Around the block

The Augusta Museum of History will present Slavery and its Impact, 1840-1870, a talk by Dr. Bobby J. Donaldson, at 12:30 p.m. Feb. 5. The discussion is part of the museum’s Brown Bag History Lecture Series.


Donaldson, of Augusta, is an associate professor of history and faculty principal of Preston Residential College at the University of South Carolina. He attended Davidson Fine Arts Magnet School.

The Brown Bag History Series lectures are free to museum members and $3 for others. Bring a lunch; the museum will provide beverages. Lunch is at 11:30 a.m.; the lecture is 12:30-1:00 p.m.

An exhibit by photographer Richard Tichich will be at the Gertrude Herbert Institute of Art through Feb. 28. International Insights: A Richard Tichich Retrospective, features portraits from Tichich’s travels around the world, contrasting myth and reality.

Tichich is a professor at Western Carolina University and professor emeritus at Georgia Southern University.

A reception will be held from 6-8 p.m. Friday. It is free for members and $5 for others. Call (706) 722-5495.

Elementary, middle and high school students are invited to participate in Augusta Technical College’s Manufacturing Appreciation Week design competition.

Winners will get cash prizes and can attend the Manufacturing Appreciation Week luncheon in Atlanta with Gov. Nathan Deal.

Students should submit artwork that depicts the importance of manufacturing in their lives and communities.

Artwork should be 11 inches by 17 inches and flat. On the back, include student’s name, the name of school and the school’s phone number. Deadline to enter is Feb. 7.

Four winners will be chosen from each of three categories: K-fifth grades, sixth through eighth grades and ninth through 12th grades.

For more information, visit or call (706) 771-4019.

The Augusta Literary Festival will be held Feb. 28 and March 1.

The event will begin with two workshops for prospective and current authors at Augusta-Richmond County Public Library. Marketing and the Modern Author will be taught by Hildie McQueen from 10 a.m. to noon, and Advanced Novel Writing: Tips and Techniques That Will Take Your Novel to the Next Level will be taught by Karen Gillespie from 2-4 p.m.

That Friday at Paine College, there will be a discussion with the five finalists for the Yerby Award for Literary Fiction, followed by the announcement of the award winner. The festival will feature 50 local and national authors.

For more information, visit

The Southeastern Firefighters Burn Association will begin a new tradition March 1 with a Storybook Brunch at the First Baptist Church of Augusta Fellowship Hall, 3500 Walton Way.

The brunch begins at 10:30 a.m. with breakfast, followed by a parade of storybook characters. Children are urged to dress as their favorite storybook character.

Tickets are $20. Proceeds will benefit the Burn Foundation.

For more information, call (706) 650-2876.



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