Originally created 05/20/05

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JERRY'S GIRLS: The Aiken Community Playhouse will present Jerry's Girls at 8 p.m. today, Saturday, May 27-28 and June 3, and at 3 p.m. May 29 and June 4, at the Washington Center for the Performing Arts, 126 Newberry St. Tickets cost $15 for adults, $13 for seniors, $10 for students and $6 for children 12 and younger. For more information, call 648-1438.


MAYFEST 2005: Radio One of Augusta presents Mayfest 2005, beginning at 9:30 a.m. at May Park, 622 Fourth St. Performers include Memphis Bleek, Marques Houston, Tank, Mike Jones and Rasheeda. Coolers and grills are welcome, but no pets are allowed. The event is free. For information, call 202-9162.

DEMOCRATIC PARTY BREAKFAST: The Richmond County Democratic Party will hold its monthly breakfast at 9 a.m. at the Richmond County Democratic Party Headquarters, 1101 Greene St. Tickets cost $. For information, call Leon Meyer at 733-0190.

Back in time

Today in regional history:

MAY 20, 1983

The American textile industry already is in trouble and is headed for more.

Statistics recently released show that textile and apparel imports, if they continue at the same rate as during the first quarter of 1983, will show a billion-square-yard increase - about 18 percent higher than in 1982. ...

"This growth comes at the expense of the U.S. industry and the American worker because U.S. markets are hardly growing at all and, certainly, far below the rate of this import growth," said James A. Chapman Jr., president of the American Textile Manufacturers Institute. ...

The textile/apparel industry has asked President Reagan to hold import growth level with domestic growth, said William Johnson, vice president-administration at Graniteville Co.

Ensure A Healthy Summer

It seems like it was just a month or two ago that you were pushing your precious ones out the door and sending them off to a new year of school. Now it's summer, and those precious children will spend the next three months bringing home hordes of friends to eat you out of house and home.

Childhood obesity is becoming an epidemic, but you can make a few small changes to encourage healthy eating habits.

- Change to whole-grain foods: Foods made with white flour have a high glycemic index and low amounts of fiber. Switch to whole-grain foods, including whole-wheat bread, whole-grain pasta and cereals made with whole grains.

- Limit soda and fruit drinks: All children should avoid fruit drinks and soda. They don't have any real nutritional value, but they do have a lot of calories. Your child will gain an extra pound about every 3 weeks by drinking just one can of soda each day; each packs about 150 calories per 12-ounce serving.

- Increase the number of fruits and vegetables you eat: With lots of fiber, vitamins and minerals, fruits and vegetables are an important part of a healthy diet. They also contain lots of water, which make you feel more satisfied.

- Eat more foods with calcium: Encourage your children and teens to drink milk, but make sure you buy skim or low-fat.

- Be more active: Get your children involved in organized activities. Summer offers a variety of sports and day camps. Don't let them spend the next three months in front of the tube blasting zombies on their Xbox.

Sources: Staff research and www.about.com


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