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WEEK AT A GLANCE Freebie of the Week

Christmas Party at the Extreme Makeover: Home Edition House

What: Open to the public for the first time for this family-oriented party sponsored by Simpson family and City Church Savannah. Santa Claus at 7pm. When: Fri. Dec. 16, 6-8:30 p.m. Where: Extreme Makeover house, 3905 Abercorn St. Cost: Free; items for charity will be accepted. 10 city notebook:

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Wednesday ‘Early 19th Century Holiday at the Davenport House’ continues

What: View authentic early 19th century

holiday season in Savannah at this house museum. Tours weekdays and Saturdays: 10 a.m.-4 p.m.; Sundays: 1-4 p.m. Where: Davenport House Museum, 324 E. State St Cost: $8/gen. adm., $5 ages 6-17 Info: 912-236-8097. www.davenporthousemuseum.org/

Skatefest! Ice Skating

What: Daily skating in the Civic Center

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with Styx guitarist James ‘JY’ Young by Bill deyoung

from Dec. 9-Jan. 8. Closed Christmas Day. Skates for rent. Times vary. Where: Civic Center, 301 W. Oglethorpe Cost: $7/person. 6-session pass: $30 Info: www.savannahcivic.com/

Trees for Life Display and Gingerbread Village

What: Creatively-decorated holiday trees

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on display, decorated by area businesses, groups, and individuals. Trees auctioned to benefit Greenbriar Children’s Center. Where: Westin Savannah Harbor Golf Resort & Spa, Hutchinson Island Info: www.westinsavannah.com/holiday

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Film: Escape from the Bronx (1990, USA)

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Performing Arts Collective of Savannah. Directed by Gary Swindell and Darowe McMillon. Performances Thurs, Fri, Sat at 7pm., also Sat at 3pm. When: Opens Thu. Dec. 15 Where: Muse Arts Warehouse, 703 Louisville Rd. Cost: $10 Info: 912-631-3452

WSOK Gospel Music Awards

What: With Earnest Pugh, Troy Sneed, Zicardi Cortez, Kierra Kiki Sheard & Keith ‘Wonderboy’ Johnson When: Thu. Dec. 15, 6:30 p.m. Where: Johnny Mercer Theatre, 301 W. Oglethorpe Ave. Cost: $10 Info: www.savannahcivic.com/

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Friday Theater: You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown opens

What: Snoopy, Lucy, Linus and the gang in the popular Broadway musical comedy based on the Peanuts comic strip. Presented by Savannah Children’s Theatre. Show times: Friday at 7 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at 3 p.m. When: Fri. Dec. 16-Sun. Dec. 18

What: Psychotronic Film Society presents this low-budget sequel to 1990: The Bronx Warriors. (screened a few weeks ago). Co-starring legendary B-grade character actor Henry Silva. When: Wed. Dec. 14, 8 p.m. Where: Sentient Bean Coffeehouse, 13 E. Park Ave. Cost: $6 cash only

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Film: Home Alone (USA, 1990)

What: Benefiting America’s Second Harvest of Coastal Georgia. John Hughes’ now-classic family holiday movie starring Macaulay Culkin, Joe Pesci, and Daniel Stern. When: Fri. Dec. 16, 7 p.m. Where: Lucas Theatre, 32 Abercorn St Cost: Donate at least one nonperishable item per person Info: www.lucastheatre.com/

Film: Taking Off (USA, 1971)

What: CinemaSavannah presents Milos Forman’s first American film, a touching and witty comedy about the generational conflict of America’s 60’s and 70’s. Cameos by Tina Turner, Carly Simon, and Kathy Bates. When: Fri. Dec. 16, 7 p.m. Where: Jepson Center 207 W. York St. Cost: $7, cash only

Concert: Holiday Pops

What: Savannah Philharmonic presents highlights from The Nutcracker and Messiah, and popular season favorites. Guest: Harry O’Donoghue. When: Fri. Dec. 16, 7:30 p.m. Where: Cathedral of St. John the Baptist, Abercorn & Harris Streets, Cost: $36, $55 and $100. Info: 912-525-5050. www.savannahphilharmonic.org/

Music: Styx

What: Latest version of this mega-band from the 70’s and 80’s. With Connor Christian & Southern Gothic. When: Fri. Dec. 16, 8 p.m. Where: Johnny Mercer Theatre, 401 W. Oglethorpe Ave. Cost: $44-$49 Info: savannahcivic.com/

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Theater: Black Nativity

What: Playwright Langston Hughes’ joyful retelling of St. Luke’s story of the birth of Christ by way of gospel music, dance, poetry, and narrative. Presented by The

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Peter Shannon conducts the Savannah Philharmonic in a Holiday Pops performance Friday at the Cathedral

Forsyth Farmers Market

What: Last day for this season’s downtown Farmers Market. When: Sat. Dec. 17, 9 a.m.-1 p.m.


Book Signings: Sharon Butler and Imara

What: Imara signs “Taking the Journey: Relations.” and Sharon Butler signs “The Amani Guard: Keepers of Peace.” When: Sat. Dec. 17, 12-2 p.m. Where: Barnes & Noble, Oglethorpe Mall Cost: Free and open to the public

Skidaway Island State Park’s Luminary Fun Night with Santa

What: Walk the luminary trail. Holiday treats and hot chocolate, hayrides and caroling. When: Sat. Dec. 17, 6-8 p.m. Where: Skidaway Island State Park, 52 Diamond Causeway, Cost: Free. $5 parking. $1 hayrides. Info: 912-598-2300

Film: Miracle on 34th Street

What: SCAD Cinema Presents this Christmas classic starring child-star Natalie Wood. Get in free with a donated new, unwrapped toy for Toys for Tots. When: Sat. Dec. 17, 7 p.m. Where: Trustees Theater, 216 E. Broughton St. Cost: Free with donated toy

Songwriter’s Showcase

What: Benefiting Safe Shelter. Featuring Lauren LaPointe, Jason Bible, Brenda Morie, Bill DeYoung, Mark Carter and Sincerely, Iris. Bring unwrapped, new toy for any age. When: Sat. Dec. 17, 7 p.m. Where: The Sentient Bean Coffeehouse, 13 E. Park Ave. Cost: Donation

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Sunday Film: Daylight (2011, USA)

What: CinemaSavannah and Psychotronic Film Society present Movies Savannah Missed. “An unusually delicate psychological thriller.”- New York Times. Screenings at 2, 5 & 8pm When: Sun. Dec. 18 Where: Muse Arts Warehouse, 703 Louisville Rd. Cost: $8 cash

Market at the Lighthouse

What: Tybee Island Historical Society’s monthly market, featuring antiques, collectibles, and art. When: Sun. Dec. 18, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Where: Tybee Lighthouse Cost: Free and open to the public. Info: www.tybeelighthouse.org/

Nature Outing: Ducks on Holiday

What: Wilderness Southeast birding guide Diana Churchill acquaints you with some of the 15 different species

of diving and dabbling ducks in the Savannah National Wildlife Refuge. Reservations required. When: Sun. Dec. 18, 2-4:30 p.m. Where: Savannah National Wildlife Refuge, US Highway 17 N Cost: $25/person ($10/child under 12 with adult) Info: 912-236-8115

Music: The Goliards

What: Savannah musical group presents a telling of the Christmas story in medieval song. When: Sun. Dec. 18, 3 p.m. Where: St. Paul’s Episcopal Church , 34th and Abercorn Streets, Cost: $10/door Info: www.savannahgoliards.org./

AWOL Open Mic Therapy Session

What: Youth and adult open mic session for poetry, song, and dance. When: Sun. Dec. 18, 7 p.m. Where: Sentient Bean Coffee House, 13 E. Park Ave. Cost: Free and open to the public.

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Tuesday Refresh Savannah: What Makes a Tech-Enabled City?

What: Feedback session. When: Tue. Dec. 20, 6 p.m. Where: Creative Coast, 15 W. York St. Cost: Free and open to the public. Info: refreshsavannah.com/2011/12/

technology-enabled-city/

Savannah Quarters Holiday Lights Tour

What: Enjoy the holiday lights and decorations of the Westbrook at Savannah Quarters community. Board the trolley at Savannah Quarters Country Club for the 30-minute tour. When: Tue. Dec. 20, 6 p.m.-9 p.m. Where: Savannah Quarters, 8 Palladian Way, Pooler Cost: Free and open to the public Info: SavannahQuartersCC.com/

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Wednesday Film: Frank Zappa Tribute Film

What: Psychotronic Film Society presents this screening of amazing live performances showcasing the man and his bands at some of the peaks of their powers. When: Wed. Dec. 21, 8 p.m. Where: Sentient Bean Coffeehouse, 13 E. Park Ave. Cost: $7 cash only

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After the recent city elections — the results of which, let’s just say, didn’t completely satisfy everyone — I kept hearing this comment: “The people have spoken. It’s time for everybody to just accept the results and move on.” Well... of course the people have spoken. Has anyone actually said that we shouldn’t accept the results? I don’t know anyone who has suggested such a thing. We may not all like the results, but there’s a difference between not liking them and not accepting them. As far as moving on: You mean preparing for the next election, as the victors of these elections will begin doing about five minutes after they’re sworn in? OK, if you insist. That said: Whoever decided to schedule most U.S. elections just before Christmas was very wise. The season of good cheer is just what the doctor ordered to relieve lingering bitterness and dissatisfaction and start the new year off with a sense of optimism for the future. With that in mind — and with a nod to those who think I’m too negative and cynical on this page — here’s my Holiday Party of Positive Post-Election Feelings, in which I detail some of the lesser–noted good things that came out of this election: • Bill Gillespie: He didn’t win in his bid for alderman–at–large. But Gillespie consistently impressed debate audiences with his knowledge of the issues, his obvious non–politician earnestness, and the fact that he had no agenda other than making Savannah a better place in which to live. Despite not making the runoff between Tom Bordeaux and Clinton Young, I believe Bill substantially lifted the debate and made both those candidates better. Hopefully Bordeaux, the eventual winner, will take to heart Gillespie’s earnestness and eschew the tools of the career politician that Bordeaux essentially is. Plus: I adopted a beautiful if occasionally annoying cat from Bill, a devoted animal– lover, and so he’s always OK in my book.

• Ruel Joyner: Nope, Ruel didn’t win either. Truth be told, he didn’t come close to defeating Van Johnson for First District alderman. But he became the go–to vector for the local throw–the–bums–out movement, and in so doing, underwent a substantial personal transformation in the process. During one conversation I had with him in the middle of the campaign, he said, “Jim, I thought I had a master’s degree in Savannah, but it turns out I only have an associate’s.” Indeed, Savannah can be a strange and humbling place even for natives such as Ruel and me. It’s good to see he has the capacity and maturity for positive personal change in the face of adversity. Given that Joyner’s not going away anytime soon — he’s a key business owner on Broughton Street and current president of the Downtown Business Association — we’re better off with him in the mix, whether on City Council or not. • Edna Jackson: While there’s no question that “the people have spoken” in electing Edna Jackson the next mayor of Savannah, she cannot claim an overwhelming mandate. She got only 36 percent of the vote in the six–way general election, which I thought was a low number given that she was considered a shoo–in as recently as a year ago. While she clearly bested Jeff Felser in the mayoral runoff, the final vote percentage — 57 for her, 43 for him — was uncomfortably close to the exact black/white percentage split in the City of Savannah’s population, which doesn’t necessarily bode well moving forward. However, Jackson’s pleasant demeanor and steadfast dedication to running a dirt– free campaign do indeed bode well.

I’m sure I’m not the only Savannah voter relieved to know we’ll soon be free of the ongoing spectacle of Otis Johnson condescendingly dismissing the point of view of a fellow taxpayer who had the gall to request a brief appearance before his imperial city council. There’s a school of thought that says the local business community supported Jackson because they’re under the impression she’s easily manipulated and has few ideas of her own. If they really think that, they’re probably in for a disappointment. Political history is rife with examples of candidates who rose to the occasion and found their true voices once elected to an office of real responsibility. I think Jackson could be that kind of candidate. • Real talk: With this election, AfricanAmerican political power in Savannah is now completely consolidated. There’s a 6–3 African-American majority on city council, and African-Americans occupy pretty much every key position in city government with the exception of city attorney — and James Blackburn will likely retire soon. (For those of you annoyed by my frequent mention of race in connection with local politics: Welcome to Savannah! I hope you stay awhile. And don’t shoot the messenger — he’s just telling you how it is.) Crucially and happily, this means no more close 5–4 votes “breaking down along racial lines,” as the sadly familiar phrase goes from local media reports. And as we’ve seen with their enthusiastic backing of Mayor-elect Jackson, the local white establishment is all–in this time. Perhaps some of the tired and counterproductive ‘60s rhetoric of grievance which has driven so much local politics will be dialed back in favor of a more self-confident and proactive leadership which fully owns its considerable — and yes, fully accepted — political power. cs


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Real nourishment IT’S THAT TIME of year when for some of us, food starts appearing out of nowhere. Fruitcakes left on the doorstep. A pile of powder–dusted cookies in thebreakroom. Fourteen kinds of cheese at the neighborhood open house, not including whatever is in those logs showered in chopped walnuts. Yesterday I found myself running away from a nice lady in the hairnet handing out ham samples at Publix, only to be confronted by fudge at the dry cleaners. It’s hard to imagine that anyone, anywhere, could possibly be hungry when you’ve got people practically sticking candy canes down your pants at the bank. Yet as we scarf those empty calories, we know there are those among us for whom basic nourishment seems impossible. We may not know them personally; maybe we do and they’re too proud to let us know it. But Rev. Carl Gilliard sees them every day. “Things are so bad now for so many,” the good reverend tells me on a recent visit to the Savannah Feed the Hungry Life Center, the facility he runs on Augusta Road just over the Garden City border. “We’ve got so many new people coming in this month because of the changes made to the food stamps benefits, and they’re every race and religion and color and age. We know here that hunger has no boundaries.” He’s speaking from experience. The former car salesman and his wife, Lashawnda, started SFH three

years ago after clawing back from hard times themselves with their four daughters. “I lost my job, and then we lost our house, then our car. We literally had two pieces of bread and piece of bologna at one point,” he recounts. “I now call it the best experience of my life, but I don’t want any family to have to go through that.” Undaunted, the Gilliards began contacting local produce distributors to solicit donations of extra fruits and vegetables. Their efforts quickly blossomed into an operation that hosts monthly sit–down dinners and free clinics as well as gives away hundreds of bags of groceries twice a week. The softspoken pastor claims no superpowers, but with not a penny of public funding has galvanized an impressively effective program: Thousands of clients. Hundreds of volunteers. Over forty local business partnerships. And rather than work in a different orbit than Savannah’s other service organizations, SFH often shares referrals with Second Harvest Food Bank and the Salvation Army. “Everything seems to work together,” Rev. Gilliard shrugs. “For all of us, the goal is to serve, and there is no shortage of people in need.” SFH is expecting 6000-7000 guests at their two free holiday dinners on Dec. 22 and 23 at the National Guard Armory, in Hinesville and Savannah respectively. Clothing, gift and toy giveaways will also bring comfort and smiles.

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But one or two meals don’t make the dent in people’s hunger—it’s the work that’s done all year long to supplement the seniors who’s checks run short as their power bills go up, the single parents, the working poor, the families living out of hidden tent cities on the west side of town. When I showed up at SFH’s cavernous warehouse last week, produce coordinator Mother Middleton was sorting cartons of fresh blackberries and beautiful bunches of beets while uniformed volunteers from Hunter Army Base’s BOSS program lifted crates of ivory cauliflower, bags of crisp collard greens and bunches of grapes onto tables. Rows of brown paper bags stood neatly lined up on pallets with whole grain breads and carrot tops peeking out, looking every inch like they belonged in the trunk of an Audi stationwagon leaving the

parking lot of Fresh Market. While Mother assures me that such a cornucopia doesn’t happen every single week, it’s clear SFH is not just feeding the hungry—they’re feeding them well, with dignity. And teaching them how to cook, if necessary: SFH also offers free cooking classes through UGA Cooperative Extension. “We want to give people a hand up, not a handout,” explains Pastor Gilliard. It’s clear there are more than bodies being nourished here. Pastor Gilliard reiterates several times during the afternoon that he wants those who come to the Life Center experience a “good feeling” so their faith is restored that life is good, no matter what. It’s an infectious vibe. “People come here so worn down, so sad,” says front desk volunteer Gloria Zipperer, a friendly redhead who first came through the doors as a client. “I know how hard it is to come here, so my first step is to give everyone a hug.” I get mine, and after so many days of too many sugary treats, my stomach finally feels settled. For me, the sweetest part of the holiday season is being reminded how once we have enough to eat, how little it takes to fill each other up. CS For info and volunteer opportunities, call 912/349-0774 or go to savannahfeedthehungry.com.

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The Southern Environmental Law Center has filed a challenge to the South Carolina permit that clears the way for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to dredge 38 miles of the Savannah River shipping channel to a depth of 48 feet, calling into the question the apparent “horse–trading” that allowed the approval to happen. The center represents the Savannah Waterkeeper, S.C. Coastal Conservation League and the South Carolina Wildlife Federation. It filed its challenge – formally known as a request for a contested case hearing before an administrative law judge – on the same day a South Carolina state senate panel cleared staffers of Gov. Nikki Haley of using undue influence to force the agency to reverse course and approve a permit it had denied two months earlier. The Savannah River Maritime Commission will also make its own challenge to the permit on the basis that the deepening project will so alter the channel that it will make future development of a port facility in Jasper County, S.C. impossible. “Basically, where in a situation where we opposed to issuance of the permit because we had concerns about the environmental impacts of this project, and we still have those concerns,” said Blan Holman, an attorney with the Southern Environmental Law Center. “However, there’s also a new wrinkle: before the Governor’s office got involved, the agency properly concluded the project fails to meet legal benchmarks that protect South Carolina’s environment from unnecessary destruction,” said “After the intervention, benchmarks got moved.” The Environmental Law Center pointedly warned Haley “not to destroy evidence concerning her office’s involvement in the matter”. Hours before Holman made these comments a panel of state senators voted 7–3 to clear Haley’s staff of charges they exerted undue influence over the DHEC board. Ted Pitts, Haley’s deputy chief of staff, said Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal asked Haley during an informal meeting in October to see that DHEC’s

board would hear Georgia’s case for the permit after DHEC staff denied it. Haley then asked DHEC board Chairman Allen Amsler, her political appointee, to give Georgia a hearing, he said. DHEC approved the permit Nov. 10, and with that, in South Carolina at least, political chaos ensued. Helping to muddy the situation further is the fact that many counties in South Carolina are just as close or closer to Savannah, which would benefit from the dredging project, as they are from Charleston. A case is point is Orangeburg County, where Gregg Robinson is executive director of the Orangeburg County Development Commission. Robinson said he’s become concerned by the rhetoric both because of some of the blatant misstatements that he’s read and also because Orangeburg, which has attracted substantial international investment in recent years, utilizes both ports. “We’re about equal distance from both ports, businesses in out community utilize both,” he explained. “Many of our companies that do business with Asia ship through the Port of Savannah, while those that do more business with Europe ship primarily through the Port of Charleston.” “In the end, this really seems like an argument over competition, and given were we are located, competition between the two ports is good for us,” Robinson continued. The Corps and the Georgia Ports Authority plan to spend $650 million on the channel deepening that will enable the Port of Savannah to serve large “post–panamax” ships expected to call on east coast ports after the Panama Canal is widened in 2014. But environmentalists believe the Corps hasn’t looked hard or broad enough at what’s necessary to accommodate an uncertain increase in container cargo traffic to the east coast and where the money is best spent. They cite a statement made by Panama Canal CEO Alberto Aleman earlier this year that suggested only two harbors on the East Coast and one in the Gulf would need to be deepened to service the larger ships, not the 13 expansions now underway. cs


Gifts that keep them riding DID SOMEONE YOU know start riding a bike to work or class or using a bicycle to run errands this year? If so, this list provides some gift suggestions to keep that person riding on through the new year and beyond. If that person is you, consider adding these items to your list if they’re not there already. When shopping, please consider your local bicycle shops. It’s hard to ride your bike to eBay or Amazon, so why not spend your money at a place where you can actually shop by bike? The friendly, knowledgeable folks there can help guide you to solutions you might not think of otherwise. Lights, reflective wear — This time of year an extra five minutes spent chatting with a coworker at the end of the day can result in an unexpectedly dark commute home. A quality light set will ensure the cyclist in your life can see, and more importantly, be seen on the way home. If he or she already has a white front and red rear light, a second set of inexpensive lights to store in an office desk drawer, purse or briefcase provides a potentially life saving back–up in case the first set malfunctions or is stolen from a bike parked outside. You should also add some reflective wear to your list: vests are light, inexpensive and can be carried stuffed into small packs. A pair of reflective ankle straps helps keep trousers out of chains and the up and down motion of their reflection says, “Bike here!” Locks — Speaking of stealing things, does the cyclist on your list use a U–lock? Then buy them a cable lock. Does he or she own a cable lock? Then buy a U–lock. If they have neither, get them both. Why? To quote the wise words of the late Sheldon Brown, the internet’s most beloved bicycle expert, “If you use both the U–lock and the cable lock, you are more than twice as safe as you would be with either of them alone. Either type of lock can be defeated, but each requires a different large, bulky tool that’s useless against the other.” Nothing is worse than leaving your workplace at the end of a long day and staring at the blank space where

your bicycle used to be. Which leads me to perhaps the greatest gift a boss can give: Provide a secure, indoor storage area for your employees who commute by bike. They are healthier, better employees, too, so it’s good for your bottom line. Helmet — The good news is cyclists are uniquely able to manage the risks they face on the road. Bicycles are very maneuverable (especially compared with cars) and cyclists have the advantage of unobstructed views of traffic around them. They can also hear a lot more of what’s going on around them. Still helmets are a necessity for safe cycling. The problem is people hate wearing them, mainly because humankind has been so far unable to design a bicycle helmet that doesn’t look dorky. I found a way to trick myself into wearing a helmet 100 percent of the time I’m on a bike. I bought a helmet– mounted rearview mirror. I still look over my shoulder and make eye contact with drivers before moving left in a lane of course, (as someone said, “mirrors can say ‘no,’ but they can’t say ‘yes’”), but once I became used to glancing up and to the left to see what was behind me, I was hooked. In fact, I miss the mirror when I’m walking. I may become the first person in Savannah to begin regularly wearing a pedestrian helmet. Better place for bicycling — The No. 1 thing on my wish list is a city that’s safer and friendlier to cyclists. Such an environment encourages folks of all ages to make bicycling a healthy and fun part of their daily lives. I enjoy the satisfaction of knowing every time I renew my Savannah Bicycle Campaign membership, I’m moving our city closer to this goal. Along with discounts offered by local merchants and other benefits, a Savannah Bicycle Campaign membership is the perfect gift for the cyclist who has everything. cs John Bennett is vice chairman of the Savannah Bicycle Campaign, bicyclecampaign.org

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Twenty–one local purveyors of clothing, art supplies, gifts, spices and more have launched Bingo on Broughton, a collaborative effort to lure locals into spending some of their shopping budgets on Savannah’s main street. Like grandma’s game, it starts out with a card with squares to fill. Instead of numbers, however, each square contains a store logo, and when shoppers make a purchase at that store, the square gets a sticker and the purchase gets a 10 percent discount. The aim is to collect enough stickers for a winning configuration to enter $25 gift card drawings or “blackout” the card for a chance at a $1250 grand prize shopping spree, which is more than the ladies down at the bingo hall could ever hope for. It’s a shopaholic’s dream—and an ingenious way to drive traffic. The brainchild of Nourish Natural Bath Products manager Jessica

Leavitt, Bingo on Broughton was inspired by last September’s Fashion Night Out, an all–out shopfest that had stores open late and brought thousands downtown. “I saw how people came together to make it work and businesses helping other businesses,” said Leavitt. “I wanted to create another opportunity for us to be more integrated as a community.” One of the challenges that local retailers face is the slashed prices at the big box stores and malls. But by eschewing those soulless bargains, Leavitt points out that much of what can be found on Broughton Street is novel, unique, and often handmade. A Bingo lover herself (the game does have a certain hipster cachet,) Leavitt came up with the idea for a Broughton Street version of the game and within the month was pitching it to Nourish’s neighbors. One of the first to sign on was Elizabeth Seeger of Satchel, who saw the

value immediately. “It’s such a cute concept to get people down here,” said Seeger in her storefront workshop where she and her staff craft handmade leather purses as well as smaller gift items like fashionable wrist cuffs and monogrammed leather beer coozies. “People really want to buy what’s made locally–or at least what’s not made in China.” Down the block, Broughton newcomer The Salt Table represents another business in the game where almost every product is created and packaged on site. Owners Carol Sellers and Dave Legasse opened their doors in July to a steady demand for their exotic salts, spice blends, fusion sugars and teas, and appreciate the business community cultivated on Broughton Street their first holiday season. “Coordinating merchants is always in everyone’s best interest,” said Sellers. “People tell us these kinds of promotions are getting them downtown again.” Some businesses rejected the Bingo idea as frivolous, but See Jane owner Shelley Smith was impressed with the creativity of Leavitt’s promotion as well as the low output. Each business contributed a piece of the grand prize plus a few bucks for printing, and everyone is responsible for using their social media accounts to spread the word. “This has already generated new business for me,” affirms Smith, who sells natural make–up and skin care on the west end of the street. “It’s inspiring people to take the time and see what’s out there.” So far, people are playing. Cheryl Parrish was already on Broughton buying her yearly bottle of winter honey from Savannah Bee Co. when she happened upon the game. Once she got her card, she couldn’t be stopped. “I was just determined to get bingo,” laughed Parrish, who filled a line straight across her card that same afternoon. “Almost every store was one I hadn’t been in before. It was an adventure!” Parrish, who serves on the board of the Savannah Development and Renewal Authority as well as pastor for St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church, was surprised to find reasonable prices downtown. “I used to think that there’s a big space between us regular people and


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Blotter All cases from recent Savannah/ Chatham Police Dept. incident reports

Saddest thing in a while An investigation by Metro Police Violent Crimes detectives has led to the identification of the 18–year–old mother of a baby found dead in a trash collection truck. The mother, a high school student, admitted giving birth and placing the baby in the trash. Police identified her after tracing items to the her.

A driver for a private trash collection service noticed the body in the truck while he was on the 7200 block of Central Avenue at about 11:30 a.m. Police immediately set out to determine when and how the baby died. The quick solution to the complicated case drew the praise of SCMPD Criminal Investigations Division Capt. Dean Fagerstrom. “This was a tragic and sobering case that every officer in Violent Crimes, Forensics and Patrol

took to heart,” he said. “Everyone should be impressed with the urgency they showed in solving this case.” • A 23–year–old Savannah man has been charged with armed robbery of an Abercorn Street convenience store. Matthew Antonio Edwards denied having anything to do with the robbery of the Parker’s convenience store in the 10,000 block of Abercorn but police found a BB gun matching the one used in the robbery and clothing matching those worn by the robber in his residence. Savannah–Chatham Metropolitan Police responded to the robbery call at 1:36 a.m. and learned a black male, 5–foot–5 and weighing about 210 pounds, had entered the store with his face covered. When the clerk told him she could not allow him in the store dressed that way he produced a weapon and demanded cash from the registers and then ran. Police also have requested the public’s help in identifying the robber of the same store Nov. 28 and who they fear could be involved in other

robberies in the area. That robber was described as black, about 5–4 wearing a bulky tan and/or brown leather jacket with black jeans and a black hat. He had pointed a rusted pistol with a chrome barrel at the clerk to coerce her into giving him the money. • Around 6 a.m., officers responded to an alarm call at JT’s Pub and Grill, at Hwy 204 and I–95. When officers arrived, they found the business had been burglarized. The owner reported that the cash register had been stolen. The surveillance system indicates the suspect is a white male, in his mid–20s to early 30s, with short dark hair. • A murder suspect is in custody after a triple shooting left two men dead and one in critical condition. Joshua Williams, 18, was arrested and charged with murder.

• Detectives have charged one man with two robberies of taxi drivers and are looking into similarities between those cases and all five other robberies of taxis in the area. Charles Vincent Rice, 46, has been charged with robberies Nov. 2 and Nov. 3 in which a man had someone call for a cab, asked the drivers to take him to secluded locations where he produced a weapon or indicated he had a weapon, robbed the driver and forced them to take him to other locations. He has been charged with armed robbery and robbery by intimidation as well as two counts of kidnapping. Detectives have found similarities between those cases and the other five robberies of taxi drivers recently and continue to investigate those cases. cs Give anonymous crime tips to Crimestoppers at 234-2020


There’s a common belief that “sucking the poison out” is an effective snakebite remedy. I also heard journalist Stephanie Nolen talk about a man in Sudan who set his foot on fire after a snake bite, which he claimed saved him from the poison. Is either treatment effective? —Dyer Ninety-nine out of a hundred people, on hearing about some birdbrain who sets himself on fire to combat snakebite, think: what an amusing anecdote. Then there’s you, solemnly wondering: is this something I should try? Quick answer: no. However, I don’t mean to make sport of you. Although the Sudanese fellow’s grasp of the fine points left a lot to be desired, the therapeutic regimen to which he evidently subscribed was the standard treatment for snakebite for more than 2,500 years. It involved both suction and cauterization, which of course is the sober medical term for setting part of yourself (or someone) ablaze. We’ll refer to this overall approach as the suction method. Minus some of its more alarming features, it appeared in the Boy Scout manual until at least 1963. The suction method is the premier example of what I call the duct-tape school of emergency medicine. For reasons perhaps already evident, this approach to healthcare is largely the province of males. It has three defining characteristics: first, it involves dramatic—some would say foolhardy— gestures; second, there’s an underlying logic, although this may not be evident in application; and third, it’s best carried out while drunk. The suction method, like all ducttape techniques, addresses a genuine need. Snakes have been messing with humans since the days of Adam and Eve. Even now they bite as many as 5 million people worldwide per year (estimates vary widely), of which something like 100,000 cases are severe. In the U.S. alone venomous snakes bite 4,000 to 6,000 people annually. Few American victims die, but the odds tilt against you

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elsewhere. India alone may have 30,000 deaths annually. The suction method made its way into the body of traditional Indian medical wisdom known as Ayurveda somewhere between 1000 and 600 BC, in writings attributed to the surgeon Susruta. First, you applied a tourniquet above the wound to contain the venom. Second, you sliced the wound open between fang punctures to facilitate draining. Third, you sucked out the venom, by mouth if necessary, although the squeamish might opt for a suction cup. Fourth, you cauterized the wound, in hopes of destroying remaining toxin. Cauterization is the part that has charged the imagination of males opting for the suction method. In an account of snakebite treatment in 19thcentury Illinois, one fellow claimed to have saved 50 bite victims by stabbing the wound with a penknife until the blood flowed freely, presumably carrying the poison with it. A doctor of the era recommended cutting the wound out entirely. Amputation was occasionally recommended. In the developed world, or at any rate in the U.S., cauterization and other radical treatments didn’t outlive the Wild West as approved medical practice. The old Boy Scout manual, for example, refrained from advising America’s youth to set one another on fire. But after stun guns hit the market they were touted by some hikers, hunters, and others as providing an up-todate method of snakebite cauterization. This daft idea was so widely accepted that in 1992 a research team felt obliged to test it. Their conclusion: a full 90 seconds of shock didn’t accomplish squat. Eventually all aspects of the suction method, not just cauterization, fell into official disfavor. True, experiments with radioactively tagged venom showed suction could remove more than 50 percent of the poison if done within three minutes. But other research found that suction produced no demonstrable improvement and often made matters worse. The recommended medical procedure nowadays is to keep snakebite victims calm and immobilized and get them to a hospital fast. Despite professional disapproval, I don’t expect the suction method to die out soon—the call of testosterone is too strong. “If this was good enough for people who were dust in Alexander the Great’s day,” it tells one’s inner caveman, “it’s good enough for you.” cs

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news of the weird Lead Story Only the Government: Stung by criticism in 2007 that they were neglecting severely wounded service members, the Pentagon and the Department of Veterans Affairs have now gone extreme the other way, routinely providing at least a half-dozen (and as many as two dozen) caseworkers per patient. A Government Accountability Office report in October said the result was “duplication, confusion and turf battles,” according to a November Washington Post story, leaving the members and their families often conflicted and overwhelmed about prognoses. At times the Pentagon (serving active-duty personnel) and the VA (ex-military) balked over coordinating their treatments. The agencies, however, told the Post that any duplication was intentional, even though the Post cited military families who each wished they had a single, authoritative case manager they could turn to. A GAO official called the situation “crazy” and “disturbing.”

Can’t Possibly Be True • The U.S.-Pakistan relationship has reached “the nadir of absurdity,” wrote Wired.com, after a December report in The Atlantic revealed that Pakistan “secures” its tactical nuclear weapons by moving them around the country in ordinary unmarked vans (“without noticeable defenses”). It supposedly uses the “Econolines of Doom,” “hidden” in plain sight on the country’s highways, because it fears the U.S. (its

“ally”) would steal the bombs if it knew white woman in Panama City, Fla., where they were. Dizzyingly, wrote reported that the Ku Klux Klan had Wired, the U.S. funds Pakistan yet burned a cross in his driveway in regularly invades it, though desperately November and left a threatening note. needing Pakistan’s help in Afghanistan, However, the note did not demand even as Pakistani soldiers fight alongthat the couple move from the neighside Afghan insurgents against the U.S. borhood; it demanded that they stay. • In October, the super-enthusiastic Since the Klan is not known for supwinners of a Kingston, Ontario, radio porting mixed-race couples, the police station contest claimed their prize: the were suspicious and ultimately charged chance to don gloves and dig for free Williams with making the threats Buffalo Bills’ football tickets (value: himself -- to frighten his wife $320), buried in buffalo manure into abandoning the divorce in a child’s plastic inflatable pool. she had recently requested. The show’s host, Sarah Crosbie, (2) Paul Moran, possessing And a tebow reported the digging live (but, (according to his lawyer) was born... overcome by the smell, vomited “considerable intellecon the air). More curious was a tual ability,” nonetheless runner-up contestant who conattempted a procedure tinued to muck around for the to turn his own feces into second prize, even though it was gold (and was sentenced in only tickets to a local zoo. October to three months in • In a federal lawsuit for malijail in Enniskillen, Northern cious prosecution, a judge found a Ireland, after accidentally set“strong” likelihood that EPA agent ting his apartment on fire in the Keith Phillips “deliberately” set up a process). hazardous-waste enforcement case • Cry for Help: Math teacher against Hubert Vidrine for the purPaul LaDuke, 75, was fired in Novempose of facilitating his own work/sex ber from the Schaumburg (Ill.) Chrisrelationship with a female EPA agent. tian School after a student reported According to the court, Phillips was seeing him brazenly masturbate, with married and unable to carry on with his pants lowered, as he sat behind his the agent (stationed in another city) desk in a full classroom. LaDuke had except when they worked together, been at the school for 26 years, and which they did periodically over a police believe (according to a Chicago three-year period on the Vidrine case. Tribune report) he had “committed In October, Vidrine was awarded $1.6 similar acts at the school several times a million in damages. year for a decade or longer.” • Least Competent Plans: (1) L.B. Williams, a black man married to a

Fine Points of the Law • Proportionality: (1) Daniel Vilca, 26, was ordered to prison for the rest of his life (without possibility of parole) following his conviction in Naples, Fla., in November for having pornographic photos of children on his computer. He had no previous criminal record, nor was there evidence of any contact with children. The judge computed the sentence by multiplying a five-year term by the 454 photos police found. (2) A week earlier, a judge in Dayton, Ohio, sentenced former CEO Michael Peppel, 44, for defrauding his shareholders by overstating revenue in a company that went on to lose $298 million and cost 1,300 jobs. Sentencing guidelines recommended an 8- to 10-year term, but federal judge Sandra Beckwith ordered Peppel to jail for seven days. • Dog walker Kimberly Zakrzewski was found not guilty in October of violating the poop-scooping ordinance of Fairfax County, Va., despite photographic “evidence” of dog piles submitted by neighbors Virginia and Christine Cornell (who had previously been feuding with Zakrzewski). The jury chose to give greater weight to testimony by the dog’s owner that the photographed piles were bigger than anything she had ever seen from “Baxter.” The owner also revealed that she had brought to court one of Baxter’s actual piles but decided to leave it in her car.


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• Bad Shots: (1) A 22-year-old man was shot in the face on Vancouver Island, British Columbia, in September; his companion on the camping trip thought he was shooting at a bear. (2) An 85-year-old man was shot in the face in Augusta, Ga., in September; a female acquaintance thought she was shooting at an opossum. (3) A 20-year-old woman was shot in Vilas County, Wis., in July; deputy sheriff Ty Peterson (a relative) thought he was shooting at a cougar.

• (1) Two men outfitted as zombies were arrested for assault at a Halloween party at a nudist resort in Pasco County, Fla. (One bit a security guard, but he was not infected.) (2) Jeffrey Lluis, 27, who performed stand-up comedy at clubs around Tampa, apparently held a day job as bank robber (charged in November with knocking off a SunTrust bank -- twice).

The Pervo-American Community • Convicted child-sex offender Charlie Price, 57, was arrested in Pittsfield, Mass., in October, but only for disturbing the peace -- because the “victim” was merely made of cardboard. Price, spotting a sunglasses display in a Rite-Aid pharmacy, had begun kissing and licking the face of the pictured model, and groping her.

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Thinning the Herd (1) In October, a 30-year-old woman and her unidentified boyfriend were killed as they carried their domestic brawl from their car onto Interstate 485 near Pineville, N.C., and were struck by separate vehicles. (2) A 27-year-old man was killed in a one-car crash in Broward County, Fla., in October. He (a passenger) had punched his wife (the driver) in the face, causing her to lose control and careen into a lake. (She and the couple’s 3-year-old daughter, in the backseat, survived.) cs By chuck shepherd UNIVERSAL PRESS SYNDICATE

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The sort of weirdness and madcap mirth you’d expect from this cast of characters. A Christmas play with Burlesque Queen Melody Gore, Anitra Opera Diva, Ford, Niema Screama and others, and a poster that promises Girls! Bands! Prizes! And Drag Queens! As if that weren’t enough, the punky Brewster Bands! are Savannah’s Free Candy, plus the Vaginas and the Dynos (both from Atlanta), all of which know more than a thing or two about multi– colored shock and awe.

The beneficiary here is the SAFE Shelter, a non–profit home for victims of domestic abuse. Admission is a non– wrapped toy, as there are, sadly, plenty of children at the shelter. Lauren Lapointe is the ringleader for this all–acoustic night of merriment. She’ll play a set, along with sets from Jason Bible of the Train Wrecks, Mark Carter, Todd Murray (as Sincerely, Iris), Brenda Morie and – wait for it – yours truly. So this is Christmas, and what have you done? cs

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A chat with Styx guitarist James ‘JY’ Young by Bill DeYoung | bill@connectsavannah.com

In rock ‘n’ roll, as in life, the only constant is change. The Chicago–based band Styx has followed an extraordinarily complex evolutionary road. Founded in the early 1970s by singer/pianist Dennis DeYoung and lead guitarist James

“JY” Young, both of them songwriters with big visions (and big egos), Styx landed on a winning formula when the two mainstays learned to play to one another’s strengths (DeYoung as

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a balladeer with a taste for the theatrical, Young a rocker with an ear for the big, catchy riff). DeYoung’s “Lady,” from Styx II, shows us the blueprint for what was to be one of the defining sounds 1970s FM radio – starting as a tender ballad, it quickly accelerates into a sonic blast of tough guitar and drums and an electric wall of thickly–layered vocal harmonies. It was the ‘70s, it was sophisticated arena–rock, and Styx had four consecutive multi–platinum albums. Things went into overdrive when second guitarist Tommy Shaw joined the band, and his songs – including “Renegade,” “Fooling Yourself,” “Blue Collar Man” and “Mademoiselle” – brought the quality level even higher. Most of Styx’s biggest chart hits, however, were written and lead–sung by DeYoung, including “Lady,” “Come Sail Away,” “The Grand Illusion,” “The Best of Times” and the band’s only chart–topping single, the decidedly non–rock ‘n’ roll “Babe.” All this cross–pollination took its toll on Styx, with DeYoung’s futuristic rock opera Kilroy Was Here (1983) rubbing Young, Shaw and the other members of the band entirely the wrong way. “Mr. Roboto,” the heavily computerized single from Kilroy, was not received enthusiastically by anybody. The next step was mutiny, with DeYoung tossed unceremoniously from his own band. A brief olive–branch reunion with DeYoung in 1999 brought out the old animosities, and today Young and Shaw perform as Styx, with drummer Todd Sucherman, keyboardist Lawrence Gowan and bassist Ricky Phillips. From all reports, it’s a very high–energy show. Founding bassist Chuck Panozzo

sometimes tours with the band. Let’s rewind: At the dawn of the 1970s, Panozzo and his twin brother John (on drums) were playing with DeYoung in the southside Chicago band TW4, when they went looking for a new guitarist. James Young, who just come out of college with a degree in mechanical engineering, turned up to audition. And that moment, so long ago, is where we begin our interview with JY.

Origins

“My band did cutting–edge deep tracks, obscure album tracks and our own originals, whereas Dennis and the Panozzos played pop songs that everybody wanted to hear. And they were making money. I had never seen them play, but I sort of looked down on anybody who did what they did. My band broke up, and I heard they were looking for a guitar player. I just wanted to be a working musician. When Dennis recounts it today, he says that I was the most arrogant human being he’d ever met in his life. And I probably was.”

Success

“I was the guy who had the most songs on the first record, but then Dennis jumped in and became a writing machine. He took the banner up, and ran with it in a way that I was incapable of. The combination of those elements, onstage, somehow really started turning people’s heads. All the bases were covered, and my own narrow vision was broadened, which was a good thing. And their broad vision was refined. We all brought our separate gifts to the table, but when we combined them we really had something good. Dennis

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and I were very different individuals, but collectively, there’s something about my voice in those block harmonies. That sounds like Styx.”

Competition

“I’m a controlling person, Dennis is a controlling person. He enjoyed mastery over the rest of us through the Grand Illusion album and up until Pieces of Eight. Because ‘Lady,’ he wrote and sang. That’s a home run, and none of the rest of us did that. So he deserved to be listened to. And then Tommy came in, with Crystal Ball, and then on Pieces of Eight the two biggest songs were Tommy Shaw songs. I think that freaked Dennis out. ‘Renegade’ was anthemic rock that just hammered from the start. And Dennis really had nothing that rose to the top on Pieces of Eight.”

Threats

“Once Tommy had launched himself into the Number One slot, in a way, or at least it was a serious challenge to Dennis’ authority, I feel that Dennis turned to what his strength was. And that was writing emotional songs to women. For me, that was a very hard left turn on the wheel. And then ‘Mr. Roboto’ was an incredibly even further turn on the wheel. Dennis is not a rock writer, and whenever he tries to write a rock song on his own it doesn’t really get there. There was another guy hitting home runs on the team; he wasn’t the only guy who could move the ball around the bases.”

Humility

“As arrogant as I may have been, Dennis taught me the lesson of humility. And me being a practical guy with an engineering background, it’s about problem–solving – collectively, I learned that I’ve got to compromise a little bit, but compromise can lead to success. Unfortunately, the lesson of compromise was something that Dennis had a harder time with. So he went away from rock ‘n’ roll to try and find success. I know ‘Babe’ alienated a lot of our audience – of course, it built another audience – and the ironic thing is that ‘Roboto’ kind of killed our audience.”

Today

“It’s still the highest high I’ve ever achieved. When we play in front of 30,000 people, like we did in Omaha last year, or 50,000 in Quebec City, and I’m standing up there with my Stratocaster playing solos to beat the band, and people are singing along ... I’m doing something I love in my very, very, very late 50s. What Styx has, and what Styx brings, comes from a higher place. And it flows through us. Music is just this incredible force that has the power to soothe, to calm, to inspire, and in the best cases to heal and motivate. We are the stewards to this incredible power.” CS Styx Where: Johnny Mercer Theatre, Savannah Civic Center, 301 W. Oglethorpe Ave. When: At 8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 16 Tickets: $44–$49 at etix.com

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and Kristofferson (as the Highwaymen), and that version was overwrought and self–consciously dramatic. Here, it’s just right for Nelson’s bittersweet solo tenor. In “Desperadoes,” perhaps Clark’s most perfect linear narrative, a young boy wistfully recalls his friendship with an old cuss who’d worked the Texas oil fields all his life. The boy matures; the oilman dies. Other great Guy Clark story– songs, “Let Him Roll,” “The Cape,” “Randall Knife” and “Better Days,” are lovingly interpreted by John Townes Van Zandt II (son of the late great Townes Van Zandt, Clark’s longtime best buddy), Terri Hendrix, Gill and Cash. Earle appropriately drills the cinematic Western saga “The Last Gunfighter Ballad,” while “L.A. Freeway,” Clark’s most famous (and most melancholy) ballad of loss and hope, is given a sympathetic reading by Radney Foster. Clark sometimes creates lyrics and melodies of such heartbreaking beauty – see “Magnolia Wind,” “Madgelene,” “Stuff That Works,” “Homeless” – it’s impossible to walk away unmoved. This One’s For Him also rounds up a few examples of his wry and sweetly childlike sense of humor – in “Texas 1947,” in fact, the narrator is 6 years old and watching an express train roll through town (“Look out there she goes, she’s gone/Screaming straight through Texas like a mad dog cyclone”). Ray Wylie Hubbard covers the swinging hand–fruit ode “Homegrown Tomatoes,” Gary Nicholson, Darrell Scott and Tim O’Brien make an old–time stringband rave of “Texas Cookin’” (an utterly addictive paean to hot and greasy Lone Star cuisine) and Lovett delivers “Anyhow I Love You” with pathos, a nod and a wink (“I wouldn’t trade a tree for the way I feel about you in the morning”). As a longtime fan, I found several favorites notable in their absence (“A Coat From the Cold,” “Black Haired Boy,” “Shade of All Greens,” “Uncertain Texas,” “South Coast of Texas”). However, for anyone who doesn’t already know Guy Clark’s exquisite catalog of songcraft – if these are artists you respect and enjoy – this one’s for you. CS

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Clinton Powell’s dream lives on with Black Nativity by Bill DeYoung | bill@connectsavannah.com

A lot has changed for the Performing Arts Collective of Savannah since last year’s inaugural performance of Langston Hughes’ Christmas play Black Nativity. First and foremost, Clinton Powell, who shaped and directed the production – a blend of music, poetry, dance and dramatic narrative – passed away on Jan. 2. “A lot of it was his vision last year,” says dancer and choreographer Muriel Miller, “and even from his hospital bed he was still giving us things to do. “Our plan, initially, was to do it every year, just like everybody else does The Nutcracker every year. So we tried to figure out ‘What would he do? What would he change?’ and go from there and keep it moving.” The 2011 Black Nativity is being

staged at Muse Arts Warehouse – last time, it was in New Covenant Church – and it is, as before, a co–production between Miller’s Abeni Dance Company, Powell’s Spitfire Poetry Group and the Eastside Players, represented by musician, composer, arranger (and Black Nativity co–director) Gary Swindell. Productions of Black Nativity – which debuted in 1961 as Wasn’t it a Mighty Day? – tend to be quite liberal in their adaptations, Miller says.

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“The play itself has the songs already in it, but you can change it to however you see fit,” she points out. According to Swindell’s directing partner, Darowe McMillon, it was Powell’s idea to keep the story – a re–telling of the birth of Christ, told from an African–American perspective – as true to Hughes’ original blueprint as possible. “The play is written in general vernacular dialogue to fit any kind

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poetry and the dance, and the singing, and made it blend in and flow smoothly. So we’re making sure we keep it really, really tight.” For McMillon and company, that was a no–brainer. “There are books you read, and you fall in love with the book, and it just takes one bad director to mess it completely up,” he laughs. “There’s a way to change things, and mold things, the way you like without destroying the whole story.” While Black Nativity includes 10 Abeni dancers – including Miller herself – the entire cast is called upon to contribute in different ways.

“Everybody does a little bit of everything,” she explains. “The dancers have to sing, the singers have to dance, and everybody has to act at some point.” The music is a mix of traditional and contemporary gospel, with touches of reggae, blues and popular music. Swindell has re–arranged much of it, and wrote three new songs for this year’s production. And that’s where the collaborative process begins. “He puts his own little spin on everything, and when I hear the music I just create and do whatever I feel,” says Miller. “And what looks good on the dancers.”

Judging from the positive audience response after the 2010 shows, Powell’s idea was sound. “People said that they’d seen past productions that didn’t seem to follow the mold of the play,” explains McMillon. “So we try to make sure that we do that. Because it’s actually a really good story – you can’t really beat the Nativity story, as far as the story of all stories to be told.” All four performances will be dedicated to Powell’s memory. A special education teacher at East Broad Elementary School, McMillon – a writer, poet and spoken–word performer – is not part of the cast.

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“There’s something that Lotchie Coleman adds to her work. She adds quality to her work. There’s a difference between a feeding and a feast,” says Platt. For Coleman, it’s important that people eating enjoy the food. In fact, that’s her favorite part of the job. “My favorite part is cooking and just making sure everything tastes good and just to see somebody come back and say ‘Thank you. That was good.’” Coleman’s been cooking for a lot longer than 32 years, since her mother first taught her growing up, and she’s learned a lot along the way. “Cooking is something you get taught, but some things just come natural through fixing,” she says. After 32 years with The Salvation Army, it’s safe to say she’s gotten preparing to feed lots of people down to a science.

“She has the unique ability to balance quantity and quality. Perhaps it takes 32 years to learn that,” says Platt. Not only can Coleman make quality meals, but she can also do so using low-cost ingredients. The ingredients typically used come from canned food drives or from the local food bank. “She makes the most amazing meals. People on the other side, they get the result. I see what she puts in and I’m thinking, OK,” says Platt. In just meeting Coleman, you may just see a nice, quiet woman. But, don’t let that deceive you — she can command a kitchen. “You see a shy, very soft–spoken lady, but I’m telling you she runs that kitchen like a drill sergeant,” says Platt. It’s easy for Platt to tell when Coleman has commanded her kitchen and done her job well. “When you walk into the dining room, there are people from all cultures and backgrounds, and everyone is quiet. That’s when Lotchie has done her work,” he says. “Everyone’s


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That speaks volumes to anyone who knows I grew up with homemade biscuits at every meal. As a chef, I prepared hundreds of dozens of scratch biscuits. A critic or two, albeit they were Yankees, raved about my biscuits. But last week I carefully savored my way through a world class biscuit near 34th and Barnard streets. Cafe Florie occupies a tiny concrete block building that has, at one time or another in the past three decades, been a series of restaurants. Today, Latoya Rivers and Theo Smith have pooled their collective culinary skills to open a 20–seat gem that’s destined to become what I call a “legendary destination.” LDs are places — every city has one, two if lucky — where real foodies go for the best food, best experience and food–geek talk shouted across the dining room. That the biscuits are incredible is no real surprise, Latoya and Theo are staples at area farmers’ markets,

where they sell fresh baked goods. With solid food backgrounds and family roots that reach deep into grassroots cooking it’s only natural that the pair would come out of the gate so strong. But why is this biscuit so great? Texture, for one thing: It tears apart in pieces that show it was not over–handled and mushed together with no reverence for the pillowy results that come from the magical combination of shortening, flour and milk. Its top and bottom are nicely browned and delicately crisp. the over–arching flavor is of butter. Its shape and character are rustic, another good sign. I’ll go back for breakfast so I can drizzle honey or slather jam on these heavenly little pillows of dough. Oddly, the biscuit was to be the also-ran. Two perfectly seasoned pieces of chicken were fried to order and served hot and moist on the inside, crisp on the the outside. One side, rice and beans, again showed

balance and restraint in seasonings. The other side, mixed greens (collards, mustard and, I suspect, kale) required no additional seasoning, but I insisted on sampling Theo’s housemade hot sauce. Arm-twist him into serving it to you. Commercial hot sauces are popular, but the dominant first aroma is of sugar. Theo’s sauce reveals layers of aromas, and unfolds across your palate in the same way. Don’t miss the Johnny fries, Belgian–style fries that are hand–cut and sprinkled with sea salt. They’re tender on the inside, crisp on the outside, and dip perfectly in any number of housemade gourmet mayos. I know of only one other restaurant within 100 miles that does Belgian fries, which are typically cut, par–cooked and flash-fried prior to service. And there’s no ho–hum sweet tea here, but green tea sweetened with stevia and honey. Of course, I had to try Latoya’s sweet potato pie, served as an individual little tart that was sweet, creamy and delicious. cs 1715 Barnard St./236–3354/Monday– Saturday, 8 a.m.–3 p.m.


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Hitman Blues Band drummer Marc Cordray is in desperate need of a kidney transplant, and they don’t come cheap. A bunch of Cordray’s fellow musicians, including the Hitman group, Jan Spillane, Eric Culberson, Todd Murray (Sincerely, Iris), GE Perry and others are banding together this Thursday night (Dec. 15) at Bay Street Blues to play for Marc and, hopefully, drum up some donations for the cause. “Keep the Beat” starts at 9 p.m.; there’s an event Facebook page with details on how you can contribute.

Jekyll Island bluegrass

Each year at this time, the announcement’s made of the Jekyll Island Bluegrass Festival, which always takes place on New Years’ Eve — and the days immediately preceding — inside the Convention Center on the island. This is rather outside the norm for bluegrass festivals, because they’re famous for that good old outdoor ambiance, conducive to RVs, cookouts and hot pickin’ into the warm night. Clearly, they’re doing something right on Jekyll, because this year’s festival is the 36th annual, and it’s always the best–attended musical gathering between here and the Florida border. There’s no reason to expect any different Dec. 29, 30 and 31, and the headliner — for the second year in a row

— is the exceptional Dailey & Vincent, the International Bluegrass Music Association’s Entertainers of the Year for three years running. Next month, Jamie Dailey and Darrin Vincent will release a new album, The Gospel Side of Dailey & Vincent, their second one to be made available only at Cracker Barrel restaurants (the first, Dailey & Vincent Sing the Statler Brothers, entered Billboard’s bluegrass chart at No. 1, and came it at No. 9 on the country chart). It’s music business marketing, new millennium–style: The breakfast restaurant knows its target audience, and created its own record label to distribute new product by everyone from Kenny Rogers to the Oak Ridge Boys to George Jones. The Jekyll Island bill also features Rhonda Vincent & the Rage, one of America’s most beloved high–energy bluegrass groups. Rhonda (her brother is Darrin Vincent, of the above–named Dailey & Vincent) is also a white– hot mandolin player. She was named Female Vocalist of the Year for seven straight years by the International Bluegrass Music Association. The lineup also includes Randy Wood Guitars perennials Little Roy Lewis & Lizzie Long, Cedar Hill, the Marksmen, Gary Waldrep, James King, David Parmley & Continental Divide and a whole bunch of others. Get all the info you need at adamsandandersonbluegrass.com. CS

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Forget counting down from 10 as the ball drops in Times Square; here instead is a countdown of the 10 key points in New Year’s Eve, which proves to be even tougher to take than director Garry Marshall’s previous all– star holiday romp, Valentine’s Day. 10. A cocky messenger boy (Zac Efron) helps a depressed woman (Michelle Pfeiffer) fulfill her New Year’s resolutions. Although it squanders any intriguing potential for a May–December romance, this is the best episode primarily thanks to Pfeiffer, the only person in this entire film investing any genuine emotion into her character. 9. The person (Hilary Swank) tasked with making sure the Times Square ball drops properly calls upon a veteran technician (Hector Elizondo) to fix the orb when it breaks down mere hours before midnight. Swank and Chris “Ludacris” Bridges (as a friendly cop) are as appealing as always, and Marshall regular Elizondo contributes a couple of chuckles, but this vignette is especially devoid of drama. 8. A man (Josh Duhamel) who has a one–year–anniversary date with one of the other characters – they met last New Year’s Eve – is afraid he won’t make the reunion since he’s stuck out in the boondocks (Larry Miller makes a welcome appearance as a tow truck driver). I won’t reveal the identity of Duhamel’s mystery date, but let’s just say I was disappointed it wasn’t Elizondo’s character – that at least would get a rise out of the Middle America mentalities that this sort of pandering nonsense targets. 7. A harried mother (Sarah Jessica Parker) won’t let her 15– year–old daughter (Abigail Breslin, now old enough to play a character who packs on the makeup) hang out in Times Square for fear that something horrible might happen to her. Like appearing in this film?

6. A sympathetic nurse (slumming Oscar winner Halle Berry) tends to a dying man (slumming Oscar winner Robert De Niro) whose only wish is to see the ball drop. This one’s a real snoozer – teardrops won’t fall as quickly as eyelids will shut. 5. A slacker (the perpetually annoying Ashton Kutcher) who hates the holiday is trapped in an elevator with a singer (Lea Michele) who’s desperate to escape. Wouldn’t you be desperate to escape if you were trapped in an elevator with the perpetually annoying Ashton Kutcher? 4. A caterer (the perpetually annoying Katherine Heigl) is angry at the boyfriend (Jon Bon Jovi) who ran away from her a year ago but has now reentered her life. Wouldn’t you run away from the perpetually annoying Katherine Heigl? (And why would anyone return for more punishment?) 3. Two pregnant women (Jessica Biel and Sarah Paulson) and their husbands (Seth Meyers and Til Schweiger) are eager to win the sizable cash prize given by a local hospital to the couple who produces the first baby of the new year. This is the most godawful of all the segments, and not just because someone yells out, “May the best vajayjay win!” 2. As the film closes with a final shot of Times Square, one billboard on the street ends up filling at least half the theater screen. It’s the poster for Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows, Warner Bros.’ other year–end offering alongside New Year’s Eve. My mentioning this here is, to quote Sherlock Holmes himself, “of course a trifle, but there is nothing so

important as trifles” – especially when one represents product placement at its most blatant. 1. The end–credit outtakes include a gag in which a doctor (Carla Gugino) reaches between the pregnant Biel’s legs and produces two DVDs for Marshall’s Valentine’s Day – a delivery that’s no more stillborn than the DOA New Year’s Eve.

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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 Jim Broadbent) might finally be ready to retire, set to pass along the reindeer reins to his technically savvy son Steve (Hugh Laurie). The doddering Santa doesn’t even consider his other son Arthur (James McAvoy) for the position, since the continues on p. 34

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gangly youth is obviously too clumsy and awkward for such a responsibility. Yet when a wayward present means that a little girl in Cornwall won’t be receiving a gift this year, it’s Arthur, not his dad or sibling, who does everything in his power to insure that she receives the present.

Hugo

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Movie mavens startled by the fact that Martin Scorsese has elected to direct a family film 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. 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. 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.

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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


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 Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 1

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Clint Eastwood and scripter Dustin Lance Black give it a shot – make that scattershot. Saddled with a worthless framing device in which the elderly FBI director recounts his career for the biographers, the film moves back and forth through different eras to show Hoover’s start at the Bureau in 1919 As for the personal aspects of Hoover’s life, the rumors that he was a closeted homosexual were never substantiated, so Black is forced to make up his own history; the focus, for better or worse, renders this less a comprehensive biopic, more a Brokeback Bureau.

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Holiday Designer Show House

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Indigo Sky Community Gallery Juried Exhibition

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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, Pre-professional, and Zumba. Artistic director: Heidi M. Carter. Information: The Ballet School, Piccadilly Square, 10010 Abercorn Ext., Ste 8. 912-925-0903 or www. theballetschoolsav.com.

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 10am12noon. Fee:$20 to cover all documents needed to file. Register at mediationsavannah.com 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 401255-6921 or email a.teixeira472@gmail.com to schedule a 1/2 price first lesson!

Guitar, mandolin and bass lessons

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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: 912-232-4232 x115 or www. savannahpha.com

Introduction to Computers

Georgia Southern University’s Continuing Education in Savannah. Register now for this fundamental course on computer skills--hardware, software, and the operating system. Basic proficiency in using the mouse, navigating Windows, and the basics of Word, Excel, and Internet Explorer. Jan. 12, 6:30-9:30pm. Coastal Georgia Center, 305 Fahm St. Savannah. $40 register at: ceps.georgiasouthern.edu/ conted/cesavannahmenu.htm;

Learn Russian

Learn to speak Russian. All experience levels welcome, beginner to expert. Call 912-713-2718 for more information. This is a new instructor and contact information, effective Nov. 1.

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

Instruction in mindfulness stress reduction meditation. Group practice with time for questions and comments. Wednesdays, 7:00-8:15pm. Yoga Co-op Savannah. 2424 Drayton St. $13/class (less with membership). www.yogacoopsavannah.com 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 smisavannah@gmail.com.

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 www.savannahsclayspot.com

Pet and People Portraits

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

Photography Class: Digital Imaging Basics Learn about digital photography, its

| Submit your event | email: happenings@connectsavannah.com | fax: (912) 231-9932 | 1800 E. Victory Dr., Suite 7, Savannah, GA 31404 language and equipment. If you’re in the market for a digital camera, you’ll receive helpful tips for making your choice. Bring your digital camera and instruction manual for class. Tues, Jan. 10, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Fee: $35/person. Location: Coastal Georgia Center in downtown Savannah. Georgia Southern University’s Continuing Education Division. Registration: 1-855-478-5551 (tollfree). or ceps.georgiasouthern.edu/conted [121211]

Point and Shoot Photography

Improve your shooting style and produce good quality images. Learn the basic principles of light and composition, camera functions and settings, and priinting/ storage options. Digital Imaging Basics is recommended as a prerequisite. Bring your camera, manual, and a USB drive. Tuesdays and Thursdays, Jan 17-26, 6:30 to 8:30pm; Event takes place in the classroom and in the field. Fee: $85/person. Offered by Georgia Southern University in Savannah at the Coastal Georgia Center. http://ceps. georgiasouthern.edu/ Info: 912-644-5967 or jfogarty@georgiasouthern.edu. [121211]

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.

S.P.A.C.E. Visual Arts Classes Now Registering

Register now for classes in fiber weaving, sculpture, stained glass box making, ceramics, metals, glass, painting and drawing, parent and teen wheel-throwing. Offerings for children, teens and adults in all skill levels for Winter/Spring 2012 art classes. Sessions begin January 7 at the Department of Cultural Affairs S.P.A.C.E. studios, 9 W. Henry St. Dates/times/fees vary. Information: www.savannahga.gov/arts or by calling (912) 651-6783. [121211]

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 charlesfund@gmail.com 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 savannahlatina@yahoo.com 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 786-247-9923, anitraoperadiva@yahoo.com, www.anitraoperadiva.com

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 912234-0525 ext.1506 The Starfish Cafe, 711 East Broad Street , Savannah http://www. thestarfishcafe.org/

Winter 2012 Classes at Coastal Georgia Center

Register now for a variety of non-credit courses to be held in Savannah, January - May 2012, sponsored by Georgia Southern University. Classes held in downtown Savannah and on Skidaway Island. Course lengths, times, and fees vary. Beginning and Advanced American Sign Language; Creativity for Problem Solving; Creative Writing (Beginning and Advanced); Developing Your Imagination; Yoga for All; How to Stretch Your Energy Dollar; and The Artist’s Way, Organic Gardening. Information: ceps.georgiasouthern.edu/conted or contact Judy Fogarty at The Coastal Georgia Center (912-644-5967) or jfogarty@georgiasouthern.edu. [121211]

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. www. savannahpoweryoga.com 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, godzillaunknown@ gmail.com or visit www.avegost.com

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 http://buccaneerregion.org/solo.html.

Business Networking on the Islands

Small Business Professionals Islands Networking Group Meets 1st Thursday each month from 9:30-10:30 AM. Tradewinds Ice Cream & Coffee, 107 Charlotte Rd. Savannah (912) 308-6768 for more info. [121211]

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 coastalminis.com. 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 912-6952305 for more info. http://www.meetup. com/SavannahEnergyHealers/

Exploring The American Revolution in Savannah

Interested in exploring the role Savannah played in the American Revolution? Join 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@gmail.com for more info.

Historic Savannah Chapter of ABWA

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: www.honorflightsavannah. org

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 https://sites. google.com/site/islandsmops/

Knitters, Needlepoint and Crochet

Meets every Wednesday. Different locations downtown. Contact (912) 308-6768 for info. No fees. Wanna learn? Come join us! [121211]

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

MOMSnext

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 kymmccarty@hotmail.com. http:// www.mops.org/

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.mops.org. First Baptist Church of the Islands, 6613 Johnny Mercer Blvd , Savannah http://www.fbcislands.com/

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 email to Jim Beshires at beshiresjim@yahoo. com or visit www.otrr.org.

Richmond Hill Roadies Running Club

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 Street at 7:30 p.m. Call 308-2094, email kasak@comcast. net or visit www.roguephoenix.org. Savannah

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 www. safekidssavannah.org or call 912-353-3148 for more info


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@gmail.com or visit www.savannahadventureclub.com

Savannah Area Sacred Harp Singers

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: 912-655-0994 or visit savannahsacredharp.com.

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.

days 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 3735571 or send e-mail to KMDUST4@hotmail. com or Dave Armstrong at Darmst0817@ comcast.net 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 7487020. Hunter Army Airfield, 525 Leonard Neat St , Savannah http://www.stewart. army.mil/

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 savannahfencing@aol.com.

Savannah Guardian Angels

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

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. For more info:www.SavannahGuardianAngels.com

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 Sun-

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

Savannah Brewers’ League

Savannah Browns Backers

Savannah Jaycees

Jaycees to learn more. Must be 21-40 years old to join the chapter. 101 Atlas St. 912353-7700 or www.savannahjaycees.com Jaycee Building, Savannah

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 www.savannahkennelclub.org

Savannah Writers Group

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 meetand-greet precedes the meeting at 6:30pm. Contact Carol North, 912-920-8891. 8108 Abercorn St , Savannah

Seersucker Live’s Happy Hour for Writers

Savannah Newcomers Club

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. www.savannahnewcomers.com

Savannah Parrot Head Club

Love a laid-back lifestyle? Beach, Buffet and no dress code. Check out savannahphc.com for the events calendar or e-mail Wendy Wilson at Wendyq1053@yahoo.com.

Savannah Sunrise Rotary Club

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

Savannah Toastmasters

University Medical Center, 4700 Waters Avenue , Savannah

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

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 SeersuckerLive.com.

Son-shine Hour

Meets at the Savannah Mall at the Soft Play Mondays from 11-12 and Thursdays from 10-11. Activities include songs, stories, crafts, and games for young children and their caregivers. Free, no registration, dropins welcome. Call Trinity Lutheran Church for details 912-925-3940 or email KellyBringman@gmail.com 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 www.southernwingz.com

Stitch-N’s

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“Stepping Stone Sudoku” Each circled square in this sudoku is the same number of steps away from another circled square with the same digit in it as the digit in those two circled squares. For example, a circled square with a 3 in it will have another circled square with a 3 in it exactly 3 steps away. Conversely, a square that is not circled will not have another occurrence of its digit that many steps away. A step is a move into a horizontally or vertically neighboring square (diagonally doesn’t count). Note that none of the circled squares contains the digit 1, because that would require a second 1 in thesame row or column. Also note that the number of steps in a path between two squares is counted as the smallest number of steps required to travel between those two squares. When you’re done, just as in a standard Sudoku, each row, column, and 3x3 box will contain the digits 1-9 exactly one time. Don’t be scared, you can do it!! Or can you...? psychosudoku@hotmail.com

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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. www.13thcolonypatriots.com or call 912-596-5267.

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 peacockguild@ googlegroups.com for more info.

The Philo Cafe

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 athenapluto@ yahoo.com 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, theremin@neidlinger.us.

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: vna.club.officelive.com

Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 671

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

Woodville-Tompkins Scholarship Foundation

Meets the second Tuesday of every month (except October), 6:00 pm at WoodvilleTompkins, 151 Coach Joe Turner Street. Call 912-232-3549 or email chesteraellis@ comcast.net for more information.

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, 11am-1pm at Creative Coast, 15 W. York St. Sponsored by Chatham County MWBE Program and Broadlands Financial Group, LLC. Register by Phone: (912) 6527860 or via email: alriley@chathamcounty. org Free and open to the public, registration required. http://purchasing.chathamcounty.org/MWBE.aspx

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 912-631-3452 or 912-272-2797. Ask for Muriel or Darowe. E-mail: abeniculturalarts@gmail.com

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 www. theballetschoolsav.com

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 http://www. ayoluwa.org/

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_tango@yahoo.com. Doris Martin Dance Studio, 8511-h Ferguson Ave. ,

Beginners Belly Dance Classes

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. 912596-0889 or www.cairoonthecoast.com

Beginners Belly Dancing with Cybelle

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.cybelle3.com. For info: cybelle@ cybelle3.com or call 912-414-1091 Private classes are also available. Walk-ins are welcome. Synergistic Bodies, 7724 Waters Ave.

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@gmail.com.

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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@gmail.com 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. Fitness Body & Balance Studio, 2127 1/2 Victory Dr. ,

Salsa Lessons

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

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 lessons (6:30-7:30p): Shag, Swing, Cha-Cha and Line dancing. Everyone invited. No cover. Happy Hour till 9pm. Call for details 912-398-8784.

Savannah Shag Club

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.

Events 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.

Skate Night for Local Families if Children with Diabetes The American Diabetes Association’s Family Resource Network is hosting a Family Skate Night for families of children with type 1. Fri. Dec. 16, 6-8pm at Star Castle, 550 Mall Blvd, Savannah. Special guests the Savannah Derby Devils (roller derby team). Win a prize for the best individual holiday

costume! Information: suwillis@diabetes. org or 912-353-8110, ext. 3093.

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: cinesavannah@att.net

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: www.sentientbean.com

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 www. reelsavannah.org

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 Pilatesbased core work to integrate into your classes. Call Daniele Britt (706) 461-1823 for more info. Or visit www.brittyogatherapy. com

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

Back to back belly dance classes and two unique styles of dance. Every Sunday, 12noon-1pm, 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. www.cairoonthecoast.com. 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 www.cybelle3.com. For info: cybelle@cybelle3.com or call 912414-1091. 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 ConsistentIntegrity@yahoo.com

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 Riverview Drive, off of Islands Expressway. Helps participants relax, start healthy habits to prepare their body and gain more confidence on the fertility journey. Instructor Ann Carroll, RYT 500. $100 for 6 week session. (912) 704-7650 or e-mail carroll3620@bellsouth.net.

Fitness Classes at the JEA

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 http://www.savj.org/

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. Savannah

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 www.savannahyoga.com. Savannah Yoga Center, 1321 Bull St. , Savannah http://www.savannahyoga.com/

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://savannahpilates.com/

Pregancy Yoga

practice this ancient discipline at your own limits and pace. Sequences of poses and breathing techniques will reward you with increased awareness, concentration, flexibility, strenght, and endurance. Mondays Jan. 9 to Feb. 13, OR Tuesdays, Mar. 20 to Apr. 24. 5:30-6:30pm. $65/person. Register by calling 855-478-5551 (toll free). Registration ends Jan. 6 at noon for the January class; Monday, March 19 at noon for the March class. Offered by Georgia Southern University, held in downtown Savannah at the Coastal Georgia Center. Info: ceps. georgiasouthern.edu [121211]

Yoga for Cancer Patients

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.

Yoga for Cancer Patients and Survivors

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 912-3509031.

Zumba Fitness (R) classes

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 ann@aikyayoga.com.

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. 912306-5598.

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 carroll3620@bellsouth.net.

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

Pregnancy Yoga

Rolf Method Bodywork

For posture, chronic pain and alignment of body/mind/spirit. Jeannie Kelley, LMT, certified advanced Rolf practitioner. www. islandsomatherapy.com, 843-422-2900. Island Somatherapy, 127 Abercorn Street , Savannah

Savannah Disc Golf Club

Weekly events (Entry $5): Fri. 5:45pm-Glow Golf. Sat. 10am-Luck of the draw Doubles. Sat. 1pm-Handicapped League. All Played at Tom Triplett Park, Hwy 80 W, Pooler. Sun. 10 am-Singles at the Sarge in Hardeeville, SC. Info: savannahdiscgolf.com or savannahdiscgolf@gmail.com All skill levels welcome. Instruction available.

Stand-Up Paddleboarding

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 Eastcoastpaddleboarding.com or 781-267-1810

The Yoga Room

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

Yoga For All

Here’s yoga at the right time, price, and location. With expert guidance, you’ll

Gay & Lesbian First City Network Board Meeting

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 912288-7863 or email heather@savpride.com. First City Network, Savannah http://www. firstcitynetwork.net/

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@standoutyouth.org or visit www.standoutyouth.org. First City Network, Savannah http://www.firstcitynetwork.net/

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

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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 355-4601. 1206 E 66th St , Savannah http:// www.savannahspeechandhearing.org/

Healthcare for the Uninsured

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

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1 Drum from India 6 In a bygone time 9 Lithuania, once: abbr. 12 Erotic diarist Nin 13 Camera output, slangily 14 Bridge material 16 Demand that Kissinger squeal like a pig? 18 What things could always be 19 Judged 20 Joint 21 Melville character 23 Learn about all things rosy-colored? 25 Lean and muscular 27 Put in one’s piehole 28 Body part that may be “on the line” 29 Time Warner launch of 1996 30 Gross-looking delicacy 32 Where 16-across, 23-across, 46-across and 55-across all got their work done 38 Finds work for 39 Hill of the Clarence Thomas scandal 41 Cash cow, so to speak 44 Holy folk, for short 45 Shellfish considered an aphrodisiac 46 Do the nasty with Jeter? 50 Flour measurements 51 Rapper’s greeting 52 Japanese historical period that ended in 1868 54 Creed lead singer Scott ___ 55 Ice skating area that’s totally green? 58 Conversational switch 59 Title for a Khan 60 Singer Cruz 61 Noise 62 Printer’s measures 63 “I put a spell ___...”

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1 Concept embodying yin and yang 2 Folk singer DiFranco 3 Biker’s headwear: var. 4 Favor over other options 5 Tennis legend Arthur 6 It may cause snoring 7 Braces (for) 8 Acne-fighting brand 9 Bend down low 10 Novak Djokovic’s country 11 Varnish ingredients 14 Said some bad words 15 Shallot relatives 17 One of many for “Mad Men” 20 Put off 21 Cameraman’s certification, for short 22 Help breaking into a puzzle 24 “Save the ___” (breast cancer awareness phrase) 26 Ability to say clever things 30 One’s homies 31 Mimic 33 Show up 34 Put (down) 35 Like duos Dharma & Greg or Mike & Molly 36 In a traditional way 37 Rung 40 “___ Poetica” 41 Deep hole 42 Played the horn 43 “The Karate Kid” guy who catches flies with chopsticks 44 Online call service 45 “All right, I get it already!” 47 “___ intended” 48 Sit on the throne 49 Krabappel and Ferber 53 Kitchen gadget and cookware company 55 Singer Corinne Bailey ___ 56 Mark Tatulli comic strip 57 Former “Survivor” contestant ___-Man Chan

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, kennedysharon47@gmail.com or Joyce Ann Leaf, 912- 844-2762, douladeliveries@comcast.net

appreciation, understanding, stewardship, and enjoyment of the natural world. For more information: 912-236-8115 or sign-up on our website www.wilderness-southeast. org.

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: www.tailsspin. com

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 912234-3336.

Readings & Signings Circle of Sister/Brotherhood Book Club

La Leche League of Savannah

meets the last Sunday of the month at 4 p.m. at the African-American Health Information & Resource Center, 1910 Abercorn St. Call 447-6605. Savannah

Meditation and Energy Flow Group

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 http://www.liveoakpl.org/

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, www.lllusa.org/web/ SavannahGA.html. 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: www.ellenfarrell.com or 912-247-4263

Planned Parenthood Hotline

First Line is a statewide hotline for women who want information on health services. Open every night from 7-11p.m. 1-800-2647154.

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: www. thedolphinproject.org

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 www.tybeemarinescience.org. 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, www.oatlandisland.org. 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

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Religious & Spiritual Service of Compline

The Service of Compline at Christ Church is moving: same music, same service, same choir, same preacher--different location. Beginning Sunday, December 11 the Christ Church Service of chanted Compline by candlelight will be held at historic Independent Presbyterian Church (corner of Bull Street and Oglethorpe) every Sunday night at 9:00p.m. “Come, say good night to God.” [121211]

BUDDHIST MEDITATION

Savannah ZenCenter, 111 E. 34th St. Soto Zen 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: www.savannahzencenter.com Rev. Fugon Cindy Beach at cindy@alwaysoptions. com Donation Accepted.

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 8983477. Savannah

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). www.vineyardsavannah.org

Live Web-streaming

Attend church from home Sundays at 9 and 11am with Pastor Ricky Temple and Overcoming by Faith Ministries. Log onto www. overcomingbyfaith.org, click ’Watch Now’. 927-8601. Overcoming by Faith Ministries, 9700 Middleground Rd. , Savannah


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, www.freedompathonline. org, freedompath@yahoo.com. Savannah

Midweek Bible Study

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

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. trinitychurch1848.org/

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 6:30-7:30pm; Sundays 8am-9:30am which includes Dharmatalk. Donations accepted. Rev. Fugon Cindy Beach cindy@alwaysoptions.com. The Savannah Zen Center, 505 Blair St. Savannah. More info: savannahzencenter.com The Savannah Zen Center, 505 Blair St. , Savannah

Unitarian Universalist Beloved Community Church

Services begin Sunday at 11 a.m. at 1001 E. Gwinnett St. Coffee and discussion follow each service. Religious education for grades 1-8 is offered. For information, call 7866075, e-mail UUBC2@aol.com. Celebrating diversity. Working for justice. Savannah

Unitarian Universalist Church of Savannah

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

Unity of Savannah

Two Sunday morning Celebration Services

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- 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, www.unityofsavannah.org or call 912-355-4704. 2320 Sunset Blvd. Unity Church of Savannah, Savannah

Women’s Bible Study

at the Women’s Center of Wesley Community Centers. Call 447-5711 1601 Drayton St , Savannah http://www.wesleyctrs-savh.org/

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. Savannahzencenter.com or visit us on Facebook, Rev. Fugon Cindy Beach 912-4297265.

Sports & Games Savannah Bike Polo

Like regular polo, but with bikes instead of horses. Meets weekly. Check out www. facebook.com/savannahbikepolo 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://al_anon_savannah.freeservers.com.

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Call 355-7778 or 353-9635.

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.

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://www.memorialhealth.com/

Al-Anon

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.al-anon.alateen.org. Unitarian Universalist Church of Savannah, 313 Harris St. , Savannah http://www.uusavannah.org/

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 http://www.fpc.presbychurch.net/

Alcoholics Anonymous

If you want or need to stop drinking, AA can help. Meetings daily throughout the Savannah area. Check www.SavannahAA.com for meeting locations and times, or call 24 hrs 912-356-3688 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

Open to all patients who have had a limb amputated and their families or caregivers.

Brain Injury Support Group

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 912-844-4524 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 www. coastalempirepoliosurvivors.org. 5354 Reynolds Ave. , Savannah

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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@hotmail.com. 55 Al Henderson B;vd. , Savannah

ARIES

(March 21–April 19) Jim Moran (1908–1999) called himself a publicist, but I regard him as a pioneer performance artist. At various times in his colorful career, he led a bull through a china shop in New York City, changed horses in midstream in Nevada’s Truckee River, and looked for a needle in a haystack until he found it. You might want to draw inspiration from his work in the coming weeks, Aries. You will not only have a knack for mutating cliches and scrambling conventional wisdom. In doing so, you could also pull off feats that might seem improbable.

TAURUS

(April 20–May 20) One possible way to tap into the current cosmic opportunities would be to seek out storegasms –– the ecstatic feelings released while exercising one’s buyological urges in consumer temples crammed with an obscene abundance of colorful material goods. But I advise you against doing that. It wouldn’t be a very creative solution to the epic yearnings that are welling up in your down–below–and– deep–inside parts. Instead, I offer a potentially far more satisfying recommendation: Routinely maneuver yourself into positions where your primal self will be filled up with sublime wonder, mysterious beauty, and smart love.

GEMINI

(May 21–June 20) I’m not an either–or type of person. I don’t think that there are just two sides of every story and that you have to align yourself with one or the other. That’s one reason why, as an America voter, I reject the idea that I must either sympathize with the goals of the Democratic Party or the Republican Party. It’s also why I’m bored by the trumped– up squabble between the atheists and the fundamentalist Christians, and the predictable arguments between dogmatic cynics and fanatical optimists. I urge you to try my approach in the coming weeks, Gemini. Find a third way between any two sides that tend to divide the world into Us against Them.

CANCER

(June 21–July 22)

No one actually looks like the retouched images of the seemingly perfect people in sexy ads. It’s impossible to be that flawless, with no wrinkles, blemishes, and scars. Acknowledging this fact, the iconic supermodel Cindy Crawford once said, “I wish I looked like Cindy Crawford.” Our unconscious inclination to compare ourselves to such unrealistic ideals is the source of a lot of mischief in our lives. Your assignment in the coming week, Cancerian, is to divest yourself, as much as possible, of all standards of perfection that alienate you from yourself or cause you to feel shame about who you really are. (More fodder to motivate you: tinyurl.com/SoftKill.)

len’s movie Annie Hall: “Two elderly women are in a Catskills Mountain resort and one of them says: ‘Boy, the food at this place is really terrible.’ The other one says, ’Yeah, I know –– and such small portions.’” Is it possible you’re acting like the second woman, Libra? Are you being influenced to find fault with something that you actually kind of like? Are you ignoring your own preferences simply because you think it might help you to be close to those whose preferences are different? I urge you not to do that in the coming week. According to my analysis of the astrological omens, it’s very important that you know how you feel and stay true to your feelings.

LEO

SCORPIO

Barney Oldfield (1878–1946) was a pioneer car racer who was the first ever to run a 100–mile–per–hour lap at the Indianapolis 500. He was a much better driver while setting speed records and beating other cars on racetracks than he was at moseying through regular street traffic. Why? He said he couldn’t think clearly if he was traveling at less than 100 miles per hour. I suspect you may temporarily have a similar quirk, Leo –– not in the way you drive but rather in the way you live and work and play. To achieve maximum lucidity, you may have to be moving pretty fast.

The Los Angeles school district dramatically downgraded the role that homework plays in the life of its students. Beginning this fall, the assignments kids do after school account for only 10 percent of their final grade. As far as you’re concerned, Scorpio, that’s not a good trend to follow. In fact, I think you should go in the opposite direction. During the enhanced learning phase you’re now entering, your homework will be more important than ever. In order to take full advantage of the rich educational opportunities that will be flowing your way, you should do lots of research, think hard about what it all means, and in general be very well–prepared. The period between late 2011 and early 2012 is homework time for you.

(July 23–Aug. 22)

VIRGO

(Aug. 23–Sept. 22) Back in August 2010, there was an 11–day traffic snarl on a Chinese highway. At one point the stuck vehicles stretched for 60 miles and inched along at the rate of a mile per day. In that light, your current jam isn’t so bad. It may be true that your progress has been glacial lately, but at least you’ve had a bed to sleep in and a bathroom to use, which is more than can be said for the stranded Chinese motorists and truck drivers. Plus I’m predicting that your own personal jam is going to disperse sometime in the next few days. Be prepped and ready to rumble on.

LIBRA

(Sept. 23–Oct. 22) Here’s a joke from Woody Al-

(Oct. 23–Nov. 21)

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22–Dec. 21)

The Amazon is the second longest river in the world, and has such a voluminous flow that it comprises 20 percent of all river water in the world. And yet there is not a single bridge that crosses it. I love that fact. It comforts and inspires me to know that humans have not conquered this natural wonder. Which leads me to my advice for you this week, Sagittarius. Please consider keeping the wild part of you wild. It’s certainly not at all crucial for you to civilize it.

CAPRICORN

(Dec. 22–Jan. 19)

Emotion is the resource we treasure when we’re young, says poet Naomi Shihab Nye, but eventually what we thrive on even more is energy. “Energy is everything,” she says, “not emotion.” And where does energy come from? Often, from juxtaposition, says Nye. “Rubbing happy and sad together creates energy; rubbing one image against another.” That’s what she loves about being a poet. Her specialty is to conjure magic through juxtaposition. “Our brains are desperate for that kind of energy,” she concludes. I mention this, Capricorn, because the coming weeks will be prime time for you to drum up the vigor and vitality that come from mixing and melding and merging, particularly in unexpected or uncommon ways.

AQUARIUS

(Jan. 20–Feb. 18) Studies show that if you’re sharing a meal with one other person, you’re likely to eat up to 35 percent more food than if you’re dining alone. If you sit down at the table with four companions, you’ll probably devour 75 percent extra, and if you’re with a party of eight, your consumption may double. As I contemplate your horoscope, these facts give me pause. While I do suspect you will benefit from socializing more intensely and prolifically, I also think it’ll be important to raise your commitment to your own physical health. Can you figure out a way to do both, please?

PISCES

(Feb. 19–March 20) “Were it not for the leaping and twinkling of the soul,” said psychologist Carl Jung, “human beings would rot away in their greatest passion, idleness.” To that edgy observation I would add this corollary: One of the greatest and most secret forms of idleness comes from being endlessly busy at unimportant tasks. If you are way too wrapped up in doing a thousand little things that have nothing to do with your life’s primary mission, you are, in my opinion, profoundly idle. All the above is prelude for the climactic advice of this week’s horoscope, which goes as follows: Give everything you have to stimulate the leaping and twinkling of your soul.

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. parkplaceyes.org

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.. 8196743. 5354 Reynolds Ave. , Savannah http:// www.sjchs.org/

Gambling problem?

12-step program offers freedom from gambling. Meets weekly in Savannah. Leave msg with contact information for Phil @ 912748-4730.

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 www. HospiceSavannahHelps.org. 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. 6:00pm7:45pm Southwest Chatham Library, 14097 Abercorn St. (behind Target at Savannah Mall) Contact, Jeff: 912-598-8457; email: jeff@heartbeatsforlife-ga.org

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. 2349999. 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


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: 1:303:30pm, Candler Heart & Lung Building (2nd Floor). Call 912-353-7143 for more info.

Overeaters Anonymous

Meets weekly at several locations. Please visit www.oa.org 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 238-4666.

Rape Crisis Center

assists survivors of rape and sexual assault. 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 http://www.memorialhealth.com/

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.

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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 350-5616. Backus Children’s Hospital, 4700 Waters Avenue , Savannah http://www.memorialhealth.com/backus

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. For more information or to sign up, contact: Stephanie Majors, smajors@greenbriarchildrenscenter.org.

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 daleyd@sjchs.org.

Good Samaratin 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.liveoakpl.org/

Oatland Island Education Center

Oatland Island Wildlife Center often needs

volunteers. Call 898-3980. Oatland Island Wildlife Center, 711 Sandtown Rd , Savannah http://www.oatlandisland.org/

41 M.L.King, Jr. Blvd. Call 912-232-1511 for information. (Museum closed December 24, 25.)

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://www.rmhccoastalempire.org/

Fort Pulaski National Monument presents two children’s craft workshops to bring back the 19th century Christmas. 1) Visions of Sugar Plums! Sat. Dec. 17, 2-4pm. Join park staff in making, molding, and painting the holiday candy know as marzipan. Make other holiday decorations using oranges, cloves, and ribbons. 2) Nature’s Holiday, Wed. Dec. 21, 2-4pm. Using pine cones, peanut butter, bird seed, dried oranges, and apples, make edible holiday ornaments for the enjoyment of our backyard wild friends. Reservations are requested at 912-786-5787 extension 218 or via email at Gloria_Swift@ nps.gov U.S. Highway 80, 15 miles east of Savannah. An entrance fee of $5.00 per person is charged; ages 15 and under are free.

Ronald McDonald House volunteers needed

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. Next Volunteer Training is November 5. You must be at least 18 years old. Call 232-6572 or visit the Web site at www.TheDolphinProject.org.

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@ uwce.org. United Way of Coastal Empire, 428 Bull St , Savannah http://www.uwce. org/

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 African-American Health Information and Resource Center at 447-6605. AfricanAmerican Health Information & Resource Center, 1910 Abercorn St , Savannah http:// www.sjchs.org/1844.cfm

Urban Hope

After School Ministry that provides inner city children. Urban Hope is looking for adult 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, www.urbanhopesavannah. org, for more info or email us at urbanhopesav@aol.com to start enriching the lives of children.

Kid’s 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,

Fort Pulaski Children’s Civil War Holiday Workshops

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 irishdancsav@aol. com 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@ telfair.org to register or for more info. cs

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*2220 E.43rd 3BR/1BA $795 *2042 E.60th 3BR/1BA $795 *15 Gerald Dr. 3BR/1BA $750 *5637 Emory Dr. 3BR/1BA $750 *2117 Brentwood Dr. 4BR/1BA $865 *21 Gerald Dr. 3BR/1BA $795 *Trailer-Savannah Pines, Lot 6 2BR/2BA $565 912-507-7934/912-927-2853

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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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POWERBOAT Tri hull, 1998- Fiberglass 14’ 8” , a side steering console, comes complete with all accessories, galvanize tilt back trailer, 70hp evenrude power trim . $1100 OBO 912-398-7477

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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.

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

2 Bedroom Apartments, kitchen with appliances, LV room, utilities included. $205-$225/weekly; Monthly $800-$850. 912-319-4182

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LARGE VICTORIAN with windows on two sides, across from library, nicely furnished, all utilities. TV/cable/internet, washer/dryer, $140/week. $504/month. 912-231-9464 Other apts. avail.

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CHEVROLET 1500 Series 1996- 254K, Excellent condition fully loaded. $2,900.00 912-272-0365

Furnished, affordable room available includes utility, cable,refrigerator, central heat/air. $115-$140/weekly, no deposit.Call 912-844-3609

CHEVROLET Express Van, 2000- Automatic, AC, 6cyl. 4.3L, clean, runs great $2,450. 441-2150

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ROOM FOR RENT: Safe Environment. Central heat/air, cable, telephone service. $450-$550 monthly, $125/security deposit, No lease. Immediate occupancy. Call Mr. Brown:912-663-2574 or 912-234-9177.

Paint & Body Work. Reasonably Priced. Insurance Claims. We buy wrecks. Call 912-355-5932. FORD Ranger, 1990- Supercab, automatic, V6, AC, clean. Runs great $1,950.00 441-2150 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. 5,500. Call 912-247-6694, Wilmington Island, Savannah.

Room for Rent Safe, Quiet environment in nearly new home. Utilities & cable included. On busline. $125/weekly, $75/deposit. Call 912-484-1347 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

TOYOTA Sienna XLE Ltd, 2004- In good condition, 61K, Navigation systems, DVD, sensor systems, rear view back up camera $18,500. 912-598-7622 VOLVO S70 1998130,000, EXCELLENT CONDITION, garaged at “ The Landings”, silver, tan leather interior, 2nd owner 10 years $2,600.00 912-598-9349 WE PAY CASH for junk cars & trucks! Call 964-0515

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