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Lanier area events calendar

Outdoors Calendar

Grounded Pursuits
Capturing Tulips Workshop, Gainesville. Bring favorite medium – pastels, colored pencils, water color, or pencil – and a sketch pad to work on capturing light and movement of tulips in bloom, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. March 29, Gainesville Garden, Atlanta Botanical Garden, 1911 Sweet Bay Dr. $29, $24 members. Register by March 27., 404-888-4760. 
Georgia Master Naturalist Session 1, Gainesville. 11-program course explores local habitats and ecosystems, 1-5:30 p.m. March 29-May 31, Elachee Nature Science Center, 2125 Elachee Dr. $300 per person, $25 discount for Elachee members. Register in advance., 770-535-1976.
Sunset Easter Egg Hunt, Tallulah Falls. Crafts, popcorn, egg hunt at sunset, 6:30-8 p.m. March 30, Tallulah Gorge State Park, 338 Jane Hurt Yarn Rd. $5 parking., 706-754-7981.
Container Gardening, Gainesville. Focus on plant selection and design tips to create lush containers, 10 a.m.-noon March 31, Gainesville Garden, Atlanta Botanical Garden, 1911 Sweet Bay Dr. $29, $24 members. Register by March 28., 404-888-4760. 
Mad about Metamorphosis, Helen. Brief talk about amphibian and insect metamorphosis followed by hike to pond and wetland, 10 a.m.-noon March 31, Smithgall Woods State Park, 61 Tsalaki Trl. $5, plus $5 parking., 706-878-3087.
Natural Egg Dying Class, Sautee Nacoochee. Dye eggs with natural materials such as onions, beets and tumeric; eggs and old fashioned games provided, 1-4 p.m. March 31, Hardman Farm Historic Site, 143 Hwy. 17. $5., 706-878-1077.
Community Easter Egg Hunt, Helen. Egg hunt, hay rides, music, games/crafts and more, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. March 31, Bottoms Field, Unicoi State Park, 1788 Hwy. 356. $5., 706-878-2201, Ext. 549.
Full Moon Frog Calling, Helen. Guided half-mile tour of Wetland loop trail, 8-9:30 p.m. March 31, Smithgall Woods State Park, 61 Tsalaki Trl. $3, plus $5 parking. Call to register., 706-787-3087.
Baskets & Bunnies, Gainesville. Volunteers, materials and participants needed for egg hunt, egg toss, Easter bonnet contest, games & crafts, 2 p.m. March 31, Don Carter State Park, 5000 N. Browning Bridge Rd. $5, plus $5 parking. Contact to volunteer., 678-450-7726.
Spring into the Stream, Helen. 3-day mini-camp for ages 8-12 looks at aquatic systems and animals that inhabit them, 9 a.m.-noon Apr. 2-4, Smithgall Woods State Park, 61 Tsalaki Trl. $45. Register in advance., 706-878-3087.
AmeriCorps First Time Camping, Winder. Learn or brush up on camping skills with AmeriCorps ranger in overnight camp, 1 p.m. Apr. 2, Fort Yargo State Park, 201 S. Broad St. $30 for group of 1-6, $10 program fee, $5 parking. Register at 770-867-3489,
Dog Creek Search Hike, Gainesville. Moderate 2-mile ranger-led hike to search for aquatic creatures in Dog Creek, 3-6:30 p.m. Apr. 4, 8, 29, Primitive Camp Parking area, Don Carter State Park, 5000 N. Browning Bridge Rd. Open to ages 10 and older. $5, plus $5 parking., 678-450-7726.
Creative Crafts, Gainesville. Join naturalist for craftwork using natural materials, 3-5 p.m. Apr. 5, Don Carter State Park, 5000 N. Browning Bridge Rd. Children younger than 4 need parent to assist. $3, plus $5 parking., 678-450-7726.
Night Hike, Gainesville. Guided hike after dark, 8-9:30 p.m. Apr. 5, 7, 20 Shelter 4, Don Carter State Park, 5000 N. Browning Bridge Rd. $5, plus $5 parking., 678-450-7726.
Animals and Their Signs, Gainesville. Naturalist-led hike to look for reptiles, mammals, insects and birds; cast animal footprints, 4-6 p.m. Apr. 6, Boat Ramp, Don Carter State Park, 5000 N. Browning Bridge Rd. $5, plus $5 parking., 678-450-7726.
Happy Hooves 5K, Dawsonville. 8 a.m. Apr. 7, Dawson County Board of Education, 28 Main St. $25 early, $30 race day,
Hall County Master Gardeners Spring Expo, Gainesville. Plant sale, garden art, seminars. 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Apr. 7, 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Apr. 7, Chicopee Woods Agricultural Center, 1855 Calvary Church Rd. $2 adult admission, children fee.
Sweep the Hooch, multiple sites. Volunteers pick up trash along 100 miles of Chattahoochee River, including numerous sites on Lake Lanier; walkers, waders and paddlers needed, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Apr. 7. Register at
Tails on Trails, Helen. Bring your dog to hike 2.5 mile Lake Loop, dogs get Unicoi bandana, 10 a.m.-noon Apr. 7, Unicoi State Park, 1788 Hwy. 365. $3, $5 parking., 706-878-2201, Ext. 549.
Sunset Hike, Mountain City. Short hike to Tennessee Rock to see a beautiful sunset, 5:45-7:30 p.m. Apr. 7, Black Rock Mountain State Park, 3805 Black Rock Mountain Pkwy. $5 parking., 706-746-2141.
Campfire Stories, Gainesville. Gather around campfire with staff to tell stories, make s’mores, 9:30-10:30 p.m. Apr. 7, 20, Don Carter State Park, 5000 N. Browning Bridge Rd. $3, plus $5 parking., 678-450-7726.
Parent & Youth Survival Class, Helen. Two day overnight camp with U.S. Air Force Survival Instructor to learn seven priorities of wilderness survival, 10 a.m. Apr. 7-8. $300 teams of 2, $5 parking., 352-350-4450,, 706-878-3087.
Whitewater Watching Hike, Tallulah Falls. Ranger-led strenuous hike to Bridal Veil Falls to watch whitewater paddlers on Tallulah River where water will flow higher and faster due to bi-annual water release, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Apr. 7, 8, 14, 15, Tallulah Gorge State Park, 338 Jane Hurt Yarn Dr. $15, $5 parking., 706-754-7981.
Tri-State Hike, Mountain City. Guided 2.2 mile hike to Tennessee Rock Overlook to possibly see three states, 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Apr. 8, Black Rock Mountain State Park, 3805 Black Rock Mountain Pkwy. $5 parking., 706-746-2141.
Lanier Running Club, Gainesville. Runners invited to club meeting with featured speaker, 7 p.m. Apr. 9, Recess Southern Gastro Pub, 118 Bradford St. NW.
• United Way Half Marathon/5K, Flowery Branch. 7:30/8 a.m. Apr. 14, The Venue at Friendship Springs, 7340 Friendship Springs Blvd. $30-$65.
Fallen Heroes of Georgia 5K, Buford. 8 a.m. Apr. 14, Lanier Islands, 7000 Lanier Islands Pkwy. $35-$40.
Follow the Leader 5K, Cumming. 8 a.m. Apr. 14, North Forsyth Middle School, 3645 Coal Mountain Dr. $25.
Run for Babies 5K, Cumming. 7 p.m. Apr. 20, Piney Grove Middle School, 8135 Majors Rd. $25-$30.
Spring Plant Sale, Gainesville. Atlanta Botanical Garden’s Gainesville Garden plant sale featuring perennials, annuals, hydrangeas, shrubs and trees, members only 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Apr. 20, public 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Apr. 21, 1911 Sweet Bay Dr. Garden admission, members free., 404-888-4760.
Bear on the Square Mountain Festival, Dahlonega. Mountain music, art market, auction, storytelling, dance, kids’ activities, workshops and more, Apr. 20-22, Downtown Dahlonega.
Forsyth Metric Century, Cumming. 15/31/62 mile bicycle rides, 7 a.m. Apr. 21, Sawnee Mountain Park, 3995 Watson Rd. $45-$50.
Trillium Trek Trail Run, Gainesville. 5K/half marathon 8 a.m., kid’s run 7:30 a.m. Apr. 21, Elachee Nature Science Center, 2125 Elachee Dr. $20-$60., 770-535-1976.
March of Dimes Run/Walk for Babies, Gainesville. 7/9 a.m. Apr. 21, The Longstreet Clinic, 725 Jesse Jewell Pkwy. Run $25-$30; walk free.
Race for the Rescues Fun Run/5K, Suwanee. 8:30/9:15 a.m. Apr. 21, Suwanee Town Creek Center Park, 330 Town Center  Ave. $15-$30.
Woodland Ramble, Gainesville. Local art, natural creations, food trucks, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Apr. 21, Atlanta Botanical Garden Gainesville Garden, 1911 Sweet Bay Dr. Garden admission, members free., 404-888-4760.
Spring Plant Sale, Gainesville. Unique perennials, evergreens, wildflowers, ferns and native plant sale, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Apr. 21, Elachee Nature Science Center, 2125 Elachee Dr. $5 admission., 770-535-1976.
Earth Day Celebration, Tallulah Falls. Leave no trace 2.5 mile guided hike, 10-11:30 a.m., beekeeping program, noon-4 p.m. Apr. 21; recycling craft, noon-12:45 p.m., sustainable home gardening, 2-3 p.m. Apr. 22, Tallulah Gorge State Park, 338 Jane Hurt Yarn Dr. $5 parking., 706-754-7981.
Stars over Elachee, Gainesville. View constellations, the moon, planets and stars under night sky 8-10 p.m. Apr. 21, Chicopee Lake, 2100 Calvary Church Rd. Suggested for adults and children age 8 and up. Bring flashlight and pencil. Register in advance, reserve a telescope. $10 adults, $5 children 2-12. Free to members., 770-535-1976.
North Georgia Adult/Kids Triathlons, Gainesville. Sprint and super sprint triathlons with pool swims, various times, Apr. 22, Frances Meadows Aquatic Center, 1545 Community Way. $40-$50.
Athens Twilight Criterium. Weekend bicycle festival with rides, races, runs, music, expo, food and more, Apr. 27-28, Downtown Athens.
Pounding for Paws 5K, Jefferson. 8 a.m. Apr. 28, Beyond Words Baptist Church, 231 Arcade Park St. $20-$25.
Boulder Dash 5K/10K, Cumming. Race through working rock quarry, 8 a.m. Apr. 28, Northside Hospital Forsyth/Bluegrass Materials Co., 1200 N. Forsyth Dr. $15-$30.
Five Crystals Dash, Dawsonville. Three lap course with a burger every lap, 8:30 a.m. Apr. 28, Rock Creek Park, 445 Martin Rd. $30.
14th Annual Spring Chicken Festival, Gainesville. Chicken cook-off 11 a.m.-3 p.m., art market 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Apr. 28, Gainesville Square, 118 Main St. $5. 770-297-1141.
Fitness in the Park, Gainesville. Spring power walk, 10 a.m. Apr. 28, Main Pavilion, Longwood Park, 20 Pearl Nix Pkwy. 770-531-2680,
Pooch on the Hooch, Gainesville. Walk your dog on 2 mile guided hike along Lake Lanier shore, 1-3 p.m. Apr. 28, Don Carter State Park, 5000 N. Browning Bridge Rd. $5, plus $5 parking., 678-450-7726.
Full Moon Suspension Bridge Hike, Tallulah Falls. Mile and a half night hike down 310 stairs to suspension bridge over falls, 6:30-8 p.m. Apr. 28, 7-8:30 p.m. Apr. 29, Tallulah Gorge State Park, 338 Jane Hurt Yarn Dr. Register in advance. $5, plus $5 parking., 706-754-7981.


Friends of Smithgall Woods Meeting, Helen. Advocacy group informal meetings to plan projects, 2-3 p.m. first Tuesdays through May, Education Cabin, Joe Black Rd. at Smithgall Woods State Park, 61 Tsalaki Trl. 706-878-3087.
Gears & Beers Mountain Bike Rides, Gainesville. Cyclists depart Wrenched Bicycles for either East Hall road rides or Chicopee Woods mountain bike rides, return for cold beverages back at shop, 8:30 a.m. Saturdays, 302 Broad St. SE.  Call or check Wrenched Bicycle Facebook for information. 770-287-8842.
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:
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.

Lake Lanier Olympic Park events

LCKC (Lanier Canoe & Kayak Club)
  • Apr. 20-22 - Canadian National Team Trials
  • Apr. 27-29 - Team USA Dragon Boat SE Regional Trials
  • Apr. 28 - BRL Practice Race
  • May 12 - BRL Spring Fungatta
  • June 2 - Gainesville/Hall Dragon Boat Challenge
  • June 2 - Recreational Rentals Open 
  • June 16 - Southern Invitational Spring Regatta
  • June 22-24 - Dragon Boat USA Training Camp
  • June 28 - Moonlight Paddle
  • July 14 - Summer Springs Regatta
  • July 27 - Moonlight Paddle
  • Aug 26 - Moonlight Paddle
  • Sept. 8 - Hong Kong Dragon Boat Festival
  • Sept. 13-17 - ICF Dragon Boat World Championships
  • Sept. 15 - BRL Practice Race
  • Sept 24 - Moonlight Paddle
  • Sept. 29 - BRL Fall Fungatta
  • Oct 24 - Moonlight Paddle
  • Oct. 27 - Halloween Howl
LLRC (Lake Lanier Rowing Club)                                          
  • Thru Mar. - Winter & Spring Break Training
  • May 26-27 - ACRA Championship  
  • June 5-16, June 19-30, July 10-21, July 31- Aug. 11 - Learn to Row 1 Classes 
  • June 19-30, July 10-21, July 31-Aug. 1, Aug. 14-25 - Learn to Row 2 Classes
  • Sept. 22 - Taste of Gainesville      
Other LLOP events
  • Apr. 20, May 18, June 15, July 20, Aug. 17, Sept. 21, Oct. 19, Nov. 16 - Food Truck Friday
  • Apr. 28 - Sets at Sunset
  • May 5 - Rubber Duck Derby
  • June 9 -  John Jarrard Lake Show 
  • June 10 - Georgia Wake Series

Other area events

Apr. 3, 10, 17, 24 – Open Mic Night at Good Ol Days with Will Barron, 9 p.m. Good ol’ Days Bar and Grill, 419 Atlanta Rd. in Cumming are actively seeking talented musicians to add to its line-up at all times. Free.
Apr. 8 – Gospel Singing, 7-8:30 p.m., held in Christian Hill Baptist Church, 5833 Gailey Dr., Clermont. Free. Info: 706-265-0655.
Apr. 13 – Meet Wyatt Earp – Author Talk with Book Signing, noon-1 p.m., a lunch and learn with local author Mark Warren discussing the contradictions of fact versus legend in the Old West at Hall County Library, Gainesville Branch. Bring own bag lunch. Free.
Apr. 15 – An Evening with C.S. Lewis: My Life’s Journey, 4-5:30 p.m. Actor David Payne performs a one man show as part of the FPC Fine Arts Series at First Presbyterian Church. Seating limited. Tickets: $15, adults; students, free.
May 11-12 – Annual Hawgin on Lanier Backyard BBQ Cooking Contest will be held at Laurel Park. This event is strictly for BBQ teams and families. There will be no festival component to the event this year. This is an officially sanctioned Kansas City Barbecue Society Event. Info for registration:
Brenau University
Apr. 5-7 – Brenau University’s Department of Dance Spring Concert, held 7:30 p.m. in Brenau’s Hosch Theatre, 429 Academy St., Gainesville, features senior dance majors, faculty and guest artists Kassandra Taylor Newberry and Juel Lane. General admission: $7, $5 seniors, children under 12, free.
Apr. 17 – One Nation, One People, 7:30 p.m. in Pearce Auditorium, presents Spectrum Singers and Vocal Chamber Ensemble performing songs of unity and freedom. Free.
Info: 770-538-4764;

Buford Community Center
Apr. 12-29 – “Damn Yankees,” presented at Theatre Buford. Cost: $27-$35.
Info: 770 945-6762,

Chateau Elan Winery & Resort
Apr. 27 – Taste of Georgia, 8-10 p.m., is a wine education event that offers three chef-curated courses featuring highlights from a Georgia region with wine pairings. Limited event-only tickets: $75 per person.

Clarkesville’s Historic Habersham Community Theater
• Apr. 6-22 – “Fiddler on the Roof,” musical. Times: 7:30/2 p.m. matinees.
Cumming Playhouse
Info: 706-839-1315;

Cumming Playhouse
Apr. 19-22 – Remember, Age Well Forsyth, $20/$22.50; 8 p.m., Thurs./Fri.; 3&8 p.m., Sat.; 3 p.m., Sun.
May 10-20 – Always a Bridesmaid, Jones Hope Wooten comedy, $22.50-$25; 8 p.m., Thurs./Fri./Sat.; 3 p.m., Sun.Info:  770 781-9178,

Dahlonega’s Historic Holly Theatre
Apr. 13-15 – Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella, $14, adults; $10, students; 7 p.m., Fri./Sat.; 2 p.m. Sun.
May 4-6, 11-13, 18-20 – Company, a Stephen Sondheim Musical Comedy, $22, adults; $14 students; 8 p.m., Fri./Sat.; 2 p.m., Sun.
Info: 706-864-3759.

Gainesville Theatre Alliance
Apr. 6-9 – GTA Discovery Series Presents: Fuente Ovejuna by Lope de Vega at Brenau University’s Theatre on the Square, 301 Main St. SE, Gainesville. Times: 7:30 p.m. Free. What does it take to bind a community together against violence and oppression? Despite current applications around the globe, Fuente Ovejuna provides an answer based on 15th-century events that were immortalized by one of Spain’s greatest and most influential Golden Age dramatists, Lope de Vega. 
Apr. 9 – Preview Performance of “The Odyssey,” at 7:30 p.m. in Ed Cabell Theatre. Tickets: $10.
Apr. 10-21 – “The Odyssey,” presented 7:30 p.m./2:30 p.m., at UNG’s Ed Cabell Theatre, 3820 Mundy Mill Rd., Oakwood. Tickets: $18-$20, adults; $16-$18, seniors; $12-$14, students.
Apr. 17 – Talk Back with Cast & Crew: a lively (and free) Q&A session following the night’s performance of “The Odyssey.”
Apr. 17 – Talk Back with Cast & Crew: a lively (and free) Q&A session following the night’s performance of “The Odyssey.”
Info: 678-717-3624;

Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds
Apr. 27 – Jeremy Camp and Micah Tyler, 7 p.m. Tickets: GA-$20, P2-$35 and VIP-$75.
Apr. 28 – Montgomery/Gentry with Full Band, 7 p.m. Tickets: $40, Level 1+ handling; $30, Level 2 + handling.

Habersham Community Theater

Interactive Neighborhood for Kids
Mar. 26-31 – Easter Craft Week, paint a basket of Easter eggs using various materials.
Apr. 2-8 – Spring Break Beach Craft Week
Apr. 3 – American Red Cross Pillowcase Project, 11 a.m.-noon, where 2nd-5th graders can experience a fun and educational class on how to prepare for emergency situations plus participants get to create a pillowcase to store items such as flashlight, etc. Free, registration required. If children would like to stay and play after the class, admission is $8.
Apr. 9-15 – Photography Craft Week, create camera out of a variety of fun materials.
Apr. 16-22 – Astronomy Craft Week, make an “out of this world” space craft.
Apr. 23-29 – Earth Day Craft Week, create  Earth with tissue paper and other materials.
Info: 770 536-1900,

Lake Lanier Islands
Apr. 28 – Fireworks Show at Sunset Cove starting at 10 p.m.
Apr. 29 – Hispanic Cultural & Music Festival at Peachtree Pointe from 10 a.m.-9 p.m.
May 5, 6 – LanierWorld Hours, Margaritaville, from 10 a.m.-9 p.m., May 5; 10 a.m.-8 p.m., May 6.

North Atlanta Trade Center

Northeast Georgia History Center
Apr. 8 – Family Day: The Plow & the Poet celebrates North Georgia poet Byron Herbert Reece. Includes Living History interpretation of daily farm life of the ‘30s/’40s in the cabin and blacksmith shop, activities in the History Center and a Museum Theatre performance of the works of Reece. Times: 1-4 p.m. Free.Info:

Piedmont College
Thru Aug. 6 – A Southern Table, exhibit at Mason-Scharfenstein Museum of Art (across from the college). Reception held March 22.
Apr. 3 – Cantabile performs at 5 p.m. in Brooks Hall; music from the 15th century to present, including jazz and popular music.
Apr. 5-8 – The Shadow Box performed in Swanson Center Black Box. A dramatic triptych where three terminal cancer patients dwell in separate cottages on a hospital’s grounds. Times: 7:30 p.m., Apr. 6, 7; 2 p.m., Apr. 8.
Apr. 10 – Opera Workshop: Amahl and the Night Visitors performed in the Chapel. Time: 7:30 p.m.
Apr. 13 – Instrumental Chamber Ensembles – the Piedmont Winds and the Woodwind Ensemble – perform a variety of works for brass, woodwinds and percussion at 7:30 p.m. in the chapel.  
Apr. 19 – Guest Artist Series: Stefan Kagl, internationally celebrated German organist, performs at 7:30 p.m. in the chapel.
Apr. 21 – Great Composer Series presents the Piedmont Chorale performing masterworks for choir featuring composers from 18th, 19th and 20th centuries, 7:30 p.m., chapel.
Info: 706-894-4201,

Quinlan Arts Center
Thru Apr. 7 – 15th Annual Youth Art Month. Opening reception held Mar. 16.
Apr. 12-June 2 – 2018 Spring Exhibitions, “Surrealist Apparatus” artwork by surrealist artists, opening reception held Apr. 12, 5:30-7 p.m. Exhibition includes work by Surrealists artists; original paintings by Kim Karelson; photoencaustic works by Lee Ann White; and paintings by Joan Darflinger.

Tannery Row Artist Colony
Thru Apr. 7 – 2018 Spring Juried Art Exhibition, opens at noon on March 10 with opening reception from 5-8 p.m. Free.
• Apr. 14-June 2 – Stretch: Shift, Transform  – Exhibition. Opening reception held 5-8 p.m., Apr. 14.
Info: 770-904-0572;

University of North Georgia
• Apr. 2 – A Little Night(hawk) Music Concert Series, 7:30-9 p.m., presents its fourth and fifth performances. Free. Gainesville Campus lobby. Free.
Apr. 2 – Latin American Short Film Festival, 6-8 p.m. on Apr. 2, in Gainesville campus auditorium.
Apr. 2 – Spring Concert of UNG Singers & Le Belle Voci, presented 6:30-9:15 p.m. at Dahlonega United Methodist Church.
Apr. 5, 6 – Another Op’nin’,  Another Show: The Golden Age of Broadway and Beyond, performed by UNG musical theater troupe presenting musical revue of Broadway favorites in Gloria Shott Performance Hall on Dahlonega campus. Times: 7:30-9 p.m. Free.
Apr. 9 – Percussion Ensemble Concert, 7:30-10 p.m., in Dahlonega campus auditorium.
Apr. 15 – Symphonic Band & Wind Ensemble Concert, 3-5 p.m., performing traditional band music as well as new works at the Riverside Military Academy Auditorium in Gainesville.
Apr. 24 – Spring Jazz Show, 7:30-9 p.m., features jazz standards to surprise retro pop hits. Performance held at Gainesville campus in Ed Cabell Theatre.
Info: 706-864-1423,

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

Arts Council Page April 2018

- compliled by Jane Harrison and Millie Adcox

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