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IT’S TOY TIME JORDAN DALY, 4, IS THE SON OF BROOKE AND André BARNES OF HEPHZIBAH AND LATEEF DALY OF EVANS.


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Graphic Artist Tonietha Clayton Advertising Director of Advertising Adriene Goldman Advertising Sales Elizabeth Sisson Maidi McMurtrie Thompson Mary Porter Vann Audience Development Manager Gracie Shepherd photography John Harpring contributors Lucy Adams Grace Belangia J. Ron Eaker, M.D. Cammie Jones Jennie Montgomery Danielle Wong Moores Michael Rushbrook Augusta Family Magazine is published 10 times per year and distributed throughout the Augusta and Aiken area. Send press releases, story ideas or comments to the editor at karin.calloway@augustafamily.com or mail to 127A 7th Street, Augusta, GA 30901 or telephone (706) 828-3946. For advertising information, telephone (706) 823-3702. For circulation/ distribution, call (706) 823-3722.

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on the cover:

29 fun food

Obsolete Objects

-Jennie Montgomery

11 news&notes 14 eating well with kim It’s “Thyme” for Turkey

-Courtesy Family Features

30 time out! Let It Be

32 inspiration station Big on Books -Danielle Wong Moores

-J. Ron Eaker, M.D.

18 healthy family Decoding Diabetes -Cammie Jones

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Save Your Sanity Eight Tips To Help You Navigate the Holiday Tug-of-War

-Kerrie McLoughlin

Jordan was selected as the November cover child as the result of his mother entering our cover kid search at www.augustafamily.com.

How To Hold Your Tongue During the Holidays

-Lucy Adams

-Kim Beavers, MS, RD, LD, CDE

16 doctor/dad It’s the Brain, Stupid!

Jordan Daly, 4, is the son of Brooke and André Barnes of Hephzibah and Lateef Daly of Evans.

A Tasty Twist on Turkey Leftovers

34 calendar 46 talkin’ about my generation

Photo by John Harpring.

Tessa Delaney Bower, Spencer Carlson and Stephanie English -Grace Belangia

Special thanks to Learning Express Toys in Evans for providing our cover shoot location.

November quick pick

“No one can control the words and actions of others, but she can keep the wrong response from slipping through her teeth. The perceived transgression may not be personal even if it’s directed at her. It may be an ill-targeted expression of the sender’s holiday depression, or grief over a loved one not there due to death or distance, or financial frustration associated with gift giving.” Read more about holding your tongue over the holidays in Lucy Adams’ article on page 30.

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Welcome, Graham!

Graham Michael Marcus, son of Leslie and Cory Marcus of Roswell, Ga., born September 20, 2012.

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have a younger sister. A much-younger sister. There are times when this is a wonderful thing. I mean, being the kid-lover that I have always been, it was a blast to come home from high school to enjoy the baby talk, milestones and carefree smiles of an infant and toddler. There have been times when this isn’t such a wonderful thing, as well. Especially heading off to college to leave your much-younger sister to accomplish those milestones while you’re nine hours away from home. Fast-forward to Leslie’s middle school years. Things were back in the wonderful zone. Instead of feeling like a sister, I felt more like a “cool aunt” and made an effort to spend meaningful time with Leslie, creating a bond that would eventually lead to one of the strongest friendships I have as an adult. The downside? Our nearly 15-year age difference means that when Leslie crosses an “age” milestone—say, turning 20—it means I’m crossing an even bigger age milestone just a few months behind her. (Hint: Leslie will turn 35 in January, so that makes me…urgh!) Now that my children are nearly grown, there’s one positive that continues to make having a much-younger sister wonderful: Babies! In late September, Leslie and her husband, Cory, welcomed their second son, Graham Michael Marcus. He joins his 3-year-old brother, Gage, as one of the biggest perks to having a much-younger sister. (Gage, by the way, has decided that I officially go by a one-word name—Aunt. Kind of cool, like Cher, Bono or Prince…) Congratulations, Leslie and Cory, on your new bundle of joy! I can’t wait to spend this holiday season smooching him up! Until November,

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

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hoopi Goldberg told a funny story on her talk show. She was walking down a busy street with her granddaughter and the child asked, “What is that box for?” Whoopi’s looking everywhere for boxes—like wrapped Christmas-present boxes. “What boxes are you talking about?” she asked her grandchild. “That big box,” the child pointed, “the one that says ‘us’ mail.” Of course, Whoopi realized she was talking about a free-standing blue U.S. Post Office mailbox on the sidewalk. The only kind of mail the little girl recognized was e-mail! My cousin tells a similar story about my daughter. The two were having a big conversation about Maddy’s adventure in Chicago over the summer. Maddy was trying to tell Denise about getting separated from her group and how she and her friend figured out the way back to a central location. Denise was really distracted, though, because Maddy kept referring to “the fold-up-thingy.” She talked about going down this street then that street and her friend checked the fold-up-thingy. After another twist and turn and Maddy holding onto the fold-up-thingy, Denise blurted out, “Maddy, are you talking about a MAP? OMG—you don’t know what a map is!?!” I hadn’t ever thought about it, but our kids find their location using their phones… they have the App for directions and the GPS right in their smart phone. The “fold-upthingy” is as foreign to my kids as the big blue mailbox was to Whoopi’s granddaughter. And that takes me back to a question my youngest daughter asked me one day. “Mom, what’s vennel (sounds like kennel)?” “I don’t know,” I replied. “Vennel—Lady Gaga has one coming out.” “You’ve lost me, Sky…I have no idea what you mean.” “Come on, Mom. You and Dad have lots of vennels in here. I want to buy new ones.” “Spell it,” I suggested. From across the hall I heard, “v-i-n-y-l. Vennel.” It dawned on me that she was looking at our peach crates of ’70s and ’80s LPs, called “vinyl” on the record covers! Oh, how a kid’s innocent question makes a parent feel obsolete!

JENNIE Montgomery anchors the evening news at WJBF-TV. She’s married to Scott and they have three children: Zack, 19, Maddy, 18, and Sky, 17.

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“Just as a puppy can be more of a challenge than a gift,

App-Tastic!

so too can the holidays.”

Barney’s storybook treasurey, the first animated Barney book app available for iPad, iPhone and iPod Touch, is now available in the Apple app store. The app stars the big purple T-Rex and features three of Barney’s favorite stories for young readers. For a limited time, parents can download the Barney title, What Can it Be? for free. The storybook app also includes two additional titles available via in-app purchase: Baby Bop’s ABC Book and Barney Says, “Please and Thank You.”

Pie Time

During the holidays home cooks are busy shopping, kneading, measuring and baking all in hopes of achieving the perfect holiday pie. But what happens when those meringues begin to weep or crusts cave in? Call the experts at the Criso Pie Hotline for expert pie-baking advice, recipes and the latest pie-making tips and trends. Live experts can be reached Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-7 p.m. EST, by calling 1-877-FOR-PIETIPS. Hours are extended to 8 a.m.-8 p.m. between November 12-21 and December 12-22.

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

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Safe Kids Fast Fact Did you know that candles start about 11,600 fires and Christmas trees are involved in about 300 fires each year, resulting in more than $183 million in property loss and damage combined, not to mention death and injuries? To keep holiday spirits bright and to protect your family and your home, follow the Safe Kids-recommended holiday safety guidelines, including these two: • When using a fresh cut tree, minimize the risk of fire by keeping it watered at all times. Also, do not place the tree within three feet of a fireplace, space heater, radiator or heat vent. • Do not leave candles unattended. Information provided by: Safe Kids East Central. Safe Kids is led by Georgia Health Sciences Children’s Medical Center and works to prevent accidental childhood injury, the leading killer of children 14 and under. For more information on Safe Kids, contact Rene Hopkins, RN, Coordinator, 706-721-7606 or visit georgiahealth.org/safekids. Read the full article at www.augustafamily.com.

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

Turkey in Minutes

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This method comes from How to Cook Everything by Mark Bittman. Note: Best when used to roast a turkey of weighing 12 pounds or less.

It’s “Thyme” for Turkey!

here is one thing that has confused me over the years and that is how the thought of cooking a turkey seems to evoke fear in otherwise confident home cooks. Maybe it is not the actual turkey that creates the fear but the shear volume of other foods vying for the oven at the exact same time as the turkey. Or, it could be the fact that many people will be eating this turkey that you rarely, if ever, take the opportunity to cook at other times during the year. And of course it could be about the unfortunately common “pass the gravy this turkey is as dry as the Sahara desert” issue which, if I am to be frightened by a turkey, is the issue that scares me the most. Thanksgiving cooks unite: You are not alone in this holiday turkey-cooking stress, in fact the Butterball® Turkey Talk-Line answers hundreds of thousands of turkey-related calls each season (1-800-Butterball or talkline@butterball.com). Here are some suggestions to get you on your way to a delicious stress-free turkey. • How big a turkey will you need? Estimate one pound per person. If you need a really large turkey, you could consider purchasing two smaller turkeys and cooking them side-by-side. They will thaw and cook more quickly, plus you will have less fighting over the drum sticks if you have four versus two. • Fresh or frozen? This is a personal preference. My preference is frozen. (I can buy it ahead and avoid the crowds—thus reducing grocery-related stress.) • Thawing the frozen bird. Plan to thaw your turkey over several days. Thaw the turkey in the refrigerator in the original packaging on a rimmed pan (to catch any juices). Thawing time is about 24 hours per 4 to 5 pounds of turkey. • If the turkey is still frozen on Thanksgiving: Say hello to the cold water bath method. Water is a much better conductor of heat than air in the refrigerator, so this is a faster way to thaw. Simply fill a large bucket or the kitchen sink with cool water and plunge the bird in, in the original wrapper, breast-side down. If the turkey has been defrosting in the refrigerator for several days, a mere half hour may do the trick. • Avoiding the dreaded dry turkey breast. Lighter breast meat cooks faster than the dark meat. You can brine your turkey (some people swear by this method), you can cook your turkey in pieces versus whole or you can use my all-time favorite way to cook a whole turkey (or a whole chicken for that matter). It cuts the cooking time in half and yields moist and delicious turkey. Kim Beavers is a Registered Dietitian and Diabetes Educator for University Health Care System. She lives in North Augusta with her husband and two children and she is the co-host of the culinary nutrition segment Eating Well with Kim, which airs at noon Monday, Wednesday and Friday on WRDW. To join the recipe club or view recipes, visit www.universityhealth.org/ewwk. You can also watch the segments at www.wrdw.com/ewwk.

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1 (12-pound) turkey 2 onions, quartered 4 stalks celery cut in thirds 2 lemons, quartered ½ cup dry white wine 3-4 sprigs of fresh thyme 2 tablespoons roughly chopped sage 2 tablespoons chopped rosemary 3 cloves garlic 3 tablespoons olive oil 2 tablespoons butter 1 teaspoon salt 1 teaspoon black pepper Preheat the oven to 450 degrees. Remove the giblets and neck from the turkey and then cut out the backbone. (Place your turkey breast-side down and run your knife along both sides of the backbone or cut the backbone out using kitchen shears.) Flatten the bird out a bit by pressing firmly on the breastbone. Scatter the onions, celery and lemons on the bottom of a roasting pan and place the bird breast-side up on top of the vegetables. Pour in the wine. Strip the leaves from the thyme sprigs and place in a food processor with the remaining ingredients. Pulse until mixed. Gently rub this herb mixture under the skin of the turkey (on the breast, thighs/legs). Spread any remaining rub over the turkey. Place the turkey on top of the vegetables and roast for 45 minutes or until done. Check on it after 30 minutes to assess the browning. If browning too fast, reduce heat to 400 degrees. Cook until the thickest part of the thigh reaches 165 degrees. Use a meat thermometer to assure proper cooking temperature. Once the turkey is done, remove from the oven and place foil over it to keep the heat in. Set aside to rest for 15 minutes. (This allows the juices to re-distribute in the meat so that when you slice it the juices stay in the meat and do not end up on the cutting board.) Drizzle a some pan juices over the sliced meat and enjoy. Yield: 12 servings (Serving size: 4 ounce) Nutrition Breakdown: Calories 250, Fat 9g (3g saturated, 3g monounsaturated), Cholesterol 120mg, Sodium 320mg, Carbohydrate 0g, Protein 33g, Phosphorus 340mg, Potassium 524mg. Percent Daily Value: 2% Vitamin A, 0% Vitamin C, 15% Iron, 2% Calcium Carbohydrate Choices: 0 Carbohydrates Diabetes Exchange Value: 4 Lean meats. Kim’s Note: The nutrient analysis assumes you don’t consume the skin. Sage, thyme and rosemary can be purchased packaged together in the fresh herb section of most grocery stores. It is sometimes packaged as “poultry blend.”

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

It’s the Brain, Stupid! Exercise and Diet Can Help Build Your Brain

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here is a fine line between obsession and devotion, and I leap across it often with the grace of a world-class triple jumper. I was in the midst of my Saturday morning 17-mile run (strike one...this should tell you something right there) and I was listening to a podcast called Science Friday (strike two). I usually don’t need such subtle clues as listening to a podcast about black holes and sperm whales to illustrate that I have the makings of a “psycho” character from a Steven King novel. One of the narrators commented that he loved hot wings and fries. I don’t particularly remember the context in which this was brought up (thinking about it now, it is hard to imagine the relationship between hot wings and black holes), nevertheless, the comment was made and I found myself being put off at the idea of eating those things. I was not just casually acknowledging this flittering thought, but I was actually physically responding with gastronomic dismay at the thought

of poultry on a stick and batter-encrusted potatoes. My reaction startled me and I pondered, as I took a swig of water laced with just enough GatorAid to flavor it, whether I had once again leaped over the line of normality into a realm usually shared by Jack Nicholson characters and asylum dwellers. Had I fallen into such a hubristic snobbery regarding diet that I couldn’t even tolerate McWhatevers? Or was I secretly craving a Big Mac and repressing my hedonistic urges by being bothered? After a couple of miles I had psychoanalyzed myself enough to agree with myself (strike three) that I thought it was more my fear of the ravages of free radicals and cholesterol in the blood stream as a result of consuming the greased bird than it was some deep-seated desire to eat like Henry the VIII.

ercise, showing that old coots who walk or run daily have bigger dentate nuclei in their hippocampus. Now I don’t know about you, but being able to say “my dentate nucleus is bigger” gives me a sense of braggadocio. This tiny collection of cells, buried deep in the brain, directly affect one’s ability to recall not only what you had for breakfast but also whether you had breakfast at all. One of the greatest misgivings of aging is the loss of short- and long-term memory, and scientist tell us that there is a direct relationship between the number and connection of neurons in this portion of the hippocampus (a small centrally located structure in the brain) and your ability to recall. One of the best ways of enhancing this area is to get off the “Couch of Doom” and shake your booty.

The Middle-Age Brain

For years we thought the brain was a static organ, that no new brain cells were created. What you had was all you had and, once you wiped out a few cells with a binge of Jack Daniels shots and Budweiser, they were gone forever. That’s not the case. The brain can actually generate new cells, but more importantly can generate new connections between cells. It is these connections that promote memory, learning, recall and integration of ideas. What is really exciting for us more-mature folks is that this ability continues even into midlife and beyond. So you can teach old dogs new tricks and this is enhanced if the old dog eats well and exercises. It turns out that physical activity is one of the best stimulators of neuroplasticity, the repopulation of brain connections, and it doesn’t even take running up hills at 6 a.m. on a Saturday morning. A brisk walk three times a week is enough to get those little brain buggers proliferating like rabbits in a cage.

My fears are somewhat justified, as I had just finished a book about the middle-age brain that touted excellent research concluding a poor diet could significantly affect brain function. I have this pathological fear of dementia, so anything I can do to thwart spending my final days drooling incessantly and building Lego reproductions of circles and squares is worthwhile to me. This book also crowed about the neurogenic effect of ex-

The Truth About Brain Cells

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

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Decoding Diabetes Local Experts Are Searching for a Cure To this Deadly Disease

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ovember is American Diabetes Month. We hear that word a lot lately—diabetes—as we should. Diabetes affects 25.8 million children and adults in the United States. That’s 8.3 percent of the population, according the the American Diabetes Association. What is diabetes? What is the difference between Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes? What are the symptoms and treatment options? Diabetes is a disease in which the body doesn’t produce or properly use insulin. There are two main types of diabetes—Type 1 and Type 2. “Type 1 is usually diagnosed in children and young adults,” says Dr. Jin-Xiong She, director of the Center for Biotechnology and Genomic Medicine and Georgia Research Alliance Eminent Scholar in Genomic Medicine at Georgia Health Sciences University (GHSU). “This is when the pancreas is no longer able to produce insulin, which is a hormone needed to turn sugar/glucose into energy that is needed to maintain life.” Type 1 is not very common and affects only five percent of patients diagnosed. Type 2 diabetes is the most common form, affecting 90 percent of the people with diabetes. Type 2 diabetes occurs when the body doesn’t produce enough insulin or the body is not able to use the insulin it makes, according to Dr. She. Dr. Rene Harper, associate professor of the GHSU Department of Medicine, section of endocrinology, diabetes and metabolism, says the big problem with Type 2 diabetes is the resistance. “The insulin may be high, but it is not working right,” he says.

There are many symptoms of both Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes. The basic symptoms are:

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1. Increased urine output. 2. Extreme thirst. 3. Extreme hunger. People with Type 1 diabetes show these three symptoms more acutely and also may experience

ailments such as stomach pain, vomiting and confusion, according to Dr. Harper. Heather Armitage-Dunagan, RN, BSN, Certified Diabetes Educator and coordinator of Ambulatory Diabetes Education at GHSU, says that some additional signs of Type 1 diabetes are unusual weight loss and extreme fatigue.

Testing and Diagnosis Augusta mom Mary Anne Franklin’s daughter, McNeill, was diagnosed last year with diabetes. “McNeill was diagnosed with Type 1 or juvenile diabetes at age 10½, the week she started fifth grade,” says Franklin. Franklin noticed that McNeill had a voracious appetite but was losing weight. “She was extremely thirsty and had to urinate frequently. She was lethargic,” adds Franklin. “Basically, she wasn’t acting like herself.” It is extremely important to get tested for diabetes if you suspect you or your child has it. Type 1 diabetes usually manifests around puberty—between age 10 and 15—and 80 percent develop it before the age of 17. However, doctors are now seeing diabetes in chidren younger than this as well, says Dr. She.


{ healthyfamily Dr. Harper says it is easy to screen and that early detection helps reduce complications later. If you do test positive for diabetes at a screening, such as at a health fair, follow up with your doctor to do further testing and seek treatment. The strongest prediction for Type 1 diabetes is family history and race. “A person with a first-degree relative (sibling or parent) has the highest risk as do Asians, followed by Hispanics, next African Americans and then Caucasians,” says Dr. Harper. Research, Treatment and Complications There is a plethora of diabetes research being performed today. Dr. She is involved in a clinical trial called “The Teddy Study” as GHSU. It is a 20-year research program that involves recognizing environmental determinants of diabetes in the young. There are only six clinical studies like this in the world and three of them are in the United States. At this time, the study is monitoring approximately 9,000 children to see if they develop Type 1 diabetes. “By identifying the triggers, we think we should be able to come up with better and safer treatment strategies,” he says. As for treatment options, insulin is always used for Type 1 diabetes. Franklin’s daughter McNeill is insulin-dependent and will be for the rest of her life. “She has to test her blood sugar roughly 10 times a day by pricking her finger,” says Franklin. “Before she eats, she has to count the amount of carbs she will be ingesting.” When first diagnosed, McNeill had to take insulin shots, but now she has an insulin pump, a small device that constantly delivers insulin into the body and gives larger doses before meals and snacks. Treatment options for people with Type 2 diabetes include controlling their diet and exercising, says Armitage-Dunagan. Other treatments include taking oral agents (pills), insulin or a combination therapy including both pills and insulin. There are many serious complications that go along with diabetes including vision problems, kidney issues and circulation problems that can cause damage to the feet. Despite Franklin’s concerns about McNeill’s diagnosis, she takes an optimistic view and says she is glad McNeill has a problem that has a solution. “If she tests her blood sugar regularly, correctly counts her carb intake and takes insulin, she feels good and healthy,” she says. If your child has diabetes, Franklin suggests getting him or her involved in activities with other diabetic children. McNeill has enjoyed going to Camp Sweet Life and Camp Kudzu where she has met friends and learned ways to better treat her diabetes. Armitage-Dunagan says that parents of a child who is diagnosed with diabetes should educate themselves, ask questions and involve their child in the everyday treatment of the disease. “But most of all, remember your child can still do and be anything he wants to be!” she says. Cammie Jones is an Augusta freelance writer, wife and mother of three.

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Save Your Sanity Eight Tips To Help Navigate the Holiday Tug-of-War

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Some people choose to throw a small party at their house every year on the second Friday in December, for example, and have things for the kids to do, like building a gingerbread house or painting ornaments.

h, childhood! Remember when you didn’t have to worry about being in three places at once during the holidays? The dilemma of where to go seemed to be so easily worked out by our parents and extended family. Now that we are grown-ups, by the time the new year rolls around, most of us seem to end up totally frazzled from celebrating the holidays several times with many sets of relatives. Adding your own kids to the mix can make situations even more crazy, leaving them—and you—feeling like the rope in a game of human tug-of-war. Below are some quick fixes that will help you and your family be full of holiday cheer this year.

2. Consider an Open House Choose a location (like your uncle’s house), a date and a convenient time frame when family members can come and go as they please without the pressure of being on time for a meal. Serve finger foods and other easy fare to make it easy on the hostess.

3. Alternate Years Attend the far-away celebrations only every other year. It’s a fact of life that people marry someone from another state or move out of town due to a job change or other circumstance. This can leave many families feeling pulled in too many directions when the holidays roll around. It can be difficult to decide how to come together, so work out the details in advance.

1. Combine Family Events Instead of running to your parents’ house and then to see each of your siblings separately, consider having just one shin-dig at one location when most everyone can attend. To make life even easier, forego the sit-down dinner and choose to go the potluck route.

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All families are different so it can be practically impossible to please everybody every year. One year your cousin may need to leave early to spend the rest of the day with her husband’s family. Another year it may just work out best to hold the event on a completely different day of the month. Which brings me to...

Elaine St. James, author of Simplify Your Christmas: 100 Ways To Reduce the Stress and Recapture the Joy of the Holidays, only visits her sister and her family to raise a toast but not to eat. She takes no food for the meal, no gifts and says to her family, “We’re bringing ourselves and our best wishes for the season.”

If tensions get high between family members, think of others who may not have any family, or even a home. Consider serving food at a homeless shelter some time around the holiday or being a bell-ringer for the Salvation Army for a couple of hours. St. James has another great idea: Make paper bag lunches with a sandwich, cookies, fruit and juice drink and pass them out to the homeless in your area. These are great opportunities to take your kids along and teach them the true meaning of the holidays. To ensure no feelings are hurt, make sure your family knows they are always welcome to spend holidays at your home (with some notice, of course!). With a little understanding and communication, everyone in your family can have a peaceful holiday season.

5. Pick Another Date

7. Just Stay Home Help your extended family realize that, for example, Christmas can be even nicer when spent on a day other than December 25th. You could get together with your grandparents a couple of weeks before or after Christmas Day for a much more relaxed mood. You would get to take your time opening gifts while enjoying each other’s company. What a time to treasure and look forward to every year!

Some make the choice to celebrate Christmas Day at their own home every year. The decision may not be popular, and you might have to defend it every year, but it could be the most relaxing and fun day of your entire year. Just imagine yourself hanging out in comfy sweatpants all day long while you play with your kids and their new toys, games and other gifts.

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Kerrie McLoughlin is a regular mom who writes about parenting five kids at TheKerrieShow.com.

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This holiday season Santa and his elves headed into the vaults to bring back old favorites with new twists. The toy

guru guys at TimetoPlayMag.com, Jim Silver and Chris Byrne, have released their much-anticipated annual forecast of the top toys kids want for Hanukah and Christmas. Their compilation includes several cool blasts from the past. But hold on to your sleigh because toy companies have freshened and reformulated them for today’s tikes, adding great surprises and, in some cases, apps. Below is a sampling from the Time to Play Most Wanted List for the 2012 Holiday Season. You’ll find a couple of debut items, too, as well as updated old favorites. To see Silver and Byrne’s full list or to watch video reviews of these toys, visit www.timetoplaymag.com.

Thomas & Friends™ Steam ‘n Speed™ R/C Thomas Improve a child’s manual dexterity and imagination. Even young children can manipulate the three-button remote control designed for small hands to make Thomas move forward, backward and in circles. Thomas whistles and talks to add to the entertainment. Plus real steam—cool to the touch—coming from the smokestack imbues it with authenticity and gives kids a thrill. Both boys and girls will enjoy hours of playtime with Thomas. This toy’s durability and smooth edges without small parts mean it’s a favorite among parents, too. Toot, toot, chug, chug, off we go! Fisher-Price, ages 3-years and up, approximate retail price: $45.

Little Tikes iTikes Canvas Brilliant! That’s what parents will say when they see their child’s artwork on the iTikes Canvas. It’s the tried-and-true magnet board with a brand new way to play. This version of the magnet board allows parents to easily swap out the traditional board for any generation of the iPad. Download the free iCanvans app from the app store and expand a young artist’s creativity. The button shapes on the sides of the iTikes Canvas, the stylus or the child’s finger can be used to draw and design. By saving pictures to the iPad, parents can share their child’s creations with adoring grandparents via e-mail. And there’s no need to worry about the iPad being damaged, because the iTikes Canvas also serves as a sturdy case. MGA Entertainment, ages 3-years and up, approximate retail price: $39.99.

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LeapsterGS Explorer Leapfrog is known for its award-winning learning toys, and it has hit another homerun with the motion-based play and multi-sensory learning of the LeapsterGS Explorer. More than 300 games and apps are available for download and can be accommodated by the LeapsterGS Explorer’s 2 gigs of memory. Children personalize their favorite games by inserting images from the onboard camera and video recorder right into the action. Kids can even customize the learning skills they practice to reflect those they are working asolving and acquisition of academic information while making learning enjoyable. Leapfrog, ages 4-9 years, approximate retail price: $69.99.

Lalaloopsy™ Soft Dolls The original, loveable Lalaloopsy™ dolls—Mittens Fluff N Stuff, Pillow Featherbed and Jewell Sparkles—and their respective pets now come in plush, huggable softness. Though the story goes that they are ragdolls who magically came to life when the last stitch was sewn, they’ll be nothing but quiet and cuddly at naps and nighty-night time. Just over 10-inches tall, the Lalaloopsy™ Soft Dolls fit comfortably into the arms of a child. While younger children love the dolls’ bright colors and huggable texture, older girls will enjoy collecting them. MGA Entertainment, ages 4-15 years, approximate retail price: $14.99.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Power Sound FX Figures All of the heroes in a half-shell—Michelangelo, Donatello, Raphael and Leonardo—are back to defeat their arch nemesis Shredder. These articulated action figures add battle phrases and sound effects to the face-off. The 5½-inch Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and Shredder figures practically come to life in the hands of children. Each one is equipped with its own phrases, sounds and ninja gear. As a child moves the arms and legs, the figure speaks or makes sound effect to go with the motions of the particular limbs. Cowabunga, dude! Playmates Toys, ages 4-years and up, approximate retail price: $12.99.

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Monster High™ Ghouls Rule Dolls

Meet the ghouls of Monster High™, Clawdeen Wolf®, Cleo De Nile®, Frankie Stein® and Draculara®, characters from the new direct-to-DVD Monster High: Ghouls Rule movie. These high-fashion dolls wearing wonderful costumes and donning delicious hairstyles are designed to demonstrate that every person should accept and celebrate her unique qualities. Fully articulated, each doll can be posed to show her most fang-tastic features. Each doll is sold separately and comes with accessories and a hairbrush. From little girls to doll collectors, these ghouls will make girls howl with delight. Mattel, ages 6-years and up, approximate retail price: $22.99.

Mega Bloks Skylanders Giants Arkeyan Copter Attack Pick up where the popular Skylanders video games leave off and begin building an adventure. Children put together the pieces to construct the Arkeyan Copter and the purple Spyro character. The finished Arkeyan Copter has an operating cockpit, spinning rotors and working missile launchers. Adding to the fun, the set also includes three blue Frigid Chompies, a treasure chest and a pretzel. One of the best features of this toy is that it can be combined with other Mega Bloks Skylanders Giants sets to build even more adventures that can only be dreamed up in the mind of a child. MEGA Brands, ages 5-years and up, approximate retail price: $29.99.

LEGO Friends Heartlake Stables The LEGO Friends series of LEGO play-theme sets is construction play designed especially for girls, with colors and subjects to which they relate. Heartlake Stables, with an equestrian theme, is the newest LEGO Friends release. Fit the LEGOs together to build a barn with two horse stables. Also included are fencing, practice jumps, horses, riding helmets, saddles, bridles and animal grooming accessories. With so many pieces, girls will discover that there’s more than one way to build a barn, which gives this set lasting appeal. For the obsessive horse-loving girl, this toy will feed the fire. LEGO, ages 6-years and up, approximate retail price: $49.99.

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Appfinity AppDrive With the Appfinity AppDrive, your smart-phone just sprouted a steering wheel. Designed for use with iPhones and select Android phones, this toy improves the racing-game experience and comes with one free game download. Made of plastic, the AppDrive steering wheel is large enough to be held in two hands and is rubberized and grooved for easy grasping in those intense gaming moments. Simply place the smartphone into the cradle of the Appfinity AppDrive then use motion and the control mechanisms for interactive racing. The control mechanisms allow for safe contact with the phone’s touch-screen, while the steering wheel enables physical rotation. Parents will race to the stores for this toy. Spin Master, ages 8-years and up, approximate retail price: $19.99.

Furby The amazing, incredible Furby is the toy that plays with your child. Through interactive programming and robotic engineering, Furby changes and develops and demonstrates personality and emotion based on what a child does with it. Furby can even learn to speak English. Because of the dynamic nature of the relationship between Furby and its owner, a child doesn’t lose interest. Always unpredictable in its responses, a Furby is full of surprises. And not only does it interact with its owner, it can sense another Furby close by and socialize with it as well. A free app for iOS devices gives kids access to a Furbish-to-English dictionary and a Furbish-to-English translator, among other things, so their Furby-friendship can grow. Hasbro, ages 6-years and up, approximate retail price: $59.99.

Air Hogs R/C Heli Replay Master the air. With the Air Hogs Heli Replay, flying was never easier. An onboard electronic system improves aerial stability. Use the rechargeable remote control or download the free Air Hogs Control App to any iOS or Android device. The Control App allows users to manipulate the helicopter’s flight pattern either using the onscreen joystick or physical tilting and rotation of the iOS or Android device. Kids can also record the helicopter’s flight path and play it back for hands-free flying. Sure to inspire hours of creativity and experimentation, the Air Hogs R/C Heli Replay makes a great gift older children. Spin Master, ages 12-years and up, approximate retail price: $44.99.

Nerf N-Strike Elite Hail-Fir Blaster Nerf continues to elevate the extreme excitement of shooting action. The Elite HailFire is at the apex of Nerf Blaster technology. Whether engaging in target practice or a full-on take-back-the-living-room battle, kids can’t get enough of the semi-automatic motorized blasting power. With a capacity to hold up to 144 foam darts that sail up to 75 feet, the Elite Hail-Fire Blaster comes with 24 darts and four Quick Reload Clips. Eye protection is not included but is recommended due to the Hail-Fire’s amazing velocity, range and accuracy. Hasbro, ages 8-years and up, approximate retail price: $39.99.

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hen you’re planning your big turkey dinner, the one thing you want to be sure to do is to roast enough turkey for some delicious leftovers. While turkey sandwiches are good, there’s a lot more you can do with this tasty bird. Take your leftovers in a new direction with a freezer-friendly Turkey and Corn Enchilada Casserole. The dish is easy to put together and you may have all the ingredients in your pantry already. A cornbread base, your favorite enchilada sauce, turkey, cheese and a generous serving of your favorite guacamole all add up to a new family favorite.

Quick Turkey Tidbits Need some more inspiration for turkey leftovers? Try one of these easy snack ideas: Turkey Nachos—Shredded turkey, peppers, onions, black olives and cheese on lime-flavored nacho chips. Top with chunky guacamole, salsa or sour cream. Turkey Bites—Top your favorite crackers with a little turkey and a slice of pepper Jack cheese. Microwave until the cheese starts to melt. Add a dollop of salsa or guac. Mini Mexi-Pizzas—Split an English muffin, and spread a little salsa on each half. Top with turkey and shredded cheese. Broil until cheese is bubbly. Top with a dollop of sour cream or guacamole. Get more leftover ideas with a twist at www.eatwholly.com.

Turkey and Corn Enchilada Casserole Serves: 6 First Layer 1 15-ounce can corn, drained 1 15-ounce can creamed corn 8 ounces sour cream (non-fat) 1/2 cup ricotta (low-fat) 1 8½-ounce package corn bread or corn muffin mix Second Layer 1 cup turkey, shredded 1cup shredded cheese 1cup enchilada sauce, divided Homemade or storre-bought guacamole, for garnish Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Mix together all first layer ingredients in a casserole dish. Bake 30 minutes or until firm. Remove from the of oven and poke fork holes all around it the cornbread base. Pour 1/2 cup red enchilada sauce over corn bread. Top with turkey and cheese. Return to the oven until cheese melts, for about 5-10 minutes. Top with remaining enchilada sauce, guacamole and serve.

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rom the kitchen doorway, I get a glimpse of what I’ve invited into my home for the evening. My living room holds a strange mix of people, an odd concoction of personalities. Short ones insistently direct whines up toward the ears of taller ones, who continue to converse as if no interruption has been persistently attempted. A group of three adolescents murmurs in conspiratorial tones and casts furtive glances across the room. A booming, authoritative voice pulses from one corner. Someone giggles a bit too loudly for such close company in crowded quarters. Large bulbs flash red and green, dangling from a pair of tired, sagging earlobes. A child repeatedly plays one choppy verse of Jingle Bells on a recorder for a reluctant, nay, tortured, audience. My oversized Christmas tree rises up through the middle of the chaos, its joyful twinkling lights silent on the

remark made about its gross imperfections. I think, “Oh my gosh! These people are my relatives,” as I let the kitchen door swing closed behind me and I enter into the fray.

Seasonal Sensitivity Nerves wear thin this time of the year. It seems,

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sometimes, as if taking the turkey to the table is the cue for talking out of line. Who hasn’t witnessed one snide comment ruin an entire afternoon and the cranberry sauce to boot? “High expectations and extended families getting together increase the stress,” says Caffee Wright, a licensed professional counselor with The Counseling Group in Augusta. She notes the persuasive


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“Lashing out defensively may make a person feel better in the moment, but it will likely elevate tensions and create problems for the long run.”

content of advertising giving the illusion of perfect families and creating unreasonable hopes about reallife celebrations. “We’re usually very sensitive when we’re stressed,” she adds as an explanation to why people over-personalize the words, deeds or inactions of others. Wright says, “How we respond can make things worse or diffuse it.” No one can control the words and actions of others, but she can keep the wrong response from slipping through her teeth. The perceived transgression may not be personal even if it’s directed at her. It may be an ill-targeted expression of the sender’s holiday depression, or grief over a loved one not there due to death or distance, or financial frustration associated with gift giving. Any number of things can generate a poorly timed gesture or jibe. Lashing out defensively may make a person feel better in the moment, but it will likely elevate tensions and create problems for the long run.

Help for Holding Your Tongue Holding one’s tongue in the face of egregious insult is tough. Emotions put pressure on the heart and push for release freely into the face of the offender. Before allowing them that unbridled, but fleeting, pleasure, consider the impact they’ll have. “Don’t let a slight or an insult ruin everyone’s good time,” warns Kathy Bertone, author of The Art of the Visit: Being a Perfect Guest, Being a Perfect Host. “Biting your tongue and holding back that tear is one of the hardest things to do, but it’s important to do at the holidays.” A few strategies can reduce potential hostilities and replace them with a jovial atmosphere: • Minimize personal use of alcohol and avail-

ability of it for guests. Alcohol has a tendency to lower inhibitions and loosen the lips. • If hosting a gathering at your house, include elements of the season that soothe the senses: a fire in the fireplace, candles, flower arrangements, the mild scents of pine and cinnamon, etc. You and your guests will be too relaxed to be combative. • Avoid trigger topics like politics, religion, lifestyle choices and issues to which any one individual may be sensitive. • Skillfully change the subject, without calling anyone down, should a trigger topic come up. When Uncle Ed says, “Well, that election certainly didn’t turn out as expected,” be the first to respond with, “Uncle Ed, is that the shirt Mayzie gave you? It’s very handsome.” Gently nudge the conversation in another direction. • Before voicing a curt or bitter response to someone’s hurtful remarks or actions, politely excuse yourself from the table or from the room and give yourself a couple of minutes to regroup. Take a deep breath and smile. • Anticipate ahead of time what might happen at the annual family get-together. Some people have predictable go-to subjects and/or behaviors (or lack of behavior) in these situations. Prepare by thinking of what you will do or say in that case. When slender Cousin Suzy sarcastically asks, as she always does, “What diet are you doing this year,” you might plan to answer, “Diet? I’m not dieting. I feel better than ever.” • Anticipate what relatives might say or do, but don’t go baiting a fight. Just because you composed a list of lovely reactions to their foreseen biting remarks doesn’t mean you need to make sure you get

the opportunity to refer to it. • Laugh. Humor has the power to diffuse tension and alleviate stress. Self-deprecating humor, in particular, takes the fire out of people’s fuses. • Don’t be the perfectionist workhorse. Let go of the expectations and magazine-standards for what your holiday should be like. Relax. Enjoy the trimmings. Enjoy the day. Enjoy the company of the people who, whether or not you can always tell it, love you more than anything.

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After Auld Langsyne Again, however, this is Thanksgiving, Hanukah, Christmas in the real world. Just because a snipe is overlooked in November or December doesn’t mean it sinks back into the depths of family brine. “You tend to play it over and over again and exacerbate it in your mind,” says Wright. Bertone suggests, “When everyone is gone and the holidays are over and you’re still feeling bad, address it. If you don’t, it’s going to be a problem for the next holiday.” Attempt a resolution without confrontation (a letter works well) that thanks the person for visiting or hosting, offers an apology or acknowledgement of the issue and asks what you can do to make it better. Wright says, “Each holiday season brings its challenges.” Often they arrive dressed in the skin of kin. Take them as they come, not personally. You will be richly rewarded with family harmony in the New Year. Lucy Adams is the author of Tuck Your Skirt in Your Panties and Run. She lives in Thomson, Ga., with her husband and their four children.


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Former Educator Believes Books Can Boost Childhood Literacy and Bring Families Together

Chuck LaMarsh, founder of Bundles of Books, reads to children during National Library Week. His organization gives away around 900 books to local children annually, primarily through Action Ministries White Christmas program.

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buy books at “the best discount we could” and provided the bundles to local agencies that gave gifts to children at Christmas.

games or books, and sometimes not even enough for toys…Bundles of Books helps us give, in many cases, something educational they wouldn’t get otherwise.”

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Educator and Reading Advocate

o you remember how many books you’ve read to date? Chuck LaMarsh does. (It’s 607!) Over the past 35 years, the avid reader has kept meticulous notes on every book he’s read. He’s instilled this love of reading in his two children and he says with a laugh, “Even my wife has become a reader, in defense!” And since 1996, he’s also shared his love of reading with hundreds of children in the CSRA through his not-for-profit, Bundles of Books, which provides a “bundle” of three books to underprivileged children at Christmas. “I felt at Christmastime, a good alternative to giving children toys was to give them books,” he says. “It’s really not any more sophisticated than that.” LaMarsh started Bundles of Books simply by letting friends and family know that he planned to give books to children at Christmas and asking if they would like to make a donation to help. Using those funds, he worked with local bookstores to

That first year, LaMarsh estimates he was able to reach about 50 children. Today, 16 years later, he’s grown that to about 300 children from newborns to 8 years of age. And according to Rick Herring, executive director of Action Ministries (formerly known as Augusta Urban Ministries), LaMarsh’s program has had an important impact. Bundles of Books has provided books as gifts for the ministry’s White Christmas program for the past several years. “We try to give gifts in three categories: at least one piece of clothing or other item children need, at least one toy and at least one educational item,” says Herring. “Many times, children need clothing so badly, there’s often not enough left to buy educational

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The program is a perfect fit for LaMarsh, who is a former educator, albeit in math. He retired from Lakeside in 2010, which has allowed him to place more of a focus on Bundles of Books. LaMarsh also serves on the board of the Greater Augusta Partnership for Literacy, another local organization that provides underprivileged children one book a month from birth to age 5. “You’ll find statistics out there (that say) if a child is read to routinely between birth and 5 years old, their performance not only in kindergarten but also in elementary school is significantly enhanced,” says LaMarsh. “And what you find is if a child reads at a third grade level at the end of third grade, the chances of them


{ inspirationstation graduating high school is significantly enhanced…hitting those younger children is very, very important.” Particularly during this election year, LaMarsh’s hope is that the focus will move from what we should be spending on education to what he sees as the main root of the problem—childhood literacy. “The simple truth of the matter is if we enhance childhood literacy, our whole educational process would improve tremendously,” he says.

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Marsh has also had the good fortune of being able to meet some of the families Bundles of Books has affected. Over the past several years, he’s read to children at public libraries during that week, sharing stories such as The Tale of Peter Rabbit by Beatrix Potter, Pinocchio and C.S. Lewis’s The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe. “They’re so excited they can hardly sit still,” he recalls with a chuckle. “They’re not used to this (being read to) and they range from wide-eyed amazement to wanting to get involved in conversation about the characters.”

Expanding the Program In addition, LaMarsh likes to consider the impact programs like Bundles of Books and the Greater Augusta Partnership for Literacy are having on bringing families closer. “Children have to be read to, so what you’re doing by giving a family who perhaps can’t afford books, is you’re creating a situation where a parent or caregiver and the child are bonding because they’re reading to that child,” he says. “That’s just kind of like an extra in the deal.” During National Library Week in the fall, La-

Through LaMarsh’s son, Chad, a musician in Boston, Bundles of Books has been able to grow thanks to proceeds from CDs that Chad has produced to benefit the non-profit. In addition, Chad has opened a Boston branch of Bundles of Books that provides hundreds of books to families every Christmas. But the main support LaMarsh receives continues to be family, friends and other interested supporters, including local businesses, and even

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neighbors who continue to meet at LaMarsh’s house every year for a “bundling” party to sort the roughly 900 books he gives out annually. For the future, LaMarsh says he doesn’t have any “grandiose” plans—just to continue doing his part to support the literacy of hundreds of young people through his annual program. “This is just one very brief moment during the year,” he says. “It’s amazing—I have yet to run into anybody who doesn’t think giving books to children, especially underprivileged children at Christmas, isn’t a good idea. “I think this is one very simple thing that our family feels like we can do for people and the payoff is potentially so high that it’s really not much of an effort.” Want to help? Send your tax-deductible donation to Bundles of Books, 717 Pevero Abbey Circle, Martinez, GA 30907. Danielle Wong Moores is an Augusta freelance writer and regular contributor to Augusta Family and Augusta Magazines. She also writes a weekly restaurant review column for The Augusta Chronicle.

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Holiday Events November 7. Come See Santa. Enjoy a visit with Santa at Premiere Martial Arts. 401 W. Martintowne Rd., North Augusta. 5-8 p.m. November 9-11. 26th Annual Christmas Made in the South. One-stop shop for unique holiday gifts. Nov. 9-10, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Nov. 11, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. James Brown Arena. 706-722-3521. November 15. Gift Shop Holiday Open House. Shop for unique gifts and enjoy a holiday bake sale by the Sacred Heart Guild. Free gift wrapping. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sacred Heart Cultural Center. 706-826-4700. November 15-25. Holiday Gingerbread Village. Delicious and detailed historic sites recreated in gingerbread and available for silent auction. Augusta Museum of History. 706-722-8454.

day Market. The Legends Club. 706-736-0033. November 17. Christmas Crafts and Caroling. Indoor craft show with live entertainment all day. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Savannah Rapids Pavilion. 706-3127192. November 17-December 30. Lights Before Christmas. From 6 to 9 p.m. each evening the Riverbanks Zoo in Columbia shines with nearly one million twinkling lights and countless animated images representing some of the Riverbanks’ most lovable residents. Take your photos with Santa, roast marshmallows and sip hot cocoa at the Jingle Bell Bonfire. And, if you’re dreaming of a white Christmas, Riverbanks is the only place in town where it snows every night. Go to www. riverbanks.org or call 803-779-8717,

November 16-18. Junior League of Augusta Holi-

November 19. James Brown Turkey Giveaway. This annual event is a living tradition and legacy of the Godfather of Soul continued through the

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James Brown Family Foundation. 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Dyess Park. 706-724-0504 or www.jamesbrownfamilyfdn.org. November 20-December 30. Lights of the South. More than four million lights throughout a 100acre forest. Food, sweets, marshmallow roasting, hayrides and more. 6-10 p.m.www.lightsofthesouth.com. November 22. One Table. A full, traditional Thanksgiving feast served—at no charge—in The Alley in downtown Aiken. A banquet of turkey, dressing, sweet potatoes, green beans, rice and gravy, cranberry sauce and more. Live music provided by local churches. www.onetable.org. November 24. Christmas in the Back Country. Share some fun and learn about Christmas in colonial times. Games, food and shopping. 10 a.m.4 p.m. The Living History Park. North Augusta. 803-279-7560.


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ventures in the Land of Sweets. An Augusta holiday tradition for more than 40 years, the ballet is scheduled for the Thanksgiving weekend, making it the perfect toast to the holiday season. Friday, November 25, 7 p.m., November 24 and 25, 1 and 5 p.m. Imperial Theatre, 706-722-8341. The Columbia County Ballet will also perform The Nutcracker on November 30 at 7 p.m. at the Imperial Theatre. Call 706-860-1852 for tickets.

Special Events November 1. Eighth Annual Oysters on Telfair. The popular fundraiser features raw and steamed oyster bars, a “down on the bayou” feast, soulful live music, full bar, silent auction of “small works” by local artists and a raffle. Proceeds benefit the Gertrude Herbert. 7 p.m. Gertrude Herbert Institute of Art. 706-722-5495. November 1-10. Columbia County Merchants Fair. For details visit www.columbiacountyfair.net. November 1-2. Spencers Theatre of Illusion. A big, high-tech stage show that combines drama, comedy, romance and suspense with elaborate stage illusions, including breathtaking displays of sound and light. 8 p.m. URS Center for the Performing Arts. Aiken. 803-648-1438. November 3. Healing Your Heart, Mind, Body and Soul—Women’s Symposium. Hannah Curlee, Biggest Loser Season 11 finalist, is coming to Augusta to share her inspirational weight loss story as well as fitness and nutrition tips. The event will also feature community leader, WJBF NewsChannel 6 Anchor Jennie Montgomery, an expert from Apexx Behavioral Group and Dr. Donna Adams-Pickett (OB/GN). A comprehensive Day of healing with giveaways throughout the morning along with a cooking demo. The first 150 attendees will receive a free yoga mat. Breakfast-type refreshments will be served. Sponsored by Doctors Hospital. 9 a.m.-noon at First Baptist Church of Augusta, 3500 Walton Way. Call 706651-4343 for information. November 3. Alzheimer’s Association Memory Walk. 9 a.m. Augusta Common. 706-731-9060. November 3. St. John’s Apple Fest. Enjoy apple desserts from the apple bake shop, children’s games, trash n’ treasure, a variety of booths, a silent auction and lunch in the Apple Seed Café. 8 a.m.2 p.m. St. John’s United Methodist Church. Downtown Aiken. 803-648-6891. November 3. CSRA Innovation Festival—Engage, Elevate, Educate. This event is open to the public, especially to students, innovators, families and

entrepreneurs of all ages in celebration of innovation in the CSRA. Augusta State University Amphitheater. 11 a.m.-3 p.m. E-mail Anthony Robinson at atrobinson@aug.edu or go to www.CSRAInnovationFestival.com. November 3. Harvest Ball. Dinner, dance and silent auction to benefit the scholarship funds of the Savannah River Sail and Power Squadron and Augusta State University’s Born To Read Literacy Center. Live music by the Escorts. 7-11 p.m. at Julian Smith Casino on Lake Olmstead. For advance tickets call 706-737-8113. November 3-4. Library Book Sale. The Center for the Study of Southern Art offers a weekend of bargains on books, CDs, videos and more. Nov. 3, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Nov. 4, noon-5 p.m. Morris Museum of Art. 706-724-7501. November 7. Free Dyslexia Seminar. Leading dyslexia expert Susan Barton will share the causes and classic warning signs of dyslexia, effective tutoring methods and the classroom accommodations needed to succeed. Sponsored by Augusta State University, Augusta Preparatory Day School, Augusta Christian Schools, Episcopal Day School, Heritage Academy and Westminster Schools of Augusta. 6:30-9:30 p.m. at the Augusta State University Maxwell Performing Arts Theater. November 10-11. Augusta Canal Discovery Walk: Color in the Trees. A fall foliage stroll. Nov. 10, 10 a.m. and Nov. 11, 3 p.m. Meets at the Lockkeepers Cottage at Savannah Rapids Pavilion. 706823-0440. November 10-11. Oka’Chaffa Indian Festival. Native American art, crafts, dances, music, food, and games/contests. There will be a native village, contests and special guests Okefenokee Joe and Thunder the Buffalo. Military with ID are admitted free on November 11, Veterans Day. Phinizy Swamp Nature Park. 706-828-2109. November 10. The African-American Experience. Learn about the effects of the Emancipation Proclamation on the lives of enslaved laborers at the plantation. 10 a.m.-noon. Redcliffe Plantation. 181

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Redcliffe Rd. Beech Island. 803-827-1473. November 10. Woofstock Mutts and Music Festival. Sponsored by the Aiken County Friends of the Animal Shelter to promote and celebrate responsible pet ownership. Dog contests, demonstrations, raffles and a mini-dog strut parade for physically challenged pooches. 9:30 a.m.-3 p.m. Highfields Event Center. Aiken. www.fototasiken.org. November 11. Veteran’s Day Memorial Ceremony. 11 a.m. Hero’s Overlook at the Augusta Riverwalk. November 10. Diamond Lakes Fall Bonanza. Browse, shop and enjoy a relaxing day at Diamond Lakes Community Center. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. 103 Diamond Lakes Way, Hephzibah. 706-772-2418 November 18. Tailgating With Virginia Willis. Formerly Martha Stewart’s kitchen director, Evans native and Southern Living contributing editor Virginia Willis will be demonstrating and sampling tailgating foods from her acclaimed cookbooks, Bon Appétit, Y’all and Basic to Brilliant, Y’all. 2 p.m. Savannah Rapids Pavilion. Free tickets are available at www.eventbrite.com, keyword Virginia Willis. 706-863-1946. November 17. Aquinas Feelin’ Groovy Silent/Live Auction. A ’60s/’70s themed event to benefit Aquinas High School. Contest for best costume. 6 p.m. Aquinas High School. 706-736-5516. www.aquinashigh.org. Museum and Science Events November 2. Native Americans in the Savannah River Valley. In celebration of Native American History Month the Southeastern Natural Sciences Academy and the Museum will be hosting a talk by Dr. Chester DePratter of the South Carolina Institute of Archaeology and Anthropology at the University of South Carolina. Free. 5-6:30 p.m. Call Clay Burckhalter at 706-828-2109 for more details. Augusta Museum of History, 706-722-8454. www. augustamuseum.org. November 9-10. Augusta and the Civil War Sesquicentennial Symposium Series. An educational

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event in partnership with Augusta Canal National Heritage Area, Augusta Civil War Roundtable, Augusta Museum of History, Center for the Study of Georgia History at Augusta State University, Historic Augusta, Inc., Lucy Craft Laney Museum of Black History and Morris Museum of Art. For tickets and more information, contact Augusta Canal National Heritage Area at 706-823-0440. Reed Creek Nature Park and Interpretive Center 3820 Park Lane, Martinez. 706-210-4027 or www.reedcreekpark.com. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Preregistration required. November 2. Cherokee Leaf Painting. Learn about the Native American craft of Cherokee Leaf Pounding. This craft transfers a leaf’s natural dyes to fabric by beating its chlorophyll directly into the cloth, then setting the color through a natural chemical reaction to avoid fading. For ages 5 and up. 4:30-5:30 p.m. November 9. Wilderness Survival. This is a fun program for those interested in back-country camping or anyone wanting tips in emergency survival skills. Learn about compass- and mapwork, what to bring when you go camping, as well as tips on making fires and shelters in the wilderness (without matches and a tent). Ages 8 thru 18. 4:30-5:30 p.m. November 17. Catch the Sun. An autumn leaf sun catcher adds some “warmth” as winter nears. Bring the little one to collect colorful leaves and make sun catchers for your windows at home. For ages 5 and up. 10-11:00 a.m. November 30. Full Moon Meander. See nature by the light of the moon with a walk through the wetlands after the sun has set. For ages 5 and up. 7:30-8:30 p.m. The Arts, Music and More November 1. Colin Grant-Adams. A tribute to Scotland in song and stories for the annual Kirking o’ the Tartans concert. 7:30 p.m. Covenant Presbyterian Church. 706-733-0513.

contributor to MAD magazine known for his advertising art, film posters, magazine covers and record albums. Mary S. Byrd Gallery of Art. ASU campus. 706-737-1444. November 1-December 11. Laura Neff Exhibit. Neff’s transfigured female forms convey angst, fear, hurt, beauty and confidence. Opening reception, Nov.16. 6-8 p.m. Creel-Harison Community Art Gallery. Gertrude Herbert Institute of Art. 706-722-5495. November 1-December 31. The Annual Doll Exhibition. A wonderful selection of dolls from various collections—old, new and from all nations as well as the Michelle Obama Collection. Lucy Craft Laney Museum of Black History. 706-724-3576. November 1 – December 31. The Annual Quilt Exhibition. African American quilting is as old as the history of America. This eclectic presentation features many different examples of quilting from the early 19th century until today. Lucy Craft Laney Museum of Black History. 706-724-3576. November 2. National Symphony Orchestra of Cuba With Pianist Nachito Herrera. The orchestra’s first U.S. tour and exclusive South Carolina performance. 8 p.m. Etherredge Center. USCAiken. 803-641-3305. November 3. The Three Musketeers. An evening of theater presented by the Westminster Improv Troupe. 7 p.m. Jabez Sanford Hardin Performing Arts Center. Evans. 706-731-5260, ext. 2301. November 3. Georgia Health Sciences Symphony Series: Passion’s Voice. New York Met and internationally acclaimed baritone Jeffery Wells performs with First Baptist Church of Augusta. 706-826-4705. November 3. Eryn Eubanks & the Family Fold 5th Annual Music Festival. Features regional and local musicians/singer-songwriters spanning the genres of bluegrass, country, Appalachian, gospel, folk and old-fashioned quartet singing. There also will be dance troupe performances, visual artists, crafters and vendors. Benefits Lynndale, Inc. 11 a.m.-6 p.m. The Kroc Center. 706-738-3395.

November 1-30. Jack Davis, American Cartoonist and Illustrator. Well-loved Atlanta artist and

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sert Concert. 7 p.m. Sacred Heart Cultural Center. 706-826-4700. November 8-December 28. Fall Into Art. Exhibit featuring various local artists. North Augusta Arts and Heritage Center. 803-441-4380. November 8. Veterans Concert With the Savannah River Winds. Benefiting the Wounded Warriors Fund. Submit names of veterans to be honored during the concert by visiting the North Augusta Cultural Arts Council Web site, www. naartscouncil.org. 7:30 p.m. Grace United Methodist Church. North Augusta. 803-279-4969. November 9-10, 16-17, 30, December 1. Harvey. Enjoy dinner and a performance of this classic story of Elwood P. Dowd and his imaginary friend, a six-and-a-half-foot-tall rabbit. Reservations required. Dinner, 7 p.m. Performance, 8 p.m. Fort Gordon Dinner Theatre. 706793-8552. November 11. An Evening at the Opera, With Shining New Stars. This benefit concert for the Jessye Norman School of the Arts features a wide range of music from Mozart to Gershwin. Jessye Norman will host the event. 5 p.m. ASU Maxwell Performing Arts Theatre. 706-394-1245. November 15, 16 & 17. Augusta Preparatory Day School presents Three Tables and Check Please. Call 706-863-1906 for tickets. November 16. Southern Soul & Song Concert Series: Steep Canyon Rangers. Bluegrass group known for its collaborations with comedian/banjo player Steve Martin. 7:30 p.m. Imperial Theatre. 706-722-8341. November 18. Concerts With a Cause: John Rutter’s Mass of the Children. Featuring the L.N. Gregg Memorial Benefit Concert Choir of Dalton, Ga., the Augusta Children’s Chorale, Lisa Gregg (soprano) and Ted Long (baritone). Benefits the Downtown Cooperative Church Ministries. 3 p.m. St. John United Methodist Church in Augusta. 706-724-9641. November 19-20. The Little Mermaid. University Theatre Playground Playhouse. Nov. 19, 9:30 a.m. and 7 p.m. Nov. 20, 11 a.m. Etherredge Center. USC-Aiken. 7 p.m. 803-641-3305.


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calendar November 20. 14th Annual KICKS 99 Guitar Pull. This year’s line-up includes Luke Bryan, Billy Currington, Brantley Gilbert, Little Big Town, Lee Brice and American Idol’s Lauren Alaina. Proceeds go to the Million Pennies for Kids Campaign, an organization that works with the United Way. 7:30 p.m. James Brown Arena. 706-722-3521. November 23-24, 30, December 1-2, 7-8. Miracle on 34th Street. The star of this endearing holiday story is Kris Kringle, a kind, older gentleman with an authentic white beard working as a Macy’s Santa...or is he the real Santa Claus? Nov. 23, 24, 30 and Dec. 1, 7, 8 at 8 p.m. Dec. 1-2 at 3 p.m. Interpreted for the hearing impaired Nov. 24 at 8 p.m. Aiken Community Playhouse. 803-648-1438. November 23-25. The Nutcracker. This classic ballet performed by Dance Augusta. November 23, 7 p.m. November 24, 1 and 5 p.m. November 25, 1 and 5 p.m. Imperial Theatre. 706-722-8341. www.imperialtheatre.com. November 25. Masterworks III. The Columbia County Orchestra presents Handel’s Messiah. 6-9 p.m. West Acres Baptist Church. Evans. 706-755-5849. November 29. Mannheim Steamroller Christmas by Chip Davis. Grammy Award winner Chip Davis directs and co-produces a spectacular show featuring the favorite Christmas music of Mannheim Steamroller along with state-of-the-art multimedia effects in an intimate setting. 7:30 p.m. Bell Auditorium. 1-877-4AUGTIX. November 29, 30 and December 1. It’s the Night Before Christmas. The Augusta West Dance Company will make the magic and miracle of Christmas come alive in dance in this annual production. School performances on November 29 & 30. Public performances 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. on December 1. Call 706-8600998 or e-mail augustawest@ymail. com for ticket information. November 29-30, December 1, 4,

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6-8, 11. Eli’s Bethlehem Inn. Dine with Eli and his family at their inn during the night of Jesus’s birth. The Enopion Theatre Company. 7 p.m. Dec. 1 and 8, 5 p.m. only. Kroc Center. 706-771-7777. November 30. The Nutcracker. With the Columbia County Ballet. 7 p.m. Imperial Theatre. www.columbiacountyballet.com. 706-860-1852. Morris Museum of Art 1 Tenth St. 706-724-7501 or www. themorris.org. November 1. What’s in the Box: Portraits of Plenty of People! Learn about portraits while viewing Portraits of Southern Artists by Jerry Siegel. Afterward, create a self-portrait with a surprise from the box. 10-11 a.m. November 1-December 2. Portraits of Southern Artists by Jerry Siegel. Organized in honor of the Morris’s 20th anniversary, this exhibition is composed of more than 30 photographic portraits of iconic Southern artists—Benny Andrews, Bill Dunlap and Lamar Dodd, among others—all of whom have work represented in the Morris Museum collection. November 1-January 10. Sweet Ride, 1908 Maxwell: Sculpture by Gary Russeth. Wooden car sculptures by the Harlem, Ga., artist. November 4. Artrageous! Family Sunday: Car Crazy! Check out some classic and antique cars from local clubs and collectors. Cruise into the museum to view Gary Russeth’s 1908 Maxwell sculpture and create your own painted model car. Noon-4 p.m. November 10–February 10. Reflections on Water in American Painting. Fifty paintings from the Arthur J. Phelan Collection that trace more than a century of America’s maritime and seaside history, from 1828 to 1945, and feature masterful renderings of sailboats, warships and waterside towns. November 11. Music at the Morris:


calendar Shaun Piazza. Enjoy a performance of bluegrass with a touch of rock by emerging singer and songwriter Shaun Piazza. 2 p.m. November 13-December 16. Jetsam: Artwork by Jay Jacobs. Opening reception Nov. 13, 6 p.m. First-floor gallery exhibition. November 17 & 18. Artist Workshops: Jay’s Flying Fish Cutouts. Create a fish assemblage inspired by Jay Jacobs’s artwork. Paint and decorate a wooden silhouette, leaving a unique finished work ready to hang. Registration by Nov. 12. Nov. 17, 1–5 p.m. for adults. Nov. 18, 1–5 p.m. for youth ages 7 and up. Musical Theatre Workshops 3817 Martinez Blvd., Suite D, Martinez. Contact Mickey Lubeck, director, at 706-2311759, musicaltheatredirector@gmail.com. www. onwiththeshow.biz. Ongoing. Multiple studios for classes in acting, voice and dance. Visit their Web site for current class offerings. Sports November 15. Caribbean Carnival Zumba Fitness Party. 2-4 p.m. at Liberty Park Community Center in Grovetown. Call or e-mail Gemma Varnado, Zumba Instructor, at 706-814-3408 or gemmav30@gmail. com for fee and other information. Augusta Riverhawks Home Game Schedule James Brown Arena 7:35 p.m. For tickets: 706-993-2645 November 2 and 29 vs. Fayetteville FireAntz November 3 and 24 vs. Knoxville Ice Bears November 15 and 16 vs. Pensacola Ice Flyers November 30 vs. Huntsville Havoc Augusta-Richmond County Recreation and Parks Department East Augusta: May Park, 622 4th St. 706-724-0505. South Augusta: Fleming Athletic Office, Daniel St. 706-796-5047. West Augusta: Eisenhower Athletic Office, 488 Eisenhower Dr. 706-821-2801. Through November 9. Youth Winter Athletic Registration. Leagues: Boys and girls bantam basketball for ages 6-8, pee wee basketball ages 9-10, midget basketball for ages 11-12, junior basketball for ages 13-14 and senior basketball for ages 15-17. CSRA Defensive Arts 803-221-0330 or csraDefensiveArts.com. Martial Arts Classes. Ages 8-adult. Goshinjitsu, Kindai Karate and Kobojutsu. Call for information.

The Family Y Financial assistance is available for all Family Y programs. Register at any branch or online at www.thefamilyy.org or call 706-922-9622. Through November 30. Family Y Swim Club Fall Session. Swim Club is a bridge between swim lessons and a swim team with specific training in endurance and stroke work for ages 6-18 years. Lessons are held in four-week sessions Tuesday, Thursday and Friday at the indoor pool at the Wilson Family Y. Through November 4. Youth Basketball and Cheerleading Registration. Aiken Family Y, Wilson Family Y. November 5-December 6. Swim Lessons Fall Session. Family Y of Downtown Augusta, the Wilson Family Y and the Family Y of Aiken County. Swim lessons for all ages and skill levels. Lessons are held in four-week sessions on Monday/Wednesday or Tuesday/Thursday. November 9. Freedom Friday at Family Y of Augusta South. It’s hard to find time for yourself when your spouse is overseas. Let your kids, ages 8 weeks to 12 years, have a fun evening at the Y from 6-9:30 p.m. Free for active duty military families. November 10 & 24. Parent’s Night Out. Marshall Family Y November 10 and 24. Family Y of North Augusta November 10. Ages 2-12 years from 6-9:30 p.m. November 17. Parent’s Night Out at Family Y of Aiken County. Ages 2-12 from 5:30-9 p.m. Discount for additional siblings. November 21 & 22. School Days Out. Grades K-5. Focus on character development through core values of caring, honesty, respect, responsibility and faith. Aiken Family Y, Family Y of North Augusta and Wilson Family Y. November 24. Parent’s Night Out for Children of Deployed Soldiers at Marshall Family Y. Ages 2-12 years from 6–9:30 p.m. Free for children of deployed soldiers. November 24. Parent’s Night Out at Wilson Family Y and Family Y of Augusta South. Enjoy a date night while your kids have fun at the Y from 6-9:30 p.m. The Salvation Army Kroc Center 1833 Broad Street, Augusta. www.krocaugusta.org. 706-364-KROC or info@krocaugusta.org.

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November 2. Kids Night Out. Parents, enjoy a night out by bringing your child, ages 2-12, to the Kroc Center. 6-10 p.m. and dinner is included. Activities may include swimming, gym play, inflatables and crafts. November 6, 12 and 19-21. Day Camps. When school is out your child, ages 5-12, can enjoy a day at the Kroc Center. Students will have the opportunity to play games, swim, do arts and crafts and more. 9 a.m.-3 p.m., with early drop-off and late pick-up available. Registration recommended. Call for fees. November 6. Lunch and Learn. Join Nutrition Coach Jena Harris for free nutrition education in the Kroc cafe and receive 10 percent off your lunch. Noon. November 8. Active Parenting a Teen. If you want a better relationship with your teenager and feel like things are out of control, come and learn new parenting skills and tools to gain back a solid relationship between you and your teenager. Call for fee. 6:30-7:30 p.m. November 13. Coupons at Drugstores. Learn the tricks and techniques to getting groceries, toiletries and drug store items cheap and even free by using coupons, rebates and sales. Learn the basics of why and how you should use coupons, tips for keeping organized and start stretching your budget today. Class is taught by Carol Gunger, columnist for The Augusta Chronicle. Free. 10 a.m. November 17. Free Water Safety Class. Open to all. 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Call for more information. November 28. Cooking Demonstration. A free class that will make your fall fresh and flavorful. How-to demonstration, delicious sampling and innovative recipes. Class size is limited so be sure to reserve your space early. 5:30-6:30 p.m. November 30. Movie Night. Enjoy a movie in the state-of-the-art theater. Free and open to the public. Seating is limited so reservations recommended. Refreshments available for purchase. Call for movie title. 6:30-9 p.m. FAMILY ACTIVITIES Aiken Home School Times Playgroup 803-648-7042 or fourmckeels@yahoo.com. Thursdays. This playgroup is open to all home schoolers. Meets at the O’Dell Weeks playground for unstructured play for the children and time with other home school parents for the adults. Noon. Augusta Jewish Community Center 898 Weinberger Way.

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calendar 706-228-3636 or log on at augustajcc.org. Ongoing. The Mothers Circle. Free course, resources, education and events for women of other backgrounds raising Jewish children. Call for details. Sign Up for Class! The AJCC offers a wide variety of classes for children of all ages and adults, including athletics, the arts, cooking, language and more. Log on to download a complete listing. Classical Conversations Visit classicalconversations.com or e-mail Terri at classicalaugusta@yahoo.com. A Classical Christian Community of home schoolers that meets once a week from August through April with the goal of training their children to know God and to make Him known in all areas of life. E-mail Terri for information. Monkey Joe’s 368 Furys Ferry Rd. 706-922-JUMP (5867). monkeyjoes.com. First Sunday of Each Month. Special Needs Night at Monkey Joe’s. This event is held the first Sunday of each month after general store hours to ensure a calm environment for special needs children and their parents. 6-7 p.m. North Augusta Homeschool Playgroup Meets Thursdays at various North Augusta parks for play. Field trips will also be scheduled. All homeschoolers are welcome. Call 803-613-0484 or email emilykohlbacher@hotmail.com. CHILDBIRTH, BREASTFEEDING AND PARENTING SUPPORT GROUPS AugustaAreaMommies Contact Jennifer Stanley at 706-855-0072 or phlegalesfan@att.net. A community for moms in the Augusta area offering support, friendship and fun as well as the opportunity to exchange information. The group, which is part of The Mommies Network, also provides discussion forums, an events calendar and more. Meeting are held online, at local parks, members homes (for monthly BUNCO) and on field trips. All mothers are welcome. Augusta Food Allergy Group Does your child have severe, potentially fatal food allergies. Would you like to get together with other parents who face the same challenges? This group meets the fourth Tuesday of each month in the Evans Government Center Auditorium, Building A, 630 Ronald Reagan Dr. Free and welcome to anyone dealing with food allergies. Meetings often include special guest speakers. 6 p.m. Contact Sheena Whitlock at swhitlock@augustafoodallergy.org or go to www.augustafoodallergy.org.

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Burn Survivors Support Group The Southeastern Firefighters Burn Foundation invites all burn survivors to attend this monthly support group. Meetings are held the fourth Wednesday each month at 2 p.m. at the Southeastern Firefighters Burn Foundation, 3614 J. Dewey Gray Circle, Building C. Call 800-650BURN or go to www.sfbd.net. Celiac Disease Support Group E-mail RoseforHealth@aol.com. Meets the third Tuesday of every month in Suite 120 of the Summerville Building, adjacent to Trinity Hospital of Augusta. Open to those with celiac disease, gluten intolerance or on a gluten-free diet. Discussions include information on celiac disease, do’s and don’ts of a gluten-free diet and more. 7-8:30 p.m. Common Bond Parent Support Group Geneice McCoy, organizer. 706-729-0012 or commonbond@comcast.net. For parents of children of all ages and diagnoses with challenging disabilities but remarkable perseverance and resilience. Meets the second Thursday of each month at 7 p.m. Call for location. Georgia Health Sciences Health System (formerly MCGHealth) Mom’s Connection This weekly support group for mothers meets each Tuesday at 1225 Walton Way in Room 101C. The group is for new moms and babies looking for support in the early stages of parenthood. Call 706-7218283 or go to georgiahealth.org. La Leche League This breastfeeding support group meets the second Tuesday of each month at 10 a.m. at the First Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church, 2204 Kimberly Dr. Evening meetings are held on the third Thursday of each month at 7 p.m. at Wesley United Methodist Church. Call 706-737-2405 or log on at lllusa.org/ web/AugustaGA.html. MOMS Club Visit momsclubaugusta.org. Ever feel like you’re the only mother who stays home? You are not alone! Come meet other athome mothers at the MOMS Club, an international nonprofit organization. MOMS Club of Grovetown www.momsclubofgrovetown.weebly.com Momsclubofgrovetown@gmail.com Members come from Grovetown, Harlem and the communities of Fort Gordon. The group is not affiliated with any parenting style, religion, or ethnic group. MOMS Club is open to and accepting of any and all moms who are at-home with their children.


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calendar Mothers of Advanced Maternal Age (Mama’s) Did you have a child at age 35 or older? Are you expecting? This group of “older” moms welcomes you for meetings, support and play dates. Disabled children welcome. Contact Ami McKenzie at 706-3645245 or hoopnhollar2@yahoo.com or go to http:// groups.yahoo.com/group/MaMasInAugusta/. Mothers of Preschoolers (MOPS) A nondenominational Christian group for mothers of preschool-aged children. Childcare provided. Meets the first and third Tuesday of each month from 10 a.m.-noon at First Presbyterian Church of Augusta, 642 Telfair Street. Call Amy Toney at 803-341-1904 or go to www.firstpresaugusta.org/MOPS. The Aiken Charter group of MOPS meets the Second Tuesday of each month for moms to learn, share, support each other and socialize. Meetings are held in the South Aiken Presbyterian Church fellowship hall, 1711 Whiskey Rd. Free childcare and dinner for those attending, reservations required. You do not need to be a member of South Aiken Presbyterian to attend. Check out MOPS Aiken on Facebook, contact Jennie Beat at 803-640-4742 or e-mail mopsaiken@gmail.com for more information or to register for childcare. Neighbor To Family 801 Greene St., Augusta. Call Kimberly Lee-Branch, coordinator of Licensing, Recruitment and Training at 706-396-2180, ext. 107. The goal of this organization is to revolutionize foster care by keeping siblings together while building healthier families.

who have been sexually abused. Groups will be held the second Tuesday of each month. Call 706-7374631 for information and location. This group is not appropriate for sex offenders. Peaceful Parenting Augusta This unofficial Attachment Parenting support group is for families who believe in parenting gently and building children’s spirits, minds and bodies through nurturing, attentive and practical approaches. Join their Yahoo! group at Peaceful_Parenting_Augusta or e-mail Jen at theotherbradford@yahoo.com. HOSPITAL PROGRAMS Doctors Hospital Call 706-651-BABY (2229) or go to doctors-hospital. net for registration and class location. Pre-registration required for most programs. November 8. Breastfeeding. Getting started, latching on and positioning are discussed for a smooth start to breastfeeding. 6-7:30 p.m. November 10 & 11. Short and Sweet. A weekend childbirth class covering the process of labor and delivery, comfort techniques and childbirth, medication/epidurals and relaxation and breathing techniques. 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. on the 6th, 1-5 p.m. on the 7th. November 13. Pickles and Ice Cream. This class is great for the first-time mom, but recommended for all. Nutrition, exercise, fetal development and body changes are discussed. 7-9:30 p.m.

Parent Support Group The Child Advocacy Center, a program of Child Enrichment Inc., a nonprofit organization serving victims of sexual abuse in our community, is offering a support group for parents and caregivers of children

November 20 & 27. Showing and Glowing. A twosession class to be taken during mid-pregnancy that dispels myths of pregnancy and childbirth. Intended to be take with Ready & Able. 7-9:30 p.m.

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November 28, December 11 & 18. Ready and Able. This three-session class is recommended for late pregnancy. Topics include childbirth process, comfort techniques, medications/epidurals, relaxation and breathing techniques. Intended to be taken with Showing and Glowing. 7-9:30 p.m. November 29. Baby 101. This class will discuss infant development and offer guidance on care for your new bundle of joy. Topics include normal newborn appearance and behavior, bathing, crying, diapering, swaddling and feeding. 7-9:30 p.m. Georgia Health Sciences Health System Register online at georgiahealth.org. Ongoing. Volunteers Needed. Georgia Health Sciences University and Health System is in need of volunteers. The GHSU Volunteer Services adult program is open to anyone age 18 or older. Call 706721-3596 or go to georgiahealth.org/volunteer for more information. Ongoing. Support Group for Families Who Have Lost a Baby During Pregnancy, Childbirth or Early Infancy. Call 706-721-8299 or visit their Web site. November 1. Safe Kids East Central Presents Cribs for Kids. Learn how to provide a safe sleep environment for your child. Families who demonstrate a financial need will receive a portable crib, fitted sheet, sleep sac and pacifier for a small fee. 5:45-8 p.m. Building 1010C, 1225 Walton Way. Call Rene Hopkins, RN, at 706-721-7606. November 2. Safe Kids East Central Safety Seat Inspection. Four out of five car seats are used incorrectly. Schedule an appointment to make sure yours is installed properly by calling Rene Hopkins, RN, at 706-721-7606. Building 1010C, 1225 Walton Way.


calendar November 6. Autism Spectrum Disorder Support and Resource Group (The “A-Team”). Provides support for families, caregivers and friends of children with autism spectrum disorders including autism, Asperger’s and PDD NOS. 6-7 p.m. Georgia Health Sciences Children’s Medical Center, First Floor, Family Resource Library, Room 1801. Call Family Services Development at 706-721-5160 or e-mail ddrakele@georgiahealth. edu for more information. November 8 & 28. Car Seat Class. Car seat safety, education and training. Financial assistance is available to Medicaid and Peach Care-eligible families. MCGHealth Building 1010C, 1225 Walton Way. Call 706-721-7606 to register. 5:45-8 p.m. November 10. Safe Sitter Program. This nationally recognized, award-winning curriculum teaches 11-13-year-olds how to handle emergencies while caring for younger children. During the course, instructors provide students with hands-on practice in basic techniques so they are prepared to act in a crisis. Call 706-721-7606 to register.

November 15. Childbirth Education 101. Learn about the signs and symptoms of labor as well as labor and delivery. 6-8:30 p.m. November 17. Childcare and Babysitting Safety. Curriculum plan designed by the American Safety and Health Institute. Emphasizes safety and wellbeing of the children in one’s care. Ages 11-14. 9 a.m.3 p.m. Lunch included. November 29. Infant CPR. Learn how to respond in an emergency situation using infant mannequins and a simple step-by-step method. 6-8 p.m. University Health Care System Call 706-774-2825 or logon at www.universityhealth. org/calendar for information. Registration is required for most programs. Young Women with Breast Cancer. Meets the third Friday each month. A support group for women in their 20s through 30s dealing with breast cancer. 12:20 p.m. at the University Hospital Breast Health Center, Professional Center 2, Suite 205, 818 St. Sebastian Way.

Ongoing. Safe Kids East Central Child Safety Seat Inspections. By appointment at the following locations: Safe Kids Office, Building 1010C, 1225 Walton Way—contact Rene Hopkins at 706-721-7606. Martinez Columbia Fire Rescue, Engine Company 3—contact Jamie Champion at 706-860-7763.

November 2 & 3 or November 16 & 17. Weekender Childbirth Preparation Class. A complete childbirth preparation class designed for those with time constraints or fluctuating schedules. Friday from 6:309:30 p.m. and Saturday from 9 a.m.-5:30 p.m.

Ongoing. Safe Kids East Central Car Seat Classes. By appointment at the following locations: Sake Kids Office, Building 1010C, 1225 Walton Way or Martinez Columbia Fire Rescue Headquarters. Contact Rene Hopkins, Safe Kids Coordinator, at 706-721-7606.

November 6-27 (Tuesdays), November 26-December 17 (Mondays) or November 28-December 19 (Wednesdays). Childbirth Preparation. This series is designed to inform and prepare all expectant parents regardless of birth plans. Class topics include various stages of labor, breathing and relaxation and how to care for yourself and your new baby.

Trinity Hospital of Augusta Call Women’s Health Services at 706-481-7727 or visit trinityofaugusta.com for information and registration. November 3. Saturday Express Lamaze Childbirth Education. Helps mother and support person understand the final stages of pregnancy as well as labor and the birth of your baby. Covers natural and medicated deliveries, Lamaze coping techniques and more. 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. November 6. On Being a Girl. This class is designed for girls ages 9-12 accompanied by their mother, a female relative or friend. Discussion is focused on physical and emotional changes of puberty. 6-9 p.m. November 10. Baby Care Basics and Breastfeeding. Two popular classes offered together. 9 a.m.-noon.

the need arise? This class provides an opportunity to learn and practice infant CPR on mannequins and learn other aspects of infant safety. Space is limited, so early registration is suggested. 7-8:30 p.m. LIBRARY EVENTS Augusta Headquarters Library 823 Telfair St. 706-821-2600. November 6, 13, 20 & 27. Children’s Programs. Preschool story times. Registration required. 10 a.m. November 11. Sunday Spades. Bring your cards for an afternoon of fun with challenging spade tournaments. House rules. Ages 18 and up. 2-5 p.m. Registration required by calling 706-8212604. November 13 & 14. Crochet That Winter Scarf. You can get it done in two days. All skill levels welcomed. 10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. November 14. Computer Class: Digital Camera Basics. Learn how to use your digital camera in time for some great holiday photos. Learn to download and copy to a CD and how to upload for friends to view your photos online. Bring you camera, all cables and manual, if available. 10 a.m.-noon. November 16. Family Game Night. Come for an evening of board games with family and friends. Pizza and drinks provided. 5:30-9 p.m. November 17. Genealogy: Walking Tour of Downtown. With Historic Augusta’s Erik Montgomery. 10:30 a.m. November 17. Author Visit: Ruth Watson. Author of Blackberry Days of Summer. 2-4 p.m.

November 8. Lung Cancer and Lung Disease: Understanding Your Risk and New Approaches To Early Detection. Presented by A. Lynne Brannen, M.D., of Augusta Lung Associates. Free Pulmonary Function Testing and Alpha-1 Antitrypsin Deficiency (provided by Baxter) testing from 5-6 p.m. Light refreshments and speaker from 6-7:30 p.m. University Hospital Cafeteria Dining Rooms 4, 5, & 6. In recognition of the Great American Smokeout, all smokers who sign a “Commit to Quit” contract at the event will receive a free gift. Reservations required. Call 706-828-2505 or 866-591-2502.

November 18. Sunday Scrabble. 2-5 p.m.

November 15. Breastfeeding Class. 7-9 p.m. at Babies R Us, 4225 Washington Rd., Evans. November 15. Introduction to Infant CPR. Do you worry about knowing how to revive your baby should

Children’s Programs November 3. Chess Club. 2 p.m. November 16. Game Night. Come play board games such as Scrabble, UNO, Candy Land and more. 5:30-9 p.m.

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November 27. Talk the Talk Book Club. To Dance with the White Dog by Terry Kay. 6:30 p.m. Totally Nonstop Toddler Time Ages 0-24 months. 10 a.m. Parent and caregivers are invited to participate in this lap-sit program of songs, nursery rhymes, lap games, music and stories. November 7. Fruits & Vegetables. November 14. Sweets. November 28. Weather.


calendar November 17. Movie. Charlie Brown’s Thanksgiving Stories. 2 p.m. November 24. Afternoon Matinee: Brave. 2 p.m. YA@AL http://www.ecgrl.org/teens/ Ages 11-17. November 7, 14 & 28. Study Hall. YA Room on the 2nd floor. Receive assistance with papers and projects from library staff. Print material as well as online services like Galileo can provide sources that give a much more comprehensive view of your assigned subject. Study Hall will show how to use these resources to your best advantage. 3-5 p.m. November 19. School’s Out in the Library. While school is out in Richmond County, young adults can enjoy a surprise activity that will delight all in attendance. 1 p.m. November 20. Healthy Eating During the Holidays for Teens. During American Diabetes Month, learn how to help curb the diabetes epidemic among young people. A local chef will discuss and demonstrate how being mindful of our eating habits might help you avoid the condition. Sample some quick and easy recipes chosen specifically for the teen palate. 4 p.m. November 30. After-Hours Scavenger Hunt. Win prizes for finding hidden objects in the library using a clue sheet. Snack supper served. All participants must be in the building before closing at 5:30 p.m. 5:30-7:30 p.m.

Children’s Events Registration required call 706-447-7657. November 14. Kids Class: Jewelry 101. Ages 8-11 Light refreshments and the basics of jewelry making. 1 p.m. November 15. 2nd Annual Harry Potter Potluck Thanksgiving. Ages 6-11. Dress up as your favorite character and bring a dish out of the Unofficial Harry Potter Cookbook. 5 p.m. November 2. Gadgets for the Holidays. Can’t decide what to get someone for the holidays? Learn about the latest and greatest gadgets and electronics available just in time for the holidays. 12:30– 3:30 p.m. November 2. Internet Shopping. Learn how to shop and be internet savvy online. Also discuss security issues as they relate to online shopping. 12:30-3:30 p.m. Teen Activities Free and open to grades 6-12. Registration required by 5 p.m. the business day prior to the event. November 6. Manga Club. These are not structured drawing classes. It is a common interest club to discuss, doodle, draw and watch anime and Manga. 4-5 p.m. November 6. Digital Photography. Get to know your digital camera and take some pictures while you’re at it. 5-6 p.m.

Appleby Branch 2260 Walton Way. 706-736-6244.

November 15. Brown Bag Book Discussion. Stealing Mona Lisa by Carson Morton. 11:30 a.m.

Story Times Wednesdays. 10:05-10:20 a.m., ages 18-35 months (adult must stay with child). 10:30-11:15 a.m. age 3 and up. Groups must register.

November 19. Monday Night Book Discussion. Turn of Mind by Alice LaPlante. 6:30 p.m.

November 15. Craft Workshop: Gobble Gobble! Bring glue, crayons or markers. Registration begins November 1. 11 a.m.

Diamond Lakes Library Diamond Lakes Regional Park. 706-772-2432. Registration required for groups of six or more. Story Times. Tuesdays at 10 a.m. Best for ages 2-5.

November 17. Book Sale. 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Columbia County Library 7022 Evans Towne Center Blvd. 706-863-1946. Registration is required for all programs. Story Times Tuesday. Under 2. 10:15-11 a.m. Monday, Wednesday & Thursday. 2-year-olds. 10:15 a.m. Monday, Wednesday & Thursday. 3-5-year-olds. 11 a.m. Wednesday. Family (all ages). 4 p.m.

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November 7. Let’s Talk: Self Esteem. This free seminar for women is led by Tara Tanksley Stallings, a certified life coach. Seating is limited and registration is required. 6 p.m.

November 19. Wii Triathlon for Teens. Three Wii sports games. Top finishers win prizes. Registration required by calling 706-772-2432. Ages 12-17 may participate, but all ages invited to watch and cheer on a favorite competitor. 2 p.m. November 20. Wii Triathlon for Kids. Three Wii sports games. Top finishers win prizes. Ages 8-11 may participate, but all ages are invited to watch and cheer on their favorite competitor. Registration required by calling 706-772-2432. 2 p.m. Friedman Branch 1447 Jackson Rd. 706-736-6758. November 10. Workshop: Tips for Successful Resume Writing and Interviews. Job hunting? Learn strategies to market yourself better, strengthen your resume writing skills, and gain helpful tips on successful interviews with this free workshop lead by Jackie Brown of Projections Resume Writing Service. Registration is suggested, but not required. November 12. Recipe Exchange. Spruce up your recipe offerings for the holidays. Bring one copy of each of the recipes you would like to share to be copied for the whole group. Share cookbook and cooking Web site info with each other, too! Registration is suggested, but not required. 6:30 p.m. November 20. School’s Out Movie Matinee. Free family movie, title TBA. Snacks are welcome in the meeting room “theater” only. 2:30 p.m. Maxwell Branch Library 1927 Lumpkin Rd. 706-793-2020 Story Time at Maxwell. Wednesdays. 10 a.m. Space is limited so all groups must pre-register. If you preregister and if you are unable to attend, please call in advance, so that another group may be admitted. 10 a.m. November 15. Maxwell Morning Book Club. Betty White’s If You Ask Me (And of Course, You Won’t). 10 a.m. Wallace Branch Library 1237 Laney-Walker Blvd. 706-722-6275.

November 9. Diamond Lakes Puppet Players. Tales about turkeys and Thanksgiving Day. Best for ages 2-5. Limited seating and registration required by calling 706-772-2432.

Story Times November 14. Lucy Craft Laney Museum. 10 a.m. November 21. Eileen McCoy from the Main Library. 10 a.m. November 20. Movie: Puss In Boots (PG). 2 p.m.

November 12. School’s Out Movie. Call the branch for the title. Free. No registration required. Snacks are provided or bring your own. 2 p.m.

Submit calendar entries to Karin Calloway at karin. calloway@augustafamily.com or enter your event online at www.augustafamily.com.

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Winter Health


Talkin’ About My Generation

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

by Grace Belangia photos by John Harpring

Stephanie English, 28, lives in West Augusta with her son, Leland McCook, and a Yorkshire Terrier named Georgia. She works as a stylist at D.J. & Company.

Likes To: Spend time with my son, doing the things that make his little heart the happiest. Friends Say She’s: Caring. Favorite Thanksgiving Food: Turkey. Favorite Thing About the Holiday Season: Spending time with family.

Spencer Carlson,

42, is the food and beverage director for the Pinnacle Club. He and his wife, Heather, have two children, Brooklyn, 11, and Cooper, 9, and two boxers named Zoei and Blanche. Likes To: Wake up my kids at midnight on their birthday, even though they might not remember. Favorite Thanksgiving Food: Sweet potato soufflé. Favorite Indulgence: Salt-water fishing.

Is Inspired By: My mom inspires me to strive for the stars.

Favorite Place To Be: At one of our kids’ soccer games.

Words She Live By: I wanna live like there’s no tomorrow, love like I’m on borrowed time—it’s good to be alive.

Words He Lives By: Stress is nothing more than fear and anger.

Can’t Live Without: My son is my heart and soul...and hairspray—lol!

Finds Inspiration: In my kids. I’m constantly amazed by their insatiable desire for knowledge and discovery.

Message in a Bottle: One day my prince will come.

Friends Say He’s: Lucky.

Favorite Indulgence: Chocolate. 46 •• Augusta Family | Month Year 46 Augusta Family | November 2012

Message in a Bottle: We’re gonna need a bigger boat. www.augustafamily.com www.augustafamily.com

Tessa Delaney Bower,

8, is the daughter of Jimmy and Beth Bower. She lives in Evans with her sister Brynn, 11, and brother Charlie, 5. Likes To: Run and play outside with my “big” little brother. Friends Say She’s: Cheerful. Favorite Thanksgiving Food: Mashed potatoes. Favorite Place To Be: Disney World. We go every year. I love the rollercoasters. Admires the Most: My teachers. All of my teachers really care about me. First they are my teachers and then they are my friends. Favorite Indulgence: French fries, Goldfish and Chick-Fil-A. Words She Lives By: Everyone smiles in the same language. Finds Inspiration: In music. Dancing and singing always make me happy. We love having dance parties at my house.



Augusta Family Magazine November 2012