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Community-wide Events

Old Time Music program Wednesday

On Wednesday, April 18, as a complement to Dahlonega’s “Bear on the Square” mountain music festival, the Dahlonega Gold Museum will host a presentation on the history of traditional Appalachian folk music presented by local musicians John Grimm and Beverly Smith. The program begins at 5:30 p.m. with a question and answer session immediately following the lecture. Patrons are welcome to tour the Gold Museum exhibits after the presentation until 7 p.m. Gold Museum admission is $3.50-$6.

Log cabin dedication at GASC thursday

The Georgia Appalachian Studies Center at NGCSU will dedicate its newest addition—a circa 1830s log cabin—from 6-7:30 p.m. April 19. The event will include artisan demonstrations, live music, raffle prizes, Vickery House and cabin tours, refreshments, and recognition of cabin donors, volunteers and project partners. The event is a service-learning project of the GASC’s students. Location is NGCSU’s Vickery House, West Main Street. gasc@northgeorgia.edu, 706-864-1540

Bear on the Square LIVE AUCTION friday

Bear on the Square Mountain Festival’s Live Country Auction will take place in a large tent in Hancock Park Friday night, April 20. Silent auction and preview of items for the live auction begin at 5 p.m., and the live auction starts at 7 p.m. The work of North Georgia folk artist Billy Roper and other talented local artists and juried artists taking part in the festival, as well as donated items from local shops, restaurants and B&B’s will be up for auction. Music by Ugly Cousin band of Dahlonega. www.bearonthesquare.org.

Free Tours of old jail Saturday

The 1884 Lumpkin County Jail & Museum will be open on Saturday, April 21, during Bear on the Square festival, from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. for free tours conducted by members of the Lumpkin County Historical Society. The Jail, which was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1985, is located on Enota Street next

to the Cannery Art Center two blocks east of Dahlonega’s Historic Public Square. The Museum displays at the Old Jail include household items that would have been used in the 1800s and early 1900s, artifacts from daily life during those times, and vintage photographs of gold mining scenes, historical buildings and significant events.

9th District Congressional Debate Monday

The Lumpkin County Republican Party will host a public debate at 7 p.m. Monday, April 23, at the Lumpkin County Parks YMCA. Congressional candidates Hunter Bicknell, Doug Collins, Roger Fitzpatrick, and Martha Zoller will be asked questions in a traditional debate format. This debate is a unique opportunity to understand the ideology under which these candidates are running. The public is invited.

SUCHES FRee HEALTH FAIR April 28

Free Screenings for eyesight, hearing, blood sugar and blood pressure will be held at the Suches Health Fair at the Suches Community Center from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, April 28. The event is sponsored by the Dahlonega Lions Club with participation by Suches Fire Stations,

Union County EMS and Woody Gap School.

Bike Rodeo, Car seat safety check April 28

The Heart of Gold Pilot Club of Lumpkin and White Counties will hold a Community Safety Day from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, April 28 at Walmart of Dahlonega. There will be a Bike Rodeo for the children (with parental supervision) and a Safety Check/Replacement of your Automobile Child Safety Seat by local law enforcement. Walmart of Dahlonega will donate a brand new bicycle to be raffled off. The focus of the event will be on safety precautions to prevent brain injury. 678-617-5805, 706-835-9136

Auraria Community club Yard Sale April 28

Auraria Community Club will have a community yard sale Saturday, April 28. Spaces are available for $5. The club will serve breakfast and lunch. Proceeds will go to club charities. Bring unwanted items and join the club for a great day. 706-864-3432, 706-864-2740

International Dinner democratic fundraiser

The Lumpkin County Democratic Party will host an International Dinner Party at 6 p.m. Sunday evening, April 29. This fundraiser will be held at the home of Ron and Joanne Fogaros. For more information and reservations e-mail lumpkindemocrats@yahoo.com or call 706-867-8653.

Community Support Activities

Relay seeks Participants, contributors

Lumpkin County’s Relay for Life will be held May 11-12 at Lumpkin County High School. The event begins at 6 p.m. May 11 with opening ceremonies and the Survivor Lap. Register a team, join a team, sign up for survivor activities, sign up as a survivor, purchase a luminaria, make a donation and view event information at www.lumpkincountyrelay.org. Registration to participate is free.

diamond ring raffle will benefit Pick & Bow

Georgia Pick & Bow is raffling off an 18-karat gold diamond ring with exquisite filigree, handcrafted by the renowned Whitehouse Brothers, a jewelry company famous for its unique designs. The ring, which has a retail value of $4,600, was donated to the local music program for children by an anonymous donor. It can be seen, and tickets can be purchased, at Studio Jewelers on the Dahlonega Public Square. Raffle tickets are $10 each or three for $25. The winning ticket will be drawn April 22 at Bear on the Square festival. See a photo of the ring and learn more about its story at www.GeorgiaPickAndBow.org.

Raffle will help preserve McDonald house

An original oil painting of the Captain McDonald House by local artist Laura Brown is being auctioned to help preserve the historic McDonald House. The house, located in what is now Yahoola Creek Park, is the only surviving home of a Confederate Officer in North Georgia. Raffle tickets, and the painting, are available at the Dahlonega Visitors Center on the square for $5. The winning ticket will be drawn at on Labor Day.

AT-EASE program checks on Homebound

This program of the Lumpkin County Sheriff’s Office provides regular contact to those who are homebound, disabled, sick, living alone, or just need the assurance of a friendly voice. Participation can be temporary or ongoing. Registration forms are available on the Sheriff’s Office website at www.lumpkincounty.gov, at the Lumpkin County Sheriff’s Office, and by phone request at 706-864-3633.

Cell PHones collected for soldiers

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

SEED SAVING & LENDING LIBRARY

Wild Mountain Girl Herbal School on the square in Dahlonega offers a seed library. Completely free to the public, this is a way for the community to share and save valuable seeds of all types. Cindi Vernon, (706) 429-6323, cindiv@windstream.net

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

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

Pickup by Waypoint

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

Races/Festivals

Bear on the Square festival April 21-22

Details on page 1B

Children & Young Adults

Free teen driving program offered April 24

Georgia Teens Ride With P.R.I.D.E. (Parents Reducing Injuries and Driver Error) is a free, national award-winning two-hour course designed to help parents and their new (or soon to be) teen drivers, ages 14-16, learn what they need to do during the 40 hours of supervised practice driving time required by Georgia law. This program addresses driver attitude, knowledge and behavior of both the parent and new teen driver; teens and parents must attend together. Classes are held on the fourth Tuesday of each month at 4 p.m. at Lumpkin County Parks YMCA, 365 Riley Rd. Information/registration: Brandy Fitzpatrick, 770-369-4416, brandyfitzpatrick@ymail.com

PIck & Bow Summer MUsic Camp REGISTERING

Georgia Pick & Bow Traditional Music School will hold a week-long day camp of intensive music instruction for young beginner through advanced musicians June 18-22. The camp offers training in bluegrass and old time music, song, dance, and crafts for students 4th through 12th grades and is held at the Dahlonega Baptist Church. Instruction and activities are geared toward having fun, developing skills, playing music in a group, and, in general, immersing children in an interest that may well last a lifetime. For more information or an application form, contact Ann Whitley, annwhitley@mac.com or 404-790-9211.

CAMP, CLASSES at Dahlonega Gymnastics

Now registering for summer camp, gymnastics classes and swimming lessons. Call 706-864-8516 or visit DahlonegaGymnastics.com to register online. (May 30)

Kids on Campus Summer Program at NGCSU

Camps will be offered the week of July 9-13 and July 16-20, and will include Passport to China, Snack Attack, Space O’Rama, CSI, and Crafty Kids. For full camp information, including sports camps, visit www.northgeorgia.edu/summercamps

DUMC MMO/preschool registering

Dahlonega United Methodist Church MMO/Preschool is now taking applications for school year 2012-2013. Ages Toddlers-Pre-K class. Contact Angie Mayo or Dana Fritchle @ 706-864-8521. www.dahlonegaumc.org/ministries/mmo-and-preschool

Head Start/Pre K applications NOW OPEN

Lumpkin County Head Start/Pre-K is taking applications for its 2012-13 program year. Children will need to be age 3 or 4 by Sept. 1 in order to qualify. The Lumpkin County Head Start/PreK program welcomes children with disabilities and does not discriminate based on race, gender, national origin or religion. 706-864-3456

SCOUTING:

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, www.dahlonega36.mytroop.us

Boy Scout Troop 303 meets weekly on Mondays at 6 p.m. in the Scout Hut with a campout generally held once a month. Visit and consider making Troop 303 your Boy Scout home. 706-867-7047, www.bsa303.org

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

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

At the Library

Lumpkin County Library, 706-864-3668

www.chestateelibrary.org

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

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

eBooks: Downloadable at the library’s Web site.

STORY TIME PROGRAMS

Totally Toddlers, 11 a.m. Tuesdays: Designed for children ages 2-3, the program offers age appropriate books, songs, and fingerplays. Through April 24.

Movers and Shakers, 11 a.m. Wednesdays: Intended for children ages 4 to 5, the program may include songs, finger plays and crafts in addition to stories. Through April 25

Happy Bookers Book Discussion Group, Thursday, April 19, 1:30 p.m. April Selection: Jackdaws by Ken Follett. The Happy Bookers book discussion group meets the third Thursday of each month and rotates discussing fiction, non-fiction, and award-winning books. Books can be reserved at the desk. New members are welcome.

Genealogy Workshop, Saturday, April 21, 11 a.m. Learn how to use the web to trace your family roots. Reservations required.

Tween Program: U Play? Tuesday, April 24, 3:30 p.m. Join us to play wii sports. Grades 3-5.

Free Document Shredding, Thursday, April 26, 1-3 p.m. Are you holding on to credit card statements from 1978? Clean out old records and bring them to the library when the American Security Shredding truck visits in celebration of Financial Literacy Week. 706-344-3690 or 706-864-3668

Reunions

Oak Grove School Reunion April 28

The annual reunion for Oak Grove School and community will be held at noon Saturday, April 28, at Oak Grove Baptist Church Fellowship Hall. Please bring a covered dish. 706-865-3906, 706-864-0327

Pets

Rabies Clinics at Red Barn April 21

Red Barn Veterinary Hospital, 14 Seven Mile Hill Road, will hold a rabies clinic Saturdays, April 21, from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Rabies vaccines are $10, DAPP/FVRCP are available for $15.

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

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

Purchases from online retailers benefit TLC

TLC Humane Society has partnered with Adoptashelter.com to raise money for Lumpkin County’s no-kill shelter. Any item purchased through http://adoptashelter.com/MallPortal/?shelter_id=1487 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.

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, info@tlchs.org or stop by TLC at 1735 Red Oak Flats Road.

Music/Drama/Film & More

LCHS Drama Presentation April 19-22

Lumpkin County High School Drama will present Kilroy Was Here, a musical salute to the brave men and women of the U.S. Military, Thursday-Saturday, April 19-21 at 7 p.m. and Sunday, April 22 at 3 p.m. in the high school theater. Advance tickets are $8; $10 at the door and $5 for all veterans. E-mail LORWIG@gmail.com or leave a message at 706-344-2274.

Variety show will benefit Senior Center

Friends of Seniors, Inc. will hold its 1st Annual Talent Show Fundraiser at 7 p.m. Friday, April 27, at the Lumpkin County Parks YMCA. Special guests will join talented seniors for an evening of entertainment. Refreshments will be served. Paula Allen, 706-864-1274

events at NGCSU

Pickin’ Porch Old Time Jam: (Will not meet April 19 as they will participate in the GASC’s open house at 6 p.m.) An old-time music jam is held from 12:30-2 p.m. every Thursday at NGCSU’s Vickery House. Musicians of all levels are welcome to bring fiddles, banjos and more for a friendly exploration of the traditional music of Appalachia. Others are invited to listen. Jon Mehlferber, 706-867-2832, jpmehlferber@northgeorgia.edu

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

“Magick,” Golden Eagle Band show. 1 p.m. Sunday, April 22, Memorial Hall. Free. See article page 3B.

Symphonic Band Concert, Monday, April 23, 8 p.m., Gloria Shott auditorium. $5, students $2, NGCSU ID free.

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

www.diningindahlonega.com

Every Sunday, 5 p.m.: Texas Hold ’Em Poker

Every Mon., Tues., Wed., 7:30 p.m.: Texas Hold ’Em Poker

Thursday, 8 p.m.: Dahlonega Idol

Every Friday, 9 p.m.: Karaoke & Dance Night

Every Saturday, 9 p.m.: Karaoke, Dance and Contest night

Dahlonega Idol Runs every Thursday night. Qualification rounds through April 12; Idol Finals April 19 at 8 pm. 1st Place $300. Cash or prizes through four places.

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

Sunday, April 29, 4-6 p.m. Monthly Wine Tasting. Appetizer pairings with wine from Tiger Mountain Vineyards. $40/person includes tax and gratuity. Reservations required.

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

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

Thursdays, 7-9+ p.m.: Tom & Juli. Hundreds of cover songs from the 60s, 70s, 80s and 90s while you dine. Free.

Friday, April 20, 8-10 p.m.+: The Kenney Blackmon String Band.

$12 advance, $14 day of show. Noel and David Blackmon have been crossing paths with Jason Kenney for many years. They have finally come together with bassist Chris Enghauser to form a band of acoustic music that has a

fresh groove but is rooted in traditional music. www.reverbnation.com/kenneyblackmonstringband

Saturday, April 21, 8-10+ p.m. Roxie Watson. $14 advance, $16 day

of show. Roxie Watson is an all girl five piece string band that plays what they like to call “alterna-grass,” a mix of traditional sounding songs that contain three and four part harmonies, elements of old country, Appalachian music, hymns and bluegrass—with-

out adhering to the traditions of any one genre. The band is comprised of veteran musicians playing a wide variety of instruments who know how to morph a stage into a back porch with the audience becoming the honored guests. www.roxiewatson.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, April 22, 8-10 p.m.+: The Rowan Cunningham Band. The Rowan Cunningham Band, featuring the Rowan Brothers – Chris

and Lorin­—and Sue Cunningham is creating quite a stir in both the Americana and Bluegrass music scenes. The acoustic trio, working with guitars, mandolin and fiddle, is a musical tour de force with outstanding three-part harmony on original tunes

that appeal to a broad audience. www.rowancunninghamband.com.

Monday, 7-10 p.m.: ‘Audition’ Open Mic.’ $3. Every 2nd & 4th Monday the stage will be open to amateurs and up and coming artists alike to share their original songs in an audience-judged competition for a $50 prize, and an invitation to a quarterly ‘Final Cut’ Open Mic Challenge to win their own show at the Moon.

Holly Theatre, 69 West Main Street, 706-864-3759,

www.hollytheater.com

Noises Off! April 19-22, Thursday-Saturday at 8 p.m., Sunday at 2 p.m. Hilarious and frantic, this comic farce will whisk you backstage to flubbed lines, false entrances, and a million laughs-to the behind-the-scenes shenanigans of a tattered troupe of actors and the play they are desperately trying to stage in front of the footlights. Written by Michael Frayn. A North Georgia Theatre Guild production. $15. Free for NGCSU students with a valid student I.D.

The Fiddleheads: The Fiddleheads are a group of bluegrass-inspired, genre-crossing musicians from Dahlonega who were recently featured on America’s Got Talent. Proceeds from the show will support the Holly Theater. 8 p.m. Thursday, April 26. $15

Stairway to Broadway: Friday, April 27, 8 p.m. and Sunday, April 29, 2 p.m. This variety show with student actors and directors includes scenes from Wicked, Annie, and The Lion King, and musical numbers ranging from ballads to up-beat dance numbers. Presented by The Holly Performance Academy. Adults: $15, Children: $7.50

Embraceable You in concert, Saturday, April 28, 8 p.m. $15. See story at right.

Stairway to Broadway: Sunday, April 29, 2 p.m. See listing above.

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

Thursdays: College Night

Fridays: Live entertainment

Mondays: Trivia

Tuesdays: Country Western Music/Karaoke night

Friday, April 20, 10 p.m.: Roshambeaux

The Oar House, 3072 Highway 52, 706-864-9938, www.theoarhouse.com

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

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.

Wednesdays, 8:30-11:30: Wingin & Singin: 50¢ chicken wings and karaoke

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

Friday, April 20, 8:30-11:30 p.m. Tuesday’s Union. This group plays everything from Melissa Ethridge, Adele, and the Indigo Girls to Alison Krauss, Old time folk, Country, Blues, and Irish Fiddle. Tuesday’s Union, a BlueBilly Grit side project, is a culmination of the vocal and musical talent of Amber Hollis, Mark Garrison, and Patrick Chisolm performing tunes from the 40s through today along with some original tunes of their own. All ages welcome. No cover charge.

Saturday, April 21, 8:30-11:30 p.m. Kurt Thomas. Kurt grew up enjoying the close-knit country life in Dahlonega, and the small-town way of life is a frequent theme in many of the songs he writes. He has recorded four CD’s with Lee Davis at MLD Productions. “Kurt’s songwriting ability is one of the most amazing talents I have seen in my many years in the music business,” said Davis, an opinion supported by Kurt’s 2008 win of Kenny Chesney’s Next Big Star contest making him the opening act for Chesney, Brooks & Dunn, Sammy Hagar, LeAnn Rimes, Gary Alan and Sugarland. Kurt has also opened for Zac Brown Band, Joe Diffie, Little Big Town and Blue County. All ages welcome. No cover charge.

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.

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WINE TASTING

Dahlonega Tasting Room featuring Habersham Wines, 16 North Park Street · Public Square, (706) 864-8275

Naturally Georgia featuring Tiger Mountain Vineyards, 90 Public Square North: 706-864-0832

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

Support Groups

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, Jennifer.Sorrells@nghs.com .

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: Meeting at noon Mon., Tues, Wed., Fri.; 7:30 p.m. Thursday (Twelve and Twelve); 9 a.m. Saturday; 3 p.m. Sunday. All meetings at Kidz Church of the Dahlonega United Methodist church using the Maple Street entrance opposite the Sun Trust bank ATM. AA Hotline: 706-867-7769

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

Al-Anon:

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

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

Lumpkin County Caregivers

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

Assistance Available

Free Food at DCOG Monday, May 7

The Mercy Monday program at Dahlonega Church of God makes boxes of non-perishable food available at no cost to those who are going through a difficult time. Distribution is between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. on the first Monday of the month. A box lunch will be provided. 4 Happy Hollow Road, 706-864-3782

Senior Services/Activities

lumpkin County Senior Center

266 Mechanicsville Road, 706-864-2358,

lcseniorcenter@windstream.net

SENIOR Co-ed SOFTBALL: Monday, Tuesday and Thursday mornings at 10 a.m. Co-ed, age 50+. 678-343-8069.

Rubber Bandits: strength training program Tuesdays and Fridays through June 29 from 8:30 a.m. to 9:15 a.m. $10 per person/month.

Silver Singers: This group of community singers is open to seniors 55+ to sing and have fun. Tuesdays.

Artists Open Studio: Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 10 a.m. to noon at the Senior Center Art Studio.

Wellness programS for 55+: Healthways Silver Sneakers, designed for 55+ adults, Monday, Tuesday and Friday at 9:30 a.m. Cardio Fit at 3 p.m. Thursdays.

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.

Nutrition Program for 60+: Socalize, exercise, play games and enjoy crafts, pool, and more. Have a nutritious hot meal.

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.

Maximum Money, Wednesdays May 2-30, 9-11 a.m. Dawsonville Best Western. $50 Register at www.dawson.org

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.

Fly Fishing: Learn the fundamentals of basic fly fishing, including equipment selection and care, basic fly-casting, knots and leaders, dry fly fishing, useful stream tactics, conservation practices and much more. 5 Wednesdays, April 18-May 16, 6:30-8 p.m. $79. Pat Pattillo

Intro to Microsoft Word 2010: Master the basics of this powerful program. April 19 & 26, 5:30-8 p.m. $119. Anita Roush

Photography Portfolio: Certificate Capstone Class for students who have completed all certificate classes and are ready to finalize their portfolios and create their exit show. Five Thursdays, April 19 -May 17, 7-9 p.m. $129

Gold Panning: Learn about the history of the Dahlonega gold belt, as well as various types of gold mining and panning techniques. In addition, participants will learn where to look locally for gold. April 28, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. $59, Bill Findley

Intro to Fused Glass Jewelry: Make a glass pendants in just one day. Materials fee of $20 payable to the instructor on the day of class. April 28, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., $99. Carol Sheppard

Administrative Professionals Day Lunch & Learn Dahlonega: The Cinderella Complex. With laughter and humor, certified life coach Sudie Crouch will help participants discover ways to deal with co-workers who are making our workdays less enjoyable and more stressful. Come ready to embrace your inner Cinderella. Wednesday, April 25, 11:30-1 p.m. $25 (includes lunch)

GED opportunities

Great news! Incentives are now available for GED students who are serious about committing to earning their GED. Our own Literacy Coalition is offering a $10 gas card for students meeting an attendance criteria, and $20 to any student who refers a new student who meets the attendance criteria. Call for details and let us help you obtain the GED credential needed to even interview for a job these days. 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. 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

Buddhist meditation and study group

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

Volunteers

Meals on Wheels needs volunteer drivers to deliver meals in the Lumpkin County area. If you have the time (only two hours out of your week) and want to help the homebound senior adults in our community, please call Rhonda at 706-864-2358 for more information or come by the senior center for an application. Training will be provided.

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

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 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.

Wellness/Fitness

Yoga at Dahlonega Spa Resort

Thursdays at 6 p.m.: Hot Yoga—it’s powerful and energetic Yoga posture-flow in a heated room with Carolina Sartain—burn calories while detoxifying body and mind. Tuesdays at 6 p.m.: Yoga for all levels. A basic Hatha Yoga flow, appropriate for any level with Chris Sartain. 400 Blueberry Hill off Town Creek Church Road. 706-865-7678

YOGA with Quiana

Yoga promotes ease, health, vitality and peace. Vinyasa Flow integrating movement, breath and mudras. Monday, Wednesday, Friday, 9-10:15 a.m.; Wednesday, 6:20-7:35 p.m.; Thursday 4- 5:20 p.m.; Saturday 8-9:30 a.m. To join, contact Quiana, 828-318-9169, iliveingrace@yahoo.com

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

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. 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

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. 706-429-7956 Wellness-21, on the Public Square. www.wellness-21.com

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. www.wellness-21.com

Recycling

PLASTIC/PAPER/ALUMINUM:

• # 1 & 2 plastic bottles (discard lids)

• Corrugated cardboard (clean and dry)

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

• Aluminum and tin cans. (please rinse out)

Locations:

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

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

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

• Bins on Highway 19 North across from Ace Hardware.

CITY PICK UP AT RESIDENCES

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

CFL BULBS: Home Depot

BATTERIES

• Radio Shack/Dahlonega Pharmacy:household rechargeable batteries

• Home Depot

Cell PHones

Dahlonega Funeral Home collects old cell phones for “Cell Phones for Soldiers,” an effort to support military members returning from active duty. 706-864-DOVE

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

Church/Religious Events

Gospel Singing

Freedom MInistries saturday night singing

Saturday night singing: Big Oak Gospel Music at 7 p.m. each Saturday. Featured singers on April 21 are Bobby Allen, Under Grace, and Singing God’s Praises. 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 www.gospelgigs.com/glendonwilliamsfreedomheirs, freedomministries@windstream.net

Singing Sunday at Brown’s Chapel

Brown’s Chapel will have the Principles singing Sunday, April 22, at 11 a.m. Pastor Junior Evans invites everyone. 706-482-8321

Revival at Etowah Baptist Continues through Saturday

Etowah Baptist Church is having a revival through Saturday, April 21. Guest ministers are Chris Segars and Mark Flowers. There are singers every night. Everyone is welcome to attend. J. W. Day, pastor.

Revival continues at Oak Grove

Oak Grove Baptist Church will continues revival through Wednesday, April 18, at 7 p.m. each night. Pastor Allen Swafford invites everyone to attend. Visiting preachers will be L. C. Bennett and Justin Jennings.

Revival continues at Salem Baptist

Salem Baptist Church began revival services Sunday, April 15, and continues throughout the week at 7 p.m. Danny Jarrard will be assisting Pastor Tony Howard. Everyone is welcome.

Cancer Benefit yard sale for David Fields saturday

The Church at War Hill, 8847 Hwy-53E, Dawsonville, will hold a benefit yard sale from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, April 21, rain or shine. Donations can be dropped off from 4-6 p.m. Friday, April 20, or the morning of the sale. Tables are available for $10 to sell your own items. Michelle Mercer, 678-779-8492, chloekip@yahoo.com

Non-Denominational Taizé service April 22

St. Elizabeth’s Episcopal Church, Dahlonega, invites the community to a Taizé service, a non-denominational prayer service, at 6 p.m. Sunday, April 22. The service consists of simple, beautiful, repetitive song accompanied by multiple instruments, a period of silence, reading from the Holy Scriptures, and prayer. 1188 Hamp Mill Road, 706-864-5423, www.stelizabethepiscopal.com

Revival at Friendship Baptist starts Sunday

Friendship Baptist Church, located on Morrison Moore Parkway, will have spring revival at 7 p.m. each day Sunday, April 22, through Wednesday, April 25. Rev. Charles Bice and Rev. Steven Baker will be helping Pastor Lance Fuller. Everyone is welcome.

Revival starts Sunday at Cavender’s Creek

Cavender’s Creek Baptist Church will hold revival services Sunday, April 22, through Friday, April 27, at 7 p.m. each evening. Preaching will be Rev. Terry Head and Rev. Chris Anderson. Pastor Stephen Adams invites everyone to attend. 678-617-2922

Sacred Grounds at DPC April 22

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

Georgia Mountains Unitarian Universalist Church is a welcoming congregation. On April 22 there will be Celebration of Earth Day and Children’s Religious Education. The focus will be on changing habits to benefit the environment. Worship 11 a.m.; children’s religious education classes 11:30 a.m. following announcements and story time. Child care provided. 706-864-0661, www.gmuuc.org

Breakfast, Yard and Craft sale at St Paul UMC April 28

St. Paul UMC, 14 Martins Ford Rd. off Hwy. 60 near the Hall County line, will hold a breakfast and Yard and Craft Sale from 7 a.m.-till on Saturday, April 28. Booths are available. Carol Wittig, 770-983-2556

or Pastor David, 706-973-9924

Lighthouse sets Singing, Youth service, Homecoming

The Lighthouse Baptist Church, 5007 Highway 52 East, will have a singing Saturday, April 28, at 7 p.m. featuring the Wilson Sisters, Change of Heart, Ronnie and Phyllis Vaughn and other singers. All are welcome. Come as you are. A youth service will be held at 11 a.m. April 29. On May 6 at 11 a.m. the Homecoming Service will include communion, foot washing, honoring elders and dinner on the grounds. All are welcome. Rev. G.W. Gravitt, pastor.

WOMEN’S MINI-RETREAT at DUMC May 4

Dahlonega United Methodist Church will host “An Evening with Angie Smith” Friday, May 4. The wife of Todd Smith, lead singer of the hit Christian contemporary group Selah. Smith is a nationally-known speaker who travels with Women of Faith. She will speak on “What Women Fear.” All ladies are invited for the dinner at 5:30 p.m. followed by the event at 7 p.m. Advance tickets for dinner and the event are $45; advance registration for the event only is $20; tickets at the door for the event are $30. www.dahlonegaumc.org or Brenda Elrod, 678-577-1639 (1 wk)

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

More Children & Youth

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

More Education

S.A.T. and Study Prep

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

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. 770-740-9343.

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

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 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.

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

Dance Classes

The Ballet Barre offers dance classes starting at age 2 1/2 in ballet, tap, jazz, contemporary and pointe. www.bbarre.com

music, songwriting lessons

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

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

Music lessons

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

Weekend camp for drummers

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

STRING INSTRUMENT Lessons

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

Art Classes

Art by Rayneri Watercolor Classes

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

classes at Funky chicken

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

art instruction by Win Crannell

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

Painting lessons by Anita Elder

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

Senior Services uncut

lumpkin County Senior Center

266 Mechanicsville Road, 706-864-2358,

lcseniorcenter@windstream.net

SENIOR Co-ed SOFTBALL: Bring your glove and come play at The Lumpkin County Parks & Recreation Field #5 (adjacent to the Senior Center, 266 Mechanicsville Road.) Games will be played Monday, Tuesday and Thursday mornings at 10 a.m. Co-ed, age 50+. 678-343-8069.

FRee Tax Help: Wednesdays, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. See info under Assistance Available heading.

Rubber Bandits: strength training program for older adults. Dr. Dawn Hayes, professor in physical therapy at NGCSU, instructs the class Tuesdays and Fridays through June 29 from 8:30 a.m. to 9:15 a.m. $10 per person/month. Contact Dr. Hayes at 706-864-1899 or dmhayes@northgeorgia.edu.\

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.

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

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

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Community-wide Events

Old Time Music program Wednesday

On Wednesday, April 18, as a complement to Dahlonega’s “Bear on the Square” mountain music festival, the Dahlonega Gold Museum will host a presentation on the history of traditional Appalachian folk music presented by local musicians John Grimm and Beverly Smith. The program begins at 5:30 p.m. with a question and answer session immediately following the lecture. Patrons are welcome to tour the Gold Museum exhibits after the presentation until 7 p.m. Gold Museum admission is $3.50-$6.

Log cabin dedication at GASC thursday

The Georgia Appalachian Studies Center at NGCSU will dedicate its newest addition—a circa 1830s log cabin—from 6-7:30 p.m. April 19. The event will include artisan demonstrations, live music, raffle prizes, Vickery House and cabin tours, refreshments, and recognition of cabin donors, volunteers and project partners. The event is a service-learning project of the GASC’s students. Location is NGCSU’s Vickery House, West Main Street. gasc@northgeorgia.edu, 706-864-1540

Bear on the Square LIVE AUCTION friday

Bear on the Square Mountain Festival’s Live Country Auction will take place in a large tent in Hancock Park Friday night, April 20. Silent auction and preview of items for the live auction begin at 5 p.m., and the live auction starts at 7 p.m. The work of North Georgia folk artist Billy Roper and other talented local artists and juried artists taking part in the festival, as well as donated items from local shops, restaurants and B&B’s will be up for auction. Music by Ugly Cousin band of Dahlonega. www.bearonthesquare.org.

Free Tours of old jail Saturday

The 1884 Lumpkin County Jail & Museum will be open on Saturday, April 21, during Bear on the Square festival, from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. for free tours conducted by members of the Lumpkin County Historical Society. The Jail, which was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1985, is located on Enota Street next

to the Cannery Art Center two blocks east of Dahlonega’s Historic Public Square. The Museum displays at the Old Jail include household items that would have been used in the 1800s and early 1900s, artifacts from daily life during those times, and vintage photographs of gold mining scenes, historical buildings and significant events.

9th District Congressional Debate Monday

The Lumpkin County Republican Party will host a public debate at 7 p.m. Monday, April 23, at the Lumpkin County Parks YMCA. Congressional candidates Hunter Bicknell, Doug Collins, Roger Fitzpatrick, and Martha Zoller will be asked questions in a traditional debate format. This debate is a unique opportunity to understand the ideology under which these candidates are running. The public is invited.

SUCHES FRee HEALTH FAIR April 28

Free Screenings for eyesight, hearing, blood sugar and blood pressure will be held at the Suches Health Fair at the Suches Community Center from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, April 28. The event is sponsored by the Dahlonega Lions Club with participation by Suches Fire Stations,

Union County EMS and Woody Gap School.

Bike Rodeo, Car seat safety check April 28

The Heart of Gold Pilot Club of Lumpkin and White Counties will hold a Community Safety Day from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, April 28 at Walmart of Dahlonega. There will be a Bike Rodeo for the children (with parental supervision) and a Safety Check/Replacement of your Automobile Child Safety Seat by local law enforcement. Walmart of Dahlonega will donate a brand new bicycle to be raffled off. The focus of the event will be on safety precautions to prevent brain injury. 678-617-5805, 706-835-9136

Auraria Community club Yard Sale April 28

Auraria Community Club will have a community yard sale Saturday, April 28. Spaces are available for $5. The club will serve breakfast and lunch. Proceeds will go to club charities. Bring unwanted items and join the club for a great day. 706-864-3432, 706-864-2740

International Dinner democratic fundraiser

The Lumpkin County Democratic Party will host an International Dinner Party at 6 p.m. Sunday evening, April 29. This fundraiser will be held at the home of Ron and Joanne Fogaros. For more information and reservations e-mail lumpkindemocrats@yahoo.com or call 706-867-8653.

Community Support Activities

Relay seeks Participants, contributors

Lumpkin County’s Relay for Life will be held May 11-12 at Lumpkin County High School. The event begins at 6 p.m. May 11 with opening ceremonies and the Survivor Lap. Register a team, join a team, sign up for survivor activities, sign up as a survivor, purchase a luminaria, make a donation and view event information at www.lumpkincountyrelay.org. Registration to participate is free.

diamond ring raffle will benefit Pick & Bow

Georgia Pick & Bow is raffling off an 18-karat gold diamond ring with exquisite filigree, handcrafted by the renowned Whitehouse Brothers, a jewelry company famous for its unique designs. The ring, which has a retail value of $4,600, was donated to the local music program for children by an anonymous donor. It can be seen, and tickets can be purchased, at Studio Jewelers on the Dahlonega Public Square. Raffle tickets are $10 each or three for $25. The winning ticket will be drawn April 22 at Bear on the Square festival. See a photo of the ring and learn more about its story at www.GeorgiaPickAndBow.org.

Raffle will help preserve McDonald house

An original oil painting of the Captain McDonald House by local artist Laura Brown is being auctioned to help preserve the historic McDonald House. The house, located in what is now Yahoola Creek Park, is the only surviving home of a Confederate Officer in North Georgia. Raffle tickets, and the painting, are available at the Dahlonega Visitors Center on the square for $5. The winning ticket will be drawn at on Labor Day.

AT-EASE program checks on Homebound

This program of the Lumpkin County Sheriff’s Office provides regular contact to those who are homebound, disabled, sick, living alone, or just need the assurance of a friendly voice. Participation can be temporary or ongoing. Registration forms are available on the Sheriff’s Office website at www.lumpkincounty.gov, at the Lumpkin County Sheriff’s Office, and by phone request at 706-864-3633.

Cell PHones collected for soldiers

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

SEED SAVING & LENDING LIBRARY

Wild Mountain Girl Herbal School on the square in Dahlonega offers a seed library. Completely free to the public, this is a way for the community to share and save valuable seeds of all types. Cindi Vernon, (706) 429-6323, cindiv@windstream.net

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

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

Pickup by Waypoint

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

Races/Festivals

Bear on the Square festival April 21-22

Details on page 1B

Children & Young Adults

Free teen driving program offered April 24

Georgia Teens Ride With P.R.I.D.E. (Parents Reducing Injuries and Driver Error) is a free, national award-winning two-hour course designed to help parents and their new (or soon to be) teen drivers, ages 14-16, learn what they need to do during the 40 hours of supervised practice driving time required by Georgia law. This program addresses driver attitude, knowledge and behavior of both the parent and new teen driver; teens and parents must attend together. Classes are held on the fourth Tuesday of each month at 4 p.m. at Lumpkin County Parks YMCA, 365 Riley Rd. Information/registration: Brandy Fitzpatrick, 770-369-4416, brandyfitzpatrick@ymail.com

PIck & Bow Summer MUsic Camp REGISTERING

Georgia Pick & Bow Traditional Music School will hold a week-long day camp of intensive music instruction for young beginner through advanced musicians June 18-22. The camp offers training in bluegrass and old time music, song, dance, and crafts for students 4th through 12th grades and is held at the Dahlonega Baptist Church. Instruction and activities are geared toward having fun, developing skills, playing music in a group, and, in general, immersing children in an interest that may well last a lifetime. For more information or an application form, contact Ann Whitley, annwhitley@mac.com or 404-790-9211.

CAMP, CLASSES at Dahlonega Gymnastics

Now registering for summer camp, gymnastics classes and swimming lessons. Call 706-864-8516 or visit DahlonegaGymnastics.com to register online. (May 30)

Kids on Campus Summer Program at NGCSU

Camps will be offered the week of July 9-13 and July 16-20, and will include Passport to China, Snack Attack, Space O’Rama, CSI, and Crafty Kids. For full camp information, including sports camps, visit www.northgeorgia.edu/summercamps

DUMC MMO/preschool registering

Dahlonega United Methodist Church MMO/Preschool is now taking applications for school year 2012-2013. Ages Toddlers-Pre-K class. Contact Angie Mayo or Dana Fritchle @ 706-864-8521. www.dahlonegaumc.org/ministries/mmo-and-preschool

Head Start/Pre K applications NOW OPEN

Lumpkin County Head Start/Pre-K is taking applications for its 2012-13 program year. Children will need to be age 3 or 4 by Sept. 1 in order to qualify. The Lumpkin County Head Start/PreK program welcomes children with disabilities and does not discriminate based on race, gender, national origin or religion. 706-864-3456

SCOUTING:

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, www.dahlonega36.mytroop.us

Boy Scout Troop 303 meets weekly on Mondays at 6 p.m. in the Scout Hut with a campout generally held once a month. Visit and consider making Troop 303 your Boy Scout home. 706-867-7047, www.bsa303.org

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

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

At the Library

Lumpkin County Library, 706-864-3668

www.chestateelibrary.org

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

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

eBooks: Downloadable at the library’s Web site.

STORY TIME PROGRAMS

Totally Toddlers, 11 a.m. Tuesdays: Designed for children ages 2-3, the program offers age appropriate books, songs, and fingerplays. Through April 24.

Movers and Shakers, 11 a.m. Wednesdays: Intended for children ages 4 to 5, the program may include songs, finger plays and crafts in addition to stories. Through April 25

Happy Bookers Book Discussion Group, Thursday, April 19, 1:30 p.m. April Selection: Jackdaws by Ken Follett. The Happy Bookers book discussion group meets the third Thursday of each month and rotates discussing fiction, non-fiction, and award-winning books. Books can be reserved at the desk. New members are welcome.

Genealogy Workshop, Saturday, April 21, 11 a.m. Learn how to use the web to trace your family roots. Reservations required.

Tween Program: U Play? Tuesday, April 24, 3:30 p.m. Join us to play wii sports. Grades 3-5.

Free Document Shredding, Thursday, April 26, 1-3 p.m. Are you holding on to credit card statements from 1978? Clean out old records and bring them to the library when the American Security Shredding truck visits in celebration of Financial Literacy Week. 706-344-3690 or 706-864-3668

Reunions

Oak Grove School Reunion April 28

The annual reunion for Oak Grove School and community will be held at noon Saturday, April 28, at Oak Grove Baptist Church Fellowship Hall. Please bring a covered dish. 706-865-3906, 706-864-0327

Pets

Rabies Clinics at Red Barn April 21

Red Barn Veterinary Hospital, 14 Seven Mile Hill Road, will hold a rabies clinic Saturdays, April 21, from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Rabies vaccines are $10, DAPP/FVRCP are available for $15.

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

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

Purchases from online retailers benefit TLC

TLC Humane Society has partnered with Adoptashelter.com to raise money for Lumpkin County’s no-kill shelter. Any item purchased through http://adoptashelter.com/MallPortal/?shelter_id=1487 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.

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, info@tlchs.org or stop by TLC at 1735 Red Oak Flats Road.

Music/Drama/Film & More

LCHS Drama Presentation April 19-22

Lumpkin County High School Drama will present Kilroy Was Here, a musical salute to the brave men and women of the U.S. Military, Thursday-Saturday, April 19-21 at 7 p.m. and Sunday, April 22 at 3 p.m. in the high school theater. Advance tickets are $8; $10 at the door and $5 for all veterans. E-mail LORWIG@gmail.com or leave a message at 706-344-2274.

Variety show will benefit Senior Center

Friends of Seniors, Inc. will hold its 1st Annual Talent Show Fundraiser at 7 p.m. Friday, April 27, at the Lumpkin County Parks YMCA. Special guests will join talented seniors for an evening of entertainment. Refreshments will be served. Paula Allen, 706-864-1274

events at NGCSU

Pickin’ Porch Old Time Jam: (Will not meet April 19 as they will participate in the GASC’s open house at 6 p.m.) An old-time music jam is held from 12:30-2 p.m. every Thursday at NGCSU’s Vickery House. Musicians of all levels are welcome to bring fiddles, banjos and more for a friendly exploration of the traditional music of Appalachia. Others are invited to listen. Jon Mehlferber, 706-867-2832, jpmehlferber@northgeorgia.edu

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

“Magick,” Golden Eagle Band show. 1 p.m. Sunday, April 22, Memorial Hall. Free. See article page 3B.

Symphonic Band Concert, Monday, April 23, 8 p.m., Gloria Shott auditorium. $5, students $2, NGCSU ID free.

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

www.diningindahlonega.com

Every Sunday, 5 p.m.: Texas Hold ’Em Poker

Every Mon., Tues., Wed., 7:30 p.m.: Texas Hold ’Em Poker

Thursday, 8 p.m.: Dahlonega Idol

Every Friday, 9 p.m.: Karaoke & Dance Night

Every Saturday, 9 p.m.: Karaoke, Dance and Contest night

Dahlonega Idol Runs every Thursday night. Qualification rounds through April 12; Idol Finals April 19 at 8 pm. 1st Place $300. Cash or prizes through four places.

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

Sunday, April 29, 4-6 p.m. Monthly Wine Tasting. Appetizer pairings with wine from Tiger Mountain Vineyards. $40/person includes tax and gratuity. Reservations required.

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

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

Thursdays, 7-9+ p.m.: Tom & Juli. Hundreds of cover songs from the 60s, 70s, 80s and 90s while you dine. Free.

Friday, April 20, 8-10 p.m.+: The Kenney Blackmon String Band.

$12 advance, $14 day of show. Noel and David Blackmon have been crossing paths with Jason Kenney for many years. They have finally come together with bassist Chris Enghauser to form a band of acoustic music that has a

fresh groove but is rooted in traditional music. www.reverbnation.com/kenneyblackmonstringband

Saturday, April 21, 8-10+ p.m. Roxie Watson. $14 advance, $16 day

of show. Roxie Watson is an all girl five piece string band that plays what they like to call “alterna-grass,” a mix of traditional sounding songs that contain three and four part harmonies, elements of old country, Appalachian music, hymns and bluegrass—with-

out adhering to the traditions of any one genre. The band is comprised of veteran musicians playing a wide variety of instruments who know how to morph a stage into a back porch with the audience becoming the honored guests. www.roxiewatson.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, April 22, 8-10 p.m.+: The Rowan Cunningham Band. The Rowan Cunningham Band, featuring the Rowan Brothers – Chris

and Lorin­—and Sue Cunningham is creating quite a stir in both the Americana and Bluegrass music scenes. The acoustic trio, working with guitars, mandolin and fiddle, is a musical tour de force with outstanding three-part harmony on original tunes

that appeal to a broad audience. www.rowancunninghamband.com.

Monday, 7-10 p.m.: ‘Audition’ Open Mic.’ $3. Every 2nd & 4th Monday the stage will be open to amateurs and up and coming artists alike to share their original songs in an audience-judged competition for a $50 prize, and an invitation to a quarterly ‘Final Cut’ Open Mic Challenge to win their own show at the Moon.

Holly Theatre, 69 West Main Street, 706-864-3759,

www.hollytheater.com

Noises Off! April 19-22, Thursday-Saturday at 8 p.m., Sunday at 2 p.m. Hilarious and frantic, this comic farce will whisk you backstage to flubbed lines, false entrances, and a million laughs-to the behind-the-scenes shenanigans of a tattered troupe of actors and the play they are desperately trying to stage in front of the footlights. Written by Michael Frayn. A North Georgia Theatre Guild production. $15. Free for NGCSU students with a valid student I.D.

The Fiddleheads: The Fiddleheads are a group of bluegrass-inspired, genre-crossing musicians from Dahlonega who were recently featured on America’s Got Talent. Proceeds from the show will support the Holly Theater. 8 p.m. Thursday, April 26. $15

Stairway to Broadway: Friday, April 27, 8 p.m. and Sunday, April 29, 2 p.m. This variety show with student actors and directors includes scenes from Wicked, Annie, and The Lion King, and musical numbers ranging from ballads to up-beat dance numbers. Presented by The Holly Performance Academy. Adults: $15, Children: $7.50

Embraceable You in concert, Saturday, April 28, 8 p.m. $15. See story at right.

Stairway to Broadway: Sunday, April 29, 2 p.m. See listing above.

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

Thursdays: College Night

Fridays: Live entertainment

Mondays: Trivia

Tuesdays: Country Western Music/Karaoke night

Friday, April 20, 10 p.m.: Roshambeaux

The Oar House, 3072 Highway 52, 706-864-9938, www.theoarhouse.com

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

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.

Wednesdays, 8:30-11:30: Wingin & Singin: 50¢ chicken wings and karaoke

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

Friday, April 20, 8:30-11:30 p.m. Tuesday’s Union. This group plays everything from Melissa Ethridge, Adele, and the Indigo Girls to Alison Krauss, Old time folk, Country, Blues, and Irish Fiddle. Tuesday’s Union, a BlueBilly Grit side project, is a culmination of the vocal and musical talent of Amber Hollis, Mark Garrison, and Patrick Chisolm performing tunes from the 40s through today along with some original tunes of their own. All ages welcome. No cover charge.

Saturday, April 21, 8:30-11:30 p.m. Kurt Thomas. Kurt grew up enjoying the close-knit country life in Dahlonega, and the small-town way of life is a frequent theme in many of the songs he writes. He has recorded four CD’s with Lee Davis at MLD Productions. “Kurt’s songwriting ability is one of the most amazing talents I have seen in my many years in the music business,” said Davis, an opinion supported by Kurt’s 2008 win of Kenny Chesney’s Next Big Star contest making him the opening act for Chesney, Brooks & Dunn, Sammy Hagar, LeAnn Rimes, Gary Alan and Sugarland. Kurt has also opened for Zac Brown Band, Joe Diffie, Little Big Town and Blue County. All ages welcome. No cover charge.

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.

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WINE TASTING

Dahlonega Tasting Room featuring Habersham Wines, 16 North Park Street · Public Square, (706) 864-8275

Naturally Georgia featuring Tiger Mountain Vineyards, 90 Public Square North: 706-864-0832

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

Support Groups

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, Jennifer.Sorrells@nghs.com .

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: Meeting at noon Mon., Tues, Wed., Fri.; 7:30 p.m. Thursday (Twelve and Twelve); 9 a.m. Saturday; 3 p.m. Sunday. All meetings at Kidz Church of the Dahlonega United Methodist church using the Maple Street entrance opposite the Sun Trust bank ATM. AA Hotline: 706-867-7769

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

Al-Anon:

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

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

Lumpkin County Caregivers

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

Assistance Available

Free Food at DCOG Monday, May 7

The Mercy Monday program at Dahlonega Church of God makes boxes of non-perishable food available at no cost to those who are going through a difficult time. Distribution is between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. on the first Monday of the month. A box lunch will be provided. 4 Happy Hollow Road, 706-864-3782

Senior Services/Activities

lumpkin County Senior Center

266 Mechanicsville Road, 706-864-2358,

lcseniorcenter@windstream.net

SENIOR Co-ed SOFTBALL: Monday, Tuesday and Thursday mornings at 10 a.m. Co-ed, age 50+. 678-343-8069.

Rubber Bandits: strength training program Tuesdays and Fridays through June 29 from 8:30 a.m. to 9:15 a.m. $10 per person/month.

Silver Singers: This group of community singers is open to seniors 55+ to sing and have fun. Tuesdays.

Artists Open Studio: Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 10 a.m. to noon at the Senior Center Art Studio.

Wellness programS for 55+: Healthways Silver Sneakers, designed for 55+ adults, Monday, Tuesday and Friday at 9:30 a.m. Cardio Fit at 3 p.m. Thursdays.

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.

Nutrition Program for 60+: Socalize, exercise, play games and enjoy crafts, pool, and more. Have a nutritious hot meal.

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.

Maximum Money, Wednesdays May 2-30, 9-11 a.m. Dawsonville Best Western. $50 Register at www.dawson.org

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.

Fly Fishing: Learn the fundamentals of basic fly fishing, including equipment selection and care, basic fly-casting, knots and leaders, dry fly fishing, useful stream tactics, conservation practices and much more. 5 Wednesdays, April 18-May 16, 6:30-8 p.m. $79. Pat Pattillo

Intro to Microsoft Word 2010: Master the basics of this powerful program. April 19 & 26, 5:30-8 p.m. $119. Anita Roush

Photography Portfolio: Certificate Capstone Class for students who have completed all certificate classes and are ready to finalize their portfolios and create their exit show. Five Thursdays, April 19 -May 17, 7-9 p.m. $129

Gold Panning: Learn about the history of the Dahlonega gold belt, as well as various types of gold mining and panning techniques. In addition, participants will learn where to look locally for gold. April 28, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. $59, Bill Findley

Intro to Fused Glass Jewelry: Make a glass pendants in just one day. Materials fee of $20 payable to the instructor on the day of class. April 28, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., $99. Carol Sheppard

Administrative Professionals Day Lunch & Learn Dahlonega: The Cinderella Complex. With laughter and humor, certified life coach Sudie Crouch will help participants discover ways to deal with co-workers who are making our workdays less enjoyable and more stressful. Come ready to embrace your inner Cinderella. Wednesday, April 25, 11:30-1 p.m. $25 (includes lunch)

GED opportunities

Great news! Incentives are now available for GED students who are serious about committing to earning their GED. Our own Literacy Coalition is offering a $10 gas card for students meeting an attendance criteria, and $20 to any student who refers a new student who meets the attendance criteria. Call for details and let us help you obtain the GED credential needed to even interview for a job these days. 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. 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

Buddhist meditation and study group

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

Volunteers

Meals on Wheels needs volunteer drivers to deliver meals in the Lumpkin County area. If you have the time (only two hours out of your week) and want to help the homebound senior adults in our community, please call Rhonda at 706-864-2358 for more information or come by the senior center for an application. Training will be provided.

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

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 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.

Wellness/Fitness

Yoga at Dahlonega Spa Resort

Thursdays at 6 p.m.: Hot Yoga—it’s powerful and energetic Yoga posture-flow in a heated room with Carolina Sartain—burn calories while detoxifying body and mind. Tuesdays at 6 p.m.: Yoga for all levels. A basic Hatha Yoga flow, appropriate for any level with Chris Sartain. 400 Blueberry Hill off Town Creek Church Road. 706-865-7678

YOGA with Quiana

Yoga promotes ease, health, vitality and peace. Vinyasa Flow integrating movement, breath and mudras. Monday, Wednesday, Friday, 9-10:15 a.m.; Wednesday, 6:20-7:35 p.m.; Thursday 4- 5:20 p.m.; Saturday 8-9:30 a.m. To join, contact Quiana, 828-318-9169, iliveingrace@yahoo.com

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

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. 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

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. 706-429-7956 Wellness-21, on the Public Square. www.wellness-21.com

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. www.wellness-21.com

Recycling

PLASTIC/PAPER/ALUMINUM:

• # 1 & 2 plastic bottles (discard lids)

• Corrugated cardboard (clean and dry)

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

• Aluminum and tin cans. (please rinse out)

Locations:

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

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

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

• Bins on Highway 19 North across from Ace Hardware.

CITY PICK UP AT RESIDENCES

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

CFL BULBS: Home Depot

BATTERIES

• Radio Shack/Dahlonega Pharmacy:household rechargeable batteries

• Home Depot

Cell PHones

Dahlonega Funeral Home collects old cell phones for “Cell Phones for Soldiers,” an effort to support military members returning from active duty. 706-864-DOVE

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

Church/Religious Events

Gospel Singing

Freedom MInistries saturday night singing

Saturday night singing: Big Oak Gospel Music at 7 p.m. each Saturday. Featured singers on April 21 are Bobby Allen, Under Grace, and Singing God’s Praises. 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 www.gospelgigs.com/glendonwilliamsfreedomheirs, freedomministries@windstream.net

Singing Sunday at Brown’s Chapel

Brown’s Chapel will have the Principles singing Sunday, April 22, at 11 a.m. Pastor Junior Evans invites everyone. 706-482-8321

Revival at Etowah Baptist Continues through Saturday

Etowah Baptist Church is having a revival through Saturday, April 21. Guest ministers are Chris Segars and Mark Flowers. There are singers every night. Everyone is welcome to attend. J. W. Day, pastor.

Revival continues at Oak Grove

Oak Grove Baptist Church will continues revival through Wednesday, April 18, at 7 p.m. each night. Pastor Allen Swafford invites everyone to attend. Visiting preachers will be L. C. Bennett and Justin Jennings.

Revival continues at Salem Baptist

Salem Baptist Church began revival services Sunday, April 15, and continues throughout the week at 7 p.m. Danny Jarrard will be assisting Pastor Tony Howard. Everyone is welcome.

Cancer Benefit yard sale for David Fields saturday

The Church at War Hill, 8847 Hwy-53E, Dawsonville, will hold a benefit yard sale from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, April 21, rain or shine. Donations can be dropped off from 4-6 p.m. Friday, April 20, or the morning of the sale. Tables are available for $10 to sell your own items. Michelle Mercer, 678-779-8492, chloekip@yahoo.com

Non-Denominational Taizé service April 22

St. Elizabeth’s Episcopal Church, Dahlonega, invites the community to a Taizé service, a non-denominational prayer service, at 6 p.m. Sunday, April 22. The service consists of simple, beautiful, repetitive song accompanied by multiple instruments, a period of silence, reading from the Holy Scriptures, and prayer. 1188 Hamp Mill Road, 706-864-5423, www.stelizabethepiscopal.com

Revival at Friendship Baptist starts Sunday

Friendship Baptist Church, located on Morrison Moore Parkway, will have spring revival at 7 p.m. each day Sunday, April 22, through Wednesday, April 25. Rev. Charles Bice and Rev. Steven Baker will be helping Pastor Lance Fuller. Everyone is welcome.

Revival starts Sunday at Cavender’s Creek

Cavender’s Creek Baptist Church will hold revival services Sunday, April 22, through Friday, April 27, at 7 p.m. each evening. Preaching will be Rev. Terry Head and Rev. Chris Anderson. Pastor Stephen Adams invites everyone to attend. 678-617-2922

Sacred Grounds at DPC April 22

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

Georgia Mountains Unitarian Universalist Church is a welcoming congregation. On April 22 there will be Celebration of Earth Day and Children’s Religious Education. The focus will be on changing habits to benefit the environment. Worship 11 a.m.; children’s religious education classes 11:30 a.m. following announcements and story time. Child care provided. 706-864-0661, www.gmuuc.org

Breakfast, Yard and Craft sale at St Paul UMC April 28

St. Paul UMC, 14 Martins Ford Rd. off Hwy. 60 near the Hall County line, will hold a breakfast and Yard and Craft Sale from 7 a.m.-till on Saturday, April 28. Booths are available. Carol Wittig, 770-983-2556

or Pastor David, 706-973-9924

Lighthouse sets Singing, Youth service, Homecoming

The Lighthouse Baptist Church, 5007 Highway 52 East, will have a singing Saturday, April 28, at 7 p.m. featuring the Wilson Sisters, Change of Heart, Ronnie and Phyllis Vaughn and other singers. All are welcome. Come as you are. A youth service will be held at 11 a.m. April 29. On May 6 at 11 a.m. the Homecoming Service will include communion, foot washing, honoring elders and dinner on the grounds. All are welcome. Rev. G.W. Gravitt, pastor.

WOMEN’S MINI-RETREAT at DUMC May 4

Dahlonega United Methodist Church will host “An Evening with Angie Smith” Friday, May 4. The wife of Todd Smith, lead singer of the hit Christian contemporary group Selah. Smith is a nationally-known speaker who travels with Women of Faith. She will speak on “What Women Fear.” All ladies are invited for the dinner at 5:30 p.m. followed by the event at 7 p.m. Advance tickets for dinner and the event are $45; advance registration for the event only is $20; tickets at the door for the event are $30. www.dahlonegaumc.org or Brenda Elrod, 678-577-1639 (1 wk)

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

More Children & Youth

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

More Education

S.A.T. and Study Prep

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

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. 770-740-9343.

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

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 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.

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

Dance Classes

The Ballet Barre offers dance classes starting at age 2 1/2 in ballet, tap, jazz, contemporary and pointe. www.bbarre.com

music, songwriting lessons

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

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

Music lessons

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

Weekend camp for drummers

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

STRING INSTRUMENT Lessons

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

Art Classes

Art by Rayneri Watercolor Classes

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

classes at Funky chicken

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

art instruction by Win Crannell

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

Painting lessons by Anita Elder

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

Senior Services uncut

lumpkin County Senior Center

266 Mechanicsville Road, 706-864-2358,

lcseniorcenter@windstream.net

SENIOR Co-ed SOFTBALL: Bring your glove and come play at The Lumpkin County Parks & Recreation Field #5 (adjacent to the Senior Center, 266 Mechanicsville Road.) Games will be played Monday, Tuesday and Thursday mornings at 10 a.m. Co-ed, age 50+. 678-343-8069.

FRee Tax Help: Wednesdays, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. See info under Assistance Available heading.

Rubber Bandits: strength training program for older adults. Dr. Dawn Hayes, professor in physical therapy at NGCSU, instructs the class Tuesdays and Fridays through June 29 from 8:30 a.m. to 9:15 a.m. $10 per person/month. Contact Dr. Hayes at 706-864-1899 or dmhayes@northgeorgia.edu.\

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.

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

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

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