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MONDAY: The National Wild Turkey Federation will hold a golf tournament at Mount Vintage Plantation & Golf Club in Edgefield County. Proceeds from the four-player, captain's choice golf tournament will benefit Wheelin' Sportsmen NWTF. Cost is $125 per golfer. For more information, call (803) 637-7634

TUESDAY: The Sierra Club's Savannah River chapter will hold a program by wildlife biologist Steve Willard on ecosystem management at Fort Gordon, with emphasis on woodpeckers, the endangered gopher tortoise and kestrels. The meeting is open to the public and will be at 6:30 p.m. at the Unitarian Universalist Church on Walton Way Extension. For more information, Contact Judy Gordon at (706) 650 8314 or gordonjudith@att.net.

TUESDAY: A pond exploration program will be held from 4:30-5:30 p.m. at Reed Creek Park and Wetlands Interpretive Center, 3820 Park Lane, Martinez. Children 5 and up will explore and learn about which critters live in the pond. Be prepared to get a little wet and muddy. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Registration is required, with members free and $2 per child for others. For more information, call (706) 210-4027.

Friday: A program titled "All About Frogs" will be held from 8:30-9:30 p.m. at Reed Creek Park and Wetlands Interpretive Center, 3820 Park Lane, Martinez. There will be an indoor and outdoor program to learn about local frogs and how we are studying them through a calling survey at Reed Creek. The program is designed for ages 5 and up and children must be accompanied by an adult. Registration is required but free. For more information, (706) 210-4027.

FRIDAY-APRIL 25: Graves Mountain will be open to the public for the semiannual "Rock, Swap & Dig" event. 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. To get to Graves Mountain from Lincolnton, Ga., go west on U.S. Highway 378 toward Washington, Ga. The mine is about 3 miles ahead on the left. For more information, call (706) 359-3862.

SATURDAY: The U. S. Coast Guard Auxiliary will offer its boating safety course from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Thurmond Dam visitors center. The class satisfies both South Carolina and Georgia boating education requirements, and graduates will qualify for insurance discounts. Fees are $35 for an individual and $50 for a family. For more information, contact John VanOsdol at (864) 391-2170 or e-mail johnvanosdol@wctel.net.

APRIL 30-MAY 1: Savannah Riverkeeper will play host to the second annual Savannah River Classic fishing tournament on the Savannah River, which will include prizes for the three largest fish in each species -- striped bass, catfish, largemouth bass and panfish (bream, shellcracker, crappie, readbreast). Children will also have a chance to have fun and compete with prizes going to the three biggest fish. The registration fee is $50 per boat for two anglers -- additional anglers may be added for $30 each. The captain's meeting will take place at 6:30 p.m. April 30. Call (803) 584-7363, or visit www.savannahriverclassic.com for more information.

APRIL 30: A program on insect investigations will be held from 5-6 p.m. at Reed Creek Wetlands Park and Interpretive Center, 3820 Park Lane, Martinez. Children ages 5 and up will learn about six-legged friends while catching and releasing insects with bug nets. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Registration is required and cost is free to members and $2 per child for others. For more information, call (706) 210-4027.


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