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FUN! Kinleigh and Rahlyn Widener, 8 and 3, are the daughtersof Michael and Heather Widener of Warrenville, S.C.


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w w w. a u g u s t afamily.co m Publisher Kate Cooper Metts Editor Karin Calloway Production Art Director / Web Producer Miles Anderson

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Graphic Artist Tonietha Clayton Advertising Director of Advertising Adriene Goldman Advertising Sales Elizabeth Sisson Maidi McMurtrie Thompson Mary Porter Vann marketing & circulation Manager Doressa Hawes

Our Annual Special Needs Directory - Lucy Adams

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photography John Harpring contributors Lucy Adams Kim Beavers Grace Belangia J. Ron Eaker, M.D. Cammie Jones Jennie Montgomery Danielle Wong Moores Michael Rushbrook Augusta Family Magazine is published 10 times per year and distributed throughout the Augusta and Aiken area. Send press releases, story ideas or comments to the editor at karin.calloway@augustafamily.com or mail to 127A 7th Street, Augusta, GA 30901 or telephone (706) 828-3946. For advertising information, telephone (706) 823-3702. For circulation/ distribution, call (706) 823-3722.

7 editor’s page 9 mom2mom Hello, Halloween!

-Jennie Montgomery

10 news&notes 12 eating well with kim The Beginning of Candy Season -Kim Beavers, MS, RD, LD, CDE

16 healthy family Flu Facts

34 time out! Me Time for Moms -Lucy Adams

36 inspiration station Taking on Breast Cancer -Jamie Lober

38 calendar 46 talkin’ about my generation

-Danielle Wong Moores

18 home front Inside and Out

Chloe Parker, Blair Stover and Guy Turner -Grace Belangia

on the cover: On the Cover: Kinleigh, 8, and Rahlyn, 3, Widener are the daughters of Michael and Heather Widener of Warrenville, S.C. Photo by Lauren Miller.

Getting Your House and Yard Ready for Fall and Winter -Cammie Jones

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“Even when a mother changes her strategies for keeping calendars and lists, capturing minutes and hours once lost in the fray, she may not necessarily pencil herself into them. But a family doesn’t need a martyr. Sacrificially working herself into a frazzled mess doesn’t make mother a hero in their eyes. In fact, it can make her irritable and ill and unpleasant.” Read more about making some “me” time in Lucy Adams’ article on page 34.

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editor’spage by Karin Calloway

Free Fall-ing

Tripp and C.C. Calloway in Footloose at Augusta Prep.

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all has always been my favorite time of year. I love the crisp, cooler air. I love SEC football. And, for the past six years I’ve enjoyed the anticipation of a great fall production at Augusta Prep. Both of my children were “theater kids,” so I spent a lot of time being the “theater mom.” With both kids out of high school, I began missing my time as theater mom as the new school year got going. Their director, Jamie McAteer, has become a dear friend and I don’t have as much of an excuse to see him anymore. There was, however, one time when I thought I just might wring his neck. It happened when my son, Tripp, played the part of Ren in the musical Footloose and my daughter was in the chorus. On opening night, Tripp was the first one on stage, singing the first line from the famous song “Footloose.” My heart swelled. Tripp danced. He sang. He did the moonwalk, the worm and some maneuver that involved flipping over a chair (while standing on it) without falling down. He leapt through the air over one of the other cast members. Tripp had warned me that there was a part in the show that I would not like. When I saw the chair maneuver and the leaping thing, I assumed those were the moves he thought would unsettle his sometimes over-protective mom. Then, right at the end of the first act, I looked up to see him take a running leap off a set that was at least 10 feet off the ground. He was doing some sort of aerial spin. I gasped. I was stunned. I almost had a heart attack. In my shock over seeing him in the air, I hadn’t noticed that no less than 12 cast members were positioned to catch him. At the intermission I told the choreographer I was not sure I was speaking to her. I told Mr. McAteer he was no longer my friend. They assured me that the preparation for the stunt had been safely and carefully planned. When I watch the recording of the show, the sight of Tripp’s aerobatics still leave me gasping for air! Watching my children perform on the Prep stage was the pinnacle of “mom happiness” for me. While this is my first fall without the anticipation of a fall production, I’m pretty sure I’ll have my “theater-mom” yearning about this time of year, for many years to come. Until November,

Karin Calloway is a wife and mother of two teenagers. She’s also a journalist and recipe developer who writes the Wednesday cooking column for The Augusta Chronicle (augustachronicle.com/karin). You can follow Karin at twitter.com/ KarinCalloway. Check out Karin’s cooking blog at www.cookingwithkarin.com.

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Hello, Halloween!

The Hills are Alive!

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m I the only one who cannot believe we’re looking at Halloween right now? Where did the summer go? I feel the same way about my kids...where did those cute little people go? Photo albums bring it all back into focus for me, though. Like so many others, the last decade of our family history is all digital—we can simply view and share our pictures online. But the early years are filed away in albums and nothing is more sentimental for me than flipping through the pages of a slightly tattered photo book. Halloween pictures are just the best! Admittedly, I always go overboard at Halloween, but there is a reason: My family has always called me Boo. All of my nieces call me Aunt Boo. Ever notice how many Halloween decorations have the word BOO on them? Thus, you understand how I acquired all of the BOO items displayed in my house every October! Among the displays are favorite photographs of the kids: the Ninja, Wicked Witch, Dorothy, Po, Marilyn Monroe, Capt. John Smith, Bride of Frankenstein, 101 (well, three) Dalmations, Maria pre-VonTrapp. Yep, I’m talking Julie Andrews before she married Christopher Plummer. My niece, Amy Claire, was totally into The Sound of Music when she was 3. The ONLY costume she would even consider was Maria the Singing Nun. My sister was on her own with that one because typically the only nun costumes one sees at Party City have beer bottle props! You know the old joke... Well, Amy came up with a clever costume and an awesome habit. She got a big cross from a crafts store and a little baby guitar so her pint-sized nun could sing “Do-Re-Mi” and the others. But she didn’t. Nope, Amy dragged Amy Claire from house to house, where she portrayed the Mute Nun, not the Singing Nun. Here was this little kid, in an adorable detailed nun costume—just standing there. Amy tried to get her to strum the guitar and sing the song—but it was no use. She said after a few houses it was just too much work trying to explain the whole Singing Nun bit, so she launched into “So Long, Farewell” and they marched back to the convent! No doubt Amy swiped a high dollar candy bar from that trick-or-treat bag for all her pain and suffering. (Probably washed it down with a non-prop beer too!) BOO!! JENNIE Montgomery anchors the evening news at WJBF-TV. She’s married to Scott and they have three children: Zack, 19, Maddy, 18, and Sky, 17.

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news notes

“Autumn...the year’s last, loveliest smile.” ~William Cullen Bryant

Dare to Scare with Frightful Fare (Family Features) From little monsters to grown-up goblins, Halloween is when sweets truly take center stage. This year, enjoy a Family Bake-tivity. On the night before Halloween, gather the kids to bake these simple but eye-catching cupcakes adorned with “cobwebs.” Cobweb Cupcakes (24 servings) 1 package (18.25 ounces) devil’s food or yellow cake mix 2 (2.1 ounces each) Nestlé Butterfinger Candy Bars, chopped 1 container (16 ounces) prepared vanilla frosting 1 cup (6 ounces) Nestlé Toll House Semi-Sweet Chocolate Morsels 1 small tube white decorator icing or gel 1 package (1.38 ounces) Nestlé Goobers Milk ChocolateCovered Peanuts

PREPARE cake mix batter according to package directions; add chopped Butterfinger to batter. Bake according to directions for 24 cupcakes. Cool completely. Frost cupcakes. PLACE morsels in small, heavy-duty plastic bag. Microwave on HIGH (100%) power for 45 seconds; knead. Microwave at additional 10- to 15-second intervals, kneading until smooth. Cut small corner from bag; squeeze to pipe concentric circles on top of frosting. Using wooden pick or tip of knife, pull tip through chocolate from center to last circle to create a cobweb effect. MAKE 2 dots using decorator icing on each of 24 Goobers to resemble spider eyes. Place in center of each cobweb. For more ghoulish recipes, visit www.meals.com.

Safe Kids Fast Fact Before you take your kids out for Halloween fun, be sure to feed them dinner or a heavy snack. Children who are hungry when they go out trickor-treating are likely to sample candy before their parents have a chance to inspect it. Make sure children know that their candy must be inspected by their parents before they eat it and that homemade treats are off limits. Information provided by: Safe Kids East Central. Safe Kids is led by Georgia Health Sciences Children’s Medical Center and works to prevent accidental childhood injury, the leading killer of children 14 and under. For more information on Safe Kids, contact Rene Hopkins, RN, Coordinator, 706-721-7606 or visit georgiahealth.org/safekids. Read the full article at www.augustafamily.com.

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eating well with kim by Kim Beavers, MS, RD, LD, CDE

The Beginning of Candy Season Halloween Popcorn Balls I thought these popcorn balls were a nice seasonally appropriate treat. This is not the healthiest version of popcorn, but rather a “treat that includes a healthy ingredient.” It also helps you use up some of that Halloween candy you might have left over.

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alloween is not far away. Have you decided on a costume yet? Well, you could dress up as candy. I consider Halloween the beginning of candy season for the kids. Everywhere you turn, there is candy. Next comes Christmas, Valentine’s Day and finally, Easter, at which time the candy season winds down. What is a parent to do? I have learned over the years that it is okay to toss some candy out. Last year was the first year I actually made my kids pick what to toss or donate. Sounds mean right? It actually went well. I had them trade for their favorites from each other first. Then they picked their favorite candy and finally they picked out the candy they disliked or were just willing to part with. I simply explained that candy tastes good, but too much at one time is not good and it will get stale if we keep it too long (this is a subtle attempt at the quality over quantity concept). Then I proceeded to send a piece or two in lunches for a while. In the end, I still had to discretely rid the house of some excess candy, which went unnoticed by all. There are many other ways to address holiday treats, of course, this just worked for me (last year anyway). In addition to being the beginning of the “candy season,” October is also National Popcorn

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8-9 cups air popped or light microwave popcorn, about 1 2.6-ounce bag 2/3 cup candy corn pieces 1/4 cup butter 1 10.5-ounce bag marshmallows Vegetable oil cooking spray Halloween bags Wooden Popsicle sticks, optional Month. We love popcorn at our house. Here are a few reasons you should, too. • Popcorn is healthy! Of course, we can make it unhealthy by what we put on it or eat with it. • Plain popcorn is a nutritious, low-calorie snack. • Prepared via the air-pop method, a cup of plain popcorn contains fewer than 30 calories and is a good source of fiber (about 2 grams of fiber per cup). • Calories from microwave popcorn vary from 40 calories per cup for light varieties to 70 for regular versions. Sodium levels also range from 50 to 150 mg per cup. • If you don’t have an air popper and want to avoid packaged microwave popcorn you can make your own microwave version using a brown paper bag method: http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/altonbrown/plain-brown-popper-recipe/index.html Kim Beavers is a registered dietitian and diabetes educator for University Health Care System. She lives in North Augusta with her husband and two children and she is the co-host of the culinary nutrition segment Eating Well With Kim, which airs at noon Monday, Wednesday and Friday on WRDW. To join the recipe club or view recipes, visit www. universityhealth.org/ewwk. You can also watch the segments at www.wrdw.com/ewwk

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Combine popcorn and candy pieces together. Divide that mixture in half and place into 2 bowls (one bowl needs to be large enough to hold all the popcorn mixture). Melt butter in a large saucepan over medium heat; stir in marshmallows. Reduce heat to low; cook 7 minutes or until marshmallows melt and mixture is smooth, stirring frequently. Remove from heat and allow the mixture to cool slightly, about 2 minutes. (This keeps the candy pieces from melting and protects small hands from being burned by melted marshmallows—especially if the kids are helping.) Once the mixture has cooled slightly, pour half of it over the popcorn in the largest bowl. Then dump the remaining popcorn and candy on top of the popcorn/marshmallow combination and pour the remaining marshmallow mixture on top. Stir well to coat. Lightly coat hands with cooking spray; shape popcorn mixture into 20 2-inch balls. Insert wooden sticks, if using, and place in bags. Store the treats in an airtight container up to 3 days and enjoy. Yield: 20 servings; 1 popcorn ball per serving Nutrient Breakdown: Calories 100; Fat 3.5g (2g sat. fat); Cholesterol 5mg; Sodium 40mg; Carbohydrate 17g, Fiber 1g, Protein 1g Exchanges: 1 carbohydrate and ½ fat


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Fall Fun


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by Danielle Wong Moores

Flu Facts When To Vaccinate According to Dr. Wilde, this year’s flu strains are different from those that were common during the previous two years. Which means you can’t count on protection from last year’s vaccine and should get a flu shot this year. While you can get the flu vaccine anytime during the season, it’s better to get it early rather than later. “You don’t want to get caught,” says Dr. Wilde. “It takes two to four weeks to build up antibodies.” As in previous years, the vaccine is available in two forms: an injection of the “killed” form of the vaccine and FluMist, an inhaled form that contains a “live” version of the virus. FluMist is not recommended for those over age 49, young children or those with pulmonary problems. But it is an option for anyone who is afraid of needles, and it may also produce more antibody responses than the injection, says Dr. Wilde. And while the chance of fever or other reactions may be slightly higher with FluMist, it’s important to note that the “live” virus in FluMist has been modified and will not give you the flu.

The Flu Cycle

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r. Jim Wilde estimates that the last time he had the flu was about 25 years ago. A third-year resident at the time, he still remembers the wallop it dealt him. “I felt like I’d been run over by a truck,” he says. Since then, as a pediatric emergency room physician at the Georgia Health Sciences Medical Center, Dr. Wilde has made sure to get the flu shot every year. “It’s just the responsible thing to do,” he says. Now it’s the responsible thing for all of us to do. As of two years ago, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention updated its recommendation on who should receive flu shots. Previously, only highrisk populations—the elderly and those with

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certain disease conditions—were recommended to receive the vaccine. Today it’s recommended that everyone 6 months and older receive the flu vaccine. (The flu shot is not approved for babies younger than 6 months.) Why the change? The H1N1 virus, commonly known as the bird flu, came into circulation about two years ago. It’s believed that H1N1 could lead to a flu pandemic sometime in the future. Vaccination could help prevent or slow down a flu crisis situation.

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Influenza, like the rotovirus or rhinovirus, is a winter virus. No one really knows why we don’t get the flu in the summer—the virus just arrives with the changing of the leaves. In North America, flu season is typically thought to be November through March, and most commonly peaks in February. But peak times differ across the country—flu that peaks in January in California may not peak until late February in Augusta, says Dr. Wilde. While flu and a cold may start with similar symptoms—cough, sore throat and fever—what makes flu different from a cold is how rapidly these symptoms progress. “It’s not uncommon for one of those three to show up earlier and the others to show up within a few hours,” says Dr. Wilde. “And once the symptoms start, they tend to be very, very intense


{ healthyfamily for flu, for about three to five days, including fever, which can last about four to six days.” These intense symptoms also include headache and muscle aches all over the body, a hallmark of influenza and the cause of that “run over by a truck” feeling. And while some of us may complain about getting “stomach flu,” gastrointestinal viruses are actually completely different from influenza, says Dr. Wilde. While influenza can lead to vomiting and diarrhea, it’s not common. “Twenty to 30 percent of kids will have that, and adults less than that,” says Dr. Wilde.

Recovering From Flu No one likes being sick—and the flu can be a tough illness to recover from. Your throat is sore, your head aches and your whole body feels like it’s been put through the wringer. The best treatment is symptom management: Medication to ease the headache, sore throat, coughing and fever, bed rest and plenty of fluids. Antibiotics and antiviral medications are often asked about as possible treatments. But because influenza is a virus, antibiotics—which treat bacterial infections—do nothing to treat flu symptoms. In fact, overuse of antibiotics can actually cause harm by increasing the likelihood of antibiotic-resistant disease. In the case of antiviral medications like Relenza and Tamiflu, the CDC recommends that only patients who are at high risk from serious complications from the flu receive these medications. This includes those older than 65, children younger than 2, pregnant women and patients with certain medical conditions. However, says Dr. Wilde, it’s important

to note that even antivirals only shorten flu duration by a day or so at most and must be given within 48 hours of symptom onset for any benefit.

When Flu Turns Into an Emergency Situation “The major complication of flu is pneumonia,” says Dr. Wilde. Patients with the flu should see their doctor if they have any of the following symptoms: • Symptoms of pneumonia, including chest pain, rapid breathing, continued fever and coughing up blood. • Fever lasting longer than five days • Trouble breathing • Dehydration • Altered mental status In most cases, patients with the flu will recover on their own, with symptom management and rest. Plus, that illness you had last winter that you thought was the flu? It more likely was a bad cold due to other viruses. If you’re a gambler, think about it this way: You have a better chance of seeing some rain today than you do of getting the flu this season. “The odds of getting flu in any single season other than a pandemic is approximately five to 10 percent,” says Dr. Wilde. “So the odds of getting flu are only one in 10, so that means the average person probably wouldn’t get flu more than about once every 10 years.” Danielle Wong Moores is an Augusta freelance writer.

Do You Have a Cold or the Flu? Cold

Flu

Runny nose Cough Sore Throat Headache Fever

(typically only in children)

Muscle Aches Rapid Symptom Progression

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Inside and Out Getting Your House and Yard Ready for Fall and Winter

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ith cooler temperatures just around the corner, now is the time to get your house and yard ready for fall and winter. Say goodbye to summer flowers, plants and decor and make room for some crisp autumn-like accessories and plantings.

The Great Outdoors Mary Louise Hagler of MLCHgarden. com, a Web site with information on flowers, food and friendship, says the first thing to do is go out to the street in front of your house and take a good look at the yard and front entry. “Are they neat? Tidy? Inviting?” she asks. Then, identify and create a list for plants and decorations to be replaced. “Fall is the perfect time to plant trees and shrubs, which provide structure and privacy to your home and garden,” she says. Focus on the areas you use the most and that are most visible, and then work on the rest later. October is the time to over-seed warm-season grasses, such as centipede or Bermuda, with annual rye grass for a green lawn in the upcoming winter months, according to Southern Living Magazine’s Month-to-Month Garden & Lawn Checklist (www. southernliving.com). Replace summer annuals with cool-weather annuals, but prepare the soil first. The checklist says to add a balanced, slow-release fertilizer, organic matter such as composted pine bark and then till the bed before planting. November is a good time to start a compost pile, according to Southern Living. As you clean up your garden, use fallen leaves and plant debris mixed

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together with some soil and an optional handful of fertilizer (any kind but a weed-and-feed product) to get started. Place in an out-of-the-way corner of the yard, water weekly if there’s no rain, and you should have healthy compost by spring.

Fall Plantings This is also a great time to plant a fall vegetable garden with seeds of mustard, collards, turnips and lettuce. It’s also a good time to plant herbs such as rosemary, cilantro, oregano, sage and parsley, accodking to Hagler. In addition to the popular fall plants such as pansies, violas, mums, sweet alyssum and snapdragons, try adding a few ornamental edibles. “Ornamental kale, ‘Bright Lights’ Swiss chard, ‘Freckles’ romaine

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lettuce, ‘Romanesco’ broccoli and ‘Japanese Giant Red’ mustard will add unique interest to your garden and front-door containers,” says Hagler. All of the abovementioned plants are edible and well as ornamental, so get your kids involved with the planting and harvesting. Spruce up your tired planters and window boxes simply by adding a few pops of color for the winter months ahead. Glazed containers are available at your local garden centers in a variety of colors, sizes and shapes. “Container planting is very popular and you can find many fall/ winter recipes for what to plant that will thrive in a container,” says Hagler. Changing out old summer outdoor cushions with new ones in fall colors will also add a little punch. And fire pits are great to warm up a cool night and they are a magnet for teenage gatherings. When deciding how much to plant or outdoor decorating you should do, Hagler says less is more. Your eyes should focus on one or two things to keep it tasteful. A natural wreath on the front door with some dried material is very inviting. “Southerners think of their yard and garden as an extension of the house, so create that feeling by adding touches of the inside to your patio or other outdoor areas,” she adds.

Bringing the Outdoors In Augusta interior designer Julia Kay says that as the weather gets cooler we are inside more, but want to be around all that nature has to offer during these


{ homefront months. “Pumpkins, squash, apples and gourds are in abundance in the fall and are all you need to bring the beautiful colors of autumn inside.” Kay suggests grouping these on and around a tray on the dining room table as a great way to show them off. And don’t skimp, as more is better in this case. Michelle Edwards, visual merchandiser, floral designer and artist who blogs at sweetsomethingdesign.blogspot.com, likes to concentrate on her fireplace. “Having the majority of seasonal decorations in one location, like the mantle, really packs a punch,” she says. Using a round mirror above the mantle as a focal point, she anchors it on both sides with fairly large accessories like glass vases or wooden candleholders, and fills in with small things in the middle. “I like combining new with the old and add a touch of homemade,” she says. As for mantles or sideboards, Kay adds bittersweet, rose hip or decorative branches like curly willow to containers. They provide both color and height and, with the addition of evergreens, are perfect for the holidays. Edwards also uses branches from recent pruning or a downed tree, or even from the local craft store. “Whichever you use, branches create texture, height and dimension wherever your put them,” she says.

Adding Ambiance As the days grow shorter, use candlelight to create a cozy atmosphere. Add candlesticks and inexpensive votives to your dining room centerpiece or mantle. “This is also a good place to use metallics that are so beautiful with the autumnal color scheme,” says Kay. Texture is also important accent in any room. Think wool, velvet and boucle fabrics. Adding a warm blanket to the back of a chair, a few chocolate brown pillows to a sofa and filling glass containers with acorns or pinecones are easy ways to bring the outside in. Instead of replacing items for a seasonal change, Kay suggests layering. “Minimizing bright whites and pastels may be necessary, but even a pink vase takes on an autumnal quality when filled with bittersweet and curly willow,” she says. Edwards tends to rotate a few things around as the seasons change. “A couple of things I typically switch out in the living room for fall and winter are my decorative pillows and my window treatments,” she says. Simply changing out bright summer colors and gauzy fabrics for deeper colors and rich fabrics brings a different feeling to the room. More simply, just adding a large container with potted mums in the fall or paperwhites for the holidays, still in their pots, adds a nice touch. “I suggest using large containers because they really make a statement and it only takes a few large pieces to give the whole house a seasonal feel,” says Kay. Don’t worry if your home is not decorated in all neutral colors, advises Kay. If red doesn’t look good with your color scheme, then use three shades of green for holiday decorating. Use yellows and browns in the fall if orange and red clash with your interior. Remember that metallics work with any color palette. “Make the season work for your home,” says Kay. Cammie Jones is an Augusta freelance writer, wife and mother of three.

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SPECIAL

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KIDS SPECIAL NEEDS

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m afraid of being normal.”

-Ian Blankenship (17), diagnosed with Autism

- Lucy Adams

abies, as we all know, do not come with instruction manuals. Parents walk out of the hospital relying on intuition, instinct and advice from folks who have been there, done that. If that child is later diagnosed with a disease or disorder or incurs a life-changing injury, the challenge of parenting can become even more daunting. It takes more than a call to Grandma to ask what she did for a fever or teething. Predictable developmental stages no longer apply. Parents of children with special needs must turn to other experts and seek assistance from other sources. Fortunately, the CSRA is filled with agencies and individuals devoted to providing services to children with special needs and their parents.

Agencies Focusing on Special Needs’ Populations Georgia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities Office of Legislative Affairs & Constituent Services, 2 Peachtree Street, 22nd Floor, Atlanta. 404-657-5964. DBHDDConstituentServices@dhr.state.ga.us. Georgia Department of Natural Resources, Division of Mental Health, Developmental Disabilities and Addictive Resources 706-792-7733. http://bhdd.georgia.gov. The agency provides support to people with mental retardation and other developmental disabilities. Services include in-home personal care, respite care, work programs and state-funded hospitals.

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do not let the asthma rule his life. It is not an excuse; but it is a force to drive us harder.”

-Liz Yarborough, mother of Jack (10), diagnosed with Asthma


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ennedy is special to me because she helps me read and plays with me even when she’s tired and doesn’t want to.” -Xavier Isaac (6), brother of Kennedy (9), diagnosed with Cerebral Palsy

SC Association for the Deaf 437 Church Street, West Columbia, S.C. 803-794-3175; TTY: 803-794-7059. www.scadservices.org. Promotes equal treatment toward deaf and hard-ofhearing citizens in education, employment, legislation, healthcare and other fields pertaining to the deaf and hard-of-hearing citizens of South Carolina. Compiles and updates contact information to help you connect with the many agencies and groups offering assistance and services for the deaf and hard of hearing. Easter Seals East Georgia 706-667-9695. www.eastersealseastgeorgia.org. Easter Seals offers programs for adults and children. Work programs help disabled teenagers transition from school into the workplace. There are also workrelated programs for disabled adults. The Champions for Children program provides financial assistance to families of special needs and medically fragile children who do not meet the eligibility requirements for the TEFRA/Katie Beckett Medicaid program. Center for Disability Resources University of South Carolina School of Medicine 8301 Farrow Road, Columbia, S.C. 803-935-5231. www.uscm.med.sc.edu/cdrhome. Programs support families and their children with developmental delays, traumatic brain injury, spinal cord injury, autism and other diagnoses through assistive technology programs, education, supported community living programs, supported employment and more. Spina Bifida Association of Georgia 5072 Bristol Industrial Way, Suite F, Buford, Ga. 770-939-1044 or sbag@spinabifidaga.org. www.spinabifidaga.org. Provides information and education for parents, plus raises awareness of this birth defect and promotes prevention.

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Serenity Behavioral Health System 3421 Mike Padgett Hwy., Augusta. 706-792-7741. www.serenitybhg.com. Provides a range of services for people with mental retardation, developmental disabilities and mental health issues.

United Cerebral Palsy Georgia 770-676-2000. www.ucpga.org. Headquartered in Atlanta, the organization offers services in the Augusta area. Some of its statewide services include information and referral, employment services and residential services.

National Federation of the Blind of Georgia and South Carolina 315 West Ponce De Leon Ave. Suite 1020, Decatur, Ga. 404-371-1000. www.nfbga.org. 119 S. Kilbourne Road., Columbia, S.C. 803-2543777. www.nfbsc.net. The organization provides public education, information, referral services, literature and publications about blindness, adaptive equipment for the blind, advocacy services and job opportunities for the blind, plus support for blind persons and their families.

United Cerebral Palsy South Carolina 803-926-8878. www.ucpsc.org. In South Carolina, UCP offers adult day services, family support and residential services.

Tri-Development of Aiken County 1016 Vaucluse Road, Aiken, S.C. 803-642-8800. www.aikentdc.org. A United Way-funded agency providing services for children and adults with autism, brain injuries, spinal cord injuries, mental retardation and related disorders. Learning Disabilities Association of Georgia 2566 Shallowford Rd., Atlanta. 404-303-7774 or ldaga@bellsouth.net. www.ldag.org. One of 50 volunteer state organizations which comprise the Learning Disabilities Association of America (LDA). For over 30 years their mission has been to enhance the quality of life for individuals of all ages with Learning Disabilities (LD) and/or Attention Deficit and Hyperactivity Disorders (ADHD). Members are served by a state office and volunteers who provide resources and sponsor events.

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The Georgia Chapter of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation 404-420-5990. www.jdrfgeorgia.org. This organization has the Family Network, which provides support, encouragement and programming for families of children with diabetes. Babies and Toddlers Babies Can’t Wait in Georgia (Statewide interagency service delivery systems) Georgia Department of Human Resources - Division of Public Health East Central Georgia Public Health District. 706-667-4280. www.ecphd.dhr.state.ga.us. For infants and toddlers with developmental delays or disabilities, from birth to age 3. Baby Net in South Carolina (Statewide interagency service delivery systems) Department of Health and Environmental Control Region 5, serving Aiken, Allendale, Bamberg, Barnwell, Calhoun and Orangeburg Counties. 1550 Carolina Ave., Orangeburg, S.C. 803-533-7211. www.scfirststeps.org.


For infants and toddlers with developmental delays or disabilities, from birth to age three. Medical, Therapy and Treatment Programs Georgia Health Sciences Health System Pediatric Rehabilitative Services Children’s Medical Center, 2nd Floor. 706-721- 5437. www.mcghealth.org/pediatric-rehabilitative-services/ Patients up to age 21 receive comprehensive audiology, speech therapy, physical therapy and occupational therapy services from a team of skilled professionals in a facility designed and equipped for children. Pediatric Therapy of Aiken 6140 Woodside Executive Court, Aiken. 803-642-0700 or info@apluspta.com. www.apluspta.com. Skilled professionals provide speech therapy, occupational therapy and physical therapy service to children infancy to 17 years. Behavioral Discoveries, Inc. Amy Bachman-Cliett, MA, BCBA 235B Pin Ct., Martinez. 706-955-7581 amybcba@yahoo.com. www.behavioraldiscoveries.com. Amy Bachman-Cliett has 10 years of experience providing applied behavior analysis, in-home supports, one-on-one sessions, parent training and school consultation. Ducktails Pediatric Therapy & Wellness 103 Maple Dr., Augusta. 706-364-5262. www.ducktailspediatric.com. Ducktails provides physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech therapy and athletic development

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for children from infancy through 21 years of age. Services address, but are not limited to, neuromuscular development and abnormal tone, developmental delay, balance and posture, sensory integration, ADHD, handwriting and fine motor skill, and speech language and auditory processing. Therapeutic Interventions of Georgia 2315-C Central Avenue, Augusta. 706-364-6172 or info@tiofga.com. www.tiofga.com. Offers occupational therapy, feeding therapy, physical thrapy and speech-language therapy to pediatric patients. Facilities feature private speech therapy rooms, an outdoor playground and OT and PT gyms. Neuro-Developmental Treatment Programs, Inc. 817 Crawford Ave., Augusta. 706-736-1255 or ndtprograms@gmail.com. Treats children with neurological and developmental disabilities. Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrician Georgia Health Sciences Children’s Medical Center Caroline DiBattisto, MD, MSCR, Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at Georgia Health Sciences University. 1120 15th Street, BG-2108, Augusta. 706-721-2456. Specializes in developmental-behavioral pediatrics, general pediatrics and adolescent medicine. Augusta Developmental Specialists 1303 D’Antignac St., Suite 21000, Augusta. 706-396-0600. Specializes in helping people with healthcare and developmental needs. The group provides developmental assessment, care coordination between therapists and school staff, a wheelchair clinic and more. Led by Karen Carter, M.Ed., M.D., the group includes a licensed massage therapist and recreational thera-

pist. The clinic is open Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. CSRA Therapy Services, Inc. 2485 Hwy 88, Hephzibah. 706-592-5565. Providing occupational and speech-language therapy services for children with special needs in the CSRA. PSA Healthcare, Inc. 444 Park West Drive, Grovetown. 706-868-6543. www.psahealthcare.com Offers private-duty nursing and a day treatment center for medically fragile children with on-site pediatric nurses, speech, physical and occupational therapy. Kinder Kids 958 Millbrook Ave., Suite 8, Aiken. 803-226-0525. www.kinderkidscsra.com Provides comprehensive services and family support to medically fragile, developmentally delayed, physically challenged and behaviorally disordered children by providing services that evoke maximum potential and foster the development of intellectual and social competence. Sensational Kids! Pediatric Rehabilitation Center 3624 Old Petersberg Rd., Martinez. 706-364-3470. www.sensationalkids.net. A full-service therapy practice offering a unique blend of services for children and families with special needs that specializes in evaluation and intervention for infants and children (Birth to 13 years) who have various developmental challenges. They are sensitive to the challenges of the family’s ability to cope as well.

was never very soft with Mattie. She is responsible for her healthcare needs. There is no sense in whining about what we don’t have. We take what we’ve got and do our best with it.” -Jeanne Hyder, mother of Mattie (19), diagnosed with Cystic Fibrosis

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t was definitely an awakening we weren’t prepared for, but there have been a lot of joyous surprises along the way. It’s a whole different world in a sense, but not bad. I had to learn a different roadmap on how to be a good parent.” -Ashley Brown, mother of Frances (5), diagnosed with Macrocephaly-Capillary Malformation Syndrome

Therapy Solutions, LLC P.O. Box 6862, Aiken. 803-634-3029 or uscslp@bellsouth.net. www.therapysolutionsllc.net. A private company offering pediatric speech therapy, occupational therapy, physical therapy and early intervention services. An early intervention team provides support and services in the home, daycare or clinic setting. Hitchcock Healthcare 690 Medical Park Dr., Aiken. 803-648-8344. www.hitchcockhealthcare.org. A provider for adults and children, offering a full range of quality services including, physical therapy, occupational therapy and speech therapy. Blue Ribbon Riders 987 Reynolds Farm Rd., Grovetown. 706-854-0644. Equine-assisted activity and hippotherapy program for ages 3 and up. A Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International (PATH International) premier accredited center. Hippotherapy uses the movement of the horse as a treatment strategy to address impairments, functional limitations and disabilities in patients with neuromusculoskeletal dysfunction. Contact Claudia Morin. STAR Riding Aiken. Contact Kerri Creamer, 803- 652-3231 or freckles06@earthlink.net. www.starriding.org. STAR is an equine facilitated therapeutic facility. An affiliate of PATH Int’l (Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International, formerly known as NARHA—North American Riding for the Handicapped Association)—STAR adheres to PATH’s strict safety standards and is fully insured.

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Georgia Health Sciences University ADHD Treatment Program 706-721-6597. This eight-week program for children ages 6 to 14, who have been diagnosed with ADHD, and their families, provides training to children and their parents regarding fundamental social skills and behavioral management strategies. Lighthouse Care Center 3100 Perimeter Pkwy., Augusta. 706-651-0005. www.lighthousecarecenters.com. Offers a serene residential setting for adolescent patients to recover from psychological issues and/or substance abuse. In addition to clinical care, a number of recreational opportunities and an accredited on-campus school are also available. These services aide our patients in recovery by keeping their minds and bodies active and providing an opportunity for social interaction. Evaluation and Treatment for Children with Autism or Asperger’s Syndrome—Georgia Health Sciences University 706-721-6597. Directed by a psychiatrist who specializes in autism, the social skills program offers outpatient or inpatient psychiatric assessment of autism, group therapy focusing on behavior modification and socialization skills and medical management of autism and Asperger’s Syndrome.

provider of speech therapy and autism services to children, teenagers and adults with special needs and developmental delays. Families of special needs children from infancy to age 6 benefit from the early intervention services offered. Service coordination assistance aids families in navigating the complex service delivery system. University Hospital Speech and Hearing Center 1430 Harper St., Suite C3, Augusta. 706-774-8666. Audiology Department: 706-774-3594. 4321 University Parkway, Suite 102, Evans. 706-854-2630. www.universityhealth.org. University Hospital’s Speech and Hearing Center provides evaluation and treatment services for children with speech, language, feeding, swallowing and hearing disorders. The speech pathologists and audiologists strive to improve their patients’ ability to communicate and function as independently as possible. Snyder Speech Therapy Services 229 Hillbrook Dr, Augusta. 706-860-9385. Provides speech therapy services for clients of all ages, infants through adults. Communication Station, LLC 550 Blackburn Drive, Martinez. 706-364-1486 or speechyleigh@yahoo.com. Specializes in speech therapy for patients from infancy to 21 years.

Speech Pathology and Audiology Bright Start 720 Gracern Rd., Suite 450, Columbia, S.C. 803-929-1112 (24 hours a day). brightstart@sc.rr.com. www.brightstartsc.com. With a location in Aiken, Bright Start is a private

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Pediatric Audiology Program Children’s Medical Center—Georgia Health Sciences Health System 1447 Harper St., 4th floor, Augusta. 706-721- 5437. Identifies hearing loss in children and provides effective rehabilitation services.


Education Georgia PINES (Parent Infant Network for Educational Services) 800-522-8652; 404-298-4882. www.gapines.info. Information/assistance to families of vision/hearing impaired, multi-handicapped, sensory impaired children, under age 4. Parent advisors make home visits to teach families how to help their child. Georgia Learning Resources System, (GLRS) 800-282-7552. www.aadd.org. Statewide network of 17 resource centers offering free services to parents and educators of students with disabilities. American Sign Language—Teen Class Georgia Health Sciences Medical Center, Family Resource Library. 706-721-6929. This course is developed for teenagers, ages 13-17, to learn site signs in American Sign Language. Students learn the alphabet in ASL and the production of numbers used in sign language. American Sign Language Trinity Hospital of Augusta, 2260 Wrightsboro Rd. 706-481-7604. www.trinityofaugusta.com. Sign language classes for children, adult beginners and adult intermediates are offered periodically throughout the year. Call for information or check the Web site. Augusta Christian School of Talent Development 313 Baston Rd., Martinez. 706-863-2905, extension 130. www.augustachristian.org. The school is designed for students with a specific learning disability and/or those with attention defi-

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cit disorder. Classes are available in grades 1-12, depending on availability, offering low teacher-student ratios and individualized instruction. The curriculum is designed for students with special learning needs while incorporating a standard curriculum. College Board Services for Students with Disabilities 609-771-7137. www.collegeboard.com/ssd/student/index.html. The College Board works to provide appropriate accommodations for students with disabilities when taking the SAT, AP tests and PSAT/NMSQT. South Carolina School for the Deaf and the Blind 355 Cedar Springs Rd., Spartanburg, S.C. 888-447-2732. www.scsdb.org. An academic institution providing high-quality education programs, both day and residential, for students ages 2½ to 21 who are deaf, blind or multisensory disabled. Georgia Academy for the Blind 2895 Vinevill Ave, Macon, Ga. 478-751-6083. www.gabmacon.org. Campus and outreach programs are designed to meet the educational needs of students who are blind, visually impaired or have multiple sensory disabilities. Georgia Virtual School www.gavirtualschool.org. Georgia Virtual School is a program of the Georgia Department of Education Office of Technology Services. It is SACS accredited and offers middle school and high school level courses across the state. Parents and teachers partner in the on-line education of the individual child. Georgia Learning Resources System 706-826-1128.

www.glrs.org. The system is a network of 17 centers throughout the state providing training and resources to educators and parents of students with disabilities. Kumon Math and Reading Center 500 Fury’s Ferry Rd., Unit 502-5, Martinez. 706-993-2232. 4497-8 Columbia Rd., Martinez. 706-305-3379 or reenathomas@ikumon.com. www.kumon.com. The center strives to help each student perform at his/her full potential by using techniques that improve speed and accuracy to master the basics in reading and math. Students meet with a highly trained Kumon Instructor during the week and continue with home assignments daily to fill in any learning gaps that may be hindering them. Preschool through high school. M.A.E.S. Education Center 4116 Evans to Locks Rd., Evans. 706-860-8585 or info@maeseducationcenter.com. Offers tutoring, high school success classes, home-school classes, college counseling and skills-building in reading comprehension. Monday-Thursday, 12:30 p.m.-7 p.m. Oxford Learning Center 4536 Washington Rd., Suite 4, Eagle Point Shopping Center, Evans. 706-650-2225. www.oxfordlearning.com. Students preschool through adult receive help with study skills, homework, reading, writing, math, spelling, grammar and more. Partners in Achievement 3990 Columbia Rd., Martinez. 706-650-1877. www.pialearningcenters.com. PIA offers programs for children ages 6 and up with attention problems and/or learning disabilities.

’ve had to think outside of the box, because inside the box doesn’t work for us.” -Deborah Kalume, mother of Abraham, Jeremiah, and Azariah (5), identical triplets (born along with a quadruplet sister) diagnosed with Autism www.augustafamily.com

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f I were to speak to parents of a young special needs child, I would tell them to get their child involved in the community early–in their church, in their school. There are opportunities when they’re out of high school to be employed; even sheltered employment has so many positives. I think it’s real important for (special needs children) to get that experience outside of home because we’re not going to be here forever.” -Joanna Davis, mother of Julie (28), clinically diagnosed with Prader-Willie Syndrome

CSRA EOA, Inc. Head Start 1261 Greene St., Augusta. 706-722-0493. www.csraeoaheadstart.org. Provides professional, comprehensive, quality services to preschool children, families, staff and communities in Bulloch, Burke, Columbia, Emanuel, Jefferson, Jenkins, Lincoln, McDuffie, Richmond Screven and Warren Counties. The Disabilities service insures that children with disabilities receive the full range of developmental services in an inclusive environment. This includes children with physical disabilities, health conditions, vision, hearing, speech or learning impairments. Special services such as screenings, evaluations, speech or physical therapy and transportation also may be provided. Information and Referral Parent to Parent of Georgia 706-802-5309. www.parenttoparentofga.org. The organization has a comprehensive Web site with a database for families of special needs children to find out anything from adaptive clothing to insurance. United Way of the CSRA 706-826-1495. www.uwcsra.org. The 211 system provides a link to information and referral on a variety of services in the community. The phone number 211 works on most land lines, but not from all cell phones. Charity Locator—Combined Federal Campaign of the CSRA www.cfcofthecsra.org/locator.php. A comprehensive list of local, state and national agencies and organizations that provide a vast array of assistance.

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The DRM Regional Resources Directory www.disabilityresources.org/GEORGIA.html. Disability Resources, Inc. is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization established to promote and improve awareness, availability and accessibility of information that can help people with disabilities live, learn, love, work and play independently. Georgia Council of the Blind 850 Gaines School Road, Athens, Ga. 706-208-7132; 888-519-3988. www.georgiacouncilpftheblind.org. Works to improve education and rehabilitation and broaden vocational opportunities.

South Carolina Developmental Disabilities Council 1205 Pendleton Street, Suite 450, Columbia, S.C. 803-734-0465; TTY: 803-734-1147. www.scddc.state.sc.us. Advocates for people with developmental disabilities and provides leadership in planning, funding and implementing initiatives. Cystic Fibrosis Foundation www.cff.org. An on-line source for information about diagnosis, research, treatment, clinical trials and more. Support Groups

South Carolina Department of Disabilities and Special Needs 3440 Hardin Street Ext., Columbia, S.C. 803-898-9600. www.ddsn.sc.gov. Plans, develops, funds and oversees programs for people with severe, lifelong disabilities in regard to intellect, autism, traumatic brain injury and spinal cord injury. SC Access 800-868-9095. www.scaccess.org. A guide to resources and services for people with disabilities and their caregivers. Georgia Disability Resources; South Carolina Disability Resources www.christopherreeve.org. An extensive list of organizations serving people with special needs in Georgia and South Carolina. For the Georgia list, type “Georgia Disability Resources” into the search box. For South Carolina resources, type “South Carolina Disability Resources” into the search box.

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SC/GA Transverse Myelitis Support Group http://health.groups.yahoo.com/group/CSRATMSupportGroup/ The goals of the SC/GA Transverse Myelitis Support Group are to provide fellowship and support through sharing our common experiences, to provide educational information and to open the doors of communication between patients and our local medical community. Joing the group on-line. Juvenile Diabetes Support Group Gretchen Daly: 706-955-8232 or gvandaly@yahoo.com. Stephanie Fuller: 706-541-0146 or s.j.fuller@ comcast.net. The group meets at Panera Bread on Robert C. Daniel Parkway the last Saturday of every month at 10 a.m. for coffee. “A-Team”—Autism Spectrum Disorder Support and Resource Group Georgia Health Sciences Children’s Medical Center, Family Resource Library, Room 1801, first floor.


706-721-5160. ddrakele@georgiahealth.edu. This free meeting offers education and support for families and friends of children with autism spectrum disorders, including autism, Asperger’s and PDD NOS. Parent, educators, community support representatives, caregivers, medical representatives and anyone affected by autism spectrum disorders is invited to attend. Meets the first Tuesday of each month, 6 to 7 p.m. CSRA Therapy Services Autism Support Group 2485 Hwy 88, Hephzibah. 706-592-5565 or TSteppe@yahoo.com. Provide support, discussion, information and fellowship to parents of children on the autism spectrum. The CSRA EOS 706-868-1874. www.csra-eos.blogspot.com. Support group for families and individuals with Eosinophilic Disorders. For more information contact Melinda Garrett. The Autism Exchange Tanna Blankenship, 706-860-2724, or Christy Clutter, 740-815-2846. theautismxchnge@gmail.com. Meets the third Saturday of each month at various venues. Plans community-based activities for the children in addition to providing support for parents. Georgia Health Sciences Health System ALS Support Group Georgia Health Sciences Ambulatory Care Center, 1447 Harper St., 4th Floor, Room BP 4306. 888-636-9940. www.alsaga.org. Meets the second Thursday of each month from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. The meetings provide opportunities for

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individuals to share their personal experiences and learn more about strategies for preserving the independence and quality of life for ALS patients and their loved ones. Meetings are free and open to all patients, family members and friends. Lunch is provided. Brain Injury Support Group Walton West Transitional Center, 2501 Center West Pkwy., Augusta. 706-533-3904. Meets the second Thursday of every month, 6-7:30p.m. Brain injury survivors, caregivers and family members are invited to attend. Spinal Cord Injury Support Group Walton Outpatient Therapy Center, 13th St. and Independence Dr., Augusta. 706-823-8504. Meets the second Thursday of every month, 5-6 p.m. Spinal cord injured individuals, family members, caregivers, as well as interested community members are invited to attend this free monthly meeting. Georgia Health Sciences Health System Blood Cancer/Stem Cell Support Group Georgia Health Sciences Cancer Center, 1411 Laney Walker Blvd., First-Floor, Community Room. Annie Blount, 706-721-9134 or 721-1634. www.georgiahealth.org. This group provides educational and emotional support to patients, families, friends and caregivers. Meets the third Thursday of the month from 5:30-7 p.m. Common Bond Parent Support Group 706-729-0012. For Augusta-area parents of children of all ages and diagnoses with challenging disabilities but remarkable perseverance and resilience. Dates and locations of meetings vary. Call for information.

Recreation and Leisure Steps of Grace: Ballet for Special Needs 476 Flowing Wells Rd., C-1, Martinez. 912-531-2719 or mallorylanier@hotmail.com. Classes meet for an hour once a week at Pulse Dance Center and are taught by Mallory Lanier, a pediatric occupational therapist with over 10 years of experience teaching ballet. Adult volunteers experienced in working with children with special needs are an integral part of the class. Students receive one-on-one assistance should they need it. Tri My Best Triathlon 706-736-1255. An annual event held on the second Sunday in May for children and young adults with disabilities. Participants run/walk, swim and bike. Monkey Joe’s 368 Furys Ferry Rd., Martinez. 706-922-5867. www.monkeyjoes.com. Inflatable play center, wall to wall inflatable slides, jumps, obstacle courses, walk-in play and birthday parties, for ages 12 and younger. Special Needs Night is held the first Sunday of each month, 6-7 p.m., after general store hours to ensure a calm environment for special needs children and their parents. RECing Crew Pamela Stickler, 803-426-1284 or therecingcrew@ comcast.net. www.therecingcrew.com. Based in North Augusta, the RECing Crew is a nonprofit organization providing leisure and recreation opportunities for all ages and disabilities. Fees vary but are nominal. Cruisers: A social group for teens and adults that

e don’t treat Erin any different. She gets in trouble like any other child. She gets rewarded like any other child. She’s just like any other middle–school kid. The only difference is she doesn’t walk.”

-Kim Allen, mother of Erin (11), diagnosed with Spinal Muscular Atrophy (a form of Muscular Dystrophy)

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hen he was only a few hours old we were told he had no chance of survival, today he is twenty–five years

old and he loves life and he loves people. Drew has been such a blessing in our lives. He wakes up with a smile and goes to bed with

a smile. Drew could teach us all about life. He takes it one day at a time and enjoys it to the fullest. Everything you do for your child– every appointment, every therapy, every intervention, but also every smile, every hug, every conversation, makes a difference.”

-Jackie Rush, mother of Drew (25), diagnosed with Arterio Venous Malformation (AVM also called Vein of Galen Aneurysm)

meets monthly for dances or field trips. Alley Cats: A weekly bowling league for teens and adults that meets Tuesdays, September-May, at Northside Lanes in North Augusta. T-RecS: An adaptive basketball, cheerleading and baseball program for ages 6 and up. Games are played on Saturdays in the spring and fall. Check Web site for exact dates. Riverview Park in North Augusta. ARTS-Ability Studio: Spend one hour on a visual art project and one hour in music. Morning and afternoon two-hour sessions meet one Saturday each month. Limited to 20 participants. Jazzercise: Enjoy Jazzercise and line dancing every third Wednesday, 4:40 p.m., at Grace United Methodist Church in North Augusta. Georgia-Carolina Council Boy Scouts of America 706-733-5277. www.gacacouncil.org. Scouting programs are available for special needs children. Canterbury Trails 5581 Wrightsboro Rd., Grovetown. 706-556-1287. www.canterburytrails.org. Horseback riding lessons for special needs children, as well as hayrides and horse rides in the show ring. They work closely with the CSRA’s special education departments. Camp To Be Independent 706-826-5809. alsalley@wrh.org. Camp TBI offers a safe overnight summer camp environment for children and young adults, ages 8-21, with traumatic brain injury. Camp TBI staff provide one-on-one care which increases the campers’ level of independence in the areas of personal hygiene, following a schedule, making friends appropriately and just

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having fun. Campers enjoy horseback riding, a ropes course, group games, sporting activities, swimming, fishing and arts and crafts along with social activities such as dances, karaoke and talent nights. Champions Made from Adversity 706-364-2422. www.cmfa.us. Provides recreation and leisure activities such as water skiing, archery, bowling, cycling and golf, to people with physical disabilities. The Family Y, Wilson Branch 3570 Wheeler Road, Augusta. 706-922-9622. www.thefamilyy.org. Financial assistance is available for all Family Y programs. Adapted Aquatics Special Populations Individual One-on-one half-hour classes for all physically and developmentally challenged individuals of all ages. Specially trained staff use swimming and aquatic fitness skills to improve participants’ independence and quality of life. Sessions are by appointment only. Taught in the Wilson Family Y’s indoor pool. Claudia Collins, Aquatics Director, 706-922-9664. Family Y BlazeSports Team Swim team for all ages of physically challenged swimmers to train for competition. (Part of the BlazeSports Clubs of America training future Paralympians.) Children practice Saturday, 7:30-8:30 a.m. Contact Claudia Collins, 706-922-9664. Miracle League Baseball Provides a barrier-free field for children and adults with disabilities. A special, rubberized surface and flat bases allows safe play for those in wheelchairs

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or who use other assistive devices such as crutches or walkers. Registration is open for ages 4 and up. Fall season runs September-October and spring season runs March-May. Teams practice and play at the Sports Complex Uptown Charlie Norwood VA Medical Center, 1 Freedom Way, Augusta. Contact JD McCauley, 706-922-9597. Kathryn M. York Adapted Aquatics Center (Katie’s Pool) Dedicated to improving the quality of life of individuals with physical and cognitive disabilities. Shallow and deep water therapy pool with a wheelchair ramp at the shallow end. Includes adapted changing rooms with a lift system to accommodate disabled individuals and a state-of-the-art sanitation system. Contact Claudia, 706-922-9655. Talent Showcase—Exceptional Children of the CSRA 706-364-6172. An annual fundraiser for The Foundation for Therapeutic Options, a local non-profit organization that provides therapy services to children in the CSRA. It is an opportunity for children to be recognized for their abilities instead of their disabilities. Military Families Exception Family Member Program Fort Gordon. Contact Pam Rachal, 706-791-4872. www.gordon.army.mil/acs/EFMP/index.htm. This program, designed to aid active-duty service, provides information and coordination of services as well as respite care for any family member who has a chronic medical problem or special education need, regardless of age, that limits ability to function on a daily basis and/or requires ongoing counseling, training, education, therapy or treatment.


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Gerald Powell Augusta. 706-796-6856. Gerald Powell is semi-retired and offers assistance/advice on a volunteer basis to children and adults who are trying to establish or are having problems receiving social security disability benefits. Family Counseling and Psychiatric Resources Center for Care & Counseling 4400 Wheeler Rd., Augusta. 706-305-3137. www.csraccc.org. A faith-sensitive counseling service that helps individuals and families draw on their own strengths and values to begin their healing process. Offers a wide range of counseling services to families, couples, individuals, adolescents and children. Family Counseling Center of the CSRA 3711 Executive Center Dr., Suite 201, Martinez. 706-868-5011. www.fcccsra.com. The mission of the Family Counseling Center of the CSRA is to strengthen individuals and families to achieve their own goals and to network with other agencies and institutions to improve family life. Family Forward 3711 Executive Center Dr., #101, Martinez. 706-210-8855. Specializing in children ages 3 to early adulthood. Dara Delancy, Ph.D., and Amy Holsten, Ph.D. Georgia Family Crisis Solutions 4145 Columbia Rd., Martinez. 706-869-7373. www.gfcs.info. Provides to all children and adults, experiencing the crisis of life events, the most current, correct information concerning therapy in a manner that is nurturing, non-threatening and non-judgmental. Georgia Family Crisis Solutions strives to be the model for accountability in all areas of business, especially concerning children. Mind-Body Health Services 1105 Furys Lane, Suite A, Martinez. 706-364-5228. www.mindbodyhealthservices.com.

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The providers at Mind-Body Health Services take into account the whole person in helping him or her find the solution to deal with what is causing discomfort. Connie Stapleton, Ph.D., and Daniel Wright, LCSW. Transitional Family Services 3643 Walton Way Ext., Bldg. 4, Augusta. 706-364-1404. www.tfsga.com. Offers a range of family preservation services. Approved by the state to offer CORE Services, Comprehensive Child and Family Assessments (CCFA), Core service (C&A and Adult) and Intensive Family Intervention Services (IFI) through Medicaid, as well as provide therapy and counseling services and parent aide services through Homestead Family Preservation.

www.augusta.gov. Curb-to-curb van service available to qualifying individuals with permanent or temporary disabilities.

www.accessiblevans.com. Specializes in wheelchair van rentals and sales. They also modify vehicles to make them accessible.

Georgia Department of Revenue Motor Vehicle Division Disabled Parking Permit 1200 Tradeport Blvd., Atlanta, Ga. 404-968-3800. www.motor.etax.dor.ga.gov. Application for a disabled parking permit is on the Web site. Type “disabled” into the search box.

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South Carolina Department of Motor Vehicles Disabled Parking Permit www.scdmvonline.com. Click on the forms and manuals link on the left side of the screen, then scroll down to the link for the disabled placard application.

ADA Paratransit Van Service 1535 Fenwick St., Augusta. 706-821-1819.

Adaptive Driving Solutions 3027 Riverwatch Pkwy., Augusta. 706-751-4003.

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Augusta Ear, Nose and Throat 720 Saint Sebastian Way, Suite 201, Augusta. 340 North Belair Rd., Evans. 706-868-5676. www.augustaent.com. Highly trained audiologists evaluate hearing and fit patients with appropriate hearing aids. South Carolina Assistive Technology Program 8301 Farrow Rd., Columbia, S.C. 800-915-4522. www.sc.edu/scatp/. Works to provide assistive technology to people with disabilities. Augusta Orthotics and Prosthetics 2068 Wrightsboro Rd., Augusta.


706-733-8878. www.augustaprosthetics.com. Customizes orthotic and prosthetic solutions to meet each individual’s needs, from custom-made braces to artificial limbs. Midlands Prosthetics and Orthotics 1018 Druid Park Ave., Augusta. 706-737-7371 or Midlandsprosthet@bellsouth.net. www.midlandsprosthetics.com. Produces upper and lower extremity prosthetics using state-of-the-art components and orthotics. New Life Prosthetics and Orthotics 4810 Technology Dr., Suite 4, Martinez. 706-922-6576 or info@newlifeprosthetics.com. www.newlifeprosthetics.com. Orthotic and prosthetic devices to accommodate a range of needs. Hanger Prosthetics and Orthotics 630 13th St., Augusta. 706-722-2763.

Creates prosthetic and orthotic devices to suit the needs of each client. Walton Options STAR Network 948 Walton Way, Augusta. 706-724-6262. www.waltonoptions.org/star. Collects, cleans and repairs used assistive technology and matches it to recipients with special needs. Additional assistive technology services are also available. Tools for Life 512 Means St., Suite 215, Atlanta, Ga. 404-894-0541. www.gatfl.org. Aids people with disabilities in accessing assistive technology. Transition Services South Carolina Commission for the Blind 1430 Confederate Ave., Columbia, S.C. 800-922-2222 or publicinfo@sccb.sc.gov.

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www.sccb.state.sc.us. Provides vocational rehabilitation services, independent living services and prevention services to people who are blind or visually impaired. Walton Options 948 Walton Way, Augusta, 706-724-6262. 325 Georgia Ave, North Augusta, 803-279-9611. www.waltonoptions.org. The mission of Walton Options is to empower people of all ages and all types of disabilities to reach their highest level of independence. The caring, trained staff work with clients to develop individualized plans and goals. Services include, but are not limited to, peer support groups, assistance with money management, assistance with nutrition and assistance with home modification and accessibility issues. South Carolina Statewide Independent Living Council 136 Stonemark Lane, Suite 100, Columbia, S.C. 800-994-4322. scindependentlivingcouncil@gmail.com.

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he has opened my eyes to so many things. I have more patience because of her. Erin wants to be independent. She’s willing to put herself out there. She likes that thrill of trying new things. That’s inspiring for me.”

-Kim Allen, mother of Erin (11), diagnosed with Spinal Muscular Atrophy (a form of Muscular Dystrophy)

Promotes independent living for adults with severe disabilities and their inclusion in mainstream society.

www.silcga.org. An advocacy organization that provides resources and answers to questions regarding independent living.

Center for Financial Independence and Innovation 316 W. Ponce de Leon Ave., Suite 600, Decatur, Ga. 404-541-9005. www.cfii.org. The agency’s goal is to make independence affordable by improving the financial self-sufficiency of Georgians with disabilities.

Serenity Behavioral Health System-GA TASC Center 818 White Oak Rd., Thomson, Ga. 706-595-4027. www.serenitybhs.com. Provides supported vocational opportunities for people with disabilities.

Statewide Independent Living Council of Georgia 315 W. Ponce de Leon Ave., Suite 600, Decatur, Ga. 770-270-6860.

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Augusta Training Shop 1704 Jenkins St., Augusta. 706-738-1358. www.augustatrainingshop.com.

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The Augusta Training Shop is a non-profit work center that employs mentally and physically challenged adults. They learn to repair, strip and refinish furniture, re-cane chairs and polish metals with the goal of performing purposeful work independently. Georgia Department of Labor Vocational Rehabilitation Program 1220-H West Wheeler Pkwy., Augusta. 706-650-5600. www.vocrehabga.org. Promotes independence of people with disabilities by aiding with employment, accessibility and living accommodations.


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by Lucy Adams

Me Time for Moms A Happy Mom Sets the Tone for Happiness at Home

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ometimes I want to scream, “Wait a minute! What about ME?!” What about Mommy? When does she get to do something fun? The self-help gurus assure me that when I find balance, I will discover the freedom to do more of what I want to do, instead of filling all of my time with what I have to do. That buzz-word—balance—vexes me. First, why do I have to search for it like the golden egg at an Easter egg hunt? Second, people claim they’ve achieved it, but they must have teeter-totters that defy the laws of physics. Mine looks like theirs, work on one side and my so-called life on the other, but when I focus on work, that side of the see-saw slaps the ground, hard, throwing the life side up in the air. When I concentrate on parenting, marriage and maintaining a home, the life side crashes down and the work side takes a wallop. In my constant quest for illusive balance, I feel like the fulcrum caught in the middle, bearing all the

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weight. I strain to hold everything steady-as-she-goes and make constant adjustments to maintain that perfect state of equilibrium. Still, I have no “me” time. And it isn’t long before one side or the other whaps down and jolts everything back into divergent motion.

Where Do We Find the Time? “Most of us subscribe to work-life balance,” says John Gregory Vincent, CEO of Augusta-based The Genesis Group. He’s an expert in maximizing organizational talent, whether in a small organization, like a family, or a big organization, like a corporation, and he advises clients to let go of the romance with balance. No one can be on both sides of the scale at the same time. Alternatively, embrace what he calls the One Life Philosophy. “If you look at it from that perspective,” he says, “you don’t have your work week and your home week, you just have your week. Stop running

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two sets of books.” What he means is quit trying to categorize every activity into one for work or one for home, because it’s all your life. It’s a whole package. The other thinking pattern a mom has to change in order to corner a little “me time” is the idea that she is managing her time. According to Vincent a person has to “own her time.” It’s the difference between being efficient and effective. “Time management is all based on the system of getting more activities done (more laundry, more housework, more phone calls, more e-mails) in the same amount of time.” A mother’s to-do list is an animal with an endless tail, and the more she does, the more there is to do, so the more she does. Eventually that animal eats her entire day. Time ownership, on the other hand, recognizes that time is a limited, non-renewable resource to be used effectively in order to maximize its potential. When a mother takes ownership of her time, she elects to eliminate tasks that require a chunk of her


{ timeout day or week but pay small dividends. She’s more willing to say no to activities and obligations that don’t advance her toward her goals. Sloughing those tasks frees blocks of her day that can now be filled with personal pursuits that bring joy, relaxation, self-actualization and satisfaction.

Get Over the Guilt Even when a mother changes her strategies for keeping calendars and lists, capturing minutes and hours once lost in the fray, she may not necessarily pencil herself into them. But a family doesn’t need a martyr. Sacrificially working herself into a frazzled mess doesn’t make mother a hero in their eyes. In fact, it can make her irritable and ill and unpleasant. Unfortunately, many of the messages moms receive from self-comparison, the media, that internal self-critical voice, friends or maybe even their own mothers reinforce the notion that taking time for oneself is a selfish action. Accompany that with a natural drive to nurture and a slew of excuses and the person Mom sees looking back in the mirror is an overwrought, over-worked woman. “Just because you’re a mom, doesn’t mean you stop being you,” says Stacey C. Brown, a licensed mental health counselor. “You had interests prior to becoming a mom and those interests don’t just turn off once you have a baby.” Taking time for herself allows a mother to pursue those old interests or invest in new ones. It gives her opportunity to stay connected with friends. Sometimes it’s just a few minutes to breathe deeply and enjoy a view of the backyard. “If moms don’t take ‘me’ time,” adds Brown, “they get crabby, unfocused and possibly even depressed.” Worse than that, longterm chronic stress can wreak havoc on the body. What good is Mom if she’s short-tempered and sick? How happy is her home if she isn’t happy?

Attitude Is Everything Agatha Christie is quoted as saying, “The best time to plan a book is while you’re doing the dishes.” Time is what we make of it. What a person makes of it determines how she labels it. Every woman applies her own definition to “me time.” A mom alone at the kitchen sink can either rue the drudgery or capitalize on the quiet. Be careful not to put too many constraints

on “me time.” Qualifying it against a rigid set of standards will minimize or eliminate it from the schedule. Just like moms need to change the way they think about time management and work-life balance, they must open their minds to a broader definition of “me time.” Kerri Zane, author of It Takes All Five: A Single Mom’s Guide to Finding the REAL One, says, “Me time is when someone is in her flow space, or, as I call it, her happy place. It is a state of mind. It’s a mental vacation spot.” It is not a particular activity or place or number of minutes. Losing oneself in thought while ironing can be just as refreshing as dining with friends, which can be just as rewarding as plinking guitar strings in a private lesson, which can be just as rejuvenating as flipping through a magazine while waiting in the carpool line. Yes, certain circumstances require that a woman set self-interest aside for the betterment of “the organization,” but this should be the exception, not the norm. None of us will ever be granted more time than we have right now. Any woman putting off joining a yoga class, planting a garden, learning to crochet, writing a novel or taking a nap until she has time, will never do it. In fact, right now, we each have more time than we will ever have again. Tomorrow we will have less and the day after that, even less. In lieu of asking, “What about ME?!” take that minute and spend it on Mommy. Lucy Adams is the author of Tuck Your Skirt in Your Panties and Run. She lives in Thomson, Ga., with her husband and their four children.

Helpful Resources for Moms • Body Back: The Mother’s Handbook to Medical, Physical and Social WellBeing by Heather Porter • Letting Go of Super Mom by Daisy Sutherland • www.beyouonlybetter.com • www.momtinilounge.com • www.60daystosupermom.com • www.soapboxtherapy.com • www.thethrivingmama.com • www.mommybites.com

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Taking on Breast Cancer

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Self-Examination Key To a Young Mother’s Victory Over Breast Cancer

Megan Smith, 27, with twins Lexi and Lucas and husband, Jason, doesn’t take anything for granted after her battle with breast cancer.

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egan Smith’s life did not follow a typical course for a 27-year-old. While she counts many blessings, she has also overcome an obstacle that many women are not forced to bear until an older age—breast cancer. She was diagnosed at age 26, just over a year ago, and the most capturing part of her story is that she found it herself. “I convinced myself it was nothing since I was so young and I just thought it was a little lymph node that was bothering me until I woke up one day with my shoulder hurting and thought someone should check it out,” says Smith. Doctors are part of Smith’s daily life since she’s a nurse who works in day surgery at Doctors Hospital and also at the Augusta Endoscopy Center. She asked a female surgeon who works with her to take a look and a mammogram was ordered. The follow-

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ing day the doctor fit her in for a stereotactic biopsy and called with the results. “He was floored that it was positive, but we dealt with it,” says Smith. Smith elected to have a double mastectomy even though it was just on the right side and chose to do a genetic test since no one else in her family had breast cancer. The genetics tested negative. Smith also went through six months of chemotherapy, 33 rounds of radiation and is now on Tamoxifen for five years.

Self-Awareness Is Key She credits a strong support system for her ability to meet the challenge. “I have a lot of family and community support and I am blessed to have all of that because I have twins who just turned 5 and are starting kindergarten,” says Smith. While she has remained strong and positive, her concern for other

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women who may face a similar ordeal prompted her to share her experience. “I tell people to be aware of your body and get to know your body because if I did not know what was going on, I would not have caught the breast cancer when I did,” she says. Smith advises women to take precautions and know their risks. “I do not smoke or have breast cancer in my family so I was atypical, but I paid attention to a small voice and took that step to have it checked out,” she says. The clinical breast exam and monthly self breast exam are great tools. “If you have a question about anything abnormal, do not be afraid to ask your doctor,” she says. Smith reiterates that she found the lump herself, despite having a normal exam just a few months earlier. “I failed to ask my doctor about it because she examined me and did not find anything, so I thought I was being a hypochondriac by thinking something


{ inspirationstation was wrong with me,” she says. Four months after the exam she felt the abnormality, which grew, and knew something was wrong.

Knowledge and Positive Attitude Helped Her Recovery Smith looks at life in a new light. “I learned not to take anything for granted and to make sure I hug my babies tight and kiss them as much as I can,” she says. She encourages women who are diagnosed with breast cancer to gather all of the information they can. “Make sure you know all of the treatment options that are available, know what you are up against and do not get discouraged.” Staying informed and talking to your doctors are your biggest assets. Smith feels more people are being diagnosed with breast cancer everyday but does not let that bring her hopes down. “There are a lot more people living than dying as well, so that in itself is encouraging,” she says. She emphasizes the importance of making healthy choices like eating well, but notes that breast cancer does not discriminate—and neither did her kids. “My kids did well and, though I was sick and tired, my kids were so resilient, understanding, loving and wanted to take care of Mommy,” she says.

What To Tell Your Children Breast cancer was a conversation at home. “We were open with our kids about it and they know what the pink ribbons mean and get excited when they see someone with one,” she says. Kids understand more than we give them credit for at times. “I did not want them to get confused so I stayed open.” Smith returned to work in April and feels good now. She feels this is her time to empower other women. “Staying on top of your health and knowing your body are the main things,” she says. Smith looks at the future with great hope. “God is taking care of me and I have been very blessed,” says Smith. Her sick days are likely behind her. “If you have good family support, know your body and have early detection, you can get through it.” Jamie Lober, author of Pink Power (http://www.getpinkpower.com), is dedicated to providing information on women’s and pediatric health topics. She can be reached at jamie@getpinkpower.com.

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} CHILDREN’S WEEK The theme for the Children’s Week 2012 is “How Are the Children?” Events are hosted by Augusta Partnership for Children and Children’s Wee Committee. Contact Chavone Hollimon at 706-721-1869 or chollimon@augustapartnership.org or go to www. augustapartnership.org. October 5. Kick-Off Celebration. Special performances. 10:15-11 a.m. Jessye Norman Amphitheater. October 6. Teen Maze. Pre-teens and teens can experience a life size game board to help them see, firsthand, the consequences of life choices. Groups are encouraged to register in advance. 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Glenn Hills High School Gym. October 7. Parade. Route begins at 7th and Broad and ends at 11th and Broad. 2-3 p.m. Downtown Augusta. October 7. Family Festival/Education Fair. Inflatables, food, entertainment and information about nonprofits and agencies. 1-5 p.m. Augusta Common.

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When white plumes of exhaust streak the blue sky in tandem with the thunderous cadence of engines, you know the Boshears Skyfest is in full force. Celebrating its 20th year, this aerial extravaganza October 20-21 features an assortment of planes maneuvering in aerobatic splendor as well as an antique car show, food vendors, children’s activities—great entertainment for the entire family. Saturday morning features the Ground Loop 10K and 5K road race, along with a kid’s fun run. Each registrant will receive a free ticket to the Boshears Skyfest. www.boshears.com.

October 11. Children’s Story Time. Reservation required by calling Eileen McCoy at 706-821-2631 or e-mailing mccoye@ecgrl.org. 9:30-11:30 a.m. at the Augusta Richmond County Library. SPECIAL EVENTS October 1-31. Kackleberry Farm. Visit the farm and experience the corn maze, ZIPstream aerial adventure, pumpkin patch, hayrides and more. Corn maze is open through November 11. www. kackleberryfarm.com. October 3-7. Fifth Annual Westobou Festival. A five-day celebration of fine and performing arts, featuring dance, theater, visual arts, film, spoken word and music performances. This year’s headlining musical act is Grammy-nominated artist Janelle Monae, who performs October 4. 706-755-2878. www.westoboufestival.com. October 5. Border Bash. Don your colors at the annual rivalry celebration between the University of Georgia Bulldogs and the University of South Carolina Gamecocks. 4-11 p.m. Augusta Common. For

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more information, visit www.borderbash.com. October 5-7. Augusta Kennel Club Dog Show. A showcase of some of the region’s most beautiful canines. Riverview Park Activities Center. North Augusta. 803-441-4300. October 6. Oliver Hardy Festival. Kick-off parade begins at 10 a.m. Downtown Harlem. 706-556-0043. October 6. St. Mary’s Chocolate Festival. A day dedicated to chocolate. A family affair featuring bake sales and children’s activities. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. St. Mary’s Help of Christians Catholic Church. Aiken. 803-649-2071. October 7. Fall Dinner Concert. Hosted by Barefoot Productions, Inc., and Creative Impressions. Doors open at 3:30 p.m., dinner served at 4 p.m. and concert at 5:30 p.m. Tickets will be sold at the door. Tabernacle Baptist Church. Call Shanita Tolbert at 706-664-9022 for information. October 11-14. Oktoberfest. Live entertainment, carnival rides, car/bike show and more. Oct. 11,


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4-10 p.m. Oct. 12, 4 p.m.-1 a.m. Oct. 13, 10 a.m.-1 a.m. Oct. 14, noon-5 p.m. Fort Gordon. Barton Field. 706-791-6779. October 12-13. Hispanic Festival. 20th year celebration of this festival with live music, arts and crafts, and Hispanic vendors. Entertainment representing several Hispanic countries. Augusta Common. 706-373-2564. October 12-21. Georgia-Carolina State Fair. Classic carnival rides and food vendors, agricultural exhibits and contests, musical entertainment and more. Augusta Exchange Club Fairgrounds. www. georgiacarolinastatefair.com. October 12-14. 23rd Annual Greek Festival. Live Greek music and dance along with a variety of Greek food specialties. Friday and Saturday 11 a.m.-10 p.m. and Sunday 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church. October 12. Art of Chocolate. Black-tie optional event benefits Child Enrichment, Inc., the Child Advocacy Center and the Court Appointed Special Advocates. 7 p.m. Savannah Rapids Pavilion. 706737-4631. October 13. Pamper Me PINK Breast Cancer Awareness Community Event. Hosted by Peach State Health Plan. 11 a.m.-3 p.m. at the East View Recreational Center, 644 Aiken St., Augusta. kmcelwain@centene.com. October 14. Annual Alumni and Friends Chef’s Showcase. Benefits the Augusta Mini Theatre. 2-4 p.m. Augusta Marriott Hotel and Suites. 706-7220598 or www.augustaminitheatre.com. October 15-20. Painefest. Don’t miss this celebratory festival featuring live music, food, stage competitions, exhibits and much more. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Paine College. www.paine.edu. October 16. Best of Augusta Bash. Annual party featuring winners of Augusta Magazine’s annual Best of Augusta readers’ poll. Benefiting Sacred Heart Cultural Center and the Greater Augusta Arts Council. 6-9 p.m. Sacred Heart Cultural Center. 706826-4700. October 18. Symphony of Wine: Brew With a View. Benefits SOA’s education and community engagement programs. 7 p.m. 706-826-4705. October 18-27. Western Carolina State Fair. Carnival rides, food vendors, games, exhibits, and more. Aiken Fairgrounds. westerncarolinastatefair.com. October 19. Bubbles, Balls and Bikes. Celebrating the founding of MOMS Club of Grovetown. Mothers are invited to bring bikes and let their children

ride or play while they learn about the support and friendships that MOMS Clubs foster. 10 a.m.-1 p.m. at the Euchee Creek Trails in Grovetown. Contact Melissa Blizzare at 402-680-4260 or e-mail Melissa. blizzard@yahoo.com. October 19-30. Boo at the Zoo. Put on your costume and head to Riverbanks Zoo and Garden for their popular Halloween spook-tacular. Children 12 and under are invited to wear costumes and enjoy special events, a trick-or-treat trail and more. 6-9 p.m. Go to www.riverbanks.org for information. October 20. Family Fall Festival: Mistletoe State Park. Snake program, pumpkin scavenger hunt, nature hike, hayrides, apple bobbing, marshmallow roasting, old-fashioned games and crafts, music and storytelling. 4 p.m. Mistletoe State Park. Appling. 706-541-0321. October 20-21. Boshears Skyfest. The entire family will enjoy watching an assortment of planes maneuvering in aerobatics splendor. Plus an antique car show, food vendors, children’s activities and more. Daniel Field. www.boshears.com. October 20. Miracle Mile Breast Cancer Walk. University Health Care Foundation annual walk honoring breast cancer patients and survivors. 8 a.m. Augusta Common. 706-667-0030. October 20. Sweet Potato Festival. Arts and crafts, games, carnival rides and of course delicious sweet potato pies. 11 a.m. Jacksonville Park. 351 Huber Clay Rd. Langley. 803-593-9260. October 20-21. Colonial Times: A Day To Remember. Our Colonial past comes to life through demonstrations and exhibits including pottery, butter churning, weaving and spinning, quilting, candle making, musket firing demonstrations, gold and silver smithing, blacksmithing, woodworking and more. Living History Park. North Augusta. For a schedule of events visit www.colonialtimes.us. October 25. Time To Scare Halloween Carnival and Haunted House. Featuring costume contest judged by local TV and radio personalities. 5-8 p.m. Diamond Lakes Community Center. 803-278-1212. October 25. Trick or Treat So Others Can Eat. Patriots Park gym. 706-868-3343. October 25. Annual Time To Scare Halloween Carnival & Haunted House. Sponsored in part by WRDW News12, Augusta Recreation Parks & Facilities Department and Clear Channel Radio. For families with children ages 12 and under only. Haunted house, carnival game room and more. Doors open at 5 p.m. Costume contest at 7 p.m. for children in three different age categories.

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October 26. Spirits of Hallowed Eve Dinner. Dinner, spirits, songs, stories from afar and fire in the night. 6:30 p.m. Living History Park. North Augusta. For dinner reservations, call 803-279-7560. October 26. Trick-or-Treat at Reed Creek. Enjoy a walk on a haunted boardwalk, games, treats and a costume contest. 6-9 p.m. 706-210-4027 or www. reedcreekpark.com. October 27. Aiken Fall Steeplechase. The tradition of steeplechasing continues in Aiken with the 21st running of the Aiken Fall Steeplechase. Gates open at 9:30 a.m. Ford Conger Field. Visit www.aikensteeplechase.com details. October 27. Jack-O-Lantern Jubilee. The city of North Augusta hosts its annual family-friendly fall festival. The Arts and Heritage Center will be open during the festival with fun exhibits to explore. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. October 27. Halloween Spooktacular. Halloween carnival to raise funds for the Christian Giles Scholarship Fund. Features arts and crafts vendors, live entertainment, games, raffles, food and costume contest. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Augusta Common. 706855-5035 or 706-551-2300. MUSEUM AND SCIENCE EVENTS Reed Creek Nature Park and Interpretive Center 3820 Park Lane, Martinez. 706-210-4027 or www.reedcreekpark.com. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Preregistration required. October 19. Simply Science. This is a program to explore hands-on (and really messy) science. Ages 5 and up. 4:30-5:30 p.m. October 26. Nutty Squirrels. These little critters are one of the most loved animals in the wildlife world. You’ll learn how they are an essential part of our ecosystem, even in big cities. Ages 5 and up. 4:30-5:30 p.m. THE ARTS, MUSIC AND MORE October 1–December 31. The Annual Quilt Exhibition. African American quilting is as old as the history of America. This eclectic presentation will allow the viewer to enjoy many different examples of quilting from the early 19th century until today. Lucy Craft Laney Museum of Black History. 706-724-3576. October 1-19. 32nd Annual A Sense of Place Juried Fine Art Competition and Exhibition. National juried fine art competition recognizing more than 30 contemporary American artists from throughout the U.S. working in all art media. Gertrude Herbert Institute of Art. 706-722-5495.

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calendar October 4. The Fresh Beat Band. Nickelodeon’s popular music group and stars of the hit TV series The Fresh Beat Band perform hits that teach preschoolers about music appreciation. 6:30 p.m. Bell Auditorium. 1-877-4AUGTIX. October 13. Peter Pan. Columbia County Ballet performance presented by the Imperial Theatre to benefit its capital campaign and to honor the theater’s 100th anniversary. 7 p.m. Imperial Theatre. 706-722-8341. October 23-27. Beware What You Ask of a Fairy. An original musical by Storyland Theatre. 9:30 a.m., 10:45 a.m. and 12:15 p.m., Tuesday-Friday. Saturday matinee 3 p.m. Reservations required. Imperial Theatre. 706-736-3455. October 25. University Health Care System Pops! at the Bell: The Four Tops. Motown’s elite performs with SOA for one night only. 7:30 p.m. Bell Auditorium. 706-826-4705. October 26-November 4. Augusta Photography Festival. More than 40 activities, from exhibits and gallery shows to workshops, field trips, photo safaris and special events will be presented at locations around the CSRA. Go to www.augustaphotofestival. org for information. October 27. Augusta Choral Society Concert. 7:30 p.m. Sacred Heart Cultural Center. 706-826-4700. October 27. Columbia County Orchestra Concert. 6-8 p.m. www.columbiacco.org. Morris Museum of Art 1 Tenth St. 706-724-7501 or www.themorris.org. October 1-21. Videos by Anthony Goicolea. Firstfloor gallery exhibition. October 1-December 2. Portraits of Southern Artists by Jerry Siegel. More than 30 photographic portraits of iconic Southern artists. October 1-December 2. Drawings by Richard Stenhouse. Exquisite drawings on mylar by the nationally recognized North Carolina artist. October 1–28. The Art of Alfred Hutty: Woodstock to Charleston. Alfred Hutty played important roles in two very different art colonies—Woodstock, N.Y., and Charleston. October 2-January 10. Sweet Ride, 1908 Maxwell: Sculpture by Gary Russeth. Wooden car sculptures by the Harlem, Ga., artist. October 4. What’s in the Box: Make a Mini Model. Make a wooden model car inspired by Gary Russeth’s 1908 Maxwell sculpture with a special surprise from the box. Registration required. 10-11 a.m.. October 7. Artrageous! Family Sunday: Symphony

Petting Zoo. Learn all about instruments as dozens of musicians provide hands-on demonstrations, plus create your own musically inspired crafts. 1-4 p.m.

grams. Register at any branch or online at www.thefamilyy.org or call 706-922-9622.

October 17. The Morris Goes to the Dawgs: Tailgating and Book Signing With Vince Dooley. Join the Morris Museum of Art’s tailgate party with former UGA head football coach and athletic director Vince Dooley. Free. 5-7:30 p.m. RSVP to 706-724-7501.

October 2-26. Family Y Swim Club Fall Session. Swim Club is a bridge between swim lessons and a swim team with specific training in endurance and stroke work for ages 6-18 years. Lessons are held in four-week sessions Tuesday, Thursday and Friday at the indoor pool at the Wilson Family Y.

October 27 and 28. Artist Workshops: Artistic Photo Transfers. Rosanne Stutts leads participants through the processes of emulsion and image transfers, including techniques using Polaroid film. Registration due Oct. 19. Oct. 27, 1-4 p.m. for adults. Oct. 28, 1–4 p.m. for youth ages 11 and up.

October 8-November 2. Swim Lessons Fall Session. Family Y of Downtown Augusta, the Wilson Family Y and the Family Y of Aiken County. Swim lessons for all ages and skill levels. Lessons are held in four-week sessions on Monday/Wednesday or Tuesday/Thursday.

Musical Theatre Workshops 3817 Martinez Blvd., Suite D, Martinez. Contact Mickey Lubeck, director, at 706-2311759, musicaltheatredirector@gmail.com. www. onwiththeshow.biz. Ongoing. Multiple studios for classes in acting, voice and dance. Visit their Web site for current class offerings.

October 9. Couch to 5K at the Wilson Family Y. For beginner and intermediate runners and walkers to prepare for the Y’s Gasping Gobbler 5K on November 17, 2012. Six-week sessions October 9–November 15 at 6 a.m. or 7 p.m. on Tuesday and Thursday.

SPORTS October 20-21. Paralympics. Augusta Aquatics Center. 706-261-0424. October 27. Diamond Lakes Cheerleading Expo. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Diamond Lakes Community Center. 706-772-2418. Augusta-Richmond County Recreation and Parks Department East Augusta: May Park, 622 4th St. 706-724-0505. South Augusta: Fleming Athletic Office, Daniel St. 706-796-5047. West Augusta: Eisenhower Athletic Office, 488 Eisenhower Dr. 706-821-2801. October 29-November 9. Youth Winter Athletic Registration. Leagues: Boys and girls bantam basketball for ages 6-8, pee wee basketball ages 9-10, midget basketball for ages 11-12, junior basketball for ages 13-14 and senior basketball for ages 15-17.

October 12. Freedom Friday at Family Y of Augusta South. It’s hard to find time for yourself when your spouse is overseas. Let your kids, ages 8 weeks to 12 years, have a fun evening at the Y from 6-9:30 p.m. Free for active duty military families. October 13. Movies in the Gym/Park at Family Y of Aiken County. Enjoy time together. Movies are family-friendly and free to the public. October 13 & 27. Parent’s Night Out. Marshall Family Y October 13 and 27. Family Y of North Augusta October 13. Ages 2-12 years from 6-9:30 p.m. October 15. Youth Basketball and Cheerleading Registration. Aiken Family Y, Wilson Family Y. October 19 & 29. School Days Out. Grades K-5. Aiken Family Y, Family Y of North Augusta and Wilson Family Y. October 20. Parent’s Night Out at Family Y of Aiken County. Ages 2-12 from 5:30-9 p.m. Discount for additional siblings.

Columbia County Recreation and Events Department 5445 Columbia Rd., Grovetown. 706-863-7523.

October 27. Parent’s Night Out for Children of Deployed Soldiers at Marshall Family Y. Ages 2-12 years from 6–9:30 p.m. Free for children of deployed soldiers.

Winter Basketball Registration. Early Bird registration (previous participants only): October 15-19. Regular registration: October 22-November 9.

October 27. Parent’s Night Out at Wilson Family Y and Family Y of Augusta South. Enjoy a date night while your kids have fun at the Y from 6-9:30 p.m.

CSRA Defensive Arts 803-221-0330 or csraDefensiveArts.com. Martial Arts Classes. Ages 8-adult. Goshinjitsu, Kindai Karate and Kobojutsu. Call for information.

October 29-December 14. Youth or Adult Boot Camp at the Wilson Family Y. Class meets Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 5 a.m. or 7 p.m. for six weeks.

The Family Y Financial assistance is available for all Family Y pro-

The Salvation Army Kroc Center 1833 Broad Street, Augusta.

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calendar www.krocaugusta.org. 706-364-KROC or info@krocaugusta.org. October 5. Kids Night Out. Parents, enjoy a night out by bringing your child, ages 2-12, to the Kroc Center. 6-10 p.m. and dinner is included. Activities may include swimming, gym play, inflatables and crafts. October 13. Babysitting Course. A Red Cross course. Ages 11 and up. Registration required by the Wednesday prior to the class. 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. October 26. Family Night: Pumpkin Decorating. Bring the whole family. The pumpkin will be provided. Call for fees. 6:30-9:30 p.m. October 27. Trunk or Treat. Costume contest, prize for the best decorated car, treats and more. 6-8 p.m. in the Kroc Center parking lot. FAMILY ACTIVITIES Aiken Home School Times Playgroup 803-648-7042 or fourmckeels@yahoo.com. Thursdays. This playgroup is open to all home schoolers. Meets at the O’Dell Weeks playground for unstructured play for the children and time with other home school parents for the adults. Noon. Augusta Jewish Community Center 898 Weinberger Way. 706-228-3636 or log on at augustajcc.org. Ongoing. The Mothers Circle. Free course, resources, education and events for women of other backgrounds raising Jewish children. Call for details. Sign Up for Class! The AJCC offers a wide variety of classes for children of all ages and adults, including athletics, the arts, cooking, language and more. Log on to download a complete listing. Classical Conversations Visit classicalconversations.com or e-mail Terri at classicalaugusta@yahoo.com. A Classical Christian Community of home schoolers that meets once a week from August through April with the goal of training their children to know God and to make Him known in all areas of life. E-mail Terri for information. Monkey Joe’s 368 Furys Ferry Rd. 706-922-JUMP (5867). monkeyjoes.com. First Sunday of Each Month. Special Needs Night at Monkey Joe’s. This event is held the first Sunday of each month after general store hours to ensure a calm environment for special needs children and their parents. 6-7 p.m. North Augusta Homeschool Playgroup Meets Thursdays at various North Augusta parks for play. Field trips will also be scheduled. All homeschoolers are welcome. Call 803-613-0484 or e-mail emilykohlbacher@hotmail.com.

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CHILDBIRTH, BREASTFEEDING AND PARENTING SUPPORT GROUPS AugustaAreaMommies Contact Jennifer Stanley at 706-855-0072 or phlegalesfan@att.net. A community for moms in the Augusta area offering support, friendship and fun as well as the opportunity to exchange information. The group, which is part of The Mommies Network, also provides discussion forums, an events calendar and more. Meeting are held online, at local parks, members homes (for monthly BUNCO) and on field trips. All mothers are welcome. Augusta Food Allergy Group Does your child have severe, potentially fatal food allergies. Would you like to get together with other parents who face the same challenges? This group meets the fourth Tuesday of each month in the Evans Government Center Auditorium, Building A, 630 Ronald Reagan Dr. Free and welcome to anyone dealing with food allergies. Meetings often include special guest speakers. 6 p.m. Contact Sheena Whitlock at swhitlock@augustafoodallergy.org or go to www.augustafoodallergy.org. Burn Survivors Support Group The Southeastern Firefighters Burn Foundation invites all burn survivors to attend this monthly support group. Meetings are held the fourth Wednesday each month at 2 p.m. at the Southeastern Firefighters Burn Foundation, 3614 J. Dewey Gray Circle, Building C. Call 800-650BURN or go to www.sfbd.net. Celiac Disease Support Group E-mail RoseforHealth@aol.com. Meets the third Tuesday of every month in Suite 120 of the Summerville Building, adjacent to Trinity Hospital of Augusta. Open to those with celiac disease, gluten intolerance or on a gluten-free diet. Discussions include information on celiac disease, do’s and don’ts of a gluten-free diet and more. 7-8:30 p.m. Common Bond Parent Support Group Geneice McCoy, organizer. 706-729-0012 or commonbond@comcast.net. For parents of children of all ages and diagnoses with challenging disabilities but remarkable perseverance and resilience. Meets the second Thursday of each month at 7 p.m. Call for location. Georgia Health Sciences Health System (formerly MCGHealth) Mom’s Connection This weekly support group for mothers meets each Tuesday at 1225 Walton Way in Room 101C. The group is for new moms and babies looking for support in the early stages of parenthood. Call 706-7218283 or go to georgiahealth.org. La Leche League This breastfeeding support group meets the second Tuesday of each month at 10 a.m. at the First Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church, 2204 Kimberly

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Dr. Evening meetings are held on the third Thursday of each month at 7 p.m. at Wesley United Methodist Church. Call 706-737-2405 or log on at lllusa.org/ web/AugustaGA.html. MOMS Club Visit momsclubaugusta.org. Ever feel like you’re the only mother who stays home? You are not alone! Come meet other at-home mothers at the MOMS Club, an international nonprofit organization. MOMS Club of Grovetown www.momsclubofgrovetown.weebly.com Momsclubofgrovetown@gmail.com Members come from Grovetown, Harlem and the communities of Fort Gordon. The group is not affiliated with any parenting style, religion, or ethnic group. MOMS Club is open to and accepting of any and all moms who are at-home with their children. Mothers of Advanced Maternal Age (Mama’s) Did you have a child at age 35 or older? Are you expecting? This group of “older” moms welcomes you for meetings, support and play dates. Disabled children welcome. Contact Ami McKenzie at 706-3645245 or hoopnhollar2@yahoo.com or go to http:// groups.yahoo.com/group/MaMasInAugusta/. Mothers of Preschoolers (MOPS) A nondenominational Christian group for mothers of preschool-aged children. Childcare provided. Meets the first and third Tuesday of each month from 10 a.m.-noon at First Presbyterian Church of Augusta, 642 Telfair Street. Call Amy Toney at 803-341-1904 or go to www.firstpresaugusta.org/MOPS. The Aiken Charter group of MOPS meets the Second Tuesday of each month for moms to learn, share, support each other and socialize. Meetings are held in the South Aiken Presbyterian Church fellowship hall, 1711 Whiskey Rd. Free childcare and dinner for those attending, reservations required. You do not need to be a member of South Aiken Presbyterian to attend. Check out MOPS Aiken on Facebook, contact Jennie Beat at 803-640-4742 or e-mail mopsaiken@gmail.com for more information or to register for childcare. Parent Support Group The Child Advocacy Center, a program of Child Enrichment Inc., a nonprofit organization serving victims of sexual abuse in our community, is offering a support group for parents and caregivers of children who have been sexually abused. Groups will be held the second Tuesday of each month. Call 706-7374631 for information and location. This group is not appropriate for sex offenders. Peaceful Parenting Augusta This unofficial Attachment Parenting support group is for families who believe in parenting gently and building children’s spirits, minds and bodies through nurturing, attentive and practical approaches. Join their Yahoo! group at Peaceful_Parenting_Augusta or e-mail Jen at theotherbradford@yahoo.com.


calendar Trust Birth Stories & Cinema Circle October 22. Miss Margaret. Once there were thousands of licensed Granny Midwives throughout the South. Now there are none. Who were they? Where did they go? Learn about Margaret Charles Smith who successfully attended over 3,500 home births without a single maternal death, worked a farm like a man and triumphed over the adversities of Jim Crow, poverty, lack of education and the slavery of sharecropping. Come watch a water/home birth film, discuss and then share your own birth stories. Trust Birth Initiative stands on the truth that “Birth is Safe, Interference is Risky,” and that woman (and their partners) have the ability and responsibility to educate themselves to make informed choices. Contact Lynn Reed, Trust Birth Facilitator, at 706833-5101 or e-mail TrustBirthAugusta@comcast.net or join us on Facebook! Monthly meeting are held at Steinle Wellness Center, 122 Old Evans Rd., Augusta. 7-8:30 p.m.

the American Heart Association. Infant safety issues are also covered. 7 p.m.-9 p.m.

Lost a Baby During Pregnancy, Childbirth or Early Infancy. Call 706-721-8299 or visit their Web site.

October 16, 23 & 30. Ready and Able. This threesession class is recommended for late pregnancy. Topics include childbirth process, comfort techniques, medications/epidurals, relaxation and breathing techniques. Intended to be taken with Showing and Glowing. 7p.m.-9:30 p.m.

October 2. Autism Spectrum Disorder Support and Resource Group (The “A-Team”). Provides support for families, caregivers and friends of children with autism spectrum disorders including autism, Asperger’s and PDD NOS. 6-7 p.m. Georgia Health Sciences Children’s Medical Center, First Floor, Family Resource Library, Room 1801. Call Family Services Development at 706721-5160 or e-mail ddrakele@georgiahealth.edu for more information.

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October 20. You’re a Big Girl Now. This is a class for girls ages 9-12, along with their mothers. Information on puberty and adolescence is discussed, including subjects such as emotions, acne, menstruation and normal body changes. Girls will discuss ways to survive these natural changes. 10 a.m.-noon.

Doctors Hospital Call 706-651-BABY (2229) or go to doctors-hospital. net for registration and class location. Pre-registration required for most programs. October 2 & 9. Showing and Glowing. A two-session class to be taken during mid-pregnancy that dispels myths of pregnancy and childbirth. Intended to be take with Ready & Able. 7-9:30 p.m. October 2. Daddy Class. This class is for Dads only, no women allowed. Taught by an experienced dad, this class talks about the joys and challenges of fatherhood, and ways to support mom. 9 p.m. Call October 6 & 7. Short and Sweet. A weekend childbirth class covering the process of labor and delivery, comfort techniques and childbirth, medication/ epidurals and relaxation and breathing techniques. 9a.m.- 4:30 p.m. on the 6th, 1-5 p.m. on the 7th. October 11. Babies, Bumps and Bruises. Class for families, parents and friends. Infant CPR taught by

October 18. Baby 101. This class will discuss infant development and offer guidance on care for their new bundle of joy. Topics include normal newborn appearance and behavior, bathing, crying, diapering, swaddling and feeding. 7 p.m.-9:30 p.m. October 20. Safe Sitter. This nationally recognized program teaches students ages 11-13 safe and nurturing child care techniques, management and appropriate responses to medical emergencies. 9 a.m.-4 p.m.

October 20. Teen Talk. This is a class for girls ages 9-12, along with their mothers. Information on puberty and adolescence is discussed, including subjects such as emotions, acne, menstruation and normal body changes. Girls will discuss ways to survive these natural changes. 10 a.m.-noon. Georgia Health Sciences Health System Register online at georgiahealth.org. Ongoing. Volunteers Needed. Georgia Health Sciences University and Health System is in need of volunteers. The GHSU Volunteer Services adult program is open to anyone age 18 or older. Call 706721-3596 or go to georgiahealth.org/volunteer for more information. Ongoing. Support Group for Families Who Have

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October 4. Safe Kids East Central Presents Cribs for Kids. Learn how to provide a safe sleep environment for your child. Families who demonstrate a financial need will receive a portable crib, fitted sheet, sleep sac and pacifier for a small fee. 5:45-8 p.m. Building 1010C, 1225 Walton Way. Call Rene Hopkins, RN, at 706-721-7606. October 5. Safe Kids East Central Safety Seat Inspection. Four out of five car seats are used incorrectly. Schedule an appointment to make sure yours is installed properly by calling Rene Hopkins, RN, at 706-721-7606. Building 1010C, 1225 Walton Way. October 10. Safe Kids East Central Safety Seat Inspection. Schedule an appointment to make sure yours is installed properly by calling 706-541-3970. Columbia County Sheriff Substation, 650 Ronald Reagan Dr., Evans. October 11 & 24. Car Seat Class. Car seat safety, education and training. Financial assistance is available to Medicaid and Peach Care-eligible families. Call 706-721-7606 to register. 5:45-8 p.m. Trinity Hospital of Augusta Call Women’s Health Services at 706-481-7727 or visit trinityofaugusta.com for information and registration. October 3. Infant CPR. Learn how to respond in an emergency situation using infant mannequins and a simple step-by-step method. 6-8 p.m.

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October 6. Saturday Express Lamaze Childbirth Education. Helps mother and support person understand the final stages of pregnancy as well as labor and the birth of your baby. Covers natural and medicated deliveries, Lamaze coping techniques and more. 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. October 12. Baby Care Basics and Breastfeeding. Two popular classes offered together. 9 a.m.-noon. October 13. Growing Boys. Boys ages 9-12 with their father, male relative or friend, will find helpful information on what to expect in the pre-adolescent years. 9:30 a.m.-noon. October 15. “HUG” Your Baby. Help, Understanding and guidance for young families as they prepare for the birth of their infant. 4 -5 p.m. October 27. Childcare and Babysitting Safety. Curriculum plan designed by the American Safety and Health Institute. Emphasizes safety and wellbeing of the children in one’s care. Ages 11-14. 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Lunch included. October 18. Childbirth Education 101. Learn about the signs and symptoms of labor as well as labor and delivery. 6-8:30 p.m. October 23. The Birds, The Bees and Me. This course brings 12-15-year-old girls together with their mother, female relative or friend for frank discussions on sexuality, peer pressure and responsible decision making. Course content deals with the changes, challenges and decisions that confront today’s tee girls. 6:30-9 p.m. University Health Care System Call 706-774-2825 or logon at www.universityhealth. org/calendar for information. Registration is required for most programs. Young Women with Breast Cancer. Meets the third Friday each month. A support group for women in their 20s through 30s dealing with breast cancer. 12:20 p.m. at the University Hospital Breast Health Center, Professional Center 2, Suite 205, 818 St. Sebastian Way. October 2. Breast Cancer Survivor Dinner. Celebrates the lives of breast cancer survivors. Features a fashion show and introduction of the 2012 Portraits of Life. Because of the growth of the program, only breast cancer survivors are invited to attend. 6 p.m. at Savannah Rapids pavilion. Seating is limited to this free event and reservations are required. Call 706-774-4141. October 11. Breast Cancer: What You Need To Know. Speaker is surgeon Randy W. Cooper, M.D. Free and light refreshments will be served. 6-7:30 p.m. at the

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North Augusta Municipal Building, 100 Georgia Ave., Fourth Floor. Call 706-774-4141 to register. October 15. Full Support: Dealing with Breast Cancer. Pam Anderson, RN, CBNC, will be keynote speaker. Free event for patients currently going through breast cancer treatment and their families. Light refreshments served. 6-7:30 p.m. at the University Hospital Columbia County Campus, Corner of Flowing Wells and Columbia Road, 4106 Columbia Rd., Martinez, Second Floor. Reservations required by calling 706-774-4141. October 23. What’s New In Breast Cancer Treatments? Join keynote speaker medical oncologist Mitchell Berger, M.D. Free. Light refreshments will be served. 6-7:30 p.m. at the Savannah Rapids Pavilion, Grand Rapids Room, 3300 Evans to Locks Road. Call 706-774-4141 to make a reservation. October 1-22 (Mondays) October 9-30 (Tuesdays), October 3-24 (Wednesdays) or October 29-November 12 (Mondays). Childbirth Preparation. This series is designed to inform and prepare all expectant parents regardless of birth plans. Class topics include various stages of labor, breathing and relaxation and how to care for yourself and your new baby. October 5 & 6 or October 19 & 20. Weekender Childbirth Preparation Class. A complete childbirth preparation class designed for those with time constraints or fluctuating schedules. Friday from 6:309:30 p.m. and Saturday from 9 a.m.-5:30 p.m. October 18. Breastfeeding Class. 7-9 p.m. at Babies R Us, 4225 Washington Rd., Evans. October 25. Introduction to Infant CPR. 7-8:30 p.m.

Room. 4-5 p.m. October 14. YA@AL Kickoff and Slogan/Logo Winners Reception. 3 p.m. October 14-20. Teen Read Week 2012. Online and in-house. October 18. YA@AL School’s Out in the Library Movie. The Avengers. Noon-4 p.m. October 19. Zombie Sock Hop-Movie. It Came From Outer Space. 5:30 p.m. October 20. Book Swap and AE Session. 3 p.m. October 26. Scavenger Hunt. 5:30-7:30 p.m. in the YA Room. October 27. Ghost Story Awards Program and Reception. 3 p.m. October 28. Get Understanding Youth Speakers Series. 3 p.m. October 6. Chess Club at the Library. Sponsored by the CSRA Chess Club. 2 p.m. October 13. Poetry Workshop. Instructor: Lucinda Clark. Poetry forms and examples. Includes writing exercise. 10 a.m.-1:30 p.m. October 13. Beginner Drawing Class. Ages 5-12. Registration required. 2 p.m. October 18. It’s Your Book Club. Silver Sparrow by Tayari Jones. 6:30 p.m. October 20. Creative Writing Workshop. Instructor: Cheryl Corbin, author of The Haunted Hayride. 1:30 p.m. October 20. Afternoon Matinee. Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted. Rated PG. 2 p.m. October 23. Talk the Talk Ladies Book Club. What Looks Like Crazy on an Ordinary Day by Pearl Cleage. 6:30 p.m.

LIBRARY EVENTS Augusta Headquarters Library 823 Telfair St. 706-821-2600. Children’s Programs October 2. Story Time. Special give-aways: tickets, a child’s t-shirt and a Fresh Beat CD in promotion of the band’s upcoming show. October 3, 17, 24 & 31. Tot’s Story Time. Theme: Color. 10 a.m. October 9-11. Children’s Week Story Time. Local celebrities as guest readers. 9:30-11:30 a.m. October 16, 23 & 31. Regular Story Time. 10 a.m. Registration required. YA@AL Ages 11-17. October 1-19. YA@AL Ghost Story Submissions. Online and in-house. http://www.surveymonkey. com/s/JWMDR7N. October 10, 17, 24 & 31. Study Hall. Young Adult

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October 27. Harvest Party. Mummies, daddies, baby gouls and goblins, fairy princesses and superheroes are invited! Music, games, stories, costume parade and more. Costumes are encouraged, but please make sure they are not frightening, especially with young children. 2 p.m. Appleby Branch 2260 Walton Way. 706-736-6244. Story Times Wednesdays. 10:05-10:20 a.m., ages 18-35 months (adult must stay with child). 10:30-11:15 a.m. age 3 and up. Groups must register. October 20. Book Sale. 10 a.m.-noon. October 23. Computer Class: Word Basic. 11 a.m. Registration begins October 1. October 25. Craft Workshop: Cats Galore. Ages 3-5.


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Bring crayons or markers and glue. 11 a.m. Registration begins October 1.

the basics of taking digital photos. 10 a.m.-noon.

October 31. Costume Parade. 10:30 a.m.

October 29. Out of the Camera. Learn the basics of transferring photos from your camera. 1-2:30 p.m.

Columbia County Library 7022 Evans Towne Center Blvd. 706-863-1946. Registration is required for all programs. Story Times Tuesday. Under 2. 10:15-11 a.m. Monday, Wednesday & Thursday. 2-year-olds. 10:15 a.m. Monday, Wednesday & Thursday. 3-5-year-olds. 11 a.m. Wednesday. Family (all ages). 4 p.m. Children’s Events Call 706-447-7657 to register. October 10 & 11 Crafty Crafts. Make Halloween crafts. Ages 6-11. 1 p.m. on the 10th, 4 p.m. on the 11th. October 11. Portman’s Music Concert. A performance by rock band students. 6:30 p.m. Apps for Elementary Students. Find new Apps for iPods or other devices. Ages 6-11. October 24 at 1 p.m. October 25 at 5 p.m. October 27. WiiGaming Free Play Session. Ages 8-11. 2 p.m. Teen Activities Free and open to grades 6-12. Registration required by 5 p.m. the business day prior to the event. October 2. Manga Club. For those who like to watch Anime, draw, collect, trade and discuss Manga. 4-5 p.m. October 2. Digital Photography Club. Try some different features on your camera each class and start building a digital portfolio. 5-6 p.m. October 16. Teen Read Week Festival. Crafts, literacy activities, movie, refreshments. 4-7 p.m. October 19. Camp Out at the Library for Teen Read Week. Outdoor activity, s’mores, warm drinks, crafts, ghost stories and more. 6-9 p.m. October 15. Monday Night Book Discussion. Winter Ghost by Kate Mosse. 6:30 p.m. October 18. Brown Bag Book Discussion. The Distant Hours by Kate Morton. 11:30 a.m. October 29. Out of the Box. Learn

Diamond Lakes Library Diamond Lakes Regional Park. 706772-2432. Registration required for groups of six or more. Story Times. Tuesdays at 10 a.m. Best for ages 2-5. Registration required for groups of six or more. Teen Activities 3 p.m. October 18. eBooks for Teens. Best for ages 12-17. Registration required. October 19. School’s Out Movie. Call for title. Free. Snacks provided or bring your own. October 20. TRW’12 Book Swap & AE Session. Free. Snacks provided. Registration required. October 3. Let’s Talk: Self Esteem. This free seminar for women is led by Tara Tanksley Stallings, a certified life coach. Seating is limited and registration is required. 6 p.m. October 14. Annual TRW Survey. Teens and young adults can discuss what they’re reading and enter an easy contest to win prizes. Survey and contest begins on Oct. 14 and ends at 3:15 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 20. Submit as many entries as you like, but one prize per person. Survey/entry forms available at the Library. Friedman Branch 1447 Jackson Rd. 706-736-6758. October 19. School’s Out movie Matinee. School is out in Richmond County, so enjoy a free family movie. New release, title TBA. 2:30 p.m. October 29. Kids’ Halloween Party. Treats, crafts, games and other assorted fun. Wear your costumes. Best for pre-school through 5th grade. Registration required. Submit calendar entries to Karin Calloway at karin.calloway@augustafamily.com or enter your event online at www.augustafamily.com.

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Talkin’ About My Generation

Three residents representing three age groups share their reflections on family, life and fun.

by Grace Belangia photos by John Harpring

31, of North Augusta, has a 5-year-old son and works as Director of Membership Development for the Augusta Metro Chamber of Commerce.

Blaire Stover,

67, of Martinez, is a retired naval officer who has been married to his wife, Jan, for 29 years. They have three children and two grandchildren.

Guy Turner,

Chloe Parker, 13, of Evans, is the

Likes To: Travel, exercise, cook, read, play tennis and socialize.

Likes To: Spend time with family, read, play golf and watch sports.

Likes To: Read, draw, paint, write, surf the Web, watch Anime and play video games.

Friends Say She’s: Selfless.

Favorite Possession: My Kindle.

College Team: University of South Carolina Gamecocks!

Favorite Indulgence: I don’t really have one.

Favorite Possession: I don’t really have a favorite, but my computer and my phone are quite useful.

Favorite Indulgence: A pizza buffet.

College Team: University of North Carolina.

Favorite Place To Be: The beach.

Favorite Place To Be: With my family.

Admires the Most: My mother.

Friends Say He’s: Kind.

Words She Lives By: Live today to the fullest because tomorrow is not promised.

Song Playing in His Head: Usually the last one I heard on the radio.

Can’t Live Without: My sanity, health and cell phone!

Message in a Bottle: Be happy.

Message in a Bottle: Work like you don’t need the money, love like you’ve never been hurt and dance like no one is watching.

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Never Wants To Do Again: Land on an aircraft carrier at night in a thunderstorm. Words He Lives By: Do your best.

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daughter of Eric and Wendy Parker. She has one brother, a dog named Abbey, a cat named Valentine and 28 chickens.

College Team: I don’t really watch sports and football isn’t my thing. I would say Georgia Tech since my parents both went there, but I honestly could care less. Admires the Most: The Tank Man from the Tiananmen Square incident in China. Song Playing in Her Head: Right now it’s “Heat-Haze Days” by Hatsune Miku. She’s a Japanese pop idol. It changes a lot, though. Words She Lives By: “I reject your reality and substitute my own!” -Adam Savage, Mythbusters.


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