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Posted: January 3, 2012 - 8:35pm  |  Updated: January 3, 2012 - 8:36pm

Lake passes for sale

Annual passes for access to Army Corps of Engineers day-use areas at J. Strom Thurmond Lake and similar facilities nationwide can be purchased at the Thurmond Lake Visitors Center.

The 2012 passes, which cost $30, can also be purchased at visitors centers at Lake Hartwell and Lake Russell.

Corps day-use areas typically include boat ramps, swimming beaches and picnic areas. The annual day-use pass does not affect campground use and fees.

All recreation areas at Lake Russell are leased to the Georgia Department of Natural Resources and the South Carolina Department of Parks, Recreation and Tourism, so a corps pass is not required for boat ramps and recreation areas on Lake Russell.

The new passes are valid 12 months from date of purchase and can be used at any corps-managed day-use area in the nation.

Passes for the J. Strom Thurmond Lake project area also can be bought at Augusta Marine in Augusta, Sportsman’s Corner in North Augusta, Cliatt’s Crossing in Lincolnton, Ga., and West Marine in Martinez.

Annual passes sold in 2012 will have a 2013 expiration date sticker. For more information, call the Thurmond Lake Visitor Center at (800)- 533-3478.

Awards will be given

The second annual Jimmie Dyess Symposium will be held at 5 p.m. Jan. 12 at the Augusta Museum of History, 560 Reynold St., Augusta.

Maj. Gen. Perry Smith will be the guest speaker. He has served 30 years in the Air Force, has been a military analyst for NBC and serves as the secretary of the Congressional Medal of Honor Foundation.

D. Douglas Barnard Jr. and Maj. Bruce P. Crandall will receive the symposium’s Distinguished American Award.

Barnard, who served in the Army during World War II, was in the U.S. House of Representatives for seven terms and played a major role in creating the Community Foundation of the CSRA and the Augusta Warrior Project. Crandall is a Medal of Honor recipient from the Vietnam War and was portrayed in the movie We Were Soldiers.

The symposium is free. For more information, call (706) 722-8454.

 

Winter art class schedule

Registration is open for classes beginning in January at the Aiken Center for the Arts.

Adult and teen classes include drawing and painting, basket weaving, wheel and slab building with clay, painting studios, bridge and yoga. Children's classes also are offered.

For information, call Cathy Rumble at (803) 641-9094.

Adopt-A-Tree program

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Savannah District has 100 trees available in its Adopt-A-Tree program at the J. Strom Thurmond Dam and Lake Project beginning in mid-January.

The program ‘‘encourages shoreline permit holders to assist in replenishing hardwood trees on public lands surrounding the lake,’’ according to a news release.

Trees are given to residents with property adjacent to federal lands who are willing to care for them on their property. Trees available include overcup oak, red buds, persimmon and crabapple.

For more information, call (800)
533-3478.

 

Aiken Youth Orchestras auditions

Auditions will be held 6-8 p.m. Tuesday at the Aiken Center for the Arts for the spring season of the Aiken Youth Orchestras.

New musicians will need to audition and returnees will need to register. Auditions are open to students with at least one year of experience with their instrument. Tuition for the orchestra is $80 per semester, and there are a limited number of need-based scholarships.

To schedule an audition, call (803) 641-9094.

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