Outdoor Calendar

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The listed events are open to the public, although membership in some organizations might be required.

Today: Graves Mountain, a former mine known for its rare and sometimes very valuable minerals, will be open to the public for the semi-annual Rock, Swap & Dig event in which visitors can chisel away at rock outcrops in search of treasure. The mine will be open 8 a.m.-6 p.m., and admission is free. Visitors can dig for minerals such as 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. To get to Graves Mountain from Lincolnton, Ga., go west on U.S. Highway 378 toward Washington, Ga. The mine is about three miles ahead on the left. For more information, call (706) 359-3862.

Today: An ATA Registered Trap Shoot will be held at Carolina Star Gun and Hunt Club in Winder, S.C., at 10 a.m. For more information, call Peggy Crockett at (803) 640-0878.

Today: NRA Marksmanship Qualification Program sessions will be held at 1:30 p.m. and 3 p.m. at Carolina Star Gun and Hunt Club. Range fee is $15. For more information, call Ed Majzlik at (803) 641-1742.

MAY 8: The Coastal Conservation Association will hold its spring barbecue at 6 p.m. at the River Island pavilion off Blackstone Camp Road in Columbia County. Dinner will be served at 7:30 p.m. The speaker will be Spud Woodward, assistant director of marine fisheries for Georgia's Wildlife Resources Division. A raffle, membership drive and other activities are planned. For more information, e-mail Greg Poteet at gcpoteet@mindspring.com.

MAY 10: A U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary boating course will be held at Thurmond Dam Visitors Center at 8:30 a.m. Participants can bring a lunch or drive a few miles to a restaurant. Class fee is $35 for an individual and $50 for an entire family. The fee includes a textbook and informational CD. For more information, call John VanOsdol at (864) 391-2170.

To submit an item for the Outdoors Calendar, send to: Outdoors Editor, The Augusta Chronicle, Columbia County Office, 4272 Washington Road, Suite 3-B, Evans, GA, 30809; e-mail to rob.pavey@augustachronicle.com; or fax to (706) 868-9824.


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