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Cottrell speaker series continues Nov. 1

Rich McKay, President and CEO of the Atlanta Falcons, will be the presenter at the Mike Cottrell School of Business Speaker Series Thursday, Nov. 1, 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.

Greene to speak at NGCSU Nov. 1

Award-winning author and journalist Melissa Fay Greene will talk about her latest non-fiction book, No Biking in the House Without a Helmet: Nine Kids, Three Continents, One Family, at 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 1, in the NGCSU Health and Natural Sciences Auditorium. The program is free and open to the public.

CASA Masquerade SATURDAY

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 SUNDAY

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

DUMC soup Cafe Monday

The Dahlonega United Methodist Church First Monday Café will be held on the first Monday of the month, October through March (2nd Monday in January), from 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. All you can eat soup and cornbread, and dessert, is available for a $5 suggested donation, and all proceeds benefit the Community Helping Place and Family Connection. DUMC Fellowship Hall, which is connected to the new sanctuary building, on the main level. 706-864-2521

Free rides to polls On election Day, Tuesday

Local citizens will be providing rides to the voting polls for anyone who needs transportation on Tuesday, Nov. 6. Call 706-867-9273.

Woman’s Club Spaghetti Supper Tuesday

The Dahlonega Woman’s Club will host its annual Spaghetti Supper from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 6, at Lumpkin County Parks YMCA on Riley Road. Dinner includes a generous portion of homemade spaghetti and sauce, tossed salad, garlic bread, beverage, and dessert. Tickets are $8/adults, $5/students (including NGCSU). Dine-in or take-out. Tickets can be purchased now from club members and will also be available at the door. This is one of DWC’s major fundraisers for 2012, and all proceeds go towards the many community projects the club is involved with every year, including college scholarships.

State Patrol career fair Nov. 9

The Georgia State Patrol will be hosting a career fair on Friday, Nov. 9, at the Georgia State Patrol Post 6 in Gainesville, 2000 Cleveland Highway, from 1-3 p.m. The patrol will be accepting applications for the 93rd Georgia State Patrol Trooper School. More information is available at www.dps.ga.gov.

Monthly Habitat surplus sale Nov. 9-10

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

Veteran’s Day Celebration at LCHS Nov. 12

Lumpkin County High School will be hosting its Veterans Day Celebration Honoring All Who Served at 10 a.m. Monday, Nov. 12. The annual event is held at the football stadium and the public is invited.

Nature & Outdoors

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

First Visit Tours: Sundays Nov. 4, 11, 18. Tour Smithgall Woods Visitors Center and other facilities by van. Please register in advance.

Rides, Races, Festivals

Murrayville Fall Arts Festival SAT. & SUN.

An arts festival will be held at The Ugly Tomato in downtown Murrayville Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 3 and 4, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Local artists will be offering original paintings, photography, jewelry, hair accessories, garden angels and pottery.

Hemlockfest 2012: Friday, Saturday, Sunday

The 8th annual Hemlockfest will be held at Starbridge (Highway 52 East) on November 2, 3, and 4. Details on page 1B.

FOREVER YOUNG RIDE and BBQ Saturday

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

Seasonal Family Events

Trick or Treat on the Square Oct. 31

The Chamber of Commerce and the Dahlonega Merchants will be treating children under 12 to “treats” from 5:30-7:30 p.m. on Halloween night. Hundreds of children come to the square each year for this event in which store keepers dress in costume and distribute candy. For safety reasons, the city will close the square to vehicle traffic during the event. In order to offset individual merchants’ costs, the Welcome Center is accepting donations of candy to pass out in front of the Welcome Center and to share with merchants.

events AT area churches:

Dahlonega UMC Trunk-or-Treat Cancelled

This previously announced event has been cancelled.

Trick or Trunk at Bethel Tabernacle oct. 31

Bethel Tabernacle Baptist Church in Dahlonega will have a Trick or Trunk on Wednesday, Oct. 31, starting at 7 p.m. Everyone is welcome.

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.

Free Food/Services

White Christmas applications open Nov. 5

Community Helping Place will take applications for White Christmas assistance from 10 a.m. until noon Mondays through Fridays, Nov. 5-16. Applicants should provide a current photo ID, proof of Lumpkin County residency, proof of children’s enrollment in Lumpkin schools, and children’s Medicaid cards. Monthly income guidelines range from a one-person household with income limited to $1,211/month to $3,356/month for a six-member household. Applicants should have legal custody of their children and should not be receiving Christmas assistance from other local Christmas outreach programs. 706-867-9621

Free Food at DCOG Monday, Nov. 5

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

Free Legal Services

Georgia Legal Services program provides free legal services to qualifying senior citizens and low-income clients. Services are based on case type and financial eligibility. GLSP does not handle criminal cases. Appointments: 1-800-745-5717 between 9 and 11 a.m. Monday-Thursday. (1/mo)

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

CLOSED MONDAY, NOV. 12

Food for Fines in November: The library will accept 2 cans or boxes of non-perishable food for each $1 of fines due for items owned by, checked out from, and returned to Lumpkin County Library. Food will then be distributed to local food pantries.

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

NEW AT THE LIBRARY: Zinio! Dozens of popular magazines, such as Taste of Home, Outdoor Photography, and The Family Handyman now available in digital format through the library website

Community Support Needs

Toys for Tots collections now underway

Dahlonega Funeral Home is accepting donations for its annual Toys for Tots drive. New, unwrapped toys and clothing can be dropped off at the funeral home, 20 Gibson Drive off Highway 60, Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Businesses interested in having a collection box, or for more information, call Amanda Jones, 706-864-3683. All donations will go to Lumpkin County families. Last day to make a donation is Friday, Dec. 21. (10/31, 11/14, 11/28, 12/5, 12/12, 12/19)

official dahlonega ornament now available

The Community Helping Place Official Christmas in Dahlonega Ornament, this year featuring the Fudge Factory, is now available at the following locations: The Fudge Factory, West Cleaners, Belle Avance Salon, Hairworks, the CHP Thrift Store, Starbucks and North Georgia Continuing Education. The cost is $20 and sales support the programs of CHP.

Engraved bricks available for Gold Museum

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

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

Pets

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. 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

Education/Classes

Stewards of Children Training Nov. 9

This child sexual abuse prevention training program is offered on the 2nd Friday of each month at the Dahlonega Presbyterian Church. November’s session will be held from 5:30-8 p.m. Nov. 9. Deadline for registration is Nov. 2. $10/person includes a meal and child care. Contact Brenda Cronan, Family Connection Director, at 706-867-7047 or bcronan@lumpkin.k12.ga.us for information or to reserve a spot.

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

New Business Venture Workshop (for start-up businesses 0-2 years old), Nov. 2, 2-6 p.m. Snack included. $69

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.

How To Protect and Extend the Life of Your Computer: Free lunch and learn presentation to learn tips and trick on keeping your computer in its best working condition. Friday, Nov. 2, noon - 1 p.m., OR, 1-2 p.m. Dessert and driks provided. Free, but please register by Oct. 29. 678-222-1750

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

Hydrorobics: An invigorating, low impact exercise program. Get a total body workout as you tone, strengthen and achieve flexibility and circulatory endurance in the water. All ages (16 and up), all fitness levels, and non-swimmers encouraged. Five Mondays/Wednesdays/Fridays, Nov. 12 - Dec. 14 (No classes week of Nov. 19) 9:45-10:45 a.m. $55

Beads, Wires & Chains: Learn to combine chains and wires with beads to create jewelry. You will create a single strand necklace (20”- 40” long), and matching bracelet and earrings. Tuesday, Nov. 13, 6-9 p.m. $49. Pat Martin

Jane Austen—Her Novels, Life and Times: Explore the enduring appeal of Jane Austen’s novels. Using excerpts, film clips, and active learning techniques, we will discuss her insights into the rapidly evolving social and cultural events that shaped her times. Wednesday, Nov. 14, 6-8 p.m. $29. Donna Gessell

Natural Bath and Beauty Recipes: Make an assortment of bath products from simple ingredients you can find in your local grocery store. Students will take home a container of bath salts, bath soak, sugar body scrub and a salt body scrub. Saturday, Dec. 1, 1-3 p.m. $39. Jan Kelley

Holiday Soaps: Learn this easy soap-making technique; take home instructions and four soap bars in beautiful packages suitable for gift giving. Saturday Dec. 1, 10 a.m.-noon. $29 Jan Kelley

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

All American Piano Concert, Saturday, Nov. 10, 4-7 p.m. All pianists are invited to present one piano piece or movement of work. Dr. Joe Chapman, NGCSU Director of Piano Studies, 706-429-7993 or jchapman@northgeorgia.edu

Handel’s Messiah: The NGCSU Singers, under the direction of Dr. John M. Broman, will present the Christmas portion of Handel’s “Messiah” at Dahlonega United Methodist Church at 8 p.m. Monday, Nov.12; Tuesday, Nov. 13, and Thursday, Nov. 15. The 80-person chorus will feature student and community soloists and will be accompanied by a chamber orchestra. Tickets are $10 at the door.

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

Rot N Rustys Haunted House

Interactive haunted house. Open through Wednesday, Oct. 31. Dark to 11 p.m. 312 Riley Road, across from the new courthouse. www.rottenrusty.com

Children’s Chorus in concert Nov. 9

The North Georgia Children’s Chorus will present a fall concert of seafaring and seasonal music at 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 9, at Gloria Shott Auditorium in the Nix Building on the NGCSU campus. The training choir, Upbeat Singers, and the concert choir, Jubilant Song, will perform. The chorus is directed by Janey Chapman and Ruth Purcell, and Hannah Chapman serves as accompanist. The program, “Carry Me Over the Sea,” is free and open to the public, and a reception will follow the concert.

Dahlonega Mountain Dance Nov. 9

The Dahlonega Mountain Dance will be held at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 9, at the Woodmen of the World Building, above Cranberry Corners. Music will be by Renewable Energy, and Doug Singleton will do the calling. Please wear soft-soled shoes. A suggested donation of $8 will be accepted to benefit the Georgia Pick & Bow Traditional Music School. dahlonegamountaindance.com

LCHS ONE-ACT PLAYS NOV. 10

Lumpkin County High School drama students will present “A Night of One Acts” in the school auditorium at 7 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 10. Tickets are $5 in advance and $8 at the door.

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.

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, Nov. 1, 8-11 p.m. Rebecca Loebe CD Release Party. Lizzy Ross opens. $10. Rebecca Loebe is an itinerant American

folk/pop singer/songwriter based in Atlanta. She was a contestant on the NBC television show “The Voice” in April 2011. Her cover of Nirvana’s “Come as You Are,” which she performed for her blind audition on The Voice, reached #7 on the iTunes US Alternative song

chart. Lizzy Ross’s voice delivers a charming trill one moment, only to erupt in rough, bluesy emotion the next. It’s a powerful instrument that’s earned her comparisons to artists like Grace Potter and Edie Brickell among others.

Friday, Nov. 2, 8-10:30 p.m.+. Corey Crowder. $12 advance, $15 day of show. Georgia’s soothing singer/songwriter who’s developed a very unique blend of folk, jazz, and country due to the influences of Coe, Allman, and Petty music on his love for old jazz classics. Several of his songs have been featured on MTV’s The Real World. Corey is now living in Nashville where he is a staff artist/writer at Universal Music Publishing Nashville.

Saturday, Nov. 3. Scheduled show (The Woodgrains) is being rescheduled.

Sunday, Nov. 4, 7 pm. Jason Childs Birthday Bash (Blues/Roots/Rock Jam). Free.

Holly Theatre, 69 West Main Street. Business office open 9-4 Mondays. 706-864-3759, www.hollytheater.com

“Haunted HIstoric Dahlonega,” a docu-thriller, will be shown at 8 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 31. Tickets available at door: $5 under 12, $10 adults. See story at right.

Mountain Music & Medicine Show, Nov. 3: The live recording of a radio show featuring mountain music and humor takes the Holly stage six times a year. Pre-show 7:30 p.m.; radio show 8 p.m. $15. More at right.

A Tribute to Elvis: Mark Pitt presents a high-energy, Vegas-style concert performing Elvis songs from 50’s to the 70’s. Friday, Nov. 9, 8 p.m. $15

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

Thursdays: College Night

Fridays: Live entertainment

Tuesdays: Country Western Music night

Friday, Nov. 2: John Sosebee

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, Nov. 2, 8:30-11:30 p.m.: Casey Wood. All ages, no cover.

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, Nov. 3, 8:30-11:30 p.m.: Wesley Cook. All ages, no cover.

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.

Children & Young Adults

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 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

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

Art Workshops

Christmas Card Workshop with Anita Elder

Anita Elder will hold a Christmas Card Workshop from 9:30 to 4:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 1, at the Art Loft. Artists of all levels working in watercolors and oils will get individualized instruction as they create a holiday-themed work of art that may then be transferred to holiday cards. Fee of $75 includes lunch. 706-429-6008, www.artloft.net

Plein Air at Art Loft

Debra Nadelhoffer will offer a Plein Air Workshop for all levels of oil and pastel 9:30-5 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, Nov. 8-10, at the Art Loft in Dahlonega. $335. To register, call Anita Elder, 706-429-6008.

Support Programs

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 Lumpkin group meets in Dahlonega on Mondays from 6:30-7:30 p.m. 706-867-6420 for information. 24-Hour Crisis Line, 706-864-1986, or live webchat available at 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. and at 7:30 p.m. Thursday (Twelve and Twelve) in meeting room #2 of the Lumpkin County Library (downstairs); 9 a.m. Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday at Dahlonega Funeral Home, Hwy. 60. 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. 706-864-1254

Lumpkin County Caregivers

A support group for caregivers of those suffering from Alzheimer’s disease and related dementia meets at 12:30 p.m. the first Monday of the month at Dahlonega Baptist Church. 706-867-6569

NARCOTICS ANONYMOUS

Narcotics Anonymous meets twice a week, 8 p.m. Mondays and 7 p.m. Fridays, at Georgia Mountain Unitarian-Universalist Church on South Park Street. 706-216-5023

Wellness/Fitness

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

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

Church/Religious Events

Gospel Singing

Singing at Pleasant Hill full gospel Saturday

Pleasant Hill Full Gospel Church, off GA 400 at 351 Henry Grady Hwy., Dawsonville, will hold a singing featuring Under Grace Ministries at 7 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 3. Pastor Jimmy Payne invites all.

Freedom Ministries Saturday night singing

Saturday night singing: Big Oak Gospel Music at 7 p.m. each Saturday. Featured singers on Nov. 3 are The Goss Family, the MItchells, and Gospel Travelers. 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/

sermon series continues at LifeSpring church

LifeSpring Community Church will present the second in a two-part series by Pastor David Hoard on Sunday Nov. 4. In “Leaving Boring Church Behind!” LifeSpring is located at 385 Lumpkin County Parkway in Mariah Business Park, behind Chestatee Ford on Ga. 400. Service times are 10:30 Sunday morning, and Wednesday night Adult Bible Study and Youth Service are at 7 p.m. Everyone is invited.

UnitARIAn Universalist church

Georgia Mountains Unitarian Universalist Church is a welcoming congregation. On Nov. 4, singer/songwriter/rhythm guitarist Angie Goodale will perform selections as she presents “The Universal Language of Music.” Worship 11 a.m.; children’s religious education classes 11:30 a.m. following announcements and story time. Child care provided. 706-864-0661, www.gmuuc.org

Revival continues at Harvest Baptist

Harvest Baptist Church, Dawsonville, is holding revival services through Thursday, Nov. 1 at 10 a.m. and 7 p.m. Special preachers include Mark Wheeler, David Nix, and others. All are welcome. 123 John Perry Road, 706-265-1526, J. Mark Biddy, Pastor.

Cars, crafts and cakes for Oak Grove Sat.

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. In case of rain the cruise in will be cancelled and crafts and baked goods will be moved to the church fellowship hall. To rent a booth to sell homemade crafts ($10) contact Jan Gaddis at 706-265-8762

Turkey shoot at Mill Creek Saturday

Mill Creek Church will hold its Annual Turkey Shoot Saturday, Nov. 3, beginning at 11 a.m. next to Crane’s Store on Highway 9 South. Cost is $3 per shoot and money raised will benefit the church cemetery fund.

Prayer LIne available

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

Lessons: Music/Dance

Dance Classes

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

music, songwriting lessons

Jason Kenney offers instruction in guitar, mandolin, banjo, songwriting, and music theory at the Holly Theater. 706-344-7059

STring Instruments

Bluegrass instrument instruction—fiddle, banjo, guitar, bass, mandolin. Sonny Houston, 404-377-1194

MUSIC LESSONS

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

Music lessons

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

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

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 Education

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

Volunteers

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

Meals on Wheels needs volunteer drivers to deliver meals in the Lumpkin County area. If you have the time (only two hours out of your week) and want to help the homebound senior adults in our community, please call Rhonda at 706-864-2358 for more information or come by the senior center for an application. Training will be provided.

Mentoring volunteers are matched with students to serve as a role model, advisor and friend. Lumpkin County Family Connection Mentor Program, Brenda Cronan, bcronan@lumpkin.k12.ga.us, 706-867-7047

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

DAHLONEGA Gold Museum needs volunteers to help staff the museum four to eight hours each month. Training provided. Call or drop by, 706-864-2257
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Cottrell speaker series continues Nov. 1

Rich McKay, President and CEO of the Atlanta Falcons, will be the presenter at the Mike Cottrell School of Business Speaker Series Thursday, Nov. 1, 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.

Greene to speak at NGCSU Nov. 1

Award-winning author and journalist Melissa Fay Greene will talk about her latest non-fiction book, No Biking in the House Without a Helmet: Nine Kids, Three Continents, One Family, at 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 1, in the NGCSU Health and Natural Sciences Auditorium. The program is free and open to the public.

CASA Masquerade SATURDAY

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 SUNDAY

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

DUMC soup Cafe Monday

The Dahlonega United Methodist Church First Monday Café will be held on the first Monday of the month, October through March (2nd Monday in January), from 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. All you can eat soup and cornbread, and dessert, is available for a $5 suggested donation, and all proceeds benefit the Community Helping Place and Family Connection. DUMC Fellowship Hall, which is connected to the new sanctuary building, on the main level. 706-864-2521

Free rides to polls On election Day, Tuesday

Local citizens will be providing rides to the voting polls for anyone who needs transportation on Tuesday, Nov. 6. Call 706-867-9273.

Woman’s Club Spaghetti Supper Tuesday

The Dahlonega Woman’s Club will host its annual Spaghetti Supper from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 6, at Lumpkin County Parks YMCA on Riley Road. Dinner includes a generous portion of homemade spaghetti and sauce, tossed salad, garlic bread, beverage, and dessert. Tickets are $8/adults, $5/students (including NGCSU). Dine-in or take-out. Tickets can be purchased now from club members and will also be available at the door. This is one of DWC’s major fundraisers for 2012, and all proceeds go towards the many community projects the club is involved with every year, including college scholarships.

State Patrol career fair Nov. 9

The Georgia State Patrol will be hosting a career fair on Friday, Nov. 9, at the Georgia State Patrol Post 6 in Gainesville, 2000 Cleveland Highway, from 1-3 p.m. The patrol will be accepting applications for the 93rd Georgia State Patrol Trooper School. More information is available at www.dps.ga.gov.

Monthly Habitat surplus sale Nov. 9-10

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

Veteran’s Day Celebration at LCHS Nov. 12

Lumpkin County High School will be hosting its Veterans Day Celebration Honoring All Who Served at 10 a.m. Monday, Nov. 12. The annual event is held at the football stadium and the public is invited.

Nature & Outdoors

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

First Visit Tours: Sundays Nov. 4, 11, 18. Tour Smithgall Woods Visitors Center and other facilities by van. Please register in advance.

Rides, Races, Festivals

Murrayville Fall Arts Festival SAT. & SUN.

An arts festival will be held at The Ugly Tomato in downtown Murrayville Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 3 and 4, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Local artists will be offering original paintings, photography, jewelry, hair accessories, garden angels and pottery.

Hemlockfest 2012: Friday, Saturday, Sunday

The 8th annual Hemlockfest will be held at Starbridge (Highway 52 East) on November 2, 3, and 4. Details on page 1B.

FOREVER YOUNG RIDE and BBQ Saturday

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

Seasonal Family Events

Trick or Treat on the Square Oct. 31

The Chamber of Commerce and the Dahlonega Merchants will be treating children under 12 to “treats” from 5:30-7:30 p.m. on Halloween night. Hundreds of children come to the square each year for this event in which store keepers dress in costume and distribute candy. For safety reasons, the city will close the square to vehicle traffic during the event. In order to offset individual merchants’ costs, the Welcome Center is accepting donations of candy to pass out in front of the Welcome Center and to share with merchants.

events AT area churches:

Dahlonega UMC Trunk-or-Treat Cancelled

This previously announced event has been cancelled.

Trick or Trunk at Bethel Tabernacle oct. 31

Bethel Tabernacle Baptist Church in Dahlonega will have a Trick or Trunk on Wednesday, Oct. 31, starting at 7 p.m. Everyone is welcome.

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.

Free Food/Services

White Christmas applications open Nov. 5

Community Helping Place will take applications for White Christmas assistance from 10 a.m. until noon Mondays through Fridays, Nov. 5-16. Applicants should provide a current photo ID, proof of Lumpkin County residency, proof of children’s enrollment in Lumpkin schools, and children’s Medicaid cards. Monthly income guidelines range from a one-person household with income limited to $1,211/month to $3,356/month for a six-member household. Applicants should have legal custody of their children and should not be receiving Christmas assistance from other local Christmas outreach programs. 706-867-9621

Free Food at DCOG Monday, Nov. 5

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

Free Legal Services

Georgia Legal Services program provides free legal services to qualifying senior citizens and low-income clients. Services are based on case type and financial eligibility. GLSP does not handle criminal cases. Appointments: 1-800-745-5717 between 9 and 11 a.m. Monday-Thursday. (1/mo)

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

CLOSED MONDAY, NOV. 12

Food for Fines in November: The library will accept 2 cans or boxes of non-perishable food for each $1 of fines due for items owned by, checked out from, and returned to Lumpkin County Library. Food will then be distributed to local food pantries.

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

NEW AT THE LIBRARY: Zinio! Dozens of popular magazines, such as Taste of Home, Outdoor Photography, and The Family Handyman now available in digital format through the library website

Community Support Needs

Toys for Tots collections now underway

Dahlonega Funeral Home is accepting donations for its annual Toys for Tots drive. New, unwrapped toys and clothing can be dropped off at the funeral home, 20 Gibson Drive off Highway 60, Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Businesses interested in having a collection box, or for more information, call Amanda Jones, 706-864-3683. All donations will go to Lumpkin County families. Last day to make a donation is Friday, Dec. 21. (10/31, 11/14, 11/28, 12/5, 12/12, 12/19)

official dahlonega ornament now available

The Community Helping Place Official Christmas in Dahlonega Ornament, this year featuring the Fudge Factory, is now available at the following locations: The Fudge Factory, West Cleaners, Belle Avance Salon, Hairworks, the CHP Thrift Store, Starbucks and North Georgia Continuing Education. The cost is $20 and sales support the programs of CHP.

Engraved bricks available for Gold Museum

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

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

Pets

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. 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

Education/Classes

Stewards of Children Training Nov. 9

This child sexual abuse prevention training program is offered on the 2nd Friday of each month at the Dahlonega Presbyterian Church. November’s session will be held from 5:30-8 p.m. Nov. 9. Deadline for registration is Nov. 2. $10/person includes a meal and child care. Contact Brenda Cronan, Family Connection Director, at 706-867-7047 or bcronan@lumpkin.k12.ga.us for information or to reserve a spot.

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

New Business Venture Workshop (for start-up businesses 0-2 years old), Nov. 2, 2-6 p.m. Snack included. $69

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.

How To Protect and Extend the Life of Your Computer: Free lunch and learn presentation to learn tips and trick on keeping your computer in its best working condition. Friday, Nov. 2, noon - 1 p.m., OR, 1-2 p.m. Dessert and driks provided. Free, but please register by Oct. 29. 678-222-1750

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

Hydrorobics: An invigorating, low impact exercise program. Get a total body workout as you tone, strengthen and achieve flexibility and circulatory endurance in the water. All ages (16 and up), all fitness levels, and non-swimmers encouraged. Five Mondays/Wednesdays/Fridays, Nov. 12 - Dec. 14 (No classes week of Nov. 19) 9:45-10:45 a.m. $55

Beads, Wires & Chains: Learn to combine chains and wires with beads to create jewelry. You will create a single strand necklace (20”- 40” long), and matching bracelet and earrings. Tuesday, Nov. 13, 6-9 p.m. $49. Pat Martin

Jane Austen—Her Novels, Life and Times: Explore the enduring appeal of Jane Austen’s novels. Using excerpts, film clips, and active learning techniques, we will discuss her insights into the rapidly evolving social and cultural events that shaped her times. Wednesday, Nov. 14, 6-8 p.m. $29. Donna Gessell

Natural Bath and Beauty Recipes: Make an assortment of bath products from simple ingredients you can find in your local grocery store. Students will take home a container of bath salts, bath soak, sugar body scrub and a salt body scrub. Saturday, Dec. 1, 1-3 p.m. $39. Jan Kelley

Holiday Soaps: Learn this easy soap-making technique; take home instructions and four soap bars in beautiful packages suitable for gift giving. Saturday Dec. 1, 10 a.m.-noon. $29 Jan Kelley

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

All American Piano Concert, Saturday, Nov. 10, 4-7 p.m. All pianists are invited to present one piano piece or movement of work. Dr. Joe Chapman, NGCSU Director of Piano Studies, 706-429-7993 or jchapman@northgeorgia.edu

Handel’s Messiah: The NGCSU Singers, under the direction of Dr. John M. Broman, will present the Christmas portion of Handel’s “Messiah” at Dahlonega United Methodist Church at 8 p.m. Monday, Nov.12; Tuesday, Nov. 13, and Thursday, Nov. 15. The 80-person chorus will feature student and community soloists and will be accompanied by a chamber orchestra. Tickets are $10 at the door.

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

Rot N Rustys Haunted House

Interactive haunted house. Open through Wednesday, Oct. 31. Dark to 11 p.m. 312 Riley Road, across from the new courthouse. www.rottenrusty.com

Children’s Chorus in concert Nov. 9

The North Georgia Children’s Chorus will present a fall concert of seafaring and seasonal music at 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 9, at Gloria Shott Auditorium in the Nix Building on the NGCSU campus. The training choir, Upbeat Singers, and the concert choir, Jubilant Song, will perform. The chorus is directed by Janey Chapman and Ruth Purcell, and Hannah Chapman serves as accompanist. The program, “Carry Me Over the Sea,” is free and open to the public, and a reception will follow the concert.

Dahlonega Mountain Dance Nov. 9

The Dahlonega Mountain Dance will be held at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 9, at the Woodmen of the World Building, above Cranberry Corners. Music will be by Renewable Energy, and Doug Singleton will do the calling. Please wear soft-soled shoes. A suggested donation of $8 will be accepted to benefit the Georgia Pick & Bow Traditional Music School. dahlonegamountaindance.com

LCHS ONE-ACT PLAYS NOV. 10

Lumpkin County High School drama students will present “A Night of One Acts” in the school auditorium at 7 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 10. Tickets are $5 in advance and $8 at the door.

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.

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, Nov. 1, 8-11 p.m. Rebecca Loebe CD Release Party. Lizzy Ross opens. $10. Rebecca Loebe is an itinerant American

folk/pop singer/songwriter based in Atlanta. She was a contestant on the NBC television show “The Voice” in April 2011. Her cover of Nirvana’s “Come as You Are,” which she performed for her blind audition on The Voice, reached #7 on the iTunes US Alternative song

chart. Lizzy Ross’s voice delivers a charming trill one moment, only to erupt in rough, bluesy emotion the next. It’s a powerful instrument that’s earned her comparisons to artists like Grace Potter and Edie Brickell among others.

Friday, Nov. 2, 8-10:30 p.m.+. Corey Crowder. $12 advance, $15 day of show. Georgia’s soothing singer/songwriter who’s developed a very unique blend of folk, jazz, and country due to the influences of Coe, Allman, and Petty music on his love for old jazz classics. Several of his songs have been featured on MTV’s The Real World. Corey is now living in Nashville where he is a staff artist/writer at Universal Music Publishing Nashville.

Saturday, Nov. 3. Scheduled show (The Woodgrains) is being rescheduled.

Sunday, Nov. 4, 7 pm. Jason Childs Birthday Bash (Blues/Roots/Rock Jam). Free.

Holly Theatre, 69 West Main Street. Business office open 9-4 Mondays. 706-864-3759, www.hollytheater.com

“Haunted HIstoric Dahlonega,” a docu-thriller, will be shown at 8 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 31. Tickets available at door: $5 under 12, $10 adults. See story at right.

Mountain Music & Medicine Show, Nov. 3: The live recording of a radio show featuring mountain music and humor takes the Holly stage six times a year. Pre-show 7:30 p.m.; radio show 8 p.m. $15. More at right.

A Tribute to Elvis: Mark Pitt presents a high-energy, Vegas-style concert performing Elvis songs from 50’s to the 70’s. Friday, Nov. 9, 8 p.m. $15

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

Thursdays: College Night

Fridays: Live entertainment

Tuesdays: Country Western Music night

Friday, Nov. 2: John Sosebee

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, Nov. 2, 8:30-11:30 p.m.: Casey Wood. All ages, no cover.

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, Nov. 3, 8:30-11:30 p.m.: Wesley Cook. All ages, no cover.

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.

Children & Young Adults

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 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

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

Art Workshops

Christmas Card Workshop with Anita Elder

Anita Elder will hold a Christmas Card Workshop from 9:30 to 4:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 1, at the Art Loft. Artists of all levels working in watercolors and oils will get individualized instruction as they create a holiday-themed work of art that may then be transferred to holiday cards. Fee of $75 includes lunch. 706-429-6008, www.artloft.net

Plein Air at Art Loft

Debra Nadelhoffer will offer a Plein Air Workshop for all levels of oil and pastel 9:30-5 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, Nov. 8-10, at the Art Loft in Dahlonega. $335. To register, call Anita Elder, 706-429-6008.

Support Programs

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 Lumpkin group meets in Dahlonega on Mondays from 6:30-7:30 p.m. 706-867-6420 for information. 24-Hour Crisis Line, 706-864-1986, or live webchat available at 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. and at 7:30 p.m. Thursday (Twelve and Twelve) in meeting room #2 of the Lumpkin County Library (downstairs); 9 a.m. Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday at Dahlonega Funeral Home, Hwy. 60. 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. 706-864-1254

Lumpkin County Caregivers

A support group for caregivers of those suffering from Alzheimer’s disease and related dementia meets at 12:30 p.m. the first Monday of the month at Dahlonega Baptist Church. 706-867-6569

NARCOTICS ANONYMOUS

Narcotics Anonymous meets twice a week, 8 p.m. Mondays and 7 p.m. Fridays, at Georgia Mountain Unitarian-Universalist Church on South Park Street. 706-216-5023

Wellness/Fitness

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

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

Church/Religious Events

Gospel Singing

Singing at Pleasant Hill full gospel Saturday

Pleasant Hill Full Gospel Church, off GA 400 at 351 Henry Grady Hwy., Dawsonville, will hold a singing featuring Under Grace Ministries at 7 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 3. Pastor Jimmy Payne invites all.

Freedom Ministries Saturday night singing

Saturday night singing: Big Oak Gospel Music at 7 p.m. each Saturday. Featured singers on Nov. 3 are The Goss Family, the MItchells, and Gospel Travelers. 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/

sermon series continues at LifeSpring church

LifeSpring Community Church will present the second in a two-part series by Pastor David Hoard on Sunday Nov. 4. In “Leaving Boring Church Behind!” LifeSpring is located at 385 Lumpkin County Parkway in Mariah Business Park, behind Chestatee Ford on Ga. 400. Service times are 10:30 Sunday morning, and Wednesday night Adult Bible Study and Youth Service are at 7 p.m. Everyone is invited.

UnitARIAn Universalist church

Georgia Mountains Unitarian Universalist Church is a welcoming congregation. On Nov. 4, singer/songwriter/rhythm guitarist Angie Goodale will perform selections as she presents “The Universal Language of Music.” Worship 11 a.m.; children’s religious education classes 11:30 a.m. following announcements and story time. Child care provided. 706-864-0661, www.gmuuc.org

Revival continues at Harvest Baptist

Harvest Baptist Church, Dawsonville, is holding revival services through Thursday, Nov. 1 at 10 a.m. and 7 p.m. Special preachers include Mark Wheeler, David Nix, and others. All are welcome. 123 John Perry Road, 706-265-1526, J. Mark Biddy, Pastor.

Cars, crafts and cakes for Oak Grove Sat.

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. In case of rain the cruise in will be cancelled and crafts and baked goods will be moved to the church fellowship hall. To rent a booth to sell homemade crafts ($10) contact Jan Gaddis at 706-265-8762

Turkey shoot at Mill Creek Saturday

Mill Creek Church will hold its Annual Turkey Shoot Saturday, Nov. 3, beginning at 11 a.m. next to Crane’s Store on Highway 9 South. Cost is $3 per shoot and money raised will benefit the church cemetery fund.

Prayer LIne available

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

Lessons: Music/Dance

Dance Classes

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

music, songwriting lessons

Jason Kenney offers instruction in guitar, mandolin, banjo, songwriting, and music theory at the Holly Theater. 706-344-7059

STring Instruments

Bluegrass instrument instruction—fiddle, banjo, guitar, bass, mandolin. Sonny Houston, 404-377-1194

MUSIC LESSONS

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

Music lessons

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

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

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 Education

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

Volunteers

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

Meals on Wheels needs volunteer drivers to deliver meals in the Lumpkin County area. If you have the time (only two hours out of your week) and want to help the homebound senior adults in our community, please call Rhonda at 706-864-2358 for more information or come by the senior center for an application. Training will be provided.

Mentoring volunteers are matched with students to serve as a role model, advisor and friend. Lumpkin County Family Connection Mentor Program, Brenda Cronan, bcronan@lumpkin.k12.ga.us, 706-867-7047

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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