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THIS WEEK

Administrative Professionals Week Celebration: 5:30 p.m. today, Evans Government Center Auditorium, Building A, 630 Ronald Reagan Drive, Evans; program free, dinner catered by Garlic Clove $12; guest speaker Columbia County Probate Court Judge Pat Hardaway; Renee Peloquin (706) 312-7163

BURKE COUNTY SCHOOLS PRE-K REGISTRATION FOR 2011-2012: 9-11 a.m. Saturday, Waynesboro Primary School, 352 Southside Drive, Waynesboro, and Sardis-Girard-Alexander Elementary School, 1265 Charles Perry Ave., Sardis; classes may be closed after this time, leaving any unregistered child unable to attend; Lois Rouse (706) 554-8074, school (706) 554-5125

SPRING FLING: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Master's Way Christian Center, 777 Blanchard Road, Evans; petting zoo, exotic bird tricks, inflatables, games and a magician; live music during lunch, noon to 1 p.m.; themed baskets for silent auction; bloodmobile on site until 1 p.m.; free; Elizabeth Vickrey (706) 799-5318

SPRING BIRDHOUSE SALE: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, St. Teresa of Avila Catholic Church, 4921 Columbia Road, Grovetown; sponsored by Knights of Columbus Terence Cardinal Cooke Council 8495 to benefit families of children with autism; Steve Crawford (706) 840-1739

UPCOMING

The Weather Station: Tornadoes, Hurricanes and Typhoons: Learn about storm systems; look at different methods of forecasting the weather to prevent natural disasters; 4:30-5:30 p.m. Friday, May 6, Reed Creek Wetlands Interpretive Center, 3820 Park Lane, Martinez; for ages 5 and up; children must be accompanied by an adult; registration required; free for members, $2 others, no charge for adults; (706) 210-4027

COMMUNITY YARD SALE: Spaces available first-come first-served; registration required to sell; 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, May 7, Columbia County Fairgrounds; Columbia County Rotary Club, host; Connie Redmond (706) 863-5500, columbiacountyrotary.org

ADOPT-A-STREAM TRAINING: Join local volunteer Mike Reardon on this adult program to learn how you can collect important data each month on the health of a local stream for the state of Georgia; hands on work collecting invertebrates and chemical data; 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, May 7, Reed Creek Wetlands Interpretive Center, 3820 Park Lane, Martinez; free; (706) 210-4027

SPRING FOX FAMILY FUNFEST: 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, May 7, Columbia County Amphitheater; free, open to the public; educational booths, stage performances, free amusement rides and food vendors; Cindy Burroughs (706) 650-5400, cburroughs@wfxg.com

GEORGIA GRILL AND CHILL FESTIVAL: Steak cookoff and wine tasting with entertainment by Alan B., Rhonda McDaniel, Hit Man Blues Band, DJ Jimmy Harmon and the GA Disc Dog Show, Georgia wineries, craft and food vendors; noon to 7 p.m. Saturday, May 7, American Legion Fairgrounds, Lincolnton; $5 admission, ages 12 and under free, free parking; steak dinners $15 advance, $20 event day; Sherry McKellar (706) 359-7970

SPRING GOLF CLASSIC: Seventh annual tournament to benefit the Jenny Clark Scholarship Memorial Fund; lunch and practice 10 a.m. to noon, tournament noon to 5 p.m. Wednesday, May 11, Bartram Trail Club Drive, Evans; Luaderdale format, unlimited range balls, shotgun start at noon; golfclassic2011@gmail.com for hole sponsorship information; Shelby Nadolsky (706) 495-5988, Tom Clark (706) 825-9151, jennclarkfund.org

NURTURING NATURE WALKS FOR 3-5-YEAR-OLDS: Outdoor walk and outdoor activities; same program Wednesday and Thursday; 10-11 a.m. Wednesday, May 11, and Thursday, May 26, Reed Creek Park and Wetlands Interpretive Center, 3820 Park Lane, Martinez; children must be accompanied by an adult, younger siblings welcome; free for members, $2 per child for others; registration required; (706) 210-4027

ALL ABOUT FROGS: Learn about frogs and how we're studying them through a calling survey; go outdoors to listen for frogs using the calling survey protocol; for ages 5 and up; children must be accompanied by an adult; free; registration required; 7-8 p.m. Friday, May 13, Reed Creek Park and Wetlands Interpretive Center, Martinez; (706) 210-4027

ALL ABOUT BIRDS: Talk about avian adaptations such as wings, feathers, beak and feet shape, with a trip outside to go birding; expert and new birders welcome; ages 5 and up; registration required; 4:30-5:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 17, Reed Creek Nature Park and Wetlands Interpretive Center, 3820 Park Lane

POND EXPLORATION: With dip nets, explore and learn about what animals live in the pond; be prepared to get a little wet and muddy; for ages 5 and up; free for members, $2 per child for others; reservations required; 4:30-5:30 p.m. Thursday, May 19, Reed Creek Nature Park and Wetlands Interpretive Center, 3820 Park Lane; (706) 210-4027

THE PROTECTED ANIMALS OF GEORGIA: Look at some of the 117 species protected in Georgia and how to get involved with restoration and preservation of wildlife; for ages 7 and up; children must be accompanied by an adult; registration required; free for members, $2 per child for others, no charge for adults; 11 a.m. to noon Saturday, May 21, Reed Creek Nature Park and Wetlands Interpretive Center; (706) 210-4027


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