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Community-Wide Events

Readers needed for constitution July 4

The Chamber of Commerce is signing up volunteers for the annual Community Reading of the Constitution. This year a reading of the Declaration of Independence will be added to the community event, which begins at 12:30 p.m. on the west lawn of the Gold Museum following the Patriotic Ceremony. The reading is expected to take about an hour. Contact laura@dahlonega.org to be a part of this popular July 4 activity.

Defensive Driving course July 10

An AARP Defensive Driving Course will be held at the United Community Bank, in the community room, 206 Morrison Moore Parkway, on Tuesday, July 10, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. with an hour lunch break. Completion of the course may entitle students to an auto insurance discount. Students need not be 55 and AARP membership is not required. Registration recommended. $14/person, $2 AARP discount, $5 for education system employees. 706-864-4383

NOA seeking t-shirt design for Duathlon

NOA (No One Alone), Lumpkin County’s shelter program for victims of domestic violence, is asking area artists to submit T-shirt designs for its annual 2012 Lake Zwerner 5K & Duathlon. Designs should focus on the event—a run/walk/bike around Dahlonega’s Lake Zwerner at the reservoir on Oct. 6. Deadline is July 30. The winning artist will receive a prize as well as recognition in The Nugget and at the event on Oct. 6. Entries can be emailed in PDF format to lakezwerner5k@gmail.com or mailed to NOA, P.O. Box 685, Dahlonega.

Monthly Habitat surplus sale July 13-15

Habitat for Humanity holds a surplus sale of home construction and remodeling supplies (including tools and decorating items) on the second weekend of each month. The items are available Friday and Saturday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 16 Westbrook Dr. (next to Chestatee Animal Hospital on Hwy 52 East). All proceeds benefit Habitat.

Tomato Sandwich Dinner for Free Clinic July 19

The annual Tomato Sandwich Supper Fundraiser to benefit the Community Helping Place Free Clinic will be held from 5-8 p.m. Thursday, July 19, at the Dahlonega Baptist Church Fellowship Hall. Tickets are $10 each or $25 for a family. The CHP strives to “serve the physical, emotional and spiritual needs of the people of Lumpkin County.” Drop by for supper, homemade desserts, and entertainment. 706-867-9621

Festivals/Races/Rides

2nd annual Firecracker 5k /10k, Fun Run

July 4. Registration at 6:30 a.m., Run starts at 7:30 a.m. on the NGCSU Drill Field and ends on campus. To volunteer to help, contact Jay Markwalter, jay@dahlonega.org.

Nature & Outdoors

Save Georgia’s Hemlocks Annual Meeting

Save Georgia’s Hemlocks will hold its Annual Meeting and Membership Picnic from noon to 3 p.m. Sunday, July 8, at Unicoi State Park on GA Hwy 356, two miles northeast of Helen. The park phone number is (800) 573-9659. Please come and bring a friend, chairs, and your favorite pot luck dish to share. Driving directions and an election ballot can be found at www.savegeorgiashemlocks.org. RSVP to 706-429-8010, or, donna@savegeorgiashemlocks.org.

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

Botanical Formulations I: The first of a two part series exploring the preparation of medicinal plants, with demonstration and hands-on medicine making, will be held Saturday, July 28 from 9 a.m. to noon. $30 by July 14, and $35 after that. The second class will be held Aug. 11.

A.T. CONSERVANCY SEEKS TRAIL CREW VOLUNTEERS

The Appalachian Trail Conservancy (ATC) is searching for volunteers ages 18 and older to help maintain sections along the Appalachian Trail (A.T.). No previous Trail experience is necessary - just a desire to work hard, live in the backcountry and have a great time among new friends. Volunteers are needed to work one or more weeks from July 5 through Aug. 13 with the Konnarock Trail Crew on projects involving trail construction from Springer Mountain to Rockfish Gap in central Virginia. Trail construction involves working with a team of volunteers, using hand tools and working eight-hour days. Volunteers arrive on the Wednesday afternoon before their work week for a mandatory orientation session and work a five-day week in the field, from Thursday through Monday. www.appalachiantrail.org/crews (7-11)

Blood Drives

Critical Need Drive July 13 at Masonic Lodge

The Masonic Lodge (Blue Mountain Lodge #38) is having a Red Cross supported blood drive from noon to 6 p.m. Friday, July 13. Enter into a summer drawing for $3000 for presenting to donate by Sept. 30. Reservations can be made for a specific appointment by emailing

masonicblooddrive30533@yahoo.com or by calling Bobby at 706-867-5664. Walk-ins welcome. The Lodge is located on top of the pawn shop and BBQ restaurant, 59A East Main Street. Your one unit donation can save up to three lives! There is an Urgent Need for life saving blood products.

Farmers Market

FARMERS MARKET Saturdays in Dahlonega

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

Community Support Activities

LCHS Band needs your help

The LCHS band is trying to raise funds and receive donations of food to feed over 100 students during band camp July 23-27. Band funds are tight and supporters feel this savings in expenses will help pay for uniforms, instruments, travel expenses, and more. Contact Debbie Carroll, 678-936-6601, mrsdebbiecarroll@gmail.com if you can help. Donations can be mailed to LCHS Band c/o Andrew Harwood, LCHS, 2001 Indian Drive, Dahlonega, GA, 30533.

Children & Young Adults

Free Camp for Kids of Disabled Veterans:

A free camp program for children of fallen, wounded or disabled military veterans and service members will be held at Wahsega 4-H Camp in Dahlonega on July 15-20. Camp Corral, a week-long outdoor summer camp with locations across the U.S. throughout the summer, is sponsored by the Golden Corral restaurant chain for children 8 to 15, and offers a traditional camp experience with recreational water and target sports, horseback riding, crafts and campfire stories. www.campcorral.org

Kindermusik day camp starts July 16

Creatures in My Backyard Kindermusik Summer Camp is coming to Dahlonega July 16-20. $90, $5 off per friend. Ages 0-7 years. Licensed educator Bonnie Bost, 770-315-1302.

MOON MOUNTAIN ART CAMP JULY 23-27

Moon Mountain will hold an art day camp at the Old Cannery, just off the square on Enotah Street, July 23-27, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The emphasis will be on hands-on, interactive, and fun learning, with exposure to a wide range of artistic media and methods. $125 week, or $100 for 3 days (M/W/F). Nora L. Mendoza, Art Director, 706-300-7003, info@noramendoza.com

Ballet Barre registering for fall

The Ballet Barre is currently enrolling for the fall season in Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Hip Hop, Contemporary, Pointe, and new this year, Beginning Baton.706-867-1905, www.bbarre.com

CHEER/TUMBLE/GYM AND SWIM YMCA Camp

July 9-13. Cheer/Tumble 10 a.m. to noon, $50. Learn cheers, chants, jumps and tumbling; snack provided. Gym and Swim noon-2 p.m. $50 Work on tumbling skills as well as gymnastics equipment; daily swimming from 1:30-2 p.m.; snack provided. Stay the whole time 10-2, $80. Ages 6 and up. Groups will be divided up based on age and skill levels. Sign up at the YMCA. Call Ms. Connie with questions 706-864-5753

Summer theater camps at the HOlly

The Holly Theater will offer summer theater camps to kids ages 6-18. Camp information, dates and fees are available by visiting www.hollytheater.com. Click on youth programs and then productions. Or call the Holly at 706-864-3759 for more information.

July 16-20, 9:30 a.m.-1 p.m. The AristoCats, ages 6-12, Performance date Friday, July 20, 6 p.m. $125.

July 16-August 3, 2:30-5:30. Scheherazade (The Arabian Nights), p.m., ages 13 - 18. Three-week sessions, 5 days/week. $300. Performance 630 p.m. Friday, Aug 3.

YMCA Summer Day Camp now registering

Lumpkin County Family YMCA is offering a summer day camp program for ages Pre K-8th grade. A wide range of activities are offered in a safe and fun environment. Following a one-time $15 registration fee, weekly rate is $69 and includes lunch. Hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. with extended hours available at no additional cost from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Themed weeks include: July 9, Theatre; July 16, Dare/Local Heroes; July 23, Animals, and July 30, Camp Celebration.

Kids on Campus Summer Program at NGCSU

Camps will be offered the week of July 9-13 and July 16-20, and will include Passport to China, Snack Attack, Space O’Rama, CSI, and Crafty Kids. For full camp information, including sports camps, visit www.northgeorgia.edu/summercamps

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

Closed Wednesday, July 4

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

eBooks: Downloadable at the library’s Web site.

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

Summer Reading Program: Registration open through July 31

Book a LIbrarian! Want to brush up on your computer skills? Unsure about email or how to find what you want online? Need to find business, government, or medical information, or want to begin searching for an ancestor? Writing a term paper and unsure of what subject? There is a ton of information out there. Let a librarian be your personal guide. Book a Librarian and reserve the services of our reference librarian for an uninterrupted one-on-one, face to face, one-hour session. Contact Angela Glowcheski, 706-864-3668 ext. 230, or email aglowcheski@chestateelibrary.org to book your appointment.

Children’s Program: Wildlife Wonders—Animals of the Night, Wednesday, July 11, 2 p.m. Look! Up in the sky! It’s a bird? It’s a plane? No – it’s a bat! Explore the fascinating world of nocturnal animals with Wildlife Wonders!

Teen Program: Camouflage Your Gingerbread Man, Tuesday, July 10, 4 p.m. Take a tip from Peeta in The Hunger Games – camouflage ensures survival! See who can make their gingerbread man blend into our different backgrounds the best! Run, run as fast as you can! Camouflage your Gingerbread Man! (Grades 6-12)

Music/Drama/Film & More

First Friday NIght Concert

Performers will be Tom & Juli Theobald, husband and wife duo popular around Dahlonega, and the Remember When Band, with “golden

oldie” rock and roll, country tunes, Latin rhythms, and much more. Bring a chair and enjoy the free outdoor concert in Hancock Park. The concert will begin at 6:30 p.m. Arrive early, enjoy Dahlonega’s downtown, and pick up a picnic from local restaurants. The First Friday Night Concert Series is produced by the City of Dahlonega’s Main Street Program and Downtown Development Authority.

Movies under the Stars July 13

Movies Under the Stars returns for the second Friday of July, July 13, with the showing of “Journey 2” in Hancock Park. Movies begin at dusk on the 23-foot screen, but families gather for concessions, picnics and fun in the park before the movies. Bring blankets and low

back chairs. The event is presented by the Dahlonega-Lumpkin County Chamber of Commerce. Proceeds benefit the Lumpkin Youth Leadership Program.

Jamming on the Square every Saturday

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

events at NGCSU

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

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, 5 p.m.: Texas Hold ’Em Poker

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

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

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

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

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

Thursday, July 5, 8-10 p.m.+: The High Strung String Band. $5 at the door. High energy Folk-Grass music that will change the way you see bluegrass!Building a repertoire that mixes folk-grass originals with traditional numbers, the Athens-area band has started to gain a reputation for delivering a high-energy show that adds adds a new dimension to a familiar genre. Recently, they have been bringing their unique brand of bluegrass, playing banjo, mandolin, upright bass, guitar, as well as lap steel guitar, to audiences across north Georgia.

Thursday, July 5, 7 p.m.: Spoken Word Open Mic, Upstairs in the Red Room. Everyone is welcome to Poetry Speakout Open Mic on the first Thursday of every month. Sign up starts at 7 p.m., first speaker at 7:30 p.m.

Friday, July 6, 8-10 p.m.+: BlueBilly Grit/$12 Advance / $16 Day of

Show. $12 Advance / $16 Day of Show. The 2012 Telluride Band Contest winners! Bluebilly Grit is a Bluegrass, Americana, Folk band from Maysville with three members from Dahlonega. While having traditional

bluegrass and progressive undertones, they have their own unique sound produced by their love for all genres of music.

Saturday, July 7, 8-10 p.m.+: Eric Baker and Jason Childs. $14

Advance / $17 Day of Show. 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”. This Knoxville based singer-songwriter has toured with James Blunt, Gavin Degraw, Edwin McCain, Goo Goo Dolls, Grace Potter, Brandi Carlisle and Heart, where his aching intensity and deeply soulful delivery

connect him to his audience in a way that is at once genuine and memorable. Joining him will be Dahlonega’s own Jason Childs.

Sunday, July 8: 2-5 p.m. Old-Time Music Jam. Bring your instruments and/or voices and join in on/around the stage, or have a seat and just listen as a 90-0s-year-old “pickin’ and grinnin” tradition continues. Free. Hosted by Whistlin Rufus.

Sunday, July 8 7:30-9:30 p.m.+: Songwriter Showcase with Rebecca Loebe, seriously up and coming singer/songstress who’s opened for Mary Chapin Carpenter & turned both Christine Aguilera’s and Adam Levine’s head on NBC’s The Voice.

Holly Theatre, 69 West Main Street, 706-864-3759,

www.hollytheater.com

Mountain Music and Medicine Show, July 7, 7:30 p.m. $15. See article this page.

Sylvia, a production of the Holly Theater Company. Opening July 13 and running weekends through July 29: Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m. $15.

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

Thursdays: College Night

Fridays: Live entertainment

Tuesdays: Country Western Music night

Friday, July 6: Stoned Sandwich and more!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Friday, July 6, 8:30-11:30 p.m.: Jason Connelly. Musicians of the purest sense, Jason Connelly and Keith Hirsch write from personal life experience; their lyrics are filled with reality and genuine emotion. Jason Connelly’s voice and rhythmic guitar and Keith Hirsch’s ability to make a djembe sound like a full drum set characterize the Jason Conelly Band. All ages welcome. No cover charge.

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

Saturday, July 7, 8:30-11:30 p.m., Michael C. Smith. A born storyteller, Smith carries with him the weight and legacy of his own American culture. Uniquely original, yet hauntingly familiar, he weaves his stories through the highways and back roads of America. He has been compared to Bob Dylan, Bruce Springsteen, Tom Waits, Steve Earl, John Mellencamp, Johnny Cash, Lucinda Williams, and Hank Williams among others. He is a consummate songwriter and performer. All ages welcome. No cover charge.

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

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

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WINE TASTING

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

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

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

Free Meals/Food/Help

Free meals for school-aged children

Step of Faith Outreach, Inc. will offer a Summer Food Service Program in Lumpkin County at W.L. Whelchel Family LIfe Center, 69 Hickory Grove Road. Free nutritious breakfasts (8-9 a.m.) and lunches (noon-1 p.m.) will be served to any school aged child 18 years and younger Mondays through Fridays from June 4-August 3. Take GA-52 east out of Dahlonega for about 5.5 miles, then turn right onto Old Dahlonega Hwy. and go 2.3 miles. Life Center is on the left right behind Hickory Grove CME Church. For more information, or to volunteer to help, call 678-617-9913 or 706-867-6879. The program is sponsored by The U.S. Department of Agriculture.

Free Legal Services

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

Wellness/Fitness

Project Dahlonega Boot Camp

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

Zumba classes at YMCA

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

Yoga at Dahlonega Spa Resort

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

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

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. 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. 706-429-7956, Wellness-21, on the Public Square. www.wellness-21.com

Pets

Dog Obedience Agility & Rally-O

Classes start week of July 10-15. Intermediate Obedience is a pre-requisite for Agility. Classes run for 7 weeks. Dogs must be 4 months with vaccinations. $99 ($10 discount on obedience classes for adopted shelter dogs). Visit www.dahlonegaobediencegroup.com for class schedules. Dahlonega Obedience Group (D.O.G.), certified instructor Mary Kay Crowell, 706-864-0410

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., July 11, 5-7 p.m. Free.

Stewards of Children Training July 13

This child sexual abuse prevention training program is offered on the 2nd Friday of each month at the Dahlonega Presbyterian Church. July’s session will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. July 13. Deadline for registration is July 6. $10/person includes a meal and child care. Contact Brenda Cronan, Family Connection Director, at 706-867-7047 or bcronan@lumpkin.k12.ga.us for information or to reserve a spot.

Support Groups

Overcomers Outreach at Bethlehem Baptist

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

Support for victims of family violence

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

Nursing Mothers’ Support

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

Reformers Unanimous Addiction Program

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

Grief support programs at NGMC

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

Kinship Care—Grandparents Raising Grandchildren

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

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

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

Al-Anon:

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

Lumpkin County Caregivers

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

NARCOTICS ANONYMOUS

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

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 July 7 are Wauka mtn. Boys, Goss Family, and Stilwell Family. 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

Vacation Bible School

The Fountain, July 9-13, 6-8:45 p.m. “Adventures on Promise Island” for ages 4 and up. Graduation will be held Sunday, July 15, at 10:30 a.m., and lunch will be served. Wear flip flops if possible. 1304 Grove St. N.

Local showing of October Baby JUly 13

October Baby, the story of a young woman who discovers she is an “abortion survivor” (survivor of a failed abortion), will be shown at 7 p.m. Friday, July 13, at Church of the Apostles fellowship hall, 32 Grant Road, Dawsonville. Shown earlier this year in theaters, the local showing is sponsored by Dahlonega Care Center. Suggested donation is $5/person. Popcorn, cokes, and candy will be available for purchase. Anyone who would like to show the film at their church/organization, please call (706) 344-8322.

Revival continues at Lighthouse baptist, baptism Sunday

The LIghthouse Baptist Church, 5007 Hwy. 52 East, will hold Summer Revival at 7 p.m. nightly Sunday, July 1, through Saturday, July 7. Rev. Daniel Ray Martin will be the guest speaker. Everyone is welcome. Baptism will be held at the church Sunday, July 8, at 3 p.m.

UnitARIAn Universalist church

Georgia Mountains Unitarian Universalist Church is a welcoming congregation. On July 8, Rev. Barry Whittemore will present “The Common Good.” Worship 11 a.m.; children’s religious education classes 11:30 a.m. following announcements and story time. Child care provided. 706-864-0661, www.gmuuc.org

Revival STarts Sunday at Bethel Tabernacle

Bethel Tabernacle Baptist Church will hold revival at 7 p.m. nightly Sunday, July 8 through Friday, July 13. Rev. Jason Daniell, pastor, will be assisted by Rev. David Skinner. Everyone is welcome.

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

Reunions

Dockery, July 8

All descendants of Webster and Florence Dockery are invited to a reunion Sunday, July 8, at 1 p.m. in the fellowship hall at Mt. Pisgah Baptist Church. Please bring a covered dish.

LCHS Class of ’92

Lumpkin County High School Class of ‘92 will hold its 20-year Reunion Saturday, July 21. All classmates and teachers are invited catch up with old friends, munch on comfort food catered by hometown favorite The Wagon Wheel, sing some karaoke and dance the night away at The Marketplace on the Dahlonega Public Square Saturday, July 21, beginning at 7 p.m. Events are also planned for Friday evening and Saturday morning. To learn more and register, go to http://92indians.blogspot.com/.

LCHS 50th class reunion: Register now

The LCHS class of 1958 and the graduating class of 1962 will hold a 50th class reunion on Saturday, August 4, from 3-8 p.m., in the location of the old high school gym, now a new lunchroom. Sandra Smith, 706-265-5252; Janet Jarrard, 706-864-2030 (7/4)

More Pets

Micro-chipping at animal shelter

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

volunteer pets needed

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

TLC Donations needed

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

Purchases from online retailers benefit TLC

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

TLC seeks volunteers, trainer assistants

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

Volunteers

Adult Literacy Tutors: The Literacy Coalition is seeking tutors to work with adults in one-on-one one-hour sessions, one day a week. Training and materials provided. Tutor and student can meet at the GED center on Johnson St. or any public place in Dahlonega. Vikki Condrey, mrscondrey@live.com

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

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

Odyssey Hospice 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Senior Services/Activities

lumpkin County Senior Center

266 Mechanicsville Road, 706-864-2358,

lcseniorcenter@windstream.net

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

Rubber Bandits: Strength training program Tuesdays and Fridays through June 29 from 8:30 a.m. to 9:15 a.m. $10 per person/month.

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

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

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

YOGA FLOW for PERSONAL Fitness: Beginner level yoga classes for 55+ from 4:15 to 5:15 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays. $60 for a six-week session.

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

Art Workshops

Digital Photography Workshop

Jon McLean from JMP Studio, LLC (www.jmpstudio.com), will lead a three-day workshop focusing on technical skills, composition, and use of lighting in digital photography as well as using photo editing software. 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, July 19-21, at the Art Loft in Dahlonega. $295. Anita Elder, 706-429-6008, www.artloft.net

Lessons: Music/Dance

Dance Classes

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

music, songwriting lessons

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

STring Instruments

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

MUSIC LESSONS

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

Music lessons

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

STRING INSTRUMENT Lessons

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

Weekend camp for drummers

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

Art Lessons

Art by Rayneri Watercolor Classes

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

Drawing for the Fun of It by Jon Dahlstrom

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

classes at Funky chicken

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

art instruction by Win Crannell

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

Painting lessons by Anita Elder

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

Recycling

PLASTIC/PAPER/ALUMINUM:

• # 1 & 2 plastic bottles (discard lids)

• Corrugated cardboard (clean and dry)

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

• Aluminum and tin cans. (please rinse out)

Locations:

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

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

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

• Bins on Highway 19 North across from Ace Hardware.

CITY PICK UP AT RESIDENCES

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

CFL BULBS: Home Depot

BATTERIES

• Radio Shack/Dahlonega Pharmacy: household rechargeable batteries

• Home Depot

Cell PHones

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

PLASTIC GROCERY BAGS:

• J&J Foods

• Walmart

STYROFOAM: Publix accepts egg cartons and meat trays.

Electronic Recyclables, MIcrowaves, etc.

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

More Children& Youth

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

preschool Programs Registering:

Dahlonega United Methodist Church MMO/Preschool. Ages Toddlers-Pre-K class. 706-864-8521, dahlonegaumc.org/ministries/mmo-and-preschool

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

SCOUTING:

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

Boy 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 

Senior Services uncut

lumpkin County Senior Center

266 Mechanicsville Road, 706-864-2358,

lcseniorcenter@windstream.net

SENIOR Co-ed SOFTBALL: Bring your glove and come play at The Lumpkin County Parks & Recreation Field #5 (adjacent to the Senior Center, 266 Mechanicsville Road.) Games will be played Monday, Tuesday and Thursday mornings at 10 a.m. Co-ed, age 50+. 678-343-8069.

FRee Tax Help: Wednesdays, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. See info under Assistance Available heading.

Rubber Bandits: strength training program for older adults. Dr. Dawn Hayes, professor in physical therapy at NGCSU, instructs the class Tuesdays and Fridays through June 29 from 8:30 a.m. to 9:15 a.m. $10 per person/month. Contact Dr. Hayes at 706-864-1899 or dmhayes@northgeorgia.edu.\

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

More Community Support Activities

Free PIck up of Donations by CHP

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

Pick up for Southern finds

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

Pickup by Waypoint

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

More Education/Classes

S.A.T. and Study Prep

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

program aims to improve reading skills

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

International appalachian academy

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

Paychecks may be available for GED studENTS

For working on getting your GED, a new Federal Program may pay you up to $72 per week for up to six months for gas and lunch, plus testing fees and day care for single parents. Call 706-867-2862 to see if you qualify. The GED Adult Learning Center will be closed starting June 1 and will reopen July 9.

Mountain Ed High School

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

Buddhist meditation and study group

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

Herbal Apprenticeship

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

NORTH GEORGIA CONTINUING EDUCATION

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

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

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

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Community-Wide Events

Readers needed for constitution July 4

The Chamber of Commerce is signing up volunteers for the annual Community Reading of the Constitution. This year a reading of the Declaration of Independence will be added to the community event, which begins at 12:30 p.m. on the west lawn of the Gold Museum following the Patriotic Ceremony. The reading is expected to take about an hour. Contact laura@dahlonega.org to be a part of this popular July 4 activity.

Defensive Driving course July 10

An AARP Defensive Driving Course will be held at the United Community Bank, in the community room, 206 Morrison Moore Parkway, on Tuesday, July 10, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. with an hour lunch break. Completion of the course may entitle students to an auto insurance discount. Students need not be 55 and AARP membership is not required. Registration recommended. $14/person, $2 AARP discount, $5 for education system employees. 706-864-4383

NOA seeking t-shirt design for Duathlon

NOA (No One Alone), Lumpkin County’s shelter program for victims of domestic violence, is asking area artists to submit T-shirt designs for its annual 2012 Lake Zwerner 5K & Duathlon. Designs should focus on the event—a run/walk/bike around Dahlonega’s Lake Zwerner at the reservoir on Oct. 6. Deadline is July 30. The winning artist will receive a prize as well as recognition in The Nugget and at the event on Oct. 6. Entries can be emailed in PDF format to lakezwerner5k@gmail.com or mailed to NOA, P.O. Box 685, Dahlonega.

Monthly Habitat surplus sale July 13-15

Habitat for Humanity holds a surplus sale of home construction and remodeling supplies (including tools and decorating items) on the second weekend of each month. The items are available Friday and Saturday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 16 Westbrook Dr. (next to Chestatee Animal Hospital on Hwy 52 East). All proceeds benefit Habitat.

Tomato Sandwich Dinner for Free Clinic July 19

The annual Tomato Sandwich Supper Fundraiser to benefit the Community Helping Place Free Clinic will be held from 5-8 p.m. Thursday, July 19, at the Dahlonega Baptist Church Fellowship Hall. Tickets are $10 each or $25 for a family. The CHP strives to “serve the physical, emotional and spiritual needs of the people of Lumpkin County.” Drop by for supper, homemade desserts, and entertainment. 706-867-9621

Festivals/Races/Rides

2nd annual Firecracker 5k /10k, Fun Run

July 4. Registration at 6:30 a.m., Run starts at 7:30 a.m. on the NGCSU Drill Field and ends on campus. To volunteer to help, contact Jay Markwalter, jay@dahlonega.org.

Nature & Outdoors

Save Georgia’s Hemlocks Annual Meeting

Save Georgia’s Hemlocks will hold its Annual Meeting and Membership Picnic from noon to 3 p.m. Sunday, July 8, at Unicoi State Park on GA Hwy 356, two miles northeast of Helen. The park phone number is (800) 573-9659. Please come and bring a friend, chairs, and your favorite pot luck dish to share. Driving directions and an election ballot can be found at www.savegeorgiashemlocks.org. RSVP to 706-429-8010, or, donna@savegeorgiashemlocks.org.

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

Botanical Formulations I: The first of a two part series exploring the preparation of medicinal plants, with demonstration and hands-on medicine making, will be held Saturday, July 28 from 9 a.m. to noon. $30 by July 14, and $35 after that. The second class will be held Aug. 11.

A.T. CONSERVANCY SEEKS TRAIL CREW VOLUNTEERS

The Appalachian Trail Conservancy (ATC) is searching for volunteers ages 18 and older to help maintain sections along the Appalachian Trail (A.T.). No previous Trail experience is necessary - just a desire to work hard, live in the backcountry and have a great time among new friends. Volunteers are needed to work one or more weeks from July 5 through Aug. 13 with the Konnarock Trail Crew on projects involving trail construction from Springer Mountain to Rockfish Gap in central Virginia. Trail construction involves working with a team of volunteers, using hand tools and working eight-hour days. Volunteers arrive on the Wednesday afternoon before their work week for a mandatory orientation session and work a five-day week in the field, from Thursday through Monday. www.appalachiantrail.org/crews (7-11)

Blood Drives

Critical Need Drive July 13 at Masonic Lodge

The Masonic Lodge (Blue Mountain Lodge #38) is having a Red Cross supported blood drive from noon to 6 p.m. Friday, July 13. Enter into a summer drawing for $3000 for presenting to donate by Sept. 30. Reservations can be made for a specific appointment by emailing

masonicblooddrive30533@yahoo.com or by calling Bobby at 706-867-5664. Walk-ins welcome. The Lodge is located on top of the pawn shop and BBQ restaurant, 59A East Main Street. Your one unit donation can save up to three lives! There is an Urgent Need for life saving blood products.

Farmers Market

FARMERS MARKET Saturdays in Dahlonega

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

Community Support Activities

LCHS Band needs your help

The LCHS band is trying to raise funds and receive donations of food to feed over 100 students during band camp July 23-27. Band funds are tight and supporters feel this savings in expenses will help pay for uniforms, instruments, travel expenses, and more. Contact Debbie Carroll, 678-936-6601, mrsdebbiecarroll@gmail.com if you can help. Donations can be mailed to LCHS Band c/o Andrew Harwood, LCHS, 2001 Indian Drive, Dahlonega, GA, 30533.

Children & Young Adults

Free Camp for Kids of Disabled Veterans:

A free camp program for children of fallen, wounded or disabled military veterans and service members will be held at Wahsega 4-H Camp in Dahlonega on July 15-20. Camp Corral, a week-long outdoor summer camp with locations across the U.S. throughout the summer, is sponsored by the Golden Corral restaurant chain for children 8 to 15, and offers a traditional camp experience with recreational water and target sports, horseback riding, crafts and campfire stories. www.campcorral.org

Kindermusik day camp starts July 16

Creatures in My Backyard Kindermusik Summer Camp is coming to Dahlonega July 16-20. $90, $5 off per friend. Ages 0-7 years. Licensed educator Bonnie Bost, 770-315-1302.

MOON MOUNTAIN ART CAMP JULY 23-27

Moon Mountain will hold an art day camp at the Old Cannery, just off the square on Enotah Street, July 23-27, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The emphasis will be on hands-on, interactive, and fun learning, with exposure to a wide range of artistic media and methods. $125 week, or $100 for 3 days (M/W/F). Nora L. Mendoza, Art Director, 706-300-7003, info@noramendoza.com

Ballet Barre registering for fall

The Ballet Barre is currently enrolling for the fall season in Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Hip Hop, Contemporary, Pointe, and new this year, Beginning Baton.706-867-1905, www.bbarre.com

CHEER/TUMBLE/GYM AND SWIM YMCA Camp

July 9-13. Cheer/Tumble 10 a.m. to noon, $50. Learn cheers, chants, jumps and tumbling; snack provided. Gym and Swim noon-2 p.m. $50 Work on tumbling skills as well as gymnastics equipment; daily swimming from 1:30-2 p.m.; snack provided. Stay the whole time 10-2, $80. Ages 6 and up. Groups will be divided up based on age and skill levels. Sign up at the YMCA. Call Ms. Connie with questions 706-864-5753

Summer theater camps at the HOlly

The Holly Theater will offer summer theater camps to kids ages 6-18. Camp information, dates and fees are available by visiting www.hollytheater.com. Click on youth programs and then productions. Or call the Holly at 706-864-3759 for more information.

July 16-20, 9:30 a.m.-1 p.m. The AristoCats, ages 6-12, Performance date Friday, July 20, 6 p.m. $125.

July 16-August 3, 2:30-5:30. Scheherazade (The Arabian Nights), p.m., ages 13 - 18. Three-week sessions, 5 days/week. $300. Performance 630 p.m. Friday, Aug 3.

YMCA Summer Day Camp now registering

Lumpkin County Family YMCA is offering a summer day camp program for ages Pre K-8th grade. A wide range of activities are offered in a safe and fun environment. Following a one-time $15 registration fee, weekly rate is $69 and includes lunch. Hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. with extended hours available at no additional cost from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Themed weeks include: July 9, Theatre; July 16, Dare/Local Heroes; July 23, Animals, and July 30, Camp Celebration.

Kids on Campus Summer Program at NGCSU

Camps will be offered the week of July 9-13 and July 16-20, and will include Passport to China, Snack Attack, Space O’Rama, CSI, and Crafty Kids. For full camp information, including sports camps, visit www.northgeorgia.edu/summercamps

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

Closed Wednesday, July 4

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

eBooks: Downloadable at the library’s Web site.

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

Summer Reading Program: Registration open through July 31

Book a LIbrarian! Want to brush up on your computer skills? Unsure about email or how to find what you want online? Need to find business, government, or medical information, or want to begin searching for an ancestor? Writing a term paper and unsure of what subject? There is a ton of information out there. Let a librarian be your personal guide. Book a Librarian and reserve the services of our reference librarian for an uninterrupted one-on-one, face to face, one-hour session. Contact Angela Glowcheski, 706-864-3668 ext. 230, or email aglowcheski@chestateelibrary.org to book your appointment.

Children’s Program: Wildlife Wonders—Animals of the Night, Wednesday, July 11, 2 p.m. Look! Up in the sky! It’s a bird? It’s a plane? No – it’s a bat! Explore the fascinating world of nocturnal animals with Wildlife Wonders!

Teen Program: Camouflage Your Gingerbread Man, Tuesday, July 10, 4 p.m. Take a tip from Peeta in The Hunger Games – camouflage ensures survival! See who can make their gingerbread man blend into our different backgrounds the best! Run, run as fast as you can! Camouflage your Gingerbread Man! (Grades 6-12)

Music/Drama/Film & More

First Friday NIght Concert

Performers will be Tom & Juli Theobald, husband and wife duo popular around Dahlonega, and the Remember When Band, with “golden

oldie” rock and roll, country tunes, Latin rhythms, and much more. Bring a chair and enjoy the free outdoor concert in Hancock Park. The concert will begin at 6:30 p.m. Arrive early, enjoy Dahlonega’s downtown, and pick up a picnic from local restaurants. The First Friday Night Concert Series is produced by the City of Dahlonega’s Main Street Program and Downtown Development Authority.

Movies under the Stars July 13

Movies Under the Stars returns for the second Friday of July, July 13, with the showing of “Journey 2” in Hancock Park. Movies begin at dusk on the 23-foot screen, but families gather for concessions, picnics and fun in the park before the movies. Bring blankets and low

back chairs. The event is presented by the Dahlonega-Lumpkin County Chamber of Commerce. Proceeds benefit the Lumpkin Youth Leadership Program.

Jamming on the Square every Saturday

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

events at NGCSU

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

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, 5 p.m.: Texas Hold ’Em Poker

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

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

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

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

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

Thursday, July 5, 8-10 p.m.+: The High Strung String Band. $5 at the door. High energy Folk-Grass music that will change the way you see bluegrass!Building a repertoire that mixes folk-grass originals with traditional numbers, the Athens-area band has started to gain a reputation for delivering a high-energy show that adds adds a new dimension to a familiar genre. Recently, they have been bringing their unique brand of bluegrass, playing banjo, mandolin, upright bass, guitar, as well as lap steel guitar, to audiences across north Georgia.

Thursday, July 5, 7 p.m.: Spoken Word Open Mic, Upstairs in the Red Room. Everyone is welcome to Poetry Speakout Open Mic on the first Thursday of every month. Sign up starts at 7 p.m., first speaker at 7:30 p.m.

Friday, July 6, 8-10 p.m.+: BlueBilly Grit/$12 Advance / $16 Day of

Show. $12 Advance / $16 Day of Show. The 2012 Telluride Band Contest winners! Bluebilly Grit is a Bluegrass, Americana, Folk band from Maysville with three members from Dahlonega. While having traditional

bluegrass and progressive undertones, they have their own unique sound produced by their love for all genres of music.

Saturday, July 7, 8-10 p.m.+: Eric Baker and Jason Childs. $14

Advance / $17 Day of Show. 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”. This Knoxville based singer-songwriter has toured with James Blunt, Gavin Degraw, Edwin McCain, Goo Goo Dolls, Grace Potter, Brandi Carlisle and Heart, where his aching intensity and deeply soulful delivery

connect him to his audience in a way that is at once genuine and memorable. Joining him will be Dahlonega’s own Jason Childs.

Sunday, July 8: 2-5 p.m. Old-Time Music Jam. Bring your instruments and/or voices and join in on/around the stage, or have a seat and just listen as a 90-0s-year-old “pickin’ and grinnin” tradition continues. Free. Hosted by Whistlin Rufus.

Sunday, July 8 7:30-9:30 p.m.+: Songwriter Showcase with Rebecca Loebe, seriously up and coming singer/songstress who’s opened for Mary Chapin Carpenter & turned both Christine Aguilera’s and Adam Levine’s head on NBC’s The Voice.

Holly Theatre, 69 West Main Street, 706-864-3759,

www.hollytheater.com

Mountain Music and Medicine Show, July 7, 7:30 p.m. $15. See article this page.

Sylvia, a production of the Holly Theater Company. Opening July 13 and running weekends through July 29: Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m. $15.

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

Thursdays: College Night

Fridays: Live entertainment

Tuesdays: Country Western Music night

Friday, July 6: Stoned Sandwich and more!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Friday, July 6, 8:30-11:30 p.m.: Jason Connelly. Musicians of the purest sense, Jason Connelly and Keith Hirsch write from personal life experience; their lyrics are filled with reality and genuine emotion. Jason Connelly’s voice and rhythmic guitar and Keith Hirsch’s ability to make a djembe sound like a full drum set characterize the Jason Conelly Band. All ages welcome. No cover charge.

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

Saturday, July 7, 8:30-11:30 p.m., Michael C. Smith. A born storyteller, Smith carries with him the weight and legacy of his own American culture. Uniquely original, yet hauntingly familiar, he weaves his stories through the highways and back roads of America. He has been compared to Bob Dylan, Bruce Springsteen, Tom Waits, Steve Earl, John Mellencamp, Johnny Cash, Lucinda Williams, and Hank Williams among others. He is a consummate songwriter and performer. All ages welcome. No cover charge.

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

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

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WINE TASTING

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

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

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

Free Meals/Food/Help

Free meals for school-aged children

Step of Faith Outreach, Inc. will offer a Summer Food Service Program in Lumpkin County at W.L. Whelchel Family LIfe Center, 69 Hickory Grove Road. Free nutritious breakfasts (8-9 a.m.) and lunches (noon-1 p.m.) will be served to any school aged child 18 years and younger Mondays through Fridays from June 4-August 3. Take GA-52 east out of Dahlonega for about 5.5 miles, then turn right onto Old Dahlonega Hwy. and go 2.3 miles. Life Center is on the left right behind Hickory Grove CME Church. For more information, or to volunteer to help, call 678-617-9913 or 706-867-6879. The program is sponsored by The U.S. Department of Agriculture.

Free Legal Services

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

Wellness/Fitness

Project Dahlonega Boot Camp

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

Zumba classes at YMCA

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

Yoga at Dahlonega Spa Resort

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

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

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. 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. 706-429-7956, Wellness-21, on the Public Square. www.wellness-21.com

Pets

Dog Obedience Agility & Rally-O

Classes start week of July 10-15. Intermediate Obedience is a pre-requisite for Agility. Classes run for 7 weeks. Dogs must be 4 months with vaccinations. $99 ($10 discount on obedience classes for adopted shelter dogs). Visit www.dahlonegaobediencegroup.com for class schedules. Dahlonega Obedience Group (D.O.G.), certified instructor Mary Kay Crowell, 706-864-0410

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., July 11, 5-7 p.m. Free.

Stewards of Children Training July 13

This child sexual abuse prevention training program is offered on the 2nd Friday of each month at the Dahlonega Presbyterian Church. July’s session will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. July 13. Deadline for registration is July 6. $10/person includes a meal and child care. Contact Brenda Cronan, Family Connection Director, at 706-867-7047 or bcronan@lumpkin.k12.ga.us for information or to reserve a spot.

Support Groups

Overcomers Outreach at Bethlehem Baptist

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

Support for victims of family violence

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

Nursing Mothers’ Support

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

Reformers Unanimous Addiction Program

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

Grief support programs at NGMC

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

Kinship Care—Grandparents Raising Grandchildren

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

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

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

Al-Anon:

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

Lumpkin County Caregivers

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

NARCOTICS ANONYMOUS

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

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 July 7 are Wauka mtn. Boys, Goss Family, and Stilwell Family. 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

Vacation Bible School

The Fountain, July 9-13, 6-8:45 p.m. “Adventures on Promise Island” for ages 4 and up. Graduation will be held Sunday, July 15, at 10:30 a.m., and lunch will be served. Wear flip flops if possible. 1304 Grove St. N.

Local showing of October Baby JUly 13

October Baby, the story of a young woman who discovers she is an “abortion survivor” (survivor of a failed abortion), will be shown at 7 p.m. Friday, July 13, at Church of the Apostles fellowship hall, 32 Grant Road, Dawsonville. Shown earlier this year in theaters, the local showing is sponsored by Dahlonega Care Center. Suggested donation is $5/person. Popcorn, cokes, and candy will be available for purchase. Anyone who would like to show the film at their church/organization, please call (706) 344-8322.

Revival continues at Lighthouse baptist, baptism Sunday

The LIghthouse Baptist Church, 5007 Hwy. 52 East, will hold Summer Revival at 7 p.m. nightly Sunday, July 1, through Saturday, July 7. Rev. Daniel Ray Martin will be the guest speaker. Everyone is welcome. Baptism will be held at the church Sunday, July 8, at 3 p.m.

UnitARIAn Universalist church

Georgia Mountains Unitarian Universalist Church is a welcoming congregation. On July 8, Rev. Barry Whittemore will present “The Common Good.” Worship 11 a.m.; children’s religious education classes 11:30 a.m. following announcements and story time. Child care provided. 706-864-0661, www.gmuuc.org

Revival STarts Sunday at Bethel Tabernacle

Bethel Tabernacle Baptist Church will hold revival at 7 p.m. nightly Sunday, July 8 through Friday, July 13. Rev. Jason Daniell, pastor, will be assisted by Rev. David Skinner. Everyone is welcome.

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

Reunions

Dockery, July 8

All descendants of Webster and Florence Dockery are invited to a reunion Sunday, July 8, at 1 p.m. in the fellowship hall at Mt. Pisgah Baptist Church. Please bring a covered dish.

LCHS Class of ’92

Lumpkin County High School Class of ‘92 will hold its 20-year Reunion Saturday, July 21. All classmates and teachers are invited catch up with old friends, munch on comfort food catered by hometown favorite The Wagon Wheel, sing some karaoke and dance the night away at The Marketplace on the Dahlonega Public Square Saturday, July 21, beginning at 7 p.m. Events are also planned for Friday evening and Saturday morning. To learn more and register, go to http://92indians.blogspot.com/.

LCHS 50th class reunion: Register now

The LCHS class of 1958 and the graduating class of 1962 will hold a 50th class reunion on Saturday, August 4, from 3-8 p.m., in the location of the old high school gym, now a new lunchroom. Sandra Smith, 706-265-5252; Janet Jarrard, 706-864-2030 (7/4)

More Pets

Micro-chipping at animal shelter

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

volunteer pets needed

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

TLC Donations needed

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

Purchases from online retailers benefit TLC

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

TLC seeks volunteers, trainer assistants

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

Volunteers

Adult Literacy Tutors: The Literacy Coalition is seeking tutors to work with adults in one-on-one one-hour sessions, one day a week. Training and materials provided. Tutor and student can meet at the GED center on Johnson St. or any public place in Dahlonega. Vikki Condrey, mrscondrey@live.com

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

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

Odyssey Hospice 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Senior Services/Activities

lumpkin County Senior Center

266 Mechanicsville Road, 706-864-2358,

lcseniorcenter@windstream.net

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

Rubber Bandits: Strength training program Tuesdays and Fridays through June 29 from 8:30 a.m. to 9:15 a.m. $10 per person/month.

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

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

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

YOGA FLOW for PERSONAL Fitness: Beginner level yoga classes for 55+ from 4:15 to 5:15 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays. $60 for a six-week session.

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

Art Workshops

Digital Photography Workshop

Jon McLean from JMP Studio, LLC (www.jmpstudio.com), will lead a three-day workshop focusing on technical skills, composition, and use of lighting in digital photography as well as using photo editing software. 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, July 19-21, at the Art Loft in Dahlonega. $295. Anita Elder, 706-429-6008, www.artloft.net

Lessons: Music/Dance

Dance Classes

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

music, songwriting lessons

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

STring Instruments

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

MUSIC LESSONS

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

Music lessons

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

STRING INSTRUMENT Lessons

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

Weekend camp for drummers

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

Art Lessons

Art by Rayneri Watercolor Classes

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

Drawing for the Fun of It by Jon Dahlstrom

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

classes at Funky chicken

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

art instruction by Win Crannell

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

Painting lessons by Anita Elder

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

Recycling

PLASTIC/PAPER/ALUMINUM:

• # 1 & 2 plastic bottles (discard lids)

• Corrugated cardboard (clean and dry)

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

• Aluminum and tin cans. (please rinse out)

Locations:

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

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

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

• Bins on Highway 19 North across from Ace Hardware.

CITY PICK UP AT RESIDENCES

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

CFL BULBS: Home Depot

BATTERIES

• Radio Shack/Dahlonega Pharmacy: household rechargeable batteries

• Home Depot

Cell PHones

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

PLASTIC GROCERY BAGS:

• J&J Foods

• Walmart

STYROFOAM: Publix accepts egg cartons and meat trays.

Electronic Recyclables, MIcrowaves, etc.

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

More Children& Youth

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

preschool Programs Registering:

Dahlonega United Methodist Church MMO/Preschool. Ages Toddlers-Pre-K class. 706-864-8521, dahlonegaumc.org/ministries/mmo-and-preschool

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

SCOUTING:

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

Boy 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 

Senior Services uncut

lumpkin County Senior Center

266 Mechanicsville Road, 706-864-2358,

lcseniorcenter@windstream.net

SENIOR Co-ed SOFTBALL: Bring your glove and come play at The Lumpkin County Parks & Recreation Field #5 (adjacent to the Senior Center, 266 Mechanicsville Road.) Games will be played Monday, Tuesday and Thursday mornings at 10 a.m. Co-ed, age 50+. 678-343-8069.

FRee Tax Help: Wednesdays, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. See info under Assistance Available heading.

Rubber Bandits: strength training program for older adults. Dr. Dawn Hayes, professor in physical therapy at NGCSU, instructs the class Tuesdays and Fridays through June 29 from 8:30 a.m. to 9:15 a.m. $10 per person/month. Contact Dr. Hayes at 706-864-1899 or dmhayes@northgeorgia.edu.\

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

More Community Support Activities

Free PIck up of Donations by CHP

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

Pick up for Southern finds

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

Pickup by Waypoint

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

More Education/Classes

S.A.T. and Study Prep

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

program aims to improve reading skills

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

International appalachian academy

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

Paychecks may be available for GED studENTS

For working on getting your GED, a new Federal Program may pay you up to $72 per week for up to six months for gas and lunch, plus testing fees and day care for single parents. Call 706-867-2862 to see if you qualify. The GED Adult Learning Center will be closed starting June 1 and will reopen July 9.

Mountain Ed High School

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

Buddhist meditation and study group

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

Herbal Apprenticeship

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

NORTH GEORGIA CONTINUING EDUCATION

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

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

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

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