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Tallulah Gorge State Park is offering a truly unique program titled Slackline 101 on Saturday January 17th and 31st at 1:00PM to 2:30PM. Visitors will take a short quarter mile hike to the scene of Karl Wallenda’s 1970 gorge crossing on a tightrope. At this site we will learn about both Karl Wallenda’s crossing and the lesser known crossing made by Professor Leon in 1886. Visitors will also get the opportunity to try their hand at tightrope walking by learning how to walk on a slackline, at the base of the North Wallenda tower. Space is limited for this program so register in advance.

So what is slacklining? Slacklining is a activity where participants attach a piece of nylon webbing usually only 2-3 inches wide and 50 feet long to two anchors and attempt to walk on the line usually just a foot off the ground. A ranger will be on hand giving tips on how to walk on the slackline, but make sure to bring your patience as it is not as easy as it would seem.

One of the most spectacular canyons in the eastern U.S.,Tallulah Gorge is two miles long and nearly 1,000 feet deep. It is located at 338 Jane Hurt Yarn Drive, just off of Hwy 441 in the Town of Tallulah Falls. Participants must be 12 years of age or older and a reservation is required, as we will only have 15 spots available for the program. For questions or to make reservations can be made by calling 706-754-7891. There is a fee of $5 per person as well as a $5 park pass fee per vehicle. Georgia’s state historic sites are operated by the Georgia Department of Natural Resources.

 

 

 

Upcoming 2015 Art Center Classes

January 2015

January 10, 17, 24, 31; February 7, 14, 21, 28; March 7 (Saturdays)

10:30 am - 12:30 pm

Continuing Precision Alignment Yoga

with Sharon Coogle

$45 non-member *$40.50 BRMAA Member*

Experienced yoga students meet to maintain and deepen the practice of Precision Alignment style of yoga. Learn standing poses, twists, backbends, inversions, principles of safe practice, centering, and mindfulness. Must be approved for this level by the instructor prior to enrolling.

January 15, 22, 29; February 5, 12 (Thursdays)

4:00 - 5:00 pm

Bravo! American Sign Language - Level 1

with Marcie Harper

$30 non-member

Required: Bravo ASL! Student Workbook, ISBM 1-882872-97-5


The first of three 5-week courses. Participants will examine Deaf culture and grammar as well as vocabulary associated with family, foods, and household routines by describing a house, as well as foods they regularly consume. Learn culturally appropriate attention getting techniques, distinguishing between Yes/No and Wh-questions, and using facial expressions to provide inflection of verbs.

January 24 (Saturday)

12:00 - 2:00 pm

Sterling Silver Earrings with Forging

with Barbara Chatham

$30 non-member + $30 supply fee

Make a pair of beautiful earrings that you can wear home or use as a gift. Students will be taught how to create surface designs on sterling silver using a variety of shaped hammers. Patinas can be added to create depth, emphasis and patterns. The supply fees for this session include sterling silver wires and materials to create one pair of forged sterling silver designer earrings.

January 28; February 4, 11, 18, 25; March 4, 11, 18 (Wednesdays)

10:30 am - 12:00 pm

Yoga for Gardeners...and Every Other Body

with Sharon Coogle

$72 non-member *$64.80 BRMAA Member*

A gentle style of yoga focusing on exercises to relieve common complaints of gardeners (and others) to enhance strength and flexibility, improve balance, squat and rise safely, relieve tight shoulders and aching backs, nurture knees, stand straight, and breathe mindfully. No prerequisite. All levels of gardeners and non-gardeners welcome. Mats and props are available for use in the classroom.

January 28; February 4, 11, 18, 25; March 4, 11, 18 (Wednesdays)

2:00 - 4:00 pm

Calligraphy

with Sharon Coogle

$120 non-member *$108 BRMAA Member*

Learn to use the classic tool of historic lettering, the broad-edged pen. Train your eye to see Italic letters accurately and teach your hand to write them. Experiment with materials to understand their value in design. Learn basic design principles to enhance your lettering art. Projects include an ABC book; an addressed envelope; and rendering of a short poem, passage or quote. Bring your own supplies or include supply fee at time of registration.

January 31 (Saturday)

10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Heart, Hands and Healing Art

with Vicki Wagoner

$45 non-member *$40.50 BRMAA Member*

Includes canvas and paints


Experience epiphanies of creativity, healing and transformation in a gentle way by painting with hands on paper. NO artistic ability required! Beginning with soft music and guided relation, a safe environment is created to encourage participants to remember and even discover gifts of creativity, interpersonal connection and playfulness. After each participant is finished creating, the "Art Gallery" is open. Paintings are displayed and an intuitive reading is done of the messages that are revealed in the painting. Group participation is always welcomed and encouraged. Wearing old clothes is also encouraged to allow for full self-expression so each participant can be a kid again!

January 31 (Saturday)

2:00 - 4:00 pm

Clay and Chardonnay

with Sandi Jo Larsen

$30 non-member (tuition includes one ceramic piece of your choice)

Add $5 per each additional piece (max. 3 additional per session)

 

Select one or more pre-made pottery pieces to glaze and decorate during the class, then return the following week to pick up your fired piece. Choose from a mug, vase, or bowl - or make a complete set! Sandi Jo will instruct about the steps to making a finished pottery piece, and guide students in the glazing process. Class fee includes the following supplies: pre-made pottery piece(s), glazing, firing, use of tools, and one glass of wine. You must be 21 years of age to consume alcohol and we ask that you drink responsibly.

February 2015

February 7 (Saturday)

10:00 am - 5:00 pm

The Emotional Response in Painting

with Camille Day

$90 non-member *81 BRMAA Member*

 

Regardless of your preferred medium, gain a greater focus on getting and giving a more emotional response in your paintings, taking them a step further in appreciation. Beginners through advanced painters are encouraged to explore the elements that form a great painting: vision, heart, and the subconscious. Passion and vision are the keys - something about the scene needs to touch you, before it can reach others. Bring a bag lunch for a working break, involving some movement and brain gym exercises. Bring all supplies you require (oil, pastel, acrylic, or other 2D media).

February 12 (Thursday)

1:00 am - 3:00 pm

Beading Basics

with Vicki Wagoner

$15 non-member + $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.

February 13 (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.

February 14 (Saturday)

10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Heart, Hands and Healing Art

with Vicki Wagoner

$45 non-member *$40.50 BRMAA Member*

Includes canvas and paints


Experience epiphanies of creativity, healing and transformation in a gentle way by painting with hands on paper. NO artistic ability required! Beginning with soft music and guided relation, a safe environment is created to encourage participants to remember and even discover gifts of creativity, interpersonal connection and playfulness. After each participant is finished creating, the "Art Gallery" is open. Paintings are displayed and an intuitive reading is done of the messages that are revealed in the painting. Group participation is always welcomed and encouraged. Wearing old clothes is also encouraged to allow for full self-expression so each participant can be a kid again!

February 26; March 5, 12, 19, 26(Thursdays)

4:00 - 5:00 pm

Bravo! American Sign Language - Level 2

with Marcie Harper

$30 non-member

Required: Bravo ASL! Student Workbook, ISBM 1-882872-97-5

The second of three 5-week courses. Participants will have an opportunity to examine Deaf culture and grammar as well as vocabulary words associated with ABC and number stories, Deaf education, and money by creating a 5 sentence description of a typical school day. Learn about technology and models of education for Deaf and hard-of-hearing persons.

February 28 (Saturday)

12:00 - 2:00 pm

Sterling Silver Earrings with Forging

with Barbara Chatham

$30 non-member + $30 supply fee

Make a pair of beautiful earrings that you can wear home or use as a gift. Students will be taught how to create surface designs on sterling silver using a variety of shaped hammers. Patinas can be added to create depth, emphasis and patterns. The supply fees for this session include sterling silver wires and materials to create one pair of forged sterling silver earrings with faceted amethyst stones.

February 28 (Saturday)

2:00 - 4:00 pm

Clay and Chardonnay

with Sandi Jo Larsen

$30 non-member (tuition includes one ceramic piece of your choice)

Add $5 per each additional piece (max. 3 additional per session)

 

Select one or more pre-made pottery pieces to glaze and decorate during the class, then return the following week to pick up your fired piece. Choose from a mug, vase, or bowl - or make a complete set! Sandi Jo will instruct about the steps to making a finished pottery piece, and guide students in the glazing process. Class fee includes the following supplies: pre-made pottery piece(s), glazing, firing, use of tools, and one glass of wine. You must be 21 years of age to consume alcohol and we ask that you drink responsibly.

March 2015

March 6 (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.

March 12 (Thursday)

1:00 am - 3:00 pm

Beading Basics

with Vicki Wagoner

$15 non-member + $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.

March 21 (Saturday)

12:00 - 2:00 pm

Sterling Silver Earrings with Forging

with Barbara Chatham

$30 non-member + $30 supply fee

Make a pair of beautiful earrings that you can wear home or use as a gift. Students will be taught how to create surface designs on sterling silver using a variety of shaped hammers. Patinas can be added to create depth, emphasis and patterns. The supply fees for this session include sterling silver wires and materials to create one pair of forged sterling silver earrings using a dapping block to create movement in sterling.

March 28 (Saturday)

10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Heart, Hands and Healing Art

with Vicki Wagoner

$45 non-member *$40.50 BRMAA Member*

Includes canvas and paints


Experience epiphanies of creativity, healing and transformation in a gentle way by painting with hands on paper. NO artistic ability required! Beginning with soft music and guided relation, a safe environment is created to encourage participants to remember and even discover gifts of creativity, interpersonal connection and playfulness. After each participant is finished creating, the "Art Gallery" is open. Paintings are displayed and an intuitive reading is done of the messages that are revealed in the painting. Group participation is always welcomed and encouraged. Wearing old clothes is also encouraged to allow for full self-expression so each participant can be a kid again!

March 28 (Saturday)

2:00 - 4:00 pm

Clay and Chardonnay

with Sandi Jo Larsen

$30 non-member (tuition includes one ceramic piece of your choice)

Add $5 per each additional piece (max. 3 additional per session)

 

Select one or more pre-made pottery pieces to glaze and decorate during the class, then return the following week to pick up your fired piece. Choose from a mug, vase, or bowl - or make a complete set! Sandi Jo will instruct about the steps to making a finished pottery piece, and guide students in the glazing process. Class fee includes the following supplies: pre-made pottery piece(s), glazing, firing, use of tools, and one glass of wine. You must be 21 years of age to consume alcohol and we ask that you drink responsibly.

Ongoing Classes

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.

Art Lessons

with Gary Baughman (pastels), Keith Burgess (drawing, oils

or acrylics), Ellie Cowan (acrylics), or Max Muller (watercolors).

Prices vary by instructor.

Call the Art Center for further information.

Children's Dance Lessons
(Beginning-Intermediate,)
Class Fee: $40 per month (discounts for siblings or multiple classes)
$36 per month *BRMAA Member*
Ballet, tap, jazz, and combination classes for ages 3 and up.

 

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

 

 






 

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
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
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Community Services

 

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

 

>^,,^< WHISKERS PROJECT >^,,^<

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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