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Outdoors events
For the week of Oct. 8-14
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This week

Paul Anderson Cycling Challenge, Gainesville. Benefits the Paul Anderson Youth Home. Today. 500-mile ride will go from Dahlonega to Athens.

Helen Fat Tire Festival, Helen. Group rides, clinics, bike games, scavenger hunt ride and live music. Friday-Saturday, Unicoi State Park and Lodge, 1788 Ga. 356, Helen.

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

Stocking Scurry 5K Run/Walk, Gainesville. Saturday with registration 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. 770-363-1340 or

Run the Vineyard, Braselton. 5K race and one-mile fun run. Benefits the Braselton Rotary Club. Saturday 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

TangerSTYLE 5K Run/Walk, Commerce. Benefits The American Cancer Society. 8:30 a.m. Saturday, Tanger Outlet Center, 800 Steven B. Tanger Blvd., Commerce. Preregistration before Saturday, $20; $25 for late registration.

The Great Pumpkin Shoot, Dawsonville. 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday, Etowah Valley Sporting Clays Park, 619 Sporting Hill Drive, Dawsonville. $5 a shot. 706-265-1611.

Heirloom camellias, Gainesville. Del Mixon speaks to Crabapple, Gainesville/Gateway and Fleur-de-Lis garden clubs. 1 p.m. Monday, Quinlan Visual Arts Center, 514 Green St., Gainesville. 770-532-3562 or

"Bulbs for Every Season," Gainesville. Hall County Master Gardeners. Linda Baggett. 5 p.m. Tuesday, Gardens on Green, 711 Green St., Gainesville. Free.


Roses, Roses, Roses, Cumming. With Jean Gaby. Forsyth County Master Gardeners. Learn how to plant a rose garden. 1 to 2:30 p.m. Oct. 17, Sharon Forks Library, 2820 Old Atlanta Road, Cumming. Free. 770-781-9840. 

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.

"The Right Tree for the Right Place," Gainesville. Hall County Master Gardeners. Travis Oliver. 5 p.m. Oct. 20, Gardens on Green, 711 Green St., Gainesville. Free.

Adopt-A-Stream Training, Gainesville. 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.

Organic Gardening with Dennis Whittle, Cumming. Forsyth County Master Gardeners. 1 to 2:30 p.m. Oct. 24, Forsyth County Public Library, 585 Dahlonega Road, Cumming. Free. 


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. 7:15 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.

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