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Outdoors events
For the week of April 1-7
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This week

Spring Plant Sale, Gainesville. Flowering plants, tomatoes, peppers, cabbage and broccoli. 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. today and Friday, April 12-16, 19-21 and 26-30, North Hall High School Greenhouse, 4885 Mount Vernon Road, Gainesville. $1.50-$9. 770-983-7331.

Elachee's Backyard Conservation Workshop, Gainesville. Learn how to compost, store rain water and create a rain garden. 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, Elachee Nature Science Center, 2125 Elachee Drive, Gainesville. Free. Preregistration required. 770-535-1976.

Bike ride, Batesville. More than 43 miles, hilly. Chicken City Cyclists. Leave at 10 a.m. Saturday from Providence Baptist Church, 12030 Ga. 197 N., Clarkesville.

Gardens on Green, Gainesville. Hall County Master Gardeners. 1 p.m. Wednesday, Gardens on Green, 711 Green St., Gainesville.

Lunch and Learn Series, Gainesville. Hall County Master Gardeners. Wednesday, Tomato Gardening; April 14, A Potpourri of Gardening Ideas; April 21, Soil Preparation; April 28, Open Garden Forum- Annuals, Perennials & More. Free. Hall County Library Main Branch, 127 Main St. NW, Gainesville. 770-532-3311.


Spring Garden Expo, Gainesville. Hall County Master Gardeners. More than 60 vendors selling plants, garden art and products; activities for kids and "Ask a Master Gardener" information booth. 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. April 9 and 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. April 10, Chicopee Woods Agricultural Center, 1855 Calvary Church Road, Gainesville. Free admission and parking. 770-535-8293.

Bike ride, Helen. 58 mile bike ride. Chicken City Cyclists. 10 a.m. April 10, La La's at Tanglewood, 3318 Ga. 356, Helen.

Fallen Heroes of Georgia Memorial Run/Walk, Buford. 10K, 5K and 1K races. 2011 Peachtree Road Race Qualifier. 9:10 a.m. April 10, Lake Lanier Islands Resort, 7000 Holiday Road, Buford. Preregistration $12-$20; day of race registration $15-$25. 678-794-6135.

"Everything Old is New Again," Gainesville. Jeanne Heyser will talk about the latest trends in flower design. Gainesville Garden Club Council. 1 p.m. April 12, Quinlan Visual Arts Center, 514 Green St., Gainesville.

Master Naturalist Program, Gainesville. Learn about the habitats and ecosystems of Georgia. 12:30-5 p.m. Tuesdays April 13-May 25, Elachee Nature Science Center, 2125 Elachee Drive, Gainesville. $125 for all sessions, field trips and materials. Participants must be 18 and older. 770-535-1976 or

Stray Pet Strut, Gainesville. Benefits the Humane Society of Northeast Georgia. 5K and 1 mile Family Fun Walk. 2 p.m. April 18, American Legion Post, 2342 Riverside Drive, Gainesville. Pets can walk with participants if they are vaccinated, leashed and in good physical condition. Preregistration by April 13, $20; day of race registration $25. 770-532-6617.

Stars Over Elachee at Chicopee Lake, Gainesville. Learn about astronomy and how to use a telescope to view the night sky. For adults and children 8 and older. Bring a flashlight and pencil. Reservations required. 7:45-9:45 p.m. April 18, Elachee Nature Science Center, 2125 Elachee Drive, Gainesville. $10 adults, $5 children age 2-12, free for Elachee members. 770-535-1976.


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

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.