Around the Block

Parkinson's walk


The 12th annual walk for the Augusta/CSRA Parkinson Support Group begins at 9 a.m. Saturday at the Wilson Family Y track, 3570 Wheeler Road. Participation prizes and a ticket for a drawing for larger prizes will be given to walkers completing at least eight laps. A raffle will include handmade furniture, a Nintendo Wii, turkey fryer and handmade quilt. For more information, call (803) 593-6605 or (615) 504-4739.

Paint the Town

Local artists will demonstrate their techniques in an up-close-and-personal exhibition during Broad Street Artists Row’s Paint the Town from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and from noon to 3 p.m. Sunday.

Kettle contest

The Salvation Army of Augusta’s Red Kettle Season kicks off Nov. 10. From noon until 8 p.m. at the Kroger at Washington Road and Alexander Drive, kettles representing the Bulldogs, Yellow Jackets, Eagles, Gamecocks and Tigers will be set up, with fans of each team ringing bells to encourage donations. Whichever team’s kettle receives the most donations by the end of the day will be declared the 2011 Kettle Kick-Off Champion. The public is welcome to drop by to support their favorite team.

The Salvation Army of Augusta’s Red Kettle Season runs until Dec. 24. To volunteer to be a bell ringer, call Katie Atkinson at (706) 826-7933.

Art exhibit

The opening reception for an exhibit of works by David Swanagin and Mike C. Berry is from 5 to 8 p.m. Nov. 10 at the Sacred Heart Cultural Center, 1301 Greene St.

Swanagin is an oil painter specializing in mood-evoking landscapes. His most recent works capture the light of the Augusta area. Berry’s works consist of colorful and vibrant cityscapes.

The exhibit will remain on view through Dec. 31. The reception and exhibit is open to the public. Enter at the gate at Ellis and 13th streets.

Turkey calling

Rotary District 6920 is looking for four non-Rotarian professionals between the ages of 25 and 40 to travel to western Turkey. Applications will be accepted until Nov. 12. The team will depart May 2 and return on June 1. Rotary International provides each team member with a round-trip plane ticket, and local Rotarians provide meals, lodging and travel within the host district. Contact Pam Lightsey at plightsey@ or (706) 840-2087.

DFCS furlough

The Richmond County Department of Family and Children Services on Fenwick Street will be closed Nov. 14 for a furlough day. Individuals who have appointments that day will have to call (706) 721-2536 to reschedule.

Charity gala

An evening of fine dining, music by Christian N. Ndeti and Nicholas “Nik P” Pettye, painting by visual artists and a silent auction will benefit Cycle for Freedom Inc. and Michelle’s Kids. The gala begins at 5 p.m. Nov. 20 at the DoubleTree Hotel, 2651 Perimeter Parkway. Tickets are $50. Cycle for Freedom and Michelle’s Kids are committed to providing advocacy, education and HIV/AIDS prevention.

Tickets may be purchased online at



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