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Tuesday: Earth Fest 2011 will be held at Reed Creek Interpretive Park in Martinez from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., with raptor exhibits, a butterfly release, earth friendly vendors and other events. Call (706) 312-7105 for more details.

Saturday: Reed Creek Interpretive Park will hold a program on "Camouflage in Nature" from 11 a.m. to noon. Cost is $2 per child. Adults are free. Call (706) 210-4027 for more details.

Saturday and May 15: Local botanist Judy Gordon will lead a walk along the Augusta Canal and a discussion of Native Americans and indigenous plants beginning at 3 p.m. each day. Meet at the waterworks pumping station. Cost is $2 per adult or $1 per child. Call (706) 823-0440, ext. 2, for more details.

MAY 17: The Sierra Club's Savannah River group will meet at 6:30 p.m. at the Unitarian Universalist Church, Walton Way Extension. Speakers from the Savannah Riverkeeper group and other organizations will present a program on water wars. Visitors are welcome. E-mail gordonjudith@att.net for more details.

MAY 21: Augusta's Solid Waste Department and the city's Green Team will hold a one-day sale for residents who want to buy compost bins or rain barrels. The event will be held from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the municipal building parking lot. The Earth Machine compost bins are $47 each, and the Systern rain barrels are $58 apiece. For more details, call (706) 592-3200 or visit solidwaste@augustaga.gov.

JUNE 4: A South Carolina Concealed Weapons Permit Class will be held from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Carolina Star Gun and Hunt Club, Windsor, S.C. A certificate of training will be issued to each student who passes the firing range and written tests. Cost is $100 per student. Contact Ed Majzlik (NRA Certified Instructor) at edmajzlik@gmail.com or (803) 641-1742.

JUNE 4: A Junior Fishing Rodeo will be held at Lake Liberty at A.H. Stephens Historic Park in Crawfordville, Ga., with registration from 7:30 a.m. to 8 a.m. Children younger than 16 are invited to compete for prizes in several categories. Members of the Metro Atlanta Hawg Hunters fishing club will be on hand to give some fishing tips. Lunch will be provided. Call (706) 456-2602 for more information.


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