Community Calendar - June 27, 2018

Community Events

Franklin Pond Chamber Music concert at UNG

The University of North Georgia Music Department and Franklin Pond Chamber Music will present a free chamber music concert Saturday, July 7 at 7:30 p.m. in the Gloria Shott Performance Hall. This concert will include works by Mozart, Griffes, Piazzolla, and Mendelssohn. The Franklin Pond Players, all members of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, are also faculty members of Franklin Pond Chamber Music, a summer chamber music program for talented young musicians. The University of North Georgia is hosting this group for a five- day intensive study retreat. The concert is free and open to the public.


Community Announcements

North Georgia’s Got Talent additions

NOA (No One Alone) announces additions for North Georgia’s Got Talent on the following dates in Dahlonega: Thursday, June 28 at the Dawsonville Tavern, 7-9 p.m., Saturday, July 7 at United Community Bank, 3-5 p.m.

Community Flea Market & Craft Fair July 7

Locally Crafted Market’s Community Flea Market & Craft Fair will be Saturday, July 7 and Saturday, July 21, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. rain or shine. Cost for a 10’x10’ spot is $20 for vendors.  Sell your handcrafted items or share those items you no longer need that others might treasure. To sign up, email or stop by the Locally Crafted Market (387 North Grove St. Suite E, Dahlonega) any time Tuesday-Saturday 10 a.m.-5 p.m. in June.  706-867-6901. There will be a door prize drawing (enter with purchase) inside the Market during this event.

The Colors of Summer Art Exhibition

“The Colors of Summer,” is the theme for the Chestatee Artists’ Exhibition at the Bowen Center for the Arts in Dawsonville from July 6 through July 27. The opening reception will be held on Friday, July 6, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Chestatee Artists invites the public to come and view this artistic display of works by its members. Artwork will be for sale and includes paintings, ceramics, jewelry, sculpture, glass art and much more.

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 (July 19), 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

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 (July 19) 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.



class of 1968

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

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 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. 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.

Hike and learn about Georgia's native trees June 29

Come join Master Naturalist Sue Harmon and retired Forester Cliff Shaw and learn about Georgia's native trees on a hike from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Friday, June 29. We will begin at Lake Winfield Scott and hike toward the Jarrard Gap Trail for a little over one mile, a steady climb up to the AT, if we get that far. Then we'll return and picnic near the lake. After lunch, we will carpool about 5 miles (10 minutes), to make a visit to several State Champion trees found in Sosebee Cove, a high-elevation north-facing cove forest known for its rich plant diversity. Expect a flight of stairs down into the cove and a 1/2-mile meandering loop trail, which includes the State Champion Yellow Buckeye. Meet at 10:00 a.m. at the Lake Winfield Scott parking area at the southern end of the lake, off Lake Winfield Scott Rd, which turns off of Hwy 180. A $5 parking fee is required.


Free Services

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.

Free food, lunch July 2

There's Hope for The Hungry, along with The Dahlonega Assembly of God's "Mercy Monday” program, provides a box of non-perishable food at no cost to those who are going through a difficult time. Distribution is usually between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. on the first Monday of the month, July 2. The ministry also offers a hot lunch, individual counseling and prayer, and a clothing closet during the distribution. 2152 Dawsonville Highway, Dahlonega.



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 a.m. - noon. Pick the week you'd like your child or grandchild to attend and call us to register - $120 (includes $50 nonrefundable deposit)

Window painting class at Locally Crafted Market

Window painting class with Jill, Saturday, July 14 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. (bring a snack).  Bring your own window (or) pre-purchase separately at the Locally Crafted Market. Cost of class $19—pay when you pre-register.


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).


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

The library will be closed on Wednesday, July 4 for the Independence Day Holiday and will re-open at 10 a.m. on Thursday, July 5, 2018.

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)

Children’s Summer Reading Program, Wednesday, June 27, 2:00 p.m. Join the folks from Wildlife Wonders and explore the animal kingdom with the help of some real animals.

Bring Your Own Technology, Thursday, June 28, 1:30–5:00 p.m. From electronic gadgets, smartphones, and computers to library eBooks, for all your tech-related questions, register for a one-hour session with the Information Specialist. Call 706-864-3668 to sign up.

Summer Reading Program for children of all ages and adults, June 1–July 31, 2018. This year’s theme: Libraries Rock.  Read, attend programs, and enter to win great prizes. Teen programs (Grade 6-12) are held every Tuesday at 4:00 p.m.; Children’s (Recommended for ages 3 – 11) programs are held every Wednesday at 11:00 a.m.  

3-D Printer Demos, every Monday, 2-4:00 p.m. Have you wondered what 3-D printers 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.

Free LEGO Build Days, Tuesday, July 3 and Thursday, July 26, 10:00 a.m.–5:00 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 and up.


At The Holly Theater

Holly Theater Summer Camps

Mini Broadway Dance Camp, July 2-6, 10 a.m.-12 p.m. Ages: 4-6, Director: Krista Tritt. Cost: $100.

Junior Broadway Dance Camp, July 2-6, 1-4 p.m., Ages: 6-12, Director: Krista Tritt, Cost: $135.

"Annie" Boot Camp, July 9-13 9 a.m.-12 p.m., Ages: 8-13, Director: Keelie Hogan, Cost: $135.

Musical Theatre Boot Camp, Music, Dance and Drama. July 16-20, 1-5 p.m., Ages: 8-16, Showcase at 5 p.m. on Friday, July 20, Director: Colleen Quigley, Cost: $135.


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

MEALS ON WHEELS: is seeking a substitute volunteer to deliver meals to homebound seniors when regular volunteers are on vacation, etc. The delivery routes vary throughout Lumpkin County. Pick up meals at the Senior Center at 10:45 a.m. and return by 1 p.m. 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