Originally created 06/13/05

The week ahead



Mother's Day is one of the busiest restaurant days of the year. Why isn't Father's Day? What did fathers ever do to not deserve the same treat? Sure, moms are typically more nurturing and emotional. Dads might seem tougher and less sentimental, but I think they occasionally want to be pampered, too.

That's why my pick this week is recognizing Father's Day on Sunday.

I don't mean by go out and get the usual cologne, necktie or shaver. Come on; don't be predictable.

However, I can't really suggest just what you should get.

Having grown up with my grandparents and single mom, I didn't celebrate the day much. So, in case you're like me, it may not be your biological dad, but rather a coach, teacher, role model, godfather or your Heavenly Father.

Whoever it is, take a moment to think of him, what he likes and dislikes, how he has influenced your life and what he's meant to you over the years. Then plan something for Sunday that shows you put some thought into it. Encourage him, let him know you care.

And don't go empty handed. Leave him something to remember the occasion.

By the way, you don't necessarily have to take him out to dinner. I just thought of restaurants because, quite frankly, most of the men I know are always hungry.

Keep reading. There's more to do before Sunday!

MONDAY

COLONIAL HISTORY CAMP

Today is the last day to register your children for the Augusta Museum of History's Colonial Kids History Camp 2005, where children ages 8 to 10 will play Colonial games and learn about the Colonial period and skills needed for life in 1700s, tour the North Augusta Living History Park and more. The camp will be from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. June 20-24 at the museum, 560 Reynolds St. For information, call 722-8454.

WEST AUGUSTA MEETING

The West Augusta Alliance, which includes Augusta-Richmond County neighborhood associations in ZIP codes 30904, 30907 and 30909, meets at 7 p.m. at Warren Road Community Center. Augusta commissioners Tommy Boyles, Willie Mays, Betty Beard and others have been invited to discuss such items as Augusta Cares Day, the rising value of residential real estate, Destination 2020 and the latest special purpose local option sales tax plan.

TUESDAY

LEARN SPANISH

Want to brush up on your Spanish, or learn the language? Weekly Spanish classes at Augusta Headquarters Library, 902 Greene St., begin today. Materials cost $25; the class is free. Call 738-7097 or 821-2600 for details.

WEDNESDAY

BEAD JEWELRY-MAKING

Teenagers can make accessories at the library. In conjunction with its Vacation Reading Program, Maxwell Branch Library, 1927 Lumpkin Road, is featuring bead jewelry-making from 2 to 3 p.m. Call ahead to register at 793-2020.

THURSDAY

FOR NATURE LOVERS

Nature lovers young and old should head to Phinizy Swamp Nature Park to learn about dragonflies, the focus of the park's Family Discovery Series. Families may take picnic dinners there at 6 p.m.; the presentation starts at 7 p.m. The series is $3 per member family; $5 per nonmember families.

MUSIC IN THE PARK

Enjoy an evening of music outdoors at Music in the Park at 7 p.m. at Maude Edenfield Park, next to North Augusta Community Center. This feature at this week's free show is quietSTORM. For details, call 442-7588.

SATURDAY

GLOBAL WARMING FORUM

Did you see last year's blockbuster movie about global warming, The Day After Tomorrow? If you left wanting to know more about the subject, as I did, go to the Global Warming Forum at Unitarian Universalist Church of Augusta, 3501 Walton Way Extension. The forum will include an informative video, presentation, a question and answer session and discussions on action strategies. For more information on this free event, call 733-7939 or visit www.uucsra.org.

Reach C. Samantha McKevie at (706) 823-3552 or samantha.mckevie@augustachronicle.com.