WEDNESDAY: The Army Corps of Engineers will play host to a public workshop from 4:30-8 p.m. at McCormick Middle School in McCormick, S.C., to discuss water management at lakes Thurmond, Russell and Hartwell during the current drought. The school is at 6977 Highway 28 South. Formal presentations will be held at 5 p.m. and 6:30. Representatives with various agencies including the National Weather Service will staff information booths to provide information and discuss public concerns. This “drop in” format allows information to be presented throughout the meeting so the public can come-and-go at their convenience.
NOV. 2: A free program on Native Americans of the Savannah River Valley will be offered from 5-6:30 p.m. at the Augusta Museum of History. The event, part of a broader celebration of Native American History Month, includes a talk by University of South Carolina archaeologist Chester DePratter, who has worked on many Indian sites in Georgia and South Carolina. For more information, call Clay Burckhalter at (706) 828-2109 or e-mail Burckhalter@naturalsciencesacademy.org.
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.