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Outdoors events
For the week of Oct. 7-13
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This week

Fit for Families 5K Run/Walk, Commerce. 8:30 a.m. Friday, Tanger Outlet Center, 800 Steven B. Tanger Blvd., Commerce. $25.

Safe Boating Course, Flowery Branch. U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary. Learn how to navigate waterways, the legal requirements of boating and how to 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. $40. Registration required. 770-904-6340 or

Telescopes in the Park, Gainesville. Information about the USA Science Festival and World Space Week; telescopes available. 7-10 p.m. Saturday, Sardis Creek Park, Antioch Church Road, Gainesville. Free. 941-475-1578 or

Suwanee Farmers Market, Suwanee. 8 a.m. to noon Saturdays and 4-7 p.m. Tuesday, Town Center Park, Suwanee. 770-945-8996.

Gardens on Green, Gainesville. Hall County Master Gardeners. Noon Tuesdays. Deer Resistant Gardening, this Tuesday; Gardening in Conifers, Oct. 19;  Hall County Master Gardeners Education Building, 711 Green St., Gainesville. Free. 770-53-3136 or


Run for Your Life 5K, Gainesville. 9 a.m. Oct. 16. Laurel Park, 3100 Old Cleveland Highway, Gainesville. $20 for adults, $15 for ages 18 and under before Oct. 7, after Oct. 7, $25 for adults, $20 for 18 and under, family rates as well. Cost includes T-shirts, child care, children’s activities, and awards for age divisions. 770-535-0478.

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


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.

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.