333 W. Highland St.
Ridge, GA 30513
An Old Fashioned Hay Day Raises Funds for
Save the Horses Annual Hay Day Hopes to
a Portion of a $34,000 Annual Hay Expenses
CUMMING, Georgia - Save
the Horses' Annual Hay fundraising drive takes
place on Saturday, October 22 from 11a to 4p.
It's the farm's biggest event of the year
where it hopes to raise enough funds to buy
hay to feed 130 rescued horses and other
animals throughout the winter.
The Hay Day
fundraiser is a fun Fall event for the entire
family at the Save the Horses farm on 1768
Newt Green Road in Cumming. It features a good
old fashioned farm day with activities such as
hay rides, cake walk, pony rides, homemade
baked goods, food, music, vendors, and raffle
prizes. Couple that with face painting, games,
a chili cook-off and all the charms of
visiting the rescued horses and petting zoo
animals (pigs, sheep, goats, chickens, turkey,
ducks, miniature horses, etc.) 100% of
proceeds from the event will go towards the
purchase of bales of hay for the animals in
Hay is an Enormous Expense for the
need winter hay to thrive during the
months when grass is not available. Good
quality hay costs about $12 a bale or
more. Bales weigh about 50-60 pounds. A
horse eats about 20 pounds a day so a
single bale last 2-3 days for each
horse. Save the Horses is home to nearly
100 horses! That's an annual expense of
around $34,000, which needs to be raised
via donations from generous supporters
as the all-volunteer run rescue does not
receive any state or federal funding to
Rescue Donations Have Slowed in Recent
Day is important for us to raise the
money to buy hay and continue helping
horses. With the economic instability
over the past few years, donations have
slowed down but the amount of horses
needing help has increased tremendously.
We are heartbroken to turn a needy horse
We do everything we can to help any
horse, whether someone needs temporary
help with hay and grain, loses their
property or job and can't financially
keep their horse, or has a race horse
that is not winning, they all need help.
Even animal controls from several
counties, even other states, have asked
for our help. They depend on us to take
horses so they are not forced to
euthanize them because of budget
Says Cheryl Flanagan, the Rescue's
Free Admission and Free Parking
Attendees to Hay Day are encouraged to
purchase a bale of hay for the rescue while
they enjoy all of the exciting activities
prepared for them. Bales of hay will be
available at the event which can be donated to
the rescue. Admission and parking is free. If
you would like to make a donation towards a
hay bale before the event, please visit this
proceeds benefit SAVE THE HORSES.ORG (Horse
Rescue Relief and Retirement Fund.)
Since 1998, Save the Horses has taken in,
rehabilitated, and found homes for over 1,000
animals. The mission of Save the Horses is to
improve the quality of life for all horses,
thereby improving the lives of people through
their bond with the horses. We are committed
to the rescue and rehabilitation of equines
suffering from abuse, as well as the
successful retirement of working equines.
We strive to improve public awareness and
knowledge regarding the standards of care
necessary to insure the health and safety of
all equines. The Horse Rescue, Relief
& Retirement Fund is a 501(c)(3) and all
donations are tax deductible. TAX ID:
more information, contact Lisa Levine. hayday@savethehorses,org
Name: Lisa Levine
Title: Hay Day Coordinator
Park Hours : 7:00 AM - Dark.
Visitor center Hours 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM Daily
We are located off of Hwy 75 ALT.
There is a $5 parking fee for all programs
at Smithgall Woods.
8:00 PM - 10:00 PM at the
COST: $5 per person plus $5
parking pass per vehicle or a
Friends Annual Pass
Enjoy a night hike along Duke’s
Creek as we make our way towards the
frontier cabin to gather round’
the candlelit cabin and tell ghost
stories. Bring a spooky story you
would like to share and be prepared
for a howling good time. Hot
chocolate will be provided. Call the
Visitor's Center for reservations
and information at (706) 878-3087 or
visit our website: www.gastateparks.org/smithgallwoods
11:00 AM - 12:00 AM at the
COST: $5 per person plus $5
parking pass per vehicle or a
Friends Annual Pass
Do you give a hoot about Birds of
Prey? Join raptor and wildlife
educator Beth Thompson as she
introduces you to her flock. This
will be an hour long presentation
and encounter with birds of prey.
Come meet our feathered friends!
Call the Visitor's Center for
reservations and information at
(706) 878-3087 or visit our website:
10:00 AM - 2:00 PM at Buck
Land Navigation at Buck Shoals
COST: $30 per person of $25 if
pre-paid by October 22nd.
plus $5 parking pass per vehicle or
a Friends Annual Pass
Learn basic land navigation to
include an explanation of the
compass and how it works, true north
vs. magnetic north, terrain features
and contour lines, application of
the compass to the map and map to
the compass, and pacing will all be
covered. $30 or $25 if pre-paid by
October 22. Call the Visitor's
Center for reservations and
information at (706) 878-3087 or
visit our website: www.gastateparks.org/smithgallwoods
Fall 2016 Art Center Classes
continue to offer quality art classes in a range of
mediums and prices. There is something for every artist!
register, simply follow the link to our website and easily
register online with Paypal!
*Looking for the ideal gift for the artist in
your life? Want
to give a creative gift that will leave lasting
Contact the Art Center for class gift
certificates and give the gift of art!
21,22,23, (Friday, Saturday & Sunday)
Are you ready to experience the joy and peace of
sculpting? There is joy in creating a portrait
sculpture of someone important to you, a tribute
that will last forever, and peace in your fingers
moving the clay. Sound too poetic, too spiritual?
There is a lot of spirit in the spiritual, and a
lot of fun in this workshop. You will be working
step by step alongside a master craftsman,
learning techniques that will serve you for a
lifetime. You will have created a unique frontal
portrait sculpture, finished, and ready for
firing. The schedule provides 14 hours of hands-on
experience. All materials provided. Make your
reservation early. This class will be limited to 8
Fred Anderson, will teach you to create one-of-a-kind
creations with his fun and easy-to-learn technique
using Yupo paper. Yupo paper has a few unique
qualities that set it apart. First, Yupo does not
absorb water or paint like traditional canvas, so you
may play and manipulate the paint for longer while
creating. Yupo also allows colors to show vibrantly,
allowing your piece to pop! Please bring either
watercolor or acrylic paints to class, as they work
best on the Yupo paper. (Yupo paper provided.) Come
learn how to use this amazing product with Fred
Anderson, and see why it is becoming so popular among
the abstract and impressionistic art communities!
Alcohol Ink on Tiles
non-member + Supply Fee $10.00
36.00 *BRMAA Member* + Supply Fee $10.00
will fall in love with colorful fall designs you
create with alcohol ink on 4x4 glazed ceramic tiles.
Instructor guides you step-by-step with easy
techniques to create four different designs. No
painting experience needed for this fun and mistake
free craft. You will take home four 4x4 ceramic
tiles painted with alcohol ink to display or use as
coasters. On these tiles will be four fall theme
Stained Glass Workshop
non-member + Supply Fee $20.00
54.00 *BRMAA Member* + Supply Fee $20.00
workshop will teach the students the process of
making a stained glass piece, sun catcher size.
The class will be geared toward fall related
projects. The teacher will offer patterns and
glass to choose from for your project. The class
will cover scoring, breaking, grinding, boiling,
soldering, use of patina and polishing. Students
will take home their one of a kind finished stain
glass piece. There is a Supply List including the
following; Safety Glasses, pen or pencil and a
black sharpie. It is important to wear closed heel
and toe shoes.
Portraiture Lighting Program
28, 29 (Friday & Saturday)
this hands-on workshop, students will embark on
the process of learning and interacting with
lighting solutions for Portrait Photography.
Natural light and studio lighting will be
discussed fully in class, as well as how to
amend your lighting to achieve stunning results
both in-studio and on location. Learn how to
choose the best lighting possible for the
situation at hand. The students will photograph
subjects and work hands-on with lighting and
ambient light tools to enhance their
photographic portrait skills. This class is
designed for anyone wishing to create more
conceptual portraits for personal or
professional level photography needs. To gain
the best results from this workshop, we suggest
that students have an understanding of their
camera, F-stop, shutter speed, and have
processed their images through Lightroom or
Photoshop. The afternoon of Day 2, all students
will import their images, adjust them for
critiquing, and make selections of their best
Children Across Georgia Have Access to Free Meals This Summer
GA – Bright from the Start: Georgia Department of Early Care and
Learning (DECAL) is partnering with Georgia Division of Family and
Children Services (DFCS) and United Way of Greater Atlanta to raise
awareness that free meals will be available this summer for children who
may otherwise not have access to well-balanced meals throughout the day.
The meals will be provided through the Summer Food Service Program (SFSP),
which is funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and
administered in Georgia by DECAL.
Over one million of Georgia’s school-aged children
are eligible for free or reduced lunch when school is in session; in the
Metro Atlanta region over 60 percent of school children are eligible. The
SFSP provides access to free meals to students in low-income areas
throughout the state when school is not in session. Working together,
DECAL, DFCS and United Way hope to promote greater awareness and encourage
increased access to this resource.
“The Summer Food Service Program fills a critical
need during the summer when children are out of school by providing free,
nutritious meals,” said Falita Flowers, DECAL’s Director of Nutrition
Services. “For children who receive free breakfast and/or lunch during
the school year, this program fills the gap and contributes to their
overall health and well-being.”
Parents and children can find area sites where meals
will be served by visiting the Summer Meals locator at http://www.fns.usda.gov/summerfoodrocks
or at http://decal.ga.gov/Nutrition/Search.aspx.
Additionally, sites can be located by calling 1-855-550-SFSP (7377) or by
texting “FOODGA” to 877-877 (standard messaging and data rates apply).
“Throughout the 13-county region, more than 350,000
children run the risk of losing one or more meals each day during the
summer,” said United Way of Greater Atlanta President Milton J. Little,
Jr. “No child should go hungry. Last year through United Way’s summer
feeding program, our community stepped up and provided more than 30,000
meals to children. This year, through partnerships with the Georgia
Division of Family and Children’s Services and the Georgia Department of
Early Care and Learning, we hope to double last year’s success by
connecting more than 60,000 children with meals they need to enjoy summer
and to be ready to learn in the fall.”
DFCS, meanwhile, will be promoting the program
through its local county offices across the state. “As the administrator
of SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program), which provides
monthly benefits to low-income households to help pay for food, we are
keenly aware that child nutrition programs like this make a positive
difference and are pleased to be raising awareness of this program through
our local DFCS offices,” said DFCS Director Bobby Cagle.
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 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.
Logan's Run Rescue
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