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Community-wide Events

Music/Drama/Film & More

Jamming on the Square every Saturday

Ann Whitley and friends will host the May 12 Dahlonega Appalachian Jam. Acoustic musicians gather on the lawn of the Dahlonega Gold Museum from 2-5 p.m. every Saturday through Oct. 13 for the jam that welcomes pickers and listeners. Produced by Dahlonega Downtown Development Authority and Better Hometown Program. Facebook group: Dahlonega Appalachian Jam, 706-864-3513

Dahlonega Mountain Dance May 11

The Dahlonega Mountain Dance will be held at 7:30 p.m. Friday, May 11, at the Woodman of the World Building, above Cranberry Corners. Music will be provided by Mountain Mayhem, and caller is Walter Daves. Please wear soft-soled shoes. A suggested donation of $8 will be accepted to benefit the Georgia Pick & Bow Traditional Music School. Visit Dahlonega Mountain Dance on Facebook.

events at NGCSU

Pickin’ Porch Old Time Jam: 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

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

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, 7:30-9:30 p.m. Tom & Juli. Hundreds of cover songs from the 60s, 70s, 80s and 90s while you dine. Free. (Moved to Wednesday from Thursday through May.)

Friday, May 11, 8-10 p.m.+: Nora Jane Struthers, $12 Advance/$14 Day of Show. It’s not really bluegrass, it’s not really old time,

it’s not folk—it’s all of these things,”- that’s how Nora Jane describes her music. Winner of the neo-traditional band competition at West Virginia’s Appalachian String Band Festival, and a finalist in Colorado’s Telluride Troubadour competition, Nora Jane is considered one of

the most ‘up & coming’ voices of Americana Music, with the cream of Nashville’s musicians together on her first ‘solo’ CD. www.NoraJaneStruthers.com

Saturday, May 12, 8-10+ p.m.: The Kenney-Blackmon String Band CD Release Party with special guests, The Buzzard Mountain

Boys. $12 advance, $14 day of show. After years of crossing musical paths together, legendary fiddler, David Blackmon, and his wife Noel have teamed up with Dahlonega’s own Jason Kenney

and renowned bassist Chris Enghauser to create an excitingly fresh acoustic sound. This concert celebrates the release of the string band’s first CD, The Singing Tree. They will be joined by The Buzzard Mountain Boys, Jim White and Joe Matteson, known around the area for their traditional mountain music and brotherly harmonies which are interspersed with enough corny humor to make it fun.

Sunday, 2-5 p.m. Old-Time Music Jam. Bring your instruments and/or voices and join in on/around the stage, or have a seat and just listen as a 90-0s-year-old “pickin’ and grinnin” tradition continues. Free. Hosted by Whistlin Rufus.

Sunday, May 13, 8-10 p.m.: Tree Leaf Recording Artists Songwriters Showcase. $10 advance/$12 day of show. Five up and coming young musicians who are currently recording at Tree Leaf Music have grown into dynamic songwriters and performers who play roots, blues and soul music!. Atlanta Blues Queen, Donna Hopkins, is their producer. www.treeleafmusic.com

Monday, 7-10 p.m.: Audition’ Open Mic. $3. Every 2nd and 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

Grant Searcey Art Show and Opening Reception Featuring Musical Guest Erick Jones of American Anodyne, Wednesday, May 9, 7 p.m. Dahlonega artist Grant Searcey has been professionally painting since 1996. Drawing influences from comic books and graffiti art, his highly stylized art can be found in galleries and shops world-wide. The art show and reception party will feature original paintings by Searcey with a special musical guest Erick Jones of American Anodyne. Free.

Shari Garrett Free/Benefit Concert, 6 p.m., Friday, May 11. Young local actress Shari Garrett has been selected to participate in a summer workshop in a New York theater, and will present this concert to help raise funds for trip expenses. Read more on Page 1B.

One Acts, 8 p.m. Thursday, May 17. A combination of one-act plays written by local and well-known playwrights. $10, students with ID $7.

The Sound Of Music, a production of Mello Drama, an independent theater company, May 18, 19, and 20 and 25, 26, 27, Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m., Sundays at 2 p.m. The classic musical by Rodgers and Hammerstein will feature “beautiful scenery, fabulous vocals, adorable children, and a story line that will bless your heart in so many ways.” $15.

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, May 12: D’Railed

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

Live entertainment Friday and Saturday 6-9 p.m.

May 16: Down by the Bayou with a Wine Tasting

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, May 11, 8:30-11:30 p.m.: Sarah Peacock. Sarah is a powerhouse pop country vocalist and performer with a style reminiscent of Heart’s Ann Wilson and a boot-kickin’ twist of the Sugarland “country-ness.” Add a hint of classic rock on the palate, throw in the fact that her songs are melodic and catchy, and you’ve got a star in the making. Averaging over 200 dates a year, Atlanta native Sarah Peacock tours full time to cities all over the globe. All ages welcome. No cover charge.

Saturday May 12, 12-3 p.m. Tom and Juli on the deck. Listen to an incredible repertoire of cover songs from this popular Dahlonega duo.

Saturday May 12, 8:30-11:30 p.m.: Emily White. Growing up in a home of musicians, Emily was constantly immersed in music for as long as she can remember. Her mother first introduced her to performing on stage at the age of 9, where she sang in front of a crowd of close to 5,000 ... from that moment on she knew that she wanted to pursue a career that allowed her to share her talents with the world. Now 16 and armed with that knowledge, she has since created a unique style all her own—one which shows vocal maturity beyond her years. Her music is both sweet and melancholy, but still filled with the hope of youth. She has performed across the southeast at local state parks, city celebrations, restaurants, coffee shops, and even performed at Tootsie’s Orchid Lounge in Nashville, Tenn. Recently she had the opportunity to be the opening act for the award winning country music group Confederate Railroad and also the Atlanta Rhythm Section. These experiences have helped her develop the confidence of her songwriting and her poise as a performer. 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.

BOOK/BAKE SALE AT LIBRARY May 12

The Lumpkin County Library, in partnership with the Dahlonega Woman’s Club, will hold a bake sale and book sale from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, May 12. Come early to stake your claim on some delicious baked goods and drinks, and then browse the book sale. All proceeds will benefit the Lumpkin County Library.

The Library is part of the Chestatee Regional Library System and serves all members of the Lumpkin County community. 706-864-3668, www.chestateelibrary.org

Volunteer Appreciation at Gold Museum

On Tuesday, May 15, the Dahlonega Gold Museum State Historic Site will show their appreciation to volunteers and welcome new volunteers at an informational open house from 5:30-7 p.m. Volunteers greet the public, contribute to the museum’s upkeep, and serve as ambassadors for the town. Admission is free to current and potential volunteers.

Pie contest coming, bakers needed

Lumpkin County Literacy Coalition is looking for pie bakers to enter the 5th Annual Pie Squared Competition. The popular pie baking contest/tasting will take place from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, May 26, at St. Luke’s Catholic Church and Hancock Park. Awards will be presented in two categories—Savory and Sweet pies. The entry fee is $5 with proceeds going to the Dolly Parton Imagination Library, which is administered locally by LCLC and which mails free books to Lumpkin children birth through 5 years. Deadline to submit entry forms for the pie competition is May 23. Tickets are also available for the festive pie tasting following the judging. Tickets are $10 for five tasting or drink coupons. The entry form is online at lumpkinliteracy.org/events or call 706-867-9607.

Blood Drive

Blood Drives May 18 and 22

The American Red Cross Bloodmobile has scheduled two upcoming stops in Lumpkin County. On Friday, May 18, Community & Southern Bank will host the bloodmobile at 53 Mechanicsville Road from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. On Tuesday, May 22, again from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., the bloodmobile will be at the Lumpkin County Library. For more information and an appointment on May 22, contact the library at 706-864-3668.

Community Support Activities

Adopt a NOA Mom for Mother’s Day

NOA is again sponsoring the Adopt a Mom program for Mother’s Day. Mothers in the NOA program are often more focused on survival than on caring for themselves. Through this program donors can “Adopt a Mom” by preparing a Mother’s Care Package. These packages can include items such as nail and hair care products, deoderant, razors and shaving cream, or even certificates for manicures or pedicures or hair cuts. Assembled baskets (or bags) can be dropped off in Dahlonega at Southern Finds (40 North Grove Street) or at the NOA office (706-864-1306). All baskets should be dropped off no later than May 11 by 5 p.m. NOA will then distribute baskets to moms in the NOA program for Mother’s Day. For questions or more information contact Nicole Alvarez at 706-864-1306 Ext 6.

TLC Humane society needs Yard sale items

TLC Humane Society is collecting gently used items for its annual yard sale to be held June 2. Donate items by calling Mary Waits, 770-823-3908.

Recycle shoes at Lumpkin locations

Keep Our Mountains Beautiful and The Lumpkin County Commissioners joins other organizations to ‘Turn Up The Sole’ in an effort to recycle 100,000 pairs of shoes in celebration of Earth Day. Through May 25, individuals can take new/gently used pairs of shoes to three locations in Lumpkin County for recycling: Lumpkin County Courthouse, the Dahlonega/Lumpkin County Chamber of Commerce and the recycling processing center at 1642 Red Oaks Flat Road. Shoes should be tied together or rubber banded. They will be delivered to Soles4Souls, an international shoe charity. 706-894-2785.

Brick Fundraiser for Cherokee museum

The Yahoola United Cherokee Museum and Cultural Education Center, Inc. is selling engraved bricks which will become part of the permanent Cherokee Memorial walkway leading to the Museum from the parking area. Bricks are $55 each and will bear a personal message. Proceeds from the Pave the Way Program go toward the building of the museum. Pave the Way brochures are available at the Welcome Center or on the Web at yahoolacherokeemuseum.com.

Monthly Habitat surplus sale May 11-13

Habitat for Humanity holds a surplus sale of home construction and remodeling supplies (including tools and decorating items) on the second weekend of each month. The items are available Friday and Saturday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 16 Westbrook Drive. (next to Chestatee Animal Hospital on Highway 52 East). All proceeds benefit Habitat.

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.

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

Children & Young Adults

Free teen driving program offered May 22

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

Farmers Market

FARMERS MARKET RETURNS in New location

The Dahlonega Farmers Market is open 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays in a new location this year. The market features locally grown, seasonal vegetables and fruits as well as jams, honeys, herbs, flowers and plants at West Main and Waters streets (across from the Holly Theater). Farmers interested in participating can obtain a permit ($15/month) at City Hall, 465 Riley Road. Become a Fan of the “Dahlonega Farmers Market” on Facebook. Rebecca Shirley, 706-864-6133

Races/Festivals

5K Run/Fun Run for Atlanta 2-Day Walk

The Savin’ The Girls 5k Run/Walk & one mile Fun Run will take place at 6:30 p.m. Friday, May 11, at Veteran’s Memorial Park, Dawsonville. The event will raise money for The Atlanta two Day Walk for Breast Cancer. Fees are 5K $25, Fun Run $20. savinthegirls.com.

2012 Ellijay Ham Fest:

Amateur Radio Operators (Hams) and citizens interested in radio communications are invited to attend the 2012 Ellijay Ham Fest from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, May 12, at the Gilmer County Civic Center, South Main Street, Ellijay. There will be vendors and hams with equipment to trade or sell. For information/reservation for a table go to www.w4hhh.org or contact Dave, 706-276-4043. $5 admission. Sponsored by the Ellijay Amateur Radio Society

Mountain flower Art Festival May 19-20

The Mountain Flower Art Festival, this year produced by the Dahlonega Arts Council, will be held Saturday and Sunday, May 19-20, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The event continues a fine art and quality craft festival which has been a tradition on the public square on the third weekend of May for 26 years. www.DahlonegaArts.org

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.

Free Online Classes: Register with your library card at www.chestateelibrary.org

Universal Class Introduction, Wednesday, May 9, 9 a.m. Learn all about Universal Class, including how to set up an account and enroll in classes. The free online classes in all kinds of subject areas are offered by the library. Please call to sign up for the class.

Clifford the Big Red Dog, Wednesday, May 9, 1 p.m. Clifford will to the library to help celebrate Children’s Book Week. Crafts, Songs, stories.

eBook Workshop, Thursday, May 10, 5:30 p.m. This workshop will help patrons use the free eBooks offered by the library for use with eReaders. Please call to sign up for the class.

Touch-A-Truck Family Fun Day, Saturday, May 12, 10 a.m. to noon. Touch, honk horns, and climb on the vehicles we will have on display. Free fun for the whole family!

Lumpkin County Library Crocheting & Knitting Group, Saturday, May 12, 10 a.m. to noon: Come join this lively knitting group as we create different knitted and crocheted projects to benefit the community. No formal instruction will be provided.

Happy Bookers Book Discussion Group, Thursday, May 17, 1:30 p.m. May Selection: A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith. The Happy Bookers book discussion group meets the third Thursday of each month and discussing fiction, non-fiction, and award-winning books. New members are welcome! Books can be reserved.

Introduction to Microsoft Word & Excel: Thursday, May 17, 5:30 p.m. Explore Microsoft Word and Excel. With Microsoft Word, learn how to create simple documents, edit and format text, correct spelling, adjust margins, save, print and open files. With Microsoft Excel, learn to create, edit and format simple spreadsheets. Participants need to feel comfortable using a mouse. Registration is required.

Pets

Dog Obedience, Agility & Rally-O classes

Classes start May 15-20. Intermediate Obedience is a pre-requisite for Agility. Classes run for seven weeks. Dogs must be four months with vaccinations. $99 ($10 discount on Obedience Classes for adopted shelter dogs). Visit www.dahlonegaobediencegroup.com for class schedules. Dahlonega Obedience Group (D.O.G.), certified instructor Mary Kay Crowell, 706-864-0410

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

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 Donation Drive at Woodland’s Edge

During the month of May donate items of $10 in value to the TLC Humane Society and get 10% off your purchase at Woodland’s Edge Outdoor Outfitter, on the Square at 36 N. Park Street. Donations of premium dog and cat food as well at toys and pet supplies should be taken to the store. Sale items excluded from discount. TLC is Lumpkin County’s no-kill animal shelter.

Senior Services/Activities

lumpkin County Senior Center

266 Mechanicsville Road, 706-864-2358,

lcseniorcenter@windstream.net

Free sculpture class demonstration: The third Free Sculpture Class Demonstration will be at 10 a.m. Monday, May 14, in the Senior Center Art Studio. The topic is “Metal Casting and Wax-working Techniques,” and the demo will be followed by two workshops, 10-12 on Wednesday and Friday.

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.



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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

Overcomers Outreach at Bethlehem Baptist

Bethlehem Baptist Church is offering an “Overcomers Outreach” Biblically based 12-step meeting—a program that addresses everyday problems and afflictions such as addiction, divorce, depression, compulsive behaviors, etc.—on Tuesday nights at 6:30 p.m. in the fellowship hall. 706-864-2743

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

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

Art Workshop

SIMPLIFICATION IN THE GREAT OUTDOORS

Marsha Hamby Savage will offer the Plein Air workshop for all skill levels from 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, May 17-19, at The Art Loft. Students will work in either pastel or oil as they plan a painting, begin it, and keep their focus. $345. To register, call Anita Elder, 706-429-6008, aelder1@windstream.net, www.artloft.net

Education/Classes

Stewards of Children Training May 11

This child sexual abuse prevention training program is offered on the 2nd Friday of each month at the Dahlonega Presbyterian Church. May’s session will be held from 5:30-8 p.m. May 11. Deadline for registration is May 4. $10/person includes a meal and child care. Contact Brenda Cronan, Family Connection Director, at 706-867-7047 or bcronan@lumpkin.k12.ga.us for information or to reserve a spot.

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.

Appalachian Basket Weaving: Learn to weave an egg basket from kudzu vines supplied by your instructor. Saturday, May 12, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. $79 Regina Hines.

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.

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

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.

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

Church/Religious Events

Gospel Singing

Yahoola Boys at Nimblewill Saturday

The Yahoola Boys will be singing at Nimblewill Baptist Church Saturday, May 12, 6:30 p.m. Everyone is welcome.

Singing Saturday at Community Chapel Church

Community Chapel Church in Frogtown will have a singing Saturday, May 12, at 7 p.m. featuring The Guiding Lights.

Freedom MInistries saturday night singing

Saturday night singing: Big Oak Gospel Music at 7 p.m. each Saturday. Featured singers on May 12 are the Goss Family, Fresh Start, and Glorybound. 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

Mountain View needs yard sale donations

Mountain View Baptist Church is seeking donations for a yard sale from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, June 2, at Community & Southern Bank.Call Lynn at 770-820-3938 to request pickup. Proceeds will go to a missionary trip to Cades Cove to spread the Word of God. (5/16)

Overcomers Outreach at Bethlehem Baptist

Bethlehem Baptist Church is now offering an “Overcomers Outreach” Biblically based 12-step meeting—a program that addresses everyday problems and afflictions such as addiction, divorce, depression, compulsive behaviors, etc.—on Tuesday nights at 6:30 p.m. in the fellowship hall. 706-864-2743 (5/16)

Saturday fundraiser at Great Fynds for DCOG

Dahlonega Church of God will have a fund raising event Saturday, May 12, at Great Fynds on the square from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. In addition to selling baked goods and raffling a quilt in front of the store, 20 percent of store sales will go to the church in support of its Teacup Widows Ministry. The ministry offers support and caring to widows.

UnitARIAn Universalist church

Georgia Mountains Unitarian Universalist Church is a welcoming congregation. On May 13 The Reverend Dr. Barry Whittemore will present “Capek, Flowers, and Ecclesiolog,” honoring the Rev. Norbert Capek, who pioneered Unitarianism in Czechoslovakia, created the Flower Service, and was later martyred. Prior to the sermon a Bridging Ceremony for r graduating seniors will be held. Everyone is asked to bring a flower. 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

Fun and good food May 11-12 in Auraria

The Lighthouse Baptist Church of Dahlonega is holding a benefit at the Auraria Community Clubhouse Friday and Saturday, May 11 and 12, to raise funds for the youth group gospel retreat. The event starts at 7 a.m. with breakfast. Beginning at noon, hamburgers, hotdogs and barbecue sandwich plates will be served, drinks included. There will be a bake sale all day with a cake walk ($2) held at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Oil paintings by a local artist will be sold. and one will be given away to the 50th customer each day. Raffle ($3) for a king-size hand quilted quilt on May 12—you don’t need to be present to win.

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

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 

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

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

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

More Pets

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.

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

Music/Drama/Film & More

Jamming on the Square every Saturday

Ann Whitley and friends will host the May 12 Dahlonega Appalachian Jam. Acoustic musicians gather on the lawn of the Dahlonega Gold Museum from 2-5 p.m. every Saturday through Oct. 13 for the jam that welcomes pickers and listeners. Produced by Dahlonega Downtown Development Authority and Better Hometown Program. Facebook group: Dahlonega Appalachian Jam, 706-864-3513

Dahlonega Mountain Dance May 11

The Dahlonega Mountain Dance will be held at 7:30 p.m. Friday, May 11, at the Woodman of the World Building, above Cranberry Corners. Music will be provided by Mountain Mayhem, and caller is Walter Daves. Please wear soft-soled shoes. A suggested donation of $8 will be accepted to benefit the Georgia Pick & Bow Traditional Music School. Visit Dahlonega Mountain Dance on Facebook.

events at NGCSU

Pickin’ Porch Old Time Jam: 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

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

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, 7:30-9:30 p.m. Tom & Juli. Hundreds of cover songs from the 60s, 70s, 80s and 90s while you dine. Free. (Moved to Wednesday from Thursday through May.)

Friday, May 11, 8-10 p.m.+: Nora Jane Struthers, $12 Advance/$14 Day of Show. It’s not really bluegrass, it’s not really old time,

it’s not folk—it’s all of these things,”- that’s how Nora Jane describes her music. Winner of the neo-traditional band competition at West Virginia’s Appalachian String Band Festival, and a finalist in Colorado’s Telluride Troubadour competition, Nora Jane is considered one of

the most ‘up & coming’ voices of Americana Music, with the cream of Nashville’s musicians together on her first ‘solo’ CD. www.NoraJaneStruthers.com

Saturday, May 12, 8-10+ p.m.: The Kenney-Blackmon String Band CD Release Party with special guests, The Buzzard Mountain

Boys. $12 advance, $14 day of show. After years of crossing musical paths together, legendary fiddler, David Blackmon, and his wife Noel have teamed up with Dahlonega’s own Jason Kenney

and renowned bassist Chris Enghauser to create an excitingly fresh acoustic sound. This concert celebrates the release of the string band’s first CD, The Singing Tree. They will be joined by The Buzzard Mountain Boys, Jim White and Joe Matteson, known around the area for their traditional mountain music and brotherly harmonies which are interspersed with enough corny humor to make it fun.

Sunday, 2-5 p.m. Old-Time Music Jam. Bring your instruments and/or voices and join in on/around the stage, or have a seat and just listen as a 90-0s-year-old “pickin’ and grinnin” tradition continues. Free. Hosted by Whistlin Rufus.

Sunday, May 13, 8-10 p.m.: Tree Leaf Recording Artists Songwriters Showcase. $10 advance/$12 day of show. Five up and coming young musicians who are currently recording at Tree Leaf Music have grown into dynamic songwriters and performers who play roots, blues and soul music!. Atlanta Blues Queen, Donna Hopkins, is their producer. www.treeleafmusic.com

Monday, 7-10 p.m.: Audition’ Open Mic. $3. Every 2nd and 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

Grant Searcey Art Show and Opening Reception Featuring Musical Guest Erick Jones of American Anodyne, Wednesday, May 9, 7 p.m. Dahlonega artist Grant Searcey has been professionally painting since 1996. Drawing influences from comic books and graffiti art, his highly stylized art can be found in galleries and shops world-wide. The art show and reception party will feature original paintings by Searcey with a special musical guest Erick Jones of American Anodyne. Free.

Shari Garrett Free/Benefit Concert, 6 p.m., Friday, May 11. Young local actress Shari Garrett has been selected to participate in a summer workshop in a New York theater, and will present this concert to help raise funds for trip expenses. Read more on Page 1B.

One Acts, 8 p.m. Thursday, May 17. A combination of one-act plays written by local and well-known playwrights. $10, students with ID $7.

The Sound Of Music, a production of Mello Drama, an independent theater company, May 18, 19, and 20 and 25, 26, 27, Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m., Sundays at 2 p.m. The classic musical by Rodgers and Hammerstein will feature “beautiful scenery, fabulous vocals, adorable children, and a story line that will bless your heart in so many ways.” $15.

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, May 12: D’Railed

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

Live entertainment Friday and Saturday 6-9 p.m.

May 16: Down by the Bayou with a Wine Tasting

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, May 11, 8:30-11:30 p.m.: Sarah Peacock. Sarah is a powerhouse pop country vocalist and performer with a style reminiscent of Heart’s Ann Wilson and a boot-kickin’ twist of the Sugarland “country-ness.” Add a hint of classic rock on the palate, throw in the fact that her songs are melodic and catchy, and you’ve got a star in the making. Averaging over 200 dates a year, Atlanta native Sarah Peacock tours full time to cities all over the globe. All ages welcome. No cover charge.

Saturday May 12, 12-3 p.m. Tom and Juli on the deck. Listen to an incredible repertoire of cover songs from this popular Dahlonega duo.

Saturday May 12, 8:30-11:30 p.m.: Emily White. Growing up in a home of musicians, Emily was constantly immersed in music for as long as she can remember. Her mother first introduced her to performing on stage at the age of 9, where she sang in front of a crowd of close to 5,000 ... from that moment on she knew that she wanted to pursue a career that allowed her to share her talents with the world. Now 16 and armed with that knowledge, she has since created a unique style all her own—one which shows vocal maturity beyond her years. Her music is both sweet and melancholy, but still filled with the hope of youth. She has performed across the southeast at local state parks, city celebrations, restaurants, coffee shops, and even performed at Tootsie’s Orchid Lounge in Nashville, Tenn. Recently she had the opportunity to be the opening act for the award winning country music group Confederate Railroad and also the Atlanta Rhythm Section. These experiences have helped her develop the confidence of her songwriting and her poise as a performer. 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.

BOOK/BAKE SALE AT LIBRARY May 12

The Lumpkin County Library, in partnership with the Dahlonega Woman’s Club, will hold a bake sale and book sale from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, May 12. Come early to stake your claim on some delicious baked goods and drinks, and then browse the book sale. All proceeds will benefit the Lumpkin County Library.

The Library is part of the Chestatee Regional Library System and serves all members of the Lumpkin County community. 706-864-3668, www.chestateelibrary.org

Volunteer Appreciation at Gold Museum

On Tuesday, May 15, the Dahlonega Gold Museum State Historic Site will show their appreciation to volunteers and welcome new volunteers at an informational open house from 5:30-7 p.m. Volunteers greet the public, contribute to the museum’s upkeep, and serve as ambassadors for the town. Admission is free to current and potential volunteers.

Pie contest coming, bakers needed

Lumpkin County Literacy Coalition is looking for pie bakers to enter the 5th Annual Pie Squared Competition. The popular pie baking contest/tasting will take place from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, May 26, at St. Luke’s Catholic Church and Hancock Park. Awards will be presented in two categories—Savory and Sweet pies. The entry fee is $5 with proceeds going to the Dolly Parton Imagination Library, which is administered locally by LCLC and which mails free books to Lumpkin children birth through 5 years. Deadline to submit entry forms for the pie competition is May 23. Tickets are also available for the festive pie tasting following the judging. Tickets are $10 for five tasting or drink coupons. The entry form is online at lumpkinliteracy.org/events or call 706-867-9607.

Blood Drive

Blood Drives May 18 and 22

The American Red Cross Bloodmobile has scheduled two upcoming stops in Lumpkin County. On Friday, May 18, Community & Southern Bank will host the bloodmobile at 53 Mechanicsville Road from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. On Tuesday, May 22, again from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., the bloodmobile will be at the Lumpkin County Library. For more information and an appointment on May 22, contact the library at 706-864-3668.

Community Support Activities

Adopt a NOA Mom for Mother’s Day

NOA is again sponsoring the Adopt a Mom program for Mother’s Day. Mothers in the NOA program are often more focused on survival than on caring for themselves. Through this program donors can “Adopt a Mom” by preparing a Mother’s Care Package. These packages can include items such as nail and hair care products, deoderant, razors and shaving cream, or even certificates for manicures or pedicures or hair cuts. Assembled baskets (or bags) can be dropped off in Dahlonega at Southern Finds (40 North Grove Street) or at the NOA office (706-864-1306). All baskets should be dropped off no later than May 11 by 5 p.m. NOA will then distribute baskets to moms in the NOA program for Mother’s Day. For questions or more information contact Nicole Alvarez at 706-864-1306 Ext 6.

TLC Humane society needs Yard sale items

TLC Humane Society is collecting gently used items for its annual yard sale to be held June 2. Donate items by calling Mary Waits, 770-823-3908.

Recycle shoes at Lumpkin locations

Keep Our Mountains Beautiful and The Lumpkin County Commissioners joins other organizations to ‘Turn Up The Sole’ in an effort to recycle 100,000 pairs of shoes in celebration of Earth Day. Through May 25, individuals can take new/gently used pairs of shoes to three locations in Lumpkin County for recycling: Lumpkin County Courthouse, the Dahlonega/Lumpkin County Chamber of Commerce and the recycling processing center at 1642 Red Oaks Flat Road. Shoes should be tied together or rubber banded. They will be delivered to Soles4Souls, an international shoe charity. 706-894-2785.

Brick Fundraiser for Cherokee museum

The Yahoola United Cherokee Museum and Cultural Education Center, Inc. is selling engraved bricks which will become part of the permanent Cherokee Memorial walkway leading to the Museum from the parking area. Bricks are $55 each and will bear a personal message. Proceeds from the Pave the Way Program go toward the building of the museum. Pave the Way brochures are available at the Welcome Center or on the Web at yahoolacherokeemuseum.com.

Monthly Habitat surplus sale May 11-13

Habitat for Humanity holds a surplus sale of home construction and remodeling supplies (including tools and decorating items) on the second weekend of each month. The items are available Friday and Saturday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 16 Westbrook Drive. (next to Chestatee Animal Hospital on Highway 52 East). All proceeds benefit Habitat.

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.

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

Children & Young Adults

Free teen driving program offered May 22

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

Farmers Market

FARMERS MARKET RETURNS in New location

The Dahlonega Farmers Market is open 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays in a new location this year. The market features locally grown, seasonal vegetables and fruits as well as jams, honeys, herbs, flowers and plants at West Main and Waters streets (across from the Holly Theater). Farmers interested in participating can obtain a permit ($15/month) at City Hall, 465 Riley Road. Become a Fan of the “Dahlonega Farmers Market” on Facebook. Rebecca Shirley, 706-864-6133

Races/Festivals

5K Run/Fun Run for Atlanta 2-Day Walk

The Savin’ The Girls 5k Run/Walk & one mile Fun Run will take place at 6:30 p.m. Friday, May 11, at Veteran’s Memorial Park, Dawsonville. The event will raise money for The Atlanta two Day Walk for Breast Cancer. Fees are 5K $25, Fun Run $20. savinthegirls.com.

2012 Ellijay Ham Fest:

Amateur Radio Operators (Hams) and citizens interested in radio communications are invited to attend the 2012 Ellijay Ham Fest from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, May 12, at the Gilmer County Civic Center, South Main Street, Ellijay. There will be vendors and hams with equipment to trade or sell. For information/reservation for a table go to www.w4hhh.org or contact Dave, 706-276-4043. $5 admission. Sponsored by the Ellijay Amateur Radio Society

Mountain flower Art Festival May 19-20

The Mountain Flower Art Festival, this year produced by the Dahlonega Arts Council, will be held Saturday and Sunday, May 19-20, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The event continues a fine art and quality craft festival which has been a tradition on the public square on the third weekend of May for 26 years. www.DahlonegaArts.org

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.

Free Online Classes: Register with your library card at www.chestateelibrary.org

Universal Class Introduction, Wednesday, May 9, 9 a.m. Learn all about Universal Class, including how to set up an account and enroll in classes. The free online classes in all kinds of subject areas are offered by the library. Please call to sign up for the class.

Clifford the Big Red Dog, Wednesday, May 9, 1 p.m. Clifford will to the library to help celebrate Children’s Book Week. Crafts, Songs, stories.

eBook Workshop, Thursday, May 10, 5:30 p.m. This workshop will help patrons use the free eBooks offered by the library for use with eReaders. Please call to sign up for the class.

Touch-A-Truck Family Fun Day, Saturday, May 12, 10 a.m. to noon. Touch, honk horns, and climb on the vehicles we will have on display. Free fun for the whole family!

Lumpkin County Library Crocheting & Knitting Group, Saturday, May 12, 10 a.m. to noon: Come join this lively knitting group as we create different knitted and crocheted projects to benefit the community. No formal instruction will be provided.

Happy Bookers Book Discussion Group, Thursday, May 17, 1:30 p.m. May Selection: A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith. The Happy Bookers book discussion group meets the third Thursday of each month and discussing fiction, non-fiction, and award-winning books. New members are welcome! Books can be reserved.

Introduction to Microsoft Word & Excel: Thursday, May 17, 5:30 p.m. Explore Microsoft Word and Excel. With Microsoft Word, learn how to create simple documents, edit and format text, correct spelling, adjust margins, save, print and open files. With Microsoft Excel, learn to create, edit and format simple spreadsheets. Participants need to feel comfortable using a mouse. Registration is required.

Pets

Dog Obedience, Agility & Rally-O classes

Classes start May 15-20. Intermediate Obedience is a pre-requisite for Agility. Classes run for seven weeks. Dogs must be four months with vaccinations. $99 ($10 discount on Obedience Classes for adopted shelter dogs). Visit www.dahlonegaobediencegroup.com for class schedules. Dahlonega Obedience Group (D.O.G.), certified instructor Mary Kay Crowell, 706-864-0410

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

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 Donation Drive at Woodland’s Edge

During the month of May donate items of $10 in value to the TLC Humane Society and get 10% off your purchase at Woodland’s Edge Outdoor Outfitter, on the Square at 36 N. Park Street. Donations of premium dog and cat food as well at toys and pet supplies should be taken to the store. Sale items excluded from discount. TLC is Lumpkin County’s no-kill animal shelter.

Senior Services/Activities

lumpkin County Senior Center

266 Mechanicsville Road, 706-864-2358,

lcseniorcenter@windstream.net

Free sculpture class demonstration: The third Free Sculpture Class Demonstration will be at 10 a.m. Monday, May 14, in the Senior Center Art Studio. The topic is “Metal Casting and Wax-working Techniques,” and the demo will be followed by two workshops, 10-12 on Wednesday and Friday.

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.



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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

Overcomers Outreach at Bethlehem Baptist

Bethlehem Baptist Church is offering an “Overcomers Outreach” Biblically based 12-step meeting—a program that addresses everyday problems and afflictions such as addiction, divorce, depression, compulsive behaviors, etc.—on Tuesday nights at 6:30 p.m. in the fellowship hall. 706-864-2743

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

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

Art Workshop

SIMPLIFICATION IN THE GREAT OUTDOORS

Marsha Hamby Savage will offer the Plein Air workshop for all skill levels from 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, May 17-19, at The Art Loft. Students will work in either pastel or oil as they plan a painting, begin it, and keep their focus. $345. To register, call Anita Elder, 706-429-6008, aelder1@windstream.net, www.artloft.net

Education/Classes

Stewards of Children Training May 11

This child sexual abuse prevention training program is offered on the 2nd Friday of each month at the Dahlonega Presbyterian Church. May’s session will be held from 5:30-8 p.m. May 11. Deadline for registration is May 4. $10/person includes a meal and child care. Contact Brenda Cronan, Family Connection Director, at 706-867-7047 or bcronan@lumpkin.k12.ga.us for information or to reserve a spot.

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.

Appalachian Basket Weaving: Learn to weave an egg basket from kudzu vines supplied by your instructor. Saturday, May 12, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. $79 Regina Hines.

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.

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

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.

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

Church/Religious Events

Gospel Singing

Yahoola Boys at Nimblewill Saturday

The Yahoola Boys will be singing at Nimblewill Baptist Church Saturday, May 12, 6:30 p.m. Everyone is welcome.

Singing Saturday at Community Chapel Church

Community Chapel Church in Frogtown will have a singing Saturday, May 12, at 7 p.m. featuring The Guiding Lights.

Freedom MInistries saturday night singing

Saturday night singing: Big Oak Gospel Music at 7 p.m. each Saturday. Featured singers on May 12 are the Goss Family, Fresh Start, and Glorybound. 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

Mountain View needs yard sale donations

Mountain View Baptist Church is seeking donations for a yard sale from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, June 2, at Community & Southern Bank.Call Lynn at 770-820-3938 to request pickup. Proceeds will go to a missionary trip to Cades Cove to spread the Word of God. (5/16)

Overcomers Outreach at Bethlehem Baptist

Bethlehem Baptist Church is now offering an “Overcomers Outreach” Biblically based 12-step meeting—a program that addresses everyday problems and afflictions such as addiction, divorce, depression, compulsive behaviors, etc.—on Tuesday nights at 6:30 p.m. in the fellowship hall. 706-864-2743 (5/16)

Saturday fundraiser at Great Fynds for DCOG

Dahlonega Church of God will have a fund raising event Saturday, May 12, at Great Fynds on the square from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. In addition to selling baked goods and raffling a quilt in front of the store, 20 percent of store sales will go to the church in support of its Teacup Widows Ministry. The ministry offers support and caring to widows.

UnitARIAn Universalist church

Georgia Mountains Unitarian Universalist Church is a welcoming congregation. On May 13 The Reverend Dr. Barry Whittemore will present “Capek, Flowers, and Ecclesiolog,” honoring the Rev. Norbert Capek, who pioneered Unitarianism in Czechoslovakia, created the Flower Service, and was later martyred. Prior to the sermon a Bridging Ceremony for r graduating seniors will be held. Everyone is asked to bring a flower. 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

Fun and good food May 11-12 in Auraria

The Lighthouse Baptist Church of Dahlonega is holding a benefit at the Auraria Community Clubhouse Friday and Saturday, May 11 and 12, to raise funds for the youth group gospel retreat. The event starts at 7 a.m. with breakfast. Beginning at noon, hamburgers, hotdogs and barbecue sandwich plates will be served, drinks included. There will be a bake sale all day with a cake walk ($2) held at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Oil paintings by a local artist will be sold. and one will be given away to the 50th customer each day. Raffle ($3) for a king-size hand quilted quilt on May 12—you don’t need to be present to win.

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

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 

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

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

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

More Pets

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.

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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