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Outdoors events
For the week of March 4-10
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This week

Appalachian Trail Celebration and Backpacking Clinic, Dawsonville. New and experienced hikers and campers can attend and learn how to hike the AT. Authors and hikers Gene Espy, David Miller, J.R. Tate, Bill Walker and others will speak; dinner will be served. 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday; Backpacking Clinic, vendors and question-and-answer sessions, 9 a.m. Sunday, Amicalola Falls State Park and Lodge, 418 Amicalola Falls State Park Road, Dawsonville. 706-265-8888.

Upcoming

Safe boating course, Flowery Branch. Learn about boating safety, how to handle boating emergencies and navigate waterways. 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. March 13, Coast Guard Auxiliary Operations Center, 6595 Lights Ferry Road, Flowery Branch. Class size limited. 770-904-6340 or auxiliaryclass@bellsouth.net.

Ongoing

Triathlon Club, Gainesville. No experience necessary. Meets 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. 35-45 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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