Activities and entertainment events scheduled for this week include:
SPRING ART SHOW: Works in welded steel by Edward John Barbier and the 2006 Aiken Artist Guild Spring Show will run through April 28 at the Aiken Center for the Arts, 122 Laurens St. S.W. The center is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday-Saturday. Admission is free. Call (803) 641-9094 for more information.
LARRY CAT IN SPACE: Dupont Planetarium will present the show at 7 and 8 p.m. at the Ruth Patrick Science Education Center, 471 University Parkway. Tickets cost $4.50 for adults, $3.50 for senior citizens and $2.50 for students. For more information, call (803) 641-3769.
SCULPTURE CONTEST: The Southeastern Regional Sculpture Competition will run through April 23 at the Aiken County Historical Museum, 433 Newberry St. S.W. The museum is open from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Tuesday-Friday and 2 to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Call (803) 642-2015.
CHANGE YOUR WORLD TOUR: Anthony Hamilton and Heather Headley will perform at 8 p.m. at Bell Auditorium, 712 Telfair St. Tickets cost $45 and $35. For information, call (706) 722-3521.
GUIDED DRIVING TOUR OF AUGUSTA: A two-hour tour led by local historian Ann McKnight will begin at 1:30 p.m. at the Augusta Visitor Information Center inside Augusta Museum of History, 560 Reynolds St. The tour costs $10, which includes admittance into the museum. For more information, call (706) 823-6600.
HERO TOUR: Kirk Franklin and Mary Mary will perform at 7 p.m. at Augusta-Richmond County Civic Center, 601 Seventh St. Tickets cost $35.50 and $30.50. For more information, call (706) 722-3521.
That drippy nose, the constant sneezing and itchy, watery eyes caused by allergies to pollen and other sources affect millions of Americans each year, according to Dr. William Dolen, an allergist-immunologist with Medical College of Georgia Hospital and Clinics.
He recommends the following to relieve the onset of symptoms:
1. Anticipate. Seasonal allergies happen at predictable times. So know when you expect symptoms to begin, make sure you have current refills and start taking your medications early. Seasonal allergies are easier to treat when caught early, before they get severe.
2. Seek relief. Many people try to tough out the allergy season, leaving them miserable, decreasing their work productivity and affecting their general quality of life. Don't just put up with symptoms. From medications to immunotherapy, relief is available.
3. Limit side effects. Some medications can cause side effects, such as sleepiness. If these side effects are intruding in your daily life, you don't have to put up with them. If you're having trouble, tell your doctor, who can find other treatments with fewer side effects.
4. Don't just self-treat. If you're self-treating with over-the-counter medications but not getting enough relief, see your doctor. With the proper medication, seasonal allergies can be kept under control.
5. Seek professional advice. Ask your doctor whether you should consult with a board-certified, trained allergist-immunologist. A specialist can help you find out exactly what you are allergic to (which will help predict when you might have trouble) and can work with your regular doctor to find a personalized medication strategy. Allergy shots are still the best hope for long-term relief of seasonal allergies.