Originally created 07/31/05

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Entertainment events and activities for this week include:

TODAY

MEMBERSHIP DRIVE: VFW Post 5877 will hold a Men's Auxiliary membership drive at 2 p.m. at 116 Midway Circle. Hot dogs and hamburgers will be provided. For more information, call 649-3254.

HOCKEY CLINICS: Ice hockey clinics will be held at 5:45 p.m. at the Augusta Ice Sports Center, 1249 Augusta West Parkway. The clinics are free. For information, call 863-0061.

MONDAY

BABY SITTER'S SAFETY COURSE: A free baby sitter's course will be offered at 6 p.m. Monday and Tuesday at the Augusta Red Cross, 1322 Ellis St. For more information, call 724-8481.

TUESDAY

AWARD RECEPTION: An opening reception for the South Carolina Watercolor Society's 28th annual Award Exhibition will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Aiken Center for the Arts, 122 Laurens St. The reception is free and open to the public. The exhibition will run through Aug. 21. For more information, call 641-9094.

SKI AND OUTING CLUB: The Augusta Ski and Outing Club will meet at 7 p.m. at Lone Star Cafe, 2744 Washington Road. For information, call 279-6186.

ADOPT A HIGHWAY

Want to help pick up litter around the community? Since 1989, Georgia has enlisted the help of residents through the Department of Transportation's Adopt-A-Highway Program.

HOW DOES IT WORK?: Volunteer groups adopt at least a one-mile stretch of highway and agree to remove litter from both sides of the road at least four times during two years. Groups also may pay for a litter removal service to clean up a two-mile stretch of highway for two years.

The group's leader must notify the DOT at least three business days before a scheduled pickup. The filled litter bags are left for Georgia DOT crews to pick up. Within a week of the pickup, the group will submit a status report to the district office.

WHAT KINDS OF GROUPS ARE ELIGIBLE TO PARTICIPATE?: Any civic-minded organization, business, individual, family, city, county, state or federal agency can volunteer. Each group must have at least six members, with three backup members. Children age 12 to 15 must be supervised by adults at a rate of one adult for every three children. Children younger than 12 are ineligible.

For more information about adopting a highway in McDuffie, Richmond or Columbia counties, contact District Coordinator Phillip Scarborough at (478) 552-4687.

Source: Georgia Department of Transportation

Today in regional history:

JULY 31, 1997

The walls of empty downtown stores could come tumbling down to make way for a grass-covered mall and a pair of tree-lined streets once Augusta's Health Department moves from 843 Broad St.

Five buildings on Broad Street and one facing Reynolds Street will make way for the mall and a pedestrian walkway designed to link shopping and sightseeing in the city's center. The city has already determined their value so it can buy them or condemn them if property owners refuse to sell, City Administrator Randy Oliver said.