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Outdoors events
For the week of Feb. 4-10
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This week

Northeast Georgia Mountain Hiking Club meeting, Clarkesville. 7 p.m. today, Clarkesville Library, 178 E. Green St., Clarkesville. 706-778-9115.

Native American Flute Making workshop, Helen. Danny Bigay will teach how to make a flute. Participants will make a flute to take home. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Smithgall Woods-Dukes Creek Conservation Area, 61 Tsalaki Trail, Helen. Preregister. $150. $5 parking. 706-878-3087.  

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

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. Saturday, 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 auxiliaryclass@bellsouth.net.

First Saturday Hike, Gainesville. "Winter Birds." 10-11:30 a.m. Saturday, Elachee Nature Science Center, 2125 Elachee Drive, Gainesville. $5 adults, $3 children age 2-12, children 1 and younger and Elachee members free. 770-535-1976.

Trail Crew Work Day, Gainesville. Bring water, work gloves, lunch and rain gear. Registration required. Tools, training and afternoon refreshments provided. Age 17 and younger must be accompanied by an adult. Free. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Elachee Nature Science Center, 2125 Elachee Drive, Gainesville. Free. 770-535-1976.  

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

Upcoming

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 unnoldl@charter.net.

Bluebirds with Emory Brooks, Cumming. 1-2:30 p.m. Feb. 13, Forsyth County Public Library, 585 Dahlonega Road, Cumming. Free. 770-887- 2418.

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.

Ongoing

Triathlon Club, Gainesville. New club forming to train for triathlons. No experience needed. 7 p.m. second Tuesdays, Fit 2 Tri Store, 1292 Thompson Bridge Road, Gainesville. 770-712-9129 or fit2tri@gmail.com.

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.

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