Originally created 11/12/06

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THE HOME

- Check weather-stripping around doors and windows and caulk gaps where necessary.

- Replace worn door stops at the bottom of doors.

- If you have them, install storm doors and windows.

- Have a heating professional do a routine check before cold weather arrives.

- Vacuum vents and other heating components.

- Have the chimney inspected and cleaned. Close the fireplace damper when not in use.

- Replace loose shingles, check bricks and mortar and install a screen at the top of the chimney to keep leaves and other items out.

- Take care of pipes that freeze. Heat tape can be used to keep them warm during extremely cold weather.

- Close and cover the swimming pool.

- Cover outdoor furniture or store it inside.

- Collect Emergency Supplies like flashlights, batteries and candles.

THE CAR

- Use proper oil for winter conditions. During the winter months, possibly switch over to thinner, less viscous oil.

- To protect against engine corrosion, make sure you are using coolant with ethylene glycol to help protect your engine.

- Adjust the ratio of coolant and water. For most vehicles, a winter ratio is 60 percent coolant and 40 percent water.

- Battery capacity can be reduced by the cold weather. Inspect the battery, cables, terminals and battery fluid.

- To clear the windshield of ice in the early morning, a washer fluid with an antifreeze solution can help. Beware - some washer fluids can be harsh and damage a car's paint.

Sources: www.dmv.org, www.about.com

TODAY

NOVEMBER FOOD AND WINE TASTING: 5:30 p.m.; La Maison on Telfair, 404 Telfair St.; $59 plus tax and gratuity; (706) 722-4805, www. lamaisontelfair.com.

CHEERLEADER AUDITIONS: 3-5 p.m., Augusta Spartans pre-audition clinic, Center Stage Dance Academy, 4499 No. 5 Columbia Road, Martinez; $10; preliminary auditions, 7:30 p.m. Wednesday; 6:30 p.m. Nov. 20; and 7:30 p.m. Nov. 29; Health Central, 945 Broad St.; $20; local celebrities, Spartan personnel, cheer and dance professionals will judge; (803) 278-3351.

AARP TAX HELP: Applications are being accepted for volunteers to help seniors and others prepare federal and state income taxes Feb. 1-April 15; initial training will be Dec. 11-15; (706) 210-3048.

MERCY ME, AUDIO ADRENALINE, PHIL WICKHAM: 7 p.m., James Brown Arena, 601 Seventh St.; $21-36; (706) 722-3521, augustaciviccenter.com.

FOOD DRIVE FOR THANKSGIVING: Canned goods and other items will be collected by Paine College, 1235 15th St., through Nov. 20; donations will be given to a food bank; (706) 821-8298

SUNDAY


NOVEMBER FOOD AND WINE TASTING: 5:30 p.m. ; La Maison on Telfair, 404 Telfair St.; $59 plus tax and gratuity; (706) 722-4805, www.lamaisontelfair.com.

CHEERLEADER AUDITIONS: 3-5 p.m. , Augusta Spartans pre-audition clinic, Center Stage Dance Academy, 4499 No. 5 Columbia Road, Martinez; $10; preliminary auditions, 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 15; 6:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 20; 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 29; Health Central, 945 Broad St.; $20; local celebrities, Spartan personnel, cheer and dance professionals will judge; (803) 278-3351.


MERCY ME, AUDIO ADRENALINE, PHIL WICKHAM: 7 p.m. , James Brown Arena, 601 Seventh St.; $21-36; (706) 722-3521, augustaciviccenter.com.

AARP TAX HELP: Applications are being accepted for volunteers to help seniors and others prepare federal and state income taxes Feb. 1-April 15; initial training will be Dec. 11-15; (706) 210-3048

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FOOD DRIVE FOR THANKSGIVING: Canned goods and other items will be collected by Paine College, 1235 15th St., through Nov. 20; donations will be given to an area food bank; (706) 821-8298