Learning on the lake
AMERICA’S BOATING COURSE: 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Saturday and May 10 at Flotilla Island, Lake Murray. Flotilla Island is at the end of Johnson Marina Road in Ballentine. The eight-hour course provides students with all the information required by federal and state boating laws and regulations. Completion of the course meets educational requirements for boat operation in all states and qualifies those 16 and younger to operate watercraft of more than 15 horsepower without adult supervision. Individual course materials, $40; couples or families, $50. (803) 318-0072; http://lmpsonline.org
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Help for four-footed friends
PET PAWTY 2014: 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday at the Red Bank Horse Arena, 1159 Nazareth Road, Lexington. Registration for Pet Walk, 8:30-9 a.m. Highlights include agility dogs, cow bingo, pet adoptions, pet contests, microchipping and more. No more than two pets per person; all vaccinations must be up to date and no retractable leashes. People admission, pet food items (no bags over five pounds) or cash donation; pet admission, $5. Sponsored by the Lexington County Recreation and Aging Commission, proceeds will benefit Meals on Wheels seniors and their pets. (803) 356-5111; http://lcrac.com
STRIDES FOR AUTISM: 9 a.m. Saturday at Finlay Park, 930 Laurel St. Fundraising and awareness walk to benefit the South Carolina Autism Society. In addition to the walk, there will be an resource fair and family fun activities. Registration begins at 8 a.m. Individual participants, $25 (includes T-shirt); families, $50 (includes four T-shirts). (800) 438-4790; http://scautism.org/strides