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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 Oct. 26 Dr. Elizabeth Combier and students will present “Study & Teach Abroad: Quebec and Costa Rica.” On Nov. 2: “Fiji: The Journey Home - 30 Years Later” with Dr. Donna Gessell.

Harvest Day events at GASC Thursday

The Georgia Appalachian Studies Center will host Harvest Day at the Heirloom Garden Thursday, Oct. 27, at NGCSU’s Vickery House on West Main Street. Events begin with the weekly Pickin’ Porch at 12:30 p.m. and continue with a garden toast at 1:30 p.m. followed by harvesting. Wind Chapman, local blacksmith, will be on site, as will a chair caning demonstrator. In case of pouring rain the event will move to Nov. 3. 706-864-1540, gasc@northgeorgia.edu

CASA Masquerade fundraiser friday

Enotah CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) will hold its third annual Masquerade fundraiser Friday, Oct. 28, from 7-10 p.m. at The Dahlonega Marketplace on the Dahonega Square. There will be food, music, a roving magician, a fortune teller, a chocolate tasting, a raffle and many great silent auction items. Dress in your party clothes (not necessarily formal) and wear a masquerade mask or not. Tickets are available now in limited quantity for $40 per person or $70 per couple and can be purchased online at www.enotahcasa.org or by phone at 706-864-0300. No tickets will be sold at the door.

Chili Halloween Cook-Off Saturday

The 6th Annual Chili Cook-Off, sponsored by NOA (No One Alone), will be held in Hancock Park from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 29. A $10 admission ticket to the event includes tasting, cornbread, drink and dessert as well as the opportunity to vote for your favorite chili and BBQ. Children 10 and under admitted free. Proceeds will go to NOA, a local organization addressing the issue of domestic violence in our community. http://noonealone.org, Nicole, 706-864-1306 ext. 6.

DCC Mountain Music Fest saturday

Dahlonega Care Center’s 3rd Annual Mountain Music Fest Benefit with Hwy. 76 Bluegrass Band will be held Saturday, Oct. 29, at Church of the Apostles fellowship hall, 34 Grant Road, Dawsonville. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. The event is free to the public and will feature finger foods, desserts, raffle of Win Crannell original art, a client story and bluegrass and gospel music. DCC is a pregnancy and family assistance center which benefits babies and young children through educational program for parents. RSVP at DCCga.org, email dahlonegacarecenter@windstream.net or leave a message at (706)867-7452 with names of those attending.

DWC Spaghetti Supper Planned for Nov. 8

The Dahlonega Woman’s Club’s 8th 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

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

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.

Seasonal Family Events

Lights out show by

Band of Gold Thursday

The Lumpkin County High School Band of Gold is having a “Halloween Lights Out” show at 8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 27. This annual “performance in the dark” not only showcases the band’s talent and musical selections but includes creative costumes and lights that illuminate the performance. Donations will be accepted at the stadium entrance to help fund the cost of the bus that will be transporting the band to march in the Disney parade over spring break. The public is invited to bring a flashlight and join the fun.

Trick or Treat on the Square Oct. 31

The Chamber of Commerce and the Dahlonega Merchants will be treating children under 12 to “treats” from 5:30-7:30 p.m. on Halloween night. Hundreds of children come to the square each year for this event in which store keepers dress in costume and distribute candy. For safety reasons, the city will close the square to vehicle traffic during the event. In order to offset individual merchants’ costs, the Welcome Center is accepting donations of candy to pass out in front of the Welcome Center and to share with merchants.

Trick or Treat, Haunted House at NGCSU

Community children are invited to Trick or Treat and visit the Haunted House on the campus of North Georgia College & State University on Halloween, Monday, Oct. 31, from 6-8:30 p.m. Trick or Treating takes place in Donovan Hall and the Haunted House will be in the Lewis Annex. The event is sponsored by the university’s Residence Life organization. A Halloween Carnival will be held outside the dining hall, sponsored by the Panhellenic Council.

Gold museum costume contest Monday

The Dahlonega Gold Museum is hosting a Costume Contest Oct. 31 at 5:00 p.m. before Trick or Treating begins on the square. Prizes will be awarded to groups birth to 5 years, 6 to 10 years and 11-14 years.

events AT area churches:

Bethlehem Baptist fall festival Wednesday

Bethlehem Baptist Church will host its annual Fall Festival from 6:30-8 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 26. Chili and hot dogs will be served. There will be a hay ride, games for the kids, a cake walk, and inflatables. Costumes are encourged (nothing scary please). Join us for an evening of family fun!

Dahlonega Baptist Annual Fall Festival sunday

Dahlonega Baptist Church invites kids of all ages to its annual Fall Festival to enjoy the sights, sounds and flavors of fall. The event will take place from 3-5 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 30, at the church, located at 234 Hawkins Street in Dahlonega (just off Main Street, behind BB&T Bank). The festival is entirely free and will feature plenty of games and activities for children, including several inflatables, an 18-ft. super slide, and face painting. Children can have special photos made to take home that afternoon. There will be plenty of popcorn, cotton candy, funnel cakes, boiled peanuts and baked goods. All are welcome.

Berea Baptist Church Fall Festival Saturday

Berea Baptist Church will celebrate fall with a chili cook-off, games and fun for all from 6-8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 29. Highway 52 East and Pecks Mill Road. 706-864-7137

Auraria Church Hallelujah festival Saturday

Auraria Church of Almighty God will host a Hallelujah Festival at 5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 29, with a hay ride, puppet show, games, prizes, inflatables, tents, food and fellowship. Everyone is invited—there will be fun for all ages. Eight miles south of Dahlonega on Auraria Road. (old Highway 9 East). Pastor Corey Ray 706-864-7460

Trunk O’ Treat Monday Evening at The Fountain

The Fountain, Grove St. N., will hold its annual Trunk O’ Treat on Monday, Oct. 31 from 6-8 p.m. The theme is Disney. There will be a petting zoo, pony rides and cake walk. Everyone is welcome.

DUMC Trunk-or-Treat Monday

Trunk-or-Treat at Dahlonega United Methodist Church will be held from 5-7 p.m. Monday, Oct. 31, in the Student Center parking lot located on South Chestatee Street (across from The Smith House). Children can stop by all the trunks and get lots of candy. Hot dogs and other food, along with games and a moonwalk will also be available.



Races/Festivals/Rides

HemlockFest, Nov. 4-6

HemlockFest, a benefit event to save our hemlock trees, is an unparalleled musical experience in a peaceful and beautiful setting just outside of Dahlonega. This all-ages, eco-friendly event features three days of live music, primitive camping, educational exhibits, arts and crafts vendors, a kid’s nature village, rustic living demonstrations, great food, and free canoeing. Both day and weekend passes are available, and admission is free for kids (ages 15 and under with a supervising adult ticketholder). www.HemlockFest.org

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

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

Community Needs

Hemlockfest needs volunteer help

Hemlockfest doesn’t happen without the efforts of dedicated volunteers. There is no paid staff. Volunteers have fun, meet great people, and help out a great cause. Volunteers are needed Monday, Oct. 31, through Wednesday, Nov. 9. Four-hour-long shifts are available during setup the week prior, all during the festival and for several days after the festival as everything is put away for next year. Volunteers who complete two shifts are eligible to purchase discounted tickets to the festival. Duties range from selling tickets and directing traffic in the parking lots to restocking fire barrels and recycling. Info/sign up at www.HemlockFest.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

Cell PHones collected for soldiers

Dahlonega Funeral Home is collecting old cell phones for “Cell Phones for Soldiers,” an effort to support military members returning from active duty by offering free cell phones to all armed forces returning from service in Iraq and Afghanistan. 706.864.DOVE



Music/Dance/Drama & More

EVENTS AT NGCSU

North Georgia Symphonic Band Concert, 8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 27, at Lumpkin County High School auditorium. See article page 3B.

Senior voice recital by Rebekah Conner, soprano: 4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 30, Gloria Shott Performance Hall. Conner will present representative vocal repertoire from the main periods of music history and will be accompanied by her instructor, Mary Beth Hutcheson. The recital is free and the public is cordially invited to attend.

Free to the public: Double-bill Jazz Concert: “World Jazz” performed by Insonnia with world renowned guitarist Curtis Jones and violinist Martin Norgaard, and the Bill Fielder Jazz Septet with special guests, jazz trumpeter Joe Gransden and jazz pianist Tyrone Jackson. 6-8:30 pm, Sunday, Nov. 6, , Gloria Shott Performance Hall, Nix Fine Arts Building, NGCSU

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

Monthly Tasting: Sunday, Oct. 30, 4-6 p.m. This month’s tasting is a Beer Tasting, pairing beer with appetizers. $40/person includes tax and gratuity. Reservations required.

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

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, 7:30-9:30 p.m. “Spoken Word” open mic nite upstairs at the Half Moon Saloon. Free.

Friday Oct. 28, 9:30-11:30 p.m.: Red Room Piano Bar hosted by Rick Harris, upstairs in the Half Moon Saloon. Free.

Friday, Oct. 28, 8-10 p.m. Davin McCoy and the Coming Attractions.

$14 advance reservations, $16 day of show. McCoy’s music has been described as “soulful, heartfelt roots rock” and “jazzy, hard hitting blues,” likened to listening from artists like Cat Stevens and Otis Redding, to Dave Matthews and the Allman Brothers. www.DavinMcCoy.com

Saturday, Oct. 29 8-10+ p.m. John Cowan Band. $25 advance, $30 day of show. John Cowan and his New Grass Revival bandmates

Sam Bush, Bela Fleck and Pat Flynn introduced a new generation of music fans to an explosive, experimental brand of bluegrass...Newgrass...which essentially played contemporary music on traditional instruments with enough talent, style and energy to make it unforgettable. After NGR disbanded in 1990, Cowan toured with the the Doobie Bros. for a bit, but soon returned to his Newgrass roots and formed the John Cowan Band, surround-

ing himself with only the finest acoustic musicians. Now recapturing the magic of that ground-breaking experimentation and taking it to the next level, John invites old NGR fans to see how magically his ‘sound’ has morphed over the miles and years since his New Grass Revival days! www.JohnCowan.com

10th Anniversary Midnight to Moonlight Mountain Music Marathon. 70% of proceeds benefit Georgia Pick & Bow Traditional Music School and Bear on the Square Mountain Festival. Check the Crimson Moon Web site for all the details and a day full of special menus. More information on page 1B.

Saturday, Oct. 29, 11 p.m. to 2 a.m.: Midnight Jam Session led by

Curtis Jones. Free

Sunday, 10:30 a.m. to noon: Mountain Gospel Jam hosted by Glenda Pender. $5

Sunday, 1-6 p.m. Fiddlers Convention (fiddling contest), $15.

Sunday, 7-11 p.m. Mountain Music Showcase featuring The Georgia Mudcats, von Grey, The Solstice Sisters, Greybeard, and The Buzzard Mountain Boys with the Three Arrows. $20

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

www.hollytheater.com

Magician Joe M. Turner with high-impact magic—impossible feats of mindreading and skilled sleight-of-hand. Great family entertainment. Friday, Oct. 28, 7 p.m., $15. See story this page.

Georgia-Florida Football on the Big Screen. The Georgia/Florida football game will be broadcast live on the big screen at the Holly Saturday, Oct. 29. Admission is free. Cook out before the game begins at 2 p.m. with hot dogs, hamburgers and regular and adult beverages. Kick off time is 3:30 p.m. There is no charge to watch the action.

Rocky Horror Picture Show, 9 p.m. Saturday & Sunday, Oct. 29 & 30. Suggested donation $5.

Rocky Horror Picture Show—Movie & Concert, Oct. 31: The Rocky Horror Picture Show will be shown at 9 p.m. followed by a rock concert featuring Chris McKay and The Critical Darlings at 11 p.m. $7 for both events. Tickets available now.

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. 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.

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, Oct. 28: Kappa Sigma Band Social

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, Oct. 28: Erick Jones and Friends: Rock and roll with a touch of Americana. Erick is influenced by bands such as the Black Keys. Whether performing with the Atlanta based country-rock band American Anodyne, the North Georgia folk group Ugly Cousin, or solo acoustic, his narrative storytelling draws upon the trials of small-town life in the south, drunken revelry, and searching for redemption in the era of the “new depression.”

Saturday, Oct. 29: Sarah Peacock and Halloween Party and Costume Contest: Sarah Peacock is a powerhouse pop country vocalist and performer with a style reminiscent of Heart’s Ann Wilson and a boot-kickin’ twist of the Sugarland “country-ness.” Add a hint of classic rock on the palate, throw in the fact that her songs are melodic and catchy, and you’ve got a star in the making! Averaging over 200 dates a year, Atlanta native Sarah Peacock tours full time to cities all over the globe.

Sunday, Oct 30: Creston Maxie on the deck 2-5 p.m., weather permitting.

Monday, Oct. 31, 8-10 p.m.: Halloween trivia and live music with Stoned Sandwich. Prizes and giveaways.

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

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WINE TASTING

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

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

Art & Music Workshops

Plein Air workshop at Artloft Oct. 27-29

Guest instructor Amanda Carder will offer beginning to Intermediate “Plein Air” Thursday through Saturday, Oct. 27-29, 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., at Dahlonega’s Art Loft Studios. The workshop, open to all levels, will cover basics as well as advanced techniques of painting in Plein Air. $325. 706-429-6008, www.artloft.net.

Rayneri Watercolor Workshop Oct. 29-30

Oscar Rayneri will offer a watercolor workshop at the Chestatee Residential Community Clubhouse, just off Highway 400, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 29-30. Cost of the two-day workshop is $130. A material list will be provided upon registration. 706-867-8059, orayneri@windstream.net, http://oscarrayneriart.yolasite.com

Bass workshop by Curtis Jones oct. 30

Highly regarded multi-instrumentalist Curtis Jones will hold an Upright Bass workshop Sunday, Oct. 30, from 2-5 p.m. in Dahlonega at the home of Glenda Pender. Instruction will be appropriate for all levels. $50. Glenda Pender, pendergn@windstream.net or 706-864-7817

At the Library

Lumpkin County Library, 706-864-3668

www.chestateelibrary.org

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

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

eBooks: Downloadable at the library’s Web site.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Intermediate Bridge: Hone your skills with more playtime and an opportunity to expand your knowledge of conventions. Class size limited to eight players. Four Thursdays, Oct. 27- Nov. 17, 10-11:30 a.m. $89

Zumba Gold: Zumba Gold targets the largest the older adult. It takes the Zumba formula and modifies the moves and pacing to suit the needs of the active older participant or de-conditioned participant with the party-like atmosphere, the zesty Latin music and the sheer vibrancy of each class. Six Fridays, Oct. 28 - Dec. 16 (no class 11/25), 9-10 a.m. $69

Photography – Advanced: Learn advanced composition, shooting raw photos, histograms, using your flash, and studio lighting techniques. SLR camera required. Four Tuesdays, Nov. 1-22, 6-8:30 p.m. $129

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

Sewing Clothes for 18” Dolls: Learn the fundamentals of sewing doll clothes; fabrics, patterns and pattern fitting issues with dolls. This class is for the experienced sewer. 6-8:30 p.m. Three Tuesdays, Nov. 8, 15, and 22. $99. Deb Adams

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.

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

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 on the fourth Friday of the month at 12:30 p.m. at different locations due to weather or site availability. Please call before coming. The next meeting will be at 12:30 p.m. Sept. 23 at the City Park beside City Hall. 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.

Church/Religious Events

music:

Large Singing at Lighthouse Baptist Saturday

Pastor Gwindel Gravett invites everyone to a singing at Lighhouse Baptist Church of Dahlonega at 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 29. The three groups singing are the Morris Stancil Family, The Savages, and Pam Turner of Gateway Singers. There is no admission charge; a love offering will be taken. Hwy 52E, just past Long Branch.

Singing at Etowah Baptist Saturday

Etowah Baptist Church will hold a singing at 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 29. Guest singers are the Land Family and Anchored in Christ. Pastor J.W. Day invites everyone.

Freedom MInistries Saturday night singing

Saturday night singing: Big Oak Gospel Music at 7 p.m. each Saturday. Featured singers on Oct. 29 are Stephens Sisters, The Mitchells, and True Believers. 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

Freedom Ministries Awards day Sunday

Freedom Ministries will hold a “Singer Award Presentation Day” Sunday, Oct. 30, at 1 p.m. at 1067 Old Dahlonega Highway, Dahlonega. Featured singers are “Group of the Year,” Glory Road, and “Most Dedicated,” Stephens Sisters. Also featured are the Goss Family, Frankie Wilson, Steve Pruitt and Bobby Allen. Free. 706-867-6534, 706-297-1045

Church YARD SALE Friday & Saturday

An Orphan Benefit will be held at Christ Family Church, Friday 8 a.m.-4 p.m., Saturday 8 a.m.-noon. Highway 60 between Dahlonega and Murrayville.

Multi-Family Yard Sale at Pleasant Grove UMC

Pleasant Grove United Methodist Church is having a multi-family yard sale this Saturday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. The church is located at 219 Highway 52 West, Dahlonega. 678-524-8631

Gigantic Rummage/Yard Sale This Saturday

A gigantic multi-family Rummage/Yard Sale will take place “rain or shine” this Saturday 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.

UnitARIAn Universalist church

At Georgia Mountains Unitarian Universalist Church, a welcoming congregation, on October 30, Anne Rosemary Madison will present “Memorial Service for Halloween,” recognizing loved ones who have passed beyond our knowledge. 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

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

‘Hells Gates’ drama at Lighthouse Baptist

An outdoor reality drama that depicts the end-time events as portrayed in the book of Revelation will be held at Lighthouse Baptist Church, 329 Harmony Church Road, Dawsonville, continues on the nights October 28, 29 and 30. The presentation features live actors, sound effects, video effects, pyrotechnics, and heart-pounding action. Tickets ($10) available now. www.hellsgates.com, 888-295-0099.

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 Rd. S., Dawsonville. 706-216-6220.

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.

Prayer LIne available

A local prayer line is available 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Saturday and a half day Sunday. If no one answers leave request on machine. 706-864-0673, http://gearinministries.tripod.com

Recycling

PLASTIC/PAPER/ALUMINUM:

• # 1 & 2 plastic bottles (discard lids)

• Corrugated cardboard (clean and dry)

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

• Aluminum and tin cans. (please rinse out)

Locations:

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

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

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

• Bins on Highway 19 North across from Ace Hardware.

CITY PICK UP AT RESIDENCES

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

CFL BULBS: Home Depot

BATTERIES

• Radio Shack/Dahlonega Pharmacy:household rechargeable batteries

• Home Depot

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

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

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

Wellness/Fitness

Full Day Yoga Program Saturday

Quiana Grace Frost will offer Deepening Into Yoga: Happy Bodies, Blissful Spirits! Saturday, October 22, from 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. $50 Pre-registration required. Call Quiana to confirm location and dates and to reserve your space: 828 318-9169 or email quiana@ekstasis.us

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 

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.

The Lions Club of Dahlonega meets the second and fourth Thursdays (Oct. 27) at Just Off the Square Café, at 6 p.m. Everyone is invited. Anne Mundy, 706-864-5899

Mountain Coin Club for beginner and advanced numismatists meets the fourth Thursday of each month (Oct. 27) at 6:30 p.m. The meeting is held in the community room of Cadence Bank on Blue Ridge Street in Blairsville. Call YOCS, 706-379-1488.

TROUT UNLIMITED, GOLD RUSH CHAPTER meets on the first Tuesday (Nov. 1) in the Ivie Lodge at Camp Glisson (two miles north of Dahlonega on Highway 60). Dinner ($8) is served at 6:30 p.m. for those who wish to eat. Sherman Head, beartooth@windstream.net or 706-864-6461, goldrushtu.org

LUMPKIN COUNTY REPUBLICAN PARTY meets at 7 p.m. the first Tuesday of each month (Nov. 1) in the United Community Bank Community Room. All Lumpkin County residents are welcome. Jeff Clymer, Chairman, (706) 973-7091. www.Lumpkin-GOP.org.

Gaddistown Homemakers meets the first Tuesday of every month February through November (Nov. 1) at 74 Fire House Lane, formerly Pre-K, across from Woody Gap School. Homemakers in the Suches area are invited.

Auraria Community Club meets at 7 p.m. the first Tuesday of each month (Nov. 1) 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 (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)

TROUT UNLIMITED, GOLD RUSH CHAPTER meets on the first Monday (Nov. 7) in the Ivie Lodge at Camp Glisson (two miles north of Dahlonega on Highway 60). Dinner ($8) is served at 6:30 p.m. for those who wish to eat. Guest speaker will be Chris Scalley from Rivers Through Atlanta. Fly Tying classes will be conducted Nov. 10. goldrushtu.org

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

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. 706-968-6625.

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 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 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

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

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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 Oct. 26 Dr. Elizabeth Combier and students will present “Study & Teach Abroad: Quebec and Costa Rica.” On Nov. 2: “Fiji: The Journey Home - 30 Years Later” with Dr. Donna Gessell.

Harvest Day events at GASC Thursday

The Georgia Appalachian Studies Center will host Harvest Day at the Heirloom Garden Thursday, Oct. 27, at NGCSU’s Vickery House on West Main Street. Events begin with the weekly Pickin’ Porch at 12:30 p.m. and continue with a garden toast at 1:30 p.m. followed by harvesting. Wind Chapman, local blacksmith, will be on site, as will a chair caning demonstrator. In case of pouring rain the event will move to Nov. 3. 706-864-1540, gasc@northgeorgia.edu

CASA Masquerade fundraiser friday

Enotah CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) will hold its third annual Masquerade fundraiser Friday, Oct. 28, from 7-10 p.m. at The Dahlonega Marketplace on the Dahonega Square. There will be food, music, a roving magician, a fortune teller, a chocolate tasting, a raffle and many great silent auction items. Dress in your party clothes (not necessarily formal) and wear a masquerade mask or not. Tickets are available now in limited quantity for $40 per person or $70 per couple and can be purchased online at www.enotahcasa.org or by phone at 706-864-0300. No tickets will be sold at the door.

Chili Halloween Cook-Off Saturday

The 6th Annual Chili Cook-Off, sponsored by NOA (No One Alone), will be held in Hancock Park from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 29. A $10 admission ticket to the event includes tasting, cornbread, drink and dessert as well as the opportunity to vote for your favorite chili and BBQ. Children 10 and under admitted free. Proceeds will go to NOA, a local organization addressing the issue of domestic violence in our community. http://noonealone.org, Nicole, 706-864-1306 ext. 6.

DCC Mountain Music Fest saturday

Dahlonega Care Center’s 3rd Annual Mountain Music Fest Benefit with Hwy. 76 Bluegrass Band will be held Saturday, Oct. 29, at Church of the Apostles fellowship hall, 34 Grant Road, Dawsonville. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. The event is free to the public and will feature finger foods, desserts, raffle of Win Crannell original art, a client story and bluegrass and gospel music. DCC is a pregnancy and family assistance center which benefits babies and young children through educational program for parents. RSVP at DCCga.org, email dahlonegacarecenter@windstream.net or leave a message at (706)867-7452 with names of those attending.

DWC Spaghetti Supper Planned for Nov. 8

The Dahlonega Woman’s Club’s 8th 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

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

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.

Seasonal Family Events

Lights out show by

Band of Gold Thursday

The Lumpkin County High School Band of Gold is having a “Halloween Lights Out” show at 8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 27. This annual “performance in the dark” not only showcases the band’s talent and musical selections but includes creative costumes and lights that illuminate the performance. Donations will be accepted at the stadium entrance to help fund the cost of the bus that will be transporting the band to march in the Disney parade over spring break. The public is invited to bring a flashlight and join the fun.

Trick or Treat on the Square Oct. 31

The Chamber of Commerce and the Dahlonega Merchants will be treating children under 12 to “treats” from 5:30-7:30 p.m. on Halloween night. Hundreds of children come to the square each year for this event in which store keepers dress in costume and distribute candy. For safety reasons, the city will close the square to vehicle traffic during the event. In order to offset individual merchants’ costs, the Welcome Center is accepting donations of candy to pass out in front of the Welcome Center and to share with merchants.

Trick or Treat, Haunted House at NGCSU

Community children are invited to Trick or Treat and visit the Haunted House on the campus of North Georgia College & State University on Halloween, Monday, Oct. 31, from 6-8:30 p.m. Trick or Treating takes place in Donovan Hall and the Haunted House will be in the Lewis Annex. The event is sponsored by the university’s Residence Life organization. A Halloween Carnival will be held outside the dining hall, sponsored by the Panhellenic Council.

Gold museum costume contest Monday

The Dahlonega Gold Museum is hosting a Costume Contest Oct. 31 at 5:00 p.m. before Trick or Treating begins on the square. Prizes will be awarded to groups birth to 5 years, 6 to 10 years and 11-14 years.

events AT area churches:

Bethlehem Baptist fall festival Wednesday

Bethlehem Baptist Church will host its annual Fall Festival from 6:30-8 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 26. Chili and hot dogs will be served. There will be a hay ride, games for the kids, a cake walk, and inflatables. Costumes are encourged (nothing scary please). Join us for an evening of family fun!

Dahlonega Baptist Annual Fall Festival sunday

Dahlonega Baptist Church invites kids of all ages to its annual Fall Festival to enjoy the sights, sounds and flavors of fall. The event will take place from 3-5 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 30, at the church, located at 234 Hawkins Street in Dahlonega (just off Main Street, behind BB&T Bank). The festival is entirely free and will feature plenty of games and activities for children, including several inflatables, an 18-ft. super slide, and face painting. Children can have special photos made to take home that afternoon. There will be plenty of popcorn, cotton candy, funnel cakes, boiled peanuts and baked goods. All are welcome.

Berea Baptist Church Fall Festival Saturday

Berea Baptist Church will celebrate fall with a chili cook-off, games and fun for all from 6-8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 29. Highway 52 East and Pecks Mill Road. 706-864-7137

Auraria Church Hallelujah festival Saturday

Auraria Church of Almighty God will host a Hallelujah Festival at 5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 29, with a hay ride, puppet show, games, prizes, inflatables, tents, food and fellowship. Everyone is invited—there will be fun for all ages. Eight miles south of Dahlonega on Auraria Road. (old Highway 9 East). Pastor Corey Ray 706-864-7460

Trunk O’ Treat Monday Evening at The Fountain

The Fountain, Grove St. N., will hold its annual Trunk O’ Treat on Monday, Oct. 31 from 6-8 p.m. The theme is Disney. There will be a petting zoo, pony rides and cake walk. Everyone is welcome.

DUMC Trunk-or-Treat Monday

Trunk-or-Treat at Dahlonega United Methodist Church will be held from 5-7 p.m. Monday, Oct. 31, in the Student Center parking lot located on South Chestatee Street (across from The Smith House). Children can stop by all the trunks and get lots of candy. Hot dogs and other food, along with games and a moonwalk will also be available.



Races/Festivals/Rides

HemlockFest, Nov. 4-6

HemlockFest, a benefit event to save our hemlock trees, is an unparalleled musical experience in a peaceful and beautiful setting just outside of Dahlonega. This all-ages, eco-friendly event features three days of live music, primitive camping, educational exhibits, arts and crafts vendors, a kid’s nature village, rustic living demonstrations, great food, and free canoeing. Both day and weekend passes are available, and admission is free for kids (ages 15 and under with a supervising adult ticketholder). www.HemlockFest.org

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

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

Community Needs

Hemlockfest needs volunteer help

Hemlockfest doesn’t happen without the efforts of dedicated volunteers. There is no paid staff. Volunteers have fun, meet great people, and help out a great cause. Volunteers are needed Monday, Oct. 31, through Wednesday, Nov. 9. Four-hour-long shifts are available during setup the week prior, all during the festival and for several days after the festival as everything is put away for next year. Volunteers who complete two shifts are eligible to purchase discounted tickets to the festival. Duties range from selling tickets and directing traffic in the parking lots to restocking fire barrels and recycling. Info/sign up at www.HemlockFest.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

Cell PHones collected for soldiers

Dahlonega Funeral Home is collecting old cell phones for “Cell Phones for Soldiers,” an effort to support military members returning from active duty by offering free cell phones to all armed forces returning from service in Iraq and Afghanistan. 706.864.DOVE



Music/Dance/Drama & More

EVENTS AT NGCSU

North Georgia Symphonic Band Concert, 8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 27, at Lumpkin County High School auditorium. See article page 3B.

Senior voice recital by Rebekah Conner, soprano: 4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 30, Gloria Shott Performance Hall. Conner will present representative vocal repertoire from the main periods of music history and will be accompanied by her instructor, Mary Beth Hutcheson. The recital is free and the public is cordially invited to attend.

Free to the public: Double-bill Jazz Concert: “World Jazz” performed by Insonnia with world renowned guitarist Curtis Jones and violinist Martin Norgaard, and the Bill Fielder Jazz Septet with special guests, jazz trumpeter Joe Gransden and jazz pianist Tyrone Jackson. 6-8:30 pm, Sunday, Nov. 6, , Gloria Shott Performance Hall, Nix Fine Arts Building, NGCSU

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

Monthly Tasting: Sunday, Oct. 30, 4-6 p.m. This month’s tasting is a Beer Tasting, pairing beer with appetizers. $40/person includes tax and gratuity. Reservations required.

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

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, 7:30-9:30 p.m. “Spoken Word” open mic nite upstairs at the Half Moon Saloon. Free.

Friday Oct. 28, 9:30-11:30 p.m.: Red Room Piano Bar hosted by Rick Harris, upstairs in the Half Moon Saloon. Free.

Friday, Oct. 28, 8-10 p.m. Davin McCoy and the Coming Attractions.

$14 advance reservations, $16 day of show. McCoy’s music has been described as “soulful, heartfelt roots rock” and “jazzy, hard hitting blues,” likened to listening from artists like Cat Stevens and Otis Redding, to Dave Matthews and the Allman Brothers. www.DavinMcCoy.com

Saturday, Oct. 29 8-10+ p.m. John Cowan Band. $25 advance, $30 day of show. John Cowan and his New Grass Revival bandmates

Sam Bush, Bela Fleck and Pat Flynn introduced a new generation of music fans to an explosive, experimental brand of bluegrass...Newgrass...which essentially played contemporary music on traditional instruments with enough talent, style and energy to make it unforgettable. After NGR disbanded in 1990, Cowan toured with the the Doobie Bros. for a bit, but soon returned to his Newgrass roots and formed the John Cowan Band, surround-

ing himself with only the finest acoustic musicians. Now recapturing the magic of that ground-breaking experimentation and taking it to the next level, John invites old NGR fans to see how magically his ‘sound’ has morphed over the miles and years since his New Grass Revival days! www.JohnCowan.com

10th Anniversary Midnight to Moonlight Mountain Music Marathon. 70% of proceeds benefit Georgia Pick & Bow Traditional Music School and Bear on the Square Mountain Festival. Check the Crimson Moon Web site for all the details and a day full of special menus. More information on page 1B.

Saturday, Oct. 29, 11 p.m. to 2 a.m.: Midnight Jam Session led by

Curtis Jones. Free

Sunday, 10:30 a.m. to noon: Mountain Gospel Jam hosted by Glenda Pender. $5

Sunday, 1-6 p.m. Fiddlers Convention (fiddling contest), $15.

Sunday, 7-11 p.m. Mountain Music Showcase featuring The Georgia Mudcats, von Grey, The Solstice Sisters, Greybeard, and The Buzzard Mountain Boys with the Three Arrows. $20

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

www.hollytheater.com

Magician Joe M. Turner with high-impact magic—impossible feats of mindreading and skilled sleight-of-hand. Great family entertainment. Friday, Oct. 28, 7 p.m., $15. See story this page.

Georgia-Florida Football on the Big Screen. The Georgia/Florida football game will be broadcast live on the big screen at the Holly Saturday, Oct. 29. Admission is free. Cook out before the game begins at 2 p.m. with hot dogs, hamburgers and regular and adult beverages. Kick off time is 3:30 p.m. There is no charge to watch the action.

Rocky Horror Picture Show, 9 p.m. Saturday & Sunday, Oct. 29 & 30. Suggested donation $5.

Rocky Horror Picture Show—Movie & Concert, Oct. 31: The Rocky Horror Picture Show will be shown at 9 p.m. followed by a rock concert featuring Chris McKay and The Critical Darlings at 11 p.m. $7 for both events. Tickets available now.

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. 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.

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, Oct. 28: Kappa Sigma Band Social

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, Oct. 28: Erick Jones and Friends: Rock and roll with a touch of Americana. Erick is influenced by bands such as the Black Keys. Whether performing with the Atlanta based country-rock band American Anodyne, the North Georgia folk group Ugly Cousin, or solo acoustic, his narrative storytelling draws upon the trials of small-town life in the south, drunken revelry, and searching for redemption in the era of the “new depression.”

Saturday, Oct. 29: Sarah Peacock and Halloween Party and Costume Contest: Sarah Peacock is a powerhouse pop country vocalist and performer with a style reminiscent of Heart’s Ann Wilson and a boot-kickin’ twist of the Sugarland “country-ness.” Add a hint of classic rock on the palate, throw in the fact that her songs are melodic and catchy, and you’ve got a star in the making! Averaging over 200 dates a year, Atlanta native Sarah Peacock tours full time to cities all over the globe.

Sunday, Oct 30: Creston Maxie on the deck 2-5 p.m., weather permitting.

Monday, Oct. 31, 8-10 p.m.: Halloween trivia and live music with Stoned Sandwich. Prizes and giveaways.

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

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WINE TASTING

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

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

Art & Music Workshops

Plein Air workshop at Artloft Oct. 27-29

Guest instructor Amanda Carder will offer beginning to Intermediate “Plein Air” Thursday through Saturday, Oct. 27-29, 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., at Dahlonega’s Art Loft Studios. The workshop, open to all levels, will cover basics as well as advanced techniques of painting in Plein Air. $325. 706-429-6008, www.artloft.net.

Rayneri Watercolor Workshop Oct. 29-30

Oscar Rayneri will offer a watercolor workshop at the Chestatee Residential Community Clubhouse, just off Highway 400, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 29-30. Cost of the two-day workshop is $130. A material list will be provided upon registration. 706-867-8059, orayneri@windstream.net, http://oscarrayneriart.yolasite.com

Bass workshop by Curtis Jones oct. 30

Highly regarded multi-instrumentalist Curtis Jones will hold an Upright Bass workshop Sunday, Oct. 30, from 2-5 p.m. in Dahlonega at the home of Glenda Pender. Instruction will be appropriate for all levels. $50. Glenda Pender, pendergn@windstream.net or 706-864-7817

At the Library

Lumpkin County Library, 706-864-3668

www.chestateelibrary.org

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

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

eBooks: Downloadable at the library’s Web site.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Intermediate Bridge: Hone your skills with more playtime and an opportunity to expand your knowledge of conventions. Class size limited to eight players. Four Thursdays, Oct. 27- Nov. 17, 10-11:30 a.m. $89

Zumba Gold: Zumba Gold targets the largest the older adult. It takes the Zumba formula and modifies the moves and pacing to suit the needs of the active older participant or de-conditioned participant with the party-like atmosphere, the zesty Latin music and the sheer vibrancy of each class. Six Fridays, Oct. 28 - Dec. 16 (no class 11/25), 9-10 a.m. $69

Photography – Advanced: Learn advanced composition, shooting raw photos, histograms, using your flash, and studio lighting techniques. SLR camera required. Four Tuesdays, Nov. 1-22, 6-8:30 p.m. $129

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

Sewing Clothes for 18” Dolls: Learn the fundamentals of sewing doll clothes; fabrics, patterns and pattern fitting issues with dolls. This class is for the experienced sewer. 6-8:30 p.m. Three Tuesdays, Nov. 8, 15, and 22. $99. Deb Adams

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.

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

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 on the fourth Friday of the month at 12:30 p.m. at different locations due to weather or site availability. Please call before coming. The next meeting will be at 12:30 p.m. Sept. 23 at the City Park beside City Hall. 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.

Church/Religious Events

music:

Large Singing at Lighthouse Baptist Saturday

Pastor Gwindel Gravett invites everyone to a singing at Lighhouse Baptist Church of Dahlonega at 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 29. The three groups singing are the Morris Stancil Family, The Savages, and Pam Turner of Gateway Singers. There is no admission charge; a love offering will be taken. Hwy 52E, just past Long Branch.

Singing at Etowah Baptist Saturday

Etowah Baptist Church will hold a singing at 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 29. Guest singers are the Land Family and Anchored in Christ. Pastor J.W. Day invites everyone.

Freedom MInistries Saturday night singing

Saturday night singing: Big Oak Gospel Music at 7 p.m. each Saturday. Featured singers on Oct. 29 are Stephens Sisters, The Mitchells, and True Believers. 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

Freedom Ministries Awards day Sunday

Freedom Ministries will hold a “Singer Award Presentation Day” Sunday, Oct. 30, at 1 p.m. at 1067 Old Dahlonega Highway, Dahlonega. Featured singers are “Group of the Year,” Glory Road, and “Most Dedicated,” Stephens Sisters. Also featured are the Goss Family, Frankie Wilson, Steve Pruitt and Bobby Allen. Free. 706-867-6534, 706-297-1045

Church YARD SALE Friday & Saturday

An Orphan Benefit will be held at Christ Family Church, Friday 8 a.m.-4 p.m., Saturday 8 a.m.-noon. Highway 60 between Dahlonega and Murrayville.

Multi-Family Yard Sale at Pleasant Grove UMC

Pleasant Grove United Methodist Church is having a multi-family yard sale this Saturday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. The church is located at 219 Highway 52 West, Dahlonega. 678-524-8631

Gigantic Rummage/Yard Sale This Saturday

A gigantic multi-family Rummage/Yard Sale will take place “rain or shine” this Saturday 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.

UnitARIAn Universalist church

At Georgia Mountains Unitarian Universalist Church, a welcoming congregation, on October 30, Anne Rosemary Madison will present “Memorial Service for Halloween,” recognizing loved ones who have passed beyond our knowledge. 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

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

‘Hells Gates’ drama at Lighthouse Baptist

An outdoor reality drama that depicts the end-time events as portrayed in the book of Revelation will be held at Lighthouse Baptist Church, 329 Harmony Church Road, Dawsonville, continues on the nights October 28, 29 and 30. The presentation features live actors, sound effects, video effects, pyrotechnics, and heart-pounding action. Tickets ($10) available now. www.hellsgates.com, 888-295-0099.

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 Rd. S., Dawsonville. 706-216-6220.

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.

Prayer LIne available

A local prayer line is available 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Saturday and a half day Sunday. If no one answers leave request on machine. 706-864-0673, http://gearinministries.tripod.com

Recycling

PLASTIC/PAPER/ALUMINUM:

• # 1 & 2 plastic bottles (discard lids)

• Corrugated cardboard (clean and dry)

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

• Aluminum and tin cans. (please rinse out)

Locations:

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

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

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

• Bins on Highway 19 North across from Ace Hardware.

CITY PICK UP AT RESIDENCES

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

CFL BULBS: Home Depot

BATTERIES

• Radio Shack/Dahlonega Pharmacy:household rechargeable batteries

• Home Depot

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

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

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

Wellness/Fitness

Full Day Yoga Program Saturday

Quiana Grace Frost will offer Deepening Into Yoga: Happy Bodies, Blissful Spirits! Saturday, October 22, from 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. $50 Pre-registration required. Call Quiana to confirm location and dates and to reserve your space: 828 318-9169 or email quiana@ekstasis.us

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 

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.

The Lions Club of Dahlonega meets the second and fourth Thursdays (Oct. 27) at Just Off the Square Café, at 6 p.m. Everyone is invited. Anne Mundy, 706-864-5899

Mountain Coin Club for beginner and advanced numismatists meets the fourth Thursday of each month (Oct. 27) at 6:30 p.m. The meeting is held in the community room of Cadence Bank on Blue Ridge Street in Blairsville. Call YOCS, 706-379-1488.

TROUT UNLIMITED, GOLD RUSH CHAPTER meets on the first Tuesday (Nov. 1) in the Ivie Lodge at Camp Glisson (two miles north of Dahlonega on Highway 60). Dinner ($8) is served at 6:30 p.m. for those who wish to eat. Sherman Head, beartooth@windstream.net or 706-864-6461, goldrushtu.org

LUMPKIN COUNTY REPUBLICAN PARTY meets at 7 p.m. the first Tuesday of each month (Nov. 1) in the United Community Bank Community Room. All Lumpkin County residents are welcome. Jeff Clymer, Chairman, (706) 973-7091. www.Lumpkin-GOP.org.

Gaddistown Homemakers meets the first Tuesday of every month February through November (Nov. 1) at 74 Fire House Lane, formerly Pre-K, across from Woody Gap School. Homemakers in the Suches area are invited.

Auraria Community Club meets at 7 p.m. the first Tuesday of each month (Nov. 1) 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 (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)

TROUT UNLIMITED, GOLD RUSH CHAPTER meets on the first Monday (Nov. 7) in the Ivie Lodge at Camp Glisson (two miles north of Dahlonega on Highway 60). Dinner ($8) is served at 6:30 p.m. for those who wish to eat. Guest speaker will be Chris Scalley from Rivers Through Atlanta. Fly Tying classes will be conducted Nov. 10. goldrushtu.org

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

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. 706-968-6625.

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 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 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

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

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