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NOTE: All the listed events are open to the public, although membership in some organizations may be required.

Today: Fishing With Ralph Barbee airs at 2 p.m. on UPN Augusta, including Knology-Ch. 7 and Comcast-Ch. 21.

THURSDAY: The eight annual Swamp Soiree, a benefit party for the Southeastern Natural Sciences Academy and Phinizy Swamp Nature Park, will be from 6-9 p.m. at the Barrett home along the Savannah River. Tickets are $70. Call (706) 828-2109 for more details.

FRIDAY: A moonlight cruise aboard the Augusta Canal Authority's Petersburg Boats will be available with live entertainment from musicians ranging from classical to country. Tickets are $20, and reservations are required. Call (706) 823-0440, ext. 4, for more details.

SATURDAY: The Savannah Riverkeepers, an environmental advocacy group that monitors river and water issues, will have an open house from 4-8 p.m. at its new waterfront headquarters on Riverfront Drive, near the Boat House. The public is welcome.

SATURDAY: The Augusta-Aiken Audubon Society will lead a field trip to Lover's Lane and the Augusta levee to observe nesting birds and other creatures. Meet at Popeye's restaurant at Walton Way and Gordon Highway at 8 a.m. Calvin Zippler is the group leader. Call (803) 642-2264 for more details.

JUNE 12-16: An Eco and Swamp Adventure Camp will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. each day at Phinizy Swamp Nature Park for rising fourth-, fifth- and sixth-graders who want to learn more about reptiles, amphibians, birds and much more. Cost is $125 for members and $150 for non-members, which includes the week of activities and daily lunch. Call (706) 828-2109 to register.

JUNE 15: A program about bats will be presented at Phinizy Swamp Nature Park by Columbia County Extension Service's Carol Jackson, a bat and cave enthusiast. Bring a picnic at 6 p.m.; the program begins at 7. Call (706) 828-2109 for details.

JUNE 17: A program on how to build trail and camp shelters will be from 7:30-9:30 p.m. at Mistletoe State Park near Appling. Parking is $3. Call (706) 541-0321 for more details.

JUNE 20: The Sierra Club meets at 7:30 p.m. at Unitarian Universalist Church, Walton Way Extension. Sara Barczak with Southern Alliance for Clean Energy will discuss proposed nuclear power plant issues. The public is welcome. Call (706) 650-8314 for details.

June 24: A demonstration for unusual camp cooking will be held from 6-8 p.m. at Mistletoe State Park. Parking is $3. Call (706) 541-0321 for details.


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