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Outdoors events
For the week of Aug. 6-12
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Moonlight Paddles, Gainesville. Group paddles led by a professional instructor. Equipment provided. Lanier Canoe and Kayak Club.  7:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 4 and Oct. 2, Lake Lanier Olympic Venue, 3105 Clarks Bridge Road, Gainesville. $15 nonmembers; free to members.

Bike ride, Pendergrass. Six- 11-, 20- and 50-mile loops. Chicken City Cyclists. 9 a.m. Saturday, leaves from the park one block west of Old Highway 129 and Ga. 332, Pendergrass.

Putting for Pets miniature golf tournament, Oakwood. Benefits the Humane Society of Hall County. Registration begins at 7:45 a.m. Saturday, The Oaks Miniature Golf, 3709 Whiting Road, Gainesville. $15; four or more players, $12.50 each; 10 or more players $10 each. 770-532-6617 or


Youth Fishing Day, Helen. Fish in ponds stocked with catfish, bass and bream. Rods limited; bring your own if possible. 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Aug. 15, Smithgall Woods, 61 Tsalaki Trail, Helen. Enter on Ga. 75 beside Smithgall Humane Society. 706-878-3087.

The Fat Finch Ride, Maysville. More than 35 miles. 9 a.m. Aug. 15, meet at the parking lot across from The Fat Finch Cafe, 9169 Ga. 52, Maysville.

After-school Enrichment: Bugs, Helen. Explore different bug types. 3:45 to 4:30 p.m. Aug. 19, Smithgall Woods, 61 Tsalaki Trail, Helen. $1. 706-878-3087.

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, $65; youth, $30. 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

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