Today in regional history:
June 18, 1990
It took Grace Smoak a long time to get a college degree.
At 71, Mrs. Smoak was the oldest member of the 1990 Augusta College graduation class, earning a bachelor's degree in early childhood education, along with 469 other graduates at the Augusta-Richmond County Civic Center.
She said she recommends college to all senior citizens. "If you don't use it, you lose it," she said.
Activities and entertainment events scheduled for this week include:
SHOWCASE OF HOMES: The Builders Association of Metro Augusta will hold its annual Showcase of Homes from 1 to 4 p.m. today and June 24-25; from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and June 26; and from 1 to 6 p.m. Sunday and June 27 in Riverwood Plantation. There will be six decorated homes to view and a seminar with Jim Bennett on Saturdays and Sundays. Tickets cost $7; children 14 and younger are admitted free. For more information, visit www.homebuildersaugusta.org.
ARTSCAPE 2004: The Greater Augusta Arts Council will present a performance by Jeff Mosier during Artscape 2004 from 8:45 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Collins Elementary School cafeteria, 1321 Steed St. Mr. Mosier will perform songs and tell stories on the importance of art and creativity in everyday life. The event is free. For more information, call 826-4702 or visit www.augustaarts.com.
HORSE CLINIC: The Augusta Riding Center, on Flowing Wells Road, will hold a Sampler Clinic Day at 11 a.m. at the center. There will be clinics on basic and advanced horsemanship, caring for a senior, rescued or abused horse, buying your next horse and building a safer barn. Admission costs $10 in advance and $12 at the gate. Tickets are available at Neighborhood Express in Evans, Brown's Feed in Martinez and Boots, Bridles and Britches in Grovetown.
BUTTERFLY BANQUET: The Augusta Lupus Support Group will hold its Butterfly Banquet at 7 p.m. in the Oglethorpe Room at Radisson Riverfront Hotel Augusta, 2 10th St. Tickets cost $30 each or $300 per table. Attire is semiformal. For more information, call 772-9001.
VOTER REGISTRATION DRIVE: The Augusta-Richmond County Board of Elections announces the following special voter registration drives: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Broadway Baptist Church and 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. at Male Care; no photo ID is required.