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Beyond the Arch: Off-Campus Centers of the Athens Community

BikeAthens: Local organization BikeAthens is an excellent resource for those interested in exploring the city on two wheels. They organize group rides, have a downloadable Athens bike map and offer volunteer opportunities such as their Bicycle Recycling Program, where novice gearheads can learn about maintenance while helping the community. Visit bikeathens.com.

Daily Groceries Co-Op: This member-owned grocery store sells organic fare, bulk foods and local produce. Putting in about three hours per week as a cashier, stocker or other helping hand can earn you up to 20 percent off your granola and other goodies. Visit dailygroceries.org.

Avid Bookshop: During football season, the UGA campus can sometimes feel like it was built for rowdy fans. But fear not, bookish English majors! Avid, Athens’ newest independent bookstore, holds events, readings and is a great resource for those looking to tap into the local writing community. Visit avidbookshop.com.

Rubber Soul Yoga: The Ramsey Center has plenty to offer students interested in fitness. But do they have a clown school? Cal Clements’ Rubber Soul Yoga, on Pulaski Street, has your standard Hatha yoga classes, plus lessons in clowning, circus skills, guided mediation and acro-yoga, a combination of yoga and acrobatics. Visit rubbersoulyoga.com.

Nuçi’s Space: Dorms don’t make great venues for band practice. But just down the road at Nuçi’s Space, budding members of the Athens music scene can find inexpensive practice rooms ($6–$8 per hour), equipment rental and even mental health support groups. Visit nuci.org.

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