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Outdoors events
For the week of May 14-20
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This week

Shade gardening lecture, Cumming. Forsyth County Master Gardeners library series. Tour of the Bookworm Garden will follow the presentation. 1 to 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Sharon Forks Library, 2820 Old Atlanta Road, Cumming. Free. 770-887-2418.

Family Fun Run, Gainesville. 5K/10L and One-Mile Run/Walk. Benefits Family Ties of Gainesville. Registration, 8 a.m.; run, 9 a.m. Saturday, Muncipal Court parking lot, Washington Street, Gainesville. $15 preregistration by Friday; $20 day of race. 770-287-3071.  

Youth Fishing Days, Helen. Children can come with one adult and fish in one of two ponds stocked with catfish, bass and bream. Fish can be kept. Bring your own bait and rods. 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Smthgall Woods Conservation Area and Lodge, 61 Tsalaki Trail, Helen. $3 parking. 706-878-3087.

Trojan Trot, Gainesville. Benefits the Court Appointed Special Advocate Program, which helps abused and neglected children, and the North Hall High School Drama Department. Sunday, North Hall High School, 4885 Mount Vernon Road, Gainesville. $15 if received in advance, $20 on race day. 770-531-1964 or


Jakes Day. Knife throwing, archery, BB gun shoot, turkey calling, children’s activities and free food. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. May 23, Chicopee Woods Agricultural Center, 1855 Calvary Church Road, Gainesville. Free. 770-540-3516, 770-536-7374 or 770-531-3953.

Fun-Fly Non-Contest Fly-In & Cookout, Gainesville. Fly radio controlled aircraft. Georgia Mountain R/C. Flying, 1:30 p.m. May 23, with cookout at 5 p.m., Georgia Mountain R/C's field, 5728 Ga. 52, Gainesville. Donation.  

Memorial Day Gorge Floor Hikes, Tallulah Falls. Strenuous hike will involve rock-hopping and getting wet. Age 10 and older. Preregister. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. May 24, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. May 25, Tallulah Gorge State Park, 338 Jane Hurt Yarn Drive, Tallulah Falls. $4 parking. 706-754-7981.

Memorial Day Blast, Helen. Relay races, field day activities, a campfire, concert and hoedown. 8 to 9 p.m. May 25, Unicoi State Park and Lodge, 1788 Ga. 356, Helen. $3 parking. 800-573-9659, ext. 305. 

Amphibian Monitoring Workshop, Helen. Night hike. A herpetologist will lead a review of amphibians and a hike to view them and learn frog calls. Register by May 22. May 29, Smithgall Woods Conservation Area and Lodge, 61 Tsalaki Trail, Helen. $5; $3 parking. 706-878-3087.

Herb gardening lecture, Cumming. Forsyth County Master Gardeners library series. 1 to 2:30 p.m. May 30, Cumming Library, 585 Dahlonega Road, Cumming. Free. 770-887-2418.

Invasive plants lecture, Cumming. Forsyth County Master Gardeners library series. 1 to 2:30 p.m. June 6, Christ the King Lutheran, 1125 Bettis-Tribble Gap Road, Cumming. Free. 770-887-2418.


Come Try It, Gainesville. Try canoes and kayaks on Lake Lanier. Lanier Canoe and Kayak Club. Sunday afternoons 1-6 p.m. May-September, Lake Lanier Olympic Center, 3105 Clarks Bridge Road, Gainesville. $15. 770-287-7888.

Hall County Farmers Market, Gainesville. 6 a.m. Tuesdays and 7 a.m. Saturdays, corner of East Crescent Drive and Jesse Jewell Parkway, near Interstate 985 Exit 24, Gainesville. $10 to join market, $5 per day to sell; $100 to reserve space for entire selling season. 770-531-6988

Hoschton Farmers Market, Hoschton. 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays, Towne Center Shopping Center, Hoscthon. Dan Graves, 770-861-7232

Dahlonega Farmers Market, Dahlonega. 7 a.m.-3 p.m. Tuesdays and Saturdays through Nov. 7, Hancock Park off the downtown Dahlonega square. 706-864-6133.

Suwanee Farmers Market, Suwanee. Farmers must grow their own produce and be licensed and certified by the Georgia Department of Agriculture; vendors register in advance. . 8 a.m. to noon Saturdays through Oct. 17, Town Center Park, 310 Town Center Ave., Suwanee. 770-945-8996 or