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Community-Wide Events

The Second City, the training ground for hundreds of famous alumni, including John Belushi, Bill Murray and John Candy, is coming to Dahlonega. The Second City: Laughing Matters will appear at NGCSU in the Shott Auditorium at 8 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 6, featuring some of the best sketches, songs, and improvisations from the comedy theater’s 52-year history.

The Second City is the leading brand in improv-based sketch comedy. With theatres in Chicago and Toronto, Training Centers in those cites as well as Hollywood, 11 full time touring ensembles, thriving corporate communications and theatricals divisions as well as television and film operations, The Second City has been called “A Comedy Empire” by the New York Times.

Laughing Matters is a revue that examines society and brings out the humor of everyday life. Anything that graces the screen of a television, the cover of a magazine or the speakers of a radio is fair game to the cast members, who bring lightheartedness to often difficult subjects.

Tickets for The Second City are $20 ($10 with valid North Georgia ID) and can be purchased at NgcsuPerformingArts.org or 706-864-1423. For more information contact Marilyn McKinnon, mamckinnon@northgeorgia.edu, 706-864-1423.

Benefit Cakewalk, Poor Man’s Supper Friday

A benefit for Sue Davis from 6-10 p.m. Friday, Sept. 7, at Lumpkin County Parks YMCA conference room will feature a poor man’s supper, a cakewalk and live music. Cakewalk donations of desserts, DVDs, household items, etc. are appreciated. 706-429-7697

Annual CASB GIGANTIC yard sale Saturday

The Citizens Advisory and Service Board (CASB) will hold its fifth annual gigantic yard sale on Saturday, Sept. 8, in the upper parking lot of Lumpkin County Middle School. Goodies from the group’s 33 members and the sheriff’s department’s employees will be available from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Proceeds benefit the Lumpkin County Sheriff’s Department. Contributions from the community can be picked up and stored until the sale by calling 706-867-9963 or 706-867-8195. Rain date is Sept. 15, same place and time.

LCMS Fundraising CAR wash Saturday

The LCMS softball team will hold a “Wash Away Cancer” car wash Saturday, Sept. 8, from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Community & Southern Bank, 53 Mechanicsville Road.

Democratic Rally for Jody Cooley Sept. 8

The Lumpkin County Democratic Party invites the public to a rally for Jody Cooley, 9th District candidate for Congress, in Hancock Park, Saturday, Sept. 8, from 11 am to 3 pm. There will be entertainment and food, and Cooley will speak on the need for “common sense” government.

Holly Board to hold public meeting Sept. 10

The board of directors of the Holly Theater has announced a Public Information Meeting at the Lumpkin County Parks YMCA (365 Riley Road) at 6:30 p.m. Monday, Sept. 10. The meeting will bring the community up to date on recent board activities and the Holly’s financial position. The process for electing new board members will be discussed and a “call for volunteers” will be issued. The meeting will include an open question and answer period.

Literacy Coalition Spelling Bee Sept. 11

The hilarious Adult Spelling Bee sponsored by Lumpkin Literacy will be held at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 11, at the Historic Holly Theater. At the 8th annual event, teams in outlandish costumes will vie for the coveted Mr. Bee award, all to support literacy projects. Also, there will be door prizes, a raffle, a live auction and an audience bee.

Tickets are available the Visitors Center and at the door—$10/adults, under 12 free. 706-867-9607, www.lumpkinliteracy.org

vote for scarecrows now, stomp Sept. 22

The scarecrows are all over town and it’s time to vote. Pick up a map and a ballot through Sept. 22 at the Visitors Center, Cranberry Corners, Giggle Monkey Toys, Dahlonega General Store, the Gold Museum, Chi Chi, Great Fynds, Ace Hardware, Starbucks, Dunkin Donuts, Wholesome Earth, Gateway Antiques and North GA Haircutters, and vote for your favorite display. The Dahlonega Woman’s Club’s Scarecrow Stomp Contest will culminate with the Scarecrow Stomp from 3-6 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 22, in Hancock Park, when winners will be announced and a scarecrow auction will be held.

Benefit Golf tourney for LC Animal shelter

FRIENDS OF Lumpkin County Shelter ANIMALS, in partnership with the Lumpkin County Animal Shelter, will hold its 1st Annual Happy Tails Golf Tournament Sunday, Sept. 16, at Achasta, with shotgun start at 1 p.m. Proceeds will benefit the Shelter and its services to the pets and people of Lumpkin County. Lots of prizes will be awarded. Entry forms for players and sponsors are available at the Visitors Center on the square and Lumpkin County Animal Shelter,1363 Red Oak Flats Rd., Dahlonega, GA 30533. Eddy Harris,706-867-7297

CHP holds contest for new logo design

Community Helping Place is holding a contest for a redesign of its logo and is inviting all creative graphic designers to enter. Deadline is Sept. 7. The winning designer will be awarded two tickets (a value of $130) to the 12th Annual Gold Party, to be held on Sept. 14 at the Cottrell Ranch ($130 value). Learn more about the organization at www.communityhelpingplace.org and visit them on Facebook for contest details.

Monthly Habitat surplus sale Sept. 14-16

Habitat for Humanity holds a surplus sale of home construction and remodeling supplies (including tools and decorating items) on the second weekend of each month. The items are available Friday and Saturday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., and Sunday, 12-4 p.m. at 16 Westbrook Dr. (next to Chestatee Animal Hospital on Hwy 52 East). All proceeds benefit Habitat.

Rides, Races, Festivals

Fools Gold MTB Races Sept. 8 at Montaluce

Fools Gold 50 and 100 mile MTB Races will be held Saturday, Sept. 8, at Montaluce Winery. Fool’s Gold 100 is part of the National Ultra Endurance Series and all governing rules of the NUE apply to the Fool’s Gold 100. Registration closes August 31. Details at http://www.55nine.com. Register at Athlete360.com.

5K/10K/fun run benefits ConnectAbility

A 5K/10K race to benefit ConnectAbility will be held Saturday, Sept. 15. The run will be through the historic town square and alongside Lake Zwerner and is open to runners, walkers, wheel chair runners and those pushing people in wheel chairs. Registration begins in Hancock Park at 7 a.m. where entrants will also have the chance to meet Dan Berg, a professional “joggler,” who runs and juggles at the same time, and two very special runners, Cayden and Conner Long, a six-year-old cerebral palsy victim and his nine-year-old brother who pushes Cayden in a specially designed stroller in races. ConnectAbility, Inc. provides respite programs, parents support groups and more to adults and children with special needs. It is also the delegation for Special Olympics for Lumpkin and Dawson counties. Pre-register for the race at www.garunner.org for $23 ($28 on race day) for the 5K, $33 ($38 on race day) for the 10K and $5 for the Fun Run. Everyone is a winner in this race and wiil receive an engraved finishers medal. There will also be special awards for age bracket winners, and the overall winner will receive a handmade pottery “Winner’s Cups” made especially for this race by Brad Walker Pottery.

registration open for youth homes ride

Lumpkin County Sheriff Office is now registering bikers to join in the Annual Ride to Benefit the Georgia Sheriff’s Youth Homes to be held Saturday, Oct. 13. Cost to join the event is $25 per bike and $10 per passenger. Riders will leave from Frazier’s Harley Davidson in Buford and end at Rider’s Hill in Dahlonega. Money raised from the event goes to support the five campuses across the state where at-risk youth are provided a structured, loving environment, educational support, recreational opportunities and training in life skills. To receive a T-shirt, registration must be received by Sept. 24. Registration forms can be downloaded at http://www.lumpkincounty.gov/dept/sheriff under downloads and mailed to Lumpkin County Sheriff’s Office c/o Brigette Barker, 10th Annual Ride, 385 East Main Street, Dahlonega. Make checks payable to Georgia Sheriffs’ Youth Homes. Georgia Sheriffs’ Youth Homes is a 501©3 organization. For more information, contact Barker, LCSO, 706-482-2629.

Children & Young Adults

4-H for homeschoolers starts Sept. 5

Lumpkin County 4-H will have a homeschool club meeting on Wednesday, Sept. 5, at 1 p.m. at the Extension Office. Anyone in 5th through 8th grades is welcome to attend. 706-864-2275

Pick & Bow registration underway

Georgia Pick & Bow Traditional Music School is in the process of finalizing registration. Additional students may be accepted on a space-available basis. The program provides instruction in traditional Appalachian instruments to students in grades 4-12 after school on Tuesdays at Blackburn, Wednesdays at Long Branch, and Thursdays at the LCMS 6th grade center, which also serves students from Lumpkin County Elementary and LCHS. Cost of instruction is $100 for a 10-week semester, and scholarships/reduced tuition rates are available for students who qualify. Ann Whitley, 404-790-9211 or annwhitley@mac.com, www.georgiapickandbow.org.

Dance classes at Ballet Barre

New Classes for 2012-2013 Season at The Ballet Barre: Clogging and Baton. Still enrolling for Hiphop, Ballet, Tap, Jazz and Contemporary. 706-867-1905, www.bbarre.com 10/24

YMCA After-School Program

Lumpkin County Parks YMCA After School Program serves children from Lumpkin elementary and middle schools from 2:45 to 6 p.m. on school days at each county 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 YMCA Community Center or contact Stephen Disanto, 706-864-3622. tfn

At the Library

Lumpkin County Library, 706-864-3668

www.chestateelibrary.org

HOURS: M-W 11:30-5:30, TH 12:30-7, FRI-SAT 10:30-3:30

Facebook. “Become a Fan” on the library’s Web site

eBooks: Downloadable at the library’s Web site.

Free Online Classes: Register with your library card at www.chestateelibrary.org

Teen Bingo, Wednesday, Sept. 5, 3:30-4:30: Grab a Bingo card, a handful of candy, and play for cool prizes! Tell us about a book you’re reading and get two Bingo cards! Free fun, food and prizes—bring a friend! This is a new monthly program. Grades 6-12.

Reading to Dogs, Saturday, Sept. 8, 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.: Kids will have fun, boost self-confidence, and improve reading comprehension by reading to a therapy dog and his trainer. Please make a 15-minute appointment.

Children’s Program: Movers & Shakers, 2 p.m. Wednesdays beginning Sept. 12, is intended for children ages 2 to 5. The programs last 45 minutes to an hour and may include songs, finger play and crafts in addition to stories.

Community Support Projects

Donations requested for 9-11 Day of Honor

The Dahlonega Networking Group, affiliated with the Dahlonega/Lumpkin County Chamber of Commerce, is sponsoring a 9-11 Day of Honor to honor local law enforcement personnel, firemen, soldiers, EMS and EMT personnel, and other public safety persons who live in Lumpkin County. On Sept. 11 the organization will be providing a dinner at the Yahoola Creek Park Pavilion for the public servants. A donation of $10 will treat a uniformed service member and family to up to five tickets. A donation of $100 qualifies the donor as a Founding Gold Sponsor; a $750+ donation earns the status of Founding Platinum Sponsor. For information or to donate, contact Davis L. Palmour, D.D., The Palmour Group, LLC, davispalmour@yahoo.com, 706-455-8421

Education/Classes

Dave Ramsey financial workshop Sept. 18

A Financial Peace University workshop, to be held weekly for 9 weeks, will begin Tuesday, Sept. 18, at 10 a.m. at the Dahlonega United Methodist Church. The video curriculum—taught by financial expert Dave Ramsey—incorporates small-group discussions to encourage accountability and discipleship. The course provides families and individuals with practical tools to gain control of their finances and set themselves up for long-term financial success. Suzanne Crossan, 706-864-2521 for information/registration.

Stewards of Children Training Sept. 14

This child sexual abuse prevention training program is offered on the 2nd Friday of each month at the Dahlonega Presbyterian Church. September’s session will be held from 5:30-8 p.m. Sept. 14. Deadline for registration is Sept. 7. $10/person includes a meal and child care. Contact Brenda Cronan, Family Connection Director, at 706-867-7047 or bcronan@lumpkin.k12.ga.us for information or to reserve a spot.

FRee GED practice, Free math prep Sept. 10-12

Lanier Technical College is offering free GED practice tests in Dahlonega to anyone interested in any or all of the five subject areas of math, reading, social studies, science and language. The tests will be available Monday through Wednesday, Sept. 10-12. In addition, a free Math Boot Camp, with a practice test at 9 a.m. and a review of questions missed at 1 p.m. will be held all three days. Register prior to Sept. 10 by calling the Adult Learning Center, 706-867-2862. (9/5)

GED program at adult learning center

The Adult Learning Center’s new hours of operation are 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, and closed Thursday and Friday. Orientation and pre-testing will be conducted on Wednesdays beginning at 9 a.m. and ending at approximately 3 p.m. We help you prepare for your GED, and there is no charge until the final GED tests. Partial scholarships are available for those who qualify. Register at 706-867-2862.

Mountain Education Charter High School

MEC is a SACS accredited, non-traditional, self-paced, mastery learning evening high school serving students ranging in age between 15-21 who have left traditional day school and would like to obtain their Georgia High School Diploma. MEC has eight sites in the North Georgia area, with one in Lumpkin. 706-219-4664, www.mymec.org

NORTH GEORGIA CONTINUING EDUCATION

For information on these classes, contact the NGCSU Department of Continuing Education at (706) 864-1918, email conted@northgeorgia.edu or register at www.northgeorgia.edu/ce.

Digital Black & White Photography Techniques and History: Explore the photographic time line focusing on black and white photographs. Learn techniques of documentary photography and how to convert photos into black and white images. Four Wednesdays, Sept. 5-26, 6-8:30 p.m., $129. Peggy Cozart

Pottery — Beginning Hand Building & Throwing: Learn basic techniques in this hands-on beginner pottery class. Six Mondays/Wednesdays, Sept. 5-Oct. 10, 6-8 p.m. $149. Kyle Jones

Scuba Diving – Open Water: Begin training for your scuba diving certification. Classes meet in classroom and pool; see website for complete info. northgeorgia.edu/ce Eight Thurdsays, Sept. 6-Oct. 25, 6:45 p.m.-10 p.m.

Clean Green—How to Make Safe Household Cleaners: Learn about the impact of chemical cleaners on the environment while creating a resource list of healthy alternatives. Saturday, Sept. 8, 10-11:30 a.m. $39 plus $10 supply fee. Jan Kelley

Easy Lake Kayak: Learn the basics of kayaking on a smooth lake. All kayaking equipment will be provided. Saturday, Sept. 8, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. $69. Patrick Hall

Karate – Beginner: Learn the basic stances, blocks, and straight middle punches as we cover the basic physical exercises for agility. This course teaches Tae Kwon Do and Hapkido techniques. Ages 6-adult. 10 Tuesdays, Sept. 11-Nov. 13, 6-7 p.m. $59. Danny Jarrard

Karate – Advanced: For those who have attained the rank of Green Belt. Ages 6 to adult. 10 Tuesdays, Sept. 11-Nov. 13, 6:45-7:45 p.m. $59. Danny Jarrard

Disaster/Doomsday Preparedness: Natural and man-made disasters can strike at any time and leave you alone and without help. Prepare now to be self-sustaining for at least 72 hours. Tuesday/Thursday, Sept. 11 and 13, 7-9 p.m. $59. Rita Woods

Gold Panning—There’s Gold in Them Thar Hills: Learn about the history of the Dahlonega gold belt, as well as various types of gold mining and panning techniques and where to look locally for gold. Saturday, Sept. 15, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. $59. Bill Findley

Beginner River Kayak: Enjoy a beautiful 7-mile float down the Chestatee River with some easy Class I rapids. Saturday, Sept. 22 ,10 a.m.-2p.m. $69. Patrick Hall

Shibori—Silk Scarf Dyeing: Create five beautiful, wearable silk scarves using five different types of silk. Saturday, Sept. 22, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. $89 plus $35 supply fee. Jo-Marie Karst

Appalachian Basket Weaving: Weave an Appalachian egg basket from kudzu vines. All levels welcome. Saturday, Sept. 22, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. $69 plus $20 materials. Regina Hines

Basic Beading: Learn about beads, findings, jewelry making materials and design concepts and create your own custom jewelry. Tuesday, Sept. 25, 6-9 p.m. $49. Pat Martin

Online PLU-Approved Courses for Teachers: North Georgia Continuing Education offers a multitude of online courses approved for two PLU credits by the Department of Education. Courses include: Creating the Inclusive Classroom, Leadership, Survival Kit for New Teachers and more. Full list at northgeorgia.edu/ce.

Online Learning with Ed2go: NGCSU’s Continuing Education Department offers instructor-led, on-line classes which run for six weeks, and are never cancelled. Go to www.ed2go.com/ngcsu for a listing of classes.

Pets

Holistic Pet Care at Dahlonega Healing Arts

Dr. Carol Falck, a holistic veterinarian, will present a program from 9-11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 15, at Dahlonega Healing Arts on her approach to pet wellness. She will discuss some dramatic cases and will answer pet health questions. She is also a licensed acupuncturist for animals. Please register. 81 Crown Mountain Place, Building E, Suite 100, 706-867-7026

Music/Drama/Film & More

Jamming on the Square every Saturday

Acoustic musicians gather on the lawn of the Dahlonega Gold Museum from 2-5 p.m. every Saturday through Oct. 13 for the jam that welcomes pickers and listeners. Produced by Dahlonega Downtown Development Authority and Better Hometown Program. Facebook group: Dahlonega Appalachian Jam, 706-864-3513

events at NGCSU

The Second City, Sept. 6: See article this page.

Pickin’ Porch Old Time Jam: An old-time music jam is held from 12:30-2 p.m. every Thursday at NGCSU’s Vickery House. Musicians of all levels are welcome to bring fiddles, banjos and more for a friendly exploration of the traditional music of Appalachia. Others are invited to listen. Jon Mehlferber, 706-867-2832, jpmehlferber@northgeorgia.edu

First Friday Concert Sept. 7

See story this page.

Circus Sept. 11 at American Legion

The Lewis & Clark Circus, a one-ring European-style circus, will present two shows, 5 and 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 11, at the American

Legion, 239 Pinetree Lane. The event is a benefit for the American Legion post. Advance tickets can be purchased at a $5 discount at the American Legion ( Monday-Thursday, 4-10 p.m., Saturday, 2 p.m.-midnight and Sunday, 1-8 p.m.) and online at www.lewisandclarkcircus.net. Children age

14 and under can receive free coupons from the American Legion in advance and online. Tickets purchased on the day of the show are $17 each for adults and $5 for children age 14 and younger. Seating is on a first-come basis the day of show.

Dahlonega Mountain Dance Sept. 14

The Dahlonega Mountain Dance will be held at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 14, at the Woodmen of the World Building, above Cranberry Corners. Music will be by Renewable Energy, and Doug Singleton will do the calling. Please wear soft-soled shoes. A suggested donation of $8 will be accepted to benefit the Georgia Pick & Bow Traditional Music School. dahlonegamountaindance.com

Caruso’s, 19B East Main Street, 706-864-4664

www.diningindahlonega.com

Every Sunday, 5 p.m.: Texas Hold ’Em Poker

Every Mon., Tues., Wed., 7:30 p.m.: Texas Hold ’Em Poker

Every Friday, 9 p.m.: Karaoke & Dance Night

Every Saturday, 9 p.m.: Karaoke, Dance and Contest night

The Corkscrew Café, 51 Main Street West, 706-867-8551; www.thecorkscrewcafe.com

Wednesdays, 5 p.m. till close: Corkscrew University. Jamming and singing with Lara Polangco on the back deck. Special pricing for NGCSU students.

The Crimson Moon Café, 24 North Park Street, 706-864-3982, www.thecrimsonmoon.com for advance reservations online. Call for day of event reservations.

Wednesdays, 7:30-9:30 p.m. Tom & Juli Hundreds of cover songs from the 60s, 70s, 80s and 90s while you dine. Free.

Thursday, Sept. 6, 6-9 p.m.+: Keith Yates & Friends, Boogie Blues and Beyond. $3 Keith and friends have over 175 years of performing experience added up, considering they have played 35+ years each.

Saturday, September 8th, 8-10 p.m.+: Emily White with The Truett Lollis Band. $10 or $15 with CD. Growing up in a home of musi-

cians, Emily was constantly immersed in music for as long as she can remember. Her mother first introduced her to performing on stage at the early age of 9, where she sang in front of a crowd of close to 5,000. At just 17, her music is both sweet and melancholy, but still filled with the hope of youth. She has performed across the southeast at local state parks, city celebrations, restaurants, coffee shops,

and even performed at Tootsie’s Orchid Lounge in Nashville. http://www.emilywhitemusic.com

Sunday, 2-5 p.m. Old-Time Music Jam. Bring your instruments and/or voices and join in on/around the stage, or have a seat and just listen as a 90-0s-year-old “pickin’ and grinnin” tradition continues. Free.

Sunday, Sept. 9, 7:30-9:30 p.m.+: Mark Garrison’s “Tribute to the Singer-Songwriter.” $10. Mark Garrison from Bluebilly Grit will take off his banjo, put on a guitar, and take a journey back to his singer-songwriter roots. Listen to the stories behind some of your favorite songs, as well as Marks’ own stories

as he reflects on his days in Nashville.

Johnny B’s Beef & Brew, 438 West Main Street, 706-864-2400

Thursdays: College Night

Fridays: Live entertainment

Tuesdays: Country Western Music night

Friday, Sept. 7: Bobby Compton

The Oar House, 3072 Highway 52, 706-864-9938, www.theoarhouse.com

Live entertainment Friday and Saturday 6-9 p.m.

Poppy’s Pool Hall,132 Legion Road, 706-864-0774, www. nga.apaleagues.com

Every Saturday night: 7:30 p.m. Tournament

Every Wednesday: 7 p.m. APA (American Poolplayers Association) 8-Ball pool league play

Shenanigan’s Irish Pub, 87 North Chestatee Street, 706-482-0114. All ages welcome, no cover.

Wednesdays, 8:30-11:30: Wingin & Singin: 50¢ chicken wings and karaoke

Thursdays, 8-10 p.m.: Team Trivia. Prizes and giveaways.

Friday, Sept. 7, 8:30-11:30 p.m.: Kurt Thomas (Cash bar in the courtyard, weather permitting) Kurt grew up enjoying the close-knit country life in Dahlonega, and the small-town way of life is a frequent theme in many of the songs he writes. He has recorded four CD’s with Lee Davis at MLD Productions. “Kurt’s songwriting ability is one of the most amazing talents I have seen in my many years in the music business,” said Davis, an opinion supported by Kurt’s 2008 win of Kenny Chesney’s Next Big Star contest making him the opening act for Chesney, Brooks & Dunn, Sammy Hagar, LeAnn Rimes, Gary Alan and Sugarland. Kurt has also opened for Zac Brown Band, Joe Diffie, Little Big Town and Blue County. All ages welcome. No cover charge.

Saturdays, 12-3 p.m.: Tom and Juli on the deck, weather permitting. Listen to an incredible repertoire of cover songs from this popular Dahlonega duo.

Saturday, Sept. 8, 8:30-11:30 p.m.: Erick Jones. Whether performing with the Atlanta based country-rock band American Anodyne, the North Georgia folk group Ugly Cousin, or solo acoustic, Erick Jones’ narrative storytelling draws upon the trials of small-town life in the south, drunken revelry, and searching for redemption in the era of the “new depression.” All ages welcome. No cover charge.

Mondays, 8-10 p.m.: Open Mic Night hosted by Jason Kenney

Tuesdays: Tuesdays with Tim—live music with Tim O’Donovan, 6:30-9:30 p.m.

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WINE TASTING

Dahlonega Tasting Room featuring Habersham Wines, 16 North Park Street · Public Square, (706) 864-8275

Naturally Georgia featuring Tiger Mountain Vineyards, 90 Public Square North: 706-864-0832

Simply Taste Buds, a tasting room for Georgia Wines, 39 South Chestatee Street, 706-482-0004.

Reunions

LCHS class of 1949 Sept. 7

Lumpkin County High School Class of 1949 will hold its 63rd reunion from 1-5 p.m. Friday, Sept. 7, at the Community House on North Park Street. The Class of ‘49 invites everyone to stop by to share memories from the 30s, 40s and 50s and to remember some of the best times of our lives.

Parks & Bryant Sept. 9

The 60th annual Parks & Bryant Family Reunion will be held at 1 p.m. Sunday, September 9, at Yellow Creek Baptist Church in Murrayville. Please bring covered dishes and drinks. Plates, cups and utensils will be provided. Rod Nix, rod@charlesblackconstruction.com;

Beth Smith, 770-363-1305

FREELAND Sept. 15

Family and friends of Jarrett Newton and Emily Eugenia Faulkner Freeland will hold a reunion Saturday, Sept.15, at the Siloam Baptist Church Fellowship Hall, Siloam Church Road, Dahlonega. Lunch will be served at 1 p.m. Please bring a covered dish lunch, family history and photos. Reggie Gable 706-864-3706, Gail Davis 706-864-6299

Turner Sept. 16

All family and friends of the late Wes and Mandy (Amanda Hester) Turner are invited to a reunion at 1 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 16, at the Mt. Pisgah Baptist Church fellowship hall.

LCHS Class of 1987 Sept. 22

The 25th year class reunion of the LCHS class of 1987 (and others who attended with the class) will be held from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 22, at Pine Valley Pavilion on Dawsonville Highway. Info at http://lchs87.com. Bring your own food or make reservations for catered food by Sept. 7. April Howard 706-429-3968, Lyn Cantrell 706-344-8020

Grindle Sept. 23

The Grindle Reunion will be held Sunday, Sept. 23, at 1 p.m. at the home of Donald Grindle, 236 Emory Stephens Road. Patsy Bryan, 706-864-3034

Nature & Outdoors

Smithgall Woods Programs, $5 parking fee or park pass required, 706-878-3087, www.gastateparks.org

Youth Fishing Day, Saturday, Sept. 15, 8 a.m. to noon: Children and a special adult are invited to fish from in Buck Shoals lake, a stocked lake in an unopen state park. 3rd Saturdays through Sept.

Women for the Woods, Sept. 29-30: Two days of classes for women such as Archery, Fly-fishing, Firearms 101, Medicinal Plants, Navigation and much more. $65 includes meals; $5 additional for overnight camping; $60 early bird registration by Sept. 15. Registration required.

Bird walk/program at Amicalola

DVD author Joe LaFleur will lead a guided bird walk along the base of the falls at Amicalola State Park Saturday, Sept. 15, at 9:30 a.m. Meet at the visitors center. At 10:30 a.m. LaFleur will present an audiovisual program in the Discovery Room about common migrant birds. Parking $5. 706-265-1969

Wellness/Fitness

THE DAY OF THE MAYA Workshop Sept. 14

“The Day of Maya, Dec. 21, 2012” will discuss varying theories of changes in humanity according to different historical cultures. The workshop will be held from 7-8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 14, at Dahlonega Healing Arts, 81 Crown Mountain Place, Building E, Suite 100. 706-867-7026

Project Dahlonega Boot Camp

Free co-ed fitness program that motivates and educates individuals in fitness and healthy nutrition. Workout sessions are a balanced mixture of cardio, strength, and agility, and tailored so each fitness level can achieve maximum potential. No one left behind! Come join and change your life! Hancock Park, Monday-Friday 5:15-6:15 a.m.

Zumba classes at YMCA

Dance, sweat, and laugh with Zumba. Classes held Monday, Wednesday and Friday 6:30-7:30 p.m. Sign up at Lumpkin Parks YMCA, 706-864-3622. $5 per class.

Yoga at Dahlonega Spa Resort

Tuesdays at 6 p.m.: Yoga for all levels. A basic Hatha Yoga flow, appropriate for any level with Sandy Osieja. 400 Blueberry Hill off Town Creek Church Road. 706-865-7678

Dahlonega Healing Arts

Yoga by Kathryn Crifasi, 678-770-0400, 6:30 p.m. Wednesdays and 10:30 a.m. Fridays. Chigong/Taichi: Tuesday at 6 p.m. and Thursdays at 6:30 p.m. 81 Crown Mountain Place, Building E, Suite 100, 706-867-7026

Church/Religious Events

Gospel Singing

Freedom MInistries saturday night singing

Saturday night singing: Big Oak Gospel Music at 7 p.m. each Saturday. Featured singers on Sept. 8 are The Goss Family, Glorybound, and Down to Earth. 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 www.gospelgigs.com/

COMMUNITY CHAPEL saturday night singing

Community Chapel in Frogtown will have a singing Saturday, Sept. 8 at 7 p.m. featuring the Chandler Family.

Singing at Christian Hill Sunday night

Christian Hill Baptist Church, Dawsonville, will have its regular 2nd Sunday night singing on Sept. 9 at 6:30 p.m. featuring Morris and Greg Stancil. Pastor Wilbur Riding invites everyone to attend. 770-893-3040

Fall FEstival: Games, yard sale, music Sept. 8

Fortress International Ministries at 145 Torrington Road (just off Highway 9) will hold a Fall Festival from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 8. There will be games, food, music, bounce houses, free face painting, cotton candy, store booths and a huge yard sale. The event will benefit and support the church’s Youth and Children’s Ministry. Music will be provided by the FIM Praise and Worship Team. 706-864-9672, www.FortressInternationalMinistries.org

UnitARIAn Universalist church

Georgia Mountains Unitarian Universalist Church is a welcoming congregation. On Sunday, Sept. 9, Rev. Barry Whittemore will present “The Hunger Games: both Literary and Spiritual.” Worship 11 a.m.; children’s religious education classes 11:30 a.m. following announcements and story time. Child care provided. 706-864-0661, www.gmuuc.org

AWANA at Bethlehem Baptist

Bethlehem Baptist Church will be starting AWANA Wednesday, Sept. 12, beginning at 6:30 p.m. All children ages four through high school are invited to attend. 706-864-2743.

Prayer LIne available

A local prayer line is available 9 a.m.- 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday and a half day Sunday. If no one answers leave request on machine. 706-864-0673, http://gearinministries.tripod.com

Free Food

Free Food at DCOG Monday, Sept. 10

The Mercy Monday program at Dahlonega Church of God makes boxes of non-perishable food available at no cost to those who are going through a difficult time. Distribution is between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. on the first Monday of the month. September distribution date is Sept. 10 due to Labor Day holiday. A box lunch will be provided. 4 Happy Hollow Road, 706-864-3782

more Wellness

Holistic movement classes

Wild Mountain Girl Herbal School on the square announces new holistic movement classes. Classes for grace, balance, gentle stretching, cardio-strength, walking and more. All classes are easy and inexpensive. Cindi Vernon, 706-429-6323

Jazzercise

Adult classes offered now, Jr. Jazzercise and Team Dance coming soon. Jazzercise of Dahlonega, 400 Wal-Mart Way, Suite F. 678-617-0329, www.jazzercise.com; bgagne@windstream.net

YOGA Flow for Personal Fitness

Morning, afternoon and evening one hour classes for all ages and fitness levels promoting improved personal well being while engaging in traditional flowing Yoga postures. $5/class. Paula Bingham 706-864-2851 pyb3644@hotmail.com

natural & holistic living

The Southern Association of Green Enthusiasts is open to anyone who is interested in natural, alternative, green and holistic living. Cindi Vernon, (706)429-6323 or cindiv@windstream.net

Wellness Classes

Learn healthy eating habits, lifestyle choices and exercises by certified nutritionist and wellness coach. 706-429-7956 Wellness-21, on the Public Square. www.wellness-21.com

Farmers Markets

Market at Blackburn Park Wednesdays

The new county-operated Lumpkin County Farmers Market at Blackburn Park in the south end of the county will be open through the growing season from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Wednesdays. The market pavilion is located on Blackburn Road, about 1/4 mile past Blackburn Elementary School.

FARMERS MARKET Saturdays in Dahlonega

The Dahlonega Farmers Market is open 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays in a new location this year. The market features locally grown, seasonal vegetables and fruits as well as jams, honeys, herbs, flowers and plants at West Main and Waters streets (across from the Holly Theater). Farmers interested in participating can obtain a permit ($15/month) at City Hall, 465 Riley Road. Become a Fan of the “Dahlonega Farmers Market” on Facebook. Rebecca Shirley, 706-864-6133

Art Lessons

Art by Rayneri Watercolor Classes

Oscar Rayneri, watercolor instructor, offers classes on Tuesdays from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at his studio.  706-867-8059, orayneri@windstream.net, www.oscarrayneriart.yolasite.com

Drawing for the Fun of It by Jon Dahlstrom

Drawing classes/workshops for age seven and up, portfolio reviews. The Artists Corner in Cranberry Corners on the Square. 706-482-0258, jon@scrapsnscribbles.com

classes at Funky chicken

Beginning woodcarving at the Funky Chicken Art Project. www.funkychickenartproject.com or Christina, 706-864-3938, funkchic@windstream.net

art instruction by Win Crannell

Win Crannell is offering art instruction at his studio/gallery at 734 Calhoun Road. 706-864-6422, wcrannell@windstream.net

Painting lessons by Anita Elder

Learn the fundamentals of oil painting in a fun and relaxing environment with fellow artists. Tuesday and Wednesday mornings, beginner through advanced. Individual help given each student. 706-429-6008, www.artloft.net

more Education

S.A.T. and Study Prep

Essay, English, math, and science with Dr. Norman Leonard nleonard73@gmail.com

International appalachian academy

Classes Wednesday for Japanese Language/Culture and Thursday for World History/Literature. 6:30-8:30 p.m. 390 Tom Bell Odom Road. 706-265-5502, learn@internationalappalachianacademy.com

Buddhist meditation and study group

Gold Hills Buddhist meditation and study group meets weekly in Dahlonega. Carol Trimble, meditation instructor, 706-482-0514

Herbal Apprenticeship

Wild Mountain Girl Herbal School is offering a 10-month Herbal Apprenticeship Program, held one Saturday a month for 10 months covering a complete study of the herbal world. Cindi Vernon, (706) 429-6323, cindiv@windstream.net

program aims to improve reading skills

The Lumpkin County Literacy Coalition and Lanier Technical College are both supporting a new Adult Literacy Program (ALP) initiative to identify and help those who want to improve reading skills. If you have a relative or friend who cannot read at all, or can read some but would like to improve their reading abilities, then encourage them to give ALP a call. The program offers one-on-one tutors, self-pacing and confidentiality. 770-740-9343, 706-429-4517

more Pets

Micro-chipping at animal shelter

Micro-chipping is available to the public at Lumpkin County Animal Shelter for any dog or cat for $20. Tuesday-Saturday, 10:30 a.m. -4:30 p.m. 1363 Red Oak Flats Road, 706-867-7297

volunteer pets needed

The Compassionate Pets Program at Compassionate Hospice of North Georgia is seeking volunteers. Tami, Volunteer Coordinator, 678-943-3585 or 678-717-0969

TLC Donations needed

Dahlonega-Lumpkin County Humane Society, a/k/a “TLC,” is a small no-kill 501(c)3 located at 1735 Red Oak Flats Road, Dahlonega. Their wish list includes pet leashes, flea control, puppy and kitten wet food, toys and scoopable cat litter, as well as cash donations, volunteer dog walkers and foster homes. 706-864-2817

Purchases from online retailers benefit TLC

TLC Humane Society has partnered with Adoptashelter.com to raise money for Lumpkin County’s no-kill shelter. Any item purchased through http://adoptashelter.com/MallPortal/?shelter_id=1487 at over 400 retailers such as Amazon, Walmart, iTunes, Office Depot and others earns money for TLC. All prices, customer service and discounts are exactly the same as going directly to the merchant.

TLC seeks volunteers, trainer assistants

TLC Humane Society is looking for volunteers to help animals, make new friends and have fun. There are many ways to help, from walking dogs to working on construction projects. Volunteers are also needed to assist in training the TLC dogs Saturdays, 10 a.m. at TLC—no experience needed. 706-864-2817, info@tlchs.org or stop by TLC at 1735 Red Oak Flats Road.

Community Support Needs

Free PIck up of Donations by CHP

Community Helping Place is in need of gently used furniture. Free pick up within a 10-mile radius of the store. Ben, 706-867-9621 ext. 106

Pick up for Southern finds

Call Southern Finds (A NOA store) to pick up gently used furniture and/or home decor. Donations receive a tax deductible receipt. 706-867-6167

Pickup by Waypoint

Waypoint Center Thrift Store will pick up yard sale leftovers, furniture, clothing and household items. All donations benefit the organization’s non-profit, faith based addiction recovery program. Call 706-867-0297 for pickup. www.waypointcenter.org

Volunteers

Adult Literacy Tutors: The Adult Literacy Program (ALP) of Lumpkin County is seeking volunteer tutors to work with adults on their reading skills. Training is available. For more information call Vikki Condrey, 706-429-4517.

Meals on Wheels needs volunteer drivers to deliver meals in the Lumpkin County area. If you have the time (only two hours out of your week) and want to help the homebound senior adults in our community, please call Rhonda at 706-864-2358 for more information or come by the senior center for an application. Training will be provided.

Mentoring volunteers are matched with students to serve as a role model, advisor and friend. Lumpkin County Family Connection Mentor Program, Brenda Cronan, bcronan@lumpkin.k12.ga.us, 706-867-7047

Odyssey Hospice Volunteers

Odyssey Hospice needs volunteers in the Dahlonega area to help meet the needs of hospice patients and families, and enable them to live a higher quality of life than they would achieve on their own. Volunteers visit with patients, offer administrative support, make blankets, bake cookies and provide many other services. Gail Manter, Manager of Volunteer Services, 706-549-5736 or 877-637-9432.

Lumpkin County Literacy Coalition has volunteer opportunities in ESL, GED, Adult Literacy, Children’s Literacy, or on fundraising committees. Office, 706-867-9607; Juanita Tipton, 706-867-1835, http://www.lumpkinliteracy.org/

Affinis Hospice is seeking caring, upbeat volunteers to work with hospice patients in and around Lumpkin County. Roxann, 678-333-8507 or rbradford@affinishospice.org

COMMUNITY HELPING PLACE is seeking volunteers for the Food Pantry, Free Clinic and Thrift Store. Flexible scheduling. David Faile, Volunteer Services Director, 706-867-9621

Compassionate Hospice of North Georgia seeks individual volunteers and group organizations are to help people coping with terminal illness and their families. Steven Vanlerberghe, 678-651-1440

CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) needs volunteers to work with abused and neglected children. 706-864-0300, information@enotahcasa.org, www.enotahcasa.org.

THRIFT STORE CUSTOMER SERVICE: NOA (No One Alone), the domestic violence program for Dawson and Lumpkin counties needs volunteers to work at its thrift shop. Fiona Boss, 706-867-6167

Lumpkin Animal Shelter needs volunteers for office work as well as hands-on socialization of animals. 1363 Red Oak Flats Road, 706-867-7297

Dahlonega-Lumpkin County Humane Society, a/k/a “TLC”, needs pet foster homes, volunteers, and donations. Mary Waits, Foster Home Coordinator, 770-823-3908, or to volunteer, contact the shelter at (706)864-2817.

Hospice of NE GA. Medical CENTER needs caring individuals to help serve grieving individuals following the death of their loved one. Training provided. Carol Jewell, 770-533-8888 or 888-572-3900, www.nghs.com

DAHLONEGA Gold Museum needs volunteers to help staff the museum four to eight hours each month. Training provided. Call or drop by, 706-864-2257

Senior Services/Activities

lumpkin County Senior Center

266 Mechanicsville Road, 706-864-2358,

lcseniorcenter@windstream.net

SENIOR Co-ed SOFTBALL: Monday, Tuesday and Thursday mornings at 9 a.m. Co-ed, age 50+. 678-343-8069.

Rubber Bandits: Strength training program Tuesdays and Fridays from 8:30 a.m. to 9:15 a.m. $10 per person/month.

Silver Singers: This group of community singers is open to seniors 55+ to sing and have fun. Tuesdays.

Artists Open Studio: Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 10 a.m. to noon at the Senior Center Art Studio.

Wellness programS for 55+: Healthways Silver Sneakers, designed for 55+ adults, Monday, Tuesday and Friday at 9:30 a.m. Cardio Fit at 1 p.m. Thursdays.

YOGA FLOW for PERSONAL Fitness: One-hour classes promoting strength, flexibility, endurance, balance, breath control and stress relief. All fitness levels. $5/class Tues/Th @ 4:15 Paula Bingham, 706-864-2851, pyb3644@hotmail.com

Nutrition Program for 60+: Socalize, exercise, play games and enjoy crafts, pool, and more. Have a nutritious hot meal.

Support Services

Overcomers Outreach at Bethlehem Baptist

Bethlehem Baptist Church is offering an “Overcomers Outreach” Biblically based 12-step meeting—a program that addresses everyday problems and afflictions such as addiction, divorce, depression, compulsive behaviors, etc.—on Tuesday nights at 6:30 p.m. in the fellowship hall. 706-864-2743

Support for victims of family violence

The NOA Network Support Group meets weekly in Dawsonville and Dahlonega to provide emotional support to victims of family violence and their children. Topics are led by a licensed counselor and include: Building Self-Esteem, Managing Emotions, Healthy Relationships, etc. Childcare and snacks are provided. The Dawson group meets in Dawsonville on Wednesdays from 6:30-7:45 p.m. The Lumpkin group meets in Dahlonega on Mondays from 6:30-7:30 p.m. Please call NOA (No One Alone) at 706-867-6420 for more information or to join a group. 24-Hour Crisis Line, 706-864-1986, or live webchat available- www.noonealone.org

Nursing Mothers’ Support

Mom to Mom Breastfeeding Support Group meets monthly at different locations due to weather or site availability. Pregnant and breastfeeding mothers meet in an informal setting for fun, information and friendship. Lynn Hale, WIC Breastfeeding Counselor, 678-630-9596

Reformers Unanimous Addiction Program

RU meets every Friday at 7 p.m. at Wahoo Baptist Church, 9365 Highway 52 East, Murrayville. Helping others break chains of addiction. Childcare provided. Supported by Wahoo, Faith, Canaan, and Harvest Baptist churches. 706-867-9385

Grief support programs at NGMC

Hospice of Northeast Georgia Medical Center (NGMC) offers free grief support groups in area schools, as well as an ongoing support group to parents surviving the loss of their adult child. 770-219-8888, Jennifer Sorrells, Jennifer.Sorrells@nghs.com.

Kinship Care—Grandparents Raising Grandchildren

Kinship Care, a program for grandparents and other relatives raising grandchilden, is a safe place to share experiences. Members learn from each other and find out about programs for which they and the children may be eligible. Meetings are held from 10 a.m. to noon on the second Wednesday of each month at The Lumpkin County Senior Center. Legacy Link, Inc., Area Agency on Aging, 770-538-2650 or 1-800-845-LINK.

CELEBRATE RECOVERY: Biblically-based 12-Step Recovery Meeting.

Dahlonega UMC: Every Saturday. Church service 5:30 p.m. Celebrate Recovery Meeting 6:30 p.m. Dinner provided. Dahlonega United Methodist Church Fellowship Hall, 107 South Park Street

Set Free Church: Every Tuesday and Wednesday night at 7 p.m., 1660 Highway 52 East

Alcoholics Anonymous:

The Gratitude Group: Meeting at noon Mon., Tues, Wed., Fri.; 7:30 p.m. Thursday (Twelve and Twelve); 9 a.m. Saturday; 3 p.m. Sunday. All meetings at Kidz Church of the Dahlonega United Methodist church using the Maple Street entrance opposite the Sun Trust bank ATM. AA Hotline: 706-867-7769

12 Step Meeting: Thursdays, 7:30 p.m., Dahlonega Baptist Church

AA Big Book Meeting: meets at Dahlonega Baptist Church every Tuesday at 7:30 p.m.

Al-Anon:

Saturdays 9-10 a.m. and Tuesdays 6:30-7:30 p.m. at Georgia Mountain Unitarian-Universalist Church, 439 South Park Street. 770-833-2034

Lumpkin County Caregivers

A support group for caregivers of those suffering from Alzheimer’s disease and related dementia meets at 12:30 p.m. the first Monday of the month at Dahlonega Baptist Church. 706-867-6569

NARCOTICS ANONYMOUS

Narcotics Anonymous meets twice a week, 8 p.m. Mondays and 7 p.m. Fridays, at Georgia Mountain Unitarian-Universalist Church on South Park Street. 706-216-5023

Recycling

PLASTIC/PAPER/ALUMINUM:

• # 1 & 2 plastic bottles (discard lids)

• Corrugated cardboard (clean and dry)

• Office paper and junk mail, magazines etc. No paperboard (such as cereal boxes), brown fiber paper (such as brown paper bags) or paper towel or toilet tissue cores.

• Aluminum and tin cans. (please rinse out)

Locations:

• Lumpkin County Recycle Center, 1642 Red Oak Flats Road, (706-867-7574

• Lumpkin County Landfill, Barlow Road. 706-864-6338

• Bins at Radar Ridge, Morrison Moore across from the college dorms

• Bins on Highway 19 North across from Ace Hardware.

CITY PICK UP AT RESIDENCES

The City accepts the same things except for cans. They do not have to be separated.

CFL BULBS: Home Depot

BATTERIES

• Radio Shack/Dahlonega Pharmacy: household rechargeable batteries

• Home Depot

Cell PHones

Dahlonega Funeral Home collects old cell phones for “Cell Phones for Soldiers,” an effort to support military members returning from active duty. 706-864-DOVE

PLASTIC GROCERY BAGS:

• J&J Foods

• Walmart

STYROFOAM: Publix accepts egg cartons and meat trays.

Electronic Recyclables, MIcrowaves, etc.

• Waypoint Thrift Store, Highway 60 East of 400, 706-867-0297

More Children & Youth

preschool Programs now enrolling:

Sonshine Weekday Preschool of Dahlonega Baptist Church is enrolling students for the school year. The preschool is an early education program in a Christian environment for one year olds through four/five year old Pre-K. Classes follow the Lumpkin County calendar. For registration and enrollment forms, samples of curriculum and parents’ handbook visit www.dbch.org or contact Stacy Mizer, 706-864-3676, or stacy@dbch.org. (9/19)

Dahlonega United Methodist Church MMO/Preschool. Dahlonega United Methodist Church MMO/Preschool enroling for school year 2012-2013. Ages Toddlers-Pre-K class. Angie Mayo, 706-864-8521, www.dahlonegaumc.org/mmo-preschool

Lumpkin County Head Start/Pre-K. Children will need to be age 3 or 4 by Sept. 1. The program welcomes children with disabilities and does not discriminate. 706-864-3456

SCOUTING:

Boy Scout Troop 36 is chartered by the Mountain Ranger Association and meets Monday nights at 6:30 p.m. at their scout hut located at Camp Frank Merrill 5th RTB. Troop 36 participates in a 50-mile hiking/canoe trip every summer, as well as camping, kayaking, backpacking, rock climbing and caving year round. Don McElliott, 706-864-0278, www.dahlonega36.mytroop.us

Boy Scouts of America Troop 303 (ages 13-17) meets each Monday (when school is in session) from 6– 7:30 p.m. in the basement of the Community House, at the corner on North Park and Hawkins streets. The active troop schedules monthly outings and regular merit badge classes. Scoutmaster Scotty Erwin, 706-969-8117; Committee Chairman Beecher DuVall, wbdgnld@windstream.net

Cub scout pack 36 meets Mondays from 6:30-7:30 p.m. at the Lumpkin County Parks YMCA arts and crafts room. Monthly themed pack meetings, outdoor activities plus community service projects. 770-503-6221, 706-867-6711, www.littlemen.webs.com

Venturing group: Venture Crew #79 meets Wednesday nights at 6:30 p.m. in the art room at YMCA Parks & Rec. Venturing is a youth led program for boys and girls ages 13-20 and involves high adventure activities such as kayaking, white water rafting and rock climbing as well as social activities and community projects. Augustus Brightwell, 706-864-9487 abrightwell@hotmail.com 

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Community-Wide Events

The Second City, the training ground for hundreds of famous alumni, including John Belushi, Bill Murray and John Candy, is coming to Dahlonega. The Second City: Laughing Matters will appear at NGCSU in the Shott Auditorium at 8 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 6, featuring some of the best sketches, songs, and improvisations from the comedy theater’s 52-year history.

The Second City is the leading brand in improv-based sketch comedy. With theatres in Chicago and Toronto, Training Centers in those cites as well as Hollywood, 11 full time touring ensembles, thriving corporate communications and theatricals divisions as well as television and film operations, The Second City has been called “A Comedy Empire” by the New York Times.

Laughing Matters is a revue that examines society and brings out the humor of everyday life. Anything that graces the screen of a television, the cover of a magazine or the speakers of a radio is fair game to the cast members, who bring lightheartedness to often difficult subjects.

Tickets for The Second City are $20 ($10 with valid North Georgia ID) and can be purchased at NgcsuPerformingArts.org or 706-864-1423. For more information contact Marilyn McKinnon, mamckinnon@northgeorgia.edu, 706-864-1423.

Benefit Cakewalk, Poor Man’s Supper Friday

A benefit for Sue Davis from 6-10 p.m. Friday, Sept. 7, at Lumpkin County Parks YMCA conference room will feature a poor man’s supper, a cakewalk and live music. Cakewalk donations of desserts, DVDs, household items, etc. are appreciated. 706-429-7697

Annual CASB GIGANTIC yard sale Saturday

The Citizens Advisory and Service Board (CASB) will hold its fifth annual gigantic yard sale on Saturday, Sept. 8, in the upper parking lot of Lumpkin County Middle School. Goodies from the group’s 33 members and the sheriff’s department’s employees will be available from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Proceeds benefit the Lumpkin County Sheriff’s Department. Contributions from the community can be picked up and stored until the sale by calling 706-867-9963 or 706-867-8195. Rain date is Sept. 15, same place and time.

LCMS Fundraising CAR wash Saturday

The LCMS softball team will hold a “Wash Away Cancer” car wash Saturday, Sept. 8, from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Community & Southern Bank, 53 Mechanicsville Road.

Democratic Rally for Jody Cooley Sept. 8

The Lumpkin County Democratic Party invites the public to a rally for Jody Cooley, 9th District candidate for Congress, in Hancock Park, Saturday, Sept. 8, from 11 am to 3 pm. There will be entertainment and food, and Cooley will speak on the need for “common sense” government.

Holly Board to hold public meeting Sept. 10

The board of directors of the Holly Theater has announced a Public Information Meeting at the Lumpkin County Parks YMCA (365 Riley Road) at 6:30 p.m. Monday, Sept. 10. The meeting will bring the community up to date on recent board activities and the Holly’s financial position. The process for electing new board members will be discussed and a “call for volunteers” will be issued. The meeting will include an open question and answer period.

Literacy Coalition Spelling Bee Sept. 11

The hilarious Adult Spelling Bee sponsored by Lumpkin Literacy will be held at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 11, at the Historic Holly Theater. At the 8th annual event, teams in outlandish costumes will vie for the coveted Mr. Bee award, all to support literacy projects. Also, there will be door prizes, a raffle, a live auction and an audience bee.

Tickets are available the Visitors Center and at the door—$10/adults, under 12 free. 706-867-9607, www.lumpkinliteracy.org

vote for scarecrows now, stomp Sept. 22

The scarecrows are all over town and it’s time to vote. Pick up a map and a ballot through Sept. 22 at the Visitors Center, Cranberry Corners, Giggle Monkey Toys, Dahlonega General Store, the Gold Museum, Chi Chi, Great Fynds, Ace Hardware, Starbucks, Dunkin Donuts, Wholesome Earth, Gateway Antiques and North GA Haircutters, and vote for your favorite display. The Dahlonega Woman’s Club’s Scarecrow Stomp Contest will culminate with the Scarecrow Stomp from 3-6 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 22, in Hancock Park, when winners will be announced and a scarecrow auction will be held.

Benefit Golf tourney for LC Animal shelter

FRIENDS OF Lumpkin County Shelter ANIMALS, in partnership with the Lumpkin County Animal Shelter, will hold its 1st Annual Happy Tails Golf Tournament Sunday, Sept. 16, at Achasta, with shotgun start at 1 p.m. Proceeds will benefit the Shelter and its services to the pets and people of Lumpkin County. Lots of prizes will be awarded. Entry forms for players and sponsors are available at the Visitors Center on the square and Lumpkin County Animal Shelter,1363 Red Oak Flats Rd., Dahlonega, GA 30533. Eddy Harris,706-867-7297

CHP holds contest for new logo design

Community Helping Place is holding a contest for a redesign of its logo and is inviting all creative graphic designers to enter. Deadline is Sept. 7. The winning designer will be awarded two tickets (a value of $130) to the 12th Annual Gold Party, to be held on Sept. 14 at the Cottrell Ranch ($130 value). Learn more about the organization at www.communityhelpingplace.org and visit them on Facebook for contest details.

Monthly Habitat surplus sale Sept. 14-16

Habitat for Humanity holds a surplus sale of home construction and remodeling supplies (including tools and decorating items) on the second weekend of each month. The items are available Friday and Saturday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., and Sunday, 12-4 p.m. at 16 Westbrook Dr. (next to Chestatee Animal Hospital on Hwy 52 East). All proceeds benefit Habitat.

Rides, Races, Festivals

Fools Gold MTB Races Sept. 8 at Montaluce

Fools Gold 50 and 100 mile MTB Races will be held Saturday, Sept. 8, at Montaluce Winery. Fool’s Gold 100 is part of the National Ultra Endurance Series and all governing rules of the NUE apply to the Fool’s Gold 100. Registration closes August 31. Details at http://www.55nine.com. Register at Athlete360.com.

5K/10K/fun run benefits ConnectAbility

A 5K/10K race to benefit ConnectAbility will be held Saturday, Sept. 15. The run will be through the historic town square and alongside Lake Zwerner and is open to runners, walkers, wheel chair runners and those pushing people in wheel chairs. Registration begins in Hancock Park at 7 a.m. where entrants will also have the chance to meet Dan Berg, a professional “joggler,” who runs and juggles at the same time, and two very special runners, Cayden and Conner Long, a six-year-old cerebral palsy victim and his nine-year-old brother who pushes Cayden in a specially designed stroller in races. ConnectAbility, Inc. provides respite programs, parents support groups and more to adults and children with special needs. It is also the delegation for Special Olympics for Lumpkin and Dawson counties. Pre-register for the race at www.garunner.org for $23 ($28 on race day) for the 5K, $33 ($38 on race day) for the 10K and $5 for the Fun Run. Everyone is a winner in this race and wiil receive an engraved finishers medal. There will also be special awards for age bracket winners, and the overall winner will receive a handmade pottery “Winner’s Cups” made especially for this race by Brad Walker Pottery.

registration open for youth homes ride

Lumpkin County Sheriff Office is now registering bikers to join in the Annual Ride to Benefit the Georgia Sheriff’s Youth Homes to be held Saturday, Oct. 13. Cost to join the event is $25 per bike and $10 per passenger. Riders will leave from Frazier’s Harley Davidson in Buford and end at Rider’s Hill in Dahlonega. Money raised from the event goes to support the five campuses across the state where at-risk youth are provided a structured, loving environment, educational support, recreational opportunities and training in life skills. To receive a T-shirt, registration must be received by Sept. 24. Registration forms can be downloaded at http://www.lumpkincounty.gov/dept/sheriff under downloads and mailed to Lumpkin County Sheriff’s Office c/o Brigette Barker, 10th Annual Ride, 385 East Main Street, Dahlonega. Make checks payable to Georgia Sheriffs’ Youth Homes. Georgia Sheriffs’ Youth Homes is a 501©3 organization. For more information, contact Barker, LCSO, 706-482-2629.

Children & Young Adults

4-H for homeschoolers starts Sept. 5

Lumpkin County 4-H will have a homeschool club meeting on Wednesday, Sept. 5, at 1 p.m. at the Extension Office. Anyone in 5th through 8th grades is welcome to attend. 706-864-2275

Pick & Bow registration underway

Georgia Pick & Bow Traditional Music School is in the process of finalizing registration. Additional students may be accepted on a space-available basis. The program provides instruction in traditional Appalachian instruments to students in grades 4-12 after school on Tuesdays at Blackburn, Wednesdays at Long Branch, and Thursdays at the LCMS 6th grade center, which also serves students from Lumpkin County Elementary and LCHS. Cost of instruction is $100 for a 10-week semester, and scholarships/reduced tuition rates are available for students who qualify. Ann Whitley, 404-790-9211 or annwhitley@mac.com, www.georgiapickandbow.org.

Dance classes at Ballet Barre

New Classes for 2012-2013 Season at The Ballet Barre: Clogging and Baton. Still enrolling for Hiphop, Ballet, Tap, Jazz and Contemporary. 706-867-1905, www.bbarre.com 10/24

YMCA After-School Program

Lumpkin County Parks YMCA After School Program serves children from Lumpkin elementary and middle schools from 2:45 to 6 p.m. on school days at each county 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 YMCA Community Center or contact Stephen Disanto, 706-864-3622. tfn

At the Library

Lumpkin County Library, 706-864-3668

www.chestateelibrary.org

HOURS: M-W 11:30-5:30, TH 12:30-7, FRI-SAT 10:30-3:30

Facebook. “Become a Fan” on the library’s Web site

eBooks: Downloadable at the library’s Web site.

Free Online Classes: Register with your library card at www.chestateelibrary.org

Teen Bingo, Wednesday, Sept. 5, 3:30-4:30: Grab a Bingo card, a handful of candy, and play for cool prizes! Tell us about a book you’re reading and get two Bingo cards! Free fun, food and prizes—bring a friend! This is a new monthly program. Grades 6-12.

Reading to Dogs, Saturday, Sept. 8, 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.: Kids will have fun, boost self-confidence, and improve reading comprehension by reading to a therapy dog and his trainer. Please make a 15-minute appointment.

Children’s Program: Movers & Shakers, 2 p.m. Wednesdays beginning Sept. 12, is intended for children ages 2 to 5. The programs last 45 minutes to an hour and may include songs, finger play and crafts in addition to stories.

Community Support Projects

Donations requested for 9-11 Day of Honor

The Dahlonega Networking Group, affiliated with the Dahlonega/Lumpkin County Chamber of Commerce, is sponsoring a 9-11 Day of Honor to honor local law enforcement personnel, firemen, soldiers, EMS and EMT personnel, and other public safety persons who live in Lumpkin County. On Sept. 11 the organization will be providing a dinner at the Yahoola Creek Park Pavilion for the public servants. A donation of $10 will treat a uniformed service member and family to up to five tickets. A donation of $100 qualifies the donor as a Founding Gold Sponsor; a $750+ donation earns the status of Founding Platinum Sponsor. For information or to donate, contact Davis L. Palmour, D.D., The Palmour Group, LLC, davispalmour@yahoo.com, 706-455-8421

Education/Classes

Dave Ramsey financial workshop Sept. 18

A Financial Peace University workshop, to be held weekly for 9 weeks, will begin Tuesday, Sept. 18, at 10 a.m. at the Dahlonega United Methodist Church. The video curriculum—taught by financial expert Dave Ramsey—incorporates small-group discussions to encourage accountability and discipleship. The course provides families and individuals with practical tools to gain control of their finances and set themselves up for long-term financial success. Suzanne Crossan, 706-864-2521 for information/registration.

Stewards of Children Training Sept. 14

This child sexual abuse prevention training program is offered on the 2nd Friday of each month at the Dahlonega Presbyterian Church. September’s session will be held from 5:30-8 p.m. Sept. 14. Deadline for registration is Sept. 7. $10/person includes a meal and child care. Contact Brenda Cronan, Family Connection Director, at 706-867-7047 or bcronan@lumpkin.k12.ga.us for information or to reserve a spot.

FRee GED practice, Free math prep Sept. 10-12

Lanier Technical College is offering free GED practice tests in Dahlonega to anyone interested in any or all of the five subject areas of math, reading, social studies, science and language. The tests will be available Monday through Wednesday, Sept. 10-12. In addition, a free Math Boot Camp, with a practice test at 9 a.m. and a review of questions missed at 1 p.m. will be held all three days. Register prior to Sept. 10 by calling the Adult Learning Center, 706-867-2862. (9/5)

GED program at adult learning center

The Adult Learning Center’s new hours of operation are 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, and closed Thursday and Friday. Orientation and pre-testing will be conducted on Wednesdays beginning at 9 a.m. and ending at approximately 3 p.m. We help you prepare for your GED, and there is no charge until the final GED tests. Partial scholarships are available for those who qualify. Register at 706-867-2862.

Mountain Education Charter High School

MEC is a SACS accredited, non-traditional, self-paced, mastery learning evening high school serving students ranging in age between 15-21 who have left traditional day school and would like to obtain their Georgia High School Diploma. MEC has eight sites in the North Georgia area, with one in Lumpkin. 706-219-4664, www.mymec.org

NORTH GEORGIA CONTINUING EDUCATION

For information on these classes, contact the NGCSU Department of Continuing Education at (706) 864-1918, email conted@northgeorgia.edu or register at www.northgeorgia.edu/ce.

Digital Black & White Photography Techniques and History: Explore the photographic time line focusing on black and white photographs. Learn techniques of documentary photography and how to convert photos into black and white images. Four Wednesdays, Sept. 5-26, 6-8:30 p.m., $129. Peggy Cozart

Pottery — Beginning Hand Building & Throwing: Learn basic techniques in this hands-on beginner pottery class. Six Mondays/Wednesdays, Sept. 5-Oct. 10, 6-8 p.m. $149. Kyle Jones

Scuba Diving – Open Water: Begin training for your scuba diving certification. Classes meet in classroom and pool; see website for complete info. northgeorgia.edu/ce Eight Thurdsays, Sept. 6-Oct. 25, 6:45 p.m.-10 p.m.

Clean Green—How to Make Safe Household Cleaners: Learn about the impact of chemical cleaners on the environment while creating a resource list of healthy alternatives. Saturday, Sept. 8, 10-11:30 a.m. $39 plus $10 supply fee. Jan Kelley

Easy Lake Kayak: Learn the basics of kayaking on a smooth lake. All kayaking equipment will be provided. Saturday, Sept. 8, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. $69. Patrick Hall

Karate – Beginner: Learn the basic stances, blocks, and straight middle punches as we cover the basic physical exercises for agility. This course teaches Tae Kwon Do and Hapkido techniques. Ages 6-adult. 10 Tuesdays, Sept. 11-Nov. 13, 6-7 p.m. $59. Danny Jarrard

Karate – Advanced: For those who have attained the rank of Green Belt. Ages 6 to adult. 10 Tuesdays, Sept. 11-Nov. 13, 6:45-7:45 p.m. $59. Danny Jarrard

Disaster/Doomsday Preparedness: Natural and man-made disasters can strike at any time and leave you alone and without help. Prepare now to be self-sustaining for at least 72 hours. Tuesday/Thursday, Sept. 11 and 13, 7-9 p.m. $59. Rita Woods

Gold Panning—There’s Gold in Them Thar Hills: Learn about the history of the Dahlonega gold belt, as well as various types of gold mining and panning techniques and where to look locally for gold. Saturday, Sept. 15, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. $59. Bill Findley

Beginner River Kayak: Enjoy a beautiful 7-mile float down the Chestatee River with some easy Class I rapids. Saturday, Sept. 22 ,10 a.m.-2p.m. $69. Patrick Hall

Shibori—Silk Scarf Dyeing: Create five beautiful, wearable silk scarves using five different types of silk. Saturday, Sept. 22, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. $89 plus $35 supply fee. Jo-Marie Karst

Appalachian Basket Weaving: Weave an Appalachian egg basket from kudzu vines. All levels welcome. Saturday, Sept. 22, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. $69 plus $20 materials. Regina Hines

Basic Beading: Learn about beads, findings, jewelry making materials and design concepts and create your own custom jewelry. Tuesday, Sept. 25, 6-9 p.m. $49. Pat Martin

Online PLU-Approved Courses for Teachers: North Georgia Continuing Education offers a multitude of online courses approved for two PLU credits by the Department of Education. Courses include: Creating the Inclusive Classroom, Leadership, Survival Kit for New Teachers and more. Full list at northgeorgia.edu/ce.

Online Learning with Ed2go: NGCSU’s Continuing Education Department offers instructor-led, on-line classes which run for six weeks, and are never cancelled. Go to www.ed2go.com/ngcsu for a listing of classes.

Pets

Holistic Pet Care at Dahlonega Healing Arts

Dr. Carol Falck, a holistic veterinarian, will present a program from 9-11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 15, at Dahlonega Healing Arts on her approach to pet wellness. She will discuss some dramatic cases and will answer pet health questions. She is also a licensed acupuncturist for animals. Please register. 81 Crown Mountain Place, Building E, Suite 100, 706-867-7026

Music/Drama/Film & More

Jamming on the Square every Saturday

Acoustic musicians gather on the lawn of the Dahlonega Gold Museum from 2-5 p.m. every Saturday through Oct. 13 for the jam that welcomes pickers and listeners. Produced by Dahlonega Downtown Development Authority and Better Hometown Program. Facebook group: Dahlonega Appalachian Jam, 706-864-3513

events at NGCSU

The Second City, Sept. 6: See article this page.

Pickin’ Porch Old Time Jam: An old-time music jam is held from 12:30-2 p.m. every Thursday at NGCSU’s Vickery House. Musicians of all levels are welcome to bring fiddles, banjos and more for a friendly exploration of the traditional music of Appalachia. Others are invited to listen. Jon Mehlferber, 706-867-2832, jpmehlferber@northgeorgia.edu

First Friday Concert Sept. 7

See story this page.

Circus Sept. 11 at American Legion

The Lewis & Clark Circus, a one-ring European-style circus, will present two shows, 5 and 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 11, at the American

Legion, 239 Pinetree Lane. The event is a benefit for the American Legion post. Advance tickets can be purchased at a $5 discount at the American Legion ( Monday-Thursday, 4-10 p.m., Saturday, 2 p.m.-midnight and Sunday, 1-8 p.m.) and online at www.lewisandclarkcircus.net. Children age

14 and under can receive free coupons from the American Legion in advance and online. Tickets purchased on the day of the show are $17 each for adults and $5 for children age 14 and younger. Seating is on a first-come basis the day of show.

Dahlonega Mountain Dance Sept. 14

The Dahlonega Mountain Dance will be held at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 14, at the Woodmen of the World Building, above Cranberry Corners. Music will be by Renewable Energy, and Doug Singleton will do the calling. Please wear soft-soled shoes. A suggested donation of $8 will be accepted to benefit the Georgia Pick & Bow Traditional Music School. dahlonegamountaindance.com

Caruso’s, 19B East Main Street, 706-864-4664

www.diningindahlonega.com

Every Sunday, 5 p.m.: Texas Hold ’Em Poker

Every Mon., Tues., Wed., 7:30 p.m.: Texas Hold ’Em Poker

Every Friday, 9 p.m.: Karaoke & Dance Night

Every Saturday, 9 p.m.: Karaoke, Dance and Contest night

The Corkscrew Café, 51 Main Street West, 706-867-8551; www.thecorkscrewcafe.com

Wednesdays, 5 p.m. till close: Corkscrew University. Jamming and singing with Lara Polangco on the back deck. Special pricing for NGCSU students.

The Crimson Moon Café, 24 North Park Street, 706-864-3982, www.thecrimsonmoon.com for advance reservations online. Call for day of event reservations.

Wednesdays, 7:30-9:30 p.m. Tom & Juli Hundreds of cover songs from the 60s, 70s, 80s and 90s while you dine. Free.

Thursday, Sept. 6, 6-9 p.m.+: Keith Yates & Friends, Boogie Blues and Beyond. $3 Keith and friends have over 175 years of performing experience added up, considering they have played 35+ years each.

Saturday, September 8th, 8-10 p.m.+: Emily White with The Truett Lollis Band. $10 or $15 with CD. Growing up in a home of musi-

cians, Emily was constantly immersed in music for as long as she can remember. Her mother first introduced her to performing on stage at the early age of 9, where she sang in front of a crowd of close to 5,000. At just 17, her music is both sweet and melancholy, but still filled with the hope of youth. She has performed across the southeast at local state parks, city celebrations, restaurants, coffee shops,

and even performed at Tootsie’s Orchid Lounge in Nashville. http://www.emilywhitemusic.com

Sunday, 2-5 p.m. Old-Time Music Jam. Bring your instruments and/or voices and join in on/around the stage, or have a seat and just listen as a 90-0s-year-old “pickin’ and grinnin” tradition continues. Free.

Sunday, Sept. 9, 7:30-9:30 p.m.+: Mark Garrison’s “Tribute to the Singer-Songwriter.” $10. Mark Garrison from Bluebilly Grit will take off his banjo, put on a guitar, and take a journey back to his singer-songwriter roots. Listen to the stories behind some of your favorite songs, as well as Marks’ own stories

as he reflects on his days in Nashville.

Johnny B’s Beef & Brew, 438 West Main Street, 706-864-2400

Thursdays: College Night

Fridays: Live entertainment

Tuesdays: Country Western Music night

Friday, Sept. 7: Bobby Compton

The Oar House, 3072 Highway 52, 706-864-9938, www.theoarhouse.com

Live entertainment Friday and Saturday 6-9 p.m.

Poppy’s Pool Hall,132 Legion Road, 706-864-0774, www. nga.apaleagues.com

Every Saturday night: 7:30 p.m. Tournament

Every Wednesday: 7 p.m. APA (American Poolplayers Association) 8-Ball pool league play

Shenanigan’s Irish Pub, 87 North Chestatee Street, 706-482-0114. All ages welcome, no cover.

Wednesdays, 8:30-11:30: Wingin & Singin: 50¢ chicken wings and karaoke

Thursdays, 8-10 p.m.: Team Trivia. Prizes and giveaways.

Friday, Sept. 7, 8:30-11:30 p.m.: Kurt Thomas (Cash bar in the courtyard, weather permitting) Kurt grew up enjoying the close-knit country life in Dahlonega, and the small-town way of life is a frequent theme in many of the songs he writes. He has recorded four CD’s with Lee Davis at MLD Productions. “Kurt’s songwriting ability is one of the most amazing talents I have seen in my many years in the music business,” said Davis, an opinion supported by Kurt’s 2008 win of Kenny Chesney’s Next Big Star contest making him the opening act for Chesney, Brooks & Dunn, Sammy Hagar, LeAnn Rimes, Gary Alan and Sugarland. Kurt has also opened for Zac Brown Band, Joe Diffie, Little Big Town and Blue County. All ages welcome. No cover charge.

Saturdays, 12-3 p.m.: Tom and Juli on the deck, weather permitting. Listen to an incredible repertoire of cover songs from this popular Dahlonega duo.

Saturday, Sept. 8, 8:30-11:30 p.m.: Erick Jones. Whether performing with the Atlanta based country-rock band American Anodyne, the North Georgia folk group Ugly Cousin, or solo acoustic, Erick Jones’ narrative storytelling draws upon the trials of small-town life in the south, drunken revelry, and searching for redemption in the era of the “new depression.” All ages welcome. No cover charge.

Mondays, 8-10 p.m.: Open Mic Night hosted by Jason Kenney

Tuesdays: Tuesdays with Tim—live music with Tim O’Donovan, 6:30-9:30 p.m.

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WINE TASTING

Dahlonega Tasting Room featuring Habersham Wines, 16 North Park Street · Public Square, (706) 864-8275

Naturally Georgia featuring Tiger Mountain Vineyards, 90 Public Square North: 706-864-0832

Simply Taste Buds, a tasting room for Georgia Wines, 39 South Chestatee Street, 706-482-0004.

Reunions

LCHS class of 1949 Sept. 7

Lumpkin County High School Class of 1949 will hold its 63rd reunion from 1-5 p.m. Friday, Sept. 7, at the Community House on North Park Street. The Class of ‘49 invites everyone to stop by to share memories from the 30s, 40s and 50s and to remember some of the best times of our lives.

Parks & Bryant Sept. 9

The 60th annual Parks & Bryant Family Reunion will be held at 1 p.m. Sunday, September 9, at Yellow Creek Baptist Church in Murrayville. Please bring covered dishes and drinks. Plates, cups and utensils will be provided. Rod Nix, rod@charlesblackconstruction.com;

Beth Smith, 770-363-1305

FREELAND Sept. 15

Family and friends of Jarrett Newton and Emily Eugenia Faulkner Freeland will hold a reunion Saturday, Sept.15, at the Siloam Baptist Church Fellowship Hall, Siloam Church Road, Dahlonega. Lunch will be served at 1 p.m. Please bring a covered dish lunch, family history and photos. Reggie Gable 706-864-3706, Gail Davis 706-864-6299

Turner Sept. 16

All family and friends of the late Wes and Mandy (Amanda Hester) Turner are invited to a reunion at 1 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 16, at the Mt. Pisgah Baptist Church fellowship hall.

LCHS Class of 1987 Sept. 22

The 25th year class reunion of the LCHS class of 1987 (and others who attended with the class) will be held from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 22, at Pine Valley Pavilion on Dawsonville Highway. Info at http://lchs87.com. Bring your own food or make reservations for catered food by Sept. 7. April Howard 706-429-3968, Lyn Cantrell 706-344-8020

Grindle Sept. 23

The Grindle Reunion will be held Sunday, Sept. 23, at 1 p.m. at the home of Donald Grindle, 236 Emory Stephens Road. Patsy Bryan, 706-864-3034

Nature & Outdoors

Smithgall Woods Programs, $5 parking fee or park pass required, 706-878-3087, www.gastateparks.org

Youth Fishing Day, Saturday, Sept. 15, 8 a.m. to noon: Children and a special adult are invited to fish from in Buck Shoals lake, a stocked lake in an unopen state park. 3rd Saturdays through Sept.

Women for the Woods, Sept. 29-30: Two days of classes for women such as Archery, Fly-fishing, Firearms 101, Medicinal Plants, Navigation and much more. $65 includes meals; $5 additional for overnight camping; $60 early bird registration by Sept. 15. Registration required.

Bird walk/program at Amicalola

DVD author Joe LaFleur will lead a guided bird walk along the base of the falls at Amicalola State Park Saturday, Sept. 15, at 9:30 a.m. Meet at the visitors center. At 10:30 a.m. LaFleur will present an audiovisual program in the Discovery Room about common migrant birds. Parking $5. 706-265-1969

Wellness/Fitness

THE DAY OF THE MAYA Workshop Sept. 14

“The Day of Maya, Dec. 21, 2012” will discuss varying theories of changes in humanity according to different historical cultures. The workshop will be held from 7-8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 14, at Dahlonega Healing Arts, 81 Crown Mountain Place, Building E, Suite 100. 706-867-7026

Project Dahlonega Boot Camp

Free co-ed fitness program that motivates and educates individuals in fitness and healthy nutrition. Workout sessions are a balanced mixture of cardio, strength, and agility, and tailored so each fitness level can achieve maximum potential. No one left behind! Come join and change your life! Hancock Park, Monday-Friday 5:15-6:15 a.m.

Zumba classes at YMCA

Dance, sweat, and laugh with Zumba. Classes held Monday, Wednesday and Friday 6:30-7:30 p.m. Sign up at Lumpkin Parks YMCA, 706-864-3622. $5 per class.

Yoga at Dahlonega Spa Resort

Tuesdays at 6 p.m.: Yoga for all levels. A basic Hatha Yoga flow, appropriate for any level with Sandy Osieja. 400 Blueberry Hill off Town Creek Church Road. 706-865-7678

Dahlonega Healing Arts

Yoga by Kathryn Crifasi, 678-770-0400, 6:30 p.m. Wednesdays and 10:30 a.m. Fridays. Chigong/Taichi: Tuesday at 6 p.m. and Thursdays at 6:30 p.m. 81 Crown Mountain Place, Building E, Suite 100, 706-867-7026

Church/Religious Events

Gospel Singing

Freedom MInistries saturday night singing

Saturday night singing: Big Oak Gospel Music at 7 p.m. each Saturday. Featured singers on Sept. 8 are The Goss Family, Glorybound, and Down to Earth. 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 www.gospelgigs.com/

COMMUNITY CHAPEL saturday night singing

Community Chapel in Frogtown will have a singing Saturday, Sept. 8 at 7 p.m. featuring the Chandler Family.

Singing at Christian Hill Sunday night

Christian Hill Baptist Church, Dawsonville, will have its regular 2nd Sunday night singing on Sept. 9 at 6:30 p.m. featuring Morris and Greg Stancil. Pastor Wilbur Riding invites everyone to attend. 770-893-3040

Fall FEstival: Games, yard sale, music Sept. 8

Fortress International Ministries at 145 Torrington Road (just off Highway 9) will hold a Fall Festival from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 8. There will be games, food, music, bounce houses, free face painting, cotton candy, store booths and a huge yard sale. The event will benefit and support the church’s Youth and Children’s Ministry. Music will be provided by the FIM Praise and Worship Team. 706-864-9672, www.FortressInternationalMinistries.org

UnitARIAn Universalist church

Georgia Mountains Unitarian Universalist Church is a welcoming congregation. On Sunday, Sept. 9, Rev. Barry Whittemore will present “The Hunger Games: both Literary and Spiritual.” Worship 11 a.m.; children’s religious education classes 11:30 a.m. following announcements and story time. Child care provided. 706-864-0661, www.gmuuc.org

AWANA at Bethlehem Baptist

Bethlehem Baptist Church will be starting AWANA Wednesday, Sept. 12, beginning at 6:30 p.m. All children ages four through high school are invited to attend. 706-864-2743.

Prayer LIne available

A local prayer line is available 9 a.m.- 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday and a half day Sunday. If no one answers leave request on machine. 706-864-0673, http://gearinministries.tripod.com

Free Food

Free Food at DCOG Monday, Sept. 10

The Mercy Monday program at Dahlonega Church of God makes boxes of non-perishable food available at no cost to those who are going through a difficult time. Distribution is between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. on the first Monday of the month. September distribution date is Sept. 10 due to Labor Day holiday. A box lunch will be provided. 4 Happy Hollow Road, 706-864-3782

more Wellness

Holistic movement classes

Wild Mountain Girl Herbal School on the square announces new holistic movement classes. Classes for grace, balance, gentle stretching, cardio-strength, walking and more. All classes are easy and inexpensive. Cindi Vernon, 706-429-6323

Jazzercise

Adult classes offered now, Jr. Jazzercise and Team Dance coming soon. Jazzercise of Dahlonega, 400 Wal-Mart Way, Suite F. 678-617-0329, www.jazzercise.com; bgagne@windstream.net

YOGA Flow for Personal Fitness

Morning, afternoon and evening one hour classes for all ages and fitness levels promoting improved personal well being while engaging in traditional flowing Yoga postures. $5/class. Paula Bingham 706-864-2851 pyb3644@hotmail.com

natural & holistic living

The Southern Association of Green Enthusiasts is open to anyone who is interested in natural, alternative, green and holistic living. Cindi Vernon, (706)429-6323 or cindiv@windstream.net

Wellness Classes

Learn healthy eating habits, lifestyle choices and exercises by certified nutritionist and wellness coach. 706-429-7956 Wellness-21, on the Public Square. www.wellness-21.com

Farmers Markets

Market at Blackburn Park Wednesdays

The new county-operated Lumpkin County Farmers Market at Blackburn Park in the south end of the county will be open through the growing season from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Wednesdays. The market pavilion is located on Blackburn Road, about 1/4 mile past Blackburn Elementary School.

FARMERS MARKET Saturdays in Dahlonega

The Dahlonega Farmers Market is open 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays in a new location this year. The market features locally grown, seasonal vegetables and fruits as well as jams, honeys, herbs, flowers and plants at West Main and Waters streets (across from the Holly Theater). Farmers interested in participating can obtain a permit ($15/month) at City Hall, 465 Riley Road. Become a Fan of the “Dahlonega Farmers Market” on Facebook. Rebecca Shirley, 706-864-6133

Art Lessons

Art by Rayneri Watercolor Classes

Oscar Rayneri, watercolor instructor, offers classes on Tuesdays from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at his studio.  706-867-8059, orayneri@windstream.net, www.oscarrayneriart.yolasite.com

Drawing for the Fun of It by Jon Dahlstrom

Drawing classes/workshops for age seven and up, portfolio reviews. The Artists Corner in Cranberry Corners on the Square. 706-482-0258, jon@scrapsnscribbles.com

classes at Funky chicken

Beginning woodcarving at the Funky Chicken Art Project. www.funkychickenartproject.com or Christina, 706-864-3938, funkchic@windstream.net

art instruction by Win Crannell

Win Crannell is offering art instruction at his studio/gallery at 734 Calhoun Road. 706-864-6422, wcrannell@windstream.net

Painting lessons by Anita Elder

Learn the fundamentals of oil painting in a fun and relaxing environment with fellow artists. Tuesday and Wednesday mornings, beginner through advanced. Individual help given each student. 706-429-6008, www.artloft.net

more Education

S.A.T. and Study Prep

Essay, English, math, and science with Dr. Norman Leonard nleonard73@gmail.com

International appalachian academy

Classes Wednesday for Japanese Language/Culture and Thursday for World History/Literature. 6:30-8:30 p.m. 390 Tom Bell Odom Road. 706-265-5502, learn@internationalappalachianacademy.com

Buddhist meditation and study group

Gold Hills Buddhist meditation and study group meets weekly in Dahlonega. Carol Trimble, meditation instructor, 706-482-0514

Herbal Apprenticeship

Wild Mountain Girl Herbal School is offering a 10-month Herbal Apprenticeship Program, held one Saturday a month for 10 months covering a complete study of the herbal world. Cindi Vernon, (706) 429-6323, cindiv@windstream.net

program aims to improve reading skills

The Lumpkin County Literacy Coalition and Lanier Technical College are both supporting a new Adult Literacy Program (ALP) initiative to identify and help those who want to improve reading skills. If you have a relative or friend who cannot read at all, or can read some but would like to improve their reading abilities, then encourage them to give ALP a call. The program offers one-on-one tutors, self-pacing and confidentiality. 770-740-9343, 706-429-4517

more Pets

Micro-chipping at animal shelter

Micro-chipping is available to the public at Lumpkin County Animal Shelter for any dog or cat for $20. Tuesday-Saturday, 10:30 a.m. -4:30 p.m. 1363 Red Oak Flats Road, 706-867-7297

volunteer pets needed

The Compassionate Pets Program at Compassionate Hospice of North Georgia is seeking volunteers. Tami, Volunteer Coordinator, 678-943-3585 or 678-717-0969

TLC Donations needed

Dahlonega-Lumpkin County Humane Society, a/k/a “TLC,” is a small no-kill 501(c)3 located at 1735 Red Oak Flats Road, Dahlonega. Their wish list includes pet leashes, flea control, puppy and kitten wet food, toys and scoopable cat litter, as well as cash donations, volunteer dog walkers and foster homes. 706-864-2817

Purchases from online retailers benefit TLC

TLC Humane Society has partnered with Adoptashelter.com to raise money for Lumpkin County’s no-kill shelter. Any item purchased through http://adoptashelter.com/MallPortal/?shelter_id=1487 at over 400 retailers such as Amazon, Walmart, iTunes, Office Depot and others earns money for TLC. All prices, customer service and discounts are exactly the same as going directly to the merchant.

TLC seeks volunteers, trainer assistants

TLC Humane Society is looking for volunteers to help animals, make new friends and have fun. There are many ways to help, from walking dogs to working on construction projects. Volunteers are also needed to assist in training the TLC dogs Saturdays, 10 a.m. at TLC—no experience needed. 706-864-2817, info@tlchs.org or stop by TLC at 1735 Red Oak Flats Road.

Community Support Needs

Free PIck up of Donations by CHP

Community Helping Place is in need of gently used furniture. Free pick up within a 10-mile radius of the store. Ben, 706-867-9621 ext. 106

Pick up for Southern finds

Call Southern Finds (A NOA store) to pick up gently used furniture and/or home decor. Donations receive a tax deductible receipt. 706-867-6167

Pickup by Waypoint

Waypoint Center Thrift Store will pick up yard sale leftovers, furniture, clothing and household items. All donations benefit the organization’s non-profit, faith based addiction recovery program. Call 706-867-0297 for pickup. www.waypointcenter.org

Volunteers

Adult Literacy Tutors: The Adult Literacy Program (ALP) of Lumpkin County is seeking volunteer tutors to work with adults on their reading skills. Training is available. For more information call Vikki Condrey, 706-429-4517.

Meals on Wheels needs volunteer drivers to deliver meals in the Lumpkin County area. If you have the time (only two hours out of your week) and want to help the homebound senior adults in our community, please call Rhonda at 706-864-2358 for more information or come by the senior center for an application. Training will be provided.

Mentoring volunteers are matched with students to serve as a role model, advisor and friend. Lumpkin County Family Connection Mentor Program, Brenda Cronan, bcronan@lumpkin.k12.ga.us, 706-867-7047

Odyssey Hospice Volunteers

Odyssey Hospice needs volunteers in the Dahlonega area to help meet the needs of hospice patients and families, and enable them to live a higher quality of life than they would achieve on their own. Volunteers visit with patients, offer administrative support, make blankets, bake cookies and provide many other services. Gail Manter, Manager of Volunteer Services, 706-549-5736 or 877-637-9432.

Lumpkin County Literacy Coalition has volunteer opportunities in ESL, GED, Adult Literacy, Children’s Literacy, or on fundraising committees. Office, 706-867-9607; Juanita Tipton, 706-867-1835, http://www.lumpkinliteracy.org/

Affinis Hospice is seeking caring, upbeat volunteers to work with hospice patients in and around Lumpkin County. Roxann, 678-333-8507 or rbradford@affinishospice.org

COMMUNITY HELPING PLACE is seeking volunteers for the Food Pantry, Free Clinic and Thrift Store. Flexible scheduling. David Faile, Volunteer Services Director, 706-867-9621

Compassionate Hospice of North Georgia seeks individual volunteers and group organizations are to help people coping with terminal illness and their families. Steven Vanlerberghe, 678-651-1440

CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) needs volunteers to work with abused and neglected children. 706-864-0300, information@enotahcasa.org, www.enotahcasa.org.

THRIFT STORE CUSTOMER SERVICE: NOA (No One Alone), the domestic violence program for Dawson and Lumpkin counties needs volunteers to work at its thrift shop. Fiona Boss, 706-867-6167

Lumpkin Animal Shelter needs volunteers for office work as well as hands-on socialization of animals. 1363 Red Oak Flats Road, 706-867-7297

Dahlonega-Lumpkin County Humane Society, a/k/a “TLC”, needs pet foster homes, volunteers, and donations. Mary Waits, Foster Home Coordinator, 770-823-3908, or to volunteer, contact the shelter at (706)864-2817.

Hospice of NE GA. Medical CENTER needs caring individuals to help serve grieving individuals following the death of their loved one. Training provided. Carol Jewell, 770-533-8888 or 888-572-3900, www.nghs.com

DAHLONEGA Gold Museum needs volunteers to help staff the museum four to eight hours each month. Training provided. Call or drop by, 706-864-2257

Senior Services/Activities

lumpkin County Senior Center

266 Mechanicsville Road, 706-864-2358,

lcseniorcenter@windstream.net

SENIOR Co-ed SOFTBALL: Monday, Tuesday and Thursday mornings at 9 a.m. Co-ed, age 50+. 678-343-8069.

Rubber Bandits: Strength training program Tuesdays and Fridays from 8:30 a.m. to 9:15 a.m. $10 per person/month.

Silver Singers: This group of community singers is open to seniors 55+ to sing and have fun. Tuesdays.

Artists Open Studio: Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 10 a.m. to noon at the Senior Center Art Studio.

Wellness programS for 55+: Healthways Silver Sneakers, designed for 55+ adults, Monday, Tuesday and Friday at 9:30 a.m. Cardio Fit at 1 p.m. Thursdays.

YOGA FLOW for PERSONAL Fitness: One-hour classes promoting strength, flexibility, endurance, balance, breath control and stress relief. All fitness levels. $5/class Tues/Th @ 4:15 Paula Bingham, 706-864-2851, pyb3644@hotmail.com

Nutrition Program for 60+: Socalize, exercise, play games and enjoy crafts, pool, and more. Have a nutritious hot meal.

Support Services

Overcomers Outreach at Bethlehem Baptist

Bethlehem Baptist Church is offering an “Overcomers Outreach” Biblically based 12-step meeting—a program that addresses everyday problems and afflictions such as addiction, divorce, depression, compulsive behaviors, etc.—on Tuesday nights at 6:30 p.m. in the fellowship hall. 706-864-2743

Support for victims of family violence

The NOA Network Support Group meets weekly in Dawsonville and Dahlonega to provide emotional support to victims of family violence and their children. Topics are led by a licensed counselor and include: Building Self-Esteem, Managing Emotions, Healthy Relationships, etc. Childcare and snacks are provided. The Dawson group meets in Dawsonville on Wednesdays from 6:30-7:45 p.m. The Lumpkin group meets in Dahlonega on Mondays from 6:30-7:30 p.m. Please call NOA (No One Alone) at 706-867-6420 for more information or to join a group. 24-Hour Crisis Line, 706-864-1986, or live webchat available- www.noonealone.org

Nursing Mothers’ Support

Mom to Mom Breastfeeding Support Group meets monthly at different locations due to weather or site availability. Pregnant and breastfeeding mothers meet in an informal setting for fun, information and friendship. Lynn Hale, WIC Breastfeeding Counselor, 678-630-9596

Reformers Unanimous Addiction Program

RU meets every Friday at 7 p.m. at Wahoo Baptist Church, 9365 Highway 52 East, Murrayville. Helping others break chains of addiction. Childcare provided. Supported by Wahoo, Faith, Canaan, and Harvest Baptist churches. 706-867-9385

Grief support programs at NGMC

Hospice of Northeast Georgia Medical Center (NGMC) offers free grief support groups in area schools, as well as an ongoing support group to parents surviving the loss of their adult child. 770-219-8888, Jennifer Sorrells, Jennifer.Sorrells@nghs.com.

Kinship Care—Grandparents Raising Grandchildren

Kinship Care, a program for grandparents and other relatives raising grandchilden, is a safe place to share experiences. Members learn from each other and find out about programs for which they and the children may be eligible. Meetings are held from 10 a.m. to noon on the second Wednesday of each month at The Lumpkin County Senior Center. Legacy Link, Inc., Area Agency on Aging, 770-538-2650 or 1-800-845-LINK.

CELEBRATE RECOVERY: Biblically-based 12-Step Recovery Meeting.

Dahlonega UMC: Every Saturday. Church service 5:30 p.m. Celebrate Recovery Meeting 6:30 p.m. Dinner provided. Dahlonega United Methodist Church Fellowship Hall, 107 South Park Street

Set Free Church: Every Tuesday and Wednesday night at 7 p.m., 1660 Highway 52 East

Alcoholics Anonymous:

The Gratitude Group: Meeting at noon Mon., Tues, Wed., Fri.; 7:30 p.m. Thursday (Twelve and Twelve); 9 a.m. Saturday; 3 p.m. Sunday. All meetings at Kidz Church of the Dahlonega United Methodist church using the Maple Street entrance opposite the Sun Trust bank ATM. AA Hotline: 706-867-7769

12 Step Meeting: Thursdays, 7:30 p.m., Dahlonega Baptist Church

AA Big Book Meeting: meets at Dahlonega Baptist Church every Tuesday at 7:30 p.m.

Al-Anon:

Saturdays 9-10 a.m. and Tuesdays 6:30-7:30 p.m. at Georgia Mountain Unitarian-Universalist Church, 439 South Park Street. 770-833-2034

Lumpkin County Caregivers

A support group for caregivers of those suffering from Alzheimer’s disease and related dementia meets at 12:30 p.m. the first Monday of the month at Dahlonega Baptist Church. 706-867-6569

NARCOTICS ANONYMOUS

Narcotics Anonymous meets twice a week, 8 p.m. Mondays and 7 p.m. Fridays, at Georgia Mountain Unitarian-Universalist Church on South Park Street. 706-216-5023

Recycling

PLASTIC/PAPER/ALUMINUM:

• # 1 & 2 plastic bottles (discard lids)

• Corrugated cardboard (clean and dry)

• Office paper and junk mail, magazines etc. No paperboard (such as cereal boxes), brown fiber paper (such as brown paper bags) or paper towel or toilet tissue cores.

• Aluminum and tin cans. (please rinse out)

Locations:

• Lumpkin County Recycle Center, 1642 Red Oak Flats Road, (706-867-7574

• Lumpkin County Landfill, Barlow Road. 706-864-6338

• Bins at Radar Ridge, Morrison Moore across from the college dorms

• Bins on Highway 19 North across from Ace Hardware.

CITY PICK UP AT RESIDENCES

The City accepts the same things except for cans. They do not have to be separated.

CFL BULBS: Home Depot

BATTERIES

• Radio Shack/Dahlonega Pharmacy: household rechargeable batteries

• Home Depot

Cell PHones

Dahlonega Funeral Home collects old cell phones for “Cell Phones for Soldiers,” an effort to support military members returning from active duty. 706-864-DOVE

PLASTIC GROCERY BAGS:

• J&J Foods

• Walmart

STYROFOAM: Publix accepts egg cartons and meat trays.

Electronic Recyclables, MIcrowaves, etc.

• Waypoint Thrift Store, Highway 60 East of 400, 706-867-0297

More Children & Youth

preschool Programs now enrolling:

Sonshine Weekday Preschool of Dahlonega Baptist Church is enrolling students for the school year. The preschool is an early education program in a Christian environment for one year olds through four/five year old Pre-K. Classes follow the Lumpkin County calendar. For registration and enrollment forms, samples of curriculum and parents’ handbook visit www.dbch.org or contact Stacy Mizer, 706-864-3676, or stacy@dbch.org. (9/19)

Dahlonega United Methodist Church MMO/Preschool. Dahlonega United Methodist Church MMO/Preschool enroling for school year 2012-2013. Ages Toddlers-Pre-K class. Angie Mayo, 706-864-8521, www.dahlonegaumc.org/mmo-preschool

Lumpkin County Head Start/Pre-K. Children will need to be age 3 or 4 by Sept. 1. The program welcomes children with disabilities and does not discriminate. 706-864-3456

SCOUTING:

Boy Scout Troop 36 is chartered by the Mountain Ranger Association and meets Monday nights at 6:30 p.m. at their scout hut located at Camp Frank Merrill 5th RTB. Troop 36 participates in a 50-mile hiking/canoe trip every summer, as well as camping, kayaking, backpacking, rock climbing and caving year round. Don McElliott, 706-864-0278, www.dahlonega36.mytroop.us

Boy Scouts of America Troop 303 (ages 13-17) meets each Monday (when school is in session) from 6– 7:30 p.m. in the basement of the Community House, at the corner on North Park and Hawkins streets. The active troop schedules monthly outings and regular merit badge classes. Scoutmaster Scotty Erwin, 706-969-8117; Committee Chairman Beecher DuVall, wbdgnld@windstream.net

Cub scout pack 36 meets Mondays from 6:30-7:30 p.m. at the Lumpkin County Parks YMCA arts and crafts room. Monthly themed pack meetings, outdoor activities plus community service projects. 770-503-6221, 706-867-6711, www.littlemen.webs.com

Venturing group: Venture Crew #79 meets Wednesday nights at 6:30 p.m. in the art room at YMCA Parks & Rec. Venturing is a youth led program for boys and girls ages 13-20 and involves high adventure activities such as kayaking, white water rafting and rock climbing as well as social activities and community projects. Augustus Brightwell, 706-864-9487 abrightwell@hotmail.com 

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