UNC Rolling Tour begins here Thursday
The University of North Georgia Rolling Tour will begin at 8 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 10, at Memorial Hall Gym on the Dahlonega campus. The community is invited to the event which will feature special presentations, UNG spirit items and refreshments to celebrate the formation of UNG which combines NGCSU and Gainesville State College. The tour will continue on to three more campuses: Oconee, 10:45 a.m., Gainesville, 1:30 p.m. and Cumming, 4 p.m.
Monthly Habitat surplus sale FRiday/Saturday
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 Highway 52 East). Visa, MasterCard and Discover accepted. All proceeds benefit Habitat.
Telescope Help Sessions Offered Jan. 19 - 20
North Georgia Astronomers is offering two free telescope help sessions to the pubic in January. If you found a new telescope under the Christmas tree or if you have an old telescope in the closet and need some help setting it up, the telescope help sessions are for you. The Dahlonega session will be held at University of North Georgia Saturday, Jan. 19, from 5-7 p.m., and the second session will be at the Gainesville campus, Oakwood, from 5-7 p.m., Jan. 20. For questions and sign up email email@example.com.
Enotah CASA volunteer open house
Enotah CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates), with volunteers serving as advocates for abused and neglected children, will hold an open house for interested volunteers from 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 25, at the First Baptist Church in Cleveland. A new training class to prepare child advocates to speak out on behalf of the abused and neglected children in our community begins in February. CASA volunteers are ordinary people who have a profound sense of caring for children. The local office is located at 56 Short Street in the old Health Department building. www.EnotahCASA.org, firstname.lastname@example.org, 706-864-0300
Democratic Party’s annual brunch Jan. 26
Bryan Long, Executive Director of Better Georgia, will speak at the Democratic Party’s annual brunch at Shenanigans at 10 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 26. Better Georgia is a growing non-partisan organization that is working to make sure Georgia’s leaders focus on real problems. Brunch is $12 per person (tip included). RSVP to email@example.com or call Ken, 706-867-8653.
Coats, blankets, volunteer help needed
Caring Hands Ministries is accepting donations of gently used warm winter clothing and blankets to be given away to those in need Monday, Jan. 14. The organization is also in need of volunteers on Friday and Saturday, Jan. 11 and 12, to help sort and set up, as well as the day of the giveaway. Donations can be dropped off in the blue bin in front of Caring Hands Ministries, 6483 Cleveland Highway, Clermont or brought to the giveaway. To volunteer, call (706) 219-1980.
City newsletter available online
The monthly “City Limits Newsletter,” published by the City of Dahlonega, is intended to proactively communicate information to all Dahlonega residents. The newsletter is available by visiting dahlonega-ga.gov and clicking “City Limits Newsletter” from the left column, or email firstname.lastname@example.org to be included in the monthly email blast.
Veterans Memorial Park Restoration underway
A major ($50,000) restoration project is planned for Veterans Memorial Park and will include turning the pond area into a meditation garden, adding service area flags and a battle tank, and developing educational programs. Donations can be sent to Veteran’s Park Restoration, United Community Bank, P.O. Box 1060, Dahlonega, GA 30533. John Buckman, 706-867-7759
Invest in Future raffle, gala tickets available
Lumpkin County Retired Educators Association is raising funds for Invest in the Future, an effort designed to provide mini-grants to teachers in the Lumpkin County public schools. Raffle tickets with discounts to local businesses are available for $5 and enter the holder into drawings for a variety of prizes; gala tickets for a grand event at the Dahlonega Market Place on Feb. 22 are $30. 706-429-3415
At the Library
Lumpkin County Library, 706-864-3668
Closed for carpet installation & MLK Day Jan. 14-Jan 21
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 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
Tween Cocoa and Crafts, Thursday, Jan. 10, 5:30-6:30 p.m. Enjoy a creamy cup of cocoa and make a fun craft to take home. Grades 3-5.
Happy Bookers Book Club, Thursday, Jan. 17, 1:30 p.m. The Happy Bookers book discussion group meets the third Thursday of each month. Because of carpet installation at the library, this month’s meeting will be held at the Lumpkin County Senior Center. Members will come prepared to share their favorite book. The group rotates discussing fiction, nonfiction, and award-winning books. New members welcome.
Children & Young Adults
Children’s chorus accepting new singers
The North Georgia Children’s Chorus is seeking new singers ages 8-16 for the Spring 2013 session. In addition, NGCC is forming Primary Choir for singers ages 6 and 7 years old. Rehearsals begin Jan. 15. For information or to schedule a vocal interview, please call Ruth Purcell at 706-482-9968 or e-mail email@example.com.
GYMNASTICS at the YMCA
Build strength, confidence, agility, and flexibility while learning gymnastics skills and having fun. Session 3 registration for ages 3-14 begins Jan. 10; classes are filled on a first come first serve basis. Classes begin Wednesday, Jan. 30 and last 9 weeks. Tiny Tumblers: ages 3-5, 5:20-5:55 p.m., $60; Tumble Trainers: beginner/intermediate ages 6 and up, 4-5 p.m., $80; Tumble Tigers: advanced, ages 7 and up, 4-5:30, $100. Call Ms. Connie with class questions 706-864-5753 or the YMCA to sign up 706-864-3622.
registration open for Georgia Pick & Bow
Georgia Pick & Bow Traditional Music School is accepting applications for its spring semester which begin the first week of February at Blackburn Elementary, Long Branch Elementary and Lumpkin County Middle School (site serves LCES, LCMS, and LCHS). The program provides instruction in playing traditional Appalachian instruments to students in grades 4-12 after school on Tuesdays at Blackburn, Wednesdays at Long Branch, and Thursdays at the LCMS 6th grade center. Cost of instruction is $100 for the 10-week semester, and scholarships/reduced tuition rates are available for students who qualify. Registration/parent meetings will be held in the evenings the week of Jan. 21. Contact Ann Whitley, Pick and Bow Director, firstname.lastname@example.org for information. Application forms available at www.georgiapickandbow.org.
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.
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, email@example.com
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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 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
New/Gently used coats blankets: free Jan. 14
Caring Hands Ministries will be giving away new coats and blankets Monday, Jan. 14, 3-6 p.m. at its Clermont service center, 6483 Cleveland Highway, next door to Papa’s Pizza. There will also be some gently used coats, jackets, sweats, etc. For directions or more information, call (706) 969-0435.
Nature & Outdoors
Smithgall Woods Programs, $5 parking fee or park pass required, 706-878-3087, www.gastateparks.org
Bee Keeping: Saturday, Jan. 12, 9:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Learn about basic bee-keeping and how to start a hive from professional honey producer Berry Wright. A trip to the apiary will be included, weather permitting. $10 per adult. Register in advance.
Survival Series at Buck Shoals, Saturdays Jan. 19, Feb. 2, Feb. 16, March 9. This four part series will be taught by Bob Finke, Master Sergeant, USA Special Forces (Retired) and will include compass and pacing skills, as well as psychology, planning, and equipment necessary for survival. Participants must be able to hike up hill in a wooded area for up to two hours. For ages 12 and up; under 18 years old must be accompanied by an adult. Bundle the four- part series for $95 plus park pass if registration is received by Jan. 7.
Dulcimer Making Workshop, Saturday, Jan. 26, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Assemble, sand, and finish an all wood Appalachian dulcimer with Dulcimer maker and musician Bob Thomason. Tools and supplies provided. No woodworking experience required. Bob Thomason has been making and playing fine Appalachian dulcimers since 1981. $90 plus park passes if registered by Jan. 11, $100 after.
Home Depot Free Workshops
706-867-9618, ext. 417 or 383
Saturday, Jan. 12: 10-11 a.m. How to Buy a Countertop; 10-11 a.m. Martha Stewart Living Specialty Paint; 1-2:30 p.m. Kitchen Updates
Sunday, Jan. 13: 1-2:30 p.m.: Design Storage Organization
Do It Herself Workshop (Ladies Night): “Organizing Your Pantry:” Thursday, Jan. 17, 6:30-8 p.m.
NORTH GEORGIA CONTINUING EDUCATION
For information on these classes, contact the NGU Department of Continuing Education at (706) 864-1918, email email@example.com or register at www.northgeorgia.edu/ce.
Online Classes Start Jan. 16. See all class options: http://www.northgeorgia.edu/ce/online/ Most Classes are $129
Sunny Portugal: Discover the narrow cobblestone streets, old palatial villas, and mild climate of Portugal. Visit the Portuguese Riviera, Fado, the Silver Coast, Alentejo, the Algarve, and savor regional wine with every dinner. Nov. 1-10, 2013. Double occupancy $2,949/person. Register by June 2.
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
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.
13-week griefshare program starts Jan. 12
GRIEFSHARE offers a safe place to interact with other adults who are also grieving over the loss of a loved one. It is a 13-week video/discussion program offered at Church of the Apostles, Dawsonville. It begins Saturday, Jan. 12, from 10 a.m. until noon. 706-216-4912
free course for caregivers of mentally ill
NAMI FDL (National Association for Mental Illness for Forsyth, Dawson, Lumpkin) will offer a free educational course for parents, siblings, spouses, adult children, and significant others who are caregivers of adult individuals diagnosed with schizophrenia, major depression, bipolar disorder and other brain disorders. An 11-week commitment is requested. The class will be held in Cumming Sundays, Jan. 13-March 24 from 4-6:30 p.m.
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 Lumpkin group meets in Dahlonega on Mondays from 6:30-7:30 p.m. 706-867-6420 for information. 24-Hour Crisis Line, 706-864-1986, or live webchat available at 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
The Gratitude Group: Meeting at noon Mon., Tues, Wed., Fri. and at 7:30 p.m. Thursday (Twelve and Twelve) in meeting room #2 of the Lumpkin County Library (downstairs); 9 a.m. Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday at Dahlonega Funeral Home, Hwy. 60. AA Hotline: 706-867-7769
12 Step Meeting: Thursdays, 7:30 p.m., Dahlonega Baptist Church
AA Big Book Meeting: meets at Dahlonega Baptist Church every Tuesday at 7:30 p.m.
Saturdays 9-10 a.m. and Tuesdays 6:30-7:30 p.m. at Georgia Mountain Unitarian-Universalist Church, 439 South Park Street. 706-864-1254
Lumpkin County Caregivers
A support group for caregivers of those suffering from Alzheimer’s disease and related dementia meets at 12:30 p.m. the first Monday of the month at Dahlonega Baptist Church. 706-867-6569
Narcotics Anonymous meets twice a week, 8 p.m. Mondays and 7 p.m. Fridays, at Georgia Mountain Unitarian-Universalist Church on South Park Street. 706-216-5023
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, firstname.lastname@example.org
Running Group: 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. Balanced mixture of cardio, strength, and agility, and tailored so each fitness level. Hancock Park, Monday-Friday 5:15-6:15 a.m.
Zumba classes at YMCA
Dance, sweat, and laugh with Zumba. Classes Monday, Wednesday and Friday 6:30-7:30 p.m. $5 Sign up at Lumpkin Parks YMCA, 706-864-3622.
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 holistic movement classes. Classes for grace, balance, gentle stretching, cardio-strength, walking and more. Cindi Vernon, 706-429-6323
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; email@example.com
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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
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 email@example.com
Music/Drama/Film & More
North Georgia University EVENTS
Pickin’ Porch Old Time Jam: An old-time music jam is held from 12:30-2 p.m. every Thursday at the university’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, firstname.lastname@example.org
Caruso’s, 19B East Main Street, 706-864-4664
Every Sunday, 5 p.m.: Texas Hold ’Em Poker
Every Mon., Tues., Wed., 7:30 p.m.: Texas Hold ’Em Poker
Every Friday, 9 p.m.: Karaoke & Dance Night
Every Saturday, 9 p.m.: Karaoke, Dance and Contest night
The Crimson Moon Café, 24 North Park Street, 706-864-3982, www.thecrimsonmoon.com
Currently closed for remodeling.
Holly Theatre, 69 West Main Street. Business office open 9-4 Mondays. 706-864-3759, www.hollytheater.com
The Odd Couple (Neil Simon’s Female Version). Presented by The Company Players and starring Dyann Beaty and Linda Thompson. January 11 - 13, 18 - 20. Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m., Sundays at 2 p.m. Adults $18, Children/Students $12
Johnny B’s Beef & Brew, 438 West Main Street, 706-864-2400
Thursdays: College Night
Fridays: Live entertainment
Tuesdays: Country Western Music night
Friday, Jan. 11: 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, Jan. 11, 8:30-11:30 p.m.: Carl Dylan. Influences such as John Mayer, Dave Matthews, Damien Rice, David Gray, and The Civil Wars have led Carl to create a sound unique to him, yet that has a quality of desirable familiarity emanating from within each melody. All ages welcome. No cover charge.
Saturday, Jan. 12, 8:30-11:30 p.m.: Hannah Thomas. With lightning-bolt vocals and intensely emotional songs, 21-year-old Hannah Thomas is paving an impressive path in the music industry. She began performing in 2006 at 16 when she wasn’t even old enough to be in most of the venues. Though her roots are pure country like Johnny Cash and Terri Clark, she also has classic rock influences like Heart and even Aerosmith, and you can hear it in this singer/songwriter’s music and strong voice. “No auto tune needed for that voice” says Grammy winner Shawn Mullins. “The Rest Is Yet To Come.” Hannah is a serious artist, a passionate writer and a down to earth person. All ages welcome. No cover charge.
Dahlonega Tasting Room featuring Habersham Wines, 16 North Park Street · Public Square, (706) 864-8275
Naturally Georgia featuring Tiger Mountain Vineyards, 90 Public Square North: 706-864-0832
Simply Taste Buds, a tasting room for Georgia Wines, located at Carriage House Shoppes, 11 South Grove Street. 706-482-0004.
• # 1 & 2 plastic bottles (discard lids)
• Corrugated cardboard (clean and dry)
• Office paper and junk mail, magazines etc. No paperboard (such as cereal boxes), brown fiber paper (such as brown paper bags) or paper towel or toilet tissue cores.
• Aluminum and tin cans. (please rinse out)
• Lumpkin County Recycle Center, 1642 Red Oak Flats Road, (706-867-7574
• Lumpkin County Landfill, Barlow Road. 706-864-6338
• Bins at Radar Ridge, Morrison Moore across from the college dorms
• Bins on Highway 19 North across from Ace Hardware.
CITY PICK UP AT RESIDENCES IN DAHLONEGA
The city offers a single-stream recycling program for city residents. Households can recycle multiple materials in one container without a bag. Call 706-864-6133 to request a recycling bin for the following items:
• #1 & #2 plastics with screw on tops only (rinsed, tops removed)
• Cardboard, emptied and flattened
• Newspapers and magazines
• Mail, office/computer paper
• Aluminum and tin cans (rinsed)
CFL BULBS: Home Depot
• Radio Shack/Dahlonega Pharmacy: household rechargeable batteries
• Home Depot
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
STYROFOAM: Publix accepts egg cartons and meat trays.
Electronics, metals, etc.
• Waypoint Thrift Store, Highway 60 East of 400, 706-867-0297
• Ace Hardware, 1976 Hwy. 19 N. Electronics and metal drop bin for computers, radios/speakers, washing machines, refrigerators, and more. Free disposal, free pick up/meet up. Chuck: 706 973-0586; Joseph: 706-482-8287
Benefit singing Saturday at Siloam Baptist
There will be a benefit singing for Roy Dan Davis, a life-long resident of Lumpkin County, on Saturday, Jan. 12, beginning at 6 p.m. at Siloam Baptist Church. Donations and a love offering will be taken to help the family with medical bills. Please come out and show your support and enjoy the music.
Freedom Ministries Saturday night singing
Saturday night singing: Big Oak Gospel Music at 7 p.m. each Saturday. Featured singers on Jan. 12 are the Goss Family, Steve Pruitt, and Frankie Wilson. 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 Jan. 13 Rev. Barry Whittemore will present “God is Love: the Fourth Source from Our Living Tradition” – Jewish and Christian teachings which call us to respond to God’s love by loving our neighbors as ourselves. 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
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 email@example.com
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, firstname.lastname@example.org
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, email@example.com
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, firstname.lastname@example.org, 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, email@example.com
classes at Funky chicken
Beginning woodcarving at the Funky Chicken Art Project. www.funkychickenartproject.com or Christina, 706-864-3938, firstname.lastname@example.org
art instruction by Win Crannell
Win Crannell is offering art instruction at his studio/gallery at 734 Calhoun Road. 706-864-6422, email@example.com
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\
Obedience, Agility, Rally-O: New Classes
Classes run 6 weeks and start the week of Jan. 22-27. Dogs must be 4 months w/vaccinations. $99 with $10 discount on Obedience Classes for adopted shelter dogs. Visit www.dahlonegaobediencegroup.com for class schedule. Dahlonega Obedience Group (D.O.G.), ABC Certified trainer Mary Kay Crowell, 706-864-0410
Adopt a Panel of Chain Link fence for TLC
Pet lovers, or family of pet lovers, have the opportunity to Adopt a Panel of chain link fencing for TLC, Lumpkin County’s no-kill animal shelter. The shelter’s fencing on its runs has been patched over so many times, replacing it has now become critical. Dahlonega’s Home Depot is donating the fencing at cost. Panels can be adopted for $75, and may be purchased in honor or remembrance of a person or beloved pet. The names of donors will be placed on a plaque and permanently displayed in the TLC shelter. To Adopt a Panel, contact Lindsay at 808-271-2766, go toTLC’s website at www.tlchs.org or drop by the shelter, across from the county recycling center on Red Oak Flats Road, 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m., seven days a week. (Closed noon-1 p.m. for lunch.)
volunteer pets needed
The Compassionate Pets Program at Compassionate Hospice of North Georgia is seeking volunteers. Tami, Volunteer Coordinator, 678-943-3585 or 678-717-0969
Micro-chipping at animal shelter
Micro-chipping is available to the public at Lumpkin County Animal Shelter for any dog or cat for $20. Tuesday-Saturday, 10:30 a.m. -4:30 p.m. 1363 Red Oak Flats Road, 706-867-7297
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.
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, firstname.lastname@example.org or stop by TLC at 1735 Red Oak Flats Road.
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
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
Bluegrass instrument instruction—fiddle, banjo, guitar, bass, mandolin. Sonny Houston, 404-377-1194
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
lumpkin County Senior Center
266 Mechanicsville Road, 706-864-2358,
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, email@example.com
Nutrition Program for 60+: Socalize, exercise, play games and enjoy crafts, pool, and more. Have a nutritious hot meal.
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. 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.or
More Children & Youth
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, firstname.lastname@example.org, 706-867-7047
Odyssey Hospice Volunteers: Odyssey Hospice needs volunteers in the Dahlonega area to help meet the needs of hospice patients and families, and enable them to live a higher quality of life than they would achieve on their own. Volunteers visit with patients, offer administrative support, make blankets, bake cookies and provide many other services. Gail Manter, Manager of Volunteer Services, 706-549-5736 or 877-637-9432.
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 email@example.com
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, firstname.lastname@example.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, 706-864-22