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Not everybody's got a pool in their backyard or apartment complex. But that's not to say you can't take a summer dip if the rain stays away.

I'll be making my second consecutive weekend trip to Rigdon Park's shallow pool. You can't swim laps, since it's like 2 1/2 feet at its deepest. But there are lots of gadgets you can use to dump water on an unsuspecting spouse or friend, and a couple of water slides will send you skipping out over the water.

I say "you" because my lard-laden behind apparently provided too much, uh, friction to build any serious speed. The park is off Hawthorne Drive, near South Lumpkin Road, and admission is $3 for grown-ups — less for kids and old folks. Allow 15 extra minutes to get a free, but required, pool ID pass. Call 706-687-0322.

Saturday night, Billy Earl McClelland returns to Broad Street Blues with his band Mojo:Saint. If McClelland's not a household name, it's because you're not a member of Willie Nelson's, Townes Van Zandt's or Brenda Lee's households.

McClelland's played guitar for those legends, and he's written songs for Hank Jr., Jerry Jeff Walker and Waylon Jennings. It's at 9:45 p.m. and costs $5. The club is at Dillingham and Broad in Phenix City. Call 334-297-3200.

The Film Society is bringing in a film called "Away From Her" this week. And its reviews are so phenomenal that we should all go to see it, despite the fact that it centers on the inevitably depressing topic of Alzheimer's Disease. It's showing all week, but Sunday afternoon's the last chance to catch it for the matinee price of $4.