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Georgia events

THIS WEEK

YOUTH FISHING DAYS AT BUCK SHOALS: 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, Smithgall Woods Conservation Park, 61 Tsalaki Trail, Helen; $5 parking; (706) 878-3087

road bike ride: 9 a.m., Saturday, Panola Mountain State Park, 2600 Georgia Highway 155 S.W., Stockbridge; $5 parking; (404) 375-6789

day of discovery for kids: 1-4 p.m. Saturday, Etowah Indian Mounds Historic Site, 813 Indian Mounds Road S.W., Cartersville; $3.50-$5; (770) 387-3447

introduction to wildlife painting 6:30-8:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sweetwater Creek State Park, 1750 Mount Vernon Road, Lithia Springs; $10 plus $5 parking; (706) 732-5871

UPCOMING

A TRIBUTE TO GEORGIA AUTHORS: 9 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. Saturday, July 24, Dahlonega Gold Museum Historic Site, 1 Public Square; $3.50-$5; (706) 864-2257

introduction to nature journaling: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, July 24, Smithgall Woods Conservation Park, 61 Tsalaki Trail, Helen; $25 plus $5 parking; (706) 878-3087

bat blitz: 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Sunday, July 25, Fort Mountain State Park, 181 Fort Mountain Park Road, Chatsworth; $5 parking; (770) 918-6792

chestatee river diving bell fund-raiser: Country entertainer Freddie Way performing; 6 p.m. Saturday, July 31, Cottrell Circle C Ranch, Porter Springs Road, Dahlonega; $40; bring meal and drink; for directions Lynn Cottrell (770) 519-4011, lynncottrell@aol.com; Helen Hardman, (706) 429-6494, fincher1@windstream.net

ice cream social: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, July 31, General Coffee State Park, 46 John Coffee Road, Nicholls; $5-$6 plus $5 parking; (912) 384-7082

lazy daze festival: 5-10 p.m. Saturday, July 31, 113 E. Athens St., Winder; free, (770) 867-3106

georgia mountain moonshine cRUize-in: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, Aug. 12-14, Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds, Hiawassee; $10 per day, $25 three-day pass; (662) 587-9572

reed creek park: Something's Fishy 10-11 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 4, Reed Creek Park and Wetlands Interpretive Center, 3820 Park Lane, Martinez; free members, $2 per child others; (706) 210-4027, www.reedcreekpark.com

all about birds: 10-11 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 5, Reed Creek Park and Wetlands Interpretive Center, 3820 Park Lane, Martinez; free for members, $2 per child for others; (706) 210-4027, www.reedcreekpark.com

insect investigation: 10-11 a.m. Friday, Aug. 6, Reed Creek Park and Wetlands Interpretive Center, 3820 Park Lane, Martinez; free for members, $2 per child for others; (706) 210-4027, www.reedcreekpark.com

pond exploration: 10-11 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 7, Reed Creek Park and Wetlands Interpretive Center, 3820 Park Lane, Martinez; free for members, $2 per child for others; (706) 210-4027, www.reedcreekpark.com

creek exploration: 10-11 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 10, Reed Creek Park and Wetlands Interpretive Center, 3820 Park Lane, Martinez; free for members, $2 per child for others; (706) 210-4027, www.reedcreekpark.com

nurturing nature walk: 10-11 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 11, Reed Creek Park and Wetlands Interpretive Center, 3820 Park Lane, Martinez; free for members, $2 per child for others; (706) 210-4027, www.reedcreekpark.com

pond exploration: 4:30-5:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 20, Reed Creek Park and Wetlands Interpretive Center, 3820 Park Lane, Martinez; $2/child nonmembers; (706) 210-4027, www.reedcreekpark.com

simply science: 4:30-5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 24, Reed Creek Park and Wetlands Interpretive Center, 3820 Park Lane, Martinez; $2/child nonmembers; (706) 210-4027, www.reedcreekpark.com

nurturing nature walk: 10-11 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 26, Reed Creek Park and Wetlands Interpretive Center, 3820 Park Lane, Martinez; free for members, $2 per child for others; (706) 210-4027, www.reedcreekpark.com

turtles are terrific: 11 a.m. to noon Saturday, Aug. 28, Reed Creek Park and Wetlands Interpretive Center, 3820 Park Lane, Martinez; free; (706) 210-4027, www.reedcreekpark.com

seventh annual art in the square: 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 18, Spring and Main streets, Gainesville; artinthesquarega.com

jekyll island Sea turtle walks: 8:30 and 9:30 p.m. daily through July, Georgia Sea Turtle Center, 214 Stable Road; $5, reservations required; (912) 635-4444, georgiaseaturtlecenter.org

new manchester history hike: 10 a.m. to noon Saturdays through September, Sweetwater Creek State Park, 1750 Mount Vernon Road, Lithia Springs; $2-$3 plus $5 parking; (706) 732-5871


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