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Community-Wide Events

SILENT AUCTION BENEFITS FAMILY CONNECTION

A silent auction Thursday, Friday and Saturday, Dec. 6-8, hosted by United Community Bank will benefit Lumpkin Family Connection. Among the items are tickets to sporting events and attractions throughout the southeast, sports memorabilia, home décor and Christmas items, and signed books. Raffle tickets for a hand-crocheted bed jacket and seasonal mugs suitable for hostess gifts are also available. Held at UCB’s main branch, 206 Morrison Moore Parkway, hours are Thursday and Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and Saturday, 8:30 a.m. till noon. On Saturday, pictures with Santa and refreshments will be available. Proceeds stay in Lumpkin County and benefit Lumpkin County school children.

Monthly Habitat surplus sale Dec. 7-8

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

Drug Court graduation ceremony Tuesday

Enotah Family Drug Court will acknowledge the hard work of the participants from Lumpkin and White counties who have completed the intense 18-month program of Enotah Family Drug Court. The graduation ceremony and celebration will be held at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 11, at the Parish Hall of St. Luke’s Catholic Church. The public is invited to attend. blockwood@cornerstonescounseling.com

Benefit for Lumpkin County Dec. 15

The First Annual Christmas Benefit for Lumpkin County will be held from 4 p.m. to midnight Saturday, Dec. 15, at the Market Place on the square. Enjoy live music by Bad Habits Band featuring Charlie Welch. Donation of a new toy, canned goods, or a financial contribution is the price of admission. Donations will go to Shop With a Cop, Community Helping Place White Christmas, and to a special meal for families on Christmas Day. The event is sponsored by North Georgia Concrete, North Georgia Pipeline and Bad Habits Band. 678-780-1562, 406-300-6357

This week’S

Old Fashioned Christmas

Daily, weather permitting

Horse-Drawn Carriage Rides. $8 adults/$5 children/family rates (minimum of $15 per ride). Tickets purchased at the carriage next to the Visitors Center (cash only).

Weekends through Dec. 23

It’s a Wonderful Life: A live production of the Holly Theater Company, Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m., Sundays at 2 p.m. $15. www.hollytheater.com

Thursday, Dec. 6

Family Story Time at Lumpkin Co. Library: Stories, music, treats, 6-7 p.m.

Friday, Dec. 7

Father Christmas: Will be walking around downtown, 4:30-8 p.m.

Lumminaries at Dusk: The Kiwanis Club and Key Club will light luminaries on the square Friday, Dec. 7, at 6 p.m.

Old Fashioned Trolley: Historical tours of downtown Dahlonega, 7 and 8 p.m. $5 adults, $3 children 12 and under. Tickets available at Visitors Center.

Open House, Dahlonega Tasting Room featuring Habersham wines: Wine tasting and food pairings until 8 p.m.

Saturday, Dec. 8

Dip your own peppermint stick,11 a.m.-2 p.m., Paul Thomas Chocolates. Children 10 and under. Free.

Santa at Visitors Center: 1-6 p.m.

Lumpkin County High School and Middle School choruses: Entertaining at the Visitors Center Plaza 3-5 p.m.

Old Fashioned Trolley: Historical tours of downtown Dahlonega, 6, 7, and 8 p.m. $5 adults, $3 children 12 and under. Tickets available at Visitors Center.

Gallery Walk, a tour of Dahlonega’s art galleries, 5:30-8 p.m. around the square and at Carriage House Shoppes on S. Grove St.

Open House, Dahlonega Tasting Room featuring Habersham wines: Wine tasting and food pairings until 8 p.m.

Sunday, Dec. 9

Santa at Visitors Center: 1-5 p.m.

Sleigh Bell Tour: Driving tour of Inns and B&Bs in and around Dahlonega. See page 1B for story.

Blood Drives

Dahlonega Chiropractic drive Tuesday

Dahlonega Chiropractic Life Center, 131 Mechanic Street, is hosting a blood drive with LifeSouth Community Blood Centers, Inc. from 2-7 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 11. Donors will be entered into a drawing for a free ham or turkey courtesy of Dahlonega Chiropractic and all donors will receive a donor T-shirt. Support is needed as the holidays always put hospitals in critical shortages for blood.

Rides, Races, Festivals

Frosty 5K Run/Walk & Kids Fun Run Dec. 8

The Lumpkin County High School Basketball Tip-Off Club will hold the 3rd Annual Frosty 5K Run/Walk & Kids Fun Run, Saturday, December 8, 9 a.m., Yahoola Creek Park. Strollers welcome—it’s a great, easy course. Mail registration to Tina Wood, 44 School Drive, Dahlonega, GA 30533, twood@lumpkin.k12.ga.us, or register at www.active.com. Register by December 1 to guarantee a T-shirt.

Community Support Needs

Luminaries available for Friday ceremony

Lumpkin County Kiwanis and Key Club will hold their annual ceremony lighting the Public Square with luminaries Friday, Dec. 7 at dusk (around 6 p.m.) Luminaries to honor or in memory of a friend or loved one can be obtained for a $10 donation. For a $25 donation, a gold luminary can be had. A lighting ceremony will be held outside the Welcome Center and each dedication, along with the donor’s name, will be read as the luminary is lit. You may also fill out the “Reason” line and that too, will be read. You may also light your luminary, if you wish. Money earned from the event goes to support the needs of local children and children’s charities. Forms to reserve your luminary can be obtained from Walter Breyer, 706-864-8207 or whbreyer@windstream.net.

Georgia Power Food Drive

Georgia Power Co. is collecting food for The Georgia Mountain Food Bank. Non-perishable items can be dropped off at the Georgia Power office, 20 Memorial Drive at the corner of East Main and Memorial. Alan Winn, ARWINN@southernco.com, 706-357-6512

Operation Christmas Spirit for soldiers

The 5th Ranger Training Battalion is collecting donations for packages leaving the states on Dec. 7 for deployed soldiers in Afghanistan. Toiletries, non-perishable snack foods, games, phone cards, etc. can be dropped off at the Lumpkin County Parks YMCA through Wednesday, Dec. 5. Jenelle Cash, (540)430-0298, jcash24401@yahoo.com

Collection sites for Socks for Seniors

Socks for Seniors is a non-profit community service project that collects, organizes, and distributes new socks to senior shut-ins and nursing home residents in communities all over the country. In Dahlonega three 6th graders, Rebecca Blackman, Zac Williams and Brook Lee are heading up the project to benefit locals. New socks in pairs or in packs, with funky colored ones for ladies, can be placed in donation boxes in the lobbies at the Lumpkin County Parks YMCA and J&J Foods and Walmart until Dec. 19.

Sheriffs Dept. Toys for Tots/safety check

The Georgia State Patrol is collecting toys for the Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots program. New, unwrapped toys can be dropped off at the Lumpkin County Sheriff’s Office through Dec. 20, and at the Georgia State Patrol post, 4055 County Way, Cumming, between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. weekdays through Dec. 21. There will be a child safety seat check and toy drive event from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 15, at Dahlonega Walmart.

CHP White christmas collections underway

The Community Helping Place White Christmas is the annual Christmas outreach which serves Lumpkin County residents in need during the holiday season. Last year CHP White Christmas served 243 households which included toys for 466 children. New, unwrapped toys and non-perishable food items can be dropped off at the CHP Food Pantry, 2030 Highway 19 North, Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. through Dec. 8. Financial contributions can be sent to PO Box 712, Dahlonega, GA 30233.

Gifts being collected for Rainbow home

Belle Avance Salon is collecting donations for the residents of Rainbow Children’s Home for Christmas from now until Friday, Dec. 21. Girls at the home for abused and neglected youngsters range in age from 12-18. Suggested items include undergarments, slippers, socks, robes, hygiene items and coats. Be treated to a mini-makeover with the salon’s exclusive makeup line when you bring in a donation. Belle Avance is located at 232 East Main Street.

official dahlonega ornament now available

The Community Helping Place Official Christmas in Dahlonega Ornament, this year featuring the Fudge Factory, is now available at the following locations: The Fudge Factory, West Cleaners, Belle Avance Salon, Hairworks, the CHP Thrift Store, Starbucks and North Georgia Continuing Education. The cost is $20 and sales support the programs of CHP.

Toys for Tots at DAhlonega funeral home

Dahlonega Funeral Home is accepting donations for its annual Toys for Tots drive. New, unwrapped toys and clothing can be dropped off at the funeral home, 20 Gibson Drive off Highway 60, Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Businesses interested in having a collection box, or for more information, call Amanda Jones, 706-864-3683. All donations will go to Lumpkin County families. Last day to make a donation is Friday, Dec. 21.

Gold Museum bricks for holiday giving

The perfect holiday gift—Friends of the Gold Museum are offering engraved bricks to be placed in front of the Gold Museum for a donation. All money goes to maintain the museum and keep it open seven days a week. Donations are tax deductible. Bricks ordered by Nov. 30 will be installed before Christmas. Order forms available at http://randyrick.us.FOGM/FODGMBrickDonation.pdf.

Children & Young Adults

Movie/activities Friday for grades 1-5

Lumpkin County High School’s drama department will sponsor a movie night for children in grades 1-5 from 6:30-9 p.m. Friday, Dec. 7. Children will see an age-appropriate movie, participate in crafts and be provided a snack. Parents can enjoy holiday shopping or a night out for the cost of $10/child. A school nurse and chaperones will be present to coordinate the activities. The event will be held in the LCHS auditorium, and proceeds will help support the Thespian Troupe’s trip to Georgia Thespian Conference. Registration available on arrival.

Free teen driving program offered Dec. 18

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

Dahlonega UMC Preschool openings

Dahlonega United Methodist Church Mothers Morning Out/Preschool has spaces available for its 2 year olds to Pre-K class. Angie Mayo or Dana Fritchle, 706-864-8521, dahlonegaumc.org/mmo-preschool.

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

CLOSED NOV. 21-25

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

eBooks: Downloadable at the library’s Website.

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

Zinio! Dozens of popular magazines available in digital format

Holiday Evening Family Program, Thursday, Dec. 6, 6-7 p.m. Tales of the season, holiday music, yummy treats and crafts at the annual family celebration. All ages welcome.

Storytime Stop & Go at the Library, Saturday, Dec. 8, 12-2 p.m. All ages are welcome. Stop in the library anytime during these two hours and enjoy a book read by a member of the NGCSU Phi Sigma Pi National Honors Fraternity. Stay as long or as little as you like.

Annual Gingerbread House Workshops, Saturday, Dec. 15, three sessions (10 a.m., 12 p.m., and 2 p.m.). Who can resist a peppermint lane, a gumdrop chimney, a powdered sugar snow storm? Create your very own gingerbread house! Ages 3-17. A $ 5 donation is appreciated, but not required. Please call the library to register at 706-864-3668. Registration begins December 1. Sign up early, space for this popular activity is limited.

Genealogy Workshop, Saturday, Dec. 15, 11:30 a.m. Learn how to use the web to trace your family roots. Reservations required.

Nature & Outdoors

Christmas Tree Lighting at Vogel State Park:

The event includes hayrides, bonfires, music, caroling, Santa, and holiday treats before lighting a 30-foot tree. Saturday, Dec. 8, 4-6:45 p.m. Bring a blanket and chair and an unwrapped child’s gift. Parking $5. 706-745-2628

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

Pet Friendly Hike at Buck Shoals, 2-4 p.m. Friday, Dec.7, Buck Shoals State Park. Come with or without your pet for a 2-mile hike. Call for directions and other information.

Holi-Day Camp for ages 6-12, Tuesday-Thursday, Dec. 18-19, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Outdoor play-time/indoor craft-time. $45 (for both days) by Dec. 7, $55 after

Art Workshops

Color workshop Dec. 18 at Cannery

Dahlonega Arts Council is offering a class about understanding and using color with artist Natalie Ray on Tuesday, Dec. 18, 6-9 p.m. at the Cannery, 62 South Enota Street. Contact Natalie Ray, canofsnakes@gmail.com, for more information and to register.

Education/Classes

Free Workshops at Dahlonega Home Depot

Saturday, Dec. 8, 10-11 a.m. Innovative Solutions for Maintaining the Home; 1-2:30 p.m.: Simple Small Projects for a Holiday Ready Home

Sunday, Dec. 9, 1-2:30 p.m.: Try It Before You Buy It Gift Ideas

Stewards of Children Training Dec. 14

This child sexual abuse prevention training program is offered on the 2nd Friday of each month at the Dahlonega Presbyterian Church. December’s session will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Dec. 14. Deadline for registration is Dec. 7. $10/person includes a meal and child care. Contact Brenda Cronan, Family Connection Director, at 706-867-7047 or bcronan@lumpkin.k12.ga.us for information or to reserve a spot.

NORTH GEORGIA CONTINUING EDUCATION

For information on these classes, contact the NGCSU Department of Continuing Education at (706) 864-1918, email conted@northgeorgia.edu or register at www.northgeorgia.edu/ce.

Online 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.

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.

International appalachian academy

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

GED 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

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

Music/Drama/Film & More

Dahlonega Mountain Dance

The Dahlonega Mountain Dance will be held at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 14, at the Woodmen of the World Building, above Cranberry Corners. Caller and live music. Please wear soft-soled shoes. A suggested donation of $8 will be accepted to benefit the Georgia Pick & Bow Traditional Music School. dahlonegamountaindance.com

NGCSU EVENTS

NGCSU Planetarium: Shows Fridays 8-9 p.m. through Dec. 8 at George E. Coleman Planetarium, room 234 of the Health & Natural Sciences Building, Sunset Drive. Current show: “2012—The End of Time?” What does the Mayan Calendar really have to say about the world coming to an end on December 21, 2012. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. with no admittance after 8 p.m. Free. www.northgeorgia.edu/planetarium

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

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 on the back deck. Special pricing for NGCSU students.

Friday & Saturday: Live music with Tom Coolidge.

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.

Saturday, Dec. 8, 8 p.m. Diane Durrett’s “Georgia Christmas.” Advance $12. Durrett blends joyful and soul-stirring holiday music together for a fun and inspirational evening. She is known for her blend of raw soulful vocals, sultry tones and strong original songs.

Holly Theatre, 69 West Main Street. Business office open 9-4 Mondays. 706-864-3759, www.hollytheater.com

It’s a Wonderful Life: This classic Christmas drama will be presented by the Holly Theater Company for three weekends Dec. 7-23. Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m., Sundays at 2 p.m. $15. See story page 1B.

New Year’s Eve Show & Gala: LeRevue, filled with dancing, singing, and acrobatics, plus a gala with DJ, dancing, and hors d’oeuvres. Show only, $35; show and gala, $75.

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

Thursdays: College Night

Fridays: Live entertainment

Tuesdays: Country Western Music night

Friday, Dec. 7: Stoned Sandwich

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Friday, Dec. 7, 8:30-11:30 p.m.: Erick Jones. Whether performing with the Atlanta based country-rock band American Anodyne, the North Georgia folk group Ugly Cousin, or solo acoustic, Erick Jones’ narrative storytelling draws upon the trials of small-town life in the south, drunken revelry, and searching for redemption in the era of the “new depression.” All ages welcome. No cover charge.

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

Saturday, Dec. 8, 8:30-11:30 p.m.: John Sosebee. With Sosebee on foot drums, guitar, and vocals, and his brother, Jacob Gise, on bass and foot percussion, this one-of-a-kind setup produces a tremendous sound that is always mistaken for a three or four piece band. And now having proven themselves at many of the South’s top venues and festivals they are one of the Atlanta area’s hottest Blues acts. Influenced by greats such as R.L. Burnside, Junior Kimbrough, Mississippi Fred McDowell, Muddy Waters, and Blind Willie Johnson from a young age, John Sosebee has a deep rooted feel for the Blues. All ages, no cover.

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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

Sunday, Dec. 9, 2-5 p.m.: Holiday Open House with Tiger Mountain Vineyards’ John and Martha Ezzard.

Simply Taste Buds, a tasting room for Georgia Wines, now located at Carriage House Shoppes, 11 South Grove Street. 706-482-0004.

Pets

Food Drive/Free nail trim at Red Barn

Red Barn Veterinary Hospital is holding a Holiday Pet Food Drive now through Dec. 22. For each donation received, Red Barn will offer a free nail trim for your pet. All proceeds benefit TLC, Lumpkin County’s no-kill animal shelter. Red Barn is located at 14 Seven Mile Hill Road.

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 Dec. 8 are Sacred, Chad Martin, and Heavens Jubilee. 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/

UnitARIAn Universalist church

Georgia Mountains Unitarian Universalist Church is a welcoming congregation. On Dec. 9 Rev. Barry Whittemore will present “Worlds of Wisdom,” looking at wisdom from the world’s religions which inspire us in our ethical and spiritual lives. 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

Live Nativity at Bethel Baptist this weekend

Bethel Baptist Church, at the intersection of Highway 136 West and Shoal Creek Road, Dawsonville, will present a live nativity program from 6-9 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Dec. 7 and 8. Scenes with Biblical characters will portray events such as the prophecy of Jesus’ birth to Abraham, the birth of Jesus in a manger, and the resurrection and ascension. Live animals will be included in scenes as Mary and Joseph travel to Bethlehem and as shepherds watch their flock. Dress warmly for the tractor drawn hayride journey which will last approximately 45 minutes. Free admission

Christmas Play at Mt. Gilead sunday

Pastor Les Fuller welcomes all to Mt. Gilead Baptist Church’s Christmas play at 6 p.m. Dec. 9, and to a night of fellowship and blessings.

Auraria Church Christmas Program sunday

Auraria Church of Almighty God will present its Christmas program,

“The Gospel According to Matthew, Luke and John,” at 6 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 9. The community is invited to this special Christmas play. Eight miles south of Dahlonega on Auraria Road (old Highway 9 East),706-429-7435. Rev.Corey Ray,pastor.

Concord Baptist christmas program Sunday

Concord Baptist church will hold its Christmas program, “The Christmas Guest,” at 6 p.m. Sunday, Dec 9. The church is located four miles north of Dahlonega on Highway 19. Pastor Roger Dunagan and the church invite everyone.

Christian Radio Open House Dec. 13

Christian radio station WCDG 88.7 FM will hold a Radio Christmas Open House for the public from 3-6 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 13. Pastors and community leaders will be able to announce information about their churches and groups on the air during the event at 50 Millie’s Place, Unit A, off Morrison Moore Parkway near the reservoir. Laurel Hughes, 706-482-2282

Christmas program at Fountain Dec. 16

The Fountain Church will present The Great Late Potentate Christmas Program on Sunday evening, Dec. 16, at 6 p.m. Fellowship will follow the program. The church is located past the Wagon Wheel restaurant on North Grove Street. The community is invited.

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

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Things to do in Dahlonega (Dec. 5th edition)
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Community-Wide Events

SILENT AUCTION BENEFITS FAMILY CONNECTION

A silent auction Thursday, Friday and Saturday, Dec. 6-8, hosted by United Community Bank will benefit Lumpkin Family Connection. Among the items are tickets to sporting events and attractions throughout the southeast, sports memorabilia, home décor and Christmas items, and signed books. Raffle tickets for a hand-crocheted bed jacket and seasonal mugs suitable for hostess gifts are also available. Held at UCB’s main branch, 206 Morrison Moore Parkway, hours are Thursday and Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and Saturday, 8:30 a.m. till noon. On Saturday, pictures with Santa and refreshments will be available. Proceeds stay in Lumpkin County and benefit Lumpkin County school children.

Monthly Habitat surplus sale Dec. 7-8

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

Drug Court graduation ceremony Tuesday

Enotah Family Drug Court will acknowledge the hard work of the participants from Lumpkin and White counties who have completed the intense 18-month program of Enotah Family Drug Court. The graduation ceremony and celebration will be held at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 11, at the Parish Hall of St. Luke’s Catholic Church. The public is invited to attend. blockwood@cornerstonescounseling.com

Benefit for Lumpkin County Dec. 15

The First Annual Christmas Benefit for Lumpkin County will be held from 4 p.m. to midnight Saturday, Dec. 15, at the Market Place on the square. Enjoy live music by Bad Habits Band featuring Charlie Welch. Donation of a new toy, canned goods, or a financial contribution is the price of admission. Donations will go to Shop With a Cop, Community Helping Place White Christmas, and to a special meal for families on Christmas Day. The event is sponsored by North Georgia Concrete, North Georgia Pipeline and Bad Habits Band. 678-780-1562, 406-300-6357

This week’S

Old Fashioned Christmas

Daily, weather permitting

Horse-Drawn Carriage Rides. $8 adults/$5 children/family rates (minimum of $15 per ride). Tickets purchased at the carriage next to the Visitors Center (cash only).

Weekends through Dec. 23

It’s a Wonderful Life: A live production of the Holly Theater Company, Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m., Sundays at 2 p.m. $15. www.hollytheater.com

Thursday, Dec. 6

Family Story Time at Lumpkin Co. Library: Stories, music, treats, 6-7 p.m.

Friday, Dec. 7

Father Christmas: Will be walking around downtown, 4:30-8 p.m.

Lumminaries at Dusk: The Kiwanis Club and Key Club will light luminaries on the square Friday, Dec. 7, at 6 p.m.

Old Fashioned Trolley: Historical tours of downtown Dahlonega, 7 and 8 p.m. $5 adults, $3 children 12 and under. Tickets available at Visitors Center.

Open House, Dahlonega Tasting Room featuring Habersham wines: Wine tasting and food pairings until 8 p.m.

Saturday, Dec. 8

Dip your own peppermint stick,11 a.m.-2 p.m., Paul Thomas Chocolates. Children 10 and under. Free.

Santa at Visitors Center: 1-6 p.m.

Lumpkin County High School and Middle School choruses: Entertaining at the Visitors Center Plaza 3-5 p.m.

Old Fashioned Trolley: Historical tours of downtown Dahlonega, 6, 7, and 8 p.m. $5 adults, $3 children 12 and under. Tickets available at Visitors Center.

Gallery Walk, a tour of Dahlonega’s art galleries, 5:30-8 p.m. around the square and at Carriage House Shoppes on S. Grove St.

Open House, Dahlonega Tasting Room featuring Habersham wines: Wine tasting and food pairings until 8 p.m.

Sunday, Dec. 9

Santa at Visitors Center: 1-5 p.m.

Sleigh Bell Tour: Driving tour of Inns and B&Bs in and around Dahlonega. See page 1B for story.

Blood Drives

Dahlonega Chiropractic drive Tuesday

Dahlonega Chiropractic Life Center, 131 Mechanic Street, is hosting a blood drive with LifeSouth Community Blood Centers, Inc. from 2-7 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 11. Donors will be entered into a drawing for a free ham or turkey courtesy of Dahlonega Chiropractic and all donors will receive a donor T-shirt. Support is needed as the holidays always put hospitals in critical shortages for blood.

Rides, Races, Festivals

Frosty 5K Run/Walk & Kids Fun Run Dec. 8

The Lumpkin County High School Basketball Tip-Off Club will hold the 3rd Annual Frosty 5K Run/Walk & Kids Fun Run, Saturday, December 8, 9 a.m., Yahoola Creek Park. Strollers welcome—it’s a great, easy course. Mail registration to Tina Wood, 44 School Drive, Dahlonega, GA 30533, twood@lumpkin.k12.ga.us, or register at www.active.com. Register by December 1 to guarantee a T-shirt.

Community Support Needs

Luminaries available for Friday ceremony

Lumpkin County Kiwanis and Key Club will hold their annual ceremony lighting the Public Square with luminaries Friday, Dec. 7 at dusk (around 6 p.m.) Luminaries to honor or in memory of a friend or loved one can be obtained for a $10 donation. For a $25 donation, a gold luminary can be had. A lighting ceremony will be held outside the Welcome Center and each dedication, along with the donor’s name, will be read as the luminary is lit. You may also fill out the “Reason” line and that too, will be read. You may also light your luminary, if you wish. Money earned from the event goes to support the needs of local children and children’s charities. Forms to reserve your luminary can be obtained from Walter Breyer, 706-864-8207 or whbreyer@windstream.net.

Georgia Power Food Drive

Georgia Power Co. is collecting food for The Georgia Mountain Food Bank. Non-perishable items can be dropped off at the Georgia Power office, 20 Memorial Drive at the corner of East Main and Memorial. Alan Winn, ARWINN@southernco.com, 706-357-6512

Operation Christmas Spirit for soldiers

The 5th Ranger Training Battalion is collecting donations for packages leaving the states on Dec. 7 for deployed soldiers in Afghanistan. Toiletries, non-perishable snack foods, games, phone cards, etc. can be dropped off at the Lumpkin County Parks YMCA through Wednesday, Dec. 5. Jenelle Cash, (540)430-0298, jcash24401@yahoo.com

Collection sites for Socks for Seniors

Socks for Seniors is a non-profit community service project that collects, organizes, and distributes new socks to senior shut-ins and nursing home residents in communities all over the country. In Dahlonega three 6th graders, Rebecca Blackman, Zac Williams and Brook Lee are heading up the project to benefit locals. New socks in pairs or in packs, with funky colored ones for ladies, can be placed in donation boxes in the lobbies at the Lumpkin County Parks YMCA and J&J Foods and Walmart until Dec. 19.

Sheriffs Dept. Toys for Tots/safety check

The Georgia State Patrol is collecting toys for the Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots program. New, unwrapped toys can be dropped off at the Lumpkin County Sheriff’s Office through Dec. 20, and at the Georgia State Patrol post, 4055 County Way, Cumming, between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. weekdays through Dec. 21. There will be a child safety seat check and toy drive event from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 15, at Dahlonega Walmart.

CHP White christmas collections underway

The Community Helping Place White Christmas is the annual Christmas outreach which serves Lumpkin County residents in need during the holiday season. Last year CHP White Christmas served 243 households which included toys for 466 children. New, unwrapped toys and non-perishable food items can be dropped off at the CHP Food Pantry, 2030 Highway 19 North, Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. through Dec. 8. Financial contributions can be sent to PO Box 712, Dahlonega, GA 30233.

Gifts being collected for Rainbow home

Belle Avance Salon is collecting donations for the residents of Rainbow Children’s Home for Christmas from now until Friday, Dec. 21. Girls at the home for abused and neglected youngsters range in age from 12-18. Suggested items include undergarments, slippers, socks, robes, hygiene items and coats. Be treated to a mini-makeover with the salon’s exclusive makeup line when you bring in a donation. Belle Avance is located at 232 East Main Street.

official dahlonega ornament now available

The Community Helping Place Official Christmas in Dahlonega Ornament, this year featuring the Fudge Factory, is now available at the following locations: The Fudge Factory, West Cleaners, Belle Avance Salon, Hairworks, the CHP Thrift Store, Starbucks and North Georgia Continuing Education. The cost is $20 and sales support the programs of CHP.

Toys for Tots at DAhlonega funeral home

Dahlonega Funeral Home is accepting donations for its annual Toys for Tots drive. New, unwrapped toys and clothing can be dropped off at the funeral home, 20 Gibson Drive off Highway 60, Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Businesses interested in having a collection box, or for more information, call Amanda Jones, 706-864-3683. All donations will go to Lumpkin County families. Last day to make a donation is Friday, Dec. 21.

Gold Museum bricks for holiday giving

The perfect holiday gift—Friends of the Gold Museum are offering engraved bricks to be placed in front of the Gold Museum for a donation. All money goes to maintain the museum and keep it open seven days a week. Donations are tax deductible. Bricks ordered by Nov. 30 will be installed before Christmas. Order forms available at http://randyrick.us.FOGM/FODGMBrickDonation.pdf.

Children & Young Adults

Movie/activities Friday for grades 1-5

Lumpkin County High School’s drama department will sponsor a movie night for children in grades 1-5 from 6:30-9 p.m. Friday, Dec. 7. Children will see an age-appropriate movie, participate in crafts and be provided a snack. Parents can enjoy holiday shopping or a night out for the cost of $10/child. A school nurse and chaperones will be present to coordinate the activities. The event will be held in the LCHS auditorium, and proceeds will help support the Thespian Troupe’s trip to Georgia Thespian Conference. Registration available on arrival.

Free teen driving program offered Dec. 18

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

Dahlonega UMC Preschool openings

Dahlonega United Methodist Church Mothers Morning Out/Preschool has spaces available for its 2 year olds to Pre-K class. Angie Mayo or Dana Fritchle, 706-864-8521, dahlonegaumc.org/mmo-preschool.

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

CLOSED NOV. 21-25

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

eBooks: Downloadable at the library’s Website.

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

Zinio! Dozens of popular magazines available in digital format

Holiday Evening Family Program, Thursday, Dec. 6, 6-7 p.m. Tales of the season, holiday music, yummy treats and crafts at the annual family celebration. All ages welcome.

Storytime Stop & Go at the Library, Saturday, Dec. 8, 12-2 p.m. All ages are welcome. Stop in the library anytime during these two hours and enjoy a book read by a member of the NGCSU Phi Sigma Pi National Honors Fraternity. Stay as long or as little as you like.

Annual Gingerbread House Workshops, Saturday, Dec. 15, three sessions (10 a.m., 12 p.m., and 2 p.m.). Who can resist a peppermint lane, a gumdrop chimney, a powdered sugar snow storm? Create your very own gingerbread house! Ages 3-17. A $ 5 donation is appreciated, but not required. Please call the library to register at 706-864-3668. Registration begins December 1. Sign up early, space for this popular activity is limited.

Genealogy Workshop, Saturday, Dec. 15, 11:30 a.m. Learn how to use the web to trace your family roots. Reservations required.

Nature & Outdoors

Christmas Tree Lighting at Vogel State Park:

The event includes hayrides, bonfires, music, caroling, Santa, and holiday treats before lighting a 30-foot tree. Saturday, Dec. 8, 4-6:45 p.m. Bring a blanket and chair and an unwrapped child’s gift. Parking $5. 706-745-2628

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

Pet Friendly Hike at Buck Shoals, 2-4 p.m. Friday, Dec.7, Buck Shoals State Park. Come with or without your pet for a 2-mile hike. Call for directions and other information.

Holi-Day Camp for ages 6-12, Tuesday-Thursday, Dec. 18-19, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Outdoor play-time/indoor craft-time. $45 (for both days) by Dec. 7, $55 after

Art Workshops

Color workshop Dec. 18 at Cannery

Dahlonega Arts Council is offering a class about understanding and using color with artist Natalie Ray on Tuesday, Dec. 18, 6-9 p.m. at the Cannery, 62 South Enota Street. Contact Natalie Ray, canofsnakes@gmail.com, for more information and to register.

Education/Classes

Free Workshops at Dahlonega Home Depot

Saturday, Dec. 8, 10-11 a.m. Innovative Solutions for Maintaining the Home; 1-2:30 p.m.: Simple Small Projects for a Holiday Ready Home

Sunday, Dec. 9, 1-2:30 p.m.: Try It Before You Buy It Gift Ideas

Stewards of Children Training Dec. 14

This child sexual abuse prevention training program is offered on the 2nd Friday of each month at the Dahlonega Presbyterian Church. December’s session will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Dec. 14. Deadline for registration is Dec. 7. $10/person includes a meal and child care. Contact Brenda Cronan, Family Connection Director, at 706-867-7047 or bcronan@lumpkin.k12.ga.us for information or to reserve a spot.

NORTH GEORGIA CONTINUING EDUCATION

For information on these classes, contact the NGCSU Department of Continuing Education at (706) 864-1918, email conted@northgeorgia.edu or register at www.northgeorgia.edu/ce.

Online 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.

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.

International appalachian academy

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

GED 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

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

Music/Drama/Film & More

Dahlonega Mountain Dance

The Dahlonega Mountain Dance will be held at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 14, at the Woodmen of the World Building, above Cranberry Corners. Caller and live music. Please wear soft-soled shoes. A suggested donation of $8 will be accepted to benefit the Georgia Pick & Bow Traditional Music School. dahlonegamountaindance.com

NGCSU EVENTS

NGCSU Planetarium: Shows Fridays 8-9 p.m. through Dec. 8 at George E. Coleman Planetarium, room 234 of the Health & Natural Sciences Building, Sunset Drive. Current show: “2012—The End of Time?” What does the Mayan Calendar really have to say about the world coming to an end on December 21, 2012. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. with no admittance after 8 p.m. Free. www.northgeorgia.edu/planetarium

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

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 on the back deck. Special pricing for NGCSU students.

Friday & Saturday: Live music with Tom Coolidge.

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.

Saturday, Dec. 8, 8 p.m. Diane Durrett’s “Georgia Christmas.” Advance $12. Durrett blends joyful and soul-stirring holiday music together for a fun and inspirational evening. She is known for her blend of raw soulful vocals, sultry tones and strong original songs.

Holly Theatre, 69 West Main Street. Business office open 9-4 Mondays. 706-864-3759, www.hollytheater.com

It’s a Wonderful Life: This classic Christmas drama will be presented by the Holly Theater Company for three weekends Dec. 7-23. Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m., Sundays at 2 p.m. $15. See story page 1B.

New Year’s Eve Show & Gala: LeRevue, filled with dancing, singing, and acrobatics, plus a gala with DJ, dancing, and hors d’oeuvres. Show only, $35; show and gala, $75.

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

Thursdays: College Night

Fridays: Live entertainment

Tuesdays: Country Western Music night

Friday, Dec. 7: Stoned Sandwich

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Friday, Dec. 7, 8:30-11:30 p.m.: Erick Jones. Whether performing with the Atlanta based country-rock band American Anodyne, the North Georgia folk group Ugly Cousin, or solo acoustic, Erick Jones’ narrative storytelling draws upon the trials of small-town life in the south, drunken revelry, and searching for redemption in the era of the “new depression.” All ages welcome. No cover charge.

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

Saturday, Dec. 8, 8:30-11:30 p.m.: John Sosebee. With Sosebee on foot drums, guitar, and vocals, and his brother, Jacob Gise, on bass and foot percussion, this one-of-a-kind setup produces a tremendous sound that is always mistaken for a three or four piece band. And now having proven themselves at many of the South’s top venues and festivals they are one of the Atlanta area’s hottest Blues acts. Influenced by greats such as R.L. Burnside, Junior Kimbrough, Mississippi Fred McDowell, Muddy Waters, and Blind Willie Johnson from a young age, John Sosebee has a deep rooted feel for the Blues. All ages, no cover.

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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

Sunday, Dec. 9, 2-5 p.m.: Holiday Open House with Tiger Mountain Vineyards’ John and Martha Ezzard.

Simply Taste Buds, a tasting room for Georgia Wines, now located at Carriage House Shoppes, 11 South Grove Street. 706-482-0004.

Pets

Food Drive/Free nail trim at Red Barn

Red Barn Veterinary Hospital is holding a Holiday Pet Food Drive now through Dec. 22. For each donation received, Red Barn will offer a free nail trim for your pet. All proceeds benefit TLC, Lumpkin County’s no-kill animal shelter. Red Barn is located at 14 Seven Mile Hill Road.

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 Dec. 8 are Sacred, Chad Martin, and Heavens Jubilee. 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/

UnitARIAn Universalist church

Georgia Mountains Unitarian Universalist Church is a welcoming congregation. On Dec. 9 Rev. Barry Whittemore will present “Worlds of Wisdom,” looking at wisdom from the world’s religions which inspire us in our ethical and spiritual lives. 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

Live Nativity at Bethel Baptist this weekend

Bethel Baptist Church, at the intersection of Highway 136 West and Shoal Creek Road, Dawsonville, will present a live nativity program from 6-9 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Dec. 7 and 8. Scenes with Biblical characters will portray events such as the prophecy of Jesus’ birth to Abraham, the birth of Jesus in a manger, and the resurrection and ascension. Live animals will be included in scenes as Mary and Joseph travel to Bethlehem and as shepherds watch their flock. Dress warmly for the tractor drawn hayride journey which will last approximately 45 minutes. Free admission

Christmas Play at Mt. Gilead sunday

Pastor Les Fuller welcomes all to Mt. Gilead Baptist Church’s Christmas play at 6 p.m. Dec. 9, and to a night of fellowship and blessings.

Auraria Church Christmas Program sunday

Auraria Church of Almighty God will present its Christmas program,

“The Gospel According to Matthew, Luke and John,” at 6 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 9. The community is invited to this special Christmas play. Eight miles south of Dahlonega on Auraria Road (old Highway 9 East),706-429-7435. Rev.Corey Ray,pastor.

Concord Baptist christmas program Sunday

Concord Baptist church will hold its Christmas program, “The Christmas Guest,” at 6 p.m. Sunday, Dec 9. The church is located four miles north of Dahlonega on Highway 19. Pastor Roger Dunagan and the church invite everyone.

Christian Radio Open House Dec. 13

Christian radio station WCDG 88.7 FM will hold a Radio Christmas Open House for the public from 3-6 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 13. Pastors and community leaders will be able to announce information about their churches and groups on the air during the event at 50 Millie’s Place, Unit A, off Morrison Moore Parkway near the reservoir. Laurel Hughes, 706-482-2282

Christmas program at Fountain Dec. 16

The Fountain Church will present The Great Late Potentate Christmas Program on Sunday evening, Dec. 16, at 6 p.m. Fellowship will follow the program. The church is located past the Wagon Wheel restaurant on North Grove Street. The community is invited.

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

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