Activities and entertainment events scheduled for this week include:
SPRING SCHOLASTIC FAIR: 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Greenbrier Elementary School, 5116 Riverwood Parkway, Evans
I THINK I CAN: 7 p.m. today and Friday, Etherredge Center, 471 University Parkway, Aiken; University of South Carolina Aiken's Playground Playhouse Productions; $7 adults, $4 students; (803) 641-3305
LECTURE AT THE ATHENAEUM: 9:30-11 a.m., Launching Kids for Life: Giving Our Children What They Need to Succeed, with Beverly Firmin; The Athenaeum at Monte Sano; reservations required; coffee and light refreshments; (706) 855-9028
AUGUSTA FENCERS CLUB: 6-7 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays; Augusta Fencers Club, 134 Ninth St.; $50 per month; (706) 722-8878
FRENCH CLUB: 7 p.m. Thursdays, Borders Books Music & Cafe, 257 Robert C. Daniel Jr. Parkway; (706) 737-6962
THE ROAR OF LOVE: 9:30 and 11:30 a.m. and 7 p.m. Friday, 3 p.m. Saturday, performed by Columbia County Ballet; Bell Auditorium, 712 Telfair St.; $12 students and seniors, $17 adults; (706) 860-1852
FREE STRANGER DANGER EVENT: 6 p.m., Seigler's Karate Center, 4471 Columbia Road, Suite A3, Martinez; event includes showing children how to defend themselves against predators; (706) 855-5685
GYPSY: 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday and April 6-7, 3 p.m. Sunday, Washington Little Theater production at the playhouse on Alexander Avenue in Washington, Ga.; $10, $5 age 12 and younger; reservations at (706) 678-9582
SOUNDS OF JAZZ: 7 p.m., Nikolai Svishev with Roman Pekar; Jabez Sanford Hardin Performing Arts Center, 720 N. Belair Road, Evans; $10; $30 series tickets; tickets available in advance or at the door; (706) 312-7194
THE GAB ON GARDENING
POISON IVY is dangerous year-round, say experts with the University of Georgia Extension Service. You can get an irritation from the leaves, roots, berries and even smoke from burning the vines. Learn to know the leaves so you can guard against the plant. If you think you might have come in contact with it, wash immediately with soap and water and remove any clothes that might have the oil on them.
DURING HOT summers, be sure to mow your lawn to the appropriate height. This reduces water loss and helps lower soil temperatures. Leave clippings on the lawn to decompose.
IMPATIENS is the best annual to put in shady areas. Begonias, coleus, ageratum, salvia and Vinca prefer light shade (five to six hours of sunlight).
FOR THE BEST flavor, pick ripe tomatoes as you need them. Their flavor peaks within three minutes of picking. If you must wait to use garden-fresh tomatoes, don't refrigerate them. The fruit texture and some aroma compounds deteriorate quickly in the cold.
Source: The University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences