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Blue Ridge, GA 30513
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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.

May 2017

Saturday, May 27th
10:00 AM – 12:00 AM at the Visitor's Center/Education Cabin
Fun with Fish
COST: $5 per person PLUS $5 park pass per vehicle or a Friends Annual Pass
Ever wonder what lies beneath our lakes and streams? Find out in this fun and informative look at fishing. Try your hand at fishing on one of our two education ponds. We will shuttle to the fishing site by van. Live bait will be provided. All fishing is catch and release. Limit 12. $5 plus $5 parking. . Call the Visitor's Center for reservations and information at (706) 878-3087 or visit our website: www.gastateparks.org/smithgallwoods




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May 27th & 28th, 2017
Enjoy the 41st annual Spring Arts in the Park fine arts and fine crafts festival held in the beautiful Downtown City Park of Blue Ridge, Georgia during Memorial Day weekend. Admire artwork and enjoy tasty food from over 150 juried fine arts and fine crafts exhibitors and food booths. Weekend Admission: adults $5; children under 12 free.

CSA Shares are on sale NOW!
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.
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.
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





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.


**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






Click Here for Available Classes


Registration is Now Open!

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.

2017 Spring & Summer Art Center Classes

Adult Tap and Barre Tone
Beginning & Intermediate
May 19, June 2, 9, 16, 2017-Friday, 4 Sessions
10:15 am-12:00 pm
Instructor: Mary Gucciardo and Venae Ellis
Class Fee: $40.00 non-members
$36 BRMAA Members
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This workshop series is for individuals who want to learn tap for the first time or for those who want a refresher in tap dance. Learn the basics of a variety of tap styles designed to develop rhythm, style, and sound. Each session also incorporates Barre sculpting exercises taken from traditional ballet class, and weight training using the Ballet Barre. Each student will receive an uplifting warm-up for the major muscle group, invigorating tap movements to increase aerobic power and burn calories, exercises to tone the upper body, lower body, and core, and beautiful closing stretches to further increase alignment, flexibility, and proper posture. It is a great class to meet new friends and have a fun time. The class requires tap shoes, exercise mat and water. Optional dumbbell weights for toning 1-5 lbs can be used.
Restorative Yoga
May 19, 2017 Friday, 1 Session
June 25, 2017 Sunday, 1 Session
July 28, 2017 Friday, 1 Session
August 25, 2017 Friday, 1 Session
September 24, 2017 Sunday, 1 Session
4:00 pm-6:00 pm
Instructor: Sharon Coogle
Class Fee: $12.00 non-member & BRMAA Members
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Restorative yoga allows the practitioner to enter a state of deep physical and mental relaxation. Although some yoga experience is helpful, there is no prerequisite of knowledge or flexibility; extensive use of props and supports helps every body attain positions that encourage restoration.

Introduction to Zentangle
May 20, 2017 Saturday, 1 Session
10:00 am-3:00 pm
Instructor: Melanie Rothchild CZT
Class Fee: $35.00 non-members + $20.00 Supply Fee
$31.50 BRMAA Members + $20.00 Supply Fee

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This class will teach you a basic understanding of the Zentangle Method (TM), which is the artful use of structured patterns and shapes to create intricate and fantastic pictures on Zentangle squares. Zentangle is an art form in pen and ink that requires no previous artistic training. You will complete 2 original Zentangle tiles and will learn about the resources available to continue on your own. The techniques you learn will be structured patterns using pen and paper tiles, and using "strings" to make templates. Come join the class and make some new friends! There will be a 1/2 lunch, students may bring a bag lunch.
Heart, Hands and Healing Art
May 20, 2017 (Saturday) 1 session
July 22, 2017 (Saturday) 1 session
Nov. 4, 2017 (Saturday) 1 session
10:30 am- 1:00 pm
Instructor: Vicki Wagoner
Class Fee $ 45 non-member (tuition includes canvas and paints)
$ 40.50 *BRMAA Member*
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Hypnotherapist and artist, Vicki Wagoner, encourages creative and personal expression through a simple yet profound process of painting with your hands-no brushes, rules or artistic abilities required! The painting creates itself as you allow yourself to release any fear of painting, unblocking or reconnecting to your inner artist's creative expression. Each participant starts with the same blank canvas, and when the session is over, Vicki assists you to discover the epiphanies of new perspectives, possibilities, and insight that have been subconsciously created during the painting process. It will transform your life! Please wear old clothes allowing your inner child to play! All materials and interpretation of messages in painting included

Fearless Watercolor for Beginners
May 25, 2017 (Thursday) 1 session
1:30 pm- 4:30 pm
Instructor: Joyce Clair
Class Fee: $ 45.00 non-member + $10.00 Supply Fee
$ 40.50 *BRMAA Member* + $10.00 Supply Fee
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Watercolor painting can be fun and fearless if you have a plan, know how to use basic tools and techniques, and just "go with the flow". The goal is to paint loosely to create your impression of an image. Mistakes are expected, not perfection. Some mistakes are "happy accidents" and others may be corrected if needed. Yes, watercolor can be corrected and you will learn these "secrets" from the Instructor. This class is for beginners with no experience or some experience. After a practice session, the class will sketch and paint an 8X10 landscape or waterscape step-by-step with the Instructor. The finished painting will be placed in a 11X14 mat, ready for framing. You will learn how to plan, control and fix watercolor. The techniques learned are characteristics of watercolor paint, proper tools, basic watercolor painting techniques, color theory, color mixing and composition tips. The supply fee includes: watercolor paper and paint, brushes, mat and other supplies to paint one painting.

Relief Printmaking
June 2 & 3, 2017 (Friday & Saturday) 2 Session
10:15 am-1:15 pm
Instructor: Lisa & Chris Fraker
Class Fee: $100.00 Non-members
$90.00 BRMAA members

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What a great class to take if you want to expand your creativity into a new medium. This class is an introduction to relief printmaking. Students will learn how to use relief tools and create a relief print in one color. This is a great beginner's method because it allows you to explore a variety of texture in 2D work. The 2 prints you will take home are created using techniques of carving into a block, inking the block and pulling a print. The supply list will be provided upon registering for class. Come join in and create something you can show your friends and family!
Circular Copper Disk & Howlite Earrings
June 7, 2017, 1 Session
10:30 am-1:30 pm
Instructor: Barbara Chatham
Class Fee: $30.00 non-members & members
$30.00 Supply Fee

What a great class to learn some jewelry techniques to enhance your knowledge on jewelry making. You can make your own pair of earrings or give the beautiful set as a gift to someone special.
Students will learn to forge and dome copper disks as well as cut leather tassel, wire wrap Blue Howlite stone onto earrings. The use of the Jewelers Tool Box will be demonstrated in class. The lovely earrings will be on sterling silver French ear wires. Come take a fun class and meet new friends!
Watercolor Workshop-Taking Your Painting to the Next Level
Beginning & Intermediate
June 8, 2017, 1 Session
1:30 pm-4:30 pm
Instructor: Joyce Clair
Class Fee: $45.00 Non-members
$40.50 BRMAA members

What a great class to learn and advance your talent! Learn about the most common watercolor painting problems and ways to improve your paintings. Students will work independently on their projects as the instructor offers individualized critique and guidance. Students will start or complete a painting project of their choice. The techniques students will learn are principles and elements of design, transparent vs. opaque paint, sketching using a graph, how to use a photo reference, value plans and painting techniques. Students must bring your own supplies, a project to start or finish, and samples of previous works. This class is recommended for students with some experience.
Painting Watercolors Loose and Free on Yupo
Beginning & Intermediate
June 16, 2017, 1 Session
1:30 pm-3:30 pm
Instructor: Joyce Clair
Class Fee: $30 Non-members + $10 Supply Fee
$30 BRMAA members + $10 Supply Fee

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Watercolor painting on Yupo paper will keep you painting loose and free from over-controlled paintings. Yupo is a polypropylene paper with a slick surface. Watercolor floats on the surface allowing your paint to flow and mingle easily. This is a great class to find a new and exciting way to paint in watercolor. The student will take home an original watercolor picture on a 11X14 sheet of Yupo Paper. Some of the techniques the students will learn are lifting out whites, texture techniques, brush work, correcting mistakes and sealing you picture. Students must bring their own painting supplies and photo reference.
Beginning Jewelry Making
June 17, 2017 Saturday, 1 Session
Sept. 23, 2017 Saturday, 1 Session
Dec. 9, 2017 Saturday, 1 Session
10:30 am-12:30 pm
Instructor: Vicki Wagoner
Class Fee: $20.00 non-members + $15.00 Supply Fee
$20.00 BRMAA Members + $15.00 Supply Fee
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Craft your own design for a bracelet or necklace from a treasure trove of semi-precious stones, crystals, Czech glass, pearls, wooden beads, and more provided by jewelry artist, Vicki Wagoner. She will assist you to learn the basics of beading, from picking the perfect beads to working with the right tools to finish your own lovely one-of-a-kind creation that you will proudly wear home. Ages 7 and up welcome!
How to Mix Color in any Medium
Beginning, Intermediate & Advanced
July 1, 2017, 1 Session
10:00 am-4:00 pm
Instructor: Mark Menendez
Class Fee: $50.00 non-members + $10.00 Supply Fee
$45.00 BRMAA members + $10.00 Supply Fee

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This class if for any artist no matter what level you are painting! Every art student, in order to create successful paintings, must master the art of mixing color. In order to mix color, one must have a total understanding of color. An art student must not only know the definition of the terms: primary, secondary, tertiary, complimentary, value, Chroma, temperature, intensity, pigments, mediums, tint, tone, shade, harmony, and arrangement; but have a hands-on master of how to mix the exact color, every time. If you want to master color, this workshop is a must. The goals of the class will be maximizing your understanding and use of the color wheel. You will learn to mix the exact color, each and every time. The Supply Fee includes the unique TARGET COLOR Instructional Booklet. The supply list will be e-mailed once register for class.
Introduction to Leather Crafting
July 18, 2017 Tuesday, 1 Session
September 19, 2017 Tuesday, 1 Session
December 5, 2017 Tuesday, 1 Session
Instructor: Tom Slavicek
Class Fee: $40.00 non-members + $30.00 Supply Fee
$36.00 BRMAA Members + $30.00 Supply Fee

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Once learning the skills of cutting and stitching leather, you will create a beautiful hand crafted leather shoulder bag. In this fun class the student will be using a wood burning tool that inscribes a design onto the front of your shoulder bag. Students will also have the options of decoration their bag, which includes a strap, with tassels and "bling". You can design a one-of-a-kind shoulder bag for yourself or give as a present. The Instructor supplies all the materials necessary for your creative leather bag.

Georgia Peach Owl Pendant
July 20, 2017, Thursday-1 Session
10:30 am-1:30 pm
Instructor: Barbara Chatham
Class Fee: $30.00 non-members & members
$20.00 Supply Fee

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Turn a Georgia Peach seed into a work of art! Barbara has come up with a great class weaving a peach seed into a pendant with a leather cord. Students will learn a technique of forming wire bails for a leather cord. The peach seed will look like an owl using wire to create the eyes. The student will also learn a sailor's knot for the leather cord holding the owl pendent. What a fun class to create unique jewelry!

Introduction to Printmaking
July 21, 28 & August 4, 11, 2017, Friday-4 Session
1:30 pm-4:30 pm
Instructor: Lisa Fraker
Class Fee: $200.00 Non-members
$180.00 BRMAA members

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This printmaking class is a beginning class for students. The students will learn several techniques including drypoint, relief, and monotype. Most of the prints will be produced in black and white with the exception of monotype. You will also learn a basic method of hand printing that you can do at home. You are encouraged to bring reference materials for your prints. The students will take home 3 to 4 prints. What a new and creative way to express your artistic abilities. The Supply List will be provided upon registering for the class.
Unique Landscapes in Pastels
Beginning, Intermediate & Advanced
July 21, 22 & 23, 2017 Friday, Sat. & Sunday-3 Session
10:15 am-5:15 pm
Instructor: Stan Sperlak
Class Fee: $350.00 Non-members
$315.00 BRMAA members

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Stan Sperlak will conduct a mixed indoor/outdoor landscape workshop in pastels that will cover various methods of painting that focus on creating believable works through mature use of light, form and color. The students will see demos, slideshows and use props within the class. The highlights of the class include effects of light on forms, designing better contrasts, layering, strengthening how colors can be employed to new effects and solving the riddle for developing better understanding of values.
In t
his Master Artist class, you will also be experimenting with techniques in water and alcohol, working with gesso and pumice, under-painting and developing new calligraphy. The student will not only take home a painting, but will have a wealth of knowledge in the art of pastels! A supply list will be provided upon registering for this class.
Tear Drop Pendant and Earrings
August 2, 2017, Wednesday-1 Session
10:30 am-1:30 pm
Instructor: Barbara Chatham
Class Fee: $30.00 non-members & members
$30.00 Supply Fee

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If you like prisms you will love this class! Students will take home a Swarovski cage tear-drop pendant (20" sterling silver chain) and earrings! You will learn to form a square sterling silver wire cage for a tear drop crystal pendant. The techniques used will be wire wrapping, forming bail for the chain and making French earwires. This class creates a high quality sterling silver necklace and earrings. What a great class to take with your friends and family. Come join the class and make friends and have some fun!
Egyptian Spiral Copper Bracelet
September 13, 2017, Wednesday-1 Session
10:30 am-1:30 pm
Instructor: Barbara Chatham
Class Fee: $30.00 non-members & members
$30.00 Supply Fee

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This copper bracelet is one of a kind you create in this fun class. The instructor will teach you to make Egyptian Spiral Links and design placement for a comfortable fit. The students will learn to make jump rings to connect the spirals and spiral toggle for the bracelet closure. You will also learn how to patina copper. All the jeweler's tools will be supplied. Come be creative and make a great piece of jewelry for yourself or a present for friends and family.
Creative Nonfiction Writing Workshop
September 16, 2017, Saturday-1 Session
10:30 am-12:30 pm
Instructor: Carol Crawford
Class Fee: $35.00 non-members
$31.50 BRMAA members

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Learn to write true stories with techniques used by fiction writers to keep readers turning pages. Write a personal essay or a mini-memoir in this writing-intensive class. Get great feedback from instructor and group. Students will learn dialogue, pacing, characterization and setting to make stories come alive. The students should bring a computer or a notebook and pen. Come be creative and learn a new form of art!
Leather Crafting-Level 1 & 2
September 19 & 20, 2017, Tuesday & Wednesday-2 Sessions
10:30 am-5:00 pm
Instructor: Tom Slavicek
Class Fee: $130.00 non-members
$117.00 BRMAA members

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This is a great class for students who have taken Intro to Leather and have had experience in making a leather bag using pre-cut and punched leather pieces. Levels 1 & 2 will teach students how to cut and stamp leather, design their own leather bag (or use one of many templates available) and begin to learn pyrography on leather, colorizing wax ink and dry wax techniques. Students will make up to 2 bags, depending on their choice of size and complexity. Instructors provide shapes, tassels and all other needed materials that will be used to make a truly unique pair of bags! Some of the techniques students will learn are cutting and punching leather, using a wood burner to burn a pattern into leather, colorizing leather with waxes. This class will be especially fun to take with a friend or with family!
Woven Basket on Howlite Pendant
October 4, 2017, Wednesday-1 Session
10:30 am-1:30 pm
Instructor: Barbara Chatham
Class Fee: $30.00 non-members & members
$30.00 Supply Fee

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What a great class to learn to weave copper wire over a gemstone. Students will take home a beautiful pendant that is very unique. The Instructor will teach how to create a wire weave basket design over a blue oval howlite gemstone. The technique of forming wire bails for a leather cord along with caring of gemstones will be covered in this fun class. Students will get to choose a blue howlite gemstone for their project. Come create your own unique pendent and have a great time!
Paint Memorable Watercolor Portraits with Impact
October 5 & 6, 2017, Thursday & Friday-2 Sessions
10:00 am-5:00 pm
Instructor: Tuva Stephens
Class Fee: $200.00 non-members
$180.00 BRMAA members

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Tuva will demonstrate her process of developing memorable, expressive and impactful watercolor portraits that can be applied to any subject. Her philosophy is, "the success of a painting starts way before paint touches paper." She will demonstrate the "mingling" of her suggested pigments on a vertical damp surface to create any complexion tone. She will also reveal a map for success for ANY painting and the importance of intuition. Demonstrations and individual instruction will be used to motivate students of all ages and skills. A supply list will be provided upon registering.
Earrings of Sterling Silver-2 Pairs
November 1, 2017, Wednesday-1 Session
10:30 am-1:30 pm
Instructor: Barbara Chatham
Class Fee: $30.00 non-members & members
$30.00 Supply Fee

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This class is one of the most popular jewelry classes because you create two pairs of quality sterling silver earrings. Student will learn to forge with jeweler's hammers and learn finishing of edges of sterling silver. The techniques include shaping a Reposse' (raised pattern in sterling), wire wrapping fresh water pearls for a tear drop earring and forming sterling silver french ear wires. Different choices of gemstones will be available to create your own style in jewelry. Come have some fun and create! The other pair of earrings can be seen on the website.

Ongoing Classes

Art Lessons by Appointment

Call the Art Center to schedule or for more information.

Keith Burgess (oils , acrylics and drawing)
Sherry Bolin (fiber arts-loom)
Barbara Chatham (jewelry)
Joyce Clair (watercolors)
Joyce Dumas (photography)
Lisa Fraker (acrylics and gouache)
Becky Ferrell (Master American Sign Language)
Brooke Nations (acrylics)
Melanie Rothchild (Zentangle)
Colleen Sterling (drawing)
Marie Luce Van Asten (pottery)
Come check out our instructors here!
Prices vary by instructor.

Tuesdays, Wednesdays & Thursdays by appointment

Music Classes for Adults & Children

with Matt Scoggins

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

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Ongoing Precision Alignment Yoga™ Courses

with Sharon Coogle and Betty Larsen

*Prices Vary

Precision Alignment Yoga™ Level I
Wednesday 6:10 pm-7:40 pm
Thursday 8:40 am-9:55 am & 10:00 am-11:25 am
Instructor: Sharon Coogle
Improve strength, balance and flexibility; increase range of motion; integrate mindful breathing with movement while learning fundamental poses and the use of props for the safe, effective practice of this gentle, anatomically based style of yoga. Personalized instruction respects individual physical conditions.
Precision Alignment Yoga™ Level II
Thursday 11:35 am-1:35 pm
Instructor: Betty Larsen
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: Sunday, April 30, 2017, Friday, May 19, 2017
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)


We will be finishing up soon and enjoying a Summer Break.

Classes will resume in August!


Call us to recieve more information for our 2017 - 2018 season.

Want to give a creative gift that will leave lasting memories?

Contact the Art Center for class gift certificates and give the gift of art!

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

Blue Ridge Mountains Arts Association

420 West Main Street

Blue Ridge, GA 30513

(706) 632-2144






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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. TAX ID: 58-2479748




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
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June 2017   


Saturday, June 3rd
9:00 AM- 11:00 AM

National Trails Day: Dukes Creek Falls Hike
COST: N/A $5 parking pass per vehicle or a Friends Annual Pass

Take a guided hike through the captivating scenery of Smithgall Woods on the Dukes Creek Falls Trail. This 2.0-mile trail follows winds along thickets of rhododendron and mountain laurel concluding with the magnificent Dukes Creek Falls. There will be a break for rest and picture opportunities at the falls. Please wear good hiking shoes and bring water. Guided hikes will be offered every second Saturday of the month (weather permitting). Throughout the year, hikes will rotate through the various trails located throughout Smithgall. All ages are welcome. No pets please.



Tuesday, June 6th
2:00 PM- 3:00 PM

Friends Meeting
This informative monthly meeting will give you the ins and outs of Smithgall Woods. Join Smithgall Wood’s Volunteers for a look at upcoming events and activities to help around the park. Make some new friends and find a way to give back. Call the Visitor's Center for reservations and information at (706) 878-3087 or visit our website:



Wednesday, June 7th, June 14th
8:00 PM- 9:30 PM

Sounds of Summer Night Hike

COST: $3 per person plus $5 parking pass per vehicle or a Friends Annual Pass
There are sounds associated with summer in the South: the steady hum of cicadas and katydids, the peeping of frogs, the mournful calls of a screech owl. Engage your senses and see what exciting experiences happen at night. This hike will take place on the .5-mile Wetland loop trail. $3 plus $5 parking. Call the Visitor's Center for reservations and information at (706) 878-3087 or visit our website:



Thursday, June 8th, June 15th
7:30 AM- 9:00 AM

Birding at the Break of Dawn

COST: $3 per person plus $5 parking pass per vehicle or a Friends Annual Pass
Wake up to the melodious calls of our native bird species. Join the interpretive ranger for some early morning birding at Smithgall Woods. From phoebes and gnat-catchers to red-shouldered hawks, early morning is the time to hear and see birds at their best. $3 plus $5 parkingCall the Visitor's Center for reservations and information at (706) 878-3087 or visit our website:


Saturday, June 10th
10:00 AM -1:00 PM at the Visitor’s Center
Kids Day at the Park
COST: $5 per person. $5 park pass per vehicle or a Friends Annual Pass
Bring your kids and their endless imaginations for a fun day of learning and play at Smithgall. This year’s theme is the Wonders of Water! There will be outdoor games, stream ecology, water guns, water balloons, and much more. Bring your sack lunch. $5 per person. 706-878-3087.Call the Visitor's Center for reservations and information at (706) 878-3087 or visit our website:


Saturday, June 10th
10:00 AM- 11:30 AM

First Visit Tour
COST: $5 parking pass per vehicle or a Friends Annual Pass
Learn more about Smithgall Woods on a tour of the Visitor Center and a van tour of the park. See the covered bridge, the famous Dukes Creek, and our renowned cottages. There is no charge for the tour, but donations are welcomed. $5 parking. Call the Visitor's Center for reservations and information at (706) 878-3087 or visit our website:


Saturday, June 17th
9:30 AM -2:00 PM at the Visitor’s Center
Basic Land Navigation
COST: $30 per person. $5 park pass per vehicle or a Friends Annual Pass
Learn basic land navigation to include an explanation of the compass and how it works, true north vs. magnetic north, terrain features and contour lines, application of the compass to the map and map to the compass, and pacing will all be covered. Basic principles will be covered in-doors. Liquid filled compasses will be supplied, or you may use your personal compass. $30 or $25 if registered by June 10th. Limit 16. Call the Visitor's Center for reservations and information at (706) 878-3087 or visit our website:






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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