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Outdoors events
For the week of July 16-22
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This week

Family Fishing, Athens. All ages. Bait, poles and tips provided. Fish in Claypit Pond. 6 p.m. today, Sandy Creek Nature Center, 205 Old Commerce Road, Athens. $6 for Athens-Clarke County families; $9 for others. Preregistration required. 706-613-3615.

Canning the Summer Garden, Athens. Learn to sterilize jars, peel tomatoes and seal jars correctly. Also learn to make jams and jellies. 2 to 4 p.m. today, Callaway Building Auditorium, The State Botanical Garden of Georgia, 2450 S. Milledge Ave., Athens. Preregistration required. $12 members; $14 nonmembers. 706-542-6156.  

Moonlight Paddles, Gainesville. Group paddles led by a professional instructor. Equipment provided. Lanier Canoe and Kayak Club.  7:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 7, Sept. 4 and Oct. 2, Lake Lanier Olympic Venue, 3105 Clarks Bridge Road, Gainesville. $15 nonmembers; free to members.

Bike ride, Gainesville. Chicken City Cyclists. Hilly, more than 35-mile ride. 9 a.m. Saturday, leaves from Corinth Baptist Church, corner of Ga. 60 and Ga. 283, Gainesville. 770-534-7075 or

Nature Swap, Athens. Kids can bring items collected from nature, like rocks, shells or animal bones, to trade or get "points" from the Nature Center Trading Post. 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday, Sandy Creek Nature Center, 205 Old Commerce Road, Athens. Free. 706-613-3615.


Ride for Paws, Gainesville. Motorcycles. Benefits the Humane Society of Hall County. Barbecue, vendors, silent auction and raffle. 9 to 10 a.m. July 25, Gainesville Motorsports, 2750 Browns Bridge Road, Gainesville. $25 per rider; $10 per additional rider. 770-532-6617 or

Safe Boating Course, Flowery Branch. Learn to navigate waterways and operate your vessel safely. 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. July 25, Coast Guard Auxiliary Operations Center, 6595 Lights Ferry Road, Flowery Branch. $35. Preregistration required. 770-271-4059 or

Bikes, Bands, and Healthy Bodies Weekend, Gainesville. Kids events, live music, food, cafe-style seating, expanded retail hours and criterium bike race. 2-10 p.m. Aug. 18, downtown Gainesville. Free.

Just TRI It adult triathlon and youth triathlon, Gainesville. Benefits Habitat for Humanity. Adult triathlon includes 500-yard swim, 20k bike race and 5k run; youth triathlon includes 100 yard swim, three-mile bike and half-mile run. No race-day registration. Adult triathlon, 7:30 p.m. Aug. 21; youth triathlon, 9:30 a.m. Aug. 22, Chattahoochee Country Club, 3000 Club Drive, Gainesville. Adults, $60 before Friday, $65 Friday-Aug. 21; youth, $25 before Friday, $30 Friday-Aug. 21. 678-450-5998.


Maternity Aqua Shape-up, Athens. Water aerobics for expectant mothers. 11 a.m. Saturdays through August, Memorial Park pool, 293 Gran Ellen Drive, Athens. Preregister. $5 per class. 706-613-3580.

Come Try It, Gainesville. Try canoes and kayaks on Lake Lanier. Lanier Canoe and Kayak Club. 1-6 p.m. Sundays through 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; 4 to 7 p.m. Friday, downtown Gainesville square. $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, Hoschton. 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