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Williamstown United Methodist Church will host Vacation Bible School Monday, June 26 through Friday, June 30, from 9 a.m. until noon daily. Toddlers to teens are invited to attend and learn about the Super Hero's of the Bible. The commencement exercise will be held Friday night June 30 at 6 p.m. and will be followed with an ice cream social. Williamstown UMC is located outside of McCaysville, off of Hwy 60, on the River Road. Please join us for this very special week of fellowship and fun. Rev. Doug Jordan is the Pastor and Vicki Dillard is the VBS Coordintor.


The Fannin County School System does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, religion, creed, or disability in admission to its programs, services, and activities, in access to them, in treatment of individuals, or in any aspect of their operations. For additional information or referral to the appropriate system coordinator, contact the system superintendent's office at 2290 East First Street, Blue Ridge, Georgia 30513 or 706-632-3771.

 

 

 

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JUNE NEWSLETTER


SUMMER FUNDRAISER
JUNE 24, 7pm
at the Art Center
The Blue Ridge Mountains Arts Association and Firefly Music of Blue Ridge proudly welcome award winning country music artist, Wade Hayes to the Art Center for this year's Summer Fundraising Event. Wade has had two gold certified albums, a number one song on the Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks, and three more songs that reached Top Ten as well. You don't want to miss this concert! PLUS, we will be having a silent auction AND auctioning off the beautiful trout from the 2017 Trout Art Trail.
It will be a great night of music, art and refreshments. Proceeds will benefit BRMAA and Trout Unlimited.
TICKETS ARE AVAILABLE AT
$40 General Admission, $75 VIP

CSA Shares are on sale NOW!
ONLY 50 SHARES AVAILABLE!
Each share holder will get eight limited-edition pieces of art, created specifically for CSA Blue Ridge. You will pick them up at two pick-up events, which will take place in creative spaces throughout Blue Ridge. This year's artists include:
Marie Luce Van Asten (Pottery)
Tim & Karen Chambers (Whimsical Folk Art)
Jennifer Danner (Mixed Media Paintings)
Lisa Fraker (Screen printing)
Arni Katz (Photography)
Mike Lalone (Functional Pottery)
Tom Slavicek (Leather)
Bill Suttles (Paintings)
Join the fun, support the arts and take home eclectic and unique creations from talented artists in varying mediums.
Shares are available online and at the Art Center.
CURRENT EXHIBITS
SAAG SPRING MEMBER SHOW
MAY 13 - JUNE 10, 2017
Enjoy unforgettable 2D and 3D creations from our very own Southern Appalachian Artist Guild members, ranging from pottery, painting, photography and more. This is a member show from one of the largest artist guilds in North Georgia.

 

2nd Quarter Artist-in-Residence

Linda Coatsworth

April 7 - July 1

 

 

You don't want to miss this beautiful exhibit!

 

JUNE 17 - JULY 22, 2017

 

CALL TO SPONSORS - Last Chance!!


SPONSORS WANTED

Trout Art Trail
Now through 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.

If you would like more info on our upcoming public art project or how to sponsor your very own sculpture and help keep our sculptures a permanent fixture in our community, contact us at TroutArtTrailBR@gmail.com
or (706) 632-2144.
Proceeds benefit the Blue Ridge Mountains Arts Association and Trout Unlimited.


CALL TO ARTISTS

**Entry Deadline: May 30, 2017
Quilt Delivery Date: June 6-10, 2017

**Entry Deadline: July 16, 2017
Delivery Date: July 23, 2017

**Entry Deadline: July 1, 2017

**Entry Deadline: July 15, 2017

**Entry Deadline: July 7, 2017

CLASSES & WORKSHOPS

 

 

 

 

Click Here for Available Classes

 


Registration is Now Open!
Classes are filling up quickly!

Sign your young emerging artists up for a creative summer with our Summer Youth Art Camp. Choose from several classes offered over a 4-week span and let your child's imagination soar.

Visit our website for a class schedule.
GUILDS

 

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
706-632-2144

 

 

 

 




 

 

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.

 

 

Tuesdays

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.

 

 

Thursdays
May-September
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.
423-496-4653
http://www.pickinthepark.com/

 

Fridays
Pickin & Playing at Clay's Corner, Brasstown, NC every Friday Night. Call 828-837-3797 for more info.
www.clayscorner.com

Fridays
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.

 

Fridays
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
www.yhc.edu/academics/mathsci/astronomy/planet.html

 

Fridays
May-October
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.

 

Saturdays
Beginners Line Dance class 
Bill's Skating Rink
Blairsville, GA
Saturdays
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

 

Saturdays
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


Saturdays
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.

 

Saturdays
April-October
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
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Community Services

 

Logan's Run Rescue

http://logansrunrescue.com/

 

Adopt-An-Author

  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. 

 www.adoptanauthor.com

 

Saturdays
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
redrobyne@ellijay.com

 

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

 

>^,,^< WHISKERS PROJECT >^,,^<

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.

WHISKERS PROJECT
PO BOX 575
Blairsville, GA 30514
Phone: 706-745-0936


Email:
linsleyv@sbcglobal.net

 

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
mopsofblairsville@gmail.com

 

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