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Outdoors events
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This week

Georgia Marathon and Half Marathon Health and Fitness Expo, Atlanta. Learn about running, walking and general health. 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, Georgia Dome, 1 Georgia Dome Drive, Atlanta. Free. 404-892-8383 or

Bikes and Bands, Gainesville. Watch the pro/am criterium pass through the Gainesville square and listen to bands including King Daddy Polecats, Jimmy Anderson Blues, Riverside and Street Tree. Food, kids' area. 3 to 10 p.m. Saturday, downtown Gainesville square. 678-776-1346.

Bike ride, Cumming. More than 60 strenuous miles through four counties. Chicken City Cyclists. Breakfast at 9 a.m. and ride at 10 a.m. Saturday, Old Town Country Restaurant, intersection of Spot Road Connector and Ga. 20, Cumming. 770-534-7075 or

Ashley Alley Charity Shoot, Gainesville. Gainesville Archery Club. Benefits The National Archery in Schools Program. 8:30 a.m. Sunday, Chicopee Woods Agricultural Center Archery Range, 2125 Calvary Church Road, Gainesville.            


Bike ride, Pendergrass. Loop ride with six, 11, 20 and 50 mile loops. Chicken City Cyclists. 10 a.m. April 4. Leaves from the park one block west of U.S. 129 and Ga. 332. 770-534-7075 or

Bike ride, Gainesville. More than 55 mile ride in Unicoi Gap and Dick's Creek Gap. 10 a.m. April 11, Providence Baptist Church, near the intersection of Ga. 197 and Ga. 255, Clarkesville. 770-534-7075 or


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.

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