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Community-Wide Events

groups, schools asked to build scarecrows

The Dahlonega Woman’s Club invites clubs, businesses, individuals and school groups to participate in their scarecrow competition. A $20 registration fee is due Aug. 15, but school classes for grades K-12 can enter free. Scarecrows will be displayed all around town Aug. 30-Sept. 22. They will be judged on Sept. 4 in one of three categories for adults and groups or businesses—traditional, whimsical and “Go Green.” School classes will be judged in the most creative, best construction and “Go Green” categories. There will also be a People’s Choice trophy. Winners will be announced at the “Scarecrow Stomp,” a mini-festival in Hancock Park. Money raised will support DWC’s charitable giving to local organizations and causes. Marianne Gage, 706-973-0611; Gale York, 706-216-9969,

SCARECROW workshops Wednesday, Saturday

The Dahlonega Woman’s Club will hold three free scarecrow-building workshops at the Community House (corner of N. Park and Hawkins streets) to encourage participation in the Scarecrow Stomp. They are scheduled for Saturday. Aug. 4, at 10 a.m.; Wednesday, Aug. 8, at 5:30 p.m., and Saturday August 11 at 3 p.m. Scarecrow building instructions will be demonstrated and ideas will be provided. Scarecrow “skeletons” will also be available for purchase. Bring your entry form or pick one up at a workshop. Marianne, 706-973-0611; Gale, 678-773-4937;

Monthly Habitat surplus sale Aug. 10-12

Habitat for Humanity holds a surplus sale of home construction and remodeling supplies (including tools and decorating items) on the second weekend of each month. The items are available Friday and Saturday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., and Sunday, 12-4 p.m. at 16 Westbrook Drive (next to Chestatee Animal Hospital on Highway 52 East). All proceeds benefit Habitat.

Enotah CASA volunteer open house

Enotah CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates), with volunteers serving as advocates for abused and neglected children, will hold an open house for interested volunteers at from 12:30-2:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 24, at the Dahlonega Baptist Church. A new training class to prepare child advocates to speak out on behalf of the abused and neglected children in our community begins Tuesday, Jan. 31. CASA volunteers are ordinary people who have a profound sense of caring for children. The office is located at 56 Short Street in the old Health Department building., email: or call 706-864-0300

Lucky Ducky Derby Family Fun Day Aug. 25

The 5th Annual Lucky Ducky Derby Family Fun Day will be held Saturday, Aug. 25, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Yahoola Creek Park. The Derby, which begins at 1 p.m., will offer prizes to the winners of the rubber ducky race down Yahoola Creek, with a $1,000 grand prize. The family fun area will include inflatables, games, face painting, food and live music. $5, max $20/family for all games and activities. Hot dogs/hamburgers/baked goods and more available. The event is a fundraiser for the El Salvador Mission Outreach of the Dahlonega United Methodist Church. Rubber duckies can be purchased online at Steve, 706-265-0939,

Center for Hope and Healing Gala Aug. 25

The Children’s Center for Hope & Healing will host its fifth annual Gala for Hope & Healing at 7 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 25, at the Smithgall Arts Center, 331 Spring St. SW, Gainesville. The theme is The Beach, emphasizing the playful joy the organization works to bring to the children they serve, in the process of healing and restoring dignity to those who have been victimized by sexual abuse. The gala will feature food by Oakwood Occasions, a silent auction, and music by award-winning Daddy-O-Strut, a high-energy dance band. Tickets and sponsorships can be purchased online at or by calling 770-532-6530.

Farmers Markets

Market at Blackburn Park Wednesdays

The new county-operated Lumpkin County Farmers Market at Blackburn Park in the south end of the county will be open through the growing season from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Wednesdays. The market pavilion is located on Blackburn Road, about 1/4 mile past Blackburn Elementary School.

FARMERS MARKET Saturdays in Dahlonega

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

Nature & Outdoors

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

Night Hike: Friday, Aug. 10, 8-10 p.m. Explore animals of the night, the mysterious foxfire, luminescent lichens and more. Free. Registration required.

Botanical Formulations I: The second of a two part series exploring the preparation of medicinal plants, with demonstration and hands-on medicine making, will be held Saturday, Aug. 11 from 9 a.m. to noon. $35.

Amphibian Monitoring, Friday, Aug. 17, 7:30-10 p.m.: Learn to identify amphibians as a way of monitoring the health of wetland areas. A hike by a pond to identify frogs by their calls and appearance will be included. $5. Registration required.

Youth Fishing Day, Saturday, Aug. 18, 8 a.m. to noon: Children and a special adult are invited to fish from in Buck Shoals lake, a stocked lake in an unopen state park. 3rd Saturdays through Sept.

Freshwater Wetland Workshop: Saturday, Aug. 18, 9 a.m. to noon. Adopt-A-Wetland teaches citizens about freshwater wetland systems, their threats and importance, as well as how to identify hydric soils and plants. Learn about wetlands and how you can help collect data to promote their conservation and protection. $5.Registration required.

Rides, Races, Festivals

Rumble in the Streets, Cruise-in Aug. 11

The Griffin and Jake Prince “Rumble in the Streets” memorial ride and classic car cruise-in will take place Saturday, Aug. 11. Sponsored by the Sheriff’s Departments of Lumpkin, Dawson, Forsyth and Hall counties, the events benefit the Griffin and Jake Prince Memorial Fund. The approximately 70-mile ride begins at the Lumpkin County Justice Center on Riley Road. Registration ($40/bike) will take place from 9-11 a.m., a pre-ride meeting begins at 11 a.m., and the ride begins at 11:15 a.m. The route circles Lake Lanier and ends up in at Dawsonville City Hall, where the cruise-in will be held from 1-4 p.m. Cruise-in entry fee is a $20 donation. Food will be available from the Pool Room, and music will be provided by the Brian Jarrett Band. Rain date is Sept. 1. Lt. Doug Boyle,, 770-324-1015

Children & Young Adults

Auditions for children’s chorus

The North Georgia Children’s Chorus is currently holding auditions for the 2012-13 season. All treble voices ages 8-18 are welcome. For more information or to schedule an audition contact Ruth Purcell at or 706-482-9968.

Pick & Bow registration at three locations

Georgia Pick & Bow Traditional Music School is accepting applications for its fall semester which begins Sept. 11 at Blackburn Elementary, Sept. 12 at Long Branch Elementary and Sept. 13 at Lumpkin County Middle School. The program provides instruction in playing traditional Appalachian instruments to students in grades 4-12 after school on Tuesdays at Blackburn, Wednesdays at Long Branch, and Thursdays at the LCMS 6th grade center, which also serves students from Lumpkin County Elementary and Lumpkin County High. Cost of instruction is $100 for the 10-week semester, and scholarships/reduced tuition rates are available for students who qualify. Registration/parent meetings will be held in the evenings Aug. 28-30. Contact Sarrah Ellen McDonald, Pick and Bow Director, 678-936-2284 or for information. Application forms available at


Build strength, confidence, agility, and flexibility while learning gymnastics skills and having fun. Some cherleading skills included. Classes are for ages 3-14. Session 1 “registration” begins Aug. 6, and classes are filled on a first come first serve basis. Classes on Wednesdays for 9 classes/weeks. Session 1 begins Aug. 22. Tiny Tumblers: ages 3-5, 5:20-5:55 p.m., $60/9 weeks. Tumble Trainers, beginner/intermediate ages 6 and up, 4-5 p.m., $80/9 weeks. Tumble Tigers: advanced, ages 7 and up, 4-5:30 p.m., $100/9 weeks. Call Ms. Connie with class questions, 706-864-5753, or the YMCA to sign up, 706-864-3622.

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,

YMCA After-School Program

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

preschool Programs now enrolling:

Dahlonega United Methodist Church MMO/Preschool. Dahlonega United Methodist Church MMO/Preschool enroling for school year 2012-2013. Ages Toddlers-Pre-K class. Angie Mayo, 706-864-8521,

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 Food/Services

Free Legal Services

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


GED program at adult learning center

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

Mountain Education Charter High School

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


For information on these classes, contact the NGCSU Department of Continuing Education at (706) 864-1918, email or register at

Belly Dancing­—Beginner: Belly dancing is low impact and aerobic. Beginner and experienced belly dancers are welcome. Eight Mondays, Aug. 20-Oct. 15, 6:30-8 p.m. $89 Kathryn Hinds

Hydrorobics: An invigorating, low impact exercise program. Get a total body workout as you tone, strengthen and achieve flexibility and circulatory endurance in the water. For all ages (16 and up), all fitness levels, and non-swimmers. Five Mon./Wed./Fri., Aug. 20 - Sept. 24, 9:45-10:45 a.m. $69. Joan Souders

Senior Stretch: Feel better and increase your range of movement, balance and flexibility. This stretch class designed for the more mature generation, both men and women. Tonya Buell. Six Wednesdays, Aug. 22 - Sept. 26, 8:30-9:30 a.m. $69

S.A.S.Y. (Stretch and Strengthen Yoga): This beginner to advanced beginner yoga class is for everyone and every body type. During the first two classes, emphasis will be on postures, correct alignment, breathing, and learning to use your muscles. Six Wednesdays, Aug. 22-Sept. 26, 5:30-6:30 p.m. $69

Scuba Diving Intro Night: Thursday, Aug. 30, 6:45-8:30 p.m. Free. Bill Lach

Scuba Diving – Open Water: Thursdays, Sept. 6-Oct. 25, 6:45-10:00 p.m., $289

Beginning Pottery: Mondays/Wednesdays, Sept. 5 - Oct. 10, 6-8 p.m. $149. Kyle Jones

Clean Green: Saturday, Sept. 8, 10-11:30 a.m. $39, plus $10 supply fee. Jan Kelley

Easy Lake Kayak: Saturday, Sept. 8, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. $69. Patrick Hall

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

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 for a listing of classes.

Buddhist meditation and study group

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

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,

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


Project Dahlonega Boot Camp

Free co-ed fitness program that motivates and educates individuals in fitness and healthy nutrition. Workout sessions are a balanced mixture of cardio, strength, and agility, and tailored so each fitness level can achieve their maximum potential. No one left behind! Come join us and change your life! Hancock Park, Monday-Friday 5:15-6:15 a.m.

Zumba classes at YMCA

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

Yoga at Dahlonega Spa Resort

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

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 by Kathryn Crifasi, 678-770-0400, 10:30 a.m. Tuesday and Friday. 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


Adult classes offered now, Jr. Jazzercise and Team Dance coming soon. Jazzercise of Dahlonega, 400 Wal-Mart Way, Suite F. 678-617-0329,;

YOGA Flow for Personal Fitness

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

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

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.

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.

Art Workshops

Oscar Rayneri Watercolor workshop

Dahlonega watercolor artist Oscar Rayneri will teach a weekend watercolor workshop on Aug. 25 and 26 at the Chestatee Residential Community Lodge just off SR 400 toward Dawsonville. Rayneri will focus on techniques for adding realistic architectural items to landscapes. $150. Register by Aug. 17. Letty Rayneri, 706-867-8059,

Music/Drama/Film & More

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,

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

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

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

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

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

The Crimson Moon Café, 24 North Park Street, 706-864-3982, 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, Aug. 9, 7 p.m.: Open Jam, hosted by Adam Kadmon and Jason Spencer. The Crimson Moon Cafe is opening its stage on the second Thursday to any musicians willing to share known covers, originals or even improvisation. Acoustic levels are required in the venue, but electrics, drums and bass are very welcome. Text or Call 706-265-5183 to let us know you’ll be jamming! Free admission.

Friday, Aug. 10, 8-10 p.m.+: Granville Automatic. $10 advance /$12

Day of Show. Granville Automatic is Vanessa Olivarez and Elizabeth Elkins. The duo writes songs pulled from a shared love of history, horses and war. Granville Automatic has created a quiet and lyrical sound devoted to telling stories from the past. The band has

appeared on the PBS television programs Sun Studio Sessions and WoodSongs Old-Time Radio Hour, as well as Nashville Public Radio’s “Live at the Bluebird Cafe.”

Saturday, Aug. 11, 8-10 p.m.: Jennifer Daniels. $14 advance /$16

Day of Show. Singer/songwriter Daniels writes songs are lyrically rich, personal and poetic. Known for her “supple, dynamic voice and physical, absorbing delivery,” she is currently touring to promote her fifth album.

Sunday, Aug. 12, 2-5 p.m. Old-Time Music Jam. Bring your instruments and/or voices and join in on/around the stage, or have a seat and just listen as a 90-year-old “pickin’ and grinnin” tradition continues. Free. Hosted by Whistlin Rufus.

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

Thursdays: College Night

Fridays: Live entertainment

Tuesdays: Country Western Music night

Friday, Aug. 10: Stoned Sandwich

The Oar House, 3072 Highway 52, 706-864-9938,

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

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

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, Aug. 10, 8:30-11:30 p.m. Radford Windham. Singer-Songwriter Radford Windham is a native of Dahlonega. At an early age, he learned to play and sing gospel music with his family, and went on to earn his bachelor’s degree in vocal performance. He has had the opportunity to perform with musicians such as Zac Brown, Kurt Thomas and Jay Drummonds. He is able to combine his experiences to create his soulful folk-rock style. All ages welcome. No cover charge.

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

Saturday, Aug. 11, 8:30-11:30 p.m. Roshambeaux. This group is a fresh take on good ole’ Rock n’ Roll churned up with jive, hip hop, and soul. Formed in the North Georgia mountains in April, 2010, this three piece has come far in such a short amount of time. They released their debut album, Gaudy Monstrosity, in the winter of 2010; it has sold over 500 units. Now performing full time, they have played over 500 shows and their online presence is about 8,000 fans and growing. All ages welcome. No cover charge.

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

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

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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.


Dog Obedience, Agility & Rally-O!

Classes start the week of Aug. 26-29 and run for 7 weeks. Intermediate Obedience is pre-requisite for Agility. Dogs must be 4 months w/vaccinations. $99, $10 discount on Obedience Classes for adopted shelter dogs. Dahlonega Obedience Group (D.O.G.), Certified instructor Mary Kay Crowell, 706-864-0410. See class schedule at (8/22)

Special surgery pricing on spay/neuter

The Humane Society of Northeast Georgia is offering a spay/neuter surgery special during August. Snip More, Save More offers special pricing, with increased discounts for multiple pets. The regular fees for surgery are $60-$80/pet. HSNEGA also offers low-cost vaccinations, heartworm testing, and other services at the time of surgery for an additional cost. 770-532-6617,

Spay/neuter at LC Animal Shelter Aug. 29-30

Lumpkin County Animal Shelter is taking reservations for spay and neuter services Wednesday and Thursday, Aug. 29 and 30. Low-cost spay/neuter services for cats and dogs will be provided by The Atlanta Humane Society in its state-of-the-art mobile Surgical Utility Vehicle at the Lumpkin shelter. Surgeries are $20 and include a complimentary rabies vaccination and microchip if needed. Appointments must be made in person and in advance at the shelter (10:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday). Owners can take their pets home shortly after surgery. Lumpkin County Animal Shelter, 1363 Red Oak Flats Road, 706-867-7297.


Summerour Aug. 11

The Summerour Family Reunion will be held Saturday, Aug. 11, at 10 a.m. at the Auraria Community Building. Lunch will be at noon. Please bring a covered dish. Barbara Summerour, 706-864-0671, Frankie Lee, 706-809-8347

Ray, August 18

The eighth Ray Family Reunion will be held at the Dahlonega City Park pavilion on Riley Road from noon to 3 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 18. Larry Ray, 770-540-9069; Debbie Gilstrap, 706-429-4094

Ledford Family Aug. 19

A reunion for the family and friends of Rufus and Mollie Anderson Ledford will be held Sunday, Aug. 19, at Mt. Olive Baptist Church Fellowship Hall, Old Dahlonega Hwy., Dahlonega. Please bring a picnic lunch, family history and pictures. Lunch will be served at 1 p.m. Farrell Ledford Gable, 706-864-3706

Allison, Aug. 19

All members of the Allison family are invited to gather for the 77th year annual reunion at Mossy Creek Campground, south of Cleveland, at 11 a.m. Sunday, Aug. 19. Following a presentation of family history, a covered dish lunch will be shared. Please bring a lunch to share and lawn chairs, as well as family pictures and records. Diane Guest,

Senior Services/Activities

lumpkin County Senior Center

266 Mechanicsville Road, 706-864-2358,

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

Rubber Bandits: Strength training program Tuesdays and Fridays 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 1 p.m. Thursdays.

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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,

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

Support Services

Overcomers Outreach at Bethlehem Baptist

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

Support for victims of family violence

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

Nursing Mothers’ Support

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

Reformers Unanimous Addiction Program

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

Grief support programs at NGMC

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

Kinship Care—Grandparents Raising Grandchildren

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

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

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

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

Alcoholics Anonymous:

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

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

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


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

Lumpkin County Caregivers

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


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

Church/Religious Events

Gospel Singing

Singing Saturday at Community Chapel Church

Community Chapel Church in Frogtown will have a singing Saturday, Aug. 11, at 7 p.m. featuring The Glory Lands.

Freedom MInistries saturday night singing

Saturday night singing: Big Oak Gospel Music at 7 p.m. each Saturday. Featured singers on Aug. 11 are Heaven’s Jubilee, Stephens Sisters, and Holy Reign. 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

Singing sunday at Christian Hill

Christian Hill Baptist Church, Dawsonville, will have its regular 2nd Sunday singing on Aug. 12 at 6:30 p.m. featuring the Cumming group, Liberty. Everyone is welcome. Pastor Wilbur Ridings, 770-843-3040

Revival continues at Mountain View

Mountain View Baptist Church, Dahlonega, is holding revival at 7:30 p.m. nightly through Friday. Rev. Keith Martin is assisting Rev. Phill Martin. Everyone is invited to worship. There are singers each night. C.J. Collins, 706-864-3821

Homecoming continues at Antioch

Antioch Baptist Church is holding revival through Wednesday, Aug. 8, at 7:30 p.m., with Mark Wheeler of the Marksmen Quartet preaching. Pastor Clifford Allen invites everyone. 4632 Auraria Road, 706-864-3540

Revival continues at Bethlehem Baptist

Bethlehem Baptist Church, Dahlonega, is holding revival at 7 p.m. nightly through Friday, Aug. 10. Rev. Keith Allison is the guest preacher. 706-864-2743

Revival at Salem Baptist starts Sunday

Salem Baptist Church will hold revival services beginning Sunday, Aug. 12, at 6 p.m. and continuing through Friday, Aug. 17, at 7 p.m. nightly. Chris Gilbert and Matt Pruitt will be assisting Pastor Tony Howard. Everyone is welcome.

CONCORD BAPTIST revival starts Sunday

Concord Baptist Church will hold revival services Sunday through Friday, Aug 12-17. The Sunday night service will begin at 6 p.m. and services the remainder of the week will be held at 11 a.m. and 7 p.m. Visiting minister will be W.A. Jenkins. The church is located four miles north of Dahlonega on Highway 19. Pastor Roger Dunagan and the church invite all to attend.

Murrayville C H hosts evangelist Martin

Evangelist Milton Martin, Jr. will be at Murrayville Congregational Holiness Church, 5672 Thompson Bridge Road, Murrayville, Sunday, Aug. 12, at 11 a.m. Pastor Mike Gaines invites everyone to attend. 404-859-4181

UnitARIAn Universalist church

Georgia Mountains Unitarian Universalist Church is a welcoming congregation. Rev. Barry Whittemore will present “Son of Sociology: Further Insights from the Intersection of Religious and Academic Discipline.” Worship 11 a.m.; children’s religious education classes 11:30 a.m. following announcements and story time. Child care provided. 706-864-0661,

Revival at Philippi Starts Sunday

Philippi Baptist Church will hold revival services beginning Sunday night, Aug. 12, at 6 p.m. For the rest of the week, through Friday, Aug. 17, morning services will be at 11 a.m. and evening services at 7:30 p.m. Visiting preachers are Les Fuller and Lyman Caldwell. Pastor Jason Fuller invites everyone.

Men’s Fellowship Supper at Fortress Aug. 18

The regular Men’s Fellowship Supper at the Fortress Church on Torrington Road will be held Saturday, Aug. 18, at 6 p.m. This month will feature the Set Free Ministry from Gainesville. Everyone is welcome.

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,



• # 1 & 2 plastic bottles (discard lids)

• Corrugated cardboard (clean and dry)

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

• Aluminum and tin cans. (please rinse out)


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

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

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

• Bins on Highway 19 North across from Ace Hardware.


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

CFL BULBS: Home Depot


• Radio Shack/Dahlonega Pharmacy: household rechargeable batteries

• Home Depot

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


• 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

more Education

S.A.T. and Study Prep

Essay, English, math, and science with Dr. Norman Leonard

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,

more Pets

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 to raise money for Lumpkin County’s no-kill shelter. Any item purchased through at over 400 retailers such as Amazon, Walmart, iTunes, Office Depot and others earns money for TLC. All prices, customer service and discounts are exactly the same as going directly to the merchant.

TLC 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, or stop by TLC at 1735 Red Oak Flats Road.


Project Dahlonega Boot Camp

Free co-ed fitness program that motivates and educates individuals in fitness and healthy nutrition. Workout sessions are a balanced mixture of cardio, strength, and agility, and tailored so each fitness level can achieve their maximum potential. No one left behind! Come join us and change your life! Hancock Park, Monday-Friday 5:15-6:15 a.m.

Zumba classes at YMCA

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

Yoga at Dahlonega Spa Resort

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

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 by Kathryn Crifasi, 678-770-0400, 10:30 a.m. Tuesday and Friday. 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


Adult classes offered now, Jr. Jazzercise and Team Dance coming soon. Jazzercise of Dahlonega, 400 Wal-Mart Way, Suite F. 678-617-0329,;

YOGA Flow for Personal Fitness

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

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

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.

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.

Community Support Needs

Free PIck up of Donations by CHP

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

Pick up for Southern finds

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

Pickup by Waypoint

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

more children & youth


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,

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

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,

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

At the Library

Lumpkin County Library, 706-864-3668

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

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

Online Class—Bird Watching 101: If you want to know more about the birds in your yard, sign up for Bird Watching 101 through Universal Class online. Choose from more than 500 classes by visiting and clicking on “Free Online Classes.”

Happy Bookers, Thursday, Aug. 16, 1:30 p.m. August Selection: The Last Child by John Hart. 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. Books can be reserved.

Lessons: Music/Dance

Dance Classes

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

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


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

Music lessons

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


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

Weekend camp for drummers

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

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,,

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,

classes at Funky chicken

Beginning woodcarving at the Funky Chicken Art Project. or Christina, 706-864-3938,

art instruction by Win Crannell

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

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,

The American Red Cross Disaster Action Team meets the second Wednesday of each month (Aug. 8) at 7 p.m. in the basement of St. Luke’s Catholic Church, 91 North Park Street. The group is seeking volunteers to help victims of disasters in the Lumpkin County area. All interested citizens are welcome. Karen, 706-867-1910

Friends of Waypoint meets for monthly luncheons on the second Wednesday of each month (Aug. 8) at noon at the Waypoint Center, 45 Eagle Overlook Drive (off Six Mile Road), Dahlonega. Waypoint Center is a Christ-centered recovery program for men. New members are welcome; community support and involvement is critical for the success of the program. 706-864-7110,

Northeast Georgia Mountain Beekeeping Association will meet Thursday, Aug. 9, at 7 p.m. at the United Community Bank, Community Room, located at 468 West Louise St., Clarkesville. Linda Tillman, Master Beekeeper, will speak on “Four Ways to Extract Honey without an Extractor.”

THE Georgia 400 Tea Party PATRioTS meet on the second Thursday (Aug. 9) at 7 p.m. (new meeting time). at the community room of the United Community Bank on Morrison Moore Parkway. The documentary Nullification, the Rightful Remedy, an exploration of the history of state nullification, will be shown. The public is invited to attend.Meetings are open to the public. Elected officials and candidates running for office are invited to attend. 706-864-9784

The Golden Stitches Quilters Guild meets the second Thursday (Aug. 9) at the Lumpkin Senior Center from 6-8:30 p.m. to sew on individual and community projects. Come quilt, sew, and learn. Dana Fritchle, 706-864-9261; Deborah Raptis, 706-867-1869, or email

The Lions Club of Dahlonega meets the second and fourth Thursdays (Aug. 9) at Just Off the Square Café, at 6 p.m. Everyone is invited. Anne Mundy, 706-864-5899

The Georgia Mountain Handspinners Guild meets the second Saturday (Aug. 11) at Hopewell UMC on Hopewell Road south of Murrayville, 12-4 p.m. Visitors welcome. Lynn Johnson, 706-864-6407

Etowah River Critters Club: Macro-Invertebrate Sampling and Photography on the Upper Etowah River the second Saturday (Aug. 11), 390 Tom Bell Odom Road (off Siloam Church/Rider Mill Road)., 706-265-5502

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

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

The newly formed Friends of the Lumpkin County Shelter Animals, Inc. (FRIENDS) meets on the second Tuesday, (Aug. 14), at 7 p.m. at Lumpkin County Parks YMCA on Riley Road. All who are interested in improving the well being of shelter animals and the quality of life for pets and people in Lumpkin County are invited. Jerrell Riley, (706) 867-0400; Dan Bowers, (706) 864-4144

Gold Diggers Garden Club meets the second Tuesday (Aug. 14) at 7 p.m. at the Senior Center on Mechanicsville Road. Daniel Schadler, a biology professor at Oglethorpe University, Atlanta, and a chrysanthemum judge and author, will present a program with pictures on Chrysanthemums for the August meeting. The public is invited. 706-867-6426

Mountain Coin Club for beginner and advanced numismatists meets the second Tuesday of each month (Aug. 14) at 6:15 p.m. at North Georgia Technical College, Blairsville. Call YOCS, 706-379-1488.

Word Chasers Book Club meets on the second Tuesday of the month (Aug. 14) at 1 p.m., in the craft room at the senior center. All are welcome. Rhonda, 706-864-2358

Mountain Laurel Lady Riders meets the second Tuesday of the month (Aug. 14) at 7 p.m. at The Sunflower Chinese Restaurant in the Piggly Wiggly Shopping Center, Highway 129, Cleveland. Come early for dinner. This is the local chapter of Women on Wheels (WOW), a national organization promoting motorcycling for women. Any woman who rides her own motorcyle, sport bike or scooter, or who is just interested in motorcycles, is invited. 706-968-6625.

Blue Mountain Masonic Lodge #38 F&AM meets at 7:30 p.m. the second and fourth Tuesdays, (Aug. 14) of each month. 706-864-3838

The Dahlonega Arts Council will meet at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 15, at the Cannery.

WILL (Women in Lumpkin Leadership), a monthly professional and social networking group for women, meets the third Wednesday of each month (Aug. 15) from 8 to 9:30 a.m. (program begins at 8:30) at the Stewart Center for Continuing Education next to Dairy Queen. $5-per-meeting fee is collected to support future activities. No membership commitment required. Send message to to be added to E-vite list.

Georgia Mountain Chapter of Military Officers Association of America meets at 7 p.m. the third Thursday of each month (Aug. 16) at Ryan’s in Dawsonville. Retired, former and current military officers are welcome., 706-265-7613

The American Legion #239 Auxiliary meets the third Thursday (Aug. 16) of each month, 6:30 p.m. at the American Legion Hall.

F.E.A.R. (Face Everything and Recover) is a coalition in Lumpkin County organized to focus on drug and alcohol prevention for a new generation, intervention for addicts now and optimism for a drug-free community in the future. The group meets at noon on the third Thursday of the month (Aug. 16) in the community room of the United Community Bank. It seeks to provide support and services to families affected by alcohol and drug abuse. Bridgette Barker,

Habitat for Humanity of Lumpkin County meets at 6 p.m. the third Thursday of each month (Aug. 16) in the meeting room at Yahoola Grill.

Dahlonega Young Professionals Group (YPG) meets the third Thursday (Aug. 16), 5:30 p.m. YPG is a networking organization of dedicated, talented young professionals ages 21-40 with the goal of enriching the community by uniting and developing the county’s young professionals. For information on where each month’s meeting is held, go to

TLC HUMANE SOCIETY meets at 6:30 p.m. on the third Thursday (Aug. 16) in the Commumty Room of United Community Bank, across from the Post Office. Please come and bring a friend. 706-864-2817

GOLD COUNTRY SQUARE DANCERS meets the first and third Fridays of each month (Aug. 17) from 7:30 to 10 p.m. at the Dahlonega United Methodist Church fellowship hall on South Park Street at Maple Street. The public is invited for fun, exercise and good fellowship. Dana Whitfield, 706-864-9021

The Funky Chicken Art Project holds a woodcarvers gathering on the third Saturday of each month (Aug. 18), noon-3 p.m. More information and directions at or call Christina at 706-864-3938 or e-mail:

SEBA (Southeastern Bluegrass Association) holds a jam the third Sunday (Aug. 19) of each month from 2-5 p.m. at The Crimson Moon Café. Raymond Busbee, 706-216-3885

AARP – Lumpkin Chapter 1966, meets the third Monday (Aug. 20) of each month at 11 a.m. in the Fellowship Hall of Dahlonega United Methodist Church. Please bring a brown bag lunch. Anyone age 50+ is invited. Food, fellowship, fun and informative speakers. Roberta Peters. 706-864-4383

We Recycle! meets the third Monday of the month (Aug. 20) at 5 p.m. in the Community Room of the United Community Bank on Morrison Moore Parkway.

Men’s group now forming: A new men’s group for the purpose of peer support, encouragement, enrichment, light exercise (walking, frisbee), etc. will meet on the 3rd Tuesday of the month (Aug. 21) at 6 p.m. at Yahoola Park near the bridge and baseball field. Graham McGhee, 678-622-9407

The North Georgia Amateur Radio Club (NGARC) meets at 6 p.m. the third Tuesday of each month (Aug. 21) in Dahlonega. Those interested in becoming licensed amateur radio operators or those who are already hams are invited to join the organization. Tom Crowell, president, 706-864-0410; Reudi Mettler, vice president, 404-474-0686

The North Georgia Photography Critique Special Interest Group will meet from 6:30-8:30 p.m. on the fourth Thursday (Aug. 23) in the Dawson County Library, 342 Allen Street, Dawsonville to share tips and critique each other’s photos. New members welcome.,

The Dahlonega Tea Party meets on the fourth Tuesday of the month (Aug. 28), at 7 p.m. at United Community Bank. The goal of the organization is to promote well-informed, active participation in local, state and federal government through discussions of current issues and the Constitution.

The Weekend Gold Miners club meets the first Saturday of every month (Sept. 1) at 5 p.m. at the Auraria Community Center. The family-oriented group offers local prospecting locations and camaraderie to those with an interest in prospecting. 770-531-WEGM(9346)

LUMPKIN COUNTY REPUBLICAN PARTY meets at 7 p.m. the first Tuesday of each month (Sept. 4) in the organization’s headquarters, 24 Alicia Lane, Suite 3 (in front of the Post Office). All Lumpkin County residents are welcome. Jeff Clymer, Chairman, (706) 973-7091.

Gaddistown Homemakers meets the first Tuesday of every month February through November (Sept. 4) at 74 Fire House Lane, formerly Pre-K, across from Woody Gap School. Homemakers in the Suches area are invited.

TROUT UNLIMITED, GOLD RUSH CHAPTER meets on the first Tuesday of each month (Sept. 4) in the Ivie Lodge at Camp Glisson (two miles north of Dahlonega on Highway 60). Dinner ($8) is served at 6:30 p.m. for those who wish to eat. Program begins at 7 p.m. Sherman Head, or 706-864-6461,

Auraria Community Club meets at 7 p.m. the first Tuesday of each month (Sept. 4) at the Community Clubhouse on Auraria Road. Join the club for a covered dish dinner. All members and friends are welcome. The cost is only $5 to join for a year of fellowship and giving back to the community. For information about the club or renting the clubhouse call 706-864-3432 or 770-527-1578

Gold Rush Quilter’s Guild meets the first Wednesday of each month (Sept. 5) at 10 a.m. at Friendship Baptist Church on Friendship Road off West Moreland and Highway 129, Cleveland. Visitors and new members welcome. Elizabeth Pickel, 706-219-3890; Jan Fambrough, 706-867-8502

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

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

Lumpkin County Family Connection Collaborative meets on the first Thursday of each month (Sept. 6) at noon at Lumpkin County Parks­—YMCA. Anyone interested in the well being of families and children in Lumpkin County is invited to attend. Brenda Cronan 706-265-8389 or email Web site:

The Lumpkin & White County VFW Post 5533 will meet in Dahlonega Monday, Sept. 10, (due to Labor Day holiday) at 7 p.m. The Dahlonega post has expanded to include White County, and meetings are held at alternating locations, meeting in Cleveland on the first Wednesday of even numbered months at the Roy Ash Jr. Community Room located at 79 Jarrard St., and in Dahlonega on the first Monday of odd numbered months at the United Community Bank Community Room, 206 Morrison Moore Parkway. Any Honorably Discharged Veteran or current service member (American Citizen) who has received Combat or Hostile Fire Pay, Received a Campaign Medal or has served in the Republic of Korea for more than 30 consecutive/60 non-consecutive days is invited. Applicants should bring $25 and proof of eligibility., or search Google for VFW Post 5533.

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Chick-fil-A night will support mission projects

The Baptist Collegiate Ministry at the University of North Georgia is sponsoring a Family/Spirit Night at Chick-fil-A from 5-8 p.m. on Tuesday, March 5. The evening will feature games, music, face painting, balloon animals, and more, and also the Chick-fil-A cow. The family night will raise funds for the student mission efforts of the UNG ministry.

DDA Annual Awards Program Thursday

The community is invited to the Downtown Development Authority’s annual awards program and reception from 5:30-7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 28, at The Smith House. “Celebrating Success” will honor 2012 accomplishments for downtown commercial building restorations, construction projects, and more. Tickets are $5 and are available at Adams Insurance on North Park Street. For more information, call 706-482-2707.

Last Winter DUMC soup Cafe monday

The Dahlonega United Methodist Church First Monday Café is held on the first Monday of the month October through March from 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. All you can eat soup and cornbread, and dessert for a $5 suggested donation; proceeds benefit the Community Helping Place and Family Connection. DUMC Fellowship Hall, which is connected to the new sanctuary building, on the main level. 706-864-2521

Great Decisions discussion group weekly

Great Decisions discussion group will meets in the Lumpkin County Library meeting room on Wednesday evenings through April 24. Foreign policy issues are discussed, based on background material in briefing books available from the Foreign Policy Association ( Topics this year include Egypt, NATO, Myanmar, Iran, the future of the Euro, and others. Anyone interested in learning more about foreign policy issues is invited to attend. Judy Sousa, 706-864-5329.

Friday Fish Fry Dinners at St. Luke’s

The community is invited to Friday night fish fry dinners at St. Luke’s Roman Catholic Church, across from Hancock Park, from 5-7 p.m. Friday evenings through March 22. The menu includes baked salmon, fish & chips, crab cakes, clam chowder, fries, baked potato, steamed vegetables, and more. Dinner prices are $8-$9; children’s meal, $4, and family order, $25.

Monthly Habitat surplus sale March 8-9

Habitat for Humanity holds a surplus sale of home construction and remodeling supplies (including tools and decorating items) on the second weekend of each month. The items are available Friday and Saturday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at 16 Westbrook Dr. (next to Chestatee Animal Hospital on Hwy. 52 East). Visa, MasterCard and Discover accepted. All proceeds benefit Habitat.
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