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Outdoors Calendar

Aqua Activities
 
Intro into Kayaking, Gainesville. Learn basics on peaceful section of Lake Lanier, 6 p.m. Aug. 4, 4:30 p.m. Aug. 13, 6 p.m. Aug. 18, 5 p.m. Aug. 27, Don Carter State Park, 5000 N. Browning Bridge Rd. For ages 16 and older who are able to swim. $25, plus $5 parking. Call to register. 678-450-7726, www.gastateparks.org.
First Time Fishing, Gainesville. Learn basics from pier or bank, poles and bait provided, 5 p.m. Aug. 5 & 19, Don Carter State Park, 5000 N. Browning Bridge Rd. $5, plus $5 parking. Register in advance. www.gastateparks.org, 678-450-7726.
Twilight Lake Lanier Paddle, Gainesville. Ranger-led sunset outing to look for wading birds and raptors, 7-8:30 p.m. Aug. 5 & 19, Don Carter State Park, 5000 N. Browning Bridge Rd. Kids must be 8 or older and with an adult. $15 with personal canoe or kayak; $25 with rental; $5 parking. Call to register. 678-450-7726, www.gastateparks.org.
Full Moon Lake Paddle, Tallulah Falls. Relaxing moonlit paddle on Tallulah Lake, 8-10 p.m. Aug. 6, Tallulah Gorge State Park, 338 Jane Hurt Yarn Dr. Register in advance. Kids must be 8 or older. No pets. $15, plus $5 parking. www.gastateparks.org, 706-754-7981.
Gorge Floor Hike, Tallulah Falls. Strenuous 3.5 mile trek down 531 stairs with river crossing, rock jumping, boulder climbing to natural slide & swimming hole at Bridal Veil Falls, minimum age 10. Wear appropriate footwear, bring food and water, 8:30-10 p.m. Aug. 7 & Sept. 2, Tallulah Gorge State Park, 338 Jane Hurt Yarn Dr. $15, plus $5 parking. Register in advance. www.gastateparks.org, 706- 754-7981.
Glowlight Lake Paddle, Gainesville. Adorn your canoe or kayak with glowing items for guided paddle in the dark, 8 p.m. Aug. 12 & 26, Don Carter State Park 5000 N. Browning Bridge Rd. No pets. Kids must be 8 and older. Bring flashlight and watershoes. $25 with rental, $15 with personal kayak, plus $5 parking. Register in advance. 678-450-7726, www.gastateparks.org.
Kids Fishing at Buck Shoals, Cleveland.  Children bring special adult to help them catch fish, 8 a.m-noon Aug. 19 & Sept. 1, Buck Shoals Wildlife Management Area, Duncan Bridge Rd. Free. www.gastateparks.org, 706-878-4736.
Kidfit Triathlon & Adults Too, Flowery Branch. Various times and distances, includes pool swim, Aug. 19, Sterling on the Lake Clubhouse, 7004 Sterling Blvd. $40-$45. www.active.com.
Tri to Beat Cancer Triathlon/Aquabike, Athens. 400 meter swim/14 mile bike/5K run or just swim/bike, 7 a.m. Aug. 20, Sandy Creek Park, 400 Bob Holman Rd. $55-$90. www.gamultisports.com.
Family Time Fishing, Gainesville. Fish with assistance from ranger from pier or bank, poles and bait provided; fishing license required for adults, 6 p.m. Aug. 25, Don Carter State Park, 5000 Browning Bridge Rd. $5, plus $5 parking. Call to register. 678-450-7726, www.gastateparks.org.
 
 
Grounded Pursuits
 
Full Moon Suspension Bridge Hike, Tallulah Falls. Mile and a half night hike down 310 stairs to suspension bridge over falls, 7:45-9:15 p.m. Aug. 2, Tallulah Gorge State Park, 338 Jane Hurt Yarn Dr. Register in advance. $5, plus $5 parking. www.gastateparks.org, 706-754-7981.
Sunset Hike, Tallulah Falls. Ranger-led hike to highest point in park to watch the sun set over Tallulah Gorge, 7:45-9:15 p.m. Aug. 2 & 16, Tallulah Gorge State Park, 338 Jane Hurt Yarn Dr. Register in advance. $5, plus $5 parking. www.gastateparks.org, 706-754-7981.
Dennis McKormick 5K Run/Walk, Suwanee. 7:30 a.m. Aug. 5, Collins Hill High School, 50 Taylor Rd. $30. www.runnersfit.com.
Falcon 5K, Flowery Branch. 7:30 a.m. Aug. 5, Flowery Branch High School, 6603 Spout Springs Rd. $20. www.runnersfit.com.
Button Down Dash 10L/5K, Duluth. 7:30/7:45 a.m. Aug. 5, 6500 Sugarloaf Pkwy. $30/$35. www.runnersfit.com.
Touch a Truck, Gainesville. Children explore assortment of big vehicles in safe environment, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Aug. 5, City Park, 830 Green St. (behind the Civic Center). www.gainesville.org.
S’mores over the Fire, Gainesville. Roast marshmallows, hear tales about Lake Lanier and state park, 9 p.m. Aug. 5, Don Carter State Park 5000 N. Browning Bridge Rd. $3, plus $5 parking. Register in advance. 678-450-7726, www.gastateparks.org.
Wildflower Hike, Clarkesville. See mountain flora in 1-hour, 1-mile hike, 9-10 a.m. Aug. 11, Moccasin Creek State Park, 3655 Hwy 197. $5 parking. www.gastatparks.org, 706-947-3194.
Animals & Their Signs Hike, Gainesville. Ranger-led short hike to discover reptiles, mammals, birds and their signs, 4 p.m. Aug. 11 & 25, boat ramp, Don Carter State Park 5000 N. Browning Bridge Rd. $3, plus $5 parking. Register in advance. 678-450-7726, www.gastateparks.org.
Movie Under the Stars, Dahlonega. Kids’ activities, concessions, big screen showing of “Nine Lives,” 6-10:30 p.m. Aug. 11, Hancock Square, Downtown Dahlonega. Free. www.dahlonega.org.
Watermelon 5K Run/Walk, Cumming. 8 a.m. Aug. 12, North Forsyth Middle School, 3645 Coal Mountain Rd. $30. www.active.com.
Bulldog Dash, Suwanee. 8 a.m. Aug. 12, North Gwinnett High School, 20 Level Creek Rd. $25. www.active.com.
SAFTT Color Outside the Lines 5K, Cumming. 8 a.m. Aug. 12, Cumming Fairgrounds, 234 Castleberry Rd. $15-$30. www.active.com.
Tails on the Trails, Gainesville. Hike the park with your dog, 6:30 p.m. Aug. 13, Don Carter State Park, 5000 N. Browning Bridge Rd. $5, plus $5 parking. Register in advance. www.gastateparks.org., 678-450-7726.
Scorpion Night Hike, Gainesville. Ranger-led hike to see nocturnal creatures, 8:30 p.m. Aug. 18, Don Carter State Park, 5000 N. Browning Bridge Rd. $5, plus $5 parking. Register in advance. www.gastateparks.org., 678-450-7726.
Old Peachtree Road 5K, Suwanee. 8 a.m. Aug. 19, Georgia Campus, Philadelphia College, 625 Old Peachtree Rd. $30. www.runnersfit.com.
Backpack Love 5K, Oakwood. 7:30 a.m. Aug. 19, Oakwood City Park, Railroad St. $30-$35. www.runnersfit.com.
Gold Fever, Helen. Learn about history of gold mining at Smithgall Woods, hike to Martin Mine Trail, 9 a.m.-noon Aug. 19, Smithgall Woods State Park, 61 Tsalaki Trl. $5, plus $5 parking. Register in advance. www.gastateparks.org, 706-878-3087.
Awesome 80s 5K, Flowery Branch. Run/walk in ‘80s garb, 9 a.m. Aug. 19, Flowery Branch Train Depot, 5302 Railroad Ave. $25. www.runnersfit.com.
Muddy Spartan Run, Oakwood. 3+-mile course through woodlands and obstacles, plus slick ground slide, 9 a.m. Aug. 19, West Hall High School tennis courts, 5500 McEver Rd. $30, $15 for children 13 and younger. www.runnersfit.com.
Tri to Beat Cancer Duathlon, Athens. 2 mile run/14 mile bike/5K run, 7 a.m. Aug. 20, Sandy Creek Park, 400 Bob Holman Rd. $55-$90. www.gamultisports.com.
Total Solar Eclipse, Northeast Georgia. See Lakeside Outdoor story for information and events related to the Aug. 21 eclipse.
Primal Rush 20K/10K/5K & Kids Trail Runs, Jefferson. 7/7:30/9 a.m. Aug. 26, Crow’s Lake, 155 Crow’s Lake Dr. $20-$55. www.georgiarunner.com.
Hoofin’ for Habitat 5K, Suwanee. 7:30 a.m. Aug. 26, Suwanee Town Center, 330 Town Center Ave. $30. www.active.com.
National Dog Day, Mountain City. Hike with dogs, 10 a.m.-7:30 p.m. Aug. 26, Black Rock Mountain State Park, 3085 Black Rock Mountain Pkwy. $5 parking. www.gastateparks.org, 706-746-2141.
Be a Nature Navigator, Gainesville. Get oriented and find 10 designated trees in the park to get a prize, 6 p.m. Aug. 26, Don Carter State Park, 5000 N. Browning Bridge Rd. $5, plus $5 parking. Register in advance. www.gastateparks.org., 678-450-7726.
Love Rolls 5K, Suwanee. 6 p.m. Aug. 26, Suwanee Town Center, 330 Town Center Ave. $25. www.fivestarntp.com.
Stars over Elachee, Gainesville. View constellations, the moon, planets and stars under the night sky 8-10 p.m. Aug. 26, Elachee Nature Science Center, 2125 Elachee Dr. Suggested for adults and children age 8 and older. Bring flashlight and pencil for night viewing.  Register in advance, reserve a telescope. $10 adults, $5 children 2-12. Free to Elachee members. www.elachee.org, 770- 535-1976.
Wine in the Woodlands, Gainesville. Sip a glass of wine or cocktail, enjoy a light bite, stroll the garden, listen to live music, 6-9 p.m. Aug. 31, Gainesville Garden, Atlanta Botanical Garden, 1911 Sweet Bay Dr. $8 adults, members free; cash bar. www.atlantabg.org, 404-888-4760.
 

Ongoing

Sunday N.H. Tech Rides, Gainesville. Base pace road bike rides averaging 40-60 miles roll out at 1:15 p.m. Sundays from North Hall Technology Center, 4175 Nopone Rd. or from other locations. Contact: velocraig@hotmail.com.
Volunteer Gardening Crew, Gainesville. Work to maintain and improve nature center grounds, 1st and 3rd Thursdays each month, Elachee Nature Science Center, 2125 Elachee Dr. Wear close-toed shoes, bring bug spray, sunscreen, and water. Call to register. 770-535-1976. www.elachee.org.
Garden Train, Story Times, Crafts, Gainesville. Children and family activities, various times, Atlanta Botanical Garden Gainesville Garden, 1911 Sweet Bay Dr. $3 or free with garden admission or membership. www.atlantabg.org, 404-888-4760.
Bilingual Hike, Gainesville. Join park naturalist David Guzman for easy 3/4 mile hike on Lake Lanier shoreline to learn fun facts about native plants and wildlife in English and Spanish, 3:30 p.m. 1st Saturdays, Don Carter State Park, 5000 N. Browning Bridge Rd. $5 parking. 678-450-7726, www.gastateparks.org.
Appalachian Jam, Dahlonega. Acoustic bluegrass and old time string music, 2-5 p.m. Saturdays through October 14, Dahlonega Gold Museum Lawn, 1 Public Square North. www.dahlonega.org.
Volunteer Work Day, Gainesville. Help Friends of Don Carter State Park in a variety of projects, 9 a.m. second Saturday, Don Carter State Park, 5000 N. Browning Bridge Rd. Bring water and gloves. 678-450-7726. www.gastateparks.org.
Emory Jones Book Signing, Sautee-Nacoochee. Author reading, book-signing of Distant Voices: The Story of the Sautee Valley Indian Mound, 10:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. second Saturday through Dec. 9, Hardman Farm Historic Site, 143 Hwy. 17. $5 parking. 706-878-1077, www.gastateparks.org.



Lake Lanier Olympic Park events

LCKC (Lanier Canoe & Kayak Club)
   Weekends thru Oct. 29 - Canoe, Kayak , SUP Rentals 
   Aug 11 - Moonlight Paddle
   Sept 9 - Atlanta Hong Kong Dragon Boat Festival
   Sept 15 - Moonlight Paddle
   Sept 23 - Beginner Racing League Fall Race
   Sept 30 - Beginner Racing League Fall Fungatta
   Oct 6 - Moonlight Paddle
 
 
LLRC (Lake Lanier Rowing Club)                                          
   Aug 1-12 - Learn to Row 4
  Sept. 23 - A Taste of Gainesville 
 
 
Other LLOP events
   Aug 19 - Georgia Wakeboard Series 



Other area events

Aug. 2 – National Coloring Book Day, 9 a.m.-6 p.m., at Hall County Library System, Gainesville Branch, 127 Main St. NW. Info: 770-532-3311, ext. 114.
Aug. 3 – Learn about a Total Solar Eclipse, held noon to 1 p.m. at Hall County Library System’s Gainesville branch, 127 Main St. NW. Info: 770-532-3311, ext. 114.
Aug. 4-5 – 14th Big E Festival and Elvis Tribute Act Competition, held at Main Street Event Facility, 215 E. Main St., Cornelia. Tickets: $20-25. Info: 706-201-8232; elvisqueen@windstream.net.
Aug. 5 – Ride to Cure motorcycle poker run, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., benefits Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. Ride begins at Frazier's Harley Davidson with three more stops along route with final stop at Left Nut Brewing Co. where Jospeh Erwin Band will perform and drinks, food and door prizes will be provided. Info: email priscilla6985@att.net.
Aug. 5 – Georgia Belle Peach Festival, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., at Jaemor Farms, 5340 Cornelia Hwy., Alto. 
Info: 770-869-3999.
Aug. 5 – Back in Time performs at 8 p.m. at Smithgall Arts Center, 331 Spring St. SE, Gainesville as part of the center’s 2017 Summer MusicFest series. Tickets: $20 adults, $18 seniors and students, $210 table of eight. Info: 770-534-2787, theartscouncil.net.
Aug. 5 – “The James Gregory Show” presented at 7:30 p.m. at the Hosch Theatre, 429 Academy St., Gainesville. Info: 770-217-9753; 770-297-5455; funniestman.com.
Aug. 5-6, 12-13 – Going Home to Dixie, the Musical, the world premiere by award winning playwright, novelist and screenwriter Alicia Dutton, performed by Peachtree Players at Forsyth Central High School, 520 Tribble Gap Rd., Cumming. Times: 8 p.m., Aug. 5, 12; 3 p.m., 6, 13. Tickets: $15. 
Aug. 10, Sept. 14, Oct. 12, Nov. 9, Dec. 14 – The Caregiver Support Group, ongoing Caregiver support meeting, 7-8 p.m. at Arbor Terrace at Hamilton Mill, 3861 Braselton Hwy., Dacula. 
Info/RSVP: 770-999-0421.
Aug. 12 – Night of Laughter, benefits Habitat for Humanity of Hall County, presented 6:30 p.m. at Chattahoochee Country Club, 3000 Club Dr., Gainesville. Info: 678-450-5998.
Aug. 19 – Damsel in the Park, a free defense training course, held 9:30 a.m.-10:30 a.m. at Wilshire Park in Gainesville. Info: 404-825-9595.
• Aug. 19 – “A Red and Black Ball,” benefitting Children’s Center for Hope and Healing, held 7-10 p.m. at Chattahoochee Country Club, 3000 Club Dr., Gainesville. Tickets: $75-$1,000. Info: 770-532-6530.
Sept. 28 – My Sister’s Place Annual Dinner-Dance Fundraiser held at Chattahoochee Country Club, 3000 Club Dr., Gainesville. Doors open at 6 p.m. Tickets: $75 per person; sponsorship packages – $500-$5,000. Tickets and sponsorship packages may also be purchased online at my-sisters-place.org. Dress code: Business casual, dressy jeans and everything in between. Featuring music by Back in Time Band. 
 
 
Brenau University
Info: 770-538-4764; www.brenau.edu.

Buford Community Center
Aug. 12 – Back In Black, the AC/DC Tribute band, concert held in Town Park Amphitheater. Free.
Aug. 26 – Morgan James, New York-based soul singer, songwriter and Broadway chanteuse performs at 8 p.m. in Sylvia Beard Theatre. Tickets: $25-$30.
Sept. 1 – The Second City’s Touring Co. features a night of classic and original sketch comedy (R rated), presented in Sylvia Beard Theatre. Tickets: $25-$30. 
Info: 770 945-6762,  bufordcommunitycenter.com.

Clarkesville’s Historic Habersham Community Theater
Info: 706-839-1315; habershamtheater.org.

Cumming Playhouse
Aug. 12 – Banks and Shane 2017 performs 3 p.m. & 8 p.m. Tickets: $25.
Aug. 19 – Mayberry Moments 2017, back to Mayberry and Memories, performed 3 p.m. & 8 p.m. Tickets: $25/$30.
Aug. 25, 26 – Blues for Dixie 2017, performed 8 p.m., features Barry Richman Band on Aug. 25 & Frogtown Ramblers on Aug. 26. Tickets: $20.
Sept. 9 – Classic Nashville Roadshow 2017 at 3 & 8 p.m. features Jason Petty and Katie Deal. Tickets: $25/$30.
Info: www.playhousecumming.com.

Dahlonega’s Historic Holly Theatre
Sept. 29-Oct. 1, 6-8, 13-15 – “The Addams Family” presented at 8 p.m., Fri./Sat.; 2 p.m., Sun. Tickets: $22, adults; $14, students.
Info: 706-864-3759.

Gainesville Theatre Alliance
Sept. 29, 30, Oct. 1, 6, 7 – “The Jungle Book” presented by WonderQuest at Brenau’s Pearce Auditorium. Tickets: $12-15, adults/seniors; $8-10, students and children.
Info: 678-717-3624; gainesvilletheatrealliance.org.

Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds
Info: www.georgiamountainfairgrounds.com.

 
Habersham Community Theater
Aug. 3-13 – Monty Python’s Spamalot, musical, performed at 7:30 p.m. (Aug. 3, 4, 5, 10, 11, 12); 2 p.m. (Aug. 6 13). Tickets: $18, adults; $11 children, full-time students.
 

Interactive Neighborhood for Kids
Aug. 1-6 – Back to School Craft Week, make a school bus craft.
Aug. 7-13 – Sun Visor Craft Week, make own visor craft to protect eyes from sun.
Aug. 14-20 – Dragonfly Craft Week, make a beautiful dragonfly.
Aug. 21-27 – INK’s Birthday Craft Week, celebrate INK turning 15 making some fun birthday crafts and a birthday card which will be hung in the museum.
Aug. 26 – Help INK celebrate its 15th birthday. There will be lots of fun during the celebration like the Youth Makers Market, crafts, birthday cake, etc.
• Aug. 28-Sept. 3 – Butterfly Craft Week, design a butterfly puppet out of recyclable ma
Times are 10 a.m.-5 p.m. unless otherwise noted. 
Info: 770 536-1900,  www.inkfun.org.

Lake Lanier Islands
• Thru Sept. 27 – Fly Board Wednesdays
• Thru Oct. 1 – LanierWorld Summer Adventure
Info: lakelanierislands.com.

North Atlanta Trade Center
Info: www.northatlantatradecenter.com

Northeast Georgia History Center
Piedmont College
Aug. 27 – Piedmont Camerata, now in its fourth season, the college’s resident piano quintet performs a variety of chamber works for strings and piano at 4 p.m. in the Chapel.
Thru Sept. 15 – Gloria Victis: Three Artists Respond to War featuring Temme Barkin Leeds, Jim Buonaccorsi and Richard Notkin at the Mason-Scharfenstein Museum (across from Piedmont College).
Oct. 5 – Chanticleer, a Grammy Award-winning ensemble of 12 male singers, performs at 7:30 p.m. in the Piedmont College Chapel, 992 Central Ave., Demorest. Tickets (on sale Aug. 1): $25 online, $35 at door (cash or check only). 
Info: 706-894-4201, piedmont.edu/fa

Quinlan Arts Center
Thru Aug. 12 – Summer Exhibitions (Tannery Row Artists’ Colony, Blackberry Creek Artists and solo artists, Denise Sanabria and Scott Aminkeng).
Aug. 17-Oct. 7 – Fall Exhibitions featuring Georgia Watercolor Society Members' exhibition and solo artists Max Muller, Joe Emery and Chris Sherry.
Info: www.quinlanartscenter.org.

Tannery Row Artist Colony
• Thru Aug. 18 – Winner’s Circle 2017 features Tannery Artist Winners from the Juried Show of 2016.
Aug. 26-Sept. 29 – Poetic Journey’s, Tannery Row artists bring the Art of the Written Word to 2-D & 3-D artwork
Info: 770-904-0572; www.tanneryrowartistcolony.com.

University of North Georgia
Aug. 20 – UNG Solar Eclipse Program, 1-5 p.m. at University of North Georgia. Free.
Aug. 26 – Starlight celebration, 5:30-8:30 p.m., UNG Oakwood Campus. Tickets: $10-$20.
Info:  ung.edu

Voices of North Georgia
Info: 678-591-1545; VoicesofNorthGeorgia.com.



Arts Council Calendar August 2017


- compliled by Jane Harrison and Millie Adcox

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