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Community-Wide Events

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. 706-429-3415Great Decisions discussion group weekly

Great Decisions discussion group will meets in the Lumpkin County Library meeting room on Wednesday evenings through April 24. Foreign policy issues are discussed, based on background material in briefing books available from the Foreign Policy Association ( Topics this year include Egypt, NATO, Myanmar, Iran, the future of the Euro, and others. Anyone interested in learning more about foreign policy issues is invited to attend. Judy Sousa, 706-864-5329. (2/27)

Friday Fish Fry Dinners at St. Luke’s

The community is invited to Friday night fish fry dinners at St. Luke’s Roman Catholic Church, across from Hancock Park, from 5-7 p.m. Friday evenings through March 22. The menu includes baked salmon, cod, crab cakes, clam chowder, fries, baked potato, steamed vegetables, and more.

Town Hall Meeting Feb. 21: New car title tax law

The state of Georgia has new rules that will affect anyone purchasing a new or used car beginning March 1, whether you make that purchase from a dealer or the man down the street. Do you know how much it’s going to cost you to register a new vehicle after March 1? Find out Thursday, Feb. 21 at 6 p.m. when Lumpkin County Tax Commissioner Rachel Pruitt will host a Town Hall meeting to inform the public about the new title tax (House Bill 386). The meeting will be held in the upstairs boardroom at the Administration Building on Courthouse Hill.


Lumpkin County Retired Educators Association is sponsoring a Gala Celebration to benefit teachers and students in Lumpkin County schools. The event, open to all, will be held at 6:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 22, at the Dahlonega Market Place on the square. Heavy hors d’oeuvres (enough for a meal), wine and soft drinks, dancing to The Remember When Band and a silent auction will be part of the event. Cost is $30/person or $220 for a table of 8. Call 706-864-2962 or 706-429-3415 for tickets.

REcycling event: Be Transformers of Future

Be Transformers of the Future: Let’s Talk Trash is an event offering education on recycling and entertainment for the whole family. The free event is set for 3-5 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 23, at the Lumpkin County Parks & Rec and sponsored by We Recycle Lumpkin County. The event will feature displays related to recycling, music, children’s activities and food.

Defensive Driving course Feb. 26

An AARP Defensive Driving Course will be held at the Dahlonega Baptist Church, 234 Hawkins Street, (rear entrance) on Tuesday, Feb. 26, from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. with an hour lunch break. Completion of the course may entitle students to an auto insurance discount. Students need not be 55 and AARP membership is not required. Registration recommended. $14/person, $2 AARP discount. 706-864-4383

DDA Annual Awards Program & Reception Feb. 28

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

Children & Young Adults

Free teen driving program offered Feb. 26

Georgia Teens Ride With P.R.I.D.E. (Parents Reducing Injuries and Driver Error) is a free, national award-winning two-hour course designed to help parents and their new (or soon to be) teen drivers, ages 14-16, learn what they need to do during the 40 hours of supervised practice driving time required by Georgia law. This program addresses driver attitude, knowledge and behavior of both the parent and new teen driver; teens and parents must attend together. Classes are held on the fourth Tuesday of each month at 4 p.m. at Lumpkin County Parks & Rec, 365 Riley Road. Each class is limited to 15 teens. Information/registration: Brandy Fitzpatrick, 770-369-4416,

Trout camp scholarships available

Gold Rush Chapter of Trout Unlimited is accepting applications for Trout Camp 2013. Trout Camp is conducted by Georgia Council Trout Unlimited and will be held June 9-14 in Clayton. Boys and girls ages 12-15 years old will learn to tie flies, cast a fly rod, go fishing in local streams, and take home all equipment needed to go fly fishing. Some scholarships ($450) are available from the local TU chapter, Gold Rush. All applications must be received by March 1. For information and applications, please contact

DBC preschool registering for 2013-14

Registration is now open for the Dahlonega Baptist Church’s Sonshine Weekly Preschool for its 2013-14 session. Discount for fees received by Feb. 15. Programs serve children ages 1-5 in classes that run from 9 a.m. to noon according to the county school calendar. Forms and information at Stacy Mizer, 706-864-3676, Ext. 114,

Head Start/Pre K applications open March 1

Lumpkin County Head Start/Pre-K will begin taking applications

March 1 for its 2013-14 program year. Children will need to be age 3

or 4 by Sept. 1 in order to qualify. The Lumpkin County Head

Start/PreK program welcomes children with disabilities and does not discriminate based on race, gender, national origin or religion. The following information is required to complete an application: child’s birth certificate, immunization certificate, income verification for the past 12 months, social security card, and proof of residency. 706-864-3456

At the Library

Lumpkin County Library, 706-864-3668

FEBRUARY CLOSING: Closed Monday, February 18

in observance of President’s Day

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 for Kindle, Nook, Android and more.

Free Online Classes: Register with your library card at

Zinio! Dozens of popular magazines available in digital format

Winter Storytime—Movers & Shakers, 2 p.m. Wednesdays through Feb. 27. Songs, finger plays, crafts and stories designed for children ages 2-5. No pre-registration is required except for groups over 5 who are asked to call two days in advance.

Tween Candy BINGO, Thursday, Feb. 14, 5:30-6:30 p.m. Try your hand at a round of BINGO! Mark your card with delicious candy, all the while playing for the BIG candy bars. Bring a friend! Grades 3-5

Genealogy Workshop, Saturday, Feb. 16, 11:30 a.m. Learn to use the web to trace your family roots. Reservations required.

Happy Bookers Book Club, Thursday, Feb. 21, 1:30 p.m. Current Selection: Lilies of the Field byWilliam Barrett. The Happy Bookers book discussion group meets the third Thursday of each month. The group rotates discussing fiction, non-fiction, and award-winning books. New members are welcome.

Teen Cocoa & Crafts, Thursday, Feb. 21, 5:30 – 6:30 p.m. Enjoy a creamy cup of cocoa and make a fun craft to take home. Crafts will vary. Grades 6-12.

Relay for Life Events

Sign up to participate in April 12 Event at LCHS

Individuals can sign up to join a team, start a team or walk the Survivor’s Lap in Dahlonega at

Sheriff’s Office will wait tables March 3

Lumpkin County Sheriff’s Office will be waiting on tables for tips at the Wagon Wheel Restaurant Sunday, March 3, 1-8 p.m. All tips and donations will go to benefit Lumpkin County Relay For Life, the American Cancer Society’s major fundraiser. Money from local Relay efforts go to support cancer research and programs available to those living in Lumpkin County who are victims of cancer.


5K/walk/fun run for joggers, strollers, kids

This fundraiser for the Dahlonega United Methodist Church’s Mothers Morning Out and Pre-K Program will begin at LCHS. The 5K ($25) begins at 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 16; 1 mile ($10) at 2:45 p.m. and Tot Trot 50-yard dash for age 5 and under (free), at 3 p.m. Donations or sponsorships are also available. Register beginning at 12:30 p.m. on race day. For more information, call Angie or Dana at the Preschool Office, 706-864-8521

North Georgia Scrub Run 5K Feb. 23

This Certified Peachtree Road Race Qualifier/USATF Certified run will take place Feb. 23 on the University of North Georgia main campus in Dahlonega. Registration opens at 8 a.m., race at 9 a.m. Entry fee includes a T-shirt, snacks, fluids, and medals for the winners. The event is a fundraiser for the North Georgia nursing graduating class of 2013. Charley Whitmire,

Community Support Projects

Rainbow home collecting gold for fundraiser

Rainbow Children’s Home will hold a “Pot of Gold” fundraiser from Feb. 17 to March 17, when all collected items will become a pot of gold for children in need. Bring unwanted gold, jewelry, or other precious metals to Rainbow Children’s Home offices, 247 East Main Street, or to the main Morrison Moore branch of United Community Bank between Feb. 17 and March 17. Items collected will be sold to a local gold buyer and funds will go directly to support the abused and neglected girls of Rainbow Home. Donors receive a tax-deductible receipt and are entered into a weekly drawing. Melissa, 706-864-5110,

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 (1/month)

Help Leadership Lumpkin collect boxtops

Join the Leadership Lumpkin Class of 2013 in a fundraiser to benefit Lumpkin County elementary schools. The Box Tops for Education effort will run Jan. 28 through Feb 28. Participate by clipping February Box Tops coupons from groceries, office supplies, and more, putting them into a plastic bag, and dropping them off at one of these locations: BB&T, Community and Southern Bank, Regions Bank, United Community Bank, Danny’s, Chick-fil-A, Dahlonega/Lumpkin County Visitors Center, Fresh n’ Frugal, Starbucks, The Embroidery Shop, and Wagon Wheel restaurant. Coupons are worth 10 cents each and schools can earn up to $20,000 annually. More details at

donate an old car—help your community

Side by Side in Ministry, a community service day held every April and sponsored by local churches, is accepting donations of vehicles. Cars, trucks, RV’s, motorcycles and construction or farm equipment—running or not—can be donated by calling 706-300-6970. Pick up available. You may be eligible for a tax deduction. Funds raised through this effort will go toward home repairs for those in need in Lumpkin County.

Engraved bricks available for Gold Museum

Friends of Dahlonega Gold Museum is selling engraved bricks to be installed in the courtyard (suggested donation $75) and the sidewalk (suggested donation $100) of the Dahlonega Gold Museum. The FODG is a non-profit, volunteer organization which raises funds to keep the museum open seven days a week and for maintenance and enhancement projects at the museum. Visit the Gold Museum on the Public Square for information or contact (1/mo)

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

Rainbow home collecting thrift sale items

Rainbow Children’s Home is accepting donations of gently used items for its annual Thrift Sale Fundraiser to be held April 12-13. Furniture, electronics, clothing of all sizes, baby items, household items, home decor, books, hobby and recreational items, toys, etc can be dropped off at RCH’s office, 247 East Main Street, 8 a.m.-5 p.m., Monday-Friday. Parking available in the lower level parking lot of the Administration Building, across from Greenbriar Shopping Plaza.

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 and clicking City Limits Newsletter from the left column, or email to be included in the monthly email blast. 1/mo

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, at the Lumpkin County Sheriff’s Office, and by phone request at 706-864-3633. (1 wk)


Gainesville sBDC Classes

Gainesville Small Business Develoment Center offices located at The Featherbone Communiversity, 999 Chestnut Street, Gainesville. Register online at or call 770-531-5681 for more information.

Starting a Business: New Ventures, Friday, Feb. 15, 9 a.m. to noon. $69

Home Depot Free Workshops

706-867-9618, ext. 417 or 383

Do-it-Yourself Weekend Workshops: Saturday, Feb. 16, 10-11:30 a.m.: Bath Updates.

Ladies Night Do-It-Herself Workshop, Thursday, Feb. 21, 6:30-8 p.m.: Framing/Tiling a Mirror (Inspired by Pinterest). Please call for ladies night reservations.


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

Online Classes Start Feb. 20. See all class options: Most Classes are $129

Sunny Portugal: Nov. 1-10. Rate: Double $2,949/person. Register by June 2

How Foods Affect Your Body: Learn about fast foods versus whole foods, inflammatory foods and what they do to the body and mind, BMI and more. Six Tuesdays, Feb. 12 - March 19, 6-7 p.m. $89. Greg Garrard

Hydrorobics: Get a total body workout as you tone, strengthen and achieve flexibility and circulatory endurance in the water. All ages (16 and up), all fitness levels, and non-swimmers. 10 Mondays/Wednesdays/Fridays, Feb. 20 - March 22, 9:45-10:45 a.m. $70, Joan Souders

Volunteer Opportunities

Female GED tutor needed at jail

Female volunteer needed to help tutor the female students in GED preparation at the jail. The environment is safe and classes are held Tuesdays and Thursdays from 8 a.m. to noon. Lou Davis,, or, 850 653-6874

Nature & Outdoors

4-H/Master GardEner plant sale

The Lumpkin County 4-H Club and Georgia Mountains Master Gardeners will again offer the public a selection of high quality plants at reasonable prices in their Spring Plant Sale. The perennials and shrubs being offered have been specially selected to work well in our local landscapes. The sale is designed to enhance community enthusiasm for gardening, share how-to information with the public, engage youth in a meaningful service activity, and help provide funds for projects of both organizations. Deadline for orders is March 1; plants can be picked up Friday and Saturday, March 15-16. Order forms are available in the Cooperative Extension Service office on Johnson Street, at (click on NEWS).

Dance Lessons

FRee Square Dance Lessons

Gold Country Squares will offer free introductory Western Square Dance lessons from 7-9 p.m. Thursdays, Feb. 7 and 14, at the Lumpkin County Parks & Rec. A beginning 10-lesson class series will start Thursday, Feb. 21, $45. Children over 12 accompanied by a parent dance for free. Steve & Carol Hart, 706-864-2021; Bob & Donna Burrow, 706-348-1749

Art Workshops

Painting workshop at art loft

The Art Loft will hold a three-day oils studio workshop, Landscape Painting in the Studio, with Christopher Groves, Thursday-Saturday, Feb. 14-16. Apppropriate for all skill levels. $450 includes lunches. Additional information is available at and Register with Anita Elder, 706-429-6008,

Music/Drama/Film & More

Country/Bluegrass Benefit Concert Feb. 16

The Lumpkin County Retired Educators Association’s “Invest in the Future” Task Force will hold a night of Country & Bluegrass Music in the Lumpkin County High School theater at 7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 16. See story page 1B.

SEBA Jam Sunday, Feb. 17

Come listen to the music, or bring your acoustic instrument and jam, at the Southeastern Bluegrass Association jam held from 2-5 p.m. every third Sunday at the Community Room of the United Community Bank on Morrison Moore Parkway. Raymond Busbee, 706-216-3885,

Church Choir Festival Feb. 24

Dahlonega United Methodist Church will host a Church Choir Festival at 3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 24. See story page 3B.

University of North Georgia 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,

Free Planetarium Shows: The Coleman Planetarium, Dahlonega, presents “Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous STARS” at 8 p.m. all Fridays except March 22. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. for the 46 seats. The Observatory will be open afterwards for telescope viewing, weather permitting. Dr. Joe Jones,

The Golden Eagle Band will present a show at 7 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 24, at Lumpkin County High School, prior to their upcoming performance at Disney World.

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,

Thursday, 7 p.m. Tom & Juli. Special program for Valentine’s night: An Evening of Romantic Covers of Hundreds of cover songs from the 60s, 70s, 80s and 90s while you dine. Free.

Friday, Feb. 15, 8:30 p.m.: Clay Coley and Destitute Way, with special Guest Wyatt Espalin of Trees Leave. $12. Clay Coley was awarded the “Golden Ticket to Hollywood” at last year’s American Idol after awing the judges with his strong vocals and passionate lyrics. He has been writing songs for the past 11 years and performing professionally for seven. Originally from Douglasville, Coley has been discovering his roots in the historic town of Dahlonega for the past few years, where his acoustic rock based music has broadened with folk and bluegrass influences. Destitute Way features Justin Collins and Joseph Hummel. Hummel is heavily influenced by bluegrass and folk, with a bit of soft rock and blues and soulful lyrics.

Saturday, Feb. 16, 2-4 p.m.: Traditional Music Jam. Free.

Saturday, Feb. 16, 8:30 p.m. Colonel Bruce Hampton. $10. Col. Bruce Hampton has been making music since he formed his first band in 1963. He’s been in constant motion ever since leaving a trail of memorable live performances with his bands The Hampton Grease Band, The Late Bronze Age, and The Aquarium Rescue Unit. Along the way he starred in the cult classic movie Outside Out and appeared in Sling Blade. He is currently playing a unique blend of blues and jazz with his band The Quark Alliance.

Sunday, Feb. 17, 7-9:30+ p.m.: Greybeard’s Bluegrass & Beyond Jam, $5, free for Jammers. An eclectic “bluegrass & beyond” repertoire ranging from old time to gospel, blues to jazz, rock ‘n roll, a little bit of classical, and ‘straight up’ bluegrass.

Dante’s American fusion Cuisine, 84-A Public Square North, 706-864-4091

Friday & Saturday, Feb. 15 & 16, 4:30-7:30 p.m.: Dahlonega’s own “Banjo Man”—Vern Bowdish—performing greatest hits, country, folk, bluegrass/gospel. Requests welcome from over 700 favorites.

Gustavo’s Pizzeria, 16 Public Square South, 706-864-2366

Wednesday nights, 6-9 p.m.: Live music with Adam Kadmon

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

Valentine’s Day: Russo & Noe’s romantic and nostalgic performance of the music of Dean Martin and Frank Sinatra. 8 p.m. Feb. 14. $18 adults/$12 children

The Little Mermaid, presented by the Holly Performance Academy, Feb. 22-24 and March 1-3. Fridays

and Saturdays at 7 p.m., and Sundays at 3 p.m. Adults $14, Children & Students $10 (no fees)

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

Thursdays: College Night

Fridays: Live entertainment

Tuesdays: Country Western Music night

Friday, Feb. 15: Erick Jones

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

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

Shenanigans 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, Feb. 15, 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. 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.

Saturday, Feb. 16, 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. 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.

Mondays, 8-10 p.m.: Open Mic Night hosted by Adam Kadmon

Tuesdays: Live music with Tim O’Donovan

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Dahlonega Tasting Room featuring Habersham Wines, 16 North Park Street · Public Square, (706) 864-8275

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

Sweetheart Wine Tasting, Feb. 14-17: Six Tiger Mountain wines, Paul Thomas chocolates, and a Naturally Georgia glass for $10.

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

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 Feb. 16 are Gail Guynn, Danny Thomas, and Heart to Heart. 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,

Apostle Bernice Parkinson at Turning Point

The Apostle Bernice Parkinson will be teaching at 6 p.m. Sunday night services through the month of February at Turning Point Outreach Church, 798 Reid Chapman Road, Murrayville. Pastors Eugene & Wanda invite everyone.

UnitARIAn Universalist church

Georgia Mountains Unitarian Universalist Church is a welcoming congregation. On Feb. 17 Rev. Roy Reynolds will present “The Prophetic Call,” sharing stories that evoke the passion for justice and equality. Worship 11 a.m.; children’s religious education classes 11:30 a.m. following announcements and story time. Child care provided. 706-864-0661,

Dr. Allen Ross at COTA winter conference

Church of The Apostles, Dawsonville, will host its winter conference Friday through Sunday, Feb. 15-17. Dr. Allen Ross will make his eighteenth visit to COTA; his topic is “Prophecies of Christ in the Book of Psalms.” An excellent teacher, he is professor of Old Testament and Hebrew at Beeson Divinity School.

Cavender Creek Goodwill Circle

The Cavender Creek Goodwill Circle will met at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb.19, in the fellowship basement. Dress wacky, bring a covered dish, and a $5 value grab bag and join the fun.

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,

Senior Services

SENIOR Co-ed SOFTBALL begins March 4

Bring your glove and come play at The Lumpkin County Parks & Recreation Field #5 (adjacent to the Senior Center, 266 Mechanicsville Road.) Games will be played Monday, Tuesday and Thursday mornings at 10:00 a.m. Co-ed, age 50+. 678-343-8069.

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 Tuesdays and Thursdays at 4:15 p.m. Paula Bingham, 706-864-2851,

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

Music & Dance Lessons

Dance Classes

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

music, songwriting lessons

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

STring Instruments

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

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


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

Art Lessons

Art by Rayneri Watercolor Classes

Oscar Rayneri, watercolor instructor, offers classes on Tuesdays from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at his studio.  706-867-8059,,

Drawing for the Fun of It by Jon Dahlstrom

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

classes at Funky chicken

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

art instruction by Win Crannell

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

Painting lessons by Anita Elder

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

more Nature & Outdoors

Smithgall Woods/Buck Shoals Programs, $5 parking/pass required, 706-878-3087,

Winter Hike at Buck Shoals State Park, Saturday, Feb. 23, 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Take this two mile hike with volunteers Leslie and Everett Avery through a winter landscape. Please register in advance.

First Visit Tour, Saturday, Feb. 23, 10:00-11:30 a.m. Learn more about Smithgall Woods State Park on a tour of the Visitor Center area and a van tour through the park. Register in advance.


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

TLC seeks volunteers, trainer assistants

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

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

more education

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

S.A.T. and Study Prep

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

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,

Attention! New info about GED tests

If you have completed any part of the GED tests but not all of them, you must complete all five tests before January 1 of 2014. If not, all your scores will be erased and you will have to start over. Please don’t delay. The new tests will be harder. Lumpkin County GED Adult Learning Center is open Monday and Tuesday from 9-7, Wednesday from 9-4 and Thursday from 9-2. Orientation and pre-testing every Wednesday, so call today and make a reservation. Preparation help is free and GED testing scholarships are available to those who qualify. 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,

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,

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

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

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

Venturing group: Venture Crew #79 meets the first and third Wednesday of each month at 6:30 p.m. 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. Meetings are held on the first Wednesday at the Motel 6 conference room in Dawsonville off Ga 400, and on the third Wednesday, at Lumpkin County Parks YMCA. Rich Taylor, 706-864-0953, 770-548-9080,

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 Fonda London, 706-864-3622. tfn

Support Programs

griefshare program at Church of Apostles

GriefShare offers a safe place to interact with other adults who are also grieving over the loss of a loved one. It is an ongoing program at Church of the Apostles, Dawsonville. Asst. Pastor Chris Foglesong, 706-216-4912

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

Nursing Mothers’ Support

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

Reformers Unanimous Addiction Program

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

Grief support programs at NGMC

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

Kinship Care—Grandparents Raising Grandchildren

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

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

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

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

Alcoholics Anonymous:

The Gratitude Group: Meeting at noon Mon., Tues, Wed., Fri. 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 Mindy Searcey, Certified Yoga Instructor. 106 Public Square North, downstairs in Hall’s Block Building. 706-531-4718,

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,;

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

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.

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



• # 1 & 2 plastic bottles (discard lids)

• Corrugated cardboard (clean and dry)

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

• Aluminum and tin cans. (please rinse out)


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

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

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

• Bins on Highway 19 North across from Ace Hardware.


The city 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

Cell PHones

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


• J&J Foods

• Walmart

STYROFOAM: Publix accepts egg cartons and meat trays.

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


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

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

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

Odyssey Hospice 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,

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

DAHLONEGA Gold Museum needs volunteers to help staff the museum four to eight hours each month. Training provided. Call or drop by, 706-864-22

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New campus shuttle to address UNG parking issues
by Shea Wages
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Eager UNG Students board the new shuttle bus in front of Newton Oaks for a quick ride to class. Next stop: Health & Science building!
Eager UNG Students board the new shuttle bus in front of Newton Oaks for a quick ride to class. Next stop: Health & Science building!
It is likely that no University of North Georgia staff member has received more consecutive “thank you’s” lately than Doyal Thornton, one of UNG’s newest shuttle bus drivers.

“Thanks man...Thank you...Thanks so much, sir,” a handful of UNG students call out before hopping off the shuttle. By way of quick survey, most of them are saying thank you for their very first ride on the new UNG shuttle bus.

The Nighthawk Campus Shuttle Service is part of the latest attempt to solve the much talked about “parking problem” on the UNG Dahlonega Campus.

Made up of a fleet of two fully air-conditioned, 14-passenger shuttle buses (one is a 2014 GMC, the other an ADA accessible 2015 Ford), both of the Nighthawk emblazoned vehicles set off on their inaugural routes early Monday morning, August 17th, with the start of the first day of Fall 2015 classes.

Buses on a roll

Jerry Sullivan, AVP of Auxiliary Services and Real Estate at UNG, reported that there have already been approximately 500 riders taking advantage of the shuttle during its first week.

“The participation has nearly doubled every day that it has operated,” he said. “Today [Monday, August 24], the sixth day of the program, we experienced nearly 200 cars parked in the shuttle lots on Morrison Moore Parkway and Barlow Road that would have gone entirely unused last year.”

At peak periods, the two buses will be running simultaneously across campus.

While waiting at Barlow Road by the softball fields, Kylee Thurman, a UNG Senior, confessed that she has “definitely” experienced plenty of bad parking during her time at the school.

“This semester has been different,” she said. “I have already used the shuttle several times and it has been really convenient, so far.”

As The Nugget rode alongside Thornton on his route it was apparent that the students weren’t having a hard time warming up to the new shuttle service.

One student claimed that “the bus is going around constantly. I just walked out the door of my class and it was pulling up.”

Two girls laughed about how they had just “bonded” because they had to run together to catch the bus.

Another girl even bragged about how she had accidentally sold one of her old books to the person sitting beside her.

On the map

In addition to the shuttle, UNG also released a new online Dahlonega Student Commuter Parking Map, that is updated every ten-to-fifteen minutes each weekday morning when classes are in session by UNG Parking and Transportation staff so that the map may provide a quick reference as to commuter student parking availability and to assist in determining the best route to the Dahlonega campus.

The map has all the lots marked by color. Green means that “you should be able to park here,” yellow means “almost full, you are taking a chance,” and Red for “lot full, look elsewhere.”

When asked about the future plans for shuttle expansion or additional UNG parking places, Sullivan said “the University will gain 404 more parking spaces with the opening of the Library and Technology Center lot in early September. With this lot and the Shuttle, UNG will have satisfactory parking for the 2015-2016 school year. The University will look to expand the Shuttle service as enrollment growth warrants or as future construction projects that disrupt parking occur.”

He added that University Parking & Transportation Crew and University Auxillary Services still considers this new shuttle service “dynamic at this stage.”

Back on the bus, Thornton was on the front lines trying to solve pretty complicated questions himself, like what kind of music he and the students might agree upon. “Eye of the Tiger!,” one girl suggested, “Bon Jovi, Aerosmith, just something to get us pumped up before class.”

Thornton admitted his favorite is bluegrass. But there will be plenty of time to work on his playlist as the UNG bus continues to roll through town.

“Well, you gotta start somewhere,” he said in reference to the program. “And this is just the beginning.”
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