Upcoming calendar


SYLVIA RAMSEY BOOK SIGNING: Author of Merchild Land, an illustrated children's book in verse form; 4-6 p.m. Thursday, Inner Bean Cafe, 139 Davis Road; all proceeds go to American Bladder Cancer Association; Sylvia L. Ramsey (706) 951-7893

2011 MARINE MUD CHALLENGE: Five-mile off-road course with 19 obstacles; 9 a.m. Saturday, Fort Gordon; $30; Rich Groves (706) 399-1888, www.facebook.com/marinemudchallenge

MUTT STRUTT AND CANINE CARNIVAL: Benefit for a new mobile spay/neuter surgical unit Diamonds in the Ruff; registration 7 a.m., run 9 a.m., walk 9:30 a.m. Saturday, Augusta Common; 5K run and pet fun walk, games, vendors, prizes, food, low-cost microchipping clinic, celebrity-pet look alike contest, pet competitions; $25, includes T-shirt; register online at www.diamondsintheruffcsra.org

NORTH AMERICAN MIGRATION COUNT: Held by Augusta-Aiken Audubon Society; meet 7:30 a.m. Saturday, Kathwood Ponds, Silver Bluff Audubon Center, Jackson; all-day count; bring lunch; count covers all of Aiken County; Paul Koehler and Anne Waters lead; Anne Waters (706) 793-2788, birdannelady@earthlink.net

DONATIONS FOR FUNDRAISING RUMMAGE SALE: CSRA Humane Society accepting donations of items 5:30-7:30 p.m. Wednesdays and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays, 425 Wood St.; other times by appointment; sale 8 a.m. Saturday, June 4, and Saturday, June 11; (706) 261-7387


TIME TO CARE FAMILY FAIR: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, May 21, Augusta Common; more than 40 displays, kids' crafts and activities; free; some participants selling activity tickets to benefit Camp Rainbow of Medical College of Georgia Children's Medical Center; entertainment, demonstrations, pie-eating contest and more; Shannon Powell (803) 278-1212 ext. 3313

RUMMAGE SALE: Fundraiser for CSRA Humane Society; 8 a.m. Saturday, June 4, and Saturday, June 11, 425 Wood St.; (706) 261-7387

NATIONAL LEARN TO ROW DAY: Club/center open house with hands-on lessons and on-the-water instruction; 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, June 4, Augusta Rowing Club Boathouse, 101 Riverfront Drive; free lunch provided; cost is a donation of a nonperishable food item for Golden Harvest Food Bank; Michael Cobb, (706) 432-0022, cobbm1734@gmail.com or www.augustarowingclub. org

HOLIDAY MARKET: Nov. 18-20, Augusta Marriott Hotel and Suites, 2 10th St.; fundraiser presented by Junior League of Augusta; shopping, special events, pictures with Santa and Ladies Night Out; vendor applications www.jlaugusta.org

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