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Outdoors events
For the week of Jan. 28-Feb. 3
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North Hall prepares for Flowery Branch

By: Bill Murphy

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This week

Gardening Outside the Lines, Cumming. Michele Ambler will teach how to apply landscape design basics with your unique style. 10:30-11:45 a.m. Saturday, Forsyth County Public Library, 585 Dahlonega Road, Cumming. 770-887-2418.

Bike ride, Gainesville. Chicken City Cyclists. More than 30 miles, hilly. 10 a.m. Saturday, leaves from the Bolling Mill boat ramp parking lot, off Cool Springs Road, Gainesville. 770-534-7075 or


Bike ride, Gainesville. Chicken City Cyclists. More than 40 miles, hilly. 10 a.m. Feb. 6, leaves from Corinth Baptist Church, intersection of Mount Vernon Road and Ga. 60, Gainesville. 770-534-7075 or

Safe boating course, Flowery Branch. Learn how to operate your vessel safely, what to do in boating emergencies and other boating skills. 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Feb. 6, Coast Guard Auxiliary Operations Center, 6595 Lights Ferry Road, Flowery Branch. $40. Additional family members $25. Class size limited. Reservations recommended. 770-904-6340 or

Falconry Experience, Helen. Learn about falconry with Buster Brown of the Georgia Falconry Association. 2-5 p.m. Feb. 7, Smithgall Woods Conservation Park, 61 Tsalaki Trail, Helen. Preregistration required. $20 adults, kids free; $5 parking. 706-878-3087.

Bike ride, Gainesville. Chicken City Cyclists. Moderate, more than 40 miles to Creekside Deli in Cleveland. 10 a.m. Feb. 13, leaves from Dewberry Church, intersection of Clarks Bridge Road and Glade Farm Road, Cleveland. 770-534-7075 or

Winter Botany, Helen. Plant identification without using leaves. 1-4 p.m. Feb. 20, Smithgall Woods Conservation Park, 61 Tsalaki Trail, Helen. Preregistration required. $5; $5 parking. 800-573-9659 ext. 305.


Triathlon Club, Gainesville. New club forming to train for triathlons. No experience needed. 7 p.m. Tuesdays, Fit 2 Tri Store, intersection of South Enota Drive and Thompson Bridge Road, Gainesville. 770-712-9129 or

ISI Cycling ride, Gainesville. 25-45 mile loop. Three group rides with varying speeds and distances. No ride if in rain or temperature less than 36 degrees. 8 a.m. Saturdays, Corinth Baptist Church, 3590 Thompson Bridge Road, Gainesville. Free. 678-231-0417.

ISI Cycling ride, Gainesville. 35 mile ride. No ride in rain or temperature less than 36 degrees. 1 p.m. Sundays, Kroger Shopping Center, 3630 Thompson Bridge Road, Gainesville. 678-231-0417.