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Outdoors events
For the week of Jan. 27-Feb. 2
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This week

The Master Equine Program, Clarkesville. Registration deadline Friday. Learn about the equine industry, business planning, first aid and emergency preparedness and more. Class, 6:30 p.m. each Tuesday this week-March 8, Ruby C. Fulbright Aquatic Center, 120 Paul Franklin Road, Clarkesville. $125 registration fee. 706-754-2318.

Upcoming

Boating Safety Course, Flowery Branch. U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary. Learn boating safety, how to navigate waterways, legal requirements of boating and what to do in boating emergencies. 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Feb. 5, Coast Guard Auxiliary Operations Center, 6595 Lights Ferry Road, Flowery Branch. $40. 770-891-6362 or auxiliaryclass@yahoo.com.

Bike ride, Gainesville. Chicken City Cyclists. Various loops from Dewberry Church. 8-50 miles. Easy to strenuous, rider's choice. 10 a.m. Feb. 5, Dewberry Church, 4616 Clarks Bridge Road, Gainesville. No ride in precipitation or if the high is predicted to be below 45 degrees. unnoldl@charter.net.

Bike ride, Gainesville. Chicken City Cyclists. Various loops from Dewberry Church. 8-50 miles. Easy to strenuous, rider's choice. 10 a.m. Feb. 12, Dewberry Church, 4616 Clarks Bridge Road, Gainesville. No ride in precipitation or if the high is predicted to be below 45 degrees. unnoldl@charter.net.

Sculpture Design in the Garden lecture series, Cumming. Forsyth County Master Gardeners. Bring a sketchbook and pencil. Part two, 10:30-11:45 a.m. Feb. 26. Bring drawings, garden images, relevant plans and a pencil. Part three details to be announced. Cumming Public Library, 555 Dahlonega Highway, Cumming. Free. 770-887-2418.

 Ongoing

Elachee Nature Science Center, Gainesville. Through Feb.: Museum and exhibit hours, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday-Friday, trails open every day, daylight to dusk. Elachee Nature Science Center, 2125 Elachee Drive, Gainesville. For updates and winter activities, visit the Elachee Web site.

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, Main Street Market, downtown Gainesville Square. 678-943-4442 or steve@hallfarmers.org.

"The Secret Stars of Harry Potter," Dahlonega. Learn connections between stars and characters in the "Harry Potter" series. If the sky is clear, the observatory will be open following the show for telescope viewing. Seating limited to 46. 8 p.m. Fridays through April 15, with the exception of March 18. Coleman Planetarium, North Georgia College & State University, 155 Sunset Drive, Dahlonega. Free.

 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 fit2tri@gmail.com.

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.

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