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MONDAY: The CSRA Fly Fishers will meet at 7 p.m. at the clubhouse of the River Island Community, Evans. Chris Scalley, an Orvis endorsed guide at River-through-Atlanta Guides, will give a presentation on fishing the Chattahoochee River. More information can be found in the organization's newsletter at www.csraflyfishers.org.

FRIDAY-MARCH 28: The 26th Annual Palmetto Sportsmen's Classic will be held at the State Fairgrounds in Columbia. Doors will be open from noon to 8 p.m. Friday; 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday; and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. March 28. Featured this year is Frank Addington Jr., also known as the Aspirin Buster, bringing his 2010 "Have Bow Will Travel" archery show. Visitors also will find hundreds of exhibitors with fishing, hunting and outdoor equipment for show and sale. For more information call (803) 734-4008 or visit www.psclassic.com.

SATURDAY: A seven-hour boating safety course will be offered by the Corps of Engineers and Coast Guard Auxiliary at 8:30 a.m. at the Thurmond Dam Visitors Center on the South Carolina side of the dam. Cost is $35 or $50 for an entire family, and the fee includes a textbook. Bring your own lunch. Completion of the course satisfies both Georgia and South Carolina state boating safety education requirements. For information, call (864) 391-2170 or e-mail johnvanosdol@wctel.net.

SATURDAY: The 21st annual Cookin for Kids competition and day of activities will be held at Daniel Field from 11 a.m. to 6 pm. Past menu items have included everything from ostrich to alligator, in addition to traditional duck and venison dishes. In addition to competitive cooking, this year's lineup includes Georgia Southern's Raptor Program exhibits, clowns, karaoke, games and lots more -- with proceeds benefiting Child Enrichment and the Child Advocacy Center. Admission is $5 for ages 13 and older; $3 for ages 3 to 12; and free for kids 2 and younger. There is also an Oyster Roast on Friday from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. Admission is $35 per person or $60 per couple. Visit www.cookinforkids.com for more details.

APRIL 1: A new America's Boating Course with instruction on boat handling, docking, right of way, anchoring, aids to navigation, equipment, state laws and more will be offered at McCormick Public Library from noon to 4 p.m. Classes will also be held April 9, 13 and 16. The class is being taught by members of the Thurmond Lake Sail & Power Squadron. Cost, which includes books and materials, is $25 per person or $30 per couple. Registration is required. For details, call or e-mail Dave Kloppenburg, (864) 391-3795 or dklopp@wctel.net.

APRIL 17-18: Savannah Riverkeeper will offer two-day trips on the Savannah River as an educational opportunity for local middle school students. The program, called Teenkeeper, will include boat rides on the Augusta Canal's Petersburg boats and the Island Express Riverboat; identification of various wildlife and plant species; water quality sampling and analysis; active research; water cleanliness techniques; a series of speakers and much more. The cost of the trip is $75 per person and will be limited to the first 40 students who sign up. Limited full and partial scholarships are available on a first-come, first-served basis. At the end of the trip, the student who writes the best report out of the 40 participating students will win a new laptop. To reserve a spot or get more details (schedule, activities, speakers, etc.) on the trip, call (706) 826-8991, e-mail info@ savannahriverkeeper.org or visit www.savannahriverkeeper.org.

APRIL 23-25: Graves Mountain, a former mine known for its rare -- and sometimes very valuable -- minerals, will be open to the public for the semiannual "Rock, Swap & Dig" event in which visitors can chisel away at rock outcrops in search of treasure. The mine will be open from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. each day, and admission is free, said Clarence "Junior" Norman, the caretaker of the Lincoln County site. Visitors can dig for minerals that include rutile and iridescent hematite. Mineral and rock collectors from across the Southeast will have booths for buying, selling and trading, and vendors will provide food and drinks. Families are welcome. To get to Graves Mountain from Lincolnton, go west on U.S. Highway 378 toward Washington, Ga. The mine is about 3 miles ahead on the left. For details, call (706) 359-3862.

To have your events included in our Outdoors Calendar, e-mail your announcement to rob.pavey@augustachronicle.com.

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