Originally created 02/28/05

The week ahead

You know, you've got to love kids. They remember most of what they're taught and nearly everything they hear, and sometimes you have to stop and laugh when they've learned to use their new expressions or words at just the right time. What is funnier than their complete honesty?Take my 3-year-old nephew, with his big, endearing dark eyes and adorable smile. He's such a cutie-patootie that when I see him, I can't resist kissing his velvety smooth, soft cheeks. But when I tried this after eating garlic, he stopped me in my tracks when he slapped his little 3-inch hand over his nose and blurted, "Eww, your breath stinks!"It was too funny to be embarrassing. I thought of this when the speaker at a recent elementary school program asked who knew the meaning of "diverse." Apparently, she'd put too much emphasis on the first syllable because after the children's hands shot into the air, one little girl answered with full confidence: It's the people who jump in the pool and swim.

It was classic comedy with perfect timing, and I had to turn away to keep her from seeing me snicker at her expense - and to be professional and keep my job.

But because of all kids do, I say do something this week with them. So my pick is the 2005 CITGO Bassmaster Tour and Outdoor Expo from Thursday to Sunday at Wildwood Park at Clarks Hill Lake.

The weigh-ins are at 3 p.m. Thursday and Friday and 3:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, and I think kids would be excited to see the fishermen holding up and weighing all different-size fish.

At the outdoor expo starting at noon Saturday and Sunday, there will be clothing, tackle and boats for adults; portable fish ponds and activities for kids; and demonstrations both might enjoy. And at the CastingKids event from noon to 3 p.m. Saturday, your 7- to 14-year-olds can learn to flip, pitch and cast.

And the best part? It's free. There's just a $2 parking fee. Call 722-8326 or 863-7523 for information.

Read on for my other suggestions.

Last chance for star show

This last day of Black History Month is your last chance to see African Skies, a show about how the constellations set over Africa, in the Starlab Planetarium at Fort Discovery, 1 Seventh St.

Take a peek at local government

The Augusta Commission will hear requests to fund a downtown parking study, plus a request to consider suspending or revoking Alex's Restaurant and Sports Bar's alcohol license at the 2 p.m. meeting at the municipal building. Why not sit in?

New DVD releases
DVDs for parents and their young'uns. Parents, pick up the complete first season of The Brady Bunch, featuring 25 episodes from 1969 to '70, and get The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie for the kids. Both will be released today.

A Russian perspective
Russian professor Igor Kuzmin, a visiting Fulbright Scholar-in-Residence at Augusta State University, where he will teach two combined political science and history classes, will give two public lectures: Changes in the Elite in Post-Communist Russia at 11:30 a.m. and Features of the Kremlin's Modern World View at 7 p.m. in University Hall, Room 170.

Get bitten by the book bug

Bought any good books lately? Buy some at the American Association of University Women's book fair, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday and 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at the old Belk store in Kalmia Plaza on Richland Avenue in Aiken.

Deadline for art financial aid
If you're a budding artist but low on funds, today is the deadline to apply for tuition assistance for Gertrude Herbert Institute of Art's spring quarter, which begins March 15. Applications, based on need, are open to all ages. Call (706) 722-5495 for information.

Downtown happenings
Try this to unwind: a March Madness concert with musicians and merchandise at 6 p.m. at Augusta Common. Or visit a reception for artist Randy Lambeth from 6 to 9 p.m. at The Four Sisters Gallery, 1016 Reynolds St. Or walk around downtown - it's First Friday!

Got game?

Get your game on - with food, that is. A Taste of Something Wild, presented by Augusta West Rotary Club, will feature a menu of wild game from 5 to 8 p.m. at Julian Smith Barbecue Pit, 87 Milledge Road. The event costs $30 and will benefit Alzheimer's research and the Boy Scouts. Call 737-6535 for information.

Step on it
See sororities and fraternities from Georgia, Florida and South Carolina colleges, plus grade and high school students, step at Stomp A Rama, a step show at 6 p.m. at Riverview Park Activities Center, 100 Riverview Park Drive, North Augusta. Tickets cost $10. Visit stepshowonline.com for information


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