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Community Events

Kiwanis Talent Show Sept. 28

The Kiwanis Club of Lumpkin County is accepting applications for its Annual Talent Showcase coming up at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 28, at the Holly Theater. Entry fee is $10 per person and auditions can be arranged by calling 770-616-0441 or 813-230-4096. The showcase will feature performing and fine art talent from local kids and adults. The club encourages singers, instrumentalists, dancers and other performers as well as artists to apply and audition.

spaces available for DCOG bazaar

Dahlonega Church of God has spaces available for its Fall Bazaar and Craft Fair which will be held Friday and Saturday, Sept. 30 and Oct. 1. Spaces for craft vendors are $25 for 8x10 and $40 for 10x15. Shirley Adams, 706-864-3342

Auraria Festival seeks vendors

Auraria Community Club is now accepting applications from artists and craftspersons for booths for its annual Gold Festival, scheduled for the weekend of Oct. 15-16. Call 706-864-3432 or 706-867-1627 for more information.

special needs group needs race volunteers

Volunteers are needed for the ConnectAbility/Special Olympics 5k/10k Sept. 24. Children with parents supervising, teens, and adults. All kinds of fun jobs for a great cause. Get your civic organization to come support this awesome cause. Sign up at www.garunner.org or call 706-864-0278 for information.

NGCSU Wings competition fundraiser Sept. 21

War of the Wings is back Wednesday, Sept. 21 from 5-7 p.m. Pi Kappa Alpha Fraternity and Kappa Delta Sorority have teamed up to host the wing contest to benefit The Share Initiative and Girl Scouts of America. Plates of 10 wings, chips and a drink will be available for $6 on the NGCSU drill field, and a chance to vote for your favorite wings. Participating restaurants include Dummond’s Patio Grill, Shenanigan’s, Rooster’s Cafe, Johnny B’s and Zaxby’s.

NGCSU Speaker series continues Thursday

John Allison, distinguished professor of practice, Wake Forest University, and retired chairman and chief executive officer of BB&T Bank will be the presenter at the Mike Cottrell School of Business Speaker Series Thursday, Sept. 22. Sessions are held from 12:45-1:45 p.m. in the Health & Sciences Building on Sunset Drive. This is the third year for the speaker series in which NGCSU and its business school bring top executives to campus. Sessions are free and open to the public. The next presenter will be Carla Cooper, president and chief executive officer, Daymon Worldwide, on Tuesday, Oct. 4.

Anthropology Lecture Friday

The Blue Ridge Archaeology Guild and the NGCSU Department of History and Philosophy are sponsors of an anthropology lecture series that will present “Ocmulgee National Monument: The Role of Geophysics in Archaeology,” at 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 23. Dan Bigman, Ph.D. Candidate, UGA, and

Anthropology Adjunct, NGCSU, will present the illustrated lecture in Gloria Shott Performance Hall in the university’s Nix Performing Arts Building. The public is invited.

Free document destruction Saturday

Free document destruction will take place Saturday, Sept. 24, 10 a.m.-noon in front of the Lumpkin County Administration Building on Courthouse Hill. All personal documents accepted. This is a service of the North Georgia Resource Management Authority and Keep Our Mountains Beautiful in partnership with Document Destruction Services. 706-894-2785

pumpkin prep, beekeeping info at Bradleys

On Saturday, Sept. 24, Bradely’s Pumpkin Patch, Dawsonville, will offer two free events as it kicks off its Fall Grand Opening. At 10 a.m. certified herbalist Jean Schilling will demonstrate cooking with Bradley’s heirloom pumpkins, along with dehydrating/rehydrating pumpkin methods to use in her recipes for pumpkin bread, cookies, pancakes and pie. There will be free samples. At 12:30 p.m. Virginia Webb will present a sustainable beekeeping program. Call 770-380-3636 or visit www.bradleyspumpkinpatch.com for directions or more information.

Shanty Town Habitat Fundraiser Sept. 28

The NGCSU Chapter of Habitat For Humanity invites the public to its annual Shanty Town, Wednesday, Sept. 28, 5 p.m. until dark. The event features student-built shanties made of only cardboard and duct tape in which they stay overnight to raise funds for Lumpkin’s Habitat For Humanity’s efforts to house those in need in Lumpkin County. Donations accepted.

Doll Show Oct. 1 will benefit seniors

Friends of Seniors will hold its first fundraiser, a doll show featuring over 600 dolls, Saturday, Oct. 1, 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. at the home of Paula Allen, 221 Laurel Circle. Allen’s private collection includes Elvis dolls, wives of the Presidents dolls, Shirley Temple 8-inch Story Book dolls and many others. Cost is $6 per person or carload, with all proceeds benefiting Lumpkin County Senior Center. Call 706-864-1274 for directions.



Races/Festivals/Rides

ConnectAbility 5K/10K for special needs

Registration is now open for ConnectAbility 5K/10K Run/Walk for Special Needs Programming in North Georgia. The event will be held at 7 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 24. Run or walk to raise money and awareness for ConnectAbility’s programs for adults and children with special needs, including respite care, parent support groups, and the Special Olympics for Dawsonville and Dahlonega. Race is fully accessible. Strollers welcome. Dog-friendly. Beautiful course through Dahlonega with professional staffing. 706-864-0278, www.garunner.org,

23rd Annual Six Gap Century Bike Ride

Six Gap Century, Three Gap Fifty, and 35-mile Valley Route Bike Ride return to Dahlonega with a Bike Expo and early check-in on the Square Saturday, Sept. 24, and the rides Sunday, Sept. 25, starting and ending at Lumpkin County High School. The Six Gap Century starts Sunday morning at 7:30 a.m. and the Three Gap Fifty and Valley Rides begin at 8:30 a.m. The rides through the mountains and valleys north of Dahlonega boast many of the same roads and mountain climbs as the elite Tour de Georgia. Presented by The Dahlonega-Lumpkin County Chamber of Commerce. Registration ends Sept. 22. www.cyclenorthgeorgia.com, Active.com

NOA 5K dash and splash Oct. 1

NOA’s Lake Zwerner 5K run and optional biathlon (canoe/kayak) will take place Saturday, Oct. 1, at Lake Zwerner, with registration at 8 a.m. and the event at 9 a.m. The run will take place on the Lake Zwerner trail at the reservoir. This year’s event will include an optional lake race. Individual entries accepted as well as teams of four or more individuals who also compete individually. Early registration ends Sept. 23. All proceeds benefit the NOA domestic violence shelter and NOA programs. Parking and shuttles at Walmart. www.noonealone.org

Oct. 1 Ride benefits Sheriffs’ youth homes

11th Annual Ride for Kids, sponsored by the Lumpkin and Hall County Sheriff’s Offices to benefit Georgia Sheriff’s Youth Homes, takes place Saturday, Oct. 1. Check-in and registration begin at 9 a.m. at Frazier’s Harley Davidson, 4699 Friendship Road in Buford. Riders leave at 10:30 a.m., ending up at Rider’s Hill in Dahlonega. $25 per bike, $10 per passenger. Brigette Barker, 706-864-0412 ext. 527.

Gold rush days Oct. 15-16

Gold Rush Days, Dahlonega’s largest and oldest festival, will be held Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 15 and 16, around the square and in the streets of downtown Dahlonega. Over 300 art and craft exhibitors will be on hand and an estimated crowd of over 200,000 will visit the festival, voted one of the Top 20 Events in the southeast by the Southeast Tourism Society. Included in the two day event are a parade, children’s activities, a fashion show, gold panning contest, wheelbarrow race, King and Queen Coronation, hog calling, buck dancing contest, gospel singing and other live entertainment, wrist wrestling, and of course, plenty of food. Sponsored by the Dahlonega Jaycees. 706-864-7247, www.dahlonegajaycees.com

Children & Young Adults

DADDY/DAUGHTER DANCE Sept. 24

The Phi Mu Chapter at NGCSU is sponsoring a Daddy/Daughter dance to raise funds for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. The evening of music, dancing, prizes and raffles is for young ladies of all ages and their dads or other favorite escort. Dress in your best and dance the night away with your little sweetheart. Enjoy a candle lit dinner and live music. The event will take place from 6-8 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 24, at the Community House on North Park Street. Pre-registration is required; no tickets will be sold at the door. Tickets are available through Sept. 17 for $35 per couple, $10 each for additional daughters. phimuphilanthropy1@yahoo.com, phimuphilanthropy.blogspot.com, 9/14

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

Gymnastics, Martial arts, zumba

Martial arts and gymnastics classes are now forming for fall at Dahlonega Gymnastics. Ages 2-adult. Zumba too. Visit DahlonegaGymnastics.com for details and online registration. 706-864-8516 (9/21)

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. 706-864-9487, 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: Boys and girls ages 13 to 20 are invited participate in the Boy Scout Venturing program. Activities can include kayaking, backpacking, canoeing, rock climbing and more. Augustus Brightwell, 706-864-9487, abrightwell@hotmail.com

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 website

eBooks: Downloadable at the library’s Web site.

Children’s Program: Movers & Shakers, Wednesday, Sept. 21, 11 a.m. Intended for children ages 4-5. No pre-registration is required, but groups larger than five are requested to call at least two days in advance. The programs last 45 minutes to an hour and may  include songs, finger plays and crafts in addition to stories.

Teen Magazine Mosaics Craft, Wednesday, Sept. 21, 4-5 p.m.: What can you do with an old magazine? Join our teen craft group and make a wallet, messenger bag, or wall art. Grades 6-8.

Totally Toddlers, Tuesday, Sept. 27, 11 a.m.: Age appropriate books, songs, and fingerplays for children ages 2 to 3. Several short activities are used between each book in order to hold the children’s interest.

Children’s Program: Movers & Shakers, Wednesday, Sept. 28. See description above.

Teen Gaming, Wednesday, Sept. 28, 4-5 p.m. Wii games for grades 9-12.

Great Lumpkin County Scavenger Hunt, Oct 1, deadline for entry Friday, Sept. 23. Gather your friends and sign on to participate in this fun event. Rules and application forms online at library Web site. Entry fee of $100 per 4-person team benefits the library. Winnings up to $1,000.

Reunions

LCHS 50’s classes Sept. 25

The annual LCHS 50’s Folks Get Together will be held from 3-7 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 24 at the YMCA (Park and Rec), Riley Road. Bring a covered dish, enjoy good food, and visit with classmates. 706-864-3432

Grindle Sept. 25

The Grindle Reunion will be held Sunday, Sept. 25 at 1 p.m. at Mt. Zion Baptist Church #2.

SULLENS Sept. 25

The Annual Sullens Reunion for the descendants of James M. and Sarah Jane Sullens will be held at 1 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 25, at Mt. Olive Baptist Church Fellowship Hall, Mt. Olive Road, Dahlonega. Please bring your favorite dish, old pictures and family stories. Deborah Jackson, 770-561-6499, or Robbie Wehunt, 706-864-3735

Nix Oct. 8

The Annual Nix Reunion will be held Saturday, Oct. 8, from noon to 5 p.m. at the Fortress Church, located just south of Dahlonega, just past Trammell Tire, on Torrington Rd. Bring your favorite dish and a drink, and family pictures and movies to share with your friends and relatives. 706-864-2490, 706-865-1558

Nature/Environment

Etowah River Clean up Oct. 1

Join in the fun at 9 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 1 to help keep the upper Etowah river clean. Meet at Revival Gardens, 390 Tom Bell Odom Road. to clean-up Jay Bridge and Hightower Bridge access points, and get a free T-shirt and garden lunch afterward. Additional river clean-ups are scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 22, at other points on the Etowah and Chestatee rivers. 706 344-7352 or joe@worldclass.net, RiversAlive.org

HIKE & HELP TREAT HEMLOCKS

Save Georgia’s Hemlocks and the Benton MacKaye Trail Association are jointly sponsoring a hike/hemlock treatment event Saturday, Oct. 1, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. between Ellijay and Blue Ridge. The event includes a family-friendly hike through some beautiful woods, a picnic, a bit of learning, plenty of time to get to know other folks who care, and a chance to help some hemlocks along the way. Participants must register in advance and let us know if you want to hike and treat trees or just hike. Space is limited.706-429-8010 or donna@savegeorgiashemlocks.org.

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

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



Music/Dance/Drama & More

EVENTS AT 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

Faculty Cooperative Recital, 8 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 22, Shott Auditorium. Adults $5, Children $3, NGCSU ID free.See article this page.

Golden Eagle Band Debut Show, Sunday, Sept. 25, 1 p.m., Memorial Hall. Free.

John Broman Recital, Thursday, Sept. 29, 8 p.m., Shott Auditorium. Adults $5, children $3, free with NGCSU ID.

Jamming on the Square time change

With the Six Gap Criterium beginning in downtown at 4:30 p.m., the Sept. 24 jam will be held 1-4 p.m. (instead of 2-5 p.m.). An acoustic mountain music Appalachian Jam is held every Saturday through Oct. 8 on the Public Square. Produced by Dahlonega Downtown Development Authority and Better Hometown Program. Facebook group, Dahlonega Appalachian Jam, 706-864-3513

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 Wine Tasting, Sunday, Sept. 25, 4-6 p.m. Sample a selection of wines and appetizers. $40/person, tax and gratuity included. 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. Free, tips for host appreciated. A casual ‘jam’ hosted by Justin Bridges, with microphones, amplification inputs and monitors provided to help the players and audience hear a little better. All genres of music and originals welcome!

Thursdays, 6:30-9:30 p.m.: Tom & Juli. Hundreds of cover songs from the 60s, 70s, 80s and 90s. Free. Three hours of your favorite

tunes from the ‘60s through the ’90s while you dine.

Thursday, Sept. 22, 7:30-9:30 p.m. “Spoken Word” open mic nite upstairs at the Half Moon Saloon. Free. Share your poetry, prose, or dialog in a safe and supportive atmosphere. Sign up for an up to 10 minute slot on the microphone set up in the corner of the red room.

Friday, Sept. 23, 8:30-10:30+ p.m.: Josh Daniels and The Dangerous. $10 advance / $12day of show. Young Athens songwriter

brings together a ‘dangerously’ good and innovative mix of musicians to create an acoustic sound that distinctively rocks the American ‘roots’ music it was born out of. Their show is packed with talent and style that crosses many genres, but might be pegged as ‘progressive folk - if one had to peg it! Visit them on Facebook.

Saturday, Sept. 24, 8:30-10:30 p.m.+: The April Verch Band. $16 advance/$18 day of show. April Verch is the first woman in history to

win both of Canada’s most prestigious fiddle championships, the Grand Masters and Canadian Open. She was born to traditional music in Canada’s hard-working, hard-dancing Ottawa Valley where music is a foot-stomping, open-minded fusion of Irish, Scottish, French, Ger-

man, and Polish influences, sprinkled with tangy spices of American country music. Her band of three has established a reputation as consummate performers with boundless energy that inevitably brings audiences to their feet. www.APRILVERCH.com

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

Sunday, 6:30-8:30 p.m., Sinatra Sunday hosted by Rick Harris. $5 admission, performers free. www.MADROMANCE.com. Multi-instrumentalist, jazz pianist, and talented vocalist, Rick Harris, hosts an evening vocal jam for “Rat Pack” style music lovers to join in or just enjoy!

Holly Theatre, 69 West Main St.,

706-864 3759, www.hollytheater.com

Live on Stage:

Pump Boys and Dinettes. Fall musical opening Sept. 23 and continuing Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m. through Oct. 9. $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, Sept. 23: Stoned Sandwich live

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

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

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

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

Friday, Sept. 23, 8:30-11:30 p.m.: Tim O’Donovan. Timothy O’Donovan hails from a small town on Florida’s gulf coast where he began to develop an eclectic and vast musical identity. His writing style is lifted directly from his life experiences, failures, and subtle triumphs. All ages, no cover.

Saturday, Sept. 24, 8:30-11:30 p.m.: The Deacon Brandon Reeves. The Deacon Brandon Reeves has spent the last three years bringing his high voltage, heavy soul trio format to the southeast with over 400 gigs since 2008. Currently backed by Derek Morgan on bass guitar and Corey Ahlquist on drums, the group has been compared to the sounds of other roots-rock groups like Gov’t Mule, The Black Keys, and The John Butler Trio. In December of 2009 Athens’ Flagpole magazine said “It’s the less overtly bluesy songs that end up being the most pleasing. Just like Jimmy Page and Eric Clapton once did, Reeves takes elements of the genre and builds songs around them, although to a much different effect than those two. Reeves arrives at a fusion of country, Western and alt-rock with the underlying blues influence perforating every note.” All ages, no cover.

Mondays, 8-10 p.m.: Team Trivia with 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:

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, October 5, 5-7 p.m., free.

Third Annual Women in Business Conference, Oct. 14, 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. One-day multi-track conference designed to provide skill enhancement and networking opportunities for women business owners. Topics include: Certified Woman Owned Business Update, How to Leverage Social Media for Your Business, Panel Discussion: Financing for Expansion - Current Options Large and Small, Economic Update for Business and the Family and Google 101. $39 includes lunch. Pre-registration required.

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.

Experiencing Writers Block? Unleash your creativity by gathering with others in a non-judgemental atmosphere to support the creative process. This group will be facilitated based on Julia Cameron’s book, The Artists Way and will give participants the tools and support for creative blossoming. Six Mondays Sept. 26 – Oct. 31 6-8 p.m. $179 Instructor: Lyn Hopper

CPR/First Aid for the Community: This class is designed for childcare professionals, foster parents and anyone who needs to know the basics of CPR and First Aid. Each participant will receive a DHR approved CPR/First Aid certificate that meets the “Bright from the Start,” NAEYC, DHR and DSS requirements for childcare providers. Monday, Sept. 26, 9 a.m. to noon. $45

Basic Beading: Tap into your imagination and create your own custom jewelry. Tuesday, Sept. 27 and Thursday, Sept. 29, 6-8 p.m. $59

Bridge for Beginners: This class is intended for those who know nothing (or almost nothing) about bridge and for the casual players who want to brush up on the basic rules of bidding and play. Four Thursdays Sept. 29 - Oct. 30, 10-11:30 a.m. $89

Gold Panning: Learn about the history of gold in Dahlonega, the various types of mining equipment, types of pans and where to look for gold. Saturday Oct. 1, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. $59

The History of Appalachia: Go back to the beginning with tales of explorers, native peoples and the tenacious group known as the Appalachians.October 3 & 10, 6-9 p.m. This class is a core class in the Appalachian Studies Certificate Program. $99

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

The Dahlonega Adult Learning Center is open Monday-Thursday from 8 a.m.-7 p.m. to help you earn your GED. You owe it to yourself to get your diploma as finding employment can be very difficult without it. 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. Monday-Thursday. 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

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. Thursdays, 7:30 p.m. 12 Step Meeting. Alcoholics Anonymous Hotline: 706-867-7769

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

Lessons: Music/Dance

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

Music Lessons

Guitar, voice, mandolin, dulcimer, banjo. The Family Honor School of Music. Jason Kenney and Lara Polangco-Kenney. 706-973-0261

STRING INSTRUMENT Lessons

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

Art Classes

3-day watercolor workshop Sept. 23-25

“Watercolor without Glass,” a 3-day workshop by Lex Munson that applies traditional watercolor techniques on watercolor paper, watercolor canvas and coated board surfaces, creating an entirely new look of watercolor without glass. Cost is $115/day with options for less than three days. Friday, Sept. 23-Sunday, Sept. 25. $115/day. Anita Elder, the Art Loft, 706-429-6008, or, www.artloft.net.

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

Wellness/Fitness

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

Programs 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 with Quiana Grace Frost

Usually Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays 9-10:15 a.m. and Thursdays 4-5:20 p.m. at Dahlonega Healing Arts. All levels welcome. Schedule currently irregular. Contact Quiana Grace Frost, 828-318-9169, or quiana@ekstasis.us for current class offerings.(9/21)

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,

Pets

MOBile Spay/neuter unit at LUMPKIN shelter

The Atlanta Humane Society’s mobile spay/neuter unit will be at the Lumpkin County Animal Shelter/PAWS Humane Society Wednesday and Thursday, Sept. 28-29 and is open to the public. Cats and dogs will receive a rabies shot, spay/neuter and be microchipped for $50. Appointments must be made in advance at the animal shelter at 1363 Red Oak Flats Road. Payment must be made by check or cash. 706-867-7297

volunteer pets needed

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

TLC Donations needed

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

Micro-chipping at animal shelter

Micro-chipping is available to the public at Lumpkin County Animal Shelter for any dog or cat for $20. Tuesday-Saturday, 10:30 a.m. -4:30 p.m. 1363 Red Oak Flats Road, 706-867-7297

Volunteers

Volunteer training for Rape Response: Rape Response, a United Way agency serving victims of sexual violence in this region of northeast Georgia, will hold a training in Gainesville for new volunteers beginning Saturday, Oct. 15, and continuing Thursdays Oct. 20 and 27, and Saturday, Oct. 29 Saturday sessions run from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Thursday sessions, 5:30-8:30 p.m. Volunteers are scheduled for on call duty at night or weekends. Applications at www.raperesponse.com. 770-503-7273

LOOKING FOR A FEW GOOD MEN AND/OR WOMEN: Lumpkin County Senior Center is looking for five volunteers to help in the kitchen area. Volunteers will assist the Kitchen Coordinator in distributing Meals on Wheels for delivery and then help with serving the senior adults that participate at the senior center. Number of days per week needed depends on how many volunteers signup. The hours are 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: Odyssey Hospice needs volunteers in the Dahlonega area to help meet the needs of hospice patients and families, and enable them to live a higher quality of life than they would achieve on their own. Volunteers visit with patients, offer administrative support, make blankets, bake cookies and provide many other services. Gail Manter, Manager of Volunteer Services, 706-549-5736 or 877-637-9432.

Affinis Hospice is seeking caring, upbeat volunteers to work with hospice patients in and around Lumpkin County. Roxann, 678-333-8507 or 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, whatever skills you have and are willing to share. 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. Wellness-21, on the Public Square. www.wellness-21.com 

Church/Religious Events

music:

Freedom MInistries Freedom Crusade

Big Oak Gospel Music will move its Saturday night singing to Commerce on Sept. 24-25 where a 2-day Freedom Crusade will take place at Commerce Cultural Center, 232 Cherry Street. Music begins at noon each day; 22 groups will perform. www.gospelgigs.com/glendonwilliamsfreedomheirs, freedomministries@windstream.net

Christian Rock Concert Sept. 24

Set Free Church will sponsor a free Christian Rock Concert Saturday, Sept. 24, from 2-9 p.m. This is the last event of the CrossOver Concert Series held throughout the summer. The family friendly fun will include six bands performing throughout the day with free food and free activities for the kids, The church is located at 1660 Hwy 52 East, Dahlonega.

Singing Sunday at Brown’s Chapel

Brown’s Chapel will have a singing Sunday, Sept. 25, at its morning service. Special singers are 2-or-More. Pastor Junior Evans invites everyone.

Lighthouse Baptist Yard sale Friday/Saturday

Lighthouse Baptist Church of Dahlonega, Highway 52 East, will hold its last yard sale of the year Friday and Saturday, Sept. 23-24, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Concessions will be available and the funds will be used to help winterize the church. Shirley, 206-864-7670

Sacred Grounds at DPC Sept. 25

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

UnitARIAn Universalist church

At Georgia Mountains Unitarian Universalist Church, a welcoming congregation, on Sept. 25, the annual blessing of the animals, “Live Well, Wag Often, Love Beyond Woofs!” will feature Rev. Jeanie Ward sharing stories about animals that have blessed her life and taught her the real meaning of love, life and self-acceptance. 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

Revival at Solid Rock

Solid Rock Baptist Church, Cleveland, will hold revival Sept. 25-30 at 7 p.m. nightly. Visiting preachers are Rev. Allen Swafford and Rev. Dennis Fortner. There will be special singers each night. Pastor Marty Murphy invites everyone to come worship.

Blessing of Animals Community Service Oct. 2

St. Elizabeth’s Episcopal Church will hold a community-wide service in celebration of the Feast of St. Francis of Assisi at 3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 2, in the parking lot of the church. All animals (in cages or on leashes) are welcome to receive a blessing. 1188 Hamp Mill Road, Dahlonega, 706-864-5423.

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

Free/Discounted Services

Free Food at DCOG Monday, Oct. 3

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

Furniture 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 of unwanted items 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

Farmers Market

The Dahlonega Farmer’s Market

Locally grown vegetables and fruits as well as homemade jams and other items are available at Dahlonega Farmers Market, open every Tuesday and Saturday through Oct. 29, 7 a.m. to 3 p.m., in Hancock Park. Sponsored by the city’s Downtown Development Authority. Become a Fan on Facebook, 706-864-6133

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Community Events

Kiwanis Talent Show Sept. 28

The Kiwanis Club of Lumpkin County is accepting applications for its Annual Talent Showcase coming up at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 28, at the Holly Theater. Entry fee is $10 per person and auditions can be arranged by calling 770-616-0441 or 813-230-4096. The showcase will feature performing and fine art talent from local kids and adults. The club encourages singers, instrumentalists, dancers and other performers as well as artists to apply and audition.

spaces available for DCOG bazaar

Dahlonega Church of God has spaces available for its Fall Bazaar and Craft Fair which will be held Friday and Saturday, Sept. 30 and Oct. 1. Spaces for craft vendors are $25 for 8x10 and $40 for 10x15. Shirley Adams, 706-864-3342

Auraria Festival seeks vendors

Auraria Community Club is now accepting applications from artists and craftspersons for booths for its annual Gold Festival, scheduled for the weekend of Oct. 15-16. Call 706-864-3432 or 706-867-1627 for more information.

special needs group needs race volunteers

Volunteers are needed for the ConnectAbility/Special Olympics 5k/10k Sept. 24. Children with parents supervising, teens, and adults. All kinds of fun jobs for a great cause. Get your civic organization to come support this awesome cause. Sign up at www.garunner.org or call 706-864-0278 for information.

NGCSU Wings competition fundraiser Sept. 21

War of the Wings is back Wednesday, Sept. 21 from 5-7 p.m. Pi Kappa Alpha Fraternity and Kappa Delta Sorority have teamed up to host the wing contest to benefit The Share Initiative and Girl Scouts of America. Plates of 10 wings, chips and a drink will be available for $6 on the NGCSU drill field, and a chance to vote for your favorite wings. Participating restaurants include Dummond’s Patio Grill, Shenanigan’s, Rooster’s Cafe, Johnny B’s and Zaxby’s.

NGCSU Speaker series continues Thursday

John Allison, distinguished professor of practice, Wake Forest University, and retired chairman and chief executive officer of BB&T Bank will be the presenter at the Mike Cottrell School of Business Speaker Series Thursday, Sept. 22. Sessions are held from 12:45-1:45 p.m. in the Health & Sciences Building on Sunset Drive. This is the third year for the speaker series in which NGCSU and its business school bring top executives to campus. Sessions are free and open to the public. The next presenter will be Carla Cooper, president and chief executive officer, Daymon Worldwide, on Tuesday, Oct. 4.

Anthropology Lecture Friday

The Blue Ridge Archaeology Guild and the NGCSU Department of History and Philosophy are sponsors of an anthropology lecture series that will present “Ocmulgee National Monument: The Role of Geophysics in Archaeology,” at 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 23. Dan Bigman, Ph.D. Candidate, UGA, and

Anthropology Adjunct, NGCSU, will present the illustrated lecture in Gloria Shott Performance Hall in the university’s Nix Performing Arts Building. The public is invited.

Free document destruction Saturday

Free document destruction will take place Saturday, Sept. 24, 10 a.m.-noon in front of the Lumpkin County Administration Building on Courthouse Hill. All personal documents accepted. This is a service of the North Georgia Resource Management Authority and Keep Our Mountains Beautiful in partnership with Document Destruction Services. 706-894-2785

pumpkin prep, beekeeping info at Bradleys

On Saturday, Sept. 24, Bradely’s Pumpkin Patch, Dawsonville, will offer two free events as it kicks off its Fall Grand Opening. At 10 a.m. certified herbalist Jean Schilling will demonstrate cooking with Bradley’s heirloom pumpkins, along with dehydrating/rehydrating pumpkin methods to use in her recipes for pumpkin bread, cookies, pancakes and pie. There will be free samples. At 12:30 p.m. Virginia Webb will present a sustainable beekeeping program. Call 770-380-3636 or visit www.bradleyspumpkinpatch.com for directions or more information.

Shanty Town Habitat Fundraiser Sept. 28

The NGCSU Chapter of Habitat For Humanity invites the public to its annual Shanty Town, Wednesday, Sept. 28, 5 p.m. until dark. The event features student-built shanties made of only cardboard and duct tape in which they stay overnight to raise funds for Lumpkin’s Habitat For Humanity’s efforts to house those in need in Lumpkin County. Donations accepted.

Doll Show Oct. 1 will benefit seniors

Friends of Seniors will hold its first fundraiser, a doll show featuring over 600 dolls, Saturday, Oct. 1, 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. at the home of Paula Allen, 221 Laurel Circle. Allen’s private collection includes Elvis dolls, wives of the Presidents dolls, Shirley Temple 8-inch Story Book dolls and many others. Cost is $6 per person or carload, with all proceeds benefiting Lumpkin County Senior Center. Call 706-864-1274 for directions.



Races/Festivals/Rides

ConnectAbility 5K/10K for special needs

Registration is now open for ConnectAbility 5K/10K Run/Walk for Special Needs Programming in North Georgia. The event will be held at 7 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 24. Run or walk to raise money and awareness for ConnectAbility’s programs for adults and children with special needs, including respite care, parent support groups, and the Special Olympics for Dawsonville and Dahlonega. Race is fully accessible. Strollers welcome. Dog-friendly. Beautiful course through Dahlonega with professional staffing. 706-864-0278, www.garunner.org,

23rd Annual Six Gap Century Bike Ride

Six Gap Century, Three Gap Fifty, and 35-mile Valley Route Bike Ride return to Dahlonega with a Bike Expo and early check-in on the Square Saturday, Sept. 24, and the rides Sunday, Sept. 25, starting and ending at Lumpkin County High School. The Six Gap Century starts Sunday morning at 7:30 a.m. and the Three Gap Fifty and Valley Rides begin at 8:30 a.m. The rides through the mountains and valleys north of Dahlonega boast many of the same roads and mountain climbs as the elite Tour de Georgia. Presented by The Dahlonega-Lumpkin County Chamber of Commerce. Registration ends Sept. 22. www.cyclenorthgeorgia.com, Active.com

NOA 5K dash and splash Oct. 1

NOA’s Lake Zwerner 5K run and optional biathlon (canoe/kayak) will take place Saturday, Oct. 1, at Lake Zwerner, with registration at 8 a.m. and the event at 9 a.m. The run will take place on the Lake Zwerner trail at the reservoir. This year’s event will include an optional lake race. Individual entries accepted as well as teams of four or more individuals who also compete individually. Early registration ends Sept. 23. All proceeds benefit the NOA domestic violence shelter and NOA programs. Parking and shuttles at Walmart. www.noonealone.org

Oct. 1 Ride benefits Sheriffs’ youth homes

11th Annual Ride for Kids, sponsored by the Lumpkin and Hall County Sheriff’s Offices to benefit Georgia Sheriff’s Youth Homes, takes place Saturday, Oct. 1. Check-in and registration begin at 9 a.m. at Frazier’s Harley Davidson, 4699 Friendship Road in Buford. Riders leave at 10:30 a.m., ending up at Rider’s Hill in Dahlonega. $25 per bike, $10 per passenger. Brigette Barker, 706-864-0412 ext. 527.

Gold rush days Oct. 15-16

Gold Rush Days, Dahlonega’s largest and oldest festival, will be held Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 15 and 16, around the square and in the streets of downtown Dahlonega. Over 300 art and craft exhibitors will be on hand and an estimated crowd of over 200,000 will visit the festival, voted one of the Top 20 Events in the southeast by the Southeast Tourism Society. Included in the two day event are a parade, children’s activities, a fashion show, gold panning contest, wheelbarrow race, King and Queen Coronation, hog calling, buck dancing contest, gospel singing and other live entertainment, wrist wrestling, and of course, plenty of food. Sponsored by the Dahlonega Jaycees. 706-864-7247, www.dahlonegajaycees.com

Children & Young Adults

DADDY/DAUGHTER DANCE Sept. 24

The Phi Mu Chapter at NGCSU is sponsoring a Daddy/Daughter dance to raise funds for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. The evening of music, dancing, prizes and raffles is for young ladies of all ages and their dads or other favorite escort. Dress in your best and dance the night away with your little sweetheart. Enjoy a candle lit dinner and live music. The event will take place from 6-8 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 24, at the Community House on North Park Street. Pre-registration is required; no tickets will be sold at the door. Tickets are available through Sept. 17 for $35 per couple, $10 each for additional daughters. phimuphilanthropy1@yahoo.com, phimuphilanthropy.blogspot.com, 9/14

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

Gymnastics, Martial arts, zumba

Martial arts and gymnastics classes are now forming for fall at Dahlonega Gymnastics. Ages 2-adult. Zumba too. Visit DahlonegaGymnastics.com for details and online registration. 706-864-8516 (9/21)

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. 706-864-9487, 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: Boys and girls ages 13 to 20 are invited participate in the Boy Scout Venturing program. Activities can include kayaking, backpacking, canoeing, rock climbing and more. Augustus Brightwell, 706-864-9487, abrightwell@hotmail.com

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 website

eBooks: Downloadable at the library’s Web site.

Children’s Program: Movers & Shakers, Wednesday, Sept. 21, 11 a.m. Intended for children ages 4-5. No pre-registration is required, but groups larger than five are requested to call at least two days in advance. The programs last 45 minutes to an hour and may  include songs, finger plays and crafts in addition to stories.

Teen Magazine Mosaics Craft, Wednesday, Sept. 21, 4-5 p.m.: What can you do with an old magazine? Join our teen craft group and make a wallet, messenger bag, or wall art. Grades 6-8.

Totally Toddlers, Tuesday, Sept. 27, 11 a.m.: Age appropriate books, songs, and fingerplays for children ages 2 to 3. Several short activities are used between each book in order to hold the children’s interest.

Children’s Program: Movers & Shakers, Wednesday, Sept. 28. See description above.

Teen Gaming, Wednesday, Sept. 28, 4-5 p.m. Wii games for grades 9-12.

Great Lumpkin County Scavenger Hunt, Oct 1, deadline for entry Friday, Sept. 23. Gather your friends and sign on to participate in this fun event. Rules and application forms online at library Web site. Entry fee of $100 per 4-person team benefits the library. Winnings up to $1,000.

Reunions

LCHS 50’s classes Sept. 25

The annual LCHS 50’s Folks Get Together will be held from 3-7 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 24 at the YMCA (Park and Rec), Riley Road. Bring a covered dish, enjoy good food, and visit with classmates. 706-864-3432

Grindle Sept. 25

The Grindle Reunion will be held Sunday, Sept. 25 at 1 p.m. at Mt. Zion Baptist Church #2.

SULLENS Sept. 25

The Annual Sullens Reunion for the descendants of James M. and Sarah Jane Sullens will be held at 1 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 25, at Mt. Olive Baptist Church Fellowship Hall, Mt. Olive Road, Dahlonega. Please bring your favorite dish, old pictures and family stories. Deborah Jackson, 770-561-6499, or Robbie Wehunt, 706-864-3735

Nix Oct. 8

The Annual Nix Reunion will be held Saturday, Oct. 8, from noon to 5 p.m. at the Fortress Church, located just south of Dahlonega, just past Trammell Tire, on Torrington Rd. Bring your favorite dish and a drink, and family pictures and movies to share with your friends and relatives. 706-864-2490, 706-865-1558

Nature/Environment

Etowah River Clean up Oct. 1

Join in the fun at 9 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 1 to help keep the upper Etowah river clean. Meet at Revival Gardens, 390 Tom Bell Odom Road. to clean-up Jay Bridge and Hightower Bridge access points, and get a free T-shirt and garden lunch afterward. Additional river clean-ups are scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 22, at other points on the Etowah and Chestatee rivers. 706 344-7352 or joe@worldclass.net, RiversAlive.org

HIKE & HELP TREAT HEMLOCKS

Save Georgia’s Hemlocks and the Benton MacKaye Trail Association are jointly sponsoring a hike/hemlock treatment event Saturday, Oct. 1, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. between Ellijay and Blue Ridge. The event includes a family-friendly hike through some beautiful woods, a picnic, a bit of learning, plenty of time to get to know other folks who care, and a chance to help some hemlocks along the way. Participants must register in advance and let us know if you want to hike and treat trees or just hike. Space is limited.706-429-8010 or donna@savegeorgiashemlocks.org.

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

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



Music/Dance/Drama & More

EVENTS AT 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

Faculty Cooperative Recital, 8 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 22, Shott Auditorium. Adults $5, Children $3, NGCSU ID free.See article this page.

Golden Eagle Band Debut Show, Sunday, Sept. 25, 1 p.m., Memorial Hall. Free.

John Broman Recital, Thursday, Sept. 29, 8 p.m., Shott Auditorium. Adults $5, children $3, free with NGCSU ID.

Jamming on the Square time change

With the Six Gap Criterium beginning in downtown at 4:30 p.m., the Sept. 24 jam will be held 1-4 p.m. (instead of 2-5 p.m.). An acoustic mountain music Appalachian Jam is held every Saturday through Oct. 8 on the Public Square. Produced by Dahlonega Downtown Development Authority and Better Hometown Program. Facebook group, Dahlonega Appalachian Jam, 706-864-3513

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 Wine Tasting, Sunday, Sept. 25, 4-6 p.m. Sample a selection of wines and appetizers. $40/person, tax and gratuity included. 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. Free, tips for host appreciated. A casual ‘jam’ hosted by Justin Bridges, with microphones, amplification inputs and monitors provided to help the players and audience hear a little better. All genres of music and originals welcome!

Thursdays, 6:30-9:30 p.m.: Tom & Juli. Hundreds of cover songs from the 60s, 70s, 80s and 90s. Free. Three hours of your favorite

tunes from the ‘60s through the ’90s while you dine.

Thursday, Sept. 22, 7:30-9:30 p.m. “Spoken Word” open mic nite upstairs at the Half Moon Saloon. Free. Share your poetry, prose, or dialog in a safe and supportive atmosphere. Sign up for an up to 10 minute slot on the microphone set up in the corner of the red room.

Friday, Sept. 23, 8:30-10:30+ p.m.: Josh Daniels and The Dangerous. $10 advance / $12day of show. Young Athens songwriter

brings together a ‘dangerously’ good and innovative mix of musicians to create an acoustic sound that distinctively rocks the American ‘roots’ music it was born out of. Their show is packed with talent and style that crosses many genres, but might be pegged as ‘progressive folk - if one had to peg it! Visit them on Facebook.

Saturday, Sept. 24, 8:30-10:30 p.m.+: The April Verch Band. $16 advance/$18 day of show. April Verch is the first woman in history to

win both of Canada’s most prestigious fiddle championships, the Grand Masters and Canadian Open. She was born to traditional music in Canada’s hard-working, hard-dancing Ottawa Valley where music is a foot-stomping, open-minded fusion of Irish, Scottish, French, Ger-

man, and Polish influences, sprinkled with tangy spices of American country music. Her band of three has established a reputation as consummate performers with boundless energy that inevitably brings audiences to their feet. www.APRILVERCH.com

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

Sunday, 6:30-8:30 p.m., Sinatra Sunday hosted by Rick Harris. $5 admission, performers free. www.MADROMANCE.com. Multi-instrumentalist, jazz pianist, and talented vocalist, Rick Harris, hosts an evening vocal jam for “Rat Pack” style music lovers to join in or just enjoy!

Holly Theatre, 69 West Main St.,

706-864 3759, www.hollytheater.com

Live on Stage:

Pump Boys and Dinettes. Fall musical opening Sept. 23 and continuing Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m. through Oct. 9. $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, Sept. 23: Stoned Sandwich live

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

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

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

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

Friday, Sept. 23, 8:30-11:30 p.m.: Tim O’Donovan. Timothy O’Donovan hails from a small town on Florida’s gulf coast where he began to develop an eclectic and vast musical identity. His writing style is lifted directly from his life experiences, failures, and subtle triumphs. All ages, no cover.

Saturday, Sept. 24, 8:30-11:30 p.m.: The Deacon Brandon Reeves. The Deacon Brandon Reeves has spent the last three years bringing his high voltage, heavy soul trio format to the southeast with over 400 gigs since 2008. Currently backed by Derek Morgan on bass guitar and Corey Ahlquist on drums, the group has been compared to the sounds of other roots-rock groups like Gov’t Mule, The Black Keys, and The John Butler Trio. In December of 2009 Athens’ Flagpole magazine said “It’s the less overtly bluesy songs that end up being the most pleasing. Just like Jimmy Page and Eric Clapton once did, Reeves takes elements of the genre and builds songs around them, although to a much different effect than those two. Reeves arrives at a fusion of country, Western and alt-rock with the underlying blues influence perforating every note.” All ages, no cover.

Mondays, 8-10 p.m.: Team Trivia with 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:

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, October 5, 5-7 p.m., free.

Third Annual Women in Business Conference, Oct. 14, 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. One-day multi-track conference designed to provide skill enhancement and networking opportunities for women business owners. Topics include: Certified Woman Owned Business Update, How to Leverage Social Media for Your Business, Panel Discussion: Financing for Expansion - Current Options Large and Small, Economic Update for Business and the Family and Google 101. $39 includes lunch. Pre-registration required.

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.

Experiencing Writers Block? Unleash your creativity by gathering with others in a non-judgemental atmosphere to support the creative process. This group will be facilitated based on Julia Cameron’s book, The Artists Way and will give participants the tools and support for creative blossoming. Six Mondays Sept. 26 – Oct. 31 6-8 p.m. $179 Instructor: Lyn Hopper

CPR/First Aid for the Community: This class is designed for childcare professionals, foster parents and anyone who needs to know the basics of CPR and First Aid. Each participant will receive a DHR approved CPR/First Aid certificate that meets the “Bright from the Start,” NAEYC, DHR and DSS requirements for childcare providers. Monday, Sept. 26, 9 a.m. to noon. $45

Basic Beading: Tap into your imagination and create your own custom jewelry. Tuesday, Sept. 27 and Thursday, Sept. 29, 6-8 p.m. $59

Bridge for Beginners: This class is intended for those who know nothing (or almost nothing) about bridge and for the casual players who want to brush up on the basic rules of bidding and play. Four Thursdays Sept. 29 - Oct. 30, 10-11:30 a.m. $89

Gold Panning: Learn about the history of gold in Dahlonega, the various types of mining equipment, types of pans and where to look for gold. Saturday Oct. 1, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. $59

The History of Appalachia: Go back to the beginning with tales of explorers, native peoples and the tenacious group known as the Appalachians.October 3 & 10, 6-9 p.m. This class is a core class in the Appalachian Studies Certificate Program. $99

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

The Dahlonega Adult Learning Center is open Monday-Thursday from 8 a.m.-7 p.m. to help you earn your GED. You owe it to yourself to get your diploma as finding employment can be very difficult without it. 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. Monday-Thursday. 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

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. Thursdays, 7:30 p.m. 12 Step Meeting. Alcoholics Anonymous Hotline: 706-867-7769

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

Lessons: Music/Dance

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

Music Lessons

Guitar, voice, mandolin, dulcimer, banjo. The Family Honor School of Music. Jason Kenney and Lara Polangco-Kenney. 706-973-0261

STRING INSTRUMENT Lessons

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

Art Classes

3-day watercolor workshop Sept. 23-25

“Watercolor without Glass,” a 3-day workshop by Lex Munson that applies traditional watercolor techniques on watercolor paper, watercolor canvas and coated board surfaces, creating an entirely new look of watercolor without glass. Cost is $115/day with options for less than three days. Friday, Sept. 23-Sunday, Sept. 25. $115/day. Anita Elder, the Art Loft, 706-429-6008, or, www.artloft.net.

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

Wellness/Fitness

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

Programs 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 with Quiana Grace Frost

Usually Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays 9-10:15 a.m. and Thursdays 4-5:20 p.m. at Dahlonega Healing Arts. All levels welcome. Schedule currently irregular. Contact Quiana Grace Frost, 828-318-9169, or quiana@ekstasis.us for current class offerings.(9/21)

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,

Pets

MOBile Spay/neuter unit at LUMPKIN shelter

The Atlanta Humane Society’s mobile spay/neuter unit will be at the Lumpkin County Animal Shelter/PAWS Humane Society Wednesday and Thursday, Sept. 28-29 and is open to the public. Cats and dogs will receive a rabies shot, spay/neuter and be microchipped for $50. Appointments must be made in advance at the animal shelter at 1363 Red Oak Flats Road. Payment must be made by check or cash. 706-867-7297

volunteer pets needed

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

TLC Donations needed

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

Micro-chipping at animal shelter

Micro-chipping is available to the public at Lumpkin County Animal Shelter for any dog or cat for $20. Tuesday-Saturday, 10:30 a.m. -4:30 p.m. 1363 Red Oak Flats Road, 706-867-7297

Volunteers

Volunteer training for Rape Response: Rape Response, a United Way agency serving victims of sexual violence in this region of northeast Georgia, will hold a training in Gainesville for new volunteers beginning Saturday, Oct. 15, and continuing Thursdays Oct. 20 and 27, and Saturday, Oct. 29 Saturday sessions run from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Thursday sessions, 5:30-8:30 p.m. Volunteers are scheduled for on call duty at night or weekends. Applications at www.raperesponse.com. 770-503-7273

LOOKING FOR A FEW GOOD MEN AND/OR WOMEN: Lumpkin County Senior Center is looking for five volunteers to help in the kitchen area. Volunteers will assist the Kitchen Coordinator in distributing Meals on Wheels for delivery and then help with serving the senior adults that participate at the senior center. Number of days per week needed depends on how many volunteers signup. The hours are 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: Odyssey Hospice needs volunteers in the Dahlonega area to help meet the needs of hospice patients and families, and enable them to live a higher quality of life than they would achieve on their own. Volunteers visit with patients, offer administrative support, make blankets, bake cookies and provide many other services. Gail Manter, Manager of Volunteer Services, 706-549-5736 or 877-637-9432.

Affinis Hospice is seeking caring, upbeat volunteers to work with hospice patients in and around Lumpkin County. Roxann, 678-333-8507 or 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, whatever skills you have and are willing to share. 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. Wellness-21, on the Public Square. www.wellness-21.com 

Church/Religious Events

music:

Freedom MInistries Freedom Crusade

Big Oak Gospel Music will move its Saturday night singing to Commerce on Sept. 24-25 where a 2-day Freedom Crusade will take place at Commerce Cultural Center, 232 Cherry Street. Music begins at noon each day; 22 groups will perform. www.gospelgigs.com/glendonwilliamsfreedomheirs, freedomministries@windstream.net

Christian Rock Concert Sept. 24

Set Free Church will sponsor a free Christian Rock Concert Saturday, Sept. 24, from 2-9 p.m. This is the last event of the CrossOver Concert Series held throughout the summer. The family friendly fun will include six bands performing throughout the day with free food and free activities for the kids, The church is located at 1660 Hwy 52 East, Dahlonega.

Singing Sunday at Brown’s Chapel

Brown’s Chapel will have a singing Sunday, Sept. 25, at its morning service. Special singers are 2-or-More. Pastor Junior Evans invites everyone.

Lighthouse Baptist Yard sale Friday/Saturday

Lighthouse Baptist Church of Dahlonega, Highway 52 East, will hold its last yard sale of the year Friday and Saturday, Sept. 23-24, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Concessions will be available and the funds will be used to help winterize the church. Shirley, 206-864-7670

Sacred Grounds at DPC Sept. 25

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

UnitARIAn Universalist church

At Georgia Mountains Unitarian Universalist Church, a welcoming congregation, on Sept. 25, the annual blessing of the animals, “Live Well, Wag Often, Love Beyond Woofs!” will feature Rev. Jeanie Ward sharing stories about animals that have blessed her life and taught her the real meaning of love, life and self-acceptance. 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

Revival at Solid Rock

Solid Rock Baptist Church, Cleveland, will hold revival Sept. 25-30 at 7 p.m. nightly. Visiting preachers are Rev. Allen Swafford and Rev. Dennis Fortner. There will be special singers each night. Pastor Marty Murphy invites everyone to come worship.

Blessing of Animals Community Service Oct. 2

St. Elizabeth’s Episcopal Church will hold a community-wide service in celebration of the Feast of St. Francis of Assisi at 3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 2, in the parking lot of the church. All animals (in cages or on leashes) are welcome to receive a blessing. 1188 Hamp Mill Road, Dahlonega, 706-864-5423.

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

Free/Discounted Services

Free Food at DCOG Monday, Oct. 3

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

Furniture 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 of unwanted items 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

Farmers Market

The Dahlonega Farmer’s Market

Locally grown vegetables and fruits as well as homemade jams and other items are available at Dahlonega Farmers Market, open every Tuesday and Saturday through Oct. 29, 7 a.m. to 3 p.m., in Hancock Park. Sponsored by the city’s Downtown Development Authority. Become a Fan on Facebook, 706-864-6133

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