333 W. Highland St.
Ridge, GA 30513
Free Seminar Sponsored by North Carolina
International Dyslexia Association
When a child can’t read it impacts
every skill and course of study that they attempt during the school day,
and in their daily life. One in 10 people have symptoms of dyslexia, a
language-based learning disability. This disability, contrary to some
beliefs, is not due to either lack of intelligence or a desire to learn.
The North Carolina International Dyslexia Association will host a free
seminar to educate parents and professionals about the signs and symptoms
of a reading disorder known as dyslexia, and strategies that can assist
students to achieve success in school. Guest speakers will include Carolyn
Cole, a Learning Disabilities Specialist, Deirdre Christy, a Psychologist,
and Deb Luckett, a Counselor, all current board members of the North
Carolina International Dyslexia Association.
The meeting will be hosted at the
Murphy Public Library
9 Blumenthal St. Murphy, NC 28906
For directions call: 828-837-2417
Tuesday, October 13, 2015 from 6pm-8pm
Parents and professionals are welcome to attend this free event.
Limited seating. No child care will be provided.
For more information contact: Jacqueline Egli, Member of North Carolina
firstname.lastname@example.org or 828-516-2173
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 in 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. The meeting takes place at the park’s Education
Cabin. Call for directions. 706-878-3087 or www.gastateparks.org/smithgallwoods
11:30 am at the Visitor’s Center
First Visit Tour
$5 park pass per vehicle or a Friend's 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
3:00-4:00 PM at the
What's Buggin' You?
COST: $5/$3 if pre-paid by 10/1 and
$5 park pass/vehicle or a Friends annual pass
to Smithgall Woods for an educational & informative discussion
of entomology. Ento-what? Entomology: the study of insects. Rabun
County Extension Coordinator, Amber Arrington, will be at the
Visitor's Center Discovery Room to discuss insects in general,
along with pest management around the home. Please call the
Visitor's Center for registration & information.
10:00 -3:00 PM at the
Reed Basket Making
COST: $45/$40 pre-pay by 10/3 and $5
park pass/vehicle or a Friends annual pass
you started thinking about Christmas gifts yet? Whether you have
or not, Smithgall has a great gift idea for you. What friend or
family member wouldn't enjoy a lovely bread basket made with your
own two hands? Come to Smithgall for a class on reed basket
making. Held in the Eduation Cabin, you will need to bring
scissors, a small dish pan, and a dish towel. Everything else will
be provided. Participants will leave with a completed bread
basket. Please call the Visitor's Center for reservation &
information at 706-878-3087 or www.gastateparks.org/smithgallwoods
11:00 -12:00 PM at the
Why are all the Frogs Dying?
COST: $8/$5 if pre-paid by 10/3. Includes parking fee.
is an emerging pathogen responsible for large numbers of deaths in
reptile, fish, and amphibian communities around the world. It has
been identified in Georgia but no one knows to what extent.
Biologists from Truett-McConnell College, in conjunction with the
Georgia DNR and Gordon State College sampled Eastern spotted newts
at Smithgall Woods for the presence of this virus. The community
is invited to come for a presentation given by Truett-McConnell
College faculty Dr. Bob Bowen and Professor Tom Hennigan as they
highlight what is known about this virus, how it affects certain
cold-blooded animals, and the results of their findings on newt
species that inhabit the vernal pools and ponds of Smithgall
Woods. Reservations are limited to 20. Please call the visitor's
center for information & reservations at
(706) 878-3087 or www.gastateparks.org/smithgallwoods
9:00 - 12:00 PM at the
Second Saturday Hike-
Martin's Mine Trail
COST: $5 park pass/vehicle or a
Friends annual pass
your safety, this hike is on the 4th Saturday, so as not to
coincide with scheduled hunting*
A wooden bridge across Dukes Creek begins this picturesque and
historical trail. The 0.9-mile loop echoes the history of gold
mining at this site. A vertical shaft of the earlier gold mining
era is a focal point and provides a unique habitat for bats. A
short extension from the main trail offers a view of a small, but
soothing, waterfall. Join our Smithgall volunteer for an
informative guided tour of this wonderful trail. $5 parking fee is
required. Limit 12. Call the Visitor's Center for reservations and
878-3087 or www.gastateparks.org/smithgallwoods
time for the 42nd annual Fall Festival at John C. Campbell Folk School in
Brasstown, North Carolina - Saturday and Sunday, October 3rd and 4th ,
from 10 to 5.
two-day celebration of Appalachia is one of the most popular events in the
area. There’ll be handmade items by 240 craftspeople for sale, as well
as live craft making demonstrations. You’ll find continuous music and
dance on two stages, including old-time, bluegrass, folk, gospel music and
activities for kids.
per day is 5 dollars for adults and 3 dollars for kids 12 to 17. Kids
under 12 are admitted free with an adult.
and the Folk School are just east of Murphy, North Carolina, and just over
the Georgia state line, north of Young Harris and Blairsville.
more information, call 1-800-FOLK-SCHOOL or visit folkschool.org/fallfestival
Marines of the Marine Corps League Lake Blue Ridge Detachment would like
to formally invite all to the 240th United States Marine Corps Birthday
Ball On Saturday, November 7th at the Blue Ridge Swim & Tennis Club
for a Celebration, Dinner and Dance.
Prices: $50 single, $80 per couple; price includes dinner. There will be a
cash bar.Tickets are on sale at Folger Gas from 10AM to 3PM every day
until the 30th of October. Cocktail Hour starts at 6PM.
OF HONOR: Major General Larry Taylor, USMCR (ret.)
will be Marine Dress Blues, Men Coat and Tie, Ladies Semi-formal. For more
information contact Jeff O’Neill at (706)
October, don't miss out on the opportunity to take a
master class with world-renowned artist Jim Richards!
is limited, sign up today
15 and 16 (Thursday and Friday)
am - 5:00 pm
Air Studio with Jim Richards
with Jim Richards
non-member, $355.50 *BRMAA Member*
teaches in a representational impressionistic style. In
his class, one will learn to read the essence of a scene,
how to break any picture down into a simple understanding
of shape, line, value, color and edges. James will
demonstrate, at least once a day, to explain his thoughts
and concepts and show different technical approaches to
the art of painting. The goal of the class is to give the
student a good foundation and understanding of the visual
language of painting. You will bring your own painting
supplies. Jim has provided a recommended supply list, but
you are welcome to bring the paint supplies you are
comfortable with as well.
Ridge Mountains Arts Association
West Main Street
Ridge, GA 30513
OCT. 24, *31 8 - NOON
Union County Farmers Market "Ask a Master Gardener" Perennial
Don’t just rake - PLANT! Fall
is not just for raking but it is the BEST
time to divide &
plant perennials – ornamental plants and shrubs that will return year
after year from their root system. Master Gardeners are thinning out their
favorite plants for you! Bring boxes for transporting your plants. Most
plants will sell for $1-2.
*If the supply of plants is depleted on the 24th,
there will be NO sale on the 31st.
Come early to get the best selection!
148 Old Smokey Road
Blairsville, GA 30512
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