Originally created 04/25/06

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Activities and entertainment events scheduled for this week include:

TODAY

MOSTLY MOZART: The concert will be held at 8 p.m. at the University of South Carolina Aiken Etherredge Center, 471 University Parkway. The Masterworks Chorale will perform works by Mozart and his contemporaries. Tickets cost $10 for adults and $7 for children. For more information, call (803) 641-3305.

FREE CAREGIVER SEMINAR: The seminar will be from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. at the Jud C. Hickey Adult Day Center, 1901 Central Ave. Kathy Tuckey, the regional director of the Alzheimer's Association, will present Alternative Living Arrangements: When Home is No Longer the Option. For more information, call (706) 731-9060.

CULLUM LECTURE SERIES: Bernard Gutin will present Physical Activity, Body Composition Health at 11 a.m. and The Unfit-Kid Syndrome at 7 p.m. in 170 University Hall at Augusta State University, 2500 Walton Way. The lectures are free. For more information, call (706) 737-1444.

WEDNESDAY

GOLF BALL DISCOUNT: Visitors who take a set of new golf balls to the Woodrow Wilson Boyhood Home during April will receive $1 off the regular admission price. All balls will be donated to First Tee Augusta. The house, at 419 Seventh St., is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. Regular admission cost is $5 for adults, $4 for senior citizens and $3 for students. For more information, call (706) 722-9828.

THURSDAY

CINCO DE MAYO FESTIVAL: The carnival will be from 4 to 10 p.m. and from noon to 1 a.m. Friday, 11 a.m. to 1 a.m. Saturday, and noon to 7 p.m. Sunday at Barton Field, 25th Street, Fort Gordon. There also will be a craft show, a flea market and music. Admission is free, but there is a cost for the rides. A photo ID is required for ages 16 and older. For more information, call (706) 791-6779 or visit www.fortgordon.com.

FRIDAY

BEAUTY AND THE BEAST: The musical will be held at 8 p.m. and at 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday at the Imperial Theatre, 745 Broad St. Tickets cost $12-$40. For more information, call (706) 826-4707 or visit www.augustaplayers.com.

ON GOLDEN POND: The Aiken Community Playhouse will present On Golden Pond at 8 p.m. today and Saturday at the Washington Center for the Performing Arts, 124 Newberry St. Tickets cost $17 for adults, $15 for seniors, $12 for students and $6 for 11 and younger. Call (803) 648-1438.



FALL-ASLEEP CRASHES

Drowsiness is a significant problem that increases a driver's risk of a crash or near-crash by at least a factor of four, but drowsy driving might be significantly underreported in police crash investigations.

Consider this before you hit the road:

- Get adequate sleep - most adults need seven to nine hours to maintain proper alertness during the day.

- Schedule proper breaks - about every 100 miles or two hours during long trips.

- Arrange for a travel companion - someone to talk with and share the driving.

- Avoid alcohol and sedating medications - check your labels or ask your doctor.

COUNTERMEASURES TO PREVENT A FALL-ASLEEP CRASH WHILE DRIVING

- Watch for the warning signs of fatigue - see above.

- Stop driving - pull off at the next exit or rest area, or find a place to sleep for the night.

- Take a nap - find a safe place to take a 15-to 20-minute nap.

- Consume caffeine - the equivalent of two cups of coffee can increase alertness for several hours.

- Try consuming caffeine before taking a short nap to get the benefits of both.

Sources: AAA and National Sleep Foundation