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The Fannin County Public Library has several special events planned for the 2014 Summer Reading Program! All events are free and none are mandatory for completing the program. You can come to the library and sign up for the program any time. We have events for all ages planned. There will be drawings for fantastic prizes, including Kindle Fires!, for kid, teen, and adult readers that turn in their reading logs by the end of the summer. Kids get to “Fizz, Boom, Read!” while they read at least twenty books. Middle grades and teens see if they can “Spark a Reaction” and read a minimum of 500 pages. Adults are exploring the “Literary Elements” and read at least four books to fill in a line on their bingo card.

The programs will run from June 3rd to July 25. In addition to the special events listed, there will be kids’ storytimes at 11:00AM and 1:00PM every Tuesday during those 8 weeks. The Flicks in the Sticks (movies in the park) are sponsored by the Friends of the Library and the Blue Ridge Business Owners Association and are shown in the downtown city park, across the tracks from the library near the pavilion. Bring your own blankets or chairs, snacks, and drinks. In the event of deterrent weather, the movies will be shown in the library. The two Monday events for kids will be held at the First Baptist Youth Center accessed from E. First St./ Top St. in downtown Blue Ridge. All other events will be held in or near the library. Sign up today!

Friday, July 25 9PM Flicks in the Sticks 4: The LEGO Movie PG and Adults: Prizes


The event calendar will also be listed on our web page, www.mountainregionallibrary. org, and our Facebook page. Call the library for further information!





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.


Upcoming Events & Exhibitslick 

July 2014

Friday, July 11

10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Heart, Hands & Healing Art

with Vicki Wagoner

$45 non -member *$40.50 BRMAA Member*

Includes canvas and paints

Experience epiphanies of creativity, healing and transformation in a gentle way by painting with hands on paper. NO artistic ability required! Beginning with soft music and guided relation, a safe environment is crated to encourage participants to remember and even discover gifts of creativity, interpersonal connection and playfulness. After each participant is finished creating, the "Art Gallery" is open. Paintings are displayed and an intuitive reading is done of the messages that are revealed in the painting. Group participation is always welcomed and encouraged. Wearing old clothes is also encouraged to allow for full self-expression so

each participant can be a kid again!

Friday, July 18

6:30 - 8:30 pm

Merlot's Masterpiece

with Vicki Wagoner

$40 non-member *$36 BRMAA Member*

Includes canvas and paints

Get ready for an evening of fun as you paint a selected picture while enjoying your favorite wine. The Art Center has created the Merlot's Masterpiece experience for individuals or groups of friends with little painting experience who want to have fun and paint! We select a painting per class for participants to paint together and our instructor will facilitate you in completing a painting in the allotted time. On the day of the class, we ask that you arrive 15-20 minutes before the class starts so that you can be seated with paint brushes and drinks ready. We like to begin class promptly at 6:30pm.Class fee includes the following supplies: one canvas, pack of brushes, acrylic paint, and one glass of wine. No beer is allowed. If needed, we will have some wine for sale by the glass. You must be 21 years of age to consume alcohol and we ask that you please drink responsibly.

July 22, 29; August 5, 12, 19 (Tuesdays, 5 sessions)

10:30 - 12:00 pm

Art of Yoga: Beginners

with Betty Larsen

$55 non-member *$49.50 BRMAA Member*

Bring a yoga mat

1st level - introductory. Learn proper foundation for beginning level yoga exercises, including stretching, strengthening, breathing and deep alignment. Students will be guided and assisted throughout the classes. Props such as belts, mats, blocks, blankets and chairs will also be provided by the instructor in order to make the exercises safe and available to students at all levels.


July 22, 29; August 5, 12, 19 (Tuesdays, 5 sessions)

1:00 - 2:30 pm

Art of Yoga: Intermediate

with Betty Larsen

$55 non-member *$49.50 BRMAA Member*

Bring a yoga mat

2nd level - intermediate. Deepen into intermediate level yoga exercises, including stretching, strengthening, breathing and deep alignment. Students will be guided and assisted throughout the classes. Props such as belts, mats, blocks, blankets and chairs will also be provided by the instructor in order to make the exercises safe and available to students at this level.


July 23, 30; August 6, 13 (Wednesdays)

1:00 - 3:00 pm

Zentangle: Yoga for the Brain

with Jennifer Cordier
$100 non-member + $15 supply fee

*$90 + $15 supply fee BRMAA Member*

Includes drawing kit, bring a sketch pad

Zentangle is impressive and true to the Zentangle slogan "Anything is possible, one stroke at a time." It is an easy to learn, relaxing and fun way to create beautiful images using structured patterns. This method is intriguing because you don't know what it will look like when you begin, and your creation is not limited by your expectations. By placing pen to paper and drawing a series of elemental strokes in a particular sequence,

beautiful and intricate patterns begin to occur.

Bring a small sketchbook or paper.

July 26 & 27 (Saturday & Sunday)

10:30 am - 1:00 pm & 2:30 - 5:30 pm

Artful Yoga: Freeing the Creative Side +

Heart, Hands & Healing Art: Revealing Your Inner Masterpiece on Canvas

with Betty Larsen & Vicki Wagoner

$150 non-member *$135 BRMAA Member*

Bring a yoga mat, includes canvas and paints

This uniquely creative coupling will have you physically stretching, breathing and relaxing into a gentle yoga class both mornings, followed by an opportunity to explore your intuitive creativity, healing and transformation by painting with hands on canvas during the afternoons. Betty Larsen will lead yoga exercises designed to free restrictions to accessing right brain artistic creativity, then Vicki Wagoner will assist participants in remembering and discovering their own gifts of playfulness, intuition, and self-expression. NO previous artistic or yoga experience required.

August 2014

Friday, August 8

2:00 - 4:00 pm

Painting for the Fun of It

with Ellie Cowan

$40 + $10 supply fee non-member *$36 + $10 BRMAA Member*

Includes canvas and paints


If you've always wanted to express yourself artistically

and just need the opportunity, this class is for you. Part open studio, art beginner instruction, part therapy! There's something for everyone in this low key, fun, and inspiring class to get your creative juices flowing. Learn about line, sketching, perspective, light and shadow, color, design, composition, terminology, and tools. We will complete a painting using acrylics on canvas.


Highlighted Master Class

September 11 & 12 (Thursday & Friday)

10:00am - 4:00pm

Plein Air Master Workshop with Jim Richards

$375 non-member *$337.50 BRMAA Member*

Space is limited




James Richards is world renowned Plein Air artist who is driven by a passionate connection with nature and a deep sense of obligation to relay his vision in the most truthful manner possible. Along with being a premier landscape painter James is highly sought after for his instruction and teaches workshops across the country and Europe.
This master workshop will develop a deeper understanding for the nature of light and its effects on value and color, and how to quickly capture the essence of a scene in Plein Air. This class will be held both indoors and out, and will include demonstrations, discussions, individual painting, one on one time at students easels, and critiques. A supply list is available. For more information visit Jim's website at www.jrichardsstudio.com.



Ongoing Classes

Art Lessons

with Gary Baughman (pastels), Keith Burgess (drawing, oils

or acrylics), Ellie Cowan (acrylics), Camille Day (oils & pastels),

or Max Muller (watercolors).

Prices vary by instructor.

Call the Art Center for further information.

Clay Lessons

with Lucas Garnto


Any day but Saturday or Monday (ages: 13+)

Class Fee: $100 per lesson + $5 supply fee (2 hours)

Call instructor for more information (478) 451-7020

Dance Lessons (resume in August)
with Roseann Tuttle
Class Fee: $40 per month (discounts for siblings or multiple classes)
$36 per month *BRMAA Member*
Ballet, tap, jazz, and combination classes for ages 3 and up.


If you are interested in teaching a course at The Art Center or have questions regarding classes, please email Lisa Tyler at BlueRidgeArts.programming@ gmail.com.

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.




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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