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October Events
Registration is required for all programs unless otherwise noted. To register for programs, call the park at 706-878-3087. For more information about programs or volunteer opportunities, ask for Johnna Tuttle,Interpretive Ranger. There is a $5 per vehicle charge for parking for all programs. Annual passes are also available.


Saturday, October 25th, 2014

Basic Land Navigation at Buck Shoals 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM

Learn basic land navigation to include an explanation of the compass and how it works, true north vs. magnetic north, terrain features and contour lines, application of the compass to the map and map to the compass, and pacing will all be covered. Basic principles will be covered in-doors and followed by field exercises outside. Liquid filled compasses will be supplied, or you may use your personal compass. $25 or $20 if registered by October 1. Advanced Land Navigation will take place on November 8.

Saturday, October 25th, 2014

Lamplight Tour of Hardman House 9:00 - 1:00 PM

See the Hardman House under cover of dark. After 145 years in the valley, the house has man secrets to be revealed. Come if you dare! $10 adults, $5 children.
Registration is required.



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

For more information on hunting at Smithgall, please go to gohuntgeorgia.com or call us at (706) 878-3087.




November Events


Registration is required for all programs unless otherwise noted. To register for programs at Smithgall Woods, call the park at 706-878-3087. To register for programs at Hardman Farm call 706-878-1077 between Thursday and Friday. For more information about programs or volunteer opportunities, ask for Johnna Tuttle,Interpretive Ranger. There is a $5 per vehicle charge for parking for all programs at Smithgall Woods. Annual passes are also available.

Friday, November 7, 2014

Friends Friday 3:00 - 4:30 PM

Come join us for our monthly meeting of the “Friends of Smithgall Woods.” Friends is Smithgall’s advocacy group, helping the park through volunteer efforts, fund-raising, and advocacy. Call for directions to the Education Cabin where the meeting is held and to let us know you are coming.

Saturday, November 1, 2014

Smithgall Woods First Visit Tour 10:00 - 11:30 AM

Learn about the park on a guided tour of the Visitor Center's Discovery Room and take the van tour. See our covered bridge, the famous Dukes Creek and our renowned cottages. There is no cost for this tour, but donations are always appreciated. $5.00 parking fee per vehicle. Parking passes are available in the Visitor Center. You may also purchase an annual pass!!!

Thursday, October 30 - Sunday, November 2, 2014

Hardman Farm Fall Guided Tours
9:00 AM, 11:00 AM, 1:00 PM, 3:00 PM

Help clean up the beautiful Chattahoochee River in Helen, GA. Friends of Smithgall Woods joins a statewide effort to clean up our waterways and protect critical habitats. T-shirts will be available to volunteers while supplies last. Register in advance for details and directions. You may register by calling

Saturday, November 1st, 2014

Learn to Make a Bread Basket at Smithgall Woods
10:00 AM - 3:00 PM

Learn to make a bread basket with Mrs. Randy Sells. All materials are included and no experience is necessary. At the end of the day, each student will take home a completed bread basket and instructions to make another. Kits for making additional baskets will be available for sale. Advanced registration is required. $38 plus park pass

Saturday, November 1st, 2014

Unicoi Wine Festival at Hardman Farm
11:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Come enjoy wine tasting, gourmet food, live music and local art! Call the White County Chamber of Commerce for more information. Tours of the Hardman Farm house will be given on the hour between 11:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. Cost is $8 in addition to the $30 Wine Festival fee.

Saturday, November 8th, 2014

Native American Heritage in the Nacoochee Valley at Hardman Farm
2:00 - 3:00 PM

Hardman Farm welcomes Dr. Max White, Professor of Anthropology at Piedmont College. He will speak on the prehistoric time periods represented in northeast Georgia, including the period during which the Nacoochee Mound was built. Dr. White will discuss the historic tribes of our area, the Creeks and the Cherokee, and will end with the story of the Cherokees up to and including the Removal known as the “Trail of Tears.”



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

Saturday, November 22nd

Green Bee Keeping at Smithgall Woods
9:00 – 11:00 AM

In this introduction to sustainable practices in hobby bee keeping, guests will learn about pathogen and disease identification, organic treatments, how to help hives overwinter, swarming behavior, creating a bee-friendly yard, and non-toxic pest and disease control. Obtaining/renting equipment and treatments, overall costs, and what to expect your first year will also be covered. Taught by Entomologist and Bee-Keeper Amanda Rose Newton. $20 plus park pass

If you are interested in volunteering at Smithgall Woods or Hardman Farm, contact Johnna Tuttle at Johnna.Tuttle@gadnr.org



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 in 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


  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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