Originally created 12/16/04

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­Activities and entertainment events scheduled for this week include:

TODAY

Christmas in Hopelands: Christmas in Hopelands will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. through Dec. 27 at Hopeland Gardens, off Whiskey Road and Dupree Place in Aiken. There will be walking tours of holiday lights and decorations, tours of the Doll House and Thoroughbred Racing Hall of Fame and a variety of holiday concerts. The event is free and open to the public. For more information, call (803) 642-7631.

Pops! at the bell: The Augusta Symphony presents Pops! at the Bell Concert, The Songs and the Season, at 8 p.m. at Bell Auditorium, 712 Telfair St. Folk-based roots performer Kathy Mattea will be the special guest. Cost of tickets range from $10-$40. For more information, call 826-4705 or visit www.augustasymphony.org.

Art after hours: Art After Hours will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. in participating businesses in downtown Aiken. Visual arts galleries, studios and businesses will remain open after hours for people to browse their exhibits and merchandise. Walking maps will be available. For more information on Art After Hours, contact the Rabold Gallery at (803) 641-4405.

Pet seminar: Banfield Pet Hospital will hold a seminar at 7:30 p.m. at the hospital, located inside PetsMart , 225 Robert C. Daniel Jr. Parkway. The seminar, Guide to New Pets, will explore how to choose a healthy pet that fits your lifestyle. The seminar is free. For more information, call 731-9909.

Friday

Art at lunch: The Morris Museum of Art will hold Art at Lunch at noon at the museum, 1 10th St. Augusta artist Jim Gensheer will present Painting the Lowcountry: A Watercolor Demonstration. Lunch will be provided by Donna Jannik Event Planning and Catering. Admission costs $10 for members and $12 for nonmembers with lunch, and free for members and $3 for nonmembers without lunch. For more information, call 724-7501.

RUG CARE TIPS

- Rotate your rugs frequently to equalize effects of the sun.

- Avoid continual direct exposure to sunlight.

- Clean spills immediately to help prevent staining.

- Vacuum regularly to remove loose soil.

- For professional deep-cleaning, use a rug specialist.

- Follow manufacturer's recommended cleaning methods.

WHAT A FEELING

In a recent study, women were in a better mood after 10 minutes of walking, in an even better mood after 20 minutes of walking and in an even better mood than that after 30 minutes. Then the effects plateaued.

Source: Shape

POISON PREVENTION

- Always supervise children closely in areas where poisons are commonly stored, such as kitchens, bathrooms and garages.

- Keep all medication and household products locked away.

- Install special clamps to keep children from opening cabinets.

- Consider all household or drugstore products potentially harmful.

- Use childproof safety caps on containers of medication and other dangerous products.

- Never call medicine "candy" to get a child to take it.

- Read the label.

- Keep products in their original containers with labels in place.

- Use poison symbols to identify dangerous substances.

- Dispose of outdated products as recommended.

- Use chemicals only in well-ventilated areas.

Today in regional history:

Dec. 16, 1972

A permit for construction of $1.6 million worth of apartments has been issued by Richmond County building official W.L. Watkins Sr.

Construction on the 160-unit apartment complex is to begin immediately on Boy Scout Road near Washington Road. To be known as Scarlett Oaks, it is being developed by Glingbeil Co., of Columbus, Ohio.

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