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Fannin County Public Library Upcoming Events

· The Library will be closed Friday, July 3 and Saturday, July 4 in observance of Independence Day.

· Monday, July 6 at 2:00PM, Chad Crews will present “Super Reading Extravaganza” at the Blue Ridge First Baptist Youth Center.

· Tuesday, July 7 we will have a special guest at storytime, Mrs. Angie Whitener reading her Heroes book! Storytime is at 11:00AM and 1:00PM.

· Thursday, July 9 at 3:00PM at the Blue Ridge First Baptist Youth Center, the Hampstead Stage Company will perform Hercules and the Greek Heroes.

· Friday, July 10 Flicks in the Sticks! Teen Movie Night Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 rated PG-13.



The Fort Villanow Veteran’s Project Invites You to our 1st Annual 4th Of July Celebration!

Old Fashioned Games & Prizes for Kids!
Sack Races
Bobbing For Apples
Sand Box (for smaller kids)
Ponies & Wagon Rides
Gates open at noon
BBQ all day.
Live music begins at 7 p.m.
Fireworks at Dusk!
$1 admission per person
Learn more about the project and how to get involved at:
All proceeds go to benefit the Fort Villanow Veterans Project, A safe haven for veterans and kids.
Come learn more about our classes including:
Rock Climbing
Self Defense
Kids Survival Day Camp
Scuba Diving
& More!
Meet our volunteer team of expert veterans and see what’s happening at the Fort. We offer something for everyone!
Free to all U.S. Military Veterans
Fort Villanow is located at:
12650 East Hwy 136, La Fayette, GA 30728 In Villanow, beside Pocket Road
Call 706-397-8860 or 706-397-8909 or visit www.fortvillanow.com for more information.



July Events

Welcome to the monthly e-news from Hardman Farm, Georgia's newest state historic site! The site operates as a satellite of Smithgall Woods State Park. This month we welcome our newly formed advocacy group, Friends of Hardman Farm! This group is off to a great start helping to develop our docent program and more. Call the site if you are interested in participating and check the schedule for a Friends event later this summer.

Registration is suggested for tours and programs.
To register for programs, call Hardman Farm at 706-878-1077.
Hardman Farm is open 10 AM - 4 PM Thursday - Sunday.

Group tours are available for groups of 10 or more.


Friday, July 10th, 2015

Friend's Friday @ Education Cabin
3:00 - 4:30 PM

Come and see what this dynamic group of volunteers are up to in the park. There are numerous volunteer projects ongoing where your skills would be appreciated. For more information on volunteer opportunities please call our Volunteer Coordinators:
Gene Pease 706 219 2895 appalachiangap@aol.com
Barbara Blaine 706 865 1513 cblaine@windstream.com

Saturday, July 11th, 2015

Laurel Ridge Guided Hike
9:00 AM Visitor Center

Explore this moderate 1.6 mile trail that starts in the bottomlands and ascends up the Laurel Ridge. You will explore the flora, fauna, geology and much more of this beautiful wooded hike. Kathy Church will be guiding this moderate hike.$5.00 Parking Pass for all vehicles.

Saturday, July 18th, 2015

Youth Fishing at Buck Shoals

Children and their special "big person" can fish in a lake stocked with catfish, bass and bream. Fish caught can be kept. Bring your own bait and rods. No bait fish or corn permitted. This event is not at Smithgall Woods, but at Buck Shoals, a nearby unopened state park. Call for directions. Occurs every third Saturday through September.

Smithgall's Newest Ranger!

Come and meet our new Ranger!
Kathy Church

Kathy Church is a native of Clarkesville, Ga, who grew up on a family tract of mixed hardwood-pine forest, with wildlife and farm animals abounding. After graduating from Habersham Central High School in 1996, Ms. Church went to the Warnell School of Forestry, receiving a BSFR in Wildlife Management, and finished her matriculation with a MAT in Secondary Science Education. Kathy taught in both public and private school, but spent the last 9 years at Tallulah Falls Private School teaching college preparatory Physical Science and Physics. Her family includes 5 canine, 2 equine, & 6 aquatic children, and her hobbies include horse-back riding, martial arts, and hiking.

Thursdays - Sundays

NEW! Beat the Heat at 9:00 AM

The same great experience as the BIG Tour without the perspiration. See the description of the BIG Tour below.
$12 for adults, $10 for seniors, $7 for youth, and $3 for children under 6.

Thursdays - Sundays

The BIG Tour 9:00 AM, 10:00 AM, 12:30 PM, 3:00PM

This 1 1/2 hour walking tour includes the Unicoi Turnpike, the “Big House,” kitchen, dairy barn, spring house and other structures as time allows. Learn about life and innovations in the late 1800s and early 1900s and hear stories of the families who lived at the farm.
$12 for adults, $10 for seniors, $7 for youth, and $3 for children under 6.

Tuesdays in July

Anna Ruby Tuesdays 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM

What was life like for a well-to-do girl in the Nacoochee Valley in the 1870's? Find out on Tuesdays in July! This one day camp is for girls ages 6-12. Two camps will serve 6-8 year olds on July 7 and 21 and 9-12 year olds on July 14 and 28.

Period games, hairstyles, clothes and much more will be explored culminating in an English Tea with Ms. Kitty and Christina. Girls will also enjoy an outing to the Crescent Hill Church, built by Anna Ruby's Dad. Sign up ASAP! Space is limited. $30 for the day includes snacks and materials.

If you are interested in volunteering at Hardman Farm,
call Johnna Tuttle at 706-878-1077 for more details.


Friends of Smithgall Woods now has a Facebook Page! It is a great way to let folks know what is going on at Smithgall, share opportunities and spark interest in our great park! Please "like us" and share the page with your friends! We can be found at : https://www.facebook.com/pages/Friends-of-Smithgall-Woods-State-Park/272864152889838?ref=bookmarks


Johnna Tuttle
Interpretive Ranger
Hardman Farm Historic Site






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.




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.



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.


Pickin & Playing at Clay's Corner, Brasstown, NC every Friday Night. Call 828-837-3797 for more info.

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.


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 (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.


Beginners Line Dance class 
Bill's Skating Rink
Blairsville, GA
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


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

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 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



Community Services


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 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


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.

PO BOX 575
Blairsville, GA 30514
Phone: 706-745-0936



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


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