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Wildwood Park at Thurmond Lake into the back pockets of big developers. Well the Richmond County Board of Education is at it again! When something is working fine let's mess it up. Seems they are asking several of the better teachers at A.R. Johnson to transfer to other schools. Are they once again attempting to bring up test scores at the lower-performing schools or is something else behind this? The morale of the students and staff is at an all-time low. Way to go Larke! I couldn't agree more with last week's whine regarding the lack of flags and other signs of U.S. patriotism. The war started 9/11/01, and it certainly hasn't ended. I live in the middle of lily-white, ultra-conservative Columbia County, and my flag and my neighbor's across the street are the only ones flying. To the person writing about the Animal Control in Aiken County: Actually, if you call them and tell them about the problem with all of the strays, they will tell you their form of animal control. They will only come out to pick up a stray if it has attempted to bite, or has already bitten someone; otherwise, it's your problem. And if you bring a stray up there, they either give you the runaround about whether you live in the city or county, or they grudgingly take the animal and charge you money for it. Yeah — that's animal control. I am an ASU student and I am appalled and humiliated at one professor's comment in class the other day. The professor said, "So what? the Towers fell; the Pentagon was hit. Get over it!" Is this what we are to learn in college, how to be humiliated all over again after 9-11 as if we as a nation should be so tolerant of such attacks on our soil and just "get over it"? I am still in shock over hearing those words in class when I expected better than that from an ASU professor. Shame on you! I am very unhappy about the powers-that-be closing upper Central Avenue at the waterworks. Is this going to be a permanent thing? This will sever Summerville from Forrest Hills and Daniel Village and therefore make all of our lives a little more inconvenient and crowded around here. I don't think I like this dumb idea at all. You? What can we do about this? I know there's a war on. I wonder who decided we needed it this way? Blame it on Osama? Oh, that’s right: This is Richmond County. I forgot where I was for a moment. They've also blocked off other water sources in the Augusta area, ostensibly to protect the water supply from terroristic threat. Well, the Republican primary for Aiken County sheriff is over and, as expected, Mike continued on page 8

Words I’ve been eating fish from out of here (the Savannah River) all my life. I eat fish just about every day. For one thing, fishing is relaxing to the mind. And besides that, there’s so much they’ve got now, that you just about can’t eat anything. I mean, mercury might be good for you, for all I know.’’ — Fishing enthusiast and Augusta resident Edwina Birks, as quoted in The Atlanta Journal-Constitution in response to recent findings that indicate the Georgia Environmental Protection Division used bogus fish samples to convince the federal government that all of the fish in the waterway were at precisely the maximum allowable level of mercury content. The article suggested that the EPD’s fudging of the numbers came after industries along the river complained that they might have to more closely monitor discharges. It also suggested that there are areas along the river in which the mercury content in fish is unknown.

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Can someone tell the person complaining about 420 Outback and Jemani to find a new city to move to? They are Augusta bands, and they are all original. So where is the complaint? We love our local bands and support them always! Bigshot Democrats Lowell Greenbaum and Paul L. Cook live on the river. When the Corp of Engineers planned to destroy the lock and dam they both went running to our big Republican Charlie Norwood for help. He went to bat for them. He should have let the Corp turn their front yards into mudflats. He may yet if they don't shut their big mouths. People speed at highway construction sites because the DOT's wimpy signs only say "increased speeding fines." The real fine is $625. If the DOT changed its signs to read "$625 speeding fine!" That would curtail speeding. By the way, $625 is outrageous.

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I hope that the school board does not approve the A.R. Johnson teacher transfers. These are some of the best teachers in the country, but they want to teach at Johnson. If this happens, the students at Johnson lose and so will the school. Then we'll vote the current board out of office.

There are three excellent schools in Richmond County: the magnet schools. I hope that the Richmond County trustees do not allow those schools to be destroyed. If the changes are allowed at Johnson (teacher transfers), I am sure this will only be the beginning of a downhill fall for the school. I can see more folks heading to Columbia County; I will be one of them.

Wow! It seems to be raining anti-music sentiments on the downtown area of Augusta! The knock on Mr. Rubio, in what I would have to guess is due to the fire at the Soul Bar, is cold and to a point evil. Not only could we have lost a true landmark of the rejuvenation of our once wasteland of a downtown, but lives could

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Austin supported Mike Eubanks over Judge Carlyle Overstreet, Judge Overstreet won easily. Austin supported Barbara Dooley over Max Burns; Max won. Austin supported Robin Williams over Sue Burmeister; Sue won. Austin supported Guy Milner over Roy Barnes and Barnes won.

Given the CSRA's dependence on the military-industrial complex, it doesn't surprise me that most people here are gung ho about invasion of Iraq. God, greed and country somehow always go together for Republicans. What interests me is how Bush's cronies are going to cash in on the reconstruction.

I don’t know anything about running a restaurant, but if someone would put an Applebee’s, Ruby Tuesday or TGI Friday’s type restaurant along Tobacco Road, it would do well. There is a need for these types of restaurants in the South Augusta area, with all the new subdivisions and houses going up.

Re: “Global Spectrum To Run Civic Center.” Why? Do you mean to tell me that our local colleges fail to graduate enough students with degrees in business administration to meet these requirements? Come on now! I mean local people would know local interests!

I disagree with the letter to the editor by Kevin Palmer. The Augusta National has the right as a private club to admit whomever they choose. It is no one’s business whom they admit.

Austin Rhodes said on his radio show, that any of the Richmond County Board of Education members that did not stand up at the next meeting and voice their opposition of Dr. Gandy, could go straight to Hell! He said he would give all the support he could muster to the people that ran against him in the next election. Let me mention how you folks on the Board of Education are secure in your jobs. Austin supported the opposition against Sheriff Ronnie Strength; Ronnie Strength won by a landslide. Austin supported Jody Rowland; Michael Hunt won by 50 percent,

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side from the removal of Saddam Hussein, one thing the war with Iraq has given us is proof positive that there is a genuine lack of credible dissent and articulation from the local political left. There are two black-owned newspapers that offer their liberal wares to local residents: Charles Walker’s Augusta Focus and The Metro County Courier. The papers represent the only local, regular publications specifically catering to the political left. The Courier suffers in the shadows of Walker’s paper. Even though it has consistently shown better content, major advertisers shy away from the paper because of its small readership. Because the Focus is owned by a powerful politician, everyone in Augusta media knows that most of its major advertising is in place to suck up to its publisher. Its readership is not much bigger than that of The Courier, but it bills itself on the street as the “black publication of record,” and as such, gets a certain portion of “big business” that wouldn’t otherwise waste its time. The Focus is little more than the personal rag sheet of the failed former state senator. Since his loss at the polls, the paper has drifted further from its recent mission as his cheerleader, and has become a very funny source of left-wing vitriol. Unlike our daily paper, The Augusta Chronicle, or The Spirit for that matter, the Focus does not limit its political agenda to the editorial sections. When the Focus sets out to cover a local story, if there is any political significance to it at all, it is going to be presented with a very specific purpose. I can use my own self as a great example of that. Recently when a complaint was filed by a single Augusta State University student upset over a small portion of a speech I gave to her business class, the issue made the front page of the Focus and got an editorial page attack as well. While the newsworthiness of one complaint (out of several dozen students) could certainly be debated, the fact that the Focus would devote such ink to an issue and not seek even one word of comment from the guy in the middle of the story, me, should prove they have no interest in balanced reporting. The reporters that work for The Chronicle and Spirit are dispatched as nonpartisan storytellers, even when it comes to the most controversial issues. The only way a news publication can ever get community credibility is to pursue a course committed to that goal. The editorial pages are a whole other ballgame. For years Augusta Chronicle editorial editor Phil Kent set the standard for opinion writing gamesmanship in this area. Love him or hate him, you knew who he was, and he became the biggest editorial presence the area ever saw. Phil’s public persona far outdistanced that of The Chronicle’s multimillionaire owner, Billy Morris, and because of that, future editorial editors will labor in obscurity, with virtually no public presence. If 1 percent of Augustans could pick Kent successors Mike Ryan or Suzanne Downing out of a crowded room, I would be shocked. If 2 per-

cent knew their names, I would be astounded. With that as a given, The Chronicle is still an editorial presence to be reckoned with. The paper presents credible, mature, wellthought-out, conservative viewpoints. It is possible to do the same with a liberal slant. Proof of that is seen to the East, in my old buddy Cynthia Tucker, editorial chief of The Atlanta-Journal Constitution. There aren’t three political things she and I agree on, but we disagree honorably. Her editorial page is principled and committed to the truth, which is far more than I can say about the Focus. The AJC also presents its arguments with at least some foundation in intelligent thought, another quality lacking at the Walker paper. For instance, the Focus last week featured the following tidbit in the “Off the Record” editorial column, bashing the Bush administration’s complaints about Iraqi field tactics: “You declare the enemy, whose land you have invaded, is not playing fair by war rules by disguising themselves in any non-military apparel or pretending to surrender as a tactic for turning on American soldiers. What script declared that the invaded must be obviously attired in military uniforms? Where’s the costume designer of this war opera to put signs saying ‘Hit me!’ on the Iraqis?” Listen up Focus: International rules of war clearly state that military forces are forbidden from wearing civilian clothing. The rules are in place to protect civilians. If Iraqi forces are going to pull such stunts, they are subjecting all of their own civilian population to extermination. Such Iraqi behavior justifies shooting every civilian within sight of a military campaign, and summarily executing all surrendering troops before they get close enough to blow themselves up in a suicidal gesture. I wonder what the liberals would say if coalition forces adopted such policies? The ridiculous piece goes on: “Players (soldiers) get captured by the enemy and placed in front of cameras. Their loved ones can at least see that they are captured but alive. Yet, the invaders cry ‘foul’ and say it’s against the rules to show them. Why? Are you so embarrassed by proof of a failure that you would selfishly want loved ones to have to agonizingly wonder about everything about their soldiers?” Again, the Focus is defending specifically illegal activity under the Geneva Convention. It figures. The Courier does not seem to stoop to such bizarre punditry, but if no one reads their take, does it really matter? If Augusta’s left really wants to be heard, they are at the mercy of the “Letters to the Editor” sections of The Chronicle and the Focus. The nuts show up there, too, to be sure. But at least the civilians who present such drivel are not paid professionals. You expect better from the ones who are. — The views expressed in this column are the views of the writer and do not necessarily represent the views of the publisher. The archived Austin Rhodes columns can now be seen at www.wgac.com.


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hen Augusta Commissioner Bill Kuhlke asked his colleagues to support proposed legislation written this year by state Rep. Sue Burmeister that called for a change in the city’s consolidation bill, many of his fellow commissioners thought it must be an April Fool’s joke. It wasn’t. Last year, Burmeister was the first state legislator to introduce a bill to correct what she saw as glaring problems in the operations of Augusta’s city government. During the 2002 legislative session, Burmeister’s bill called for the mayor to have more power, the city administrator to be given the right to hire and fire department heads and the Augusta Commission’s voting guidelines to be changed to allow a simple majority of the commission to pass items before the body. After Burmeister introduced her bill last year, there was a flurry of state legislators submitting their own form of a bill to correct the local government. By the end of last year’s session in Atlanta, the local legislative delegation had spent the majority of their time fighting over the proposed changes to the consolidation bill and were never able to come to any compromise. It all appeared to be a total waste of time. That’s why many commissioners were shocked when Kuhlke told them that Burmeister was again prepared to introduce legislation to amend the consolidation bill, only this time her proposal concentrated on simply changing the voting method of the commission. Burmeister’s proposal states that “seven members of the commission shall consti-

tute a quorum for the transaction of ordinary business, and an affirmative vote of a simple majority of the members present shall be required for the commission to take action.” Currently, six votes are required to pass a motion by the Augusta Commission. Under Burmeister’s proposed bill, if six commissioners and the mayor were present at a meeting, it would take at least four votes by the commission to approve any item before the board. On April 1, Kuhlke told the commission that he thought Burmeister’s bill would allow the city to conduct business in a much more timely fashion. “I’ve been here now seven years, three months, 14 hours and 45 minutes,” Kuhlke said. “And the reason I put this on the agenda and Mrs. Burmeister proposed this bill to amend the charter is to go from the situation that we have now, where you have to have six votes, to a majority vote. To me, it’s the right thing to do.” Kuhlke insisted that the amendment would help the government run more efficiently. “To me, it’s not a bill that is going to favor one side or the other,” Kuhlke said, referring to the five black commissioners and five white commissioners that make up the body. “It’s a situation where it will make us a better commission and we can move forward on issues that we need to move forward on.” While Augusta Commissioner Willie Mays said he did not question Kuhlke’s sincerity in supporting the bill in order to improve the local government, he didn’t believe, however, some people’s motives behind Burmeister’s bill were quite as honorable.

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Augusta Commissioner Willie Mays

Mays told the commission that the only reason that consolidation was approved in 1995 was because there was a great deal of compromise made in all areas of Richmond County to create a bill that everyone could accept. And now, a small group of individuals are trying to go back on what they promised the citizens of Augusta, Mays said. “There were specific reasons, my shortmemory friends, as to how all of this came about,” Mays said. “It was because of the delicacy in the balance of what was happening in this community and

there was specific reasons to build consensus as to why votes were structured the way they are. “It was very carefully orchestrated, right or wrong, and put together so that people would have to work with each other.” And now, Mays said, Burmeister and many of her supporters are foaming at the mouth to change everything. “You know, this (consolidation) was going to be the perfect bill,” Mays said, laughing. “This was the Messiah coming forward. But, as soon as some coalitions

Sometimes, gentlemen, when you make alliances with the devil, you catch hell. — Augusta Commissioner Willie Mays


chief,” Mays said, referring to the delayed hiring of Fire Chief Al Gillespie last year. “But she never lifted one finger to change the legislation as to how we were losing better than a million dollars in the fire tax revenue to deal with a bill on the legislative floor. That was a duty that was totally ignored.” Mays said it was time for Burmeister to understand that politics is not always fair. “I lost my first election ... back in 1974 when I was 23 years old,” Mays said. “I got 62 percent of the votes out of my district, but I could not serve because we had at-large voting and there were folks on the Hill who said, ‘Little Willie doesn’t belong in office.’” It wasn’t until five years later that Mays said he was able to win with the at-large voting process. “I ran under the rules of the system that was in place,” Mays said. “So, I really don’t want to hear a whole lot of bellyaching and cry-babying.” Mays said Burmeister should move on to other, more important, business in Augusta. “This bill has been her main focus for several years and she hasn’t produced a bill that has passed anything or that has brought any money back home,” Mays said. “What I think this legislator should do is get about the business of delivering and bringing home some bacon for a change to Augusta-Richmond County rather than just coming back with this stale old ham sandwich.” The commission could not gain enough votes to take any action on Kuhlke’s resolution to support Burmeister’s bill.

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t’s hard to believe that the bitter controversy over the Augusta National Golf Club’s all-male membership started last June with a seemingly innocent letter from Martha Burk, chair of the National Council of Women’s Organizations. Back then, no one in Augusta knew of Martha Burk and few had ever heard of the NCWO. It wasn’t even the National Organization of Women (NOW), the more well known and highly vocal feminist group based in Washington, D.C. So, why worry? The NCWO was a nobody. It was just some extremist group that wrote a letter to the most prestigious golf club in the country, pretending it had a lot of weight to throw around. In the very first sentence of Burk’s much-talked-about June 12 letter to Hootie Johnson, chairman of the Augusta National, Burk simply stated her case, by first introducing the NCWO as “the nation’s oldest and largest coalition of women’s groups.” Whoopdeedo, was most Augustans’ attitude. “Our member groups are very concerned that the nation’s premier golf event, the Masters, is hosted by a club that discriminates against women by excluding them from membership,” Burk continued in her letter to Johnson. “As you know, no woman has been invited to join since the club was formed in 1932.” Then, Burk dropped the bomb. Her closing paragraph was what Johnson called a demand “at the point of a bayonet.” “We know that Augusta National and the sponsors of the Masters do not want to be viewed as entities that tolerate discrimination against any group, including

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women,” Burk wrote to Johnson. “We urge you to review your policies and practices in this regard and open your membership to women now, so that this is not an issue when the tournament is staged next year.” With those two sentences, the Martha Burk battle had begun. On July 9, three weeks after receiving the letter from Burk, Johnson alerted the American public to this “attack” on the Augusta National’s membership. “Our membership alone decides our membership — not any outside group with its own agenda,” Johnson proclaimed in his written statement to the press. “Dr. Burk’s letter incorporates a deadline tied to the Masters and refers to sponsors of the tournament’s telecast. “These references make it abundantly clear that Augusta National Golf Club is being threatened with a public campaign designed to use economic pressure to achieve a goal of NCWO.” Johnson explained that the Augusta National and the Masters are separate entities: One being a private club; the other, a world-class sporting event. “It is insidious to attempt to use one to alter the essence of the other,” Johnson wrote. “The essence of a private club is privacy.” This would soon become the mantra for those supporting the Augusta National for the next nine months. Realizing that his answer to Burk’s “threat” would further antagonize the situation, Johnson predicted the NCWO’s future strategy would be to try and shame its members into inviting a woman to join the club. “We expect such a campaign would attempt to depict the members of our club as insensitive bigots and coerce the sponsors of the Masters to disassociate

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themselves under threat — real or implied — of boycotts and other economic pressures,” Johnson wrote. “There could be attempts at direct contact with board members of sponsoring corporations and inflammatory mailings to stockholders and investment institutions,” he added. “We might see everything from picketing and boycotts to T-shirts and bumper stickers.” Just call Johnson an excellent strategist for the NCWO. The Augusta National’s response to such

threats: We will not be bullied, threatened or intimidated. “Obviously, Dr. Burk and her colleagues view themselves as agents of change and feel any organization that has stood the test of time and has strong roots in tradition — and does not fit their profile — needs to be changed,” Johnson wrote. “We do not intend to become a trophy in their display case.” Battle lines had officially been drawn. From that moment forward, the Augusta National was at war.

“It was Hootie (Johnson) who brought this issue into the public eye by issuing a three-page press release to members of the national press.” – Martha Burk, chair of the National Council of Women’s Organizations


Not Playing Girlie Games On Saturday, April 12 – the third day of the Masters Tournament – Martha Burk will be in Augusta. Whether she is protesting along the city-approved, 5-acre lot in front of Savannah West Apartments on Washington Road or wins her lawsuit filed by Georgia’s chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union to demonstrate just outside the National’s gates along Magnolia Lane and Magnolia Drive, Burk is coming. As this edition of The Spirit went to press, ACLU attorneys were in an Augusta federal courtroom arguing on Burk's behalf. Regardless of the outcome, Burk's protest plans are already well underway. On the Web site for the NCWO (www.womensorganizations.org) is a sign-up sheet for those wishing to travel to Augusta for what the group calls a “rally to oppose the exclusionary policy, the elite all-male club membership, and the corporations that subsidize discrimination.” Buses leave Washington, D.C., on April 11. While the thought of hordes of protesters coming to Augusta’s most preeminent event of the year easily turns most Augustans’ stomachs, there’s one outcome to this ongoing saga that we should all hope won’t happen. Whether you support Burk’s cause or think she is the wicked witch of the women’s movement, no one should want to see Burk and her supporters hauled away in handcuffs by Richmond County sheriff’s deputies for illegally protesting. For those of you saying, “I’m going to be there waiting with my instant camera, taking pictures and cheering the deputies on,” remember, you won’t be the only ones here with cameras. The minute Burk is hauled off to jail, those pictures will be sent to newsrooms all over the world. Augusta will quickly become labeled the most backward town in America. Augusta must realize, Burk has turned out to be a somebody. She means business. Lately, Burk has been busy on the road, attending speaking engagements across the country and being interviewed by the national press. So, when contacted by The Spirit a few weeks ago for an interview, Burk agreed to correspond by e-mail. Burk is a Texan who grew up in the suburbs of Pasadena, and like many Texans, she does not mince her words. She gets straight to the point. Prior to last year’s Masters, Burk said she was reading a sports column in USA Today which reported that the Augusta National, with its 300-plus members consisting of some of the most prominent people in the country, does not admit women. Burk, who describes herself as a “political psychologist” and “women’s equity expert,” has been chair of the NCWO since 2000. Before this year’s campaign against the Augusta National ensued, the national press wasn’t beating down Burk’s door for an interview, but Burk says that’s not her fault. “I wrote a private letter to Hootie continued on page 22

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Johnson, asking him to reconsider the club’s membership policies,” Burk wrote. “It was Hootie who brought this issue into the public eye by issuing a threepage press release to members of the national press. “Although we did not anticipate pursuing this issue to this degree, one cannot always pick one’s battles and we believe that discrimination is wrong whenever it occurs.” Burk stated that people often think that the protest against the Augusta National is the only issue her organization is addressing. “They ask us why we don’t do other things for women,” Burk stated. “They think this because the press only seems interested in this issue.” In reality, Burk said, the NCWO has been fighting for decades on pressing women’s concerns such as saving Title IX (the gender equity in sports law) and Roe v. Wade, marching for peace, calling senators to oppose anti-woman judges, advocating for poor women, demanding fair pay and living wages for men and women, and working to defend Afghan women and restore funding for international family planning. It was the press that decided that, of all those issues dealt with by the NCWO, her campaign against the Augusta National was the most newsworthy, Burk said. Ironically, it was probably Johnson’s blatantly hostile public statement against the NCWO that became Burk’s biggest aid in her campaign. When statements such as, “We do not intend to become a trophy in their display case,” are made by a club that barely releases two words to the press any other time of the year outside Masters Week, it’s news. Big news. And despite the fact that, according to several media polls, most Americans believe that Johnson is right when he says that a private club should be allowed to choose its members, Burk quickly dismisses that argument. “If AGNC [The Spirit assumes Burk meant ANGC, short for the Augusta National Golf Club] wants to be treated like a private club then it should start acting like one,” Burk wrote. “No more corporate sponsorship; no more public tournament broadcast by CBS into our living rooms four days a year; no more selling millions of dollars of merchandise to the public. “AGNC is not simply a sporting venue, but a networking opportunity for the most wealthy and powerful men in the country.” Therefore, by not allowing women to

be members of its club, the Augusta National is putting thousands of highly successful, professional women at a disadvantage to their male counterparts, Burk said. “In an age when most business deals take place both in the boardroom and on the golf course, when who you know matters as much as what you know, Augusta’s discriminatory policies are emblematic of the discrimination that women face in the business world,” she wrote. And because of the Augusta National’s position on its male-only membership, Burk said, this year’s Masters could suffer economically, as could many Augusta businesses, owned by both men and women, who cater to the Masters crowd. “Our intention is not, and never was, to hurt the business community in Augusta, Ga.,” Burk wrote. “The people who have the power to hurt or help the local business community are the members of AGNC. If they had already changed the admissions policy of AGNC, then it could have been business as usual this April in Augusta.” But many locals don’t see it that way. Instead of making the Augusta National shoulder at least some of the blame for any economic repercussions resulting from this year’s protest, Johnson is seen as a saint in Augusta, while anti-Burk Tshirts are being sold around town for $15.95. However, Burk said, none of the namecalling and public criticism bothers her because it’s all part of the job. “I have been called a lot of nasty names over past years,” Burk wrote. “Anytime you work for women’s rights, those who don’t believe in equality call you names. It certainly won’t deter me from fighting sex discrimination whenever it occurs.” And Burk is fighting every step of the way. In fact, some Augustans who supported Burk’s right to protest the Augusta National are now having a hard time defending Burk after she officially rejected the city’s offer to protest on a 5acre, grassy lot along Washington Road. To make matters worse, the property, located about a half-mile from the club’s front entrance, was provided to the city by none other than the Augusta National, itself. But Burk appeared to view the move as a conspiracy between the city and the Augusta National. A few hours after Richmond County Sheriff Ronnie Strength announced that, due to public safety concerns, the NCWO would be granted a protest permit at the 5-acre lot instead of its requested location along Magnolia Lane

Robbie Williams and Magnolia Drive, Burk told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution that she and the ACLU would file a lawsuit against the city. “The Augusta National is saying where we can protest,” she told the paper. “Now they have preempted the city, is what it sounds like. ... We want to be near the front gate, bottom line. If this is not near the front gate, it’s not acceptable.” When asked whether she honestly believed the city was trying to prohibit her from protesting during Masters Week, Burk pointed to the Augusta Commission’s controversial vote to amend the protest ordinance as proof that Augusta was changing the rules for her organization. “I think it’s important to remember that the vote to change the protest ordinance

was originally tied along strict racial lines,” Burk wrote, referring to the fact that the five black commissioners objected to the ordinance changes. “Certain members of the city council felt it unfair to change the ordinance now, when it had been deemed satisfactory when the KKK wanted to protest before. “Now our protest request has been turned down, despite its having been completely reasonable, calling for no more than 200 people. The sheriff wants us to protest at a location far from the AGNC’s entrance, which we do not think will be as effective. “We believe this refusal violates our constitutional right to peaceful assembly, and are filing a lawsuit.” continued on page 24

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One Woman’s Look Inside the National From the very beginning of Burk’s crusade against the Augusta National, she has always stressed, “This isn’t about golf.” According to Robbie Williams, that’s Burk’s whole problem. “Martha Burk doesn’t play golf; she doesn’t understand what learning to play golf is all about, and therefore, she can’t possibly understand the Augusta National,” said Williams, sitting in the clubhouse of the Twin City Country Club in Washington County, Ga., near her home in Dublin. Williams is the co-author of “Gentlemen Only,” a book published last March by TowleHouse Publishing Company based on her experiences as wife of a long-time member of Augusta National, the late Henry Heffernan. “I feel strongly that, if Martha Burk is going to be the flag-bearer for all women and open up the gates of the Augusta National to them, she needs to know what she’s talking about,” Williams said. “She needs to have a single-digit handicap. She needs to have done an indepth study about, not just the Augusta National, but the Augusta area. “To me, what upsets me the most about all this controversy, is that those people who are provoking it are operating from total ignorance.” While some people may say Williams is expecting a little too much from Burk, Williams points out that it isn’t anything she hasn’t accomplished herself. In April 1966, when her husband was invited to become a member of the Augusta National, Williams knew very little about the game of golf and even less about the Augusta National. At age 30, this south Georgia native and mother of three girls learned how to play the game by secretly traveling to the outskirts of town to hit balls at a driving range that was once a drive-in movie theater. Williams said her strong desire to learn to play golf began after her husband bought her a set of golf clubs per her request. When he brought the clubs home, he tossed them on the living room floor and said, “Here they are, but you’ll never be able to hit ‘em.” Immediately, Williams said she was determined to excel at golf and prove her husband wrong.

After years of practice, Williams became a CSRA golf champion and was a four-time women’s golf champion at the Augusta Country Club. Some wouldn’t hesitate to call Williams a feminist in her own right, but she describes it more as taking pride in oneself and what you stand for. “I think Martha Burk has a very selfish motive in this attack,” Williams said, wearing the tiny, gold Augusta National necklace that her children gave her. “It’s obvious because she has a total lack of wanting to take the time to understand what the situation is all about.” Williams totally disagrees with Burk’s position toward the Augusta National, but she’s even more dismayed by the NCWO’s handling of its campaign against the club. She believes the last thing Burk should have done was send Hootie Johnson, a man whom Burk had never even met, a threatening letter. “To me, it’s like shaking hands with a stranger while holding a gun in your left hand,” Williams said. “It was definitely a threat.” Williams said her daughter, Lee Heffernan, who co-wrote “Gentlemen Only” also believes that Burk went about her campaign in all the wrong ways. “Lee is 40 and she works for Women’s Entertainment Network in New York City (as senior vice president of marketing) and even she disagrees with the threatening manner that this woman has done things,” Williams said. “And I think most of the women on the LPGA have concerns about the way Martha Burk is doing this. I think it’s clear to most women that she has a lot of personal involvement in this rather than solving a problem for women.” Burk is out to promote Martha Burk and that’s all, Williams said. “If I had been Martha Burk, what I would have done, I would have attacked all of the clubs in the country that are male-only,” Williams said. “Not just the Augusta National. I would have included clubs like the Burning Tree Golf Club (in Michigan) that have all these senators and the president who play there and where they won’t let women on the premises. “Martha Burk could have included all of those clubs and made a real difference for women in golf if she had wanted to. But she didn’t. She just attacked the National and that tells me she just wanted a great stage on which to perform. She wanted controversy; she

wanted attention; and she wanted people to talk. That’s it.” But instead of the media jumping on Burk for her blatant self promotion during this campaign, they have targeted Johnson and the Augusta National, Williams said. “Hootie Johnson had no choice but to respond the way he did,” Williams said. “What people don’t understand is, it’s his job as chairman to uphold the traditions and legacy of the club founded by Bobby Jones, Cliff Roberts and Jerome Franklin. So, what Hootie Johnson is doing is what every other chairman has done since Clifford Roberts and that’s just staying the course.” Williams said she was shocked when she heard that Thomas Wyman, a club member and former chairman of CBS, called Johnson a “redneck and pigheaded” when he resigned from the Augusta National in protest shortly before he died in January. “Hootie Johnson is anything but a redneck,” Williams said sharply. “He is an extremely smart and reasonable man and much more liberal than most of the other members out there. So, it’s uncanny to me that he would have this problem.” Those labels only surfaced because Johnson is from Columbia, S.C., Williams said. “Those names would be far more fitting for Cliff Roberts, who’s not from the South,” Williams said. “But just because Hootie happens to be from the South, everybody kind of gets labeled a redneck or a country hick or whatever. I think he certainly has gotten a bad rap.” And all of this stems from Burk’s ignorance about the club, Williams said. “The Augusta National discriminates against everybody,” Williams said. “They discriminate against the poor. They discriminate against locals. For instance, Cliff Roberts lovingly called club members from Augusta, ‘trunk slammers,’ because they were not what he had in mind.” “Cliff Roberts wanted you to fly in to town to golf, not drive up in your car,” Williams added. “So, they discriminate against their own members. And if they decided to kick you out, they just kicked you out. It’s that simple.” Williams said the same rules of justice do not apply inside the gates of the National because it is a uniquely private club based on tradition. “If you have something like that, I don’t think the average rules apply,” Williams said. “They can’t. The club was founded

upon every situation and every determination being made internally. And if Hootie would relent and Martha Burk and all of these creeps would get want they want, it would be the first time that the Augusta National would ever have let that happen. So, it would eventually become like every other club in the country and that would be a horrible shame.” The most ironic thing about Burk’s entire crusade, Williams said, is the fact that hundreds of women are invited to play golf at the Augusta National each year by members and are treated with the highest respect. “Of the two places in Augusta that I played, the Augusta Country Club and the Augusta National, I was treated much better at the Augusta National than at the Augusta Country Club,” Williams said. “Sometimes I might play once a week at the Augusta National or sometimes two or three times a week. So, I played a lot of golf out there. And the Augusta National truly is a ‘gentlemen only’ area. “I never experienced any person out there or any staff or any situation that was less than very friendly and very helpful. It truly is the epitome of being overly nice, warm and helpful. It’s just perfect.” As Williams sips her iced tea, a television in the clubhouse is tuned to CNN and a reporter is updating the nation on the current situation in Iraq. “With the world situation as it is, I feel that it really puts Martha Burk and her campaign in its proper perspective,” Williams said. “She claims to be from the South, if you call Texas, Southern. But I feel that if Martha Burk really was a Southern lady or if she was worth her salt she would just say, ‘OK ladies, we’ll think about this next year.’ That would be the gracious, Southern thing to do. But I don’t see that happening.” After all, Williams said, she has read a number of newspaper articles in which Burk is already claiming victory because she believes she has permanently tarnished the image of the Augusta National. “Yeah, right,” Williams said, laughing. “I haven’t seen tons of members falling by the wayside, have you? I haven’t seen any players say they weren’t going to play in this year’s tournament. “Now, if Martha Burk had been able to have several members resign and have about half the field show up, I would consider that success, if I were she. But until then, I would keep my mouth shut.”

“In an age when most business deals take place both in the boardroom and on the golf course, when who you know matters as much as what you know, Augusta’s discriminatory policies are emblematic of the discrimination that women face in the business world.” – Martha Burk, chair of the National Council of Women’s Organizations


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generally every other season. “We change a few things,” McCluskey said. “There are obviously some things that wind up being signature dishes.” Like the smoked trout salad. It comes with field greens, spiced pecans, sun-dried peaches and a champagne vinaigrette. The Savannah rock shrimp chowder is another dish that will not likely go away. So is the skillet-roasted chicken with creamy leek mashed potatoes, green beans and a fresh thyme gravy. The shrimp gnocci is the most poplar appetizer, he said. “It’s been here since the beginning.” If you haven’t tried one of Fresh Thyme’s monthly wine dinners, then you’ll have another chance coming up soon. On April 23, there will be a selection of the bestvalue wines. You will get a three-course meal for $35 per person. Each month is different, however. Last month, McCluskey said, he offered two Spanish wines with tapas. Usually, he said, the price runs $30-$40 per person. But some wine dinners are even more special than usual, and do cost a little more. That happens about twice a year, he said. Now that warm weather is upon us, you may soon feel like having a meal while seated outdoors. McCluskey will be adding outdoor tables very soon. “Probably from the Masters on, if anyone wants to sit outside they’re more than welcome to.” But if indoors is your thing, you can enjoy the artwork of Jackson Cheatham and Paul Bright. He must be doing something right in the two years that he’s been there, because The Augusta Chronicle awarded Fresh Thyme 4 1/2 stars. Fresh Thyme is located in Surrey Center, at 437 Highland Avenue in Augusta. It is open Tuesday through Saturday, with lunch from 11 a.m. until 2:30. Dinner runs from 6 p.m. until. You can call them at (706) 737-6699.

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ell after you’ve finished stalking golfers on the course or hanging out on the corner begging for tickets, or whatever it is you do when you come to Augusta, you may just be getting started on your quest for entertainment in the Garden City. Never fear. We’ve got you covered. Speaking of Gardens If you love golf to the point you just can’t give it up even when you’re not on the course, or if you just can’t get into the National, we have the Augusta Golf and Gardens, with special hours just for that magical time of year known as Masters Week. From Saturday, April 5 to Monday, April 14, the Gardens will be open 9 a.m. until 11 p.m. And it’s a fabulous place to just get away from it all. As the name implies, it’s not just a garden, but a whole collection of them, connected by a walkway that is nearly a half-mile long. The Rose Garden features miniature roses “encircled by climbers and floribunda.” The Cottage Garden features four Victorian style purple martin birdhouses and a checkerboard pattern created from two different grasses. The Formal Garden allows you to pass under a brick arch and vine-covered trellis where everything is green and white. The Aquatic Garden features water lilies and such, with a fountain surrounded by five pools of water. The Butterfly Garden should actually have butterflies this time of year. In addition to the magical winged insects, you can enjoy the plants that attract them as well. And if you sit on the butterfly bench and someone takes your photograph, you too can have butterfly wings. The Asian Garden is reached by a stone path and a granite bridge that will take you over a stream to a peaceful little nook wherein you’ll find a Koi pond and stone sea. There is a waterfall, and a Coastal Garden with palm trees and palmetto, a Xeriscape Garden and Pergola Garden, featuring a fog mist. Not quite in the middle of the whole thing is a little lake, and near it, a Bulb Garden. For the kiddies, and anyone who is ready for splash time, there is a Golf Ball Fountain. It’s the silliest thing you ever saw, with water-squirting golf balls, but you know what? You’re in Georgia in April. It’s going to be hot.

Augusta Golf and Gardens is open 9 a.m.-11 p.m. during Masters Week. If you miss the golfers on the green you can see a few of them at the Gardens. There are statues of Bobby Jones, Jack Nicklaus, Raymond Floyd, Byron Nelson, Arnold Palmer and Ben Hogan. If you’d like to learn more about Augusta Golf and Gardens, visit www.gghf.org. You can also call (706) 724-4443. Music: From Jim Belushi to Local Jams Masters Week promises to be a working vacation of sorts for Jim Belushi. Sure, he gets to come to Augusta and take a break from his acting career – he’s currently starring in ABC television comedy “According to Jim” – but Belushi and his band are also in town to perform. In case you didn’t know, Renaissance man Belushi also fronts his very own blues band, Jim Belushi and The Sacred Hearts, who happen to be headlining the 2003 Masters Gala at the Bell. Jim Belushi and The Sacred Hearts are known for their fun performances, designed to get you out of your seat and moving. It’s also rumored that Belushi

includes at least one back flip per show. Some ticket packages for the April 10 show at the Bell Auditorium also feature a pre-concert reception and meet-and-greet with Belushi at The National Science Center’s Fort Discovery. Packages range in price from $125-$1,000 for individual tickets. Reserved tables of four or eight are available with ticket packages between $1,800-$7,500. To book, call 821-0608 or 1-800-325-5445, ext. 5580. Wherever the Swingin’ Medallions are, you can be sure you’ll also find a great party. “We’re actually called ‘The Party Band of the South,’” says member Shane McElrath with a chuckle. “There’s no telling what’s going to happen. We might play the same songs, but there’s always something going on.” The Swingin’ Medallions have been a fixture in these parts since the early 1960s, when they emerged from Greenwood, S.C. – and it’s been a nonstop celebration ever since. “We called last year our 40th anniversary, but I think we might keep it going for a little while,” McElrath says.

They’re also keeping a Masters tradition going. The Medallions are set to perform again this year in Augusta. Last Call, in the National Hills Shopping Center on Washington Road, hosts the Medallions on April 9 and 12. “That’s one of our bigger shows of the year,” McElrath says. “It’s one we look forward to.” The band’s longevity, and their diverse repertoire of songs – everything from swing music to Nelly, and all points in between – ensure that the Swingin’ Medallions are a favorite among all ages. “Anywhere from 2 to 102,” says McElrath. “It’s a well-balanced mix of all ages.” McElrath started playing with the Medallions when he was in high school. His father, John McElrath, is one of the founding members, and older brother Shawn is also a Medallion. “It’s just a bunch of guys having fun, playing old music, new music and everything in between,” says McElrath. “Our philosophy continued on page 46


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Playback featuring Tutu D’Vyne continued from page 45 is just to have fun and have people have fun with you.” The Wednesday show, 4-8:30 p.m., is a Par Three Party which features The Cat Daddies along with the Medallions. Tickets are $7 in advance or $10 at the gate. And ladies are more than welcome on that side of Washington Road, with a special $5 admission fee. On Saturday, it’s the 7th annual Medallions Beach Party, which also features performances by Kinchafoonee and Samantha Stroh. The party begins at 7 p.m. Advance tickets are $10, or purchase them at the gate for $12. A special VIP package is available for $135, which includes a table for six. Combination tickets for both the Wednesday and Saturday shows are $15. To reserve tickets for either of the shows, call 738-8730, 737-3849, or visit www.lastcallaugusta.com. For those of you interested in checking out Augusta’s local music scene, there’s no better way to do it than heading on down to Crossroads April 11-12 for Masters Massacre, the annual battle of the bands. Friday’s bands include 420 Outback, Knowface, Lythium, Progressive Hate Disorder and Turtleneck. On Saturday, Crankshaft, Cycle, Jemani, Lucideon and Wastegate compete. The fun starts at 8:45 each night, and bands will draw numbers to determine the order in which they play.

The Swingin’ Medallions Admission is $5 per night. Crossroads is located on 11th Street, between Broad and Ellis. For more info, call Crossroads at 724-1177. Hometown band Playback is a local favorite. A longtime fixture at Surrey Tavern, Playback is set to wow the Masters crowd again this year with performances the weekends before and after the tournament. “The group’s been together for 12 years,” says drummer Tim Cox. He’s been there from the start. “We play a variety of music including jazz, soul, pop and we do shag. They call it beach music. We’re a perennial winner of the Augusta Magazine dance band award. And something that we’re really proud of is the fact that we’re arguably the most popular wedding band in the CSRA.” But that comes as no surprise. Playback is always a crowd pleaser, and whether that comes from their repertoire of familiar material, their horn section or the charisma of lead singer Tutu D’Vyne is anyone’s guess. “She’s very popular in town,” Cox says. “She has very powerful vocals, and she has entertainment skills that are unmatched. I can put her up against anyone from Patti LaBelle to Faith Hill to Madonna.” Along with D’Vyne and Cox, Playback is Tim Sanders, bandleader and tenor saxophone; Jimmy Easton, alto saxophone; King Wayne, trumpet; Jerome Goudy, key-

boards; Patrick Redmond, guitar; Joe Spencer, bass guitar; and Bobby Bush, lead vocals. And, Cox says, you can’t forget equipment manager Bruce (Shai) Rouse. They’ll all be at the Surrey Tavern April 45 and 10-12 to make sure you have a good time. “We’re about playing music that people are familiar with,” says Cox, adding that at a typical Playback show, the crowd will sing along, dance or just enjoy the music. “It’s all about having fun.” Surrey Tavern is located at 471 Highland Avenue in Surrey Center. For more information, call Surrey Tavern at 736-1221. If Playback are just too much cool for you to handle, close your eyes, pick a direction and head there. You’ll run into something. Downtown, for instance. Just go down below 13th Street, park your car, and start walking. That is the most densely populated, as far as bars go, spot in the city. You can find jazz, straight-up rock (Crossroads), hangouts with toys (The Playground), coffee ‘n’ cocktails (Metro: A Coffeehouse), candlelight and atmosphere (Modjeska), blues ... and all within walking distance. The Bee’s Knees on 10th Street caters to the jazz crowd and also serves up tapas. If you want a huge meal with your jazz, to D. Timm’s. Maybe blues is more your style — head to the Blind Pig on Broad. Is a cozy little pub/restaurant full of locals your cup of beer? Then head to Eighth and Broad and descend into the sidewalk

itself to Joe’s Underground, or hit The Fox’s Lair on Telfair. If you look forward to checking out the Soul Bar in the heart of downtown Augusta when you visit, the Soul Bar is going to do its best to be up and running by Masters Week. When The Spirit last spoke to owner Coco Rubio to see how the club fared after last month’s fire that caused a lot of smoke damage, the popular local spot still needed a lot of work. But keep your fingers crossed. If any in your crowd is into the more alternative music scene involving safety pins, tats and/or dark, scary clothing, head down Broad and hang a right on Eighth Street. On Eighth and Ellis you’ll find the truly alternative music crowd at the Capri Cinema and the Hangnail Gallery. The rock bar Continuum is on Ellis Street, decorated with jagged metal and motherboards. If surreal is what you want, then the Continuum has what you need. If you don’t feel like delving into the bowels of Augusta, or going anywhere in particular after leaving the National, just go across the street where you’ll find Last Call and Somewhere in Augusta. The former frequently has wild, out-of-town bands, and Somewhere is a laid-back watering hole where you can find a lot of the locals. For country, we have, among others, the Honky Tonk out on Gordon Highway and Coyote’s on Peach Orchard Road. For the gay/lesbian/fetish crowd, we

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Jack Klugman have the Tower of Argos and Coliseum on Walton Way, Marlboro Station in Aiken and The Shack in North Augusta. Ask about Claire Storm and other drag show performers. The late-night crowd can go over the 13th Street bridge into North Augusta and hang out at the Highlander. Of course, that’s not everyone in town by any stretch. Check out our Night Life listings on Page 62. Arts: “On Golden Pond” Starring Jack Klugman Jack Klugman will be appearing for one night only as Norman in the Broadway hit “On Golden Pond.” You may remember, also, the movie version from 1981, staring Katharine Hepburn and Henry Fonda. If not, here are a few lines to jog your memory. Ethel: They’re a nice middle-aged couple, just like us. Norman: If they’re just like us, they’re not middle-aged. Ethel: Of course they are. Norman: Middle age means the middle, Ethel. Middle of life. People don’t live to be a hundred and fifty. These may actually be the lines that cut most closely to the heart of a story that deals with the characters’ struggle with their own mortality that everyone faces at some point in their lives, and most definitely by the time they reach Norman and Ethel’s age. “How’s it feel to turn 80?” Bill, who is dating the couple’s daughter, asks Norman when he comes to the pond for a visit. “Twice as bad as it did turning 40,” Norman replies. You can see the kind of poignant humor that Norman uses to deal with his advancing age. The star of the show, who has had a decades-long career on stage and screen, knows that poignancy well. He is due to turn 81 this month. “The more I get into it, the more I play it, the more I identify with this character,” Jack Klugman said on a recent Monday morning from his hotel in New Jersey. “So I’m beginning to face my mortality, and it’s with humor and understanding.”

Klugman is probably best known among older viewers for his role as Oscar Madison in “The Odd Couple,” which aired in the early ‘70s. Less-old viewers probably know him best as Dr. Quincy in “Quincy, M.E.,” of the mid-‘70s. If you missed both of those, maybe you’ve seen him on “Crossing Jordan” as Leo Gelber (“Someone To Count On,” 2002), “Third Watch” as Stan Brandolini (“Run of the Mill,” 2000), or “The Outer Limits” as Joe Walker (“Glitch,” 2000). Klugman said he’s been lucky in his fame, because it happened slowly. “These kids that get this quick fame,” he said, “it’s hard to handle.” He said that he, on the other hand, was able to grow as a person and learn the ropes along the way. And one of the things he learned was to keep things in perspective. “You can’t take yourself too seriously,” he said. “And you can’t believe your own publicity.” We asked if he had any difficulty separating Jack Klugman the performer from Jack Klugman the man. “No,” he replied. “I did at the beginning, but I don’t anymore.” He enjoys the curtain call, he said, but realizes that the moment the curtain comes down, his audience’s minds are on themselves – the babysitter or whatever their concerns were before they came to the show. “And I’m thinking, ‘Gee, I’m hungry.’ Jack Klugman the actor’s gone.” When asked whether he prefers the stage or the screen, there was absolutely no hesitation. “Oh, the stage, the stage, the stage. There’s just no comparison.” He likes being able to work with a character over the course of many months, experimenting with different approaches and really getting to know him. “An artist has only one tool, and that’s selectivity,” he said. When making a movie or a television show, the actor doesn’t have that tool at his disposal. “Time is money, and when time is money, you’re in trouble. Art goes out the window.” Personal connection goes out the window, too, apparently. “But this play,” Klugman said, “I get to know the people. We eat together. We get to know each other.” And when this one’s over, he said, he may do a one-man show – a retrospective of his life, including funny stories about the celebrities with whom he’s worked. But for the moment, “On Golden Pond” is where it’s at. It surprised Klugman, too. “A lot of plays you read don’t come off the page,” he said. “This one comes off the page. Audiences have been so responsive. There are a lot of laughs and a lot of poignant moments. “Audiences have been on their feet at the end of each show, and it’s been spontaneous. I think they’ll have a good time.” “On Golden Pond” will show one night only, on April 19 at 8 p.m. at the Bell Auditorium. Tickets are on sale at the Civic Center Box Office, all TicketMaster outlets, ticketmaster.com, or you can charge at (706) 828-7700. For ticket information, call the Civic Center Box Office at (706) 7242400 (local) or (404) 249-6400 (outside Augusta). Special discounts are available to groups of 20 or more.

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Education ART CLASSES AND WORKSHOPS are of fered yearround at the Ger trude Herber t Institute of Ar t. Classes and workshops are open to toddlers through adults and feature instruction in drawing, painting, photography, pottery, weaving and sculpture. For a newslet ter or detailed information on registering for classes at the Ger trude Herber t, call 722-5495. The Ger trude Herber t Institute of Ar t also of fers Educational Tours; for information, contact the Education Director at the above telephone number. ART CLASSES FOR CHILDREN AND ADULTS at the Ar t Factory. The Ar t Factory also has a homeschool program and scholarships are available. Available programs include voice lesson and pantomime workshops, as well as classes in dance, theater, music, visual ar ts and writing. Call 731-0008 for details. CERAMICS CLASSES at the Weeks Center Ceramics House in Aiken. Fees include one class per week and students can choose any class time: Mondays, 9 a.m. to noon or 6-9 p.m.; Tuesdays, 6-9 p.m.; or Wednesdays, 9 a.m. to noon. $30 per month. Call (803) 642-7631 for info. USC-AIKEN MUSIC CONSERVATORY PROGRAM now open. Students of all ages and experience levels welcome. Private lessons available for musical instruments and voice; instructors are USC-Aiken faculty and have at least a master’s degree in their per formance area. (803) 641-3288.

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“PAINTING THE GREENS, SINGING THE BLUES” solo exhibition by ar tist and musician George Grif fith will be on display at the Arnold Gallery in Aiken. Opening reception is April 10, 6-9 p.m., and the exhibit will be on display through April 23. For more information, contact Lynn Wyman at (803) 502-1100. “TRADITIONAL IMAGERY FOR A POST-MODERN WORLD” senior exhibition by John Guanlao April 4-29 at The Bee’s Knees. Opening reception is 5-7 p.m. April 4 and features a live per formance by Shaun Piazza and friends at 6 p.m. For information, call 828-3600. ART BY STUDENTS OF M. HAUSER, instructor at Aquinas High School, will be on display at the Friedman Branch Library throughout April. 736-6758. PHOTOGRAPHY BY JIM BLAYLOCK is up at the Euchee Creek Library during April. 556-0594. OIL PAINTINGS BY CINDY EPPS on display at the Gibbs Library throughout April. Call 863-1946. “JAPONISME: THE INFLUENCE OF JAPANESE ART IN THE SOUTH” exhibit will be on display at the Morris Museum of Ar t through May 11. 724-7501. “COMICAL STROKES: A GOLF CARTOON SAMPLER” special exhibition at the Augusta Museum of History through April 20. The exhibit is located in the Special Exhibition Gallery on the second floor. 722-8454. EXHIBITION BY ANNIE GREENE through April 30 at the Lucy Craf t Laney Museum of Black History. Opening reception April 6, 3-5 p.m. Call 724-3576 for information. “OPTICAL ILLUSIONS 2 — YOU STILL WON’T BELIEVE YOUR EYES” on display in the Knox Gallery at For t Discovery through May 11. 821-0200. PAINTINGS BY JANE NODINE will be on display at USCAiken’s Lower Gallery through May 30. (803) 641-3305. USCA STUDENT ART SHOW in the Upper Gallery at USCAiken’s Etherredge Center April 7-May 5. For information, call (803) 641-3305. THE SOUTH CAROLINA QUILT SHOW will be at the Aiken County Historical Museum through April 6. For information, call (803) 642-2015 or (803) 642-2017. ROBERT BAZEMORE JR. AND ART ROSENBAUM EXHIBITION through April 19 at Mary Pauline Gallery. For information, call 724-9542. “WALKING THE LOG: PAINTINGS BY BESSIE NICKENS” exhibit will be at the Morris Museum of Ar t through May 18. For more information, call 724-7501. MARTHA SIMKINS SPECIAL EXHIBITION at the Morris Museum of Ar t through April 20. Call the museum at 724-7501 for more information.

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Dance “THE SPIRIT OF IRELAND,” by Irish troupe Ceol Chiarrai, showcases dance, music and Irish culture. On April 4, Ceol Chiarrai will be at the Imperial Theatre. The show star ts at 7 p.m., and tickets are $35. Visit www.imperialtheatre.com or call 722-8341. THE AUGUSTA INTERNATIONAL FOLK DANCE CLUB meets Thursday evenings at 7:30 p.m. No par tners are needed and newcomers are welcome. Line and circle dances are taught. For location information, call 7376299. SECOND SATURDAY DANCE at the Ballroom Dance Center, 225 Grand Slam Drive in Evans, held the second Saturday of every month, 7:30-11 p.m. Dress is casual. Tickets are $10 per person. 854-8888. AUGUSTA CHAPTER OF THE UNITED STATES AMATEUR BALLROOM DANCERS ASSOCIATION holds a dance the first Saturday of each month, from 7:15 to 11 p.m. Cost is $7 for members and $10 for non-members. Held at the BPOE Facility on Elkdom Cour t. Contact Melvis Lovet t, 733-3890, or Jean Avery, 863-4186, for information. SQUARE DANCE CLASSES: Intermediate classes run April 14-June 16. Call (803) 642-7631 for more information. CSRA/AUGUSTA BOGEY-WOOGIE DANCE AND SOCIAL

GROUP holds a monthly dance every third Saturday of the month, star ting at 7:30 p.m. There are also meetings every Sunday at 4 p.m. at the Salsa Ruedo Casino and every Wednesday at 7:45 p.m. Men are especially encouraged to at tend. For information, phone 650-2396 or 736-3878. SINGLES DANCE each Saturday night from 8-11 p.m. sponsored by the Christian Social Organization for Single Adults. Held at Westside High School. Tickets $5 for members, $7 for non-members, and are available at the door. For more information, contact Doris Heath, 7363376.

Music 1964: THE TRIBUTE Beatles tribute band to per form April 11, 8 p.m., at the Bell Auditorium. Tickets are $26 adult and $16 child for the floor and first balcony and $21 adult and $16 child for second and third balcony. Tickets are available through TicketMaster, online at www.ticketmaster.com or by phone at 828-7700. UNIVERSITY CONCERT CHOIR “JAZZ HOT” per formance at USC-Aiken’s Etherredge Center April 15. Concer t begins at 8 p.m. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for students. For information, call (803) 641-3305. SPRING CONCERT by the USC-Aiken band and the Aiken Community Band April 8, 8 p.m., at the university’s


Etherredge Center. (803) 641-3305. PIANIST ESTHER BUDIARDJO appears April 4 at ASU’s Per forming Ar ts Theatre as the last per formance in the university’s Lyceum Series and the Harry Jacobs Chamber Music Society’s 2002-2003 season. For information, call 737-1609 or 860-5885. ADVANCE TICKETS NOW ON SALE for show with The Big Mighty and special guests Days of Haze. Show is April 4 at Lake Olmstead’s Barbecue Pit. Only 250 tickets are available for this all-ages show, and the per formance will be recorded for an upcoming Big Mighty release. Tickets will be available at Lokal Loudness and CDs and More, as well as on www.bigmighty.com. COMMUNITY HEALING MEDITATION DRUMMING CIRCLE hosted every third Monday of the month by IDRUM2U, the Not Gaddy Drumming Studio. Held 7-9 p.m. at the G.L. Jackson Conference Center, 1714 Nor th Leg Cour t. Fee is $5 or a donation of canned goods for the Golden Harvest Food Bank. All are welcome and drums will be available to rent. For info, phone the Not Gaddy Drumming Studio, 228-3200.

Theater “UNDER THE YUM YUM TREE” at the Abbeville Opera House April 11-12, 18-19 and 25-26, with matinees on April 12 and 19. For ticket information, call the Abbeville Opera House box of fice at (864) 459-2157. “A STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE” will be per formed at the Washington Center for the Per forming Ar ts in Aiken April 11-13, 18-19 and 25-26. Friday and Saturday performances are at 8 p.m.; April 13 Sunday matinee is at 3 p.m. Call the Aiken Community Playhouse at (803) 6481438 to reserve tickets. DRAMATHON April 4 at Harlem High School. For more information, visit www.harlemdrama.com or call 5565980. “ON GOLDEN POND” will be per formed at the Bell Auditorium April 9. Broadway and television veteran Jack Klugman stars. Tickets are $15-$30. Military and group discounts are available. Call the Civic Center box of fice at 722-3521, or buy tickets through TicketMaster, www.ticketmaster.com or 828-7700. “JUST BE A MAN ABOUT IT” will be at the Bell Auditorium 8 p.m. April 5. Tickets are $26.50 for the floor and $22.50 for the balcony. Group discounts available. Call 722-3521 for ticket information. “COMPANY,” per formed by the USC-Aiken University Theatre Players, will be at the university’s Etherredge Center April 3-5 at 8 p.m. and April 6 at 3 p.m. For ticket information, call (803) 641-3305.

Attractions THE BOYHOOD HOME OF WOODROW WILSON: Circa 1859 Presby terian manse occupied by the family of President Woodrow Wilson as a child during the Civil War and Reconstruction. Original and period antiques, restored house, kitchen and carriage house. 419 Seventh Street. Open 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Tues.-Sat. Tours available; groups of 10 or more by appointment only. Admission is $5 adults, $4 seniors, $3 students under 18 and free for ages five and under. 722-9828. AUGUSTA GOLF & GARDENS OF THE GEORGIA GOLF HALL OF FAME features beautiful display gardens, as well as bronze sculptures of some of golf’s greatest masters. Available for rent for a variety of functions. Group discount rates available. Closed Mondays; open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tues.-Sat.; open from 1 to 5 p.m. on Sunday. New spring and summer hours begin March 21: open Tues.-Sat. 9 a.m.-9 p.m. and Sundays 11 a.m.7 p.m. Admission is $5.50 for adults; $4.50 for students, seniors and military; $3.50 for children (4 to 12); free for children 3 and under. Sundays are two for one with a Super Sunday coupon. Annual garden memberships are available. Call 724-4443 or 1-888-874-4443. Also, visit their Web site at www.gghf.org. NATIONAL SCIENCE CENTER’S FORT DISCOVERY: Children and adults alike can immerse themselves in the wonders of science through live demonstrations, vir tual realities, Starlab, KidScape and more than 250 hands-on exhibits. General Admission: $8 for adults; $6 for children, seniors and active military. Group rates available. Operating hours: Mon.-Sat., 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sunday, noon-5 p.m. Call 821-0200, 1-800-325-5445 or visit their Web site at www.NationalScienceCenter.org. REDCLIFFE STATE HISTORIC SITE: 1859 mansion of S.C. Governor James Henry Hammond, held by the family for three generations until 1975. Hours are 9 a.m.-6 p.m., Thursday-Monday on the grounds. House tours are noon-3 p.m. by appointment. Closed Tuesday and

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Wednesday. Admission to the grounds is free. Fee for house tours is $3 for adults and children ages 6 to 17. For more information, call (803) 827-1473. 181 Redclif fe Road, Beech Island.

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SACRED HEART CULTURAL CENTER is of fering tours of its 100-year-old building. Mon.-Fri., 9 a.m.-5 p.m. $1 per person, children free. 826-4700.

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HISTORIC COTTON EXCHANGE WELCOME CENTER: Open Mon.-Sat., 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sun. 1-5 p.m. Riverwalk. Free. 724-4067.

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THE EZEKIEL HARRIS HOUSE: Deemed “the finest 18th century house surviving in Georgia” by the “Smithsonian Guide to Historic America.” Open Saturday, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. General admission is $2; senior admission is $1 and children get in for 50 cents. For more information, call 724-0436.

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FIRST FRIDAY AT THE MORRIS MUSEUM OF ART April 4, 5:30-7 p.m., features per formance by jazz trio Squat, ar t-making workshop, a jazz video screening and 6:30 p.m. gallery spotlight tour. 724-7501. “THE SIMKINS FAMILY OF EDGEFIELD” lecture presentation by historian Bet tis Rainsford 7 p.m. April 3 at the Morris Musuem of Ar t. Free admission. 724-7501. SPRING STORYTELLING EXTRAVAGANZA at the Morris Museum of Ar t April 19 and May 3. The Tellers of Two Cities present a Saturday morning spring story telling series at 10:30 a.m. Free for members, $3 for adults and $2 for seniors, students and the military; children under 6 free with adult. Call 724-7501 for more information. THE GERTRUDE HERBERT INSTITUTE OF ART in Ware’s Folly exhibits works by local and regional ar tists. Ar t classes, workshops and other educational programming for children, youth and adults are held in the WalkerMackenzie Studio. Ware’s Folly galleries open Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Thursday, 10 a.m.-7 p.m.; and Saturday by appointment only. The Walker-Mackenzie Studio gallery is open Tuesday-Friday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Admission is free, but a donation of $2 for adults and $1 for children and seniors is encouraged. Call 722-5495 for more info.

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THE AUGUSTA MUSEUM OF HISTORY hosts permanent exhibition “Augusta’s Story,” an award-winning exhibit encompassing 12,000 years of local history. For the younger crowd, there’s the Susan L. Still Children’s Discovery Gallery, where kids can learn about history in a hands-on environment. The museum also shows films in the History Theatre and hosts a variety of programs. Located at 560 Reynolds Street. Open Tuesday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and Sunday 1-5 p.m. Admission is $4 adult, $3 seniors, $2 kids (6-18 years of age) and free for children under 6. Free admission on Sundays. Call 722-8454 or visit www.augustamuseum.org for more information.

LUNCH AT NOON LECTURE SERIES held the second Wednesday of every month at the Lucy Craf t Laney Museum of Black History, 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Call the museum at 724-3576 for more information.

Special Events SNEAK PREVIEW OF “SEABISCUIT” DOCUMENTARY April 14 at the Washington Center for the Performing Ar ts in Aiken. Cocktail and hors d’oeuvres served at 7 p.m. with sneak preview beginning at 8 p.m. Tickets are $50 per person and all proceeds go to the Aiken Thoroughbred Racing Hall of Fame. Purchase tickets through the H.O. Weeks Center at 1700 Whiskey Rd. or call (803) 6427650. AUGUSTA CANAL INTERPRETIVE CENTER GRAND OPENING: On April 18 at 10 a.m., the center will open its doors to the public. Housed in Enterprise Mill, the center contains

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MASTERS BALLPARK BASH with performances by The Drifters, The Tams and The O’Kaysions April 11, 7:30 p.m., at Lake Olmstead Stadium. Tickets are $10 in advance or $15 the day of the show, and VIP tables are available at $150. For tickets, visit www.tixonline.com or call (803) A 278-4TIX.

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Story,” at Borders Books and Music April 5. Rawlings signs from 3-5 p.m. and Boatwright signs from 1-3 p.m. 737-6962. MASTERS GALA 2003 features a musical performance by Jim Belushi and The Sacred Hear ts. The gala benefits For t Discovery and will be held April 10, 9 p.m., at the Bell Auditorium. Corporate tables include a reception and a meet-and-greet session with Belushi; reserved balcony seating is also available. For more details, call 821-0607 or visit www.NationalScienceCenter.org. PEACE VIGIL every Saturday until U.S. troops come home, noon-2 p.m. at the corner of Wrightsboro and Walton Way Ex t., near the Army Reserve Office. For more information, contact Denice Traina, 736-4738. UPCOMING EVENTS AT AUGUSTA GOLF AND GARDENS include a First Friday celebration April 4; special ex tended hours, 9 a.m.-11 p.m. April 5-14; and a April 9 reception in conjunction with the Stan Byrdy book signing at the Morris Museum of Ar t. Call 724-4443 for details. SWAMP SATURDAY April 5, 9:30 a.m., at Phinizy Swamp Nature Park. Volunteer educators lead visitors through the park. Dress appropriately for the weather and for walking, and bring a water bot tle, camera and binoculars. Free of charge, though donations are accepted. 828-2109. APRIL FILM SERIES Tuesdays, 6:30 p.m. at Headquar ters Library. April 8 showing of “Insignificance”; April 15 showing of “Wonder Boys”; April 22 showing of “Sunset Boulevard”; April 29 showing of “Straw Dogs.” Free admission. 821-2600. THE ARK RECORDING STUDIOS First Anniversary Celebration April 4, 5 p.m., at 451 Broad St. Live enter tainment and food will be featured for the entire family. For info, call 722-5081. FREE TAX ASSISTANCE AND TAX PREPARATION at Volunteer Income Ta x Assistance sites throughout Augusta. Contact the Mayor’s Of fice for Workforce Development at 821-1834. 2003 CULLUM LECTURE SERIES at Augusta State University: The title of this year’s series is “Frontiers in Motion: U.S.-Latin American and Caribbean Borderlands.” On April 15, Elaine Lacey speaks on “South Carolina’s Hispanic Population: A New Transnational Community?” Programs held at 11:30 a.m. and 7 p.m. in Butler Lecture Hall. For more information, visit www.aug.edu/library/cullum2003 or call 737-1444.

Out of Town “WONDER OF THE WORLD” will be per formed at the Woodruf f Ar ts Center in Atlanta April 10-20. To purchase tickets, call (404) 733-5000 or visit www.alliancetheatre.org. ATLANTA DOGWOOD FESTIVAL April 11-13 at Piedmont Park in Atlanta. Live music, ar tist market, Disc Dog Southern Nationals, kids’ village and more will be featured. Admission is free to the public. For information, visit www.dogwood.org or call (404) 329-0501. FOXHALL FLOWER SHOW AND FOXHALL CUP April 1720 at Foxhall Farm in Douglasville, Ga. Tickets are $20 adult, $15 senior, and free for children 12 and under. Tickets are available online at www.ticketmaster.com or by phone at 828-7700. ADOPTION INFORMATION SESSION at the Independent Adoption Center in Tucker, Ga., 9:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. April 5. Please reserve a place by calling 1-800-385-4016. HARDEEVILLE (S.C.) MOTOR SPEEDWAY 2003 RACING SCHEDULE is April 5 (open practice), 12 and 26, May 3 and 24, June 7 and 21, July 12 and 26 and Aug. 9, 16 and 30. For information, call (843) 784-RACE. “HUSH: COMPOSING BLIND TOM WIGGINS” will be performed at the Woodruf f Ar ts Center in Atlanta through April 6. To purchase tickets, call (404) 733-5000 or visit www.alliancetheatre.org. 3 RIVERS MUSIC FESTIVAL April 4-6 at Congaree Vista in Columbia, S.C. Tickets are $30 for a three-day ticket in advance or $20 for a one-day ticket at the gates; children under 10 admit ted free with ticket-holding adult. For more information, visit www.3riversmusicfestival.org or call (803) 401-8990.

status through April 14. Selected local agencies will receive donations raised Sept.1-Oct. 15 by federal employees. For applications, call 724-5544 or e-mail bend@uwcsra.org.

THE GEORGE’S MUSIC SPRINGING THE BLUES FESTIVAL will be held April 4-6 at Seawalk Pavilion in Jacksonville Beach, Fla. For more information, visit www.springingtheblues.com or call 1-800-864-7186.

AUGUSTA-RICHMOND COUNTY ANIMAL CONTROL is in need of dog and cat food, cat lit ter and other pet items, as well as monetary donations to help pay for vaccinations. Donations accepted during regular business hours, Tues.-Sun., 1-5 p.m. at the shelter, 4164 Mack Lane. Call 790-6836 for information.

“CRIMES OF THE HEART” will be presented by the Alliance Theatre Company on the Alliance Stage in Atlanta through April 20. Tickets are $17-$46; $10 tickets available for those under 25 years of age. Call (404) 7335000 or visit www.alliancetheatre.org. “CLEMENT GREENBERG: A CRITIC’S COLLECTION” is on display at the Columbia Museum of Ar t in Columbia, S.C., through June 17. (803) 799-2810. “A RAISIN IN THE SUN” through April 13 at Class Act Theatre in Mariet ta, Ga. For tickets, call (770) 579-3156. “JULIUS CAESAR” at the New American Shakespeare Tavern in Atlanta through April 6. Tues.-Sat. per formances at 7:30 p.m.; Sunday per formances at 6:30 p.m. Ticket prices range from $10-$24.50, depending on the day of the week. Group discounts available. Optional British pubstyle menu of fered one hour and fif teen minutes before the show. For reservations, call (404) 874-5299. “WHERE THE WILD THINGS ARE: MAURICE SENDAK IN HIS OWN WORDS AND PICTURES” exhibit at the Richland County Public Library in Columbia, S.C., through May 18. (803) 799-9084.

MCDUFFIE FRIENDS OF ANIMALS holds pet adoptions each Saturday, 1-3 p.m. at Superpetz on Bobby Jones Expressway. Call 556-9090 or visit www.pet finder.com.

THE HIGH MUSEUM OF ART’S FOLK ART AND PHOTOGRAPH GALLERIES host two exhibitions through Aug. 9: “Land of My th and Memory: Clarence John Laughlin and Photographers of the South” and “Faces and Places: Picturing the Self in Self-Taught Ar t.” Call (404) 5776940.

COLUMBIA COUNTY HUMANE SOCIETY holds pet adoptions every Saturday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and every Sunday from 1 to 4 p.m. at PetsMar t. For more info, call 860-5020.

“FOR THIS WORLD AND BEYOND: AFRICAN ART FROM THE FRED AND RITA RICHMAN COLLECTION” through May 25 at the High Museum of Ar t in Atlanta. Call (404) 733-HIGH or visit www.high.org for info.

RICHMOND COUNTY ANIMAL CONTROL AND AUGUSTA ANIMAL RESCUE FRIENDS holds pet adoptions at Superpetz of f Bobby Jones Expressway every Sunday from 1 to 4 p.m. Call AARF at 364-4747 or visit www.aar f.net. Adoptions also held at the Richmond County Animal Control Shelter, Tues. through Sun., 1-5 p.m. Call the shelter at 790-6836. LOW-COST RABIES VACCINATIONS: Augusta-Richmond County Animal Control holds low-cost rabies vaccination clinics the four th Sunday of every month for privately owned pets. $8 per animal. 1 p.m. at Superpetz. Dogs must be on a leash and cats in a carrier. Puppies and kittens must be three months old and current for all vaccinations. Schedule subject to change, so please call 7906836 to verify dates and times. THE CSRA HUMANE SOCIETY holds pet adoptions every Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and every Wednesday evening from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Pet Center located behind the GreenJackets Stadium on Milledge Rd. 261PETS.

Golfers and golf fans will want to check out the “Comical Strokes: A Golf Cartoon Sampler” exhibit at the Augusta Museum of History, up through April 20.

Benefits DERBY DAY KENTUCKY DERBY PARTY May 3, 3-7 p.m., to raise money for the Augusta Training Shop for the Handicapped. The Kentucky Derby will be televised on big screens, and live enter tainment, raf fles, a fashionable hat contest and more will be featured. Tickets are $30 per person. For more information, visit www.augustatrainingshop.com or call 738-1358.

SHEPEARD COMMUNITY BLOOD CENTER BLOOD DRIVES in various locations around the CSRA this month. The blood center is urging people of all blood types to donate in order to combat a blood supply shor tage. For detailed information on locations and times to donate, visit www.shepeardblood.org. You may also call Susan Edwards at (803) 643-7996 for information on Aiken locations and Nancy Szocinski at 737-4551 for information on all other locations. AMERICAN RED CROSS BLOOD DRIVES at the Aiken Red Cross Blood Center on Millbrook Drive and the Augusta Red Cross Blood Center on Pleasant Home Road. The bloodmobile will also stop at various area locations this week. For a complete list, call the Aiken Blood Center at (803) 642-5180 or the Augusta Blood Center at 868-8800.

Learning BEGINNERS E-MAIL CLASS April 16, 6:30-7:30 p.m. at the Gibbs Library. To register, call 863-1946. LANGUAGE SAMPLER free classes in Greek, German, French and Spanish through April 22 at the Gibbs Library. 863-1946. INTERMEDIATE POWERPOINT classes at the Wallace Branch Library April 5, 1-3 p.m. 722-6275. BASIC MICROSOFT WORD courses of fered at the Wallace Branch Library beginning April 8 and 10. For complete class schedules and information, call 722-6275. INTRODUCTION TO COMPUTERS FOR ADULTS Fridays April 4-25, 9:30-11 a.m., at the Ma xwell Branch Library. Registration is required; call 793-2020. USC-AIKEN CONTINUING EDUCATION of fers the following courses: Drama and more. USC-Aiken also of fers Education to Go classes online. Call the Of fice of Continuing Education at (803) 641-3288.

“AN EVENING WITH ELVIS” concer t to benefit the American Cancer Society. Held at Harlem High School’s Auditorium April 12, 7 p.m. Tickets are $5 in advance or $7 at the door. For advance tickets, call 556-6979.

AUGUSTA STATE UNIVERSITY CONTINUING EDUCATION is now of fering the following classes: Garden Design, Intermediate Photography, Meteorology, Acting Workshop Ice Skating, Tai Chi, Yoga, Chinese Language and Culture, Dance, Drivers Education, Digital Photography and more. Also, ASU of fers online courses. For more information, call 737-1636 or visit www.ced.aug.edu.

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AIKEN TECH CONTINUING EDUCATION of fers the following courses: Windows 2000, Microsof t Word, Microsof t Excel, Health Care Career Courses, Real Estate Courses,

Floral Design, Driver Education and more. Aiken Tech also of fers Education to Go classes online. For more information or to register, call (803) 593-9231, ex t. 1230.

Health COPING SKILLS GROUP FOR WOMEN SUFFERING FROM CHRONIC PELVIC PAIN is a 12-week program to help women ef fectively manage chronic pelvic pain. Begins in mid-April at MCG. For more info, contact Lara Stepleman or Erin Elfant at 721-7969. NARCOTICS ANONYMOUS: If you want to stop using any drugs, there is a way out. Help is available at no cost. Call the Narcotics Anonymous help line for information and meeting schedules at 855-2419. DIET COUNSELING CLASSES for diabetics and those with high cholesterol at CSRA Par tners in Health, 1220 Augusta West Parkway. Free. Call 860-3001 for class schedule. PROJECT LINK COMMUNITY LECTURE SERIES is held the first Tuesday of every month and is sponsored by the MCG Children’s Medical Center. Project Link provides educational resources and guidance for families who have children with developmental delays, disabilities and other specialized health concerns. Free and open to the public; takes place from 6:30-8 p.m. in the main conference room at the Children’s Medical Center. Call 7216838 for information. UNIVERSITY HEALTH CARE SYSTEM COMMUNITY EDUCATION holds workshops, seminars and classes on a variety of topics: weight and nutrition, women’s health, cancer, diabetes, seniors’ health and more. Suppor t groups and health screenings are also of fered. Call 7360847 for details. PEACHCARE FOR KIDS AND RIGHT FROM THE START MEDICADE of fers free or low-cost health coverage to qualifying families. Coverage includes prenatal care, hospitalization, vaccines, dental and vision care and is available to pregnant women of all ages and to children through age 19. Contact the RSM Project at 729-2086 or 721-5611 for information. YOGA CLASSES at Walton Rehabilitation Hospital are held on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 7-8 a.m. for $45/month or 10:30 a.m. to noon for $55/month. Call 823-6294. FREE HIV/AIDS TESTING every Tuesday from 4 to 7 p.m. at St. Stephen’s Ministry, 922 Greene Street. Free anonymous testing, pre- and post-test counseling and education. HATHA YOGA CLASSES at the St. Joseph Home Health Care Center in Daniel Village Plaza. Held 10 a.m. to noon Monday, Wednesday and Friday and 6:30-8:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday. $10 per class or $60 a month for unlimited classes. Mats are provided, but bring a towel and a water bot tle. Call Tess at 738-2782 for more information. A FREE WOMEN’S HEALTH CLINIC is held from 6-8 p.m. on Tuesdays at the Salvation Army and Welfare Center,


W.G. WATSON, M.D., WOMEN’S CENTER CONDUCTS EDUCATION CLASSES at University Hospital. Course topics include Lamaze, breast feeding, parenting and grandparenting. Par tners will learn positive suppor t techniques. There are also programs designed to help older siblings adjust to new family members. Some classes are free, while others require a fee. Registration is required by calling 774-2825.

Kids SPECIAL PRESCHOOL STORYTIME WITH CHIEF GILLESPIE of the Augusta-Richmond County Fire Depar tment April 16, 10 a.m. at the Ma xwell Branch Library. Call 793-2020 for more information. GEORGIA STATE PARKS PARENT-CHILD FISHING TOURNAMENT April 12 at Mistletoe State Park. Registration is between 7-10 a.m. and weigh-in is at 3 p.m. Entry fee is $5 per family. For information, contact Bill Tinley, 541-0321. FAMILY Y MASTERS WEEK DAY CAMPS April 7-11. A variety of camps are available for kids ages 3-17. For more information, call 733-1030 or 738-6678. “TECHNOLOGY AND TENNIS FOR LIFE” camp is now accepting registration for spring and summer sessions. Masters Week camp held April 7-11, 9 a.m.-1 p.m.; summer camp sessions June 9-27 and July 7-25. Program activities include computer literacy, leadership skills development, tennis instruction and more. To register, call 796-5046. SPRING BREAK JUNIOR RANGER PROGRAM at Mistletoe State Park 9:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. April 9-10. Open to children ages 6-12. Program is free, but pre-registration is required. For more information, call Brenda at 541-0321. ARTRAGEOUS SUNDAY at the Morris Museum of Ar t April 6, 2 p.m., is free and teaches three-dimensional drawing techniques. No previous drawing experience necessary. Free. 724-7501. SPRING BREAK CAMP April 7-11, 8 a.m.-4 p.m., at the Smith-Hazel Recreation Center in Aiken is open to kids ages 4-11. Cost is $40. For registration information, call (803) 642-7635. EGG HUNT at the new Augusta-Richmond County library site at Diamond Lakes April 5, 10 a.m. to noon. 10:30 a.m. egg hunt for ages 5 and under; 11 a.m. egg hunt for ages 6 and up. For more information, call 821-2600. EASTER EGG-STRAVAGANZA FAMILY NIGHT drop-in at the Family Y’s Camp Lakeside April 3, 5-7 p.m. Activities include a hayride, Easter egg hunt, educational activities, marshmallow roast and more. $5 per person fee. For details, contact Scot t Rouse, 733-1030.

“THE PRINCESS AND THE PEA,” through April 5 at Ma xwell Per forming Ar ts Theatre, is presented by Storyland Theatre. School per formances Thursday-Friday at 9:30 a.m., 10:45 a.m. and 12:15 p.m. Student ticket price is $3.50; teachers and chaperones are free. Reservations required. Saturday family matinee tickets are $4 per person; no reservations required. 736-3455.

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STORYTIME IN THE GARDENS every Tuesday, 4 p.m., through May. Senior citizens will read favorite children’s stories to kids 8 and under at Hopeland Gardens in Aiken. Bring a blanket or chair and snacks. Free. Rain location is the H.O. Weeks Center. (803) 642-7631. HOMEWORK STUDY SKILLS FOR STUDENTS Saturdays from 9 a.m.-noon at Shiloh Comprehensive Community Center. Computers are available. Call 738-0089 for info. AFTER-SCHOOL PROGRAM at the Smith-Hazel Recreation Center in Aiken through May, 2-6 p.m. Open to kids ages 5-13. Call (803) 642-7635.

CHILDREN’S LEARNING CENTER at the Lucy Craf t Laney Museum of Black History open Monday-Friday, 4:30-6:30 p.m., through June. For information, call 724-3576. ACADEMIC HELP AND TUTORING available Saturdays, 2:30-4:30 p.m. at the Wallace Branch Library. Call 7226275 to make arrangements. GIRLS INCORPORATED AFTER-SCHOOL PROGRAM runs through the end of the 2002-2003 school year. A variety of programs will be of fered. Services include van pick-up at select schools, evening drop-of f, homework room and hot evening meal. Open to girls in kindergar ten through high school. Af ter-school program of fered 2:306 p.m. Mon.-Fri. For more information, call 733-2512.

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EASTER SPRING FLING FASHION SHOW AND DESSERT TASTING is sponsored by the Augusta Senior Friends and will be held at Savannah Rapids Pavilion beginning at 2 p.m. April 3. Enter tainment and door prizes will also be featured. Tickets are $5 and are available at the Senior Friends of fice, 1305 Interstate Parkway. For info, call 651-6716.

AARP TAX ASSITANCE is available at the Gibbs Library Tuesdays, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., through April 8. Free; registration is not required. Please bring a copy of your previous year’s ta x return. Call 863-1946 for more information. The Ma xwell Branch Library also of fers this service Tuesdays and Fridays, 10 a.m.-noon through April 15. Free; persons over 50 have priority. In-person registration required. Call 793-2020. AARP Ta x Aide is also available at the Senior Citizens Council of Greater Augusta and the CSRA Mondays, noon to 4 p.m. and Fridays, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Free; call 826-4480 for information. AIKEN PARKS AND RECREATION of fers a multitude of programs for senior adults, including bridge clubs, fitness classes, canasta clubs, line dancing, racquetball, ar ts and craf ts, tai chi, tennis and excursions. For more information, call (803) 642-7631. JUD C. HICKEY CENTER FOR ALZHEIMER’S CARE provides families and caregivers of those with Alzheimer’s disease and dementia a break during the day. Activities and care available at the adult day center, and homecare is available as well. For information, call 738-5039. THE ACADEMY FOR LIFELONG LEARNING of fers lectures, courses, field trips, discussion groups and community information seminars on a variety of topics to mature adults. For more information, contact the USCAiken Of fice of Continuing Education at (803) 641-3288. PEOPLE WITH ARTHRITIS CAN EXERCISE (PACE) meets at Walton Rehabilitation Hospital Tuesdays and

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FIRST SATURDAY STORYTELLING at the Lucy Craf t Laney Museum. In addition, there is a tour of the museum. Held 10 a.m. to noon the first Saturday of the month. Call 724-3576.

BASIC COMPUTER TRAINING FOR SENIORS at the Wallace Branch Library Mondays, 1-2:30 p.m., beginning April 7. Call 722-6275 for more information.

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COMPUTER CLASSES FOR SENIOR CITIZENS Tuesdays and Thursdays, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. at Shiloh Comprehensive Community Center. For more information, call 738-0089.

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THE SENIOR CITIZENS COUNCIL OF GREATER AUGUSTA AND THE CSRA of fers a variety of classes, including aerobics, quilting, tai chi, Spanish, painting, line dancing, bowling, bridge, computers, yoga and pinochle. For dates and times, phone 826-4480. ARTHRITIS AQUATICS of fered Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at Walton Rehabilitation Hospital. Classes meet 9-9:45 a.m., 10-10:45 a.m. or 12:15-1 p.m. $37.50/month. To register, call 733-5959. SENIORNET provides adults age 50 and over education

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Sports AUGUSTA GREENJACKETS HOME GAMES April 3-6, 1416 and 21-28. Tickets are $6-$8 for adults; $5 for senior citizens, military personnel and children 4-12; and $1 for children 3 and under. For tickets, visit www.tixonline.com or call 736-7889. AUGUSTA FENCERS CLUB new classes for beginners star t April 3-4. Youth class meets Fridays, 6-7 p.m., and adult class meets Thursdays 6-7 p.m. $50 per month. To register, call 722-8878. AUGUSTA FLASH 14 AND UNDER FASTPITCH TRAVEL SOFTBALL TEAM is holding tryouts. For information, contact head coach Jef f Towe at 868-8485, 771-5618 or augustaflash@hotmail.com. BUCK HARRIS SPRING BREAK BASKETBALL CLINIC April 7-11 at ASU’s Christenberry Fieldhouse. Open to boys and girls ages 7-17. Cost is $100, which includes lunch each day of the clinic. For more information, contact Buck Harris, 731-7914 or bharris@aug.edu.

INTRODUCTORY AND DROP-IN CLIMBING Fridays, 5:306:30 p.m., at the Virginia Acres Park Climbing Wall in Aiken. Cost is $5 per session. Call (803) 642-7631 for information. THE AUGUSTA RUGBY CLUB is always looking for new members. Teams available for women and men; no experience necessary. Practice is Tuesday and Thursday nights, 7-9 p.m. at Richmond Academy. For more information, call Don Zuehlke, 495-2043, or e-mail augustarfc@yahoo.com. You may also visit www.augustarugby.org.

Volunteer FORT DISCOVERY STUDENT VOLUNTEER PROGRAM is looking for volunteers, ages 15 and up, to commit 30 hours over the summer. For more information on this oppor tunity, contact Millie Schumacher, 821-0609. THE KITTY ORTIZ DE LEON FOUNDATION needs volunteers to help promote organ donor awareness. For more information, please contact Cassandra Reed at 481-0105 or kodfoundation@aol.com. GOLDEN HARVEST FOOD BANK needs volunteers during the day, Monday-Friday, to help sor t donated products and assist in their agency shopping area. Help is needed yearround. If you are able to lift 25 pounds and would like to help fight hunger in the Augusta area, contact Laurie Roper at 736-1199, ex t. 208. THOROUGHBRED RACING HALL OF FAME DOCENTS NEEDED: Duties include opening and closing the Hall of Fame, greeting visitors and providing information about museum exhibits. Call Lisa Hall, (803) 642-7650 for information.

FASTPITCH SOFTBALL PITCHING CLINICS April 8 at Patriot’s Park Gym. The Grease Lightning Fastpitch Academy will hold two one-hour clinics. Each session is $25. For info, contact Jerry, 868-9614.

OLDER AMERICANS ACT SENIOR NUTRITION PROGRAM is looking for volunteers to serve meals to needy older residents. To volunteer, contact the Senior Citizens Council at 826-4480. For those in need of home-delivered meals, call 210-2018 or toll free at 1-888-922-4464.

YOUTH BASEBALL REGISTRATION at the Family Y’s Wheeler Branch through April 5. Games begin in May, and

AUGUSTA-RICHMOND COUNTY ANIMAL CONTROL: New volunteer orientation is scheduled the first Saturday of each

month at 1 p.m. at the shelter, 4164 Mack Lane. Schedule subject to change; call 790-6836 to verify dates and times.

mation, call the Marvin Methodist Church office at 8630510.

THE CSRA HUMANE SOCIETY is looking for animal lovers willing to donate a lit tle of their time. Volunteers are needed every Saturday at the Pet Center located behind GreenJackets Stadium on Milledge Road. Call 261-PETS for more info.

CHRIST-BASED RECOVERY MEETING every Tuesday, 6:30 p.m., at the Love & Light Healing Center. Please use the back entrance. For information, contact Kenny Stacy, 3735585.

SHEPEARD COMMUNITY BLOOD CENTER is seeking donors to prevent a blood supply shor tage. To donate call 737-4551, 854-1880 or (803) 643-7996.

Meetings CSRA WRITERS meets April 8, 6:30 p.m., at Barnes & Noble Booksellers. Writers in need of a suppor t group are asked to bring 10 copies of a manuscript to be critiqued. For info, contact Lela Turnbull, 738-4114. THE AUGUSTA CHAPTER OF THE AMERICAN SINGLES GOLF ASSOCIATION meets the second Thursday of every month, and holds golf outings and socials as well. Open to singles 21 and over. For information, call (803) 441-6741. AUGUSTA GENEALOGICAL SOCIETY April 3 meeting includes a presentation on the Simkins family of Edgefield, S.C. Program is free and runs from 7-8 p.m. at the Morris Museum of History. For information, contact Carol Allen Storm, 592-2711. THE CSRA ECONOMIC OPPORTUNITY AUTHORITY’S Board of Directors meets at 6:30 p.m. the first Monday of each month. For information, call 722-0493. RICHMOND ACADEMY CLASS OF 1968 is looking for members interested in planning or at tending the 35th reunion celebration, planned for later this year. If you graduated from ARC in 1968, please e-mail contact information to Academy1968@aol.com or call Hap Harris, 724-2452. NEW ADULT WOMEN’S BOOK CLUB based on the NBC “Today” show book club is forming, and organizers are looking for interested par ties. Beginning in April, the club is planning on holding monthly meetings at Borders on a Tuesday evening. Those interested in joining are advised to page Marian at 785-0006 for details. PRISMS GROUP for singles is starting up at Marvin Methodist Church. Prisms is not a dating service, but will provide a casual, comfortable atmosphere for singles to get together, as well as outings and meetings. For more infor-

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singing and tapdancing and lording over women with rakish snaz. He's a lioness-tamer; the main cats are Velma Kelly (Catherine Zeta-Jones), a cabaret sex bazooka and killer on Death Row and newcomer Roxie Har t (Renee Zellweger), a Bet ty Boop who killed her lover. For cash and headlines, Flynn will help guilty women beat the law. "Chicago" is zip for depth, but it has all the sexy sur face it needs to be ex travagantly alive. It tops of f at the Chicago Theater, and the old show palace looks delighted. Cast: Renee Zellweger, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Richard Gere, John C. Reilly, Queen Latifah, Christine Baranski, Taye Diggs. Running time: 1 hr., 53 mins. (Elliot t) ★★★★ The Core (PG-13) — It's a story of Ear th imperiled and mankind going down the tubes. So a real tube has to be laser-tunneled using a new kind of worm craf t, right to the center of the world. Some secret military mischief stopped our planetary core from spinning and unhinged the electromagnetic shield. A group of geniuses, oddballs and two NASA pilots must go down there in a $50 billion crash program to hot-wire the core. "The Core" is so crazily improbable that it becomes madly believable. So much is at stake! Not so much sci-fi as sci-fi-jeez, it relies on the good old rhy thm of friction and bonding, and on desperate improvisation. Cast: Aaron Eckhar t, Stanley Tucci, Hilary Swank, Delroy Lindo, Tcheky Karyo, Bruce Greenwood, Alfre Woodard, D.J. Qualls. Running time: 2 hrs. (Elliot t) ★★★ Daredevil (PG-13) — Ben Af fleck as Mat t Murdock is another lonely " tormented" orphan whose only therapy is a revenge quest that pretends to be a moral, city-saving crusade. His boxing father (David Keith) came to a brutal end, not long af ter the sensitive boy was blinded by a chemical spill. Now his other senses are "heightened," which somehow gives Daredevil immense strength, the talent to leap great distances. Colin Farrell plays enemy Bullseye, who loves hurling sharp objects at people's throats. The hero's fem interest is Elek tra (Jennifer Garner). There is immense Michael Clarke Duncan as bad guy Kingpin. We want to believe that corporate Hollywood can evolve beyond this form of serial constipation, so full of action, but with nothing truly human moving. Cast: Ben Af fleck, Jennifer Garner, Colin Farrell, David Keith, Michael Clarke Duncan. Running time: 1 hr., 35 mins. (Elliot t) ★ Darkness Falls (PG-13) — A young man in a small town, isolated because the locals think he’s crazy, is the only one who can help a young boy, the brother of his childhood girlfriend. The boy is threatened by a centuries-old evil, a force that served as the inspiration for the seemingly innocuous tale of the tooth fairy. Cast: Chaney Kley, Emma Caulfield, Joshua Anderson, Andrew Bayly, Emily Browning. Die Another Day (PG-13) — Pierce Brosnan moves with energy and can fake conviction. His chest hair is superb, his voice remains Bondaceous. But he looks peaked, and we imagine he found time to remember when acting meant, well, acting. Not just pulverizing glass, plunging through ice, brandishing absurd weapons and making limp jokes. True to its Cold War roots, the series reaches for one more rotten Commie enemy. So bring on dear old Nor th Korea. A Pyongyang lunatic has found the resources, via diamonds, to create a satellite sun called Icarus, to burn or blind the dumb Yanks, the snot ty Brits and the

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Agent Cody Banks (PG) — is about teens recruited by the CIA — Osama, are you watching? Compact hero Cody, 15, gets to derail the scary plan for global domination of another crazy villain (Ian McShane). It blithely exploits such talents as Cynthia Stevenson, Mar tin Donovan and Keith David (tops as the CIA chief). This hyper baby-Bond has gizmos, chases, modestly lavish sets, cheap explosions, a sleek va-voom played by Angie Harmon and a girlish wow played by Hilary Duf f, who's like a Culkin version of Bardot. Running time: 1 hr., 50 mins. (Elliot t) ★★ Basic (R) — John Travolta swaggers through this macho military thriller as Tom Hardy, an ex-Army wise guy hanging around Panama City. He is called in for some cover t investigating by the squishy base commander at the Canal Zone in Panama. A cruel and hated drill sergeant, West (Samuel L. Jackson), was killed on an insane jungle training exercise during a hurricane. There are more dead and wounded, and survivors reek of guilt. The plot pretzels like a Mobius strip on moonshine, repeating scenes from dif ferent "angles," each one a Cubist jag of revelation. If this humid hullabaloo made sense, it still wouldn't mat ter. The finish is like the giddy reunion of a buddy club, as if the sequel might be a frat-boy comedy. Cast: John Travolta, Connie Nielsen, Samuel L. Jackson, Giovanni Ribisi, Taye Diggs, Roselyn Sanchez, Harry Connick Jr., Brian Van Holt. Running time: 1 hr., 38 mins. (Elliot t) ★1/2 Biker Boyz (PG-13) — Described as a “contemporary Western on wheels,” “Biker Boyz” delves into the underground world of motorcycle racing. Undefeated champ Smoke dominates California’s racing scene, but his position is threatened by a young racer named Kid. Kid’s out to win Smoke’s helmet — and his fame. Cast: Laurence Fishburne, Derek Luke, Orlando Jones, Djimon Hounsole, Lisa Bonet, Kid Rock. Bringing Down the House (PG-13) — Queen Latifah smoothly pockets "Bringing Down the House" as Charlene, a good-hear ted fugitive from the law, turning to a starchy, divorced ta x at torney for refuge and suppor t. Steve Mar tin is the lawyer, Peter. The core idea of this very simple comedy is pure buzz of contrast: Latifah is abundantly, explosively black, while Mar tin may be the whitest man ever to star in movies. Latifah rides out the nonsense in her queenly, Pearl Bailey style. It's a cookie-cut comedy. The movie delivers its very manufactured goods, but it lacks the guts to be a meaningful comedy. Cast: Steve Mar tin, Queen Latifah, Eugene Levy, Joan Plowright, Jean Smar t, Bet ty White. Running time: 1 hr., 45 mins. (Elliot t) ★★ Catch Me If You Can (PG-13) — From the breezy opening credits done in '60s hip style, Steven Spielberg's charmed enter tainment flies along with confidence. Leonardo DiCaprio is entirely engaging as Frank Abagnale Jr., con ar tist and ace kiter of checks, pursued with increasingly caring fixation by Tom Hanks as a square FBI man. Christopher Walken is the smooth-talking flop dad whom Frank yearns to impress. Cast: Leonardo DiCaprio, Tom Hanks, Christopher Walken. Running time: 2 hrs., 15 mins. (Elliot t) ★★★ Chicago (PG-13) —- It's been 23 years since Richard Gere stripped on Broadway for "Bent." Now he gets to pull of f his clothes as slick shyster Billy Flynn. Mostly in wonder ful suits, his hair shining like creased silver, Gere is having the best time of his movie life,

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greedy South Korean stooges. He captures Bond, tortures him, then zips of f to Cuba, where he is DNAmorphed into a sneery Brit named Graves (Toby Stephens). We recall Connery, and old plots that, however abundantly silly, were adventurous larks and not just plastic shelves for hardware display. Cast: Pierce Brosnan, Halle Berry, Toby Stephens, Rosamund Pike, John Cleese, Judi Dench, Rick Yune. Running time: 2 hrs. (Elliot t) ★★ Dreamcatcher (R) — Henry (Thomas Jane), Beaver (Jason Lee), Jonesy (Damian Lewis) and Pete (Timothy Olyphant) were boyhood pals in a small town in Maine. Every year, they convene in a backwoods cabin to hunt, drink beer and talk about Duddits (Donnie Wahlberg), their mentally challenged, supernaturally connected friend for whom they once per formed an act of great kindness and bravery, and who in return rewarded them with a shared six th sense. A man staggers up to the cabin, half-frozen and infected with something from out of this world. He's incubating a spectacularly awful creature. The stolid subplot – about a military unit that deals with aliens and is run by a quasi-fascist lunatic (Morgan Freeman) – slows things down, giving viewers time to think, rarely a good idea in this genre. "Dreamcatcher's" biggest shock is that it flat runs out of ideas. In the end, it's just another monster flick. Cast: Thomas Jane, Jason Lee, Damian Lewis, Timothy Olyphant. Running time: 2 hrs., 25 mins. (Salm) ★★ Drumline (PG-13) — A young street drummer from Harlem wins a scholarship to at tend a Southern university and decides to make the trek af ter being convinced by the university’s band director, even though he knows he’ll have a hard time fit ting in. Gradually, his drumming skills help the other students warm up to him. Cast: Nick Cannon, Orlando Jones, Zoe Saldana, Jason Weaver. Friday After Next (R) — This is the third film in the "Friday" series and features the same people, places and pals highlighted in the first two. "Friday Af ter Nex t" takes place around Christmas, as Craig and Day-Day are working as security guards af ter a "ghet to Santa" who’s been stealing presents. Cast: Ice Cube, Mike Epps, Don "D.C." Curry.

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (PG) — Harry (Daniel Radclif fe) faces destiny with a

clear eye and spor ty will, not the least neurotic despite having been orphaned into a family of idiotic prigs who treat him abominably. He again escapes to Hogwar ts, to his pals (Ruper t Grint as wobble-faced Ron, Emma Watson as bookworm Hermione) and the snippish regard of Prof. Snape (Alan Rickman) and Prof. McGonegall (Maggie Smith), and the wonder ful

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giant Hagrid (Robbie Coltrane) and Headmaster Dumbledore (Richard Harris, now dead). Jason Isaacs should be given more time as Lucius, the evil, whitemaned father of snob Draco Malfoy. There is a sense of a grand machine greased, sometimes grinding. The "chamber of secrets" is less an exciting mystery at the center than a device to car t the bulky saga forward. Cast: Daniel Radclif fe, Ruper t Grint, Emma Watson, Kenneth Branagh, Richard Harris, Alan Rickman, Maggie Smith, Robbie Coltrane. Running time: 2 hrs., 41 mins. (Elliot t) ★★★ Head of State (PG-13) — “Head of State” marks the directorial debut of comic Chris Rock, who also co-wrote the screenplay. He stars as an unlikely presidential candidate, a down-on-his-luck government employee about to lose his job. Thrust into presidential candidacy by his par ty when the par ty’s original presidential nominee unexpectedly dies, Rock appeals to the country’s par ty vein to try and win the election. Bernie Mac stars as his brother and running mate. Cast: Chris Rock, Bernie Mac, Dylan Baker, Tamala Jones, Robin Givens. The Hunted (R) — From "The Hunted," you might learn how to escape from a police dragnet in Por tland, Ore., swim down a river, dry out, eat nothing, forge a deadly knife from scrap steel using a brush fire you've improvised, and then quickly enter the forest for a showdown with Tommy Lee Jones. But it helps greatly if you are Aaron Hallam (Benicio Del Toro), former military killer. He was trained in all the deadly ar ts by L.T. Bonham (Jones). "The Hunted" is "First Blood" shoved into grateful memories of "The Fugitive," with Del Toro less a Rambo than a psycho, and Jones pursuing a guilty rather than innocent man. "The Hunted" star ts to seem like something eaten by angry bears. Cast: Tommy Lee Jones, Benicio Del Toro, Connie Nielsen, Jenna Boyd. Running time: 1 hr., 34 mins. (Elliot t) ★★ Maid in Manhattan (PG-13) — The airy fantasy puts Jennifer Lopez into a cute maid's uniform at a swank New York hotel. She's Marisa, and when she tries on the very expensive, if rather Bel Air trophy wife, out fit of a snobbish guest, this at tracts the "playboy" eye of senatorial hopeful Chris Marshall (Ralph Fiennes). Chris' manager (Stanley Tucci) is in controlfreak agony that the Republican politician might fall in love with someone not toity and rich. The film is most marked by the flagrant waste of talent. As the sitcom yucks racked up their lit tle nif ties, perked along by music, I had a weird, tiny pinch of nostalgia for "Jackass: The Movie." Cast: Jennifer Lopez, Ralph

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Fiennes, Bob Hoskins, Natasha Richardson, Stanley Tucci, Tyler Garcia Posey. Running time: 1 hr., 35 mins. (Elliot t) ★1/2 A Man Apart (R) — DEA agents Sean Vet ter and Demetrius Hicks work the streets of Los Angeles to stop the flow of illegal drugs from Mexico. Having taken down kingpin Memo Lucero, they pride themselves on a job well done. But in the wake of Lucero’s arrest, a new kingpin, known as Diablo, emerges to take over where Lucero lef t of f. Turning his sights to Diablo’s capture, Vet ter finds himself trapped in a dangerous game that takes a turn for the worse when it becomes personal. Vet ter’s wife, Stacy, is murdered, and Vet ter sets out to avenge her death at all costs, including turning his back on the agency he works for. Cast: Vin Diesel, Larenz Tate, Timothy Olyphant, Geno Silva, Jacqueline Obradors. Phone Booth (R) — “Phone Booth” is a fastpaced thriller set entirely in a — you guessed it — phone booth. Professional media consultant and all around not-so-nice guy Stu Shepard (Colin Farrell) is lured into the booth by a ring. The caller informs Shepard that if he leaves the booth, he’ll be killed, and when bullets from a sniper’s gun rain down to show just how serious the situation is, Shepard has to figure out how to match wits with the caller. Cast: Colin Farrell, Forest Whitaker, Katie Holmes, Radha Mitchell, Kiefer Sutherland. The Pianist (R) — The story of how gif ted pianist Wladyslaw Szpilman (played by delicately featured, demurely expressive Adrien Brody) survived the Nazi rape of Poland and the Holocaust is blended without hysteria, indeed with sobering control, into the personal gravity of director Roman Polanski's childhood during the war hell. It's a wonder ful film, with surges of honest feeling that can knock you nearly flat, and Chopin underscores the emotions. 2 hrs., 28 mins. (Elliot t) ★★★★ Piglet’s Big Movie (G) — Piglet gets to be the center of at tention in the latest animated movie based on the Winnie-the-Pooh gang. When the rest of the gang begins a honey harvest and won’t let Piglet help because of his small size, Piglet disappears. To find him, the gang uses his scrapbook as a map, and, along the way, discovers that even a small pig can be a big hero. Cast: John Fiedler, Jim Cummings, Peter Cullen. The Ring (PG-13) — begins with the telling of an urban-legend-like tale that, for a while, seems likely to consign this movie to the slasher/horror bin: A weird videotape is circulating. As soon as you're through watching it, the telephone rings. A voice on the phone informs you that you have seven days to live. Seven days later, you die. The film boasts first-rate per formances, a gorgeous look, an engaging plot and a jangly, thrumming sense of dread. The ef fectiveness of such a movie depends entirely on the beholder. Save for a long, uneasy feeling of foreboding and one solid jolt, I didn't find it all that scary. Two young women exiting the theater in front of me, however, declared that the thing had terrified them, and I'm willing to take their word for it. Cast: Naomi Wat ts, Mar tin Henderson, David Dor fman, Brian Cox. Running time: 1 hr., 55 mins. (Salm) ★★1/2 Spirited Away (PG) — “Spirited Away” is the animated tale of Chihiro, whose curious parents lead her into what appears to be an abandoned, decrepit amusement park. Her parents par take of the carnival treats from one of the forgot ten food stands and turn into pigs. A mysterious man appears and informs Chihiro that the park is actually a resor t owned by a witch named Yubaba. It’s up to Chihiro to break the spell her parents are under. Cast: Daveigh Chase, Jason

Marsden, Michael Chiklis, Susan Egan, Lauren Holly, David Ogden Stiers. Running time: 2 hrs., 12 mins. Tears of the Sun (R) — Antoine Fuqua's film is about a Special Ops team of U.S. soldiers sent from an aircraf t carrier into civil-warring Nigeria to rescue an American ("by marriage") doctor and some missionaries who quickly decide to mar tyr themselves. The team leader, Waters (Bruce Willis), tricks the doctor (Monica Bellucci) onto a chopper out, leaving her Nigerian wards behind. But something moral clicks in Waters' hard head and he returns with the doctor to lead the innocents out by foot, hoping to make it to the border while being hunted by a well-equipped regiment of ruthless soldiers. With soldiers like Waters preparing for war in Iraq, on a mission they hope will be this morally credible, it is the stark fear and danger, and the stunned, desperate civilians, that make "Tears of the Sun" seem timely. Cast: Bruce Willis, Monica Bellucci, Cole Hauser, Bourke Floyd, Malick Bowens, Tom Skerrit t. Running time: 1 hr., 45 mins. (Elliot t) ★★★ 25th Hour (R) — “25th Hour” follows a day in the life of drug dealer Monty Brogan. It just happens to be Brogan’s last day as a free man — he’s set to serve a seven-year jail sentence. In his last precious hours of freedom, Brogan turns to his old friends for suppor t. They are wrapped up in their own lives. He also struggles with the relationship between himself and his girlfriend, the woman who may or may not have been responsible for turning him in to the authorities. Cast: Edward Nor ton, Brian Cox, Anna Paquin, Barry Pepper, Rosario Dawson. Running time: 2 hrs., 15 mins. Two Weeks Notice (PG-13) — Lucy Kelson (Sandra Bullock) is a smar t but stressed at torney whose client, millionaire George Wade (Hugh Grant), is deeply dependent on her. George won’t let her quit until she finds her own replacement – a young lawyer who has her eye on George. George, however, is looking elsewhere: at what just lef t. Cast: Sandra Bullock, Hugh Grant, Alicia Wit t. View From the Top (PG-13) — Donna, a small-town girl from Nevada, sees the world’s most famous stewardess (played by Candice Bergen) on television and becomes inspired to follow the same career path instead of wasting away her life behind the counter of the local drugstore. She dreams of one day becoming a first-class international flight at tendant, but first she must deal with the pit falls of training, turbulence and unruly passengers on a regional airline. Cast: Gwyneth Paltrow, Christina Applegate, Kelly Preston, Mike Myers, Candice Bergen, Rob Lowe. What a Girl Wants (PG) — Daphne Reynolds is a teen-ager who has every thing any girl could possibly want, including a funky and outspoken bohemian mom. The only thing missing in her life is the father she’s never known, and Daphne, impulsive as ever, flies to London to meet him. She’s greeted with a big surprise — her pop is a famous politician. To fit in, Daphne supresses her real personality and tries to become the debutante daughter befiting of such an impor tant man. But, she comes to wonder, is a relationship with her father wor th losing her identity? Cast: Amanda Bynes, Colin Fir th, Kelly Preston, Anna Chancellor. The Wild Thornberrys (PG) — Big-screen version of the animated Nickeloden series about a family who travels around the world to make nature documentaries. While in Africa, 12-year-old Eliza learns that she can speak with animals and, with their help, aims to stop a group of poachers. Cast: Lacey Chaber t, Tim Curry, Ruper t Everet t, Flea, Lynn Redgrave, Marisa Tomei. —Capsules compiled from movie reviews written by David Elliott, film critic for The San Diego Union-Tribune and other staff writers.


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Thur: 1:10, 4:10, 6:55, 9:45 What a Girl Wants (PG-13) Fri: 4:00, 4:45, 7:00, 7:45, 9:20, 9:55; Sun-Thur: 1:00, 1:45, 4:00, 4:45, 7:00, 7:45, 9:20, 9:55 Dreamcatcher (R) 9:10 View From the Top (PG-13) 7:50, 9:50 Piglet’s Big Movie (G) Fri: 3:30, 5:30, 7:30; Sat-Thur: 1:30, 3:30, 5:30, 7:30 The Hunted (R) 9:15 Agent Cody Banks (PG) Fri: 4:25, 7:05; SatThur: 1:55, 4:25, 7:05 Bringing Down the House (PG-13) 2:20, 5:00, 7:20, 9:40 The Pianist (R) Fri: 4:15; Sat-Thur: 1:15, 4:15 Chicago (PG-13) 7:10, 9:30 MASTERS 7 CINEMAS Movies Good 4/4 - 4/10 Phone Booth (R) Fri: 5:30, 7:30, 10:00; SatThur: 1:30, 3:30, 5:30, 7:30, 10:00 A Man Apart (R) Fri: 4:00, 7:00, 9:45; Sat-Thur: 1:00, 4:00, 7:00, 9:45 What a Girl Wants (PG) Fri: 4:15, 7:15, 9:30; Sat-Thur: 1:15, 4:15, 7:15, 9:30 Basic (R) Fri: 5:20, 7:20, 9:20; Sat-Thur: 1:20, 3:20, 5:20, 7:20, 9:20 The Core (PG-13) Fri: 4:05, 7:05, 9:40; SatThur: 1:05, 4:05, 7:05, 9:40 Head of State (PG-13) Fri: 5:10, 7:10, 9:10; Sat-Thur: 1:10, 3:10, 5:10, 7:10, 9:10 Bringing Down the House (PG-13) Fri: 4:25, 7:25, 9:35; Sat-Thur: 1:25, 4:25, 7:25, 9:35 REGAL 12 CINEMAS Movies Good 4/4 - 4/10 Darkness Falls (PG-13) 2:25, 4:55, 7:20, 10:00 25th Hour (R) 1:55, 4:35, 7:15, 9:50 Catch Me If You Can (PG-13) 2:15, 5:00, 7:45 Two Weeks Notice (PG-13) 2:00, 4:25, 7:35, 9:55 Biker Boyz (PG-13) 2:05, 4:30, 7:05, 9:35 Wild Thornberrys (PG) 2:30, 4:20, 7:30, 10:05 Maid in Manhattan (PG-13) 2:10, 4:50, 7:00, 9:20 Drumline (PG-13) 2:20, 4:40, 7:15, 9:50 Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (PG) 2:00, 5:10, 9:15 Die Another Day (PG-13) 1:55, 4:35, 7:10, 9:45 Friday After Nex t (R) 2:35, 4:45, 7:40, 9:30 The Ring (PG-13) 2:40, 5:05, 7:25, 9:40

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Monday, 7th Blind Pig - Buzz Clifford, Jazz Trio Cadillac’s - The Headliners Cafe Du Teau - James McIntyre Continuum - Monday Madness Crossroads - Club Sin with DJ Chris Fox’s Lair - Open Mic Greene Streets - Karaoke Joe’s Underground - John Last Call - Tony Howard Band The Lighthouse - Fabulous Expressions Shannon’s - Roulet te

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New York Daily News investigation revealed in March that the Postal Service has spent at least $3.6 million of stamp buyers’ money in recent years sending its Inspector General staff through a series of executive conferences that featured exercises in wrapping each other in toilet paper and aluminum foil, building sand castles in freezing weather at the beach, and freely making animal noises, all because the conference sponsors convinced Inspector General Karla Corcoran that those exercises would improve job performance and make the staff work together better. Other therapeutic tasks included dressing in cat costumes and asking makebelieve wizards for advice. • A 36-year-old man from Arcadia, Fla., checked himself into a counseling clinic in March after being identified as the man who had been pretending in public to be choking on food and persuading women to grasp him in the Heimlich maneuver, after which he would hug them lavishly and attempt clumsily to develop a relationship. A sheriff’s spokesman in Charlotte County, site of the most recent reports, said the man probably had done nothing illegal. (Novelist Chuck Palahniuk, author of “Fight Club,” recently published “Choke,” whose storyline roughly matches the man’s actions, but apparently some Florida incidents predated the book’s publication.) Readers’ Choice? • Three men fell to their deaths into a 40foot latrine pit in Mombasa, Kenya, in March, all because the first man chivalrously climbed down a ladder into the pit to retrieve a woman’s cell phone but fell off and suffocated. The other two men then climbed down, but also fell off, attempting to rescue the one before him. A search crew finally brought up the three bodies four hours later, but no cell phone. Latest Protests • Belgian actor Benjamin Verdonck lived nearly naked in a cage with a pig in Ghent for three days in November hoping the pig would “teach” him why there is such strife in the world (results not reported). And James Albert Ernest Togo, 20, of Brisbane, arrested for mooning a policeman, claimed in December that Australia’s Constitution gave him the right to stick out his bare buttocks in political protest, which he said was part of his Aboriginal tradition. And in October, in the midst of a People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals anti-milk demonstration at an Aberdeen, Scotland, high school, about 100 milk-loving students spent 10 minutes angrily drenching PETA’s cow-costumed spokesman with milk. Compelling Explanations • Gerald F. Berg gave police a false name when stopped, saying he had left his wallet at home, but when police spotted the wallet

in Berg’s pants pocket, along with methamphetamine, Berg quickly professed confusion, telling police that the pants he was wearing weren’t his (Spokane, Wash., October). And when Marcus J. Thomas, 20, who was being discharged from jail, was discovered to have eight rocks of crack cocaine in his rectum, he quickly told police that the drugs weren’t his (La Crosse, Wis., February). • Police in Warren, Ohio, arrested Roger A. Hunt, 41, on New Year’s Day and charged him with kidnapping his girlfriend, despite his story that the couple were just blissfully headed out to dinner in his truck. Police said their suspicions were aroused when they noticed that the woman was barefoot and Hunt tried to explain that by saying, “She’s from Virginia. She doesn’t wear shoes (when she goes out to dinner).” • Robert Paul Rice, serving 1 to 15 years in Utah State Prison, had filed a lawsuit demanding that the prison accommodate him as a vampire by providing special “vampire” meals and conjugal visits that would allow him to partake “in the vampiric sacrament” (“drinking blood”), but an appeals court turned him down in October. A prison spokesman said that no one gets conjugal visits in Utah, blood-drinking or otherwise. People Different From Us • In March, after someone reported a brick thrown through his window, authorities went to the neighboring home of Phillip and Jerry Logan in Wyandotte, Okla., to question them. The Logans put out the word for other family members to come by and help them, and there soon broke out a series of fights that eventually involved 30 law enforcement officers from eight agencies. Six Logans (including the 61-year-old patriarch and the 55-year-old mother) were taken into custody. According to the Ottawa County sheriff, the immediate members of the Logan family have been charged with 250 crimes in the last five years. People Who Don’t Keep Up With the News • The Transportation Security Administration revealed in March that, in the last 12 months, airline passengers at U.S. airports had been found by screeners to have tried to board with 4.8 million prohibited items, including 1.4 million knives, 1,100 guns, 125,000 incendiary items and 40,000 box-cutters. And in February, a 45year-old Japanese tourist attempted to board a flight at Miami International Airport carrying a canister of gasoline, two boxes of matches and a barbecue grill, and he was taken into custody when he refused to give them up. Update • University of Manitoba professor Rod Yellon’s appeal of his 1998 traffic ticket for running a stop sign (reported in “News of the Weird” last year) was rejected in February, and it appears he will now have to pay the fine, equal to about U.S. $35. Yellon’s strategy alternated between complaining of being oppressed and boycotting court proceedings, and in fact he was convicted in absentia. He refuses to pay the ticket because he thinks the word “stop” on a stop sign is too vague and that the government should set precisely calibrated standards of what it means to “stop.” — Chuck Shepherd © United Peass Syndicate


Brezsny's Free Will Astrology ARIES (March 21-April 19)

America’s invasion of Iraq will unleash far-reaching consequences that profoundly affect every one of our personal lives. In the coming months, we’ll encounter events that require us to revise our understandings about the very nature of reality. Our imaginations will have to be ingenious and our hearts alert in order to keep up with the exotic changes. To locate truth amidst relentless waves of propaganda, we’ll have to be fiercely disciplined and tenderly hate-free. To avoid being infected by popular delusions, we’ll have to cultivate compassionate lucidity, humble courage, and a determination to rouse beauty everywhere we go. You, Aries, are the logical choice to serve as a supreme role model for the approach I’ve just outlined.

TAURUS (April 20-May 20)

The ancient Egyptian creator god Ptah was regarded as a miracle worker, though sometimes he used unconventional means to accomplish his amazing feats. For example, legend held that he defeated a legion of Assyrian marauders with an army of rats. Waiting till the enemy soldiers were asleep, Ptah sent the rats into their camp to gnaw through their bowstrings and shield handles, rendering them defenseless. Can you imagine a way in which you might draw inspiration from the Egyptian god’s methods, Taurus? How could you win a great victory by summoning the help of an influence you usually regard as a pest?

GEMINI (May 21-June 20)

Self-anointed “debunkers” rail against astrologers’ predictions, acting as if speculating about the future was a crime against rational thought. Meanwhile, economists, meteorologists, sportscasters, trend analysts and political pundits are out there regularly making bad prognostications based on dubious data. In my opinion, they spread more delusion and cost people more money than those of us who divine cosmic omens. For example, the National Weather Service’s forecasts fail to anticipate more than half of all tornadoes and flash floods. But do debunkers

denounce them as quacks? Never. Sorry for the rant, Gemini, but I have a prophetic point to make: Every single hypothesis about the future that you are aware of now and that you hear about in the next four weeks will be wrong — except, of course, this one.

CANCER (June 21-July 22)

It’s Freethinkers Week, a holiday created especially for you Cancerians. To celebrate this liberating grace period, indulge in any of the following festive acts: 1. Declare your independence from anyone to tries to tell you, either subliminally or directly, who you are or how you should live your life. 2. Declare your independence from your past, especially memories that oppress your sense of possibility and self-images that inhibit your urge to explore. 3. Declare your independence from peer pressure, “groupthink” and conventional wisdom. 4. Declare your independence from your previous conceptions of freedom so that you’ll be free to come to a completely fresh understanding of it.

LEO (July 23-Aug. 22)

It’s prime time for you to acquire a pair of lucky pants. How will you know they’re lucky? Because they’ll endow you with an intuitive sense of where to walk in order to have adventures that’ll inspire you to see the big picture. It will also be a favorable week for you to rummage around in thrift stores until you find a pair of magic X-ray specs that’ll give you the power to perceive the secret motives of everyone you gaze upon. Wait! There’s one more piece of spooky good news. I predict you’ll soon have a vivid dream in which you explore what’s hidden below the tip of the iceberg.

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22)

I love it when I’m so energized and purified from riding my bike up Mt. Tamalpais that I experience a lightning bolt of realization about some crucial truth I’ve been hiding from myself. I love it when I’m walking through the city’s trash-spattered concrete jungle and am suddenly blessed with the fresh smell of dirt from a renegade garden. I love it when the pathological decisions of bad leaders inspire my tribe to redouble its

commitment to fight for outrageous peace, ingenious love, and wild understanding. What about you, Virgo? Where do you look for your breakthroughs and redemptions? It’s time to be on high alert.

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22)

Your idealism is one of your greatest assets, but it can also be a liability. Driven to seek beauty and harmony, you sometimes become blind to the messy truth. That’s why I was so pleased to get the following oracle when I consulted the ancient Chinese book of divination, the I Ching, on your behalf: “It is only when you have the courage to face things exactly as they are, without any self-deception or illusion, that a light will develop out of events by which the path to success may be recognized.” I interpret this to mean that you are about to temporarily suspend your idealism in order to see the messy truth, which will in turn lead you to an opportunity to practice your idealism on a higher level.

SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21)

In their book “An Incomplete Education,” Judy Jones and William Wilson list the favorite colors of famous poets. T.S. Eliot loved eggplant, sable and mustard. Wallace Stevens preferred vermilion, chartreuse and wine, while Ezra Pound liked ivory and jade. In light of current astrological omens, which are nudging you in the direction of greater subtlety and precision, I urge you to draw inspiration from these poets’ lyrical tastes. Refine your definitions of your favorite everything, Scorpio: colors, smells, feelings, tastes, physical sensations, tones of voice, types of wind, qualities of light — everything.

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21)

During a 15-month-long period in 1888 and 1889, Vincent van Gogh churned out more than 200 works of art. In one 10-week stretch he produced an average of a picture a day. I predict that you will soon slip into a comparable phase, Sagittarius. Original ideas will come surging up into your awareness with such relentless exuberance that you’ll be hardpressed to catch them all. Quick: Decide where you want to channel all that prolific creativity; don’t let it leak out wastefully.

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19)

Prize-winning gardener R.J. Harris has no interest in astrology or New Age notions. And yet, like generations of his family before him, he carefully monitors lunar cycles. Practical observation, not superstition

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or philosophy, has proved to him that certain parts of the cultivation process go best when done during certain phases of the moon. In his book, “R.J. Harris’s Moon Gardening,” he suggests sowing the seeds of below-ground crops right after the new moon. (Like now, for instance.) In the early days of the second quarter, he advises, plant seedlings and above-ground crops (April 9-12). At the outset of the fourth quarter (April 23), add fertilizer to the soil. Prune later in the fourth quarter (April 28-30). I happen to believe, Capricorn, that these same principles apply to your own growth.

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18)

I’ve been following the progress of a patch of ground a mile from where I live. A year ago it was a grubby gully, a no-man’s land between two suburban McMansions. A ruined shack, long abandoned, stood at the bottom, imprisoned by thick underbrush. Six months ago, bulldozers arrived to clear away the thickets and raze the rotting wood structure. Three months ago, another crew arrived to contour the land and create a level spot for construction. Metaphorically speaking, Aquarius, that’s where you are in your life right now. Your next step is to do the equivalent of what happened this past week, when the foundation was poured for a new home on the land that was once a grubby gully.

PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20)

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—Figure out why you get tanked. —Ask yourself whether get ting tanked is solving your problems, or just giving them lots of company. —Consider why it makes more sense to acknowledge your problems than to try to hold them down until they lose consciousness in a vat of cheap gin. Ultimately, you’ll need to figure out where your personal fill-line is, and come up with a plan to stop yourself from ordering a double when you hit it. Once you turn up the jets on your willpower and consciousness, you might get to the point where you can go out drinking without drowning your troubles — just let them do a few laps of the backstroke, then dry them of f and take them home. Ironically, there’s no bet ter mot to for moderation than the words of excess exper t Mick Jagger: “It’s OK let ting yourself go as long as you can let yourself back.”

I’m the single mother of a 5-year-old girl. My married friends are convinced I should be in a relationship. I’m not interested in a relationship right now. I’m satisfied with my life; I like to spend my rare free time by myself. Repeatedly telling my married friends how I feel doesn’t stop them from fixing me up (like by inviting “potential husbands” to dinner parties). Someone (I have no idea who) even keeps enrolling me in dating services! I’m requesting your opinion, since mine, obviously, means squat! —Romantic Charity Case How sweet that your friends are willing to take breaks from their ex tramarital af fairs, knockdown drag-out fights and couples’ counseling sessions to help you understand what you’ve been missing. It’s time you showed them exactly how grateful you are. Inform them that the nex t “potential husband” they seat beside you is going to get an ear ful — like, that your friends just want to find some dupe to pay the bills the nex t time you’re institutionalized. And, if a dating service calls, you’ll shout into the phone, “I hope I don’t kill ... again!” Eventually, your friends may come to appreciate the sacrifice you’re making: Only when they retire from rescuing you from your miserable existence will they have adequate time to focus on their own miserable lives. — © 2003, Amy Alkon

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Miscellaneous For Sale Infiniti floor speakers, with tweeter, midrange, woofer and passive radiator, $125, Call 8698931. (06/05#8063) –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– Recliner, blue, fair condition $25.00. Dinet te table w/ 4 chairs $40.00 Call 706-868-9827. (06/05#8064) –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– Sony five CD carousel with remote, box, manual, works great, $75, call 869-8931. (06/05#8061) –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– Baritone Brass Instrument w/ case, good condition, $700.00 Please call 803-652-8312, between 7 pm & 9 pm. (05/29#8052) –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– Antique Sewing Machine Tables with oak tops. (40” X 20” & 30” X 30”) Excellant condition, $50 each. Call 706-868-1384 after 5 pm. (05/29#8050) –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– Bicycle Built For Two - Trail-mate - red - excellant condition, $195.00 OBO 706-541-0656 (05/29#8051) –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– Adult DVD - 10 adult DVD’s $80.00 for all. 803-648-5360 (05/29#8053) –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– Sofa and Loveseat - loose pillowback, beige with burgandy, green and blue accents. Excellent condition. Sold as a set! $250.00. 706-836-3120 (05/15#8035) –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– Bedroom dresser with large mirror $50.00; Octagan shaped lamp table $15.00; Over tub shower bench $50.00, Call 706-736-7356 (05/15#8034) –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– Electric Lift Chair, Recliner.Blue by Invacare. Paid $900.00 new, will sell for $500.00. Will hold a very large person. Call 790-0793. (05/08#8026) –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– Three End Tables and Night Stand, very nice solid wood - All for $25.00 One large microwave and stereo receiver & speaker - All for $30.00 Call - 706-774-6400. (05/08#8027)

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SEEKING FOR LOVE Independent, attractive SBM, 28, Leo, non smoker, likes dining, movies. Seeking woman, 18-40, to have a good time, for casual friendship. Race open 365633 KEEP IT SIMPLE SWM, 45, carpenter, enjoys travel, sports, fishing, dancing, music, playing cards. Seeking SF, who enjoys the same. 343229 SEEKING BBW SWM, 41, 6’, black/green, enjoys reading, movies, dining out, travel, dancing, quiet times. Seeking queen-size female, with a heart to match, for love and romance. 325398 SHOW ME YOUR SMILE SM, 44, enjoys kayaking, cooking, art, biking, exercise, outdoors. Looking for a female, 3450, who has the same kinds of interests. 858979 LET’S CHAT SWM, 53, Scorpio, N/S, college-educated, easygoing, enjoys travel and beaches. Seeking friendship, possible LTR with a WF, 45-55, N/S. 358466

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LOOKING FOR LOVE SBF, 32, 140lbs, 5’8”, down-to-earth, likes clubs, movies, and quiet times. Looking for a female, 30-35, with the same interests. If you’re the one, call me. Aiken, South Carolina. 113533 LIKE MALLS & MOVIES? Feminine BiBF, 25, 5’4”, 145lbs, short hair, Sagittarius, smoker, loves movies and tv. Seeking another feminine woman, 18-30, with whom to hang out and chat. 958642 OUTGOING FUN WF, 28... 5’3”, medium build, loves movies, putt-putt golf, and bowling. Seeking WF, 25-40, medium build, for fun and friendship. Hope to hear from you soon. 958847 MAN FOR ALL SEASONS GBF, 31, 5’6”, brown/brown, Cancer, smoker, enjoys kids, bowling. Seeking open-minded, passionate, understanding GBF, 23-45, for LTR. 941850 NO INTRO NEEDED SWF, 39, 5’7”, 145lbs, homeowner, easygoing, selfless, Taurus, smoker, loves movies and bowling. Seeking WF, 35-49, with comparable interests. 935299 I WON’T LET YOU DOWN Single GBF, 32, mother, non-smoker, looking to become acquainted with a laid-back, sensual GBF, who enjoys quiet times, movies. Interested? 910581 FRIENDSHIP SBF, 38, 5’7”, slim, fit, seeks SF, for friendship and fun. Must be outgoing, love to wine and dine, travel, movies and theater. 878217 CHOCOLATE SEEKS CREAM SF, 39, new to the area, down-to-earth, loves laughing, sight-seeing. Seeking WF, 30-45, to show me a great time! 861222 SOMEONE TO LOVE GBF, 21, with brown complexion, seeks femme GBF, 21-30, with no baggage, and her priorities straight. 843696 VERY PRETTY SBF... 28, two children, confident, feminine, seeks female, 20-35, with the same qualities, who is not into head games. 785531 A GOOD HEART SF, 39, goes to church, works for a living, likes having fun, going on trips. Seeking a similar female, 37-49. 780112 JOIN ME GBF, 32, nurse, part-time student, Capricorn, N/S, enjoys bowling, movies, shopping, traveling. Seeking casual relationship with woman, 25-45. 711628 WASTE NO TIME GBF, 36, enjoys dining out, cooking, dining out. Seeking attractive, open-minded, fun, nice GF, 25-45, for friendship and possibly more. 965823

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Cars 1973 FORD MUSTANG, yellow gold, 302, brown interior, 168K, sensibly driven, garaged last 7 yrs, nice ride, $3950, 706-738-6421 (1041/0424) –––––––––––––––––––––––––– 1982 CADILLAC EL DORADO, green, very clean, one owner, 2dr, auto, many new parts, including transmission & alternator, $1500 OBO, 706860-6409 (1042/0424) –––––––––––––––––––––––––– 1986 CADILLAC DEVILLE, 160K, minor transmission problem, sell for $300, may negotiate. 706-733-8966 (1023/0410) –––––––––––––––––––––––––– 1986 OLDSMOBILE CUTLASS Supreme, metallic gray, 2dr, excellent condition, $3500 OBO, 803-593-9874 leave message (1056/0508) –––––––––––––––––––––––––– 1987 BMW 525i, grey, auto, power everything, CD, nice, 195K, just needs driveshaft, $1400, 706-855-1639 (1005/0403) –––––––––––––––––––––––––– 1988 CHEVY CAMERO, red, great body, t-tops, needs paint and motor, $350, call Candice 706-627-6475 (1060/0508) –––––––––––––––––––––––––– 1988 CHEVY CAVALIER Z24, convertible, needs top, clutch, shifter cable, $800 firm, will trade for boat, trailer and motor. 706-790-3425 (988/0403) –––––––––––––––––––––––––– 1989 TOYOTA COROLLA Station wagon, red, good con-

dition, 5spd, 170K, AC needs work, $1600, 706-228-2854 leave message (1064/0508) –––––––––––––––––––––––––– 1990 CHEVY CORSICA, blue, runs well, cold AC, fair condition, 130K, $1300, 706-8234205 (1043/0424) –––––––––––––––––––––––––– 1991 CHEVY CAMERO RS, convertible, 305 V8, auto, power group, never wrecked, very good over all condition, many new parts, 706-4951765 (992/0403) –––––––––––––––––––––––––– 1991 OLDSMOBILE CUSTOM Cruiser, 9 passenger station wagon, $2000, 706-5470893 (1026/0410) –––––––––––––––––––––––––– 1992 MITSUBISHI MIRAGE, auto, AC, 35+ mpg, 92K, one owner, very clean, $1650 OBO, 706-736-1035 (990/0403) –––––––––––––––––––––––––– 1993 OLDSMOBILE CUTLASS Supreme SL, burgundy, 107K, maintenance records, air, PL, PW, clean, dependable, $3000, 706-729-0789 (1019/0410) –––––––––––––––––––––––––– 1995 DODGE NEON, white, 5spd, AC, CD, new battery, 97K, runs good, $1600 OBO, 706-729-0789 (987/0403) –––––––––––––––––––––––––– 1995 DODGE NEON, white/primer grey, 4dr, runs, am/fm, cassette, AC, tilt, $1800, call 706-399-6737, leave message or jturner003@comcast.net (1044/0424) –––––––––––––––––––––––––– 1995 MERCURY GRAND Marquis LS, 92K, leather,

clean, all power, cruise, wire wheels, $5000, 706-730-2697 (1058/0508) –––––––––––––––––––––––––– 1996 CHEVROLET CAMERO, 41K, factory purple, 5spd, 6 cyl, AC, FM, cass, immaculate, one owner, $6200 OBO, 706868-0090 (1057/0508) –––––––––––––––––––––––––– 1996 PONTIAC GRAND Prix GTP, white, rear spoiler, tint windows, 3.4L, V6 high output, 4spd auto w/OD, well cared for, 129K, $6500, Jim 706-721-3365 days or 706547-7878 eve. (1039/0424) –––––––––––––––––––––––––– 1996 TOYOTA COROLLA DX, gold, 79K, AC, am/fm, cassette, $3500, call 706-2315430 or 706-267-6350 (932/0424) –––––––––––––––––––––––––– 1997 ACURA 3.2TL, Premium, loaded, great ride, new tires, remote keyless entry, power locks & windows, AC, climate control system, Bose radio/cassette/CD, remote sunroof, $10,900, 803279-8326 (993/0403) –––––––––––––––––––––––––– 1997 CHEVY CAVALIER RS, loaded, touring wheels, CD player, ideal graduation gift, $5000, 706-860-7336 (1062/0508) –––––––––––––––––––––––––– 1997 FORD MUSTANG, auto, 6cyl, spoiler, sports package, premium sound system, PW, PL, electric seats, CD, 83K, $7500 OBO, 706-737-9732 (1048/0501) –––––––––––––––––––––––––– 1997 TOYOTA COROLLA, 86K, 5spd, AC, am/fm, CD, great student car, $5500 OBO,

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706-790-4396 or 706-3736073 (1031/0417) –––––––––––––––––––––––––– 1998 MITSUBISHI ECLIPSE GS, white, 2dr, 5spd, 72K, $7200, 803-642-8323 (1035/0417) –––––––––––––––––––––––––– 1999 BMW ROADSTER, $19,900, Andy Jones Mazda, 803-202-0002 (1050) –––––––––––––––––––––––––– 1999 LINCOLN CONTINENTAL, opal, 60K, warranty, like new, garaged, new tires, leather, moon roof, phone, 6 CD changer, blue book $14K, asking $13,000, 706-8639152 (1061/0508) –––––––––––––––––––––––––– 2000 HONDA ACCORD EX, green/tan leather, auto, fully loaded, rear spoiler, 44/5K, one owner (lady), $14,500, 706-650-8644 (1020/0410) –––––––––––––––––––––––––– 2000 HONDA S-2000, silver/red, convertible, 39K, every available option, garage kept, fast, great brakes, precision shifting, $21,000, 803643-0846 (1046/0424) –––––––––––––––––––––––––– 2000 TOYOTA CELICA GT, white, auto, 32K, loaded, w/extras, excellent condition, 37 mpg, $14,800, 803-6131559 (1024/0410) –––––––––––––––––––––––––– 2001 CHRYSLER PT Cruiser Limited, beautiful parrot blue, auto, CD, air, all power and options, 30K, $14,995, 803279-3385 (1037/0417) –––––––––––––––––––––––––– 2001 HONDA EX, low miles, warranty, auto, 6-CD changer & tape, $18,500 negotiable,

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803-278-0645 (1027/0410) –––––––––––––––––––––––––– 2002 HYUNDIA ELANTRA, power windows, great interior/exterior, runs great, asking only $12,000 706-650-2766 (1006/0403) –––––––––––––––––––––––––– 2002 MAZDA 626, auto, power lock, power windows, alloy wheels, warranty, Andy Jones Mazda, 803-202-0002 (1053)

Motorcycles 2000 HONDA XR650R, enduro, off road only, XC, many power enhancing extras, priced to sell or will consider trade, 706-309-9526 after 6 pm (458/0501) –––––––––––––––––––––––––– 2001 BUELL BLAST, 246 miles, garage kept, $3500, 481-9336 ask for Sandy (991/0403) –––––––––––––––––––––––––– 2001 HARLEY DAVIDSON Road King Classic, teal blue w/white, great condition, many extras, $17,300, 706-8547941 (1021/0410) –––––––––––––––––––––––––– 2002 HONDA SHADOW 1100, low miles, black with extra chrome, new condition, $6800, 706-560-2025 or 706627-3070 (1036/0417)

Other 1987 EAGLE SPEED Boat, 60 mph, closed bow, Johnson 140HP outboard, $2500 OBO or trade for 4 wheeler, 803279-2669 (934/0313)

–––––––––––––––––––––––––– 1995 SEARAY 200, Signature Bow Rider, 250 running hours on a 5.7ltr V8, was $26,000 new, asking $14,000 firm, has all the bells and whistles including tandem trailer, 706829-8002 (10667/0508) –––––––––––––––––––––––––– 1998 COLEMAN POPUP, king beds, refrig, AC, awning, dinette, toilet, hot water, outside shower, brakes, 16’7” closed, 27’ open, $3500 firm, 706-790-3425 (989/0403)

SUVs 1986 FORD BRONCO Eddie Bauer Edition, call details & price, 706-306-3443 (1022/0410) –––––––––––––––––––––––––– 1990 CHEVY SUBURBAN, Silverado, white/blue, auto, 4X4, 8 seats, 186K, hitch, remanufactured engine, rebuilt transmission, good condition, $5500 OBO, 803-641-1664 (1018/0410) –––––––––––––––––––––––––– 1993 CHEVY BLAZER, S-10 Tahoe, 2dr, 5spd, 130K, good condition inside and out, runs good, new brakes, $2500, 706-364-9193 (1047/0424) –––––––––––––––––––––––––– 1994 ISUZU TROOPER, Limited edition, loaded, leather, sunroof, CD, full towing package, high mileage, highway miles, $3950, 803-510-3116 (1033/0417) –––––––––––––––––––––––––– 1995 NISSAN PATHFINDER XE, 4WD, 5spd, sunroof, am, fm, CD, alloy wheels, new tires, hoses, belts & wipers.

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Excellent condition, $6995, 706-829-8002 (1065/0508) –––––––––––––––––––––––––– 1997 FORD EXPEDITION, 1/2 ton, V8, 4WD, rear air, leather, extended warranty, tow package, 3rd seat, alloy wheels, CD, 706-829-8002 (1066/0508) –––––––––––––––––––––––––– 1997 JEEP CHEROKEE, air, PL, PW, CD & tape deck, 50K, very good condition, $13,500, 706-860-6471 (1028/0417) –––––––––––––––––––––––––– 2000 JEEP WRANGLER, soft top, alloys, low miles, $14,500, Andy Jones Mazda, 803-2020002 (1051) –––––––––––––––––––––––––– 2002 ISUZU RODEO, auto, power windows, power locks, warranty, $14,900, Andy Jones Mazda, 803-202-0002 (1054)

Trucks 1987 TOYOTA PICKUP, 4 cyl, runs well, needs body work, $400 or make offer, 706-7988141 (1030/0417) –––––––––––––––––––––––––– 1993 MITSUBISHI MIGHTY Max, blue, great hunting truck, AC, CD, $2500, 706-4954243 (986/0403) –––––––––––––––––––––––––– 1994 CHEVROLET S-10, red, 4.3liter vortec engine, auto, air, extended cab, new tires, mags, great condition, $3400, 706-556-9704 (1032/0417) –––––––––––––––––––––––––– 1995 DODGE DAKOTA Extended cab, 2WD, auto, call for further details after 6 pm, 706-729-1677 (979/0327)

–––––––––––––––––––––––––– 1995 GMC SIERRA, white/burgundy, x-cab, 4X4, 65k, loaded, must sell $11,000, 706-863-1543 (1007/0403) –––––––––––––––––––––––––– 1995 TOYOTA COROLLA DX, auto, 4dr, 140K (mostly highway), good condition, AC, power locks & windows, am, fm, CD, perfect car for new drivers. 706-869-9328 (1063/0508) –––––––––––––––––––––––––– 1996 TOYOTA TACOMA LX, SR5, x-cab, 4X4, V6, 5spd, AC, towing, liner, alloy wheels, Pioneer stereo, 10 disc changer, amp, upg, speakers, 7K, $10,500 OBO, call 706-3641769 or 706-951-6294 (1059/0508) –––––––––––––––––––––––––– 1998 MAZDA B2500, 4cyl, 4500 miles, AC, auto w/overdrive, one owner, $2300 firm, 706-868-1988 (1040/0424) –––––––––––––––––––––––––– 1998 TOYOTA TACOMA, std cab, 4WD, 115K, 5spd, very good condition, 803-637-3510 (1045/0424) –––––––––––––––––––––––––– 1999 TOYOTA TACOMA, auto, AC, FM, Cassette, 50K, great truck, $8000 OBO, 706513-2585 (1055/0508) –––––––––––––––––––––––––– 2000 FORD F150, Harley Davidson extended cab, 13K, black with black Harley leather, like new, extended warranty, $23,000, 706-836-6703 (1034/0417) –––––––––––––––––––––––––– 2000 GMC, auto, Vortec V6, $15,900, Andy Jones Mazda,

803-202-0002 (1052)

Vans 1977 VW VAN, 34.5K original miles, new am/fm/cd, great interior condition, needs a groovy home, $4500, 706863-8118 (1025/0410) –––––––––––––––––––––––––– 1990 CHEVY ASTRO, 7 seater, all window, 110K, loaded, excellent condition, $3450, 706-541-0656 (888/0417) –––––––––––––––––––––––––– 1993 FORD AEROSTAR, black, power windows & locks, 111K, hitch, air, tape deck, $2500 OBO, 706-731-0033 or 706-731-9689 (1038/0417) –––––––––––––––––––––––––– 1994 DODGE GRAND Caravan SE, dark green, power everything, rear & front AC, Quad seating, 175K, $3000, 706-869-1920 (1004/0501) –––––––––––––––––––––––––– 1997 FORD WINDSTAR GL, dark red, auto, 7 passenger, 3.8 V6, AC, tilt, power windows, 148K, $4600 OBO, 706-860-5001 (774/0410) –––––––––––––––––––––––––– 1998 TOYOTA SIENNA XLE, leather, sunroof, excellent condition, 86K, payoff $15,800, take $13,800, 706-796-4097 or 706-860-2629 (1029/0417) –––––––––––––––––––––––––– 1999 CHRYSLER TOWN, & Country LX, minivan, premium sound, runs well, have maintenance records, 115K, below bluebook at $5000, 706-6519993 (1049/0501)

GUARANTEED CLASSIFIEDS

* Items for sale by an individual may be placed in our Guaranteed Classifieds. The same ad will run continuously for ten weeks or until the item sells, whichever comes first. You must call by 5PM on Friday every two weeks to renew the ad or The Metropolitan Spirit will assume the item has been sold and will delete the ad. There is a $5 reinstatement fee if you forget to renew your ad. All items must indicate price. Guaranteed classified ads are offered to individuals only and are not offered to commercial companies. Guaranteed Classified ads do not include any automotive vehicles, real estate or pets. RATES: FREE ADS Merchandise Under $250 $8 ADS Merchandise $251 to $500 $15 ADS Merchandise $501 to $1000 $20 ADS Merchandise over $1000 20 Words or Less - No Exceptions. ADS MUST BE PREPAID DEADLINES: In person - Monday at 3PM By mail, fax or email - Friday at 4PM

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COME AND SEE THE ONES THAT CAN GET YOU DONE! 3233 WASHINGTON ROAD AUGUSTA, GA • 888-694-5555 2001 HYUNDAI ELANTRA STK#7418A

$8,799 2001 CHEVY PRIZM STK#7392A

$8,808 2001 CHEVY S-10 REG CAB STK#7205B

BMW ROADSTER

$19,900

MUST SEE!

JEEP RANGLER

$14,500

WON’T LAST

Soft Top • Alloy Wheels • Low Miles

Convertible • Red

2000

1999

MAZDA 626 Power Locks • Power Windows Alloy Wheels

2000

ANDY JONES MAZDA ISUZU (803) 202-0002 GMC TRUCK

$15,900

VERY SHARP!

Vortec V-6 • Auto • Stepside

2000

ISUZU RODEO

$14,900

WOW!

Auto • Power Wndows & Locks • Warranty

2000

www.andyjonesmazda.com Monday-Friday 9am-8pm Saturday 9am-7pm At the top of the rise on the Aiken-Augusta Highway in North Augusta

$9,473 2001 PONTIAC SUNFIRE STK#7345A

$9,481 2001 CHEVY LUMINA STK#7315A

$9,502 AIKEN-AUGUSTA HIGHWAY N. AUGUSTA, SC • 888-668-9985 2001 NISSAN XTERRA UTILITY DREAM • STK#P5912

$14,495

2002 CHRYSLER PT CRUISER LIKE NEW • STK#P5936

$13,995

2002 TOYOTA HIGHLANDER CERTIFIED • 100K MILE WARRANTY • STK#CP5941

$22,695

2000 TOYOTA CELICA 100K MILE WARRANTY • #CP6052

$14,495

2002 TOYOTA SIENNA CERTIFIED • FAMILY FUN • STK#CP5933

$19,795

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