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Dana Watt, of Alberta, Canada, prepares her horse No Guns in the Bar outside the James Brown Arena. The Augusta Futurity, a cutting horse competition, runs through Jan. 27 at the arena.


Each morning during the school year, an estimated 22 million children and teens ride the school bus. Every year, many children are injured and several are killed in school bus incidents.


The National Safety Council encourages parents to talk with children about bus safety.


- When waiting for the bus, stay away from traffic.

- Line up away from the road as the bus approaches.

- Wait until the bus has stopped and the door opens before stepping onto the road.

- Use the handrail when stepping onto the bus.


- Find a seat and sit down.

- Never put head, arms or hands out of the window.

- Keep aisles clear - books or bags can block the way in an emergency.

- Before you reach your stop, get ready to leave by getting your belongings together.

- At your stop, wait for the bus to stop completely before getting up from your seat. Then walk to the front door and exit, using the handrail.


- If you have to cross the street in front of the bus, walk at least 10 feet ahead of the bus along the side of the road, until you can turn around and see the driver.

- Make sure the driver can see you.

- Wait for a signal from the driver before beginning to cross.

- When the driver signals, walk across the road, keeping an eye out for sudden traffic changes.

- Do not cross the center line of the road until the driver has signaled that it is safe for you to walk.

- Stay away from the bus's rear wheels at all times.



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.; 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,

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

SALSA LESSONS: 10 p.m. Fridays; Tropicabana Latin Club, 1251 Broad St.; $5; military free

ASTRONOMY OF AUGUSTA MEETING: 8 p.m.; Augusta State University, 2500 Walton Way; Mark Nagy will speak about black holes; includes handouts, door prizes and refreshments

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


SOPHIE MILMAN CONCERT: 8 p.m.; Imperial Theatre, 745 Broad St.; $25-$15; (706) 722-8341,

BROADWAY IN AUGUSTA SERIES: I Can't Stop Loving You, Saturday; Bell Auditorium, 712 Telfair St.; $31.50-$45; (706) 722-3521

THE SCIENCE BEHIND THE COCKTAIL: 6-8 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 25; Fort Discovery, 1 Seventh St.; includes hors d'oeuvres, cocktails; open to ages 21 and older; $10 per person, $15 per couple; ticket-purchasing deadline is Saturday; (706) 821-0646

USC AIKEN EXTRA INNING BULL RIDING: 8 p.m.; James Brown Arena, 605 Seventh St.; $8 (children) to $19 (premium lower level), benefits University of South Carolina Aiken Baseball Scholarship Fund; (706) 828-7700.