Community Calendar - August 15, 2018

Community Events

Shucking For Shamrocks coming soon

Shenanigans Restaurant and Irish Pub will be hosting the 10th Annual Shucking For Shamrocks on Labor Day Weekend, September 1-3. Donations for the silent auction are needed and it’s time to start gathering them. Call 678/617-2400 or email to make arrangements to donate.

Connectability Fiesta August 17

Come party with your friends at the Connectability Fiesta. Children and adults of all abilities can enjoy themed crafts, snacks, games and activities on Friday, August 17 from 6-8 p.m. at the Dahlonega Baptist Church. Parents and caregivers, please join us at Home Depot during the Fiesta for a workshop where you will make a planter with house numbers on it. Dinner provided. Register at

Shucking For Shamrocks coming soon

Shenanigans Restaurant and Irish Pub will be hosting the 10th Annual Shucking For Shamrocks on Labor Day Weekend, September 1-3. Donations for the silent auction are needed and it’s time to start gathering them. Call 678-617-2400 or email to make arrangements to donate.


Community Announcements

Gold Rush nominations now open

Nominations for the 2018 Gold Rush King & Queen and Grand Marshal are open to the public until Sept. 1. Candidates for King and Queen must be 65-years-of-age or older. Nomination forms are available on the Dahlonega Jaycees’ website, under Gold Rush. Scroll to the bottom of the page for links.

Jeremiah’s Place benefit Crimson Moon

Matthew Hoyle will perform at a benefit for North Georgia Interfaith Ministries at the Crimson Moon on Thursday, Aug. 16 at 7 p.m. 100 percent of the proceeds will benefit the Jeremiah’s Place shelter in Lumpkin County.

Join Connectabilty’s BAM Club

We read books, share thoughts in an online forum and gather together to watch movies. I'll Push You by Patrick Gray and Justin Skeesuck (reading in progress, movie August 14th at UNG). Wonder by R.J. Palacio (reading begins late August, movie on September 27 at the Holly Theater). To join contact

Farmers Market open every weekend

The 2018 Dahlonega Farmers Market is open every Saturday (8 a.m. to 1 p.m.) and Tuesday (2-6 p.m.) through October 13 in Hancock Park.

Chestatee Artists featured at Sautee Nacoochee

Sautee Nacoochee Center will feature creative artwork by the Chestatee Artists in the Hallway Invitational Exhibition through September 30. The SNC galleries are open Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and on Sunday from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. SNC is located at 283 Highway 255 North, Sautee Nacoochee, GA.

Craft Events at Dipsy Doodle Antiques

"Make & Take" class—how to make a bangle bracelet and keychain using spent bullets. Reserve a spot by calling the shop at 706-867-4908. $20, supplies included.

night-at-museum fundraiser

Night at The Museum fundraiser on Aug. 17 from 5-8 p.m. at the Holiday Inn Express & Suites in Helen. Every ticket holder will receive one piece of art from a local artist (valued at $75-$500), live music, Italian cuisine, refreshments and a complimentary glass of wine. Business casual attire. Tickets can be purchased at

Volunteers wanted at Rape Response

Caring volunteers are needed at Rape Response to work with survivors of sexual assault. Volunteers will respond to crisis calls and accompany assault survivors to the hospital, so you must live within 30 minutes of Northeast Georgia Medical Center, Gainesville.  Background check, interview and 30 hours of training are required. Volunteer training will be offered on the following days: Saturdays, Oct. 6, 13 and 20 from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (light breakfast/lunch provided) *Attendance of all three sessions plus 5 hours of online training are required  to complete volunteer training. If you are interested, please contact Gale Adams, Volunteer Coordinator at 770-503-7273 or apply online at



Allison Reunion August 19

The 83rd Annual Allison Reunion will be held August 19 at 11a.m. at Mossy Creek Campground in Cleveland. Please bring a covered dish. Call 706-809-7569 for more information.

class of 1968 reunion august 25

The LCHS class of 1968 will hold the 50th year class reunion August 25, 2018 at the Smith House. We are trying to locate all classmates.  If you have not been contacted, please contact Bill Maxwell at 706-300-1881 or email

Ledford reunion August 26

The family reunion of relatives and friends of Rufus and Mollie Anderson Ledford will be August 26, 1 p.m. at Mt. Olive Baptist Church Fellowship Hall. Located off Old Dahlonega Highway on Mt. Olive Church Road. Please bring food. Call 706-864-3706.


Children & Youth


North Georgia Children’s Chorus announces open auditions for the 2018-19 season and a redesigned, more user-friendly website. NGCC is entering its 12th year of bringing the joy of singing to children. A special Summer Saturday event on August 18 will launch the season. Regular rehearsals begin on Monday, September 10. For more information or to schedule a vocal interview, call 706-482-9968, or visit

Mother’s morning out Preschool registration

Dahlonega United Methodist MMO-Preschool, certified as “A Program of Excellence,” is still taking applications for registration for school year 2018-2019 for all classes from Toddlers to Pre-k. For more information visit our website: or call Angie Mayo or Dana Fritchle at 706-864-8521. Also find us on Facebook at Dahlonega UMC Mother’s Morning Out & Preschool.

Sonshine Preschool at Dahlonega Baptist

Sonshine Weekday Preschool at Dahlonega Baptist Church has a few openings left for the 2018-2019 School Year. We offer a curriculum-based program for 1-year-olds - Pre-K. For more information visit or contact Sherrie Gray,

Parks & Rec After-School Program

Lumpkin County Parks & Rec 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 Parks & Rec Center or contact Fonda London, 706-864-3622. tfn


Lumpkin Parks & Rec

365 Riley Road  |  706-864-3622

Adult Fitness Classes: Tuesday and Thursday evenings IN THE PARK. $25 for six weeks.

Tai Chi Classes: Tuesday and Thursday evenings. $15 per class or $20 for two classes per week.

Yahoola Creek Pickleball: (adult open play): Tuesday and Wednesday 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.; Thursday and Sunday 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. All equipment supplied. Please wear comfortable clothing and court shoes (tennis shoes). Contact to register for the clinic or with questions.


Nature and Outdoors

Chattahoochee Trail Horse Association / NE GA SORBA on Saturdays

Monthly Multi-use Trail Improvement Day. Equestrians, Hikers, Mountain Bikers please join us the first Saturday of each month at 9 a.m. on Jake Mountain Parking Lot, off Nimblewill Church Rd, Chattahoochee National Forest, Dahlonega, GA. 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Lunch provided by CTHA with RSVP.Contact Debbie Crowe at

Trout stocking sites

Trout stocking sites in Lumpkin County for the week of August 6-10: Etowah River and Nimblewill Creek.


Free Services

dementia help available

Looking for help for a loved one with dementia or other age related symptoms?  Free help is available.  Please call John with The Dementia Guide at 706-429-6665.

Mental Illness Family Education Class

NAMI FDL, the local affiliate of the National Alliance on Mental Illness, will offer a NAMI Family-to-Family Education Class 2018, starting on September 10 through November 19 on Monday evenings at 6:30 p.m. in Cumming. Call 678-947-6156 for more information.



Art Classes

Introduction to oil paintings. Beginners through advanced. Classes take place on Tuesdays and Wednesdays in Dahlonega. For more information please visit or call 706-429-6008 or email

Antique classes at Dipsy Doodle

Come Rethunk Your Junk at Dipsy Doodle Antiques on Wednesday, August 22 and Saturday, August 25. The classes are 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. $35 (supplies not included). Bring in a small piece of furniture and leave with a beautifully painted treasure.

Dipsy Doodle Antiques’ Lad & Lass Outdoor Kid's Sale will be full of items for babies – teens on Saturday, August 25 8:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. If you have kids' items to sell and you want to join us, the cost for a 10'x10' booth is only $10. Call 706/867-4908 for more information.

Home Depot Free Workshops, 706-867-9618, ext. 417 or 383. Register at

Reading, GED classes

Free Tutoring in Reading. Free GED classes. Tutors wanted. Lumpkin County Literacy, 706-867-9607

Free teen driving program

Magnum DUI and Defensive Driving School and the Lumpkin County Sheriff’s Office work together to put together R.I.D for teen drivers. R.I.D is an educational and community outreach program for parents of teen drivers and teen drivers at risk. R.I.D. is a free two-hour course that addresses driver attitude, knowledge and behavior of both the parent and teen driver; teens and parents must attend together. Classes are held the 6-8 p.m. at Lumpkin County Park & Rec. Space is limited. For information and registration contact Brittany at 706-482-0009 or send an email to

weekly art classes at Canvas and Cork

Canvas and Cork offers weekly art classes in different mediums (alcohol ink, acrylics, oils, mixed media, Chinese brush painting, jewelry). Call Canvas and Cork for reservation at 706-525-1563.


At the Library

Lumpkin County Library, 706-864-3668 

Library Hours:

Mon/Tues/Wed 10-5:30; Thurs 10-7; Fri/Sat 10-3:30

Happy Bookers Book Discussion Group, Thursday, August 16, 1:30 pm, The 3rd Thursday of each month at the library. The group rotates discussing fiction, nonfiction, and award-winning books. New members are welcome. August’s selection is: “Astrophysics for People in a Hurry” by Neil deGrasse Tyson.

New: Science Fiction/Fantasy Book Discussion Group—“Alternate Visions” Monday, August 20, 2:30 – 4:00 p.m. Adults 18 & up, If you enjoy reading science fiction and/or fantasy books, then this is the book discussion for you.  Held the 3rd Monday of each month, from 2:30 – 4:00 p.m., the group will be discussion a monthly selection of science fiction or fantasy. August’s selection is:  “Artemis” by Andy Weir.

Ancestry Library Edition, Wednesday, August 22, 2 – 4:00 p.m. This course will teach participants how to use Ancestry Library Edition, which is free when accessed on any of the library’s public computers, to research their family history. This will be a two-hour class. Register by calling the library at 706-864-3668.

Colorama Adult Coloring Club every Wednesday (August 15, 22, 29), 11:00 am – 1:00 p.m., Adults, just drop in anytime during the hours and be creative, have fun, and de-stress. Coloring is not just for kids anymore. All materials—colored pencils, sharpies, gel pens, will be provided for this free program.

A Stitch in Time every Friday, 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m., Adults, enjoy the company of other crafty folks as you work on your own knitting, crocheting, crosstitching, or other project. (Note: no instruction provided)

Book Sale Room at the Lumpkin Library, every Tuesday, 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., every Thursday, 10:00 a.m. – 6:30 p.m., 1st Saturday of each month (August 4) 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. The downstairs book sale room will be open for folks to select and purchase gently used books. Come shop for bargains and help the library at the same time.

3-D Printer Demos, every Monday, 2-4:00 p.m. Have you heard about 3-D printers? Have you wondered what they look like, how they sound, and how they work? Stop in and watch a demonstration and children and adults may enter to win one of the creations.


At The Holly Theater

Hunchback of Notre Dame NOW PLAYING

Based on the Victor Hugo novel and songs from the Disney animated feature, The Hunchback of Notre Dame showcases the film’s Academy Award-nominated score, as well as new songs by Menken and Schwartz. Dates: ​​August 18-19, and 24-26.

Times: Fridays and Saturdays—8 p.m., Sundays—2 p.m. ​Parental guidance suggested due to adult themes, sexual innuendo, and violence.​ Tickets: Adults $22, Students $14.

Auditions for Annie August 25

Auditions for the Broadway hit Annie take place on August 25 at the Holly Theater. Times: Orphan/Annie Auditions: 9:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m., Adult/Ensemble Auditions: 1:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m. For audition requirements and more, visit

Holly Theater Short Season special prices

Save 10 percent on a short-season pass to see Hunchback, Patsy Cline, Anniversary Celebration and Annie. (Offer represents a 10 percent saving over tickets purchased separately.) Offer expires August 15. Discount is valid through midnight EST on August 15. Please note: Ticket prices vary from $75.60 to $93.60 (plus tax), depending on seat selected. May not be applied to previously purchased tickets. Discount cannot be combined with other discounts or offers. All ticket sales are final. No student tickets available.

The Holly Theater wants your hidden talents

The Holly Theater is building production teams for Annie and other upcoming productions and your talents are needed. Now is the chance to satisfy your wish to become a part of the fun you witness on stage. Everyday people help out behind the scenes with all Holly Theater Company shows and we couldn't get to the first rehearsal without them. There are many ways to get involved, including stage management, directing, choreography, props, costumes, production technical side, and many more. Visit and click on "Volunteer"


Senior Services/Activities

Senior Softball invites new members

Dahlonega Senior Softball is looking for players. Minimum age is 58 to compete in games. We play at various locations. Our home field is adjacent to the Senior Center in Dahlonega on Mechanicsville Road. Practice and games are on Monday, Wednesday and Thursday mornings. 678-343-8069 for more information.


Church / Religious Events

Gospel Singing

Freedom Ministries Saturday night singing

Big Oak Gospel Music at 7 p.m. each Saturday. 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

GMUUC— For Better or for Worse-ish?

Georgia Mountains Unitarian Universalist Church, 439 South Park St, Dahlonega is a welcoming congregation. Worship is held at 10:30 am each Sunday. This week’s topic:“For Better or for Worse-ish?” The Rev. Charlotte Arsenault. How do healthy relationships function? When do we persevere and when do we throw in the towel? What wisdom can be gained from the experiences of others? Please join us for this multi-voice service as we celebrate the diversity and beauty of different relationships in our lives. There will be a potluck after the service.

Revival at Concord Baptist

Concord Baptist Church in Lumpkin County will hold Summer Revival through Aug. 17. Services at 11 a.m. and 7 p.m. daily. Casey Robinson and Ricky stone will assist pastor Lyman Caldwell. All Are invited.

Mt. Pisgah Baptist Homecoming

Homecoming will be held at Mt. Pisgah Baptist Church on Sunday, August 19, at 11 a.m. Revival services will begin Sunday night and will continue daily at 11 a.m. and 7 p.m. through Saturday. Rev. Alvin Burns and Rev. Bryan Satterfield will be assisting Pastor Ronnie Dockery.

Revival at Yahoola Baptist Church

Yahoola Baptist Church will hold a revival beginning Sunday, Aug. 19 through August 24. Services at 11 a.m. and 7 p.m. daily. Guest Preachers Stephen Adams and Joey Gilbert will assist Pastor Kris Butler. All are invited.



Club Meetings

August 16

Happy Bookers Book Discussion group meets on the third Thursday of each month (August 16), 1:30-3 p.m. at the Lumpkin County Library. The group is open to the community and each month a different book is discussed. Selections may vary from award-winning books, fiction, nonfiction, or bestsellers. Monthly selections are posted around the library and on

Board game and card night at Canvas and Cork on the third Thursday of each month (August 16) in the Cottage. Fun for all ages and starts at 6 p.m. No reservations are needed and you can bring your own game or use one of ours.

The Georgia Mountain Chapter, Military Officers Association of America, serving Cherokee, Dawson, Forsyth, Gilmer, Hall, Lumpkin, Pickens, White and North Fulton Counties, meets at 11:30 a.m. on the third Thursday of each month (August 16) at Golden Corral restaurant, Cumming. All current, former, and retired military officers and spouses are invited. 678-779-2584

The Heaven’s Horsemen, the local chapter of the Christian Motorcyclists Association, meets the third Thursday of the month (August 16) at Papa’s Pizza in Clermont at 7 p.m. If you would like to eat before the meeting, please come at 6:30 p.m.

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

August 17

THE North Georgia Photography Club holds a general meeting which includes a showing of members’ photos and a presentation or workshop at 6:30 p.m. on the third Friday (August 17) in Room 217 of the UNG Continuing Education Building on South Chestatee Street. Open to photographic enthusiasts of all skill levels. Visitors and new members welcome. Meeting/field trip details at

Gold Country Squares third Friday dances August 17 – Birthday Bash – caller Charlie Petra - $7 donation fee

August 20

Woman's Writers' Worksop meets third Monday of the month (August 20), 4-5:30 p.m. in the downstairs meeting room at the Lumpkin County Library. Beginners through published authors welcome. Bring all genres for objective critiques by group. Trish Hawkins, 954-383-5717

August 21

North Georgia Amateur Radio Club W4QQ meets the third Tuesday of each month (August 21) at El Jimador Restaurant, 91 W. Main St, Dahlonega. Social hour and dinner are at 6 p.m., followed by a meeting at 7 p.m. All hams and those interested in learning about amateur radio are invited to attend.

Health Care Connections, meets the third Tuesday of every month (August 21) at 8:15-9:30 a.m. at Chelsey Park Clubhouse, 200 Mountain Park Drive, Dahlonega, GA.  This meeting is open to all Professionals offering care, products, or services related to healthcare in Lumpkin County.

August 23

PHOTO CRITIQUE GROUP meets the fourth Thursday (August 23), at 6:30 p.m. at Bowen Center for the Arts, 334 Highway 9 North., Dawsonville. Novice to professional are in vited to share ideas and up to five photos (prints and/or jpg’s) for positive critique. Free. Cindy Todd,

The Dahlonega Lions Club meets at 6 p.m. on the second and fourth Thursdays (August 23) at the Dahlonega Baptist Church. Guests are welcome.

NAMI, National Association for Mental Illness for Forsyth, Dawson, Lumpkin, offers a family support group on the second and fourth Thursdays (August 23) of each month, 6:45-8:15 p.m. The group is open to adults 18 and older who are family members or caregivers of adults, children or adolescents living with any mental illness. or

September 1

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

Monthly Multi-use Trail Improvement Day Equestrians, Hikers, Mountain Bikers, join Chattahoochee Trail Horse Association/NE GA SORBA on the first Saturday of each month (September 1) at 9 a.m. on Jake Mountain Parking Lot, off Nimblewill Church Rd, Chattahoochee National Forest, Dahlonega, GA. 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Lunch provided by CTHA with RSVP.Contact Debbie Crowe at

The Dahlonega Car Club holds a Cruise-in on the first Saturday of each month (September 1) from April through October. It starts at the Lumpkin County Justice Center on Morrison Moore Pkwy from 5 p.m. until dark. Bring your special car for a fun time. Call 706-867-5166 for more information.

September 3

The Sons of Confederate Veterans, Concord Rangers Camp #2135 Dawson County, meets on the first Monday of every month (September 3) at 7 p.m. at Veterans Memorial Park Recreation Center in Dawsonville. The public is welcome. 706-344-7392

September 4

Auraria Community Club meets at 6:30 p.m. the first Tuesday of each month (September 4) at the Community Clubhouse on Auraria Road. Join the club for a covered dish dinner. All members and friends are welcome. The cost is only $5 to join for a year of fellowship and giving back to the community. For information about the club or renting the clubhouse call 706-864-3432

Alzheimer’s Association Support Group meets at the Dahlonega Presbyterian Church at 6 p.m. on the first Tuesday (September 4) of each month. 706-429-6665.

TROUT UNLIMITED, GOLD RUSH CHAPTER: Regular meetings are the first Tuesday of the month (September 4) at Camp Glisson. Dinner is served at 6:30 p.m. while it lasts. All members and guests are welcome. A Fly Tying class is held on the second Thursday at 6:30 p.m. at the American Legion Post. John Simmons,, Find “Gold Rush Chapter-Trout Unlimited” on Facebook

September 5

Gold Rush Quilter’s Guild meets the first Wednesday of each month (September 5) at 10 a.m. at Friendship Baptist Church on Friendship Road off West Moreland and Highway 129, Cleveland. Visitors and new members welcome, Jan Fambrough, 770-235-9070

Veterans Affairs Advisory Committee: Veterans and supporters of veterans are invited to attend Lumpkin County Veterans Affairs Advisory Committee meetings the first Wednesday of each month (September 5), 4:30 p.m. Meetings are held in the downstairs conference room at the Administration Building. Veterans Helping Veterans,

September 6

Dahlonega Woman's Club is an education and service organization dedicated to individual and community improvement. The club meets on the first Thursday of each month (September 6) except July. For more information, call 912-571-2162.

Lumpkin County Family Connection Collaborative holds an open monthly meeting at noon on the first Thursday of each month (September 6) at Lumpkin County Park-s & Rec. Anyone interested in collaborating with local partner organizations or learning more about resources for family and children in our community is welcome. Brigette Barker, 706-867-7047 or email Web site:

The Sons of Confederate Veterans, Camp 1860 Blue Ridge Rifles, meets at 7:30 p.m. the first Thursday of the month (September 6) in the basement meeting room at the Lumpkin County Library.

September 8

Georgia Mountain Handspinners Guild meets the second Saturday (September 8) at Hopewell UMC on Hopewell Road south of Murrayville, 12-4 p.m. Visitors welcome. Lynn Johnson, 706-864-6407

Etowah River Critters Club: Macro-Invertebrate Sampling and Photography on the Upper Etowah River meets the second Saturday (September 8), 390 Tom Bell Odom Road (off Siloam Church/Rider Mill Road)., 706-265-5502

Garden Bugs Club: Get a taste of planting, tending and harvesting at Revival Gardens Organic Produce the second Saturday (September 8), 9:30-11:30 a.m. For the young and the young-at-heart. 390 Tom Bell Odom Road (off Siloam Church/Rider Mill Road)., 706-265-5502

September 10

Blue Mountain Order of the Eastern Star, Chapter #333 meets the first Monday night of each month (September 10) except January, July and September, when we meet the 2nd Monday night. All meetings begin at 7:30 p.m. We also meet the fourth Monday night in April and October at the same time. Meetings are held in downtown Dahlonega at the Masonic Lodge.

Blue Mountain Order of the Eastern Star, Chapter #333 meets the first Monday of each month—except January, July and September when we meet the 2nd Monday (September 10). All meetings begin at 7:30 pm. We also meet the fourth Monday night in April and October at the same time. Meetings are held in downtown Dahlonega at the Masonic Lodge.

The Dahlonega-Lumpkin Newcomers club continues to meet the second Monday (September 10) of each month at 10 a.m. at the Lumpkin County Parks and Recreation, 365 Riley Rd., Dahlonega.

DAWSON COUNTY CHAPTER #970 VIETNAM VETERANS OF AMERICA meets the second Monday of each month (September 10) at the Dawson County Continuing Education Building, 28 Main St., Dawsonville. Fellowship at 6:30 p.m., meeting at 7 p.m. Bill Martin, 706-809-2573

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Mailing Address:
P.O. Box 36,
Dahlonega, GA 30533

Phone: 706-864-3613
Fax: 706-864-5812