Originally created 07/17/04

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Activities and entertainment events scheduled for this week include:

TODAY

AUTOGRAPH SIGNING: The Omni Health and Fitness Center, 3637 Walton Way Extension, will have three National Football League players signing autographs from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.. Featured guests will be Hephzibah High School standout and Tennessee Titan Brandon Lynch; Butler High School graduate Ben Troupe, also of the Tennessee Titans; and T.W. Josey star and Jacksonville Jaguar Deon Grant. The event is free and open to the public.

DEMOCRATIC BREAKFAST: The Richmond County Democratic Party will hold its monthly breakfast at 9 a.m. at the Marriott Courtyard Inn, 1045 Stevens Creek Road. The guest speaker will be Bob Ellis, Democratic candidate for Georgia's 9th Congressional District. Tickets are $6 and are available at the door. For more information, call 733-0190.

DRAG BOAT RACES: The Augusta Southern Nationals drag boat race will be held from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. today and Sunday at the Augusta Riverfront Marina on the Savannah River. Tickets cost $25 at the gate for today and Sunday, $15 each day and $50 for patrons. For more information, call (803) 278-4849.

SUNDAY

CANDLELIGHT JAZZ: The Candlelight Jazz Concert Series will feature AcousticJAZZ from 8 to 9:30 p.m. at the Augusta Common, 800 block between Broad and Reynolds streets. Spectators are invited to bring blankets, lawn chairs and a picnic basket. Admission is $5. For more information, call 738-4114.

Today in regional history:

July 17, 1947

Bowdre Bates, driving a streamlined, underslung racer, flashed to victory yesterday in the sixth annual Augusta Soap Box Derby, outdistancing rivals in six separate heats to win the title of Augusta champion.

The 11-year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. J.B. Bates of Buena Vista Avenue, North Augusta, met and defeated Fred Hope, 13, of Summerhill Road. Third place went to Durward Cason and fourth prize was won by Julian Epstein.

A crowd of close to 10,000 lined the Camp Gordon Derby Downs to witness the spectacle, cheering each of the 70 entries.[

AGING PARENTS

Tips from Lowe's Home Safety Council for keeping homes safe for elderly parents:

  • Make sure steps have hand railings and nonskid surfaces

  • Make sure the home has adequate lighting, inside and out

  • Install railings in baths and showers

  • Consider railings along hallway walls

  • Fill cracks and gaps in paving and sidewalks

  • Make sure there is enough attic insulation and all windows are weatherproofed

  • Add storm doors to protect parents from drafts.