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Apr. 25, 2017
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Lanier area events calendar

Outdoors Calendar

Grounded Pursuits
Forsyth Metric Century, Cumming. 62/31/15 mile bicycle rides, 7 a.m. Apr. 1, Sawnee Mountain Park, 3995 Watson Rd. $35-$40.
Cardio Kickboxing, Gainesville. Kickboxing with instructor Cheryl Brown, 10-11 a.m. Apr. 1, Longwood Park, 20 Pearl Nix Pkwy.
18th Century Market Faire, Winder. Craftsmen and women demonstrate 1790s Georgia frontier trade, camps, native warriors, children’s activities and music, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.  Apr. 2, Fort Yargo State Park, 210 S. Broad St. $5, plus $5 parking., (770) 867-3489.
Spring Wildflower Hike, Winder. Ranger-led hike on waterfront trails to see spring wildflowers, 10-11:30 a.m. April 5 & 19, Nature Center, Fort Yargo State Park, 210 S. Broad St. $5, plus $5 parking., (770) 867-3489.
Spring Garden Expo, Gainesville. Hall County Master Gardeners’ annual plant sale, includes speakers on spring birds, trees, wildflowers, pollinators, 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. April 8, 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m. April 9, Chicopee Woods Agricultural Center, 1855 Calvary Church Rd. $2 adults, children free.
North Georgia College Trail Run, Gainesville. 2.5 & 5 mile trail runs on Gainesville campus, 8:30 a.m. April 8, UNG Gainesville Campus, 3820 Mundy Mill Rd. $35-$45.
Celebration of Nursing Scholarship 5K, Dahlonega. 9 a.m. April 8, Memorial Hall Gym, University of North Georgia, 82 College Circle. $40.
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. April 8, May 13, June 10, July 8, Hardman Farm Historic Site, 143 Hwy. 17. $5 parking. 706-878-1077,
Sweep the Hooch, multiple locations. Massive trash cleanup at 40 sites on Chattahoochee River organized by Chattahoochee Riverkeeper, Trout Unlimited, and National Park Service. Volunteers walk, wade or paddle. Sites include Don Carter State Park, Gainesville. April 8. Register at
Whitewater Watching Hike, Tallulah Falls. Ranger-led strenuous hike to Bridal Veil Falls to watch paddlers maneuver in water release on Tallulah River. No pets. Children must be age 10 or older. 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Apr. 8, 9, Tallulah Gorge State Park, 338 Jane Hurt Yarn Dr. $15, plus $5 parking. Register in advance. 706-754-7981,
Easter Egg Hunt, Gainesville. Egg hunt, bounce houses, face painting and more. 2 p.m. hunt for ages 3 and younger, 8-10; 2:45 ages 4-5, 6-7, April 9, Midtown Greenway, 682 Grove. St. Free, $5 photos with Easter Bunny.
Lanier Running Club, Gainesville. Runners invited to club meeting with featured speaker, 7 p.m. April 10, 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, 7:30-9 p.m. April 10 Tallulah Gorge State Park, 338 Jane Hurt Yarn Dr. Register in advance. $5, plus $5 parking., 706-754-7981.
Ribbit the Exhibit, Gainesville. Frog sculpture exhibit, children’s activities, April 15-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.
Don Carter State Park 5K, Gainesville. 8 a.m. April 15, Don Carter State Park, 5000 N. Browning Bridge Rd. $30.
Barktown Dog Rescue’s Run for their Lives 5K, Buford. 8 a.m. April 15, Fowler Park, 4110 Carolene Way. $25, $30 race day.
Onion Run 5K, Sugar Hill. 8 a.m. April 15, Sugar Hill City Hall, 5039 W. Broad St. $25.
Easter Bunny High Tail 5K/Fun Run, Suwanee. 8/9 a.m. April 15, North Gwinnett Church, 4963 W. Price Rd. $25.
JHS Superhero 5K, Gainesville. Trail and pavement run, 9 a.m. April 15, Johnson High School, 3305 Poplar Springs Rd. $20.
Outdoor Zumba, Gainesville. Workout with Zumba instructor Cheryl Brown, 10-11 a.m. April 15, Desota Park, 1142 Desota St.
Flat Creek Kayak Adventure, Gainesville. 2-3 hour excursion on Lake Lanier’s headwaters to Flat Creek Island (not the intown Flat Creek), 10 a.m.-1 p.m. April 15, Don Carter State Park, 5000 N. Browning Bridge Rd. Bring food and water. $20 with personal kayak, $30 kayak rental, $5 parking. Call to register., 678-450-7726.
Bull Riding, Gainesville. Southern Rodeo Association annual event, 8 p.m. April 21 & 22, Chicopee Woods Agricultural Center, 1855 Calvary Church Rd.
Dawsonville 400K Brevet. 261 mile-loop bicycle ride from Dawsonville through the Georgia mountains to Highlands N.C. and back, 6 a.m. April 22, Ingles parking lot, intersection Ga. 53/ Hwy. 400. $5.
Mountain Ranger Mountain Bike Race/Trail Runs, Dahlonega. 34K mountain bike race, 15K & 5K trail runs; participants enter both or single events, 7 a.m. April 22, Camp Merrill Ranger Camp, 1 Camp Merrill Dr. $30-$45.
Trillium Trek Trail Run & Walk, Gainesville. 5K run walk, 10K, half-marathon on trails in Chicopee Woods, 8 a.m.; kids fun run 7:30 a.m. April 22, Elachee Nature Science Center, 2125 Elachee Dr. $20-$60., 770-535-1976.
Run for Babies Run/Walk, Gainesville. Team and individual 5K race and walk, 7:30/9:30 a.m. April 22, Longstreet Clinic, 725 Jesse Jewell Pkwy. $25.
Georgia Victoria Bryant 5K/10K Trail Runs, Royston. 8:30 a.m. April 22, Victoria Bryant State Park, 1105 Bryant Park Rd. $30-$45.
Woof in the Woods, Helen. Canine-related fun and activities, adoptable pets, vendors and more, 9 a.m.-noon April 22, Smithgall Woods State Park, 61 Tsalaki Trl. $5 admission, $5 parking., 706-878-3087.
Bear on the Square Mountain Festival, Dahlonega. Bluegrass music, mountain crafts, storytelling, music workshops, dance teams and more, April 22-23, downtown Dahlonega.
SWEAT, Gainesville. Outdoor exercise with instructor Ava Miller, 10-11 a.m. April 22, Rock Creek Veterans Park, 223 Northside Dr.
Earth Day Plant Sale, Gainesville. Perennials, evergreens, ferns, and wildflowers for sale, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. April 22, Elachee Nature Science Center, 2125 Elachee Dr., 770-535-1976.
Sunset Hike, Tallulah Falls. Ranger-led hike to highest point in park to watch the sun set over Tallulah Gorge, 7:30-9 p.m. April 22, Tallulah Gorge State Park, 338 Jane Hurt Yarn Dr.  Register in advance. $5, plus $5 parking., 706-754-7981.
North Georgia Triathlon, Gainesville. Sprint/super-sprint/kid triathlons with indoor swims, various start times April 23, Frances Meadows Aquatic Center 1545 Community Way. $45-$50.
Glo the Distance 5K/Fun Run, Jefferson. 8:30/8 a.m. April 28, Jefferson Middle School, 1100 Hoschton Rd. $10-$30.
Athens Twilight. Multiple bicycle races, rides and a 5K Run, plus festival, kids’ activities and expo, various times April 28-29, Downtown Athens.
Brace for a Cure 5K/Fun Run, Buford. 7:30 a.m. April 29, Bogan Park, 2723 N. Bogan Rd. $25/$20.
Fiesta 5K Challenge, Cumming. 5K 8 a.m., fun run on Big Creek Greenway, 9 a.m. April 29, 4110 Carolene Way. $25-$35.
Boulder Dash 5K/10K Run/Walk, Cumming. Meander through an operational rock quarry, with post-race Blue Spring Fling, 9 a.m. April 29, Bluegrass Materials Co., 1200 N. Forsyth Dr. $15-$30.
Spring Chicken Festival, Gainesville. Parade 10:30 a.m., chicken cook-off 11 a.m.-3:30 p.m., recycled arts/crafts market, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., awards 4 p.m. April 29, Downtown Gainesville Square, 118 Main St. Chicken samples $5.
Stars over Elachee, Gainesville. View constellations, the moon, planets and stars under the night sky 8-10 p.m. April 29, 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., 770-535-1976.
Bike Roswell! Mayor’s Ride. 6, 18, 42, & 64 mile bicycle rides on rolling hills and flats near the Chattahoochee River, plus 6 mile family ride, with rest stops, drinks and snacks, 7:15 a.m. April 31, Roswell Area Park, 10495 Woodstock Rd. $10-$45.


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.

Lake Lanier Olympic Park events

LCKC (Lanier Canoe & Kayak Club)
   Apr 22 - Beginner Racing League Spring Race
   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 - 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
   Apr 29 - Sets At Sunset Music Festival 
   May 5 - Rubber Duck Derby 
   Jun 3 - Lake Show Concert 
   Aug 19 - Georgia Wakeboard Series 

Other area events

Apr. 1 – Easter Bunny arrival, 10 a.m., at Lakeshore Mall, Center Court around Fountain, 150 Pearl Nix Pkwy. Gainesville. Free. Info: 770-535-8877, x225.
• Apr. 2 – The Nacoochee Valley, Ancient Crossroads of the Americas, presented by Richard L. Thornton at 4 p.m. at the Sautee Center Theatre, Sautee Nacoochee Center, 283 Highway 255 N. Sautee Nacoochee. Info: 706-878-3300.
Apr. 3 – Pet photos with the Easter Bunny, 6-9 p.m., at Lakeshore Mall, Center Court around Fountain, 150 Pearl Nix Pkwy. Gainesville. Free. Info: 770-535-8877, x225.
Apr. 8 – John Conlee Aperforms at 7 p.m. at Riverside Military Academy, 2001 Riverside Dr., Gainesville. Admission: $25-$55. Info:
Apr. 8 – Evenings of Intimate Jazz featuring Davina and the Vagabonds at 8 p.m. at The Arts Council Smithgall Arts Center, 331 Spring St., SE, Gainesville. Admission: $30. Info: 770-534-2787;
Apr. 9 – Gainesville Annual Easter Egg Hunt, 2 p.m., at Midtown Greenway, 682 Grove St., Gainesville. Fee: Free to hunt; $5 photos with the Easter Bunny. Info: 770-531-2680.
Apr. 13, 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.
Apr. 15 – Blue Ribbon Bluegrass Festival held noon to 5 p.m. at Sautee Nacoochee Center. Admission: $10; free for children 16 and under. Featured artists: Elliott Sperin, Good in The Kitchen and The Freight Hoppers. Info: 706-878-3300.
Apr. 15-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;
Apr. 21 –1st Annual Golf Tournament Fundraiser hosted by Frankie and Andy’s Place, a unique combination of senior dog shelter and emotional healing center for troubled humans, will be held at Lanier Islands Legacy Golf Course. Shotgun start: 9 a.m. Registration opens at 7:30 a.m. Entry: Team (4 Player Scramble) $400 including lunch. Info: 678-936-277;
Apr. 21-23, 27-30 – “Leading Ladies,” presented by Habersham Community Theater, 1370 Washington St., Clarkesville. Info: 706-839-1315;
Apr. 29 – The Buford Lanier Women's Club 7th Annual Fashion show, luncheon, raffle and silent auction begins at 11 a.m. at the Buford Presbyterian Church, 1242 Buford Hwy., Sugar Hill.  Info: 404-217-9737.
May 13 – Meaders Spring Fest held 9 a.m.-3 p.m. at 9401 Skitts Mountain Dr., Lula. Free. Info: 770-540-5505.
Brenau University
Apr. 3 – Georgia Poetry Circuit Spring Reading: Kim Addonizio featured at 12:30 p.m. in Brenau Trustee Library. Addonizio is a recipient of two Pushcart Prizes and a Guggenheim fellowship, author of seven collections of poetry as well as two books on writing poetry, four works of fiction and a memoir. Info: 770-534-6195.
Apr. 4 – Concerts Connecting Cultures … Spectrum Winds and Honors II Portale Musicale at 7:30 p.m. in Pearce Auditorium. Free. Info: 770-538-4764.
Apr. 10 – Concerts Connecting Cultures … Get Your Passport Ready! at 7:30 p.m. at Pearce Auditorium features Spectrum Singers and Vocal Chamber Ensemble. Free. Info: 770-538-4764.
Apr. 13 – Dance Showcase: Emergence performs 1 p.m. in Brenau University’s Black Box Theater featuring a variety of choreographic styles. Info: 770-534-6249.
Thru Apr. 20 – “Mom: Writing with Alzheimer’s” exhibit, held in John S. Burd Center, Leo Castelli Gallery, features photographs of pages from a journal “written” by a woman with Alzheimer’s disease. One can follow the drift of her attention, feel the pain of her isolation and experience the beauty that leads to empathy for more than a single individual. Free. Info: 770-534-6263.
Info: 770-538-4764;

Buford Community Center
Apr. 1 – The Barefoot Movement, a Nashville based group with down to earth Bluegrass sound, perform at 8 p.m. Admission: $15.
Apr. 20-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.
Info: 770 945-6762,

Cumming Playhouse.
Info/times: 770-781-9178;

Gainesville Theatre Alliance
Apr. 11-22 – “Peter and the Star Catcher,” performed at UNG’s Ed Cabell Theatre. Preview performance Apr. 10, $10.
Info: 678-717-3624;

Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds
Apr. 7 – Clint Black, 7 p.m. Tickets: $41+Handling; $31+Handling
Apr. 28 – Trace Adkins, 7 p.m. Tickets: $5+Handling; $35+Handling

Interactive Neighborhood for Kids
Thru Apr. 2 – Doctor week, learn about being a doctor while doing some medical arts & crafts.
Apr 3-6 - Spring Break Workshop week
• Apr 3-9 - Encourage a Young Writer week
• Apr 10-16 - April Showers Bring May Flowers” Weather Craft week
• Apr 17-23 - Celebrate Earth Day week
• Apr 24-30 - Fish Craft week
Times are 10 a.m.-5 p.m. unless otherwise noted. 
Info: 770 536-1900,

Lake Lanier Islands
Apr. 1-9 – Spring Break Weekend includes fun and adventure for the entire family. For two weekends kids can hang on the beach, play games, splash in the lake with inflatables and be entertained by a host of live entertainment including a fire-breather, face-painter, pony rides, balloon artist and stilt walker.
Apr. 5-Sept. 27 – Fly Board Wednesdays
Apr. 8 – Fireworks, 10-10:30 p.m. at LanierWorld

North Atlanta Trade Center

Northeast Georgia History Center
Apr. 9 – Over There: America Enters World War I, 1-4 p.m. commemorates the Centennial Anniversary of the U.S. entry into WWI, or “The Great War,” with living history interpretation and hands-on activities. Free..

Piedmont College
Apr. 2 – Faculty Recital: James F. Melichamp, organist and president of the college and member of the music faculty, presents Going for Baroque, a program of masterworks for organ from the Baroque Period, 1600-1750.
Apr. 4 – Cantabile performs at 5 p.m. in Brooks Hall presenting a variety of music from the 15th century to the present.
Apr. 6-9 – “Still Life With Iris,” performed in Swanson Center Blackbox, is a fantastical adventure centering on a little girl’s search for the simplest of things: home. Times: 7:30 p.m.
• Apr. 22 – Gilbert and Sullivan & Friends presented by Piedmont Chorale at 7:30 p.m. in Piedmont Chapel.
Apr. 27 – Wind Ensemble Partnership, directed by Vicki Pinson, features the finest high school players in the region to perform at 7:30 p.m. in the college Chapel.
Apr. 29 – Instrumental Chamber Ensembles of the college perform a variety of works for brass, woodwinds and percussion at 7:30 p.m. in chapel.
Info: 706-894-4201,

Quinlan Arts Center
Thru Apr. 8 – Charles J. Thurmond Youth Art Month, sponsored by Kiwanis Club of Gainesville. 
Apr. 29-June 2 – Studio 8 Artists features artists from Kudzu Art Zone in the Gallery. Opening reception held Apr. 29, 6-8 p.m.

Tannery Row Artist Colony
Thru April 14 – Spring Juried Art Exhibition with opening reception and celebration held 5-8 p.m., Mar. 4.
Info: 770-904-0572;

University of North Georgia
Apr. 1 – An Evening with Chopin, 7:30-9 p.m., performed in Hoag Student Center.
Apr. 4 – UNG Chorale, Aoide and Cantio, perform at 7:30 p.m. at Grace Episcopal Church, 422 Brenau Ave., Gainesville. Admission: One canned or non-perishable food item to support the UNG Food Pantry. 
Apr. 10 – Patriot Choir Spring Concert, 7:30-9 p.m., Nix Fine Arts Center.
Apr. 19 – UNG Wind Ensemble and Symphonic Band performs at Riverside Military Academy, 2001 Riverside Dr., Gainesville. Free.
Apr. 25 – Spring Jazz Concert, 7-8:30 p.m., Gainesville Ed Cabell Theatre.
• Apr. 25 – Wind Ensemble Concert, 8-10 p.m., Hoag Student Center, Dahlonega.

Voices of North Georgia
Apr. 28, 29 – King David, by Arthur Honegger, performed at 7:30 p.m. at St. Paul United Methodist Church, 404 Washington St., Gainesville. 
Info: 678-591-1545;

Arts Council Calendar April 2017

- compliled by Jane Harrison and Millie Adcox

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