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I am from The Ridge Community Church in Blue Ridge. We are hosting an Easter service at The Performing Arts Center at Fannin County High School at 10:30am on Easter Sunday (April 20th). I wanted to check and see if this is something that you would be able to announce on the radio. Please let me know if this is possible.

The Ridge Community Church
(706) 258-2330
PO Box 976
Blue Ridge, GA 30513


Saturday April 26th starting at 7am-11am, Day of Grace Baptist Church will be having a pancake breakfast to raise money for our Youth camp at the UC Civic Center. Cost is only $5 for pancakes, bacon or sausage, coffee, tea, oj and apple juice. Sugar Free syrup available if needed. Civic Center located next to cookie jar look for signs...


2014 Spring 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.

Saturdays, April  19, 26

Weekly Wildflower Hunt 9:00 - 11:00 AM

Join us in a weekly search for wildflowers in bloom. Hikes will take place at Buck Shoals as well as Smithgall Woods. More details on the location of hikes will be available later in March.

Saturday, April 19th

Wilderness First Aid 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM

The Wilderness First Aid course will help you prepare for emergencies. This fast paced, hands-on training is designed to meet the needs of outdoor enthusiasts. It will introduce you to caring for people who become ill or injured far from definitive medical care. Classroom lectures and demonstrations are combined with realistic scenarios and will challenge you to integrate your learning. At the end of the course, you’ll have the knowledge, skills and ability to make sound decisions in emergency situations. $20 Register in advance.

Saturday, April 19th, 2014
9:00 - 11:00 AM

Wildflower Hunt on The Martin Mine Trail

Celebrate Spring on this hike through history. See wildflowers amidst remains of a local gold mining operation. Enjoy a van ride to and from the trail and an opportunity to see more of the the park. There is no charge, but donations are welcomed.

Spring Cleaning at Hardman Farm State Historic Site
Helen, GA., 

April 26, 2014 

Join other volunteers in a unique opportunity to help park staff improve Hardman Farm by volunteering in various indoor cleaning projects on the property. The volunteer days will take place on Saturday, April 26, 2014 from 1:00 p.m. until 4:00 p.m. Hardman Farm is located in the historic Nacoochee Valley across from the Nacoochee Indian Mound. Volunteers can assist with both indoor and outdoor tasks such as dusting and sweeping indoors as well as weed eating and beautification of the Hardman Farm grounds. 

For more information about the Spring Cleaning at Hardman Farm or to pre-register call call Smithgall Woods 706-878-3087 or email Jessica.James@gadnr.org. Register in advance. Hardman Farm is located 2 miles south of Helen, GA on the corner of hwy. 17 and hwy 75 and is a satellite operation of Smithgall Woods. 

Saturday, April 26th, 2014
9:00 - 11:00 AM

Wildflower Hunt To Laurel Ridge Trail.

Today's "hunt" will take place on the Laurel Ridge Trail. This is a moderate 1.5 mile hike with wildflowers hidden among evergreen foliage. Possible wildflower sightings include Wood Poppy, Robin's Plantain and Halberd Leaved Violet. No charge for class, but donations are welcomed.

Saturday, April 27th

Hardman Farm Tours 1:00 and 3:00 p.m.

The historic Hardman House across from Nacoochee Indian mound will be open for rare tours at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. Deadline to register is April 24, 2014 and space is limited. To register call Smithgall Woods State Park at 706-878-3087 or email Jessica.James@gadnr.org. Tours will last approximately one hour, and the house is not heated. Visitors should dress appropriately. $10

Sunday, April 27th, 2014
1:00 - 4:00 PM

Bartram's Palette and Pen Open House

Does an afternoon in the woods with artists and writers, exploring your creativity sound like fun? The purpose of this open house is to introduce a new series for aspiring or experienced artists and writers; to open ways to incorporate inspiration from nature into their work. At this open house, visitors can understand the Palette and Pen series better by chatting with local artists and writers while they are "at work in the woods." Whether guests sign up for the series or not, all are welcome at the open house to enjoy the experience! There is no charge for the open house; donations will go towards class scholarships.

Friday, May 2nd

Friends Friday 3:00 - 4:30 PM

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 care for the park. The meeting takes place at the park’s Education Cabin; call for directions.

Saturdays, May 3, 10, 17, 24

Weekly Wildflower Hunts 9:00 - 11:00 AM

Join us in a weekly search for wildflowers in bloom. Hikes will take place at Hardman Farm as well as Smithgall Woods. More details on the location of hikes will be available later in April.

Saturday, May 17th

Youth Fishing Day 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Children and their special “big person” can fish in a lake stocked with catfish, bass, and bream. Fish caught can be kept (up to the limit). Bring your own bait and rod. No registration required.

Saturday, May 17, July 12, September 27th NEW!

Bartram's Palette and Pen 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM

In this new 3-part series aspiring or experienced artists and writers learn to incorporate inspiration from nature into their work. Each day of the series will expand on previous work done. Participants will receive an introduction to botanical illustration, moving from sketching to adding color and composition, and using multi-media art forms. Written expression will be explored through sensory experiences and accurate observation. An open house on Sunday, April 27th will provide an opportunity to interact with artists who will share their process of incorporating nature into their work. Instructors: DuAnne Kaiser and Linda Lindeborg $95 by April 28, $100 after

Saturday, May 17th

Hardman Farm Tours 1:00 or 3:00 PM

The historic Hardman House across from Nacoochee Indian Mound will be open for rare tours on Saturday, May 17 at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. for $10 per person. Deadline to register is May 14 and space is limited. To register call Smithgall Woods State Park at 706-878-3087 or email Jessica.James@gadnr.org. Tours will last approximately one hour, and the house is not heated. Visitors should dress appropriately.



School field trip spots are filling up fast for Spring 2014
Call now to book your date! 706-878-3087



Call to Artists

2014 BRMP National Juried Photography Show
You are invited to enter the Blue Ridge Mountain Photographers (BRMP) 2014 National Juried Photography Show. The exhibit will be on display September 6 - October 12, 2014 at The Art Center. Cash prizes totaling $3,000, including $500 for Best of Show, will be awarded.


The judge for this year's show will be CHRIS HEFFEREN, a commercial photographer and award winning producer/ director, cameraman, and editor who has worked for clients such as Coca-Cola, MANRoland, Kimberly-Clark and AT&T. Chris has received over 40 national and regional awards for his photography. Chris is also the recipient of numerous Addy awards, Telly awards and several Art Direction awards for his work. Chris is a highly sought-after photographer, who is a member of ASMP, APA, PPA, and NAPP and a current member of the Blue Ridge Mountains Arts Association and BRMP. www.Fstopaphotoshop.com


Click on the link below for the official prospectus.


2014 SAAG National Juried Show
You are invited to enter the Southern Appalachian Artist Guild's (SAAG) 2014 National Juried Show. Cash prizes totaling $5,000, including $1,500 for Best of Show, will be awarded. Show dates are October 18 - November 15, 2014 at The Art Center.


The judge for this year's show will be LORI PUTNAM, an award winning plein air artist. Lori is recognized as one of the finest American Impressionist of our time. Lori is a member of the Salmagundi Club in New York City, the Oil Painters of America, Laguna Plein Air Painters Association, the California Art Club, and is past Vice President of the American Impressionist Society. www.loriputnam.com


Click on the link below for the official prospectus.


Blue Ridge 2020 Call to Artists
The Blue Ridge 2020 committee, a citizen-led initiative promoting a strong foundation for the City of Blue Ridge Downtown residents, business owners and visitors, is calling upon artists to submit logo ideas which promote the Downtown region as a destination.
The logo should translate well into:
1. Street Signage - 2 dimensional
2. Advertising Campaigns
3. Marketing Materials
Elements of the design may also be incorporated into 3-D 'Gateway' designs (featured focal points that lead travelers from main highways into the Downtown area). The artist creating the overall selected concept will be highlighted in a state-wide marketing campaign titled "Blue Ridge: Just Get Here", and will feature the new logo design.
In tandem with the logo call to artists, the committee is asking area photographers to submit their ideas for the 'best kept secrets' of Downtown Blue Ridge. Photos that can be used in conjunction with the "Blue Ridge: Just Get Here" theme. For example: 'Just Get Here...and catch a movie!' (use of a photo of people at the Swan Drive-In theatre)
Art and photos should be sent to Foodworksllc@yahoo.com or dropped at the Blue Ridge Mountains Arts Association. Please note Blue Ridge 2020 on any materials submitted and clearly note the artist/photographer's name, phone number and email address.
All submissions become property of the Blue Ridge 2020 Committee and the City of Blue Ridge.


2014 Artist's Magazine Annual Art Competition

Blue Ridge Mountains Arts Association
420 W. Main Street
Blue Ridge, Georgia 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 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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