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Wednesday Film: On Fire (aka Forgive Me, Father) (USA, 2001)

What: Psychotronic Film Society offers

this memorial tribute to the late action film star Ivan Rogers, a martial arts champ who wrote, directed and starred in a number of low-budget action movie, including thismurder revenge movie that's "so bad it's good." Mature audiences only. When: 8 p.m Where: The Sentient Bean, 13 East Park Ave. Cost: $5 cash only. Info:

Film Series: Art in the 21st Century

What: Daily marathon screenings of the Peabody Award-winning film series featuring in depth interviews and profiles of the contemporary art scene. When: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Where: Jepson Center for the Arts, 207 West York St. Cost: $12 museum admission. Free for Telfair members. Free for military and their families through Blue Star Museums. Info:

Kick-off for CASA's Dancing with Savannah Stars

What: Savannah/Chatham Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA), Inc. will announce the eight "Savannah Stars" who will participate in this fundraiser and dance competition. Part of the monthly Martinis at the Mansion event. When: 5:30-7:30 p.m Where: Mansion on Forsyth Park, 700 Drayton St. Info: 912-447-8908 ext. 101.


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Mystery of the Giant Sloth

What: Not a horror movie! A science

lecture; learn about the giant ground sloth and other prehistoric creatures that roamed Skidaway during the last Ice Age. See and touch real fossils. When: 11 a.m Where: Skidaway Island State Park, 52 Diamond Cswy. Cost: $5 parking fee. Info: 912-598-2300. SkidawayIsland

Savannah Food & Wine Festival: The Pinot 4-Way Smack Down Wine & AppetizerTasting

What: A preview event for the fall Savannah Food and Wine Festival, featuring 16 different Pinot wine variations, appetizers, a live auction and door prizes. Benefiting America's Second Harvest. Guests are encouraged to bring canned food and/or non-perishable food donations to the event. When: 5-8 p.m Where: Rocks on the Roof, 102 West Bay St. Cost: $29 Info:

Skidaway Island Interpretive Center Tour

What: Explore Skidaway's museum and get all the details about native wildlife, the history of the island, and check out some rare live birds. When: 1 p.m Where: Skidaway Island State Park, 52 Diamond Cswy. Cost: $5 parking fee. Info:

When: 8:30 p.m Where: Skidaway Island State Park, 52

Diamond Cswy. Cost: $5 parking fee. Info: (912)598-2300. SkidawayIsland

Humane Society PUP Crawl

What: Crawl starts at The Rail Pub, 405

W Congress St. Purchase souvenir cup good for free drink at participating bars. Raffle with great prizes. Winners announced at The Rail at 9 PM. When: 6 p.m Where: Rail Pub, 405 West Congress St. Cost: $10 Info: 912-354-9515 X106. lgrant@

Green Gives Back: Savannah Green Building Awards Party

What: US Green Building Council's Savannah Branch gives annual awards for green building practices. Proceeds will benefit Operation Green Street. When: 6-9 p.m Where: American Legion, Post 135, 1108 Bull St. Cost: $30 Gen. Adm. $25 USGBC members. Info:

Save Our Water Party for Ogeechee Riverkeeper

What: Fundraising party for Ann Altman


Stephens' Ballroom Extravaganza dance contest/campaign, supporting Ogeechee Riverkeepers on Sept. 7. enjoy a special SweetWater Waterkeeper Hefeweizen and menu items, and Driftaway will donate a portion of the sales to ORK for Ann's campaign. When: 5 p.m Where: Driftaway Cafe, 7400 Skidaway Rd. Info:

Evening Nature Hike: Spider Seek

Wilderness Survival Lecture


What: A nighttime guided hike on Ski-

daway's trails to find where spiders go to hide.

What: Learn about "lost prevention" and simple items to take on a hike. When: 1 p.m

Where: Skidaway Island State Park, 52

Diamond Cswy.

Cost: $5 parking fee. Info: 912-598-2300.


World Breastfeeding Week Event

What: Close to Mothers is the theme of this family friendly event promoting and celebrating breastfeeding as key to children's health.Public walks, prize giveaways, and information on the benefits of peer support for breastfeeding mothers. When: 4 p.m Where: Hinesville Downtown Farmers Market, Bradwell Park/Commerce Street. Cost: Free and open to the public Info: 912-262-3034. melightfoot@dhr.

Theatre: Les Miserables

What: The Savannah Theatre’s limited run of the classic musical drama, through Aug. 24 When: 8 p.m Where: 222 Bull Street Cost: $35 adults; $17 age 17 and under, at

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Baseball: Canned Food Drive at Savannah Sand Gnats Game

What: Savannah Sand Gnats vs. West Virginia Power at St. Joseph's/Candler's Canned Food Drive night, benefiting the St. Mary's Community Center food pantry. One item will receive one ticket. When: 7:05 p.m Where: Grayson Stadium, 1401 East Victory Dr. Cost: Free admission with one nonperishable food item. Or, $7 general admission. Info:

Columba House Open House and Blessing

What: Episcopal Bishop of Georgia Scott Benhase blesses this new, inclusive, welcoming hospitality space dedicated to building and sustaining a community of faith committed to social justice with the city’s young adults and college students. Art exhibition, refreshments, fellowship. When: 6-8 p.m Where: Columba House, 34th Street between Abercorn and Lincoln Streets. Cost: Free and open to the public Info: 912-236-4279.


Film: Blue Jasmine

August 23, 7:15 PM Presented by CinemaSavannah at Spotlight Theaters (1100 Eisenhower Dr.). Tix: Regular admission. Woody Allen trades New York City for San Francisco with his resetting of “A Streetcar Named Desire,” starring Cate Blanchett (pictured) as a troubled former Manhattanite who moves to the City by the Bay. Alec Baldwin, Louis C.K. and Sally Hawkins co-star.

What: Armstrong Atlantic State University Masquers reprise their summer 2013 production of George Herman's classic commedia dell'arte. Seating closes at 7:15pm for the 7:30pm productions. Where: Jenkins Hall Theatre, Library Dr. Cost: $10 Gen. Adm. Free with Pirate ID. Discounts available. Info:

Garage Sale to Benefit Savannah Association for the Blind

What: Treasures abound at this two day sale in the parking lot and inside the Savannah Center for the Blind and Low Vision. Proceeds support services for people with blindness and low vision. When: Aug. 23-24, 9 a.m.-5 p.m Where: Savannah Center for the Blind and Low Vision, 214 Drayton St. Cost: Cash, Mastercard and VISA accepted. Info: 912-236-4473

Theatre: Medea

What: Euripides’ tragedy brought to life by Savannah’s 4th World Theater, complete with Greek chorus. Original music by Electric Grandma, and multi-media installations by Lubomir Kocka. When: 8 p.m Where: Muse Arts Warehouse, 703 Louisville Rd. Cost: $10 Gen. Adm. $5 students. Info:

Theatre: Sweeney Todd

What: "The Demon Barber of Fleet Street": Blood-and-guts Tony-award winning musical thriller with music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim. When: 7:30 p.m Where: Bay Street Theatre, 1 Jefferson St. Cost: $25 Info:

Theatre: Les Miserables

What: The Savannah Theatre’s limited run of the classic musical drama, through Aug. 24 When: 8 p.m Where: 222 Bull Street Cost: $35 adults; $17 age 17 and under, at



Saturday Old Fort Jackson Auction

What: An opportunity to tour Georgia's oldest brick fort at sunset, with live music, great food, entertainment for the kids and cannon firings! This is Old Fort Jackson's only annual public fundraiser. All proceeds go toward the preservation and operation of Georgia's oldest standing brick fortification. When: 6 & 9 p.m Where: Old Fort Jackson, 1 Fort Jackson Rd. Info: 912-232-3945.

Oceanfront Music & Fireworks

50th Anniversary of the Freedom March on Washington

What: Community march commemorates 1963 Freedom March on Washington led by Martin Luther King, Jr. Begins at Forsyth Park and walks to St. Philip Monumental AME Church. When: 6 p.m Where: Forsyth Park, 501 Whitaker St. Cost: Free and open to the public.

Baseball Double Header and Fireworks: Sand Gnats

What: Savannah's minor league team plays two games against the West Virginia Power. Fireworks after dark. When: 6:05 p.m Where: Grayson Stadium Cost: $7 gen. adm. Info:

Sunday, September 1st 7pm-11pm Tybee Pier & Pavilion The Swingin’ Medallions & Fireworks at Dark

Civil Rights Symposium: 50th Anniversary of Civil Rights Victories

What: Hosted by the Committee to Celebrate the 50th Anniversary of Desegregation in Savannah, GA. Chaired by Dr. Otis Johnson,and a coalition of the Savannah Branch of the NAACP, the Martin Luther King, Jr. Observance Day Association, All Walks of Life (AWOL), ministers, and supportive citizens from various backgrounds. When: 1-5 p.m Where: Savannah High School, 400 Pennsylvania Ave.

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Theatre: Medea

What: Euripides’ tragedy brought to life by Savannah’s 4th World Theater, complete with Greek chorus. Original music by Electric Grandma and multi-media installations by Lubomir Kocka. When: 8 p.m Where: Muse Arts Warehouse, 703 Louisville Rd. Cost: $10 Gen. Adm. $5 students. Info:

Theatre: Les Miserables

What: The Savannah Theatre’s limited

run of the classic musical drama. Final day. When: 3 and 8 p.m Where: 222 Bull Street Cost: $35 adults; $17 age 17 and under, at

Forsyth Farmers Market What: Local and regional

produce, honey, meat, dairy, pasta, baked goods and other delights. Rain or shine. When: 9 a.m.-1 p.m Where: Forsyth Park, 501 Whitaker St. Info:

Garage Sale to Benefit Savannah Association for the Blind

What: Treasures abound at this two day

sale in the parking lot and inside the Savannah Center for the Blind and Low Vision. Proceeds support services for people with blindness and low vision. When: Aug. 23-24, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. and 9 a.m.-noon Where: Savannah Center for the Blind and Low Vision, 214 Drayton St. Cost: Cash, Mastercard and VISA accepted. Info: 912-236-4473

Hawaii Fid-O: 15th Annual Friends of Animals Live Auction

What: Goin' Hawaiian at the 15th annual Friends of Animals of the Coastal Empire's fundraising auction. Proceeds benefit Bryan Animal Caregivers, Paws of Effingham, F.A.C.T.S, Islands Feral Cat Project, Save-A-Life Animal Welfare, Inc, Second Chance Animal Rescue, and the Humane Society of Greater Savannah. When: 7-11 p.m Where: Savannah Station, 601 Cohen St. Cost: $45 Info:

Hugh H. Armstrong Sr. Memorial Kayak for a Kure What: Kayak three miles from 'But-

terbean Beach' to the Skidaway/UGA Marine Extension Aquarium, then it's BBQ lunch, live music, and goody bags. Benefiting the American Diabetes Association. 15 free kayaks available (first come first served.) Registration - 9:00 a.m. Paddle - 10:00 a.m.

When: 9 a.m Where: Rodney J. Hall Park & Boat

Ramp, 25 Diamond Causeway.

Cost: $50. bring your own kayak, paddle

and life jacket.

Info: 912-353-8110 ext. 3093

Nature Outing: Sandpiper Trail Hike

What: A meander through the marsh on a guided hike with a park ranger. When: 10 a.m Where: Skidaway Island State Park, 52 Diamond Cswy. Cost: $5 parking fee. Info: 912-598-2300. SkidawayIsland

Nature Talk: Insects Galore

What: Learn about the different types of insects in this area. When: 2 p.m Where: Skidaway Island State Park, 52 Diamond Cswy. Cost: $5 parking fee. Info: 912-598-2300. SkidawayIsland

Nature Talk: Whoooo is out there?

What: Learn about owls and their behavior and then head out into the night to try and hear a hoot. When: 8:30 p.m Where: Skidaway Island State Park, 52 Diamond Cswy. Cost: $5 parking fee. Info: 912-598-2300. SkidawayIsland

Pet Adoption: Humane Society and Chatham Animal Control

What: These neighboring agencies join together to find homes for dogs, cats, and other pets. Part of the Humane Society of Greater Savannah's 100k Challenge competition. Call for times and location. When: Info: 912-354-9515. HumaneSoci-

Ready, Set, Go! Back to School Expo

What: School supply giveaways, Health Fair, Dental Screening, After School Programs and Activities, School Registration Information, and entertainment. For kids and parents. When: 9 a.m.-1 p.m

West Oglethorpe Ave. Cost: Free and open to the public. Info: 912-596-5049. RSGBacktoschool. org

Theatre: A Company of Wayward Saints

What: Armstrong Atlantic State University Masquers reprise their summer 2013 production of George Herman’s classic commedia dell’arte. Seating closes at 7:15pm for the 7:30pm productions. When: 7:15 p.m Where: Jenkins Hall Theatre, Library Dr. Cost: $10 Gen. Adm. Free with Pirate ID. Discounts available to military, seniors, alumni association members, and students/children. Info:

Theatre: Medea

What: Euripides’ tragedy brought to

life by Savannah’s 4th World Theater, complete with Greek chorus. Original music by Electric Grandma, and multimedia installations by Lubomir Kocka. When: 8 p.m Where: Muse Arts Warehouse, 703 Louisville Rd. Cost: $10 Gen. Adm. $5 students. Info:

Theatre: Sweeney Todd

What: "The Demon Barber of Fleet Street": Blood-and-guts Tony-award winning musical thriller with music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim. When: 3 and 7:30 p.m Where: Bay Street Theatre, 1 Jefferson St. Cost: $25 Info:

World Breastfeeding Week Event


What: Close to Mothers is the theme of this family friendly event promoting and celebrating breastfeeding as key to children's health. Public walks, prize giveaways, and information on the benefits of peer support. When: 9 a.m Where: Chatham County Health Department, 1395 Eisenhower Drive (facing Sallie Mood Dr.). Cost: Free and open to the public

National Park Service 97th Birthday at Fort Pulaski

What: It’s Founders Day! The National Park Service was founded August 25, 1916. All Park Service properties are free today across the US. 1:30pm Complimentary birthday cake. All day: screening excerpts of Ken Burns’ “The National Parks” documentary. Tours, historic weapons demos, and more. When: 9 a.m.-6 p.m Where: Fort Pulaski, US Highway 80 E. Cost: Free and open to the public Info:



Tuesday Cost: $25 Info:

Vinyl Appreciation

Sunday Baseball: Savannah Sand Gnats Bark-in-the-Park

What: TailsSpin Pet Supplies sponsors a day to bring your dog to the baseball game between Savannah Sand Gnats and the West Virginia Power. Free Marco's pizza for kids 12 and under. When: 2:05 p.m Where: Grayson Stadium, 1401 East Victory Dr. Cost: $7 Gen. Adm. Info:

King-Tisdell Cottage Foundation Annual Jazz Concert

What: Annual concert and benefit. Call

for reservations. When: 3 p.m Where: Beach Institute, 502 E. Harris St. Cost: $25 Info: 912-234-8000, ext. 202

Theatre: Sweeney Todd

What: "The Demon Barber of Fleet Street": Blood-and-guts Tony-award winning musical thriller with music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim. When: 3 and 7:30 p.m Where: Bay Street Theatre, 1 Jefferson St.

What: It's all about the records. Bring them, spin them, or just listen. Any and all vinyl welcome. How-to-DJ demos from 5pm-6pm. Graveface Records & Curiosities sells new and used records on site and Foxy Loxy provides complimentary treats. When: Last Sunday of every month, 5-10 p.m Where: Muse Arts Warehouse, 703 Louisville Rd. Cost: $3 donation Info:


Right Bite Diabetes Cooking Class

What: People affected by diabetes learn how to enjoy healthy food (less fat, sugar, & sodium) while controlling their diabetes. Participants receive handouts, recipes and a tasting of foods prepared. Sponsored by Chatham County Cooperative Extension Service. When: 6 p.m Where: Coastal Georgia Botanical Gardens, 2 Canebrake Rd. Cost: $5 advance Info: 912-652-7981.




Film: Three Fantastic Supermen (1967, Yugoslavia)

The Odd Lot

What: Improv comedy from veteran

Savannah wackjobs. When: 8 p.m Where: Muse Arts Warehouse, 703 Louisville Rd. Cost: $5 (or what you can give) Info:

What: Psychotronic Film Society's birthday tribute to C-grade leading man Tony Kendall in this Euro-action fantasy James Bond knockoff movie, featuring "espionage hijinxs and tight spandex jumpsuited superheroes." Dubbed (poorly) into English. Age restriction: Suitable for Ages 15+ When: 8 p.m Where: The Sentient Bean, 13 East Park Ave. Cost: $6 cash Info: cs

Looking Ahead Craft Beer Festival. Aug. 31, Trade & Convention Center. Corey Smith. Sept. 5, Johnny Mercer Theatre. Savannah’s Fashion Night. Sept. 5. Mighty Clouds of Joy. Sept. 6, Johnny Mercer Theatre. Sandra Bernhard. Sept. 8, Club One. Grey’s Reef Ocean Film Festival. Sept. 13 and 14. Revival Fest. Sept. 14, Georgia State Railroad Museum. The Collective Face: Equus. Sept. 20-Oct. 6, Muse Arts Warehouse. Savannah Philharmonic Season Opener. Sept. 21, Lucas Theatre.

Film: Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade. Sept. 21, Trustees Theater. Savannah Jazz Festival. Sept. 22-28. Skyway Book Launch. Sept. 24, Ships of the Sea Maritime Museum. Eddie Griffin. Oct. 4, Johnny Mercer Theatre. Loretta Lynn. Oct. 6, Johnny Mercer Theatre. Nicholas Sparks. Oct. 8, Trustees Theater. JJ Grey & Mofro. Oct. 10, Lucas Theatre. Tybee Island Pirate Fest. Oct. 10-13. Savannah Greek Festival. Oct 10-12. CBGB opens. Oct. 11. Hunter Hayes. Oct. 11, Johnny Mercer Theatre.

JJ Grey: Oct. 10

Film: The Silence of the Lambs. Oct. 12, Lucas Theatre. Film: Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil. Oct. 18, Lucas Theatre. Vienna Boys Choir. Oct. 18, Cathedral of St. John the Baptist. Savannah Philharmonic: Fauvre’s Requiem. Oct. 20, Lucas Theatre. Savannah Film Festival. Oct. 26-Nov. 2. Shalom Y’all Jewish Food Festival. Oct. 27, Forsyth Park. Rock and Roll Marathon. Nov. 9. cs

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Civic (Center) pride by Jim Morekis |

Let’s face it: The Savannah Civic Center is a piece of junk. It’s always been a piece of junk. Born out of not one but two original sins — the demolition of the stately and beautiful City Auditorium on the same site, and also the wanton destruction of one of Oglethorpe’s squares — the Civic Center was cursed by karma from the beginning. It’s only become more embarrassing over the years. There has never been a Golden Age of the Savannah Civic Center. There’s no question, none, that Savannah desperately needs a new civic center of some form or description. People have been saying this for at least half the 40-year life of the current Civic Center — a poorly designed, blah box with technical and aesthetic characteristics that became obsolete soon after the ribbon-cutting. While it would seem that the logical solution is to demolish the current Civic Center, provide underground parking and build a state-of-the-art facility on top of it — perhaps restoring Elbert Square in the process, using the rebirth of Ellis Square as an example — logic doesn’t always rule the day. The City is currently mulling over alternate sites. A leading contender is a parcel on the Westside — not to be confused with West Chatham or Pooler —in a largely industrial area known for its high rates of crime, blight, and poverty. Not to mention the occasional rotting egg smell of the nearby International Paper mill. These socio-economic issues deserve our serious attention, and I don’t want to sound like I’m trivializing them (though the rotten egg smell is probably there to stay). But the idea that you can spur grassroots development by plopping down a brand new $80-100 million facility amidst boarded-up strip malls, storefront churches, shotgun shacks, barbed wire and bleak industrial sites is a really bad one. It’s not that West Savannah doesn’t deserve economic development. It does, very much so. It’s just that a new civic center is the wrong type of development.

Despite the high dollars involved, choosing an arena site in order to spur localized development in a particular area is small thinking. Cart-before-the-horse thinking. You build a civic center to give Savannah a viable showcase for larger events which can compete with, or at least match, facilities in similar regional markets. Period. You certainly want it located in the most user-friendly, economically feasible place to make that happen, with the most positive impact and the least negative impact. Micro-level neighborhood initiatives are wonderful in theory, and usually in practice. But they should have nothing whatsoever to do with the decision about where a new civic center will go. Most of us who love Savannah cherish the city’s quirky sense of old-school parochialism. It’s one of the things that makes us unique in a cookie-cutter world. But situating a multi-use entertainment facility based on which individual neighborhood will benefit the most from it is the very definition of parochial. And not in a fun way, like a night at The Legion. Transportation projects, like U.S. 80 to Tybee or the Skidaway Bridge, are different. Those are intended to serve particular areas. But a civic center is for everyone. That’s why it’s called a “civic center.” Remember the last time the City purchased land specifically in order to spur hyperlocal development: Waters Avenue at 37th Street. Intended for a new police precinct, the City paid well over fair market value for the strip mall, only to become embroiled in small-time beefs with tenants. (I’m usually an implacable foe of eminent domain. But if there ever was a time for the City of Savannah to assert eminent domain via the Supreme Court’s otherwise abominable Kelo v. New London ruling, wouldn’t the Waters Avenue debacle be the absolute most perfect scenario ever? Am I missing something here?)

Part of this dilemma is also a natural outgrowth of the City’s dependence on Special Purpose Local Option Sales Taxes (SPLOST), from which the funds for a new civic center are supposed to originate. One of the more unsavory aspects of these penny taxes is The List. With each SPLOST comes The List: a closely-guarded lineup of possibilities to spend the jackpot on, a roster of projects that changes with the vagaries of the economy. And because SPLOSTs are inherently political entities — complete with wellfunded ad campaigns from deep-pocketed interests intended to sway citizens towards voting “Yes” on them — The List is also subject to local politics. Therein lies the rub. Just as in actual electoral politics, with SPLOST politics, votes can be bought. And that’s how the odd idea of a civic center on the Westside came to be. Somewhere along the way, citizens of West Savannah neighborhoods were “promised” a new arena out of taxpayer largesse. That’s certainly seems to be their impression anyway. Apparently, as with the fabled political machines of old, money was going to be collected from citizens at large in order to give some payback to reliable voters. It’s vote-buying, pure and simple. Don’t get me wrong. Vote-buying makes the world go ‘round. Maybe not literally buying votes with money, but democracy rests on the idea that elected officials will do the bidding of the majority of citizens primarily for the benefit and self-interest of said majority. But where Savannah puts a new Civic Center is too important to rest on political concerns. Development must come to West Savannah organically, through an enhanced overall economy and tax base, i.e., putting the horse before the cart where it belongs. Putting a gleaming new facility next to train tracks will only cheapen the taxpayers’ investment in a facility that should remain viable for at least the next 40 years — in the way that the current Civic Center never managed to do. cs

Tons of runs as race season begins The kids have gone back to school. Temperatures are dropping. The World Series buzz has started. There is only one Saturday left until my Dawgs are back. All signs of fall. And race season. I have mentioned before that the running community in Savannah has just exploded. Any given weekend there is something going on. When the weather is a bit hotter the organized races might slow down a bit, but there is always somebody running. Most folks I talk to say that having an event to train for is one of the best ways to stay motivated. I tend to agree. So, I thought I would give you the run down on all the races I could find in the Lowcountry for the next few months – and there are a lot! Let me add a few things… First, you can go broke running every race there is. Race fees add up quickly. Make a plan so as to not get overwhelmed with the volume. Different runners have different qualifiers — T-shirt, medal design, cause, characteristics – for what makes a race worth the entry fee. Second, look into races you think you might like to do but maybe aren’t quite ready for the signature event. Many races have shorter distance alternatives you can participate in. This is a great way to be involved in a race you know you’d like to run without the intimidation of taking on the whole mountain at once. Lastly, most of these races benefit a nonprofit or don’t run for profit. This means they are always looking for volunteers. Beware though; this strategy is how I got sucked into the world that is “Ultra.” Here are some of the more popular places to find local run information.

Upcoming runs

Aug. 24: Fit Chics 5K run, 5K walk, Hilton Head Aug. 24: Run Dirty Saturday 5K Aug. 24: The XC Kickoff Classic & Open Event 5K run, Savannah Aug. 31: Leukemia Cup Run for Jane 5K, Savannah Aug. 31: The Milestone Half Marathon/10K 2013, Pooler Aug. 31: Run for RET 5K Run, Hilton Head Sep. 7: Safe Kids Savannah Youth Triathlon, 5K run, 1M walk, Savannah Sep. 7: The Pooler 5K, Pooler Sep. 7: Healthy Hinesville 5K, Hinesville Sep. 14: Squash For Josh 5K, Richmond Hill Sep. 14: Tunnel To Towers 5K, Savannah Sep. 21: Big Nasty Mud Run x4, Bloomingdale Sep. 21: Chase the Sun Ultra 12 hour, Whitemarsh Island Sep. 21: GORUCK Challenge, 12H adventure race, Savannah Sep. 21: Hampton Lake Tiger Bass 5K/12K, Bluffton Sep. 21: Rise of the Phoenix 5K, Savannah Sep. 21: Wormsloe 2.0 10K/5K run, Savannah Sep. 27-28: LoCo Motion 3 day 10M run, Hilton Head Sep. 28: CASA/Kiwanis “Run for Our Future”, Hinesville Sep. 28: Help the Hoo-Hahs 5K, Savannah Sep. 28: YMCA Heart of Savannah 5K, Savannah Oct. 5: Devin’s Dash Memorial 5K, Hilton Head Oct. 5: Savannah Color Vibe 5K, Savannah Oct. 5: Sunbury 5K, Sunbury Oct. 5: Step Forward 5K Walk Benefiting Safe Shelter, Lake Mayer Oct. 5: South Effingham NJROTC Cadet 5K, Guyton Oct. 6: Buzzard Island Adventure Run, Bluffton Oct. 12: AASU Physical Therapy Pirate Road Race 5K and 10K, Savannah Oct. 12: Fallout for Autism 5K & 10K, Hutchinson Island

Oct. 12: Go Green 5K, Wilmington Island Whitemarsh Preserve Nov. 2: Guyton Oct. 12: On On Tri HilSuperhero Run for ton Head Triathlon, HilCASA 5K run, Guyton ton Head, Beaufort Nov. 2: Woof! Woof! Oct. 12: AASU Physi5K, Savannah cal Therapy Pirate Road Nov. 9: Run John Race 5K and 10K, Run 24 miler, Savannah Savannah Nov. 9: Rock ‘n’ Roll Oct. 19: Bluffton 5K Savannah Marathon, Oyster Run, Bluffton Savannah Oct. 19: Step Out Nov. 10: KiDS ROCK, Run to Stop Diabetes Savannah 5K, Savannah Nov. 16: Capt. MatOct. 20: Crab Crawl thew Freeman Memorial 5K, Richmond Hill Run 5K/10K, Richmond Oct. 20: Hilton Head Hill Island Bridge Run Nov. 16: Flying Fortress Gypsy loves to ru n too 10K/5K, Hilton Head 5K, Pooler Oct. 26: Zombie Mile Nov. 16: Jingle Bell 5k 5K, Bluffton Run/Walk Savannah, Oct. 26: Trick or Trot 5K / 10K, Savannah cs

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Level this field: Desegregation at 50

Mockingbirds flitted on a filigreed fence. The grand magnolias swayed in the summer breeze. Wearing a suit and tie, the young man climbed the steps of the regal gray mansion at the south end of Forsyth Park and went inside. Then, in spite of the traffic barricades along Gaston Street and state troopers outfitted with anti-riot gear, not much else happened. Well, not that day, anyway. Plenty else transpired that monumental summer of ‘63. The Civil Rights Movement had been in full swing in Savannah for three years, with sit-ins at local lunch counters and the famously effective Broughton Street boycott led by NAACP organizer W.W. Law. Many locals joined the national momentum that August to march in Washington, DC, as Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. moved the country to tears with his dream. For the worse, NAACP Activist Medgar Evans was killed by a white supremacist in Mississippi. Alabama Gov. George Wallace stood like a imbecilic sentry at the door of his state’s


But for others, might that shaky stillness also have been attributed to a certain willful apathy, a superficial way to avoid any distasteful confrontations but still maintain their distasteful prejudices in private? When mandatory bussing made desegregation more widespread in 1971, there was a mass exodus of white people out of the public school system and out of the city center, spurring an economic downturn that lasted decades. Dr. King once called Savannah “the most desegregated city south of the Mason-Dixon line,” but when I moved here in 2006, there were two elementary schools next door to each other, one mostly white, the other mostly black, an embarrassment only recently rectified. Sure, our city council may now reflect a friendly balance of black and white, but one only need be barely conscious to see that — with a few notable exceptions — our neighborhoods and schools are still fairly homogenous. Fifty years after desegregation, we’re still throwing shade on the deeper issues. For all the giant steps those Civil Rights foot soldiers made, other states uphold stop-and-frisk practices and voter ID laws that target people of Atlantid/Lane Libr

On a late afternoon in June of 1963, a lone black man made his way to his first classes at what was then Armstrong Junior College near Monterey Square.

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The Black American Movement at Armstrong College in 1973 (left) included a young Otis Johnson, also a member of the Armstrong graduating class of 1964 (right).

university to block to black students. In September, four little girls were killed in that horrific Birmingham church bombing. Compared to the tumult of the rest of the South, Savannah’s reaction to the desegregation of Armstrong and two of its high schools that summer was downright tepid. Those first brave iconoclasts who crossed the color line were less welcomed than quietly ignored, and those who weren’t thrilled about their presence didn’t feel the need to stir up the kind of drama that warranted a LIFE magazine cover. Be it out of dignity or too much humidity, the race riot volcanics of other places have never much been Savannah’s style. “It was benign, I didn’t feel any hostility,” remembers Otis Johnson of the moment he made history as the first African American student at what had been in its entire history an academic institution only for white people. “But I did get the ‘Invisible Man’ treatment for a long time.” The streets did get sparky one night that

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July, when police unleashed tear gas on a group of marchers frustrated with the disingenuous promises of local businessowners. The National Guard was called out, but apart from a few broken windows and a church fire no one ever took credit for, the damage was minimal. Though it must have been a terrifying experience, no one was seriously hurt. The demonstrations simmered down a few days later as white businesses met demands to integrate theaters, bowling alleys and hotels. Back then, the lack of fiery conflict was perceived as a victory for the black community and the many progressivelyminded white folks who marched with them. Native Savannahian, writer and political activist Miriam Center remembers a time of joyful suffrage and mass meetings attended by people of all shades. “It was all very peaceful,” says Center, now in her 80s. “There was this sense that we were all part of the same fight — the fight for civil rights.”

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to level the educational field for all of Savannah’s students in 2013 is to start earlier with more early childhood development programming. “White or black, the way kids start off from birth, way before they even get to school, working class kids come to school at a disadvantage,” he mused. “As young people from kindergarten on interact with each other, it’s more difficult to maintain the stereotypes.” That’s one topic he’ll broach at the 50th Anniversary of Desegregation celebration this weekend. Beginning with a Saturday afternoon symposium at Savannah High called “Reflections on the Past, A Glimpse of the Future,” Johnson and other committee members want to recognize the many Savannahians involved in the Civil Rights Movement, including current mayor Edna Jackson as well as the lesser-known names. Sunday will bring one of those good ol’ fashioned Mass Meetings at First African Baptist Church like they held in 1963, led by community matriarch Mercedes Wright Arnold. The point is to sing, clap and keep the conversation moving forward. Johnson reiterated several times that all of Savannah is invited — and that the victories of the Civil Rights movement are all of ours, black and white. He wants to see Center and the other white folks who pounded the pavement with him. Even if we weren’t even twinkles in our parents’ eyes in 1963, perhaps shaking hands with the heroes who Dr. King called the “ground crew” of the good fight will snap us out of the torpidity that keeps us from questioning the unfairness and injustice we see in 2013. Sitting on the park bench, Johnson and I agreed that we humans are provincial by nature, that sometimes it makes sense for us to segregate ourselves into our known pods of family and community. But the long-term solutions of racial awkwardness can only come through constructive engagements, through our everyday interactions. If we truly want to cross the divide, we’re going to have to be willing to show up, sit down and be a part of the conversation. cs Celebration of the 50th Anniversary of Desegregation When: 1-5 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 24 at Savannah High School, 400 Pensylvania Ave. 4 p.m Sunday, Aug. 25 at First African Baptist Church, 402 Treat Ave. Info:

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color. The fractured discussions surrounding the tragedy of Trayvon Martin and vilification of Paula Deen have shown us that our discomfort around race is just a nick below the skin — where, duh, we all bleed the same. “Race is still one of the most difficult things to talk about,” remarked Johnson as we strolled around his alma mater last week to discuss the plans to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of Desegregation in Savannah Aug. 24-25. Difficult, shmifficult. Why? Why in this day of mainstream hip hop and our black President, can we not discuss diversity without knitting our brows? Why can’t Miley Cyrus be the awkward twerking girl without it being political? Why we can’t we, to borrow a phrase, all just get along with our bad selves? Because, dammit, 50 years later, there are still those quiet prejudices tucked away in our systems and institutions that make tip the scales one way for some, and the wrong way for others. And still others just rise: Johnson, of course, went on to graduate from Armstrong, earn degrees from the University of Georgia and Brandeis University and become one of Savannah’s most storied — and controversial — mayors. Though he once roiled up constituents with the statement that he wanted the next city manager “to look like me,” it seems that retirement and the subsequent disgrace of Rochelle SmallToney have tempered him. (On second thought, the title of his forthcoming book IS From N***r to Mr. Mayor, so clearly the man has plenty of bite left.) We sat on a bench in Forsyth Park to dig deeper into one of America’s most persistent social ills. “We have here in Savannah an intersection of race and class,” he explained. “We have poorer neighborhoods, which are mostly black. Schools are resegregating around the principle of magnet and charter schools, which take the highest-performing black students out of their neighborhood schools. Then those neighborhood schools become even more challenged.” This is evident in the city’s high schools, where test scores and graduation rates may appear to reflect racial divisions. Johnson points out that socioeconomics play the most vital role — because at the end of the day, it all comes back to poverty. Rather than ever more paternalistic social services, he believes the way

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How government creates problems, then makes them worse Two recent law-enforcement decisions illustrate yet again that when government sets out to solve a problem it created, things get much worse. Attorney General Eric Holder announced that the Justice Department will keep nonviolent small-scale drug sellers with no links to criminal organizations from being caught in the mandatory-minimum-sentence trap. Currently, judges must impose a mandatory minimum prison term for defendants convicted of selling more than a specified quantity. With prison populations and costs mushrooming — America has more people behind bars than any other country in the world — Holder has instructed U.S. attorneys to evade the mandatory-minimum law by not specifying drug quantities when they charge qualifying suspects. He also wants alternatives to prison pursued where possible. While it’s good news that some who would have faced long prison sentences now will not, we nevertheless should be concerned whenever the executive branch unilaterally declares it will write its own law.  The other decision, this one from a court, criticized New York City’s stop-and-frisk policy, under which the police can stop, pat down, and question anyone on the street who arouses suspicion, a highly subjective criterion indeed. Federal District Judge Shira Scheindlin ruled that the New York

Police Department carries out the policy in a manner that violates the Fourth Amendment rights of blacks and Hispanics. The judge specified the ways that the city could fix the policy and appointed a monitor to keep an eye on the police. In both matters, horrendous policies are to be tweaked to make them less egregious. But this won’t be satisfactory. New York police will still have the arbitrary power to stop people walking down the street, and federal judges will still put some people away with long mandatory prison terms regardless of the particulars.  In other words, deeply flawed policies can’t be tweaked enough to make them acceptable. Stop-and-frisk and mandatory minimums should be abolished.  Yet even this would fall short of what’s needed. The problems purportedly addressed by stop-and-frisk and mandatory minimums are of the government’s own making. Thus, if we got to the root, the “need” for these bad policies would disappear.  Stop-and-frisk is aimed at finding youths carrying guns and drugs. Mandatory minimums are directed at drug sellers. It’s not hard to see what is at the root: drug prohibition. When government declares (certain) drugs illegal, those drugs don’t disappear; instead they move to the black market, which tends to be dominated by people skilled in the use of violence.  So, as a result of prohibition and its attendant violence-prone black market, in some parts of town a percentage of young men will likely be

walking around with guns and drugs. Seeing this, politicians and lawenforcement bureaucrats turn to stopand-frisk and mandatory minimum sentences. But the only real solution is to repeal prohibition. There’s no need for intrusive police tactics or prison terms. In a free society, government has no business telling us what we can and can’t ingest or inject. Before drug prohibition, America had no drug problem. It’s prohibition that created the problem, just as alcohol prohibition gave America organized crime on a large scale. As we’ve seen, when government tries to ban drugs, it creates bigger problems by putting drugs in the streets and gangs in control.  Ask yourself why after so many decades of apparent failure — drugs are plentiful, accessible, and inexpensive — prohibition persists, as if spending more taxpayer dollars or coming up with some new lawenforcement gimmick will bring success. Maybe prohibition has not failed at all. Maybe the purpose is simply to spend the money and expand law enforcement. Maybe all the moralizing is simply a ruse.  And maybe what Thomas Paine said about wars also applies to the war on drugs: “A bystander, not blinded by prejudice nor warped by interest, would declare that taxes were not raised to carry on wars, but that wars were raised to carry on taxes.” cs

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Keri Clark, 23, had worked in the communications department at Savannah/Chatham Metropolitan Police for two years. She was a native of Lakeland, Ga., and a graduate of Lanier County High School. “As a 911 dispatcher, Keri Clark was constantly involved in saving lives,” Chief Willie Lovett said. “Almost every member of this department at some time probably has depended on her for vital information. This was a shock to our entire communications department and the rest of us are saddened as well.” She was named Dispatcher of the Year by the Chatham County EMS Council in May for her work involving a suicidal woman in the early

morning hours of March 8. “Clark spent nearly an hour on the phone with the woman as officers scoured the area to locate her in a remote area near the Talmadge Bridge,” a police spokesman recalls. “The woman later called the communications center and Clark personally to thank her for taking the time to listen to her.” • Two women were killed instantly and a woman and teen were injured when the SUV they were in drove around railroad barriers and into the path of a freight train. Martha Newton, 57, of the 2100 block of Westlake Avenue, driver of the SUV, and Amanda Newton, 34, of Atlanta, were declared dead on scene at the 1:49 p.m. collision on the 200 block of Gulfstream Road. Vanessa Newton, 35, of Atlanta was airlifted from the scene by helicopter and A-Mirackle Newton, 14, of Atlanta, was transported by ambulance. A-Mirackle Newton was listed in serious condition and Vanessa Newton was in critical condition

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At age 20, Kyle Kandilian of Dearborn, Mich., has created a start-up business to fund his college expenses, but it involves a roomful (in the family home) of nearly 200,000 cockroaches. The environmental science major at University of Michigan-Dearborn breeds species ranging from the familiar household pests, which he sells on the cheap as food for other people’s pets, to the more interesting, exotic Madagascar hissing roaches and rhino roaches, which can live for 10 to 15 years. (Kandilian told the Detroit Free Press in July that of the 4,000 cockroach species, only about a dozen are pests.) Why not choose a more conventional “pet”? Because “(m)ammals smell,” he said. (Missing from the Free Press story: details on the likely interesting initial conversation between Kyle and his mother when he asked if he could have 200,000 cockroaches in the house.)

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• A 55-year-old woman in the Netherlands seemed to be experiencing orgasms emanating from her foot, she said, and Dr. Marcel Waldinger of Utrecht University (writing in the Journal of Sexual Medicine, online in June) produced a possible explanation. The applicable left foot nerve enters the spinal cord at about the same level as the vaginal nerve, Waldinger wrote, and the woman’s recent foot injury might have caused the nerves to cross. The woman reported “five or six” orgasms

per day that felt exactly like “regular” was threatened with arson when she orgasms and, she said, were making her decided to stop paying. According to feel terribly guilty and embarrassed. an expert on Japanese “yakuza,” a relaAfter treatment with a nerve anesthetic, tive of one of the victims of the 2010 she reported being orgasm-free (in the fire may also sue Kodo-kai. foot, at least) for eight months. • The intersection of West Gateway Unclear on the Concept Boulevard and North Congress Avenue •,In June, following his guilty plea in in Boynton Beach, Fla. (pop. 60,000), Corpus Christi, Texas, is nine lanes wide, busy to possession of child even at 11 p.m. on Sunday pornography, Jose night, as it was at that time Salazar, 70, offered to in July when a 2-yearperform public service old girl darted across, a to reduce the 12-year Pssst ... hey combination of good forsentence a federal judge buddy. looktune and sometimes-rare had handed him. Salaing for some Florida driver alertness gopher feet? zar said he “had a lot to allowing her safe arrival offer society,” according on the other side without to an Associated Press a scratch. “It’s a miracle,” story, and could be said Harry Scott, who wit“useful” in mentoring nessed it. “I’m telling you children. the truth.” Mom Kayla • At Atherstone, EngCampbell, 26, was charged land’s Twycross Zoo, a with felony neglect, as program is underway she appeared “oblivious,” to try to teach quartersaid police, to the child’s ton giant tortoises to absence from home. speed up. An extended • An unnamed restauoutdoor pen had been rateur from Nagoya, Japan, has filed a built for Speedy (age 70), Tim, 40, lawsuit against an affiliate of the counand Shelly, 30, but that meant it took try’s largest organized crime syndicate, a longer time to round them up for Yamaguchi-gumi, demanding a refund bed at the end of the day. The Leicesof “protection” money she had been ter Mercury reported in June that zoo paying for more than 12 years (in total, officials were trying to use the lure of the equivalent of about $170,000). The food to get the tortoises to significantly affiliate, Kodo-kai, burned down a improve their way-under-1-mile-perbar in 2010, killing people, in a simihour gait. lar protection arrangement that went • Actually, It Might Enhance the bad, and the plaintiff said she, too,

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• Tina Marie Garrison, 37, and her son Junior Lee Dillon, 18, of Preston, Minn., were charged in June with stealing almost $5,000 worth of gopher feet from the freezer of a gopher trapper in Granger, Minn., and selling them for the local offered bounty of $3 per pair. Garrison, Dillon, and the victimized trapper were friends, and it was not clear why the thinly populated gopherfoot market would not have deterred Garrison and Dillon. • Louann Giambattista, 55, a 33-year-veteran American Airlines flight attendant, filed a lawsuit against the company in July alleging that it had subjected her to baseless hassles because of co-workers’ accusations that, argued her attorney, were wrongly “making her out to be a nut.” One of the accusations was that she was “hiding rats in her underwear (and pantyhose) and sneaking them onto planes” based apparently on Giambattista’s hobby of raising pets at home. The airline has allegedly subjected her to enhanced security measures for more than a year, allegedly causing her post-traumatic stress disorder and “debilitating anxiety.”

In July, the governor of Gorontalo province in Indonesia decreed that female secretaries should be replaced immediately with males. He was responding to a recent spate of extramarital affairs by male bureaucrats with their female secretaries. (“[O]ld women who are no longer attractive” could also be hired, he said.)

People With Issues

(1) Gerard Streator, 47, pleaded guilty in June in Waukesha, Wis., County Court to public lewdness and placed on probation after his arrest last year of going through the motions of intercourse with a discarded couch on a public street. An off-duty police officer thought initially that he had caught a couple, but on closer inspection, he realized Streator (who was aroused) was alone. (2) The day before, in Ostersund, Sweden, a 35-year-old man was arrested after a surveillance camera revealed him to be the one who repeatedly punctured Per Edstrom’s bicycle’s tires and who that evening was seen sitting on the bicycle pleasuring himself.

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When Alcoa, Inc., prepared to build an aluminum smelting plant in Iceland in 2004, the government forced it to hire an expert to assure that none of the country’s legendary “hidden people” lived underneath. The elf-like goblins provoke apprehensiveness in many of the country’s 300,000 natives (who are all, reputedly, related by blood). An Alcoa spokesman told Vanity Fair writer Michael Lewis that the inspection (which delayed construction for six months) was necessary: “[W]e couldn’t be in the position of acknowledging the existence of hidden people.” (Lewis offered several explanations for the country’s financial implosion in 2008, including Icelanders’ superiority complex, which convinced many lifelong fishermen that they were gifted investment bankers.) cs By chuck shepherd UNIVERSAL PRESS SYNDICATE

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Could one knit a sweater from human navel lint? — Craig Charles, Dallas Good thinking, Craig. Why waste this valuable resource? And why stop at lint? Think of the environmentally sensitive duds one might make from used dental floss, or the hair fished from bathtub drains. Still, one does wonder whether lint has what it takes to be a practical textile feedstock. Luckily the navellint research community has come through. Of particular note is Georg Steinhauser of the Vienna University of Technology, who in 2009 published “The Nature of Navel Fluff ” in the journal Medical Hypotheses. Georg ascertained a number of important facts about navel lint, which we’ll review shortly. And what did he get for his trouble? Abuse, that’s what. No sooner had his article hit the streets than the Annals of Improbable Research, which specializes in calling attention to what it considers risible scientific inquiry, published a “special Navel Lint issue.” Back to Georg’s article: • He collected an astonishing 503 lint samples over three years and individually weighed them, displaying his results in a mass distribution chart. We learn that the average sample weight was 1.82 milligrams—that is, 1.82 thousandths of a gram. • Navel lint, or at any rate Georg’s, consists of cotton cellulose fibers mixed with skin cells, fat, and sweat. • Men produce the most. Georg hypothesizes this is because abundant male abdominal hair surrounding the belly button scrapes the lint free from the subject’s cotton clothing and channels it into the navel. When he shaved the area around his belly button, lint production plunged. • The total weight of Georg’s collected lint—three years’ worth, mind you—was less than a gram. My assistant Una calculated that

getting enough for a long-sleeve cotton top, which for some reason she thought was a better benchmark than a sweater, would take 150 years; a cotton sweatshirt would take about 752 years. However, could we even do it? Sadly, the answer is almost certainly no. Most spinning processes need an average fiber length of at least two-thirds of an inch, much longer than you’d expect to find in navel lint. Remember the reason navel lint is there in the first place is that it worked loose from whatever you were wearing. We humans like stroking because grooming is a social activity among primates. But if we stroke other animals that can’t stroke back due to a lack of hands, they still seem to feel pleasure. Shed some light? — Thorsten I don’t know about all animals. I’ve never noticed that stroking snails sends them into ecstasies. But most mammals seem partial to it, no doubt in the big-picture sense because, as you say, it promotes grooming and bonding. In fact, there’s reason to think stroking is so important that we higher-order vertebrates now like it because that’s the way we’re wired, with certain neurons in the skin that respond only to stroking. How do we know this? Because of the following bizarre experiments: • Human subjects were stroked on forearms and palms by robots at various speeds and asked to report which strokes felt the nicest. Meanwhile, researchers monitored what they figured were the stroke receptor neurons via electrodes they’d hooked up. Findings: (1) volunteers most liked being stroked between a half inch and four inches per second, and (2) neurons believed to be stroke receptors fired fastest within that range. • Mice were bred so that fluorescent molecular markers attached to their stroke receptor neurons lit up when activated. Then researchers sliced open each mouse’s spinal column so they could view the far end of the stroke receptor neurons with a microscope sensitive to extremely low light. Sure enough, when the mice were stroked, the stroke receptor neurons emitted tiny flashes. Conclusion: the pleasure we take in a caress is basically an electrical response. cs By cecil adams


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Yes, Jose Ray appreciates vinyl Early in 2012, Jose Ray began volunteering for the guys who put on the monthly Vinyl Appreciation events at Muse Arts Warehouse. For a while, the insanely talented visual artist just designed a series of eye-catching posters … but soon enough, he heard the seductive siren song of the turntables. And succumbed. Vinyl Appreciation recently celebrated its three-year anniversary. And Jose Ray is now one of the loose-limbed organization’s veteran platter-spinners. “With my first experience getting on the two turntables and mixer, everyone was so nice, making sure you feel as comfortable as you can getting up there behind all that crazy equipment,” he says. (He now owns his own gear.) Let’s make it plain: VA is an Open Mic Night for DJs. “It’s always been an open format,” Ray explains. “Everyone gets 20 minutes to play whatever they want.” And by everyone, he means everyone. Come in and play your records, and whoever’s there will listen, and doubtless dig it. There is no restriction of genre; the only rule is that whatever gets played has to be on vinyl. “I always say it’s what Pandora wishes it could offer people,” Ray says. “The range of music you hear in there is so incredible. Someone will get up there with his genre, the next guy’ll be a super hip hop DJ, scratching, switching songs after 30 seconds. Then you get another guy who’s into like ‘60s and ‘70s prog rock. Then the

next guy has all this foreign march band stuff. It just goes so far.” Ray’s own predilections run to old-school R&B and funk. He’s also crazy

(the second Thursday of each month) and at the Sparetime most Mondays. Ray and company consider these events “spinoffs” (as it were), to draw attention to the big nights at Muse.

Jose Ray went from designing Vinyl Appreciation posters to a steady DJ gig.

for Latin music, and gypsy jazz, and Middle Eastern sounds. The August VA happens this week, on Sunday the 25th from 5 to 10 p.m. Foxy Loxy will provides treats and coffee, Graveyard Records will have used vinyl for your browsing pleasure. Admission is free. From 5 to 6 p.m., those who desire it can attend a “how to DJ” demo. The “usual suspects” (i.e., the regular VA players) are a combination of club DJs, vinyl collectors and “cratediggers,” music fans who get off on digging through boxes of thrift-store junk, in search of hidden vinyl treasures. Then they drag their own crates to the gig. The Muse event is the “mothership,” but Vinyl Appreciation is represented in the Foxy Loxy courtyard

Spinning at Foxy and Sparetime is by invitation only. Ray, who says that playing digital music just can’t hold a candle to the tactile pleasure of vinyl, has recently begun taking independent DJ gigs. He’ll be at the Sparetime this Saturday (Aug. 24). Like all artists, he’s evolving, and letting his talents take him where they will. Back home in Kansas, he switched between drawing, painting and designing, and playing in a punk rock band. Then he came to SCAD. Most people in Savannah know him through his visual art, but music has always been there on his palette, too. “I think that’s why I do a lot of collaborative and live event things,” Ray says. “Because I do miss live performance, and the collaboration that you get with music.”

Gettin’ Randy

If you missed last weekend’s soldout performance from the Boxcars at Randy Wood’s Pickin’ Parlor, here’s some good news. The all-star bluegrass band’s show was streamed lived at … and the entire performance video has been archived, so you can watch it any time your heart desires. For free. And check this out: Months of great acoustic shows have been professionally shot at Randy’s, and are now archived on the site — including Ronny Cox, Gonzalo Bergera, Claire Lynch, Town Mountain and the Little Roy & Lizzy Show. Look for the box that says “Flatt Mountain Records” on Randy’s home page, and follow the prompts. It’s part of a partnership between Randy Wood Guitars and Saltymoss LLC, a new media company specializing in live streaming. Hey bands, you might want to look into what they do, at One more note from the Randy Wood files: The legendary folk artist David Bromberg will perform in the Pickin’ Parlor Dec. 14.

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• According to, the all-business concert-booking website, Collective Soul has been booked to play Richmond Hill’s Great Ogeechee Seafood Festival Oct. 19. So far, the fest folks haven’t made an official announcement … but Pollstar’s usually right on the money, so expect it soon. • A new one on the Savannah Civic Center site: The Band Perry plays the Johnny Mercer Theater March 7, 2014. Gee, we’ll uh ... see you there. I guess. CS


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With one song, “I Melt With You,” Modern English earned a permanent berth in the New Wave Hall of Fame. The year was 1983.

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Internet was first starting and people were writing out blogs and stuff like that. He managed to keep it quite well-presented, but he was basically saying he’d written “I Melt With You,” he’d been in Modern English since the late ‘70s, early ‘80s, when I’d only worked with him on one album. So we had to set the lawyers on him a bit, and he’s gone quiet since then.

Using a romantic motif and sweet strains of melancholy, lead singer Robbie Grey and his bandmates crafted an angsty pop song for the age of nascent MTV; like Simple Minds’ similarly anthemic “(Don’t You) Forget About Me,” or Soft Cell’s “Tainted Love,” it’s a 4-minute encapsulation of what Americans found so bloody cool about British bands in the early ‘80s. From Colchester, home of the University of Essex, Modern English in 1979 was signed to nascent 4AD Records, the independent label that would deliver to the world the brooding Bauhaus, the exotic Cocteau Twins and other groundbreaking post-punk British bands. In the States “I Melt With You” and the album it was hived off, After the Snow, didn’t sell in the zillions, but they were popular enough (thanks to fanatical club- and MTV-play) to etch themselves into the zeitgeist of the times. These days, the strains of “I Melt With You” coming over the grocery store Muzak system is enough to bring it all rushing back. Three years ago, Grey re-assembled the original version of Modern

English for annual summer tours (some of the other guys have day jobs, and don’t like to be away for long stretches; Grey spends the rest of the year at his second home, on an island off the southern coast of Thailand). Modern English plays Dollhouse Productions Wednesday, Aug. 28, with an “80s-Themed Dance Party” to follow. So why are you touring the States with the band — can’t you just say “I don’t need to do that anymore” and put your feet up in Thailand? Robbie Grey: Creativity, that’s why. Making music, writing words has always been my thing, really. I did stop for a few years, around the time I bought the house actually. But after three or four years of not doing music I was going a bit crazy. So I got back into it. Wasn’t there a “bogus” Modern English playing in America for a while? What’s that story? Robbie Grey: A guy I worked with on one album in the mid ‘90s started it … he was very clever. It was when the

Robbie Grey: That was nothing to do with that, really. I was at my house in Thailand and I got this email from the bass player, Mick Conroy from the old days. Saying “I’ve just bought a houseboat, and this is where I live.” And it just happened to be, literally, 30 minutes from where I live, by the sea in England. We met up to talk, and he was the one who suggested to get the band back together. So we spent a few months getting hold of everybody — and the rest is history, really. You went on for a while, with different players. Why did it appeal to you after all this time to go back to what’s essentially Square One? Robbie Grey: It’s difficult to explain. The ‘90s thing, I always call that Modern English II, I was the only original member. I still enjoyed touring, I still enjoyed going out on the road, spending endless days on motorways or backroads looking out the window. That still appealed to me. I was still quite young, I s’pose, relatively, and having no responsibilities all those things really appealed to me. I still really enjoyed it even though the audience numbers weren’t as big, and record sales were nowhere as big. But this was a different thing. This was all the original members, all back in a room. All the people who wrote “I Melt With You” and the After the Snow album, the Mesh and Lace album. It’s got a chemistry to it which really works. So it was really appealing to all of us to get back into a rehearsal room to see what would happen. Somewhere you’d told an interviewer that you were a “shouter” when the band started, in the late ‘70s, and that producer Hugh Jones “taught you how to sing.” Was Modern English, in the beginning, more of a punk band?


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Robbie Grey: You hit it on the nail. Before punk rock, we listened to music, we didn’t make it. We’d listen to Bowie, Roxy Music, Kraftwerk, kind of left-field stuff, but we never dreamt of playing music until punk rock happened. And then anyone could play, you know what I mean? So we just got involved — bought instruments, started learning. We kind of learned our craft as we went along, which is what you hear from the Mesh and Lace album through the After the Snow album. Mesh and Lace is us on our own, all experimental and young and full of ideas, and After the Snow is Hugh Jones showing us the art of songwriting, really. As an American, I’ve always wondered: For English kids, was it as historically simple as “The Sex Pistols and the Clash opened the doors”? Or was it more complicated than that?

Robbie Grey: (laughing) I’m still cheesed off! That’s another reason I keep making music. There’s loads of books coming out about the 4AD label and the ‘80s music. I’ve been doing interviews with loads of people. And a lot of people have been very kind in saying that they never thought we got the kudos we deserved. In England, people liked the more experimental stuff. In America people liked “I Melt With You” and the After the Snow album. So I think in a lot of ways we’ve changed a little bit too much for some people’s taste — if we’d have stuck to one sound, maybe we’d have been taken more seriously. But that’s the impression I get, that there’s a different kind of fan for different sorts of Modern English music. Last question, and the obvious one, I guess. Has “I Melt With You” paid for your houses?

Robbie Grey: Well, you gotta remember that we’re a small country, Great Britain. So if something happens in London, you’re going to know about it in a few days, or a week later, if you live in Glasgow, Manchester or Liverpool. It’s such a fast-moving city, London. The Pistols and the Clash came out of London. And that really was it, the Pistols and the Clash, that’s what was making a buzz. They were the bands that everyone thought “Wow — we could do that.”

Robbie Grey: It’s paid for everything. You know, these days there’s no such thing as record sales or anything like that, so we kind of live off adverts on television, and film soundtracks. The publishing money we get is from things like that. We get money from the Burger King advert. The Hershey Bar one ran for three years; we’ve made a lot of money out of that. So it helps us to keep making our music, really. CS

There were a lot of bands in that early ‘80s period who went on to be more successful than Modern English, but — to my mind — weren’t necessarily better or more innovative. Did that cheese you off?

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Shannon Christopher has never considered himself a nature photographer. For a dozen years now, the Tybee resident has made a living — sometimes a good living, even — shooting weddings and family portraits. In 2010, he traveled west with a friend, in search of serenity, selfawareness and the elusive first clue from what he’d always thought of as The Muse. “I did it old school with a tripod,” Christopher says with a chuckle. “I sat for hours on the edge of the Grand Canyon, watching the

color and the light change. And I had my Ansel Adams moment.” Ironically, Christopher and The Muse grew closest when he began biking to remote Cockspur Island, the green spit of land between U.S. 80 (aka Tybee Road) and the Savannah River. Fort Pulaski National

Monument is the island’s best-known feature. “I had some free time, and I was going over to the McQueens Rail Trail to exercise,” Christopher says. “It was kind of serendipitous that I started to go over to Cockspur, always when it was closed — pre-dawn, or after they had closed the gates.” Almost as an afterthought, he’d slip his iPhone 5 into his pocket. The Muse is an exhibition of Christopher’s Cockspur photos, on view at the Tybee Island Social Club. It opens with a reception for the artist, 6 to 9

“People don’t realize how much there is on this little island,” says photographer Shannon Christopher. “Probably 90 percent of the people don’t see more than ten percent of what Cockspur Island has to offer.”


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All images in the exhibit The Muse were taken with an iPhone 5.

p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 28. Yes, all the images — 20 single frames and a 3x5 collage of multiple black & white shots — were taken with an iPhone. “It was new to me,” says Christopher, “and I wanted to test its limits. I love the freedom it gives. I love that I can get on my bike and pedal all around and have an adventure. Plus, you can get in the nooks and crannies with an iPhone, that you couldn’t do with an SLR (single-lens-reflex camera).” The Muse showcases not only a bold new use for technology, but the astute application of an artist’s eye in an unusual and unfamiliar medium. “Vision,” he believes, “will always be

singular and cannot be bought.” Who says you can’t teach an old shooter new tricks? “Man, nature photography is the antithesis of wedding photography,” Christopher says. “With wedding photography, you shoot 2,000 frames in a 12-hour day. In nature photography, you might shoot 20 photos in the span of 12 hours. There’s a tempo to it.” CS The Muse: Photographs by Shannon Christopher Where: Tybee Island Social Club, 1311 Butler Ave., Tybee Island When: Opens with a reception for the artist 6-9 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 28


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When I moved here over two years ago, the café conversations about the lack of public art in Savannah piqued my interest. Grumbing artists and academics sipped their coffees wondering why the Hostess City couldn’t be more visibly supportive of public art. Things may be changing, at least for artist Jerome Meadows. When Meadows came to Savannah from Washington, D.C. in 1994, he had more than a few national monuments erected to the likes of Martin Luther King. Commissioned to design the public monument at Savannah’s Yamacraw Square in 1994, he wasn’t prepared for the project to take 14 years to complete. Delayed by miscommunications and disagreements among players in city government, an

advisory committee, and local stakeholders, the project dragged on. “It was outside the sacred boundaries of the white, wealthy, historic district in Savannah, but it’s the only monument to celebrate the relationships among the black community, the white community, and the Yamacraw Indians,” Meadows says. “But it was very much seen as a project that celebrated blacks and Yamacraws, so the responsibility fell to a committee that did not have much power to

affect change.” The square is the locus of Andrew Bryan’s historic First Bryan Baptist Church, first in Georgia where blacks could worship. The west side of the square is flanked by the Yamacraw Village housing projects. Meadow’s design included a fountain with statues of children, curved walls with plaques describing the historical significance of the square, full sized benches, abstract tree-like sculptures welcoming visitors on Bay Street, and full grown shrubberies surrounding the walls. Funding came from city, state, and Housing Authority funds, with about a quarter from private interests. Since its completion in 2008, the square has been continuously vandalized. The broken statues are now


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The Meadows-designed monument in Yamacraw Village

repaired, yet the benches have been stolen, the plaques removed, and the fountain no longer runs. Meadows estimates it will take about $80,000 for repairs, yet no entity will take up the cause, not even First Bryan Baptist. When I visited the site with Meadows, happy children wanting their picture taken with the statues immediately approached us, as their mothers hung laundry outside. Clearly, the potential for this square to unify people, rather than to segregate them, is considerable. The irony that MLK Boulevard serves as the dividing line between what seems to be the city’s sacred historic ground and the historic ground where its impoverished live did not escape me. The failed attempt to include Savannah’s impoverished population in its larger dialogue at Yamacraw Square is a stigma on its public art programs; yet, hope springs eternal in the Savannah Gardens neighborhood. Savannah Gardens is replacing the former housing project of Strathmore Estates on Pennsylvania Avenue. The final demolition of this blighted housing failure happened recently, and the territory is blossoming through an unprecedented collaboration of public and private interests. Public art is taking a central stage at Savannah Gardens with the cityfunded sculpture currently being created by Meadows in his Indigo Sky Community Art Gallery. The newly named Savannah Gardens development looks like a very happy place. The colors of yellow, pale and aqua blue, soft grey and sage green cover

the mixed building complex that includes apartments for the qualifying poor, but also houses for those who want an energy-efficient life. Meadows collaborated with the City of Savannah’s Housing Department’s Garrison Marr, Scott Boylston of Emergent Structures, Michael Hughes of Thomas and Hutton, and, most importantly the residents of Savannah Gardens, to mark a central community place with his sculpture. Meadows emphasizes that this is not housing for the poor, but affordable housing for all. There are energy efficient homes, the likes of which Savannah has never seen, available for $145,000 upwards. The whole complex is green, utilizes reclaimed waste materials from the Strathmore demolition, and resonates with new growth. Meadows’ abstract sculpture will center on the central axis of the complex. He is utilizing found waste material from the former Strathmore Estates and the former High School, which was in a derelict condition. “I’ve used reclaimed letters from the school, large fan elements that Gulfstream helped us resurrect, mosaics, and input from the community to help create this sculpture,” Meadows explains. The critical difference between this project and the one at Yamacraw is there was community buy-in facilitated by open forums with residents. This important initiative is a sign that Savannah’s public art initiatives may be able to unify its culturally diverse communities after all. cs



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broad geographical area including the Middle East, Turkey, India, North Africa and Europe and spanning 20 centuries. Jepson Center, 207 West York St.

Telfair Staff Art Show —

An exhibition of work by Telfair Museums’ staff. The inaugural show for the new Jepson Cafe. Aug. 27-Sep. 30. Jepson Center for the Arts, 207 West York St.

Passages — Embroidery

paintings and large-scale drawings on paper by artist Jessica Rankin. Pinnacle Gallery, 320 E Liberty St.


Reconstruction — A sitespecific, commissioned painting installation by Adam Cvijanovic. SCAD Museum of Art, 601 Turner Blvd.

Alex Prager: Mise-en-scène — Features two of Alex

Prager’s recent short films, “Despair” and “La Petite Mort,” together with selected film stills. SCAD Museum of Art, 601 Turner Blvd.

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annual juried exhibition of prints from students studying printmaking at SCAD. Alexander Hall Gallery, 668 Indian St.

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faculty-created photography, ceramics, painting, digital design, mixed media. Open weekdays. Free and open to the public. Wed. Aug 21, 12pm. Reception and gallery talk by several of the eleven full-time Armstrong art faculty members. Fine Arts Gallery (Armstrong Atlantic State University), 11935 Abercorn St., Fine Arts Hall. Arsenal — A contemporary

installation of hundreds of hand-made paper “guns” suspended from the ceiling. Created by Sarah

Work by Robert Sparrow Jones is featured at Gallery Espresso this month

Frost in 2010 for the Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis. Jepson Center for the Arts, 207 West York St. The Art of Richard Law in a Diverse Collection — This

collection of paintings by the Savannah-born artists blends folk art, jazz and commentary. City of Savannah Department of Cultural Affairs, 9 West Henry St.

Contemporary Southern Landscape — The unique

landscape of the South is the subject of this exhibition of work by a wide range of artists, media, and styles. Jepson Center for the Arts, 207 West York St.

Facing South: Portraits of Southern Artists by Jerry Siegel — Jerry Siegel’s ap-

proximately 50 black-andwhite and color portraits. Jepson Center for the Arts, 207 West York St.

Francisco Costa for Calvin Klein Collection — An

exhibition of designs by 2013 Andre Leon Talley Lifetime Achievement Award winner Francisco Costa. SCAD Museum of Art, 601 Turner Blvd. The Ghost Within — New

works on paper by SCAD alumna Blanche Nettles Powers, whose abstracted imagery derives from Savannah’s iconic Spanish moss. Arnold Hall (SCAD), 1810 Bull St.

Hybrid — Chakaia

Booker’s exhibition of wall-mounted and freestanding sculptures. SCAD Museum of Art, 601 Turner Blvd.

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Muse Series: Photographs by Shannon Christopher — Christopher’s explora-

tions on Cockspur Island are captured in black/ whites and color. Portions of proceeds benefit Fort Pulaski. Reception Aug. 28, 6-9pm, features wine tasting with Jim Foley of Seamus Wines ($10) and music by Jared Hall. Tybee Island Social Club, 1311 Butler Ave.

New York Accents — An exhibition of visual art, decorative and fine art objects from Telfair Museums’ permanent collection exploring the rich influence of New York on Savannah. Museum admission. Telfair Academy of Arts and Sciences, 121 Barnard St. Allure of the Near East: Treasures From the Huntington Museum of Art’s Touma Collection — Ex-

hibition features more than 70 objects from a

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Rehearsals: The Practice and Influence of Sound and Movement — Works from

the Walter O. Evans Collection in dialogue with selected contemporary works. Selected artists include Romare Bearden, Richmond Barthe, Beauford Delaney, Aaron Douglas, Clementine Hunter, Jacob Lawrence and Alma Thomas and more. SCAD Museum of Art, 601 Turner Blvd.

Remixing Banality: Rural Studies by Jon Walker —

Landscape oil paintings by this Kentucky-based artist. The Butcher Tattoo Studio, 19 East Bay St.

Rick Woods & Jim Griffin — Featured artists for

August. Woods is a travel and nature photographer. Griffin, an original Gallery 209 member, creates jewelry with gold, silver, fossils and semi-precious stones. Gallery 209, 209 E River St.

Robert Sparrow Jones Exhibition — “Catch-

ment” is an exhibition of recent oil paintings by this Charleston artist. Gallery Espresso, 234 Bull St. Savannah Art Association Exhibition at the Airport —

Works by several members of SAA in a myriad of styles, subject matter, and media. Free and open to the public. Savannah Hilton Head International Airport, 400 Airways Ave.

Savannah Art Association’s Summer Show — Art in

this show by Association members. Hospice Savannah, 1352 Eisenhower Dr.

Shadows Remain — A

selection of cedar sculptures by artist Ursula von Rydingsvard. SCAD Museum of Art, 601 Turner Blvd.

Silver From the Rizza Collection — An exhibition

of the recently donated collection of 18th-to-20th century American and English silver from Dr. Frank Rizza. Jepson Center, 207 West York St. Sitting in Savannah: Telfair Chairs and Sofas — High-

lights Telfair Museums’ significant collection of chairs and sofas as functional objects and sculptural forms. Also at the Owens-Thomas House, 124 Abercorn St. Museum admission. Telfair Academy of Arts and Sciences, 121 Barnard St. cs

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THIRTY-FIVE minutes north of Savannah, in Ridgeland, S.C., a proud man looks past his mash tun toward a row of shiny stainless steel fermenters. You’d never expect to find a brewery start-up nestled amidst a nondescript office park in the Lowcountry. But that’s where River Dog Brewing Co.’s brewmaster James Brown is building his craft beer dream. It’s been a busy few months for River Dog, which opened for business a short seven months ago. Their 15-barrel brewhouse is responsible for a main line of 5 beers with regularly scheduled creative side projects. “We had the largest amount of serendipity on this whole project,” Brown remarks as he glances at a timer running on his phone and looks over his shoulder at his brew in progress. After scoping out a location in Bluffton’s Old Town, they settled on the larger warehouse space they now occupy. It was more important to become an end-to-end, brewing-topackaging facility spurring economic growth than to have a sexy, high-profile, tourist-laden location. Their industrial setting doesn’t mean that there isn’t plenty to see. A well-designed, comfortable tasting room filled with tables and stools, looks out into the well-kept brewery floor. “We knew that a tasting room was going to be a part of it, but it wasn’t a core focus in the beginning. We’re in the middle of nowhere and we never thought people would drive out to get a few samples and see some stainless steel.” But then South Carolina law changed to allow pint sales at breweries, and now Brown says “there’s a steady crowd and we even have our share of regulars.” As Savannah considers approving an ordinance regarding brewery tours and tastings, Brown has been happy with South Carolina’s

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law that allows patrons to buy packaged (growler) beer up to 288 oz per person every 24 hours, or pint sales of 48oz per person per 24 hours. The tap room features River Dog’s core selection of beers as well as their special demo brews and cask beer Fridays. The five main beers in their line are all excellent representations of a broad range of styles, from an eponymous IPA to their Chocolate Rye Porter. Their Carolina Gold, however, brings a decidedly fresh and local twist on an older and often overlooked style of beer, the cream ale. Brown was inspired by historic and native Carolina Gold rice, America’s oldest hops and the refreshment needs of those participating in active lifestyles in the Southern heat. “I’m a huge fan of small simple beers that are extremely refreshing but very flavorful. I know what I like to drink when I’m out kayaking and those are not the double IPAs. I wanted to create a clean, crisp, refreshing beer that’s great for any time of day.” Brown shares kind words for Savannah, a town he views as a second home just across the state line. “I’ve always considered Savannah my back door, too — growing up there, I used to go there all the time going to concerts and bars and if River Dog wasn’t considered local, I would take that as an insult.” And now, he’s pleased that our fair city is coming into its own as a craft beer destination. “You can’t go anywhere in Savannah and not get good beer. More and more kids are coming

to town with SCAD, the homebrew community is growing and all that feeds back in.” Brown started as a homebrewer in the early ‘90s after seeing a late-night telemarketing program boasting how easy it was to brew your own beer at home. A devoted cook, he dove right in, parlaying his passion for the kitchen into creating experimental beers he couldn’t find on store shelves. “Making beer is not something anyone should be afraid of. If you can make biscuits or pancakes, you can do this.” River Dog plans to expand its distribution into Georgia in the coming weeks, and believes a big part of future success will be building a following of educated craft beer consumers. “You don’t realize how little people know about breweries in the southeast, especially our area because there aren’t any.” Brown looks forward to the future prospect of a craft beer trail leading from Savannah up through the Carolinas into the brewery rich towns of Charleston, Greenville and Myrtle Beach. River Dog plans to make the Savannah Craft Brew Fest their coming-out party for Georgia, followed by keg placement in local bars and restaurants. If you can’t wait that long to get a taste, take the short trip up to their tasting room which is open Wednesday through Friday 3-8 p.m. and Saturday from noon-8 p.m. or visit for more information. cs



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This week, however, brings her biggest reason to celebrate yet: The unveiling of Southern Curves Spirits, a line of vodkas infused with locallyinspired flavors and Weber’s own indomitable attitude. The former owner of Cocoa’s Dessert Bar on Wilmington Island, Weber began developing her elixirs after winning a martini contest sponsored by a local liquor distributor. She started experimenting with different ingredients, picking jasmine and honeysuckle blooms from her backyard and mixing up rows of giant Ball jars in the kitchen. “My son would say, ‘It looks like a moonshine still in here!’” she laughs. “But people kept coming into the bar telling me, ‘You need to bottle this stuff, girl.’” After years of enlisting lucky friends and neighbors in taste tests, Southern Curves Spirits is sending its two best standouts into the world: The flower-and-peach-inflected Sweet Georgia Nectar, and Southern Praline, a shot glass of Savannah’s famous candy. The brand will first be distributed throughout Georgia, then hit South Carolina in the coming months with

other markets to follow. Southern Curves Spirits has been picked up by National Distributors, and vodka connoisseurs can expect to see the embossed bottles on the shelves of their favorite bars and beverage stores. Weber launched her latest venture with a black-tie affair last week at Savannah Station, where eager palates sampled cocktails like Jezebel Tea and Southern Irishman’s coffee. A crowd favorite was the Curvy Girl, made from Sweet Georgia Nectar, a splash of fresh lemon juice and a spoonful of strawberry preserves shaken and topped with champagne. CEO Weber was dressed in finery for the occasion, but the affable blond couldn’t help getting back behind the bar to serve a few drinks. After all, her working class roots and hardscrabble upbringing are an integral part of the Southern Curves story. “I grew up really, really poor, and my situation was very abusive. I was homeless as a teenager at one point, I never had an opportunity to go to college,” she says. Her life took a step up after being trained as a dental assistant, but she always had a serving job or two on

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the side to make sure her son grew up with the advantages and small luxuries she didn’t. She also has come to appreciate the particular challenges that women face in American culture, especially around unrewomen, to remind them alistic expectations surto hang on,” she says. rounding body image: “If you’re willing to get She chose the name out there and bust your Southern Curves not only ass, I want to help.” to celebrate her Southern By using her brand to heritage, but the body type of promote healthy attitudes what she calls “real women.” about women’s self-image, “Society is all about skinny Weber believes that will in this, skinny that, it’s so judgturn help to build stronger Southern Curves mental,” cries Weber. “My communities. Spirits director whole thing is to help women Michelle Weber It’s a philosophy that also to feel comfortable with who translates into a very pretty they are and what they look martini. Though there were like.” plenty of dudes knocking back cockThere are also plans for a foundatails at the launch, Weber makes tion that will raise funds for local plain that Southern Curves’ marketwomen’s charities like Safe Shelter and ing is definitely lasered on female the Rape Crisis Center, as well as supconsumers. port entrepreneurial women looking “Of course these are girly drinks — to start their own businesses. that’s a good thing!” Weber declares “I’m here because I never gave with another throaty laugh. cs up, and I want to be there for other Gina Burris

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In Marvel Comics’ Thor movies, Jaimie Alexander plays a mythological warrior who fights alongside her amplymuscled sweetie, the titular Norse superhero. In The Last Stand, Alexander takes down a Mexican drug cartel, standing shoulder to shoulder with none other than Arnold Schwarzenegger. She wears a badge, carries a gun and blows lots of stuff up. So what’s this apparently tough-asnails actress doing in the low-budget, dialogue-driven indie Savannah, playing a well-bred (and slightly sassy) turn-of-the-century Southern woman?

“I really enjoy action,” Alexander explains. “It’s where my heart is. It’s a lot of fun, and I have a great time doing it. “But it is also fun, and challenging, to break out and search for roles that

are very different from what people normally see me in. It sort of shows your range — and that’s something I’ve been trying to do over the last couple of years.” In Savannah, opening Friday, Aug. 23, the 29-year-old Alexander plays Lucy Stubbs, the object of affection for marksman, hunter and town scallywag Ward Allen (Jim Caviezel). The screenplay, by Kenneth Carter and Annette Haywood-Carter, is based on real people who lived in this area in the early 1900s. Haywood-Carter resigned her teaching position at SCAD to direct

the project. Filming took 21 days, at various Savannah locations, in early 2011. Because of the modest budget, Alexander says, “you really put your back into it. You really have to get creative to make certain things happen. And that’s the best. That’s always a lot of fun.” Haywood-Carter, she adds, was “very laid-back and easygoing. She definitely allowed us to have a lot of creative freedom with the part, and what we wanted to do with it. But she also had a clear idea of what she wanted. It was good to work with

Alexander says working alongside Caviezel (The Passion of the Christ, Person of Interest) was intense. “He’s very dedicated and extremely method,” she offers. “We do not have the same style of work ethic. Although both of us worked extremely hard! So it was neat to see how he went about things, and his process compared to mine. “As much as I was around him, he was his character. And that is just how some people work, and they do it well. He’s one of those people.” Others in the cast include Chiwetel Ejiofor (American Gangster, Love Actually) as Allen’s duck-hunting partner, Christmas Moultrie, and actor/playwright Sam Shepard as Lucy’s well-meaning father. “I really enjoyed Sam Shepard,” reports Alexander. “He’s a lovely human being, and I’ve kept in contact with him ever since. And Chiwetel Ejiofor is just amazing. He’s a fantastic actor, a phenomenal person, and we got really lucky with him.” CS Savannah opens Friday, Aug. 23 at Victory Square Stadium 9, 1901 E. Victory Drive.


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It’s impossible not to chortle during that notorious scene in 1965’s The Greatest Story Ever Told when Christ (Max von Sydow) is hanging on the cross and up lumbers John Wayne as a Roman centurion, drawling, “Truly, this man was the son of God,” with the same cadence as if he were back in a Western saloon ordering a desperado to slowly drop his gunbelt and hightail it out of town. But stunt casting didn’t begin with the sight of The Duke at the crucifixion, and it certainly won’t end with the roster of allstars who have been invited to play U.S. presidents in Lee Daniels’ The Butler. “A Butler Well Served by This Election,” a 2008 Washington Post article written by Wil Haygood, recounted the story of Eugene Allen, a butler who worked at the White House through eight presidencies. Modifying this true-life tale, scripter Danny Strong (who won Emmys for writing and producing Game Change, the HBO film starring Julianne Moore as Sarah Palin) has opted to drop one of the presidents (Truman) for his fictionalized story of Cecil Gaines (Forest Whitaker), whose civility, grace and common sense allow him to rise from the dangerous terrain of the cotton fields (where as a small boy he witnessed his father shot in the head by one of the landowners) to

working indoors as a servant to white people. His professionalism ultimately lands him a gig at the White House, where he makes friends with his fellow staffers (nice to see Cuba Gooding Jr. finally landing another decent role after all this time) and impresses the various power players who over the years grace the Oval Office. Cecil’s a workaholic, which doesn’t always bode well for his wife Gloria (Oprah Winfrey), who’s so lonely that she begins to eye a flirtatious neighbor (Terrence Howard). Even more turmoil takes place on the home front when the Gaines’ oldest son Louis (David Oyelowo), coming of age in the midst of the Civil Rights movement, looks down on what he perceives to be his father’s subservience to the white man and sprints in the opposite direction by attending marches and meetings. The rift between father and son continues to grow, reaching its breaking point when Louis



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dares to dismiss family favorite Sidney Poitier as an Uncle Tom. The Butler is at its best in those moments when it’s addressing how the different approaches of two men to racism - one working from within, one from without - can be equally valid courses of action and might even complement each other. The rest of the time, the film is entertaining but awfully slender - a light look at heavy history. The Forrest Gump approach of hopscotching through 20th century America worked better in that fantastical film than in this ostensibly more serious effort. Louis gets to chat with Martin Luther King, attend a Malcolm X rally, participate in a lunch counter sit-in, join the Freedom Riders for a dangerous drive through the South and hang out with the Black Panthers; in short, he does everything except refuse to move to the back of the bus. Cecil, meanwhile, gets to play Gump by appearing in scenes with Kennedy, Nixon and others - only instead of being expertly injected into archival footage of the historical figures, the character plays opposite movie stars cast as our Commandersin-Chief. It’s an unnecessary tactic that serves to lessen the importance of the film, as it’s impossible to accept most of these A-listers in these roles. James Marsden plays JFK close enough to the vest that he’s a harmless choice, and Liev Schreiber at least makes us laugh with his bulldog impersonation of LBJ. But it’s a cheap, disposable parlor trick - a prez dispenser, as it were - casting Robin Williams as Eisenhower, Alan Rickman as Reagan and especially John Cusack as Nixon. Hiring unknowns for these roles would have been a more sound decision, one that would have better maintained the integrity of the film. Instead, their miscasting only rekindles those flickering images of John Wayne standing up there on Golgotha, decked out in Roman garb but clearly longing for that place where the deer and the antelope play.


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South African writer-director Neill Blomkamp made one of the more noteworthy feature debuts of late with the 2009 summer release District 9, a box office hit and Best Picture Oscar nominee about the wretched treatment of extra-terrestrials who had the misfortune of landing on our planet. The story was obviously a metaphor for apartheid in Blomkamp’s home country, and the film proved to be another shining example of science fiction serving as a sturdy framework for a social message. With Elysium, Blomkamp again tries to mind-meld sci-fi and social change, but the results this time aren’t nearly as satisfying. A futureworld version of the Occupy Wall Street movement, the film takes place in 2154, when the 1 percent is living comfortably on a manmade space station (Elysium) while everyone else is struggling to survive on a burned-out planet Earth. One of the regular joes is Max (Matt Damon), a blue-collar laborer whose job-related injury radiation, wouldn’tcha know - means he’ll be dead in five days. Up on Elysium, everyone has a machine that cures all illnesses and injuries, but no one from the earth’s surface is even allowed to set foot on Elysium, let alone breathe its rarefied air or use its cutting-edge facilities. Willing to do anything to reach the celestial paradise, Max enters into a partnership with a tech-savvy hustler named Spider (a good performance by Wagner Moura, the star of the Brazilian twofer Elite Squad and Elite Squad: The Enemy Within), taking along his best friend Julio (Diego Luna) for good measure. But to accomplish his mission,

which involves downloading valuable intel from within the mind of a sleazy CEO (William Fichtner), Max has to contend with Elysium’s defense secretary, the smug Delacourt (Jodie Foster), and her earthbound henchman, the psychotic Kruger (District 9 star Sharlto Copley). Nobody can accuse Blomkamp of failing to cram his tale with topical material, most of it pertaining to the class struggles dominating U.S. news these days: the heartless treatment of undocumented immigrants, the urban plight of minorities (whereas Blade Runner posited that Asians were the ones that were abandoned by Caucasians settling on other worlds, here it’s mostly Latinos who are left behind), rampant police brutality, and the hypocrisy of those in power. It’s potent material, or at least it would be if the movie surrounding it didn’t take so many shortcuts in terms of its characterizations. Foster and Copley might be playing different types of villains - she’s cool and calculating, he’s impulsive and destructive - but the end result is the same in that, given the arch performances, it’s impossible to take either one very seriously. As for the good guys (no fair naming names), some predictably get to go the route of the (take your pick) sacrificial lamb/martyr/Christ figure, and even the ones that don’t aren’t given much personality or depth - in short, no robust and memorable Sarah Connors or Han Solos here (heck, not even a Buckaroo Banzai). Elysium is certainly better than other similarly themed films from 2013 (After Earth, Oblivion), but given the glut of movies that take place decades or centuries from now, maybe Hollywood will give it a rest and refrain from heading back to the future any time soon - at least until, oh, 2014 or thereabouts.



The Way, Way Back is a disarming seriocomedy that will doubtless remain one of this season’s undiscovered gems. Nat Faxon and Jim Rash, who both won Oscars (along with Alexander Payne) for adapting 2011’s best movie, the Hawaiian-set The Descendants, again head to the beach with this piece centered around 14-year-old Duncan (Liam James), an awkward,

grinning co-worker Roddy and Rash as his perpetually complaining coworker Lewis.



Hugh Jackman hardly needs this character, so clearly he feels an affinity for the part and wants to do right by it. Unfortunately, these solo outings, away from the rest of the X-Men, just aren’t quite cutting it. Like X-Men Origins: Wolverine, this latest effort is a middling superhero saga that attempts to deepen our understanding of the character but instead ends up mainly treading narrative water. Indeed, huge chunks of the film feel draggy and underdeveloped, and yet the moments that work feel fresh and invigorating, as director James Mangold , A-list writer Scott Frank (Get Shorty) and C-list writer Mark Bomback (the Total Recall remake) break free from the template of the big-screen superhero saga to fashion something more personal. This solemnity often feels at odds with the filmmakers’ need to satisfy the

blockbuster quota (an extended battle atop a speeding bullet train is a doozy), but it nevertheless makes for an occasionally sharp film that can cut through Man of Steel and perhaps even Iron Man 3 like an adamantium claw through hot butter.



I suppose it’s possible to be shaken to the core by this movie - even if it’s ultimately not much more frightening than, say, The Flintstones Meet Rockula and Frankenstone or Scooby-Doo on Zombie Island -- but ultimately, it’s just one more haunted-house yarn, albeit one that’s modestly elevated by James Wan’s relatively restrained direction and a roster of characters who are more levelheaded than the usual gang of idiots who populate films of this nature. This examines what paranormal investigators Ed and Lorraine Warren (Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga) consider the most frightening and baffling case of their careers. It’s the early 1970s, and they’re called upon to check out a house newly purchased

by the Perrons: dad Roger (Ron Livingston), mom Carolyn (Lili Taylor) and their five daughters. It’s a pleasant enough property, but once the Perrons move in, weird things begin happening. To his credit, Wan relies on establishing and maintaining mood more than engaging in cheap scares or buckets of blood, but there’s only so much that can be done with a premise as overexposed as this one (is there anything less cinematic than watching people monitoring cameras and tape recorders?). The filmmakers try to generate some tension with a leering doll that’s no match for Trilogy of Terror’s Zuni doll, a guest appearance by the title apparition in Mama, and even the Pixar ball being rolled across a floor, but the return on investment is minimal - the concession prices will scare more people than any of these devices. The Conjuring boasts top production values and an admirable refusal to condescend to its audience, but we really should be demanding more from our horror flicks. CS


introverted kid who’s forced to spend his vacation trapped in a summer home with his caring mom Pam (Toni Collette) and her overbearing boyfriend Trent (Steve Carell). Pam doesn’t see that Trent is cruel to her son (he tells the lad that, on a scale of 1 to 10, he rates a 3), and Trent’s teenage daughter Steph (Zoe Levin) doesn’t treat Duncan much better. But his misery is alleviated by the presence of the sweet girl next door, a teen named Susanna (AnnaSophia Robb), and especially by the unexpected friendship of Owen, a laid-back, wisecracking employee at the nearby Water Wizz water park. As a coming-of-age tale, The Way, Way Back doesn’t break any new ground, but it’s never less than entertaining, marked by some amusing interludes and a sympathetic performance by the young James. Its most inspired stroke is having Carell play the loathsome jerk and Sam Rockwell the decent guy, a nice reversal of expectations. And if you want to see the guys responsible for this low-key winner, that’s Faxon as Owen’s perpetually


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Activism & Politics Drinking Liberally

An informal, left-leaning gathering to discuss politics, the economy, sports, entertainment, or anything else that comes up. Every first and third Thursday. Free ongoing, 7:00 p.m. See website or the Drinking Liberally facebook page for more information, including location. Free ongoing, 7 p.m. GA/savannah. ongoing, 7 p.m Savannah Area Young Republicans

Get involved. Contact is Michael Johnson, via email or telephone, or see website for info. 912-604-0797. Call or see website for information. Free ongoing. 912-308-3020. ongoing Savannah Tea Party

Free to attend. Food and beverages available for purchase. First Monday of each month at 5:30pm(social) with meeting at 6pm. Call for additional information. Free ongoing, 5:30 p.m. 912-598-7358. ongoing, 5:30 p.m B & D Burgers (Southside), 11108 Abercorn St. Veterans for Peace

The Savannah chapter of a national organization of men and women vets of all branches of service, eras and duty stations, working to expose the costs of war and to support veterans and civilian war victims. Last Monday of every month, 7:30 p.m. 303-550-1158. Last Monday of every month, 7:30 p.m Satisfied, 301 West Broughton St. Young Democrats

Mondays at 7pm on the second level of Foxy Loxy, Bull Street. Call or visit the Young Democrats Facebook page for more information. Free ongoing. 423619-7712. ongoing Foxy Loxy Cafe, 1919 Bull St. auditions & Calls for Entries

3-D Artist Sought for Gallery

Seeking a 3-D artist to join this cooperative gallery. Artist must be a fulltime resident of Savannah or nearby area. Work to be considered includes sculpture, glass, ceramics and wood. If interested please submit 5-10 images of your work, plus resume/CV and biography to ongoing. ongoing Kobo Gallery, 33 Barnard Street ,. Armstrong Atlantic Youth Orchestra Auditions

New-member auditions for the 20132014 season, open to students enrolled in primary grades through high school

and including Armstrong students (available for course credit). Auditions on Sat. August 24, times by appointment, are in Armstrong Fine Arts Hall. Openings in Debut Strings, Lyric Strings Ensembles, Atlantic Chamber Orchestra, and AAYO. Schedule an audition by e-mail. Through Aug. 24. Through Aug. 24 Armstrong Atlantic State University, 11935 Abercorn St. Auditions for Improv Nights at Armstrong

Seeking actors for IMPROV Night sponsored by the Armstrong Atlantic State University Department of Art, Music & Theatre (Armstrong AMT) Masquers student theatre troupe. Auditions are Friday, Aug. 23 and Saturday, Aug. 24 at 6pm (both nights) in Armstrong’s Jenkins Hall Theater. Audition sides will be provided on site. Prepared comedic monologues are also welcome. Auditions are open to the public. Performances/IMPROV Night will be held September 6-7. Through Aug. 24. 912-344-2556. about. Through Aug. 24 Armstrong Atlantic State University, 11935 Abercorn St. Beaufort Labor Day Music & Art Festival Calls for Artist and Food Vendors

New festival presented by Beaufort County Black Chamber of Commerce and Native Island Business & Community Affairs Association is set for September 1 on Hilton Head Island. Food vendors and artists are sought. Vendor space is $350, available only by advance reservation. Food vendor applications and information through Native Island Business & Community Affairs Association at 843-255-7301 or apply at www.GullahCelebration. com. Artists applications/information through, download application at www.bcbcc. org or 843-902-4799. Labor Day Music & Art Festival is scheduled for Sunday, September 1, 12-7pm, in Shelter Cove Park. Through Aug. 31. Through Aug. 31 Call for Artists/Craftsmen

Telfair Museum Stores are calling local artists & craftsmen to participate in the 4th Annual Telfair Trunk Show held in conjunction with the “Cool Yule” sale days Dec. 7 & 8. We will select 12 potters, jewelry makers, sculptors, glass, wood, fiber, paper & mixedmedia artists, etc. We cannot accept canvas paintings or work that requires walls. To submit sample photos and pricing, or for more info, please email Lisa Ocampo at Deadline for submissions is Sept. 30th. Thank you! N/A Through Sep. 30, 9 a.m. 912-790-8800.

Through Sep. 30, 9 a.m Telfair Museums, PO Box 10081. Casting Call for HGTV Real Estate Show

A new show on HGTV from the producers of ‘House Hunters,’ called ‘Rent or Buy’. Seeking couples or duos (brother/ sister, mother/daughter, boyfriend/ boyfriend) that are just about to move into a new place or have just moved into a new place. Both renters and buyers. Also seeking charismatic, oncamera realtors/agents to talk about their respective cities and show these couples rental options and purchase options. Call or email before Sept. 6. Through Sep. 6. 310-793-6166. Through Sep. 6 City of Savannah TV Show Seeks Entries

The City of Savannah’s TV station, SGTV is seeking insightful and well-crafted profiles, documentaries, animations, original music videos, histories or other original works by or about the citizens of Savannah to run on “Engage”, a television show produced by the city. Interested in collaborating with filmmakers, artists, musicians and others in producing original content for the program. While the City does not offer compensation for such programs, SGTV does offer an opportunity to expose local works to a wide audience. More than 55,000 households in Chatham County have access to SGTV. Submit proposals via website. The City reserves the right to reject any programming that does not meet content standards. ongoing. engagesgtv. ongoing City seeks applications for Weave A Dream Initiative

Weave-A-Dream grant applications will be accepted through the calendar year, while funds are available. Programs must be completed before December 1, 2013. Application must be submitted at least eight weeks before the start date of the project. Project funding is available up to $3,500 for specific and innovative arts, cultural, or heritage programming or presentations that have a measurable, quantifiable benefit to Savannah’s diverse populations. Particularly interested in proposals with a strong youth focus (under 21). All program disciplines including multi-disciplinary projects are encouraged. Applicants must be a non-profit 501-c-3 headquartered in the Savannah city limits. For more information see website. ongoing. 912-651-6417.\arts). ongoing Homeschool Music Classes

Music classes for homeschool students ages 8 - 18, and their parents. Offered in Guyton and Savannah. See website

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Nominations Sought for Workplace Innovator Award

An award given by Step Up Savannah to an employer demonstrating creative and meaningful employer practices that benefit that employer’s low-wage employees. Award is presented at the Step Up Annual Meeting at a breakfast scheduled this year on October 18 at Savannah Technical College. The award recognizes employers that are implementing a wide array of creative processes or programs to develop their low-wage workforce professionally and personally, ultimately providing tools to increase their income. These practices must add value to the employer and the employee. Deadline is August 30. Through Aug. 30. 912-232-6747. Through Aug. 30 Telfair Museums Seeks Artisans and Craftspeople

Telfair Museum Stores are calling local artists and craftspeople to participate in the 4th Annual Telfair Trunk Show held in conjunction with the “Cool Yule” sale days Dec. 7 & 8. Telfair will select 12 potters, jewelry makers, sculptors, glass, wood, fiber, paper and/or mixedmedia artists. No canvas paintings or work that requires walls. To submit sample photos and pricing, or for more info, email Lisa Ocampo, Deadline is Sept. 30. Through Sep. 30. Through Sep. 30 Wallflower Cottage seeking Artists

Wallflower Cottage is seeking artist submissions for unique gifts and accessories for the home and garden in various mediums including painting, fibers, jewelry, pottery, collage and metal works. Please direct all inquiries to Wed., Aug. 21. 912-232-0577. denece@ Wed., Aug. 21 Amy Harvey, 1515 Abercorn St. Wilmington Island Farmers Market Seeks Vendors

The Wilmington Island Farmers’ Market, scheduled to open in Fall 2013, seeks applications from potential vendors. Vendor application, market rules and regulations are available on the website. ongoing. wifarmersmarket. org. ongoing Classes, Camps & Workshops Art, Music, Piano, Voice Coaching

Coaching for all ages, beginners through advanced. Classic, modern, jazz improvization and theory. Serious inquiries only. 912-961-7021 or 912667-1056.

Group forming on Fridays beginning in March. 1:30pm-3pm. Based on The Artist’s Way by Julia Cameron. Contact Lydia Stone, 912-656-6383 or ongoing. 912-656-6383. rosesonthemove@ ongoing Beading Classes

Offered every weekend at Perlina Beadshop, 6 West State Street. Check website calendar or call for info. 912441-2656. Beading Classses at Epiphany Bead & Jewelry Studio

Learn jewelry-making techniques from beginner to advanced. Call for class times. 912-920-6659. Epiphany Bead & Jewelry Studio, 407 East Montgomery Xrds. Beginning Belly Dance Classes

Taught by Happenstance Bellydance. All skill levels and styles. Private instruction available. $15 912-7042940. happenstancebellydance@ happenstancebellydance. Anahata Healing Arts Center, 2424 Drayton St. Champions Training Center

Offering a variety of classes and training in mixed martial arts, juijitsu, judo and other disciplines for children and adults. All skill levels. 525 Windsor Rd. 912-349-4582.

Classical and Acoustic Guitar Instruction

Savannah Classical Guitar Studio offers lessons for all levels. Dr. Brian Luckett, Ph.D. in music. Starland District. Guitar technique, music theory, and musicianship. Folk/rock based lessons available. No electric instruments. $25/half hour. $45/hour. Clay Classes

Savannah Clay Studio at Beaulieu offers handbuilding, sculpture, and handmade tiles, basic glazing and firing. 912-351-4578. sav..claystudio@

a family matter: divorce, legitimation, modifications of child support, visitation, contempt. Schedule: 1st Tues, 2nd Mon, 4th Thursday. Call for times. $30 912-354-6686.

Fany’s Spanish/English Institute

Spanish is fun. Classes for adults and children held at 15 E. Montgomery Crossroad. Register by phone. ongoing. 912-921-4646. ongoing


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Free Fitness Boot Camp

Mondays and Wednesdays, 6pm at Tribble Park, Largo & Windsor Rd. Children welcome. Free 912-9210667. Guitar, Electric Bass & Double Bass Lessons

Instruction for all ages of beginner/ intermediate students. Technique, chords, not reading, theory. Learn songs and improvisation. Taught two blocks from Daffin Park. Housecalls available. First lesson half price. ongoing. 401-255-6921. a.teixeira472@ ongoing

Guitar, Mandolin, or Bass Guitar Lessons

Emphasis on theory, reading music, and improvisation. Located in Ardsley Park. ongoing. 912-232-5987. ongoing Housing Authority Neighborhood Resource Center

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Boating Classes

Classes on boat handling, boating safety and navigation offered by U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary. See website or call to register. 912-897-7656. DUI Prevention Group

Offers victim impact panels for intoxicated drivers, DUI, offenders, and anyone seeking knowledge about the dangers of driving while impaired. A must see for teen drivers. Meets monthly. $40/session 912-443-0410. English as Second Language Classes

Learn conversational English, comprehension, vocabulary and life communication skills. All ages. Thursdays, 7:30pm, Island Christian Church, 4601 US Highway 80 East. Free. 912-897-3604. islandchristian. org. Family Law Workshop

The Mediation Center has three workshops per month for people who do not have legal representation in

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classes at the Neighborhood Resource Center. Adult literacy/GED prep: MonThurs, 9am-12pm & 1pm-4pm. Financial education: 4th Fri each month, 9am-11am. Basic computer training: Tues & Thurs, 1pm-3pm. Community computer lab: Mon-Fri, 3pm-4:30pm. ongoing. 912-232-4232 x115. html. ongoing Neighborhood Resource Center, 1407 Wheaton St. Knitting & Crochet Classes

Offered at The Frayed Knot, 6 W. State St. See the calendar of events on website. ongoing. 912-233-1240. ongoing Learn to Speak Spanish

Individuals or groups. Spanish-English translation and interpretation. Held at The Sentient Bean. An eclectic range of tools used in each session: hand-outs, music, visual recognition, conversation, interactive web media. ongoing. 912541-1337. ongoing The Sentient Bean, 13 East Park Ave. Music Lessons: Private or Group

Portman’s Music Academy offers private or group classes for ages 2 to 92, beginner to advanced level. All instruments. Also, voice lessons, music production technology and DJ lessons. Teaching staff of over 20 instructors with professional, well equipped studios and a safe, friendly waiting area for parents and siblings. ongoing. 912-3541500. ongoing Portman’s Music Superstore, 7650 Abercorn St. Music Lessons--Multiple Instruments

Savannah Musicians Institute offers private instruction for all ages in guitar, ddrums, piano, bass, voice, banjo, mandolin, ukelele, flute, woodwinds. 7041 Hodgson Memorial Dr. ongoing. 912-692-8055. smisavannah@gmail. com. ongoing New Horizons Adult Band Program

Music program for adults who played a band instrument in high school/college and would like to play again. Mondays at 6:30pm at Portman’s. $30 per month. All ages and ability levels welcome. Call for info. ongoing. 912-354-1500. ongoing Portman’s Music Superstore, 7650 Abercorn St. Novel Writing

Write a novel, finish the one you’ve started, revise it or pursue publication. Award-winning Savannah author offers one-on-one or small group classes, mentoring, manuscript critique, ebook formatting. Email for pricing and scheduling info. ongoing. ongoing Overwhelmed by Social Media? Take Back Control by Establishing Routines

In this one-hour workshop, you’ll learn how to establish routines that will make social media more effective but spend less time executing. These routines will keep you consistent, likable and confident that you’re capitalizing on your social media efforts. Limited seating, so please RSVP at (payable day of event

| Submit your event online at at front desk). Please send in your most burning social media questions by August 20 and I will try to address them in my presentation. We will also have time for Q&A at the end. COFFEE AND DANISHES WILL BE PROVIDED. $15 Tue., Aug. 27, 9:30 a.m. shawndra@ Tue., Aug. 27, 9:30 a.m Cambria Suites, 50 Yvette Johnson Hagins Drive.

Photography Classes

Beginner photography to post production. Instruction for all levels. $20 for two-hour class. See website for complete class list. 410-251-4421. chris@ Piano Voice-Coaching

Pianist with M/degree,classical modern jazz improvisation, no age limit. Call 912-961-7021 or 912-667-1056. Serious inquiries only. ongoing. ongoing Reading/Writing Tutoring

Ms. Dawn’s Tutoring in reading, writing, and composition. Remedial reading skills, help with borderline dyslexia, to grammar, term paper writing, and English as a Second Language. Fun methods for children to help them learn quickly. Contact: cordraywriter@ or text or call 912-12-6607399. Call for fee information. Russian Language Classes

Learn to speak Russian. All experience levels welcome, beginner to expert. Call for info. ongoing. 912-713-2718. ongoing Sewing Classes

Beginner in sewing? Starting your clothing business or clothing line? Learn to sew. Industry standard sewing courses designed to meet your needs in the garment industry. Open schedule. Savannah Sewing Academy. 1917 Bull St. ongoing. 912-290-0072. savsew. com. ongoing Short Story Writing

The short story is an art form that, although economic, encompasses all of the characteristics of great novels, including narrative and character. In Short Story Writing, students with some experience in fiction and nonfiction storytelling will use assigned readings, writing homework and workshop style critiques to explore various writing techniques. Upon completion, they will understand narrative structure and scenic writing, dialogue, character, place, word choice, rhythm and pacing and the art of revision. For more information contact Christina Taylor @ christinataylor@georgiasouthern. edu. $125.00 Tuesdays, 6:30 p.m.. 912651-6206. Tuesdays, 6:30 p.m. Gives students with some experience in fiction and nonfiction storytelling the opportunity to use assigned readings, writing homework, and workshop style critiques to explore various writing techniques. Works of Ernest Hemingway, Graham Greene, Ann Beattie and others will be studied. Upon completion, students will understand narrative structure and scenic

writing, dialogue, character, place, word choice, rhythm and pacing, and the art of revision. Offered by Georgia Southern’s Continuing Education division in Savannah. Call or email for days/times/pricing. ongoing. 912-6445967. cesavannahmenu.html.. ongoing Coastal Georgia Center, 305 Fahm Street. Singing Lessons with Anitra Opera Diva

Teaching the Vaccai Bel Canto technique for improving vocal range and breathing capacity. A good foundation technique for different styles--opera, pop, rock, cabaret. Fridays 5:308:30pm. Institute of Cinematic Arts, 12 1/2 W. State St., 3rd floor. ongoing. 786-247-9923. ongoing

Social Media Workshop: Overwhelmed by Social Media? Take Back Control by Establishing Routines

Local digital strategist Shawndra Russell will present how businesses can establish routines to take control of their social media. Tues. Aug. 27. Email for workshop time and more information. $15 includes refreshments. Through Aug. 27. shawndra@ Through Aug. 27 Cambria Suites, 50 Yvette Johnson Hagins Drive. Spanish Classes

Learn Spanish for life and grow your business. Courses for professionals offered by Conquistador Spanish Language Institute, LLC. Classes offered in a series. Beginner Spanish for Professionals--Intro price $155 + textbook ($12.95). Instructor: Bertha E. Hernandez, M.Ed. and native speaker. Meets in the Keller Williams Realty meeting room, 329 Commercial Drive. ongoing. ongoing Stress Reduction: Arising Stillness in Zen

Stress-reducing practices for body, speech and mind. Five Thursday night classes from 6- 7:00pm. $15 drop-in; $70 for series. Rev. Fugon Cindy Beach, Sensei. Savannah Zen Center 111 E. 34th St. 31401 ongoing. ongoing Yoga for Couples

A two hour class for prospective moms and their delivery partners. Learn labor and delivery stages and a “toolbox” of hands-on comfort measures from a labor doula, including breathing, massage, positioning, and pressure points. Bring and exercise ball. Quarterly, Saturdays 1pm-3pm at Savannah Yoga Center. Call or email to register. $100 per couple. ongoing. 912-704-7650. ongoing Clubs & Organizations

Abeni Cultural Arts Dance Classes

Classses for multiple ages in performance dance and adult fitness dance. African, modern, ballet, jazz, tap, contemporary, gospel. Held at Abeni Cultural Arts studio, 8400-B Abercorn St. Call Muriel, 912-631-3452, or Da-

rowe, 912-272-2797. ongoing. ongoing Adult Intermediate Ballet

Beginner and Intermediate Ballet, Modern Dance, Barre Fusion, Barre Core Body Sculpt, and Gentle Stretch and Tone. no experience needed for beginner Ballet, barre, or stretch/tone. The Ballet School, Piccadilly Square, 10010 Abercorn. Registration/fees/info online or by phone. ongoing. 912-9250903. ongoing Avegost LARP

Live action role playing group that exists in a medieval fantasy realm. generallly meets the second weekend of the month. Free for your first event or if you’re a non-player character. $35 fee for returning characters. ongoing. avegost. com. ongoing

Blindness and Low Vision: A Guide to Working, Living, and Supporting Individuals with Vision Loss

Workshops on the 3rd Thursday of each month on vision losss, services, and technology available to participate in the community. And, how the community can support individuals with vision loss. Orientation and Mobility Techniques; Low Vision vs. Legal Blindness; Supporting People with Low Vision to Achieve Maximum Independence; Low Vision Simulator Experiences; Resources. Free and open to the public. ongoing. ongoing Savannah Center for the Blind and Low Vision, 214 Drayton St. Buccaneer Region SCCA

Local chapter of the Sports Car Club of America, hosting 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. See website. ongoing. ongoing Business Networking on the Islands

Small Business Professionals Islands Networking Group meets first Thursday each month, 9:30am-10:30am. Tradewinds Ice Cream & Coffee, 107 Charlotte Rd. Call for info. ongoing. 912-308-6768. ongoing Chatham Sailing Club

Meets first Friday of each month, 6:30pm at Young’s Marina. If first Friday falls on a holiday weekend, meeting is second Friday. No boat? No sailing experience? No problem. ongoing. ongoing Young’s Marina, 218 Wilmington Island Rd. Drop N Circle Craft Night

Sponsored by The Frayed Knot and Perlina. Tuesdays, 5pm-8pm. 6 W. State Street. Enjoy sharing creativity with other knitters, crocheters, beaders, spinners, felters, needle pointers, etc. All levels of experience welcome. Call for info. ongoing. 912-233-1240. ongoing Energy Healers

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

Fiber Guild of the Savannahs

Open to all who are interested in the fiber arts: weaving, spinning, basket making, knitting, crocheting, quilting, beading, rug hooking, doll making, etc. Meets at Oatland Island Wildlife Center the first Saturday of the month September through June 10:15am. See our website for programs and events: http://fiberguildsavannah.homestead. com/ Mondays, 10:30 a.m. Mondays, 10:30 a.m Fiber Guild of the Savannahs, 711 Sandtown Road GA. Freedom Network

An international, leaderless network of individuals seeking more freedom in an unfree world, via non-political methods. Savannah meetings/discussions twice monthly, Thursdays, 8:30pm. Topics and meeting locations vary. No politics, no religious affiliation, no dues, no fees. Email for next meeting day and location. ongoing. ongoing Historic Flight Savannah

A non-profit organization dedicated to sending area Korean War and WWII veterans to Washington, DC to visit the WWII Memorial. All expenses paid by Honor Flight Savannah. Honor Flight seeks contributions, and any veterans interested in a trip to Washington. Call for info. ongoing. 912-596-1962. ongoing Historic Savannah Chapter: ABWA

Meets the second Thursday of every month from 6pm-7:30pm. Tubby’s Tank House, 2909 River Drive, Thunderbolt. Attendees pay for their own meals. RSVP by phone. ongoing. 912-660-8257. ongoing Ink Slingers Writing Group

A creative writing group for writers of poetry, prose, or undefinable creative ventures. Based in Savannah and a little nomadic. Meets two Thursdays a month, 5:45pm. Discussion of exercises, ideas, or already in progress pieces. Free to attend. See Facebook page savinkslingers. ongoing. ongoing Southwest Chatham Library, 14097 Abercorn St. Island MOMSnext

For mothers of school-aged children, kindergarten through high school. Authentic community, mothering support, personal growth, practical help, and spiritual hope. First and third Mondays, excluding holidays. Childcare on request. A ministry of MOPS International. Info by phone or email. ongoing. 912-898-4344. kymmccarty@hotmail. com. ongoing Islands MOPS

A Mothers of Preschoolers group that meets at First Baptist Church of the Islands, two Wednesdays a month, 9:15am-11:30am. ongoing. sites. ongoing First Baptist Church of the Islands, 6613 Johnny Mercer Blvd. Knitters, Needlepoint and Crochet

Meets every Wednesday. Different locations downtown. Call for info. No fees. Want to learn? Join us. ongoing. 912-308-6768. ongoing Knittin’ Night

Knit and crochet gathering held each Tuesday evening, 5pm-8pm All skill levels welcome. Tuesdays, 5-8 p.m. 912-238-0514. Tuesdays, 5-8 p.m Wild Fibre, 409 East Liberty St. Low Country Turners

A club for wood-turning enthusiasts. Call Steve Cook for info at number below. ongoing. 912-313-2230. ongoing Military Order of the Purple Heart Ladies Auxiliary

Meets the first Saturday of the month at 1:00pm. Call for info. ongoing. 912-7864508. ongoing American Legion Post 184, 1 Legion Dr. Peacock Guild--For Writers and Book Lovers

A literary society for bibliophiles and writers. Writer’s Salon meetings are first Tues. and third Wed. at 7:30pm at the Flannery O’Connor Home. Book club meetings are third Tues., 7:30pm. Location changes each month. Call or see Facebook group “Peacock Guild” for info. ongoing. 912-233-6014. ongoing Flannery O’Connor Childhood Home, 207 E. Charlton Street. Philo Cafe

Weekly Monday discussion group that meets 7:30pm - 9:00pm at various locations. Anyone craving good conversation is invited. Free to attend. Email for info, or see ThePhiloCafe on Facebook. ongoing. ongoing R.U.F.F. - Retirees United for the Future

RUFF meets the last Friday of each month at 10am to protect Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid and related senior issues. Parking in the rear. Free to all Seniors ongoing. 912-344-5127. ongoing New Covenant Church, 2201 Bull St. Rogue Phoenix Sci-Fi Fantasy Club

Members of Starfleet International and The Klingon Assault Group meet the 1st Sunday at 4pm at 5429 LaRoche Ave., and the 3rd Tuesday at 7:30pm at Super King Buffet, 10201 Abercorn St., Call or email for info. ongoing. 912-308-2094. ongoing Safe Kids Savannah

A coalition dedicated to preventing childhood injuries. Meets 2nd Tuesday each month, 11:30am-1:00pm. See website or call for info. ongoing. 912-353-3148. ongoing Savannah Brewers’ League

Meets 1st Wednesday of the month, 7:30pm at Moon River Brewing Co. Call or see website for info. ongoing. 912447-0943. moonriverbrewing. com/. ongoing Moon River Brewing Co., 21 West Bay St. Savannah Authors Autonomous Writing Group

Meets 1st and 3rd Tuesdays each

month. Prose writing, fiction and non fiction. Discussion, constructive criticism, instruction, exercises and examples. Location: Charles Brown Antiques/Fine Silver, 14 W. Jones St. All are welcome. No charge. Contact Alice Vantrease via email or phone. ongoing. 912-308-3208. alicevantrease@live. com. ongoing

Logan’s Roadhouse, 11301 Abercorn St.

Savannah Authors encourages firstclass prose writing, fiction or nonfaction, using discussion, constructive criticism, instruction, and examples. We welcome unpublished authors, new writers, and people who just want to know more about our craft. We limit ourselves to prose, both fiction and non-fiction. Free Through Aug. 30, 7 p.m., Through Aug. 30, 7 p.m., Through Aug. 30, 7 p.m., Through Aug. 30, 7 p.m., Through Aug. 30, 7 p.m. and Through Aug. 30, 7 p.m. (912) 308-3208. Through Aug. 30, 7 p.m., Through Aug. 30, 7 p.m., Through Aug. 30, 7 p.m., Through Aug. 30, 7 p.m., Through Aug. 30, 7 p.m. and Through Aug. 30, 7 p.m Private Residence, 630 East Victory Drive.

No Kidding. Join Savannah’s only social club for people without children! No membership fees, meet great new friends, enjoy a wide variety of activities and events. or e-mail ongoing. ongoing The Historic District, Downtown Savannah.

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Savannah Charlesfunders Investment Discussion Group

Meets Saturdays, 8:30am to discuss stocks, bonds and better investing. Contact by email for info. ongoing. panerabread. com/. ongoing Panera Bread (Broughton St.), 1 West Broughton St. Savannah Council, Navy League of the United States

A dinner meeting the 4th Tuesday of the month at 6:00pm (except December.) Location: Hunter Club. Call John Findeis for info. ongoing. 912-748-7020. ongoing Savannah Fencing Club

Beginner classes Tuesdays and Thursdays for six weeks. $60. Some equipment provided. After completing the class, you may join the Savannah Fencing Club for $5/month. Experienced fencers welcome. Call or email for info. ongoing. 912-429-6918. ongoing Savannah Go Green

Meets most Saturdays. Green events and places. Share ways to Go Green each day. Call for info. ongoing. 912308-6768. ongoing Savannah Jaycees

Meeting/info session held the 1st Tuesday each month at 6pm to discuss upcoming events and provide an opportunity for those interested in joining Jaycees to learn more. Must be age 21-40. Jaycees Building, 101 Atlas St. ongoing. 912-353-7700. ongoing Savannah Kennel Club

Monthly meetings open to the public. Held at Logan’s Roadhouse, the 4th Monday each month, Sept. through May. Dinner: 6:pm. Speaker: 7:30pm. Guest speakers each meeting. ongoing. 912-238-3170. savannahkennelclub. org. ongoing

Savannah Newcomers Club

Open to women who have lived in the Savannah area for less than two years. Membership includes monthly luncheon and program. Activities, tours and events to help learn about Savannah and make new friends. ongoing. ongoing Savannah No Kidding!

Savannah Parrot Head Club

Beach, Buffet and no dress code. Check website for events calendar or send an email for Parrot Head gatherings. ongoing. ongoing Savannah Sacred Harp Singers

Everyone who loves to sing is invited to join Savannah Sacred Harp Singers. All are welcome to participate or listen too one of America’s most revered musical traditions. Call or email. ongoing. 912655-0994. ongoing Faith Primitive Baptist Church, 3212 Bee Road. Savannah SCA

The local chapter of the Society for Creative Anachronism meets every Saturday at Forsyth Park for fighter practice and general hanging out. If you’re interested in re-creating the Middle Ages and Renaissance, come join us! South end of Forsyth Park, just past the Farmer’s Market. Free. www. Free ongoing, 11 a.m. ongoing, 11 a.m Forsyth Park, 501 Whitaker St. Savannah Sunrise Rotary Club

Meets Thursdays from 7:30am-8:30am at the Mulberry Inn. ongoing. ongoing Savannah Toastmasters

Helps improve speaking and leadership skills in a friendly, supportive environment. Mondays, 6:15pm, Memorial Health University Medical Center, in the Conference Room C. ongoing. 912-4846710. ongoing Memorial Health University Medical Center, 4700 Waters Ave. Savannah Writers Group

A gathering of writers of all levels for networking, hearing published guest speaker authors, and writing critique in a friendly, supportive environment. Meets the second and fourth Tuesdays of the month at 7:00 PM at the Atlanta Bread Company in Twelve Oaks Shopping Center. Free and open to the public. fourth Tuesday of every month, 7 p.m. 912-572-6251. fourth Tuesday of every month, 7 p.m Atlanta Bread Company, 5500 Abercorn St. A gathering of writers of all levels for networking,

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hearing published guest authors, and writing critique in a friendly, supportive environment. 2nd and 4th Tuesdays at 7:00pm, Atlanta Bread Company, Twelve Oaks Shopping Center, 5500 Abercorn. Free and open to the public. See website or call for info. ongoing. 912-572-6251. savannahwritersgroup. ongoing Seersucker Live’s Happy Hour for Writers

A no-agenda gathering of Savannah’s writing community. First Thursdays, 5:30pm-7:30pm. Free. Open to all writers, aspiring writers, or those interested in writing. 21+ with valid ID. Usually at Abe’s on Lincoln, 17 Lincoln St. See website for info. ongoing. ongoing Tertulia en español at Foxy Loxy

Spanish conversation table. Meets second and fourth Thursday of each month. 7:30pm to 9pm at Foxy Loxy, 1919 Bull street. Come practice your Spanish, have a cafe con leche or Spanish wine, and meet nice people....All levels welcome. Free. Purchase beverages and snacks. ongoing. foxyloxycafe. com/. ongoing Foxy Loxy Cafe, 1919 Bull St. U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla

Join the volunteer organization that assists the U.S. Coast Guard. Meets 4th Wednesday at 6pm at Barnes, 5320 Waters Ave. All ages welcome.

| Submit your event online at Prior experience/boat ownership not required. Call or see website for info. ongoing. 912-598-7387. savannahaux. com. ongoing

2212 Lincoln St, offers adult ballet on Thursdays, 6:30pm-7:30pm $12 per class. Call for info. ongoing. 912-2348745. ongoing

Meets monthly at the American Legion Post 135, 1108 Bull St. Call James Crauswell for info. ongoing. 912-9273356. ongoing

Mondays and Wednesdays, 7pm-8pm. $12/class or $90/8 classes. Call for info. Academy of Dance, 74 W. Montgomery Crossroad. ongoing. 912-9212190. ongoing

Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 671

Waving Girls--Smocking Arts Guild of America

The Waving Girls welcomes smockers and all those who create fine heirloom items. At each meeting there is an opportunity to learn and share our work. The group makes over 100 “wee care” gowns for memorial hospital each year. fourth Monday of every month, 6:30 p.m. 912 536 1447. fourth Monday of every month, 6:30 p.m Coastal Center for Developmental Services, 1249 Eisenhower Drive. Woodville-Tompkins Scholarship Foundation

Meets second Tuesday each month (except October) 6:00pm, Woodville-Tompkins, 151 Coach Joe Turner St. Call or email for info. ongoing. 912-232-3549. ongoing Dance

Adult Ballet Class

Maxine Patterson School of Dance,

Adult Intermediate Ballet

Argentine Tango

Lessons Sundays 1:30-3;30pm. Open to the public. $3 per person. Wear closed toe leather shoes if possible. Doris Martin Dance Studio, 8511-h ferguson Ave. Call or email for info. ongoing. 912-925-7416. ongoing Beginners Belly Dancing with Cybelle

For those with little-to-no dance background. Instructor is formally trained, has performed for over ten years. $15/person. Tues. 7pm-8pm. Private classes and walk ins available. Synergistic Bodies, 7724 Waters Ave. ongoing. 912-414-1091. info@cybelle3. com. ongoing Belly Dance classes with Nicole Edge

Beginners, Wednesdays 7-8PM, Advanced, Sundays 1:15-2:15PM. $15 per session. All ages and skill levels welcome. ongoing. 912-596-0889. ongoing at First City Fitness, 2127 1/2 Victory Dr. Beginner and Advanced Belly Dance Classes at First City Fitness (formerly Fitness, Body and Balance studio), 2127 1/2 Victory Dr. Beginner’s Wednesdays 7-8PM, Advanced Sundays 1:15-2:15PM Instructed by Nicole Edge. Walk-Ins welcome, all ages $15.00 per class or 4/$48.00 ongoing. 912-596-0889. ongoing Bellydance lessons with Happenstance Bellydance

All levels and styles of bellydance welcome. Classes are every Monday from 5:30-6:30pm. $15/lesson. Drop-ins welcome or call Carrie @(912)704-2940 for more info. happenstancebellydance@ happenstancebellydance. $15/lesson ongoing, 5:30 p.m. (912) 704-2940. ongoing, 5:30 p.m Anahata Healing Arts Center, 2424 Drayton St. Suite B. C.C. Express Dance Team

Wednesdays, 6pm-8pm. Clogging or tap dance experience is necessary. Call Claudia Collier for info. ongoing. 912-748-0731. ongoing Windsor Forest Recreation Building, Windsor Forest. Dance for Peace

A weekly gathering to benefit locals in need. Music, dancing, fun for all ages. Donations of nonperishable food and gently used or new clothing are welcomed. Free and open to the public. Sundays, 3 p.m. 912-547-6449. Sundays, 3 p.m Forsyth Park, 501 Whitaker St. Home Cookin’ Cloggers

Wednesdays, 6pm-8pm, Nassau Woods Recreation Building, Dean Forest Road.

No beginner classes at this time. Call Claudia Collier for info. ongoing. 912748-0731. ongoing Irish Dance Classes

Glor na Dare offers beginner to champion Irish Dance classes for ages 5 and up. Adult Step & Ceili, Strength and Flexibility, non-competitive and competitive programs, workshops, camps. Certified. Info via email or phone. ongoing. 912-704-2052. prideofirelandga@ ongoing Line Dancing

Take down Tuesdays. Jazzy Sliders Adult Line Dancing, every Tuesday, 7:30pm-10:00pm. Free admission, cash bar. Come early and learn a new dance from 7:30pm-8:30pm. ongoing. ongoing Doubles Nightclub, 7100 Abercorn St. Mahogany Shades of Beauty

Dance classes--hip hop, modern, jazz, West African, ballet, lyrical and step. Modeling and acting classes. All ages/ all levels welcome. Call Mahogany for info. ongoing. 912-272-8329. ongoing Modern Dance Class

Beginner and intermediate classes. Fridays 10am-11:15am. Doris Martin Studio, 7360 Skidaway Rd. Call Elizabeth for info. ongoing. 912-354-5586. ongoing Pole Dancing Classes

Beginners class, Wednesdays, 8pm. Level II, Mondays, 8pm. $22/one class. $70/four classes. Preregistration required. Learn pole dance moves and spins while getting a full body workout. Pole Fitness Classes Monday/Wednesday, 11am. Nothing comes off but your shoes. Call or see website for info. ongoing. 912-398-4776. ongoing Fitness Body & Balance Personal Training Studio, 2209 Rowland Ave, Suite 2. RAVE NIGHT with DJ ORSON WELLS

Get your Rave on with the the one and only DJ Orson Wells! We got glow sticks! Saturdays, 9 p.m. Saturdays, 9 p.m Dosha Bar & Lounge, 128 East Broughton St. Salsa Lessons by Salsa Savannah

Tues. 8pm-9pm and 9pm-10pm. Thur. 8pm-9pm and 9pm-10pm. Sun. 5pm6pm and 6pm-7pm. Salon de Maile, 704B Hodgson Memorial Dr., Savannah, 31406. See website for info. ongoing. ongoing Savannah Dance Club

Shag, swing, cha-cha and line dancing. Everyone invited. Call for location, days and times. ongoing. 912-398-8784. ongoing Savannah Shag Club

Wednesdays, 7pm,at Doubles Lounge. Fridays, 7pm, at American Legion Post 36, 2309 E. Victory Dr. ongoing. ongoing Doubles Nightclub, 7100 Abercorn St. Savannah Swing Cats--Swing Dancing

ongoing. ongoing Doubles Nightclub, 7100 Abercorn St. Summer Adult Dance Classes

Come join us on Monday and Wednes-

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Zumba & Zumba Toning with Anne

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, 7pm8pm. $5 per class, discounts available with punch card purchase. All levels welcome. Call for info. ongoing. 912596-1952. ongoing Lake Mayer, 1850 E. Montgomery Crossroads. Fitness

AHA in the AM

Mondays and Fridays, 7:30am-9:00am. Open to free form yoga/movement with guided meditation. A great way to start and end the work week. Email or see website for info. Fee: donations. ongoing. trickydame. com. ongoing Anahata Healing Arts Center, 2424 Drayton St. Al-Anon Family Groups

An anonymous fellowship of relatives and friends of alcoholics. the message of Al-Anon is one of strength and hope for friends/family of problem drinkers. Al-Anon is for adults. Alateen is for people age 13-19. Meetings daily throughout the Savannah area. check website or call for info. ongoing. 912-598-9860. ongoing Bariatric Surgery Support Group

First Wednesday each month, 7pm, and third Saturday, 10am, in Mercer Auditorium of Hoskins Center at Memorial. For those who have had or are considering bariatric surgery. Free to attend. Call or see website for info. ongoing. 912-3503438. ongoing Memorial Health University Medical Center, 4700 Waters Ave. Beach Body Workouts with Laura

MONDAYS at 6:15 PM at the Lake Mayer Community Center $5.00 per session Mondays, 6:15 p.m. (912) 652-6784. Mondays, 6:15 p.m Lake Mayer, 1850 E. Montgomery Crossroads. Beastmode Fitness Group Training

Train with this elite team. A total body program that trims, tones and gets results. Personal training options available. See website for info. Meets at West Broad YMCA. 5am-6am and 8pm-9pm. ongoing. ongoing YMCA-West Broad St, 1110 May St. Bellydancing Fusion Classes

Mixes ballet, jazz, hip hop into a unique high energy dance style. Drills and choreographies for all levels.Small classes in downtown Savannah, and on request. $10 per person. Email for info. ongoing. ongoing Blue Water Yoga

Community donation-based classes,


Tues. and Thurs., 5:45pm - 7:00pm. Fri., 9:30am-10:30am. Email for info or find Blue Water Yoga on Facebook. ongoing. ongoing Talahi Island Community Club, 532 Quarterman Dr.

Critz Tybee Run Fest--Registration Now Open

Registration is now open for this twoday running event on Tybee Island. Event dates: January 31 and February 1, 2014. See website for details on the many races and events held during the weekend. $5.00 [discount code: GIG05] discount on the already low Early Bird Registration rates. Extra discount runs through Sept 5.. Through Jan. 29, 2014. critztybeerun. com/registration. $5.00 [discount code: GIG05] discount on the already low Early Bird Registration rates. Extra discount runs through Sept 5. Through Jan. 29, 2014


Fitness Classes at the JEA

Sin, firm it up, yoga, Pilates, water aerobics, Aquasize, senior fitness, and Zumba. Prices vary. Call for schedule. ongoing. 912-355-8811. ongoing Jewish Educational Alliance, 5111 Abercorn St. Free Caregiver Support Group

For anyone caring for senior citizens with any affliction or illness. Second Saturday of the month, 10am-11am. Savannah Commons, 1 Peachtree Dr. Refreshments. Free to attend. Open to anyone i need of support for the caregiving they provide. ongoing. savannahcommons. com. ongoing Hiking & Biking at Skidaway Island State Park

Year round fitness opportunities. Walk or run the 1-mile Sandpiper Nature Trail (accessible) the additional 1-mile Avian Loop Trail, or 3-mile Big Ferry Trail. Bicycle and street strider rentals. Guided hikes scheduled. $5 parking. Open daily 7am-10pm. Call or see website. ongoing. 912-598-2300. gastateparks. org/SkidawayIsland. info/skidaway/. ongoing Skidaway Island State Park, 52 Diamond Cswy. Israeli Krav Maga Self-Defense Classes

A system of self-defense techniques based on several martial arts. The official fighting system of the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF). Custom Fit offers individual and small group training and intensive workshops. ongoing. 912-4414891. ongoing Hugh H. Armstrong Sr. Memorial Kayak for a Kure

Kayak three miles from ‘Butterbean Beach’ to the Skidaway/UGA Marine Extension Aquarium, then it’s BBQ lunch, live music, and goody bags. Benefiting the American Diabetes Association. 15 free kayaks available (first come first served.) Registration - 9:00 a.m. Paddle - 10:00 a.m. $50. bring your own kayak, paddle and life jacket. Sat., Aug. 24, 9 a.m. 912-353-8110 ext. 3093. suwillis@ Sat., Aug. 24, 9 a.m Rodney J. Hall Park continues on p. 42

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1 “You couldn’t have made it more obvious?” 5 Driveway sealer 8 Football coach Amos Alonzo ___ 13 Impressive spread 15 Focus of 1999 protests in Seattle 16 Baby who was renamed Clark Kent 17 With 25-across, “Fantasia” role for Mickey Mouse 19 Olympic skater Slutskaya 20 Auberjonois’s “Deep Space Nine” role 21 Iraq neighbor 22 Bridge abstention 23 Square figure? 25 See 17-across 27 Sabermetrician’s stats 29 Creeping growth 30 “See ya” in Sevilla 33 I-5, for one 34 Oscar winner Winslet 38 Photo-ops for one 42 Edible seaweed 43 Hot cider server 44 Greek letters 45 Genre for Fall Out Boy 46 Worn threads 48 Fruits that flavor Puckertinis 53 American Lit., e.g. 57 ___ Tages (someday, in German) 58 Proprietor 60 Tony-winning role for Robert Morse 61 Eastwood of westerns 62 2007-08 Boston-based reality show setting up dates during MLB games 64 “Cosi fan ___” (Mozart opera) 65 Poet’s palindromic preposition 66 Ravine 67 Stone Age weapon 68 Music game with a floor pad, for short 69 Supply hidden in the first two letters of the long answers’ words


1 Actor Bateman 2 Wear away 3 “File not found,” e.g. 4 Actor Efron of “High School Musical” 5 Pipsqueaks 6 Take ___ down memory lane 7 Refried beans brand 8 Made with skim milk, at a coffee shop 9 Fortune teller’s deck 10 Story 11 Photo finish? 12 Forest clearing 14 Verbal nod 18 “Million Second Quiz” host Seacrest 24 Go limp 26 Have You ___? (game like Truth or Dare) 28 Letters on an Olympic jersey 30 “Try me!” 31 Female rabbit or deer 32 Unwell 33 TV chihuahua 34 Etch A Sketch controls 35 Perform in plays 36 Bagged leaves 37 Road twist 39 Shoe type 40 Popped the question 41 Oxygen source 45 Holiday with fake grass 46 Boomer’s kid 47 On the waves 48 Bands of believers 49 Get ready for a bodybuilding competition 50 Come together 51 Fashion designer Oscar de la ___ 52 With “The,” groundbreaking Showtime TV series 54 “In ___” (Nirvana) 55 Brazilian actress Sonia ___ 56 Kentucky Derby drink 59 Dungeons & Dragons, e.g. 63 Neg.’s counterpart


day evenings for a GREAT dance class! Monday its a combo of Ballet and Jazz, Wednesdays its all Ballet. Suitable for teens through adults. A wonderful, high energy class, set to fabulous music! $15.00 per class, or purchase a 10 class card for $130.00 Through Aug. 28, 7 p.m. (912) 441-5435. kcdanceworks@gmail. com. Through Aug. 28, 7 p.m Kathleen Collins DANCEWORKS, 200 Governor Treutlen Blvd. Suite 17.


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& Boat Ramp, 25 Diamond Causeway. Kung Fu School: Ving Tsun

Ving Tsun (Wing Chun) is the world’s fastest growing martial arts style. Uses angles and leverage to tunr an attacker’s strength against him. Call for info on free trial classes. Drop ins welcome. 11202 White Bluff Rd. ongoing. 912429-9241. ongoing Mommy and Baby Yoga

Mondays. Call for times and fees or see website. ongoing. 912-232-2994. savannahyoga. com/. ongoing Savannah Yoga Center, 1321 Bull St. Pilates Classes

Daily classes for all skill levels including beginners. Private and semi-private classes by appointment. Carol DalyWilder, certified instructor. Call or see website for info. ongoing. 912-2380018. ongoing Momentum Pilates Studio, 8413 Rerguson Ave. Pregnancy Yoga

Ongoing series of 6-week classes. Thursdays. A mindful approach to pregnancy, labor and delivery. Instructor Ann Carroll. $100. Call or email for info. ongoing. 912-704-7650. ongoing Savannah Yoga Center, 1321 Bull St. Qigong Classes

Qigong exercises contribute to a healthier and longer life. Classes offer a time to learn the exercises and perform them in a group setting. Class length averages 60 min. Any level of practice is welcome. $15 ongoing. qigongtim. com/. ongoing Anahata Healing Arts Center, 2424 Drayton St. Registration Open for 2nd Annual Tunnel to Towers Run Savannah, Honoring 9/11 Firefighters on September 14

This 5K run/walk on Sept. 14 in downtown Savannah commemorates the life of firefighter Stephen Siller and other firefighters on Sept. 11, 2001. Siller ran to the Twin Towers in New York to provide assistance and lost his life providing aid.Proceeds benefit “Building for America’s Bravest” through the Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation, designated specifically to building “Smart Homes” for two severely wounded veterans in Georgia. Register online or at Fleet Feet Sports, 3405 Waters Avenue. Through Sep. 14. Through Sep. 14

| Submit your event online at price, 6pm-10pm. $5. 302 W. Victory Dr., Suite D. See website for info. ongoing. ongoing

Savannah Disc Golf

Weekly events (entry $5) Friday Night Flights: Fridays, 5pm. Luck of the Draw Doubles: Saturdays, 10am. Handicapped League: Saturdays, 1pm. Singles at the Sarge: Sundays, 10am. All skill levels welcome. Instruction available. See website or email for info. ongoing. ongoing Savannah Striders Running and Walking Club

With a one-year, $10 membership,free training programs for beginners (walkers and runners) and experienced athletes. Fun runs. Advice from mentors. Monthly meetings with quality speakers. Frequent social events. Sign up online or look for the Savannah Striders Facebook page. ongoing. savystrider. com. ongoing Tai Chi Lessons in Forsyth Park

Tuesdays, 9am-10am. $10. North End of Forsyth Park. Email for info. ongoing. ongoing Forsyth Park, 501 Whitaker St. Turbo Kick Cardio Workout

Lose calories while dancing and kickboxing. No experience or equipment needed. Tues. and Thurs. 6pm, Fitness on Broughton, 1 E. Broughton Wed. 6pm Lake Mayer Community Center, 1850 E. Montgomery Crossroads. $5 ongoing. 586-822-1021. turbokicksavannah. ongoing Yoga for Cancer Patients and Survivors

Free for people with cancer and cancer survivors. 6:30pm Tuesdays. 12:45pm Thursdays. Fitness One, 3rd floor of the Center for Advanced Medicine at Memorial. Call for info. ongoing. 912-3509031. ongoing Memorial Health University Medical Center, 4700 Waters Ave. Yoga on the Beach

Wednesdays and Fridays at Tybees’s North End. 7am-8am, weather permitting. Come to North Beach Parking Area, Gulick Street walkover. Multilevel class. Hatha 1 and 2. Instructor Ann Carroll. Bring yoga mat or beach towel. Call or email for info. Fee: donations. ongoing. 912-704-7650. ann@ ongoing North Beach, Tybee Island. Zumba and Zumba/Toning with Mai

A chartered running club of the Road Runners Association of America. Monthly training sessions and seminars. Weekly runs. Kathy Ackerman, 912-756-5865, or Billy Tomlinson, 912596-5965. ongoing. ongoing

Mondays: 8:30am and 7pm. Lake Mayer Community Center. $5. 5:30pm Frank Murray Community Center, Whitmarsh Island. $3. Tuesdays: 10am Curves @ Savannah Mall. $5/class for non-members. 5:30pm St. Paul CME Social Hall, 123 Brady St. $3 Per class/ non-members. Wednesdays: 9:30am, Frank Murray Community Center, Whitemarsh Island, $3. Thursdays: 10am, Curves at Savannah Mall, $5. Bring water, proper shoes and attire. Contact Mai @ 912-604-9890. ongoing. 912-604-9890. ongoing

Every Wednesday women climb for half

Mondays at 5:30pm, Thursdays at

Renagade Workout

Free fitness workout, every Saturday, 9:00 am at Lake Mayer Park. For women only. Offered by The Fit Lab. Information: 912-376-0219 ongoing. ongoing Lake Mayer, 1850 E. Montgomery Crossroads. Richmond Hill Roadies Running Club

Savannah Climbing CoOp Ladies Night

Zumba Fitness (R) with April

6:30pm. Nonstop Fitness in Sandfly, 8511 Ferguson Ave. $5 for nonmenbers. call for info. ongoing. 912-349-4902. ongoing Gay & Lesbian

First City Network Board Meeting

First Monday, 6:30pm, at FCN office, 307 E. Harris St. 2nd floor. Call or see website for info. ongoing. 912-236-CITY. ongoing Gay AA Meeting

True Colors Group of Alcoholics Anonymous, a gay and lesbian AA meeting that welcomes all alcoholics, meets Thursdays and Sundays, 7:30pm, at the Unitarian Universalist Church, 311 E. Harris, 2nd floor. New location effective 11/2012. ongoing. ongoing Georgia Equality Savannah

Local chapter of Georgia’s largest gay rights group. 104 W. 38th St. 912-5476263. ongoing. ongoing Savannah Pride, Inc.

Organizes the annual Savannah Pride Festival and helps promote the wellbeing of the LGBT community in the South. Mission: unity through diversity and social awareness. Second Tuesday/month, 7pm, at FCN office, 307 E. Harris St., 2nd floor. ongoing. 912-2887863. ongoing Stand Out Youth

A gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and questioning youth organization. Meets Fridays, 7pm, FCN office, 307 E. Harris St. Call, email or see website for info. ongoing. 912-657-1966. info@ ongoing What Makes a Family

A children’s therapy group for children of GLBT parents. Ages 10 to 18. Meets twice a month. Call for info. ongoing. 912-352-2611. ongoing Health

Alcoholics Anonymous

For people who want or need to stop drinking, AA can help. Meetings daily throughout the Savannah area. Free to attend or join. Check website for meeting days/times, or call 24 hours a day. ongoing. 912-356-3688. savannahaa. com. ongoing Armstrong Prescription Drug Drop-Off

Armstrong Atlantic State Univ. hosts a permanent drop box for disposing of unused prescription drugs and over the counter medication. In the lobby of the University Police building on campus. Open to the public 24 hours/day, year round. Confidential. All items collected are destroyed by the Drug Enforcement Administration. ongoing. 912-344-3333. Maps/index.html. ongoing Armstrong Atlantic State University, 11935 Abercorn St. Bariatric Surgery Information Session

Information on bariatric surgery and the program at Memorial Health Bariatrics. Learn surgical procedures offered, support and education programs involved, and how bariatric surgery

can affect patients’ lives. Call or see website for info. Free to attend. Hoskins Center at Memorial. ongoing. 912-3503438. ongoing Memorial Health University Medical Center, 4700 Waters Ave. Free Hearing and Speech Screening

Hearing: Thursdays, 9am-11am. Speech: First Thursdays,. Call or see website for times. ongoing. 912-3554601. savannahspeechandhearing. org. ongoing Savannah Speech and Hearing Center, 1206 E 66th St. Free HIV Testing at Chatham County Health Dept.

Free walk-in HIV testing. 8am-4pm Mon.-Fri. No appointment needed. Test results in 20 minutes. Follow-up visit and counseling will be set up for anyone testing positive. Call for info. ongoing. 912-644-5217. ongoing Chatham County Health Dept., 1395 Eisenhower Dr.

Harvest of Hope Retreat Applications Now Being Accepted

Cancer survivors of all ages and their families are invited to the 12th annual Harvest of Hope Retreat on October 12, sponsored by Memorial University Health Center. To apply for this free event, call Jennifer Currin-McCulloch at 912-350-7845. Through Oct. 9. Through Oct. 9 Health Care for Uninsured People

Open for primary care for uninsured residents of Chatham County. Mon.Fri., 8:30am-3:30pm. Call for info or appointment. ongoing. 912-443-9409. ongoing St. Joseph’s/Candler--St. Mary’s Health Center, 1302 Drayton St. Hypnobirthing

Teaches mother and birth partner to use her natural instincts, trust her body, release emotions and facilitate relaxation during labor and delivery. Five class series on Monday evenings, 6pm. Location: 100 Riverview Dr. $300/ group sessions. $600/private sessions. Call or email for info and reservations. ongoing. 912-704-7650. carroll362@ ongoing Hypnosis, Guided Imagery and Relaxation Therapy

Helps everyday ordinary people with everyday ordinary problems: smoking, weight loss, phobias, fears, ptsd, life coaching. Caring, qualified professional help. See website or call for info. ongoing. 912-927-3432. savannahypnosis. com. ongoing La Leche League of Savannah

A breast feeding support group for new/ expectant monthers. Meeting/gathering first Thursdays, 10am. Call or see website for location and other info. ongoing. 912-897-9544. savannahga.html. ongoing Living Smart Fitness Club

An exercise program encouraging healthy lifestyle changes. Mon. & Wed. 6pm-7:15pm Hip Hop low impact aerobics at Delaware Center. Tues. 5:307:00 Zumba at St. Joseph’s Candler

Planned Parenthood Hotline

First Line is a statewide hotline for women seeking information on health services. Open 7pm-11pm nightly. ongoing. 800-264-7154. ongoing Savannah CPR Initiative

An initiative by the City of Savannah to train 6,000 Savannahians in CPR by year’s end. The City will train 1,000 Savannahians in CPR this year. Each of these trainees will in turn pledge to train at least five other individuals, bringing to 6,000 the total number of Savannahians trained in CPR. The hope is that “Savannah’s 6,000” will vastly improve our community’s ability to respond to sudden cardiac emergencies, doubling our survival rate for witnessed out-of-hospital cardiac arrests. Call for info. ongoing. 912-651-6410. ongoing World Breastfeeding Week Event

Breastfeeding Support: Close to Mothers is the theme of this family friendly event promoting and celebrating breastfeeding as key to children’s health.Public walks, prize giveaways, and information on the benefits of peer support for breastfeeding mothers. Free and open to the public 912-262-3034. melightfoot@dhr.state. HInesville Downtown Farmers Market, Bradwell Park/Commerce Street. Breastfeeding Support: Close to Mothers is the theme of this family friendly event promoting and celebrating breastfeeding as key to children’s health.Public walks, prize giveaways, and information on the benefits of peer support for breastfeeding mothers. Free and open to the public 912-2623034. Chatham County Health Department, 1395 Eisenhower Drive (facing Sallie Mood Dr.). Religious & Spiritual Art of Peaceful Living

How is it possible to apply the ancient art of Buddhist meditation to today’s hectic and busy modern world? Join us to learn how to solve your problems and develop a peaceful mind by applying Buddha’s classic advice to daily life. Everyone is welcome to attend, no previous experience necessary. Drop in for any class. $10 or $5 seniors/students (912) 358-0228. meditationinsouthcarolina.og. Unity Church of Savannah, 2320 Sunset Blvd. Band of Sisters Prayer Group

All women are invited. Second Tuesdays, 7:30am-8:30am. Fellowship Assembly, 5224 Augusta Rd. Email or call Jeanne Seaver or see website for info. “The king’s heart is like channels of water in the hands of the Lord.” (Prov. 21:1) ongoing. 912-663-8728. georgia. ongoing Catholic Singles

A group of Catholic singles age 30-50 meet frequently for fun, fellowship and

service. Send email or check website to receive announcements of activities and to suggest activities for the group. ongoing. diosav. org/familylife-singles. ongoing

Columba House Open House and Blessing

Episcopal Bishop of Georgia Scott Benhase blesses this new, inclusive, welcoming hospitality space dedicated to building and sustaining a community of faith committed to social justice with the city’s young adults and college students. Art exhibition, refreshments, fellowship. Free and open to the public 912-236-4279. RReyes@gaepiscopal. org. Columba House, 34th Street between Abercorn and Lincoln Streets. Guided Silent Prayer

Acoustical songs, 30 minutes of guided silent prayer, and minutes to receive prayer or remain in silence. Wednesdays, 6:45-8:00pm at Vineyard Church, 615 Montgomery St. See website for info. ongoing. ongoing A New Church in the City, For the City

Gather on Sundays at 10:30am. Like the Facebook page “Savannah Church Plant.” ongoing. ongoing Bryson Hall, 5 E. Perry St. Read the Bible in One Year

A Bible book club for those wanting to read the Bible in one year. Open to all. Book club format, not a traditional Bible study. All welcome, regardless of race, creed, sexual orientation, religion. Thurs. 6:00pm-7:00pm. Call for info. ongoing. 912-233-5354. ongoing Holy Spirit Lutheran Church, 622 E. 37th Street.

usually no less than 2 Reiki Masters. Come share with us on the 1st and 3rd Thursday of every month at the Sweet Water Spa in downtown Savannah. Sign up at Savannah Reiki Share or Reiki by Appointment on Facebook. Free ongoing, 7 p.m. 440-371-5209. ongoing, 7 p.m Sweet Water Spa, 148 Abercorn Street. Savannah Zen Center

Buddhist study classes, yoga workshops, retreats, Reiki sessions, attunements, meditation, classes, events. See website for location and schedule, or see Facebook page. ongoing. ongoing Service of Compline

A chanted service by candlelight held every Sunday night at 9pm. “Say goodnight to God.” Presented by Christ Church Anglican. ongoing. ongoing Independent Presbyterian Church, Bull Street and Oglethorpe Ave. South Valley Baptist Church

Weekly Sunday services. Sunday school, 10:00am. Worship, 11:30am. Tuesday Bible Study/Prayer Service, 6:30pm. Pastor Rev. Dr. Barry B. Jackson, 480 Pine Barren Road, Pooler, GA “Saving a nation one soul at a time.” ongoing. ongoing Tapestry Church

A church for all people! We don’t care what you are wearing, just that you are

here. From the moment you walk in until the moment you leave, Tapestry is committed to delivering a creative, challenging, straight forward, and honest message about the role of biblical principles in your life. Come experience an environment that helps you connect with God and discover his incredible purpose for your life. Join us every Sunday morning 10AM at the Habersham YMCA. YMCA (Habersham Branch), 6400 Habersham St. Theology on Tap

Meets on the third Monday, 8:30pm10:30pm. Like the Facebook page: Theology on Tap Downtown Savannah. ongoing. ongoing The Distillery, 416 W. Liberty St. Unitarian Universalist Church of Savannah

Liberal religious community where people with different beliefs gather as one faith. Sundays, 11am. Email, call or see website for info. ongoing. 912-234-0980. admin@uusavannah. org. ongoing Unitarian Universalist Church of Savannah, 313 Harris St. Unity Church of Savannah

Sunday Celebration services 9:15am and 11am. Children’s Church and childcare 11am. Thursday noon prayer service. See website or call for info on continues on p. 44

Savannah Friends Meeting (Quakers)

Un-programmed worship. 11am Sundays, third floor of Trinity United Methodist Church. Call or email for info. All are welcome. ongoing. 912308-8286. ongoing Trinity United Methodist Church, 225 West President St. Savannah Reiki Share

During shares, participants take turns giving and receiving universal life force energy via Reiki and other healing modalities. Present at the shares are



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classes, workshops, and more. ongoing. 912-355-4704. ongoing Unity Church of Savannah, 2320 Sunset Blvd.


(March 21-April 19) An Indian student named Sankalp Sinha has invented the “Good Morning Sing N Shock.” It’s an alarm clock that plays you a song and gives you a small electrical jolt when you hit the snooze button. The voltage applied is far less intense than, say, a taser, and is designed to energize you rather than disable you. I encourage you to seek out wake-up calls like the kind this device administers, Aries: fairly gentle, yet sufficiently dramatic to get your attention. The alternative would be to wait around for blind fate to provide the wake-up calls. They might be a bit more strenuous.


(April 20-May 20) If you google the statement “I can change overnight,” most of the results that come up are negative, like “It’s not something I can change overnight” or “I don’t think I can change overnight.” But there’s one google link to “I can change overnight.” It’s a declaration made by Taurus painter Willem de Kooning. He was referring to how unattached he was to defining his work and how easy it was for him to mutate his artistic style. I wouldn’t normally advise you Tauruses to use “I can change overnight” as your battle cry. But for the foreseeable future you do have the power to make some rather rapid and thorough transformations.


(May 21-June 20) “The artist is by necessity a collector,” said graphic designer Paul Rand. “He accumulates things with the same ardor and curiosity with which a boy stuffs his pockets. He borrows from the sea and from the scrap heap; he takes snapshots, makes mental notes, and records impressions on tablecloths and newspapers. He has a taste for children’s wall scrawling as appreciative as that for prehistoric cave painting.” Whether or not you’re an artist, Gemini, this would be an excellent approach for you in the coming days. You’re in a phase when you can thrive by being a gatherer of everything that attracts and fascinates you. You don’t need to know yet why you’re assembling all these clues. That will be revealed in good time.


(June 21-July 22)

Can you remember the last time you bumped up against a limitation caused by your lack of knowledge? What did it feel like? I expect that sometime soon you will have that experience again. You may shiver with worry as you contemplate the potential consequences of your continued ignorance. But you may also feel the thrill of hungry curiosity rising up in you. If all goes well, the fear and curiosity will motivate you to get further educated. You will set to work on a practical plan to make it happen.


(July 23-Aug. 22) “My story isn’t sweet and harmonious like invented stories,” wrote novelist Herman Hesse. “It tastes of folly and bewilderment, of madness and dream, like the life of all people who no longer want to lie to themselves.” As interesting as Hesse’s declaration is, let’s not take it as gospel. Let’s instead envision the possibility that when people reduce the number of lies they tell themselves, their lives may become sweeter and more harmonious as a result. I propose that exact scenario for you right now, Leo. There might be a rough adjustment period as you cut back on your self-deceptions, but eventually your folly and bewilderment will diminish as the sweet harmony grows.


(Aug. 23-Sept. 22) Novelist James Joyce once articulated an extreme wish that other writers have probably felt but never actually said. “The demand that I make of my reader,” said Joyce, “is that he should devote his whole life to reading my works.” Was he being mischievous? Maybe. But he never apologized or issued a retraction. Your assignment, Virgo, is to conjure up your own version of that wild desire: a clear statement of exactly what you really, really want in all of its extravagant glory. I think it’ll be healthy for you to identify this pure and naked longing. (P.S. I’m not implying that you should immediately try to get it fulfilled, though. For now, the important thing is knowing what it is.)


(Sept. 23-Oct. 22) Now and then a British Libra named Lloyd Scott dresses up in funny costumes while competing

in long-distance races. He does it to raise money for charity. In the 2011 London Marathon, he wore a nine-foot snail outfit for the duration of the course. It took him 27 days to finish. I suggest you draw inspiration from his heroic effort. From a cosmic perspective, it would make sense for you to take your time as you engage in amusing activities that benefit your fellow humans.


(Oct. 23-Nov. 21) What will you do now that you have acquired more clout and visibility? Will you mostly just pump up your self-love and bask in the increased attention? There’s nothing wrong with that, of course. But if those are the only ways you cash in on your added power, the power won’t last. I suggest you take advantage of your enhanced influence by engaging in radical acts of magnanimity. Perform good deeds and spread big ideas. The more blessings you bestow on your fellow humans, the more enduring your new perks will be.


(Nov. 22-Dec. 21) You’ve been pretty wild and uncontained lately, and that’s OK. I’ve loved seeing how much permission you’ve given yourself to ramble free, experiment with the improbable, and risk being a fool. I suspect that history will judge a majority of your recent explorations as tonic. But now, Sagittarius, the tenor of the time is shifting. To continue being in alignment with your highest good, I believe you will have to rein in your wanderlust and start attending to the care and cultivation of your power spot. Can you find a way to enjoy taking on more responsibility?


(Dec. 22-Jan. 19) “The person who can’t visualize a horse galloping on a tomato is an idiot,” said the founder of Surrealism, writer André Breton. I wouldn’t go so far as to call such an imagination-deprived soul an “idiot,” but I do agree with the gist of his declaration. One of the essential facets of intelligence is the ability to conjure up vivid and creative images in one’s mind. When daily life has grown a bit staid or stuck or overly serious, this skill becomes even more crucial. Now is one of those times for you, Capricorn. If you have any trouble

visualizing a horse galloping on a tomato, take measures to boost the fertility of your imagination.


(Jan. 20-Feb. 18) “I want to be with those who know the secret things, or else alone,” wrote the eccentric ecstatic poet Rainer Maria Rilke. That wouldn’t be a good rule for you Aquarians to live by all the time. To thrive, you need a variety of cohorts and allies, including those who know and care little about secret things. But I suspect that for the next few weeks, an affinity for those who know secret things might suit you well. More than that, they may be exactly the accomplices who will help you attend to your number one assignment: exploratory holy work in the depths.


(Feb. 19-March 20) To launch your horoscope, I’ll steal a line from a Thomas Pynchon novel: *A revelation trembles just beyond the threshold of your understanding.* To continue your oracle, I’ll borrow a message I heard in my dream last night: *A breakthrough shivers just beyond the edge of your courage.* Next, I’ll use words I think I heard while eavesdropping on a conversation at Whole Foods: *If you want to cook up the ultimate love feast, you’re still missing one ingredient.* And to finish this oracle, Pisces, I’ll say that if you want to precipitate the trembling revelation, activate the shivering breakthrough, and acquire the missing ingredient, imitate what I’ve done in creating this horoscope. Assume the whole world is offering you useful clues, and listen closely.

Women’s Conference: Transformation of God’s Women “

Calonda Boyd, Pastor of Prevailing True Love Outreach Ministries ( PTLOM), will keynote the conference. The Savannah native holds a B. A. degree in psychology from Armstrong Atlantic State University. She works at Cumulus Broadcasting as an on air personality at Magic 103.9. Conference dates: Friday, August 23, begins at 7pm. Saturday, August 24, all day beginning at 8am. $10 912-5962439. Mt. Zion Baptist Church, 1008 Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd. Support Groups ACOA-Al-Anon

The “From Survival to Recovery” Adult Children of Alcoholics/Al-Anon Group is a fellowship and support group for those who grew up in alcoholic or dysfunctional homes. Meets Thursdays, 5:45pm at the 24-Hour Club, 1501 Eisenhower Dr. Call for info. ongoing. 912-598-9860. ongoing Alcoholics Anonymous

For people who want or need to stop drinking, AA can help. Meetings daily throughout the Savannah area. Free to attend or join. Check website for meeting days/times, or call 24 hours a day. ongoing. 912-356-3688. savannahaa. com. ongoing Alzheimer’s Caregiver and Family Support Group

For individuals caring for Alzheimer’s and dementia family members. Second Monday, Wilm. Isl. United Methodist Church, 195 Wilmington Island Rd. Second Thursday, Ruth Byck Adult Care Center, 64 Jasper St. Sponsored by Senior Citizens, Inc. Call for info. ongoing. 912-236-0363 x143. ongoing Amputee Support Group

Open to all who have had limbs amputated and their families or caregivers. Call for info. ongoing. 912-355-7778. ongoing Back Pain Support Group

Second Monday of every month,7:00pm. Denny’s Restaurant at Hwy. 204. Everyone is welcome. For more info, contact Debbie at 912-727-2959 ongoing. ongoing Brain Injury Support Group

For traumatic brain injury survivors and their caregivers. Third Thursdays, 5pm. In the gym of the Rehabilitation Institute at Memorial. ongoing. memorialhealth. com. ongoing Memorial Health University Medical Center, 4700 Waters Ave. Breast Cancer Survivors Group

Tuesdays, 5:20pm at First Presbyterian Church. For survivors and caregivers. Call for info. ongoing. 912-844-4524. fpc. ongoing First Presbyterian Church, 520 Washington Ave. Cancer Support Group

For anyone living with, through or be-

Children’s Grief Support Group

Seven week structured educational support group for children 6-17. Support, coping tools, utilizing play and activity to learn to live with loss. Free of charge. A service of Hospice Savannah, Inc. Call for dates. ongoing. 912-3039442. ongoing Full Circle Center for Grief Support, 450 Mall Blvd., Suite H. Citizens With Retarded Citizens

For families with children or adults with autism, mental retardation, and other developmental disabilities. Meets monthly. Call for info. ongoing. 912-355-7633. ongoing Citizens With Retarded Citizens, 1211 Eisenhower Drive. Coastal Empire Polio Survivors Assoc.

Meets regularly to discuss issues affecting the lives of polio survivors. Call or see website for info. Free and open to the public. ongoing. 912-927-8332. ongoing Couples with Fertility Challenges

Saturdays, 6:45pm at Savannah Christian Church. For couples dealing with primary or secondary infertility, whether for one or many years. Call or email for info. ongoing. 912-596-0852. ongoing Savannah Christian Church, 55 Al Henderson Blvd. Debtors Anonymous

For people with debting problems. Meets Sundays, 5pm-6pm at Unity of Savannah. See website or call for info. ongoing. 912-572-6108. ongoing Unity Church of Savannah, 2320 Sunset Blvd. Eating Disorders Anonymous

Free, volunteer-led support group for recovery from anorexia/restrictive eating and/or bulimia/binge/purging. Not a diet group, nor for those who struggle solely with overeating. Mondays, 7:30pm-8:30pm. Email for info. ongoing. ongoing Asbury Memorial United Methodist Church, 1008 Henry St. Essential Tremor Support Group

For those with the disease, care partners, family and caregivers. Managing the disease, treatments and therapies, quality of life. First Thursdays, 3:00pm4:30pm. Call for info. ongoing. 912819-2224. ongoing Nancy N. and J.C. Lewis Cancer & Research Pavilion, 225 Reynolds Ave. Fibromyalgia Support Group

Second Thursdays, 5:30pm-6:30pm. Call or see website for info. ongoing. 912-819-6743. ongoing Candler Heart and Lung Building, 5353 Reynolds Ave. Gambling Problem 12 Step Program

Twelve step program offers freedom from gambling. Meets weekly. Leave message with contact info. ongoing.

912-748-4730. ongoing

Georgia Scleroderma Support Group

A group for people with scleroderma for the greater Savannah area and surrounding counties. Meets regularly. Call for day and time. Lovezzola’s Pizza, 320 Hwy 80 West, Pooler. Info: 912412-6675 or 912-414-3827. ongoing. ongoing Grief Support Groups

Hospice Savannah’s Full Circle offers a full array of grief support groups and individual counseling for children, teens and adults is available at no charge. Counseling is offered at 450 Mall Blvd., Suite H in Savannah, and appointments are also available in the United Way offices in Rincon and in Richmond Hill. Call or see website for info. ongoing. 912-303-9442. GriefSupport. ongoing Heartbeats for Life

Free support and education group for those who have suffered from or want to prevent or reverse heart disease and/or diabetes. One Tuesday/month, 6pm. Call or email for date. All meetings at Southwest Chatham Library. ongoing. 912-598-8457. ongoing Southwest Chatham Library, 14097 Abercorn St. Klinefelter Syndrome/47-XXY Support Group

For parents of children with this diagnosis, and for men with this diagnosis. Started by the mother of a boy with 47XXY. Email to meet for mutual support. ongoing. ongoing Legacy Group: For individuals with advanced and recurrent cancer.

Group addresses the concerns of advanced and recurrent cancer survivors from the physical, emotional, spiritual, and social aspects of healing. To register for a specific session and to learn about the group, please call Jennifer Currin-McCulloch at 912-350-7845. ongoing. 912-350-7845. ongoing Curtis and Elizabeth Anderson Cancer Institute (at Memorial Health Univ. Medical Center), 4700 Waters Ave. Leukemia, Lymphoma and Myeloma Support Group

For patients with blood-related cancers and their loved ones. Call or see website for info. ongoing. 912-350-7845. memorialhealth. com/. ongoing Memorial Health University Medical Center, 4700 Waters Ave. Life 201: Grief Support Course

Hospice Savannah offers a seven-week course for people who are at least 18 months out from their loss, and who may have attended Grief 101. Thursday nights, beginning August 22, 6-7:30pm. Session topics: “Behind the Mask: Grief from the Inside Out;” “The Spiritual Dimensions of Grief; Making Sense of your Loss;” “The Mind-Body Connection of Grief;” “Journaling for your Life;” “Laughter Yoga;” “Reinvesting in Relationships;” and “Mapping the Future: Values Clarification.” Free and open to the public. 912-303-9442. Narcotics Anonymous

Call for the Savannah Lowcountry Area NA meeting schedule. ongoing. 912238-5925. ongoing National Alliance of Mentally Ill

American community. Call for info. ongoing. 912-236-7405. memorialhealth. com/. ongoing Memorial Health University Medical Center, 4700 Waters Ave.

Overeaters Anonymous

Third Thursdays, 5:30pm, at the Rehabilitation Institute at Memorial. Call or see website for info. ongoing. 912-3508900. ongoing Memorial Health University Medical Center, 4700 Waters Ave.

Weekly 90-minute support group for anyone with a mental health diagnosis. Also offer weekly family support group. Both meet Tuesdays, 6pm-8pm. Free and open to the public. ongoing. ongoing Trinity Lutheran Church, 12391 Mercy Blvd. Is food a problem for you? Overeaters Anonymous can help. Savannah meetings Mon 6:30pm, Wed 5:30pm, Fri 6:30 p.m. See website for locations and info, or call 912-358-7150. ongoing. meetings. ongoing Parents of Children with IEP’s (Individualized Education Plans)

For parents of children attending Chatham-Savannah Public School System who have IEP plans, to offer mutual support through the challenges of the IEP process. Email for info. ongoing. ongoing Parents of Ill Children

Backus Children’s Hospital sponsors this group for parents with a seriously ill child receiving inpatient or outpatient treatment. Case manager facilitates the meetings. Meets weekly. Call for info ongoing. 912-350-5616. memorialhealth. com/backus. ongoing Backus Children’s Hospital, 4700 Waters Ave. Parkinson’s Support Group

First Thursdays, 5pm-6:30pm, Marsh Auditorium at Candler. Call for info. ongoing. 912-355-6347. ongoing Candler Hospital, 5353 Reynolds St. Pryme Multiple Sclerosis Support Group

Meets the second Tuesday of each month at St. Joseph’s Hospital,11705 Mercy Blvd., Meeting Room 1(on the 2nd Floor above ER entrance) at 6 p.m. An opportunity for people with MS and their families and friends to share information, develop coping strategies, receive support and become involved in community activities. ongoing. 912-8192224. ongoing St. Joseph’s Hospital, 11705 Mercy Blvd.

Spinal Injury Support Group

Survivors of Suicide Support Group

Suicide often leaves survivors with guilt, anger, hurt and unanswered questions. Hospice Savannah/United Way of Coastal Empire/Coastal Suicide Prevention Alliance offer an ongoing support group. Third Thursdays, 6:307:30pm. Safe and confidential. Free to attend. Barbara Moss at Full Circle of Hospice Savannah, 912-629-1089. ongoing. ongoing Full Circle Center for Grief Support, 450 Mall Blvd., Suite H. Teens Nurturing Teens (Cancer Support)

Support group for teens with a family member or loved one impacted by cancer. Meets at the Lewis Cancer Pavilion. Call for information. ongoing. 912-819-5704. ongoing Nancy N. and J.C. Lewis Cancer & Research Pavilion, 225 Reynolds Ave. Teens With No One to Turn To

Help for people ages 11-18, or concerned parents of teens. Park Place Outreach Youth Emergency Shelter. Call or see website. ongoing. 912-234-4048. ongoing Volunteers

Bethesda Seeks Volunteer Docents for New History Museum/Visitors Center

Bethesda seeks volunteer docents for their new visitors center/museum. Volunteer docents needed during regular museum hours, Thurs.-Sat. 10am4pm. Docents will share Bethesda’s rich history and inspiring legacy with visitors from across the country and around the world. ongoing. 912-3512061. ongoing Bethesda Academy, 9250 Ferguson Ave.

Rape Crisis Center

Assists survivors of rape and sexual assault. Free, confidential counseling for victims and families. 24-hour Rape Crisis Line operates seven days a week. 912-233-7273. ongoing. ongoing Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy Support Group

Second Tuesdays at 7pm in Marsh Auditorium at Candler Hospital. For anyone with this disorder, plus family members/caregivers interested in learning more. Call for info. ongoing. 912-858-2335. ongoing Candler Hospital, 5353 Reynolds St. Sisters Network (Breast Cancer in the African American Community)

Third Mondays, 6pm-7pm. At the Curtis and Elizabeth Anderson Cancer Institute at Memorial. A national organization to raise awareness about the impact of breast cancer on the African

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yond a cancer diagnosis. First Wednesdays, at Lewis Cancer Pavilion. Call for info. ongoing. 912-819-5704. ongoing Nancy N. and J.C. Lewis Cancer & Research Pavilion, 225 Reynolds Ave.

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EAST & WEST SAVANNAH $100 & Up Furnished, includes utilities, central heat/air, Comcast cable, washer/dryer. Ceramic tile in kitchen. Shared Kitchen & Shared bath. Call 912210-0144, leave message


Includes stove, refrigerator, private bath. Furnished! $180/ week. Call 912-844-5995. FURNISHED APTS. $165/WK. Private bath and kitchen, cable, utilities, washer furnished. AC & heat, bus stop on property. No deposit required. Completely safe, manager on property. Contact Cody, 695-7889 or Jack, 342-3840. NEED A ROOM? STOP LOOKING! Great rooms available ranging from $115-$145/weekly. Includes refrigerators, central heat/air. No deposit. Call 912398-7507.

ONE, TWO & THREE BR Apts. & Houses for rent. Stove, refrigerator, washer/dryer. 1/2 month Off-Good for this month only. 912-844-5996 OR 912-2726820

SCION XB, 2006-Original owner, under 65K miles, automatic transmission, cruise control, dark blue exterior, black interior, $8595. Call 912-8842262

SPACIOUS ROOMS FOR RENT Newly renovated on busline. 2 blocks from Downtown Kroger,3 blocks from Historic Forsyth Park. $150/week with No deposit. 844-5995


Boats & Accessories Boats for Sale

17’ CAROLINA SKIFF, boat & trailer. $1,000. Call 912-308HONDA ELEMENT, 2004- 7754 Runs, and look great, 175K 17FT. SAIL FISH with 150 $5,500.00 Mercury EFI & Trailer. $3,000 706-550-2675/912-489-5980 Firm. Call for info, 912-308-7754


BOSTON WHALER 13.5’ Sport; 40HP Johnson 2000 CHATEAU by Four Winds OB; Skipper B Trailer; And all Cars/Trucks/Vans International, Class-C, V10 accessories; $2500. Call 912engine, Ford 450E chassis, 897-9574 24,000 miles. upgrade on Queen mattress and toilet, enclosed FENDER BENDER ?? Paint & Body Work. Reasonably shower, sleeps 5. Everything’s Priced. Insurance Claims. We buy original, garage kept since new. wrecks. Call 912-355-5932. Blue Ox towing hitch included. Looks and runs like new. Sold 1999 HONDA Civic, Sun Roof. new $67,000, asking $25,000. $ 1500.00/ OBO. Call for more 912-884-5462 information. 912-695-9566


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ROOMS FOR RENT Completely furnished. Central heat and air. Conveniently located on busline. $130 per week. Call 912-844-5995.

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ROOMS FOR RENT, fully furnished. WiFi, cable, all utilities included. $490-$550/per month. Call 912-323-7105.

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SOUTHSIDE: 511 Collingwood. 3BR/2BA, LR, DR, den, air, fenced backyard. $850/month plus $850/security deposit. 6604296


HOUSES 4 Bedrooms 126 House Rd. $1500 3 Bedrooms 615 E. 52nd St. $1800 208 Andover Dr. $1600 1907 E. Henry St. $1500 818 Granite Ln. $1395 10 Versailles $1300 2311 E. 37th St. $1125 212 Forest Ridge $920 5 Arthur Cir. $895 105 Nelson Ave. $895 14 Sherwood Rd. $825 1734 E.33rd St. $795

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Connect Savannah August 21, 2013 issue  

IN THIS ISSUE: What’s more fun that trying to find a parking space at Whole Foods? Why, it’s the all-new Connect Savannah – and this week’s...

Connect Savannah August 21, 2013 issue  

IN THIS ISSUE: What’s more fun that trying to find a parking space at Whole Foods? Why, it’s the all-new Connect Savannah – and this week’s...