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September is Library Card Sign-up Month! A library card is the coolest

Studies show that children who are read at home and who use the library
perform better in school. September is Library Card Sign-up Month, and
Fannin County Public Library is joining with the American Library
Association and public libraries nationwide encourage every student to
not forget an important school supply– a free library card!

Resources at the Fannin County Public Library are available to anyone
who has a library card. Students can turn to the library for materials,
events, and knowledgeable library staff that support academic
achievement. We offer free access to GALILEO, which has research
databases on a variety of subjects. Through GALILEO, students can
access the LearningExpress Library, which has SAT, ACT, and GED test
prep and academic skills improvement for all ages. Our Librarian is
also available to proctor tests for college students.

Our library offers access to a variety of print and digital resources,
including books, reference materials, DVDs, CDs, ebooks, and audiobooks
that can be accessed in person or online. For young children we offer
early literacy and storytimes to encourage school readiness. For adults
and those not in school, we have abundant resources for self-guided,
lifelong education and life enrichment. There’s really something for
everyone and it’s all free with a library card.

For more information on how to sign up for a library card, visit the
Fannin County Public Library in person, call us at 706-632-5263, or
visit the library online at gapines.org.




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 IDA

jackyegli@yahoo.com or 828-516-2173




September 2015

Friday, September 4th, 3:00 PM in the Education Cabin

Friends Friday


Join 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


Saturday, September 5th, 10:00 - 11:30 AM at the Visitor’s Center

First Visit Tour

COST: $5 park pass per vehicle or a Friend's Annual Pass!

Learn 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


Saturday, September 12th, 9:00 - 11:00 AM at the Visitor’s Center

Second Saturday Hike- Wetland Loop Trail

COST: $5 park pass per vehicle or a Friend's Annual Pass!

Join Professor Tom Hennigan for a guided tour of the Wetland Loop Trail. This easy, 1/2-mile loop passes a beaver pond and wetland area. Waterfowl and frogs are residents that hikers may see or hear. The loop requires crossing shallow (< 3") water. No charge for the hike! Limit 12. Call the Visitor's Center for reservations and information. (706) 878-3087.or www.gastateparks.org/smithgallwoods


Saturday, September 19th, 8:00 - 12:00 PM at Buck Shoals

Youth Fishing Day!!! *FINAL DAY OF THE YEAR*

COST: $5 park pass per vehicle or a Friend's Annual Pass!

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 allowed. This event is not at Smithgall Woods but at Buck Shoals, a nearby unopened state park. Call the Visitor’s Center for directions. (706) 878-3087 or www.gastateparks.org/smithgallwoods


Saturday, September 19th, 10:00 -12:00 PM at the Visitor’s Center

Helpful Herbs

COST: $45/adult pre-registration. Up to 2 children, per each adult, for no charge. $50 fee after 9/12. $5 parking fee required.

Can I eat that? Ever asked that question? If so, you will love our Helpful Herbs walk. Led by a Master Naturalist, the walk consists of identification, herb preparation, & take-home goodies. Maria Green has been a Master Herbalist for over 30 years, specializing in herbal therapies and working with cancer patients. She has owned two herbal apothecaries and an herbal wholesale and retail business over the last 25 years. Limit 15 people. For information & reservations, call the Visitor’s Center at (706) 878-3087 or www.gastateparks.org/smithgallwoods


Saturday, September 26th, 9:00 - 12:00 PM at the Visitor Center

Beginner’s Birding- Your State Parks Day

COST: $10 if pre-paid by 09/19, $15 after. No parking pass required!

Chickadee vs sparrow. Jay vs cardinal. Would you like to be able to tell the difference? Then bring your binoculars; Beginner's Birding is just for you! Come see an identification presentation, receive your own i.d. guide, & go birding with us at Smithgall! The presentation will begin at 9am with a birding walk to follow. Each paid participant will receive a Sibley's Backyard Birds of the Southeast foldable, weather-resistant guide. Open to all ages. For information & registration, call the Visitor's Center at (706) 878-3087 or www.gastateparks.org/smithgallwoods



September 10, 2015 welcomes the 2015 BRMAA Fall Plein Air Paint Out Event offered in conjunction with the 13th Annual International Worldwide Artist Paint Out. The 2015 Fall Plein Air Paint Out Event offers four days of art and adventure in the North Georgia Mountains. Recently described as an Arts & Renaissance Town by Georgia Trends Magazine, Blue Ridge provides a multitude of opportunities to capture the spirit of plein air art. The 2015 Fall Plein Air Event provides workshops, a quick draw event and county-wide paint outs, all which culminates in the Fall Plein Air awards and exhibit on Sunday.
The 2015 Fall Plein Air Paint Out Event is an open invitation to all artists, amateur and professional, to paint the natural beauty of our area. Artists are welcome to bring their easels and capture the awe-inspiring scenes of Fannin County & Blue Ridge, Georgia. This year we are offering a one- day 'boot camp' workshop with renowned plein air artist Marsha Hamby Savage. Also, new to this year, we are hosting a quick draw event for awards at the picturesque Mercier Orchards.
On Sunday, September 13, artists will return to the Art Center to submit up to (3) pieces of artwork for judging. Prizes totaling $1,000 will also be awarded for this year's event.
We encourage all participating artists, 18 years or older, to submit their plein air art work for our Fall Plein Air juried exhibit on display from September 15 - October 11, 2015 in our Studio Gallery (see attached exhibition agreement). All artwork on display will be exhibited during the Blue Ridge Mountains Arts Association's 2015 Fall Arts in the Park festival, which is estimated at over 7,000 attendees in two days.
Pre-register for this event by contacting the Blue Ridge Mountains Arts Association at BlueRidgeArts@gmail.com or via phone at (706) 632-2144. Please provide your name, address, & email address during your pre-registration.

Schedule of Events

THURSDAY, September 10, 2015

8:30am - Check-in at the Art Center Check-in includes registration for paint-outs, quick draw event on Friday, and the juried event on Sunday. Welcome information, event badges, and maps of the area will be provided. Approved canvas, etc. will be stamped at this time.

8:30am to 4pm - Marsha Hamby Savage Plein Air One-Day Workshop - "Simplifying the Plein Air Experience"
Take part in a Plein Air one-day learning experience and demo with renowned Plein Air artist Marsha Hamby Savage. Artwork creating during class is not eligible for event awards and judging, but may hang during the exhibit. Space is limited; please contact the Art Center directly for class information and registration.
*CLASS REGISTRATION is not included in Plein Air event registration*
FRIDAY, September 11
9am - Check-in includes registration for paint-outs, quick draw event on Friday, and the juried event on Sunday. Welcome information, event badges, and maps of the area will be provided. Approved canvas, etc. will be stamped at this time.
3pm - Plein Air Quick Draw Event Check-in at Mercier Orchards
3:30pm - 4:30pm - Quick Draw paint out event at Mercier Orchards
Artwork created during the Quick Draw paint out are not eligible for Plein Air Event judging and awards, but will be eligible to hang in the event exhibit.
5pm - Quick Draw Judging - Best Quick Draw award provided by BINDERS Art Supply & Framing. Following the judging, participating artists of the Quick Draw event are encouraged to remain at Mercier Orchards to relax and mingle with fellow artists at Mercier Orchards' Hard Cider Tasting Room.
SATURDAY, September 12
Check-in at 9am; All day paint-out
SUNDAY, September 13
3pm- Plein Air event submissions are due. All participating artists must return to the Art Center no later than 3pm with artwork ready for hanging/ judging. BRMAA staff will begin hanging artwork for judging promptly at 3pm. NO late submissions will be accepted.
5pm- Awards are announced
Prizes for Best of Show, 2nd place, 3rd place, and Honorable Mention will be awarded.
Thank You to this year's sponsors:

September 10 (Thursday)

8:00 am - 4:00 pm

Simplifying the Plein Air Experience

with Marsha Hamby Savage

$100 non-member, $90 *BRMAA Member*

Students will learn to quickly look for an outdoor scene that intrigues them to spend more time actually painting than looking for an inspirational scene. A common mistake is looking for the postcard view and trying to paint it all! Marsha will demonstrate this skill in the morning, allowing students plenty of time to paint, about 1½ to 2 hours a piece, in order to catch the light before it changes. Bring your own painting supplies, plus a field sketchbook. (Canon 7x10', 90lb cream field sketchbooks are available in the Arts Center), baby wipes, a trash bag, bug spray, a hat/visor, and water. Please arrive at 8am and we will be in the field by 8:30.



This October, don't miss out on the opportunity to take a master class with world-renowned artist Jim Richards!


*space is limited, sign up today

October 15 and 16 (Thursday and Friday)

10:00 am - 5:00 pm

Plein Air Studio with Jim Richards

with Jim Richards

$395 non-member, $355.50 *BRMAA Member*

James 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.

Blue Ridge Mountains Arts Association

420 West Main Street

Blue Ridge, GA 30513

(706) 632-2144







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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