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Holiday Events for All Ages

Dahlonega’s Old Fashioned Christmas

Dahlonega’s Old Fashioned Christmas is a month-long celebration. Festive holiday events will continue almost daily throughout December until after New Year’s with caroling, entertainment, wine sampling, live theater Christmas events and more.

Friday, Dec. 2:

• Kiwanis Club luminaries on the Square and Merchants’ Open House begin at dusk

• Celtic band Emerald Rose performs at Cranberry Corners 7-9 p.m.

• Live nativity scene, Park Place Hotel courtyard, 6-8 p.m.

• Trolley Tours, 7 & 8 p.m.

• A Tuna Christmas, 8 p.m., Holly Theater

Saturday, Dec. 3:

• Breakfast w/ Santa, R-ranch, 9 a.m. to noon.

• Visit Santa at the Visitors Center 1-4 p.m.

• Old Fashioned Christmas Parade, 4:30 p.m.

• 5:30-7:30 p.m. Concert by Kurt Thomas on the Visitors Center plaza with lighting of the tree at 6 p.m.

• North Georgia Chamber Orchestra, 7:30 p.m., Dahlonega United Methodist Church

• Open house at Habersham Winery with wine, food and cider

• Live nativity scene, Park Place Hotel courtyard, 6-8 p.m.

• Trolley Tours 6, 7, and 8 p.m.

• A Tuna Christmas, 8 p.m., Holly Theater

Sunday, Dec. 4

• Visit Santa at Visitors Center 1-5 p.m.

• Open House at Dahlonega Gold Museum. Free admission 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

• Caroling with Matt Carter on the keyboard at Paul Thomas Chocolates, 3-5 p.m

• Open house at Habersham Winery with wine, food and cider

• A Tuna Christmas, 2 p.m., Holly Theater

Friday, Dec. 9

• Trolley Tours, 7 & 8 p.m.

• A Tuna Christmas, 8 p.m., Holly Theater

Saturday, Dec. 10

• Visit Santa at Visitors Center 1-6 p.m.

• Caroling with Matt Carter on the keyboard at Paul Thomas Chocolates, 5-6:30 p.m.

• Open house at Habersham Winery with wine, food and cider

• Trolley Tours 6, 7, and 8 p.m.

• A Tuna Christmas, 8 p.m., Holly Theater

Sunday, Dec. 11

• Visit Santa at Visitors Center 1-5 p.m.

• Sleigh Bell Tour of B&B’s, 2-5 p.m. Tickets $10 at Visitors Center.

• Dip a peppermint stick in chocolate at Paul Thomas Chocolates, 1-3 p.m., kids under 12

• Open house at Habersham Winery with wine, food and cider

• A Tuna Christmas, 2 p.m., Holly Theater

Christmas Parade entries sought

Walking groups, marching groups, marching bands, character groups (clowns, dancers, etc.), vintage automobiles, scouting groups, church groups, civic organizations and more are invited to participate in Dahlonega’s Old Fashioned Christmas parade, to be held Saturday, Dec. 3, at 4:30 p.m. Entry fee is $20 and there is a $100 prize for the best float. Applications are available at the Visitors Center, or on the web at under FESTIVALS, Old Fashioned Christmas. Deadline for entering is Nov. 30. 706-864-3513

Old Fashioned Christmas Trolley Tours

Thirty-minute trolley tours of the historic Dahlonega downtown area will feature storytelling about Dahlonega and Lumpkin County’s rich history. Trolleys will run Fridays at 7 and 8 p.m. and Saturdays at 6, 7, and 8 p.m. through Dec. 17. Tickets are available at the Visitors Center­—adults, $5; children, $3.

Live Nativity

Friday & Saturday

A live nativity scene will take place from 6-8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Dec. 2-3, on the front lawn of the Park Place Hotel on the square. Animals will be provided by The Build an Ark Foundation.

Breakfast with Santa Saturday

R-Ranch in the Mountains, Stone Pile Gap Road off Highway 60 North, will host its 22nd community-wide Breakfast with Santa from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday Dec. 3. Children are invited to attend a free continental style breakfast with Santa. Each child will receive two free tickets for any crafts plus a free pony ride. Extra tickets are 50 cents. A donation of $3 is requested for adult breakfasts. Pictures with Santa on his sleigh will also be available at the lodge for $2.50. 706-864-6444

Open House at the Gold Museum Sunday

On Sunday, Dec. 4, the Dahlonega Gold Museum Historic Site will open its beautifully decorated facility to the public from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Admission will be waived. (706) 864-2257.

PHoto with Santa, Identi-kid kit Dec. 10

Children can have a free photo taken with Santa Saturday, Dec. 10, and have an identi-kid kit completed as well, compliments of the Lumpkin County Sheriff’s Office. The event will take place at United Community Bank’s main branch on Morrison Moore Parkway, 8 a.m.-noon.

Santa’s Workshop at Jazzercise

Jr. Jazzercise will host Santa’s Workshop for ages 5-12 Saturday, Dec 10, from 10 a.m. to noon. Cost $15 per child (sibling discounts

offered) and pre-registration is required. Betsy Gagné, 678-617-0329 or

Frosty 5K Run/Walk & Kids Fun Run Dec. 10

The Lumpkin County Indian Basketball Teams will hold the 2nd Annual Frosty 5K Run/Walk & Kids Fun Run, Saturday, December 10, 9 a.m., Yahoola Creek Park. Strollers welcome—it’s a great, easy course. Divisions for ages 5 and up. $20 advance, $25 race day for 5K, $10 fun run. Register at: Register by December 1 to guarantee a T-shirt.

Holiday Tour of B&B’s Dec. 11

Four Dahlonega bed and breakfast inns will open to the public from 2-5 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 11, offering tours, refreshments, and beautiful decorations. Participating in this year’s Sleigh Bell Tour are Dahlonega Spa Resort, Lily Creek Lodge, Long Mountain Lodge and Mountain Laurel Creek Inn & Spa. Tickets are $10 for the self-guided driving tour; they can be purchased at the Dahlonega Visitors Center and at any of the participating inns. Visit for driving map and more information.

Community Events

DUMC First Monday soup Cafe Dec. 5

The Dahlonega United Methodist Church Soup Café will be held from 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 5. 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

Sheriffs office christmas auction Dec. 10

The Lumpkin County Sheriff’s Office Christmas Auction takes place Saturday, Dec. 10, 6 p.m. at the Old R&R Auction Barn, Jim Pruitt Road. Auctioneer Randy Pruitt will be taking the bids on a variety of decorative household items such as hand-painted wooden animals, clocks, porcelain collectables and many other items that make perfect Christmas gifts for those on your list. All proceeds will benefit Shop with a Cop and other Sheriff’s Office youth programs.

Democrats set christmas party for Dec. 10

The Lumpkin County Democratic Party will hold its annual Christmas party at the home of Elvin and Nancy Hilyer from 2-5 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 10. The afternoon will feature a potluck of appetizers and desserts, entertainment and raffle prizes. $10 donation requested to cover party costs. RSVP by Dec. 3 to or mail LCDP, Box 2074, Dahlonega 30533. Contact Ken at 706-867-8653 for more information and directions.

At the Library

Lumpkin County Library, 706-864-3668

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

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

eBooks: Downloadable at the library’s Web site.

High School Wii Play Teen Gaming, Wednesday, Nov. 30, 4-5 p.m. Teen gaming on the big screen. Games vary per session. Grades 9-12

Reading to Dogs, 10 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 3: Kids 1st grade and above will have the opportunity to have fun, boost self-confidence, and improve reading comprehension by reading to a PETS in Action certified Dog. Please make a 15-minute appointment.

Computer Basics, 9-10 a.m., Wednesday, Dec. 7: 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, Dec. 7, 4-5 p.m. Each month the group features one special American Girl for discussion. December will be Kit’s month! Read any Kit book that you would like then join the group to share. Grades 3-6.

Holiday Storytime for the family, Thursday, Dec. 8, 6-7 p.m. Enjoy festive stories, crafts and snacks.

Children & Young Adults

Child Safety Seat Programs

The Lumpkin County Sheriff’s Department is offering a series of child safety seat classes to parents of children eight years old and under. Discussion will center on ways to better protect children, and child safety seat technicians will be available to check child safety seats. Classes will be held at 4 p.m. Dec. 1, Dec. 15, and Jan. 12. Reserve a spot at 706-864-0414.

Pageant benefits Scarbroughs, Shop with Cop

The NGCSU Police Department is sponsoring the first Miss Merry Christmas Pageant Dec. 11 at Lumpkin County Parks YMCA. Titles will be awarded from Baby Miss to Collegiate Miss Merry Christmas. The event will start at 2 p.m. and Santa will be at the pageant around 3:30 p.m. Entry deadline is Dec. 4. Proceeds will go to Melissa Scarbrough’s family and Shop with a Cop. Melissa Scarbrough was the wife of James (Mac) Scarbrough, Lumpkin County Sheriff’s Department deputy and part-time officer with the NGCSU Police department. She recently lost a brave battle to concer. Contact Nancy Epperson at or 706-974-7675, or find Miss Merry Christmas Pageant on facebook.

New Classes at Dahlonega Gymnastics

Beginning Jan 2 Dahlonega Gymnastics will offer Cheer Bears, a six-week competitive cheer class, on Mondays/Wednesdays from 4-5 pm. Backhandspring Clinics are Monday 5:15-6:15 p.m. ($10/ class) and Adult Gymnastics meets on Mondays from 6:30-8 p.m. ($10/class) 706-864-8516,

YMCA After-School Program

Lumpkin County Parks YMCA After School Program serves children from Lumpkin elementary and middle schools from 2:45 to 6 p.m. on school days. One time registration fee $15. Weekly fees: one day, $15; two days, $30, three to five days, $40. Register at the Lumpkin County YMCA Community Center or contact Stephen Disanto, 706-864-3622. tfn


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

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,

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,

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, 706-864-94

Community Support Projects

SILENT AUCTION BENEFITS FAMILY CONNECTION A silent auction Dec. 1-3 (Thursday-Saturday) sponsored by United Community Bank, 206 Morrison Moore Parkway, will benefit Lumpkin Family Connection. Items offered include a signed copy of Paula Deen’s latest cookbook, Southern Cooking Bible; The Southern Living Christmas 2011; Purt Nigh Gone: The Old Mountain Ways, signed by the author, Honorable Zell Miller, CDs and an autographed picture of Karen Peck; an autographed picture of Jeff Foxworthy; tickets to Dollywood, “Country Tonight,” Stone Mountain Park, and horseback riding at Brasstown Valley; certificates for teeth whitening from Dr. Ronald Williams and another from Headlines Hair Salon; jewelry, and sports memorabilia. Raffle tickets to win a handmade afghan will be available for purchase, as wil be Christmas Desserts cookbooks produced by Lumpkin Family Connection.

Toys for Tots at Dahlonega Funeral Home

Dahlonega Funeral Home is collecting Toys for Tots through December 19. New, unwrapped toys can be dropped off Mondays through Fridays, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

CHP Christmas Shop OPEn

The Community Helping Place Christmas Shop, a fundraiser for the CHP’s White Christmas program, is stocked with Christmas decorations, clothing and more. Located in the furniture section of the CHP’s Thrift Store, 2030 Hwy. 19 North, the shop will be open Monday through Friday from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and Saturdays 10 a.m.-4 p.m. through Dec. 17. 706-867-9621

official Dahlonega ornament 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

Donations for CHP white christmas program

The Community Helping Place White Christmas is an annual Christmas outreach serving Lumpkin County residents in need during the holiday season. Last year CHP White Christmas served 280 households which included toys for a record-breaking 498 children. You can participate by donating new, unwrapped toys and non-perishable food items. Financial contributions are always welcomed. 2030 Hwy. 19 N, 706-867-9621

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.

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


Pickin’ Porch Old Time Jam moves: An old-time music jam is held from 12:30-2 p.m. every Thursday at NGCSU. On Dec. 1 it will meet in Room 205, Hansford Hall, across W. Main St. from the Vickery House which is the jam’s usual home. 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,

Chamber symphony concert Dec. 3

The North Georgia Chamber Symphony, Inc., will present a holiday concert Saturday, Dec. 3, at 7:30 p.m. at the Dahlonega United Methodist Church. The program will include a variety of classical and popular selections as well as some sing-along carols. A number of professional musicians will be special guests of the local chamber symphony. Admission is free, but donations to cover the expenses of the concerts will be appreciated. or 706-867-9444

Winter One-Act festival by LCHS Drama Dept.

Lumpkin County High School Drama Department will present its annual “Winter Festival of One-Acts” at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Dec. 9 and 10. Shows include The Night Before Christmas by the Drama Fundamentals class; Burton Baumgarner’s holiday comedy, The Christmas Café, by the Acting I class, and Thornton Wilder’s moving and thoughtful play, The Long Christmas Dinner, by the Acting II class. Tickets are $5 in advance and $8 at the door. Linda Orwig,

Dahlonega Mountain Dance Dec. 9

The Dahlonega Mountain Dance will be held at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 9, at the Woodman of the World Building, above Cranberry Corners. Music is by the Atlanta band, The Tune Dogs, with calling by Rob Harper. 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.

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

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, for advance reservations online. Call for day of event reservations.

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

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

Friday, Dec. 2, 8-10 p.m.+: von Grey. $14 advance / $16 day of show. Four classically trained sisters who have opened for Sarah

McLachlan and The Chieftains and were voted Atlanta Magazine’s ‘Best Emerging Artist’ for 2009 bring their ‘sister act’ back to The Moon. Classically trained on violin, guitar, cello, and voice since early childhood, the von Grey sisters now range in age from 11 years old to 15. Six years in the making, von

Grey is what happens when you take talented, classically trained string musicians and let them loose to explore new boundaries in country, pop, rock and more. Combining smokin’ violin solos and rich three and four-part harmonies, von Grey delivers songs equally at home with tight guitar licks and rich cello solos--all infused with the youthful energy of four amazingly talented sisters. The four are currently writing and recording new songs for their upcoming album.

Saturdays, 2-4:30+ p.m. Genre Crossroads Jam hosted by Rick Harris. Free.

Saturday, Dec. 3, 8-11 p.m.: Callaghan, with Erick Baker. $16 Advance/$18 Day of Show. Top UK folk-pop singer-songwriter Callaghan returns after her first year in the US touring with Shawn

Mullins and selling out her own shows at premier venues like Atlanta’s Eddies Attic. Her rich and haunting vocals have been compared to Sarah McLachlan, Norah Jones and Emmy Lou Harris. Callaghan performs on piano and guitar where her music blends the sounds of folk, Americana and pop. She’s now played shows

and festivals across 20 states, secured TV and radio appearances and is recording her debut album. SongwriterErick Baker opens. Erick’s unique voice and very personal songwriting style have led listeners through music rich with themes that connect us all —hopes, fears, love, and loss. A skillful blend of widely divergent influences­—rock, pop, soul, blues, country, folk – has resulted in a distinctive genre he calls “American Music”.

Sunday, 2-5 p.m. Traditional Music Jam: 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.

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

A Tuna Christmas, a production of the Holly Theater Company, opens Friday, Dec. 2 and runs three weekends. Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m., Sundays at 2 p.m. through Dec. 18. $15

Amy Ray and The Shadowboxers, Thursday, Dec. 8,

8 p.m. Tickets $15 adults, $10 with NGCSU ID.

Have a Holly Holiday— An Endowment Fundraiser for the Holly. 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 16, at the Dahlonega Marketplace featuring a festive dinner and entertainment. $50/person

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

Thursdays: College Night

Fridays: Live entertainment

Saturdays: College football

Sundays: NFL football

Mondays: Trivia

Tuesdays: Country Western Music/Karaoke night,

Friday, Dec. 2: Stoned Sandwich

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

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.

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

Friday, Dec. 2, 8:30-11:30 p.m. John Sosebee. With Sosebee on foot drums, guitar, and vocals, and his brother, Jacob Gise, on bass and foot percussion, this one-of-a-kind setup produces a tremendous sound that is always mistaken for a three or four piece band. And now having proven themselves at many of the South’s top venues and festivals, (including George’s Springing the Blues 2010, Smith’s Ole Bar, The Roadhouse, and many many more), they are one of the Atlanta area’s hottest Blues acts. Sosebee’s upcoming second album will feature all original tunes, penned by Sosebee himself, and aims to capture the spirit and energy of their live performances. Influenced by greats such as R.L. Burnside, Junior Kimbrough, Mississippi Fred McDowell, Muddy Waters, and Blind Willie Johnson from a young age, John Sosebee has a deep rooted feel for the Blues. All ages, no cover.

Saturday, Dec. 3, 8:30-11:30 p.m.: Petey Wheatstraw and Dr. Thunder. All ages, no cover.

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

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



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

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

Wine Highway passports and glasses available now. Wine Highway travelers Dec. 2-4 will be tasting selections from Tiger Mountain Vineyards and Cane Creek Vineyards.

Senior Services/Activities

lumpkin County Senior Center

266 Mechanicsville Road, 706-864-2358,

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.

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,, 706-864-2851

Community Assistance

Free Food at DCOG Monday, Dec. 5

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

OneHarvest food for purchase at discount

St. Paul United Methodist Church, Highway 60 South at 14 Martins Ford Road, is a pick up location for OneHarvest Food Ministries. Monthly orders of first quality prepared frozen meals as well as meats and vegetables in a variety of purchase options can be ordered at discounted, group-purchase prices. Order at or at the church, 706-973-9924, through Dec. 9 for delivery Dec. 17.


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,, 706-867-7047

Odyssey Hospice needs volunteers in the Dahlonega area to help meet the needs of hospice patients and families, and enable them to live a higher quality of life than they would achieve on their own. Volunteers visit with patients, offer administrative support, make blankets, bake cookies and provide many other services. Gail Manter, Manager of Volunteer Services, 706-549-5736 or 877-637-9432.

Affinis Hospice is seeking caring, upbeat volunteers to work with hospice patients in and around Lumpkin County. Roxann, 678-333-8507 or

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,,

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,

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,

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.


spay/neuter clinic Nov. 30

Atlanta Humane Society’s spay/neuter clinic returns to the Lumpkin County Animal Shelter Wednesday, Nov. 30. For a cost of $20, cats and dogs will be spayed/neutered, receive a rabies shot and be micropchipped. Payment must be made in cash. Appointments must be made in person at the shelter on Red Oak Flats Road prior to the clinic date. Appointments will be on a first come/first serve basis. 706-867-7297

volunteer pets needed

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

TLC Donations needed

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

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


S.A.T. and Study Prep

Essay, English, math, and science with Dr. Norman Leonard.


For information on these classes, contact the NGCSU Department of Continuing Education at (706) 864-1918, email or register at

Recipes from the Kitchen: Make bath salts, bath soaks, body scrubs, face masks and more from simple ingredients you can find in the grocery store. Great for gifts. Choose from two classes: Dec. 3, 10 a.m. to noon or Dec. 6, 6:30-8:30 p.m. $39 plus $25 materials fee.

Karate—Beginner: Learn the basic physical exercises for agility, and then you learn Tae Kwon Do and Hapkido techniques. 10 Tuesdays, Jan. 3-March 6, 6-7 p.m. $59. Danny Jarrard

Karate—Advanced: Students who have attained the rank of green belt will further their knowledge of Tae Kwon Do and Hapkido techniques. 10 Tuesdays, Jan. 3-March 6, 6:45-7:45 p.m. $59. Danny Jarrard

Learn to play an instrument: Piano, Guitar, Strings, Mandolin, Woodwinds, Percussion. Parents of younger children must attend instructional sessions. Seven 30-minute lessons during Jan. 9-Feb. 20, date and time to be determined by student and instructor. Variable fees.

Hydrorobics: An invigorating, low impact exercise program. Tone, strengthen and achieve flexibility and circulatory endurance in the water. All ages (16 and up), all fitness levels, and non-swimmers are encouraged to join. Five Mondays/Wednesdays/Fridays Jan. 9 - Feb. 13, 9:45-10:45 a.m. $69. Joan Souders

Photography – Beginner: Gain photography skills, and take better pictures as you learn about the operation of your camera. Participants will focus on manual camera operation, metering, exposure, depth of field, shutter speed, and composition. Note: Students need to bring an SLR camera with manual capability (digital or film) to all classes. Four Tuesdays, Jan. 17- Feb. 7, 7-9:30p.m. $129. Trevor Morris

Math: Grades 3 - 8: Filling the Gaps–In Math is mastery-based class; students achieve mastery of each standard as a prerequisite for progress through the program. The curriculum is designed for math intervention in Grades 3 through 8, covering skill sets through linear equations. Fees: Tuition $175; access to software $150. 12 Mondays Jan. 23 - April 16, 4:30-6:30 p.m.

Math: Grades 9-12: College Algebra: This Filling the Gaps – In Math class covers the developmental math curriculum and includes all the topics typically covered in beginning and intermediate algebra plus all the prerequisite pre-algebra content from both elementary and middle school. This program will cover skill sets through quadratic equations. Fees: Tuition$175; access to software $150. 12 Mondays Jan. 23 - April 16, 4:30-6:30 p.m.

Scuba Diving Intro Night: Free introduction to learn more about the scuba classes offered and which one is right for you. Thursday, Jan. 26, 6:45-8:30 p.m. Free, but registration required. Bill Lach

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

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 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,

GED opportunities

It’s a great time to begin preparing yourself for 2012. As new jobs open up, are you prepared to beat out the competition? Free GED preparation by caring instructors is right around the corner in Dahlonega each Monday through Thursday from 8-7. 706-867-2862

Mountain Ed High School

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

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,

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.

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. or 706-974-7305

STring Instruments

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


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

Dance Classes: Ballet Barre

Now registering for fall, starting at age two-and-a-half in ballet, tap, jazz, contemporary and hip hop., 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


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,,

classes at Funky chicken

Beginning woodcarving at the Funky Chicken Art Project. or Christina, 706-864-3938 /

art instruction by Win Crannell

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

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,



• # 1 & 2 plastic bottles (discard lids)

• Corrugated cardboard (clean and dry)

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

• Aluminum and tin cans. (please rinse out)


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

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

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

• Bins on Highway 19 North across from Ace Hardware.


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

CFL BULBS: Home Depot


• Radio Shack/Dahlonega Pharmacy:household rechargeable batteries

• Home Depot


• 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


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,

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


Adult classes offered now, Jr. Jazzercise and Team Dance coming soon. Jazzercise of Dahlonega, 400 Wal-Mart Way, Suite F. 678-617-0329,;

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

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

Wellness Classes

Learn healthy eating habits, lifestyle choices and exercises by certified nutritionist and wellness coach. 706-429-7956 Wellness-21, on the Public Square.

saturday Walking Group

Come join us and make walking fun and social. All levels welcome. Light stretching, strengthening and walking of course. Introduction to Nordic walking. Call for times and locations. 706-429-7956, Wellness-21, on the Public Square. 


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. or 706-974-7305

STring Instruments

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


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

Dance Classes: Ballet Barre

Now registering for fall, starting at age two-and-a-half in ballet, tap, jazz, contemporary and hip hop., 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


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

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. 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, .

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


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

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

Lumpkin County Caregivers

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


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

Church/Religious Events

Community weekday advent services

The annual community-wide Dahlonega-Lumpkin County Ministerial Association-sponsored Advent services will be held on Tuesdays of Advent at St. Luke the Evangelist Catholic Church, across from Hancock Park. The services will begin at noon, and a snack lunch (for a donation) will be served at 12:30 p.m. in the fellowship hall.

The schedule of services and preachers is as follows:

Dec. 6: Waiting: for God’s 400-Year Silence to End, Dr. McCay Caston, Creekstone Church

Dec. 13: Waiting: for Life to Unfold, Father Neil Dhabliwala, St. Luke the Evangelist Roman Catholic Church

Dec. 20: Waiting: for the Promise of Christmas to be Fulfilled, Rev. Christy Greenwald,

Dahlonega United Methodist Church


Freedom MInistries Saturday night singing

Saturday night singing: Big Oak Gospel Music at 7 p.m. each Saturday. Featured singers on Dec. 3 are Willing Vessels, The Mitchells and the Joy Makers. 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,

Dr. Ken Boa at Church of Apostles Nov. 30

Dr. Ken Boa will speak at Church of the Apostles, Dawsonville, on Wednesday, Nov. 30. A reception will begin at 6 p.m. and the program at 7 p.m. The topic will be “Finishing Well as a Christian.”

Breakfast with Santa at St. Paul Saturday

St. Paul United Methodist Church will hold a Breakfast with Santa from 8-10 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 3. A full breakfast will be available beginning at 7 a.m.; children eat free. Mr. and Mrs. Santa will be there—bring your camera to get a picture. Proceeds will go to provide Christmas presents and Christmas dinner for children in need. Highway 60 South at 14 Martins Ford Road

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,

The Dahlonega Tea Party meets on the first Thursday of the month (Dec. 1), 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 (Dec. 1) 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 Web site:

Dahlonega Woman’s Club meets the first Thursday (Dec. 1) 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, (Dec. 1) at 6 p.m. at the Vickery House, 1 Vickery Drive, on the NGCSU campus. Barbara Seaton, 706-867-2911,

GOLD COUNTRY SQUARE DANCERS meets the first and third Fridays of each month (Dec. 2) 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 (Dec. 3) 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, (Dec. 5) 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.

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.

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.

Gold Rush Quilter’s Guild meets the first Wednesday of each month (Dec. 7) 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 Golden Stitches Quilters Guild meets the second Thursday (Dec. 8) 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

The Lions Club of Dahlonega meets the second and fourth Thursdays (Dec. 8) at Just Off the Square Café, at 6 p.m. Everyone is invited. Anne Mundy, 706-864-5899

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

The Georgia Mountain Handspinners Guild meets the second Saturday (Dec. 10) 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 (Dec. 10), 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)., 706-265-5502

Etowah River Critters Club: Macro-Invertebrate Sampling and Photography on the Upper Etowah River the second Saturday (Dec. 10), 390 Tom Bell Odom Road (off Siloam Church/Rider Mill Road)., 706-265-5502

Dawson County Chapter 970 of the Vietnam Veterans of America meets the second Monday of each month (Dec. 12) 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

Mountain Coin Club for beginner and advanced numismatists meets the second Tuesday of each month (Dec. 13) at 6:15 p.m. at North Georgia Technical College, Blairsville. Call YOCS, 706-379-1488.

Gold Diggers Garden Club will meets at 7 p.m. on the second Tuesday of the month (Dec. 13), in the Senior Center on Mechanicsville Rd.

Word Chasers Book Club meets on the second Tuesday of the month (Dec. 13) 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 (Dec. 13) 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 (Dec. 14) 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,

The American Red Cross Disaster Action Team meets the second Wednesday of each month (Dec. 14) 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 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.,

Lumpkin County Retired Educators Association meets the third Thursday (Dec. 15) at 11:30 a.m. at Lumpkin County Parks YMCA. A catered lunch will be served for $10.

Georgia Mountain Chapter of Military Officers Association of America meets at 7 p.m. Dec. 15 at Ryan’s in Dawsonville. 706-265-7613

Georgia Mountain Chapter of Military Officers Association of America meets at 7 p.m. the third Thursday of each month (Dec. 15) at Ryan’s in Dawsonville. Retired, former and current military officers are welcome., 706-265-7613

The American Legion #239 Auxiliary meets the third Thursday (Dec. 15) of each month, 6:30 p.m. at the American Legion Hall.

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 (Dec. 15) 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,

Habitat for Humanity of Lumpkin County meets at 6 p.m. the third Thursday of each month (Dec. 15) in the meeting room upstairs at Yahoola Grill.

TLC HUMANE SOCIETY meets at 7 p.m. on the third Thursday (Dec. 15) 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 (Dec. 17), noon-3 p.m. More information and directions at or call Christina at 706-864-3938 or e-mail:

SEBA (Southeastern Bluegrass Association) holds a jam the third Sunday of each month (Dec. 18) 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 (Dec. 19) at 5 p.m. in the Community Room of the United Community Bank on Morrison Moore Parkway.

AARP – Lumpkin Chapter 1966, meets the third Monday (Dec. 19) 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

The North Georgia Amateur Radio Club (NGARC) meets at 6 p.m. the third Tuesday of each month (Dec. 20) 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 (Dec. 21) 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 to be added to E-vite list.

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,,

classes at Funky chicken

Beginning woodcarving at the Funky Chicken Art Project. or Christina, 706-864-3938 /

art instruction by Win Crannell

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

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,

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Trick-or-Treating on square earlier this year
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In an effort to alleviate possible traffic snarls from the high school football game in Dahlonega this Halloween, kids will hit the streets earlier.
In an effort to alleviate possible traffic snarls from the high school football game in Dahlonega this Halloween, kids will hit the streets earlier.
Halloween promises to be a big night for Lumpkin County kids of all ages, teens and little ones alike.

For the little ones, there’s Halloween and Trick or Treating on the Dahlonega Public Square.

For teens and Lumpkin County High School football fans, it’s one of the biggest games of the year as the Indians face-off against rival Dawson County at 7:30 p.m.

The square has been closed to traffic for the past several years during the annual invasion of ghouls, ghosts, wizards and witches. So to accommodate both events, Trick or Treat will be a little early this year, beginning at 4:30 p.m.

Several streets will be closed beginning at 4:30 p.m. These include West Main from the old BB&T parking lot, around the square to the traffic light on North Grove; Chestatee Street between Choice Avenue and Warick Street; and Park Street between Choice and Warrick. Roads will reopen at 6 p.m.

Hit the streets earlier

“It was suggested to the Downtown Development Authority and Chamber to alter the time for Trick or Treating to help eliminate traffic jams that evening,” said Chamber President Amy Booker. “There is still all of the same fun available this year, however, with the Gold Museum’s Costume Contest and UNG’s Trunk or Treating.”

Registration for the Gold Museum’s Costume Contest begins at 4:30 p.m. and ends at 4:45 p.m. on the museum’s plaza.

There are several age groups, and there will be first, second and third place winners plus an award for the Most Original Costume. Judging begins at 5 p.m.

Sponsored by the University of North Georgia Office of Residence Life, students will be in Parking Lot 16 off Chestatee Street with candy and activities for the little ones.

And of course Dahlonega’s merchants will once again be handing out Trick or Treat goodies to children 12 and under.

“Visiting downtown Dahlonega has become a tradition for many families for Halloween. Where other communities may have more terrain friendly neighborhoods, Lumpkin County has many homes set out on property and this, combined with the hills, makes it challenging for some families to take their children and grandchildren trick or treating where their homes are located,” Booker said.

She said that one merchant shared that he has families ask about his ghoulish fun at Halloween all year long.

“One family actually said that they come back year after year to bring their family to see his costume and dramatic howling,” Booker said. “That’s what it’s all about ... welcoming locals and visitors to our downtown so that they build these traditions and have ties with the people and their businesses downtown.”

These relationships, Booker said, keep folks coming back time and time again throughout the year to shop and dine and enjoy the many things to do and be a part of the community.

It’s better to give

To help keep the tradition alive, Booker asks members of the community to donate candy at the Visitors Center, Community & Southern Bank and United Community Bank.

Donated candy will be distributed to the downtown merchants to help defray the cost of one of the most looked-forward-to happenings in Dahlonega.

Individual businesses usually spend about $200 on candy each year in addition to what the Chamber provides, Booker said.

She also reminds parents to be aware of the time when the roads will be reopened to traffic.

“Time changes are always tricky things with events, but safety and a positive experience is always our first concern. Please use extreme caution as the roads open back up to traffic as they stroll downtown with their young ones,” she said.
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