Originally created 07/27/06

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AROUND TOWN

TODAY

MUSIC IN THE PARK: Fort Gordon Signal Corps Band will perform at 7 p.m. at Maude Edenfield Park, 400 Buena Vista Ave., North Augusta, as part of the free Music in the Park concert series. Visitors can bring chairs and a picnic supper. For more information, call (803) 442-7588.

'FIDDLER' AUDITIONS: Auditions will be held for Fiddler on the Roof at 7 p.m. today and 2 p.m. Saturday at Aiken Preparatory Day School, 619 Barnwell Ave. N.W., Aiken. Openings are for males and females ages 10 to seniors. Chorus parts are for children 6 and older. Five dancers also are needed, and onstage musicians (violin, accordion, mandolin, trumpet and clarinet). Performances are scheduled for Nov. 9-11 at the Etherredge Center, 471 University Parkway, Aiken. For more information, call (803) 648-9262.

'FROG' AT THE LIBRARY: The Frog Princess will be performed at 7 p.m. at the Nancy Carson Library, 135 Edgefield Road, North Augusta. The event is free. Call (803) 648-1438 or visit www. aikencommunityplayhouse.com.

FRIDAY

AN EVENING IN THE ROUND: The event will be held at 7:30 p.m. at the Library Performing Arts Theatre, 720 N. Belair Road, Evans, and will feature Wynn Varble, Don Sampson and Monty Holmes. Tickets cost $10, available at Community Events Department, Building B, 630 Ronald Reagan Drive, Evans. Call (706) 312-7191.

FOREVER PLAID: The show will be at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday at the Fort Gordon Dinner Theatre, Building 32100, Third Avenue. Dinner will be served at 7 p.m. Tickets cost $34 for civilians; $32 for seniors, retirees, Army civilians, and active-duty E7 and above; and $25 for active-duty E6 and below. Show-only tickets cost $20. For more information, call (706) 793-8552 or visit www.fortgordon.com/theatre.htm.


CONSERVE WATER OUTSIDE

The drought is here. But you can help ease the pain for everyone - and save money on your water bill - by following these tips to help conserve water outdoors.

- Obey watering restrictions. Georgia bans watering between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. daily. Residents and businesses with even-numbered addresses may water Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday. Residents and businesses with odd-numbered addresses may water Wednesday, Friday and Sunday. No watering is allowed on Mondays.

- Adjust your sprinkler system so only your lawn is watered - not the house or street.

- Water in early morning hours, when temperatures are cooler and winds are lighter.

- Check your outdoor faucets and hoses for leaks.

- Use the sprinkler for larger areas of grass. Water small patches by hand to avoid waste.

- If you leave footprints when you walk across the yard, it's time to water the lawn. Otherwise, leave it alone. You can also use a screwdriver as a probe to test soil moisture. If it goes in easily, don't water.

- Use porous materials for walkways and patios to keep water in your yard and prevent runoff. Direct downspouts and other runoff toward shrubs and trees, or collect the water and use it for your garden.

- Adjust your lawn mower to a higher setting. Longer grass shades root systems and holds soil moisture better.

- Use only a minimum amount of fertilizer because too much increases water consumption.

- If you have ice left in your cup from a take-out or fast-food restaurant, dump it on a plant or in the yard.

Sources: American Water Works Association, www.wateruseitwisely.com, Augusta Utilities Department