Community Calendar - May 9, 2018

Community Events

Dahlonega Arts & Wine Festival May 19-20

Chestatee Artists presents the 3rd Dahlonega Arts & Wine Festival on May 19 and 20 with a focus on high quality arts and crafts, fine local and regional wines, and live jazz performances. Arts and crafts booths will be located around the Square and will open Saturday and Sunday at 10 a.m. Live jazz performances will begin at noon both days and are free to the public in Hancock Park on the Zak McConnell Stage. Montaluce Winery is the sponsor for the Wine Garden, and wine tastings, wine by the glass or bottle will also be available. For more information go to or call 706-867-8059.

Dahlonega Great American Cleanup Saturday, May 12

Come volunteer to pick-up trash along 400 from the intersection of 400 at the Home Depot to the 65 mph sign towards Dawsonville on Saturday. Meet at the Home Depot parking lot at 7:00 a.m. for a safety meeting then head out at 7:30 a.m.. Bring gloves and comfortable shoes.  Volunteers will receive a free T-shirt while supplies last and a coupon for a free junior frosty from Wendy’s. There will also be a raffle to win a ceramic art piece donated by Anna Elrod. Call Trina Pellegrino at 678-343-8309 or Anna Elrod At 512-517-6576 if you have any questions. Remember there is no Dumpin’ in Lumpkin.


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.) May 5 - October 13 in Hancock Park.

ResCare HomeCare Day of Hiring May 10

ResCare HomeCare is looking for compassionate people to join their Gainesville team and help people live their best life. On Thursday, May 10, ResCare HomeCare is looking to fill 1,250 jobs at its first National Day of Hiring, where operations nationwide will open their doors to job candidates from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Candidates interested in working as a caregiver, certified nursing assistant (CNA), registered nurse (RN) or licensed practical nurse (LPN) with ResCare HomeCare Gainesville can apply in-person on May 10. The event provides an opportunity to meet hiring managers, participate in an interview, complete an application and potentially walk away with a conditional job offer.

Multi-employer Job Fair on Wednesday, May 9

The Goodwill Career Center will hold a multi-employer Job Fair on Wednesday, May 9 from 10 a.m. until 12 p.m. Meet with hiring managers of over 20 local businesses (including Amicalola State Park, Beall’s Outlet, Big Canoe, CareSource, Chick-Fil-A, GA Highlands Medical Service, Gymboree, Koch Foods, Kroger, Labor Finders, Len Foote Hike Inn, Modern Woodmen of America, Panera Bread, Premier Surplus, Screaming Eagle Aerial Adventures (Zipline), Steak n Shake, Wagner Services, Wahoo Docks, and more) who will conduct interviews on site. No cost to participate. The center is inside the Goodwill store in Dawsonville. The WorkSource Georgia Mountains mobile training unit will also be onsite to offer resume assistance and skills assessments.

Glass Art Exhibit at Bowen Center for the Arts

The Bowen Center for the Arts in Dawsonville will be featuring a Glass Art Exhibit featuring over 17 Spruill Center for the Arts instructors and students through May 25, 2018. On Friday, May 11 at 7 p.m., Brien Engel will perform a concert, GLASS HARP. Tickets are $10 and available online or at the Bowen.

National Nursing Home Week Kickoff May 14

The National Nursing Home Week Kickoff Event will take place on Monday, May 14 at 10 a.m. at Gold City Health & Rehab, located at 222 Moores Dr. in Dahlonega. Come see a balloon release with Mayor Sam Norton and enjoy refreshments.

Flea Market at Locally Crafted Market May 19

Locally Crafted Market’s second Flea Market and Craft Fair Saturday, May 19, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. 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.

Gender Revolution documentary at PFLAG meeting

The Dahlonega meeting of PFLAG Blairsville will be showing the National Geographic documentary Gender Revolution Sunday, May 20, 2 p.m. Traditional ideas on gender have undergone a change among many people world-wide. They have become more fluid, and consequently confusing to many. The documentary features scientists, psychologists, activists, authors and families to learn about the role of genetics, brain chemistry and culture on gender identity through conversations that are scientifically enlightening and deeply personal. PFLAG is a non-profit organization, confidential and non-judgemental place of support to learn about sexual orientation and gender identity. For more information, call 706-389-5269.


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 4-8 and 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



Williams-Gable Reunion June 3

The Williams-Gable Reunion will be held on Sunday, June 3 at Pine Valley, approximately five miles from Dahlonega on Highway 9 South. Look for the signs. Lunch will be served at approximately 12:30 p.m. This is our 39th year and last year’s attendance was outstanding. We are looking forward to seeing everyone. If you play a musical instrument, please bring it and we will have some pickin’ and grinnin.’ If you have any information about your relatives, please bring copies to share. For more information, call Syble Brown at 706-864-3968, Grace Samples at 678-447-1106 or Gene Floyd at 770-815-3184.


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

Smithgall Woods State Park

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

Smithgall Woods State Park will host a Wildflower Walk, Saturday, May 12, from10 a.m.–noon at the Visitor’s Center. Come get the buzz on blooms. We will have a brief presentation followed by a short hike to look at some of the spring wildflowers. Most of these flowers are Spring Ephemerals, meaning they won’t last long. Call the Visitor's Center for information and to register at 706-878-3087 or $5 per person & $5 parking pass per vehicle or a Friends Annual Pass.


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.



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, May 12, 10 am–11:30 am Interior paint and drywall repair. Doctor your walls with a quick drywall repair and a fresh coat of paint. In this workshop, our experienced store associate provide you with all the skills and professional tips and tricks you need to repair damaged drywall and complete an interior paint project from start to finish.

Classes at Locally Crafted Market, 387 North 387 North Grove Street across from Subway, Tuesday through Saturday 10 a.m.-6 p.m. 706-867-6901

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).

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

Hello GALILEO. Wednesday, May 9, 2 – 3:00 p.m. Adults, Meet GALILEO, the database that has it all. Learn a foreign language, print off a legal form, find your next great read or do some genealogy research—all with GALILEO. Take a peek into what makes this resource stand out from the crowd. Sign up for this class today by calling the Lumpkin County Library at 706-864-3668.

Theater Thursday, May 10, 5-6:45 p.m. Grab the family for free movie fun at the library. We will be playing “Rock Dog.” Free popcorn will be provided, but you are welcome to bring your own snacks too.

3-D Printer Demos, every Monday, 2-4 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.

Colorama Adult Coloring Club, every Wednesday (May 9, 16, 23, and 30) 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, 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 10:000 a.m. – 6:30 p.m., first 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.


At The Holly Theater

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"

Holly Costuming Camp for kids

The Holly Performance Academy Costuming Camp for kids ages 7-18-plus is happening from June 4-15 at the Holly Annex, Monday-Friday 8 to 11:30 a.m. This camp is an introduction to general sewing and creating costumes for the stage. Students will learn basic machine and hand sewing, create a simple skirt for themselves, and assist with costumes for the HPA production of Once On This Island. In this class, kids will get hands-on experience with the basics of machine sewing. They'll learn everything from how to turn on the machine to finish a simple project. As their skills grow, we'll teach them how to read patterns, cut fabric appropriately, and more. When registering, please note if your child has had previous sewing experience. No prior experience is required, but it’s helpful to know. You may use our sewing machines or bring your own. The cost is $150 and the Directors are Cathy McMullan and Phyllis Hartman. Call the Holly Theater for more information at 706-530-5162.

Holly Theater Summer Camps Start in June

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.

Ages: 12 - 18

• Senior Performance Camp - Once on this Island, Camp Dates: June 4-15

• Senior Tech Camp: Once on This Island: June 4-15

Ages: 6 - 12

• 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

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The Dahlonega Nugget

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

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