Originally created 08/18/00

Leap of faith



The Army's Golden Knights parachute team will demonstrate precision jumping Saturday at the National Science Center's Fort Discovery.

The jumpers will have to be precise: their target landing site is a small bus turnaround lot adjacent to the science center, wedged behind the Savannah River levee and Riverwalk Augusta and Reynolds Street.

The Golden Knights will make their jumps at 1 and 4:30 p.m. as part of a back-to-school festival at Fort Discovery. The event begins at 10 a.m. and features concerts by the Army Signal Corps' rock band Ground Zero; rock-climbing, yo-yo, Hula-Hoop, jump-rope and glass-blowing demonstrations; face-painting; and clowns.

Fort Discovery is a partnership between the Army and the private sector. The Golden Knights first visited the science center when they were in Augusta in April for an air show.

"They had the best time. They said they sure would like to come back and jump for us," said Kathi Dimmock, the science center's marketing director.

Other attractions include a 24-foot climbing wall, used as an Army recruiting tool. The Golden Knights will also have an exhibit.

Ground Zero performs from 2 to 4 p.m.

Tickets will be $4 for adults and $3 for children, seniors and active military for the festival, which is half off regular admission. For more information, call 821-0200.

Family festival

What: Fort Discovery's Back to School Blast

When: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday

Where: Fort Discovery, Riverwalk Augusta at Seventh Street

Admission: $4 adults, $3 for seniors, students and active military

Phone: 821-0200

Kids calendar

7 and 8 tonight and Sunday night: Larry Cat in Space, Dupont Planetarium, 471 University Parkway, Aiken, (803) 641-3654; $4 adults, $3 senior citizens and $2 age 4 through high school seniors.

10 a.m. Saturday: Celebration of 50th anniversary of C.S. Lewis' Chronicles of Narnia, with stories, activities and refreshments; Borders Books and Music, 257 Robert C. Daniel Jr. Parkway; 737-6962.

7:05 p.m. Saturday: Rugrats characters' appearance at the Augusta GreenJackets game against the Asheville Tourists; general admission $5 for adults and $4 for children.

Reach Charmain Brackett at (803) 441-6927 or czbrackett@hotmail.com.