Originally created 02/29/04

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Activities and entertainment events scheduled for this week include:

TODAY

NATURE PARK BIKE TOUR: Andy Jordan will lead a Leap Day bicycle tour of Phinizy Swamp Nature Park from 2 to 4 p.m.. Enjoy natural wetlands and view wintering waterfowl, cypress and tupelo trees. An adult should accompany children younger than 12. Helmets are required. The cost is $3 for members and $5 for nonmembers. For more information, call 828-2109.

HERITAGE CONCERT: The Augusta Chorale will present its biennial Heritage Concert at 4 p.m. at the Gilbert-Lambuth Memorial Chapel at Paine College. Various styles of African-American music will be presented. Tickets cost $15 for adults and $5 for students. For information, call 733-7809.

MONDAY

LIBRARY MEETING: Friends of Augusta Library will hold its annual meeting at 7 p.m. at Covenant Presbyterian Church, 3131 Walton Way. For more information, call 821-2600.

PUBLIC WORKS MEETING: Augusta Public Works and Engineering will hold a meeting at 5:30 p.m. in the Augusta Metro Chamber of Commerce Conference Room, 600 Broad St. The meeting will focus on downtown traffic signals and streetlight upgrades. The public is invited to discuss their ideas for a streetscape master plan. For more information, call 821-2400.

Today in regional history:

FEB. 29, 1984

ATLANTA - Richmond County legislators approved bills today to elect members of the County Board of Commissioners by districts and to revamp the Richmond County Board of Education.

Passage of the bills came after several days of discussion.

THUMBS DOWN

Children who continue to suck a thumb, finger or pacifier past age 2 increase the risk of having protruding front teeth, according to a study of almost 400 children.

Children were more likely to have a cross bite the later they gave up thumb or pacifier sucking from birth to age 4. About 20 percent of those still hanging on to their habit at 4 had a cross bite, reports the study in the Journal of the American Dental Association.

The researchers next plan to study whether the condition persists in children's permanent teeth.

Previously, experts advised that children could safely suck their thumbs or pacifiers until they entered school.

HEALTHY HOME

SGMA International, the global business trade association of manufacturers, retailers and marketers in the sports products industry, reports that 74 percent of households own at least one piece of home exercise equipment.

TOO MUCH TOOTHPASTE

The American Dental Association says too much toothpaste can be bad for children because it increases the chances of getting a permanent tooth discoloration that comes with too much fluoride. Children should be limited to a pea-size amount of toothpaste.

TUNE UP YOUR WALKING

A study at Ohio State University found that listening to music while walking helped people with serious lung disease. Those listening to music covered an average of 19 miles in eight weeks, and those who didn't averaged only 15.

Children who continue to suck a thumb, finger or pacifier past age 2 increase the risk of having protruding front teeth, according to a study of almost 400 children.

Children were more likely to have a cross bite the later they gave up thumb or pacifier sucking from birth to age 4. About 20 percent of those still hanging on to their habit at 4 had a cross bite, reports the study in the Journal of the American Dental Association.

The researchers next plan to study whether the condition persists in children's permanent teeth.

Previously, experts advised that children could safely suck their thumbs or pacifiers until they entered school.