Community Calendar - September 26, 2018

Community Events

God and science seminar at UNG Sept. 26-27

Attend a two-night free seminar about God and science on the University of North Georgia campus Sept. 26-27 from 6 to 8 p.m. in the Hoag Auditorium. Availability is limited. Register on for tickets.

ConnectAbility Community Movie Night Sept. 27

ConnectAbility would like to invite the community to a free showing of the movie Wonder at the Holly Theater at 7 p.m. on Thursday, September 27. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Bring your friends.

Team Give Back fundraiser Sept. 29

Team Give Back will be doing another fundraiser for Charlotte Sessions’ diabetic alert dog during the Six Gap Bike Expo on Saturday, September 29 on the Square in Dahlonega from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. They will be raffling off a Yeti cooler, a Pampered Chef indoor/outdoor grill, and $25 gift cards. They will have a booth at the expo and pick winners at 5 p.m. on Saturday. Tickets are $5 for one or $20 for five.

Jazz music concert at UNG

The award-winning David Brothers Trio will perform an evening of jazz music focused on the repertoire of legendary jazz trumpeter Miles Davis on Thursday, October 4, at 7:30 p.m. in the Shott Performance Hall on the Dahlonega Campus.

ConnectAbility trip to Amicalola Falls Oct. 11

Everyone is invited to join ConnectAbility at Amicalola State Park on October 11 from 10:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m., as we explore the park, take photographs and get to know each other.  We will have a bring-your-own picnic lunch to finish up the trip.  Please let us know if you would be interested in helping push some of our friends who use wheelchairs during the visit.

Monster Dash 5k Fun Run Oct. 13

Get ready to run walk, creep or crawl in your favorite Halloween costume Saturday, Oct. 13 in the Monster Dash 5k Fun Run through downtown Dahlonega to help end homelessness. The event benefits North Georgia Interfaith Ministries, which sponsors Jeremiah’s Place. There will be a costume contest for adults, children and even pets following the race, though pets cannot participate in the race; door prizes; and lots of fun. Online registration is available at—$25 adults, $15 children. Race day registration $35 adults, $20 children. Group discounts available. The fun begins at the Visitors Center, 8:30 a.m.


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.

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.

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 Campus.  Background Check, interview and 30 hours of training are required. Volunteer training will be offered on 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. Contact Gale Adams, Volunteer Coordinator at 770-503-7273 or apply online at


Children & Youth

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


Nature and Outdoors

Hike on Bartram Trail at Dicks Creek Falls Sept. 26

Naturalist's stroll on the Bartram Trail at Dicks Creek Falls and lunch on the beach Wednesday, September 26. Hiking on the Bartram Trail alongside the beautiful wild and scenic Chattooga River in Rabun County. Meet at 9 a.m. at Ingles in Clayton (Hwy 441). Free and open to everyone on a first come, first served basis, up to the limit. Call 706-867-0051 for more information.

ForestWatch Fall Retreat October 6 at Vogel

Join us for the annual Georgia ForestWatch Fall Retreat and Membership Meeting at Vogel State Park on Saturday, October 6. Meet our new Executive Director, Dr. Don Davis, and say farewell to Mary Topa. Our main program starts on Saturday at 10:00 a.m. with various talks and discussions.

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 (Oct. 6) at 9 a.m. on Jake Mountain Parking Lot, off Nimblewill Church Rd, Chattahoochee National Forest, Dahlonega. 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. Lunch provided by CTHA with RSVP.Contact Debbie Crowe at



Free English classes at Dahlonega Baptist

Free English classes for adults will start Oct. 3 at 6 p.m. at Dahlonega Baptist Church, 234 Hawkins Street. The classes will meet every Wednesday from 6-8 p.m., with free childcare for students' children. For more information, call 706-348-3204 (English) or 706-973-0828 (Spanish).

Clases de Ingle’s gratis para adultos empezando 3 de Octubre en: Iglesia Bautista de Dahlonega, 234 Hawkins Street. Cada Miércoles 6-8 p.m. (Cuidado de niños gratis). Llama al 706-973-0828

Free teen driving class

R.I.D. Class (reducing injury and death in teenage drivers) is a free teen driving class for ages 14-24. The class addresses driver safety including seatbelt use, distracted driving, dangers of speeding, impairment, and TARDA laws along with parent and teen's responsibilities when learning to drive. The class is held on the last Tuesday of every month, except December, from 6-8 p.m. Parents must attend. Sign up for a class by email, or by phone at 706-429-4517.

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

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.


Free Services

Mental Illness Education Class

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

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.


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 American Red Cross will be holding a blood drive in the downstairs meeting room at the Lumpkin County Library Thursday, September 27, 12-5 p.m. To make an appointment, please visit and enter sponsor keyword: Lumpkin, or call 1-800-Red Cross.

Building Blocks Storytime every Wednesday through October 24, 11 a.m. Ages 2-5. The programs last 45 minutes to an hour and may include songs, fingerplays, and crafts in addition to the stories.

Book Babies fall session begins. Birth–23 months, every Thursday through October 25, 11 a.m. It’s never too early to chew on a good book. This program is designed for babies (along with parent). We’ll be creating building blocks of early literacy through songs, action rhymes, books, and playtime. These are wonderful times for your babies to hear lots of language, and a great opportunity for you to meet new parents.  (Structured activity for 15 minutes with playtime after).

Happy Bookers book discussion group meets the 3rd Thursday of each month (October 18), 1:30 p.m. The group rotates discussing fiction, nonfiction, and award-winning books. New members are welcome.


At The Holly Theater

Always, Patsy Cline—October 5-7 and 12-14

This musical is based on a true story about Cline's friendship with a fan from  Houston named Louise Seger, who befriended the star in a Texas honky-tonk in 1961, and continued correspondence with Cline until her death. The musical play, complete with down home country humor, true emotion and even some audience participation, includes many of Patsy's unforgettable hits such as “Crazy,” “I Fall to Pieces,” “Sweet Dreams” and “Walking After Midnight”…27 songs in all. The Holly production will have a six-piece band including steel guitar, fiddle, guitar, bass, piano and percussion. 

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


Church / Religious Events


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

Singing at Etowah Baptist with Cantrell Family

Etowah Baptist Church in Dahlonega welcomes the Cantrell Family for a singing on Saturday, Sep. 29 at 7 p.m. Please join us.

Singing at Cane Creek Baptist

Cane Creek Baptist Church is having a singing on Sunday, September 30 at 11 a.m. The bluegrass gospel group, Eagle Ridge, and the Terry Head Family will be the special singers. Rev. Andy Caldwell invites all to come.

Bible study at Pleasant Hill Baptist

Pleasant Hill Baptist Church on Camp Wahsega Road in Dahlonega holds Bible study every Wednesday at 7 p.m.  Pastor Terry Head invites everyone.

GMUUC: Creating a Life After the Peace Corps

Georgia Mountains Unitarian Universalist Church, 439 South Park St, Dahlonega, is a welcoming congregation. Worship is held at 10:30 am each Sunday. “Eye of the Storm: Creating a Life After the Peace Corps.” During his service in Peace Corps Philippines, Josh Gentry learned Filipino culture, lived amidst extreme poverty, and survived Typhoon Haiyan. These life events reshaped how he sees himself, the people around him, and the world. These experiences also set him on his way to seminary and UU ministry.

Heritage Revival Corinth Baptist Church Sept. 30

Heritage Revival (Remembering the Past—Carrying on in the Future) is happening at Corinth Baptist Church Sept. 30 through Oct. 5 at p.m. each night. Les Fuller and Terry Head will be holding service, with a prayer service each night at 6:45 p.m. The church is located 1.5 miles north of Turner’s Corner on the left with parking available at the church, with additional parking across from the church sign. A shuttle bus will be provided.

Bible studies at St. Peter Lutheran

St. Peter Lutheran Church announces the start of two new Bible studies and invites the public to participate. Sessions will meet through Nov. 14, from 7 - 8:30 p.m. at the church, located at 1090 Tipton Drive. The new Sunday morning class will focus on "The Abundant Life," as it studies the Gospel according to St. John. Sessions are 9:15 - 10:15 a.m. The instructor for both classes will be the pastor at St. Peter Lutheran Church, the Rev. Dr. Gerhard C. Michael, Jr. More information is available at To register or ask any questions, you may email Pastor Michael, or call the church at 706-864-6001 or 678-313-9310.


Club Meetings

October 18

Happy Bookers Book Discussion group meets on the third Thursday of each month (October 18), 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 (October 18) 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 (October 18) 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 (October 18) 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 (October 18) of each month, 6:30 p.m. at the American Legion Hall.

October 19

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 (October 19) 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 dance on Friday, October 5 with the theme of Octoberfest at the Senior Center in Dahlonega. The Gold Country Square Dancers have been asked to dance for Gold Rush on Saturday, October 20 at 11 a.m. Come enjoy a fun time.

September 27

PHOTO CRITIQUE GROUP meets the fourth Thursday (September 27), 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 (September 27) 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 (September 27) 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 28

Blue Mountain Masonic Lodge #38 F&AM meets at 7:30 p.m. the second and fourth Tuesdays (September 28) of each month, with fellowship and a light meal at 6:30 p.m. 706-864-3838

October 1

The Sons of Confederate Veterans, Concord Rangers Camp #2135 Dawson County, meets on the first Monday of every month (October 1) at 7 p.m. at Veterans Memorial Park Recreation Center in Dawsonville. The public is welcome. 706-344-7392

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 (October 1). 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.

Kiwanis Club of Dahlonega-Lumpkin County meetings are held on the first and third Monday each month (October 1) at noon in the upstairs conference room-UNG Dining Hall at noon. Please serve yourself in cafeteria line prior to meeting.

October 2

Auraria Community Club meets at 6:30 p.m. the first Tuesday of each month (October 2) at the Community Clubhouse on Auraria Road. Join the club for a covered dish dinner. All members and friends are welcome. Cost is $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 (October 2) of each month. 706-429-6665.

TROUT UNLIMITED, GOLD RUSH CHAPTER: Regular meetings are the first Tuesday of the month (October 2) 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

October 3

Lumpkin County Education Foundation will hold a board meeting October 3 at Parks & Rec at 5:30 p.m. For more information visit the site

Gold Rush Quilter’s Guild meets the first Wednesday of each month (October 3) 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 (October 3), 4:30 p.m. Meetings are held in the downstairs conference room at the Administration Building. Veterans Helping Veterans,

October 4

Lumpkin County Family Connection Collaborative holds an open monthly meeting at noon on the first Thursday of each month (October 4) 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 (October 4) in the basement meeting room at the Lumpkin County Library.

October 6

The Weekend Gold Miners club meets the first Saturday of every month (October 6) 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 (October 6) 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 will host a cuise-in on the first Saturday of each month (October 6) 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.

October 8

The Dahlonega-Lumpkin Newcomers club continues to meet the second Monday (October 8) 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 (October 8) 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

October 9

The Dahlonega Knitting Group meets the second Tuesday of the month (October 9), 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 (October 9) 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.

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Dahlonega, GA 30533

Phone: 706-864-3613
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