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LUMPKIN COUNTY REPUBLICAN PARTY meets at 7 p.m. the first Tuesday of each month (Jan. 3) in the United Community Bank Community Room. All Lumpkin County residents are welcome. Jeff Clymer, Chairman, (706) 973-7091.

TROUT UNLIMITED, GOLD RUSH CHAPTER meets on the first Tuesday of the month (Jan. 3) in the Ivie Lodge at Camp Glisson (two miles north of Dahlonega on Highway 60). Dinner is served at 6:30 p.m. for those who wish to eat. Fly tying classes will be conducted Jan.12. Sherman Head, or 706-864-6461;

Auraria Community Club meets at 7 p.m. the first Tuesday of each month (Jan. 3) 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 (Jan. 4) 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 (Jan. 5), 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.

Dahlonega Woman’s Club meets the first Thursday (Jan. 5) 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, (Jan. 5) at 6 p.m. at the Vickery House, 1 Vickery Drive, on the NGCSU campus. Barbara Seaton, 706-867-2911,

Lumpkin County Family Connection Collaborative meets on the first Thursday of each month (Jan. 5) at noon at Lumpkin County Parks­—YMCA. Anyone interested in the well being of families and children in Lumpkin County is invited to attend. For additional information, contact Brenda Cronan 706-265-8389 or email Web site:

GOLD COUNTRY SQUARE DANCERS meets the first and third Fridays of each month (Jan. 6) 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 (Jan. 7) at 5 p.m. at the Auraria Community Center. The family-oriented group offers local prospecting locations and camaraderie to those with an interest in prospecting. 770-531-WEGM(9346)

The Lumpkin County Chapter of the VFW meets at 7 p.m. the first Monday of each month. The January meeding will be held on the second Monday (Jan. 9) 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.

Dawson County Chapter 970 of the Vietnam Veterans of America meets the second Monday of each month (Jan. 9) at Ryan’s Family Steakhouse. Fellowship and supper are at 6 p.m. and the meeting starts at 7 p.m. Wayne Watkins, 706-429-5002

Mountain Coin Club for beginner and advanced numismatists meets the second Tuesday of each month (Jan. 10) at 6:15 p.m. at North Georgia Technical College, Blairsville. Call YOCS, 706-379-1488.

Blue Mountain Masonic Lodge #38 F&AM meets at 7:30 p.m. the second and fourth Tuesdays, (Jan. 10) of each month. 706-864-3838

Word Chasers Book Club meets on the second Tuesday of the month (Jan. 10) 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 (Jan. 10) 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 (Jan 11) at noon at the Waypoint Center, 45 Eagle Overlook Drive (off Six Mile Road), Dahlonega. Waypoint Center is a Christ-centered recovery program for men. New members are welcome; community support and involvement is critical for the success of the program. 706-864-7110,

The American Red Cross Disaster Action Team meets the second Wednesday of each month (Jan. 11) at 7 p.m. in the basement of St. Luke’s Catholic Church, 91 North Park Street. The group is seeking volunteers to help victims of disasters in the Lumpkin County area. All interested citizens are welcome. Karen, 706-867-1910

The Lumpkin County Historical Society meets on the second Thursday (Jan. 12) at the Community Center on N. Park St. The January program will feature the cabin being donated by Betty and Jim Smulian to the Appalachian Studies Center.

The Lions Club of Dahlonega meets the second and fourth Thursdays (Jan. 12) at Just Off the Square Café, at 6 p.m. Everyone is invited. Anne Mundy, 706-864-5899

The Golden Stitches Quilters Guild meets the second Thursday (Jan. 12) at the Lumpkin Senior Center from 6-8:30 p.m. to sew on individual and community projects. Come quilt, sew, and learn. Dana Fritchle, 706-864-9261; Deborah Raptis, 706-867-1869, or email

The Georgia Mountain Handspinners Guild meets the second Saturday (Jan. 14) 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 (Jan. 14), 9:30-11:30 a.m. For the young and the young-at-heart. 390 Tom Bell Odom Road (off Siloam Church/Rider Mill Road)., 706-265-5502

Etowah River Critters Club: Macro-Invertebrate Sampling and Photography on the Upper Etowah River the second Saturday (Jan. 14), 390 Tom Bell Odom Road (off Siloam Church/Rider Mill Road)., 706-265-5502

SEBA (Southeastern Bluegrass Association) holds a jam the third Sunday of each month (Jan. 15) 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 (Jan. 16) at 5 p.m. in the Community Room of the United Community Bank on Morrison Moore Parkway.

AARP – Lumpkin Chapter 1966, meets the third Monday (Jan. 16)) of each month at 11 a.m. in the Fellowship Hall of Dahlonega United Methodist Church. A lunch will be served ($7). Anyone age 50+ is invited. Join us for food, fellowship, fun and informative speakers. Gail Monroe, 706-531-8973

The North Georgia Amateur Radio Club (NGARC) meets at 6 p.m. the third Tuesday of each month (Jan. 17) 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 (Jan. 18) from 8 to 9:30 a.m. (program begins at 8:30) at the Stewart Center for Continuing Education next to Dairy Queen. $5-per-meeting fee is collected to support future activities. No membership commitment required. Send message to to be added to E-vite list.

Lumpkin County Retired Educators Association meets the third Thursday (Jan. 19) 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 (Jan. 19) at Ryan’s in Dawsonville. Retired, former and current military officers are welcome., 706-265-7613

The American Legion #239 Auxiliary meets the third Thursday (Jan. 19) of each month, 6:30 p.m. at the American Legion Hall.

F.E.A.R. (Face Everything and Recover) is a coalition in Lumpkin County organized to focus on drug and alcohol prevention for a new generation, intervention for addicts now and optimism for a drug-free community in the future. The group meets at noon on the third Thursday of the month (Jan. 19) in the community room of the United Community Bank. It seeks to provide support and services to families affected by alcohol and drug abuse. Bridgette Barker,

Habitat for Humanity of Lumpkin County meets at 6 p.m. the third Thursday of each month (Jan. 19) in the meeting room upstairs at Yahoola Grill.

TLC HUMANE SOCIETY meets at 7 p.m. on the third Thursday (Jan. 19) 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 (Jan. 21), noon-3 p.m. More information and directions at or call Christina at 706-864-3938 or e-mail:

The North Georgia Photography Critique Special Interest Group will meet from 6:30-8:30 p.m. on the fourth Thursday (Jan. 26) in the Dawson County library, 342 Allen Street, Dawsonville to share tips and critique each other’s photos. New members welcome.,

Community-wide Events

DUMC soup Cafe changed to Jan. 9

The Dahlonega United Methodist Church Soup Café will move from the first Monday to the second Monday in January, from 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. on Jan. 9. All you can eat soup and cornbread, and dessert, is available for a $5 donation, and all proceeds benefit the Community Helping Place and Family Connection. DUMC Fellowship Hall, which is connected to the new sanctuary building, on the main level. 706-864-2521

Blood Drives

blood drive Wednesday, two in January

The need for blood during the holidays is critical. LifeSouth will hold three blood drives in Lumpkin County during the next few weeks. Dates and locations are: Wednesday, Dec. 28, 1 to 6:30 p.m., Lumpkin County Fire Department, Morrison Moore Parkway East; Saturday, Jan. 7, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., BB&T, West Main Street, and Sunday, Jan. 15, noon to 4 p.m. at J&J Foods. Donors must be at least 17 years old (16 years old with a signed LifeSouth parent permission form), weigh 110 pounds or more, and show a photo I.D. at the time of donation. 888-795-2707,

Nature & the Environment


SGH will hold a quarterly board meeting at 2 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 8 at the home of Donna Shearer, 37 Woody Bend, Dahlonega. This is a working meeting, and all interested persons are welcome. Please call 706-429-8010 for directions.

Community Support Projects

LeBoeuf family emergency fund open

A fund has been established at the United Community Bank for the LeBoeuf Family whose home was destroyed by fire Dec. 15. Contributions can be made at the bank, or online at Deidra Markarian at 770-870-9545 or Mendy Biggs at 706-974-7545.

Pick up for Southern finds

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

Free PIck up of Donations by CHP

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

Pickup by Waypoint

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

Free medical supplies, book swap

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

At the Library

Lumpkin County Library, 706-864-3668

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

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

eBooks: Downloadable at the library’s Web site.

Closed through Jan. 2

Children & Young Adults

New Classes at Dahlonega Gymnastics

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

YMCA After-School Program

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


Boy Scout Troop 36 is chartered by the Mountain Ranger Association and meets Monday nights at 6:30 p.m. at their scout hut located at Camp Frank Merrill 5th RTB. Troop 36 participates in a 50-mile hiking/canoe trip every summer, as well as camping, kayaking, backpacking, rock climbing and caving year round. Don McElliott, 706-864-0278,

Boy Scout Troop 303 meets weekly on Mondays at 6 p.m. in the Scout Hut with a campout generally held once a month. Visit and consider making Troop 303 your Boy Scout home. 706-867-7047,

Cub scout pack 36 meets Mondays from 6:30-7:30 p.m. at the Lumpkin County Parks YMCA arts and crafts room. Monthly themed pack meetings, outdoor activities plus community service projects. 770-503-6221, 706-867-6711,

Venturing group: Venture Crew #79 meets Wednesday nights at 6:30 p.m. in the art room at Park and Rec. Venturing is a youth led program for boys and girls ages 13-20 and involves high adventure activities such as kayaking, white water rafting and rock climbing as well as social activities and community projects. Augustus Brightwell, 706-864-9487


YOGA with Quiana

Yoga promotes ease, health, vitality and peace. Vinyasa Flow integrating movement, breath and mudras. Mondays 9-10:15 a.m. and 6:15-7:30 p.m.; Wednesdays 9-10:15 a.m., 6-7:20 p.m.; Thursday 4- 5:20 p.m.; Friday 9-10:15 a.m. Saturdays 8-9:30 a.m. To join, contact Quiana 828-318-9169


Body, mind, spirit, stress reduction. Mondays 5:15 - 6 p.m. To join, contact Quiana 828-318-9169

Holistic movement classes

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

Yoga at Dahlonega Spa Resort

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

AT Dahlonega Healing Arts

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


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

YOGA Flow for Personal Fitness

Morning/afternoon/evening classes promoting improved strength, flexibility, endurance, balance, breath control and stress relief. Paula Bingham, YogaFit® trained 706-864-2851

natural & holistic living

The Southern Association of Green Enthusiasts is open to anyone who is interested in natural, alternative, green and holistic living. Cindi Vernon, (706)429-6323 or

Wellness Classes

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

saturday Walking Group

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


Hospice Massage Seminar free to therapists

Give Us Your Hands – We’ll Give You Hours: Regency Hospice is offering a free Hospice Massage seminar for licensed Massage Therapists on January 28 in Young Harris. The seminar will be limited to 16 participants, awards six CE hours and will be taught by LMT/Approved CE Provider Deborah Smith. Contact Kate Sevigny, 800-577-8791,, prior to registration deadline of January 14. (1/11)

S.A.T. and Study Prep

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Buddhist meditation and study group

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

International appalachian academy

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

GED opportunities

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

Mountain Ed High School

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

Herbal Apprenticeship

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

program aims to improve reading skills

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


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 seeks volunteers, trainer assistants

TLC Humane Society is looking for volunteers to help animals, make new friends and have fun. There are many ways to help, from walking dogs to working on construction projects. Volunteers are also needed to assist in training the TLC dogs Saturdays, 10 a.m. at TLC—no experience needed. 706-864-2817, or stop by TLC at 1735 Red Oak Flats Road.

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

Purchases from online retailers benefit TLC

TLC Humane Society has partnered with to raise money for Lumpkin County’s no-kill shelter. Any item purchased through at over 400 retailers such as Amazon, Walmart, iTunes, Office Depot and others earns money for TLC. All prices, customer service and discounts are exactly the same as going directly to the merchant.

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

Support Groups

Grief support program At church of the Apostles

GriefShare is a 13-week seminar and support group for people who are grieving the death of a family member or close friend. A new class begins Saturday, Jan. 14, 10 a.m.-12 noon, at Church of The Apostles, Dawsonville. To register call 706-216-4912.

Cancer Patients

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

Nursing Mothers’ Support

Mom to Mom Breastfeeding Support Group meets monthly at different locations due to weather or site availability. Pregnant and breastfeeding mothers meet in an informal setting for fun, information and friendship. Lynn Hale, WIC Breastfeeding Counselor, 678-630-9596

Domestic violence: support, crisis line

NOA (No One Alone) conducts weekly support groups for women and children to give victims the opportunity to process current abuse and the emotions accompanying domestic violence situations. Groups meet each Wednesday from 6:30-7:45 p.m. Childcare provided. 706-867-6420 for information. 24-Hour Crisis Line, 706-864-1986

Reformers Unanimous Addiction Program

RU meets every Friday at 7 p.m. at Wahoo Baptist Church, 9365 Highway 52 East, Murrayville. Helping others break chains of addiction. Childcare provided. Supported by Wahoo, Faith, Canaan, and Harvest Baptist churches. 706-867-9385

Grief support programs at NGMC

Hospice of Northeast Georgia Medical Center (NGMC) offers free grief support groups in area schools, as well as an ongoing support group to parents surviving the loss of their adult child. 770-219-8888, Jennifer Sorrells, .

Kinship Care—grandparents raising grandchildren

Kinship Care, a program for grandparents and other relatives raising grand childen, is a safe place to share experiences. Members learn from each other and find out about programs for which they and the children may be eligible. Meetings are held from 10 a.m. to noon on the second Wednesday of each month at The Lumpkin County Senior Center. Legacy Link, Inc., Area Agency on Aging, 770-538-2650 or 1-800-845-LINK.

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

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

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

Alcoholics Anonymous:

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

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


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

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

Lumpkin County Caregivers

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


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

Music/Dance/Drama & More

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

Every Sunday through Wednesday: Texas Hold ’Em

Every Friday: Karaoke

Every Saturday: Live music at 9 p.m.

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

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

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

Friday, Dec. 30, 8-10 p.m.+: The Fiddleheads. $17 Advance / $ 20

Day of Show. Dahlonega’s own ‘America’s Got Talent’ contestants make another hometown venue appearance since their two-time national debut on NBC’s top rated talent show. Advance reservations are highly recommended!

Saturday, Dec. 31, 8-12 + p.m., New Year’s Eve with The Hobohemians. $ 17 Advance / $20 Day of Show. The Hobohemians present popular American and European roots music of the 1910’s, 20’s,

and 30s: a potent mix of proto-jazz, swing, blues, and instrument filled folk spawned from the time of America’s first ‘road warrior’, when a wide variety of American music was born. The term “Hobohemian” denotes a unique form of Americanized vagabond-style bo-

hemianism. The band’s members are highly seasoned professional musicians and vocalists who summarily play on a combination of 15 different instruments. They have a brass section for blues and jazz and a diverse string contingent for folk with an all-star lineup that borrows from a lot of different bands.

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

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

Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, free movie 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 30. (See details this page.)

The Mountain Music and Medicine Show, 7:30 p.m. preshow, 8 p.m. radio show, Saturday, Jan. 7. $15. (See details this page.)

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

Thursdays: College Night

Fridays: Live entertainment

Saturdays: College football

Sundays: NFL football

Mondays: Trivia

Tuesdays: Country Western Music/Karaoke night

Saturday, Dec. 30: New Year’s Eve Party with Stoned Sandwich

The Oar House, 3072 Highway 52, 706-864-9938,

Friday nights: Live music 6-9 p.m. by Bobby Wesley playing Country/Rock. No cover.

Saturday nights: Live music 6-9 p.m. by Emily White playing Jazz. No cover.

Porter House Restaurant, 25 East Main Street, (706) 867-0448.

Friday Dec. 30, 6-9 p.m. Tommy Preston

Saturday, New Years Eve, 7-10 p.m.: Kingfish Blues Revival

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

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

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

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

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

Friday, Dec. 30: Sarah Peacock. 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.

Saturday, Dec. 31: New Year’s Eve Celebration with Erick Jones and friends. Whether performing with the Atlanta based country-rock band American Anodyne, the North Georgia folk group Ugly Cousin, or solo acoustic, Erick Jones’ 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”.

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

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



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

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

Simply Taste Buds, a tasting room for Georgia Wines, 39 S Chestatee St., 706-482-0004.

Assistance Available

OneHarvest food available at St. Paul

St. Paul United Methodist Church, Highway 60 South at 14 Martins Ford Road, is a pick up location for OneHarvest Food Ministries. Available boxes include boxes of meats and vegetables, prepared meals, a box of chicken and a grill special which can be ordered at discounted, group-purchase prices. Order deadline is Friday, Jan. 20 with delivery Saturday, Jan. 28. Order at or at the church, 706-973-9924.

Free Food at DCOG Monday, Feb. 6

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. No food will be available in January. 4 Happy Hollow Road, 706-864-3782


Recycle Christmas trees at zoo

North Georgia Zoo will take your clean, natural, live tree and recycle it into tasty treats and toys for the zoo animals. You may drop off the tree at the zoo during daylight hours. See Web site for more information. Trees must be non treated, chemical free, green, free of tinsel, decorations or other material that could be hazardous to the animals.


• # 1 & 2 plastic bottles (discard lids)

• Corrugated cardboard (clean and dry)

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

• Aluminum and tin cans. (please rinse out)


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

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

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

• Bins on Highway 19 North across from Ace Hardware.


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

CFL BULBS: Home Depot


• Radio Shack/Dahlonega Pharmacy:household rechargeable batteries

• Home Depot


• J&J Foods

• Walmart

STYROFOAM: Publix accepts egg cartons and meat trays.

Electronic Recyclables, MIcrowaves, etc.

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

Senior Services/Activities

lumpkin County Senior Center

266 Mechanicsville Road, 706-864-2358,

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

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

Artists Open Studio: Meets Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 10 a.m. to noon at the Senior Center Art Studio. Come work on your own art—any discipline, any level. Share, socialize and learn from other artists. Lumpkin residents 55+ are free. 706-864-2358

Wellness programS for 55+: The nation’s leading fitness program, Healthways Silver Sneakers, designed for 55+ adults, Monday, Tuesday and Friday at 9:30 a.m. Cardio Fit at 3 p.m. Thursdays. Improve strength, flexibility, balance and coordination. Programs are free.

Nutrition Program for 60+: Socalize, exercise, play games and enjoy crafts, pool, and more. Have a nutritious hot meal. Come by for a tour of the center. 266 Mechanicsville Road, 706-864-2358

YOGA FLOW for PERSONAL Fitness: Beginner level yoga classes for 55+ from 4:15 to 5:15 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays. $60 for a six-week session. Paula Bingham,, 706-864-2851


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

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

Odyssey Hospice 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

COMMUNITY HELPING PLACE is seeking volunteers for the Food Pantry, Free Clinic and Thrift Store. Flexible scheduling.Ben Wallace, Volunteer Services Director, 706-867-9621

CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) needs volunteers to work with abused and neglected children. 706-864-0300,,

Lumpkin County Literacy Coalition has volunteer opportunities in ESL, GED, Adult Literacy, Children’s Literacy, or on fundraising committees. Office, 706-867-9607; Juanita Tipton, 706-867-1835,

THRIFT STORE CUSTOMER SERVICE: NOA (No One Alone), the domestic violence program for Dawson and Lumpkin counties needs volunteers to work at its thrift shop. Fiona Boss, 706-867-6167

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

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

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

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

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

Holly Theatre welcomes volunteers in any capacity to help with concessions, set construction, answering phones, marketing, organizing or children’s theater. 706-864-3759

DAHLONEGA Gold Museum needs volunteers to help staff the museum four to eight hours each month. Training provided. Call or drop by, 706-864-2257.

Church/Religious Events


Freedom MInistries New Year’s Eve all night singing

Saturday night singing: Big Oak Gospel Music at 7 p.m. each Saturday. There will be an all night singing on Dec. 31. The event is hosted by The Freedom Heirs and admission is free; a love offering will be collected. 1067 Highway 115 South (Old Dahlonega Highway) 706-867-6534, (See article page 6B.)

UnitARIAn Universalist church

Georgia Mountains Unitarian Universalist Church is a welcoming congregation. On Sunday, Jan. 1, three members, Kelly Lieberman, Mary Lasris and David Broad will share their hopes and dreams for 2012. Worship 11 a.m.; children’s religious education classes begin at 11:30 a.m. following announcements and story time. Child care provided. 706-864-0661,

Watch Night Service at Corinth

Corinth Baptist Church, located above Turners Corner, will have a Watch Night Service beginning at 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 31. Singers will be The Gospel Mountain Singers and many more. All are invited.

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,

Art Classes

Art by Rayneri Watercolor Classes

Oscar Rayneri, watercolor instructor, offers classes on Tuesdays from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at his studio.  706-867-8059,,

classes at Funky chicken

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

art instruction by Win Crannell

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

Painting lessons by Anita Elder

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

Lessons: Music/Dance

music, songwriting lessons

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

Clogging Classes

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

STring Instruments

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


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

Dance lesson for Christmas:

Nutcracker Sweet promotion: $78/month (1- 60 minute class/week Jan to May and recital fee). Dance classes start at age 2 1/2., 706-867-1905

Music lessons

Guitar, banjo, mandolin, bass. $10. James Lambert, 706-973-9317

Weekend camp for drummers

Drum Camp for beginners, middle school, high school. Three-day weekend camps in Dahlonega. Rory Knapton, 706-865-1564


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

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Marble Madness
by Shea Wages
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Zachary Baum, the local mastermind behind Dahlonega Marble Hides, can be found losing his marbles throughout town.
Zachary Baum, the local mastermind behind Dahlonega Marble Hides, can be found losing his marbles throughout town.
Dahlonega has a history of treasure hunts, and up until recently the majority of these hunts have revolved around a very specific golden form of treasure.

However, 24-year-old Zachary Baum, a Dahlonega resident of 17 years, is shaking up the town’s treasure tradition with his creation of Dahlonega Marble Hides.

And unlike the Hobbit’s famous antagonist Smaug, Baum prefers his treasure shared. Back in July, Baum began to actively “lose his marbles,” or conduct weekly treasure hunts where he set out across town hiding his marbles for anyone to discover.

In fact, for a self-proclaimed “believer in things old school” Baum believes that treasure is “much more intrinsic than gold—things like community, creativity, fellowship and craftsmanship.” He equates the creative process to magic, “Taking an image in your mind and being able to make it a reality is the closest thing to magic that exists,” he says.

These Dahlonega Marble

hides feature Baum’s magnetizing, colorful handmade marbles, pocket-sized treasures made of glass created from a process called flame-working.

This style of magic takes some serious time and effort. Baum explains that just one piece can take anywhere from five to 10 minutes to an hour, depending on its size and how intricate the design. Baum uses a propane/oxygen torch to melt the borosilicate glass at temperatures exceeding 1,800 degrees.

Baum conducts his hunts via Facebook. He posts clues on a special page called “Dahlonega Marble Hides.”

The clues tell where he has hidden his latest marble. Hiding spots so far have included places like the Gold Museum Plaza, Yahoola Creek Park and Mt. Hope Cemetery.

His posts read like quasi-clues and quasi-breaking news, “I’M LOSING IT GUYS AND GALS!! I’m in town making sure I leave marbles in ALL KINDS of interesting places for you all to explore!!”

Some posts even have stewardship-themed stipulations like: “Pick up trash and help keep Dahlonega Beautiful!” while others take the shape of a small poem.

Baum’s Dahlonega Marble Hides page has already reached 500 Facebook followers. He always encourages the lucky marble-discoverers to share their photos holding their new-found treasure on the page.

Many of the discoveries so far have been made by children. All throughout the page they can be seen with their new prize in hand, smiling from ear to ear. Baum admits these photos have been his favorite part so far, “I didn’t do anything like a cool marble hunt when I was a kid, but I would have loved that.”

UNG Student, Angie Joaquim, 18, who happened upon the page on Facebook, has been loving the idea. She has partaken in three hunts already. “It’s art and adventure, and it’s very exciting,” she explains. “Not only are his hunts about finding the marble, they are equally about discovering the town more, too.”

Baum understands that not all marble fans have ambitions of someday being professional treasure hunters like Bilbo Baggins and his gang. Which is why his Aperion Creations collection can also be found in plain sight at Awakening Fine Art Gallery.
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