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Fannin County Library Events for September

· Thursday, September 11 from 11:00 AM to 6:00 PM, Mike Grimes will be holding a Book and Bible Binding Clinic at the library. Mr. Grimes has 40 years of experience in book re-binding. Bring in your old book or bible and he will give you an estimate for repair or restoration. You will receive the book back in 2-3 weeks.

· Thursday, September 18 Dyana will be presenting the Internet 1 class at 11:00 AM the library and at 2:00 PM she will lead the Kindle Fire/HDX Roundtable discussion. Call the library to sign up for these classes or for more information.

· Tuesday, September 23rd, LaMuir will be holding a Stampin’ Up papercrafting workshop at 5:30 PM. You will have fun creating a cute craft with paper and stamps.

· Wednesday, September 24th at 10:00 AM we will have the first meeting of the FCPL book club. This will be an introductory/ informational meeting where we will get to know each other, discuss what sort of theme (if any) we might have, and pick our first read.

· All events are free! Call the library at 706-632-5263 or stop by for more information.







Coming Soon

SAAG National

Juried Show

October 18-November 15

Opening Reception will be October 25, 5-7pm.

Suzanne DesLauriers


4th Quarter


October 18, 2014


January 10, 2015


Opening Reception

October 25, 5-7pm




Mystery Art Fundraiser

November 22, 7-9pm

Tickets on Sale Now!


Holiday Show & Sale

November 22-January 6

Open House
November 29, 11am-5pm



October is National Arts

& Humanities Month

Come celebrate by

attending our Fall Arts

in the Park!

BRMP National Juried Photography Show
Opening Reception, TOMORROW Night!
Join us for our annual BRMP National Juried Photography Show featuring numerous, breathtaking images from photographers from several states. Exhibit is from September 6-October 12. Opening reception is tomorrow night from
5-7pm. Join us!
Fall Plein Air Event
September 11-14
Exhibit on display September 16-October 12

Come paint the town with us at our annual Fall Plein Air International Paint-Out Event. Call the Art Center to register. $20 BRMAA Members, $25 Non-Members.


Special thank you to our sponsors: Black Sheep Restaurant, Christy Lee's Bar & Grille and Rick and Cindy Glueckert.

GA Lawyer for the Arts
September 11, 5-7:30pm

Executive Director for the Georgia Lawyers for the Arts, Meredith Ragains, Esq., will be conducting a presentation for our member artists. This is your opportunity to ask and address pressing issues that you may be facing as a professional artist. Topics like contracts, copyrights and much more will be discussed. This presentation will be FREE to members and will coincide with our monthly SAAG meeting. For more information on Georgia Lawyers for the Arts, visit www.GLARTS.org.


Blues & BBQ Volunteers Needed

The Blue Ridge Mountains Arts Association will be hosting a kids' art tent at the 2014 Blues & BBQ Festival on September 20, 12-4pm. We need four volunteers to work during this time. Free admission to the festival will be awarded to volunteers. First come, first serve. Space is limited. Call the Art Center to sign up.


Fall Arts in the Park
October 11 & 12
Join us for our annual Fall Arts in the Park coming up in October. Browse from over 100 art and food vendors as you enjoy the lovely colors of Fall. Hope to see you there! If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Lisa Tyler at 706-632-2144 Ext. 2.


American Craft Week
October 4-13
The Blue Ridge Mountains Arts Association will be participating in American Craft Week this year starting with our Grand Opening for the new kiln room at the Art Center on October 3 at 11am. Come take part in our ribbon cutting and proclamation signing. We will then end American Craft Week with our Fall Arts in the Park on October 11 & 12 at the Downtown City Park in Blue Ridge. Come celebrate with us!


WhoDunIt? Artists Needed
We are needing the generous suppport of our member artists to make this year's event a success by donating an orginal piece of artwork for this event. To enhance the mystery aspect of the event, artists are encouraged to create artwork outside of your normal style, any medium or style, with a minimum retail value of $50. Submission deadline is October 10, 2014.
Please contact Caroline at blueridgearts@gmail.com.



The Art Center is home to numerous classes throughout the year. Click on the link below for an updated list of classes through December, 2014.

Class List


Highlighted Classes

Painting in Heavy Texture with Colleen Sterling

September 10, 17, 24

Wednesdays, 3 sessions

1:00 pm- 4:00 pm

Class Fee: $85 non-member $76.50 *BRMAA Member*

Using oils or acrylics, participants will learn how to create impasto textures that really stand off their supports. Explore various commercial products that are reliable and long-lasting. Learn how to use artist's tools and supplies from hardware stores, and how to prep supports. Bring either oil or acrylic paints, brushes and canvas panels (not regular canvases). For oil painting, bring Liquin Impasto. For acrylic painting, bring super heavy gel medium and modeling paste.



Photography: Using Light and Shadow for Composition with Greg Newington

September 19

Friday, 1 session

10:00 am - 4:00 pm

Class Fee: $125 non-member $112.50 *BRMAA Member*

Learn the core knowledge you need to take the photographs you want! Learn camera functions, composition, how to avoid common mistakes, depth of field, exposure, use of natural lighting, and how to pose your subjects for photos. Each participant will capture a portrait using natural light and spot metering. www.NewingtonPhotography.com.


Creative Creativity with Jennifer Danner

September 28

Sunday, 1 session

1:00 - 4:00 pm

Class Fee: $10 non-member FREE *BRMAA Member*

This workshop will explore different avenues of creativity from painting, photography, song writing, and creative writing; to anything brought up by participants. Open discussions, exercises and group projects may introduce attendees to ideas never thought of before. Workshop is intended to "free" the artist from pre-conceived notions of creativity. Participants are encouraged to bring any of their work or mediums to share during the workshop.


Merlot's Masterpiece with Vicki Wagoner

September 19
6:30 - 8:30 pm


Class Fee: $40 non-member $36 *BRMAA Member*


We select a painting per class for participants to paint together and our intsructor will help you complete the painting in the allotted time. Class fee includes the following supplies: one canvas, pack of brushes, acrylic paint and a glass of wine. You must be 21 years of age to consume alcohol and we ask that you please drink responsibly. Reservations are required.










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Southern Appalachian Artist Guild

Meets 2nd Thursday of the month at 5pm

**October meeting: October 23**


Blue Ridge Mountain Photographers

Meets 1st Thursday of the month at 6pm

Blue Ridge Poets and Writers

Meet 4th Wednesday of the month at 2pm

Blue Ridge Carvers

Meet every Tuesday through October at 6pm

Fiber Arts Group

Open workshops every Thursday from 2-4pm

Meets 2nd Tuesday of the month at 5:30pm


*Note from Fiber Art Group President*

"On September 9th, we will have a fringed wrap on triangle looms lead by Gail Scherer. We will have some yarn and material available but you can bring your own if you have something special. The looms will be provided but you may purchase one for $20 to take home. Please call Betty Schaefer at 770-265-6396 to reserve a loom.


Also we have been making sock hats that will be donated to the Craddock Center at the end of September to be distributed to children in need."

Blue Ridge Mountains Arts Association
420 West Main Street
Blue Ridge, GA 30513



2014 September Events

Registration is required for all programs unless otherwise noted. To register for programs, call the park at 706-878-3087. For more information about programs or volunteer opportunities, ask for Johnna Tuttle, Interpretive Ranger. There is a $5 per vehicle charge for parking for all programs. Annual passes are also available.

Saturday, September 20th, 2014

Youth Fishing At Buck Shoals 8:00 – 12:00 PM

Children and their special "big person" can fish in a lake stocked with bass, bream and catfish. Fish can be kept, up to your limits and be sure to bring your own bait and rods. Worms and crickets may be used. This is a great opportunity to see the unopened state park, Buck Shoals, on Duncan Bridge Road. No registration required.

Saturday, September 27th, 2014

Georgia State Parks Volunteer Service Day
9:00 - 1:00 PM

Friends of Smithgalll Woods invites volunteers out to the park to participate in volunteer projects that are available. Current volunteers will be stationed throughout the park demonstrating work that is done at various sites, including gardening at the Cottage Garden, river cane maintenance, and fish feeding. Tours between volunteers venues will be offered on the hour at 9:00, 10:00, 11:00 AM and 12:00 Noon. Call ahead to register for a tour. 706-878-3087.

Saturday, October 11th, 2014

Fall Celebration! 12:00 - 4:00 PM

Enjoy the natural beauty of the season with Hands on pioneer skills exhibits, hayrides through the park, traditional craft vendors, mountain music and apple cider from a hand cranked press. Come out for an afternoon of fun. No charge, but parking passes are required for each car. Parking pass $5.00.



Friends of Smithgall Woods now has a Facebook Page! It is a great way to let folks know what is going on at Smithgall, share opportunities and spark interest in our great park! Please "like us" and share the page with your friends! We can be found at : https://www.facebook.com/ pages/Friends-of-Smithgall- Woods-State-Park/ 272864152889838?ref=bookmarks

If you are interested in volunteering at Smithgall Woods, join us for a volunteer event on Saturday, September 27. There will be an opportunity to see several volunteer activities and participate in them as you wish. More news to come on this soon.



The National Interscholastic Cycling Association (NICA) announces Georgia as the newest High School Cycling League. The Georgia League is a significant new step in NICA's mission to provide high school mountain biking coast-to-coast by 2020. North Georgia has established a Composite Mountain Bike Team called:

Please join us for a fundraiser for our new team!

Dinner, Movie and a Silent Auction

We will show the movie "Singletrack High". Dinner will be chili with all the fixings.
Minimum donation of $10 for adults and $5 for students
Monday, Sept 8th @ 6 PM at the Gilmer High School Auditorium (408 Bobcat Trail, Ellijay, GA 30540)
For more information contact our Team Director Lori Pieraerts 404-797-2477




Murphy Public Library
Story time for preschoolers and caregivers every Monday at 10 a.m. Enjoy books, music, rhymes, and fun. It's free! For more information, call Children's Librarian Maureen McGee at 828-837-2025.




Blue Mountain Jam

at Kiwanis Fairgrounds 

Jones St & Austin St
Experience real mountain Blue Grass Music. Musicians are local players. Free admission all donations go to the efforts of the Kiwanis Club. Call before you come just to make sure. 706-258-2736 Sponsored by Blue Mountain Music & Treasures. 6:30 - 9:00 p.m.




Thursdays, Fridays & Saturdays
Morganton Music Park

Thursdays nights at 8pm - Karaoke! $5.00 & snack bar will be open, too! 
Open year round, every Friday & Saturday night, closed only on Christmas Day. The kitchen begins serving at 7:00 PM and the band plays from 8:00 to 12:00. The Morganton Music Park is a place where both adults and children can go to dance and have a great time listening to live country music bands. It is a nonalcoholic entertainment center.
Visit their
website for more info.



5:30 p.m.
Horseshoe Bend Park, McCaysville, GA
Pickin' in the Park
A series of weekly jam sessions that nurture local old-time and bluegrass musical traditions. It is held alongside the Beautiful Toccoa River at Horseshoe Bend Park. This weekly event is for pickers, not scheduled performances. Jam sessions abound in various sizes and styles throughout the park.
Admission is free. And the park is Handicapped accessible. Come out, bring the whole family to enjoy the experience.
Scattered picnic tables available, nice grassy lawn but you are also welcome to bring a blanket or chair.


Pickin & Playing at Clay's Corner, Brasstown, NC every Friday Night. Call 828-837-3797 for more info.

7:30 p.m.
John C. Campbell Folk School
Offers free concerts with various artists with folksongs, hammered dulcimers, fiddles, banjos, guitars, bluegrass, gospel and many more types of music. For information, call 1-800-FOLK-SCH or check
www.folkschool.org for schedule.


Are you seeing stars?
You can every Friday night at the Young Harris College Planetarium. Shows begin promptly at 8:00 pm. Seating in on a first-come first-served basis and groups of 10 or more may reserve seats by calling the office at 706/379-3111 ext. 5130. Telescopes will be set up after the show. Visit their website


Friday Concert Series
Union County Courthouse, Blairsville (706) 745-5493


Music in the Shops of Murphy
The 1st Friday of each month, March thru October, a live band performs from 7-10 p.m. The 3rd Friday of each month is Dance Night at the Daily Grind. Other events include wine tasting. For more information contact the Daily Grind at 828-835-7322.


Children's Story Hour
Every Saturday at the Curiosity Shop Bookstore beginning at 11:15 am. Contact Linda at Curiosity Shop Bookstore for more information 828-835-7433.


Murphy Mornings
Every Saturday from 10 am- 2pm, April-October in the pocket parks on the corners of Peachtree and Tennessee streets, downtown Murphy, featuring Cedar Valley Farmer's Market; quilters and crafters welcome. For more information, call Jeremiah Smith, 828-837-5143.


Beginners Line Dance class 
Bill's Skating Rink
Blairsville, GA
6:30-7:30 pm
Cost $5.00
Come and have fun learning new dances.

For more info contact Evelyn

706-835-6250 or 706-994-3323


May to September Free Outdoor Concerts every Saturday night from 6 P.M. til 8 P.M. on the Square in Hiawassee. Enjoy music, food and fun for the entire family. Bring a blanket - Bring a lawn chair. Come enjoy an evening under the sky in the heart of this enchanted valley. - visit
www.otmga.org for information

8:00 p.m. - 11:00 p.m.
John C. Campbell Folk School
Every other Saturday, Contra & Square Dancing
For information, call 1-800-FOLK-SCH.


Appalachian Jam on the Square Dahlonega, Ga. April through October Saturdays 2:00 to 5:00 p.m. Live music on Downtown Dahlonega's historic square. Dahlonega - Lumpkin County Chamber of Commerce 800-231-5543
Visit Website


Bear Ridge Mall
Bear Ridge Mall offers free music and events every weekend. Check local papers and radio for each weekend's events. Also located on site is Christopher's Steak House coming this summer) and Jackson River Trading Co. home furnishings. Mall is open every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday 8am to 6pm. Located off Hwy 19/74 in Andrews, NC, 2.2 miles east of Andrews-Murphy Airport. Turn left on Beaver Creek Rd. Call 828-321-2386 for more information



Community Services


  is a program of great interest to parents and teachers everywhere.  It is a non-profit, nationwide service whose mission is to make reading fun again for thousands of reluctant teenagers by using best-selling thrillers, heroic non-fiction, and motivational books.  Middle and high school teachers receive numerous free curriculum materials and enjoy classroom interaction with best-selling authors either via phone or personal appearances.  In just eight years, this successful program has received numerous credible endorsements and has registered over 8,000 teachers, representing over 100,000 students, proving that it has returned creativity to the classroom. 



The Gateway Animal Rescue Center is looking for volunteers. Extra hands are needed at pet adoption events, answering phones, writing articles and picking up donations of food, equipment, etc. Gateway is always looking for donations of GOOD pet foods. Check out their "Pet of the Week" at the Saturday's adoption in the Blue Ridge City Park. Call Robyn in Ellijay at 706/698-1355 or Karen in Blue Ridge at 423/496-3892, e-mail


Bosom Buddies of Georgia
Offers monthly support groups for cancer survivors. Another program offered is the Low-cost Mammogram Program, which offers qualified applicants a mammogram at discounted rates. For more info visit the
Bosom Buddies of Georgia website www.gacancerfoundation.org/bb


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The Whiskers Project is a Non-Profit, Trap, Neuter-Return (TNR) program that spays & neuters feral and stray cats in Union and surrounding counties in North Georgia. We are part of the Feral Friends Network with Alleycats in Washington DC. If you can volunteer to help trap and transport once a month, please contact us.

We are always looking for farms, barns and stables to relocate sterile and rabies vaccinated cats that need homes. Please contact us if you can provide feeding and location assistance. Sometimes we rescue strays and kittens that have been domesticated that need homes. Those cats/kittens are posted on our adoptable list.

PO BOX 575
Blairsville, GA 30514
Phone: 706-745-0936



FLEX Arts Center at 21 High Point Dr. in Blue Ridge is offering free dance awareness seminars to area Girl Scout troops. The 1 ½ hour session includes a dance class with a certified instructor (also a former Girl scout leader), arts lecture and fun exercises to meet all the elements required for earning the Jr. dance badge or Brownie Try-it patch.  The school also offers a similar program for earning theater badges. Daisy troops may schedule a dance  or theater awareness session for fun as well. Participants are each given a certification of achievement, and troops are invited to spend additional time at the facility to complete their normal meeting business or to plan a ceremony.   FLEX Arts Center is also a certified yoga facility, and Jr. troops or cadet levels may schedule a free “introduction to yoga” seminar for health and fitness awareness projects as well.   For more information, or to schedule a seminar call Ginny Hendry at the school at 706-258-9642.


MOPS International, a non-profit mothering organization, creates communities and resources to help make "better moms who make a better world." A MOPS group is a place where moms can come-just as they are-to build friendships, receive mothering support, practical help and spiritual hope.
To find a group near you, please visit us online at
www.MOPS.org .  Join now - because better moms make a better world!

Mothers of Preschoolers meets on the Third Thursday of each month in the new fellowship hall at First Baptist Church of Blairsville from 6-8pm.  Call the church office at 706-745-2469 for more information or email us at


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