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Tom Nakashima talks to Paula Knox about one of his works, titled Westwood Nocturne, during the 13th annual Morris Museum of Art Gala. Friday's event featured a special exhibition of paintings, screens and works on paper by Mr. Nakashima.



HANSEL AND GRETEL: 8 p.m.; Imperial Theatre, 745 Broad St.; $15-$45; (706) 826-4710,

55TH ANNUAL JUNIOR LEAGUE ATTIC SALE: 7 a.m. to 2 p.m.; Augusta Exchange Club Fairgrounds; free; 301 Hale St.; (706) 736-0033

AMERICAN ASSOCIATION OF UNIVERSITY WOMEN'S ANNUAL BOOK FAIR: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.; old Belk's store, Kalmia Plaza on Richland Avenue, Aiken; all types of books and attic treasures will be on sale; proceeds benefit education grants; (803) 642-7170

SPRING FLING: 10 a.m. silent auction, 11:30 a.m. fashion show, 12:15 p.m. luncheon; North Augusta Country Club, 2001 Gregory Lake Road; River's Edge Sertoma fundraiser; $15; (803) 279-1988 or (803) 278-0291

MARDI GRAS FUNDRAISER: 6 to 11 p.m.; Our Lady of Peace School, 856 Old Edgefield Road, North Augusta; silent and live auctions of hundreds of items donated by local celebrities and merchants; $40, includes Bourbon Street-inspired heavy hors d'oeuvres and beer and wine, plus a chance to win a $500 cash prize; (803) 279-8396, ext. 100


AUGUSTA'S UNIVERSITY OF NORTH CAROLINA ALUMNI CLUB: 3 p.m.; Wild Wing Cafe, 3035 Washington Road; North Carolina-Duke basketball game; (706) 825-6439


MONDAY NIGHT FILM SERIES: 7 p.m., Gabrielle; 170 University Hall, Augusta State Uni-versity, 2500 Walton Way; free; (706) 729-2416

FREE TAX FILING: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday-Thursday through April 12, Aiken County Public Library, 314 Chesterfield St. S.W.; for low- and middle-income county residents; available by appointment; (803) 642-2023; also available 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Mondays, Nancy Carson Library, 135 Edgefield Road, North Augusta; call (803) 279-5767 for appointments; bring copies of 2006 federal and state tax returns and current W-2s, 1099s and other relevant information; anyone wishing to file an electronic return must bring a Social Security card and photo ID. Social Security cards are required for all dependents.

TRANSPORTATION MEETING: 7 p.m., Aiken County Transportation Committee public meeting at Aiken County Council Building, 736 Richland Ave.; attendees can ask to address committee; (803) 642-1694



How much do you eat? Let's face it; some of us really need to become more aware of our portion sizes. Here are a few examples of recommended portion sizes and everyday items you can compare them with.

- An 8-ounce glass of milk equals a small milk carton.

- A slice of bread for your sandwich should equal the size of a computer disk.

- An apple should equal the size of a baseball.

- A deck of cards can compare to 2-3 ounces of meat, fish or poultry.

- Rebekah Triplett, South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control Dietetic Internship


Having children can change everything about your lifestyle. Here are some steps you can take to become more active with your children.

- Exercise with your children. Take them to a swimming pool or play with them in your yard or nearest park.

- Walk your child to school. Not only with this help you be active, it will also help your child develop a pattern of physical activity that might last until adulthood.

- Ask your children what you can do to be more active. You might be surprised by what they've learned in physical education - and perhaps you've forgotten how much fun it is to play childhood games.


Source: Healthy SC Challenge