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WATER SAFETY TIPS

The Augusta Red Cross offers this advice for staying safe around water during the summertime.

<b>A stroll through the swamp</b> -  A Blue Moon Walk will take place at Phinizy Swamp Nature Park, off Lock and Dam Road, near Augusta Regional Airport, at 9 p.m. Thursday. The cost is $5 for academy members, $8 for nonmembers. Participants must register by today. For information, call (706) 828-2109.  Chris Thelen/Staff
Chris Thelen/Staff
A stroll through the swamp - A Blue Moon Walk will take place at Phinizy Swamp Nature Park, off Lock and Dam Road, near Augusta Regional Airport, at 9 p.m. Thursday. The cost is $5 for academy members, $8 for nonmembers. Participants must register by today. For information, call (706) 828-2109.

- Learn to swim and swim well.

- Never leave a child unattended near water.

- Be equipped before entering the water. Always keep basic lifesaving equipment by residential pools and know how to use it. A first aid kit, cordless phone, phone list with emergency contact information, reaching pole and ring buoy with a nylon line attached are recommended.

- Know when you've had too much.

- Eliminate temptation. Surround a backyard pool with a fence at least 4 feet high on all sides. Consider installing pool alarms and underwater motion detectors, which can offer an extra layer of protection when used correctly. Empty kiddie pools immediately after use and remove water toys that can draw children to the pool.

- Know what you're getting into. Open bodies of water have many different currents, some of which can be dangerous.

- Take your plan to the park. Don't let your guard down at waterparks: drowning is possible in only a few feet of water.

- Learn first aid and CPR/AED skills.

Source: Augusta Red Cross

TODAY

HARCOURT WALLER: 8 p.m., Appleby Branch Library, 2260 Walton Way at Johns Road; part of the Evenings in the Appleby Garden series; free; (706) 736-6244

NORTH AUGUSTA NETWORKERS: 11:30 a.m. Tuesdays, North Augusta Community Center, 495 Brookside Ave.; (803) 442-3827

SPIRITUALITY & RELIGIONS GROUP: 7 p.m. Tuesdays, Borders Books Music & Cafe, 257 Robert C. Daniel Jr. Parkway; (706) 737-6962

MAYOR'S PRAYER BREAKFAST: 8 a.m., Lake Park Baptist Church, 211 Milledge Road; (706) 821-1833, knixon@augustaga.gov

WEDNESDAY

GEORGIA-CAROLINA TOASTMASTERS: Noon Wednesdays, The Cotton Patch, 816 Cotton Lane; (803) 593-6605

A.M. CONNECTION: 7:15 a.m., North Augusta Community Center, 495 Brookside Drive; the Greater North Augusta Chamber of Commerce A.M. Connection; (803) 279-2323

THURSDAY

DOWNTOWN LUNCH DATE: Noon to 1:30 p.m., Augusta Common; with musical entertainment; (706) 821-1754

FRENCH CLUB: 7 p.m. Thursdays, Borders Books Music & Cafe, 257 Robert C. Daniel Jr. Parkway; (706) 737-6962

HARMONY RIVER CHORUS OF SWEET ADELINES INTERNATIONAL: 7 p.m., Church of Christ, 600 Martintown Road, North Augusta; open rehearsals; call Mary Norman, (803) 279-6499

MOOD INDIGO: 7 p.m., Maude Edenfield Park, behind the North Augusta Community Center, 495 Brookside Drive; part of the Music in the Park series; if it rains, concert will be in the community center; (803) 442-7588

FRIDAY

SUMMER BLAST CONCERT AND FIRST FRIDAY CAR SHOW: 6 p.m., Augusta Common; with local and national talent, artisans, merchandise, cars and motorcycles; (706) 821-1754

SUMMER KICKOFF CELEBRATION: 7-11 p.m., Health Central courtyard, 945 Broad St.; food, live music by Last Chance; (706) 724-4408

ART DISPLAYS: Local artists will have their work displayed around town in June; photography by John Krok will be on display at the Bank of America at 441 West Martintown Road; oil paintings by Sharon Taylor Padgett will be displayed at The Peach House at 706 Edgefield Road; paintings and sculptures by Elizabeth Barns will be displayed at the North Augusta Chamber of Commerce at 302 Georgia Ave.; (803) 613-0213

UNDER THE CROWN: Dinner, $50, includes food, wine, ale, entertainment; 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday; Living History Park, 299 W. Spring Grove Ave., North Augusta; free; (803) 279-7560.

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