• The RESPECT Institute, a program that teaches individuals how to transform their recovery experiences into education and inspirational stories and presentations, will hold a graduation reception and celebration at 10:30 a.m., at 46 Knaus Drive, off U.S. 129 North. The public is invited.
Friday, Feb. 8
• Cardiologist Dr. Jerre Lutz will present a free seminar on cardiac disease from 12:30 to 1:15 p.m. at Habersham Medical Center, West Wing classroom. Pre-registration is required, call 706-754-2042. This program is sponsored by the Habersham Medical Center Community Wellness program.
• Learn about conservation easements and agricultural trusts at 3 p.m., at the Sautee Nacoochee Center. Madison-Morgan Conservancy head, Christine McCauley, will discuss land conservation and conservation easements to protect natural, agricultural, and historic resources. The talk is free.
•Enotah CASA will have an open house from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church in Cleveland. The open house is an opportunity for community members to find out about this program that recruits and trains volunteers to act as advocates for children who have been removed from their homes due to abuse or neglect.
Saturday, Feb. 9
• Cleveland’s Heart of Gold Pilot Club will hold a Chili Cook-Off at 6:30 p.m. in the Roy Ash Jr. Community Room, 89 Jarrard Street. Have dinner for only $5. Proceeds to be used to purchase GPS devices for Alzheimer’s patients. For information, call Carolyn Wegesser, 706-219-4944.
• Valley Harmony Radio show will be playing at 8 p.m. in the theater of the Sautee Nacoochee Center. The show is free, but there will be an opportunity for making a gift to the Center. A meal is served before each show, and purchasing a meal guarantees a seat in the theater. For tickets and information, call 706-878-3300
• Learn to use a hand held Global Position System unit with Scott Warner, retired National Park Service ranger at Smithgall Woods State Park. Classroom and field work will both be used to cover the basic functions of the GPS unit, including marking a waypoint and creating a route. GPS units will be available for use during class. Participants must register in advance. Call 706-878-3087 or see www.smithgallwoods.com
Sunday, Feb. 10
• Valley Harmony Radio show will be playing at 3 p.m. in the theater of the Sautee Nacoochee Center. The show is free, but there will be an opportunity for making a gift to the Center. A meal is served before each show, and purchasing a meal guarantees a seat in the theater. For tickets and information call 706 878-3300
• Guided hike to the Martin Mine Trail in Smithgall Woods State Park. Take a van ride to the Martin Mine Trail and see evidence of the gold mining that occurred there, including vertical mine shafts and changes in the landscape due to hydraulic mining. The moderately difficult one-mile hike also includes a waterfall. No charge beyond $5 parking pass, but donations for gas are welcome. Call 706-878-3087 to register.
Monday, Feb. 11
• Friends of Unicoi State Park and Lodge will meet from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at the Visitor Center at Unicoi Lodge in Helen. The Friends Chapter works to preserve Unicoi State Park and to generate funds for the improvement of the park. For more information contact Ellen Graham, resource manager, at 706-878-2201 ext. 300.
Tuesday, Feb. 12
• Radio amateurs and others interested in the hobby are invited to the monthly meeting of the Gateway Amateur Radio Club at 7 p.m. in room 150 of the White County Emergency Operations Center (EOC). The meeting room is on the lower level of the Mauney Building, 1241 Helen Highway, Cleveland. Enter building through rear door. Meet other radio amateurs, learn more about the hobby, and get help qualifying for an FCC license. For more information, e-mail email@example.com. Visitors are welcome.
• Northeast Georgia Mountain Beekeepers Association will meet at 7 p.m. at United Community Bank, 468 West Louise Street, Clarkesville.