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Things to do in Dahlonega (July 18th edition)

NOA seeking t-shirt design for Duathlon

NOA (No One Alone), Lumpkin County’s shelter program for victims of domestic violence, is asking area artists to submit T-shirt designs for its annual 2012 Lake Zwerner 5K & Duathlon. Designs should focus on the event—a run/walk/bike around Dahlonega’s Lake Zwerner at the reservoir on Oct. 6. Deadline is July 30. The winning artist will receive a prize as well as recognition in The Nugget and at the event on Oct. 6. Entries can be emailed in PDF format to lakezwerner5k@gmail.com or mailed to NOA, P.O. Box 685, Dahlonega.

Tomato Sandwich supper for Free Clinic July 19

The annual Tomato Sandwich Supper Fundraiser to benefit the Community Helping Place Free Clinic will be held from 5-8 p.m. Thursday, July 19, at the Dahlonega Baptist Church Fellowship Hall. See article page 1B.

Defensive Driving course July 31

An AARP Defensive Driving Course will be held at the United Community Bank, in the community room, 206 Morrison Moore Parkway, on Tuesday, July 31, from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. with an hour lunch break. Completion of the course may entitle students to an auto insurance discount. Students need not be 55 and AARP membership is not required. Registration recommended. $14/person, $2 AARP discount, $5 for education system employees. 706-864-4383

Leading Ladies of Lumpkin Luncheon Aug. 1

A luncheon recognizing Lumpkin’s leading ladies and benefitting the Rainbow Children’s Home will be held at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, Aug.1, at the Baptist Student Union on South Chestatee Street. NGCSU president Dr. Bonita Jacobs will be the keynote speaker. Tickets $20 or $100 for a table of 6. 706-864-5110, www.rainbowchildrnshome.org

Nature & Outdoors

Learn about recreational prospecting July 21-22

Weekend Gold Miners Prospecing Club, Inc., invites the public to learn about recreational gold prospecting at a free common dig on their Tesnatee Creek lease from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, July 21 and 22. Club members will be demonstrating equipment used in their hobby and will be serving hamburgers and hot dogs for lunch. Please bring your own chairs. For maps and information visit www.weekendgoldminers.com or call 770-531-9346.

Smithgall Woods Programs, $5 parking fee or park pass required, 706-878-3087, www.gastateparks.org

Botanical Formulations I: The first of a two part series exploring the preparation of medicinal plants, with demonstration and hands-on medicine making, will be held Saturday, July 28 from 9 a.m. to noon. $30 by July 14, and $35 after that. The second class will be held Aug. 11.

3rd Saturday Youth Fishing Days: Children and special adults are invited to fish from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday, July 21, in Buck Shoals lake, a stocked lake in an unopen state park.

Farmers Markets

Market at Blackburn Park Wednesdays

The new county-operated Lumpkin County Farmers Market at Blackburn Park in the south end of the county will be open through the growing season from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Wednesdays. The market pavilion is located on Blackburn Road, about 1/4 mile past Blackburn Elementary School.

FARMERS MARKET Saturdays in Dahlonega

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

Rides, Races, Festivals

Rumble in the Streets, Cruise-in Aug. 11

The Griffin and Jake Prince “Rumble in the Streets” memorial ride and classic car cruise-in will take place Saturday, Aug. 11. Sponsored by the Sheriff’s Departments of Lumpkin, Dawson, Forsyth and Hall counties, the events benefit the Griffin and Jake Prince Memorial Fund. The approximately 70-mile ride begins at the Lumpkin County Justice Center on Riley Road. Registration ($40/bike) will take place from 9-11 a.m., a pre-ride meeting begins at 11 a.m., and the ride begins at 11:15 a.m. The route circles Lake Lanier and ends up in at Dawsonville City Hall, where the cruise-in will be held from 1-4 p.m. Cruise-in entry fee is a $20 donation. Food will be available from the Pool Room, and music will be provided by the Brian Jarrett Band. Rain date is Sept. 1. Lt. Doug Boyle, boyle@dawsoncountysheriff.org, 770-324-1015

Community Support Needs

Enotah CASA/S.A.F.E. online fundraiser

Enotah CASA and S.A.F.E. (Support in Abusive Family Emergencies) are conducting a collaborative fundraiser to raise money for both agencies. Candles and other household items can be purchased online with proceeds benefitting both agencies. The agencies ask the community to log on to www.celebratinghome.com/Fundraiser/violence/OnlineFundraiserHome.aspx to select items in support of the organizations, and also to share the information with friends. Deadline for the sale if July 31.

Veterans Markers in need of storage sAcks

The Veterans Memorial Marker program needs donations of rayon and/or nylon material as well as volunteer seamstresses to make additional storage sacks for the markers. Please call Paul Hanson, 706-864-7221, if you can help. (7/18)

LCHS Band needs your help

The LCHS band is trying to raise funds and receive donations of food to feed over 100 students during band camp July 23-27. Band funds are tight and supporters feel this savings in expenses will help pay for uniforms, instruments, travel expenses, and more. Contact Debbie Carroll, 678-936-6601, mrsdebbiecarroll@gmail.com if you can help. Donations can be mailed to LCHS Band c/o Andrew Harwood, LCHS, 2001 Indian Drive, Dahlonega, GA, 30533.

LCHS, LCMS Band used Instrument drive

Instruments in your attic? The LCMS and LCHS Marching Band are in need of instruments and are holding a drive for those instruments stashed away in attics and closets that could be put to good use. The band is holding a drive for gently used instruments during band camp July 23-30. Debbie Carroll, 678-936-6601, mrsdebbiecarroll@gmail.com

Engraved bricks for lawn of Gold Museum

Friends of Dahlonega Gold Museum is selling engraved bricks to be installed in the courtyard (suggested donation $75) and the sidewalk (suggested donation $100) of the Dahlonega Gold Museum. The FODG is a non-profit, volunteer organization which raises funds to keep the museum open seven days a week and for maintenance and enhancement projects at the museum. Visit the Gold Museum on the Public Square for information or contact FriendsGoldMuseum@yahoo.com. (1/mo)

AT-EASE program checks on Homebound

This program of the Lumpkin County Sheriff’s Office provides regular contact to those who are homebound, disabled, sick, living alone, or just need the assurance of a friendly voice. Participation can be temporary or ongoing. Registration forms are available on the Sheriff’s Office website at www.lumpkincounty.gov, at the Lumpkin County Sheriff’s Office, and by phone request at 706-864-3633. (7/18)

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

Jr. Jazzercise Fall Registration July 31

Registration will be held Tuesday, July 31, from 6:50 to 7:30 p.m. Classes start Aug 7 at 6:50 p.m. Ages 5-12. More info bgagne@windstream.net

Free teen driving program offered July 24

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

Ballet Barre registering for fall

The Ballet Barre is currently enrolling for the fall season in Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Hip Hop, Contemporary, Pointe, and new this year, Beginning Baton.706-867-1905, www.bbarre.com

MOON MOUNTAIN ART CAMP JULY 23-27

Moon Mountain will hold an art day camp at the Old Cannery, just off the square on Enotah Street, July 23-27, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The emphasis will be on hands-on, interactive, and fun learning, with exposure to a wide range of artistic media and methods. $125 week, or $100 for 3 days (M/W/F). Nora L. Mendoza, Art Director, 706-300-7003, info@noramendoza.com

YMCA Summer Day Camp still registering

Lumpkin County Family YMCA is offering a summer day camp program for ages Pre K-8th grade. A wide range of activities are offered in a safe and fun environment. Following a one-time $15 registration fee, weekly rate is $69 and includes lunch. Hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. with extended hours available at no additional cost from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Themed weeks include: July 23, Animals, and July 30, Camp Celebration.

Senior Services/Activities

lumpkin County Senior Center

266 Mechanicsville Road, 706-864-2358,

lcseniorcenter@windstream.net

SENIOR Co-ed SOFTBALL: Monday, Tuesday and Thursday mornings at 9 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 1 p.m. Thursdays.

YOGA FLOW for PERSONAL Fitness: One-hour classes promoting strength, flexibility, endurance, balance, breath control and stress relief. All fitness levels. $5/class Tues/Th @ 4:15 Paula Bingham, 706-864-2851, pyb3644@hotmail.com

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

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

Summer Reading Program: Registration open through July 31

Book a LIbrarian! Want to brush up on your computer skills? Unsure about email or how to find what you want online? Need to find business, government, or medical information, or want to begin searching for an ancestor? Writing a term paper and unsure of what subject? There is a ton of information out there. Let a librarian be your personal guide. Book a Librarian and reserve the services of our reference librarian for an uninterrupted one-on-one, face to face, one-hour session. Contact Angela Glowcheski, 706-864-3668 ext. 230, or email aglowcheski@chestateelibrary.org to book your appointment.

Children’s Program: The Puppet Guy, Wednesday, July 18, 2 p.m.: Rock out and ROAR with dinosaurs galore and That Puppet Guy, Lee Bryan. A fun-filled, musical review that will keep you in stiches! www.puppetguy.com

Library Web Tools, Wednesday, July 18, 9 a.m. The library offers many online tools for patrons. Whether you are at home or using one of the computers in the library, you can search our shelves, access information and download audio and eBooks. Learn more about the online catalog, eBooks, GALILEO, Universal Class or the features of our website in this class. Registration required.

Happy Bookers Book Club, Thursday, July 19, 1:30 p.m. July Selection: Snow Falling on Cedars by David Guterson. The Happy Bookers book discussion group meets the third Thursday of each month. The group rotates discussing fiction, non-fiction, and award-winning books. New members are welcome. Books can be reserved.

Genealogy Workshop, Saturday, July 21, 11 a.m. Learn how to use the web to trace your family roots. Volunteer William Knight will be on hand to share his knowledge and teach you how to use and access different databases available on the web. Registration is required. 706-864-3668

Teen Program (grades 6-12): Water Wars, Tuesday, July 24, 4 p.m. Celebrate the end of summer reading. Throw water balloons, use

giant water squirters, and enjoy food, friends and fun. Come dressed to get soaked, and don’t forget a towel!

Children’s Program: Todd Key’s Flying Debris, Wednesday, July 25, 2 p.m. Dream Big with Cirque Du Todd comedic juggler. Todd Key is dreaming big and bringing his zany world to the library.

Wellness/Fitness

Free Class by American Cancer Society

The ACS will present a free class at 10:30 a.m. Monday, July 23, at the Lumpkin County Senior Center. Topics include Breast Health/Breast Cancer—self exams, clinical exams, mammograms, risk factors, and screening guidelines; Cervical Cancer Prevention—pelvic exams, pap tests, risk factors, and screening guidelines; HPV and the HPV vaccine, and Colorectal Cancer/screening—risk factors, types of screening, screening guidelines. Call 706-864-2358 for more info.

Connecting to body through movement

This one-time class, Connecting to Body Through Movement and Dance, will be offered by Casey Terrell from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. Friday, July 20, at Dahlonega Healing Arts. 81 Crown Mountain Place, Building E, Suite 100, 706-867-7026

Project Dahlonega Boot Camp

Free co-ed fitness program that motivates and educates individuals in fitness and healthy nutrition. Workout sessions are a balanced mixture of cardio, strength, and agility, and tailored so each fitness level can achieve their maximum potential. No one left behind! Come join us and change your life! Hancock Park, Monday-Friday 5:15-6:15 a.m.

Zumba classes at YMCA

Dance, sweat, and laugh with Zumba. Classes held Monday, Wednesday and Friday 6:30-7:30 p.m. Sign up at Lumpkin Parks YMCA, 706-864-3622. $5 per class.

Yoga at Dahlonega Spa Resort

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

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

Dahlonega Healing Arts

Morning Yoga by Kathryn Crifasi, 678-770-0400, 10:30 a.m. Tuesday 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 and evening one hour classes for all ages and fitness levels promoting improved personal well being while engaging in traditional flowing Yoga postures. $5/class. Paula Bingham 706-864-2851 pyb3644@hotmail.com

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

Music/Drama/Film & More

Jamming on the Square every Saturday

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

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

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

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

www.diningindahlonega.com

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

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

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

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

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

Monthly WineTasting: Sunday, July 29, 4-6 p.m. Appetizer pairings with wine. $50/person includes tax and gratuity. Reservations required.

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

Wednesdays, 7:30-9:30 p.m. Tom & Juli. Hundreds of cover songs from the 60s, 70s, 80s and 90s while you dine. Free.

Thursday, July 19, 7-10 p.m.: Audition Open Mic Night. Amateurs and up-and-coming artists alike are invited 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 (Monday, July 30) to win their own show at the Moon.

Friday, July 20, 8-10 p.m.+: Jay Drummonds Band. E.B. Reece opens. $15/$12 Day of Show. Back in the 90s Jay was one of

Dahlonega’s premier hometown acts playing his brand of original country music at venues such as Eddie’s Attic, The Freightroom, and Nashville’s Bluebird Café. Later Jay collaborated with Grammy nominee, Shawn Mullins, who is just one of the folks who’ve been encouraging him to get back into his musical ‘roots’. Singer, songwriter, musician, EB Reece grew up in the

small town of Ellijay, performing since age 13. She recorded her first record in Nashville and has collaborated with many singer/songwriters.

Saturday, July 21, 8-10 p.m.+: The Callaghan Trio. Matthew Kahler opens. $17 Advance / $20 Day of Show. Performing live Callaghan

plays piano and guitar and delivers a vocal which earns frequent comparisons with artists like Sarah McLachlan and Emmy Lou Harris. Her songs chronicle stories and moments from her own life and from others. They are beautiful stories matched with memorable melodies and one astonishing voice. She’ll have two other players backing her up for her first trio show at the Moon. www.CallaghanSongs.com

Sunday, July 22, 7:30-9:30 p.m.: Sunday Jazz Jam. “Jazz junkies” invited to come be a part of on/off stage or just enjoy from a table view. A number of North Georgia’s finest jazz players show up with instruments in hand to join the host in what is quickly growing to be one of the best ‘jazz jams’ in all of North Georgia with piano, a variety of horns, as well as guitars, bass and drums.

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

www.hollytheater.com

Sylvia, a production of the Holly Theater Company. Weekends through July 29: Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m. $15. Story this page.

Lingo Lounge, Thursday, July 26. Open mic for writers—”the right place for writers,” at the Holly Underground. Doors open at 7:30 p.m., readers theater begins at 8 p.m. Relax, listen, linger, mingle. DJ Tommy Pirone provides music for after party. Free admission. All listeners and readers welcome.

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

Thursdays: College Night

Fridays: Live entertainment

Tuesdays: Country Western Music night

Friday, July 20: Stoned Sandwich

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

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

Le Petit Café, 259 Church Street, 706-867-0000, www.lepetitcafedahlonega.com

Saturday, July 28, 7 p.m.: International Evening: A Taste of the Caribbean. $25.00 per person. Dinner, music, trivia quiz, limbo dancing. Reservations only.

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, July 20, 8:30-11:30 p.m. Erick Jones. Whether performing with the Atlanta based country-rock band American Anodyne, the North Georgia folk group Ugly Cousin, or solo acoustic, Erick Jones’ narrative storytelling draws upon the trials of small-town life in the south, drunken revelry, and searching for redemption in the era of the “new depression.” All ages welcome. No cover charge.

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

Saturday, July 21, 8:30-11:30 p.m. Petie Wheatstraw and Dr. Thunder. All ages, no cover charge.

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

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

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WINE TASTING

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

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

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

Reunions

LCHS Class of ’91 invited to class of ’92

As the LCHS class of 1991 canceled plans for a 20th reunion, members are invited to join the class of 1992 at its 20th reunion at 7 p.m. Saturday, July 21, at the Dahlonega Marketplace on the square. Thomas Moore, thomasanddianna.moore on Facebook.

LCHS Class of ’92

Lumpkin County High School Class of ‘92 will hold its 20-year Reunion Saturday, July 21. All classmates and teachers are invited catch up with old friends, munch on comfort food catered by hometown favorite The Wagon Wheel, sing some karaoke and dance the night away at The Marketplace on the Dahlonega Public Square Saturday, July 21, beginning at 7 p.m. Pre-party at Shenanigan’s Friday, July 20, with music by Erick Jones (Class of ‘91). Early morning yoga class with Paige Buckheister (Class of ‘92) Saturday. Additional activities are in the works.To learn more and register, go to http://92indians.blogspot.com/.

Cantrell Family Reunion July 28

The family of George and Dora Cantrell will have a dinner at Lumpkin County Parks YMCA from 1-4 p.m. Saturday, July 28. Please bring a dish and join in. Deborah Anderson, 706-344-8777

Free Meals/Food/Help

Free meals for school-aged children

Step of Faith Outreach, Inc. will offer a Summer Food Service Program in Lumpkin County at W.L. Whelchel Family LIfe Center, 69 Hickory Grove Road. Free nutritious breakfasts (8-9 a.m.) and lunches (noon-1 p.m.) will be served to any school aged child 18 years and younger Mondays through Fridays from June 4-August 3. Take GA-52 east out of Dahlonega for about 5.5 miles, then turn right onto Old Dahlonega Hwy. and go 2.3 miles. Life Center is on the left right behind Hickory Grove CME Church. For more information, or to volunteer to help, call 678-617-9913 or 706-867-6879. The program is sponsored by The U.S. Department of Agriculture.

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

Art Workshops

Digital Photography Workshop

Jon McLean from JMP Studio, LLC (www.jmpstudio.com), will lead a three-day workshop focusing on technical skills, composition, and use of lighting in digital photography as well as using photo editing software. 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, July 19-21, at the Art Loft in Dahlonega. $295. Anita Elder, 706-429-6008, www.artloft.net

Support Groups

Family class on mental illness starts Aug. 7

NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) Forsyth/Dawson/Lumpkin will offer a new Family-to-Family Course Tuesdays from 6:30-9 p.m. Aug. 7 through Oct. 17. The course is suitable for parents, siblings, spouses, adult children and significant others who are caregivers of adult individuals diagnosed with conditions such as schizophrenia, major depression, bipolar disorder, panic disorder, obsessive compulsive disorder, post traumatic stress disorder and co-occurring brain and addictive disorders. Families, close friends or mentors of veterans who may be experiencing PTSD would also benefit from this course. The class will be held in Cumming. Pre-registration required. Ovie Hughie, 678-341-9414, oviehughie@aol.com

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

Support for victims of family violence

The NOA Network Support Group meets weekly in Dawsonville and Dahlonega to provide emotional support to victims of family violence and their children. Topics are led by a licensed counselor and include: Building Self-Esteem, Managing Emotions, Healthy Relationships, etc. Childcare and snacks are provided. The Dawson group meets in Dawsonville on Wednesdays from 6:30-7:45 p.m. The Lumpkin group meets in Dahlonega on Mondays from 6:30-7:30 p.m. Please call NOA (No One Alone) at 706-867-6420 for more information or to join a group. 24-Hour Crisis Line, 706-864-1986, or live webchat available- www.noonealone.org

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

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

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

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

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

Pets

rabies/wellness clinic in Gainesville Saturday

The Humane Society of Northeast Georgia (GSBG) will hold a weekend Rabies & Wellness Clinic Saturday, July 21, 9-11 a.m. at the WalMart on Highway 400 and Shallowford Road in Gainesville. Low-cost rabies shots and annual vaccinations, microchipping for cats and dogs as well as flea and tick control products will be available. Cost is $10 per shot and $20 for microchipping. Puppies and kittens must be at least 3 months old for rabies vaccinations. All pets much be in a carrier or securely leashed. GSBG is a 501(c)3 organization and serves all of northeast Georgia. Proceeds from clinic will benefit the animals in the shelter’s care. Call (770) 532-6617 or email julieedwards@hsnega.org if you have any questions.

Micro-chipping at animal shelter

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

volunteer pets needed

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

TLC Donations needed

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

Purchases from online retailers benefit TLC

TLC Humane Society has partnered with Adoptashelter.com to raise money for Lumpkin County’s no-kill shelter. Any item purchased through http://adoptashelter.com/MallPortal/?shelter_id=1487 at over 400 retailers such as Amazon, Walmart, iTunes, Office Depot and others earns money for TLC. All prices, customer service and discounts are exactly the same as going directly to the merchant.

TLC seeks volunteers, trainer assistants

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

Church/Religious Events

Gospel Singing

Freedom MInistries saturday night singing

Saturday night singing: Big Oak Gospel Music at 7 p.m. each Saturday. Featured singers on July 21 are Three or More, Forever Alive, and Under Grace. 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

MARKSMEN Mountain Music Camp July 23

The Marksmen Quartet Mountain Music Camp will be held at Wahoo Baptist Church in Murrayville Monday-Thursday, July 23-26. The event features shape-note singing, instrument workshops, old-time preaching and worship, gospel bluegrass jam sessions and other activities. Singers will be The Marksmen Quartet and the Ward Family. Registration is $100 per person. For more information and registration forms, visit http://www.mmmcamp.com/ or call (770) 983-7181 or (678) 617-7575. The Marksman Quartet was nominated in 2012 for Society for Preservation of Bluegrass Music in America Contemporary Bluegrass Gospel Group of the Year, an award they have received four times in the past. The four-time Country Gospel Quartet of the Year winners from the Country Gospel Music Guild will perform many of their hit songs.

Revival Continues at Pleasant Hill Baptist

Pleasant Hill Baptist Church is holding revival services through Friday, July 20. The Sunday night service begins at 6 p.m., with weeknight services at 7 p.m. Visiting preachers are Brent Webb and Donnie Fuller. Pastor Jerry Whitlock welcomes everyone.

Revival continues at Siloam baptist

Siloam Baptist Church will continue Summer Revival Services at 11 a.m. and at 7 p.m. through Friday, July 20. Casey Robinson and Rex Fuller are the visiting preachers. Tony Allison, Pastor.

Revival at Town Creek Baptist starts Sunday

Revival Services will be held at Town Creek Baptist Church Sunday, July 22, through Friday, July 27, at 11 a.m. and 7 p.m. daily. Darren Cain will be assisting Pastor Casey Robinson. Everyone is welcome to attend.

Revival Starts Sunday at Enon Baptist

Enon Baptist Church, Hwy. 60, Dahlonega, will hold revival from Sunday, July 22, through Friday, July 27. Services begin at 6:30 p.m. Sunday and at 7 p.m. weeknights. Everyone is welcome.

Revival starts Sunday at Mill Creek

Mill Creek Baptist Church will have revival Sunday through Saturday, July 22-28, with services at 11a.m. and 7:30 p.m. daily. Pastor Rodney Pilcher invites everyone.

Revival starts Sunday at Oak Grove

Oak Grove Baptist Church will have revival services Sunday, July 22, through Friday, July 27, at 7:30 p.m. each night. Visiting preachers will be Rev. Harold Evans and Rev. Steven Davis. Pastor Allen Swafford invites everyone to attend.

Nimblewill Baptist Revival starts Sunday

Nimblewill Baptist Church will hold revival at 11 a.m. and 7:30 p.m. daily Sunday, July 22, through Saturday, July 28. Assisting pastor Todd Skinner are Jeff Wilkie and Jonathan Kirby. Everyone is invited.

Sacred Grounds at DPC July 22

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

UnitARIAn Universalist church

Georgia Mountains Unitarian Universalist Church is a welcoming congregation. On July 22, Joe Cook, Executive Director & Riverkeeper of the Coosa River Basin Initiative, will speak on the Dawson Forest Reservoir and water conservation. 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

Homecoming, music at Mt. Lebanon Aug. 5

Mt. Lebanon Baptist Church in Suches will be celebrating homecoming at 10:30 a.m. Sunday, Aug. 5. Dr. Fred B. Craddock, founding pastor of Cherry Log Christian Church and Director of the Craddock Center, a program serving the needs of people of Southern Appalachia, will be the guest speaker. Special music will be presented by Mike Perdue, formerly of the Homeland Boys, and award-winning fiddle player Alex Thomlinson. There will be a covered dish dinner on the grounds following the service. All are welcome.

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

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, 404-377-1194

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

STRING INSTRUMENT Lessons

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

Weekend camp for drummers

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

Art Lessons

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

Drawing for the Fun of It by Jon Dahlstrom

Drawing classes/workshops for age seven and up, portfolio reviews. The Artists Corner in Cranberry Corners on the Square. 706-482-0258, jon@scrapsnscribbles.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

Volunteers

Adult Literacy Tutors: The Adult Literacy Program (ALP) of Lumpkin County is seeking volunteer tutors to work with adults on their reading skills. Training is available. For more information call Vikki Condrey, 706-429-4517.

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: Do you like to knit, crochet, sew or craft? Can you run an errand or clean a yard for someone? Will you help meet the needs of patients and families living with a life-limiting illness? Would you just spend time visiting with a hospice patient? Gail Manter, Manager of Volunteer Services, Odyssey Hospice 706-549-5736 or 877-637-9432.

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, http://www.lumpkinliteracy.org/

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. David Faile, Volunteer Services Director, 706-867-9621

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

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

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

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 at each county elementary school. 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

preschool Programs Registering:

Dahlonega United Methodist Church MMO/Preschool. Ages Toddlers-Pre-K class. 706-864-8521, dahlonegaumc.org/ministries/mmo-and-preschool

Lumpkin County Head Start/Pre-K. Children will need to be age 3 or 4 by Sept. 1. The program welcomes children with disabilities and does not discriminate. 706-864-3456

SCOUTING:

Boy Scout Troop 36 is chartered by the Mountain Ranger Association and meets Monday nights at 6:30 p.m. at their scout hut located at Camp Frank Merrill 5th RTB. Troop 36 participates in a 50-mile hiking/canoe trip every summer, as well as camping, kayaking, backpacking, rock climbing and caving year round. Don McElliott, 706-864-0278, www.dahlonega36.mytroop.us

Boy Scouts of America Troop 303 (ages 13-17) meets each Monday (when school is in session) from 6– 7:30 p.m. in the basement of the Community House, at the corner on North Park and Hawkins streets. The active troop schedules monthly outings and regular merit badge classes. Scoutmaster Scotty Erwin, 706-969-8117; Committee Chairman Beecher DuVall, wbdgnld@windstream.net

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 

Education/Classes

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, 706-429-4517

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

Paychecks may be available for GED studENTS

For working on getting your GED, a new Federal Program may pay you up to $72 per week for up to six months for gas and lunch, plus testing fees and day care for single parents. Call 706-867-2862 to see if you qualify.

S.A.T. and Study Prep

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

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

Buddhist meditation and study group

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

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

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.

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.

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Things to do in Dahlonega (July 18th edition)

NOA seeking t-shirt design for Duathlon

NOA (No One Alone), Lumpkin County’s shelter program for victims of domestic violence, is asking area artists to submit T-shirt designs for its annual 2012 Lake Zwerner 5K & Duathlon. Designs should focus on the event—a run/walk/bike around Dahlonega’s Lake Zwerner at the reservoir on Oct. 6. Deadline is July 30. The winning artist will receive a prize as well as recognition in The Nugget and at the event on Oct. 6. Entries can be emailed in PDF format to lakezwerner5k@gmail.com or mailed to NOA, P.O. Box 685, Dahlonega.

Tomato Sandwich supper for Free Clinic July 19

The annual Tomato Sandwich Supper Fundraiser to benefit the Community Helping Place Free Clinic will be held from 5-8 p.m. Thursday, July 19, at the Dahlonega Baptist Church Fellowship Hall. See article page 1B.

Defensive Driving course July 31

An AARP Defensive Driving Course will be held at the United Community Bank, in the community room, 206 Morrison Moore Parkway, on Tuesday, July 31, from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. with an hour lunch break. Completion of the course may entitle students to an auto insurance discount. Students need not be 55 and AARP membership is not required. Registration recommended. $14/person, $2 AARP discount, $5 for education system employees. 706-864-4383

Leading Ladies of Lumpkin Luncheon Aug. 1

A luncheon recognizing Lumpkin’s leading ladies and benefitting the Rainbow Children’s Home will be held at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, Aug.1, at the Baptist Student Union on South Chestatee Street. NGCSU president Dr. Bonita Jacobs will be the keynote speaker. Tickets $20 or $100 for a table of 6. 706-864-5110, www.rainbowchildrnshome.org

Nature & Outdoors

Learn about recreational prospecting July 21-22

Weekend Gold Miners Prospecing Club, Inc., invites the public to learn about recreational gold prospecting at a free common dig on their Tesnatee Creek lease from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, July 21 and 22. Club members will be demonstrating equipment used in their hobby and will be serving hamburgers and hot dogs for lunch. Please bring your own chairs. For maps and information visit www.weekendgoldminers.com or call 770-531-9346.

Smithgall Woods Programs, $5 parking fee or park pass required, 706-878-3087, www.gastateparks.org

Botanical Formulations I: The first of a two part series exploring the preparation of medicinal plants, with demonstration and hands-on medicine making, will be held Saturday, July 28 from 9 a.m. to noon. $30 by July 14, and $35 after that. The second class will be held Aug. 11.

3rd Saturday Youth Fishing Days: Children and special adults are invited to fish from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday, July 21, in Buck Shoals lake, a stocked lake in an unopen state park.

Farmers Markets

Market at Blackburn Park Wednesdays

The new county-operated Lumpkin County Farmers Market at Blackburn Park in the south end of the county will be open through the growing season from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Wednesdays. The market pavilion is located on Blackburn Road, about 1/4 mile past Blackburn Elementary School.

FARMERS MARKET Saturdays in Dahlonega

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

Rides, Races, Festivals

Rumble in the Streets, Cruise-in Aug. 11

The Griffin and Jake Prince “Rumble in the Streets” memorial ride and classic car cruise-in will take place Saturday, Aug. 11. Sponsored by the Sheriff’s Departments of Lumpkin, Dawson, Forsyth and Hall counties, the events benefit the Griffin and Jake Prince Memorial Fund. The approximately 70-mile ride begins at the Lumpkin County Justice Center on Riley Road. Registration ($40/bike) will take place from 9-11 a.m., a pre-ride meeting begins at 11 a.m., and the ride begins at 11:15 a.m. The route circles Lake Lanier and ends up in at Dawsonville City Hall, where the cruise-in will be held from 1-4 p.m. Cruise-in entry fee is a $20 donation. Food will be available from the Pool Room, and music will be provided by the Brian Jarrett Band. Rain date is Sept. 1. Lt. Doug Boyle, boyle@dawsoncountysheriff.org, 770-324-1015

Community Support Needs

Enotah CASA/S.A.F.E. online fundraiser

Enotah CASA and S.A.F.E. (Support in Abusive Family Emergencies) are conducting a collaborative fundraiser to raise money for both agencies. Candles and other household items can be purchased online with proceeds benefitting both agencies. The agencies ask the community to log on to www.celebratinghome.com/Fundraiser/violence/OnlineFundraiserHome.aspx to select items in support of the organizations, and also to share the information with friends. Deadline for the sale if July 31.

Veterans Markers in need of storage sAcks

The Veterans Memorial Marker program needs donations of rayon and/or nylon material as well as volunteer seamstresses to make additional storage sacks for the markers. Please call Paul Hanson, 706-864-7221, if you can help. (7/18)

LCHS Band needs your help

The LCHS band is trying to raise funds and receive donations of food to feed over 100 students during band camp July 23-27. Band funds are tight and supporters feel this savings in expenses will help pay for uniforms, instruments, travel expenses, and more. Contact Debbie Carroll, 678-936-6601, mrsdebbiecarroll@gmail.com if you can help. Donations can be mailed to LCHS Band c/o Andrew Harwood, LCHS, 2001 Indian Drive, Dahlonega, GA, 30533.

LCHS, LCMS Band used Instrument drive

Instruments in your attic? The LCMS and LCHS Marching Band are in need of instruments and are holding a drive for those instruments stashed away in attics and closets that could be put to good use. The band is holding a drive for gently used instruments during band camp July 23-30. Debbie Carroll, 678-936-6601, mrsdebbiecarroll@gmail.com

Engraved bricks for lawn of Gold Museum

Friends of Dahlonega Gold Museum is selling engraved bricks to be installed in the courtyard (suggested donation $75) and the sidewalk (suggested donation $100) of the Dahlonega Gold Museum. The FODG is a non-profit, volunteer organization which raises funds to keep the museum open seven days a week and for maintenance and enhancement projects at the museum. Visit the Gold Museum on the Public Square for information or contact FriendsGoldMuseum@yahoo.com. (1/mo)

AT-EASE program checks on Homebound

This program of the Lumpkin County Sheriff’s Office provides regular contact to those who are homebound, disabled, sick, living alone, or just need the assurance of a friendly voice. Participation can be temporary or ongoing. Registration forms are available on the Sheriff’s Office website at www.lumpkincounty.gov, at the Lumpkin County Sheriff’s Office, and by phone request at 706-864-3633. (7/18)

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

Jr. Jazzercise Fall Registration July 31

Registration will be held Tuesday, July 31, from 6:50 to 7:30 p.m. Classes start Aug 7 at 6:50 p.m. Ages 5-12. More info bgagne@windstream.net

Free teen driving program offered July 24

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

Ballet Barre registering for fall

The Ballet Barre is currently enrolling for the fall season in Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Hip Hop, Contemporary, Pointe, and new this year, Beginning Baton.706-867-1905, www.bbarre.com

MOON MOUNTAIN ART CAMP JULY 23-27

Moon Mountain will hold an art day camp at the Old Cannery, just off the square on Enotah Street, July 23-27, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The emphasis will be on hands-on, interactive, and fun learning, with exposure to a wide range of artistic media and methods. $125 week, or $100 for 3 days (M/W/F). Nora L. Mendoza, Art Director, 706-300-7003, info@noramendoza.com

YMCA Summer Day Camp still registering

Lumpkin County Family YMCA is offering a summer day camp program for ages Pre K-8th grade. A wide range of activities are offered in a safe and fun environment. Following a one-time $15 registration fee, weekly rate is $69 and includes lunch. Hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. with extended hours available at no additional cost from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Themed weeks include: July 23, Animals, and July 30, Camp Celebration.

Senior Services/Activities

lumpkin County Senior Center

266 Mechanicsville Road, 706-864-2358,

lcseniorcenter@windstream.net

SENIOR Co-ed SOFTBALL: Monday, Tuesday and Thursday mornings at 9 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 1 p.m. Thursdays.

YOGA FLOW for PERSONAL Fitness: One-hour classes promoting strength, flexibility, endurance, balance, breath control and stress relief. All fitness levels. $5/class Tues/Th @ 4:15 Paula Bingham, 706-864-2851, pyb3644@hotmail.com

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

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

Summer Reading Program: Registration open through July 31

Book a LIbrarian! Want to brush up on your computer skills? Unsure about email or how to find what you want online? Need to find business, government, or medical information, or want to begin searching for an ancestor? Writing a term paper and unsure of what subject? There is a ton of information out there. Let a librarian be your personal guide. Book a Librarian and reserve the services of our reference librarian for an uninterrupted one-on-one, face to face, one-hour session. Contact Angela Glowcheski, 706-864-3668 ext. 230, or email aglowcheski@chestateelibrary.org to book your appointment.

Children’s Program: The Puppet Guy, Wednesday, July 18, 2 p.m.: Rock out and ROAR with dinosaurs galore and That Puppet Guy, Lee Bryan. A fun-filled, musical review that will keep you in stiches! www.puppetguy.com

Library Web Tools, Wednesday, July 18, 9 a.m. The library offers many online tools for patrons. Whether you are at home or using one of the computers in the library, you can search our shelves, access information and download audio and eBooks. Learn more about the online catalog, eBooks, GALILEO, Universal Class or the features of our website in this class. Registration required.

Happy Bookers Book Club, Thursday, July 19, 1:30 p.m. July Selection: Snow Falling on Cedars by David Guterson. The Happy Bookers book discussion group meets the third Thursday of each month. The group rotates discussing fiction, non-fiction, and award-winning books. New members are welcome. Books can be reserved.

Genealogy Workshop, Saturday, July 21, 11 a.m. Learn how to use the web to trace your family roots. Volunteer William Knight will be on hand to share his knowledge and teach you how to use and access different databases available on the web. Registration is required. 706-864-3668

Teen Program (grades 6-12): Water Wars, Tuesday, July 24, 4 p.m. Celebrate the end of summer reading. Throw water balloons, use

giant water squirters, and enjoy food, friends and fun. Come dressed to get soaked, and don’t forget a towel!

Children’s Program: Todd Key’s Flying Debris, Wednesday, July 25, 2 p.m. Dream Big with Cirque Du Todd comedic juggler. Todd Key is dreaming big and bringing his zany world to the library.

Wellness/Fitness

Free Class by American Cancer Society

The ACS will present a free class at 10:30 a.m. Monday, July 23, at the Lumpkin County Senior Center. Topics include Breast Health/Breast Cancer—self exams, clinical exams, mammograms, risk factors, and screening guidelines; Cervical Cancer Prevention—pelvic exams, pap tests, risk factors, and screening guidelines; HPV and the HPV vaccine, and Colorectal Cancer/screening—risk factors, types of screening, screening guidelines. Call 706-864-2358 for more info.

Connecting to body through movement

This one-time class, Connecting to Body Through Movement and Dance, will be offered by Casey Terrell from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. Friday, July 20, at Dahlonega Healing Arts. 81 Crown Mountain Place, Building E, Suite 100, 706-867-7026

Project Dahlonega Boot Camp

Free co-ed fitness program that motivates and educates individuals in fitness and healthy nutrition. Workout sessions are a balanced mixture of cardio, strength, and agility, and tailored so each fitness level can achieve their maximum potential. No one left behind! Come join us and change your life! Hancock Park, Monday-Friday 5:15-6:15 a.m.

Zumba classes at YMCA

Dance, sweat, and laugh with Zumba. Classes held Monday, Wednesday and Friday 6:30-7:30 p.m. Sign up at Lumpkin Parks YMCA, 706-864-3622. $5 per class.

Yoga at Dahlonega Spa Resort

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

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

Dahlonega Healing Arts

Morning Yoga by Kathryn Crifasi, 678-770-0400, 10:30 a.m. Tuesday 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 and evening one hour classes for all ages and fitness levels promoting improved personal well being while engaging in traditional flowing Yoga postures. $5/class. Paula Bingham 706-864-2851 pyb3644@hotmail.com

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

Music/Drama/Film & More

Jamming on the Square every Saturday

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

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

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

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

www.diningindahlonega.com

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

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

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

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

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

Monthly WineTasting: Sunday, July 29, 4-6 p.m. Appetizer pairings with wine. $50/person includes tax and gratuity. Reservations required.

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

Wednesdays, 7:30-9:30 p.m. Tom & Juli. Hundreds of cover songs from the 60s, 70s, 80s and 90s while you dine. Free.

Thursday, July 19, 7-10 p.m.: Audition Open Mic Night. Amateurs and up-and-coming artists alike are invited 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 (Monday, July 30) to win their own show at the Moon.

Friday, July 20, 8-10 p.m.+: Jay Drummonds Band. E.B. Reece opens. $15/$12 Day of Show. Back in the 90s Jay was one of

Dahlonega’s premier hometown acts playing his brand of original country music at venues such as Eddie’s Attic, The Freightroom, and Nashville’s Bluebird Café. Later Jay collaborated with Grammy nominee, Shawn Mullins, who is just one of the folks who’ve been encouraging him to get back into his musical ‘roots’. Singer, songwriter, musician, EB Reece grew up in the

small town of Ellijay, performing since age 13. She recorded her first record in Nashville and has collaborated with many singer/songwriters.

Saturday, July 21, 8-10 p.m.+: The Callaghan Trio. Matthew Kahler opens. $17 Advance / $20 Day of Show. Performing live Callaghan

plays piano and guitar and delivers a vocal which earns frequent comparisons with artists like Sarah McLachlan and Emmy Lou Harris. Her songs chronicle stories and moments from her own life and from others. They are beautiful stories matched with memorable melodies and one astonishing voice. She’ll have two other players backing her up for her first trio show at the Moon. www.CallaghanSongs.com

Sunday, July 22, 7:30-9:30 p.m.: Sunday Jazz Jam. “Jazz junkies” invited to come be a part of on/off stage or just enjoy from a table view. A number of North Georgia’s finest jazz players show up with instruments in hand to join the host in what is quickly growing to be one of the best ‘jazz jams’ in all of North Georgia with piano, a variety of horns, as well as guitars, bass and drums.

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

www.hollytheater.com

Sylvia, a production of the Holly Theater Company. Weekends through July 29: Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m. $15. Story this page.

Lingo Lounge, Thursday, July 26. Open mic for writers—”the right place for writers,” at the Holly Underground. Doors open at 7:30 p.m., readers theater begins at 8 p.m. Relax, listen, linger, mingle. DJ Tommy Pirone provides music for after party. Free admission. All listeners and readers welcome.

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

Thursdays: College Night

Fridays: Live entertainment

Tuesdays: Country Western Music night

Friday, July 20: Stoned Sandwich

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

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

Le Petit Café, 259 Church Street, 706-867-0000, www.lepetitcafedahlonega.com

Saturday, July 28, 7 p.m.: International Evening: A Taste of the Caribbean. $25.00 per person. Dinner, music, trivia quiz, limbo dancing. Reservations only.

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, July 20, 8:30-11:30 p.m. Erick Jones. Whether performing with the Atlanta based country-rock band American Anodyne, the North Georgia folk group Ugly Cousin, or solo acoustic, Erick Jones’ narrative storytelling draws upon the trials of small-town life in the south, drunken revelry, and searching for redemption in the era of the “new depression.” All ages welcome. No cover charge.

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

Saturday, July 21, 8:30-11:30 p.m. Petie Wheatstraw and Dr. Thunder. All ages, no cover charge.

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

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

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WINE TASTING

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

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

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

Reunions

LCHS Class of ’91 invited to class of ’92

As the LCHS class of 1991 canceled plans for a 20th reunion, members are invited to join the class of 1992 at its 20th reunion at 7 p.m. Saturday, July 21, at the Dahlonega Marketplace on the square. Thomas Moore, thomasanddianna.moore on Facebook.

LCHS Class of ’92

Lumpkin County High School Class of ‘92 will hold its 20-year Reunion Saturday, July 21. All classmates and teachers are invited catch up with old friends, munch on comfort food catered by hometown favorite The Wagon Wheel, sing some karaoke and dance the night away at The Marketplace on the Dahlonega Public Square Saturday, July 21, beginning at 7 p.m. Pre-party at Shenanigan’s Friday, July 20, with music by Erick Jones (Class of ‘91). Early morning yoga class with Paige Buckheister (Class of ‘92) Saturday. Additional activities are in the works.To learn more and register, go to http://92indians.blogspot.com/.

Cantrell Family Reunion July 28

The family of George and Dora Cantrell will have a dinner at Lumpkin County Parks YMCA from 1-4 p.m. Saturday, July 28. Please bring a dish and join in. Deborah Anderson, 706-344-8777

Free Meals/Food/Help

Free meals for school-aged children

Step of Faith Outreach, Inc. will offer a Summer Food Service Program in Lumpkin County at W.L. Whelchel Family LIfe Center, 69 Hickory Grove Road. Free nutritious breakfasts (8-9 a.m.) and lunches (noon-1 p.m.) will be served to any school aged child 18 years and younger Mondays through Fridays from June 4-August 3. Take GA-52 east out of Dahlonega for about 5.5 miles, then turn right onto Old Dahlonega Hwy. and go 2.3 miles. Life Center is on the left right behind Hickory Grove CME Church. For more information, or to volunteer to help, call 678-617-9913 or 706-867-6879. The program is sponsored by The U.S. Department of Agriculture.

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

Art Workshops

Digital Photography Workshop

Jon McLean from JMP Studio, LLC (www.jmpstudio.com), will lead a three-day workshop focusing on technical skills, composition, and use of lighting in digital photography as well as using photo editing software. 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, July 19-21, at the Art Loft in Dahlonega. $295. Anita Elder, 706-429-6008, www.artloft.net

Support Groups

Family class on mental illness starts Aug. 7

NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) Forsyth/Dawson/Lumpkin will offer a new Family-to-Family Course Tuesdays from 6:30-9 p.m. Aug. 7 through Oct. 17. The course is suitable for parents, siblings, spouses, adult children and significant others who are caregivers of adult individuals diagnosed with conditions such as schizophrenia, major depression, bipolar disorder, panic disorder, obsessive compulsive disorder, post traumatic stress disorder and co-occurring brain and addictive disorders. Families, close friends or mentors of veterans who may be experiencing PTSD would also benefit from this course. The class will be held in Cumming. Pre-registration required. Ovie Hughie, 678-341-9414, oviehughie@aol.com

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

Support for victims of family violence

The NOA Network Support Group meets weekly in Dawsonville and Dahlonega to provide emotional support to victims of family violence and their children. Topics are led by a licensed counselor and include: Building Self-Esteem, Managing Emotions, Healthy Relationships, etc. Childcare and snacks are provided. The Dawson group meets in Dawsonville on Wednesdays from 6:30-7:45 p.m. The Lumpkin group meets in Dahlonega on Mondays from 6:30-7:30 p.m. Please call NOA (No One Alone) at 706-867-6420 for more information or to join a group. 24-Hour Crisis Line, 706-864-1986, or live webchat available- www.noonealone.org

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

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

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

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

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

Pets

rabies/wellness clinic in Gainesville Saturday

The Humane Society of Northeast Georgia (GSBG) will hold a weekend Rabies & Wellness Clinic Saturday, July 21, 9-11 a.m. at the WalMart on Highway 400 and Shallowford Road in Gainesville. Low-cost rabies shots and annual vaccinations, microchipping for cats and dogs as well as flea and tick control products will be available. Cost is $10 per shot and $20 for microchipping. Puppies and kittens must be at least 3 months old for rabies vaccinations. All pets much be in a carrier or securely leashed. GSBG is a 501(c)3 organization and serves all of northeast Georgia. Proceeds from clinic will benefit the animals in the shelter’s care. Call (770) 532-6617 or email julieedwards@hsnega.org if you have any questions.

Micro-chipping at animal shelter

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

volunteer pets needed

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

TLC Donations needed

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

Purchases from online retailers benefit TLC

TLC Humane Society has partnered with Adoptashelter.com to raise money for Lumpkin County’s no-kill shelter. Any item purchased through http://adoptashelter.com/MallPortal/?shelter_id=1487 at over 400 retailers such as Amazon, Walmart, iTunes, Office Depot and others earns money for TLC. All prices, customer service and discounts are exactly the same as going directly to the merchant.

TLC seeks volunteers, trainer assistants

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

Church/Religious Events

Gospel Singing

Freedom MInistries saturday night singing

Saturday night singing: Big Oak Gospel Music at 7 p.m. each Saturday. Featured singers on July 21 are Three or More, Forever Alive, and Under Grace. 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

MARKSMEN Mountain Music Camp July 23

The Marksmen Quartet Mountain Music Camp will be held at Wahoo Baptist Church in Murrayville Monday-Thursday, July 23-26. The event features shape-note singing, instrument workshops, old-time preaching and worship, gospel bluegrass jam sessions and other activities. Singers will be The Marksmen Quartet and the Ward Family. Registration is $100 per person. For more information and registration forms, visit http://www.mmmcamp.com/ or call (770) 983-7181 or (678) 617-7575. The Marksman Quartet was nominated in 2012 for Society for Preservation of Bluegrass Music in America Contemporary Bluegrass Gospel Group of the Year, an award they have received four times in the past. The four-time Country Gospel Quartet of the Year winners from the Country Gospel Music Guild will perform many of their hit songs.

Revival Continues at Pleasant Hill Baptist

Pleasant Hill Baptist Church is holding revival services through Friday, July 20. The Sunday night service begins at 6 p.m., with weeknight services at 7 p.m. Visiting preachers are Brent Webb and Donnie Fuller. Pastor Jerry Whitlock welcomes everyone.

Revival continues at Siloam baptist

Siloam Baptist Church will continue Summer Revival Services at 11 a.m. and at 7 p.m. through Friday, July 20. Casey Robinson and Rex Fuller are the visiting preachers. Tony Allison, Pastor.

Revival at Town Creek Baptist starts Sunday

Revival Services will be held at Town Creek Baptist Church Sunday, July 22, through Friday, July 27, at 11 a.m. and 7 p.m. daily. Darren Cain will be assisting Pastor Casey Robinson. Everyone is welcome to attend.

Revival Starts Sunday at Enon Baptist

Enon Baptist Church, Hwy. 60, Dahlonega, will hold revival from Sunday, July 22, through Friday, July 27. Services begin at 6:30 p.m. Sunday and at 7 p.m. weeknights. Everyone is welcome.

Revival starts Sunday at Mill Creek

Mill Creek Baptist Church will have revival Sunday through Saturday, July 22-28, with services at 11a.m. and 7:30 p.m. daily. Pastor Rodney Pilcher invites everyone.

Revival starts Sunday at Oak Grove

Oak Grove Baptist Church will have revival services Sunday, July 22, through Friday, July 27, at 7:30 p.m. each night. Visiting preachers will be Rev. Harold Evans and Rev. Steven Davis. Pastor Allen Swafford invites everyone to attend.

Nimblewill Baptist Revival starts Sunday

Nimblewill Baptist Church will hold revival at 11 a.m. and 7:30 p.m. daily Sunday, July 22, through Saturday, July 28. Assisting pastor Todd Skinner are Jeff Wilkie and Jonathan Kirby. Everyone is invited.

Sacred Grounds at DPC July 22

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

UnitARIAn Universalist church

Georgia Mountains Unitarian Universalist Church is a welcoming congregation. On July 22, Joe Cook, Executive Director & Riverkeeper of the Coosa River Basin Initiative, will speak on the Dawson Forest Reservoir and water conservation. 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

Homecoming, music at Mt. Lebanon Aug. 5

Mt. Lebanon Baptist Church in Suches will be celebrating homecoming at 10:30 a.m. Sunday, Aug. 5. Dr. Fred B. Craddock, founding pastor of Cherry Log Christian Church and Director of the Craddock Center, a program serving the needs of people of Southern Appalachia, will be the guest speaker. Special music will be presented by Mike Perdue, formerly of the Homeland Boys, and award-winning fiddle player Alex Thomlinson. There will be a covered dish dinner on the grounds following the service. All are welcome.

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

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, 404-377-1194

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

STRING INSTRUMENT Lessons

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

Weekend camp for drummers

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

Art Lessons

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

Drawing for the Fun of It by Jon Dahlstrom

Drawing classes/workshops for age seven and up, portfolio reviews. The Artists Corner in Cranberry Corners on the Square. 706-482-0258, jon@scrapsnscribbles.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

Volunteers

Adult Literacy Tutors: The Adult Literacy Program (ALP) of Lumpkin County is seeking volunteer tutors to work with adults on their reading skills. Training is available. For more information call Vikki Condrey, 706-429-4517.

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: Do you like to knit, crochet, sew or craft? Can you run an errand or clean a yard for someone? Will you help meet the needs of patients and families living with a life-limiting illness? Would you just spend time visiting with a hospice patient? Gail Manter, Manager of Volunteer Services, Odyssey Hospice 706-549-5736 or 877-637-9432.

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, http://www.lumpkinliteracy.org/

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. David Faile, Volunteer Services Director, 706-867-9621

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

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

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

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 at each county elementary school. 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

preschool Programs Registering:

Dahlonega United Methodist Church MMO/Preschool. Ages Toddlers-Pre-K class. 706-864-8521, dahlonegaumc.org/ministries/mmo-and-preschool

Lumpkin County Head Start/Pre-K. Children will need to be age 3 or 4 by Sept. 1. The program welcomes children with disabilities and does not discriminate. 706-864-3456

SCOUTING:

Boy Scout Troop 36 is chartered by the Mountain Ranger Association and meets Monday nights at 6:30 p.m. at their scout hut located at Camp Frank Merrill 5th RTB. Troop 36 participates in a 50-mile hiking/canoe trip every summer, as well as camping, kayaking, backpacking, rock climbing and caving year round. Don McElliott, 706-864-0278, www.dahlonega36.mytroop.us

Boy Scouts of America Troop 303 (ages 13-17) meets each Monday (when school is in session) from 6– 7:30 p.m. in the basement of the Community House, at the corner on North Park and Hawkins streets. The active troop schedules monthly outings and regular merit badge classes. Scoutmaster Scotty Erwin, 706-969-8117; Committee Chairman Beecher DuVall, wbdgnld@windstream.net

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 

Education/Classes

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, 706-429-4517

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

Paychecks may be available for GED studENTS

For working on getting your GED, a new Federal Program may pay you up to $72 per week for up to six months for gas and lunch, plus testing fees and day care for single parents. Call 706-867-2862 to see if you qualify.

S.A.T. and Study Prep

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

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

Buddhist meditation and study group

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

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

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.

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.

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