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Outdoors events
For the week of Aug. 12-18
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This week

Safe Boating Course, Flowery Branch. U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary. How to navigate waterways and operate your vessel safely. 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday, Coast Guard Auxiliary Operations Center, 6595 Lights Ferry Road, Flowery Branch. Registration required. $40. 770-904-6340 or

Witch's Head Excursion, Tallullah Falls. Hike to the bottom of the dam to view the witch's head rock. Bring water, lunch and wear hiking shoes. 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Tallulah Gorge State Park, 338 Jane Hurt Yarn Drive, Tallulah Falls. $5 hike; $5 parking. 706-754-7981.


Just Tri It triathlon, Gainesville. Adult and youth triathlons will benefit Habitat for Humanity. Relay teams welcome; no race-day registration. 7:30 a.m. Aug. 21, Chattahoochee Country Club, 3000 Club Drive, Gainesville. 678-450-5998 or register at $80 adults, $40 youth.

Youth Fishing Days, Helen. Kids and their supervising adults can fish in a lake stocked with catfish, bass and bream. Kids can keep the fish. 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Aug. 21, Smithgall Woods Conservation Park, 61 Tsalaki Trail, Helen. $5 parking. 706-878-3087.

Full Moon Suspension Bridge Hike, Tallulah Falls. Tallulah rangers will lead a hike down into Tallulah Gorge. Preregister. 8:30-10:30 p.m. Aug. 24, Tallulah Gorge State Park, 338 Jane Hurt Yarn Drive, Tallulah Falls. $5 hike; $5 parking. 706-754-7981.

Wilderness Survival Weekend, Dawsonville. Basic wilderness survival skills. For all ages. No registration required. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Aug. 28, Amicalola Falls State Park and Lodge, 418 Amicalola Falls Road, Dawsonville. $5 parking. 706-265-1969.


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. 770-287-7888.

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.

Sunshine Seniors Fruit & Veggie Stand, Gainesville. 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday and Friday of each week, Hall County Health Department, 1290 Athens St., Gainesville.  

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.