Community Calendar - June 13, 2018

Community Events

Hemlock camp meeting June 24

Save Georgia's Hemlocks will hold the annual hemlock camp meeting on Sunday, June 24 at  Lake Winfield Scott in Suches. The event is intended as a gathering of kindred spirits to celebrate and preserve the hemlocks. Enjoy music, food, and the company of other people interested in preserving the beautiful mountains and forests. Keynote speaker Dr. Ben Smith of N.C. State will present a message on the latest research for saving the hemlocks—the quest for adelgid-resistant hemlocks. Admission is $5 per person, children under are 10 free. Make reservations by contacting Kim Wood at 706-455-2313 or


Community Announcements

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.


The public is invited to enjoy a free concert featuring 11 adult harpists at First Presbyterian Church in Cleveland, on Saturday, June 16 at 7 p.m. Selections will include a variety of music from the patriotic "America Sings" to the old Irish tune "Believe Me if All those Endearing Young Charms" to the classic Bach piece "Jesu Joy of Man's Desiring."  The harpists began learning harp as adults and hail from up and down the east coast. For more information, contact the church at 706-865-6499, or concert organizer, Judy Smith at 678-522-0826. The concert is free.

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 (June 21), from 1:30 - 3:00 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

Canvas and Cork Board game and card night

Board game and card night takes place at Canvas and Cork on the third Thursday of each month (June 21) 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.

Enjoy Art, Wine and Music Festival at Canvas & Cork

Listen to Jazz in Hancock Park while enjoying a glass of Cavender Creek Wine and some snacks on our shaded front porch. Browse our gallery of 14 artists and our "Open Air" gallery that weekend featuring art on the porches and in the yard. Watch art demos and artists painting on site.


Children & Youth

Art Summer Camp at Canvas and Cork

Canvas and Cork in the Creativity Cottage will hold Art Summer Camp for ages 9-12. The week long morning art camps are June 18-22, July 9-13 and 23-27, 9 a.m.-noon. $120, to register call 706-525-1563, $50, nonrefundable deposit required.

Preschool registration open at Dahlonega BaptisT

Sonshine Weekday Preschool at Dahlonega Baptist Church is registering for the 2018-2019 School Year. We offer a curriculum-based program for 1-year-olds through Pre-K.


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.


Nature and Outdoors

Yonah Preserve trails open

Yonah Preserve trails will be available for use on a limited basis Thursdays through Sundays starting June 14. NEGA SORBA will have volunteers on hand at the trailhead to answer any questions. The trails can be accessed from the trailhead located at 1054 Albert Reid Road, Cleveland.

Smithgall Woods State Park

$5 parking/pass required, 706-878-3087,

Junior Ranger Day Camp, Monday-Friday, June 18-22, 9 a.m.-12 p.m. at the Education Cabin. This five-day long day camp will teach children about the natural world. The camp will follow the Junior Ranger books teaching children about the outdoors, animals, plants, and history. There will be games, crafts, and tons of fun. Please let us know if your child has any food or insect allergies, or activity restrictions in advance. $70 per child and $5 parking pass per vehicle or a Friends Annual Pass. Call the Visitor's Center for information and to register at 706-878-3087 or


Free Services

Dementia help available

Struggling to find the right services for your loved one with dementia? Help is available. Please contact John at The Dementia Guide at 706-429-6665. Free consultation and no charge for families.

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.



Locally Crafted Market

Locally Crafted Market’s Flea Market and Craft Fair Saturday, June 23 - 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. rain or shine. Cost for a 10’x10’ spot is $12.50 for vendors.  Come sell your handcrafted items or household items others might treasure.  Call 706-867-6901. Stop by the Locally Crafted Market (387 North Grove St. Suite E, Dahlonega) anytime Tuesday - Saturday 10 a.m.-5 p.m. to reserve a spot. Door prize drawing entry (with purchase) inside the Market during this event.

UNG invasive species workshop June 21-22

Non-native invasive species are one of the biggest threats to native ecosystems globally.  The University of Georgia's Center for Invasive Species and Ecosystem Health is co-sponsoring a two-day advanced invasives workshop with Georgia ForestWatch and the University of North Georgia on June 21-22 at the UNG Dahlonega campus. $50, $30 for students. for more information.

Art summer camp ages 9-12 at Canvas & Cork

Four week-long morning sessions at the creativity cottage (Historic Littlefield cottage next door to the main gallery) Daily art projects, all supplies, snacks and drink provided. Camp time, 9 am - noon. Pick the week you'd like your child or grandchild to attend and call us to register - $120 (includes $50 nonrefundable deposit)

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).

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

Saturday, June 16, 10–11:30 a.m. Learn about edible and raised garden beds. Save money on groceries and fill your salad bowls with an edible garden from your own raised bed. No matter how green your thumb may or may not be, our store associates are rooting for your garden’s success. In this workshop, you’ll be equipped with valuable agricultural tips and tricks that outline everything you need to consider, purchase and build when starting and maintaining a healthy edible organic landscape.

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


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

Children’s Summer Reading Show

Book Babies Summer Edition, Every Wednesday, June 13 – July 18, 11–11:45 a.m. Birth to 12 months. It’s never too early to chew on a good book. The storytimes include songs, action rhymes, and stories. Structured activity for 15 minutes with playtime after.

Introduction to RBDigital Platform, Wednesday, June 13, 9–10 a.m. RBDigital is a platform offered free of charge that enables library patrons to download free eBooks, audiobooks, and magazines from home.  This class will introduce how to create an account and how to access great materials.  Registration is required by calling 706-864-3668.

Children’s Summer Reading Program, Wednesday, June 13, 2 p.m. Smithgall Woods—Snakes Alive. Join the wonderful folks from Smithgall Woods to learn why snakes are so cool.

Free LEGO Build Day, Monday, June 18, 10 a.m.–5 p.m. Stop in to build as much or as little as you would like. What a perfect way to spend a hot summer day. We provide the LEGO bricks, and you provide the creativity. We will photograph each model for display on Facebook. Ages 3+

New Science Fiction/Fantasy Book Discussion Group, Monday, June 18   2:30–4 p.m., Ages18 and up. Held the third Monday of each month, 2:30–4 p.m., the group will be discussing a monthly selection of science fiction or fantasy.

Teen Summer Reading Program, Tuesday, June 19, 4–5 p.m. Pick-a-Paloosa, Bring old gift cards or use some of our plastic sheets to punch out guitar picks and then create guitar pick necklaces.


At The Holly Theater

Holly Theater Summer Camps

The Holly Theater's Summer Camps have opportunities for children of all ages (3½ to 18), to experience the theater in new ways, develop their skills, and have fun.

• Junior Performance Camp: "The Magic Treehouse: Pirates Past Noon, Kids": June 18-29

• Exploration Camp: "Magic Tree House, Pirates Past Noon": June 18-22

• Exploration Camp: Cinderella: June 25-29

Ages: 3 - 5

• Mini Camp: "Magic Tree House, Pirates Past Noon": June 18-22

• Mini Camp: "Cinderella": June 25-29


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.

lumpkin County Senior Center

266 Mechanicsville Road, 706-864-2358,

LUMPKIN COUNTY SENIOR CENTER: is seeking a volunteer to help in the kitchen 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Fridays. Assistance is needed in packing individual meals to be delivered to Meals on Wheels clients, serving lunch to participants of the Nutrition Program and clean-up. Training provided. Rhonda Bailey, 706-864-2358

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The Dahlonega Nugget

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

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