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Ethan Long (right), 6, throws a football toy to his brother, Adam, 10, while playing at Riverwalk Augusta. The boys were in town from Oshkosh, Wis., to visit family on Tuesday.



BROWN BAG HISTORY SERIES: Noon, Augusta Museum of History, 560 Reynolds St.; with Jim Goolsby, who will talk about area railroads; reservations required by Tuesday; free for members, $3 for nonmembers; (706) 722-8454

GARDENING AT LUNCH SERIES: 12:10 p.m., Columbia County Library, 720 N. Belair Road, Evans; with Charles Phillips; free; (706) 868-3413

ARC Land Bank Authority meeting: 2 p.m., Augusta Housing and Economic Development Department, second-floor conference room, 925 Laney-Walker Blvd.


UNDERCOVER ARTIST SHOW: 7 p.m., Walton Rehabilitation Hospital; $75; art auction, food by Very Vera; benefits hospital; (706) 823-8584

LIVING WELL WITH DIABETES ADULT SUPPORT GROUP: 5 p.m., cafeteria conference Room 1 and 2, University Hospital, 1350 Walton Way; (706) 868-3241

GREATER TUNA: 8 p.m. Thursday-Saturday and April 19, 20, 21; Le Chat Noir, 304 Eighth St.; $15 each; (706) 722-3322,

BEE CAMP MEETING: Brig. Gen. Barnard E. Bee Camp No. 1575, Sons of Confederate Veterans monthly meeting at Bobby's Bar-B-Q Buffet and Catering, 1897 Jefferson Davis Highway; Jack Marlar will discuss artillery battles; 6 p.m. optional supper, 7 p.m. meeting; (803) 648-6072


DARRYL WORLEY, THE WRIGHTS: Red, White and Bull Bash, 5:30 p.m., Augusta Common, Eighth and Reynolds streets; $20; benefits Greater Augusta Arts Council;; (706) 826-4702.

KEITH FRUTIGER OPENING RECEPTION: 6-8 p.m., main gallery of Ware's Folly, 506 Telfair St.; includes an informal talk by the artist; exhibit on display through May 25; free for members, $5 for others; (706) 722-5495

RICHMOND COUNTY DEMOCRATIC PARTY BREAKFAST: 7:30 a.m., Gordon Club, 19th Street., Building 18402, Fort Gordon; with DuBose Porter, minority leader of the Georgia House of Representatives; $20; (706) 722-8111

EVERY FRIDAY DANCE: 8:30 p.m. lesson, 9-11 p.m. dance, The Ballroom Dance Center, 525 Grand Slam Drive, Evans; (706) 854-8888



Dining out is an activity full of temptations. However, you do not always have to give in to those temptations to have a wonderful dining experience. First, ask your server for a takeout box before the meal. Once the meal arrives, split it in two so you aren't tempted to eat it all. Second, beware of the salad dressing because it is loaded with hidden calories. Ask your server for a light or fat-free version. Third, don't be tempted by the bread basket. Kindly ask your server not to bring one to the table. Last, take caution with dessert. Ask yourself if you really are still hungry.

- Amber Wells, South Carolina DHEC Dietetic Internship


Schedule your workout time (class, gym, with a trainer, or alone) as you would schedule any other important appointment - in your daily planner. Do this for at least four weeks, and you will establish a healthy new habit and lifestyle change!



As you go through the first few days without tobacco, write down any rationalizations as they come up and recognize them for what they are: messages that can trap you into going back to using tobacco. To help you keep your commitment to quitting, try the "delay" technique. If you feel that you are about to light up, delay. Tell yourself you must wait at least 10 minutes. Often this simple trick will allow you to move beyond the strong urge to smoke.

- American Cancer Society,