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November 2016

Saturday, November 26th
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM at the Visitor's Center
Turkey Trot
COST: $3 per person plus $5 parking pass per vehicle or a Friends Annual Pass
Come work off your Thanksgiving turkey with a guided hike! We will talk about wild turkeys and other wildlife that might be seen along the trails. We will also cover native plants and trees. Limit 15. Call the Visitor's Center for reservations and information at (706) 878-3087 or visit our website: www.gastateparks.org/smithgallwoods

Park Hours : 7:00 AM - Dark.
Visitor center Hours 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM Daily
We are located off of Hwy 75 ALT.
There is a $5 parking fee for all programs at Smithgall Woods.

Smithgall Woods State Parks/Dukes Creek Conservation Area is open to the public year round and you can get more information at The Georgia State Parks website @ http://gastateparks.org/SmithgallWoods or visit us at our Friends page located @ http://www.friendsofsmithgallwoods.org/




Mystery Art Fundraiser
November 19, 2016
It's time for our annual WhoDunIt? Mystery Art Fundraiser! This is one of the most entertaining events of the year, filled with laughter, good food, and incredible art, just in time for the holidays. Each $50 ticket purchase guarantees you walk away with an original work of art from one of our member artists. You get the challenge of trying to guess who your artist is. Don't miss this fabulous event taking place alongside our Holiday Show.
We are still requesting more artwork for this event. Please submit your paperwork no later than November 6, 2016.

Holiday Show & Sale
and Marvelous Miniature Exhibit
November 19, 2016 - January 3, 2017
Come shop for that perfect creative and unique holiday gift. We will have hundreds of items for sale, all made from one of our artists. So whether its jewelry, pottery, painting or anything in between, we have what you need to get your holiday shopping done. Gift Certificates are available. Opening reception will be November 19, 6-9pm.
Enjoy the SAAG Marvelous Miniature Exhibit during the Holiday Show & Sale. They're the perfect size for stocking stuffers, or beautiful gifts for the lucky recipient.
Christmas at the
Art Center
Open House
November 26, 2016
(During Light Up Blue Ridge)
Bring your list and check it twice! You are sure to find something for everyone on your list in one of our many galleries. Enjoy refreshments, artwork and good cheer as you enjoy the seasonal beauty at the Art Center. Gift Certificates are available.
Sign up for Camille Day's "Holiday Ornament Painting" class on November 26th and create two beautiful 5x7 canvas paintings of Christmas ornament. Class is from 1:30pm-3:30pm. Fee is $50 for non-members or $45 for members.

SAAG National
Juried Show
October 15 - November 12, 2016
Don't miss the chance to see this spectacular exhibit. The caliber of art represented in this show is breathtaking and ranges from photography, pastels, paintings, drawings, pottery and woodwork.

4th Quarter
Connie Gaertner
Oct. 15, 2016 - Jan. 7, 2017
Award winning artist Connie Gaertner is our 4th Quarter Artist-in-Residence. Her love and passion of the outdoors is reflected in her plein air paintings, but she is just as comfortable with her studio work as well. Connie is a juried member of The American Impressionist Society, Oil Painters of America, and Women Painters of the Southeast.

2nd Annual UNG

Choral Christmas Concert

December 3, 2pm


ChLast year our Richard Low Evans Gallery was filled with the beautiful sounds of Christmas as the UNG Choral group presented their first annual Christmas concert at the Art Center. They are coming back this year for another unforgettable performance. Be sure to mark your calendars. Event is FREE to the public.


Arts in the Park
Poster Contest
Entry Deadline
November 15, 2016
The Blue Ridge Mountains Arts Association (BRMAA) is proud to host the 2017 Arts in the Park Festival Series, returning for its 41st year celebrating local and national fine art and crafts in Blue Ridge. BRMAA cultivates diversity in artistic medium and styles through Arts in the Park and caters to artists and art buyers from across the region. Let us have your design represent North Georgia's largest fine arts and craft festival series and showcased nationally.

2016 WhoDunIt?
Extended Deadline
November 6, 2016

2017 Spring Arts in the Park
Entry Deadline
February 24, 2017

2017 Blue Ridge Writers' Conference
Registration Opens
December 2016

2017 Fall Arts in the Park
Entry Deadline
July 7, 2017


We are looking for volunteers and have opportunities in the following areas:
- Art Center docent
- Art Supply Station retail
- Marketing Street team

Come be a part of our Art Center canvas!





Revised. This event is next SATURDAY - December 3. Please come out and/or volunteer or donate an item to ensure the event's success. Thank you.
Featuring live musical entertainment by Jon Oswald.
Jon Oswald - Musician
Jon Oswald - Musician

Volunteers/Donations needed to make this event a success.
Click the button below to help.
Many thanks.

Save the Horses
1768 Newt Green Road, Cumming, GA 30028
Thank you for your support of the rescue.
About Save the Horses
Save the Horses (Horse Rescue Relief and Retirement Fund, Inc.) is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization, founded in 1998 and based in Cumming, Georgia. Its mission is to rescue, rehabilitate and re-home horses that are unwanted, neglected, abused, abandoned or at risk of going to slaughter.

Save the Horses (Horse Rescue Relief And Retirement Fund, Inc.)
The Horse Rescue, Relief & Retirement Fund is a 501(c)(3) and all donations are tax deductible to the extent allowed by law. TAX ID: 58-2479748.
Save the Horses
1768 Newt Green Road, Cumming, GA 300028
Mailing address: P.O. Box 1123, Ball Ground, GA 30107



Park Hours : 7:00 AM - Dark.
Visitor center Hours 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM Daily
We are located off of Hwy 75 ALT.
There is a $5 parking fee for all programs at Smithgall Woods.

December 2016

Saturday, December 3rd
10:00 - 11:30 AM at the Visitor’s Center
Make Your Own Natural Ornament
COST: $3 per person plus $5 park pass per vehicle or a Friends Annual Pass
Use items found in nature to make a treasured ornament to hang on the tree for years to come. Give it as a gift for that special someone, or a keepsake for grandparents from the kids! We will use items like wood, leaves, and paint. Please wear clothes you wouldn’t mind getting dirty. Register in advance. For further information, call 706-878-3087 or visit our website: www.gastateparks.org/smithgallwoods

Saturday, December 3rd
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM at the Visitor’s Center
GPS Advanced
COST: $35 per person plus $5 park pass per vehicle or a Friends Annual Pass
Students will learn how to load maps and waypoints, create tracks and routes and trip planning using your GPS; performing area calculations using tracks; projecting waypoints; interfacing Google Earth with a GPS unit; using the electronic compass and altimeter. A basic knowledge of the GPS is necessary prior to taking this course. $30/adult if pre-paid by November 26th, $35 after $5 parking. 706-878-3087.

Saturday, December 10th
10:00 - 11:30 AM at the Visitor’s Center
First Visit Tour
COST: $5 park pass per vehicle or a Friends Annual Pass
Learn about Smithgall Woods State Park on a brief walking tour of the Visitor Center area and a van tour through the park. See the covered bridge, the famous Dukes Creek, and the park’s renowned cottages. Learn more about the vital part volunteers play in this beautiful park. Donations for park programs appreciated. Register in advance. For further information, call 706-878-3087 or visit our website: www.gastateparks.org/smithgallwoods

Saturday, December 10th

9:00 AM -11:00 AM at the Visitor’s Center
Second Saturday Guided Hike- Wetland Loop Trail
COST: $5 park pass per vehicle or Friends Annual Pass
Enjoy a guided hike of the Wetland Loop Trail at Smithgall Woods State Park. The Wetland Loop Trail is an approximately 0.5 mi. moderate hike. Come see the changing Fall leaves and observe the beautiful scenery this trail has to offer. Catch a glimpse of some wood ducks, or a heron, on our beaver pond along this trail. Please wear good hiking shoes. Call the Visitor's Center for reservations and information at (706) 878-3087 or visit our website: www.gastateparks.org/smithgallwoods

Saturday, December 31st
1:00 PM – 2:30 PM at the Discovery Room
Christmas for the Creatures
COST: $3 per person plus $5 parking pass per vehicle or a Friends Annual Pass
Join Smithgall Woods and an Interpretive Ranger to learn about how animals cope with the cold. Help them prepare for the winter by making homemade bird feeders and treats. Learn about hibernation, migration, and other adaptations for colder weather. Take your craft home to help your backyard buddies. Limit 25. $3 plus $5 parking. 706-878-3087. Call the Visitor's Center for reservations and information at (706) 878-3087 or visit our website: www.gastateparks.org/smithgallwoods

Sunday, January 1st
9:00 AM – 12:00 PM at the Visitor's Center
First Day Hike- Duke's Creek Falls
COST: $5 per person plus $5 parking pass per vehicle or a Friends Annual Pass
Start your New Year’s Resolution off right with a guided hike to Duke’s Creek Falls. This 2.3-mile moderate hike will make a pit stop at our primitive cabin. Warm yourself against the cold chill, with a cup of hot cocoa. Still feeling adventurous? There will be the option to continue on to beautiful Duke’s Creek Falls. This cascading series of waterfalls is a sight to behold. Call the Visitor's Center for reservations and information at (706) 878-3087 or visit our website: www.gastateparks.org/smithgallwoods





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 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


Logan's Run Rescue




  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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