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Community-Wide Events

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

Food bank Grand opening, drive underway

The public is invited to the grand opening of the new food storage and distribution center for the Georgia Mountain Food Bank from noon to 1 p.m. Friday, Aug. 17. Governor Nathan Deal will be a guest speaker. The new 20,000-square foot food storage and distribution facility will allow the volunteers and staff of the Georgia Mountain Food Bank, an affiliate of the Atlanta Community Food Bank, to distribute more than five times the current amount of food to those in need in its five county service area that includes Lumpkin County. In celebration of the opening the food bank is hosting a community food drive, requesting that food be brought to the new location from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. through Aug. 17. 1642 Calvary Industrial Drive SW, Gainesville, 770-534-4111

Zumbathon to benefit Komen Foundation

Lumpkin County Family YMCA will host a Party in Pink Zumbathon from 1-3 p.m. Saturday, Aug 18. Tickets are $5 advance or $8 at the door. Money raised benefits Susan G. Komen for the Cure. partyinpink.com, April Lucas, 313-820-8239 or aprils.attic@yahoo.com

Saints on the Square Aug. 23

The 4th annual Welcome North Georgia Student Block Party will take place from 4-8 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 23, hosted by The Dahlonega-Lumpkin County Chamber of Commerce. New and returning NGCSU students are invited to visit shops, restaurants and booths on the square, and to enjoy a Taste of Dahlonega in Hancock Park from 5:30-6:30 p.m. followed by a free concert in the park from 6:30-8:30 p.m. featuring “The Chimneys.”

Enotah CASA volunteer open house

Enotah CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates), with volunteers serving as advocates for abused and neglected children, will hold an open house for interested volunteers at from 12:30-2:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 24, at the Dahlonega Baptist Church. See story on page 1B.

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

Center for Hope and Healing Gala Aug. 25

The Children’s Center for Hope & Healing will host its fifth annual Gala for Hope & Healing at 7 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 25, at the Smithgall Arts Center, 331 Spring St. SW, Gainesville. The theme is The Beach, emphasizing the playful joy the organization works to bring to the children they serve, in the process of healing and restoring dignity to those who have been victimized by sexual abuse. The gala will feature food by Oakwood Occasions, a silent auction, and music by award-winning Daddy-O-Strut, a high-energy dance band. Tickets and sponsorships can be purchased online at www.hopeandhealingga.org or by calling 770-532-6530.

White Christmas kickoff at Pizza Hut Aug. 27

The Community Helping Place will hold its White Christmas Kick-off from 5-7:30 p.m. Monday, Aug. 27, at Pizza Hut. Members of the Dahlonega/Lumpkin County Ministerial Society will serve, and all tips will benefit the program that served 243 households last year, including providing toys for 466 Lumpkin children.

NOA volunteer training Sept. 1

NOA, offering emergency shelter and support services for victims of domestic violence and their children, will host a free breakfast and volunteer training from 8:30 a.m to 12:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 1, at the United Community Bank Community Room, 206 Morrison Moore Parkway. “Strengths-based Advocacy—A Holistic Approach ” will be presented by Tori Owens, NOA Director of Children & Residential Services. Volunteers are a resource and a vital part of the strategy for fulfilling the mission of NOA (No One Alone). This event is open to the public. RSVP to noapublicrelations@yahoo.com or Brenda, 706-864-0030 x4. www.noonealone.org

Nature & Outdoors

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

Amphibian Monitoring, Friday, Aug. 17, 7:30-10 p.m.: Learn to identify amphibians as a way of monitoring the health of wetland areas. A hike by a pond to identify frogs by their calls and appearance will be included. $5. Registration required.

Youth Fishing Day, Saturday, Aug. 18, 8 a.m. to noon: Children and a special adult are invited to fish from in Buck Shoals lake, a stocked lake in an unopen state park. 3rd Saturdays through Sept.

Freshwater Wetland Workshop: Saturday, Aug. 18, 9 a.m. to noon. Adopt-A-Wetland teaches citizens about freshwater wetland systems, their threats and importance, as well as how to identify hydric soils and plants. Learn about wetlands and how you can help collect data to promote their conservation and protection. $5.Registration required.

Gold Fever, Saturday, Aug. 25, 9 a.m. to noon: Explore the history of gold mining in North Georgia with an indoor presentation and outdoor hike. $5/person, registration required.

Rides, Races, Festivals

Fools Gold MTB Races Sept. 8 at Montaluce

Fools Gold 50 and 100 mile MTB Races will be held Saturday, Sept. 8, at Montaluce Winery. Fool’s Gold 100 is part of the National Ultra Endurance Series and all governing rules of the NUE apply to the Fool’s Gold 100. Registration closes August 31. Details at http://www.55nine.com. Register at Athlete360.com.

Children & Young Adults

Girl Scout Round-Up Aug. 22

The Girl Scouts will be rounding up new members—both girls and adult volunteers—from 6:30-8 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 22, at the Lumpkin County YMCA. Programs are available for girls kindergarten through 12th grade. Celena Williams, Membership Specialist, 706-968-7655, cwilliams@gshg.org; Rebecca Talafous, Service Unit Manager, 706-219-1275, rtalafous@gmail.com

4-H for homeschoolers starts Sept. 5

Lumpkin County 4-H will have a homeschool club meeting on Wednesday, Sept. 5, at 1 p.m. at the Extension Office. Anyone in 5th through 8th grades is welcome to attend. 706-864-2275

Auditions for children’s chorus

The North Georgia Children’s Chorus is currently holding auditions for the 2012-13 season. All treble voices ages 8-18 are welcome. For more information or to schedule an audition contact Ruth Purcell at rppurcell@windstream.net or 706-482-9968.

Pick & Bow registration at three locations

Georgia Pick & Bow Traditional Music School is accepting applications for its fall semester which begins the week of Sept. 11. See story page 3B,

Free teen driving program offered Aug. 28

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

GYMNASTICS at the YMCA NOW REGISTERING

Build strength, confidence, agility, and flexibility while learning gymnastics skills and having fun. Some cherleading skills included. Classes are for ages 3-14. 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:

Sonshine Weekday Preschool of Dahlonega Baptist Church is enrolling students for the school year. The preschool is an early education program in a Christian environment for one year olds through four/five year old Pre-K. Classes follow the Lumpkin County calendar. For registration and enrollment forms, samples of curriculum and parents’ handbook visit www.dbch.org or contact Stacy Mizer, 706-864-3676, or stacy@dbch.org. (9/19)

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

Late Start Kindergarten, Preschool: War Hill/Hill Crest Christian School is accepting registrants into its late start Kindergarten program as well as the Preschool Program for ages 2-4, which begins Sept. 4. 706-216-3524 (8/29)

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 11:30-5:30, TH 12:30-7, FRI-SAT 10:30-3:30

Library Closed Dates

Closed Friday, Aug. 31-Monday, Sept. 3 for staff furlough and in

observance of Labor Day. Reopening Tuesday, Sept. 4 at 11:30 a.m.

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

Genealogy Workshop, Saturday, Aug. 18, 11 a.m. Learn how to use the web to trace your family roots. Reservations required.

Online Class—Bird Watching 101: If you want to know more about the birds in your yard, sign up for Bird Watching 101 through Universal Class online. Choose from more than 500 classes by visiting www.chestateelibrary.org and clicking on “Free Online Classes.”

Happy Bookers, Thursday, Aug. 16, 1:30 p.m. August Selection: The Last Child by John Hart. The Happy Bookers book discussion group meets the third Thursday of each month. The group rotates discussing fiction, non-fiction, and award-winning books. New members are welcome. Books can be reserved.

Education/Classes

FRee GED practice tests, Free math prep

Lanier Technical College is offering free GED practice tests in Dahlonega to anyone interested in any or all of the five subject areas of math, reading, social studies, science and language. The tests will be available Monday through Wednesday, Sept. 10-12. In addition, a free Math Boot Camp, with a practice test at 9 a.m. and a review of questions missed at 1 p.m. will be held all three days. Register prior to Sept. 10 by calling the Adult Learning Center, 706-867-2862. (9/5)

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 Education Charter High School

MEC is a SACS accredited, non-traditional, self-paced, mastery learning evening high school serving students ranging in age between 15-21 who have left traditional day school and would like to obtain their Georgia High School Diploma. MEC has eight sites in the North Georgia area, with one in Lumpkin. 706-219-4664, www.mymec.org

NORTH GEORGIA CONTINUING EDUCATION

For information on these classes, contact the NGCSU Department of Continuing Education at (706) 864-1918, email conted@northgeorgia.edu or register at www.northgeorgia.edu/ce.

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

Karate—Beginner: 10 Tuesdays, Sept. 11-Nov. 13, 6-7 p.m. $59. Danny Jarrard

Karate—Advanced: 10 Tuesdays, Sept. 11-Nov. 13, 6:45-7:45 p.m. $59. Danny Jarrard

Disaster/Doomsday Preparedness: Natural and man-made disasters can strike at any time and leave you alone and without help. Prepare now to be self-sustaining for at least 72 hours. Tuesday/Thursday, Sept. 11 and 13, 7-9 p.m. $59. Rita Woods

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

Music/Drama/Film & More

Jamming on the Square every Saturday

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

events at NGCSU

Pickin’ Porch Old Time Jam: An old-time music jam is held from 12:30-2 p.m. every Thursday at NGCSU’s Vickery House. Musicians of all levels are welcome to bring fiddles, banjos and more for a friendly exploration of the traditional music of Appalachia. Others are invited to listen. Jon Mehlferber, 706-867-2832, jpmehlferber@northgeorgia.edu

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

www.diningindahlonega.com

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

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

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

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

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

Monthly WineTasting: Sunday, Aug. 26, 4-6 p.m. Appetizer pairings with wine. $50/person includes tax and gratuity. Reservations required.

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

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

Thursday, Aug. 16, 7-10 p.m.: ‘Audition’ Open Mic Night.’ $3. Every third Thursday the stage is open to amateurs and up and coming artists alike to share their original songs in an audience-judged competition for a $50 prize, and an invitation to a quarterly ‘Final Cut’ Open Mic Challenge to win their own show at the Moon. Call the host, Jason Spencer, at 706-265-5183 to sign up in advance.

Friday, Aug, 17, 8-10 p.m.+: The Donna Hopkins Band. $14 advance /$17 Day of Show. Hopkins is Alabama-bred and farm-raised in hard times. Her mom performed with rock bands in mini-skirts and go-go boots. Her grandfather’s music was a tremendous inspiration. Hopkins has matured into a genuine triple threat as songwriter, singer and guitarist. http://www.reverbnation.com/donnahopkins

Saturday, Aug. 18, 8-10 p.m.+: Kenney–Blackmon Band. $12 advance /$15 Day of Show. Athens-based acoustic group The Ken-

ney Blackmon String Band updates a traditional genre with fresh rhythms. With Jason Kenney of Dahlonega on vocals, guitar, mandolin and banjo; Noel Blackmon on vocals, guitar and

mandolin; David Blackmon on fiddle; and Chris Enghauser on double bass, KBSB provides unique arrangements of classic folk tunes, original dirt-stomping instrumentals, cry-to-sleep love anthems and even rare revivals of songs from the British Isles. http://www.reverbnation.com/kenneyblackmonstringband

Sunday, Aug. 19: Every 3rd Sunday of the month, 2-5 p.m.: SEBA (SouthEastern Bluegrass Association) Jam Session. Free.

Sunday, 7:30-9:30 p.m.+: 3rd Sunday Greybeard’s Acoustic Music Session. An eclectic “bluegrass & beyond” repertoire ranging from Old Time to Gospel, Blues to Jazz, Rock ‘n Roll, a little bit of Classical, and enough ‘straight up’ Bluegrass to keep your toes tapping. $5, invited performers, free.

Holly Theatre, 69 West Main Street, 706-864-3759, www.hollytheater.com

Thursday, Aug. 23, Holly Underground: The Lingo Lounge, Open Mic for Writers, “the right place for writers.” Doors open at 7:30 p.m.; readers begin at 8 p.m. Relax, listen, linger, mingle. MC Ben Sierachik leads the fun; DJ Tommy Pirone provides music for after party. FREE admission. All listeners and readers welcome.

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

Thursdays: College Night

Fridays: Live entertainment

Tuesdays: Country Western Music night

Friday, Aug. 17: John Sosebee

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

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

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

Saturday, Aug. 25, 7 p.m.: A Taste Of Hawaii. Live music, trivia, hula dancing, leis. Reservations required. $25

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. 17, 8:30-11:30 p.m.: Jessi Lynn. Take a little bit of Jennifer Nettles, a dash of Bonnie Raitt, a shot of Johnny Cash, and you’ll end up with Jessi Lynn. www.jessilynn.com. All ages welcome. No cover charge.

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

Saturday, Aug. 18, 8:30-11:30 p.m.: The Jason Connelly Band. Jason Connelly and Keith Hirsch write from personal life experience. The band is known for the combination of Connelly’s voice and rhythmic guitar and Hirsch’s ability to make a djembe sound like a full drum set. All ages welcome. No cover charge.

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

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

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WINE TASTING

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

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

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

Pets

Dog Obedience, Agility & Rally-O!

Classes start the week of Aug. 26-29 and run for 7 weeks. Intermediate Obedience is pre-requisite for Agility. Dogs must be 4 months with vaccinations. $99, $10 discount on Obedience Classes for adopted shelter dogs. Dahlonega Obedience Group (D.O.G.), Certified instructor Mary Kay Crowell, 706-864-0410. See class schedule at www.dahlonegaobediencegroup.com (8/22)

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.

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

Art Workshops

Oscar Rayneri Watercolor workshop

Dahlonega watercolor artist Oscar Rayneri will teach a weekend watercolor workshop on Aug. 25 and 26 at the Chestatee Residential Community Lodge just off SR 400 toward Dawsonville. Rayneri will focus on techniques for adding realistic architectural items to landscapes. $150. Register by Aug. 17. Letty Rayneri, 706-867-8059, lrayneri@windstream.net

Reunions

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

Ledford Family Aug. 19

A reunion for the family and friends of Rufus and Mollie Anderson Ledford will be held Sunday, Aug. 19, at Mt. Olive Baptist Church Fellowship Hall, Old Dahlonega Highway, Dahlonega. Please bring a picnic lunch, family history and pictures. Lunch will be served at 1 p.m. Farrell Ledford Gable, 706-864-3706

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

RIDER, SEPT. 16

The annual Rider reunion will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 16, at NGCSU’s park seven miles southwest of Dahlonega on Highway 9. There will be a live band. Bring your favorite food for your family and to share with travelers. Lunch will be served at 12:30 p.m.

Community Support Projects

AT-EASE program checks on Homebound

This program of the Lumpkin County Sheriff’s Office provides regular contact to those who are homebound, disabled, sick, living alone, or just need the assurance of a friendly voice. Participation can be temporary or ongoing. Registration forms are available on the Sheriff’s Office website at www.lumpkincounty.gov, at the Lumpkin County Sheriff’s Office, and by phone request at 706-864-3633. (8/15)

SEED SAVING & LENDING LIBRARY

Wild Mountain Girl Herbal School on the square in Dahlonega offers a seed library. Completely free to the public, this is a way for the community to share and save valuable seeds of all types. Cindi Vernon, (706) 429-6323, cindiv@windstream.net (8/15)

Raffle will help preserve McDonald house

An original oil painting of the Captain McDonald House by local artist Laura Brown is being auctioned to help preserve the historic McDonald House. The house, located in what is now Yahoola Creek Park, is the only surviving home of a Confederate Officer in North Georgia. Raffle tickets, and the painting, are available at the Dahlonega Visitors Center on the square for $5. The winning ticket will be drawn at on Labor Day.(8/15)

Cell PHones collected for soldiers

Dahlonega Funeral Home is collecting old cell phones for “Cell Phones for Soldiers,” an effort to support military members returning from active duty by offering free cell phones to all armed forces returning from service in Iraq and Afghanistan. 706-864-DOVE (8/15)

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.

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 Volunteers

Odyssey Hospice needs volunteers in the Dahlonega area to help meet the needs of hospice patients and families, and enable them to live a higher quality of life than they would achieve on their own. Volunteers visit with patients, offer administrative support, make blankets, bake cookies and provide many other services. Gail Manter, Manager of Volunteer Services, 706-549-5736 or 877-637-9432.

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

Recycling

PLASTIC/PAPER/ALUMINUM:

• # 1 & 2 plastic bottles (discard lids)

• Corrugated cardboard (clean and dry)

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

• Aluminum and tin cans. (please rinse out)

Locations:

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

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

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

• Bins on Highway 19 North across from Ace Hardware.

CITY PICK UP AT RESIDENCES

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

CFL BULBS: Home Depot

BATTERIES

• Radio Shack/Dahlonega Pharmacy: household rechargeable batteries

• Home Depot

Cell PHones

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

PLASTIC GROCERY BAGS:

• J&J Foods

• Walmart

STYROFOAM: Publix accepts egg cartons and meat trays.

Electronic Recyclables, MIcrowaves, etc.

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

Church/Religious Events

Gospel Singing

Freedom MInistries saturday night singing

Saturday night singing: Big Oak Gospel Music at 7 p.m. each Saturday. Featured singers on Aug. 18 are Bobby Allen, Sonrise Trio, and Gospel Mountain Singers. 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 Continues at Salem Baptist

Salem Baptist Church is holding revival services through Friday, Aug. 17, at 7 p.m. nightly. Chris Gilbert and Matt Pruitt are assisting Pastor Tony Howard. Everyone is welcome.

CONCORD BAPTIST revival Continues

Concord Baptist Church will hold revival services through Friday, Aug 17 at 11 a.m. and 7 p.m. Visiting minister is W.A. Jenkins. The church is located four miles north of Dahlonega on Highway 19. Pastor Roger Dunagan and the church invite all to attend.

UnitARIAn Universalist church

Georgia Mountains Unitarian Universalist Church is a welcoming congregation. On Sunday, Aug. 19, the children will lead the congregation in this special service and invite all members to bring “living waters” from wherever their travels led them this summer. 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

Revival at Philippi Continues

Philippi Baptist Church is holding revival services through Friday, Aug. 17, at 11 a.m. and 7:30 p.m. Visiting preachers are Les Fuller and Lyman Caldwell. Pastor Jason Fuller invites everyone.

Revival at The Fountain with Sammy Glass

Revival at The Fountain church, with the Sammy Glass family singing and ministering, will be held at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Aug. 17 and 18, and Sunday morning, Aug.19, at 10:30 a.m. Everyone is welcome.

Men’s Fellowship Supper at Fortress Aug. 18

The regular Men’s Fellowship Supper at the Fortress Church on Torrington Road will be held Saturday, Aug. 18, at 6 p.m. This month will feature the Set Free Ministry from Gainesville. Everyone is welcome.

Revival starts Sunday at Yahoola Baptist

Yahoola Baptist Church will hold revival Sunday through Friday, Aug. 19-24, at 11 a.m. and 7 p.m. daily. Visiting preachers will be Les Fuller, Casey Robinson and Mike Irvin. Terry Head is pastor.

Homecoming, revival at Mt. Pisgah Sunday

Mt. Pisgah Baptist Church will have homecoming and will begin revival on Sunday, Aug. 19. Revival will continue through Saturday, Aug. 25, with services daily at 11 a.m. and 7 p.m. Assisting Pastor Jack Pilcher will be Rev. Russell Burt.

KIck off for New Kids Club at DUMC Aug. 26

Join the fun at Pioneer Club! This is a new children’s program at Dahlonega United Methodist Church for children in PreK through 5th grade. The club will meet on Sunday nights from 4-6 p.m. Club kick-off will be Sunday, Aug. 26, at 4 p.m. with regular club meetings beginning Sept. 9 and running through the school year. This is a free event for children in our community. Register your child now at www.dahlonegaumc.org. Vanessa, 706-864-8527 or vanessa@dahlonegaumc.org

Homecoming at Pleasant Grove Aug. 26

Pleasant Grove United Methodist Church at 129 Highway 52 West will have homecoming on Sunday, Aug. 26. A singing service led by The Circuit Riders will begin at 10:30 a.m., with a lunch following around 12:30 p.m.

Prayer LIne available

A local prayer line is available 9 a.m.- 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday and a half day Sunday. If no one answers leave request on machine. 706-864-0673, http://gearinministries.tripod.com

more 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.

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 grandchilden, 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

more children & youth

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 

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
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Community-Wide Events

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

Food bank Grand opening, drive underway

The public is invited to the grand opening of the new food storage and distribution center for the Georgia Mountain Food Bank from noon to 1 p.m. Friday, Aug. 17. Governor Nathan Deal will be a guest speaker. The new 20,000-square foot food storage and distribution facility will allow the volunteers and staff of the Georgia Mountain Food Bank, an affiliate of the Atlanta Community Food Bank, to distribute more than five times the current amount of food to those in need in its five county service area that includes Lumpkin County. In celebration of the opening the food bank is hosting a community food drive, requesting that food be brought to the new location from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. through Aug. 17. 1642 Calvary Industrial Drive SW, Gainesville, 770-534-4111

Zumbathon to benefit Komen Foundation

Lumpkin County Family YMCA will host a Party in Pink Zumbathon from 1-3 p.m. Saturday, Aug 18. Tickets are $5 advance or $8 at the door. Money raised benefits Susan G. Komen for the Cure. partyinpink.com, April Lucas, 313-820-8239 or aprils.attic@yahoo.com

Saints on the Square Aug. 23

The 4th annual Welcome North Georgia Student Block Party will take place from 4-8 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 23, hosted by The Dahlonega-Lumpkin County Chamber of Commerce. New and returning NGCSU students are invited to visit shops, restaurants and booths on the square, and to enjoy a Taste of Dahlonega in Hancock Park from 5:30-6:30 p.m. followed by a free concert in the park from 6:30-8:30 p.m. featuring “The Chimneys.”

Enotah CASA volunteer open house

Enotah CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates), with volunteers serving as advocates for abused and neglected children, will hold an open house for interested volunteers at from 12:30-2:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 24, at the Dahlonega Baptist Church. See story on page 1B.

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

Center for Hope and Healing Gala Aug. 25

The Children’s Center for Hope & Healing will host its fifth annual Gala for Hope & Healing at 7 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 25, at the Smithgall Arts Center, 331 Spring St. SW, Gainesville. The theme is The Beach, emphasizing the playful joy the organization works to bring to the children they serve, in the process of healing and restoring dignity to those who have been victimized by sexual abuse. The gala will feature food by Oakwood Occasions, a silent auction, and music by award-winning Daddy-O-Strut, a high-energy dance band. Tickets and sponsorships can be purchased online at www.hopeandhealingga.org or by calling 770-532-6530.

White Christmas kickoff at Pizza Hut Aug. 27

The Community Helping Place will hold its White Christmas Kick-off from 5-7:30 p.m. Monday, Aug. 27, at Pizza Hut. Members of the Dahlonega/Lumpkin County Ministerial Society will serve, and all tips will benefit the program that served 243 households last year, including providing toys for 466 Lumpkin children.

NOA volunteer training Sept. 1

NOA, offering emergency shelter and support services for victims of domestic violence and their children, will host a free breakfast and volunteer training from 8:30 a.m to 12:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 1, at the United Community Bank Community Room, 206 Morrison Moore Parkway. “Strengths-based Advocacy—A Holistic Approach ” will be presented by Tori Owens, NOA Director of Children & Residential Services. Volunteers are a resource and a vital part of the strategy for fulfilling the mission of NOA (No One Alone). This event is open to the public. RSVP to noapublicrelations@yahoo.com or Brenda, 706-864-0030 x4. www.noonealone.org

Nature & Outdoors

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

Amphibian Monitoring, Friday, Aug. 17, 7:30-10 p.m.: Learn to identify amphibians as a way of monitoring the health of wetland areas. A hike by a pond to identify frogs by their calls and appearance will be included. $5. Registration required.

Youth Fishing Day, Saturday, Aug. 18, 8 a.m. to noon: Children and a special adult are invited to fish from in Buck Shoals lake, a stocked lake in an unopen state park. 3rd Saturdays through Sept.

Freshwater Wetland Workshop: Saturday, Aug. 18, 9 a.m. to noon. Adopt-A-Wetland teaches citizens about freshwater wetland systems, their threats and importance, as well as how to identify hydric soils and plants. Learn about wetlands and how you can help collect data to promote their conservation and protection. $5.Registration required.

Gold Fever, Saturday, Aug. 25, 9 a.m. to noon: Explore the history of gold mining in North Georgia with an indoor presentation and outdoor hike. $5/person, registration required.

Rides, Races, Festivals

Fools Gold MTB Races Sept. 8 at Montaluce

Fools Gold 50 and 100 mile MTB Races will be held Saturday, Sept. 8, at Montaluce Winery. Fool’s Gold 100 is part of the National Ultra Endurance Series and all governing rules of the NUE apply to the Fool’s Gold 100. Registration closes August 31. Details at http://www.55nine.com. Register at Athlete360.com.

Children & Young Adults

Girl Scout Round-Up Aug. 22

The Girl Scouts will be rounding up new members—both girls and adult volunteers—from 6:30-8 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 22, at the Lumpkin County YMCA. Programs are available for girls kindergarten through 12th grade. Celena Williams, Membership Specialist, 706-968-7655, cwilliams@gshg.org; Rebecca Talafous, Service Unit Manager, 706-219-1275, rtalafous@gmail.com

4-H for homeschoolers starts Sept. 5

Lumpkin County 4-H will have a homeschool club meeting on Wednesday, Sept. 5, at 1 p.m. at the Extension Office. Anyone in 5th through 8th grades is welcome to attend. 706-864-2275

Auditions for children’s chorus

The North Georgia Children’s Chorus is currently holding auditions for the 2012-13 season. All treble voices ages 8-18 are welcome. For more information or to schedule an audition contact Ruth Purcell at rppurcell@windstream.net or 706-482-9968.

Pick & Bow registration at three locations

Georgia Pick & Bow Traditional Music School is accepting applications for its fall semester which begins the week of Sept. 11. See story page 3B,

Free teen driving program offered Aug. 28

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

GYMNASTICS at the YMCA NOW REGISTERING

Build strength, confidence, agility, and flexibility while learning gymnastics skills and having fun. Some cherleading skills included. Classes are for ages 3-14. 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:

Sonshine Weekday Preschool of Dahlonega Baptist Church is enrolling students for the school year. The preschool is an early education program in a Christian environment for one year olds through four/five year old Pre-K. Classes follow the Lumpkin County calendar. For registration and enrollment forms, samples of curriculum and parents’ handbook visit www.dbch.org or contact Stacy Mizer, 706-864-3676, or stacy@dbch.org. (9/19)

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

Late Start Kindergarten, Preschool: War Hill/Hill Crest Christian School is accepting registrants into its late start Kindergarten program as well as the Preschool Program for ages 2-4, which begins Sept. 4. 706-216-3524 (8/29)

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 11:30-5:30, TH 12:30-7, FRI-SAT 10:30-3:30

Library Closed Dates

Closed Friday, Aug. 31-Monday, Sept. 3 for staff furlough and in

observance of Labor Day. Reopening Tuesday, Sept. 4 at 11:30 a.m.

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

Genealogy Workshop, Saturday, Aug. 18, 11 a.m. Learn how to use the web to trace your family roots. Reservations required.

Online Class—Bird Watching 101: If you want to know more about the birds in your yard, sign up for Bird Watching 101 through Universal Class online. Choose from more than 500 classes by visiting www.chestateelibrary.org and clicking on “Free Online Classes.”

Happy Bookers, Thursday, Aug. 16, 1:30 p.m. August Selection: The Last Child by John Hart. The Happy Bookers book discussion group meets the third Thursday of each month. The group rotates discussing fiction, non-fiction, and award-winning books. New members are welcome. Books can be reserved.

Education/Classes

FRee GED practice tests, Free math prep

Lanier Technical College is offering free GED practice tests in Dahlonega to anyone interested in any or all of the five subject areas of math, reading, social studies, science and language. The tests will be available Monday through Wednesday, Sept. 10-12. In addition, a free Math Boot Camp, with a practice test at 9 a.m. and a review of questions missed at 1 p.m. will be held all three days. Register prior to Sept. 10 by calling the Adult Learning Center, 706-867-2862. (9/5)

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 Education Charter High School

MEC is a SACS accredited, non-traditional, self-paced, mastery learning evening high school serving students ranging in age between 15-21 who have left traditional day school and would like to obtain their Georgia High School Diploma. MEC has eight sites in the North Georgia area, with one in Lumpkin. 706-219-4664, www.mymec.org

NORTH GEORGIA CONTINUING EDUCATION

For information on these classes, contact the NGCSU Department of Continuing Education at (706) 864-1918, email conted@northgeorgia.edu or register at www.northgeorgia.edu/ce.

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

Karate—Beginner: 10 Tuesdays, Sept. 11-Nov. 13, 6-7 p.m. $59. Danny Jarrard

Karate—Advanced: 10 Tuesdays, Sept. 11-Nov. 13, 6:45-7:45 p.m. $59. Danny Jarrard

Disaster/Doomsday Preparedness: Natural and man-made disasters can strike at any time and leave you alone and without help. Prepare now to be self-sustaining for at least 72 hours. Tuesday/Thursday, Sept. 11 and 13, 7-9 p.m. $59. Rita Woods

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

Music/Drama/Film & More

Jamming on the Square every Saturday

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

events at NGCSU

Pickin’ Porch Old Time Jam: An old-time music jam is held from 12:30-2 p.m. every Thursday at NGCSU’s Vickery House. Musicians of all levels are welcome to bring fiddles, banjos and more for a friendly exploration of the traditional music of Appalachia. Others are invited to listen. Jon Mehlferber, 706-867-2832, jpmehlferber@northgeorgia.edu

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

www.diningindahlonega.com

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

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

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

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

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

Monthly WineTasting: Sunday, Aug. 26, 4-6 p.m. Appetizer pairings with wine. $50/person includes tax and gratuity. Reservations required.

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

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

Thursday, Aug. 16, 7-10 p.m.: ‘Audition’ Open Mic Night.’ $3. Every third Thursday the stage is open to amateurs and up and coming artists alike to share their original songs in an audience-judged competition for a $50 prize, and an invitation to a quarterly ‘Final Cut’ Open Mic Challenge to win their own show at the Moon. Call the host, Jason Spencer, at 706-265-5183 to sign up in advance.

Friday, Aug, 17, 8-10 p.m.+: The Donna Hopkins Band. $14 advance /$17 Day of Show. Hopkins is Alabama-bred and farm-raised in hard times. Her mom performed with rock bands in mini-skirts and go-go boots. Her grandfather’s music was a tremendous inspiration. Hopkins has matured into a genuine triple threat as songwriter, singer and guitarist. http://www.reverbnation.com/donnahopkins

Saturday, Aug. 18, 8-10 p.m.+: Kenney–Blackmon Band. $12 advance /$15 Day of Show. Athens-based acoustic group The Ken-

ney Blackmon String Band updates a traditional genre with fresh rhythms. With Jason Kenney of Dahlonega on vocals, guitar, mandolin and banjo; Noel Blackmon on vocals, guitar and

mandolin; David Blackmon on fiddle; and Chris Enghauser on double bass, KBSB provides unique arrangements of classic folk tunes, original dirt-stomping instrumentals, cry-to-sleep love anthems and even rare revivals of songs from the British Isles. http://www.reverbnation.com/kenneyblackmonstringband

Sunday, Aug. 19: Every 3rd Sunday of the month, 2-5 p.m.: SEBA (SouthEastern Bluegrass Association) Jam Session. Free.

Sunday, 7:30-9:30 p.m.+: 3rd Sunday Greybeard’s Acoustic Music Session. An eclectic “bluegrass & beyond” repertoire ranging from Old Time to Gospel, Blues to Jazz, Rock ‘n Roll, a little bit of Classical, and enough ‘straight up’ Bluegrass to keep your toes tapping. $5, invited performers, free.

Holly Theatre, 69 West Main Street, 706-864-3759, www.hollytheater.com

Thursday, Aug. 23, Holly Underground: The Lingo Lounge, Open Mic for Writers, “the right place for writers.” Doors open at 7:30 p.m.; readers begin at 8 p.m. Relax, listen, linger, mingle. MC Ben Sierachik leads the fun; DJ Tommy Pirone provides music for after party. FREE admission. All listeners and readers welcome.

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

Thursdays: College Night

Fridays: Live entertainment

Tuesdays: Country Western Music night

Friday, Aug. 17: John Sosebee

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

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

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

Saturday, Aug. 25, 7 p.m.: A Taste Of Hawaii. Live music, trivia, hula dancing, leis. Reservations required. $25

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. 17, 8:30-11:30 p.m.: Jessi Lynn. Take a little bit of Jennifer Nettles, a dash of Bonnie Raitt, a shot of Johnny Cash, and you’ll end up with Jessi Lynn. www.jessilynn.com. All ages welcome. No cover charge.

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

Saturday, Aug. 18, 8:30-11:30 p.m.: The Jason Connelly Band. Jason Connelly and Keith Hirsch write from personal life experience. The band is known for the combination of Connelly’s voice and rhythmic guitar and Hirsch’s ability to make a djembe sound like a full drum set. All ages welcome. No cover charge.

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

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

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WINE TASTING

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

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

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

Pets

Dog Obedience, Agility & Rally-O!

Classes start the week of Aug. 26-29 and run for 7 weeks. Intermediate Obedience is pre-requisite for Agility. Dogs must be 4 months with vaccinations. $99, $10 discount on Obedience Classes for adopted shelter dogs. Dahlonega Obedience Group (D.O.G.), Certified instructor Mary Kay Crowell, 706-864-0410. See class schedule at www.dahlonegaobediencegroup.com (8/22)

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.

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

Art Workshops

Oscar Rayneri Watercolor workshop

Dahlonega watercolor artist Oscar Rayneri will teach a weekend watercolor workshop on Aug. 25 and 26 at the Chestatee Residential Community Lodge just off SR 400 toward Dawsonville. Rayneri will focus on techniques for adding realistic architectural items to landscapes. $150. Register by Aug. 17. Letty Rayneri, 706-867-8059, lrayneri@windstream.net

Reunions

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

Ledford Family Aug. 19

A reunion for the family and friends of Rufus and Mollie Anderson Ledford will be held Sunday, Aug. 19, at Mt. Olive Baptist Church Fellowship Hall, Old Dahlonega Highway, Dahlonega. Please bring a picnic lunch, family history and pictures. Lunch will be served at 1 p.m. Farrell Ledford Gable, 706-864-3706

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

RIDER, SEPT. 16

The annual Rider reunion will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 16, at NGCSU’s park seven miles southwest of Dahlonega on Highway 9. There will be a live band. Bring your favorite food for your family and to share with travelers. Lunch will be served at 12:30 p.m.

Community Support Projects

AT-EASE program checks on Homebound

This program of the Lumpkin County Sheriff’s Office provides regular contact to those who are homebound, disabled, sick, living alone, or just need the assurance of a friendly voice. Participation can be temporary or ongoing. Registration forms are available on the Sheriff’s Office website at www.lumpkincounty.gov, at the Lumpkin County Sheriff’s Office, and by phone request at 706-864-3633. (8/15)

SEED SAVING & LENDING LIBRARY

Wild Mountain Girl Herbal School on the square in Dahlonega offers a seed library. Completely free to the public, this is a way for the community to share and save valuable seeds of all types. Cindi Vernon, (706) 429-6323, cindiv@windstream.net (8/15)

Raffle will help preserve McDonald house

An original oil painting of the Captain McDonald House by local artist Laura Brown is being auctioned to help preserve the historic McDonald House. The house, located in what is now Yahoola Creek Park, is the only surviving home of a Confederate Officer in North Georgia. Raffle tickets, and the painting, are available at the Dahlonega Visitors Center on the square for $5. The winning ticket will be drawn at on Labor Day.(8/15)

Cell PHones collected for soldiers

Dahlonega Funeral Home is collecting old cell phones for “Cell Phones for Soldiers,” an effort to support military members returning from active duty by offering free cell phones to all armed forces returning from service in Iraq and Afghanistan. 706-864-DOVE (8/15)

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.

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 Volunteers

Odyssey Hospice needs volunteers in the Dahlonega area to help meet the needs of hospice patients and families, and enable them to live a higher quality of life than they would achieve on their own. Volunteers visit with patients, offer administrative support, make blankets, bake cookies and provide many other services. Gail Manter, Manager of Volunteer Services, 706-549-5736 or 877-637-9432.

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

Recycling

PLASTIC/PAPER/ALUMINUM:

• # 1 & 2 plastic bottles (discard lids)

• Corrugated cardboard (clean and dry)

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

• Aluminum and tin cans. (please rinse out)

Locations:

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

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

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

• Bins on Highway 19 North across from Ace Hardware.

CITY PICK UP AT RESIDENCES

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

CFL BULBS: Home Depot

BATTERIES

• Radio Shack/Dahlonega Pharmacy: household rechargeable batteries

• Home Depot

Cell PHones

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

PLASTIC GROCERY BAGS:

• J&J Foods

• Walmart

STYROFOAM: Publix accepts egg cartons and meat trays.

Electronic Recyclables, MIcrowaves, etc.

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

Church/Religious Events

Gospel Singing

Freedom MInistries saturday night singing

Saturday night singing: Big Oak Gospel Music at 7 p.m. each Saturday. Featured singers on Aug. 18 are Bobby Allen, Sonrise Trio, and Gospel Mountain Singers. 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 Continues at Salem Baptist

Salem Baptist Church is holding revival services through Friday, Aug. 17, at 7 p.m. nightly. Chris Gilbert and Matt Pruitt are assisting Pastor Tony Howard. Everyone is welcome.

CONCORD BAPTIST revival Continues

Concord Baptist Church will hold revival services through Friday, Aug 17 at 11 a.m. and 7 p.m. Visiting minister is W.A. Jenkins. The church is located four miles north of Dahlonega on Highway 19. Pastor Roger Dunagan and the church invite all to attend.

UnitARIAn Universalist church

Georgia Mountains Unitarian Universalist Church is a welcoming congregation. On Sunday, Aug. 19, the children will lead the congregation in this special service and invite all members to bring “living waters” from wherever their travels led them this summer. 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

Revival at Philippi Continues

Philippi Baptist Church is holding revival services through Friday, Aug. 17, at 11 a.m. and 7:30 p.m. Visiting preachers are Les Fuller and Lyman Caldwell. Pastor Jason Fuller invites everyone.

Revival at The Fountain with Sammy Glass

Revival at The Fountain church, with the Sammy Glass family singing and ministering, will be held at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Aug. 17 and 18, and Sunday morning, Aug.19, at 10:30 a.m. Everyone is welcome.

Men’s Fellowship Supper at Fortress Aug. 18

The regular Men’s Fellowship Supper at the Fortress Church on Torrington Road will be held Saturday, Aug. 18, at 6 p.m. This month will feature the Set Free Ministry from Gainesville. Everyone is welcome.

Revival starts Sunday at Yahoola Baptist

Yahoola Baptist Church will hold revival Sunday through Friday, Aug. 19-24, at 11 a.m. and 7 p.m. daily. Visiting preachers will be Les Fuller, Casey Robinson and Mike Irvin. Terry Head is pastor.

Homecoming, revival at Mt. Pisgah Sunday

Mt. Pisgah Baptist Church will have homecoming and will begin revival on Sunday, Aug. 19. Revival will continue through Saturday, Aug. 25, with services daily at 11 a.m. and 7 p.m. Assisting Pastor Jack Pilcher will be Rev. Russell Burt.

KIck off for New Kids Club at DUMC Aug. 26

Join the fun at Pioneer Club! This is a new children’s program at Dahlonega United Methodist Church for children in PreK through 5th grade. The club will meet on Sunday nights from 4-6 p.m. Club kick-off will be Sunday, Aug. 26, at 4 p.m. with regular club meetings beginning Sept. 9 and running through the school year. This is a free event for children in our community. Register your child now at www.dahlonegaumc.org. Vanessa, 706-864-8527 or vanessa@dahlonegaumc.org

Homecoming at Pleasant Grove Aug. 26

Pleasant Grove United Methodist Church at 129 Highway 52 West will have homecoming on Sunday, Aug. 26. A singing service led by The Circuit Riders will begin at 10:30 a.m., with a lunch following around 12:30 p.m.

Prayer LIne available

A local prayer line is available 9 a.m.- 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday and a half day Sunday. If no one answers leave request on machine. 706-864-0673, http://gearinministries.tripod.com

more 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.

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 grandchilden, 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

more children & youth

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 

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
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