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So many veterans feel confused about benefits and services they have earned. There is so much to know...and so many changes from one year to the next. That is why the nonprofit DAV offers help. The DAV Mobile Service Office will be at the following locations to personally provide the best counseling and claim filing assistance available. Like all DAV services, help from the Mobile Service Office is free to all veterans and members of their families. 


Monday, April 20, 2015; 
8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.; 
DAV Murphy Chapter 73, 
63 Drew Taylor Road, 
Murphy, North Carolina. 


Tuesday, April 21, 2015; 
9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.; 
Walmart Supercenter, 
125 Bleachery Boulevard, 
Asheville, North Carolina.


Wednesday, April 22, 2015; 
8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.; 
DAV Morganton Chapter 43, 
2779 DAV Avenue, 
Morganton, North Carolina. 


Friday, April 24, 2015; 
8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.; 
DAV Concord Chapter 27, 
2400 Rock Hill Church Road, NW, 
Concord, North Carolina. 

For further information regarding these events, please feel free to contact NSO Michele Colpaert at (336) 631-5481. 

 

North Georgia Mountain Crisis Network

Softball Home Run Derby

Saturday April 18th, 2015 @11:00

Blue Ridge City Park

350 Gray St, Blue Ridge, GA 30513

 

Cost: $15.00 per participate Time: 11:00 (Weather Permitting)

o There will be 5 Divisions

o Age 10 to 12

o 14 and Under

o 16 and Under

o Adult Female

o Adult Male

oThe event is open to anyone who would like to participate, individual contestants only.

 Each Division will have a designated home run distance.

o 150 Feet Age 10 to 12

o 200 Feet Age 13 to 16

o Adult Female and Male Over the Fence

o All participants are expected to register early and show up at the designated time.

o Participants are encouraged to provide their own pitcher.

o Each batter will receive 10 pitches ONLY.

o All homeruns must be in fair territory which will be monitored by officials.

o Any ties will lead to round 2. In Round 2 each batter will receive 6 pitches ONLY.

o Any round 2 ties will lead to a sudden death round. In the sudden death round each batter will receive 3 pitches ONLY.

o Softballs will be provided.

o Players must have their own bats and helmets.

o All participants under the age of 16 must wear a helmet.

o Top finisher in all the 16 and under divisions will receive a prize.

o Top 3 finishers in the Adult Male and Female divisions will receive a prize.

o All participants must have a signed waiver.

o (Under 18 participants must have waiver signed by parent or guardian)

o All participants under 14 must be accompanied by an adult.

 

Call 706-632-8400 for more information!

 

 

Fannin County Public Library Upcoming Events

 

Barbecue Chicken Dinner. Boy Scout Troop 32 in Epworth, Ga. is hosting its annual Barbecue Chicken Dinner on April 26th from 11:30am until 1:30pm at the Epworth Community Club in Epworth. Tickets cost $6 and include chicken, slaw, baked-beans, bread, and dessert. Proceeds benefit Troop 32 Summer Camp 2015.

 

For additional information or to make a donation to Troop 32, contact Tim Rice – timothysrice@hotmail.com

 

 

Brasstown Ringers' Springtime Potpourri Concert gathers Spring's vitality to create a handbell program that covers numerous musical genres. The concert is on Thursday, April 30th, 7:00 PM, at the Keith House at John C. Campbell Folk School, Brasstown, NC. The concert is free with a good-will offering taken at the end of the program.

 

 

18th Annual Blue Ridge Writers' Conference

 

Women Painters of the Southeast
4th Annual Member Exhibit & Sale

ON DISPLAY NOW!

The Blue Ridge Mountains Arts Association is proud to host the 4th Annual Members' Juried Exhibit & Sale from the prestigious Women Painters of the Southeast. Over 150 juried works of art will be on display showcasing the awe-inspiring talent of select women painters from over 12 states.

Opening reception and awards ceremony: April 10,2015 at 6pm

Sign up for a unique demonstration from this year's judge, Camille 'Candy' Day here at The Art Center. Demo is scheduled for April 10th from 8:30am - 12:30pm. Open to the public, registration is $50 and pre-registration is required due to limited seating.

Exhibit will be on display through May 1, 2015.

 

2015 Celebration of Artisans
Spring Member only Show

The Blue Ridge Mountains Arts Association and the Southern Appalachian Artist Guild (SAAG) wish to promote the talent and design of our 2D and 3D artists with our Annual Spring Member Exhibit titled "A Celebration of Artisans". Participating SAAG member artists may enter up to three (3) pieces of art. This exhibit is for current SAAG members only and is a non-juried exhibit.

This exhibit will be on display May 9 - June 13, 2015 and will be seen by thousands during the 39th Annual Spring Arts in the Park festival.

DEADLINE TO ENTER: April 24, 2015

 

Click on the link below for the official prospectus.

 

 

2015 SAAG National Juried Show
You are invited to enter the Southern Appalachian Artist Guild's (SAAG) 2015 National Juried Show. Cash prizes totaling $5,000, including $1,500 for Best of Show, will be awarded. Show dates are October 17 - November 14, 2015 at The Art Center.
DEADLINE TO ENTER: July 1 , 2015

 

The judge for this year's show will be JIM RICHARDS,

His work can be found in numerous private and corporate collections including Disney, King and Spaulding, The Ritz Carlton, The Georgia State Capital, John Sherholz, The Atlanta Braves, Prince of Doha Qatar, The University of Georgia, Reynolds Plantation, Budweiser, and Lieberman's. He has won multiple national awards and is regarded as one of the top painters and instructors in the country.

Along with being a premier landscape painter James is highly sought after for his instruction and teaches workshops across the country and Europe. Thus, he teaches workshops around the world and hosts a mentoring program at his studio in Atlanta. To learn more about James, go to www.jrichardsstudio.com

 

Click on the link below for the official prospectus.

 

 

2015 BRMP National Juried Exhibit
You are invited to enter the Blue Ridge Mountains Photographers(BRMP) 2015 National Juried Photography Exhibit. Cash prizes totaling $3,000, including $750for Best of Show, will be awarded. Show dates are September 5 - October 11, 2015 at The Art Center.
DEADLINE TO ENTER: July 10 , 2015

 

The judge for this year's show is TOM KELLS. Tom is a fascinating and diverse photographer who is originally from Queens, New York, and now lives in Marietta, Georgia. Tom is a retired Army veteran who currently serves as the official photographer for the distinguished Georgia Symphony Orchestra. Tom is a highly sought-after photographer, who is a current member of the Blue Ridge Mountains Arts Association. www.KellsPhotography.com www.KellsArt.com

 

Click on the link below for the official prospectus.

 

Blue Ridge Mountains Arts Association
420 W. Main Street
Blue Ridge, Georgia 30513

706-632-2144

www.blueridgearts.net

 

Upcoming 2015 Art Center Classes

There's something for every one at The Art Center.

Choose from classes in clay, painting, yoga,

music, jewelry making and more.

April 2015

April 17 (Friday)

6:30 - 8:30 pm

Merlot's Masterpiece

with Vicki Wagoner

$40 non-member *$36 BRMAA Member*

Includes canvas and paints

Get ready for an evening of fun as you paint a selected picture while enjoying your favorite wine. The Art Center has created the Merlot's Masterpiece experience for individuals or groups of friends with little painting experience who want to have fun and paint! We select a painting per class for participants to paint together and our instructor will facilitate you in completing a painting in the allotted time. On the day of the class, we ask that you arrive 15-20 minutes before the class starts so that you can be seated with paint brushes and drinks ready. We like to begin class promptly at 6:30pm.Class fee includes the following supplies: one canvas, pack of brushes, acrylic paint, and one glass of wine. You must be 21 years of age to consume alcohol and we ask that you please drink responsibly.

April 21 (Tuesday)

1:00 - 3:00 pm

Sterling Silver & Amazonite Pendant

with Barbara Chatham

$30 non-member + $40 supply fee

Create your own pendant made out of sterling silver and Amazonite. Learn to forge with jewelers hammers using multiple textures, then wrap the Amazonite stones, and attach a pendant bale. Bring your own silver toned necklace for displaying of the pendant. The supply fees for this session include sterling silver pieces, Amazonite stones, and use of tools while in class.

April 22, 23 & 24 (Wed, Thurs & Friday)

10:00 am - 4:00 pm

How to Think Like an Artist

with John Stanford

$225 non-member *$202.50 BRMAA Member*

Learn a thoughtful and repeatable process of oil painting from planning through execution using a limited palette that offers dividends in color mixing and overall harmony. Recognize the pitfalls of painting from photos and how to avoid them. Assess a subject in terms of shapes and values and add layers in a conscious sequence. The instructor will demonstrate particular aspects of painting for success. Bring your own oil paints and canvases (supply list available). John Stanford has won numerous awards including 1st Place in the Southern Appalachian Artists Guild's 2014 National Show.

April 25; May 9 & 16 (Saturdays)

10:00 am - 1:00 pm

Clay Handbuilding: Coiling

with Malti Turnbull

$100 non-member + $15 supply fee *$90 + $15 BRMAA Member*

Learn the basic technique of creating a vessel using coils. Students will build a clay piece during the first session, bisque fire it on the second session, then glaze and fire it on the last session, while learning the proper way to load and unload a kiln. Techniques include coiling, burnishing, applying glaze, and firing clay. Supply fee includes 17# of clay, wire cutters, steel scraper, and wood modeling tool to take home. Pieces will be available for pickup after May 29th.

 

April 28 (Tuesday)

1:00 - 3:00 pm

Landscapes Made Simple

with Terry Barnes

$25 non-member *Free to BRMAA Members*

Landscape photography is made simple by following a few rules and learning to see a "wall hanger" while shooting. We will explore depth of field, composition, camera basics and setup beyond "point and shoot". Explore a nearby location shoot to use techniques learned in class, with follow-up critiques by email. Bring a camera to class. Terry Barnes is our 2nd quarter Artist in Residence.

 

May 2015

May 6, 13, 20, 27; June 3, 10 (Wednesdays)

10:30 am - 12:00 pm

Pastels & Drawing

with Dierdre Peeler

$125 non-member *$112.50 BRMAA Member*

Learn a thoughtful and repeatable process of oil painting from planning through execution using a limited palette that offers dividends in color mixing and overall harmony. Recognize the pitfalls of painting from photos and how to avoid them. Assess a subject in terms of shapes and values and add layers in a conscious sequence. The instructor will demonstrate particular aspects of painting for success. Bring your own oil paints and canvases (supply list available). John Stanford has won numerous awards including 1st Place in the Southern Appalachian Artists Guild's 2014 National Show.

May 8 (Friday)

6:30 - 8:30 pm

Merlot's Masterpiece

with Vicki Wagoner

$40 non-member *$36 BRMAA Member*

Includes canvas and paints

Get ready for an evening of fun as you paint a selected picture while enjoying your favorite wine. The Art Center has created the Merlot's Masterpiece experience for individuals or groups of friends with little painting experience who want to have fun and paint! We select a painting per class for participants to paint together and our instructor will facilitate you in completing a painting in the allotted time. On the day of the class, we ask that you arrive 15-20 minutes before the class starts so that you can be seated with paint brushes and drinks ready. We like to begin class promptly at 6:30pm.Class fee includes the following supplies: one canvas, pack of brushes, acrylic paint, and one glass of wine. You must be 21 years of age to consume alcohol and we ask that you please drink responsibly.

May 9 (Saturday)

10:00 am - 3:00 pm

The Goddess Workshop

with Dierdre Peeler

$85 non-member *$76.50 BRMAA member*

Gift yourself with one day to reflect on the Goddess within. Unwind with music, discussion, and meditation. Then have fun painting your personal Goddesses using elements of collage. Bring acrylics (basic set) and as large a canvas as you are comfortable using. Deidre Peeler has taught in art school as well as in her own studio, and is co-founder of a creative arts advocacy program.

May 14 (Thursday)

1:00 - 3:00 pm

Beading Basics

with Vicki Wagoner

$15 + $15 supply fee

Jewelry artist, Vicki Wagoner, teaches the basics of stringing, jewelry design and application of basic tools to assist you to unleash your imagination and create your own one-of-a-kind bracelet or necklace. By the end of the class you will be wearing your new creation home! Supply fee includes either a necklace or a bracelet.

May 15 (Friday)

6:30 - 8:30 pm

Wine & Dye

with Tina Rice

$20 + $20 Supply Fee

Students will be introduced to fiber reactive dye and will learn to design a project, basic color mixing, apply dye, and process dye. The completed project will be a dyed silk or rayon scarf. Class fee includes the following supplies: one scarf, dyes, and one glass of wine. You must be 21 years of age to consume alcohol and we ask that you please drink responsibly. Wear old clothes.

May 16 (Saturday)

10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Heart, Hands and Healing Art: Balance

with Vicki Wagoner

$45 non-member *$40.50 BRMAA Member*

Includes canvas and paints


Is your life a roller coaster of activity leaving you feeling off balance, overwhelmed and scattered with little time for yourself? Discover ways to create balance - through art! Heart, Hands and Healing Art is a creative process of painting with hands on canvas. No artistic ability needed! Gain new insights on clarity, healing and even personal transformation. (If something else arises other than balance it is welcomed and encouraged to be explored!) After creating your own personal masterpiece, everyone who's interested is invited to display their creation and Vicki will assist you to discover the messages revealed in the painting. Group participation is always welcomed and encouraged. Wearing old clothes is also encouraged to allow for full self-expression!

May 19 (Tuesday)

1:00 - 3:00 pm

Sterling Silver Double Ring Earrings

with Barbara Chatham

$30 non-member + $30 supply fee

Create these beautiful double ring earrings out of sterling silver wire. Learn to forge with jewelers hammers using a planishing texture, wrap from a selection of wires, use shaping circular components, use connecting components, and make sterling French ear wires. The supply fees for this session include sterling silver wires and materials to create one pair of wrapped sterling silver designer earrings.

Ongoing Classes

Thursdays or Fridays 10 am - 12 pm by appointment

Beginning Pottery on the Wheel

with Linda Stowe Woody

$30 per session + $5 for glazing & firing

Optional: $10 for tool kit, $25 for 25# clay

Class is limited to 1 or 2 people

Learn the proper technique for throwing pottery clay on the wheel, including centering, opening, bring up walls into cylinders or bowls, pulling handles, extruding handles and throwing knobs. Then add glaze and fire pieces in our kiln. Projects include creating mugs, bowls and plates. Students are encouraged to practice using the wheel between classes (there is no charge but advance reservation is required). Class size is limited to one or two people. Linda Stowe Woody is the owner of Coopers Creek Pottery.

Tuesdays & Wednesdays by appointment

Music Classes for Adults & Children

with Matt Scoggins

$35 per hour or $20 per half hour non-member

$31.50 per hour or $20 per half hour *BRMAA Member


Music classes for very beginners or experienced musicians in piano, acoustic or electric guitar, mandolin and ukulele. Any style of music can be covered. Matt Scoggins has over 5 years' experience teaching in school and private settings. His passion for music and patience in teaching others will foster the creative abilities inherent in his students. Learn music theory, sight reading, chords, tablature and some improv.
Children's Dance Lessons
(Beginning-Intermediate,)
Class Fee: $40 per month (discounts for siblings or multiple classes)
$36 per month *BRMAA Members


Ballet lessons for ages 3 and up. Tap and jazz lessons available. Our June recital is free to the public.
Call

 

The Art Center for further information.

 

Art Lessons by Appointment

 

Gary Baughman (pastels)

Keith Burgess (oils , acrylics and drawing)

Ellie Cowan (acrylics)

Kim Hamby (colored pencils)

Max Muller (watercolors)

Linda Stowe Woody (clay)

Prices vary by instructor.

 

Call the Art Center for further information.

Summer Youth Art Camp

$25 per class + additional supply fees

June 23-26

Beginning Drawing - Animals, Flowers, Faces: 10am-12pm (ages 7-12) + $10 Supply Fee,

Instr: Linda Martin

Doll Making: By Machine or by Hand Sewing: 10am-12pm (ages 8-12) + $5 Supply Fee,

Instr: Rebecca Shuler

How to Draw Fairies: 10am-12pm(ages 7-9), Instr: Colleen Sterling

Play with Clay: 10am-12pm(ages 6-10), Instr: Sandi Jo Larsen

Building Fairy Houses: 1-3pm(ages 8-12), Instr: Jennifer Danner

Creative Collage - Landscapes: 1-3pm(ages 8-14), Instr: Dierdre Peeler

Drawing to Make Things Look Real: 1-3pm (ages 9-11), Instr: Colleen Sterling

Sewing with Felt: Owls & More: 1-3pm(ages 6-10), Instr: Rebecca Shuler

 

June 30-July3

Calligraphy & Acrylic Painting: 10am- 12pm (ages 8-12) + $5 Supply Fee,Instr: Linda Martin

Drawing Furry Friends: 10am-12pm(ages 7-9),Instr: Colleen Sterling

Mommy & Me Tie Dye: 10am-12pm(ages 5-9) + $15 Supply Fee, Instr: Tina Rice

*Adult attendance required

Sign Language for Kids: 10am-12pm(ages 8-18), Instr: Marcie Harper

Creative Collage - Portraits:1-3pm (ages 8-14), Instr: Dierdre Peeler

Recycled Art: 1-3pm (ages 8-13) + $5 Supply Fee, Instr: Jennifer Danner

Tie Dye & Shibori for Teens: 1-3pm(ages 14-18) + $15 Supply Fee,Instr: Tina Rice

 

July 7-10

Color! Paint!: 10am-12pm (ages 6-8),Instr: Colleen Sterling

Painting & Stamping of Fabrics:10am-12pm (ages 8-12) + $5 Supply Fee,Instr: Rebecca Shuler

Shell Art & Watercolor Painting:10am-12pm (ages 8-12) + $10 Supply Fee,Instr: Linda Martin

Creative Collage - Pets & Animals:1-3pm (ages 8-14), Instr: Dierdre Peeler

Creative Wind Chimes: 1-3pm (ages 8-13)+$5 Supply Fee, Instr: Jennifer Danner

Crazy Cartoons: 1-3pm (ages 8-10),Instr: Colleen Sterling

Fun with Machine Sewing: Skirt with Matching Headband: 1-3pm (ages 7-12)+ $5 Supply Fee, Instr: Rebecca Shuler

July 14-17

Amazing Crayons:10am-12pm (ages 6-8), Instr: Colleen Sterling

Embellish Your Flip Flops & More:10am-12pm (ages 8-12) + $5 Supply Fee,

Instr: Rebecca Shuler

Palette Painting: 10am-12pm (ages 8+)+ $10 Supply Fee, Instr: Brooke Nations

Creative Collage - Still Lifes: 1-3pm(ages 8-14), Instr: Dierdre Peeler

Drawing & Coloring Birds & Flowers:1-3pm (ages 8-10), Instr: Colleen Sterling

Monet's Munchkins: 1-3pm (ages 5-7)+ $10 Supply Fee, Instr: Brooke Nations

Sewing with Ruffles on a Machine:1-3pm (ages 8-14) + $8 Supply Fee,Instr: Rebecca Shuler

 

If you are interested in teaching a course at The Art Center or have questions regarding classes, please email Lisa Tyler at BlueRidgeArts.programming@ gmail.com.

Blue Ridge Mountains Arts Association

420 West Main Street

Blue Ridge, GA 30513

(706) 632-2144

www.BlueRidgeArts.net

 

 

 

GA Driver Services Commissioner Announces Spring Motorcycle Safety Training

Dalton and Brunswick Dates Confirmed

 

Georgia Department of Driver Services (DDS) Commissioner Rob Mikell announced today that the Georgia Motorcycle Safety Program (GMSP), a unit of DDS, has added two spring Basic Rider Course 2 (BRC2) courses (formally known as the ERC) to its spring training calendar. The one day workshop will be held Saturday, May 16th, from 8:00 am to 6:00 p.m. at the DDS Customer Service Centers in Dalton (Whitfield County) and Brunswick (Glynn County). The fee for each class is $100 for Georgia residents and $150 for out of state residents.

“Learning to safely ride a motorcycle is an ongoing process,” said Tom Komjathy, Manager of the GMSP. “We encourage riders to go beyond the Basic Rider Course and continue learning skills that will help keep them safe on the road.”

The BRC2 is designed for experienced riders looking to expand their riding skills and is the next level course offered after the Basic Rider Course (BRC). Prior enrollment in the BRC is not required to register for the BRC2.

Commissioner Mikell also challenges all Georgia riders to get licensed with experienced motorcycle training. “The BRC2 course offers an opportunity for experienced riders to earn the endorsement necessary to legally ride a motorcycle in the state of Georgia.”

The GMSP currently hosts the Basic Rider Course (BRC) each weekend at 16 locations throughout the state of Georgia. The BRC2 is typically offered during the spring and fall months at specific locations in the state.

“As riders tune up their motorcycles, a BRC2 is a great way to tune up and hone their skills as we head into the 2015 riding season,” continued Komjathy. “With so many bike events coming up both here in Georgia and throughout the country, it is important for riders to feel confident in their riding skills as they take to the road.”

Interested parties may register online, or call 678-413-8400 (Metro Atlanta) or 1-866-754-3687 (Outside Atlanta).

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The Georgia Motorcycle Safety Program (GMSP) is a part of the Georgia Department of Driver Services (DDS). In addition to offering rider education programs, the GMSP also promotes motorist awareness programs, share the road campaigns, and is focused on highway safety issues affecting Georgia motorcyclists. The GMSP directly operates 16 training sites and certifies 13 private sites.

 

Contact: Mechelle Brown, GMSP, mbrown3@dds.ga.gov

 

 

 

May Events
2015

Welcome to the monthly e-news from Smithgall Woods and Hardman Farm, a satellite site of Smithgall Woods. Registration is required for all programs unless otherwise noted. To register for programs, call the sponsoring park. For Hardman Farm programs, call 706-878-1077 and for Smithgall Woods programs, call 706-878-3087.

There is a $5 parking fee for all programs at Smithgall Woods.

Friend's Friday

Friday, May 1st, 2015 3:00 PM Ed Cabin

Take your first hike of the year at Smithgall Woods State Park! Hike a monderate 1.3 miles on flat roadway to Smithgall's beautiful cottage facility. Staff will lead the hike to one of the cottages where hot cider will be waiting. Learn about Charlie Smithgall whose generosity made the park possible. All ages are welcome. No pets please.

First Visit Tour

Saturday, May 2nd, 2015 10:00 Visitor Center

Learn about the park on a guided tour of the Visitor Center's Discovery Room and take the van tour. See our covered bridge, the famous Dukes Creek and our renowned cottages. There is no cost for this tour, but donations are always appreciated. $5.00 parking fee per vehicle. Parking passes are available in the Visitor Center. You may also purchase an annual pass!!!

Cathy Ellis Guided Tour

Saturday, May 2nd, 2015 11:45 AM-1:30 PM Visitor Center

Come hike the Cathy Ellis Trail with volunteers who share the history and knowledge of the flora and fauna. This is a moderate hike. It is a mile long with a spectacular waterfall to view. Reservations are recommended and can be made at the Visitor Center. 706-878-3087. $5.00 Park Pass required for all vehicles.

Spring on the Unicoi Trail

Saturday, May 9th, 2015 10:00 AM Hardman Farm

Celebrate Get Outdoors month while enjoying a ramble through time on the grounds of the Hardman Farm, Georgia's newest State Historic Site. Explore emerging foliage, flowers, historic landscaping, and stories of the people who used and enjoyed them. Weather permitting. $5.00. For more information, please call us at 706-878-1077 or 706-878-3017.

Youth Fishing Day

Saturday, May 16th, 2015 8:00 AM-12:00PM Buck Shoals

Children and their special "big person" can fish in a lake stocked with catfish, bass, and bream. Fish caught can be kept. Bring your own bait (no corn) and rods. This event is not at Smithgall Woods, but at Buck Shoals, a nearby unopened state park. Call for directions. Occurs every third Saturday through September.

ATTENTION:

LIKE US ON FACEBOOK!!!

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

 


 




 

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.

 

 

Tuesdays

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.

 

 

Thursdays
May-September
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.
423-496-4653
http://www.pickinthepark.com/

 

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

Fridays
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.

 

Fridays
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
www.yhc.edu/academics/mathsci/astronomy/planet.html

 

Fridays
May-October
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.

 

Saturdays
Beginners Line Dance class 
Bill's Skating Rink
Blairsville, GA
Saturdays
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

 

Saturdays
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


Saturdays
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.

 

Saturdays
April-October
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
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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
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Logan's Run Rescue

http://logansrunrescue.com/

 

Adopt-An-Author

  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. 

 www.adoptanauthor.com

 

Saturdays
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
redrobyne@ellijay.com

 

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.

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


Email:
linsleyv@sbcglobal.net

 

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
mopsofblairsville@gmail.com

 

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