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Outdoors events
For the week of May 6-12
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This week

The "Some Gave All" 5K/1 Mile Freedom Run and Tot Trot, Lula. In honor of Maj. Kevin Jenrette. Benefits the Georgia Army National Guard Family Support Foundation. Registration 3-4:30 p.m. Saturday; event 5 p.m. Saturday, Rafe Banks Park, Lula. $20 per person before Friday; $25 late registration; $60 for a family of four before Friday. 678-795-0115 or pacesetr@bellsouth.

Run for Recovery, Gainesville. Benefits Friends of Recovery. Begins at 9 a.m. Saturday, Hall County Courthouse, 225 Green St. Suite 1000, Gainesville. $15 preregistration before Friday; $20 after Friday and on race day; $50 per group of five or less (preregistration only.) 770-967-9755 or

7th Annual L.A.P. Century, Lula. 8 a.m. Saturday, Lula Assembly of Praise, 6158 Carter St., Lula. $35 registration. 706-894-2453.

JAKES Day, Helen. Archery, primitive skills, shooting, reptile exhibit, raffle and free lunch. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Smithgall Woods Conservation Park, 61 Tsalaki Trail, Helen. $5 parking. 706-878-3087.

Lunch & Learn Series, Gainesville. Vegetable gardening with Ron Brechter, Hall County Master Gardener. Noon Wednesday, Gainesville Branch Library Meeting Room, 127 Main St. NW, Gainesville. Free; space is limited, registration required. 770-532-3311, ext. 114 or


Bike ride, Braselton. Chicken City Cyclists. More than 40 miles, lunch at Peckers. 10 a.m. May 15, Mayfield Dairy Farms, 1160 Broadway Ave., Braselton.

The Chicopee Woods Trillium Trek, Gainesville. Orienteering, hiking, mountain biking and special challenges. Co-ed teams of 3 or 4. For age 8 and older. Pre-race clinic, 6-7 p.m. Monday; trek, 8 a.m. May 15, Chicopee Woods, Elachee Nature Science Center, 2125 Elachee Drive, Gainesville. $120-$140. Registration due by Tuesday. 770-535-1976 or

U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Safe Boating Course, Flowery Branch. Learn boating skills including safety, how to navigate your vessel and what to do in boating emergencies. 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. May 15, Coast Guard Auxiliary Operations Center, 6595 Lights Ferry Road, Flowery Branch. $40. 770-904-6340 or

Youth Fishing Days, Helen. Children and a supervising adult can fish in a lake stocked with catfish, bass and bream. Fish caught can be kept. Bring your own bait and rods. Some rods available for loan. 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. May 15. Call for directions to Buck Shoals, located near Smithgall Woods, 61 Tsalaki Trail, Helen. $5 parking. 706-878-3087.  

Flowery Branch Annual Spring 5K Fun Run/Walk, Flowery Branch. Late registration, 8 a.m.; race, 9 a.m. May 22, Old Train Depot, 5600 Main St., Flowery Branch. $20; $25 late registration. Preregistration due by May 15. Make registration check payable to Flowery Branch Masonic Lodge No. 212, P.O. Box 624, Flowery Branch, GA, 30542. 678-316-6780 or

Birding by Ear, Helen. Learn to identify birds by their songs with Lisa Hurt of the Atlanta Audubon Society. 8-11 a.m. May 22, Smithgall Woods Conservation Park, 61 Tsalaki Trail, Helen. Preregister. $5 plus $5 parking. 706-878-3087.

Common Birds of Georgia, Helen. Slide show; learn about bird calls and spring migration. Preregister. 1-2 p.m. May 22, Smithgall Woods Conservation Park, 61 Tsalaki Trail, Helen. Preregister. $5 plus $5 parking. 706-878-3087.

Historical Rock Hike, Tallulah Falls. See rock formations named during the Victorian era. Strenuous, off-the-trail hiking. Bring hiking shoes, water and snack. Preregister. 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. May 22, Tallulah Gorge State Park, 338 Jane Hurt Yarn Drive, Tallulah Falls. $10 plus $5 parking. 706-754-7981.

Full Moon Suspension Bridge Hike, Tallulah Falls. Ranger-led, moonlit hike down into the gorge. 9-11 p.m. May 27 and 28, Tallulah Gorge State Park, 338 Jane Hurt Yarn Drive, Tallulah Falls. $5 parking, $5 for hike. Preregister. 706-754-7981.

Memorial Day Blast, Helen. Crafts, games, boat rides along the river. May 28-31, Unicoi State Park and Lodge, 1788 Ga. 256, Helen. $2-$4 events; $5 parking. 706-838-4706.

Holiday Gorge Floor Hike, Tallulah Falls. From rim to river. Wear proper footwear (no flip flops or Crocs.) Very strenuous hike involving rock hopping and getting wet. Bring lunch and water. For ages 10 and older. 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. May 29-31, Tallulah Gorge State Park, 338 Jane Hurt Yarn Drive, Tallulah Falls. $5 parking, $5 for hike. Preregister. 706-754-7981.   


Suwanee Farmers Market, Suwanee. 8 a.m. to noon Saturdays and 4-7 p.m. Tuesdays through Oct. 12, Town Center Park, Suwanee. 770-945-8996.

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.