333 W. Highland St.
Ridge, GA 30513
The Fannin County Public Library has several special
events planned for the 2014 Summer Reading Program! All events are free
and none are mandatory for completing the program. You can come to the
library and sign up for the program any time. We have events for all ages
planned. There will be drawings for fantastic prizes, including Kindle
Fires!, for kid, teen, and adult readers that turn in their reading logs
by the end of the summer. Kids get to “Fizz, Boom, Read!” while they
read at least twenty books. Middle grades and teens see if they can “Spark
a Reaction” and read a minimum of 500 pages. Adults are exploring the
“Literary Elements” and read at least four books to fill in a line on
their bingo card.
The programs will run from June 3rd to
July 25. In addition to the special events listed, there will be kids’
storytimes at 11:00AM and 1:00PM every Tuesday during those 8 weeks. The
Flicks in the Sticks (movies in the park) are sponsored by the Friends of
the Library and the Blue Ridge Business Owners Association and are shown
in the downtown city park, across the tracks from the library near the
pavilion. Bring your own blankets or chairs, snacks, and drinks. In the
event of deterrent weather, the movies will be shown in the library. The
two Monday events for kids will be held at the First Baptist Youth Center
accessed from E. First St./ Top St. in downtown Blue Ridge. All other
events will be held in or near the library. Sign up today!
Thursday, July 10 2PM Teens:
Soapmaking! With Miss Jenny Soaps
Friday, July 11 9PM Flicks
in the Sticks 3: Frozen PG
Thursday, July 17 5-7 Adults:
Mercier’s Orchard and the story of Cider
Tuesday, July 22 11AM Kids:
Finale/ Pizza Party/ Prizes
Thursday, July 24 5PM Teens:
Finale/Pizza Party/ Prizes (downtown city park pavilion)
Friday, July 25 9PM Flicks
in the Sticks 4: The LEGO Movie PG and Adults:
The event calendar will also be listed on our web
org, and our Facebook page. Call the library for further information!
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
- Friday, July 10 - 11
About BUGS Camp
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Bugs are cool! Youngsters learn about different kinds of bugs
and have a chance to explore the world of bugs through
observation, food, song and movement. $18 includes snacks.
Friday 3:00 – 4:30 PM
Come join us for our monthly meeting of the “Friends of
Smithgall Woods.” Friends is Smithgall’s advocacy group,
helping the park through volunteer efforts, fund-raising, and
advocacy. Call for directions to the Education Cabin where the
meeting is held and to let us know you are coming.
Palette and Pen Open House
9:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Enjoy creating in nature! Join poet Duanne Kaiser and Artist
Linda Lindeborg for a brief journey into your own natural
artistry. Learn how to explore your art and song through
pictograph, poetry and journal and make a bookmark with prints
from natural objects. Come anytime during the morning and stay as
long as you like!
Fishing Day at Buck Shoals
8:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Children and their special “big person” can fish in a lake
stocked with catfish, bass, and bream. Fish caught can be kept up
to the limit. Bring your own bait and rods. This is a great chance
to see this unopened state park – Buck Shoals on Duncan Bridge
Road. Crickets or worms can be used for bait. No registration
- Friday, July 21 - 25
Camp: Caring for the Winged Ones
9:00 AM – 3:00 PM
Eco-Kids learn ways to support winged creatures in this active,
hands-on camp. Kids will build their own bat house and bluebird
house to take home. Campers will be in age-based teams in order to
maximize learning potential.
For ages 6-14. $100
Parking is $ 5.00 per day per car. Annual park passes are also
available in our Visitor Center.
2014 BRMP National Juried Photography Show
You are invited to enter the Blue Ridge Mountain
Photographers (BRMP) 2014 National Juried
Photography Show. The exhibit will be on display
September 6 - October 12, 2014 at The Art Center.
Cash prizes totaling $3,000, including $500 for
Best of Show, will be awarded.
DEADLINE TO ENTER IS JULY 11, 2014!
The judge for this year's show will be CHRIS
HEFFEREN, a commercial photographer and award
winning producer/ director, cameraman, and editor
who has worked for clients such as Coca-Cola,
MANRoland, Kimberly-Clark and AT&T. Chris has
received over 40 national and regional awards for
his photography. Chris is also the recipient of
numerous Addy awards, Telly awards and several Art
Direction awards for his work. Chris is a highly
sought-after photographer, who is a member of ASMP,
APA, PPA, and NAPP and a current member of the
Blue Ridge Mountains Arts Association and BRMP. www.Fstopaphotoshop.com
Click on the link below for the official
2014 SAAG National Juried Show
You are invited to enter the Southern Appalachian
Artist Guild's (SAAG) 2014 National Juried Show.
Cash prizes totaling $5,000, including $1,500 for
Best of Show, will be awarded. Show dates are
October 18 - November 15, 2014 at The Art Center.
DEADLINE TO ENTER IS AUGUST 1 , 2014!
The judge for this year's show will be LORI
PUTNAM, an award winning plein air artist. Lori is
recognized as one of the finest American
Impressionist of our time. Lori is a member of the
Salmagundi Club in New York City, the Oil Painters
of America, Laguna Plein Air Painters Association,
the California Art Club, and is past Vice
President of the American Impressionist Society. www.loriputnam.com
Click on the link below for the official
Blue Ridge 2020 Call to Artists
The Blue Ridge 2020 committee, a citizen-led
initiative promoting a strong foundation for the
City of Blue Ridge Downtown residents, business
owners and visitors, is calling upon artists to
submit logo ideas which promote the Downtown
region as a destination.
The logo should translate well into:
1. Street Signage - 2 dimensional
2. Advertising Campaigns
3. Marketing Materials
Elements of the design may also be incorporated
into 3-D 'Gateway' designs (featured focal points
that lead travelers from main highways into the
Downtown area). The artist creating the overall
selected concept will be highlighted in a
state-wide marketing campaign titled "Blue
Ridge: Just Get Here", and will feature the
new logo design.
In tandem with the logo call to artists, the
committee is asking area photographers to submit
their ideas for the 'best kept secrets' of
Downtown Blue Ridge. Photos that can be used in
conjunction with the "Blue Ridge: Just Get
Here" theme. For example: 'Just Get
Here...and catch a movie!' (use of a photo of
people at the Swan Drive-In theatre)
Art and photos should be sent to Foodworksllc@yahoo.com
or dropped at the Blue Ridge Mountains Arts
Association. Please note Blue Ridge 2020 on any
materials submitted and clearly note the
artist/photographer's name, phone number and email
All submissions become property of the Blue Ridge
2020 Committee and the City of Blue Ridge.
Events & Exhibitslick
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. 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