Outdoors Calendar

MONDAYPinetucky Gun Club will play host to an NRA First Steps pistol class from 5:30-8:30 p.m. Cost is $65 and pre-registration is required. Course includes basic handling, marksmanship, care and cleaning of your pistol. Pre-registration is required. For details call Steve Meldrum at (706) 592-4230 or e-mail stevesgun@comcast.net.


TUESDAY: The Sierra Club will meet at 6:30 p.m. at the Unitarian Universalist Church, Walton Way Extension. A representative from Andy Jordan’s Bicycle Warehouse will offer helpful tips on getting you and your bicycle ready for the trips and recreational rides. Visitors are welcome. For more details, e-mail Judy Gordon at gordonjudith@att.net.

THURSDAY: The Savannah River Chapter of Friends of NRA banquet and auction will be held at Aiken County Shrine Club, 1526 Columbia Hwy. North. Tickets are $30 each and can be purchased at The Gun Rack or online at www.friendsofnra.org/sc/events. Doors open at 5:45 p.m. Proceeds benefit youth firearms, safety education and conservation efforts.

FRIDAY-SATURDAY: Pinetucky Gun Club will hold a Ladies Introduction to Defensive Pistol Tactics course designed to help women learn basic defensive skills, adopt a defensive mindset, and operate in an atmosphere of camaraderie and effective achievement. For more info, or to register, contact Jon Kunze at (706) 627-8350, or Scott Prince at (706) 840-0197.

SATURDAY: The second annual Harrisburg Clean & Green Cleanup Day will be held starting at 9 a.m. Volunteers will meet at Martha Lester School, 1688 Broad St. Lunch will be served after the event. Advance signup is requested by sending an e-mail to turnbackthe block@gmail.com or by calling (706) 262-4000. A rain date of May 4 has been scheduled.

SATURDAY: A “Take Aim at Domestic Violence” shooting tournament benefiting Safe Homes of Augusta will be held at Pinetucky Gun Club. For registration forms and details on the trapshooting event, contact the club at (706) 592-4230.

APRIL 26-28: Graves Mountain, a former mine in Lincoln County, Ga., 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 minerals. Hours are 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily. Admission is free. Rock collectors will have booths for buying, selling and trading, and vendors will provide food and drinks. Families are welcome. From Lincolnton, go west on U.S. Highway 378 toward Washington. The mine is about three miles ahead on the left. For more details, call (706) 401-3173.

APRIL 27: The second annual Benderdinker canoe and kayak festival will be held as paddlers cast off from Columbia County’s Riverview Park boat ramp on Betty’s Branch in Evans. The two-hour non-competitive paddle is designed to promote and encourage the use of the Savannah River and the region’s related natural resources. Bring your own canoe/kayak or rentals will be available as well. The event includes music and local foods. Proceeds will benefit Augusta Locally Grown, Camp Sweet Life and Savannah Riverkeeper. Early registrants receive a t-shirt. For more information, go to www.benderdinker.com.


APRIL 29: An introductory carbine class offering basics of the AR -15 Carbine Rifle will be held at Pinetucky Gun Club from 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. The class will cover safety, parts of rifle, marksmanship, loading, unloading, clearing stoppages, zeroing rifle, range shooting exercises, and rifle maintenance. Cost is $80 & pre-registration is required. Contact Steve Meldrum at stevesgun@comcast.net or at the club, (706) 592-4230.

MAY 4: The 16th Annual Pendleton King Park’s Plant Swap and Sale will be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the park’s Franke Pavilion. The park is located at 1600 Troupe Street. This not-for-profit plant sale funds volunteer improvement projects at Pendleton King Park. Participants can share plants and trade with other gardeners. Master Gardeners will be selling plants and answering gardening questions. People wishing to donate plants for the fund-raising sale to benefit the park are invited to bring their items to the PKP Franke Pavilion May 3 from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m.