The National Association of Letter Carriers in conjunction with the U.S. Postal Service, will collect nonperishable food items such as canned soup, pasta, vegetables, cereal and rice Saturday as part of the Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive. Donations will be delivered to the Golden Harvest Food Bank for distribution to the area's needy. To donate, place items in a sturdy grocery bag and leave them next to your mailbox before the time of your mail delivery. For more information, call Golden Harvest at 736-1199 or see its Web site (goldenharvest.org).
What's the "perfect pillow"? That depends on your sleep style, according to a recent article in Natural Health.
A pillow should keep the head, neck and spine in alignment. For people who sleep on their backs, a thin flat pillow is best. One filled with buckwheat hulls can help the pillow conform to your neck, while a soft down pillow allows the head to sink while the pillow still supports the sides and back of the neck.
If you sleep on your side for the most part, a contoured foam pillow (the indentation cradles the head) that fills the space between your neck and the mattress is the ideal choice. Side sleepers can also benefit from placing a pillow between their legs to take pressure off the lower back and legs.
Stomach sleepers might try a new position. Sleep experts say sleeping on your stomach can rotate the neck, causing pain in the neck and back. If a person won't switch, the next best thing is using no pillow or a very thin pillow to avoid the rotating. A pillow under the stomach can reduce back tension.
Anybody who seems to move a lot during sleep should try a contoured pillow similar to that recommended for side sleepers, or choose polyester and down pillows that can be grabbed and adjusted throughout the night.
In any case, pillows should be replaced when they lose shape. Down filling lasts five to 10 years, buckwheat hulls for three to 10 years, contoured foam for two years and polyester for six months to two years.
COME HERE OFTEN, SAILOR?
Do you know your lines? According to a survey done for Wild Turkey bourbon, the best current pickup lines are: "Can I borrow a quarter? Mom told me to call when I fell in love." "Can I check your tag to see if you're made in heaven?" "Are your legs tired? Because you've been running through my mind all night." The worst: "I lost my phone number. Can I have yours?" "What's your sign?" "Didn't I see you at the Oscars?"
SEE AUGUSTA FIRST:
The Augusta Metropolitan Convention and Visitors Bureau is encouraging Augustans to be tourists in their own hometown this week. As part of National Tourism Week, many local attractions will offer discounts or be open free to visitors with a "Be A Tourist" pass. Here's a list of highlights:
Wednesday 5-9 p.m.: free music and other entertainment at the Jessye Norman Amphitheater, including a tacky-tourist contest. Free admission to Augusta Museum of History, Fort Discovery, Ezekiel Harris House, Morris Museum of Art, Springfield Baptist Church and Sacred Heart Cultural Center. Free shuttles to all attractions.
Thursday: First 500 fans at Augusta GreenJackets game get a Be a Tourist T-shirt. Buy one reserved ticket, get one free with tourist pass. Two-for-one skating at Augusta Ice Forum (continues through Saturday).
Friday: $2 off art opening reception at Gertrude Herbert Institute of Art, 6-8 p.m. Tours of The Augusta Chronicle at 9, 10 and 11 a.m.
Saturday: $1 off upper level tickets for Augusta Stallions game. Chain Reaction two-for-one bike rental along the Augusta Canal at Savannah Rapids Pavilion. Two-for-one rides at Funsville, 4350 Wheeler Road.
Tourist passes are available at the Cotton Exchange Welcome Center, 32 Eighth St., and Augusta Metropolitan Convention and Visitors Bureau offices in Enterprise Mill, 1450 Green St. Suite 110.
Call the Convention and Visitors Bureau at 823-6600 or (800) 726-0243 for more information.