Originally created 11/05/04

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Activities and entertainment events scheduled for this week include:

TODAY

SCHOLARSHIP FUND-RAISER: The Blue Revue Scholarship fund-raiser will be held at 6 p.m. at Belair Conference Center, 4083 S. Belair Road, Martinez. There will be dinner and a performance by UNISOGHN. Admission costs $50, and attire is semiformal. For more information, call 210-1144.

MARS PROGRAM: The Dupont Planetarium will present Roving the Red Planet at 7 and 8 p.m. today, Saturday and Nov. 19 at the planetarium, 471 University Parkway, Aiken. The show will include information about Mars and recent discoveries made by rovers. The observatory will be open after each show, weather permitting. The cost is $4.50 for adults; $3.50 for seniors; $2.50 for children in grades K-12; and $1 for University of South Carolina Aiken faculty, staff and students. For more information, call (803) 641-3654.

SATURDAY

DIABETES EXPO: University Hospital's Diabetes Services will hold its annual Diabetes Expo from noon to 5 p.m. at Warren Baptist Church, 3203 Washington Road. The event will offer the latest information on preventing and controlling diabetes, diabetes medications, cooking for the holidays and more. There also will be more than 30 exhibitors displaying the latest diabetes-related products; free blood sugar testing; and a panel of physicians, certified diabetes educators and registered dietitians who will answer questions. For more information, call 737-8423.

CARING FOR AGING PARENTS: Because the elderly are more at risk for accidents, safety is a major consideration when caring for aging parents. The Lowe's Home Safety Council offers these suggestions:l

  • Make sure steps are protected by hand railings and nonskid surfaces

  • Make sure area rugs are backed by rubber or two-sided tape to reduce slippage.

  • Interior light bulbs should have enough wattage to illuminate the space.

  • The outside of the home should be adequately lit, for both security and general lighting.

  • Install railings in baths and showers.

  • Consider railings along hallways.

  • Fill and smooth cracks and gaps in sidewalks.

  • The attic should be well-insulated and all windows weatherproofed.

  • Ask trusted neighbors to keep an eye on the house.
  • Today in regional history:

    NOV. 5, 1977 THOMSON - Four inmates who escaped from the Georgia Industrial Institution at Alto early Friday were recaptured, the Georgia State Patrol reported. Troopers said they were caught in a stolen car and had a rifle, shotgun and pistol with them.