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Community-Wide Events

CASA/RCH Gingerbread house contest

CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) and Rainbow Children’s Home are sponsoring “Home for the Holidays,” a gingerbread house competition to benefit children who are without a permanent home. See the entries and vote for the People’s Choice winner from 1-4 p.m. For full details, rules and a downloadable entry form, visit www.enothcasa.org or call 706-864-5110. Entry forms can also be picked up at the Welcome Center.

School system informational meeting Nov. 28

The Lumpkin County School System will hold an informational meeting to discuss the new accountability system for Georgia schools. The new system, the College and Career Ready Performance Index, will release report cards for public schools for the first time December 2012. The meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, Nov. 28, at 3:30 p.m. in the board room located at 56 Indian Drive.

Town Hall meeting Thursday

Rep. Kevin Tanner, Sen. Steve Gooch and Tax Commissioner Rachel Pruitt will hold a Town Hall meeting Thursday, Nov. 29, 5:30 p.m. in the board room at the Administration Building. Pruitt will be talking about House Bill 386, the new title tax that goes into effect March 1. Tanner and Gooch will give an overview of the upcoming legislative session then turn the mic over to the public for concerns and questions. Please enter through the rear doors.

Diving Bell Pavilion Dedication Friday

The community is invited to join the Chestatee River Diving Bell Committee, the City of Dahlonega Mayor and Council and special guests for the dedication of the Chestatee River Diving Bell Pavilion in Hancock Park Friday, Nov. 30, at 11 a.m. Rebecca Shirley, 706-482-2707

Annual Cookie Walk at St. Luke’s Saturday

St. Luke’s Catholic Church invites everyone to its annual cookie walk 1-7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 1. The event is sponsored by the Women’s Guild and will be held in the church hall at 91 North Park Street. Buy a Christmas tin for $10 and fill it with delicious homemade cookies. Leisa, 706-864-4779 (church office)

Arrangement Workshop/Mannequin Display

Southern Finds is hosting a live mannequin display and complimentary holiday arrangement workshop Saturday, Dec. 1, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. 40 North Grove Street, 706-867-6167

DUMC soup Cafe Dec. 3

The Dahlonega United Methodist Church First Monday Café is held on the first Monday of the month October through March from 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. All you can eat soup, cornbread, and dessert for a $5 suggested donation; 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

Get your picture made with a wild animal

Chestatee Wildlife Preserve will offer the public the chance to have their picture taken with one of its animals for a donation to the Lumpkin County Sheriff’s Office Shop with a Cop. The event takes place Saturday, Dec. 1, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. at the Dahlonega Walmart. All proceeds will benefit Shop with a Cop, the annual program that provides disadvantaged children with the opportunity to purchase Christmas gifts for themselves and their families.

SILENT AUCTION BENEFITS FAMILY CONNECTION

A silent auction Thursday, Friday and Saturday, Dec. 6-8, hosted by United Community Bank will benefit Lumpkin Family Connection. Among the items are tickets to sporting events and attractions throughout the southeast, sports memorabilia, home décor and Christmas items, and signed books. Raffle tickets for a hand-crocheted bed jacket and seasonal mugs suitable for hostess gifts are also available. Held at UCB’s main branch, 206 Morrison Moore Parkway, hours are Thursday and Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and Saturday, 8:30 a.m. till noon. On Saturday, pictures with Santa and refreshments will be available. Proceeds stay in Lumpkin County and benefit Lumpkin County school children.

Monthly Habitat surplus sale Dec. 7-8

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 Drive (next to Chestatee Animal Hospital on Hwy 52 East). Visa, MasterCard and Discover accepted. All proceeds benefit Habitat.

annual sleighbell Tour of B&B’s Dec. 9

Four Dahlonega bed and breakfast inns will open to the public from 1-5 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 9, offering tours, refreshments, and beautiful decorations. Participating in this year’s Sleigh Bell Tour are Dahlonega Spa Resort, Lily Creek Lodge, Long Mountain Lodge and Mountain Laurel Creek Inn & Spa. Tickets are $12 for the self-guided driving tour; they can be purchased at the Dahlonega Visitors Center and at any of the participating inns. Visit www.innsofDahlonega.com for driving map and more information.

This week’S

Old Fashioned Christmas

Daily, weather permitting

Horse-Drawn Carriage Rides. $8 adults/$5 children/family rates (minimum of $15 per ride). Tickets purchased at the carriage next to the Visitors Center (cash only).

Thursday, Nov. 29

“Welcome to Willie Wonka’s Chocolate World:” Paul Thomas Chocolates, 5:30-7 p.m. Experience chocolates and candy making with the chocolatier. Reservations (706-864-6333) limited to 25. Free.

Friday, Nov. 30:

Father Christmas: downtown, 4:30-8 p.m.

Popular Celtic band Emerald Rose: Annual Christmas concert/Pajama Party at Cranberry Corners, North Park Street 7-9 p.m. Free.

Live Nativity: Park Place Hotel, next to Visitors Center, 6:30-8 p.m.

Old Fashioned Trolley: Historical tours of downtown Dahlonega, 7 and 8 p.m. $5 adults, $3 children 12 and under. Tickets available at Visitors Center.

Open House, Dahlonega Tasting Room featuring Habersham wines: Wine tasting and food pairings until 8 p.m.

Saturday, Dec. 1

Breakfast with Santa at R-Ranch. R-Ranch in the Mountains, Stone Pile Gap Road off Highway 60 North, will host its 23rd community-wide Breakfast with Santa from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday Dec. 1. Children are invited to attend a free continental style breakfast with Santa. Each child will receive two free tickets for any crafts plus a free pony ride. Extra tickets are 50 cents. A donation of $3 is requested for adult breakfasts. 706-864-6444 www.rranchga.com

Santa at Visitors Center: 1-4 p.m.

Dahlonega Woman’s Club Christmas Market on Candy Cane Lane: 10 a.m.-4 p.m., at the Community House on the corner of North Park and Hawkins streets. Many one-of-a-kind gift and holiday decor items, baked goods and food ready for gift-giving will be available as well as jewelry, wood products and other artwork. Proceeds will go to Community Helping Place’s White Christmas and Lumpkin County Sheriff’s Office Shop With a Cop programs. dwccandycanelane@yahoo.com.

Gingerbread House Competition: See the entries and vote for the People’s Choice winner at an open house from 1-4 p.m. at Dahlonega Baptist Church Fellowship Hall, one block off the square behind BB&T. www.enotacasa.org or 706-864-5110. Entry forms also available at the Welcome Center.

Dahlonega Baptist Church’s Golden Bells handbell choir: 1-2 p.m., Visitors Center Plaza

Storytime at The Fudge Factory: 4 p.m. The Candy Cane and other stories will be read to children. Corner of Main and Park streets.

Merchant Decorating Contest Winner Presentation: 4 p.m. Visitors Center Plaza

Old Fashioned Christmas Parade: 4:30 p. m. on the square

Lighting of the Tree: Directly following the parade, Visitors Center Plaza

Kurt Thomas Concert: Directly following the parade, Visitors Center Plaza

Live Nativity: Park Place Hotel, next to Visitors Center, 6:30-8 p.m. (Animals will be on hand early.)

Old Fashioned Trolley: Historical tours of downtown Dahlonega, 6, 7, and 8 p.m. $5 adults, $3 children 12 and under. Tickets available at Visitors Center.

Open House, Dahlonega Tasting Room featuring Habersham wines: Wine tasting and food pairings until 8 p.m.

North Georgia Chamber Symphony Holiday Concert, Saturday, 7:30 p.m., Dahlonega Methodist Church. The symphony is a community orchestra performing in the North Georgia area and additional performances will be held in Dawsonville, Blairsville and Gainesville. Free. bettyflorence@windstream.net

Sunday, Dec. 2

Santa at Visitors Center: 1-5 p.m.

Live Nativity: Park Place Hotel, next to Visitors Center, 6:30-8 p.m.

Rides, Races, Festivals

Winter Runderland at NGCSU Saturday

The Athletic Training Honor Society at NGCSU is hosting its first 5K run/walk, Winter Runderland, Saturday, Dec. 1, beginning at 9 a.m. (registration at 8 a.m.) on the NGCSU campus. Entry fee $20 through Nov. 23, $25 Nov. 24-race day. Proceeds from the race will go towards the National Athletic Trainers’ Association Research & Education Foundation (NATA Foundation) which is dedicated to advancing the profession of athletic training through research and education, and to the North Georgia ITA. Register at Active.com. USATF certified course. Janet West, jlwest1247@northgeorgia.edu

Frosty 5K Run/Walk & Kids Fun Run Dec. 8

The Lumpkin County High School Basketball Tip-Off Club will hold the 3rd Annual Frosty 5K Run/Walk & Kids Fun Run, Saturday, December 8, 9 a.m., Yahoola Creek Park. Strollers welcome—it’s a great, easy course. Mail registration to Tina Wood, 44 School Drive, Dahlonega, GA 30533, twood@lumpkin.k12.ga.us, or register at www.active.com. Register by December 1 to guarantee a T-shirt.

Community Support Needs

Luminaries available for Friday ceremony

Lumpkin County Kiwanis and Key Club will hold their annual ceremony lighting the Public Square with luminaries Friday, Dec. 7 at dusk (around 6 p.m.) Luminaries to honor or in memory of a friend or loved one can be obtained for a $10 donation. For a $25 donation, a gold luminary can be had. A lighting ceremony will be held outside the Welcome Center and each dedication, along with the donor’s name, will be read as the luminary is lit. You may also fill out the “Reason” line and that too, will be read. You may also light your luminary, if you wish. Money earned from the event goes to support the needs of local children and children’s charities. Forms to reserve your luminary can be obtained from Walter Breyer, 706-864-8207 or whbreyer@windstream.net.

Operation Christmas Spirit for soldiers

The 5th Ranger Training Battalion is collecting donations for packages leaving the states on Dec. 7 for deployed soldiers in Afghanistan. Toiletries, non-perishable snack foods, games, phone cards, etc. can be dropped off at the Lumpkin County Parks YMCA through Wednesday, Dec. 5. Jenelle Cash, (540)430-0298, jcash24401@yahoo.com

Collection sites for Socks for Seniors

Socks for Seniors is a non-profit community service project that collects, organizes, and distributes new socks to senior shut-ins and nursing home residents in communities all over the country. In Dahlonega three 6th graders, Rebecca Blackman, Zac Williams and Brook Lee are heading up the project to benefit locals. New socks in pairs or in packs, with funky colored ones for ladies, can be placed in donation boxes in the lobbies at the Lumpkin County Parks YMCA and J&J Foods until Dec. 19. On Dec. 1 the three youngsters hope to be collecting at Walmart from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Sheriffs Dept. Toys for Tots/safety check

The Georgia State Patrol is collecting toys for the Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots program. New, unwrapped toys can be dropped off at the Lumpkin County Sheriff’s Office through Dec. 20, and at the Georgia State Patrol post, 4055 County Way, Cumming, between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. weekdays through Dec. 21. There will be a child safety seat check and toy drive event from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 15, at Dahlonega Walmart.

CHP White christmas collections underway

The Community Helping Place White Christmas is the annual Christmas outreach which serves Lumpkin County residents in need during the holiday season. Last year CHP White Christmas served 243 households which included toys for 466 children. New, unwrapped toys and non-perishable food items can be dropped off at the CHP Food Pantry, 2030 Highway 19 North, Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. through Dec. 8. Financial contributions can be sent to PO Box 712, Dahlonega, GA 30233.

Gifts being collected for Rainbow home

Belle Avance Salon is collecting donations for the residents of Rainbow Children’s Home for Christmas from now until Friday, Dec. 21. Girls at the home for abused and neglected youngsters range in age from 12-18. Suggested items include undergarments, slippers, socks, robes, hygiene items and coats. Be treated to a mini-makeover with the salon’s exclusive makeup line when you bring in a donation. Belle Avance is located at 232 East Main Street.

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.

Toys for Tots collections 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.

Gold Museum bricks for holiday giving

The perfect holiday gift—Friends of the Gold Museum are offering engraved bricks to be placed in front of the Gold Museum for a donation. All money goes to maintain the museum and keep it open seven days a week. Donations are tax deductible. Bricks ordered by Nov. 30 will be installed before Christmas. Order forms available at http://randyrick.us.FOGM/FODGMBrickDonation.pdf.

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. 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

Children & Young Adults

Dahlonega UMC Preschool openings

Dahlonega United Methodist Church Mothers Morning Out/Preschool has spaces available for its 2 year olds to Pre-K class. Angie Mayo or Dana Fritchle, 706-864-8521, dahlonegaumc.org/mmo-preschool.

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

Music/Drama/Film & More

Chamber symphony holiday concert Saturday

The North Georgia Chamber Symphony, Inc. will present its annual Holiday Concert in Dahlonega at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 1, at the Dahlonega United Methodist Church. The symphony is a community orchestra performing in the North Georgia area. Free.bettyflorence@windstream.net or 706-867-9444.

NGCSU EVENTS

Jazz Band Concert, Wednesday, Nov. 28, Shott Auditorium, Nix Fine Arts Center.

NGCSU Orchestra Fall Concert, 8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 30, Dahlonega United Methodist Church. Featured are Mozart’s Eine Kleine Nachtmusik, along with a symphony by Benjamin Britten. The Dawson Community Chorale will join the orchestra in a presentation of Antonio Vivaldi’s masterwork, Gloria. $5 for adults and $2 for students. NGCSU ID free. www.northgeorgia.edu/music, 706-864-1423.

NGCSU Planetarium: Shows Fridays 8-9 p.m. through Dec. 8 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

Percussion Ensemble Concert, Monday, Dec. 3, 8 p.m. Shott Auditorium, Nix Fine Arts Center

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

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

www.diningindahlonega.com

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

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

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

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

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

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

Friday & Saturday: Live music with Tom Coolidge.

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 p.m. Tom & Juli Hundreds of cover songs from the 60s, 70s, 80s and 90s while you dine. Free.

Thursday, Nov. 29, 8 - 10:30 p.m.+: Jim Avett. $14 advance/$16 day of show. The son of a Methodist preacher and a concert pianist, father of Scott and Seth of the Avett Brothers, Jim Avett has been singing and playing guitar for most of his life. He’s done a lot of other things in the meantime and now returns to performing and has recorded two albums.

Friday, Nov. 30, 8 - 10:30 p.m.+: Callaghan Trio $17 advance/$20 day of show. Callaghan moved from London to Atlanta two years

ago to record her album with Crimson Moon favorite Shawn Mullins. A few months later ‘The Moon’ was the first venue in the USA to give Callaghan her own headline show. She played to a full room that night and has done at every appearance since. Since that show

she’s gone on to sell out Eddie’s Attic, The Red Clay Theatre and play across over 25 states.

Saturday, Dec. 1, 8 - 10:30 p.m.+: Saint Francis. $8 advance/$12 day of show. Macon Georgia’s Scott Baston, former frontman of nation-

ally touring rock band Moonshine Still, has returned to the music scene he left years ago, and his new project, Saint Francis, is raising eyebrows Worldwide. Baston has recruited a potent mix of new talent, creating a new rock-country theatrical crossover that has industry pros buzzing. Mark van Allen, pedal steel master, joins Rackley Davis(drums/vocals), guitar guru Jeremy Johnson (lead guitar/vo-

cals), Carlos Enamorado (bass guitar), and Mason Davis (percussion), to complete an impressive musical collaborative from which Baston can launch.

Sunday, 8 p.m. First Sunday Blues Jam Session, $5 (Free for Invited Performers)

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

Lingo Lounge, Thursday, Nov. 29, 8 p.m., doors open at 7:30. Open Mic for writers, with special guest this month Georgia State Poet Laureate Judson Mitcham, who will read his poetry, talk about the creative writing process and conduct a Q&A session. Holly Underground. Free.

It’s a Wonderful Life: This classic Christmas drama will be presented by the Holly Theater Company for three weekends Dec. 7-23. Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m., Sundays at 2 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. 30: 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, Nov. 30, 8:30-11:30 p.m.: Carl Dylan. Influences such as John Mayer, Dave Matthews, Damien Rice, David Gray, and The Civil Wars have led Carl to create a sound unique to him, yet that has a quality of desirable familiarity emanating from within each melody. 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, Dec. 1, 8:30-11:30 p.m: Tim McNary. The band McNary was formed in August 2010 when Dan Sheffield showed up for a drumming audition at Tim McNary’s Atlanta apartment. Two months later, Dan and Tim had hired a bassist and were opening up for the national singer songwriter duo The Civil Wars at The Melting Point in Athens, Ga. By March 2011, Dan and Tim had quit their day jobs and started playing music full time. In May of 2011 Elliott Phillips joined the band as drummer and Dan moved to bass. McNary is currently growing their fan base by playing around the southeast. All ages, no cover.

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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

Sunday, Dec. 9, 2-5 p.m.: Holiday Open House with Tiger Mountain Vineyards’ John and Martha Ezzard.

Simply Taste Buds, a tasting room for Georgia Wines, now located at Carriage House Shoppes, 11 South Grove Street. 706-482-0004.

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 NOV. 21-25

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

eBooks: Downloadable at the library’s Website.

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

Zinio! Dozens of popular magazines available in digital format

Holiday Evening Family Program, Thursday, Dec. 6, 6-7 p.m. Tales of the season, holiday music, yummy treats and crafts at the annual family celebration. All ages welcome.

Storytime Stop & Go at the Library, Saturday, Dec. 8, 12-2 p.m. All ages are welcome. Stop in the library anytime during these two hours and enjoy a book read by a member of the NGCSU Phi Sigma Pi National Honors Fraternity. Stay as long or as little as you like.

Annual Gingerbread House Workshops, Saturday, Dec. 15, three sessions (10 a.m., 12 p.m., and 2 p.m.). Who can resist a peppermint lane, a gumdrop chimney, a powdered sugar snow storm? Create your very own gingerbread house! Ages 3-17. A $ 5 donation is appreciated, but not required. Please call the library to register at 706-864-3668. Registration begins December 1. Sign up early, space for this popular activity is limited.

Education/Classes

Stewards of Children Training Dec. 14

This child sexual abuse prevention training program is offered on the 2nd Friday of each month at the Dahlonega Presbyterian Church. December’s session will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Dec. 14. Deadline for registration is Dec. 7. $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.

Free Workshops at Home Depot

Saturday, Dec. 1, 9 a.m.-noon: Kids’ Workshop—Picture Frames; 10-11 a.m. Innovative Solutions for Maintaining the Home; 1-2:30 p.m.: Simple Small Projects for a Holiday Ready Home

Sunday, Dec. 2, 1-2:30 p.m.: Try It Before You Buy It Gift Ideas

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.

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.

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

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

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

Pets

Food Drive/Free nail trim at Red Barn

Red Barn Veterinary Hospital is holding a Holiday Pet Food Drive now through Dec. 22. For each donation received, Red Barn will offer a free nail trim for your pet. All proceeds benefit TLC, Lumpkin County’s no-kill animal shelter. Red Barn is located at 14 Seven Mile Hill Road.

Sign up now for Spay/neuter Dec. 19

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

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.

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

Nature & Outdoors

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

Spice Up the Holidays, Saturday, Dec. 1, 10 a.m. to noon. Explore traditional and modern uses of common holiday spices for medicinal purposes. $25

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

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 Dec. 1 are Willing Vessels, Bobby Allen, and Forgiven. The event is hosted by The Freedom Heirs and admission is free; a love offering will be collected. 1067 Highway 115 South (Old Dahlonega Highway) 706-867-6534 www.gospelgigs.com/

UnitARIAn Universalist church

Georgia Mountains Unitarian Universalist Church is a welcoming congregation. On Dec. 2 come learn from our children about the Unitarian Universalist holiday of Chalica. 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

Community invited to day of meditation Dec. 1

On Saturday, Dec. 1, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., the people of St. Elizabeth’s Episcopal Church invite the community to join them in a day of preparation for the Advent. See story page 6B.

Live Nativity at Bethel Baptist Dec. 7-8

Bethel Baptist Church, at the intersection of Highway 136 West and Shoal Creek Road, Dawsonville, will present a live nativity program from 6-9 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Dec. 7 and 8. Scenes with Biblical characters will portray events such as the prophecy of Jesus’ birth to Abraham, the birth of Jesus in a manger, and the resurrection and ascension. Live animals will be included in scenes as Mary and Joseph travel to Bethlehem and as shepherds watch their flock. Dress warmly for the tractor drawn hayride journey which will last approximately 45 minutes. Free admission

Auraria Church Christmas Program Dec. 9

Auraria Church of Almighty God will present its Christmas program,

“The Gospel According to Matthew, Luke and John,” at 6 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 9. The community is invited to this special Christmas play. 8 miles south of Dahlonega on Auraria Rd (old Hwy 9E),706-429-7435. Rev.Corey Ray,pastor.

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

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\

Free Food/Services

Free Food at DCOG Monday, Dec. 3

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

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

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

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.

Electronics, metals, etc.

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

• Ace Hardware, 1976 Hwy. 19 N. Electronics and metal drop bin for computers, radios/speakers, washing machines, refrigerators, and more. Free disposal, free pick up/meet up. Chuck: 706 973-0586; Joseph: 706-482-8287

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.

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

More Children & Youth

SCOUTING:

Boy Scout Troop 36 is chartered by the Mountain Ranger Association and meets Monday nights at 6:30 p.m. at their scout hut located at Camp Frank Merrill 5th RTB. Troop 36 participates in a 50-mile hiking/canoe trip every summer, as well as camping, kayaking, backpacking, rock climbing and caving year round. Don McElliott, 706-864-0278, www.dahlonega36.mytroop.us

Boy Scouts of America Troop 303 (ages 13-17) meets each Monday (when school is in session) from 6– 7:30 p.m. in the basement of the Community House, at the corner on North Park and Hawkins streets. The active troop schedules monthly outings and regular merit badge classes. Scoutmaster Scotty Erwin, 706-969-8117; Committee Chairman Beecher DuVall, wbdgnld@windstream.net

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

Venturing group: Venture Crew #79 meets Wednesday nights at 6:30 p.m. in the art room at YMCA Parks & Rec. Venturing is a youth led program for boys and girls ages 13-20 and involves high adventure activities such as kayaking, white water rafting and rock climbing as well as social activities and community projects. Augustus Brightwell, 706-864-9487 abrightwell@hotmail.com

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Community-Wide Events

CASA/RCH Gingerbread house contest

CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) and Rainbow Children’s Home are sponsoring “Home for the Holidays,” a gingerbread house competition to benefit children who are without a permanent home. See the entries and vote for the People’s Choice winner from 1-4 p.m. For full details, rules and a downloadable entry form, visit www.enothcasa.org or call 706-864-5110. Entry forms can also be picked up at the Welcome Center.

School system informational meeting Nov. 28

The Lumpkin County School System will hold an informational meeting to discuss the new accountability system for Georgia schools. The new system, the College and Career Ready Performance Index, will release report cards for public schools for the first time December 2012. The meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, Nov. 28, at 3:30 p.m. in the board room located at 56 Indian Drive.

Town Hall meeting Thursday

Rep. Kevin Tanner, Sen. Steve Gooch and Tax Commissioner Rachel Pruitt will hold a Town Hall meeting Thursday, Nov. 29, 5:30 p.m. in the board room at the Administration Building. Pruitt will be talking about House Bill 386, the new title tax that goes into effect March 1. Tanner and Gooch will give an overview of the upcoming legislative session then turn the mic over to the public for concerns and questions. Please enter through the rear doors.

Diving Bell Pavilion Dedication Friday

The community is invited to join the Chestatee River Diving Bell Committee, the City of Dahlonega Mayor and Council and special guests for the dedication of the Chestatee River Diving Bell Pavilion in Hancock Park Friday, Nov. 30, at 11 a.m. Rebecca Shirley, 706-482-2707

Annual Cookie Walk at St. Luke’s Saturday

St. Luke’s Catholic Church invites everyone to its annual cookie walk 1-7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 1. The event is sponsored by the Women’s Guild and will be held in the church hall at 91 North Park Street. Buy a Christmas tin for $10 and fill it with delicious homemade cookies. Leisa, 706-864-4779 (church office)

Arrangement Workshop/Mannequin Display

Southern Finds is hosting a live mannequin display and complimentary holiday arrangement workshop Saturday, Dec. 1, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. 40 North Grove Street, 706-867-6167

DUMC soup Cafe Dec. 3

The Dahlonega United Methodist Church First Monday Café is held on the first Monday of the month October through March from 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. All you can eat soup, cornbread, and dessert for a $5 suggested donation; 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

Get your picture made with a wild animal

Chestatee Wildlife Preserve will offer the public the chance to have their picture taken with one of its animals for a donation to the Lumpkin County Sheriff’s Office Shop with a Cop. The event takes place Saturday, Dec. 1, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. at the Dahlonega Walmart. All proceeds will benefit Shop with a Cop, the annual program that provides disadvantaged children with the opportunity to purchase Christmas gifts for themselves and their families.

SILENT AUCTION BENEFITS FAMILY CONNECTION

A silent auction Thursday, Friday and Saturday, Dec. 6-8, hosted by United Community Bank will benefit Lumpkin Family Connection. Among the items are tickets to sporting events and attractions throughout the southeast, sports memorabilia, home décor and Christmas items, and signed books. Raffle tickets for a hand-crocheted bed jacket and seasonal mugs suitable for hostess gifts are also available. Held at UCB’s main branch, 206 Morrison Moore Parkway, hours are Thursday and Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and Saturday, 8:30 a.m. till noon. On Saturday, pictures with Santa and refreshments will be available. Proceeds stay in Lumpkin County and benefit Lumpkin County school children.

Monthly Habitat surplus sale Dec. 7-8

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 Drive (next to Chestatee Animal Hospital on Hwy 52 East). Visa, MasterCard and Discover accepted. All proceeds benefit Habitat.

annual sleighbell Tour of B&B’s Dec. 9

Four Dahlonega bed and breakfast inns will open to the public from 1-5 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 9, offering tours, refreshments, and beautiful decorations. Participating in this year’s Sleigh Bell Tour are Dahlonega Spa Resort, Lily Creek Lodge, Long Mountain Lodge and Mountain Laurel Creek Inn & Spa. Tickets are $12 for the self-guided driving tour; they can be purchased at the Dahlonega Visitors Center and at any of the participating inns. Visit www.innsofDahlonega.com for driving map and more information.

This week’S

Old Fashioned Christmas

Daily, weather permitting

Horse-Drawn Carriage Rides. $8 adults/$5 children/family rates (minimum of $15 per ride). Tickets purchased at the carriage next to the Visitors Center (cash only).

Thursday, Nov. 29

“Welcome to Willie Wonka’s Chocolate World:” Paul Thomas Chocolates, 5:30-7 p.m. Experience chocolates and candy making with the chocolatier. Reservations (706-864-6333) limited to 25. Free.

Friday, Nov. 30:

Father Christmas: downtown, 4:30-8 p.m.

Popular Celtic band Emerald Rose: Annual Christmas concert/Pajama Party at Cranberry Corners, North Park Street 7-9 p.m. Free.

Live Nativity: Park Place Hotel, next to Visitors Center, 6:30-8 p.m.

Old Fashioned Trolley: Historical tours of downtown Dahlonega, 7 and 8 p.m. $5 adults, $3 children 12 and under. Tickets available at Visitors Center.

Open House, Dahlonega Tasting Room featuring Habersham wines: Wine tasting and food pairings until 8 p.m.

Saturday, Dec. 1

Breakfast with Santa at R-Ranch. R-Ranch in the Mountains, Stone Pile Gap Road off Highway 60 North, will host its 23rd community-wide Breakfast with Santa from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday Dec. 1. Children are invited to attend a free continental style breakfast with Santa. Each child will receive two free tickets for any crafts plus a free pony ride. Extra tickets are 50 cents. A donation of $3 is requested for adult breakfasts. 706-864-6444 www.rranchga.com

Santa at Visitors Center: 1-4 p.m.

Dahlonega Woman’s Club Christmas Market on Candy Cane Lane: 10 a.m.-4 p.m., at the Community House on the corner of North Park and Hawkins streets. Many one-of-a-kind gift and holiday decor items, baked goods and food ready for gift-giving will be available as well as jewelry, wood products and other artwork. Proceeds will go to Community Helping Place’s White Christmas and Lumpkin County Sheriff’s Office Shop With a Cop programs. dwccandycanelane@yahoo.com.

Gingerbread House Competition: See the entries and vote for the People’s Choice winner at an open house from 1-4 p.m. at Dahlonega Baptist Church Fellowship Hall, one block off the square behind BB&T. www.enotacasa.org or 706-864-5110. Entry forms also available at the Welcome Center.

Dahlonega Baptist Church’s Golden Bells handbell choir: 1-2 p.m., Visitors Center Plaza

Storytime at The Fudge Factory: 4 p.m. The Candy Cane and other stories will be read to children. Corner of Main and Park streets.

Merchant Decorating Contest Winner Presentation: 4 p.m. Visitors Center Plaza

Old Fashioned Christmas Parade: 4:30 p. m. on the square

Lighting of the Tree: Directly following the parade, Visitors Center Plaza

Kurt Thomas Concert: Directly following the parade, Visitors Center Plaza

Live Nativity: Park Place Hotel, next to Visitors Center, 6:30-8 p.m. (Animals will be on hand early.)

Old Fashioned Trolley: Historical tours of downtown Dahlonega, 6, 7, and 8 p.m. $5 adults, $3 children 12 and under. Tickets available at Visitors Center.

Open House, Dahlonega Tasting Room featuring Habersham wines: Wine tasting and food pairings until 8 p.m.

North Georgia Chamber Symphony Holiday Concert, Saturday, 7:30 p.m., Dahlonega Methodist Church. The symphony is a community orchestra performing in the North Georgia area and additional performances will be held in Dawsonville, Blairsville and Gainesville. Free. bettyflorence@windstream.net

Sunday, Dec. 2

Santa at Visitors Center: 1-5 p.m.

Live Nativity: Park Place Hotel, next to Visitors Center, 6:30-8 p.m.

Rides, Races, Festivals

Winter Runderland at NGCSU Saturday

The Athletic Training Honor Society at NGCSU is hosting its first 5K run/walk, Winter Runderland, Saturday, Dec. 1, beginning at 9 a.m. (registration at 8 a.m.) on the NGCSU campus. Entry fee $20 through Nov. 23, $25 Nov. 24-race day. Proceeds from the race will go towards the National Athletic Trainers’ Association Research & Education Foundation (NATA Foundation) which is dedicated to advancing the profession of athletic training through research and education, and to the North Georgia ITA. Register at Active.com. USATF certified course. Janet West, jlwest1247@northgeorgia.edu

Frosty 5K Run/Walk & Kids Fun Run Dec. 8

The Lumpkin County High School Basketball Tip-Off Club will hold the 3rd Annual Frosty 5K Run/Walk & Kids Fun Run, Saturday, December 8, 9 a.m., Yahoola Creek Park. Strollers welcome—it’s a great, easy course. Mail registration to Tina Wood, 44 School Drive, Dahlonega, GA 30533, twood@lumpkin.k12.ga.us, or register at www.active.com. Register by December 1 to guarantee a T-shirt.

Community Support Needs

Luminaries available for Friday ceremony

Lumpkin County Kiwanis and Key Club will hold their annual ceremony lighting the Public Square with luminaries Friday, Dec. 7 at dusk (around 6 p.m.) Luminaries to honor or in memory of a friend or loved one can be obtained for a $10 donation. For a $25 donation, a gold luminary can be had. A lighting ceremony will be held outside the Welcome Center and each dedication, along with the donor’s name, will be read as the luminary is lit. You may also fill out the “Reason” line and that too, will be read. You may also light your luminary, if you wish. Money earned from the event goes to support the needs of local children and children’s charities. Forms to reserve your luminary can be obtained from Walter Breyer, 706-864-8207 or whbreyer@windstream.net.

Operation Christmas Spirit for soldiers

The 5th Ranger Training Battalion is collecting donations for packages leaving the states on Dec. 7 for deployed soldiers in Afghanistan. Toiletries, non-perishable snack foods, games, phone cards, etc. can be dropped off at the Lumpkin County Parks YMCA through Wednesday, Dec. 5. Jenelle Cash, (540)430-0298, jcash24401@yahoo.com

Collection sites for Socks for Seniors

Socks for Seniors is a non-profit community service project that collects, organizes, and distributes new socks to senior shut-ins and nursing home residents in communities all over the country. In Dahlonega three 6th graders, Rebecca Blackman, Zac Williams and Brook Lee are heading up the project to benefit locals. New socks in pairs or in packs, with funky colored ones for ladies, can be placed in donation boxes in the lobbies at the Lumpkin County Parks YMCA and J&J Foods until Dec. 19. On Dec. 1 the three youngsters hope to be collecting at Walmart from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Sheriffs Dept. Toys for Tots/safety check

The Georgia State Patrol is collecting toys for the Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots program. New, unwrapped toys can be dropped off at the Lumpkin County Sheriff’s Office through Dec. 20, and at the Georgia State Patrol post, 4055 County Way, Cumming, between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. weekdays through Dec. 21. There will be a child safety seat check and toy drive event from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 15, at Dahlonega Walmart.

CHP White christmas collections underway

The Community Helping Place White Christmas is the annual Christmas outreach which serves Lumpkin County residents in need during the holiday season. Last year CHP White Christmas served 243 households which included toys for 466 children. New, unwrapped toys and non-perishable food items can be dropped off at the CHP Food Pantry, 2030 Highway 19 North, Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. through Dec. 8. Financial contributions can be sent to PO Box 712, Dahlonega, GA 30233.

Gifts being collected for Rainbow home

Belle Avance Salon is collecting donations for the residents of Rainbow Children’s Home for Christmas from now until Friday, Dec. 21. Girls at the home for abused and neglected youngsters range in age from 12-18. Suggested items include undergarments, slippers, socks, robes, hygiene items and coats. Be treated to a mini-makeover with the salon’s exclusive makeup line when you bring in a donation. Belle Avance is located at 232 East Main Street.

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.

Toys for Tots collections 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.

Gold Museum bricks for holiday giving

The perfect holiday gift—Friends of the Gold Museum are offering engraved bricks to be placed in front of the Gold Museum for a donation. All money goes to maintain the museum and keep it open seven days a week. Donations are tax deductible. Bricks ordered by Nov. 30 will be installed before Christmas. Order forms available at http://randyrick.us.FOGM/FODGMBrickDonation.pdf.

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. 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

Children & Young Adults

Dahlonega UMC Preschool openings

Dahlonega United Methodist Church Mothers Morning Out/Preschool has spaces available for its 2 year olds to Pre-K class. Angie Mayo or Dana Fritchle, 706-864-8521, dahlonegaumc.org/mmo-preschool.

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

Music/Drama/Film & More

Chamber symphony holiday concert Saturday

The North Georgia Chamber Symphony, Inc. will present its annual Holiday Concert in Dahlonega at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 1, at the Dahlonega United Methodist Church. The symphony is a community orchestra performing in the North Georgia area. Free.bettyflorence@windstream.net or 706-867-9444.

NGCSU EVENTS

Jazz Band Concert, Wednesday, Nov. 28, Shott Auditorium, Nix Fine Arts Center.

NGCSU Orchestra Fall Concert, 8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 30, Dahlonega United Methodist Church. Featured are Mozart’s Eine Kleine Nachtmusik, along with a symphony by Benjamin Britten. The Dawson Community Chorale will join the orchestra in a presentation of Antonio Vivaldi’s masterwork, Gloria. $5 for adults and $2 for students. NGCSU ID free. www.northgeorgia.edu/music, 706-864-1423.

NGCSU Planetarium: Shows Fridays 8-9 p.m. through Dec. 8 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

Percussion Ensemble Concert, Monday, Dec. 3, 8 p.m. Shott Auditorium, Nix Fine Arts Center

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

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

www.diningindahlonega.com

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

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

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

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

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

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

Friday & Saturday: Live music with Tom Coolidge.

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 p.m. Tom & Juli Hundreds of cover songs from the 60s, 70s, 80s and 90s while you dine. Free.

Thursday, Nov. 29, 8 - 10:30 p.m.+: Jim Avett. $14 advance/$16 day of show. The son of a Methodist preacher and a concert pianist, father of Scott and Seth of the Avett Brothers, Jim Avett has been singing and playing guitar for most of his life. He’s done a lot of other things in the meantime and now returns to performing and has recorded two albums.

Friday, Nov. 30, 8 - 10:30 p.m.+: Callaghan Trio $17 advance/$20 day of show. Callaghan moved from London to Atlanta two years

ago to record her album with Crimson Moon favorite Shawn Mullins. A few months later ‘The Moon’ was the first venue in the USA to give Callaghan her own headline show. She played to a full room that night and has done at every appearance since. Since that show

she’s gone on to sell out Eddie’s Attic, The Red Clay Theatre and play across over 25 states.

Saturday, Dec. 1, 8 - 10:30 p.m.+: Saint Francis. $8 advance/$12 day of show. Macon Georgia’s Scott Baston, former frontman of nation-

ally touring rock band Moonshine Still, has returned to the music scene he left years ago, and his new project, Saint Francis, is raising eyebrows Worldwide. Baston has recruited a potent mix of new talent, creating a new rock-country theatrical crossover that has industry pros buzzing. Mark van Allen, pedal steel master, joins Rackley Davis(drums/vocals), guitar guru Jeremy Johnson (lead guitar/vo-

cals), Carlos Enamorado (bass guitar), and Mason Davis (percussion), to complete an impressive musical collaborative from which Baston can launch.

Sunday, 8 p.m. First Sunday Blues Jam Session, $5 (Free for Invited Performers)

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

Lingo Lounge, Thursday, Nov. 29, 8 p.m., doors open at 7:30. Open Mic for writers, with special guest this month Georgia State Poet Laureate Judson Mitcham, who will read his poetry, talk about the creative writing process and conduct a Q&A session. Holly Underground. Free.

It’s a Wonderful Life: This classic Christmas drama will be presented by the Holly Theater Company for three weekends Dec. 7-23. Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m., Sundays at 2 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. 30: 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, Nov. 30, 8:30-11:30 p.m.: Carl Dylan. Influences such as John Mayer, Dave Matthews, Damien Rice, David Gray, and The Civil Wars have led Carl to create a sound unique to him, yet that has a quality of desirable familiarity emanating from within each melody. 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, Dec. 1, 8:30-11:30 p.m: Tim McNary. The band McNary was formed in August 2010 when Dan Sheffield showed up for a drumming audition at Tim McNary’s Atlanta apartment. Two months later, Dan and Tim had hired a bassist and were opening up for the national singer songwriter duo The Civil Wars at The Melting Point in Athens, Ga. By March 2011, Dan and Tim had quit their day jobs and started playing music full time. In May of 2011 Elliott Phillips joined the band as drummer and Dan moved to bass. McNary is currently growing their fan base by playing around the southeast. All ages, no cover.

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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

Sunday, Dec. 9, 2-5 p.m.: Holiday Open House with Tiger Mountain Vineyards’ John and Martha Ezzard.

Simply Taste Buds, a tasting room for Georgia Wines, now located at Carriage House Shoppes, 11 South Grove Street. 706-482-0004.

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 NOV. 21-25

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

eBooks: Downloadable at the library’s Website.

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

Zinio! Dozens of popular magazines available in digital format

Holiday Evening Family Program, Thursday, Dec. 6, 6-7 p.m. Tales of the season, holiday music, yummy treats and crafts at the annual family celebration. All ages welcome.

Storytime Stop & Go at the Library, Saturday, Dec. 8, 12-2 p.m. All ages are welcome. Stop in the library anytime during these two hours and enjoy a book read by a member of the NGCSU Phi Sigma Pi National Honors Fraternity. Stay as long or as little as you like.

Annual Gingerbread House Workshops, Saturday, Dec. 15, three sessions (10 a.m., 12 p.m., and 2 p.m.). Who can resist a peppermint lane, a gumdrop chimney, a powdered sugar snow storm? Create your very own gingerbread house! Ages 3-17. A $ 5 donation is appreciated, but not required. Please call the library to register at 706-864-3668. Registration begins December 1. Sign up early, space for this popular activity is limited.

Education/Classes

Stewards of Children Training Dec. 14

This child sexual abuse prevention training program is offered on the 2nd Friday of each month at the Dahlonega Presbyterian Church. December’s session will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Dec. 14. Deadline for registration is Dec. 7. $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.

Free Workshops at Home Depot

Saturday, Dec. 1, 9 a.m.-noon: Kids’ Workshop—Picture Frames; 10-11 a.m. Innovative Solutions for Maintaining the Home; 1-2:30 p.m.: Simple Small Projects for a Holiday Ready Home

Sunday, Dec. 2, 1-2:30 p.m.: Try It Before You Buy It Gift Ideas

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.

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.

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

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

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

Pets

Food Drive/Free nail trim at Red Barn

Red Barn Veterinary Hospital is holding a Holiday Pet Food Drive now through Dec. 22. For each donation received, Red Barn will offer a free nail trim for your pet. All proceeds benefit TLC, Lumpkin County’s no-kill animal shelter. Red Barn is located at 14 Seven Mile Hill Road.

Sign up now for Spay/neuter Dec. 19

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

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.

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

Nature & Outdoors

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

Spice Up the Holidays, Saturday, Dec. 1, 10 a.m. to noon. Explore traditional and modern uses of common holiday spices for medicinal purposes. $25

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

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 Dec. 1 are Willing Vessels, Bobby Allen, and Forgiven. The event is hosted by The Freedom Heirs and admission is free; a love offering will be collected. 1067 Highway 115 South (Old Dahlonega Highway) 706-867-6534 www.gospelgigs.com/

UnitARIAn Universalist church

Georgia Mountains Unitarian Universalist Church is a welcoming congregation. On Dec. 2 come learn from our children about the Unitarian Universalist holiday of Chalica. 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

Community invited to day of meditation Dec. 1

On Saturday, Dec. 1, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., the people of St. Elizabeth’s Episcopal Church invite the community to join them in a day of preparation for the Advent. See story page 6B.

Live Nativity at Bethel Baptist Dec. 7-8

Bethel Baptist Church, at the intersection of Highway 136 West and Shoal Creek Road, Dawsonville, will present a live nativity program from 6-9 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Dec. 7 and 8. Scenes with Biblical characters will portray events such as the prophecy of Jesus’ birth to Abraham, the birth of Jesus in a manger, and the resurrection and ascension. Live animals will be included in scenes as Mary and Joseph travel to Bethlehem and as shepherds watch their flock. Dress warmly for the tractor drawn hayride journey which will last approximately 45 minutes. Free admission

Auraria Church Christmas Program Dec. 9

Auraria Church of Almighty God will present its Christmas program,

“The Gospel According to Matthew, Luke and John,” at 6 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 9. The community is invited to this special Christmas play. 8 miles south of Dahlonega on Auraria Rd (old Hwy 9E),706-429-7435. Rev.Corey Ray,pastor.

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

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\

Free Food/Services

Free Food at DCOG Monday, Dec. 3

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

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

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

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.

Electronics, metals, etc.

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

• Ace Hardware, 1976 Hwy. 19 N. Electronics and metal drop bin for computers, radios/speakers, washing machines, refrigerators, and more. Free disposal, free pick up/meet up. Chuck: 706 973-0586; Joseph: 706-482-8287

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.

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

More Children & Youth

SCOUTING:

Boy Scout Troop 36 is chartered by the Mountain Ranger Association and meets Monday nights at 6:30 p.m. at their scout hut located at Camp Frank Merrill 5th RTB. Troop 36 participates in a 50-mile hiking/canoe trip every summer, as well as camping, kayaking, backpacking, rock climbing and caving year round. Don McElliott, 706-864-0278, www.dahlonega36.mytroop.us

Boy Scouts of America Troop 303 (ages 13-17) meets each Monday (when school is in session) from 6– 7:30 p.m. in the basement of the Community House, at the corner on North Park and Hawkins streets. The active troop schedules monthly outings and regular merit badge classes. Scoutmaster Scotty Erwin, 706-969-8117; Committee Chairman Beecher DuVall, wbdgnld@windstream.net

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

Venturing group: Venture Crew #79 meets Wednesday nights at 6:30 p.m. in the art room at YMCA Parks & Rec. Venturing is a youth led program for boys and girls ages 13-20 and involves high adventure activities such as kayaking, white water rafting and rock climbing as well as social activities and community projects. Augustus Brightwell, 706-864-9487 abrightwell@hotmail.com

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