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Christmas Carol Sing-a-long

What: Choirs from St. Peter’s Church and The Ceremonial Brass of Savannah lead Skidaway Island’s 20th annual Yuletide carol-fest. When: At 5 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 11 Where: The Clock Tower at Skidaway Village Square Cost: Free

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Wednesday An Early 19th Century Holiday at the Davenport House

What: View an authentic early 19th century holiday season in Savannah at this historic house museum. Tours on weekdays and Saturdays: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.; Sundays: 1-4 p.m. When: Daily Where: Davenport House Museum, 324 E. State St. Cost: $8/gen. adm., $5 ages 6-7 Info: 912-236-8097.

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What: Celebrating the community wide support for the ASPCA 100K Challenge. Live music, light bites from some local favorites, dessert buffet, cash bar. Attire: Business Casual. No pets, please. When: Wed. Dec. 07, 5:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m. Where: Savannah Station, 601 Cohen St. Cost: Free Info:

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Film: A memorial tribute to director Ken Russell

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What: Psychotronic Film Society screens one of the late Ken Russell’s masterpieces (a “mystery screening”). When: Wed. Dec. 07, 8 p.m. Where: The Sentient Bean, 13 E. Park Ave. Cost: $7 Info:

phy professor Clark Alexander discusses rising sea level and its potential effects on Coastal Georgia. Reception at 6:30 followed by lecture. Reservations recommended. When: Thu. Dec. 08, 6:30 p.m. Where: McGowan Library Auditorium at Skidaway Institute of Oceanography, 10 Ocean Science Circle, Skidaway Island Cost: Free and open to the public Info: 912-598-2325.

Savannah Filmmaker Mixer

What: Inaugural social gathering for Savannah’s film community - production companies, skilled crew members and aspiring filmmakers. Presented by the Savannah Production Pool, Savannah Actors Pool and Savannah Extras Pool. When: Thu. Dec. 08, 7 p.m.-10:30 p.m. Where: Ele Fine Fusion Restaurant, 7815 US Highway 80 , Wilmington Island Cost: Free. Food/beverages avail for purchase. Info:

Theater: Cats

What: The Andrew Lloyd Webber feline musical on tour. When: Thu. Dec. 08, 7:30 p.m. Where: Johnny Mercer Theatre, 301 W. Oglethorpe Ave. Cost: $32 - $55 Info: 912-651-6556.



Friday Festival Latino of Our Lady of Guadalupe

What: Twelfth annual two-day festival features Friday 6:30 p.m. pilgrimage with mariachis followed by Mass and Latino dinner. Saturday’s festivities begin at 11 a.m. featuring nearly a dozen Latin bands, folk dancing, pinatas, food, and children’s activities. When: Fri. & Sat., Dec. 09 & 10 Where: Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church, 501 S. Coastal Highway, Port Wentworth Cost: Free and open to the public Info: 912-655-9007

Fort Pulaski Candlelantern Tours

Skatefest! Ice Skating

What: Daily ice skating in the Civic Center Dec. 9-Jan. 8. Skates available for rent. Times vary. When: Daily Where: Savannah Civic Center, 301 W. Oglethorpe Ave. Cost: $7/person. 6-session pass: $30 Info: 912-651-6556. www.savannahcivic. com

Book Signing: Chef Sonya Jones

What: Discussing and signing copies of her new book, Sweet Auburn Desserts. When: Thu. Dec. 08, 3:30 p.m.-5:30 p.m. Where: E. Shaver, Bookseller, 326 Bull St. Cost: Free and open to the public. Info: 912-234-7257 What: Skidaway Institute of Oceanogra-

What: Vietnam veteran, retired Lt. Col. and writer discusses his latest book, Bare Feet, Iron Will - Stories From The Other Side of Vietnam’s Battlefields. When: Thu. Dec. 08, 8 p.m. Where: Coastal Georgia Center, 305 Fahm St., Cost: $$10/Gen. Free for memb./stdnts/ educ./mil. Info:

What: Commemorates the 150th anniversary of the Confederate Nog party of 1861. Tours at 6, 6:30, 7, 7:30, 8 and 8:30 p.m. Reservations required. When: Fri. Dec. 09 Where: Fort Pulaski National Monument, U.S. Hwy 80 East Cost: $5/adult. Free/children under 15. Reservations req Info: 912-786-5787.


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That darn Cats is back, Dec. 8 at the Johnny Mercer Theatre

Theater: You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown

City Market Holiday Open House

Christmas carolers, luminaries and more. When: Fri. Dec. 09, 6-9 p.m. Where: City Market, W. St. Julian Street Cost: Free and open to the public Info: When: Sat. Dec. 10, 5 p.m.-8 p.m. Where: Fort Morris State Historic Site, 2559 Fort Morris Road, Midway Cost: Free and open to the public What:

Pan-Hellenic Council Annual Christmas Social

What: A night of dancing, games, food and fun for Savannah’s Greek letter organizations. Please bring an unwrapped toy for charity. When: Fri. Dec. 09, 7:30 p.m. Where: Windsor Hall in Windsor Forest, 302 Briarcliff Circle Cost: Free and open to the public Info: 912-704-3124


Saturday Book Fair Benefit

What: A percentage of your Barnes & Noble purchases donated to the Savannah-Chatham School’s ALL Foundation. Performances by Magic Marc from 10:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Storytime Readers: 2-3 p.m. When: Sat. Dec. 10 Where: Oglethorpe Mall Cost: Free and open to the public Info: 912-353-7757

What: Separate tickets for each event. Home Tours Saturday, 11 a.m.and 5 p.m. When: Sat., Dec. 10 Where: Various downtown sites Cost: $20-$30 Info: 912-308-6755. dnaholidaytour. com

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What: Bring your best chili recipe and

compete for top honors as the chili guru, then watch the boats come by after dark with their Christmas lights shining! When: Sat. Dec. 10, 5 p.m. Where: Coffee Bluff Marina, 14915 Coffee Bluff Rd. Cost: Free and open to the public Info: 912-925-7474.

What: Sponsored by Wilmington Island Garden Club. Proceeds benefit their community projects. Van service to and from tour starting point at Wilmington Island Methodist Church. When: Sat. Dec. 10, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Where: Wilmington Island United Methodist Church, 195 Wilmington Island Road., Wilmington Island & Turners Rock Cost: $30/Tour & Tea; $5 Tea only Info: 912-713-5091

of his new book, A Light in the Dark. When: Sat. Dec. 10, 2 p.m. Where: E. Shaver Booksellers, 326 Bull St. Info: 912-234-7257

Music: John Berry

What: Country music singer’s “Joy to the World” Christmas show. When: Sat. Dec. 10, 8 p.m. Where: Lucas Theatre for the Arts, 31

A Colonial Christmas

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What: A tea party for children and adults; children can learn how to paint china. Benefits the historic Tybee Post Theater. Ticket includes tea for teddy, child and one parent/ guest/chaperone. When: Sun. Dec. 11, 3-5 p.m. Where: Tybee Island Wedding Chapel, 1112 Hwy. 80, Tybee Island Cost: $25 Info: 706-495-6724

Isle of Hope Tour of Homes

What: Six private homes and a show of local and nationally recognized artists. Reception after the tour at the church parish hall. When: Sun. Dec. 11, 4 p.m.-6 p.m. Where: St. Thomas Episcopal Church, 2 St. Thomas Ave., Isle of Hope Cost: $30 Info: 912-355-3110

Music: Amy Grant & Vince Gill

What: Nashville power couple’s “12 Days of Christmas” concert. When: Sun. Dec. 11, 7:30 p.m. Where: Johnny Mercer Theater, 301 W. Oglethorpe Ave., Savannah Cost: $39.50 - $69.50 Info: 912-651-6556. savannahcivic. com CS


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What: Mary Padgelek’s original musical based on the life of the late African-American visionary painter J.B. Murray. Produced by the Savannah Community Theatre. When: Sat. Dec. 10, 7 p.m., Sun. Dec. 11, 3 p.m. Where: Trustees Theatre, 216 E. Broughton St. Cost: $16.50-$36.50 Info: 912-525-5050

What: Author Burnett will sign copies


Music: Savannah Children’s Choir Holiday Concert


Theater: “Hands of the Spirit”

Book Event: Doug Burnett


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What: Bring your boat or watch the boats go by on Chimney Creek. Awards at 8:30 p.m. When: Sat. Dec. 10, 6 p.m.-9 p.m. Where: The Crab Shack, 40 Estill Hammock Rd., Tybee Island Info: 912-786-9857.

What: Family fun-filled activities: cookie decorating, making ornaments to take home, facepainting, a petting zoo, photos with Father Christmas in the Cinderella carriage and a choir performance. New unwrapped toys will be collected for Toys for Tots. When: Sat. Dec. 10, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Where: City Market Savannah, West St. Julian St. Cost: Free and open to the public


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City Market Christmas for Kids Celebration

Abercorn St. Cost: $30-$69.50 Info: 912-525-5050


mas Guns (muskets). Live colonial Christmas music. The traditional Yule Log and bonfire. Colonial dancing and refreshments. When: Sat. Dec. 10, 5 p.m.-8 p.m. Where: Fort Morris State Historic Site, 2559 Fort Morris Rd., Midway Cost: Free and open to the public Info: 912-884-5999


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What: Savannah Children’s Theatre with the Broadway musical comedy based on the Peanuts comic strip. When: Fri. Dec. 09 at 7 p.m., Sat. & Sun., Dec. 10 & 11 at 3 p.m. Where: 2160 E. Victory Dr.

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Seventy years ago this week, the United States entered World War II after Japan’s attack on Pearl Harbor. Less than four years later, it was all over. In this era of multiple, open–ended, decade–plus U.S. occupations in the Middle East, it never ceases to amaze me that World War II – the crucible which formed the basis of what we know today as modern American society – was so incredibly short. Coral Sea, Kasserine Pass, “I shall return,” Midway, Italy, Guadalcanal, the bombing campaigns over Germany and

Japan, D–Day, Leyte Gulf, Patton’s breakout, Iwo Jima, Tuskegee Airmen, a bridge too far, Tarawa, the Battle of the Bulge, Hiroshima, Nagasaki. All that heroism, all that sacrifice, all that blood and death and defeat and victory. All in 43 months. It’s not just the battlefield exploits. It’s the enormous, profound changes that happened here at home.

Women and minorities entering the workforce. Bases and shipyards being constructed. River after river dammed out west for electricity to churn out tanks and airplanes. Unlike all other combatants in World War II – with the possible exception of the Soviet Union, which also enjoyed huge amounts of U.S. aid – only America completely mobilized its economy on a war footing. Britain and Australia were crippled throughout the war by strikes and other labor unrest.


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But the main reason World War II lasted such a relatively short time was the ability of the United States to mobilize all the human and natural and technological resources of a great country for one overriding purpose. It’s all simultaneously inspiring and depressing. Inspiring to know that we come from a place of such ability. Depressing to see that we are apparently incapable of doing so again to solve the problems that face us today. As the many World War II observations and 70th anniversaries are marked over the next few years, and as we mourn the passing of so many aging World War II veterans, my hope this December is that the younger generation of Americans take to heart the lessons of World War II and appreciate the value of total commitment – a lesson which many of their elders have sadly forgotten – or even more sadly, have stopped caring about. CS

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The Japanese kept fully half of their military occupying China until the very last day of the war. Nazi Germany continued to produce luxury consumer items, such as stockings and chocolate, until the Russian tanks were almost on their doorstep. Only in America did an entire country completely mobilize – from the top down and the bottom up, from the inside out – for total war. It was an effort whose impact lasted long after the war itself, in the form of huge societal changes (integration of the armed forces, the G.I. Bill, the “Baby Boom”) and technological advances (nuclear power, radar, jet engines, computers, and too many more to name here). There is no doubt that other countries made greater sacrifices than we did: An entire generation of men gone in Britain, hundreds of thousands of Japanese civilians killed in B–29 firebombing raids, many millions of soldiers and civilians dead in Russia and China.


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In the middle of Forsyth Park, a group of grown–ups are running wildly back and forth, carrying giant letters. Shrieks of “Peel!” and “Dump!” pierce the afternoon air, and there’s more maniacal laughter and skipping than at a playground serving free Red Bull. Closer observation reveals that this is not in fact the insane asylum on a field trip, but a game. Specifically, a life–sized version of Bananagrams. There are words being laid out on the grass crossword–style out of the large squares, and the exclamations refer to what’s happening in the common pile of letters in the middle. All I know is that wordplay and wind sprints looks like my kind of fun. “I like to tell people it’s like Scrabble on crack,” crows James Holmes, the affable gent who serves as ringleader of this lexical circus.

If you’re not familiar with Bananagrams, the gist is to arrange your allotment of lettered tiles into connected words as fast as possible. When you run out of tiles, you shout “Peel!” and grab another letter until the pile is gone. There’s no board or point system, but adherence to Scrabble rules is strictly enforced – no abbreviations or proper nouns allowed. It’s been a favorite at my house since we realized we could sneak in spelling lessons for the kids while enjoying a snack and a glass of wine. As a family of unabashed word nerds, we have found Bananagrams to be an excellent training ground for the epic Scrabble battles waged among the older generations. What’s terribly embarrassing is that my second grader can beat me now, which I blame on the Vinho Verde. Usually Bananagrams is played at a table with a modicum of quiet civility. But James has made it big and let it loose on the outdoors. I met him at the Sentient Bean before last week’s

epic match in Forsyth to find out more about this brilliant mash–up of mental and physical workouts. Not knowing I was a seasoned tabletop player myself, he started to pull out the familiar yellow Bananagrams zippered pouch to show me his inspiration. Because my innate nerdiness does not allow me to pass up such an opportunity, this prompted the inevitable “Is that a banana in your pocket or are you just happy to see me?” Fortunately, James thought this was hilarious. We grammar geeks just get each other, y’know? James, an active member of the online community CouchSurfing. com, regularly hosts travelers from around the world and was introduced to Bananagrams two years ago by a couple of visitors from New Jersey. After a marathon session that lasted into the wee hours of the morning, he was hit with the epiphany of creating his favorite game on a grand scale. “The next day we went to Home Depot and bought everything for like,

James Holmes and his letters can be found in Savannah’s parks and squares.

The game soon swells to six, then 10, then 15. Everyone walking by is invited to play: little kids (as long as they don’t steal the tiles), older folks

(as long as they can run), black, white, rich, poor – spelling as the great leveler, so to speak (as long as I’m misquoting Kierkegaard.)

What I find most remarkable is that there’s no money exchanged in this endeavor, no ulterior agenda, nothing to buy or consume. James wrote to the makers of Bananagrams last year and received some rubber bracelets and stickers to pass out, but other than those few promotional trinkets, this is a venture unspoiled by the branding and marketing that seems to overwhelm almost everything these days, from cereal to charities to churches. “Sure, I’d love to figure out how to market it because I’m broke,” laughs James, who works as an artists’ figure model and at U–Haul. “But it’s not that important. I just love the game and seeing everyone out here interacting and running around.” There it is: In a mad world where it seems like everyone’s trying to sell you something, it’s heartening know there is still a good time out there that’s as pure as - wait for it - the inside of a perfectly ripe banana. CS Follow “Savannagram” on Facebook to get updates on the next game and get your spell on.

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$40,” he recalls. The first game was launched in Daffin Park, and James came up with his own moniker for his invention: Savannagram. Now he and his tiles can be found in parks and other city hotspots and have become a fixture at Ellis Square most Saturday nights. Once he attracts a crowd of gawkers from those dribbling out of the bars and stumbling back to their hotels, he tries to engage folks into the game. It usually works. “We’ll start with me and one or two other players and it’ll just grow,” he tells me as we walk through the oaks to a sunny patch of grass in front of the new bandshell to meet up with Savannagram regulars Carly Price, Anna Trott and Doug Guild. “People tend join in pretty quickly when they see how much fun we’re having.” Spirited competition ensues, and James’ battered red dictionary is consulted to solve several word disputes. Someone loses a round over “poe,” which elicits a bit of friendly jeering. How can you not love a game where the worst epithet you can call someone is a “rotten banana”?

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disturbs far more fossils than Eberlein could in decades of diving.) While he makes his living diving, Eberlein says he does it mostly for the pleasure it brings. “Diving is one of the best experiences you can have, because you get to go into this unexplored universe that covers three quarters of our planet. You never


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“If it’s going to happen, it’s going to happen off the coast of Tybee,” said Mayor Jason Buelterman in his opening remarks at the forum, held at Tybee City Hall. There’s always an “if ” when a billion dollar project is on the table. A partnership between the Southern Alliance for Clean Energy, Georgia Tech’s Strategic Energy Institute and the Georgia Environmental Finance Authority, the GWWG has been working with Southern Co. to add offshore wind to the state’s energy coffers since 2005. The earliest estimated date for the opening of a “near–term” facility is 2024. That means it’s going to be awhile before the Tybee breeze is turned into bright lights and blowing HVACs.

But the community is ready for more green options like the energy upgrades and geothermal system installed in city buildings this year. “It makes sense to begin outreach now as we work to wean ourselves from fossil fuels to more sustainable resources,” said councilmember Paul Wolff, who is also a member of the GWWG steering committee. “Wind is going to be a significant resource for Tybee and possibly the entire Eastern seaboard.” Though wind power accounts for 2.3 percent of total energy use in the U.S., offshore facilities have yet to come online, putting us behind in the global clean energy arena. Simon Mahan, a representative from the Southern Alliance for Clean Energy, warned that Europe already has three gigawatts in the water and that Asia is a “rising giant.” China has ambitious plans to add to its 142 megawatt capabilities, and Japan is focusing on wind as it looks to phase out nuclear power, “for obvious reasons.” The potential site off Tybee could generate a gigawatt of energy, enough to power as many as 750,000 homes using existing infrastructure. “Georgia is a good resource; it’s close to large populations and the energy created will be easily accessible by those populations,” said Mahan, who went on to show the potential jobs created by offshore wind development as well as the stable long-term cost of wind, unlike the fluctuating prices of coal, oil and other fuels necessary to create electricity: “Wind will always be free.” He also noted that unlike coal, natural gas and nuclear power, wind energy needs no water – a salient point to consider as groundwater resources are depleted. Mahan defended the high cost of building offshore wind farms, which can be twice that of building on land due to the complications of building at sea, saying the return is made up with larger turbine capacity. Building offshore also means no multi–party property ownership complexities; only state and federal governments can say who builds in U.S. waters. Offshore projects are in various stages of planning in Texas and the Northeast, most notably Cape Wind in Nantucket Sound, in Cape Cod, Mass. So why Tybee as a prime possibility?

buried somewhere out in Wassau Sound did not affect his research. In order to test the viability of a wind farm off the Tybee Coast, Southern Co. leased the ocean plots determined via See’s work from the U.S. Dept. of the Interior last April. The money is there, but according to Southern Co. environmental specialist George Martin, “it’s like pushing a rock uphill” to collect the necessary data and meet the required regulations, as well as prove there’s enough wind to be economically viable. “It’s folly to hypothesize what could be the capacity level and what the actual output levels will be,” said Martin during the forum’s Q&A session. “It’s just business.” As Southern Co. continues to conduct research off Tybee, GWWG has other onshore wind projects in the works to keep the alternative energy at the forefront. Though it may be decades before the turbines are built on the ocean horizon, the good news is that the wind isn’t going anywhere. CS


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Taking care of business Three men ended up in custody after running into Savannah–Chatham Metropolitan Police Department’s annual “Jingle Bell Patrol” on Black Friday.

Christopher Phillips, 24, of the 7100 block of US 17, and Bryan George, 22, of the 100 block of Hermitage, both in Richmond Hill, and Robert Baker, 23, of the 200 block of Mt. Olive Road, Fleming, Ga., were taken into custody after suspects were seen entering automobiles and trying to enter others in Oglethorpe Mall. Phillips was charged with two counts of entering autos and six counts of criminal attempt of entering autos. George was charged with being a party to a crime entering autos. Baker was charged with possession of prescription drugs not in the original container.

They were arrested after mall security alerted an off–duty officer who called in Southside Precinct officers, SCMPD Traffic units, and Neighborhood Task Force undercover units about 2 p.m. to surround the suspects. The off–duty officer was working at the mall and some of the other officers were part of this year’s “Jingle Bell Patrol,” the department’s annual extra–duty effort to cut down on crime during the holiday season. Officers in each of the SCMPD five precincts work overtime as the “Jingle Bell Patrol” in high traffic areas to protect shoppers and businesses. Each of the precincts employ different tactics in the various areas they protect, as determined by the officers to address their specific situations. In this case, mall security observed two of the three suspects in a red pickup truck and police saw one of the suspects enter a car and pull on door handles of other cars. The other suspect waited in the red truck for the suspect committing the entering auto. The third suspect was apprehended while the other two were being taken

into custody. • Two men are now in custody following separate drug investigations conducted by the Chatham–Savannah Counter Narcotics Team (CNT). CNT, in a working partnership with the United States Postal Service, began investigating a residence located in the 400 block of East Liberty Street. After being alerted that a U.S. Postal Package headed to the address contained marijuana, a search warrant for the package was obtained. The package was delivered to its unsuspecting recipient by a law enforcement officer working in an undercover capacity, at which time CNT executed a search warrant at the residence. A search resulted in the discovery of additional marijuana, and items commonly associated with its sale, including a detailed ledger. In all, approximately three pounds of marijuana was seized. CNT arrested 38–year–old

Jonathan Staggs of Savannah. Staggs was charged with Possession of Marijuana with Intent to Distribute and Possession of Tools during the Commission of a Crime. • In a separate investigation CNT, with the assistance of the Garden City Police Department and Georgia Department of Pardons and Parole, arrested 27–year–old Kerry “Black” Milledge of the 200 block of Olmstead Place. Throughout the month of November, CNT was purchasing crack cocaine from Milledge in Westgate Apartments. Officers moved in to arrest Milledge, who fled on foot. Milledge was chased into an apartment where he was taken into custody without any further incident. CS Give anonymous crime tips to Crimestoppers at 234-2020

Why is there no (or at least, so little) naturally occurring blue food? Nature seems to have provided us with edible substances of every other hue, but the only blue food to be found in the supermarket is invariably artificially colored. Even blueberries aren’t really blue. How come? —Matt McElligott If we’re going to study the ancient texts, Matt, we need to have those texts in front of us. The question you cite was placed before the house by the late philosopher George Carlin while hosting the inaugural episode of Saturday Night Live in 1975: “Why is there no blue food? I can’t find blue food—I can’t find the flavor of blue! I mean, green is lime; yellow is lemon; orange is orange; red is cherry; what’s blue? There’s no blue! ‘Oh,’ they say, ‘blueberries!’ Uh-uh; blue on the vine, purple on the plate. We want the blue food! Probably bestows immortality! They’re keeping it from us!”
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news of the weird Lead Story Chinese Education Values: To get to their school, 80 children (aged 6 to 17) in the mountaintop village of Pili, China, near the borders with Tajikistan and Afghanistan, make a 120-mile journey that includes 50 miles on foot or by camel. The most dangerous parts of the route are an inches-wide path cut into a cliff (over a 1,000-foot drop), a 600-foot-long zip-line drop and crossings of four freezing rivers (easier in winter when they are frozen solid). The kids must make the chaperoned treks four times a year — coming and going for each of two long sessions. According to one teacher, Ms. Su, the kids generally enjoy the adventure. The government is building a road to the village, but it will not be finished until 2013.

Cultural Diversity • Globally (except in Japan), familyrun businesses underperform those run by professional managers. Japanese corporations often seem to have a talented son to take over for his father. The main reason for that, according to an August Freakonomics radio report, is that the family scions usually first recruit an ideal “son” and then adopt him, often also encouraging their daughters to marry the men. (Japanese adage: “You can’t choose your sons, but you can choose your sons-in-law.”) If the man is already married, sometimes he and his wife will both get adopted. In fact, while 98 percent of U.S. adoptions are

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Each August in Urakawa, Japan, a “hallucination and delusion competition” takes place among visiting alcoholics and sufferers of mental disorders, who in principle are helped by bonding with fellow patients and revealing their failures and successes. The Bethel Festival, named for its sponsor, brings about 600 people together for on-stage presentations (sometimes in the form of song or dance) and awards a grand prize to a standout visitor (one year, to a woman who lived for four days in a public restroom after a voice in her head told her to, and in another year, to a man who had overcome a 35-year stretch of never straying more than

Bright Ideas How does an extortionist (or kidnapper) safely collect the money that has been dropped off for him? In July, police staking out a vacant field in Colerain Township, Ohio, after leaving the $22,000 ordered by alleged extortionist Frank Pence, waited for about an hour, but Pence failed to show. Then, one officer noticed the money slowly moving across the field and finally caught up to Pence, who was pulling a very, very long, partially concealed rope from a location a distance from the drop site.

Creme de la Weird Authorities in Washington County, Ore., said in October that they would not file charges against a very weird 21-year-old woman who had felt compelled, as a tribute to her horse that had just died of old age, to get naked and climb inside the horse’s carcass, to “feel one” with it. Her

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Live Wire Music Hall, 307 W. River St. $7 “I’m half Japanese and half Italian,” says jam– band keyboard wizard Dr. Dan Matrazzo. “But I’m a redneck at heart.” Matrazzo’s father is from Baltimore, his mother from Tokyo, and it was in that Japanese capital that he learned to play and had his first taste of success. “I was in a rock band – we had a few hits, I was on TV three days a week and I had nine girls chasing me every day,” he says. “It was a whole different wacky world over there.” At the Berklee College of Music in Boston, he formed the band Winter with Steve Vai and Jeff Sipe. Marriage brought him to Atlanta in 1982, and Matrazzo spent two years in the touring and recording band of blues legend Clarence “Gatemouth” Brown. Eventually, like every musician who spends enough time in Atlanta, he fell in with guitarist and bandleader Col. Bruce Hampton. Matrazzo first played with Hampton in the Arkansas Florists (later the Aquarium Rescue Unit), and was a founding member of the Fiji Mariners, with whom he toured between 1994 and ’99. He made a “space funk” album (Dan on the Moon), and cut a jazz/bebop set that was never released, and has performed with the Allman Brothers Band, Drum and Bass Society and Widespread Panic. This year, Matrazzo renewed a friendship with Joe Layton of the Richmond Hill band the Looters, and together they’ve started touring Georgia clubs. As for his gear .... “I’m an old vintage player,” Matrazzo explains. “I don’t have enough roadies to carry a B3, but I have a D–series clavinet, which is made in Germany and it’s got real guitar strings in it – it’s like a guitar, but with keyboards. It feeds back and everything. And I have a 1968 Wurlitzer, which is the choice of electric piano for rock keyboard players.” Matrazzo hopes to eventually get back to Japan; he still has family there. “The Imperial Family used to stay at my grandpa’s in Himeji,” he says. “They would move around during World War II because they didn’t want to get bombed by the Americans at their palace in Tokyo, so they moved them around constantly with their relatives and such. We were somehow connected to the Imperial Family.” CS

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Every interview with Vince Gill is punctuated by frequent laughter. Not only is he the most honored man in country music, with 20 Grammys and a garage–full of Nashville industry awards, he’s really, really funny. He’s also refreshingly candid. In a business where humility is usually just something an artist pulls out of a drawer to wear in public, Gill is the original nice guy who, beating the odds, finished first. Since his career began, in the early ‘80s, he’s sold 26 million albums. In 2007, he was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame. The Oklahoma native believes in giving back, and has sponsored and/ or given his time to dozens of charities, both in and out of Nashville, where he lives with his second wife, Contemporary Christian vocalist Amy Grant and their 10–year–old daughter.

Although they maintain separate careers (“we don’t want to become Sonny and Cher,” he says), Gill and Grant go on the road together every holiday season. Their show The 12 Days of Christmas visits the Johnny Mercer Theatre Dec. 11. Gill, 54, has just released Guitar Slinger, his 17th album, the first since 2006’s four–CD box These Days. That collection, which won the Grammy for Best Country Album, consisted of 43 songs spanning a cross–section of musical styles, from bluegrass and country to jazz and rock ‘n’ roll. At the forefront, always, is Gill’s pure, high tenor voice and astonishing skills as both an acoustic and

electric guitarist. “Vince has so much talent and he’s so loveable, so sweet, so unassuming, you love him with all your heart,” says his friend Rodney Crowell. “Then you want to break his fingers ‘cause he’s so damn good.” The Christmas tour comes at the end of yet another busy and productive year for Gill – along with finishing up Guitar Slinger, he hosted a Hall Of Fame benefit at which he performed with Zac Brown, Sheryl Crow and Emmylou Harris, he and Sting taped an episode of Country Music Television’s groundbreaking Crossroads together, he produced the new LeAnn Rimes album and he cut a song for the new CD This One’s For Him: A Tribute to Guy Clark. Last month, he donated $12,000 to the Oklahoma Music Hall of Fame to build an interactive children’s exhibit. Yet somehow, he found time to pose, with Grant and a big tray of

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Vince Gill: Probably more so for Amy. To be perfectly honest. She’s so good at it – I’m ridin’ her coattails. I’m out there being her guitar player and singing a few songs, too, but she absolutely adores this time of year. I’m a guy – I don’t have a Santa hat, and I’m not baking any cookies. It’s a Good Housekeeping myth! I’ve been taking so much heat from my buddies – I’ll get a call, ‘Hey, I didn’t know that you were the cookie connoisseur that you are!’ And ‘You’ve never touched a vacuum!’ What happens in this Christmas show? Vince Gill: Well, we all sit around and adore Amy. Like I said, she loves this a tad bit more than I do, but it’s a great time of year for us to be together and travel, and get to do something that really can connect our audience, because I think our audiences are probably pretty different. I joke all the time – I say our audiences are the same. I get ‘em liquored up Saturday night, and you save ‘em on Sunday morning. Because of the structure of the show, the music transcends any kind of genres – it’s just Christmas music, and everybody can come and hear these great old songs and have a good night. There are some people from my band, and some from Amy’s band. There’s some reading that goes on, and we have a horn section, the Sapphire Blue Horns. They’re viciously talented. So it’s Big Band–minded, but it’s pretty laid–back. It’s pretty but it’s not over the top.

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You’re Grand Marshall of this year’s Nashville Christmas parade. And there you are on the cover of Good Housekeeping, wearing a Santa cap. And inside is this warm and fuzzy story. Is Christmas really that big a deal to you?

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Did you lose a lot of stuff in the 2010 floods? Vince Gill: Yeah, I did. I think the count might be around 50 guitars, 60 old cases – sometimes the cases might be worth more than the guitars – 30 or 40 old amps, stuff I picked up around all over, my whole life. Half a million dollars worth of stuff. The interesting thing was, my daughter was getting married five or six days later, so as sad as it felt it didn’t make a dent. I kind of thought, “My daughter’s getting married on Saturday – this is just stuff.” I loved this stuff, and this stuff had a great life, it played on these records and all that, it was difficult. But at the same time, I moved on. Do you ever get tired of being called ‘the nice guy’ all the time? Ever want to say ‘buzz off, I don’t feel like it’? Vince Gill: I probably would’ve if I felt that way, but you know what? At the end of the day, I like feeling normal. I like being normal. It’s funny to me that people are surprised when you’re nice. What a sad belief system we have on ourselves, you know? If you’re shocked that I’m nice. To me, it’s easy. It’s very easy to be nice. And I like people. I like having conversations with people, I like strangers. I don’t care what you do, I don’t care of you’re the President or you cut the grass, you’re all the same to me. I know that in my heart; I don’t really operate with any kind of continues on p. 24


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pecking order or that kind of stuff. I don’t like preferential treatment – if there’s a line and they say “We’ll move you up to the front,” I’ll say nope, I’ll just wait my turn. I like normal.



at it and I thought “If I took this batch of songs, I could have a really traditional country record. If I took this batch of songs, I could have a really cool romantic record ....” It unfolded. It never was intentional. So I think that’s what made it even more honest.

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Vince Gill: I was horrible as a child! No, I’ve always been pretty easygoing. People that have known me my whole life will all tell you pretty straight–up I haven’t changed. I like saying that I ignored my failures and I ignored my success. Did you always have a singular career vision? Vince Gill: I always knew I was gonna do this. The most comforting thought is that I didn’t care what the results were gonna be. I didn’t care if I was in some Holiday Inn six nights a week, or in front of a million people. I just wanted to play. I know I would do it no matter what, because when I was just playing and maybe making 15 or 20 bucks a night, trying like hell to pay the rent, I couldn’t fathom doing anything else. There wasn’t any part of that where I went ‘I can’t do this any more. If I don’t make some more money...’ It never felt like that to me once. Between the stylistic changes on These Days, your TV show with Sting and the varied sessions you’ve played on, it seems to me that genres just don’t mean anything to you. Is that a pretty fair assessment? Vince Gill: Yeah, I think so. I mean, I viciously support country music, and will to the day that I die. It helped me more than anything I’ve ever known, and I have a great love for it, probably a first love. But I really like the traditional side of it. At the same time, I’ve always felt just like a musician that just wanted to play. I didn’t care what it was. Everybody else may have, but I sure didn’t.

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It was your All Things Must Pass. Vince Gill: I guess! Sans the beard. Gill and Amy Grant married in 2000; she is the best-selling Contemporary Christian music artist in history, and has six Grammys and 25 Dove Awards from the Gospel Music Association.

was going on, I didn’t stop doing all the other things that I did. I didn’t stop playing on other people’s records, I didn’t stop being a guitar player that liked to play the blues. I never stopped any of those things. And even on those records in the heyday of having hits, you’d find an off–the–wall tune in each of them, that would allow me to be not just one thing. There’s only one record that I ever made that I felt was a really pointed, traditional–minded record from start to finish, The Key. And all the rest I think were all over the map. But what’s interesting to me is, even as successful as those years were, I listen to those records versus the records I make today, and I don’t think they compare. My ears tell me what I’m doing now is so much better. Is that one of the reasons you did These Days as a mix of styles? Vince Gill: Well, that was an accident, in all honesty. I had a big satchel full of songs, and they were all over the map – jazz, bluegrass, whatever – and I just said “I’m tired of seeing songs I’ve written, that don’t make it on a record, never get out of a desk drawer.” There was no rush for a record from me. The standard joke is “Nobody was beating down my door to get it.” So there wasn’t any big hurry. And I looked up, and I’d recorded 25 or 30 songs – uh–oh! Now what am I gonna do? I started analyzing it and looking

I assume These Days was a hard act to follow. What did Guitar Slinger represent to you? Vince Gill: You know what? At the end of the day, I think these songs are better. The album title’s probably a little misleading. As I’ve talked to people and seen them react, they go “Where’s all the guitar playing?” And I go “Well .... there’s a song called ‘Guitar Slinger.’ It’s got a great sense of humor.’” There’s more guitar playing than usual for me, but even when it’s more for me it’s maybe not enough for most people to deem that title. Why are the songs better? Vince Gill: I don’t know – I’m older. I should be a better songwriter tomorrow than I am today. What happens next for you – after your Grand Marshall gig, after the Christmas tour and after you bake all those cookies? Vince Gill: I’m going to be creative, whatever way, shape or form that shows up. I don’t really know, I just kinda like the moment, and I play what fits in the moment. I have a studio in my house, and I’m without a record deal for the first time in 32 years. I feel like Willie Nelson is a great mentor for me in what he’s done in the last 15 or 20 years. He’s probably done more in those years than he did in his heyday, doing different projects. So I’m looking forward to really having some fun. CS Vince Gill & Amy Grant The 12 Days of Christmas Where: Johnny Mercer Theatre, Savannah Civic Center, 301 W. Oglethorpe Ave. When: At 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 11 Tickets: $39.50–$69.50 at


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In Hands of the Spirit, Gary Swindell plays Georgia folk artist J.B. Murray

J.B. Murray was called, by a higher power, to do something totally outside his sphere of understanding. And so, in a way, was Mary Padgelek. Murray (1908–88) was an illiterate potato farmer in Mitchell, a tiny, rural town in northeast Georgia. At the age of 70, he said he had been visited by the Holy Spirit, which instructed him to write, and paint, and spread the word. Today, Murray’s abstract “folk art” – packed with ghostly, human– like shapes – is prized by collectors around the world. A freelance artist based in Athens, Padgelek wrote her Ph.D. dissertation on Murray, and this became the basis for a book she called In the Hand of the Spirit: The Visionary Art of J.B. Murray. At the same time, Padgelek and her husband were huge theater fans, and often made trips to New York to catch the latest Broadway musicals. In 2006, she received her calling. “I don’t have a musical background, had never written a play,” Padgelek says. “And I’m really not a writer. But when I decided to write this musical, within a month I had written 20 songs. It wasn’t really a conscious thing; it just sort of happened.” And so Murray’s story was woven into a full–length stage musical, Hands of the Spirit. “Knowing what I liked about musicals, I went ‘I think this fits,’” she recalls. “It’s a very simple story. That’s what you want for a musical – a simple, direct story that has hope and conflict. This story had the seeds of a good one.” Through Padgelek’s friendship with Savannah Community Theatre producer/director Tom Coleman, Hands of the Spirit has gone through several years of re–writing, editing, staged readings and workshops. It premieres Dec. 10 and 11 at the Trustees Theater.

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musical with 20 tunes that carry the plot along. The songs are kind of stream–of–consciousness things in his head. “They’re very eclectic songs. Some of them sound like Sondheim, some of them sound like ... stuff I’d never heard before, but all the Catholic folk are very familiar with what they call hymnody.” What attracted Swindell to the project was the blend of theater, music, and deeply–rooted faith and

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tradition. He wasn’t an ‘outsider artist.’ I took the point of view that this is what happened to him, he wasn’t schizophrenic, he wasn’t crazy. He was following this scenario. “Because he wasn’t trained as an artist, he just did what he did, without censoring. These ghostly people came to him, that to him were the people in hell. His message was to tell people there is a hell, and don’t go there, basically. Like any prophet in the Old and New Testament. “He gives that interior, raw, untrained and un–manipulated picture of what’s going on inside somebody who has this experience.” CS Hands of the Spirit Where: Trustees Theater, 216 E. Broughton St. When: At 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 10, and 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 11 Tickets: $16.50–$36.50 Phone: (912) 525–5050 Online: Reception: Mary Padgelek will attend a post-show reception Saturday. On display will be original works by Murray and other folk artists.

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In Hands of the Spirit, Gary Swindell stars as J.B. Murray. “Once I read the script, and realized it was a true story, it carried me along,” says Swindell, who’s Minister of Music at Pentecostal Miracle Deliverance Church in Savannah, and the AfterSchool Initiative choir director at Beach High School. Swindell is also co–directing Black Nativity, another musical, opening next week. “I really don’t have time to do this show, but I can’t not do it,” he says. “Even in the first edit of the script, I was taken by the story. And the vibe you get when you read the lines, it’s just so sincere. And there’s some extra stuff going on in that.” According to Coleman, the script has been whittled down to standard length (it’s two hours and a 15–minute intermission). There are 12 principal roles, plus a gospel chorus from First African Tabernacle Baptist Church, and six dancers. And 12 songs, all composed by Mary Padgelek. Says Swindell: “It’s not a standard


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Eyes that watch the organic food industry were all on Savannah last week. Why? The Desoto Hilton hosted the biannual meeting of the National Organic Standards Board, where several key decisions made will impact what food products get the organic stamp of approval. The 15–member NOSB, composed of farmers, enviromentalists, scientists and retailers, submits organic policy recommendations to the United States Dept. of Agriculture and the National List of Approved and Prohibited Substances. On the table for its fall meeting were petitions from corporate manufacturers to use synthetically–derived oils

and preservatives in organic baby food and organic wines, along with continued reformation of animal welfare standards for organic meats. Much of the multi–day agenda was devoted to listening to public comment, though those wishing to speak in front of the board had to sign up in advance and were limited to three minutes. Several familiar faces from the Southeast African American Farmers Organic Network spoke Tuesday morning, including Helen Fields of John’s Island, SC. “I’m here because I want to see the board continue with its efforts in

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education and its cost–sharing program,” said Fields, referring to the USDA’s efforts to offset the financial burdens of farmers transitioning to organic growing methods. While farmer support was a passionate topic among the commenters, the hottest issues were the petitions. Representatives and paid consultants from Dean Foods, a $12 billion company that includes Horizon milk, Morningstar Foods and Silk soy products, spent much of Thursday making a case for allowing the use of Martek Biosciences Corporation’s DHA Omega–3 and ARA Omega–6 oils as nutritional additives in organic milk and baby food. According to the Cornucopia Institute (TCI), an influential organic farmer watchdog group based in Wisconsin, those oils may contain genetically–modified ingredients (GMOs) and are extracted using hexane as a solvent, two factors which should exclude them from organic certification.

TCI co–founder Mark Kastel rolled a cart through the room containing 15,000 signatures opposing the Martek petition as evidence of that the public doesn’t consider Martek oils organic - and neither should the board. “Are you defending the integrity of the organic label?” he asked. “Or are you defending the interest of corporate agribusiness?” NOSB member Jay Feldman, who fills one of the board’s three environmentalist slots, expressed grave concern about the additives, saying the science was premature and that the approving Martek’s method of extraction “opens the barn door” to unknown materials that could end up with a USDA organic label. “We have not done our due diligence on this,” argued Feldman. “And that’s what people expect when they see the seal: That we’re in front of the problems, not in back of them.” In spite of his protests, the board voted to classify the Martek oils as “non–synthetic” and include them

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“To avoid confusion and build trust in consumers, the USDA seal should not appear on wine that has added sulfur dioxide,” pleaded Frey during Tuesday’s public comment session. At Friday’s vote, an impassioned debate arose whether the board was responsible for the allergic properties of sulfur dioxide. “‘Organic’ isn’t necessarily synonymous with an allergen– free zone,” pointed out NOSB chair Tracy Miedema. “Organic should be about agriculture, first and foremost.” NOSB member Katrina Heinze saw the offering of USDA–labeled organic wines with or without sulfites as “an improvement in consumer choice.” Other members countered that the additives are the concern, and that the USDA designation is the “best eco– label out there” to guide consumers to a product free of unnecessary ingredients. In the end, the motion was defeated, and wines with the USDA organic label will remain sulfate–free. In their remaining votes, the board voted to defer its livestock management standards recommendations until its April meeting. It did vote to increase the minimum living requirements for organic poultry from 1.5 square feet to two square feet per bird, a small concession for Will Fantle, who was leaving Savannah with six months of consumer activism to do before the next round of NOSB voting in 2012. “There’s a lot of pressure on the board from the lobbyists, who represent the interest of watering down what ‘organic’ means,” said Fantle as folks began to put away their laptops. “That’s why we just have to keep working.” CS


on the list of approved substances, a vote that disappointed consumer advocates. (The board did uphold the ban on hexane–extracted additives in organic food.) “It’s a case of ignoring consumer opinion and caving to market pressure,” sighed Will Fantle, TCI’s research director and co–founder, after Friday’s vote. “But that’s what happens when half the board is trying to liberalize what ‘organic’ means for their bosses.” Indeed, several members of the NOSB are currently or have been in the past employed by the organic divisions of huge food manufacturers, including Campbell’s Soup and General Mills, the parent company of organic labels Cascadian Farms and Muir Glen. This has spawned accusations from grassroots organizations that corporations are “greenwashing” the organic label in order to increase profits. It’s a battle that all came down to a mid– sized hotel ballroom in Savannah – for this round, anyway. Also voted upon was whether wine made from organically–grown grapes with added sulfur dioxide should bear the organic seal. Sulfur dioxide, or “sulfites,” is a ubiquitous wine–making preservative as well as a common allergen. Current USDA standards do not allow more than 10 parts per million of sulfites in organic wine. The board heard from numerous wine industry experts during public comment. Some argued that organic wine cannot be made without sulfites; others made the case for upholding the current standard, including Jonathan Frey, founder of the renowned Frey Vineyards in Mendocino County, CA, who has been producing organic wine without sulfites for 30 years.

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The week’s big news is the 2012 Savannah Stopover, the second one. As in its inaugural year, the multi–band, multi–venue celebration of indie music will take place over four days – in this case, March 7–10. The Savannah Stopover brings in bands (and artists) that don’t, as a rule, include Savannah on their regular touring itineraries. Instead, Stopover organizers get them as they’re making their way to Austin’s SXSW, the biggest and most prestigious indie showcase in the country (the premise being, as long as they’re on the road and Texas–bound, why not offer them a quick gig here?) The schedule will be announced in January, but this much we know: The March 7 opening will include a kickoff concert and Band Poster Art Opening at the Jepson Center. “Early bird” four–day passes are available now ($45) at Starting Dec. 15, full passes are $75, with a one–day pass going for $30.

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A new show has been added to the increasingly impressive Savannah Civic Center lineup. It’s not happening until May 5, but tickets have already gone on sale, so here’s your heads–up. It’s Straight No Chaser, the all–male a capella vocal group that we’ve all seen on PBS. The group started at Indiana University in the mid 1990s, and is still active there – the professional touring ensemble (10 guys) consists of former

members and long–graduated IU students. Although these swingin’ singin’ hepcats are probably best known for holiday music (their jazzy take on “The 12 Days of Christmas” is a YouTube phenomenon), their repertoire includes Michael Jackson, Lady Gaga and Justin Bieber tunes – and the show, from all accounts, is a load o’laughs. “A music career was definitely not on my radar,” said founding member Randy Stine. “Getting the guys back together, not just for someone’s wedding or bachelor party, but to spend the majority of the year together touring and recording, is a dream come true. I pinch myself all the time and hope it continues and becomes a longstanding career.” Tickets for the May 5 performance are $29.50–$44.50 at

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Folks who worship at the altar of Aardman Animations as much as they do at the temple of Pixar (raising my hand here) will quickly realize – say, 20 minutes into the movie – that Arthur Christmas won’t come close to matching the giddy heights of the British studio’s Chicken Run or Wallace & Gromit films. Its characters are more commonplace, its plotline is more conventional, its sentiments are more predictable. What this means, though, is that instead of blazing its own path, the film instead manages to beat the other studios’ efforts at their own game, effortlessly rising above the filmic fray involving Gnomeo & Juliet, Puss in Boots and other 2011 ’toon disappointments. Most of the major laughs come toward the beginning of this clever contraption in which the present Santa Claus (voiced by





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when he’s exalted for his string of hardcore crime flicks clearly know little about either the man or his achievements. Scorsese has hopscotched between genres far more often than he’s given credit for – the costume drama The Age of Innocence, the religious epic The Last Temptation of Christ and the black comedy After Hours represent just a sampling of his various works – and when he’s not helming motion pictures, he’s often championing the cause of film preservation. Scorsese has always been a student of film as much as a teacher and practitioner – how I love to hear him passionately discuss classics of cinema! – and with Hugo, he manages to incorporate all facets of his persona. continues on p. 34


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Even more so than The Aviator, Scorsese’s accomplished biopic about millionaire and part–time moviemaker Howard Hughes, this adaptation of Brian Selznick’s The Invention of Hugo Cabret is a product steeped in cinema lore, drunk on the fumes of a bygone era yet canny enough to channel its nostalgia through modern innovations. Hugo is available in 3–D, and except for the annoying darkness that’s always inherent in live–action films presented in this manner, it makes glorious use of the gimmick, right from the very first shot when falling snowflakes come right at us. Set in a Parisian train station in the 1930s, the story concerns itself with young Hugo (Asa Butterfield), a parentless child who tends to the building’s giant clock while constantly avoiding the grasp of an inspector (Sacha Baron Cohen) hellbent on sending him off to an orphanage. Connected to his late father (Jude Law in a small role) by an automaton that needs repairing, Hugo steals the parts needed from an elderly man named Georges Melies (Ben Kingsley), who runs a toy store in the station. Eventually caught by the ill– tempered gent, Hugo becomes drawn into his life, befriending his ward Isabelle (Chloe Grace Moretz, of Kick– Ass/Hit Girl fame), learning about his past as a film pioneer, and discovering the key – literally – that binds past and present together. In the name of full disclosure, I’ve been a huge fan of Georges Melies (who, among other things, invented special effects and built Europe’s first movie studio) since I was a teenager, so any movie that celebrates his legacy as competently and gloriously as this one does is already halfway to home plate. But Scorsese hasn’t merely made an ode to cineasts; rather, his picture is a moving exploration of the manner in which individuals seek out love and companionship in an effort to form their own version of a nuclear family (every character, even Cohen’s bumbling inspector, wages a war against loneliness). That’s not to say the cinematic homages are ever placed on the back burner: A clip from the great Harold Lloyd’s most famous film, Safety Last, serves as foreshadowing for a climactic moment, and Melies’ own masterpiece, A Trip to the Moon, is given its proper due. Even with a friendly PG rating, it’s hard to imagine families trudging

out en masse to check this out: The 125–minute running time, leisurely pace and lack of Muppets will probably cause many tots to grow fidgety before long, and even adults who desire their entertainment fast and furious will wonder if it’s too late to sneak into the adjacent auditorium that’s playing Immortals. But for the rest of us, we’ll always have Paris – and the enchanting movie set therein.



Yes, it may be true that The Muppets is a film for the whole family, but here’s a cruel suggestion: Hire a babysitter and leave the kids at home. After all, what grownup weaned on a steady diet of Muppet episodes and movies wants to interrupt their jaunt down memory lane by having to escort weak bladders to the bathroom or hungry mouths to the concession stand? Well, OK, bring the small fry, but chances are that this is one of those films that will be enjoyed more by the parents than their brood. Jason Segel, a self–proclaimed Muppet devotee who co–wrote the screenplay with Nicholas Stoller, plays Gary, who takes his girlfriend Mary (Amy Adams) and his equally Muppet–obsessed brother Walter – who, incidentally, happens to be a puppet himself – to Los Angeles for vacation. When they stop at the old Muppet studio, they’re shocked to see it dilapidated and abandoned; they’re even more upset when they discover that ruthless businessman Tex Richman (Chris Cooper) plans to buy the property, tear down the studio and drill for oil. In an effort to save the hallowed ground, the trio head off to find Kermit, Miss Piggy, Fozzie and the rest of the gang, all scattered across the country (and, in the case of Piggy, living in Paris). I have two major criticisms, both of which admittedly tend to dissipate when reflecting on the sheer joy the overall movie brings. First, Walter’s pretty much a drip, both as a character and a Muppet, and instead of even creating him in the first place I would rather Segel and Stoller had spent more time on the already established puppet personalities (personally, I can never have too much Fozzie in my life; ditto those sarcastic old geezers Statler and Waldorf). Second, the cameos, by and large,

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are a disappointing lot. Jack Black and Zach Galifianakis have the largest of these parts, and neither is particularly funny; compare their contributions to, say, the manic bits by Steve Martin and Mel Brooks in 1979’s The Muppet Movie and the contrast is glaring. The Muppet Movie furthermore gave us comedy titans like Richard Pryor, Bob Hope and Madeline Kahn; this film can only counter with Ken Jeong, John Krasinski and Selena Gomez. At any rate, the majority of the film is pure pleasure, full of knowing winks to the franchise’s time and place in history: the bouncy “Mahna Mahna”; Kermit’s celebrity Rolodex, long outdated (“May I speak to President Carter?”); the lovely “The Rainbow Connection” (just try and not tear up during that moment); and the creation of ’80s Robot, whose computer–related gag provided me with the biggest laugh I’ve enjoyed in a theater this year. Segel and Adams are both irresistibly appealing and handle their song– and–dance numbers with gusto, but who are we kidding? We’re here to see old friends, whether they’re flubbing their stage moves, trying to keep Animal in check, or slyly managing to sing a G–rated version of Cee–lo’s R–rated musical hit. The Muppets is inspirational, celebrational and, naturally, Muppetational, and if it falls just short of being wholly sensational, I doubt few will complain.

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As far as seasonal multiplex blockbusters go, this one’s not bad at all. Much-maligned director Brett Ratner basically stays out of the way of his four writers and 10 stars, allowing them to strut their stuff in this comedy about a group of working stiffs who decide to take financial revenge on the crooked Wall Street fat cat (Alan Alda) who swindled them. Ben Stiller is fine as the building manager who plots the robbery; Eddie Murphy displays some of that ’80s brashness as a career criminal who lends a hand; and Matthew Broderick, Michael Pena and Precious star Gabourey Sidibe contribute some well–timed laughs.

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Even though Antonio Banderas’ Puss in Boots owned the Shrek franchise from the moment he was introduced in the second film, that was no reason to elevate him to, erm,

leading–cat status in Puss in Boots. The fault doesn’t rest with Banderas, who’s as game as ever. But this animated effort wants to have it both ways: It retains the tiresome, snarky humor that defined the Shrek series while also trafficking in the obvious morals found in more traditional toon fare. The end result is a listless movie that doesn’t have much to offer beyond keeping the kids quiet for 90 minutes.



Jack and Jill certainly ranks near the very bottom of the Adam Sandler Oeuvre; it’s stupid and infantile, of course, but it’s also lazy and contemptuous, a clear sign that Sandler and director Dennis Dugan (his seventh Sandler film) aren’t even trying anymore, safe in the knowledge that audiences will emulate Divine in John Waters’ Pink Flamingos and chow down on whatever dog doo is presented to him. Here, the stench is particularly potent, as this story about an

obnoxious ad man (Sandler) and his whiny, overbearing sister (Sandler in drag) is a nonstop parade of scatological bits, prominent product placements, faux–hip cameos (Johnny Depp, welcome to the halls of whoredom), wink–wink chauvinism, racism and xenophobia, icky incest gags, annoying voices (not just Sandler as Jill but also the made–up language spoken by the siblings), and the usual small roles for Sandler’s beer buddies (including, groan, David Spade in drag). Al Pacino co–stars as himself, inexplicably smitten with Jill; it’s clear that he’s become an even bigger sellout than Robert De Niro. Now that’s saying something. CS



Can a movie survive on premise alone? That would be a resounding no, since its success also rests squarely on the shoulders of the execution. Yet in the case of In Time, the premise is ingenious enough to cut some slack elsewhere. The movie may not probe

as deeply into its subject as desired, but it’s nevertheless an enjoyable watch, full of propulsive action and intriguing scenarios. It’s a world order in which everyone is genetically designed to live until 25 years of age, at which point they’re given one extra year to keep for themselves or use as currency. Because in this story, time literally is money, as a cup of coffee costs four minutes, a bus ride costs two hours, and so on. The rich have the means to acquire hundreds of years, while the poor barely have enough time to struggle from day to day. In Time focuses on one of the 99 percent: Will Salas (Justin Timberlake), whose life is turned upside down after a disillusioned millionaire (Matt Bomer) transfers a full century to him. Amanda Seyfried co–stars as the rich kid who joins Will on the lam, and writer–director Andrew Niccol (Gattaca) is the one who deserves credit for crafting this heady mix of science fiction and social commentary. CS

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Activism & Politics Chatham County Democratic Party

For info, contact Tony Center, Chair, at 912233-9696 or For daily updates, join our Facebook page (Chatham Democrats Georgia) and visit our web site:

Drinking Liberally

An informal, left-leaning group of folks who meet to talk about politics, the economy, sports, entertainment, and anything else that pops up. Every first and third Thursday, around 7:30 p.m. at Loco’s, 301 W. Broughton St., upstairs. Come join us!

Occupy Savannah

Corner of Habersham & Bay 9am-8pm everyday. General Assemblies: Wed. 6pm, Sat. 12pm+6pm, Sun. 3pm. For more information email

Savannah Area Young Republicans

For information, visit or call Allison Quinn at 308-3020.

Savannah Tea Party

meets the first Monday (excluding Holidays) of each month from 4:30 to 6:00 PM at the SRP offices located at 11 East 73rd Street. All persons interested in America’s Future are invited. Contact Marolyn Overton at 912-5987358 for additional info.

Urban Hope of Savannah Seeks Board Members

If you would like to make a difference in the lives of inner city children, consider being a member of the Urban Hope board. Plan and organize fundraisers and events for the children at Urban Hope. Call or email for more information: 912-398-9811 or urbanhopesav@ or visit

Benefits Adopt a Dolphin for Christmas

The Dolphin Project offers a great gift option for all ages. Receive a dorsal photo of the dolphin of your choice, plus dolphin information, activity pages, dolphin bookmark and dolphin certification of adoption. Donation benefits research and education programs led by The Dolphin Project. Download an adoption application: http://www.thedolphinproject. org/adopt.html (PS: you don’t get to keep a real dolphin. They are wild animals that must remain wild and free) Info: Charlotte Keenoy: 912-921-1633

Angel Tree: Holiday Gifts for Savannah Children who are Homeless

Adopt the holiday gift wish list of a local family or child who is homeless, through Union Mission’s Angel Tree. Or, contribute an unwrapped new gift or a financial donation. Deliver to Union Mission, 120 Fahm St., before Dec. 15. (912) 236-7423.

Art Show, Gala & Auction hosted by Savannah Association for the Blind

Opening Art Show Gala & Auction, Dec. 3, 6:30pm-9:30pm, Closing Celebration & Auction Dec. 17, 6:30pm-9:30pm. Both events at Brockington Hall, 213 East Hall Street, Savannah. Information: 912-236-4473 or sbussey@

Book Sale to Benefit the Humane Society of Greater Savannah The Humane Society’s Thrift Shop is holding its holiday Book Sale on Sat., Dec. 10. 9:am-1pm in the shelter parking lot, 7215 Sallie Mood Drive. All books will be priced at twenty-five cents!

Clothes for Kids Project to Benefit Military Families

Clothing Drive through December 9. Donate new and gently used children’s clothing for infants through age 18. For families at Hunter Army Airfield. Collection boxes are on Armstrong Atlantic State University campus, the Publix at Twelve Oaks Shopping Center, the Publix at Largo Plaza, the Big Lots on Ab-


ercorn Extension and the Savannah-Chatham Metropolitan Police Precinct at Oglethorpe Mall. Sponsored by Armstrong Atlantic State University’s Greek Council and the Educational Technology Training Center. For more information about the Clothes for Kids Project, call 912-344-2633.

Denim & Diamonds Ball Pink Ball

Benefit gala for Guardians of the Ribbon, Southeast Georgia Chapter. Don Blue Jeans or a Ball Gown, and spend an evening in Pink. Enjoy dinner, entertainment and communal healing. Mighty Eighth Airforce Museum, Dec. 9, 6:30-11:30pm. Proceeds stay in the community to assist women who are undergoing cancer treatment and experiencing financial hardships. Held at the Mighty Eighth Air Force Museum, 175 Bourne Avenue, Pooler. Tickets: $25/person

Girls on the Run Benefit 5k

A community race open to everyone! Women, girls, men, boys, babies in joggers are all welcome. Benefiting Girls on the Run of Coastal Georgia, a life-changing running program for girls in grades 3 through 8. Saturday, December 10 at Tom Triplett Community Park 1335 US Highway 80 East, Pooler. girlsontherun-ga. org

Holiday Designer Show House

Benefiting The Children’s Hospital at Memorial University Medical Center. Historic District home at 318 E. Jones St. Open Saturdays and Sundays from 2:00 – 5:00 p.m. Nov. 26 – Dec. 18. Tickets: $10 at the door, or at 2011 Designer Showhouse or at any Sea Island Bank branch

Household Supplies Drive

Park Place Outreach, youth emergency shelter is accepting canned food and household supplies. Household items needed include, cleaning supplies, laundry detergent, fabric softener, paper towels and toilet paper. Please visit for directions.

Kickoff: Relay for Life of West Chatham American Cancer Society Relay For Life of West Chatham kicks off on Tues. Dec. 13, 6

pm. Volunteers and participants gather at the Wingate Inn Savannah Airport. Join a team by following the links to our local Relay event on The 2012 Relay For Life of West Chatham is March 30-31 at West Chatham Middle School in Pooler. Information: 912-355-5196 or diane.jorgensen@

Call for Entries Casting Call

NY Production Company casting for Spring 2012 shoot. Film is period piece on a slave plantation. Need Young African American lead, White male lead, Mature female African American lead & Young African American female. Please send head shots/resumes to

Forsyth Farmers Market Recipe Contest

Fall/ Winter 2012 recipe contest. Contestants must create an easy, healthy dish, using mainly ingredients available from the market during the months of November and December 2011. Email or bring a recipe to the market before the last day of the 2011 season – Saturday, December 17. Information at the Farmers Market info booth, or via email at pr@

Indigo Sky Community Gallery Juried Exhibition

Call For Entries for “Weather or Not,” a juried art exhibition scheduled for January 2012. The show addresses projections, prophesies and concerns as we enter the year 2012. For additional information and how to apply, go to: http://indigoskycommunitygallery.blogspot. com/p/calls-for-entry.html.

Urban Hope’s 1st Annual Christmas Home Decoration Contest

Decorate your home for the holiday and enter the contest. Registration Dates: Nov. 25-Dec. 10. Registration fee: $25. Enter by calling 912398-9811, emailing, or online at

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Art,-Music, Piano and Voice-coaching

For all age groups, beginners through advanced, classic, modern, jazz improvisation and theory. Serious inquiries only. 961-7021 or 667-1056. Learn jewelry-making techniques from beginner to advanced at Bead Dreamer Studio, 407A E. Montgomery Cross Rd. Call 920-6659. Bead Dreamer Studio, Savannah

Champions Training Center

Offers a variety of classes and training opportunities in mixed martial arts, jui-jitsu, judo and other disciplines for youth and adults at all levels of expertise. 525 Windsor Rd. Call 912349-4582 or visit

Drawing Instruction

Private and group drawing lessons by Artist and former SCAD Professor Karen Bradley. Call or email for details, (912)507-7138.

DUI Prevention Group

Offers victim impact panels for intoxicated drivers, DUI, DWI, offenders, and anyone seeking to gain knowledge about the dangers of driving impaired. A must see for teenage drivers seeking a drivers license for the first time or teenage drivers who already received a license. The group meets once a month and the cost is $30.00. For more info: 912-443-0410

Fall Ballet and Dance Classes

The Ballet School has a full fall schedule of classes for children and adults including Ballet, Modern Dance, Barre/Body Sculpting,

| Submit your event | email: | fax: (912) 231-9932 | 1800 E. Victory Dr., Suite 7, Savannah, GA 31404 Pre-professional, and Zumba. Artistic director: Heidi M. Carter. Information: The Ballet School, Piccadilly Square, 10010 Abercorn Ext., Ste 8. 912-925-0903 or

Family Law Workshop

The Mediation Center has three workshops a month to assist citizens who do not have legal representation in a family matter: divorce, legitimation, modifications of child support and/or visitation and contempt. Schedule: 1st Tuesday, 5:30-7:30pm. 2nd Monday, 2-4pm. 4th Thursday 10am-12noon. Fee:$20 to cover all documents needed to file. Register at or 912-354-6686.

Fany’s Spanish/English Institute

Spanish is fun. Classes for adults and children are held at 15 E. Montgomery Cross Rd. Call 921-4646 or 220-6570 to register. Savannah

Feldenkrais Classes

Meets at various locations in the Savannah area. Contact Elaine Alexander, GCFP. Information: 912-223-7049

Group Guitar Lessons

Join us for a fun time, for “group” guitar lessons, at the YMCA on Whitemarsh and Tybee Islands (adults and teens only). “Hands-on” instruction, music theory, ear training, sight reading, ensemble playing, technique, and rhythm drills, by teacher Tim Daniel (BS in Music). 912- 897-9559. $20 per week.

Guitar, Electric Bass & Double Bass Lessons

Instruction for all ages of beginner/intermediate students. Technique, chords, note reading, and theory. Learn songs and improvisation. Studio located 2 blocks from Daffin Park. Housecalls available. Call 401-255-6921 or email to schedule a

1/2 price first lesson!

Guitar, mandolin and bass lessons

Guitar, mandolin or bass guitar lessons. emphasis on theory, reading music and improvisation. Located in Ardsley Park. 912-232-5987

Housing Authority Neighborhood Resource Center

The Housing Authority of Savannah hosts a series of regular classes at the Neighborhood Resource Center. 1407 Wheaton Street. Adult literacy/GED prep: Mon-Thurs, 9am-12pm & 1pm-4pm. Financial education: 4th Fri of month, 9-11am. Basic Computer training: Tues & Thurs, 1-3pm. Community Computer lab: Mon-Fri, 3-4:30pm. For more info: 912-2324232 x115 or

How to Save Money When You Live Paycheck to Paycheck.

StepUp Savannah offers a free class on how to save for retirement, or college, or a family vacation, or that “3 to 6 Month Emergency Account” all the news advisors suggest. Tips for even the tightest budget. Discuss different types of savings accounts, how to develop a solid plan to reach your goals and offer reallife tips and ideas to grow your savings. Mon. Dec 12, 6-7:30pm. Registration required. 912691-2227 or email Class will be held at the Carnegie Library, 537 E. Henry St. Information:

Learn Russian

Learn to speak Russian. All experience levels welcome, beginner to expert. Call 912-7132718 for more information.

Learn to Speak Spanish

Spanish lessons offered by an experienced native speaker. Flexible schedule and affordable rates. Classes are held at the Sentient Bean Café. Call 912-541-1337.

Mindfulness Meditation Class


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“Kaidoku” Each of the 26 letters of the alphabet is represented in this grid een 1 and 26. Using letter frequency, word-pattern recognition, and the numbers as your guides, fill in the grid with well-known English words (HINT: since a Q is always followed by a U, try hunting down the Q first). Only lowercase, unhyphenated words are allowed in kaidoku, so you won’t see anything like STOCKHOLM or LONG-LOST in here (but you might see AFGHAN, since it has an uncapitalized meaning, too). Now stop wasting my precious time and SOLVE!

Instruction in mindfulness stress reduction meditation. Group practice with time for questions and comments. Wednesdays, 7:008:15pm. Yoga Co-op Savannah. 2424 Drayton St. $13/class (less with membership). www. or 912-429-7264.

Ms. Amy’s School of Music

A small privately owned studio offering: Private and Group Lessons, Piano, Clarinet, Trumpet, Trombone, Guitar, and more! Parent & Me classes for infants - toddlers. Group preschool music classes WWW.MSAMYSCHOOLOFMUSIC.COM

Music Lessons -Multiple Instruments

Savannah Musicians Institute offers private instruction for all ages in guitar, drums, piano, bass, voice, banjo, mandolin, ukulele, flute, and woodwinds. 7041 Hodgson Memorial Dr. Info: 912-692-8055 or

New Horizons Adult Band Program

A music program for adults who played a band instrument in high school or college and would like to have the opportunity to begin playing again. Dust off your instrument every Monday night at Portman’s Music Store (Abercorn) at 6:30p.m. The cost is $30.00 per month. All ages and ability levels are welcome. Contact Pamela Kidd at 912-354-1500 for more info.

Open Pottery Studio at Savannah’s Clay Spot

For potters with experience who want time in the studio, Choose from 4 hour time slots. Registrations are based on a monthly, bi monthly, and quarterly time commitment. Savannah’s Clay Spot, 1305 Barnard St. Information: 912-509-4647 or

Pet and People Portraits

Painted in oils or pastel by fine artist Karen Bradley. Call to commission. 912-507-7138

ReSource Center at Habitat ReStore

1900 East Victory Drive. New home ownership resource center for anyone wanting to learn more about home ownership, homeowners insurance issues, home safety and security

matters, and proper preparation for hurricanes and other severe weather. Includes two internet-ready computers.

Savannah Charlesfunders Investment Discussion Group

The Savannah Charlesfunders meet every Saturday at 8:30am to discuss stocks, bonds, and better investing. Meetings take place at Panera Bread on Bull and Broughton. Contact us at for more information.

Savannah Entrepreneurial Center

Offering a variety of business classes. Call 652-3582. Savannah Entrepreneurial Center, 801 E. Gwinnett Street , Savannah

Savannah Learning Center Spanish Classes

Be bilingual. Call 272-4579. e-mail or visit www.savannahlatina. com. Free folklore classes also are offered on Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Savannah Learning Center, 7160 Hodgson Memorial Dr. , Savannah

Singing Lessons with Anitra Opera Diva

Anitra is currently teaching the Vaccai Bel Canto technique for those interested in improving their vocal range and breathing capacity. Bel Canto carries over well as a foundation technique for different styles including opera, pop, rock and cabaret. Henry St @ E Broad, Mon/Tues 6-9pm, 1 1/2 hour lesson $25. SCAD students and alumni $5 discount. Call 786247-9923,, www.

Starfish Cafe Culinary Arts Training Program

This 14-week full-time program is designed to provide work training and employment opportunities in the food service industry, including food preparation, food safety and sanitation training, customer service training and job search and placement assistance. Call Ms. Musheerah Owens 912-234-0525 ext.1506 The Starfish Cafe, 711 East Broad Street , Savannah

Yoga: Intentional Practice to start 2012

Tantric Vinyasa teacher Kerry Kleisner at Savannah Power Yoga leads a two hour practice that is centering and enlivening. $25 advance regis/ $30 day of. Savannah Power Yoga, 7360 Skidaway Rd. Dec. 26, 1-3pm. Savannah

Clubs & Organizations Avegost LARP

Live action role playing group that exists in a medieval fantasy realm. Generally meets on the second weekend of the month. Free for your first event or if you’re a non-player character. $35 fee for returning characters. Email: Kaza Ayersman, or visit

Buccaneer Region SCCA

is the local chapter of the Sports Car Club of America. It hosts monthly solo/autocross driving events in the Savannah area. Anyone with a safe car, insurance and a valid driver’s license is eligible to participate. Visit

Coastal MINIs

Local MINI Cooper owners and enthusiasts who gather on the first Sunday of the month at 10 a.m. to go on motoring adventures together. Visit Starbucks, Victory Drive and Skidaway Road , Savannah

Energy Healers

Meets every Monday at 6pm. Meditation and healing with energy. Discuss aromatherapy, chakra systems and more. Call 912-695-2305 for more info.

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Meets the second Thursday of every month from 6-7:30 p.m. The cost is the price of the meal. RSVP to 660-8257. Tubby’s Tank House, 2909 River Dr , Thunderbolt

Honor Flight Savannah

A non-profit organization dedicated to sending our area World War II veterans to Washington DC to visit the new WWII Memorial. All expenses are paid by Honor Flight Savannah, which is not a government-supported program. They depend on donations from the community to fund their efforts. For more info:

Islands MOPS

A Mothers of Preschoolers group that meets at the First Baptist Church of the Islands on two Wednesdays a month from 9:15-11:30am. Our website is islandsmops/

Knitters, Needlepoint and Crochet

Every Wed. 5:00PM at My House Consignments & More, 206 W. Broughton St. No fees. Wanna learn? We love to show what we know. Many different levels get together in the store.

Low Country Turners

This is a club for wood-turning enthusiasts. Contact Steve Cook, 912-313-2230.

Military Order of the Purple Heart Ladies Auxiliary

Meets the first Saturday of the month at 1 p.m. Call 786-4508. American Legion Post 184, 1 Legion Dr. , Savannah


For mothers of school-aged children, kindergarten through high school. Come as you are, to experience authentic community, mothering support, personal growth, practical help, and spiritual hope. Islands MOMSnext meets every first & third Monday of the month, excluding holidays. Childcare is available upon request. A ministry of MOPS International. For more info or to register for a meeting, call (912)898-4344 or email http://

Mothers of Preschoolers (MOPS)

Join other moms for fun, inspiration, guest speakers, food and creative activities while children ages birth to 5 are cared for in a preschool-like setting. Meets the second and fourth Wednesday of the month from 9:15-11:30 am Call 898-0869 and 897-6167 or visit www. First Baptist Church of the Islands, 6613 Johnny Mercer Blvd , Savannah http://

Dedicated to pursuing adventures, both indoors and outdoors, throughout the Low country and beyond. Activities include sailing, camping, skydiving, kayaking, hiking, tennis, volleyball, and skiing, in addition to regular social gatherings. Free to join. Email savannahadventureclub@ or visit Everyone that loves to sing is invited to join with the Savannah Sacred Harp Singers Sat. Sept. 10, 1pm. Faith Primitive Baptist Church, 3212 Bee Road in Savannah. All are welcome to participate or listen in on one of America’s most revered musical traditions. Information: 912655-0994 or visit

Savannah Art Association

The non-for profit art association, the Southeast’s oldest, is currently taking applications for membership. The SAA offers workshops, community programs, exhibition opportunities, and an artistic community full of diverse and creative people from all ages, mediums, and skill levels. Please call 912-232-7731 for more info.

Savannah Brewers’ League

Meets the first Wednesday of every month at 7:30 p.m. Call 447-0943 or visit and click on Clubs, then Savannah Brewers League. Moon River Brewing Co., 21 W. Bay St. , Savannah

Savannah Browns Backers

This is an official fan club recognized by the Cleveland Browns NFL football team. Meet with Browns fans to watch the football games and support your favorite team Sundays at game time at Tubby’s Tank House in Thunderbolt. The group holds raffles and trips and is looking into having tailgate parties in the future. Call Kathy Dust at 373-5571 or send e-mail to or Dave Armstrong at or 925-4709. Tubby’s Tank House (Thunderbolt), 2909 River Dr , Thunderbolt

Savannah Council, Navy League of the United States

A dinner meeting held the fourth Tuesday of each month (except December) at 6 p.m. at the Hunter Club. Call John Findeis at 748-7020. Hunter Army Airfield, 525 Leonard Neat St , Savannah

Savannah Fencing Club

Beginner classes Tuesday and Thursday evenings for six weeks. Fees are $60. Some equipment is provided. After completing the class, you may become a member of the Savannah Fencing Club for $5 per month. Experienced fencers are welcome to join. Call 429-6918 or send email to

Savannah Guardian Angels

Richmond Hill Roadies Running Club

Savannah Jaycees

A chartered running club of the Road Runners Association of America. For a nominal annual fee, members will receive monthly training sessions and seminars and have weekly runs of various distances. Kathy Ackerman,756-5865 or Billy Tomlinson 596-5965.

Rogue Phoenix Sci-Fi Fantasy Club

Members of Starfleet International and The Klingon Assault Group meet twice a month, on the first Sunday at 4 pm. at 5429 LaRoche Ave and the third Tuesday at Super King Buffet, 10201 Abercorn St.

Safe Kids Savannah

Safe Kids Savannah, a coalition dedicated to preventing childhood injuries, holds a meeting on the second Tuesday of every month from 11:30am-1pm. Visit


Savannah Area Sacred Harp Singers

Old Time Radio Researcher’s Group

International fan and research group devoted to preserving and distributing old-time radio broadcasts from 1926 to 1962. Send e-mail to Jim Beshires at or visit


Historic Savannah Chapter of ABWA

or call 912-353-3148 for more info

Savannah Adventure Club

Come meet the Local Chapter of the Guardian Angels on the 1st Monday of every month from 7pm-9pm at Elite Martial Arts in Pooler,GA. Free snacks and drinks and info on the Guardian Angels. Meeting and information session held the 1st Tuesday of every month at 6pm to discuss upcoming events and provide an opportunity for those interested in joining the Jaycees to learn more. Must be 21-40 years old to join the chapter. 101 Atlas St. 912-353-7700 or www.

Savannah Kennel Club

Monthly meetings are open to the public and visitors. Meetings are held at Logan’s Roadhouse Restaurant, 11301 Abercorn St. on the fourth Monday of each month, September through May. Dinner starts at 6 pm and meeting starts at 7:30pm. Guest Speakers at every meeting. For more info, call 912-238-3170 or visit

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1 Late November drowsiness 11 ___ Friday’s (restaurant chain) 14 You, you, you, or me 15 Dungeons & Dragons creatures 17 They’re used in repair of fractures 18 Bump into 19 “Gone in 60 Seconds” director Dominic 20 Org. that assigns numerical IDs 21 Fashion model/volleyball player Gabrielle 22 Tone Loc single released just after “Funky Cold Medina” 25 Controversial engineering 28 Lacto-___ vegetarian 29 “Then what happened?” 30 Think it could possibly be 31 Himalayan country: abbr. 32 Trippy stuff 33 “This American Life” host Glass 34 Vietnam Memorial designer Maya 35 They’re found in kids’ books 42 Massive Brit. lexicon 43 Shiba ___ (cute dog breed) 44 Duration of amateur boxing matches, often 46 Seasonal help 48 Forbidden topics: var. 49 WWII naval vessel 50 “There ___ substitute for...” 53 Suffix after Manhattan or McCarthy 54 Giving the cold shoulder 57 Part of CD 58 They swing on a steady basis 59 UK mil. award 60 Cause of 1-across, it’s said


1 File folder feature 2 Ones, to Juan 3 Baseball Hall of Famer Sandberg 4 Nimoy and Shatner co-star 5 Facebook status word for some 6 “___ Blues” (Beatles song) 7 It goes under your glass 8 Away from the workplace 9 “Axis ___” (1995 album by The Shamen) 10 “Bite my shiny metal ___!” (“Futurama” phrase) 11 “Anger Management” actress 12 Scallion 13 Like Antarctica 16 Note takers’ needs 21 Hopeful, as outlooks go 23 “I’m ___ Boat” 24 1968 federal law regulating firearms, for short 25 Extremely angry 26 Stealthily implied 27 69 and 101, but not 86 35 Rural rds. 36 Their, to a Herr 37 Searcher for oil 38 Mass per unit volume 39 It has a descender when written in lower case 40 Before, to a poet 41 Alfonso of baseball 45 Use a plunger 47 Village Voice gossip columnist Michael 51 “The Secret of ___” (1982 animated movie) 52 Draft classification 54 Invoice fig. 55 “Wayne’s World” rejoinder 56 Channel that revived “The Newlywed Game”


like-minded people including artists, writers, teachers and historians for discussion, site exploration and creative collaboration. Meets the 1st & 3rd Thursdays at 6pm at Gallery Espresso. Email, Kathleen Thomas: exploretherevolution@ for more info.

Savannah Newcomers Club


Love a laid-back lifestyle? Beach, Buffet and no dress code. Check out for the events calendar or e-mail Wendy Wilson at



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Open to all women who have been in the Savannah area for less than two years. Membership includes a monthly luncheon and program and, in addition, the club hosts a variety of activities, tours and events that will assist you in learning about Savannah and making new friends.

Savannah Parrot Head Club

Savannah Sunrise Rotary Club

Meets Thursdays from 7:30-8:30 a.m. at the First City Club. 32 Bull St , Savannah http://

Savannah Toastmasters

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A weekly discussion group that meets from 7:30pm-9pm at various locations each Monday. Anyone craving some good conversation is invited to drop by. No cost. For more info, email or look up The Philo Cafe on Facebook.

Theremin/Electronic Music Enthusiasts

A club for enthusiasts of electronic music and instruments, including the theremin, synths, Mooger Foogers, jam sessions, playing techniques, compositions, gigs, etc. Philip Neidlinger,

Victorian Neighborhood Association

Meets the 2nd Tuesday of every month, at the American Legion Hall located at 1108 Bull Street. For more info visit the VNA website at:

Helps you improve speaking and leadership skills in a friendly and supportive environment on Mondays at 6:15 p.m. at Memorial Health University Medical Center, Conference Room C. 484-6710. Memorial Health University Medical Center, 4700 Waters Avenue , Savannah

Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 671

meets the second and fourth Tuesdays at 7pm at Books a Million to discuss, share and critique writing of fiction or non-fiction novels, essays or short stories. A meet-and-greet precedes the meeting at 6:30pm. Contact Carol North, 912-920-8891. 8108 Abercorn St , Savannah

Meets the second Tuesday of every month (except October), 6:00 pm at Woodville-Tompkins, 151 Coach Joe Turner Street. Call 912-2323549 or email

Savannah Writers Group

Seersucker Live’s Happy Hour for Writers

A no-agenda gathering of the Savannah area writing community, held on the first Thursday of every month from 5:30-7:30pm. Free and open to all writers, aspiring writers, and anyone interested in writing. 21+ with valid I.D. For location and details, visit

Son-shine Hour

Meets at the Savannah Mall at the Soft Play Mondays from 11-12 and Thursdays from 1011. Activities include songs, stories, crafts, and games for young children and their caregivers. Free, no registration, drop-ins welcome. Call Trinity Lutheran Church for details 912-9253940 or email Savannah Mall,

Southern Wings

Local chapter of Women in Aviation International. It is open to men and women in the region who are interested in supporting women in aviation. Regular meetings are held once a month and new members are welcome. Visit


Knit and crochet gathering held each Tuesday evening, 5pm-8pm All skill levels welcome. Free. Spinning fiber into yarn group meets the first Monday of each month at 1pm. Wild Fibre, 6 East Liberty Street (near Bull St.) Call for info: 912-238-0514

Tarde en Espanol

Meets the last Wednesday of every month at 6:30pm in different locations to practice spoken Spanish in a casual environment. 236-8566.

The 13th Colony Patriots

A Tea Party group that meets the 13th of each month at Logan’s Road House at 6pm. 11301 Abercorn St. Open to the public. Dedicated to the preservation of the United States Constitution and life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness for all Americans. or call 912-5965267.

The Peacock Guild

A literary society for bibliophiles and writers. Monthly meetings for the Writer’s Salon are held on first Tuesday and the Book Club meets on the third Tuesday. All meetings start at 7:30 p.m. at meet at 207 E. Charlton St (Flannery O’Connor’s Childhood Home). Call 233-6014, facebook Peacock Guild or email for more info.

Meets monthly at the American Legion Post 135, 1108 Bull St. Call James Crauswell at 927-3356. Savannah

Woodville-Tompkins Scholarship Foundation

Conferences Workshop: Faster, Smarter Estimating for Construction Contractors

The first in a series of estimating training sessions. Small to medium sized contractors learn to conduct accurate estimating in-house, utilizing affordable software programs and improving profit margins. Wed. Nov. 16, 11am1pm at Creative Coast, 15 W. York St. Sponsored by Chatham County MWBE Program and Broadlands Financial Group, LLC. Register by Phone: (912) 652-7860 or via email: alriley@ Free and open to the public, registration required. http://purchasing.

Dance Abeni Cultural Arts Dance Classes

Classes for multiple ages in the art of performance dance and Adult fitness dance. Styles include African, Modern, Ballet, Jazz, Tap, Contemporary, & Gospel. Classes held in the new Abeni Cultural Arts dance studio, 8400-B Abercorn St. For more information call 912631-3452 or 912-272-2797. Ask for Muriel or Darowe. E-mail:

Adult Ballet Class

Maxine Patterson School of Dance, 2212 Lincoln St., at 39th, is offering an Adult Ballet Class on Thursdays from 6:30-7:30. Cost is $12 per class. Join us for learning and fun. Call 234-8745 for more info.

Adult Dance and Fitness Classes

Revised Fall Schedule at The Ballet School, Piccadilly Square, 10010 Abercorn. Beginner & Intermediate Ballet, Modern Dance, Barre Fusion, BarreCore Body Sculpt, and Gentle Stretch & Tone. No experience necessary for beginner ballet, barre, or stretch/tone. Registration/fees/information: 912-925-0903. Or

Adult Intermediate Ballet

Mondays & Wednesdays, 7 - 8pm, $12 per class or 8 classes for $90. Class meets year round. (912) 921-2190 The Academy of Dance, 74 West Montgomery Crossroads ,

African Dance & Drum

Learn the rhythms of West Africa with instructor Aisha Rivers. Information at www.ayoluwa. org Rhythms of West Africa, 607 W. 37th St. , Savannah

Argentine Tango

Lessons Sundays 1:30-3:30pm. Open to the public. Cost $3.00 per person. Wear closed

toe leather soled shoes if available. For more information call 912-925-7416 or email savh_

Beginners Belly Dance Classes

lessons (6:30-7:30p): Shag, Swing, Cha-Cha and Line dancing. Everyone invited. No cover. Happy Hour till 9pm. Call for details 912-3988784.

Instructed by Nicole Edge. All ages/skill levels welcome. Every Sunday, Noon-1PM, Fitness Body and Balance Studio 2127 1/2 E. Victory Dr. $15/class or $48/four. 912-596-0889 or

Savannah Shag Club

The perfect class for those with little to no dance background. Cybelle has been formally trained and has been performing for over a decade. $15/class. Tues: 7-8pm. Visit www. For info: or call 912-414-1091 Private classes are also available. Walk-ins are welcome. Synergistic Bodies, 7724 Waters Ave.


Beginners Belly Dancing with Cybelle

C.C. Express Dance Team

Meets every Wednesday from 6-8 p.m. at the Windsor Forest Recreation Building. Clogging or tap dance experience is necessary for this group. Call Claudia Collier at 748-0731. Windsor Forest Recreation Building, Savannah

Ceili Club

Experience Irish Culture thru Irish social dancing. No partner or experience needed. Learn the basics of Irish Ceili dancing. 7176 Hodgson Memorial Drive. Mondays at 7:30 p.m. For more info email PrideofIrelandGA@

Home Cookin’ Cloggers

Meet every Thursday from 6-8 p.m. at Nassau Woods Recreation Building on Dean Forest Road. No beginner classes are being held at this time, however help will be available for those interested in learning. Call Claudia Collier at 748-0731. Nassau Woods Recreation Building, Savannah

Irish Dance Classes

Glor na h’Eireann cultural arts studio is offering beginner to champion Irish Dance classes for ages 5 and up, Adult Step & Ceili, Strength & Flexibility, non-competitive and competition programs, workshops and camps. TCRG certified. For more info contact PrideofIrelandGA@ or 912-704-2052.

Mahogany Shades of Beauty Inc.

offers dance classes, including hip hop, modern, jazz, West African, ballet, lyrical and step, as well as modeling and acting classes. All ages and all levels are welcome. Call Mahogany at 272-8329.

Modern Dance Class

Classes for beginner and intermediate levels. Fridays 10-11:15am. Doris Martin Studio, 7360 Skidaway Rd. For more info, call Elizabeth 912-354-5586.

Pole Dancing Class

Beginners pole dance offered Wednesdays 8pm, Level II Pole Dance offered Monday 8pm, $22/1 class, $70/4 classes, pre-registration required. Learn pole dance moves and spins while getting a full body workout. Also offering Pole Fitness Classes Monday & Wednesday 11am. For more info: www.fitnessbodybalance. com or 912-398-4776. Nothing comes off but your shoes.

Salsa Lessons

Salsa Savannah offers beginner and intermediate salsa lessons on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays at several locations. For more info, contact:, or call 856-7323.

Salsa Savannah

Tuesdays at Tantra (8 E. Broughton St.), lessons from 7-9pm, open dancing 9pm-1am. Thursday at Saya (109 W. Broughton St.), lessons from 7-8pm, open dancing 9-11pm. Bachata lessons at Saya Thursdays from 8-9pm. For more info: www.salsasavannah. com, 912-704-8726.

Savannah Dance Club

“Magnificent Mondays” at Doubles, The Quality Inn /Midtown, 7100 Abercorn St. Free dance

Shag music every Wednesday, 7pm, at Doubles Lounge, 7100 Abercorn St. and every Friday, 7 pm, at American Legion Post 36, 2309 E. Victory Dr.

Car Safety Seat Check - FREE

Armstrong Police will make sure your child safety seat is installed properly and your child is buckled in correctly. Friday, December 16, 8am-8pm. No appointment necessary. information:912-344-3222. Armstrong Atlantic State University, 11935 Abercorn Street.

Film & Video CineSavannah

A film series that seeks to bring new, firstrun films to Savannah including critically acclaimed foreign films and documentaries, among others. To subscribe to information about the series, including screening dates and times, email:

Psychotronic Film Society

Hosts weekly screenings every Wednesday, 8pm, at the Sentient Bean. Offering up a selection of films so bad they are good, cult classics and other rarities. For upcoming schedule visit:

Reel Savannah

Hosts screenings of critically acclaimed independent films from around the world at Victory Square Cinemas, 1901 E. Victory Dr. For schedule and more info, visit

Fitness Become a Yoga Teacher

Affordable and convenient Hatha Yoga Teacher Training held in Savannah Jan. - May, 2012 over 10 weekends. Early bird rates through Dec. 2nd. Over 200 hours of experiential training with expert teachers in the fields of yoga as therapy, anatomy and yoga asanas (postures). YLearn Pilates-based core work to integrate into your classes. Call Daniele Britt (706) 461-1823 for more info. Or visit www.

Beginner’s Belly Dance classes with “Cairo on the Coast”

Back to back belly dance classes and two unique styles of dance. Every Sunday, 12noon1pm, American Cabaret style, energetic and fast paced. 1-2pm, Tribal Fusion, a slower, more controlled style of dance. Both sessions $24, or a one hour session $15, or 4/$48.00. Fitness, Body, and Balance Studio, 2127 1/2 Victory Dr. Contact Nicole at 912-596-0889.

Belly Drills

This is an intense dance workout utilizing basic bellydance moves. Geared to all levels of ability. Dance your way to a better sense of well being. Bring water bottle. Thurs: 7-8pm. $15/class. Visit For info: or call 912-414-1091. Walk-ins welcome. Synergistic Bodies, 7724 Waters Ave.

Bellydancing for fun and fitness

The most fun class you’ve ever taken to get you in the best shape in the least amount of time. We provide bright colorful veils, jangling coin hip scarves, and exotic music. Every Wednesday, 6:30pm. $15 drop-in or $40 for four classes. Call 912-660-7399 or email

Fertility Yoga

Ongoing series of six week sessions of Fertility Yoga are held on Tuesday evenings from 6:00 PM to 7:15 PM at offices located at 100 River-

Rolf Method Bodywork

Spin, firm it up, yoga, Pilates, water aerobics, Aquasize, senior fitness, and Zumba. Prices vary. Call for days and times. 355-8111. Jewish Educational Alliance, 5111 Abercorn St , Savannah

Stand-Up Paddleboarding

Fitness Classes at the JEA

Kung Fu School: Ving Tsun

VING TSUN (Wing Chun) is the world’s fastest growing martial arts style. Using angles and leverage to turn an attacker’s strength against them makes VING TSUN Kung Fu effective for everyone. Call Sifu Michael Sampson to find out about our free trial classes 912-429-9241. 11202 White Bluff Road. Drop Ins welcome.

For posture, chronic pain and alignment of body/mind/spirit. Jeannie Kelley, LMT, certified advanced Rolf practitioner. www., 843-422-2900. Island Somatherapy, 127 Abercorn Street , Savannah East Coast Paddleboarding offers paddleboard lessons, rentals, tours and sales. Come see why this is the fastest growing sport in the world! It’s fun, a great way get out on the water and to stay fit. It’s easy to learn, anyone can do it. Savannah/Tybee Island or 781-267-1810

The Yoga Room

Visit or call 898-0361 for a schedule of classes, times and fees. Savannah Yoga Room, 115 Charlotte Dr , Savannah

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Mommy and Baby Yoga Classes

Mondays, 10-11am (crawlers and toddlers) and 11:30-12:45 (infants and pre-crawlers) at the Savannah Yoga Center. The cost is $14 per class. Multi-class discounts are available. Walk-ins welcome. Call 232-2994 or visit Savannah Yoga Center, 1321 Bull St. , Savannah http://www.

Pilates Mat Classes

Mat classes are held Tues & Thurs 7:30am8:30am, Mon 1:30pm-2:30pm, Mon & Wed 5:30pm-6:30pm, Thurs 12:30pm-1:30pm, & Sat 9:30am-10:30am. All levels welcome! Private and Semi-Private classes are by appointment only. Carol Daly-Wilder, Certified Pilates Instructor. Call 912.238-0018 Momentum Pilates Studio, 310 E. 41st St , http://

Pregancy Yoga

Ongoing series of 8-week sessions are held on Tuesday evenings from 6-7:15 PM at 7116 Hodgson Memorial Drive. Pre-natal yoga helps mothers-to-be prepare for a more mindful approach to the challenges of pregnancy, labor & delivery. Cost is $100 for 8 weeks. Call Ann Carroll at 912-704-7650 e-mail

Pregnancy Yoga

Ongoing series of six week sessions of Pregnancy Yoga. Thursdays 6-7:15pm at offices located at 100 Riverview Dr., off of Islands Expressway. Helps mothers-to-be prepare for a more mindful approach to the challenges of pregnancy, labor & delivery. Instructor: Ann Carroll, RYT 500. $100 for the 6 week session. Ann: 912-704-7650 or e-mail

Free of charge for people with cancer. Learn to increase your strength and flexibility and improve your overall well-being. Tuesdays, 6.30 p.m. Thursdays,12:10 p.m. FitnessOne, 3rd floor of the Center for Advanced Medicine, Memorial University Medical Center. Information and registration, call Katy Keyes at 912-350-9031. Free for people with cancer and cancer survivors. 6.30 p.m., Tuesdays and 12:10 p.m., Thursdays, FitnessOne, 3rd floor of the Center for Advanced Medicine, Memorial University Medical Center. Call 912-350-9031.

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Mondays at 7:15-8:15. Located at The Ballet school, studio B, Piccadilly Square, 10010 Abercorn. $7 per class or $60 for 10 classes. Contact April for more info. 912-306-5598.

Gay & Lesbian First City Network Board Meeting

Meets the first Monday at 6:30 p.m. at FCN’s office, 307 E. Harris St., 2nd floor. 236-CITY or 307 E Harris St , Savannah

Gay AA Meeting

meets Sunday and Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. at 311 E. Macon St. Savannah

Georgia Equality Savannah

The local chapter of Georgia’s largest gay rights group. 104 W. 38th St. 912-547-6263. Savannah

Savannah Pride, Inc.

Meets second Tuesday of every month at 7 p.m. at the FCN office located at 307 E. Harris St., 2nd floor. Everyone is encouraged to attend. Without the GLBT community, there wouldn’t be a need for Pride. Call 912-2887863 or email First City Network, Savannah

Stand Out Youth

A Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender and Questioning youth organization. Meets every Friday at 7 p.m. at the FCN building located at 307 E. Harris St. Call 657-1966, email info@ or visit www.standoutyouth. org. First City Network, Savannah http://www.

What Makes A Family

A children’s therapy group for children of GLBT parents. Groups range in age from 10 to 18 and are held twice a month. Call 352-2611.

Health Alcoholics Anonymous

If you want or need to stop drinking, AA can help. Meetings daily throughout the Savannah area. Check for meeting locations and times, or call 24 hrs 912-3563688 for information.

Free hearing & speech screening

Hearing: Every Thurs. 9-11 a.m. Speech: 1st Thurs. of each month. Savannah Speech and Hearing Center, 1206 E. 66th Street. Call 3554601. 1206 E 66th St , Savannah http://www.

Healthcare for the Uninsured

St. Mary’s Health Center is open for health needs of uninsured residents of Chatham County. Open Monday through Friday from 8:30 AM to 3:30 PM. For information or to make an appointment, call 443-9409. St. Mary’s Health Center, 1302 Drayton St. ,

Help for Iraq War Veterans

A method used at Fort Campbell to treat lack of sleep, anger, flashbacks, nightmares and emotional numbness in veterans is available in Savannah. 927-3432.

Hypnobirthing Classes

Offered at the Birth Center, 1692 Chatham Parkway. Ongoing series of 5-week sessions held Tuesdays 6-8:30pm and Saturdays, 9-11:30am. Open to all women regardless of birth site. Private instructions also available. For more info, contact: Sharon Kennedy, 904327-0499, or Joyce Ann Leaf, 912- 844-2762,

La Leche League of Savannah

Mothers wishing to find out more about breastfeeding are invited to attend a meeting on the first Thursday of every month at 10am. La Leche League of Savannah is a breastfeeding support group for new and expectant mothers. 897-9544, Savannah

| Submit your event | email: | fax: (912) 231-9932 | 1800 E. Victory Dr., Suite 7, Savannah, GA 31404 Meditation and Energy Flow Group

Sitting Meditation Practice. Tuesday Evening Meditation 6:-6:30pm with study group following 6:30-7:30pm. Sunday Meditation 9-10:30am. For other Sitting schedule times & events: Rev. Fugon Cindy Beach at

Gwinnett St. Coffee and discussion follow each service. Religious education for grades 1-8 is offered. For information, call 786-6075, e-mail Celebrating diversity. Working for justice. Savannah

Planned Parenthood Hotline

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Liberal religious community where different people with different beliefs gather as one faith. Sunday, 11 am, Troup Square Sanctuary. 234-0980, or www. 313 E. Harris St. , Savannah

Meet with others who practice meditation or want to learn how, discuss techniques, & related areas of holistic health, healing, Reiki, Energy Medicine, CAM. Reduce stress, increase peace & health! For info: or 912-247-4263 First Line is a statewide hotline for women who want information on health services. Open every night from 7-11p.m. 1-800-264-7154.

Nature and Environment Dolphin Project of Georgia

The Dolphin Project’s Education Outreach Program is available to speak at your school, club or organization. We offer a fascinating powerpoint with sound and video about our estuarine dolphins and their environment. We have age-appropriate programs and related handouts. For details about TDP:

Tybee Island Marine Science Center

Offering a variety of fun educational programs including Beach Discovery Walks, Marsh Treks, Turtle Talks and the Coastal Georgia Gallery, which features an up close look at dozens of local species. Open daily, 10am-5pm. For more info, call 912-786-5917 or visit Tybee Island

Walk on the Wild Side

The Oatland Island Wildlife Center offers a 2-mile Native Animal Nature Trail that winds through maritime forest, freshwater wetland and salt marsh habitats, and features live native animal exhibits. Open daily from 10-4 except Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Years. 898-3980, 711 Sandtown Rd , Savannah

Wilderness Southeast

Offers a variety of programs every month including guided trips with naturalists, canoe rides and more. Their mission is to develop appreciation, understanding, stewardship, and enjoyment of the natural world. For more information: 912-236-8115 or sign-up on our website

Pets & Animals Low Cost Pet Clinic

Tails Spin and Dr. Lester host low cost vaccine clinic for students, military and seniors on the second and fourth Wednesdays of each month from 5-6pm. The cost for each vaccination is $12.00, with $2.00 from each vaccination to be donated to Savannah Pet Rescue Agencies. Habersham Village Shopping Center. For more info:

St. Almo

Savannah True Animal Lovers Meeting Others. Informal dog walks on sundays at 5pm (weather permitting). Meet at the Canine Palace, 612 Abercorn St. For info, call 912-234-3336.

Readings & Signings Circle of Sister/Brotherhood Book Club

meets the last Sunday of the month at 4 p.m. at the African-American Health Information & Resource Center, 1910 Abercorn St. Call 4476605. Savannah

Tea time at Ola’s

A book discussion group that meets the fourth Tuesday at 1 p.m. at the Ola Wyeth Branch Library, 4 E. Bay St. Bring a treat and a book you’ve read this month and tell all about it. Tea will be provided. 232-5488 or 652-3660. Ola Wyeth Branch Library, Savannah

Religious & Spiritual BUDDHIST MEDITATION

Savannah ZenCenter, 111 E. 34th St. Soto Zen

Christian Businessmen’s Committee

Meets for a prayer breakfast every Tuesday at 6:30 a.m. at Piccadilly Cafeteria in the Oglethorpe Mall, 7804 Abercorn St. Call 898-3477. Savannah

Gregorian Chant by Candlelight

For a peaceful end to your day attend the chanted service of Compline (Singing Good Night to God) sung at 9pm every Sunday night by the Compline Choir of historic Christ Church (1733) on Johnson Square; 28 Bull Street. Open to the public. All are welcome! Call 232-4131 for more info.

Guided Silent Prayer

A couple of songs done acoustically, about 30 minutes of guided silent prayer, and a few minutes to receive prayer if you want (or remain in silence). A mid-week rest and re-focus. 6:45-8pm on Wednesdays at the Vineyard Church. 615 Montgomery St. (behind Blowin’ Smoke BBQ).

Live Web-streaming

Attend church from home Sundays at 9 and 11am with Pastor Ricky Temple and Overcoming by Faith Ministries. Log onto www., click ’Watch Now’. 9278601. Overcoming by Faith Ministries, 9700 Middleground Rd. , Savannah

Metaphysics For Everyday Self-Mastery

A series of metaphysical/New Thought classes at The Freedom Path Science of Life Center, 619 W 37th St., Mondays 8pm, with Adeeb Shabazz. $10 suggested donation, 1-877-494-8629,, Savannah

Midweek Bible Study

Every Wednesday at noon at Montgomery Presbyterian Church. Bring your lunch and your Bible. 352-4400 or Montgomery Presbyterian Church, 10192 Ferguson Avenue , Savannah http://www.

Nicodemus by Night

An open forum is held every Wednesday at 7 p.m. at 223 E. Gwinnett St. Nicodemus by Night, Savannah

Quakers (Religious Society of Friends) Meets Sundays, 11 a.m. at Trinity United Methodist Church. Call the clerk, 912-3736276 Trinity United Methodist Church, 225 West President St , Savannah http://www.

Realizing The God Within

A series of Metaphysical/New Thought classes presented by The Freedom Path Science of Life Center, featuring metaphysical minister and local author Adeeb Shabazz. Mondays at 8pm. 619 W 37th St. , Savannah

Soka Gakkai of America

SGI is an international Buddhist movement for world peace and individual happiness. The group practices Nichiren Buddhism by chanting Nam Myoho Renge Kyo. Introductory meetings are held the third Sunday of the month. For further information, call 232-9121.

The Savannah Zen Center

Soto Zen Meditation: Tuesday evenings 6-6:30pm with study group following 6:307:30pm; Sundays 8am-9:30am which includes Dharmatalk. Donations accepted. Rev. Fugon Cindy Beach The Savannah Zen Center, 505 Blair St. Savannah. More info: The Savannah Zen Center, 505 Blair St. , Savannah

Unitarian Universalist Beloved Community Church

Services begin Sunday at 11 a.m. at 1001 E.

Unitarian Universalist Church of Savannah

Unity of Savannah

Two Sunday morning Celebration Services - 9:15 and 11:00. (Children’s Church and childcare at 11:00.) Noon prayer service every Thurs. To find out about classes, workshops and more visit, or call 912-355-4704. 2320 Sunset Blvd.

Women’s Bible Study

at the Women’s Center of Wesley Community Centers. Call 447-5711 1601 Drayton St , Savannah

Zen Meditation

Classes:Intro to Zen Meditation, first Saturday of the month, 9-10am. Zen Meditation & Study Group, Tuesdays, 6-7:30pm. New Location! Savannah ZenCenter, 111 E. 34th St. or visit us on Facebook, Rev. Fugon Cindy Beach 912-429-7265.

Sports & Games Savannah Bike Polo

Like regular polo, but with bikes instead of horses. Meets weekly. Check out www. for more information.

Support Groups Al Anon Family Groups

A fellowship of relatives and friends of alcoholics meets Monday at 12:30 p.m. and 8 p.m., Wednesday at 1:30 p.m., Thursday at 8 p.m. and Sunday at 8 p.m. at 1501 Eisenhower Dr. and Tuesday at 8 p.m. at Goodwill on Sallie Mood Drive. Call 598-9860 or visit http:// Savannah


Alanon is for families and friends of alcoholics. New group meeting on Isle of Hope at St. Thomas Episcopal Church, 2 St. Thomas Avenue off of Parkersburg Rd. Monday nights at 7:30. Selma, 354-8550.

Al-Anon Family Group (Troup Square)

A support group for friends and family of alcoholics, with special attention to issues of adult children of alcoholics. 495-9758 or www. Unitarian Universalist Church of Savannah, 313 Harris St. , Savannah

Al-Anon Meetings

Meetings for families and friends of alcoholics are held every Monday at 5:30pm and Saturday at 11am. Melissa, 844-4524. First Presbyterian Church, 520 Washington Ave., Savannah

Alcoholics Anonymous

If you want or need to stop drinking, AA can help. Meetings daily throughout the Savannah area. Check for meeting locations and times, or call 24 hrs 912-3563688 for information.

Alzheimer’s Caregivers Support Group

Senior Citizens, Inc. hosts a Caregiver’s support group for individuals caring for Alzheimer’s and dementia family members. Meets every second Monday at the Wilmington Island United Methodist Church, 195 Wilmington Island Road. For more info, call 236-0363, ext. 143. Savannah

Amputee Support Group

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March 21–April 19 What’s the most beautiful thing you’ve ever seen in your life? To answer that question is your first assignment. It’s OK if you can’t decide between the three or four most beautiful things. What’s important is to keep visions of those amazements dancing in the back of your mind for the next few days. Play with them in your imagination. Feel the feelings they rouse in you as you muse about the delights they have given you. Regard them as beacons that will attract other ravishing marvels into your sphere. Now here’s your second assignment: Be alert for and go hunting for a new “most beautiful thing.”


April 20–May 20 “Not to dream boldly may turn out to be irresponsible,” said educator George Leonard. I certainly think that will be true for you in the coming months, Taurus. In my astrological opinion, you have a sacred duty not only to yourself, but also to the people you care about, to use your imagination more aggressively and expressively as you contemplate what might lie ahead for you. You simply cannot afford to remain safely ensconced within your comfort zone, shielded from the big ideas and tempting fantasies that have started calling and calling and calling to you.


May 21–June 20 Researchers at the University of Oregon claim that in certain circumstances, they can make water flow uphill ( I’m not qualified to evaluate their evidence, but I do know that in the coming week you will have the power to accomplish the metaphorical equivalent of what they say they did. Don’t squander this magic on trivial matters, please, Gemini. Use it to facilitate a transformation that’s important to your long–term well–being.


June 21–July 22 “Dear Rob: Is there any way to access your horoscope archives going back to 1943? I’m writing a novel about World War II and need to see your astrological writings from back then. – Creative Cancerian.” Dear Creative: To be honest, I wasn’t writing horoscopes back in 1943, since I wasn’t anywhere

near being born yet. On the other hand, I give you permission to make stuff up for your novel and say I wrote it back in 1943. Most of you Cancerians have good imaginations about the past, and you’re currently going through a phase when that talent is amplified. While you’re tinkering with my history, have fun with yours, too. This is an excellent time for members of your tribe to breath new life and fresh spin into a whole slew of your own personal memories.

New York last September: stains. “What is your favorite stain?” she asked prospective participants, enticing them to imagine a stain as a good thing, or at least as an interesting twist. Included in her own list were chocolate, candle wax, lipstick, grass, mud, wine, and tomato sauce. What are yours, Libra? This would be an excellent time to sing the praises of your best–loved or most provocative blotches, splotches, and smirches –– and have fun stirring up some new ones.



At, food critic L. Nightshade gathered “The 78 Most Annoying Words to Read in a Restaurant Review.” Among the worst offenders: “meltingly tender,” “yummilicious,” “crazy delicious,” “orgasmic,” “I have seen God,” “symphony of flavors,” and “party in your mouth.” I understand the reluctance of any serious wordsmith to resort to such predictable language in crafting an appraisal of restaurant fare, but I don’t mind borrowing it to hint at your immediate future. What you experience may be more like a “party in your head” than a “party in your mouth,” and “crazy delicious” may describe events and adventures rather than flavors, per se. But I think you’re in for a yummilicious time.

Mickey Mouse is a Scorpio, born November 18, 1928. Bugs Bunny is a Leo, coming into the world on July 27, 1940. In their long and storied careers, these two iconic cartoon heroes have made only one joint appearance. It was in the film Who Framed Roger Rabbit. They got equal billing and spoke the same number of words. I’m predicting that a comparable event will soon take place in your world, Scorpio: a conjunction of two stars, a blend of two strong flavors, or a coming together of iconic elements that have never before mixed. Sounds like you’re in for a splashy time.

July 23–Aug. 22


Aug. 23–Sept. 22 In “Nan You’re a Window Shopper,” British recording artist Lily Allen sings, “The bottom feels so much better than the top.” She means it ironically; the person she’s describing in the song is neurotic and insecure. But in using that declaration as a theme for your horoscope this week –– the bottom feels so much better than the top –– I mean it sincerely. What you have imagined as being high, superior, or uppermost may turn out to be mediocre, illusory, or undesirable. Conversely, a state of affairs that you once considered to be low, beneath your notice, or not valuable could become rather interesting. And if you truly open your mind to the possibilities, it may even evolve into something that’s quite useful.


Sept. 23–Oct. 22 Emily Rubin invited authors to write about a specific theme for a literary reading she organized in

Oct. 23–Nov. 21

SAGITTARIUS Nov. 22–Dec. 21

Harvey Ball was a commercial artist who dreamed up the iconic image of the smiley face. He whipped it out in ten minutes one day in 1963. Unfortunately for him, he didn’t trademark or copyright his creation, and as a result made only $45 from it, even as it became an archetypal image used millions of times all over the world. Keep his story in the back of your mind during the coming weeks, Sagittarius. I have a feeling you will be coming up with some innovative moves or original stuff, and I would be sad if you didn’t get proper credit and recognition for your work.

CAPRICORN Dec. 22–Jan. 19

There are 501 possible solutions to your current dilemma. At least ten of them would bring you a modicum of peace, a bit of relief, and a touch of satisfaction. Most of the rest wouldn’t feel fantastic, but would at least allow you to mostly put the angst behind you and move on with your life. But only one of those potential fixes can generate a purgative and

purifying success that will extract the greatest possible learning from the situation and give you access to all of the motivational energy it has to offer. Be very choosy.

AQUARIUS Jan. 20–Feb. 18

The quality of your consciousness is the single most influential thing about you. It’s the source of the primary impact you make on other human beings. It changes every situation you interact with, sometimes subtly and other times dramatically. So here’s my first question: How would you characterize the quality of your consciousness? The answer is complicated, of course. But there must be eight to ten words that capture the essence of the vibes you beam out wherever you go. Now comes my second question: Are you satisfied with the way you contribute to life on earth with the quality of your consciousness? It’s an excellent time to contemplate these primal matters.


Feb. 19–March 20 Some martial artists unleash a sharp percussive shout as they strike a blow or make a dramatic move –– a battle cry that helps channel their will into an explosive, concise expression of force. The Japanese term for this is kiai. A few women’s tennis players invoke a similar sound as they smack the ball with their racquet. Maria Sharapova holds the record for loudest shriek at 105 decibels. The coming weeks would be an excellent time for you to call on your own version of kiai, Pisces. As you raise your game to the next level, it would make perfect sense for you to get your entire body involved in exerting some powerful, highly–focused master strokes.

For traumatic brain injury survivors and their caregivers. Meets the third Thursday at 5 p.m. in the gym at The Rehabilitation Institute at Memorial University Medical Center. http://

Breast Cancer Survivors Group

Meets every Tuesday at the First Presbyterian Church on Washington Avenue and Paulsen Street at 5:30 pm. Survivor’s and care providers welcome. We meet in the library, entrance on Washington Ave. Contact Melissa at 912-8444524 or Krista at 912-819-7053 if you have questions.

Cancer support group

Meets the first Wednesday of the month from 11am-12pm. at the Nancy N. and J.C. Lewis Cancer & Research Pavilion on Reynolds Street across from Candler Hospital. The group is open to anyone who is living with, through or beyond a diagnosis of cancer. Call 819-5704. Savannah

Citizens With Retarded Citizens

Open to families of children or adults with autism, mental retardation, and other developmental disabilities. Meets monthly at 1211 Eisenhower Drive. 355-7633. Savannah

Coastal Empire Polio Survivors Association

Meets the fourth Saturday of the month at 10:30 a.m. Call 355-1221; or visit 5354 Reynolds Ave. , Savannah

Couples Struggling with Fertility Challenges

Meets every Saturday at 6:45 p.m. at Savannah Christian Church, Room 250. This is a group for couples struggling with primary or secondary infertility, whether they have been on this journey for one year or many years. Call Kelly at 596-0852 or email emptycradle_savannah@ 55 Al Henderson B;vd. , Savannah

Domestic violence support group

SAFE Shelter provides a domestic violence support group every Thursday from noon to 1 p.m. at the Senior Citizens Inc. Building at 3205 Bull St. Call Brenda Edwards, 629-8888. Savannah

Don’t Face Your Problems Alone

Are you between the ages of 11-18, or a concerned parent of a teen? We are here to help. Please call Park Place Outreach Youth Emergency Shelter 912-234-4048 or www.

Fibromyalgia support group

meets the second Thursday from 5:30-6:30 p.m. in Conference Room 2, Candler Heart and Lung Building, 5356 Reynolds St.. 819-6743. 5354 Reynolds Ave. , Savannah http://www.

Gambling problem?

12-step program offers freedom from gambling. Meets weekly in Savannah. Leave msg with contact information for Phil @ 912-7484730

Grief Support Group

Full Circle Grief and Loss Center, 450 Mall Blvd. Seven-week support groups for children and adults are offered by the bereavement counselors at no charge as a complementary service of Hospice Savannah. For information call 912.303.9442 or visit Savannah

Heartbeats for Life

A free support and education group for those who have suffered or want to prevent or reverse Heart Disease, and/or Diabetes problems. Tues, Dec. 13 Healthy Holiday Eating--common substitutions to make your meals healthy this Holiday Season; How to order in Restaurants; How to deal with family and friends who do not eat healthy. 6:00pm-7:45pm Southwest Chatham Library, 14097 Abercorn St. (behind Target at Savannah Mall) Contact, Jeff: 912-598-

LD-AD/HD Support Group

Parents of children with learning disorders, attention deficit or hyperactivity disorder are invited to join this professionally lead support group discussion problem solving, medication, alternative treatments and more. Pre-registration req’d. Call Laurel Brady at 912-659-4687.

Leukemia, Lymphoma and Myeloma Support Group

For patients with blood-related cancers and their loved ones. Call Jennifer Currin, 3507845. Memorial Health University Medical Center, Savannah http://www.memorialhealth. com/

Living without Violence

The SAFE Shelter offers free drop-in counseling to anyone who is in an abusive relationship. Meets every Thursday from 7-8:30 p.m. at the First Baptist Church Education Building at Whitaker & McDonough St. 234-9999. First Baptist Church of Savannah, 223 Bull St. , Savannah

Multiple Sclerosis support group

discusses topics that are relevant to anyone with a debilitating disease every fourth Thursday at 3:30 p.m. at St. James Catholic Church, 8412 Whitfield Ave. at Montgomery Cross Roads. 355-1523. St James Catholic Church, 8412 Whitfield Ave , Savannah

Nami’s International Tattlers

The National Association for the Mentally Ill/ local chapter’s Connected Peer, Family & Proponent Support gathering. Meets Wednesdays, 5pm-7pm @ the American Legion Post #135 on the restaurant side. 1108 Bull Street. Focuses on optimal, individual as well as optimal system performance. We will identify abusive practices & discuss alternatives.

Narcotics Anonymous

Call 238-5925 for the Savannah Lowcountry Area Narcotics Anonymous meeting schedule.

National Alliance on Mental Illness

A recovery support group for people living with mental illness. Tuesdays: 6:30-8pm, Trinity Lutheran Church, 12391 Mercy Blvd. Thursdays: 6:30-8pm, Pine Woods Retreat, 1149 Cornell Ave. Suite 3A. Saturdays: 1:30-3:30pm, Candler Heart & Lung Building (2nd Floor). Call 912353-7143 for more info.

Overeaters Anonymous

Meets weekly at several locations. Please visit to locate a meeting.

Parkinson’s Disease Support Group

Meets the first Thursday of the month. 5-6:30pm in the Marsh Auditorium at Candler Hospital. For more info, call 355-6347 or 2384666.

Rape Crisis Center

assists survivors of rape and sexual assault.

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The Rape Crisis Line is active 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at 233-7273. The center offers free, confidential counseling for victims and their families.

Senior Citizen’s Inc. Alzheimer’s Support Group For families of persons suffering from Alzheimer’s Disease and other forms of dementia. Second Thursday at 5:30 p.m. at Ruth Byck Adult Day Care facility, 64 Jasper St. Call ahead to reserve a seat. Call Stacey Floyd at 236-0363. 3025 Bull St , Savannah

Spinal Injury Support Group

Meets every third Thursday of the month at 5:30 p.m. at the Rehabilitation Institute at Memorial Health. For info, call Jami Murray at 350-8900. Savannah

Support Group for Parents of Children with Learning Disabilities and Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder

Sponsored by Savannah Educational Consultants and Royce Learning Center. Professionally led support groups will be held on the 4th Monday of each month, 6-7:30pm. Meetings will be held at Royce Learning Center, at 4 Oglethorpe Professional Blvd. Contact Laurel Brady, 912-659-4687 or email

Support Group for Parents of Ill Children

who have a seriously ill child receiving treatment on an inpatient or outpatient basis. A case manager facilitates the meetings, and a child life specialist provides an arts and crafts activity. Meets once a week. Call Donna at 3505616. Backus Children’s Hospital, 4700 Waters Avenue , Savannah

Support Group for People with HIV/AIDS For more information on a support group for men and women living with HIV/AIDS, please contact Mary Jackson at My Brothaz HOME, Inc. at 912-231-8727. These two groups are confidential and only for persons with verified HIV/AIDS.

Volunteers Be a Volunteer Gift Wrapper for Greenbriar

Wrap gifts and make a holiday wish come true. Volunteeer at Greenbriar Children’s Center annual Gift Wrap Center at Oglethorpe Mall, Dec.2-4 and Dec. 9-24. Civic organizations, social organizations, churches, sororities, fraternities, businesses, and individuals needed to fill shifts. Contact: Stephanie Majors,

Comunity Cardiovascular Council

Clerical and medical volunteers needed for non-profit working to eliminate heart disease.

Flexible shifts and training provided. Staff the reception desk, answer phones, check patients in and out, etc. Medical Volunteers take blood pressure readings and assist in data management. 912-232-6624 or

Good Samaratan Clinic

St. Joseph’s/Candler’s Good Samaritan Clinic in Garden City needs volunteer nurses, physicians, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, Spanish interpreters and clerical staff. The Good Samaritan Clinic serves people without insurance and whose income is less than 200 percent of the federal poverty line. To volunteer call 964-4326.

Live Oak Regional Public Libraries

needs volunteers to assist in a variety of ways at its branches in Chatham, Effingham and Liberty counties. Call 652-3661. Bull Street Library, 2002 Bull St , Savannah http://www.

Oatland Island Education Center

Oatland Island Wildlife Center often needs volunteers. Call 898-3980. Oatland Island Wildlife Center, 711 Sandtown Rd , Savannah

Ronald McDonald House volunteers needed

Help in the “home away from home” for the families of hospitalized children. Volunteers also are needed to provide home-cooked meals for families staying at the house. Volunteer internships also available for college students. Nikole Layton, 356-5520. Ronald McDonald House, 4710 Waters Avenue , http://

The Dolphin Project of Georgia

Needs boat owners, photographers and other volunteers to help conduct scientific research on the Atlantic Bottlenose dolphin along the coast of Georgia. You must be at least 18 years old. Call 232-6572 or visit the Web site at www.

The Volunteer Center

is a service of the United Way of the Coastal Empire. Call 2-1-1 or 651-7726, 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Mon-Fri, or send e-mail to volunteer@ United Way of Coastal Empire, 428 Bull St , Savannah

Tutoring Volunteers Needed

If you are an education major, retired reading teacher or a community resident who is interested in volunteering your time to a reading and math tutorial program for elementary and middle school students, call the AfricanAmerican Health Information and Resource Center at 447-6605. African-American Health Information & Resource Center, 1910 Abercorn St , Savannah

volunteers to help mentor the children. We are looking specifically for volunteers to help with homework, Bible Study, art classes, or other fun activities. Please visit our website,, for more info or email us at to start enriching the lives of children.

Kids’ Happenings Christmas Castaways at the Ships of the Sea Museum

A house filled with historic miniature ships! From December 19-30, “castaways” means Free Admission to the museum for up to two (2) children when accompanied by one paying adult. Ships of the Sea Museum, 41 M.L.King, Jr. Blvd. Call 912-232-1511 for information. (Museum closed December 24, 25.)

Irish Dancers of Savannah

Savannah’s first organized Irish dance school welcomes dancers, ages 4 and up, to join our group. “Join the Dance” to learn Irish Step and Ceili (Irish square) Dancing at a relaxed pace. Convenient mid-town location. Reasonable rates. Whether dancing “just for fun” or competition, the IDS makes Irish dancing a fun loving activity the entire family can enjoy! For more information, call 912-897-5984 or email Adult classes also available.

Positive Youth Basketball Camp

Held at the basketball courts behind Jenkins High School on East DeRenne Ave. Every Saturday in Nov. & Dec. 10am-12pm. Application fee: $40/per child for uniforms, and $40/per child for warm-ups. Ages 5-14 (male & female). $15/hour one-on-one training per child. Contact Coach Maurice, 912-428-1709.

Toddler Third Thursdays

Designed especially for pre-schoolers and their adult companions. Thurs. Nov. 17 program: “A Jug With a Face.” Thursday, Dec. 15 program: “The Me, Myself, and I Collage.” 10—11:30am. Held at the Jepson Center for the Arts, W. York Street & Barnard Street. Explore artwork from Telfair exhibits and complete a related art project. Ages: 3-5 plus parent, guardian, or supervising adult. Registration and adult supervision required. Admission is $5 per child. Accompanying adults are free with a museum membership; $12 for nonmembers. 912.790.8823 or email bradleyk@ to register or for more info. CS

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Mobile Home lots for rent. First month rent free! Wooden deck, curbside garbage collection twice weekly, swimming pool and playground included. Cable TV available. NEAR BUCKHALTER 2BR/1.5BA Mobile home on private lot. Available soon; taking applications. $525/month + deposit. NEAR ARMSTRONG 3 or 4BR/2BA, 2-story, very private, no pets. Taking applications $795/month + deposit. 912-234-0548; No Section 8

NEWLY RENOVATED 2BR/2BA. No pets. Largo/Tibet area. First month’s rent 1/2 Off. $665 Rent, $600 Deposit. Call 912-656-7842 ONE, TWO & Three Bedroom Apts. for Rent. $350/month & Up. Call 912-232-3355


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CLEAN, QUIET newly remodeled. Heat/air, cable non-smoking. 10 min. from Downtown. $450-500/month. 912-232-6055 or 310-259-5317 ROOMMATE NEEDED: Share 3 bedroom, 2 bath apartment (Southside Location). $450/month, utilities included! Available Now. No drugs. Call 912-660-9849.

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Furnished, affordable room available includes utility, cable,refrigerator, central heat/air. $115-$140/weekly, no deposit.Call 912-844-3609 NEED A ROOM? STOP LOOKING! Great rooms available ranging from $115-$140/weekly. Includes refrigerators, cable w/HBO, central heat/air. No deposit. Call 912-398-7507. ROOMMATES WANTED West Savannah: Very Clean, newly remodeled w/central heat/air, stove,refrigerator,cable, washer/dryer, WiFi. On busline. Starting at $125/week. Call 912-272-6919


Fully furnished, central heat/air, washer & dryer, cable, internet. No deposit. Safe environment. $125-$150/weekly & $450-$550/monthly. 912-228-1242


$50 Deposit EFFICIENCIES $170/per week & up. Utilities included, Furnished, private bath. No Pets. Call 912-695-7889 or 912-342-3840


•Rooms $100 & Up. Furnished, includes utilities, central heat and air, Comcast cable, washer/dryer. ceramic tile in kitchen and bath. Shared Kitchen & Shared bath. Call 912-210-0144.

HONDA ACCORD for SALE HONDA ACCORD Special Edition, 2002- NEW TIMING BELT! NEW TIRES! Sun roof/moon roof. Great condition, well maintained, only one owner. 111000 miles. $6,000.00 (912)658-8772 Nissan Sentra, 2006- 1.8 S Special Edition, fully loaded, 32 mpg, black 76K Great shape. Call 912-547-7905/ 233-7166 By owner $7,900 TOYOTA Camry LE, 1999- Power seats, AC, CD, 106K miles. In good condition. 5,995. Call 912-247-6694, Wilmington Island, Savannah. TOYOTA Sienna XLE Ltd, 2004- In good condition, 61K, Navigation systems, DVD, sensor systems, rear view back up camera $18,500. 912-598-7622 WE PAY CASH for junk cars & trucks! Call 964-0515 Boats & accessories 950 BAYLINER, 1990- 17ft. 10”, fiber glass hull, walk through windshield, needs work, $1250 OBO. Call 912-201-1980

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Dec. 7, 2011 Connect Savannah Issue  

Featuring an interview with Vince Gill, the nice guy of country music; the 70th anniversary of the bombing of Pearl Harbor; Savannagrams; fo...

Dec. 7, 2011 Connect Savannah Issue  

Featuring an interview with Vince Gill, the nice guy of country music; the 70th anniversary of the bombing of Pearl Harbor; Savannagrams; fo...