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MAY 17, 1940

Augusta will be included in an educational tour by several hundred Georgia schoolteachers this summer when they go to the New York World's Fair for a seven-day trip. It is arranged by the Georgia Educational Association, which has secured reduced railway rates on the Southern Railway, said Lester Moody, secretary of the chamber of commerce.

Cooperating with the Georgia Educational Association are S.D. Copeland, superintendent of Richmond County schools, and R.S. Brown of the Southern Railway, who is extending special invitations to the teachers to visit the Garden City on June 23 and July 21, the tour dates.

Swim lessons

Swim lessons at the Family Y are offered from May 26 to July 31, in two-week sessions of eight classes for babies to 12-year-olds.

Adult swim lessons also are offered at all three pools - Wilson Branch pool, Wheeler Branch indoor pool and Southside pool. For fees, schedules and other details, call 738-6678, 733-1030 or 738-6680 or visit www.thefamilyy.org.


Activities and entertainment events scheduled for this week include:


VOLUNTEER TRAINING: Rape Crisis and Sexual Assault Services will hold volunteer training from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. today, 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday and 6 to 9 p.m. Monday in Conference Room 1 at University Hospital. Presentations will address issues related to sexual assault. Volunteers must attend all sessions. For more information, call 774-2746.

NURSING HOME WEEK: In honor of National Nursing Home Week, the Georgia War Veterans Nursing Home will present an ice cream party at 2:30 p.m. at 1101 15th St. There also will be a fishing trip at 8:30 a.m. to the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 6445 in Harlem. For more information, call 721-2531.

GRAND OPENING: The grand opening for A and E Dance Studio will be from 7 p.m. to midnight at 2545 Washington Road. There will be exhibitions, general dancing, complimentary dance lessons from 8 to 9 p.m. and light refreshments. The event is free. For more information, call 738-6330.

FARMER'S MARKET: The Liberty Square Farmer's Market will open from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Seventh and Liberty streets in Waynesboro, Ga. There will be home-grown produce, arts, crafts and more. For more information, call (706) 437-0204, (706) 554-2963 or visit www.LibertySquare.org.

BLUES FESTIVAL: The Blind Willie McTell Blues Festival will begin at 11 a.m. on Stage Coach Road in Thomson. Magic Slim and the Teardrops, Sean Costello, Red Stick Ramblers, Crosstie Walker, Steve James and Del Rey, Neal Patman and Mudcat will perform. No coolers or pets allowed. The cost is $15 in advance and $20 the day of the show. For more information, call (706) 597-1000 or (706) 541-9828, or visit www.blindwillie.com or www.tixonline.com.

FOOD DISTRIBUTION: Gold Harvest Food Bank's Manna Truck Distribution will begin at 9 a.m. at Gospel Water Branch Baptist Church, 703 Furys Ferry Road, Evans.

SPIRITUALS IN CONCERT: Russell Joel Brown and members of CSRA choral groups will perform a wide-ranging celebration of the life and music of Moses Hogan beginning at 6 p.m. at St. John United Methodist Church, 736 Greene St. The Cutno Dance Performance Ensemble will be the special guest, and Ellis Johnson will be the guest conductor. The cost is $5 for adults and $3 for students and children. For more information, call 394-4744.


OPEN HOUSE: Open house for Immaculate Conception School will be from 2 to 4 p.m. at 1016 Laney Walker Blvd. There will be an opportunity meet and greet the teachers and a 90-year history celebration.. For more information, call Margaret Mary Mohr at 722-9964.

CELEBRITY SOFTBALL GAME: More than 80 players from the local media will compete in a celebrity softball game at 1 p.m. at Lake Olmstead Stadium, Milledge Road. The first game will be TV personalities vs. radio personalities, and the second game will be print media vs. cable. Winners will play for a trophy at 3:30 p.m. SpongeBob SquarePants, Patrick Star and Crikey Crocodile will be there. The $5 cost will benefit the CSRA Humane Society. For more information, call 261-PETS or 731-9000 or visit www.VolunteerAugusta.com.


CLUB MEETING: The Augusta Kiwanis Club Inc. will meet at 12:30 p.m. at the Augusta-Richmond County Civic Center, 601 Seventh St. Rep. Charles Norwood will be the guest speaker. The meeting is open to the public. For more information, call Sally Parsons at 667-9009.

BEEKEEPING: A beekeeping seminar will begin at 6:30 p.m. at the Aiken County Agricultural Services Center's assembly room, 1555 Richland Ave., Aiken.. For more information, call (803) 649-6297.


Families are urged to remember the following safety tips when engaging in activities around the water:

  • Learn to swim.
  • Learn Red Cross CPR. All care givers, including grandparents, older siblings and baby sitters, should know this lifesaving skill.
  • Outfit everyone with the proper gear. Children and those who are not strong swimmers should use a Coast Guard-approved personal flotation device whenever they are around water.
  • Always keep basic lifesaving equipment by the residential pool and know how to use it. A first-aid kit, cordless phone, emergency phone list, reaching pole and ring buoy with a line attached are recommended. You should also have a pool emergency action plan.
  • Pack a safety bag for a day at the beach or the lake. Include waterproof sunscreen, SPF 15 or higher; water shoes to protect feet; and plenty of drinking water. All containers should be plastic to prevent cuts from broken glass.
  • - Source: American Red Cross


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