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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




October Events

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.

Friday, October 2nd
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, October 3rd
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

Thursday, October 8th
3:00-4:00 PM at the Visitor’s Center
What's Buggin' You?
COST: $5/$3 if pre-paid by 10/1 and $5 park pass/vehicle or a Friends annual pass


Come 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. (706) 878-3087.or www.gastateparks.org/smithgallwoods

Saturday, October 10th
10:00 -3:00 PM at the Education Cabin
Reed Basket Making
COST: $45/$40 pre-pay by 10/3 and $5 park pass/vehicle or a Friends annual pass


Have 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

Saturday, October 10th
11:00 -12:00 PM at the Visitor’s Center
Why are all the Frogs Dying?
COST: $8/$5 if pre-paid by 10/3. Includes parking fee.

Ranavirus 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

Saturday, October 24th
9:00 - 12:00 PM at the Visitor’s Center
Second Saturday Hike- Martin's Mine Trail
COST: $5 park pass/vehicle or a Friends annual pass


*For 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 information.
(706) 878-3087 or www.gastateparks.org/smithgallwoods

Smithgall Woods State Parks/Dukes Creek Conservation Area is open to the public year round and you can get more information at The Georgia State Parks website @ http://gastateparks.org/SmithgallWoods or visit us at our Friends page located @ http://www.friendsofsmithgallwoods.org/




It’s 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.


This 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.


Admission per day is 5 dollars for adults and 3 dollars for kids 12 to 17. Kids under 12 are admitted free with an adult.

Brasstown and the Folk School are just east of Murphy, North Carolina, and just over the Georgia state line, north of Young Harris and Blairsville.


For more information, call 1-800-FOLK-SCHOOL or visit folkschool.org/fallfestival



The 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.

Ticket 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.

GUEST OF HONOR: Major General Larry Taylor, USMCR (ret.)

Attire will be Marine Dress Blues, Men Coat and Tie, Ladies Semi-formal. For more information contact Jeff O’Neill at (706) 946-0036.




Schedule of Events

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







OCT. 24, *31 8 - NOON



Union County Farmers Market "Ask a Master Gardener" Perennial Plant Sale

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.




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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