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Editor Karin Calloway Production Art Director / Web Producer Miles Anderson Advertising Director of Advertising Adriene Goldman Advertising Sales Elizabeth Sisson Maidi McMurtrie Thompson Mary Porter Vann Audience Development Manager Gracie Shepherd contributors Lucy Adams Kim Beavers, MS, RD, CDE Grace Belangia J. Ron Eaker, M.D. John Harpring Cammie Jones Jennie Montgomery Danielle Wong Moores Michael Rushbrook Augusta Family Magazine is published 10 times per year and distributed throughout the Augusta and Aiken area. Send press releases, story ideas or comments to the editor at or mail to 127A 7th Street, Augusta, GA 30901 or telephone (706) 828-3946. For advertising information, telephone (706) 823-3702. For circulation/ distribution, call (706) 823-3722.


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Fair Warning, New Moms -Jennie Montgomery

27 time out! Liar, Liar, Pants on Fire -Lucy Adams

30 inspiration station Feeding the Homeless and

10 news&notes Hungry -Cammie Jones 13 eating well with kim ‘Tis the Season To Be Jolly 32 calendar -Kim Beavers, MS, RD, CDE 46 talkin’ about 15 doctor/dad my generation Be Amazed Teka Allen, Dale Crail and -J. Ron Eaker, M.D.

16 healthy family Mindful of Mindless?

Patrick Vincent, Jr.

on the cover: Mary Bryson and Bennett Wright, ages 6 and 8, are the children of Brice and Jenny Wright of Augusta. The children were selected to be on the cover as part of our Fresh Faces cover kid search at www. Photo by Branch Carter.

-Grace Belangia

Mindful Eating Can Help You Avoid Holiday Weight Gain

-Danielle Wong Moores

18 home front Chill Out!

Four Things You Should Know About Freezer Cooking

-Jessica Fisher

December/ January

quick pick

“No matter what your weakness, the holidays are a prime opportunity to get off track with your diet and gain that dreaded holiday ‘muffin top.’ The good news? You’re probably not gaining as much as you might imagine” Read more about mindful versus mindless holiday eating in Danielle Wong Moores article on page 16.

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editor’spage by Karin Calloway

A Magical New Year

C.C. and Tripp Calloway in their “mouse ears” in 1994.


s a family, we’re big fans of donning the “mouse ears,” and I’ve been known to sport a Disney princess tiara a time or two, as well. If you’ve followed this column, you might remember that dancing at Walt Disney World in Orlando was my first job as a teen, which was a dream of mine since childhood. When I worked at the Magic Kingdom, I loved walking through the park, imagining that life could be as perfect as the Disney dream—all “dreams coming true” and “wishes fulfilled.” For the most part, I still try to keep that Disney idealism and optimism alive, and lately, the words of some of my favorite characters have inspired me through a rough patch. Here are a few examples: “Ohana means family, family means nobody gets left behind, or forgotten.” –Stitch “The most fantastic, magical things can happen, and it all starts with a wish.” –Jiminy Cricket “Well! After this, I shall think nothing of falling down the stairs!” -Alice “Hakuna Matata! It means ‘no worries,’ for the rest of your days.” -Timon & Pumbaa “The flower that blooms in adversity is the most rare and beautiful of all.” -The Emperor from Mulan “What do you do when things go wrong? Oh! You sing a song!” -Snow White “You’re braver than you believe, and stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think.” -Christopher Robin to Pooh As we approach a new year, I’ll admit that I’m glad to kick 2012 to the curb. This fall has been full of surprises, and not in the happy sense. Family health crises have come one after another, but we’re acutely aware that things could be so much worse. Moving into 2013, I’m hanging onto my Disney ideal of dreaming of a bright future and am inspired by the man behind the magic, Walt Disney, who said, “I always like to look on the optimistic side of life, but I am realistic enough to know that life is a complex matter.” Happy New Year and see you in February,

Karin Calloway is a wife and mother of two. A journalist and recipe developer, she writes the Wednesday cooking column for The Augusta Chronicle and prepares her recipes in twice-weekly segments on WJBF. Check out Karin’s cooking blog at

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mom m m by Jennie Montgomery

Illustration by Michael Rushbrook

Fair Warning, New Moms Fair season has wrapped up and while it conjures up smells for me—cotton candy, pizza and corn dogs—it always reminds my friend Kathy of a significant milestone. She was a young mother, staying home with a baby and a pre-schooler. That fall was especially tough because her husband was working out of state. When I say Kathy stayed home, I mean she STAYED HOME. Venturing out alone with the two tiny ones was too overwhelming. One afternoon she boldly decided to pack up the kiddos and head out to the fair. She ended up having a great time and felt a tremendous sense of accomplishment. That one decision changed the course of Kathy’s young motherhood! Hunter Tylo changed the course of mine. NOBODY warned me that 8.4 pounds would rock my world! The books tell you what to expect about your pregnancy, childbirth and your baby’s needs… but they don’t tell you about YOUR needs! I found myself walking around like a robot those first couple of months, trying to feed and soothe my newborn…still in pajamas in the middle of the afternoon. I would pass a mirror and think, “Who is that?” I had romanticized the “new mommy” role and was totally unprepared for the reality that babies are hard work! Then I found Hunter Tylo, an attractive actress on an afternoon soap opera. She was beautiful (no doubt with the help of a great team of stylists) and I would feed my baby his bottle thinking that I once had cared what I looked like, too! That show became part of my afternoon routine and eventually I was inspired to pick myself up, shower and unzip the make-up bag! In short, I learned how to manage life with that extra 8.4 pounds…instead of letting it manage me! For all you new moms reading this in your OB or pediatrician’s office, hang in there. It may seem like you’ve lost your sense of self, but it’s a temporary state. Hold your baby close and give yourself a break: Before you blink your eyes, that baby will be begging for another ride on the merry-go-round and a wellbalanced meal of vinegar fries and funnel cake! JENNIE Montgomery anchors the evening news at WJBF-TV. She’s married to Scott and they have three children: Zack, 19, Maddy, 18, and Sky, 17.

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news notes

“An optimist stays up until midnight to see the New Year in. A pessimist stays up to make sure the old year leaves. ~Bill Vaughan

Toy Time!

The holidays are a season of celebration and giving, yet many will go wanting as families struggle to make ends meet in our tough economic times. A trip to the store this season can be a daunting task for those facing the pressures of being unable to provide for their families. The Godfather of Soul, James Brown, began ensuring that children in the two-state area didn’t go without holiday gifts when he began the Annual James Brown Toy Giveaway. The 22nd annual event will be held Thursday, December 20, at 9 a.m. at The James Brown Arena. Parents and their children can enjoy an array of fun activities as well as receive toys that are age and gender appropriate. Those wishing to help the Brown Family Children’s Foundation in this endeavor can send donations to P.O. Box 652, Clearwater, S.C., 29822. Donations also can be dropped off at CH Terrell Academy/JAMP at 817 12th St., Augusta, or First Bank of Georgia, 1580 Walton Way.


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

EdVenture Tickets Enter for your chance to win one of two family fourpacks of passes to the EdVenture Children’s Museum in Columbia. Winners will be drawn January 15.

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It’s Getting Frosty Safe Kids Fast Fact: Local Wendy’s restaurants will offer a Frosty promotion through May 15, 2013, to benefit the Georgia Health Sciences Children’s Medical Center. Customers can purchase a Frosty key tag for $1 and then present it through May 15 for a free junior Frosty. Proceeds from the sale of each tag will benefit the CMC. A purchase is required and customers may only receive one free junior Frosty per key tag per visit. The following Wendy’s locations will participate. Augusta: 3012 Peach Orchard Rd., 3342 Wrightsboro Rd., 1730 Walton Way, 449 Walton Way and 2738 Washington Rd. Martinez: 3859 Washington Rd. and 430 South Belair Rd. North Augusta: 517 East Martintown Rd. Aiken: 1901 Whiskey Rd.

Bike Helmets

Only about one in four children age 4 to 15 wear a helmet when riding a bike and teen use of helmets is nearly zero, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. In addition, the CDC estimates that about 153,000 children are treated in emergency departments each year for head injuries suffered while bicycling. Information provided by: Safe Kids East Central. Safe Kids is led by Georgia Health Sciences Children’s Medical Center and works to prevent accidental childhood injury, the leading killer of children 14 and under. For more information on Safe Kids, contact Rene Hopkins, RN, Coordinator, 706-7217606 or visit Read the full article at

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New Year’s Resolutions

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

Tis the Season To Be Jolly


just love the Christmas holiday season—it brings such joy on so many levels. Naturally that includes the joy of eating sweet treats and other rich foods. However, this enjoyment of what is sometimes deemed as “bad food” frequently elicits feelings of guilt. I am not a fan of guilt, especially when it is a result of eating. I mean we have to eat, right? What is there to feel guilty about? This does not mean I don’t strongly advocate eating healthful foods and embracing an active lifestyle. Food is a necessity and having access to good food is a blessing to be enjoyed. As always, healthy eating is more about balancing the healthy foods and activities with the treats. In many cases, though, the treats can also be healthy foods, as you will see in this festive holiday recipe. This holiday season eat (healthy foods and a few treats) with a joyful heart, not a guilty conscious.

Kim Beavers is a Registered Dietitian and Diabetes Educator for University Health Care System. She lives in North Augusta with her husband and two children and she is the co-host of the culinary nutrition segment Eating Well with Kim, which airs at noon Monday, Wednesday and Friday on WRDW. To join the recipe club or view recipes, visit www.universityhealth. org/ewwk. You can also watch the segments at

Christmas Salsa With Cinnamon-Sugar Chips You could really focus on the holiday theme by using colored sugar on the chips if you wanted to be extra festive. Chips: 8 corn tortillas Vegetable oil cooking spray 5 tablespoons sugar ¾ teaspoon cinnamon Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Combine sugar and cinnamon in a small bowl. Place 2-3 tortillas on a foillined baking sheet and spray with cooking spray. Bake for 4 minutes. Turn the tortillas over, spray lightly again and sprinkle with sugar mixture. Using a pizza cutter, slice each tortilla into 8 “chips” and then bake an additional 6 minutes, or until crisp. (Watch them closely, as they burn in an instant.) Repeat procedure with remaining tortillas and sugar mixture. Note: there should be about 1 teaspoon of cinnamon sugar left over to use in the salsa. Christmas Salsa: 3-4 kiwis ½ cup pomegranate seeds 1 teaspoon cinnamon sugar 1 tablespoon fresh cilantro 2 teaspoons finely chopped red onion Peel the skin off the kiwi fruit and coarsely chop. Mix with pomegranate seeds, sugar mixture, cilantro and onion. Refrigerate until ready to serve. Kim’s Note: The red onion and cilantro add the perfect balance to the sweet fruit. However, if you wish to make this ahead of time, do not add the onion until you are ready to serve it, otherwise the fruit will absorb too much onion flavor. Or, for the kiddos, you may want to omit the onion all together. Yield: 8 servings (serving size: 8 chips, ¼ cup fruit salsa) Nutrition Breakdown: Calories 100, Fat 0g, Cholesterol 0mg, Sodium 10mg, Carbohydrate 24g, Fiber 3g, Protein 2g. Percent Daily Value: 35% Vitamin C, 4% Calcium, 4 % Iron, 0% Vitamin A Carbohydrate Choices: 1 ½ Carbohydrate Diabetes Exchanges: 1 Starch, ½ Fruit

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Christmas Eve & Christmas Day Church Services This guide to the CSRA’s many Christmas Eve and Christmas Day church services is also available on Click on resources at the top of the screen to download a pdf and share it with family and friends. St. Mary on the Hill Catholic Church

First Presbyterian Church of Augusta

Church of the Good Shepherd

Reid Memorial Presbyterian Church

2230 Walton Way • Augusta, GA 30904 • 706.738.3386 *Christmas Eve, December 24 4:00 pm – Family Eucharist with Carols 6:00 pm – A Festival Celebration of the Holy Eucharist with the St. Gregory & St. Francis choirs. 10:00 pm – A Festival celebration of the Holy Eucharist with the Good Shepherd Choir. A staff nursery is available during the 6 pm service only. *Christmas Day, December 25 11:00 am – The Holy Eucharist with Carols

2261 Walton Way • Augusta, GA 30904 • 706.733.2275 *Sunday, December 16 5:00 pm - Chancel Choir Advent Festival of Music *Christmas Eve, December 24 4:30 pm – Children’s Christmas Eve Service 7:00 pm -Traditional Candlelight Communion Service

1420 Monte Santo Ave • Augusta GA 30904 • 706.733.6627 *Christmas Eve, December 24 4:00 pm Mass, 6:00 pm Mass, 9:00 pm Mass, Midnight Mass *Christmas Day, December 25 9:00 am Mass, 11:00 am Mass *New Years Eve, December 31 6:00 pm Vigil *New Years Day, January 1 9:00 am Mass, 11:00 am Mass

642 Telfair Street • Augusta, GA 30901 706.262.8900 • Regular Sunday Worship Services at 8:30 and 11:00 am and 6:30 pm *Christmas Evensong Service, Sunday December 16 5:00 pm and 7:00 pm – Lessons and Carols featuring the children’s Canterbury Choir, adult Chancel Choir and orchestra. *Christmas Eve, December 24, 4 p.m. and 6 p.m., Family Candlelight Services Children’s story time, traditional Christmas carols, special music with brass ensemble and handbell choir

Saint Paul’s Church

St. Marks United Methodist Church

605 Reyonlds Street on the Riverwalk • Downtown Augusta 706.724.2485 • *Christmas Eve Services, December 24 4:00 pm – Family Christmas Eve Eucharist with The Canterbury Choir, Trumpet and Drums. Nursery will be provided. 10:00 pm – Christmas Eve Eucharist with The Saint Paul’s Choir, Brass and Dums. *Christmas Day, December 25 10:00 am –Christmas Eucharist in the Chapel with Hymns and Organ Music

2367 Washington Road • Augusta, GA 706.736.8185 • *Sunday, December 9th 11:00 am – Cantata “Music for Advent and Christmas” *Christmas Eve, Monday, December 24 6:00 pm – Christmas Eve Candlelight & Communion Service

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doctor dad by J. Ron Eaker, M.D.

Be Amazed The Human Body Is Miraculous, Mysterious


e take a lot for granted. In these months devoted to celebrations and new beginnings, take a moment and ponder your own amazing body. Now many of you may wish you had a sturdier chassis, a bigger motor, a smaller bumper or a flashier exterior, but the reality is that the model you operate within is nothing short of extraordinary. Consider the following:

• Every human spent about half an hour as a single cell. • There are 45 miles of nerves in the skin of a human being. • The average human heart will beat 3,000 million times in its lifetime and pump 48 million gallons of blood. • During a 24-hour period, the average human will breathe 23,040 times.

• The average human brain has about 100 billion nerve cells. • Nerve impulses to and from the brain travel as fast as 170 miles per hour. • Your stomach needs to produce a new layer of mucus every two weeks or it would digest itself. • It takes the interaction of 72 different muscles to produce human speech. • The average life of a taste bud is 10 days. • The average cough comes out of your mouth at 60 miles per hour. • Relative to size, the strongest muscle in the body is the tongue. • Human thigh bones are stronger than concrete. • Our eyes are always the same size from birth, but our nose and ears never stop growing. • The average human blinks their eyes 6,205,000 times each year. • Your skull is made up of 29 different bones. • The average surface of the human intestine is 656 square feet. • 15 million blood cells are destroyed in the human body every second. • The average human will shed 40 pounds of skin in a lifetime. • Every year about 98 percent of the atoms in your body is replaced.

As a physician I am perpetually in awe of our incredible body. Even when it doesn’t function well, such as in disease, it has an uncanny ability to attempt to rectify the malady. While the rest of the universe spirals away towards increasing chaos and entropy, the human body strives for homeostasis. Modern medical and scientific research has explained many of the previously unknown mechanisms driving this tendency toward self-preservation. However, there is a vast depository of components and interactions that are still wrapped in a cloak of mystery. Even knowing how something works on a cellular level, like the immune system or the blood-clotting cascade, can only give one pause to contemplate the precision and perfection it embodies.

The Mind-Body-Spirit Connection Understanding the physical properties and dynamic interaction of our body is only a small part of what makes us human. We are so much more than our physical beings. The mind and spirit of each person is so amazingly unique and pervasively interactive that they have to be praised and acknowledged alongside the biochemistry. Ever since man could ponder, he has speculated about this interaction between mind, body and spirit,

and those much wiser than me conclude that this triumvirate is so intertwined as to be enmeshed. The only logical conclusion is that true health is a balance of these three entities. You can be physically fit but emotionally tattered, or you can be a spiritual giant and physically decrepit. To fulfill the miracle that is your health, a balance must be achieved. The ancient Greeks knew that balance was the ideal. Socrates, prior to his Hemlock cocktail, said, “Everything in moderation, nothing in excess.” This advice is often overlooked in our contemporary society where we are often defined by our excesses. Get more bling, run farther, close more deals, take more vitamins—all promulgating the idea that more is better. It’s not, especially when it comes to your health. For example, eating balanced meals of moderate calorie intake is more healthy than either eating too much, too little or too restrictively. It is hard for me to accept, but even exercising to an extreme can have some negative consequences. Severe emotional extremes, higher highs and lower lows, are actually a psychological disorder. Embracing balance is the best way to allow mind, body and spirit to flourish. Let me give you a personal example to illustrate this point. I like to run marathons and, in the midst of training, inevitably I will come down with a cold. This happens almost always after a long training run when my body hasn’t had a chance to recover and it’s resources are devoted to damage control instead of immune surveillance. A healthier approach would be to take the necessary rest days between long training runs to allow my body to compensate. Sometimes taking my own advice is akin to getting a root canal with pliers! For many, good health is a choice. Choose wisely. Dr. Eaker is an Augusta Ob/GYN and author. He and his wife, Susan, have two teenage daughters.

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by Danielle Wong Moores

Mindful or Mindless? Mindful Eating Can Help You Avoid Holiday Weight Gain


ender, baked stuffing and dark, rich gravy. Sugary cookies and chocolate-laden treats. Seconds on the green bean casserole? Yes, please! No matter what your weakness, the holidays are a prime opportunity to get off track with your diet and gain that dreaded holiday “muffin top.” The good news? You’re probably not gaining as much as you might imagine. According to a study by the National Institutes of Health, most people gain an average of a pound from October through February. The bad news is that most don’t lose the weight after the holidays and, over time, this incremental weight gain is a major contributor to obesity. “The biggest problem for me, and a lot of people don’t think about this, is all those little tiny bites throughout the day,” says Kim Beavers, a registered dietitian with University Health Care System, from eating the broken cookies while baking or treating yourself to special holiday samples at the grocery store. “All those tiny bites available during the holiday season that

aren’t available normally can add up to around 300 to 400 calories in a day, and you don’t realize you’ve eaten that much.”

Mindful Eating But weight management, says Beavers, has changed from an old-school attitude of eating only “good” foods and avoiding “bad” ones to “moving away from deprivation and refocusing on healthy attitudes regarding foods.” Often referred to as mindful eating, at its most extreme, practitioners eat incredibly slowly and in silence, savoring each and every bite, ruminating on the origin of each ingredient. But more practically, it’s about slowing down, eating what you want (within moderation), but really enjoying and tasting your food, and making your calories count.

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“If you want a chicken wing, have it,” says Beavers. “The assumption is that if you allow yourself to really enjoy a food without guilt and focusing on the actual eating experience, you will be less likely to eat more and more and more because it is not considered forbidden and you have taken the time to actually enjoy it. Healthy eating still needs to be front and center, but one chicken wing does not an unhealthy diet make.” It also helps prevent its polar opposite, mindless eating. How many of us have sat down in front of the TV with chips and cheese dip, only to discover to our horror that the entire jar and half of a bag have gone into our mouths in the space of a half-hour? Mindful eating helps ensure that we are aware of what we’re eating, how much we’re eating and that we’re enjoying our food, not just filling up.

Holiday Danger Zones While Beavers is fortunate that most holiday foods don’t tempt her (“I don’t like pumpkin pie,

{ healthyfamily stuffing or turkey,” she admits), most of us aren’t that lucky. And at holiday parties and family dinners, where the focus is on eating, drinking and being merry—and Mom is hovering nearby to make sure our plates are never empty—Beavers’ number-one strategy goes back to that idea of mindful eating, making sure you’re eating something really special that you really want. “Just because it’s on the table, you don’t have to eat it,” she says. “If there’s something special on the appetizer table you really like, allow yourself that opportunity, but keep the portion small. If the food’s not really special—just store-bought stuff—just bypass it. Avoid any of the things you can get any time of the year…it’s just extra calories.” For example, party staples such as premade dips, cheese cubes and chicken fingers are a dime a dozen (and high in calories per portion size). If you have to have them, get just a small portion—and savor it. But load up your plate with fresh shrimp cocktail and roast beef on toasted bread—great sources of lean protein and not something you’d get every day. And don’t forget to balance out your plate with light and refreshing fruits and vegetables. When it comes to the family dinner, in these modern times, most of us typically attend multiple family holiday gatherings, and it can be hard to please everyone and dine in moderation. First of all, says Beavers, “Realize it is one day…it’s normal to have some higher calorie foods. You have the opportunity to eat smaller portions, not restricting yourself too harshly.” But one trick Beavers shares to get into the right mindset is to think about the uncomfortable feeling you have when you’ve eaten so much that you’re overstuffed—which can encourage you fill your plate with smaller helpings and politely turn down Aunt Greta’s turkey noodle surprise. “I don’t want to feel bad after I’m done,” says Beavers. If you have the opportunity to bring a dish or two to round out the family meal, your green bean casserole will be just as delicious if you use reducedfat products (just don’t go completely fat free, which might alter the taste), or you can copy another of Beavers’ tricks—bring a huge bowl of beautiful cut fresh fruit. “People really like a nice big bowl of fruit,” she says. “It’s easy to make, it’s lighter and it’s just fresh.” One final holiday danger zone is the office. Workplace politics dictates that we all must feed each other sumptuously at the office come the holidays,

when a continuous stream of cookies, cakes and candies make the rounds and tempt you from the office common room. The fact is, if you’re hungry, and there’s a plate of delicious candy cane cookies sitting there, you’re probably going to eat them. To help avoid those little nibbles throughout the day that can add an entire meal’s worth of calories to your diet, first, says Beavers, make sure that you eat a good breakfast. “So when you get to the office, you’re not starving,” she says. Second, if you eat when food is around, put it away, or barring that, cover it with aluminum foil so that it’s out of sight, out of mind. One last trick? Chew gum—the flavor and act of chewing can satisfy you when you’re not really hungry but just have the munchies. Remember, by being mindful of what you eat and planning ahead for those key holiday danger zones you can enjoy the holidays to their fullest—and stay healthy. After all, the holidays are a special time of year—a time of celebrating with family and friends, a time of joy and a time of giving. Just don’t let an extra couple of pounds be your gift to yourself this year. Danielle Wong Moores is an Augusta freelance writer.

More Tips to Avoid the Holiday “Muffin Top” Here are a few additional tips from Kim Beavers, registered dietitian at University Health Care System, on how to avoid weight gain during the holidays—and anytime of the year: • When shopping, park farther away from the entrance of the store. • Add extra activity, such as taking a postmeal walk. • When eating, use a smaller plate. • When dining out, choose grilled or baked foods instead of fried food choices. • If you’re traveling, pack snacks like dried or fresh fruits or nuts. • When you’ve had your last meal for the day, brush your teeth. A clean fresh mouth can deter you from eating again.

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by Jessica Fisher

Chill Out Four Things You Should Know About Freezer Cooking


nce upon a time, you might have gone to your mother’s freezer and found all kinds of crazy things, including three or four versions of Mystery Meat Casserole and Chicken a la King. And you might not have been too excited about dinnertime. The freezer meals of yesteryear were filled with canned cream soups and other dubious ingredients. If your mom did “once-a-month-cooking”, you might have watched her spend days at a time shopping, chopping and hopping around the kitchen in a frenzy to fill the freezer. She was wiped out at the end of her efforts. It just might have turned you off from the thought of ever feeding your family a frozen meal. Times, my friends, have changed. The “make-ahead and freeze” method has matured. Not only are there easy ways to fill the freezer, but there are tasty ones, too. Here are four things you should know about the modern age of freezer cooking.

1. Freezer Cooking Can Save Your Time, Money and Sanity By making several meals in advance and storing them in the freezer, you are providing for those future nights when life is hectic and you just don’t have time to cook. You will avoid takeout since you know there’s a home-cooked meal ready to go. And you will spend less effort puzzling out what’s for dinner. Just grab some homemade soup or burritos from the freezer and have a feast!

2. You Don’t Need a Deep Freeze Contrary to popular belief, you don’t have to have an enormous freezer to make batch-cooking work for you. With careful packaging and organizing, you can store at least a week’s worth of meals in the smallest refrigerator/freezer, even more if your fridge is a big one.

4. Premade Meals Can Taste Great You may be worried about freezer burn or freezer taste, remembering those Mystery Meat Casseroles of yore. Honestly, we are food snobs at my house— those situations would not fly with my people. Correct packaging and freezing is key. Cool foods completely, wrap them well and eat them up within a month or two for best taste and texture. Find more packaging tips at: Don’t believe me? Try one of these recipes on for size. Jessica Fisher is the author of Not Your Mother’s Make-Ahead and Freeze Cookbook. A busy mom to six children, she writes about life, laughter and the pursuit of a clean house at and shares delicious ways to act your wage at

3. Casseroles Are Not the Only Things You Can Make Some people think that you can only “freezer cook” if you’re making tons of casseroles. This is so not the case. Marinate chicken breast to throw on the grill. Precook and season taco meat in order to make quick work of a taco bar later in the month. Mix up a stew or soup to reheat on another night. There’s no end to the possibilities. Think about what part of a meal you can make ahead and prep that.

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Not Your Mother’s Meals Want to become a make-ahead cook? Enter for your chance to win one of two Not your Mother’s Make-Ahead and Freeze Cookbook by Jessica Fisher. Go to and click on the link to the contest pages to find the entry form. Winners will be chosen January 15, 2013.

{ homefront Versatile Slow-Cooked Carnitas

Cheddar Soup with Zucchini, Broccoli and Carrots

Carnitas (“Little Meats” in Spanish) is a seasoned, shredded pork filling used for tacos, tostadas, and tamales. Traditionally, the pork shoulder is boiled and then roasted. Here, it is prepared in a slow cooker for a simpler yet equally delicious result. The moist and juicy carnitas freezes and reheats quite well, making it a perfect addition to your freezer-cooking arsenal. Instead of a shoulder roast, you can use country-style pork strips, which often go on sale.

Fancy cafes charge a pretty penny for their cheese and broccoli soup. Save money and eat at home in style. Keep single-serving containers of this soup on hand for quick lunches and suppers. Serves 4 to 6 Packaging: Plastic containers with lids 1⁄4 cup (1⁄2 stick) butter 2 cloves garlic, minced 1⁄2 medium-size zucchini, shredded 1 carrot, peeled and shredded 1⁄2 medium-size onion, shredded 1 head broccoli, chopped into small florets (about 3 cups) 3 cups reduced-sodium chicken broth 1⁄4 cup unbleached all-purpose fl our 2 cups milk 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese Salt and freshly ground black pepper

Serves 10 to 12 Packaging: Quart-sized zip-top freezer bags or plastic containers with lids One 3- to 4-pound pork shoulder roast Salt and freshly ground black pepper 1 medium-size onion, chopped 1⁄2 teaspoon dried oregano 1⁄4 cup water 1. Place the pork roast in a 4-quart slow cooker. Season the meat generously with salt and pepper. Add the chopped onion and sprinkle the oregano over all. Add the water to the pot. 2. Cook on LOW for 8 hours or on HIGH for about 4 hours. The meat should be very tender and shred easily. 3. Remove the meat from the pot. Strain the juices and reserve them to add to chili, stew or soup. 4. Shred and cut the meat into bite-size pieces. Freezing instructions: Divide the carnitas into meal-size portions in freezer bags or containers. Chill the meat in the refrigerator before freezing. To thaw and serve: Thaw the meat in the refrigerator. Preheat the oven to 350ºF. Place the meat in a baking dish and reheat for 15 minutes, until hot. Adjust the seasonings to taste.

1. In a large saucepan, melt 2 tablespoons of the butter. Add the garlic, zucchini, carrot and onion. Sauté until the vegetables are tender, about 10 minutes. 2. Stir in the broccoli and broth. Simmer until the broccoli is tender, about 10 minutes. 3. Meanwhile, melt the remaining 2 tablespoons butter in a large pot over medium heat. Whisk in the flour and cook for a minute or two. Whisk in the milk until smooth. Simmer until thickened. Whisk in the cheddar cheese gradually, stirring to incorporate. 4. Pour the vegetable mixture into the cheese mixture, stirring to combine. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Freezing instructions: Portion the soup into meal-size plastic containers. Cool to room temperature. Cover and chill in the refrigerator before freezing. To thaw and serve: Thaw the soup in the refrigerator. Reheat in a saucepan until heated through, stirring to recombine. Serve immediately. Recipes © 2012 from Not Your Mother’s Make Ahead & Freeze Cookbook by Jessica Fisher and used by permission of The Harvard Common Press.

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by Lucy Adams

Liar, Liar, Pants on Fire Putting Out the Flames Without Punishing


n my childhood, my mama was a consummate corrector of spoken grammar. She strictly patrolled subject-verb agreement, sentences ending in prepositions, pronoun reference, correct usage of I and me and lay and lie. Eventually, I learned to rehearse every phrase before it came out of my mouth, which gave me plenty of time to decide if I really ought to say it at all. The other rules of conversation set by my dear mother were that my siblings and I could never claim to hate anything or anyone. It’s simply too strong of a word, she admonished us. And we could never, ever, under any circumstances, identify someone as a liar or something the person said as a lie. We could speak of ‘untruths,’ but never lies. She considered such talk foul language. My mama’s opinion stabs right to the heart of how we feel about lying here in the Bible belt. It’s a despicable behavior of which we shirk from accusing even our worst enemy. So, naturally, when we catch our own child engaging in this untoward activity, telling an untruth, it shocks us, it disappoints us and it calls us to action.

Lying as a Developmental Activity Take heart, moms and dads. Lying isn’t always such a horrible behavior. In fact, says Quentin Hartmann, Ph.D., assistant professor and undergraduate research coordinator for Augusta State University’s Department of Psychology, it’s a developmental milestone parents should welcome as a harbinger of good news. “It’s a normal part of development and it’s an important part of our development,” she says reassuringly. The skill of telling a lie demonstrates that a child has the ability to plan and to think about what another person knows or doesn’t know. In addition, to lie, a child must understand that other people have the capacity to believe something that isn’t true. When a child lies, particularly a young child, it is evidence that he or she recognizes that other individuals have thoughts and ideas that are independent of their own. These complicated cognitive activities indicate at age 3 or 4 that developmentally everything is humming along as it should. Telling fanciful stories may begin shortly after

24 months of age. These are generally expressions of the imagination and are not told to manipulate a person or a situation. For example, a toddler might tell Mom that a dragon took a nap with her. The difference between this type of storytelling and a lie is that a lie is triggered by a need for self-preservation. A lie is rooted in the intention to deceive. Preschool children define the world in terms of good and bad. They very much want Mom and Dad and other authority figures to think of them as good. Maintaining this image is a motivation to lie. Fortunately, while preschoolers possess the cognitive skills necessary to tell a lie, their fibs are rather farfetched and easy to detect. As children get older, they become more savvy at understanding the difference between what is possible and what isn’t. “At age 5, 6 and 7, kids make up plausible logical lies,” says Hartmann, who notes that their ability to plan improves. Children this age begin telling lies to avoid potential punishment. By the time kids enter the tween years, they’ve honed their talent for pulling the wool over the eyes of parents, teachers and peers. They aren’t perfect

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at it, but they are relatively good at predicting what false information another person is likely to accept as true. Hartmann says, “Tweens lie to appear more sophisticated than they are.” She contrasts this with teenagers, whom she explains lie primarily in order to exert their autonomy. “It’s going to peak in adolescence when they’re searching for their identity and independence,” she adds. In the developmental stage of emerging adulthood, between the ages of 18-25, most people have achieved a sense of independence and appreciation for social norms and thus, there is a significant decrease in lying behavior.

Parenting Strategies Nancy Buck, Ph.D., a developmental psychologist, expert in children’s motivation and behavior, parenting coach and author who shares her wisdom at, says, “All human behavior is purposeful,” including the behavior of deception. She goes on to say, however, “Just because all behavior is purposeful, that does not mean that all behavior is responsible or respectful.” Yes, lying is a distinct developmental achievement with a pattern of evolving complexity across childhood and adolescence, but, no, this does not mean that parents should ignore it. The two most effective things parents can do to address lying is to 1) help their child get what she wants by a more acceptable method and 2) assess their parenting style. Realize that children are trying to get something or avoid something or both when they lie. “Parents who teach their children how to get what they need and want responsibly, respecting a child’s need for freedom and teaching this child how to handle increased freedom responsibly and respectfully, will have children who do not lie. They have no reason to,” says Buck. Passionate parents who put their focus on insisting that their child never tell a lie miss the opportunity to help the child develop desirable social skills. When a child tells a tale, acknowledge that she has a desire and ask what it is that she really is trying to get. Teach her how to get it without lying. Nonetheless, don’t expect instant results. This is a continuous process across childhood. Parents also need to consider what they might

be doing to increase the behavior of lying. Buck advises, “Parents who work to externally control their children are more likely to have children who lie.” When controlling parents catch their children in a lie, they flip out, because they are forced to acknowledge how little control they really wield. Frustration mounts with the realization that they cannot make their child tell the truth. Psychologists like Hartmann term over-controlling parents ‘authoritarian’ and encourage parents to move their style toward ‘authoritative’ parenting, which extends to kids, no matter their age, more autonomy. Authoritarian parents set very high demands, establish strict rules and enforce control with punishment. They tend to be restrictive and unwilling to engage in thoughtful debate about the rules. Authoritative parents, on the other hand, also establish rules and guidelines, but are more responsive to their children’s questioning of those rules. Consequences for breaking rules are consistent, appropriate and enforced with love. Hartmann says, “Increase kids’ sense of autonomy. Let them in on choosing the punishment. Let them have a role in making rules. Have them in on the discussion with the adult having the final say.” Guiding children at each stage in respectful and responsible ways to get what they want, while also granting them age-appropriate independence, will diminish the offensive behavior of lying.

‘liar,’ I believe her intent was not to stifle our emotional response to being duped. Her tutelage arose from wisdom that lying is a complex behavior that on some occasions serves a valuable purpose and on others chisels away at trust. The social compact we have with one another and that we want to pass to our children depends on grasping those nuances. Lucy Adams is the author of Tuck Your Skirt in Your Panties and Run. She lives in Thomson, Ga., with her husband and their four children.

Do This, Not That Carleton Kendrick, Boston-based family therapist and author of Take Out Your Nose Ring, Honey, We’re Going to Grandma’s, offers quick insight for parents.

Normal Lying and Not-so-Normal Lying

If your child lies, DON’T: • Label your child a liar. • Immediately blame yourself. • Mistake imaginary play, such as cultivating an imaginary friend, for lying behavior. • Fret that your teenager will become a dishonest untrustworthy adult. • Discount lying exhibited by a young child as just a stage. • Immediately accuse your child of lying. Take a break, give the child time to think over his words and revisit after some time has passed.

Not all lies are bad. A female in a threatening situation may use deception to overcome the physical disparity between herself and the aggressor. A falsehood may be told to save another person from hurt feelings or from undue worry. Sometimes, stretching the truth is a way of winning or shutting down a game of one-upping. Parents should worry when lying fails to drop off with the rise of independence attained at the end of the teen years. It could be an indication of a range of issues associated with the child’s psychological and/or physical state. Hartmann advises, “Seeking a professional counselor is a good idea.” To put it succinctly, Hartmann says, “It’s so natural. Everybody does it.” Looking back on my childhood and my mother’s staunch objection to the word

If your child lies, DO: • Try to determine what unspoken anxieties, fears and problems are at the heart of the lies of tweens and teens. • Allow young children to engage in imaginary play. • Manage your own lies of commission, omission and situational ethics. Children model parents’ behavior. • Guide preschoolers in distinguishing between what is real and what is make-believe. Keep it fun and positive. • Understand that lying is a common behavior among children and adults. • Focus on the child’s goodness and your love for him.

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by Cammie Jones

Feeding the Homeless and Hungry The Masters Table Soup Kitchen Provides a Mid-Day Meal 365 Days a Year


PhotoS Courtesy of golden harvest food bank

t’s that time of year when we become overeaters. The holidays are filled with parties, gift buying and lots of meals with family and friends. While many of us enjoy the bounty of the season, there are others wondering where their next meal will come from. Fortunately, we have an organization right here in Augusta that helps feed those who need it on a daily basis. The Master’s Table, located in downtown Augusta, is Golden Harvest Food Bank’s soup kitchen. It began during the 1982 recession as one of the first direct-service programs of Golden Harvest. “Thanks to the kindness and support of our community, the Master’s Table Soup Kitchen has grown to feed a noon meal to more than 300 homeless and hungry persons every day, 365 days a year,” says Chris Turner, development officer of the Master’s Table Soup Kitchen. “It costs $630 a day to feed the hungry in Augusta, and 96 percent of every donation to Golden Harvest goes directly to this purpose,” says Turner. The Master’s Table receives food from a variety of sources. “These include community food drives, direct contributions from local businesses and farmers and even the Master’s Garden where we grow our own organic produce that is used in meals served at the Master’s Table,” says Turner. Monetary donations are also used to purchase food from Feeding America. Every $1 spent provides $7.88 worth of food for the soup kitchen’s guests. In order to maintain operations on a yearly basis, the Master’s Table must bring in $160,000 per year.

A Community-Wide Effort

The spacious new Masters Table soup kitchen location, built in 2010, allows Golden Harvest Food Bank to feed more than 300 homeless and hungry people each day.

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The Master’s Table is a large operation and involves collaboration from many parties ranging from Chef Tori Slaughter who is in charge of

{ inspirationstation making sure the 300-plus guests receive a hearty meal each day, to Edna Roper who creates centerpieces for each table completely free of charge. Marilyn McKinnie is the manager who supervises all staff and operations. Volunteer Ginny Allen leads the Master’s Garden, which includes 32 raised beds. She maintains the gardens and works to ensure that they provide the most yield possible. Finally, Chris Turner is the development officer who makes sure the financial sustainability of the Master’s Table is met. In the summer of 2010, the Master’s Table moved to a new $1.5 million facility on Fenwick Street. The move allows increased food access to those in need, according to Turner. “The facility itself is also conducive to better serving our mission,” he adds. The new facility includes prayer rooms, a large dining room that can seat up to 200 at a time, an open-air courtyard for outdoor eating and a state-of-the-art kitchen designed to cook meals efficiently and reduce waste. No matter what the state of the economy,

there is always a family in need of a warm meal, says Turner. Every single person who comes through the door has a unique story to tell. The purpose of the kitchen is to not only serve their bodies, but to also feed their spirits. “It’s not just about food,” he says. “It’s about community.” Sometimes the guests need someone to talk to who will truly listen. “Often this is the difference between regression and recovery,” says Turner.

How You Can Help Feeding the hungry is a task that requires many volunteers. At the Masters Table, it takes more than 50 volunteers per day, seven days a week. Volunteers help prepare and serve the meals, greet guests and also take on special tasks such as playing music or offering a blessing before the meal. Shifts are from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. Children between the ages of 8 to 12 can volunteer if accompanied by an adult family member. Teens, ages13 to17, may volunteer by them-

selves with their parent’s permission. It is preferable that parents accompany their children of any age the first time they volunteer. Also, with groups of five or more, the kitchen recommends calling three to four months in advance. Another simple way to help is to commit to making a monthly gift for the Master’s Table. There is not a one-size-fits-all amount. However, if 500 people give $38 a month, the soup kitchen can cover the entire budget and continue their mission of feeding 300-plus a day. “Moreover, we will have the freedom to focus on growing the Master’s Table, rather than simply sustaining it,” says Turner. “That is our ultimate goal.” For more information about how to volunteer or help the Master’s Table Soup Kitchen, please contact Chris Turner at 706-736-1199 or go online to Cammie Jones is an Augusta freelance writer and mother of three.

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Holiday Events

Through December. Snowville. It’s snowing at EdVenture Children’s Museum in Columbia in this exhibit that lets you climb Mount EdVerest, explore an ice cave or get the chills in a blizzard simulator. Travel to the South Pole and learn a little science while you shiver inside the Antarctic Research Station or get a thrill by tubing down Sled Hill, a 25-foot-long ride down a slippery hill giving visitors a wintry experience not normally found in the South! Join a team in the ice hockey rink or test your aim with the snowball blaster. Before leaving Snowville, make a memory of this winter wonderland and create a snow-filled postcard to share with your friends. Call 803-779-3100 or go to for more details. December 1. It’s the Night Before Christmas. Presented by Augusta West Dance. The magic and miracle of Christmas comes alive in dance. 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. at the ASU’s Maxwell Performing Arts Theater. 706-860-0998 or e-mail

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December 1. Christmas for the Birds. Create decorations for the birds to eat throughout the winter. Cider and cookies will be served. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Living History Park. North Augusta. 803-279-7560.

December 1. Christmas in America Tree Lighting. Evans Towne Center Park. December 1. Deck the Halls: A Gallery on the Row Christmas Open House. Door prizes, refreshments and artisan demonstrations. Bring the kids to decorate clay ornaments. 10:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Gallery on the Row. 706-724-4989. December 1. Christmas Light-Up Spectacular. Carolers and sparkly lights illuminate the Augusta Common during this annual event marking the beginning of the city’s holiday season. The mayor lights the Christmas tree and holiday decorations. Live entertainment and children’s activities. 3-9 p.m. Augusta Common. December 1. Brunch With Santa. Children and

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adults alike will enjoy music, caroling, games and a photograph with Santa. Lucy Craft Laney Museum of Black History. 706-724-3576. December 1-2. Very Merry Morris Weekend! Enjoy a weekend of art and music. Saturday: Clay Rice Silhouette Portraits, 10 a.m.–2 p.m., Tara Scheyer & the Mudpuppy Band, 2-3 p.m. Sunday: Music at the Morris featuring Timothy Owings and holiday music on the piano. 2 p.m. Morris Museum of Art. 706-724-7501. December 1-5. Aiken County Historical Museum Christmas Celebration. Several decorated trees will be on display throughout the museum. 433 Newberry St. Aiken. 803-642-2015. December 1, 4-8, 11-15, 18-22 and 26-29. Holiday Tours of the Boyhood Home of President Woodrow Wilson. During the month of December, the Boyhood Home of President Woodrow Wilson will be decorated with fresh evergreens. Guided tours are offered Tuesdays-Saturdays on the hour from 10

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The largest cutting event east of the Mississippi, the August Futurity brings a variety of down-in-the dirt competition and entertainment, including championship bull riding. Spectators can also step away from the ring to enjoy music and food vendors or shop for the best in western apparel, jewelry, artwork and riding equipment. Jan. 20-26. James Brown Arena. For a complete schedule of events, visit

a.m.-4 p.m. 706-724-0436. December 1-30. 25th Annual Lights Before Christmas. Columbia’s longest running holiday tradition. From 6-9 p.m. each evening the Zoo shines with nearly one million twinkling lights and countless animated images representing some of Riverbanks’ most lovable residents. Photos with Santa and much more. Riverbanks Zoo, Columbia. Closed December 24 & 25. December 8. Breakfast With Santa. Food, photos with Santa and holiday cheer. 8-11 a.m. Diamond Lakes Community Center. 706-772-2418. December 9. Annual Jewish Community Chanukah Latke & Salmon Dinner. 6 p.m. at the Augusta Jewish Community Center, 898 Weinberger Way, Evans. RSVP to the AJCC by December 4 by calling 706-228-3636. December 11. Cirque Dreams: Holidaze. An international cast of brilliantly costumed artists perform

astonishing feats of disbelief. 7:30 p.m. Bell Auditorium. 1-877-4AUGTIX or December 12. Christmas in the Woods. 7-10 p.m. McDuffie Woods Community Center. 706771-2656.

December 15 & 16. Bethlehem Village. An interactive recreation of what Bethlehem might have been like at the time of Jesus’ birth. 6-8 p.m. at Martinez United Methodist Church, 3614 Washington Rd. Call Mary Snyder at 706-860-9385. Special Events

December 13-23 and 26-27. Christmas in Hopelands. Lighted holiday displays and pathways create a holiday fantasy land. 6-9:30 p.m. Hopelands Gardens. December 14. Henry H. Brigham Center Visit With Santa. Pictures with Santa, bike raffle and refreshments. 10 a.m.-1 p.m. at the Henry H. Brigham Community Center, 2463 A Golden Camp Rd. Free. 706-771-2655. December 15-January 1. Winter Fest. The South Carolina State Museum’s holiday tradition includes special movie screenings, musical performances, seasonal star labs, holiday crafts and visits from Santa. Columbia. 803-898-4952.

Through December 31. The Annual Doll Exhibition. A wonderful selection of dolls from various collections—old, new and from all nations as well as the Michelle Obama Collection. Lucy Craft Laney Museum of Black History. 706-724-3576. December 6, 7 & 8. 12th Annual Cares for Kids Radiothon. During this live broadcast, Radiothon partners WBBQ 104.3 and KISS 96.3 will talk with patients and families of the GHS Children’s Medical Center about their personal experiences. Pledges can be made by calling 706922-KIDS (5437) or go online and pledge at www. 6 a.m.-7 p.m. Dec. 6 & 7, 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Dec. 8.

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calendar December 17-19. Anyone Can Dance & Cook Camp. The Augusta Ballet sponsors a creative journey of trying new moves and eats inspired by the children’s classic Curious George. 9 a.m.-3 p.m. 706-261-0555. January 11-12. Julliard in Aiken Anniversary Fundraiser. The weekend kicks off with a gala dinner featuring a cabaret concert with New York-based singer Jennifer Sheehan and a champagne reception with the artist. The festivities continue Jan. 12 with dinner and an encore performance of Sheehan’s show. 6:30 p.m. both nights. The Willcox. or 803-648-1438. January 19-20. 62nd Annual Camellia Show. The Aiken Camellia Society displays its beautiful blooms. Japanese flower arrangements presented by the Augusta/Aiken Chapter of Ikebana International and a bonsai display by Fred Wieland. Free camellia plants will be given to everyone who joins the American Camellia Society at the show. Jan. 19, 2- 8 p.m. Jan. 20, 1-5 p.m. Aiken Mall. 803648-8249. January 20-26. Augusta Futurity. An action-packed

event featuring bull riding, horse cutting competitions, vendors, a festival and more. James Brown Arena.

Museum of History. 706-722-8454.

January 26. Parent Resource Fair. Multiple learning workshops on a variety of topics including the IEP, behavior management, social skills, transition and more. Families will have access to local agencies that provide services to students with disabilities. Childcare provided. Inflatables, a LEGO wall, interactive games with XBOX and other video gaming systems. Noon-4 p.m. at the Family Y of Aiken. Register by calling Aiken County Schools at 803641-2624 or Edgefield County Schools, Ms. Faulk, at 803-275-4601.

December 1. The Kings of Swing. Concert featuring the Kings of Swing orchestra and some of the best swing vocalists currently performing throughout Europe. 8 p.m. Newberry Opera House. 803-276-6264 or

Museum and Science Events January 10. Jimmie Dyess Symposium. Annual event recognizing the courage of citizen and soldier Marine Lt. Col. Jimmie Dyess, and others who have shown similar valor or civic contributions above and beyond the call of duty. This year’s honorees are Navy Lt. Col. Thomas G. Kelley, Medal of Honor recipient, former Ga. Gov. Carl Sanders and Major League baseball player Lou Brissie. 5 p.m. Augusta

Because your child’s illness can’t wait! We’re open at 7AM Monday - Friday

After Hours Clinic 5:30-8pm Mon.-Fri. Every Weekend and Holiday 1-6pm

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The Arts, Music and More

December 2. Crystal Gayle. Crystal Gayle became the first female artist in country music history to achieve platinum album sales. Her signature-song is “Don’t It Make My Brown Eyes Blue.” Performances at 3 p.m. and 8 p.m. Newberry Opera House. 803-276-6264 or December 4. A Festival of Nine Lessons & Carols. Annual traditional English Christmas event featuring the Augusta Collegium Musicum, guest choirs and readers. Reservations required. 7:30 p.m. Sacred Heart Cultural Center. 706-826-4700. December 7. Bach to Broadway. Presented by the Columbia County Choral Society. 7:30 p.m. First

Courtesy of the Columbia museum of art.


Village Street by Claude Monet A collection of 55 works including paintings, pastels and watercolors, Impressionism From Monet to

Monet to Matisse


Matisse will be on view Jan. 25-April 21 at the Columbia Museum of Art. Included in the exhibition are paintings by the well-known masters of French Impressionism, like Claude Monet and Pierre-Auguste Renoir, as well as paintings by America’s most noted Impressionist painters, Mary Cassatt and John Singer Sargent. The show has been described as “full of artistic richness where one may meditate for hours on why painting continues to fire our imaginations.” 803-799-2810 or Augusta Family | Dec. 2012 - Jan. 2013 • 35



calendar December 20. Christmas With John Berry. An Augusta holiday tradition. Imperial Theatre. 706-722-8341.

January 20. Don Williams. The 1978 CMA Male Vocalist of the Year performs. 3 p.m. Newberry Opera House. 803-276-6264.

December 8-9. A Christmas Carol, The Musical. Performed by the Augusta Players. 8 p.m. on Dec. 8, 3 p.m. on Dec. 9. Imperial Theatre. 706826-4707.

December 24. Concerts With a Cause: Christmas Eve Concert and Lessons and Carols. Featuring the St. John choirs and orchestra. Benefits the United Methodist Children’s Home. 10:30 p.m. St. John United Methodist Church in Augusta. 706-724-9641.

January 20. Music at the Morris: Third Horn. Enjoy a performance by Third Horn, the Columbia County Orchestra brass quintet. Free. 2 p.m. Morris Museum of Art. 706-724-7501.

December 9. A Chorus Line. One of Broadway’s longest running hits, this musical tells the story of Broadway dancers auditioning for spots on a chorus line. Shows at 3 and 8 p.m. Newberry Opera House. 803-276-6264 or

January 4-5, 11-13, 18-19. Frost/Nixon. Fictionalized account of the days leading up to and during the series of interviews with former U.S. President Richard Nixon by British TV personality and game show host David Frost. 8 p.m. Jan. 13, 3 p.m. only. Aiken Community Playhouse. 803-648-1438.

December 9. Augusta Chorale Annual Christmas Concert. 4 p.m. Paine College. 706-830-0991.

January 11-February 22. Ed Smith Exhibit. Drawings and small bronze sculptures by the Guggenheim fellow in sculpture and drawing. Exhibition opening, Jan. 11, 6-8 p.m. Gertrude Herbert Institute of Art. 706-722-5495.

Baptist of Evans. 706-650-2311. December 7-9. Aiken Civic Ballet’s Nutcracker. 7 p.m. Dec. 9, 2 p.m. Etherredge Center. USC-Aiken. 803-641-3305.

December 10. Augusta Collegium Musicum Concert. 7 p.m. Augusta Museum of History. 706-722-8454. December 13. Carolina Brass Christmas Pops. Carolina Brass is a group of internationally renowned musicians with a repertoire encompassing everything from Renaissance to Big Band. URS Center for the Performing Arts. Aiken. 803-648-1438. December 14. Southern Soul & Song Concert Series: Suzy Bogguss. Country music star. 7:30 p.m. Imperial Theatre. 706-722-8341. December 14. Holiday Pops! With Joe Gransden. Known for his amazing trumpet performances, music critics have compared Gransden’s vocals to those of Chet Baker and Frank Sinatra. Gransden will be joined by his trio for an evening of holiday favorites with the Symphony Orchestra Augusta. 7:30 p.m. Bell Auditorium. 706-826-4705. December 15. The Little Mermaid Jr. The musical based on the 2008 Broadway production and the 1989 animated feature film. Presented by the students of The Musical Theatre Workshops, directed by Mickey Lubeck. Performances at 2 and 7 p.m. at Greenbrier High School Auditorium. Call 706-2311759, e-mail or go to December 15. And On Earth Peace. The Augusta Choral Society performs Gloria (Randall Bass), Magnificat in D (J. S. Bach) excerpts from Handel’s Messiah and more. 7:30 p.m. Saint Paul’s Church. 706-826-4713. December 15. Aiken Symphony Guild December Pops. 8 p.m. Etherredge Center. USC-Aiken. 803-640-1297.

January 12. Bank of America Columbia County Music Series: The Four Hornsmen of the Apocalypse. A nationally recognized horn quartet from southern Mississippi. Classical transcriptions of composers such as Bach, Mozart and Strauss accompany the light hearted numbers and humorous pieces of PDQ Bach, Herman Jeurissen and Lowell Shaw. 7:30 p.m. Jabez S. Hardin Performing Arts Center. 706826-4705. January 13. The Glenn Miller Orchestra. Formed in 1956, the group is one of the most popular big band groups of all time. 3 p.m. Newberry Opera House. 803-276-6264. January 16. Monty Python’s Spamalot. Winner of the 2005 Tony Award for Best Musical, Spamalot is the outrageous new musical comedy lovingly ripped off from the film classic Monty Python and The Holy Grail. 7:30 p.m. Bell Auditorium. 1-877-4AUGTIX January 18. Keith Gehle, Guitarist. 7:30 p.m. Covenant Presbyterian Church. 706-733-0513. January 18. Southern Soul & Song Concert Series: Sam Bush. The King of New Grass performs. 7:30 p.m. Imperial Theatre. 706-722-8341. January 19. Georgia Health Sciences Symphony Series: Love’s Farewell. Wagner’s Overture from Tannhäuser binds the listener and our hero as he toils in his obsession with love and his redemption through true love. Bruckner’s final and unfinished work, Symphony No. 9, acts as the tonal discovery of the end of his life. 7:30 p.m. First Baptist Church of Augusta. 706-826-4705.

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January 22. Winter 2013 Columbia County Youth Orchestra Concert. Featuring Lili Bogdanova performing Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 9. 7 p.m. Genesis Church. 470 Fury’s Ferry Rd. January 25. Venice Baroque Orchestra. Recognized as one of Europe’s premier ensembles devoted to the performance of music on period instruments. The orchestra has received wide critical acclaim for its concert and opera performances throughout North America, Europe, South America and Japan. 7:30 p.m. Maxwell Performing Arts Theatre. Augusta State University. 706-737-1444. January 25-April 21. Impressionism From Monet to Matisse. Paintings by the masters of French Impressionism, America’s most noted Impressionist painters and modern painters. Columbia Museum of Art. 803-799-2810. January 26. Steel Magnolia. Joshua Scott Jones and Meghan Linsey, the winners of CMT’s “Can You Duet?,” perform. The duo has toured with Brad Paisley, Reba McEntire and Blake Shelton. 8 p.m. Newberry Opera House. 803-276-6264. January 26. Masterworks IV: Beethoven. The Columbia County Orchestra performs Beethoven’s Symphony No. 4. Concerto performance by Lili Bogdanova. 6 p.m. Jabez Sanford Hardin Performing Arts Center. January 29-31, February 1-2. The Frog Prince. A play with puppetry, presented by Storyland Theatre. Jan. 29-Feb. 1 at 9:30 a.m., 10:45 a.m. and 12:15 p.m. Feb. 2, 3 p.m. matinee. Reservations required. Imperial Theatre. 706-736-3455. Morris Museum of Art 1 Tenth St. 706-724-7501 or Through December 16. Jetsam: Artwork by Jay Jacobs. First-floor gallery exhibition. December 8–February 17. Shadows of History: Photographs of the Civil War From the Collection of Julia J. Norrell. More than 30 works by some of the most prominent photographers of the day, from

calendar tintype and ambrotype portraits to rare images of African-American regiments, that highlight themes of human devastation and the impact of war on the landscape and its people. December 18-January 6. Eclectic Visions: Art by Educators in the Savannah River Area. First-Floor Gallery exhibition. January 1-10. Sweet Ride, 1908 Maxwell: Sculpture by Gary Russeth. Wooden car sculptures by the Harlem, Ga. artist. January 1–February 10. Reflections on Water in American Painting. Fifty paintings from the Arthur J. Phelan Collection that trace more than a century of America’s maritime and seaside history, from 1828 to 1945, and feature masterful renderings of sailboats, warships and waterside towns. January 3. What’s in the Box: Block Prints Rock! Learn about prints while viewing Images of South Carolina. Afterwards, make a block print with the surprise in the box. Registration required. 10-11 a.m.

Martial Arts Classes. Ages 8-adult. Goshinjitsu, Kindai Karate and Kobojutsu. Call for information.

related dementia disorders. 6 p.m. January 29-April 28. Folk Art From the Julia J. Norrell Collection. Ranging from the patriotic, the satiric and the whimsical, the collection is devoted to the art of 20th and 21st-century, self-taught artists working in the South.

The Family Y Financial assistance is available for all Family Y programs. Register at any branch or online at or call 706-922-9622.

January 31. Art Now: Kendall Messick. Join photographer and filmmaker Kendall Messick for a talk and screening of his acclaimed film The Projectionist. Music and cocktails in the galleries afterwards. Free. 6 p.m.

December 26, 27 & 28 and December 31, January 2, 3 & 4. Winter Day Camps. Camps are offered at the Wilson Family Y, Marshall Family Y (second session is January 2, 3 & 7 at this location), The Family Y of North Augusta and the Family Y of Aiken County.

Musical Theatre Workshops 3817 Martinez Blvd., Suite D, Martinez. Contact Mickey Lubeck, director, at 706-2311759, www. Ongoing. Theatre arts classes including activing, voice, dance and musical theatre production for children ages 5 and up. Visit their Web site for current class offerings.

December 8 & January 12. Parent’s Night Out— Family Y of North Augusta. Ages 2-12. 6-9:30 p.m.

Sports January 4. Films on Friday: Advise & Consent (1962). Based on Allen Drury’ Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, this film stars Peter Lawford, Betty White and many others. It follows the consequences in Washington, D.C., when the President nominates a man with a hidden past for Secretary of State. Afterwards, museum director Kevin Grogan leads a discussion. Free. Noon. January 10. Exhibition Reception and Book Signing: Shadows of History. Photographic historian William Stapp presents the talk Mementos of a Fearful Struggle, a brief introduction to the history of Civil War photography. Stapp contributed an essay to the museum’s newest catalog, which will be available in the gift shop. Free. 6-8:30 p.m. January 13. Artrageous! Family Sunday: Rivers and Rapscallions. Popular children’s entertainer Sean Driscoll presents a swashbuckling multimedia show featuring Pirate Goodie. Afterwards, design your own pirate flag. Free. 2 p.m. January 18. Art at Lunch: Reflections on the River. Savannah Riverkeeper Tonya Bonitatibus and artist Philip Juras discuss the relationship between Augusta and the Savannah River, touching on how the waterway has inspired many, from artists to environmentalists. Paid reservations due Jan. 16. Noon. January 24. Film Screening: Fred Won’t Move Out. Private screening followed by a wine and cheese reception in the galleries. Proceeds benefit the Morris Museum of Art’s Connections program, which provides art experiences for people with Alzheimer’s or

December 1. Jingle Jam. Proceeds from this 10K road race benefit SafeHomes, Inc., a domestic violence intervention center. Prizes for male and female overall first-place finisher. Prizes also will be awarded in an individual and group contest. 8 a.m. at Evans Towne Center Park. Go to www.jinglejam10k. com for more information. December 8. 7th Annual December Dash 10K. Race day registration and packet pickup for all registrants from 8-8:45 a.m. in the Pfizer Pavilion at Phinizy Swamp Nature Park. Prizes given for top female and male overall as well as top three female and male finishers in each category. Race begins at 9 a.m. Register at or contact Clay Burckhalter at The Southeastern Natural Sciences Academy at 706-828-2109. Phinizy Swamp Nature Park, 1858 Lock & Dam Rd. Augusta Riverhawks Home Game Schedule James Brown Arena. 7:35 p.m. For tickets: 706-993-2645 December 7 and 8 vs. Mississippi Surge December 13 vs. Columbus December 21 vs. Huntsville Havoc December 22 and 28 vs. Knoxville Ice Bears December 27 vs. Fayetteville FireAntz January 4 vs. Pensacola Ice Flyers January 5 and 11 vs. Columbus Cottonmouths January 12 vs. Mississippi RiverKings CSRA Defensive Arts 803-221-0330 or

December 8 & 22 and January 12 & 26. Parent’s Night Out—Marshall Family Y. Ages 2-12 years from 6-9:30 p.m. December 14. Freedom Friday at Family Y of Augusta South. It’s hard to find time for yourself when your spouse is overseas. Let your kids, ages 8 weeks to 12 years, have a fun evening at the Y from 6-9:30 p.m. Free for active duty military families. December 15 & January 19. Parent’s Night Out— Family Y of Aiken County. Ages 2-12 from 5:30-9 p.m. Discount for additional siblings. December 22 & January 26. Parent’s Night Out for Children of Deployed Soldiers at Marshall Family Y. Ages 2-12 years from 6–9:30 p.m. Free for children of deployed soldiers. December 22 & January 26. Parent’s Night Out— Wilson Family Y and Family Y of Augusta South. Enjoy a date night while your kids have fun at the Y from 6-9:30 p.m. January 1-31. Soccer Registration—Family Y of Aiken County. Ages 3-4. Season runs from March 23-May 11. January 1-February 20. Basketball Camp Registration—Family Y of Downtown Augusta. Increase athleticism, endurance and strength specifically for basketball athletes ages 13-17. Conditioning on Tuesdays and games on Saturdays. Session is February 18-March 20. January 2-February 6. Adult Basketball Registration—Family Y of Aiken County. Ages 18 and up. Season is February 21-April 11. January 7-31. Family Y Swim Lessons. Indoor pools at the Family Y of Downtown Augusta, the Wilson Family Y and the Family Y of Aiken County. Swim lessons for all ages and skill levels. Lessons are held

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calendar twice a week in four-week sessions. January 14. Team Lean Kickoff. This 12-week weight loss competition is for individuals and teams of four or five. Kickoff at all Family Y locations. January 16. School Days Out—Wilson Family Y. Activities from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. with early drop-off at 7 a.m. and late pickup until 6 p.m. at no additional cost. January 21-March 6. Men’s Basketball Registration—Wilson Family Y. Season begins March 18. Ages 18 and up. Ongoing in January. BlazeSports Team. A swim team for all ages for physically challenged swimmers to train for competition. Ongoing in January. Adapted Aquatics Special Populations—Wilson Family Y. Individual half-hour classes for physically and developmentally challenged individuals of all ages. Call Claudia Collins at 706-922-9664 to schedule. Ongoing in January. Tae Kwon Do. Ages 5 and up at the Family Y of Aiken County, Family Y of North Augusta, Family Y of Augusta South and Wilson Family Y. Ongoing in January. Drawing and Painting—Family Y of Aiken County. Four classes per month. Creations will be displayed in a spring art show. Ages 6-12. Register at any Family Y location.

Aiken County. Introduces kids, ages 3-5, to basic ballet using fairy tales and dressing up. Four classes per month. The Salvation Army Kroc Center 1833 Broad Street, Augusta. 706-364-KROC or December 6. Lunch and Learn. Join Nutrition Coach Jena Harris for free nutrition education in the Kroc cafe and receive 10 percent off your lunch. Noon. December 7. Kids Night Out. Parents, enjoy a night out by bringing your child, ages 2-12, to the Kroc Center. 6-10 p.m. and dinner is included. Activities may include swimming, gym play, inflatables and crafts. December 15. Breakfast with Santa. Bring the kids to get their picture taken with Santa Claus and eat breakfast. Enjoy your own Kroc Center buffet-style breakfast. Call for pricing. 9-11 a.m. December 15. Free Water Safety Class. Open to all. 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Call for more information. December 19-January 2. Day Camps. When school is out your child, ages 5-12, can enjoy a day at the Kroc Center. Students will have the opportunity to play games, swim, do arts and crafts and more. 9 a.m.-3 p.m., with early drop-off and late pick-up available. Registration recommended. Call for fees.

Ongoing in January. Creative Arts—Family Y of North Augusta. Ages 5-12. Drama kings and queens welcome. Learn the basics of theater while playing games, creating arts and crafts and writing original scripts. Four classes per month.

December 21. Family Night: Gingerbread Houses. Bring the family for an evening of fun decorating gingerbread houses. Call for event pricing. 6:30-9:30 p.m.

Ongoing in January. Fairy Tale Ballet—Family Y of

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803-648-7042 or Thursdays. This playgroup is open to all home schoolers. Meets at the O’Dell Weeks playground for unstructured play for the children and time with other home school parents for the adults. Noon. Augusta Jewish Community Center 898 Weinberger Way. 706-228-3636 or log on at Ongoing. The Mothers Circle. Free course, resources, education and events for women of other backgrounds raising Jewish children. Call for details. Sign Up for Class! The AJCC offers a wide variety of classes for children of all ages and adults, including athletics, the arts, cooking, language and more. Log on to download a complete listing. Classical Conversations Visit or e-mail Terri at A Classical Christian Community of home schoolers that meets once a week from August through April with the goal of training their children to know God and to make Him known in all areas of life. E-mail Terri for information. Monkey Joe’s 368 Furys Ferry Rd. 706-922-JUMP (5867). First Sunday of Each Month. Special Needs Night at Monkey Joe’s. This event is held the first Sunday of each month after general store hours to ensure a calm environment for special needs children and their parents. 6-7 p.m. North Augusta Homeschool Playgroup Meets Thursdays at various North Augusta parks for play. Field trips will also be scheduled. All homeschoolers are welcome. Call 803-613-0484 or e-mail

calendar CHILDBIRTH, BREASTFEEDING AND PARENTING SUPPORT GROUPS AugustaAreaMommies Contact Jennifer Stanley at 706-855-0072 or A community for moms in the Augusta area offering support, friendship and fun as well as the opportunity to exchange information. The group, which is part of The Mommies Network, also provides discussion forums, an events calendar and more. Meeting are held online, at local parks, members homes (for monthly BUNCO) and on field trips. All mothers are welcome. Augusta Food Allergy Group Does your child have severe, potentially fatal food allergies. Would you like to get together with other parents who face the same challenges? This group meets the fourth Tuesday of each month in the Evans Government Center Auditorium, Building A, 630 Ronald Reagan Dr. Free and welcome to anyone dealing with food allergies. Meetings often include special guest speakers. 6 p.m. Contact Sheena Whitlock at or go to Burn Survivors Support Group The Southeastern Firefighters Burn Foundation invites all burn survivors to attend this monthly support group. Meetings are held the fourth Wednesday each month at 2 p.m. at the Southeastern Firefighters Burn Foundation, 3614 J. Dewey Gray Circle, Building C. Call 800-650BURN or go to Celiac Disease Support Group E-mail Meets the third Tuesday of every month in Suite 120 of the Summerville Building, adjacent to Trinity Hospital of Augusta. Open to those with celiac disease, gluten intolerance or on a glutenfree diet. Discussions include information on celiac disease, do’s and don’ts of a gluten-free diet and more. 7-8:30 p.m. Common Bond Parent Support Group Geneice McCoy, organizer. 706-729-0012 or For parents of children of all ages and diagnoses with challenging disabilities but remarkable perseverance and resilience. Meets the second Thursday of each month at 7 p.m. Call for location. Georgia Health Sciences Health System (formerly MCGHealth) Mom’s Connection This weekly support group for mothers meets each Tuesday at 1225 Walton Way in Room 1010C. The group is for new moms and babies looking for sup- Augusta Family | Dec. 2012 - Jan. 2013 • 41



port in the early stages of parenthood. Call 706-7219351 or go to La Leche League This breastfeeding support group meets the second Tuesday of each month at 10 a.m. at the First Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church, 2204 Kimberly Dr. Evening meetings are held on the third Thursday of each month at 7 p.m. at Wesley United Methodist Church. Call 706-737-2405 or log on at web/AugustaGA.html. MOMS Club Visit Ever feel like you’re the only mother who stays home? You are not alone! Come meet other at-home mothers at the MOMS Club, an international nonprofit organization. MOMS Club of Grovetown Members come from Grovetown, Harlem and the communities of Fort Gordon. The group is not affiliated with any parenting style, religion, or ethnic group. MOMS Club is open to and accepting of any and all moms who are at-home with their children. Mothers of Advanced Maternal Age (Mama’s) Did you have a child at age 35 or older? Are you expecting? This group of “older” moms welcomes you for meetings, support and play dates. Disabled children welcome. Contact Ami McKenzie at 706-364-5245 or hoopnhollar2@yahoo. com or go to MaMasInAugusta/. Mothers of Preschoolers (MOPS) A nondenominational Christian group for mothers of preschool-aged children. Childcare provided. Meets the first and third Tuesday of each month from 10 a.m.-noon at First Presbyterian Church of Augusta, 642 Telfair Street. Call Amy Toney at 803-341-1904 or go to www.firstpresaugusta. org/MOPS. The Aiken Charter group of MOPS meets the Second Tuesday of each month for moms to learn, share, support each other and socialize. Meetings are held in the South Aiken Presbyterian Church fellowship hall, 1711 Whiskey Rd. Free childcare and dinner for those attending, reservations required. You do not need to be a member of South Aiken Presbyterian to attend. Check out MOPS Aiken on Facebook, contact Jennie Beat at 803640-4742 or e-mail for more information or to register for childcare.

Neighbor To Family 801 Greene St., Augusta. Call Kimberly Lee-Branch, coordinator of Licensing, Recruitment and Training at 706-396-2180, ext. 107. The goal of this organization is to revolutionize foster care by keeping siblings together while building healthier families. Parent Support Group The Child Advocacy Center, a program of Child Enrichment Inc., a nonprofit organization serving victims of sexual abuse in our community, is offering a support group for parents and caregivers of children who have been sexually abused. Groups will be held the second Tuesday of each month. Call 706-737-4631 for information and location. This group is not appropriate for sex offenders. Peaceful Parenting Augusta This unofficial Attachment Parenting support group is for families who believe in parenting gently and building children’s spirits, minds and bodies through nurturing, attentive and practical approaches. Join their Yahoo! group at Peaceful_Parenting_Augusta or e-mail Jen at Trust Birth Stories & Cinema Circle Contact Lynn Reed, Trust Birth facilitator, 706833-5101 or, Come watch a water/home birth film, discuss and then share your own birth stories. Trust Birth Initiative stands on the truth that, “Birth is safe, interference is risky,” and that women and their partners have the ability and responsibility to educate themselves to make informed choices. Meetings are held at Steinle Wellness Center, 122 Old Evans Rd., Augusta. December 24. Birth Day. This film gives viewers a chance to see a natural home water birth. 7-830 p.m. January 28. Psalm & Zoya: The Unassisted Homebirth of Twins. 7-8:30 p.m. HOSPITAL PROGRAMS Doctors Hospital Call 706-651-BABY (2229) or go to doctors-hospital. net for registration and class location. Pre-registration required for most programs. December 4. The Daddy Class. Dads only, taught by an experienced dad. Learn about the joys and challenges of fatherhood and ways to support mom. 7-9 p.m.

December 13 or January 17. Babies, Bumps and Bruises. Class for families, parents and friends. Infant CPR taught by the American Heart Association. Infant safety issues also are covered. 7-9 p.m. January 8. Pickles and Ice Cream. This class is great for the first-time mom, but recommended for all. Nutrition, exercise, fetal development and body changes are discussed. 7-9:30 p.m. January 10. Breastfeeding. Getting started, latching on and positioning are discussed for a smooth start to breastfeeding. 6-9:30 p.m. January 15, 22 & 29. Ready and Able. This threesession class is recommended for late pregnancy. Topics include childbirth process, comfort techniques, medications/epidurals, relaxation and breathing techniques. Intended to be taken with Showing and Glowing. 7-9:30 p.m. January 19 & 20. Short and Sweet. A weekend childbirth class covering the process of labor and delivery, comfort techniques and childbirth, medication/ epidurals and relaxation and breathing techniques. 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. on the 6th, 1-5 p.m. on the 7th. January 24. Baby 101. This class will discuss infant development and offer guidance on care for your new bundle of joy. Topics include normal newborn appearance and behavior, bathing, crying, diapering, swaddling and feeding. 7-9:30 p.m. January 31. The Happiest Baby on the Block Educational Session. Teaches moms, dads and other family members the techniques they can use to calm a fussy baby and to help baby sleep better. Can be taken either before the new baby arrives or soon after. Georgia Health Sciences Health System Register online at Ongoing. Volunteers Needed. Georgia Health Sciences University and Health System is in need of volunteers. The GHSU Volunteer Services adult program is open to anyone age 18 or older. Call 706721-3596 or go to for more information. Ongoing. Support Group for Families Who Have Lost a Baby During Pregnancy, Childbirth or Early Infancy. Call 706-721-8299 or visit their Web site. December 4. Autism Spectrum Disorder Support and Resource Group (The “A-Team”). Pro-

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calendar vides support for families, caregivers and friends of children with autism spectrum disorders including autism, Asperger’s and PDD NOS. 6-7 p.m. Georgia Health Sciences Children’s Medical Center, First Floor, Family Resource Library, Room 1801. Call Family Services Development at 706-721-5160 or e-mail ddrakele@georgiahealth. edu for more information. December 6 & January 3. Safe Kids East Central Presents Cribs for Kids. Learn how to provide a safe sleep environment for your child. Families who demonstrate a financial need will receive a portable crib, fitted sheet, sleep sac and pacifier for a small fee. 5:45-8 p.m. Building 1010C, 1225 Walton Way. Call Rene Hopkins, RN, at 706-721-7606. December 7 & January 4. Safe Kids East Central Safety Seat Inspection. Four out of five car seats are used incorrectly. Schedule an appointment to make sure yours is installed properly by calling Rene Hopkins, RN, at 706-721-7606. Building 1010C, 1225 Walton Way. December 8. Safe Sitter Program. This nation-

ally recognized, award-winning curriculum teaches 11-13-year-olds how to handle emergencies while caring for younger children. During the course, instructors provide students with hands-on practice in basic techniques so they are prepared to act in a crisis. Call 706-721-7606 to register. December 13 & January 10. Car Seat Class. Car seat safety, education and training. Financial assistance is available to Medicaid and Peach Care-eligible families. Safe Kids Office, Building 1010C, 1225 Walton Way. Call 706-721-7606 to register. 5:45-8 p.m. December 18 & January 15. Breastfeeding Class. An International Board Certified Lactation Consultant will help expectant parents gain knowledge and support to ensure successful breastfeeding. Call 706-721-9351 to register. 7-9 p.m. at GHS Medical Center, 1120 15th Street, West Entrance, first floor, Patient and Family Resource Library. January 9-30 (Wednesdays). Childbirth Education Class. A free, four-week class designed to inform and prepare expectant parents for the birthing expe-

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rience. Taught by certified instructors. Registration is required. Call 706-721-9351. January 30. Infant CPR Training. The Infant CPR Anytime Learning Program developed by the American Heart Association allows families and those caring for infants to learn the core skills of infant CPR and relief of choking. Taught by a certified instructor. Registration required. Call 706-721-9351. Ongoing. Safe Kids East Central Child Safety Seat Inspections. By appointment at the following locations: Safe Kids Office, Building 1010C, 1225 Walton Way— contact Rene Hopkins at 706-721-7606. Martinez Columbia Fire Rescue, Engine Company 3—contact Jamie Champion at 706-860-7763. Ongoing. Safe Kids East Central Car Seat Classes. By appointment at the following locations: Sake Kids Office, Building 1010C, 1225 Walton Way or Martinez Columbia Fire Rescue Headquarters. Contact Rene Hopkins, Safe Kids Coordinator, at 706-721-7606. Trinity Hospital of Augusta Call Women’s Health Services at 706-481-7727 or visit

calendar for information and registration.

as well as labor and delivery. 6-8:30 p.m.

December 1 & January 12. Saturday Express Lamaze Childbirth Education. Helps mother and support person understand the final stages of pregnancy as well as labor and the birth of your baby. Covers natural and medicated deliveries, Lamaze coping techniques and more. 8:30 a.m.3:30 p.m.

January 5. Baby Care Basics and Breastfeeding. Two popular classes offered together. 9 a.m.-noon.

December 5 & January 7. Infant CPR. Learn how to respond in an emergency situation using infant mannequins and a simple step-by-step method. 6-8 p.m. December 10. HUG Your Baby. This class provides Help, Understanding and Guidance for young families as they prepare for the birth of their infant. Learn how your infant communicates and strategies to help calm your baby. A dynamic, fun and effective way to connect with your newborn. 6-8 p.m. December 13 & January 15. Childbirth Education 101. Learn about the signs and symptoms of labor

January 19. Childcare and Babysitting Safety. A new curriculum plan designed by the American Safety and Health Institute. Includes playtime, hand-washing, telephone calls, infant and child feeding, diapering, sleep time and providing emergency care. For ages 11-14. 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Lunch included. January 26. Growing Boys. Boys ages 9-12 with their father, male relative or friend will find helpful information on what to expect in the pre-adolescent years. 9:30 a.m.-noon. January 29. On Being a Girl. This class is designed for girls ages 9-12 accompanied by their mother, a female relative or friend. Discussion is focused on physical and emotional changes of puberty. 6-9 p.m. University Health Care System Call 706-774-2825 or logon at for information. Registration is required for most programs. Young Women with Breast Cancer. Meets the third Friday each month. A support group for women in their 20s through 30s dealing with breast cancer. 12:20 p.m. at the University Hospital Breast Health Center, Professional Center 2, Suite 205, 818 St. Sebastian Way. December 7 & 8 or December 28-29. Weekender Childbirth Preparation Class. A complete childbirth preparation class designed for those with time constraints or fluctuating schedules. Friday from 6:309:30 p.m. and Saturday from 9 a.m.-5:30 p.m. December 6. Introduction to Infant CPR. Do you worry about knowing how to revive your baby should the need arise? This class provides an opportunity to learn and practice infant CPR on mannequins and learn other aspects of infant safety. Space is limited, so early registration is suggested. 7-8:30 p.m. Submit calendar entries to Karin Calloway at karin. or enter your event online at Augusta Family | Dec. 2012 - Jan. 2013 • 45

Talkin’ About My Generation

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

by Grace Belangia photos by John Harpring

Dale Crail, 60, of Evans, is a fundraiser

Patrick Vincent, Jr.,

for Georgia Health Sciences University. He and his wife Pam (aka Grammy Pammy) have four grandchildren.

13, lives on “the Hill” with his parents, Shawn and Anna Vincent, his brother Connor and two Labrador Retrievers.

Likes To: Fish and eat sushi. (It’s just a coincidence.)

Likes To: Play football, hang out with my friends, play my guitar and listen to music.

New Year’s Resolution: Made a New Year’s resolution in 1981 to give up making New Year’s resolutions—so far, so good.

New Year’s Resolution: To become more active in my community.

Favorite Thing About the Holidays: Any time the grandkids have been with us. Nothing is finer than to be with a child who still believes in Santa Claus enough to not only leave him milk and cookies, but also to put out nine plates of carrots for his reindeer. Words He Lives By: It’s amazing what you can accomplish if you do not care who gets credit.

Favorite Thing About the Holidays: I like seeing all of my family and a vacation from school. I also enjoy the great meals I share with family and friends. Can’t Live Without: My iPhone. Favorite Indulgence: Creme Brulee. Favorite Place To Be: Sugar Mountain, North Carolina.

Biggest Fear: Bridges.

Words He Lives By: The things you do when no one is looking define the type of man you are.

Greatest Hope: Not being on a bridge when it collapses.

Greatest Hope: To work hard enough to play football for an Ivy League school.

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Teka Allen, 29, of Grovetown, is a staff development consultant and mother of a 4-year-old son, Zion. Likes To Motivate others. New Year’s Resolution: Better health, more physical activity and new spiritual depths. Favorite Thing About the Holidays: Family and the seasonal food. The holidays make me want to cook more, especially desserts. Favorite Indulgence: Otis Spunkmeyer chocolate chip cookies. Favorite Possession: Yellow Nine West pumps. They are out of season, but I love them! Words She Lives By: “Commit to the Lord whatever you do and your plans will succeed.” -Proverbs 16:3 Biggest Fear: Not living life on purpose. Greatest Hope To make Christ known and to help others develop a meaningful relationship with him.

Augusta Family Magazine Jan. 2012 - Dec. 2013  
Augusta Family Magazine Jan. 2012 - Dec. 2013  

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