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Community-Wide Events

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

Free school supplies and clothing Thursday

Saint Paul UMC of Lumpkin County will host its 3rd Back to School Blessing from 3-7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 2. Back to School Blessing, in partnership with Caring Hands Ministries, will provide supplies and clothes to those in need in Northeast Georgia. Anyone in need of school supplies, children’s clothes and shoes is invited. Haircuts will be available, as will a representative from Peach Care for Kids. Donations of gently used clothing and shoes, as well as school supplies are needed. Donations can be left at St. Paul’s fellowship hall and at the Dahlonega Baptist Church; call Caring Hands Ministries at 706-219-1980 for pick up. The church is located at the corner of Martins Ford Road and Highway 60 near the Lumpkin/Hall county line. 706-973-9924, saintpaulunitedmethodist.com

Cherokee museum spaghetti supper saurday

Supper Night at the Museum, hosted by The Yahoola Cherokee Museum, will take place at 6 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 4. Spaghetti, garlic bread, salad, and a drink will be available for $7 for individuals and $20.00 for a family. All proceeds go to the completion of the museum located at 11 South Grove Street, Suite 600 (old Gee’s building). Help tell the rich history of the Cherokee in the area and the events leading to the Trail of Tears through interactive displays oriented toward children through adults. Yahoola United Cherokee Museum and Cultural Education Center is a 501(c)3 Non Profit. Johnny A. Chattin, yahoolacherokeemuseum.com

ASK A MASTER GARDENER saturday

On Saturday, August 4, a local Master Gardener will be on hand to answer gardening questions from 9 a.m. to noon at the Farmers Market across from the BB&T main office in downtown Dahlonega. You can ask about suitable plants for our area, weed and insect pests, plants with a purpose (such as drought-tolerance, deer-resistance, seasonal color, attracting birds and butterflies), and lots more. And if the answer isn’t readily available, Master Gardeners will research it and get back to you. Ask a Master Gardener is a monthly service on the first Saturday of each month during the Farmers Market season.

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, dwcscarecrows@yahoo.com

SCARECROW workshops start Saturday

The Dahlonega Woman’s Club will hold three free scarecrow-building workshops at the Community House (corner of N. Park and Hawkins streets) to encourage participation in the Scarecrow Stomp. They are scheduled for Saturday. Aug. 4, at 10 a.m.; Wednesday, Aug. 8, at 5:30 p.m., and Saturday August 11 at 3 p.m. Scarecrow building instructions will be demonstrated and ideas will be provided. Scarecrow “skeletons” will also be available for purchase. Bring your entry form or pick one up at a workshop. Marianne, 706-973-0611; Gale, 678-773-4937; dwcscarecrows@yahoo.com

Monthly Habitat surplus sale Aug. 10-12

Habitat for Humanity holds a surplus sale of home construction and remodeling supplies (including tools and decorating items) on the second weekend of each month. The items are available Friday and Saturday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., and Sunday, 12-4 p.m. at 16 Westbrook Drive (next to Chestatee Animal Hospital on Highway 52 East). All proceeds benefit Habitat.

Lucky Ducky Derby Family Fun Day Aug. 25

The 5th Annual Lucky Ducky Derby Family Fun Day will be held Saturday, Aug. 25, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Yahoola Creek Park. The Derby, which begins at 1 p.m., will offer prizes to the winners of the rubber ducky race down Yahoola Creek, with a $1,000 grand prize. The family fun area will include inflatables, games, face painting, food and live music. $5, max $20/family for all games and activities. Hot dogs/hamburgers/baked goods and more available. The event is a fundraiser for the El Salvador Mission Outreach of the Dahlonega United Methodist Church. Rubber duckies can be purchased online at www.ducksonamission.org. Steve, 706-265-0939, info@ducksonamission.org

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

Nature & Outdoors

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

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

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

Children & Young Adults

GYMNASTICS at the YMCA

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.

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

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, www.dahlonegaumc.org/mmo-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 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 abrightwell@hotmail.com 

At the Library

Lumpkin County Library, 706-864-3668

www.chestateelibrary.org

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

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

eBooks: Downloadable at the library’s Web site.

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

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? 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 aglowcheski@chestateelibrary.org to book your appointment.

Etowah River Alliance Program for Kids, Saturday, Aug. 4, 11 a.m.: Learn all about the behavior, habitat and secrets of the gray fox, and then make your own craft to take home. This exciting program is free and recommended for children grades kindergarten through third grade. For more information or to register, please contact the library at 706-864-3668.

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

Education/Classes

Gainesville sBDC Classes

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

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

Stewards of Children Training August 10

This child sexual abuse prevention training program is offered on the second Friday of each month at the Dahlonega Presbyterian Church. September’s session will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Aug. 10. Deadline for registration is Aug. 3. $10/person includes a meal and child care. Contact Brenda Cronan, Family Connection Director, at 706-867-7047 or bcronan@lumpkin.k12.ga.us for information or to reserve a spot.

GED program at adult learning center

The Adult Learning Center’s new hours of operation are 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, and closed Thursday and Friday. Orientation and pre-testing will be conducted on Wednesdays beginning at 9 a.m. and ending at approximately 3 p.m. We help you prepare for your GED, and there is no charge until the final GED tests. Partial scholarships are available for those who qualify. Register at 706-867-2862.

Mountain Ed High School

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

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.

Belly Dancing­—Beginner: Belly dancing is low impact and aerobic. Beginner and experienced belly dancers are welcome. Eight Mondays, Aug. 20-Oct. 15, 6:30-8 p.m. $89 Kathryn Hinds

Hydrorobics: An invigorating, low impact exercise program. Get a total body workout as you tone, strengthen and achieve flexibility and circulatory endurance in the water. For all ages (16 and up), all fitness levels, and non-swimmers. Five Mon./Wed./Fri., Aug. 20 - Sept. 24, 9:45-10:45 a.m. $69. Joan Souders

Senior Stretch: Feel better and increase your range of movement, balance and flexibility. This stretch class designed for the more mature generation, both men and women. Tonya Buell. Six Wednesdays, Aug. 22 - Sept. 26, 8:30-9:30 a.m. $69

S.A.S.Y. (Stretch and Strengthen Yoga): This beginner to advanced beginner yoga class is for everyone and every body type. During the first two classes, emphasis will be on postures, correct alignment, breathing, and learning to use your muscles. Six Wednesdays, Aug. 22-Sept. 26, 5:30-6:30 p.m. $69

Scuba Diving Intro Night: Thursday, Aug. 30, 6:45-8:30 p.m. Free. Bill Lach

Scuba Diving – Open Water: Thursdays, Sept. 6-Oct. 25, 6:45-10:00 p.m., $289

Beginning Pottery: Mondays/Wednesdays, Sept. 5 - Oct. 10, 6-8 p.m. $149. Kyle Jones

Clean Green: Saturday, Sept. 8, 10-11:30 a.m. $39, plus $10 supply fee. Jan Kelley

Easy Lake Kayak: Saturday, Sept. 8, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. $69. Patrick Hall

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.

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

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

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, artloft.net

Music/Drama/Film & More

Movies under the stars Aug. 10

Summer Movies Under the Stars series returns to Hancock Park Friday night, Aug. 10, with the showing of The Lorax, an animated film based on Dr. Seuss’s book by the same name. The free family event begins at dusk, but families gather early for games, concessions, give-aways, and more. Please bring blankets/chairs. Proceeds benefit the Lumpkin Youth Leadership Program.

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 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, Aug. 2, 7-9:30 p.m.: Poetry Speakout Open Mic.: Everyone is welcome to this spoken word open mic on the first Thursday of every month. Signup starts at 7 p.m., 1st speaker 7:30.

Friday, Aug. 3, 8-10 p.m.+: Cumberland River. $12 advance /$15 Day of Show. Harlan, Ky. based national touring band, Cumberland

River jumped on the national scene last year when eight of their original songs were played on the FX Network’s hit TV drama, Justified. Their recent album received numerous year-end top honors includ-

ing named in the Top 20 Best of Bluegrass by Engine 145 and Keith Lawrence’s (Owensboro Messenger Inquirer) Top 10 Bluegrass Albums of 2011. www.Cumberland-River.com

Saturday, Aug. 4, 8-11 p.m. Michelle Malone, with Marshall Ruffin opening. $20 advance /$25 Day of Show. Michelle Malone is

an American award-winning singer-songwriter and guitarist in the folk, blues and Americana genres who comes armed with a bottleneck slide, blues harmonica, and her signature gut-wrenching vocals. Twenty-five year old roots-rock and blues singer-songwriter-guitarist Marshall Ruffin

majored in jazz performance at the Berklee College of Music where he recognized and tapped into his songwriting skills and vocal gifts. In 2010 he was named to “Georgia’s Next 50 “ by Georgia Music Magazine. He has a new release out this summer.

Sunday, Aug. 5, 7:30 - 9:30 p.m.+ $5 Admission. Jason’s Jug ‘o’ Blues Jam Session, hosted by Jason Childs. The Crimson Moon has given many musicians the chance to join in and jam for years now—don’t miss your chance!

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

Thursdays: College Night

Fridays: Live entertainment

Tuesdays: Country Western Music night

Friday, Aug. 3: Feel Trip

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

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

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, Aug. 3, 8:30-11:30 p.m.: Jason Kenney. Jason has been teaching and performing music for over 10 years. Originally from Dahlonega, Jason toured throughout the country playing lead guitar with Corey Smith from 2004 to 2006. During this time he released a solo album as well as collaborated on two of Smith’s albums. He was a founding member of “The Family Honor” and “HomeGrown Revival.” He currently performs with David and Noel Blackmon as the Kenney-Blackmon String Band. Jason teaches guitar, mandolin, banjo, music theory, and songwriting. 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, Aug. 4, 8:30-11:30 p.m.: Hannah Thomas. A talented and accomplished singer-songwriter at just 21 years old, Hannah has seen the awards pile up behind her. In 2011 she won the Georgia Lottery’s All Access Music Search, which started with a field of 3,000 contestants state-wide, and it took her all the way to Hollywood to record at Capitol Records. All ages welcome. No cover charge.

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

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

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WINE TASTING

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

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

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 naturallyga@windstream.net or 770-231-5783.

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

Church/Religious Events

Gospel Singing

St. Jude Benefit Singing this weekend

The 14th Annual St. Jude Benefit Singing will be held Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 3 and 4, at Georgia Mountains Center, 301 Main Street, Gainesville. On Friday night, beginning at 7 p.m., the program will feature Jeff and Sheri Easter, The Marksmen, and The Watkins Family. Beginning at 6 p.m. Saturday, music will be by Karen Peck and New River, Gold City, The Nelons, and The Whisnants. There is no admission; a love offering will be received. 770-534-8420

Singing at Pleasant Hill full gospel Saturday

Pleasant Hill Full Gospel Church, off GA 400 at 351 Henry Grady Hwy., Dawsonville, will hold a singing featuring The Gospel Mountain Singers at 7 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 4. Pastor Jimmy Payne invites all.

Freedom MInistries saturday night singing

Saturday night singing: Big Oak Gospel Music at 7 p.m. each Saturday. Featured singers on Aug. 4 are Willing Vessels, Steve Pruitt, and Forgiven. 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/

Revival at Cradle Mountain continues

Cradle Mountain Baptist Church continues revival at 7 p.m. nightly the rest of the week. There is special singing nightly. Assisting is Rev. Marty Abernathy. Rev. Dale Abernathy invites everyone to attend.

Revival continues at Mt. Zion #1

Mount Zion Baptist Church #1 will continue summer revival through Friday at 7 p.m. Rev. Brian Satterfield and Rev. Jerry Whitlock are assisting, and there are special singers each night. Everyone invited to attend.

Hot dogs Saturday, Revival Sunday at MTN View

Mountain View Baptist Church, Dahlonega, will have a benefit hot dog supper Saturday, Aug. 4, from 5-7 p.m. Proceeds will go towards the church’s mission trip in September. Revival begins Sunday, Aug. 5, and continues at 7:30 p.m. each night through Friday. Rev. Keith Martin will be assisting Rev. Phill Martin. Everyone is invited to worship. There will be singers each night. C.J. Collins, 706-864-3821

Revival begins Sunday at Cane Creek Baptist

Revival starts at Cane Creek Baptist Church Sunday, Aug. 5, at 7 p.m., with special singers each night. Rev. Dennis Fortner will be assisting Pastor Ernest Fortner. Everyone is invited.

Revival at Bethlehem Baptist starts Sunday

Bethlehem Baptist Church, Dahlonega, will hold revival at 7 p.m. nightly Sunday through Friday, Aug. 5-10. Rev. Keith Allison will be the guest preacher.706-864-2743

UnitARIAn Universalist church

Georgia Mountains Unitarian Universalist Church is a welcoming congregation. On Aug. 5 Mike Murdock, Sierra Club Wildlands & Wildlife Chair, will present “Protecting Our Georgia Forests,” providing an overview of the Georgia Sierra Club and discussing current initiatives of the Wildlands Committee, volunteer opportunities in our community and legislation relative to 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

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 East Dawsonville, 706-216-3524

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.

Homecoming w/Marksmen, revival, at Antioch

Antioch Baptist Church will have Homecoming Sunday, Aug. 5, at 10:30 a.m. featuring mountain gospel music by two-time Dove award nominees 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. 4632 Auraria Road, 706-864-3540

Revival at Philippi Aug. 12

Philippi Baptist Church will hold revival services beginning Sunday night, Aug. 12, at 6 p.m. For the rest of the week, through Friday, Aug. 17, morning services will be at 11 a.m. and evening services at 7:30 p.m. Visiting preachers are Les Fuller and Lyman Caldwell. Pastor Jason Fuller invites everyone.

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

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.

Pets

Special surgery pricing on spay/neuter

The Humane Society of Northeast Georgia is offering a spay/neuter surgery special during August. Snip More, Save More offers special pricing, with increased discounts for multiple pets. The regular fees for surgery are $60-$80/pet. HSNEGA also offers low-cost vaccinations, heartworm testing, and other services at the time of surgery for an additional cost. 770-532-6617, www.HSNEGA.org.

Spay/neuter at LC Animal Shelter Aug. 29-30

Lumpkin County Animal Shelter is taking reservations for spay and neuter services Wednesday and Thursday, Aug. 29 and 30. Low-cost spay/neuter services for cats and dogs will be provided by The Atlanta Humane Society in its state-of-the-art mobile Surgical Utility Vehicle at the Lumpkin shelter. Surgeries are $20 and include a complimentary rabies vaccination and microchip if needed. Appointments must be made in person and in advance at the shelter (10:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday). Owners can take their pets home shortly after surgery. Lumpkin County Animal Shelter, 1363 Red Oak Flats Road, 706-867-7297.

Reunions

Summerour Aug. 11

The Summerour Family Reunion will be held Saturday, Aug. 11, at 10 a.m. at the Auraria Community Building. Lunch will be at noon. Please bring a covered dish. Barbara Summerour, 706-864-0671, Frankie Lee, 706-809-8347

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

Allison, Aug. 19

All members of the Allison family are invited to gather for the 77th year annual reunion at Mossy Creek Campground, south of Cleveland, at 11 a.m. Sunday, Aug. 19. Following a presentation of family history, a covered dish lunch will be shared. Please bring a lunch to share and lawn chairs, as well as family pictures and records. Diane Guest, gritsdg@bellsouth.net

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

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.

more Education

S.A.T. and Study Prep

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

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

more Pets

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.

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

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 Support Services

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

Wellness/Fitness

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. 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

Community Support Needs

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

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

The Lumpkin & White County VFW Post 5533 will have its first meeting in Cleveland at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 1. The Dahlonega post is expanding to include White County, and meetings will be held at alternating locations, meeting in Cleveland on the first Wednesday of even numbered months at the Roy Ash Jr. Community Room located at 79 Jarrard St., and in Dahlonega on the first Monday of odd numbered months at the United Community Bank Community Room, 206 Morrison Moore Parkway. Any Honorably Discharged Veteran or current service member (American Citizen) who has received Combat or Hostile Fire Pay, Received a Campaign Medal or has served in the Republic of Korea for more than 30 consecutive/60 non-consecutive days is invited. Applicants should bring $25 and proof of eligibility. vfw.post.5533@gmail.com, or search Google for VFW Post 5533.

Gold Rush Quilter’s Guild meets the first Wednesday of each month (Aug. 1) at 10 a.m. at Friendship Baptist Church on Friendship Road off West Moreland and Highway 129, Cleveland. Visitors and new members welcome. Elizabeth Pickel, 706-219-3890; Jan Fambrough, 706-867-8502

Dahlonega Woman’s Club meets the first Thursday (Aug. 2) at 6 p.m. in the Community House on North Park Street. Bring a brown bag dinner if you wish.

The Stonepile Writers, a community creative writing group, meets the first Thursday of each month, (Aug. 2) at 6 p.m. at the Vickery House, 1 Vickery Drive, on the NGCSU campus. Barbara Seaton, 706-867-2911, BCSeaton@ngcsu.edu

Lumpkin County Family Connection Collaborative meets on the first Thursday of each month (Aug. 2) at noon at Lumpkin County Parks­—YMCA. Anyone interested in the well being of families and children in Lumpkin County is invited to attend. Brenda Cronan 706-265-8389 or email bcronan@lumpkin.k12.ga.us. Web site: www.lumpkin.k12.ga.us/~fc/

GOLD COUNTRY SQUARE DANCERS meets the first and third Fridays of each month (Aug. 3) from 7:30 to 10 p.m. at the Dahlonega United Methodist Church fellowship hall on South Park Street at Maple Street. The public is invited for fun, exercise and good fellowship. Dana Whitfield, 706-864-9021

The Weekend Gold Miners club meets the first Saturday of every month (Aug. 4) at 5 p.m. at the Auraria Community Center. The family-oriented group offers local prospecting locations and camaraderie to those with an interest in prospecting. 770-531-WEGM(9346)

LUMPKIN COUNTY REPUBLICAN PARTY meets at 7 p.m. the first Tuesday of each month (Aug. 7) in the organization’s headquarters, 24 Alicia Lane, Suite 3 (in front of the Post Office). All Lumpkin County residents are welcome. Jeff Clymer, Chairman, (706) 973-7091. www.Lumpkin-GOP.org.

Gaddistown Homemakers meets the first Tuesday of every month February through November (Aug. 7) at 74 Fire House Lane, formerly Pre-K, across from Woody Gap School. Homemakers in the Suches area are invited.

TROUT UNLIMITED, GOLD RUSH CHAPTER meets on the first Tuesday of each month (Aug. 7) in the Ivie Lodge at Camp Glisson (two miles north of Dahlonega on Highway 60). Dinner ($8) is served at 6:30 p.m. for those who wish to eat. Program begins at 7 p.m. Sherman Head, beartooth@windstream.net or 706-864-6461, goldrushtu.org

Auraria Community Club meets at 7 p.m. the first Tuesday of each month (Aug. 7) at the Community Clubhouse on Auraria Road. Join the club for a covered dish dinner. All members and friends are welcome. The cost is only $5 to join for a year of fellowship and giving back to the community. For information about the club or renting the clubhouse call 706-864-3432 or 770-527-1578

The American Red Cross Disaster Action Team meets the second Wednesday of each month (Aug. 8) at 7 p.m. in the basement of St. Luke’s Catholic Church, 91 North Park Street. The group is seeking volunteers to help victims of disasters in the Lumpkin County area. All interested citizens are welcome. Karen, 706-867-1910

Friends of Waypoint meets for monthly luncheons on the second Wednesday of each month (Aug. 8) at noon at the Waypoint Center, 45 Eagle Overlook Drive (off Six Mile Road), Dahlonega. Waypoint Center is a Christ-centered recovery program for men. New members are welcome; community support and involvement is critical for the success of the program. 706-864-7110, www.waypointcenter.org

THE Georgia 400 Tea Party PATRioTS meet on the second Thursday (Aug. 9) at 7 p.m. (new meeting time). at the community room of the United Community Bank on Morrison Moore Parkway. The documentary Nullification, the Rightful Remedy, an exploration of the history of state nullification, will be shown. The public is invited to attend.Meetings are open to the public. Elected officials and candidates running for office are invited to attend. 706-864-9784

The Golden Stitches Quilters Guild meets the second Thursday (Aug. 9) at the Lumpkin Senior Center from 6-8:30 p.m. to sew on individual and community projects. Come quilt, sew, and learn. Dana Fritchle, 706-864-9261; Deborah Raptis, 706-867-1869, or email goldenstitches@hotmail.com

The Lions Club of Dahlonega meets the second and fourth Thursdays (Aug. 9) at Just Off the Square Café, at 6 p.m. Everyone is invited. Anne Mundy, 706-864-5899

The Georgia Mountain Handspinners Guild meets the second Saturday (Aug. 11) at Hopewell UMC on Hopewell Road south of Murrayville, 12-4 p.m. Visitors welcome. Lynn Johnson, 706-864-6407

Etowah River Critters Club: Macro-Invertebrate Sampling and Photography on the Upper Etowah River the second Saturday (Aug. 11), 390 Tom Bell Odom Road (off Siloam Church/Rider Mill Road). joe@worldclass.net, 706-265-5502

Garden Bugs Club: Get a taste of planting, tending and harvesting at Revival Gardens Organic Produce the second Saturday (Aug. 11), 9:30-11:30 a.m. For the young and the young-at-heart. 390 Tom Bell Odom Road (off Siloam Church/Rider Mill Road). realfood@revivalgardens.com, 706-265-5502

Dawson County Chapter 970 of the Vietnam Veterans of America meets the second Monday of each month (Aug. 12) at Ryan’s Family Steakhouse. Fellowship and supper are at 6 p.m. and the meeting starts at 7 p.m. Wayne Watkins, 706-429-5002

The newly formed Friends of the Lumpkin County Shelter Animals, Inc. (FRIENDS) meets on the second Tuesday, (Aug. 14), at 7 p.m. at Lumpkin County Parks YMCA on Riley Road. All who are interested in improving the well being of shelter animals and the quality of life for pets and people in Lumpkin County are invited. Jerrell Riley, (706) 867-0400; Dan Bowers, (706) 864-4144

Gold Diggers Garden Club meets the second Tuesday (Aug. 14) at 7 p.m. at the Senior Center on Mechanicsville Road. Daniel Schadler, a biology professor at Oglethorpe University, Atlanta, and a chrysanthemum judge and author, will present a program with pictures on Chrysanthemums for the August meeting. The public is invited. 706-867-6426

Mountain Coin Club for beginner and advanced numismatists meets the second Tuesday of each month (Aug. 14) at 6:15 p.m. at North Georgia Technical College, Blairsville. Call YOCS, 706-379-1488.

Word Chasers Book Club meets on the second Tuesday of the month (Aug. 14) at 1 p.m., in the craft room at the senior center. All are welcome. Rhonda, 706-864-2358

Mountain Laurel Lady Riders meets the second Tuesday of the month (Aug. 14) at 7 p.m. at The Sunflower Chinese Restaurant in the Piggly Wiggly Shopping Center, Highway 129, Cleveland. Come early for dinner. This is the local chapter of Women on Wheels (WOW), a national organization promoting motorcycling for women. Any woman who rides her own motorcyle, sport bike or scooter, or who is just interested in motorcycles, is invited. 706-968-6625.

Blue Mountain Masonic Lodge #38 F&AM meets at 7:30 p.m. the second and fourth Tuesdays, (Aug. 14) of each month. 706-864-3838

WILL (Women in Lumpkin Leadership), a monthly professional and social networking group for women, meets the third Wednesday of each month (Aug. 15) from 8 to 9:30 a.m. (program begins at 8:30) at the Stewart Center for Continuing Education next to Dairy Queen. $5-per-meeting fee is collected to support future activities. No membership commitment required. Send message to lumpkincountywillgroup@yahoo.com to be added to E-vite list.

Georgia Mountain Chapter of Military Officers Association of America meets at 7 p.m. the third Thursday of each month (Aug. 16) at Ryan’s in Dawsonville. Retired, former and current military officers are welcome. www.gmcmoaa.org, 706-265-7613

The American Legion #239 Auxiliary meets the third Thursday (Aug. 16) of each month, 6:30 p.m. at the American Legion Hall. www.dahlonegalegion.org

Habitat for Humanity of Lumpkin County meets at 6 p.m. the third Thursday of each month (Aug. 16) in the meeting room at Yahoola Grill.

F.E.A.R. (Face Everything and Recover) is a coalition in Lumpkin County organized to focus on drug and alcohol prevention for a new generation, intervention for addicts now and optimism for a drug-free community in the future. The group meets at noon on the third Thursday of the month (Aug. 16) in the community room of the United Community Bank. It seeks to provide support and services to families affected by alcohol and drug abuse. Bridgette Barker, brigette.barker@lumpkinsheriff.com

Dahlonega Young Professionals Group (YPG) meets the third Thursday (Aug. 16), 5:30 p.m. YPG is a networking organization of dedicated, talented young professionals ages 21-40 with the goal of enriching the community by uniting and developing the county’s young professionals. For information on where each month’s meeting is held, go to dahlonegaypg.com.

TLC HUMANE SOCIETY meets at 6:30 p.m. on the third Thursday (Aug. 16) in the Commumty Room of United Community Bank, across from the Post Office. Please come and bring a friend. 706-864-2817

The Funky Chicken Art Project holds a woodcarvers gathering on the third Saturday of each month (Aug. 18), noon-3 p.m. More information and directions at www.funkychickenartproject.com or call Christina at 706-864-3938 or e-mail: funkchic@windstream.net

SEBA (Southeastern Bluegrass Association) holds a jam the third Sunday (Aug. 19) of each month from 2-5 p.m. at The Crimson Moon Café. Raymond Busbee, 706-216-3885

AARP – Lumpkin Chapter 1966, meets the third Monday (Aug. 20) of each month at 11 a.m. in the Fellowship Hall of Dahlonega United Methodist Church. Please bring a brown bag lunch. Anyone age 50+ is invited. Food, fellowship, fun and informative speakers. Roberta Peters. 706-864-4383

We Recycle! meets the third Monday of the month (Aug. 20) at 5 p.m. in the Community Room of the United Community Bank on Morrison Moore Parkway. www.WeRecycleLumpkin.org

Men’s group now forming: A new men’s group for the purpose of peer support, encouragement, enrichment, light exercise (walking, frisbee), etc. will meet on the 3rd Tuesday of the month (Aug. 21) at 6 p.m. at Yahoola Park near the bridge and baseball field. Graham McGhee, 678-622-9407

The North Georgia Amateur Radio Club (NGARC) meets at 6 p.m. the third Tuesday of each month (Aug. 21) in Dahlonega. Those interested in becoming licensed amateur radio operators or those who are already hams are invited to join the organization. Tom Crowell, president, 706-864-0410; Reudi Mettler, vice president, 404-474-0686

The North Georgia Photography Critique Special Interest Group will meet from 6:30-8:30 p.m. on the fourth Thursday (Aug. 23) in the Dawson County Library, 342 Allen Street, Dawsonville to share tips and critique each other’s photos. New members welcome. dphotoman@gmail.com, http://web.me.com/paulschiemer/Critique_Group/Photos.html

The Dahlonega Tea Party meets on the fourth Tuesday of the month (Aug. 28), at 7 p.m. at United Community Bank. The goal of the organization is to promote well-informed, active participation in local, state and federal government through discussions of current issues and the Constitution.

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Community-Wide Events

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

Free school supplies and clothing Thursday

Saint Paul UMC of Lumpkin County will host its 3rd Back to School Blessing from 3-7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 2. Back to School Blessing, in partnership with Caring Hands Ministries, will provide supplies and clothes to those in need in Northeast Georgia. Anyone in need of school supplies, children’s clothes and shoes is invited. Haircuts will be available, as will a representative from Peach Care for Kids. Donations of gently used clothing and shoes, as well as school supplies are needed. Donations can be left at St. Paul’s fellowship hall and at the Dahlonega Baptist Church; call Caring Hands Ministries at 706-219-1980 for pick up. The church is located at the corner of Martins Ford Road and Highway 60 near the Lumpkin/Hall county line. 706-973-9924, saintpaulunitedmethodist.com

Cherokee museum spaghetti supper saurday

Supper Night at the Museum, hosted by The Yahoola Cherokee Museum, will take place at 6 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 4. Spaghetti, garlic bread, salad, and a drink will be available for $7 for individuals and $20.00 for a family. All proceeds go to the completion of the museum located at 11 South Grove Street, Suite 600 (old Gee’s building). Help tell the rich history of the Cherokee in the area and the events leading to the Trail of Tears through interactive displays oriented toward children through adults. Yahoola United Cherokee Museum and Cultural Education Center is a 501(c)3 Non Profit. Johnny A. Chattin, yahoolacherokeemuseum.com

ASK A MASTER GARDENER saturday

On Saturday, August 4, a local Master Gardener will be on hand to answer gardening questions from 9 a.m. to noon at the Farmers Market across from the BB&T main office in downtown Dahlonega. You can ask about suitable plants for our area, weed and insect pests, plants with a purpose (such as drought-tolerance, deer-resistance, seasonal color, attracting birds and butterflies), and lots more. And if the answer isn’t readily available, Master Gardeners will research it and get back to you. Ask a Master Gardener is a monthly service on the first Saturday of each month during the Farmers Market season.

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, dwcscarecrows@yahoo.com

SCARECROW workshops start Saturday

The Dahlonega Woman’s Club will hold three free scarecrow-building workshops at the Community House (corner of N. Park and Hawkins streets) to encourage participation in the Scarecrow Stomp. They are scheduled for Saturday. Aug. 4, at 10 a.m.; Wednesday, Aug. 8, at 5:30 p.m., and Saturday August 11 at 3 p.m. Scarecrow building instructions will be demonstrated and ideas will be provided. Scarecrow “skeletons” will also be available for purchase. Bring your entry form or pick one up at a workshop. Marianne, 706-973-0611; Gale, 678-773-4937; dwcscarecrows@yahoo.com

Monthly Habitat surplus sale Aug. 10-12

Habitat for Humanity holds a surplus sale of home construction and remodeling supplies (including tools and decorating items) on the second weekend of each month. The items are available Friday and Saturday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., and Sunday, 12-4 p.m. at 16 Westbrook Drive (next to Chestatee Animal Hospital on Highway 52 East). All proceeds benefit Habitat.

Lucky Ducky Derby Family Fun Day Aug. 25

The 5th Annual Lucky Ducky Derby Family Fun Day will be held Saturday, Aug. 25, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Yahoola Creek Park. The Derby, which begins at 1 p.m., will offer prizes to the winners of the rubber ducky race down Yahoola Creek, with a $1,000 grand prize. The family fun area will include inflatables, games, face painting, food and live music. $5, max $20/family for all games and activities. Hot dogs/hamburgers/baked goods and more available. The event is a fundraiser for the El Salvador Mission Outreach of the Dahlonega United Methodist Church. Rubber duckies can be purchased online at www.ducksonamission.org. Steve, 706-265-0939, info@ducksonamission.org

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

Nature & Outdoors

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

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

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

Children & Young Adults

GYMNASTICS at the YMCA

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.

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

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, www.dahlonegaumc.org/mmo-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 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 abrightwell@hotmail.com 

At the Library

Lumpkin County Library, 706-864-3668

www.chestateelibrary.org

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

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

eBooks: Downloadable at the library’s Web site.

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

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? 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 aglowcheski@chestateelibrary.org to book your appointment.

Etowah River Alliance Program for Kids, Saturday, Aug. 4, 11 a.m.: Learn all about the behavior, habitat and secrets of the gray fox, and then make your own craft to take home. This exciting program is free and recommended for children grades kindergarten through third grade. For more information or to register, please contact the library at 706-864-3668.

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

Education/Classes

Gainesville sBDC Classes

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

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

Stewards of Children Training August 10

This child sexual abuse prevention training program is offered on the second Friday of each month at the Dahlonega Presbyterian Church. September’s session will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Aug. 10. Deadline for registration is Aug. 3. $10/person includes a meal and child care. Contact Brenda Cronan, Family Connection Director, at 706-867-7047 or bcronan@lumpkin.k12.ga.us for information or to reserve a spot.

GED program at adult learning center

The Adult Learning Center’s new hours of operation are 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, and closed Thursday and Friday. Orientation and pre-testing will be conducted on Wednesdays beginning at 9 a.m. and ending at approximately 3 p.m. We help you prepare for your GED, and there is no charge until the final GED tests. Partial scholarships are available for those who qualify. Register at 706-867-2862.

Mountain Ed High School

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

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.

Belly Dancing­—Beginner: Belly dancing is low impact and aerobic. Beginner and experienced belly dancers are welcome. Eight Mondays, Aug. 20-Oct. 15, 6:30-8 p.m. $89 Kathryn Hinds

Hydrorobics: An invigorating, low impact exercise program. Get a total body workout as you tone, strengthen and achieve flexibility and circulatory endurance in the water. For all ages (16 and up), all fitness levels, and non-swimmers. Five Mon./Wed./Fri., Aug. 20 - Sept. 24, 9:45-10:45 a.m. $69. Joan Souders

Senior Stretch: Feel better and increase your range of movement, balance and flexibility. This stretch class designed for the more mature generation, both men and women. Tonya Buell. Six Wednesdays, Aug. 22 - Sept. 26, 8:30-9:30 a.m. $69

S.A.S.Y. (Stretch and Strengthen Yoga): This beginner to advanced beginner yoga class is for everyone and every body type. During the first two classes, emphasis will be on postures, correct alignment, breathing, and learning to use your muscles. Six Wednesdays, Aug. 22-Sept. 26, 5:30-6:30 p.m. $69

Scuba Diving Intro Night: Thursday, Aug. 30, 6:45-8:30 p.m. Free. Bill Lach

Scuba Diving – Open Water: Thursdays, Sept. 6-Oct. 25, 6:45-10:00 p.m., $289

Beginning Pottery: Mondays/Wednesdays, Sept. 5 - Oct. 10, 6-8 p.m. $149. Kyle Jones

Clean Green: Saturday, Sept. 8, 10-11:30 a.m. $39, plus $10 supply fee. Jan Kelley

Easy Lake Kayak: Saturday, Sept. 8, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. $69. Patrick Hall

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.

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

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

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, artloft.net

Music/Drama/Film & More

Movies under the stars Aug. 10

Summer Movies Under the Stars series returns to Hancock Park Friday night, Aug. 10, with the showing of The Lorax, an animated film based on Dr. Seuss’s book by the same name. The free family event begins at dusk, but families gather early for games, concessions, give-aways, and more. Please bring blankets/chairs. Proceeds benefit the Lumpkin Youth Leadership Program.

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 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, Aug. 2, 7-9:30 p.m.: Poetry Speakout Open Mic.: Everyone is welcome to this spoken word open mic on the first Thursday of every month. Signup starts at 7 p.m., 1st speaker 7:30.

Friday, Aug. 3, 8-10 p.m.+: Cumberland River. $12 advance /$15 Day of Show. Harlan, Ky. based national touring band, Cumberland

River jumped on the national scene last year when eight of their original songs were played on the FX Network’s hit TV drama, Justified. Their recent album received numerous year-end top honors includ-

ing named in the Top 20 Best of Bluegrass by Engine 145 and Keith Lawrence’s (Owensboro Messenger Inquirer) Top 10 Bluegrass Albums of 2011. www.Cumberland-River.com

Saturday, Aug. 4, 8-11 p.m. Michelle Malone, with Marshall Ruffin opening. $20 advance /$25 Day of Show. Michelle Malone is

an American award-winning singer-songwriter and guitarist in the folk, blues and Americana genres who comes armed with a bottleneck slide, blues harmonica, and her signature gut-wrenching vocals. Twenty-five year old roots-rock and blues singer-songwriter-guitarist Marshall Ruffin

majored in jazz performance at the Berklee College of Music where he recognized and tapped into his songwriting skills and vocal gifts. In 2010 he was named to “Georgia’s Next 50 “ by Georgia Music Magazine. He has a new release out this summer.

Sunday, Aug. 5, 7:30 - 9:30 p.m.+ $5 Admission. Jason’s Jug ‘o’ Blues Jam Session, hosted by Jason Childs. The Crimson Moon has given many musicians the chance to join in and jam for years now—don’t miss your chance!

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

Thursdays: College Night

Fridays: Live entertainment

Tuesdays: Country Western Music night

Friday, Aug. 3: Feel Trip

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

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

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, Aug. 3, 8:30-11:30 p.m.: Jason Kenney. Jason has been teaching and performing music for over 10 years. Originally from Dahlonega, Jason toured throughout the country playing lead guitar with Corey Smith from 2004 to 2006. During this time he released a solo album as well as collaborated on two of Smith’s albums. He was a founding member of “The Family Honor” and “HomeGrown Revival.” He currently performs with David and Noel Blackmon as the Kenney-Blackmon String Band. Jason teaches guitar, mandolin, banjo, music theory, and songwriting. 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, Aug. 4, 8:30-11:30 p.m.: Hannah Thomas. A talented and accomplished singer-songwriter at just 21 years old, Hannah has seen the awards pile up behind her. In 2011 she won the Georgia Lottery’s All Access Music Search, which started with a field of 3,000 contestants state-wide, and it took her all the way to Hollywood to record at Capitol Records. All ages welcome. No cover charge.

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

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

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WINE TASTING

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

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

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 naturallyga@windstream.net or 770-231-5783.

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

Church/Religious Events

Gospel Singing

St. Jude Benefit Singing this weekend

The 14th Annual St. Jude Benefit Singing will be held Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 3 and 4, at Georgia Mountains Center, 301 Main Street, Gainesville. On Friday night, beginning at 7 p.m., the program will feature Jeff and Sheri Easter, The Marksmen, and The Watkins Family. Beginning at 6 p.m. Saturday, music will be by Karen Peck and New River, Gold City, The Nelons, and The Whisnants. There is no admission; a love offering will be received. 770-534-8420

Singing at Pleasant Hill full gospel Saturday

Pleasant Hill Full Gospel Church, off GA 400 at 351 Henry Grady Hwy., Dawsonville, will hold a singing featuring The Gospel Mountain Singers at 7 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 4. Pastor Jimmy Payne invites all.

Freedom MInistries saturday night singing

Saturday night singing: Big Oak Gospel Music at 7 p.m. each Saturday. Featured singers on Aug. 4 are Willing Vessels, Steve Pruitt, and Forgiven. 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/

Revival at Cradle Mountain continues

Cradle Mountain Baptist Church continues revival at 7 p.m. nightly the rest of the week. There is special singing nightly. Assisting is Rev. Marty Abernathy. Rev. Dale Abernathy invites everyone to attend.

Revival continues at Mt. Zion #1

Mount Zion Baptist Church #1 will continue summer revival through Friday at 7 p.m. Rev. Brian Satterfield and Rev. Jerry Whitlock are assisting, and there are special singers each night. Everyone invited to attend.

Hot dogs Saturday, Revival Sunday at MTN View

Mountain View Baptist Church, Dahlonega, will have a benefit hot dog supper Saturday, Aug. 4, from 5-7 p.m. Proceeds will go towards the church’s mission trip in September. Revival begins Sunday, Aug. 5, and continues at 7:30 p.m. each night through Friday. Rev. Keith Martin will be assisting Rev. Phill Martin. Everyone is invited to worship. There will be singers each night. C.J. Collins, 706-864-3821

Revival begins Sunday at Cane Creek Baptist

Revival starts at Cane Creek Baptist Church Sunday, Aug. 5, at 7 p.m., with special singers each night. Rev. Dennis Fortner will be assisting Pastor Ernest Fortner. Everyone is invited.

Revival at Bethlehem Baptist starts Sunday

Bethlehem Baptist Church, Dahlonega, will hold revival at 7 p.m. nightly Sunday through Friday, Aug. 5-10. Rev. Keith Allison will be the guest preacher.706-864-2743

UnitARIAn Universalist church

Georgia Mountains Unitarian Universalist Church is a welcoming congregation. On Aug. 5 Mike Murdock, Sierra Club Wildlands & Wildlife Chair, will present “Protecting Our Georgia Forests,” providing an overview of the Georgia Sierra Club and discussing current initiatives of the Wildlands Committee, volunteer opportunities in our community and legislation relative to 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

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 East Dawsonville, 706-216-3524

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.

Homecoming w/Marksmen, revival, at Antioch

Antioch Baptist Church will have Homecoming Sunday, Aug. 5, at 10:30 a.m. featuring mountain gospel music by two-time Dove award nominees 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. 4632 Auraria Road, 706-864-3540

Revival at Philippi Aug. 12

Philippi Baptist Church will hold revival services beginning Sunday night, Aug. 12, at 6 p.m. For the rest of the week, through Friday, Aug. 17, morning services will be at 11 a.m. and evening services at 7:30 p.m. Visiting preachers are Les Fuller and Lyman Caldwell. Pastor Jason Fuller invites everyone.

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

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.

Pets

Special surgery pricing on spay/neuter

The Humane Society of Northeast Georgia is offering a spay/neuter surgery special during August. Snip More, Save More offers special pricing, with increased discounts for multiple pets. The regular fees for surgery are $60-$80/pet. HSNEGA also offers low-cost vaccinations, heartworm testing, and other services at the time of surgery for an additional cost. 770-532-6617, www.HSNEGA.org.

Spay/neuter at LC Animal Shelter Aug. 29-30

Lumpkin County Animal Shelter is taking reservations for spay and neuter services Wednesday and Thursday, Aug. 29 and 30. Low-cost spay/neuter services for cats and dogs will be provided by The Atlanta Humane Society in its state-of-the-art mobile Surgical Utility Vehicle at the Lumpkin shelter. Surgeries are $20 and include a complimentary rabies vaccination and microchip if needed. Appointments must be made in person and in advance at the shelter (10:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday). Owners can take their pets home shortly after surgery. Lumpkin County Animal Shelter, 1363 Red Oak Flats Road, 706-867-7297.

Reunions

Summerour Aug. 11

The Summerour Family Reunion will be held Saturday, Aug. 11, at 10 a.m. at the Auraria Community Building. Lunch will be at noon. Please bring a covered dish. Barbara Summerour, 706-864-0671, Frankie Lee, 706-809-8347

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

Allison, Aug. 19

All members of the Allison family are invited to gather for the 77th year annual reunion at Mossy Creek Campground, south of Cleveland, at 11 a.m. Sunday, Aug. 19. Following a presentation of family history, a covered dish lunch will be shared. Please bring a lunch to share and lawn chairs, as well as family pictures and records. Diane Guest, gritsdg@bellsouth.net

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

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.

more Education

S.A.T. and Study Prep

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

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

more Pets

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.

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

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 Support Services

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

Wellness/Fitness

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. 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

Community Support Needs

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

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

The Lumpkin & White County VFW Post 5533 will have its first meeting in Cleveland at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 1. The Dahlonega post is expanding to include White County, and meetings will be held at alternating locations, meeting in Cleveland on the first Wednesday of even numbered months at the Roy Ash Jr. Community Room located at 79 Jarrard St., and in Dahlonega on the first Monday of odd numbered months at the United Community Bank Community Room, 206 Morrison Moore Parkway. Any Honorably Discharged Veteran or current service member (American Citizen) who has received Combat or Hostile Fire Pay, Received a Campaign Medal or has served in the Republic of Korea for more than 30 consecutive/60 non-consecutive days is invited. Applicants should bring $25 and proof of eligibility. vfw.post.5533@gmail.com, or search Google for VFW Post 5533.

Gold Rush Quilter’s Guild meets the first Wednesday of each month (Aug. 1) at 10 a.m. at Friendship Baptist Church on Friendship Road off West Moreland and Highway 129, Cleveland. Visitors and new members welcome. Elizabeth Pickel, 706-219-3890; Jan Fambrough, 706-867-8502

Dahlonega Woman’s Club meets the first Thursday (Aug. 2) at 6 p.m. in the Community House on North Park Street. Bring a brown bag dinner if you wish.

The Stonepile Writers, a community creative writing group, meets the first Thursday of each month, (Aug. 2) at 6 p.m. at the Vickery House, 1 Vickery Drive, on the NGCSU campus. Barbara Seaton, 706-867-2911, BCSeaton@ngcsu.edu

Lumpkin County Family Connection Collaborative meets on the first Thursday of each month (Aug. 2) at noon at Lumpkin County Parks­—YMCA. Anyone interested in the well being of families and children in Lumpkin County is invited to attend. Brenda Cronan 706-265-8389 or email bcronan@lumpkin.k12.ga.us. Web site: www.lumpkin.k12.ga.us/~fc/

GOLD COUNTRY SQUARE DANCERS meets the first and third Fridays of each month (Aug. 3) from 7:30 to 10 p.m. at the Dahlonega United Methodist Church fellowship hall on South Park Street at Maple Street. The public is invited for fun, exercise and good fellowship. Dana Whitfield, 706-864-9021

The Weekend Gold Miners club meets the first Saturday of every month (Aug. 4) at 5 p.m. at the Auraria Community Center. The family-oriented group offers local prospecting locations and camaraderie to those with an interest in prospecting. 770-531-WEGM(9346)

LUMPKIN COUNTY REPUBLICAN PARTY meets at 7 p.m. the first Tuesday of each month (Aug. 7) in the organization’s headquarters, 24 Alicia Lane, Suite 3 (in front of the Post Office). All Lumpkin County residents are welcome. Jeff Clymer, Chairman, (706) 973-7091. www.Lumpkin-GOP.org.

Gaddistown Homemakers meets the first Tuesday of every month February through November (Aug. 7) at 74 Fire House Lane, formerly Pre-K, across from Woody Gap School. Homemakers in the Suches area are invited.

TROUT UNLIMITED, GOLD RUSH CHAPTER meets on the first Tuesday of each month (Aug. 7) in the Ivie Lodge at Camp Glisson (two miles north of Dahlonega on Highway 60). Dinner ($8) is served at 6:30 p.m. for those who wish to eat. Program begins at 7 p.m. Sherman Head, beartooth@windstream.net or 706-864-6461, goldrushtu.org

Auraria Community Club meets at 7 p.m. the first Tuesday of each month (Aug. 7) at the Community Clubhouse on Auraria Road. Join the club for a covered dish dinner. All members and friends are welcome. The cost is only $5 to join for a year of fellowship and giving back to the community. For information about the club or renting the clubhouse call 706-864-3432 or 770-527-1578

The American Red Cross Disaster Action Team meets the second Wednesday of each month (Aug. 8) at 7 p.m. in the basement of St. Luke’s Catholic Church, 91 North Park Street. The group is seeking volunteers to help victims of disasters in the Lumpkin County area. All interested citizens are welcome. Karen, 706-867-1910

Friends of Waypoint meets for monthly luncheons on the second Wednesday of each month (Aug. 8) at noon at the Waypoint Center, 45 Eagle Overlook Drive (off Six Mile Road), Dahlonega. Waypoint Center is a Christ-centered recovery program for men. New members are welcome; community support and involvement is critical for the success of the program. 706-864-7110, www.waypointcenter.org

THE Georgia 400 Tea Party PATRioTS meet on the second Thursday (Aug. 9) at 7 p.m. (new meeting time). at the community room of the United Community Bank on Morrison Moore Parkway. The documentary Nullification, the Rightful Remedy, an exploration of the history of state nullification, will be shown. The public is invited to attend.Meetings are open to the public. Elected officials and candidates running for office are invited to attend. 706-864-9784

The Golden Stitches Quilters Guild meets the second Thursday (Aug. 9) at the Lumpkin Senior Center from 6-8:30 p.m. to sew on individual and community projects. Come quilt, sew, and learn. Dana Fritchle, 706-864-9261; Deborah Raptis, 706-867-1869, or email goldenstitches@hotmail.com

The Lions Club of Dahlonega meets the second and fourth Thursdays (Aug. 9) at Just Off the Square Café, at 6 p.m. Everyone is invited. Anne Mundy, 706-864-5899

The Georgia Mountain Handspinners Guild meets the second Saturday (Aug. 11) at Hopewell UMC on Hopewell Road south of Murrayville, 12-4 p.m. Visitors welcome. Lynn Johnson, 706-864-6407

Etowah River Critters Club: Macro-Invertebrate Sampling and Photography on the Upper Etowah River the second Saturday (Aug. 11), 390 Tom Bell Odom Road (off Siloam Church/Rider Mill Road). joe@worldclass.net, 706-265-5502

Garden Bugs Club: Get a taste of planting, tending and harvesting at Revival Gardens Organic Produce the second Saturday (Aug. 11), 9:30-11:30 a.m. For the young and the young-at-heart. 390 Tom Bell Odom Road (off Siloam Church/Rider Mill Road). realfood@revivalgardens.com, 706-265-5502

Dawson County Chapter 970 of the Vietnam Veterans of America meets the second Monday of each month (Aug. 12) at Ryan’s Family Steakhouse. Fellowship and supper are at 6 p.m. and the meeting starts at 7 p.m. Wayne Watkins, 706-429-5002

The newly formed Friends of the Lumpkin County Shelter Animals, Inc. (FRIENDS) meets on the second Tuesday, (Aug. 14), at 7 p.m. at Lumpkin County Parks YMCA on Riley Road. All who are interested in improving the well being of shelter animals and the quality of life for pets and people in Lumpkin County are invited. Jerrell Riley, (706) 867-0400; Dan Bowers, (706) 864-4144

Gold Diggers Garden Club meets the second Tuesday (Aug. 14) at 7 p.m. at the Senior Center on Mechanicsville Road. Daniel Schadler, a biology professor at Oglethorpe University, Atlanta, and a chrysanthemum judge and author, will present a program with pictures on Chrysanthemums for the August meeting. The public is invited. 706-867-6426

Mountain Coin Club for beginner and advanced numismatists meets the second Tuesday of each month (Aug. 14) at 6:15 p.m. at North Georgia Technical College, Blairsville. Call YOCS, 706-379-1488.

Word Chasers Book Club meets on the second Tuesday of the month (Aug. 14) at 1 p.m., in the craft room at the senior center. All are welcome. Rhonda, 706-864-2358

Mountain Laurel Lady Riders meets the second Tuesday of the month (Aug. 14) at 7 p.m. at The Sunflower Chinese Restaurant in the Piggly Wiggly Shopping Center, Highway 129, Cleveland. Come early for dinner. This is the local chapter of Women on Wheels (WOW), a national organization promoting motorcycling for women. Any woman who rides her own motorcyle, sport bike or scooter, or who is just interested in motorcycles, is invited. 706-968-6625.

Blue Mountain Masonic Lodge #38 F&AM meets at 7:30 p.m. the second and fourth Tuesdays, (Aug. 14) of each month. 706-864-3838

WILL (Women in Lumpkin Leadership), a monthly professional and social networking group for women, meets the third Wednesday of each month (Aug. 15) from 8 to 9:30 a.m. (program begins at 8:30) at the Stewart Center for Continuing Education next to Dairy Queen. $5-per-meeting fee is collected to support future activities. No membership commitment required. Send message to lumpkincountywillgroup@yahoo.com to be added to E-vite list.

Georgia Mountain Chapter of Military Officers Association of America meets at 7 p.m. the third Thursday of each month (Aug. 16) at Ryan’s in Dawsonville. Retired, former and current military officers are welcome. www.gmcmoaa.org, 706-265-7613

The American Legion #239 Auxiliary meets the third Thursday (Aug. 16) of each month, 6:30 p.m. at the American Legion Hall. www.dahlonegalegion.org

Habitat for Humanity of Lumpkin County meets at 6 p.m. the third Thursday of each month (Aug. 16) in the meeting room at Yahoola Grill.

F.E.A.R. (Face Everything and Recover) is a coalition in Lumpkin County organized to focus on drug and alcohol prevention for a new generation, intervention for addicts now and optimism for a drug-free community in the future. The group meets at noon on the third Thursday of the month (Aug. 16) in the community room of the United Community Bank. It seeks to provide support and services to families affected by alcohol and drug abuse. Bridgette Barker, brigette.barker@lumpkinsheriff.com

Dahlonega Young Professionals Group (YPG) meets the third Thursday (Aug. 16), 5:30 p.m. YPG is a networking organization of dedicated, talented young professionals ages 21-40 with the goal of enriching the community by uniting and developing the county’s young professionals. For information on where each month’s meeting is held, go to dahlonegaypg.com.

TLC HUMANE SOCIETY meets at 6:30 p.m. on the third Thursday (Aug. 16) in the Commumty Room of United Community Bank, across from the Post Office. Please come and bring a friend. 706-864-2817

The Funky Chicken Art Project holds a woodcarvers gathering on the third Saturday of each month (Aug. 18), noon-3 p.m. More information and directions at www.funkychickenartproject.com or call Christina at 706-864-3938 or e-mail: funkchic@windstream.net

SEBA (Southeastern Bluegrass Association) holds a jam the third Sunday (Aug. 19) of each month from 2-5 p.m. at The Crimson Moon Café. Raymond Busbee, 706-216-3885

AARP – Lumpkin Chapter 1966, meets the third Monday (Aug. 20) of each month at 11 a.m. in the Fellowship Hall of Dahlonega United Methodist Church. Please bring a brown bag lunch. Anyone age 50+ is invited. Food, fellowship, fun and informative speakers. Roberta Peters. 706-864-4383

We Recycle! meets the third Monday of the month (Aug. 20) at 5 p.m. in the Community Room of the United Community Bank on Morrison Moore Parkway. www.WeRecycleLumpkin.org

Men’s group now forming: A new men’s group for the purpose of peer support, encouragement, enrichment, light exercise (walking, frisbee), etc. will meet on the 3rd Tuesday of the month (Aug. 21) at 6 p.m. at Yahoola Park near the bridge and baseball field. Graham McGhee, 678-622-9407

The North Georgia Amateur Radio Club (NGARC) meets at 6 p.m. the third Tuesday of each month (Aug. 21) in Dahlonega. Those interested in becoming licensed amateur radio operators or those who are already hams are invited to join the organization. Tom Crowell, president, 706-864-0410; Reudi Mettler, vice president, 404-474-0686

The North Georgia Photography Critique Special Interest Group will meet from 6:30-8:30 p.m. on the fourth Thursday (Aug. 23) in the Dawson County Library, 342 Allen Street, Dawsonville to share tips and critique each other’s photos. New members welcome. dphotoman@gmail.com, http://web.me.com/paulschiemer/Critique_Group/Photos.html

The Dahlonega Tea Party meets on the fourth Tuesday of the month (Aug. 28), at 7 p.m. at United Community Bank. The goal of the organization is to promote well-informed, active participation in local, state and federal government through discussions of current issues and the Constitution.

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