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Community-Wide Events

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 or mailed to NOA, P.O. Box 685, Dahlonega.

Republican candidates at Achasta Thursday

Doug Collins, Roger Fitzpatrick and Martha Zoller, running for the 9th District seat held by Congressman Tom Graves, will appear at the Achasta Clubhouse Thursday, July 26, at 6 p.m. to discuss issues important to North Georgia. One of these candidates will win the Republican primary on July 31 and will represent the party in the November election. If you can attend please email Achasta is located on Highway 60 South.

after-hours Shopping, Entertainment Monday

On Monday, July 30, downtown merchants will hold an after-hours extragavanza with live music by Kurt Thomas on the Welcome Center plaza, and extended shopping/restaurant hours (5-9 p.m.). The 25-plus participating downtown businesses will offer samples, discounts and specials.

Defensive Driving course TUESDAY

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. See story page 1B.

groups, schools asked to build scarecrows

The Dahlonega Woman’s Club invites clubs, businesses, individuals and school groups to participate in their scarecrow competition. A $20 registration fee is due Aug. 15, but school classes for grades K-12 can enter free. Scarecrows will be displayed all around town Aug. 30-Sept. 22. They will be judged on Sept. 4 in one of three categories for adults and groups or businesses—traditional, whimsical and “Go Green.” School classes will be judged in the most creative, best construction and “Go Green” categories. There will also be a People’s Choice trophy. Winners will be announced at the “Scarecrow Stomp,” a mini-festival in Hancock Park. Money raised will support DWC’s charitable giving to local organizations and causes. Marianne Gage, 706-973-0611; Gale York, 706-216-9969,

Blood Drive

Memorial Blood Drive Monday at Ace Hardware

The Linda Walden Memorial Blood Drive, an American Red Cross drive, will be held Monday, July 30, in the parking lot of Ace Hardware from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. The drive is being hosted by Wyman Walden, store owner, in memory of his wife who passed away recently and who had benefitted from blood transfusions. According to the Red Cross there is a critical need for blood at this time. Reservations for the drive are recommended and can be made at 706-864-3222.

Nature & Outdoors

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

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. $35. The second class will be held Aug. 11.

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,, 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 to select items in support of the organizations, and also to share the information with friends. Deadline for the sale is July 31.

Brick Fundraiser for Cherokee museum

The Yahoola United Cherokee Museum and Cultural Education Center, Inc. is selling engraved bricks which will become part of the permanent Cherokee Memorial walkway leading to the Museum from the parking area. Bricks are $55 each and will bear a personal message. Proceeds from the Pave the Way Program go toward the building of the museum. Pave the Way brochures are available at the Welcome Center or on the Web at (1/month)

LCHS, LCMS Band Instrument drive this week

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,

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.

Children & Young Adults


Build strength, confidence, agility, and flexibility while learning gymnastics skills and having fun. Some cherleading skills included. Classes are for ages 3-14. Session 1 “registration” begins Aug. 6, and classes are filled on a first come first serve basis. Classes on Wednesdays for 9 classes/weeks. Session 1 begins Aug. 22. Tiny Tumblers: ages 3-5, 5:20-5:55 p.m., $60/9 weeks. Tumble Trainers, beginner/intermediate ages 6 and up, 4-5 p.m., $80/9 weeks. Tumble Tigers: advanced, ages 7 and up, 4-5:30 p.m., $100/9 weeks. Call Ms. Connie with class questions, 706-864-5753, or the YMCA to sign up, 706-864-3622.

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

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,

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 now enrolling:

Dahlonega United Methodist Church MMO/Preschool. Dahlonega United Methodist Church MMO/Preschool enroling for school year 2012-2013. Ages Toddlers-Pre-K class. Angie Mayo, 706-864-8521,

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


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

Boy 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,

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

Venturing group: Venture Crew #79 meets Wednesday nights at 6:30 p.m. in the art room at YMCA Parks & 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 

At the Library

Lumpkin County Library, 706-864-3668

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

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

eBooks: Downloadable at the library’s Web site.

Free Online Classes: Register with your library card at

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 to book your appointment.

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.

Introduction to Computers, Wednesday, Aug. 1, 9-10 a.m. Learn the basic parts of the computer and how to navigate through the Windows system and troubleshoot. No prior knowledge needed. Registration required.


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


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

YOGA Flow for Personal Fitness

Morning, afternoon 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

natural & holistic living

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

Wellness Classes

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

saturday Walking Group

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

Music/Drama/Film & More

First Friday NIght Concert Aug. 3

Performers will be the Fiddleheads, of America’s Got Talent fame, with Fools Gold of Dahlonega opening, Bring a chair and enjoy the free outdoor concert in Hancock Park at 6:30 p.m. Arrive early, enjoy Dahlonega’s downtown, and pick up a picnic from local restaurants. The First Friday Night Concert Series is produced by the City of Dahlonega’s Main Street Program and Downtown Development Authority.

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,

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.

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

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;

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, 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 26, 8-10 p.m.+: The Vespers. $10 Advance/$12 Day of Show. The Vespers are one of those lucky young bands who are

becoming a word of mouth sensation though they’ve only quietly self-released one record. With two sisters on lead vocals and two brothers filling out the sound, the quartet is distinguished by an arsenal of instruments and the kind of harmony only siblings can cre-ate. They

have toured from Boston to Austin, hitting everything from festivals to college campuses in between.

Friday, July 27, 8-10 p.m.+: E.G. Kight and Diane Durrett. $16 Advance/$20 Day of Show. A veteran of the road, EG Kight has

headlined at clubs, theaters and festivals, bringing her diverse musical menu to the fans in cities across America and in Europe. Kight closed out 2011 working two shows with B.B. King. January found

her in the studio producing an album for Americana artist, Lisa Biales, and in February she was involved in international fundraising in Japan and Mexico. Kight’s career began in country music, and early on she was dubbed “The Georgia Songbird”. Over the years she has broadened her musical scope to include Americana, southern rock, blues, pop, jazz, gospel and funk. Diane Durrett is a down-to-earth-diva from Atlanta. She sings from her soul, writes with heart and humor.

Saturday, July 28, 8-10 p.m.+: Roxy Watson. $17 Advance/$20 Day of

Show. Roxie Watson is a five-piece string band from Decatur and Atlanta, GA, who play what they like to call “alterna-grass” music that mixes three- and four-part harmonies with elements of old country, Appalachian music, hymns, and bluegrass, without adhering to the traditions of any one genre.

Sunday, July 29, 7:30-9:30 p.m.+: The Packway Handle Band. $16 Advance/$18 Day of Show. Packway Handle Band emerged from

the same Athens, Georgia music scene as REM, the B-52’s and Widespread Panic. Born in 2001, they won several local awards, and by 2006 were touring the country to great acclaim. Per-

forming in the old “gather round the mic” style, Packway Handle Band seems to make friends and fans wherever they go with their classic style of play and honest-to-goodness sense of humor.

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

Sylvia, a production of the Holly Theater Company. Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m. $15. More 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. More this page.

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 27: Dan Shefield

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

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

Le Petit Café, 259 Church Street, 706-867-0000,

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.

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 27, 8:30-11:30 p.m.: Charles Massingale. All ages, no cover.

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

Saturday, July 28, 8:30-11:30 p.m.: Kurt Thomas. Cash bar on the deck, weather permitting. Kurt grew up enjoying the close-knit country life in Dahlonega, and the small-town way of life is a frequent theme in many of the songs he writes. He has recorded four CD’s with Lee Davis at MLD Productions. “Kurt’s songwriting ability is one of the most amazing talents I have seen in my many years in the music business,” said Davis, an opinion supported by Kurt’s 2008 win of Kenny Chesney’s Next Big Star contest making him the opening act for Chesney, Brooks & Dunn, Sammy Hagar, LeAnn Rimes, Gary Alan and Sugarland. Kurt has also opened for Zac Brown Band, Joe Diffie, Little Big Town and Blue County. All ages welcome. No cover charge.

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

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

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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

Third Annual Squash Casserole Cook-off. Saturday, Aug. 4, 5-8 p.m. Enjoy chilled Sangria or Rose’, local squash casseroles and delightful summer dishes. Join the Bleu artists in a collaborative painting. To enter a casserole in the contest, email or call Vickie for details or 770-231-5783.

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


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

Ray, August 18

The eighth Ray Family Reunion will be held at the Dahlonega City Park pavilion on Riley Road from noon to 3 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 18. Larry Ray, 770-540-9069; Debbie Gilstrap, 706-429-4094

Free Meals/Food/Help

Free Food at DCOG Monday, Aug. 6

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

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.


Gainesville sBDC Classes

Gainesville Small Business Develoment Center offices located at The Featherbone Communiversity, 999 Chestnut Street, Gainesville. Register online at or call 770-531-5681 for more information.

Starting a Business Q &A, Wed., Aug 1, 5-7 p.m. Free.

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,

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

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,


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

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

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


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,, 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,

Affinis Hospice is seeking caring, upbeat volunteers to work with hospice patients in and around Lumpkin County. Roxann, 678-333-8507 or

COMMUNITY HELPING PLACE is seeking volunteers for the Food Pantry, Free Clinic and Thrift Store. Flexible scheduling. 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,,

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,

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

Lessons: Music/Dance

Dance Classes

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

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


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

Music lessons

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


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,,

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,

classes at Funky chicken

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

art instruction by Win Crannell

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

Painting lessons by Anita Elder

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

Church/Religious Events

Gospel Singing

Singing saturday night at Etowah Baptist

Etowah Baptist Church will have a singing Saturday, July 28, at 7 p.m. Guest singers will be the Bridgeman, The Master’s Touch, and Welcome Home Baptist Church youth choir. Everyone is invited to attend. Pastor, J. W. Day

Saturday night singing at Salem Baptist

The Mt. Vernon Quartet will be singing at Salem Baptist Church Saturday, July 28, at 7 p.m. Pastor Tony Howard welcomes everyone.

Freedom MInistries saturday night singing

Saturday night singing: Big Oak Gospel Music at 7 p.m. each Saturday. Featured singers on July 28 are Fresh Start, Singing God’s Praises, and Down to Earth. 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,

Revival continues at Town Creek Baptist

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

Revival continues at Enon Baptist

Enon Baptist Church, Hwy. 60, Dahlonega, is having revival from through Friday, July 27. Services begin at 7 p.m. Everyone is welcome.

Revival continues at Mill Creek

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

Revival continues at Oak Grove

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

Nimblewill Baptist Revival continues

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

Revival at Cradle Mountain starts Sunday

Cradle Mountain Baptist Church will hold revival beginning at 6 p.m. Sunday, July 29, and continuing at 7 p.m. nightly the rest of the week. There will be special singing nightly. Assisting will be Rev. Marty Abernathy. Rev. Dale Abernathy invites everyone to attend.

Revival starts Sunday at Mt. Zion #1

Mount Zion Baptist Church #1 will be having summer revival beginning Sunday, July 29, at 6 p.m. and continuing Monday through Friday at 7 p.m. Rev. Brian Satterfield and Rev. Jerry Whitlock will be assisting, and there will be special singers each night. Everyone invited to attend.

Glenn Ray to preach at Grace Fellowship

Elder Glenn Ray will be guest preacher Sunday, July 29, at Grace Fellowship Primitive Baptist Church. Elder Ray is currently assisting in the pastoral duties at Nancy Creek Primitive Baptist, Chamblee, and has traveled in the Philippines as a missionary. Grace Fellowship meets at the Lumpkin County Recreation Center, 365 Riley Road, at 10:30 a.m. with singing and preaching to follow. Dinner will follow the worship service. All are invited. 404-277-9536

UnitARIAn Universalist church

Georgia Mountains Unitarian Universalist Church is a welcoming congregation. On July 29 Rev. Barry Whitemore will present “What I Learned in School Today: the Sociology of Religion.” Worship 11 a.m.; children’s religious education classes 11:30 a.m. following announcements and story time. Child care provided. 706-864-0661,

Open House Aug. 2 at Hill Crest Christian

War Hill/Hill Crest Christian School will hold an open house for prospective students Thursday, Aug. 2, from 6-8 p.m. The biblically-based philosophy of the school integrates Christian principles into the academic, athletic, and social programs of every student. 8847 Hwy 53 E. Dawsonville, 706-216-3524

Homecoming w/Marksmen, revival, at Antioch

Antioch Baptist Church will have Homecoming Sunday, Aug. 5, at 10:30 a.m. Guest singers will be The Marksmen Quartet. Revival will begin Sunday at 6 p.m. and will continue Monday-Wednesday at 7:30 p.m., with Mark Wheeler of the Marksmen Quartet preaching. Pastor Clifford Allen invites everyone.

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,

Art Workshops

Oil Painting by Amanda Carder Lovett

Amanda Carder Lovett will present “Adding Expressive Energy,” an oil painting workshop for all levels, 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday, Aug. 2-4, at the ArtLoft. $335. 706-429-6008,



• # 1 & 2 plastic bottles (discard lids)

• Corrugated cardboard (clean and dry)

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

• Aluminum and tin cans. (please rinse out)


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

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

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

• Bins on Highway 19 North across from Ace Hardware.


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

CFL BULBS: Home Depot


• Radio Shack/Dahlonega Pharmacy: household rechargeable batteries

• Home Depot

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


• J&J Foods

• Walmart

STYROFOAM: Publix accepts egg cartons and meat trays.

Electronic Recyclables, MIcrowaves, etc.

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

Senior Services/Activities

lumpkin County Senior Center

266 Mechanicsville Road, 706-864-2358,

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,

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

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,

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-

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,

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.


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 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


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

TLC seeks volunteers, trainer assistants

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

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UNG magazine cover stirs race debate
by Matt Aiken
Mar 25, 2015 | 4097 views | 0 0 comments | 135 135 recommendations | email to a friend | print
A University of North Georgia catalog has some shaking their heads, and others shrugging, as charges of racism and sexism arose from a stock photo showing two business suit-clad white males outrunning a stumbling black man and a high-heeled woman.

The scene plays out on the cover of the 18-page Continuing Education department magazine, alongside the words: Why follow when you can lead!

This, said University Relations Director Kate Maine, is not the message the college wants to send.

“The designer had used a stock photography image that really didn’t reflect the university’s commitment to diversity,” she told The Nugget last week. “We immediately removed the image from the web-site where the catalog itself was promoted and made plans to reprint the catalog before it was distributed any further.”

But that wasn’t before the guide was mailed to alumni, university supporters and residents throughout the community.

Maine said she began to receive emailed complaints soon after it hit mailboxes.

“We also heard some concerns from students on the Gainesville campus who represent groups that focus on diversity,” she said. “We recognize that was not an appropriate image for that purpose.”

The blowback didn’t stop there.

News of the cover went viral after it showed up on an Atlanta Journal-Constitution blog next to an article entitled “White Guys Win again. Was this college catalog cover a loser?”

Comments ranged from users calling the cover “blatantly racist” to others deeming the controversy “overly PC.”

From there it jumped from Twitter to Facebook to various online publications and even made its way to New York Magazine with a headline that read “University Catalogue Cover Accidentally Becomes Perfect Metaphor for America.”

UNG student Hunter Leger said he heard a similar response from his classmates when the image was discussed in his journalism class on Monday.

“It was shown to us during the newspaper meeting and the reaction from most people in the room was that it’s in poor taste, it’s bad and that it should have never been posted,” he said.

Yet, Leger said he doesn’t actually agree with that sentiment. And he plans to write an editorial about it for The Vanguard, UNG’s online student publication.

“I kind of feel like calling that ‘racist’ leads us down a bad path,” he said. “Because when that picture was created it most likely wasn’t created with the intention of promoting some sort of racial superiority attitude. ... Apologizing for the image only pacifies the crowd that would seek to deem anything they’re uncomfortable with as racist.”

Maine said this debate and discussion resulting from the catalog might actually be a bright spot in the controversy.

“It’s a good opportunity for us to discuss this and why people perceive images differently and why we need to take that into account with our work,” she said.

She added that a new, non-offending catalog is on the way to the press for a 2,000 copy print-run.
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