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Boxed Up To listen  to  some  commissioners,  Augusta   is  a  mess.  Not  only  are  there  overgrown   lots  and  shaggy  roadsides,  but  the  lack  of   attention  paid  to  the  city’s  boarded-­‐up   houses  and  businesses  borders  on  willful   neglect. They’re  right  about  that.  The  boarded-­‐up   houses  have  been  willfully  neglected  by  city   ‘ˆϐ‹…‹ƒŽ•ǡƒ†–Š‡›ǯ˜‡„‡‡–‘Ž†–Šƒ––‹‡ƒ† time  again. Development  Manager  Rob  Sherman  has   admitted,  every  time  he’s  been  drug  up  to   explain  why  parts  of  the  city  continue  to  look   like  crap,  that  he  has  overlooked  the  two-­‐ year  deadline  for  mothballed  houses  in  many   cases  because  he  can’t  afford  to  do  anything   else. He  literally  can’t  afford  to  follow  the  rules.   Frankly,  neither  can  the  guys  who  are   supposed  to  mow  the  lots  and  roadways. Sprucing  up  the  lawns  and  This  Old  Housing   the  homes  —  putting  the  sparkle  back  into   a  city  that  was  never  all  that  shiny  to  begin   with  —  has  been  delayed  and  deferred  for   so  long  that  it’s  reached  the  point  where  it’s   become  acceptable. It’s  too  damn  bad,  but  it’s  hardly  Sherman’s   fault.  He  doesn’t  have  the  money  to  do  what   the  commissioners  want  him  to  do,  and  most   of  those  who  own  the  boarded-­‐up  properties   aren’t  exactly  rolling  in  cash,  either,  yet   commissioners  continue  to  request  the  same   information  and  demand  the  same  results.   —–—–‹Ž–Š‡›„ƒ…–Š‡‹”„ƒ”™‹–Šϐ‹ƒ…‹ƒŽ bite,  nothing  is  going  to  change. Are  there  ways  of  accomplishing  more  with   less,  or  at  least  accomplishing  more  than   what  the  city  is  currently  accomplishing?   Undoubtedly.  But  it’s  not  always  so  easy  to   think  outside  of  the  box  when  you’re  locked   inside  it.

Course Correction

Busted Though it’s  been  a  while  since  we’ve   heard  anything  all  that  outrageous  out   of  GRU  (who  here  thought  the  release  of   “Despicable  Me  2”  was  going  to  open  the   ϐŽ‘‘†‰ƒ–‡•‘ˆƒ–‹Ǧœœ‹œŠ—‘”ǫȌǡƒŽŽ–Šƒ– ‹‰Š–„‡ƒ„‘—––‘…Šƒ‰‡ǤŠ‘—‰Šœœ‹œ himself  seems  safely  clear  from  this  one,   you  can  usually  count  on  him  making  some   kind  of  cameo  whenever  the  lights  start   getting  bright  enough. This  time,  it  seems  some  in  city  government   are  taking  issue  with  both  GRU  and  Paine   College  for  the  freedom  with  which  their   ’—„Ž‹…•ƒˆ‡–›‘ˆϐ‹…‡”•ƒ”‡™”‹–‹‰–”ƒˆϐ‹… tickets.  Nobody  likes  speed  traps,  but   apparently  those  in  charge  at  the  city  take   particular  offense  when  they’re  not  the  ones   doing  the  revenue  generating. This  one  might  not  break  far  out  of   the  surface,  but  insiders  are  saying  the   frustrations  run  deep,  so  keep  an  eye  on  the   periphery.  It  could  get  entertaining.

With the  Patch/First  Tee  marriage  seemingly   as  dead  as  a  Scotsman’s  dream,  the  pressure   is  now  on  the  commission  to  come  to  some   kind  of  decision  regarding  the  municipal   golf  course  before  it  turns  into  one  of  the   properties  they’re  so  anxious  to  condemn. So  where  did  they  start?  By  ordering  a   comparative  analysis  of  operating  costs   between  the  Patch,  Newman  Tennis  Center   and  the  Aquatic  Center.  It’s  both  a  way  to  point   ϐ‹‰‡”•ƒ†ƒ™ƒ›–‘–‡•––Š‡‡”‹–•‘ˆ–Š‡ whole  idea  of  an  enterprise  fund. They  went  down  a  similar  road  months  ago,   only  this  time  the  consequences  seem  more   dire.   According  to  Bill  Lockett,  who  wants  to  put   the  Patch  under  the  general  fund,  there  could   be  considerable  built-­‐in  savings  if  they  no   longer  keep  it  operating  as  an  enterprise  fund.   Others  fear  that  bringing  it  under  the  general   fund  would  cause  the  Patch  to  become  the  Pit,   leaving  them  no  way  to  control  the  losses. One  thing  is  for  certain:  the  clock  is  ticking,   and  the  more  it  ticks,  the  more  expensive  the   whole  thing  gets. Š‘—‰Šϐ‹•Š‹‰‹•ǯ––Š‡ϐ‹”•––Š‹‰›‘— usually  think  about  when  you  hang  around  an   ‘˜‡”‰”‘™‰‘Žˆ…‘—”•‡ǡ–Š‡‘Ž†ƒ†ƒ‰‡Dzϐ‹•Š‘” cut  bait”  is  coming  to  mind  a  lot  more  often   than  “Fore!”  is  these  days.  

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Republicans Are Ridiculous And I’m getting pretty fed up with President Obama, too.

I’m kind of hard on Republicans around here. Mind you, this is not meant as an opening segue into a confession that maybe, just maybe I’ve been a little too hard on them. Rand Paul’s white supremacist staffers, Rick Perry’s anti-‐woman agenda in Texas and Senate Republicans’ newfound, spite-‐filled fili-‐boners are all proof positive that, if anything, I’m being too easy on them. I mean, it’s all relative; they don’t read this column — though if they did, I’d find myself grappling with some pretty hefty existential paradoxes — and so nothing I write is going to have much of an effect on their careers. Still, you can’t keep going strong into 21st-‐century politics while still trying to police vaginas, marginalize minorities at the polls and quash gay rights, so I’ll just have to settle for chronicling their stampede away from political relevancy. At this point, though, even that’s getting kind of boring. So this week I’m actually going to tell Republicans how ridiculous they are — within the context of how fed up I’m getting, and how fed up a lot of other people are getting, with President Obama. Let’s get the fish-‐in-‐a-‐barrel stuff out of the way first: This past weekend at the Missouri State Fair — because of course this was at the Missouri State Fair — during the rodeo festivities, one of the rodeo clowns emerged from the gate wearing an Obama mask. You’ve seen the one; it looks kind of like David Lynch and Paula Deen signed an unholy pact to draw a political cartoon. Anyway, the Obama-‐clown was sic’d on by one of the bulls, all while being egged on by the announcer, who asked if the crowd would like to see the president get run down by a bull. The answer was so obvious, it’s actually a bit 6


of a shock that it went down as predictably as it did. Such was the crowd’s mania to see the Obama effigy gored, it inspired “a sense of fear. It was that level of enthusiasm,” claimed Perry Beam, a 48-‐year-‐old musician and Missouri native. According to witnesses — and also according to, oh yeah, the video documenting the entire incident online — the crowd completely lost itself in a mirth-‐orgy as the Obama-‐ clown was chased by the bull, then prodded and taunted by another clown, who — and oh God I wish I was making this up just to be an instigator — at one point began to play with the oversized lips on the clown’s Obama mask. If I have to explain why the lip thing is offensive, then you’re probably the type of person who interrupted their high school social studies teacher to protest that your ancestors were nice to their slaves. Of course Missouri Democrats have been vocally, justifiably, outraged. Senator Claire McCaskill and Representative William Lee Lacy each released statements denouncing the display as “shameful,” and as promoting “hatred and ignorance.” But even state Republicans are finding it difficult to justify. Lt. Governor Peter Kinder posted a tweet (I know, I know) the day after the incident, stating, “We are better than this.” Two things: 1) there are Democrats in Missouri? 2) Seriously, there are Democrats in Missouri? I mean, Nelly did a duet with Tim McGraw, so I assumed that that state had pretty much gone hellfire-‐red. The comments below this story on the Politico site are, sadly and predictably, ridiculous: “George W. Bush was often compared to a chimp. Try that with Obama, and the left will throw you before the firing squad,” says one upstanding

knuckle-‐dragger. Here’s the thing: yeah, Bush was often compared to a chimp. And there are two reasons that that was somewhat acceptable: first, he seriously kind of looked like one. I mean, really. If you’ve ever seen a tarsier squint, you know what I’m talking about. Second, there’s not a centuries-‐ long tradition of black people consistently using simian-‐related terms to denigrate white people. “Ape,” “monkey,” “chimp” and other such words were, and still are, often used to demean blacks. Just last week, Philadelphia Flyers winger Wayne Simmonds, a black man, had a banana thrown at him during a game. NBC Sports has an online article titled “A Brief History of Racist Banana-‐Throwing Incidents in Sports!” For those of you visiting the South for the first time, that’s Toby Keith for “Hello.” And by the by, for any of you latent racists out there, calling a black person an “ape” or “monkey” in a derogatory sense implies that you believe in evolution. If that sort of irony had a taste, it would be of Snickers. Look, it’s not like Obama doesn’t deserve some ridicule, some consternation, some thoughtful opposition. But it’s for his policies; nothing else. His administration has actively suppressed journalists and whistleblowers more often than all other presidents combined; he has aggressively expanded NSA wiretapping policies; he and his party allowed confirmed bigot Timothy Dolan to deliver a prayer at the Democratic National Convention. And with the recently burgeoning controversy of Russia’s draconian anti-‐gay laws — the 2014 Winter Olympics will be held in that country — and Obama’s seeming unwillingness or inability to strongly voice his opposition, his credibility as a socially progressive president

continues to take hit after hit. Republicans have been using Obama’s ethnicity as a thinly veiled counter-‐PR move for years. During the 2008 presidential election, “Fox and Friends” co-‐host Steve Doocy — whose name is one or two letters away from being a joke too easy for me to bother with — responded to criticism that Fox News was putting considerable emphasis on Obama’s middle name, “Hussein.” “Come on!” shrieked Doocy. “It’s his NAME! Should we not use his NAME?” It was a performance that earned him a lead role in the still-‐ gestating “Mean Girls 2” and a box seat in Hell. And it’s sad, because all that accomplishes is to highlight conservative self-‐denial. Obama himself once said, I think accurately, “If this were the 1980s, I’d be considered a moderate conservative.” It’s true: the expansion of NSA wiretapping programs, the perceived (and often not unfounded) holier-‐ than-‐thou attitude that he carries, the underhanded repression of journalists — Republicans love this stuff. But the two dominant American political parties have become so inbred, their own defining morals are becoming lost in the shuffle. In the end, though, still… I envy Republicans. As understanding dawns, we lose a maven, and they retain their boogeyman. How human, to have something so empty to fear.

JOSHRUFFIN, a Metro Spirit

alum, is a published journalist and poet who just received his MFA from Georgia College & State University. He was once the most un-‐ intimidating bouncer at Soul Bar.



Would Roundtree Have Fired Maglite? Given the events of the last week, and the effortless firing of one of his own street deputies, one wonders if Richmond County Sheriff Richard Roundtree would have been so quick to fire (former) Investigator Richard Roundtree? Granted, it is an apples and onions comparison, because, in my humble opinion, years ago the sins and workplace offenses of Investigator Roundtree were far more egregious, and potentially damaging, than the heat of the moment split-‐second mistake that former Deputy Bryan McDuffie is accused of making. I have always been a firm believer that ongoing professional indiscretions, serial misbehavior and immaturity is a much bigger problem in law enforcement work than an officer who makes a tactical error in the midst of a nerve-‐wracking tussle with a combative or resistant suspect. Given the collection of lowlifes and scumbags police officers are constantly dealing with, it takes less than a split second for a routine encounter or arrest to turn into a monumental community tragedy. The two recently fallen Aiken Public Safety officers are great examples that routine, mundane police work can turn into a nightmare that never ends for the survivors of those lost to the hands of a violent killer. I have never been in a fight with a fleeing suspect, but pardon me if I say that I would hope every damn soul who chooses to physically threaten or challenge a police officer is immediately stricken with two broken legs. In my opinion, if you choose to fight a cop, you deserve an asskicking. Period. If a mistake is made in the heat of that battle, and the officer uses just a little too much force in bringing such an aggressive suspect into safe custody, it may be the most


forgivable mistake an officer can make. Particularly if it is an honest mistake. Much different I would say from extreme dereliction of duty, like a veteran investigator leaving unsolved murder case files unsecured and strewn about a vacated apartment. Not to mention guns left abandoned in the same fashion. Most intelligent law enforcement professionals would say a man who intentionally does such things does not deserve the spit he uses to polish his badge, much less the badge itself. Throw in a collection of unsavory romantic affairs within the same office with multiple other sworn officers, and you have a guy who should be run out of the profession and perhaps even indicted for mishandling evidence and violating his oath as an officer. Such long-‐term, on the job indiscretions and professional misconduct are far more serious than a deputy who uses a tad too much force in an admittedly violent confrontation, even though it was initiated by a suspect. Ironically, Investigator Richard Roundtree was spared a termination by former Sheriff Ronnie Strength. Sheriff Roundtree showed no such mercy to Brian McDuffie. For the record, few believe Deputy Brian McDuffie intended to do serious harm to 15-‐year-‐old Kyvan James as he was being taken into custody following an illegal and ill-‐advised flight from officers investigating what they were told was an active crime scene. Logic suggests that if you engage in a foot chase when two suspects run from a property that is under active search by deputies with guns drawn, there is likely to be some adrenaline flowing. Virtually every veteran

officer I have discussed this situation with agrees with that. Much has been made of the fact that McDuffie, at 260 pounds, greatly outweighed the 100-‐pound fleeing suspect. I asked McDuffie why he felt the need to exert much force at all on the kid, and the answer was simple: the other officer who had tackled James after a brief foot chase had not been able to secure his hands in cuffs. He was still struggling hard. That perplexed me. Why was Deputy Christian Gandy having such a hard time squaring this guy away? McDuffie did not offer much explanation; much to his credit, I might add. But as I was about to write this column, I got a call that seemed to explain it all. Or at least what most of the old-‐school cops I know are saying about this whole stinking pile of crap. Deputy Gandy is one of the smallest male deputies to ever ride in Richmond County. He is short and he is slight. I hear he is scrappy, and good for him in that regard, but it makes sense that he could have been struggling with the relatively small but highly motivated suspect. It also makes sense that Gandy would not be in a hurry to admit that he was having trouble with the kid. When I pressed McDuffie, he clearly expressed doubt at the moment he arrived at “the wrestling match” as to who was getting the best of whom. He also said he saw James’ hands flailing around near Gandy’s holstered gun. It was at that point, he told me, that he put his hand hard to the back of James’ head, forcing him down, which made him submit, and then keep a foot on his back until the still-‐struggling Gandy was able to cuff both hands. McDuffie did not hit the 15-‐year-‐old

multiple times, even though the boy said repeatedly he was struck over and over. His visible injuries were limited to one minor swollen/black eye. My three-‐year-‐old son put a better shiner on his Mom last year during an overly aggressive attempt at a hug. Was he hit with the flashlight, as Roundtree has repeatedly stated as his rationale for the termination? Maybe, as a function of it being in the hand he was using to force the kid down. I have no idea, and neither does anyone else. Whatever happened, the kid did not come away with much injury. Perhaps they are a bit sensitive about flashlights within Roundtree’s inner circle. It seems that a number of years ago there was reportedly a very odd and violent clash between an officer and a suspect that occurred, supposedly, while the suspect was already in the hospital for treatment for other injuries. I was told by three veteran lawmen that the officer literally beat the combative suspect to death with his Maglite. It was such a bizarre battle that, for years, the man’s nickname was “Maglite,” at least behind his back. These days, they call “Maglite” by his polite name, which is Colonel Robert Partain, Sheriff Roundtree’s right-‐hand man. I guess flashlights can be deadly.


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Granting Justice


Judges seek permission to accept grant to rehabilitate rather than lock up

Juvenile Court Judges Pamela Doumar and Jennifer McKinzie appeared before the Public Safety Committee along with Court Administrator Tom Gunnels, looking for permission to accept $250,000 in non-‐matching funds to provide a nine-‐month pilot program to help reduce the rate of felony commitments to the Department of Juvenile Justice. According to Doumar, the grant came about because Governor Nathan Deal was tired of paying $90,000 each time a kid was put in the system, especially when the kid was not rehabilitated. “With that $250,000, what the governor expects all juvenile courts to now do is put in place an evidence-‐based program that actually produces some results, actually rehabilitates and actually treats so that we don’t have this recidivism that we continue to have in juvenile court,” she said. According to Doumar, who was appointed to the Augusta Judicial Circuit last September, the juvenile court system used Multisystemic Therapy (MST) about eight or nine years ago, and it was very effective. 8


“They’ve been here before, and it works,” she said. “They do an assessment on the family. They figure out what they need. They have counseling for alcohol and addictive behaviors.” Commissioner Donnie Smith, a lieutenant with the Georgia State Patrol, expressed skepticism that treating families for alcohol and drug addiction could protect the public from a juvenile with a handgun. Doumar countered by saying that juvenile offender with a handgun would likely not have a place in the program. “We are still going to put kids in detention and we are still going to have commitments,” she said. “This is not for that type of child. We are going to protect the folks in this room, but we want to use tax dollars wisely. We now have an evidence-‐ based program paid for by the state coming to Richmond County that we actually get to try for nine months to see if it works. If it does not work, we have to go back to the status quo.” Smith, who in the past has been vocal against programs where the funding is eventually shifted back to the local level, again expressed doubt that free ultimately meant free.

“I hear that this is a nine-‐month thing, but at the end of nine months you’re going to be back here asking us for some money,” he said. “It’s a non-‐matching grant,” Doumar replied. “I understand, but when this nine-‐ month commitment runs out, you’re going to come back and ask for some money.” According to Commissioner Bill Fennoy, who until January worked part time as a juvenile intake officer, the need is so great that the funding is irrelevant. “Nine months for now, and if this doesn’t work, I’ll support coming back with another program, because we have to do something,” he said. “Some of the kids I had to lock up because of the things that they committed, but some of those kids had to be locked up because there were no parents to release them to.” Commissioner Marion Williams was also supportive of the program. “The problem to me is, babies are raising babies and they’re not getting training,” he said. “So we’ve got to go back as far as training.” Commissioner Bill Lockett took a practical approach. “It was effective in the past, and I

think this one will be effective, too,” he said. “We’ve got a quarter million dollars without having to match, and if we incarcerate three juveniles at $90,000 each, that’s $270,000 right there. And after nine months, if for some reason or another governor does not want to give you additional money, you should come back to this body and ask for the money, because I know good and well that you’re going to council more than three people, which will be a lot cheaper than incarcerating three at $90,000 each.” Commissioner Alvin Mason agreed, hinting that he would also support funding the program, should the state not follow through with its funding. “Anytime that you can identify funds that we don’t have to dole out for serious issues that are going on in your community, it’s a no brainer,” he said. “I think this program is so important not only now, but also in the future. If it turns out that it does what it means to do, I probably would foresee it still being available in years to come.”



It Only Cost Money


Grass grows and grows due to money woes

Blame it on the rain if you want, but even without it, Augusta has a problem with grass. It’s growing in the right of ways, it’s growing in vacant lots, and there’s not much the city can do about it. “We definitely need a whole lot more resources,” says Engineering Director Abie Ladson. “We need personnel and we also need funding.” Last year, Ladson says he spent $2.5 million in maintenance and over $600,000 for trees. This year, he has no budget for that, so there’s really no way to deliver the services. The result is overgrown right of ways. “All we’re doing right now, basically, is being reactionary,” he says. “We have two mowers and we have approximately two or three crews.” While the Engineering Department handles mowing in the right of ways, Environmental Services has mowed the vacant lots since 2011. “We find houses,” says Mark Johnson, director of environmental services, and he’s not joking.

Occasionally, his crews find that a house has been swallowed up by the grass and weeds. Like Ladson, he says he needs more money to effectively do the job assigned to him. “The reality is, the need exceeds the ability,” he says. “We need the resources to get the job done.” And that job is sometimes dangerous, given the hidden septic tanks and volatile debris buried in the overgrowth, which never seems to stop growing. “The real issue we’re dealing with — we clean it and, 12 months later, we’re dealing with the same lot and the same frustrated neighbors and the same issue over and over and over again,” he says. Before March 5, Johnson’s lot mowing was complaint-‐based, causing his teams to jump all over the city. Now, his department goes systematically from area to area, but doing it that way means it might be several months before the mowing teams come back. And then, once the lot is cleaned, it sometimes invites illegal dumping.

“We’re creating a secondary problem,” he says. And no matter how it’s done, mowing is expensive. “We’ve tapped out as far as the resources we can contribute,” he says. “Today, we have over 470 vacant lots waiting to be cut, and that’s in addition to what we find when we’re there.” Another part of the problem, Ladson says, is the type of grass they’re dealing with. “Once you cut it, within about a week’s time it’s back up to a foot,” he says. The solution, Johnson explains, is easy enough: “If you want more, it only costs money.” Commissioner Marion Williams sees it a different way. “We don’t utilize the stuff we already have,” he says. “We’re not holding people accountable for the stuff we already have. More money is going to be more loopholes for folks to do more crazy stuff.” Regardless of the loopholes, Williams says Augusta has failed to provide by failing to look ahead.

“We talk about money and we say we need money, but I don’t see anything we’re doing to get money in except stormwater [fees] or raising taxes,” Williams says. “If you’re going to provide these services, you’ve got to do something to generate some money. We need to do something to generate some money into this government, and I can’t think of one thing we’re doing in Augusta that would attract people to the city. Every other city I go to, they’ve got something to attract people there, but we just don’t get it.” Commissioner Bill Lockett, who has requested that each neighborhood in town be notified about when they can expect their grass to be cut, says the lack of service is taking a toll. “Our current system is not working,” he says. “It’s not being cut often enough to make it look good on a regular basis, and then, oftentimes, you wait for weeks to get it cut.”

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Hitting the Right Note


Long-running conservatory program makes music with area musicians

Even though the Music Conservatory Program at Georgia Regents University is 30 years old, many in the community still don’t realize it exists, which is why Sarah Tau, a pianist by training, has become something of a pied piper during her year as the program’s director. “When I came on, I realized there wasn’t really anything going on social media-‐wise for the conservatory program,” she says. Now there’s a Facebook page along with the website and the monthly e-‐newsletter to inform everyone about the classes offered by the program, which is part of GRU’s continuing education department. As part of an educational institution, Tau says the program has lagged behind others in the area when it comes to marketing its services. “The others have the finances to do more marketing,” she says. “I think that’s why people don’t know as much about the program.” The program offers students of all ages private lessons on all kinds of instruments. It also offers summer camps for school-‐aged kids as well as ensembles and music classes that follow a fall/spring schedule. The high school wind ensemble, for example, meets only in the spring because the majority of the students will be heavily involved in marching band during the fall. “A lot of the ensemble kids came to the summer camp,” Tau says. “For some it didn’t work because of vacations or because they wanted go somewhere different, but of the 65 kids we had in the wind symphony, 20 went to band camp.” Because it’s all part of the continuing education program, the university pays nothing toward the programming, which means everything must be supported by the fees. Even so, Tau says they all work hard to keep the costs down. Many of the participants in the Greater Augusta Youth Orchestra are Richmond County students, some of whom have a difficult time paying. “A lot of them are scared off when they hear that the tuition for 15AUGUST2013

a semester is $85,” Tau says. “I would love to see them participate, because a lot of students that come through the conservatory program end up majoring in music. I majored in music, so for me to see other students that are interested in music makes me want to see it grow.” At least three of the students in GRU’s music department participated in the program and one is studying jazz at Kennesaw State. Some of the instructors, like Greater Augusta Youth Orchestra Director Ryan Kho, are full-‐time teachers, though unlike Kho, most of those teachers teach music. Kho, who was formerly the principal violinist for the Augusta Symphony, teaches math, which makes it difficult for him to recruit, although in many cases local band directors do the recruiting for him. “Directors in the schools love the program,” Tau says. “They usually welcome me to come and talk to kids or just hang out. I’ll send out an email and they’ll post it in the band room and that sort of thing.” Though GRU doesn’t fund the program, it does offer practice and performance space, which is a big thing for the students. Concerts take place in the Maxwell Theatre, while private lessons meet either in classrooms or in private practice rooms. Ensembles meet in one of two big rehearsal halls. Private instructors charge two different rates depending on the instructor’s level of education, but all have at least a bachelors degree in their instrument, and while those rates are likely to stay the same, Tau is working to supplement a couple of existing sponsors from the Brandon Wilde retirement community who support the summer camp by creating a grant program to make the camps and ensembles more affordable. “For a lot of these kids, music is an outlet,” she says. “Some of them have great family lives and some of them don’t, and I think it’s a way for them to express themselves.”

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Going Once. Going Twice…


City renovates Marble Palace by trying to unload some marble, among other things

Tim Schroer may be the deputy director of finance, but he’s just gotten off the phone with a guy about nameplates for the Municipal Building renovation, so that makes him something more. “For a project this size, you need somebody in the building to make some of these decisions,” he says. “It’s not something [Administrator Fred Russell] would have the patience for, so I kind of told them it was something I was interested in and they said, ‘Tag — you’re it.’” Admittedly he’s got a team of people who handle a lot of the smaller decisions before they even reach him, but Schroer has negotiated office moves in all but one of the places he’s worked, so in addition to his duties in the finance department, he’s also serving as the owner’s representative/construction administrator for the $40 million municipal building renovations and modernization project, which is actually further along than most people realize. “We’re hauling stuff out now, and the steel for the tower should be going up hopefully soon,” he says. Monday, the Public Services Committee voted to award Turner Construction Company a nearly $9.5 million chunk of money for the renovation, which should be completed in March 2015. 12 METROSPIRITAUGUSTA’S INDEPENDENT  VOICE  SINCE  1989

The award, which is considered the last of the pre-‐bids, dealt with several important items already in the budget. The funding of the building is a little confusing, since commissioners already voted to approve the $40 million, but according to Russell, the piece by piece voting allows commissioners to remain engaged with the project. A positive vote by the full commission on Tuesday will allow the project to continue, but a negative vote anywhere along with way could throw the entire ongoing renovation into a tailspin. Along with the elevator tower, which will give the building a dramatic new look and orientation, the renovations will transform an old courtroom on the second floor into a new commission chamber and allow the city’s far-‐flung departments to consolidate into the Municipal Building, but not before a frustrating game of departmental musical chairs. Over the weekend, Finance will move from the second floor into the former Magistrate Court on the seventh floor, but only for a year. Next July, it will move to its permanent home on the eighth floor, which is currently where the commission chamber and administrative offices are located. Risk Management will move into the former HR location

on the sixth floor, but only for approximately eight months before it, too, moves on. However temporary, the office won’t necessarily feel temporary. “The philosophy we’ve had through the entire build is that if you’re going to be moved into swing space for an extended period of time, you want it to be as nice as possible,” Schroer says. As property manager for SPLOST capital projects, Heery International handles the Municipal Building renovations just as it handled the Convention Center, Judicial Center and the Sheriff’s Department among others. Actually, it was the opening of the $60 million Judicial Center in 2011 that freed up a considerable amount of space in the Municipal Building, which was built in the 1950s. It also left a lot of valuable stuff behind that Schroer is currently trying to unload. “As the building is modernized, we’re trying to salvage what we can and see if somebody can repurpose it,” Schroer says. That includes the very old wooden benches and chairs from the old courtroom, granite and marble panels and the three massive brass chandeliers Mayor Charles DeVaney installed in the commission chamber during the 1980s. Schroer attempted to sell benches

on the GovDeals website, but received a very tepid response. “We thought some churches would love to get our benches, but apparently there’s a glut of church pews and benches on the market right now,” he says. “We got a couple of bids that were really low, so we pulled them off and decided we were either going to repurpose them somewhere else or try to do something with the demolition company. We’re trying to do this as cost effectively as possible, and it got to the point where some of the bids were so low that it would cost us more money in just having people here while the people came and took them out.” As a government, Augusta is forced to auction its surplus property. It can’t just give it away, and besides — it wants to make as much money as it can. “We have to do some kind of public auction, and the website GovDeals qualifies for that,” he says. “Unfortunately, we can’t just let the citizen come in and say, ‘Can I buy that chair?’ We have rules we have to follow, and it would be very ineffective to have citizens come up one or two at the time. We try to use the best use of resources that we have to make sure we have the biggest bang for the buck.” Prior to switching to GovDeals 15AUGUST2013


RECYCLE  SATURDAY WITH  THE  CITY  OF  AUGUSTA AUGUSTA TRANSFER STATION 3946 GOSHEN INDUSTRIAL BLVD around three years ago, the city would have auctions two or three times a year, which wasn’t as efficient as throwing stuff up on the GovDeals website. Trickier than the benches are the marble panels that line the hallways and courtroom walls. Each of the four-�foot square panels would be desirable (some even have inscriptions), but until they are removed, which will start once Schroer and his team move out of their offices this weekend, officials won’t know what condition they will be in. “We’re either going to have a lot of granite for sale, or we’re going to have a bunch of little pieces,� he says. “Hopefully, it’s not a bunch of little pieces.� Though there’s plenty of wood around, he knocks on marble, and it’s obvious the walls weren’t put up to be taken down. While the Municipal Building has a reputation for being a cramped and drab working space, it remains an impressive building with some interesting features, including a fallout shelter in the basement (the stockpile of food has long since been cleared out) and several vaults. “We’ve had a lot of interest in the vaults,� Schroer says. “There are at least three that I know of on the second floor, and though the vault doors are cool, Turner Construction took one apart, and they’re filled with cement. I keep wondering how they’re going to get them out the windows or down the elevator.� While Historic Augusta has shown an interest in documenting what the building was like before the renovation process, Schroer says it has not become involved in the renovations. The Augusta Museum, however, has taken several items for its collection, including one of the cell doors from the holding cells. Less dramatic, though perhaps more interesting, are some old Murphy beds left over in the jury rooms. The beds, which pull down out of the wall to save space, were used during jury sequestration. Rumor has it Finance Director Donna Williams remembers the woman who was in charge of the linens, and though the beds remain made up, they look far from inviting. “Some of this stuff, I just don’t want to see ending up in the landfill,� Schroer says. “I’m a tree hugger from way back, but I also realize that if it’s going to increase my cost exponentially, something’s got to give.� Whatever Schroer can’t sell at auction he might give to the company doing the demolition work to dispose of. Though the company should have more resources than the city at its disposal, it’s also going to want to split the profit. Continued on next page...



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“If that’s what we have to do, then that’s what we’ll do,” Schroer says. “Whatever we get is going to be a little bit of a bonus, but I don’t expect a whole lot. It’s one of those things where you think, ‘That’s really cool, but how practical is it?’ I don’t know too many people who need 20-‐foot benches.” Or the big dais in the commission chamber. Though it looks impressive and has served as the nerve center of local government for decades, Schroer says moving it is impractical, not to mention unwarranted — and that’s not a political comment.

“If you ever looked behind it, you’d be amazed,” he says. “One of the goals of this renovation is to have this building last for another 50 years before we have to do something major to it.” In spite of the upheaval and the extra work, Schroer says he’s enjoying the process. “It’s a pretty cool building, and I’m really excited to be part of the renovation project,” he says. “It’s going to be exciting once we’re done.”




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In a newly discovered planet and an upcoming iPhone release

The discussion of favorite colors is a popular topic of childhood. My two daughters talk about colors for hours, describing why one color is better than another. For example, orange is great for pumpkins and leafs, but “I don’t think it makes a very good dress. At least not for me, Daddy.� Fortunately, my girls mostly agree on colors (at least for now), and each espouses their own signature tint. The one daughter loves the color blue, but not in a fanatical way. She doesn’t seem to be partial to any particular shade, and she will wear clothes of different colors. But when the crayons get put to use, the sky, a lake and big blue eyes always stand out. My other daughter is obsessive. Her palette consists of a single hue. Weeks can go by before we see her dressed in a different shade. This color features prominently in her drawings. Quite literally, we have multiple books where this color is the central theme. So I can’t understate how much fun it was watching my daughter’s reaction when I showed her a news article on my iPad. “Hey, sweetie, guess what? They found a pink planet!� The planet’s name is GJ504b, and astronomers estimate it’s about four times the size of Jupiter. The star system is about 57 light years away, and the star can be seen with the naked eye in the constellation Virgo. The determination that the planet is pink (technically, a “dark cherry blossom�) is actually a fairly big deal. GJ504b is only the second planet outside the solar system to be successfully imaged. Typically, planets around other stars are detected by observing gravitational “wobbles� caused by the planet’s orbit. GJ504b also calls into question some of the assumptions we have regarding planetary formation. In short, the planet is too big given how far away it is from its sun. According to the scientific models, the planet shouldn’t be there. That would be fine as far as Mattel is concerned. After all, the Mars Explorer Barbie that was released last week just became obsolete. Green Apples — September 10 is the date. On that day, Apple is expected to release its new iPhone. Most analysts expect that the new model will be called iPhone 5s. Other than using the new iOS 7 operating system, only minor performance improvements in the base model are expected. The most anticipated announcement is in regards to an expected iPhone 5c. This iPhone model is expected to be released at a lower price point. Instead of aluminum, the casing is made of plastic and is available in several colors: red, blue, yellow, green and white. Historically, Apple has used older models to address lower prices points, so this would be a big change in Apple strategy. Until next time, I’m off the grid. @gregory_a_baker GREGORY A. BAKER, PH.D, is vice president and chief rocket scientist for CMA, which provides technology services to CSRA buisness and nonprofits.


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Manuel's Bread Cafe 505 Railroad Ave (803) 380-1323

The First Round youth@risk, Carolina Chupacabra Friday, August 16

Fatman's 1450 Greene St (706) 733-1740 Ko]]lDgmk;jYZk`Y[c 13th & Broad (706) 922-1699 Frog Hollow Tavern 1282 Broad St (706) 364-6906 Pizza Joint 1245 Broad St (706) 774-0037 Mellow Mushroom 1167 Broad St (706) 828-5578 Sky City 1157 Broad St (706) 945-1270

The Highlander 133 Georgia Ave (803) 278-2796

Sky City Era 9 w/Guest Right to Fall & False Flag Friday, August 16

Knuckle Sandwiches 1149 Broad St (706) 828-4700 Farmhaus Burger 1204 Broad St (706) 496-8771

Taste 465 Railroad Ave (803) 341-9881

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Soy Noodle House 1032 Broad St (706) 364-3116

Soul Bar 984 Broad St (706) 724-8880

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Playground 978 Broad St (706) 724-2232

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Sector 7G TFS Rave: Priates vs. Ninjas w/ DJS Number5, LinearNorth and Polyphase Friday, August 16

FY[`gEYeYk 976 Broad St (706) 724-0501 Stillwater Taproom 974 Broad St (706) 826-9857 New Moon Cafe 936 Broad St (706) 823-2008 The Loft 927 Broad St (706) 828-6600 Bar on Broad 917 Broad St (706) 955-7954

Stillwater Taproom The Darnell Boys, Burning Angels Saturday, August 17

Club Rehab 913 Broad St (706) 849-2265

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Imperial Theater 749 Broad St (706) 722-8341 Tipsey McStumbles 214 7th St (706) 955-8507 =Y_d]kF]kl 640 Broad St. 706-722-5541 The Sports Center 594 Broad St (706) 724-9307 Dma_ak 590 Broad St (706) 722-4056

Cotton Patch 816 Cotton Ln (706) 724-4511 Mi Rancho 2 8th Street (706) 724-3366 @ad\]ZjYf\lk 226 6th St (706) 722-7756 209 Restaurant & Music Lounge 566 Broad St, (706) 722-9692 La Maison on Telfair 404 Telfair St (706) 722-4805

Bell Auditorium Will Downing, Najee Saturday, August 17

Sector 7G 631 Ellis St (706) 496-5900 Fox's Lair 349 Telfair St (706) 828-5600 The Bell Auditorium 712 Telfair St (706) 724-2400 James Brown Arena 601 7th St (706) 722-3521 Augusta Commons Broad St. between 9th and 8th street

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Crums on Central 1855 Central Avenue 706-729-6969

Bistro 491 491 Highland Ave (706) 738-6491

French Market Grille 425 Highland Ave (706) 737-4865

Calvert's Restaurant 475 Highland Ave (706) 738-4514

@]d_Yk 2015 Central Ave (706) 736-2880 Indian Queen 2502 Wrightsboro Rd (706) 303-8723

Club Argos 1923 Walton Way (706) 481-8829

Oliviana's 399 Highland Ave (706) 723-1242 The Pi Bar & Grille 2110 Walton Way (800) 476-6888 Sheehan's Irish Pub 2571 Central Ave (706) 364-1234

Surrey Tavern 471 Highland Ave (706) 736-1221 Takosushi 437 Highland Ave Augusta GA

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Surreal at Surrey 469 Highland Ave 706-496-2036

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Tavern at the Bean Musicians Hangout w/ Nine Local Arts Performing Friday, August 16

Lauras Backyard Tavern 218 S Belair Rd (706) 869-8695

Lady A. Amphitheater 7016 Evans Town Center Blvd. 706-650-5005

Retreat Tapas Bar 4446 Washington Rd (706) 250-3717

Mai Thai 4272 Washington Rd (706) 210-9008

Rhineharts 305 N Belair Rd (706) 868-6850

Mellow Mushroom 4348 Washington Rd (706) 364-6756

The Tavern at the Bean 4414 Evans to Locks Rd (706) 447-2006

Pizza Joint 4301 Washington Rd (706) 447-4992

Sidetrack Bar and Grill 4027 Washington Rd (706) 863-8951

Takosushi 1202 Town Park Ln (706) 863-0606 Tbonz 2856 Washington Rd (706) 737-8325

S. Augusta K`Yffgfk Sherry Iles, Atomic Road Saturday, August 17

The Country Club Amanda Daughtry Saturday, August 17

Coyotes Charlie Worsham Saturday, August 17

Somewhere in Augusta Comedy Zone w/ Mikey Mason & Burpie Wednesday, August 21

Allie Katz Bar & Grill 3112 Washington (706) 667-9801 Bar West Augusta 3631 Walton Way Ext. Ste 3 (706) 736-0021 Buffalo Wild Wings 120 Robert C Daniel Jr Pkwy (706) 736-1778 Cadwalladers Café 106 Davis Rd (706) 860-7444 Carolina Ale House 203 Robert C Daniel Jr (762) 333-0019

The Country Club 2834-F Washington Rd 706-364-1862

Edgars Grille 3165 Washington Rd (706) 854-4700

Crazy Turks 2910 Washington Rd (706) 922-7299

French Market Grille West 368 Furys Ferry Rd (706) 855-5111

Cue and Brew 2852 Washington Rd (706) 737-6008

Hooters 2834 Washington Rd (706) 736-8454

Double Tree 2651 Perimeter Pkwy (706) 855-8100

Limelite Café 1137 Agerton Ln (706) 731-0220

Rack and Grill 3481 Old Petersburg Rd (706) 855-7534

Shannons 300 Shartom Dr (706) 814-7760

Rae's Coastal Café 3208 W Wimbledon Dr (706) 738-1313

Sheraton 1069 Stevens Creek Rd (706) 396-1000

Rhineharts 3051 Washington Rd (706) 860-2337 Road Runner 2821 Washington Rd (706) 364-3525 Robbie's Sport Bar 2834 Washington Rd (706) 738-0866

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Coyotes 2512 Peach Orchard Rd (706) 560-9245

Road Runner Café 2508 Peach Orchard Rd (706) 790-8177

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Thursday, August 15 Live Music Lake Olmstead Stadium Cameras, Guns & Radios Mellow Mushroom (Downtown and Evans) - Live and Local Polo Tavern - Keith Gregory Rose Hill Estate - Preston Weston & Sandra Sky City - Dank Sinatra Surrey Tavern - Love Canon Wild Wing - Lo Fidelity

What’s Tonight? Chevy’s Nite Club - Karaoke Cocktails Lounge - Karaoke Fishbowl Lounge - Karaoke Fox’s Lair - Trivia, Soup and Suds Helga’s Pub & Grille - Trivia The Highlander - Butt Naked Trivia Joe’s Underground - Trivia The Loft - Karaoke MAD Studios - Open Mic Poetry and Spoken Word w/ Ashaki Mi Rancho (Downtown) - Karaoke party with Carolina Entertainment Mi Rancho (Evans) - Karaoke The Playground - DJ Rana Shannon’s - Karaoke Surreal at Surrey - College and F&B Night Tavern at the Bean - Ladies Night Villa Europa - Karaoke Wooden Barrel - ’80s Night Karaoke

Friday, August 16 Live Music Country Club - Outshyne Doubletree - Jazz Enterprise Mill - Kristian Bush, JTX, Patrick Davis The First Round - youth@risk, Carolina Chupacabra The Loft - Stereotype MAD Studios - Chris Ndeti PI Bar & Grille - Live Jazz Polo Tavern - Mood Swings Sky City - Era 9, Right to Fall, False Flag Somewhere In Augusta - Grizzly Harris Stables at Rose Hille Estate Bluegrass w/ Haynes Stillwater Taproom - Mississippi Kites Surrey Tavern - Tony Williams and the Blues Express Tavern at the Bean - Musicians Hangout w/ Nine Local Arts Performing Wild Wing - Interstate Exiles

Sugarland’s Kristian Bush visits Augusta’s Enterprise Mill Friday, August 16, at 7 p.m. for a concert that also features JTX and Patrick Davis. Tickets for the Golden Harvest Food Bank fundraiser are $40 in advance, $50 the day of the show and $75 per couple, and tickets include hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar. For more information, visit

Fishbowl Lounge - Karaoke Iron Horse Bar & Grill - Karaoke Mi Rancho (Downtown) - Karaoke with Ryan Moseley Mi Rancho (Washington Road) Karaoke with Jeff Barnes Mi Rancho (Clearwater) - Three J’s Karaoke Ms. Carolyn’s - Karaoke Palmetto Tavern - DJ Tim The Playground - DJ Rana Rebeck’s Hideaway - Open Mic Roadrunner Cafe - Karaoke with Steve Chappel Sector 7G - TFS Rave: Priates vs. Ninjas w/ DJS Number5, LinearNorth and Polyphase Soul Bar - Pop Life Wooden Barrel - Karaoke Contest

Saturday, August 17 Live Music

Storm Branch Band Stillwater Taproom - The Darnell Boys, Burning Angels Surrey Tavern - Lazy Locomotive Wild Wing - Atalaya

What’s Tonight? Chevy’s - DJ Dougie Club Argos - Saturday Night Dance Party and Show Cocktails Lounge - Latin Night Fishbowl Lounge - Karaoke Helga’s Pub & Grille - Karaoke The Loft - DJ Richie Rich Mi Rancho (Downtown) - Karaoke party with Carolina Entertainment Mi Rancho (Clearwater) - Karaoke with Danny Haywood Mi Rancho (Washington Road) Karaoke Ms. Carolyn’s - Karaoke

Robbie’s - Saturday Night Dance Party Sky City - MCG ‘80s Night Party w/ DJ Micky MC Soul Bar - DJ JB Fresh Tavern at the Bean - Karaoke Wooden Barrel - Kamikaze Karaoke

Sunday, August 18 Live Music 5 O’Clock Bistro - The Henrys Candlelight Jazz - Sounds Unlimited Partridge Inn - Sunday Evening Jazz w/ the Not Gaddy Jazz Trio Wild Wing - Brown Leather Symphony The Willcox - Live Jazz

100 Laurens - Jim Fisher & Friends The Acoustic Coffeehouse - Open Acoustic Jam Session with Eryn Eubanks and the Family Fold Bell Auditorium - Will Downing, Najee The Cotton Patch - John Berret’s LaRoxes Country Club - Amanda Daughtry What’s Tonight? Coyotes - Charlie Worsham 100 Laurens - DJ Murl Augustine Joe’s Underground - The Orange Armando’s - Karaoke w/ Rockin Constant Rob MAD Studios - Susanne Kappler, Chevy’s - DJ Dougie Vicky Grady Club Argos - Friday Night House P.I. Bar and Grill - Smooth/Vocal Party Jazz Cocktails Lounge - Grown-Up Polo Tavern - Electric Voodoo Fridays with DJ Shannon’s - Sherry Iles, Atomic Cork and Bull Pub - Karaoke Eagle’s Nest - Free Salsa Lessons; Road Somewhere In Augusta - The Latin Dance Party 20 METROSPIRITAUGUSTA’S INDEPENDENT  VOICE  SINCE  1989



What’s Tonight? Mi Rancho (Washington Road) Karaoke, Salsa Dancing Polo Tavern - Bingo Night Shannon’s - Karaoke with Peggy Gardner

Monday, August 19 Live Music Hopelands Gardens (Aiken) - Fort Gordon Band Shannon’s - Open Mic Night

What’s Tonight? Applebee’s (Evans) - Trivia Chevy’s - Trivia Club Argos - Karaoke Joe’s Underground - Poker Mi Rancho (Downtown) - Trivia The Playground - DJ Rana Robolli’s - Trivia with Mike Thomas Somewhere in Augusta - Poker Wild Wing - Trivia

Tuesday, August 20 Live Music The Highlander - Open Mic Night Shannon’s - Karaoke Contest The Willcox - Piano jazz

What’s Tonight? Chevy’s Nite Club - Shag Night w/ Free Lessons Club Argos - Karaoke Fishbowl Lounge - Dart League Joe’s Underground - Karaoke Limelite Cafe - Bottom’s Up Karaoke Mellow Mushroom (Downtown and Evans) - Trivia Mi Rancho - Cornhole Carolina Meeting The Playground - Truly Twisted Trivia with Big Troy Polo Tavern - Karaoke Shannon’s - Karaoke with Mike Johnson Somewhere In Augusta - Big Prize Trivia Surrey Tavern - Tubeday Tuesday Movie Night

Wednesday, August 21 Live Music Elk Lodge - Marilyn Adcox Band Wild Wing - AcostA

What’s Tonight? 100 Laurens - Trivia Night with Moose Armando’s - Karaoke w/ Rockin Rob Chevy’s - Karaoke Cocktails Lounge - Augusta’s Got Talent Cotton Patch - Trivia and Tunes Hotel Aiken - Karaoke w/ Tom Mitchell Laura’s Backyard Tavern - Karaoke The Loft - Karaoke Mi Rancho (Downtown) - Karaoke Mi Rancho (Washington Road) 15AUGUST2013

Karaoke The Playground - Krazy Karaoke with Big Troy Polo Tavern - Karaoke w/ Tom Mitchell Somewhere in Augusta - The Comedy Zone w/ Mikey Mason & Burpie Stillwater Taproom - Pub Quiz Surrey Tavern - Trivia with Christian and Mickey

Upcoming Mother’s Finest, Greg Hester - Sky City August 23 Monkeygrass Jug Band - Stillwater Taproom August 23 Muuy Biien, Cars Can Be Blue, Eureka California, Eat Lightning Sky City August 24 Will McCranie - Stillwater Taproom August 24 quietSTORM - Candlelight Jazz August 25 Aiken Concert Band - Hopelands Gardens (Aiken) August 26 The Last Bison - Sky City August 26 Will McCranie, Bain Mattox - Sky City August 31 Labor Day Jazz Festival - Augusta Common September 1 Keith Sweat - Bell Auditorium September 14 Brothers, Easter Island - Sky City September 14 J Cole, Wale - Bell Auditorium September 15 The Politix - Sky City September 19 Rodney Carrington - Bell Auditorium September 26 Radiolucent, Thomas Wynn, The Believers - Sky City September 28 Joe Bonamassa - Bell Auditorium November 20 Gabriel Iglesias - Bell Auditorium December 14

Elsewhere Mary Chapin Carpenter, Shawn Colvin - Atlanta Botanical Garden, Atlanta August 9 Smashmouth, Sugar Ray, Gin Blossoms, Vertical Horizon, Fastball - Chastain Park, Atlanta August 10 Grand Funk Railroad, Spin Doctors - The Frederick Brown Amphitheater, Peachtree City August 10 Kansas, Toto - Chastain Park, Atlanta August 14 Bruno Mars - Philips Arena, Atlanta August 22 Steep Canyon Rangers - Terminal West, Atlanta August 23 Huey Lewis & the News - The Frederick Brown Amphitheater, Peachtree City August 23 Muse - Convention Center at Gwinnett Center, Duluth




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Indian Queen celebration one year in business

Summerville bar The Indian Queen celebrates its one-‐year anniversary this week. The bar opened its doors August 17, 2012, and since then it has become a favorite drinking spot for locals from the neighborhood where it’s located, as well as for others from around the CSRA. The first year can make or break an establishment, so some might let that success go to their heads, but not Steven Moore, one of the owners of The Indian Queen. Maybe that has a little something to do with his attitude going in. The bar is located on Wrightsboro Road where The Gun Cabinet used to sit. Moore said that it was never their intention to become a focal point in anyone’s evening, but rather a place to begin or end while visiting some of the nearby restaurants, such as Sheehan’s or 5 O’Clock Bistro. “There was a need for it,” Moore said. “You had Sheehan’s, you had Crums, you had the Bistro, you had these restaurants where people were going to dinner, but there was no before or after option. The Sheehan’s bar would get so crowded at points you could no longer sit down to eat dinner. And that was a need that we recognized. We wanted to give people the option to extend their evening and conversate with friends.” Moore filled the void with The Indian Queen and the community has not only taken notice, but has embraced the establishment and has made it a focal point. Word 22 METROSPIRITAUGUSTA’S INDEPENDENT  VOICE  SINCE  1989

of mouth has been the biggest promotional tool the bar has relied upon, and it has worked. The Facebook page alone has more than 1,000 “likes.” What is it that makes The Indian Queen work? Moore attributes that to the bar’s comfortable atmosphere, the high-‐quality products that are served, the diverse crowd of patrons and the employees who help run the place. The formula they’ve developed works and that’s not something they want to change, Moore said. “Our innovation keeps us going,” explained Moore. “We see it as more of an evolution, but not necessarily something that needs to be changed.” One thing that does change often is their specialty drink menu. It is a point of pride that The Indian Queen features cocktails made with the freshest in-‐season ingredients that they can get their hands on. The bartenders there enjoy the challenge and seem to have fun coming up with new twists on classic libations and getting customers to try new things. “People like a good product, people like a good cocktail,” said bartender Ryan O’Hagan. “People go into a club and get — like, juice from bags and lemon juice that’s not even lemon juice mixed with Sprite. They think that’s a cocktail and get turned off of cocktails and switch to beer or wine or straight liquor. We’ve been able to open people back up and make them realize you

Indian Queen owners Ryan McArdle, Brandon Mears and Steven Moore celebrate their first year in business. Photo: Joe White (August 2012). can make a good cocktail.” In recognition of their inaugural year, The Indian Queen has few events planned for its anniversary week. On Thursday night, there will be a charity Cornhole Tournament

benefiting the University Hospital Breast Health Center. The week will wrap on Friday and Saturday with nightly drink specials and they will continue raising money for the Breast Health Center. 15AUGUST2013


The Old Man and the Sea Don’t wait till you’re old to enjoy every single minute

Y’all know how I feel about people watching. Even more than watching people, I love making up stories about them. Some stories I share, some I keep to myself. Last week, we were on one last beach adventure, not far from Augusta, before the start of school. A large group of us amassed on the sand. There were 12 adults and even more kids. We had music blaring, baseball and soccer games playing, and were doing things like crabbing, fishing, sand castling, magazine reading, seagull shooing and anything else people do on the beach. It was a happy chaos, and the perfect ending to summer vacation. Each day, we’d meet after lunch, setting up tents, coolers and chairs, and stay on the beach until dinnertime or later. We spent a lot of time counting kids. Between the counting, I soaked it all in. The weather was gorgeous. It wasn’t that humid, with cool 88-‐degree afternoons. You heard me. That’s cool. At this time last year, it was over 100. On our first day there, I noticed an old man on his bike. It’s not an

unusual scene on a low-‐tide beach, but he caught my attention. He was wearing shoes, a bathing suit and a hat. He slowly rode to the surf. Hell, he did everything slowly. When he got to the water, he laid his bike on the sand and took his shoes off, his hat hanging on the handlebars. Apparently he does this several days per week. Maybe even every day. The other women I was with have seen him many times. People stop to talk to him, offering to help him get home. He says “thank you,” but he doesn’t need any help. He shakes their hand, smiling, and goes along his way. After he leaves his bike, he goes for a 20-‐ or 30-‐minute swim. Its purpose may be exercise, but his pace is that of leisure. Or he’s just slow. Maybe it’s a little of both. Once he’s done swimming, he stands in the shallow waves and watches the swimmers. I guess he’s drying off before biking home. I’d like to imagine he’s thinking about something profound, but it’s probably more like, “Damn. Got sand in my shorts again.” Once he’s dry, he grabs his shoes and rides his bike

With much of his life behind him, he has nothing left to do but enjoy every minute. He takes his time. Why rush? Maybe it’s because The Kids were about to go back to school, but he fascinated me. I’m sure I’m not the only one, but I spend much of my life rushing from here to there, always looking forward to the next thing. Counting days to the next holiday or trip. What if I could reverse that? I’m not sure it’s possible. As They (The Royal They with all the answers) always say, life moves too fast. Children grow in the blink of an eye. For some reason or another, mine seem especially big this school year. The Boy will turn 10. Ten. He’s not old enough to be 10. I’m not old enough to have a 10-‐year-‐old. He can’t wait. The Girl, though only seven, wants to be a grown up. Just tonight, she said, “Mama, I can’t wait to be your age. Then I can cuss like you do.” Ahem. Always looking forward. Sure, tragic events help keep things in perspective. Every day, we hear stories of families affected by terrible

illness or an accident. Those who know them tell us how quickly life can change and how we shouldn’t take anything for granted. I wish we could be more like the man on the beach, enjoying life simply because it’s what we do. If we could only figure that out before it’s all we have left to do. It’s too late to apologize for my sappiness, so I’ll leave you with this: hug your people, people. Go to the beach, too. Go for a swim, and ride your bike. Watch your kids learn to surf. Extend happy hour. The best may be still to come, but we can’t afford to miss this very moment.

JENNYWRIGHT lives in Summerville with

her husband, who she calls The Man, and two kids, who she affectionately calls The Boy and The Girl. She enjoys taking photos, cooking and playing tennis.

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August 18, at 9:15 and 10:45 a.m. at Fleming Baptist Church, and at 6 p.m. at The Sanctuary. Free. Call 706-798-3511 (Fleming) or 706-364-8284 (The Sanctuary), or visit

Broadway and Beyond

Sounds Unlimited perform at the Augusta Common on Sunday, August 18, at 8 p.m. as part of the Candlelight Jazz series. Participants are invited to bring their own seating and picnics. $6; free for children under 13. Call 762-233-5299 or visit The Fort Gordon Band performs Monday, August 19, at 7 p.m. at the Roland H. Windham Performing Arts Stage at Aiken’s Hopelands Gardens as part of the Hopelands Summer Concert series. Participants are invited to bring seating and food, but alcohol is prohibited. Free. Call 803-643-4661 or visit experienceaiken.

Russell Joel Brown leads Broadway and Beyond, a fundraiser for the Jessye Norman School of the Arts, on Sunday, August 18, at 5 p.m. at GRU’s Maxwell Theatre. Featuring emcee Jessye Norman and a host of instrumentalists, singers and performers, the event will also feature auctions that are going on now for prizes that include a chance to perform on stage with Brown. Tickets are $40, general admission; $20, students and active duty military. Call 706-826-4713 or visit


Art at Lunch: Marcel Biro is Friday, August 16, at noon at the Morris Museum of Art. Biro, of Edgar’s Grille, discusses his career, cookbooks and his Emmy-award winning cooking show, which aired on PBS. A catered lunch will be served. $10 for members; $14 for non-members. Call 706-724-7501 or visit Adult Artist Workshop: Block Prints and Cut Paper Silhouettes is Saturday, August 17, from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. and Sunday, August 18, from noon-2 p.m. at the Morris Museum of Art. Chad Tolley, assistant professor of printmaking at Georgia Regents University, instructs participants on how to create silhouette cuttings and transform them into a finished block print. All materials included. Members are $55; $65 for non-members. Call 706-724-7501 or visit Art Now: Invisible is Thursday, August 22, at 6 p.m. at the Morris Museum or Art. Invisible, a new media collaborative comprised of artists Mark Dixon and Bart Trotman, performs with Elsewhere’s Roof, a drip-driven drum machine followed by a talk with the artists. Free. Call 706-724-7501 or visit Dollar Dog Days run through the month of August at the Augusta Museum of History. All month, admission is $1. Call 706-722-8454 or visit Day of Art, hosted by the North Augusta Artists Guild, is each Tuesday from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. at the Arts and Heritage Center of North Augusta and includes a group of artists painting in the center who will answer questions or allow visitors to join in. Call 803441-4380 or visit Corks & Canvas painting classes for adults 21 and over are held every Tuesday and Thursday night beginning at 7 p.m. and last 2-3 hours. 24 METROSPIRITAUGUSTA’S INDEPENDENT  VOICE  SINCE  1989

Painting materials provided. Bring your own wine and clothes to paint in. $30; $25 with military I.D. Pre-registration required. Call 706-868-0990 or visit


GRU Department of Art Faculty Exhibition shows August 22-September 20 at the Mary S. Byrd Gallery of Art at the Summerville Campus. A reception will be held Thursday, August 22, at 5:30 p.m. Artists include Kristin Casaletto, Tom Crowther, Suzette H. Hollins, Alan C. McTaggart, Jennifer Onofrio Fornes, Randy Pace, Raoul Pacheco, Rosanne Stutts, Brian Rust, Joseph M. Tolbert, Chadwick Tolley, Janice Williams and more. Visit Mascaro’s Studio Artists will exhibit through the month of August at the Kroc Center. Artists include David Mascaro, Sharon Fausnight, Linda Lavigne, Miriam Katz, Linda Hardy, Alford Yong Ae, Gwen Urbanik, Terry Smith, Bonnie Lowery and Nancy Tussey. Call 706-364-KROC or visit Exhibition for Harrisburg Outreach Photography Camp will run through the month of August at the Morris Museum of Art. Call 706-724-7501 or visit Exhibition for artists Cathy Armstrong, Linda Hardy and Susan Porterfield will be on display through August 30 at Sacred Heart Cultural Center. Free. Call 706-826-4700 or visit Augusta’s African-American Pioneers will exhibit through August 31 at the Lucy Craft Laney Museum of Black History. The exhibit will feature many of the personalities that make Augusta special, from Lawrence Fishburne to James Brown, the Pilgrim Health and Life Insurance Company to the home of John and Rosa Tutt, and captures much of Augusta’s AfricanAmerican heritage. Call 706-724-3576 or visit

The Godfather of Soul James Brown exhibit is on display at the Augusta Museum of History. Call 706-722-8454 or visit Blast From the Past is on display at Augusta Museum of History to celebrate the museum’s 75th anniversary. Call 706-722-8454 or visit Local Legends is a permanent exhibit highlighting Augusta notables on display at the Augusta Museum of History. Call 706-722-8454 or visit Protect and Serve, an exhibit highlighting the stories of CSRA law enforcement officers, is on display at the Augusta Museum of History. Call 706-722-8454 or visit Delightful Decanters is a temporary exhibit on display at the Augusta Museum of History featuring colorful bottles used to sell products as late as the 1970s. Call 706-722-8454 or visit


Kristian Bush of Sugarland performs Friday, August 16, at 7 p.m. at Enterprise Mill in a concert that also features JTX and Patrick Davis. The fundraiser for Golden Harvest Food Bank is $40 in advance, $50 the day of the show and $75 per couple, and admission includes hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar. Visit Will Downing with Najee perform Saturday, August 17, at 7:30 p.m. at the Bell Auditorium. Rhythm and blues and jazz sensation Will Downing, along with Najee, smooth jazz saxophonist and flutist, will be performing for a special one night only performance. Proceeds from this concert will benefit the DeAnna Williams Heffner Kidney Transplant Fund. $35-$65. Call 877-728-4849 or visit The African Children’s Choir performs Sunday,

The Salvation Army School of the Performing Arts holds classes each Tuesday. Included is instruction in piano, drums, guitar, voice and brass. Call 706364- 4069 or visit Live Country Music at the Fraternal Order of Eagles, 1999 Scott Road, is every Saturday night at 8:30 p.m. Admission is $5. Call 706-790-8040.


It’s Your Book Club meets Thursday, August 15, at 5:30 p.m. at the Headquarters Branch Library. Author A’ndrea J. Wilson will discuss her book, “Wife 101.” Free. Call 706-724-6762 or visit CSRA Writers meets Monday, August 19, at 6:30 p.m. at Georgia Military College, 115 Davis Rd. This is a support group where writers are invited to attend and to bring eight copies of a manuscript to be critiqued. Free. Call 706-836-7315. Diamond Lakes Evening Book Club meets Monday, August 19, from 6-7:45 p.m. at the Diamond Lakes Branch Library. Contact the library for the book to be discussed. Light refreshments provided. No registration necessary. Free. Call 706-772-2432 or visit Nook tutorials at Barnes and Noble in the Augusta Mall are each Saturday beginning at noon, followed by a Nookcolor tutorial at 12:30 p.m. Free. Call 706- 737-0012 or visit


Augusta Christian Singles holds dances every Saturday night, beginning at 8 p.m., with free dance lessons at 7 p.m. Dances are held at Ballroom Dance Center, 525 Grand Slam Drive (off Evans to Locks Road) in Evans. $10. Admission includes light meal or heavy refreshments, desserts, soft drinks and coffee in an alcohol/smoke free environment, and music includes country, shag, oldies and more. Dress is casual (jeans are fine). All singles 18 years old and up are welcome. Visit Belly Dance Class is held every Tuesday at 6 p.m. at Euchee Creek and Wallace libraries. Pre-registration required. Call 706-556-0594 (Euchee Creek), 706-722- 6275 (Wallace) or visit Augusta International Folk Dance Club meets 15AUGUST2013


Tuesday nights from 7:30-9:30 p.m. at the Augusta Ballet Studio on 2941 Walton Way. No partners needed. First visit free. Call 706-3945535 or 706-399-2477.

“For a Few Dollars More” will be shown Tuesday, August 20, at 3:30 p.m. at the Maxwell Branch Library. Free. Call 706-793-2020 or visit

Zumba with Sohailla is held every Saturday from 10-11 a.m. at the Ballroom Dance Center in Evans. Call 706-421-6168 or visit

Broadway and Beyond, a fundraiser for the Jessye Norman School of the Arts, is Sunday, August 18, at 5 p.m. at GRU’s Maxwell Theatre. The event features headliner Russell Joel Brown, joined by emcee Jessye Norman, singer LaShonda Reese, drummer Michael West, bassist David Heath, Joe Collier on trumpet, dancers Justin Reeves and Christopher Wilson, and pianist Rosalyn Floyd. The event also features auctions going on now, including a chance to dance on stage with Russell Joel Brown and backstage passes. Tickets are $40, general admission; $20, students and active duty military. Call 706-8264713 or visit

Wine Tastings are the first Friday and third Thursday of each month from 5-8 p.m. at Wine World in North Augusta. $5. Call 803-279-9522 or visit

Evans Towne Farmers Market is held on the grounds of the Columbia County Public Library each Thursday through October 24 from 4:307 p.m. All meats, eggs, dairy and produce will be from local and sustainable farms. There will also be cooking and fitness demos, as well as education, local artisans with handcrafted goods, live music, local food vendors and weekly events. Visit

Breastfeeding Class is Thursday, August 15, from 7-8 p.m. at Babies-R-Us. This class includes in-depth information on how to evaluate breastfeeding and get off to a good start. Preregistration required. Call 706-722-7011 or visit

Saturday Night Dance with live music is each Saturday night at the Fraternal Order of the Eagles Post 1197 from 8:30 p.m.-12:30 a.m. $5. Call 706-495-3219.


Murder Mystery Dinner Theatre: “A Cruise Ship Crime” is Friday, August 16, and Saturday, August 17, at 6:30 at Newberry Hall in Aiken. $50. Call 803-649-2221. “Here on the Flight Path” is Friday, August 16, and Saturday, August 17, at 8 p.m. at the Aiken Community Playhouse. John Cummings, a lonely and divorced back-porch philosopher, reflects on his relationships with the women who occupied the apartment next door over a three-year period. He shares his unique views on everything from poets to sex in this uproarious comedy. Contains adult situations, language and themes. $7-$20. Visit


“X-Men: Last Stand” will be shown Tuesday, August 20, at noon at the Maxwell Branch Library. Free. Call 706-793-2020 or visit

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Weekly Wine Tastings at Vineyard Wine Market in Evans are held 4:30-6:30 p.m. Fridays, and 1-6 p.m. Saturdays. Call 706-922-9463 or visit Saturday Market at the River is each Saturday

Race for Ella Grace

through November 23 from 8 a.m.-2 p.m. at the 8th Street Bulkhead downtown and features vendors, food, drinks, entertainment and a group run that begins at 8 a.m. Visit


Mobile Mammography Screenings will be on the following dates and locations, from 8 a.m.-3 p.m.: Thursday, August 15, at Edgefield Medical Center; Monday, August 19, at Walmart in Aiken; and Tuesday, August 20, at the Columbia County Government Complex. Free through Medicare. Appointment required. Call 706-774-4149 or visit

Lamaze childbirth Education is Saturday, August 17, from 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. at Trinity Hospital. This class will discuss both natural and medicated (epidural) deliveries, Lamaze coping techniques such as massage, relaxation and patterned breathing. Information will be provided on the immediate bonding period with your newborn as well as postpartum adjustment. A tour of the Family-Focused Childbirth unit is also included Call

706-481-7000 or visit Safe Sitter is Saturday, August 17, from 8:45 a.m.-4 p.m. at the Safe Kids. This nationally recognized, award-winning curriculum teaches 11-13-year-olds how to handle emergencies while caring for younger children through hands-on practice in basic techniques. $35 fee includes lunch. Call 706-721-7606 or visit Short and Sweet is Saturday, August 17, from 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. and Sunday, August 18, from 1-5 p.m. at the Doctors Hospital. This weekend childbirth class covers the process of labor and delivery, comfort techniques and childbirth, medication/epidurals, and relaxation and breathing techniques. Call 706-651-2229 or visit Weight Loss Surgery — Is it for You? is Monday, August 19, at Aiken Regional Medical Centers. Reservations are required. Call 803641-5751 or visit Total Joint replacement Class is Tuesday, August 20, from 1-3 p.m. at University Hospital. Free. Call 706-774-2760 or visit Big Brother/Big Sister is Thursday, August 22, at 6 p.m. at Doctors Hospital. Class offers fun, educational, interactive activities so children will be prepared to welcome the new baby. Call 706-651-2229 or visit

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5K and Family Fun Run

Saturday, September 7 8:00AM Savannah Rapids PArk Proceeds go towards medical expenses for Ella Grace Crandell who was born with multiple heart defects and at five months old has had three major heart surgeries.





Adapted Evaluation, a 30-minute initial and annual evaluation including medical history and water assessment, is offered at the Wilson Family Y. $25. Call 706-922-9664 or visit Adapted Special Populations classes offered at the Wilson Family Y. Members $11; non-members $22. Call 706-922-9664 or visit Adapted Wii Special Populations available by appointment at the Wilson Family Y, and feature individual half-hour classes for physically and developmentally-challenged individuals of all ages. Members, $10; non-members, $20. Call 706-922-9662 or visit Childbirth Tours are offered the second Tuesday of each month from 7:30-8:30 p.m. and the second Saturday of each month from 10:3011:30 a.m. at Georgia Regents Medical Center, seventh floor west, Labor and Delivery. The free tour guides expectant parents through the Labor and Delivery and Mother/Baby units. Information includes what to expect during delivery and the immediate days following, an infant security overview and general recovery tips. Advanced registration is required. Call 706-721-9351 or visit


Babies, Bumps and Bruises is Thursday, August 22, from 7-9 p.m. at Doctors Hospital. Call 706651-2229 or visit The Living Well Workshop, a program designed to enhance the health and wellbeing of those struggling with a chronic illness or for those caring with someone who does, meets Wednesdays through September 18 from 1-3:30 p.m. at the Kroc Center. Free. Call 706-364-KROC or visit Weight Loss Surgery Seminar meets the second Thursday of each month at 7 p.m. at the Columbia County Library. Surgical options for weight loss available at Georgia Regents Medical Center, including gastric bypass, sleeve gastrectomy, adjustable gastric banding and body contouring, will be discussed. Call 706-721-2609 or visit Yoga Class is offered by the Kroc Center every Saturday at The Augusta Market downtown, 1011 a.m. Free. Bring your own mat. Call 706-3645762 or visit Yoga I offered at the Weeks Center in Aiken 8:459:45 a.m., Tuesdays and Thursdays; Yoga II is offered 8:45-9:45 a.m., Fridays; Evening Yoga is offered 5:30-6:30 p.m., Mondays and Wednesdays. $41 for 10 tickets. Call 803-642- 7631. Tai Chi for Boomers is held at 6 p.m. every Tuesday and Thursday. Call 706 394-0590, email or visit Stress Management Classes are held at the University Hospital Heart & Vascular Institute at 8:15 a.m., 9:15 a.m. and 1:45 p.m. 26 METROSPIRITAUGUSTA’S INDEPENDENT  VOICE  SINCE  1989

each Wednesday. Call 706-774-3278 or visit Breastfeeding Class meets the third Tuesday of each month from 7-9 p.m. at Georgia Regents Medical Center. Led by an international boardcertified lactation consultant, this class helps expectant mothers gain knowledge and support to ensure successful breastfeeding. Call 706721-9351 or visit Child Safety Seat Inspections are the first Friday of each month at the Safe Kids Office. Call 706721-7606 for an appointment or visit grhealth. org/safekids. Multiple Sclerosis and Parkinson’s Disease Aquatics Class meets every Monday and Friday at noon at the Wilson Family Y. Members, free; non-members, $5. Pre-registration required. Call 706-922-9664 or visit Heart Attack and Stroke Prevention Orientation is held every first and third Monday at 6 p.m. and every second and fourth Tuesday at 2 p.m. at University Hospital’s Heart & Vascular Institute (Classroom 3). The class will explain some of the causes of vascular disease as well as early warning signs. Vascular diagnostic exams as well as advanced metabolic and genetic lab work are offered to develop a personalized plan. Free. Call 706-774-5548 or visit Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation covers topics such as coronary artery disease, heart attack and CHF at the University Hospital Heart and Vascular Institute. Program is held each Wednesday at 8:15 and 9:15 a.m., and 1:45 p.m. Call 706-774-3278 or visit

Moms Connection meets Tuesdays from 1-2 p.m. at Georgia Regents Medical Center, second floor, Terrace Dining Magnolia Room and is a free weekly support group for new mothers. All new moms and their babies are welcome and an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant/Educator/Perinatal Nurse will answer questions and offer resources. Free. Call 706721-9351 or visit Breast Cancer Support Group meets the second Thursday of each month, from 12:30-2 p.m. at the GRU Cancer Center. Call 706-721-4109 or visit ALS Support Lunch and Learn meets the second Friday of each month from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. at Georgia Regents Medical Office Building, 1446 Harper St., fourth floor, room 4306. This support group provides opportunities for individuals to share their personal experiences, and learn more about strategies for preserving the independence and quality of life for ALS patients and their loved ones. Lunch is provided. Registration is required. Call 706-721-4109 or visit Eating Disorders Anonymous meets Tuesdays at 7 p.m. at Metropolitan Community Church, 557 Greene St. Call 706-871-1384 or visit A-Team (Autism Spectrum Disorder Support and Resource Group) meets 6-7 p.m. the first Tuesday of each month. This free meeting offers education and support for families and friends of children with autism spectrum disorders, including Autism, Asperger’s, and PDD NOS. Parent, educators, community support representatives, caregivers, medical representatives and anyone affected by autism spectrum disorders is invited to attend. Call 706-721-5160. Blood Cancer/BMT Support Group meets the third Wednesday of each month from 11:30 a.m.1 p.m. at the Georgia Regents University Cancer Center first floor Community Room. Call 706-721-

9134 or visit Trauma Support Group meets noon-1 p.m. at Georgia Regents Medical Center, fourth floor west conference room 4069. Call 706-7219134 or visit Look Good, Feel Better meets 1:30-3:30 p.m. on the second Wednesday of each month at Georgia Regents Medical Center, first floor Community Room. This is a support group for female cancer patients. Call 706-721-0466 or visit grhealth/classes. Overeaters Anonymous meets at St. Andrews Presbyterian Church, 7:30 p.m., Tuesdays and at Covenant Presbyterian Church, 1:30 p.m., Saturdays. Call 907-854-1509. Multiple Sclerosis Support Group meets the last Monday of each month from 6-7:30 p.m. at Georgia Regents Medical Center, sixth floor. Call 706-721-5219 or visit Alcoholics Anonymous meets every Sunday and Wednesday at 7:15 p.m. at Aiken Regional Medical Centers’ Aurora Pavilion, and includes an open discussion. Call 800-322-8322 or visit Adult Sexual Assault and Rape Support Group provides group counseling at University Hospital for those who have experienced sexual assault, incest, rape or childhood sexual abuse. Call 706724-5200 or visit Weight Loss Support Group meets the fourth Tuesday of each month at 5:30 p.m. at Georgia Regents University Alumni Center, 919 15th St. Call 706-721-2609 or visit Alcoholics Anonymous is a support group for those who wish to stop drinking. Call 706-860-8331. Beyond the Bars is a support group for those with incarcerated loved ones. Call 706-855-8636. Alcoholics Anonymous open discussion meeting takes place every Sunday and Wednesday, 7:15 p.m. at Aurora Pavilion in Aiken. Call 806641-5000 or visit Burn Support Group meets every Tuesday at 10:30 a.m. at Doctors Hospital’s Lori Rogers Nursing Library, JMS Building. All burn survivors, and their families and friends are welcome. Call Tim Dorn at 706-651-6660 or visit Families Who Have Lost a Baby Support Group is offered by GRU. Call 706-721- 8299 or visit Gamblers Anonymous is a support group for those who wish to stop gambling. Call 800 313-0170. Celiac Disease Support Group. Open to anyone who has celiac disease, is gluten intolerant or on a gluten free diet. Group meets on the third Tuesday of each month from 7-8:30 p.m. at Trinity Hospital in Room 120 of the Summerville Professional Building adjacent to the Hospital. Visit The Chatterbox Club of Augusta, a support group for individuals and their families who have experienced a laryngectomy, meets 15AUGUST2013


the second Sunday of each month at 3 p.m. at Trinity Hospital in the Sister Mary Louise Conference Room. Call 706-481-7359 or visit

Literacy Center, is available by appointment Monday-Thursday, from 4-8 p.m., at the center at 1401 Magnolia Drive. Appointments required. Call 706-737-1625 or visit

Lupus Support Group meets at the Headquarters Branch Library. Call 706-394-6484 or 706-8212600, or visit

GED Classes are held Tuesdays and Thursdays from 5:30-8:30 p.m. at the Headquarters Branch Library. Pre-registration required. Call 706-8212600 or visit

Narcotics Anonymous meets Fridays and Sundays at 7:30 p.m. at Trinity Hospital of Augusta. Visit Overeaters Support Group meets locally. Call 706-785-0006 or visit Parents of Hearing-Impaired Children meets locally. Call 706-481-7396 or visit Reach for Recovery is presented locally by the American Cancer Society. Call 706-731-9900 or visit Recovery Support Group meets 7:30 p.m. Sundays and Fridays. Call 706-855-2419. Bereavement Grief Support for Adults meets the first Wednesday of each month from noon-1 p.m. at Aiken Regional Medical Centers’ cafeteria dining room A. Registration is required. Call 803-641-5389. Alzheimer’s Support Group meets the second Tuesday of each month from 11 a.m.-noon at the Cumberland Village Library in Aiken. Visit


Computing for Beginners meets Thursdays from 10 a.m.-noon beginning August 15 at the Diamond Lakes Branch Library. Learn the basics of using personal computers and mobile devices. This three-session course is designed for individuals with little or no computing experience. Registration required. Free. Call 706-722-2432 or visit Georgia Download Destination Help is Monday, August 19, from 10-11 a.m. at the Maxwell Branch Library. Free. Call 706-793-2020 or visit Helms College Open Houses are Wednesday, August 21, from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. and Thursday, August 22, from 3-7 p.m. at Helms College, 3145 Washington Rd. Learn about Helms’ culinary programs and tour the campus. Call 706-6519707 or visit ESL (English as a Second Language) Classes are Wednesdays from 5:30-7:30 a.m. at the Friedman Branch Library. Free. Call 706-736-6758 or visit University Toastmasters Club meets the second and fourth Thursday of each month from 6-7 p.m. at University Hospital, Education Wing, 3rd Floor, Room 3. Visit Intermediate Spanish Language Class is each Monday from 2:30-4 p.m. at the Friedman Branch Library. Pre-registration required. Call 706-7366758 or visit Beginner’s Spanish Language Class is each Monday from 4-5 p.m. at the Friedman Branch Library. Call 706-736-6758 or visit Free Tutoring for all ages, offered by GRU’s 15AUGUST2013

English as a Second Language (ESL) classes are offered every Tuesday from 6-7:30 p.m. at Headquarters Branch Library. Call 706-8212600 or visit Fort Gordon Toastmasters meets 11:30 a.m. each Wednesday in the Organizational Conference Room (Fish Bowl) on Fort Gordon Army base. Open to the public. Visit fortgordon. Adult Hebrew Class is taught at Congregation Children of Israel at 10:30 a.m. every Thursday. Email or visit Computer classes are offered every Thursday at 6 p.m. at the Wallace Branch Library. Call 706722-6275 or visit Guided tours of 1797 Ezekiel Harris House offered by appointment only Tuesday-Friday, and Saturday 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Last tours of the day begin at 4 p.m. Adults, $2; children, $1. Call 706722-8454 or visit Historic Trolley Tour of Augusta aboard the Lady Libby boards at the Augusta Museum of History at 1:30 p.m., Saturdays. See historic sites and hear spooky legends, including the legend of the famous Haunted Pillar. $12, including admission to the museum. Reservations required 24 hours in advance. Call 706-722-8454 or visit Tours of the Boyhood Home of President Woodrow Wilson are held regularly. Adults $5; seniors $4; kids K-12 $3; under 5 years free. Reservations required for groups of 10 or more. Call 706-722-9828.


Augusta GreenJackets home games are as follows: Thursday, August 15, at 7:05 vs. the Greenville Drive; Friday, August 16, at 5:35 p.m., Saturday, August 17, at 7:05 p.m., Sunday, August 18, at 2:05 p.m. and Monday, August 19, at 7:05 p.m. vs. the Savannah Sand Gnats at GreenJackets Stadium. $1-$15. Call 706-9229467 or visit PAL Blue Night 5K Run-Walk and 1-Mile Fun Run is Friday, August 16, at Citizens Park in Aiken, with registration beginning at 5:30 p.m., the Fun Run (for ages 10 and under only) at 7 p.m. at the 5K at 7:30 p.m. A celebration after the race will feature food, drinks, door prizes and more. 5K: $25, advance; $30, race day. Fun Run: $10, advance; $15, race day. Visit pal-blue-night-5K-run-walk-and-fun-run-2013. Soul City Sirens Recruitment Night, for those who want to become involved in Augusta’s flattrack roller derby team as a skater, referee, non-skating official or volunteer, is Monday, August 19, at 7 p.m. at Red Wing Rollerway. Visit

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required. Visit Augusta Cave Masters meets the first Wednesday of each month at Firestation #15, 1414 Flowing Wells Rd. This group is a local grotto of the National Speleological Society. Call 706-7267426 or email Triple 8 Group Run meets at 8th and Reynolds, 8 a.m., every Saturday through October 26. Choose your distance: 3, 6 or 8 miles. Open to everyone. Visit Adult swim lessons are offered at the Family Y of Downtown Augusta for ages 13 and up. Days and times vary by branch. Members $55 per month; non-members $85 per month. Registration


Olympic-style Tae Kwon Do, taught by Master Michael L. Weintraub, is each Tuesday and Friday at 5:30 p.m. at the Kroc Center. Call 706-3645762 or visit Tae Kwon Do is offered at the Wilson Family Y, Family Y of Augusta South and Family Y of North Augusta. Registration required. Visit Kickball League registration is available for a new adult co-ed league at Riverview Park. Call 941716-3163 or visit Wheelchair Tennis Clinic, presented by the Walton

Foundation for Independence, meets each Monday at 6 p.m. (weather permitting) at The Club at Rae’s Creek. Free and open to the public. Call 706-826-5809 or email

Wednesday’s Post Office Hill Training Run at 7 p.m.; Thursday’s Homer Hustle at 6 p.m.; and Saturday’s Stay in Shape Run at 8 a.m. Visit

Yoga Class at Euchee Creek Library meets every Tuesday at 4 p.m. Call 706- 556-0594 or visit

The Augusta Furies Women’s Rugby Football Club practices 6-8 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays at Julian Smith Casino for players 18 and up. Email or visit

Weekly Group Runs include the Monday Metro Run meeting at Metro Coffeehouse at 6 p.m.; Monday Intervals meeting at the Family Y track on Wheeler Road at 7 p.m.; the Tuesday Nacho Mama’s Group Run at 6 p.m.; Wednesday’s Blanchard Woods Group Run at 6 p.m.; Wednesday Stay in Shape Group Run at 6 p.m.;

The Augusta Rugby Club holds weekly practice sessions at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays at the Larry Bray Memorial Pitch in Augusta. Experienced players and newbies ages 18 and up are welcome. Bring a pair of cleats or cross trainers, a mouthguard, gym shorts and a



T-shirt. Visit or Facebook under the Augusta Rugby Club heading. Hott Shott Disc Golf is held each Wednesday at 7 p.m. at Killer B Disc Golf in downtown Augusta, and features games and prizes for all ages and skill levels. $2. Call 706-814-7514 or visit Thursday Night Chain Reaction Ride begins at 6 p.m. each Thursday at Patriots Park in Grovetown. For intermediate to fast-paced cyclists, who average 25-32 miles. Participants should bring their own water and helmet. Call 706-855-2024 or visit Riverview Disc Golf League meets each Thursday at 6 p.m. at Riverview Park in North Augusta. Entry fee, $5; ace pool, $1. Call 803-215-8181 or visit Road Bike Ride meets each Thursday at 6:30 p.m. at Andy Jordan’s Bicycle Warehouse downtown for an approximately 25-mile ride at a moderate to fast pace. Front and rear lights, as well as a helmet, are required. Call 706-7246777 or visit Guided Trail Rides at Hilltop Riding Stables at Fort Gordon are available Saturdays at 9 a.m., 10:30 a.m., noon, 1:30 p.m. and 3 p.m.; Sundays at 9 a.m., 10:30 a.m. and noon; and WednesdayFriday at 11 a.m. with reservations 24 hours in advance. All trail rides are on a first-come, firstserved basis, and participants should arrive 30 minutes prior to the trail ride starting for sign in procedures. $23-$30. Call 706-791-4864 or visit Lakeside Rideouts at Hilltop Riding Stables at Fort Gordon are each Sunday beginning at 1:30 p.m. on a first-come, first-served basis. The ride, which begins at 2 p.m., is a two-hour guided ride to Wilkerson Lake. $45-$50. Call 706-791-4864 or visit Adapted Aquatics for Special Populations offered at the Wilson Family Y by appointment. Members, $11 per session; non-members, $22 per session. Discount for additional siblings. Call 706-9229664 or visit The Augusta Fencers Club is open five nights a week from 5:30-9 p.m. and most Saturday mornings from 10 a.m.-noon. Visitors always welcome. Call 706-722- 8878. BlazeSports Swim Team, for all ages of physically challenged swimmers who want to train for competition, meets at the Wilson Family Y. Members, $35 a month; non-members, $50 a month. Preregistration required. Visit Civil War 150th Canal Tour, “Food, Fabric and Firepower,” is offered by the Augusta Canal Interpretive Center at 1:30 p.m. daily through 2013. Call 706-823- 0440 or visit


Wii Gaming: Meet the Mario Kart Challenge is Saturday, August 17, from 2-4 p.m. at the Headquarters Branch Library. Free. Call 706821-2623 or visit Rosemary Wells Special is Tuesday, August 20, from 10:30-11:30 a.m. at the Appleby Branch 15AUGUST2013

Library. Enjoy stories by author Rosemary Wells and make a craft. Free. Call 706-736-6244 or visit Cartoons at Maxwell is Wednesday, August 21, from 10-11 a.m. at the Maxwell Branch Library. The staff shares some of their favorite cartoons. Registration required for groups of 6 or more. Call 706-793-2020 or visit Watson-Brown Foundation Junior Board needs members. Looking for high-school students to spend one evening a month learning about historic preservation, grants and philanthropy. Call 706-595-7777, email mzupan@hickory-hill. org or visit DuPont Planetarium shows for Saturdays in August are “Mission to Mars” at 7 and 8 p.m. and “Digistar Virtual Journey” at 9 p.m. Weather permitting, the observatory, housing the Bechtel Telescope, will be available for viewing after each show. General admission $4.50; seniors $3.50; 4K-12 $2.50; valid college or military I.D. gets you a 50-percent discount; USCA faculty, staff and students $1. Kids under 4 not permitted in public viewings. Reservations encouraged. Call 803-641-3654. Georgia Connections Academy, a free virtual public charter school has spots for 1,000 K-12 students in Georgia. Call 800-382-6010 or visit enrollment/home.aspx. Tae Kwon Do is offered for all skill levels age 5 and up at the Family Y of Aiken County, North Augusta, Augusta South and the Wilson Family Y. Registration required. Visit Wacky Wednesday Storytime is Wednesdays at 10 a.m. at Barnes and Noble in the Augusta Mall. Children are invited to join in the fun at this weekly storytime event. 706-737-0065. Ceramics Class, for ages 14 and up, meets Mondays at 9 a.m. or 6 p.m., Tuesdays at 6 p.m., and Wednesdays at 9 a.m. in the Weeks Ceramics Center. Call 803-642-7631 or visit Creative Arts offered at the Family Y of North Augusta for ages 5-12 years. Members, $35 per month; non-members, $55 per month. Visit Toddler Time, playtime for children ages 5 and under, is each Monday and Wednesday from 9:30-11:30 a.m. at the H.O. Weeks Center in Aiken. $2 per visit; $16 per 10-visit pass. Call 803-642-7631 or visit Little Friends Gym, a parent and child class for those ages 6 months-4 years, is held each Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. at the Warren Road Community Center. Call 706-860-2833 or visit Story Time is held at the Columbia County Library at 10:15 and 11 a.m. Tuesdays, for kids under 2 years old; at 10:15 a.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays for 2-year-olds; at 11 a.m., Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays for preschoolers; and at 4 p.m. Wednesdays for all ages. Call 706-863-1946 or visit Loud Crowd, a supervised after-school program AUGUSTA’S INDEPENDENT  VOICE  SINCE  1989  



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for those ages 4-12, is Monday- Friday from 3-6 p.m. at the Warren Road Community Center. Call 706-860-2833 or visit

Homeschool Playgroup meets each Thursday at 10:30 a.m. at Creighton Park in North Augusta. Call 803-613-0484.

Homeschool PE Time, for elementary school aged kids, meets Monday-Friday, from 9-11 a.m. at the Kroc Center. Members free. Call 706-364-5762 for non- member prices. Visit

Mudpuppies, an arts and crafts program for ages 2-5, is held each Thursday at 10:45 a.m. at the Warren Road Community Center. Call 706-8602833 or visit

Story Time is held at the Diamond Lakes Branch library 10 a.m. each Tuesday. Registration required for groups of six or more. Call 706-7722432 or visit

The Augusta Arsenal Soccer Club Junior Academy, for boys and girls ages 5- 8, meets each Thursday at 5:30 p.m. at the Augusta Soccer Park. Call 706854- 0149 or visit

Tai Chi Panda, a Chinese martial arts program for kids ages 5-13, meets Tuesdays and Thursdays. Ages 5-7 meet at 4 p.m.; ages 8-10 meet at 5 p.m.; ages 11-13 meet at 6 p.m. Call 706-3940590 or visit taichi.html.

Fairy Tale Ballet is held at the Family Y of Aiken County. Offered once a week for one month for a total of four classes. Members, $25 a month; non-members, $35 a month. Visit

Preschool Story Time is every Tuesday at Headquarters Branch Library at 10 a.m. Toddler Story Time is every Wednesday at 10 a.m. Group registration required. Call 706821-2600 or visit Story Time is held every Tuesday at 10 a.m. at Friedman Branch Library. Groups of six or more must pre-register. Call 706-736-6758 or visit Story Time is every Tuesday at 10:30 a.m. at Harlem Branch Library. Call 706- 556-9795 or visit Kroc Trotters Running Group, for those ages 16 and older, meets at 6:30 p.m. each Tuesday and Thursday at the Kroc Center to run the trails of the Augusta Canal. $15. Call 706-364-5762 or visit Story Time is held every Wednesday from 10-11:15 a.m. at Wallace Branch Library. Pre-registration required. Call 706-722-6275 or visit Story Time is held each Wednesday at 10 a.m. at the Maxwell Branch Library. Pre-registration required for groups. Call 706-793-2020 or visit Wacky Wednesday Story Time is each Wednesday at 10 a.m. in the children’s department of Barnes and Noble in the Augusta Mall. Call 706737-0012 or visit Story Time is held each Wednesday at the Appleby Branch Library from 10:05- 10:20 a.m. for toddlers age 18-35 months, and from 10:3011:15 a.m. for preschool kids age 3 and up. An adult must remain with the child. Call 706-7366244 or visit Story Time is every Wednesday at 10:15 a.m. for pre-K, and either 11 or 11:30 a.m. for preschoolers at Aiken County Public Library. Call 803-642-2023 or visit Story Time is every Wednesday from 10:30-11 a.m. for toddlers and 11:15-11:45 a.m. for preschoolers at North Augusta Branch Library. Call 803-279-5767 or Story Time at the Euchee Creek Branch Library, for all ages, is held each Wednesday at 10:30 a.m. and each Tuesday at 4:30 p.m. Call 706556-0594 or visit


Boy and Girl Scout troops are hosted by Augusta Jewish Community Center. For Boy Scouts, visit or email For Girl Scouts, email For Daisy/Brownie Troop, email Creek Freaks, a Georgia Adopt-a-Stream team of middle- and high-school students, meets regularly at Phinizy Swamp Nature Park to monitor the health of Butler Creek. Call 706-7967707 or visit Fun-Time Fridays, for ages 2-5, is held each Friday at 10:45-11:30 a.m. at the Warren Road Community Center. Call 706-860-2833 or visit Gesher, a teen program for post b’nai mitzvah youngsters (7th-12th grade), meets every other Sunday at Adas Yeshurun Synagogue. Call 706733-9491.


Got 30 Minutes?, a class conducted by the Area Agency on Aging about the services they provide, is Thursday, August 15, at 1 p.m. at the Kroc Center. Free. Call 706-364-KROC or visit Alzheimer’s Association Education Classes, an educational series on living with Alzheimer’s, meets Tuesdays through September 10 from 2-4 p.m. at the Kroc Center. Free, but preregistration required. Call 706-731-9060 or visit Medicare and You is the second Thursday of every month from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. at the Kroc Center. A free service to seniors, it helps beneficiaries identify and understand Medicare programs and plans including Medicare Supplements Insurance, prescription drug coverage, Medicare Advantage Plans, long-term insurance and other private and public health insurance options. Call 706-364-KROC or visit Silversneakers strength and range of movement class is offered Mondays and Wednesdays at 9 a.m. and Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays at 11:15 a.m., while Silversneakers Yogastretch is offered Mondays and Wednesdays at 11:15 a.m. at the Weeks Center in Aiken. Call 803-642-7631 or visit Ceramics Class is offered at 9 a.m. on Mondays 15AUGUST2013


or Wednesdays and 6 p.m. on Mondays or Tuesdays at the Weeks Center. Call 803-6427631 or visit

Saturdays at 10 a.m. Ages 13 and up. $10 for residents and members; $12 for others. Visit

Computer Classes for Seniors are taught at The Kroc Center Mondays and Thursdays. Registration required. Visit

Bingo at the Fraternal Order of Eagles, 1999 Scott Road, is at 1:30 p.m. on Sundays, and at 6 p.m. on Mondays and Thursdays. Call 706-790-8040.

Fit 4 Ever is offered at the Weeks Center in Aiken on Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays from 10-11 a.m. $27 for 10 tickets; free for SilverSneakers members. Call 803-642-7631 or visit

The Garden City Chorus, the area’s leading men’s singing group and a member of the Barbershop Harmony Society, is seeking new members. Those interested are welcome to attend Tuesday night rehearsals, held at 7 p.m. at North Augusta Church of Christ on W. Martintown Road. Visit

Yoga I and II are offered at the Weeks Center in Aiken on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays from 8:45-9:45 a.m. and on Mondays and Wednesdays from 5:30- 6:30 p.m. Call 803-642-7631 or visit Silver Sneakers, a senior exercise class, meets each Wednesday and Friday from 1:30-2:30 p.m. at the Kroc Center. Free. Call 706-364-5762 or visit Tai Chi for Seniors is held 11 a.m.-noon every Thursday at Augusta Jewish Community Center. Call 706-394-0590 visit augustameditation. com/taichi.html. Dancin’ with the Young at Heart, an event geared toward those ages 50 and older although anyone is welcome, is each Friday at 7:30 p.m. at the Aiken DAV. In addition to dancing to Yesterday’s Sounds, there will also be prize drawings, snacks and drinks. $6. Call 803-292-3680.


Bingo Night is Thursday, August 15, from 6-7:30 p.m. at the Wallace Branch Library. Free. Call 706-722-6575 or visit Soldering Class is Saturday, August 17, at 10 a.m. at the Clunhouse, 816 Broad St. Learn to solder and how a transistor works. Call 706-3990247 or visit Beginner’s Knitting Class is the first Wednesday of each month at the Kroc Center. This is a free knitting class for beginners. Participants will need to purchase their supplies for the class, and a $1 donation is recommended. For more information, call 706-364-KROC or visit


Qigong classes are offered at the Weeks Center in Aiken Tuesdays and Thursdays at 4 p.m. and


Bingo is held every Saturday at 1 p.m. at American Legion Post 205 on Highland Avenue. Call 706-495-3219.


Bible Teaching Seminar: “Understanding the Book of Revelations: The Seven Trumpets” is Saturday, August 17, from noon-1 p.m. at the Friedman Branch Library. Participants should bring their Bibles. Free. Call 706-691-4023. Sunday activities at the Kroc Center include an adult Bible class at 9:30 a.m., youth Sunday school at 9:45 a.m., and a worship service at 11 a.m. Free. Call 706-364-5762 or visit


Dogwood Park Spay and Neuter Clinic, a nonprofit 501(c)3 organization, offers volunteer opportunities for those interested in helping animals in need. Applications available at Dogwood Park, 6100 Columbia Rd. Grovetown, GA, 30813. Email Hospice volunteers needed at Alliance Hospice to provide comfort, companionship and emotional support to patients and families, as well as assisting with chores and clerical duties and using other talents to benefit patients. Training provided. Call 706-447-2461, email mwhite@ or visit Aiken Regional Medical Centers is looking for volunteers. Call 803-641-5021 or visit The Georgia Regents University Cancer Center is looking for volunteers, especially those who are cancer survivors or caregivers. Adult

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program for those 18 and older; after-school program open to high-school juniors and seniors who are 17. Applications available at the Children’s Hospital of Georgia. Visit gru. edu/ volunteer or call 706-721-3596. The Greater Augusta Arts Council offers volunteer opportunities for those interested in volunteering for events like Arts in the Heart, First Friday and special concerts, as well as helping in the GAAC office. Call 706-826-4702 or visit Hospice Care of America’s Augusta office needs administrative and patient care volunteers. No experience necessary; training will be provided. Call Rich Boland at 706-447-2626 or email MACH Academy is looking for volunteers to provide tutoring, academic support and mentoring services during fall after-school sessions held Monday-Thursday from 3:30-6 p.m. Call 706-796-5046, email mparks37@ or visit Miracle League Baseball, held by the Family Y, is looking for volunteers. Call 706-922-9597 or visit Rape Crisis and Sexual Assault Services is seeking volunteer advocates for Richmond, Burke, Jefferson and McDuffie counties. A training will be held September 19-23 at University Hospital for those interested. Advocates answer crisis calls and respond to hospitals in their area within 30 minutes. Call 706-774-2746 or email Reed Creek Park offers opportunities to volunteers interested in collecting important data each month on the health of a local stream for the state of Georgia. Call 706-210-4027 or visit


Thursday Nights at the High, a special event at the High Museum of Art in Atlanta, offers halfprice tickets from 4-8 p.m. each Thursday. A guided tour is offered at 6:30 p.m. Call 404-7334200 or visit Story time and craft is held at the Burke County Library in Waynesboro at 10:30 a.m. Fridays for preschoolers. Call 706-554-3277 or visit Story time is held at the Midville Branch Library in Midville at 4:30 p.m. Fridays. Call 478-5897825 or visit Gymnastics Lessons offered at the Family Y of Thomson Center for a combination of age and ability levels. Members, $43 per month; nonmembers, $63 per month. Visit Art and Music Classes offered at the Family Y of Thomson 130 Center for all ages. Members, $25 per month; non-members, $35 per month. Visit

If you would like to see your organization’s events listed in our calendar, please email Amy Christian at amy@themetrospirit. com. The deadline for each Thursday’s issue is the previous Friday at noon.

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United Hospice of Aiken, which covers Aiken, Edgefield, McCormick, Barnwell and Allendale counties, needs volunteers to visit with patients or work in the office. Training is provided. Call 803641-0060 or email kathibault@uhs-


Karate is offered at The Family Y of Thomson 130 Center and Family Y of North Jefferson for all skill levels. Members, $43 a month; nonmembers, $63 a month. Registration required. Visit



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“Paranoia,” rated PG-‐13, starring Harrison Ford, Gary Oldman, Amber Heard, Liam Hemsworth. Corporate espionage is the name of the game in this one, which features Han Solo looking surprisingly good with no hair.

“Jobs,” rated PG-‐13, starring Ashton Kutcher, Josh Gad, J.K. Simmons. Sorry: we will not accept this as the official biography of Apple’s Steve Jobs. They didn’t even attempt to make Ashton Kutcher look like him.



“Lee’s Daniels’ The Butler,” rated PG-‐13, starring Forest Whitaker, Lenny Kravitz, John Cusack, Mariah Carey, Vanessa Redgrave, Oprah Winfrey, Robin Williams, Liev Schreiber, Alan Rickman, Jane Fonda. A veritable who’s who in acting is in this historical drama that has notable 20th century events filtered through the eyes of a White House butler. We know it’ll be “important,” but it reminds us a little of “Forrest Gump,” and that’s not a compliment.

“Kick-‐Ass 2,” rated R, starring Aaron Taylor-‐Johnson, Chloe Grace Moretz, Christopher Mintz-‐Plasse, Jim Carrey. The teenaged crime fighters are at it again, with Jim Carrey (what, no middle or hyphenated name, Jim?) filling in for the original’s Nic Cage. You’re up against Oprah this week, kids, so don’t expect much.




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Dustin Carroll, Erika Boshell, Michelle Shirley and Debbie Siller at the Country Club.

Shikha Kapil, Aamne Shalabi, Kelsey White and Rebecca Shay at Whiskey Bar (Kitchen).

Aaron Groenenboom, Stephanie McCarty, Amelia Wilson and Stanford Smith at the Country Club.


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Have something you want to get off your chest? Send your whines to whineline@themetrospirit. com. If you do so by noon on Friday, you might just see it in the next Thursdayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s issue. Oh, and whines may be edited for content but will pretty much be printed exactly as you type them.



WhineWhineWhine I  love  all  the  Bud  Ice  and  pork  rind   decorations  in  front  of  the  VA. Hey  Richmond  County!!!!!  We  will  send  Austin  Rhodes  back  to   you  for  another  Magnolia  Place  and  some  Section  8  housing  to  be   named  later.

Hate  to  say  it  but,  the  person  that  whined  about  the  city   of  Hephzibah  was  right.  Weed  and  grass  cleanup  is  not   on  their  agenda.  The  town  does  have  nice  homes  and   such.  So  yes  get  off  the  money  and  clean  our  town.  You   can  start  at  the  High  School  sidewalk  on  Mims  Road.   Last  cut  this  Spring.  Looks  cruddy.

Really  enjoy  the  commercial  with  the  2   bankruptcy  lawyers  and  the  dogs.  Which   ones  are  the  lawyers?

Poor  Austin...he  wants  to  be  in  the  Hill  crowd  so  badly.  He  is   PDNLQJJRRGPRQH\IRUWKHÂżUVWWLPHDWOHDVWEHWZHHQPDUULDJHV AUSTIN...its  not  about  money,  â&#x20AC;&#x153;its  about  class  stupidâ&#x20AC;?.  No  matter   how  many  games  of  cornhole  you  play  with  the  boardmans,  they   wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t  put  you  on  their  REAL  Christmas  card  list.

To  the  person  that  said  I  was  ignorant  about  speaking  about   the  Mexicanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s  in  a  grocery  store.  My  Great,  Great  Grandfather   fought  in  the  Mexican  War.  My  Grandfather  fought  in  World  War   One.  My  Uncles  and  Father  fought  in  World  War  2.  My  Father   fought  in  the  Korean  War.  My  Father,  Brother  and  I  fought  in   Vietnam.  I  retired  after  42  years  Civil  Service  to  support  my   Soldiers  in  Iraq  and  Afgan!  If  you  canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t  speak  English,  have   children  (without  a  father),  do  not  pay  taxes,  on  food  stamps,   then  you  need  to  get  the  hell  of  my  Country.

I  usually  donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t  agree  with  the  3too6  radio  puppet,  however   today  he  was  spot  on!!!  Even  he  thinks  that  ruff  age,  refuse   whatever  You  call  that  guy  that  always  writes  about  boxing  and   violence  before  sailing  into  some  liberal  dribble.  His  educational   credentials  confuse  me  ,  he  Is  unable  to  communicate  through   the  writing  in  the  english  language!  (was  he  a  star  athlete  that   got  rubber  stamped  through  school  ?)

Why  would  any  business  allow  anyone  to  enter  wearing  a  hat,   cap,  hoodie,  scarf,  ski  mask  or  dark  sun  glasses  that  prevent  a  full   camera  view  of  their  face?  

After  being  gone  for  a  decade,  I  thought  Augusta   would  have  progressed,  but  The  Metro  Spirit  shows   thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s  not  the  case.  Between  Austin  Rhodes,  72  yaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;lls,   blatantly  biased  conservative  voicing  in  all  of  your   opinion  columns,  and  paid  advertising  disguised  as   journalism,  itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s  clear  thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s  no  progress.  But  what   bugged  me  the  most  was  seeing  your  movie  review   section  stating  that  Neill  Blomkamp  had  anything  to   do  with  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Prometheusâ&#x20AC;?  -­  thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s  just  pathetic.  This  whole   rag  is  just  that:  a  rag.  Toss  it  out. So  The  Augusta  Chronicle  wants  you  to  pay  a  fee  to  read  their   online  paper.  Why  would  I  pay  $$  to  read  news  from  3  days  ago.   I  can  get  all  I  need  from  Twitter  and  whatever  Austin  Rhodes  in   ranting  about.  Throw  in  this  paper,  Jail  Report,  hell  even  Instagram   and  Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m  good. 34 METROSPIRITAUGUSTAâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S  INDEPENDENT  VOICE  SINCE  1989

So  because  Richmond  county  has  had  too  many  stupid   pedestrians  hit  by  cars  while  J-­walking,  our  tax  money  is  now   going  to  be  spent  on  islands  in  the  middle  of  the  roads  or  on   VLJQVWRVWRSFDUVVRSHGHVWULDQVFDQFURVV:K\QRWÂżQHWKH J-­walkers  and  use  the  proceeds  to  pay  for  these  things.  What   happened  to  the  old  ideas  where  you  just  let  the  weak  and  the   stupid  die  off? Dear  neighbor  off  Wrightsboro,  Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m  sure  our  other  neighbor  who   was  trying  to  sell  their  house  wants  to  thank  you  for  constantly   having  things  like  refrigerators,  car  parts,  and  rabbit  bedding  in   your  yard.  Things  like  that  really  help  raise  property  values  and   attract  potential  buyers.

Yeah  Boss  Hoggâ&#x20AC;?!  Youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve  poisoned  my  Well-­ Water  with  Your  Greed!  So,  Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve  decided  to  leave   you  a  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Little  Somethingâ&#x20AC;?!  Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m  Bequeathing   My  Property  to  some  of  my  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Jersey  City  Biker   Buddiesâ&#x20AC;?!  ENJOY  HELL  BOSS!  





Metro Spirit 08.15.2013  

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