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Take a walk through the woods at Tapp’s Art Center

Looking for a shady sanctuary on a hot summer day? On Friday, July 1, you can visit the forest without leaving downtown Columbia. The place is Tapp’s Art Center and the woods come courtesy of Dave Robbins’ 24-painting exhibit entitled The Pace of Nature. And while the paintings do a wonderful job of transporting viewers out of the gallery, Robbins, who is a landscape designer and horticulturist by trade, gave that transcendent quality a boost by filling the space with foraged branches and vines and moss. The result is a tiny private wood, hung with paintings of trees, branches, thickets and leafy boughs.

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Your ultimate summer TV guide

The 2015-2016 school year is over. Without nine periods of school work and loads of extracurriculars cramping your schedule, you will have sinful amounts of time on your hands. What will you spend your precious summer months doing? The possibilities are endless! Trips to the beach, hours laying out at the pool, bonfires, ice cream dates... and some quality summer TV.

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Book review: 'A Bitter Pill to Swallow' is engaging and important

Tiffany Gholar's new novel "A Bitter Pill to Swallow" starts off with a young guy named Devante. His parents aren't on good terms with their marriage. Devante is feeling depressed after the death of his friend and he attempts to commit suicide, which lands him in a mental institution. Male individuals can relate to Devante by seeing how he blocks out his personal issues and doesn't cope with them.

Home & Garden

On Gardening: Abuse-free crape myrtles

A 300-foot long crape myrtle allee is a sight to behold especially when it is in full bloom as it happens to be right now. While the visitors are shocked, if not mesmerized by the amount of blooming color, they are equally stunned to know we don't prune. You see, most gardeners think that pruning gives you more flower canopy, but it simply isn't so.

Family

Parents @ Play: Puzzles, with a twist

There's something incredibly engaging and fascinating about Rubik's Cube and other similar puzzles, which explains why they're so popular. This week, we had a lot of fun trying to solve five really unique cube-type puzzles (none of which is a Rubik's). But because kids are often better at these things than adults, we got some assistance - and insights - from Jonathan Amir, a true puzzle-solving master.

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