333 W. Highland St.
Ridge, GA 30513
|Summer Day Camp Registration Now Open
The Fannin County Recreation Department is presently accepting registrations for all boys and girls age 7 to 12 years wanting to attend our summer day camp.
Day Camp will run for 6 weeks this year. The cost of day camp is $30.00 per session.
The Day Camp schedule will be:
Session 1: June 3 – June 14
Session 2: June 17 – June 28
Session 3: July 8 – July 19
(Excludes July 1st - 5th in observance of Independence Day)
Day Camp will be Monday through Friday from 8:00am to 3:00pm with early morning drop-offs starting at 7:00am. All children attending early morning drop off need to be dropped off at the new Recreation Center. All children must be picked up no later than 3:30pm.
On Monday’s and Wednesday’s the children will be spending the entire day at the camp site doing activities such as baseball/softball, tennis, soccer, basketball, ping pong, foosball, arts & crafts, and much more. On Tuesday’s and Thursday’s we will go swimming for half the day. Each Friday, the camp will leave on a field trip to the Movie Theater, bowling alley, Young Harris College, Bill’s Roller Rink and other exciting places!
Breakfast will be provided daily at 8:30am to 9:30am and lunch daily at 12:00pm to 1:30pm at no extra cost. Both breakfast and lunch will be served.
We only have limited space available so please register now at the recreation department between the hours of 8:00am and 5:00pm, Monday through Friday. Registration for all sessions your child will be attending is due at the time of registration.
For more information on Summer Day Camp, please call the Fannin County Recreation Department at 632-7696.
FREE MEALS FOR KIDS TO BE OFFERED BY FANNIN COUNTY RECREATION DEPARTMENT
The Fannin County Recreation Department is providing meals this summer to children who may get little to eat at home.
The summer food service program sponsored by the recreation department feeds between 200 and 250 children two meals each day. Breakfast is served between 8:30 a.m. and 9:30 a.m. at the Fannin County Multi-Purpose Recreation Center’s cafeteria and lunch is served between 12 noon and 1:30 p.m.
The meals are available Monday through Friday to children under 18 years old. No children are accepted due to national origin, race, sex, or disability.
To determine who qualifies for the meals, the recreation department uses the criteria the Fannin school system uses for free and reduced meals.
Children who live in food stamp or AFDC-assisted households are eligible. The meals program will begin June 3rd and will be serving through July 19th.
The program is administered through the U.S. Department of Agriculture. It reimburses the Recreation Department for the meals.
The Fannin County Board of Education has provided a nutritionist for the summer to assemble the program menus.
The program feeds summer school students, as well as day camp attendees also.
Any person who believes he or she has been discriminated against in any USDA-related activity should write or call to:
Director, Office of Civil Rights
Room 326-W Whitten Building
14th & Independence Avenue, S.W.
Washington, DC 20230-9410
For more information on the Summer Food Service Program, call the Recreation Department at 632-7696.
|Here are the events going on at Fannin County’s Library the week of June 17th:
· Tuesday, June 18, at 11AM and 1PM: Underground Eats. Story time has been taken over! Representatives of the Blue Ridge Farmer’s Market will be doing
story time today and talking about growing our own food. In the library.
· Thursday, June 20, at 6PM: Beneath the Soil: Container Gardening for Beginners with Dr. Midkiff of Feed Fannin. Dr. Midkiff will be demonstrating Container Gardening at (or just outside) the Library.
· Friday, June 21, at 9PM: Flicks in the Sticks: Life of Pi (PG). The movie in the park this week is the Life of Pi.
Fannin County Public Library
400 W. Main St. Suite 104
Blue Ridge, GA 30513
Registration is required for all programs unless otherwise
noted. To register for programs, call the park at 706-878-3087
For more information about programs or volunteer
opportunities, ask for Johnna Tuttle,Interpretive Ranger.
There is a $5 per vehicle charge for parking for all
programs. Annual passes are also available.
Mine Meander 9:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Take a gentle meander through a lush forest that has
been completely transformed since the mining days in the
1800’s. Now wildflowers, birds, and salamanders are
abundant. See mining pits, “tailings” from hydraulic
mining, and the natural wonders that surround them. No
charge for the hike, but donations are welcome.
- Friday, June 26-28
Ranger Camp - Fox Badge 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
A 3 day camp building on activities from Deer Badge
camp. Continue learning about wildlife and how to care for
our natural resources. Ages 7-12. $45 or $50 if
registration is paid after June 14. You must have
completed activities for the Deer badge in order to take
this camp. Activities can be completed in Deer Badge camp
June 11-13 at Smithgall Woods or on your own. For more
information on the Junior Ranger program in Georgia State
Parks, go to http://www.gastateparks.org/
at Smithgall Woods 2:00 - 4:00 PM
Enjoy a hike through the Smithgall woodland and learn
about how the components of the woodland work together to
make it all possible. Lichens and other interesting
features will be pointed out along the way. This is a
moderately difficult hike. $5 park pass per vehicle.
After Dark: Exploring Sights and Sounds
8:00 - 10:00 PM
There’s a different world that operates at night with
all kinds of sounds, things that glow, blink, and fly.
Entomologist (bug scientist) Amanda Rose Newton will help
us identify the insect life we find. $5 per carload + $5
What's that constant droning sound in the woods?! It's not
aliens, it's our 17 year cicada! They emerge after
spending 17 years in the soil in a larval form. Emerging
above ground is mostly for mating purposes. These
short-lived adults sing their hearts out in order to mate
and lay eggs before dying. Look for the exoskeletons of
the red-eyed wonders on trees and shrubs.
Friends of Smithgall Woods
61 Tsalaki Trail
|On Tuesday, July 2 we will have our summer storytimes at 11:00 AM and 1:00 PM at the library.
Also, on Tuesday, July 2, at 5:00 PM at the library we are proud to host an Author Event featuring Erica Lucke Dean, author of “To Katie with Love,” a light and adventuresome romance. She will be reading from the book, have copies of the book for sale and for signing, and have a Q&A session. Her website is
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.
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.
for more info.
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.
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
Are you seeing stars?
You can every Friday night at the Young Harris College Planetarium. Shows begin promptly at
8:00 pm and admission is free. Seating in on a first-come first-served basis and groups of 10 or more may reserve seats by calling the office at 706/379-3111 ext. 5130. Telescopes will be set up after the show. Visit their website
Friday Concert Series
Union County Courthouse, Blairsville
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
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.
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
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
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
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
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.
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 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
PO BOX 575
Blairsville, GA 30514
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
To find a group near you, please visit us online at
. 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