household rechargeable batteries

• Home Depot

Cell PHones

Dahlonega Funeral Home collects old cell phones for “Cell Phones for Soldiers,” an effort to support military members returning from active duty. 706-864-DOVE

PLASTIC GROCERY BAGS:

• J&J Foods

• Walmart

STYROFOAM: Publix accepts egg cartons and meat trays.

Electronic Recyclables, MIcrowaves, etc.

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

Church/Religious Events

Gospel Singing

Singing Saturday night at Salem

Salem Baptist Church will have a singing Saturday, June 23, at 7 p.m. Featured singers will be The Bridgemen. Pastor Tony Howard welcomes everyone.

Freedom MInistries saturday night singing

Saturday night singing: Big Oak Gospel Music at 7 p.m. each Saturday. Featured singers on June 23 are Pure in Heart, The Mitchells, and Down to Earth. The event is hosted by The Freedom Heirs and admission is free; a love offering will be collected. 1067 Highway 115 South (Old Dahlonega Highway) 706-867-6534 www.gospelgigs.com/glendonwilliamsfreedomheirs, freedomministries@windstream.net

Revival at Freedom Baptist continues

Freedom Baptist Church is holding revival services through Friday, June 22, with services are at 7 p.m. Brothers Terry Head and Josh Chatam are assisting. Rev. Ronnie Fuller invites everyone to attend. The church is located at the corner of Happy Hollow and West Circle.

Non-Denominational Taizé service June 24

St. Elizabeth’s Episcopal Church, Dahlonega, invites the community to a Taizé service, a non-denominational prayer and music service, at 6 p.m. Sunday, June 24. The service consists of simple, beautiful, repetitive song accompanied by multiple instruments, a period of silence, reading from the Holy Scriptures, and prayer. 1188 Hamp Mill Road, 706-864-5423, www.stelizabethepiscopal.com

CONCORD ORDINATION rescheduled for June 24

The ordination service at Concord Church, originally scheduled for June 10, was cancelled due to a death in the family. The new date for the ordination of Brett Caldwell as Deacon is Sunday June 24, at 3 p.m. The Church is located four miles north of Dahlonega on Hwy. 19. Pastor Roger Dunagan invites everyone.

Sacred Grounds at DPC June 24

Sacred Grounds, a coffee house ministry, is held at the Dahlonega Presbyterian Church every fourth Sunday of the month at 6 p.m. Coffee, drinks and light snacks are served.

UnitARIAn Universalist church

Georgia Mountains Unitarian Universalist Church is a welcoming congregation. On June 24 Rev. George Owen will present “Beyond Christianity (and Judaism and Islam),” a look at how the world is rapidly changing for religion as many of us have known it for generations. The speaker will discuss his own journey, and prospects for major religions around the world. Worship 11 a.m.; children’s religious education classes 11:30 a.m. following announcements and story time. Child care provided. 706-864-0661, www.gmuuc.org

Revival/Homecoming at Pleasant Valley Sunday

Pleasant Valley Church will be having Homecoming and Revival June 24-30, at 11 a.m. and 7:30 p.m. There will be special singing every night. The Shady Grove Boys will be singing at 11 a.m. Sunday. Bobby Baker and Chris White will be helping pastor Gary Keown. Everyone is welcome.

Auraria Church revival begins MONDAY

Auraria Church of Almighty God will hold revival services Monday, June 25, through Friday, June 29, at 7:30 p.m. There will be special singers each night and Pastor Corey Ray will be preaching. Everyone is invited. The church is located eight miles south of Dahlonega on Auraria Rd. (old 9 East Highway). 706-864-7460

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

Farmers Market

FARMERS MARKET Saturdays in New location

The Dahlonega Farmers Market is open 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays in a new location this year. The market features locally grown, seasonal vegetables and fruits as well as jams, honeys, herbs, flowers and plants at West Main and Waters streets (across from the Holly Theater). Farmers interested in participating can obtain a permit ($15/month) at City Hall, 465 Riley Road. Become a Fan of the “Dahlonega Farmers Market” on Facebook. Rebecca Shirley, 706-864-6133

Lessons: Music/Dance

Dance Classes

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

music, songwriting lessons

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

STring Instruments

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

MUSIC LESSONS

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

Music lessons

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

Weekend camp for drummers

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

STRING INSTRUMENT Lessons

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

Wellness/Fitness

Free Stress Management program offered

“Stress Free Fridays” is a program through the Appalachian Nurse Practitioner Clinic at NGCSU offering free Stress Management consultations and workshops to the public. Two sessions of workshops will be held Friday afternoons in June. Session 1 will be held at 1 p.m. in the Health & Natural Sciences building auditorium and will consists of presentations and discussions on various stress related topics. Session 2 will be held at 3 p.m., also in the Health & Natural Sciences building (exact room number may vary); participants will experience different forms of stress management techniques taught by trained professionals. Topics for June 22 are: Session 1 - Effective Communication Session 2 - Progressive Muscle Relaxation and Guided Imagry. Individual stress management consultations will take place in the mornings on Fridays and appointments may be made by calling (706) 867-2713. They will consist of a short assessment and discussion in order to find a personalized stress management technique suited to each individual.

Yoga at Dahlonega Spa Resort

June 25, 6 p.m.: Hot Yoga—it’s powerful and energetic Yoga posture-flow in a heated room with Carolina Sartain—burn calories while detoxifying body and mind. Tuesdays at 6 p.m.: Yoga for all levels. A basic Hatha Yoga flow, appropriate for any level with Chris Sartain. 400 Blueberry Hill off Town Creek Church Road. 706-865-7678

YOGA with Quiana

Yoga promotes ease, health, vitality and peace. Vinyasa Flow integrating movement, breath and mudras. Monday, Wednesday, Friday, 9-10:15 a.m.; Wednesday, 6:20-7:35 p.m.; Thursday 4- 5:20 p.m.; Saturday 8-9:30 a.m. To join, contact Quiana, 828-318-9169, iliveingrace@yahoo.com

Holistic movement classes

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

Dahlonega Healing Arts

Morning Yoga 9-10:15 a.m. Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. Evening Yoga Monday, 6:20 p.m.; Wednesday, 6 p.m., Thursday 4 p.m. and Friday, 4:30 p.m. Chigong/Taichi: Tuesday at 6 p.m. and Thursdays at 6:30 p.m. 81 Crown Mountain Place, Building E, Suite 100, 706-867-7026

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

Art Lessons

Art by Rayneri Watercolor Classes

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

Drawing for the Fun of It by Jon Dahlstrom

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

classes at Funky chicken

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

art instruction by Win Crannell

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

Painting lessons by Anita Elder

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

Senior Services/Activities

lumpkin County Senior Center

266 Mechanicsville Road, 706-864-2358,

lcseniorcenter@windstream.net

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

Rubber Bandits: Strength training program Tuesdays and Fridays through June 29 from 8:30 a.m. to 9:15 a.m. $10 per person/month.

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

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

Wellness programS for 55+: Healthways Silver Sneakers, designed for 55+ adults, Monday, Tuesday and Friday at 9:30 a.m. Cardio Fit at 3 p.m. Thursdays.

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.

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

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

SCOUTING:

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

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

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

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

More Pets

TLC seeks volunteers, trainer assistants

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

Senior Services uncut

lumpkin County Senior Center

266 Mechanicsville Road, 706-864-2358,

lcseniorcenter@windstream.net

SENIOR Co-ed SOFTBALL: Bring your glove and come play at The Lumpkin County Parks & Recreation Field #5 (adjacent to the Senior Center, 266 Mechanicsville Road.) Games will be played Monday, Tuesday and Thursday mornings at 10 a.m. Co-ed, age 50+. 678-343-8069.

FRee Tax Help: Wednesdays, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. See info under Assistance Available heading.

Rubber Bandits: strength training program for older adults. Dr. Dawn Hayes, professor in physical therapy at NGCSU, instructs the class Tuesdays and Fridays through June 29 from 8:30 a.m. to 9:15 a.m. $10 per person/month. Contact Dr. Hayes at 706-864-1899 or dmhayes@northgeorgia.edu.\

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

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

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

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

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

Education/Classes

S.A.T. and Study Prep

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

program aims to improve reading skills

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

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

Paychecks may be available for GED studENTS

For working on getting your GED, a new Federal Program may pay you up to $72 per week for up to six months for gas and lunch, plus testing fees and day care for single parents. Call 706-867-2862 to see if you qualify. The GED Adult Learning Center will be closed starting June 1 and will reopen July 9.

Mountain Ed High School

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

Buddhist meditation and study group

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

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

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.

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

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

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