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Outdoors events
Jan. 29-Feb. 4
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This week

Forsyth County Master Gardeners series, Cumming. Youth program, 2 to 3:30 p.m. Saturday. Forsyth County Library, 585 Dahlonega Road, Cumming. Reservations required; limited to children ages 3 to fifth-graders; parents must attend. 770-887-2418. 

Bike ride, Alto. More than 30 miles. Stop at Habersham Bicycles and lunch at Mickey Piggs. 10 a.m. Saturday, Living Missions Methodist Church, off Ga. 365 on Belton Bridge Road, Gainesville.

The Greater Gwinnett Rose Society meeting, Lawrenceville. 7 p.m. Tuesday, The Gwinnett Justice & Administration Building, 75 Langley Drive, Lawrenceville. Free. 770-983-1806.


Bike ride, Pendergrass. Six-, 11-, 20- and more than 50-mile loops. 10 a.m. Feb. 7, leaves from the park one block west of Old Highway 129 and Ga. 332, Pendergrass.  

Breast Cancer Awareness Walk, Flowery Branch. 12:30 p.m. Feb. 7, Flowery Branch High School, 4450 Hog Mountain Road, Flowery Branch. Donation. 770-967-8000, ext. 1054. 

Bike ride, Maysville. More than 35 miles; no ride if raining or temperature not predicted to be above 45 F. 10 a.m. Feb. 14, leaves from the parking lot across from The Fat Finch Cafe, 9169 Ga. 52, Maysville.

Georgia Home & Garden Show, Duluth. Gardening clinics, products and services, silent auction and health fair. Noon to 6 p.m. Feb. 13, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Feb. 14 and noon to 5 p.m. Feb. 15, Gwinnett Center, 6400 Sugarloaf Parkway, Duluth. $7 adults, $6 students and seniors, free for children age 12 and younger and active military members; bring five cans of food for Feed the Hungry and get free admission. 678-455-5192.

Frog Hop 5K, Athens. With One Mile Tadpole Fun Run. Tadpole Fun Run, 2 p.m.; 5K Frog Hop, 2:30 p.m. Feb. 15. Sandy Creek Nature Center,  400 Bob Holman Road, Athens. $15 per person, $50 per family before Feb. 7, $20 per person for late registration. 706-613-3615, ext. 235.

Cops and Kids Target Challenge, Gainesville. Kids compete against Gainesville and Hall County law enforcement officers in marksmanship. 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Feb. 21, Chicopee Woods Agricultural Center, 1855 Calvary Church Road, Gainesville. Free. 770-535-8291.

5K and one-mile fun run/walk, Gainesville. Cash and pottery awards; benefits Challenged Child & Friends. Registration, 1 p.m.; events begin at 2 p.m. Feb. 22. River Forks Park, Gainesville. 770-535-8372, ext. 309.

Arbor Day Celebration, Helen. Learn about the Depression-era Civilian Conservation Corp. Trees will be planted and a limited supply will be given away. 7 to 8 p.m. Feb. 28, Unicoi State Park & Lodge, 1788 Ga. 356, Helen. $3 parking. 706-878-2201, ext. 305.


Senior Ranger Wednesdays, Helen. 9 to 11 a.m. Wednesdays. Trading Post, Unicoi State Park and Lodge, 1788 Ga. 356, Helen. Free. Preregistration required. 800-573-9659, ext. 305 or

Chicken City Cyclists meeting, Gainesville. 6 p.m. second Thursdays, Pasquale's Italian Restaurant, 1011 Riverside Drive, Gainesville.

Lanier Running Club meeting, Gainesville. 7 p.m. first Mondays. Open to runners, walkers, joggers, high and middle school track and cross country. Johnny’s Pizza, 104 Carrington Park Drive, Gainesville. Free. 770-983-1328.

First Saturday Hike, Gainesville. 10-11:30 a.m. first Saturdays. Naturalist-guided hike through the Chicopee Woods Nature Preserve. $5 adults, $3 children ages 2-12, free for members and children age 1 and younger. Elachee Nature Science Center, 2125 Elachee Drive, Gainesville. 770-535-1976.

Georgia Mountains Archaeology Society meeting, Gainesville. Join field studies and categorize artifacts. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. first Saturdays. Ages younger than 18 should be accompanied by an adult. Elachee Nature Science Center, 2125 Elachee Drive, Gainesville. 770-535-1976.

Trail Crew Work Day, Gainesville. Improve Elachee’s trails. Bring water, lunch, gloves and rain gear; tools, training and afternoon refreshments included. Ages younger than 18 should be accompanied by an adult. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. first Saturdays. Elachee Nature Science Center, 2125 Elachee Drive, Gainesville. Free. 770-535-1976 to preregister.

ISI Cycling, Gainesville. 25-50 miles. 7:30 a.m. Saturdays, Corinth Baptist Church, 3590 Thompson Bridge Road, Gainesville.

Mountain bike ride with Bike Town USA, Oakwood. All levels welcome. 6:45 p.m. Mondays, Gainesville State College, 3820 Mundy Mill Road, Oakwood. Free. 770-532-7090.

Recreation rides with Habersham Bicycles, Alto. 12 to 22 miles at 7 a.m. Saturdays, 20- to 35-mile fast pace (18-23 mph) rides at 6:15 p.m. Tuesdays, road time trials on Thursdays. Habersham Bicycles, Ga. 365, Alto. No ride if raining. Free. Joe Elam, 706-894-2453.