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Community-Wide Events

vote for scarecrows now, stomp Saturday

The scarecrows are all over town and it’s time to vote. Pick up a map and a ballot through Sept. 22 at the Visitors Center, Cranberry Corners, Giggle Monkey Toys, Dahlonega General Store, the Gold Museum, Chi Chi, Great Fynds, Ace Hardware, Starbucks, Dunkin Donuts, Wholesome Earth, Gateway Antiques and North GA Haircutters, and vote for your favorite display. See details about Saturday’s Stomp on page 1B.

NGCSU Anthropology Lecture Series Sept. 19

The NGCSU History and Philosophy Department, jointly with the Blue Ridge Archaeology Guild, will co-sponsor the Anthropology Lecture Series for September, to be held at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 19, in Room 202 of Young Hall. Anthropology adjunct Dr. Neil Duncan will discuss “Food and Ritual in Ancient Coastal Peru,” based on his archaeological investigations north of Lima.The team discovered very early domestic food plants in a pre-pottery temple site. Visitors are welcome.

Cottrell series hosts Siemens exec Sept. 20

Doug Keith, President of the Drive Technologies Division of Siemens Industry, Inc. will be the presenter at the Mike Cottrell School of Business Speaker Series Thursday, Sept. 20, from 12:55-1:55 p.m. Sessions are held in the auditorium of the Health and Natural Sciences building at 159 Sunset Drive. This is the fourth year for the speaker series in which NGCSU and its business school bring top executives to campus to share their ideas for sustaining profitable growth in today’s fiercely competitive world. Sessions are free and open to the public.

Job/Career Fair Friday

The 2012 Northeast Georgia Job Fair/Career Expo and GDOL Veterans Services will take place Friday, Sept. 21, from noon-3 p.m. at North Georgia Technical College, Currahee Campus, 8989 Georgia Highway 17 South, Toccoa. Employers and resource agencies will be on site. Danette Smith or Cathy Smith, (706) 282-4514, or danette.smith@gdol.ga.gov

1 pitch Men’s charity benefit tourney Saturday

A 1 pitch, men’s charity softball tournament will be held Saturday, Sept. 22, at Field 5, Yahoola Creek Park. All proceeds will go to help a local cancer patient. $125 a team. 1st and 2nd place trophies. Core 44 balls, 375 compression. Register now and pay the day of tournament. Call 678-200-7869 for more details.

SEED SWAP at farmers market two saturdays

The Georgia Appalachian Studies Center will be hosting a “Seed Swap” at the Dahlonega Farmers Market on the next two Saturdays, Sept. 22 and 29, 8 a.m. until 1 p.m. The Dahlonega Farmers Market is located at West Main and Waters streets, across from The Holly Theater. Contact Georgia Appalachian Studies Center, 706-864-1540, for information about the seed swap.

BAzaar, craft fair at Church of God Sept. 29

Dahlonega Church of God will hold a Fall Bazaar and Craft Fair Saturday, Sept. 29, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., 4 Happy Hollow Road in the church gym. There will be crafts, jewelry and much more. There will also be a silent auction, and barbecue plates will be available. Booths are available by calling Shirley Adams at 706-864-3342.

Gold Museum workday—help/materials needed

Friends of Dahlonega Gold Museum volunteers will be providing various services for the “Save Our State Parks” Work Day, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 29. Volunteers make it possible for the museum to stay open seven days a week, and all interested community members are invited to help out. Some of the current needs include individuals or businesses who can work, or partner with the Friends by providing gardening supplies (soil, bulbs, flowers, pine nuggets, sand paper, paint brushes, paint, etc.) 706-864-2257

Bark in the Park Sept. 30

The TLC Humane Society will hold the 2nd Annual Bark in the Park for pets and their owners Sunday, Sept. 30. A 5k Fun Run/Walk (with or without your dog) will begin at 8 a.m., with registration at 7 a.m., at Yahoola Reservoir. A fair will take place in Hancock Park from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Activities include live music with a set by Amy Ray of the Indigo Girls, food and drink vendors, costume and look-alike contests, agility demonstrations, nail trims, obedience training, photo sittings, pet sketches, a silent auction, and other displays and vendors. The event raises funds and awareness for TLC Humane Society, Lumpkin County’s only No-Kill shelter. 706-864-9197, www.barkintheparkdahlonega.com

DUMC soup Cafe Oct. 1

The Dahlonega United Methodist Church First Monday Café will be held on the first Monday of the month, October through March (2nd Monday in January), from 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. All you can eat soup and cornbread, and dessert, is available for a $5 suggested donation, and all proceeds benefit the Community Helping Place and Family Connection. DUMC Fellowship Hall, which is connected to the new sanctuary building, on the main level. 706-864-2521

Community Yard Sale Oct. 6, spaces available

The American Legion Ladies Auxiliary will sponsor a community-wide garage sale from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 6. Space rental is $5 and your donation will support Auxiliary Youth Programs such as Georgia Girls State, the annual poppy program and other Veteran’s support programs. Nancy Sutherland, 706-867-7046

Rides, Races, Festivals

Trail Ride poker run/silent auction Sept. 29

Chattahoochee Trail Horse Association will hold its annual Poker Ride (for horses and riders) and Silent Auction for Trails on National Public Lands Day, Saturday, Sept. 29, at Jake Mountain Horse Camp on Nimblewill Church Road. Registration begins at 8:30 and ride-out time is 10 a.m. Ride at your own pace on an easy, scenic 10-mile trail loop. Cash prizes. Riders $25 (includes lunch), non-riders $10. 706-265-9556, susanbruno@windstream.net, http://www.ride-ctha.org/

1st annual 4x4 Mountain cruise Oct. 6

Lumpkin County Emergency Services Volunteers will hold a novice ride for all 4x4s Saturday, Oct. 6. All ages welcome. Registration begins at 8 a.m. at Wimpy Field. The 50 mile cruise through the national forest begins at 10 a.m. and will return to Wimpy about 1 p.m. where there will be raffles, food, family fun, and a cruise in. Firewise and home fire safety will be set up. Registration fee $25; meal ticket extra. Proceeds go to LCES volunteer fund to purchase equipment and help families after fires. RSVP to lcesMountainCruise@yahoo.com, or Dan Witcher, 678-858-4259

suches Run above the clouds Oct. 6

Held in conjunction with the Suches Indian Summer Festival, the race begins at 9 a.m. Oct. 6. Registration begins at 7:30 a.m. at the Suches Community Center. The highest altitude race in the state, the10K road race over a challenging but scenic out-and-back course has six age classes. There is also a 1 mile fun run. 10K $15 (long sleeve T-shirt), fun run, $10 (short sleeve T-shirt). The race benefits students at Woody Gap School. Applications and information online at www.suches.com/run, or email cloudrun@yahoo.com

registration open for youth homes ride

Lumpkin County Sheriff Office is now registering bikers to join in the Annual Ride to Benefit the Georgia Sheriff’s Youth Homes to be held Saturday, Oct. 13. Cost to join the event is $25 per bike and $10 per passenger. Riders will leave from Frazier’s Harley Davidson in Buford and end at Rider’s Hill in Dahlonega. Money raised from the event goes to support the five campuses across the state where at-risk youth are provided a structured, loving environment, educational support, recreational opportunities and training in life skills. To receive a T-shirt, registration must be received by Sept. 24. Registration forms can be downloaded at http://www.lumpkincounty.gov/dept/sheriff under downloads and mailed to Lumpkin County Sheriff’s Office c/o Brigette Barker, 10th Annual Ride, 385 East Main Street, Dahlonega. Make checks payable to Georgia Sheriffs’ Youth Homes. Georgia Sheriffs’ Youth Homes is a 501©3 organization. For more information, contact Barker, LCSO, 706-482-2629.

Blood Drives

Blood drives Sept. 24 and Sept. 27 at NGCSU

A Lifesouth Community Blood Drive, sponsored by the honors program at NGCSU, will be held from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday, Sept. 24, and Thursday, Sept. 27, in front of the Student Center South (old chow hall).

Community Support Projects

Brick Fundraiser for Cherokee museum

The Yahoola United Cherokee Museum and Cultural Education Center, Inc. is selling engraved bricks which will become part of the permanent Cherokee Memorial walkway leading to the Museum from the parking area. Bricks are $55 each and will bear a personal message. Proceeds from the Pave the Way Program go toward the building of the museum. Pave the Way brochures are available at the Welcome Center or on the Web at yahoolacherokeemuseum.com. (1 wk)

SEED SAVING & LENDING LIBRARY

Wild Mountain Girl Herbal School on the square in Dahlonega offers a seed library. Completely free to the public, this is a way for the community to share and save valuable seeds of all types. Cindi Vernon, (706) 429-6323, cindiv@windstream.net (1 wk)

Cell PHones collected for soldiers

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

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. (1 wk)

Children & Young Adults

Free teen driving program offered Sept. 25

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

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

Dance classes at Ballet Barre

New Classes for 2012-2013 Season at The Ballet Barre: Clogging and Baton. Still enrolling for Hiphop, Ballet, Tap, Jazz and Contemporary. 706-867-1905, www.bbarre.com 10/24

Nature & Outdoors

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

Last Day of Summer Hike, Friday, Sept. 21, 1-3 p.m. Three mile guided hike. Please register.

Fall Equinox Hike at Buck Shoals State Park, Saturday, Sept. 22, 9-11:30 a.m. Explore wildflowers, early changing leaf color and features of the unopened state park with volunteers Everett and Leslie Avery. Please register.

Women for the Woods, Sept. 29-30: Two days of classes for women such as Archery, Fly-fishing, Firearms 101, Medicinal Plants, Navigation and much more. $65 includes meals; $5 additional for overnight camping; $60 early bird registration by Sept. 15. Registration required.

TU family fun day at Frog Hollow Oct. 7

The Gold Rush Chapter of Trout Unlimited will present its Family Fun Day Sunday, Oct. 7, at Frog Hollow Fly Fishing. Frog Hollow has donated the use of the trophy trout stream it borders to the chapter, and the public is invited to fish there at the greatly reduced rate of $25 for two one-hour slots of fishing on two of five sections of the river, and $15 for one hour. The event also includes raffles, an auction, a barbecue dinner and games for children For details, description of river sections and a sign up chart, go to the Fun Day menu at www.goldrushtu.org

Hike and Help the Hemlocks Sept. 29

Save Georgia’s Hemlocks and the Benton McKaye Trail Association are sponsoring their annual Hike and Help the Hemlocks event Saturday, Sept. 29, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The public is invited to a family-friendly outing in the Noontootla hemlock conservation area near Three Forks, off Doublehead Gap Road near Blue Ridge. Participants who want to help the hemlocks will work in teams to treat trees in designated sites for the woolly adelgid. Afterwards everyone will come together for a picnic at Long Creek Falls and a brief educational program. The event is free, but participants must register in advance. Donna Shearer, 706-429-8010, donna@savegeorgiashemlocks.org

At the Library

Lumpkin County Library, 706-864-3668

www.chestateelibrary.org

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 www.chestateelibrary.org

Children’s Program: Movers & Shakers, 2 p.m. Wednesdays, is intended for children ages 2 to 5. The programs last 45 minutes to an hour and may include songs, finger play and crafts in addition to stories.

Happy Bookers Book Discussion Group, Sept. 20, 1:30 p.m. The Happy Bookers book discussion group meets the third Thursday of each month to discuss fiction, non-fiction, and award-winning books. The September selection is “The Last Child” by John Hart. New members are welcome.

In the Footsteps of the Cherokee: Saturday, Sept. 22, 1 p.m.: Expert outdoorsman Mark Warren will present a free program for the whole family. Learn about how the Cherokee survived and learn to track prey in this informative and fun program.

Education/Classes

Do It Herself Workshop at Home Depot

Dahlonega Home Depot will offer a free ladies night workshop from 6:30-8 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 20, on Kitchen Updates. Transforming and restoring cabinets, tiling backsplashes, installing new cabinet hardware, and undercabinet lighting will be discussed. To reserve a seat, call 706-867-9618, ext. 417 or email: kitchendesigner_6980@homedepot.com

GED program at adult learning center

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

Mountain Education Charter High School

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

S.A.T. and Study Prep

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

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

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

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

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.

Beginner River Kayak: Enjoy a beautiful 7-mile float down the Chestatee River with some easy Class I rapids. Saturday, Sept. 22 ,10 a.m.-2p.m. $69. Patrick Hall

Shibori—Silk Scarf Dyeing: Create five beautiful, wearable silk scarves using five different types of silk. Saturday, Sept. 22, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. $89 plus $35 supply fee. Jo-Marie Karst

Appalachian Basket Weaving: Weave an Appalachian egg basket from kudzu vines. All levels welcome. Saturday, Sept. 22, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. $69 plus $20 materials. Regina Hines

Basic Beading: Learn about beads, findings, jewelry making materials and design concepts and create your own custom jewelry. Tuesday, Sept. 25, 6-9 p.m. $49. Pat Martin

Refuse To Be a Victim: Learn the personal safety tips and techniques you need to avoid dangerous situations and avoid becoming a victim. This course covers home, personal, automobile, workplace, and technological security. Mon/Wed Oct. 1 & 3, 7-9 p.m. $85 includes handbook. Rita Woods

Basic Car Maintenance: Gain the knowledge you need to care for your car and reduce the number of trips to the mechanic. Saturday, Oct. 6, 10 a.m. to noon. $39 Bill Findley

Electrical Recertification Workshop: Four-hour workshop for electricians who want to satisfy the mandatory state requirements for renewal of Georgia Electrical Contractors Certificates of Competency. Saturday, Oct. 6, 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. $79. Philip Martin

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.

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, 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

Wednesdays, 5 p.m. till close: Corkscrew University. Jamming and singing with Lara Polangco on the back deck. Special pricing for NGCSU students.

Sunday, Sept. 30, 4-6 p.m.: Monthly WineTasting. Appetizer pairings with wine. $50/person includes tax and gratuity. Reservations required.

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

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

Thursday, Sept. 20, 7-10 p.m.: “Audition” Open Mic Night. Every third Thursday the stage is open to amateurs and up and coming artists alike to share their original songs in an audience-judged competition for a $50 prize, and an invitation to a quarterly ‘Final Cut’ Open Mic Challenge to win their own show at the Moon. Call host, Jason Spencer, at 706-265-5183 to sign up in advance.

Friday, Sept. 21, 8-10 p.m.+: The Honeycutters, Americana / Appalacian Honky Tonk $10 Advance, $12 Day of Show. The Honeycutters are, at the heart, the musical collaboration of singer/

songwriter Amanda Anne Platt and Lead Guitarist/ Producer Peter James. While their sound has drawn comparisons to such artists as Gram Par-



sons and Emmylou Harris or Gillian Welch and David Rawlings, Platt and James produce a refreshingly unique blend of Americana music that is comfortingly familiar while being entirely original. Whether performing as an acoustic duo or a full fledged Honky-Tonk five piece, The Honeycutters leave smiles on the faces of the ears that they catch.

Saturday, Sept. 22, 8-10 p.m.+: Buttermilk Revival. $10 Advance/$12 Day of Show. Winners of the 2012 ‘Athens Got Talent’ competi-

tion, Buttermilk Revival is a full bluegrass band quite popular in music-rich Athens and beyond. Blending traditional instrumentation with 3-part harmony, this group adds a

dash of humor for a very entertaining recipe of straight up bluegrass.

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 Three Arrows. Free.

Sunday, Sept. 23, 7:30-9:30 pm.+: “Jazz It Up” jam. $5 at door (free for invited performers). Talented multi instrumentalist Rick Harris hosts this 4th Sunday jam for jazz musicians and singers.

Holly Theatre, 69 West Main Street, 706-864-3759, www.hollytheater.com

Thursday, Sept. 27, Holly Underground: Lingo Lounge, “the right place for writers.” Doors open at 7:30 p.m. Readers begin at 8 p.m. Fun with DJ Tommy Pirone and comic/MC Ben Sierachik. Refreshments. Songwriters welcome with original songs only.

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

Thursdays: College Night

Fridays: Live entertainment

Tuesdays: Country Western Music night

Friday, Sept. 21: Green Glass Gospel

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

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

Le Petit Café, 259 Church Street, 706-867-0000, www.lepetitcafedahlonega.com

Saturday, Sept. 22, 7 p.m.: A Taste of England. Dinner, live music, dancing. Reservations only.

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, Sept. 21, 8:30-11:30 p.m.: Jordan Asher Armstrong was born in Louisiana, raised in Kentucky, and grew up throughout Georgia. After some years of playing with different bands across Northeast Georgia, Jordan spent time during the summers of 2008 and 2009 to record his original music in Nashville with his previous band Haksers Kash. Hia music is often described as Americana Rock and Roll and showcases his songwriting, singing, and guitar playing talents. All ages welcome. No cover charge.

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

Saturday, Sept. 22, 8:30-11:30 p.m.: Dan Sheffield is a guitar-picker and singer from just outside Atlanta. He is a lover of all styles of music and performs well-known covers, rock classics, blues, country and soul with his evocative singing and with Delta-fingerstyle guitar licks and progressive rock feel. His powerful voice and distinctive musical style have enabled him to perform alongside such well-respected Atlanta musicians as Nathan Nelson, Bill Sheffield, Joe McGuinness, Count M’Butu and Mudcat. All ages welcome. No cover charge.

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

Friday, Sept. 28, 5-9 p.m.: Fall Open House. Food, wine, raffles, door prizes, and fun all evening.

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

Reunions

LCHS 50s reunion Sept. 22

The annual LCHS 50s get-together will be held from 3-7 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 22, at the Lumpkin County Parks YMCA on Riley Road off Morrison Moore Parkway. Please bring covered dish, annuals, photos, and special memories to share.

Kerns Reunion Get Together Sept. 22

The Kerns reunion will be held at 11:30 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 22, at Ryan’s Steak House, 126 Highway 400, Dawsonville. Bring old photos to share. Wayne, 706-235-4034, or Charles, 706-754-5149

LCHS Class of 1987 Sept. 22

The 25th year class reunion of the LCHS class of 1987 (and others who attended with the class) will be held from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 22, at Pine Valley Pavilion on Dawsonville Highway. Info at http://lchs87.com. Bring your own food or make reservations for catered food by Sept. 7. April Howard 706-429-3968, Lyn Cantrell 706-344-8020

SULLENS REUNION Sept. 23

The Annual Sullens Reunion will be held at 1 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 23, at Mt. Olive Baptist Church Fellowship Hall, Mt. Olive Road. Bring your favorite dish, old/new pictures and family stories. Debra Jackson, 770-561-6499, or Robbie Wehunt, 706-864-3735

Grindle Sept. 23

The Grindle Reunion will be held Sunday, Sept. 23, at 1 p.m. at the home of Donald Grindle, 236 Emory Stephens Road. Patsy Bryan, 706-864-3034

Segers Sept. 30

The Segers reunion will be held Sunday, Sept. 30, at Mt. Gilead Church fellowship hall, 5332 Hwy. 52 East, about seven miles out of Dahlonega. Bring a picnic basket and food to share. Come early for fellowship. Lunch will be served at 12:30 p.m. J.D, 706-864-3968; Charles, 706-864-2435

Free Food, Services

Free Food at DCOG Monday, Oct. 1

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 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)

Church/Religious Events

Gospel Singing

Freedom MInistries saturday night singing

Saturday night singing: Big Oak Gospel Music at 7 p.m. each Saturday. Featured singers on Sept. 22 are Forever Alive, Fresh Start, and Stilwell. 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/

Benefit singing Sept. 22 at Salem Baptist

Salem Baptist Church will have a benefit singing for Tommy Fouts’ family, Saturday, Sept. 22, at 7 p.m. Special singers will be Across Time, Pure In Heart, and The Mount Vernon Quartet. Everyone is welcome.

Healing prayer Saturday and Sunday at DuMC

On Saturday, Sept. 22, from 11 a.m.-2 p.m., Dahlonega United Methodist Church will join churches around the world and open its doors to the community for healing prayer. This event is coordinated worldwide by Joan Hunter Ministries. The following evening, Sunday, Sept 23, from 6:30-8 p.m., DUMC will also offer Healing Rooms in the sanctuary. Janet Eriksson, janet@finallyfreetransition.org or http://healingroomsofdahlonega.org.

Revolution Youth Event, register by Sept. 27

Dahlonega United Methodist Church will hold a weekend retreat (Christian, inter-denominational) Oct. 12-14 for young people from around North Georgia, 6th grade through college. Venue TBA. Participants will experience the power of the cross through life-changing teachings, activities, small groups by age, worship, fellowship and fun! Cost is $25 per student and registration deadline is Sept. 27. Revolution is inspired by Elijah House teachings. http://revolution180.org. Contact Janet Eriksson, janet@finallyfreetransition.org.

Homecoming Sunday at Glory Divine

Glory Divine Baptist Church will hold homecoming Sunday, September 23. The Shepherd’s Quartet and Ed & Peggy Jenkins will be singing. Pastor Robert Martin welcomes everyone.

Sacred Grounds at DPC Sept. 23

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

Revival Sept. 23 at The Lighthouse

The Lighthouse Baptist Church of Dahlonega, located at 5007 Highway 52 East, will be holding Fall Revival Sunday through Friday, Sept. 23-26, at 7:30 p.m. Hometown preachers will be holding the service. Pastor, D.W. Gravitt, welcomes all.

UnitARIAn Universalist church

Georgia Mountains Unitarian Universalist Church is a welcoming congregation. On Sept. 23 Paul McAuliffe, a world/ethnic flute player, flute maker, drummer, songwriter, social services worker, autism advocate and story writer, will present a variety of original tales interspersed with soothing, peaceful flute music. 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

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

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 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, pyb3644@hotmail.com

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



Wellness/Fitness

THE DAY OF THE MAYA Workshop Sept. 14

“The Day of Maya, Dec. 21, 2012” will discuss varying theories of changes in humanity according to different historical cultures. The workshop will be held from 7-8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 14, at Dahlonega Healing Arts, 81 Crown Mountain Place, Building E, Suite 100. 706-867-7026

Yoga at MindyYoga

Class schedule at www.mindyyoga.com. Mindy Searcey, Certified Yoga Instructor. 106 Public Square North, downstairs in Hall’s Block Building. 706-531-4718, info@mindyyoga.com

Running Group: Dahlonega Gold Rushers

Dahlonega Gold Rushers, a running group for all ages, abilities, distance/speed, meets on Saturday mornings at 6:30 a.m. at Hancock Park. Free.

Project Dahlonega Boot Camp

Free co-ed fitness program that motivates and educates individuals in fitness and healthy nutrition. Workout sessions are a balanced mixture of cardio, strength, and agility, and tailored so each fitness level can achieve maximum potential. No one left behind! Come join 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 Sandy Osieja. 400 Blueberry Hill off Town Creek Church Road. 706-865-7678

Dahlonega Healing Arts

Yoga by Kathryn Crifasi, 678-770-0400, 6 p.m. Wednesdays and 10:30 a.m. Fridays. Chigong/Taichi: Tuesday at 6 p.m. and Thursdays at 6:30 p.m. 81 Crown Mountain Place, Building E, Suite 100, 706-867-7026

Holistic movement classes

Wild Mountain Girl Herbal School on the square announces 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

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 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 pyb3644@hotmail.com

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

Volunteers

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, bcronan@lumpkin.k12.ga.us, 706-867-7047

Odyssey Hospice Volunteers: 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, http://www.lumpkinliteracy.org/

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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- www.noonealone.org

Nursing Mothers’ Support

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

Reformers Unanimous Addiction Program

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

Grief support programs at NGMC

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

Kinship Care—Grandparents Raising Grandchildren

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

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

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

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

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

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

Pets

Holistic Pet Care program Saturday

Dr. Carol Falck, a holistic veterinarian, will present a program from 9-11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 15, at Dahlonega Healing Arts on her approach to pet wellness. She will discuss some dramatic cases and will answer pet health questions. She is also a licensed acupuncturist for animals. Please register. 81 Crown Mountain Place, Building E, Suite 100, 706-867-7026

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

Community Support Needs

Free PIck up of Donations by CHP

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

Pick up for Southern finds

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

Pickup by Waypoint

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

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

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

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\

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

More Children & Youth

preschool Programs now enrolling:

Sonshine Weekday Preschool of Dahlonega Baptist Church is enrolling students for the school year. The preschool is an early education program in a Christian environment for one year olds through four/five year old Pre-K. Classes follow the Lumpkin County calendar. For registration and enrollment forms, samples of curriculum and parents’ handbook visit www.dbch.org or contact Stacy Mizer, 706-864-3676, or stacy@dbch.org. (9/19)

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

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

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 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, wbdgnld@windstream.net

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

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

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

Purchase from online retailers benefit TLC

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

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Community-Wide Events

vote for scarecrows now, stomp Saturday

The scarecrows are all over town and it’s time to vote. Pick up a map and a ballot through Sept. 22 at the Visitors Center, Cranberry Corners, Giggle Monkey Toys, Dahlonega General Store, the Gold Museum, Chi Chi, Great Fynds, Ace Hardware, Starbucks, Dunkin Donuts, Wholesome Earth, Gateway Antiques and North GA Haircutters, and vote for your favorite display. See details about Saturday’s Stomp on page 1B.

NGCSU Anthropology Lecture Series Sept. 19

The NGCSU History and Philosophy Department, jointly with the Blue Ridge Archaeology Guild, will co-sponsor the Anthropology Lecture Series for September, to be held at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 19, in Room 202 of Young Hall. Anthropology adjunct Dr. Neil Duncan will discuss “Food and Ritual in Ancient Coastal Peru,” based on his archaeological investigations north of Lima.The team discovered very early domestic food plants in a pre-pottery temple site. Visitors are welcome.

Cottrell series hosts Siemens exec Sept. 20

Doug Keith, President of the Drive Technologies Division of Siemens Industry, Inc. will be the presenter at the Mike Cottrell School of Business Speaker Series Thursday, Sept. 20, from 12:55-1:55 p.m. Sessions are held in the auditorium of the Health and Natural Sciences building at 159 Sunset Drive. This is the fourth year for the speaker series in which NGCSU and its business school bring top executives to campus to share their ideas for sustaining profitable growth in today’s fiercely competitive world. Sessions are free and open to the public.

Job/Career Fair Friday

The 2012 Northeast Georgia Job Fair/Career Expo and GDOL Veterans Services will take place Friday, Sept. 21, from noon-3 p.m. at North Georgia Technical College, Currahee Campus, 8989 Georgia Highway 17 South, Toccoa. Employers and resource agencies will be on site. Danette Smith or Cathy Smith, (706) 282-4514, or danette.smith@gdol.ga.gov

1 pitch Men’s charity benefit tourney Saturday

A 1 pitch, men’s charity softball tournament will be held Saturday, Sept. 22, at Field 5, Yahoola Creek Park. All proceeds will go to help a local cancer patient. $125 a team. 1st and 2nd place trophies. Core 44 balls, 375 compression. Register now and pay the day of tournament. Call 678-200-7869 for more details.

SEED SWAP at farmers market two saturdays

The Georgia Appalachian Studies Center will be hosting a “Seed Swap” at the Dahlonega Farmers Market on the next two Saturdays, Sept. 22 and 29, 8 a.m. until 1 p.m. The Dahlonega Farmers Market is located at West Main and Waters streets, across from The Holly Theater. Contact Georgia Appalachian Studies Center, 706-864-1540, for information about the seed swap.

BAzaar, craft fair at Church of God Sept. 29

Dahlonega Church of God will hold a Fall Bazaar and Craft Fair Saturday, Sept. 29, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., 4 Happy Hollow Road in the church gym. There will be crafts, jewelry and much more. There will also be a silent auction, and barbecue plates will be available. Booths are available by calling Shirley Adams at 706-864-3342.

Gold Museum workday—help/materials needed

Friends of Dahlonega Gold Museum volunteers will be providing various services for the “Save Our State Parks” Work Day, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 29. Volunteers make it possible for the museum to stay open seven days a week, and all interested community members are invited to help out. Some of the current needs include individuals or businesses who can work, or partner with the Friends by providing gardening supplies (soil, bulbs, flowers, pine nuggets, sand paper, paint brushes, paint, etc.) 706-864-2257

Bark in the Park Sept. 30

The TLC Humane Society will hold the 2nd Annual Bark in the Park for pets and their owners Sunday, Sept. 30. A 5k Fun Run/Walk (with or without your dog) will begin at 8 a.m., with registration at 7 a.m., at Yahoola Reservoir. A fair will take place in Hancock Park from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Activities include live music with a set by Amy Ray of the Indigo Girls, food and drink vendors, costume and look-alike contests, agility demonstrations, nail trims, obedience training, photo sittings, pet sketches, a silent auction, and other displays and vendors. The event raises funds and awareness for TLC Humane Society, Lumpkin County’s only No-Kill shelter. 706-864-9197, www.barkintheparkdahlonega.com

DUMC soup Cafe Oct. 1

The Dahlonega United Methodist Church First Monday Café will be held on the first Monday of the month, October through March (2nd Monday in January), from 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. All you can eat soup and cornbread, and dessert, is available for a $5 suggested donation, and all proceeds benefit the Community Helping Place and Family Connection. DUMC Fellowship Hall, which is connected to the new sanctuary building, on the main level. 706-864-2521

Community Yard Sale Oct. 6, spaces available

The American Legion Ladies Auxiliary will sponsor a community-wide garage sale from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 6. Space rental is $5 and your donation will support Auxiliary Youth Programs such as Georgia Girls State, the annual poppy program and other Veteran’s support programs. Nancy Sutherland, 706-867-7046

Rides, Races, Festivals

Trail Ride poker run/silent auction Sept. 29

Chattahoochee Trail Horse Association will hold its annual Poker Ride (for horses and riders) and Silent Auction for Trails on National Public Lands Day, Saturday, Sept. 29, at Jake Mountain Horse Camp on Nimblewill Church Road. Registration begins at 8:30 and ride-out time is 10 a.m. Ride at your own pace on an easy, scenic 10-mile trail loop. Cash prizes. Riders $25 (includes lunch), non-riders $10. 706-265-9556, susanbruno@windstream.net, http://www.ride-ctha.org/

1st annual 4x4 Mountain cruise Oct. 6

Lumpkin County Emergency Services Volunteers will hold a novice ride for all 4x4s Saturday, Oct. 6. All ages welcome. Registration begins at 8 a.m. at Wimpy Field. The 50 mile cruise through the national forest begins at 10 a.m. and will return to Wimpy about 1 p.m. where there will be raffles, food, family fun, and a cruise in. Firewise and home fire safety will be set up. Registration fee $25; meal ticket extra. Proceeds go to LCES volunteer fund to purchase equipment and help families after fires. RSVP to lcesMountainCruise@yahoo.com, or Dan Witcher, 678-858-4259

suches Run above the clouds Oct. 6

Held in conjunction with the Suches Indian Summer Festival, the race begins at 9 a.m. Oct. 6. Registration begins at 7:30 a.m. at the Suches Community Center. The highest altitude race in the state, the10K road race over a challenging but scenic out-and-back course has six age classes. There is also a 1 mile fun run. 10K $15 (long sleeve T-shirt), fun run, $10 (short sleeve T-shirt). The race benefits students at Woody Gap School. Applications and information online at www.suches.com/run, or email cloudrun@yahoo.com

registration open for youth homes ride

Lumpkin County Sheriff Office is now registering bikers to join in the Annual Ride to Benefit the Georgia Sheriff’s Youth Homes to be held Saturday, Oct. 13. Cost to join the event is $25 per bike and $10 per passenger. Riders will leave from Frazier’s Harley Davidson in Buford and end at Rider’s Hill in Dahlonega. Money raised from the event goes to support the five campuses across the state where at-risk youth are provided a structured, loving environment, educational support, recreational opportunities and training in life skills. To receive a T-shirt, registration must be received by Sept. 24. Registration forms can be downloaded at http://www.lumpkincounty.gov/dept/sheriff under downloads and mailed to Lumpkin County Sheriff’s Office c/o Brigette Barker, 10th Annual Ride, 385 East Main Street, Dahlonega. Make checks payable to Georgia Sheriffs’ Youth Homes. Georgia Sheriffs’ Youth Homes is a 501©3 organization. For more information, contact Barker, LCSO, 706-482-2629.

Blood Drives

Blood drives Sept. 24 and Sept. 27 at NGCSU

A Lifesouth Community Blood Drive, sponsored by the honors program at NGCSU, will be held from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday, Sept. 24, and Thursday, Sept. 27, in front of the Student Center South (old chow hall).

Community Support Projects

Brick Fundraiser for Cherokee museum

The Yahoola United Cherokee Museum and Cultural Education Center, Inc. is selling engraved bricks which will become part of the permanent Cherokee Memorial walkway leading to the Museum from the parking area. Bricks are $55 each and will bear a personal message. Proceeds from the Pave the Way Program go toward the building of the museum. Pave the Way brochures are available at the Welcome Center or on the Web at yahoolacherokeemuseum.com. (1 wk)

SEED SAVING & LENDING LIBRARY

Wild Mountain Girl Herbal School on the square in Dahlonega offers a seed library. Completely free to the public, this is a way for the community to share and save valuable seeds of all types. Cindi Vernon, (706) 429-6323, cindiv@windstream.net (1 wk)

Cell PHones collected for soldiers

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

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. (1 wk)

Children & Young Adults

Free teen driving program offered Sept. 25

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

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

Dance classes at Ballet Barre

New Classes for 2012-2013 Season at The Ballet Barre: Clogging and Baton. Still enrolling for Hiphop, Ballet, Tap, Jazz and Contemporary. 706-867-1905, www.bbarre.com 10/24

Nature & Outdoors

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

Last Day of Summer Hike, Friday, Sept. 21, 1-3 p.m. Three mile guided hike. Please register.

Fall Equinox Hike at Buck Shoals State Park, Saturday, Sept. 22, 9-11:30 a.m. Explore wildflowers, early changing leaf color and features of the unopened state park with volunteers Everett and Leslie Avery. Please register.

Women for the Woods, Sept. 29-30: Two days of classes for women such as Archery, Fly-fishing, Firearms 101, Medicinal Plants, Navigation and much more. $65 includes meals; $5 additional for overnight camping; $60 early bird registration by Sept. 15. Registration required.

TU family fun day at Frog Hollow Oct. 7

The Gold Rush Chapter of Trout Unlimited will present its Family Fun Day Sunday, Oct. 7, at Frog Hollow Fly Fishing. Frog Hollow has donated the use of the trophy trout stream it borders to the chapter, and the public is invited to fish there at the greatly reduced rate of $25 for two one-hour slots of fishing on two of five sections of the river, and $15 for one hour. The event also includes raffles, an auction, a barbecue dinner and games for children For details, description of river sections and a sign up chart, go to the Fun Day menu at www.goldrushtu.org

Hike and Help the Hemlocks Sept. 29

Save Georgia’s Hemlocks and the Benton McKaye Trail Association are sponsoring their annual Hike and Help the Hemlocks event Saturday, Sept. 29, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The public is invited to a family-friendly outing in the Noontootla hemlock conservation area near Three Forks, off Doublehead Gap Road near Blue Ridge. Participants who want to help the hemlocks will work in teams to treat trees in designated sites for the woolly adelgid. Afterwards everyone will come together for a picnic at Long Creek Falls and a brief educational program. The event is free, but participants must register in advance. Donna Shearer, 706-429-8010, donna@savegeorgiashemlocks.org

At the Library

Lumpkin County Library, 706-864-3668

www.chestateelibrary.org

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 www.chestateelibrary.org

Children’s Program: Movers & Shakers, 2 p.m. Wednesdays, is intended for children ages 2 to 5. The programs last 45 minutes to an hour and may include songs, finger play and crafts in addition to stories.

Happy Bookers Book Discussion Group, Sept. 20, 1:30 p.m. The Happy Bookers book discussion group meets the third Thursday of each month to discuss fiction, non-fiction, and award-winning books. The September selection is “The Last Child” by John Hart. New members are welcome.

In the Footsteps of the Cherokee: Saturday, Sept. 22, 1 p.m.: Expert outdoorsman Mark Warren will present a free program for the whole family. Learn about how the Cherokee survived and learn to track prey in this informative and fun program.

Education/Classes

Do It Herself Workshop at Home Depot

Dahlonega Home Depot will offer a free ladies night workshop from 6:30-8 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 20, on Kitchen Updates. Transforming and restoring cabinets, tiling backsplashes, installing new cabinet hardware, and undercabinet lighting will be discussed. To reserve a seat, call 706-867-9618, ext. 417 or email: kitchendesigner_6980@homedepot.com

GED program at adult learning center

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

Mountain Education Charter High School

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

S.A.T. and Study Prep

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

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

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

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

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.

Beginner River Kayak: Enjoy a beautiful 7-mile float down the Chestatee River with some easy Class I rapids. Saturday, Sept. 22 ,10 a.m.-2p.m. $69. Patrick Hall

Shibori—Silk Scarf Dyeing: Create five beautiful, wearable silk scarves using five different types of silk. Saturday, Sept. 22, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. $89 plus $35 supply fee. Jo-Marie Karst

Appalachian Basket Weaving: Weave an Appalachian egg basket from kudzu vines. All levels welcome. Saturday, Sept. 22, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. $69 plus $20 materials. Regina Hines

Basic Beading: Learn about beads, findings, jewelry making materials and design concepts and create your own custom jewelry. Tuesday, Sept. 25, 6-9 p.m. $49. Pat Martin

Refuse To Be a Victim: Learn the personal safety tips and techniques you need to avoid dangerous situations and avoid becoming a victim. This course covers home, personal, automobile, workplace, and technological security. Mon/Wed Oct. 1 & 3, 7-9 p.m. $85 includes handbook. Rita Woods

Basic Car Maintenance: Gain the knowledge you need to care for your car and reduce the number of trips to the mechanic. Saturday, Oct. 6, 10 a.m. to noon. $39 Bill Findley

Electrical Recertification Workshop: Four-hour workshop for electricians who want to satisfy the mandatory state requirements for renewal of Georgia Electrical Contractors Certificates of Competency. Saturday, Oct. 6, 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. $79. Philip Martin

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.

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, 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

Wednesdays, 5 p.m. till close: Corkscrew University. Jamming and singing with Lara Polangco on the back deck. Special pricing for NGCSU students.

Sunday, Sept. 30, 4-6 p.m.: Monthly WineTasting. Appetizer pairings with wine. $50/person includes tax and gratuity. Reservations required.

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

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

Thursday, Sept. 20, 7-10 p.m.: “Audition” Open Mic Night. Every third Thursday the stage is open to amateurs and up and coming artists alike to share their original songs in an audience-judged competition for a $50 prize, and an invitation to a quarterly ‘Final Cut’ Open Mic Challenge to win their own show at the Moon. Call host, Jason Spencer, at 706-265-5183 to sign up in advance.

Friday, Sept. 21, 8-10 p.m.+: The Honeycutters, Americana / Appalacian Honky Tonk $10 Advance, $12 Day of Show. The Honeycutters are, at the heart, the musical collaboration of singer/

songwriter Amanda Anne Platt and Lead Guitarist/ Producer Peter James. While their sound has drawn comparisons to such artists as Gram Par-



sons and Emmylou Harris or Gillian Welch and David Rawlings, Platt and James produce a refreshingly unique blend of Americana music that is comfortingly familiar while being entirely original. Whether performing as an acoustic duo or a full fledged Honky-Tonk five piece, The Honeycutters leave smiles on the faces of the ears that they catch.

Saturday, Sept. 22, 8-10 p.m.+: Buttermilk Revival. $10 Advance/$12 Day of Show. Winners of the 2012 ‘Athens Got Talent’ competi-

tion, Buttermilk Revival is a full bluegrass band quite popular in music-rich Athens and beyond. Blending traditional instrumentation with 3-part harmony, this group adds a

dash of humor for a very entertaining recipe of straight up bluegrass.

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 Three Arrows. Free.

Sunday, Sept. 23, 7:30-9:30 pm.+: “Jazz It Up” jam. $5 at door (free for invited performers). Talented multi instrumentalist Rick Harris hosts this 4th Sunday jam for jazz musicians and singers.

Holly Theatre, 69 West Main Street, 706-864-3759, www.hollytheater.com

Thursday, Sept. 27, Holly Underground: Lingo Lounge, “the right place for writers.” Doors open at 7:30 p.m. Readers begin at 8 p.m. Fun with DJ Tommy Pirone and comic/MC Ben Sierachik. Refreshments. Songwriters welcome with original songs only.

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

Thursdays: College Night

Fridays: Live entertainment

Tuesdays: Country Western Music night

Friday, Sept. 21: Green Glass Gospel

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

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

Le Petit Café, 259 Church Street, 706-867-0000, www.lepetitcafedahlonega.com

Saturday, Sept. 22, 7 p.m.: A Taste of England. Dinner, live music, dancing. Reservations only.

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, Sept. 21, 8:30-11:30 p.m.: Jordan Asher Armstrong was born in Louisiana, raised in Kentucky, and grew up throughout Georgia. After some years of playing with different bands across Northeast Georgia, Jordan spent time during the summers of 2008 and 2009 to record his original music in Nashville with his previous band Haksers Kash. Hia music is often described as Americana Rock and Roll and showcases his songwriting, singing, and guitar playing talents. All ages welcome. No cover charge.

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

Saturday, Sept. 22, 8:30-11:30 p.m.: Dan Sheffield is a guitar-picker and singer from just outside Atlanta. He is a lover of all styles of music and performs well-known covers, rock classics, blues, country and soul with his evocative singing and with Delta-fingerstyle guitar licks and progressive rock feel. His powerful voice and distinctive musical style have enabled him to perform alongside such well-respected Atlanta musicians as Nathan Nelson, Bill Sheffield, Joe McGuinness, Count M’Butu and Mudcat. All ages welcome. No cover charge.

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

Friday, Sept. 28, 5-9 p.m.: Fall Open House. Food, wine, raffles, door prizes, and fun all evening.

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

Reunions

LCHS 50s reunion Sept. 22

The annual LCHS 50s get-together will be held from 3-7 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 22, at the Lumpkin County Parks YMCA on Riley Road off Morrison Moore Parkway. Please bring covered dish, annuals, photos, and special memories to share.

Kerns Reunion Get Together Sept. 22

The Kerns reunion will be held at 11:30 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 22, at Ryan’s Steak House, 126 Highway 400, Dawsonville. Bring old photos to share. Wayne, 706-235-4034, or Charles, 706-754-5149

LCHS Class of 1987 Sept. 22

The 25th year class reunion of the LCHS class of 1987 (and others who attended with the class) will be held from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 22, at Pine Valley Pavilion on Dawsonville Highway. Info at http://lchs87.com. Bring your own food or make reservations for catered food by Sept. 7. April Howard 706-429-3968, Lyn Cantrell 706-344-8020

SULLENS REUNION Sept. 23

The Annual Sullens Reunion will be held at 1 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 23, at Mt. Olive Baptist Church Fellowship Hall, Mt. Olive Road. Bring your favorite dish, old/new pictures and family stories. Debra Jackson, 770-561-6499, or Robbie Wehunt, 706-864-3735

Grindle Sept. 23

The Grindle Reunion will be held Sunday, Sept. 23, at 1 p.m. at the home of Donald Grindle, 236 Emory Stephens Road. Patsy Bryan, 706-864-3034

Segers Sept. 30

The Segers reunion will be held Sunday, Sept. 30, at Mt. Gilead Church fellowship hall, 5332 Hwy. 52 East, about seven miles out of Dahlonega. Bring a picnic basket and food to share. Come early for fellowship. Lunch will be served at 12:30 p.m. J.D, 706-864-3968; Charles, 706-864-2435

Free Food, Services

Free Food at DCOG Monday, Oct. 1

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 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)

Church/Religious Events

Gospel Singing

Freedom MInistries saturday night singing

Saturday night singing: Big Oak Gospel Music at 7 p.m. each Saturday. Featured singers on Sept. 22 are Forever Alive, Fresh Start, and Stilwell. 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/

Benefit singing Sept. 22 at Salem Baptist

Salem Baptist Church will have a benefit singing for Tommy Fouts’ family, Saturday, Sept. 22, at 7 p.m. Special singers will be Across Time, Pure In Heart, and The Mount Vernon Quartet. Everyone is welcome.

Healing prayer Saturday and Sunday at DuMC

On Saturday, Sept. 22, from 11 a.m.-2 p.m., Dahlonega United Methodist Church will join churches around the world and open its doors to the community for healing prayer. This event is coordinated worldwide by Joan Hunter Ministries. The following evening, Sunday, Sept 23, from 6:30-8 p.m., DUMC will also offer Healing Rooms in the sanctuary. Janet Eriksson, janet@finallyfreetransition.org or http://healingroomsofdahlonega.org.

Revolution Youth Event, register by Sept. 27

Dahlonega United Methodist Church will hold a weekend retreat (Christian, inter-denominational) Oct. 12-14 for young people from around North Georgia, 6th grade through college. Venue TBA. Participants will experience the power of the cross through life-changing teachings, activities, small groups by age, worship, fellowship and fun! Cost is $25 per student and registration deadline is Sept. 27. Revolution is inspired by Elijah House teachings. http://revolution180.org. Contact Janet Eriksson, janet@finallyfreetransition.org.

Homecoming Sunday at Glory Divine

Glory Divine Baptist Church will hold homecoming Sunday, September 23. The Shepherd’s Quartet and Ed & Peggy Jenkins will be singing. Pastor Robert Martin welcomes everyone.

Sacred Grounds at DPC Sept. 23

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

Revival Sept. 23 at The Lighthouse

The Lighthouse Baptist Church of Dahlonega, located at 5007 Highway 52 East, will be holding Fall Revival Sunday through Friday, Sept. 23-26, at 7:30 p.m. Hometown preachers will be holding the service. Pastor, D.W. Gravitt, welcomes all.

UnitARIAn Universalist church

Georgia Mountains Unitarian Universalist Church is a welcoming congregation. On Sept. 23 Paul McAuliffe, a world/ethnic flute player, flute maker, drummer, songwriter, social services worker, autism advocate and story writer, will present a variety of original tales interspersed with soothing, peaceful flute music. 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

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

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 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, pyb3644@hotmail.com

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



Wellness/Fitness

THE DAY OF THE MAYA Workshop Sept. 14

“The Day of Maya, Dec. 21, 2012” will discuss varying theories of changes in humanity according to different historical cultures. The workshop will be held from 7-8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 14, at Dahlonega Healing Arts, 81 Crown Mountain Place, Building E, Suite 100. 706-867-7026

Yoga at MindyYoga

Class schedule at www.mindyyoga.com. Mindy Searcey, Certified Yoga Instructor. 106 Public Square North, downstairs in Hall’s Block Building. 706-531-4718, info@mindyyoga.com

Running Group: Dahlonega Gold Rushers

Dahlonega Gold Rushers, a running group for all ages, abilities, distance/speed, meets on Saturday mornings at 6:30 a.m. at Hancock Park. Free.

Project Dahlonega Boot Camp

Free co-ed fitness program that motivates and educates individuals in fitness and healthy nutrition. Workout sessions are a balanced mixture of cardio, strength, and agility, and tailored so each fitness level can achieve maximum potential. No one left behind! Come join 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 Sandy Osieja. 400 Blueberry Hill off Town Creek Church Road. 706-865-7678

Dahlonega Healing Arts

Yoga by Kathryn Crifasi, 678-770-0400, 6 p.m. Wednesdays and 10:30 a.m. Fridays. Chigong/Taichi: Tuesday at 6 p.m. and Thursdays at 6:30 p.m. 81 Crown Mountain Place, Building E, Suite 100, 706-867-7026

Holistic movement classes

Wild Mountain Girl Herbal School on the square announces 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

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 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 pyb3644@hotmail.com

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

Volunteers

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, bcronan@lumpkin.k12.ga.us, 706-867-7047

Odyssey Hospice Volunteers: 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, http://www.lumpkinliteracy.org/

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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- www.noonealone.org

Nursing Mothers’ Support

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

Reformers Unanimous Addiction Program

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

Grief support programs at NGMC

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

Kinship Care—Grandparents Raising Grandchildren

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

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

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

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

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

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

Pets

Holistic Pet Care program Saturday

Dr. Carol Falck, a holistic veterinarian, will present a program from 9-11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 15, at Dahlonega Healing Arts on her approach to pet wellness. She will discuss some dramatic cases and will answer pet health questions. She is also a licensed acupuncturist for animals. Please register. 81 Crown Mountain Place, Building E, Suite 100, 706-867-7026

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

Community Support Needs

Free PIck up of Donations by CHP

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

Pick up for Southern finds

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

Pickup by Waypoint

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

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

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

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\

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

More Children & Youth

preschool Programs now enrolling:

Sonshine Weekday Preschool of Dahlonega Baptist Church is enrolling students for the school year. The preschool is an early education program in a Christian environment for one year olds through four/five year old Pre-K. Classes follow the Lumpkin County calendar. For registration and enrollment forms, samples of curriculum and parents’ handbook visit www.dbch.org or contact Stacy Mizer, 706-864-3676, or stacy@dbch.org. (9/19)

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

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

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 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, wbdgnld@windstream.net

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

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

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

Purchase from online retailers benefit TLC

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

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