333 W. Highland St.
Ridge, GA 30513
Welcome to the monthly e-news from Smithgall Woods.
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.
3:00 PM at the Education
Smithgall’s advocacy group, Friends of Smithgall Woods, for an
informal monthly meeting. Learn about volunteer projects and
initiatives. Meet volunteers and Friends who volunteer and care
for the park. This meeting takes place in the park’s Discovery
room. Call the Visitor’s Center for further information.
706-878-3087 or www.gastateparks.org/smithgallwoods
9:00 - 10:30 AM at the
First Visit Tour
COST: $5 park pass per vehicle or a
Friends Annual Pass
about Smithgall Woods State Park on a brief walking tour of the
Visitor Center area and a van tour through the park. See the
covered bridge, the famous Dukes Creek, and the park’s renowned
cottages. Learn more about the vital part volunteers play in this
beautiful park. Donations for park programs appreciated. Register
in advance. 706-878-3087 or www.gastateparks.org/smithgallwoods
2:00 - 5:00 PM at Buck Shoals
Fun with Falconry
COST: $40/adult if pre-registered by
January 23rd, $45 after. Parking fee included.
about the art of Falconry with Buster Brown, Founder of Ga
Mountain Falconry. A short presentation will be followed by a live
hunt. Age limit 12. Limit 15. Call the Visitor's Center for
reservations and information at (706) 878-3087 or www.gastateparks.org/smithgallwoods
9:00 - 11:00 AM at the
Second Saturday Hike- Cathy
COST: $5 park pass per vehicle or
Friends Annual Pass
a guided hike of the Cathy Ellis Trail at Smithgall Woods State
Park. Cathy Ellis is an approximately 1-mi., moderate hike with
historical gold mining significance, and a lovely waterfall. Limit
15. Call the Visitor's Center for reservations and information at
(706) 878-3087 or www.gastateparks.org/smithgallwoods
February 20th & 27th
10:00 AM - 3:30 PM at Buck
Survival Preparation &
Skills Course Part I & II
COST: $40 if pre-registered by
February 13th, $45 after. Parking fee included.
course will consist of a day of classroom instruction and a day of
outside exercises. The course will include the psychology,
planning, and equipment necessary for survival; venomous snakes,
spiders, and insects endemic to Georgia; survival medicine; field
expedient weapons and tools; water procurement; edible wild
plants; wildlife food; shelter and fire building; and signaling.
Instructor: Bob Finke, Master Sergeant, USA Special Forces
(Retired). For ages 12 and up; under 18 years old must be
accompanied by an adult. Please contact the visitor center for
reservations & further information. (706) 878-3087 or www.gastateparks.org/smithgallwoods
Join Fannin Regional Hospital’s
February Healthy Woman program entitled “”Be My Heart – Healthy
Valentine”, What is Arterial Fibrillation? presented by Dr. Karen Wiarda,
Board Certified Cardiologist, Piedmont Heart, on Thursday, February 18th
at 5:30 p.m. at the Blue Ridge Community & Southern Community Room.
The program is free but
registration is required. To register visit our website,
FanninRegionalHospital.com and click on the Healthy Woman Events or call
706-632-4269. A light meal will be served.”
Tel: 706-258-4673 I Fax: 706-258-4672 I www.FanninRegionalHospital.com
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