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Community-Wide Events

Christmas day meal at DUMC

The Dahlonega United Methodist Church will host a Christmas meal from 2-4 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 25, at the church, 107 South Park Street behind Sun Trust Bank. All are welcome, the meal is free, and no reservations are necessary. 706-864-2521

This week’S

Old Fashioned Christmas

Daily, weather permitting through dec. 22

Horse-Drawn Carriage Rides. $8 adults/$5 children/family rates (minimum of $15 per ride). Tickets purchased at the carriage next to the Visitors Center (cash only).

Weekends through Dec. 23

It’s a Wonderful Life: A live production of the Holly Theater Company, Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m., Sundays at 2 p.m. $15. www.hollytheater.com

Friday, Dec. 21

Old Fashioned Trolley—historical tours of downtown Dahlonega, 7 and 8 p.m. $5 adults, $3 children 12 and under. Tickets available at Visitors Center.

Christmas Story Time in your PJs at Giggle Monkey Toys on the square, 7 p.m. Hot chocolate will be served following story time.

Dahlonega Tasting Room featuring Habersham wines Open House with wine tasting and food pairings until 8 p.m.

Saturday, Dec. 22

Santa at Visitors Center 1-4 p.m.

Storytime at the Fudge Factory: The Candy Cane and other stories will be read to children at The Fudge Factory, corner of Main and Park streets. 4 p.m.

Old Fashioned Trolley—historical tours of downtown Dahlonega, 6, 7, and 8 p.m. $5 adults, $3 children 12 and under. Tickets available at Visitors Center.

Dahlonega Tasting Room featuring Habersham wines Open House with wine tasting and food pairings until 8 p.m.

Sunday, Dec. 23

Santa at Visitors Center 1-5 p.m.

Community Support Needs

Donations of food, gifts for community event

Caring Hands Ministries is asking for donations of gently used coats, jackets, sweatshirts, blankets, clothing, toys, teen gifts, hams, large cans of vegetables and volunteers to help with its annual Community Christmas Dinner. The event will be held at the White County Agricultural Science Center on Christmas Day. Caring Hands Ministries helps support those in need in the North Georgia area, including those in Lumpkin County. For more information on the Community Christmas Dinner, or to donate items, please call (706) 348-6290 or (706) 219-1980 any day between noon and 8 p.m.

Georgia Power Food Drive

Georgia Power Co. is collecting food for The Georgia Mountain Food Bank. Non-perishable items can be dropped off at the Georgia Power office, 20 Memorial Drive at the corner of East Main and Memorial. Alan Winn, ARWINN@southernco.com, 706-357-6512

Collection sites for Socks for Seniors

Socks for Seniors is a non-profit community service project that collects, organizes, and distributes new socks to senior shut-ins and nursing home residents in communities all over the country. In Dahlonega three 6th graders, Rebecca Blackman, Zac Williams and Brook Lee are heading up the project to benefit locals. New socks in pairs or in packs, with funky colored ones for ladies, can be placed in donation boxes in the lobbies at the Lumpkin County Parks YMCA and J&J Foods and Walmart until Dec. 19.

child safety seat check Sat./Toys for tots

The Georgia State Patrol is collecting toys for the Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots program. New, unwrapped toys can be dropped off at the Lumpkin County Sheriff’s Office through Dec. 20, and at the Georgia State Patrol post, 4055 County Way, Cumming, between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. weekdays through Dec. 21.

Gifts being collected for Rainbow home

Belle Avance Salon is collecting donations for the residents of Rainbow Children’s Home for Christmas from now until Friday, Dec. 21. Girls at the home for abused and neglected youngsters range in age from 12-18. Suggested items include undergarments, slippers, socks, robes, hygiene items and coats. Be treated to a mini-makeover with the salon’s exclusive makeup line when you bring in a donation. Belle Avance is located at 232 East Main Street.

official dahlonega ornament now available

The Community Helping Place Official Christmas in Dahlonega Ornament, this year featuring the Fudge Factory, is now available at the following locations: The Fudge Factory, West Cleaners, Belle Avance Salon, Hairworks, the CHP Thrift Store, Starbucks and North Georgia Continuing Education. The cost is $20 and sales support the programs of CHP.

Toys for Tots at DAhlonega funeral home

Dahlonega Funeral Home is accepting donations for its annual Toys for Tots drive. New, unwrapped toys and clothing can be dropped off at the funeral home, 20 Gibson Drive off Highway 60, Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Businesses interested in having a collection box, or for more information, call Amanda Jones, 706-864-3683. All donations will go to Lumpkin County families. Last day to make a donation is Friday, Dec. 21.

Brick Fundraiser for Cherokee museum

The Yahoola United Cherokee Museum and Cultural Education Center, Inc. is selling engraved bricks which will become part of the permanent Cherokee Memorial walkway leading to the Museum from the parking area. Bricks are $55 each and will bear a personal message. Proceeds from the Pave the Way Program go toward the building of the museum. Pave the Way brochures are available at the Welcome Center or on the Web at yahoolacherokeemuseum.com. (1/month)

Gold Museum bricks for holiday giving

The perfect holiday gift—Friends of the Gold Museum are offering engraved bricks to be placed in front of the Gold Museum for a donation. All money goes to maintain the museum and keep it open seven days a week. Donations are tax deductible. Bricks ordered by Nov. 30 will be installed before Christmas. Order forms available at http://randyrick.us.FOGM/FODGMBrickDonation.pdf.

SEED SAVING & LENDING LIBRARY

Wild Mountain Girl Herbal School on the square in Dahlonega offers a seed library. Completely free to the public, this is a way for the community to share and save valuable seeds of all types. Cindi Vernon, (706) 429-6323, cindiv@windstream.net (1 wk)

Cell PHones collected for soldiers

Dahlonega Funeral Home is collecting old cell phones for “Cell Phones for Soldiers,” an effort to support military members returning from active duty by offering free cell phones to all armed forces returning from service in Iraq and Afghanistan. 706.864.DOVE

AT-EASE program checks on Homebound

This program of the Lumpkin County Sheriff’s Office provides regular contact to those who are homebound, disabled, sick, living alone, or just need the assurance of a friendly voice. Participation can be temporary or ongoing. Registration forms are available on the Sheriff’s Office website at www.lumpkincounty.gov, at the Lumpkin County Sheriff’s Office, and by phone request at 706-864-3633. (1 wk)

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. 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.or

Children & Young Adults

Youth Squirrel Hunt—register by Dec. 31

The Georgia Department of Natural Resources and the National Wild Turkey Federation is hosting a Youth Squirrel Hunt at Dawson Forest beginning at 12 p.m. Jan. 5. The hunt is fully guided with squirrel dogs and will also offer firearm safety and hands-on instruction with skeet and .22 caliber rifles. The event is free of charge and all firearms and safety equipment will be provided. Lunch will also be provided. Pre-registration is required by contacting Cpl. Jason Roberson at Jason.roberson@dnr.state.ga.us or contact the Amicalola Longbeards Chapter of the NWTF at amicalolalongbeards@yahoo.com. The deadline to register is December 31.

Trout camp applications, scholarships

Gold Rush Chapter of Trout Unlimited is now accepting applications through Jan. 1 for Trout Camp 2013. Trout Camp is conducted by Georgia Council Trout Unlimited and will be held June 9-14, 2013, in Clayton. Boys and girls ages 12-15 years old will learn to tie flies, cast a fly rod, go fishing in local streams, and take home all equipment needed to go fly fishing. Some scholarships are available, and all applications must be received by Jan. 1 For information and applications, please contact drtrout@bellsouth.net.

Dahlonega UMC Preschool openings

Dahlonega United Methodist Church Mothers Morning Out/Preschool has spaces available for its 2 year olds to Pre-K class. Angie Mayo or Dana Fritchle, 706-864-8521, dahlonegaumc.org/mmo-preschool.

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

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 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

Senior Services/Activities

lumpkin County Senior Center

266 Mechanicsville Road, 706-864-2358,

lcseniorcenter@windstream.net

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.

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

CLOSED Dec. 24-Jan. 1

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

eBooks: Downloadable at the library’s Website.

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

Zinio! Dozens of popular magazines available in digital format

Nature & Outdoors

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

After-Solstice Stroll, Saturday, Dec. 22, 10 a.m. to noon. Leslie and Everett Avery will treat hikers to a leisurely stroll on the Laurel Ridge Trail, stopping at points of interest (1.5 mile hike, moderate difficulty level).

New Year’s Camp, Jan. 1-3, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Games, hikes and more for kids 6-12. $55 by Dec. 21, $65 after that

Pets

Food Drive/Free nail trim at Red Barn

Red Barn Veterinary Hospital is holding a Holiday Pet Food Drive now through Dec. 29. For each donation received, Red Barn will offer a free nail trim for your pet. All proceeds benefit TLC, Lumpkin County’s no-kill animal shelter. Red Barn is located at 14 Seven Mile Hill Road.

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

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

Purchase 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 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

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.

Education/Classes

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.

Online Classes Start Jan. 16. See all class options: http://www.northgeorgia.edu/ce/online/ Most Classes are $129

Belly Dancing – Beginner: Belly dancing is low impact and aerobic, and fun. Eight Mondays, Jan. 7-March 4 (no class on 1/21), 6:30-8 p.m. $89. Kathryn Hinds

Hydrorobics: Get a total body workout as you tone, strengthen and achieve flexibility and circulatory endurance in the water. 10 Mondays/Wednesdays/Fridays, Jan. 7-Feb. 8 (No class 1/21) 9:45-10:45 a.m. $70. Joan Souders

Karate – Beginner: Learn karate basics. Starting with the basic physical exercises for agility, you will learn Tae Kwon Do and Hapkido techniques. Ages 6 to adult. 10 Tuesdays, Jan. 8-March 12. 6-7 p.m. $59. Danny Jarrard

Karate – Advanced: If you have already attained the rank of green belt, further your knowledge of Tae Kwon Do and Hapkido techniques. Ages 6 to adult. 10 Tuesdays, Jan. 8-March 12, 6:45-7:45 p.m. $59. Danny Jarrard

Sunny Portugal: Discover the narrow cobblestone streets, old palatial villas, and mild climate of Portugal. Visit the Portuguese Riviera, Fado, the Silver Coast, Alentejo, the Algarve, and savor regional wine with every dinner. Nov. 1-10, 2013. Double occupancy $2,949/person. Register by June 2, 2013

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

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

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

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.

S.A.T. and Study Prep

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

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

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

Music/Drama/Film & More

NGCSU EVENTS

NGCSU Planetarium: Shows Fridays 8-9 p.m. George E. Coleman Planetarium, room 234 of the Health & Natural Sciences Building, Sunset Drive. Dec. 21: What was the mysterious “star” that the Wise Men followed? Come explore the possibilities by “thinking like a Magi.” Doors open at 7:30 p.m. with no admittance after 8 p.m. Free. www.northgeorgia.edu/planetarium

Pick n Porch will not be meeting at the Vickery House until Jan.10 at the building is closed until then.

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 on the back deck. Special pricing for NGCSU students.

Friday & Saturday: Live music with Tom Coolidge.

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 p.m. Tom & Juli Hundreds of cover songs from the 60s, 70s, 80s and 90s while you dine. Free.

Thursday, Dec. 20, 7-10:30 p.m.+: Open Mic Night. Free. Musicians, poets, writers, storytellers, politicians, comedians, and more are invited to 15 minutes on the stage.

Friday, Dec. 21, 6 p.m.: Jason Kenney Solo Acoustic. Free

Friday, Dec. 21 8 - 10:30 p.m.+ Amy Andrews and The Skipperdees. $7. Amy Andrews may have abandoned her path to professional

classical vocalist, but not her dream of a life in music. Two years ago the Baltimore-native came to Atlanta hoping to make a name for herself in the city’s dynamic folk scene as a singer-songwriter.

The Skipperdees—twin sisters Emily (banjo/harmony) and Catherine (vocals/guitar) Backus) are singer/songwriters from Oak Ridge, Tenn.

Saturday, 1-4 p.m.: Traditional Jam with Maxx. Free. Mountain style musicians are invited to participate in the Appalachian Jam.

Saturday, Dec. 22, 8-10:30 p.m.+: $14 E.G. Kight. A veteran of the road, EG Kight has headlined at clubs, theaters and festivals,

bringing her diverse musical menu to the fans in cities across America and in Europe. Kight continues to tour, as a solo and with a band. Kight’s career began in country music, and early on she was dubbed “The Georgia Songbird.” Over the years she has broadened her musical scope to include Americana, southern rock, blues, pop, jazz, gospel and funk.

Sunday, Dec. 23, 7-9:30 p.m.+: Jazz Jam Session. $5 at door (Free for Invited Performers). Talented emcee and vocalist Cindy Bell hosts this 4th Sunday ‘Jazz it Up’ Jam for jazz musicians and singers alike to join in and enjoy their addiction to all flavors of America’s most progressive music... Jazz.

Holly Theatre, 69 West Main Street. Business office open 9-4 Mondays. 706-864-3759, www.hollytheater.com

It’s a Wonderful Life: This classic Christmas drama will be presented by the Holly Theater Company for the final weekend Dec. 21-23, Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m., Sunday at 2 p.m. $15.

New Year’s Eve Show & Gala: LeRevue, filled with dancing, singing, and acrobatics, plus a gala with DJ, dancing, and hors d’oeuvres. Show only, $35; show and gala, $75.

Mountain Music & Medicine Show, Saturday, Jan. 5. 7:30 a.m. pre-show, radio show at 8 p.m. $15

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

Thursdays: College Night

Fridays: Live entertainment

Tuesdays: Country Western Music night

Friday, Dec. 21: Stoned Sandwich

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, Dec. 21, 8:30-11:30 p.m.: Jason Connelly. Musicians of the purest sense, Jason Connelly and Keith Hirsch write from personal life experience; their lyrics are filled with reality and genuine emotion. Jason Connelly’s voice and rhythmic guitar and Keith Hirsch’s ability to make a djembe sound like a full drum set characterize the Jason Conelly Band. All ages welcome. No cover charge.

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

Saturday, Dec. 22, 8:30-11:30 p.m.: Dan Sheffield is a guitar-picker and singer from just outside Atlanta. He is a lover of all styles of music and performs well-known covers, rock classics, blues, country and soul with his evocative singing and with Delta-fingerstyle guitar licks and progressive rock feel. His powerful voice and distinctive musical style have enabled him to perform alongside such well-respected Atlanta musicians as Nathan Nelson, Bill Sheffield, Joe McGuinness, Count M’Butu and Mudcat. All ages welcome. No cover charge.

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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, located at Carriage House Shoppes, 11 South Grove Street. 706-482-0004.

Support Programs

13-week griefshare program starts Jan. 12

GRIEFSHARE offers a safe place to interact with other adults who are also grieving over the loss of a loved one. It is a 13-week video/discussion program offered at Church of the Apostles, Dawsonville. It begins Saturday, Jan. 12, from 10 a.m. until noon. 706-216-4912

free course for caregivers of mentally ill

NAMI FDL (National Association for Mental Illness for Forsyth, Dawson, Lumpkin) will offer a free educational course for parents, siblings, spouses, adult children, and significant others who are caregivers of adult individuals diagnosed with schizophrenia, major depression, bipolar disorder and other brain disorders. An 11-week commitment is requested. The class will be held in Cumming Sundays, Jan. 13-March 24 from 4-6:30 p.m.

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 Lumpkin group meets in Dahlonega on Mondays from 6:30-7:30 p.m. 706-867-6420 for information. 24-Hour Crisis Line, 706-864-1986, or live webchat available at 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. and at 7:30 p.m. Thursday (Twelve and Twelve) in meeting room #2 of the Lumpkin County Library (downstairs); 9 a.m. Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday at Dahlonega Funeral Home, Hwy. 60. 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. 706-864-1254

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.

Electronics, metals, etc.

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

• Ace Hardware, 1976 Hwy. 19 N. Electronics and metal drop bin for computers, radios/speakers, washing machines, refrigerators, and more. Free disposal, free pick up/meet up. Chuck: 706 973-0586; Joseph: 706-482-8287

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\

Lessons: Music/Dance

Dance Classes

The Ballet Barre offers dance classes starting at age 2 1/2 in ballet, tap, jazz, contemporary and pointe. www.bbarre.com

music, songwriting lessons

Jason Kenney offers instruction in guitar, mandolin, banjo, songwriting, and music theory at the Holly Theater. 706-344-7059

STring Instruments

Bluegrass instrument instruction—fiddle, banjo, guitar, bass, mandolin. Sonny Houston, 404-377-1194

MUSIC LESSONS

Beginning and intermediate piano and violin, children and adults welcome. Ruth Purcell, 706-482-9968 or rppurcell@windstream.net

Music lessons

Guitar, banjo, mandolin, bass. $10. James Lambert, 706-973-9317

Weekend camp for drummers

Drum Camp for beginners, middle school, high school. Three-day weekend camps in Dahlonega. Rory Knapton, 706-865-1564

STRING INSTRUMENT Lessons

Guitar, banjo, fiddle—­­any string instrument. Vintage Music, Public Square. Individual or small groups. 706-864-2682

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 Dec. 22 are Stephens Sisters, Gospel Mountin Singers, and Freedom Choir. 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/

Christmas Eve at St. Elizabeth’s Episcopal

St. Elizabeth’s Episcopal Church will hold a candlelight service with Lessons and Carols and Holy Eucharist beginning at 10:30 p.m. Christmas Eve. The church is located at 1188 Hamp Mill Road, Dahlonega.

Christmas Eve at Dahlonega Presbyterian

DPC will hold a Christmas Eve Candlelight communion service at 6:30 p.m. All are welcome.

UnitARIAn Universalist church

Georgia Mountains Unitarian Universalist Church is a welcoming congregation. On Dec. 23 a Yule Service will be held. With the arrival of winter’s low dark sky, communities around the world look to the miracle of light as a sign of rebirth and a source of hope. We celebrate the promise of new life and recommit ourselves to the protection of everyone’s right to his or her own radiant humanity. 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

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 Services

Free Legal Services

Georgia Legal Services program provides free legal services to qualifying senior citizens and low-income clients. Services are based on case type and financial eligibility. GLSP does not handle criminal cases. Appointments: 1-800-745-5717 between 9 and 11 a.m. Monday-Thursday. (1/mo)

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Community-Wide Events

Christmas day meal at DUMC

The Dahlonega United Methodist Church will host a Christmas meal from 2-4 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 25, at the church, 107 South Park Street behind Sun Trust Bank. All are welcome, the meal is free, and no reservations are necessary. 706-864-2521

This week’S

Old Fashioned Christmas

Daily, weather permitting through dec. 22

Horse-Drawn Carriage Rides. $8 adults/$5 children/family rates (minimum of $15 per ride). Tickets purchased at the carriage next to the Visitors Center (cash only).

Weekends through Dec. 23

It’s a Wonderful Life: A live production of the Holly Theater Company, Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m., Sundays at 2 p.m. $15. www.hollytheater.com

Friday, Dec. 21

Old Fashioned Trolley—historical tours of downtown Dahlonega, 7 and 8 p.m. $5 adults, $3 children 12 and under. Tickets available at Visitors Center.

Christmas Story Time in your PJs at Giggle Monkey Toys on the square, 7 p.m. Hot chocolate will be served following story time.

Dahlonega Tasting Room featuring Habersham wines Open House with wine tasting and food pairings until 8 p.m.

Saturday, Dec. 22

Santa at Visitors Center 1-4 p.m.

Storytime at the Fudge Factory: The Candy Cane and other stories will be read to children at The Fudge Factory, corner of Main and Park streets. 4 p.m.

Old Fashioned Trolley—historical tours of downtown Dahlonega, 6, 7, and 8 p.m. $5 adults, $3 children 12 and under. Tickets available at Visitors Center.

Dahlonega Tasting Room featuring Habersham wines Open House with wine tasting and food pairings until 8 p.m.

Sunday, Dec. 23

Santa at Visitors Center 1-5 p.m.

Community Support Needs

Donations of food, gifts for community event

Caring Hands Ministries is asking for donations of gently used coats, jackets, sweatshirts, blankets, clothing, toys, teen gifts, hams, large cans of vegetables and volunteers to help with its annual Community Christmas Dinner. The event will be held at the White County Agricultural Science Center on Christmas Day. Caring Hands Ministries helps support those in need in the North Georgia area, including those in Lumpkin County. For more information on the Community Christmas Dinner, or to donate items, please call (706) 348-6290 or (706) 219-1980 any day between noon and 8 p.m.

Georgia Power Food Drive

Georgia Power Co. is collecting food for The Georgia Mountain Food Bank. Non-perishable items can be dropped off at the Georgia Power office, 20 Memorial Drive at the corner of East Main and Memorial. Alan Winn, ARWINN@southernco.com, 706-357-6512

Collection sites for Socks for Seniors

Socks for Seniors is a non-profit community service project that collects, organizes, and distributes new socks to senior shut-ins and nursing home residents in communities all over the country. In Dahlonega three 6th graders, Rebecca Blackman, Zac Williams and Brook Lee are heading up the project to benefit locals. New socks in pairs or in packs, with funky colored ones for ladies, can be placed in donation boxes in the lobbies at the Lumpkin County Parks YMCA and J&J Foods and Walmart until Dec. 19.

child safety seat check Sat./Toys for tots

The Georgia State Patrol is collecting toys for the Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots program. New, unwrapped toys can be dropped off at the Lumpkin County Sheriff’s Office through Dec. 20, and at the Georgia State Patrol post, 4055 County Way, Cumming, between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. weekdays through Dec. 21.

Gifts being collected for Rainbow home

Belle Avance Salon is collecting donations for the residents of Rainbow Children’s Home for Christmas from now until Friday, Dec. 21. Girls at the home for abused and neglected youngsters range in age from 12-18. Suggested items include undergarments, slippers, socks, robes, hygiene items and coats. Be treated to a mini-makeover with the salon’s exclusive makeup line when you bring in a donation. Belle Avance is located at 232 East Main Street.

official dahlonega ornament now available

The Community Helping Place Official Christmas in Dahlonega Ornament, this year featuring the Fudge Factory, is now available at the following locations: The Fudge Factory, West Cleaners, Belle Avance Salon, Hairworks, the CHP Thrift Store, Starbucks and North Georgia Continuing Education. The cost is $20 and sales support the programs of CHP.

Toys for Tots at DAhlonega funeral home

Dahlonega Funeral Home is accepting donations for its annual Toys for Tots drive. New, unwrapped toys and clothing can be dropped off at the funeral home, 20 Gibson Drive off Highway 60, Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Businesses interested in having a collection box, or for more information, call Amanda Jones, 706-864-3683. All donations will go to Lumpkin County families. Last day to make a donation is Friday, Dec. 21.

Brick Fundraiser for Cherokee museum

The Yahoola United Cherokee Museum and Cultural Education Center, Inc. is selling engraved bricks which will become part of the permanent Cherokee Memorial walkway leading to the Museum from the parking area. Bricks are $55 each and will bear a personal message. Proceeds from the Pave the Way Program go toward the building of the museum. Pave the Way brochures are available at the Welcome Center or on the Web at yahoolacherokeemuseum.com. (1/month)

Gold Museum bricks for holiday giving

The perfect holiday gift—Friends of the Gold Museum are offering engraved bricks to be placed in front of the Gold Museum for a donation. All money goes to maintain the museum and keep it open seven days a week. Donations are tax deductible. Bricks ordered by Nov. 30 will be installed before Christmas. Order forms available at http://randyrick.us.FOGM/FODGMBrickDonation.pdf.

SEED SAVING & LENDING LIBRARY

Wild Mountain Girl Herbal School on the square in Dahlonega offers a seed library. Completely free to the public, this is a way for the community to share and save valuable seeds of all types. Cindi Vernon, (706) 429-6323, cindiv@windstream.net (1 wk)

Cell PHones collected for soldiers

Dahlonega Funeral Home is collecting old cell phones for “Cell Phones for Soldiers,” an effort to support military members returning from active duty by offering free cell phones to all armed forces returning from service in Iraq and Afghanistan. 706.864.DOVE

AT-EASE program checks on Homebound

This program of the Lumpkin County Sheriff’s Office provides regular contact to those who are homebound, disabled, sick, living alone, or just need the assurance of a friendly voice. Participation can be temporary or ongoing. Registration forms are available on the Sheriff’s Office website at www.lumpkincounty.gov, at the Lumpkin County Sheriff’s Office, and by phone request at 706-864-3633. (1 wk)

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. 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.or

Children & Young Adults

Youth Squirrel Hunt—register by Dec. 31

The Georgia Department of Natural Resources and the National Wild Turkey Federation is hosting a Youth Squirrel Hunt at Dawson Forest beginning at 12 p.m. Jan. 5. The hunt is fully guided with squirrel dogs and will also offer firearm safety and hands-on instruction with skeet and .22 caliber rifles. The event is free of charge and all firearms and safety equipment will be provided. Lunch will also be provided. Pre-registration is required by contacting Cpl. Jason Roberson at Jason.roberson@dnr.state.ga.us or contact the Amicalola Longbeards Chapter of the NWTF at amicalolalongbeards@yahoo.com. The deadline to register is December 31.

Trout camp applications, scholarships

Gold Rush Chapter of Trout Unlimited is now accepting applications through Jan. 1 for Trout Camp 2013. Trout Camp is conducted by Georgia Council Trout Unlimited and will be held June 9-14, 2013, in Clayton. Boys and girls ages 12-15 years old will learn to tie flies, cast a fly rod, go fishing in local streams, and take home all equipment needed to go fly fishing. Some scholarships are available, and all applications must be received by Jan. 1 For information and applications, please contact drtrout@bellsouth.net.

Dahlonega UMC Preschool openings

Dahlonega United Methodist Church Mothers Morning Out/Preschool has spaces available for its 2 year olds to Pre-K class. Angie Mayo or Dana Fritchle, 706-864-8521, dahlonegaumc.org/mmo-preschool.

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

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 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

Senior Services/Activities

lumpkin County Senior Center

266 Mechanicsville Road, 706-864-2358,

lcseniorcenter@windstream.net

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.

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

CLOSED Dec. 24-Jan. 1

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

eBooks: Downloadable at the library’s Website.

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

Zinio! Dozens of popular magazines available in digital format

Nature & Outdoors

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

After-Solstice Stroll, Saturday, Dec. 22, 10 a.m. to noon. Leslie and Everett Avery will treat hikers to a leisurely stroll on the Laurel Ridge Trail, stopping at points of interest (1.5 mile hike, moderate difficulty level).

New Year’s Camp, Jan. 1-3, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Games, hikes and more for kids 6-12. $55 by Dec. 21, $65 after that

Pets

Food Drive/Free nail trim at Red Barn

Red Barn Veterinary Hospital is holding a Holiday Pet Food Drive now through Dec. 29. For each donation received, Red Barn will offer a free nail trim for your pet. All proceeds benefit TLC, Lumpkin County’s no-kill animal shelter. Red Barn is located at 14 Seven Mile Hill Road.

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

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

Purchase 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 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

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.

Education/Classes

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.

Online Classes Start Jan. 16. See all class options: http://www.northgeorgia.edu/ce/online/ Most Classes are $129

Belly Dancing – Beginner: Belly dancing is low impact and aerobic, and fun. Eight Mondays, Jan. 7-March 4 (no class on 1/21), 6:30-8 p.m. $89. Kathryn Hinds

Hydrorobics: Get a total body workout as you tone, strengthen and achieve flexibility and circulatory endurance in the water. 10 Mondays/Wednesdays/Fridays, Jan. 7-Feb. 8 (No class 1/21) 9:45-10:45 a.m. $70. Joan Souders

Karate – Beginner: Learn karate basics. Starting with the basic physical exercises for agility, you will learn Tae Kwon Do and Hapkido techniques. Ages 6 to adult. 10 Tuesdays, Jan. 8-March 12. 6-7 p.m. $59. Danny Jarrard

Karate – Advanced: If you have already attained the rank of green belt, further your knowledge of Tae Kwon Do and Hapkido techniques. Ages 6 to adult. 10 Tuesdays, Jan. 8-March 12, 6:45-7:45 p.m. $59. Danny Jarrard

Sunny Portugal: Discover the narrow cobblestone streets, old palatial villas, and mild climate of Portugal. Visit the Portuguese Riviera, Fado, the Silver Coast, Alentejo, the Algarve, and savor regional wine with every dinner. Nov. 1-10, 2013. Double occupancy $2,949/person. Register by June 2, 2013

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

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

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

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.

S.A.T. and Study Prep

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

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

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

Music/Drama/Film & More

NGCSU EVENTS

NGCSU Planetarium: Shows Fridays 8-9 p.m. George E. Coleman Planetarium, room 234 of the Health & Natural Sciences Building, Sunset Drive. Dec. 21: What was the mysterious “star” that the Wise Men followed? Come explore the possibilities by “thinking like a Magi.” Doors open at 7:30 p.m. with no admittance after 8 p.m. Free. www.northgeorgia.edu/planetarium

Pick n Porch will not be meeting at the Vickery House until Jan.10 at the building is closed until then.

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 on the back deck. Special pricing for NGCSU students.

Friday & Saturday: Live music with Tom Coolidge.

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 p.m. Tom & Juli Hundreds of cover songs from the 60s, 70s, 80s and 90s while you dine. Free.

Thursday, Dec. 20, 7-10:30 p.m.+: Open Mic Night. Free. Musicians, poets, writers, storytellers, politicians, comedians, and more are invited to 15 minutes on the stage.

Friday, Dec. 21, 6 p.m.: Jason Kenney Solo Acoustic. Free

Friday, Dec. 21 8 - 10:30 p.m.+ Amy Andrews and The Skipperdees. $7. Amy Andrews may have abandoned her path to professional

classical vocalist, but not her dream of a life in music. Two years ago the Baltimore-native came to Atlanta hoping to make a name for herself in the city’s dynamic folk scene as a singer-songwriter.

The Skipperdees—twin sisters Emily (banjo/harmony) and Catherine (vocals/guitar) Backus) are singer/songwriters from Oak Ridge, Tenn.

Saturday, 1-4 p.m.: Traditional Jam with Maxx. Free. Mountain style musicians are invited to participate in the Appalachian Jam.

Saturday, Dec. 22, 8-10:30 p.m.+: $14 E.G. Kight. A veteran of the road, EG Kight has headlined at clubs, theaters and festivals,

bringing her diverse musical menu to the fans in cities across America and in Europe. Kight continues to tour, as a solo and with a band. Kight’s career began in country music, and early on she was dubbed “The Georgia Songbird.” Over the years she has broadened her musical scope to include Americana, southern rock, blues, pop, jazz, gospel and funk.

Sunday, Dec. 23, 7-9:30 p.m.+: Jazz Jam Session. $5 at door (Free for Invited Performers). Talented emcee and vocalist Cindy Bell hosts this 4th Sunday ‘Jazz it Up’ Jam for jazz musicians and singers alike to join in and enjoy their addiction to all flavors of America’s most progressive music... Jazz.

Holly Theatre, 69 West Main Street. Business office open 9-4 Mondays. 706-864-3759, www.hollytheater.com

It’s a Wonderful Life: This classic Christmas drama will be presented by the Holly Theater Company for the final weekend Dec. 21-23, Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m., Sunday at 2 p.m. $15.

New Year’s Eve Show & Gala: LeRevue, filled with dancing, singing, and acrobatics, plus a gala with DJ, dancing, and hors d’oeuvres. Show only, $35; show and gala, $75.

Mountain Music & Medicine Show, Saturday, Jan. 5. 7:30 a.m. pre-show, radio show at 8 p.m. $15

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

Thursdays: College Night

Fridays: Live entertainment

Tuesdays: Country Western Music night

Friday, Dec. 21: Stoned Sandwich

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, Dec. 21, 8:30-11:30 p.m.: Jason Connelly. Musicians of the purest sense, Jason Connelly and Keith Hirsch write from personal life experience; their lyrics are filled with reality and genuine emotion. Jason Connelly’s voice and rhythmic guitar and Keith Hirsch’s ability to make a djembe sound like a full drum set characterize the Jason Conelly Band. All ages welcome. No cover charge.

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

Saturday, Dec. 22, 8:30-11:30 p.m.: Dan Sheffield is a guitar-picker and singer from just outside Atlanta. He is a lover of all styles of music and performs well-known covers, rock classics, blues, country and soul with his evocative singing and with Delta-fingerstyle guitar licks and progressive rock feel. His powerful voice and distinctive musical style have enabled him to perform alongside such well-respected Atlanta musicians as Nathan Nelson, Bill Sheffield, Joe McGuinness, Count M’Butu and Mudcat. All ages welcome. No cover charge.

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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, located at Carriage House Shoppes, 11 South Grove Street. 706-482-0004.

Support Programs

13-week griefshare program starts Jan. 12

GRIEFSHARE offers a safe place to interact with other adults who are also grieving over the loss of a loved one. It is a 13-week video/discussion program offered at Church of the Apostles, Dawsonville. It begins Saturday, Jan. 12, from 10 a.m. until noon. 706-216-4912

free course for caregivers of mentally ill

NAMI FDL (National Association for Mental Illness for Forsyth, Dawson, Lumpkin) will offer a free educational course for parents, siblings, spouses, adult children, and significant others who are caregivers of adult individuals diagnosed with schizophrenia, major depression, bipolar disorder and other brain disorders. An 11-week commitment is requested. The class will be held in Cumming Sundays, Jan. 13-March 24 from 4-6:30 p.m.

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 Lumpkin group meets in Dahlonega on Mondays from 6:30-7:30 p.m. 706-867-6420 for information. 24-Hour Crisis Line, 706-864-1986, or live webchat available at 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. and at 7:30 p.m. Thursday (Twelve and Twelve) in meeting room #2 of the Lumpkin County Library (downstairs); 9 a.m. Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday at Dahlonega Funeral Home, Hwy. 60. 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. 706-864-1254

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.

Electronics, metals, etc.

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

• Ace Hardware, 1976 Hwy. 19 N. Electronics and metal drop bin for computers, radios/speakers, washing machines, refrigerators, and more. Free disposal, free pick up/meet up. Chuck: 706 973-0586; Joseph: 706-482-8287

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\

Lessons: Music/Dance

Dance Classes

The Ballet Barre offers dance classes starting at age 2 1/2 in ballet, tap, jazz, contemporary and pointe. www.bbarre.com

music, songwriting lessons

Jason Kenney offers instruction in guitar, mandolin, banjo, songwriting, and music theory at the Holly Theater. 706-344-7059

STring Instruments

Bluegrass instrument instruction—fiddle, banjo, guitar, bass, mandolin. Sonny Houston, 404-377-1194

MUSIC LESSONS

Beginning and intermediate piano and violin, children and adults welcome. Ruth Purcell, 706-482-9968 or rppurcell@windstream.net

Music lessons

Guitar, banjo, mandolin, bass. $10. James Lambert, 706-973-9317

Weekend camp for drummers

Drum Camp for beginners, middle school, high school. Three-day weekend camps in Dahlonega. Rory Knapton, 706-865-1564

STRING INSTRUMENT Lessons

Guitar, banjo, fiddle—­­any string instrument. Vintage Music, Public Square. Individual or small groups. 706-864-2682

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 Dec. 22 are Stephens Sisters, Gospel Mountin Singers, and Freedom Choir. 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/

Christmas Eve at St. Elizabeth’s Episcopal

St. Elizabeth’s Episcopal Church will hold a candlelight service with Lessons and Carols and Holy Eucharist beginning at 10:30 p.m. Christmas Eve. The church is located at 1188 Hamp Mill Road, Dahlonega.

Christmas Eve at Dahlonega Presbyterian

DPC will hold a Christmas Eve Candlelight communion service at 6:30 p.m. All are welcome.

UnitARIAn Universalist church

Georgia Mountains Unitarian Universalist Church is a welcoming congregation. On Dec. 23 a Yule Service will be held. With the arrival of winter’s low dark sky, communities around the world look to the miracle of light as a sign of rebirth and a source of hope. We celebrate the promise of new life and recommit ourselves to the protection of everyone’s right to his or her own radiant humanity. 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

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 Services

Free Legal Services

Georgia Legal Services program provides free legal services to qualifying senior citizens and low-income clients. Services are based on case type and financial eligibility. GLSP does not handle criminal cases. Appointments: 1-800-745-5717 between 9 and 11 a.m. Monday-Thursday. (1/mo)

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