Originally created 02/11/06

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Today's events include:

Caring Closet Ride: The ride, held by the CSRA Christian Bikers, begins at 10 a.m. at the old Winn-Dixie parking lot, 135 Market Plaza Drive, North Augusta, and ends at the Alzheimer's Association, 1899 Central Ave. Registration begins at 9 a.m. The entry fee is one or more packages of Depends, bed pads, Ensure, tearless shampoo, hand sanitizer, lotion, powder, rubber gloves or nonskid socks. The ride benefits the Alzheimer's Association. Call 731-9060 for information.

CAMPUS VISITATION: Augusta State University will hold its Campus Visitation Day from 1 to 3 p.m. at the university, 2500 Walton Way. Admissions and financial aid representatives will be available, and campus tours will be conducted. Call 737-1632 for information.

YOUTH WING MEETING: The Aiken Community Playhouse Youth Wing will meet from 1 to 2:30 p.m. at the Washington Center for the Performing Arts, 126 Newberry St. The Youth Wing is open to all middle and high school pupils. For more information, call (803) 648-1438 or visit www.aikencommunityplayhouse.com.

PLAY: When Shakespeare's Ladies Meet (With Apologies to the Bard) will be performed at 8 p.m. at the Aiken Community Playhouse, 126 Newberry St. Tickets cost $6. Call (803) 648-1438 for more information.

With Valentine's Day around the corner, it's a good time to think about hearts - particularly your own.

Chronic heart disease can be deadly without proper medical treatment and follow-up care at home. Heart patients can, to a large extent, help control their illness by living a healthy lifestyle.

- Cut down on sodium.

- Choose fresh rather than canned vegetables.

- Monitor your blood pressure on a regular basis.

- Eliminate or limit use of caffeine.

- Avoid alcohol and tobacco.

- Exercise as directed by your doctor.

- Minimize stress.

- Learn to accept situations you cannot improve.

- Set aside a few minutes for yourself every day.

- Don't keep your concerns and fears to yourself.

- Find an enjoyable hobby.

For more information, visit the American Heart Association Web site: www.americanheart.org.