333 W. Highland St.
Ridge, GA 30513
Appalachian Artist Guild
7 - June 11, 2016
unforgettable 2D and 3D creations from our
very own Southern Appalachian Artist Guild
members, ranging from pottery, painting,
photography and more.This a member show
from one of the largest artist guilds in
2 - July 2, 2016
Katz uses his fine art photography to
present the world in an intriguing and
somewhat mysterious way. His images
include a wide array of subject matter,
but will leave the viewers looking at
the world quite differently than they
did before. Be ready to be intrigued and
inspired by this Artist-In-Residence
Opening reception will be April 8,
SPRING ARTS IN THE PARK
May 28th & 29th, 10am-5pm
Downtown City Park, Blue Ridge
the 40th annual Spring Arts in the Park
fine arts and fine crafts festival held in
the beautiful Downtown City Park of Blue
Ridge, Georgia during Memorial Day
weekend. Admire artwork and enjoy tasty
food from over 175 juried fine arts and
fine crafts exhibitors and food booths.
Weekend Admission: adults $5; children
under 12 free. All proceeds go to benefit
the Blue Ridge Mountains Arts Association.
the Swinging Sixties with the BRMAA's 'Mad
for the Arts' Fundraising Gala! Dress up
as your favorite character from Mad Men,
or in your best 1960s garb. Enjoy
scrumptious food and drinks, a unique
silent auction, art demos, dancing and
fabulous entertainment. Proceeds support
the Blue Ridge Mountains Arts
Association's programming, exhibitions,
and scholarship programs.
ON SALE NOW!
July 15, 2016
July 1, 2016
Arts in the Park
July 1, 2016
"Off the Wall" Exhibit
July 16, 2016
Quilt & Fiber
May 31, 2016
September 8, 2016
Children Across Georgia Have Access to Free Meals This Summer
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.
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