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WOMEN PAINTERS OF THE SOUTHEAST 4th Annual Members'

Juried Exhibit

 

April 3 -May 1, 2015

 

Preview Week:

April 3 - 9, 2015

 

Judge's Demo Workshop:

April 10

8:30am - 12:30pm

 

Reception & Awards Ceremony

Friday, April 10

6pm - 8pm

 

For demo registration or further information, please contact the Art Center directly.

 

 

 

A wide selection of art supplies and gifts right here at the Art Center. Gift certificates are available.

LSAAG logo

Southern Appalachian Artist Guild

will meet Thursday,

March 12th at 5pm.

 


Blue Ridge Mountains Photographers

will meet Thursday,

March 5th at 6pm.

Blue Ridge Poets and Writers

Meet every 4th Wednesday

of the month at 2pm

Blue Ridge Carvers

Will be back in April, 2015.

 

Fiber Arts Group

Holds open work-sessions

every Thursday from 2-4pm and workshops every

2nd Thursday from 2-4pm.

 
EXHIBITS & EVENTS
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Don't miss this year's opening reception for our
Youth Art Month exhibit.
Tuesday, March 3 from 4-6pm.
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

EARLY BIRD Registration Deadline
MARCH 13
Seating is limited, so sign up today.
Critique Submission & Fees Deadline
(If applicable)
MARCH 3

Workshop Intensive

Friday, April 10 10am - 2pm

 

 

Meet & Greet

Friday, April 10 5pm - 6pm

 

 

Writers' Conference

Saturday, April 11 8:30am - 5pm

 

Click on the link for this year's schedule.

 

 
1st Quarter Artist in Residence
Robyn Cappelli
January 17 - March 28, 2015

 

The Art Center is home to numerous classes throughout the year. Click on the link below for an updated list of our 2015 classes.
 
Blue Ridge Mountains Arts Association
420 West Main Street
Blue Ridge, GA 30513

March 2015 Call to Artists

 

18th Annual Blue Ridge Writers' Conference

No matter the level of expertise, the Blue Ridge Writers' Conference provides a venue for professional and aspiring poets and writers.

This year's Writers' Conference will offer a four-hour Workshop Intensive on Friday, April 10th. The Workshop Intensive will focus on "Single to Series: How to Write a Book that Makes the Leap", presented by Patricia Sprinkle, a gifted and accomplished mystery writer with over 34 books to her credit.

Join us on Friday evening from 5pm - 6pm and meet fellow attendees and conference speakers. Enjoy light fare as you network. Stay after the meet and greet and enjoy our double opening reception to The Art Center's latest exhibits, The Photography of Terry Barnes and the 4th Annual Women Painters of the Southeast Member Exhibit.

Saturday, April 11th begins with light breakfast fare and our keynote speech. The 2015 keynote speaker will be Victoria Wilcox. Victoria Wilcox is the founding director of the Holliday-Dorsey-Fife House Museum, the antebellum home of the family of Doc Holliday. Her work with the house inspired her novel trilogy, Southern Son: The Saga of Doc Holliday. Victoria has been honored as the 2014 Georgia Author of the Year for Best First Novel.

The day continues with concurrent workshops on everything from Children's Literature to assembling a book of poetry to marketing a manuscript. Our 2015 speakers include Patricia Sprinkle, Jodi Helmer, Dawn Cusick, Louise McKinney, Brian Seidman, and Kathleen Thompson. Conference attendees appreciate the chance to network with other writers and speakers during the day and the opportunity to submit their work for critique by one of the conference speakers. Book sales will also be made available throughout the conference.

We look forward to you joining us this year for our 18th Annual Blue Ridge Writers' Conference!

www. BlueRidgeWritersConference.com

SAVE and REGISTER EARLY!

Early Registration ends March 13th.

Click here for Registration information.

 

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.

 

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.

March 28 (Saturday)

10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Heart, Hands and Healing Art: Relationships

with Vicki Wagoner

$45 non-member *$40.50 BRMAA Member*

Includes canvas and paints


Discover relationship insights - through art! Heart, Hands and Healing Art is a creative process of painting with hands on canvas. No artistic ability needed! Gain new insights into relationships with your partner, family members, friends or business associates, even with yourself! Experience new levels of clarity, healing and even personal transformation. (If something else arises other than relationships 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!

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.

April 2015

April 4 (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.

April 9 (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.

April 10 (Friday)

8:30 am - 12:00 pm

Women Painters of the Southeast Demo

with Camille Day

$50 (member discount not applicable)

The demo will illustrate several ways to begin a painting keeping the emotional response in mind with each one. Camille will also talk about the emotive aspect of painting and how her exploration of the subject has helped her paint better, more expressive paintings that also resound with buyers.

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

 






 

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

 

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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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