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Outdoors events
For the week of Sept. 9-15
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This week

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

Elachee’s Annual Snake Day, Gainesville. See live native and exotic snakes, do crafts and activities. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Elachee Nature Science Center, 2125 Elachee Drive, Gainesville. Admission $5; members and kids age 1 and younger free. 770-535-1976.

Elachee’s Pre-order Native Plant Sale, Gainesville. Fall plants. Order Wednesday-Sept. 30; pick-up day Oct. 14, noon-6 p.m., Elachee Nature Science Center, 2125 Elachee Drive, Gainesville. 770-535-1976 or


September Slam, Flowery Branch. Two matches, a Wii tennis tournament and catered meal. Players of all levels welcome. Register by Sept. 17; tournament Sept. 27-Oct. 3, Bobby Bailey Tennis Center, 5575 Jim Crow Road, Flowery Branch. $25 early registration; $30 late registration. 678-779-3407. Register at

Fishing Tournament, Gainesville. Marble Hill Lodge #207. Door prizes, food and a raffle. Sept. 25, Little Hall Park, off Ga. 53 on Little Hall Road, Gainesville. $65 per boat; $10 additional charge per boat for big fish. 678-314-1329 or

Fall Garden Expo, Gainesville. Hall County Master Gardeners. Children’s booth, gardening workshops, garden arts and crafts. 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sept. 24; 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Sept. 25, Chicopee Woods Agricultural Center, 1855 Calvary Church Road, Gainesville. Free admission and parking; plants for sale. No pets allowed. 770-535-8293 or 

The Heart Walk, Gainesville. Benefits the American Heart Association. Activities at 9 a.m. Sept. 25; walk at 10 a.m., Riverside Military Academy, 2001 Riverside Drive, Gainesville. Register online. 770-612-6050 or


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

Tumbling Creek XIV 6 hour mountain bike race, Gainesville. Benefitting "Trips for Kids." Oct. 30 (rain date Oct. 31) Gainesville State College trails. Individual and teams register at or find more info at