Originally created 12/16/05

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Activities and entertainment events scheduled for this week include:

TODAY

HOLIDAY HISTORY: The Christmas show 'Tis the Season will be presented at 7 and 8 p.m. today and Saturday at Dupont Planetarium, 471 University Parkway, Aiken. Tickets cost $4.50 for adults, $3.50 for seniors and $2.50 for students. Children younger than 4 are not admitted. Call (803) 641-3654.

A REASON FOR THE SEASON: The play will be presented at 7:30 p.m. at Bibleway Church of Aiken, 120 Redds Branch Road. Call (803) 649-4834.

DISPATCH: The rock trio will perform from 9:30 p.m. to 1 a.m. at Pat's Martini Bar, 201 Richland Ave. W., Aiken. Call (803) 270-6437.

BABES IN TOYLAND: The Augusta Players Youth Theatre will present the show at 7 p.m. today, 5 p.m. Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday at Monte Sano Elementary School, 2164 Richmond Ave. Tickets cost $10 for adults, $8 for seniors 65 and older and $6 for children 12 and younger. For information, call 826-4707 or visit www.augustaplayers.com.

READER'S SERIES: The Lucy Craft Laney Heritage Theater will present Two Trains Running at 7 p.m. today and Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday at Lucy Craft Laney Museum of Black History, 1116 Phillips St. Tickets cost $15 for adults and $10 for students. For information, call 724-3576.

SATURDAY

BREAKFAST WITH SANTA: Santa will have breakfast with children at 8:30 a.m. at H. Odell Weeks Activity Center, 1700 Whiskey Road, Aiken. The event costs $2. Call (803) 642-7631.

THE HOLLY DAYS CONCERT SERIES: The event will be from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. in downtown Aiken. Call (803) 649-2221.

SUNDAY

CHRISTMAS MUSIC: St. John United Methodist Church and Concerts with a Cause will present Christmas Music for Brass, Organ, and Choir at 3 p.m., at 736 Greene St. Call 724-9641

Today in regional history:

DEC. 16, 1998

Augusta Mayor-elect Bob Young plans to have an inauguration befitting Georgia's second-largest city.

A weekend of activities leading up to the Jan. 4 swearing-in and "Unity Celebration'' are in the works, according to Mr. Young.

"We are Georgia's second-largest city, and we're going to start sending the message we're Georgia's second-largest city,'' Mr. Young said.

And the cost to taxpayers will be negligible, such as the cost of city employees setting up chairs for the noon swearing-in ceremony in front of the Municipal Building on Greene Street, he said.

"The city is not writing a check to anybody for anything,'' he said.

That never-ending drive to Grandma's house is as much a part of the Christmas tradition as a live tree and Midnight Mass.

But before you get behind the wheel, make sure you're rested, because driving drowsy can be deadly, according to the National Safety Council

Learn to recognize the symptoms of fatigue:

- Eyes closing or going out of focus

- Persistent yawning

- Irritability, restlessness and impatience

- Wandering or disconnected thoughts

- Inability to remember driving the last few miles

- Drifting between lanes or onto the shoulder.

When the signs of fatigue begin to show, get off the road. Take a short nap in a well-lit area. Don't just pull off on the side of the road.

When planning long trips:

- Share driving responsibilities with a companion.

- Begin the trip early in the day.

- Stop every 100 miles or two hours to get out of the car and walk around; exercise helps to combat fatigue.

Source: National Safety Council