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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 North Park Street. 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 Road. Donations are being accepted; to donate items for the sale call Mary, 770-823-3908.

Lydia School Open House

The Lydia School Open House, hosted by Loudean Seabolt, will be held Sunday, June 10, from noon to 3 p.m. at Lydia School on Porter Springs Road. The public is invited to come and share memories with former students and teachers for the annual celebration to honor the history and experiences that were shared at the little one room school house.

Monthly Habitat surplus sale June 9-10

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

NOA’s Cookout for a Cause June 16

On Saturday, June 16, NOA (No One Alone) will hold a cookout at Southern Finds, 40 North Grove Street. Hamburger or hot dog plates (includes chips and drink) will be available for $5 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Proceeds benefit NOA.

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

Benefit motorcycle poker run June 16

A ride to benefit Push America, a non-profit organization that helps people with disabilities, will run from the Cigar Shoppe on GA 400 to Johnny B’s in Dahlonega. Registration begins at 10 a.m. Saturday, June 16, and the ride will start at noon. Zack Agerton, wzager1409@northgeorgia.edu , 678-936-2283

Free Meals/Food

Free meals for school-aged children

Step of Faith Outreach, Inc. will offer a Summer Food Service Program in Lumpkin County at W.L. Whelchel Family LIfe Center, 69 Hickory Grove Road. Free nutritious breakfasts (8-9 a.m.) and lunches (noon-1 p.m.) will be served to any school aged child 18 years and younger Mondays through Fridays from June 4-August 3. For more information, or to volunteer to help, call 678-617-9913 or 706-867-6879. The program is sponsored by The U.S. Department of Agriculture.

Free 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

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

Engraved bricks for Gold Museum walks

Friends of Dahlonega Gold Museum is selling engraved bricks to be installed in the courtyard (suggested donation $75) and the sidewalk (suggested donation $100) of the Dahlonega Gold Museum. The FODG is a non-profit, volunteer organization which raises funds to keep the museum open seven days a week and for maintenance and enhancement projects at the museum. Visit the Gold Museum on the Public Square for information or contact FriendsGoldMuseum@yahoo.com. (6/13)

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

LCHS Class of 2002 June 23

Lumpkin County High School Class of 2002 will hold its Ten Year Reunion on June 23. For details, e-mail lchs02reunion@gmail.com.

Sullivan-Mashburn June 23-24

Descendants of William Sullivan and Rebecca Mashburn Sullivan will be hosting the 80th annual family reunion Saturday and Sunday, June 23 and 24. On Saturday a meet and greet will be held in Blairsville at 5:30 p.m. at the Milton Inn with dinner at 7 p.m. at the Cookie Jar/Steve’s Steak House. On Sunday the family will worship together at 11 a.m. at Confidence UMC on Nottely Dam Road with a potluck luncheon following. Tracy Lea Baugh-Cape, 706-969-8970; Allison Sullivan, 404-723-0730

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.

CHEER/TUMBLE/GYM AND SWIM YMCA Camp

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

Summer theater camps at the HOlly

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

June 25-29, 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.: The Ever After. Ages: 6 - 12. Performance at 2 p.m. Saturday, June 30. Tuition $125.

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 MUsic Camp Deadline June 1

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

Vacation Bible School

Auraria Church of Almighty God will host Vacation Bible School

beginning on Monday June 4th thru Wednesday June 6th at 6:30pm till 8:30pm.

Children and adults of all ages are invited to join us for an extraordinary adventure

to “Rocky Point Lighthouse.” Church is located 8 miles south of Dahlonega on

Auraria Rd (old hwy 9E). Info: 706-864-2731

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

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

Summer Reading Program registration underway.

Teen Program: Steampunk Stars, Tuesday, June 5, 4 p.m.: Kick off summer reading and Own the Night by adding a gear here and a spring there! Decorate your own Steampunk star! (All supplies provided by the library.) Grades 6 and up.

Introduction to Computers, 9-10 a.m. Wednesday, June 6: Learn

the basic parts of the computer and how to navigate through the Windows system and troubleshoot. No prior knowledge needed. Registration required.

Children’s Program: Pint Size Polka, Wednesday, June 6, 2 p.m. Join Uncle Mike and his Polka Band for rip-roaring fun in the library. (You might even get to do the Chicken Dance!)

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.

Music/Drama/Film & More

First Friday NIght concert Friday

Kurt Thomas. See article this page.

Movies under the Stars begins June 8

Movies Under the Stars will open its second Friday night free movie series Friday, June 8, with the showing of Alvin and the Chipmunks 3: Chipwrecked in Hancock Park. Movies begin at dusk on the 23-foot screen, but families gather for concessions, picnics and fun in the park before the movies. Bring blankets and chairs. The 2nd annual event is presented by the Dahlonega-Lumpkin County Chamber of Commerce. Proceeds benefit the Lumpkin Youth Leadership Program.

Dahlonega Mountain Dance June 8

The last Dahlonega Mountain Dance of the season will be held at 7:30 p.m. Friday, June 8, at the Woodman of the World Building, above Cranberry Corners. Music will be by The Sautee Porch Band and Bob Dalsemer, recipient of the Country Dance and Song Society’s Lifetime Achievement Award for 2011, will do the calling. Please wear soft-soled shoes. A suggested donation of $8 will be accepted to benefit the Georgia Pick & Bow Traditional Music School. dahlonegamountaindance.com

North GA Chamber MUsic Fest June 15, 17, 22, 24

The inaugural North Georgia Chamber Music Festival, which features four programs of music spread out over two weekends in June, will be held at NGCSU’s Gloria Shott Performance Hall Fridays, June 15 and 22 at 8 p.m., and Sundays, June 17 and 24 at 3 p.m. Tickets ($30 for each concert with special combination tickets available) can be purchased online at www.northgeorgia.edu/chambermusic.

KPNR Annual Homecoming June 15-16

Karen Peck and New River will host their Annual Homecoming,

“Christian Music Nights 2012” Friday and Saturday, June 15 and 16 (Father’s Day weekend) at New River Park on Yahoola Road. Performers Friday night at 7 p.m. will be Voices Won, Triumphant Quartet, and KPNR. On Saturday night at 6 p.m. Brian Free and Assurance will join KPNR and the New River Band. Please bring lawn chairs. $15 donation at gate, 12 and under free. Concessions available. 706-864-2082, newriver@windstream.net

Jamming on the Square every Saturday

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

events at NGCSU

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

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

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

www.diningindahlonega.com

Every Sunday, 5 p.m.: Texas Hold ’Em Poker

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

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

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

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

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.

Friday, June 1, 8-10 p.m.: Carl Dylan with guests Adam Kersh (The Fiddleheads) and Kristen Weller (Co-writer). $10 advance /$12 Day of ShowLive and Local with an Atlanta Folk Rock songwriter featuring three young artists. Dylan performs his original alternative folk rock music. http://www.carldylan.com

Saturday, June 2, 8-10 p.m.: Lil’ Brian and the Zydeco Travelers. $14 Advance /$16 Day of Show. Lil Brian & The Zydeco Travelers

are living up to their reputation as the most innovative and musically accomplished young zydeco band on the scene today. For the past decade and more, Lil Brian & The Zydeco Travelers have developed a reputation as the most innovative and musically accomplished zydeco band on the scene. Brilliantly drawing upon contemporary urban black sounds

while remaining respectful and true to their zydeco roots, they have created an incredibly exciting modern form of zydeco music that is both rhythmically and lyrically sophisticated and just plain funky. www.road-dawg.com/talent_lil_brian.htm

Sunday, June 3, 2-5 p.m. Jason Kenney’s Acoustic Jam. Able pickers and singers continue a 100 year old tradition of pickin’, singin’, and grinnin’ in the c. 1858 Parker-Nix Storehouse. Bluegrass, Old Time, Country/Blues standards, and American Folk are the most likely tunes to bubble up, but any American traditional music is welcome. Free.

Sunday, June 3, 8-10 p.m. Blues Jam Session.

Monday/Tuesday: Closed.

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

www.hollytheater.com

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

Miss Firecracker Contest, a production of the Holly Theater Company. June 8-10, 15-17, 22-24, Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m., Sundays at 7 p.m. $15

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

Thursdays: College Night

Fridays: Live entertainment

Tuesdays: Country Western Music night

Friday, June 1: Stoned Sandwich

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Friday, June 1, 8:30-11:30 p.m.: Chad Garrett. Singer-songwriter Chad Garrett combines playful lyrics, a unique acoustic guitar style and a passion for entertaining people. Experimental influences crash into an acoustic sound paved by classic songwriters. By not relying on fitting into one musical genre, Garrett defines a style all his own. All ages welcome. No cover charge.

Saturday, June 2, 12-2 p.m. on the deck: The O’Neil Rivers Band

Saturday, June 2, 8:30-11:30 p.m.: Veronika Jackson

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.

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

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.

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.

Gainesville sBDC Classes

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

Starting a Business Q &A, June 6, 5-7 p.m. Free.

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 six months for gas and lunch, plus testing fees and day care for single parents. Call 706-867-2862 to see if you qualify. The GED Adult Learning Center will be closed starting June 1 and will reopen July 9.

Mountain Ed High School

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

Buddhist meditation and study group

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

Herbal Apprenticeship

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

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

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

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.

Church/Religious Events

VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL

Killough Church by the Lake: One Day VBS, Sunday, June 3, 4-8 p.m. K-Motion 2012. Speakers will be Charles Beusse from Wyldlife and Dwayne Pace from Powder Springs. Three new bikes plus many more prizes will be given away. Register online or just show up. Ages 3-12th grade. 321 Kilough Church Road, Dawsonville, 706.216.1440, www.kilough.com

Friendship Baptist Church: Monday, June 4-Friday, June 8, 6:45 p.m. nightly. Theme: Son Light Express. Everyone is invited

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

Foothills Fellowship, Sunday, June 10-Tuesday, June 12, 6-8 p.m. Come Fly With VBS. Ages 2 years through 5th grade.

Mt. Zion Baptist Church #2, Highway 115 East. June 4-8, 2012 Dinner will be served at 6:15. All ages welcome. Come see how God can transform YOUR life, with Bug Zone: Transformed by our BIG God!.

Dahlonega Baptist Church, Monday-Friday, June 11-15, 234 Hawkins Street, (706) 864-3676, www.dbch.org, email dbc@dbch.org

VBS: 8:30 a.m. to noon. Free. Ages 4 years through Grade 5 (completed). Register online.

MUSIC CAMP: noon to 3 p.m. $40. Grades 1-5, (completed). Limited to 75 participants. Fee must be paid at time of registration to reserve spot. Cost includes lunch, T-shirt and music CD. Music Camp participants will perform the VBS Amazing Wonders Aviation Musical at Family Night Services, 6:30 p.m. June 15.

Bethlehem Baptist Church, Monday-Friday, June 11-15, 6:30-9 p.m. Kids take a thrill ride through God’s creaion with “Incrediworld Amazement Park.” 706-864-2743

Oak Grove Baptist Church, Kickoff Friday, June 8, 6-9 p.m.; VBS Monday-Friday, June 11-15, 7-9 p.m. Theme: “Adventures on Promise Island,” ages 3 and up.

Gospel Singing

Singing, Poor Boy Dinner Saturday at Lighthouse

The Lighthouse in Dahlonega on Highway 52 East will have a singing for its youth group at 5 p.m. Saturday, June 2, featuring The Sword and The Shield, The Living Waters, Ed Saye, Phyllis and Ronnie Vaughn, and others. A Poor Boy Supper for $5 per plate will include soup beans or black eyed peas with cornbread, onions, fried potatoes, turnip greens and tea. The Rev. G.W. Gravitt, pastor, invites all.

Freedom MInistries saturday night singing

Saturday night singing: Big Oak Gospel Music at 7 p.m. each Saturday. Featured singers on June 2 are Willing Vessels; Faith, Hope and Charity, and Light House for Jesus. The event is hosted by The Freedom Heirs and admission is free; a love offering will be collected. 1067 Highway 115 South (Old Dahlonega Highway) 706-867-6534 www.gospelgigs.com/glendonwilliamsfreedomheirs, freedomministries@windstream.net

YARD SALE at Pleasant Grove Saturday

Good variety, plus chili, hot dogs and dessert! Saturday, June 2, 8 a.m.-4 p.m.. Pleasant Grove UMC, 219 Highway 52 West, Dahlonega, 678-524-8631

Yard Sale at Mountain View Baptist SATURDAY

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 Saturday

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

UnitARIAn Universalist church

Georgia Mountains Unitarian Universalist Church is a welcoming congregation. On June 3 Dr. Chris Cuomo will present an overview of the problem of climate change, responsibilities of corporations and governments, and how individuals might more effectively take responsibility for addressing global climate change. 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.

CONCORD BAPTIST CHURCH ORDINATION SERVICE

Brett Caldwell will be ordained for Deacon at 3 p.m. Sunday, June 10. All preachers and Deacons are urged to attend. The church is located four miles north of Dahlonega on Highway 19. Pastor Roger Dunagan 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

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.

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

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

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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 North Park Street. 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 Road. Donations are being accepted; to donate items for the sale call Mary, 770-823-3908.

Lydia School Open House

The Lydia School Open House, hosted by Loudean Seabolt, will be held Sunday, June 10, from noon to 3 p.m. at Lydia School on Porter Springs Road. The public is invited to come and share memories with former students and teachers for the annual celebration to honor the history and experiences that were shared at the little one room school house.

Monthly Habitat surplus sale June 9-10

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

NOA’s Cookout for a Cause June 16

On Saturday, June 16, NOA (No One Alone) will hold a cookout at Southern Finds, 40 North Grove Street. Hamburger or hot dog plates (includes chips and drink) will be available for $5 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Proceeds benefit NOA.

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

Benefit motorcycle poker run June 16

A ride to benefit Push America, a non-profit organization that helps people with disabilities, will run from the Cigar Shoppe on GA 400 to Johnny B’s in Dahlonega. Registration begins at 10 a.m. Saturday, June 16, and the ride will start at noon. Zack Agerton, wzager1409@northgeorgia.edu , 678-936-2283

Free Meals/Food

Free meals for school-aged children

Step of Faith Outreach, Inc. will offer a Summer Food Service Program in Lumpkin County at W.L. Whelchel Family LIfe Center, 69 Hickory Grove Road. Free nutritious breakfasts (8-9 a.m.) and lunches (noon-1 p.m.) will be served to any school aged child 18 years and younger Mondays through Fridays from June 4-August 3. For more information, or to volunteer to help, call 678-617-9913 or 706-867-6879. The program is sponsored by The U.S. Department of Agriculture.

Free 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

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

Engraved bricks for Gold Museum walks

Friends of Dahlonega Gold Museum is selling engraved bricks to be installed in the courtyard (suggested donation $75) and the sidewalk (suggested donation $100) of the Dahlonega Gold Museum. The FODG is a non-profit, volunteer organization which raises funds to keep the museum open seven days a week and for maintenance and enhancement projects at the museum. Visit the Gold Museum on the Public Square for information or contact FriendsGoldMuseum@yahoo.com. (6/13)

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

LCHS Class of 2002 June 23

Lumpkin County High School Class of 2002 will hold its Ten Year Reunion on June 23. For details, e-mail lchs02reunion@gmail.com.

Sullivan-Mashburn June 23-24

Descendants of William Sullivan and Rebecca Mashburn Sullivan will be hosting the 80th annual family reunion Saturday and Sunday, June 23 and 24. On Saturday a meet and greet will be held in Blairsville at 5:30 p.m. at the Milton Inn with dinner at 7 p.m. at the Cookie Jar/Steve’s Steak House. On Sunday the family will worship together at 11 a.m. at Confidence UMC on Nottely Dam Road with a potluck luncheon following. Tracy Lea Baugh-Cape, 706-969-8970; Allison Sullivan, 404-723-0730

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.

CHEER/TUMBLE/GYM AND SWIM YMCA Camp

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

Summer theater camps at the HOlly

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

June 25-29, 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.: The Ever After. Ages: 6 - 12. Performance at 2 p.m. Saturday, June 30. Tuition $125.

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 MUsic Camp Deadline June 1

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

Vacation Bible School

Auraria Church of Almighty God will host Vacation Bible School

beginning on Monday June 4th thru Wednesday June 6th at 6:30pm till 8:30pm.

Children and adults of all ages are invited to join us for an extraordinary adventure

to “Rocky Point Lighthouse.” Church is located 8 miles south of Dahlonega on

Auraria Rd (old hwy 9E). Info: 706-864-2731

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

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

Summer Reading Program registration underway.

Teen Program: Steampunk Stars, Tuesday, June 5, 4 p.m.: Kick off summer reading and Own the Night by adding a gear here and a spring there! Decorate your own Steampunk star! (All supplies provided by the library.) Grades 6 and up.

Introduction to Computers, 9-10 a.m. Wednesday, June 6: Learn

the basic parts of the computer and how to navigate through the Windows system and troubleshoot. No prior knowledge needed. Registration required.

Children’s Program: Pint Size Polka, Wednesday, June 6, 2 p.m. Join Uncle Mike and his Polka Band for rip-roaring fun in the library. (You might even get to do the Chicken Dance!)

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.

Music/Drama/Film & More

First Friday NIght concert Friday

Kurt Thomas. See article this page.

Movies under the Stars begins June 8

Movies Under the Stars will open its second Friday night free movie series Friday, June 8, with the showing of Alvin and the Chipmunks 3: Chipwrecked in Hancock Park. Movies begin at dusk on the 23-foot screen, but families gather for concessions, picnics and fun in the park before the movies. Bring blankets and chairs. The 2nd annual event is presented by the Dahlonega-Lumpkin County Chamber of Commerce. Proceeds benefit the Lumpkin Youth Leadership Program.

Dahlonega Mountain Dance June 8

The last Dahlonega Mountain Dance of the season will be held at 7:30 p.m. Friday, June 8, at the Woodman of the World Building, above Cranberry Corners. Music will be by The Sautee Porch Band and Bob Dalsemer, recipient of the Country Dance and Song Society’s Lifetime Achievement Award for 2011, will do the calling. Please wear soft-soled shoes. A suggested donation of $8 will be accepted to benefit the Georgia Pick & Bow Traditional Music School. dahlonegamountaindance.com

North GA Chamber MUsic Fest June 15, 17, 22, 24

The inaugural North Georgia Chamber Music Festival, which features four programs of music spread out over two weekends in June, will be held at NGCSU’s Gloria Shott Performance Hall Fridays, June 15 and 22 at 8 p.m., and Sundays, June 17 and 24 at 3 p.m. Tickets ($30 for each concert with special combination tickets available) can be purchased online at www.northgeorgia.edu/chambermusic.

KPNR Annual Homecoming June 15-16

Karen Peck and New River will host their Annual Homecoming,

“Christian Music Nights 2012” Friday and Saturday, June 15 and 16 (Father’s Day weekend) at New River Park on Yahoola Road. Performers Friday night at 7 p.m. will be Voices Won, Triumphant Quartet, and KPNR. On Saturday night at 6 p.m. Brian Free and Assurance will join KPNR and the New River Band. Please bring lawn chairs. $15 donation at gate, 12 and under free. Concessions available. 706-864-2082, newriver@windstream.net

Jamming on the Square every Saturday

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

events at NGCSU

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

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

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

www.diningindahlonega.com

Every Sunday, 5 p.m.: Texas Hold ’Em Poker

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

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

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

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

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.

Friday, June 1, 8-10 p.m.: Carl Dylan with guests Adam Kersh (The Fiddleheads) and Kristen Weller (Co-writer). $10 advance /$12 Day of ShowLive and Local with an Atlanta Folk Rock songwriter featuring three young artists. Dylan performs his original alternative folk rock music. http://www.carldylan.com

Saturday, June 2, 8-10 p.m.: Lil’ Brian and the Zydeco Travelers. $14 Advance /$16 Day of Show. Lil Brian & The Zydeco Travelers

are living up to their reputation as the most innovative and musically accomplished young zydeco band on the scene today. For the past decade and more, Lil Brian & The Zydeco Travelers have developed a reputation as the most innovative and musically accomplished zydeco band on the scene. Brilliantly drawing upon contemporary urban black sounds

while remaining respectful and true to their zydeco roots, they have created an incredibly exciting modern form of zydeco music that is both rhythmically and lyrically sophisticated and just plain funky. www.road-dawg.com/talent_lil_brian.htm

Sunday, June 3, 2-5 p.m. Jason Kenney’s Acoustic Jam. Able pickers and singers continue a 100 year old tradition of pickin’, singin’, and grinnin’ in the c. 1858 Parker-Nix Storehouse. Bluegrass, Old Time, Country/Blues standards, and American Folk are the most likely tunes to bubble up, but any American traditional music is welcome. Free.

Sunday, June 3, 8-10 p.m. Blues Jam Session.

Monday/Tuesday: Closed.

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

www.hollytheater.com

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

Miss Firecracker Contest, a production of the Holly Theater Company. June 8-10, 15-17, 22-24, Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m., Sundays at 7 p.m. $15

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

Thursdays: College Night

Fridays: Live entertainment

Tuesdays: Country Western Music night

Friday, June 1: Stoned Sandwich

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Friday, June 1, 8:30-11:30 p.m.: Chad Garrett. Singer-songwriter Chad Garrett combines playful lyrics, a unique acoustic guitar style and a passion for entertaining people. Experimental influences crash into an acoustic sound paved by classic songwriters. By not relying on fitting into one musical genre, Garrett defines a style all his own. All ages welcome. No cover charge.

Saturday, June 2, 12-2 p.m. on the deck: The O’Neil Rivers Band

Saturday, June 2, 8:30-11:30 p.m.: Veronika Jackson

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.

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

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.

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.

Gainesville sBDC Classes

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

Starting a Business Q &A, June 6, 5-7 p.m. Free.

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 six months for gas and lunch, plus testing fees and day care for single parents. Call 706-867-2862 to see if you qualify. The GED Adult Learning Center will be closed starting June 1 and will reopen July 9.

Mountain Ed High School

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

Buddhist meditation and study group

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

Herbal Apprenticeship

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

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

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

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.

Church/Religious Events

VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL

Killough Church by the Lake: One Day VBS, Sunday, June 3, 4-8 p.m. K-Motion 2012. Speakers will be Charles Beusse from Wyldlife and Dwayne Pace from Powder Springs. Three new bikes plus many more prizes will be given away. Register online or just show up. Ages 3-12th grade. 321 Kilough Church Road, Dawsonville, 706.216.1440, www.kilough.com

Friendship Baptist Church: Monday, June 4-Friday, June 8, 6:45 p.m. nightly. Theme: Son Light Express. Everyone is invited

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

Foothills Fellowship, Sunday, June 10-Tuesday, June 12, 6-8 p.m. Come Fly With VBS. Ages 2 years through 5th grade.

Mt. Zion Baptist Church #2, Highway 115 East. June 4-8, 2012 Dinner will be served at 6:15. All ages welcome. Come see how God can transform YOUR life, with Bug Zone: Transformed by our BIG God!.

Dahlonega Baptist Church, Monday-Friday, June 11-15, 234 Hawkins Street, (706) 864-3676, www.dbch.org, email dbc@dbch.org

VBS: 8:30 a.m. to noon. Free. Ages 4 years through Grade 5 (completed). Register online.

MUSIC CAMP: noon to 3 p.m. $40. Grades 1-5, (completed). Limited to 75 participants. Fee must be paid at time of registration to reserve spot. Cost includes lunch, T-shirt and music CD. Music Camp participants will perform the VBS Amazing Wonders Aviation Musical at Family Night Services, 6:30 p.m. June 15.

Bethlehem Baptist Church, Monday-Friday, June 11-15, 6:30-9 p.m. Kids take a thrill ride through God’s creaion with “Incrediworld Amazement Park.” 706-864-2743

Oak Grove Baptist Church, Kickoff Friday, June 8, 6-9 p.m.; VBS Monday-Friday, June 11-15, 7-9 p.m. Theme: “Adventures on Promise Island,” ages 3 and up.

Gospel Singing

Singing, Poor Boy Dinner Saturday at Lighthouse

The Lighthouse in Dahlonega on Highway 52 East will have a singing for its youth group at 5 p.m. Saturday, June 2, featuring The Sword and The Shield, The Living Waters, Ed Saye, Phyllis and Ronnie Vaughn, and others. A Poor Boy Supper for $5 per plate will include soup beans or black eyed peas with cornbread, onions, fried potatoes, turnip greens and tea. The Rev. G.W. Gravitt, pastor, invites all.

Freedom MInistries saturday night singing

Saturday night singing: Big Oak Gospel Music at 7 p.m. each Saturday. Featured singers on June 2 are Willing Vessels; Faith, Hope and Charity, and Light House for Jesus. The event is hosted by The Freedom Heirs and admission is free; a love offering will be collected. 1067 Highway 115 South (Old Dahlonega Highway) 706-867-6534 www.gospelgigs.com/glendonwilliamsfreedomheirs, freedomministries@windstream.net

YARD SALE at Pleasant Grove Saturday

Good variety, plus chili, hot dogs and dessert! Saturday, June 2, 8 a.m.-4 p.m.. Pleasant Grove UMC, 219 Highway 52 West, Dahlonega, 678-524-8631

Yard Sale at Mountain View Baptist SATURDAY

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 Saturday

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

UnitARIAn Universalist church

Georgia Mountains Unitarian Universalist Church is a welcoming congregation. On June 3 Dr. Chris Cuomo will present an overview of the problem of climate change, responsibilities of corporations and governments, and how individuals might more effectively take responsibility for addressing global climate change. 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.

CONCORD BAPTIST CHURCH ORDINATION SERVICE

Brett Caldwell will be ordained for Deacon at 3 p.m. Sunday, June 10. All preachers and Deacons are urged to attend. The church is located four miles north of Dahlonega on Highway 19. Pastor Roger Dunagan 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

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.

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

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

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