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4 things to do in March
Celebrate spring by leaving your house for the first time in months
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Raptor Fest at the Elachee Nature Science Center is coming up next month. - photo by Scott Rogers| The Times

From Mutts on Main to Food Truck Fridays, March is going to be a busy month as Hall County shakes off a dark and evil winter.

That damned groundhog couldn’t have been more wrong for the Southeast, as temperatures jumped approximately one-thousand degrees shortly after Gen. Beauregard Lee emerged from his hole and saw a shadow on Feb. 2.

Anyway, mistrust of large Rodentia isn’t important right now. What is important is that March is stacking up to be a great time for Gainesville and Hall County, even if it’s a bit backloaded.

Raptor Fest

Do you and your kids want to rub shoulders with some large and scary birds? The Elachee Nature Science Center is offering you the opportunity on March 17.

The annual event includes a few events for young children, but anybody interested in seeing and learning about these flying dinosaurs may find Raptor Fest to be a good time.

  • When: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., March 17

  • Where: Elachee Nature Science Center, 2125 Elachee Drive, Gainesville

  • How much: $10 per person, $5 for Elachee members

  • More info: Online or 770-535-1976

Food truck Fridays

Rekindle the joy of eating deliciously greasy food outdoors this spring at the Lake Lanier Olympic Park.

Food trucks will be at the park at the end of the workday one Friday a month beginning late next month and running through November, according to park manager Robyn Lynch.

Trucks will be lined up on the tower side of the Clarks Bridge Road park beginning at 5 p.m. March 23, and on days with fair weather the event has live music. The Lanier Canoe and Kayak Club will also offer paddle boards and kayaks to rent during the event.

  • When: 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. March 23

  • Where: Lake Lanier Olympic Park, 3105 Clarks Bridge Road, Gainesville

  • How much: Entry free, prices set by trucks

  • More info: Online or 770-535-0397

Left Nut Brewing anniversary party

This event will be as fun as its title is long: The Left Nut Brewing Second Anniversary Party is set for March 24.

The plucky brewery on Athens Street is ringing in its second year with an all-day party and limited-run beers. Starting at 1 p.m., the brewery will have live music and food available throughout the day.

Gainesville doesn’t have much of a St. Patrick’s Day scene, so you might as well indulge yourself a few days later at the brewery.

  • When: 1 p.m. to 10 p.m. March 24

  • Where: Left Nut Brewing Co., 2100 Atlanta Highway, Gainesville

  • How much: Entry free, beers are not

  • More info: Online

Mutts on Main

If ever there was an event made for the people of Gainesville, it is Mutts on Main. Downtown Gainesville will be flooded with good dogs on March 24.

Main Street Gainesville and the Hall County Animal Shelter are offering a day of adoptions, vaccinations and microchipping, a dog fashion show, vendors and obedience demonstrations.

It’ll be a busy day downtown, with live music and painting classes on offer in addition to the usual fare. Take advantage of the downtown dining district -- allowing folks to carry alcohol in open containers around the square -- and do some good for local dogs.

  • When: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. March 24

  • Where: Downtown Gainesville square

  • How much: Entry is free, other events and services come with a cost

  • More info: Online or 770-297-1141

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