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Lanier area events calendar

Outdoors Calendar

Aqua Activities

Intro into Kayaking, Gainesville. Learn basics on peaceful section of Lake Lanier, 6-7:30 p.m. May 5, 19, 26, 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,
Twilight Lake Lanier Paddle, Gainesville. Ranger-led sunset outing to look for wading birds and raptors, 6:30-8 p.m. May 6, 20 & 27, 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,
5K Foam Fest, Buford. Obstacle course with inflatable water slide, slip & slides, tube climb, mud pits and 2.5 million cubic feet of foam; heats begin at 8 p.m. May 6, Lake Lanier Islands Resort, 7000 Holiday Rd. $48-$85.
Full Moon Lake Paddle, Tallulah Falls. Relaxing moonlit paddle on Tallulah Lake, 7-9 p.m. May 9, Tallulah Gorge State Park, 338 Jane Hurt Yarn Dr. Register in advance. Kids must be 8 or older. No pets. $15, plus $5 parking., 706-754-7981.
Almost Full Moon Paddle, Gainesville. Naturalist led paddle to see moon reflecting off the water, 8-9:30 p.m. May 11, Don Carter State Park, 5000 N. Browning Bridge Rd. For ages 16 and older who are able to swim. $15 personal kayak, $25 rental, plus $5 parking. Call to register. 678-450-7726,
Outdoor Leisure Pool Opens, Cumming. Grand opening night party, 6-9 p.m. May 13, Cumming Aquatic Center, 201 Aquatic Circle.
Splash Zone Opens, Gainesville. Outdoor water park opens for season, May 20, Frances Meadows Aquatic Center, 1545 Community Way.
Back to the Chattahoochee River Race/Festival, Roswell. River race for all ages and skill levels, live music, exhibits, crafts, farmers market, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. May 20, Garrard Landing Park and Riverside Park.
Chattahoochee River Paddle, Gainesville. Paddle trip where the Chattahoochee meets Lake Lanier, 2-3:30 p.m. May 21, 4-5:30 p.m. May 28, boat ramp, Don Carter State Park, 5000 N. Browning Bridge Rd. $15/25 with boat rental. Register in advance., 678-450-7726.
Memorial Day Games, Gainesville. Paddleboard racing1 p.m., scavenger hunt 2:30 p.m., live snake exhibit, May 29, Don Carter State Park, 5000 N. Browning Bridge Rd. $1-$3 activities exhibit free, $5 parking., 678-450-7726.
Memorial Day Paddle, Gainesville. Guided kayak outing on lake for ages 8 and older, 4 p.m. May 29, Don Carter State Park, 5000 N. Browning Bridge Rd. $15/$25 with kayak rental, $5 parking., 678-450-7726.

Grounded Pursuits
Annah Faith Robinson Memorial 5K, Dahlonega. 7:30 a.m. May 5, Lumpkin County High School, 2001 Indian Dr. $30.
Al Aire Libre Hike, Gainesville. Celebrate 5 de Mayo with guided hike in Spanish; English translation provided, 3 p.m. May 5, boat ramp, Don Carter State Park, 5000 N. Browning Bridge Rd. $5 parking., 678-450-7726.
Ole`5K/Fun Run, Cumming. Forsyth Relay for Life event, 7:30 p.m. May 5, Red Barn, Cumming Fairgrounds, 235 Castleberry Rd. $30.
Diaper Dash 5K, Cumming. 7 p.m. May 5, South Forsyth High School, 585 Peachtree Pkwy. $30, $35 race day.
First Friday Cinco de Mayo, Gainesville. Free concert and other activities, 8-10 p.m. May 5, Downtown Gainesville Square.
Wildlife 5K, Cumming, 8 a.m. May 6, North Forsyth Middle School, 3645 Coal Mountain Rd. $30.
Boogie Nights 5K, Cumming. 80s tribute 5K, 8:30 p.m. May 6, Promise School of Cumming, Steeplechase Blvd. $25, $30 race day.
Spring Woodland Ramble, Gainesville. Arts & crafts by local artisans, food trucks, nature-themed and upcycled items. 9 a.m.-3 p.m. May 6, Gainesville Garden, Atlanta Botanical Garden, 1911 Sweet Bay Dr. Garden admission fee., 404-888-4760.
Hall County Schools Fit Families 5K, Gainesville. 9 a.m. May 6, Laurel Park, 3100 Old Cleveland Hwy. $25.
First Saturday Hike, Gainesville. Naturalist-led hike on trails in Chicopee Woods 10-11:30 a.m. May 6, Elachee Nature Science Center, 2125 Elachee Dr. $5 adults, $3 children 12 and younger, free to Elachee members. 770-535-1976.
Walking in Lady’s Slippers, Gainesville. Learn about this unique native orchid and try to find some in bloom, 10 a.m. May 6, Don Carter State Park, 5000 N. Browning Bridge Rd. $5, plus $5 parking. 678-450-7726,
Lanier Running Club, Gainesville. Runners invited to club meeting with featured speaker, 7 p.m. May 8, Recess Southern Gastro Pub, 118 Bradford St. NW.
Full Moon Suspension Bridge Hike, Tallulah Falls. Mile and a half night hike down 310 stairs to suspension bridge over falls, 8:20-9:50 p.m. May 10, Tallulah Gorge State Park, 338 Jane Hurt Yarn Dr. Register in advance. $5, plus $5 parking., 706-754-7981.
Glo in the Dark 5K/Fun Run, Oakwood. 8:30 p.m. May 12, Gainesville Campus University of North Georgia. $30.
Benefit Ride for Alex Speir & Lucy, Clermont. 15, 25, 62 mile bicycle rides with snacks, drinks and post-ride meal, 8 a.m. May 13, Clermont Chattahoochee Center, 639 Main St. $25-$30.
SuperMom 5K/10K, Buford. Family and individual races, 8 a.m. May 13, 395 E. Main. $20-$30.
Run for Recovery 10K/10 miler/5K, Cumming. 8/8:10 a.m. May 13, Forsyth County YMCA, 6050 Y St. $30-$45.
Dirty Spokes 3-Hr./6-Hr. Mountain Bike Races, Winder. Solo and team races, 9 a.m. May 13, Fort Yargo State Park, 210 S. Broad St., $30-$150.
CCC Workday Demonstrations/Open House, Blairsville. Demonstrations of hands-on activities similar to 1930s CCC work, open house & refreshments, 9 a.m. May 13, Vogel State Park, 405 Vogel State Park Rd. $5 parking. 706-745-2628,
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. May 13, June 10, July 8, Hardman Farm Historic Site, 143 Hwy. 17. $5 parking. 706-878-1077,
Mother’s Day Brunch, Gainesville. Brunch, cash bar, woodland garden stroll, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. May 13, Gainesville Garden, Atlanta Botanical Garden, 1911 Sweet Bay Dr. Reservation required., 404-888-4760.
Batty about Bats, Blairsville. Georgia Bat Working Group hosts info booths, games for kids, displays and more, 1-9 p.m. May 13, Vogel State Park, 405 Vogel State Park Rd. $5 parking. 706-745-2628,
Wild & Scenic Film Festival, Gainesville. Environmental and adventure films illustrate Earth’s beauty, challenges; directed by Chattahoochee Riverkeeper, 6-9:30 p.m., children’s program 2:30-5 p.m. May 13 Brenau Downtown Center, 201 Main St. SW. $5 child, $10 student/ senior 65+, $20 adults.
Animals & Their Signs Hike, Gainesville. Ranger-led short hike to discover reptiles, mammals, birds and their signs, 7 p.m. May 13, boat ramp, Don Carter State Park 5000 N. Browning Bridge Rd. $3, plus $5 parking. Register in advance. 678-450-7726,
Run the Rails 5K/10K, Buford. 7:30/7:45 a.m. May 20, Downtown Amphitheatre, 395 E. Main. $25-$30.
Flowery Branch Spring 5K/Fun Run. 8:30 a.m. May 20, Flowery Branch Train Depot, 5517 Main St. $25.
Color Blaze 5K, Dahlonega. 9 a.m. May 20, Yahoola Creek Park, 464 Mechanicsville Rd. $30.
Georgia’s First Dig, Sautee Nacoochee. Archaeologist discusses Nacoochee Indian Mound and partial excavation in 1915, 10-11 a.m. May 20, Hardman Farm Historic Site, 143 Hwy. 17. $5 parking. 706-878-1077,
Women’s Wilderness Weekend, Tallulah Falls. Ranger-led overnight adventure with archery, hiking, primitive backpack camping, campfire building and more, May 20-21, Tallulah Gorge State Park, 336 Jane Hurt Yarn Dr. $75, $5 parking. Call to register. 706-754-7981,
Guided Geocache Hike, Gainesville. Family hike to find park treasures, 2 p.m. May 20, boat ramp, Don Carter State Park, 5000 N. Browning Bridge Rd. Bring GPS device or phone, wear closed toed shoes. $5, plus $5 parking. Call to register. 678-450-7726,
Wine Country Cycling Tour, Helen. 26 and 55 mile bicycle rides, 9 a.m. May 21, Holiday Inn, 8100 S. Main. $45-$55.
21st Annual Butterfly Release, Gainesville. 1,500 pink lady butterflies take flight, paper sailboat races, face painting and more, 1-4 p.m., butterflies released 3 p.m. May 21, Wilshire Trails, 840 Wilshire Trails Rd.
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. May 24, Tallulah Gorge State Park, 338 Jane Hurt Yarn Dr.  Register in advance. $5, plus $5 parking., 706-754-7981.
Cross Country Stampede, Cumming. Obstacle course trail run, May 25 at time to be announced, Watson Family Farm, 8120 Watson Rd. $10-$50.
Wine in the Woodland, Gainesville. Sip a glass of wine or cocktail, enjoy a light bite, stroll the garden, 6-9 p.m. May 25, Gainesville Garden, Atlanta Botanical Garden, 1911 Sweet Bay Dr. $8 adults, members free; cash bar., 404-888-4760.
The Crusher Vineyard & Trail 6K/12K, Cleveland. 7:30 a.m. May 27, Yonah Mountain Vineyards, 1717 Hwy. 255 S. $30-$45.
Intro to Orienteering, Gainesville. Learn how to orient yourself and find 10 trees; winner gets a prize, 4 p.m. May 27, Visitor’s Center, Don Carter State Park, 5000 N. Browning Bridge Rd. $5, plus $5 parking. Call to register. 678-450-7726,
Georgia Peach Jam 5K/Half Marathon, Cumming. Race on Big Creek Greenway concrete and boardwalk trails, 7:30 a.m. May 29, Fowler Park, 4110 Carolene Way. $30-$60.
Memorial Day 5K/10K Run for Autism, Cumming. 8 a.m. May 29, Shiloh Point Elementary School, 8145 Majors Rd. $30-$45.
Mutt Strut/1-miler/5K Run, Gainesville. 8/8:45 a.m. June 3, Lakeview Academy, 796 Lakeview Dr. $25-$30.
D-Day at Currahee 10K Run/Walk, Toccoa. Trek up Currahee Mountain mainly on dirt roads, 8 a.m. June 3, Currahee Mountain, 2351 Ayersville Rd. $35.


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:
 Weekly Trail Crew Work, Gainesville. Work on trails at nature center, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Wednesdays, Elachee Nature Science Center, 2125 Elachee Dr. Wear long pants, close-toed shoes, bring sunscreen, gloves, bug spray and water. Call to register. 770-535-1976.
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.
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., 404-888-4760.
Ribbit the Exhibit, Gainesville. Frog sculpture exhibit, children’s activities, thru July 15, Atlanta Botanical Garden Gainesville Garden, 1911 Sweet Bay Dr. $8 adults, $5 children 3-12, free to children under 3 and Garden members., 404-888-4760.
Tai Chi in the Garden, Gainesville. Learn ancient Chinese exercise form to improve balance and flexibility, mental focus and strength, 9:30-10:30 a.m. Tuesdays in May, Gainesville Garden, Atlanta Botanical Garden, 1911 Sweet Bay Dr. Garden admission fee., 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,

Lake Lanier Olympic Park events

LCKC (Lanier Canoe & Kayak Club)
   May 6- Spring Fungatta
   May 21 - USACK National Team Trials
   Weekends June 3-Oct. 29 - Canoe, Kayak , SUP Rentals 
   Jun 9 - Moonlight Paddle
   Jun 10 - Gainesville-Hall Dragon Boat Challenge
   Jun 17 - Southern Invitational Regatta
   Jul 7 - Moonlight Paddle
   Jul 15 - Summer Sprints Regatta
   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)
   May 13-14 - Southeast Rowing Youth Regatta                      
   May 27-28 - ACRA National Championship Regatta              
   May 30-Jun 1 - Learn to Row 1                                           
   Jun 20-Jul 1 - Learn to Row 2
   July 11-22 - Learn to Row 3
   July 15 - Summer Sprints
   Aug 1-12 - Learn to Row 4 
Other LLOP events
   May 5 - Rubber Duck Derby 
   Jun 3 - Lake Show Concert 
   Aug 19 - Georgia Wakeboard Series 

Other area events

• May 3-5 – “42nd St.” presented at 7:30 p.m. by Gainesville High School Warehouse, 830 Century Place, Gainesville. Tickets: $5-$8. Info:
May 5 – First Friday Concert Series features Velvet Runway and Cinco de Mayo Celebration. 
Info: 770-297-1141.
• May 5 – Riverside Military Academy Band’s Concert on the Lawn presented 7-8:15 p.m. at the Mitchell Quarters, 1907 Lake Warner Rd. Bring picnic basket and blanket/or lawn chair. Concert will feature Wind Band music of the March King, John Philip Sousa, Americana, Jazz and movie favorites. Free. Info: 770-532-6251.
May 6 – Toast of Toccoa, held 10 a.m.-5 p.m. in downtown Toccoa, features nearly 50 artisans from Currahee Artists Guild and other regional arts organizations, craft beer, selected local restaurants’ fare, entertainment from Electric City Big Band and Nitrograss, plus a classic car show. Info: 706-282-3309.
May 6 – 2017 Lanier Brew Fest, Tap It, 3-9 p.m., 1850 Thompson Bridge Rd., Gainesville. Features sampling from more than 10 breweries. May 6 is also Kentucky Derby, so big screen will be provided. Tickets: $10 for entry + six (6) sampling tickets or $15 for entry + six (6) sampling tickets plus a souvenir pint glass. Info: 678-897-3985;
May 11, June 8, July 13, 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.
May 13 – Meaders Spring Fest held 9 a.m.-3 p.m. at 9401 Skitts Mountain Dr., Lula. Free. Info: 770-540-5505.
Thru July 15 – “Ribbit the Exhibit” featured at the Atlanta Botanical Garden, 1911 Sweetbay Dr., Gainesville. Admission: $8, adults; $5 children 3-12; free for children younger than 3 and members. 
Info: 404-591-1550;
May 13 – Wild & Scenic Film Festival, 6-9:30 p.m. in Brenau Downtown Center, 301 Main St. SW, Gainesville, features environmental and adventure films that illustrate the Earth’s beauty, the challenges facing our planet and the work communities around the world are doing to protect the environment. Children’s program, 2:30-5 p.m. (free). Tickets: $20, adult; $10, student/senior (65+); $5, child. 
May 16 – 26th Annual Great Grown-Up Spelling Bee, 7 p.m., held at Brenau University’s Hosch Auditorium. Cash bar and more 5:30-7 p.m. in theatre lobby before event. Sponsored by The Times and the Gainesville-Hall County Alliance for Literacy benefiting literacy programs in Hall County. Tickets: $10, adults; $5, children. Family fun and great door prizes. Info: 770-531-3358;
May 29 – Memorial Day Parade, 10 a.m., on Green Street, Gainesville, features clowns, marching bands, parade floats, dignitaries and more. Info: 770-297-1141.
Brenau University
May 18 – 2017 President’s Summer Art Series opening reception held in Simmons Visual Arts Center, Sellars Gallery, 200 Boulevard, Gainesville. Exhibit features works by regional artists with close ties to the local community and Brenau. 
Info: 770-538-4764;

Buford Community Center
Thru May 7 – “The Dixie Swim Club,” presented by Gypsy Theatre Co. Admission: $22-$25. Five Southern women, whose friendships began years ago on their college swim team, set aside a long weekend every August to recharge those relationships.
May 6 – Derby Day & Concert at 5 p.m., 6:30 p.m. Derby, 7:30 p.m. concert, held at the Amphitheater.
May 12 – The Malpass Brothers, 8 p.m., promote the work and music of classic country artists. Tickets: $15.
May 19 – “Finding Dory,” 8:30 p.m., as part of Cinema Under the Stars. Free.
Info: 770 945-6762,

Cumming Playhouse
May 5, 6 – Farr and Friends with Special Guest the Local Legends, a mixture of Blues and Southern Rock, 8 p.m.
May 7 – Chuck Wagon Gang 2017, Grass Roots Gospel Music, 3 & 7 p.m.
May 19-21 – The Mood Swingers 2017, produced by BK Productions.
June 1-18 – Red, Hot and Cole the Musical, “A Tribute to the music of Cole Porter,” presented by “The Company.”Info/times: 770-781-9178;

Gainesville Theatre Alliance
Info: 678-717-3624;

Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds
May 13 – Sawyer Brown & Little Texas, 7 p.m. Tickets: $35 + handling
May 19-20 – 7th Annual Georgia Mountain EggFest, a gathering of Big Green Egg fans and experienced cooks from across the country and Canada.

Interactive Neighborhood for Kids
May 1-7 – Watermelon Week, make your very own watermelon.
May 2 – American Red Cross Pillowcase Project, where children 2nd-5th graders, can learn some helpful hints on how to be prepared in emergency situations, 11 a.m.-noon. Free, but registration necessary.
May 8-14 – Mother’s Day Craft Week, celebrate mom by making beautiful crafts for her.
May 15-21 – Frog Craft Week, have some Froggy Fun crafting.
May 21 – Butterfly Release Event, 1 p.m., INK will have a booth at the Butterfly Release Event, held at Wilshire Trail Park new Gainesville High School.
May 22-28 – Patriotic Craft Week, celebrate Memorial Day with Patriotic crafts.
May 29 – INK will be closed for Memorial Day.
Times are 10 a.m.-5 p.m. unless otherwise noted. 
Info: 770 536-1900,

Lake Lanier Islands
• Thru Sept. 27 – Fly Board Wednesdays
• May-Oct. 1 – LanierWorld Summer Adventure

North Atlanta Trade Center

Northeast Georgia History Center
Piedmont College
Info: 706-894-4201,

Quinlan Arts Center
Thru June 3 – Spring Exhibitions (ASMA National Exhibition, Ocmulgee Painters and solo artists Frances Geiger and Jim Stallings)

Tannery Row Artist Colony
• Thru June 2 – Studio 8 Artists features artists from Kudzu Art Zone in the Gallery. 
Info: 770-904-0572;

University of North Georgia

Voices of North Georgia
Info: 678-591-1545;

Arts Council Calendar May 2017

- compliled by Jane Harrison and Millie Adcox

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