Spaghetti Dinner for relay for life March 28
Dine in or take out Wednesday, March 28, 4-6:30 p.m. at United Community Bank main office, 206 Morrison Moore Parkway. Plates are $7 each and include spaghetti, bread, salad, drink, and dessert. Proceeds will benefit Relay for Life.
4-H training: Help Kids learn about robotics
4-H will host a Robotics Training in Dahlonega from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday, March 29, at the Lumpkin County Parks YMCA. The training covers easy to follow lesson to engage 4-H members in engineering design concepts, building robotics and successfully programming robots. The training is free and includes lunch. Ian Cowie, email@example.com, 706-864-2275
A Taste of the Mountains THURSDAY
Taste of the Mountains offers the opportunity to sample food from dozens of Dahlonega restaurants while supporting Family Connection. The 14th annual event will be held from 6-8 p.m. Thursday, March 29, at Lumpkin County High School. Tickets (adults, $15; ages 5-12, $5) are available at the Visitors Center, at the Lumpkin County school board office, Community & Southern Bank, SunTrust bank at 400, and United Community Bank. Family Connection is a collaborative of agencies and individuals working together to assist families in creating better outcomes for their children. 706-867-7047
Weekly Fish Fry Dinners at St Luke’s Fridays
The Men of St. Luke’s Roman Catholic Church are hosting their annual Lenten Fish Fry dinners from 5-7 p.m. Fridays through March 30. Dinner choices include fried fish, baked salmon or crab cakes. Each meal consists of fries or baked potato, hush puppies, cole slaw, salad and roll. Fried fish dinner, $8, crab cake dinner, $8, baked salmon dinner, $9. Clam Chowder, $3, drinks, $1 each. Children’s dinner: fish and chips or mac & cheese with fries, $4. Family price: $25 includes two adults and three or more children.
Pancakes for Pets Benefit Saturday
A pancake breakfast (and other breakfast choices) from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday, March 31, at Le Petit Café, 259 Church Street, will benefit the Lumpkin County Animal Shelter. Pets will be available for adoption.
Benefit fishing tournament April 7
NGCSU’s Pi Kappa Phi Fraternity will hold its First Annual PushAmerica John Boat Bass Fishing Tournament Saturday, April 7, at Lake Zwerner (Yahoola Creek Reservoir). Registration is $50 per boat up to two anglers and begins at 6 a.m. Fishing begins at 7 a.m. and ends at 2 p.m. Only electric motors and artificial bait will be allowed, and participants must have a valid Georgia Fishing License. No Stringers. Participants receive a T-shirt and raffle tickets. Raffle tickets will also be for sale for prizes. At 2 p.m. anglers will bring their five largest fish (over 12 inches) for a weigh-in. The fisherman with the most weight takes the $100 first prize, $75 for second place and $50 for third place. There will also be a $50 prize for the biggest fish. The raffle will be held after the weigh-in. All proceeds go to benefit children with disabilities and special needs. Randy, 706-974-4064, firstname.lastname@example.org
NOA Spring Gala April 13
See story page 1B.
Wellness Expo benefitting seniors April 14
The 3rd Annual Wellness Expo, presented for the community by the Lumpkin County Senior Center and offering products and services to all ages, will be held from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, April 14, at the Lumpkin County Parks YMCA, 365 Riley Road. Free health screenings for hearing, vision and more will be available. Exhibitors will offer balance testing, product demos and free samples, diabetes info, body fat analysis, exercise demos, one-on-one health questions answered, blood pressure checks, door prizes and much, much more. Admission is free. The event benefits the Meals on Wheels program through sponsorships and vendor fees. 706-864-2358
Nature and the Outdoors
Save Georgia’s Hemlocks Meeting Sunday
Save Georgia’s Hemlocks will hold its spring board meeting at 2 p.m. Sunday, April 1, at 37 Woody Bend in Dahlonega. All interested persons are welcome. For directions or more information, call the Hemlock Help Line, 706-429-8010.
INstructors/programs for learning center
Wild Mountain Girl Herbal School on the square is adding a Natural Arts & Learning Center and is looking for individuals to offer a class, a walk, a talk, etc. Cindi Vernon, (706) 429-6323 (4/11)
Community Support Activities
UCB Popcorn on Fridays for relay for life
United Community Bank will be serving freshly popped popcorn at the Main Office, 206 Morrison Moore Parkway, on Fridays during the month of March. Donations will be accepted for the American Cancer Society/Relay For Life.
Southern Finds offers gift basket drawing
Spring Cleaning? Call Southern Finds (a NOA store) to pick up your gently used furniture and/or home decor. All donations receive a tax deductible receipt and enter the donor into a chance to win a gift basket. Call 706-867-6167 to schedule pick up. (4/4)
AT-EASE program checks on Homebound
This program of the Lumpkin County Sheriff’s Office provides regular contact to those who are homebound, disabled, sick, living alone, or just need the assurance of a friendly voice. Participation can be temporary or ongoing. Registration forms are available on the Sheriff’s Office website at www.lumpkincounty.gov, at the Lumpkin County Sheriff’s Office, and by phone request at 706-864-3633.
diamond ring raffle Benefits Pick & Bow
Georgia Pick & Bow is raffling off an 18-karat gold diamond ring with exquisite filigree, handcrafted by the renowned Whitehouse Brothers, a jewelry company famous for its unique designs. The ring, which has a retail value of $4,600, was donated to the local music program for children by an anonymous donor. It can be seen, and tickets can be purchased, at Studio Jewelers on the Dahlonega Public Square. Raffle tickets are $10 each or three for $25. The winning ticket will be drawn April 22 at Bear on the Square festival. See a photo of the ring and learn more about its story at www.GeorgiaPickAndBow.org.
SEED SAVING & LENDING LIBRARY seeks seeds
Wild Mountain Girl Herbal School on the square in Dahlonega is seeking donations now for a seed library. Completely free to the public, this is a way for the community to share and save valuable seeds of all types. The seed lending library will open March 24. Cindi Vernon, (706) 429-6323, email@example.com
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
Spring Powwow this weekend
The Yahoola United Cherokee Museum and Cultural Education Center, Inc, a non-profit 501C3, will host the Second Annual Spring Powwow
this weekend. See page 1B for story.
Walk for Daniel’s FEet Saturday
The 6th Annual Walk for Daniel’s Feet will take place Saturday, March 31. Children and pets are invited help raise funds for five local organizations: NOA, Rainbow Home for Girls, St. Vincent de Paul’s, Pets-in-Action and the Friends of Lumpkin County Animal Shelter. Final registration 10:30 a.m.; 1 mile Walk begins at 11 a.m. at the Dahlonega United Methodist Church Youth Building (across from the Smith House). Walkers sign up sponsors on the provided registration forms available around the community, from any of the organizations, or from Pastor Michael McCormack at 706-864-4149. A free T-shirt will be given for at least $25 in donations. Chick-fil-A will provide food.
Refrigiwear Rescue Run April 7
Refrigiwear is hosting its 1st Annual 5K run to benefit the TLC Humane Society. The Rescue Run 2012 will take place at 9 a.m. at Yahoola Creek Park April 7 to benefit Dahlonega-Lumpkin County’s non-profit, no-kill shelter. $20 advance registration, $25 race day. A fun run will be held at 10:30 a.m. Well managed dogs on a leash are welcome. Register at Active.com. Kelly Couch, 706-864-5757 ext. 360
Heart & Sole 5k April 14
The Heart & Sole 5K will be held at 9 a.m. at Yahoola Creek Park in conjunction with the Wellness Expo sponsored by the Senior Center.
Walk and/or run—all are invited. Preregistered, $10, $20 with shirt; after April 11, $12, $25 with shirt; 12 and under, $5, $18 w/shirt. Following the race there will be drawings and prizes for race participants at the Wellness Expo at the YMCA. Register at 706-864-2358.
Funds from April 14 Run address child abuse
Children’s Center for Hope and Healing and Family T.I.E.S. Gainesville will host the No Excuse for Child Abuse 5K Run and 1 Mile Fun Run to benefit the programs of the two agencies which help to prevent and respond to child abuse in Northeast Georgia. The run will take place at the First Baptist Church in Gainesville, 751 Green Street, on April 14. Registration begins at 7:45 a.m., the 5k will take place at 8:45 a.m., and the 1 Mile Fun Run will commence at 9:45 a.m. There will be activities for children, including face painting and games. www.active.com, www.hopeandhealingga.org www.familytiesgainesville.org
Bear on the Square April 21-22
Dahlonega’s 16th annual Bear on the Square Mountain Festival will be a weekend of music and art. Pre-festival events take place Friday, April 20, with the start of jamming on Dahlonega’s Historic Public Square, as well as Master Class Workshops in the afternoon, and the Live Country Auction that night. On Saturday and Sunday, April 21-22, there will be free on-stage performances by local, regional, and national musicians throughout the day in the MainStage Tent at Hancock Park. A juried artist’s market on Saturday and Sunday features traditional mountain crafts. More jamming on the square and free music workshops on Saturday and Sunday, a free, full time children’s schedule of activities, Sunday morning gospel jam, a Saturday evening old-time mountain dance and food complete the offerings. www.BearOnTheSquare.org
Children & Young Adults
Tumble/cheer camp during spring break
United Karate Studio of Dahlonega, 267 Mechanicsville Road, will hold a tumble/cheer camp for beginners ages 6-12 from 9 a.m. to noon April 2-6. $135 for 5 days, $110 for partial camp (3 days). Instructors are seasoned competitive gymnasts/dance team members. Contact Brad, 770-654-5280, to register.
At the Library
Lumpkin County Library, 706-864-3668
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.
STORY TIME PROGRAMS
Totally Toddlers, 11 a.m. Tuesdays: Designed for children ages 2-3, the program offers age appropriate books, songs, and fingerplays. March 20- April 24.
Movers and Shakers, 11 a.m. Wednesdays: Intended for children ages 4 to 5, the program may include songs, finger plays and crafts in addition to stories. March 21-April 25
American Girl Book Group for Tweens, Tuesday, April 3, 3:30 p.m. Read any Kirsten book that you would like then join our group to share. Each month we feature one special American Girl for our topic of discussion. Grades 3-5
Internet and Web Searching, Wednesday, April 4, 9 a.m.. Feeling left behind on the Information Superhighway? Come find out more ways to get the most information from your internet experience. Registration required.
Middle School Wii Play, Wednesday, April 4, 3:30 p.m. Show off your skills on the big screen. Games will vary per session. Grades 6-8.
8th grade LCHS 1958 & graduating class 1962
The 8th Grade 1958 Class of LCHS and the LCHS graduating class of 1962 is planning a 50th class reunion. Call Sandra Smith, 706-265-5252 or Janet Jarrard, 706-864-2030, to give a mailing address or phone number in you are interested in attending the reunion.(4/4)
The Dover and Woody family reunion will be held at 1 p.m. Sunday, April 15, at Auraria Community Center. Please bring a covered dish. Frankie Lee, 706-809-8347
4-H Vaccinations/Rabies Clinic April 14
The 4-H Rabies Clinic will be held Saturday, April 14, from 2-5 p.m. in the Lumpkin County Middle School parking lot. Rabies shots for dogs and cats are $8; dog parvo-distemper vaccination is $15; cat respiratory virus/distemper vaccination is $15. The annual event is sponsored by Chestatee Animal Hospital and the Lumpkin County 4-H Club. Proceeds support camp scholarships and other 4-H activities. 706-864-2275
Rabies Clinics at Red Barn April 14 and 21
Red Barn Veterinary Hospital, 14 Seven Mile Hill Rd, will hold rabies clinics Saturdays, April 14 and 21, from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Rabies vaccines are $10, DAPP/FVRCP are available for $15.
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
FRee Tax help to qualified filers
AARP Foundation Tax-Aide offers free help to older taxpayers and people with limited income. Free tax preparation and electronic filing is available from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesdays through April 11 at the Dahlonega Senior Center, 266 Mechanicsville Road.
OneHarvest food 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 at www.oneharvest.com or at the church, 706-973-9924.
Free Food at DCOG Monday, April 2
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. A box lunch will be provided. 4 Happy Hollow Road, 706-864-3782
Stewards of Children Training April 13
This child sexual abuse prevention training program is offered on the 2nd Friday of each month at the Dahlonega Presbyterian Church. April’s session will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 13. Deadline for registration is April 6. $10/person includes a meal and child care. Contact Brenda Cronan, Family Connection Director, at 706-867-7047 or firstname.lastname@example.org for information or to reserve a spot.
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.
NORTH GEORGIA CONTINUING EDUCATION
For information on these classes, contact the NGCSU Department of Continuing Education at (706) 864-1918, email email@example.com or register at www.northgeorgia.edu/ce.
Photography – Advanced: Learn advanced composition, shooting raw photos, histograms, using your flash, and studio lighting techniques. SLR camera with manual capability required. Tuesdays, March 27 - April 17, 7-9:30 p.m. $129. Trevor Morris
Plumbing Recertification Workshop: Satisfies the mandatory state requirement for annual renewal of Georgia Plumbing Certificates of Competency. March 31, 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. $65 ($79 after March 21). Scot McEwen
Lunch and Learn—Learn to make a Straw Bale Garden: Learn a new and easy way to garden. Straw bale gardening is perfect for those with limited time or space, poor soil, or those with restricted mobility. Easy access to the higher surface of a straw bale eliminates bending to plant and harvest. Bring your lunch and learn how to grow delicious vegetables or beautiful flowers with no weeding, hoeing or tilling. Tuesday April 3 11:30 to 1 p.m. $10
Beads, Wires & Chains: Coordinate beads, loop and chains to design a single strand necklace of your own unique design, along with a matching bracelet and earrings. Tuesday, April 3, 6-9 p.m. $45. Pat Martin
Basic Bridge for Absolute Beginners: For those who know nothing (or almost nothing) about bridge and for the casual players who want to brush up on basic rules of bidding and play. 4 Wednesdays, April 4 -25, 10-11:30 a.m. $89. Fred Fister
Belly Dancing – Intermediate: Learn more challenging combinations and choreographies. Basic belly dance experience required. Eight Mondays, April 9 - June 4 (no class 5/28). 6:30- 8 p.m. $89. Kathryn Hinds
Hydrorobics: An invigorating, low impact exercise program. All ages (16 and up), all fitness levels, and non-swimmers are encouraged to join. Five Mondays/Wednesdays/Fridays, April 9 - May 11. 9:45-10:45 a.m. $69. Joan Souders
Appalachia Today: Explore the issues that affect the region in which you live, work, or play. Through study of the region’s rich cultural and environmental inheritance, you will understand more fully the social and cultural atmosphere. Two Mondays, April 16 & 23, 6-9 p.m. $99. Barry Whittemore
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.
Music/Drama/Film & More
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, firstname.lastname@example.org
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/
David Brothers Trio, Wednesday, March 28, 8 p.m., Shott Auditorium, Nix Fine Arts Building. Adults $5, students $2, NGCSU ID free
“Magick,” The Golden Eagle Band’s indoor drum corps style show. Thursday, March 29, Memorial Hall, NGCSU.
enhake quartet, Friday, March 30, 8 p.m. Shott Auditorium $10. See story this page.
Patriot Choir and NGCSU Men’s Quartet Spring Concert, 8 p.m. Monday, April 2, Gloria Shott auditorium
Jazz Band Concert, Thursday, April 5, 8 p.m., Shott Auditorium. $5 adults, $2 students, NGCSU free.
Caruso’s, 19B East Main Street, 706-864-4664
Every Sunday, 5 p.m.: Texas Hold ’Em Poker
Every Mon., Tues., Wed., 7:30 p.m.: Texas Hold ’Em Poker
Thursday, 8 p.m.: Dahlonega Idol
Every Friday, 9 p.m.: Karaoke & Dance Night
Every Saturday, 9 p.m.: Karaoke, Dance and Contest night
Dahlonega Idol Runs every Thursday night. Qualification rounds through April 12; Idol Finals April 19 at 8 pm. 1st Place $300. Cash or prizes through four places.
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,6:30-9:30+ 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, March 30, 8-10+ p.m. The Lovely Drifters NOA benefit (to benefit the No One Alone women’s shelter). $12 ADV / $14 DOS.
The Lovely Drifters are a unique acoustic duo that melt classically trained voice, cello and guitar into poignant and beautiful original songs. Tonight they partner with No One Alone to give a large percentage of the event’s proceeds to benefit the local shelter for battered
women and children!Amy Andrews and Alex Sia have been making a splash in the South since moving from Baltimore to Atlanta and starting The Lovely Drifters project. This harmony driven duo has a huge heart for helping worthwhile projects – and a lot to say in their ‘progressive folk’ originals. thelovelydrifters.com
Saturday, March 31, 8-10+ p.m.: Davin McCoy & The Coming Attractions $14 ADV / $16 DOS. Imagine the Allman Brothers grooving with Ray LaMontagne and Citizen Cope, and you’ve got
So Good, So Cruel, the soulfully fresh new album from recording artist Davin McCoy. “Davin’s emotionally driven music touches a variety of artists ranging from Cat Stevens, Dave Matthews, Shawn Mullins, Damien Rice and
David Gray. The maturity found in Davin’s soulful, almost self-sacrificingly emotional songwriting and performing could be described as no less than haunting.” -SIR Music Magazine. www.DavinMccoy.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 Jason Kenney and Friends. Free.
Sunday, 7-9+ p.m. Donna Hopkins 1st Sunday ‘Bring on the Blues’ Jam. Performers free, listeners $5. www.DONNAHOPKINS.com.
Monday, April 2: Free Speech Spoken Word Nite, 7-10 p.m. hosted by Jon Dahlstrom, now in the main floor concert hall. Share your poetry, prose, or dialog in a safe and supportive atmosphere. Free.
Holly Theatre, 69 West Main Street, 706-864-3759,
Speakeasy Wednesday: Holly Underground,
9 p.m. to midnight, $7 advance, $9 at door
Saturday afternoon Movies: Magical Moments
Movies for the whole family, 2 p.m.
Radio Gals, through April 1, Fridays, Saturdays
at 8 p.m., Sundays at 2 p.m. $15.
Back To The 80’s,Thursday, April 5: Holly Underground. Doors open at 10 p.m. 80’s dance music, lasers and black lights, beer specials. 80’s outfits encouraged. Ages 18+. $7, $5 (with student ID)
Johnny B’s Beef & Brew, 438 West Main Street, 706-864-2400
Thursdays: College Night
Fridays: Live entertainment
Tuesdays: Country Western Music/Karaoke night
Friday, March 30: 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
March 28, 5-9 p.m. A Night in Italy with Wine Tasting
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, March 30, 8:30-11:30 p.m.: Jason Kenney. Jason has been teaching and performing music for over 10 years. Originally from Dahlonega, Jason toured throughout the country playing lead guitar with Corey Smith from 2004 to 2006. During this time he released a solo album as well as collaborated on two of Smith’s albums. At the end of 2006, he returned to Dahlonega and started a duo group with his wife, Lara Polangco, called The Family Honor. During the next four years Jason learned how to play the mandolin and banjo with proficiency and began honing his skills as a singer/songwriter. In 2010, he was a founding member of the progressive folk band, HomeGrown Revival, which recorded a highly acclaimed original album Leaving Wynfield Station. HomeGrown Revival performed in sold out venues throughout Georgia. Jason has taught children and adults around north Georgia for the last 5 years and is currently teaching guitar, mandolin, banjo, music theory, and songwriting at the Holly Theater.
Saturday, March 31, 8:30-11:30 p.m.: Creston Maxie. Creston is an 18 year old singer/songwriter from Winder. A first year student at NGCSU, he plays his original music, and mixture of new country, traditional country, rock and southern rock artist covers. His band the (BACKEASTBAND) with Tyler King, who also attends North Georgia, has played at Wild Bills and the Georgia Theatre in Athens.
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.
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.
Pre-Easter & Easter Community services
The Dahlonega-Lumpkin County Ministerial Association is holding community-wide services leading up to Easter
April 3: The Rev. Dr. Bill Hutchinson, Dahlonega Baptist Church, will preach at the Tuesday noon service at Dahlonega United Methodist Church. A soup and sandwich luncheon will follow each service.
Good Friday, April 6: Service at noon (no lunch will be served). The Rev. Dr. Barry Whittemore of the Georgia Mountains Unitarian Universalist Church, the Rev. Drs. Beverly Thompson and George Thompson of Dahlonega Presbyterian Church, the Rev. Christy Greenwald of the Dahlonega United Methodist Church, and the Rev. Frank Colladay, retired, will each speak on a matter related to the crucifixion of Jesus.
Easter, April 8, 7 a.m.: Community Sunrise Service at Cottrell Ranch. The Rev. Dr. Jeff Ross, pastor of the Dahlonega United Methodist Church, will preach.
Freedom MInistries saturday night singing
Saturday night singing: Big Oak Gospel Music at 7 p.m. each Saturday. Featured singers on March 31 are Fresh Start, Spiritual Voices and Skeeter Hindman. 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, email@example.com
Revival starts Sunday at Mountain View
Mountain View Baptist Church, Highway 52 West, will have revival Sunday, April 1, through Saturday, April 7, at 7:30 p.m. with special singers each night. Cecil Reeves will be helping Pastor Phill Martin. Everyone welcome. 706-864-3821
CONCORD BAPTist CHURCH REVIVAL starts Sunday
Spring revival at Concord Baptist will run Sunday, April 1, through Friday, April 6, at 7 p.m. each evening. Steve Baker will assist Pastor Roger Dunagan. Everyone is invited to attend. The church is located approximately Four miles north of Dahlonega on Highway 19.
UnitARIAn Universalist church
Georgia Mountains Unitarian Universalist Church is a welcoming congregation. On April 1 Tom Blue Wolf will present “Following the Moon,” focusing on developing an unconditionally loving relationship with Mother Earth and all our relations. 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
Men’s fellowship supper at The Fortress
The Fortress Church off Torrington Road will have its regular men’s fellowship supper Saturday, March 31, at 6 p.m. Everyone welcome.
“Jews for Jesus” March 31 at Foothills
Pastor T.R. Myers invites all to hear a free presentation of a Model Seder with Mark Landrum of “Jews for Jesus” at 6 p.m. Saturday, March 31 at Foothills Fellowship, 5320 Long Branch Road. Jews for Jesus is an agency that proclaims that Jesus is the Messiah of Israel and Savior of the world. The late Moishe Rosen, a Jew who believed in Jesus for over 35 years, founded the organization but points out that Jews for Jesus began about 2,000 years ago, around 32 C.E. Jesus’ first disciples were Jewish and there have been some Jewish people who have believed in him ever since. Call 770-519-4899 for more information.
Sermon at War Hill includes live alligator, lion April 1
The Church @ War Hill, 8847 Highway 53 East, Dawsonville, invites the public to join them for a special illustrated sermon for the whole family. On Sunday, April 1, at 9:15 a.m. and 10:45 a.m. an alligator and a live lion will help us realize that God has given us everything we need to face any challenge, no matter how large! 706-216-3080, warhill.com
Holy WEek schedule for St. Luke’s
St. Luke the Evangelist Roman Catholic Church announces the following schedule for Holy Week: Holy Thursday, April 5: Mass of the Lord’s Supper, 7 p.m. Good Friday, April 6: Meditation on the Last Seven Words, 12-2:30 p.m. (confessions will be heard during this time); Stations of the Cross, 2:30 p.m., Commemoration of Our Lord’s Passion, 7 p.m. Holy Saturday, April 7: Blessing of Food for the Easter Meal, 10 a.m., Solemn Mass of Easter Vigil (bilingual readings) 8 p.m. Easter Sunday, April 8: Solemn Mass of Easter, 8 a.m. and 10:45 a.m.
Flashlight Easter Egg Hunt at Fountain April 6
The Fountain will hold a flashlight Easter egg hunt at 7:30 p.m. Friday, April 6. There will be a hot dog supper, puppet show, and egg hunt. Bring your flashlight and basket.
Easter Sunrise service/Revival at Yahoola Baptist
Pastor Terry Head invites everyone to attend Sunrise Services at Yahoola Baptist Church Easter Sunday, April 8, at 7 a.m. Revival services will be held April 8 through April 11 at 7 p.m. each night. Visiting preachers include Danny Jarrard and Chris Gilbert.
Revival at Lighthouse Baptist April 8-11
Lighthouse Baptist Church on Highway 115 will have revival Sunday, April 8, through Wednesday, April 11, at 7 p.m. nightly Pastor G. W. Gravitt invites everyone.
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
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, firstname.lastname@example.org, 706-867-7047
Odyssey Hospice Volunteers: Do you like to knit, crochet, sew or craft? Can you run an errand or clean a yard for someone? Will you help meet the needs of patients and families living with a life-limiting illness? Would you just spend time visiting with a hospice patient? Gail Manter, Manager of Volunteer Services, Odyssey Hospice 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 email@example.com
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, firstname.lastname@example.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.
Yoga & Nature Workshop March 31
Enjoy the beauty of nature practicing yoga on a deck above a rushing creek, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, March 31. Take a short hike to a lovely waterfall afterwards. $30 advanced registration by March 17, $35 afterwards. email@example.com, 706-864-4684
Labyrinth Workshop April 1
A Labyrinth Workshop will be held from 1-3:30 p.m. Sunday, April 1, in a beautiful Chartres cathedral-style labyrinth in a meadow along Yahoola Creek. Enjoy a peaceful labyrinth walk and gain rich insights and benefits for your own life. $30. Reserve space by March 28. firstname.lastname@example.org, 706-864-4684
Yoga at Dahlonega Spa Resort
Thursdays at 6 p.m.: Hot Yoga—it’s powerful and energetic Yoga posture-flow in a heated room with Carolina Sartain—burn calories while detoxifying body and mind. 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
YOGA with Quiana
Yoga promotes ease, health, vitality and peace. Vinyasa Flow integrating movement, breath and mudras. Monday, Wednesday, Friday, 9-10:15 a.m.; Wednesday, 6:20-7:35 p.m.; Thursday 4- 5:20 p.m.; Saturday 8-9:30 a.m. To join, contact Quiana, 828-318-9169, email@example.com
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
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. 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
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; firstname.lastname@example.org
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 email@example.com
natural & holistic living
The Southern Association of Green Enthusiasts is open to anyone who is interested in natural, alternative, green and holistic living. Cindi Vernon, (706)429-6323 or firstname.lastname@example.org
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
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
Bluegrass instrument instruction—fiddle, banjo, guitar, bass, mandolin. Sonny Houston, 706-864-4606
Beginning and intermediate piano and violin, children and adults welcome. Ruth Purcell, 706-482-9968 or email@example.com
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
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, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.oscarrayneriart.yolasite.com
classes at Funky chicken
Beginning woodcarving at the Funky Chicken Art Project. www.funkychickenartproject.com or Christina, 706-864-3938, email@example.com
art instruction by Win Crannell
Win Crannell is offering art instruction at his studio/gallery at 734 Calhoun Road. 706-864-6422, firstname.lastname@example.org
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
• # 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)
• 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
• Radio Shack/Dahlonega Pharmacy:household rechargeable batteries
• Home Depot
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
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
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 email@example.com
DUMC MMO/preschool registering
Dahlonega United Methodist Church MMO/Preschool is now taking applications for school year 2012-2013. Ages Toddlers-Pre-K class. Contact Angie Mayo or Dana Fritchle @ 706-864-8521. www.dahlonegaumc.org/ministries/mmo-and-preschool
Dahlonega Baptist preschool registering
Registration and classroom tours will be held for the Dahlonega Baptist Church’s Sonshine Weekly Preschool for its 2012-13 session according to the following schedule: Children of church members—Feb. 2, 9 a.m. to noon or 6-8 p.m.; Feb. 3, 9 a.m. to noon. Others from the community—Feb. 6, 9 a.m. to noon; Feb. 7, 9 a.m. to noon or 6-8 p.m. Programs serve children ages 1-5. Denise Green, 706-864-3676, ext. 114, firstname.lastname@example.org
Head Start/Pre K applications NOW OPEN
Lumpkin County Head Start/Pre-K will begin taking applications March 1 for its 2012-13 program year. Children will need to be age 3 or 4 by Sept. 1 in order to qualify. The Lumpkin County Head Start/PreK program welcomes children with disabilities and does not discriminate based on race, gender, national origin or religion. The following information is required to complete an application: child’s birth certificate, immunization certificate, income verification for the past 12 months, social security card, and proof of residency. 706-864-3456
lumpkin County Senior Center
266 Mechanicsville Road, 706-864-2358,
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 email@example.com.\
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, firstname.lastname@example.org, 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
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, email@example.com or stop by TLC at 1735 Red Oak Flats Road.
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, firstname.lastname@example.org
Great news! Incentives are now available for GED students who are serious about committing to earning their GED. Our own Literacy Coalition is offering a $10 gas card for students meeting an attendance criteria, and $20 to any student who refers a new student who meets the attendance criteria. Call for details and let us help you obtain the GED credential needed to even interview for a job these days. 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
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, email@example.com
S.A.T. and Study Prep
Essay, English, math, and science with Dr. Norman Leonard firstname.lastname@example.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
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
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
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 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