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Community-Wide Events

WREATH ceremony honors veterans Saturday

All members of the community are invited to gather at noon on Saturday, Dec. 15, at American Legion Post 239 to honor veterans as part of the annual Wreaths Across America Day. Seven ceremonial wreaths will be placed to remember all who served, and to teach our younger generations about the high cost of our freedom.

Benefit for Lumpkin County Saturday

The First Annual Christmas Benefit for Lumpkin County will be held from 4 p.m. to midnight Saturday, Dec. 15, at the Market Place on the square. Enjoy live music by Bad Habits Band featuring Charlie Welch. Donation of a new toy, canned goods, or a financial contribution is the price of admission. Donations will go to Shop With a Cop, Community Helping Place White Christmas, and to a special meal for families on Christmas Day. The event is sponsored by North Georgia Concrete, North Georgia Pipeline and Bad Habits Band. 678-780-1562, 406-300-6357

Christmas day meal at DUMC

The Dahlonega United Methodist Church will host a Christmas meal from 2-4 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 25, at the church, 107 South Park Street behind Sun Trust Bank. All are welcome, the meal is free, and no reservations are necessary. 706-864-2521

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).

Weekends through Dec. 23

It’s a Wonderful Life: A live production of the Holly Theater Company, Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m., Sundays at 2 p.m. $15. www.hollytheater.com

Friday, Dec. 14

Silver Singers: Visitors Center Plaza, 4:30-5 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.

Dahlonega Tasting Room featuring Habersham wines Open House with wine tasting and food pairings until 8 p.m.

Saturday, Dec. 15

Santa at Visitors Center 1-4 p.m.

Gingerbread Workshop for kids sponsored by the Lumpkin County Library. Three sessions—10 a.m., noon and 2 p.m. Registration required. 706-864-3668

Dip your own peppermint stick at Paul Thomas Chocolates, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Children 10 and under. Free.

Storytime at the Fudge Factory: The Candy Cane and other stories will be read to children at The Fudge Factory, corner of Main and Park streets.

Christmas Story Time at Giggle Monkey Toys on the square, 7 p.m.

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.

Dahlonega Tasting Room featuring Habersham wines Open House with wine tasting and food pairings until 8 p.m.

Sunday, Dec. 16

Santa at Visitors Center 1-5 p.m.

Community Support Needs

Donations of food, gifts for community event

Caring Hands Ministries is asking for donations of gently used coats, jackets, sweatshirts, blankets, clothing, toys, teen gifts, hams, large cans of vegetables and volunteers to help with its annual Community Christmas Dinner. The event will be held at the White County Agricultural Science Center on Christmas Day. Caring Hands Ministries helps support those in need in the North Georgia area, including those in Lumpkin County. For more information on the Community Christmas Dinner, or to donate items, please call (706) 348-6290 or (706) 219-1980 any day between noon and 8 p.m.

Georgia Power Food Drive

Georgia Power Co. is collecting food for The Georgia Mountain Food Bank. Non-perishable items can be dropped off at the Georgia Power office, 20 Memorial Drive at the corner of East Main and Memorial. Alan Winn, ARWINN@southernco.com, 706-357-6512

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 and Walmart until Dec. 19.

child safety seat check Sat./Toys for tots

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.

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 at DAhlonega funeral home

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.

Brick Fundraiser for Cherokee museum

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

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.

Children & Young Adults

Trout camp applications, scholarships

Gold Rush Chapter of Trout Unlimited is now accepting applications through Jan. 1 for Trout Camp 2013. Trout Camp is conducted by Georgia Council Trout Unlimited and will be held June 9-14, 2013, in Clayton. Boys and girls ages 12-15 years old will learn to tie flies, cast a fly rod, go fishing in local streams, and take home all equipment needed to go fly fishing. Some scholarships are available, and all applications must be received by Jan. 1 For information and applications, please contact drtrout@bellsouth.net.

Free teen driving program offered Dec. 18

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

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.

Free Food/Services

New Coats to be distributed Sunday

Caring Hands Ministries will be giving away new coats Sunday, Dec. 16, 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. at its ministry service center, Appalachian Hope Center, 6484 Cleveland Highway in Clermont. Anyone in need is eligible. The distribution is made possible through Americans Helping Americans, a division of Christian Relief that specifically helps people in Appalachia. For more information please call (706) 969-0435 after Dec. 14.

Senior Services/Activities

lumpkin County Senior Center

266 Mechanicsville Road, 706-864-2358,

lcseniorcenter@windstream.net

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.

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 Dec. 24-Jan. 1

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

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.

Genealogy Workshop, Saturday, Dec. 15, 11:30 a.m. Learn how to use the web to trace your family roots. Reservations required.

Nature & Outdoors

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

Holi-Day Camp for ages 6-12, Tuesday-Thursday, Dec. 18-19, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Outdoor play-time/indoor craft-time. $45 (for both days) by Dec. 7, $55 after

After-Solstice Stroll, Saturday, Dec. 22, 10 a.m. to noon. Leslie and Everett Avery will treat hikers to a leisurely stroll on the Laurel Ridge Trail, stopping at points of interest (1.5 mile hike, moderate difficulty level).

New Year’s Camp, Jan. 1-3, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Games, hikes and more for kids 6-12. $55 by Dec. 21, $65 after that

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.

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

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

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

Education/Classes

Free Workshops at Dahlonega Home Depot

Saturday, Dec. 15, 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. 16, 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.

Online Classes Start Jan. 16. See all class options: http://www.northgeorgia.edu/ce/online/ Most Classes are $129

Belly Dancing – Beginner: Belly dancing is low impact and aerobic, and fun. Eight Mondays, Jan. 7 - March 4 (no class on 1/21), 6:30-8 p.m. $89. Kathryn Hinds

Hydrorobics: Get a total body workout as you tone, strengthen and achieve flexibility and circulatory endurance in the water. 10 Mondays/Wednesdays/Fridays, Jan. 7 - Feb. 8 (No class 1/21) 9:45-10:45 a.m. $70. Joan Souders

Karate – Beginner: Learn karate basics. Starting with the basic physical exercises for agility, you will learn Tae Kwon Do and Hapkido techniques. Ages 6 to adult. 10 Tuesdays, Jan. 8 - March 12. 6-7 p.m. $59. Danny Jarrard

Karate – Advanced: If you have already attained the rank of green belt, further your knowledge of Tae Kwon Do and Hapkido techniques. Ages 6 to adult. 10 Tuesdays, Jan. 8 - March 12, 6:45-7:45 p.m. $59. Danny Jarrard

Sunny Portugal: Discover the narrow cobblestone streets, old palatial villas, and mild climate of Portugal. Visit the Portuguese Riviera, Fado, the Silver Coast, Alentejo, the Algarve, and savor regional wine with every dinner. Nov. 1-10, 2013. Double occupancy $2,949/person. Register by June 2, 2013

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

program aims to improve reading skills

The Lumpkin County Literacy Coalition and Lanier Technical College are both supporting a new Adult Literacy Program (ALP) initiative to identify and help those who want to improve reading skills. If you have a relative or friend who cannot read at all, or can read some but would like to improve their reading abilities, then encourage them to give ALP a call. The program offers one-on-one tutors, self-pacing and confidentiality. 770-740-9343, 706-429-4517

Music/Drama/Film & More

Lingo Lounge Christmas Party Thursday

The Lingo Lounge, an open mic for writers, have a Christmas party from 7:30-10 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 13, at the Community House, 111 North Park Street, across from St. Luke’s Catholic Church. This gathering replaces the monthly event for December. Snacks and beverages will be served. Stephanie Morey, certified massage therapist, will offer five-minute massages for $5 with proceeds to benefit printing costs for the organization’s upcoming book, Lines from the Lingo Lounge.

Dahlonega Mountain Dance

The Dahlonega Mountain Dance will be held at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 14, at the Woodmen of the World Building, above Cranberry Corners. Music will be by The Blue Ridge Rounders with calling by Bob Dalsemer. Please wear soft-soled shoes. A suggested donation of $8 will be accepted to benefit the Georgia Pick & Bow Traditional Music School. dahlonegamountaindance.com

NGCSU EVENTS

NGCSU Planetarium: Shows Fridays 8-9 p.m. George E. Coleman Planetarium, room 234 of the Health & Natural Sciences Building, Sunset Drive. Dec. 14 and 21: What was the mysterious “star” that the Wise Men followed? Come explore the possibilities by “thinking like a Magi.” Doors open at 7:30 p.m. with no admittance after 8 p.m. Free. www.northgeorgia.edu/planetarium

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

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 and Friday, Dec. 13-14, 8-10:30 p.m.+ $22. Amy Ray with Solstar, A Benefit for Project South. See story page 1B.

Saturday 1-4 p.m.: Traditional Jam with Maxx. Acoustic mountain music. Pickers welcome. Free.

Saturday, Dec. 15, 8 - 10:30 p.m.+ Michelle Malone Banned Unplugged. $20 in advance $25 day of show. Armed with a bottleneck slide, blues harmonica, and her signature soul-filled vocals,

Michelle Malone was born in the Deep South and grew up listening to her mother sing in the church choir every Sunday. When it came time to craft her own sound, she took those religious roots, blended in enough rock, folk, and blues to satisfy. The result is, Debris, a high-spirited stripped down blend of rootsy

acoustic slide, gritty electric blues and explosive vocals that harkens back to Bonnie Raitt, Lucinda Williams and The Rolling Stones.

Sunday, Dec. 16, 2-5 p.m. S.E.B.A. Bluegrass Jam Session. Continuing a 100 year old tradition of pickin’, singin’, and grinnin’ in the c. 1858 Parker-Nix Storehouse where The Crimson Moon Café is located, the Moon hosts a bluegrass jam session of the Dahlonega chapter of SouthEastern Bluegrass Association on every third Sunday of the month. Free.

Sunday, Dec. 16, 7:30-9:30 p.m. Greybeard’s Bluegrass & Beyond Jam. $5 or free for Jammers. An eclectic “bluegrass & beyond” repertoire ranging from Old Time to Gospel, Blues to Jazz, Rock ‘n Roll, a little bit of Classical, and enough ‘straight up’ Bluegrass to keep your toes tapping.

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

It’s a Wonderful Life: This classic Christmas drama will be presented by the Holly Theater Company weekends through Dec. 23. Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m., Sundays at 2 p.m. $15.

New Year’s Eve Show & Gala: LeRevue, filled with dancing, singing, and acrobatics, plus a gala with DJ, dancing, and hors d’oeuvres. Show only, $35; show and gala, $75.

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

Thursdays: College Night

Fridays: Live entertainment

Tuesdays: Country Western Music night

Friday, Dec. 14: Feel Trip

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Friday, Dec. 14, 8:30-11:30 p.m.: Kurt Thomas. Kurt grew up enjoying the close-knit country life in Dahlonega, and the small-town way of life is a frequent theme in many of the songs he writes. He has recorded four CD’s with Lee Davis at MLD Productions. “Kurt’s songwriting ability is one of the most amazing talents I have seen in my many years in the music business,” said Davis, an opinion supported by Kurt’s 2008 win of Kenny Chesney’s Next Big Star contest making him the opening act for Chesney, Brooks & Dunn, Sammy Hagar, LeAnn Rimes, Gary Alan and Sugarland. Kurt has also opened for Zac Brown Band, Joe Diffie, Little Big Town and Blue County. 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. 15, 8:30-11:30 p.m.: Roshambeaux. This group is a fresh take on good ole’ Rock n’ Roll churned up with jive, hip hop, and soul. Formed in the North Georgia mountains in April, 2010, this three piece has come far in such a short amount of time. They released their debut album, Gaudy Monstrosity, in the winter of 2010; it has sold over 500 units. Now performing full time, they have played over 500 shows and their online presence is about 8,000 fans and growing. All ages welcome. No cover charge.

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WINE TASTING

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

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

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

Support Programs

13-week griefshare program starts Jan. 12

GRIEFSHARE offers a safe place to interact with other adults who are also grieving over the loss of a loved one. It is a 13-week video/discussion program offered at Church of the Apostles, Dawsonville. It begins Saturday, Jan. 12, from 10 a.m. until noon. 706-216-4912

free course for caregivers of mentally ill

NAMI FDL (National Association for Mental Illness for Forsyth, Dawson, Lumpkin) will offer a free educational course for parents, siblings, spouses, adult children, and significant others who are caregivers of adult individuals diagnosed with schizophrenia, major depression, bipolar disorder and other brain disorders. An 11-week commitment is requested. The class will be held in Cumming Sundays, Jan. 13-March 24 from 4-6:30 p.m.

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

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

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. 15 are Janice Hoopaugh, Gail Guynn, and Down to Earth. 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/

Christian Radio Open House Thursday

Christian radio station WCDG 88.7 FM will hold a Radio Christmas Open House for the public from 3-6 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 13. Pastors and community leaders will be able to announce information about their churches and groups on the air during the event at 50 Millie’s Place, Unit A, off Morrison Moore Parkway near the reservoir. Laurel Hughes, 706-482-2282

Christmas event at Winds of Peace Fri.-sun.

Winds of Peace Fellowship, Dawsonville, invites the public to It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year, a memorable Christmas celebration. Enjoy hot coffee, cider or chocolate while watching the bustling activity and the heartfelt stories on a “little town square.” Please bring a lawn chair. Friday and Saturday, Dec. 14 and 15, 7 p.m., and Sunday Dec. 16, 11 a.m. Off GA 400 at Harmony Church Road. Tammra Lawson, 678-776-4431, Phyllys Ransom, 678-467-2541

Sacred Music at DUMC Saturday and Sunday

The Dahlonega United Methodist Church Sanctuary Choir will present “A Christmas Festival” of sacred anthems and solos on Dec. 15 at 5:30 p.m. and also on Dec. 16 at 11 a.m. in the church sanctuary. In addition to a wide variety of Christmas anthems presented by the choir, the following musicians will be featured: Helen Hardman, organist; Jeff Herndon and Tee Smith, four-hands piano and piano solos; Alex Thomlinson, violin; Doug Manning and Kellie Dodson, and Melissa Dixon and Mariah Monroe. The choir director is Lynn Lathem and choir accompanist is Tee Smith. Everyone is welcome to this hour of beautiful sacred Christmas music. 706-864-2521

Christmas program Sunday at Etowah Baptist

Etowah Baptist Church, 7879 Auraria Road, Dawsonville, will hold its Christmas program at 6 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 16. Everyone is invited to come and listen to the scripture depicting the life of Jesus, as well as the singing of Christmas carols.

Christmas Play Sunday at Cradle Mountain

Cradle Mountain Baptist Church will hold a Christmas Play, Christmas Shoes Sunday, Dec. 16, at 6 p.m. Rev. Dale Abernathy invites everyone to attend.

UnitARIAn Universalist church

Georgia Mountains Unitarian Universalist Church is a welcoming congregation. On Dec. 16 Rev. George Owen will present “Is America a Christian Nation?” He refutes the claim that America was founded as such with words from our founding fathers. 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

Christmas program at Fountain Sunday

The Fountain Church will present The Great Late Potentate Christmas Program on Sunday evening, Dec. 16, at 6 p.m. Fellowship will follow the program. The church is located past the Wagon Wheel restaurant on North Grove Street. The community is invited.

Prayer LIne available

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

More Pets

TLC seeks volunteers, trainer assistants

TLC Humane Society is looking for volunteers to help animals, make new friends and have fun. There are many ways to help, from walking dogs to working on construction projects. Volunteers are also needed to assist in training the TLC dogs Saturdays, 10 a.m. at TLC—no experience needed. 706-864-2817, info@tlchs.org or stop by TLC at 1735 Red Oak Flats Road.

More Education

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.

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\

More Community Needs

Free PIck up of Donations by CHP

Community Helping Place is in need of gently used furniture. Free pick up within a 10-mile radius of the store. 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

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

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

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

More Education

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

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Community-Wide Events

WREATH ceremony honors veterans Saturday

All members of the community are invited to gather at noon on Saturday, Dec. 15, at American Legion Post 239 to honor veterans as part of the annual Wreaths Across America Day. Seven ceremonial wreaths will be placed to remember all who served, and to teach our younger generations about the high cost of our freedom.

Benefit for Lumpkin County Saturday

The First Annual Christmas Benefit for Lumpkin County will be held from 4 p.m. to midnight Saturday, Dec. 15, at the Market Place on the square. Enjoy live music by Bad Habits Band featuring Charlie Welch. Donation of a new toy, canned goods, or a financial contribution is the price of admission. Donations will go to Shop With a Cop, Community Helping Place White Christmas, and to a special meal for families on Christmas Day. The event is sponsored by North Georgia Concrete, North Georgia Pipeline and Bad Habits Band. 678-780-1562, 406-300-6357

Christmas day meal at DUMC

The Dahlonega United Methodist Church will host a Christmas meal from 2-4 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 25, at the church, 107 South Park Street behind Sun Trust Bank. All are welcome, the meal is free, and no reservations are necessary. 706-864-2521

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).

Weekends through Dec. 23

It’s a Wonderful Life: A live production of the Holly Theater Company, Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m., Sundays at 2 p.m. $15. www.hollytheater.com

Friday, Dec. 14

Silver Singers: Visitors Center Plaza, 4:30-5 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.

Dahlonega Tasting Room featuring Habersham wines Open House with wine tasting and food pairings until 8 p.m.

Saturday, Dec. 15

Santa at Visitors Center 1-4 p.m.

Gingerbread Workshop for kids sponsored by the Lumpkin County Library. Three sessions—10 a.m., noon and 2 p.m. Registration required. 706-864-3668

Dip your own peppermint stick at Paul Thomas Chocolates, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Children 10 and under. Free.

Storytime at the Fudge Factory: The Candy Cane and other stories will be read to children at The Fudge Factory, corner of Main and Park streets.

Christmas Story Time at Giggle Monkey Toys on the square, 7 p.m.

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.

Dahlonega Tasting Room featuring Habersham wines Open House with wine tasting and food pairings until 8 p.m.

Sunday, Dec. 16

Santa at Visitors Center 1-5 p.m.

Community Support Needs

Donations of food, gifts for community event

Caring Hands Ministries is asking for donations of gently used coats, jackets, sweatshirts, blankets, clothing, toys, teen gifts, hams, large cans of vegetables and volunteers to help with its annual Community Christmas Dinner. The event will be held at the White County Agricultural Science Center on Christmas Day. Caring Hands Ministries helps support those in need in the North Georgia area, including those in Lumpkin County. For more information on the Community Christmas Dinner, or to donate items, please call (706) 348-6290 or (706) 219-1980 any day between noon and 8 p.m.

Georgia Power Food Drive

Georgia Power Co. is collecting food for The Georgia Mountain Food Bank. Non-perishable items can be dropped off at the Georgia Power office, 20 Memorial Drive at the corner of East Main and Memorial. Alan Winn, ARWINN@southernco.com, 706-357-6512

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 and Walmart until Dec. 19.

child safety seat check Sat./Toys for tots

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.

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 at DAhlonega funeral home

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.

Brick Fundraiser for Cherokee museum

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

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.

Children & Young Adults

Trout camp applications, scholarships

Gold Rush Chapter of Trout Unlimited is now accepting applications through Jan. 1 for Trout Camp 2013. Trout Camp is conducted by Georgia Council Trout Unlimited and will be held June 9-14, 2013, in Clayton. Boys and girls ages 12-15 years old will learn to tie flies, cast a fly rod, go fishing in local streams, and take home all equipment needed to go fly fishing. Some scholarships are available, and all applications must be received by Jan. 1 For information and applications, please contact drtrout@bellsouth.net.

Free teen driving program offered Dec. 18

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

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.

Free Food/Services

New Coats to be distributed Sunday

Caring Hands Ministries will be giving away new coats Sunday, Dec. 16, 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. at its ministry service center, Appalachian Hope Center, 6484 Cleveland Highway in Clermont. Anyone in need is eligible. The distribution is made possible through Americans Helping Americans, a division of Christian Relief that specifically helps people in Appalachia. For more information please call (706) 969-0435 after Dec. 14.

Senior Services/Activities

lumpkin County Senior Center

266 Mechanicsville Road, 706-864-2358,

lcseniorcenter@windstream.net

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.

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 Dec. 24-Jan. 1

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

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.

Genealogy Workshop, Saturday, Dec. 15, 11:30 a.m. Learn how to use the web to trace your family roots. Reservations required.

Nature & Outdoors

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

Holi-Day Camp for ages 6-12, Tuesday-Thursday, Dec. 18-19, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Outdoor play-time/indoor craft-time. $45 (for both days) by Dec. 7, $55 after

After-Solstice Stroll, Saturday, Dec. 22, 10 a.m. to noon. Leslie and Everett Avery will treat hikers to a leisurely stroll on the Laurel Ridge Trail, stopping at points of interest (1.5 mile hike, moderate difficulty level).

New Year’s Camp, Jan. 1-3, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Games, hikes and more for kids 6-12. $55 by Dec. 21, $65 after that

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.

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

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

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

Education/Classes

Free Workshops at Dahlonega Home Depot

Saturday, Dec. 15, 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. 16, 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.

Online Classes Start Jan. 16. See all class options: http://www.northgeorgia.edu/ce/online/ Most Classes are $129

Belly Dancing – Beginner: Belly dancing is low impact and aerobic, and fun. Eight Mondays, Jan. 7 - March 4 (no class on 1/21), 6:30-8 p.m. $89. Kathryn Hinds

Hydrorobics: Get a total body workout as you tone, strengthen and achieve flexibility and circulatory endurance in the water. 10 Mondays/Wednesdays/Fridays, Jan. 7 - Feb. 8 (No class 1/21) 9:45-10:45 a.m. $70. Joan Souders

Karate – Beginner: Learn karate basics. Starting with the basic physical exercises for agility, you will learn Tae Kwon Do and Hapkido techniques. Ages 6 to adult. 10 Tuesdays, Jan. 8 - March 12. 6-7 p.m. $59. Danny Jarrard

Karate – Advanced: If you have already attained the rank of green belt, further your knowledge of Tae Kwon Do and Hapkido techniques. Ages 6 to adult. 10 Tuesdays, Jan. 8 - March 12, 6:45-7:45 p.m. $59. Danny Jarrard

Sunny Portugal: Discover the narrow cobblestone streets, old palatial villas, and mild climate of Portugal. Visit the Portuguese Riviera, Fado, the Silver Coast, Alentejo, the Algarve, and savor regional wine with every dinner. Nov. 1-10, 2013. Double occupancy $2,949/person. Register by June 2, 2013

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

program aims to improve reading skills

The Lumpkin County Literacy Coalition and Lanier Technical College are both supporting a new Adult Literacy Program (ALP) initiative to identify and help those who want to improve reading skills. If you have a relative or friend who cannot read at all, or can read some but would like to improve their reading abilities, then encourage them to give ALP a call. The program offers one-on-one tutors, self-pacing and confidentiality. 770-740-9343, 706-429-4517

Music/Drama/Film & More

Lingo Lounge Christmas Party Thursday

The Lingo Lounge, an open mic for writers, have a Christmas party from 7:30-10 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 13, at the Community House, 111 North Park Street, across from St. Luke’s Catholic Church. This gathering replaces the monthly event for December. Snacks and beverages will be served. Stephanie Morey, certified massage therapist, will offer five-minute massages for $5 with proceeds to benefit printing costs for the organization’s upcoming book, Lines from the Lingo Lounge.

Dahlonega Mountain Dance

The Dahlonega Mountain Dance will be held at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 14, at the Woodmen of the World Building, above Cranberry Corners. Music will be by The Blue Ridge Rounders with calling by Bob Dalsemer. Please wear soft-soled shoes. A suggested donation of $8 will be accepted to benefit the Georgia Pick & Bow Traditional Music School. dahlonegamountaindance.com

NGCSU EVENTS

NGCSU Planetarium: Shows Fridays 8-9 p.m. George E. Coleman Planetarium, room 234 of the Health & Natural Sciences Building, Sunset Drive. Dec. 14 and 21: What was the mysterious “star” that the Wise Men followed? Come explore the possibilities by “thinking like a Magi.” Doors open at 7:30 p.m. with no admittance after 8 p.m. Free. www.northgeorgia.edu/planetarium

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

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 and Friday, Dec. 13-14, 8-10:30 p.m.+ $22. Amy Ray with Solstar, A Benefit for Project South. See story page 1B.

Saturday 1-4 p.m.: Traditional Jam with Maxx. Acoustic mountain music. Pickers welcome. Free.

Saturday, Dec. 15, 8 - 10:30 p.m.+ Michelle Malone Banned Unplugged. $20 in advance $25 day of show. Armed with a bottleneck slide, blues harmonica, and her signature soul-filled vocals,

Michelle Malone was born in the Deep South and grew up listening to her mother sing in the church choir every Sunday. When it came time to craft her own sound, she took those religious roots, blended in enough rock, folk, and blues to satisfy. The result is, Debris, a high-spirited stripped down blend of rootsy

acoustic slide, gritty electric blues and explosive vocals that harkens back to Bonnie Raitt, Lucinda Williams and The Rolling Stones.

Sunday, Dec. 16, 2-5 p.m. S.E.B.A. Bluegrass Jam Session. Continuing a 100 year old tradition of pickin’, singin’, and grinnin’ in the c. 1858 Parker-Nix Storehouse where The Crimson Moon Café is located, the Moon hosts a bluegrass jam session of the Dahlonega chapter of SouthEastern Bluegrass Association on every third Sunday of the month. Free.

Sunday, Dec. 16, 7:30-9:30 p.m. Greybeard’s Bluegrass & Beyond Jam. $5 or free for Jammers. An eclectic “bluegrass & beyond” repertoire ranging from Old Time to Gospel, Blues to Jazz, Rock ‘n Roll, a little bit of Classical, and enough ‘straight up’ Bluegrass to keep your toes tapping.

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

It’s a Wonderful Life: This classic Christmas drama will be presented by the Holly Theater Company weekends through Dec. 23. Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m., Sundays at 2 p.m. $15.

New Year’s Eve Show & Gala: LeRevue, filled with dancing, singing, and acrobatics, plus a gala with DJ, dancing, and hors d’oeuvres. Show only, $35; show and gala, $75.

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

Thursdays: College Night

Fridays: Live entertainment

Tuesdays: Country Western Music night

Friday, Dec. 14: Feel Trip

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Friday, Dec. 14, 8:30-11:30 p.m.: Kurt Thomas. Kurt grew up enjoying the close-knit country life in Dahlonega, and the small-town way of life is a frequent theme in many of the songs he writes. He has recorded four CD’s with Lee Davis at MLD Productions. “Kurt’s songwriting ability is one of the most amazing talents I have seen in my many years in the music business,” said Davis, an opinion supported by Kurt’s 2008 win of Kenny Chesney’s Next Big Star contest making him the opening act for Chesney, Brooks & Dunn, Sammy Hagar, LeAnn Rimes, Gary Alan and Sugarland. Kurt has also opened for Zac Brown Band, Joe Diffie, Little Big Town and Blue County. 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. 15, 8:30-11:30 p.m.: Roshambeaux. This group is a fresh take on good ole’ Rock n’ Roll churned up with jive, hip hop, and soul. Formed in the North Georgia mountains in April, 2010, this three piece has come far in such a short amount of time. They released their debut album, Gaudy Monstrosity, in the winter of 2010; it has sold over 500 units. Now performing full time, they have played over 500 shows and their online presence is about 8,000 fans and growing. All ages welcome. No cover charge.

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WINE TASTING

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

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

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

Support Programs

13-week griefshare program starts Jan. 12

GRIEFSHARE offers a safe place to interact with other adults who are also grieving over the loss of a loved one. It is a 13-week video/discussion program offered at Church of the Apostles, Dawsonville. It begins Saturday, Jan. 12, from 10 a.m. until noon. 706-216-4912

free course for caregivers of mentally ill

NAMI FDL (National Association for Mental Illness for Forsyth, Dawson, Lumpkin) will offer a free educational course for parents, siblings, spouses, adult children, and significant others who are caregivers of adult individuals diagnosed with schizophrenia, major depression, bipolar disorder and other brain disorders. An 11-week commitment is requested. The class will be held in Cumming Sundays, Jan. 13-March 24 from 4-6:30 p.m.

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

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

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. 15 are Janice Hoopaugh, Gail Guynn, and Down to Earth. 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/

Christian Radio Open House Thursday

Christian radio station WCDG 88.7 FM will hold a Radio Christmas Open House for the public from 3-6 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 13. Pastors and community leaders will be able to announce information about their churches and groups on the air during the event at 50 Millie’s Place, Unit A, off Morrison Moore Parkway near the reservoir. Laurel Hughes, 706-482-2282

Christmas event at Winds of Peace Fri.-sun.

Winds of Peace Fellowship, Dawsonville, invites the public to It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year, a memorable Christmas celebration. Enjoy hot coffee, cider or chocolate while watching the bustling activity and the heartfelt stories on a “little town square.” Please bring a lawn chair. Friday and Saturday, Dec. 14 and 15, 7 p.m., and Sunday Dec. 16, 11 a.m. Off GA 400 at Harmony Church Road. Tammra Lawson, 678-776-4431, Phyllys Ransom, 678-467-2541

Sacred Music at DUMC Saturday and Sunday

The Dahlonega United Methodist Church Sanctuary Choir will present “A Christmas Festival” of sacred anthems and solos on Dec. 15 at 5:30 p.m. and also on Dec. 16 at 11 a.m. in the church sanctuary. In addition to a wide variety of Christmas anthems presented by the choir, the following musicians will be featured: Helen Hardman, organist; Jeff Herndon and Tee Smith, four-hands piano and piano solos; Alex Thomlinson, violin; Doug Manning and Kellie Dodson, and Melissa Dixon and Mariah Monroe. The choir director is Lynn Lathem and choir accompanist is Tee Smith. Everyone is welcome to this hour of beautiful sacred Christmas music. 706-864-2521

Christmas program Sunday at Etowah Baptist

Etowah Baptist Church, 7879 Auraria Road, Dawsonville, will hold its Christmas program at 6 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 16. Everyone is invited to come and listen to the scripture depicting the life of Jesus, as well as the singing of Christmas carols.

Christmas Play Sunday at Cradle Mountain

Cradle Mountain Baptist Church will hold a Christmas Play, Christmas Shoes Sunday, Dec. 16, at 6 p.m. Rev. Dale Abernathy invites everyone to attend.

UnitARIAn Universalist church

Georgia Mountains Unitarian Universalist Church is a welcoming congregation. On Dec. 16 Rev. George Owen will present “Is America a Christian Nation?” He refutes the claim that America was founded as such with words from our founding fathers. 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

Christmas program at Fountain Sunday

The Fountain Church will present The Great Late Potentate Christmas Program on Sunday evening, Dec. 16, at 6 p.m. Fellowship will follow the program. The church is located past the Wagon Wheel restaurant on North Grove Street. The community is invited.

Prayer LIne available

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

More Pets

TLC seeks volunteers, trainer assistants

TLC Humane Society is looking for volunteers to help animals, make new friends and have fun. There are many ways to help, from walking dogs to working on construction projects. Volunteers are also needed to assist in training the TLC dogs Saturdays, 10 a.m. at TLC—no experience needed. 706-864-2817, info@tlchs.org or stop by TLC at 1735 Red Oak Flats Road.

More Education

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.

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\

More Community Needs

Free PIck up of Donations by CHP

Community Helping Place is in need of gently used furniture. Free pick up within a 10-mile radius of the store. 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

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

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

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

More Education

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

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