Friday, Saturday and May 1: Graves Mountain, a former mine known for its rare 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. Although admission is free, donations to offset the cost of the event are accepted, said Clarence "Junior" Norman, the caretaker of the Lincoln County, Ga., 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) 401-3173.
Friday: The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation's Savannah River Chapter banquet will be held at 6 p.m. at Bobby's Bar-B-Q, 1897 Jefferson Davis Hwy., Warrenville. Tickets are $60 per person or $85 per couple, which includes meals and a membership. Call (706) 373-8263 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org for more details.
Saturday and May 1: An NRA First Step Pistol Orientation classes will be held from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. at Carolina Star Gun and Hunt Club, Windsor, S.C. These classes are for beginner pistol shooters or shooters desiring a refresher. The fundamentals of safety, pistol operation and marksmanship will be taught. Cost is $80. Contact Ed Majzlik at email@example.com; (803) 641-1742.
Saturday and May 1: Augusta Canal Authority member Peter Hughes will lead a walk and discussion about the Canal Headgates and its engineering features beginning at 10 a.m. both days. Meet at the Canal Headgates. Cost is $2 per adult or $1 per child. Call (706) 823-0440, ext. 2, for more details.
MAY 4-6: American Bass Anglers Military Team Bass Championship will be held at Thurmond Lake. Any active duty military or Coast Guard member, Department of Defense civilian, retired military member, honorably discharged veteran, military family members at least 16 years old and DOD contractors can participate.
Angling teams of two people pay $150 or $175 per team to enter. Anglers can also enter an optional big bass pot for $30 per team with the hope of collecting cash rewards for landing lunkers. Each team may weigh in up to five bass per day. Call (888) 203-6222 for more details.