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COUNTING OUR BLESSINGS THE NITTY-GRITTY OF HOLIDAY DEALS augustafamily.com

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Aimee Serafin

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Kim Beavers, MS, RD, CDE Meredith Flory Paige Tucker Dr. Dana Harris Cammie Jones Dustin Turner Dr. Ron Eaker

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Counting Our Blessings and Affirming the Goodness in Life

The Nitty-Gritty of Holiday Deals

Mom to Mom

Ask the Doctor —Dr. J. Ron Eaker

A Heart of Gratitude

—Dr. Dana Harris

—Dustin Turner

—Paige Tucker

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Obesity is the New Smoking

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NOVEMBER 2019

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Annual TOY GUIDE

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Editor’s Page

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News & Notes

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Calendar

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Talkin’ About My Generation —Aimee Serafin

Eating Well With Kim

Smart Mom’s Guide

—Kim Beavers, MS, RD, LD, CDE

Five Ways Children Can Show Gratitude Every Day —Cammie Jones

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Sip, Savor & Celebrate!

Raising Readers

Podcast with Family (part 2)

Inspiration Station

—Meredith Flory

North Augusta’s Living History Park—Meredith Flory

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editor’s notes A H Arv e s t of Wri t i ng by Ai mee Seraf i n

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his month, our writers have shared fresh thoughts on November’s traditional themes. Cammie’s Smart Mom’s Guide advises kids of all ages to practice the art of thankfulness. From gratitude jars to simple notecards of thanks, there are lots of creative ways to engage our kids in the theme of the season. Dr. Dana Harris reminds us that expressing our gratitude to others in thoughtful ways has important scientific and mental health effects. Paige’s column is an appreciative reflection of memories from last year’s New York Macy’s Parade. In addition to the insider resource of Augusta Family’s toy guide, Dustin has provided practical ways to approach holiday shopping. He informs the Augusta Family reader with a breakdown of Black Friday and Cyber Monday comparisons. Don’t miss the local poetry piece from Davidson Fine Art’s student Brooke Nelson, as well as part two of Meredith Flory’s family podcasts section. And I did a little research on a few words sure to surround this month’s Day of Thanks. Here is what I learned: Thanksgiving: The word thanksgiving dates back to the 1530s and is formed by combining the noun ‘thanks’ — taken from the Old English ‘þanc’ — meaning ‘grateful thought’, and the present participle of the verb ‘give’. This is from the Old English ‘giefan’ meaning ‘to bestow or grant’. Cranberries: Around the 1640s, American English adapted the term from the German

kraanbere. It is believed that the fruit was so named because the stamens of cranberry plants resembled the beak of a crane, or kraan. Pumpkin Pie: The name pumpkin originated from the Greek word for “large melon” which is “pepon.” “Pepon” was changed by the French into “pompon.” The English termed it “pumpion” or “pompion.” By the 1670s, recipes for a sort of “pumpion pie” were appearing in high society and long-titled British cookbooks.

Happy Day of þanc!

Aimee Serafin aimee.serafin@augustafamily.com

Sources:macmillandictionaryblog.com, bkacontect.com, whatscookingamerica.net.

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A Heart of Gratitude

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t’s no coincidence to me that you cannot spell gratitude without (most letters of!) attitude. For many of us, thankfulness and gratefulness play such an integral role in the way we feel and the way we act. There’s an abundance of gratitude quotes online. I think that shows we want to be grateful… to show our gratefulness. We know deep down it affects everything. If I’m having a tough day or getting bogged down in the stresses of everyday life, I try to step back and make a mental list of things for which I’m thankful. Make no mistake, I’m nowhere close to perfect at this. Sometimes, I’ll go days before I remember the small but mighty gratitude exercise. But man is it helpful. When you feel like everything is upside down, acknowledging all that is right is a great way to turn things around. I get super specific, too, with that mental list and in my prayers, because honestly, the little things that are the big things are what’s most important. “We often take for granted the very things that most deserve our gratitude.” -- Cynthia Ozick Clean water, a roof over our heads, the ability to walk and run and play, my family’s health, our freedom… just a few examples of things that are easy to take for granted. A couple of sentiments come to mind. Do you know the idea of “What if you woke up tomorrow with only the things you are grateful for today?” As a mom, this one hits home: “Someday you’ll miss today.” I adore having a little person in my house, so I’m a little overboard in mourning how quickly Julia Reynolds is growing up and the changing of seasons –> the preschool days to big girl school. Sure, the days can be long, especially when they’re toddlers, but I know how much I’ll miss this time of life and that’s why I try to savor it all. It’s also why on those hard days I’ve tried to remind myself how fleeting childhood is. We have to appreciate the good times during this season of Thanksgiving and remember it throughout the year. We were so fortunate last Thanksgiving to go on a family trip to New York City. It’s an electric time in the city. Seeing the larger than life Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade I’d grown up watching on TV through the eyes of our then 4-year-old was nothing short of magical. Julia Reynolds is ruined for life… the annual parade broadcast will always be second rate for her! I’m so thankful for the special memories we made on that trip. We took her to the Statue of Liberty after she’d learned about Lady Liberty at school. The incomparable FAO Schwarz had just reopened, and it was so fun to return as an adult with a very excited little girl! We got caught in a sudden snow shower leaving the parade staging ground where all the big balloons were being inflated. As a lover of musical theatre, it was a thrill to see her watch Elsa and Anna come to life on stage in “Frozen.” This Thanksgiving may be a little quieter, but I’m no less thankful. I’ll be counting my blessings for the people and love around me and striving for a spirit of joy through a heart of gratitude. Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours! After twelve years in local news, most recently as evening anchor of NBC 26, Paige Tucker is now a work-at-home mom and freelance journalist. She produces two series for NBC 26 TV, First Responders and 26 Women Today, and you can see those stories on Tuesday nights. Paige and her husband have one daughter, Julia Reynolds, who is five years old.

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App-Tastic!

my art By Brooke Nelson

T h a n k s g i v i n g Day B o o s T e r s – Fa m i ly g a m e a pp s Here is a list of several suggested apps that rank best in family entertainment for reviving the crowd after the big feast. (Check app websites for pricing and platform availability).

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smule – the free karaoke app with a

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huge catalog of pop hits and favorite

of Heads Up! But this game is about

songs.

fooling your friends– think electronic

pictionary– available for both iPhone

Balderdash. Great for families with teens.

and Android, this classic drawing game can be played solo or with others. 3.

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Players are tasked with giving instructions to a single player (in a separate

on this free IOS app.

old, shouting eagerly around the table. 5.

spaceteam– a fun game of controlling… others! Spaceteam is a party game where a group of players shouts directions at the player who has control of the spaceship. Rowdiness required.

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room with a ticking bomb) on how to

heads up– Ellen DeGeneres’ game creation that still has folks, young and

Trivia Crack kingdoms– easy to use with a simple platform, TCK lets you test your knowledge and compete against others to find out who is the smartest of the group.

keep Talking and nobody explodes–

A whisper as the collective breathing shatters the silence. And chills as the first sigh of heavenly sound resolves all violence.

is a tense game about bomb diffusion.

reverse Charades– there are timed rounds and premium cards available

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psych!– is made by the same folks

Silence as my vision focuses on one face. Heart pounding as I grasp the hands in my space.

diffuse the bomb. 9.

happy snap– mini-missions inspire kids to investigate their surroundings.

10. Catan– based on the concept of civilization, players are involved in creating their own successful communities. Mining, forging, war and cultivation strategies earn players points and other resources. 11. hidden objects– play private detective on your phone as you search for clues and hidden objects to collect evidence and solve the case.

“It took me three weeks to stuff the turkey. I stuffed it through the beak.” – Phyllis Diller

One sweeping motion, and a robust bass rattles my bones. One vigorous look, and into one sequence my mind hones. The indescribable feeling as forty dynamic minds turn into one. With emotions that emanate from each individual and converge into a bursting canvas of color as bright as the sun. Sounds so powerful that tears flow out from deep within my soul. And afterwards, I leave with the beautiful feeling of being whole.

Brooke Nelson, a senior at Davidson Fine Arts Magnet School, is a member of the school’s talented chorale. Her poem is an observation of her passion while singing with the group.

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news&notes LOCAL EATS

Native Augustan, Colleen Hall, spent 25 years as a radiation therapist with MCG before opening her pie eatery two years ago in August. “I always liked to bake,” she reflected “but I started out making breads mostly for the Augusta Market downtown.” From there she introduced her baked loaves to Columbia County’s Evans Market, and her culinary interests broadened to sweet pies which landed her at the current Verandah Drive location. Nowadays her farmhouse-style drop-in bake shop includes savory pies, cinnamon rolls and a rich Buona Caffe coffee made uniquely for the Pie Hole customers. Colleen’s pride shows up in the homemade rustic pie crusts made from freshly milled wheat, which are preservativefree. The first time I tried the house-favorite Apple Crumb pie at a local neighborhood gathering, I went back to get seconds only to see the pie had not survived the circling onlookers. Another bestseller, according to the owner, is the peanut butter pie which has soft mounds of fluffy peanut butter filling. Colleen enjoys being flexible with her daily menus and encourages clients to mention their favorite pie recommendations— she bakes to please. Among this year’s seasonal pick-up orders are traditional pumpkin, sweet potato praline, pumpkin spice, southern pecan,

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THE PIE HOLE, AUGUSTA

apple crumb, traditional apple, and derby pies. Customers can place requests online, by phone or in person. The Thanksgiving selections start November 1st and end the 21st; there will be 3 scheduled pickup times. Colleen still makes bread and sells banana, pumpkin, apple and cinnamon-raisin mini-loaves from her counter. Another great purchase to keep in mind while perusing the Pie Hole chalkboard menu is the hand-lettered signs on display in the store. The decorative signs, crafted by Cottage 4610, are the “real deal” salvaged pieces of wood from old farms. They are designed and lettered completely by hand. Cottage 4610 takes orders for personalized text, colors and has a variety of one-of-a-kind farmhouse pieces. Make sure you drop by the Pie Hole for Thanksgiving— you’re sure to find something your guests will thank you for!

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SAFE KIDS FAST FACTS HIDDEN DANGER: BUTTON BATTERY SAFETY TIPS “Every 3 hours there is a child in the ER somewhere in this country for a battery-related emergency issue and it can be deadly”, said Renée McCabe, Injury Prevention and SafeKids Program Manager at the Children’s Hospital of Georgia. Share this life-saving information with caregivers, friends, family members and sitters. It only takes a minute and it could save a life.

LEARN THE FACTS ABOUT BUTTON BATTERIES 1. When a child swallows a button battery, the saliva triggers an electrical current. This causes a chemical reaction that can severely burn the esophagus in as little as two hours. 2. The scary part is that it may not be obvious at first that there is something wrong since kids can still breathe and act normally after ingesting a battery. Although, it may

appear like your child has a cold or flu. 3. Repairing the damage from battery ingestion is painful and often involves multiple surgeries. Even after a battery is removed, kids can experience terrible side effects to their vocal chords and windpipe. KEEP BUTTON BATTERIES OUT OF REACH 1. Search your home, and any place your child goes, for gadgets that may contain coin-sized lithium batteries. 2. Keep coin lithium battery-controlled devices out of sight and reach of children. These include remote controls, singing greeting cards, digital scales, watches, hearing aids, thermometers, toys, calculators, key fobs, flameless or tea light candles, flashing holiday jewelry or decorations that contain button batteries. For remote controls, you can place a piece of duct tape over the controller to secure the battery compartment. 3. Keep loose batteries locked away.

GET TREATMENT RIGHT AWAY 1. If you suspect your child has ingested a battery, go to the hospital immediately. Don’t induce vomiting or have your child eat or drink anything until assessed by a medical professional. 2. The symptoms may be tricky to recognize (they include coughing, drooling and discomfort), so if you have even the smallest indication, don’t take any chances. Go to the emergency room right away. 3. Keep the National Battery Ingestion Hotline (800-4988666) handy on your phone, and call for additional treatment information.

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ask the doctor J. Ron Eaker, M .D.

Obesity is the New Smoking

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he wasn’t supposed to have a heart attack. I mean, she was only 42, but the EKG didn’t leave anything to the imagination. There it was, clear as day, an elevation in the ST segment (a STEMI in doctor jargon) and a classic sign of a heart attack. She didn’t need this right now especially with the new job and all. Even though Carol was not the classic heart attack victim— a relatively young female with normal blood pressure— she was 35 pounds overweight, had increased inflammatory markers and a lousy family history. She was a perfect representative of the new wave of cardiac patients that are reducing the lifespan of US citizens for the first time... ever. One of the big culprits is excess body fat. A whopping 74% of adults over 20 are either overweight or obese. Excess fat is a precursor for a variety of problems including type 2 diabetes, hypertension, cancer and senile dementia. Obesity is the new smoking when it comes to public health issues. The successful anti-smoking campaigns of the 70s and 80s reduced this form of slow suicide fairly successfully, and there was a corresponding drop in deaths due to cardiovascular disease. However, along with the rise of obesity and weight issues, the likelihood of heart attacks and strokes increased, even to the point of offsetting deaths from cancers and other maladies. The most frightening statistic of the increase in heart disease is evident in younger folks, mostly women. Elevated body fat creates several scenarios that lead slowly to heart problems. Elevated blood sugars and increased inflammation set up a process that ultimately results in blocked arteries and disease. This doesn’t happen overnight. Carol didn’t just wake up one morning and have a heart attack. The process had been building for years. With 45% of children being overweight, and 70% of overweight kids becoming obese adults, it’s easy to track why younger and younger people are experiencing problems. The damage begins early. The good news is that if the weight issue is addressed early, less damage is done. This is truly a case of “it’s never too late”: Studies indicate that losing body fat in addition to adopting a healthy lifestyle of exercise, smoking cessation and good eating can reverse damaged vessels. So why is losing weight so hard? Because in many

instances, it’s not so much about the weight but more about everything surrounding the weight. By that I mean your stress level, how well you sleep, your home environment, social interactions and stories you tell yourself about who you are. Of course, nutrition and activity level are important, but weight control is much more complicated than simply calories in versus calories out. The so-called energy equation method of weight control has some merit; however, it is only a fraction of what constitutes achieving a healthy BMI. So what is a person to do? Michael Jordan, even at the height of his basketball superiority, had a coach. He knew a fundamental principle about human nature: we have a hard time seeing ourselves objectively. So it is with weight loss. A trusted coach can be the key ingredient in any program and the difference between success and frustration. It is no secret that if you want to lose weight and keep it off, working with a knowledgeable and caring motivator will greatly increase your likelihood of success. There are several very qualified personal trainers, nutritionists, physicians and health coaches who can guide you on this journey. Do your homework. Find someone you connect with who has expertise and training. Most of these folks can understand the importance of individualization in designing a weight management program specifically for you. One way to assess the quality and integrity of weight loss is to see if it allows for individual variation. A winning coach or system will always be flexible enough to mold the program to you– not you to the program. Reducing body fat is undoubtedly one of the best things you can do for your health. Excess body fat is not a moral lapse, being lazy, a lack of willpower or any other absurd accusation. It is a chronic, interdependent, complex association of many factors that requires commitment, knowledge, and often guidance to address. It’s time to stop all the shaming, quick fixes, and snake oil and start recognizing excess fat like any other medical condition.

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

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eating well with kim

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K i m Be avers

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eating well with kim

Sip, Savor & Celebrate!

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ealthy holiday eating is a frequent topic this time of year. It comes up time and time again (every year to be exact!). I often wonder if people really want me to tell them what not to eat during this festive season of the year? Turns out, there is quite an interest in healthy holiday eating and for that, we should celebrate! Healthy eating is important all year long but it is more challenging during times when we gather together to eat, drink and be merry. Here are three of my favorite holiday strategies. Sip mindfully: • Alcohol is 75-350 calories (per serving) depending on what you are sipping. • Try sparkling water + lime wedges and pomegranate seeds for a joyful calorie-free alternative. • Sip on soup– sipping soup before a meal may help you eat less at the meal. Stick to broth-based soups for the best caloric strategy. Soup is also a great delivery vehicle for veggies. Make a big pot of soup for sipping before meals or for emergency lunches or dinner on the fly. Sip on soup for the win! Savor the foods you enjoy most: • Survey the food table and decide what is worth the splurge. You have the freedom to navigate the selections and make strategic choices. • Consider how you want to use your calories– do you want one large consumption of 600 calories for the week or would two 300-calorie indulgences do the trick? The time between Halloween and New Year’s Day should not be one continuous food fest. Being intentional about what treats to eat will increase your happiness throughout the holiday season without sacrificing your health. • Once you settle on a splurge– savor it without guilt! Then afterward, continue your healthful eating (fruits, veggies and balanced meals) the rest of the week. Kim Beavers is a Registered Dietitian and Diabetes Educator for University Health Care System. She is the co-host of the culinary nutrition segment Eating Well with Kim, which airs at noon Monday, Wednesday and Friday on WRDW. To be notified of new recipes join Kim’s facebook fan page at www. facebook.com/eatingwellwithkim.

Celebrate: • It is the season to celebrate good health, friendship, family, faith and the ability to move– yes, it is a blessing to be able to exercise! • Find ways to celebrate with the family that don’t center on food. Try ice skating, taking a stroll on the Augusta Canal, running through Blanchard woods or biking the Greeneway Trail. • Usher in new food traditions or update old classics with a twist on the key ingredients. Here is a great broth-based soup that uses Thanksgiving leftovers. Enjoy!

Traditional Turkey Soup

This recipe uses many leftover herbs and vegetables you may still have after cooking the big bird.

Vegetable oil cooking spray 1 teaspoon canola oil 2 cups chopped onion (one medium) 1 cup chopped carrot 2 cups chopped celery 1 tablespoon chopped fresh sage 4 cups reduced-sodium chicken broth 1 cup water

3-4 thyme sprigs (optional, but if you have them toss them in) 1/4 teaspoon salt ½ teaspoon pepper 3-4 cups chopped leftover turkey (or rotisserie chicken) Chopped parsley (garnish) 3 cups whole grain pasta (cooked)

Spray the bottom of a Dutch oven (large pot) with vegetable oil cooking spray, add canola oil and place over medium heat for a minute. Add onion, carrots, celery and sage, sauté for 5 minutes stirring occasionally. Add broth, water, thyme sprigs, salt and pepper; bring to a boil. Add the turkey and heat throughout. Evenly divide noodles into bowls and add soup. Top with parsley. Yield: 6 servings (Serving size: 1 ½ cup) Nutrition breakdown. Calories 240, Fat 2g (0.5g saturated fat), Cholesterol 65mg, Sodium 490mg, Carbohydrate 28g, Fiber 4g, Protein 28g. Diabetes exchanges: 1 vegetable, 1 ½ starch, 3 lean meats Kim’s note: • This is great served over pasta, rice or barley. I like to cook my rice/pasta separate so that it does not continue absorbing liquid as it sits in the soup. • If you do not have enough leftover turkey, toss in a can of drained and rinsed white beans. Until next time; eat well, live well. ~Kim

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smart mom’s guide C a m m i e Jo n es

Five Ways Children Can Show Gratitude Every Day

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s we enter the season of Thanksgiving and the holidays, we are bombarded with advertisements, social media and great stories about helping others. These stories are wonderful examples of how our community is making the world a better place. I am often reminded of how important simple, everyday acts of gratitude and kindness make a difference in our lives and the lives of our children. Here are a few ways we can encourage our children to show gratitude daily.

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smart mom’s guide

1. Gratitude Jar During November, ask your children to write down something they are thankful for and put it in a Gratitude Jar. This can be as simple as an old glass vase or empty pickle jar. Have your children decorate it and make it their own. At Thanksgiving, pull out a few slips of paper and read what is written. It can be lengthy or short, a brief description or one word. For example, they may be thankful for household pets or the delicious meal you cooked. It doesn’t matter what it is. Cultivating the habit of being purposefully thankful for the small things in life will help children during difficult times. This activity can be done all year long. Keep the jar on the kitchen counter throughout the year and have your children add to it. Once a week or month, pull out a few examples to share around the dinner table as a way to promote the idea of gratitude. 2. GivinG Back throuGh volunteerinG There is nothing quite as special as doing something for someone without expecting anything in return. In this day and age, that is not a regular occurrence so we may need to illustrate that by volunteering. Take your kids to the local food pantry or a soup kitchen where they can help cook and serve the needy. Ring the bell for the Salvation Army. Collect toys for an organization supporting children who otherwise wouldn’t receive any gifts. Call area non-profit organizations to understand the needs and how to help. Don’t try to overdo it. Choose a charity that is close to your heart or has some meaning to you and your family. It will make the volunteer hours even more special. More importantly, don’t stop the practice of volunteering after the holidays. Try to schedule other times to volunteer throughout the year. Many churches have specific organizations they support where you can start for ideas. Explore ways to plug your family into the needs around Augusta’s River Region and commit to help on a regular basis. 3. Focus on the Positive Everyone understands the common expression of the glass half-full. It is so important to focus on the positives in life, especially in front of children. It is easy to see the bad in situations, but shifting to extract positives in all circumstances will help your children understand the

choice of making lemonade when life hands them lemons. If your child is disappointed about something at school, allow him to complain or be sad but then try to find something positive from it. Take time to talk through the issue to help him figure out how to handle it. After the issue has been resolved or is in the past, take time to look for something good that may have resulted from it. 4. Play the aBc Game oF Gratitude Former teacher, author and freelance writer @https:// kiddoblogger.com, Tania Cowling suggests playing a game of gratitude using the alphabet. This can be used as a meaningful and fun conversation starter around the dinner table or at the Thanksgiving meal. It’s simple— go around the table and name something or someone you are thankful for using the alphabet as a guide. The first person would have to find something using the letter A for which they are thankful. It could be the appliances that helped cook the food or the apple pie they will eat for dessert. The next person would find something they are thankful for that begins with B, and so on. 5. a simPle thank you I believe when it comes to the holidays, we all enjoy the giving spirit and try to do things to help those less fortunate than ourselves. This is wonderful, but I also believe just a simple thank you to those who do things for us regularly might be another way to show gratitude this time of year. Write a note to someone at church who goes above and beyond doing a particular service, have your child write a word of thanks to their teacher or school employee, put a small token of gratitude in your mailbox for the mail carrier, or have a treat on hand to give to the UPS driver when he comes to deliver a package. Little things offered with a smile and a personal thank you will be appreciated for a long time to come. As always, lead by example. Take a look at what you do to thank others or show gratitude. Do you thank your husband or wife when they make the coffee the night before, drive the kids to soccer practice, or go grocery shopping for the family? Take time to say thank you, and make sure your kids are within earshot! Cammie Jones is an Augusta freelance writer and mother of three.

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raising readers Me re di t h Fl ory

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raising readers

Podcasts With Family Part 2

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n last month’s column, I discussed the value of podcasts and I shared some of the best listening opportunities for families with preteens and teenagers. This month’s Raising Readers continues to share educational and family appropriate podcasts with a focus on the youngest listeners. Like last month my list contains ongoing podcasts, those with stand-alone episodes rather than a continuing story and ones that are free and available on most major podcast apps. This month’s recommended podcasts are even more family-friendly, with less room for controversial or explicit content than my list for teens. As a caveat, some of these podcasts have ongoing narrations or recurring characters that might reference past episodes or build on jokes, but the episodes can still be enjoyed individually. As a general guideline, parents should use best judgment in knowing what entertainment is right for your family. Learning TogeTher: On the Tumble Science Podcast for Kids, married couple Lindsay Patterson and Marshall Escamilla tackle science topics to encourage children to understand that “science is a process” rather than a set of facts to know. It includes wideranging topics from space exploration to poop, with interviewees and guests that are experts or fellow science communicators. Episodes are enjoyable for adults as well as kids. Animal Sound Safari from the Australian Broadcasting Company is another one we have enjoyed because it combines science and geography. With a focus on a different animal each episode, it teaches you a variety of animal facts including habitats and region through the use of folklore and history. QuieT Time wiTh LiTTLe ones: One podcast I’ve found helpful is Peace Out– Relaxation and Mindfulness Stories for Kids. This podcast helps children calm down, relax or think about their emotions through stories, visualizations, breathing exercises or light movement and yoga. My children particularly liked an episode about journeying to the moon. We use these episodes during homeschool, but it would work well for transitioning to nap or bedtime or to help a child who is feeling anxious.

encouraging imaginaTion and sToryTeLLing: My son and I love listening to the Story Pirates, a sketch comedy group that turns children stories into comedic plays and songs. While the troupe characters appear episode to episode, the stories are contained and for kids of all ages. Similarly, What if World with Mr. Eric takes absurd questions from kid listeners like “What if worms wore pajamas?” and explores the idea in an imaginary world with recurring and new characters. If you have a child always telling bad knock-knock jokes and trying to get a smile from people, this might be the podcast for them. BedTime sTories: The book series Goodnight Stories for Rebel Girls has been adapted into a podcast of the same name. A great alternative to princess fairy tales that girls and boys alike will enjoy, this podcast tells empowering true stories of women who have changed the world. There are also episodes introducing you to the narrators who include actresses, activists and powerhouse professionals. My daughter’s current favorite podcast is simply called Stories Podcast. Hosted by Amanda Weldon and written by Daniel Hines, this podcast tells one simple story per episode. Some are original works, while others are based on folklore, mythology or famous poems. Because each of these podcasts is free there are ads. However, the ads for children podcasts usually run at the beginning of the show so the prgoram stories go uninterrupted. Also, while still technically on technology, (I don’t suggest podcasts as alternatives to bedtime stories, family discussions or other interactive ways to play) podcasts require a child to listen rather than stare at a screen for an extended time. They can be constructive ways to spend family quiet time, car rides or look for answers to specific questions. I encourage you to use podcasts as a starting point, pausing for discussion or checking out library books that match a topic you enjoy. Happy listening! Meredith Flory is a freelance writer, military spouse and mother of two. She has a master’s degree in Children’s Literature from Kansas State University and has taught high school and college English.

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NAPPA Awards

Jingle Holiday Guide 2019: 100 Best Gifts BY ELENA EPSTEIN, NAPPA AWARDS DIRECTOR

This holiday season, we have something for everyone to spark imagination and creativity, learn, laugh and create forever memories.

Dino Smashers Epic Egg Explore the Jurassic world of the wackiest Dinosaurs. $24.99, 3+, https://smashersworld.zuru.com/

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Fun & Learning

Moving Creations with k’nex

STEM at Play POWER!

Beaker Creatures Alien Experiment Lab

Learn to apply STEM principles just like an engineer with this kit that includes nine different builds, educational science content, 18 STEM experiments and “Think Bigger” challenges. $39.99, 8+, https://www.hand2mind.com/item/movingcreations-with-knex/14771

A great introduction to electricity with easy-to-use snap circuits. $49.95, 8+, https://www.hand2mind. com/item/stem-at-playreg-power-electricitykit/14631

Mix up some fun with slime science, fizz science and more. $19.99, 5+, http://www.beakercreatures.com/

Novie

Remote-Control Gear-Bot

An interactive robot that you can train to do more than 12 awesome tricks from easy to advanced. $24.99, 6+, https://www.spinmaster.com/index. php?userLoc=us

Connect any combination of gears, claws, heads and more to a motorized base and use the remote to direct your mighty robot. $49.99, 4+, https:// www.lakeshorelearning.com/

Color Chemistry Arctic Lab STEAM-infused, playful experiments exploring color, texture and temperature. Set includes materials and supplies to do 15 experiments right out of the box. $24.99, 7+, https://shop.crayola.com/toys-and-activities/arctic-color-chemistry-set-7472960000.html

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Collectibles

Blume

Shopkins Real Littles

Dragamonz Multipack

Dolls that mix imaginative, over-the-top hairstyles with an awesome blooming effect for a surprising toy “reveal.” $9.99, 5+, http://www.BlumeDolls.com

Miniature versions of real iconic brands with a matching Shopkin inside. $9.99 (Lil’ Shopper Pack) ages 4+, https://www.moosetoys.com/

Smash and build a dragon army. $9.99, 5+, http:// spinmaster.com/

Jurassic World Snap Squad Assortment

Hatchimals Pixies

Pomsies Lumies

Featuring fan favorite dinosaurs with mouths that open to “snap on” to backpacks, lunch bags and more. $4.99, 4+, https://www.target.com/p/jurassic-world-snap-squad-velociraptor-blue-figure//A-76160597

Feature super glittery hair, wiggling wings, poseable heads and sculpted fashion inspired by their Hatchtopia homes. $9.99, 5+, http://www.hatchimals.com/en_us/

Interactive unicorn-like pets that turn into the color of the object they are sitting on. $19.99, 3+, http://www. skyrocketon.com

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Game On!

Pencil Nose

Pick Me Up, Piggy!

Disney Villainous: Wicked to the Core

A hilarious game, where players have to use their sniffers to try and sketch the prompt. $24.95, 8+, https://www.fatbraintoyco.com/product_catalog/ product_page.cfm?sku=FA197

Tell stories to improve language skills, remember where to find hidden farm friends, take turns, and work cooperatively to win the game. $19.9, 3+, https://www.mindware.orientaltrading.com/pickme-up-piggy-a2-GMK5.fltr

Discover your unique abilities while dealing twists of fate to your opponents. $24.99 https://www.ravensburger.us/discover/disney-villainous-game/index.html

Meltdown

Mickey’s Snuggle Time

Catventures Game

The ooey-gooey game of skill. Stack cubes on the putty goop that shifts and moves. $17.99, 7+, https://www.playmonster.com/product/meltdown/

Snuggle up for a calming game that’s perfect for bedtime, naptime, or any quiet time. $24.99, 3+, https://www.amazon.com/WonderForge-Disney-Snuggle-Girls/dp/B07QQHRP9M/ref= sr_1_1?crid=2REIIR7BEJQ3F&keywords=mickey+m ouse+snuggle+time+game&qid=1566322717&s=g ateway&sprefix=mickey%27s+snuggle+time%2Cap s%2C128&sr=8-1

Answer fun questions about cats and act out silly things they do. $24.00, 4+, http://www.petitcollage. com

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Imaginative Play

DreamWorks Dragons: Hatching Baby Toothless

Robo Alive Ice Blasting Dragon

Toothless comes to life inside the egg. Outside the egg, he plays game, moves, roars and purrs. $59.99, 5+, www.target.com

They walk, roar, breathe fire (or ice) and gnash their teeth! $24.99, 6+, https://roboalive.zuru.com/

Magical Castle Bed Tent

Disney Princess Style Collection Play Suitcase

Dig It Up! Discoveries: Dragons

Now kids can rule the kingdom from the comfort of their own bed. $89.99, ages 3-8, https://www. lakeshorelearning.com

Features real working wheels, a retractable handle and storage for included travel accessories. $39.99, 3+, https://www.jakks.com

Chip and chisel to release 12 fantastical creatures from their golden eggs. Learn about each one’s mystical powers in the discovery guide. $25.95 4+, https:// www.mindware.orientaltrading.com/dig-it-up-dragon-eggs-a2-68440.fltr

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Disney Junior T.O.T.S. Nursery Headquarters Playset Care for these baby animals until they’re ready to be delivered to their forever homes. $39.99, 3+, http:// www.JustPlayProducts.com


Fun with Friends

Boppi the Booty Shakin’ Llama

Myla the Magical Unicorn

Playdate Ariel

Get the whole family up dancing and laughing with Boppi, who shakes it like nobody is watching. $19.99, 3+, https://zuru.com/products/productdetail?pid=PD_9515&pname=pets-alive

Touch Myla’s wand to the butterfly palette to choose a color, then touch the wand to her eyes, wings and horn to decorate Myla in a variety of colors. Glitters with lights as she talks and sings. $59.99, 4+, https://www.vtechkids.com/product/ detail/18981/Myla_the_Magical_Unicorn

She is beautiful and 32-inches tall. Lightweight and easy to carry around. $59.99, 3+, https://www.jakks. com

JoJo Siwa Singing JoJo Doll D.R.E.A.M.

My Partner Pikachu

Juno My Baby Elephant

Sporting her signature double bow, this 10” doll sings her newest hit song, “D.R.E.A.M.” $19.99, 6+, http://www.JustPlayProducts.com

Create over 100 interactions along with 20 sounds and expressions. $19.99, 4+, https://www.wickedcooltoys.com/products/pokemon-my-partnerpikachu/

With over 150 lifelike movements and sounds. $99.99, 5+, http://www.junomybabyelephant.com/ en_us

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Creative Fun

Blinger Diamond Collection

Playfoam Pluffle

smART Pixelator

New glam styling tool that allows you to add gems to your hair, clothes and more. $19.99, 6+, https:// www.wickedcooltoys.com/brands/blinger/

The Squishologists have formulated a brand new squish-sation that never dries out. $29.99, 5+, https://www.educationalinsights.com/playfoampluffle-purple-green-pink-yellow-4-pack

Design and build 2D and 3D projects using Bluetooth connectivity, easy-to-follow lights, and smART Pixel beads, sequins or pegs. $59.99, 7+, https:// www.smartpixelator.com

Aquabeads Deluxe Studio

Cool Maker™ KumiKreator™ 2 in 1 Maker

Y’Art

Create fun 3D designs with 2 flip trays. Set contains more than 1,300 jewel & solid beads in 24 colors. $29.95, 4+, https://www.aquabeadsart.com

Braid beautiful friendship bracelets and necklaces. Load the colorful spools into the machine, spin and create in minutes. $24.99, 8+, http://www.coolmaker.com/en_us/

Create amazing works of textured yarn art with the ease of coloring. $14.99, 8+, www.kahootz.com

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Outdoor Fun

Wild & Wacky Fun

Primo Foldable Lights

Crazy Bocce

Zax

New dual-color, wide deck design and extra-large, wide integrated brakes. $79.99, 3+, https://www.globber. com/scooters-for-kids-boys-girls/92-392-primo-foldable-lights.html

A new take on the classic game with erratic bounces and rolls. $19.99, https://funsparks.com/ crazy-bocce/

Have an ax-ellant time in a fun, safe way. Sticks to any flat surface. $9.99, 4+, www.zing.toys

E-Punk

Crazy Cart Shift

Hank’s Twitsted Challenge

Electric-powered mini bike. Compact and portable, perfect for rolling and trolling the neighborhood. $159.99, 8+, www.razor.com

Features a simplified drift system, small, light frame and a speed control switch. Drive, spin and drift your way into fun. $199.99, 6+, www.razor.com

Twist, bend and turn your body in crazy ways while you race to get the ball off the end of the wire. $19.99, 6+, www.wickedcooltoys.com

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Blessings COUNTING OUR

A N D A F F IRM ING THE GOODNESS I N LI FE

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s Thanksgiving approaches I would like to encourage us to see this holiday week as an opportunity to set aside some time, both individually and with our family and friends, to reflect on the blessings in our lives. Living in a thankful, appreciative way– daily, hourly, moment by moment– can truly enhance the quality of our lives. Paying attention to our gratitude puts us in a positive frame of mind. It connects us to the world around us and ourselves. Research demonstrates that focusing on what we are grateful for is a universally rewarding way to feel happier and more fulfilled. In his bestselling book, What Happy People Know, Dr. Dan Baker (director of the popular wellness program at Canyon Ranch in Arizona) states that appreciation is the single most important tool in developing an enjoyable and productive life. Humans have a natural hunger for appreciation– the authentic and real kind. In a way, being appreciated and being made aware of it is one way of letting people know they matter, and that their efforts account for something. Knowing what we appreciate in life means knowing who we are. Additionally, social scientists who have studied the impact of stress on our lives cite a mental attitude of thankfulness as one of the best ways to manage stress. We should never underestimate

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heightened anxiety, fueled in no small measure by ongoing acts the power a simple “thank you” wields. Sadly, this is not often of extremism, assassinations and violence being perpetrated valued in everyday life, and not everyone realizes its powerful throughout the world. In the past six months, there are many effects– whether on a personal level among family members, examples of the loss of lives as a result of terrorism, mass friends and acquaintances, or on a professional level with shootings, humanitarian and climate crises and more. Not business partners. surprisingly, these and other actions intensify the belief and As an important mental health principle, the benefits fear that no one is truly safe. We should, however, not let the of gratitude extend far beyond what we may imagine. bad prompt us to adopt behaviors rooted in helplessness, fear Scientific studies have found that gratitude has been linked and suspicion. Instead, we should engage in actions that are to improvements in lower blood pressure, longer and powerful antidotes to the negative emotions– actions such as more restful sleep and being less bothered by aches and caring for others or expressing gratitude. pains. Research has further shown I have discovered that no matter where that individuals who track things daily Taking Time To we are on our spiritual journey, the fears show greater determination, attention, enthusiasm, increased generosity and counT our blessings and anxieties are inevitable. However, cultivating an attitude of happiness and empathy, increased happiness and provides a muchresilience can serve to mitigate the many greater resiliency compared to those stresses that currently exist in today’s who don’t practice this discipline. The needed perspecTive, world. same research found that even a weekly parTicularly aT a Time It is, therefore, more important gratitude journal increases optimism. than ever to take time this Thanksgiving Regardless of who you are, or the when iT feels like to express our gratitude by celebrating circumstances of your life, the health The world is falling the simple blessings in life. It is a very benefits of gratitude are undeniable. If powerful thing. When we are grateful, we you concentrate on finding the good in aparT around us affirm that a source of goodness exists every situation, you will discover that boTh poliTically and in our lives. It soothes our turbulent your life will suddenly be filled with minds by connecting to wonderfully gratefulness as a feeling that nurtures environmenTally. ordinary things– great and small– that the soul. Gratitude is a heart-opening we might otherwise take for granted. and life-fulfilling spiritual practice. Self-compassion, tranquility, righteousness, appreciation, When you’re able to cultivate a feeling of gratitude and resilience, morality, happiness and trust are just some of the thankfulness, you will ultimately obtain true joy and virtues that the world needs more of during these intensifying contentment no matter what you have or don’t have. times. The spirit of the Thanksgiving season is indeed a Sometimes, we must look outside our backyards to realize stimulating time to gather with family and friends. And when how truly blessed we are. Nothing yields a bitter dissatisfied you add great food, and the blessings of love, joy and laughter people more quickly than an ungrateful heart. And nothing to the setting, it’s sure to generate a remarkable combination! will do more to restore contentment and the joy of our salvation than a true spirit of thankfulness. So, it’s worth taking a time-out and making a list of things to be thankful for, so that you can see just how much happiness there is in Dr. Dana Harris is a former Richmond County public school educator, elementary school teachthe world. er, professional staff development consultant & Most of us take for granted what the universe has to offer, principal. She is a public speaker & freelance and understandably so. Taking time to count our blessings writer with more than 37 professional years in provides a much-needed perspective, particularly at a time the educational arena. Currently she is retired, when it feels like the world is falling apart around us both a wife of 41 years, a mother and grandmother of politically and environmentally. We are living in a time of two beautiful grandkids, London & Bryce.

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t’s that time of year when everything edible comes in pumpkin spice and thoughts turn to holiday shopping. While you are putting the finishing touches on your shopping list, retailers are gearing up for their biggest holidays of the year - Black Friday and Cyber Monday. Whether you prefer the hustle and bustle of Black Friday or shopping from your pajamas on Cyber Monday, there are deals to be found and plenty of reasons to check out each.

Black Friday It used to be that all the deals on Black Friday were in the stores. You had to get up early and fight the crowds to get the best deal. In recent years, brick-and-mortar retailers (Walmart, Target, etc.) have been offering online Black Friday deals. Adobe Analytics, which tracks transactions for 80 of the top 100 internet retailers in the U.S. like Walmart and Amazon, reports that Black Friday 2018 pulled in $6.22 billion in online sales, up 23.6 percent from 2017, a new high. Of course, the “door-buster” sales that require you to be in the store at a certain time to get the advertised deal still keep the tradition of Black Friday alive and well. Here are a few reasons to come out of your turkey coma and get in line at the store before sunrise on Black Friday:

shopping, when online retailers noticed a sharp increase in sales the Monday after Thanksgiving. According to the National Retail Federation, most people only had slow dialup internet connections at home, so they did online shopping on the faster internet connections of their employers after the Thanksgiving holiday. Cyber Monday is big business. According to Comscore, Cyber Monday racked up more than $6 billion in digital spending in 2018, a 28 percent increase over 2017. Here are a few reasons to skip the stores and click the mouse for holiday shopping: Easily Find What You Want: Because you are shopping online, it’s easier and faster to find exactly what you want. You’re Free to Travel: You can go visit Grandma over Thanksgiving weekend and still rack up on some great deals. Find the Best Deals: A quick Google search of “Cyber Monday deals” turns up many sites that compare deals. No scanning through store flyers and ad clippings to sort through. It’s Convenient: Shop on your computer or phone from anywhere. You don’t even have to get dressed or go anywhere.

Seeing is Believing: When you are in the store, you can hold, measure, try on and see the items for yourself. There’s no guessing and hoping the item you buy online is exactly what you want.

No Extra Purchases: Shopping online prevents you from spending more money on items you see as you go through a physical store. Skipping the impulse buys puts more money in your pocket.

Get the Deal: Some Black Friday bargains are available on Cyber Monday, but not always. This might be the only time you can get that steep discount on that new TV.

No Crowds: Perhaps one of the biggest selling points for Cyber Monday is that you don’t have to be in the middle of hundreds of people scrambling for the limited amount of merchandise.

Social Fun: You can bring a friend or spouse and turn it into an outing. Not to mention, your shopping friend can offer advice and suggestions on your potential purchases.

do your research

Additional Purchases: You can browse the store and find other items you might not have considered. Just use caution that you don’t spend too much. Remember, retailers count on you making those unscheduled impulse buys. Immediate Gratification: As soon as you buy it, you take it home. There’s no wondering whether it will arrive in time or be damaged in shipping. Returns are Easier: If you do have to return something, it’s always easier to take it back to the store than to ship it back.

cyBer Monday Cyber Monday, the Monday after Thanksgiving, started in 2005, which could be considered the “early days” of online

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Black Friday and Cyber Monday each have advantages for shoppers. No doubt, many people find themselves in line at Walmart on Black Friday and on Amazon.com on Cyber Monday to find the best deals. The key, of course, is research. Most retailers – online and otherwise – publish holiday shopping deals in advance, so start looking now to save money. Make your list, check it twice and find the discounts that are nice. Happy shopping!

Dustin Turner is the Communications and Content Manager for Alison South Marketing Group. He lives in Aiken with his amazing, beautiful and very patient wife of 22 years, Jamie, and their artistic, sassy and fierce daughter, Abigail, 12. Dustin enjoys writing, shooting and editing video and acting and directing in community theatre.


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ffering a step back to the past and nestled a few blocks from downtown North Augusta is the tranquil Living History Park. Combining the best Augusta’s River Region has to offer in entertaining storytelling, outdoor beauty and educational history, Living History Park is a place for families to learn and play throughout the year. The park aims to educate the community on the colonial history of the area. All events at the Living History Park are free, making this an easy educational day trip for families in the area. Linda Thompson, better known as Lynn, has lived in the area since 1963 and shares how she “learned about history through [a] love of antiques, primarily at the Old Hub in Martinez”. She serves as the Chairman of the Living History Park and President of the OTPA (Olde Towne Preservation Association). Thompson has worked on many projects preserving the rich history of the area. After her first husband’s death in 2014, she renovated her home in North Augusta “from a four apartment dwelling to a historically correct showcase” that became listed on the National Register of Historic Places. In 2017, she met Jerry Murrell who retired as a VP of Georgia Railroad Bank and Trust and started an antique and real-estate auction business. Sharing a common love of history and antiques, and discovering that they had traveled in many of the same circles, she and Murrell married in 2018. They now both work and volunteer at Living History Park throughout the year. Thompson was instrumental in having a historical marker placed at Riverview Park for Col. Samuel Hammond, a Revolutionary War hero. Along with other volunteers, they created “A Day to Remember” to honor him. The event, now in its 28th year, is called “Colonial Times A Day to Remember”.

The goal of the park is to promote history education. The park’s “hands-on” events include costumed reenactors and storytellers from soldiers to musicians to specific historical characters such as Benjamin Franklin. Guests can walk through the period-themed grounds of a sensory garden, village mercantile, blacksmith, toymaker and a smokehouse. As a volunteer dependent organization, Thompson adds that several volunteers are from different areas of the country and have been with the park since its opening 28 years ago. The park also works with Boy and Girl Scouts groups, Fort Gordon, homeschoolers and civic organizations. Thompson enjoys watching children discover how much they are learning as they interact with exhibits. She says that adults have shared memories from the park that led them to careers in history. She recalls a young son who was less than happy to attend a day at the park for extra credit in school. However, by the end of the day, he did not want to leave and was excited to come back with his father. Young visitors are always amazed to watch reenactors cooking over campfires and drink from the natural spring in historically accurate ways. “One of our greatest rewards during all events is to watch the eyes and faces of our attendees, young and old, as they witness history come to life”. Volunteers like Thompson help the community remember and embrace our shared history.

For events this fall, check out http://www.colonialtimes.us/ Meredith Flory is a freelance writer, military spouse and mother of two. She has a master’s degree in Children’s Literature from Kansas State University and has taught high school and college English.

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calendar November 2019

Columbia CouNty Fair OctOber 31 – NOvember 10 Ultimate Stilt Walker and Juggler, Dr. Magical Balloons, Oscar the Robot, Fast Action Motorsport Entertainment, Sea Lion Splash, Master Chainsaw Carver, Eudora Petting Zoo and special nightly performances including the UGA Georgettes, Jeff Barnes— Elvis Tribute, Scrap Iron and Swingshift. 5462 columbia rd

Mon - Thurs: 5 – 11pm Sat: 11am – 12pm Sun: 1 – 11pm

Photo by Scott Webb on Unsplash

Visit, www.columbiacountyfair. net/schedule/ for complete event info.

We’d love to hear from you. If you have an event you’d like to add to our next issue, send an email to aimee. serafin@augustamagazine.com.

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The veNardos CirCus November 1 – 3 Evans Town Center “The American Circus with the heart of a Broadway Show” made a hit in the Evans community so the troupe is back again this year. This reinvented circus that centers on aerialists, acrobats, jugglers, contortionists, comedy, daredevilry, music and more is proud to create animal-free entertainment that all the family will Photo courtesy of Venardos Circus/Facebook

enjoy! Expect the “big top tent” feel with a Broadway musical-style format. Tickets: $25/adults, $15/ kids Visit, www.VendarosCircus.com.

Super Awesome Story Time

6 – 8pm

November 2

Recurring weekly on Wednesdays

Odell Weeks Activity Center, Aiken

CanalFeST ‘19

The Book Tavern, downtown

Ages 3 and up. A 1200-square foot rock climbing facility with fully trained instructors and beginner/advanced routes.

9am – 4pm

Veggie Park Farmer’s Market

Recurring weekly on Tuesdays Mill Village Trailhead

Call 803.642.6731 for reservations and availability.

109 Eve Street November 1 – 29 FREE Sundays at the Morris Museum

4P Studios Art Exhibit

Recurring weekly on Sundays 12 – 5pm

2nd Annual Satire & Friends: An texhibition of Graffiti Art

Morris Museum of Art

600 Broad Street Gallery, downtown

1 Tenth Street, downtown

Opening reception: Nov. 1, 7 – 9pm

Drop-in Rock Climbing at Carolina Bay

Recurring weekly on Wednesdays

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Call 706.267.6724 for more information.

Mill Village Trailhead, Augusta Canal FREE community event including fly fishing, kayaking, crafts, food trucks, and live music. CanalFEST 5k and fun run. Visit, www.augustacanal.com for details. November 2 The Augusta Market at the River

8am – 2pm Riverwalk, 8th Street Plaza NoVEMBER 3 Sunday Lakeside Trail Ride

Hilltop Riding Stable, Fort Gordon


calendar Two-hour trail rides from 2 – 4pm Call 706.791.4864 or visit, www.gordonarmymwr.com/hilltop for more information. November 6 – 20 Wacky Wednesday Story Time Wednesdays

10 – 10:45 am Barnes and Noble Augusta Mall November 6 Kevin Gates— I’m Him Tour

Bell Auditorium 8 – 11pm Visit, www.augustaentertainmentcomplex. com. November 8 – 9 Augusta boucherie

White Hills Farm Friday: 12 – 5pm Saturday: 6:30am – 6:30pm Visit, www.augustaboucherie.com.

Photo by Chris Briggs on Unsplash

November 8 oysters on Telfair

Gertrude Herbert Institute of Art 15th Annual Fundraiser with Cajun cuisine, beer and wine, and live music from Crosstie Walkers. 506 Telfair Street November 9

coltoN ballet compaNy of augusta, the Nutcracker

Saturday Cinema

FREE Movie Night at Evans Towne Center Park— Incredibles 2 Visit, www.evanstownecenterpark.com.

November 29 – December 1

Imperial Theatre. The entire family will enjoy this classic holiday ballet production and local Augusta River Region favorite. Visit, www.imperialtheatre.com for times and pricing.

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calendar NOVEMBER 15

NOVEMBER 16

Columbia County Library

DIY Holiday Gift Paper & Brush Lettering

Manheim Steamroller Christmas by Chip Davis

Interactive story time with songs and activities learning early literacy skills. Birth to early elementary grades.

Workshop

AR Workshop 6:30 – 9pm 3116 William Few Parkway, #2

8 – 10pm Bell Auditorium Visit, www.augustaentertainmentcomplex.com for pricing.

Junior League of Augusta’s 9th Annual

Phone 706.817.4113 Visit, www.arworkshop.com.

NOVEMBER 17 Wheel Movement, 2019 Annual Ride of

NOVEMBER 16 Rock N Run 5K

9am. When HELP can’t wait! 5th annual 5K race in support of local nursing home residents.

Celebration

Holiday Market

Friday: 2 – 8pm Saturday: 10am – 6pm Sunday: 10am – 4pm

8:30am – 12pm

Columbia County Exhibition Center

Lake Olmstead Park Visit, www.wheelmovementcsra.com.

Lake Olmstead Augusta Canal Trailhead Visit, www.active.com and search “Rock and Run 5K” or call 706.650.9467

NOVEMBER 22 – 24

NOVEMBER 21 Afternoon Adventures

4:30 – 5:30pm

NOVEMBER 26

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generation Talkin’ abouT my

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

Shubhra Rajpurohit, 23, is currently a research assistant at Augusta University and

Davis Bullington, 10, is a middle

Jenny Sinex, 51, is a stay-at-home mom

school student and volunteer golf coach at First Tee

who fosters rescue pets. Through her family’s

intends to study medicine and become a physician.

summer camps.

love of animals they have adopted three beloved

One word you would use to describe yourself:

One word you would use to describe yourself:

Driven.

Funny.

What did you want to be when you grew up?

If you had a super power, what would it be?

An ophthalmologist.

Flying, so I could fly into Disney World.

Favorite indulgence? Tamarind-flavored candy.

Hobbies? Golf, playing the saxophone, playing with

Greatest hope: To be able to give back to my

my dog.

community as a physician.

Hardest part about being a kid? Homework.

Favorite subject in school? Everything, I love

Best thing about being a kid? You don’t have to

school. If I really had to pick, it would be Breaking

do taxes.

Boundaries Interactive Art and Physical Computing, as well as Design Thinking. I took both of these courses as an undergraduate student at Augusta University. Song playing in your head: Can’t Stop The

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Are you a planner, a dreamer or a doer? A planner because I like to plan birthday parties. Favorite college football team: Alabama— Roll Tide Roll!!!!!!!!

rescues– Toby, Kiki and Cassie. She has 3 children and has been married for 25 years. If you could have any job, what would you choose? Stay-at-home mom. Favorite place to take the kids? I love it when we all go to the movies together. What quality do you admire the most? Honesty. Dream vacation? Ireland. What’s your favorite food? Puerto Rican red beans and rice are my soul food. Whom do you admire the most? My parents. Their steadfast love for one another and for our family is my bedrock.


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