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New Groups NOW organizing

The Single Father Support Group (SFSG) is being formed to help all local dads who are raising their kids in either a full or part time capacity and help out other fathers who want to be more involved in their kids’ lives.

According to the Center for Disease Control, 85 percent of all children that exhibit behavioral disorders come from fatherless homes, said group organizer Davis Palmour. “That is just the tip of the iceberg of how fatherless homes affect children. Be part of the movement that says ‘I want to be the Dad my children need,’” he said.

For more information on meeting times and location, email dpalmour@thepalmourgroupllc.com

The Dahlonega Mom’s Club is a new organization open to all moms—single, married, working, stay-at-home. Contact Dahlonegamoms@hotmail.com for information about meetings.

Gold Rush Quilter’s Guild meets the first Wednesday of each month (Nov. 2) at 10 a.m. at Friendship Baptist Church on Friendship Road off West Moreland and Highway 129, Cleveland. Visitors and new members welcome. Elizabeth Pickel, 706-219-3890; Jan Fambrough, 706-867-8502

The Dahlonega Tea Party meets on the first Thursday of the month (Nov. 3), at 7 p.m. in the lower level of the Lumpkin County Library. The public is invited to attend the meeting to learn what the Tea Party is.

Lumpkin County Family Connection Collaborative meets on the first Thursday of each month (Nov. 3) at noon at Lumpkin County Parks­—YMCA. Anyone interested in the well being of families and children in Lumpkin County is invited to attend. For additional information, contact Brenda Cronan 706-265-8389 or email bcronan@lumpkin.k12.ga.us. Web site: www.lumpkin.k12.ga.us/~fc/

Dahlonega Woman’s Club meets the first Thursday (Nov. 3) at 6 p.m. in the Community House on North Park Street. Please bring a brown bag dinner if you wish.

The Stonepile Writers, a community creative writing group, meets the first Thursday of each month, (Nov. 3) at 6 p.m. at the Vickery House, 1 Vickery Drive, on the NGCSU campus. Barbara Seaton, 706-867-2911, BCSeaton@ngcsu.edu

GOLD COUNTRY SQUARE DANCERS meets the first and third Fridays of each month (Nov. 4) from 7:30 to 10 p.m. at the Dahlonega United Methodist Church fellowship hall on South Park Street at Maple Street. The public is invited for fun, exercise and good fellowship. Dana Whitfield, 706-864-9021

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

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

Blue Mountain Masonic Lodge #38 F&AM meets at 7:30 p.m. the second and fourth Tuesdays, (Nov. 8) of each month. 706-864-3838

Mountain Coin Club for beginner and advanced numismatists meets the second Tuesday of each month (Nov. 8) at 6:15 p.m. at North Georgia Technical College, Blairsville. Call YOCS, 706-379-1488.

Gold Diggers Garden Club will meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 8, in the Senior Center on Mechanicsville Rd. Marilyn Oberhausen, local Master Gardener, will speak on “Holiday Plants.” The public is invited and refreshments will be served.

Word Chasers Book Club meets on the second Tuesday of the month (Nov. 8) at 1 p.m., in the craft room at the senior center. All are welcome. Rhonda, 706-864-2358

Mountain Laurel Lady Riders meets the second Tuesday of the month (Nov. 8) at 7 p.m. at The Sunflower Chinese Restaurant in the Piggly Wiggly Shopping Center, Highway 129, Cleveland. Come early for dinner. This is the local chapter of Women on Wheels (WOW), a national organization promoting motorcycling for women. Any woman who rides her own motorcyle, sport bike or scooter, or who is just interested in motorcycles, is invited. 706-968-6625.

Friends of Waypoint meets for monthly luncheons on the second Wednesday of each month (Nov. 9) at noon at the Waypoint Center, 45 Eagle Overlook Drive (off Six Mile Road), Dahlonega. Waypoint Center is a Christ-centered recovery program for men. New members are welcome; community support and involvement is critical for the success of the program. 706-864-7110, www.waypointcenter.org

The American Red Cross Disaster Action Team meets the second Wednesday of each month (Nov. 9) at 7 p.m. in the basement of St. Luke’s Catholic Church, 91 North Park Street. The group is seeking volunteers to help victims of disasters in the Lumpkin County area. All interested citizens are welcome. Karen, 706-867-1910

The Lumpkin County Historical Society will host Winton Porter, owner of the Mountain Crossings store on the Appalachian Trail on Highway 19 North, and author of Just Passing Through, Thursday, Nov. 10, at the Community House on North Park Street. The book has earned Porter the title of “Georgia Author of the Year 2010,” honorable mention in the National Outdoor Book Award (NOBA) competition, and top finalist at the Banff Book Festival. The public is invited.

The Golden Stitches Quilters Guild meets the second Thursday (Nov. 10) at the Lumpkin Senior Center from 6-8:30 p.m. to sew on individual and community projects. Come quilt, sew, and learn. Dana Fritchle, 706-864-9261; Deborah Raptis, 706-867-1869, or email goldenstitches@hotmail.com

The Lions Club of Dahlonega meets the second and fourth Thursdays (Nov. 10) at Just Off the Square Café, at 6 p.m. Everyone is invited. Anne Mundy, 706-864-5899

The Trahlyta Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution will meet at 10 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 12, in the Meeting Room of the United Community Bank on Morrison Moore Parkway. Shelby Alderman Whitson will speak on the “Flags of Georgia.” All who may be interested are invited to attend.

The Georgia Chapter of the Trail of Tears Association will hold its next meeting at the Chieftains Museum/Major Ridge Home in Rome, GA on Saturday, Nov. 12, 2011 at 10:30 AM.

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

Garden Bugs Club: Get a taste of planting, tending and harvesting at Revival Gardens Organic Produce the second Saturday (Nov. 12), 9:30-11:30 a.m. For the young and the young-at-heart. 390 Tom Bell Odom Road (off Siloam Church/Rider Mill Road). realfood@revivalgardens.com, 706-265-5502

Etowah River Critters Club: Macro-Invertebrate Sampling and Photography on the Upper Etowah River the second Saturday (Nov. 12), 390 Tom Bell Odom Road (off Siloam Church/Rider Mill Road). joe@worldclass.net, 706-265-5502

Dawson County Chapter 970 of the Vietnam Veterans of America meets the second Monday of each month (Nov. 14) at Ryan’s Family Steakhouse. Fellowship and supper are at 6 p.m. and the meeting starts at 7 p.m. Wayne Watkins, 706-429-5002

The North Georgia Amateur Radio Club (NGARC) meets at 6 p.m. the third Tuesday of each month (Nov. 15) in Dahlonega. Those interested in becoming licensed amateur radio operators or those who are already hams are invited to join the organization. Tom Crowell, president, 706-864-0410; Reudi Mettler, vice president, 404-474-0686

WILL (Women in Lumpkin Leadership), a monthly professional and social networking group for women, meets the third Wednesday of each month (Nov. 16) from 8 to 9:30 a.m. (program begins at 8:30) at the Stewart Center for Continuing Education next to Dairy Queen. $5-per-meeting fee is collected to support future activities. No membership commitment required. Send message to lumpkincountywillgroup@yahoo.com to be added to E-vite list.

Lumpkin County Retired Educators Association meets the third Thursday (Nov. 17) at 11:30 a.m. at Lumpkin County Parks YMCA.

Georgia Mountain Chapter of Military Officers Association of America meets at 7 p.m. the third Thursday of each month (Nov. 17) at Ryan’s in Dawsonville. Retired, former and current military officers are welcome. www.gmcmoaa.org, 706-265-7613

The American Legion #239 Auxiliary meets the third Thursday (Nov. 17) of each month, 6:30 p.m. at the American Legion Hall. www.dahlonegalegion.org

F.E.A.R. (Face Everything and Recover) is a coalition in Lumpkin County organized to focus on drug and alcohol prevention for a new generation, intervention for addicts now and optimism for a drug-free community in the future. The group meets at noon on the third Thursday of the month (Nov. 17) in the community room of the United Community Bank. It seeks to provide support and services to families affected by alcohol and drug abuse. Bridgette Barker, brigette.barker@lumpkinsheriff.com

Habitat for Humanity of Lumpkin County meets at 6 p.m. the third Thursday of each month (Nov. 17) in the meeting room upstairs at Yahoola Grill.

TLC HUMANE SOCIETY meets at 7 p.m. on the third Thursday (Nov. 17) in the basement of the Dahlonega Library. Please come and bring a friend. We are trying to plan for our fund raisers for the year and any ideas and suggestions will be greatly appreciated. 706-864-2817

The Funky Chicken Art Project holds a woodcarvers gathering on the third Saturday of each month (Nov. 19), noon-3 p.m. More information and directions at www.funkychickenartproject.com or call Christina at 706-864-3938 or e-mail: funkchic@windstream.net

SEBA (Southeastern Bluegrass Association) holds a jam the third Sunday of each month (Nov. 20) from 3-6 p.m. at Bobber’s Fish House, 51 Grove Street N. Raymond Busbee, 706-216-3885.

We Recycle! meets the third Monday of the month (Nov. 21) at 5 p.m. in the Community Room of the United Community Bank on Morrison Moore Parkway. www.WeRecycleLumpkin.org

AARP – Lumpkin Chapter 1966, meets the third Monday (Nov. 21) of each month at 11 a.m. in the Fellowship Hall of Dahlonega United Methodist Church. A lunch will be served ($7). Anyone age 50+ is invited. Join us for food, fellowship, fun and informative speakers. Gail Monroe, 706-531-8973

LUMPKIN COUNTY REPUBLICAN PARTY meets at 7 p.m. the first Tuesday of each month (Dec. 6)) in the United Community Bank Community Room. All Lumpkin County residents are welcome. Jeff Clymer, Chairman, (706) 973-7091. www.Lumpkin-GOP.org.

Auraria Community Club meets at 7 p.m. the first Tuesday of each month (Dec. 6) at the Community Clubhouse on Auraria Road. Join the club for a covered dish dinner. All members and friends are welcome. The cost is only $5 to join for a year of fellowship and giving back to the community. For information about the club or renting the clubhouse call 706-864-3432 or 770-527-1578.

The North Georgia Photography Critique Special Interest Group will meet from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 15, in the Dawson County library, 342 Allen Street, Dawsonville to share tips and critique each other’s photos. New members welcome. dphotoman@gmail.com, http://web.me.com/paulschiemer/Critique_Group/Photos.html

Community Events

Faculty, Students share travel experiences

NGCSU is hosting its second annual North Georgia Travels Series on Wednesdays at 4 p.m. in the Special Collections Room, 3rd floor, Library Technology Center. Sessions are free and open to the public. On Nov. 2: “Fiji: The Journey Home - 30 Years Later” with Dr. Donna Gessell. On Nov. 9 Dr. Leo Downing, Dr. Jon Miner and students discuss their month-long trip to Istanbul. Downing and Miner led 15 North Georgia students on excursions around the city of Istanbul and the cities of Bursa and Dalyan. Their travelogue will present the places, people, food, and linguistic and cultural aspects of their trip.

BOOK SALE Saturday benefits literary fest

The Dahlonega Literary Festival will hold a used book sale from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 5, to raise funds for the Literary Festival coming Nov.12-13. There will be a large selection of hardcover and some paperback books available for purchase. The sale will be held at Achasta Clubhouse and will be open to the public.

Free Driving course for vets, military Nov. 5

A free AARP Defensive Driving Course will be offered to veterans and active duty personnel and their spouses at the Dahlonega American Legion Hall, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 5. Completion of the course may entitle students to an auto insurance discount. Students need not be 55 and AARP membership is not required. Early registration recommended. John, 706-867-1910

North Georgia’s Got Talent! Sunday

Talent Show fundraiser to bring a Ukrainian orphan home to the Pruitts. Sunday, Nov. 6, 5:30 p.m. in the YMCA Gym. Dancing, singing, archery, black-belt karate demonstration, and more! Tickets purchased in advance get put into a raffle to win a gift certificate to one of 10 local restaurants. Adults: $10; college students $5, children (under 18) $5; maximum per family $25. Call Connie Pruitt to purchase tickets: 706-864-5753.

DUMC soup Café Monday

The Dahlonega United Methodist Church Soup Café will be held from 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 7. All you can eat soup and cornbread, and dessert, is available for a $5 donation, and all proceeds benefit the Community Helping Place and Family Connection. DUMC Fellowship Hall, which is connected to the new sanctuary building, on the main level. 706-864-2521

College basketball benefits cancer society

Coaches vs. Cancer, a nationwide collaboration between the American Cancer Society and the National Association of Basketball Coaches, will be the beneficiary of an exhibition game between NGCSU and Piedmont College basketball teams Monday, Nov. 7. The game takes place in NGCSU’s Memorial Hall gym. Tip off is scheduled for 7 p.m. There is no charge for the event, but donations to Coaches vs. Cancer will be greatly appreciated.

DWC Spaghetti Supper: corrected date Nov. 8

The Dahlonega Woman’s Club’s 9th Annual Spaghetti Supper will take place from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday evening, Nov. 8, at the Parks and Recreation YMCA building. Plates are $8 for adults and $5 for all students, NGSCU students included. Dine in or take out. Ticket price includes spaghetti and meat sauce, salad, garlic bread, drink and dessert. All proceeds go back to the community, including through college scholarships. Tickets are now on sale from club members and at the door. Lana Hootselle, 404-680-2874.

dahlonegawomansclub.org

Locals organizing for Herman Cain Nov. 10

Lumpkin County for Herman Cain will hold an organizational meeting Thursday, Nov. 10. Smokin’ Gold BBQ will host the event at its new downtown location in The Norton Building. Dinner will be available at 6 p.m. and the meeting will start at 6:30 p.m. Officers and precinct captains will be selected, and a four-month plan will be discussed. Missy Clymer, 678-634-5071

Veterans Day Celebration at LCHS

Lumpkin County High School will host a Veterans Day Celebration honoring all who served on Friday, Nov. 11 beginning at 10 a.m. at the high school stadium. The public, and especially veterans, are invited to attend. A special reception for veterans will be held immediately following the ceremony.

DWC Holiday Craft Bazaar Set Nov. 12

The Dahlonega Woman’s Club will host a Holiday Craft Bazaar on Saturday, Nov. 12, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The event will take place in the Norton Realty parking lot, 59 East Main Street just off the square. There will be hundreds of one-of-a-kind gift and holiday decor items, baked goods and food items ready for gift-giving as well as raffles that include a barbecue grill and gift baskets. This will be a good opportunity to start your holiday shopping now for friends, family, children and pets. All proceeds from this event will go to the Community Helping Place’s “White Christmas” and Lumpkin County Sheriff’s “Shop with a Cop” programs.

Gold Rush presentation by Chris Worick

“Gold Museum After Dark” will present “Acting Like Crazy Men,” the story of America’s first Gold Rush in 1829. In a program from 5:30-7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 15, at the Gold Museum, local author Chris Worick will present newly discovered information that sheds new light on the Georgia Gold Rush of 1829. From the first discoveries of gold in North Carolina in 1799 through the Cherokee removal and establishment of the Dahlonega Branch Mint in 1838, Chris will detail the chain of events which led to some of the most controversial events in Georgia’s history. Taken directly from first hand accounts and newspaper articles, much of the research includes stories that have never been heard before. $3.50-$5. Julia Autry, Interpretive Ranger, 706-864-2257

Dinner with Congressman Tom Graves Nov. 19

The Lumpkin County Republican Party will host a spaghetti dinner for 9h District Congressman Tom Graves at 6 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 19, at the Lumpkin County Parks YMCA building (rec center). Graves will be the featured speaker for the evening, and other local and state candidates who have announced for office will also attend. $10, children under 10 $5. Missy Clymer, 678-634-5071



Races/Festivals/Rides

HemlockFest, Nov. 4-6

See page 1B for details.

Literary Fest, Writers Conference Nov. 10-13

The 8th Annual Dahlonega Literary Festival will be held Nov. 12 and 13 with an expanded literary trade show including artists as well as literary vendors. Readings, panel discussions and book signings will take place in St. Luke’s event facility, the Community House and on the stage at Hancock Park, and children’s activities will be offered at the library. An Evening with Mark Twain will be presented at the Holly Theater on Friday night. This year’s New Directions in Writing and Publishing Conference will be held Nov. 10-11 at NGCSU. Conference registration and event information are available at http://www.literaryfestival.org.

Children & Young Adults

Children’s events at Literary Festival

The Dahlonega LIterary Festival will offer a full day of events for children Saturday, Nov. 12, in the Parish Hall at St. Luke’s Catholic Church. www.literaryfestival.org

Tea with Madeline. Wear your beret and visit Paris with Madeline. Have your picture taken at the circus or on the streets of Paris! Coffee, hot chocolate and tea sandwiches will be provided for the children by the Dahlonega Woman’s Club. Limit 25. Call 706-344-3690 x 20 to make a reservation. 10 a.m.

Meet Janice Hardy, author of The Healing Wars. She loves talking with students and young writers. 11 a.m.

Storytelling with Tracey Walker 12:30 p.m.

Meet illustrators Laura Knorr and Mark Braught, 1:30 p.m.

Wolf Tracks with Robyn Hood Black for grades 3 and up, 45-60 minutes: Follow the tracks of the world’s most widely distributed predator on land through Robyn’s WOLVES book and beyond. 3 p.m.

Dahlonega UMC Preschool openings

Dahlonega United Methodist Church has spaces available in the following classes: Tuesday/Thursday Toddlers (9 a.m. to noon), Monday/Wednesday Two’s (9 a.m. to noon), and PreK Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Angie Mayo or Dana Fritchle, 706-864-8521

Gymnastics at the YMCA

Learn gymnastic skills, increase strength and flexibility, and have fun too. Open registration for Session 2 begins Oct. 13 with classes starting Oct. 26. Classes for all ages are held on Wednesdays. Tiny Tumblers (ages 3-5, $60/9 weeks, 5:00-5:35 p.m.); Tumble Trainers (6 and up, $80/9 wks. 3:45-4:45 p.m.); Tumble Tigers (advanced, 7 and up, $100/9 wks. 3:45-5:15 p.m.). Call the YMCA office to sign up 706-864-3622 or Ms. Connie with questions about the classes 706-864-5753. Classes are filled on a first come first serve basis.

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

At the Library

Lumpkin County Library, 706-864-3668

www.chestateelibrary.org

November 11: Closed for Veterans’ Day

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.

Computer Basics: Wednesday, Nov. 2, 9-10 a.m. This computer class will focus on the basic parts of the computer, the ability to navigate through the Windows system and troubleshooting. No prior knowledge needed. Registration is required.

Tween program: American Girl Book Group, Wednesday, Nov. 2, 4-5 p.m. November will be Kaya’s month! Read any Kaya book that you would like then join the group to share. Grades 3-6.

Reading to Dogs, Saturday, Nov. 5, 10 a.m. Kids will have the opportunity to have fun, boost self-confidence, and improve reading comprehension by reading to a PETS in Action certified Dog. This program is for children in 1st grade and above. Please make a 15-minute appointment.

Internet Basics, Wednesday, Nov. 9, 9-10 a.m. This computer class teaches a basic knowledge of the internet. Learn the parts of the explorer window and how to navigate Google. We will also discuss email accounts and search tips. Students need to be familiar with a computer and have basic knowledge on how to use a keyboard and mouse. Registration required.

Gaming for Tweens: Wednesday, Nov. 9, 4-5 p.m. Do you play - Super Monkey Ball: Banana Blitz? Bring a friend and rescue the stolen Golden Banana Bunch on the big screen. Grades 3-6

Pets

Dog Obedience, Agility & Rally-O

Classes begin the week of Nov. 5-10 and run for 7 weeks for Obedience, Agility (Intermediate Obedience is pre-requisite for Agility) and Rally-O classes at Dahlonega Obedience Group (D.O.G.). $99 with $10 discount on obedience classes for adopted shelter dogs. Dogs must be 4 months w/vaccinations. Certified instructor Mary Kay Crowell, 706-864-0410. Visit www.dahlonegaobediencegroup.com for class schedules.

Community Assistance

Help with Christmas available

For those experiencing financial hard times and worried about being able to provide Christmas for their families, Community Helping Place (CHP) may be able to help. CHP is ready to play Santa for Lumpkin County residents whose monthly income falls within its guidelines, have legal custody of their children and who are not receiving Christmas assistance from other local Christmas outreach programs. CHP will be accepting White Christmas applications at its office, 2030 Highway 19 North, 10 a.m. until noon Mondays through Fridays Nov. 7 through Nov. 18. To apply, individuals must provide a current photo ID, proof of Lumpkin County residency, proof of income, proof of children’s enrollment in Lumpkin County schools and children’s Medicaid cards.

Free Food at DCOG Monday, Nov. 7

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. 4 Happy Hollow Road, 706-864-3782

Free Legal Services

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

Support Community Projects

official Dahlonega ornament now available

Issued exclusively by the Community Helping Place of Dahlonega, this year’s official Christmas in Dahlonega ornament depicts the Holly Theatre. The limited edition ornaments, handcrafted in the USA, are available for $20 (cash or check only) at The Fudge Factory, West Cleaners, the CHP Thrift Shop and Continuing Education at NGCSU. All proceeds benefit the Community Helping Place Medical Clinic, Thrift Stores, and Food Pantry. 706-867-9621, ext. 101

DUMC youth sell Christmas trees

Dahlonega United Methodist Church youth are selling live Christmas trees to raise money for their mission trip next summer. Fresh cut Fraser Firs from North Carolina will be available at the church parking lot for pick-up on Nov. 25 from 5-8 p.m. Home delivery can be arranged. Orders can be placed online also at www.dahlonegaumc.org

Pick up for Southern finds

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

Free PIck up of Donations by CHP

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

Pickup by Waypoint

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

Free medical supplies, book swap

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



Music/Dance/Drama & More

Dahlonega Mountain Dance Nov. 11

The Dahlonega Mountain Dance will be held at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 11, at the Woodman of the World Building, above Cranberry Corners. Music is by the The Cage Free String Band with calling by Walter Daves. Please wear soft-soled shoes. A suggested donation of $8 will be accepted to benefit the Georgia Pick & Bow Traditional Music School. Visit Dahlonega Mountain Dance on Facebook.

Candler Singers in concert Nov. 12

The Candler Singers, a select group of skilled musicians from Emory University’s Candler School of Theology, will present “Emmanuel: God with Us,” Saturday, Nov.12, 5:30 p.m., at Dahlonega United Methodist Church. The concert will include church music from around the globe including classical, contemporary, folk, and spirituals.

EVENTS AT NGCSU

Free to the public: Double-bill Jazz Concert. See story page 3B.

NGCSU International Film Festival: Incendies (Canada 2011), Monday, Nov. 7, 7 p.m. Gloria Shott Auditorium, Nix Cultural Center. : A mother’s last wish sends twins on a journey to the Middle East in search of their tangled roots. Adapted from Wajdi Mouawad’s acclaimed play, it tells the powerful and moving tale of two young adults’ voyage to the core of deep-rooted hatred, never-ending wars and enduring love. This film was a finalist for the 2011 Oscar for Best Foreign Language film. It is rated R and is in French, Arabic and English. Brian Mann, head of the department of modern languages, will introduce the movie.

Patriot Choir and NGCSU Men’s Quarter Concert, 8 p.m.Tuesday, Nov. 8, Shott Auditorium

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

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

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

www.diningindahlonega.com.

Every Sunday through Wednesday: Texas Hold ’Em

Every Friday: Karaoke

Every Saturday: Live music at 9 p.m.

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

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

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

Thursday, 8:30-10:30 p.m. “Spoken Word” open mic nite upstairs at the Half Moon Saloon. Free.

Friday, Nov. 4, 8-10 p.m.: Gainesville Songwriters Showcase. $12 advance/$14 day of show. Four Gainesville musicians will take turns sharing their original songs in an ‘in the round’ style. April Cummings’ musical journey stared at seven, and has taken her from Southern Gospel roots to a unique blend of soul, country and inspirtationional music. Stephie Rae is an award-winning performer and singer/songwriter, and founder, leader and lead singer of Atlanta-based Americana acoustic group, Moonlight Riders. Also co-founder and mandolin player with Pool Mountain Bluegrass Band. Larry Scroggs is a Gainesville native whos played guitar since the age of six. In 2001 he started co-writing with Brenton Bobo of Canton. Since then the two have written well over 100 songs – mostly in the ‘country’ vein. Brian Futch has played B.B. Kings in Memphis, The Bluebird Café in Nashville and Eddie’s Attic in Atlanta, with a style that is crosses many genres – and can make you cry on one verse, then melt your brain with a blistering guitar solo. Eclectic you want—eclectic you have in this foursome of song crafters!

Saturday, Nov. 5, 8-11 p.m. Vance Gilbert with Matthew Kahler. $16 advance/$18 day of show. Critically acclaimed blues artist

Vance Gilbert will perform songs from his 10th CD release, Old White Men. This former multi-cultural art teacher’s influences range from Motown and R&B to classic Van Morrison and Joni Mitchel, with a dash of humor mixed in. He has toured with people from George Carlin to Shawn Colvin. The new CD features inspired music, heartfelt lyrics, and a touch of comedy. Gilbert’s songwriting credits include nominations for 2004 Boston Music Award for a duo album with Ellis Paul, and a Top Ten CD of the year award by The Boston Globe. www.vancegilbert.com. Matthew Kahler plays regularly with his good friend Shawn Mullins, who considers Kahler to be “among the great songwriters of our time.” Eddies Attic owner calls him a “one-of-a-kind performer, with an intense style that’s part storyteller, part guitarist, part percussionist, and part comedian.” matthewkahlermusic

Sunday, 2-5 p.m. Traditional Music Jam: Bring your instruments and/or voices and join in on/around the stage, or have a seat and just listen as a 90-plus-year-old “pickin’ and grinnin” tradition continues. Hosted by Jason Kenney and Friends. Free.

Sunday, 6:30-9:30+ p.m. Donna Hopkins 1st Sunday ‘Roots, Blues, and Rock’ Jam. Performers free, listeners $5. www.DONNAHOPKINS.com.

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

www.hollytheater.com

Check Out Our Shorts, Friday, Nov. 4, 5:30-8 p.m.: The NGCSU short film festival will feature films under 15 minutes by NGCSU students and area filmmakers. A nominally priced cook-out will begin at 5:30 p.m.; films start at 6 p.m. Tickets for the film festival now available from the Holly: $8 adults, $5 students with I.D.

Mountain Music and Medicine Show. Saturday, Nov. 5. Pre-show 7:30 p.m., live recording of a radio show begins at 8 p.m. Featured performers: Sawnee Creek, Mountain Rascals, American Honey and the Wild Turkeys, and Cedar Hill. $15.

Babes in Toyland, the delightful holiday musical, presented by the award-winning Holly Performance Academy Nov. 12, 13, 18, 19, and 20. Friday and Saturday 8 p.m. Sunday Matinee 2 p.m. $15.

An Evening with Mark Twain, 7 p.m. Nov. 11: a one-man show starring Kurt Sutton. As Mark Twain he has appeared in theaters for over 30 years, nationally pleasing audiences with Twain’s hilarous witticisms, wisdon and love for music. $15.

Scotland’s Best : Songwriter Jim Malcolm Live in Concert, 8 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 15 at The Holly Underground. Tickets $15 at the door. Award- winning Scottish songwriter Jim Malcolm toured the world as guitarist and lead singer for the famed Scottish band Old Blind Dogs.

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

Fridays: Live entertainment

Saturdays: ’80s/’90s Karaoke Night, 9 p.m.-midnight

Sundays: Race day

Tuesdays: Outdoor live music, 8 p.m. to midnight

Friday, Nov. 4: Stoned Sandwich Live

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.

Friday, Nov. 4, 8:30-11:30 p.m. John Sosebee. With Sosebee on foot

drums, guitar, and vocals, and his brother, Jacob Gise, on bass and foot percussion, this one-of-a-kind setup produces a tremendous sound that is always mistaken for a three or four piece band. And now having proven themselves at many of the South’s top venues and festivals, (including George’s Springing the Blues 2010, Smith’s Ole Bar, The Roadhouse, and many

many more), they are, without a doubt, one of the Atlanta area’s hottest Blues acts. All ages, no cover.

Saturday, Nov. 5, 8:30-11:30 p.m.: Kurt Thomas. Kurt grew up enjoying the close-knit country life in Dahlonega, and the small-town

way of life is a frequent theme in many of the songs he writes. He has recorded four CD’s with Lee Davis at MLD Productions. “Kurt’s songwriting ability is one of the most amazing talents I have seen in my many years in the music business,” said Davis, an opinion supported by Kurt’s 2008 win of Kenny Chesney’s Next Big Star contest making him the opening act for

Chesney, Brooks & Dunn, Sammy Hagar, LeAnn Rimes, Gary Alan and Sugarland. Kurt has also opened for Zac Brown Band, Joe Diffie, Little Big Town and Blue County. All ages, no cover.

Monday, Nov. 7, 8-10 p.m.: Team Trivia. Prizes and giveaways.

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

Yahoola Creek Grill

1810 S. Chestatee Street, 706-482-2200,

www.yahoolacreekgrill.com

Saturday, Nov. 5, beginning 7 p.m.: Rob Brooksher. Enjoy the acoustic stylings of Rob Brooksher as he plays an eclectic mix of folksy favorites from Bob Dylan, Avett Brothers and Mumford & Sons, as well as original compositions. All ages welcome.

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WINE TASTING

Dahlonega Tasting Room featuring Habersham Wines, 16 North Park Street · Public Square

Naturally Georgia featuring Tiger Mountain Vineyards, 90 Public Square North:

Nov. 6, 1-6 p.m. Holiday Open House. Wine tasting, hot soups, specials, drawing.

Art & Music Workshops

Christmas Card Workshop with Anita Elder

Anita Elder will hold a Christmas Card Workshop for beginner to intermediate watercolor and pen and ink artists from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, Nov. 4. Students will leave with finished artwork that can be transferred to cards. The Art Loft studio, Dahlonega. $85 includes lunch. 706-429-6008, aelder1@windstream.net, www.artloft.net

Education/Classes

Gainesville sBDC Classes

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

Starting a Business Q &A, Nov. 2, 5-7 p.m. Free.

Social Media Boot Camp, Tuesday, Nov. 8, 4-7 p.m. Country Inn and Suites, Helen. $25

S.A.T. and Study Prep

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

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.

Stories of an Appalachian Christmas: Come learn how Christmas was celebrated 100 years ago with stories, songs, food, and games of a vanished era. See how our ancestors incorporated traditions from Germany, Scotland, Ireland, England, and Wales. Thursday, Nov. 3, 1-4 p.m. $59

Basic Beading: Learn about beads, findings, jewelry making materials and design concepts in this two-day session, and complete a single strand necklace, matching bracelet and earrings. Tues/Thurs, Nov. 15 and 17, 6-8 p.m. $59

Chocolate Gift Ideas: Join Rachael Mildner and learn how to make your own chocolate barks, chocolate grahams and chocolate covered pretzels—perfect for gifts or holiday get-togethers. Wednesday, Nov. 16, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. $59

Holiday Fun With Kudzu Decorations: Twine a kudzu Cornucopia, then use the same technique to complete a kudzu Christmas tree! Nov. 19, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. $59 plus $20 materials fee to instructor

CPR/First Aid for the Community: This class is designed for childcare professionals, foster parents, new parents and grandparents, and anyone who needs to know the basics of CPR and First Aid. The class covers adult, child and infant CPR and basic first aid. Thursday, Nov. 17, 5:30-8:30 p.m. $45

Hydrorobics - Session IV: An invigorating, low impact exercise program. Learn exercises in the pool that will help improve flexibility, endurance, circulation and general health. All ages, fitness levels and non-swimmers are encouraged to join. Nov. 21– Dec. 16 (11 sessions) Monday, Wednesday, Friday, 10-11 a.m.

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

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

Buddhist meditation and study group

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

International appalachian academy

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

GED opportunities

Having trouble helping your kids with their homework and you never finished high school? Come study to earn your GED diploma here in Dahlonega, anytime Monday through Thursday from 8 a.m.-7 p.m. Free instruction. 706-867-2862

program aims to improve reading skills

The Lumpkin County Literacy Coalition and Lanier Technical College are both supporting a new Adult Literacy Program (ALP) initiative to identify and help those who want to improve reading skills. If you have a relative or friend who cannot read at all, or can read some but would like to improve their reading abilities, then encourage them to give ALP a call. The program offers one-on-one tutors, self-pacing and confidentiality. 678-516-6950.

Support Groups

Cancer Patients

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

Nursing Mothers’ Support

Mom to Mom Breastfeeding Support Group meets monthly at different locations due to weather or site availability. Please call before coming. The next meeting will be Nov. 11 at 12:30 p.m. There will be a demonstration and information about “Infant Massage.” 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

Kinship Care, grandparents raising grandchildren and relatives raising nieces and nephews, meets the second Wednesday of each month from 10-11:30 a.m. at the Lumpkin County Senior Center, 266 Mechanicsville Road. Jocelyn Joaquim, 706-864-2768

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

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

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

Alcoholics Anonymous:

The Gratitude Group: Monday through Friday at noon, Saturday at 9 a.m. and Sunday at 3 p.m. All meetings at Kidz Church of the Dahlonega United Methodist church using the Maple Street entrance opposite the Sun Trust bank ATM. AA Hotline: 706-867-7769

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

Al-Anon:

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

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

Lumpkin County Caregivers

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

NARCOTICS ANONYMOUS

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

Volunteers

Toys for Tots volunteers

Individuals, organizations and businesses are needed to help with the USMC Reserve Toys for Tots program in Lumpkin County. Those willing to help with collecting toys, becoming a sponsor or having a toy drive will find all information needed at www.smokymt-toysfortots.org. Smoky Mountain Toys for Tots is the organization responsible for coordinating TFT activities in Lumpkin County. Randy Dean Hughes, 828-524-7300, ichughes@dnet.net

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

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

Odyssey Hospice Volunteers: 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

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

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

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

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

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

Holly Theatre welcomes volunteers in any capacity, concessions, set construction, answering phones, marketing, organizing, 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.

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

PLASTIC GROCERY BAGS:

• J&J Foods

• Walmart

STYROFOAM: Publix accepts egg cartons and meat trays.

Electronic Recyclables, MIcrowaves, etc.

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

Wellness/Fitness

Yoga with Quiana Grace Frost

Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays 9-10:15 a.m. and Thursdays 4-5:20 p.m. at Dahlonega Healing Arts. Special back care class noon-1:15 p.m. Wednesdays. All levels welcome. First class free. To join, contact Quiana Grace Frost, 828-318-9169, quiana@ekstasis.us

Holistic movement classes

Wild Mountain Girl Herbal School on the square announces new holistic movement classes. Classes for grace, balance, gentle stretching, cardio-strength, walking, and more. All classes are easy and inexpensive. Cindi Vernon, 706-429-6323

Yoga at Dahlonega Spa Resort

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

AT Dahlonega Healing Arts

Morning Yoga 9-10:15 a.m. Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. Evening Yoga Monday, 6:20 p.m.; Wednesday, 6 p.m., Thursday 4 p.m. and Friday, 4:30 p.m. Meditation Monday, 5:30-6:15 p.m. (spiritual discourse/meditation/chanting are part of this meditation). Chigong/Taichi: Tuesday at 6 p.m. and Thursdays at 6:30 p.m. 81 Crown Mountain Place, Building E, Suite 100, 706-867-7026

Yoga Classes with Chris Sartain

Yoga promotes health, strength, flexibility, balance and peace. Classes Wednesdays, 6-7:15 p.m. and Fridays, 4:30-6 p.m. Dahlonega Healing Arts, 81 Crown Mountain Place Bldg E, Suite 100. Chris Sartain, 404-202-9652

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. Seats are limited so please call 706-429-7956 to R.S.V.P. Wellness-21, on the Public Square. www.wellness-21.com

Walking Group on Saturday mornings

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 

Church/Religious Events

music:

Freedom MInistries Saturday night singing

Saturday night singing: Big Oak Gospel Music at 7 p.m. each Saturday. Featured singers on Nov. 5 are Fresh Start, Faith, Hope and Charity, and Singing God’s Praises. The event is hosted by The Freedom Heirs and admission is free, but a love offering will be collected. 1067 Highway 115 South (Old Dahlonega Highway) 706-867-6534 www.gospelgigs.com/glendonwilliamsfreedomheirs, freedomministries@windstream.net

CORRECTED DATE:

Gigantic Rummage/Yard Sale Saturday at DCOG

A gigantic multi-family Rummage/Yard Sale will take place inside “rain or shine” Saturday, Nov. 5, from 8 a.m.-3 p.m. at the Dahlonega Church of God gym building, 4 Happy Hollow Road, Dahlonega. Available items will include clothing, furniture, antiques, and much more. Concessions by the youth department will include homemade biscuits for breakfast and hot dogs, barbecue, and other items for lunch. The Nugget apologizes to those who were inconvenienced by the publication of the incorrect date in last week’s issue.

Fall Festival Saturday at The Refuge

The Refuge Church will hold a Fall Festival: Falling For Jesus from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 5. Children’s activities will include face painting, crazy hair, hay rides, and more. Hot dog plates will be available as will a chance to win a handmade quilt made by the youth. The event benefits the youth department. 5434 Marlow Road, Murrayville, 706-974-7014

Word of life Car show, yard sale, and more

Word of Life Pentecostal Deliverance Center will hold a Car Show Saturday, Nov. 5, 8 a.m. till. Entry fee is $25; chili plates with chili, crackers and cake will be $5. There will be a bake sale, yard sale, boiled peanuts and caramel apples. 331 Lumpkin County Parkway, behind Chestatee Ford on Highway 400. 770-864-4088

Marksmen Quartet at Antioch Nov. 6

The award winning Marksmen Quartet will bring their unique style of gospel music to Antioch Baptist Church on Auraria Road, Sunday, Nov. 6, at 10 a.m. A love offering will be received. For more information about the group, visit www.marksmenquartet.com. For more information, call (706) 864-3540.

Veterans Day service at St. Elizabeth Episcopal

St. Elizabeth’s Episcopal Church invites the community to participate in a Holy Eucharist in honor of those who have served in our military and those who have loved ones who have served or are serving. The Veterans’ Day Service will take place at 9 a.m. Friday, Nov. 11. The church is located at 1188 Hamp Mill Road, Dahlonega, 706-864-5423, www.stelizabethepiscopal.com

Groups invited to Shoebox Party at Bethel UMC

Bethel United Methodist Church is the local collection site for Operation Christmas Child, and volunteers will host a kick-off “shoebox packing party” at the church at 5 p.m. Sunday, Nov 6. All churches and/or groups are invited to come help and bring their completed boxes. Operation Christmas Child is a project of Samaritan’s Purse www.samaritanspurse.org/occ. National collection week will be Nov. 14-21. The church is located at 100 Lumpkin Campground Road South, Dawsonville. 706-216-6220.

UnitARIAn Universalist church

At Georgia Mountains Unitarian Universalist Church, a welcoming congregation, on Nov. 6 Brad Brannon, operatic and national anthem soloist, will lead the Sunday service in secular and sacred music. Children’s religious education classes begin at 11:30 a.m. following announcements and story time. Child care provided. 706-864-0661, www.gmuuc.org

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

Lessons: Music/Dance

music, songwriting lessons

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

Clogging Classes

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

STring Instruments

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

MUSIC LESSONS

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

Dance Classes: Ballet Barre

Now registering for fall, starting at age two-and-a-half in ballet, tap, jazz, contemporary and hip hop.  www.bbarre.com, 706-867-1905.

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

Art Classes

Art by Rayneri Watercolor Classes

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

classes at Funky chicken

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

art instruction by Win Crannell

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

Painting lessons by Anita Elder

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

Scouting

SCOUTING:

Boy Scout Troop 36 is chartered by the Mountain Ranger Association and meets Monday nights at 6:30 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

More Pets

volunteer pets needed

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

TLC Donations needed

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

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

Senior Services/Activities

lumpkin County Senior Center

266 Mechanicsville Road, 706-864-2358,

lcseniorcenter@windstream.net

LEARN BEGINNING BRIDGE: Monday’s beginning Oct. 3 for 5 weeks. 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. $25. Call 706-864-2358 to sign up and/or more information.

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

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

SENIOR Co-ed SOFTBALL: Bring your glove and come play at The Lumpkin County Parks YMCA Field #5 (adjacent to the Senior Center, 266 Mechanicsville Road.) Games are played Monday, Tuesday and Thursday mornings at 9 a.m. Co-ed, age 50+. 678-343-8069

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.

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

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

More Educational Opportunities

Mountain Ed High School

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

Herbal Apprenticeship

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

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New Groups NOW organizing

The Single Father Support Group (SFSG) is being formed to help all local dads who are raising their kids in either a full or part time capacity and help out other fathers who want to be more involved in their kids’ lives.

According to the Center for Disease Control, 85 percent of all children that exhibit behavioral disorders come from fatherless homes, said group organizer Davis Palmour. “That is just the tip of the iceberg of how fatherless homes affect children. Be part of the movement that says ‘I want to be the Dad my children need,’” he said.

For more information on meeting times and location, email dpalmour@thepalmourgroupllc.com

The Dahlonega Mom’s Club is a new organization open to all moms—single, married, working, stay-at-home. Contact Dahlonegamoms@hotmail.com for information about meetings.

Gold Rush Quilter’s Guild meets the first Wednesday of each month (Nov. 2) at 10 a.m. at Friendship Baptist Church on Friendship Road off West Moreland and Highway 129, Cleveland. Visitors and new members welcome. Elizabeth Pickel, 706-219-3890; Jan Fambrough, 706-867-8502

The Dahlonega Tea Party meets on the first Thursday of the month (Nov. 3), at 7 p.m. in the lower level of the Lumpkin County Library. The public is invited to attend the meeting to learn what the Tea Party is.

Lumpkin County Family Connection Collaborative meets on the first Thursday of each month (Nov. 3) at noon at Lumpkin County Parks­—YMCA. Anyone interested in the well being of families and children in Lumpkin County is invited to attend. For additional information, contact Brenda Cronan 706-265-8389 or email bcronan@lumpkin.k12.ga.us. Web site: www.lumpkin.k12.ga.us/~fc/

Dahlonega Woman’s Club meets the first Thursday (Nov. 3) at 6 p.m. in the Community House on North Park Street. Please bring a brown bag dinner if you wish.

The Stonepile Writers, a community creative writing group, meets the first Thursday of each month, (Nov. 3) at 6 p.m. at the Vickery House, 1 Vickery Drive, on the NGCSU campus. Barbara Seaton, 706-867-2911, BCSeaton@ngcsu.edu

GOLD COUNTRY SQUARE DANCERS meets the first and third Fridays of each month (Nov. 4) from 7:30 to 10 p.m. at the Dahlonega United Methodist Church fellowship hall on South Park Street at Maple Street. The public is invited for fun, exercise and good fellowship. Dana Whitfield, 706-864-9021

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

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

Blue Mountain Masonic Lodge #38 F&AM meets at 7:30 p.m. the second and fourth Tuesdays, (Nov. 8) of each month. 706-864-3838

Mountain Coin Club for beginner and advanced numismatists meets the second Tuesday of each month (Nov. 8) at 6:15 p.m. at North Georgia Technical College, Blairsville. Call YOCS, 706-379-1488.

Gold Diggers Garden Club will meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 8, in the Senior Center on Mechanicsville Rd. Marilyn Oberhausen, local Master Gardener, will speak on “Holiday Plants.” The public is invited and refreshments will be served.

Word Chasers Book Club meets on the second Tuesday of the month (Nov. 8) at 1 p.m., in the craft room at the senior center. All are welcome. Rhonda, 706-864-2358

Mountain Laurel Lady Riders meets the second Tuesday of the month (Nov. 8) at 7 p.m. at The Sunflower Chinese Restaurant in the Piggly Wiggly Shopping Center, Highway 129, Cleveland. Come early for dinner. This is the local chapter of Women on Wheels (WOW), a national organization promoting motorcycling for women. Any woman who rides her own motorcyle, sport bike or scooter, or who is just interested in motorcycles, is invited. 706-968-6625.

Friends of Waypoint meets for monthly luncheons on the second Wednesday of each month (Nov. 9) at noon at the Waypoint Center, 45 Eagle Overlook Drive (off Six Mile Road), Dahlonega. Waypoint Center is a Christ-centered recovery program for men. New members are welcome; community support and involvement is critical for the success of the program. 706-864-7110, www.waypointcenter.org

The American Red Cross Disaster Action Team meets the second Wednesday of each month (Nov. 9) at 7 p.m. in the basement of St. Luke’s Catholic Church, 91 North Park Street. The group is seeking volunteers to help victims of disasters in the Lumpkin County area. All interested citizens are welcome. Karen, 706-867-1910

The Lumpkin County Historical Society will host Winton Porter, owner of the Mountain Crossings store on the Appalachian Trail on Highway 19 North, and author of Just Passing Through, Thursday, Nov. 10, at the Community House on North Park Street. The book has earned Porter the title of “Georgia Author of the Year 2010,” honorable mention in the National Outdoor Book Award (NOBA) competition, and top finalist at the Banff Book Festival. The public is invited.

The Golden Stitches Quilters Guild meets the second Thursday (Nov. 10) at the Lumpkin Senior Center from 6-8:30 p.m. to sew on individual and community projects. Come quilt, sew, and learn. Dana Fritchle, 706-864-9261; Deborah Raptis, 706-867-1869, or email goldenstitches@hotmail.com

The Lions Club of Dahlonega meets the second and fourth Thursdays (Nov. 10) at Just Off the Square Café, at 6 p.m. Everyone is invited. Anne Mundy, 706-864-5899

The Trahlyta Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution will meet at 10 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 12, in the Meeting Room of the United Community Bank on Morrison Moore Parkway. Shelby Alderman Whitson will speak on the “Flags of Georgia.” All who may be interested are invited to attend.

The Georgia Chapter of the Trail of Tears Association will hold its next meeting at the Chieftains Museum/Major Ridge Home in Rome, GA on Saturday, Nov. 12, 2011 at 10:30 AM.

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

Garden Bugs Club: Get a taste of planting, tending and harvesting at Revival Gardens Organic Produce the second Saturday (Nov. 12), 9:30-11:30 a.m. For the young and the young-at-heart. 390 Tom Bell Odom Road (off Siloam Church/Rider Mill Road). realfood@revivalgardens.com, 706-265-5502

Etowah River Critters Club: Macro-Invertebrate Sampling and Photography on the Upper Etowah River the second Saturday (Nov. 12), 390 Tom Bell Odom Road (off Siloam Church/Rider Mill Road). joe@worldclass.net, 706-265-5502

Dawson County Chapter 970 of the Vietnam Veterans of America meets the second Monday of each month (Nov. 14) at Ryan’s Family Steakhouse. Fellowship and supper are at 6 p.m. and the meeting starts at 7 p.m. Wayne Watkins, 706-429-5002

The North Georgia Amateur Radio Club (NGARC) meets at 6 p.m. the third Tuesday of each month (Nov. 15) in Dahlonega. Those interested in becoming licensed amateur radio operators or those who are already hams are invited to join the organization. Tom Crowell, president, 706-864-0410; Reudi Mettler, vice president, 404-474-0686

WILL (Women in Lumpkin Leadership), a monthly professional and social networking group for women, meets the third Wednesday of each month (Nov. 16) from 8 to 9:30 a.m. (program begins at 8:30) at the Stewart Center for Continuing Education next to Dairy Queen. $5-per-meeting fee is collected to support future activities. No membership commitment required. Send message to lumpkincountywillgroup@yahoo.com to be added to E-vite list.

Lumpkin County Retired Educators Association meets the third Thursday (Nov. 17) at 11:30 a.m. at Lumpkin County Parks YMCA.

Georgia Mountain Chapter of Military Officers Association of America meets at 7 p.m. the third Thursday of each month (Nov. 17) at Ryan’s in Dawsonville. Retired, former and current military officers are welcome. www.gmcmoaa.org, 706-265-7613

The American Legion #239 Auxiliary meets the third Thursday (Nov. 17) of each month, 6:30 p.m. at the American Legion Hall. www.dahlonegalegion.org

F.E.A.R. (Face Everything and Recover) is a coalition in Lumpkin County organized to focus on drug and alcohol prevention for a new generation, intervention for addicts now and optimism for a drug-free community in the future. The group meets at noon on the third Thursday of the month (Nov. 17) in the community room of the United Community Bank. It seeks to provide support and services to families affected by alcohol and drug abuse. Bridgette Barker, brigette.barker@lumpkinsheriff.com

Habitat for Humanity of Lumpkin County meets at 6 p.m. the third Thursday of each month (Nov. 17) in the meeting room upstairs at Yahoola Grill.

TLC HUMANE SOCIETY meets at 7 p.m. on the third Thursday (Nov. 17) in the basement of the Dahlonega Library. Please come and bring a friend. We are trying to plan for our fund raisers for the year and any ideas and suggestions will be greatly appreciated. 706-864-2817

The Funky Chicken Art Project holds a woodcarvers gathering on the third Saturday of each month (Nov. 19), noon-3 p.m. More information and directions at www.funkychickenartproject.com or call Christina at 706-864-3938 or e-mail: funkchic@windstream.net

SEBA (Southeastern Bluegrass Association) holds a jam the third Sunday of each month (Nov. 20) from 3-6 p.m. at Bobber’s Fish House, 51 Grove Street N. Raymond Busbee, 706-216-3885.

We Recycle! meets the third Monday of the month (Nov. 21) at 5 p.m. in the Community Room of the United Community Bank on Morrison Moore Parkway. www.WeRecycleLumpkin.org

AARP – Lumpkin Chapter 1966, meets the third Monday (Nov. 21) of each month at 11 a.m. in the Fellowship Hall of Dahlonega United Methodist Church. A lunch will be served ($7). Anyone age 50+ is invited. Join us for food, fellowship, fun and informative speakers. Gail Monroe, 706-531-8973

LUMPKIN COUNTY REPUBLICAN PARTY meets at 7 p.m. the first Tuesday of each month (Dec. 6)) in the United Community Bank Community Room. All Lumpkin County residents are welcome. Jeff Clymer, Chairman, (706) 973-7091. www.Lumpkin-GOP.org.

Auraria Community Club meets at 7 p.m. the first Tuesday of each month (Dec. 6) at the Community Clubhouse on Auraria Road. Join the club for a covered dish dinner. All members and friends are welcome. The cost is only $5 to join for a year of fellowship and giving back to the community. For information about the club or renting the clubhouse call 706-864-3432 or 770-527-1578.

The North Georgia Photography Critique Special Interest Group will meet from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 15, in the Dawson County library, 342 Allen Street, Dawsonville to share tips and critique each other’s photos. New members welcome. dphotoman@gmail.com, http://web.me.com/paulschiemer/Critique_Group/Photos.html

Community Events

Faculty, Students share travel experiences

NGCSU is hosting its second annual North Georgia Travels Series on Wednesdays at 4 p.m. in the Special Collections Room, 3rd floor, Library Technology Center. Sessions are free and open to the public. On Nov. 2: “Fiji: The Journey Home - 30 Years Later” with Dr. Donna Gessell. On Nov. 9 Dr. Leo Downing, Dr. Jon Miner and students discuss their month-long trip to Istanbul. Downing and Miner led 15 North Georgia students on excursions around the city of Istanbul and the cities of Bursa and Dalyan. Their travelogue will present the places, people, food, and linguistic and cultural aspects of their trip.

BOOK SALE Saturday benefits literary fest

The Dahlonega Literary Festival will hold a used book sale from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 5, to raise funds for the Literary Festival coming Nov.12-13. There will be a large selection of hardcover and some paperback books available for purchase. The sale will be held at Achasta Clubhouse and will be open to the public.

Free Driving course for vets, military Nov. 5

A free AARP Defensive Driving Course will be offered to veterans and active duty personnel and their spouses at the Dahlonega American Legion Hall, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 5. Completion of the course may entitle students to an auto insurance discount. Students need not be 55 and AARP membership is not required. Early registration recommended. John, 706-867-1910

North Georgia’s Got Talent! Sunday

Talent Show fundraiser to bring a Ukrainian orphan home to the Pruitts. Sunday, Nov. 6, 5:30 p.m. in the YMCA Gym. Dancing, singing, archery, black-belt karate demonstration, and more! Tickets purchased in advance get put into a raffle to win a gift certificate to one of 10 local restaurants. Adults: $10; college students $5, children (under 18) $5; maximum per family $25. Call Connie Pruitt to purchase tickets: 706-864-5753.

DUMC soup Café Monday

The Dahlonega United Methodist Church Soup Café will be held from 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 7. All you can eat soup and cornbread, and dessert, is available for a $5 donation, and all proceeds benefit the Community Helping Place and Family Connection. DUMC Fellowship Hall, which is connected to the new sanctuary building, on the main level. 706-864-2521

College basketball benefits cancer society

Coaches vs. Cancer, a nationwide collaboration between the American Cancer Society and the National Association of Basketball Coaches, will be the beneficiary of an exhibition game between NGCSU and Piedmont College basketball teams Monday, Nov. 7. The game takes place in NGCSU’s Memorial Hall gym. Tip off is scheduled for 7 p.m. There is no charge for the event, but donations to Coaches vs. Cancer will be greatly appreciated.

DWC Spaghetti Supper: corrected date Nov. 8

The Dahlonega Woman’s Club’s 9th Annual Spaghetti Supper will take place from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday evening, Nov. 8, at the Parks and Recreation YMCA building. Plates are $8 for adults and $5 for all students, NGSCU students included. Dine in or take out. Ticket price includes spaghetti and meat sauce, salad, garlic bread, drink and dessert. All proceeds go back to the community, including through college scholarships. Tickets are now on sale from club members and at the door. Lana Hootselle, 404-680-2874.

dahlonegawomansclub.org

Locals organizing for Herman Cain Nov. 10

Lumpkin County for Herman Cain will hold an organizational meeting Thursday, Nov. 10. Smokin’ Gold BBQ will host the event at its new downtown location in The Norton Building. Dinner will be available at 6 p.m. and the meeting will start at 6:30 p.m. Officers and precinct captains will be selected, and a four-month plan will be discussed. Missy Clymer, 678-634-5071

Veterans Day Celebration at LCHS

Lumpkin County High School will host a Veterans Day Celebration honoring all who served on Friday, Nov. 11 beginning at 10 a.m. at the high school stadium. The public, and especially veterans, are invited to attend. A special reception for veterans will be held immediately following the ceremony.

DWC Holiday Craft Bazaar Set Nov. 12

The Dahlonega Woman’s Club will host a Holiday Craft Bazaar on Saturday, Nov. 12, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The event will take place in the Norton Realty parking lot, 59 East Main Street just off the square. There will be hundreds of one-of-a-kind gift and holiday decor items, baked goods and food items ready for gift-giving as well as raffles that include a barbecue grill and gift baskets. This will be a good opportunity to start your holiday shopping now for friends, family, children and pets. All proceeds from this event will go to the Community Helping Place’s “White Christmas” and Lumpkin County Sheriff’s “Shop with a Cop” programs.

Gold Rush presentation by Chris Worick

“Gold Museum After Dark” will present “Acting Like Crazy Men,” the story of America’s first Gold Rush in 1829. In a program from 5:30-7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 15, at the Gold Museum, local author Chris Worick will present newly discovered information that sheds new light on the Georgia Gold Rush of 1829. From the first discoveries of gold in North Carolina in 1799 through the Cherokee removal and establishment of the Dahlonega Branch Mint in 1838, Chris will detail the chain of events which led to some of the most controversial events in Georgia’s history. Taken directly from first hand accounts and newspaper articles, much of the research includes stories that have never been heard before. $3.50-$5. Julia Autry, Interpretive Ranger, 706-864-2257

Dinner with Congressman Tom Graves Nov. 19

The Lumpkin County Republican Party will host a spaghetti dinner for 9h District Congressman Tom Graves at 6 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 19, at the Lumpkin County Parks YMCA building (rec center). Graves will be the featured speaker for the evening, and other local and state candidates who have announced for office will also attend. $10, children under 10 $5. Missy Clymer, 678-634-5071



Races/Festivals/Rides

HemlockFest, Nov. 4-6

See page 1B for details.

Literary Fest, Writers Conference Nov. 10-13

The 8th Annual Dahlonega Literary Festival will be held Nov. 12 and 13 with an expanded literary trade show including artists as well as literary vendors. Readings, panel discussions and book signings will take place in St. Luke’s event facility, the Community House and on the stage at Hancock Park, and children’s activities will be offered at the library. An Evening with Mark Twain will be presented at the Holly Theater on Friday night. This year’s New Directions in Writing and Publishing Conference will be held Nov. 10-11 at NGCSU. Conference registration and event information are available at http://www.literaryfestival.org.

Children & Young Adults

Children’s events at Literary Festival

The Dahlonega LIterary Festival will offer a full day of events for children Saturday, Nov. 12, in the Parish Hall at St. Luke’s Catholic Church. www.literaryfestival.org

Tea with Madeline. Wear your beret and visit Paris with Madeline. Have your picture taken at the circus or on the streets of Paris! Coffee, hot chocolate and tea sandwiches will be provided for the children by the Dahlonega Woman’s Club. Limit 25. Call 706-344-3690 x 20 to make a reservation. 10 a.m.

Meet Janice Hardy, author of The Healing Wars. She loves talking with students and young writers. 11 a.m.

Storytelling with Tracey Walker 12:30 p.m.

Meet illustrators Laura Knorr and Mark Braught, 1:30 p.m.

Wolf Tracks with Robyn Hood Black for grades 3 and up, 45-60 minutes: Follow the tracks of the world’s most widely distributed predator on land through Robyn’s WOLVES book and beyond. 3 p.m.

Dahlonega UMC Preschool openings

Dahlonega United Methodist Church has spaces available in the following classes: Tuesday/Thursday Toddlers (9 a.m. to noon), Monday/Wednesday Two’s (9 a.m. to noon), and PreK Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Angie Mayo or Dana Fritchle, 706-864-8521

Gymnastics at the YMCA

Learn gymnastic skills, increase strength and flexibility, and have fun too. Open registration for Session 2 begins Oct. 13 with classes starting Oct. 26. Classes for all ages are held on Wednesdays. Tiny Tumblers (ages 3-5, $60/9 weeks, 5:00-5:35 p.m.); Tumble Trainers (6 and up, $80/9 wks. 3:45-4:45 p.m.); Tumble Tigers (advanced, 7 and up, $100/9 wks. 3:45-5:15 p.m.). Call the YMCA office to sign up 706-864-3622 or Ms. Connie with questions about the classes 706-864-5753. Classes are filled on a first come first serve basis.

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

At the Library

Lumpkin County Library, 706-864-3668

www.chestateelibrary.org

November 11: Closed for Veterans’ Day

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.

Computer Basics: Wednesday, Nov. 2, 9-10 a.m. This computer class will focus on the basic parts of the computer, the ability to navigate through the Windows system and troubleshooting. No prior knowledge needed. Registration is required.

Tween program: American Girl Book Group, Wednesday, Nov. 2, 4-5 p.m. November will be Kaya’s month! Read any Kaya book that you would like then join the group to share. Grades 3-6.

Reading to Dogs, Saturday, Nov. 5, 10 a.m. Kids will have the opportunity to have fun, boost self-confidence, and improve reading comprehension by reading to a PETS in Action certified Dog. This program is for children in 1st grade and above. Please make a 15-minute appointment.

Internet Basics, Wednesday, Nov. 9, 9-10 a.m. This computer class teaches a basic knowledge of the internet. Learn the parts of the explorer window and how to navigate Google. We will also discuss email accounts and search tips. Students need to be familiar with a computer and have basic knowledge on how to use a keyboard and mouse. Registration required.

Gaming for Tweens: Wednesday, Nov. 9, 4-5 p.m. Do you play - Super Monkey Ball: Banana Blitz? Bring a friend and rescue the stolen Golden Banana Bunch on the big screen. Grades 3-6

Pets

Dog Obedience, Agility & Rally-O

Classes begin the week of Nov. 5-10 and run for 7 weeks for Obedience, Agility (Intermediate Obedience is pre-requisite for Agility) and Rally-O classes at Dahlonega Obedience Group (D.O.G.). $99 with $10 discount on obedience classes for adopted shelter dogs. Dogs must be 4 months w/vaccinations. Certified instructor Mary Kay Crowell, 706-864-0410. Visit www.dahlonegaobediencegroup.com for class schedules.

Community Assistance

Help with Christmas available

For those experiencing financial hard times and worried about being able to provide Christmas for their families, Community Helping Place (CHP) may be able to help. CHP is ready to play Santa for Lumpkin County residents whose monthly income falls within its guidelines, have legal custody of their children and who are not receiving Christmas assistance from other local Christmas outreach programs. CHP will be accepting White Christmas applications at its office, 2030 Highway 19 North, 10 a.m. until noon Mondays through Fridays Nov. 7 through Nov. 18. To apply, individuals must provide a current photo ID, proof of Lumpkin County residency, proof of income, proof of children’s enrollment in Lumpkin County schools and children’s Medicaid cards.

Free Food at DCOG Monday, Nov. 7

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. 4 Happy Hollow Road, 706-864-3782

Free Legal Services

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

Support Community Projects

official Dahlonega ornament now available

Issued exclusively by the Community Helping Place of Dahlonega, this year’s official Christmas in Dahlonega ornament depicts the Holly Theatre. The limited edition ornaments, handcrafted in the USA, are available for $20 (cash or check only) at The Fudge Factory, West Cleaners, the CHP Thrift Shop and Continuing Education at NGCSU. All proceeds benefit the Community Helping Place Medical Clinic, Thrift Stores, and Food Pantry. 706-867-9621, ext. 101

DUMC youth sell Christmas trees

Dahlonega United Methodist Church youth are selling live Christmas trees to raise money for their mission trip next summer. Fresh cut Fraser Firs from North Carolina will be available at the church parking lot for pick-up on Nov. 25 from 5-8 p.m. Home delivery can be arranged. Orders can be placed online also at www.dahlonegaumc.org

Pick up for Southern finds

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

Free PIck up of Donations by CHP

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

Pickup by Waypoint

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

Free medical supplies, book swap

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



Music/Dance/Drama & More

Dahlonega Mountain Dance Nov. 11

The Dahlonega Mountain Dance will be held at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 11, at the Woodman of the World Building, above Cranberry Corners. Music is by the The Cage Free String Band with calling by Walter Daves. Please wear soft-soled shoes. A suggested donation of $8 will be accepted to benefit the Georgia Pick & Bow Traditional Music School. Visit Dahlonega Mountain Dance on Facebook.

Candler Singers in concert Nov. 12

The Candler Singers, a select group of skilled musicians from Emory University’s Candler School of Theology, will present “Emmanuel: God with Us,” Saturday, Nov.12, 5:30 p.m., at Dahlonega United Methodist Church. The concert will include church music from around the globe including classical, contemporary, folk, and spirituals.

EVENTS AT NGCSU

Free to the public: Double-bill Jazz Concert. See story page 3B.

NGCSU International Film Festival: Incendies (Canada 2011), Monday, Nov. 7, 7 p.m. Gloria Shott Auditorium, Nix Cultural Center. : A mother’s last wish sends twins on a journey to the Middle East in search of their tangled roots. Adapted from Wajdi Mouawad’s acclaimed play, it tells the powerful and moving tale of two young adults’ voyage to the core of deep-rooted hatred, never-ending wars and enduring love. This film was a finalist for the 2011 Oscar for Best Foreign Language film. It is rated R and is in French, Arabic and English. Brian Mann, head of the department of modern languages, will introduce the movie.

Patriot Choir and NGCSU Men’s Quarter Concert, 8 p.m.Tuesday, Nov. 8, Shott Auditorium

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

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

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

www.diningindahlonega.com.

Every Sunday through Wednesday: Texas Hold ’Em

Every Friday: Karaoke

Every Saturday: Live music at 9 p.m.

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

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

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

Thursday, 8:30-10:30 p.m. “Spoken Word” open mic nite upstairs at the Half Moon Saloon. Free.

Friday, Nov. 4, 8-10 p.m.: Gainesville Songwriters Showcase. $12 advance/$14 day of show. Four Gainesville musicians will take turns sharing their original songs in an ‘in the round’ style. April Cummings’ musical journey stared at seven, and has taken her from Southern Gospel roots to a unique blend of soul, country and inspirtationional music. Stephie Rae is an award-winning performer and singer/songwriter, and founder, leader and lead singer of Atlanta-based Americana acoustic group, Moonlight Riders. Also co-founder and mandolin player with Pool Mountain Bluegrass Band. Larry Scroggs is a Gainesville native whos played guitar since the age of six. In 2001 he started co-writing with Brenton Bobo of Canton. Since then the two have written well over 100 songs – mostly in the ‘country’ vein. Brian Futch has played B.B. Kings in Memphis, The Bluebird Café in Nashville and Eddie’s Attic in Atlanta, with a style that is crosses many genres – and can make you cry on one verse, then melt your brain with a blistering guitar solo. Eclectic you want—eclectic you have in this foursome of song crafters!

Saturday, Nov. 5, 8-11 p.m. Vance Gilbert with Matthew Kahler. $16 advance/$18 day of show. Critically acclaimed blues artist

Vance Gilbert will perform songs from his 10th CD release, Old White Men. This former multi-cultural art teacher’s influences range from Motown and R&B to classic Van Morrison and Joni Mitchel, with a dash of humor mixed in. He has toured with people from George Carlin to Shawn Colvin. The new CD features inspired music, heartfelt lyrics, and a touch of comedy. Gilbert’s songwriting credits include nominations for 2004 Boston Music Award for a duo album with Ellis Paul, and a Top Ten CD of the year award by The Boston Globe. www.vancegilbert.com. Matthew Kahler plays regularly with his good friend Shawn Mullins, who considers Kahler to be “among the great songwriters of our time.” Eddies Attic owner calls him a “one-of-a-kind performer, with an intense style that’s part storyteller, part guitarist, part percussionist, and part comedian.” matthewkahlermusic

Sunday, 2-5 p.m. Traditional Music Jam: Bring your instruments and/or voices and join in on/around the stage, or have a seat and just listen as a 90-plus-year-old “pickin’ and grinnin” tradition continues. Hosted by Jason Kenney and Friends. Free.

Sunday, 6:30-9:30+ p.m. Donna Hopkins 1st Sunday ‘Roots, Blues, and Rock’ Jam. Performers free, listeners $5. www.DONNAHOPKINS.com.

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

www.hollytheater.com

Check Out Our Shorts, Friday, Nov. 4, 5:30-8 p.m.: The NGCSU short film festival will feature films under 15 minutes by NGCSU students and area filmmakers. A nominally priced cook-out will begin at 5:30 p.m.; films start at 6 p.m. Tickets for the film festival now available from the Holly: $8 adults, $5 students with I.D.

Mountain Music and Medicine Show. Saturday, Nov. 5. Pre-show 7:30 p.m., live recording of a radio show begins at 8 p.m. Featured performers: Sawnee Creek, Mountain Rascals, American Honey and the Wild Turkeys, and Cedar Hill. $15.

Babes in Toyland, the delightful holiday musical, presented by the award-winning Holly Performance Academy Nov. 12, 13, 18, 19, and 20. Friday and Saturday 8 p.m. Sunday Matinee 2 p.m. $15.

An Evening with Mark Twain, 7 p.m. Nov. 11: a one-man show starring Kurt Sutton. As Mark Twain he has appeared in theaters for over 30 years, nationally pleasing audiences with Twain’s hilarous witticisms, wisdon and love for music. $15.

Scotland’s Best : Songwriter Jim Malcolm Live in Concert, 8 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 15 at The Holly Underground. Tickets $15 at the door. Award- winning Scottish songwriter Jim Malcolm toured the world as guitarist and lead singer for the famed Scottish band Old Blind Dogs.

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

Fridays: Live entertainment

Saturdays: ’80s/’90s Karaoke Night, 9 p.m.-midnight

Sundays: Race day

Tuesdays: Outdoor live music, 8 p.m. to midnight

Friday, Nov. 4: Stoned Sandwich Live

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.

Friday, Nov. 4, 8:30-11:30 p.m. John Sosebee. With Sosebee on foot

drums, guitar, and vocals, and his brother, Jacob Gise, on bass and foot percussion, this one-of-a-kind setup produces a tremendous sound that is always mistaken for a three or four piece band. And now having proven themselves at many of the South’s top venues and festivals, (including George’s Springing the Blues 2010, Smith’s Ole Bar, The Roadhouse, and many

many more), they are, without a doubt, one of the Atlanta area’s hottest Blues acts. All ages, no cover.

Saturday, Nov. 5, 8:30-11:30 p.m.: Kurt Thomas. Kurt grew up enjoying the close-knit country life in Dahlonega, and the small-town

way of life is a frequent theme in many of the songs he writes. He has recorded four CD’s with Lee Davis at MLD Productions. “Kurt’s songwriting ability is one of the most amazing talents I have seen in my many years in the music business,” said Davis, an opinion supported by Kurt’s 2008 win of Kenny Chesney’s Next Big Star contest making him the opening act for

Chesney, Brooks & Dunn, Sammy Hagar, LeAnn Rimes, Gary Alan and Sugarland. Kurt has also opened for Zac Brown Band, Joe Diffie, Little Big Town and Blue County. All ages, no cover.

Monday, Nov. 7, 8-10 p.m.: Team Trivia. Prizes and giveaways.

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

Yahoola Creek Grill

1810 S. Chestatee Street, 706-482-2200,

www.yahoolacreekgrill.com

Saturday, Nov. 5, beginning 7 p.m.: Rob Brooksher. Enjoy the acoustic stylings of Rob Brooksher as he plays an eclectic mix of folksy favorites from Bob Dylan, Avett Brothers and Mumford & Sons, as well as original compositions. All ages welcome.

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WINE TASTING

Dahlonega Tasting Room featuring Habersham Wines, 16 North Park Street · Public Square

Naturally Georgia featuring Tiger Mountain Vineyards, 90 Public Square North:

Nov. 6, 1-6 p.m. Holiday Open House. Wine tasting, hot soups, specials, drawing.

Art & Music Workshops

Christmas Card Workshop with Anita Elder

Anita Elder will hold a Christmas Card Workshop for beginner to intermediate watercolor and pen and ink artists from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, Nov. 4. Students will leave with finished artwork that can be transferred to cards. The Art Loft studio, Dahlonega. $85 includes lunch. 706-429-6008, aelder1@windstream.net, www.artloft.net

Education/Classes

Gainesville sBDC Classes

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

Starting a Business Q &A, Nov. 2, 5-7 p.m. Free.

Social Media Boot Camp, Tuesday, Nov. 8, 4-7 p.m. Country Inn and Suites, Helen. $25

S.A.T. and Study Prep

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

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.

Stories of an Appalachian Christmas: Come learn how Christmas was celebrated 100 years ago with stories, songs, food, and games of a vanished era. See how our ancestors incorporated traditions from Germany, Scotland, Ireland, England, and Wales. Thursday, Nov. 3, 1-4 p.m. $59

Basic Beading: Learn about beads, findings, jewelry making materials and design concepts in this two-day session, and complete a single strand necklace, matching bracelet and earrings. Tues/Thurs, Nov. 15 and 17, 6-8 p.m. $59

Chocolate Gift Ideas: Join Rachael Mildner and learn how to make your own chocolate barks, chocolate grahams and chocolate covered pretzels—perfect for gifts or holiday get-togethers. Wednesday, Nov. 16, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. $59

Holiday Fun With Kudzu Decorations: Twine a kudzu Cornucopia, then use the same technique to complete a kudzu Christmas tree! Nov. 19, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. $59 plus $20 materials fee to instructor

CPR/First Aid for the Community: This class is designed for childcare professionals, foster parents, new parents and grandparents, and anyone who needs to know the basics of CPR and First Aid. The class covers adult, child and infant CPR and basic first aid. Thursday, Nov. 17, 5:30-8:30 p.m. $45

Hydrorobics - Session IV: An invigorating, low impact exercise program. Learn exercises in the pool that will help improve flexibility, endurance, circulation and general health. All ages, fitness levels and non-swimmers are encouraged to join. Nov. 21– Dec. 16 (11 sessions) Monday, Wednesday, Friday, 10-11 a.m.

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

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

Buddhist meditation and study group

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

International appalachian academy

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

GED opportunities

Having trouble helping your kids with their homework and you never finished high school? Come study to earn your GED diploma here in Dahlonega, anytime Monday through Thursday from 8 a.m.-7 p.m. Free instruction. 706-867-2862

program aims to improve reading skills

The Lumpkin County Literacy Coalition and Lanier Technical College are both supporting a new Adult Literacy Program (ALP) initiative to identify and help those who want to improve reading skills. If you have a relative or friend who cannot read at all, or can read some but would like to improve their reading abilities, then encourage them to give ALP a call. The program offers one-on-one tutors, self-pacing and confidentiality. 678-516-6950.

Support Groups

Cancer Patients

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

Nursing Mothers’ Support

Mom to Mom Breastfeeding Support Group meets monthly at different locations due to weather or site availability. Please call before coming. The next meeting will be Nov. 11 at 12:30 p.m. There will be a demonstration and information about “Infant Massage.” 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

Kinship Care, grandparents raising grandchildren and relatives raising nieces and nephews, meets the second Wednesday of each month from 10-11:30 a.m. at the Lumpkin County Senior Center, 266 Mechanicsville Road. Jocelyn Joaquim, 706-864-2768

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

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

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

Alcoholics Anonymous:

The Gratitude Group: Monday through Friday at noon, Saturday at 9 a.m. and Sunday at 3 p.m. All meetings at Kidz Church of the Dahlonega United Methodist church using the Maple Street entrance opposite the Sun Trust bank ATM. AA Hotline: 706-867-7769

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

Al-Anon:

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

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

Lumpkin County Caregivers

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

NARCOTICS ANONYMOUS

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

Volunteers

Toys for Tots volunteers

Individuals, organizations and businesses are needed to help with the USMC Reserve Toys for Tots program in Lumpkin County. Those willing to help with collecting toys, becoming a sponsor or having a toy drive will find all information needed at www.smokymt-toysfortots.org. Smoky Mountain Toys for Tots is the organization responsible for coordinating TFT activities in Lumpkin County. Randy Dean Hughes, 828-524-7300, ichughes@dnet.net

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

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

Odyssey Hospice Volunteers: 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

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

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

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

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

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

Holly Theatre welcomes volunteers in any capacity, concessions, set construction, answering phones, marketing, organizing, 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.

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

PLASTIC GROCERY BAGS:

• J&J Foods

• Walmart

STYROFOAM: Publix accepts egg cartons and meat trays.

Electronic Recyclables, MIcrowaves, etc.

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

Wellness/Fitness

Yoga with Quiana Grace Frost

Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays 9-10:15 a.m. and Thursdays 4-5:20 p.m. at Dahlonega Healing Arts. Special back care class noon-1:15 p.m. Wednesdays. All levels welcome. First class free. To join, contact Quiana Grace Frost, 828-318-9169, quiana@ekstasis.us

Holistic movement classes

Wild Mountain Girl Herbal School on the square announces new holistic movement classes. Classes for grace, balance, gentle stretching, cardio-strength, walking, and more. All classes are easy and inexpensive. Cindi Vernon, 706-429-6323

Yoga at Dahlonega Spa Resort

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

AT Dahlonega Healing Arts

Morning Yoga 9-10:15 a.m. Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. Evening Yoga Monday, 6:20 p.m.; Wednesday, 6 p.m., Thursday 4 p.m. and Friday, 4:30 p.m. Meditation Monday, 5:30-6:15 p.m. (spiritual discourse/meditation/chanting are part of this meditation). Chigong/Taichi: Tuesday at 6 p.m. and Thursdays at 6:30 p.m. 81 Crown Mountain Place, Building E, Suite 100, 706-867-7026

Yoga Classes with Chris Sartain

Yoga promotes health, strength, flexibility, balance and peace. Classes Wednesdays, 6-7:15 p.m. and Fridays, 4:30-6 p.m. Dahlonega Healing Arts, 81 Crown Mountain Place Bldg E, Suite 100. Chris Sartain, 404-202-9652

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. Seats are limited so please call 706-429-7956 to R.S.V.P. Wellness-21, on the Public Square. www.wellness-21.com

Walking Group on Saturday mornings

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 

Church/Religious Events

music:

Freedom MInistries Saturday night singing

Saturday night singing: Big Oak Gospel Music at 7 p.m. each Saturday. Featured singers on Nov. 5 are Fresh Start, Faith, Hope and Charity, and Singing God’s Praises. The event is hosted by The Freedom Heirs and admission is free, but a love offering will be collected. 1067 Highway 115 South (Old Dahlonega Highway) 706-867-6534 www.gospelgigs.com/glendonwilliamsfreedomheirs, freedomministries@windstream.net

CORRECTED DATE:

Gigantic Rummage/Yard Sale Saturday at DCOG

A gigantic multi-family Rummage/Yard Sale will take place inside “rain or shine” Saturday, Nov. 5, from 8 a.m.-3 p.m. at the Dahlonega Church of God gym building, 4 Happy Hollow Road, Dahlonega. Available items will include clothing, furniture, antiques, and much more. Concessions by the youth department will include homemade biscuits for breakfast and hot dogs, barbecue, and other items for lunch. The Nugget apologizes to those who were inconvenienced by the publication of the incorrect date in last week’s issue.

Fall Festival Saturday at The Refuge

The Refuge Church will hold a Fall Festival: Falling For Jesus from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 5. Children’s activities will include face painting, crazy hair, hay rides, and more. Hot dog plates will be available as will a chance to win a handmade quilt made by the youth. The event benefits the youth department. 5434 Marlow Road, Murrayville, 706-974-7014

Word of life Car show, yard sale, and more

Word of Life Pentecostal Deliverance Center will hold a Car Show Saturday, Nov. 5, 8 a.m. till. Entry fee is $25; chili plates with chili, crackers and cake will be $5. There will be a bake sale, yard sale, boiled peanuts and caramel apples. 331 Lumpkin County Parkway, behind Chestatee Ford on Highway 400. 770-864-4088

Marksmen Quartet at Antioch Nov. 6

The award winning Marksmen Quartet will bring their unique style of gospel music to Antioch Baptist Church on Auraria Road, Sunday, Nov. 6, at 10 a.m. A love offering will be received. For more information about the group, visit www.marksmenquartet.com. For more information, call (706) 864-3540.

Veterans Day service at St. Elizabeth Episcopal

St. Elizabeth’s Episcopal Church invites the community to participate in a Holy Eucharist in honor of those who have served in our military and those who have loved ones who have served or are serving. The Veterans’ Day Service will take place at 9 a.m. Friday, Nov. 11. The church is located at 1188 Hamp Mill Road, Dahlonega, 706-864-5423, www.stelizabethepiscopal.com

Groups invited to Shoebox Party at Bethel UMC

Bethel United Methodist Church is the local collection site for Operation Christmas Child, and volunteers will host a kick-off “shoebox packing party” at the church at 5 p.m. Sunday, Nov 6. All churches and/or groups are invited to come help and bring their completed boxes. Operation Christmas Child is a project of Samaritan’s Purse www.samaritanspurse.org/occ. National collection week will be Nov. 14-21. The church is located at 100 Lumpkin Campground Road South, Dawsonville. 706-216-6220.

UnitARIAn Universalist church

At Georgia Mountains Unitarian Universalist Church, a welcoming congregation, on Nov. 6 Brad Brannon, operatic and national anthem soloist, will lead the Sunday service in secular and sacred music. Children’s religious education classes begin at 11:30 a.m. following announcements and story time. Child care provided. 706-864-0661, www.gmuuc.org

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

Lessons: Music/Dance

music, songwriting lessons

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

Clogging Classes

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

STring Instruments

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

MUSIC LESSONS

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

Dance Classes: Ballet Barre

Now registering for fall, starting at age two-and-a-half in ballet, tap, jazz, contemporary and hip hop.  www.bbarre.com, 706-867-1905.

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

Art Classes

Art by Rayneri Watercolor Classes

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

classes at Funky chicken

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

art instruction by Win Crannell

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

Painting lessons by Anita Elder

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

Scouting

SCOUTING:

Boy Scout Troop 36 is chartered by the Mountain Ranger Association and meets Monday nights at 6:30 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

More Pets

volunteer pets needed

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

TLC Donations needed

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

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

Senior Services/Activities

lumpkin County Senior Center

266 Mechanicsville Road, 706-864-2358,

lcseniorcenter@windstream.net

LEARN BEGINNING BRIDGE: Monday’s beginning Oct. 3 for 5 weeks. 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. $25. Call 706-864-2358 to sign up and/or more information.

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

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

SENIOR Co-ed SOFTBALL: Bring your glove and come play at The Lumpkin County Parks YMCA Field #5 (adjacent to the Senior Center, 266 Mechanicsville Road.) Games are played Monday, Tuesday and Thursday mornings at 9 a.m. Co-ed, age 50+. 678-343-8069

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.

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

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

More Educational Opportunities

Mountain Ed High School

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

Herbal Apprenticeship

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

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