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  Blairsville Dance Project will be hosting a free 3-week clogging session. Designed for the beginner, new students will be introduced to basic clogging by members of the BSoD Force competition clogging team.
The classes will be open to anyone ages 6 and up and will take place on Tuesdays, July 5, 12 and 19 from 6:30-7:15 p.m. Participants should plan on attending all classes.
The BSoD Force competition clogging teams are well equipped to lead the session. With its regular participation in the regional and national competition circuit, the group is on the cutting edge of contemporary clogging. In addition to the classical dance forms, BSoD has a nationally recognized clogging program that begins training recreational and competitive dancers at age 3.


July 2016

Friday, July 1st
3:00 PM at 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 help care for the park. Meeting takes place in the Education Cabin at the back of the park. Call for further information. 706-878-3087 or www.gastateparks.org/smithgallwoods

Saturday, July 2nd
10:00 - 11:30 AM at the Visitor’s Center
First Visit Tour
COST: $5 park pass per vehicle or a Friends 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. For further information call 706-878-3087 or www.gastateparks.org/smithgallwoods

Saturday, July 9th
9:00 AM - 11:00 AM at the Visitor’s Center
Second Saturday Hike- Cathy Ellis Trail
COST: $5 park pass per vehicle or Friends Annual Pass
Enjoy a guided hike of the Cathy Ellis Trail at Smithgall Woods State Park. Cathy Ellis is an approximately .5-mi., moderate hike. We will discuss habitat ecology while observing beautiful scenery the trail offers. Please wear good hiking shoes. There will be a waterfall to view at the end of the hike. Limit 15. Call the Visitor's Center for reservations and information at (706) 878-3087 or visit our website: www.gastateparks.org/smithgallwoods

Monday, July 11th-Friday July 15th
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM at the Visitor's Center
All About Bugs Camp
COST: $45/student or $50 after July 2nd.
Bugs are cool! Youngsters learn about different kinds of bugs and have a chance to explore the world of bugs through observation, food, activities, and movement. For kids ages 4-6. $45 per child or $50 after July 2nd. Includes snack. Limit 10. Call the Visitor's Center for information and to register at (706) 878-3087 or www.gastateparks.org/smithgallwoods

Saturday, July 16th
10:00 AM - 11:30 AM at the Visitor's Center
Get the Skinny on Snakes
COST: $3 per person plus $5 park pass per vehicle or Friends Annual Pass
Join Smithgall Woods and an Interpretive Ranger to learn about our scaly neighbors! With the warmer temperatures we will see more snakes around our yards and houses; learn about their important ecological role! Meet our friendly outreach snakes and learn how to tell venomous and non-venomous snakes apart! Limit 20. Call the Visitor's Center for information and to register at (706) 878-3087 or www.gastateparks.org/smithgallwoods

Saturday, July 16th
8:00 PM - 9:30 PM at the Visitor's Center
Full Moon Frog Calling
COST: $5 per person plus $5 parking pass per vehicle or a Friends Annual Pass
*This month our hike will fall a few days before the full moon.*
See a different side of the park and join us for a guided night hike of the Wetland loop trail. This easy, .5-mile loop passes a beaver-made wetland, and will be active with calling frogs. The full moon is known to increase amphibian spawning, and will produce a symphony of sounds. Call the Visitor's Center for information and to register at (706) 878-3087 or www.gastateparks.org/smithgallwoods

Monday, July 25th-Friday July 30th
9:00 AM - 3:00 PM at the Visitor's Center
Eco Kids: Caring for the Winged Ones
COST: $95/student or $100 after July 16th.
Eco-Kids learn ways to support winged creatures in this active, hands-on camp. Kids will build their own bat house and bluebird house to take home. Campers will be in age-based teams in order to maximize learning potential. For ages 6-14. $100 or $95 if pre-paid by July 16. For further information call 706-878-3087 or www.gastateparks.org/smithgallwoods



Upcoming 2016 Art Center Classes

Quality art classes in a range of mediums and prices. There is something for every artist!


To register, simply follow the link to our website and register with Paypal!

4 weeks of incredible art classes available. Come check out our full schedule of art classes for children ages 5+. Classes are filling quickly, so do not hesitate to register at (706) 258-4322.
Click here to visit the website.

July 2016

July 9 (Saturday)

10:30 am - 2:30 pm

Miniature Rustic Chair Workshop

with Jo Kilmer

$45 non-member + $25 supply fee

$40.50 *BRMAA Member* + $25 supply fee

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Found yourself drawn to furniture with character? Well then this rustic building class is for you! Join rustic artist, Jo Kilmer, as she teaches her students how to make a rustic chair from the supplies in your backyard! Using trees in their natural form, students will learn how to choose the right wood for the design and additionally how to manipulate the wood (weave, bend) to create a visually pleasing and strong rustic chair. Students must bring a hammer, a drill with varying drill bits, a tape measure, small or large pruners, and a bag lunch to the class. Closed-toe shoes are recommended.

July 13 (Wednesday)

10:30 am - 1:00 pm

Italian Leather Fresh Water Pearl Beach Bracelet

with Barbara Chatham

$30 + $30 supply fee

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Get ready for summer by making this fun and seasonal Fresh Water Pearl Beach Bracelet! Students will learn how to select pearls for the piece, balance a bracelet, tie a fisherman's knot and fisherman's slide knot, make adjustable bracelet knots, and to work with Italian leather cord material for the chain. Perfect for that trip to Florida! All supplies are included.

July 15 (Friday)

6:30 pm 8:30 pm

Merlot's Masterpiece

with Camille Day

$45 non-member; $40.50 *BRMAA Member*

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Learn and laugh and create a masterpiece! Candy Day will lead you step-by-step in the creation of your painting as you enjoy a glass of wine! No painting experience needed. You'll be surprised by what you learn along the way, but even more so, you'll be surprised by what you are capable of! All painting supplies and a glass of wine will be provided. We ask you to be 20 years of age or older, and suggest you wear old clothes, in case of an incident with a wet brush or clumsy elbows near loaded palettes.

July 16 (Saturday)

10:30 am - 12:30 pm

Heart, Hands, and Healing Art

with Vicki Wagoner

$45 non-member; $40.50 *BRMAA Member*

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After having a profound experience while participating at an art workshop, hypnotherapist and artist, Vicki Wagoner, was inspired to create Heart, Hands and Healing Art. Her program encourages creative and personal expression through a process of painting with your hands - no brushes, rules, or artistic abilities required! The painting creates itself! Each participant starts with the same blank canvas, and when the session is over, Vicki assists you to discover the epiphanies of new perspectives, possibilities, and insight that have been subconsciously created during the painting process. It will transform your life!

July 16 (Saturday)

10:00 am - 1:00 pm

Bentwood River Birch Basket Workshop

with Jo Kilmer

$40 non-member + $25 supply fee;

$36 *BRMAA Member* + $25 supply fee

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Each student will create their own unique basket by cutting their own patterns from the River Birch supplied. After building a base, students will bend small trees to create the body, handles, and to insert aesthetic design. Great beginner workshop for rustic building! Perfect for the coffee table, or for potted plants in your garden! Students must bring a hammer, a drill with varying drill bits, a tape measure, small or large pruners, and a bag lunch to the class. Closed-toe shoes are recommended.

July 22-23 (Friday and Saturday)

10:00 am - 5:00 pm

Watercolor Basics Workshop

with Dylan Pierce

$230 non-member;

$207 *BRMAA Member*

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We will pack into 2 days as much as we can about the basics of watercolor. This class is perfect for those who've never painted watercolor or have only played with it a little. There will be lots of demonstrations and time for you to paint with one-on-one help. We will go over the fundamental techniques to teach you how to control watercolor, such as: gradual washes, transparent layering, losing edges, matching wetness, wet into wet, dry into damp, complementary grays, negative painting, juxtaposing colors, and warm to cool color theory. We will paint a small, simple painting to incorporate all these techniques.

July 29-31 (Friday - Sunday)

5:30 - 8:30 pm (Friday; 10:00 am - 5:00 pm (Saturday); 1:00 - 5:00 pm (Sunday)

Sculpting A Portrait with Alan Clement

with Alan Clement

$115 non-member;

$103.50 *BRMAA Member*

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Are you ready to experience the joy and peace of sculpting? 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 participants.



Children Across Georgia Have Access to Free Meals This Summer

 ATLANTA, 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.




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
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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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