Originally created 06/08/06

Around the block



Donning the aprons

The Men in Aprons Cook-off will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday at the Gordon Club, 19th Street, Building 18402. Categories include main dish, meats, appetizers, desserts and soul food. There will be live jazz, food samples and a chance to win prizes. Tickets are $10. A photo ID is required for admission to the installation. Call (706) 791-6780 or visit www.fortgordon.com.

Swamp adventure

Eco Camp: Swamp Adventures will be from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday-Friday, June 16, at Phinizy Swamp Nature Park, 1858 Lock and Dam Road. Rising fourth-, fifth- and sixth-graders will explore the world of a swamp, including reptiles, amphibians, dragonflies, birds, mammals, soils and water quality. The cost - $125 for members and $150 for others - will include a week of activities and a daily lunch. Call (706) 828-2109.

Camp for children

Kids Camp will take place from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday -Friday, June 16, at the Augusta Canal Interpretive Center, 1450 Greene St., Enterprise Mill, Suite 400. The camp is for rising third- through fifth-graders and will include crafts, games, nature hikes, Petersburg boat rides and canoeing. The cost for the camp is $160, and day care is available for an additional fee. Discounts are available for families with more than one child enrolling in the camp. Call (706) 823-0440, ext. 4.

Music at Appleby

Evenings in the Appleby Garden will take place at 8 p.m. Tuesday with Hakim Rahsul and Company performing. The free concerts are held in the gardens behind the Appleby Branch Library, 2260 Walton Way, and are sponsored by the Main Branch Library. Call (706) 821-2604.

Plants of the Bible

Horticulture consultant Clyde Lester will present Plants of the Bible at 6 p.m. Thursday, June 15, at the Georgia Golf Hall of Fame's Botanical Gardens, 1 11th St., as part of the free Roots of Gardening series. Reservations are required by Monday. Call (706) 724-4443.

Batty in the swamp

Phinizy Gone Batty will be held at 7 p.m. Thursday, June 15, at Phinizy Swamp Nature Park, 1858 Lock and Dam Road, as part of the Family Discovery Series. Carol Jackson will discuss bats. The Pfizer Pavilion will open at 6 p.m. for picnics. Donations are accepted. For more information, call (706) 828-2109.

Church bluegrass

Treasures and Jewels will take place at 7:30 p.m. Friday, June 16, at First Baptist Church of Evans, on the corner of Washington and Belair roads. The program features sacred anthems, patriotic numbers and bluegrass-style hymns accompanied by a bluegrass ensemble. The cost is $15 for general admission, $10 for students and seniors. Call (706) 650-2311 or visit www.ccchoralsociety.org.

Hosts are needed

The STS Foundation, a nonprofit student-exchange organization based in Scottsdale, Ariz., is looking for host families in the Augusta area for high school foreign exchange students between the ages of 15 and 18. The students will bring their own spending money and have their own medical insurance. Host families must provide a comfortable, nurturing and safe environment, a separate bed, a quiet place to study and meals. A local representative will provide support for each family, school and student throughout the year. Call (800) 522-4678.