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TUESDAY: The Augusta Canal will be the focus of a program at the 6:30 p.m. meeting of the Sierra Club’s Savannah River Group. The meeting is at Unitarian Universalist Church, 3501 Walton Way Extension, Augusta. Dayton Sherrouse, director of the Canal Authority, is the speaker. Visitors are welcome. For more information, contact Sam Booher at sbooher@aol.com.

FRIDAY: The Coastal Conservation Association’s Aiken Chapter will hold its 2012 Charity Auction & Banquet at 6 p.m. at the North Augusta Palmetto Terrace. Tickets are $50 or $75 per couple and includes heavy hors d’oeuvres catered by Charleston Bay Gourmet & open bar, along with raffles and auction items. For more information or to buy tickets call (803) 637-5751.

SATURDAY: The Savannah River Sail and Power Squadron will conduct a boating class from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Boat House, 101 Riverfront Drive, Augusta. Cost is $40 and includes lunch. The course is designed for boaters using all types of watercraft and includes boat education, boating safety and boating laws and regulations. For more information, call Paulette Harris-Holmes (706) 737-8113.

SATURDAY: Augusta-Aiken Audubon will hold a field trip to Yuchi Wildlife Management Area. Meet at Phinizy Swamp Nature Park at 7:30 a.m. to carpool to this area in Burke County. Lois Stacey guide a search for butterflies, dragonflies and other winged creatures as well as birds. For more information, go to augustaaikenaudubon.org.

MAY 22: Georgia’s Wildlife Resources Division will hold a public meeting from 7-9 p.m. at Mistletoe State Park at Thurmond Lake to discuss planned changes in the reciprocal licensing and fishing regulations agreement between Georgia and South Carolina, which will expire in July. Proposed changes, such as creel limit or size restrictions, might affect several species, including trout, striped bass, hybrid bass, white bass, crappie and redbreast. Specific proposed changes can be viewed by going to www.gofishgeorgia.com/fishing/regulations and selecting “Proposed Regulation Changes.”

MAY 25-27: Appling Archers will play host to its 2012 Bow Hunters Festival at its pavilion and meeting site near Appling, with competitive archery, family dining and camping events, entertainment and fellowship. For more information, call Charles Newsome at (706) 836-1513 or visit www.applingarchers.com.

MAY 26-28: A Memorial Day Weekend paddle trip down the lower Savannah River will be offered by Savannah Riverkeeper. The group will depart at 8 a.m. May 26, from the Burton’s Ferry Landing on U.S. Hwy. 301 in Screven County and arrive at Ebenezer Landing near Rincon, Ga., the afternoon of May 28. Activities include exploring oxbows, searching for gators and birds and camping.

A motorized boat will transport everyone’s gear. The cost is $225 per person or $600 for a family of four, which includes all meals and transportation from the endpoint back to the starting location. For more information, contact Jennfer Gut at (706) 826-8991 or via e-mail to jgut@savannahriverkeeper.org.

MAY 26: An NRA personal protection in the home class will be held from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Cedar Creek Golf Club member’s room. The class is presented by Carolina Star Gun & Hunt Club. Cost is $120 and students must have taken a basic pistol class or hold a current concealed weapon permit. For more information, contact Ed Majzlik at (803) 641-1742 or e-mail edmajzlik@gmail.com.

MAY 26: Augusta-Aiken Audubon will hold a field trip to Phinizy Swamp Nature Park from 8 a.m. to noon to look for late migrants on the trails. Anne Waters and Lois Stacey are group leaders. For more information, go to augustaaikenaudubon.org.

JUNE 2: Augusta-Aiken Audubon will hold a field trip beginning at 8 p.m. to visit Aiken County frogging sites. Meet at the H.O. Weeks Center on Whiskey Road in Aiken. The three hour trip is to listen for (and not necessarily see) 10 frog species. For more information, go to augustaaikenaudubon.org.

JUNE 16: Augusta-Aiken Audubon will hold a Wings and Things Field Trip at Aiken State Park. Meet at park entrance at 8 a.m. There is a $2 charge to get into the park. The group will look for birds, butterflies and dragonflies. For more information, go to augustaaikenaudubon.org.

JUNE 30: Augusta-Aiken Audubon will hold a Wings and Things Field Trip at Phinizy Swamp Nature Park from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. Meet in the parking area. The group will look for birds, butterflies and dragonflies. For more information, augustaaikenaudubon.org.


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