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Outdoors events
For the week of Nov. 11-17
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This week

Bike ride, Pendergrass. Chicken City Cyclists. 6, 11, 20 and 50-mile loops. 9 a.m. Saturday, one block West of Ga. 129 and Ga. 332, Pendergrass. 770-534-7075.

L.A.R.C. Bringin' Home The Bacon 5K, Oakwood. Benefits Lanierland Amateur Radio Club. Nov. 13: registration, 8 a.m.; race, 9 a.m., Oakwood City Park, 4009 Railroad St., Oakwood. $20. 770-561-1051 or

Basic Land Navigation at Buck Shoals, Helen. Learn how to use a map and a compass. Bring your compass if you have one. 9-11 a.m. Saturday, Smithgall Woods Conservation Park, 61 Tsalaki Trail, Helen. 706-878-3087.

Stars Over Elachee, Gainesville. Learn how a telescope works, how to set one up and use one of eight 6-inch Dobsonian telescopes to view the moon, planets, stars and constellations. 5 p.m. Saturday and Dec. 11, Elachee Nature Science Center, 2125 Elachee Drive, Gainesville. Reservations required; recommended for ages 8 and older. $10 adults, $5 age 11 and younger, free for Elachee members. 770-535-1976.


Full Moon Suspension Bridge Hike, Tallulah Falls. Moonlit hike down into Tallulah Gorge. Ranger-led. 6-8 p.m. Nov. 20, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Nov. 21, Tallulah Gorge State Park, 338 Jane Hurt Yarn Drive, Tallulah Falls. $5; $5 parking. 706-754-7981.


The Historic Downtown Gainesville Market on the Square, Gainesville. Farmers market with plants, herbs, honey, bread and local produce. 2:30-6:30 p.m. Fridays, downtown Gainesville in the parking lot at the intersection of Main and Spring streets. 678-943-4442 or

 Hall County Farmers Market, Gainesville. 6:30 a.m. to sellout Tuesdays and 7:30 a.m. to sellout Saturdays, Hall County Farmers Market, Jesse Jewell Parkway and East Crescent Drive, just off Interstate 985 at Exit 24. 770-535-8293.

Triathlon Club, Gainesville. No experience necessary. Meets 7 p.m. second Tuesdays, Fit 2 Tri Store, 1292 Thompson Bridge Road, Gainesville. 770-712-9129 or

ISI Cycling ride, Gainesville. No ride in rain. 6 p.m. Thursdays, Dewberry Baptist Church, 4616 Clarks Bridge Road, Gainesville. Free. 678-231-0417.

ISI Cycling ride, Gainesville. Three group rides varying in distance from 15 to 60 miles. No ride in rain. 7 a.m. Saturdays, Corinth Baptist Church, 3590 Thompson Bridge Road, Gainesville. Free. 678-231-0417. 

ISI Cycling ride, Gainesville. 35- to 50-mile ride. No ride in rain. 1 p.m. Sundays, Kroger Shopping Center, 3630 Thompson Bridge Road, Gainesville. 678-231-0417.

 Observatory & Planetarium Public Education Nights, Dahlonega. Star and planet viewing. Planetarium viewing, 8 p.m.; observatory 9:30 p.m. Fridays through Nov. 19, Coleman Planetarium, Health and Natural Sciences Building, North Georgia College & State University, 82 College Circle, Dahlonega. Free; seats limited. jjones@northgeorgia.edubservatory opens for star and planet viewing.OPPEN continues every Friday night through Nov. 19. Free.