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SATURDAY: The fourth annual Savannah River Classic benefiting the Lower Savannah River Alliance will be held at the old South Carolina welcome center building on U.S. Hwy. 301 in Allendale County, S.C. Registration is $75 per boat for two anglers and includes an event T-shirt and barbecue ticket. Weigh-ins begin at 3 p.m. with an awards ceremony at 6 p.m. For more details call (803) 584-7363.

SATURDAY: After an absence of 15 years, the Clark Hill Striper Club and Mistletoe State Park will hold a Striper Extravaganza at Mistletoe from 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. The event will include a weigh-in, seminars on rigging and the use of live and artificial baits, fish cleaning and taste testing. Contact Bill Tinley, (706) 760-8210, for more details.

SATURDAY: Augusta-Aiken Audubon will hold an all-day North American Migration Count. This national count is done in teams. Meet at Silver Bluff Audubon Sanctuary at 7:30 a.m. for assignments. Visit http://augustaaikenaudubon.org/ for more details.

SATURDAY: A Kids Fishing Derby will be held at Lake Russell at the Calhoun Falls Bank Fishing Area, located on Highway 72 between the Highway 72 Bridge and Calhoun Falls, S.C. Registration is from 8 to 8:30 a.m. Fishing hours are from 8 to 11 a.m., followed by a 45-minute water safety program. The event concludes with a hot dog lunch and prizes beginning at noon. A free lunch will be provided for all participants ages 15 and under. Children 15 and under are not required to have a fishing license. For additional information, please call Park Ranger Erin Parnell toll free at (800) 944-7207 or (706) 213-3407.

SATURDAY AND MAY 13: Local sculptors Kathy Girdler Engler and Robert Finch will interpret their works installed near the Augusta Canal during Discovery Walk events at 10 a.m. Saturday and again at 3 p.m. on May 13. The artists will lead groups from the parking lot at Sutherland Mill to view one work by Engler and two by Finch. The walk is free for Augusta Canal Keeper Society members and $2 for all others. Reservations are suggested, but not required. Call (706) 823-0440 ext. 4.

MAY 15: 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. Contact Sam Booher, sbooher@aol.com, for more details.

MAY 19: 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. Visit http://augustaaikenaudubon.org/ for more details.

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

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. Contact Ed Majzlik at edmajzlik@gmail.com or (803) 641-1742 for details.

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.


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