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Harper, 8, & Brewer, 6, Beckham, daughter and son of Christy & Michael Beckham of Augusta.

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Harper, 8, & Brewer, 6, Beckham, daughter and son of Christy & Michael Beckham of Augusta.

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Mom to Mom

Gathering Intel on “The Scoot” —Karen Gordon


News & Notes


Eating Well With Kim

Learning the 3 R’s of the Environment —Kim Beavers, MS, RD, LD, CDE


Doctor Dad


Smart Mom’s Guide

Agriculture & Gardening -Layla Khoury-Hanold

Editor’s Page

What Patients Want —J. Ron Eaker, M.D.

Age Appropriate Chores —Cammie Jones


Raising Readers


Inspiration Station




Go Girl! Karen Gordon —Renee Williams

Encouraging Curious Readers —Meridith Flory Lew Bandy, Wesley United Methodist —Naimah Shaw augustafamilymagazine


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Editor’s Notes b y Renee Williams

PUBLISHER Ashlee Griggs Duren

EDITOR Renee Williams



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elcome to our Summer Camp Guide!

Ah yes, summertime. Remembering the good ol’ days when my summer vacation meant watching The Brady Bunch, playing Pac-Man, backyard water slides, drinking from the water hose, catching fireflies and roaming the streets at all hours with my best friend Roxanne. This was way back before organic, non-GMO food or cold pressed juices. There was Wonder Bread, frozen TV dinners, the Happy Meal, Kool-Aid laced with red dye number five (Yup, we drank the Kool-Aid) and processed sugar, bleached flour and fried foods were all part of the four basic food groups. And if you were one of the cool kids, you mixed Pop Rocks with your Coke too. Yes, it is easy to over-romanticize childhood summers because that is what summertime is all about anyway, nostalgia and making magical memories. As a parent though, I admit that I have a love-hate relationship with summer. I am excited to have my children home more, excited to not have so many responsibilities or places to be but at the same time, I feel nervous about all the unstructured time that will need to be filled. Kids bouncing off the walls shrieking, “Mom, I’m booooooorrrrrred,” having a crazy messy house and all that close togetherness can oftentimes be too much for me. But rest assured, there is hope for anyone that may share in my distress because there are many summer activities offered in the area and our Summer Camp Guide is the perfect resource. Our Summer Camp Guide is full of ideas from art camp, soccer camp, gymnasticscamp, SAT prep camp and other amusement, recreational and instructional ideas. Also in this issue, you can gain tips on how to maintain routine and structure over the summer with Cammie Jones’s Smart Mom’s Guide to Age Appropriate Chores. Next, check out Naimah Shaw’s Inspiration Station on Lew Bandy with Wesley United Methodist Church’s Faith Care program and consider volunteer work as a family activity this summer. One of the best things we can do for our children is teach them the importance of serving and helping others. In our feature story, Layla Khoury-Hanold explores community gardening projects and the benefits of fun, hands-on ideas using adventures in agriculture as a way to spend time outdoors as a family. And do not forget the books! Be sure to read Meredith Flory’s Raising Curious Readers to keep children reading over the summer and a big kudos to Meredith who recently won a bronze award with Parenting Media Association for her wise and thoughtful column. Art director, Michael Rushbrook also won a gold award with PMA for his dynmaic and fun illustrations in Augusta’s Extreme feature and our previous Mom to Mom columnist, Jennie Montgomery and previous editor, Karin Calloway both won gold awards with PMA for their work with Augusta Family. Finally, on April 12, New York Times and USA Today bestselling author, Karen White will be hosting a luncheon and book signing at Abel Brown Southern Kitchen and Oyster Bar. White’s latest book The Night the Lights Went Out will be available in hard cover and e-book on April 11. In closing, Augusta Family would like to welcome our new Mom to Mom guest columnist, singer and songwriter Karen Gordon. Until May, augustafamilymagazine @AUGFamilyMag

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Where: Warren Baptist Church

Time: 9 a.m. - Noon

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Mom to Mom b y Ka ren G o rd o n



from Scooter

this morning...

Scoot: Mom, look under there (pointing to desk). Mommy: Under where? Scoot: Oooooh, you said underwear (laughing hysterically). My kids range in age from 26 to eight. We have a daughter Ryanne who is 26 and three sons Christopher, 26, Malcom, 25 and Scooter is my eight year old. I thought this last one would be easy. You know, we have adult children so we are experts at this. Right? But this guy came into this world seemingly prepared to give me a taste of my own medicine and it seems as if he conferred with his older siblings in advance. My husband, Clarence is nonplussed, unaffected, cool and calm. He embraces each new discovery with open arms. Who DOES that? One thing I have gotten pretty good at though is choosing my battles. Except for the times when I forget that I am an adult and Scooter is the child. I do pretty well to “not hear” some of the crazy stuff he says....except when I need them for the book. Yes, the book! We have been gathering intel on “The Scoot” since the age of two, I believe. Not so that we can use anything against him in a court of law but one never knows. I record his sayings, retorts, jokes and shenanigans because kids do grow up quickly. I want to be able to look back to the time he wrote a song about me when I would not let him go out and play. The song was aptly titled, “You Can Go Out And Play” and Scoot asserted that the voice of God gave him permission to go out. Okay. Right. Or the many misadventures with our dog... (August 2015) Pop Quiz: Which of the following did @SayWhatScooter say when Mommy asked him why Buddy’s paws were covered in blue magic marker ink? Here are your choices: a. Huh? b. Where? c. Not ME! d. I don’t know HOW he got it! or e. all of the above. (May 2016) @SayWhatScooter, getting ready for school as I hear an odd sound. Mommy: Scooter! What the heck? Why are you peeing in the tub? Scoot: Because Buddy is drinking out of the toilet. It would be rude to pee on him (#scooterlogic #validpoint). We lost Buddy last summer but a few days ago, we adopted a sweet American Bulldog named Georgia. We can hardly wait to see what kind of mischief the two of them will get into. We are xcited about the journey and invite you to play along. You can find us at http://twitter. com/SayWhatScooter. Karen Gordon is a singer, songwriter and the founder of Garden City Jazz. She works with the City of Augusta to present the Candlelight Jazz Concert Series each year and has partnered with RCBOE to develop interactive courses such as Taking Notes: Jazz & The American Story and Jazz4Kids.

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"And so with the sunshine and the great bursts of leaves growing on the trees, just as things grow in fast movies, I had that familiar conviction that life was beginning over again with the summer." -F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby

App-Tastic! Waze: GPS Navigation, Maps & Real Time Traffic App


pring Break is s good sign that the end of school is right around the corner and with the end of school comes summer travel. People power meet the open road! Waze is the world’s largest community based traffic and navigation app that provides turn-by-turn and user-submitted travel times and route details. Waze differs from traditional GPS systems in that it is community driven, gathering complementary map data and traffic information from its users Waze's crowdsourcing GPS alerts come from real drivers, not algorithms and has a friendly interface and social network integration that makes summer road trips a blast. In addition to turn-by-turn voice navigation, real-time traffic and other location-specific alerts, Waze uses gaming conventions to engage users with the ability to drive over icons of cupcakes and other things to earn points. Waze also offers points to users who report traffic or road hazard reports, which can then be used to change the user's avatar and to increase their status in the community. Driving in a car and listening to music go hand in hand, and now Spotify and Waze makes that experience more seamless as users can listen to Spotify playlists and continue to get their Waze navigation instructions simulltaneously. Waze GPS Navigaton includes: - Live routing based on community driven, real-time traffic and road info. - Community reported alerts including accidents, hazards, police traps, road closures and more. - Turn-by-turn voice guided navigation. - Live maps, consistently edited and updated by Waze community map editors. - Automatic rerouting as conditions change on the road. - Send your ETA and real time drive to update those you are meeting. - Learns your frequent destinations, commuting hours and preferred routes. - Find the cheapest gas station on your route. - Add information on local places and businesses, Facebook friends and sync contacts. - Earn points as you contribute road info and climb the ranks in your community.

mommy minute

KAREN WHITE If there is one thing to love about summer, it is catching up on summer reading. Stocking your beach bag or sinking into a hammock with a good book in the summertime can provide a perfect escape and is the height of indulgence. Even if you can not physically get away this summer, reading a good book of fiction will whisk you away. Leaning heavily toward grit lit, Karen White, a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author has 24 novels, one of which would make a perfect choice for the season. White’s latest book The Night the Lights Went Out will be available in hard cover and e-book on April 11 and tells the tale of a recent divorcee that moves with her children to an Atlanta suburb, a small town that is full of sins and secrets where the nature of friendships is never what it seems. Despite living abroad, White hails from a long line of Southerners and has fond memories tied to her childhood in the South of listening to her mother and four aunts talk in their Southern sister girl talk. Most of White’s novels are based in the low country and her stand-alone books, mystery series, anthologies and compilations keep readers enthralled with the scenes of historic Southern houses and spooky happenings. More info: Book tour of The Night the Lights Went Out , Wednesday, April 12 at 11:30 a.m. Luncheon/talk/book signing at Abel Brown Southern Kitchen and Oyster Bar, 491 Highland Avenue (in Surrey Center) Augusta. Ticket sales to benefit local charity. For more info and to purchase tickets, please visit:

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news&notes Are we there yet? HISTORIC BANNING MILLS By Mary Ashton Mills What if you could take your teenager out of their daily environment to a place to reconnect and explore the world’s longest and largest zip line canopy tour? What if it was less than four hours from home? Would you be ready to take the plunge? Thrill-seeking adventures like this may as well be a teenager’s love language. For parents of teens, Historic Banning Mills should be added to the top of the “must see” list. In addition to offering six levels of zip lines, this attraction also has the world’s tallest freestanding artificial climbing wall, an aerial adventure park, horseback riding, nature hiking trails, kayaking, birds of prey shows and more. Home to a 100- foot power free fall (10 stories), the first and only in Georgia, this park continuously delivers loads of thrills. Located in Whitesburg, Georgia, Historic Banning Mills was an old mill town dating back to the 1800s. Now visitors can still see the ruins of the mill and remnants of the ghost town as they soar over Snake Creek Gorge on one of six levels of zip lines. Feel like bringing the younger kids along? The resort offers level-one zip lines for ages eight and up especially designed for families. Easily accessible from Augusta, Banning Mills is a quick day trip or if you choose to stay, they offer many accommodations at their inn and retreat center, including an opportunity to stay in tree houses. Happy Zipping!!

DISTANCE: 194 miles, three hours and 29 minutes. BUDGET: Zip line tours begin at $49 and go up from there depending on the level.

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WHAT TO SEE: The Screaming Eagle (The World’s Longest and Largest Zip line Canopy Tour), Artificial Climbing Wall, Birds of Prey, Mills Ruins, Aerial Adventure Park, Tarzan Slide, Crazy Squirrel Village, GPS Adventure challenge, 100 foot power free fall, and tree houses. IF YOU GO: Book your trip ahead of time to ensure the best rates and availability. If you decide to spend the night, check out the Swiss Family Robinson style tree house accommodations perched high atop the trees. Rest assured they pride themselves with having the safest zip lines in the world. Banning Mills offers the only courses that use a patented closed belay system from start to end so riders stay connected between zip lines until they are safely back on the ground. For more information visit their website at .



news&notes One Local Brief: Second Annual Golf 4 Gunner

As liquid laundry packets continue to grow in popularity in U.S. households, parents need to be aware of the risk they pose to children, particularly one and two year-olds. Data from emergency departments suggests that more than 400 children are hospitalized annually after getting into laundry packets and in 2016, there were 11,528 calls to poison centers related to laundry packet incidents involving young children , that is more than one call every hour. But just as manufacturers have taken action, parents can take steps to protect kids as well. . “As more and more families choose to use liquid laundry packets, it is important for parents to recognize the risks so they can include it in their childproofing routines,” said Renee McCabe, the new coordinator of Safe Kids Greater Augusta, led by Children’s Hospital of Georgia. MCCabe continues, “Just like putting a lock on your cleaning supply cabinet, securing furniture and TV’s to walls and keeping remote controls with button batteries out of sight and reach, parents should keep laundry packets up and away to protect their children.” For more information about playground safety go to Safe Kids Greater Augusta, led by Children’s Hospital of Georgia, works to prevent accidental childhood injury, the leading killer of children ages 1 to 14. Safe Kids Greater Augusta is a member of the Safe Kids USA network. To find out more about local Safe Kids programs, call 706-721-7606, or visit

April 30. Charity Golf Tournament, 470 Bartram Trail Club Dr., Evans. Registration at 7:30 a.m. SHOTGUN AT 8:30 A.M. GUNNER JAXON MARTIN was born December 23, 2014. In 2015, a MRI revealed that Gunner’s corpus collosum is underdeveloped and the left posterior portion has epilepsy. Gunner has physical, speech and occupational therapy three times a week. Join us again in assisting the family of Gunner Jaxon Martin with money raised aiding in medical expenses and equipment used in Gunner’s treatment and development.

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Eating Well with Kim b y Ki m B e a ve rs , M S , R D, LD, C DE

THE 3 R’S OF THE ENVIRONMENT: Reduce, Reuse and Recycle This is the time of year for thinking GREEN. Although St. Patrick’s Day has come and gone, April in Augusta is all about the green jacket. That said, spring’s warmer weather and budding trees also have me thinking about green spaces, green veggies and green living. The 3 R’s of sustainability (reduce, reuse and recycle) can be easily applied to how we manage food at home. Did you know that on average Americans throw out 40% of their food? That is close to half, which is kind of shocking especially when you look back at the food chain and consider that almost half of the energy, water and land used in farming is wasted. Not only that but wasted food is the largest component of our landfills. Yikes! Here are a couple of ideas to help you and your families apply the 3 R’s to your kitchen. Reduce: • Food waste can be reduced by planning your purchases. Planning meals, using shopping lists and buying from bulk bins can avoid impulse buys or marketing tricks that lead to overbuying. Not over buying can help reduce the amount of food discarded and save money. • Food waste can be reduced by composting. Only about 3% of people currently compost so there is room for improvement here—think fun summer project with the kids. • Aluminum foil and parchment paper use can be reduced by investing in some silicone baking mats which are re-usable. Reuse: • Leftovers can easily be stored in the freezer. This allows you to save food for a quick meal later and keeps leftovers out of the landfill. Note: It is always a good idea to keep a running list of your freezer inventory to avoid wasting your delicious home cooked meals. • Egg cartons can be used to start seedlings for spring herbs and you will be so glad to have herbs at your fingertips. • Plastic zip-top bags can be reused if they have held something other than meat or greasy food. Simply wash them in warm soapy water and dry to use again for food storage, household organization or packing toiletries for a trip. Recycle: • Recycle food scraps when you can. This can be as simple as giving leftovers to the dog or other pet (if appropriate). • Veggie scraps can be saved and used to make broth or stock. • Strawberry caps can be recycled by making “Strawberry Cap Water”. When you are removing the caps from your strawberries, instead of tossing them in the trash or compost pile simply toss them into a water pitcher, fill with water and let it sit overnight in the refrigerator. The result is surprisingly fresh tasting water with just a hint of strawberry. • Broccoli stems actually have a nice mild flavor and can be chopped and sautéed or steamed with the florets or turned into a trendy sprialized noodle. By the way, kids enjoy watching the veggies become spiralized and are apt to try a spiral or two while you cook.

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Margherita-style Broccoli Pasta Garlic, tomatoes and pasta are a classic combination. Toss in some spiralized broccoli stems with the pasta and you have a trendy updated classic. 8 ounces linguini 2 cups spiralized broccoli stalks (3-4 left over broccoli stalks) 2 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil 2 cups halved grape or cherry tomatoes (10.5 ounces) 2 large cloves garlic, minced ¼ teaspoon salt ¼ teaspoon pepper 8 ounces fresh mozzarella cut into cubes (about 2 cups) ¼ cup thinly sliced fresh basil Cook pasta and broccoli stalks according the directions on the pasta package (typically 9-12 minutes). Meanwhile add oil to a large non-stick skillet and heat over medium heat. Once hot add the tomatoes and sauté for 2 minutes. Add the garlic, salt and pepper and sauté another minute. Place the cooked pasta and broccoli in a serving dish, add the tomato mixture and toss. Lastly add in the mozzarella and basil toss again and serve. Yield: 4 Servings Nutrition Breakdown: Calories: 420, Fat 16g (8g saturated fat), Cholesterol 40mg, Sodium 330mg, Carbohydrate 46g, Fiber 3g, Protein 19g Diabetes Exchanges: 3 Starches, 1 Vegetable, 2 Medium fat meats, 1 Fat

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 be notified of new recipes join Kim’s facebook fan page at www.facebook. com/eatingwellwithkim. To search for specific recipes go to You can also watch the segments at

Spring Fun

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Dr. Dad

b y J. Ro n E a ke r, M . D.


Patients Want

Several years ago, Richard Gere made an awful movie called Dr. T & the Women in which he played a gynecologist (badly) who understood what women were thinking by audibly hearing their thoughts. The movie, as well as the premise was a disaster but I bring this up because I am doing something similar now by claiming that I know what people are thinking about their health (No, I’m not hearing voices)

My premise is that after 30 years of listening, partnering, and treating, I have or “I feel helpless.” A sense of control is essential for decision making and coping, determined that many people have four things they desire as it relates to their especially as it relates to hormonal issues. I have found that the quickest route to health: clarity, confidence, control and community. These caveats are not shared by regaining a sense of control is through knowledge. The more you accurately know all but there is enough commonalities in the discussions to draw some conclusions. about something, the less you feel restrained and manipulated. Those who constiThe first is that folks want CLARITY. We live in an age that is saturated with tutionally have a predisposition to view the world from an external locus of control superfluous information. Yes, the information age has catapulted society to heights (they feel things happen to them as opposed to their ability to direct events) have in technology, social sciences, media and even health that were previously unobthe most to gain by garnishing information about their health. If a patient, through tainable, yet there exists a backlash that threatens to undermine the individual’s knowledge and attitude believes she can control her health destiny, she gains ability to maximize their own health. By this I mean, there is actually too much power and comfort. To feel in control, you must educate yourself about choices and useless and incorrect information available and people often suffer actions, execute those actions and be confident you can impact the from an overload syndrome, where they become stagnant because situation for the better. Being in control is a perception and an atDeveloping the choices are too confusing and voluminous. Behavioral studies titude that can be both learned and developed but must be practiced the four indicate that there is a threshold whereupon excessive options actuand constantly reinforced. C’s: Clarity, ally create a template for poor decisions or no decisions at all. This is Finally, many folks desire COMMUNITY to maximize their ConfiDenCe, a delicate balance because I am a firm believer that knowledge drives health. This has nothing to do with being introverted or extroverted Control, action. I am hesitant to ever endorse less information so striking a but community is the group of people that provide support, informaanD balance is key, especially as it relates to health. tion, guidance and presence. It can be just one other person or an Maybe a point of clarification is needed here...a key caveat of entire village but the science is clear that people who have a support Community, this need for clarity is the demand for accurate information. Getting network or multiple social contacts are generally healthier. There Can take information to make health decisions is not the problem, getting is debate as to whether this is an association or a causation but the your health good information that is sound, unbiased and tested is the problem fact remains that some form of community surrounding you can to new and getting more difficult. bequeath health dividends. Women tend to be more communicaheights. Next, people want CONFIDENCE regarding their health. By this I tive about their health needs and challenges so having a community mean, they want resources that are competent, experienced and comof support is not only more therapeutic but more necessary. In fact, passionate that are giving them advice. This applies to their personal doctor, blogs, everything from your immune system to your life expectancy can be influenced by health websites, magazines and books. This is somewhat related to clarity in that your community. it involves learning what is true and what is not true but it takes it further into the Developing the four C’s: clarity, confidence, control and community can take your realm of relationship building. In general, women (yes, I know this does not apply health to new heights. Each one provides insights that can lead to healthy lifestyle across the board) are relational in many ways and this applies to how they gather choices and long term wellness habits. Seek out ways to achieve these states and your and process information. For a woman to have confidence in what she is learning, life and the lives of those around you will be healthier and ultimately happier. there has to be a relationship with the source of that information. A critical component to achieving health and wellness health is CONTROL. Dr. Eaker is an Augusta Ob/GYN and author. He and his wife, Susan, have two Almost every day, a patient will say something to the effect of, “I’m falling apart,” daughters in college.

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Smart Mom’s Guide

b y C ammie Jones

Kids’ Responsibilities, Expectations Age-Appropriate Chores

& I

am guilty of sometimes doing too much for my girls, even though they are completely capable of doing it themselves. Some of the reasons for this are selfish from my end because I want the task done my way (e.g. folding clean laundry and putting it away for them). I still make my kids’ lunches too. Why do I still do this for my 10, 14

and 16 year old girls? My mom made me an egg salad sandwich and packed a real coke for me every day through high school. It was such a treat so I have carried on the tradition and do the same for my girls. But I wonder if I am truly doing them a service? There are many responsibilities, expectations and chores that can be assigned to your children depending on the child’s age that will allow him to show ownership and hopefully one day make a positive contribution to society. I recently found an informative article about

and expected of your child beginning as early as

teaching responsibility to your children. Here

age two. An article from the Family Education

is what an article from the Center for Parenting

website by Lindsay Hutton called, “I Did it All by

Education says being “responsible” means:

Myself! An Age-by-Age Guide to Teaching Your Child Life Skills” gives examples:

- being dependable so people know that they can count on you

Ages 2 - 3

- keeping one’s word and agreements

Small chores (putting dirty clothes in the ham-

- meeting one’s commitments

per) and basic grooming (brushing teeth) are a

- doing something to the best of one’s ability

couple of tasks a child this young can do. This is

- being accountable for one’s behavior

also a great time to get your child to help set the

- accepting credit when one does something

table for a family meal. Small and simple expec-

right and admitting mistakes when wrong - being a contributing member of one’s family,

tations will show your child how to pitch in and be an active member of the family.

community and society Ages 4 - 5 Who does not want this for their child? The

Your child should know his/her full name, phone

question is how to go about teaching your

number and address by this age range. She should

children about being responsible and what the

also know how to make an emergency call if need

expectations are at each age. Obviously, a four

be. A child between the age of four and five begins

year old will be expected to do a lot less than a

to understand the basics of money, should able to

14 year old. However, life skills can be taught

clean up after themselves and feed any pets.

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Smart Mom’s Guide

AGES 6 - 7 At this age, your child should be able to make a simple meal such as a sandwich and can help clean up after a meal by washing dishes or loading the dishwasher. He/She should be expected to make his/her bed without help and bathe himself without assistance. AGES 8 - 9 By this age, your child should be taking pride in their personal belongings and taking good care of these items. This might include putting up a bike or scooter in the garage, the Legos or dolls in the bins or putting up clothes and shoes in the dresser or closet. Taking out the trash, sweeping and cleaning up after themselves can now be assigned. AGES 10 -14 These are the years your child begins to gain more independence. Staying home alone is okay (for brief periods of time age nine to 12) and doing small chores such as laundry, using the oven to cook, changing bed sheets and other more involved chores can be performed without a parent’s supervision. Taking care of younger siblings is also expected by the time the child is 12 to 14. AGES 14 AND UP By the age of 14, most of the skills mentioned should be mastered. In addition, cleaning, filling the car up with gas, changing a tire, replacing the vacuum bag, going to the grocery store and figuring out dosages on medicines should be expected. More advanced skills are learned as your child prepares for adulthood. Remember that every child is different and every parenting style also differs so use this as a guide. If your child seems behind in some areas, don’t worry. However, it is good to always expect more than what you think your child can do and give them a chance to show you how responsible they can be. The more you empower them, the more productive and contributing adults they will hopefully turn out to be! Cammie Jones is an Augusta freelance writer and mother of three. Augusta Family | April 2017 • 19

Raising Readers by Mere d i th Fl o r y

Raising Curious Readers MY THREE YEAR OLD has recently started interrupting stories to ask questions.

able to share the information with her because he was reading and enjoying it,

While it is easier to ask her to be quiet and to think of it as toddler impatience,

only a different genre. Asking a family member a challenging question about

I have realized that she is really trying to make sense out of stories now. She

something they love also shows your commitment to their interests. Brewer

wants to know what happens next or why a character is acting a certain way.

uses a “question of the day” in her classroom but she suggest that families

Thinking about how curiosity plays into how children learn new skills,

could have a question for each person to look up on their own and share at the

I spoke with Amanda Brewer, a fifth grade Gifted and Talented Reading,

dinner table or another designated time once a week. This allows parents to

English, Language Arts and Social Studies teacher at Aiken Elementary

model reading for information. This is a strategy that works for both strug-

School. Brewer is 2016-2017 Teacher of the Year and has a Master’s in Di-

gling and gifted students because both types of learners often need motiva-

vergent Learning from Columbia University. Brewer lives in Aiken with her

tion to increase their effort in engaging with a text.

husband Jeffrey and their two daughters. During her teaching career, Brewer has noticed a growing gap between stu-


dents who are able to return to a text in order to justify thoughts and those that can not. Brewer points out, “Truly analyzing a text is one of the hardest literary

Brewer suggests parents encourage readers to use sticky notes to re-

skills for students to conquer but reading is powerful and students need to

member questions or important moments in a story without causing damage

know how to take that information and make it worthwhile.” Skills such as ask-

to the book to reinforce notetaking skills. For younger elementary school

ing questions, making predictions and summarizing are foundational for filter-

age children, this might be as simple as having them put a sticky note if they

ing through research.” The groundwork for these skills can start earlier than we

read something they do not understand or if they see a word they are not

sometimes think. Students learn and practice these skills in the classroom but

familiar with then they can then come back to this page with an adult. For

if they live in a home where curiosity is encouraged and cultivated, classroom

secondary students, sticky notes can mark important passages or topics

tasks may feel more natural.

they might need to understand for an essay or test.

DEVELOPING CURIOSITY THROUGH DISCUSSION It is important to make sure a child understands specific elements of the

SUMMARIZING AND UNDERSTANDING CLUES Being able to summarize and explain what you have read begins before you

plot, who each character is, what the conflict is and what the setting is in

have even read the text fully. Summarizing can be a surprisingly difficult skill for

order for them to get anything further out of the story. With preschool age

students because it requires combining several skills such as observation, com-

children, we can begin asking simple questions: Who is the story about?

prehension and communicating clear ideas. Brewer discussed how she teaches

What is happening in the picture? Why is that character afraid? What

students to “notice text features and details” such as subtitles, chapter headings,

made them feel better?

organization and pictures first. When students are reading at home, occasion-

While we need not do this every time we read, try mindfully talking with

ally check to see if they are paying attention to details like illustrations, titles and

your child about a story they love. If a younger child asks a question while

character names. For non-fiction, talk about how the information is organized.

you are reading, stop and acknowledge the question and go back to read-

Is it giving instructions? Sharing a problem and solution? Or explaining?

ing by suggesting “let’s find out.” After their question is answered in the

If you do not feel confident in going over parts of a text with your child,

story, remind them of their question and how the story answered. Brewer

think about encouraging their ability to observe and deduce in other areas.

explained that, “silent comprehension is great but it is not as good as col-

Give clues for a family activity instead of telling children where you are go-

laborative comprehension and the best work for both students and adults

ing – how quickly can they guess? Hold a family discussion on what team

happens when we can share information we have learned with others.”

will win a sporting event or pause a mystery movie to predict the outcome.

For independent readers, Brewer encourages asking questions about their

By implementing some of these strategies, when students struggle to

interest to challenge students to seek out texts. Amusingly, Brewer realized

use a text to find answers, remind them that they are already doing this in

that this was a powerful teaching tool when thinking about how to get her

many ways outside of school.

husband to read more, since it is an activity she loves, but not one he shares. Brewer started asking her husband challenging questions about his hobby and found that without prompting, he would research the answer in order to be 20 • Augusta Family | April 2017

Meredith Flory is an Augusta-area freelance writer, military spouse and mother of two. She has a masters degree in children’s literature from Kansas State University and has taught high school and college English.


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June5th-July 21st. iCreate Camp-2nd-5th graders. $175 tater tARTS prek-1st. $90

Artsy Me Downtown 1016 Broad Street, Augusta, GA 30907 706-723-5914 Hours of Operation: Monday & Sunday: Closed Tuesday - Thursday: 10am-6pm Friday & Saturday: 10:00am-8:00pm

Artsy Me Evans Location 4275-B Washington Road • Evans, Georgia 30809 (old brown feed and seed, look for the purple awning) 706-432-6396 Hours of Operation: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday: 10am-6pm Friday & Saturday: 10:00am - 8:00pm

more info and sign up at Offering pottery painting, glass fusing, canvas, clay, classes, events and more.

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CAMP GUIDE BY NIAMAH SHAW As the sun paints the sky with a warmth that beckons the beginning of summer, we begin to envelope our thoughts around the long days where the nights of no homework turn into mornings without the rush. Children anticipate the summer vacation as their mind reels around the days of making memories but that youthful exuberance and enthusiasm can make parents timid and anxious at the same time. Luckily, many organizations across the CSRA provide numerous opportunities for all ages and interests. These programs allow children to embark on learning new things, meeting new people while simultaneously affording parents the peace of mind of knowing their children are safe and having amazing summer opportunities.

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4P STUDIOS La Pavilion Shopping Center 106 Pleasant Home Rd.,Suite 2S, Augusta. 706-267-6724. Over the course of one week, class participants will have fun exploring their creativity and learning about different artists, terms, movements and styles while developing skills in a variety of mediums, materials and processes. Class participants should be prepared to experiment, learn, make mistakes, have fun and make art. Please call for additional details. A CHILD’S WORLD 4204 Columbia Rd., Martinez. 706-860-0059. 3549 Windsor Spring Rd., Hephzibah. 706-796-3505. 3118 Augusta Tech Drive, Augusta. 706-798-5547. 7100 Evans Town Center Blvd. Evans. 706-650-2369. Summer Camp. Ages 4-12. Weekly camps are available. This serves as a time that brings fun to all ages. Weekly themes are the key as all ages romp into summer. Children are involved in water play, reading programs, special field trips, dramatic play, art projects, 26 • Augusta Family | April 2017

and much, much more. School age children also enjoy teaming with the teachers to research different activities and planning for a group/class activity. Call for complete details. ACe AmbITIOn LLC (706) 350-1722. Teaching young males how to create and take advantage of their opportunities through quality workshops and programs. Please call for additional summer camp information. ACTIve CLImbIng 643 S. Old Belair Road, Grovetown 706-922-1054 Summer Camp Sessions, 8:30am – 2:00pm Session 1: June 19 to 23, Session 2: June 26 to 30 Session 3: July 10 to 14, Session 4: July 17 to 21 and Session 5: July 24 to 28. Offering camp care for $10 per hour, each day. AIKen CenTeR FOR THe ARTS 122 Laurens St., SW, Aiken.

Contact Cathy Rumble at 803-641-9094 or email Online registration for Aiken Center for the Arts Summer Camps begins April 1. Discovering Art. June 19-July 28. Half days or whole days for the older students. $140 for a week of halfdays (9:00 a.m. to noon or 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.) and $265 for a week of whole days (9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.). All art supplies are provided. Campers bring snacks and lunch. 4-6 Year Olds. Explore five letters from the alphabet each week as they relate to art. For example “A” for acrylic, aboriginal, abstract, etc. Rising 1st-4th Graders. Create art projects that features a specific style, artist, time period, etc. Campers will work with a variety of media each week and may choose from half-day or full-day camps. Middle School Studios. Offer campers in 5th Grade and Up the opportunity to sharpen their skills in the medium of their choice. Studios include Clay, Painting, Manga, Creating Cartoon Stories, Yard Art, Mixed Medium and Repurposed Art. Each week one studio is offered in the morning and a different one in the afternoon. Students may register for one studio (half


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day) or for two studios and stay all day. All levels are welcome in all studios. AIKEN COUNTY PARKS, RECREATION AND TOURISM 803-642-7559 or 803-663-6142. Summer Adventure at Aiken County Recreation Center (Graniteville location). Ages 6-12. Weekly, June 5-August 11 (closed July 4). 7:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. $100 for two weeks or $55 for one week. Each day your child will learn new skills that will lead them down exciting new paths. Camp will feature arts and crafts, outdoor play, aquatics, science exploration, team sports, game sessions and more. Bring a sack lunch. Two snacks provided. AQUINAS HIGH SCHOOL 1920 Highland Ave. Augusta. 706-736-5516 Irish Kids’ Football Clinic, Rising 1st to 8th graders, Thursday, July 13 at 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the Aquinas football stadium. Cost: Pre Registration, $25 day of camp, $35. Includes t-shirt, snacks and drinks. Lady Irish Basketball Camp June 22 to 24 2nd to 5th grade grils 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. 6th to 9th grade girls 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Coaches Luke Heusel. Michael Lammers and Rick Cundey. Lunch will be included on Saturday from 12:00 to 1:00 for both groups. Cost: $60 until May 1 and $75 from May 2 to 30 and $100 after May 30. Topics covered include Basic Basketball Skills to include passing, dribbling, shooting, post play, rebounding and numerous opportunites are provided to practice these skills in an individual and a team or competitive environment. Aquinas Basketball Camp Rising 3rd to 8th graders June 5 to 9th and June 12 to 16 from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. $125 per week (if a child comes both weeks it will be $200 per camper). Lunch will be provided each day for campers and a t-shirt will be given to each camper. Coaces Darren Douglas and Ralph Godbee and the Fightin’ Irish Basketball players. Aquinas High School Band Camp July 17 to 21 from 8:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Cost:$125 before June 30 and $150 after June 30. For rising

5th to 12th graders, learn to play a musical instrument, meet new people and become a part of something special at Aquinas High School. No experience is needed, as long as students come with a willingness to learn. Space is limited and this camp fills up quickly. For more information, email Art Camp: July 10 to 14 at 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Rising 6th to 9th graders. Cost:$125. Teacher Mr. Jay Jacobs. This art course will provide students a variety of mediums, techniques and processes while focusing on how they could be utilized in a potential career or for personal expression. We will touch on art history, keeping a daily sketchbook, how to read symbolism in art, the basic nature of collaboration, working as a creative team, creative problem solving and how art is used in advertising and branding. Creative Writing Camp, Rising 6 to 12th graders, June 5 to 9 from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Cost $100, Teacher: Mr. Ryan Fenton. This writing camp focues on the craft of writing as an art form. Students will discuss the varied forms of creative writing, explore examples and models from famous writers and most importantly, students will write for beauty, imagination and fun. Students will discover their unique writing voice and style through and exploration of the creative process. Practical Writing Camp Rising 9th to 12th graders, June 19-23 from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Cost: $100. Teacher Mr. Ryan Fenton. This writng camp cocuses on the practical use of writing as a tool. Studnets will analyze and practice various forms of argumentative writing, including basic academic essays, college essays and resumes and cover letters for schloarships and employment. Students will hone their ability to both explain and convince through argumentative writing process. ARTSY ME 4275-B Washington Road, Evans. 706-432-6396. iCreate Camp to 2nd to 5th graders. Cost: $175. tater tARTS to June 5 to July 21 $90. Includes projects in clay, ceramics, canvas, glass and junk art. Camp dates June 5 to July 21. ART AND SOUL PAINTING PARTIES 3850 Washington Rd. 706-550-8385. Please call for additional details.

ATHENS Y CAMPS Tallulah Falls, Ga. Athens Y Camp for Boys and Camp Chattooga for Girls are brother-sister camps located adjacent to each other in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Georgia. Campers participate in both separate and shared programs during weeklong sessions. Traditional Residential Camp. Ages 7-16. Eight oneweek sessions, June 4-July 23. (No camp July 3-7.) $730 per session, plus $45 store fee. A typical day includes cabin cleanup, league games, rest hour, classes, free-time, morning and evening assemblies, evening activities and cabin devotions. Extremist Program. Ages 12-14. Eight one-week sessions, June 4-July 23. (No camp July 3-7.) $895 per session, plus $45 store fee. A beginner level program for campers interested in outdoor adventure/sports. High and low ropes course activities, zip-line rides, the climbing tower and repelling instruction. Participants will also enjoy a day of rock climbing and repelling on “real rock” away from camp. Leader In Training. Ages 15-16. Session 1: June 4-July 1; Sessions 2: July 2-July 29. $1,800 per session, plus $150 store fee. A rigorous four week program than focuses on authentic Christian leadership. Campers develop leadership skills such as coaching, public speaking, responsible mentoring and decision-making. They also participate as a group in traditional camper activities and overnight trips. AUGUSTA AREA ASTHMA DAY CAMP Kitty Hernlen, 706-721-8741. Ages 6-13. July 17-21. 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Free. Limited to 60 campers. Hosted at Camp Tanglewood in Columbia County. Limited bus transportation is available. AUGUSTA ART ACADEMY 3402 Peach Orchard Rd., Augusta 706-333-8573 706-399-2368 AUGUSTA BALLET SCHOOL 2941 Walton Way. 706-733-5511. Augusta Ballet School will offer a variety of summer classes. Please call or visit their website for a schedule. Each of the camp sessions below will end with a spe-

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cial performance for friends and families. Nutcracker Dance Camps. Ages 3-5, June 5-9, $105 plus a $20 registration fee. Ages 6-8, June 19-23, $115 plus a $20 registration fee. This summer classic is a children favorite. Children will explore in depth the choreography, music and specialties of this timeless holiday classic as presented each year by Dance Augusta. Students will learn a different section of Nutcracker choreography each day. Princess Camp. Ages 3-6, June 12-16, $105 plus a $20 registration fee. Explore the enchanting and magical world of the most celebrated princesses. This camp will integrate dance with all of the famous princesses of the world and a related craft project for each princess. AUGUSTA CHEER ACADEMY 4150 Washington Rd., Suite 4, Evans. 706-364-1138. Please call or check their website for camp or clinic information. AUGUSTA CHRISTIAN SCHOOLS 313 Baston Rd. 706-863-2905 ext. 136. Enrichment Camps and Courses. The Great Hydration Exploration Science Camp is for rising 1st-6th graders. Dates June 12-16, 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Explore the versatility of water, model the water cycle, build a filtration system and discover how water is used around the world and improves our lives. Fun in the Son Summer Camp for rising 1st-6th graders. Contact Sheri Dekle at or call 706-863-2905, ext 272 for more info. Athletic Camps. Participants will receive instruction in skill development, team concepts, spiritual growth, motivation and mental approaches to the game. Football Camp for rising 5th-8th grade boys. Dates: June 19-22 from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Contact Coach Keith Walton at Other camps will be offered in baseball, soccer, cheer, volleyball and softball. College Entrance Exam Prep Course by local and proven SAT tutor and instructor, Sheila Stewart at AJCC - AUGUSTA JEWISH COMMUNITY CENTER 898 Weinberger Way, Evans (Off Fury’s Ferry Rd. 28 • Augusta Family | April 2017

between Hardy McManus Rd. and N. Belair Rd.). 706-228-3636 AJCC Summer Day Camp. Ages 3-13. Ten sessions from May 30-August 4. Monday through Friday 9:00 AM until 3:00 PM. Early drop off (beginning at 7:30 AM) and late stay (until 6:00 PM) available for an additional fee. $165 per week for regular 5-day camp. $135 per week May 30-June 2 (no camp May 29). $135 per week July 3-July 7 (no camp July 4). $230 per week for specialty camps. Visit website in mid-April for info on specialty camps to be offered. All campers, including specialty campers, will participate in swimming, tennis, archery, taekwondo and arts and crafts during the camp week AJCC Summer Mini Camp*. Ages 3-4. Ten sessions from May 30-August 4. Monday through Friday 9:00 AM until 3:00 PM. $130 per week for 5-day camp. $105 per week May 30-June 2 (no camp May 29). $105 per week July 3-July 7 (no camp July 4). All mini campers will participate in swimming, arts and crafts and many other activities during the camp week. Our mini camp takes place in The Bee Hive Preschool housed in the AJCC. All camp staff is first-aid and CPR certified. All lifeguard staff is first-aid and CPR certified. Registration will be available online beginning midApril. See website for discounts available. *Mini Campers ages 3 and 4 also have the option to attend camp the entire day from 9:00 AM until 3:00 PM. Camp fees would be the same as for the AJCC Summer Day Camp. Early drop off (beginning at 7:30 AM) and late stay (until 6:00 PM) available for an additional fee. AUGUSTA PLAYERS 706-826-4707. or juniorplayers@ Theater Camps. Ages 6-teen. Two sessions. Both camps will be held at Crossbridge Baptist Church, Skinner Mill Road. Children are placed in age-appropriate groups and have structured activities focusing on the various aspects of musical theater. Master Class available for experienced teens. Cost for each two week session is $275-$325. Dates to be determined. See website for more information.

Camp Wonderland. Ages 7-14. A summer arts camp tailored specifically to the unique interests and needs of children with Autism Spectrum Disorder. The camp will offer an enriching theater experience through music, movement, art, and drama, which encourages self-expression, social-engagement and creative exploration. See website for more information. AUGUSTA PREPARATORY DAY SCHOOL 285 Flowing Wells Rd., Martinez. 706-863-1906. Visit their website for the latest camp information and online registration. Day Camps Ants Camp. Rising Pre-School and Pre-K. Weekly, June 5-9 thru July 24-28. $250/week; 9 a.m.-noon, $130/week. Campers explore a new theme each week through games and activities. A snack is provided. Bring a nut free lunch each day. Grasshoppers Camp. Rising Kindergarten to 4th grade. Weekly June 5-9 thru July 24-28 $250/week. 9 a.m.noon. $130/week;. Campers explore a new theme each week through arts and crafts, music, movement, games and activities in an environment that fosters growth and independence. Our quality hands-on activities will challenge and entertain your child as they participate in daily sports and recreation, creative arts, structured and exploratory activities, and more! Bring a nut-free lunch each day. ADVENTURE CAMP: This day camp option will be offered in Weeks 3 & 5. Our Day Camps offer children the opportunity to feel the warmth and comfort of home while at Camp. Camp adventure is Prep’s newest day camp. Each day will be themed for example: “All about Animals”, “All about Augusta”, “Nothing but Fun” The campers will adventure through these themed days taking a field trip per day to some destination associated with that theme. Example field trips.. Augusta History Museum, Augusta Canal, bowling, petting zoo, movie theater. Campers will be engaged in activities such as arts and crafts and games and activities. Campers will also hear guest speakers related to that days theme. It will be an adventure of a lifetime. Adventure Camp is available to any rising 1st-6th grade student in the commuting area. Camp runs from 9am-3pm for $270/camper/week. Please prepare to send your child with a nut-free sack lunch, close toed shoes and sunscreen.


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Specialty Camps ART CAMP: This art camp offered in Week 1 (June 5-9) from 9am-12pm HALF DAY or 9am-3pm FULL DAY for rising 1st-5th graders is a new summer course for children that love to create. The students will improve their skills while making projects using a variety of media, including pencil, pastel, acrylic paint, watercolor, ink, printmaking, metal, wire, wood, clay, crafts, and mixed-media. Several projects will feature lessons in art history while focusing on technique and art making fundamentals. Full and Half-Day options are available for this camp. Half Day, 9am-12pm, $140, 9am-3pm, $275. FORENSIC SCIENCE CAMP: The forensic science exploratory camp offered in Week 1 & 6(June 5-9 & July 17-21) will introduce students to the science behind crime scene investigation. Participants will explore mock crime scenes, gather and process evidence, analyze data, and attempt to link the evidence to the appropriate suspect. Students will receive information packets for the topics covered, a magnifying glass, and a certificate of completion. All materials for the investigations will be provided on site. Topics covered include but are not limited to: Blood spatter analysis and blood typing (using synthetic blood). Collecting, classifying, and identifying fingerprints. Microscopic investigations including hair, fiber, and soil analysis. Methods for calculating the time of death. DNA evidence. Tool marks and ballistics. Quantitative analysis including chromatography, flame tests, gravimetric analysis, etc. Students will receive information packets for the topics covered, a forensics kit, and certificate of completion. 9am - 12pm for rising 4th-9th graders, $150. WIZARDRY CAMP: Come out during Week 1 & 6 (June 5-9 & July 17-21) and Join us on a magical journey through science and technology. Students will learn tricks, scientific concepts, and illusions to delight family and friends. We will mix potions that change color, glow in the dark, and behave mysteriously. Light and optics present us with dazzling learning opportunities as we make paper dragons whose gaze follows our every movement and scratch holograms that reveal themselves in bright light. Our magical explorations will even delve into the strange biology of creatures that seem almost too strange to exist, such as goblin sharks and the tufted deer. We will even create our own pet slimes. Participants will even make their own magic wands capable of some interesting effects. Students will be able to take their creations home each day to share with their families and friends. A certificate of completion certifying their wizardness will be

presented to them at the conclusion of the camp.1pm4pm for rising 4th-9th graders, $150.

Augusta Prep Map HERE from 9:00am-12:00pm each day for rising 3rd-6th graders, $150.

AVENTURA EN Español: this camp offered in Week 2 & 5 (June 12-June 16 & July 10-July 14) is a Spanish immersion camp for rising 6th-9th graders. Students will explore a theme through music, cultural activities, food, art, film, and guided research completely in Spanish. Students will present a short program at the end of the week. Students may be beginning or intermediate Spanish speakers. All students will commit to speaking only in Spanish during the camp hours.Week 6 theme: Students will be introduced to the world of robotics. This interactive camp will be held each day from 9am-12pm.

EDIBLE SCIENCE: In this camp offered in Week 3 (June 19-June 23) students will see how cool it would be to eat a science experiment! In this camp, each child will be creating an edible experiment that they can also eat. Using simple ingredients right from the kitchen, these tasty treats will take science to a whole new level. This interactive camp experience led by Augusta Prep teacher Tracie Long will be held in Goodwins Commons, #13 on the Augusta Prep Map found HERE from 1:00pm-4:00pm each day for rising 3rd-6th graders, $150.

IDEAVENTIONS MINI-EINSTEINS CAMP: In this camp offered in Week 3 & Week 7 (June 19-June 23 & July 24-July 28) This creative introduction to STEM takes preschoolers through a variety of STEM activities aimed at learning beginning concepts of science, technology and engineering, with a tie in to literature and math. Children become immersed in the topics as they are exposed to the vocabulary, lab equipment, scientific process and engineering design cycle in a fun and engaging environment. 9:00am-12:00pm each day for rising PS-K students, $220.

AP CHESS CAMP AM HALF DAY: In this camp offered in Week 4 (June 26-June 30) Join Mr. Kho to explore the game of Chess! Whether your child is a beginner chess player or ready to play their first tournament, this exciting camp will improve their game. Mr. Kho uses a variety of ways to teach the game and keep camp exciting! Each half day will consist of lessons, strategy, and practice play. This is a perfect way to challenge your mind in a fun way! 9am-12pm, $200, ALL CAMPERS RECEIVE A CHESS SET AND A COMPLETION CERTIFICATE! Ages 6-13 AP CHESS Camp will be held in Middle School Room 11 on the Augusta Prep Map HERE

HIP HOP DANCE CAMP: This camp back by popular demand offered in Week 3 (June 19-June 23) for ages 6-13 and led by Mrs. Heather Brown will allow students to learn body movements that go with the beat and rhythm of hip hop music. Your child will learn moves that are dynamic and athletic incorporating jumps, breaks, and rotations in the movements. Hip hop dancing is considered great exercise and helps dancers improve flexibility, develop body balance, and coordination. Athletic hip hop dance classes are a great way to simply let go and dance without the limitations of classical dance techniques that are required in ballet and tap. Camp will be held on the campus of Augusta Prep in the Hull Fine Arts Center, #12 on the Augusta Prep Map found HERE from 9am-12pm, $130. INTRODUCTION TO ROBOTICS: In this camp offered in Week 3 (June 19-June 23) students will be introduced to the world of robotics. Students will learn to think like engineers as they design, build, and program autonomous robots for various tasks using the Lego Mindstorms EV3 platform. They will also be able to attempt missions from the most recent First Lego League Animal Allies season on an official competition board. This interactive camp experience led by Augusta Prep technology teacher Lauren Ivey will be held in the Middle School Computer Lab, #8 on the

MINI MUSICAL THEATER CAMP: We are delighted to offer mini musical theater camp this summer in week 5 (July 10-July 14). Students will prepare and then perform a musical program for their families on the last day of camp. Musicals will be introduced to students through a variety of outlets, such as story time, videos, puppet shows and more. Students have the opportunity to paint and create backdrops, memorize speaking parts and sing songs. Students will also help make props, create costumes, learn basic music/theater vocabulary and play a variety of games to reinforce performance skills. This is the perfect opportunity for students to practice working as a team, experience sharing their true artistic abilities in front of an audience, and promote the value of self-expression and creativity. This is a full day camp held from 9am-3pm Monday - Friday, $250. IDEAVENTIONS JR ROBOTICS: Space Battles: Join Spark Academy during Week 6 (July 17-July 21) Invent robotic LEGO® creations that come alive! Join us on a robotic adventure inspired by Star Wars. Build speeder bikes, pod racers, motorized walkers, space doors, and launchers for our Star Wars LEGO® characters as we practice the engineering design cycle. Using robotic

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sensors, motors, the WeDo visual programming environment, and LEGOs® to enter a new galaxy where you solve problems using creative thinking and learn engineering and mechanics. Skill level: Intermediate to Advanced. Camp will be held on the campus of Augusta Prep in the Lower School Library for rising 1st - 4th graders from 9am12:00pm, $220. IDEAVENTIONS SUPER HERO’S POWER STEM CAMP: Join Spark Academy during Week 6 (July 17July 21) We all know that super heroes have special powers! In this fast-paced adventure class, we cover a different super hero or heroine each day and learn about the physics, chemistry, or biology of their super powers or super gadgets. We may even venture into the world of the villains, whose powers are also difficult to defeat. From the elasticity of Elastigirl to Spiderman’s web shooters and the mutations of the X-Men, we explore the science behind them. Camp will be held on the campus of Augusta Prep in the Lower School art room for rising 1st - 4th graders from 1pm-4:00pm, $220. IDEAVENTIONS IDEABUSTERS CAMP: Join Spark Academy during Week 7 (July 24-July 28) Inspired by MythBusters, we’ll don our lab coats and safety goggles and test some myths. In this fun and imaginative camp, we’ll bust myths using science and engineering. Just as in the show, campers will be challenged to brainstorm ways to test to see if a myth is verified, plausible or busted. If you like coming up with ideas and testing them, welcome to ideabusters. We won’t stop until all our myths are fully tested! Camp will be held on the campus of Augusta Prep in the Lower School art room for rising 1st - 4th graders from 9am-3:00pm, $370. Academic Enrichment Academy Organizational Skills. June 19-June 22 & July 17- July 20, 5th-12th graders, 9-9:55 a.m. $120. Organization is a matter of routine. Have a place for everything and routinely put everything in its place. Study Skills. June 19-June 23 & July 17- July 21, 1010:55 a.m., 5th-12th graders. $120. Learn different learning style strategies, how you best learn, your best study environment and how your personality effects your learning style. Pre-Algebra Prep. June 19-June 23 & July 17- July 21 July 24-July 28 & July 31-August 4pre-algebra skills.99:55am $145. For students who want to be well pre30 • Augusta Family | April 2017

pared in their math skills for entrance into pre-algebra. Math Test Strategies. July 24-July 28 & July 31-August 4, 10-10:55 a.m., geared towards middle school students and will contain materials taken from the pre-algebra and algebra courses. $145. If some of your success in Math is hindered by this anxiety, then this is the camp for you. This camp will help you develop strategies, organization, and skills in preparing for assessments. Algebra Prep. July 24-July 28 & July 31-August 4, 11-11:55 a.m, primarily for rising middle school students and rising 9th graders. $145. Will give students entering both 8th grade math at Augusta Prep and Algebra I at the high school level a chance to brush up and solidify their skills in preparation for Algebra I. Tackling Math Word Problems. July 24-July 28 & July 31-August 4), 12-12:55 p.m., designed for students entering pre-algebra, algebra or geometry. $145. Discover the mysteries of solving math work problems in all their glory. Creative Writing Camp. July 31-August 4, 9:30-11 a.m., rising 5th-9th graders. $145. Students will develop their skills as emerging writers through differentiated writing instruction, one-on-one writing support and fun writing workshop sessions. Jump Start To Preschool. July 31-August 4, 9 a.m.-1 p.m., rising preschool students. $200. Alleviate those first day jitters and explore our classroom and get to know our classmates in a fun and relaxed environment. Jump Start To Pre-kindergarten. July 31-August 4, 9 a.m.-1 p.m., rising Pre-K, $200. Alleviate those first day jitters and explore our classroom and get to know our classmates in a fun and relaxed environment. . Jump Start Kindergarten. July 31-August 4, 9 a.m.-1 p.m., rising kindergarten students. $200. Alleviate those first day jitters and explore our classroom and get to know our classmates in a fun and relaxed environment. Augusta Prep Sports Camps All Sports. Rising 2nd-8th grade. June 12-16 and July 17-21. $120 HALF DAY 9am-12pm, $200 FULL DAY 9am-3pm. Friday camp releases at noon. Includes activities such as basketball, soccer, volleyball, flag football, baseball/softball, floor hockey, scooter hockey,

kickball, catch-me-in, ultimate frisbee and many more recreational games. Challenger Sports British Soccer Camp. Run by professional soccer coaches from the United Kingdom. June 5-9 & July 17-21. Ages 3-5, 89 a.m., $129/week. Ages 3-16, 9:15am-12:15am, $156/week. Ages 7-16, 9 a.m.- 4 p.m $230/week.,. Golden Goal, ages 7-16, 1-4 p.m., $45/week (Golden Goal Camp is only available to those on half day camp.) Augusta Prep Basketball Camp. (June 5-9, 9 a.m.-noon, Monday-Thursday. All skill levels. Rising 1st-8th grader. $140. Augusta Prep Volleyball All Skills Camp. June 27-June 30 & July 25-28. Rising 5th-8th graders, 9 a.m.-noon. Rising 9th-12th graders, 1-4pm. $130/week and includes a T-shirt. AUGUSTA RECREATION, PARKS AND FACILITIES DEPARTMENT 706-796-5025. Day Camps. Ages 4-12. Games, sports, arts and crafts, field trips and swimming. Before- and after-care available at selected locations. Camps are held at seven recreation and parks locations in Augusta, Blythe and McBean. Please call for specific details. Registration starts April 1.

AUGUSTA ROWING CLUB The Boathouse, 101 Riverfront Dr. 706-432-0022. Call or check website for details. AUGUSTA SAILING CLUB June 6-9. Check website for details. AUGUSTA UNIVERSITY MUSIC CONSERVATORY PROGRAM 706-731-7971. Please call for additional camp details. AUGUSTA UNIVERSITY 706-721-3967.


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Augusta University CyberCamp. Residential camp. For rising juniors and seniors. Limited to 30 students selected from essay and application. No charge for day camp. Introduces students to the academic and professional world of cybersecurity. Students will learn from experts in the field and experience, firsthand, the consequences of a cyberattack. There will also be additional “top secret” hands-on learning experiences for students. cyberacademy Health Sciences Summer Academy. For rising juniors and seniors. Residential camp. Limited to 30 students selected from essay and application. HSSA offers a glimpse into a variety of health careers and majors using experiential instruction, career shadowing and engaging classroom activities. It is designed to introduce students to the academic and professional tools necessary to become successful health science practitioners and will provide a competitive edge when students apply to colleges and universities. www. GRU Kids University. Academic enrichment courses in daily art projects and creative play that includes courses such as sign language, engineering, data collecting and building. Rising 1st-7 graders. Phone/walk in registration beginning March pace Teen Edition Kids University. Rising 7th-9th graders can get involved with camps that include fine arts, design basics, writing and photography, health and sciences as well as aviation. Dip Metress Basketball Academy. A week-long camp that teaches basketball fundamentals and helps in developing sportsmanship and team play at Christenberry Fieldhouse. Daily instruction from former and current Jaguar basketball players to improve individual skills such as shooting, passing and ball handling. 1st-11th graders. pace Jaguar Athletics Golf. The men’s and women’s Augusta University Augusta Golf programs host the Jaguar Golf Camp in early June at the J. Fleming Norvell Golf House adjacent to Christenberry Fieldhouse off Wrightsboro Road. Camp costs include all instruction from Augusta University coaches and players, range balls, green fees at Forest Hills Golf Club, snacks, drinks, prizes and a camp T-shirt. Golf Camp participants will receive skill instruction in the following areas: full swing, chipping, pitching, bunker play, put-

ting, wedge play and course management. Ages 6-18. Junior Jaguar Camp. Nike Baseball Camps. A complete skills camp in which little league players will be exposed to new techniques and skills that will build upon their existing fundamentals to become better overall players. The Junior Jaguar Summer camp is designed for Little League baseball players looking to develop their game. Boys ages 7-12. www.augusta. edu/ce/pace Jags Volleyball Summer Camp. Jaguar Volleyball and Head Coach Sharon Quarles host the camp in Christenberry Fieldhouse in mid-June. All girls, ages 12-18, are invited to attend the four-day event from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. in the CFH gymnasium located off Wrightsboro Road. The camp is geared toward individual skills training and will focus on serving, passing, setting, attacking, blocking and individual defense. Competitions will be held daily, as campers will be placed into groups of similar ability to showcase their skills. www.augusta. edu/ce/pace Student Educational Enrichment Program. A 7-week summer non-residential program for high school juniors and seniors in the local Augusta area. Participants in all OSMA Pipeline Programs receive a stipend to help cover additional expenses and books, while tuition is paid for by the University. Students will be prepared for a future career in the health professions through an extensive academic program that includes courses in various biomedical sciences, hands-on labs, clinical shadowing, networking opportunities and guest speakers. For information visit www.augusta. edu/ce/pace for information or email or call 706-721-6113. Summer Volunteen Program. The purpose of the Volunteen program is to utilize our community teenagers, ages 15 to 18, in a meaningful way by assisting in activities that benefit patients, families and community served by Augusta University Health and the Children’s Hospital of Georgia. AUGUSTA WEST DANCE 262 Furys Ferry Rd. 706-860-0998. Call or check the website for details. BIG BLUE MARBLE ACADEMY WWW.BBMACADEMY 925 Stevens Creek Rd., Augusta.

706-863-9485. 4124 Madeline Dr., Augusta. 706-210-7000. 7100 Evans Towne Center Blvd., Evans. 706-650-2369. 1209 Augusta Ave., Augusta. 706-496-7023. At Big Blue Marble Academy, children are given the opportunity to learn and explore in fun and rewarding ways. Their individuality will not be lost in the effort to educate them and Big Blue Marble Academy strives to strike that delicate balance between learning and life experience so children have both the knowledge and social sense they need to be successful today and prepare them for the future. BEULAH GROVE COMMUNITY RESOURCE CENTER Beulah Grove Baptist Church Building of Opportunities, 1434 Poplar St. Augusta. Jean Callaway, 706-722-4999, Summer Explosion Day Camps. Six-week enrichment program for kindergarten through 8th grade students designed to give them a head start on the coming school year and enhance critical thinking. Afternoon activities include music, dance, Bible study, Spanish and more. REGISTRATION FEE: $45 non-refundable (per child)- Due upon receipt of application ACTIVITY FEE: $85.00 - Must be paid by April 29, 2017, if early registration. Registration after April 29, 2017, must pay registration and activity fee at time of registration. WEEKLY FEE: $70/ week per child—First Week is due by June 1, 2017. Program starts - June 5th. Program closed - July 4th. Program Finale - July 14th. BOYS AND GIRLS CLUB OF AUGUSTA 706-504-4071. Day Camp.Theme-oriented summer camp with a fun-filled environment. Field trip, breakfast and lunch included. BRICKS 4 KIDZ 706-513-5789.

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One week Camps. See website for information. C&C GymnastiCs 1340 Augusta West Parkway, Augusta. 706-364-4785. It’s that time again…Sweet summertime! No school, pool days, and vacations. But, what about those days you are not out of town or do not have anything planned for the kids? C&C Kids Camp is your answer! Our camp days are filled with indoor/outdoor games, arts and crafts, and GYMNASTICS! Our highly-trained staff helps your child realize that C&C is a place where they belong and can be themselves. Learning new skills and making new friends is all a part of our amazing camp experience! CamP KROC 1833 Broad St, Augusta, GA. (706) 364-5762. WWW. salvationarmyaugusta org. Camp Kroc is an ACA accredited day camp program in which children can play and grow in a safe and positive ACA accredited day camp program. Camplers enjoy swimming, arts and crafts, group games, sports, in house field trips, Bible lessons and more. Camp Kroc offers a well-rounded experience for kids to enjoy everything the kroc has to offer. Sessions start May 22 and go until August 11 and every week brings a new theme. CamP GRaVatt Gravatt Camp and Conference Center, Aiken. Scott McNeely. 803-648-1817. COLUmBia COUnty BaLLEt 639 Furys Ferry Rd. 706-860-1852. Princess Dance Camps. Ages 3-7. Weeks offered in June and July. Monday-Friday, 10 a.m.-noon. Call for more Information. Summer Intensive. Classical ballet and Pointe, boys ballet, partnering and hip hop.

Covenant Summer Fun. May 30-July 27, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday 9am-1pm. Closed July4, 11-13 for Vacation Bible School. 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Babies(6mths)/Toddlers(2years) (1 or 2 days weekly max) $15/day or $220, 2years to Rising 1st graders (3 days weekly) $15/day or $340. Kids are required to bring lunch. EDEn FaRms HORsE CamP 2763 Allenwood Farm Drive, Appling. 706-231-7013. June 5-9, 9:30 a.m.-3 p.m., ages 7-13, limited to 8 campers, $300. June 12-16, 9:30 a.m.-3pm, $300 Grooming, saddling, bridling, bathing horses, horsemanship, arena and trail riding. EPisCOPaL Day sCHOOL 2248 Walton Way. Augusta. 706-733-1192. Day Camp at EDS is a seven week day camp fro children three to 12 years of age. Three year old campers must be toilet trained and have been in a preschool program for at least one year. Campers will explore, create, learn and be active. Day camp will run from 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. with extended day (until 5:00 p.m.) and half day (until 1:00 p.m.) options available. Each week will have an amazing theme and all projects and activities will center around the theme. Every day, students will participate in sports, athletics, arts, crafts, outdoor play, a weekly special and other rotations. June 5-9: Theatre Workshop June 12-16: Ecology-The World Around Us June 19-23: Food and Farm - The Edible Garden July 10-14: Bottle Rockets and Fantastic Science July 17-21: Science Olympics July 24-28: Olympics/Sports World Cup Pricing: Full Day Early Bird (March 1- May 15) $180/ week, Half Day Early Bird (March 1- May 15) $130/ week, Full Day (After May 15) $190/week, Half Day (After May 15) $140/week, Extended Day, $40/week.

volunteer position in for teens ages 13 to 16. Young leaders will get CPR/First Aid Certified and work hands on with younger children and be responsible for assisting in the development and implementation of activities for the camp. In addition to the Day Camp, EDS will offer specialty camps where skills can be honed in one specific area. Specialty Camps include Big G Basketball Camp, Mud Puppy Music Club (formerly The Learning Groove) with Tara Scheyer, EDS Cheerleading Camp with Augusta University, Welcome to School with Wendy Moody and Lynda Smith (for incoming young threes and threes) These speciality camps will run either for one full week or once a week for a period of time (4-8 weeks). EDS Sports Camps: June 19-23, Big G Basketball Camp with Garrett Siler, Campers age 8 to 16, $180, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. with lunch included. June 5, 12, 19 and 26. July 10, 17, The Mud Puppy Music Club with Tara Scheyer, Infants to four year old with parents, $110 for the primary participant and $100 for siblings. Monday at 5:45 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. June 5, 12, 19 and 26. July 10, 1 Music Club with Tara Scheyer, Infants to four year old with parents, $110 for the primary participant and $100 for siblings. Tuesday at 9:00 a.m. to 9:45 a.m. June 26-30, Cheerleading Camp with Augusta University Jaguars, Rising 1st to rising 5th grade girls, $150, 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. July 17-23, Welcome to School with Wendy Moore and Lynda Smith, Incoming Young Three’s to PK, $130, 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. July 31- August 4, Ideaventions presents Summer Einstein, Three’s to Rising K, $220, 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. July 31- August 4, Ideaventions presents Junior Robotics-Atlantis, Rising 1st to Rising 3rd, $220, 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. July 31- August 4, Sweet Feet Soccer, Ages 3 to 14, $150, 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Speciality Camps at EDS COVEnant PREsBytERian 3131 Walton Way, Augusta. 706-733-0513. 32 • Augusta Family | April 2017

Counselor in Training (CIT) at EDS Have your teenager apply for our Counselor in Training program and learn valuable leadership skills. This

July 31- August 4, Extended Day Option until 3:30 p.m.. Open to all students who are enrolled in either Ideaventions or Sweet Feet Soccer, $40, 1:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. J


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THE FAMILY Y 706-922-9622 . Call each branch or check the Family Y website for details at Financial assistance is available for all Family Y programs. Aiken County Family YMCA, Graniteville. 803-3498080 Augusta South Family YMCA, 706-922-9650 Marshall Family YMCA, Evans, 706-364-3269 Family Y Child Development Center, Augusta, 706922-9670. Family YMCA of North Augusta, 803-278-0882 Steiner Branch Family YMCA, Grovetown. 706-9226711 Family YMCA of Thomson, 706-595-5615 Wilson Family YMCA, 706-922-9624 Financial assistance is available for all Family Y programs.

Family Y Child Development Center. Ages 4 years. Weekly sessions. Breakfast, lunch and snack provided. Campers participate in education enrichment activities that appeal to children in Pre-K. 1425 Walton Way, Augusta. Call the CDC at 706-922-9670. Camp Lakeside. Ages 5-12.. Traditional camp experience at the Y’s property on Lake Thurmond. Transportation will be provided to the camp. 1238 Dogwood Drive, Lincolnton, GA 30817. 706 359 2152 Camp Ivey. Ages 8-12. A camp for children with developmental delays. Camp Ivey will be held for a one week day camp, with the last night being overnight. It’s mission is to promote communication, develop self-care skills and coordination, and create life-long memories through outdoor education and recreational fun in a safe, supportive environment at beautiful Camp Lakeside. Child assessments will be completed prior to registration 1238 Dogwood Drive, Lincolnton, GA 30817. 706 359 2152

Day Camps All traditional day camps include arts and crafts, games and sports, swimming, devotions and character development activities. Specialized day camps include detailed descriptions of activities. Breakout sessions differ by location. Unless otherwise noted and Camp Lakeside. Campers at all camps should bring backpack, water bottle, sack lunch, snack and spray-on Sunscreen. Unless otherwise specified, camp activities are 9 a.m.-4 p.m. with early drop-off beginning at 7 a.m. and late pick-up until 6 p.m. provided at no additional charge. Camp Aiken. Ages 5-12. Weekly sessions Aiken County Family YMCA, 621 Trolley Line Rd., Graniteville. 803-349-8080. Camp Puzzle Palooza at Aiken County Family Y. Specialized camp for children with special needs ages 5-12 years. Child Assessments will be completed prior to registration. Space is limited. Aiken County Family YMCA, 621 Trolley Line Rd., Graniteville. 803-3498080. Camp Augusta South. Ages 5-14. Transportation to and from camp is provided each day for certain age groups. Augusta South Family YMCA, 2215 Tobacco Rd. 706-922-9650.

Camp Marshall. Ages 5-12. Weekly sessions, Patriot’s Park, 5445 Columbia Rd. For more information. 706364-3269. Camp North Augusta. Traditional Camp for ages 5-12. Weekly sessions,. Campers will go to the Aiken County YMCA pool and water park on Fridays. Lunch and Snack provided. Mossy Creek Elementary School, 421 W. Five Notch Rd., N. Augusta. 803278-0882. North Augusta Family Y Specialty Camps. Ages 8-12. Sessions vary. Call for more details and schedules of breakout sessions. Lunch and Snack provided. Mossy Creek Elementary School, 421 W. Five Notch Rd., N. Augusta. 803-278-0882.

Junior Traditional Camp. Ages 5 & 6. Swimming, sports, arts and crafts, games, team building, huddle time and more. Each group will participate in Wacky Wednesdays where they will dress up according to the theme of the week. Traditional Camp. Ages 7-12. Swimming, sports, arts and crafts, games, team building, huddle time and more. Each group will participate in our Wacky Wednesdays where they will dress up according to the theme of the week. Wilson Family YMCA Specialty Camps. Aqua Fun. Ages 7-12. Campers will have fun in the water park and use their imaginations to create water projects of their own! They will also participate in water safety class and improve their swimming techniques! Please bring swimsuits and towels, this camp will be in the water daily. Creative Arts Camp. Ages 7-12. Campers will participate in arts and crafts, drama, journalism, science & nature and more. They will enjoy the opportunity to create using their imagination! Let’s Move! Ages 7-12. Campers will express themselves in Zumba, Dance, Cheer and more while learning the importance of having fun while learning to be fit! Sports Academy. Ages 7-12. Introduces campers to a variety of age-appropriate sports and games. Learn new skills in a fun-filled environment each week.

Camp Steiner Branch. Ages 5-10. Steiner Branch Family Y, 212 Partnership Dr., Grovetown 706-922-6711. No camp on May 30th or July 4th. (Space is limited each week to 30 campers)

Summer Leadership Academy. Ages 13-15. Teens will enjoy a summer of learning and expression through community service projects, team building and leadership development.

Camp Y in Thomson. Ages 5-12. Locations in Thomson and Warrenton. 706-597-0051

L.I.T. Program. Ages 16 & 17. The Leaders in Training (L.I.T.) program allows youth to develop into role models and leaders. Campers will attend a training program that will train them to create and plan programs and also develop leadership skill and character development. Throughout the summer the L.I.T.s will volunteer and serve the community. *Students must APPLY via an essay on why they want to attend the L.I.T. program this summer and what they would hope to learn through the program. Please email sreynolds@

Y Center Specialty Camps in Thomson. Gymnastics Camp: Ages 5-12. Cheer Camp: Ages 5-12. Thomson Family YMCA Program Center. 706-597-0051. Wilson Family YMCA Camps

Camp Barnwell County. Ages 5-12. 660 Joey Zorn Boulevard, Barnwell, SC 29813. 803 450 4151

email Shermayne Reynolds at sreynolds@thefamilyy. org. Campers bring a backpack, sack lunch, water bottle, snack and spray-on sunscreen. $110 week/ members; $150 week/non-members.

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Camp Guide for more details. FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH 3500 Walton Way Ext. Patti Fowler, 706-731-5366. Open registration: Friday, April 1 in the Preschool Building hallway from 9-10 a.m. Camps are held May 30-July 20, Tuesday and Thursday, 9:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. No camp June 5-9. Summer Playcation Days. Babies to age 4. $12/day. Climber’s Club. Rising kindergartners and 1st graders. $15/day. Reinforces academic skills to prepare children for the coming year through small and large group experiences and individualized opportunities. THE CLUBHOUSE MAKE Month at 540 Telfair St., Augusta. 706-877-8707. Please call for summer camp information. FIRST TEE 706-364-4654 3165 Damascus Rd. Please call for information on summer camp offerings. GERTRUDE HERBERT INSTITUTE OF ART 506 Telfair St., Augusta. 706-722-5495. Summer Art Camps. Session 1: June 12-16, Session 2: June 19-23, Session 3: June 26-30, Session 4: July 10-14, Session 5: July 17-21, Session 6: July 24-28, Hours, Mornings: 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., Afternoons: 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Age Groups, 5 to 7, 8 to 9 and 10 to 14. Session Activites: Drawing and 2-D Design, Sculpture and 3-D Design, Painting and Mixed Media, Clay Play, Paint Explosion, Bracelets, Wallets & More, 3-D Exploration. Cost: Member: $85 for half day, $145 for full day. Non-member, $125 for half day, $225 for full day. June Theme: Art Through the Ages. Students will look at many examples of art from history’s pages and use these past works as inspiration in their own creations. July Theme: Art in the Now. Students will 34 • Augusta Family | April 2017

look at Modern art to their favorite art of today for their “in the now” inspiration. Register online at ghia. org. Session, age group activities schedule to be determined. GIRL SCOUTS OF HISTORIC GEORGIA Camp Tanglewood, 4687 Columbia Rd. 912-236-1571. Check website for camp information. GRADE POWER LEARNING 4272 Washington Rd., Suite 2, Evans. 706-650-2225. or Gradepower@ Summer Mini Camps. Please call for additional information Study Skills Preparation. Rising 5th through 12th grade students will learn time management and study skills and brush up on readiness skills for starting the next grade. Math. Elementary Math Review, Middle School Math Review and Math Test Strategies, Introduction to High School Math and High School Math Review. All elementary, middle school and high school students will review their math skills to fill up the math gap and work on their advance math to get ahead. Reading Comprehension. Rising 1st graders-12th grade students will learn how to engage in reading a story that is age-appropriate and understand, remember and apply what they have read. Students will have a series of questions to answer about the given story. This method prepares students for all standardized testing that is given. Every child will gain confidence and develop a love of books and reading. Sight-Words Recognition. Pre-K–elementary. Teaching the memorization of sight words needed for the beginning steps of reading. With a Sight Words teaching methods for all grade levels, will build a confidence and become a fluent and independent reader. Little Readers. Pre-k to 2nd grade. Developed as an innovative program that bridges the gap between phonetic programs and whole language theories. Incorporates sequencing, memory, auditory discrimination and blending. This means children learn their ABCs in a balanced approach that does not

rely solely on drills and memorization. GREENJACKETS BASEBALL 706-922-WINS or email Youth Baseball Camp. The GreenJackets will again host their annual Youth Baseball Camp at Lake Olmstead Stadium, where young players have a chance to learn on the Lake Olmstead Stadium field directly from current GreenJackets players. The camp will cover all aspects of the game, with emphasis on hitting, base running, fielding, throwing, pitching, position work, and more. Campers will be broken into groups. Campers will participate in a variety of drills and activities as well as experiencing game situations and strategies. The objective of the GreenJackets Youth Baseball Camp is to instill the fundamentals of baseball, promote good sportsmanship and create an enjoyable learning experience. Camp fee includes four free tickets to the July 29 game (with the opportunity to order additional tickets) and an autograph session on the final day. Call for exact dates, times and cost! GYMNASTICS GOLD 124 Cedar Lane, Martinez. 706-650-2111. Janice Mousseau Camp days are filled with indoor/outdoor games, arts and crafts, and GYMNASTICS! Highly-trained staff helps your child realize that C&C is a place where they belong and can be themselves. Learning new skills and making new friends is all a part of our amazing camp experience. Camp Flip Flop begins May 30th, Ages 4 to 13, Camp hours 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., (Early drop off 7:30 a.m. and late pick up 5:30 p.m.) Weekly and Daily Rates Available. PRESCHOOL CAMP begins June 5th Ages 3 to 5, Camp hours 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Weekly rates. Register online. Camp Flip Flop. Ages 3-5 and 4-13. Weekly themes. GREUBEL’S MMA: 2917 Riverwest Drive, Suite 101, Augusta. (706) 737-0911. Greubel’s MMA Summer Camp, Monday to Friday May 30 – August 4th, 7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. HAYDENS GYMNASTICS ACADEMY 4300 Evans To Locks Rd., Evans.


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706-868-0608. Camp Haydens. Ages 5 and up. One-week sessions held. Half day, 7:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Full day, 7:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Three days per week, half day, $85, full day, $100. Five days per week, half day, $135, full day, $155. Aerobic and sporting activities in the morning and afternoon, a craft and group activity every day.

how Americans have cared for and lived on the land for centuries. They’ll learn how Native Americans lived off the land, how early Georgia settlers farmed, and how we can help sustain our environment for the future. This experiential camp allows kids to plant a medicinal and culinary herb garden, harvest fruit, vegetables, and eggs, and make snacks and crafts from the fruits of their labors.

Junior Camp Haydens. Ages 2-5. $30 per day or call for the weekly rate. Aerobics in the morning, 45 minutes of gymnastics time in the afternoon and a craft or group activity every day.

H. ODELL WEEKS CENTER 1700 Whiskey Road, Aiken. 803-642-7631. Summer Adventures Day Camp. Ages 5-12 at the start of the session. Weekly camps June 5-August 18. 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Themed sessions with sports, swimming, games, special guests, arts and crafts. Campers must bring a snack, drink and bag lunch daily. Register at or at the Weeks Center beginning April 1. Cost per week is $70 per child for Aiken City residents and $88 for out-of-city residents

Health Sciences Summer Academy Students will explore scientific discovery and research. The HSSA curriculum is devoted to specific themes of patient assessment, chronic illness, disease and trauma care. Basic dates Sunday, June 4 - 9, 2017 This is a one week residential program for 30 rising junior and senior high school students. Advanced dates Sunday, June 25-30, 2017 This is a one week residential program for 20 rising senior and college students. HICKORY HILL 502 Hickory Hill Drive, Hickory Hill Historic House Museum, Thomson. 706-595-7777. Franke L. Smith, Dig History! Archeology Camp. Ages 11-17. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. $60. Kids experience how archaeologists investigate the past. They explore ancient hunting methods, learn what our garbage says about us, and work alongside professional archaeologists to learn about forensic methods to solve crimes. Bring a sack lunch and water bottle each day. Snacks provided. Eco-Adventures Camp. Ages 10-16. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. $60. Campers explore how Americans have cared for and lived on the land for centuries. They’ll learn how Native Americans lived off the land, how early Georgia settlers farmed, and how we can help sustain our environment for the future. This experiential camp allows kids to plant a medicinal and culinary herb garden, harvest fruit, vegetables, and eggs, and make snacks and crafts from the fruits of their labors. Bring a sack lunch and water bottle each day. Snacks provided. History Tech Camp. Ages 11-17. $60. Campers explore

Summer Fun Day Camp. Ages 5-14 at the start of the season. Weekly camps June 5-August 18. 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Cost per week is $60 for Aiken City residents and $78 for out of city residents. Children are encouraged to let their imagination run wild with indoor and outdoor activities, field trips and interaction with special guests. Registration starts: 3/27/2017 Integrated CSS (Coding Strategies and Solutions) Want your child to get one on one or small group coding experience from qualified instructors? 706-691-4121 Call for additional details! JAMES BROWN ACADEMY OF MUSIC PUPILS 803-640-2090. JAMP Summer Session. June 5 to July 14, Monday to Thursday from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Fun, Exciting and Educational, Youth Grades K4 to 12th. Auditions by appointment but anyone can join in the summer. The Augusta Museum of History. For more info go to and click JAMP. KANE & CO 4321 Evans To Lock Rd., Evans. 706-447-9007. Call or check website for details. LUCY CRAFT LANEY MUSEUM OF BLACK HISTORY 1005 Broad St. Augusta. 706-724-3576. Summer Camp 2017. Activities include guided tours of diverse cultural sites throughout the CSRA, arts and craft lessons with well-known local artists, nutrition topics, interactive ecology sessions, etiquette lessons and more. Call for information. MACH ACADEMY Fleming Tennis Center, 1850 Chester Ave., Augusta. 706-796-5046. Partial scholarships are available. Summer Tennis/Fitness Camp. May 29- July 28, 9 a.m.5 p.m. Ages 6-18. $100 per week. Provides comprehensive tennis fundamentals including drills, competitive matches, fitness, strength training & conditioning, match strategy and mental toughness. A variety of effective USTA training methods will be used to help participants achieve high performance development and winning results. Reach for the Stars Summer Camp. May 29th 9:00am5:00pm. Ages 4-16. $100 per week. Hands-on science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) sessions as well as life skills development sessions, career exploration, college planning, nutrition and chess. Sessions will also include, tennis/fitness instruction. MUSICAL THEATRE WORKSHOP 3817 Martinez Blvd., Martinez. Mickey Lubeck, 706-231-1759. One- and two-week camps for aspiring actors ages 5 through high school. No previous experience needed. All camps end with a show for the parents and friends of our actors. Themed Weeklong Camps. Teaching improvisation, theater games, singing, crafts and ensemble production, Ages 5-8, 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m. $125. Themed Two-Week Camps. Theatre games, impro-

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visation, monologues and scenes, ensemble and solo singing, crafts and simple set construction. Ages 8-12, 9 a.m.-2:30 p.m. $250. ACTING Technique. One-week camp is for those actors wanting to work on their craft. Monologues, scene study and acting technique. Guest teachers and a final presentation. Ages 10-12, 9 a.m.-noon. Ages 13-17, 1-4 p.m. $150. MY BEST FRIEND’S SEWING ROOM 3850 Washington Rd., Suite 4C. (La Petite Plaza). 706-993-8819. Kids will have “sew” much fun building confidence & learning a valuable life skill. Runway Show on last day. Ages 8 and up. Beginners welcome. Sewing machines and supplies are provided. Bring a sack lunch. The cost is $225 per week. Register by May 20 and receive a $25 discount. Session 1. May 30- June 3, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Beach— shorts, tote, cover up. Session 2. June 5-8, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Road Trip —drawstring bag, travel pillow, hipster tote. Session 3. June 12-15, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Fashion—skirt, purse, headband. Session 4. June 20-23, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Sleepover—pillowcase, lounge pants, eye mask. Session 5. June 26-29, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. American Girlprojects for your doll. Session 6. July 5-July 7, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Hello Dolly -cloth dolly, bedding , tote Session 7. July 10-July 13, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Back to School-- quilted book bag, pencil pouch, compisition notebook cover, owl stuffy Session 8. July 31st- Aug 10-3 p.m. Harry Potter-reading pillow tote, composition book cover, owl stuffy

pizza party of Friday. Quick-Start Summer Camp. Ages 4-6. Tuesday-Friday. 8:30-9:15 a.m. $50 per week. PETERSBURG RACQUET CLUB Phone: (706) 860-9288. Ages 4-18-- Within each camp, players will be grouped by ages and levels to guarantee the maximum amount of improvement and FUN. The more skilled players in the Play Group may be mixed with the Performance Program, and the top of Performance Group will be mixed with High Performance. ODYSSEY LEARNING 3843 Martinez Blvd., Suite 104, Martinez. 706-504-3531. Summer Brain Camp. May 29-August 4th. Ages 4 and up. Individualized programs from 10 a.m.-noon in which students focus in developing reading, writing and math skills. Lunch from noon-1 p.m. Afternoon activities from 1-3 p.m. include art, science, music, social studies and more. Before- and after-care available at NO EXTRA CHARGE! $50 registration fee. Ask about sibling discounts. PHINIZY CENTER FOR WATER SCIENCES Phinizy Swamp Nature Park 1858 Lock & Dam Rd, Augusta. 706-796-7707. Swamp Explorers Summer Camp at Phinizy Swamp Nature Park. Ages 5-10 (rising 1st-5th graders). Each day of our Swamp Explorers Camp we will focus on a different exciting nature-themed topic. Swamp Critters daily activities and discussions will be based around topics of wetland ecosystems, mammals, birds, insects, amphibians, and reptiles. Other topics like water conservation and the natural and urban water cycle will also be explored.

NEWMAN TENNIS CENTER 3103 Wrightsboro Rd. 706-821-1600.

Bees, Birds, and Butterflies camp will focus on topics of bees, birds, and butterflies (of course), as well as other pollinators, insect life cycles, invasive species, and planting for our pollinators.

Tennis and Swim Summer Camp. Ages 7-17. No classes week of July 4th. Full day camp: 9:15 a.m.-4 p.m, $200 per week. Half day camp: 9:15 a.m.-noon, $100 per week. Bathing suit and towel required and lunch is not provided, except for a

June 5 – 9: Swamp Critters June 12 – 16: Bees, Birds & Butterflies June 19 – 23: Swamp Critters June 26 – 30: Bees, Birds & Butterflies Camps costs $175 and runs from 9:00 AM to 3:00

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PM. Before and after care is available from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM for an additional fee. ROBERT SAPP BASEBALL CAMPS Sweetwater Park, Thomson. 770-287-3309. Baseball Camp. Ages 7-14. June 26- 30. 9 a.m.-3 p.m. $135. Team rates available. Teaching the fundamentals correctly and emphasizing that baseball should be fun. Also emphasizes improving work habits, discipline, sportsmanship and social skills. Join Robert Sapp and his staff for their 36th year. Team Rate: $125 Softball Camp. Girls ages 7-14. June 26- 30. 9 a.m.-3 p.m. $135. Team rates available. Top-notch instruction in all aspects of the game. Same format as their traditional baseball camp. Team Rate: $125 RUTH PATRICK SCIENCE EDUCATION CENTER 471 University Parkway, Aiken. 1-800-968-4332 or 803-641-3474 . Camp Invention. Rising 1st-6th graders. 6/12/2017 - 6/16/2017. 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. $225. Camp Invention is where BIG ideas become the next BIG thing! Local educators lead a week of hands-on activities created especially for elementary school children. Boys and girls spend time pushing the limits during high-energy games and working with teammates. Lessons explore connections between science, technology, engineering and innovation. New curriculum each year. Modules include: Duct Tape Billionaire where they explore patents, hear how to launch a business, and present their products to mock investors, Mission: Space MakersThis mission takes your child out of this world to locate and prepare a new planet for human habitation, Have a Blast where Your child will fling, fly and float through high-energy air battles while using physics to boost their advantage. Children engineer a variety of working tools, including “snowball” throwers, a giant air cannon and more; Operation Keep Out- A young inventor’s dream come true, children create the ultimate Spy Gadget Alarm Box to keep treasures secure. First, they must decode a note written in invisible ink, take apart worn out electronics and then wire their own unique Alarm Box. SEIGLER’S KARATE CENTERS Seigler’s Karate Center Martinez , 4471 Columbia


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Road Suite A3. 706-855-5685. Seigler’s Karate Center West, 370 Fury’s Ferry Road Suite #1, Martinez. 706-364-3535. Karate Summer Camp Drop-off from 8-9 a.m., pick-up from 3-5:30 p.m. Summer Camp cultivates an environment where your child can learn leadership skills and confidence that will help them achieve better grades, improve their focus, and handle peer pressure. Each week includes Martial Arts lessons, indoor and outdoor games, art lessons and more. SOAR ACADEMICS ACADEMY (706) 869-4128 4210 Columbia Rd Ste 12B., Martinez. Specializing in ADHD, ADD, dyslexia and auditory processing disorder. Before and after hours childcare available. Call for additional summer camp information. SOUTH CAROLINA GOVERNOR’S SCHOOL FOR SCIENCE AND MATHEMATICS Accept the challenge! STEM summer programs: Createng, GSSM’s statewide engineering summer camp for rising 8th -9th graders, Aiken: June 26-29 at North Augusta High School. GoSciTech, GSSM’s Science & Technology summer camp experience for rising 8th 10th graders. Lean more and enroll your smart student. ST. JOHN UNITED METHODIST CHURCH Greene Street. Jamie Garvey, 706-724-9641. St John Choir Camp: Please call for additional details TRANQUILITY STABLES 5232 White Oak Rd., Appling. (813) 714-2456. Summer Horse Camp. Ages 6 and up. Weekly session start dates: June5, June12, June 26, July 10th and July 17th Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-3 p.m. $275 Each day builds on the skills learned the day before so by the end of the week campers will have become confident riders. Camps end with an awards show. Bring lunch along with a change of clothes and a bathing suit. Several rides per day, which include formal instruction, bareback balancing and games on horseback. Arts and crafts offered daily as well as a horse shoeing clinic, a visit from a local vet, instruction on mucking stalls and more.

UNIVERSITY OF GEORGIA CENTER FOR CONTINUING EDUCATION 706-542-3537 or 1-800-811-6640. Please call for additional details UNIVERSITY OF GEORGIA EXTENSION, COLUMBIA COUNTY 6420 Pollards Pond Rd., Appling. 706-541-4011. Junior Camp. Overnight camp at Burton 4-H Center on Tybee Island. Marsh ecology, study animal life, play, volunteer, talent show and more. See the website to download registration form. Wilderness Challenge Camp. Spend a week in the wilderness at Wahsega 4-H Center. White water rafting down Tennessee’s Ocoee River, caving and spend the night at Raccoon Mountain near Chattanooga, explore the wilderness around Wahsega and more.. See the website to download registration form. USK SOCCER ACADEMY SUMMER SOCCER CLINICS AND TRAINING. EVANS, GA. For more information or to register, go to Ready to have some fun while learning more about the game of soccer from British coaches? USK Soccer Academy is a locally owned company that specializes in British-style soccer coaching. USK offers two types of soccer clinics for ages 3 to 14. All clinics are week long (Monday-Friday) Little Kickers: This clinic is a one hour clinic from 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. for children ages three to five. It Introduces children to the sport of soccer while playing games to teach basic skills. The cost is $50. Soccer School: This clinic is a three hour clinic from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. for children ages six to 14, both beginner and experienced. It focuses on the technical breakdown of skills, tricks and turns. There is a different skill concentration each day in addition to learning more about the sport of soccer in Europe. The cost is $110.

One-on-one training: This training is conducted in the afternoons from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. and is held at the location of the clinic. These are one hour sessions. Sessions are $50 per hour. Package rates are also available for the week. Goalkeeper Training: This training is conducted on Thursday afternoons at the location of the clinic from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. This training is conducted in a group setting. The cost for this session is $20. Summer 2017 Clinic Schedule: June 5-9, Fellowship Baptist Church, Grovetown June 12-16, Liberty Park Community Center, Grovetown, June 19-23, Goodale Park, Grovetown, June 26-30, Liberty Park Community Center, Grovetown. VALLEY HILL FARM Matthews, Ga. Barbara Lee, (706) 829-0981. Overnight Horse Camp. Ages 7 and up. Thursday mornings through lunch on Saturdays during the month of June. $300 per session. Campers receive mounted and un-mounted instruction, as well as trail riding, games and other activities. Groups are kept small for a quality experience. Call for available dates. VERY VERA The Cottage, 2708 Wheeler Rd. 706-294-3492. OR 706-922-4646 Cooking Camp. Pre-Beginner, ages 6-7, June 5-9. Beginners, ages 8-10, June 12-16, July10-14. Intermediate, June19-23 ages 8-14 who have attended at least one year, Advanced Beginners June 26-30, ages 11-14, Advanced July 17-21, ages 11-14 who have attended 2 or more years. Advanced Beginners and Intermediate classes 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Pre-Beginners class 9 a.m.-noon. Will be preparing three new recipes each day along with hands-on kitchen experience, crafts and nutrition/manners and etiquette. Summer camp classes limited to 24 students weekly. WARREN BAPTIST CHURCH 706-860-1586. WESTMINSTER SCHOOLS OF AUGUSTA 3067 Wheeler Rd., Augusta, Contact Debra Mclarnnon (706) 731-5260 x 2219. Check for Augusta Family | April 2017 • 37


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more information. Online Registration at begins March 27. ACADEMICS Board Game Club, Stephanie Waldecker Come be immersed in a world of word games such as Quiddler and Upwords, resource-management games such as Catan and 7 Wonders, collaborative games such as Forbidden Desert and Pandemic, board games such as Sequence and Clue Mysteries, and card games such as Saboteur and Diamonds. Many other card games will also be included. Rising seventh – 12th grades, June 12 - 16, 9 a.m. - 12:30 p.m., $80. Community Ecology, Sean McLarnon Students will learn fundamental concepts and theories in Community Ecology through hands-on fieldwork. This program includes trips to local sites each day to collect samples as well as analyzing samples back at the lab and writing a formal report on their very own original research! Biology and Algebra are prerequisites. Westminster students may receive .25 Upper School elective credit for this summer program. Rising ninth - 12th grades, June 26 - 30, 9 a.m. - 2 p.m., $260.00. Driver’s Education, Russ Gladden Driver’s Education is back! Join us for a week of classroom instruction, followed by six scheduled hours of behind-the-wheel training completed between June 12 and August 18. Students must have a valid driver’s permit to register for the course. (Early bird and multicamp discounts do not apply to this program.) Students with a Learner’s Permit, June 5 - 9, 8:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m., $460.00.

and personal), goal setting, note taking, testing, essay writing, basic study skills and more! Students will keep a notebook during the week so that they may use and review the material once the new school year begins. This class is especially important for rising sixth-graders and new Westminster Middle School students. Rising sixth - eighth grades, July 17 - 21. 10 a.m. noon, $160 .

Eric Carle Book Camp, Jenni Shaver Explore the world of Eric Carle through crafts, food and activities. Immerse your child in a world of wonderful literature, beautiful illustrations, fun crafts, and amazing theme snacks! Rising PK4 - first grade, July 10 - 14, 9 - 11 a.m., $110

Reading Comprehension, Cindy Pantsari Students will learn a variety of reading strategies to improve comprehension and fluency in fiction and nonfiction. Rising sixth - eighth grades, July 17 - 21, 12:30 - 2:30 p.m., $160.

Adventures in Art, Vivian Hornsby Come join us for a fun art-filled summer program! Build up your painting skills and sculpture techniques! Create and take home your very own art! Learn how to throw on the pottery wheel! Rising PK4 - second, June 5-9, 12:30 - 2:30 p.m., $160. Rising third - fifth grade, June 12-16, 12:30 - 2:30 p.m., $160.

Spark, Elizabeth Meeks This course will “spark” a love for reading, writing, and math in our young students. Spark is a foundational course designed to give your child a jump start to the grade level he/she will be entering in the fall of 2017. Spark will expose students to the classroom curriculum to ensure a smooth transition to the next grade level. Rising 1st-2nd grades, June 26 - 30, 9 a.m. noon $160. Writing Warriors, Tracy Lutz This course is designed to help students further develop their writing skills. We will work on organization of ideas, developing a thesis, and supporting the thesis. Students will also work to overcome common mistakes or weaknesses seen in writing. Rising sixth - eighth grades, July 10 - 14, 10 a.m. noon, $160. ADVENTURE

Happy Hands, Kim Barfield Preschoolers will develop and cultivate skills through sensory play and hands-on activities. Research shows that sensory play supports language development, cognitive growth, fine and gross motor skills, problem solving skills, and social interaction. Your children will just think they’re having fun! Rising PK3 - Rising Kindergarten, June 12 - 16 , 9 11:30 a.m., $160, Rising PK3-Rising Kindergarten June 19 - 23, 9 - 11:30 a.m., $160.

Camp Wildcat, Missy Smith Camp Wildcat is a community-oriented environment designed for students of all ages. Daily activities at this fun-filled camp range from arts and crafts to outdoor adventure trips and games. Activities will vary from week to week, based on theme., June 5 - 9: Sweet Summer Time, June 26 - 30: All American Week June 12 - 16: Mad Scientist, July 10 - 14: Super Hero Week June 19 - 23: Hollywood, July 17 - 21: Bon Voyage Summer

Middle School Study Skills, Tracy Lutz Begin the new school year off right with the Study Skills course! This one-week course focuses on the concepts of organization, time management (academic

Rising Kindergarten - second grade or, Morning: 9 a.m. - noon, $110** Rising third - fifth grades, Afternoon: noon - 3 p.m., $110** **(price is per session/week), Full-Day: 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. $160**

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Beginner Tap, Carlee Van Duzer Rising first through rising third graders will study some basic tap steps and the line dancing steps including flap, shuffle, tap slides, grapevine, squares, and any combination of tap sounds that meets their development level. They will also discuss the general history of tap and watch an array of tap dancers throughout the ages. The class will perform a choreographed number for parents and friends at the end of the week. (All participants will be required to purchase their own tap shoes.) Rising first - third grade, June 26 - 30, 9 - 11:30 a.m., $110. Beginner Tap, Carlee Van Duzer Rising fourth through sixth graders will study basic tap steps including flap, shuffle, maxi-ford, Charleston, tap slides, time steps, and any combination of tap sounds that meets their development level. They will also discuss the history of and some prominent figures in tap. The class will perform a choreographed number for parents and friends at the end of the week. (All participants will be required to purchase their own tap shoes.) Rising fourth - sixth grade, June 26 - 30, 1 - 3:30 p.m., $110. Drama, Paul Owen Enter the exciting and unpredictable world of drama where everyone is a star! Learn the basics of acting through dynamic theatre games, group activities, improv and pantomime. You will be learning from Westminster’s drama director and alongside some of the students you’ve seen on the stage. The week ends with a hilarious performance from the entire group. Rising third - seventh grade, June 5 - 9, 9 a.m. - noon, $180.


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Kickin’ it in the Kitchen with Chef Keith, Keith Boring Students will be taught kitchen safety, food safety and sanitation. During the course of the class they will be taught to identify fruits and vegetables and be able to taste them. They will learn the proper ways to measure ingredients. They will see what a recipe looks like and why it is used. Students will learn how to make pasta, pizza, soup, cakes, cookies, ice cream, and bake breads. They will be shown how to cook eggs, pancakes, and waffles. They will observe several cooking techniques such as roasting, grilling, sautéing, and frying. Students will be able to eat and take home everything that is made in class. Rising PK4 - first grade, June 19 - 23, 9 a.m. - noon, $160 Kickin’ it in the Kitchen with Chef Keith, Keith Boring Students will be taught kitchen safety, food safety and sanitation. During the course of the class they will be taught to identify fruits and vegetables and be able to taste them. The will learn how to properly measure ingredients. Students will be taught knife safety and how to properly and safely use a knife. Students will learn how to make pasta, pizza, soup, cakes cookies, ice cream, and bake breads. They will be taught how to cook eggs properly and make several breakfast items such as pancakes, waffles, and bacon. They will learn several cooking techniques such as roasting, grilling, sautéing, and frying. Rising second - sixth grade, June 26 - June 30, 9 a.m. 1 p.m., $190. Kickin’ it in the Kitchen with Chef Keith, Keith Boring Students will be taught kitchen safety, food safety and sanitation. During the course of the class they will be taught to identify fruits and vegetables and be able to taste them. They will learn how to properly measure ingredients. Students will be taught how to safely use a knife. They will learn how to make pasta, pizza, soup, cakes, cookies, ice cream, and how to bake bread. They will be taught how to cook eggs properly and make several breakfast items such as pancakes, waffles, and bacon. They will also learn several cooking techniques such as roasting, grilling, sautéing, and frying. Rising seventh - 12th grade, July 10-14, 9 a.m. - 1 p.m., $190. Media as Literature, Tucker Blackmon Instead of focusing on literature, this course focuses on the literary analysis and merits of alternative mediums of art with film and music being the primary focus. Westminster students may receive .25 Upper School Fine Arts credit for this summer program. Rising ninth - 12th grades, July 10-14, July 17-21, 10

a.m. - 12:30 p.m. ,$260.

cific descriptions of each studio.

Sewing Basics, Jenni Shaver Learn the basics of sewing with five unique projects. Each day a different project will introduce your child to a skill they will love and can use for a lifetime. Projects will include machine sewing, hand sewing, cross stitch, applique, and clothing modification. Rising third - seventh grade, July 10 - 14, 1: p.m. - 3 p.m., $160.00.

Whole life Ministries 2621 Washington Road 706-737-4530 Vacation Bible School June 5-9 Ages 5-12 9 AM – 1 PM Whole Life Ministries Children’s Building, 2621 Washington Road Augusta Free, Registration Required

Summer Ceramics and Sculpture, Vivian Hornsby Come join us for a fun two-week program where students will learn advanced techniques in 3D-art making, create completed works of clay art and learn about the history of sculpture. Campers will create pottery by throwing on the kick wheel. Off-campus trips will take students to meet with local artists and explore local art. All are welcome, beginners and experienced! Westminster students may receive .25 Upper School Fine Arts credit for this summer program. Rising ninth - 12th grade, June 5-9, June 12-16, 9:30 - 11:30 a.m., $360.00. ATHLETICS Football, Steve Ackley Join us for a week of skill development, team building and game play. Players will learn the fundamentals of blocking, tackling, positional play and team offensive/ defensive concepts in a safe and fun environment. Rising first - fifth grade, June 12 - 16, 9:00 a.m. - noon $160. COMPUTER Game Design, Creative, Animation, Minecraft Camps Craig Ham Learn and discover computer gaming, coding, modding, and design. Options include Game Design, Creative Coding, Animation, Minecraft Modding and Minecraft Game Design. All Studios include lessons, activities, collaborative learning, and a shareable project showcase. This camp will be held the week of July 10 - 14 Game Design Studio 1: rising fifth graders, $110. Game Design Studio 2: rising sixth through eight graders, $110. Creative Coding Studio: rising fifth through eighth graders, $110. Animation Studio :rising fifth through eight graders, $110. Minecraft Modding: rising sixth through eight graders, $160. Minecraft Game Design:rising sixth through eight graders, $160. Check the registration portal for spe-

Journey 2017 Summer Youth Camp June 18-23 Ages 13-18 Woodlands Camp, Temple Georgia Departing from Whole Life Ministries $250 per person Registration Required S.T.E.M. CAMP July 10-14 Ages 5-12 9 AM – 5 PM Whole Life Ministries Children’s Building, 2621 Washington Road Augusta $45 each, Registration Required Fine Arts Camp July 10-14 Ages 5-12 9 AM – 5 PM Whole Life Ministries Children’s Building, 2621 Washington Road Augusta $45 each, Registration Required WilliAM AVerY BAsKetBAll CAMPs Old Columbia Middle School at 6000 Columbia Road. 706-294-0767. Summer Basketball Camp: May 30-June 2, 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. Monday-Thursday, 9 a.m.-12pm on Friday. The camp will be for boys and girls in grades 1st-8th. There will be Early drop off (7:30)and late pick-up(4:30) available for an additional fee($75). $100 if you register beforeMay 1 and $150 after. Half day camps also available 9 am to 12pm daily -$75 Party Guide information provided by the organizations listed or appear as listed on their website and may change without notice to Augusta Family Magazine.

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Agriculture: Gardening with Kids LayLa Khoury-hanoLd With the sun shining, birds chirping and azaleas blooming, spring is an ideal time to get outside and garden, especially with your kids. Besides being a fun hands-on project and a way to spend time outdoors as a family, there are plenty of learning opportunities and takeaways for children of all ages. To find out more about the benefits of gardening with kids, we turned to Georgia Organics, a non-profit who believes that a sustainable local food system is critical to the future of Georgia’s health, environment and economy.

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One of the key initiatives of Georgia Organics is their Farm to School program, where they work with schools and local farms to serve healthy meals in cafeterias, improve students’ health and provide food and gardening education. “We find that kids are pretty excited to garden, especially in the school setting,” says James Carr, Georgia Organics’ Communications Coordinator. “Kids enjoy being outside because there are so many interesting things. They can get dirty and there is a lot of applicable knowledge.” The foundation behind Georgia Organic’s curriculum shows that gardening can serve as a launch pad for any subject so you can easily take lessons from the classroom to your backyard. For example, counting seeds and measuring the distance between rows and plants is a great way to reinforce math skills. Learning about different plants and how and why they grow is a lesson in biology. Studying recipes and their traditions teaches kids about social context, history and trade. Food is also a powerful catalyst for promoting healthy eating, getting kids in the kitchen and teaching them about local food systems. Carr says that kids tend to eat what they grow and prepare, a phenomenon he describes as “seed-to-stomach.” Every year they hold a Farm to School Summit and build a campaign around a vegetable, last year it was spinach. After growing it at school, Carr heard countless stories about kids asking their parents for spinach and making recipes with it at home. “There’ is something so fulfilling about seeing something from start to finish,” Carr notes. The spinach exists because they loved it and took care of it and it does the same by nourishing them. It is a beautiful cycle.” Digging even deeper, you will find that kids can learn valuable life lessons. “You learn about life and death, patience and opportunity versus costs,” Carr explains. “And through gardening, core values like responsibility and hard work are not simply taught, they become ingrained.” Carr cites the book Children of the Land: Adversity and Success in Rural America in which the authors studied and collected data on children who grew up in farm families in Iowa. The findings show that with ties to the land, these children developed strong intergenerational ties, were more engaged in their community, school and church, and enjoyed a close-knit relationship with their parents. “It correlates to a lot of things societally that might be missing right now,” Carr adds. As with any project, it is important to have a plan in place and to manage expectations, your kids’ expectations as well as your own. As we know, growing and nurturing another living thing takes time but with these tips and a sprinkling of patience (which your kids will soon learn in spades), you will be well on your way to a fun and rewarding gardening experience.

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It is always important to make sure that the environment is safe, no matter what the activity. Here are a few things to consider before getting started: •

Ensure that activities are age-appropriate

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Be careful with gardening tools Minimize exposure to potential allergens Avoid using pesticide Watch out for insects like mosquitos, fire ants and bees Stay hydrated and do not overdo sun exposure Keep a first-aid kit ready

Start Small

If you’ are ust getting started, look no further than your windowsill. Try your hand at growing an herb garden or veggies like lettuce and radishes. It is also a great option if you do not have the outdoor space or if the weather prevents you from getting outside. You can also start with fundamentals like teaching kids how plants drink. Fill a glass with water, add a few drops of food coloring and a piece of celery or a white carnation. After a day, the leaves or blossom should have changed color. You can also incorporate gardening projects into arts and crafts, like making a watering can, scoop, plant labels or tool tote from a milk jug. Check out the book Green Thumbs for more details and project inspiration.

Get Dirty

For any venture to be successful, you need to start with a good foundation. In this case, that means ensuring that you have good soil. “A great entry level project is to start learning about compost and how it breaks down and the balance of nutrients that it needs,” Carr shares. It is also a great way to teach kids to control food waste and how putting it back into the environment benefits the Earth. It is a lengthier project because composting typically takes two to three months to come to fruition but it will set you up for gardening success.

there iS an app for that

Apps can be a useful tool for getting kids excited about gardening and can be a great learning supplement. Roo’s Fabulous Edible Garden teaches children about the entire plant life cycle as well as the seed-to-table concept so kids learn recipes for making their own healthy snacks. In Gro Garden, kids learn about sustainable gardening and farming, like how food scraps produce nutrient-rich soil, how to harvest vegetables and how vegetables feed other animals. You can also bring social media into the fold as it is appropriate. For example, post updates to Facebook so friends and family can provide encouragement or advice, set up an Instagram account to track daily progress or start a blog to chronicle the project and learnings.

Go with the proS

If you are not sure where to start, get help from experts. Look for community gardening projects at local parks or for opportunities and workshops through Augusta Locally Grown. Check out Georgia Organics’ online resources page for gardening advice, cooking inspiration and Farm to School videos at resources. And save the date for Georgia Organics’ annual Farm to School Summit to be held October 5 and 6 at Helms College in Augusta. Educators, farmers, parents, students and activists are welcome to participate in two days of education sessions, in-depth workshops and field trips.

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Inspiration Station by Naimah Shaw

Faith Care at

wesley united methodist church True sTories are always beTTer Than those that are born out of mish mashed thoughts that we culminate in our brain. True stories serve to inspire us and the people behind those stories are those that we aspire to be. Within these individuals there is an unwitting but heightened sense of fulfillment, compassion and a longing to eradicate pain and offer assistance to those in need. Such is the case of Lew Bandy who has served in his capacity as the administrator of the Faith Care at Wesley United Methodist since 2013. Beyond his lengthy career of service, which has manifested itself into his life’s mantra to be of service to his country, county and community, Bandy attributes much of his success to his faith and prides himself on his beautiful adult daughters and his only granddaughter. background Bandy has selflessly dedicated his entire career to one of

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service and initially had an obligation to serve two years in the U.S. Army after graduating from Youngstown State University. Bandy graduated with a B.S. in Business Administration and completed the ROTC program in 1970. Upon returning from a tour in Vietnam in 1972, Bandy chose to make a career in the Army for 22 additional years, worked at various hospitals in the area and also completed consulting work in Washington. To sum up his background, Bandy served 24 years in the military before retiring in 2013 from Eisenhower Army Medical Center where he worked in medical administrative positions for 43 years. whaT is FaiTh care Medical clinic? The mission of Faith Care is to provide free faith-based medical and spiritual care that treats the whole person. The clinic serves uninsured residents of Columbia County who meet or fall below 200% of the federal poverty level. The clinic started as a mission of Wesley UMC in 2002 before

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Mr. Bandy’s cheerful disposition does not go unnoticed and has since led to some of his most memorable compliments.

becoming incorporated in 2003. For the first 12 years, Faith Care operated at the Evans Surgery Center but in 2015, the clinic moved its location to Wesley UMC. Current services offered include: general medicine, dietary consultations, physical therapy, chiropractic, a pain clinic and pharmacy assistance. Doctor’s Hospital supports this clinic with radiology and laboratory services. Project Access is an entity that Faith Care refers patients to for specialty care. Project Access is located in Augusta and finds and coordinates free specialty care for patient referrals. Columbia County Government pays Project Access a fixed amount of money to find services for these patients. Who do you think it benefits the most in the community? With two clinics a month, 24 clinics a year and an average of 25 patient visits, Faith Care benefits an average of 600 patients a year. Overall, the entire community benefits because the clinic is another link in the chain of medical care in the community. Many indigent patients have chronic medical problems like obesity, diabetes, hypertension, arthritis and many others which require care and monitoring but do not lend themselves to emergency room visits. Since many indigent care patients utilize the emergency room for care, these chronic conditions might otherwise receive only infrequent attention. The Faith Care Clinic helps patients control these conditions, provides teaching and support and helps control these problems, ones that silently debilitate and kill without medical intervention. The community also prospers because the clinic provides training for Augusta University medical students. These medical students are future physicians who will be supporting our community and many others in the future.

is there a specific case that stands out to you? Although there are many similar cases that stand out, Bandy feels that within them all, resonates the feeling of hope and the fostering of a sense of belonging. “They are the patients who felt alone, disheartened and disenfranchised because they had medical problems and no place to turn for help, support or guidance,” Bandy explains. “When they found our clinic, they found hope, attention, guidance and a caring hand. Many patients have told us that our clinic turned their lives around because they found someone who cared. The care they experienced was demonstrated in the nonjudgmental welcome they received, the kindness and understanding of the staff and the time spent with them by the medical professionals.” Bandy reiterates the sentiment expressed by his patients that action speaks louder than words. Anyone can say they care about humanity’s well-being but when you manage to bring 40 professionals together bimonthly just to volunteer their time to serve and meet the needs of the community, only then have you demonstrated that you care. Bandy’s cheerful disposition does not go unnoticed and has since led to some of his most memorable compliments. Coworkers and patients hold him in high esteem and always eager to be in his presence. Bandy mentions his ability to bring people together as one of his most endearing and strongest qualities and undoubtedly, our community is better because of it. Naimah Shaw is a Freelance Writer, Copywriter, Blogger and homeschool mom of four who has lived in Evans for almost a decade. Prior to that, she graduated with a Masters of Science in Information Technology and taught computer programming for a few years at local colleges.

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Balance and coordination exercises Good balance is often taken for granted but from the time your kids are able to walk, helping them strengthen their physical ability to balance will improve their motor skills development, strengthen their sensory processes, aid in fluid body movement for physical skill performance and benefit their overall well being. Focusing on balance exercise, improves the body’s vestibular system which is centered in the inner ear. This is why an inner ear infection can often lead to a feeling of dizziness or imbalance. A properly functioning balance system allows humans to see clearly while moving, identify orientation with respect to gravity, determine direction and speed of movement and make automatic postural adjustments to maintain posture and stability in varous conditions and activities. Jumping, strengthening exercies (weight training, resistance bands, isometric muscle exercies, yoga and tai chi), hula hoop, balance beams, wheelbarrow racing and fitness balls are all balance and cooridnation exercises to help develop and maintain appropriate controlled body movement. For added benefit, do not look. Doing any of these exercises with your eyes closed will add more of a challenge and strengthen your child’s sense of balance and coordination.

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Swamp Bike Saturday: phinizy Swamp nature park. Enjoy a guided, gentle bike ride through approximately seven miles of wetlands trails. Children and adults will enjoy viewing the variety of wildlife and learning about the diverse plant life and importance of urban wetland ecology. please bring your own bike, wear comfortable closed-toed shoes and bring water to drink. Helmets are required. Register online at or by calling (706) 396-1426. Cost: $2 per person (Free for Friends of Phinizy) All Ages,

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Special Events April 1 at 3:00 p.m. Jack and the Beanstalk presented by Storyland Theatre. Book by rick Bracken with music by Susan Burgess. live quality theatre teach to help students learn the correct behavior in the theatre. Our Saturday Family Matinees offer an opportunity for families to share a wholesome activity together for a reasonable price. No reservations are required on Saturdays, Ticket prices: Weekday Season Tickets to all three plays, $12 per

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student. individual Show Tickets, $5 per student (cash or check only, no credit cards please). April 5 at 5:00 p.m. ParTee On The Green, Augusta Common. American Bandstand meets Soul Train meets Shag City meets Teen Town in this amazing celebration of community and new Augusta Golf Week tradition. Par-Tee On The Green is a dance party with music for all ages. Feature performances by community dance groups and group line dance finale.

April 8 at 9:00 a.m. Swamp Bike Saturday: Phinizy Swamp Nature Park. Enjoy a guided, gentle bike ride through approximately seven miles of wetlands trails. Children and adults will enjoy viewing the variety of wildlife and learning about the diverse plant life and importance of urban wetland ecology. please bring your own bike, wear comfortable closed-toed shoes and bring water to drink. Helmets are required. register online at or by calling (706) 396-1426. Cost: $2 per person (Free for Friends of phinizy) All Ages,


April 22 at 6:00 p.m. Sweet Celebrations, North Augusta Community Center, 495 Brookside Dr., North Augusta. Presented by The RECing Crew, 13th Annual Fundraiser, Dessert Buffet and Silent Auction, Admission $10. This year’s entertainment will spotlight our dance programs and 2017 Idol participants. Tickets at or by calling 803-4261284. All ages.

April 15 at 7:30 p.m. Imperial Theatre. Presented by Emporium Presents the all vocal country country sensation Home Free. Bringing Nashville country standards and countrydipped pop hits to town (and having a great time doing so). The 5-man band has become known for their show-stopping performances that mix their signature no-instrument, all-vocal music with their quick-witted humor.

The Arts, Music & More

April 15 at 9:00 a.m. Yoga for Kids, Phinizy Swamp Nature Park, Yoga for Kids (and their parents) Come join us every 3rd Saturday for a low pressure, fun. All experience levels. Be sure to dress comfortably and bring a yoga mat or towel. Free For more info call 706-821-2349.

April 1 to 29 at 8:00 a.m. Every Saturday. Saturday Morning Swing brings local jazz musicians and performing arts groups to the Riverwalk for early afternoon shows each weekend. The Market features local produce, artisans, music, all in a family and pet friendly space. Eighth Street Plaza., (706) 627-0128. April 1 at 5:00 p.m. MACH Academy Tennis and Fitness Center. Want to learn the game of tennis, then come play with us. Wednesday and Thursday 5pm-7pm and Saturday 11am - 1pm at Diamond Lakes Tennis Center. The program is suitable for ages 6-18. The cost is only $100 per month. Come prepared to have lots of fun, make new friends, and enjoy tennis instruction, games and fitness activities. April 3 at 9:00 a.m., Spring Break Art Camp (At the Zoo), Aiken Center for the Arts, 122 Laurens St SW. Showing your creative side, each day has a different theme. Open to 4K to 5th grades, April 5 at 3:00 p.m., Stable View Under The Stars Jumper Show. The first Wednesday of every month is the “Under the Stars” Jumper Night series. Class entry fees range from $30-$50 with up to $1,500 in prize money awarded. Cost: $0 general public Age Suitability : All Ages. Website: View, 117 Stable Dr., Aiken. April 12 at 11:30 a.m. Augusta Author Series luncheon with NY Times best selling author, Karen White.White discussed her newest novel, The Night the Lights Went Out at Abel Brown, 491 Hihgland Ave. in Surrey Center. Enjoy a lovely three course luncheon and a face-to-fave chat with White, authour of the Tradd Street series and many beloved novels. Tickets are $63 and will benefit the Morris Museum of Art. Tickets are available at

April 21, Swamp Treks, Phinizy Swamp Nature Park, 1858 Lock and Dam Rd., Augusta.Swamp Treks will bring nature to life for 3rd to 8th graders. Focused on making the outdoors exciting, Swamp Treks makes it fun to gain respect for the environment and to enjoy wildlife. Come learn about animals, camping and survival skills, nature printing, bees and more $110 per person. Register online at www.phinizycenter. org/events or (706)396-1426. Spaces are limited. Cost: $10, April 15 at 11:30 Voices of the Past Museum Theater - A Petersburg Boat Pilot, Augusta Museum of History. 560 Reynolds St., Augusta. This program is composed of character monologues performed in museum theater format by actors. The character of A Petersburg Boat Pilot is based on oral histories provided by Elberton, Georgia resident, Mr. ‘Buck’ Balchin, about his grandfather, James Henry Balchin, who from the mid-nineteenth century until 1900, crewed and piloted cotton boats from Petersburg to Augusta. 11:30 am, 12:30 pm, and 1:30 pm. Free with Museum admission. April 17 at 6:00 p.m. Civil War Round Table of Augusta. Goodwill’s Snelling Center. 3165 Washington Rd., Augusta. Features a prominent historian or scholar presenting on an aspect of the Civil War and life in the United States in the mid to late 1800’s. This month Vince Dooley, board member of the Civil War Trust, presents on his new Civil War book Leading From the Front. Coach Dooley is former Head Football Coach and Athletic Director at the University of Georgia and a former Marine.

April 18 at 10:30 a.m. Third Tuesday Tales Story Time. Imagination Station Children’s Museum, 965 Hickman Rd., Augusta .Join us as the wonderful “Ms. Kathy” presents toddlers and preschoolers with a fun-filled story time. Cost: Free with admission ($10 per family for visitors, free for members). www. April 21 at 7:00 p.m. ‘Til the Cows Come Home 5 k Trail Run. The 4th Annual ‘Til the Cows Come Home 5k is at beautiful Steed’s Dairy Farm with rolling hills, blue skies, and a nice evening breeze. This trail run is both fun and challenging with sections of small hill running. Come out for a great evening of fun and exercise. By participating, you are supporting the great cause of providing health care to the underserved. All proceeds benefit Christ Commnity Health Services Augusta. To register visit $25 advanced registration and $30 on site. April 21-29. Various performance at 3:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. The Life and Times of Petunia Butterby, The Kroc Center, 1833 Broad St., Augusta. Another beautiful production for the entire family by The Enopion Theatre Company. The story begins in London, England, 1869 and spans the lifetime of Petunia Butterby into 1950. A production that will wipe away any doubt you may have of heaven, give comfort to you in your grief or loss, confirm the knowledge of a Creator, and leave you with a sentimental longing for your eternal home. To purchase tickets contact us at (706) 771-7777 or visit t www. April 21 at 7:30 p.m. 4 Seasons Chamber Jazz, Unitarian Universalist Church of Augusta Augusta,4 Seasons Chamber Jazz is a four-event concert series, with Latin jazz to vocal standards to Dixieland. It is a musical celebration of art in nature. Artists will perform several selections representative of the season. (706) 733-7939. April 22 at 11:00 a.m. Sensory Storytime Sponsored by GLASS,Augusta Richmond County Public Library Main Branch, 823 Telfair St. Join Georgia Libraries for Accessible Statewide Services (GLASS) for a Sensory Storytime. Designed to engage kids through movement, music, stories and sensory activity play. It is ideal for children with autism spectrum disorders, sensory integration challenges or children who have trouble sitting still. All ages are welcome.Call (706) 8212625 or register online at www.

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April 22 at 6:00 p.m. Sweet Celebrations, North Augusta Community Center, 495 Brookside Dr., North Augusta. Presented by The RECing Crew, 13th Annual Fundraiser, Dessert Buffet and Silent Auction, Admission; $10.00, Silent Auction will close at 8:00 p.m. This year’s entertainment will spotlight our Dance Programs & 2017 Crew Idol participants! Tickets are available online at www.therecingcrew. com. or by calling 803-426-1284. All ages. April 22 at 10:00 a.m. Crafts, cookies and cakes for Critters, Spring Bazaar, Event Location: Berry Center, 3017 Walton Way, Augusta, Located behind Langford Middle School Hands to Paws Rescue, Augusta, $2 entry fee for prize drawing ticket! Vendors with homemade crafts, bake sale of people and doggie treats and silent auction! Come out and learn more about the rescue and our furry adoptables! All ages. www. or email at handstopawsrescue@gmail. com. April 23 at 2:00 p.m. Music at the Morris: The Henrys. Popular local string trio plays bluegrass standards and originals. Free. Call (706) 828-3867 to register for education programs. April 24 at 10:00 a.m., Reed Creek Nature Park and Interpretive Center, 3820 Park Ln., Martinez. (706) 210-4027. Mom & Me: Story Time at Reed Creek (for ages 3-5) Bring your curious child to the park for a story and craft. For ages 3-5. Members: Free; Non-members: $2/child. April 24 at 5:00 p.m. Introductory fencing classes, Augusta Fencers Club, 464-B Greene St., Augusta. This is a 10- week introductory course with all competitive equipment provided for $180. Teens ages 10-13 will meet Mondays at 5:00. Youth ages 6-9 will meet on Thursdays at 5:00. Adults down to 14 years of age will meet Mondays at 7:00. Call (706) 722-8878 or visit www.augustafencersclub. com. . April 25 at 7:00 p.m. Davidson Fine Arts Spring Band Concert, Davidson Fine Art’s Beverly J. Barnhart Theatre, 615 12th Street, Augusta.Come and enjoy the musical styles of spring as the Davidson Concert and Symphonic Bands perform their final concert for the school year. $5 general admission. All ages. April 28 and 29 at 7:30 p.m. American Hero Pro Rodeo,Columbia County Fairgrounds, 5462 Columbia Rd., Grovetown. The American Hero Pro Rodeo returns this year and will feature bull riding, bare back and saddle bronc riding, team roping, steer wrestling, cowgirl barrel racing, cowgirl breakaway roping and more. Gates open at 5:30 p.m. and rodeo starts at 7:30pm. Adults, $12 and children, $8, Advance tickets $10 and $6. Under the age of six admitted free.


Saint Paul’s Church

605 Reynolds Street Augusta, GA • 706.724.2485

Palm Sunday, April 9, Services at 8:00 a.m., 11:00 a.m., and 5:30 p.m. Maundy Thursday, April 13, 7:00 p.m. Good Friday, April 14, 12:00 noon Easter Morning Celebration of the Resurrection, April 16, 9:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. Annual Easter Egg Hunt on the Lawn following the 9 a.m. service Easter Celebration of Celtic Evening Prayer and Communion 5:30 p.m.

St. Mary on the Hill Catholic Church 1420 Monte Sano Avenue Augusta, GA 30904 • 706.733.6627 Palm Sunday, April 9, 7:45 a.m., 10:30 a.m. and 12:15 p.m. Holy Thursday, April 13, Evening Mass of the Lord’s Supper, 7 p.m. Good Friday, April 14, Stations of the Cross – Noon; Veneration of the Cross – 7p.m. Holy Saturday, April 15, Easter Vigil Mass – 8 p.m. Easter Sunday, April 16 – 7:30 a.m., 9 a.m., 10:45 a.m. & 12:30 p.m.

Warren Baptist Church 3203 Washington Rd, Augusta & 777 Horizon South Pkwy, Grovetown Good Friday Worship Service | April 14 Augusta Campus, 7:00 PM | Worship Center, Childcare provided for Infants-K4. Grovetown Campus, 7:00 PM | Worship Center, No childcare provided. Easter Worship Service | April 16 Augusta Campus, 8:00 AM | Simmons Hall 9:30 AM | Simmons Hall, Worship Center & Chapel 11:00 AM | Simmons Hall, Worship Center & Chapel, Childcare available for Infants-K4. Grovetown Campus 9:30 & 11:00 AM Kids@Warren (Infants-Grade 5)

Whole Life Ministries Chapel 2621 Washington Road Augusta, GA 7:00 AM Sunrise Service, Sunday, April 16, 2017, Whole Life Ministries Chapel 10:30 AM Easter Musical Presentation by Adult Choir and Children’s Choir Sunday, April 16, 2017, Whole Life Ministries Sanctuary

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April 29 at 10:00 a.m. Call for artisans for annual Harlem Arts Festival, 385 Church Street Harlem,The Harlem Arts Council is issuing a call for artisans for the third annual Harlem Arts Festival (formerly Arts at the Gazebo). April 29 from 10-4 in the Glenn Phillips park and Gazebo. All work must be the original , handmade or created work of the artists. All paint media, photography, wood, metal fiber, textiles, jewelry, pottery, folk art, mixed media, stone and China painting will be considered. Spaces are limited so apply early. Call Ann Blalock (706) 513-2634 or (706) 556-6656 or email April 29 at 10:00 a.m. Westminster Schools of Augusta will host an information session for the Arrowsmith Program. This highly focused classroom is for dyslexic and learning disabled students, and for students with learning differences who struggle in the traditional classroom. The Arrowsmith Program at Westminster is the only school offering this program in the CSRA. For more information, visit

Hospital Events & Classes Trinity Hospital of Augusta offers a diverse range of classes, seminars and support groups led by experienced staff and healthcare providers. Check out the schedule and sign up information below to get started. Registration is necessary for all classes as space is limited. For phone registration or additional information, please call the following number (800) 414-7441, which is available 27/7. Class dates are subject to change or cancellation. April 16 Growing Boys Boy’s ages 9 to 12 accompanied by their father, male relative or friend will find helpful information on what to expect in the pre-adolescent years. Knowing what to expect can help boys weather this transition without undue anxiety, confusion and frustration. 9:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. $10 per person All classes are scheduled to be held in the Ground Floor Conference Room. April 19 On Being a Girl This class is designed for girls ages 9 to 12 accompanied by their mother, a female friend or relative. Discussion is focused on physical and emotional changes of puberty. 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. $10 per person All classes are scheduled to be held in the Sister Mary Louise Conference Room

University Hospital 1350 Walton Way Augusta, GA 30901 call 706-774-4141. April 3 at 6:30 p.m. Pink Pistols, Breast Health Center, First Monday each month.A support group for younger women who have been diagnosed with breast cancer. For more information, April 3rd at 7:00 p.m. Parents Healing Together.This support group is for parents, families and friends who have lost infants through miscarriage, death, ectopic pregnancy or stillbirth. Call 706-774-5811 for more information. April 07 at 6:30 p.m. Weekend Childbirth Education. University Hospital Education Center, Third Floor April 10 at 4:00 p.m. Breast-Self Exam Class University Breast Health Center. Learn to give yourself a breast self-exam. This FREE class is held in the Breast Health Center on the second Monday of each month. Reservations are required by calling 706-774-4141. April 10th at 7:00 p.m. Childbirth Education Class April 13 at 7:00 p.m. Women’s Center Tour April 17 at 1:00 p.m. Look Good ... Feel Better. University Breast Health Center The Look Good...Feel Better program is a community-based, free, national service that teaches female cancer patients beauty techniques to help restore their appearance and self-image during chemotherapy and radiation treatments. Call 706-7744141 for more information and to register. April 20 at 7:00 p.m. Sign Language Class - Advanced, University Hospital’s Third Floor educations rooms. This eight-week course will cover the syntax of sign language, facets of deaf culture, and expressive and receptive fingerspelling comprehension. Each week students receive instruction on a specific objective. They will apply these techniques through interactive language using Sign Language. Students can purchase the text ($45) when they arrive to class. Tuition is $45. This beginning course runs through June 8. Call 706-738-2095 to register. April 27th at 7:00 p.m. Intro to Infant CPR, Do you worry about knowing

how to revive your baby should the need arise? This free class provides you an opportunity to learn and practice infant CPR on our mannequins and also learn other aspects of infant safety. This class is limited to 24 spaces, so please register early. Doctor’s Hospital 3651 Wheeler Rd. Augusta, GA 30909 April 5 at 5:30 p.m. Girl Talk Support Group: Regaining Control Of Your Life Have issues about Pelvic Health? Doctors Hospital’s Pelvic Health Institute can help! Come hear a patient’s personal testimony on how Dr. Whitfield was able to give her back her quality of life when nothing else worked. April 13 at 7:00 p.m. Baby 10: Infants don’t come with instructions, but this class will equip you, as new parents, with knowledge about infant development and the guidance needed to care for your infant. Topics include normal newborn appearance and behavior, bathing, crying, diapering, swaddling and feeding. Partners are encouraged to attend. April 20 at 7:00 p.m. Babies, Bumps And Bruises: This class is recommended not only for parents, but family and friends as well. Infant CPR, as taught by the American Heart Association, is discussed and hands-on skills are practiced. Infant safety issues, such as car seats, choking hazards, and safe sleep, are also covered. April 22 at 9:00 a.m. Short And Sweet Childbirth Weekend Class: A twoday weekend class covering discomforts of pregnancy, the process of labor and delivery, comfort techniques used in labor, medication/ epidurals and relaxation and breathing techniques. This class includes valuable information even if mom intends to use an epidural for labor and birth. It’s a must for mom and her partner! A tour of the Women’s Center is included. Partners are strongly encouraged to attend. April 25 at 6:00 p.m. Big Brother - Big Sister: This class will take siblings ages 3-8 on a visit to the Center for Women so that they can see where Mom and their new baby will be during their hospital stay. This class offers fun, educational and interactive activities so that your child(ren) will be prepared to welcome the new baby. It’s best for children to attend this class as close to mom’s due date as possible.

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Girl Go


by Ren ee William s

Karen L Gordon KAREN GORDON, 47 is married to retired Army Officer Clarence Thomas and has four children, Ryanne, 26, Christopher, 26, Malcom, 25 and Daniel (Scooter),8. Gordon is a professional musician and a member of Leadership Augusta (class of 2015 ambassador), Jessye Norman School of Arts, Greater Augusta Arts Council and the Downtown Advisory Panel. Gordon founded Garden City Jazz Series in 2003 and under her leadership, the program has launced several new projects, including art exhibits, print division, jazz camp and a community festival. One word you would use to describe yourself: Spectacular. If you could have any job, what would you choose? Ruler of the Universe but I am the Empress of Cool. Best job ever. What quality do you most admire the most? Compassion What’s your favorite food? Shrimp and Grits Dream vacation? Cape Town International Jazz Festival Favorite place to take the kids? Music & Arts Festivals Favorite TV show: This Is Us on NBC What did you want to be when you grew up? Concert Pianist. Hobbies? I am trying to start a vegetable garden. Is there an important life lesson you’ve learned? That each of us has the opportunity to create the reality that we talk about.

figure things out so that they do not have to make the same bad choices you that they do not have to suffer. Sometimes, it is just looking at the caller ID, whether at noon or midnight. It is wishing you had told them about all the foolishness you dealt with so they feel comfortable talking to you about their issues so that perhaps they will not put you up on a pedestal and view you as the all wise and powerful Oz, but instead as a regular so and so...STILL trying to figure it out...THAT RIGHT THERE... yeah.... that is it. Favorite indulgence? Live music What was you first job? French Fry Artist at Burger King on Deans Bridge Road. Whom do you admire the most? My mother, Lena Bell. She is a rockstar. What are your reading right now? Queen Sugar by Natalie Baszile. Favorite subject in school? Music

What would surprise people about you? I’m a terrible dancer. I still do it though.

Greatest hope: To leave this community better than I found it.

Best thing about being a mom? The hugs. . Hardest part about being a mom? Wanting to fix everything for your children so that they receive only the best, even if you can’t give it to them. It is trying to find the balance between rescuing them and letting them

Biggest fear: That I will disappoint my family.

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What inspires you? Seeing others pursue their dreams. Song playing in your head: “Derrell Said” by Gray Mayfield

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