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Outdoors events
For the week of Sept. 24-30
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This week

National Public Lands Day, Blairsville. Help spruce up Vogel State Park. 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Vogel State Park, 7485 Vogel State Park Road, Blairsville. Bring a sack lunch. Free; preregister. 706-745-2628.

The Fat Finch bike ride, Maysville. More than 35 miles. Chicken City Cyclists. 9 a.m. Saturday, The Fat Finch Cafe, 9169 Ga. 52, Maysville. 770-534-7075 or

Southeast Grand Championship Llama Show, Gainesville. 8 a.m. Saturday and Sunday, Chicopee Woods Agricultural Center, 1865 Calvary Church Road, Gainesville. Free.


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

Fall Garden Expo, Gainesville. Hall County Master Gardeners. More than 60 vendors with plants, garden art and products. 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Oct. 2 and 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Oct. 3, Chicopee Woods Agricultural Center, 1855 Calvary Church Road, Gainesville. Free.

Southern Appalachian Mushrooms, Helen. Slide show and identification hike. 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Oct. 3, Smithgall Woods Conservation Area and Lodge, 61 Tsalaki Trail, Helen. Preregister. $5 parking. 706-878-3087.

Full Moon Canoe Outing, Tallulah Falls. Ranger-led canoe paddle. 6 to 8 p.m. Oct. 3, Tallulah Gorge State Park, 338 Jane Hurt Yarn Drive, Tallulah Falls. $4. 706-754-7981.   

Elachee's Backyard Conservation Workshop, Gainesville. Learn how to compost, make rain barrels and rain gardens. 10 a.m. to noon Oct. 3, Elachee Nature Science Center, 2125 Elachee Drive, Gainesville. Preregister. 770-535-1976.

Bike ride, Cleveland. More than 50 miles. Eat at Batesville General Store for lunch. 9 a.m. Oct. 3, Woodlawn Baptist Church, 4219 Ga. 254, Cleveland. 770-534-7075 or

Bike ride, Gainesville. Chicken City Cyclists. 9 a.m. Oct. 10, Bolling Mill Park, Gainesville. 770-534-7075 or

Stocking Scurry 5K Run/Walk, Gainesville. Oct. 10 with preregistration from 7:30 to 8:30 a.m. and race at 9 a.m., parking lot of Hall County Bank, 311 Green St. SE, Gainesville. $20 due by Sept. 26. 770-363-1340 or

Run the Vineyard, Braselton. 5K race and one-mile fun run. Benefits the Braselton Rotary Club. Oct. 10 with fun run at 7:30 a.m. and 5K at 8 a.m., Chateau Elan Winery/Paddy's Pub, 100 Rue Charlemagne Drive, Braselton. $20 in advance, $25 on race day; $45 preregistration per family. 770-965-8949 or

Fall Tree Identification Hike, Clarkesville. Ben Cash will lead a hike up to Anna Ruby Falls. 2 p.m. Oct. 18, begins at Anna Ruby Falls Visitor Center, 200 Ga. 197 N., Clarkesville. $2. Preregister. 706-878-1448.

Autumn Breeze 5K, Tallulah Falls. Flat course. Awards are student-created artwork. 3 p.m. Oct. 18, Tallulah Gorge State Park day use area, 338 Jane Hurt Yarn Drive, Tallulah Falls.

Adopt-A-Stream Training, Gainesville. 1.5-day workshop on how to accurately monitor streams. Age 18 and younger must be accompanied by an adult. Oct. 23, Elachee Nature Science Center, 2125 Elachee Drive, Gainesville. $5 for materials. Preregistration required. 770-535-1976.


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

ISI Cycling ride, Gainesville. Three group rides with varying speeds and distances. No ride if in rain or if temperature below 32 degrees. 7 a.m. Saturdays, Corinth Baptist Church, 3590 Thompson Bridge Road, Gainesville. Free. 678-231-0417.

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.

Pre-order Native Plant Sale, Gainesville. Fall plants. Order by Oct. 1, Elachee Nature Science Center, 2125 Elachee Drive, Gainesville. 770-535-1976.

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

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