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Things to do in Dahlonega (October 17th edition)

Community-Wide Events

Cottrell speaker series continues Oct. 18

Penny McIntyre, president, Newell Consumer Group, Newell Rubbermaid, will be the presenter at the Mike Cottrell School of Business Speaker Series Thursday, Oct. 18, from 12:55-1:55 p.m. Sessions are held in the auditorium of the Health and Natural Sciences building at 159 Sunset Drive. This is the fourth year for the speaker series in which NGCSU and its business school bring top executives to campus to share their ideas for sustaining profitable growth in today’s fiercely competitive world. Sessions are free and open to the public.

Free historic jail tours saturday

The Lumpkin County Historical Society will offer free tours of the 1884 Lumpkin County Jail & Museum from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 20-21, during Gold Rush Days. The museum displays at the Old Jail include household items that would have been used in the 1800s and early 1900s, artifacts from daily life during those times, and vintage photographs including gold mining scenes, historical buildings and significant events. The jail, which was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1985, is located on Enota Street next to the Cannery Art Center two blocks east of Dahlonega’s Historic Public Square.

Learn about gold prospecting Saturday

Weekend Gold Miners Prospecing Club, Inc., invites the public to learn about recreational gold prospecting at a free common dig on their Etowah River lease from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 20. Club members will be demonstrating equipment used in their hobby. Signs will be posted along routes. For maps and information visit www.weekendgoldminers.com or call 770-531-9346.

NOA CHILI Cook-Off Oct. 27, enter now

The 7th Annual Chili Cook-Off, sponsored by NOA (No One Alone), will be held in Hancock Park from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 27. See story page 1B.

Annual Pumpkin Carving at NGCSU Oct. 22

Bring a pumpkin and join the carving fun at Phi Mu’s Annual Pumpkin Carving from 6:45 to 8 p.m. Monday, Oct. 22, on the promenade in front of the NGCSU library. All students, faculty and locals are welcome to participate.

Porter Village yard sale Oct. 27

The Ranger families of Porter Village will hold their annual Yard Dale Saturday, Oct. 27, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. The public is invited. Porter Village is located on Morrison Moore Parkway near Cavenders Creek Road.

Movie Day set for Oct. 27

The DVD movies Agenda: Grinding down America (2 and 6 p.m.) and Dreams from My Real Father (4 and 8 p.m.) will each have two free showings in the Community Room at United Community Bank on Morrison Moore Parkway on Oct. 27. The public is invited to attend. 770-231-8729

CASA Masquerade Nov. 3

Enotah CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) will hold its fourth annual Masquerade fundraiser, “Let’s Have a Ball,” Saturday, Nov. 3, from 6:30-10 p.m. at The Dahlonega Marketplace on the square. There will be dinner and dancing, and a raffle and silent auction. Dress in your party clothes (not necessarily formal) and wear a masquerade mask or not. Tickets are $45 per person or $80 per couple and can be purchased by phone at 706-864-0300.

Dahlonega Hunger Walk Nov. 4

A community-wide CROP Hunger Walk will begin on the NGCSU drill field at 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 4. Sponsored by World Wide Hunger Walk, the event will raise awareness and funds for international relief and development as well as locally (25 percent) for the Community Helping Place food pantry. Individuals and teams can sign up online and can set goals for how much money they will attempt to raise. Carol Wilson, 706-864-4757, www.cropwalk.org

Rides, Races, Festivals

Gold rush days This weekend

Gold Rush Days, Dahlonega’s largest and oldest festival, will be held Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 20 and 21, around the square and in the streets of downtown Dahlonega. Food and craft booths will be open from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. A concert will be held in front of the visitor’s center from 6-7:30 p.m. Saturday. Sponsored by the Dahlonega Jaycees. See full details throughout this edition of The Nugget. 706-864-7247, www.dahlonegajaycees.com

Gold Rush 5K Saturday

Registration begins at 6:30 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 20, in the NGCSU gym for the Gold Rush 5K, sponsored by The Dahlonega Rotary Club. The race begins at 8 a.m. with a start and finish at NGCSU; the awards will follow immediately. Jason Cox, 706.531.6201, w_j_cox@yahoo.com

Poker Run: Bikes, Cars, etc. saturday

Caring Hands Ministries invites everyone who rides, and drives (cars, trucks and vans are also welcome) to its 1st Annual Poker Run Saturday, Oct. 20. Registration is 9 a.m. at Rooster’s at the end of Georgia Highway 400. First bike out at 10a.m., last bike out 11 a.m. The ride ends at Riverside Cafe in Helen, where there will be pulled pork barbecue, karaoke, door prizes and more. First hand costs $15; additional hands are $5. Proceeds help Caring Hands Ministries help people in need in Northeast Georgia. The non-profit has been helping people with emergency financial assistance, food, clothing and more for 18 years. To register early, or for more information, call Carrie Shroyer, (706) 969-8184.

Chestatee Wildlife Preserve benefit ride

Chestatee Wildlife Preserve is holding a benefit bike ride and day at the zoo on Sunday, Oct. 28. The ride starts at Appalachian Biker Gear at Settendown Village Road and Georgia 400 with registration (adults $10, children 11 and under, $5.) A police-escorted ride to the zoo begins at 11:45 a.m. Ride your motorcycle or drive your car and bring your family. Animal show at 2 p.m. 678-951-3058, 678-537-6765, info@chestateewildlife.com

Hemlockfest 2012: Nov. 2-4

The 8th annual Hemlockfest will be held at Starbridge (Highway 52 East) on November 2, 3, and 4. The survival of hemlock trees in this area is being threatened by the woolly adelgid, an aphid like insect spreading through our forests. This benefit festival will raise funds and awareness to help save these magnificent trees. The event will offer three days of bands and entertainers plus food and beverage, natural crafts vendors, interactive presentations and exhibits, and lots of activities for kids and adults. Friday $15, Saturday $25, Sunday $10. www.hemlockfest.org

FOREVER YOUNG RIDE and BBQ Nov. 3

The Forever Young Motorcycle Ride and BBQ benefitting activities at the Lumpkin County Senior Center will take place Saturday, Nov. 3. Festivities begin at 10 a.m. at the Center, 266 Mechanicsville Road. Blessing and kick-stands up at 11 a.m. Live music, prizes, drawing. Registration is $25 per bike plus $10 for passenger which includes a T-shirt and a BBQ lunch following the ride through Suches and Turner’s Corner. BBQ lunch ($7) available to the public at noon. For registration and more information visit www.lumpkincounty.gov/dept/seniorCenter or call 706-864-2358.

Dahlonega Literary Festival Nov. 10-11

The 9th Annual Dahlonega Literary Festival will be held the Nov. 10 and 11 featuring readings, panel discussions book signings, children’s programs and vendors at the NGCSU Continuing Education building. A Saturday morning keynote address by Barbara Brown Taylor will be held at the NGCSU Library Technology Center as will several other presentations, and a Saturday night extravaganza featuring humorist Nick Wynne will be held at the Crimson Moon Cafe. Lunch with the authors will take place Saturday in restaurants around the square. www.literaryfestival.org

Children & Young Adults

GYMNASTICS at the YMCA

Build strength, confidence, agility, and flexibility while learning gymnastics skills and having fun. Classes are for ages 3-14. Session 2 “registration” begins is underway, and classes are filled on a first come first serve basis. Classes on Wednesdays for 9 classes/weeks. Session 2 begins Oct. 24. 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.

Free teen driving program offered Oct. 23

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

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

Dance classes at Ballet Barre

New Classes for 2012-2013 Season at The Ballet Barre: Clogging and Baton. Still enrolling for Hiphop, Ballet, Tap, Jazz and Contemporary. 706-867-1905, www.bbarre.com 10/24

Nature & Outdoors

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

First Visit Tours: Each Sunday in October, 2-4 p.m. Tour Smithgall Woods Visitors Center and other facilities by van. Please register in advance.

Guided Hikes in October: Friday, Oct. 19, 2-4 p.m.: Lakeside Loop Hike at Buck Shoals (2 miles); Friday, Oct. 19, 5-7 p.m.: Twilight Hike at Buck shoals (2 miles); Friday, Oct. 26, 1-3 p.m.: Martin Mine Trail (1 mile); Saturday, Oct. 27, 9-11:30 a.m.: Buck Shoals State Park. Please register in advance for all hikes.

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

Saturday, Oct. 20: Closed for Gold Rush

Scavenger Hunt postponed: Hunt will not be held Nov. 3.

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

Children’s Program: Movers & Shakers, 2 p.m. Wednesdays, is intended for children ages 2 to 5. The programs last 45 minutes to an hour and may include songs, finger play and crafts in addition to stories.

Happy Bookers Book Discussion Group, Thursday, Oct. 18, 1:30 p.m. 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 welcome. October selection: Caleb’s Crossing by Geraldine Brooks

Pets

D.O.G. Obedience Agility & Rally-O!

Classes start week of Oct. 30-Nov. 4 and run for 7 weeks. (Intermediate Obedience is pre-requisite for Agility.) $99 with $10 discount on Obedience Classes for adopted shelter dogs. Dogs must be 4 months w/vaccinations. Dahlonega Obedience Group (D.O.G.), certified instructor Mary Kay Crowell, 706-864-0410.

Visit DahlonegaObedienceGroup.com for class schedules (10/24)

Sign up now for Spay/neuter in December

Lumpkin County Animal Shelter is taking reservations now for spay and neuter services Wednesday and Thursday, Dec. 19 and 20. 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. Pet owners wanting to take advantage of this opportunity are advised to come by the Shelter and make their request soon as the appointment schedule fills up quickly. As a special gift to those who sign up this time, a photographer will be on hand to take free photos of pets (with their owners if desired), courtesy of FRIENDS OF the Lumpkin County Shelter ANIMALS. Lumpkin County Animal Shelter, 1363 Red Oak Flats Road, 706-867-7297

Farmers Market

No FARMERS MARKET due to Gold Rush

The Dahlonega Farmers Market will take a break for Gold Rush and will return for its last week on Oct. 27. Rebecca Shirley, 706-864-6133

Education/Classes

Do It Herself Workshop at Home Depot Thurs.Dahlonega Home Depot will offer a free ladies night workshop from 6:30-8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 18, on “Wall and Floor Tiling,” with hands-on training. Food and prizes too. To reserve a seat, call 706-867-9618, ext. 417 or email: kitchendesigner_6980@homedepot.com

Gainesville sBDC Classes

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

Starting a Business, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday, Nov. 2. $99

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

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

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

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.

Sapelo Island Adventure: History & Ecology of the Georgia Coast—Registration extended to Oct. 22: Join us for a rich field experience on Sapelo Island. Become familiar with the culture and history of one of Georgia’s unspoiled barrier islands, and visit many cultural and historic sites. Learn about organisms commonly found in Sapelo Island’s marine habitats of Georgia, and the impact of human activities on the coastal ecosystems of Georgia. We will be climbing in and out of a flatbed truck and riding in a boat, so good physical condition is required. We will be staying in a dormitory, and the group will be responsible for cooking their own meals. An optional dinner one night will be at Lula’s in Hog Hammock, approximately $25. Nov. 10-13. $189/person. Organizational meeting: Monday, Oct. 29, 6 p.m. Tour Guide: Nancy Dalman

Belly Dancing – Intermediate: Go beyond basic belly dancing. Learn more challenging combinations and choreographies. Also explore more of the musical and dance styles of the belly dance world. You should have basic belly dance experience. Eight Mondays, Oct. 22-Dec. 10, 6:30 - 8 p.m. $89 Kathryn Hinds

Digital Darkroom: Take all of your photographs to a new level using Photoshop Elements 10 as a training tool. Do color corrections, crop images, create composites, do black and white conversions, and set up for printing. Four Thursdays, Oct. 25-Nov. 15, 6-8:30 p.m. $159. Larry Winslett

Plumbing Recertification Workshop: This four-hour workshop will satisfy the mandatory state requirement for annual renewal of Georgia Plumbing Certificates of Competency. Saturday, Oct. 27, 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. $79. Scot McEwen

Holiday Wreath Decorating: Decorate a greenery wreath with berry clusters, pine cones, ribbon, tree ornaments, or pick a theme, such as snowmen. Use these techniques to make amazing wreaths year-round. Monday, Oct. 29, 5:30-8:30 p.m. $45 Tammy Bryant

Photography – Advanced: Learn advanced composition, shooting raw photos, histograms, using your flash, and studio lighting techniques. You will develop a better eye with our in-class critiques. Four Tuesdays, Oct. 30 to Nov. 20. 6-8:30 p.m. $129. Peggy Cozart

NRA Basic Pistol Shooting Course: Learn the basic knowledge, skills, and attitude for owning and operating a pistol safely. This course includes classroom and range time learning to shoot revolvers and semi-automatic pistols. Learn the rules for safe gun handling; pistol parts and operation; ammunition; and more. Saturday, Nov. 3, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. $159. Rita Woods

Ribbon Bow Making: Learn how to tie a professional bow and several variations of a basic bow. Also learn many ways to use bows in decorations such as tree toppers, mailbox bows, gift bows, and more. Wednesday, Nov. 7, 5:30-7:30 p.m. $29. Tammy Bryant

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.

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.

Music/Drama/Film & More

NGCSU EVENTS

Performing Arts Faculty Cooperative Concert, 8 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 24, Shott Auditorium

Spanish Film Festival, 7 p.m. Monday, Oct. 22, Nix Fine Arts Center, 312.

NGCSU Planetarium: Shows Fridays 8-9 p.m. through Nov. 16 at George E. Coleman Planetarium, room 234 of the Health & Natural Sciences Building, Sunset Drive. Current show: “2012—The End of Time?” What does the Mayan Calendar really have to say about the world coming to an end on December 21, 2012. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. with no admittance after 8 p.m. Free. www.northgeorgia.edu/planetarium

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

The Bourbon Street Grille, 90 A Public Square North, 706-864-0086, thebourbonstreetgrille.com

Wednesday, Thursday, & Saturday nights: Live music on the back deck.

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

Wednesdays, 5 p.m. till close: Corkscrew University. Jamming and singing with Lara Polangco on the back deck. Special pricing for NGCSU students.

Sunday, Oct. 28, 4-6 p.m.: Monthly WineTasting. 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, Oct. 18, 7-10 p.m.: “Audition” Open Mic Night. 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 host, Jason Spencer, at 706-265-5183 to sign up in advance.

Saturday, Oct. 20, 8 p.m. Mandy Gawley. $15 advance, $20 day of

show, $12 locals. Mandy writes from the heart of a wife and mother of two, baring her own experiences to the microphone. She has garnered nominations as Georgia Country Female Artist of the Year, has been featured on GMCTV as a new artist and in a commercial spot for the net-

work, has had her song Let It Go featured in the movie Trinity Goodheart. Her music video for Let it Go has earned her a nomination for a 2012 GA Music Award.

Sunday, Oct. 21: 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. Business office open 9-4 Mondays. 706-864-3759, www.hollytheater.com

Johnny Cash Now, 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Oct. 19 and 20. See article this page. Adults, $20; Children under 12, $10.

Lingo Lounge, Thursday, Oct. 25, 8 p.m. “The right place for writers” will present its open mic for writers with a “Spooky Night” flavor. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. Comic MC Ben and singing DJ Tommy Pirone keep it lively. Free admission.

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

Thursdays: College Night

Fridays: Live entertainment

Tuesdays: Country Western Music night

Friday, Oct. 19: Stoned Sandwich

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

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

Poppy’s Pool Hall,132 Legion Road, 706-864-0774, www. nga.apaleagues.com

Every Saturday night: 7:30 p.m. Tournament

Every Wednesday: 7 p.m. APA (American Poolplayers Association) 8-Ball pool league play

Shenanigan’s Irish Pub, 87 North Chestatee Street, 706-482-0114. All ages welcome, no cover.

Wednesdays, 8:30-11:30: Wingin & Singin: 50¢ chicken wings and karaoke

Thursdays, 8-10 p.m.: Team Trivia. Prizes and giveaways.

Friday, Oct. 19, 8:30-11:30 p.m.: Erick Jones. Whether performing with the Atlanta based country-rock band American Anodyne, the North Georgia folk group Ugly Cousin, or solo acoustic, Erick Jones’ narrative storytelling draws upon the trials of small-town life in the south, drunken revelry, and searching for redemption in the era of the “new depression.” All ages welcome. No cover charge.

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

Saturday, Oct. 20, 8:30-11:30 p.m. Singer-songwriter Radford Windham is a native of Dahlonega. At an early age, he learned to play and sing gospel music with his family, and went on to earn his bachelor’s degree in vocal performance. He has had the opportunity to perform with musicians such as Zac Brown, Kurt Thomas and Jay Drummonds. He is able to combine his experiences to create his soulful folk-rock style. 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, now located at Carriage House Shoppes, 11 South Grove Street. 706-482-0004.

Support

Grief support during the holidays

Grief Share will present “Surviving the Holidays,” a program for individuals dealing with grief during the holidays, at 10 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 25, at The Lumpkin County Senior Center. Registration required. 706-864-2358

Wellness/Fitness

Natural, herbal readers group

Wild Mountain Girl Herbal School is forming a new group to read books about natural, herbal, gardening and more. “Wildreaders” meets the first Sunday of the month 3-4:30 p.m. (706) 429-6323

Yoga at MindyYoga

Class schedule at www.mindyyoga.com. Mindy Searcey, Certified Yoga Instructor. 106 Public Square North, downstairs in Hall’s Block Building. 706-531-4718, info@mindyyoga.com

Running Group: Gold Rushers

Dahlonega Gold Rushers, a running group for all ages, abilities, distance/speed, meets on Saturday mornings at 6:30 a.m. at Hancock Park. Free.

Project Dahlonega Boot Camp

Free co-ed fitness program that motivates and educates individuals in fitness and healthy nutrition. Balanced mixture of cardio, strength, and agility, and tailored so each fitness level. Hancock Park, Monday-Friday 5:15-6:15 a.m.

Zumba classes at YMCA

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

Yoga at Dahlonega Spa Resort

Tuesdays at 6 p.m.: Yoga for all levels. A basic Hatha Yoga flow, appropriate for any level with Sandy Osieja. 400 Blueberry Hill off Town Creek Church Road. 706-865-7678

Dahlonega Healing Arts

Yoga by Kathryn Crifasi, 678-770-0400, 6 p.m. Wednesdays and 10:30 a.m. Fridays. 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

Holistic movement classes

Wild Mountain Girl Herbal School on the square announces holistic movement classes. Classes for grace, balance, gentle stretching, cardio-strength, walking and more. Cindi Vernon, 706-429-6323

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

Community Support Needs

Donate, recycle sneakers

A team of Lego scientists, Manna Robotics, sponsored by Foothills Fellowship Church, is collecting used sneakers in partnership with GreenSneakers. The project raises funds for the group of young people for practice equipment, competition material, and possibly a laptop, and the sneakers are recycled for those who are less fortunate both domestically and abroad. Shoes should have rubber soles and must be bound or tied together. They can be dropped off at Foothills Fellowship on Wednesdays 6:30-7:30 p.m. and 9:30-11:30 Sunday, Blackburn Elementary, Dahlonega Pediatrics and Lumpkin YMCA Parks and Rec gym. jpowell@windstream.net, www.firstlegoleague.org, www.greensneakers.org

Cherokee museum Fundraiser

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

AT-EASE 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. (1 wk)

Cell PHones for soldiers

Dahlonega Funeral Home is collecting old cell phones for “Cell Phones for Soldiers,” an effort to support military members returning from active duty by offering free cell phones to all armed forces returning from service in Iraq and Afghanistan. 706.864.DOVE

SEED SAVING & LENDING LIBRARY

Wild Mountain Girl Herbal School on the square in Dahlonega offers a seed library. Completely free to the public, this is a way for the community to share and save valuable seeds of all types. Cindi Vernon, (706) 429-6323, cindiv@windstream.net (1 wk)

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 Oct. 20 are Bobby Allen, Steve Pruitt, and Under Grace. The event is hosted by The Freedom Heirs and admission is free; a love offering will be collected. 1067 Highway 115 South (Old Dahlonega Highway) 706-867-6534 www.gospelgigs.com/

Church fall festival events

Hallelujah Festival at Auraria Church Oct. 27

Auraria Church of Almighty God will host a Hallelujah Festival at 5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 27. Activities include a hayride, puppet show, games, prizes, high bouncers, tents, food and fellowship. Rain date Nov. 3 eight miles south of Dahlonega on Auraria Road. There will be fun for all ages; everyone is invited. Pastor Corey Ray, 706-864-7460

Trunk-O-Treat Oct. 31 at the fountain

The Fountain Church of God of Prophecy will hold a Trunk-O-Treat from 6-8 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 31. The theme is Super Heroes. There will be a cake walk, pony rides, petting zoo and trunks of treats! Come out and join in the fun.

Fall festival at Bethlehem Baptist Oct. 31

Bethlehem Baptist Church will be hold its annual Fall Festival on Wednesday evening, Oct. 31, at 6:30 p.m. There will be plenty of food, fun and games for everyone.

All day food, yard sale at Solid Rock Oct. 20

Solid Rock Baptist Church, Hwy. 115 East at the county line, will have food and a huge yard sale on Saturday, Oct. 20. Beginning at 8 a.m. breakfast will be served with homemade biscuits—famous sweet potato or sausage. Hotdogs or hamburgers will be available for lunch, and Bruce Stringer will be there cooking up his pork skins. Lots of people will be setting up with yard sale items for a day of fun. All proceeds go to the church.

UnitARIAn Universalist church

Georgia Mountains Unitarian Universalist Church is a welcoming congregation. On Oct. 21, The Rev. Dr. Barry Whittemore will present “Amos Speaks,” discussing dramatic language from a “minor prophet” on major issues as contemporary as ever. 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

Worship in the Park on Gold Rush Sunday

Dahlonega Baptist Church will hold a special worship service during Gold Rush. “Worship in the Park” will take place Sunday, Oct. 21, at 9:30 a.m. in Hancock Park. Please bring lawn chairs and a light breakfast, if desired.

craft spaces for Oak Grove fundraiser

Oak Grove Baptist Church will hold a fundraiser at the WalMart parking lot on Saturday, Nov. 3, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. There will be an antique car cruise-in ($20 entry fee), craft booths, a concession stand, and baked goods. To rent a booth to sell homemade crafts ($10) contact Jan Gaddis at 706-265-8762

Church Offers Halloween Alternative

For eleven nights during October, Lighthouse Baptist Church, Dawsonville, is offering young people an alternative to haunted houses at Hell’s Gates, 329 Harmony Church Road. Info, video, and tickets ($12) at www.hellsgates.com or 888-295-0099.

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

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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

Weekend camp for drummers

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

STRING INSTRUMENT Lessons

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

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\

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 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.



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

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

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 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

Purchase 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 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

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.

More Children & Youth

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

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 

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

Lumpkin County Literacy Coalition has volunteer opportunities in ESL, GED, Adult Literacy, Children’s Literacy, or on fundraising committees. Office, 706-867-9607; Juanita Tipton, 706-867-1835, http://www.lumpkinliteracy.org/

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

COMMUNITY HELPING PLACE is seeking volunteers for the Food Pantry, Free Clinic and Thrift Store. Flexible scheduling. David Faile, Volunteer Services Director, 706-867-9621

Compassionate Hospice of North Georgia seeks individual volunteers and group organizations are to help people coping with terminal illness and their families. Steven Vanlerberghe, 678-651-1440

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

THRIFT STORE CUSTOMER SERVICE: NOA (No One Alone), the domestic violence program for Dawson and Lumpkin counties needs volunteers to work at its thrift shop. Fiona Boss, 706-867-6167

Lumpkin Animal Shelter needs volunteers for office work as well as hands-on socialization of animals. 1363 Red Oak Flats Road, 706-867-7297

Dahlonega-Lumpkin County Humane Society, a/k/a “TLC”, needs pet foster homes, volunteers, and donations. Mary Waits, Foster Home Coordinator, 770-823-3908, or to volunteer, contact the shelter at (706)864-2817.

Hospice of NE GA. Medical CENTER needs caring individuals to help serve grieving individuals following the death of their loved one. Training provided. Carol Jewell, 770-533-8888 or 888-572-3900, www.nghs.com

DAHLONEGA Gold Museum needs volunteers to help staff the museum four to eight hours each month. Training provided. Call or drop by, 706-864-2257
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Community-Wide Events

Cottrell speaker series continues Oct. 18

Penny McIntyre, president, Newell Consumer Group, Newell Rubbermaid, will be the presenter at the Mike Cottrell School of Business Speaker Series Thursday, Oct. 18, from 12:55-1:55 p.m. Sessions are held in the auditorium of the Health and Natural Sciences building at 159 Sunset Drive. This is the fourth year for the speaker series in which NGCSU and its business school bring top executives to campus to share their ideas for sustaining profitable growth in today’s fiercely competitive world. Sessions are free and open to the public.

Free historic jail tours saturday

The Lumpkin County Historical Society will offer free tours of the 1884 Lumpkin County Jail & Museum from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 20-21, during Gold Rush Days. The museum displays at the Old Jail include household items that would have been used in the 1800s and early 1900s, artifacts from daily life during those times, and vintage photographs including gold mining scenes, historical buildings and significant events. The jail, which was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1985, is located on Enota Street next to the Cannery Art Center two blocks east of Dahlonega’s Historic Public Square.

Learn about gold prospecting Saturday

Weekend Gold Miners Prospecing Club, Inc., invites the public to learn about recreational gold prospecting at a free common dig on their Etowah River lease from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 20. Club members will be demonstrating equipment used in their hobby. Signs will be posted along routes. For maps and information visit www.weekendgoldminers.com or call 770-531-9346.

NOA CHILI Cook-Off Oct. 27, enter now

The 7th Annual Chili Cook-Off, sponsored by NOA (No One Alone), will be held in Hancock Park from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 27. See story page 1B.

Annual Pumpkin Carving at NGCSU Oct. 22

Bring a pumpkin and join the carving fun at Phi Mu’s Annual Pumpkin Carving from 6:45 to 8 p.m. Monday, Oct. 22, on the promenade in front of the NGCSU library. All students, faculty and locals are welcome to participate.

Porter Village yard sale Oct. 27

The Ranger families of Porter Village will hold their annual Yard Dale Saturday, Oct. 27, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. The public is invited. Porter Village is located on Morrison Moore Parkway near Cavenders Creek Road.

Movie Day set for Oct. 27

The DVD movies Agenda: Grinding down America (2 and 6 p.m.) and Dreams from My Real Father (4 and 8 p.m.) will each have two free showings in the Community Room at United Community Bank on Morrison Moore Parkway on Oct. 27. The public is invited to attend. 770-231-8729

CASA Masquerade Nov. 3

Enotah CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) will hold its fourth annual Masquerade fundraiser, “Let’s Have a Ball,” Saturday, Nov. 3, from 6:30-10 p.m. at The Dahlonega Marketplace on the square. There will be dinner and dancing, and a raffle and silent auction. Dress in your party clothes (not necessarily formal) and wear a masquerade mask or not. Tickets are $45 per person or $80 per couple and can be purchased by phone at 706-864-0300.

Dahlonega Hunger Walk Nov. 4

A community-wide CROP Hunger Walk will begin on the NGCSU drill field at 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 4. Sponsored by World Wide Hunger Walk, the event will raise awareness and funds for international relief and development as well as locally (25 percent) for the Community Helping Place food pantry. Individuals and teams can sign up online and can set goals for how much money they will attempt to raise. Carol Wilson, 706-864-4757, www.cropwalk.org

Rides, Races, Festivals

Gold rush days This weekend

Gold Rush Days, Dahlonega’s largest and oldest festival, will be held Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 20 and 21, around the square and in the streets of downtown Dahlonega. Food and craft booths will be open from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. A concert will be held in front of the visitor’s center from 6-7:30 p.m. Saturday. Sponsored by the Dahlonega Jaycees. See full details throughout this edition of The Nugget. 706-864-7247, www.dahlonegajaycees.com

Gold Rush 5K Saturday

Registration begins at 6:30 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 20, in the NGCSU gym for the Gold Rush 5K, sponsored by The Dahlonega Rotary Club. The race begins at 8 a.m. with a start and finish at NGCSU; the awards will follow immediately. Jason Cox, 706.531.6201, w_j_cox@yahoo.com

Poker Run: Bikes, Cars, etc. saturday

Caring Hands Ministries invites everyone who rides, and drives (cars, trucks and vans are also welcome) to its 1st Annual Poker Run Saturday, Oct. 20. Registration is 9 a.m. at Rooster’s at the end of Georgia Highway 400. First bike out at 10a.m., last bike out 11 a.m. The ride ends at Riverside Cafe in Helen, where there will be pulled pork barbecue, karaoke, door prizes and more. First hand costs $15; additional hands are $5. Proceeds help Caring Hands Ministries help people in need in Northeast Georgia. The non-profit has been helping people with emergency financial assistance, food, clothing and more for 18 years. To register early, or for more information, call Carrie Shroyer, (706) 969-8184.

Chestatee Wildlife Preserve benefit ride

Chestatee Wildlife Preserve is holding a benefit bike ride and day at the zoo on Sunday, Oct. 28. The ride starts at Appalachian Biker Gear at Settendown Village Road and Georgia 400 with registration (adults $10, children 11 and under, $5.) A police-escorted ride to the zoo begins at 11:45 a.m. Ride your motorcycle or drive your car and bring your family. Animal show at 2 p.m. 678-951-3058, 678-537-6765, info@chestateewildlife.com

Hemlockfest 2012: Nov. 2-4

The 8th annual Hemlockfest will be held at Starbridge (Highway 52 East) on November 2, 3, and 4. The survival of hemlock trees in this area is being threatened by the woolly adelgid, an aphid like insect spreading through our forests. This benefit festival will raise funds and awareness to help save these magnificent trees. The event will offer three days of bands and entertainers plus food and beverage, natural crafts vendors, interactive presentations and exhibits, and lots of activities for kids and adults. Friday $15, Saturday $25, Sunday $10. www.hemlockfest.org

FOREVER YOUNG RIDE and BBQ Nov. 3

The Forever Young Motorcycle Ride and BBQ benefitting activities at the Lumpkin County Senior Center will take place Saturday, Nov. 3. Festivities begin at 10 a.m. at the Center, 266 Mechanicsville Road. Blessing and kick-stands up at 11 a.m. Live music, prizes, drawing. Registration is $25 per bike plus $10 for passenger which includes a T-shirt and a BBQ lunch following the ride through Suches and Turner’s Corner. BBQ lunch ($7) available to the public at noon. For registration and more information visit www.lumpkincounty.gov/dept/seniorCenter or call 706-864-2358.

Dahlonega Literary Festival Nov. 10-11

The 9th Annual Dahlonega Literary Festival will be held the Nov. 10 and 11 featuring readings, panel discussions book signings, children’s programs and vendors at the NGCSU Continuing Education building. A Saturday morning keynote address by Barbara Brown Taylor will be held at the NGCSU Library Technology Center as will several other presentations, and a Saturday night extravaganza featuring humorist Nick Wynne will be held at the Crimson Moon Cafe. Lunch with the authors will take place Saturday in restaurants around the square. www.literaryfestival.org

Children & Young Adults

GYMNASTICS at the YMCA

Build strength, confidence, agility, and flexibility while learning gymnastics skills and having fun. Classes are for ages 3-14. Session 2 “registration” begins is underway, and classes are filled on a first come first serve basis. Classes on Wednesdays for 9 classes/weeks. Session 2 begins Oct. 24. 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.

Free teen driving program offered Oct. 23

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

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

Dance classes at Ballet Barre

New Classes for 2012-2013 Season at The Ballet Barre: Clogging and Baton. Still enrolling for Hiphop, Ballet, Tap, Jazz and Contemporary. 706-867-1905, www.bbarre.com 10/24

Nature & Outdoors

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

First Visit Tours: Each Sunday in October, 2-4 p.m. Tour Smithgall Woods Visitors Center and other facilities by van. Please register in advance.

Guided Hikes in October: Friday, Oct. 19, 2-4 p.m.: Lakeside Loop Hike at Buck Shoals (2 miles); Friday, Oct. 19, 5-7 p.m.: Twilight Hike at Buck shoals (2 miles); Friday, Oct. 26, 1-3 p.m.: Martin Mine Trail (1 mile); Saturday, Oct. 27, 9-11:30 a.m.: Buck Shoals State Park. Please register in advance for all hikes.

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

Saturday, Oct. 20: Closed for Gold Rush

Scavenger Hunt postponed: Hunt will not be held Nov. 3.

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

Children’s Program: Movers & Shakers, 2 p.m. Wednesdays, is intended for children ages 2 to 5. The programs last 45 minutes to an hour and may include songs, finger play and crafts in addition to stories.

Happy Bookers Book Discussion Group, Thursday, Oct. 18, 1:30 p.m. 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 welcome. October selection: Caleb’s Crossing by Geraldine Brooks

Pets

D.O.G. Obedience Agility & Rally-O!

Classes start week of Oct. 30-Nov. 4 and run for 7 weeks. (Intermediate Obedience is pre-requisite for Agility.) $99 with $10 discount on Obedience Classes for adopted shelter dogs. Dogs must be 4 months w/vaccinations. Dahlonega Obedience Group (D.O.G.), certified instructor Mary Kay Crowell, 706-864-0410.

Visit DahlonegaObedienceGroup.com for class schedules (10/24)

Sign up now for Spay/neuter in December

Lumpkin County Animal Shelter is taking reservations now for spay and neuter services Wednesday and Thursday, Dec. 19 and 20. 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. Pet owners wanting to take advantage of this opportunity are advised to come by the Shelter and make their request soon as the appointment schedule fills up quickly. As a special gift to those who sign up this time, a photographer will be on hand to take free photos of pets (with their owners if desired), courtesy of FRIENDS OF the Lumpkin County Shelter ANIMALS. Lumpkin County Animal Shelter, 1363 Red Oak Flats Road, 706-867-7297

Farmers Market

No FARMERS MARKET due to Gold Rush

The Dahlonega Farmers Market will take a break for Gold Rush and will return for its last week on Oct. 27. Rebecca Shirley, 706-864-6133

Education/Classes

Do It Herself Workshop at Home Depot Thurs.Dahlonega Home Depot will offer a free ladies night workshop from 6:30-8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 18, on “Wall and Floor Tiling,” with hands-on training. Food and prizes too. To reserve a seat, call 706-867-9618, ext. 417 or email: kitchendesigner_6980@homedepot.com

Gainesville sBDC Classes

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

Starting a Business, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday, Nov. 2. $99

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

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

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

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.

Sapelo Island Adventure: History & Ecology of the Georgia Coast—Registration extended to Oct. 22: Join us for a rich field experience on Sapelo Island. Become familiar with the culture and history of one of Georgia’s unspoiled barrier islands, and visit many cultural and historic sites. Learn about organisms commonly found in Sapelo Island’s marine habitats of Georgia, and the impact of human activities on the coastal ecosystems of Georgia. We will be climbing in and out of a flatbed truck and riding in a boat, so good physical condition is required. We will be staying in a dormitory, and the group will be responsible for cooking their own meals. An optional dinner one night will be at Lula’s in Hog Hammock, approximately $25. Nov. 10-13. $189/person. Organizational meeting: Monday, Oct. 29, 6 p.m. Tour Guide: Nancy Dalman

Belly Dancing – Intermediate: Go beyond basic belly dancing. Learn more challenging combinations and choreographies. Also explore more of the musical and dance styles of the belly dance world. You should have basic belly dance experience. Eight Mondays, Oct. 22-Dec. 10, 6:30 - 8 p.m. $89 Kathryn Hinds

Digital Darkroom: Take all of your photographs to a new level using Photoshop Elements 10 as a training tool. Do color corrections, crop images, create composites, do black and white conversions, and set up for printing. Four Thursdays, Oct. 25-Nov. 15, 6-8:30 p.m. $159. Larry Winslett

Plumbing Recertification Workshop: This four-hour workshop will satisfy the mandatory state requirement for annual renewal of Georgia Plumbing Certificates of Competency. Saturday, Oct. 27, 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. $79. Scot McEwen

Holiday Wreath Decorating: Decorate a greenery wreath with berry clusters, pine cones, ribbon, tree ornaments, or pick a theme, such as snowmen. Use these techniques to make amazing wreaths year-round. Monday, Oct. 29, 5:30-8:30 p.m. $45 Tammy Bryant

Photography – Advanced: Learn advanced composition, shooting raw photos, histograms, using your flash, and studio lighting techniques. You will develop a better eye with our in-class critiques. Four Tuesdays, Oct. 30 to Nov. 20. 6-8:30 p.m. $129. Peggy Cozart

NRA Basic Pistol Shooting Course: Learn the basic knowledge, skills, and attitude for owning and operating a pistol safely. This course includes classroom and range time learning to shoot revolvers and semi-automatic pistols. Learn the rules for safe gun handling; pistol parts and operation; ammunition; and more. Saturday, Nov. 3, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. $159. Rita Woods

Ribbon Bow Making: Learn how to tie a professional bow and several variations of a basic bow. Also learn many ways to use bows in decorations such as tree toppers, mailbox bows, gift bows, and more. Wednesday, Nov. 7, 5:30-7:30 p.m. $29. Tammy Bryant

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.

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.

Music/Drama/Film & More

NGCSU EVENTS

Performing Arts Faculty Cooperative Concert, 8 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 24, Shott Auditorium

Spanish Film Festival, 7 p.m. Monday, Oct. 22, Nix Fine Arts Center, 312.

NGCSU Planetarium: Shows Fridays 8-9 p.m. through Nov. 16 at George E. Coleman Planetarium, room 234 of the Health & Natural Sciences Building, Sunset Drive. Current show: “2012—The End of Time?” What does the Mayan Calendar really have to say about the world coming to an end on December 21, 2012. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. with no admittance after 8 p.m. Free. www.northgeorgia.edu/planetarium

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

The Bourbon Street Grille, 90 A Public Square North, 706-864-0086, thebourbonstreetgrille.com

Wednesday, Thursday, & Saturday nights: Live music on the back deck.

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

Wednesdays, 5 p.m. till close: Corkscrew University. Jamming and singing with Lara Polangco on the back deck. Special pricing for NGCSU students.

Sunday, Oct. 28, 4-6 p.m.: Monthly WineTasting. 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, Oct. 18, 7-10 p.m.: “Audition” Open Mic Night. 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 host, Jason Spencer, at 706-265-5183 to sign up in advance.

Saturday, Oct. 20, 8 p.m. Mandy Gawley. $15 advance, $20 day of

show, $12 locals. Mandy writes from the heart of a wife and mother of two, baring her own experiences to the microphone. She has garnered nominations as Georgia Country Female Artist of the Year, has been featured on GMCTV as a new artist and in a commercial spot for the net-

work, has had her song Let It Go featured in the movie Trinity Goodheart. Her music video for Let it Go has earned her a nomination for a 2012 GA Music Award.

Sunday, Oct. 21: 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. Business office open 9-4 Mondays. 706-864-3759, www.hollytheater.com

Johnny Cash Now, 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Oct. 19 and 20. See article this page. Adults, $20; Children under 12, $10.

Lingo Lounge, Thursday, Oct. 25, 8 p.m. “The right place for writers” will present its open mic for writers with a “Spooky Night” flavor. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. Comic MC Ben and singing DJ Tommy Pirone keep it lively. Free admission.

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

Thursdays: College Night

Fridays: Live entertainment

Tuesdays: Country Western Music night

Friday, Oct. 19: Stoned Sandwich

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

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

Poppy’s Pool Hall,132 Legion Road, 706-864-0774, www. nga.apaleagues.com

Every Saturday night: 7:30 p.m. Tournament

Every Wednesday: 7 p.m. APA (American Poolplayers Association) 8-Ball pool league play

Shenanigan’s Irish Pub, 87 North Chestatee Street, 706-482-0114. All ages welcome, no cover.

Wednesdays, 8:30-11:30: Wingin & Singin: 50¢ chicken wings and karaoke

Thursdays, 8-10 p.m.: Team Trivia. Prizes and giveaways.

Friday, Oct. 19, 8:30-11:30 p.m.: Erick Jones. Whether performing with the Atlanta based country-rock band American Anodyne, the North Georgia folk group Ugly Cousin, or solo acoustic, Erick Jones’ narrative storytelling draws upon the trials of small-town life in the south, drunken revelry, and searching for redemption in the era of the “new depression.” All ages welcome. No cover charge.

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

Saturday, Oct. 20, 8:30-11:30 p.m. Singer-songwriter Radford Windham is a native of Dahlonega. At an early age, he learned to play and sing gospel music with his family, and went on to earn his bachelor’s degree in vocal performance. He has had the opportunity to perform with musicians such as Zac Brown, Kurt Thomas and Jay Drummonds. He is able to combine his experiences to create his soulful folk-rock style. 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, now located at Carriage House Shoppes, 11 South Grove Street. 706-482-0004.

Support

Grief support during the holidays

Grief Share will present “Surviving the Holidays,” a program for individuals dealing with grief during the holidays, at 10 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 25, at The Lumpkin County Senior Center. Registration required. 706-864-2358

Wellness/Fitness

Natural, herbal readers group

Wild Mountain Girl Herbal School is forming a new group to read books about natural, herbal, gardening and more. “Wildreaders” meets the first Sunday of the month 3-4:30 p.m. (706) 429-6323

Yoga at MindyYoga

Class schedule at www.mindyyoga.com. Mindy Searcey, Certified Yoga Instructor. 106 Public Square North, downstairs in Hall’s Block Building. 706-531-4718, info@mindyyoga.com

Running Group: Gold Rushers

Dahlonega Gold Rushers, a running group for all ages, abilities, distance/speed, meets on Saturday mornings at 6:30 a.m. at Hancock Park. Free.

Project Dahlonega Boot Camp

Free co-ed fitness program that motivates and educates individuals in fitness and healthy nutrition. Balanced mixture of cardio, strength, and agility, and tailored so each fitness level. Hancock Park, Monday-Friday 5:15-6:15 a.m.

Zumba classes at YMCA

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

Yoga at Dahlonega Spa Resort

Tuesdays at 6 p.m.: Yoga for all levels. A basic Hatha Yoga flow, appropriate for any level with Sandy Osieja. 400 Blueberry Hill off Town Creek Church Road. 706-865-7678

Dahlonega Healing Arts

Yoga by Kathryn Crifasi, 678-770-0400, 6 p.m. Wednesdays and 10:30 a.m. Fridays. 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

Holistic movement classes

Wild Mountain Girl Herbal School on the square announces holistic movement classes. Classes for grace, balance, gentle stretching, cardio-strength, walking and more. Cindi Vernon, 706-429-6323

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

Community Support Needs

Donate, recycle sneakers

A team of Lego scientists, Manna Robotics, sponsored by Foothills Fellowship Church, is collecting used sneakers in partnership with GreenSneakers. The project raises funds for the group of young people for practice equipment, competition material, and possibly a laptop, and the sneakers are recycled for those who are less fortunate both domestically and abroad. Shoes should have rubber soles and must be bound or tied together. They can be dropped off at Foothills Fellowship on Wednesdays 6:30-7:30 p.m. and 9:30-11:30 Sunday, Blackburn Elementary, Dahlonega Pediatrics and Lumpkin YMCA Parks and Rec gym. jpowell@windstream.net, www.firstlegoleague.org, www.greensneakers.org

Cherokee museum Fundraiser

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

AT-EASE 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. (1 wk)

Cell PHones for soldiers

Dahlonega Funeral Home is collecting old cell phones for “Cell Phones for Soldiers,” an effort to support military members returning from active duty by offering free cell phones to all armed forces returning from service in Iraq and Afghanistan. 706.864.DOVE

SEED SAVING & LENDING LIBRARY

Wild Mountain Girl Herbal School on the square in Dahlonega offers a seed library. Completely free to the public, this is a way for the community to share and save valuable seeds of all types. Cindi Vernon, (706) 429-6323, cindiv@windstream.net (1 wk)

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 Oct. 20 are Bobby Allen, Steve Pruitt, and Under Grace. The event is hosted by The Freedom Heirs and admission is free; a love offering will be collected. 1067 Highway 115 South (Old Dahlonega Highway) 706-867-6534 www.gospelgigs.com/

Church fall festival events

Hallelujah Festival at Auraria Church Oct. 27

Auraria Church of Almighty God will host a Hallelujah Festival at 5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 27. Activities include a hayride, puppet show, games, prizes, high bouncers, tents, food and fellowship. Rain date Nov. 3 eight miles south of Dahlonega on Auraria Road. There will be fun for all ages; everyone is invited. Pastor Corey Ray, 706-864-7460

Trunk-O-Treat Oct. 31 at the fountain

The Fountain Church of God of Prophecy will hold a Trunk-O-Treat from 6-8 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 31. The theme is Super Heroes. There will be a cake walk, pony rides, petting zoo and trunks of treats! Come out and join in the fun.

Fall festival at Bethlehem Baptist Oct. 31

Bethlehem Baptist Church will be hold its annual Fall Festival on Wednesday evening, Oct. 31, at 6:30 p.m. There will be plenty of food, fun and games for everyone.

All day food, yard sale at Solid Rock Oct. 20

Solid Rock Baptist Church, Hwy. 115 East at the county line, will have food and a huge yard sale on Saturday, Oct. 20. Beginning at 8 a.m. breakfast will be served with homemade biscuits—famous sweet potato or sausage. Hotdogs or hamburgers will be available for lunch, and Bruce Stringer will be there cooking up his pork skins. Lots of people will be setting up with yard sale items for a day of fun. All proceeds go to the church.

UnitARIAn Universalist church

Georgia Mountains Unitarian Universalist Church is a welcoming congregation. On Oct. 21, The Rev. Dr. Barry Whittemore will present “Amos Speaks,” discussing dramatic language from a “minor prophet” on major issues as contemporary as ever. 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

Worship in the Park on Gold Rush Sunday

Dahlonega Baptist Church will hold a special worship service during Gold Rush. “Worship in the Park” will take place Sunday, Oct. 21, at 9:30 a.m. in Hancock Park. Please bring lawn chairs and a light breakfast, if desired.

craft spaces for Oak Grove fundraiser

Oak Grove Baptist Church will hold a fundraiser at the WalMart parking lot on Saturday, Nov. 3, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. There will be an antique car cruise-in ($20 entry fee), craft booths, a concession stand, and baked goods. To rent a booth to sell homemade crafts ($10) contact Jan Gaddis at 706-265-8762

Church Offers Halloween Alternative

For eleven nights during October, Lighthouse Baptist Church, Dawsonville, is offering young people an alternative to haunted houses at Hell’s Gates, 329 Harmony Church Road. Info, video, and tickets ($12) at www.hellsgates.com or 888-295-0099.

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

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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

Weekend camp for drummers

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

STRING INSTRUMENT Lessons

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

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\

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 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.



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

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

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 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

Purchase 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 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

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.

More Children & Youth

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

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 

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

Lumpkin County Literacy Coalition has volunteer opportunities in ESL, GED, Adult Literacy, Children’s Literacy, or on fundraising committees. Office, 706-867-9607; Juanita Tipton, 706-867-1835, http://www.lumpkinliteracy.org/

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

COMMUNITY HELPING PLACE is seeking volunteers for the Food Pantry, Free Clinic and Thrift Store. Flexible scheduling. David Faile, Volunteer Services Director, 706-867-9621

Compassionate Hospice of North Georgia seeks individual volunteers and group organizations are to help people coping with terminal illness and their families. Steven Vanlerberghe, 678-651-1440

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

THRIFT STORE CUSTOMER SERVICE: NOA (No One Alone), the domestic violence program for Dawson and Lumpkin counties needs volunteers to work at its thrift shop. Fiona Boss, 706-867-6167

Lumpkin Animal Shelter needs volunteers for office work as well as hands-on socialization of animals. 1363 Red Oak Flats Road, 706-867-7297

Dahlonega-Lumpkin County Humane Society, a/k/a “TLC”, needs pet foster homes, volunteers, and donations. Mary Waits, Foster Home Coordinator, 770-823-3908, or to volunteer, contact the shelter at (706)864-2817.

Hospice of NE GA. Medical CENTER needs caring individuals to help serve grieving individuals following the death of their loved one. Training provided. Carol Jewell, 770-533-8888 or 888-572-3900, www.nghs.com

DAHLONEGA Gold Museum needs volunteers to help staff the museum four to eight hours each month. Training provided. Call or drop by, 706-864-2257
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