Originally created 05/26/06

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AROUND TOWN

Activities and events scheduled for this week include:

TODAY

ART GALLERY EXHIBIT: Works by Ethan Brock, along with works by gallery artists in The Bin Show, will be on display through June 2 at the Mary Pauline Gallery, 982 Broad St. The gallery is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday-Friday and 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. For more information, call (706) 724-9542.

JAMES BROWN SOUL OF AMERICA MUSIC FESTIVAL:

The inaugural event featuring more than 70 pop, rock, soul and country acts will be from 5 p.m. to midnight Friday, 10 a.m. to midnight Saturday and 1 to 8 p.m. Sunday in downtown Augusta, between Eighth and Ninth streets and Reynolds and Broad streets. Weekend passes cost $35 in advance or $50 at the gate; daily tickets cost $19. Children 13 and younger are admitted free with paying adult (limit five per adult). Advance tickets are available at Soultry Sounds, Bright Ideas, PCS Express and Tina's Shoe Gallery or online at ticketing.wildseats.com. For more information, call (706) 849-1052.

SATURDAY

CAMPUS VISITATION DAY: The event will be held from 1 to 4 p.m. at University Hall at Augusta State University, 2500 Walton Way. Registration will start at 12:45 p.m. Representatives will be on hand to answer questions and provide information, and tours of student housing and the Walton Way and Wrightsboro Road campuses will be offered. For more information, call (706) 737-1632.

MARKET ON BROAD: The Saturday Market on Broad will feature fresh produce, flowers, plants, breads, beef and desserts from 8 a.m. to noon each Saturday through Aug. 26 on Macartan Street, between Broad and Reynolds streets. Local chefs and artisans will be on hand. Call (706) 722-7245.

SURVIVING THE HEAT

In preparation for the summer heat, the Columbia County Emergency Services office has coordinated with facilities in various locations throughout the county that will be designated "cooling centers."

The centers will be available June 1 through Sept. 30.

Heat can kill by pushing the human body beyond its limits. Under normal conditions, the body's internal thermostat produces perspiration that evaporates and cools the body.

But in extreme heat and high humidity, evaporation is slowed and the body must work extra hard to maintain a normal temperature.

Elderly people, young children and those who are sick or overweight are more likely to become victims of extreme heat.

Because men sweat more than women, they become dehydrated more quickly and are more susceptible to heat illness.

Studies have shown that a significant rise in heat-related illnesses happens when excessive heat lasts more than two days.

Two hours a day in air conditioning significantly cuts down on the number of heat-related illnesses.

For more information on what you should know about extreme heat, visit the Columbia County Web site at www.columbia countyga.gov.