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FRIDAY-OCT. 7: 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 more information, call (706) 401-3173.

FRIDAY-SATURDAY: Toyota Tundra Bassmaster Weekend Series Southern Regional tournament, presented by American Bass Anglers, will be held at Wildwood Park at Clarks Hill Lake. Registration takes place at Patriots Park gym from 4-6:30 p.m. Oct. 4. The weigh-ins will begin at 3 p.m. Oct. 5 and 6.

OCT. 12: An archery only deer hunt will be held at Bussey Point wildlife management area at Thurmond Lake. The 2,545-acre peninsula will be accessible to hunters by check in at the entrance gate. The hunts will begin one hour before sunrise and end one hour after sundown. The bag limit is two does and one quality buck each day of each hunt. Quality bucks are those with racks having four points or better on at least one side, or a 15-inch or greater outside spread. For more information, call Ken Boyd at the J. Strom Thurmond Office at (800) 533-3478, ext. 1159 or (864) 333-1159.

OCT. 13: Augusta Training Shop, Inc. will play host to “Lock Stock & Barrel,” a shooting tournament at Pinetucky Gun Club, 2096 Greenland Road, Blythe, Ga. The event features a bluegrass band, beverages & lowcountry boil. Tournament cost is $100, which includes rounds of shooting and dinner and cocktails afterwards; or $35 to just enjoy the clubhouse and amenities. The Training Shop employs mentally or physically challenged adults and helps them learn skills to become productive citizens. The shop offers services that include furniture refinishing, painting and seat replacement. For more information, call (706) 738-1358 or visit www.augustatrainingshop.com.

OCT. 13: A muzzleloader primitive weapons deer hunt will be held at Bussey Point wildlife management area at Thurmond Lake. The 2,545-acre peninsula will be accessible to hunters by check in at the entrance gate. The hunts will begin one hour before sunrise and end one hour after sundown. The bag limit is two does and one quality buck each day of each hunt. Quality bucks are those with racks having four points or better on at least one side, or a 15-inch or greater outside spread. For more information, call Ken Boyd at the J. Strom Thurmond Office at (800) 533-3478, ext. 1159 or (864) 333-1159.

OCT. 13-14: Augusta Canal Discovery Walks will focus on archaeological sites along the waters of the fall line including Stallings Island. Rowe Bowen, former director of the Cultural Resources Program of the Georgia Department of Transportation, will lead the walks at 10 a.m. Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday and each event lasts about 90 minutes. Walks will begin atupper deck of Savannah Rapids Pavilion. For more information, call (706) 823-0440, ext. 2.

NOV. 16-17: A muzzleloader primitive weapons deer hunt will be held at Bussey Point wildlife management area at Thurmond Lake. The 2,545-acre peninsula will be accessible to hunters by check in at the entrance gate. The hunts will begin one hour before sunrise and end one hour after sundown. The bag limit is two does and one quality buck each day of each hunt. Quality bucks are those with racks having four points or better on at least one side, or a 15-inch or greater outside spread. For more information, call Ken Boyd at the J. Strom Thurmond Office at (800) 533-3478, ext. 1159 or (864) 333-1159.

NOV. 10-11: Phinizy Swamp Nature Park in Augusta will help celebrate Native American Observance Month by playing host to the Oka’Chaffa Indian Festival, with American Indian drumming and dancing, arts and crafts, clothing, skills demonstrations, a “living village” with tepees and dwellings, hide tanning, flint napping, fire building and archery and blowgun demonstrations. Hours will be 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Nov. 10 and 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Nov. 11. The 1,100-acre park, at 1858 Lock & Dam Road, is operated by the Southeastern Academy of Natural Sciences Academy.


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