Graves Mountain, a former mine known for its rare minerals, will be open to the public 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday, Saturday and Sunday for the semiannual "Rock, Swap and Dig." Admission is free, with donations accepted. The mine is about three miles west of Lincolnton on U.S. 378. Call (706) 401-3173.
The Pinehill Ramblers, from Orangeburg, S.C., will perform at 7 p.m. Saturday at the Appling Opry, 5701 Whiteoak Road at Ray Owens Road. Admission is free with an offering accepted. A jam session will follow. Go towww.reverbnation.com/venue/applingopry.
The Corner Pumpkin Patch at Marvin United Methodist Church, 4400 Wheeler Road at S. Belair Road, will open Saturday through Oct. 31. The patch will be open noon-7 p.m. Mondays-Fridays, 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturdays, and 1-6 p.m. Sundays. Call (706) 863-0510, or go to www.marvinchurch.com.
The annual Family Fall Festival will be held Saturday at Mistletoe State Park in Appling. Call (706) 541-0321.
Columbia County's Prepare and Aware Day, with displays and demonstrations on emergency preparedness, will be held 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at the Evans Government Center on Ronald Reagan Drive. Call (706) 868-3303.
Trick or Treat
Local businesses are being sought for "Trick or Treat So Others Can Eat," which will be held 5:30-8:30 p.m. Oct. 17 at Patriots Park gym. Call Virginia at (706) 312-7194.
The J.B. Musik Academy will hold auditions 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at C.H. Terrell Academy, 2230 Broad St., Augusta, for ages 9-15. Appointments are required atwww.jamesbrownfamily.org, or by calling (706) 736-6216.
Applications are being accepted for contestants in the 2011 Columbia County Fair Pageant to be held Oct. 22. The pageant is for single women ages 17- 23 and includes interview, swimsuit and evening gown competition, with scholarships totaling $1,000 to be awarded. The winner will represent Columbia County in the state pageant in Atlanta in January 2012. Call Pat Becton at (706) 863-7645 or go to www.columbiacountyfair.net.
The Columbia County Health Department is holding flu clinics with vaccines for $25 and mists for $35, and high-dose vaccines for patients 65-older for $45. The clinics are being held at the health department, 1930 William Few Parkway, and at other sites in the county. Call (706) 868-3330.
A turkey shoot to support the Riverview United Methodist Church building fund will be held 5:30-9:30 p.m. Oct. 14 and 15 at the church, at 1244 Furys Ferry Road, Evans. Cost is $5 per shot, with shells provided. Whole barbecue butts also will be available for $25 each.
The Grovetown Lions Club is holding its annual fundraising turkey shoot at 7 p.m. each Friday and Saturday night through Dec. 10 at 1200 Old Louisville Road. Contact Gary Rausch at (706) 726-4303 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
VFW Post 6445, 6423 Wrightsboro Road, Harlem, holds weekly turkey shoots at 2 p.m. each Saturday through Dec. 17. Call (706) 556-9194.
Bel Air Baptist Church, 599 S. Old Belair Road, will hold homecoming at 10 a.m. Sunday, with revival 7 p.m. Oct. 10-14. For information, call (706) 854-9556.
Lewis Memorial United Methodist Church, Columbia Road at Hereford Farm Road, is seeking vendors for its Dec. 3 Christmas at the Crossroads craft show. Vendor spaces cost $25. For information, call (706) 863-6795, or email email@example.com.
The Lakeside High School Band is holding its annual fruit sale through Nov. 10, with boxes of Indian River ruby red grapefruit, navel oranges or tangelos available for $17 each. Local orders only, with delivery in December. For information, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Three rooms of meeting space are available to community groups at no charge at Mosaic United Methodist Church, 478 Columbia Industrial Blvd., Evans. Emailgerilyn@mosaicumc.org, or call (706) 650-9187.
The organization Vets to Washington is seeking World War II vets for three-day, expense-paid trips to Washington, D.C., to tour the World War II memorial and others in the area. For information or to donate, call (706) 832-6483 or go to www.vetstowashington.com.