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North Georgia University EVENTS

Pickin’ Porch Old Time Jam: An old-time music jam is held from 12:30-2 p.m. every Thursday at the university’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

LCHS Theater present Little Women Feb 1& 2

Lumpkin County High School’s Theater Department will present two performances of Louisa May Alcott’s Little Women, a heartwarming coming-of-age story about love, loss, and acceptance. Performances will be held Friday and Saturday, Feb. 1 and 2, at 7 p.m. in the LCHS Auditorium. Ticket prices are $5 advance and $8 at the door. Contact Director Linda Orwig or any LCHS thespian for information.

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

www.diningindahlonega.com

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

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

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

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

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

Monthly WineTasting: Sunday, Jan. 27, 4-6 p.m. Appetizer pairings with wine. $50/person includes tax and gratuity. Reservations required.

The Crimson Moon Café, 24 North Park Street, 706-864-3982, www.thecrimsonmoon.com

Saturday, Jan. 26, 8:30 p.m.: Jonathan Byrd. $16 online, $18 at

door. Renowned Folk/Americana songwriter and a Kerrville New Folk award winner, Byrd brings together the Texas songwriting tradition with southern storytelling and hot guitar picking in the line of North Carolina greats Doc Watson and Tony Rice. A stalwart of modern folk music, he has released five solo albums with a surprising variety of musical directions, and an acoustic collaboration with fellow songwriter Diana Jones.

Sunday, Jan 27, 7:30 p.m.: Jazz Jam led by Cindy Bell. $7, performers free.

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

Lingo Lounge, Thursday, Jan. 24, 8 p.m., Holly Underground: “The right place for writers” open mic for writers. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. Free Speech. Free Admission. Musicians/songwriters also welcome. Join comic poet/MC Ben, singing DJ Tommy Pirone and Trish and Linda for a fun evening.

The Return, Saturday, Feb. 2, 8 p.m. : This Beatles tribute band has played to sold out crowds at the Holly several times. Tickets are $25 main floor, and VIP balcony (includes food and adult beverage) $50.

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

Thursdays: College Night

Fridays: Live entertainment

Tuesdays: Country Western Music night

Friday, Jan. 25: 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, Jan. 25, 8:30-11:30 p.m.: Adam Kadmon. The great-grandson of a former orchestra leader and musician in 1930s Pittsburgh, Adam has long been showcasing his musical talents. Adam played continuously in the Savannah area from 2008-2010, where he performed music influenced by Hendrix, The Doors, and the acoustic stylings of John Mayer. Upon moving to the North Georgia area in 2010 he became a focal point of the Atlanta hip hop scene. Adam plays and sings various styles of music, with originals blending acoustic folk, blues and hip-hop jam funk.

Saturday, Jan. 26, 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.

Stewards of Children at DUMC Jan. 23

Dahlonega United Methodist Church will host a Stewards of Children training Wednesday, Jan. 23, from 9:30 a.m. to noon to educate adults in how to prevent, recognize, and react responsibly to child sexual abuse. Trainings will be held in the church’s library. The cost of $10 covers the materials. RSVP to Kathy Christmas, 706-867-7153, pruefrock1951@yahoo.com.

Enotah CASA volunteer open house Jan. 25

Enotah CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates), with volunteers serving as advocates for abused and neglected children, will hold an open house for interested volunteers from 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 25, at the First Baptist Church in Cleveland. A new training class to prepare child advocates to speak out on behalf of the abused and neglected children in our community begins in February. CASA volunteers are ordinary people who have a profound sense of caring for children. The local office is located at 56 Short Street in the old Health Department building. www.EnotahCASA.org, information@enotahcasa.org, 706-864-0300

NOA volunteer breakfast/training Jan. 26

NOA (No One Alone) will host a free breakfast and volunteer training from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 26, at United Community Bank Community Room, 206 Morrison Moore Parkway. “Purpose-Driven Volunteerism ... Discover What Really Matters to You” will be presented by Maria Flynn, NOA Director of Community Outreach. Volunteers are a resource and a vital part of the strategy for fulfilling the mission of NOA, the domestic violence program for Dawson and Lumpkin counties. Learn about volunteer opportunities and participate in making “Care Kits” for new shelter residents. The organization offers emergency shelter and support services for victims of domestic violence and their children. Seating for the breakfast is limited; please RSVP to noapublicrelations@yahoo.com or call Brenda at 706-864-0030 ext. 4. www.noonealone.org

Democratic Party’s annual brunch Jan. 26

Bryan Long, Executive Director of Better Georgia, will speak at the Democratic Party’s annual brunch at Shenanigans at 10 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 26. Better Georgia is a growing non-partisan organization that is working to make sure Georgia’s leaders focus on real problems. Brunch is $12 per person (tip included). RSVP to lumpkindemocrats@yahoo.com or call Ken, 706-867-8653.

Smarter than an LCES 5th Grader? Find out!

Lumpkin County Elementary School fifth grade class is teaming up with PFO to bring back “Are You Smarter than a Lumpkin Elementary 5th Grader?” on Tuesday, Jan. 29, from 5-8 p.m. Organizers are calling on parents and community members to be contestants in the game, “unless you are scared to be slimed!” they say. The contestant fee is $25 and includes a BBQ dinner. Those who are not competing can still watch and participate in a raffle to be the “Slimer” after the final round of competition. BBQ dinner plates for non-competitors are $10 and will be sold in advance. If interested contact the Lumpkin Elementary PFO: lcespfo@lumpkin.k12.ga.us for dinner tickets and contestant forms. The deadline for all sales is Friday, Jan. 25.

course offers inside look at law enforcement

Want a behind the scenes glimpse at the Lumpkin County Sheriff’s Office? Citizens Law Enforcement Academy will be accepting applications for those interested in an inside look at K-9 demonstrations, gang investigations, SWAT operations and defensive tactics. Participants also ride-along with a patrol officer for four hours during the course. Classes will begin February 5 and will be taught each Tuesday night from 6 to 9 p.m. until May 21. All graduates of the program are eligible to become members of the Lumpkin County Citizens Advisory and Service Board. To register stop by the Lumpkin County Sheriff’s Office or call Judy Parker at 706-482-2628 by Jan. 30.

Gold Museum to host Diving Bell program Feb. 5

Chris Worick, local historian and author, and Chairman of the Chestatee River Diving Bell Committee, will present a program at the Dahlonega Gold Museum about this marvel of 19th century underwater technology which now makes its home in a pavilion in Hancock Park. The presentation will take place Tuesday, Feb. 5, at 5:30 p.m. Admission cost is $3.50-$6.

Volunteer training for Rape Response

Rape Response, a United Way agency serving victims of sexual violence in this region of northeast Georgia, is accepting applications for interested women to work with survivors of sexual assault. Volunteers are trained to respond to crisis calls and accompany assault survivors to the hospital, so they must live within 30 minutes of Northeast Georgia Medical Center. Training will be held in Gainesville for sessions beginning Saturday, Feb. 9, and continuing Thursday, Feb. 21, Saturday, Feb. 23, and Thursday, Feb. 28. Saturday sessions run from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Thursday sessions, 5:30-8 p.m. No previous experience necessary. Background check and 24 hours of training are required. Contact Kate Hoffmann, Volunteer Coordinator, 770-503-7273, or apply online at www.raperesponse.com.

Great Decisions discussion group upcoming

Great Decisions discussion group will meet in the Lumpkin County Library meeting room on Wednesday evenings from Feb. 13 through April 24. Foreign policy issues are discussed, based on background material in briefing books available from the Foreign Policy Association (www.greatdecisions.org). Topics this year include Egypt, NATO, Myanmar, Iran, the future of the Euro, and others. Anyone interested in learning more about foreign policy issues is invited to attend. Judy Sousa, 706-864-5329. (2/27)

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

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

eBooks: Downloadable at the library’s Website for Kindle, Nook, Android and more.

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

Zinio! Dozens of popular magazines available in digital format

Winter Storytime—Movers & Shakers, 2 p.m. Wednesdays Jan. 23 through Feb. 27. Songs, finger plays, crafts and stories designed for children ages 2-5. No pre-registration is required except for groups over 5 who are asked to call two days in advance.

Teen Candy Bingo, Thursday, Jan. 24, 5:30 – 6:30 p.m. Try your hand at a round of Bingo! Mark your card with candy, all the while playing for the BIG candy bars. Grades 6-12

Children & Young Adults

DBC preschool registering soon for 2013-14

Registration for the Dahlonega Baptist Church’s Sonshine Weekly Preschool for its 2013-14 session begins according to the following schedule: Sonshine families and church members, Jan. 28, and others from the community, Feb. 1. Registration forms and fees can be brought to the church on either of those days during the hours of 9 a.m. to noon or 5-7 p.m., when facilities can be toured. Discount for fees received by Feb. 15. Programs serve children ages 1-5 in classes that run from 9 a.m. to noon according to the county school calendar. Forms and information at www.dbch.org. Stacy Mizer, 706-864-3676, Ext. 114, stacy@dbch.org

GYMNASTICS at the YMCA

Build strength, confidence, agility, and flexibility while learning gymnastics skills and having fun. Session 3 registration for ages 3-14 going on now; classes are filled on a first come first serve basis. Classes begin Wednesday, Jan. 30 and last nine weeks. Tiny Tumblers: ages 3-5, 5:20-5:55 p.m., $60; Tumble Trainers: beginner/intermediate ages 6 and up, 4-5 p.m., $80; Tumble Tigers: advanced, ages 7 and up, 4-5:30, $100. Call Ms. Connie with class questions 706-864-5753 or the YMCA to sign up 706-864-3622.

Georgia Pick & Bow registering Jan. 23, 24

Georgia Pick & Bow Traditional Music School is accepting applications for its spring semester which begin the first week of February at Blackburn Elementary, Long Branch Elementary and Lumpkin County Middle School (site serves LCES, LCMS, and LCHS). The program provides instruction in playing traditional Appalachian instruments to students in grades 4-12 after school on Tuesdays at Blackburn, Wednesdays at Long Branch, and Thursdays at the LCMS 6th grade center. Cost of instruction is $100 for the 10-week semester, and scholarships/reduced tuition rates are available for students who qualify. Registration/parent meetings will be held at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 23, at Long Branch Elementary, and at 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 24, at LCMS. Contact Ann Whitley, Pick & Bow Director, annwhitley@mac.com for information. Application forms available at www.georgiapickandbow.org.

Blood Drives and More

Bone Marrow Registration drive Jan. 23

The Honors Program at the University of North Georgia will hold a bone marrow registration drive from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 23, in Hoag student center. Registration is open to the public.

Tw0 Blood Drives at UNG: Jan. 28 & 31

The Honors Program at the University of North Georgia will hold two LifeSouth blood drives from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday, Jan. 28, and Thursday, Jan. 31. The drives will take place in front of the old chow hall/student center (in front of the library) and are open to the public.

Nature & Outdoors

4-H/Master GardEner spring plant sale

The Lumpkin County 4-H Club and Georgia Mountains Master Gardeners will again offer the public a selection of high quality plants at reasonable prices in their Spring Plant Sale. The perennials and shrubs being offered have been specially selected to work well in our local landscapes. The sale is designed to enhance community enthusiasm for gardening, share how-to information with the public, engage youth in a meaningful service activity, and help provide funds for projects of both organizations. Deadline for orders is March 1; plants can be picked up Friday and Saturday, March 15-16. Order forms are available in the Cooperative Extension Service office on Johnson Street, at www.caes.uga.edu/extension/lumpkin (click on NEWS), and in the Jan. 30 edition of The Nugget. 706-864-2275

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

Star Party, Friday, Jan. 25, 6-8:30 p.m.: Hike out to the Wetland Loop and view stars from the open field with amateur astronomist Everett Avery. Three mile round trip hike on paved roadway, with one significant hill to climb. $5 per person or $15 per family, plus $5 park pass per vehicle.

Dulcimer Making Workshop, Saturday, Jan. 26, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Assemble, sand, and finish an all wood Appalachian dulcimer with Dulcimer maker and musician Bob Thomason. Tools and supplies provided. No woodworking experience required. Bob Thomason has been making and playing fine Appalachian dulcimers since 1981. $90 plus park passes if registered by Jan. 11, $100 after.

Falconry at Buck Shoals, Saturday, Feb. 3, 2-5 p.m. Buster Brown, co-director of the Georgia Falconry Association, will make a short presentation which will be followed by a live hunt. Proceeds purchase food for Smithgall’s captive hawk. $40/adult if registered by Jan. 25; $45 after that.

Learn to Play the Dulcimer for Beginners, Saturday, Feb. 2, 1-4 p.m. Music teacher Gwen Aumann will help you tune, strum, and learn easy, beginning songs for the dulcimer. Participants must register in advance. $35 per adult plus $5 parking per vehicle.

Eastern Hemlock Update and Winter Botany, Saturday, Feb. 9, 12-4 p.m. Interpretive Ranger Johnna Tuttle will discuss the state of our Eastern Hemlock trees in the fight against Hemlock Woolly Adelgid. Jim Sullivan will demonstrate identification of plants in the winter and will lead a short hike to identify nearby flora. Please register in advance. $10/adult, $15 after Feb. 1

Free Services

FRee Tax help for seniors, limited income

AARP Foundation Tax-Aide offers free help to older taxpayers and people with limited income. Free tax preparation and electronic filing is available from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesdays, Feb. 6 through April 10 at the Dahlonega Senior Center, 266 Mechanicsville Road.

Free Food at DCOG Monday, Feb. 4

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 1 p.m. on the first Monday of the month. A box lunch will be provided. 4 Happy Hollow Road, 706-864-3782

Pets

Obedience, Agility, Rally-O: New Classes

Classes run six weeks and start the week of Jan. 22-27. Dogs must be four months w/vaccinations. $99 with $10 discount on Obedience Classes for adopted shelter dogs. Visit www.dahlonegaobediencegroup.com for class schedule. Dahlonega Obedience Group (D.O.G.), ABC Certified trainer Mary Kay Crowell, 706-864-0410

Adopt a Panel of Chain Link fence for TLC

Pet lovers, or family of pet lovers, have the opportunity to Adopt-a-Panel of chain link fencing for TLC, Lumpkin County’s no-kill animal shelter. The shelter’s fencing on its runs has been patched over so many times, replacing it has now become critical. Dahlonega’s Home Depot is donating the fencing at cost. Panels can be adopted for $75, and may be purchased in honor or remembrance of a person or beloved pet. The names of donors will be placed on a plaque and permanently displayed in the TLC shelter. To Adopt-a-Panel, contact Lindsay at 808-271-2766, go toTLC’s website at www.tlchs.org or drop by the shelter, across from the county recycling center on Red Oak Flats Road, 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m., seven days a week. (Closed noon-1 p.m. for lunch.)

Sign up now for March spay/neuter clinic

The Atlanta Humane Society mobile surgical unit will be at the Lumpkin County Animal Shelter Wednesday, March 6, and Thursday, March 7, to provide low-cost spay/neuter services for cats and dogs in its state-of-the-art mobile Surgical Utility Vehicle. Surgeries performed are $25 and include a complimentary rabies vaccination and microchip if needed. Pets will be ready to go home the same day as the surgery. Requests for appointments must be made in person at the Lumpkin County Animal Shelter, 1363 Red Oak Flats Road, between 10:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays. The appointment schedule fills up quickly. 706-867-7297 (1/30)

Lessons: Music & Dance

Free Western Square Dance Lessons

Gold Country Squares will offer free introductory Western Square Dance lessons from 7-9 p.m. Thursdays, Feb. 7 and 14, at the Lumpkin County Parks YMCA on Riley Road. A beginning 10-lesson class series will start Thursday, Feb. 21 at the YMCA with caller/instructor Jim Roper from 7-9 p.m. $45 plus a required $10 membership to the YMCA. Children over 12 accompanied by a parent dance for free! Steve & Carol Hart, 706-864-2021; Bob & Donna Burrow, 706-348-1749

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

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



Education/Classes

Stewards of Children Training Feb. 8

This child sexual abuse prevention training program is offered on the second Friday of each month at the Dahlonega Presbyterian Church. February’s session will be held from 11:30-2:30 p.m. Feb. 8. Deadline for registration is Feb. 1. $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.

Home Depot Free Workshops

706-867-9618, ext. 417 or 383

Saturday, Jan. 26: 10-11 a.m. Martha Stewart Living Specialty Paint; 1-2:30 p.m. Kitchen Updates

Sunday, Jan. 27: 1-2:30 p.m.: Design Storage Organization

Gainesville sBDC Classes

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

ProfitPath workshop, Feb. 1, 9 a.m. to noon. Class deals with how to create and maintain a healthy financial strategy. $69 includes materials. Registration required.

NORTH GEORGIA CONTINUING EDUCATION

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

Online Classes Start Feb. 20. See all class options: http://www.northgeorgia.edu/ce/online/ Most Classes are $129

Photography – Beginner (new session opened): Gain photography skills and take better pictures as you learn about the operation of your camera, improve your techniques and boost your creativity. Four Mondays, Feb. 4-25, 6-8:30 p.m. $129. Peggy Cozart

Digital Darkroom Advanced: Explore more techniques in Photoshop Elements, including the basics of working with panoramics, high dynamic range images, advanced color correction, and working with RAW images. Prerequisite: Digital Darkroom. Four Wednesdays, Feb. 6-27, 6-8:30 p.m. $159. Larry Winslett

History and Techniques for Digital Black and White Photography: Explore the history of black and white photographs, techniques of documentary photography, and how to convert photos into grayscale. Four Thursdays, Feb. 7-28, 6-8:30 p.m. $129

Make Lip Balms and Body Butters: Make two kinds of lip balm, body balm, and a lotion bar. Saturday, Feb. 9, 9-11 a.m. $29 plus supply fee $20. Jan Kelley

How Foods Affect Your Body: Learn about fast foods versus whole foods, inflammatory foods and what they do to the body and mind, BMI and more. Six Tuesdays, Feb. 12 - March 19, 6-7 p.m. $89. Greg Garrard

Sunny Portugal: Discover the narrow cobblestone streets, old palatial villas, and mild climate of Portugal. Dates: Nov. 1-10. Rate: Double $2,949/person. Register by June 2

Community Support Projects

Help Leadership Lumpkin collect boxtops

Join the Leadership Lumpkin Class of 2013 in a fundraiser to benefit Lumpkin County elementary schools. The Box Tops for Education effort will run Jan. 28 through Feb 28. Participate by clipping February Box Tops coupons from groceries, office supplies, and more, putting them into a plastic bag, and dropping them off at one of these locations: BB&T, Community and Southern Bank, Regions Bank, United Community Bank, Danny’s, Chick-fil-A, Dahlonega/Lumpkin County Visitors Center, Fresh n’ Frugal, Starbucks, The Embroidery Shop, and Wagon Wheel restaurant. Coupons are worth 10 cents each and schools can earn up to $20,000 annually. More details at www.boxtops4education.com/

donate an old car—help your community

Side by Side in Ministry, a community service day held every April and sponsored by local churches, is accepting donations of vehicles. Cars, trucks, RV’s, motorcycles and construction or farm equipment—running or not—can be donated by calling 706-300-6970. You may be eligible for a tax deduction. Funds raised through this effort will go toward home repairs for those in need in Lumpkin County.

Veterans Memorial Park Restoration underway

A major ($50,000) restoration project is planned for Veterans Memorial Park and will include turning the pond area into a meditation garden, adding service area flags and a battle tank, and developing educational programs. Donations can be sent to Veteran’s Park Restoration, United Community Bank, P.O. Box 1060, Dahlonega, GA 30533. John Buckman, 706-867-7759

Invest in Future raffle, gala tickets available

Lumpkin County Retired Educators Association is raising funds for Invest in the Future, an effort designed to provide mini-grants to teachers in the Lumpkin County public schools. Raffle tickets with discounts to local businesses are available for $5 and enter the holder into drawings for a variety of prizes; gala tickets for a grand event at the Dahlonega Market Place on Feb. 22 are $30. 706-429-3415

Music/Drama/Film & More

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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.

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 Jan. 26 are Forgiven, Tony Gray, and Spiritual Voices. 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

Singing Jan. 26 at Salem Baptist

Salem Baptist Church will have a singing featuring The Holbrook Family on Saturday, Jan. 26 at 7 p.m. Everyone welcome.

Singing at Concord Baptist Sunday

The Cross Roads Trio will sing at Concord Baptist Church at 6 p.m. Sunday Jan. 27. The church is located four miles north of Dahlonega on Highway 19. The church and Pastor Roger Dunagan welcome everyone.

Mountain View: supper, lamplight service

Mountain View Baptist Church, Dahlonega, will have a pinto bean supper from 5-7 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 26, and a lamplight service at 6 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 27, with Rev. Tony Allison bringing the message. Everyone is invited to come and worship. C.J. Collins, 706-864-3821

Church supper at Fortress Jan. 26

The Fortress Church on Torrington Road will be have a Fellowship Supper Saturday, Jan. 26, at 6 p.m. Everyone is welcome.

UnitARIAn Universalist church

Georgia Mountains Unitarian Universalist Church is a welcoming congregation. On Jan. 27 Rev. Barry Whittemore will present The Gospel According to Frodo. While Tolkein does not mention churches and priests, religious themes permeate The Hobbit trilogy. 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

Sacred Grounds at DPC Jan. 27

Sacred Grounds, a coffee house ministry, is held at the Dahlonega Presbyterian Church every fourth Sunday of the month at 6 p.m. Coffee, drinks and light snacks are served.

Christian Women’s Breakfast Feb. 2

WCDG 88.7 FM Radio Station is hosting a Christian women’s breakfast on the first Saturday of each month at 10 a.m. The station is open for prayer Mondays through Fridays from 9 a.m. to noon. 50 Millie’s Place, Unit A, Highway 9 North, Dahlonega. Laurel Hughes, 706-482-2282

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\

more Pets

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 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.

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

more education

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

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

International appalachian academy

Classes Wednesday for Japanese Language/Culture and Thursday for World History/Literature. 6:30-8:30 p.m. 390 Tom Bell Odom Road. 706-265-5502, learn@internationalappalachianacademy.com

more

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 Fonda London, 706-864-3622. tfn

Races

5K/walk/fun run for joggers, strollers, kids

This fundraiser for the Dahlonega United Methodist Church’s Mothers Morning Out and Pre-K Program will begin at LCHS. The 5K ($20 by Feb. 12/$25 on race day) begins at 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 16; 1 mile ($10) at 2:45 p.m. and Tot Trot 50-yard dash for age 5 and under (free), at 3 p.m. For those who wish to contribute, but not race, donations or sponsorships are available. Registration opens at 12:30 p.m. on race day. For more information, call Angie or Dana at the Preschool Office, 706-864-8521 dumcmmo@gmail.com. www.active.com

North Georgia Scrub Run 5K Feb. 23

This Certified Peachtree Road Race Qualifier/USATF Certified run will take place Feb. 23 on the University of North Georgia main campus in Dahlonega. Registration opens at 8 a.m., race at 9 a.m. Entry fee includes a T-shirt, snacks, fluids, and medals for the winners. The event is a fundraiser for the North Georgia nursing graduating class of 2013. Charley Whitmire, cawhit6328@northgeorgia.edu (1/16, 1/30, 2/13, 2/20)

Senior Services/Activities

lumpkin County Senior Center

266 Mechanicsville Road, 706-864-2358,

lcseniorcenter@windstream.net

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 Tuesdays and Thursdays at 4:15 p.m. Paula Bingham, 706-864-2851, pyb3644@hotmail.com

Nutrition Program for 60+: Socalize, exercise, play games and enjoy crafts, pool, and more. Have a nutritious hot meal.

Support Programs

Overcomers Outreach at Bethlehem Baptist

Bethlehem Baptist Church is offering an “Overcomers Outreach” Biblically based 12-step meeting—a program that addresses everyday problems and afflictions such as addiction, divorce, depression, compulsive behaviors, etc.—on Tuesday nights at 6:30 p.m. in the fellowship hall. 706-864-2743

Support for victims of family violence

The NOA Network Support Group meets weekly in Dawsonville and Dahlonega to provide emotional support to victims of family violence and their children. Topics are led by a licensed counselor and include: Building Self-Esteem, Managing Emotions, Healthy Relationships, etc. Childcare and snacks are provided. The Lumpkin group meets in Dahlonega on Mondays from 6:30-7:30 p.m. 706-867-6420 for information. 24-Hour Crisis Line, 706-864-1986, or live webchat available at www.noonealone.org

Nursing Mothers’ Support

Mom to Mom Breastfeeding Support Group meets monthly at different locations due to weather or site availability. Pregnant and breastfeeding mothers meet in an informal setting for fun, information and friendship. Lynn Hale, WIC Breastfeeding Counselor, 678-630-9596

Reformers Unanimous Addiction Program

RU meets every Friday at 7 p.m. at Wahoo Baptist Church, 9365 Highway 52 East, Murrayville. Helping others break chains of addiction. Childcare provided. Supported by Wahoo, Faith, Canaan, and Harvest Baptist churches. 706-867-9385

Grief support programs at NGMC

Hospice of Northeast Georgia Medical Center (NGMC) offers free grief support groups in area schools, as well as an ongoing support group to parents surviving the loss of their adult child. 770-219-8888, Jennifer Sorrells, Jennifer.Sorrells@nghs.com.

Kinship Care—Grandparents Raising Grandchildren

Kinship Care, a program for grandparents and other relatives raising grandchilden, is a safe place to share experiences. Members learn from each other and find out about programs for which they and the children may be eligible. Meetings are held from 10 a.m. to noon on the second Wednesday of each month at The Lumpkin County Senior Center. Legacy Link, Inc., Area Agency on Aging, 770-538-2650 or 1-800-845-LINK.

CELEBRATE RECOVERY: Biblically-based 12-Step Recovery Meeting.

Dahlonega UMC: Every Saturday. Church service 5:30 p.m. Celebrate Recovery Meeting 6:30 p.m. Dinner provided. Dahlonega United Methodist Church Fellowship Hall, 107 South Park Street

Set Free Church: Every Tuesday and Wednesday night at 7 p.m., 1660 Highway 52 East

Alcoholics Anonymous:

The Gratitude Group: Meeting at noon Mon., Tues, Wed., Fri. and at 7:30 p.m. Thursday (Twelve and Twelve) in meeting room #2 of the Lumpkin County Library (downstairs); 9 a.m. Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday at Dahlonega Funeral Home, Hwy. 60. AA Hotline: 706-867-7769

12 Step Meeting: Thursdays, 7:30 p.m., Dahlonega Baptist Church

AA Big Book Meeting: meets at Dahlonega Baptist Church every Tuesday at 7:30 p.m.

Al-Anon:

Saturdays 9-10 a.m. and Tuesdays 6:30-7:30 p.m. at Georgia Mountain Unitarian-Universalist Church, 439 South Park Street. 706-864-1254

Lumpkin County Caregivers

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

NARCOTICS ANONYMOUS

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

Wellness/Fitness

Yoga at MindyYoga

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

Running Group: Gold Rushers

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

Project Dahlonega Boot Camp

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

Zumba classes at YMCA

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

Yoga at Dahlonega Spa Resort

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

Dahlonega Healing Arts

Yoga by Kathryn Crifasi, 678-770-0400, 6 p.m. Wednesdays and 10:30 a.m. Fridays. Chigong/Taichi: Tuesday at 6 p.m. and Thursdays at 6:30 p.m. 81 Crown Mountain Place, Building E, Suite 100, 706-867-7026

Holistic movement classes

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

Jazzercise

Adult classes offered now, Jr. Jazzercise and Team Dance coming soon. Jazzercise of Dahlonega, 400 Wal-Mart Way, Suite F. 678-617-0329, www.jazzercise.com; bgagne@windstream.net

YOGA Flow for Personal Fitness

Morning, afternoon and evening one hour classes for all ages and fitness levels promoting improved personal well being while engaging in traditional flowing Yoga postures. $5/class. Paula Bingham 706-864-2851 pyb3644@hotmail.com

Wellness Classes

Learn healthy eating habits, lifestyle choices and exercises by certified nutritionist and wellness coach. 706-429-7956 Wellness-21, on the Public Square. www.wellness-21.com

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 IN DAHLONEGA

The city offers a single-stream recycling program for city residents. Households can recycle multiple materials in one container without a bag. Call 706-864-6133 to request a recycling bin for the following items:

• #1 & #2 plastics with screw on tops only (rinsed, tops removed)

• Cardboard, emptied and flattened

• Newspapers and magazines

• Mail, office/computer paper

• Aluminum and tin cans (rinsed)

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

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, 706-864-22

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North Georgia University EVENTS

Pickin’ Porch Old Time Jam: An old-time music jam is held from 12:30-2 p.m. every Thursday at the university’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

LCHS Theater present Little Women Feb 1& 2

Lumpkin County High School’s Theater Department will present two performances of Louisa May Alcott’s Little Women, a heartwarming coming-of-age story about love, loss, and acceptance. Performances will be held Friday and Saturday, Feb. 1 and 2, at 7 p.m. in the LCHS Auditorium. Ticket prices are $5 advance and $8 at the door. Contact Director Linda Orwig or any LCHS thespian for information.

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

www.diningindahlonega.com

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

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

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

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

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

Monthly WineTasting: Sunday, Jan. 27, 4-6 p.m. Appetizer pairings with wine. $50/person includes tax and gratuity. Reservations required.

The Crimson Moon Café, 24 North Park Street, 706-864-3982, www.thecrimsonmoon.com

Saturday, Jan. 26, 8:30 p.m.: Jonathan Byrd. $16 online, $18 at

door. Renowned Folk/Americana songwriter and a Kerrville New Folk award winner, Byrd brings together the Texas songwriting tradition with southern storytelling and hot guitar picking in the line of North Carolina greats Doc Watson and Tony Rice. A stalwart of modern folk music, he has released five solo albums with a surprising variety of musical directions, and an acoustic collaboration with fellow songwriter Diana Jones.

Sunday, Jan 27, 7:30 p.m.: Jazz Jam led by Cindy Bell. $7, performers free.

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

Lingo Lounge, Thursday, Jan. 24, 8 p.m., Holly Underground: “The right place for writers” open mic for writers. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. Free Speech. Free Admission. Musicians/songwriters also welcome. Join comic poet/MC Ben, singing DJ Tommy Pirone and Trish and Linda for a fun evening.

The Return, Saturday, Feb. 2, 8 p.m. : This Beatles tribute band has played to sold out crowds at the Holly several times. Tickets are $25 main floor, and VIP balcony (includes food and adult beverage) $50.

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

Thursdays: College Night

Fridays: Live entertainment

Tuesdays: Country Western Music night

Friday, Jan. 25: 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, Jan. 25, 8:30-11:30 p.m.: Adam Kadmon. The great-grandson of a former orchestra leader and musician in 1930s Pittsburgh, Adam has long been showcasing his musical talents. Adam played continuously in the Savannah area from 2008-2010, where he performed music influenced by Hendrix, The Doors, and the acoustic stylings of John Mayer. Upon moving to the North Georgia area in 2010 he became a focal point of the Atlanta hip hop scene. Adam plays and sings various styles of music, with originals blending acoustic folk, blues and hip-hop jam funk.

Saturday, Jan. 26, 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.

Stewards of Children at DUMC Jan. 23

Dahlonega United Methodist Church will host a Stewards of Children training Wednesday, Jan. 23, from 9:30 a.m. to noon to educate adults in how to prevent, recognize, and react responsibly to child sexual abuse. Trainings will be held in the church’s library. The cost of $10 covers the materials. RSVP to Kathy Christmas, 706-867-7153, pruefrock1951@yahoo.com.

Enotah CASA volunteer open house Jan. 25

Enotah CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates), with volunteers serving as advocates for abused and neglected children, will hold an open house for interested volunteers from 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 25, at the First Baptist Church in Cleveland. A new training class to prepare child advocates to speak out on behalf of the abused and neglected children in our community begins in February. CASA volunteers are ordinary people who have a profound sense of caring for children. The local office is located at 56 Short Street in the old Health Department building. www.EnotahCASA.org, information@enotahcasa.org, 706-864-0300

NOA volunteer breakfast/training Jan. 26

NOA (No One Alone) will host a free breakfast and volunteer training from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 26, at United Community Bank Community Room, 206 Morrison Moore Parkway. “Purpose-Driven Volunteerism ... Discover What Really Matters to You” will be presented by Maria Flynn, NOA Director of Community Outreach. Volunteers are a resource and a vital part of the strategy for fulfilling the mission of NOA, the domestic violence program for Dawson and Lumpkin counties. Learn about volunteer opportunities and participate in making “Care Kits” for new shelter residents. The organization offers emergency shelter and support services for victims of domestic violence and their children. Seating for the breakfast is limited; please RSVP to noapublicrelations@yahoo.com or call Brenda at 706-864-0030 ext. 4. www.noonealone.org

Democratic Party’s annual brunch Jan. 26

Bryan Long, Executive Director of Better Georgia, will speak at the Democratic Party’s annual brunch at Shenanigans at 10 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 26. Better Georgia is a growing non-partisan organization that is working to make sure Georgia’s leaders focus on real problems. Brunch is $12 per person (tip included). RSVP to lumpkindemocrats@yahoo.com or call Ken, 706-867-8653.

Smarter than an LCES 5th Grader? Find out!

Lumpkin County Elementary School fifth grade class is teaming up with PFO to bring back “Are You Smarter than a Lumpkin Elementary 5th Grader?” on Tuesday, Jan. 29, from 5-8 p.m. Organizers are calling on parents and community members to be contestants in the game, “unless you are scared to be slimed!” they say. The contestant fee is $25 and includes a BBQ dinner. Those who are not competing can still watch and participate in a raffle to be the “Slimer” after the final round of competition. BBQ dinner plates for non-competitors are $10 and will be sold in advance. If interested contact the Lumpkin Elementary PFO: lcespfo@lumpkin.k12.ga.us for dinner tickets and contestant forms. The deadline for all sales is Friday, Jan. 25.

course offers inside look at law enforcement

Want a behind the scenes glimpse at the Lumpkin County Sheriff’s Office? Citizens Law Enforcement Academy will be accepting applications for those interested in an inside look at K-9 demonstrations, gang investigations, SWAT operations and defensive tactics. Participants also ride-along with a patrol officer for four hours during the course. Classes will begin February 5 and will be taught each Tuesday night from 6 to 9 p.m. until May 21. All graduates of the program are eligible to become members of the Lumpkin County Citizens Advisory and Service Board. To register stop by the Lumpkin County Sheriff’s Office or call Judy Parker at 706-482-2628 by Jan. 30.

Gold Museum to host Diving Bell program Feb. 5

Chris Worick, local historian and author, and Chairman of the Chestatee River Diving Bell Committee, will present a program at the Dahlonega Gold Museum about this marvel of 19th century underwater technology which now makes its home in a pavilion in Hancock Park. The presentation will take place Tuesday, Feb. 5, at 5:30 p.m. Admission cost is $3.50-$6.

Volunteer training for Rape Response

Rape Response, a United Way agency serving victims of sexual violence in this region of northeast Georgia, is accepting applications for interested women to work with survivors of sexual assault. Volunteers are trained to respond to crisis calls and accompany assault survivors to the hospital, so they must live within 30 minutes of Northeast Georgia Medical Center. Training will be held in Gainesville for sessions beginning Saturday, Feb. 9, and continuing Thursday, Feb. 21, Saturday, Feb. 23, and Thursday, Feb. 28. Saturday sessions run from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Thursday sessions, 5:30-8 p.m. No previous experience necessary. Background check and 24 hours of training are required. Contact Kate Hoffmann, Volunteer Coordinator, 770-503-7273, or apply online at www.raperesponse.com.

Great Decisions discussion group upcoming

Great Decisions discussion group will meet in the Lumpkin County Library meeting room on Wednesday evenings from Feb. 13 through April 24. Foreign policy issues are discussed, based on background material in briefing books available from the Foreign Policy Association (www.greatdecisions.org). Topics this year include Egypt, NATO, Myanmar, Iran, the future of the Euro, and others. Anyone interested in learning more about foreign policy issues is invited to attend. Judy Sousa, 706-864-5329. (2/27)

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

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

eBooks: Downloadable at the library’s Website for Kindle, Nook, Android and more.

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

Zinio! Dozens of popular magazines available in digital format

Winter Storytime—Movers & Shakers, 2 p.m. Wednesdays Jan. 23 through Feb. 27. Songs, finger plays, crafts and stories designed for children ages 2-5. No pre-registration is required except for groups over 5 who are asked to call two days in advance.

Teen Candy Bingo, Thursday, Jan. 24, 5:30 – 6:30 p.m. Try your hand at a round of Bingo! Mark your card with candy, all the while playing for the BIG candy bars. Grades 6-12

Children & Young Adults

DBC preschool registering soon for 2013-14

Registration for the Dahlonega Baptist Church’s Sonshine Weekly Preschool for its 2013-14 session begins according to the following schedule: Sonshine families and church members, Jan. 28, and others from the community, Feb. 1. Registration forms and fees can be brought to the church on either of those days during the hours of 9 a.m. to noon or 5-7 p.m., when facilities can be toured. Discount for fees received by Feb. 15. Programs serve children ages 1-5 in classes that run from 9 a.m. to noon according to the county school calendar. Forms and information at www.dbch.org. Stacy Mizer, 706-864-3676, Ext. 114, stacy@dbch.org

GYMNASTICS at the YMCA

Build strength, confidence, agility, and flexibility while learning gymnastics skills and having fun. Session 3 registration for ages 3-14 going on now; classes are filled on a first come first serve basis. Classes begin Wednesday, Jan. 30 and last nine weeks. Tiny Tumblers: ages 3-5, 5:20-5:55 p.m., $60; Tumble Trainers: beginner/intermediate ages 6 and up, 4-5 p.m., $80; Tumble Tigers: advanced, ages 7 and up, 4-5:30, $100. Call Ms. Connie with class questions 706-864-5753 or the YMCA to sign up 706-864-3622.

Georgia Pick & Bow registering Jan. 23, 24

Georgia Pick & Bow Traditional Music School is accepting applications for its spring semester which begin the first week of February at Blackburn Elementary, Long Branch Elementary and Lumpkin County Middle School (site serves LCES, LCMS, and LCHS). The program provides instruction in playing traditional Appalachian instruments to students in grades 4-12 after school on Tuesdays at Blackburn, Wednesdays at Long Branch, and Thursdays at the LCMS 6th grade center. Cost of instruction is $100 for the 10-week semester, and scholarships/reduced tuition rates are available for students who qualify. Registration/parent meetings will be held at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 23, at Long Branch Elementary, and at 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 24, at LCMS. Contact Ann Whitley, Pick & Bow Director, annwhitley@mac.com for information. Application forms available at www.georgiapickandbow.org.

Blood Drives and More

Bone Marrow Registration drive Jan. 23

The Honors Program at the University of North Georgia will hold a bone marrow registration drive from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 23, in Hoag student center. Registration is open to the public.

Tw0 Blood Drives at UNG: Jan. 28 & 31

The Honors Program at the University of North Georgia will hold two LifeSouth blood drives from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday, Jan. 28, and Thursday, Jan. 31. The drives will take place in front of the old chow hall/student center (in front of the library) and are open to the public.

Nature & Outdoors

4-H/Master GardEner spring plant sale

The Lumpkin County 4-H Club and Georgia Mountains Master Gardeners will again offer the public a selection of high quality plants at reasonable prices in their Spring Plant Sale. The perennials and shrubs being offered have been specially selected to work well in our local landscapes. The sale is designed to enhance community enthusiasm for gardening, share how-to information with the public, engage youth in a meaningful service activity, and help provide funds for projects of both organizations. Deadline for orders is March 1; plants can be picked up Friday and Saturday, March 15-16. Order forms are available in the Cooperative Extension Service office on Johnson Street, at www.caes.uga.edu/extension/lumpkin (click on NEWS), and in the Jan. 30 edition of The Nugget. 706-864-2275

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

Star Party, Friday, Jan. 25, 6-8:30 p.m.: Hike out to the Wetland Loop and view stars from the open field with amateur astronomist Everett Avery. Three mile round trip hike on paved roadway, with one significant hill to climb. $5 per person or $15 per family, plus $5 park pass per vehicle.

Dulcimer Making Workshop, Saturday, Jan. 26, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Assemble, sand, and finish an all wood Appalachian dulcimer with Dulcimer maker and musician Bob Thomason. Tools and supplies provided. No woodworking experience required. Bob Thomason has been making and playing fine Appalachian dulcimers since 1981. $90 plus park passes if registered by Jan. 11, $100 after.

Falconry at Buck Shoals, Saturday, Feb. 3, 2-5 p.m. Buster Brown, co-director of the Georgia Falconry Association, will make a short presentation which will be followed by a live hunt. Proceeds purchase food for Smithgall’s captive hawk. $40/adult if registered by Jan. 25; $45 after that.

Learn to Play the Dulcimer for Beginners, Saturday, Feb. 2, 1-4 p.m. Music teacher Gwen Aumann will help you tune, strum, and learn easy, beginning songs for the dulcimer. Participants must register in advance. $35 per adult plus $5 parking per vehicle.

Eastern Hemlock Update and Winter Botany, Saturday, Feb. 9, 12-4 p.m. Interpretive Ranger Johnna Tuttle will discuss the state of our Eastern Hemlock trees in the fight against Hemlock Woolly Adelgid. Jim Sullivan will demonstrate identification of plants in the winter and will lead a short hike to identify nearby flora. Please register in advance. $10/adult, $15 after Feb. 1

Free Services

FRee Tax help for seniors, limited income

AARP Foundation Tax-Aide offers free help to older taxpayers and people with limited income. Free tax preparation and electronic filing is available from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesdays, Feb. 6 through April 10 at the Dahlonega Senior Center, 266 Mechanicsville Road.

Free Food at DCOG Monday, Feb. 4

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 1 p.m. on the first Monday of the month. A box lunch will be provided. 4 Happy Hollow Road, 706-864-3782

Pets

Obedience, Agility, Rally-O: New Classes

Classes run six weeks and start the week of Jan. 22-27. Dogs must be four months w/vaccinations. $99 with $10 discount on Obedience Classes for adopted shelter dogs. Visit www.dahlonegaobediencegroup.com for class schedule. Dahlonega Obedience Group (D.O.G.), ABC Certified trainer Mary Kay Crowell, 706-864-0410

Adopt a Panel of Chain Link fence for TLC

Pet lovers, or family of pet lovers, have the opportunity to Adopt-a-Panel of chain link fencing for TLC, Lumpkin County’s no-kill animal shelter. The shelter’s fencing on its runs has been patched over so many times, replacing it has now become critical. Dahlonega’s Home Depot is donating the fencing at cost. Panels can be adopted for $75, and may be purchased in honor or remembrance of a person or beloved pet. The names of donors will be placed on a plaque and permanently displayed in the TLC shelter. To Adopt-a-Panel, contact Lindsay at 808-271-2766, go toTLC’s website at www.tlchs.org or drop by the shelter, across from the county recycling center on Red Oak Flats Road, 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m., seven days a week. (Closed noon-1 p.m. for lunch.)

Sign up now for March spay/neuter clinic

The Atlanta Humane Society mobile surgical unit will be at the Lumpkin County Animal Shelter Wednesday, March 6, and Thursday, March 7, to provide low-cost spay/neuter services for cats and dogs in its state-of-the-art mobile Surgical Utility Vehicle. Surgeries performed are $25 and include a complimentary rabies vaccination and microchip if needed. Pets will be ready to go home the same day as the surgery. Requests for appointments must be made in person at the Lumpkin County Animal Shelter, 1363 Red Oak Flats Road, between 10:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays. The appointment schedule fills up quickly. 706-867-7297 (1/30)

Lessons: Music & Dance

Free Western Square Dance Lessons

Gold Country Squares will offer free introductory Western Square Dance lessons from 7-9 p.m. Thursdays, Feb. 7 and 14, at the Lumpkin County Parks YMCA on Riley Road. A beginning 10-lesson class series will start Thursday, Feb. 21 at the YMCA with caller/instructor Jim Roper from 7-9 p.m. $45 plus a required $10 membership to the YMCA. Children over 12 accompanied by a parent dance for free! Steve & Carol Hart, 706-864-2021; Bob & Donna Burrow, 706-348-1749

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

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



Education/Classes

Stewards of Children Training Feb. 8

This child sexual abuse prevention training program is offered on the second Friday of each month at the Dahlonega Presbyterian Church. February’s session will be held from 11:30-2:30 p.m. Feb. 8. Deadline for registration is Feb. 1. $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.

Home Depot Free Workshops

706-867-9618, ext. 417 or 383

Saturday, Jan. 26: 10-11 a.m. Martha Stewart Living Specialty Paint; 1-2:30 p.m. Kitchen Updates

Sunday, Jan. 27: 1-2:30 p.m.: Design Storage Organization

Gainesville sBDC Classes

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

ProfitPath workshop, Feb. 1, 9 a.m. to noon. Class deals with how to create and maintain a healthy financial strategy. $69 includes materials. Registration required.

NORTH GEORGIA CONTINUING EDUCATION

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

Online Classes Start Feb. 20. See all class options: http://www.northgeorgia.edu/ce/online/ Most Classes are $129

Photography – Beginner (new session opened): Gain photography skills and take better pictures as you learn about the operation of your camera, improve your techniques and boost your creativity. Four Mondays, Feb. 4-25, 6-8:30 p.m. $129. Peggy Cozart

Digital Darkroom Advanced: Explore more techniques in Photoshop Elements, including the basics of working with panoramics, high dynamic range images, advanced color correction, and working with RAW images. Prerequisite: Digital Darkroom. Four Wednesdays, Feb. 6-27, 6-8:30 p.m. $159. Larry Winslett

History and Techniques for Digital Black and White Photography: Explore the history of black and white photographs, techniques of documentary photography, and how to convert photos into grayscale. Four Thursdays, Feb. 7-28, 6-8:30 p.m. $129

Make Lip Balms and Body Butters: Make two kinds of lip balm, body balm, and a lotion bar. Saturday, Feb. 9, 9-11 a.m. $29 plus supply fee $20. Jan Kelley

How Foods Affect Your Body: Learn about fast foods versus whole foods, inflammatory foods and what they do to the body and mind, BMI and more. Six Tuesdays, Feb. 12 - March 19, 6-7 p.m. $89. Greg Garrard

Sunny Portugal: Discover the narrow cobblestone streets, old palatial villas, and mild climate of Portugal. Dates: Nov. 1-10. Rate: Double $2,949/person. Register by June 2

Community Support Projects

Help Leadership Lumpkin collect boxtops

Join the Leadership Lumpkin Class of 2013 in a fundraiser to benefit Lumpkin County elementary schools. The Box Tops for Education effort will run Jan. 28 through Feb 28. Participate by clipping February Box Tops coupons from groceries, office supplies, and more, putting them into a plastic bag, and dropping them off at one of these locations: BB&T, Community and Southern Bank, Regions Bank, United Community Bank, Danny’s, Chick-fil-A, Dahlonega/Lumpkin County Visitors Center, Fresh n’ Frugal, Starbucks, The Embroidery Shop, and Wagon Wheel restaurant. Coupons are worth 10 cents each and schools can earn up to $20,000 annually. More details at www.boxtops4education.com/

donate an old car—help your community

Side by Side in Ministry, a community service day held every April and sponsored by local churches, is accepting donations of vehicles. Cars, trucks, RV’s, motorcycles and construction or farm equipment—running or not—can be donated by calling 706-300-6970. You may be eligible for a tax deduction. Funds raised through this effort will go toward home repairs for those in need in Lumpkin County.

Veterans Memorial Park Restoration underway

A major ($50,000) restoration project is planned for Veterans Memorial Park and will include turning the pond area into a meditation garden, adding service area flags and a battle tank, and developing educational programs. Donations can be sent to Veteran’s Park Restoration, United Community Bank, P.O. Box 1060, Dahlonega, GA 30533. John Buckman, 706-867-7759

Invest in Future raffle, gala tickets available

Lumpkin County Retired Educators Association is raising funds for Invest in the Future, an effort designed to provide mini-grants to teachers in the Lumpkin County public schools. Raffle tickets with discounts to local businesses are available for $5 and enter the holder into drawings for a variety of prizes; gala tickets for a grand event at the Dahlonega Market Place on Feb. 22 are $30. 706-429-3415

Music/Drama/Film & More

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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.

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 Jan. 26 are Forgiven, Tony Gray, and Spiritual Voices. 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

Singing Jan. 26 at Salem Baptist

Salem Baptist Church will have a singing featuring The Holbrook Family on Saturday, Jan. 26 at 7 p.m. Everyone welcome.

Singing at Concord Baptist Sunday

The Cross Roads Trio will sing at Concord Baptist Church at 6 p.m. Sunday Jan. 27. The church is located four miles north of Dahlonega on Highway 19. The church and Pastor Roger Dunagan welcome everyone.

Mountain View: supper, lamplight service

Mountain View Baptist Church, Dahlonega, will have a pinto bean supper from 5-7 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 26, and a lamplight service at 6 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 27, with Rev. Tony Allison bringing the message. Everyone is invited to come and worship. C.J. Collins, 706-864-3821

Church supper at Fortress Jan. 26

The Fortress Church on Torrington Road will be have a Fellowship Supper Saturday, Jan. 26, at 6 p.m. Everyone is welcome.

UnitARIAn Universalist church

Georgia Mountains Unitarian Universalist Church is a welcoming congregation. On Jan. 27 Rev. Barry Whittemore will present The Gospel According to Frodo. While Tolkein does not mention churches and priests, religious themes permeate The Hobbit trilogy. 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

Sacred Grounds at DPC Jan. 27

Sacred Grounds, a coffee house ministry, is held at the Dahlonega Presbyterian Church every fourth Sunday of the month at 6 p.m. Coffee, drinks and light snacks are served.

Christian Women’s Breakfast Feb. 2

WCDG 88.7 FM Radio Station is hosting a Christian women’s breakfast on the first Saturday of each month at 10 a.m. The station is open for prayer Mondays through Fridays from 9 a.m. to noon. 50 Millie’s Place, Unit A, Highway 9 North, Dahlonega. Laurel Hughes, 706-482-2282

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\

more Pets

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 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.

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

more education

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

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

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

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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 Fonda London, 706-864-3622. tfn

Races

5K/walk/fun run for joggers, strollers, kids

This fundraiser for the Dahlonega United Methodist Church’s Mothers Morning Out and Pre-K Program will begin at LCHS. The 5K ($20 by Feb. 12/$25 on race day) begins at 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 16; 1 mile ($10) at 2:45 p.m. and Tot Trot 50-yard dash for age 5 and under (free), at 3 p.m. For those who wish to contribute, but not race, donations or sponsorships are available. Registration opens at 12:30 p.m. on race day. For more information, call Angie or Dana at the Preschool Office, 706-864-8521 dumcmmo@gmail.com. www.active.com

North Georgia Scrub Run 5K Feb. 23

This Certified Peachtree Road Race Qualifier/USATF Certified run will take place Feb. 23 on the University of North Georgia main campus in Dahlonega. Registration opens at 8 a.m., race at 9 a.m. Entry fee includes a T-shirt, snacks, fluids, and medals for the winners. The event is a fundraiser for the North Georgia nursing graduating class of 2013. Charley Whitmire, cawhit6328@northgeorgia.edu (1/16, 1/30, 2/13, 2/20)

Senior Services/Activities

lumpkin County Senior Center

266 Mechanicsville Road, 706-864-2358,

lcseniorcenter@windstream.net

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 Tuesdays and Thursdays at 4:15 p.m. Paula Bingham, 706-864-2851, pyb3644@hotmail.com

Nutrition Program for 60+: Socalize, exercise, play games and enjoy crafts, pool, and more. Have a nutritious hot meal.

Support Programs

Overcomers Outreach at Bethlehem Baptist

Bethlehem Baptist Church is offering an “Overcomers Outreach” Biblically based 12-step meeting—a program that addresses everyday problems and afflictions such as addiction, divorce, depression, compulsive behaviors, etc.—on Tuesday nights at 6:30 p.m. in the fellowship hall. 706-864-2743

Support for victims of family violence

The NOA Network Support Group meets weekly in Dawsonville and Dahlonega to provide emotional support to victims of family violence and their children. Topics are led by a licensed counselor and include: Building Self-Esteem, Managing Emotions, Healthy Relationships, etc. Childcare and snacks are provided. The Lumpkin group meets in Dahlonega on Mondays from 6:30-7:30 p.m. 706-867-6420 for information. 24-Hour Crisis Line, 706-864-1986, or live webchat available at www.noonealone.org

Nursing Mothers’ Support

Mom to Mom Breastfeeding Support Group meets monthly at different locations due to weather or site availability. Pregnant and breastfeeding mothers meet in an informal setting for fun, information and friendship. Lynn Hale, WIC Breastfeeding Counselor, 678-630-9596

Reformers Unanimous Addiction Program

RU meets every Friday at 7 p.m. at Wahoo Baptist Church, 9365 Highway 52 East, Murrayville. Helping others break chains of addiction. Childcare provided. Supported by Wahoo, Faith, Canaan, and Harvest Baptist churches. 706-867-9385

Grief support programs at NGMC

Hospice of Northeast Georgia Medical Center (NGMC) offers free grief support groups in area schools, as well as an ongoing support group to parents surviving the loss of their adult child. 770-219-8888, Jennifer Sorrells, Jennifer.Sorrells@nghs.com.

Kinship Care—Grandparents Raising Grandchildren

Kinship Care, a program for grandparents and other relatives raising grandchilden, is a safe place to share experiences. Members learn from each other and find out about programs for which they and the children may be eligible. Meetings are held from 10 a.m. to noon on the second Wednesday of each month at The Lumpkin County Senior Center. Legacy Link, Inc., Area Agency on Aging, 770-538-2650 or 1-800-845-LINK.

CELEBRATE RECOVERY: Biblically-based 12-Step Recovery Meeting.

Dahlonega UMC: Every Saturday. Church service 5:30 p.m. Celebrate Recovery Meeting 6:30 p.m. Dinner provided. Dahlonega United Methodist Church Fellowship Hall, 107 South Park Street

Set Free Church: Every Tuesday and Wednesday night at 7 p.m., 1660 Highway 52 East

Alcoholics Anonymous:

The Gratitude Group: Meeting at noon Mon., Tues, Wed., Fri. and at 7:30 p.m. Thursday (Twelve and Twelve) in meeting room #2 of the Lumpkin County Library (downstairs); 9 a.m. Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday at Dahlonega Funeral Home, Hwy. 60. AA Hotline: 706-867-7769

12 Step Meeting: Thursdays, 7:30 p.m., Dahlonega Baptist Church

AA Big Book Meeting: meets at Dahlonega Baptist Church every Tuesday at 7:30 p.m.

Al-Anon:

Saturdays 9-10 a.m. and Tuesdays 6:30-7:30 p.m. at Georgia Mountain Unitarian-Universalist Church, 439 South Park Street. 706-864-1254

Lumpkin County Caregivers

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

NARCOTICS ANONYMOUS

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

Wellness/Fitness

Yoga at MindyYoga

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

Running Group: Gold Rushers

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

Project Dahlonega Boot Camp

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

Zumba classes at YMCA

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

Yoga at Dahlonega Spa Resort

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

Dahlonega Healing Arts

Yoga by Kathryn Crifasi, 678-770-0400, 6 p.m. Wednesdays and 10:30 a.m. Fridays. Chigong/Taichi: Tuesday at 6 p.m. and Thursdays at 6:30 p.m. 81 Crown Mountain Place, Building E, Suite 100, 706-867-7026

Holistic movement classes

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

Jazzercise

Adult classes offered now, Jr. Jazzercise and Team Dance coming soon. Jazzercise of Dahlonega, 400 Wal-Mart Way, Suite F. 678-617-0329, www.jazzercise.com; bgagne@windstream.net

YOGA Flow for Personal Fitness

Morning, afternoon and evening one hour classes for all ages and fitness levels promoting improved personal well being while engaging in traditional flowing Yoga postures. $5/class. Paula Bingham 706-864-2851 pyb3644@hotmail.com

Wellness Classes

Learn healthy eating habits, lifestyle choices and exercises by certified nutritionist and wellness coach. 706-429-7956 Wellness-21, on the Public Square. www.wellness-21.com

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 IN DAHLONEGA

The city offers a single-stream recycling program for city residents. Households can recycle multiple materials in one container without a bag. Call 706-864-6133 to request a recycling bin for the following items:

• #1 & #2 plastics with screw on tops only (rinsed, tops removed)

• Cardboard, emptied and flattened

• Newspapers and magazines

• Mail, office/computer paper

• Aluminum and tin cans (rinsed)

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

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, 706-864-22

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