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Outdoors events
Jan. 8-14
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This week

BB rifle gun safety class, Gainesville. One adult must accompany each child to class. 6 to 8 p.m. today, Chicopee Woods Agricultural Center, 1855 Calvary Church Road, Gainesville. Free. 770-535-8291.

Bike ride, Cleveland. Chicken City Cyclists. More than 40-mile ride. 10 a.m. Saturday, leave from Woodlawn Baptist Church, 4219 Ga. 254, Cleveland. unnoldl@charter.net.

Basic bee keeping, Helen. Learn about bee-keeping equipment and how to start a hive. 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, Smithgall Woods-Dukes Creek Conservation Area, 61 Tsalaki Trail, Helen. $3 parking. 706-878-3087.

Telescope help session, Dahlonega. North Georgia Astronomers. 4 to 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Coleman Planetarium, Health and Natural Sciences Building, North Georgia College & State University, Dahlonega. Free. Bring telescope and warm clothes. Registration required. 770-535-7181 or telescopehelp2009@gmail.com.

Upcoming

Forsyth County Master Gardeners series, Cumming. Pruning, 2 to 3:30 p.m. Jan. 17; youth program, 2 to 3:30 p.m. Jan. 31. Forsyth County Library, 585 Dahlonega Road, Cumming. Reservations required for youth program; limited to children ages 3 to fifth-graders; parents must attend. 770-887-2418.

Ongoing

Senior Ranger Wednesdays, Helen. 9 to 11 a.m. Wednesdays. Trading Post, Unicoi State Park and Lodge, 1788 Ga. 356, Helen. Free. Preregistration required. 800-573-9659, ext. 305 or unicoi_programming@dnr.state.ga.us.

Chicken City Cyclists meeting, Gainesville. 6 p.m. second Thursdays, Pasquale's Italian Restaurant, 1011 Riverside Drive, Gainesville. unnoldl@charter.net.

Lanier Running Club meeting, Gainesville. 7 p.m. first Mondays. Open to runners, walkers, joggers, high and middle school track and cross country. Johnny’s Pizza, 104 Carrington Park Drive, Gainesville. Free. 770-983-1328.

First Saturday Hike, Gainesville. 10-11:30 a.m. first Saturdays. Naturalist-guided hike through the Chicopee Woods Nature Preserve. $5 adults, $3 children ages 2-12, free for members and children age 1 and younger. Elachee Nature Science Center, 2125 Elachee Drive, Gainesville. 770-535-1976.

Georgia Mountains Archaeology Society meeting, Gainesville. Join field studies and categorize artifacts. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. first Saturdays. Ages younger than 18 should be accompanied by an adult. Elachee Nature Science Center, 2125 Elachee Drive, Gainesville. 770-535-1976.

Trail Crew Work Day, Gainesville. Improve Elachee’s trails. Bring water, lunch, gloves and rain gear; tools, training and afternoon refreshments included. Ages younger than 18 should be accompanied by an adult. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. first Saturdays. Elachee Nature Science Center, 2125 Elachee Drive, Gainesville. Free. 770-535-1976 to preregister.

ISI Cycling, Gainesville. 25-50 miles. 7:30 a.m. Saturdays, Corinth Baptist Church, 3590 Thompson Bridge Road, Gainesville.

Mountain bike ride with Bike Town USA, Oakwood. All levels welcome. 6:45 p.m. Mondays, Gainesville State College, 3820 Mundy Mill Road, Oakwood. Free. 770-532-7090.

Recreation rides with Habersham Bicycles, Alto. 12 to 22 miles at 7 a.m. Saturdays, 20- to 35-mile fast pace (18-23 mph) rides at 6:15 p.m. Tuesdays, road time trials on Thursdays. Habersham Bicycles, Ga. 365, Alto. No ride if raining. Free. Joe Elam, 706-894-2453.

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