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Editor Karin Calloway Production Art Director / Web Producer Michael Rushbrook

March 2013

Spring into Fashion - Karin Calloway

Graphic Artist Chris Goodman Advertising Director of Advertising Lisa Dorn


Advertising Sales Elizabeth Sisson Maidi McMurtrie Thompson Mary Porter Vann

Tips and Tricks from the Pros

Audience Development Manager Doressa Hawes photography Branch Carter and John Harpring contributors Lucy Adams Kim Beavers, MS, RD, CDE Grace Belangia J. Ron Eaker, M.D. Cammie Jones Jennie Montgomery Danielle Wong Moores

-Lucy Adams


7 editor’s page 9 mom2mom Spring Spruce-Up?

-Jennie Montgomery

10 news&notes 12 eating well with kim For Spring, Eat Clean! -Kim Beavers, MS, RD, LD, CDE

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15 doctor/dad The Future of Medicine -J. Ron Eaker, M.D.

16 healthy family Learning Differences -Lucy Adams

27 fun food Easy Easter Brunch

with a Pantry Punch

-Family Features

28 time out! Get By With a Little Help

Ten Tidy Reasons To Get Cleaning Help

-Christina Katz

30 inspiration station Fighting for Trey -Danielle Wong Moores

on the cover: Cody Jewitt, 3, is the son of Aaron and Luiza Jewitt of Evans. Clothing provided by Posh Tots in Surrey Center. Photo by Branch Carter

34 calendar 46 talkin’ about my generation

Fay Clymer, Tyler Harrison and Victor Hudson -Grace Belangia

“Experts agree that before any deep cleaning can be accomplished, the random stacks of papers, piles of possessions and odd objects that have taken up residence on surfaces, in drawers and underfoot must be dealt with, not just stuffed somewhere out of the way to be faced another day.” Read more of Lucy Adams’ article about spring cleaning on page 22.

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editor’s by Karin Calloway

Ready for Spring


love spring. To me, it is a season of immense optimism and opportunity. I love spotting yellow daffodils or bright red tulips as they first peek out from under the ground. I love the smell of spring rain. And, I love that the season beckons me to fluff up my nest, clear out the clutter and get things to shine in the post-winter bright sunlight. Living in the CSRA in the spring adds to the season’s excitement, as friends and neighbors begin preparations for their Masters guests or renters. It’s a bustling time for any business associated with home maintenance or improvement—from painters, to carpet cleaners, pressure washers and cleaning services. They’re all busy getting everything sparkling clean and “Masters ready.” This issue is just in time to inspire you get ready for spring, as we help you navigate the task of spring-cleaning your home. It can be an arduous chore, but Lucy Adams comes to the rescue with insider tips and tricks to help you make spring-cleaning a manageable task. At the opposite end of the spectrum, Christina Katz offers up 10 good reasons why you might want to consider hiring help instead of taking the do-it-yourself approach to house cleaning. Among these pages you’ll also find fun spring fashions for tots to teens, information on spotting learning differences in your children, spring ideas for eating “clean,” information on the future of medicine and the story of an inspiring young mother who’s child suffers from a rare genetic syndrome. So, here’s to spring! Until April,

Karin Calloway is a wife and mother of two. She’s also a journalist and recipe developer who writes the Wednesday cooking column for The Augusta Chronicle. You can watch Karin prepare her weekly recipes in segments on WJBF NewsChannel 6 on Tuesdays during Midday at Noon and on Wednesdays during Good Morning Augusta.

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Illustration by Michael Rushbrook

by Jennie Montgomery

Spring Spruce-Up? How ‘bout Clearing the Cobwebs From My Brain…. Like every other mother on the planet, I have those momentary lapses of attention. I’m doing one thing but four other chores are running around in my head at the same time. Example: I was taking a shower, planning my day, shampooing my hair, figuring out what was for dinner, wondering what was wrong with the shower floor. Yes, the shower floor. It beat out everything else inside my brain and I took notice. Why, I wondered, was the shower so squishy this morning? What had I not seen when I stepped in there three minutes earlier? I cautiously looked down and discovered I was still wearing my fuzzy pink memory foam bedroom slippers! Seriously? I was wearing my bedroom shoes IN THE SHOWER! Then I burst into tears…fearing that I finally had, indeed, lost my mind. A few weeks ago, I was at the KFC counter ordering a bucket and biscuits to go. The clerk said, “That will be $17.10.” I looked at the menu over her head. “But the picture says $15.99.” “Well,” she said nicely, “there’s the tax.” Oh, good grief—I’m an idiot! I could already hear her talking about that Airhead Newslady on Channel 6. LOL! But my embarrassing actions got trumped by my good friend, Dawn. She shared a real doozy with me and it makes me laugh to even try and type it. She and her husband had gotten parked at Disney World, taken the shuttle to the main gate and made it to the turnstiles with three bouncing-off-the-wallcrazy-excited little kids. Dawn had all of the tickets in her hand. She tried to run the first one through the machine, but it wouldn’t go. She tried another—same thing. The ticket-taker person tried to help out. He said he’d never seen that kind of ticket, so he called over a manager. After a brief consultation the ticket-taker kindly turned to my friend and said, “M’am, these aren’t park tickets. They are luggage tags.” Luggage tags!!! Poor Dawn had gotten her travel agent’s envelopes mixed up. She didn’t realize all her park passes were in another envelope—AT HER HOTEL! Must have been a real fun return trip to the Marriott, don’t ya know? JENNIE Montgomery anchors the evening news at WJBF-TV. She’s married to Scott and they have three children: Zack, 19, Maddy, 18, and Sky, 17.

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news notes

If your house is really a mess and a stranger comes to the door, greet him with, ‘Who could have done this? We have no enemies.’ —Phyllis Diller

Talented Teen Sarah Long, 19, an Augusta native and sophomore at the University of Alabama, is being featured in the March issue of Seventeen Magazine. “Back in December, I received an e-mail from Amanda Elser, the beauty assistant at Seventeen Magazine,” says Long. “The Editor-in-Chief came across my little blog and

Editorial Note: National Poison Prevention Week is March 17-23, 2013 Every day, over 300 children in the United States are treated in emergency rooms for poisoning. What’s worse, some of these children will die, according to the Centers for Disease Prevention and Control. Nearly 90 percent of all poison exposures occur in homes, so make sure you take steps to prevent poisoning in your home, such as keeping potential hazards locked out of reach and sight of children. Safe Kids East Central, led by Children’s Hospital of Georgia, works to prevent accidental childhood injury, the leading killer of children ages 1 to 14. Safe Kids East Central is a member of the Safe Kids USA network. To find out more about local Safe Kids programs, call 706-721-7606, or visit Read the whole article about poison prevention at

thought I would be a good candidate for their March 2013 issue as a featured college beauty blogger.” Long blogs about style and fashion, particularly preppy style, in her blog at “I never considered myself to be a ‘beauty blogger,’ but I eagerly accepted.” Long was asked to write about how she survives midterms and to offer tips and tricks for looking your best, even when you have to be up early for an 8 a.m. class or test. Long is the daughter of Dr. and Mrs. William G. Long and was featured in the premiere of Augusta Family Magazine in August 2005 in the Talkin’ About My Generation section.

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news notes

More Than a Market


The Evans Towne Farmers Market is coming

The market also will feature local artisans, and

to Columbia County beginning March 7. The market will

freshly prepared take-home foods from a handful of

run from 4:30-7 p.m. every Thursday on the grounds of the

local chefs and restaurants will be available. Musi-

Columbia County Public Library in Evans.

cians, civic organization and children’s activities will

The market will feature local farmers and gardeners who

round out the events.

are committed to organic, sustainable practices. Fresh,

The market is coordinated by Augusta Locally Grown, a

seasonal vegetables and fruits will be available, along with

nonprofit that promotes local food. For information go to

eggs, meat, dairy, honey, nuts and breads.

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

For Spring, Eat Clean!


pring cleaning is something we are all familiar with and since spring is right around the corner why not clean up your diet as well? Eating clean is a lifestyle in which good health and adequate nutrition takes precedence. Clean eating is a movement towards consuming whole foods, in their natural state, instead of processed/refined items. Food items that are not processed, i.e. “clean,” are lower in calories, fat, sugar and sodium while also being high in vitamins, minerals and fiber. To begin eating clean, follow these guidelines: Reduce and eventually eliminate processed foods. Small meals, approximately five, are to be consumed consistently throughout the day. Enjoy protein plus complex carbohydrates at mealtimes. Drink plenty of water and avoid sugary beverages. And finally, stay away from foods that are full of calories without any nutritional value such as potato chips, pepperoni, cake, cookies, fried foods and bagels/refined, highly processed pastas. The focus should be on high-quality foods like blueberries, avocados, dark leafy greens and yogurt. A great clean breakfast includes steel cut oats or old-fashioned rolled oats, plain non-fat Greek yogurt, raw berries and raw almonds. The idea is to use raw ingredients, whole grains, lightly processed lean or vegetable proteins and when in doubt—cook at home instead of purchasing at the grocery store. There are a few secrets that can help you stay on track and make the change to the clean eating lifestyle. Add fresh herbs and spices, such as paprika, parsley or cumin, to a recipe. This can significantly enhance the flavor without the addition of sodium, sugar and excess calories. Breakfast is, in fact, your most important meal and eating an adequate breakfast prevents overeating for the rest of the day. Finally, pack a lunch for work and plan your meals. Preparation and planning are key to successfully becoming a “clean eater.” Clean eating not only increases overall health but can effectively decrease body fat. It reduces risk for chronic illness, makes for a healthy and happy heart, effectively reduces blood sugar levels and can act as “preventative eating” in reducing the risk of cancers. So, this year why not add diet to your spring-cleaning list? For more information on eating clean check out The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Clean Eating by Diane A. Welland, M.S. R.D., or read about clean eating at newarchives/111609p42.shtml.

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eating well with kim Mediterranean Barley Salad 1 cup uncooked barley (see note) 2 cups unsalted vegetable broth 2 cups corn 2 cups grape tomatoes, cut in half ½ cup red onion, diced 2 cups chopped seeded cucumber 20 kalamata olives, pitted and coarsely chopped 1 teaspoon minced garlic ¼ cup parsley 4 tablespoon. lemon juice 2 tablespoon olive oil ¼ teaspoon salt ¼ teaspoon pepper 4 ounces crumbled feta cheese Cook the barley according to package directions, substituting the broth for some of the water listed in the package directions. Once cooked, drain and refrigerate to cool. Combine corn, tomatoes, onions, cucumber olives and parsley in a medium bowl. Add barley and mix well. In a separate bowl, combine garlic, lemon juice, olive oil, salt and pepper and whisk together. Drizzle the dressing over the barley mixture. Toss to coat evenly and sprinkle with feta cheese. Kim’s Note: When I make this recipe, I double the barley and freeze half. This way I have cooked barley ready the next time I want to make this or another barley recipe. To make extra barley, use 2 cups uncooked barley, 4 cups broth and 1 cup of water and cook per package directions. Yield: 16 Servings (Serving size: ½ cup) Nutrition Breakdown: Calories 200, Fat 8g (3g saturated, 4g monounsaturated), Cholesterol 15mg, Sodium 360mg, Carbohydrate 28g, Fiber 5g, Protein 5g, Potassium 124mg, Phosphorus 56mg Percent Daily Value: 10% Vitamin A, 10% Vitamin C, 20% Calcium, 8% Iron Carbohydrate Choice: 2 Carbohydrates Diabetes Exchanges: 1 ½ Starches, ½ Vegetable, 1 ½ Fat

Grayson Walker is a student at University of Alabama who wrote this article under the supervision of Kim Beavers. 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

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

The Future of Medicine


walked into the exam room, casually wishing Ashley a happy 2020 and ask her how she has been feeling. She says the obligatory “fine” and sits opposite me, eagerly awaiting her test results. Two weeks earlier Ashley had pricked her finger at home and placed a carefully collected drop of blood in a small glass container and then swabbed the inside of her mouth with a Q-tip and packaged both of the samples in an envelope and mailed them to Healthy Living Genomics, one of the newest companies specializing in genetic testing. I received her report a week later and it confirmed that all her organ systems were functioning well and her risk of major cancers and heart disease were less than her sister, whose report I had reviewed a few days earlier. I entered the data from the 1,500 tests that were run on her samples to her iPhone App so she could email it to her primary care doctor.

Science Fiction Meets Reality According to Ray Kurzweil, futurist and author, this may be the average well-woman exam of the future. Medicine is being revolutionized by two familiar terms—miniaturization and digitization, and two not-so-familiar terms—genomics and proteomics. These advances, along with a change in how wellness and illness are approached, will make the healthcare of the near future a very different experience. Dr. David Agus, innovative oncologist and author,

states in his bestselling book The End of Illness that technology will help us divest from the one-size-fits-all approach to disease and focus on each individual’s unique medical profile and find ways to prevent and not just treat sickness. We now have the capability to look at a persons genetic code (the blueprint) and the proteins they produce (proteomics or, to continue the analogy, the model that is built from the blueprint) and determine such uniquely individual information like whether a particular drug will be effective for one person and not another. The technology exists to test for hundreds of genetic mutations and variations to see not only what risks exist but even what type of food would help keep your weight in a healthy range! The costs are too high for mass use at this stage, but that is poised to change rapidly in the future as insurers, government and business realize the enormous cost savings of prevention.

The Letter of the Day: P Agus calls the future of healthcare “P4 medicine” for predictive, personalized, preventive and participatory. The predictive is illustrated by the lady whose genetic makeup tells her she has a 30 percent chance of developing ovarian cancer by age 30. Measuring a variety of proteins produced in the body (proteomics) can predict with startling accuracy how your body systems will behave over the next six months. These tests are personalized and are as specific as your unique DNA makeup. Just as a fingerprint distinguishes you from everyone else on the planet, so your DNA and proteins hold the key to your health individuality. Kurzweil picks up on this trend and projects that, “in preventive medicine (the third P), researchers will use systems medicine to develop drugs that

help prevent disease. If, say, you have a 50 percent chance of developing prostate cancer by the time you’re 50, you may be able to start taking a drug when you’re 30 that would substantially reduce that probability. In the next 10 to 20 years the focus of healthcare will shift from dealing with disease to maintaining wellness.” All this information leads to the final P, participation, in which a patient can take steps to reduce and prevent disease before it ever occurs. Imagine knowing your risk of heart disease is 75 percent based on your genetic makeup. I suspect your motivation to prevent such by exercising and eating right, taking an aspirin or even a statin drug, would skyrocket.

The Future Is Now Already we are seeing technology change how medicine is delivered. The iPhone has an App that allows a patient to do a heart tracing (EKG) at home and send the result electronically to their doctor. Miniature sonogram machines allow soldiers in the battlefield to make accurate and timely diagnosis. One of the most promising areas of research is in individualized cancer drugs that work with a patients unique immune system and attack cancer cells and leave other healthy cells untouched. All these innovations portend an exciting future of not just disease treatment but prevention. The body is a complex system and it is uniquely specific to you, your genetics, your past history and your lifestyle. The more you know, the better decisions you can make and, in spite of technology, it still comes back to the individual taking responsibility. In the midst of the marvelous advances there will never be a single magic pill because what is magic for Sally may not be magic for Jane. Dr. Eaker is an Augusta Ob/GYN and author. He and his wife, Susan, have two teenage daughters.

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by Lucy Adams

Learning Differences Early Intervention Equals Resolution and Better Academic Performance


othing calls a parent to action quite as quickly and ferociously as witnessing her child’s grave and obvious struggles. But, when those struggles lack a tangible nature, as when related to academics, a parent’s internal frustration can lead to shouted threats and pleas for explanations. Anguish and anger run sharply along two sides of the same sword. And the gaping guilty wound it leaves in the parent’s heart causes her to question what she is doing wrong. Blame shifts from the child to the parent to the teacher to the paint on the wall, but bouncing the blame never results in making the report card grades any better.

The Nature of Learning Differences “Parents don’t do anything to cause these problems,” assures Jody Frey, Ph.D., a clinical psychologist with Partners in Achievement (PIA Learning Cen-

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ters). The real culprit may have nothing to do with the efforts of the child, the influence of the parent or the techniques of the teacher. The real problem may be wired into the child’s brain. Frey says that children’s learning difficulties and differences are neurological in basis. “Most of these problems are genetic.” He quickly adds, however, that heightened awareness of and incidence of learning differences is a reflection of the changing nature of society and not indicative of inferior genetic make-up. As education has become systematized and compulsory, more emphasis is placed on the skills of reading and writing. “Five hundred years ago (proficiency with reading and writing) wouldn’t have mattered. Other skills mattered,” says Frey. Common learning issues range from difficulties with sensory processing to dyslexia to poor language expression and/or comprehension, among others. ADD and ADHD are accompanying diagnoses about

40-50 percent of the time. “Most children with learning differences are creative and good thinkers but can also demonstrate inconsistency in performance, difficulty with following directions, planning, organizing and/or sequencing, or deficits in short-term/ working memory, concept of time and/or motor coordination,” explains Maria E. Gangarosa-Emerson, Ph.D., a child and adolescent neuropsychologist ( Though parents know their children better than anyone else, they frequently are the last to realize that their child’s poor grades stem from an actual and usually correctable, or, at the very least, manageable, problem. “Children can be coined as ‘lazy,’ which often happens when they have learned that trying to fit the school learning mold is not working for them,” says Gangarosa-Emerson. “Or , they may act out when learning is hard.” On top of that, parents may be reluctant to acknowledge the possibility of a learning difference.

{ healthyfamily Furthermore, Frey points out, “Everybody wants to diagnose it as ADD, so they mask it. They medicate it. Medication will make anybody pay attention for a period of time, but it doesn’t treat the learning deficiency.”

Detecting a Learning Difference Possible learning differences can be detected as early as age 4. That gut feeling that something isn’t quite right frequently strikes parents, but they cannot pinpoint the cause. Fortunately, around age 6 or 7, the signs of a learning difference are even easier to spot. Karen Vandiver, lead school psychologist in the Columbia County School System, explains how children suspected of having learning deficiencies are evaluated: “For children that are pre-kindergarten through age 7, we look at developmental milestones to see if they are developing at the same rate as their peers. There are five areas that we look at: Adaptive development (independent living skills), cognition, communication, social/emotional development and physical development (gross and fine motor).” She clarifies that it is very important to distinguish a true developmental delay from lack of exposure to a skill. While parents don’t possess the same assessment tools and resources as professionals, they do have the advantage of being in the front-row seats. Parents’ observations of their child can lay the groundwork for further evaluation, help professionals put the pieces of the puzzle together and provide momentum for the process of intervention. Indicators of a potential learning difference in a preschool to kindergarten-aged child include (but are not limited to): • Difficulty memorizing his or her address. • Lack of motor coordination to tie his or her own shoes. • Trouble learning left from right. • Delayed formation of left-right dominance. • Sensitivity to or obliviousness to sensory input such as noises, textures, smells, tastes, motions. • A history of frequent ear infections as a toddler. • Slow language acquisition and/or development that can include understanding what is said to him or her or expressing his or her own thoughts. • Poor coordination. • Difficulty with rhyming and/or alliteration tasks and games.

• Delays in learning to sit, walk, color or use scissors. • Difficulty forming relationships with peers. Indicators of a potential learning difference in an early elementary-aged child include (but are not limited to): • Trouble learning to tell time on an analog clock (clock with hands). • Inability to form relationships between letters and the sounds used to make words. • Difficulty manipulating sounds, blending sounds and/or distinguishing between closely related sounds such as ch- and sh-. • Poor handwriting. • Slow or choppy reading. • Trouble sounding out words he or she has never seen. • Skipping words while reading or guessing at words based on their shape. • Reading without comprehending meaning. • Low interest in reading for pleasure. • Difficulty learning cursive. • One or both parents had difficulty in school or have been diagnosed with a learning disability Remain mindful that simply because a child exhibits one or more of these signs, particularly a younger child, he or she is not guaranteed to have a learning difference. If a learning issue is suspected, however, even in a preschooler, it is to the child’s benefit to seek out an evaluation, either through the school or a private practitioner or agency. “This will increase the probability that your child will make greater strides in progress,” says Vandiver. The specific learning deficit can be identified and it can be targeted with effective strategies. Though many students whose learning disabilities go unaddressed eventually develop their own accommodations by their late teens or early adulthood, the underlying problem will not resolve on its own. Frey offers good news, though. “These are correctable things,” he says, even for older children, teens and college students. Parents can attain peace of mind for themselves and for their children. Lucy Adams is a freelance writer and the author of Tuck Your Skirt in Your Panties and Run. She lives in Thomson, GA with her husband and their four children. Contact Lucy at

Don’t be intimated by the professionals’ jargon. This is a list of acronyms and terms parents might encounter: ADHD­­—Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder BIP—Behavior Intervention Plan, a behavior plan based on the function of the behavior. CICO—Check In/Check Out, an intervention that uses frequent feedback and self-monitoring in the form of a behavior contract. EI—Early Intervention FBA—Functional Behavior Analysis, used to determine the function of a students’ behavior. OT—Occupational Therapy PM—Progress Monitor, regular monitoring of a child’s progress in response to the intervention. RTI—Response to Intervention SLD—Specific Learning Disability SLP—Speech and Language Pathologist Neuropsychology—The study of brain-behavior relationships. Executive Functions—Attention, organization, speed, motor initiation that originates from the front part of the brain which “conducts” and controls these cognitive skills. Accommodation—Strategies put in place to minimize a cognitive weakness, such as sitting in the front of the classroom. Remediation—Programs designed to retrain brain processes and reduce a cognitive weakness. Sensori-Integration Disorder—Disruption of the senses (either under or oversensitive to tactile, oral, olfactory, vision, auditory, or vestibular input, movement and muscle tone.) Auditory Processing Disorder—Poor ability to process conversational speech even if receptive and expressive language are normal. Dyslexia—Auditory and visual-spatial weaknesses that impact the acquisition of reading skills. Dysgraphia—Difficulty with handwriting. Dyspraxia—Difficulty planning/completing intentional motor tasks. Dycalculia—Difficulty with the acquisition of math calculation and reasoning skills.

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by Karin Calloway Photos by Branch Carter

After a long, wet winter, spring is finally in the air. If you’re ready to give the wardrobes of your children and teens a spring spruce-up, check out these fun fashions. Preppy continues to be a strong trend for boys and pretty, feminine looks with a little hint of fun are perfect for girls.

Dapper Dude

Maddox Nuckols, 3, sports a classic look with pleated Strasburg linen shorts, checked shirt by Polo, pink E Land vest and Sperry shoes. Clothing provided by Kid to Kid. Maddox is the son of Tyler and Tiffany Nuckols.

Perfectly Pink

Alexis Ciara Flowers, 6, is ready for Easter or a tea party in this soft pink dress by Peaches and Cream and shoes by Willitis. Clothing provided by Kid to Kid. Alexis is the daughter of Valencia and J.L. Flowers.

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Bright and Off-White

Sabrina Birkette looks pretty in pink in this A Shu Lami dress and Limelight shoes. The dress is perfect for church or spring parties.. Clothing provided by Uptown Cheapskate. Sabrina is the daughter of James and Susanne Birkett.

Boy in Blue

Cody Jewitt, 3, looks dapper in this Kite Strings seersucker suit, button-down shirt and bow tie. Clothing provided by Posh Tots. Cody is the son of Aaron and Luiza Jewitt.




Comfort meets cool in children’s shoes for spring. 1. Saucony girls Kinvara in black, pink and white. 2) Stride Rite Zeke for boys in brown. 3. Stride Rite Rain for girls in navy and purple. Shoes provided by Little Feet. 20 • Augusta Family | March 2013

Pretty Pantaloons

Presley Rabun, 6, is ready for parties or play in this whimsical two-piece ensemble by Peaches and Cream. Clothing provided by Posh Tots. Presley is the daughter of Brian and Chasity Rabun.

Perfect in Polo

Marshall Knox is dressed for golf or fun in khaki shorts and striped shirt by Polo and Impulse shoes. Clothing provided by Uptown Cheapskate. Marshall is the son of John and Michelle Knox.




4. Star Wars by Stride Rite boys Captain Rex shoes in white and blue. 5. Saucony Baby Blaze in silver and navy. 6. Keds Clamerly Mary Janes for girls in pink. Shoes provided by Little Feet.

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Spring Cleaning Tips and Tricks from the Pros

By Lucy Adams Illustration by Michael Rushbrook

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“You can cut all the flowers but you cannot keep spring from coming.” –Pablo Neruda Open the doors. Let winter out and invite fresh air in. Put away the blankets and bring out the broom and start spring cleaning in every room. Truth be told, I’d rather pack up and go on a picnic than face the domestic disarray my house has fallen into over the long series of short days when I hibernated from housework. Unfortunately, clutter and corners never cleaned themselves and ignoring the odious never relieved one of responsibility for the inevitable. Asking for a share of good advice, however, can ease the strain and expedite the outcome.

‘TIS THE SEASON “Poor, dear, silly Spring, preparing her annual surprise!” –Wallace Stevens “Spring is a time for rebirth, rejuvenation, renewal, resurrection and re-growth,” says Robert Ledford, owner of Merry Maids in Augusta and Aiken. “Open the windows in your home and let the light in. Then you see the stuff you have been missing in the winter months when the home was dark and shuttered.” Sunlight streaming through dust-streaked windows certainly motivates a person to grab the Windex and the rags, the broom and the dustpan, the mop and the pail. It inspires a homemaker to roll up rugs and take down blinds. Inspection of spaces largely disregarded during dreary, cold months incites internal urges to sort things out and make a fresh start. Julie Drew, owner of Clutter Fairies, says, “Spring is a good time to do attics, garages and basements,” encouraging people to broaden their definition of spring cleaning. GETTING ORGANIZED “Spring is the time of plans and projects.” –Leo Tolstoy in Anna Karenina Experts agree that before any deep cleaning can be accomplished, the random stacks of papers, piles of possessions and odd objects that have taken up residence on surfaces, in drawers and underfoot must be dealt with, not just stuffed somewhere out of the way to be faced another day. “People get overwhelmed. They start shuffling instead of purging,” says Drew. Dodge the pitfall of simply rearranging things. Look at possessions with a discerning eye and discard or donate items that gobble storage without giving back. “Weed out, weed out, weed out,” encourages Leslie Tansey of All About Organizing. Christmas alone most likely resulted in a great influx of material goods that was not balanced with an equal elimination of belongings. Tansey recognizes that parting with possessions can be emotional for some people, but warns, “Be careful about what you’re saving. Once you have it in your home, you have to contain it and you have to store it.”

Drew concurs and offers practical wisdom, saying, “If you don’t use it, get rid of it. It’s just taking up space in your mind, in your life, in your house. You don’t realize how much clutter bogs you down.” Tansey recommends diving into this process by first taking out a calendar and planning time to work on each space. “Take baby steps,” she suggests. “Tackle it in short spurts. Don’t move on to other rooms until you’ve completed one area.” Tansey and Drew provide additional tips from the trenches for getting organized: • Gather tools for clearing the clutter, including plastic bins or heavy-duty trash bags and a silver sharpie marker to label the bags or bins. At a minimum, have containers labeled KEEP, DONATE and TRASH. • Don’t burn out trying to do it in one fell swoop. Break the task into steps. Use an egg timer to pace yourself. • Work from the floor up. • Make decisions quickly. Limit yourself to one minute per item. If you can’t make a quick decision about what to do with an object, put it in a bag labeled DECISIONS and come back to it before moving on to the next area. • Take everything to its final destination before starting on another room. DEEP CLEANING “Spring shows what God can do with a drab and dirty world.” –Virgil Kraft Cleaning is clearly easier if a house is organized. Much of the cleaning process follows the same routine as the weeding out. “Take small steps, do just a bit day by day, make a List and check it twice, do things by priority and set a deadline,” says Ledford. Remember, 80 percent of the grit and grime in a house is in 20 percent of the living space, usually the kitchen and the bathrooms. Plan to spend the most time and effort in those areas. Complete cleaning one room before moving on to another. Just like efficiency is imperative when clearing out the clutter, it is also important when scrubbing and mopping and dusting. Ledford and

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Don’t wait until cleaning and organizing are huge endeavors requiring heroic efforts and hours of investment. the Merry Maids crew tell people to “make every move count.” Don’t clean anything that isn’t dirty. Don’t waste time hunting down cleaning supplies. Put rags and cleaning solutions in a pail that can be carried from room to room. Wearing an apron with large pockets is a good way to keep frequently used tools at hand. Ledford and the Merry Maids team offer a few additional recommendations, as well: • Select the right tools for the job. Essential utensils include a broom, dustpan, toothbrush, vacuum, mop, sponge, squeegee, putty knife, fine-gauge steel wool and plenty of cleaning cloths. • Purchase appropriate cleaning solutions. The basics include window cleaner, bleach, vinegar, baking soda and furniture polish. • Work from the ceiling down and from the back of a room to the door. Clean cobwebs from corners (with a damp towel on the end of a broom). Next, wipe ceiling fan blades. After that, attend to knickknacks on shelves and then dust furniture. Sweep, vacuum and/or mop last and in such a way that you arrive at the door and don’t have to backtrack across your work to exit the room. • When scrubbing, instead of circular motions, move the cloth, brush or mop north to south then east to west (up and down, then side to side). • Avoid muddy water. Use two buckets, one filled with cleaning solution and one empty. Wet the sponge, mop or cloth in the cleaning solution and then squeeze it out in the empty bucket. • If the whole family is involved, divide the work into wet jobs and dry jobs and assign teams to each. FINAL THOUGHTS “In spring, at the end of the day, you should smell like dirt.” –Margaret Atwood When conducting annual organizing, scouring or both, planning, preparation and efficiency are key. Stay on task by ignoring distractions like phone calls. Resist mulling over the memories or emotions attached to certain items. Focus on the end goal by posting a picture of how you would like for the room to look or by promising a reward for a job well done. The best tip that Ledford, Tansey and Drew offer is one that is at the same time obvious and illusory: Don’t wait until cleaning and organizing are huge endeavors requiring heroic efforts and hours of investment. Maintain your house on a regular basis and spring cleaning will be completed quickly so you can get outside and get on with the picnic. Lucy Adams is a freelance writer and the author of Tuck Your Skirt in Your Panties and Run. She lives in Thomson, GA with her husband and their four children. Contact Lucy at

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Easy Easter Brunch with a Pantry Punch


he ingredients for an easy weekend breakfast or a special Easter brunch may be in your pantry right now. Holidays are the perfect time to sprinkle additional creativity or fresh new thinking into meals for family and friends and—by using staples like pancake mix, syrup and instant mashed potatoes in unexpected ways — you can craft new and delicious dishes sure to make everyone smile. Try these recipes from Hungry Jack® using simple pantry staples and turn them into what will become new brunch favorites. For more creative recipes and ideas, visit

Spicy Candied Bacon Yield: 6 slices Prep Time: 5 minutes Cook Time: 25 minutes 1/2 pound extra-thick cut bacon, about 6 slices 1/4 cup Hungry Jack Original Syrup 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon 1/8 teaspoon cracked black pepper

Pancake Breakfast Sandwich Yield: 4 servings Prep Time: 15 minutes Cook Time: 15 minutes

1. HEAT oven to 375°F. Line 15 x 10-inch baking pan with foil. Lay bacon slices on foil. 2. BAKE 18 to 20 minutes or until bacon edges begin to curl. Remove from oven. Tilt pan to drain. Pat bacon with paper towel. Combine syrup, cayenne pepper, cinnamon and pepper in small bowl. Drizzle evenly over bacon slices. 3. BAKE 5 minutes or until evenly browned. Remove to wire rack. Cool 5 minutes. Serving suggestion: Candied Bacon Breakfast Sandwich: Layer fried egg on English muffin. Top with shredded cheese, Spicy Candied Bacon and a dash of hot sauce or ketchup. Top with other half of English muffin.

Pancakes: Crisco Original No-Stick Cooking Spray 3/4 cup Hungry Jack Complete Buttermilk Pancake & Waffle Mix 1/3 cup water 1/4 cup Hungry Jack Original Syrup 1/2 cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese 1 cup frozen shredded hash brown potatoes, thawed, chopped into bite-sized pieces 1/4 teaspoon salt 4 3-inch round sausage patties* Eggs: 1 1/3 4 1/8

tablespoon butter cup diced red pepper large eggs teaspoon salt

For pancakes: 1. COAT griddle or skillet with no-stick cooking spray. Heat griddle or skillet on medium heat (350°F). 2. WHISK pancake mix, water and syrup in medium bowl. Stir in cheese, potatoes and 1/4 teaspoon salt. Cook sausage patties as directed on package. 3. POUR 2 tablespoons batter on griddle, spreading batter to make a 3-inch circle or by using 3-inch pancake molds, coated with no-stick cooking spray. Repeat to make 7 more pancakes. Cook 2 minutes or until golden brown. Turn. Cook second side 2 minutes. For eggs: 1. MELT butter in large skillet. Add red pepper. Cook and stir about 1 minute. Whisk eggs and salt in small bowl. Pour into skillet with peppers. Cook slightly, then shape into four 3-inch circles about the same size as the pancakes and sausage. 2. PLACE one pancake on plate. Top with cooked sausage patty, egg and another pancake to make breakfast sandwich. Repeat with remaining ingredients to make 3 more sandwiches. *TIP: If using pre-made sausage patties, flatten slightly into 3-inch rounds, if necessary.

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by Christina Katz

Get By With a Little Help Ten Tidy Reasons To Get Cleaning Help


have no idea why I was so stubborn about asking for help in the first place. But now, for a modest monthly investment, here I sit in a sparkling clean home thanks to the focused and swift efforts of a cleaning service. Suddenly I am an evangelist for housecleaners everywhere! I want to spread the good news to over-worked parents whose toilet bowls could use a good scrub, whose dust-bunnies are starting to organize and whose children are grumbling about their friend’s homes being a lot “nicer.” I want to tell them, “Hey, if you have two working parents under one roof, you can probably afford (and just might rejoice if you had) a bit of extra help around the house. You might think you shouldn’t or you couldn’t but you definitely should and you probably can. And here are 10 good reasons why.

1. Don’t Worry About Idle Hands In case you are concerned that you will suddenly have nothing else to do if your home is regularly cleaned, I can assure you that you will still have ample chores to divide and conquer. After all, the seasons will still turn. The pets, yard and garden will not suddenly start taking care of themselves. Your children will not become angels overnight. Your husband, if he is anything like mine, may never find the clothes hamper. Clutter will still accumulate and need to be purged. I’m sure you get the picture.

2. Get Wiser at Your Day Job Burdens are funny things. They drag along with us invisibly everywhere we go, including throughout our workday. So that sink full of dirty dishes waiting for you when you get home probably is bothering you. Worse, it might be distracting you from matters at hand. But with increased order under your roof, dishes are easier to keep up with, life goes more smoothly

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in general and decision-making becomes easier.

3. Spend To Save You know the expression, “You have to spend money to make money?” Once your home is clean and orderly, it will suddenly make perfect sense. Go ahead and invest the money in you and your family’s happiness now and reap the dividends of your investment for the long run. Besides, having a clean home will likely inspire you to stay home more, rather than trying to escape a messy house, which will also save you money.

4. Be Less Stressed Around Your Family If you’re old favorite past-time was snapping at everyone to “pick up,” “put that away” and “don’t leave that for me to clean up,” you will be pleasantly surprised when the regular appearance of cleaners motivates the entire family to pitch in and get things tidy. If anyone drags their feet when it’s time to get ready for the help that is on the way, remind them that the cleaners can’t work their magic in a cluttered or messy space. They’ll get things picked up and put away, pronto!

5. Spruce up Your Living Space Thanks to the several hours of labor that you have delegated to others, you will suddenly find yourself viewing your old digs with brand new eyes. You may start flipping through home décor magazines. You may sense that your kitchen walls could use a fresh coat of paint or notice that your teenage daughter has outgrown her pink princess décor. And you will likely have the energy to act on these inclinations in playful and expansive ways.

6. Invite People Over Your old logic went: You had an un-presentable

{ timeout house and you didn’t want others to know it. Your new logic goes: You have a neat and tidy house and you remember how much you liked people before you became overly concerned about whether they would judge your housekeeping habits. Party time!

7. Invest in Meal Preparation Grab-a-bite syndrome abounds in families with two working parents. But everyone knows that fast food, and worse, inhaling your food on the run, leads to poor food choices, weight gain and a stressful sense of rush-rush-rush. Now that your home is clean, you can do better. What is easy and delicious to make? Soup. Casseroles. Crock-pot meals. Breakfast for dinner. Even grocery store takeout is better than dining on the dash. Fill your place with the smell of home-cooked meals.

8. Finally! Time To Exercise Cleaning burns calories but it’s not aerobic. And we all need at least 30 minutes of moderate exercise five times a week or 20 minutes of vigorous exercise three times a week to stay fit according to the American Heart Association. If you need to lose weight, just eat less and exercise more. The AHA also recommends strength training twice a week. Get a move on, lift some weights and you’ll fit back into those “skinny” jeans in no time.

9. Become an Interesting Person Again Remember all the things you used to like to do before your chaotic house drained all your energy? Meeting the girls for a chick flick, enjoying a nice leisurely stroll with the family, painting and scrapbooking are all things you will have time for again when you have a clean home. You might even discover some brand new things you’d love to try.

10. Your Creative Juices Will Flow Now that you have a little extra time, consider how you’d like to spend it. Creativity isn’t just about art and culture. It’s the way we respond to life. Give yourself permission to innovate, riff and dare. Cut loose and have more fun. All of these benefits for the affordable price of a cleaning service? You probably think I am exaggerating. But you will never know for sure, unless you explore your options. Why not call a cleaning service today and let them give you a quote? The cost is probably more affordable than you think. Author Christina Katz wrote this article while her home was being cleaned, after she picked up all her husband’s smelly socks and summoned the courage to check under her daughter’s bed. Her latest book is The Writer’s Workout.

Get Your Home Cleaner-Ready When cleaners arrive, make sure nothing is in their way. Tackle this chore list before your trusty cleaners arrive: Pets: Clean litter boxes. Remove all pet bed covers for shaking out and washing. Put pets out of the way while the cleaners are working. Laundry: Start the laundry 24 hours before the cleaners arrive. Begin in the bedrooms and strip all the beds. Grab all the dirty clothes that have been slung hither and yon. Grab all the towels, mats and washcloths. Check under beds for stray, balled-up socks. Kitchen: Make sure all pans are hand-

washed and put away. Load the dishwasher or hand-wash all dirty dishes. Occasionally run sponges and cleaning brushes through dishwasher or soak in bleach water. Add kitchen towels and soiled potholders to laundry. Take out any recycling containers, compost and empty garbage unless cleaners will. Recycling: Gather up all newspapers and cardboard. If you have a fireplace or woodstove, scoop and discard ashes. Area Rugs: Remove all small rugs. Either take them outside and shake them out or add them to the laundry.

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by Danielle Wong Moores

Her pregnancy was entirely normal, but after Trey was born, doctors found a problem. His umbilical cord was four times larger that it should have been—and doctors were worried that his small intestine was engulfed inside it. At just eight hours old, Trey would have his first surgery. And even though doctors found only that his cord was full of extra blood vessels, this was the first sign that something bigger was happening. “He’ll be back,” Summer remembers overhearing one of the doctors saying.

Diagnosing Proteus Syndrome

Summer Crewsonberry’s 2-year-old son, Trey, is happy and active despite suffering from a rare genetic disorder called Proteus Syndrome.

Fighting for Trey An Augusta Mother Advocates for Her Young Son


rom inside the slide’s yellow tube, Trey calls out, “Mom, I love you!” “I love you too, Trey,” says Summer Crewsonberry. Nearly 2, Trey is all boy, with tousled white blond hair and piercing blue eyes just like his mother’s. Scooting from the slide, he quickly walk/ crawls over to another part of the play area, climbing then tumbling over a barrier with a shriek of joy. That laughter and joy—the normalcy of childhood—is exactly what Summer wants for her son and what she is advocating for. That’s because Trey

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is one of only about 200 people worldwide (120 still living) born with Proteus Syndrome—a very rare genetic disorder that causes skin, bones, muscles and blood vessels to grow abnormally.

Early Signs Because of medical issues, Summer didn’t think she’d be able to have a child. So when she found out she was pregnant, “It was a huge shock,” she says with a smile.

By the time Trey was 3 months old, Summer began noticing other signs. As he started to stand up in her lap, he used only his left leg. “His right was just dangling,” she says. His left hand, too, was slightly bigger than his right, a strange purplish mark developed on his left leg and the skin on that side also became very rough. At every step, doctors reassured the young mother that leg and arm discrepancies were common, that the mark was only a birthmark and, after ruling out cancer, determined that Trey had an unusual skin deformity. In most cases, it’s likely they would have been right. But as Trey continued to grow, Summer noticed that his left leg was becoming noticeably larger than his right. She took him for genetic testing, and when she was given the diagnosis, “That was a rough day,” says Summer. A scheduler at Georgia Regents Medical Center, it was one of the physicians she worked for who gave her the news. He also explained that Trey would have many surgeries in his future—and more than likely his left leg would need to be amputated at some point down the road. “I was OK during the appointment,” says Summer. “He said, ‘Look, this is what he has…You’ll want to go home and research it, but there’s not very much out there. It’s very limited and not many have seen it. I’ve only seen one myself.’ He asked me if I understood, and I said, ‘Yes.’ I packed up my stuff, I got into my car and I started driving down the road and I just broke down.”

Next Steps But after she cried—and after calling her mom and crying some more—Summer’s first step was to call her insurance company to make sure Trey’s treatments would be covered. Next, she began reading everything she could about Proteus syndrome. When she came across a National Institutes of Health study, she called, and soon found herself and Trey heading on a plane to Maryland to the NIH offices. Over the course of a week, Trey’s diagnosis was retested and reconfirmed, and physicians there educated the young mom on everything she needed to know and to watch out for in terms of Trey’s care. Everything from blood clots and tumors that could grow

{ inspirationstation anywhere on Trey’s body to enlarged organs, seizures, even asthma—all related to the genetic syndrome. Trey was also accepted into an NIH study investigating Proteus syndrome. Currently, the NIH is working with about 40 families in the U.S. affected by the disease. While there is no cure, researchers are working on a solution—one that might even be ready by the time Trey is old enough to take part in a clinical trial. “They have many years to perfect it before we even attempt it,” says Summer.

Supporting Trey Since then, Summer has become an advocate for Proteus Syndrome—while being meticulous about Trey’s many medical appointments and coordinating his care between his local and NIH physicians. As a single mom working full-time, Summer relies on her parents and a dedicated daytime babysitter who provide much-needed support, even driving Trey to and from his many medical appointments so that Summer can simply meet them at the doctor’s office then head back to work. Flipping through a white notebook in which she maintains all of Trey’s medical information, she counts that he has been

to 80 doctors’ appointments, through five surgeries and four inpatient stays—all before he has turned 2. He has also been to see nearly every specialty out there—including orthopedics, pulmonology, cardiology, gastrointestinal medicine, dermatology, urology, pediatric surgery, ENT, allergy and genetics. Trey also has home-based therapy, where he is working on learning how to use his left hand, which is now enlarged to the point that he has trouble closing it. His left leg is growing out at 30 degrees and is now four inches longer than his right, so his therapist works with him on stretching and straightening, range of motion, as well as balance. Soon, Trey will need to go back to surgery to try to straighten his leg and also stunt the growth to give his right leg a chance to catch up. But today, even after Summer has taken off the shoe that gives his right leg added height, it doesn’t slow him down. His little hand, like an enlarged starfish, pulls him up as he scrambles to climb a padded indoor tower. Every so often, his bright eyes peek through the netting to see if Summer is watching—and if she is, he grins. That normal, happy childhood—playing ball, birthday parties, Mickey Mouse—are all Summer wishes for her son. Her other goal is to educate as many

physicians as she can about Proteus Syndrome. While the syndrome is rare, she hopes her advocacy can help bring more awareness to the disorder so it isn’t so unfamiliar and, for those families who may be affected by it, so it can be diagnosed as early as possible. “People ask me all the time, ‘How are you so strong, why are you not crying right now?’ It’s because he is just the best baby anybody could ask for…He brightens the room when he comes in…I definitely believe he was given to me for a reason,” she says as she watches her son. More About Proteus Syndrome For updates on Trey’s condition and to support Summer’s fight to advocate for her son and others with Proteus Syndrome, like her Facebook page, Support Trey’s Proteus Syndrome, at To find out more about Proteus Syndrome, visit the Proteus Syndrome Foundation’s Web site at

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The Golden Dragon Acrobats is the premiere Chinese acrobatic touring company, having traveled to more than 65 countries around the world. The group, comprised of 25 mezmorizing acrobats who have trained since childhood, performs the rigorous art of Chinese acrobatics, an art form that first became popular in China 2,500 years ago. Part of the Augusta State University Lyceum Series. March 30. 3 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Maxwell Performing Arts Theatre. 706-667-4100.

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Special Events March 1. 20th Annual Morris Museum of Art Gala. The Morris Museum’s annual black-tie gala opens the exhibition Romantic Spirits: 19th Century Paintings of the South From the Johnson Collection and features an evening of delicious fare, live entertainment, dancing, and a raffle. 7 p.m. Morris Museum of Art. 706-828-3825. March 2. Heart and Sole 5K Run/Walk. A fundraising run founded by Stacey Haskins in Memory of her niece, Margaret Bowel McElreath, who died of a heart condition a few days after her birth. Registration from 7-8:30 a.m. at the Children’s Hospital of Georgia. Evening celebration at 7 p.m. at the Marbury Center, 1257 Broad St. Proceeds benefit the Children’s Hospital of Georgia. Go to or call Catherine Stewart at 706-721-4004. March 2, 9, 16, 23 & 30. Planetarium Shows. The DuPont Planetarium will present two shows. Enjoy a cat’s-eye view of the Moon and learn about backyard astronomy, space travel and living on the moon in Larry the Cat in Space at 7 p.m. At 8 p.m. experience the exciting adventures of Apollo astronauts in To the Moon and Beyond. Weather permitting, the observatory, housing the Bechtel telescope, will be open for viewing after each show. Call 803-6413654 for tickets. March 7-9. Spring Sidewalk Sale. Find the best bargains on the highest quality items. All day event. Downtown Aiken. 803-649-2221. March 7, 14, 21, & 28. Evans Towne Farmers Market. Local farmers and gardeners will sell fresh, seasonal vegetables and fruits along with eggs, meat, dairy, honey, nuts and breads. Local artisans will be featured and freshly prepared take-home foods from a handful of local chefs and restaurants will be sold. Children’s activities and family fun. 4:30-7 p.m. on the grounds of the Columbia County Public Library. Go to www.evanstownefarmersmarket. com for information. March 8-10. Aiken-Augusta Gem, Mineral and Fossil Show. Features exhibits, demonstrations and educational resources. Shop for gold and silver, find and everyday jewelry, loose gemstones and more. Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m.-7 p.m., Sunday from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. at Julian Smith Casino. Go to or for more information. March 9. Fourth Annual Kitchen Tour. The Augusta Symphony Guild features a selection of extraordinary kitchens. 10 a.m-4 p.m. Various locations. 706826-4705. March 9. Family Chocolate Festival. Sample chocolate treats as you walk around the boardwalk lit up

by luminaries. There will be several chocolate desserts to enjoy, plus indoor beverages, while you see (and hear) the wetland at night. Learn about where chocolate comes from—both the production of the product and the ecology of the plant. Pre-registraion is required. 6:30-8:30 p.m. Reed Creek Nature Park and Interpretive Center. 706-210-4027 or March 9-15. Julliard in Aiken. The weeklong event features public performances, chamber concerts, master classes and outreach to area schools. 803292-3124. March 10. Empty Bowl Luncheon. Sample soups, breads, desserts and beverages from area restaurants, bakers and caterers. Bid on items contributed by area potters, artists and merchants and enter the You “Can” Help raffle to win a bicycle. For each can of food you bring, you will receive one raffle ticket. Raffle tickets may also be purchased. 11 a.m.-3:30 p.m. at the Augusta Jewish Community Center, 898 Weinberger Way, Evans. Go to www.emptybowlcsra. org for more information. March 12. Sandhills Writer Series. Reading, informal colloquium and reception with author Marcia Douglas. 1 p.m. Jaguar Student Activities Center Coffee House. Georgia Regents University. 706-737-1444. March 12 & 13. Cosmic Adventures. An inflatable, mobile planetarium with programs tailored to every grade level. An exciting virtual ride through space with a knowledgeable tour guide making it not only fun, but very information. Grades pre-K through 8. 9:30 a.m., 10:35 a.m., 11:45 a.m., 12:45 p.m. and 1:45 p.m. Patriot’s Park Gymnasium, 5446 Columbia Rd., Grovetown. For reservations, call 706-312-7192 or e-mail March 15-17. RV & Boat Show. Family fun with food, boats, vendors and RVs in Evans Towne Center Park. Free. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. each day. March 15-22. Seventh Annual Spring Artists’ Market and Festival. Annual event featuring activities for art lovers of all ages. Wine and cheese opening reception, March 15, 6-8 p.m. Artists’ festival, March 16, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Artists’ market daily, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., and Saturday, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Gertrude Herbert Institute of Art. 706-722-5495. March 16. Diamond Lakes Easter Egg Hunt. A fun family event. Egg hunt is for children ages 4-12. Noon-2 p.m. at Diamond Lakes Community Center, 103 Diamond Lakes Way, Hephzibah. Call 706-7722418 for information. March 16. St. Patrick’s Day Celebration. The Augusta Common will be “rolling out” the green carpet on St. Patrick’s Day. Enjoy live entertainment, children’s attractions, food, and tons of vendors. For

more information, call 706-821-1754. 2-9 p.m. March 17. Corned Beef Comes to Augusta. Adas Yeshurun Synagogue will hold a corned beef sandwich fundraiser. Place your order for a boxed lunch which will include a corned beef sandwich on Jewish rye bread with a pickle spear, chips, drink and condiments. Dine in or carry out. Purchases will be by advanced sales only and all orders must be made by March 10. Go to to place your order or call 706-736-8788. March 21. Pig Jam. Enjoy barbecue by the BBQ Barn, musical entertainment by Sibling String and a chance to win raffle items in a one-of-a-kind garden setting. Proceeds benefit Sacred Heart Cultural Center. 6:30 p.m. at Sacred Heart. Call 706-826-4700. March 22 & 23. Kidsignment Sale. Head to Aiken’s First Baptist Church for quality used clothing and toys for tots to teens. Friday from 9 a.m.-7 p.m. and Saturday from 8 a.m.-noon. All items are half price on Saturday. Go to for more information. March 23. Junior League of Augusta’s Kids in the Kitchen. This event will empower youth to make healthy lifestyle choices by engaging them in the preparation of healthy meals, cooking demonstrations, fun fitness activities, a gardening exhibit and more. Free. 9 a.m.-noon. The Salvation Army Kroc Center, 833 Broad Street. 706-364-KROC or info@ March 23. Aiken Spring Steeplechase. Gates open at 9:30 a.m. Carriage parade, 1:15 p.m. Ford Conger Field. Aiken. For more information and full schedule of events, visit March 23. Paws in the Park Pet Walk. Join the CSRA Humane Society in this fundraiser that will include a dog walk, refreshments, entertainment, games, booths and more. Registration for the walk begins at 9 a.m. and the walk begins at 10 a.m. Don’t have a dog? Register to walk a shelter dog at 10 a.m. and then walk your new pet pal at 11:15 a.m. Event also will include a microchip pet clinic (call the center for an appointment). Go to www.CSRAHumaneSociety. org for complete information. March 23. Easter Egg Scramble. Columbia County’s annual family event with inflatables, photos with the Easter Bunny, food, children’s crafts and more. 10 a.m. for ages 1-4, 11 a.m. for ages 5 and up. Rain date is March 30. Call 706-312-7192 for information and fees. March 23. Community Easter Egg Hunt. For children ages 4-12, this annual event is sponsored by the August Recreation, Parks and Facilities Department and Perry Broadcasting. Bring your baskets and enjoy hunting over 10,000+ eggs. Live radio re-

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calendar mote, children’s activities and prizes as well. Maybe even a visit from the Easter Bunny, so don’t forget to bring your cameras. Free. 706-821-1754. 11 a.m.-1 p.m., May Park, 622 4th Street. March 30. Golden Dragon Acrobats. Daring feats of balance and precision with roots in ancient Chinese culture. 3 and 7:30 p.m. GRU Maxwell Performing Arts Theatre. 706-667-4100. Museum and Science Events Reed Creek Nature Park and Interpretive Center 3820 Park Lane, Martinez. 706-210-4027. Children must be accompanied by an adult and registration is required for all events. March 13. Skulls and Scat. Ever wonder what animal left droppings or paw prints in your backyard? Learn to identify animal species based on their tracks, skulls and scat (droppings). Definitely the best time you will ever have while looking at poop! For ages 5 and up. 4:30-5:30 p.m. March 16. Pond Exploration. With dip nets in hand, children will explore and learn about what animals live in the Reed Creek pond. Be prepared to get a little wet and muddy. For ages 5 and up. 10-11 a.m. March 23. All About Frogs. Learn about our local frogs and how they are being studied through a calling survey at Reed Creek. Go outdoors to listen for frogs using the calling survey protocol. For ages 5 and up. 8-9 p.m. March 30. Insect Investigation. Learn about our sixlegged friends as you catch and release insects with bug nets in different areas of the park. For ages 5 and up. 4:30-5:30 p.m. The Arts, Music and More March 1-28. 34th Annual Agnes Markwalter Youth Art Competition: Honoring Artistic Promise. View the works of students in grades K-12 in this competition that explores the theme Art Takes Action. Gertrude Herbert Institute of Art, Ware’s Folly. MondayFriday 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and Saturday with advance appointment. Free. Call 706-722-5495 or e-mail March 2. Raisin AJ Productions Presents: Unavailable. Whitney, Jasmine and Angela have always fallen for the wrong kinds of men. All from fatherless homes, they can’t tell the good men from the bad ones, the honest from the liars, the available from the unavailable. Now, the three of them find themselves heartbroken at the same time, with no one to pick up the pieces but themselves. 7 p.m. Imperial Theatre. 706-722-8341. March 2. Ensemble Galilei First Person: Seeing

America. Transcendent and soulful music combined with poetry, prose and imagery. 8 p.m. Etherredge Center. USC-Aiken. 803-641-3305. March 2. Lorrie Morgan. Applauded for her talents and commitment to her heritage, Lorrie Morgan made history when she became the youngest lifetime member of the Grand Ole Opry at age 25. 8 p.m. Newberry Opera House. 803-276-6264. March 3. Decorus Presents Rainfall. Rainfall will feature top high school vocalists and is prresented by Decorus, an Augusta-based youth choir. Singers in the choir represent many of the high schools in the CSRA. The concert is free, but each attendee must have a ticket. Call 706-738-2546 for complete information. March 3. Fiddler on the Roof. Based on the stories of Sholom Aleichem, Fiddler on the Roof has captured the hearts of people all over the world with its humor, warmth and honesty. The universal theme of tradition cuts across barriers of race, class, nationality and religion. 3 p.m. Bell Auditorium. 1-877-4AUGTIX. March 4. The Pirates of Penzance. A musical theater masterpiece featuring the New York Gilbert & Sullivan Players. The rich sounds of full orchestra, chorus and vocal soloists resonate with classic elegance while the company’s contemporary sense of humor keeps the show alive for modern audiences. 7:30 p.m. Augusta State University Maxwell Performing Arts Theatre. 706-667-4100. March 5. Helen Reddy. The queen of 1970s pop music performs. 8 p.m. Newberry Opera House. 803-276-6264. March 7. University Health Care System Pops! at the Bell: A Tribute to The Beatles. Do you have Beatlemania? Don’t miss this tribute by Classical Mystery Tour. 7:30 p.m. Bell Auditorium. 706-8264705. March 7-April 30. Millie Gosch Exhibit. Landscapes by the native Georgian featuring the state’s lowlands and coasts. Opening reception, March 7, 5-7 p.m. Sacred Heart Cultural Center. 706-826-4700. March 8-9. Aiken Civic Ballet Performance. 7 p.m. Etherredge Center. USC-Aiken. 803-641-3305.

the Performing Arts. Aiken. 803-648-1438. March 15, 16, 22 & 23. Ed Turner’s Rock and Soul Revue. Hear tunes from Santana, Rod Stewart, The Band, Jim Croce, The Rolling Stones, Guess Who and more at this benefit for the dogs and cats of the CSRA Humane Society. 7:30 p.m. at Le Chat Noir. March 16. Georgia Health Sciences Symphony Series: Suite Spring. Exhale the fresh, crisp breath of springtime with Schumann’s Symphony No. 1 as performed by the Symphony Orchestra Augusta. 7:30 p.m. First Baptist Church of Augusta. 706-8264705. March 16. Masterworks V: Musical Bridges II. The Columbia County Orchestra bridges the styles of two composers. Featuring a performance of Beethoven’s Symphony No. 6 and a Bruch two-piano concert. 6-9 p.m. Jabez S. Hardin Performing Arts Center. 706-755-5849. March 16. Pilobolus. Part of Augusta Ballet’s 50th Anniversary Season of the Surreal. An influential force in the dance world for the past 40 years, Pilobolus will surprise audiences with memorable, premiere works just for Augusta Ballet. 7 p.m. Imperial Theatre. 706-261-0555. March 17. Savannah State University Wesleyan Gospel Choir in Concert. 5 p.m. at Tabernacle Baptist Church, 1223 Laney Walker Blvd. Call 706-9551637 for tickets. March 21. USC-Aiken Faculty Artist Recital. 7:30 p.m. Etherredge Center. USC-Aiken. 803-641-3305. March 23. The Roar of Love. With the Columbia County Ballet. 1 and 5 p.m. Bell Auditorium. 706860-1852. March 23. Ben E. King. American soul singer and Rock & Roll Hall of Fame alumnus, Ben E. King possesses one of the most elegant baritone voices. 8 p.m. Newberry Opera House. 803-276-6264. March 24. A Collage of the Arts for Passion Week. Actors, dancers, vocal and instrumental music and visual art from seven centuries set the stage for Holy Week. Featuring guest organist, John Ourensma. 7 p.m. St. John United Methodist Church. 706-724-9641.

March 9. Bank of America Columbia County Music Series: The Harlem Quartet. String quartet from New England, highlighting works by minority composers. 7:30 p.m. Jabez S. Hardin Performing Arts Center. 706-826-4705.

March 27. The Princess Who Forgot How To Smile. This show is especially for children and open to groups. Presented by the Patchwork Players and hosted by the GRU Literacy Center. Shows at 9:30 and 10:30 a.m. Call 706-737-1625 for reservations and more information.

March 14-15. Broadway’s Next Hit Musical. Master improvisers gather made-up, hit song suggestions from the audience and create a spontaneous evening of music and comedy. The audience votes for their favorite song and watches as the cast turns it into a full-blown improvised musical. URS Center for

March 27. Elvis Lives. An unforgettable multi-media and live musical journey across Elvis’ life. Featuring finalists from Elvis Presley Enterprises’ worldwide Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Contest, the show is a unique theatrical concert experience. 7:30 p.m. Bell Auditorium. 1-877-4AUGTIX.

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calendar March 29. Ancient and Modern. Augusta Choral Society concert. 7:30 p.m. Sacred Heart Cultural Center. 706-826-4700.

will provide his introduction. Lunch by WifeSaver Restaurants. Paid reservation due March 13. After lunch Penley will sign his books in the store. Noon.

March 29-30, April 5-7, 12-13. Fox on the Fairway. A charmingly madcap adventure about love, life and man’s eternal love affair with golf. 8 p.m. April 7, 3 p.m. only. Aiken Community Playhouse. 803-648-1438.

March 17. Artrageous! Family Sunday: Go Green at the Morris. Evoke your inner Irish as you create prints, paintings and sculptures inspired by the color green. Free. 2 p.m.

March 30. Little River Band and Atlanta Rhythm Section. 7:30 p.m. Lady Antebellum Pavilion. Tickets available at Morris Museum of Art 1 Tenth St. 706-724-7501 or www. March 2-May 26. Romantic Spirits: 19th-Century Paintings of the South From the Johnson Collection. This is the first public exhibition of one of the most important collections of its type to develop in recent years and includes more than 35 important 19th-century paintings that enrich the viewer’s perspective on the South. March 7. What’s in the Box? Outrageous Animals. Learn about folk art and create a slithering snake sculpture using secret objects from the box. Registration required. 10-11 a.m. March 8. Films on Friday—Woodrow Wilson: A Passionate Man, from the American Experience Series. Part of a two-part biography of Woodrow Wilson. After viewing the film, Erick Montgomery, director of Historic Augusta, Inc., leads a discussion. Bring lunch. Free. March 10. Martha Buck Pottery Trunk Show. Appling, Ga., ceramicist Martha Buck will show and sell her unique, timeless pieces. 1-4 p.m. March 10. Music at the Morris: The Augusta Opera. The Opera performs a selection of American classics. Free. 2 p.m. March 12. Southern Circuit Film Series—Free China: The Courage To Believe. After viewing the movie, enjoy a question-and-answer session with director, writer and producer Michael Perlman. Free. 6 p.m. March 15. Art at Lunch: Steve Penley. Penley discusses his artwork, which is frequently featured on FOX News and CBS. Mayor Deke Copenhaver

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March 22. Impressionism: Arts and Change in the 19th Century. Lecture given by Augusta State University history professor Hubert Van Tuyll. 1 p.m. Morris Museum of Art auditorium. 706-737-1876. March 23. Adult Artist Workshop: Everyday Calligraphy. Learn from professional calligrapher Natasha Lawrence the art of beautiful writing. Open to beginners and advanced calligraphers. Practice techniques and create a finished calligraphic art piece to take home. Materials included. Registration required by March 11. 10 a.m.-1 p.m. March 28. Exhibition Opening: First Lady Ellen Axson Wilson and Her Circle. Amy Kurtz Lansing, curator at the Florence Griswold Museum in Old Lyme, Conn., discusses the influence of the Lyme Art Colony, where Ellen Axson Wilson painted, on American art and artists. Erick Montgomery will provide an overview of Wilson’s biography. Free. 6 p.m. March 28. Saturday Special: Art Swap and Sale. Do you have some art supplies lying around? Is your studio filled with paintings waiting for a home? Are your bare walls screaming for new art? Come ready to swap, sell or buy in the Museum’s auditorium. Table space is free but very limited. Preregistration required by calling 706-828-3867. Free. 2-6 p.m. Musical Theatre Workshops 3817 Martinez Blvd., Suite D, Martinez. Contact Mickey Lubeck, director, at 706-231-1759, Ongoing. Theatre arts classes including acting, voice, dance and musical theatre production for children ages 5 and up. Visit their Web site for current class offerings. Sports Augusta Riverhawks Home Game

calendar Schedule James Brown Arena 7:35 p.m. Sunday games are at 4:35 p.m. For tickets: 706-993-2645 March 2 vs. Knoxville Ice Bears March 7 vs. Louisiana Ice Gators March 8 vs. Huntsville Havoc March 10 vs. Knoxville Ice Bears March 16 vs. Louisiana Ice Gators March 21 vs. Columbus Cottonmouths March 22 vs. Fayetteville FireAntz 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. March 1-30. Registration for Masters’ Week Camp. Camp will be held April 8-12. Camp activities from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. with free early drop-off beginning at 7 a.m. and late pickup until 6 p.m. Ages 5-12 at the following Family Y locations: Family Y of Augusta South, Wilson Family Y, Marshall Family Y, Family Y of Aiken County and Family Y of North Augusta. Through March 6. Registration for Men’s Basketball at the Wilson Family Y. Season begins March 18. Through March 10. Miracle League Baseball Registration. Miracle League is a baseball league specifically designed for youth and adults with physical and developmental disabilities. Spring season is held April 20-June 15. Games are played on a rubberized surface field at the Charlie Norwood VA Medical Center on Wrightsboro Rd. Call JD McCauley at 706-922-9597 for more information. Through March 28. Family Y Swim Lessons. Lessons for all ages and skill levels are held twice a week for four weeks. Classes are available at the indoor pools at the Wilson Family Y and the Family Y of Downtown Augusta. March 4-28. Youth Swim Lessons at Wilson Family Y. Kick your way to confidence. Ages 6 months to 12 years.

March 4-April 19. Adult Boot Camp at the Wilson Family Y. One-hour, high-intensity class with a focus on calisthenics, strength and cardio in both indoor and outdoor locations. Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 5 a.m. or 6:15 p.m. March 5-April 13. Youth Boot Camp at the Family Y of North Augusta. One-hour, high-intensity class of calisthenics, strength and cardio. Ages 10-14. Class meets twice a week. March 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. March 9. Parent’s Night Out at Family Y of North Augusta. A fun night at the Y for ages 2-12. Pre-registration required. Pizza provided. 6-9:30 p.m. March 9 & 23. Parent’s Night Out at the Marshall Family Y. Kids enjoy activities, games, crafts and fun from 6-9:30 p.m. while parents enjoy a night out. Food provided by Chick-Fil-A or Papa Johns Pizza. Space is limited and pre-registration is suggested. March 11-April 21. Lacrosse Registration at the Marshall Family Y. Boys and girls ages 7-15. March 11-April 21. Summer Baseball Registration at Family Y of Augusta South and Wilson Family Y. Recreational baseball for boys and girls ages 6-12. March 16. School Day Out at Family Y of Augusta South. Activities from 9 a.m.4 p.m., with early dropoff beginning at 7 a.m. and late pickup until 6 p.m. March 16. Marshall Family Y Cloverleaf Duathlon. A 2-mile run/10-mile bike/2mile run for individuals, dual teams or tri-teams. 8 a.m. at Riverwood Plantation. Call Shonna at 706-922-9654. March 16. Parent’s Night Out at Family Y of Aiken County. Open to children ages 2-12 with care from 5:309 p.m. Kids enjoy activities and fun while parents enjoy a night out. March 19-April 22. T-Ball and T-Ball School at the Marshall Family Y. Tball school is for ages 4-5, T-ball is for ages 7-15.

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Easter Church Services St. Mark United Methodist Church

First Presbyterian Church of Augusta

2367 Washington Road Augusta, GA 30904 • 706.736.8185

642 Telfair Street Augusta, GA 30901 • • 706.262.8900

Palm Sunday, March 24 *11 a.m. - Chancel Choir Cantata, “Music for Lent & Easter” Thursday, March 28 *6:30 p.m. - Tenebrae Service

Sunday, March 31 *7 a.m. - Sunrise Service at Westover Cemetery *9 a.m. - Easter Celebration Service

Good Friday Service, March 29 *7 p.m. - Communion will be served at our Good Friday service as we remember and honor the sacrifice of Christ.

Easter Services, March 31 *8:30 a.m. & 11 a.m. - Join us on Easter Sunday as we celebrate the triumphant resurrection of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

Saint Paul’s Church

Church of the Good Shepherd

605 Reynolds Street Augusta, GA • • 706.724.2485

2230 Walton Way • Augusta, GA 30904 • 706.738.3386 *March 28 Maundy Thursday Service at 7 p.m. *March 29 Good Friday Services held at noon and 7 p.m. *Sunday, March 31 Holy Eucharist at 8 a.m., 9 a.m., 11:15 a.m. and 6 p.m. Nursery available at the 9 and 11:15 a.m. services. Egg Hunt following the 9 a.m. service

Holy Service Schedule • Palm Sunday, March 24, 7:45 a.m., 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. • Maundy Thursday, March 28, 7 p.m. • Good Friday, March 29, noon • Easter Sunday, March 31 9 a.m. - Holy Eucharist with the Canterbury Choir, Trumpet and Drums Annual Easter Egg Hunt on the Lawn (immediately following the 9 a.m. service) 11 a.m. - Holy Eucharist with the Saint Paul’s Choir, Brass and Percussion

St. Mary on the Hill Catholic Church 1420 Monte Sano Avenue • Augusta, GA 30904 • 706.733.6627 Holy Thursday, March 28 *Evening Mass of the Lord’s Supper, 7 p.m. Good Friday, March 29 *Stations of the Cross - Noon *Celebration of the Lord’s Passion - 7 p.m. Holy Saturday, March 30 *Easter Vigil Mass - 8 p.m. Easter Sunday, March 31 *7:30 a.m., 9 a.m., 10:45 a.m. & 12:30 p.m.

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calendar March 23. Parent’s Night Out at Wilson Family Y and Family Y of Augusta South. Fun, entertaining night from 6-9:30 p.m. for children ages 4-12 at the Wilson Family Y and 8 weeks to 12 years at the Family Y of Augusta South.

at Augusta South. Monday-Friday from 8:30 a.m.noon for ages 8 weeks to 4 years at Augusta South, 6 months to 12 years at North Augusta.

March 23. Parent’s Night Out for Children of Deployed Soldiers at the Marshall Family Y. Fun, entertaining night for children ages 2-12. 6-9:30 p.m.

Ongoing. BlazeSports Team. A swim team for all ages for physically challenged swimmers to train for competition.

March 29. School Day Out at Wilson Family Y and Family Y of North Augusta. Activities from 9 a.m.-4 p.m., with early dropoff beginning at 7 a.m. and late pickup until 6 p.m.

Ongoing. Multiple Sclerosis and Parkinson Disease Aquatic Exercise Class. Sponsored by the CSRA Parkinson Support Group and the Wilson Family Y. Group class designed specifically for ambulatory participants affected by Multiple Sclerosis or Parkinson Disease. Mondays and Fridays at noon at the Wilson Family Y. Call Claudia Collins at 706-9229664 or register at any Family Y location or online.

Family Y Mother’s Morning Out and Drop and Shop Programs

Ongoing Programs at the Family Y

Mother’s Morning Out at Family Y of North Augusta. Ongoing program for ages 2 to 4 at the Family Y of North Augusta. Kids learn basic educational curriculum and receive rotating instruction in creative arts, swimming and sports. Monday and Wednesday or Tuesday and Thursday from 9 a.m.-noon.

Ongoing. Adapted Aquatics Special Populations— Wilson Family Y. Individual half-hour classes for physically and developmentally challenged individuals of all ages. Call Claudia Collins at 706-922-9664 to schedule.

Drop and Shop. Held at the Family Y of Augusta South and the Family Y of North Augusta. Drop your kids off and take the morning to go shopping, hang out with friends or just relax. No reservation needed

Ongoing. Tae Kwon Do. Ages 5 and up at the Family Y of Aiken County, Family Y of North Augusta, Family Y of Augusta South and Wilson Family Y. Lessons are twice a week.

Ongoing. Art at the Family Y of Aiken County. This class is designed just for toddlers and parents on Wednesdays at 10 a.m. Children experiment with painting, gluing, sticking, sculpting and creating while developing fine motor, language and self-help skills. All supplies are provided. Four classes per month. Creations will be displayed in a spring art show. Ages 6-12. Call for fees. Ongoing. High School Art Classes at the Family Y of Aiken County. This class is designed to develop and broaden critical and creative thinking skills for ages 13-18. Classes are held on Tuesdays at 10 a.m. Call for fees. The Salvation Army Kroc Center 1833 Broad Street, Augusta. 706-364-KROC or Ongoing. Home School P.E. Monday-Friday from 9:30-11:30 a.m. for ages 5-12. Call to register. March 1. Kid’s Night Out. Kids’ Night Out activities may include swimming, gym play, inflatable and crafts. Dinner included. Ages 2-12. 6-10 p.m. March 1. Teen Movie Night. A free movie for teens

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} Mark your calendars for the International Quidditch Association’s Southern Regional Championship, taking place at North Augusta’s Riverview Park, Saturday and Sunday, March 2 and 3. According to the Augusta Sports Council, which is presenting the event locally, Quidditch is one of the nation’s fastest-growing sports. The free event (costing not even a knut!) will feature more than 20 collegiate and club Quidditch teams from across 15 Southern states. Vendors with broomsticks, wands and costumes will also be available—and attendees are encouraged to come in costume. For more information, visit internationalquidditch. org or

ages 13 and up. Refreshments available for purchase. 7 p.m. Call for title.

painting, photography, drumming and Spanish. Visit their Web site for complete class information.

March 1, 6, 21, 22 & 29. Kroc Camps. When school is out, your child (ages 5-12) can enjoy a day at the Kroc Center, playing games, swimming, doing arts and crafts and more. Register early because spots fill quickly. 9 a.m.-3 p.m.

March 19-May 21. Spring Quarter Music Classes. Guitar, piano, percussion and brass classes on Tuesday evenings (check Web site for class times).

March 1, 8, 15, 22 & 29. Kroc Tots Activity Hour. Action-packed play date for mothers and toddlers featuring children’s literature, art and craft projects and social play. Inspire your toddler’s social growth, cognitive and physical development as well as their creativity and individualism with a fun-filled morning. Ages 18 months to 5 years. 9:30 a.m. March 8. Kroc Music Series: The Harlem Quartet. Presented by Symphony Orchestra Augusta. Call for time. March 13-19. Lifeguarding Class. Call Shawn McNair, aquatics coordinator, at 706-922-8334. March 14. CPR for the Professional Rescuer. 4-9:30 p.m. Call Sean McNair, aquatics coordinator, at 706-922-8334. March 14-23. The Story of Noah. Presented by the Enopion Theatre Company. Call for sho times. March 18-May 20. Progressive Programming Session 2. Classes for adults and children in pottery,

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March 29. Family Movie Night. Free movie in their state-of-the-art theater. Seating is limited, so reservations are suggested. Refreshments will be available for purchase and children must be accompanied by an adult. 6 p.m. March 30. Saturday Super Stacker. The ultimate group fitness class challenge. Multiple class formats to include: Body Pump, Body Combat, Body Step, Body Vive, RPM, Zumba and Body Flow. 9:30 a.m.-noon. FAMILY ACTIVITIES Aiken Home School Times Playgroup 803-648-7042 or Thursdays. This playgroup is open to all home schoolers. Meets at the O’Dell Weeks playground for unstructured play for the children and time with other home school parents for the adults. Noon. Augusta Jewish Community Center 898 Weinberger Way. 706-228-3636 or log on

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

calendar AustiCare Contact Donyale Clarke at 803-384-0522. This Autism support group meets the first Thursday of each month at 6 p.m. at AGC Teacher Supply. Preregistration is required. Attendance is free. 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 800-650-BURN or go to Celiac Disease Support Group E-mail Meets the third Tuesday of every month in Suite 120 of the Summerville Building, adjacent to Trinity Hospital of Augusta. Open to those with celiac disease, gluten intolerance or on a 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. Champions Made From Adversity P.O. Box 980, Evans, Ga., 30809 706-364-2422. This nonprofit organization strives to advance the lives of people with physical disabilities and their families through sport and leisure opportunities. Current weekly schedule: Monday—Adapted fitness at the Kroc Center, 2-4 p.m. and wheelchair basketball at Garrett Elementary School, 6:30-8 p.m. Tuesday—Swimming at Fort Gordon, 9-11 a.m., and quad rugby at the Kroc Center, 6-8 p.m. Wednesday—Wheelchair basketball, 6:30-8 p.m. Thursday—Swimming at Fort Gordon, 9-11 a.m., and Adapted Fitness at the Kroc Center, 3-5 p.m. Friday—Adapted cycling at the uptown VA, 1:302:30 p.m. Common Bond Parent Support Group Geneice McCoy, organizer. 706-729-0012 or For parents of children of all ages and diagnoses with challenging disabilities but remarkable perseverance and resilience. Meets the second Thursday of each month at 7 p.m. Call for location. 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 AugustaGA.html.

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calendar MOMS Club Visit Ever feel like you’re the only mother who stays home? You are not alone! Come meet other at-home mothers at the MOMS Club, an international nonprofit organization. MOMS Club of Grovetown Members come from Grovetown, Harlem and the communities of Fort Gordon. The group is not affiliated with any parenting style, religion, or ethnic group. MOMS Club is open to and accepting of any and all moms who are at-home with their children. Mothers of Advanced Maternal Age (Mama’s) Did you have a child at age 35 or older? Are you expecting? This group of “older” moms welcomes you for meetings, support and play dates. Disabled children welcome. Contact Ami McKenzie at 706-3645245 or or go to http:// 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 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 for more information or to register for childcare. Neighbor To Family 801 Greene St., Augusta. Call Kimberly Lee-Branch, coordinator of licensing, recruitment and training at 706-396-2180, ext. 107. The goal of this organization is to revolutionize foster care by keeping siblings together while building healthier families. Parent Support Group The Child Advocacy Center, a program of Child Enrichment Inc., a nonprofit organization serving victims of sexual abuse in our community, is offering a support group for parents and caregivers of children who have been sexually abused. Groups will be held the second Tuesday of each month. Call 706-737-4631 for information and location. This group is not appropriate for sex offenders. Peaceful Parenting Augusta This unofficial Attachment Parenting support group

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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

spection. 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.

Trust Birth Stories & Cinema Circle Contact Lynn Reed, Trust Birth Facilitator, at 706-833-5101 or e-mail Call for March meeting information. Come watch this water/home birth film, discuss and then share your own birth stories. Trust Birth Initiative stands on the truth that “Birth is safe, interference is risky,” and that woman (and their partners) have the ability and responsibility to educate themselves to make informed choices. Monthly meeting are held at Steinle Wellness Center, 122 Old Evans Rd. 7-8:30 p.m.

March 5. 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 Hospital of Georgia, First Floor, Family Resource Library, Room 1801. Call Family Services Development at 706-721-5160 for more information.

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. March 4, 11 & 18 (Mondays) or March 4, 12 & 19 (Tuesdays). Ready and Able. This three-session class is recommended for late pregnancy. Topics include childbirth, comfort techniques, medications/epidurals, relaxation and breathing techniques. Intended to be taken with Showing and Glowing. 7-9:30 p.m. March 7. Babies, Bumps and Bruises. Class for families, parents and friends. Infant CPR taught by the American Heart Association. Infant Safety issues are also covered. 7-9 p.m. March 9 & 10. 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 Saturday, 1-5 p.m. on Sunday. March 14. Baby 101. This class offers information on infant development and caring for a new baby. Topics include normal newborn appearance and behavior, bathing, crying, diapering, swaddling and feeding. 7-9:30 p.m. Georgia Regents Medical Center Register online at Ongoing. Volunteers Needed. The Georgia Health Sciences University Cancer Center is in need of volunteers. Caregivers and cancer survivors are encouraged to apply. For more information or to apply, call 706-721-3596, stop by the Volunteer Services office inside the Georgia Children’s Hospital, second floor, Room BT-2611 or go to 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. March 1. Safe Kids East Central Safety Seat In-

March 6, 13, 20 & 27. Childbirth Education Class. This free four-week class is designed to inform and prepare expectant parents for the birthing experience. Topics include relaxation and breathing techniques, pain management choices, labor comfort measures and coping skills, massage techniques, rebozo techniques and care for mother and baby after birth. Call 706-7219351 or visit for more information. March 12. Breastfeeding Class. A free class led by an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant to help expectant parents gain knowledge and support to ensure successful breastfeeding. 7-9 p.m. in the Georgia Regents Medical Center, West Entrance, First Floor, Patient and Family Resource Library. To register, call 706-721-9351 or go to March 13. Infant CPR Training. Learn the core skills of infant CPR and relief of choking. Taught by a certified instructor. Registration required by calling 706721-9351 or visiting March 14. Car Seat Class. Car seat safety, education and training. Financial assistance is available to Medicaid and Peach Care-eligible families. Safe Kids Office, Building 1010C, 1225 Walton Way. Call 706-721-7606 to register. 5:45-8 p.m. March 20. 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 or go to Ongoing. Safe Kids East Central Child Safety Seat Inspections. By appointment at the following locations: Safe Kids Office, Building 1010C, 1225 Walton Way—contact Rene Hopkins at 706-721-7606. Martinez Columbia Fire Rescue, Engine Company 3—contact Jamie Champion at 706-860-7763. Ongoing. Safe Kids East Central Car Seat Classes. By appointment at the following locations: Sake Kids Office, Building 1010C, 1225 Walton Way or Martinez Columbia Fire Rescue Headquarters. Contact Rene Hopkins, Safe Kids Coordinator, at 706-721-7606. Trinity Hospital of Augusta Call Women’s Health Services at 706-481-7727 or visit

calendar for information and registration. March 2. Baby Care Basics and Breastfeeding. Two popular classes offered together. 9 a.m.-noon. March 2. Childcare and Babysitting Safety. Program emphasizes that the number one priority of a childcare provider is to be responsible for the safety and wellbeing of the children in one’s care. Course includes information on playtime, hand washing, telephone calls, infant and child feeding, diapering, sleep time and emergency care. For ages 11-14. 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Lunch included in registration fee. March 6. Infant CPR. Learn how to respond in an emergency situation using infant mannequins and a simple step-by-step method. 6-8 p.m. March 9. 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. March 12. Childbirth Education 101. Learn about the signs and symptoms of labor as well as labor and delivery. 6-8:30 p.m.

March 26. On Being a Girl. Girls ages 9-12 with their mother, a female relative or friend will discuss physical and emotional changes of puberty. 6-9 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. Support Group. For parents, families and friends who have lost infants through miscarriage, death, ectopic pregnancy or stillbirth. Meets the first Monday of each month. 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. March 4, 11, 18 & 25 (Mondays), March 5, 12, 19 & 26 (Tuesdays) or March 6, 13, 20 & 27 (Wednesdays). Prenatal Education. This four-week series of childbirth preparation classes is designed to inform and prepare all expectant parents regardless of birth plans. Class topics include various states of labor, breathing and relaxation and how to care for yourself and your new baby. 7-9 p.m.

in the Women’s Center Third Floor Classroom. Registration required. March 8 & 9 or 22 & 23. Weekender Childbirth Preparation Class. A complete childbirth preparation class designed for those with time constraints or fluctuating schedules. Friday from 6:30-9:30 p.m. and Saturday from 9 a.m.-5:30 p.m. March 21. Breastfeeding. This class is designed for the expectant mother who plans to breastfeed. If you want in-depth information on how to evaluate breastfeeding and get off to a good start, this class is for you. Call 706-774-2825 to register. 7-9 p.m. at Babies R Us, 4225 Washington Rd., Evans. March 28. Introduction to Infant CPR. Do you worry about knowing how to revive your baby should the need arise? This class provides an opportunity to learn and practice infant CPR on mannequins and learn other aspects of infant safety. Space is limited, so early registration is suggested. 7-8:30 p.m. Submit calendar entries to Karin Calloway at karin. or enter your event online at

} Augusta is about to be in the grips of Beatlemania! Experience the memorable tunes performed exactly as they were written





Classical Mystery Tour and Symphony Orchestra Augusta. Hear “Penny Lane” with a live trumpet section, experience the beauty of “Yesterday” with acoustic guitar and string quartet and enjoy the rock/classical blend of the hard-edged “I Am the Walrus.” Classical Mystery Tour: A Tribute to the Beatles is presented by University Health Care System Pops! at the Bell. March 7. 7:30 p.m. Bell Auditorium. 706-826-4705.

Augusta Family | March 2013 • 45

Talkin’ About My Generation

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

by Grace Belangia photos by Chris Thelen

Fay Clymer,

73, of Evans, is the mother of four, grandmother of 12 and great grandmother of five. Likes To: Read. Favorite Possession: My cat and dog. Favorite Thing About the Spring: Everything is green and fragrant. Favorite Spring Cleaning Chore: Cleaning porches. Least Favorite Spring Cleaning Chore: Cleaning screens.

Tyler Harrison, 7, of

Grovetown, is the son of Chris and Kim Harrison. He has one sister and two dogs, Diego and Link. Likes To: Play and jump and draw. Favorite Possession: Skylander Giants! Favorite Place To Be: I really like going to the park. Favorite Thing About Spring: It means I can swim in my grandparent’s pool soon! Friends Say He’s: Creative.

Words She Lives By: “All power corrupts, absolute power corrupts absolutely!

Never Wants To Do Again: Eat pickles and onions.

Can’t Live Without: A good book.

Admires the Most: My mommy and my daddy.

Favorite Indulgence: Creme Brulee. Biggest Fear: Snakes. Message in a Bottle: I hope you are happy! I am!

46 • Augusta Family | March 2013

Victor Hudson,

24, lives downtown and works at the Augusta Training Shop. Likes To: Cut grass, ride my bike. Favorite Possession: My new bike. Favorite Thing About Spring: Wearing shorts. Favorite Spring Cleaning Chore: Yard work. Least Favorite Spring Cleaning Chore: Cleaning my bedroom. Favorite Place To Be: Richmond Academy. Favorite Indulgence: Chinese food.

Message in a Bottle: I love my parents!

Words He Lives By: “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” Philippians 4:13.

Song Playing in His Head: “What Makes You Beautiful,” by One Direction.

Finds Inspiration: Coaching any sport at Richmond Academy.

Augusta Family Magazine March 2013  

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