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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.
706-878-3087
There is a $5 parking fee for all programs at Smithgall Woods.
February 2018 
 

 
 
  
Saturday, February 24th  
10:00 AM- 12:00 PM
Volunteer Training
COST: N/A
Make your mark on Smithgall Woods! Learn more about this special conservation area and what volunteer opportunities are available. Take a tour of the park and see what it has to offer. $5 parking.Call the Visitor's Center for reservations and information at (706) 878-3087 or visit our website: 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/

 

 

Tri-State Model Railroaders

Open House

Announcement

 

The Model Railroaders of the Tri-State area invite you to their February open house this coming Saturday, Feb. 24th, from 10am until 1pm at the historic Mineral Bluff Depot, 150 Railroad Avenue, Mineral Bluff, GA. Come enjoy our circa 1952 representation of the L&N Railroad operating through Ellijay, Blue Ridge, Murphy and McCaysville/Copperhill. While visiting ask about becoming a member of our organization, TheTri-State Model Railroaders, Inc, a 501(C)(3) non-profit organization. Memberships at $65 per year available to men and women 18+ with free membership to those under 18 when sponsored by an adult member. We are dedicated to model railroading,  to preserving the historic depot for the people of the Tri-State area and to offering 5 mile round trip railroad motor car rides on our real railroad the weekends of June 23/24 and  September 22/23, 2018. For more info email:  tsmri@yahoo.com or phone 706-455-8903.

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Contact Info:

Gordon Tuenge

tsmri@yahoo.com   

706-455-8903

 

 

 Blue Ridge Mountains Arts Association

 

Dear Art Friends, 
We hope you had a wonderful start to the new year, and we welcome you to come to come visit our first two exhibits of 2018 at the Art Center featuring the art of Pam Beagle-Daresta and the photography of Jack Martin. We also have hundreds of other pieces of artwork on display from our member artists and a newly renovated ballet and yoga studio in place. Feel free to come for a visit and be sure to check out all of our upcoming events and classes below. 
 EXHIBITS & EVENTS
The Photography of Jack Martin
Award winning photographer Jack Martin presents his extraordinary photography during the 1st Quarter Artist-in-Residency at the Art Center. On display through March24th. 

"Orarius Ara" - The Art of Pamela Beagle-Daresta
Come see the enigmatic art of Pamela Beagle-Daresta inspired by the patterns and shapes of nature and the low tide seascape where ocean and river meet. 
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CLASSES & WORKSHOPS

 

 

 

 

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Come see our new yoga wall. Call to sign up for a class and enjoy 

playing on the wall while you enhance your health and well-being.

 



UPCOMING EVENTS & EXHIBITS

Youth Art Month
March 1 - 28

 Emerging artists from Fannin County area schools will display their creations inside the Richard Low Evans Gallery. Families, friends, teachers, art lovers, and the young artists themselves, will celebrate the talent, patience and hard work that goes into art and quality art education. Opening Reception will be March 1 from 4-6pm.

 


CORK & CANVAS
March 3 at 7pm
 
Support the arts as you enjoy delicious wine samplings from regional area vintners. This event includes a silent auction, wine grab event, savory food and live entertainment. Ticket prices are $35 for non-members, $30 for BRMAA members, and include a commemorative BRMAA wine glass and complimentary glass of wine with each event ticket. Proceeds benefit BRMAA youth programming and scholarships
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BLUE RIDGE
WRITERS' CONFERENCE
 April 6 & 7

The Blue Ridge Writers' Conference mission is to educate, inform and inspire writers. During this conference writers will network with fellow writers, expand their markets and learn to hone their skills in various break out sessions. The 21st annual conference begins with a Workshop Intensive held on Friday, April 6  from 10:30am-2:30pm. A Writers' Meet and Greet will take place Friday evening at 5pm. Writers' Conference sessions begin on Saturday, April 7 from 9am-5pm. 
 

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

Park Hours : 7:00 AM - Dark.
Visitor center Hours 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM Daily
We are located off of Hwy 75 ALT.
706-878-3087
There is a $5 parking fee for all programs at Smithgall Woods.

 

March 2018 
 
Saturday, March 3rd   
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. Meet at the visitor’s center. Call the Visitor's Center for reservations and information at (706) 878-3087 or visit our website: www.gastateparks.org/smithgallwoods
 
 
Saturday, March 3rd   
1:00
PM-3:00 PM

Mad About Metamorphosis 
COST: $5 per person and $5 parking pass per vehicle or a Friends Annual Pass
This event will consist of a brief talk about amphibian and insect metamorphosis and will be followed by a hike looking at an ephemeral pond and wetland, the event will conclude with meeting some of our outreach amphibians and insects that undergo metamorphosis. $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

Tuesday, March 6th 
2:00PM- 3:00
PM at the Education Cabin

Friends Meeting
COST: N/A
Join Smithgall’s advocacy group, Friends of Smithgall Woods, for an informal monthly meeting. Learn about volunteer projects and initiatives. Meet volunteers and Friends who volunteer and care for the park. This meeting takes place in the park’s education cabin. Call the Visitor’s Center for further information at (706) 878-3087 or www.gastateparks.org/smithgallwoods
 
 
Saturday, March 17th 
9:30
AM- 12:00 PM

Flies and Fly Water 
 COST: $5 per person & $5 parking pass per vehicle or a Friends Annual Pass

In preparation for the upcoming spring fishing season, we will have a “how to” on fly tying, stream reading, casting, and more. Come at 9:30 to hear a presentation on Stream Entomology (aka stream critters), then practice your fly tying and casting with Trout Unlimited volunteers. $5 plus $5 parking. Call the Visitor's Center for reservations and information at (706) 878-3087


 
Saturday, March 24th    
9:00
PM- 3:00 PM

Hemlock Treatment
COST:  $5 parking pass per vehicle or a Friends Annual Pass
We are gearing up to treat our Hemlock trees to protect them against the invasive insect the Hemlock Wooly Adelgid. This will be a two day treatment of the trees with an insecticide application. We aim to treat 300 trees in the park. There will be a period of instruction prior to treatment. Use this knowledge to treat your own hemlock trees. $5 parking. Please call the Visitor's Center for reservations and information at (706) 878-3087 or visit our website: www.gastateparks.org/smithgallwoods
 

Saturday, March 31st   
9:00
AM- 3:00 PM

Hemlock Treatment
COST: $5 parking pass per vehicle or a Friends Annual Pass
We are gearing up to treat our Hemlock trees to protect them against the invasive insect the Hemlock Wooly Adelgid. This will be a two day treatment of the trees with an insecticide application. We aim to treat 1,800 trees in the park. There will be a period of instruction prior to treatment. Use this knowledge to treat your own hemlock trees. $5 parking. 706-878-3087. Call the Visitor's Center for reservations and information at (706) 878-3087 or visit our website: www.gastateparks.org/smithgallwoods


Saturday, March 31st   
8:00
PM- 9:30 PM

Full Moon Frog Calling Night Hike
COST: $3 per person & $5 parking pass per vehicle or a Friends Annual Pass
See a different side of the park and join us for a guided night hike of our Wetland loop trail. This easy .5-mile loop passes a beaver-made wetland and will be active with calling frogs. The full moon is known to increase amphibian spawning and will produce a symphony of new sounds. Call the Visitor's Center to register at (706) 878-3087 $3 plus $5 parking. Call the Visitor's Center for reservations and information at (706) 878-3087 or visit our website: 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/

 

 




 

 

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
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
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
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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

 

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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.

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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