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Monte Sano revival, iSpending and the Glenn Miller Orchestra

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WHAT’S AFFORDABLE

One of my resolutions for the New Year was to keep better track of my money. Since my iPhone seems to be constantly connected to me, it seemed like a great tool to help me.

I browsed several spending tracker apps, and the one I’ve settled on is iSpending by Hana Mobile. It’s free. You enter expenses as they come up, along with income if you want. You can assign categories to the entry, and when you get enough data there are reports to help you visualize what chunk of your money goes to food, to clothes, etc.

If you take a liking to the app, there is a pro version for $1.99 that has no ads (I don’t even notice the ads on the free version) and lets you program recurring ex­pens­es (like car insurance).

WHAT’S NEW

If you haven’t bought tickets for the March 17 Glenn Miller Or­chestra per­form­ance, you might be too late. The last time I checked, fewer than 20 tickets were left to see the iconic swing band. The concert will be at Jabez Sanford Hardin Performing Arts Center in Evans, and the tickets left cost $30.

The Glenn Miller Orches­tra was founded in the 1930s by Glenn Miller, an Amer­ican jazz musician and conductor. Miller’s plane disappeared in bad weather over the English Channel en route to entertain U.S. troops in France in 1944. The band was re-formed in the 1950s by Tex Beneke, a friend of Miller’s, and is famous for songs including Chattanooga Choo Choo and Moonlight Serenade.

Go to www.augustaamusements.com for tickets and information.

WHAT’S TRENDY

Vignettes has been open since fall at 1415 Monte Sano, and it’s a great addition to the thriving community of shops in and around Monte Sano Avenue.

The bright little store has a selection of clothing geared toward “the young and young at heart,” plus knicknacks and jewelry.

Among all the businesses that have opened over the past two years, you could spend a day roaming just a few blocks: have lunch at Tea With a Dutchess, look at bright, beautiful china at The White Crane, stop by Summerville Rags, browse Midtown Market or wesley cadle and end with a treat from Two Moms Cookies.

I love all of the Augusta area, but it’s especially exciting to me that this part of town has been able to maintain and cultivate its neighborhood feel. Next time you need the perfect gift or a great place to have lunch or have time to kill, park your car on Monte Sano and just take a walk.


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