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Four-year-old T.J. Lucas slides down the slide under the watchful eye of his aunt, Ashley Brown, and her boyfriend, Lowell Simpkins of Augusta, at Elliott Park.


Did the holidays get your children out of the study groove? Here are a few tips to get your young scholars back on track.


- Create an environment that is conducive to doing homework. Children and teens need a permanent work space in their bedroom or another part of the home that offers privacy.

- Allow plenty of time for homework.

- Establish a household rule that the TV, cell phone, MP3 player and all other distractions stay off during homework time.

- Be available to answer questions and offer help, but don't do the work for them.

- To alleviate eye and brain fatigue while studying, make sure your child takes a 10-minute break every hour.

- If your child is really struggling with a particular subject, consider hiring a tutor.

Source: American Pediatric Association



AN UNBROKEN CIRCLE: Selections from the Collection of julia j. norrell: Through Feb. 18; Morris Museum of Art, 1 10th St.; museum open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday, noon to 5 p.m. Sunday; $5 adults, $3 military personnel, students, seniors; museum members and children 5 and younger get in free; free Sundays; (706) 724-7501

FROM TY TO CAL: A CENTURY OF BASEBALL IN AUGUSTA: Through June; Augusta Museum of History, 560 Reynolds St.; exhibit includes souvenirs, photographs and game-used equipment that tell Augusta's baseball history; museum open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday, 1-5 p.m. Sunday; $2-$4; children 5 and younger get in free; (706) 722-8454,


MEET AND GREET: 6:30 p.m.; Butler High School, 2011 Lumpkin Road; with Butler's PTSA and Richmond County school board members; (706) 560-9040

AUGUSTA FUTURITY: Cutting horse competition through Jan. 27, James Brown Arena, 605 Seventh St.; (706) 828-7700,

PHIL KLINE: Mr. Kline, attorney general of Kansas, will discuss child predator laws at 7 p.m.; 6:30 p.m. dinner; First Presbyterian Church, 642 Telfair St.; barbecue costs $6 at door; RSVP by Wednesday; (706) 724-5531


SALSA LESSONS: 10 p.m. Fridays; Tropicabana Latin Club, 1251 Broad St.; taught by Eduardo Diaz and Gueisha Santiago; $5; military free

THE ASPEN ENSEMBLE: 7:15 p.m. pre-concert, 8 p.m.; Grover C. Maxwell Performing Arts Theatre, Augusta State University, 2500 Walton Way; $20 general public, $5 pupils; no children younger than 6; ASU students, faculty and staff are admitted free with an ASU ID; (706) 790-9274

FRIDAY NIGHT FILMS: 7 p.m., The Lion King; Jan. 26, Fried Green Tomatoes; Feb. 2, Groundhog Day; Jabez S. Hardin Performing Arts Center, 720 N. Belair Road, Evans; (706) 312-7191

RHONDA VINCENT & THE RAGE: 7:30 p.m.; Imperial Theatre, 745 Broad St.; $12.50-$22.50; (706) 722-8341,

STEEL MAGNOLIAS: 8 p.m. Friday-Saturday and Jan. 26-27 and Feb. 2-3, and 3 p.m. Jan. 28; Aiken Community Playhouse, 126 Newberry St., Aiken; $17 adults, $15 seniors, $12 students, $6 ages 12 and younger; (803) 648-1438