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For Immediate Release

An Old Fashioned Hay Day Raises Funds for
Horse Rescue
Save the Horses Annual Hay Day Hopes to Offset
a Portion of a $34,000 Annual Hay Expenses

CUMMING, Georgia - Save the Horses' Annual Hay fundraising drive takes place on Saturday, October 22 from 11a to 4p. It's the farm's biggest event of the year where it hopes to raise enough funds to buy hay to feed 130 rescued horses and other animals throughout the winter.

The Hay Day fundraiser is a fun Fall event for the entire family at the Save the Horses farm on 1768 Newt Green Road in Cumming. It features a good old fashioned farm day with activities such as hay rides, cake walk, pony rides, homemade baked goods, food, music, vendors, and raffle prizes. Couple that with face painting, games, a chili cook-off and all the charms of visiting the rescued horses and petting zoo animals (pigs, sheep, goats, chickens, turkey, ducks, miniature horses, etc.) 100% of proceeds from the event will go towards the purchase of bales of hay for the animals in their care.
Hay is an Enormous Expense for the Rescue

Horses need winter hay to thrive during the months when grass is not available. Good quality hay costs about $12 a bale or more. Bales weigh about 50-60 pounds. A horse eats about 20 pounds a day so a single bale last 2-3 days for each horse. Save the Horses is home to nearly 100 horses! That's an annual expense of around $34,000, which needs to be raised via donations from generous supporters as the all-volunteer run rescue does not receive any state or federal funding to operate.
Rescue Donations Have Slowed in Recent Years

"Hay Day is important for us to raise the money to buy hay and continue helping horses. With the economic instability over the past few years, donations have slowed down but the amount of horses needing help has increased tremendously. We are heartbroken to turn a needy horse down.

We do everything we can to help any horse, whether someone needs temporary help with hay and grain, loses their property or job and can't financially keep their horse, or has a race horse that is not winning, they all need help. Even animal controls from several counties, even other states, have asked for our help. They depend on us to take horses so they are not forced to euthanize them because of budget cuts."
Says Cheryl Flanagan, the Rescue's Director.

Free Admission and Free Parking

Attendees to Hay Day are encouraged to purchase a bale of hay for the rescue while they enjoy all of the exciting activities prepared for them. Bales of hay will be available at the event which can be donated to the rescue. Admission and parking is free. If you would like to make a donation towards a hay bale before the event, please visit this link.

To learn more about Hay Day, click here.

All proceeds benefit SAVE THE HORSES.ORG (Horse Rescue Relief and Retirement Fund.)
About Save the Horses
Since 1998, Save the Horses has taken in, rehabilitated, and found homes for over 1,000 animals. The mission of Save the Horses is to improve the quality of life for all horses, thereby improving the lives of people through their bond with the horses. We are committed to the rescue and rehabilitation of equines suffering from abuse, as well as the successful retirement of working equines.

We strive to improve public awareness and knowledge regarding the standards of care necessary to insure the health and safety of all equines. The Horse Rescue, Relief & Retirement Fund is a 501(c)(3) and all donations are tax deductible. TAX ID: 58-2479748.

For more information visit http://www.savethehorses.org.

Pictures and more information, contact Lisa Levine. hayday@savethehorses,org

Media Contact:
Name: Lisa Levine
Title: Hay Day Coordinator
Phone: 770.886.5419
Email: hayday@savethehorses.org



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.

October 2016

Saturday, October 22nd
8:00 PM - 10:00 PM at the Visitor's Center
Haunted Hike
COST: $5 per person plus $5 parking pass per vehicle or a Friends Annual Pass
Enjoy a night hike along Duke’s Creek as we make our way towards the frontier cabin to gather round’ the candlelit cabin and tell ghost stories. Bring a spooky story you would like to share and be prepared for a howling good time. Hot chocolate will be provided. Call the Visitor's Center for reservations and information at (706) 878-3087 or visit our website: www.gastateparks.org/smithgallwoods

Saturday, October 29th
11:00 AM - 12:00 AM at the Visitor's Center
COST: $5 per person plus $5 parking pass per vehicle or a Friends Annual Pass
Do you give a hoot about Birds of Prey? Join raptor and wildlife educator Beth Thompson as she introduces you to her flock. This will be an hour long presentation and encounter with birds of prey. Come meet our feathered friends! Call the Visitor's Center for reservations and information at (706) 878-3087 or visit our website: www.gastateparks.org/smithgallwoods

Saturday, October 29th
10:00 AM - 2:00 PM at Buck Shoals
Basic Land Navigation at Buck Shoals
COST: $30 per person of $25 if pre-paid by October 22nd. plus $5 parking pass per vehicle or a Friends Annual Pass
Learn basic land navigation to include an explanation of the compass and how it works, true north vs. magnetic north, terrain features and contour lines, application of the compass to the map and map to the compass, and pacing will all be covered. $30 or $25 if pre-paid by October 22. Call the Visitor's Center for reservations and information at (706) 878-3087 or visit our website: www.gastateparks.org/smithgallwoods



Early Fall 2016 Art Center Classes

We continue to offer quality art classes in a range of mediums and prices. There is something for every artist!


To register, simply follow the link to our website and easily register online with Paypal!

*Looking for the ideal gift for the artist in your life? Want to give a creative gift that will leave lasting memories?

Contact the Art Center for class gift certificates and give the gift of art!

October 2016

Sculpting a Portrait
October 21,22,23, (Friday, Saturday & Sunday) 3 sessons
Friday-4:00pm-7:00pm, Sat.-10:00am-5pm,
with Alan Clement
$115.00 non-member
$ 103.50 *BRMAA Member*

More Class Information
Are you ready to experience the joy and peace of sculpting? There is joy in creating a portrait sculpture of someone important to you, a tribute that will last forever, and peace in your fingers moving the clay. Sound too poetic, too spiritual? There is a lot of spirit in the spiritual, and a lot of fun in this workshop. You will be working step by step alongside a master craftsman, learning techniques that will serve you for a lifetime. You will have created a unique frontal portrait sculpture, finished, and ready for firing. The schedule provides 14 hours of hands-on experience. All materials provided. Make your reservation early. This class will be limited to 8 participants.

Fun With Yupo
October 21, (Friday)
6:30 pm-8:30 pm
with Fred Anderson
$ 35.00 non-member
$ 31.50 *BRMAA Member*

More Class Information
Artist, Fred Anderson, will teach you to create one-of-a-kind creations with his fun and easy-to-learn technique using Yupo paper. Yupo paper has a few unique qualities that set it apart. First, Yupo does not absorb water or paint like traditional canvas, so you may play and manipulate the paint for longer while creating. Yupo also allows colors to show vibrantly, allowing your piece to pop! Please bring either watercolor or acrylic paints to class, as they work best on the Yupo paper. (Yupo paper provided.) Come learn how to use this amazing product with Fred Anderson, and see why it is becoming so popular among the abstract and impressionistic art communities!

Fall for Alcohol Ink on Tiles
October 26, (Wednesday)
2:00 pm-4:30 pm
with Joyce Clair
$40.00 non-member + Supply Fee $10.00
$ 36.00 *BRMAA Member* + Supply Fee $10.00

More Class Information
You will fall in love with colorful fall designs you create with alcohol ink on 4x4 glazed ceramic tiles. Instructor guides you step-by-step with easy techniques to create four different designs. No painting experience needed for this fun and mistake free craft. You will take home four 4x4 ceramic tiles painted with alcohol ink to display or use as coasters. On these tiles will be four fall theme designs.

Fall Stained Glass Workshop
October 26, (Wednesday)
12:00 pm-5:00 pm
with Lenzy Bond
$ 60.00 non-member + Supply Fee $20.00
$ 54.00 *BRMAA Member* + Supply Fee $20.00

More Class Information
This workshop will teach the students the process of making a stained glass piece, sun catcher size. The class will be geared toward fall related projects. The teacher will offer patterns and glass to choose from for your project. The class will cover scoring, breaking, grinding, boiling, soldering, use of patina and polishing. Students will take home their one of a kind finished stain glass piece. There is a Supply List including the following; Safety Glasses, pen or pencil and a black sharpie. It is important to wear closed heel and toe shoes.

Conceptual Portraiture Lighting Program
October 28, 29 (Friday & Saturday)
9:00 am-6:00 pm
with Lou Freeman
$ 395.00 non-member
$ 355.50 *BRMAA Member*

More Class Information
In this hands-on workshop, students will embark on the process of learning and interacting with lighting solutions for Portrait Photography. Natural light and studio lighting will be discussed fully in class, as well as how to amend your lighting to achieve stunning results both in-studio and on location. Learn how to choose the best lighting possible for the situation at hand. The students will photograph subjects and work hands-on with lighting and ambient light tools to enhance their photographic portrait skills. This class is designed for anyone wishing to create more conceptual portraits for personal or professional level photography needs. To gain the best results from this workshop, we suggest that students have an understanding of their camera, F-stop, shutter speed, and have processed their images through Lightroom or Photoshop. The afternoon of Day 2, all students will import their images, adjust them for critiquing, and make selections of their best images.






Children Across Georgia Have Access to Free Meals This Summer

 ATLANTA, GA – Bright from the Start: Georgia Department of Early Care and Learning (DECAL) is partnering with Georgia Division of Family and Children Services (DFCS) and United Way of Greater Atlanta to raise awareness that free meals will be available this summer for children who may otherwise not have access to well-balanced meals throughout the day. The meals will be provided through the Summer Food Service Program (SFSP), which is funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and administered in Georgia by DECAL.


Over one million of Georgia’s school-aged children are eligible for free or reduced lunch when school is in session; in the Metro Atlanta region over 60 percent of school children are eligible. The SFSP provides access to free meals to students in low-income areas throughout the state when school is not in session. Working together, DECAL, DFCS and United Way hope to promote greater awareness and encourage increased access to this resource.


“The Summer Food Service Program fills a critical need during the summer when children are out of school by providing free, nutritious meals,” said Falita Flowers, DECAL’s Director of Nutrition Services. “For children who receive free breakfast and/or lunch during the school year, this program fills the gap and contributes to their overall health and well-being.”


Parents and children can find area sites where meals will be served by visiting the Summer Meals locator at http://www.fns.usda.gov/summerfoodrocks or at http://decal.ga.gov/Nutrition/Search.aspx. Additionally, sites can be located by calling 1-855-550-SFSP (7377) or by texting “FOODGA” to 877-877 (standard messaging and data rates apply).


“Throughout the 13-county region, more than 350,000 children run the risk of losing one or more meals each day during the summer,” said United Way of Greater Atlanta President Milton J. Little, Jr. “No child should go hungry. Last year through United Way’s summer feeding program, our community stepped up and provided more than 30,000 meals to children. This year, through partnerships with the Georgia Division of Family and Children’s Services and the Georgia Department of Early Care and Learning, we hope to double last year’s success by connecting more than 60,000 children with meals they need to enjoy summer and to be ready to learn in the fall.”


DFCS, meanwhile, will be promoting the program through its local county offices across the state. “As the administrator of SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program), which provides monthly benefits to low-income households to help pay for food, we are keenly aware that child nutrition programs like this make a positive difference and are pleased to be raising awareness of this program through our local DFCS offices,” said DFCS Director Bobby Cagle.




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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