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Community-wide Events

Enotah CASA volunteer open house friday

Enotah CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates), with volunteers serving as advocates for abused and neglected children, will hold an open house for interested volunteers from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 27, at its Dahlonega office. A new training class to prepare child advocates to speak out on behalf of the abused and neglected children in our community begins Tuesday, Jan. 31. CASA volunteers are ordinary people who have a profound sense of caring for children. The office is located at 56 Short Street in the old Health Department building. www.EnotahCASA.org, email: information@enotahcasa.org or call 706-864-0300

Veteran’s Death benefits seminar saturday

Dahlonega Funeral Home will host a brief question and answer meeting on Veteran’s Death Benefits at 11 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 28, in the funeral home’s reception hall. RSVP 706-864-3683

NUGGET EDITOR speaks to DEMOCRats saturday

The Lumpkin County Democratic Party will meet for breakfast at the Crimson Moon’s Half-Moon Saloon at 10 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 28. Featured speaker is The Dahlonega Nugget Editor Wayne Knuckles. Knuckles’ 30 year career has included reporting, editing and publishing at various newspapers in the southeast as well as working for such media groups as Gannett and the New York Times. He has been twice honored by the National Newspaper Association for his work. Knuckles has served as editor and publisher of The Dahlonega Nugget since 2008. Open to the public. RSVP to lumpkindemocrats@yahoo.com.

NOA volunteer breakfast & training Saturday

As part of a winter volunteer training series, NOA (No One Alone) will host a free breakfast and volunteer training from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 28, at United Community Bank Community Room, 206 Morrison Moore Pkwy. “Bad Memories—Childhood Trauma & Domestic Violence” will be presented by Tori Owens, NOA Children’s Advocate. Volunteers are a resource and a vital part of the strategy for fulfilling the mission of NOA, the domestic violence program for Dawson and Lumpkin counties. The organization offers emergency shelter and support services for victims of domestic violence and their children. Seating for the breakfast is limited; please RSVP to noapublicrelations@yahoo.com or call Brenda at 706-864-0030 ext. 4. www.noonealone.org

GOLD dog park association update sunday

The GOLD Dog Park Association will meet at 2 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 29, at the community room of United Community Bank, 206 Morrison Moore Parkway. The meeting will include discussion of the status with the Army Corps of Engineers, financial update, and other important matters. Sandy Steele, 706-864-1318

Rep. Graves’s staff in LUmpkin Tuesday

Representatives of the office of U.S. Rep. Tom Graves will be available to meet with constituents at the Lumpkin County Library, 342 Courthouse Hill, from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 31 to assist with casework, questions and concerns pertaining to federal programs or policy issues.

Stewards of Children training offered Feb. 1

Stewards of Children Child Sexual Abuse Prevention Training will be offered Wednesday, Feb. 1, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. at the United Community Bank Community Room. The training is for any responsible adult who cares about the welfare of children as well as youth-serving organizations (sports leagues, day care centers, after school programs, church groups and others.) CEUs are available for LPC, LCSW, LMSW, LMFT, GNA, POST and CLE. Cost of the training is $10 for materials. Make checks payable to Family Connection. Lunch will be provided. RSVP to Nicole Alvarez, 706-864-1306 Ext. 6 or noaoutreach@yahoo.com.

University Press/GASC host open house FeB. 3

Interested in blogging and digital publishing? The University Press of North Georgia and the Georgia Appalachian Studies Center will co-host a reception on Friday, Feb. 3, from 5:30-6:30 p.m. at the historic Vickery House. The theme is “Bringing Appalachia to the World.” The reception is free and open to the public. Come meet the staff, check out the Press’s books, and learn more about the University Press of North Georgia and the Georgia Appalachian Studies Center. gasc@northgeorgia.edu

Owl program at Gold Museum Feb. 9

Naturalist Lauretta Dean from Amicalola Falls State Park & Lodge will bring a few of her feathery friends for “Whose Whoooo is Whose?” from 5:30-7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 9. She will discuss the adaptations of owls and explain how to tell the native species apart. Admission: $3.50 youth, $6 adult, $5.50 Senior (62+). 706-864-2257

Volunteer training for Rape Response

Rape Response, a United Way agency serving victims of sexual violence in this region of northeast Georgia, will hold a training sessison in Gainesville for new volunteers beginning Saturday, Feb. 11, and continuing Thursdays Feb. 16 and 23, and Saturday, Feb. 25. Saturday sessions run from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Thursday sessions, 5:30-8:30 p.m. Volunteers are scheduled for on-call duty at night or weekends and maintain their own schedules. www.raperesponse.com, (770) 503-7273, heather@raperesponse.com

At the Library

Lumpkin County Library, 706-864-3668

www.chestateelibrary.org

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

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

eBooks: Downloadable at the library’s Web site.

Storytime Programs:

Totally Toddlers, Tuesdays through Feb. 14, 11 a.m.: Designed for children ages 2-3. The program offers age appropriate books, songs, and fingerplays. Several short activities are used between each book in order to hold the children’s interest.

Movers and Shakers, Wednesday through Feb. 15, 11 a.m. Intended for children ages 4-5. No pre-registration is required, but groups larger than five are requested to call at least two days in advance. The programs last 45 minutes to an hour and may include songs, finger plays and crafts in addition to stories.

Observations from a Peak, Thursday, Jan. 26, 6 p.m. Join current Dahlonega Nugget editor/publisher Wayne Knuckles as he discusses Lumpkin County legend W. B. Townsend. In the early 1900’s Townsend was the editor of a tiny Georgia mountain newspaper, The Dahlonega Nugget. Using a hand-cranked press he created a 4-page weekly paper filled with news, advertisements and Townsend’s witty, bawdy, funny and often cantankerous editorial columns. Those columns were syndicated in major papers across the country, attracting a loyal readership for Townsend’s wise, rascally, small-town views. Observations from a Peak in Lumpkin County is a collection of his best writing, with commentary by a 1930s Atlanta newspaper reporter, A.F. Dean, who compiled the excerpts, edited by New York Times bestselling novelist Deborah Smith and a foreword by current Nugget editor/publisher Wayne Knuckles.

Nook Workshop, Friday, Jan. 27, 10 a.m. Representatives from Barnes and Noble will be on hand to provide the inside scoop on how to use a Nook. Registration is required. 706-864-3668

Valentines Galore! Tuesday, January 31, 3:30 p.m. Join us and make valentines for all of your friends. Materials provided. Grades 3-5.

Computer Basics, Wednesday, Feb. 1, 9-10 a.m. This computer class will focus on the basic parts of the computer, the ability to navigate through the Windows system and troubleshooting. No prior knowledge needed. Registration is required.

Coffee House for Middleschoolers, Wednesday, Feb. 1, 3:30 p.m. Drop in the library with all of your best pals and enjoy a steaming cup of joe or hot chocolate. Grade 6-8

Reading to Dogs, Saturday, Feb. 4: Kids will have fun, boost self-confidence, and improve reading comprehension by reading to a PETS in Action certified Dog. Children in 1st grade and above. Please make a 15-minute appointment.

Community Support Projects

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

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

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

Free medical supplies, book swap

Free book swap. Also, free medical supplies for loaner program. Donations of medical supplies/equipment in good condition needed. Lisa Jo’s Thrift Store, next to Moore’s Building Supply. 706-429-7232

Children & Young Adults

Pick & Bow registration at LCMS

Georgia Pick & Bow Traditional Music School is accepting applications for its spring semester which begins Feb. 9 at LCMS. The program provides instruction in playing traditional Appalachian instruments to students in grades 4-12 on Thursdays at 3:30 p.m. at the LCMS 6th grade center. Cost of instruction is $100 for the 10-week semester, and scholarships/reduced tuition rates are available for students who qualify. Contact Sarrah Ellen McDonald, Pick and Bow Director, 678-936-2284 or semcd1969@windstream.net for information. www. georgiapickandbow.org.

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. 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

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 Scout Troop 303 meets weekly on Mondays at 6 p.m. in the Scout Hut with a campout generally held once a month. Visit and consider making Troop 303 your Boy Scout home. 706-867-7047, www.bsa303.org

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 Park and 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

56, Wellness-21, on the Public Square. www.wellness-21.com 

Pets

Pet Food Drive at Walmart this weekend

A pet food drive for local animal shelters will be held at Walmart from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on the following dates: Friday, Saturday and Sunday, Jan. 27-29 and Feb. 3-5.

GOLD dog park association meets Sunday

The GOLD Dog Park Association on will meet Sunday, Jan. 29, for an update. See info in EVENTS listings.

D.O.G. Obedience, Agility & Rally-O!

Classes start the week of Jan. 26-29 and run for seven weeks. Dogs must be 4 months and have vaccinations. Intermediate Obedience is a pre-requisite for Agility class. Dahlonega Obedience Group (D.O.G.) Certified instructor Mary Kay Crowell 706-864-0410. Visit www.dahlonegaobediencegroup.com for class schedules. $99 ($10 discount on Obedience Classes for adopted shelter dogs.)

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 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.

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

Support Groups

Cancer Patients

Life with Cancer, a support group for men and women, meets the second Monday of every month at 6:30 p.m. at Church of the Apostles, 32 Grant Road West, Dawsonville. Facilitator is Joan Palazollo, a licensed, practicing counselor and cancer survivor. 706-878-8149

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

Domestic violence: support, crisis line

NOA (No One Alone) conducts weekly support groups for women and children to give victims the opportunity to process current abuse and the emotions accompanying domestic violence situations. Groups meet each Wednesday from 6:30-7:45 p.m. Childcare provided. 706-867-6420 for information. 24-Hour Crisis Line, 706-864-1986

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 grand childen, 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: Monday through Friday at noon, Saturday at 9 a.m. and Sunday at 3 p.m. 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

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

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

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

Music/Art/Drama & More

Art workshop at Art Loft Jan. 26-27

Debra Nadelhoffer will offer “A Focus on Composition, Oil and Pastel” Thursday and Friday, Jan. 26-27, 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Art Loft in Dahlonega. $225. Anita Elder, 706-429-6008, www.artloft.net

events at NGCSU

Pickin’ Porch Old Time Jam: An old-time music jam is held from 12:30-2 p.m. every Thursday at NGCSU. Currently it is meeting in Room 205, Hansford Hall, across West Main Street from the Vickery House which is the jam’s usual home. 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

NGCSU Planetarium: Shows Fridays 8-9 p.m. at George E. Coleman Planetarium, room 234 of the Health & Natural Sciences Building, Sunset Drive. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. with no admittance after 8 p.m. www.northgeorgia.edu/planetarium

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

www.diningindahlonega.com.

Every Sunday through Wednesday: Texas Hold ’Em

Every Friday: Karaoke

Every Saturday: Live music at 9 p.m.

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

Monthly Wine Tasting, Sunday, Jan. 29, 4-6 p.m. Sample a selection of wines and appetizers. $40/person, tax and gratuity included. Reservations required.

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, 7-9+ p.m. Open Jam Night hosted by Justin Bridges. All genres of music. Free, tips for host appreciated.

Thursdays, 6:30-9:30 p.m.: Tom & Juli. Hundreds of cover songs from the 60s, 70s, 80s and 90s while you dine. Free.

Friday, Jan. 27, 8-11 p.m.: Erick Baker and Matthew Kahler. Erick Baker’s unique voice and very personal songwriting style blends rock, pop, soul, blues, country, folk into a distinctive genre he calls “American Music”. He has toured with many artists. His aching intensity and deeply soulful delivery connect him to his audience in a way that is at once genuine and memorable. Matthew Kahler once did dueling shows with Grammy nominee Shawn Mullins. Ever since his name has been associated with the legends of the Atlanta performing songwriting scene along with The Indigo Girls, Zac Brown, Kristian Bush, Jennifer Nettles, Clay Cook, and John Mayer. www.ErickBaker.com, www.MatthewKahler.net

Saturday, Jan. 28, 8-10 p.m.: An Intimate Evening with Randall

Bramblett. $16 Advance Reservations / $18 Day of Show, From his early career with Capricorn Records to his more recent tours as a side-man and/or opener for Bonnie Rait, Widespread Panic, Traffic, Steve Winwood, and Levon Helm, Randall has worked with some of the very best performing artists in the business. Hittin’ The Note magazine heralds him as both ”the South’s most-gifted singer/songwriter of the past 35 years” and “the William

Faulkner of Southern music. Advance reservations recommended! www.RandallBramblett.com

Sunday, 2-5 p.m. Traditional 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-plus-year-old “pickin’ and grinnin” tradition continues. Hosted by Bluebilly Grit. Free.

Sunday, Jan. 29, 7-9 p.m.: Jubal’s Kin, $12 Advance / $14 Day of Show. Jubal’s Kin has created a seemingly new subgenre pairing

rugged indie folk with a gutsy, almost old-time, flair. Their calling card, however, has become the chemistry of their live shows, where their sister/brother born music feels as real and connective as the blood flowing in veins. With a debut album that was shortlisted for the GRAMMY Awards

and brought nominations in the Independent Music Awards this is an exciting new act that ‘root’s music lovers better not miss! www.jubals-kin.com

Holly Theatre, 69 West Main St., 706-864 3759,

www.hollytheater.com

LIve on Stage: Neil Simon’s Rumors: Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m., Sundays at 2 p.m. through Jan. 29. $15.

Band of Brothers: Screening of two episodes/week through Feb. 20. 8 p.m. $3

Speakeasy Wednesday: Holly Underground, 9 p.m. to midnight, $7 advance, $9 at the door

Jan. 25: No performance

Feb 1: Graham’s Number

Jazz Bassist Christian McBride, 8 p.m., Feb. 2. $27.50 or students $5 with NGCSU ID. See story page 1B.

Super Bowl — Tailgate without the Truck. Feb. 5: Grill begins at 5:30 p.m., kickoff at 6:25 p.m. Watch the game on the 26-foot screen; food and refreshments available.

Saturday afternoons beginning Feb. 4: Magical Moments Movies, 2 p.m.

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

Thursdays: College Night

Fridays: Live entertainment

Saturdays: College football

Sundays: NFL football

Mondays: Trivia

Tuesdays: Country Western Music/Karaoke night

Friday, Jan. 27: Stoned Sandwich

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

Friday nights: Live music 6-9 p.m. by Bobby Wesley playing Country/Rock. No cover.

Saturday nights: Live music 6-9 p.m. by Emily White playing Jazz. No cover.

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: Karaoke

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

Friday, Jan. 27: Jason Connelly Band, 8:30-11:30 p.m.: The Jason Connelly Band. Jason Connelly and Keith Hirsch write from personal life experience. The band is known for the combination of Connelly’s voice and rhythmic guitar and Hirsch’s ability to make a djembe sound like a full drum set.

Saturday, Jan. 28, 8:30-11:30 p.m.: Live music by Creston Maxie

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

Friday, Feb. 3, 6-8 p.m.: Winter Blind Wine Tasting Party. Taste 8 wines along with some simple food pairings. $20 per person. Call for reservatons.

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

Senior Services/Activities

lumpkin County Senior Center

266 Mechanicsville Road, 706-864-2358,

lcseniorcenter@windstream.net

Watercolor Demonstration by Oscar Rayneri: Jan. 27, 10 a.m. See details this page.

Basic Paper Making Demonstration by Dianne Stakes, 10-11 a.m. Monday, Feb. 13, in the Art Studio in the Lower Level of the Senior Center. Participants will learn how to how to create beautiful sheets of paper at home from recycled waste paper, and will leave with a hand made Valentine card. Door prizes and refreshments will be available. Class size limited; registration is required. atciga@windstream.net or 706-867-8116.

CANASTA (Card Game): Newcomers welcome, Monday and Wednesday every week from 2-5 p.m.

Silver Singers: This group of community singers is open to seniors 55+ to sing and have fun. No singing talent necessary. Directed by Jenni Jackson. 10:30 a.m. Tuesdays.

Artists Open Studio: Meets Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 10 a.m. to noon at the Senior Center Art Studio. Come work on your own art—any discipline, any level. Share, socialize and learn from other artists. Lumpkin residents 55+ are free. 706-864-2358

Wellness programS for 55+: The nation’s leading fitness program, Healthways Silver Sneakers, designed for 55+ adults, Monday, Tuesday and Friday at 9:30 a.m. Cardio Fit at 3 p.m. Thursdays. Improve strength, flexibility, balance and coordination. Programs are free.

YOGA FLOW for PERSONAL Fitness: Beginner level yoga classes for 55+ from 4:15 to 5:15 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays. $60 for a six-week session. Paula Bingham, pyb3644@windstream.net, 706-864-2851

Nutrition Program for 60+: Socalize, exercise, play games and enjoy crafts, pool, and more. Have a nutritious hot meal. Come by for a tour of the center. 266 Mechanicsville Road, 706-864-2358

Education/Classes

Gainesville sBDC Classes

Gainesville Small Business Develoment Center offices located at The Featherbone Communiversity, 999 Chestnut Street, Gainesville. Register online at www.georgiasbdc.org or call 770-531-5681 for more information.

Starting a Business Q &A, Wed., Feb. 1, 5-7 p.m. Free. Registration required.

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.

Scuba Diving Intro Night: Free introduction to learn more about the scuba classes offered and which one is right for you. Thursday, Jan. 26, 6:45-8:30 p.m. Free, but registration required. Bill Lach

Senior Stretch: Feel better, increase your range of movement, balance and flexibility. Join us for a stretch class designed for the more mature generation. This class is for ladies and gentlemen, so sign up with your better half or your best friend. Six Wednesdays, Feb. 1 - March 7, 8:30-9:30 a.m.  $69. Tonya Buell

S.A.S.Y Stretch and Strengthen Yoga: This beginner to advanced beginner yoga class is for everyone and every body type! Every class is a full-on flex and flow yoga class. Six Wednesdays,  Feb. 1 - March 7, 5:30-6:30 p.m. $ 69. Tonya Buell.

Zumba: Join the wildly popular dance-fitness class that incorporates Latin and international music with dance movements. Zumba integrates some of the basic principles of aerobic, interval and resistance training to maximize calorie burn, cardiovascular benefits and total body toning. Six Thursdays, Feb. 2 - March 8, 6-7 p.m., $69. Debbie Carter-Dye

Scuba Diving – Open Water: Begin training for your scuba diving certification. Class covers water entry, descent, ascent, equipment use, safety, and other relevant topics. Eight Thursdays, Feb. 2 - March 22, 6:45-10 p.m., $248. Bill Lach

Scuba Diving – Advanced Open Water: Open the door to learn more diving techniques, and expand your skills and certification level. The class will cover under-water navigation, search and recovery, night diving, wreck diving, and deep diving. Three Thursdays,  Feb. 2 - March 22, 6:45-10 p.m.  $198. Bill Lach

Zumba Gold: Zumba Gold takes the Zumba formula (the party-like atmosphere, the zesty Latin music and the sheer vibrancy of each class) and modifies the moves and pacing to suit the needs of the active older participant, as well as the de-conditioned participant. six Fridays Feb. 3-March 9, 9-10 a.m. $69. Margit Kilian

Zumba Toning: Combines targeted body-sculpting exercises and high-energy cardio work with Latin-infused Zumba moves to create a calorie-torching, strength-training dance fitness-party. Six Fridays Feb. 3-March 9, 10:30-11:30 a.m. $69. Margit Kilian

Pottery—Beginning Throwing & Handbuilding: Learn basic hand building and wheel throwing techniques and cover basic production skills, hand positions, trimming, decorating, and glazing. Six Mondays/Wednesdays, Feb. 6 - March 14, 6-8 p.m. $139. Kyle Jones

Advanced Microsoft Word 2007: Learn how to use styles, mail merge for mass mailings, organize information with tables, and insert pictures and clip art images into documents. Monday/Wednesday, Feb. 6 and 8, 5:30-8:30 p.m. $119. Anita Roush

The Coupon Phenomenon: Saving Money One Coupon at a Time: Learn how to shop like a pro. Learn basic couponing skills and techniques, including coupon organization, jargon and etiquette. 2 Wednesdays, Feb. 8 & 15, 5:30-7:30 p.m. $25. Laura Nicholson

Sewing—Coiled Fabric Bowls: The coiled-wrapped cording technique used to create these one of a kind bowls and baskets is easy and produces great results. For the sewer with some experience and good control of the sewing machine. Wednesday, Feb. 8, 6-8 p.m. $29 Deb Adams.

Digital Imaging: Learn how to select objects, extract or enhance, do color corrections, crop images, create composites, do black and white conversions, and set up for printing with Photoshop Elements 9. Participants should have some knowledge of photography and the Windows operating system. Eight Thursdays, Feb. 9 - March 29, 6-8 p.m. $159. Larry Winslett

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 www.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.

Buddhist meditation and study group

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

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 opportunities

It’s a great time to begin preparing yourself for 2012. As new jobs open up, are you prepared to beat out the competition? Free GED preparation by caring instructors is right around the corner in Dahlonega each Monday through Thursday from 8-7. 706-867-2862

Mountain Ed High School

Earn a high school diploma at night. SACS accredited, certified teachers, state-funded. 4-9:30 p.m. Mon.-Thurs. 706-864-0229

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. 678-516-6950.

S.A.T. and Study Prep

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

Volunteers

LOOKING FOR A FEW GOOD MEN AND/OR WOMEN: Lumpkin County Senior Center is looking for volunteers to help in the kitchen area. 10 a.m. to noon.  Gail or Rhonda, 706-864-2358

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.

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.Ben Wallace, Volunteer Services Director, 706-867-9621

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

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, www.lumpkinliteracy.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

MEALS ON WHEELS VOLUNTEERS NEEDED to serve as substitute drivers. Vehicle needed. Call Rhonda at 706-864-2358 for more information.

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

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

Holly Theatre welcomes volunteers in any capacity to help with concessions, set construction, answering phones, marketing, organizing or children’s theater. 706-864-3759

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.

Art Classes

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

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

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

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

Clogging Classes

Beginner clogging classes are forming for fall. Age 5 up. $40 per month, one hour a week. Call about adult classes. crbbarnes@windstream.net or 706-974-7305

STring Instruments

Bluegrass instrument instruction—fiddle, banjo, guitar, bass, mandolin. Sonny Houston, 706-864-4606

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 Jan. 28 are Forever Alive, Gospel Traveliers, and Dayspring. 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/glendonwilliamsfreedomheirs, freedomministries@windstream.net

Singing at Etowah Baptist Saturday

Etowah Baptist Church will hold a singing at 7 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 28. Guest singers are Across Time and Straight Way. Pastor J.W. Day invites everyone.

Singing Saturday at Lighthouse Baptist

Lighthouse Baptist Church will host a singing at 7 p.m. Jan. 28, featuring The Broken Ground, Annette Carnes, Ronnie and Phyllis Vaughn. Pastor G. W. Gravitt invites everyone.

Singing Saturday night at Salem

Salem Baptist Church will have a singing Saturday, Jan. 28, at 7 p.m. Featured singers will be Pure in Heart. Pastor Tony Howard invites everyone.

Special singers Sunday at Enon Baptist Church

Enon Baptist Church will host Bluegrass Gospel Group and One Goal at 11 a.m. Sunday, Jan. 29.

Singing Sunday at Brown’s Chapel Sunday

Brown’s Chapel will have a special singing at 11 a.m. Sunday, Jan. 29. Mountain Faith will be singing. Pastor Junior Evans invites everyone. 706-867-9550

Men’s supper at Fortress Church Saturday night

Fortress Church, located off Torrington Road, invites everyone to its regular men’s Christian fellowship supper held at 6 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 28.

UnitARIAn Universalist church

Georgia Mountains Unitarian Universalist Church is a welcoming congregation. On Sunday, Jan. 29, Rev. Chris Glaser will present “Death as Soul Friend; What Death Can Teach Us about Life.” The Rev. Glaser will share some of the lessons that Death has taught him in the hopes that listeners might discover their own learnings from deaths in their lives. Worship 11 a.m.; children’s religious education classes begin at 11:30 a.m. following announcements and story time. Child care provided. 706-864-0661, www.gmuuc.org

Teaching conference at Church of Apostles Feb. 3-5

Church of the Apostles, Dawsonville, will hold its annual winter teaching conference Feb. 3-5. Dr. Allen Ross, professor of Old Testament and Hebrew at Beeson Divinity School at Samford University, Birmingham, will be teaching on the life of Abraham. Following a 6 p.m. reception Friday there will be teaching from 7-8 p.m. as well as Saturday and Sunday mornings. A love offering will be taken to help cover Dr. Ross’s expenses. The public is invited. 706-216-4912, cotachurch.com

Free Valentine’s Day Weddings

The Church @ War Hill, 8847 Highway 53 E., Dawsonville, is offering free wedding ceremonies to the public this Valentines Day, Tuesday, Feb. 14. Reservations required. (706) 216-3080.

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

Assistance Available

OneHarvest food available at St. Paul

St. Paul United Methodist Church, Highway 60 South at 14 Martins Ford Road, is a pick-up location for OneHarvest Food Ministries. Available boxes include boxes of meats and vegetables, prepared meals, a box of chicken and a grill special which can be ordered at discounted, group-purchase prices. Order deadline is Friday, Jan. 20 with delivery Saturday, Jan. 28. Order at www.oneharvest.com or at the church, 706-973-9924.

Free Food at DCOG Monday, Feb. 6

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. No food will be available in January. 4 Happy Hollow Road, 706-864-3782

Wellness/Fitness

YOGA with Quiana

Yoga promotes ease, health, vitality and peace. Vinyasa Flow integrating movement, breath and mudras. Mondays 9-10:15 a.m. and 6:15-7:30 p.m.; Wednesdays 9-10:15 a.m., 6-7:20 p.m.; Thursday 4- 5:20 p.m.; Friday 9-10:15 a.m. Saturdays 8-9:30 a.m. To join, contact Quiana 828-318-9169

LEARN TO MEDITATE

Body, mind, spirit, stress reduction. Mondays 5:15 - 6 p.m. To join, contact Quiana 828-318-9169

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

Yoga at Dahlonega Spa Resort

Yoga at Dahlonega Spa Resort Tuesdays 6-7:15 p.m. $12/class, five classes $10. 400 Blueberry Hill off Town Creek Church Road. 706-865-7678

AT Dahlonega Healing Arts

Morning Yoga 9-10:15 a.m. Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. Evening Yoga Monday, 6:20 p.m.; Wednesday, 6 p.m., Thursday 4 p.m. and Friday, 4:30 p.m. Meditation Monday, 5:30-6:15 p.m. (spiritual discourse/meditation/chanting are part of this meditation). 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

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/evening classes promoting improved strength, flexibility, endurance, balance, breath control and stress relief. Paula Bingham, YogaFit® trained 706-864-2851 pyb3644@windstream.net

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

saturday Walking Group

Come join us and make walking fun and social. All levels welcome. Light stretching, strengthening and walking of course. Introduction to Nordic walking. Call for times and locations. 706-429-79

More Pets

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.

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

The Blue Ridge Archaeology Guild (BRAG) will meet at 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 26, at the United Community Bank on Morrison Moore Parkway. Dr. James D’Angelo will speak on “Archaeology of a 1799-1815 Georgia Frontier Fort.” D’Angelo has directed research of the Gwinnett Archaeological Research Society at Fort Daniel for the past several years and previously worked on projects in Jordan. Visitors are welcome.

The North Georgia Photography Critique Special Interest Group will meet from 6:30-8:30 p.m. on the fourth Thursday (Jan. 26) in the Dawson County library, 342 Allen Street, Dawsonville to share tips and critique each other’s photos. New members welcome. dphotoman@gmail.com, http://web.me.com/paulschiemer/Critique_Group/Photos.html

The Lions Club of Dahlonega meets the second and fourth Thursdays (Jan. 26) at Just Off the Square Café, at 6 p.m. Everyone is invited. Anne Mundy, 706-864-5899

Gold Rush Quilter’s Guild meets the first Wednesday of each month (Feb. 1) at 10 a.m. at Friendship Baptist Church on Friendship Road off West Moreland and Highway 129, Cleveland. Visitors and new members welcome. Elizabeth Pickel, 706-219-3890; Jan Fambrough, 706-867-8502

The Dahlonega Tea Party meets on the first Thursday of the month (Feb. 2), at 7 p.m. in the lower level of the Lumpkin County Library. The public is invited to attend the meeting to learn what the Tea Party is.

Dahlonega Woman’s Club meets the first Thursday (Feb. 2) at 6 p.m. in the Community House on North Park Street. Please bring a brown bag dinner if you wish.

The Stonepile Writers, a community creative writing group, meets the first Thursday of each month, (Feb. 2) at 6 p.m. at the Vickery House, 1 Vickery Drive, on the NGCSU campus. Barbara Seaton, 706-867-2911, BCSeaton@ngcsu.edu

Lumpkin County Family Connection Collaborative meets on the first Thursday of each month (Feb. 2) at noon at Lumpkin County Parks­—YMCA. Anyone interested in the well being of families and children in Lumpkin County is invited to attend. For additional information, contact Brenda Cronan 706-265-8389 or email bcronan@lumpkin.k12.ga.us. Web site: www.lumpkin.k12.ga.us/~fc/

GOLD COUNTRY SQUARE DANCERS meets the first and third Fridays of each month (Feb. 3) from 7:30 to 10 p.m. at the Dahlonega United Methodist Church fellowship hall on South Park Street at Maple Street. The public is invited for fun, exercise and good fellowship. Dana Whitfield, 706-864-9021

The Weekend Gold Miners club meets the first Saturday of every month (Feb. 4) at 5 p.m. at the Auraria Community Center. The family-oriented group offers local prospecting locations and camaraderie to those with an interest in prospecting. 770-531-WEGM(9346)

The Lumpkin County Chapter of the VFW meets at 7 p.m. the first Monday of each month. The January meeting will be held on the second Monday (Feb. 6) at the United Community Bank Community Room, 206 Morrison Moore Parkway. Any Honorably Discharged Veteran or current service member (American Citizen) who has received Combat or Hostile Fire Pay, Received a Campaign Medal or has served in the Republic of Korea for more than 30 consecutive/60 non-consecutive days is invited. Applicants should bring $25 and proof of eligibility. vfw.post.5533@gmail.com

Gaddistown Homemakers meets the first Tuesday of every month February through November (Feb. 7) at 74 Fire House Lane, formerly Pre-K, across from Woody Gap School. Homemakers in the Suches area are invited.

LUMPKIN COUNTY REPUBLICAN PARTY meets at 7 p.m. the first Tuesday of each month (Feb. 7) in the United Community Bank Community Room. All Lumpkin County residents are welcome. Jeff Clymer, Chairman, (706) 973-7091. www.Lumpkin-GOP.org.

TROUT UNLIMITED, GOLD RUSH CHAPTER meets at 7 p.m. on the first Tuesday of the month (Feb. 7) in the Ivie Lodge at Camp Glisson (two miles north of Dahlonega on Highway 60). Speaker will be Kate Owens, Director, Upper Coosa River Program for Georgia Nature Conservatory. Dinner is served at 6:30 p.m. for those who wish to eat. Fly tying classes will be conducted Feb. 16. Sherman Head, beartooth@windstream.net or 706-864-6461; goldrushtu.org

Auraria Community Club meets at 7 p.m. the first Tuesday of each month (Feb. 7) at the Community Clubhouse on Auraria Road. Join the club for a covered dish dinner. All members and friends are welcome. The cost is only $5 to join for a year of fellowship and giving back to the community. For information about the club or renting the clubhouse call 706-864-3432 or 770-527-1578.

Friends of Waypoint meets for monthly luncheons on the second Wednesday of each month (Feb. 8) at noon at the Waypoint Center, 45 Eagle Overlook Drive (off Six Mile Road), Dahlonega. Waypoint Center is a Christ-centered recovery program for men. New members are welcome; community support and involvement is critical for the success of the program. 706-864-7110, www.waypointcenter.org

The American Red Cross Disaster Action Team meets the second Wednesday of each month (Feb. 8) at 7 p.m. in the basement of St. Luke’s Catholic Church, 91 North Park Street. The group is seeking volunteers to help victims of disasters in the Lumpkin County area. All interested citizens are welcome. Karen, 706-867-1910

The new Georgia 400 Tea Party will meets on the second Thursday (Feb. 9) from 7:30-9 p.m. at the community room of the United Community Bank on Morrison Moore Parkway. All meetings are open to the public. Elected officials and candidates running for office are invited to attend. 706-864-9784

The Lumpkin County Historical Society meets on the second Thursday (Feb. 9) at the Community Center on North Park Street.

The Golden Stitches Quilters Guild meets the second Thursday (Feb. 9) at the Lumpkin Senior Center from 6-8:30 p.m. to sew on individual and community projects. Come quilt, sew, and learn. Dana Fritchle, 706-864-9261; Deborah Raptis, 706-867-1869, or email goldenstitches@hotmail.com

The Georgia Mountain Handspinners Guild meets the second Saturday (Feb. 11) at Hopewell UMC on Hopewell Road south of Murrayville, 12-4 p.m. Visitors welcome. Lynn Johnson, 706-864-6407

Etowah River Critters Club: Second Saturday (Feb. 11), 390 Tom Bell Odom Road (off Siloam Church/Rider Mill Road). joe@worldclass.net, 706-265-5502

Etowah River Critters Club: Macro-Invertebrate Sampling and Photography on the Upper Etowah River the second Saturday (Feb. 11), 390 Tom Bell Odom Road (off Siloam Church/Rider Mill Road). joe@worldclass.net, 706-265-5502

Garden Bugs Club: Get a taste of planting, tending and harvesting at Revival Gardens Organic Produce the second Saturday (Feb. 11), 9:30-11:30 a.m. For the young and the young-at-heart. 390 Tom Bell Odom Road (off Siloam Church/Rider Mill Road). realfood@revivalgardens.com, 706-265-5502

Dawson County Chapter 970 of the Vietnam Veterans of America meets the second Monday of each month (Feb. 13) at Ryan’s Family Steakhouse. Fellowship and supper are at 6 p.m. and the meeting starts at 7 p.m. Wayne Watkins, 706-429-5002

Blue Mountain Masonic Lodge #38 F&AM meets at 7:30 p.m. the second and fourth Tuesdays, (Feb. 14) of each month. 706-864-3838

Mountain Coin Club for beginner and advanced numismatists meets the second Tuesday of each month (Feb. 14) at 6:15 p.m. at North Georgia Technical College, Blairsville. Call YOCS, 706-379-1488.

Word Chasers Book Club meets on the second Tuesday of the month (Feb. 14) at 1 p.m., in the craft room at the senior center. All are welcome. Rhonda, 706-864-2358

Mountain Laurel Lady Riders meets the second Tuesday of the month (Feb. 14) at 7 p.m. at The Sunflower Chinese Restaurant in the Piggly Wiggly Shopping Center, Highway 129, Cleveland. Come early for dinner. This is the local chapter of Women on Wheels (WOW), a national organization promoting motorcycling for women. Any woman who rides her own motorcyle, sport bike or scooter, or who is just interested in motorcycles, is invited. 706-968-6625.

WILL (Women in Lumpkin Leadership), a monthly professional and social networking group for women, meets the third Wednesday of each month (Feb. 15) from 8 to 9:30 a.m. (program begins at 8:30) at the Stewart Center for Continuing Education next to Dairy Queen. $5-per-meeting fee is collected to support future activities. No membership commitment required. Send message to lumpkincountywillgroup@yahoo.com to be added to E-vite list.

Lumpkin County Retired Educators will meet on the third Thursday of the month for a luncheon (Feb. 16) at 11 a.m. at the Dahlonega Funeral Home. 706-864-0164

Georgia Mountain Chapter of Military Officers Association of America meets at 7 p.m. the third Thursday of each month (Feb. 16) at Ryan’s in Dawsonville. Retired, former and current military officers are welcome. www.gmcmoaa.org, 706-265-7613

The American Legion #239 Auxiliary meets the third Thursday (Feb. 16) of each month, 6:30 p.m. at the American Legion Hall. www.dahlonegalegion.org

F.E.A.R. (Face Everything and Recover) is a coalition in Lumpkin County organized to focus on drug and alcohol prevention for a new generation, intervention for addicts now and optimism for a drug-free community in the future. The group meets at noon on the third Thursday of the month (Feb. 16) in the community room of the United Community Bank. It seeks to provide support and services to families affected by alcohol and drug abuse. Bridgette Barker, brigette.barker@lumpkinsheriff.com

Habitat for Humanity of Lumpkin County meets at 6 p.m. the third Thursday of each month (Feb. 16) in the meeting room upstairs at Yahoola Grill.

Dahlonega Young Professionals Group (YPG) meets the third Thursday (Feb. 16), 5:30 p.m. at different venues each month. YPG is a networking organization of dedicated, talented young professionals ages 21-40 with the goal of enriching the community by uniting and developing the county’s young professionals. For information on where meetings are held, go to dahlonegaypg.com.

TLC HUMANE SOCIETY meets at 7 p.m. on the third Thursday (Feb. 16) in the basement of the Dahlonega Library. Please come and bring a friend. We are trying to plan for our fund raisers for the year and any ideas and suggestions will be greatly appreciated. 706-864-2817

The Funky Chicken Art Project holds a woodcarvers gathering on the third Saturday of each month (Feb. 18), noon-3 p.m. More information and directions at www.funkychickenartproject.com or call Christina at 706-864-3938 or e-mail: funkchic@windstream.net

SEBA (Southeastern Bluegrass Association) holds a jam the third Sunday of each month (Feb. 19) from 2-6 p.m. at The Crimson Moon Café. Raymond Busbee, 706-216-3885

We Recycle! meets the third Monday of the month (Feb. 20) at 5 p.m. in the Community Room of the United Community Bank on Morrison Moore Parkway. www.WeRecycleLumpkin.org

AARP – Lumpkin Chapter 1966, meets the third Monday (Feb. 20)) of each month at 11 a.m. in the Fellowship Hall of Dahlonega United Methodist Church. A lunch will be served ($7). Anyone age 50+ is invited. Food, fellowship, fun and informative speakers. Roberta Peters. 706-864-4383

The North Georgia Amateur Radio Club (NGARC) meets at 6 p.m. the third Tuesday of each month (Feb. 21) in Dahlonega. Those interested in becoming licensed amateur radio operators or those who are already hams are invited to join the organization. Tom Crowell, president, 706-864-0410; Reudi Mettler, vice president, 404-474-0686



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Community-wide Events

Enotah CASA volunteer open house friday

Enotah CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates), with volunteers serving as advocates for abused and neglected children, will hold an open house for interested volunteers from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 27, at its Dahlonega office. A new training class to prepare child advocates to speak out on behalf of the abused and neglected children in our community begins Tuesday, Jan. 31. CASA volunteers are ordinary people who have a profound sense of caring for children. The office is located at 56 Short Street in the old Health Department building. www.EnotahCASA.org, email: information@enotahcasa.org or call 706-864-0300

Veteran’s Death benefits seminar saturday

Dahlonega Funeral Home will host a brief question and answer meeting on Veteran’s Death Benefits at 11 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 28, in the funeral home’s reception hall. RSVP 706-864-3683

NUGGET EDITOR speaks to DEMOCRats saturday

The Lumpkin County Democratic Party will meet for breakfast at the Crimson Moon’s Half-Moon Saloon at 10 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 28. Featured speaker is The Dahlonega Nugget Editor Wayne Knuckles. Knuckles’ 30 year career has included reporting, editing and publishing at various newspapers in the southeast as well as working for such media groups as Gannett and the New York Times. He has been twice honored by the National Newspaper Association for his work. Knuckles has served as editor and publisher of The Dahlonega Nugget since 2008. Open to the public. RSVP to lumpkindemocrats@yahoo.com.

NOA volunteer breakfast & training Saturday

As part of a winter volunteer training series, NOA (No One Alone) will host a free breakfast and volunteer training from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 28, at United Community Bank Community Room, 206 Morrison Moore Pkwy. “Bad Memories—Childhood Trauma & Domestic Violence” will be presented by Tori Owens, NOA Children’s Advocate. Volunteers are a resource and a vital part of the strategy for fulfilling the mission of NOA, the domestic violence program for Dawson and Lumpkin counties. The organization offers emergency shelter and support services for victims of domestic violence and their children. Seating for the breakfast is limited; please RSVP to noapublicrelations@yahoo.com or call Brenda at 706-864-0030 ext. 4. www.noonealone.org

GOLD dog park association update sunday

The GOLD Dog Park Association will meet at 2 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 29, at the community room of United Community Bank, 206 Morrison Moore Parkway. The meeting will include discussion of the status with the Army Corps of Engineers, financial update, and other important matters. Sandy Steele, 706-864-1318

Rep. Graves’s staff in LUmpkin Tuesday

Representatives of the office of U.S. Rep. Tom Graves will be available to meet with constituents at the Lumpkin County Library, 342 Courthouse Hill, from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 31 to assist with casework, questions and concerns pertaining to federal programs or policy issues.

Stewards of Children training offered Feb. 1

Stewards of Children Child Sexual Abuse Prevention Training will be offered Wednesday, Feb. 1, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. at the United Community Bank Community Room. The training is for any responsible adult who cares about the welfare of children as well as youth-serving organizations (sports leagues, day care centers, after school programs, church groups and others.) CEUs are available for LPC, LCSW, LMSW, LMFT, GNA, POST and CLE. Cost of the training is $10 for materials. Make checks payable to Family Connection. Lunch will be provided. RSVP to Nicole Alvarez, 706-864-1306 Ext. 6 or noaoutreach@yahoo.com.

University Press/GASC host open house FeB. 3

Interested in blogging and digital publishing? The University Press of North Georgia and the Georgia Appalachian Studies Center will co-host a reception on Friday, Feb. 3, from 5:30-6:30 p.m. at the historic Vickery House. The theme is “Bringing Appalachia to the World.” The reception is free and open to the public. Come meet the staff, check out the Press’s books, and learn more about the University Press of North Georgia and the Georgia Appalachian Studies Center. gasc@northgeorgia.edu

Owl program at Gold Museum Feb. 9

Naturalist Lauretta Dean from Amicalola Falls State Park & Lodge will bring a few of her feathery friends for “Whose Whoooo is Whose?” from 5:30-7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 9. She will discuss the adaptations of owls and explain how to tell the native species apart. Admission: $3.50 youth, $6 adult, $5.50 Senior (62+). 706-864-2257

Volunteer training for Rape Response

Rape Response, a United Way agency serving victims of sexual violence in this region of northeast Georgia, will hold a training sessison in Gainesville for new volunteers beginning Saturday, Feb. 11, and continuing Thursdays Feb. 16 and 23, and Saturday, Feb. 25. Saturday sessions run from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Thursday sessions, 5:30-8:30 p.m. Volunteers are scheduled for on-call duty at night or weekends and maintain their own schedules. www.raperesponse.com, (770) 503-7273, heather@raperesponse.com

At the Library

Lumpkin County Library, 706-864-3668

www.chestateelibrary.org

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

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

eBooks: Downloadable at the library’s Web site.

Storytime Programs:

Totally Toddlers, Tuesdays through Feb. 14, 11 a.m.: Designed for children ages 2-3. The program offers age appropriate books, songs, and fingerplays. Several short activities are used between each book in order to hold the children’s interest.

Movers and Shakers, Wednesday through Feb. 15, 11 a.m. Intended for children ages 4-5. No pre-registration is required, but groups larger than five are requested to call at least two days in advance. The programs last 45 minutes to an hour and may include songs, finger plays and crafts in addition to stories.

Observations from a Peak, Thursday, Jan. 26, 6 p.m. Join current Dahlonega Nugget editor/publisher Wayne Knuckles as he discusses Lumpkin County legend W. B. Townsend. In the early 1900’s Townsend was the editor of a tiny Georgia mountain newspaper, The Dahlonega Nugget. Using a hand-cranked press he created a 4-page weekly paper filled with news, advertisements and Townsend’s witty, bawdy, funny and often cantankerous editorial columns. Those columns were syndicated in major papers across the country, attracting a loyal readership for Townsend’s wise, rascally, small-town views. Observations from a Peak in Lumpkin County is a collection of his best writing, with commentary by a 1930s Atlanta newspaper reporter, A.F. Dean, who compiled the excerpts, edited by New York Times bestselling novelist Deborah Smith and a foreword by current Nugget editor/publisher Wayne Knuckles.

Nook Workshop, Friday, Jan. 27, 10 a.m. Representatives from Barnes and Noble will be on hand to provide the inside scoop on how to use a Nook. Registration is required. 706-864-3668

Valentines Galore! Tuesday, January 31, 3:30 p.m. Join us and make valentines for all of your friends. Materials provided. Grades 3-5.

Computer Basics, Wednesday, Feb. 1, 9-10 a.m. This computer class will focus on the basic parts of the computer, the ability to navigate through the Windows system and troubleshooting. No prior knowledge needed. Registration is required.

Coffee House for Middleschoolers, Wednesday, Feb. 1, 3:30 p.m. Drop in the library with all of your best pals and enjoy a steaming cup of joe or hot chocolate. Grade 6-8

Reading to Dogs, Saturday, Feb. 4: Kids will have fun, boost self-confidence, and improve reading comprehension by reading to a PETS in Action certified Dog. Children in 1st grade and above. Please make a 15-minute appointment.

Community Support Projects

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

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

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

Free medical supplies, book swap

Free book swap. Also, free medical supplies for loaner program. Donations of medical supplies/equipment in good condition needed. Lisa Jo’s Thrift Store, next to Moore’s Building Supply. 706-429-7232

Children & Young Adults

Pick & Bow registration at LCMS

Georgia Pick & Bow Traditional Music School is accepting applications for its spring semester which begins Feb. 9 at LCMS. The program provides instruction in playing traditional Appalachian instruments to students in grades 4-12 on Thursdays at 3:30 p.m. at the LCMS 6th grade center. Cost of instruction is $100 for the 10-week semester, and scholarships/reduced tuition rates are available for students who qualify. Contact Sarrah Ellen McDonald, Pick and Bow Director, 678-936-2284 or semcd1969@windstream.net for information. www. georgiapickandbow.org.

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. 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

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 Scout Troop 303 meets weekly on Mondays at 6 p.m. in the Scout Hut with a campout generally held once a month. Visit and consider making Troop 303 your Boy Scout home. 706-867-7047, www.bsa303.org

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 Park and 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

56, Wellness-21, on the Public Square. www.wellness-21.com 

Pets

Pet Food Drive at Walmart this weekend

A pet food drive for local animal shelters will be held at Walmart from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on the following dates: Friday, Saturday and Sunday, Jan. 27-29 and Feb. 3-5.

GOLD dog park association meets Sunday

The GOLD Dog Park Association on will meet Sunday, Jan. 29, for an update. See info in EVENTS listings.

D.O.G. Obedience, Agility & Rally-O!

Classes start the week of Jan. 26-29 and run for seven weeks. Dogs must be 4 months and have vaccinations. Intermediate Obedience is a pre-requisite for Agility class. Dahlonega Obedience Group (D.O.G.) Certified instructor Mary Kay Crowell 706-864-0410. Visit www.dahlonegaobediencegroup.com for class schedules. $99 ($10 discount on Obedience Classes for adopted shelter dogs.)

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 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.

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

Support Groups

Cancer Patients

Life with Cancer, a support group for men and women, meets the second Monday of every month at 6:30 p.m. at Church of the Apostles, 32 Grant Road West, Dawsonville. Facilitator is Joan Palazollo, a licensed, practicing counselor and cancer survivor. 706-878-8149

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

Domestic violence: support, crisis line

NOA (No One Alone) conducts weekly support groups for women and children to give victims the opportunity to process current abuse and the emotions accompanying domestic violence situations. Groups meet each Wednesday from 6:30-7:45 p.m. Childcare provided. 706-867-6420 for information. 24-Hour Crisis Line, 706-864-1986

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 grand childen, 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: Monday through Friday at noon, Saturday at 9 a.m. and Sunday at 3 p.m. 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

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

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

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

Music/Art/Drama & More

Art workshop at Art Loft Jan. 26-27

Debra Nadelhoffer will offer “A Focus on Composition, Oil and Pastel” Thursday and Friday, Jan. 26-27, 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Art Loft in Dahlonega. $225. Anita Elder, 706-429-6008, www.artloft.net

events at NGCSU

Pickin’ Porch Old Time Jam: An old-time music jam is held from 12:30-2 p.m. every Thursday at NGCSU. Currently it is meeting in Room 205, Hansford Hall, across West Main Street from the Vickery House which is the jam’s usual home. 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

NGCSU Planetarium: Shows Fridays 8-9 p.m. at George E. Coleman Planetarium, room 234 of the Health & Natural Sciences Building, Sunset Drive. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. with no admittance after 8 p.m. www.northgeorgia.edu/planetarium

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

www.diningindahlonega.com.

Every Sunday through Wednesday: Texas Hold ’Em

Every Friday: Karaoke

Every Saturday: Live music at 9 p.m.

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

Monthly Wine Tasting, Sunday, Jan. 29, 4-6 p.m. Sample a selection of wines and appetizers. $40/person, tax and gratuity included. Reservations required.

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, 7-9+ p.m. Open Jam Night hosted by Justin Bridges. All genres of music. Free, tips for host appreciated.

Thursdays, 6:30-9:30 p.m.: Tom & Juli. Hundreds of cover songs from the 60s, 70s, 80s and 90s while you dine. Free.

Friday, Jan. 27, 8-11 p.m.: Erick Baker and Matthew Kahler. Erick Baker’s unique voice and very personal songwriting style blends rock, pop, soul, blues, country, folk into a distinctive genre he calls “American Music”. He has toured with many artists. His aching intensity and deeply soulful delivery connect him to his audience in a way that is at once genuine and memorable. Matthew Kahler once did dueling shows with Grammy nominee Shawn Mullins. Ever since his name has been associated with the legends of the Atlanta performing songwriting scene along with The Indigo Girls, Zac Brown, Kristian Bush, Jennifer Nettles, Clay Cook, and John Mayer. www.ErickBaker.com, www.MatthewKahler.net

Saturday, Jan. 28, 8-10 p.m.: An Intimate Evening with Randall

Bramblett. $16 Advance Reservations / $18 Day of Show, From his early career with Capricorn Records to his more recent tours as a side-man and/or opener for Bonnie Rait, Widespread Panic, Traffic, Steve Winwood, and Levon Helm, Randall has worked with some of the very best performing artists in the business. Hittin’ The Note magazine heralds him as both ”the South’s most-gifted singer/songwriter of the past 35 years” and “the William

Faulkner of Southern music. Advance reservations recommended! www.RandallBramblett.com

Sunday, 2-5 p.m. Traditional 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-plus-year-old “pickin’ and grinnin” tradition continues. Hosted by Bluebilly Grit. Free.

Sunday, Jan. 29, 7-9 p.m.: Jubal’s Kin, $12 Advance / $14 Day of Show. Jubal’s Kin has created a seemingly new subgenre pairing

rugged indie folk with a gutsy, almost old-time, flair. Their calling card, however, has become the chemistry of their live shows, where their sister/brother born music feels as real and connective as the blood flowing in veins. With a debut album that was shortlisted for the GRAMMY Awards

and brought nominations in the Independent Music Awards this is an exciting new act that ‘root’s music lovers better not miss! www.jubals-kin.com

Holly Theatre, 69 West Main St., 706-864 3759,

www.hollytheater.com

LIve on Stage: Neil Simon’s Rumors: Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m., Sundays at 2 p.m. through Jan. 29. $15.

Band of Brothers: Screening of two episodes/week through Feb. 20. 8 p.m. $3

Speakeasy Wednesday: Holly Underground, 9 p.m. to midnight, $7 advance, $9 at the door

Jan. 25: No performance

Feb 1: Graham’s Number

Jazz Bassist Christian McBride, 8 p.m., Feb. 2. $27.50 or students $5 with NGCSU ID. See story page 1B.

Super Bowl — Tailgate without the Truck. Feb. 5: Grill begins at 5:30 p.m., kickoff at 6:25 p.m. Watch the game on the 26-foot screen; food and refreshments available.

Saturday afternoons beginning Feb. 4: Magical Moments Movies, 2 p.m.

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

Thursdays: College Night

Fridays: Live entertainment

Saturdays: College football

Sundays: NFL football

Mondays: Trivia

Tuesdays: Country Western Music/Karaoke night

Friday, Jan. 27: Stoned Sandwich

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

Friday nights: Live music 6-9 p.m. by Bobby Wesley playing Country/Rock. No cover.

Saturday nights: Live music 6-9 p.m. by Emily White playing Jazz. No cover.

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: Karaoke

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

Friday, Jan. 27: Jason Connelly Band, 8:30-11:30 p.m.: The Jason Connelly Band. Jason Connelly and Keith Hirsch write from personal life experience. The band is known for the combination of Connelly’s voice and rhythmic guitar and Hirsch’s ability to make a djembe sound like a full drum set.

Saturday, Jan. 28, 8:30-11:30 p.m.: Live music by Creston Maxie

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

Friday, Feb. 3, 6-8 p.m.: Winter Blind Wine Tasting Party. Taste 8 wines along with some simple food pairings. $20 per person. Call for reservatons.

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

Senior Services/Activities

lumpkin County Senior Center

266 Mechanicsville Road, 706-864-2358,

lcseniorcenter@windstream.net

Watercolor Demonstration by Oscar Rayneri: Jan. 27, 10 a.m. See details this page.

Basic Paper Making Demonstration by Dianne Stakes, 10-11 a.m. Monday, Feb. 13, in the Art Studio in the Lower Level of the Senior Center. Participants will learn how to how to create beautiful sheets of paper at home from recycled waste paper, and will leave with a hand made Valentine card. Door prizes and refreshments will be available. Class size limited; registration is required. atciga@windstream.net or 706-867-8116.

CANASTA (Card Game): Newcomers welcome, Monday and Wednesday every week from 2-5 p.m.

Silver Singers: This group of community singers is open to seniors 55+ to sing and have fun. No singing talent necessary. Directed by Jenni Jackson. 10:30 a.m. Tuesdays.

Artists Open Studio: Meets Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 10 a.m. to noon at the Senior Center Art Studio. Come work on your own art—any discipline, any level. Share, socialize and learn from other artists. Lumpkin residents 55+ are free. 706-864-2358

Wellness programS for 55+: The nation’s leading fitness program, Healthways Silver Sneakers, designed for 55+ adults, Monday, Tuesday and Friday at 9:30 a.m. Cardio Fit at 3 p.m. Thursdays. Improve strength, flexibility, balance and coordination. Programs are free.

YOGA FLOW for PERSONAL Fitness: Beginner level yoga classes for 55+ from 4:15 to 5:15 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays. $60 for a six-week session. Paula Bingham, pyb3644@windstream.net, 706-864-2851

Nutrition Program for 60+: Socalize, exercise, play games and enjoy crafts, pool, and more. Have a nutritious hot meal. Come by for a tour of the center. 266 Mechanicsville Road, 706-864-2358

Education/Classes

Gainesville sBDC Classes

Gainesville Small Business Develoment Center offices located at The Featherbone Communiversity, 999 Chestnut Street, Gainesville. Register online at www.georgiasbdc.org or call 770-531-5681 for more information.

Starting a Business Q &A, Wed., Feb. 1, 5-7 p.m. Free. Registration required.

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.

Scuba Diving Intro Night: Free introduction to learn more about the scuba classes offered and which one is right for you. Thursday, Jan. 26, 6:45-8:30 p.m. Free, but registration required. Bill Lach

Senior Stretch: Feel better, increase your range of movement, balance and flexibility. Join us for a stretch class designed for the more mature generation. This class is for ladies and gentlemen, so sign up with your better half or your best friend. Six Wednesdays, Feb. 1 - March 7, 8:30-9:30 a.m.  $69. Tonya Buell

S.A.S.Y Stretch and Strengthen Yoga: This beginner to advanced beginner yoga class is for everyone and every body type! Every class is a full-on flex and flow yoga class. Six Wednesdays,  Feb. 1 - March 7, 5:30-6:30 p.m. $ 69. Tonya Buell.

Zumba: Join the wildly popular dance-fitness class that incorporates Latin and international music with dance movements. Zumba integrates some of the basic principles of aerobic, interval and resistance training to maximize calorie burn, cardiovascular benefits and total body toning. Six Thursdays, Feb. 2 - March 8, 6-7 p.m., $69. Debbie Carter-Dye

Scuba Diving – Open Water: Begin training for your scuba diving certification. Class covers water entry, descent, ascent, equipment use, safety, and other relevant topics. Eight Thursdays, Feb. 2 - March 22, 6:45-10 p.m., $248. Bill Lach

Scuba Diving – Advanced Open Water: Open the door to learn more diving techniques, and expand your skills and certification level. The class will cover under-water navigation, search and recovery, night diving, wreck diving, and deep diving. Three Thursdays,  Feb. 2 - March 22, 6:45-10 p.m.  $198. Bill Lach

Zumba Gold: Zumba Gold takes the Zumba formula (the party-like atmosphere, the zesty Latin music and the sheer vibrancy of each class) and modifies the moves and pacing to suit the needs of the active older participant, as well as the de-conditioned participant. six Fridays Feb. 3-March 9, 9-10 a.m. $69. Margit Kilian

Zumba Toning: Combines targeted body-sculpting exercises and high-energy cardio work with Latin-infused Zumba moves to create a calorie-torching, strength-training dance fitness-party. Six Fridays Feb. 3-March 9, 10:30-11:30 a.m. $69. Margit Kilian

Pottery—Beginning Throwing & Handbuilding: Learn basic hand building and wheel throwing techniques and cover basic production skills, hand positions, trimming, decorating, and glazing. Six Mondays/Wednesdays, Feb. 6 - March 14, 6-8 p.m. $139. Kyle Jones

Advanced Microsoft Word 2007: Learn how to use styles, mail merge for mass mailings, organize information with tables, and insert pictures and clip art images into documents. Monday/Wednesday, Feb. 6 and 8, 5:30-8:30 p.m. $119. Anita Roush

The Coupon Phenomenon: Saving Money One Coupon at a Time: Learn how to shop like a pro. Learn basic couponing skills and techniques, including coupon organization, jargon and etiquette. 2 Wednesdays, Feb. 8 & 15, 5:30-7:30 p.m. $25. Laura Nicholson

Sewing—Coiled Fabric Bowls: The coiled-wrapped cording technique used to create these one of a kind bowls and baskets is easy and produces great results. For the sewer with some experience and good control of the sewing machine. Wednesday, Feb. 8, 6-8 p.m. $29 Deb Adams.

Digital Imaging: Learn how to select objects, extract or enhance, do color corrections, crop images, create composites, do black and white conversions, and set up for printing with Photoshop Elements 9. Participants should have some knowledge of photography and the Windows operating system. Eight Thursdays, Feb. 9 - March 29, 6-8 p.m. $159. Larry Winslett

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 www.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.

Buddhist meditation and study group

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

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 opportunities

It’s a great time to begin preparing yourself for 2012. As new jobs open up, are you prepared to beat out the competition? Free GED preparation by caring instructors is right around the corner in Dahlonega each Monday through Thursday from 8-7. 706-867-2862

Mountain Ed High School

Earn a high school diploma at night. SACS accredited, certified teachers, state-funded. 4-9:30 p.m. Mon.-Thurs. 706-864-0229

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. 678-516-6950.

S.A.T. and Study Prep

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

Volunteers

LOOKING FOR A FEW GOOD MEN AND/OR WOMEN: Lumpkin County Senior Center is looking for volunteers to help in the kitchen area. 10 a.m. to noon.  Gail or Rhonda, 706-864-2358

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.

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.Ben Wallace, Volunteer Services Director, 706-867-9621

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

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, www.lumpkinliteracy.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

MEALS ON WHEELS VOLUNTEERS NEEDED to serve as substitute drivers. Vehicle needed. Call Rhonda at 706-864-2358 for more information.

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

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

Holly Theatre welcomes volunteers in any capacity to help with concessions, set construction, answering phones, marketing, organizing or children’s theater. 706-864-3759

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.

Art Classes

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

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

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

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

Clogging Classes

Beginner clogging classes are forming for fall. Age 5 up. $40 per month, one hour a week. Call about adult classes. crbbarnes@windstream.net or 706-974-7305

STring Instruments

Bluegrass instrument instruction—fiddle, banjo, guitar, bass, mandolin. Sonny Houston, 706-864-4606

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 Jan. 28 are Forever Alive, Gospel Traveliers, and Dayspring. 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/glendonwilliamsfreedomheirs, freedomministries@windstream.net

Singing at Etowah Baptist Saturday

Etowah Baptist Church will hold a singing at 7 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 28. Guest singers are Across Time and Straight Way. Pastor J.W. Day invites everyone.

Singing Saturday at Lighthouse Baptist

Lighthouse Baptist Church will host a singing at 7 p.m. Jan. 28, featuring The Broken Ground, Annette Carnes, Ronnie and Phyllis Vaughn. Pastor G. W. Gravitt invites everyone.

Singing Saturday night at Salem

Salem Baptist Church will have a singing Saturday, Jan. 28, at 7 p.m. Featured singers will be Pure in Heart. Pastor Tony Howard invites everyone.

Special singers Sunday at Enon Baptist Church

Enon Baptist Church will host Bluegrass Gospel Group and One Goal at 11 a.m. Sunday, Jan. 29.

Singing Sunday at Brown’s Chapel Sunday

Brown’s Chapel will have a special singing at 11 a.m. Sunday, Jan. 29. Mountain Faith will be singing. Pastor Junior Evans invites everyone. 706-867-9550

Men’s supper at Fortress Church Saturday night

Fortress Church, located off Torrington Road, invites everyone to its regular men’s Christian fellowship supper held at 6 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 28.

UnitARIAn Universalist church

Georgia Mountains Unitarian Universalist Church is a welcoming congregation. On Sunday, Jan. 29, Rev. Chris Glaser will present “Death as Soul Friend; What Death Can Teach Us about Life.” The Rev. Glaser will share some of the lessons that Death has taught him in the hopes that listeners might discover their own learnings from deaths in their lives. Worship 11 a.m.; children’s religious education classes begin at 11:30 a.m. following announcements and story time. Child care provided. 706-864-0661, www.gmuuc.org

Teaching conference at Church of Apostles Feb. 3-5

Church of the Apostles, Dawsonville, will hold its annual winter teaching conference Feb. 3-5. Dr. Allen Ross, professor of Old Testament and Hebrew at Beeson Divinity School at Samford University, Birmingham, will be teaching on the life of Abraham. Following a 6 p.m. reception Friday there will be teaching from 7-8 p.m. as well as Saturday and Sunday mornings. A love offering will be taken to help cover Dr. Ross’s expenses. The public is invited. 706-216-4912, cotachurch.com

Free Valentine’s Day Weddings

The Church @ War Hill, 8847 Highway 53 E., Dawsonville, is offering free wedding ceremonies to the public this Valentines Day, Tuesday, Feb. 14. Reservations required. (706) 216-3080.

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

Assistance Available

OneHarvest food available at St. Paul

St. Paul United Methodist Church, Highway 60 South at 14 Martins Ford Road, is a pick-up location for OneHarvest Food Ministries. Available boxes include boxes of meats and vegetables, prepared meals, a box of chicken and a grill special which can be ordered at discounted, group-purchase prices. Order deadline is Friday, Jan. 20 with delivery Saturday, Jan. 28. Order at www.oneharvest.com or at the church, 706-973-9924.

Free Food at DCOG Monday, Feb. 6

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. No food will be available in January. 4 Happy Hollow Road, 706-864-3782

Wellness/Fitness

YOGA with Quiana

Yoga promotes ease, health, vitality and peace. Vinyasa Flow integrating movement, breath and mudras. Mondays 9-10:15 a.m. and 6:15-7:30 p.m.; Wednesdays 9-10:15 a.m., 6-7:20 p.m.; Thursday 4- 5:20 p.m.; Friday 9-10:15 a.m. Saturdays 8-9:30 a.m. To join, contact Quiana 828-318-9169

LEARN TO MEDITATE

Body, mind, spirit, stress reduction. Mondays 5:15 - 6 p.m. To join, contact Quiana 828-318-9169

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

Yoga at Dahlonega Spa Resort

Yoga at Dahlonega Spa Resort Tuesdays 6-7:15 p.m. $12/class, five classes $10. 400 Blueberry Hill off Town Creek Church Road. 706-865-7678

AT Dahlonega Healing Arts

Morning Yoga 9-10:15 a.m. Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. Evening Yoga Monday, 6:20 p.m.; Wednesday, 6 p.m., Thursday 4 p.m. and Friday, 4:30 p.m. Meditation Monday, 5:30-6:15 p.m. (spiritual discourse/meditation/chanting are part of this meditation). 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

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/evening classes promoting improved strength, flexibility, endurance, balance, breath control and stress relief. Paula Bingham, YogaFit® trained 706-864-2851 pyb3644@windstream.net

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

saturday Walking Group

Come join us and make walking fun and social. All levels welcome. Light stretching, strengthening and walking of course. Introduction to Nordic walking. Call for times and locations. 706-429-79

More Pets

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.

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

The Blue Ridge Archaeology Guild (BRAG) will meet at 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 26, at the United Community Bank on Morrison Moore Parkway. Dr. James D’Angelo will speak on “Archaeology of a 1799-1815 Georgia Frontier Fort.” D’Angelo has directed research of the Gwinnett Archaeological Research Society at Fort Daniel for the past several years and previously worked on projects in Jordan. Visitors are welcome.

The North Georgia Photography Critique Special Interest Group will meet from 6:30-8:30 p.m. on the fourth Thursday (Jan. 26) in the Dawson County library, 342 Allen Street, Dawsonville to share tips and critique each other’s photos. New members welcome. dphotoman@gmail.com, http://web.me.com/paulschiemer/Critique_Group/Photos.html

The Lions Club of Dahlonega meets the second and fourth Thursdays (Jan. 26) at Just Off the Square Café, at 6 p.m. Everyone is invited. Anne Mundy, 706-864-5899

Gold Rush Quilter’s Guild meets the first Wednesday of each month (Feb. 1) at 10 a.m. at Friendship Baptist Church on Friendship Road off West Moreland and Highway 129, Cleveland. Visitors and new members welcome. Elizabeth Pickel, 706-219-3890; Jan Fambrough, 706-867-8502

The Dahlonega Tea Party meets on the first Thursday of the month (Feb. 2), at 7 p.m. in the lower level of the Lumpkin County Library. The public is invited to attend the meeting to learn what the Tea Party is.

Dahlonega Woman’s Club meets the first Thursday (Feb. 2) at 6 p.m. in the Community House on North Park Street. Please bring a brown bag dinner if you wish.

The Stonepile Writers, a community creative writing group, meets the first Thursday of each month, (Feb. 2) at 6 p.m. at the Vickery House, 1 Vickery Drive, on the NGCSU campus. Barbara Seaton, 706-867-2911, BCSeaton@ngcsu.edu

Lumpkin County Family Connection Collaborative meets on the first Thursday of each month (Feb. 2) at noon at Lumpkin County Parks­—YMCA. Anyone interested in the well being of families and children in Lumpkin County is invited to attend. For additional information, contact Brenda Cronan 706-265-8389 or email bcronan@lumpkin.k12.ga.us. Web site: www.lumpkin.k12.ga.us/~fc/

GOLD COUNTRY SQUARE DANCERS meets the first and third Fridays of each month (Feb. 3) from 7:30 to 10 p.m. at the Dahlonega United Methodist Church fellowship hall on South Park Street at Maple Street. The public is invited for fun, exercise and good fellowship. Dana Whitfield, 706-864-9021

The Weekend Gold Miners club meets the first Saturday of every month (Feb. 4) at 5 p.m. at the Auraria Community Center. The family-oriented group offers local prospecting locations and camaraderie to those with an interest in prospecting. 770-531-WEGM(9346)

The Lumpkin County Chapter of the VFW meets at 7 p.m. the first Monday of each month. The January meeting will be held on the second Monday (Feb. 6) at the United Community Bank Community Room, 206 Morrison Moore Parkway. Any Honorably Discharged Veteran or current service member (American Citizen) who has received Combat or Hostile Fire Pay, Received a Campaign Medal or has served in the Republic of Korea for more than 30 consecutive/60 non-consecutive days is invited. Applicants should bring $25 and proof of eligibility. vfw.post.5533@gmail.com

Gaddistown Homemakers meets the first Tuesday of every month February through November (Feb. 7) at 74 Fire House Lane, formerly Pre-K, across from Woody Gap School. Homemakers in the Suches area are invited.

LUMPKIN COUNTY REPUBLICAN PARTY meets at 7 p.m. the first Tuesday of each month (Feb. 7) in the United Community Bank Community Room. All Lumpkin County residents are welcome. Jeff Clymer, Chairman, (706) 973-7091. www.Lumpkin-GOP.org.

TROUT UNLIMITED, GOLD RUSH CHAPTER meets at 7 p.m. on the first Tuesday of the month (Feb. 7) in the Ivie Lodge at Camp Glisson (two miles north of Dahlonega on Highway 60). Speaker will be Kate Owens, Director, Upper Coosa River Program for Georgia Nature Conservatory. Dinner is served at 6:30 p.m. for those who wish to eat. Fly tying classes will be conducted Feb. 16. Sherman Head, beartooth@windstream.net or 706-864-6461; goldrushtu.org

Auraria Community Club meets at 7 p.m. the first Tuesday of each month (Feb. 7) at the Community Clubhouse on Auraria Road. Join the club for a covered dish dinner. All members and friends are welcome. The cost is only $5 to join for a year of fellowship and giving back to the community. For information about the club or renting the clubhouse call 706-864-3432 or 770-527-1578.

Friends of Waypoint meets for monthly luncheons on the second Wednesday of each month (Feb. 8) at noon at the Waypoint Center, 45 Eagle Overlook Drive (off Six Mile Road), Dahlonega. Waypoint Center is a Christ-centered recovery program for men. New members are welcome; community support and involvement is critical for the success of the program. 706-864-7110, www.waypointcenter.org

The American Red Cross Disaster Action Team meets the second Wednesday of each month (Feb. 8) at 7 p.m. in the basement of St. Luke’s Catholic Church, 91 North Park Street. The group is seeking volunteers to help victims of disasters in the Lumpkin County area. All interested citizens are welcome. Karen, 706-867-1910

The new Georgia 400 Tea Party will meets on the second Thursday (Feb. 9) from 7:30-9 p.m. at the community room of the United Community Bank on Morrison Moore Parkway. All meetings are open to the public. Elected officials and candidates running for office are invited to attend. 706-864-9784

The Lumpkin County Historical Society meets on the second Thursday (Feb. 9) at the Community Center on North Park Street.

The Golden Stitches Quilters Guild meets the second Thursday (Feb. 9) at the Lumpkin Senior Center from 6-8:30 p.m. to sew on individual and community projects. Come quilt, sew, and learn. Dana Fritchle, 706-864-9261; Deborah Raptis, 706-867-1869, or email goldenstitches@hotmail.com

The Georgia Mountain Handspinners Guild meets the second Saturday (Feb. 11) at Hopewell UMC on Hopewell Road south of Murrayville, 12-4 p.m. Visitors welcome. Lynn Johnson, 706-864-6407

Etowah River Critters Club: Second Saturday (Feb. 11), 390 Tom Bell Odom Road (off Siloam Church/Rider Mill Road). joe@worldclass.net, 706-265-5502

Etowah River Critters Club: Macro-Invertebrate Sampling and Photography on the Upper Etowah River the second Saturday (Feb. 11), 390 Tom Bell Odom Road (off Siloam Church/Rider Mill Road). joe@worldclass.net, 706-265-5502

Garden Bugs Club: Get a taste of planting, tending and harvesting at Revival Gardens Organic Produce the second Saturday (Feb. 11), 9:30-11:30 a.m. For the young and the young-at-heart. 390 Tom Bell Odom Road (off Siloam Church/Rider Mill Road). realfood@revivalgardens.com, 706-265-5502

Dawson County Chapter 970 of the Vietnam Veterans of America meets the second Monday of each month (Feb. 13) at Ryan’s Family Steakhouse. Fellowship and supper are at 6 p.m. and the meeting starts at 7 p.m. Wayne Watkins, 706-429-5002

Blue Mountain Masonic Lodge #38 F&AM meets at 7:30 p.m. the second and fourth Tuesdays, (Feb. 14) of each month. 706-864-3838

Mountain Coin Club for beginner and advanced numismatists meets the second Tuesday of each month (Feb. 14) at 6:15 p.m. at North Georgia Technical College, Blairsville. Call YOCS, 706-379-1488.

Word Chasers Book Club meets on the second Tuesday of the month (Feb. 14) at 1 p.m., in the craft room at the senior center. All are welcome. Rhonda, 706-864-2358

Mountain Laurel Lady Riders meets the second Tuesday of the month (Feb. 14) at 7 p.m. at The Sunflower Chinese Restaurant in the Piggly Wiggly Shopping Center, Highway 129, Cleveland. Come early for dinner. This is the local chapter of Women on Wheels (WOW), a national organization promoting motorcycling for women. Any woman who rides her own motorcyle, sport bike or scooter, or who is just interested in motorcycles, is invited. 706-968-6625.

WILL (Women in Lumpkin Leadership), a monthly professional and social networking group for women, meets the third Wednesday of each month (Feb. 15) from 8 to 9:30 a.m. (program begins at 8:30) at the Stewart Center for Continuing Education next to Dairy Queen. $5-per-meeting fee is collected to support future activities. No membership commitment required. Send message to lumpkincountywillgroup@yahoo.com to be added to E-vite list.

Lumpkin County Retired Educators will meet on the third Thursday of the month for a luncheon (Feb. 16) at 11 a.m. at the Dahlonega Funeral Home. 706-864-0164

Georgia Mountain Chapter of Military Officers Association of America meets at 7 p.m. the third Thursday of each month (Feb. 16) at Ryan’s in Dawsonville. Retired, former and current military officers are welcome. www.gmcmoaa.org, 706-265-7613

The American Legion #239 Auxiliary meets the third Thursday (Feb. 16) of each month, 6:30 p.m. at the American Legion Hall. www.dahlonegalegion.org

F.E.A.R. (Face Everything and Recover) is a coalition in Lumpkin County organized to focus on drug and alcohol prevention for a new generation, intervention for addicts now and optimism for a drug-free community in the future. The group meets at noon on the third Thursday of the month (Feb. 16) in the community room of the United Community Bank. It seeks to provide support and services to families affected by alcohol and drug abuse. Bridgette Barker, brigette.barker@lumpkinsheriff.com

Habitat for Humanity of Lumpkin County meets at 6 p.m. the third Thursday of each month (Feb. 16) in the meeting room upstairs at Yahoola Grill.

Dahlonega Young Professionals Group (YPG) meets the third Thursday (Feb. 16), 5:30 p.m. at different venues each month. YPG is a networking organization of dedicated, talented young professionals ages 21-40 with the goal of enriching the community by uniting and developing the county’s young professionals. For information on where meetings are held, go to dahlonegaypg.com.

TLC HUMANE SOCIETY meets at 7 p.m. on the third Thursday (Feb. 16) in the basement of the Dahlonega Library. Please come and bring a friend. We are trying to plan for our fund raisers for the year and any ideas and suggestions will be greatly appreciated. 706-864-2817

The Funky Chicken Art Project holds a woodcarvers gathering on the third Saturday of each month (Feb. 18), noon-3 p.m. More information and directions at www.funkychickenartproject.com or call Christina at 706-864-3938 or e-mail: funkchic@windstream.net

SEBA (Southeastern Bluegrass Association) holds a jam the third Sunday of each month (Feb. 19) from 2-6 p.m. at The Crimson Moon Café. Raymond Busbee, 706-216-3885

We Recycle! meets the third Monday of the month (Feb. 20) at 5 p.m. in the Community Room of the United Community Bank on Morrison Moore Parkway. www.WeRecycleLumpkin.org

AARP – Lumpkin Chapter 1966, meets the third Monday (Feb. 20)) of each month at 11 a.m. in the Fellowship Hall of Dahlonega United Methodist Church. A lunch will be served ($7). Anyone age 50+ is invited. Food, fellowship, fun and informative speakers. Roberta Peters. 706-864-4383

The North Georgia Amateur Radio Club (NGARC) meets at 6 p.m. the third Tuesday of each month (Feb. 21) in Dahlonega. Those interested in becoming licensed amateur radio operators or those who are already hams are invited to join the organization. Tom Crowell, president, 706-864-0410; Reudi Mettler, vice president, 404-474-0686



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