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A class "Starting Plants from Seeds" will be offered at the Fannin
County Library at 5 pm on Thursday, March 23. Charlotte Dickinson from
the North Georgia Master Gardeners and Sue Campbell from Feed Fannin
will teach the class. It will feature starting seeds indoors as well as
starting seeds in the ground outdoors. The class will be informal with
lots of time for questions or comments from the audience. This marks the
beginning of the 2017 planting season. Seeds that were donated at the
end of the growing season last year have been packaged by Feed Fannin
and Master Gardener members and are now ready for "check out" at your
public library! There are many different varieties of vegetable seeds
available, as well as some herbs and flowers, for free!

Clare Barton, Librarian
Fannin County Public Library
phone 706-632-5263 fax 706-632-7719
400 W. Main St. Suite 104
Blue Ridge, GA 30513



Save the Date: June 17, 2017
Motorcycle Run for Save the Horses
Sponsored by: Buffalo's Cafe
All proceeds benefit savethehorses.org.
Motorcycle Run for Save the Horses
Saturday June 17, 2017, 9AM - 3PM
Buffalo's Cafe, Cumming, GA

First 50 people who pre-register online will get a free commemorative t-shirt and one door prize ticket.
  • All types of motorcycles welcome
  • 50/50 Raffle
  • Door Prizes
  • Food (portion of meal price donated to savethehorses.org)
  • Beverage
  • Live Entertainment
  • Meet and greet rescued dwarf horses
  • Invite friends and family - great family oriented event
Registration 9AM
Kickstands up at 10AM.
Tickets: $25 per rider - $15 per passenger

All proceeds will help to keep our rescue vehicle operational as well as certifying volunteers in Large Animal Rescue - Helping to Save Lives.
Visit savethehorses.org
About Save the Horses
Save the Horses (Horse Rescue Relief and Retirement Fund, Inc.) is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization, founded in 1998 and based in Cumming, Georgia. Its mission is to rescue, rehabilitate and re-home horses that are unwanted, neglected, abused, abandoned or at risk of going to slaughter.

Save the Horses (Horse Rescue Relief And Retirement Fund, Inc.)
The Horse Rescue, Relief & Retirement Fund is a 501(c)(3) and all donations are tax deductible to the extent allowed by law. TAX ID: 58-2479748.
Save the Horses
Newt Green: 1768 Newt Green Road, Cumming, GA 30028
Antioch: 1840 Antioch Road, Cumming, GA 30040
Mailing address: P.O. Box 1123, Ball Ground, GA 30107
Stay Connected

Save the Horses, 1768 Newt Green Road, Cumming, GA 30028



March 2017

Saturday, March 25th
1:00 PM – 2:30 PM at the Visitor's Center
Bears, Bears, Everywhere
COST: $5 per person PLUS $5 parking pass per vehicle or a Friends Annual Pass
Have you ever questioned what to do if you encountered a bear? Let us teach you. Hear a presentation by Tom Hennigan, Associate Professor of Biology at Truett-McConnell, about bear behavior, habitat and more. All ages welcome. The presentation will be held in the Discovery Room in the visitor center. $5 plus $5 parking. 706-878-3087.

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/





Youth Art Month
March 1-24
Opening Reception
has been
rescheduled for
March 10
from 4-6pm

1st Qtr. Artist in Residence
Sally Arnold
Jan. 14 - Mar. 25, 2017

Blue Ridge
Writers' Conference
April 7-8
The 20th annual Writers' Conference begins with a Workshop Intensive held on Friday, April 7 from 10:30am-2:30pm. A Writers' Meet and Greet will take place that evening at 5pm. Writers' Conference sessions take place on Saturday, April 8 from 9am-5pm.


MAY 27 & 28, 2017

10am -5pm


Downtown City Park, Blue Ridge, GA



2nd Quarter Artist-in-Residence

Linda Coatsworth

April 7 - July 1, 2017


The Art of Larry Moore

"Newton's 3rd Law of Motion"

April 7 - May 7, 2017


Trout Art Trail
April - June
We are looking for sponsors for the first ever North Georgia Trout Art Trail.
There are various sponsorship levels available.
Your sponsorship participation in the Trout Art Trail Project will include...

- Increase in brand visibility and business interest during one of the peak seasons for visitors (guaranteed over 20,000+ individuals)

- Enrich the lives of Blue Ridge and the North Georgia tristate region through the arts and conservation

- Promote arts and culture through a vibrant and visible streetscape that links arts and business

- Provide a showcase of regional artistic talent

- Highlight environmental education and conservation

- Garner media attention in the regional area

- Give back to the community
Together we can provide much needed exciting and interactive public art around this unique Art Town/Trout Capital of Georgia through the Trout Art Trail.



SAAG Spring Member Show
Entry Deadline: Before April 22, 2017


Click here for information on upcoming classes

"Work of Art Series"
AIP from upstairs

Festivals as Your Market Focus
by Tom & Brenda Chambers
April 15th

If you have ever considered selling your art at a festival, or have already tried a few and would like some guidance, this is the class for you! Tom & Brenda are experienced exhibitors who will take you through all aspects of selling at a festival, from the initial research, application (both paper & online through Zapplication), things needed for a clean & professional looking set up, working your booth for maximum customer service & sales, take down & load out at the end of the weekend and follow up with your customers. Whether you are considering doing juried art shows or have been doing them for years, this class will help and improve your sells and make the shows more enjoyable.


Click here for more information on Arts Guilds & Groups

Thanks again for your continued support!

Blue Ridge Mountains Arts Association
420 West Main Street
Blue Ridge, GA 30513



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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