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Outdoors events
For the week of April 22-28
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This week

Plant sale, Oakwood. Lilies, tomatoes and houseplants. Ends today, Gainesville State College, 3820 Mundy Mill Road, Oakwood.

"Happiness: Beauty, Faith, Economics and Ecology," Gainesville. Earth Day panel discussion on the underlying roots of happiness found in sustainable living, spirituality and science. 7-8:30 p.m. today, First Baptist Church Gainesville, 751 Green St. NW, Gainesville. Free.

Relay for Life Softball Tournament, Gillsville. Benefits the American Cancer Society. Concessions, barbecue plates, raffles and softball game. 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Gillsville Park, Gillsville.

"The Fat Finch" bike ride, Gillsville. Chicken City Cyclists. Moderate, 35-mile ride. 10 a.m. Saturday, leaves from the parking lot across from The Fat Finch Cafe, 9169 Ga. 52, Gillsville.

Take Me Out to the Ballpark 5K race and Chopper's Fun Run, Lawrenceville. Race will begin on the Braves' Coolray Field main gate and finish with runners taking a lap around the outfield and heading toward home plate. Gwinnett Braves mascot will attend; bring a canned good to be donated to the North Gwinnett Food Co-op. Race, 8 a.m.; fun run, 9 a.m. Saturday, Gwinnett Braves Coolray Field, One Braves Ave., Lawrenceville. Registration at packet pick-up on Friday and race day, $25. Preregistration recommended.

Southern Appalachian Wildflowers, Helen. Larry Davis, naturalist and educator, will teach on the diversity and folklore of mountain wildflowers. A hike will follow the lecture. Preregister. 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Smithgall Woods-Dukes Creek Conservation Area, 61 Tsalaki Trail, Helen. $5 class; $5 parking. 706-878-3087.

Wildflower Walk, Blairsville. Guided walk that will highlight Jack-in-the pulpits, trillium, wild azaleas and other flowering plants. 1:30-3:30 p.m. Saturday, Vogel State Park, 405 Vogel State Park Road, Blairsville. $5 parking. 706-745-2628.

Full Moon Suspension Bridge Hike, Tallulah Falls. 9-11 p.m. Wednesday, Tallulah Gorge State Park, 338 Jane Hurt Yarn Drive, Tallulah Falls. Preregister. $5 hike; $5 parking. 706-754-7981.

Spring Plant Sale, Gainesville. Flowering plants, tomatoes, peppers, cabbage and broccoli. 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday-Wednesday and April 29-30, North Hall High School greenhouse, 4885 Mount Vernon Road, Gainesville. $1.50-$9. 770-983-7331.

Wildflower Wednesday, Helen. Naturalist-led wildflower hike up the Anna Ruby Falls trail to the waterfall. 9:30 a.m. Wednesday, Anna Ruby Falls trail, off Ga. 356 near Unicoi State Park, Helen. Preregister. $3 per person. 706-878-1448.   

Lunch and Learn Series, Gainesville. Hall County Master Gardeners. Noon-1 p.m. Wednesday, "Open Garden Forum: Annuals, Perennials & More." Free. Hall County Library System's Gainesville branch, 127 Main St. NW, Gainesville. 770-532-3311.


Elachee's Pre-order Native Plant Sale, Gainesville. Pick up at Elachee noon-6 p.m. April 29, Elachee Nature Science Center, 2125 Elachee Drive, Gainesville. 770-535-1976.

Learn the Birds, Helen. Birding walks, slide shows, programs on making birdhouses and feeders, lectures on birding. Possibly see Neo-tropical birds as they pass through Unicoi's forest. Preregister. 8-9 p.m. April 30, 7:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. May 1, Unicoi State Park and Lodge, 1788 Ga. 356, Helen. $5 parking; separate fees for birdhouse and feeder classes. 800-573-9659, ext. 305.


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

Master Naturalist Program, Gainesville. Learn about the habitats and ecosystems of Georgia. 12:30-5 p.m. Tuesdays through 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

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. 7 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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