Originally created 08/25/06

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AROUND TOWN

Activities and events scheduled for this week:

TODAY

THIRD ANNUAL DISCOVERY PARTY: The event will be from 7 p.m. to midnight at Fort Discovery, 1 Seventh St. On hand will be Augusta Mayor Deke Copenhaver, Wade Padgett, Austin Rhodes, Dr. Bill Karp. There will be an open bar, heavy hors d'oeuvres, live jazz, three gaming tables, an auction for trip on a private jet. Catering will be provided by Delaplane's. Tickets cost $55 for members and $65 for others. For more information, call (706) 821-0229.

ANNIE: The Young Artist Repertory Theatre Company will perform Annie at 8 p.m. today and Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday at Augusta Preparatory Day School, 285 Flowing Wells Road. Tickets cost $12 for adults, $10 for seniors and students; tickets are available at the door or www.yart.org. Call (706) 210-8915.

SATURDAY

SWEET HARMONY: The Harmony River Chorus of Sweet Adelines International will present Feelin' Groovy at 8 p.m. at the Etherredge Center at the University of South Carolina Aiken, 471 University Parkway. The cost is $15 for general admission, $10 for seniors and groups of at least 10, and $5 for ages 12 and younger. For more information, call (706) 650-8701, (803) 648-6162.

CAREFAIR FOR WOMEN: The free event will be from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Augusta State University Athletic Complex, 3109 Wrightsboro Road. Health information will be provided, and there will be cooking demonstration by Karin Calloway and a fashion show by Augusta Mall. The first 2,500 women will receive tote bags. For more information, call (706) 651-3247.

MASTERS CAT SHOW: The Masters Cat Show will be from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Riverview Park Activities Center, 101 Riverview Park Drive, North Augusta. Spectators can watch cats being shown and groomed and ask questions about various breeds. Vendors will sell cat toys and cat food. Admission is $5 for adults and $4 for seniors and students; children 4 and younger will be admitted free. Call (803) 441-4311.

TIPS FOR BABYSITTERS

Many young people earn extra money baby-sitting, but it's important to be prepared before taking that first job. The American Red Cross, which offers training classes in baby-sitting, has tips for making sure you and your charges have a great experience.

MARKET YOURSELF SAFELY

- Advertise your interest in baby-sitting by talking to adults who have young children at your school, youth group, community center or church. Ask your friends who baby-sit to refer jobs to you.

- Take the time to get to know the parents or guardians of the children you will sit with.

- Make sure you have your parents permission before you say yes.

BEFORE TAKING A JOB, ALWAYS ...

- Know how you'll get to the child's house and back home.

- Know what hours you'll be expected to baby-sit.

- Tell your parents or guardians where you'll be; how to contact you; when to expect you home.

WHILE ON A JOB, NEVER ...

- Open the door to anyone before checking to see who it is.

- Open the door to strangers, including delivery people.

- Let anyone inside who is using alcohol or drugs, even if you know them.

- Tell a stranger on the phone that you are the baby sitter.

- Stay anywhere you feel unsafe, smell smoke or hear a fire or smoke alarm.

- Go outside to check on something strange, such as an unusual noise.

Source: www.redcross.org