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Outdoors events
For the week of May 20-26
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This week

Flowery Branch Annual Spring 5K Fun Run/Walk, Flowery Branch. Late registration, 8 a.m., race, 9 a.m. Saturday, Old Train Depot, 5600 Main St., Flowery Branch. $25 late registration. 678-316-6780 or kennyclan@bellsouth.net.

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

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

Putting for Pets Mini Golf, Gainesville. Benefits the Humane Society of Northeast Georgia. Tee times begin at 9 a.m. Saturday, The Oaks Miniature Golf, 2709 Whiting Road, Gainesville. Same day registration available at 8:30 a.m. julieedwards@humanesocietyhallcounty.com or 770-532-6617.

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. Saturday, Tallulah Gorge State Park, 338 Jane Hurt Yarn Drive, Tallulah Falls. $10, $5 parking. 706-754-7981.

Camp Elachee, Gainesville. One-week summer camps for pre-K, elementary and middle school students. Monday-Aug. 6, Elachee Nature Science Center, 2125 Elachee Drive, Gainesville. 770-535-1976.

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

Adult Learn to Kayak, Gainesville. Lanier Canoe and Kayak Club. Four session class will meet 6-7:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 27, June 1 and 3, Lake Lanier Olympic Venue Boathouse, 3105 Clarks Bridge Road, Gainesville. $75. info@lckc.org.

Upcoming

Full Moon Paddle on Unicoi Lake, Helen. Basic canoe instruction, exploration of Unicoi Lake. 8 p.m. May 27, Unicoi State Park, 1788 Ga. 356, Helen. $15. Space limited. No one age 2 or younger permitted in a canoe; adult must accompany ages 17 and younger. $15. Preregistration required. 800-573-9659, ext. 305.

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.

Moonlight Paddle, Gainesville. Lanier Canoe and Kayak Club. Equipment available on a first come, first serve basis. 7:30 p.m. May 28, Lake Lanier Olympic Venue, 3105 Clarks Bridge Road, Gainesville. 770-287-7888 or info@lckc.org.

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.   

Ongoing

Come Try It, Gainesville. Try canoeing or kayaking on Lake Lanier. Basic instruction, paddle and life jacket provided. Must be at least 18 years old to participate, or accompanied by an adult. 1-6 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays May-September, Lake Lanier Olympic Venue, 3105 Clarks Bridge Road, Gainesville. $15, $5 parking. 706-878-3087.

Hall County Farmers Market, Gainesville.6:30 a.m.-sellout Tuesdays and 7:30 a.m.-sellout Saturdays, Hall County Farmers Market, Jesse Jewell Parkway and East Crescent Drive, just off Interstate 985 at Exit 24. 770-535-8293.

Dahlonega Farmers Market, Dahlonega. 7 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturdays through Oct. 30, downtown Dahlonega.

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 fit2tri@gmail.com.

ISI Cycling ride, Gainesville. 6 p.m. Thursdays, Dewberry Baptist Church, 4616 Clarks Bridge Road, Gainesville. Free. No ride in rain. 678-231-0417.

ISI Cycling ride, Gainesville. Three group rides varying in distance from 15 to 60 miles. 7 a.m. Saturdays, Corinth Baptist Church, 3590 Thompson Bridge Road, Gainesville. Free. No ride in rain. 678-231-0417. 

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. 35-50 mile ride. No ride in rain. 1 p.m. Sundays, Kroger Shopping Center, 3630 Thompson Bridge Road, Gainesville. 678-231-0417.

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