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Jan. 21, 2018
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Lanier area events calendar

Outdoors Calendar

Grounded Pursuits
 Braselton Life Path 5K/8K Run/Walk. 9 a.m. Jan. 6, Northeast Georgia Medical Center Braselton, 1400 River Place. $35, $40 race day, $20 no shirt., 770-833-6047.
North Gwinnett Soccer Sprint 5K, Suwanee. 9 a.m. Jan. 6, City Hall, 350 Suwanee Town Center Park. $28.
Lanier Running Club, Gainesville. Runners invited to club meeting with featured speaker, Jan. 8, Recess Southern Gastro Pub, 118 Bradford St. NW.
Wilderness Survival 101, Helen. Two-day overnight learning experience taught by Byron Kerns, former U.S. Air Force Survivor Instructor, on the seven priorities of wilderness survival, 10 a.m. Jan 13-14, Smithgall Woods State Park, 61 Tsalaki Trail. $250 adults, $125 youth ages 14-17 attending with adult, parking $5. Register in advance. 352-350-4450,
39th Annual Hogpen Hill Climb/Piglet 5K, Helen. Challenging 18K run up Hogpen Gap, plus easier 5K loop around Unicoi Lake, 11/9:30 a.m. Jan. 13, Park Beach House, Unicoi State Park, 1788 Hwy. 356. $20-$50.
Grand Day at the Park, Tallulah Falls. Grandparents bring grandkids to enjoy ranger-led activities, 10 a.m.-11:30 a.m. Jan. 15, Tallulah Gorge State Park, 338 Jane Hurt Yarn Dr. $5 parking., 706-754-7981.
Brown Bag Lecture, Gainesville. Bring a lunch, hear guest speaker Odis Sisk talk about protecting urban trees in North Georgia, doors open 12:30 p.m., lecture 1-2 p.m. Jan. 18, Elachee Nature Science Center, 2125 Elachee Dr. $5, members free., 770-535-1976.
Chilly Willy 5K/10K/Half Marathon, Sugar Hill. 8:30 a.m. Jan. 20, Downtown Sugar Hill, 5039 W. Broad St. $35-$55.
9th Annual Lakeview Academy Resolution Fun Run/Tot Trot/5K, Gainesville. 3/3:20/3:30 p.m. Jan. 21, Lakeview Academy, 796 Lakeview Rd. $25.
Java Jog 5K/10K, Dawsonville. 8:30 a.m. Jan. 27, Rock Creek Athletic Complex, 445 Martin Rd. $25.
Stars over Elachee, Gainesville. View constellations, the moon, planets and stars under the night sky 5:45-7:45 p.m. Jan. 27, Chicopee Lake, 2100 Calvary Church Rd. Suggested for adults and children age 8 and older. Bring flashlight and pencil for night viewing. Register in advance, reserve a telescope. $10 adults, $5 children 2-12. Free to Elachee members., 770- 535-1976.
Full Moon Suspension Bridge Hike, Tallulah Falls. Mile and a half night hike down 310 stairs to suspension bridge over falls 6:45-8:15 p.m. Jan. 31, Tallulah Gorge State Park, 338 Jane Hurt Yarn Dr. Register in advance. $5, plus $5 parking., 706-754-7981.


Sunday N.H. Tech Rides, Gainesville. Base pace road bike rides averaging 40-60 miles roll out at 1:15 p.m. Sundays from North Hall Technology Center, 4175 Nopone Rd. or from other locations. Contact:
Volunteer Gardening Crew, Gainesville. Work to maintain and improve nature center grounds, 1st and 3rd Thursdays each month, Elachee Nature Science Center, 2125 Elachee Dr. Wear close-toed shoes, bring bug spray, sunscreen, and water. Call to register. 770-535-1976.
Garden Train, Story Times, Crafts, Gainesville. Children and family activities, various times, Atlanta Botanical Garden Gainesville Garden, 1911 Sweet Bay Dr. $3 or free with garden admission or membership., 404-888-4760.

Lake Lanier Olympic Park events

LCKC (Lanier Canoe & Kayak Club)
   Jan. 1 - Polar Bear Plunge
   Mar. 18 - Lula Bridge Race 
LLRC (Lake Lanier Rowing Club)                                          
   Jan. 20 - Mark Williams Ergatta
   Jan.-Feb. - Winter & Spring Break Training
   Mar. 24-25 - John Hunter Regatta
Other LLOP events
   Mar. 23 - Food Truck Friday
   Apr. 20 - Food Truck Friday

Other area events

Thru Jan. – Abrakadoodle at Hobby Lobby, 1146 Dawsonville Highway NW, Gainesville. Times: 1:30-2:30 p.m., every Tuesday and Thursday. Admission: $12 per child for ages 4-12. Info: 470-252-5108.
Jan. 7 – Boomers Gone Wild, full live band, performs ‘60s and ‘70s hits, 7-9 p.m. at The Crimson Moon, 24 N. Park St., Dahlonega. Admission: $9-12.
Jan. 8-13 – Coloring Week for Adults held at Hall County Library System, Gainesville Branch, 127 Main St. NW, Gainesville. Times: 10 a.m.-8 p.m., Jan.8, 11; 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Jan. 9, 10; 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Jan. 12, 13. Free. Info: 770-532-3311, X114;
Jan. 21-27 – Beauty Around Us, a display of work by Judy Canonico in watercolor, acrylic and oil, exhibited at Inman Perk Café in the Gainesville Square. Times: 7 a.m.-9 p.m. Free to stroll through to admire her work and all pieces are for sale. Info:
Brenau University
Info: 770-538-4764;

Buford Community Center
Jan. 13 – One Night in Memphis, created and directed by John Mueller in 2012, is the number one and official tribute to legendary Sun Records recording artists’ Carl Perkins, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis and Elvis. More than 90 minutes of rockabilly, country, gospel and pure 1950s rock and roll music performed in Sylvia Beard Theatre and starring former cast members of the “Million Dollar Quartet.” Performance: 8 p.m. Tickets: $30-35.
Jan. 20 – The Drifters perform at 8 p.m. in Sylvia Beard Theatre. Tickets: $30-35.
Info: 770 945-6762,

Chateau Elan Winery & Resort

Clarkesville’s Historic Habersham Community Theater
Feb. 2-11 – “The Savannah Sipping Society” tells the story of four Southern women who meet and turn weekly happy hours into a mission to renew their enthusiasm for life. Performances: 7:30 p.m., Feb. 2, 3, 8, 9, 10; 2 p.m., Feb. 4, 11. Tickets: $15, adults; $8 students/children.
Info: 706-839-1315;

Cumming Playhouse
Jan. 13 – “Buffalo Stack,” American Roots Music, two performances – 3 p.m. & 8 p.m. Tickets: $15-20.
Jan. 20 – Harpeth Rising, voted ‘Best Local Band in Nashville,’ two performances – 3 & 8 p.m. Tickets: $15-20.
Feb. 8-25 – “Southern Sirens,” a Southern comedy by Georgia Playwright Alicia Croxton Dutton, tells the story of five middle-aged ladies who have an all-girls beach getaway every year. Tickets: $22.50-25.
Info:  770 781-9178,

Dahlonega’s Historic Holly Theatre
Jan. 13 – The Official and Original Jimmy Buffett Tribute band performs at 8 p.m. In 1992, A1A won a Margaritaville Records-sponsored Jimmy Buffett Sound Alike Contest, becoming the only Tribute Band to be personally sanctioned by Jimmy Buffett himself. Tickets: $35, $27.
Jan. 20 – Tom and Juli with Friends, features home town favorites presenting an evening of music and entertainment. All proceeds benefit Relay for Life of Lumpkin County. Times: 7-10 p.m. Tickets: $15.
Feb. 3 – Sail On The Beach Boys Tribute, presents Sail On, the leading Beach Boys tribute band creating the harmonies of the world’s #1 summer band. Time: 8 p.m. Tickets: $35, $27.
Info: 706-864-3759.

Gainesville Theatre Alliance
Jan. 30 – Free Stage Tour at 6 p.m. of “Avenue Q,” featuring a peek behind the scenes at Brenau’s Hosch Theatre.
Feb. 1 – Free Stage Tour at 6 p.m. of “Monstrous Regiment,” featuring a peek behind the scenes at UNG-Gainesville’s Cabell Theatre.
Feb. 13-24 – “Avenue Q” presented at Brenau’s Hosch Theatre. Performances: 7:30 p.m., Feb. 13-17, 20-24; 2:30 p.m., Feb. 18, 24. Free Opening Night Reception Feb. 13 in the Theatre’s lobby following the performance with the cast and crew, catered by 2 Dog Café. Also, a Talk Back with Cast & Crew, a lively and free Q&A session following Tuesday’s Feb. 20 performance.
Feb. 16-24 – “Monstrous Regiment,” by Terry Pratchett, adapted for the stage by Stephen Briggs, presented at UNG-Gainesville’s Cabell Theatre. Performances 7:30 p.m., Feb. 16, 18, 20-24; 2:30 p.m., Feb. 17, 24. Free Opening Night Reception held Feb. 16 in the Gainesville Campus lobby following the performance with the cast and crew. Also, a Talk Back with Cast & Crew, Q&A session following Feb. 20 performance.
Info: 678-717-3624;

Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds
Jan. 20 – Ronnie Milsap and T.G. Sheppard perform at 7 p.m. Tickets: $37 & $47, plus handling/credit card fees.

Habersham Community Theater

Interactive Neighborhood for Kids
Jan. 1 – INK open for New Year’s Day, come and help bring in the New Year.
Jan. 1-7 – New Year’s Craft Week, create some fun New Year’s crafts like a party hat and noise maker.
Jan. 8-14 – Snow Globe Craft Week, crate an adorable snow globe using paper and paint.
Jan. 15-21 – Martin Luther King Week, learn about this important person in our history and make some crafts to celebrate him.
Jan. 22-28 – Ice Skating Craft Week, create ice skates.
Jan. 29-Feb. 4 – Penguin Craft Week, make an adorable penguin to take home.
Info: 770 536-1900,

Lake Lanier Islands
• Thru Jan. 3 – Magical Nights of Lights, 25th year features the return of “12 Days of Christmas” offering 7-mile light display, Santa’s Elves at Work, The North Pole Express, Jack & the Bean Stalk, Wizard of Oz, the Poinsetta Candelabra, the Icicle Tunnel, the Carousel and more, plus the massive 65-ft. Christmas Tree at the clock tower roundabout.

North Atlanta Trade Center

Northeast Georgia History Center
Jan. 14 – Family Day: Music in the Mountains features a look and listen at the music traditions and instruments of North Georgia from the early 19th century, when if you wanted music you made it, through the 1940s. See live music and dance performances, living history interpretation and hands-on activities.

Piedmont College
Jan. 8-18 – High School Art Show exhibited at Mason-Scharfenstein Museum of Art. Reception held Jan. 18.
Jan. 28 – Faculty Recital: Jeri-Mae Astolfi, piano. Astolfi is a Piedmont College instructor, artist in residence and internationally acclaimed pianist.
Jan. 30-Feb. 28 – Cosmo Whyte works exhibited at Mason-Scharfenstein Museum of Art. Reception: Feb. 1.
Feb. 8-11 – “Much Ado About Nothing,” presented at Swanon Center Mainstage. Performances: 7:30 p.m., Feb. 8-1; 2 p.m., Feb. 11
Info: 706-894-4201,

Quinlan Arts Center
Thru Feb. 18 – Winter Exhibitions featuring Georgia Art League Winter Juried Exhibition, solo artists Basil Watson, Rae Broyles and Dave Wendel.

Tannery Row Artist Colony
Thru Jan. 12 – An Artful Holiday Boutique in Gallery features an open house Dec. 1, 5-8 p.m. and Dec. 2, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Boutique items available until Jan. 12.
Jan. 2 – Feb. 2 – Winners Circle Exhibition is a group exhibition of TRAC artists who were chosen by the Jurors of the 2017 Spring and Fall Juried Exhibitions to exhibit several current works in the TRAC main gallery. The artists include: Gena Brodie Robbins, Judy Issak, Kelly Turley, George Nock Donna Biggee and Debra Barnhart.
Jan. 13 – Second Saturday Open Studios feature TRAC artists in their studios every Second Saturday of every month. Open to the public from noon to 5 p.m.
Info: 770-904-0572;

University of North Georgia
Jan. 22 – A Little Night(hawk) Music Concert Series held 7:30-9 p.m. in the Gainesville campus lobby. Guest artist recital featuring Brian Bonin, baritone, and Laura Gordy, piano. Free.

Voices of North Georgia
Info: 678-591-1545;

Arts Council Page January 2018

- compliled by Jane Harrison and Millie Adcox

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