Activities and entertainment events scheduled for this week include:
BLESSING OF THE ANIMALS: The annual Blessing of the Animals will be celebrated at 4 p.m. today and Monday in the churchyard at St. Paul's Episcopal Church, 605 Reynolds St. The Revs. Richard Sanders and Dr. Robert F. Hunt will officiate. All animals must be on a leash or in a carrier. For more information, call the Augusta Humane Society at 736-0186.
VOTER REGISTRATION DRIVES: The Augusta-Richmond County Board of Elections announces the following voter registration drives: 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., Good Shepherd Baptist Church, 1714 Olive Road; 8 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Broadway Baptist Church, 2323 Barton Chapel Road; and 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Tabernacle Baptist Church, 1223 Laney-Walker Blvd. No photo ID is required.
PLAY AUDITIONS: Auditions for Chapter Two will be held at 7 p.m. today and Monday at the Aiken Community Playhouse Bechtel Experimental Theater, Washington Center for the Performing Arts, 126 Newberry St., Aiken. There are parts available for two men and two women ages 30 to 55. For more information, call (803) 648-1438.
MONDAY NIGHT FILM SERIES: Touching the Void will be shown at 7 p.m. at University Hall, Room 170, Augusta State University, 2500 Walton Way. The British film is a documentary based on Joe Simpson's nonfiction book on climbing Siula Grande mountain in Peru. The movie is free.
FREE MOVIES: The Augusta Library's Film Series will feature Dirty Pretty Things at 6:30 p.m. at the Main Branch, 902 Greene St. For more information, call 821-2600.
On Nov. 2, Richmond County voters will be asked to approve $486 million in projects to be funded by Phase 5 of the 1-cent special purpose local option sales tax, which will begin in 2006. Each day, The Augusta Chronicle will profile one project targeted by the tax.
Jolles Avenue area street and drainage improvements
ESTIMATED COST: $1.2 million
LOCATION: South of Bungalow Road between Richmond Hill Road and Peach Orchard Road
WHAT IS IT? Road and drainage improvements, including curbs, gutters and sidewalks where feasible.
Certain foods and drugs increase acid secretions or cause the body to release chemicals that cause a muscle in the esophagus to relax, increasing heartburn. Here are some tips for reducing heartburn: Avoid: Chocolate, coffee, peppermint, carbonated beverages, caffeine, alcohol, citrus fruits and juices, tomato products, vinegar, ketchup, and mustard.Helpful foods: Pineapple, brown rice, potatoes, beans, whole-wheat pasta, yogurt, salmon, tuna, sunflower seeds, asparagus, mushrooms and Brazil nuts.
Today in regional history:
Oct. 3, 1971
Richmond County sheriff's deputies wrap up four separate drug raids across the area. Eleven suspects are arrested and several thousand dollars' worth of "every type of drug" are seized. Sheriff Bill Anderson praised the efforts of his men and said the raids showed the level of drug activity in the area.