Community Calendar - August 8, 2018


Community Calendar


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

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.

Book Club every third Thursday at Library

Would you like to join a book discussion group in 2018? On the third Thursday of each month (August 16), from 1:30-3 p.m., the Happy Bookers Book Discussion group meets at the 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 our library website at

Foothills Science Series will discuss hemlocks

Join us Thursday, Aug. 9 at 6:00 Shenanigans Irish Pub in Dahlonega to learn about preserving the hemlocks at the first installment of the Foothills Science Series. Hear from University of North Georgia researcher Stacie James, U.S. Forest Service Southern Research Station entomologist Dr. Bud Mayfield, and Chattahoochee-Oconee National Forests Silviculturist Mike Hennigan.

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.

singers wanted for Mendelssohn’s Elijah

The Dawson Community Chorale is looking for singers in all voice parts for our Fall concert, Mendelssohn’s Elijah with piano accompaniment. Rehearsals are on Monday nights at the First Baptist Church of Dawsonville, 900 Hwy 9 N, in Dawsonville, from 7- 9 p.m. beginning Aug. 20, and the concert is on November 16. Please call 706-216-6261 for more information.

Community Flea Market & Craft Fair

Locally Crafted Market’s Community Flea Market & Craft Fair takes place on Saturday, Aug. 18 from 10:00 a.m. to 4 p.m.  Sell your handcrafted items or share those items you no longer need that others might treasure.  To sign up, email

Giggle Monkey Toys 4th Anniversary Celebration

Come and enjoy a day of fun activities at Giggle Monkey Toys on Saturday, August 11.  All activities are free for all ages. 10:30 a.m.—Family Fun-Games and Doughnuts, 12:30 p.m.—My Little Clay Critters, 2:30 p.m.—Pottery and Planting, 4:30 p.m.—Do-A-Dot Painting

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.

Job Fair in Dawsonville August 14

There will be a Job Fair at the Goodwill Store in Dawsonville on Tuesday, August 14. Meet with representatives from professional teams, interview on-site and choose from a variety of positions. Attendees should dress in professional and appropriate attire and come prepared with copies of their resume. The WorkSource Georgia Mobile Training Unit will be onsite to offer resume assistance and skills and interests assessments.



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


Children & Youth

open auditions for North Georgia Children’s Chorus

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,


Lumpkin County Head Start/PreK is now taking applications for the 2018-2019 program year. Children need to be age three or four by Sep. 1 in order to qualify. The 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: birth certificate, immunization certificate, income verification for the past 12 months, social security card and proof of residency. 706-864-3456.

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.


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.

Free Legal Services

Georgia Legal Services program provides free legal services to qualifying senior citizens and low-income clients. Services are based on case type and financial eligibility. GLSP does not handle criminal cases. Appointments: 1-800-745-5717 between 9 and 11 a.m. Monday-Thursday.



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

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

Colorama Adult Coloring Club, every Wednesday (August 8, 15, 22 and 29) 11:00 am – 1:00 p.m. Adults. You are invited to join us for our adult coloring club. 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, evry 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 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. The downstairs book sale room at the Lumpkin County Library 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.

“Just Words” Scrabble Club.  2:00 – 4:00 p.m. August 14, 2 – 4:00 p.m. August 28, 2 – 4:00 p.m. Adults. Join us the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays of each month for our Just Words Scrabble Club. All materials will be provided. Players of all skill levels are welcome. Come have F-U-N.

Online Classes through the library. Wednesday, August 15, 2 – 3:00 p.m. This class will introduce three online class options available with your library card: Mango Languages, Universal Classes, and Learning Express Library. Register for this class by calling 706-864-3668.

Happy Bookers Book Discussion Group, Thursday, August 16, 1:30 p.m. The Happy Bookers book discussion group meets 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.


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 10-12, 17-19, 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.

Holly seeking nominations for Board of Directors

The volunteer-run Holly Theatre is seeking nominations for the 2019 Board of Directors. You do not have to live in Dahlonega to participate. Community members and leaders from Lumpkin and all nearby counties are welcome. The Holly is targeting multiple areas of interest and expertise, especially for service on marketing, fundraising, and volunteer management committees. Please email Brooke Evans with suggestions at by August 15.

Auditions for murder mystery dinner show Aug. 13

The Holly Theater will be holding auditions for a murder mystery dinner show production of Harper Valley High School Reunion directed by Karen Mannis on Monday, August 13 at 7 p.m. at the Achasta Club House located at 639 Birch River Drive in Dahlonega. The production is looking for nine women and 13 men. There is one female character that sings her part throughout the show and two males who sing only once in addition to their speaking parts. Scripts will be provided for a cold reading. Please come prepared to sing a song of your choice a-capella or provide your own music. The performances will take place at 6 p.m. October 3–6 at the Achasta Golf & Country Club. The rehearsals will take place three times a week from audition to show. Please contact Karen at 706-867-8483 or 404-435-9513 if you are unable to attend and would like to audition earlier or for additional information. 



August 9

The Dahlonega Lions Club meets at 6 p.m. on the second and fourth Thursdays (August 9) 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 9) 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

The Northeast Georgia Mountain Beekeepers Association meets on the second Thursday of the month (August 9), 6:30-8 p.m. at the Habersham County Agricultural Building, 555 Monroe Street, Clarkesville. For more, contact

The American Red Cross Disaster Action Team meets the second Thursday of each month (August 9) at 7 p.m. in the basement of St. Luke’s Catholic Church, 91 North Park Street. The group is seeking volunteers to help victims of disasters in the Lumpkin County area. All interested citizens are welcome. Karen, 706-867-1910.

The Golden Stitches Quilters Guild meets the second Thursday (August 9) at the Lumpkin Senior Center from 6-8:30 p.m. to sew on individual and community projects. Come quilt, sew and learn. Barbara Smith, 770-718-5291; Deborah Raptis, 706-867-1869,

SOS (SINGLES OVER SIXTY), meets the second Thursday (Aug. 9) of each month and this month’s meeting is at Danny’s Restaurant in Dahlonega from 10:00 to approximately 11:30. SOS is a social group for singles over sixty. Come out and meet some new people and have an opportunity for various activities and socializing time. We have fun. For more information contact Glenda Pender at

August 10

NOA’s Lumpkin County Domestic Violence Task Force will meet at 1 p.m. Friday, August 10, at the United Community Bank Conference Room on Morrison Moore Parkway. The meeting is an  opportunity to discuss domestic violence issues in Lumpkin with members of the community. Refreshments will be served. Please RSVP to

August 11

Georgia Mountain Handspinners Guild meets the second Saturday (August 11) 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 (August 11), 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 (August 11), 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

August 13

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 (August 13). 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 (August 13) 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 (August 13) 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

August 14

Gold Digger’s Garden Club meeting (open to the public) will be on Tuesday, Aug. 14 at 7 p.m. at Cavender Creek Vineyards in the Event Barn. The Program is: "A Vigneron Speaks on Viticulture" presented by Claire Livingston, a retired college professor. The program will focus on terminology associated with growing grapes, along with why North Georgia is a great place to grow grapes.

The Dahlonega Knitting Group meets the second Tuesday of the month (August 14), noon to 2 p.m. Anyone who loves to knit is welcome. Join Dahlonega Knitting Group at  and then call Marian Cummings, 706-867-0471, for the address and directions for the month’s meeting location.

WORd Chasers Book GROUP meets on the second Tuesday of the month (August 14) at 1 p.m., in the conference room at the Senior Center. Books can be picked up at the library. Call Rhonda at 706-864-2358 for more information. Everyone welcome.

Mountain Laurel Lady Riders meets the second Tuesday of the month (August 14) at 7 p.m. at The Sunflower Chinese Restaurant in the Piggly Wiggly Shopping Center, Highway 129, Cleveland. Come early for dinner. This is the local chapter of Women on Wheels (WW), a national organization promoting motorcycling for women. Any woman who rides her own motorcyle, sport bike or scooter or who is just interested in motorcycles, is invited. 706-968-6625.

Blue Mountain Masonic Lodge #38 F&AM meets at 7:30 p.m. the second and fourth Tuesdays (August 14) of each month, with fellowship and a light meal at 6:30 p.m. 706-864-3838

August 16

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 first and third Friday dances, August 17: Birthday Bash with 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,

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.

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

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