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Mom to Mom

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Eating Well With Kim

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Our Annual Summer Camp Guide On the cOver Johnny, 6, graCie, 8, henry, 4, ruthie, 10, & landry, 4 monthS, are the Children of Jr and melanie Shelnutt of martinez.

Our guide for what’s new, where to go and what to do

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Is your child ready for their “close up?” If you think you’ve got a “cover kid,” submit their photo and information on our website and they may grace the cover of Augusta Family Magazine.

Vidalia Onion Frittata —Kim Beavers, MS, RD, LD, CDE

Doctor Dad Bedtime Stories —J. Ron Eaker, M.D.

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June 20, 2016 —Karen Gordon

Smart Mom’s Guide Packing Kids for Camp

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Editor’s Notes b y Renee Williams

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EDITOR Renee Williams

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CONTRIBUTORS Kim Beavers, MS, RD, CDE J. Ron Eaker, M.D. Karen Gordon Dr. Dana Harris Meredith Flory Cammie Jones LeeAnn Rhoden Naimah Shaw Paige Tucker Dustin Turner Augusta Family Magazine is published 10 times per year and distributed throughout the Augusta and Aiken area. Send press releases, story ideas or comments to the editor at renee.williams@augustafamily.com or mail to 725 Broad Street, Augusta, Ga., 30901. For advertising information, telephone (706) 823-3702. For circulation/distribution, call (706) 823-3722.

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elcome to our Summer Camp Guide!

As a child, few things are as memorable as the rite of passage of summer camp. Sleeping under the stars, swimming in the lake, making fire-roasted marshmallows, singing silly camp songs and making new friends are all the elements needed for a magical summer. I didn’t meet my best friend, Roxanne at summer camp but our pregnant mothers (pregnant with us) did meet one another in a public restroom after randomly striking up a conversation about their due dates. Think the rom com romp Sweet Home Alabama-baby in the bar scene. I find complete hilarity in the divine orchestration of a higher power in arranging our first encounter in such a non-conventional manner of meeting my best friend, while we were still yet in our mother’s womb. As children, Roxanne and I spent our summers together camping, playing Fashion Plates, stargazing, hosting talent shows or participating in some dangerous activity like catching poison ivy or poisonous bugs. As we got to high school, our summers began to consist of spring break vacations in St. Augustine Fla.,Van Halen and boys. Then, as the years kept rolling on, our summers consisted of Disney World with our children, themed birthday parties and lake outings. So coming around full circle in life, this year will be no different and by the time this issue hits the stands, Roxanne and I will be sailing the high seas and cruising to Cozumel, Mexico, the Cayman Islands and Ocho Rios, Jamaica. But really, our exotic destinations, five-star dining and daily calendar of special activities is just the backdrop for us to share our bigger adventures of juggling life, friends, work and family because somewhere out there surrounded by rainforests, rivers, mountains, waterfalls, lagoons and underwater caverns, her and I can once again be those two little girls who grew up together, shared all of life’s biggest moments together and still going at it. Happy Summer Camp Guide issue and Bon Voyage!

Until May, We look forward to hearing from you; visit our website www.augustafamily.com and on facebook and twitter. Facebook.com/ augustafamilymagazine @AUGFamilyMag

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Mom to Mom Ka ren G o rd o n

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t was 200 degrees outside and the mosquitoes got to their busywork as early as sunrise. Our family was getting moved into our new house, Bossman was at work, LeScoot and his cousin were at day camp and my nephew was helping me with the fun task of packing up boxes of stuff. As in, “stuff” that we should’ve gotten rid of when the big kids moved out years ago. Our new lawn guy was scheduled to lay the foundation for a beautiful backyard garden with the option of a water feature (but probably not...you know...mosquitoes). Upon return from Aiken, our SUV was packed to the gills with stuff, myself, my favorite nephew Jayden, lunch from McDonald’s and Buddy-our 100 pound squirrel-chasing American Bulldog. He’s super optimistic though hugely unsuccessful. We did our usual thing. We let Buddy out into the backyard and then got down to the business of cheeseburgers. Two minutes later, we heard a fender bender nearby. Not surprised – it’s noisy here. And we live on a pretty busy street, at the crest of a hill that drivers like to take to the Butt Bridge in downtown Augusta. I figured someone pulled out of a driveway and got nicked. Not so. Buddy lay in the middle of Morgan Road. The car had pulled over several yards downhill. Jay and I dragged Buddy onto the shoulder, while my neighbor across the street watched. Buddy didn’t suffer long. Many of our family and friends were very supportive throughout and we continued to make adjustments. Over the next several months, many experienced losses of their fur babies either to age, illness or accident. My son Malcolm, my girlfriend Ingrid and even my nephew Jayden. It’s tough to grieve the loss of a pet, when people are so quick to say “Yeah, but it’s JUST a dog.” Be kind, people! On to the sunny side. One year ago, this week, Ingrid swung by the Saturday Market to say, “Hi!” She had just left an adoption event at Pet Smart and was still grieving the loss of her Susie. We talked for hours, she made some calls and that afternoon, I was on my way home with a little bundle of joy – Georgia, a six-year old 60 pound American Bulldog mix. Georgia is the sweetest “giant puppy” and Bossman and LeScoot adore her. She’s well trained and housebroken, insists upon jumping in the car every time Scoot opens the door and cuddling in his lap and she prefers chasing birds to squirrels – ambitious, wouldn’t you say? Thanks to Ingrid, Steve Gray (Georgia’s foster parent), Molly’s Militia and all of the groups in the community that are working to keep our pet population safe and healthy. Mommy: Ok, Scoot, time for your bath! (10 minutes later) @SayWhatScooter: Mom! Guess what?! Georgia gave me a bath so now I only have to wash my other parts!

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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“Let us be grateful to the people who make us happy. They are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom.” -Marcel Proust

LidL BABY CARE iTEMS Lidl is extremely proud of its private label baby products and with merit. Lidl’s products have won numerous awards from the Cribsies and the Parent Tested Parent Approved (PTPA) organization. Their baby

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food is USDA certified organic and includes modern, healthy ingredients packed with nutrition. In addition to diapers, food and snacks, the grocery store chain also carries baby wash, baby lotion and baby wipes. Lidl’s award-winning products offer new parents high quality baby care at wallet-friendly prices. Lidl also has private label baby and infant clothing featuring Lupilu intended for newborns up to twenty four months of age and Pepperts, for children aged 6 to fourteen. The most recent Lupilu line features items made only with pure organic cotton and softer for your baby’s delicate skin. Check their website often for updates on new ranges since items rotate in so often. They also bring in infant care accessories from time to time and these

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oontastic 3D is a playful storytelling app that scaffolds the creative writing process and empowers kids to create their own animated cartoons. While Toontastic was not specifically designed for schools, educators love how the app sparks the imaginations of their students and also the fact that it uses a story arc to help frame their writing. Students use the app for creating everything from book reports to news broadcasts and even foreign language skills. Toontastic is for the playful storyteller in all of us but it’s especially great for kids aged 6-12! Toontastic works on phones, tablets and select Chromebooks. You can download the app on the Google Play Store and Apple App Store.

items include spill-proof snack boxes, teethers and highchair covers. For April specifically, Lidl also has a range of family-friendly gardening items coming to the Lidl Surprises section through the end of the month. You can check out the full catalog at www.circularhub.com or visit local locations at 1096 Alexander Dr., Augusta or 417 E. Martintown Rd. North Augusta, SC.

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news&notes Are we there yet? PHINIZY SWAMP NATURE PARK By LeeAnn Rhoden The Phinizy Swamp Nature Park is a combination of woodlands, flood plains, wetlands, ponds, lakes, creeks, and wetland cells. There are miles of trails and boardwalks to hike and to view these natural wonders and wildlife. The swamp is home to beavers, river otters, water fowl, amphibians, and reptiles. Don’t be surprised if you see snakes and alligators! There is a Visitor Center with a Swamp Shop open Saturday 9am – 5pm and Sunday 1pm – 5pm. Depending on volunteer availability the shop may be open at other times. At the Visitor Center there are areas which can be rented for conferences, classes, parties and events. Some of the locations are open gazebos and others are indoor rooms with kitchen facilities. The Phinizy Center for Water Sciences offers guided hikes so you can learn more about the site and wildlife. They also offer a homeschool curriculum, and are available for field trips and scouting activities. You are more than welcome to just go and hike on your own and enjoy the quiet beauty of the wetlands. During the summer the Phinizy Center offers summer camps. The camps are one week long during the month of June. They are offered for children ages 5 – 11 and they are divided up into age-appropriate activities. Camps run from 9am – 3pm and cost $215 per week. There is an extended day program for an additional $40 per week that allows drop off at 8am and late pick up at 5pm. The Phinizy Swamp is approximately 7000 acres but the Nature Park is only 1100 acres. Named for one of the early settlers, Ferdinand Phinizy, the swamp has a long and varied history. The swamp was home to Native Americans and early settlers – the Phinizys and the Casons. Artifacts from the Native Americans are still being discovered as the swamp is cleaned and restored. Also, there is an old Cason family cemetery that can be explored along the Butler Creek Trail.

Butler Creek is the main water source that runs through the swamp. In early days, the Phinizy Ditch was dug to connect downtown Augusta to Butler Creek. The ditch and creek were used as a waste water conduit to relieve Augusta of sewage and trash and flow out to the Savannah River. Over time the wetlands became overwhelmed with sewage from the city and surrounding factories and businesses. Now, the Phinizy Center for Water Sciences is in the process of restoring and protecting the wetlands and the swamp is a healthy, vibrant nature preserve. LOCATION: 1858 Lock and Dam Road, Augusta, GA 30906 BUDGET: Admission is free. Parking is free. Snacks and gifts are available in the Swamp Shop. Support of the the Phinizy Swamp Nature Park and Phinizy Center for Water Sciences is by tax deductible donations. WHAT TO SEE: See the historic cemetery, wetlands, wetland cells, ponds, woodlands, and silos. IF YOU GO: Wear comfortable clothes and shoes and be prepared to walk all day. Take bug spray, water bottle, and appropriate weather covering. Don’t forget the binoculars and a camera!

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FAST FACTS TEEN DRIVING Tragically, about six teens are killed each day in a car crash, according to Safe Kids Worldwide. In fact, motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of teen deaths, ahead of all other types of injury, violence and disease. The most common causes of teen driving crashes are the ones that young drivers (and their parents) know the least about. Combined with a lack of driving experience, the top five dangers are: distractions, such as cell phones/texting and too many teen passengers; driving at night; speeding and street racing; low seat belt compliance; and alcohol and drug use. In order to help save teen lives and give this problem the attention it deserves, Renee´ McCabe, Injury Prevention and Safe Kids Greater Augusta Coordinator, is helping bring the national Teens in the Driver Seat training program to Augusta-area schools. In fact, Lakeside, Evans, Cross Creek, AR Johnson and Grovetown are already participating in this highly regarded driver education experience. For more information, read the full column at AugustaFamily.com. 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 grhealth.org/safekids.

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April 14. Saving Homeless Pets, One Step At A Time Albrecht Center’s 2018 Walk for Animals. About Albrecht Center for Animal Welfare DAY-OF REGISTRATION WILL BEGIN AT 9AM AND THE WALK WILL BEGIN AT 10AM. Join us after for a patio, brunch party with delicious food, cash bar and music. Supporters can set up a team and fundraise in honor of a beloved pet, family member or friend, club or group, or simply in support of the Albrecht Center. Earn prizes for each “step” you take. Prizes range from a patio party meal ticket to a ticket to our new 2018 Barktober Fest to free dog washes during the entire Dog Wash season. The highest earning team leader will win a Pet Photo Session with Pam Gleason, owner, editor and amazing photographer of The Dog & Hound and Aiken Horse magazines!

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Eating Well with Kim Ki m B e a v e rs , M S , R D, LD, CDE

GEORGIA’S OTHER PEACH: THE VIDALIA® ONION IN 1990, THE VIDALIA® BECAME THE OFFICIAL STATE VEGETABLE OF GEORGIA.

Mild winters, regular rain and low sulfur soil gives South Georgia its peach or claim to fame the “Vidalia® Onion.” Harvest season is quickly approaching and it, like all good things, comes to an end— lasting only about twelve weeks. Fortunately, due to improved technology (controlled atmosphere) Vidalia’s are available through fall and up to the holiday season. While the short growing season (late April through June) may make you cry, Vidalia’s themselves produce fewer tears when cut than spicier onions. The low sulfur soil is responsible for less tear producing gasses. With a high water content and short growing season, it is a good idea to know how best to store this gem of an onion. The most common place to store Vidalia’s is the veggie bin in the refrigerator. The Vidalia Onion Committee suggests that onions be wrapped individually in paper towels, which will help absorb moisture and then placed in the crisper with the vents closed. They state a few may go bad but many will keep for months. For more information on storage and use of Vidalia® onions check out www.vidaliaonion.org.

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 www.universityhealth.org/ewwk. You can also watch the segments at www.wrdw.com/ewwk. 14 • Augusta Family | April 2018

Vidalia® Onion Frittata This recipe emphasizes the sweet flavor the Vidalia® is known for. Vegetable oil cooking spray 2 large Vidalia® onions, peeled and sliced into thin strips (about 4 cups) 2 teaspoon extra-virgin olive oil ¼ cup reduced sodium vegetable stock 1 baking potato cut into small cubes 1 broccoli crown chopped (about 3 cups broccoli)

Spray a nonstick (oven safe) skillet with cooking spray, add oil and place over medium heat. Once the oil is hot then add the onions and stir frequently until the onions begin to brown. Continue to cook slowly and stirring frequently until they are golden brown. Add the stock a little at a time if the onions begin to stick. While the onions are cooking, place the potatoes in a vegetable steamer basket over boiling water and steam for about 5-7 minutes, add the broccoli. Continue to steam until both are just fork tender. Place eggs, egg whites into a medium bowl, whisk to combine. Stir in the cheese and seasonings.

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After the onions are cooked and golden, The Bulls Soccer Club add the potatoes and broccoli to the extreme pride in the dev pan, stirring to combine. Next pour the egg mixture over the vegetables. Cook the frittata on the stove for about 6-8 minutes until the sides are set and the center is slightly wet. Meanwhile pre-heat the broiler. Once the frittata is mostly set, run the skillet under the broiler for 3-5 minutes to cook the center. Yield: 6 servings Nutrition Breakdown: Calories 220, Fat 8g (saturated fat 2.5g, Omega-3 100mg, monounsaturated 3g), Cholesterol 210mg, Sodium 420mg, Carbohydrate 24g, Fiber 4g, Protein 14g, Diabetes Exchanges: 1 Starch, 2 Vegetables, 2 Lean Meats

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1. Coerver Performance Academy- Blanchard Woods These players will be placed on a team for the Spring Season. • Tuition- $675.00 The • Spring Ages 9-18, Days- Su, M, Tu, W, Th, F Season will run from January thru May. January 8th and 9th Times- 5.30pm - 8.30pm (3 sessions per evening) Blanchard Soccer Complex | 4600 Blanchard Woods Dr, Evans Payment plan- Available • For Additional Information The http://www.coervercarolinaspa.com Bulls Soccer Club is the fastest growing youth soccer program in the CSRA. We take

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2. Coerver Performance Academy- Citizens Park Aiken 3 Day a training environment. The Bulls Soccer Club focuses on individual Week Program technical development of each player and features a variety • Tuition- $365.00 • Ages 9-18, Days- Tues, Thursday, of small-sided games and activities designed to improve Times Tues/Thursday- 5.30pm - 8.30pm, technique, skill and control. The goal is to provide the best • Sat AM 9:00-12:00 environment for players to develop and offer a route to • (3 sessions per evening) Payment plan- Available achieve playing opportunities at the Middle School, High • For Additional Information School and College Level. The Club seeks players who http://www.coervercarolinaspa.com

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Dr. Dad

J. Ro n E a ker, M. D.

THE GOLDILOCKS OF SLEEP (Second in a series of Healthy Habits for Moms)

If you were not raised in the jungles of Sumatra by wolves, chances are you have heard the story of Goldilocks and the Three Bears. So as to not raise any unnecessary childhood traumas, I will cut to the sound that has echoed through the ages...”It was not too hot and not too cold, but just right.” This age old aphorism applies to many things such as watching Game of Thrones and eating banana bread, but nowhere is the aphorism more relevant than in the dreamy realm of sleep. Achieving the fairy-tale ideal of balance is vital when we view sleep from a health perspective. Notwithstanding the sheer joy of blissful rest, adequate sleep is a habit worth cultivating for many reasons. Being overweight in today’s Western society is about as common as scandals in Congress. One factor leading to our prominent portliness is too little sleep. Studies have shown that individuals who get less than 5 hours of sleep a night stand a 30% increased chance of being overweight. Push that to 5-6 hours and that goes to 20% but even there a full 57% are more likely to be obese. So you chronic insomniacs may be asking, “What is the ideal number of hours to slumber and not put on the pounds?” Again, scientists who study these things have decided that between 7-8 hours of quality sleep gives the best health results. Why does sleep influence weight? There are actually a number of reasons. Those who sleep less than 6 hours a night have a higher level of a dastardly hormone called ghrelin. This little demon stimulates appetite and decreases energy expenditure, thus leading to love handles. In addition, your adrenal glands spew out more cortisol which tells your fat cells to expand and set up shop around your waist. Before you run off screaming that you are doomed to being overweight because you don’t sleep, remember that individuals, like snowflakes, are unique. Sleep requirements vary from person to person as it relates to health. All of us have read about famous people who reported that they needed limited sleep and could still perform at optimal levels. Martha Stewart, for example, has claimed for years she only got 4-5 hours of sleep a night. I wonder if that was because of frequent cell checks while in prison? Anyway, my point is that each individual needs to access many factors, including sleep, as it relates to something as complex as weight gain. There are also researchers that note that our immune system suffers with a dirge of sleep time. Ever wonder why you tend to get more colds when you are not rested? It may not be that you spend your entire day in the presence of little germ factories (i.e. children) but the fact that you have flummoxed your white blood cells by staying up too late watching Jimmy Kimmell.

Not surprisingly, shift workers are at great risk for a variety of health problems because of disrupted sleep patterns. Those who rotate shifts seem to be most vulnerable because they are constantly trying to establish a pattern and are constantly thwarted by bosses giving them 2 night shifts in the middle of the week. Again, some of the most challenging clients in weight loss programs are those who work odd hours and have messed up sleep. Then there is the dilemma of sleep apnea or as some call it “the mother of all snoring.” This highly disturbing and disruptive cycle of stopping breathing, waking up and doing this sometimes more than 30 times a night is either a result of being overweight or can actually be a reason for becoming overweight. Either way, it totally screws up the sleep cycle leaving you tired, irritable and downright not easy to get along with the next day. With all this good news, is there any hope for getting better sleep if you need to? Here are some simple but effective suggestions for successful slumber straight from the National Sleep Foundation: 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9.

Stick to a sleep schedule. Practice a relaxing bedtime ritual. Avoid naps, especially in the afternoon. Exercise daily. Control your sleep environment. Sleep on a comfortable mattress and pillow. Avoid alcohol, cigarettes and heavy meals in the evening. If you can’t sleep, go into another room and do something relaxing until you feel tired. If you’re still having trouble sleeping, don’t hesitate to speak with your doctor or to find a sleep professional.

Dr. Eaker is an Augusta Ob/GYN and author. He and his wife, Susan, have two daughters in college.

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Smart Mom’s Guide C a m m i e Jo n e s

Packing Kids for Camp

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f you have a camper, then you know when it comes to packing for an overnight camp experience, it can be both time consuming and confusing. Depending on the duration of the camp (one week, two weeks or a month), it can be tricky getting the right stuff and not overpacking your child’s trunk. Most camp websites include a packing list to use as a guide but sometimes hearing from some seasoned campers

and parents could be more accurate. Here are some tips from the experts:

1. Less is More.

the entire time. It doesn’t have to be a name brand shoe.

There will be a huge list that the camp will provide for you.

Just find a comfortable sandal that fits your child’s foot and

Do you need to send everything on that list? Absolutely not.

offers support. These can be used for most outside activi-

The more stuff you send, the more stuff you may not get

ties such as hiking, canoeing, etc. Unless one of the activi-

back. Always err on the side of sending more of the impor-

ties calls for closed toe shoes, then this type shoe will serve

tant essentials — underwear and socks, for instance. Also,

most of your needs.

send a few towels and washcloths for shower time. But, rule of thumb — don’t send fancy stuff — again, it will most likely

Most campers I asked agreed with the need for outdoor

come home dirty or not at all!

sandals but also said that a sturdy pair of tennis shoes is a must as well. Many sports activities and horseback riding

2. Ditch the MuLtipLe shoe choices.

require that you wear closed toe shoes so make sure to

One camper said that in all her years going to camp that she

double check the activities that you child is participating in

just wore outdoor sports sandals such as Chacos or Tevas

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3. Don’t pack the Miscellaneous iteMs.

to see again. You may get most of the stuff back since

When reviewing the “what to pack” list from your

you labeled it, but you never know. Send clothes they

child’s camp, I find that the items at the beginning of

can wear over and over again — sports shorts, dark

the list are usually the most important. As you ven-

T-shirts, etc. Also, don’t send anything that you don’t

ture down the list, I see most of these items as less

want ruined. They will be outside most of the time

crucial to your child’s experience. I use mosquito net-

or working with paints or tie dye at least once during

ting as an example of this. Even though this doesn’t

the time they are away so be prepared for stained T-

take up much space, mosquito netting is probably not

shirts and shorts to come home.

necessary unless the camp specifically has a mosquito issue.

8. parents Just neeD to “chill.” Once you have your child packed and ready for drop

If it says to bring games or other extra items from

off at camp, it’s time for you to let them spread their

home that will take up some needed space in your

wings. I know the first year my daughter went to

child’s trunk or luggage, leave it out. A deck of cards

camp, I stalked her on the camp website searching

will work just as well and won’t take up a lot of space.

for pictures of her having fun. If she wasn’t on any pics or if she was not smiling when they snapped the

4. letters for DuMMies instruction.

photo, my imagination ran wild. She was miserable or

If you want to hear from your child while at camp,

sick for sure. Then, as I eagerly checked the mailbox

you better have a quick letter writing lesson, com-

each day without a letter from her, I was sure she

plete with where to put the stamp. Your child may be

would hate me forever for sending her off. Needless

able to do this quite easily or if they were like mine,

to say, this was all just plain silly. She was happy and

not so much. A sample envelope will help with how

having a ball. In other words, no news is good news.

to address and where to put the “sticker.” I also always include a list of important addresses (family and

Here’s some advice from one Type A person to an-

close friends) who would love to get a note from your

other: parents just need to chill. Your child is going

camper. Try to make it easy for them to send a letter

to have a great experience while at camp no mat-

— not so much for them but for you — the recipient!

ter if you forgot to send his favorite water bottle or beloved stuffed animal. They will come home happy

5. label eVerYthinG!

yet smelly and tired with a trunk full of dirty clothes.

If you ever want to see that cute “Camper Queen”

They will tell you all about camp in their own time

sequined T-shirt again, then you better label it. There

and I am sure the stories will make you smile with the

are tons of companies out there that sell labels that

knowledge that your child made some great memo-

you can stick on or iron on your children’s clothes.

ries that will last a lifetime!

Some off the top of my head are Mabel’s Labels, Name Bubbles and Label Daddy. All have various sizes and packages that you and your child can design and

Funny ReseaRch

order with multiple price points to fit your budget. 6. pack with Your chilD. For older children, this may sound strange but it is important to make sure that your child is packing all

answeRs FRom actual campeRs: What do you NOT need at camp? -

ment for a cleaning the week your child

the essentials and not all the fluff. Make sure you go over some basic hygiene lessons at this time — wear deodorant, brush your teeth everyday, wash your face, etc. Not that your child will follow these basic rules each day but it will make you feel better that you actually did try to influence their hygienic needs. 7. senD plaY clothes. Again, please don’t pack anything that you really want

a toothbrush (make that dentist appointgets home)

-

stationery (guess you won’t be getting any letters)

-

You only need one towel and one washcloth (yuck!)

Cammie Jones is an Augusta freelance writer and mother of three.

Augusta Family | April 2018 • 19


Raising Readers Me red i th F l o r y

Raising Green Readers While it can feel time consuming and it’s hard to see

easily extended to the rest of her family, “I guess because

what impact you are making, many of you may feel the same

practicing eco-friendly habits is now a part of our lifestyle, it’s

responsibility I do towards attempting to positively change

easy to involve my kids every day in lots of way,” she says. Her

the environmental impact my family has. As we work on our

website, www.greenily.com, is a resource for families looking to

first garden, continue to assess our shopping and recycling

implement lifestyle changes in the amount of waste they pro-

habits and try our hand at sustainable practices, I’ve realized

duce and provides resources for getting started with practices

how involving my children increases their outdoor time and

such as recycling and conserving water.

interest in the sciences. The last two months, I’ve addressed

Alison’s organization focuses on teaching “individuals,

issues of domestic literacy and how working with your chil-

families and communities to become more sustainable and

dren on household skills can increase their confidence and

productive by learning to grow food, cook food and to preserve

give them an avenue for practicing a myriad of skills. As April

food” and she has seen first hand how understanding the grow-

brings spring weather, adding an environmentally friendly ac-

ing process can help families nutritionally and financially. She

tivity to your family’s plans can be a fantastic way to continue

shared one of her favorite stories of how, a precocious eight-

these lessons.

year old girl, who had initially she didn’t like onions, changed

I spoke with Pam Mercer, who has transferred her profes-

her mind after unearthing a perfect purple onion from beneath

sional experience and role as a mother into the blog Greenily

the garden soil and tasting it. Alison says, “She asked me, ‘Is this

and Tasha Alison, co-founder of Icebox Ministries, to ask how

what a real onion tastes like?’” When Alison replied, “Yes,” the

we might be mindful of the ways we teach our children about

little girl found the taste to be better than store bought onions

resources and sustainable practices.

and, “her discovery filled her with joy” as she exclaimed that she

Mercer expresses how her journey to become more “green”

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did like onions.


Celebrate Arbor Day and Earth Day this month by

waste. My children have been helping as we

providing “storage space so that the abun-

working towards a “greener” home:

learn to compost and they love dumping com-

dance of one season is available in the next.”

postable items in our bin and digging through to Read about ouR impact on the eaRth

find worms in the good soil at the bottom.

getting involved With enviRonmental effoRts in YouR communitY

April is a wonderful time to read books that encourage being kind to our environment.

plant oR pReseRve something to eat

Look for story times or Earth Day events in the

Mercer recommends Where Does the Garbage

If something has been holding you back from

CSRA for a family outing this month. If you are

Go? because she says, “It does a really great job

growing plants, I understand: I killed a potted

ready to commit to bringing more change to your

of explaining the process of trash, recycling

cactus in college once from overwatering it.

community, Mercer encourages parents to “talk

and landfills.” Also, 10 Things I Can Do to Help

However, there are many ways to start small so

with those in charge” such as an administrator or

My World by Melanie Walsh is both made from

that children get the benefits of learning to grow

PTA member about ways your child’s school might

recycled paper and an easy visual guide to ways

food without the commitment of a full garden.

become involved with recycling efforts, whether it

small children can help take care of the Earth.

Alison recommends a raised bed or containers

be through teaching kids to sort their lunchroom

We’ve been reading Secrets of the Vegetable

to start gardening on a small scale. Families can

trash or becoming involved with a mail-in program

Garden by Carron Brown & Giordano Poloni to

also become involved with community garden

for items like crayons or juice bags that traditional

understand what goes in to planting our garden.

projects to learn more. For example Icebox

recycling doesn’t accept.

Check with your local librarian or child’s science

Ministries teaches family friendly gardening

teacher for suggestions on books dealing with

classes in a greenhouse on Monday mornings.

plant life, ecosystems, energy and waste management.

Some organizations, including Icebox Ministries offer classes, workshops or volunteer opportunities

Alison explained that while they work with

for community members to learn more about where

families on all aspects of getting food from

our food comes from. Your scouting troop, church

involve childRen in household Waste

the garden to the table -- such as planting,

group, homeschool co-op or other organization

management

composting and cooking that preserving food

may be able to join together to work for a greener

Mercer suggests involving children in sorting

is one of the most important. If a family has

community. Check out www.iceboxministries.org

waste, whether in helping sort refuse into sepa-

grown or obtained more fresh vegetables than

to see what events they have planned or fill out

rate bins for trash and recycling or having chil-

they can eat, the food may go to waste but

their online form to organize a group activity or find

dren determine what used items can be donated

learning how to preserve (canning, freezing or

volunteer opportunities.

or reused in some other way. Trips to donation

dehydrating) can provide nutritious, afford-

centers or farmer’s markets can become educa-

able food long after the initial harvest would

tional opportunities to discuss why your family

be tossed. Icebox Ministries also works with

is making the decision to buy local or create less

families that do not have the room to do so,

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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SUMMER Join Us for

CAMP FLIP FLOP PRESCHOOL CAMP Ages 3-5 years Camp Hours 9:30 - 12:30

CAMP FLIP FLOP Begins May 29th | Ages 4-13 years Camp Hours 8:30 - 4:30 (Early drop-off 7:30 am/late pickup 5:30 pm) Weekly themes

Register online at www.gymnasticsgold.com or call 706-650-2111

THINK. CREATE. EXPLORE. • Summer 2018

Summer Camp SummerArt Camp

June June 4th-July 20th. June 4th-July 21st. Creating with clay, ceramics, glass fusing, Creating with clay, ceramics, canvas, and junk art. glass fusing, canvas, and junk art. iCREATE Camp- 2nd-5th grade.

graders. $175 tater tARTS prek-1st. 5days/$175 10am-1pm 3days/$95 10:00-12:00

Tater tARTS- Prek-1st 3days/$95 10:00-12:00

iCreate Camp-2nd-5th 5days/$175 10am-1pm

Artsy Me Downtown 1016 Broad Street, Augusta, GA 30907 706-723-5914

OPEN TO ALL IN THE CSRA, AGES 3-18

Artsy Me Evans Location 4275-B Washington Road • Evans, Georgia 30809 (old brown feed and seed, look for the purple awning) 706-432-6396

Register at www.artsymestudio.com

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Offering pottery painting, glass fusing, canvas, clay, classes, events and more.


CAMPS

Star Wars Jedi training academy U.U.C.A. Summer Day Camp 2018

Coming to a galaxy near you June 25th-29th, 2018 for children in grades 1-6 9am drop off & sign in/ 2pm pick up & sign out Camp Cost is $115 ($100 per child for families with 2+ siblings) Please bring a sack lunch/ healthy snacks will be provided This year’s camp is based on Let the Force Be With You JEDI ACADEMY by Jessica Zebrine Gray Camp Leader: Mrs. Veronica Leaptrott | Morning Chapel led by Rev. Gaye Ortiz Early Registration Deadline: May 1st (space is limited)

Some things we will explore: How to use the force for good STEM activities Jedi Temple STEM activities to include: Galaxy Slime Build your own pod racer Build your own light saber

Contact Ruth Garrison or Veronica Leaptrott for registration form dre@uuaugusta.org | (706) 733-7939

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2018

CAMP GUIDE BY NAIMAH SHAW

The long, lazy days of summer are right around the corner! Finally, the moment children anticipate and look forward to all year long, but simultaneously the moment that many parents also dread. The phrase, “I’m bored!” can be a chronic stressor on parents but look no further than the detailed CSRA’s Summer Camp Guide where you can find anything you desire from art, music, STEM, tennis, rowing, golf and SO much more!

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4P STUDIOS La Pavilion Shopping Center, 106 Pleasant Home Rd., Suite 2S, Augusta. 706-267-6724. Please call for additional details.

A CHILD’S WORLD 4204 Columbia Rd., Martinez, 706-860-0059. 3549 Windsor Spring Road, 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. Fun for 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 and much more. Call for complete details.

org. Contact Cathy Rumble at 803-641-9094 or email aikencenterforthearts.pgmdir@gmail.com. Online registration for Aiken Center for the Arts Summer Camps begins April 1. Discovering Art. Half days or whole days for the older students. $140 for a week of half-days (9 a.m.-noon or 1-4 p.m.) and $265 for a week of whole days (9 a.m.-4 p.m.). All art supplies are provided. Campers bring snacks and lunch. 4-6 Year Olds. Explore 5 letters from the alphabet each week as they relate to art. Create 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.

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!

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 day) or for two studios and stay all day. All levels are welcome in all studios.

AIKen CenTeR FOR THe ARTS 122 Laurens St., SW, Aiken. www. aikencenterforthearts.

AIKen COUnTY PARKS, ReCReATIOn AnD TOURISm. www.aikencountysc.gov/tourism.803-642-7559 or

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803-663-6142. Summer Adventure at Aiken County Recreation Center (Graniteville location). Ages 6-12. Weekly, beginning June 14th (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. 706736-5516. www.aquinashigh.org. Please call for additional details.

ARTSY me 4275-B Washington Road, Evans. www.artsymestudio. com. 706-432-6396 or Cricket.artsyme@gmail.com. iCreate Camp. Includes projects in clay, ceramics, canvas, glass and junk art.

ART nOOK SCHOOL AnD STUDIO www.artnookaiken.com. 601 Silver Bluff Rd. Ste 10 Aiken, SC 29803, 803.760.7710. Ages: 5 yrs – Teens


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ART AND SOUL PAINTING PARTIES 3850 Washington Rd. or emial khwaters11@bellsouth. net. 706-550-8385. There will be a different session of art camp offered each week with different projects, We will meet Mon -Thurs from 11am to 1:00. There will be an afternoon session for ages 9 and up offered every other week. To register, visit the events section of our Facebook page. https://www.facebook.com/ArtandSoulPaintingClasses/events. Cost is $75 for the week and incudes all art supplies.

ATHENS Y CAMPS Tallulah Falls, Ga. For mor info, visit www.athensycamps. org. 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 one-week sessions, June 3-July 28. (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. Day Camp. Ages: Boys and Girls Ages 7 - 14 Cost: $495 + $45 Store Fee Dates: Monday thru Friday 8:00 – 5:30, Sessions 1 - 8 Extremist Program. Ages 12-14. Eight one-week sessions, June 3-July 28. (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 3-July 31; Sessions 2: July 1-July 28. $1,800 per session, plus $150 store fee. A rigorous 4-week program that 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. khernlen@gru.edu 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. Please contact Kitty Hernlen no later than June 1st.

AUGUSTA BALLET SCHOOL 2941 Walton Way.. www.augustaballetschool.com. 706-733-5511. augustaballetschool@knology.net.

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 special performance for friends and families. The focus of Summer Workshops is developing and enhancing a student’s technique in a relaxed, fun and creative environment. Students will tackle new challenges, taking their technical and physical abilities to the next level. Workshops are offered in two Summer Sessions: Session I: June 4-28 (4 weeks). Session II: July 9th-26 (3weeks) . Advanced Workshops Advanced Workshops are designed for students currently enrolled in Colton Ballet School Grades IV and above to begin their transition to the next grade level. Students not currently attending the school should email or call the office at (706) 733 5511 to discuss placement in the appropriate grade level. Therapeutic Ball $20/class Monday through Thursday 9:00–10:30 Studio A Zanne Colton Technique+Pointe $25/class Monday through Thursday 10:30–1:00 Studio A Zanne Colton Intermediate Workshops (Grade III, Advanced Grade III, & Grade IV) Intermediate Workshops are designed for students currently enrolled in Colton Ballet School Grades II through Advanced III to begin their transition to the next grade level. Students not currently attending the school should email or call the office at (706) 733 5511 to discuss placement in the appropriate grade level. Grade III (For current Grade II students)Therapeutic Ball $20/class Monday through Thursday 9:00–10:30 Studio A Zanne Colton. Technique (Grade III) $15/class Tuesday & Thursday 11:30–12:30 Studio B Bon Ellis. Advanced Grade III (For current Grade III students) Therapeutic Ball $20/class. Monday through Thursday 9:00–10:30 Studio A Zanne Colton Technique (Advanced Grade III) $15/class Tuesday & Thursday 10:30–11:30 Studio B Bon Ellis Grade IV (For current Advanced Grade III students) Therapeutic Ball $20/class Monday through Thursday 9:00–10:30 Studio A Zanne Colton

Technique (Grade IV) $20/class Monday & Wednesday 10:30–12:00 Studio B Bon Ellis Beginning Pointe (Can only be taken when also taking Technique) $15/class Monday & Wednesday 12:00–1:00 Studio B Bon Ellis There is a $25 registration fee. Students will receive a class card which must be presented at each class. A student will not be admitted without their class card. For more information please email the office, or call us at (706) 733 5511.

AUGUSTA CHEER ACADEMY 4150 Washington Rd., Suite 4, Evans. www.augustacheeracademy.com.. rutley33@augustacheeracademy.com. 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. www.augustachristian.org. lynnwilkerson@augustachristian.org. Visit the website for information. Enrichment Camps/Classes Intergalactic Investigation Science Camp. Get ready to blast off into Outer Space with us! Explore the planets and discover just how vast the Solar System is. Construct a satellite to investigate the universe. Build and launch a rocket to propel your satellite into space. Observe the stars; learn their life cycle and how to navigate by starlight. The Intergalactic Investigation science camp is for rising 1st-6th graders. Dates: June 4-8, 8:30 am – 2:30 pm. Camp fee includes a t-shirt and a week of imagination, invention and creativity, all combined with science. “Fun in the Son” Summer Camp for rising 1st-6th graders. Dates: June 4 – July 27, 6:30 am – 6:00 pm. Camp fees: $160 - 6:30 am to 6:00 pm; $130 – 9:00 am – 3:00 pm. Contact Sheri Dekle at sheridekle@augustachristian.org or 706-863-2905, ext. 272, for more information. SAT Prep Class. Shelia Stewart of SAT Prep Augusta is offering a one week SAT prep intensive at Augusta Christian Schools. Dates and times: July 23-27, 9 am to 1 pm. Cost is $300 which includes textbook. The class is designed to fully prepare a student to achieve their personal best on the SAT exam by providing key preparation components: strategy instruction, academic topic review, exam practice, review of actual practice exam problems. Please take a look at the testimonials of other students who have taken the class, and check out other class options on the website at: www.satprepaugusta.com. For more information contact Shelia Stewart at sonshine333@comcast.net. Athletic Camps Participants will receive instruction in individual skill development as well as learning team concepts. ACS athletics seeks to build student-athletes in areas of spiritual

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growth, motivation, and mental approaches to the game. Football Camp. Dates: June 18-21, 9 am – 12 noon. Contact Coach Tyler Vanhook for more information: tylervanhook@augustachristian.org. Boys Basketball Camps. Date: July 9-12 and July 16-19. Both Camps 8:30-12:30, daily. Contact Coach Charles Welch for more information: charleswelch@augustachristian.org. Please check the Augusta Christian School website for dates and times: www.augustachristian.org.

AJCC - AUGUSTA JEWISH COMMUNITY CENTER 898 Weinberger Way, Evans. (Off Fury’s Ferry Rd. between Hardy McManus Rd. and N. Belair Rd. For more info, visit www.augustajcc.org. 706-228-3636 AJCC Summer Day Camp. Ages 3-13. Ten sessions from May -August . 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 -August . 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 mid-April. 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 www.augustaplayers.org. 706-826-4707. summercamp@augustaplayers.org or juniorplayers@augustaplayers.org. 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.

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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.. Visit www.augustaprep. org for more info or call 706-863-1906. Academic Enrichment Camps If you are looking for a summer academic program that will provide scholastic enrichment and fun Camp Cavalier’s Academic Enrichment Program is the place for you! We offer a variety of hands-on, curriculum-based classes for various grade levels. Our classes will give your son or daughter the opportunity to fine-tune their current skills or jump start their next level of education. Week 1 June 4 - June 8 Ants Camp- Soaring Through the Solar System Rising Preschool (age 3) - Pre-K. Price: $135 Time: 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM. Location: Lower School Classroom Three, Two, One…Blast Off!! Come join your captain Miss Morgan as we soar into outer space through games and activities. At Space Camp, we will learn all about the different planets and explore the constellations. Buckle up and discover a whole new world of fun! On our expedition through space, a snack will be provided by your space captain, but do not forget a lunch for our astronauts. Hurry up and join us as we board our spaceships and blast off into a stargazing adventure! Grasshoppers Camp -Fun in the Sun Rising Kindergarten-4th grade Prices: $135 for Half Day; $255 for Full Day Times: 9:00 AM -12:00 PM or 12:00- 3 for Half Day; 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM Full Day. Location: Lower School Classroom Our Day Camps offer children the opportunity to feel the warmth and comfort of home while at Camp. Your child will experience a dynamic program 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! All of our Day Camp Directors meet or exceed the requirements for “Lead Teacher,” as laid out by the Georgia Department of Early Care and Learning. Challenger Sports: Mini Kickers British Soccer Rising Preschool (age 3) - Kindergarten. Price: $135. Time: 8:00 AM - 9:00 AM. Location: Lower School Soccer Fields Mini Kickers camp offers fun games, competitions, and

skill-building activities and is designed to enlighten and develop players. Must Register through Challenger Sports: www.challenger.configio.com. 8-9 AM. Dino Discovery Rising Preschool (age 3) - Kindergarten. Price: $135 Time: 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM. Location: Lower School Classroom. Do you know which dinosaur was nicknamed “long neck?” Do you know which dinosaur had the biggest head? Join us for a colossal journey into the world of dinosaurs. Build a dinosaur replica and have an archaeological dig just like a real paleontologist. In Dino Discovery, you will have a stomping good time! AP Basketball Camp Rising 1st Grade- 8th Grade. Price: $145. Time: 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM. Location: Boardman Athletic Facility AP Basketball Camp will be offered from 9am-12pm Monday - Thursday. This half day camp is led by Varsity Head Coach Myran Hunt and is perfect for the boy or girl that wants to have fun and learn the fundamentals skills of basketball. Your child will learn basic basketball skills which includes dribbling, shooting, passing and defense. There will be plenty of games and competitions. All skill levels are welcome. For games, players will be separated into teams based on skill level. If you are looking for an educational experience while having summer fun, this is the camp for you! Camp will be held on the Augusta Prep Campus in the Boardman Athletic Facility for any rising 1st -8th grader, $140 Physicals are required for all Augusta Prep Sports Camps. Boardman Athletic Facility is #16 on the Augusta Prep Map found HERE! Challenger Sports: British Soccer Ages 6 years old -16 years old. Prices: $135 for Half day; $235 for Full Day. Times: 9:00 AM -12:00 PM for Half Day; 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM Full Day. Location: Lower School Soccer Fields. Register for Challenger Sports British Soccer Camps and join over 150,000 players who will learn the Challenger way this summer! Each camp will feature the 1,000 Touches Curriculum, packed with drills and practices designed to improve individual ball control, foot skills, fakes, moves, juggling, and core techniques. This soccer camp run by professional soccer coaches visiting this summer from the United Kingdom. Physicals are required for all Augusta Prep Sports Camps. All Challenger Sports Camps will be hosted on the Augusta Prep Athletic Fields, #18 on the Augusta Prep Map found HERE! Art Camp Rising 2nd grade - 5th grade. Price: $105 for Half Day; $180 for Full Day. Times: 9:00 AM -12:00 PM for Half Day; 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM Full Day . Location: Lower School Art Room. This year’s art camp will be so exciting! Campers will complete a variety of projects and lessons while learning some new artistic concepts and techniques. The camp curriculum will include activities about perspective, art history, the artistic principles of design, as well as several STEAM challenges. Week 2 June 11 - June 15


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Ants Camp- Mad Science Rising Preschool (age 3) - Pre-K. Price: $135. Camp Type: Day Camp (Half Day Only). Location : Lower School Classroom. Mad Science camp invites you to discover a fun five-day camp! Your child will participate with hands on science experiments that will keep your preschooler engaged and excited about how everyday household items turn into cool science ideas!! We will have a blast from 9:00-1:00 Monday-Friday and a snack will be provided.

- 3:00 PM. Location: Lower School Classroom Get out your magnifying glasses and detective hat as we have clues to decipher and crimes to solve. We’ll put our critical thinking skills and STEM knowledge to the test and get to the bottom of mysteries by learning the tricks real investigators use to solve cases. While experimenting with simple detection techniques, your reasoning skills will grow and your problem solving skills will become better than CSI agents.

Grasshoppers Camp- Travel the World Rising Kindergarten-4th grade. Prices: $135 for Half Day; $255 for Full Day. Times: 9:00 AM -12:00 PM or 12:00- 3 for Half Day; 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM Full Day Location: Lower School Classroom. Our Day Camps offer children the opportunity to feel the warmth and comfort of home while at Camp. Your child will experience a dynamic program 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!

AP All Skills Volleyball Camp Rising 5th -12th grade. Price: $155. Time: 9:00 AM 12:00 PM (5th - 8th). 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM (9-12th). Location: Boardman Athletic Facility. The mission of the Augusta Prep Volleyball Day Camp is to teach the fundamental skills of volleyball in a competitive and fun environment. This camp is designed for girls entering grades 5-12 who have an interest in learning to play volleyball and/or improve their volleyball skills. Campers have an opportunity for one-on-one and group instruction in serving, digging, setting, passing, and offensive and defensive concepts. Campers will also have the opportunity to apply these skills during drills and games.

Aventura en Español: Water is Life Rising 6th -9th Grade. Price: $155. Time: 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM. Location: Middle School Room 4. This is a Spanish language and culture camp for rising 6th-9th graders. Students will explore the theme of water through music, cultural activities, food, art, and games in Spanish. Students may be beginning or intermediate Spanish speakers. All students will commit to speaking Spanish as much as possible during the camp hours. Princesses and Superheroes Rising Preschool (Age 3) - Kindergarten. Price: $255. Time: 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM. Location: Lower School Classroom Do you have what it takes to save the world? Do you have the sparkle to rule the world? Train to be the superhero or princess you were meant to be! Save the world from evil-doers everywhere in this interactive and high energy camp. The training combines cooperative games, team building activities, literature, educational enrichment activities, and craft projects to ensure your powers will be supreme. Hip Hop Dance Camp Rising 1st Grade - 4th Grade. Price: $155. Time: 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM. Location: Hull Fine Arts Center This camp back by popular demand for rising 1st through 4th graders and led by Ms. 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. 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. Super Sleuths Rising 2nd Grade- 5th Grade. Price: $255. Time: 9:00 AM

Week 3 June 18 - June 22 Ants Camp- Eric Carle Art Camp Rising Preschool (age 3) - Pre-K. Price: $135. Time: 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM. Location: Lower School Classroom Come get your creative juices flowing at Miss Morgan’s, Eric Carle inspired Art Camp! We will be reading different Eric Carle stories, such as Very Hungry Caterpillar, Little Cloud, and the Mixed Up Chameleon. Each day we will also be creating a work of art that goes along with our story! On our creative journey, Miss Morgan will provide your young Van Gogh with a snack, but be sure to send them in with a nut-free lunch! Grasshoppers Camp- Winter Wonderland Rising Kindergarten-4th grade. Prices: $135 for Half Day; $255 for Full Day. Times: 9:00 AM -12:00 PM or 12:003 for Half Day; 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM Full Day. Location: Lower School Classroom. Our Day Camps offer children the opportunity to feel the warmth and comfort of home while at Camp. Your child will experience a dynamic program 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! Mini Einsteins/Spark Academy Rising Preschool (age 3) - Kindergarten. Price: $205 Time: 9:00 AM -12:00 PM. Location: Lower School Preschool Classroom. This creative introduction to science takes preschoolers through a variety of activities aimed at learning beginning concepts of science. The curriculum is based on The American Chemical Society Book, Apples, Bubbles and Crystals and students will cover 4 letters each day. Literacy and language is also enforced. We will start at the beginning of the alphabet and continue through both weeks this camp is offered at Augusta Prep.

Week 3 will start with A-H then Week 6 will continue with I - P. AP All Sports Camp Rising 1st grade - 8th Grade. Price: $125 Time: 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM. Location: Boardman Athletic Facility. The goal of this sport camp is to help young athletes (beginning to advanced) develop their skills, improve in game competition, build relationships with others, believe in their abilities, gain self--confidence, and HAVE FUN!!! Campers will play All Sports, such as basketball, soccer, volleyball, flag football, bounced baseball, ultimate frisbee, gaga-ball, capture the flag and much more! There will be a focus on character building and leadership skills and we will celebrate Players of the Day! Camp will be held on the Augusta Prep Campus in the Boardman Athletic Facility. Design the Runway Rising 5th Grade - 8th Grade. Price: $280 ($25 supply fee included). Time: 9:00 AM -3:00 PM. Location: Lower School Library. Design your very own fashion line with us! Budding designers will create a fashion portfolio, create a one of a kind piece with recyclable goods and end the week with a Runway Show! Fashionistas will participate in several design challenges too. Come design your own runway with us! Ideabusters Camp Part 2 Rising 1st Grade - 3rd Grade. Price: $380. Time: 9:00 AM -3:00 PM. Location: Lower School Classroom InspiredbyMythBusters,camperswillbustmythsthemselves 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! This was so popular last summer we brought it back for Part 2! Twirling Tots Rising Ps-2nd Grade. Price: $155; Baton add-on $30 Time: 9:00 AM -12:00 PM. Location: Boardman Gym Baton Twirling Camp! Learn how to become a baton twirler! Baton Twirling is a unique sport that not only shows your school spirit, but it also promotes self confidence and also enhances motor skills, which promotes rhythm and overall coordination. Sportsmanship, fitness and fun are all emphasized in this exciting and unique activity! Participants will learn poise, basic twirls, salutes, struts and a mini-routine. Baton twirling has been described with similarities to ballet/gymnastics/cheer all blended together while using a baton! Campers will give a performance at the end of camp on Friday. Week 4 June 25 - June 29 Ants Camp- Underwater Exploration Rising Preschool (age 3) - Pre-K. Price: $135. Time: 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM. Come join all the preschool oceanographer for a week of underwater exploration. Your child will participate in 5 days of amazing underwater finds and the study of the amazing underwater sea life! We will

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meet from 9:00-1:00 Monday-Friday with a yummy snack provided.

distance, punting, kicking, obstacle course, 40 yard dash, etc.) and competitive 7 on 7 games.

Grasshoppers Camp- Patriotic Week Rising Kindergarten-4th grade. Prices: $135 for Half Day; $255 for Full Day. Times: 9:00 AM -12:00 PM or 12:003 for Half Day; 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM Full Day. Location: Lower School Classroom. Our Day Camps offer children the opportunity to feel the warmth and comfort of home while at Camp. Your child will experience a dynamic program 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!

AP Chess Camp Ages 6 years old - 13. Price: $205 (includes chess set) Time: 9:00 AM -12:00 PM. Location: Middle School Room 11. Join Mr. Kho and 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! ALL CAMPERS RECEIVE A CHESS SET AND A COMPLETION CERTIFICATE!

Mini- Med School Rising Preschool (age 3) - Kindergarten. Price: $255 Time: 9:00 AM -3:00 PM. Location: Lower School Classroom. Is there a doctor in camp? Join us this summer as we bring Mini Med School to Camp Cavalier! Our little doctors will use stuffed animal patients to take blood pressure readings, give “stitches”, put on a cast and make their own first aid kit, all while learning lots about what doctors, dentists, EMTs and other medical professionals do on a daily basis. Join us in this fun filled camp.

Microscope Mysteries Rising 3rd-5th grade. Price: $155. Time: 9:00 AM -12:00 PM. Location: Lower School 3rd Grade Classroom Students will learn the parts of a microscope and how to use it correctly. They will make slides of animal and plant cells, fibers and other materials using the microscope. Using their observations, they will record and draw what they see. A snack will be provided.

Gymnastics Camp Rising K-5th grade. Price: $255. Time: 9:00 AM -3:00 PM Location: Boardman Gym. Do you want to learn how to do a cartwheel, back walkover, or maybe a back handspring? Gymnastics Camp builds confidence and is open to kids with all levels of experience! Camp will include safety instruction, proper positioning drills, rolls, handstands, cartwheels, backbends, strength building and TONS of fun. 9:00 am - 3:00 PM. AP Junior Football Camp- 3 DAYS ONLY Rising Kindergarten - 5th Grade. Price: $160 ($50 off if registered before April 12). Time: 9:00 AM -12:30 PM Location: Baseball outfieldThe football coaching staff at Augusta Prep and visiting coaches would like to invite you to Augusta Prep’s 10th Annual Junior Summer Football Camp. This camp consist of fun drills, games, and contest to teach the kids the basics of football. This camp is a 3 day camp that will focus on teaching the basic tools that it takes to be a good football player. AP Football Camp Rising 4th -12th Grade. Price: $190 ($50 off if registered before April 12th) Time: 9:00 AM -12:00 PM Location: Football and Baseball Fields. The football coaching staff at Augusta Prep and visiting coaches would like to invite you to Augusta Prep’s 10th Annual Summer Football Camp. This camp allows players to get a head start for their 2018 football season. The camp focuses on fundamentals for each offense and defense position. It also focuses on the newest offense schemes (RPO, spread, PAP, and blocking/passing concepts). The camp covers speed & agility and weight lifting as well. Each day the camp ends with contest (throwing accuracy and

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Week 5 July 9-July 13 Ants Camp- Wacky Weather Week Rising Preschool (age 3) - Pre-K. Price: $135. Time: 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM. Location: Lower School Classroom Join Miss Morgan as we explore wacky weather! Windy, cloudy, sunny and snowy...we will learn about them all and more! Your child will get to participate in some fun science experiments and creative arts and crafts. Grasshoppers Camp Rising Kindergarten-4th grade. Prices: $135 for Half Day; $255 for Full Day. Times: 9:00 AM -12:00 PM or 12:003 for Half Day; 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM Full Day. Location: Lower School Classroom . Our Day Camps offer children the opportunity to feel the warmth and comfort of home while at Camp. Your child will experience a dynamic program 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! Junior Robotics Tomb Explorers Rising 1st -3rd grade. Price: $225. Time: 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM. Location: Lower School Classroom using Lego WeDo software we will dive into the world of Ancient Egypt! Light your torches and prepare to enter a tomb to search for treasure. We will build and program all the tools we need to find the treasure in an Ancient Pyramid! Mini-Music Theater Camp Rising Kindergarten - 6th Grade. Price: $255. Time: 9:00 AM -3:00 PM. Location: Lower School Music Room/ Knox Cafetorium. We are delighted to offer mini musical theater camp this summer. 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 will 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. Whiz Kids Rising 2nd -5th grade. Price: $255. Time: 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM. Instructor: Little Scholars, LCC Staff. Camp Type: Academic Enrichment. Location: Lower School Classroom Join us on a science discovery mission! We will explore the world of science through everyday objects, experiments and encounters. This camp will enhance the STEM education philosophies with a big punch of fun.Physics, biology, chemistry, geology, astronomy and zoology will all be covered in the camp. Week 5 July 9 - July 13 Ants Camp- Wacky Weather Week Rising Preschool (age 3) - Pre-K. Price: $135. Time: 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM. Location: Lower School Classroom Join Miss Morgan as we explore wacky weather! Windy, cloudy, sunny and snowy...we will learn about them all and more! Your child will get to participate in some fun science experiments and creative arts and crafts. Grasshoppers Camp Rising Kindergarten-4th grade. Prices: $135 for Half Day; $255 for Full Day. Times: 9:00 AM -12:00 PM or 12:00- 3 for Half Day; 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM Full Day. Location: Lower School Classroom Our Day Camps offer children the opportunity to feel the warmth and comfort of home while at Camp. Your child will experience a dynamic program 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, Junior Robotics Tomb Explorers Rising 1st -3rd grade Price: $225 Time: 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM Location: Lower School Classroom Using Lego WeDo software we will dive into the world of Ancient Egypt! Light your torches and prepare to enter a tomb to search for treasure. We will build and program all the tools we need to find the treasure in an Ancient Pyramid! Mini-Music Theater Camp Rising Kindergarten - 6th Grade Price: $255 Time: 9:00 AM -3:00 PM Location: Lower School Music Room/ Knox Cafetorium We are delighted to offer mini musical theater camp this summer. Students will prepare and then perform a musical


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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 will 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. Whiz Kids Rising 2nd -5th grade Price: $255 Time: 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM Location: Lower School Classroom Join us on a science discovery mission! We will explore the world of science through everyday objects, experiments and encounters. This camp will enhance the STEM education philosophies with a big punch of fun. Physics, biology, chemistry, geology, astronomy and zoology will all be covered in the camp. Week 7 July 23 - July 27 Ants Camp- Nutty 4 Numbers Rising Preschool (age 3) - Pre-K Price: $135 Time: 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM Location: Lower School Classroom One, two...buckle my shoe! Get ready for nutty number week with Miss Morgan. This week we will be getting creative with numbers, with an emphasis on numbers 0-10. We will have fun learning all about numbers through stories, creative arts, and games! Grasshoppers Camp -Magical Mystical Week Rising Kindergarten-4th grade Prices: $135 for Half Day; $255 for Full Day Times: 9:00 AM -12:00 PM or 12:00- 3 for Half Day; 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM Full Day. Location: Lower School Classroom. Our Day Camps offer children the opportunity to feel the warmth and comfort of home while at Camp. Your child will experience a dynamic program 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! Middle School Pre- Algebra Rising 7th graders or equivalent knowledge or those needing assistance with pre-algebra. Price: $150 Time: 9:00 Am -9:55 AM Location: Middle School Classroom #11 The MS Pre-Algebra Prep will be a camp for students who want to be well prepared in their Math skills for entrance into Pre-Algebra. The camp is an excellent way to get an early start into exploring concepts and skills important in Pre-Algebra. The camp will fine tune any previous skills as well as give intense glimpses into the world of Pre-Algebra.

Math Test Strategies Rising 5th -8th grade Price: $150 Time: 10:00 AM - 10:55 AM Location: Middle School Room #11 Taking Math assessments is sometimes the most frustrating part about learning Math. Just when you think you know the concepts well, a test or exam proves otherwise. How many times have you blanked out in an exam or make silly mistakes. Many times you do know how to get the solution; it is just hard to do it on command within a stressful environment. 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 8th - 9th Grade (or those needing assistance with Algebra skills) Price: $150 Time: 11:00 AM - 11:55 AM Location: Middle School Room #11 The Algebra Camp 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. The camp will help students get a glimpse of what skills and topics Algebra I will explore and will work with the new TI-Nspire CAS the handheld “calculator”, used in this course. This weeklong course is a great way for students to maintain and sharpen their Math skills throughout the summer. Come and learn how Algebra I is applied to everyday life! Tackling Math Word Problems Price: $150 Rising 7th - 9th grade (or those needing assistance with word problems) Time: 12:00 AM - 12:55 PM Location: Middle School Room #11 Are you struggling to use what you know in math when given a word problem? Would you like more practice for standardized tests and in class assessments. Come discover the mysteries of solving math work problems in all their glory! The camp is designed for students entering Pre-Algebra, Algebra, or Geometry. Week 8 July 30 - August 3 Jumpstart to Pre-K Rising Pre-K Prices: $205 Times: 9:00 AM -1:00 PM Location: Lower School Classroom Let’s alleviate those first day jitters and explore our classroom and get to know our classmates in a fun and relaxed environment. Wouldn’t it be great to know exactly what to expect on that first day? Wouldn’t it be fun to meet our classmates and already have friends before school even starts? Wouldn’t it be fun to be a leader that my teacher can count on? Learn what centers are all about- work in small groups with peers Get comfortable with our daily routine and moving around the classroom with ease,

Jumpstart to Kindergarten Rising Kindergarten Prices: $205 Times: 9:00 AM -1:00 PM Location: Lower School Classroom Let’s alleviate those first day jitters and explore our classroom and get to know our classmates in a fun and relaxed environment. Wouldn’t it be great to know exactly what to expect on that first day? Wouldn’t it be fun to meet our classmates and alreadyhave friends before school even starts? Wouldn’t it be fun to be a leader that my teacher can count on? Get to know the classroom and the routine, Learn to rotate through centers independently , Develop good listening skills through songs, games, interactive story time and hands on learning experiences , Brush up on writing, reading and math skills learned in Pre-K as well as an introduction to a few Kindergarten skills to provide a “jump start” to the school year! Jumpstart to Preschool Rising Preschool Prices: $205 Time: 9:00 AM -1:00 PM Location: Lower School Classroom What a fun week for your kiddo to jump start his or her brain! A great week to dive into letters, numbers, colors, shapes, and name recognition! A super way to get ready for an exciting upcoming school year!! Creative Writing Camp Rising 4th - 8th Grade Price: $155 Time: 9:00 AM -12:00 PM Location: Lower School Classroom Calling all budding authors! Do you enjoy writing humorous tales that make your friends laugh out loud? Or perhaps you prefer to pen spooky stories that have them shaking in their boots? Whether you are an experienced writer or a novice storyteller, Creative Writing Camp is for you! Students who enroll in the camp will develop their skills as emerging writers through direct instruction from an educator trained in the 6+1 Writing Traits. In addition, participants will receive one-on-one writing support, exposure to different writing genres, and plenty of inspiration through fun writing workshop sessions. Students may compose short stories, personal narratives, poems, or even song lyrics and will work collaboratively to improve their writing craft. At the start of the week, each author will receive a writer’s toolkit, including writing implements, a writer’s notebook, as well as other tools. Come and write with us! Middle School Pre- Algebra Rising 7th graders or equivalent knowledge or those needing assistance with pre-algebra. Price: $145 Time: 9:00 Am -9:55 AM Location: Middle School Classroom #11 The MS Pre-Algebra Prep will be a camp for students who want to be well prepared in their Math skills for entrance into Pre-Algebra. The camp is an excellent way to get an early start into exploring concepts and skills important in

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Pre-Algebra. The camp will fine tune any previous skills as well as give intense glimpses into the world of Pre-Algebra. Math Test Strategies Rising 5th -8th grade Price: $145 Time: 10:00 AM - 10:55 AM Location: Middle School Room #11 This camp will help you develop strategies, organization, and skills in preparing for assessments. We will find ways to retrieve Math information from your thoughts while learning and studying the material and while taking a test, or an exam. The aim is to build confidence; a critical skill when answering questions on any assessment. We will explore and practice solving different types of Math problems some of which will be word problems, quantitative algebraic problems, problems requiring straight memorization of formulas, and multiple choices/short answers. Algebra Prep 8th - 9th Grade (or those needing assistance with Algebra skills) Price: $145 Time: 11:00 AM - 11:55 AM Location: Middle School Room #11 The Algebra Camp 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. This weeklong course is a great way for students to maintain and sharpen their Math skills throughout the summer. Tackling Math Word Problems Price: $145 Rising 7th - 9th grade (or those needing assistance with word problems) Time: 11:00 AM - 11:55 AM Location: Middle School Room #11 Are you struggling to use what you know in math when given a word problem? Would you like more practice for standardized tests and in class assessments. Come discover the mysteries of solving math work problems in all their glory! The camp is designed for students entering Pre-Algebra, Algebra, or Geometry.

AUGUSTA RECREATION, PARKS AND FACILITIES DEPARTMENT www.augustaga.gov. 706-796-5025. jdsmith@augustaga.gov 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. www.augustarowingclub.org.

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706-432-0022. augustarows@gmail.com. Call or check website for details.

AUGUSTA SAILING CLUB www.augustasailingclub.org. June 6-9. Check website for details.

AUGUSTA UNIVERSITY MUSIC CONSERVATORY PROGRAM 706-731-7971 consprog@augusta.edu. www.augusta.edu/ce/conservatory Please call for additional camp details.

AUGUSTA UNIVERSITY www.augusta.edu/ce/pace 706-721-3967 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, first-hand, the consequences of a cyberattack. There will also be additional “top secret” hands-on learning experiences for students. www. augusta.edu.com. 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. augusta.edu.com. 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 15th.augusta.edu/ce/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. www.augusta.edu/ce/pace 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.

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 Tshirt. Golf Camp participants will receive skill instruction in the following areas: full swing, chipping, pitching, bunker play, putting, wedge play and course management. Ages 6-18. www.augusta.edu/ce/pace 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 ljames@gru.edu 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. www.augusta.edu/ce/pace

AUGUSTA WEST DANCE 262 Furys Ferry Rd. www.augustawestdance.com. 706-860-0998. augustawest@ymail.com. Call or check the website for details.

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BOYS AND GIRLS CLUB OF AUGUSTA www.bgcsra.org. 706-504-4071. Day Camp.Theme-oriented summer camp with a fun-filled environment. Field trip, breakfast and lunch included. Boys & Girls Clubs of the CSRA’s Summer Camp program offers kids an exciting and fun-filled place to learn and grow. Our eight-week camp features weekly learning themes, various areas of activity including computer learning, academic enrichment, games, fitness, arts and crafts, outdoor activities, and field trips. During Summer Camp, we group our Club members by age as they move through various activity areas. Summer Camp hours are 9:00 am-2:00 pm with extended care hours from 7:30am -5:30pm. As a special treat, we offer exciting field trips throughout the summer in conjunction with our weekly themes and activities. A healthy snack and lunch are provided daily through the Bright from the Start Summer Food Service Program. ALL SUMMER CAMP CLUBS WILL BE CLOSED FOR THE WEEK OF JULY 4TH

BRICKS 4 KIDZ We are the leading provider of S.T.E.M. (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) activities in the CSRA! We provide a fun way to teach and challenge your children through the use of Lego bricks! www.bricks4kidz. com/georgia-augusta-martinez 706-513-5789 augusta@bricks4kidz.com. One week Camps. See website for information.

CAMP GRAVATT Gravatt Camp and Conference Center, Aiken. www.campgravatt.org. Scott McNeely 803-648-1817. 2018 Camp Dates. Staff Training: May 27 - June 7. Family Camp: June 1 – 3. Junior High 1: June 8 - 17 (rising 7th-10th graders) Elementary 1: June 19 - 25 (rising 1st-6th graders) Elementary 2: June 27 - July 3 (rising 1st-6th graders) LIT 1: June 19 - July 3 (rising 10th-11th graders) CLOSED FOR GIRLS. Reach Out Camp: July 5 - 8 (rising 1st-8th graders) Junior High 2: July 10 - 19 (rising 7th-10th graders). Elementary 3: July 21 - 27 (rising 1st-6th graders)Elementary 4: July 29 - August 4 (rising 1st-6th graders) LIT 2: July 21 – August 4 (rising 10th-11th graders) All Ages: August 6 - 12 (rising 1st-9th graders) **Season Pass 2018 Season Pass pricing outlined below. 2018 Camp Rates. Realizing that families have different abilities to pay, Camp Gravatt has instituted a voluntary three-tier fee program. You may choose the tier that is most suitable for your family. It is really an honor system; you tell us what

is affordable for your family. All campers receive the same Gravatt experience no matter what they pay. For those families who can not afford Tier 1 additional financial assistance is available to ensure that all children have this wonderful opportunity to attend camp. In addition, some families use this system to give themselves a multi-child discount. City of Augusta – Parks and Recreation www.augustaga.gov/757/Day-Camps. Summer Day Camp. Ages:. 4-12 Year Olds.

COLUMBIA COUNTY BALLET 639 Furys Ferry Road. www.columbiacountyballet.com. 706-860-1852. courtney@columbiacountyballet.com. 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 PRESBYTERIAN 3131 Walton Way. covenantaugusta.org. 706-733-0513 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 https://www.facebook.com/EDENFARMSLLC 706-231-7013 jeden.01@comcast.net Saddle on up for plenty of hands on horse fun at Eden Farms 16th annual horse camp! Camp includes a daily riding lesson or trail ride, educational horse activities like grooming, saddling, horse safety, healthcare and feeding. Campers will also enjoy horsey arts and crafts, a Bible devotional, and a snack. Children are divided according to age and ability and will ride one of our lesson horses. Everyone stays cool in our covered riding arena and air conditioned facilities! Friends and family are invited to an end of week horse show with ribbons and certificates are awarded! Camp is from 9am - 12 noon (Ages 6-14 years old) Late Stay is available Monday through Thursday 12 noon 4pm $15 per day

EPISCOPAL DAY SCHOOL 2248 Walton Way www.edsaugusta.com 706-733-1192. camp@edsaugusta.com Day Camp at EDS is a 7-week day camp for children

3-12 years of age. To qualify for our 3-year-old camp program, 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 am to 3:30 pm, with a half day (until 1) option available. Camp has a focus on sports, art, and STEM activities. Every day all campers rotate through technology, art, sports, and a special theme based activity. The 2018 weekly themes will be: June 4-9: Fun in the Kitchen. June 11-15: Superheroes. June 18-22: The Edible Garden June 25-29: Ecology and the World Around Us. July 9-13: Bottle Rockets and Fantastic Science July 16-20: Summer Olympics. July 23-27: Science Extravaganza. In addition to the Day Camp, EDS will offer specialty camps where skills can be honed in one specific area. Specialty Camps include Augusta University Volleyball Camp, Garret Siler Basketball Camp, Study Skills Review Camp (for rising 9th and rising 6th graders), The Learning Groove with Tara Scheyer, Cheerleading Camp, Welcome to School with Wendy Moody and Lynda Smith for incoming young threes and threes, and others. These speciality camps will run either for one full week, or once a week for a period of time (4-8 weeks), and help students hone a specific skill. EDS Sports Camps:Please call for additional information.

THE FAMILY Y www.thefamilyy.org. 706-922-9622 .Call each branch or check the Family Y website for details at www.thefamilyy. org. 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, 706-922-9670.. Family YMCA of North Augusta, 803-278-0882. Steiner Branch Family YMCA, Grovetown. 706-922-6711. Family YMCA of Thomson, 706-595-5615. Wilson Family YMCA, 706-922-9624. 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 pickup until 6 p.m. provided at no additional charge.

FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH 3500 Walton Way Ext. www.fbcaugusta.org. Patti Fowler, 706-731-5366 or pflowler@fbcaugusta.org. For Babies – 4 year olds. The non-refundable registration

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rate of $10 per child is due at registration.

GSHG offers a variety of ways to enjoy the camp experience at five of our beautiful camp properties.

Those entering K4 Days and Time – Tuesday and Thursday, 9:30 – 1:30, Length – 8 Weeks (May 29 – July 26); OFF June 4-8, VBS at FBC CLIMBER’S CLUB – Climbing to new heights as Children Learn Useful Basics for 5 & 6 Yr. Olds Emphasis – To reinforce academic skills and to prepare the children for the coming year through small and large group experiences and individualized opportunities. To incorporate through thematic approach of art, games, music, stories, cooking, and theme for each week.

THECLUBHOU.SE MAKE Month at theClubhou.se 540 Telfair St., Augusta 706-877-8707 learn@theClubhou.se www.theclubhou.se Please call for summer camp information.

FIRST TEE 3165 Damascus Rd. www.thefirstteeaugusta.org 706-364-4654 jbrown@thefirstteeaugusta.org Please call for information on summer camp offerings.

GERTRUDE HERBERT INSTITUTE OF ART 506 Telfair St., Augusta. www.ghia.org. hwilliams@ghia.org. 706-722-5495. Summer Art Camps. Weeklong camps.Supplies included. Fun and creative projects will incorporate the fundamentals of art and include drawing and 2-D design, sculpture and 3-D design, painting and mixed media.

GIRL SCOUTS OF AUGUSTA Girl Scouts of Augusta 508 Shartom Drive Augusta, GA 30907 706-774-0505 Ages: K-12 Want to have the best summer ever? Join us at one of our summer camps! Few things are as memorable for a girl as going away to camp for the summer. While she may not remember exactly how this rite of passage made her more responsible and independent or how it gave her an appreciation for nature, she’ll know it did. And she’ll remember sleeping under the stars, making s’mores around the fire and singing silly camp songs in the warm breeze with her new friends for years to come. Whether you’re interested in day camp or you’re ready to spend the night in tents or treehouses with your peers,

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GIRL SCOUTS OF HISTORIC GEORGIA Camp Tanglewood, 4687 Columbia Rd. www.gshg.org. 912-236-1571. Check website for camp information.

GRADE POWER LEARNING 4272 Washington Rd., Suite 2, Evans. www.gradepowerlearning.com. evansga@gradepowerlearning.com or Gradepower@ yahoo.com. 706-650-2225. 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.

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 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. www.gymnasticsgold.com. 706-650-2111. Camp Flip Flop. Ages 3-5 and 4-13. Weekly themes. See their website or call for information.

HAYDENS GYMNASTICS ACADEMY 4300 Evans To Locks Rd., Evans. www.haydensgym.com 706-868-0608. haydens@haydensgym.com 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. 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.

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.

HEALTH SCIENCES SUMMER ACADEMY For more information, visit www.augusta.edu. Students will explore scientific discovery and research. The HSSA curriculum is devoted to specific themes of patient assessment, chronic illness, disease and trauma care. The academy provides intense, hands-on activities during the day including building health skills set, simulations and case studies. Students will explore scientific discovery and research. The HSSA curriculum is devoted to specific themes of patient assessment, chronic illness, disease and trauma care.

GREENJACKETS BASEBALL 706-922-WINS or email info@greenjacketsbaseball.com. 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

HICKORY HILL 502 Hickory Hill Drive, Hickory Hill Historic House Museum, Thomson. 706-595-7777. www.hickory-hill.org. Franke L. Smith, fsmith@hickory-hill.org. DIG HISTORY. June 18-22, 2018. In DIG History! kids experience how


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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. Space is limited to 12 participants. Excavation takes place at the Jeffersonian Publishing Plant site (9MF914).

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 www.cityofaikensc. gov 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

Children ages 11 to 17 years (camper must have turned 11 before camp begins). A week-long DAY camp program 9:00am—4:00pm, Monday through Friday; June 18-22, 2018. All camps take place on the grounds of Hickory Hill, 502 Hickory Hill Drive, Thomson, GA. Cost: $60 per week per child. Notes: To Register: Contact Franke at (706) 5957777; fsmith@hickory-hill.org

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.

ECO ADVENTURES. June 25-29, 2018 Eco-Adventures 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. Camp activities take place on an historic WORKING farm. Space is limited to 12 participants. Children ages 10 to 15 years 9:00am - 4:00pm, Monday through Friday; June 25-29, 2018 All camps take place on the grounds of Hickory Hill, 502 HickoryHill Drive,Thomson, GACost: $60 perweek perchild. Notes: Students should bring a sack lunch and water bottle each day. Snacks are provided twice daily. Activities will predominantly take place outside. To Register: Contact Franke at 706-595-7777; fsmith@ hickory-hill.org

HISTORY TECH CAMP June 4-8, 2018. Investigate the history of technology, the gizmos and gadgets that made the world turn during the Industrial Revolution. We’ll examine steam engines, the telegraph, electric lights, and more. THE PARTICULARS: Who: Children Ages 11-17. What: A week-long DAY camp program. When: 9:00am - 4:00pm, Monday through Friday; June 4-8, 2018 Where: All camps take place on the grounds of Hickory Hill, 502 Hickory Hill Drive, Thomson, GA. Cost: $60 per child per week. Notes: Child should bring a sack lunch and water bottle every day. Snacks are provided twice daily. Activities take place indoors AND outdoors. To Register: Contact Franke at 706-595-7777, fsmith@hickory-hill.org.

H. ODELL WEEKS CENTER 1700 Whiskey Road, Aiken. www.cityofaikensc.gov. 803-642-7631. bcampbell@cityofaikensc.gov. Summer Adventures Day Camp. Ages 5-12 at the start of the session. Weekly camps June 5-August 18. 8 a.m.-5

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 For more information about camps, visit www.jamesbrownfamilyfdn.org or call 803-640-2090. Out-of-Sight Summer Session. Grades PreK-12., Augusta Museum of History. Monday-Thursday, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Study music theory and learn how to read and compose music. Call for more information or see Web site. 560 Reynolds St. Augusta, GA 30901. JAMP Summer Session

KANE & CO 4321 Evans To Lock Rd., Evans. www.kanecodance.com. 706-447-9007. Kelly@kanecodance.com. Call or check website for details.

LUCY CRAFT LANEY MUSEUM OF BLACK HISTORY 1005 Broad St. 706-724-3576. Summer Camp 2018. 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. www.machacademy.com. 706-796-5046. mparks37@comcast.net. 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 www.onwiththeshow.biz Mickey Lubeck, 706-231-1759 musicaltheatredirector@gmail.com 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, improvisation, 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. mybfsewingroom@yahoo.com. www.facebook.com/mybestfriendssewingroom. 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 of each camp session is $240.00 which includes a nonrefundable registration fee of $100.00. Each camp session meets for four days, 10-3 pm daily. Be sure and check the start and end dates as the days of the week may vary. Class size is limited to 8 students. Each week will end with a runway show! Please ask about early drop off and pick up options. Session 1. May 29- June 1-Magical creatures Session 2. June 4-7- Beach Camp Session 3. June 11-14- Sleepover—pillowcase, lounge pants, eye mask. Session 4. June 18-21- Fashion Camp Session 5. June 25-28, American Girl- projects for your doll.

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Session 6. July 17- 20, BeYOUtiful Camp- Christian Camp Session 7. July 24-27. Back to School-- quilted book bag, pencil pouch, compisition notebook cover, owl stuffy Session 8. July 31st- Aug 3 Harry Potter-- reading pillow tote, composition book cover, owl stuffy

NEWMAN TENNIS CENTER 3103 Wrightsboro Rd. 706-821-1600. www.augustaga.gov/771/Newman-Tennis-Center. kard@augustaga.gov 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 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 Perfor-

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mance Group will be mixed with High Performance.

ODYSSEY LEARNING 3843 Martinez Blvd., Suite 104, Martinez. 706-504-3531. luannolivas@gmail.com 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 aftercareavailableatNOEXTRACHARGE!$50registrationfee.Ask about sibling discounts.

PALMETTO STABLES palmettostables.net/Camps.html 410 Kirby Dr North Augusta, SC 29841 This camp will be focused on all things on the farm! We will cover the care and maintenance of the animals (horses, goats, and poultry), learn some gardening tips, and try their hand at farm chores .Campers will need to wear closed toe and heel shoes and bring a water bottle. Cost is $100/camper with a $50 deposit.

PHINIZY CENTER FOR WATER SCIENCES Phinizy Swamp Nature Park 1858 Lock & Dam Rd, Augusta

phinizycenter.org/summer-camp. For more information, call Jen at 706.396.1413 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. 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. June 4 – 8: Adventure in the Forest June 11 – 15: The Amazing Food Web June 18 – 22: Swamp Critters June 25 – 29: Bees, Birds & Butterflies Camps costs $215 per week / $200 for Friends of Phinizy $40 per week Before / After Care Add-On

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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. www.campinvention.org 1-800-968-4332 or 803-641-3474 . Camp Invention. Rising 1st-6th graders. 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 highenergy 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 Makers- This 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.

SAIL School for Arts Infused Learning Columbia County’s only Charter School, the School of Arts Infused Learning (SAIL), is offering an incredible opportunity to all students in the CSRA. Spread over seven weeks this summer, we will be hosting multiple summer camp experiences that will be comprised of specialty choices in the morning and various activities in the afternoon. Our day will start at 9 a.m. with students participating in their unique specialty camp experience. Examples of specialty camps being offered but not limited to are drama, soccer, art around the world, sports camp, dance, mad scientist, cake decorating, and themed camps. In the afternoon, campers will participate in more traditional camp activities in creative camper, sports extravaganza, and wonder emporium. Camp will conclude at 3 p.m. Before and after care will be available. SAIL wants all children to be able to participate in our exciting and spectacular camp experience this summer.

For more information please visit sailga.orgor email summercamp@sailga.org.

THE SALVATION ARMY KROC CENTER, 1833 Broad St., Augusta., www.augustakroc.org/camp, 706-9221533. Camp Kroc 2018 May 30-August 10. Safe environment, Hot & Healthy Meals, Swimming, Crafts, Games and much more. Camp Kroc is an ACA accredited day camp program in which children can play and grow in a safe and positive environment. Campers enjoy swimming, arts & crafts, group games, sports, Bible lessons and other fun activities. Camp Kroc offers a well-rounded experience for kids to enjoy everything the Kroc has to offer.

SEIGLER’S KARATE CENTERS Seigler’s Karate Center Martinez , 4471 Columbia 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. Shine Hoop Grind Summer Basketball Camp. Location: Carrie J. Mays Gym, 1014 11th Ave. Ages: 6-13. Dates: June 4 - August 3 (No camp week of July 2-6). Time: 9:00 am - 3:00 pm Call for more information (706) 821-2831

SOAR ACADEMICS ACADEMY. Phone. 706-869- 4128 www.soaracademics.com. 4210 Columbia Rd Ste 12B. Martinez, GA. Specializing in ADHD, ADD, dyslexia and auditory processing disorder. Before and after hours childcare available.Call for additional summer camp information.

ST. JOHN UNITED METHODIST CHURCH. Greene Street. www.stjohnaugusta.org Jamie Garvey, 706-724-9641. jcgarvey@stjohnaugusta.org St John Choir Camp: July 9-15th, 2018. For children entering grades 2-9, with guest actors, stage directors and playwrights: Tom Long and Jocelyn Sluka. www.friendsofthegroom.org/. Director: Jamie Council Garvey. Our schedule: Monday – Friday, 9:00am-3pm Saturday dress rehearsal 9am-noon, followed by a lake party. Sunday we perform for 11am worship

TRANQUILITY STABLES 5232 White Oak Rd., Appling. 813-714-2456 or Tranquilitystables05@yahoo.com.

www.tranquilityhorsestables.com Summer Horse Camp. Ages 6 and up. Weekly session start dates starting in May and lasting from 8 a.m.-3 p.m. A weekly camp costs $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 EXTENSION, COLUMBIA COUNTY. 6420 Pollards Pond Rd., Appling. 706-5414011 or email laluoma@uga.edu.www.ugaextension. com/columbia. University of Georgia Center for Continuing Education www.georgiacenter.uga.edu/youth/summer-academy. 706-542-3537 or 1-800-811-6640. questions@georgiacenter.uga.eduSummer 2018. 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.

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. www.veryvera.com. Lindsey@veryvera.com. kielea@veryvera.com Cooking Camp. Pre-Beginner, ages 6-7, June 4-8 .The week of camp is $225 Intermediate ages 8-10 July16-20. The week of camp is $250 Intermediate class is reserved for our chefs who have attended camp for at least 1 year and are between the ages of 8 and 10. We will be mastering skills beyond the beginner level in the kitchen along with making every recipe one to remember. Beginning at 9 a.m. and concluding at 1pm each day we will be in preparing 3+ new recipes, gaining hands-on kitchen experience, crafting new ways to decorate and package our treats, learning a bit more about some of the foods we eat from a

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natural state, and mastering manners and etiquette to use in an everyday setting.The class will run Monday through Friday of the designated week. All week the students will be preparing for our Friday Banquet. Each student can invite one adult guest to Friday’s banquet. Please have your children wear closed-toe shoes (no sandals) and shirts with sleeves. All long hair will need to be pulled back with a ponytail holder or a rubber band. Advanced Beginners July 23-27, ages 11-14, The week of camp is $275

and to all surrounding schools in the greater Augusta area. We offer over 30 programs for ages 3-18 that include academic and technology courses, enrichment classes, fine arts and sports camps, a general day camp, and drivers education. Each of our classes extends Westminster’s mission, which is to glorify God by providing an excellent education that equips students to live extraordinary lives for Jesus. Christ. 2018 Schedule: Week 1: June 4-8. Week 2: June 11-15. Week 3: June 18-22. Week 4: June 25-29. Week 5: July 9-13. Week 6: July 16-20.

WARREN BAPTIST CHURCH 706-860-1586. FLC@WARRENBAPTIST.ORG. WARRENBAPTIST.ORG/FLC Summer Camps for basketball, baseball, soccer, tennis and cheerleading are held each year in June and July. Contact the Family Life Center for more information.

WHOLE LIFE MINISTRIES 2621 Washington Road. www.wholelife.org. 706-7374530. 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. Journey 2018 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

WESTMINSTER SCHOOLS OF AUGUSTA 3067 Wheeler Rd. 706-731- 5260. Debra Mclarnnon. dmclarnon @wsa.net. www.wsa.net Our summer programs are open to Westminster families

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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 May 28 to June 1st at the old Columbia Middle School located at 6000 Columbia Rd Grovetown, GA 30813. For more information and to register, visit register www. willaverybasketballcamps.com. This camp is for boys and girls who are ages 6-14 years old. During Camp we will work on fundamentals, skill development, conditioning, defense, and game play. Last years camp sold out at 60 kids. We have a coach for every 8 kids. Monday-Thursday Camp will be from 9am-3pm and on Championship Friday we will go from 9am-12pm. Each camper will receive a t-shirt and lunch will be provided daily except for Friday. We have early drop off and late pick up available for an additional fee. There is also a half of day option. 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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The Musical Theatre Workshops acting studio, offers drama camps for actors from 5 to 14 years old. One and two week themed camps are offered throughout the summer. No prior experience necessary! Little Mermaid, Seussical, Annie, Magascar, Junie B Jones to name a few! One week camps meet 9:00am-12:30pm, tuition is $150, for ages 5-12 years old. Two week camps meet 9:00am-2:30pm, tuition is $250 for ages 8 -14 years old. (30 minute early drop off and pick up are available if needed) Professional instructors work with the actors in many theatrical techniques; improv, monologues, cold reading, scene work, choreography and singing. Camps also include stage makeup and crafts/set and costume design. A Friday presentation ends each week’s camp experience.

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JuniOR PLAYERS GOLF ACADEMY Naimah Shaw

For us locals, Spring Break is a time to enjoy the sport of golf that brings this city alive but the question remains: “How does one even get to the heights of collegiate golfing, let alone, professional golf?” I had the pleasure of interviewing Keith Bach, from the Junior Players Golf Academy (JPGA), and he had answers to questions that many of us ask when it comes to youth and golfing. AugustA FAmily: WhAt is JPgA’s mAin role? Bach: The JPGA’s main role is to prepare students to play golf on the collegiate level and positively deal with the innate challenges that accompany being a student athlete.

long-term athletic development, incorporating all aspects of training into a successful path to becoming the best athlete possible. This is all possible through the talented and personable staff, and most importantly the limited student to teacher ratio that we take very seriously.

AUGUSTA FAMILY: Is this sport ideal for male and females alike and is this encouraged? Bach: Golf is equally ideal for both males and females and the JPGA promotes this philosophy.

is there A cookie cutter APProAch to golF or is PersonAl style encourAged? The JPGA recognizes each student’s individuality and addresses their instruction accordingly. Common denominators of the world’s best golfers and athletes are incorporated to bring out the best in each student.

WhAt is the mission/PhilosoPhy? The JPGA’s mission is to prepare junior golfers to compete in national level tournament play and receive a college scholarship. The core competency of the JPGA is to recognize and respect each student’s individuality. The JPGA approach is to get the student to commit to

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does JPgA Work in the community or is it solely bAsed on PrivAte needs? Each JPGA student fulfills community service hours in multiple ways


with a majority of it done during the PGA Tour’s RBC Heritage Classic played the week after the Masters. How does golf Help individuals, especially our youtH? Golf helps our youth understand life lessons in many different ways. Patience, commitment, planning/ strategy, positively dealing with adversity and success, respecting others and their property are just some of the lessons that youth learn. wHy sHould youtH get involved in golf? wHat qualities do tHey acHieve? Youth should get involved with golf for the lessons they learn mentioned above as well as the quality individuals that mentor them that tend to be involved in the game of golf. are tHere academic requirements ? There are academic requirements at the JPGA and all students are required to keep a certain GPA in school to stay eligible for practice and tournament play. A student’s performance in the classroom is generally the first question the JPGA’s College Placement Specialist receives from a college coach. The JPGA recognizes the importance of performance in the classroom and monitors their performance on a regular basis. wHat type of camps are available? Camps are available year round with a majority of the students that come to the JPGA for camps attending during the spring break, summer months and spring break. does tHis academy engage in any college preparedness? A major role of the JPGA is to prepare students for college in the classroom as well as the golf course. On the academic side, ACT and SAT preparation classes are an option as well as tutors for students that require extra assistance in the classroom. Each student is given a packet that guides them through the college search process so they may find a school and golf program that is a good fit. How many coacHes are a part of tHe Jpga? The JPGA has 5 golf coaches, a fitness instructor and a mental conditioning coach. wHere is tHis camp located? does tHe Jpga travel to conduct training in otHer places? The JPGA’s 2 locations are Hilton Head Island, South Carolina and Orlando, Florida. can you sHare recent wins and accomplisHments? --Jeremy Sisson winning the prestigious Golfweek

Junior Invitational at Innisbrook Resort in Florida in December with a final round 66. -- Ty Sullivan winning the Optimist Junior at Wexford shooting 71 – 71 for a 2 under par total in February --Alan Smith winning the HJGT event at Eagle Harbour outside of Jacksonville in a playoff in Feb. -- Katharina Hesse winning the 54 hole HJGT event at St. Simons Island, GA this past weekend. She was even par for 54 holes. -- Savannah Hylton winning the prestigious Carolinas PGA Charles Tilghman junior Championship in December at Surf Golf and Beach Club in Myrtle Beach, SC While students can benefit from a full time regimented academy, anyone who is interested can benefit from the exciting things JPGA offer by checking out their spring and summer camps for a taste of what they have to offer. spring break camps Since spring break dates vary by region of the country, the JPGA conveniently offer 8 separate weeks for you to choose from. Juniors can choose a one to five day program. The Academy is located at Orange County National in Orlando, Florida. A 36 hole golf complex with a stateof-the-art practice facility. Spring Break Camps Include: • Daily Golf instruction (5 days) • Video analysis • Limited Student to Teacher Ratio • Accommodations ( 5 nights) • Meals • Evening Activities Camp Details • Students arrive on Sunday between 4-6pm and depart on Friday between 4-6pm. (if you are a multi week camper accommodations and golf are included for the weekends in between camps) • Students can enroll as either residential students (with housing) or as commuter students (while parents vacation on Orlando, Florida). • Breakfast, lunch and dinner are provided to residential students while lunch will be available to commuter students. • The JPGA program consists of 2 1/2 hours of instruction/training each day, 18 holes of golf (9 of which is done under the watchful eye of your instructor), meals, and video analysis with voiceover for future reference. • Students enrolled in the Summer Camps will be chaperoned by a Certified Counselor.

• An additional night of accommodations beyond your stay is $125.00 per person summer camps The JPGA offers golf instruction beginning the 1st week of June through the 2nd week of August. The academy is located in Orlando, Florida. Our summer golf camps take place at Orange County National Golf Center & Lodge, a 45 hole facility. Our junior golf summer camps are geared for all ages and skill levels. They cover all aspects of the game. Extensive video analysis is used to help students understand their golf swing and enhance their overall fundamentals. JPGA Summer Program is a limited student/ teacher ratio. Summer Camps Include: • Daily Golf instruction (5 days) • Video analysis • Limited Student to Teacher Ratio • Accommodations Sun-Fri ( 5 nights) • Meals • Evening Activities Camp Details • Students arrive on Sunday between 4-6pm and depart on Friday between 4-6pm. (if you are a multi week camper accommodations and golf are included for the weekends in between camps) • Students can enroll as either residential students (with housing) or as commuter students (while parents vacation in Orlando, Florida). • Breakfast, lunch and dinner are provided to residential students while lunch will be available to commuter students. • The JPGA program consists of 2 1/2 hours of instruction/training each day, 18 holes of golf (9 of which is done under the watchful eye of your instructor), meals, and video analysis with voiceover for future reference. • Students enrolled in the Summer Camps will be chaperoned by a Certified Counselor. • An additional night of accommodations beyond your stay is $125.00 per person. Discounts and other information are available through their website at, https://jrpga.com. 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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Inspiration Station by D us tin Turner

The FirsT Tee oF AugusTA On a brisk March afternoon at The First Tee of Augusta, a group of students cheered each other on as they practiced putting a tennis ball on a golf green. Loud pop music played in the background. Obviously, this isn’t your average golf lesson and that’s okay with First Tee of Augusta Executive Director, Jill Brown. “The main thing is to make sure the kids have a great experience and that they are actually learning the core values and apply them on the golf course and away from the course,” Brown says. The First Tee of Augusta is one of more than 170 chapters of The First Tee, an international youth-development program designed to teach core values and life lessons through the game of golf. Children can attend First Tee programs from age 7 until they graduate high school. Much like Boy Scouts or Girl Scouts, the participants progress through a series of levels by demonstrating The First Tee Nine Core Values, life skills, golf skills and by passing an assessment. All participants begin as Player and progress through Par, Birdie, Eagle and Ace. Though the national organization sets the overall goals for the program, it is up to each chapter to determine the best way to integrate The First Tee’s Nine Core Values into a golf lesson. Those values are: honesty, integrity, sportsmanship, respect, confidence, responsibility, perseverance, courtesy and judgement.

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“We really do try to make it a seamless process,” Brown says. “The kids have been in school all day. They don’t want to come here after school for another lecture. We work hard to make it a seamless and engaging experience that ties together the life skills, golf skills and healthy habits. It’s our job to make this exciting, engaging and fun. We might have music playing and a golf course isn’t typically a place you would hear music. We have the freedom and liberty to be as creative as we want in teaching. If kids have a great time, they are more likely to grasp what’s going on and to want more.” The nine core values are worked into situations on the golf course. “When we plan our classes, we are really conscious that we want those values to be the common thread,” Brown says. “We want young people to recognize those core values and when they can apply them in various situations. If we equip them with those tools, their future is going to be pretty bright.” Even First Tee understands that golf can be expensive, which is why it keeps everything affordable. There is a $55 annual fee for student memberships (scholarships are available). Outside of class time, members can hit balls on the driving range for 50 cents per bucket and play the regulation six-hole course for $1. The driving range and course are open to the public. Anyone can come play six holes walking for $5 or hit a bucket of


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balls on the range from $5 to $10 dollars. “We welcome any students who come to us,” Brown says. “We always provide fee scholarships. I never want anyone’s socioeconomic status to be a hindrance to their participation in the program. We never turn anyone away because they don’t have the money.” The core values that are important to The First Tee of Augusta also are important to Brown, a mother of two, each of whom went through the First Tee program. “Because the core values are the ones that are important to me as an individual, it makes it very easy for me to work here. One of my favorite life-skills concepts that we teach is STAR – Stop, Think, Anticipate and Respond.” This is how Brown explains it, “On the golf course, you are thinking about, “Here’s my shot. Here’s where it landed. Let me think about what my next shot will be.” You anticipate whether it will go well and you can respond accordingly. You think about real life and how you can apply that concept to everyday situations. So it’s our hope that by participating in our classes and on the golf course and in this environment that young people will take what they learn here and be able to carry that with them into the future to make good choices.” Even after almost fifteen years as the executive director of First Tee of Augusta, Brown is quick to point out that she does not play golf. In fact, she had never heard of The First Tee. She was an engineer at Savannah River Site when a co-worker, whose wife was on the First Tee of Augusta board of directors, told her the Augusta chapter needed a marketing director. “I went to grad school for business so I knew a little about marketing but had no professional experience. I told him I wasn’t looking for a job,” Brown explains. Later, she was told First Tee of Augusta was looking for an executive director and Brown thought, “That’s great. I’m STILL not looking for job and I’ve never heard of First Tee. So I thought I would just submit my resume if it would keep my co-worker from coming in and telling me about this place,” “They’re not going to be interested in hiring me and I’ll go back to a normal day’s work,” she says with a laugh. Much to her surprise, Brown was called in for an interview. “After 3 interviews, they offered me the job. I

accepted and I have enjoyed every minute of it. My inspiration is the young people. Once you meet them and see what their potential is, that inspires us to do great programming because we can have a positive impact on helping them meet their full potential. Being able to encourage them every day and push them to do their best and be their best is enjoyable work for me.” Most of that programming takes place at the First Tee of Augusta facility just off Wrightsboro Road. There, coaches work with groups of students to teach them the basics of golf while incorporating the core values. “Our coaches are like teachers with lesson plans,” Brown says. “With lesson plans, you know what you have to teach throughout the year. Now, how you teach it is totally up to you. Our coaches are trained though The First Tee home office and they get to develop the lesson plans for their classes. The curriculum of what needs to be covered and what the kids learn is evaluated and measured at every level so we have tools to measure how well the kids are doing and how well we are doing.” In order to reach as many children as possible, The First Tee had to work differently than traditional golf lessons. “One on one is what golf is accustomed to but you can’t reach nearly as many kids that way so what we do looks a lot different. If we stuck individual lessons, you would end up with a bus load of kids that show up fifty at a time and what do we do with that?, Brown asks. “First Tee has learned to teach golf in a higher volume than normal.” In addition to teaching golf and life lessons at the Augusta facility, there is a school program in which PE teachers teach a modified version of the First Tee program. The program currently is being implemented in every elementary school in the Richmond, Burke, Columbia and McDuffie counties. Brown expands, “We want to provide as great of a program experience as we can for the kids,” says Brown. “We’re in the process now of expanding programs to meet the needs of all the kids in our four-county service area. Right now, I don’t have enough coaches to do that so I’m trying to get over that hurdle. We are trying to staff up with enough coaches to be able to deliver great quality programming in those communities.”

Like any organization, it takes money to provide great programs and community outreach. The annual Rock Fore Dough concert during Masters Week is the First Tee of Augusta’s largest fund raiser. This year’s concert – the 14th – features country music star Scotty McCreery with guests Jordan Davis, DJ Rock and Shaun Piazza. “We are always very grateful for artists who donate their time to come be a part of the lineup,” Brown says. “We are especially grateful to the community, who has supported Rock Fore Dough tremendously. As the executive director of First Tee, I can tell you it was never my intention to be in the concert business but we have had great support from folks like Joe and Emily Stevenson at GlueStick who have helped us navigate this and create a cool event.” First Tee of Augusta also relies on donations from corporations and individuals in the community. Some of the organization’s biggest supporters have been the Masters Tournament Foundation and the Junior Invitational Golf Tournament Foundation. “The best way to show our appreciation for that is to do the best job we can and reach as many young people as we can,” Brown reflects. Although the main function of the First Tee of Augusta is to provide golf lessons infused with life lessons, Brown is quick to point out that the facility is open to the public “with most economical round of golf anywhere.” “I encourage any golfer to at least come out one time and check it out. It is a great gem of our community. We are the ONLY golf course in Augusta that doesn’t raise our rates during Masters Week. Can you imagine playing golf for $5 in Augusta during Masters Week? Put that on your bucket list,” Brown concludes. For more information on First Tee of Augusta classes or to make a donation or volunteer, call (706) 364-4653 or go to www.thefirstteeaugusta.org. For more information on Rock Fore Dough, go online to https://rockforedough.com.

Dustin Turner is an SEO and Content Specialist for Main Street Digital. He has been married to his high school sweetheart, Jamie, for 20 uears, and they have a 10-yearold daughter, Abigail. The whole family enjoys performing in community theater.

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FAmily KitE AND FligHt FESt. The City of Aiken Parks and Recreation Department will be hosting their annual Family Kite and Flight from 10:00 a.m.– 2:00pm. The event will be held at Citizens Park III, located at 1060 Banks Mill Road. Kids will enjoy flying kites, playing on inflatables, riding a trackless train and other youth activities. For more information, visit www. thevillageatwoodside.com.

We’d love to hear from you. If you have an event you’d like to add to our next issue, send an email to renee.williams@augustafamily.com.

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Special Events: April 14. Family Kite and Flight Fest at Citizens Park, Aiken, SC from 12:30 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. The City of Aiken Parks and Recreation Department will be hosting their annual Family Kite and Flight from 10:00 a.m.– 2:00pm. The event will be held at Citizens Park III, located at 1060 Banks Mill Road. Kids will enjoy flying kites, playing on inflatables, riding a trackless train and other youth activities. Bright and Bold Entertainment will sponsor all entertainment for the event.

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A variety of live performances will take place on stage during the festival. For more information, visit www. thevillageatwoodside.com. April 21. Earth Day Augusta at Phinizy Swamp Nature Park, Augusta, GA from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. This free event features local vendors, entertainment and outdoor activities. his celebration will be held in sections throughout Phinizy Swamp Nature Park. From animal exhibits to local vendors and entertainment, this is a fun event for all ages. This is a rain or shine event. For more infor-

mation, visit www.earthdayaugusta.org. April 28. The Helping Christian Boys Summit is coming to First Baptist Church North Augusta. This is a one day event for parents, church leaders and educators who are raising, educating and working with boys and young men. The summit is a positive, life-affirming, science based, faith-forming and focused training event. Tickets are now available at www.wafj.com. Keynote speakers include Michael Gurian and Tim Wright, April 1. Easter Egg Hunt at St. Paul’s


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Church, Augusta, Ga. From 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. For more info, visit www.saintpauls.org. April 2. Teen Tech Tutors at Aiken County Library, Aiken, SC. Toddler Time at Odell Weeks Activity Center from 10:30 to 11:30. For more information, visit www.abbe-lib.org. April 2. JR Lego Club at Heaquarters Library, Augusta, GA from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. For more information, visit www. arcpls.org or stopy by 823 Telfair Street Augusta, GA. April 2 to April 8 Celebrating a Grand Tradition, the Sport of Golf Explore the history of golf and its legacy in Augusta at the Augusta Museum of History. The exhibit includes two galleries, totaling over 2,000 square feet. www.visitaugusta.com. April 2 to April 30. Sentiments & Origins - Westobou Gallery Show Sentiments and Origins, curated by Shannon Morris, features contemporary interpretations of flora and fauna by artists Frances de La Rosa, Cynthia Farnell, Juan Alberto Negroni and Pandra Williams in collaboration with Jennifer GarciaGreen. Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Cost: Free at Westobou Gallery, 1129 Broad Street, Augusta.www.westoboufestival.com. April 3. Mom’s Connection from 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at Augusta Health. Fitness Programs, Assessment, Health Evaluations and other events. For more information, visit www.augustahealth.com. April 3, 5 & 7. Historic Trolley Tours of Augusta Enjoy a guided, leisurely hike through approximately 2.5 miles of nature park trails. Children & adults will enjoy viewing the variety of wildlife and learning about the diverse plant life & importance of urban wetland ecology. It is recommended that reservations be made at least 24 hours in advance. Please wear comfortable closed toe shoes & bring water to drink. Strollers are welcome. No dogs, please. Tours depart from the Augusta Visitor Center (located inside the Augusta Museum of History) www. visitaugusta.com. April 3. Rock Fore Dough at Evans Towne Center Park, Evans, GA. An Augusta Tradition. Rock Fore! Dough is a charity concert that benefits the First Tee of Augusta Youth Golf Program. The concert will be Tuesday April 3rd 2018 at the “Lady A” Pavilion in Evans Towne Center Park. Artists and General Admission ticket info will be announced soon. VIP tables are on sale now. For more info email mgt@gluestickmu-

sic.com or visit www.rockforedough.com. April 4. Music Class: Mommy & Me (Ages 2-4) location Kroc Center of Augusta. Boomwhackers, hand drums, egg shakers – oh my! Spend quality time with your children in this fun and educational music & movement classes! There will be music games, instrument stories, rhythm instruments, puppets, scarves, and echo games. Ages 2-4. Class for ages 5-7 available. For more information, visit www. augustakroc.org. April 4. Wacky Wednesday Story Time from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. Kids of all ages are invited to attend the weekly session for exciting and captivating stories and activities. Check out their website to see which book is being featured weekly. www.stores. barnesandnoble.com. April 4. ParTee on the Green at Augusta Common from 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. ParTee On The Green: a community dance party and new Augusta Golf tradition. American Bandstand meets Soul Train meets Shag City meets Teen Town in this #AugustaGolf tradition, an amazing Celebration of Community. ParTee On The Green is a dance party with music for all ages – beach, soul, pop, jazz, house, reggae, R&B, funk. Feature performances by community dance groups, a DJ mashup, line dance finale, and live band. Featured artists and performers in 2017 were: the Eastern Star Dance Theatre, Drum Circle Augusta, Dancing Through the Skirt, The ZFIT Crew, Grindhouse Training Studios, The Soul Sliders of Augusta, and more. JAMP (James Brown Academy of Musik Pupils) will headline the event with the sounds and spirit of the Godfather of Soul and native son, James Brown. For more info, visit www. facebook.com/parteeaugusta. April 5. Thursday Family Skate Night from 6:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at Skateland of Augusta. For more information, visit www.skatelandofaugusta.com. April 5. Grand Ole Rager at Evans Towne Center Park. Keith Urban will perform at the Inaugural Grand Ole Rager Thursday of Golf Week with Russell Dickerson and more. Presented by Janus Research Group & Friends With Benefits Productions. www. GrandOleRager.com and www.FWBpro.com. April 6. Major Rager at Augusta Commons. The Major Rager®, a golf-centric music festival, was born in Augusta, GA during The Masters Golf Tournament in 2014. It is now an annual tradition the first week in April. April 6, 2018 will host the

legendary George Clinton & Parliament-Funkadelic, The James Brown Band plus Special Guests and many more for Funky Friday of Masters! This Rager will benefit nonprofit organization James Brown Academy of Musik Pupils (JAMP) which furthers music education in Augusta. The talented JAMP youngsters will perform to the delight of both the hometown and visiting crowds alike. Also scheduled is a $20 Sky City Late Night performance after the Major Rager with Everyone Orchestra. For more information, visit www.TheMajorRager.com and www. FWBpro.com. April 6. Kroc Center. Girls Who Code from 4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Girls Who Code was founded with a single mission: to close the gender gap in technology… fewer than 1 in 5 computer science graduates are women.” Come to the Kroc Center for this afterschool program that will introduce you to the coding world! You will spend the session working together to create a Computer Science Impact Project. Three words: sisterhood, coding, impact. If you are serious about learning to code this 14-week program is for you! Ages: 11 – 17. For more info, visit www. augustakroc.org. April 7, 14, 21 & 28. Saturday Market from 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at 15 8th Street, Augusta. Get out and enjoy the warm weather with vendors of all types set up on display. Everything from produce to music and jewelry. Time: 8am - Dates: Every Saturday; April 7 Swamp Saturday Hike Phinizy Swamp Nature Park, 1858 Lock and Dam Road, Augusta. Enjoy a guided, leisurely hike through approximately 2.5 miles of nature park trails. Children & adults will enjoy viewing the variety of wildlife and learning about the diverse plant life & importance of urban wetland ecology. It is recommended that reservations be made at least 24 hours in advance. Please wear comfortable closed toe shoes & bring water to drink. Strollers are welcome. No dogs, please. Cost: $2 per person / Free for Members. 9:30 - 11:30 a.m. For more info, visit www.visitaugusta.com. April 7 & 8. Augusta Canal Discovery Center and Boat Tours Explore the history of the Augusta Canal National Heritage Area at the Canal Discovery Center. Board a Petersburg Boat to float down the Augusta Canal and take in the sights, sounds, and stories as a guide narrates your journey. Discovery Center April 2 - 7 from 9:30 a.m. - 5 p.m. April 8 from 1-5 p.m. Cost: Free with Boat Tour. Discovery Center

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EARTH DAY AUGUSTA AT PHINIZY SWAMP NATURE PARK From 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. This free event features local vendors, entertainment and outdoor activities. his celebration will be held in sections throughout Phinizy Swamp Nature Park. From animal exhibits to local vendors and entertainment, this is a fun event for all ages. This is a rain or shine event.

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only admission: $6 adult / $4 senior, student, or military. Heritage Boat Tours. April 2 - 7 departing at 10:00 a.m., 11:30 a.m., and 3:00 p.m. April 8 departing at 3:00 p.m. Cost: $13.75 adult / $11.75 senior, student, or military Civil War Boat Tours April 2 - 8 departing at 1:30 p.m. Cost: $13.75 adult/$11.75 senior, student, or military. www. visitaugusta.com. April 6. Kids Night Out, Parents Night In! from 6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. at Kroc Center of Augusta. Parents enjoy a Friday night alone while the kids have fun every First Friday of the month. Ages 2-12. Activities may include gym play, inflatables, and swimming. For more info, visit www.augustakroc.org. April 6. Dance Lesson & Party at Wilson Family YMCA, Augusta, GA from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Join us for a night of dancing! Styles include Beginner, Ballroom, Swing and Latin Dance. The first hour includes dance lesson for different styles and a dance party is to follow at 8 pm. Free for members! Non-members:$5 for the dance lesson, $3 to party, $8 for both. Childcare is available for members until 8 pm. This event is held every first Friday of the

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month. For more info, contact Mario Lett at Mario@ gmail.com or Susan Cunningham at scunningham@ thefamilyy.org. April 7. First Saturday Hike and Craft at Mistletoe State Park, Appling, GA. The hike will begin at 10:00 AM and the Craft will begin at 11:00 AM. Call ahead to find out which trail will be hiked for each Saturday. Come dressed to hike and to have some fun! $2 fee for the craft $5 parking. 706-541-0321. April 7. Geo- Junior Rangers at Elijah Clark State Park, Lincolnton, GA from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. For more info, visit www.explore.gastateparks.org. April 9. Family Game Night at Chick-Fil-A, Aiken, SC from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. From February through May, every second Monday of the month, we will be hosting a Family Game Night! It’s the perfect time to put the phones away, and spend some quality time with the one’s you love most. Join us for a night full of fun and laughter. Play popular board games and card games while enjoying a tasty meal. April 10. Puddle Ducks: Kids & Caregivers Club

at Phinizy Swamp Nature Park, Augusta ,GA from 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. $5 per child Bring your little ones (through age 5) out on the 2nd Tuesday of each month at 10 AM for a great time together with stories, crafts and hands-on fun in nature! For more information, call 706-396-1424 or email info@ phinizycenter.org. If you have already registered but for some reason should need to cancel your reservation, please call 706-396-1428. April 10. Storytime with Ms.Kathy! at Imagination Station Augusta: A Neighborhood Children’s Museum from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Join the amazing Ms. Kathy every third Tuesday at Imagination Station for stories, songs, counting and rhymes with your toddler or preschooler! They will not want to miss this morning fun. For more information, visit www.imagineaugusta.org. April 12. Kathleen Madigan at Miller Theater. For 28 years, comedian Kathleen Madigan has been touring 250 nights on the road and squeezing in hour-long filmed specials and performances on every late night show ever made. From 25 appearances on the Tonight Show and multiple appearances on


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THE HELPING CHRISTIAN BOYS SUMMIT The Helping Christian Boys Summit is coming to First Baptist Church North Augusta. This is a one day event for parents, church leaders and educators who are raising, educating and working with boys and young men. The summit is a positive, life-affirming, science based, faith-forming and focused training event.

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Letterman and Conan to recently riding around with Jerry Seinfeld in his internet series “Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee,” Madigan is still having a blast and selling out theaters across the country. For more information, visit www. millertheateraugusta.com. April 14. “Weird Al” Yankovic at Miller Theater. Weird Al burst onto the scene over three decades ago and never looked back. For the first time in his storied career, the world’s foremost musical satirist and four-time Grammy-winner foregoes his usual high-octane, big-production show for an intimate evening of music, focusing on original (non-parody) songs from his 14-album catalog. Weird Al’s most recent album Mandatory Fun was the first comedy album in history to debut at #1 on the Billboard Top 200 chart. In 2018 he will be awarded a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. www. millertheateraugusta.com. April 14. Children’s Hike with Story Time at Phinizy Swamp Nature Park, Augusta, Ga from 9:30 a.m. to

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11:00 am. $2 per child (free for Friends of Phinizy) Bring your children (toddlers to age 8) for a nature hike designed especially for them! They will enjoy a story before they begin their time to explore and experiencing nature first-hand. Meet at the Visitor Center at 9:30 AM. For more information, call 706396-1428 or email info@phinizycenter.org. Spaces are limited, so register early! (Accompanying adults are always free!) April 15 Garden Festival Tea Among the myriad of Japanese maples and thoughtfully planted gardens of Mr. and Mrs. R. Daniel Blanton, cookbook author, Pat Branning, will inform and entertain guests about Georgia and southern cooking as they enjoy a delectable fare of specialties as well as afternoon tea service. The gardens will open early for patron’s enjoyment and the seating for the talk and tea will follow. Limited seating - Call for Reservations 706826-4700. April 21 Chopin and Beethoven, Miller Theater. Includes Vadym Kholodenko, Piano. Chopin – Piano

Concert No. 1. Beethoven – Symphony No. 7.For more information, visit www.millertheater.com. April 21. Earth Day Aiken at The Alley & Newberry Street, Aiken SC from 9:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Earth Day Aiken’s Annual Festival is a day full of great activities for all ages. Take this opportunity to celebrate our beautiful earth while learning about the different ways we can all be better stewards of the environ ment. Free to the public. Kids Zone. Family Bicycle Ride. People Chase 5K. Art Contest and More. For additional information, visit www.earthdayaiken.org. April 21. Annual Grovetown Heritage Festival at Goodale Park, Grovetown, GA from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. 16th Annual Grovetown Heritage Festival will feature children’s activities, crafts, entertainment, food, vendors and more. April 22. Rockin’ Road to Dublin at James Brown Arena. The new generation of Irish rock and dance continues when ROCKIN’ ROAD


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KINGDOM KIDS PREPARATORY SCHOOL - A YEAR ROUND FOCUS KINGDOM KIDS DEVELOPMENT CENTER: Ages 6 weeks to 4 yrs old; Providing a learning environment to help establish the foundation. For more information contact Sharon Meyers at 706-373-4410

KINGDOM KIDS CHRISTIAN ACADEMY: Grades K-5 through 5th grades; Taught by certified teachers with 25+ plus years of experience; ABEKA curriculum, Spanish classes, technology classes; small class room sizes. For more information contact Rev. Harvey Andrews at 706-513-0211

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MARSHALL TUCKER BAND The Marshall Tucker Band is an American rock band from Spartanburg, South Carolina. Noted for incorporating blues, country and jazz into its eclectic sound, The Marshall Tucker Band helped establish the Southern rock genre in the early 1970s

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TO DUBLIN launches the Spring 2018 national tour. A fusion of rock and Irish, this performance combines the best of both worlds to thrust Irish Dance back into the spotlight. This stylish, can’t miss spectacle is the perfect balance between concert and stage show. www. augustaentertainmentcomplex.com. April 25 Black Violin at Miller Theater. Black Violin is an American hip hop duo from Florida comprising two classically-trained string instrumentalists, Kevin Sylvester and Wilner Baptiste, who go by the stage names Kev Marcus and Wil B, respectively. www. millertheater.com. April 26 Marshall Tucker Band. The Marshall Tucker Band is an American rock band from Spartanburg, South Carolina. Noted for incorporating blues, country and jazz into its eclectic sound, The Marshall Tucker Band helped establish the Southern rock genre in the early 1970s. www.millertheater.com. April 27. Mr. Kenny’s Wondrous Stories, Song & Play at Jessye Norman School of the Arts, Augusta, GA from 12:30 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. Mr. Kenny’s Wondrous Stories, Songs & Play is all about creating an

environment for a child to learn, interact with others, speak, and play. Weekly we will explore our world through reading, singing, musical instruments, and movement that will help your child develop both their literacy skills and their cognitive skills. AGES 5 & UNDER. FRIDAYS, 12:30-2 PM, $10 Meeting dates are from August 18-December 8, 2017 (holiday on 11/24) and January 5 – May 4, 2018 (holidays on 3/30 & 4/6). Parents or caregivers participate in the class through age 3. Preschool & Kindergarten children may attend with, or without, a parent or caregiver. For more information, visit www.jessyenormanschool.org. April 28. The RECing Crew in North Augusta is hosting their 14th annual Sweet Celebrations fundraiser next month from 6 to 10 p.m. at the North Augusta Community Center, 495 Brookside Drive, and it will feature a dessert buffet and silent auction. There will also be entertainment spotlighting the RECing Crew dance programs and 2018 Crew Idol participants, the release states. The RECing Crew is a nonprofit organization that provides leisure and recreational activities for disabled individuals throughout the CSRA. Admission to

the event will be $10 and tickets are on sale now. Tickets are available online at www.therecingcrew. com or by calling 803-426-1284. Tickets are also available at the following locations: Communigraphics, Impressions of the South, The Jewelers Loupe, Parks Pharmacy, North Augusta Chamber of Commerce and Unique Expressions. April 28. Archery at Mistletoe State Park, Appling, GA from 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. Join one of our certified archery instructors for an hourlong program. We will be teaching the basics and practice shooting at stationary targets. From the beginners to the advanced, everyone is welcome. Must register to participate. One hour session. 1pm-2pm. Must be 7 years or older to participate. Must wear closed toe shoes. Admission: $10/person. Parking fee: $5Event Phone: 706-541-0321. June 2. When Help Can’t Wait will host the 4th annual Rock and Run 5K and 1 mile Fun Walk/Run. All proceeds benefit local nuring home residents. The event will be held at 9:00 a.m. at Blanchard Woods Park, 4600 Blanchard Woods Rd. Evans. Register at www.active.com or call 706-650-9467. For more info, visit their Facebook page.

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Kristi Connell KRISTI CONNELL, 44, is a local attorney married to attorney Scott Connell. The couple have three children, Charles, 14, Sam, 12 and Benji, 9. The family has a pet Schnauzer named Reggie. Kristi’s volunteer work and affiliations include Pop Warner Compliance Officer, Football Coach, Junior League Sustainer, Trinity on the Hill Lead Usher, Augusta Bar Association Member, Alternative Dispute Resolution Mediator and Mary Warren Home Foundation Board Member. Kristi’s greatest hope is to raise boys who grow up to create lives for themselves that make them fulfilled and happy. “I don’t know what that plan will look like for each of them because happiness and satisfaction take many different forms but whatever form it takes, I want it for each of them,” she says. One word you would use to describe yourself: Dedicated. If you could have any job, what would you choose? To be a missionary in a country completely off the grid. What quality do you most admire the most? I admire people who possess the ability to communicate well, coupled with a willingness to do it respectfully. We as a society are losing the ability to communicate well with one another. What’s your favorite food? Anything from Frog Hollow. Dream vacation? An African Safari with my family. Favorite place to take the kids? Any place that has no internet, televisions or cell phone service, alas...those places are hard to find. Otherwise, the beach or a good long family cruise. If you had a super power, what would it be? To heal broken people. Favorite TV show: Drunk History without the kids or Expedition Unknown with the kids. What did you want to be when you grew up? I wanted to be an astronaut. I literally watched The Right Stuff about 100 times. Hobbies? I exercise daily, run a youth football program year round, read,

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and shuttle my 3 boys to all their sporting events. I also practice law but that’s not really a hobby. Is there an important life lesson you’ve learned? I’ve learned that it’s important to be humble in everything we do. I’ve also learned that there are some in this world who mistake humility for weakness so it’s also important to be able to bring it when you need to. I love the phrase, “Walk softly but carry a big stick.” I’ve also learned to stay away from drama and people who bathe in it. Drama is toxic and I want no part of it. What would surprise people about you? It depends on how you know me. I play many different roles. If you know me as a lawyer, it would likely surprise you to know I’m a certified football coach who runs a youth football program. If you know me from our football program, it would surprise you to find me in a suit in a courtroom playing a lawyer. If you know me as that mom who is always holding the video camera on the sidelines of the soccer and baseball games, then neither of the other roles fit. And if you know me as the lead usher at church, then watching me get a little crazy during one of my kid’s football games might be slightly shocking. Playing multiple roles exposes me to very different people in very different ways and I enjoy moving in and out of each of the roles. Best thing about being a mom? The best thing about being a mom is that time at the end of the day, when all my boys have had baths and they smell good and are tucked into bed, and I go in each of their rooms and tell them I love them, and they tell me right back. It doesn’t get any better than that.


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