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Outdoors events
For the week of Sept. 3-9
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This week

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

Fall Fun Fly Contest and Cookout, Gainesville. Georgia Mountain R/C Club. Flying, 1:30 p.m.; cookout, 5 p.m. Saturday, Georgia Mountain R/C Club's field, 5728 Ga. 52, Gainesville. Donation.


Christmas Bicycles, Lula. Benefits the Hall County Sheriff's Office. 20-, 35-, 50-, 62- and 100-mile routes. 8 a.m. Sept. 12, Lula Assembly of Praise Church, 6158 Carter St., Lula. $25-$35. 770-531-7093, or

Mountain Herb Day, Helen. Learn to use plant medicine safely. Hike to see medicinal plants, medicine-making demonstrations and plant remedies for allergies. 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sept. 12, Smithgall Woods Conservation Area, 61 Tsalaki Trail, Helen. $20. 706-878-3087.

Mountaineer Festival 5K, Clayton. 5K run with rolling hills. Runners encouraged to wear overalls but running attire also acceptable. Benefits Girl Scouts of Historic Georgia and Rabun County High School visual arts department. 3 p.m. September 13, Rabun County Court House, $15 preregistration at or by fax. $20 day of race. Call 706-968-0696 or 706-769-6593 for fax form.

Shore Sweep, Gainesville and Flowery Branch. Pick up trash and get a free T-shirt and invite to the Shore Sweep Volunteer Appreciation Party. Sweep, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.; party, 1 to 4 p.m. Sept. 19, Shore Sweep at various marinas listed on Web site; party at Van Pugh Park North, end of Lake Sidney Lanier Road, Flowery Branch. 770-503-7757 or  


Chicken City Cyclists evening ride, Gainesville. 6 p.m. Wednesdays, downtown Gainesville square. 770-534-7075 or

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 U.S. 985 Exit 24, Gainesville; 4 to 7 p.m. Fridays, 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