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THE BULLS SOCCER CLUB WILL BE HOLDING TRYOUTS AND EVALUATIONS FOR ANY BOYS AND GIRLS BORN IN 2002-2010. These players will be placed on a team for the Spring Season. THEthru BULLS SOCCER CLUB The Spring Season will run from January May. January 8thWILL and BE 9thHOLDING AND EVALUATIONS Blanchard Soccer Complex | 4600TRYOUTS Blanchard Woods Dr, EvansFOR ANY BOYS AND GIRLS BORN IN 2002-2010.

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Departments 6


Editor’s Page


105 Father’s Day Gift Ideas

Features 22

Will Avery & How to Get Your Children into College Sports


Learn the Arts, Local Directory

Mom to Mom

Like a Boss —Karen Gordon


News & Notes


Eating Well With Kim Mother-in-Law Chicken Salad

—Kim Beavers, MS, RD, LD, CDE



Seizing the Summer Break -Dr. Dana Harris

Doctor Dad An Ounce of Prevention —J. Ron Eaker, M.D.


-Renee Williams

Smart Mom’s Guide Keeping Kids Active in the Heat

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Arts & Sports ON THE COVER: Will Avery and his daughters Autumn, age 10 and Yasmine age 17 of Evans, GA.


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Eight months ago, my son Zakkary passed away after a distracted driver hit him on his way home. When doctors were unable to save him, they let us know that Zakkary was a registered organ donor and a representative was being flown in from Savannah waiting to meet with us. When the reality of that set in, I felt a physical and emotional release and was able to find a divine sense of peace knowing that people who were suffering would be getting calls that day that our son was going to save them. Nobody wants to be the parent of a martyr but because I had to say goodbye, it helped knowing that in his last act, Zakkary gave the most precious loving gift anyone could give...the gift of life. So in the horrendous days that followed, while we prepared our hearts and minds to say goodbye to our beloved son Zakkary, he was in essence traveling on to save the lives of many others. Life Link explained each organ donor has the potential to save up to 50 lives through organ, skin and tissue donation. LifeLink also explained our names and the names of the organ recipients would go into a database and they would help facilitate communication between donor families and recipients and allow both parties the opportunity to meet, if both parties were interested. I was thrilled at the opportunity that we may get to meet the organ recipients. In November of last year, Brian and I wrote letters to each one of Zakkary’s organ recipients and told them Zakkary’s story and what he meant to all those who loved him. Recently, our family received a letter from the 33-year-old woman who is the recipient of Zakkary’s pancreas and one of his kidneys. The letter was an incredible surprise and was amazingly beautiful. At the age of 11, this young woman developed Juvenile diabetes, Type I and the condition was a big struggle for her throughout her life. The diabetes caused her kidneys to stop working and she ended up on dialysis five days a week so her father became trained to perform dialysis on her at home. She explained many times she was close to death and the doctors did not believe she was going to make it. She explained that it was in her most critical time, when she didn’t think she was going to make it, that her mother received a job transfer to Georgia and because of that, she found hope of being put on an organ donor waiting list. When she received the call that she had a donor, she cried for me and the tragedy I was experiencing. She was scared the transplant would not be successful but she explained that from the very first moment they transplanted Zakkary’s organs, they started working at 100 percent, leading her to be free of diabetes. I laugh and tell others that Zakkary is like Jesus Christ here on Earth, because he is healing the sick and giving sight to the blind. And what pleases me the most is that this young woman wishes to meet us. It is my hope to help others in sharing the comfort I have found in knowing that Zakkary is now sharing his physical life with countless others and although I search for meaning and answers, every day and every where, I feel now I have the opportunity to know one of the brightest places and experience a once in a lifetime meeting with this young woman who has bravely and beautifully fought for her life. Zakkary often debated with others saying, “Give me one good reason NOT to be an organ donor,” and I’m with him on that! It was never difficult to support Zakkary’s decision to be an organ donor and I am proud of him. There is no bigger sacrifice and no more loving act, than the gift or organ donation and I plan to volunteer my time and gifts to Life Link and this is how I will honor and stay close to Zakkary. I know that every breath these recipients take is a breath for our son. Every birthday they celebrate is also a celebration of Zakkary’s birth. I am left in quiet and reflective awe of the time we shared with our son. Despite my deep sadness, I believe Zakkary is trying to show us his light and love as much as he can. I hope those who hear his story are inspired to be better people, because he has made us better people, too. Until August, augustafamilymagazine @AUGFamilyMag

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LIKE A BOSS! Every now and again, I send myself little notes, reminders, messages, etc. If I don’t have my calendar, planner or empty gum wrapper, then I send myself a note (text message). Many times, these things happen in such a rapid-fire fashion, I simply forget about them until I stumble upon them while looking for something else. So in preparation for this piece – coincidentally, I was purging my phone’s memory so that I could record a rehearsal and I discovered a couple of voice memos from last Fall. In one, I’m listening to LeScoot explain one of his pet peeves. First of all, I don’t think a 9 year-old is old enough to have gripes and concerns. But I digress... “I don’t like it when someone tells me to do something and then I do THAT THING but then they tell me to do it over AGAIN,” LeScoot explained. “But then they see that I’ve already done it so THEN they just want to yell at me for NO REASON and I didn’t do anything wrong.” You’ve gotta listen to it (it’s on my SoundCloud). The tone of his voice is rife with “shade.” In another, my favorite nephew Jamil recalls the time we were at Grandma’s house for Christmas and Georgia bit him on the behind. He’s not afraid of dogs but Georgia is a little larger than he likes and she is pretty assertive about being the center of attention at all times. Side note: she’s great at cuddling. “So, we had the frisbee and (Countess & Lebarron) were like, “Let’s play with Georgia,” so I was like, “Well, I’M not gonna do that.” So I stood on the back of Uncle Cliffe’s truck and the ONE TIME that I decided to get down, I got bit in the butt (hysterical laughter).” Then more laughter and more…. These two remind me so much of my big boys, Chris and Malcolm and because of that, I can not help but notice that I’m a very different Mommy now, than I was when the big boys were LeScoot’s age. You’ve seen those commercials, right? First kid: you buy all the parenting books and resources and you get ALL the safety mechanisms – even the experimental ones “AS SEEN ON TV.” When the pacifier hits the floor, then you dunk it in boiling water before baby gets it again. Second child: Mine came 11.5 months after the first so I was good. I’d figured some stuff out and the five second rule was in full effect. Pacifier falls to floor, we’re good for five to 10 secs. Maybe I’d rinse it off. Maybe. Fast forward 17 years later. Bossman and I are expecting a baby. Easy. We’ve done this before, right? Except it’s not easy. It’s like technology, ever-changing and evolving. ALL the things I knew from the big boys and all the things that made me an expert are outdated. Archaic. When the BIG BOYS were 9 and 10 years old, the only thing I had to do was insist that they friend me on My Space so that I could monitor their activities. Now, Scoot has his own tablet, has figured out how to create a Google+ account, upload YouTube videos and link to his Instagram (Dude, you are 9. How about these multiplication tables and long division?). Every now and again, someone will ask me for parenting advice. You know, because I’ve DONE THIS BEFORE. Always conflicted, I say “Be firm but flexible, be tough but loving, be the boss but willing to learn from them, be loving, be supportive and laugh a lot”. But, more often than not, by the time we’re done, I just leave them with these words of wisdom….. “Hey, you’re on your own with that. Good luck!” Side note: Third kid drops the pacifier on the floor and you don’t even pick it up. You just put the baby on the floor and let him figure it out. Happy parenting!

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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SUMMER FUN Musical Theatre Workshops presents

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! One week camps meet 9:00am-12:30pm, tuition is $150. Two week camps meet 9:00am-2:30pm, tuition is $250. 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.

Mickey Lubeck, Director Registering 2018/2019 weekly drama classes as well.

A Friday presentation ends each week’s camp experience.

Studio located at 3817 Martinez Blvd, Martinez GA

Call 706-231-1759 or contact register today at

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SUMMER GYMNASTICS CLASSES TWO WEEK SESSIONS COMING TWICE A WEEK Session 1 - June 5 - 14 • Session 2 - June 19 - 28 Session 3 - July 17 - 26 Preschool Classes Ages 18 months to 4 yrs Boys and Girls Developmental Classes Ages 5 and up Tumbling Ages 7 and up

Also, join us for CAMP FLIP FL OP and PRESC HOOL CAMP

Register online at or call 706-650-2111

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App-Tastic! Bitmoji

Chances are if you spend any time on Facebook, Snapchat or Gmail, you’ve come across a friend or colleague’s personalized cartoon avatar. If you’ve asked him or her about it, they’ve probably replied that it’s a “Bitmoji.” Hardly the most illuminating answer! So if you’re still wondering what, exactly, these emoji-like things are, you’ve come to the right place. Bitmoji is your own personal emoji. Create an expressive cartoon avatar, choose from a growing library of moods and stickers that allows you to customize everything from your cartoon avatar’s hair and eye color to its outfits and accessories. With a huge library of stickers that include your Bitmoji, you can send dozens of different personal emojis through iMessage and any other apps that support the copy and paste feature. You can also link the app to Snapchat, to make your Snaps and Snap stories even more fun. • Insert Bitmojis into email as you type • Copy and paste them virtually anywhere on the web • Get the mobile app at Wherever you go, your avatar is now just a click away.

“My father didn’t do anything unusual. He did what dads are supposed to do — be there.” -Max Lucado

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PEARLS OF WISDOM FROM JOAN DIDION Forever immortalized as a Corvettedriving, LA-living author and screen writing legend, Joan Didion is one of the most important figures in American literature. Dive into some fearless wisdom she offers for women of all generations.

1. Self Discovery. Writing and other art forms, can be therapeutic forms of self discovery. “Why did I write it down? In order to remember, of course, but exactly what was it I wanted to remember? How much of it actually happened? Did any of it? Why do I keep a notebook at all? It is easy to deceive oneself on all those scores. The impulse to write things down is a peculiarly compulsive one, inexplicable to those who do not share it, useful only accidentally, only secondarily, in the way that any compulsion tries to justify itself. I suppose that it begins or does not begin in the cradle...Keepers of private notebooks are a different breed altogether, lonely and resistant rearrangers of things, anxious malcontents, children afflicted apparently at birth with some presentiment of loss.” 2. Storytelling. We tell stories to helps us make sense of our lives “We tell ourselves stories in order to live...We look for the sermon in the suicide, for the social or moral lesson in the murder of five. We interpret what we see, select the most workable of the multiple choices. We live entirely, especially if we are writers, by the imposition of a narrative line upon disparate images, by the “ideas” with which we have learned to freeze the shifting phantasmagoria which is our actual experience.” 3. Self-Respect. Pride and confidence in oneself is important and must come first. “Self-respect is something that our grandparents, whether or not they had it, knew all about. They had instilled in them, young, a certain discipline, the sense that one lives by doing things one does not particularly want to do, by putting fears and doubts to one side, by weighing immediate comforts against the possibility of larger, even intangible, comforts.”

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news&notes Are we there yet? Colonial Times living HisTory Park By LeeAnn Rhoden Colonial Times Living History Park is a gem in downtown North Augusta. Amidst the bustling activities of a growing downtown and the new SRP Park, the Living History Park is a quiet refuge. A grand open space with a babbling creek, chirping birds and a return to the 18th century. The park was created from an overgrown abandoned waterworks by the Olde Towne Preservation Association, with permission of the city and the use of donations of money and labor. The park is now a lovely open space with a working grist mill. There are meandering paths which lead you to the colonial barn, a tavern, a forge, vegetable gardens, an apothecary shop and a woodworking shop to illustrate town life in the 1700s. Colonial Times is open seven days a week, 365 days a year. They host several events each year. Each April and again in October there is Education Day where children and students can learn about life in the 18th century. Also, in April is the “Under the Crown and Trades Fair” event. This is a re-enactment of revolutionary war-time skirmishes and tensions when the Crown occupied colonial towns. The concurrent Trades Fair highlights crafts and wares of colonial artisans. The last Saturday of each month, from January through November, the park hosts activities and interpreters of the colonial period. This is an excellent opportunity for adults and children to interact with people and life of this period. The activities and interpreters vary from month to month and to add to the fun, you are invited to dress in period clothing and participate. The third weekend in October is Colonial Times: A Day to Remember. This event gathers craftsmen and artisans from all over to demonstrate daily life in the late 1700s. There is pottery, weaving, spinning, blacksmithing and so much more. The wares and crafts are available to purchase as well. Christmas in the Backcountry is the last Saturday in November and is one of their best events. You can see how the colonials celebrated Christmas with decorations and the Christmas foods they had available. You get to participate in the celebration and it will be a treasured memory for you and your family. While the park is open daily from dawn to dusk, there are times when the park is closed to the public for reserved private events. The Colonial Barn has meeting space and Wi-Fi to accommodate business meetings. You can reserve the park for weddings, corporate events, meetings, family gatherings, graduation parties, and other events. Be sure to put Colonial Times Living History Park on your list of places to explore and as an event venue option. Check out their calendar for events and availibilty by visiting their website at For general information about the park, you can call 803-979-9776 or for specific information and reservations call Lynn Thompson, Chairman of the Living History Park and President of the Olde Towne Preservation Association, at 803-279-7560. Location: 299 W. Spring Grove Ave., North Augusta, SC 29841 Budget: Admission is free. Parking is street parking around the park area. Support of the Colonial Times Living History Park is by tax deductible donations and sponsorships.

Colonial Times Living History Park Lynn Thompson

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What to See: See the working grist mill and recreated colonial buildings and parks. Check their calendar for the living history re-enactments, education days, and other events. if You go: Wear comfortable clothes and shoes or period clothing! Be prepared to walk and explore. Take a camera to capture the fun.




Choir Camp at St. John UMC

Accidental injury is the #1 cause of death for American children under the age of 19, taking more lives every year than disease, violence and suicide combined. Safe Kids Greater Augusta, a childhood accident prevention program and affiliate of Safe Kids Worldwide, works to protect local children and has a real impact on our community. Established in 2002 and led by Children’s Hospital of Georgia, the nonprofit community coalition serves Richmond and Columbia counties and reaches out to other communities when possible. We also promote legislation to protect children, provide safety equipment to members of the community at little or no costs and offer a variety of programs to reduce childhood death and injury.

Registering for classes online at is the easiest way to ensure that you will have a spot in your selected class. However, if you would like to pay by cash or money order please call 706-721-7606. For more information or to schedule a group program, contact or call 706-721-7606. 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 Worldwide and USA networks. To find out more about local Safe Kids programs, call 706-721-7606, or visit

Choir Camp at St John UMC, 2018 will be held July 9-15. For children and teens entering grades 3rd through 12th. Camp will be held from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. and Saturday from 9:00 a.m. to Noon with an afternoon lake party and a Sunday performance at 11:00 a.m. Contact Jamie Council Garvery at St John UMC, 736 Greene St., Augusta or call 706-724-9641.

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Eating well with Kim b y Ki m B e a v e rs , M S , R D, L D, C DE G u es t w r i te r S a ra h B o e s c h, AU Intern

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Eating well with Kim

Are You Dishing up Food or FoodBorne Illness? Proper food handling and preparation can make the difference between feeding your family nourishing meals or accidentally giving them a foodborne illness. Foodborne illness is mainly contracted through poor personal hygiene in the kitchen (yikes), cross- contamination (yikes) and time-temperature abuse (also yikes). The main microorganisms of concern are E. coli, salmonella, listeria and fungi. Fortunately, keeping your family safe, healthy and with bellies full is easy with a few kitchen safety tips. Practicing proper personal hygiene habits is first on the list to prevent foodborne illness. Make sure to properly wash hands prior to handling food (use warm water with soap and scrub for 20 seconds). Make sure to wash hands after handling raw meat and prior to beginning cooking. Ensuring that kitchen equipment is properly clean is equally important. Properly washing kitchen gadgets such as can openers, rubber spatulas and blender gaskets can also help prevent contamination. Avoiding cross-contamination is an easy way to prevent illness. Cross-contamination is the transfer of microorganisms from one surface to the other. For example, using the same cutting board to cut raw meat and vegetables. To prevent cross-contamination, make sure to thoroughly wash cutting boards with soap and water between handling raw meat and produce or ready to eat foods. Better yet use specific cutting board for raw meat only. When storing raw meat, make sure to store it on the bottom shelf in the refrigerator to avoid drippings from the meat contaminating other foods. Avoiding crosscontamination will help prevent listeria, salmonella and E. coli. Proper time and temperature control is a third way to avoid foodborne illness. Most microorganisms that cause illness grow in the temperature danger zone of 41 degrees and 135 degrees. If foods remain in this temperature zone for more than four hours, the pathogens begin to grow. Therefore, you should try to refrigerate foods as soon as you come home from the grocery store. It is also wise to defrost foods in the refrigerator rather than overnight on the counter. Left-over foods should be put away within two hours. Making sure that ground beef is cooked to an internal temperature of at least 160 degrees can prevent E. coli. Furthermore, ensuring that poultry and eggs are cooked to internal temperatures of 165 degrees and 145 degrees espectively can help prevent Salmonella. The CSRA gets very hot in the summer, which is great for outdoor picnics and activities but can make it necessary for extra food safety precautions. When bringing food to a picnic, make sure to use an insulated cooler filled with ice or frozen gel packs to ensure that food stays at its proper temperature and to avoid pathogen growth. Additionally, a cooler that is filled up will maintain its cold temperature longer than one that is only partially filled. If you are serving food outdoor in temperatures above 90 degrees, food should not sit out for more than one hour (note this is a change from the standard 2 hour rule). Follow those tips and check out the government’s food safety website to ensure your family has a healthy, delicious summer.

Mother-in-law Chicken Salad My Mother-in-law makes the best chicken salad I have ever tasted. The celery and almonds provide great crunch without overwhelming the chicken salad…enjoy 2 cups chopped cooked chicken (½ dark and ½ white or all white meat)* 1 ½ cups celery, chopped ½ cup sliced almonds, toasted ½ cup fat free mayonnaise ¼ cup plain fat-free yogurt ¼ teaspoon black pepper ½ teaspoon salt For a smooth texture put the dark meat or half the chicken (if using only white meat) into the food processor with ¼ cup of the mayonnaise. Pulse chicken mixture until a smooth base is achieved. Transfer chicken base to a medium bowl, add the remaining ingredients and mix well. Chill in the refrigerator for 2 hours to let flavors meld. Yield: 6 servings (1/2 cup per serving) Nutrient breakdown: Calories 150, Fat 7g (4g monounsaturated fat, 1g saturated fat); Cholesterol 40mg, Sodium 350mg, Carbohydrate 6g, Fiber 2g, Protein 18g * Nutrient analysis done with half dark and half white meat and NO skin. Kim’s note: This is also good with rotisserie chicken. If using rotisserie chicken the sodium content will be higher so reduce the salt in the recipe if using rotisserie. Cook’s note: To toast the almonds place them in a dry skillet over medium heat for about five minutes (or until they are fragrant and begin to turn brown). Watch them closely as they burn quickly. Serving suggestion: Whole wheat rolls or whole wheat crackers Whole lettuce leafs to make lettuce wraps

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 eatingwellwithkim. To search for specific recipes go to www.universityhealth. org/ewwk. You can also watch the segments at Augusta Family | June/July 2018 • 15

Dr. Dad

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

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Dr. Dad


When it comes to your health, preventing a problem is always prefer-

Who doesn’t like getting a colonoscopy? Everyone I know! This proce-

able to treating a problem. I’d much rather not get cancer than find it early

dure is very similar to the Pap smear in that it can be both preventive and

and deal with radiation, chemotherapy and surgery.

diagnostic. Your doc may find a polyp in a pre-cancerous stage and be able

A key concept in becoming a highly, healthy mom is understanding the

to extract it thus preventing it from ever getting worse. Prior to getting

subtle difference between prevention and early detection. To illustrate

that video tour of your intestines, what can you do to actually prevent co-

this I want to focus on three common procedures, the mammogram, Pap

lon cancer? Again, there are a number of behaviors associated with lower

smear and colonoscopy. Now there’s a lineup you can love to hate!

risks. Maintaining a healthy weight, not smoking (see a pattern emerg-

Mammograms and breast cancer awareness go together like ice and tea. In fact, many women view mammograms as a prime tool for the pre-

ing?!), increasing your insoluble fiber intake, lowering your red meat consumption and taking a baby aspirin a day (ask your doctor first).

vention of breast cancer, yet no one ever stopped breast cancer with a

Hopefully, the distinction between prevention and early detection is

mammogram. The smash-a-gram is by far the best tool for early detec-

clear by now. It’s why I tell women that a low fat, low calorie diet is more

tion but it doesn’t actually prevent anything. Early detection is wonder-

preventive of breast cancer than a mammogram. That’s often met with a

ful as numerous studies have proven that finding a breast cancer early

skeptical look but now it should be obvious what I mean.

dramatically improves the survival rate but wouldn’t it be great to prevent

There are a number of facts about disease prevention that may surprise

the occurrence of the breast cancer outright? Prevention (or reducing the

you. For example, women who take birth control pills have a lower inci-

risk of) breast cancer is possible and that’s where your major focus should

dence of ovarian cancer. Taking hormones right around the time of meno-

be. Studies indicate that a healthy weight, low fat foods, exercise, minimal

pause may reduce heart disease but starting hormones later in life may

alcohol intake and not smoking all actually lower your risk. Breast exams,

actually increase your risks. The type of foods you eat are not as important

mammograms and ultrasounds may find something early but they don’t

as the amounts when you are trying to lose weight but fats, carbohydrates,

actually prevent the problem. A subtle but important distinction. This is a

and proteins become very important when focusing on keeping the weight

case where both prevention and early detection can be lifesaving.

off. Calcium, Vitamin D, magnesium, and boron are often more effective

Probably no other procedure has done more for advancing women’s

and safer than prescription medications for the prevention of osteoporosis.

health than the Pap smear. Not just for the early detection of cervi-

One of the most effective prevention tools across the board is maintaining

cal cancer but also for advancing the routine, yearly checkup. We have

a healthy weight. Over 13 different cancers have been directly related to

a wonderful control group in comparing health outcomes by looking at

obesity including uterine, breast, ovarian and pancreatic.

men. Not having the same compulsion to get yearly exams, many men go

There are a number of medications that have been touted as preventive

for years without a check up, thus missing many opportunities to both

tools, yet the majority are really just early treatment. A notable exception

prevent problems and detect them early. Since the regular use of the

is low dose aspirin which has been associated with decreased colon cancer,

Pap smears in the 50s, the occurrence of cervical cancer has dropped

blood clot formation and some heart disease. It’s not for everyone as even

50 percent. No other preventive test can claim such efficacy. The Pap is

aspirin has numerous potential side effects. As in all things, (and to keep

preventive in that it can pick up changes long before a cancer develops

the lawyers at bay) don’t ever start a medicine, herb or “natural” remedy

allowing for minor solutions to potentially major problems. It is unique

without consulting your doctor as there can be consequences.

in that it is both preventive and diagnostic, thus magnifying its value. There are some lifestyle changes that have been associated with lower rates of cervical cancer such as limiting sexual partners, getting the HPV vaccine and once again, not smoking.

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 b y C a m m i e Jo n es

Keeping the Kids Active in the

Summer Heat

It’s summer! The first few days after school are blissful — the kids are happy, sleeping late, excited about the long, lazy days of summer and upcoming camps and vacation time. All is well for a week or so and then, BOOM, the summer boredoms set in. It’s too hot to go outside and all the events that were so much fun at the beginning of the summer are getting old. How can you keep your kids active, safe and happy in the summer heat?

ExErcisE in thE Early Morning / EvEning If you have kids who need to get outside, it can still be done in 90 degree heat. Just make sure to head out in the morning hours before it gets too hot or after dinner when it is still light outside. Tune in to the daily forecast to know the temps before you plan your day - if the meteorologist calls for a cool (or warm) breeze, then schedule some playtime or a walk or bike ride outside during this timeframe. Wear light colored clothing and bring plenty of cold water to keep your child cool and hydrated.

WatEr activitiEs Apply your sunscreen and head to an activity that involves water. Go to the pool or lake and let the kids swim, dive and enjoy the day. To keep them moving, bring a soccer 18 • Augusta Family | June/July 2018

ball or football or diving toys the kids can swim under water to retrieve. Play games around the pool such as Marco Polo and don’t forget to take snack and water breaks even if your child seems okay, he or she can still be getting dehydrated. If you are stuck at home, set up a plastic pool, fill it with water from your hose and let the kids have fun in the sun. Again, don’t forget the sunscreen! For some good oldfashioned fun, turn on the sprinklers and let the children run through them. With young children, a water table is a great way to keep cool and entertain at the same time. Or, fill up water balloons, invite the neighbor kids and have a water balloon war in your yard. Make sure you are there to supervise as the lifeguard on duty.

insidE Fun When the pool is getting old, plan an activity that may not be in your usual repertoire. You can go bowling, jump at a trampoline park or skate at the local skating rink. Head to the mall and let the kids play in the inside jungle gym area. See if there are any fitness classes for kids in the area and join that class using a one day pass or join for the month. There are many ways to still be active inside if the weather is just too hot to head outdoors.

Smart Mom’s Guide If you need to stay at home, play hide-and-go-seek, set up an obstacle course in your house for the kids to run through or set up your own “gym class” that the kids can do. Use your imagination. You can even stage a dance party and let the kids go wild to their favorite music. An inside scavenger hunt that is timed so they have to run to find each item is also a good way to get the children away from the TV or their electronics for a little calorie burning activity.

DON’T FORGET THE SUNSCREEN! Dr. Jeremiah Miller, father of four and dermatologist at Augusta West Dermatology, has many sunscreen tips to keep your children safe in the sun:

If your budget and schedule allow, head out of town for the day for a change of pace. Go to Riverbanks Zoo or Edventure in Columbia, SC. Head to Statesboro, GA and hit the water slide park. Stone Mountain is a great place to take the kids - you can climb Stone Mountain, do the ropes course and see the laser light show at night. Head to the beach or the mountains for some more family fun. Keeping things fresh and exciting will get the kids out of the summer doldrums and allow them to keep active without knowing that is your goal!

Personally, I wear SPF 50 zinc-based sunscreen. With a thick application, I can enjoy being outside without any concern for sun damage.

Use sun protective clothing as often as you can. Whatever skin you can’t cover, use sunscreen. Generally, sprays give a false sense of security. I see more burns with sprays than creams.

A baseball hat is great for the scalp and forehead but more protection is needed. You still need sunscreen on nose, faces, ears and neck. (Even lip balm is recommended.)


From a study which I was personally involved, we found 12 percent of male golfers 25 and older had already experienced at least one skin cancer. It’s really vital to protect your skin.

Sunburns alone are not the only cause of skin cancer. Repeated tanning also leads to skin cancer and tremendously ages the skin. Just because you’re not getting burned doesn’t mean there isn’t damage being done.

Reapply every couple of hours.

Get Ready For Summer

If you have kids old enough to help around the house, include a chore day to keep the kids active. There are many cleaning activities that burn calories: sweeping, mopping, vacuuming, dusting, putting away toys, folding laundry, etc. Incorporate your daily household chores as part of your children’s day. It’s a win-win situation - they are not just sitting around and you are marking things off your to do list!

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Water Safety

Apply the highest SPF possible. The minimum SPF recommendation is 30. Studies definitely show higher SPFs mean lower rates of sunburn. It’s very important to use the right amount of sunscreen. Be generous and apply thickly. Applying only a thin layer reduces the SPF and the effectiveness of the blockage. Use a generous amount so the SPF rating holds true.

Warm Water

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Raising Readers by Mere d i th Fl o r y

CIVIC LEARNERS As a parent, it can be moving to watch our children become passionate about a cause, and also frightening or frustrating when we aren’t sure how to answer their questions or guide them towards positive political activities. Recently, at rallies and protests regarding a number of topics: gun violence, environmental issues, racial injustice and women’s rights, teens could be found holding signs, giving speeches, and helping to organize. While there is plenty of precedent for committed young people, this generation’s access to information and social platforms enters new territory. I spoke with local school media specialist and mother Emily Burgan Railey, and Kim Ball, whose daughter is one of the teenage organizers for the local March for Our Lives, regarding ways parents can positively address civics in their home.

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Raising Readers

Addressing History witH young CHildren

willing ear can encourage your children to be informed and

One activity that Ball and I both share is taking our young

active citizens. Find ways to answer questions with facts

children to the voting booth with us. While I’m in the pro-

and a positive tone - don’t be afraid to seek resources for

cess of helping my kids understand what it means to be an

ones you don’t feel comfortable answering.

American, Ball is seeing the payoff of teenagers who are invested in understanding and participating in democracy.

enCourAging your CHild’s ACtivism

I know it can be tempting as a parent to want to shield

When kids feel passionate, they can make a difference both

your children from world news, but as Railey and I dis-

now and as they grow, and you, as a parent, are their most

cussed, there are easy, age-appropriate ways to start in-

important influencer for using that passion in a positive

troducing political concepts. She introduces government

way. Ball has seen firsthand how “never really” shying away

history during story time for children in Pre-k thru 3rd

from “controversial issues with our children” has encour-

grade, particularly near patriotic holidays or days of re-

aged her daughter to take an active role in working to im-

membrance. For many current parents of young children,

prove her community. Schools address civics, history, and

9/11 was a defining moment, yet Railey has met resistance

government, but as Railey points out, “our lowest scores in

when she shares with children how “everyone has a story

Georgia are often social studies”, theorizing this is in part

for what they were doing.” She works to demonstrate to

because parents do not always talk about these topics in

parents how sharing our personal stories of national events

constructive ways at home to build on to what children are

can help teach children about topics such as first respond-

learning in their finite classroom time. Railey points out

ers and the military.

Railey works with a lot of students

that learning civics and politics at a young age won’t simply

whose parents have been stationed or deployed overseas,

help children do well on test, but increases a more knowl-

and these lessons can help them process their military life.

edgeable voting population. As her student body is made

She recommends that “parents talk about current events

up of military kids who travel a lot, she also points out that

and why we have holidays” to help students understand the

it can “help them to understand and respect cultural dif-

world they live in.

ferences,” making more out of their travels.

resourCes for tHe summer

Railey lists a variety of activities families can do togeth-

Summer holidays provide not only a break, but an oppor-

er, such as volunteering for a local charity, discussing and

tunity to discuss American history. Tie your family out-

signing petitions, and letter writing to local representa-

ings into mini lessons on patriotism or civil rights with

tives. While it can be great to find opportunities to work

a good book or trip to a museum. While I’ve mentioned

together, as children age, you may find yourselves on dif-

many before, I cannot stress enough how important it is to

ferent sides of an issue. Ball suggest working to encour-

take advantage of state parks, history museums, and heri-

age teens to think for themselves, and not just take on the

tage sites where you live, providing a great way to spend

opinions of their families or friends; “we do tell them our

a day with your young history buff or little activist to learn

thoughts and feelings, but always try to ask them what they

about Georgians who made a difference. Railey suggests

feel and why they feel that way.”

Fourteen Cows by Georgia author Carmen Agra Deedy, and What Do You Do With An Idea, by Kobi Yamada as power-

I feel fortunate to have been raised by parents who didn’t

ful political picture books for children. For Fourth of July

shy away from discussing political topics with me, and I

she suggests School House Rock and Liberty Kids videos

know it has inspired my writing - in fact, my first ever pub-

on Youtube. I suggest author Susan Campbell Bartoletti

lished piece as a writer was a letter to the editor of my lo-

for non-fiction stories of activism for older elementary and

cal newspaper my senior year of high school. While it can

middle school children. Her book, Kids on Strike, tells the

feel overwhelming to know where to put our energy into

story of children involved in the Labor Movement and is

getting involved, and even more so in regards to knowing

perfect for the upcoming Labor Day holiday.

how to approach these topics with our children, I hope to inspire you to raise young men and women who know how

For teens, Ball pointed out how all of the media in front

to sift through information, news, and research to make

of us can be used positively by parents, rather than as a

informed political decisions, because raising a reader is

source of stress. Her family watches or read news togeth-

raising a good citizen.

er and shares that, “often, our daughter will come home from school work or baton practice and ask if we’ve heard the latest news story or political headlines, and we always make time to discuss anything she is interested in.” Being a

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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Tips on How to Get

Your Children into College Sports Growing up in the Sand Hills neighborhood of Augusta, Will Avery attended Westside High School and played three seasons of basketball before transferring to Oak Hill Academy to play his final season. Avery then went on to attend Duke University, where he

How to Get Your Children into College Sports According to, these tips will help your student-athlete get noticed by colleges.

played college basketball and emerged as a top prospect for the NBA draft. Avery decided to forgo his final two seasons to turn


professional and was selected in the first round by the Minne-

“Few kids are good enough to compete in D-1, so

sota Timberwolves and spent a couple of seasons in the NBA.

don’t eliminate D-2 and D-3 schools because many

Afterwards, Avery spent a decade playing profession-

have great sports and great academics. An unbiased

ally overseas and has even been featured on the cover of

assessment of your kid’s talent by a high school

Sports Illustrated.

coach will help narrow the search.”

Still, even after fulfilling his dream of playing in the NBA, Avery returned home to Augusta, every summer. By

• Tip Two: DON’T WAIT TO BE SCOUTED. “Most kids

the time he was in his early 30s, Avery had a growing fam-

go to tournaments and showcases hoping a coach

ily—his wife Chastity and daughters Yasmine and Autumn-

from the school of their dreams will notice them...but

so he decided that it was time to come home, for good.

coaches already have a list of kids they want to look

Avery now runs basketball camps, plays host to all-star

at. To get on that list, create a short highlight video,

events, manages and coaches travel ball teams in the area.

write a compelling profile (including grades), and send

He has passed on his knowledge of the game to hundreds of

them to coaches. Start as early as your child’s fresh-

kids in the CSRA and will begin a Development League Sum-

man year. That way, you’ll know where things stand by

mer Season starting June 9th. The League takes 80 kids (boys

junior year with his or her top school choices.”

and girls) and supports eight teams. The program focuses on those kids that need a little more work, are looking for a

• Tip Three: HIT THE BOOKS. “Athletes with good

place to play or beginners in grades 6th through 8th. And in

grades have a big edge. Great academics also allow

giving back to the community, Avery doesn’t charge for these

a coach to recruit others with less-than-stellar grades

classes and all it cost is their time.

(because your kid’s high GPA helps bring up the re-

Following in her father’s footsteps, Avery’s daughter, Jas-

cruiting class’s average).”

mine played basketball at Greenbrier High School and closed out her season this year. She earned first-team All-County and

• Tip four: SEEK OUT INFLUENCERS. “It helps if your

All-Region honors after averaging more than 12 points and

kid receives lessons from someone with college con-

eight rebounds per contest.

tacts. Influencers might also help your child get into

Recently, Avery watched as his daughter, signed a let-

an invitation-only college-recruiting camp. Another

ter of intent to play college basketball, as she was offered

source: Enroll in a college sports camp, where you’ll

a basketball scholarship by Truett-McConnell University in

be able to work out with the coaches themselves.

Cleveland, Ga. For more information, visit www.willavery-

Some clinics last only a day and run $100 or so...”

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AIKEN CENTER FOR THE ARTS. Art is for Everyone! Founded in


1972 by artists Pat Koelker and Nancy Wilds, Rose Hill Arts Center

is needed. Visit, “Every child is

became a place for aspiring artists to create, to teach and learn.

an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once we grow

Today, the Aiken Center for the Arts offers a multitude of outreach

up.”- Pablo Picasso. Visit, www.

and awareness programs including opportunities for children and adults, juried shows and competitions, lectures and instruction and


a variety of concert events such as music, dance, film and other per-

BALLET SCHOOL. The moment you enter the doors, you’ll feel

forming arts. In addition, there is also a Gallery Store where local ar-

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artists from around the world, with an emphasis on local and re-

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gional talent of the South. The mission of Aiken Center for the Arts is to inspire and educate by providing unique visual and performing


art experiences for all ages. Visit

the AJCC, you’ll find a center filled with remarkable people, dedicated volunteers and a wide-array of year-round programs,

ARTSY ME. A ceramic and art studio that allows you to be the

activities and special events. At the AJCC, they are committed

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tive and year-round hub designed for youth to


PROGRAM. Welcome to the Music Conserva-

discover their musical ability to “Staying on the

started with a prayer…for new friends to

tory at Augusta University, a music school for

Good Foot.” Founder Deanna Brown-Thomas,

share the love of sewing. The owner began to

the community. The Music Conservatory offers

daughter of the Late “Godfather of Soul,” col-

host sewing events at home, but space was

private lessons for most instruments and voice

laborated with various educational consultants

limited and then noticed a “For Rent” sign in

types, various large and small ensembles for

and music educators across the country to

a shop window and voila, My Best Friend’s

children and adults and summer music camps.

form this awesome melodic, educational acad-

Sewing Room was born. They recognize the

Teachers include faculty members of the Au-

emy. Headquartered in Augusta, Georgia— the

need to teach little fingers to sew, not only

gusta University Music Department as well oth-

stomping grounds to the Late James Brown, the

as a craft but as a life skill. They want to in-

er highly qualified local professional musicians.

hardest-working man in the business— J.A.M.P!

spire children to sew in a caring atmosphere,

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solely on small grants, donations and tuition.

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These parties are a great venue for birth-

days, homeschool classes, Girl Scout sewing





badges or any of life’s celebrations. Sewing

program offers kids an exciting and fun-filled


classes and camps are also offered, as well

place to learn and grow. Eight-week camp fea-

Mission of the Jessye Norman School of the

as private lessons. And ladies, if you are in

tures weekly learning themes, various areas of

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students academically, integrates technology


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Kroc is an ACA accredited day camp program in


experiences. Offers free fine arts instruction,

which children can play and grow in a safe and

to bring something new in dance as a per-

academic tutoring, an opportunity for ad-

positive environment. Campers enjoy swim-

forming art to the children in the area. Today,

vanced level study in dance, drama, music, art

ming, arts & crafts, group games, sports, Bible

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ans area where students celebrate the art of

on possible careers in the arts, knowledge of

joy everything the Kroc has to offer. Hot and

dance through the beauty of the ballet. Visit,

technical aspects of presentation and perfor-

healthy meals, swimming, crafts, games and

mance. This program is supported in part by

much more. Visit


the Greater Augusta Arts Council through apGERTRUDE HERBERT INSTITUTE OF ART.

propriations from the City of Augusta, by the

VERY VERA. Vera Stewart, a Southern cook-

Gertrude Hebert Institute of Art is housed in

Georgia Council for the Arts, by a number of

ing show host, entrepreneur, caterer, mail

historic Ware’s Folly (c. 1818) and the Walker-

generous foundations, and by your contribu-

order aficionado and mentor. Throughout

Mackenzie Studio (c. 1909). Ware’s Folly, also

tions. Visit,

all eras of her career, Vera has found her

known as the Ware-Sibley-Clark House, is list-

true passion in mentoring young people.

ed on the National Register of Historic Places.


As an homage to those who helped shape

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sical Theatre Workshops acting studio, of-

the person she is, Vera takes pride in see-

style detailing on the interior and exterior, a

fers drama classes for actors from five to 19

ing her employees flourish under her guid-

floating spiral staircase and intricately detailed

years old, as well as tap and theatrical dance

ance. In recent years, this has manifested in

fanlights, mouldings, fireplaces and window

classes. All actors are cast and perform in a

an emerging internship program at VeryVera

and door surrounds. The home is considered

full scale musical production toward the end

that has a 100% hire rate for interns. Since

one of the finest examples of Federal Style ar-

of the school year. Professional instructors

1997, Vera has also given college scholarships

chitecture in the area. Visit,

work with the actors weekly in many theat-

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rical techniques, improv, monologues, cold

hibit a strong work ethic and determination.


reading, choreography and ensemble singing.

The Cottage, 2708 Wheeler Rd. Call 706-

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Dad is an original. So why does he always get the same old gifts for Father’s Day? Maybe it’s time to think outside the gift box and come up with some original Father’s Day gifts. This list of gift suggestions is organized by Dad types, because, after all, most dads have specific passions and attitudes that make them who they are. Shoppers, whether little or big, with this list in hand can use dad’s enthusiasms to help select the perfect Father’s Day gift or gifts, while enjoying an exercise in thoughtfulness. After all, doesn’t dad deserve a gift as original as the old man himself?

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YOUTHFUL DAD Favorite comic book collection Assortment of plastic moustaches Tickets to a summer action movie Deluxe magic trick kit DVD of favorite humorous movie or TV show

WRITER DAD Stack of yellow legal pads Fancy pen or assortment of pens Hip laptop bag Writing magazine subscription Registration at a writing seminar

ROAD WARRIOR DAD Carry-on rolling bag Electronics accessory charging dock Bureau-top valet Leather toiletries kit Custom luggage tags

URBAN DAD Vinyl record frames Gift certificate for Urban Outfitters Giant glass jar for ticket stubs Bike bags and helmet mirrors Public radio membership

FILM BUFF DAD Popcorn maker or microwave popcorn assortment Favorite movie theater drink assortment Superman Motion Picture Anthology, 1978-2006 Pre-purchased movie tickets Entertainment magazine subscription

ATHLETIC DAD Running store gift card Sporty headphones Cushioned ankle socks Smart phone armband Polarized sunglasses

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GUY’S GUY DAD Steak house gift card Six pack of WD-40 Clint Eastwood, Jack Nicholson, or John Wayne DVDs Hot sauce assortment Beer-making kit

TOP CHEF DAD Wooden carving board Knife set High-powered mixer Cooking store gift card BBQ cookbooks

HOMEBODY DAD Gift card to his favorite pizza delivery service Comfortable pajama bottoms Slippers Robe Remote caddy

YARD CONQUEROR DAD Weed whacker Heavy-duty work gloves Hand mallet Large insulated drink cup Electronic fly swatter

GLOBAL DAD National Geographic DVD Set Scratch-Off Global Map GPS system Travel guidebooks Gift certificate for fair-trade items 28 • Augusta Family | June/July 2018

SPORTS FAN DAD Vintage look favorite team t-shirt Portable snack/drink cooler Tickets to a game Bleacher seat cushion License plate holder with name of favorite team

COACHY DAD Baseball cap with favorite team name Custom whistle lanyard Set of large net bags Stack of small orange cones Portable whiteboard with markers

OUTDOORSY DAD Pocket multi-tool LED Solar Lightcap for water bottle Crank radio Survival skills book Combo compass-watch

CULTURED DAD Theater tickets Biography of favorite artist Tickets to a gallery exhibit Fine arts class registration Desktop kinetic sculpture

CAFFEINATED DAD Single-cup coffee maker Coffee shop gift card Flavored coffee syrups Snazzy travel mug Instant coffee selection

TINKERER DAD Hobby models Model display case Build your own radio kit Basic hobby tool set Cutting mat with knives

HANDY MAN DAD Electric screwdriver Tool caddy/organizer Nail sorter drawers Folding stepladder Binder with page protectors for instruction manuals and warranties

HIPPIE DAD Frisbee Save the [something] t-shirt Skateboard Gift certificate to vegetarian restaurant Set of foot bags

VORACIOUS READER DAD E-Reader E-Reader cover Bookseller gift card Original edition of favorite childhood book Set of bookplates

DIGITAL DAD E-Tablet Music, books, or apps gift card Smart phone portable keyboard Gadget sleeves or cases Sound-canceling headphones

CALLOUT: Here’s what dad doesn’t need for Father’s Day: more chores to do around the house and yard. Here’s what Dad does need: a thoughtful gift from his family that makes him feel loved and appreciated for who he is. Here are 105 ideas to help you brainstorm a unique gift, or gift combination, perfect for the man of your house. Author, journalist, and Writing Coach Christina Katz is married to an athletic, voracious reader, writer, yard conqueror, youthful, film buff, handy man, digital, sports fan, top chef, caffeinated, cultured, homebody, global Dad, who is sure to be spoiled this Father’s Day.

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Seizing the

Summer Break with endleSS PoSSibilitieS By Dr. Dana Harris

he lazy, carefree days of summer are certainly on the horizon. I’m sure most would agree that after the long, wintry season, we are all looking forward to the change of pace with joyful smiles, enthusiastic sighs of relief, and open arms. Kids of all ages are thrilled and relieved to escape the grind of homework as well as the daily rituals and routines of academic school life. On the other hand, there are many anxious parents out there already experiencing high levels of anxiety, agonizing over the imminent challenges of keeping their children physically busy and mentally active during the long summer days ahead. Summertime can be a bit overwhelming, especially when you must consider how you’re going to keep the kids occupied, entertained and out of trouble for that length of time. The best advice I can offer would be to use your child’s interests to your advantage and build in as many worthwhile learning opportunities into those activities. Summer learning loss is real but preventable. Try not to let your child fall victim to summer learning loss which could hinder their academic readiness for the next grade level. Take advantage of the off-school months by engaging your children in mindful thinking and mental stimulation without the academic pressure. If your child has a passion for a specific activity, hobby or subject, make sure you give them the opportunity to explore these passions. Summer break is here but that doesn’t mean your kids have to take a break from learning. As a former teacher and principal for over three decades, I have witnessed far too often what can occur during eight plus weeks of non-school time. On average, students lose approximately two and half months of learning in math and two months of reading skills over the Summer. These gaps in learning may be particularly detrimental for students with lower academic achievements due to learning differences, lower socioeconomic environments or learning in a secondary language. Students of all learning abilities come to school daily and work too hard during the academic school year to have their knowledge and skills regress. Across the socioeconomic spectrum, many kids return to school in August

much worse off in mathematics and reading than they finished in the Spring. What’s even more of a concern is that children who lack access to summer learning opportunities are less likely to be physically active and are more prone to spending their days watching TV and eating junk food. Regrettably, it is these inactive behaviors that are contributing significantly to America’s ballooning childhood obesity epidemic. This issue has been a major topic for many prominent education experts for quite some time. In truth, many of them have proposed making major changes, such as lengthening the school year or replacing the long Summer months with several shorter breaks distributed throughout the year. Let’s face it, school is much more rigorous now than at any other time in history, placing teachers and students under a great amount of pressure to perform. The days of using the months of August and September to review forgotten information are over. Now, teachers are expected to jump right into the grade level curriculum at the start of the first bell in August. As I reflect on my principal days, I can vividly recall my teachers walking into the school building during preplanning, all electrified and inspired about making a significant difference in the lives of children. The ambiance and excitement of a brand-new beginning were incredible energizers. It was evident that these teachers were passionate about their role as educators. More notably however were the concerns many of them regarding the overwhelming amount of time they would have to devote in playing catch up with a targeted group of students. The disproportionate amount of learning loss during the summer months is shocking. It is a proven fact that the academic delays that occur over the Summer is perhaps one of the greatest challenges confronting teachers at the beginning of each school term. There’s no getting around it: Over the Summer months, our children can lose up to 60% of the math and reading skills that they learned during the school year. Without regular practice, new skills and knowledge fade. The good news is that there are a variety of fun filled ways to easily and effectively bridge the Summer learning gap while preparing our children for the school year ahead.

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I genuinely believe that Summer is the perfect time for children to rediscover that learning is fun and can happen anywhere. Summertime can furthermore present opportunities for parents to introduce their child to new experiences, promote emotional development and engage in a hosts of creative learning experiences that may not be available to them during the school year. The truth of the matter is, there’s a wide array of original and inexpensive activities that can be enjoyed and appreciated without having lost any academic ground. Here are some suggestions to help bridge the Summer gap. This list is just a start. Instead of thinking Summer vacation, think of it is as a ‘Summer Discovery List’ guaranteed to turn each day’s activities into teachable moments. • Develop a Family Summer Bucket liSt. The key to having a fun-filled Summer is to intentionally plan it! To get your family’s Summer adventures heading in the right direction, start with a brainstorming activity and compile a summer bucket list together. Decorate a huge basket with colorful paper and bows to place your ideas. It’s fun and exciting to come up with goals using input from the whole family. Kids love to feel that their contributions count. Involving your kids in this activity will get their imaginations flowing while investing their interest in the plan. The one thing they will learn for sure is that while some adventures may have a price tag, many remarkable experiences costs little or no money at all. The bucket list should include all the desired favorite activities and new adventures you would like to take on during the Summer. It will create an incredible reminder of what you decided to pursue as a family and why! Research has proven that giving kids visual reminders of important rules, routines or schedules will enhance learning by fostering an “I Can Do This” sense of independence and control in addition to a language-rich environment. What’s more, creating a family summer bucket-list can build memories as a family while sneaking a few educational lessons in along the way. Great examples could include but are not limited to the following; Watch the sunset together in the backyard. Don’t forget to bring the bug repellent and rent bikes and follow a local bike path. Stop for ice cream cones along the way. Reinforce communication and math skills by simply preparing family meals together. Travel the world from the comfort of your own living room using the internet. Geography was always a big hit at our house when I was growing up as a kid. My sister and I spent many hours looking at an atlas in the club house my dad built for us in the backyard. It was a great source of maps, had colorful photos and explanations of beautiful places. This was not only lots of fun but was also a great learning tool to develop a natural curiosity about different destinations to visit, cultures to experience and foods to eat. Why not run through the sprinkler together on a hot afternoon or count the stars on a blanket in the backyard before bedtime. You can plan lots of fantastic memories and include them on your bucket list, even if you don’t have the money

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or time to head off on vacation. Remember, what really matters is always how it FEELS, not how it LOOKS. Your child doesn’t need a Martha Stewart activity, just a loving connection with you. • inStitute Daily reaDing time anD ScheDule regular liBrary viSitS. Make visiting the local library part of your summer plan. Books open the imagination, make time disappear and gives a wholesome alternative to screens. Reading is also very highly correlated with school achievement. Studies have shown that reading four to five books over the summer yields comparable to attending summer school. Summer reading is critically important but it doesn’t always boost skills and that’s because children need books that are both interesting and challenging. When either component is missing, they are less likely to improve. A family trip to the library is a delightful source for many activities. Find out if your public library is part of the Collaborative Summer Library Program, a grassroots effort to provide high-quality summer reading programs for kids. Pizza Hut generally offers the BOOK IT Summer Program. Most of the kids are familiar with this innovative rewards program. Over at Scholastics, there’s the Happy Camper Summer Reading Challenge that encourages kids to log the minutes they spend reading and map their accomplishments. Your child can participate in weekly challenges, earn digital rewards and enter to win prizes. What’s more, Barnes & Noble has a Summer Reading Program that gives a free book to children who read eight books. Parents can also receive a summer reading list full of great activities. Why not use books as a springboard for conversations, to promote creativity and a great way to inspire your child to acquire new background knowledge? • go on Fun-FilleD FielD tripS together. Beat the heat and learn something new at your local art, science and history museums. You can open all kinds of hands-on experiences in addition to opportunities for everyone to engage in fun-filled family conversations. Not only do your children benefit from mutual discussions about the field trips but they can also gain worthwhile information from the reading. They can draw pictures and write stories about what interests them about their excursions. Researchers tested the effectiveness of a family museum visit on children’s learning and found that certain strategies had a favorable impact. Kids learned more when their museum visits included a hands-on component, especially when their parents asked them open-ended questions. A trip to the farmer’s market is also a great idea. Your child can try new foods while expanding their horizons in ways that they will never forget. Do something amazing like scheduling a trip to the bakery, the farmer’s market, the zoo and various historical sites—all of which provide a myriad of memorable learning opportunities. Remember, you don’t have

to travel far or spend lots of money, every city has its own historical sites. You may be surprised at what’s available right here in your very own town. • Create a summer photo album. Why not plan some fantastic memories together this summer and host a family culminating celebration during the Labor Day weekend? Each family member could bring pictures, special writings, artifacts and souvenirs to add to the scrapbook. The artifacts could be from the Summer activities, trips or memorable excursions you experienced. Think about it, if you do this every Summer, you’ll create precious family heirlooms, not to mention a family tradition that will have your kids bragging about how fantastic their Summer was. With this fun-filled project, everyone wins. What’s even more gratifying is that this can bring enormous joy to the faces of those both young and old. • plant a Garden with numerous opportunities. For starters, you will be teaching your child essential skills such as planning, organizing and goal setting. Problem solving and critical thinking are important components for children interested in succeeding in today’s ever-changing economy so turn Summer learning into a fun-filled outdoor experience. Not only will this outdoor project provide active engagement but will also connect real-world learning to summer fun. • Cook with your kids. Recipes are a lot like a mathematical equation and you can help your children remember their fractions this summer by teaching them how to cook a new recipe. Cooking is a great way to reinforce math skills by teaching measurements and how to use fractions. Schedule theme nights as a family. This not only helps with cooking skills but teaches your child how to measure and convert weights, volumes and numbers. This is also a good time to talk about nutrition and how to make healthy food choices. If you want to take it a step further, design your very own cookbook with family recipes and noteworthy wellness tips. Years down the road, you will look back and pull this recipe book from the shelf and begin to feel butterflies in your stomach as you reflect on the happy times that filled your heart. • summer proGrams-Camps. Engaging kids in Summer camp is an excellent way to keep them learning and entertained, all at the same time. If you are lucky enough to send your child to camp over the Summer, be sure it’s a camp that focuses on their interests. Performing arts centers, parks and recreation departments, nature, sports programs, day camps and programs sponsored by the YMCA and Boys & Girls Clubs are great places to start. They offer a wide variety of innovative activities for kids during the Summer and camps can also be terrific place for teens to land summer jobs.

• Volunteer positions for the older teen. Volunteering builds job skills, character and an opportunity to build self-confidence and communication skills. This learning experience could furthermore lead to a paying position down the road. Although it doesn’t result in a paycheck right now, it does allow your child to contribute to their community and learn responsibility, while building a fine resume. • start a neiGhborhood book Club. This project is indeed a great way to keep the Summer learning social and unpretentious. There are a lot of terrific books that could stimulate great conversations, encourage open dialogue with friends, promote critical thinking and highquality reading. The warm Summer weather is indeed a motivator that supports the reading habit without the added stress. Studies have shown that reading four to five books over the summer yields results comparable to attending Summer school. Let you children pick out their own books to help facilitate a love of reading. Getting them their own library cards to teach them the responsibility of checking out their own books and meeting return deadlines would certainly be a huge motivator. Book club members could select interesting places to meet that would encourage members to join such as intersting locations at the park, the pool, a meeting room at a local restaurant or a safe location near the lake. This activity would encourage and reinforce communication with peers, a love for reading and opportunities to engage in meaningful and worthwhile projects that interest them. At the end of the day, Summer can be filled with lots and lots of enriching learning experiences that children need to prepare them for school in the Fall. Summertime is an ideal relaxed environment that gives your child a chance for independent learning. Your involvement during the Summer months is crucial to your child’s overall success. When you are actively engaged and vigilant for those teachable moments over the Summer, it will not only afford you an opportunity to enjoy that much-needed quality time but will help you to further realize how much more your child is developing into a more successful learner both in and out of school. The true joy of learning is discovering in each day, all the endless possibilities for growth, adventure, risk and exploration. Instead of agonizing about Summer learning loss, do yourself a favor and take pleasure in spending this quality time with your beautiful children by seizing the Summer with endless possibilities that truly matter!

Dr. Dana Harris, Wife, Mother, Grandmother and Retired Educator, Richmond County Public Schools. She holds a doctorate in educational leadership form Georgia Southern and has been married 38 years. The couple has a daughter Tanya and two beautiful grandchildren, London and Bryce.

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Inspiration Station D u s t in Turner

Hunting for the Cure Keith Stille and his wife, Sonya, knew they wanted

the Cure houses the families (either in the lodge or

Hunting for the Cure wants to take children out

to do something to help others. After all, they had

at their destination) and takes care of all their needs.

of the world of hospitals and treatments and let them

been blessed with a 600-acre plantation in White

Any wildlife that is harvested gets mounted and pro-

have fun. “Even if it’s just for a weekend,” Keith says,

Plains, Ga., complete with woods, lakes and plenty of

cessed for meat. It is all free and for the entire family.

“The kids get to say, “I’m done with the gown. I’m put-

wildlife. After praying about the matter for a year, an

Hunting, though, is not required. In fact, Keith

ting on the camo.”

points out, it is second to the main purpose: Sharing

After a group hunt, about 16 kids were sitting around

“I saw on social media that a friend I went to high

a smile with a child fighting cancer. Nobody ever has

a table at the lodge, sharing stories of what they saw

school with was at MCG Children’s Hospital,” Keith

to harvest animals. They are welcome to watch the

or harvested that day – smiling, laughing and enjoying

says. “His son was fighting Ewing sarcoma. I was on

wildlife and enjoy nature.

themselves. “The parents were in kitchen watching,”

opportunity presented itself.

“We believe in the family,” Sonya says. “Cancer is

Keith recalls, “And they said, ‘Wow! Just for a moment, I

So, the Stilles brought the family to the planta-

not an individual diagnosis. It is a family diagnosis,

don’t have to tell him to go take his medicine.’ Just for a

tion so they could ride around and see some wildlife.

which is why the entire family comes and stays. Even

moment, these kids get to smile and laugh.”

Keith’s friend was a hunter and after a bit of conver-

the siblings get to hunt.”

social media and saw that, and it moved me.”

Volunteers help do everything from planting food

Keith explains it this way, “If you have a family of

for wildlife to setting up duck blinds and deer stands

“God moved us in that direction,” Keith says.

three kids and Joey gets a cancer diagnosis, you think,

and guiding hunts with families. Volunteering with

“It really is a God thing,” Sonya adds.

‘Oh, no! What are we going to do?’ And the parents

Hunting for the Cure has been a life-changing bless-

Founded in 2012, Hunting for the Cure is a 501c3

naturally drift toward the child that’s sick, because

ing for Tommy Windham.

nonprofit co-founded by the Stilles. Its purpose is to

that child now has special needs and requires more

“Man, the rewards you get from putting a smile on

share “nature’s majestic grace,” as Keith calls it, with

attention so it affects Joey, his parents and his two

that child’s face -there is nothing to compare that to.

children fighting cancer or in remission. HFC flies in

siblings. Our focus always has been the family unit,

This was a calling from God,” he says. “God put it on my

patients and their families to the area to hunt (deer,

not just Joey and not just Mom and Dad.”

heart that I needed to be doing more with my life.”

sation, the idea for Hunting for the Cure solidified.

hog, geese, duck, rabbit and more) or fish on the

Hunting for the Cure’s activities are open to chil-

So, for the past three years, he has served as a vol-

property. The organization also will send them deep-

dren in remission, too. “Even when a child is in remis-

unteer and guide. “You form a relationship while you are

sea fishing in Charleston or to other parts of the

sion, they still have lasting effects,” Sonya explains. “It

sitting in the deer stand. You hear about what they have

U.S. to hunt (bear hunting in Wisconsin or helicop-

can be emotional, not just physical. They wonder why

gone through and it makes you look at your life different-

ter hog hunting in Texas, for example). Hunting for

some kids die and they didn’t.”

ly. You sit down with the family after the hunt and we cry

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Inspiration Station

with them and over them. I never cried much before Hunting for the Cure. I do now, and it’s good.”

Logan was diagnosed with cancer. The fam-

went, and her siblings got to hunt,” Amber says. “It’s

ily flew in and stayed at the lodge for seven days

not like you see them one time and you’re done. You

The volunteers and the Stilles form bonds with the

around Christmas that year. Logan went mallard,

can go back and they become family. We keep going

children and their families. Like Sonya says, “When

hog, goose and deer hunting and freshwater fish-

back to see the people as much as to go hunting.”

you come to the lodge, you are part of the family.

ing. “Now, to say he was sick is an understatement,”

As the stories continue – too many for one ar-

When you come into our lodge, treat it as your home.

Keith says. “He was nauseated from his treatments

ticle - Keith and Sonya wipe away tears. Keith says

Every family who leaves there feels the nurturing and

and I had to pull over several times for him. I told

he knew they wanted to be able to bless the children

the love. Our goal is to shower them with love.”

him we could go back to the lodge and try again late

but he never knew how much the children and their

but he wouldn’t do it. When we got to mallard pond,

experiences would bless them. For example, one of

he had an incredible day and shot 21 mallards.”

the volunteer guides is getting married soon and

Some experiences prove to the Stilles that they are doing something good for people. Keith tells of a

her wedding party will be children who have come

family who went on a hunt. There were three children

After their stay, the family returned home. They

hunting, and the father was in a deer stand with his

were scheduled for a return trip a few months later,

sick daughter. They saw a lot of deer but didn’t harvest

but Logan went into the hospital, where he passed

“Think about that,” Sonya says. “Your wedding

anything. “Their guide comes back, and says, ‘Keith, we

away. “Two weeks after his funeral, his parents

is one of the most important days of your life and

have a problem. Dad is pressuring his sick daughter to

reached out to us and asked, ‘Can we get away?’ As a

she is choosing these kids to be her ring bearer

harvest deer and she doesn’t want to. She is in tears.’”

part of their bereavement process, they came back.

and bridesmaids.”

So Keith explained to the dad that the experi-

They are family now.”

to the lodge.

For Keith – and everyone involved in Hunting for

ence is about the child and not what he wants. “We

Hunting for the Cure does an oyster roast

the Cure – it is all about bonds, family and love. “You

sat around the fire pit that evening, and Dad apolo-

fundraiser every year and the family flies in from

see the bald heads, the scars, the nausea and some

gized,” Keith explains. “He was thinking about food

New Jersey – “On their own dime!” Sonya points

children who can barely walk - but you see the joy.

for his freezer. This family didn’t have food. They lost

out - “to volunteer.”

It’s not about the harvest. It’s about the smile. We just engulf them with love.”

everything in paying for treatments so we told him

Amber and Randall Vess, of Marion, NC, have five

we’ll let the kids enjoy themselves and we’ll harvest

children. Their oldest, Meagan, was diagnosed with

For more information about Hunting for the

some deer ourselves and ship them the meat, which

leukemia at age 10. That went into remission but

Cure, go to; or call

we later did. When a grown man, begins to weep and

now – at 16 – she has been fighting brain cancer for

(706) 476-0096. Send email to info@hunting-

share a story like that, it sinks in. You understand.”

two years. Amber appreciates how Hunting for the; and like the Hunting for the Cure

Cure includes the whole family.

page on Facebook.

Unlike many organizations that offer a one-time experience, families are allowed to return. Many

“Meagan had been on several hunts but never one

do and often at their own expense. Children and

like this. The kids get to interact with other kids going

their families come from all over the U.S. and often

through the same thing. It gives us a vacation away

keep in touch with one another to plan return trips.

from hospitals and normal things that come along

Sometimes, a return trip is necessary, as was the

with fighting cancer. Not only was Meagan affected

case with a New Jersey family.

but so were the siblings and the whole family. We

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Special Events: June 13. In PAW Patrol Live! “The Great Pirate Adventure, Mayor Goodway is getting everything shipshape for a big Pirate Day celebration in Adventure Bay. When Cap’n Turbot falls into a dark and mysterious cavern, it’s PAW Patrol to the rescue! Chase, Marshall, Rubble, Skye, Rocky and Zuma save Cap’n Turbot and discover a secret pirate treasure map that leads them on an epic adventure. Over land and on the high seas, the pups set out to find the treasure for Mayor Goodway so the celebration can go on. Things get ruff when Mayor Humdinger wants to find the treasure first for Foggy Bottom. The pups need all paws on deck for this pirate adventure, including help from the newest pup who’s all ears… Tracker! Using their heroic rescue skills, problem solving and teamwork, the pups set sail to save the day. No job is too

big, no pirate pup is too small! Become

Auditorium. Known as the “Empress

a VIP – Very Important Pup! *V.I.P. Pack-

of Soul,” Gladys Knight is an American

age features premium show seating, a

singer, songwriter and actress. A seven-

commemorative lanyard, and an after-

time Grammy Award-winner, Knight is

show Meet & Greet with PAW Patrol

best known for the hits she recorded

Live! walk-around characters.Showtimes:

during the 60s and 70s for both the

10:00a.m. & 6:00p.m.Visit, www.augus-

Motown and Buddah Records labels,

with her group Gladys Knight & the Pips, which included her brother Merald

July 4. Boom in the Park at Evans

“Bubba” Knight and her cousins Edward

Towne Center. The 18th Annual 4th of

Patten and William Guest. Come out for

July Celebration, the largest Fireworks

a night of favorites as well as new music

display in the CSRA. Pull up a lawn

from her latest release, Where my Heart

chair and enjoy. Bring the whole family.

Belongs. Visit www.augustaentertain-

The kids will love riding the 47 foot

Ferris Wheel, rolling around in hamster balls, splashing on the slip and slide


and lots more. Live music and food throughout the day with fireworks at

June 1 to August 12 at The Morris

dark. Visit www.evanstownecenterpark.

Museum of Art. Street Scenes: The


Magical World of Robert Vickrey. Born in 1926 in Manhattan, Vickrey studied

July 27. Gladys Knight at The Bell

art at the Pomfret School in Connecticut,

Boom in the Park at evans | July 4 Boom in the Park at Evans Towne Center. The 18th Annual 4th of July Celebration, the largest Fireworks display in the CSRA. Pull up a lawn chair and enjoy. Bring the whole family. The kids will love riding the 47 foot Ferris Wheel, rolling around in hamster balls, splashing on the slip and slide and lots more. Live music and food throughout the day with fireworks at dark. Visit

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IN PAW PATROL LIVE! “THE GREAT PIRATE ADVENTURE” Mayor Goodway is getting everything shipshape for a big Pirate Day celebration in Adventure Bay. When Cap’n Turbot falls into a dark and mysterious cavern, it’s PAW Patrol to the rescue!

June 13 |

before enlisting in the navy’s V-12 officers’ training

erts and surfing. Those early experiences instilled

June 2 from 8:00 to 10:00 a.m. $2 per person (free

program. His paintings are in the collections of the

in him a deep appreciation for the power and

for Friends of Phinizy) Enjoy a guided, leisurely hike

Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Whitney Museum

fragility of the natural environment. He continues

through approximately 2.5 miles of nature park trails.

of American Art and others. This exhibition was

to work from his studio in Silver Spring, MD. He

Children & adults will enjoy viewing the variety of

organized with the generous assistance of Wil-

has exhibited widely on the East Coast and his

wildlife and learning about the diverse plant life &

liam Meek, longtime director of the Harmon-Meek

work is included in numerous public and private

importance of urban wetland ecology. Visit, www.

Gallery in Naples, Florida. Visit

collections all over the country. This is his first ex-


hibition at the Morris Museum of Art. Visit www.

June 1. Black Jacket Symphony. A unique concert

June 3. RENT 20th Anniversary Tour at The Bell Auditorium. Two decades later, Jonathan Larson’s

experience that recreates classic albums in a live

June 1, 8, 15, 22 and 29 at 7:00 p.m. Augusta

RENT continues to speak loudly and defiantly and is

performance setting with a first class lighting and

Canal Boat Tours. Tara Schyer, Matthew Dickerson,

now on stage in a vibrant 20th anniversary touring

video production. Aselected album is performed

Garden City. Visit,

production. Visit www.augustaentertainmentcom-

in its entirety by a group of hand-picked musicians

specifically selected for each album. Visit

June 2. The Charlie Daniels Band at The Miller

Theater. American multi- instrumentalist, lyricist,

June 5 to June 26. Evenings in Appleby Garden

and singer, Charlie Daniels is known for his contribu-

Concert Series at Appleby Branch Library. Sing,

June 1 to July 29. Paintings by Stephen Estrada

tions to country, bluegrass and Southern rock music.

swing and sway along to an eclectic musical mix

at The Morris Museum of Art. Estrada was born

He is perhaps best known for his number- one

every Tuesday at 8:00 p.m. May 29th to June 26th.

in Chicago and raised in Southern California. He

country hit The Devil Went Down to Georgia. Visit

The event is free. Bring a chair or borrow one for a

grew up hiking in the nearby mountains and des-

donation and relax and enjoy the sounds of sum-

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mer. You can even pack an evening picnic or purchase dinner from a food truck! June 5-Kendrell Germany Trio. June 12- Creative Impressions, June 19-Savannah River Bluegrass Tuesday and June 26- Special Guest. Visit June 5. Weight Loss Support Group. Our skilled weight loss team understands the challenges you face and provides the tools you need to overcome those obstacles. Weight loss options and treatments are discussed for anyone interested in learning more about morbid obesity and how it affects your health. This group meets monthly every first Tuesday. No charge to attend. Visit www. June 8. Boz Scaggs. American singer, songwriter, and guitarist, Boz Scaggs at The Miller Theater. He was a guitarist and occasional lead singer with the Steve Miller Band and gained fame with several solo hits such as Lido Shuffle and Lowdown. Scaggs continues to write, record music, and tour. Visit June 9. The Revivalists at The Bell Auditorium. The Revivalists have cultivated an energetic live show and a studio presence equally steeped in instrumental virtuosity and charismatic vocal magnetism. Join them as they make a stop in Augusta as part of their summer tour. Visit June 9. Tell Heaven I’m Coming at The Miller Theater. Visit June 9. Childbirth Tour. This free tour guides expectant parents through the Labor and Delivery and Mother-Baby Units. Information includes what to expect during your labor and delivery and the immediate days following, an infant security overview is included. Visit, www. June 9. Children’s Hike with Story Time. $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 or after they spend their time exploring and experiencing nature first-hand. Please wear comfortable closed toe shoes & bring water to drink. No dogs, please. We meet at


the Visitor Center Swamp Shop. Please come early to sign in. Spaces are limited, so register early!Visit, www. Augusta Family | June/July 2018 • 41

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GLADYS KNIGHT AT THE BELL AUDITORIUM Known as the “Empress of Soul,” Gladys Knight is an American singer, songwriter and actress. Come out for a night of favorites as well as new music from her latest release, Where my Heart Belongs.

July 27 |

June 10. Jeff Foxworthy at The Miller Theater.

June 11-June 14.. Aldrsgate United Methodist

nutrition, myths of pregnancy, common discomforts


Church will be holding their Heroes Central VBS

of pregnancy, signs and symptoms of pre-term

program from 5:30 to 8:00 p.m. Pre-Registration has

labor and relaxation techniques used in labor. In

June 11. Augusta University Theatre Camp is

begun! Students will discover their strength in God,

addition, the process of labor and delivery, comfort

an exciting opportunity for students interested in

explore God’s mission for their lives, encournter

techniques used in labor, medications/epidurals

building their acting skills, or even those look-

epic adventures alongside biblical heroes and realize

and relaxation and breathing techniques are also

ing to try something new. Students will be in two

qualtieis that make them truly heroes in God! Regis-

covered. This class includes valuable information

groups: those in 6th to 8th grades and those in

tration forms can be picked up in the front office at

even if mom intends to use an epidural for labor

9th to 12th grades. Theatre Camp is a week full

3815 Wheeler Rd., Augusta. Call 706-733-4416 or

and birth. It’s a must for mom and her partner!

of acting, theater games, workshops, audition


Partners are strongly encouraged to attend. This

tips, costuming, as well as a peek at what goes on

class includes a tour of The Center for Women.

backstage and more! The one week session will

June 19. Ready And Able Childbirth Series at Doc-

conclude with a showcase at the Maxwell Per-

tors Hospital.

forming Arts Theatre where students can invite

3623 J Dewey Gray Cir Ste 310 Augusta. A five-

June 28. Babies - Bumps And Bruises at Doctors

family to see what they have learned. Visit, www.

session childbirth class recommended for mid-

Hospital, 3623 J Dewey Gray Cir Ste 310 Augusta.

pregnancy (24-33 weeks). Topics discussed include

This class is recommended not only for parents, but


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family and friends as well. Infant CPR, as taught by

Lupita Nyong’o, Andy Serkis, Domhnall Gleeson,

July 13, 14, 20 and 21 at 7:30 p.m. Daddy ls Dyin’

the American Heart Association, is discussed and

Anthony Daniels, Peter Mayhew, and Max von

Who’s Got the Will?

hands-on skills are practiced. Infant safety issues,

Sydow. Rated PG-13 for sci-fi action violence July 15 at 3 p.m. Daddy’s Dyin’” concerns the

such as car seats, choking hazards, and safe sleep are also covered. A tour of the Center for Women

July 3. Bring It! Live at The Bell Auditorium. Visit

reunion of a family gathered to await the imminent

is included at the end of this class. Visit, www.

death of their patriarch, who has recently suffered

a physically as well as mentally disabling stroke. July 7. The Real Live Blues Band at The Bell Audi-

In essence, however, it is not the story of the

June 28. Breastfeeding. 3623 J Dewey Gray Cir

torium. Visit www.augustaentertainmentcomplex.

impending demise of the father or of the drafting

Ste 310 Augusta.


of his will, but of a rebirth of the spirit of the family

This class will help prepare mom and her partner

unit. Directed by Thurmond Whatley. Written by

for a great start in breastfeeding their new baby.

July 8. The Daddy Class, 3623 J Dewey Gray Cir

Del Shores. Visit www. aikencommunityplayhouse.

The benefits of breastfeeding along with proper

Ste 310 Augusta.


positioning and latch-on techniques are taught.

This class is for dads only – no women allowed!

Realistic expectations of the first few days and

Taught by an experienced dad, who is also a

July 13. Opening Reception at Sacred Heart. Ann

weeks are discussed. Partners are encouraged to

neonatal nurse, this class offers an opportunity to

de Lorge, Nancy Hoehn & Susan Johnston. Ann

attend. Visit

talk about the joys and challenges of fatherhood,

Delorge was born in Savannah, GA, but her paint-

various ways to support mom through pregnancy,

ing roots are in New Orleans, LA from 1971 where

June 29. Fort Gordon’s Independence Cel-

labor and birth and breastfeeding. Visit, www.

she began her painting career in watercolors, paint-

ebration. Randy Houser and Jon Langston will

ing French Quarter scenes and people - especially

headline Fort Gordon’s Celebration. Enjoy food,

musicians. As her work and interest in contempo-

beverages and live music to commemorate

July 10. Dan & Phil at The Bell Auditorium.

rary jazz evolved, Ann began experimenting with

America’s 241st Birthday. There will be kiddie

Famous British radio show hosts on BBC Radio 1

brighter colors and freer lines in acrylics in order to

carnival rides, fun family activities and so much

on Sunday evenings. Visit www.augustaentertain-

capture the intensity of the music. Hurricane Ka-

more. Don’t forget to bring your lawn chairs and

trina prompted Ann to move to Augusta, GA where

blankets to get comfy for the firework spectacular beginning at dark (No pets, coolers or tents). Visit www.

she continues to paint jazz with the influence of July 11. Johnnyswim + Drew Holcomb & The

New Orleans pushing the colors and movement.

Neighbors. The Goodbye Tour at The Bell Audi-


torium. Visit www.augustaentertainmentcomplex. June 29. Plies at The Bell Auditorium. Algernod


Lanier Washington, better known by his stage

July 14. Christmas in July at Ft. Gordon. Get a jump start on your holiday shopping at this fantas-

name Plies, is an American hip hop recording art-

July 12. The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band. American

tic event featuring dozens of direct sales and craft

ist. He is the founder of Big Gates Records at will

country rock band that has existed in various forms

vendors offering something for everyone on your

perform at The Miller Theater. Visit www.augus-

since its founding in Long Beach, California in

list. Don’t miss the food, giveaways and fun with

1966, the band will perform in Augusta this sum-

Santa and Mrs. Claus! For more information, please

mer. Visit

call 706-791-4300. Open to the public.

Summer Film Series. Presented by the Imperial

July 12. Baby 101. 3623 J Dewey Gray Cir Ste

July 14. Dreamgirls (The Movie) : A FREE Sum-

Theatre. Thirty years after the defeat of Darth

310 Augusta.

mer Film Series at The Imperial Theatre Set in

Vader and the Empire, Rey, a scavenger from the

Infants don’t come with instructions, but this

Detroit in the early 1960s. Curtis Taylor, Jr., a car

planet Jakku, finds a BB-8 droid that knows the

class will equip you, as new parents, with knowl-

salesman, breaks into the music business with

whereabouts of the long lost Luke Skywalker.

edge about infant development and the guidance

big dreams. He signs a trio of young women, the

Rey, as well as a rogue stormtrooper and two

needed to care for your infant. Topics include nor-

Dreamettes, gets them a job backing an R&B

smugglers, are thrown into the middle of a

mal newborn appearance and behavior, bathing,

performer, James “Thunder” Early, establishes

battle between the Resistance and the daunting

crying, diapering, swaddling and feeding. Partners

his own record label and starts wheeling and

legions of the First Order. The film stars Har-

are encouraged to attend. A tour of the Center for

dealing. When Early flames out, Curtis makes

rison Ford, Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Adam

Women is included at the end of the class. Visit,

the Dreamettes into headliners as the Dreams

Driver, Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac,


but not before demoting their hefty big- voiced

June 30. Star Wars: The Force Awakens: A free

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lead singer, Effie White, and putting the softer-

July 20. Heathers The Musical, Jabez S. Hardin

mated feature film. Directed by Don Hall and

voiced looker, Deena Jones, in front. Soon af-

Performing Arts Center at Evans Towne Center.

Chris Williams, the film tells the story of Hiro

ter, he fires Effie, sends her into a life of proud

Heathers The Musical is the darkly delicious story

Hamada, a young robotics prodigy who forms

poverty and takes Deena and the Dreams to

of Veronica Sawyer, a brainy, beautiful teenage

a superhero team to combat a masked villain.

the top. How long can Curtis stay there, and

misfit who hustles her way into the most power-

The film features the voices of Scott Adsit,

will Effie ever get her due? Visit www.imperial-

ful and ruthless clique at Westerberg High: the

Ryan Potter, Daniel Henney, T.J. Miller, Jamie

Heathers. But before she can get comfortable

Chung, Damon Wayans, Jr., Genesis Rodri-

atop the high school food chain, Veronica falls in

guez, Alan Tudyk, James Cromwell, and Maya

July 17. Indigo Girls. Folk duo whose adroit com-

love with the dangerously sexy new kid J.D. When

Rudolph. Rated PG for action and peril, some

bination of personalities and songwriting styles

Heather Chandler, the Almighty, kicks her out of

rude humor and thematic elements.

provides tension and an interesting balance of

the group, Veronica decides to bite the bullet.

music. See them live at The Miller Theater. Visit

Please note: this show contains coarse language,

July 26. Breastfeeding at Doctors Hospital.

sexuality, violence and mature themes. Viewer

3623 J Dewey Gray Cir Ste 310 Augusta. This

discretion IS advised! Visit

class will help prepare mom and her partner

July 19. Safe Sitter, 3623 J Dewey Gray Cir Ste

for a great start in breastfeeding their new

310 Augusta. Safe Sitter is a nationally recog-

July 21. Big Hero 6. is a 2014 American 3D

baby. The benefits of breastfeeding along with

nized program that teaches students ages 11-13

computer-animated superhero film produced

proper positioning and latch-on techniques

safe and nurturing child care techniques, man-

by Walt Disney Animation Studios and released

are taught. Realistic expectations of the first

agement and appropriate responses to medical

by Walt Disney Pictures. Loosely based on the

few days and weeks are discussed. Partners

emergencies. Students will need to bring a lunch

superhero team of the same name by Mar-

are encouraged to attend. Visit, www. doc-

and snacks to class

vel Comics, the film is the 54th Disney ani-

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Kimberly Herbert Wall Kimberly Herbert Wall, 37, is an 8th grade Social Studies teacher. She is married to Jeremy Wall who is a contractor and Columbia County fire fighter. The couple have two children: Jeremy, 12, and Caroline, 8, and a chocolate lab/Weimaraner mix named Walker. Kimberly is also a Grovetown Middle School track coach. If you could have any job, what would you choose? I already have my dream career—a teacher! Working with children every day is truly the best job for me! There is nothing more powerful than making kids feel like they can conquer the world and teaching them to love learning. What quality do you most admire the most? Integrity! Doing the right thing when no one is watching. What’s your favorite food? Chips and queso. Dream vacation? Australia. Favorite place to take the kids? We love to go camping at the lake. Nice and simple! If you had a super power, what would it be? To take away suffering in the world.

Best thing about being a mom? Endless amounts of love. Hardest part about being a mom? Teaching right from wrong. Favorite indulgence? Diablos…and queso. What was you first job? Secretary for my father at Herbert Homes, Inc. Whom do you admire the most? My older brother Bryan. He is truly the kindest and most integral person that I know. He is the epitome of integrity. He was diagnosed with leukemia six years ago, but refuses to let it dictate his outlook on life. He puts others first. Signature dish? I can grill a killer hamburger on my Rec Tek.

Favorite TV show: Survivor.

Are you a planner, a dreamer or a doer? A doer! I love to multitask and get stuff done.

What did you want to be when you grew up? Teacher.

Favorite subject in school? History and Biology

Hobbies? Camping, kayaking, swimming and reading.

Greatest hope: My children- both my own and my students- all do well in life. I pray for their success and happiness in no matter what they do.

Is there an important life lesson you’ve learned? Be kind- you never know what someone is going through. What would surprise people about you? I absolutely love Fantasy Football!!! I generally have two to three teams each year…and usually win it. 46 • Augusta Family | June/July 2018

Biggest fear: Being separated from my children. What inspires you? A pretty sky- sky blue pink- can cure all worries and distant thoughts.

Augusta Family Magazine June/July 2018  

Time Out For Arts & Sports 105 Father's Day Gift Ideas

Augusta Family Magazine June/July 2018  

Time Out For Arts & Sports 105 Father's Day Gift Ideas