Originally created 06/02/06

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Activities and entertainment events scheduled for today include:

ANNIE AUDITIONS: Auditions will be at 6:30 p.m. at Our Redeemer Lutheran Church, 402 Aumond Road. Auditions are open for children of all ages. Males are especially needed. Bring a prepared song from Annie to sing; an accompanist will be provided. For more information, call (706) 210-8915 or visit www.yart.org.

ART EXHIBIT: Works by Ethan Brock and gallery artists in The Bin Show will be on display through today at 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. Call (706) 724-9542.

BATTLE OBSERVANCE: The commemoration of the 225th anniversary of the Battle of Augusta (The Siege of Fort Cornwallis) will begin at 1 p.m. at Augusta Museum of History, 560 Reynolds St. A general overview of the Battle of Fort Cornwallis will be presented. The event will continue from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday at Living History Park, 299 W. Spring Grove Ave., North Augusta, where there will be demonstrations of musketry, sewing, firestarting, woodworking and blacksmithing. Admission is free. Call (803) 215-0837 for more information.

BYE, BYE, BIRDIE: The Augusta Players Youth Theatre will present the show at 7 p.m. today and Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday at Monte Santo Elementary School, 3713 Wrightsboro Road. Tickets cost $10 for adults, $8 for seniors and students and $6 for ages 12 and younger. Call (706) 721-2531 for more information.

PLANETARIUM SHOW: In My Backyard 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. For more information, call (803) 641-3645.


Don't forget Fido and Fluffy when you make your disaster preparations. Whether you decide to stay put or evacuate during an emergency, you'll need to make plans in advance for your pet. Here are a few tips:

- Make an emergency kit for your pets, just like you would for your human family, including food and water for three days, medicine and medical records, a first aid kit, a collar with and an identification tag, a leash and/or harness, a pet carrier and cleaning supplies, a picture of you and your pet together to document your ownership and familiar toys and/or bedding.

- Create a plan to get away. Plan how you will assemble your pets and anticipate where you would go in an emergency. Remember, public shelters might not allow your pets inside. Consider family or friends, a hotel or motel that allows pets or a boarding facility.

- Develop a buddy system. Plan with neighbors, friends or relatives to make sure that someone is available to care for or to evacuate your pets if you can't. Show your buddy where you keep the emergency supply kit and designate meeting places locally and farther away.

- Talk to your veterinarian about emergency planning. Discuss the things you would need in your pet's emergency kit, the names of vets outside your home community and inquire about having an identifying microchip implanted in your pet.

- Gather contact information for emergency animal treatment. Create lists of your vet's information, animal control agencies and humane societies, and place a copy in your emergency kit. Obtain "pets inside" stickers and place them on your doors and windows to alert firefighters and rescuers.

- During a disaster, remember to write the words "evacuated with pets" across your "pets inside" stickers if you flee with your animals.

Sources: U.S. Department of Homeland Security, American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, The Humane Society of the United States, American Kennel Club


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