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Community-Wide Events

Pie contest SATURDAY, bakers needed

Lumpkin County Literacy Coalition is looking for pie bakers to enter the 5th Annual Pie Squared Competition. The popular pie baking contest/tasting will take place from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, May 26, at St. Luke’s Catholic Church and Hancock Park. Awards will be presented in two categories—Savory and

Sweet pies. The entry fee is $5 with proceeds going to the Dolly Parton Imagination Library, which is administered locally by LCLC and which mails free books to Lumpkin children birth through 5 years. Deadline to submit entry forms for the pie competition is May 23. Tickets are also available for the festive pie tasting following the judging. Tickets are $10 for five tasting or drink coupons. The entry form is online at lumpkinliteracy.org/events or call 706-867-9607.

Suches Community sale Memorial Day weekend

Wildcat Campground (Highway 60 at Grizzle Creek Road) will hold a Suches Community Yard Sale Memorial Day weekend, Saturday, May 26-Monday, May 28, 9 a.m. ‘til. Free tables will be provided for individuals to set up displays to sell their treasures. Kids will meet Jessie the Goat and feed the trout in the trout pond. Free hot dogs Saturday. Other “surprises” planned. Janice, 706-994-4111

DAHLONEGA WOMAN’S CLUB BBQ DINNER June 1

The Dahlonega Woman’s Club will host its annual BBQ dinner from 4:30-7 p.m. Friday, June 1, at the Community House on N. Park St. Dinner will include a generously heaped pork BBQ sandwich, baked beans, cole-slaw, drink and dessert. Tickets are $8 per plate and can be purchased at the door or from any DWC member or by emailing dwcbarbeque@yahoo.com. This is one of the Woman’s Club’s major fundraisers for 2012 and all proceeds go towards the club’s many community projects. The Woman’s Club invites the public to dine in or take out, and to walk across the street to enjoy the city’s First Friday Night Concert at 6:30 p.m. in Hancock Park.

TLC Yard Sale June 2

TLC, Dahlonega’s No-Kill Animal Shelter, will hold a yard sale Saturday, June 2, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the shelter, 1735 Red Oak Flats Rd. Donations are being accepted; to donate items for the sale call Mary, 770-823-3908.

Festivals/Races/Rides

Three Sisters Wine festival: june weekends

Three Sisters Vineyards & Winery’s signature event, the 11th annual Georgia Wine Country Festival, will be presented every Saturday and Sunday in June. Each weekend will be filled with fine wine, food, music and art. General admission is free and food and beverages by local chefs and restaurants will be available for sale. A Georgia Wine Garden featuring wines from around the state will be presented for a $20 fee to visitors and includes a keepsake wine glass. Festival hours are 10 a.m.-6 p.m. on Saturdays and 11:30 a.m.-6 p.m. on Sundays and will be held “rain or shine.” www.ThreeSistersVineyards.com

Ride from Alpharetta to Dahlonega June 3

The 2012 Atlanta Ride for Kids will take place on Sunday, June 3, from North Point Mall to Lumpkin County High School. Registration for this scenic, escorted ride begins at 7 a.m. and closes at 9:15 a.m. at North Point Mall. The ride ends with a light lunch and Celebration of Life. The Ride for Kids benefits the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation. $35 per motorcycle. www.rideforkids.org www.pbtfus.org

Wine Festival at Blackstock June 9-10

The Georgia Fine Wine Festival returns to Blackstock Vineyards Saturday and Sunday, June 9 and 10, and is highlighted by more than 30 dishes from the area’s restaurants and over 60 wines from a dozen of Georgia’s vineyards. All wines are Georgia-grown. Live jazz music throughout the festival, arts and crafts, and a petting zoo are just a small part of the festival. Hours are 12-5 p.m. both days. Tickets, $30 per person, include lunch, tasting glass and unlimited samples, and can be purchased in advance at 706-219-2789 ex 223. Children admitted free. http://www.bsvw.com

Nature & Outdoors

Free Fishing EVents June 2 and June 5

In celebration of National Fishing and Boating Week, the U. S. Forest Service is sponsoring free fishing events on June 2 and June 5. Lake Winfield Scott Kid’s Rodeo will be held Saturday, June 2. Registration begins at 9 a.m. and is open to kids ages 16 and under who are accompanied by a parent or guardian. Dockery Lake Senior Rodeo will be held Tuesday, June 5. Registration begins at 8 a.m. and is open to all fishermen over the age of 55. Free refreshments and drawings for prizes. Free parking. The Georgia Department of Natural Resources has made June 2 a state Free Fishing Day, meaning fishing licenses are not required for Georgia residents. Lake Winfield Scott will be closed to fishing June 1-2 in preparation for the rodeo and will reopen at noon on June 2. Dockery Lake will be closed on June 4 and 5 for the Senior Rodeo, and will reopen for public fishing at noon June 5.

Free Fishing for seniors, kids at Hatchery

Chattahoochee Forest National Fish Hatchery located on Rock Creek Road in Fannin County off Ga Highway 60 between Morganton and Suches will host a Seniors Fishing Rodeo on Friday, June 1, from 9 a.m. to noon. The free event will be open to seniors ages 55 and older. There will be free lunch, T-shirts, prizes and lots of great fishing. The Family Fishing Festival will be held the next day, Saturday, June 2, from 9 a.m. to noon. This free event is open to youth ages 16 and under. There will be free lunch, T-shirts, prizes, educational and environmental exhibit booths and a scavenger hunt. Rock Creek will be stocked with more than 6,000 beautiful, Rainbow Trout of good size over these two days.

Community Support Activities

Recycle shoes at Lumpkin locations

Keep Our Mountains Beautiful and The Lumpkin County Commissioners joins other organizations to ‘Turn Up The Sole’ in an effort to recycle 100,000 pairs of shoes in celebration of Earth Day. Through May 25, individuals can take new/gently used pairs of shoes to three locations in Lumpkin County for recycling: Lumpkin County Courthouse, the Dahlonega/Lumpkin County Chamber of Commerce and the recycling processing center at 1642 Red Oaks Flat Road. Shoes should be tied together or rubber banded. They will be delivered to Soles4Souls, an international shoe charity. 706-894-2785.

Brick Fundraiser for Cherokee museum

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

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. (5/30)

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

Reunions

Berry June 3

The Berry reunion will be held at 11 a.m. Sunday, June 3, at Nimblewill Baptist Church. Special singers will be One More. Please bring a covered dish. Glenn Berry, 706-973-0103 or 470-208-0681

Children & Young Adults

Competitive Soccer tryouts start May 31

Tryouts for the competitive soccer program sponsored by the United Futbol Academy Dawson will be held May 31 and June 1 for its Academy (U9-U12) and U13 Select programs on May 31 and June 1, and for Select (U14-U19) from June 7-8. There is no cost or commitment to attend tryouts, but participants must register online at www.unitedfadawson.org. Practices are held at Rock Creek Sports Complex, Dawsonville. Summer camps are also open for registration.

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: May 29, Camp Intro; June 4, Sports; June 11, Olympics; June 18, Space; June 25, Talent; July 2: Patriotic, July 9, Theatre; July 16, Dare/Local Heroes; July 23, Animals, and July 30, Camp Celebration.

PIck & Bow Summer MUsic Camp REGISTERING

Georgia Pick & Bow Traditional Music School will hold a week-long day camp of intensive music instruction for young beginner through advanced musicians June 18-22. The camp offers training in bluegrass and old time music, song, dance, and crafts for students 4th through 12th grades and is held at the Dahlonega Baptist Church. Instruction and activities are geared toward having fun, developing skills, playing music in a group, and, in general, immersing children in an interest that may well last a lifetime. For more information or an application form, contact Ann Whitley, annwhitley@mac.com or 404-790-9211.

CAMP, CLASSES at Dahlonega Gymnastics

Now registering for summer camp, gymnastics classes and swimming lessons. Call 706-864-8516 or visit DahlonegaGymnastics.com to register online. (May 30)

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

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

Head Start/Pre K applications NOW OPEN

Lumpkin County Head Start/Pre-K is taking applications 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. 706-864-3456

Farmers Market

FARMERS MARKET Saturdays in New location

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

At the Library

Lumpkin County Library, 706-864-3668

www.chestateelibrary.org

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

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

eBooks: Downloadable at the library’s Web site.

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

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 3 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.

Wellness/Fitness

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, iliveingrace@yahoo.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

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

Music/Drama/Film & More

Jamming on the Square every Saturday

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

events at NGCSU

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

Monthly Wine Tasting, Sunday, May 27, 4-6 p.m. Classic dishes from the French Laundry. $40/person includes tax and gratuity. Reservations required.

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

Wednesday, May 23, 7:30-9:30+ p.m. Tom & Juli. Hundreds of cover songs from the 60s, 70s, 80s and 90s while you dine. Free.

Thursday, May 24, 8-10+ p.m.: Joseph Hummel with guest Justin Collins. $5 at the door. This evening will be a local showcase of acoustic music with Joseph Hummel and guest Justin Collins. Hummel performs original alternative folk music. His influences stem from southern blues, folk, and acoustic rock. http://www.facebook.com/joseph.hummel1#!/FallenTogetherPhotography

Friday, May 25, 8-10 p.m.+: Shannon Whitworth. $12 Advance /$15 Day of Show. This singer songwriter whose clever crossing of

Americana, blues and jazz has played Merlefest, the Philadelphia Folk Festival, Strawberry Festival, the Savannah Music Festival, and the renowned Cayamo Songwriters Cruise, as well as clubs and theaters across the country. Whitworth has deep Southern roots,

with sound that is smoky-jazz feeling with hot flourishes and honeyed flashes of Patsy Cline. She’s also a blues singer, with a sultry purr of a voice. www.ShannonWhitworth.net

Saturday, May 26, 8-10 p.m.+: The Claire Lynch Trio, $25 Advance / $30 Day of Show. Claire Lynch is a two-time winner of the International Bluegrass Music Association’s ‘Female Vocalist of the

Year’ award, and she has been nominated for that honor a total of 13 times. She has been a trailblazer for women in bluegrass music, beginning her career in the 1970s with the Front Porch String Band. Lynch began a solo career in the early 1990s,

producing a string of successful CDs for Rounder Records, two of which were nominated for Grammy awards for Best Bluegrass Album. The Claire Lynch Trio features musicians who have won an astounding number of awards. Guitarist and mandolin player Matt Wingate won the Doc Watson Guitar and Mandolin Championships in 1997. In the span of only two years, mandolin and fiddle player Bryan McDowell won 21 first place awards at various national and international contests including MerleFest, the Galax Fiddlers’ Convention, the Rocky Grass Festival, and the Georgia State Championships. www.clairelynch.com

Sunday, 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 The Buzzard Mountain Boys. Free.

Sunday, May 27, 7:30-9:30 p.m.+: Jazz it up Jam with Cindy Bell. A new tradition of music for all the ‘jazz junkies’ in the area to come be a part of on/off stage or just enjoy from a table view while dining under a ‘Crimson’ moon!

Monday, May 28th, 7:30-9:30 p.m.+: ‘Audition’ Open Mic.’ $3. Every 2nd & 4th Monday the stage will be open to amateurs and up and coming artists alike to share their original songs in an audience-judged competition for a $50 prize, and an invitation to a quarterly ‘Final Cut’ Open Mic Challenge to win their own show at the Moon.

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

www.hollytheater.com

The Sound Of Music, a production of Mellow Drama, an independent theater company, May 25, 26, 27, Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m., Sunday at 2 p.m. The classic musical by Rodgers and Hammerstein will feature “beautiful scenery, fabulous vocals, adorable children, and a story line that will bless your heart in so many ways.” $15. See photos page 8B.

Holly Underground: Lingo Lounge, Grand Opening Night, Thurs., May 24, 8 p.m., Open Mic for Writers, “the right place for writers,” featuring Tommy Pirone, DJ, songwriter and singer, and Ben Sierachik, local comic poet, as emcee. Celebrate at the After Party with champagne, cake and dancing.

One-Act Plays, 8 p.m. Thursday, May 31: Combination of one-act plays written by local and well-known playwrights with music performed by local singer-songwriters between shows. $5

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

Thursdays: College Night

Fridays: Live entertainment

Tuesdays: Country Western Music night

Friday, May 25: Green Glass Gospel

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, May 25, 8:30-11:30 p.m.: John Sosebee. With Sosebee on foot drums, guitar, and vocals, and his brother, Jacob Gise, on bass and foot percussion, this one-of-a-kind setup produces a tremendous sound that is always mistaken for a three or four piece band. And now having proven themselves at many of the South’s top venues and festivals, (including George’s Springing the Blues 2010, Smith’s Ole Bar, The Roadhouse, and many many more), they are one of the Atlanta area’s hottest Blues acts. Sosebee’s upcoming second album will feature all original tunes, penned by Sosebee himself, and aims to capture the spirit and energy of their live performances. Influenced by greats such as R.L. Burnside, Junior Kimbrough, Mississippi Fred McDowell, Muddy Waters, and Blind Willie Johnson from a young age, John Sosebee has a deep rooted feel for the Blues. All ages, no cover.

Saturday, May 26, 12-3 p.m. Tom and Juli on the deck. Listen to an incredible repertoire of cover songs from this popular Dahlonega duo.

Saturday, May 16, 8:30-11:30 p.m. Tim McNary. The band McNary was formed in August 2010 when Dan Sheffield showed up for a drumming audition at Tim McNary’s Atlanta apartment. Two months later, Dan and Tim had hired a bassist and were opening up for the national singer songwriter duo The Civil Wars at The Melting Point in Athens, Ga. By March 2011, Dan and Tim had quit their day jobs and started playing music full time. In May of 2011 Elliott Phillips joined the band as drummer and Dan moved to bass. McNary is currently growing their fan base by playing around the southeast. All ages, no cover.

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.

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

Nursing Mothers’ Support

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

Domestic violence: support, crisis line

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

Reformers Unanimous Addiction Program

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

Grief support programs at NGMC

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

Kinship Care—grandparents raising grandchildren

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

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

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

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

Alcoholics Anonymous:

The Gratitude Group: 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

Al-Anon:

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

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

Lumpkin County Caregivers

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

NARCOTICS ANONYMOUS

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

Pets

Tlc Donation Drive at Woodland’s Edge in May

During the month of May donate items of $10 in value to the TLC Humane Society and get 10 percent off your purchase at Woodland’s Edge Outdoor Outfitter, on the Square at 36 North Park Street. Donations of premium dog and cat food as well at toys and pet supplies should be taken to the store. Sale items excluded from discount. TLC is Lumpkin County’s no-kill animal shelter.

Low-cost spay/neuter services June 20-21

Low-cost spay/neuter services for cats and dogs will be available at the Lumpkin County Animal Shelter by appointment on June 20 and 21. The Atlanta Humane Society partners with the county shelter to provide these services in its state-of-the-art mobile Surgical Utility Vehicle. The unit will return on June 20 and 21 and appointments are being taken now. Surgeries are $20 and include a complimentary rabies vaccination and microchip if needed. Pets can go home shortly after surgery. Appointments must be made in person at the shelter, 1363 Red Oak Flats Road in Dahlonega, 10:30 a.m. to 4:40 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. For information call 706-867-7297.

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

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.

Art Workshop

PLEIN AIR WORKSHOP, Oil Painting

Amanda (Carder) Lovett will present a Plein Air workshop at The Art Loft for beginning to intermediate students. Begin with a half day in the studio for demonstration and landscape painting theories followed by first-hand experience in the field. This workshop offers individual instruction and group critiques that will enhance your skills. Thursday, Friday and Saturday, May 31-June 2, 9:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. $335. Register at 706-429-6008 or download registration form at www.artloft.net

Assistance Available

Free Food at DCOG Monday, June 4

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

Education/Classes

Stewards of Children Training June 8

This child sexual abuse prevention training program is offered on the 2nd Friday of each month at the Dahlonega Presbyterian Church. June’s session will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. June 8. Deadline for registration is June 1. $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.

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.

Electrical Recertification Workshop This four-hour workshop will satisfy the mandatory state requirement for annual renewal of your Georgia Electrical Certificates of Competency. Saturday, June 2, 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p,m, $79

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.

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 6 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

Art Classes

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

Church/Religious Events

Gospel Singing

Freedom FEST: 3-Day memorial day weekend singing

Freedom Ministries will host its 14th annual Gospel Singing Convention Saturday-Monday,May 26-28, with 10 groups scheduled to sing each day beginning at 12:30 p.m. Free admission, door prizes, concessions. 1067 Highway 115 South (Old Dahlonega Highway), 706-867-6534 www.gospelgigs.com/glendonwilliamsfreedomheirs, freedomministries@windstream.net

Benefit singing at Yahoola Baptist June 2

A benefit singing for Linda Walden will be held at 7 p.m. June 2 at Yahoola Baptist Church. Liberty Quartet, Kayla Armstrong, Cavenders Creek Choir, and more will be featured.

Shiloh UMC looking for information

Shiloh United Methodist Church, Dawsonville, is planning a memorial service for those buried in their cemetery. They are asking for help in locating family members of the interred. Please mail any information to Shiloh United Methodist Church, 253 Shiloh Church Road, Dawsonville, GA 30534.

UnitARIAn Universalist church

Georgia Mountains Unitarian Universalist Church is a welcoming congregation. On May 27, playwright Jacqueline Clay Chester will share clips from her play A Conversation Between Malcolm X and Barack Obama, and discuss why she wanted people to remember Malcolm X. 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

Sacred Grounds at DPC May 27

Sacred Grounds, a coffee house ministry, is held at the Dahlonega Presbyterian Church every fourth Sunday of the month at 6 p.m. Coffee, drinks and light snacks are served.

Yard Sale at Mountain View Baptist JUne 2

Mountain View Baptist Church will hold a yard sale from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, June 2, at Community & Southern Bank. Donations are greatly appreciated. Please call Lynn at 770-820-3938 to request pickup. All proceeds will go to a missionary trip to Cades Cove to spread the Word of God.

Men’s Fellowship supper at Fortress June 2

The men’s fellowship supper at the Fortress will be held at 6 p.m. Saturday, June 2. Everyone is welcome.

VBS at Mt. Gilead June 4-8

Mt. Gilead Baptist Church invites youngsters to join the train ride on the “Son Light Express” June 4-8, 7-9 p.m for a week of fun, food and fellowship. Classes for all ages.

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

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.

Volunteers

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

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

Odyssey Hospice Volunteers: 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 rbradford@affinishospice.org

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

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

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

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

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.

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

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 

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, 706-864-4606

MUSIC LESSONS

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

Music lessons

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

Weekend camp for drummers

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

STRING INSTRUMENT Lessons

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

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

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

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Community-Wide Events

Pie contest SATURDAY, bakers needed

Lumpkin County Literacy Coalition is looking for pie bakers to enter the 5th Annual Pie Squared Competition. The popular pie baking contest/tasting will take place from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, May 26, at St. Luke’s Catholic Church and Hancock Park. Awards will be presented in two categories—Savory and

Sweet pies. The entry fee is $5 with proceeds going to the Dolly Parton Imagination Library, which is administered locally by LCLC and which mails free books to Lumpkin children birth through 5 years. Deadline to submit entry forms for the pie competition is May 23. Tickets are also available for the festive pie tasting following the judging. Tickets are $10 for five tasting or drink coupons. The entry form is online at lumpkinliteracy.org/events or call 706-867-9607.

Suches Community sale Memorial Day weekend

Wildcat Campground (Highway 60 at Grizzle Creek Road) will hold a Suches Community Yard Sale Memorial Day weekend, Saturday, May 26-Monday, May 28, 9 a.m. ‘til. Free tables will be provided for individuals to set up displays to sell their treasures. Kids will meet Jessie the Goat and feed the trout in the trout pond. Free hot dogs Saturday. Other “surprises” planned. Janice, 706-994-4111

DAHLONEGA WOMAN’S CLUB BBQ DINNER June 1

The Dahlonega Woman’s Club will host its annual BBQ dinner from 4:30-7 p.m. Friday, June 1, at the Community House on N. Park St. Dinner will include a generously heaped pork BBQ sandwich, baked beans, cole-slaw, drink and dessert. Tickets are $8 per plate and can be purchased at the door or from any DWC member or by emailing dwcbarbeque@yahoo.com. This is one of the Woman’s Club’s major fundraisers for 2012 and all proceeds go towards the club’s many community projects. The Woman’s Club invites the public to dine in or take out, and to walk across the street to enjoy the city’s First Friday Night Concert at 6:30 p.m. in Hancock Park.

TLC Yard Sale June 2

TLC, Dahlonega’s No-Kill Animal Shelter, will hold a yard sale Saturday, June 2, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the shelter, 1735 Red Oak Flats Rd. Donations are being accepted; to donate items for the sale call Mary, 770-823-3908.

Festivals/Races/Rides

Three Sisters Wine festival: june weekends

Three Sisters Vineyards & Winery’s signature event, the 11th annual Georgia Wine Country Festival, will be presented every Saturday and Sunday in June. Each weekend will be filled with fine wine, food, music and art. General admission is free and food and beverages by local chefs and restaurants will be available for sale. A Georgia Wine Garden featuring wines from around the state will be presented for a $20 fee to visitors and includes a keepsake wine glass. Festival hours are 10 a.m.-6 p.m. on Saturdays and 11:30 a.m.-6 p.m. on Sundays and will be held “rain or shine.” www.ThreeSistersVineyards.com

Ride from Alpharetta to Dahlonega June 3

The 2012 Atlanta Ride for Kids will take place on Sunday, June 3, from North Point Mall to Lumpkin County High School. Registration for this scenic, escorted ride begins at 7 a.m. and closes at 9:15 a.m. at North Point Mall. The ride ends with a light lunch and Celebration of Life. The Ride for Kids benefits the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation. $35 per motorcycle. www.rideforkids.org www.pbtfus.org

Wine Festival at Blackstock June 9-10

The Georgia Fine Wine Festival returns to Blackstock Vineyards Saturday and Sunday, June 9 and 10, and is highlighted by more than 30 dishes from the area’s restaurants and over 60 wines from a dozen of Georgia’s vineyards. All wines are Georgia-grown. Live jazz music throughout the festival, arts and crafts, and a petting zoo are just a small part of the festival. Hours are 12-5 p.m. both days. Tickets, $30 per person, include lunch, tasting glass and unlimited samples, and can be purchased in advance at 706-219-2789 ex 223. Children admitted free. http://www.bsvw.com

Nature & Outdoors

Free Fishing EVents June 2 and June 5

In celebration of National Fishing and Boating Week, the U. S. Forest Service is sponsoring free fishing events on June 2 and June 5. Lake Winfield Scott Kid’s Rodeo will be held Saturday, June 2. Registration begins at 9 a.m. and is open to kids ages 16 and under who are accompanied by a parent or guardian. Dockery Lake Senior Rodeo will be held Tuesday, June 5. Registration begins at 8 a.m. and is open to all fishermen over the age of 55. Free refreshments and drawings for prizes. Free parking. The Georgia Department of Natural Resources has made June 2 a state Free Fishing Day, meaning fishing licenses are not required for Georgia residents. Lake Winfield Scott will be closed to fishing June 1-2 in preparation for the rodeo and will reopen at noon on June 2. Dockery Lake will be closed on June 4 and 5 for the Senior Rodeo, and will reopen for public fishing at noon June 5.

Free Fishing for seniors, kids at Hatchery

Chattahoochee Forest National Fish Hatchery located on Rock Creek Road in Fannin County off Ga Highway 60 between Morganton and Suches will host a Seniors Fishing Rodeo on Friday, June 1, from 9 a.m. to noon. The free event will be open to seniors ages 55 and older. There will be free lunch, T-shirts, prizes and lots of great fishing. The Family Fishing Festival will be held the next day, Saturday, June 2, from 9 a.m. to noon. This free event is open to youth ages 16 and under. There will be free lunch, T-shirts, prizes, educational and environmental exhibit booths and a scavenger hunt. Rock Creek will be stocked with more than 6,000 beautiful, Rainbow Trout of good size over these two days.

Community Support Activities

Recycle shoes at Lumpkin locations

Keep Our Mountains Beautiful and The Lumpkin County Commissioners joins other organizations to ‘Turn Up The Sole’ in an effort to recycle 100,000 pairs of shoes in celebration of Earth Day. Through May 25, individuals can take new/gently used pairs of shoes to three locations in Lumpkin County for recycling: Lumpkin County Courthouse, the Dahlonega/Lumpkin County Chamber of Commerce and the recycling processing center at 1642 Red Oaks Flat Road. Shoes should be tied together or rubber banded. They will be delivered to Soles4Souls, an international shoe charity. 706-894-2785.

Brick Fundraiser for Cherokee museum

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

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. (5/30)

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

Reunions

Berry June 3

The Berry reunion will be held at 11 a.m. Sunday, June 3, at Nimblewill Baptist Church. Special singers will be One More. Please bring a covered dish. Glenn Berry, 706-973-0103 or 470-208-0681

Children & Young Adults

Competitive Soccer tryouts start May 31

Tryouts for the competitive soccer program sponsored by the United Futbol Academy Dawson will be held May 31 and June 1 for its Academy (U9-U12) and U13 Select programs on May 31 and June 1, and for Select (U14-U19) from June 7-8. There is no cost or commitment to attend tryouts, but participants must register online at www.unitedfadawson.org. Practices are held at Rock Creek Sports Complex, Dawsonville. Summer camps are also open for registration.

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: May 29, Camp Intro; June 4, Sports; June 11, Olympics; June 18, Space; June 25, Talent; July 2: Patriotic, July 9, Theatre; July 16, Dare/Local Heroes; July 23, Animals, and July 30, Camp Celebration.

PIck & Bow Summer MUsic Camp REGISTERING

Georgia Pick & Bow Traditional Music School will hold a week-long day camp of intensive music instruction for young beginner through advanced musicians June 18-22. The camp offers training in bluegrass and old time music, song, dance, and crafts for students 4th through 12th grades and is held at the Dahlonega Baptist Church. Instruction and activities are geared toward having fun, developing skills, playing music in a group, and, in general, immersing children in an interest that may well last a lifetime. For more information or an application form, contact Ann Whitley, annwhitley@mac.com or 404-790-9211.

CAMP, CLASSES at Dahlonega Gymnastics

Now registering for summer camp, gymnastics classes and swimming lessons. Call 706-864-8516 or visit DahlonegaGymnastics.com to register online. (May 30)

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

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

Head Start/Pre K applications NOW OPEN

Lumpkin County Head Start/Pre-K is taking applications 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. 706-864-3456

Farmers Market

FARMERS MARKET Saturdays in New location

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

At the Library

Lumpkin County Library, 706-864-3668

www.chestateelibrary.org

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

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

eBooks: Downloadable at the library’s Web site.

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

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 3 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.

Wellness/Fitness

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, iliveingrace@yahoo.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

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

Music/Drama/Film & More

Jamming on the Square every Saturday

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

events at NGCSU

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

Monthly Wine Tasting, Sunday, May 27, 4-6 p.m. Classic dishes from the French Laundry. $40/person includes tax and gratuity. Reservations required.

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

Wednesday, May 23, 7:30-9:30+ p.m. Tom & Juli. Hundreds of cover songs from the 60s, 70s, 80s and 90s while you dine. Free.

Thursday, May 24, 8-10+ p.m.: Joseph Hummel with guest Justin Collins. $5 at the door. This evening will be a local showcase of acoustic music with Joseph Hummel and guest Justin Collins. Hummel performs original alternative folk music. His influences stem from southern blues, folk, and acoustic rock. http://www.facebook.com/joseph.hummel1#!/FallenTogetherPhotography

Friday, May 25, 8-10 p.m.+: Shannon Whitworth. $12 Advance /$15 Day of Show. This singer songwriter whose clever crossing of

Americana, blues and jazz has played Merlefest, the Philadelphia Folk Festival, Strawberry Festival, the Savannah Music Festival, and the renowned Cayamo Songwriters Cruise, as well as clubs and theaters across the country. Whitworth has deep Southern roots,

with sound that is smoky-jazz feeling with hot flourishes and honeyed flashes of Patsy Cline. She’s also a blues singer, with a sultry purr of a voice. www.ShannonWhitworth.net

Saturday, May 26, 8-10 p.m.+: The Claire Lynch Trio, $25 Advance / $30 Day of Show. Claire Lynch is a two-time winner of the International Bluegrass Music Association’s ‘Female Vocalist of the

Year’ award, and she has been nominated for that honor a total of 13 times. She has been a trailblazer for women in bluegrass music, beginning her career in the 1970s with the Front Porch String Band. Lynch began a solo career in the early 1990s,

producing a string of successful CDs for Rounder Records, two of which were nominated for Grammy awards for Best Bluegrass Album. The Claire Lynch Trio features musicians who have won an astounding number of awards. Guitarist and mandolin player Matt Wingate won the Doc Watson Guitar and Mandolin Championships in 1997. In the span of only two years, mandolin and fiddle player Bryan McDowell won 21 first place awards at various national and international contests including MerleFest, the Galax Fiddlers’ Convention, the Rocky Grass Festival, and the Georgia State Championships. www.clairelynch.com

Sunday, 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 The Buzzard Mountain Boys. Free.

Sunday, May 27, 7:30-9:30 p.m.+: Jazz it up Jam with Cindy Bell. A new tradition of music for all the ‘jazz junkies’ in the area to come be a part of on/off stage or just enjoy from a table view while dining under a ‘Crimson’ moon!

Monday, May 28th, 7:30-9:30 p.m.+: ‘Audition’ Open Mic.’ $3. Every 2nd & 4th Monday the stage will be open to amateurs and up and coming artists alike to share their original songs in an audience-judged competition for a $50 prize, and an invitation to a quarterly ‘Final Cut’ Open Mic Challenge to win their own show at the Moon.

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

www.hollytheater.com

The Sound Of Music, a production of Mellow Drama, an independent theater company, May 25, 26, 27, Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m., Sunday at 2 p.m. The classic musical by Rodgers and Hammerstein will feature “beautiful scenery, fabulous vocals, adorable children, and a story line that will bless your heart in so many ways.” $15. See photos page 8B.

Holly Underground: Lingo Lounge, Grand Opening Night, Thurs., May 24, 8 p.m., Open Mic for Writers, “the right place for writers,” featuring Tommy Pirone, DJ, songwriter and singer, and Ben Sierachik, local comic poet, as emcee. Celebrate at the After Party with champagne, cake and dancing.

One-Act Plays, 8 p.m. Thursday, May 31: Combination of one-act plays written by local and well-known playwrights with music performed by local singer-songwriters between shows. $5

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

Thursdays: College Night

Fridays: Live entertainment

Tuesdays: Country Western Music night

Friday, May 25: Green Glass Gospel

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, May 25, 8:30-11:30 p.m.: John Sosebee. With Sosebee on foot drums, guitar, and vocals, and his brother, Jacob Gise, on bass and foot percussion, this one-of-a-kind setup produces a tremendous sound that is always mistaken for a three or four piece band. And now having proven themselves at many of the South’s top venues and festivals, (including George’s Springing the Blues 2010, Smith’s Ole Bar, The Roadhouse, and many many more), they are one of the Atlanta area’s hottest Blues acts. Sosebee’s upcoming second album will feature all original tunes, penned by Sosebee himself, and aims to capture the spirit and energy of their live performances. Influenced by greats such as R.L. Burnside, Junior Kimbrough, Mississippi Fred McDowell, Muddy Waters, and Blind Willie Johnson from a young age, John Sosebee has a deep rooted feel for the Blues. All ages, no cover.

Saturday, May 26, 12-3 p.m. Tom and Juli on the deck. Listen to an incredible repertoire of cover songs from this popular Dahlonega duo.

Saturday, May 16, 8:30-11:30 p.m. Tim McNary. The band McNary was formed in August 2010 when Dan Sheffield showed up for a drumming audition at Tim McNary’s Atlanta apartment. Two months later, Dan and Tim had hired a bassist and were opening up for the national singer songwriter duo The Civil Wars at The Melting Point in Athens, Ga. By March 2011, Dan and Tim had quit their day jobs and started playing music full time. In May of 2011 Elliott Phillips joined the band as drummer and Dan moved to bass. McNary is currently growing their fan base by playing around the southeast. All ages, no cover.

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.

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

Nursing Mothers’ Support

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

Domestic violence: support, crisis line

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

Reformers Unanimous Addiction Program

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

Grief support programs at NGMC

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

Kinship Care—grandparents raising grandchildren

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

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

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

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

Alcoholics Anonymous:

The Gratitude Group: 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

Al-Anon:

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

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

Lumpkin County Caregivers

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

NARCOTICS ANONYMOUS

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

Pets

Tlc Donation Drive at Woodland’s Edge in May

During the month of May donate items of $10 in value to the TLC Humane Society and get 10 percent off your purchase at Woodland’s Edge Outdoor Outfitter, on the Square at 36 North Park Street. Donations of premium dog and cat food as well at toys and pet supplies should be taken to the store. Sale items excluded from discount. TLC is Lumpkin County’s no-kill animal shelter.

Low-cost spay/neuter services June 20-21

Low-cost spay/neuter services for cats and dogs will be available at the Lumpkin County Animal Shelter by appointment on June 20 and 21. The Atlanta Humane Society partners with the county shelter to provide these services in its state-of-the-art mobile Surgical Utility Vehicle. The unit will return on June 20 and 21 and appointments are being taken now. Surgeries are $20 and include a complimentary rabies vaccination and microchip if needed. Pets can go home shortly after surgery. Appointments must be made in person at the shelter, 1363 Red Oak Flats Road in Dahlonega, 10:30 a.m. to 4:40 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. For information call 706-867-7297.

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

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.

Art Workshop

PLEIN AIR WORKSHOP, Oil Painting

Amanda (Carder) Lovett will present a Plein Air workshop at The Art Loft for beginning to intermediate students. Begin with a half day in the studio for demonstration and landscape painting theories followed by first-hand experience in the field. This workshop offers individual instruction and group critiques that will enhance your skills. Thursday, Friday and Saturday, May 31-June 2, 9:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. $335. Register at 706-429-6008 or download registration form at www.artloft.net

Assistance Available

Free Food at DCOG Monday, June 4

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

Education/Classes

Stewards of Children Training June 8

This child sexual abuse prevention training program is offered on the 2nd Friday of each month at the Dahlonega Presbyterian Church. June’s session will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. June 8. Deadline for registration is June 1. $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.

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.

Electrical Recertification Workshop This four-hour workshop will satisfy the mandatory state requirement for annual renewal of your Georgia Electrical Certificates of Competency. Saturday, June 2, 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p,m, $79

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.

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 6 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

Art Classes

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

Church/Religious Events

Gospel Singing

Freedom FEST: 3-Day memorial day weekend singing

Freedom Ministries will host its 14th annual Gospel Singing Convention Saturday-Monday,May 26-28, with 10 groups scheduled to sing each day beginning at 12:30 p.m. Free admission, door prizes, concessions. 1067 Highway 115 South (Old Dahlonega Highway), 706-867-6534 www.gospelgigs.com/glendonwilliamsfreedomheirs, freedomministries@windstream.net

Benefit singing at Yahoola Baptist June 2

A benefit singing for Linda Walden will be held at 7 p.m. June 2 at Yahoola Baptist Church. Liberty Quartet, Kayla Armstrong, Cavenders Creek Choir, and more will be featured.

Shiloh UMC looking for information

Shiloh United Methodist Church, Dawsonville, is planning a memorial service for those buried in their cemetery. They are asking for help in locating family members of the interred. Please mail any information to Shiloh United Methodist Church, 253 Shiloh Church Road, Dawsonville, GA 30534.

UnitARIAn Universalist church

Georgia Mountains Unitarian Universalist Church is a welcoming congregation. On May 27, playwright Jacqueline Clay Chester will share clips from her play A Conversation Between Malcolm X and Barack Obama, and discuss why she wanted people to remember Malcolm X. 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

Sacred Grounds at DPC May 27

Sacred Grounds, a coffee house ministry, is held at the Dahlonega Presbyterian Church every fourth Sunday of the month at 6 p.m. Coffee, drinks and light snacks are served.

Yard Sale at Mountain View Baptist JUne 2

Mountain View Baptist Church will hold a yard sale from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, June 2, at Community & Southern Bank. Donations are greatly appreciated. Please call Lynn at 770-820-3938 to request pickup. All proceeds will go to a missionary trip to Cades Cove to spread the Word of God.

Men’s Fellowship supper at Fortress June 2

The men’s fellowship supper at the Fortress will be held at 6 p.m. Saturday, June 2. Everyone is welcome.

VBS at Mt. Gilead June 4-8

Mt. Gilead Baptist Church invites youngsters to join the train ride on the “Son Light Express” June 4-8, 7-9 p.m for a week of fun, food and fellowship. Classes for all ages.

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

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.

Volunteers

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

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

Odyssey Hospice Volunteers: 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 rbradford@affinishospice.org

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

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

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

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

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.

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

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 

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, 706-864-4606

MUSIC LESSONS

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

Music lessons

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

Weekend camp for drummers

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

STRING INSTRUMENT Lessons

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

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

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

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