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Outdoors events
For the week of June 24-30
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This week

Twilight Toasts in the Garden: Amazing Annuals, Athens. Wine tasting, hors d'oeuvres, live music and art exhibit. Tour the flower garden with curator Shelley Prescott. Take home a free All-American Selections plant. 6:30-8 p.m. today, The State Botanical Garden of Georgia, 2450 S. Milledge Ave., Athens. $20 members; $25 nonmembers. Preregistration required. 706-542-6156.

Bike Ride, Gainesville. Chicken City Cyclists. More than 40 miles to Creekside Deli in Cleveland. 9 a.m. Saturday, Dewberry Church, intersection of Clarks Bridge Road and Glade Farm Road, Gainesville.

Benefit Ride/Cookout for Kayla Seymour, Commerce and Lavonia. Motorcycle ride to benefit Seymour's family. Saturday: 8:45-9:45 a.m. registration; ride at 10 a.m. Ride begins at Commerce Church of God, 365 U.S. 441 S., Commerce; ride end, cookout and raffle, noon to 3 p.m. at Poplar Springs Recreation Area, 2195 Poplar Springs Road, Lavonia. Donation. Preregistration appreciated. 706-988-1650.

Full Moon Suspension Bridge Hike, Tallulah Falls. 9:30-11 p.m. Saturday, 10 p.m.-11:30 p.m. Sunday, Tallulah Gorge State Park, 338 Jane Hurt Yarn Drive, Tallulah Falls. Preregistration required. $5 to hike; $5 parking. 706-754-7981.


Friends First Friday Breakfast: Education in the Garden, Athens. Breakfast buffet. Meet garden staff and hear about garden events. 9-10:20 a.m. July 2, The State Botanical Garden of Georgia, 2450 S. Milledge Ave., Athens. $8 members; $10 nonmembers. Preregistration required. 706-542-6156.

Independence Day Celebration, Dawsonville. Relay races, patriotic crafts and watermelon seed-spitting contest. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. July 2-4, Amicalola Falls State Park and Lodge, 418 Amicalola Falls Lodge Road, Dawsonville. $5 parking. 706-265-1969.

Holiday Gorge Floor Hike, Tallulah Falls. Hike from the rim of Tallulah Gorge to the Tallulah River and back. For age 10 and older. Strenuous hike will involve rock hopping and getting wet. Bring lunch and water; wear hiking shoes. 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. July 3-5, Tallulah Gorge State Park, 338 Jane Hurt Yarn Drive, Tallulah Falls. $5 plus $5 parking. 706-754-7981.

July Fourth Mountain Style, Helen. Watermelon eating contest, sack races, live music and a hoedown. 8 p.m. Friday through 9 p.m. Sunday. $5 parking. 800-573-9659, ext. 305.  


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.

The Spout Springs Library Farmers Market, Flowery Branch. 4-7 p.m. or when produce sells out, Thursdays, Spout Springs Library, 6488 Spout Springs Road, Flowery Branch.

The Historic Downtown Gainesville Market on the Square, Gainesville. Farmer's market with plants, herbs, honey, bread and local produce. 2:30-6:30 p.m. Fridays, downtown Gainesville in the parking lot at the intersection of Main and Spring streets. 678-943-4442 or  

Hall County Farmers Market, Gainesville. 6:30 a.m. to sellout Tuesdays and 7:30 a.m. to 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. to 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

Chicken City Cyclists ride, Gainesville. 6 p.m. Wednesdays, meet at Frances Meadows Aquatic Center, 1545 Community Way, Gainesville. 770-534-7075 or 

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

ISI Cycling ride, Gainesville. Three group rides varying in distance from 15 to 60 miles. No ride in rain. 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.