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On Thursday, April 21 Dyana will be showcasing the new Low Vision
equipment that our library and our regional system has been given by Georgia Library for Accessible Services to assist people with visual
handicaps. Anybody can come and get a demonstration of this equipment.

On Saturday, April 23, from 10:30AM-12 noon local author Wally Avett will be speaking and signing his books. Mr. Avett resides just over the border in North Carolina and writes the column "Hillbilly Ranger" in the Cherokee Scout. An accomplished storyteller, he is the author of "Coosa Flyer," "Rebel Bushwhacker," "Murder in Caney Fork," and "Last Bigfoot in Dixie."

Please call the library at 706-632-5263 for more information!

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




April Events

Welcome to the monthly e-news from Smithgall Woods.
Park Hours : 7:00 AM - Dark.
Visitor center Hours 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM Daily
We are located off of Hwy 75 ALT.
There is a $5 parking fee for all programs at Smithgall Woods.


Saturday, April 23rd
8:00 AM - 12:00 PM at the Visitor's Center
Canines for the Cure
COST: $5 parking pass per vehicle or a Friends Annual Pass

Join Smithgall Woods and Relay for Life for a fun day of fundraising and friend-making. Begin your day with a beautiful 5k race through Smithgall Woods, and stay to enjoy canine-related fun and activities, such as: the Puppy Pageant, law enforcement canines, adoptable pets from Smithgall Animal Shelter and so much more. Please contact the visitor center for reservations & further information. (706) 878-3087 or www.gastateparks.org/smithgallwoods

Saturday, April 16th

10:00 AM - 11:30 AM at the Visitor’s Center
Bird Feeding Friend-sy
COST: $5 parking pass per vehicle and $3 per person pre-paid by April 11th, $5 at the door
Join us in making bird feeders for our feathered friends out of recycled materials. Bring in your old two liter bottles, one liter bottles, and milk cartons so that we can reuse them for a fun craft! Help us feed our migratory species as they move through the park. We can hang them around the park or you can take your craft home! 706-878-3087. Call the Visitor's Center for information at (706) 878-3087 or www.gastateparks.org/smithgallwoods

Saturday, April 30th
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM at the Visitor's Center
Native American Cultures and Medicinal Plants

COST: $7 if pre-paid by April 20th, $10 after. $5 parking fee not included.

This event will consist of a brief talk about Native American culture in Northeast Georgia and will be followed by a hike looking at medicinal plants used by these cultures. $7 adult pre-paid by April 20th/$10 after. Children $5 pre-paid/$7 after. $5 parking. 706-878-3087.Please contact the Visitor Center for reservations & further information. (706) 878-3087 or www.gastateparks.org/smithgallwoods


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/



Spring Events
Welcome to the monthly e-news from Hardman Farm, Georgia's newest state historic site! The site operates as a satellite of Smithgall Woods State Park. Registration is suggested for tours and programs.
To register for programs, call Hardman Farm at 706-878-1077.
Hardman Farm is open 10 AM - 4 PM Thursday - Sunday.

Group tours are available for groups of 10 or more.
New for 2016! Field Trips and Outreach - call for more information.

Thursdays - Sundays

A New Life in Nacoochee
Beginning on the hour from 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM

This tour is our “domestic” tour which includes information about the Unicoi Turnpike, the “Big House” and related structures. Learn about the Nichols family who moved to the valley in 1870 and what brought them here.
$12 for adults, $10 for seniors, $7 for youth, and $3 for children under 6.

Saturdays and Sundays

The Bread and Butter Tour on the half hour

Among Dr. Lamartine Hardman’s many interests was agriculture. As a “gentleman farmer,” Dr. Hardman studied, experimented with and promoted the advanced agricultural techniques of his day. At Nacoochee, he created a dairy operation called the Nacoochee Dairy. Learn about the dairy operation, livestock, and crops grown at Nacoochee in the early 1900’s.
$12 for adults, $10 for seniors, $7 for youth, and $3 for children under 6 (plus tax)

Saturday, April 30

The 19th Century Pharmacist 12:30 - 1:30 PM

The occupation of "Druggist" winds throughout the history of the site we know as Hardman Farm. The practice, tools, and study of 19th century pharmacy, including medicinal plants, will be explored with footnotes on the associations with characters in the life of the site.

If you are interested in volunteering at Hardman Farm,
call Johnna Tuttle at 706-878-1077 for more details.



Upcoming 2016 Art Center Classes

Make 2016 the year you get back into your art! We are proud of our 2016 line-up of instructors. Scroll below to see what we have to offer!


To register, simply follow the link to our website and register online!

April 2016

April 5, 12, 19, and May 3 (Tuesdays)
4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Introduction to Zentangle: Beautiful Art is Possible One Pen Stroke at a Time
with Melanie Rothchild
$40 non-member + $20 supply fee;
$36 *BRMAA Member* + $20 supply fee
Interested? Follow me!
This series of classes will give you a basic understanding of the Zentangle MethodTM, which is the artful use of structured patterns and shapes to create intricate and fantastic pictures with ink on Zentangle squares. Students will learn how to create a basic original Zentangle tile in the first session, and then will expand upon the basic concepts with the addition of new patterns and concepts in the following 5 sessions. Techniques learned include patterning with lines and shapes, using strings to make templates, completing deliberate and intentional pen strokes, and the addition of sepia and color to the repeated patterning. All supplies will be included in the class fee.

April 14, 21, 28 and May 5, 12 (Thursdays)

4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Bravo! American Sign Language - Level 3

with Kim Kirkpatrick


Interested? Follow me!
The third of three 5-week courses. Participants will have an opportunity to examine Deaf culture and grammar as well as vocabulary associated with recreational, medical, and clothes shopping situations. Learn to distinguish various uses of numbers in ASL, and to delineate certain legal rights of Deaf patients as well as recognize the importance of facial expressions.

April 20 (Wednesday)

2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Fun with Alcohol Ink on Tile

with Joyce Clair

$40 non-member + $10 supply fee;

$36 *BRMAA Member* + $10 supply fee

Interested? Follow me!
In this 2-hour class with Joyce Clair, you will create 4 beautiful images with alcohol ink on white glazed ceramic tiles. This is a fun and mistake-free project! Blending colors and adding unique texture is easy with alcohol ink, so beginners are welcome. When making your design, if you are not happy with the results, simply wipe off the ink and start over! Final designs will be sprayed with sealer and sent home with you. Wear short sleeves and a smock or old clothes as the ink stains. All supplies included, and gloves are provided.

April 22 (Friday)

6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Fun with Yupo!

with Fred Anderson

$35 non-member; $31.50 *BRMAA Member*

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Artist, Fred Anderson, will teach you to create one-of-a-kind creations with his fun and easy-to-learn technique using Yupo paper. Yupo paper has a few unique qualities that set it apart. First, Yupo does not absorb water or paint like traditional canvas, so you may play and manipulate the paint for longer while creating. Yupo also allows colors to show vibrantly, allowing your piece to pop! Come learn how to use this amazing product with Fred Anderson, and see why it is becoming so popular among the abstract and impressionistic art communities!

April 22 and 23 (Friday and Saturday)

9:00 am - 6:00 pm

Conceptual Portraiture Lighting Program

with Lou Freeman

$395 non-member; $355.50 *BRMAA Member*

Interested? Follow me!
In this hands-on workshop, students will embark on the process of learning and interacting with lighting solutions for Portrait Photography. Natural light and studio lighting will be discussed fully in class, as well as how to amend your lighting to achieve stunning results both in-studio and on location. Learn how to choose the best lighting possible for the situation at hand. The students will photograph subjects and work hands-on with lighting and ambient light tools to enhance their photographic portrait skills. This class is designed for anyone wishing to create more conceptual portraits for personal or professional level photography needs. To gain the best results from this workshop, we suggest that students have an understanding of their camera, F-stop, shutter speed, and have processed their images through Lightroom or Photoshop. The afternoon of Day 2, all students will import their images, adjust them for critiquing, and make selections of their best images.

April 29 (Friday)

6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Merlot's Masterpiece

with Camille Day

$40 non-member; $36 *BRMAA Member*

Interested? Follow me!
Learn and laugh and create a masterpiece! Candy Day will lead you step-by-step in the creation of your painting as you enjoy a glass of wine! No painting experience needed. You'll be surprised by what you learn along the way, but even more so, you'll be surprised by what you are capable of! All painting supplies and a glass of wine will be provided. We ask you to be 20 years of age or older, and suggest you wear old clothes, in case of an incident with a wet brush or clumsy elbows near loaded palettes.

Ongoing Classes

Art Lessons by Appointment

Call the Art Center to schedule or for more information.

Keith Burgess (oils , acrylics and drawing)
Kim Hamby (colored pencils)
Barbara Chatham (jewelry)
Joyce Clair (watercolors)
Sherry Bollins (fiber arts)
Prices vary by instructor.

Tuesdays & Wednesdays by appointment

Music Classes for Adults & Children

with Matt Scoggins

$35 per hour or $20 per half hour non-member

$31.50 per hour or $20 per half hour *BRMAA Member*

Music classes for very beginners or experienced musicians in piano, acoustic or electric guitar, mandolin and ukulele. Any style of music can be covered. Matt Scoggins has over 5 years' experience teaching in school and private settings. His passion for music and patience in teaching others will foster the creative abilities inherent in his students. Learn music theory, sight reading, chords, tablature and some improv.

Visit the website!

By appointment

Up-Cycle Old Jewelry

with Barbara Chatham

$20 per hour + $20 supply fee

Learn to repurpose that old and outdated jewelry by creating new jewelry with the components! Barbara Chatham will work personally with her student to identify useable components on an old piece, disassemble it properly, extract precious stones, and then reuse the component to make one-of-a-kind accessories. However, this is not simply to walk away with incredible new jewelry. Barbara takes time to impart lessons that can be used for future jewelry-creating sessions: how to plan a piece, proper disassembly, identifying stones, using jeweler's parts (clasps, hooks) appropriately, necessary tools, and putting it all together. Come once and learn to update your jewelry forever!


Ongoing Precision Alignment Yoga™ Courses

with Sharon Coogle

*Prices Vary

Basics of Precision Alignment Yoga™
Thursdays 8:40 am - 9:50 am
Instructor: Sharon Coogle
Improve strength, balance and flexibility; increase range of motion; integrate breath with movement while learning the fundamental poses, basic terminology and the use of props for the safe, effective practice of Precision Alignment Yoga™. Personalized instruction respects individual physical conditions. Prepares the student for Level I Precision Alignment Yoga™ classes.
Precision Alignment Yoga™ Level I
Thursdays 10:00 am - 11:30 am; Thursdays 6:15 pm - 7:45 pm
Instructor: Sharon Coogle
Learn the practice of this gentle, anatomically based style of yoga. Students will improve flexibility, balance and mobility; strengthen muscles and bones, adjust asymmetrical posture, learn to ease many structural discomforts and to breathe mindfully. Basics of Precision Alignment Yoga™ or comparable experience is recommended.
Precision Alignment Yoga™ Level II
Thursdays 11:35 am - 1:35 pm;Saturdays 10:30 am - 12:30 pm
Instructor: Sharon Coogle
For students with a solid foundation, an opportunity to go deeper into the practice and philosophy of yoga. Correct positioning, longer holds and more complex poses continue to engage the student physically while increasing the focus on the internal aspects of a yoga practice. Precision Alignment Yoga™ Level I or comparable experience is recommended.
Restorative Yoga
Friday or Sunday 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Instructor: Sharon Coogle
Upcoming dates: 3/25, 4/24, 5/27
Restorative yoga is a deeply relaxing practice that encourages the release of physical and mental tensions. Relying on props and supports to ensure the practitioner's comfort during gentle movement and prolonged holds of a few positions, restorative yoga and calms the mind, the body and the spirit, and brings them into balance. Restorative yoga improves wellness, relieves fatigue, enhances flexibility and alignment, and nurtures the respiratory, circulatory and nervous systems. While prior yoga experience is an advantage, it is not a prerequisite to participation in these restorative yoga sessions.

Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays

Children's Dance Lessons

Jazz, Tap and Ballet

with Roseann Tuttle

$40 monthly (discounts available)

New registrants will not be able to perform in the Recital.


Pre Ballet-Tuesdays at 4pm

Beginner Ballet-Tuesdays at 5pm

Third-Year Ballet-Tuesdays at 6pm

Intermediate Ballet-Thursdays at 5pm

Advanced Ballet/Pointe-Wednesdays at 4pm



Youth Tap-Tuesdays at 7pm

Teen Tap-Wednesdays at 6pm



Youth Jazz-Thursdays at 4pm

Advanced Jazz-Wednesdays at 5pm


If you are interested in teaching a course at The Art Center or have questions regarding classes, please email our class coordinator, Devon Faria, at BlueRidgeArts.programming@gmail.com.

Blue Ridge Mountains Arts Association

420 West Main Street

Blue Ridge, GA 30513

(706) 632-2144







The Event at Boling Park in Canton, Georgia, Features a Schedule Packed with Activities for All Audiences, Native American Food and Art, and More


Rolling Thunder Enterprises announces its 27th annual Cherokee County Indian Festival and Mother’s Day Powwow on Saturday, May 7, and Sunday, May 8, 2016, at Boling Park in Canton, Georgia.


This north Georgia tradition features many favorite activities for all audiences, including a Native American dance competition; warriors on horseback; Native film and TV stars; hoop dancers and Aztec dancers; tipis, wigwam and living Indian village and displays; Northern Plains encampment; primitive skills; environmental and wildlife displays; Native American artisans; Save the Horses rescue group; train rides and other activities for children; Mother’s Day Honor Dance and much more. The grand entry will take place at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.


Food will be served throughout the day and is scheduled to include Native American cuisine such as buffalo burgers, gator tail, roasted corn, Indian frybread, Indian tacos and other dishes.


The Indian Festival and Mother’s Day Powwow will take place rain or shine. Tickets will be on sale at the gate throughout the event, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday. Children under age 5: free; children ages 6 to 12: $5; adults (13 and up): $15.


For more information about parking, seating, picture taking and other questions, go to rthunder.com.



About Rolling Thunder Enterprises
Rolling Thunder Enterprises has been producing cultural showcases and entertainment programs for more than two decades with rave reviews from educational institutions, corporations, law enforcement and government leaders, the film industry and more. Its founder, Chipa Wolfe, is of French and Indian descent. His desire to highlight Native culture is amplified by a deeper desire to promote a union between Man and Earth. Whether lecturing at a university, corporation or military base or campaigning for sacred site conservancy or a healthier environment for future generations, Chipa articulates his message in a manner that reflects sincerity and passion. For more information about Rolling Thunder’s productions and performances, go to rthunder.com.




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


>^,,^< 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.

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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