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Cool Yule weekend features holiday shopping and discounts for all shoppers at our three Telfair Museums sites! Telfair members receive Double Discounts! (Artist consignment items excluded.) Exclusively at the Jepson Center store, we present the 4th Annual Artists Trunk Show. Local artists offer unique gifts that your loved ones will treasure. Make it an afternoon at the Jepson–the store provides free gift wrapping, a children’s activity table and refreshments! Finish off your day with a bite to eat at the new Jepson Café!

December 7, 10 am–5 pm, December 8, 12–5 pm, Jepson Center / Telfair Academy / Owens-Thomas House

Experience Tybee in a different light this holiday season 12-6-13: Lights on for Tybee @ 6:30pm

– Come down to the Tybrisa / Strand roundabout for the annual tree lighting, special awards and treats, singing, dancing and more! Complementary refreshments will be available at participating locations downtown.

12-7-13: Tybee Island Christmas Parade @ 1:00pm – Bundle up….travel from the 14th

12-31-13: New Year’s Eve Fireworks 1-1-14: Tybee Polar Plunge Find details at www.tybeefortheholidays.com and come share the holiday spirit on Tybee.

Street lot to the YMCA. Following the parade, Mr. & Mrs. Claus will be available for wish sharing and photo opps with the children at the Tybee YMCA and fun family activities!

www.tybeefortheholidays.com for more information and Facebook Tybee for the Holidays.

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this week | compiled by robin wright gunn | happenings@connectsavannah.com Week At A Glance is Connect Savannah’s listing of various events over the coming week. If you would like an event listed, please email WAG@connectsavannah.com. Include specific dates, time, locations with addresses, cost and a contact number. Deadline for inclusion is 5pm Friday, to appear in next Wednesday’s edition.

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City Market Holiday Open House

Film: Dead of Night (1945, U.K.)

What: Psychotronic Film Society pres-

ents a B&W horror thriller for mature audiences. Starring British stage actor Michael Redgrave. When: 8 p.m Where: The Sentient Bean, 13 East Park Ave. Cost: $6 Info: sentientbean.com

The Journey

What: Experience life the night Christmas began in an outdoor production that draws thousands from across the Southeast. A walk through the recreated ancient Middle Eastern town of Bethlehem teeming with bakery, tannery, blacksmith and jewelry shops and an inn that’s full to capacity. Follow shepherds to find Mary, Joseph and a baby crying softly in a manger. When: 6-8 p.m Where: Savannah Christian Church, 55 Al Henderson Blvd. Cost: $5 per person. Children free. Maximum family fee: $20 Info: 912-925-9657. SCCJourney.com

Savannah Harbor Festival of Lights continues

What: Celebrate the magic of the holidays.More than 80 lighted holidaythemed displays at the Savannah Harbor Road Course on Hutchinson Island. With horse carriage rides and the Staples Safari Zoo. Presented by Savannah Harbor Foundation. Benefiting World Ocean School, the Empty Stocking Fund, and other charities. When: 5:30-10 p.m Where: The Club at Savannah Harbor, #2 Resort Dr. Cost: $25 per family vehicle Info: 912-921-1040. melissa@robmark. com. savannahharborfoundation.com/ festival-schedule.html

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Thursday December Nights and Holiday Lights

What: A walk through lighted gardens (half a million holiday lights!) while listening to carolers, musicians and traditional holiday music. Warming stations, Mrs. Claus’ Kitchen with baked holiday goodies and hot chocolate,and photos with Santa every Saturday night.

Friday

Film: Doctor Zhivago (1965)

What: This epic film traces the life of orphan-turned-surgeon-poet Yury Zhivago (Omar Sharif) before and during the Russian Revolution. Winner of five Academy Awards. When: 7 p.m Where: Lucas Theatre for the Arts, 32 Abercorn St. Cost: $8 general admission, $5 student/senior. Info: lucastheatre.com When: Nightly 6-9 p.m Where: Coastal Georgia Botanical Gar-

dens, 2 Canebrake Rd. Cost: $5 Info: (912) 921-5460. elubrani@uga.edu. coastalgeorgiabg.org

Downtown Design District Holiday Walk

What: See and be seen as you stroll through Savannah's fashion and design boutiques along Whitaker Street, near Jones Street. When: 5:30-8:30 p.m Cost: Free and open to the public

Free Downtown Garage Parking

What: Three (3) hours of free parking in

City Parking Garages every Thursday and Friday through Dec. 27.(Note: not offered during times when garages are charging special event rates.) Cost: Free

Isle of Hope K-8 Replacement School: Informational Meeting

What: Presentation plus Q&A session on the construction of the Isle of Hope K-8 replacement school. Updates on demolition of the existing facility in January 2014, plus design and construction updates. When: 6:30-7:30 p.m Where: Isle of Hope United Methodist Church, 412 Parkersburg Rd. Cost: Free and open to the public Info: 912-236-1766. sccpss.com

The Journey

What: Experience life the night Christmas began in an outdoor production that draws thousands from across the Southeast. A walk through the recreated ancient Middle Eastern town of Bethlehem teeming with bakery, tannery, blacksmith and jewelry shops and an inn that’s full to capacity. When: Dec. 4-8, Dec. 11-15, 6-8 p.m Where: Savannah Christian Church, 55 Al Henderson Blvd. Cost: $5 per person. Children free. Maximum family fee: $20 Info: 912-925-9657. SCCJourney.com

Martin de Porres Society Fundraiser

What: The Martin de Porres Society of Savannah will feed several hundred needy neighbors this holiday season. Savannah Wine Cellar's monthly charity event for December. When: 5:30-7:30 p.m Where: Savannah Wine Cellar, 5500 Abercorn, Twelve Oaks Shopping Center. Cost: $15

Spanish Sojourns Lecture

What: M. Elizabeth Boone's talk is entitled “The Spanish Element in Our Nationality: Rethinking the Creation of American Identity in the Late Nineteenth Century.” When: 6 p.m Where: Jepson Center, 207 West York St. Cost: Museum admission. Free to Telfair members. Info: telfair.org

What: Explore the beauty of holiday decorations including hundreds of lights and over 500 luminaria in the courtyard. Enjoy Christmas carolers, visit with Father Christmas, and sample holiday treats in the shops. When: 6 p.m.-midnight Where: City Market, Jefferson at West Saint Julian St. Cost: Free and open to the public Info: 912 232-4903. savannahcitymarket.com/events

Film: Doctor Zhivago (1965)

What: This classic traces the life of orphan-turned-surgeon-poet Yury Zhivago (Omar Sharif) before and during the Russian Revolution. Winner of five Academy Awards. When: 7 p.m Where: Lucas Theatre for the Arts, 32 Abercorn St. Cost: $8 general admission, $5 student/ senior. Info: lucastheatre.com

First Friday Art March

What: December’s Art March features a dozen restaurants, galleries, and boutiques all south of Forsyth Park. Park in the Desoto Ave. parking-lot and walk, bike, or take the trolley to visit all the locations. Kids Activity Area with all types of holiday crafts. Art March Bike Scavenger Hunt. When: first Friday of month, 6-9 p.m Where: Desotorow Gallery, 2427 Desoto Ave. Cost: Free Info: artmarchsavannah.com

First Friday Fireworks on the River

What: December's First Friday Fireworks are part of the Christmas on the River celebration! When: 9:30 p.m Where: Rousakis Plaza, River St. Cost: Free and open to the public

First Friday for Folk Music

What: Monthly folk music showcase hosted by the Savannah Folk Music Society in a friendly, alcohol-free environment. When: December performers; Midlife Crisis and Patchwork, first Friday of every month, 7:30 p.m Where: First Presbyterian Church, 520 Washington Ave. Cost: $5 donation. Info: 912-898-1876. savannahfolk.org


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First Friday Art March

What: March your way down to Starland District and the Desotorow Gallery to explore an Art Bazaar, live music, and unique gallery exhibits. December’s Art March features a dozen restaurants, galleries, and boutiques all south of Forsyth Park. Park in the Desoto Ave. parking lot and walk, bike, or take the trolley to visit all the locations. Plus there’s the Indie Arts Market on Desoto Ave. Kids Activity Area with all types of holiday crafts. Art March Bike Scavenger Hunt. When: First Friday of every month, 6-9 p.m Where: Desotorow Gallery, 2427 Desoto Ave. Cost: Free Info: artmarchsavannah.com

Holiday Open House and Book Signing

What: A fundraiser for Alzheimer's As-

sociation, in conjunction with the Wright Square Merchants Holiday Open House night. Signing features Ginny McCormack, author of Sunday In The South. When: 5-9 p.m Where: Simply Irresistible, 15 W. York St. Cost: Free to attend. Books purchase.

Lights On for Tybee Celebration

What: Mayor Jason Buelterman lights

Tybee Island's community Christmas tree downtown at the Tybrisa/Strand Roundabout. Live entertainment, extended hours, refreshments & specials. When: 6:30 p.m Where: Tybee Roundabout, Tybrisa Street and Strand Avenue. Cost: Free and open to the public

A Merrie English Christmas: I Cantori Concert

What: 23rd annual concert by I Can-

tori, Savannah's renowned 24-voice choral ensemble, featuring Advent and Christmas music written by English and American composers. When: 7:30 p.m. Where: St. Peter's Episcopal Church, 3 West Ridge Road. Cost: $15 for adults. $10 for children Info: icantorisavannah.com

Seersucker Shots! Poetry

What: A quick hit of poetry, featuring: Dan Rosenberg, Becca Myers, Ossian Foley. Hosted by Erika Jo Brown and B.J. Love. Sponsored by Seersucker Live —a Literary Performance. When: 7-8 p.m

Where: The Book Lady Bookstore, 6

East Liberty St.

Artwork by Wayne Chambers

Cost: Free and open to the public Info: SeersuckerLive.com

Theatre: Bell, Book and Candle

What: Collective Face Theatre Ensemble

presents the romantic comedy of a Greenwich Village witch and her supernatural love for a mortal man. The play became a feature film and was the basis for Bewitched, the 60's TV show. When: 8 p.m Where: Muse Arts Warehouse, 703 Louisville Rd. Cost: $20 Gen. Adm.; $15 seniors/ students/active military. Reservations suggested. Info: 912-232-0018. musesavannah.org

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Saturday 2nd Annual Jane Colick Holiday Cottage Tour

What: Enjoy ten of Jane’s cottages as you see her signature "Happy Colors,” decorated for the holidays. Tickets include refreshments at North Beach Bar & Grill. Purchase tickets online. Benefiting Humane Society for Greater Savannah's Spay/Neuter Clinic When: 10 a.m Where: Tybee Island Cost: $30 Info: (912) 695-0724. tybeefun.com

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Saturday, December 14th Home Tours: 11:00am – 3:00pm & 5:00pm – 8:00pm $35 Victorian Tea at 3:00pm & 4:00pm $25

Sunday, December 15th Inn Tour at 12:30pm – 3:30pm $25

For more information and tickets, visit: www.dnaholidaytour.com | call: 912-236-8362 In person tickets may be purchased only on Saturday, Dec. 14, 9:30am-5:30pm and Sunday, Dec. 15, 11am-2:30pm, at Tour Headquarters. Location: Downtown Savannah Visitors Center, 301 Martin Luther King Blvd.


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Sunday

I Have Marks to Make: 18 Years Celebrating the Therapeutic Power of Art

Art from rehabilitation programs at local hospitals, and works from SavannahChatham Public Schools Department of Exceptional Children, encompassing participants of all ages. Exhibition, reception and opening program of readings and performance. Free & open to public. Sun., Dec. 8, 2-5 p.m. Poetry readings and performance at 3 pm. Jepson Center, 207 West York St.

2013 Enmark Savannah River Bridge Run

Bridge, a 1.4-mile span at a 5.5% grade, 196 feet above the Savannah River, on foot. Walkers and runners welcome. See website for info on registration, including fees and deadlines. When: Saturday, Dec. 7. Info: SavannahRiverBridgeRun.com.

(Canine Distemper), FVRCP (Feline Distemper) Microchips available at $20 each. The line closes to new vehichles at 2:30 pm. All cats must be in carriers. When: 11 a.m.-3 p.m Where: Chatham County Health Department, 1395 Eisenhower Drive Cost: $10 per shot. Maximum two pets per person please. Info: HumaneSocietySAV.org

City Market Christmas for Kids

An Isle of Hope Christmas

What: Conquer Savannah’s Talmadge

What: Bring the family for fun-filled

What: Tour five cottages and homes on historic Isle of Hope. Reception & music. Benefits Second Harvest Food Bank and W. Broad St. YMCA. Sponsored by St. Thomas Episcopal Church. When: 4-8 p.m Cost: $30 Info: 912-414-6005

Forsyth Farmers Market

Nature Outing: Explore the Night Sky

activities including cookie decorating, making ornaments to take home, face painting, a petting zoo, photos with Father Christmas and a choir performance. When: 11 a.m.-2 p.m Where: City Market What: Local and regional

produce, honey, meat, dairy, pasta, baked goods. When: 9 a.m.-1 p.m Where: Forsyth Park, 501 Whitaker St.

Holiday ‘Quarterly’ Book Sale

What: Tis the season for giving the gift of books at the holiday version of this book sale, benefiting Humane Society for Greater Savannah. Books are only 25 cents each. When: 9 a.m.-noon Where: Humane Society for Greater Savannah, 7215 Sallie Mood Dr.

301 W Jones St, Savannah (912) 349-1000

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Humane Society's Low Cost Pet Vaccination Clinic

What: Humane Society for Greater Savannah will host its winter drivethrough, low-cost vaccination clinic. 1 Year Rabies, Bordetella, Da2PV

What: A Wilderness Southeast sky interpreter meets you beyond the city limits to share the stories of the stars. Cloudy nights will be rescheduled. Fee includes use of telescope. Meet at Skidaway Island; call 912-236-8115 for directions. Reservations required. When: 6-8 p.m Cost: $25/person ($10/child under 12)

Oatland Island's Drop and Shop

What: Drop off the kids at Oatland Island for making crafts and exploring the animal trails, while Mom and Dad go shopping in town or nearby. Reservations and prepayment required. When: 10 a.m.-3 p.m Where: Oatland Island Wildlife Center, 711 Sandtown Rd. Cost: $25 per child ($15 for siblings). Info: (912) 395-1500. oatlandisland.org


What: Collective Face Theatre En-

semble presents the romantic comedy which became a feature film and was the basis for Bewitched, the TV show. When: 8 p.m Where: Muse Arts Warehouse, 703 Louisville Rd. Cost: $15-20 Info: 912-232-0018. musesavannah.org

Landfill Gas to Energy Plant Tour

What: Join Waste Management and the

Wilmington Island Farmers' Market: Holiday Marketplace

What: Vendors offering unique holiday wares and food items. When: 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Where: 111 Walthour Rd @ Islands Community Church. Cost: Free and open to the public Info: wifarmersmarket.org

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UGA Cooperative Extension/Chatham County to view the renewable energy facility, the structure of a landfill and landfill environmental protection elements. See the new Wildlife Habitat Council community project. When: 10 a.m Where: Superior Landfill, 3001 Little Neck Road. Cost: Free and open to the public Info: 912-652-7981.

What: Bonaventure Historical Society offers historical tours of Savannah's most photographed cemetery. When: 2, 2:30 & 3 p.m Where: Bonaventure Cemetery Cost: Free and open to the public Info: bonaventurehistorical.org

Tybee Island Christmas Parade

Gingerbread House Workshop

What: Tybee's parade begins at the

14th Street beachfront and ends at the YMCA on 5th Street. When: 1 p.m Where: Tybee Island Cost: Free and open to the public Info: TybeeForTheHolidays.com

Bonaventure Cemetery Tours

What: Habitat for Humanity Savannah offers gingerbread house workshop. Reservations are required. When: 11 a.m.-2 p.m Where: Oglethorpe Mall Cost: $20. Includes supplies. Info: 912-353-8122. hunter@habitatsavannah.org

Holiday Jazz Explosion: Jazz Concert

What: Teddy Adams Quintet w/ Huxsie Scott in Student Union Ballroom. When: 6-9 p.m Where: SSU, 3219 College St. Cost: $25

I Have Marks to Make: 18 Years Celebrating the Therapeutic Power of Art (Exhibit Opening)

What: Community exhibition celebrates the power of art to transform. When: 2-5 p.m Where: Jepson Center, 207 W York St. Cost: Free and open to the public

Savannah Children's Choir Holiday Concert and CD Release Party What: Hear the sounds of the season. When: 4 p.m Where: First Presbyterian Church, 520

Washington Ave.

Cost: $10 adults, $5 students Info: savannahchoir.org

Theatre: Bell, Book and Candle

What: The play became a film and was the basis for Bewitched, the TV show. When: 3 p.m Where: Muse Arts Warehouse, 703 Louisville Rd. Cost: $15-20 Info: 912-232-0018. musesavannah.org

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Wednesday Deen Family Book Signing

What: Join Paula, Jamie and Bobby for a signing. Only 350 tickets will be given out starting 1 hour before the book signing. No cameras; a professional photographer can take your photo. When: 2-4 p.m Where: The Lady and Sons, 102 West Congress St. Cost: Free attend. Books for purchase. Info: pauladeen.com

Film: The Old Man Who Cried Wolf (1970, USA)

What: Psychotronic Film Society presents this Edward G. Robinson Birthday Screening--a rare public viewing of one of the best made-for-TV thrillers of its time. When: 8 p.m Where: Sentient Bean, 13 East Park Ave. Cost: $6 Info: sentientbean.com

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On Thanksgiving night, I was dismayed, but not really surprised, to drive past the Target on Victory Drive and see the parking lot jammed to the gills at 10 p.m. It’s old hat to complain about the commercialization of Christmas. But this year, with so many big-box retailers deciding — colluding, really — to stay open Thanksgiving, clearly America has entered a whole new realm of capitalistic malpractice. With our growing Black Friday obsession — gleefully and maniacally fed by the media, who profit from big-chain advertising — comes the bizarre incidents of chaos and social breakdown, now an accepted part of pop culture rubbernecking. The weekend after Thanksgiving we click the links to see the latest fist-fights and hair-pulling matches and bone-crushing stampedes over slightly discounted Chinesemade merchandise at a bleak Walmart in New Jersey or Oakland or exurban Atlanta. We gawk. We condescend. We pat ourselves on the back for shopping online instead, rationalizing that clicking on an Amazon deal-of-the-day on headphones is much more hip than rubbing shoulders with those Walmart people. This year there was the usual grotesque diet of Black Friday fight-porn on the internet. But again, there were some unfortunate twists which reinforced the sense that our Christmas shopping obsession has reached a new level of profound pathology. In Philadelphia, one woman used a Taser on another woman during a melee between two families at a Walmart. Can a gun really be that far behind? Another twist, this one arguably even more distressing: At a North Carolina Walmart, a man was kicked out for shooting video of some fighting customers — but the fighting customers were allowed to stay! With all the craziness, it’s tempting to focus on the consumer side of the metastasizing cancer of Black Friday. But I prefer to focus on the employees. Someone has to work at all these stores open on Thanksgiving. Someone has to

spend time away from their families to work for peanuts to cater to America’s unwillingness to wait 24 damn hours to start shopping the day after Thanksgiving. Please don’t say these employees have a choice. Let’s be real: Since when do minimum wage employees at large companies have much of a choice about anything? Shoppers have the option of staying home. Retail employees, for most practical purposes, don’t, and everyone knows this who has even a passing familiarity with what life is like for America’s working poor. It’s a national disgrace that a huge and growing number of Americans who work, and work hard, are mired in poverty no matter how many shifts they work. So mired in poverty, in fact, that at least one Walmart organized a holiday charity food drive — for its own employees. Food purchased, of course, from Walmart! A psychologist might call this a national Stockholm Syndrome, an overidentification with one’s tormentor. But exploitation of workers has always been baked in the cake of capitalism, and always will be. It’s the nature of the beast. You can only hope to counterbalance it. In the old days, labor unions were the counterbalance. But outside of a few enclaves such as the federal government, America today is a post-union environment, with only 7 percent of employees unionized. The counterbalance is gone. The American Way is now people working for peanuts selling things on credit to other people working for peanuts, fighting over “deals” which are barely even deals. It’s deeply ingrained in our culture. Reality TV tells us the way to get ahead isn’t to band together for the common good, but to make yourself unique by subjecting yourself to as much humiliation as possible. Reality TV has “winners,” but they win not by being good at something but by

being willing to debase themselves more than their competitors are. This is reflected in our economic system. Perhaps the only practical solution left is to at least make it worthwhile for people to have a job at all. Simply put, this means raising the minimum wage to a living wage. President Obama recently suggested a $9 an hour federal minimum wage, up from the current $7.25. Democrats in Congress have proposed a $10.10 federal minimum. Those suggestions have about as good a chance as becoming reality as healthcare.gov has a chance of working super well. But as is often the case these days, positive change is being made at the local level. The Seattle suburb which hosts Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (SeaTac) just passed a ballot initiative raising the local minimum wage to $15, for airport workers and associated industries like food and car rental. “It shows that people are tired of waiting for corporate CEOs or Congress to deal with income inequality and that they can use democracy to make a change,” said Heather Weiner, spokeswoman for the campaign to pass the initiative, which was, yes, primarily backed by unions. The first local living wage ordinance was Baltimore’s in 1994. Since then more than 120 local governments have enacted their own. Eighteen states have mandated minimum wages above the federal minimum. Despite most research showing that the benefits to society of a higher minimum wage far outstrip the liabilities, deep-red Georgia obviously will not join those states any time soon. But could blue-ish Savannah be next on the list of municipalities? Our elected city officials are always talking about wanting to be on the cutting edge and touting their participation in national government associations. You pay their dues to join those organizations. Make it all pay off. Urge your alderman to support a local living wage ordinance. If we all show the same initiative to that as we apply to Christmas shopping, it should be no problem at all. cs


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Exile in Phonelessville It all escalated rather quickly. I wasn’t even in a bad mood, just trying to wrangle the family to make a rare appearance at synagogue services after a packed season of Saturday soccer games. We had exactly seven minutes to drive downtown and park, which sounds dangerous and impossible from midtown but is totally doable if you catch the light at Victory. But my phone kept dinging with texts and the dog started yapping and then my son was stalking around the front yard in his underwear muttering that he couldn’t find his pants and — the dam just broke. Suddenly I was screaming “I’m pretty sure your pants are NOT in the goddamn azaleas” loud enough for the people on the next block to hear and performing a dramatic interpretive anger dance that culminated in the throwing of what I call my little church purse at the car with a rather impressive thunk. Lipstick and a driver’s license do not make a sound like that. A clonk of that particular heft is reserved only for a flat rectangular object of a certain weight. An object just upgraded a few weeks ago for which I had not yet bought a protective case. When I picked up the little church purse off the yellowing fall grass, I unzipped it to reveal the screen of my new iPhone 5c as dark and shattered as the dreams of a graceless rhinoceros hoping to join the roller derby. My rage instantly dissipated into tail-tucked shame. I apologized to all who had witnessed my hysterical diva act. I guess I hadn’t noticed the stress levels ratcheting up, what with hosting the holiday feast and the whole work/life balance wobbly plate-spinning act, not to mention the introduction of an alien-developed “new math” in my fourth grader’s class that appears to have done away with actual numbers in favor of

conceptual essays. At least I could find comfort in the fact that my marbles had exploded on my own lawn and that no one appears to have posted it on YouTube. It was only after I got glass shards in my finger pathetically begging an impassive SIRI to text my husband that we would not be seeing each other in the pews that I realized I had done more than embarrassed myself: I had effectively cut myself off from the rest of the world. A trusted friend advised that I not air the dirty laundry of my adultsized temper tantrum here in this column, but for the sake of exploring the foibles of humanity, I am always willing to sacrifice my own dignity. Surveys conducted on and offline reveal that I’m not the only person who has ever lost their shit and turned their smartphone into a projectile. And when it comes to dependence on our little rectangular boxes, I know I’m in fine company. Our phones are so much more than pocket-sized computers that allow us instant email access and flattering filters for our profile pictures. They’re our security blankets and loyal BFFs, providing us an escape when we feel uncomfortable at a party and fostering the illusion that we are working when we are actually shopping for sweaters on ModCloth. They are emblems of style, a carefully chosen accessory to reflect our allegiance to one operating system or another. We use them to watch the stock market or videos of dogs wearing liederhosen at the breakfast table. We instantly settle the argument that it was 1985, not 1987, when Sammy Hagar replaced David Lee Roth as Van Halen’s lead singer. Texting has taken the inconvenience out of simple communiqués, and there’s no denying that the maps app is what columnist Jane Fishman calls a “marriage saver.” The problem is that we’ve gotten so needy that we can barely find our way out of a paper bag without plugging in an address.

They seem so shiny and innocuous at first, a perfect tool when we need a little extra speed in our everyday dealings. It doesn’t take long for us to become intoxicated with the power, accomplishing in minutes what used to take hours. Before you know it, you’re just another sallow-faced junkie at its mercy, fumbling with it in the bathroom and fretting over it like Tolkien’s Gollum and his precious ring. Our obsession with our phones can classify as a real addiction, similar to compulsive gambling and substance abuse, according to a recent study published in the Journal of Behavioral Addictions. The way I protectively clutch my phone definitely reminds me of how back in the day I used to worry over my cigarettes (housed in a similarly-shaped flat rectangular box, hmm), constantly patting myself to make sure they were still there. (Been quit from that habit for almost 10 years now, thank heavens.) Even if you don’t sleep with your phone under your pillow, the urgency to keep up with the barrage of texts and tweets can be mentally and emotionally overwhelming, sucking us into a time-evaporating vortex as we endlessly refresh multiple platforms. There’s even a name for our hand-wringing anxiety about being separated from our devices: “Nomophobia” is the official psychological term for the fear of losing your phone. But I’m hardly the person to provide you with a smug public service rant about such hazards. As I have illustrated above, having a smartphone certainly hasn’t made me any less stupid. After what the children now call Mommy’s Big Hissyfit, I brought my battered phone to the techy people at iRepair on Bull Street to see if my phone could be resuscitated. They assured me it could — but I’d have to wait for a part to be shipped. Two days later, when the new screen arrived broken, I was looking at doing Thanksgiving weekend cold turkey, so to speak.

Witnessing the facial twitches, the nice pregnant lady at the desk apologetically offered me the use of a Blackberry so prehistoric it might have been exhumed by Fred Flintstone. (Come ON, when’s last time you used a trackball?) Forced into technological exile, I went back to the Dark Ages, relegated to checking email on a computer and forgetting to update Facebook. I have now been apart from my Precious for over a week. The first days of withdrawal got kind of intense when I tried to slide open the refrigerator with my index finger and asked a bar of soap for directions. After that, it became amazingly normal not to check my black box every 30 seconds. I especially have not missed the always ominous possibility of it sliding out of my back pocket and dropping in the toilet. (Which I, along with 19 percent of Americans, have done, according to another study. More dirty laundry.) And here’s the kicker: After months of feeling like I didn’t have a spare minute, I’ve suddenly had time to knit a pair of lopsided handwarmers and play board games with the family. Denied the digital download of the Catching Fire soundtrack, we rediscovered our vinyl appreciation, thanks to a stack of classics from Graveface Records. Still, I could’ve really used some instant Google action when my spouse challenged my knowledge of ‘80s glam bands. The petroglyph Blackberry makes outgoing calls and receives texts, so I haven’t missed any emergencies, but it’s so hideous that I feel no need to whip it out in public. Instead, I’ve been doing a lot of people-watching — though it’s less interesting when it’s just a bunch of heads bowed over screens, faces aglow. The call that my phone is fixed will come at any minute, and I wonder if it’s possible to mindfully return to the world of status updates and selfies. It’s been an eye-opening banishment from the realm, and like Gollum over his golden band, I remain torn by the obsession and the desire to be free of it. cs

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On a trip to rural India in 2002, I came across something quite beautiful and sacred: a forest cemetery. There were no granite headstones or mausoleums. Instead, I strolled through a lovely glade of young saplings. In the decades since the burial ground was founded, mourning families had planted a tree commemorating each loved one who had passed. The day I walked there the young trees were alive with songbirds. The cemetery was laced with trails and dotted with benches – a peaceful haven for both the living and the dead. I was struck by the common sense simplicity of this sacred grove, and thought, what a good idea! It’s now an idea slowly taking root in America. As of 2013, there were 35 natural cemeteries in 23 states certified by the nonprofit Green Burial Council. What’s so wonderful about natural cemeteries is that no two look the same – unlike their industrial age counterparts with sterile lawns and row upon row of headstones. Each natural cemetery blends with its unique native setting. South Carolina’s Ramsey Creek Preserve – the first modern U.S. green cemetery, founded in 1998 – boasts 220 plant species and the comforting sounds of a bubbling brook. Texas’ Eloise Woods Natural Burial Park features walking trails winding among native cedars and holly. Washington’s White Eagle Memorial Preserve is set within 1,100 acres of permanently protected oak and

ponderosa pine. New York’s Greensprings Natural Cemetery Preserve draws on the expertise of naturalists to attract meadowlarks, bobolinks, and other birds to its memorial meadows and groves. A green burial in a natural cemetery is far less expensive than a conventional burial. It requires no embalming fluid with its toxic formaldehyde. Instead, the body is preserved until internment with refrigeration or dry ice. A natural burial replaces the costly cement or metal burial vault with a hole in the ground. Caskets aren’t steel with brass handles, or made from rare endangered woods like teak. Instead the body is wrapped in a simple shroud, or laid to rest in a coffin or wicker casket made from locally harvested wood. The grave is dug by hand, not backhoe. The marker may be native stone, wood, or a living tree or flowering shrub. Green funerals – held in the harmony of nature – also tend not to be somber affairs, but celebrations of the lives of those who passed. Mourners sing or drum at the forest or prairie graveside. Family members take turns reading letters or reciting poems as relatives and friends share the task of closing the grave with shovels, gently restoring topsoil and leaf litter. Later graveside visits include walks through woods and meadows and the comfort of knowing a loved one has been reunited with living nature. The very slow growth of natural cemeteries – in an age when we

urgently need to conserve every resource – speaks to the human and American condition. Though most of us agree that the earth and our human future is in jeopardy, we’re slow to change. It’s hard to surrender entrenched habits – to eat organic, or trade in a big SUV for a fuel-efficient hybrid – and maybe even harder to change long-standing rituals, like the way we bury and remember our dead. Adding to that resistance are the industries and workforces that support human habits. The U.S. death care industry with its crematoriums and cemeteries handles 1.8 million funerals annually and is a $15 billion business largely dominated by ten corporation that surprisingly include Wal-Mart and Amazon.com which both sell caskets online. Still, a shift to green burials and natural cemeteries would save a great deal of resources –1,636,000 tons of reinforced concrete vaults, 90,000 tons of metal caskets, and 827,000 gallons of embalming fluid annually, plus vast sums of energy needed to cremate bodies, and tons of fertilizer and pesticide used to keep manicured cemetery lawns. The question is, where do you want to find your final resting place: in a windswept granite orchard, or beneath an oak tree amid wildflowers pollinated by bumblebees? In the end, your choice could make a difference for your children and generations to come. cs To locate a natural cemetery, go to www.greenburialcouncil.org Blue Ridge Press editor Glenn Scherer lives in Vermont.

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Sad Thanksgiving On Thanksgiving morning, three men died after two separate traffic accidents on different ends of the county.

Mark Gunter, 57, of the 1200 block of Bridlewood Drive, died on scene about 2:30 a.m. when the Chevrolet Suburban he was driving southbound in the northbound  lane of Veterans Parkway collided with a BMW  near Chatham Parkway. Anthony Davis, 25, of Quail Hollow Court West, driver of the BMW, was transported to Memorial University Medical Center where he died about 7:30 a.m.. In an earlier accident, Jonathan Edwards, 35, of a Bryan Wood Circle address, was killed when he was struck by a vehicle on Johnny Mercer Boulevard on Wilmington Island, just east of the Spencer Grayson Bridge over Turner’s Creek. Edwards was

walking on the roadway when he was struck just after midnight. The vehicle did not stop. Jessica Krebs, 25, of a Shamrock Circle address, was identified as the driver of the vehicle shortly after Savannah-Chatham Metropolitan Police were called to the scene. She called police from her residence to report her windshield had been broken. She has been charged with driving under the influence, hit and run with fatal injuries and first degree vehicular homicide. • The Chatham-Savannah Counter Narcotics Team (CNT) announced the “dismantling of a criminal empire following a ten month investigation,” a spokesman says. In December 2012, CNT began investigating a drug distribution ring operating at 305 Priscilla D. Thomas Way in Garden City. “Over the course of ten months, CNT Agents working in an undercover capacity, made purchases of various forms of controlled substances from the organization, successfully identified the

organization members to include persons in leadership positions, and identified multiple sources of supply for the organization,” the spokesman explains. On March 28, 2013, CNT executed two (2) residential search warrants in connection with the organization, 2100 block of Mell Street and 1300 block of Golden Street, both on Savannah’s Westside.  The search warrants resulted in the seizure of large amounts of powder and crack cocaine, marijuana, weapons, U.S. currency, and the arrests of five people. In July 2013, the main distribution point for the origination moved from 305 Priscilla D. Thomas Way to 355 Priscilla D. Thomas Way.  Once established at the new location, CNT Agents continued purchasing various forms of controlled substances from the organization. During September, CNT executed search warrants in connection with

the organization throughout Chatham County, Georgia. The search warrants resulted in the seizure of over 50 ounces of powder and crack cocaine, 2.8 pounds of marijuana, various prescription pills,10 firearms, $262,037 in cash, nine vehicles, and other assets.  Of the $262,037 seized during the search warrants, $217,683 was seized from a single residence, “marking the largest single money seizure in CNT’s history.” Sept. 25, the organization totaling 28 persons was indicted. CNT believes they “were capable of obtaining and selling approximately 30 kilograms of cocaine over a ten month course with an estimated street value of up to 1.8 million dollars.” Additional arrests are expected. cs  Give anonymous crime tips to Crimestoppers at 234-2020


I dunno, Dean. When a show like Duck Dynasty is gaining viewers and sponsors, you can’t tell me brain damage in this country is on the decline. The gist is that violent crime in the U.S., which rose sharply after 1960 and plummeted after 1990, tracked closely with per capita use of lead in gasoline, offset by 23 years. In other words, kids whose heads were messed up by high exposure to lead in infancy went on to become violent criminals as adults. As Drum notes, a slew of theories have been advanced to explain the unexpected drop in crime over the past 20 years, ranging from better police work and more imprisonment to legalized abortion. Being a great believer in proof-by-graph myself, I’ll say this—Drum makes a good case that the link between lead and crime warrants further study. To get the ball rolling, here’s what I could dig up on Drum’s key points: • Childhood lead exposure significantly lowers IQ, and may lead to ADHD and other disorders. The harmful neurological impact of lead is well established. Although the ADHD link seems tenuous, studies have found IQ reductions of nearly five points by age 12 due to lead exposure. • Elevated lead levels have been disproportionately found in criminals, especially juvenile offenders. There’s abundant evident supporting this claim: A study of 250 Cincinnati children found those with higher average

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Kevin Drum at Mother Jones is convinced the reduction in violent crime in the U.S. over the last few decades can be attributed to the absence of lead in things like gasoline and paint. No one else out there has much to say on the subject, at least that I’ve seen, and the research seems to be scanty or well hidden. What’s the straight dope? —Dean Lawler, Phoenix

blood lead levels throughout early childhood had a 30 percent greater chance of being charged with violent crime as adults; those with higher lead levels at age six had an almost 50 percent greater chance. • The correlation between childhood lead exposure and adult violent crime is consistent across jurisdictions at all levels, including cities, counties, states, and nations. One of Drum’s primary sources, economist Rick Nevin, collected data from the U.S. and eight other countries and says in every case, allowing for the time lag, environmental lead and violent crime rose and fell at similar rates. Likewise, a study of air lead levels in 2,772 U.S. counties found a strong link between lead exposure and both violent and property crime. Nevin thinks exposure to lead paint in old, dilapidated urban housing has played a greater role in the baseline crime rate (which continues to decline), whereas lead in gasoline was largely responsible for the mid-to-late-20th-century spike in crime. • Teen pregnancies followed the same up-and-down trajectory as violent crime, except the lag vs. lead exposure was 15 years, not 23. This is another example of proof-by-graph, but no question, the curves are a pretty close match. The difference in lag time is easily explained by the fact that teen mothers are (duh) teenagers, whereas criminals don’t reach peak mayhem output till later. • Lead exposure is a better explanation for the drop in crime than competing theories. For example, Drum notes that though New York mayor Rudy Giuliani and his police commissioner Bill Bratton were happy to take credit for the reduction in crime in their city during the 1990s, the drop had begun before they took office, and crime rates were falling similarly in many other cities too. Although lead has long since been outlawed, Drum points out that many poor families still live in old homes with lead paint, and argues that a nationwide lead-abatement drive would pay off big. Second, lead paint and leaded gasoline were banned by the Consumer Product Safety Commission and the Environmental Protection Agency respectively, and it’d be nice to know that federal bureaucrats occasionally do some good. CS

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Is the signature smell of Texas A&M University more “Italian lemon, bergamot and iced pineapple” (that open into “a body of vivid florals, raw nutmeg and cinnamon”) or more “bat feces” and “chilifest stink”? The two commentaries were contrasted in a November Wall Street Journal report on the introduction of Masik Collegiate Fragrances’ Texas A&M cologne (one of 17 Masik college clients) at around $40 for a 1.7-ounce bottle. Louisiana State University’s scent conjures up, insisted one grad, the campus’s oak trees, but so far has pulled in only $5,500 for the school. (To a football rival of LSU, the school’s classic smell is less oak tree than “corn dog.”) The apparent gold standard of fan fragrance is New York Yankees cologne, which earned the team nearly $10 million in 2012.

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• Among America’s most prolific “fathers” (in this case, perhaps better considered “egg-fertilizers”) are Nathaniel Smith, age 39, who claimed on TV’s Divorce Court in September that he is the father of 27, and the late Samuel Whitney, whose grown stepdaughter Lexie Woods learned that he claimed 54 before he died in July at age 87. Smith (known in Dayton, Ohio, as “Hustle Simmons”) insisted that he is a fine father (doesn’t smoke or drink, keeps contact with most of the kids, has “only” 21 child-support orders out), and besides, he told WHIO-TV,

“I know of people who have even more September, Orthodox Jewish comthan me.” (Among Whitney’s belongmunities once again staged traditional ings, said Woods, were a “pile” of birth kaparot, in which chickens are killed certificates and a stash of maximumin a prescribed way for the purpose strength Viagra. “He was a likable man, of “transferring” a believer’s latest a ladies’ man.”) sins over to the chicken (whose death • Latest Collateral Damage: (1) In banishes the sins). (In many such cerOctober, a 28-year-old man, reeling emonies, the chickens are donated for from a domestic argument in Port food, but protesters in Los Angeles Richey, Fla., put a gun to criticized rogue prachis head and, against his titioners who simply girlfriend’s pleas, fired. As tossed carcasses into the a neighbor across the street trash.) In November, stood on her porch, the Miami-Dade County BABY, YOU suicide bullet left the vicanimal services found a SMELL LIKE tim’s head and made three severely injured chicken BAT FECES AND wounds on the neighbor’s with a family’s 4-by-6 CHILIFEST STINK leg, sending her to the photograph protrudhospital. (2) About a week ing from its chest, havlater, on the Norwegian ing been haphazardly island of Vesteroy, a moose “implanted,” along hunter missed his target with a note containing but hit an obscured cottage several hand-written in the distance, woundnames, apparently a ing a man in his 70s as he casualty of local Santeanswered nature’s call. He ria services. was airlifted to Ullevaal • Some Americans University Hospital in still believe that stock Oslo. market sales are typi• In November, barely two weeks cally made human-to-human, but the after a small plane carrying 10 skydivvast majority of buys and sells now ers left no survivors when it crashed on are made automatically by computthe way to an exhibition near Brussels, ers, running pattern-detecting proBelgium, nine skydivers were able to grams designed to execute millions dive for safety when two planes headed of trades, in some cases, less than one for a tandem jump collided near Supesecond before rival computer programs rior, Wis. News stories did not address attempt the same trades. In September, how experienced skydivers escaped one a Federal Reserve Board crisis involved, plane but not the other. at most, seven milliseconds’ time. • Animal Sacrifice - in America: In The Fed releases market-crucial news

typically at exactly 2 p.m. Washington, D.C., time, tightly controlled, transmitted by designated news agents via fiber optic cable. On Sept. 18, somehow, traders in Chicago reportedly beat traders elsewhere to deal an estimated $600 million worth of assets - when theoretically, access to the Fed’s news should have been random. (In other words, the drive to shave milliseconds off the “speed of light” has become quite profitable.) • In November, Michael Brown, 19, became the most recent person with poor decision-making skills forced to report to a police station (this, in College Station, Texas) in the middle of the night to ask that officers please remove the handcuffs he had been playing around with. (Following the officers’ mandatory records check, it was learned that Brown had an arrest warrant for criminal mischief, and following a mandatory search, that he also had two ounces of marijuana in his pocket.) • It was Linda Ducharme’s turn in the spotlight in November as one of a seemingly increasing number of people who commit to bethrothing themselves to inanimate objects (“objectophiles,” “mechaphiles”). The Gibsonton, Fla., woman’s spouse is a Ferris wheel called the Sky Diva, and their relationship was chronicled on the Logo TV channel’s show “What!?” By chuck shepherd UNIVERSAL PRESS SYNDICATE


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On the fretboard he’s half James Burton and half James Hendrix (and another half Clarence White), he’s got a bravado baritone singing voice like Ernest Tubb on steroids, and his songs are both cool and funny — see “Highway Patrol” and “My Wife Thinks You’re Dead.” Wait till you see him play his custom-made instrument, the twonecked guit-steel. Backed by the lovely Tanya Rae Brown (the missus) on rhythm guitar, Jason on bass and James on the snare drum, Junior Brown makes honky tonk music as fierce and defiant as the baddest-ass rock ‘n’ roll. His major-label successes came in the 1990s, and even though commercial country music today consists almost entirely of cookie-cutter pop knockoffs, Brown’s still making records and making a good living writing, playing and singing to those of us whose jaws first dropped to the floor when 12 Shades of Brown introduced him more than 23 years ago. “I feel like I’m doing better than I ever was,” the Indiana native tells me. “When I got into this thing, I had this self-confidence and a fantasy of becoming successful. Well, that self-confidence and fantasy hasn’t changed any. I’m older now, but I can still cut the mustard. So that’s good; if I wasn’t writing songs that were any

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good, or if my playing was starting to slack off, or my voice was starting to sound thin, I wouldn’t maybe be as confident — as cocky — as I am! But I still got something goin’ on.” That voice, it’s nothing if not distinctive. “I played for a lot of years as a sideman — as a guitar player, or a steel player — and didn’t do much singing,” Brown explains. “Until I started writing songs. Mid ‘80s is when I swung into it. And by the ‘90s I was making the major-label records, and little by little by little my voice started opening up. And it’s just now coming to where I want it to sound. “If you listen to the first couple of records, like 12 Shades of Brown and Guit With It, listen to the voice on that and then listen to the voice on the newest record. It’s richer, you know? It’s not like I’m just-a doing my job, I’m the Highway Patrol …. You don’t have any nasal in there. It’s opened up from the bottom end. That’s a good thing.” The legendary Austin luthier Michael Stevens created the guit-steel specifically for Junior Brown, and although Stevens had made more than one, for other musicians, Brown is the only player to use it extensively.

It has been his trademark for his entire career. “In 1980,” Brown says. “I got the idea to come up with this instrument that I could play the guitar and steel guitar both, a doubleneck instrument. And I could switch quickly between the two. “I had to unplug the guitar and plug into the steel. That was always a problem, because I liked to play both on the same song, and sing at the same time. This made it easy to do that, and get it all in one song at the flip of a switch.” Brown recently released his tenth album, the obviously-titled Volume 10. A year or two ago, he was talking in the press about an album he was cutting with two other great electric pickers, James Burton and Albert Lee. The prize-pickin’ trio never got around to finishing the sessions, he tells me. “I love both of ‘em to pieces,” Brown chuckles. “We all have a ball every time we get together. But we don’t see each other that often, because we’re all out making a living.” Showtime on Dec. 8 is 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $35 through randywoodguitars.com. CS


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Julie Taymor’s innovative musical movie Across the Universe (2007) was the gateway drug that turned the world on to Dana Fuchs. The 6-foot Floridian with the powerhouse voice had been singing around New York for years, written and performed the score for the acclaimed indie film Sherrybaby, and had even channeled Janis Joplin in the Off Broadway smash Love, Janis.

or a black Baptist. I went to a public school, and most of my friends were African American kids. I got picked on a lot in school for that. I was sort of alienated, but I didn’t fit in with the little rich white kids. In the 4th grade, one of my friends brought me to a black church, and I was blown away. It was just a different world. Everybody was joyful, and screamin’ and shoutin.’ They welcomed me right in. There was no judgment.”

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“I had this one teacher who just loved me. And she would take me to her house and play me all the old Donna Summer records. I really got into the R&B stuff. That was like a steady diet for me. And my Dad was really into Ray Charles and Billie Holliday, which is of course leaning a little more toward jazz. My oldest sister had a band, and they were doing classic rock covers — so I fell in love with all the classic rock music at a very young age. After my sister left, I sang with the band in Leesburg, Florida — the next town over — every Thursday, Friday and Saturday. And when I was 19 I said ‘I gotta get the hell out of this town.’”

But Taymor’s dreamy, kaleidoscopic interpretation of Beatles songs — in which Fuchs (it’s pronounced Fyooks) had the central role of earth mama Sadie — made her a star. Fuchs and her band, which includes longtime guitarist and collaborator Jon Diamond, are on the Dec. 7 concert bill at Screven Motor Speedway, with Devon Allman and the Marshall Tucker Band. She grew up in rural Wildwood, a blip on the map about an hour north of Tampa, and it was there she learned to love rhythm and blues and the (mostly British) rock ‘n’ roll that had firm roots in American blues. At 12, she joined the choir at the African American First Baptist Church. And learned to wail. According to Fuchs, it wasn’t burning ambition so much as a desire to flee Wildwood, and her dysfunctional family, that led her to run to New York at the age of 19. We checked in with her this week from her home in the Big Apple.

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“My mom was from New Jersey. My dad was from New York. I was born in New Jersey , and I was 2 years old when he just kind of shipped all six kids — I’m the baby — down to this little bumf--k nowhere town. My dad was always into music, especially the black music. He always had something spinning on the turntable. We were raised Catholic, and by the time I was 9 or 10 we were driving pretty far to hit the only Catholic Church within a two-hour radius. In Wildwood, you were either a white Baptist,

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“Jon was playing in this club, with this ginormous Cherokee Indian black man who called himself Moose. They were playing ‘I’d Rather Go Blind.’ I literally heard Jon’s guitar solo from the street. I had never really heard down-home blues like that. I tried to sing ‘Stormy Monday’ with them, and I butchered it. Jon said ‘You don’t know blues. Who are you listening to?’ I said ‘Freddie Mercury, Robert Plant, Mick Jagger and the Who.’ And Jon said ‘Now go listen to who they listened to.’ Jon gave me a list of who to buy. I bought every CD by Etta James, Otis Redding, Koko Taylor … I just went deep. I was just lost in this music for about a year, and then I called him and said ‘I’m ready to do this.’ I remember, the first song we played was ‘That’s How Strong My Love Is’ by Otis Redding, and he was like, ‘Wow, you’ve really been doing your homework!’ He had tears in his eyes.”

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“When I first opened my mouth in New York I got the Janis comparison,


Julie told me she wrote the part for me, which was mind-blowing. The first three months were all rehearsals, from 10 to 5 every day in Times Square. I literally couldn’t believe this was my job. It was so much fun. It was like doing a live play, because we’d always have a small audience of cast, crew and some people Julie would invite. We would sit around a round table doing live reads, and doing the songs a capella. That part was such a blast. And of course, making the soundtrack with T-Bone Burnett was a dream. That was probably my favorite part. Then shooting, you know, it’s intense … but it was amazing. I realized wow, I could probably never do another movie after this, unless it was super-thrilling like this, and I had a lead part.” CS COLUMBIA PICTURES

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but I had never really listened to her. I knew a little bit of ‘Bobby McGee.’ It was really just the same sort of influences — a white Southern girl interpreting these black artists. Singing hard with a raspy voice. We had just signed with this little label, and I wanted to go on the road. That was my dream. I didn’t want to be stuck in some Broadway thing. But they kept calling me — they were desperate at this point. It had been going for a while; they couldn’t keep a singer on this damn show! I sang ‘Piece of My Heart,’ and they were like ‘Could you please start in a week?’ I stayed and watched the show that night, and that’s what convinced me. Because it was such an amazing show. I had eight days to learn 20 Joplin tunes, and a lot of dialogue. I did it for about a year.”

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Witches in popular culture came a long way in the years between Margaret Hamilton’s greenskinned freakshow in The Wizard of Oz and blonde Elizabeth Montgomery, in Maybelline and miniskirts, in Bewitched.

Meet Alexis Mundy of the Collective Face’s supernatural comedy Bell, Book and Candle by bill deyoung | bill@connectsavannah.com

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In between there was Kim Novak as Gillian Holroyd, urban witch, in the romantic comedy Bell, Book and Candle. Although the 1958 film version, which paired sex kitten Novak with no-nonsense straight arrow Jimmy Stewart, was a huge hit (and still makes regular TV appearances to this day), Bell, Book and Candle began life as a Broadway play, written by John van Druten, in the early ‘50s. Savannah’s Collective Face Theatre Ensemble has chosen Bell, Book and Candle as its holiday-season show. It opens Dec. 6 at Muse Arts Warehouse, directed by company founder David I.L. Poole. Alexis Mundy (last seen as Elizabeth Bennet in Pride and Prejudice) plays the witch in question. “Gillian goes through quite the journey in this play,” Mundy says. “My personal favorite part is the second act, because there’s a lot of fun stuff that happens to Gillian. In the beginning, she’s a little bored hanging out with witch people, her coven. She’s bored with putting spells on people. She just wants to sort of get out of herself. And I like that about her. She’s like ‘I want to hang out with someone different.’” Gillian gets goofy over Shep Henderson, her uptight upstairs neighbor (played here by Zachary Burke). “I think she falls for him because he’s completely normal,” Mundy offers. “He’s a publisher, he’s a nine-tofiver, and she’s looking for a little bit of comfort in the everyday. She wants normalcy in her life, as opposed to this drama, this chaos, these witches she’s hanging out with all the time.” Gillian’s family includes her brother

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Nicky (Kevin Santana) and her Aunt Queenie (Mickey Dodge). They are, to be blunt, anything but normal. Then there’s Sidney Redlitch (Eric Salles), an investigative author who wants Shep to publish his upcoming book on witchcraft in the city. Redlitch is getting uncomfortably close to the family secret. Dodge and Salles were both in

Pride and Prejuduce with Mundy; Burke and Santana appeared (with Salles) in the most recent Collective Face show, Equus. For Mundy, the Marketing and Physician Relations Director at Savannah Vascular and Cardiac Institute, there’s a welcome comfort in being part of a repertory company. In the case of Bell, Book and

Candle, she says, “It’s kind of nice to know you’re booked solid for those three months, and then you know you won’t be in a show in the spring, so you can plan. Woo-hoo, I can travel, I can go to see my family, I can go to Italy to see my sister. “I think that David is really good at giving you challenging roles — at least he is for me!” Collective Face members are free to audition for other company’s productions at any time. And Poole frequently brings in non-company members to augment his own casts. A native of York, PA, Mundy took the job with Savannah Vascular in 2011. She’d been involved in theater since little-kid days, and offered her service to the Collective Face almost as soon as she arrived. As luck would have it, just that week an actress had dropped out of Angels in America, Part One. After an audition (in which she had to recite some lines in Hebrew), Mundy joined the cast. Since then, she’s been in No Exit, What the Butler Saw and Pride and Prejudice. “I just love to be around people; I’m a people person to the extreme,” Mundy enthuses. “I will talk to anyone, anywhere. And I like the collaborative process — experimenting in a scene, ‘Let’s try this,’ ‘Now let’s try this.’ Trying different tactics in a scene. “Some of the best parts, for me, are laughing hysterically in rehearsal. Trying to keep my act together! Those are the best parts the audience doesn’t see. “From the table read to the very last bow, it’s really magical when you think about it. Well, it’s like magic but there’s a lot of work involved.” CS Bell, Book and Candle Where: Muse Arts Warehouse, 703 Louisville Road When: At 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, Dec. 6, 7, 13, 14, 20, 21; and at 3 p.m. Sundays, Dec. 8, 15 and 22 Opening night reception: Catered by Joe’s Homemade Tickets: $20 general admission; $15 seniors/students/active military

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Breathe easy, people, the baked cheese sandwiches are back. Brighter Day Natural Foods pulled up the shade on its remodeled kitchen and deli section earlier this month, and the refrigerated shelves are once again filled with Savannah’s favorite sustainablysourced snacks and entrées to the relief of its loyal customers. But there’s no going back to business as usual. The remodel marks several significant updates to the Brighter Day space, including a thoughtfully-curated cheese section, kombucha on tap from Asheville’s Buchi and a hand-hewn walk-up window on the Bull Street Side. (The window is currently operating on Saturdays during the Forsyth Farmers Market and is expected to be open full-time by January.) It also brings a cornucopia of healthy new offerings pouring forth from the kitchen, which staff members will tell you is downright palatial compared to their previous digs. “We were in a cave for so long!” laughs deli manager Marilyn Fishel, who stood shoulder to shoulder in the formerly dark, cramped space with her staff for nine years as they chopped cilantro and pushed beets

Deli manager Marilyn Fishel loves the extra room and natural light of the new kitchen.

through the juicer. Now Fishel and her team of talented cooks have room to move gracefully around each other under the high ceiling that beams with LED bulbs and is supplemented with natural sunlight. A new sixburner Radiance gas stove sits regally against one wall, and carefully-stacked tins of turmeric, cacao and other spices await attention on an industrial-sized island in the middle.

Understanding the importance of keeping the chef happy, Brighter Day owners Janie and Peter Brodhead brought in Fishel to consult with contractor Sam Carroll on the redesign — and didn’t bat an eye when she chose bright blue flooring. “It looks like the ocean! I love it,” says Fishel as she scoots by with a large pot. In addition to making the preparation of deli favorites a lot easier, the space has also inspired new

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ingredients like reishi mushrooms, goji berries, powdered pearls and even deer antlers (don’t worry, animal lovers — it’s just the tips, sustainably harvested from young bucks in New Zealand.) Peter, who has studied herbal medicine for almost four decades, first encountered Teeguarden’s herbal concoctions at a trade show in the 1970s and was jubilant to discover recently that he could order them from the herbalist’s popular shop in Beverly Hills, CA. He touts Dragon Herbs’ 8 Immortals blend as “the finest and most potent antiaging, immune-strengthening product available.” “The first time I had a shot of it, I felt like I’d had an acupuncture treatment,” he recalls. “It was a ‘wow wow wow’ moment.” An “all-around general health tonic,” 8 Immortals is available at the deli along with other formulas like Gecko Rock Climber, which enhances aerobic lung capacity for athletes, and Diamond Mind, comprised of focus-inducing ingredients like the memory-enhancing ginkgo biloba leaf. “I’m really excited about that one. I think it’s going to be a huge hit with students,” says Peter. Though the herbs are distilled in liquor, the 1-ounce shots are classified as non-alcoholic. The elixirs range from $2-$6.50 and are made with 30-40 drops of the herbs of choice, a dose of antioxidant Spring Dragon Tea and topped with an

effervescent splash of San Pellegrino sparkling water. Always the experimenter, Peter has developed his own super combos: Clear Mind combines Diamond Mind with Purple Reishi (also known as the “yoga shot”), and Tri Athlete Stamina mixes Gecko Rock Climber, Super Yang Jing and Chinese Mountain Ant (yes, actual mountain ants — reportedly excellent for boosting energy.) “Now, some of these do not taste good,” warns Peter, who advises the squeamish to add a few drops of LoHan fruit extract to sweeten up the elixirs. “But their effects are really tremendous.” He acknowledges that while the bigger-and-better deli is already an enormous hit, it might take a bit of time for the herbal shots to catch on. But after 35 years of relatively little change at the friendly health food store on the south end of Forsyth Park, there seemed no better time like the present to bring in new products and ideas. “We needed to come up with a whole new dynamic for the changing marketplace,” affirms Peter, referring to the opening of corporate health food titan Whole Foods earlier this fall. “And I think it’s really going to work.” He grins, holding up a shot glass of the 22 Reishi elixir. “Hold on to your seat belt!” cs

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There’s something brewing in 7 East Broughton Street … and it’s not coming from The Tea Room. Well, not exactly. When walking into 7 East Broughton, you’ll now notice that the Tea is on the right side of the room while the Party is hosted by the business on the left — but no worries, there are no polarizing partisanships in this space. Dept. 7 East bistro moved in with The Tea Room earlier this fall. “It takes people a second to get used to that,” says owner Meta Adler. “We’re two separate businesses but we work totally together. If anyone wants their tea, we’ll serve it in the restaurant,” she added. Sitting at the bar at Dept. 7 East may seem odd because of its close proximity to shoppers perusing exotic herbs in The Tea Room, but the space is only complimented with the presence of the new restaurant. It’s not overcrowded, just cozy. The two businesses have adapted to their roommate situation wonderfully — it’s tea for two, after all. The bistro’s side of the space is paneled with fresh cut wood and mason jar lights are strung above the restaurant’s bar and lights above their booth seating are repurposed metal buckets. The quaint dining room establishes

the warm and inviting environment with a fireplace, large paintings and a tasteful touch of taxidermy. “It was the day before we were getting ready to open and I remember getting emotional, and I never get emotional,” shares Adler. “So I was like, ‘what the hell is going on?’ but it was just really neat to see the design and the menu and how it really came together and compliment each other.” But, the interior isn’t the only well designed aspect of the new bistro. Attention to detail is brought to the design of their menu as well. Co-owner and Executive Chef Michele Jemison shared that her and Adler’s creative process for the menu started with inspiration boards showing a compilation of ingredients that reminded them of certain seasons, starting with fall. “So, we did ingredients that we wanted associated with Fall, and then from the ingredients we took the ones that we liked and built our menu from that,” mentions Adler. Cane syrup was one of the most inspiring ingredients for this season’s menu at Dept. 7 East. Adler shared that while she was growing up, her family would spread cane syrup over biscuits and other fall comfort foods, so now the smell always reminds her of the season. This particular ingredient is used in the restaurant’s cane syrup vinaigrette

house dressing, a sophisticated and sweet addition to the salad that sides with a turkey commander to make a lunch that demands attention. But to get an idea of how at ease the environment at Dept. 7 East bistro is, try the “Perverted Roast Beef,” or go after “A Teasy Chicken,” but you can also ‘”Vegemite This!” off of the sandwich menu. Or, you can take it slow with a cheese plate and some wine. Another seasonal sensation from Dept. 7 East is the mulled wine. This special consists of a brew of red (or white) wine with warm apple cider, cinnamon, orange zest, mace, and other spices — a concoction that could be considered East Broughton medicine. It was even presented in an oriental-style teacup. While the menu has been carefully crafted, this dept. is constantly under development. And Jemison (whose previous culinary living arrangements were at the Red Door on Wilmington Island and Swank Bistro on Skidaway Island) finds the constant change in menu to be an advantage for the new business.

“There are so many things that are exciting about it because it keeps morphing into something else. Like, we want to open for dinner in January. So, for dinner we want to do light bites and beer and wine. The two of us are going to get together again and do our little inspiration boards,” explains Jemison. “For me that’s thrilling, I love constantly creating.” The freshly produced cuisine is inspired by the spirit of the season and its harvest. They even offer onsite catering for any event, or reason, to hold a cup of tea or toast with a glass of wine. The separate businesses of retail and restaurant get together to produce an environment that promotes R&R. Dept. 7 East’s business model may seem complicated, but the outcome has presented something simply sophisticated. It can tickle your tea fancy but remains humble and comfortable — raise your pinky if you please. cs

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December artists of the month are batik artist Tibby Llewellyn and fiber artist Gini Steele. Gallery 209, 209 E River St.

1st Art Exhibition and Sale — Works created in the

City of Savannah’s classes and workshops during 2013. Ceramic platters, bowls, vases, boats, jewelry, watercolor paintings, hand-cut paper constructions and more. Artists’ reception, December 5, 5-7 p.m. City of Savannah Department of Cultural Affairs, 9 West Henry St.

Armstrong Christmas Pottery Sale — The 25th

Exhibition by Diana Al-Hadid — Large-scale gypsum

and metal sculptures, small bronzes and drawings inspired by Italian and Northern Renaissance painting, Gothic architecture and Hellenistic sculpture. SCAD Museum of Art, 601 Turner Blvd.

Folk art by Jeff Zeigler is at Sentient Bean; reception is this Friday 6-9 p.m.

annual faculty and student exhibition and sale. Back of campus across from University Police. Dec. 4-5, 9 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Armstrong Atlantic State University, 11935 Abercorn St. Cool Yule Holiday Gift Store Celebration & Artist Trunk Show — Shop for artsy

gifts at Telfair Museums’ three sites--OwensThomas House, Jepson Center for the Arts, and the Telfair Academy of Arts & Sciences. Plus Artist’s Trunk Show at Jepson. Sat., Dec. 7, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and Sun., Dec. 8, 12-5 p.m. Telfair Museums. I Have Marks to Make: 18 Years Celebrating the Therapeutic Power of Art — An exhibit of art from

admission. Telfair Academy of Arts and Sciences, 121 Barnard St.

Batik and Fibre Art Exhibition — Gallery 209

ages. Exhibition, reception and opening program of readings, statements, and performance. Poetry readings and performance at 3 pm. Sun., Dec. 8, 2-5 p.m. Jepson Center, 207 West York St.

Spanish Sojourns Lecture — M. Elizabeth Boone’s

Kobo Gallery’s Holiday Open House — Featuring

Turntable Show and Reception — Turntables hand

14 member artists of the gallery. Fri., Dec. 6, 5-8 p.m. Kobo Gallery, 33 Barnard Street Paintings by William Armstrong: Reception and Open Studio — Opening

Reception is Saturday, 1-7pm. Open studio is Sunday, 12-4pm. William Armstrong Art Studio, 145 Habersham St.

rehabilitation programs at local hospitals, and works from the SavannahChatham Public Schools Department of Exceptional Children, encompassing participants of all

Curious Creatures and Terrible Tales — Work by Mi-

chael Mahaffey at Gallery Espresso, 234 Bul St., Reception Friday December 6, 6-8 pm

talk is “The Spanish Element in Our Nationality.” Museum admission. Free to members. Thu., Dec. 5, 6 p.m. Jepson Center, 207 West York St.

crafted with lumber salvaged from homes, barns and a country schoolhouse. Reception Fri. 12/6, 6-9 pm, part of first Friday Art March. Maldoror’s Frame Shop, 2418 Desoto Ave.

Adam Gabriel Winnie Exhibition — Life-size charcoal

figurative drawings. Opening Reception Fri. 12/6, 6-9pm, part of Art March. Desotorow Gallery, 2427 Desoto Ave. Art by Edward Jones —

Sculpture using a variety of media, including recycled wood, PVC, resin and glass. Artist’s reception Sun. Dec. 8, 1-3pm. Jew-

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ish Educational Alliance, 5111 Abercorn St. Vibe Electricity — An exhi-

bition of folk art paintings by local artist Jeff Zeigler. Artist’s reception Fri. Dec. 6, 6-9pm, with DJ and entertainment. Sentient Bean, 13 E Park Ave.

Merry Art Market — Give handmade happiness this holiday season. Meet and greet the artists and purchase pottery, silversmithed jewelry, turned wood, fibers, stained glass, and more. Sat., Dec. 7, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Savannah’s Clay Spot, 1305 Barnard St.

Continuing Alex Prager: Mise-enscène — 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.

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

Leonardo Drew: Selected Works — Elaborate ab-

stract sculptural installations and compositions and selected works on paper. SCAD Museum of Art, 601 Turner Blvd.

Allure of the Near East: Treasures From the Huntington Museum of Art’s Touma Collection — Ex-

hibition features more than 70 objects from a broad geographical area. Jepson Center, 207 West York St.

Pierre Gonnord: Portraying the South — In recognition

of the 50th anniversary of the death of William Faulkner, the artist conducted a residency in Georgia, Alabama and Mississippi. SCAD Museum of Art, 601 Turner Blvd.

Reconstruction — A sitespecific, commissioned painting installation by Adam Cvijanovic. SCAD Museum of Art, 601 Turner Blvd. Warhol/JFK: November 22, 1963, A Selection of Andy Warhol Prints from the Herbert Brito Collection —

Marks 50th anniversary of the assassination of President Kennedy featuring rarely seen Warhol prints. Jepson Center, 207 W York St.

Marc Osborne’s “It’s Going to be Okay, Even if it Isn’t” — Works in illustration,

fine art, and printmaking trying to make beautiful works from prior mistakes. The Butcher Tattoo Studio, 19 East Bay St.

New York Accents — An exhibition of visual art, decorative and fine art objects from Telfair Museums’ permanent collection dating from the early 19th century to the present, exploring the rich influence of New York on Savannah. Museum

Woven and Quilted Intersections — Photo quilts by

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played by Chiwetel Ejiofor) is enjoying life as a happy husband, a proud papa and, most crucially, a free black man in 1841 New York when his life takes a calamitous turn. Lured to Washington, D.C., under the pretense of employing his musical skills for the benefit of a traveling show, he instead is chained, beaten and provided with a new identity as a Georgia runaway named Platt. He’s taken to a particularly capitalistic slave trader (Paul Giamatti), who in turn sells him to a soft-spoken Baptist preacher named William Ford (Benedict Cumberbatch). Ford, who owns a vast Louisiana plantation, admires Northup for his engineering skills, but trouble arises when one of his foremen (Paul Dano) takes it upon himself to teach this slave a lesson. Circumstances dictate that Northup be shuttled off to another owner, but unlike Ford, the sadistic Edwin Epps (Michael Fassbender) likes nothing about his new slave and seeks only to keep him down. Knowing the story’s outcome does nothing to lessen the potency of what’s shown on screen, largely because of the courageous manner in which McQueen holds certain shots as if he’s daring us to look away for even a second. We don’t — out of respect as much as anything else — although it’s especially hard during an excruciatingly lengthy sequence in which Northup, with his hands still tied and a noose still around his neck after an aborted lynching, stands on his tippy toes in an effort not to hang himself. Audience unease also solidifies when the focal point is Patsey, a young slave who stirs the lust of Epps and earns the hatred of his wife (Sarah Paulson). Making her feature debut, Mexican-born, Kenyan-raised and Yale-educated Lupita Nyong’o is outstanding in the role, as Patsey is willing to learn what it takes to survive (as Northup has done) but too boxed in to really persevere. While Ejiofor and Nyong’o should emerge as the film’s award contenders, Fassbender and Cumberbatch deserve mention for presenting wide contrasts in the banality of evil. Brad Pitt also turns up, although his character of Samuel Bass, a beatific Canadian laborer who believes in equality for all, would come across as a deus ex machina were he not based on fact. CS


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An informal, left-leaning gathering to discuss politics, the economy, sports, entertainment, or anything else that comes up. Every first and third Thursday. Free , 7:00 p.m. See website or the Drinking Liberally facebook page for more information, including location. Free , 7 p.m. livingliberally.org/drinking/chapters/GA/savannah. , 7 p.m Muffins with Mary Ellen

Alderman Mary Ellen Sprague hosts a weekly gathering for District 4 constituents every Wednesday morning. Residents and business owners of District 4 are invited to drop-in to ask questions and discuss local issues. Free and open to the public. Wednesdays, 6-9 a.m. 912-659-0103. ogeecheecoffee.com/. Wednesdays, 6-9 a.m coffee deli, 4517 Habersham St. Public School System Seeks Input on Language Arts Learning Resources

What is your child reading and learning? Have a say in that material, through December 6, 2013. The Savannah Chatham County Public School system is in the beginning stages of the English Language Arts Learning Resources adoption process. The adoption process is an opportunity to create a pool of recommended resources for schools to purchase. Materials for consideration will be on display on the third floor of the district’s Central Administration Office located at 208 Bull Street through December 6, 2013. Materials are broken down into four grade bands: Kindergarten through second grade; third through fifth grade; sixth through eighth grade; and ninth through twelfth grade. Parents, students, and SCCPSS

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Get involved. Contact is Michael Johnson, via email or telephone, or see website for info. 912-604-0797. chairman@sayr.org. sayr.org. Call or see website for information. Free . 912-3083020. savannahyoungrepublicans.com. Savannah Tea Party

Free to attend. Note new location, date and time. Food and beverages available for purchase. Buffet is optional. Call for additional information. Reservations not necessary. Annual Dues $10.00. Free , 5:30 p.m. 912-598-7358. savannahteaparty.com. , 5:30 p.m Ole Times Country Buffet, 209 Stephenson Ave. Victorian Neighborhood Association Meetings

Open to all residents, property owners and businesses located between Anderson and Gwinnett, M.L.King,Jr. Blvd to East Broad Street. Free second Tuesday of every month, 6-7 p.m. 912-233-0352. alpost135.com/. second Tuesday of every month, 6-7 p.m American Legion, Post 135, 1108 Bull St. Young Democrats

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of a kind creative design, all decorated for the holidays. Tickets include refreshments at North Beach Bar & Grill. Purchase tickets online. Benefiting The Humane Society for Greater Savannah’s Low Cost Community Spay/Neuter Clinic $30 Sat., Dec. 7, 10 a.m. (912) 695-0724. lgrant@humanesocietysav. org. tybeefun.com. Sat., Dec. 7, 10 a.m Tybee Island, Tybee Island. Chatham County Animal Control Seeks Donations of Items

Chatham County Animal Control is in need of items for pets in the facility. Seeking donations of canned and dry dog and cat food, baby formula, newspaper, paper towels, soaps, crates, leashes, collars, wash cloths, and towels. Open daily from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. . 912-351-6750. animalcontrol. chathamcounty.org. Chatham County Animal Shelter, 7215 Sallie Mood Dr. Forsyth Farmers Market Seeks Sponsors

Market sponsors invest in a healthy community and show consideration for the local economy. Sponsorship opportunities begin at $350. Help keep food fresh and local. . kristen@forsythfarmersmarket.com. forsythfarmersmarket. com. forsythfarmersmarket.com/. Forsyth Farmers’ Market, 501 Whitaker St., South End of Forysth Park. Holiday Open House and Book Signing

A fundraiser for the Alzheimer’s Association, held in conjunction with the Wright Square Merchants Holiday Open House night.Book signing features Ginny McCormack, Georgia author of Sunday In The South Cookbook. $5 from the sale of every book sold through Dec 7 will be donated to the local Alzheimer’s Association. Free to attend. Books available for purchase. Fri., Dec. 6, 5-9 p.m. info@simplyirresistablesavannah.com. Fri., Dec. 6, 5-9 p.m Simply Irresistible, 15 W. York St. Holiday “Quarterly” Book Sale

‘Tis the season for giving the gift of books at the holiday version of this book sale, benefiting Humane Society for Greater Savannah. Held every three months (quarterly) books are only 25 cents each (also “quarterly.”) Sat., Dec. 7, 9 a.m.-noon. 912-354-9515 X 106. LGrant@HumaneSocietySav.org. humanesocietysav.org/. Sat., Dec. 7, 9 a.m.-noon Humane Society for Greater Savannah, 7215 Sallie Mood Dr. An Isle of Hope Christmas: Tour of Homes

Five beautiful cottages and homes on historic Isle of Hope. Reception and live holiday music. Proceeds benefit Second Harvest Food Bank and the West Broad Street YMCA. Sponsored by St. Thomas Episcopal Church. $30 Sat., Dec. 7, 4-8 p.m. 912-414-6005. Sat., Dec. 7, 4-8 p.m $5 Bikram Yoga Class to Benefit Local Charities

Bikram Yoga Savannah offers a weekly Karma class to raise money for local charities. Thursdays during the 6:30pm class. Pay $5 for class and proceeds are donated to a different charity each month. This is a regular Bikram Yoga class. . 912.356.8280. bikramyogasavannah.com. Martin de Porres Society Fundraiser

The Martin de Porres Society of Savannah will feed several hundred needy neighbors this holiday season. Savannah Wine Cellar’s monthly charity event for December. All of the admission price as well as 10 percent of sale prices during the event will be donated to Martin de Porres Society. Donations to the Martin de Porres Society of Savannah may be mailed to the attention of the organization at 5 Raintree Lane, Savannah GA 31411. $15 Thu., Dec. 5, 5:30-7:30 p.m. savannahwinecellar. com. Thu., Dec. 5, 5:30-7:30 p.m Savannah Wine Cellar, 5500 Abercorn St., continues on p. 46

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Twelve Oask Shopping Center. One Love Animal Rescue Benefit

Special needs animal rescue organization has taken in three more dogs with unique needs. Fundraiser online to benefit medical treatment for these animals. Through Jan. 1, 2014. youcaring.com/pet-expenses/one-love-sspecial-needs-animals/99094. Through Jan. 1, 2014 Professional Clothing Drive at Armstrong

Armstrong Atlantic State University’s Office of Career Services is accepting donations for its Clothing Closet, a professional clothing drive seeking gently used professional attire—oxford shirts, men’s and women’s suits, slacks, blouses, dress shoes. Clothing Closet will culminate with a Spring 2014 campus event where Armstrong students who participate will be given individual career advice and resume-writing instruction, along with an outfit that will help them look professional at their job interviews, career fairs or internships and full-time jobs. The Spring Clothing Closet will prepare Armstrong students to start their careers just in time for the close of the academic year. Donations are accepted until February 1, 2014. Drop off unwanted professional clothing in the alumni office in Burnett Hall on the Armstrong campus. Through Feb. 1, 2014. 912.344.2563. careers@

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Dec. 7-8, 11 a.m Speedwell United Methodist Church, 7259 Skidaway Road.

A benefit for Save-a-Life animal welfare agency. Sat. Dec. 14, 11am-4pm. Bring your own camera, smart phone, or tablet to take your pet’s pictures with Santa,with the help of Save-ALife elves. Pets must arrive leashed or in carriers. Kids welcome to join their pets in the photos. $5 donation Through Dec. 14. 912-598-SPAY (9927). contact@savealifepets.org. petsmart. com. Through Dec. 14 PetSmart, 11132 Abercorn St.

Shop for holiday gifts while enjoying hors d’oeuvres, refreshments, and door prizes.Thurs. Dec. 5, 6-9pm Walsh Hall (gym on the corner of E. Harris & Lincoln Streets). Benefiting St. Vincent’s Academy. $15 Through Dec. 5. 912236-5508. nancy.schreck@svaga.net. svaga.net/. Through Dec. 5 St. Vincent’s Academy, 207 East Liberty St.

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Speedwell United Methodist Church Christmas Craft Boutique

Speedwell United Methodist Church is sponsoring a Christmas Boutique on Saturday, December 7th from 11am to 4pm. There will be Silent Auctions and Prizes, wonderful New and GentlyUsed Merchandise, Christmas Decor, Jewelry, Hand Bags, Clothing and Much more. The prices are affordable and well worth your visit to Speedwell, located at 7259 Skidaway Road on the corner of Montgomery Crossroads and Skidaway Road. This event will benefit the church’s building fund, so please come out and join in the fun! Dec. 7-8, 11 a.m. pat.lanchester@gmail.com.

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Toys for Tots Fundraiser and Toy Drive

The Coastal Bank’s office in Hinesville, Ga. is raising money and accepting unwrapped toys for the Marine Toys for Tots Foundation in Hinesville. Proceeds from the Toys for Tots fundraiser will purchase Christmas gifts for military families and families in need in Liberty and Long County. Toys and donations may be brought to The Coastal Bank’s Hinesville office, 101 W. Henry Street, through December 15, 2013. Through Dec. 15. Through Dec. 15

Union Mission seeks Holiday Food, Clothing and Toy Donations

Union Mission’s Holiday Hope & Happiness Campaign consists of three programs providing food, clothing and toys to people in need during the holidays. Hand Up For Hope seeks general donations for children, teens, adults and veterans. All The Trimmings seeks donations of canned goods and dry goods this holiday season, to provide Union Mission’s permanent supportive housing residents with a

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nutritious and festive holiday meal. fulfill the wishes of a child or a family as part of Union Mission’s Angel Tree program. The Union Mission Angel Tree program offers an ideal opportunity for individuals, businesses, civic organizations, retailers and faith communities to help local children in need this holiday season. The Angel Tree program seeks donors to fulfill the wish of a child or a family basedon a wish list detailing specific items and sizes. Participants are also encouraged to make donations of new and unwrapped gifts including toys, clothing, games, school supplies and gift cards. Please call for more information. Donations are requested by December 12. Through Dec. 12. 912236-7423. unionmission.org. Through Dec. 12 Call for Entries City of Savannah Art Competition for High School Students

Seeking art depicting City Squares and Parks. The City of Savannah seeks original student artwork depicting the beauty of historic Savannah squares and parks to display in a permanent exhibit in City Hall’s third floor rotunda. Chatham County students 9th through 12th grade are eligible. Submission Deadline: January 31, 2014, 5 p.m. All artwork must be 11x17, horizontal or vertical orientation and unframed, with a protective sleeve or plastic sheet cover. Students may work in any media, but the final work must be two-dimensional and easily scanned and digitized. Each student can submit up to two pieces for consideration. An information sheet should be completed for each submission. Download the information sheet at savannahga. gov/artcontest. Submissions will be digitized and posted online and the winners will be chosen by an online vote of Savannah’s citizens. Prizes for the winning students include art supplies, gift cards and special recognition at an exhibit opening and awards reception at City Hall. Deliver submissions to: City of Savannah, Research Library & Municipal Archives, City Hall, Room 103,

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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. . savannahga. gov/engagesgtv. 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. . 912-651-6417. cnorthcutt@savannahga.gov. savannahga.gov\arts). Energy Assistance Offered by EOA

The Economic Opportunity Authority of Savannah’s Energy Assistance Program for low-income residents, 65 years of age and older as well as homebound residents is accepting applications at 618 West Anderson Street, on a walk-in basis, from 9:00am to 12:30pm and from 2:00pm to 4:00pm Monday through Friday, with the exception of November 11 (Veteran’s Day), November 28 & 29 (Thanksgiving Holiday), on a first come first serve basis. The following documentations are requested for the Energy Assistance Program to complete applications: written proof of the total household for the last 30 days, social security numbers for all household members, most recent heating bill, proof of age (required for the elderly, 65 years and older), and an authorization statement if someone is applying for you. The name of the person authorized to apply for you must be included in the note, along with your signature. Through Dec. 24. Through Dec. 24

Gallery Seeks Local Artists

Kobo Gallery, 33 Barnard Street, in downtown Savannah seeks 2-D and 3-D artists to join its cooperative gallery. Must be a full-time resident of Savannah or nearby area. Work to be considered includes painting, photography, mixed media, sculpture, glass, ceramics and wood. If interested please submit 5-10 images of your work, plus resume/CV and biography to info@kobogallery.com. . Kobo Gallery, 33 Barnard Street ,. Homeschool Music Classes

Music classes for homeschool students ages 8 - 18, and their parents. Offered in Guyton and Savannah. See website for details. . CoastalEmpireMusic.com. Seeking Nonprofit Grant Applications for Alan S. Gaynor Fund

The Savannah Community Foundation Accepting The Savannah Community Foundation, Inc is accepting nonprofit organization grant requests for funding from the Alan S. Gaynor Fund, held and managed by the Community Foundation. Applicants must be governmental or public charities and use the grant funds on a public project to benefit the people of Chatham County. For more information about the Gaynor Fund or to receive a grant application, contact by telephone or email. . 912-921-7700. grants@savfoundation.org. 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. . wifarmersmarket.org. Classes, Camps & Workshops Art Classes at The Studio School

weekly drawing and painting classes for youth and adults. See website, send email or call for details. 912-484-6415. melindaborysevicz@gmail.com. thestudioschoolsavannah.com. 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 912-667-1056. Artist Sacred Circle

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 rosesonthemove@gmail.com. . 912-656-6383. rosesonthemove@gmail.com. Beading Classes

Offered every weekend at Perlina Beadshop, 6 West State Street. Check website calendar or call for info. 912-441-2656. perlinabeadshop.com. 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

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skill levels and styles. Private instruction available. $15 912-704-2940. happenstancebellydance@gmail.com. happenstancebellydance.wordpress. com. Anahata Healing Arts Center, 2424 Drayton St. Bellydance for Fitness

This dance-based fitness class blends belly dance moves to create a core strengthening workout. These quick paced classes build heat, endurance, flexibility, and strength through core isolations. Be prepared to have fun and sweat as you shimmy. No prior dance experience is necessary. All levels are welcome. $15 for drop-in or 4 for $50 (must be used in 30 days) Tuesdays. 912-293-5727. firstcitysav@gmail.com. Tuesdays First City Fitness, 2127 1/2 Victory Dr. Champions Training Center

Offering a variety of classes and training in mixed martial arts, jui-jitsu, judo and other disciplines for children and adults. All skill levels. 525 Windsor Rd. 912349-4582. ctcsavannah.com. 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. brian@brianluckett.com. Clay Classes

Savannah Clay Studio at Beaulieu offers handbuilding, sculpture, and handmade tiles, basic glazing and firing. 912-3514578. sav..claystudio@gmail.com. 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. savannahaux. com.

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site. You need to be somewhat familiar with your camera’s functions, so read your camera manual prior to coming to class! $90 per person Sat., Dec. 7, 8:30 p.m. and Tue., Dec. 10, 6:30 p.m. 912.644.5967. jfogarty@georgiasouthern.edu. cgc.georgiasouthern.edu/. Sat., Dec. 7, 8:30 p.m. and Tue., Dec. 10, 6:30 p.m Coastal Georgia Center, 305 Fahm Street. 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. 912-8973604. islandchristian.org. Family Law Workshop

The Mediation Center has three workshops per month for people who do not have legal representation in a family matter: divorce, legitimation, modifications of child support, visitation, contempt. Schedule: 1st Tues, 2nd Mon, 4th Thursday. Call for times. $30 912354-6686. mediationsavannah.com. Fany’s Spanish/English Institute

Spanish is fun. Classes for adults and children held at 15 E. Montgomery Crossroad. Register by phone. . 912921-4646. Free Fitness Boot Camp

Mondays and Wednesdays, 6pm at Tribble Park, Largo & Windsor Rd. Children welcome. Free 912-921-0667. 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. . 401255-6921. a.teixeira472@gmail.com. Guitar, Mandolin, or Bass Guitar Lessons

Emphasis on theory, reading music, and improvisation. Located in Ardsley Park. . 912-232-5987.

Housing Authority Neighborhood Resource Center

Housing Authority of Savannah hosts 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. . 912-232-4232 x115. savannahpha. com. savannahpha.com/NRC.html. Neighborhood Resource Center, 1407 Wheaton St. Jazz Funk Dance

Jazz Funk dance Sundays at 2:30pm - 3:15pm. This dance style is a blend of jazz and funk characterized by a strong back beat, groove, and electrified sound. It implements all types of

| Submit your event online at connectsavannah.com improvisational elements from soul and funk arrangements. Jazz Funk will get you in the mood to groove to the music and having fun doing it. This class is open to ages 10+. $15 for drop-in or 4 for $50 Sundays, 2:30 p.m. 404-7099312. inspiredanceprogram@hotmail. com. Sundays, 2:30 p.m First City Fitness, 2127 1/2 Victory Dr.

Knitting & Crochet Classes

Offered at The Frayed Knot, 6 W. State St. See the calendar of events on website. . 912-233-1240. thefrayedknotsav. com. Learn to Sew!

Sewing lessons for all ages and skill levels. Private and Group classes. . 912-596-0889. kleossewingstudio.com. Kleo’s Sewing Studio, 36 W. Broughton St. #201. 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. . 912-541-1337. sentientbean.com. The Sentient Bean, 13 East Park Ave. Lyrical Fusion Dance

Lyrical Fusion dance Sundays at 4:30pm - 5:00pm. This dance style is a combination of ballet, jazz and contemporary styles. Dancers will be instructed how to perform precise movements while conveying the emotion of a song’s lyrics through dance. Lyrical Fusion will challenges the dancer’s flexibility and their ability to perform with emotion. This class is open to ages 10+. $15 for drop-in or 4 for $50 Sundays, 4:30 p.m. 404-709-9312. inspiredanceprogram@ hotmail.com. Sundays, 4:30 p.m First City Fitness, 2127 1/2 Victory Dr. Music Instruction

Georgia Music Warehouse, near corner of Victory Drive & Abercorn, offering instruction by professional musicians. Band instruments, violin, piano, drums and guitar. All ages welcome. . 912358-0054. georgiamusicwarehouse. com/. Georgia Music Warehouse, 2424 Abercorn St. 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. . 912-354-1500. portmansmusic.com. portmansmusic. com. 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. . 912-692-8055. smisavannah@gmail.com. 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. . 912-354-1500. portmansmusic.com. 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. . pmasoninsavannah@ gmail.com. 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@ chrismorrisphotography.com. chrismorrisphotography.com. 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. . Quilting Classes

: Quilting classes for beginners and advanced stitchers. Learn to make your first quilt or learn a new technique. See the website, call, or come by the shop. varies . 912 925 0055. email@colonialquilts.us. colonialquilts.us. Colonial Quilts and Savannah Sewing Center, 11710 Largo Drive. 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@ gmail.com 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. . 912-713-2718. 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. . 912-290-0072. savsew.com. Short Story Writing

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. . 912-

644-5967. jfogarty@georgiasouthern. edu. ceps.georgiasouthern.edu/conted/ cesavannahmenu.html.. cgc.georgiasouthern.edu/. Coastal Georgia Center, 305 Fahm Street. Singing Classes

Bel Canto is the name of the style of singing invented by Nicola Vaccai, which helps the voice become flexible and expressive, improves the vocal range and breathing capacity and is the technique Anitra Warren uses to train her students. It carries over well as a foundation for opera, rock, pop, gospel and musical theatre. $25 Mondays-Sundays, 6 p.m. 786-247-9923. anitraoperadiva@yahoo.com. Mondays-Sundays, 6 p.m Institute of Cinematic Arts, 12 West State Street, 3rd and 4th flrs.,. 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. . 786-2479923. anitraoperadiva.com. 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. . conquistador-spanish.com. 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 revfugon@gmail.com . Vocal Lessons

The Voice Co-op is a group of voice instructors in Savannah, Georgia who believe in the power of a nurturing community to help voice students blossom into vibrant artists. Each of our instructors have earned the degree of Master of Music in Voice Performance. Group master classes are held once each month for students of the Co-op. In the winter and spring the students will have the opportuinty to present a vocie recital for the community. Varies . 912-656-0760. TheVoiceCoOp.org. The Voice Co-op, Downtown. 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. . 912-704-7650. douladeliveries.com.


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 Darowe, 912-272-2797. . abeniculturalarts@ gmail.com. 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. . 912-925-0903. theballetschoolsav.com. 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. . godzillaunknown@gmail.com. avegost.com.

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. . savannahcblv. org. 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. . buccaneerregion.org. 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. . 912-3086768. 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. . chathamsailing.org. Young’s Marina, 218 Wilmington Island Rd. Coastal Chapter Meeting

Wage and Hour claims are increasing each year in the restaurant industry. This seminar will alert restaurant owners and operators about the simple solutions to avoid expensive wage and hour mistakes. It will also address the

IRS ruling on “service charges” and “automatic gratuities”. Presented by Sarah Lamar, partner of HunterMcClean Free Wed., Dec. 4, 2 p.m. ryan@garestaurants.org. thepirateshouse.com. Wed., Dec. 4, 2 p.m The Pirate’s House, 20 East Broad St.

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. . 912-233-1240.

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Energy Healers

Meets every Monday at 6pm. Mediation and healing with energy. Discuss aromatherapy, chakra systems and more. Call for info. . 912-695-2305. meetup.com/ SavannahEnergyHealers. Exploring The American Revolution in Savannah

Interested in exploring the role Savannah played in the American Revolution? Join like-minded people including artists, writers, teachers and historians for discussion, site exploration and creative collaboration. Email Kathleen Thomas at exploretherevolution@gmail.com for more info. first Thursday of every month, 6 p.m. exploretherevolution@gmail.com. galleryespresso.com/. first Thursday of every month, 6 p.m Gallery Espresso, 234 Bull St. 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. . onebornfree@yahoo.com. Geechee Sailing Club

Founded in 1971, GSC promotes sailing and boating safety, education, and fellowship.Member of the South Atlantic Yacht Racing Association. second Monday of every month, 6 p.m. 912-3563265. geecheesailingclub.org. liveoakstore.com/tubbysthunderbolt. second Monday of every month, 6 p.m Tubby’s Tank House (Thunderbolt), 2909 River Dr. Historic Flight Savannah

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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. . 912-596-1962. honorflightsavannah.org. 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. . 912-660-8257. 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. . 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. . 912-898-4344. kymmccarty@hotmail. com. mops.org. Islands MOPS

A Mothers of Preschoolers group that meets at First Baptist Church of the Islands, two Wednesdays a month, 9:15am-11:30am. . sites.google.com/ site/islandsmops. fbcislands.com/. 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. . 912-308-6768. Knittin’ Night

Knit and crochet gathering held each Tuesday evening, 5pm-8pm All skill levels welcome. Tuesdays, 5-8 p.m. 912-238-0514. wildfibresavannah.com/. 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. . 912-313-2230.

Military Order of the Purple Heart Ladies Auxiliary

Meets the first Saturday of the month at 1:00pm. Call for info. . 912-786-4508. 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. . 912-233-6014. Flannery O’Connor Childhood Home, 207 E. Charlton Street. Philo Cafe

Weekly Monday discussion group that

| Submit your event online at connectsavannah.com 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. . athenapluto@yahoo.com.

portunity for those interested in joining Jaycees to learn more. Must be age 21-40. Jaycees Building, 101 Atlas St. . 912-353-7700. savannahjaycees.com. Savannah Kennel Club

Rogue Phoenix Sci-Fi Fantasy 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. . 912-238-3170. savannahkennelclub. org. logansroadhouse.com/. Logan’s Roadhouse, 11301 Abercorn St.

Safe Kids Savannah

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. . savannahnewcomersclub.com.

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 . 912-344-5127. New Covenant Church, 2201 Bull St. 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. . 912-308-2094. kasak@ comcast.net. roguephoenix.org. A coalition dedicated to preventing childhood injuries. Meets 2nd Tuesday each month, 11:30am-1:00pm. See website or call for info. . 912-353-3148. safekidssavannah.org. Savannah Brewers’ League

Meets 1st Wednesday of the month, 7:30pm at Moon River Brewing Co. Call or see website for info. . 912-4470943. hdb.org. moonriverbrewing.com/. 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. . 912308-3208. alicevantrease@live.com. Savannah Charlesfunders Investment Discussion Group

Meets Saturdays, 8:30am to discuss stocks, bonds and better investing. Contact by email for info. . charlesfund@gmail.com. panerabread.com/. 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. . 912-748-7020.

Savannah Newcomers Club

Savannah No Kidding!

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. savannahnokidding.angelfire.com/ or e-mail savannahnokidding@gmail.com . The Historic District, Downtown Savannah. Savannah Parrot Head Club

Beach, Buffet and no dress code. Check website for events calendar or send an email for Parrot Head gatherings. . savannahphc@yahoo.com. savannahphc.com. 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. . 912-6550994. savannahsacredharp.com. 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. savannahsca.org Free , 11 a.m. savannahsca.org. , 11 a.m Forsyth Park, 501 Whitaker St. Savannah Story Games

Meets most Saturdays. Green events and places. Share ways to Go Green each day. Call for info. . 912-308-6768.

We play games that help us tell improvised stories. Get together over food - roleplayers, storytellers, or the merely curious - and help us create an amazing story in just three hours. We’ll use games with special rules that craft characters, settings, and conflicts. Weekends, in different locales - check savannahstorygames.com for more information. free Fridays-Sundays. info@savannahstorygames.com. savannahstorygames.com. Fridays-Sundays Downtown Savannah, downtown.

Meeting/info session held the 1st Tuesday each month at 6pm to discuss upcoming events and provide an op-

Meets Thursdays from 7:30am-8:30am at the Mulberry Inn. . savannahsunriserotary.org.

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. . 912-429-6918. savannahfencing@aol.com. Savannah Go Green

Savannah Jaycees

Savannah Sunrise Rotary Club

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. . 912-4846710. memorialhealth.com/. 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. second Tuesday of every month, 7 p.m. 912-572-6251. savannahwritersgroup.blogspot.com/group. atlantabread.com. second Tuesday of every month, 7 p.m Atlanta Bread Company, 5500 Abercorn St. A gathering of writers of all levels for networking, 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. . 912-5726251. savannahwritersgroup.blogspot. com/group. 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. . seersuckerlive.com. 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. . foxyloxycafe.com/. 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. Prior experience/boat ownership not required. Call or see website for info. . 912-5987387. savannahaux.com. Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 671

Meets second Monday of each month, 7pm, at the American Legion Post 135, 1108 Bull St. . 912-429-0940. rws521@ msn.com. vvasav.com. Woodville-Tompkins Scholarship Foundation

Meets second Tuesday each month (except October) 6:00pm, WoodvilleTompkins, 151 Coach Joe Turner St. Call or email for info. . 912-232-3549. chesteraellis@comcast.net. om.


Maxine Patterson School of Dance, 2212 Lincoln St, offers adult ballet on Thursdays, 6:30pm-7:30pm $12 per class. Call for info. . 912-234-8745. Adult Intermediate Ballet

Mondays and Wednesdays, 7pm-8pm. $12/class or $90/8 classes. Call for info. Academy of Dance, 74 W. Montgomery Crossroad. . 912-921-2190. 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. . 912-9257416. savh_tango@yahoo.com. Ballroom/Latin Group Class

Every Tuesday and Wednesday we will be having group classes at 8pm! Tuesdays classes will focus on FUNdamental steps, styling, and techniques. Wednesday’s classes will be more specific and advanced elements. Each class will have specific themes, so stay tuned for details. $15/person and $25/couple Wednesdays, 8 p.m. 912335-3335. savannahballroom@gmail. com. savannahballroomdancing.com. Wednesdays, 8 p.m Savannah Ballroom Dance Studio, 11 Travis Street. 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. . 912-414-1091. info@cybelle3.com. cybelle3.com. Beginning Pole Fitness

Our pole classes offer a fun and flirty way to get a great workout in a safe and comfortable environment. Our National Miss Fitness 2013 and Miss Georgia Pole 2012 instructor, Sabrina Madsen, will teach you the basics including spins and pole dance moves. All fitness levels are welcome! $25 for drop-in or 5 for $100 (must be used in 30 days) Tuesdays, 8 p.m. (801) 673-6737. firstcitysav@gmail.com. Tuesdays, 8 p.m First City Fitness, 2127 1/2 Victory Dr. Belly Dance Classes with Nicole Edge

At Fitness on Broughton, 1 E. Broughton St. Beginners class-Wednesdays 7-8pm Advanced class-Fridays 6-7pm $15 per session, discount for Fitness on Broughton members. . 912-596-0889. edgebellydance.com. First City Fitness, 2127 1/2 Victory Dr. 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@ gmail.com happenstancebellydance. wordpress.com $15/lesson , 5:30 p.m. (912) 704-2940. happenstancebellydance.wordpress.com. , 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. . 912-748-0731. 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. xavris21@yahoo.com. Sundays, 3 p.m Forsyth Park, 501 Whitaker St. Dance Party

Join us on Thursdays at 8pm for fun, friendship, and dancing! Parties are free for our students and are only $10 for visitors ($15 for couples). free - $15 Thursdays, 8 p.m. 912-335-3335. savannahballroom@gmail.com. savannahballroomdancing.com. Thursdays, 8 p.m Savannah Ballroom Dance Studio, 11 Travis Street. FUNdamentals Dance Lesson

Every Tuesday and Wednesday we will be having group classes at 8pm! Tuesdays classes will focus on FUNdamental steps, styling, and techniques. Wednesday’s classes will be more specific and advanced elements. Each class will have specific themes, so stay tuned for details. $15/person $25/ couple Tuesdays, 8 p.m. 912-335-3335. savannahballroom@gmail.com. savannahballroomdancing.com. Tuesdays, 8 p.m Savannah Ballroom Dance Studio, 11 Travis Street. Home Cookin’ Cloggers

Wednesdays, 6pm-8pm, Nassau Woods Recreation Building, Dean Forest Road. No beginner classes at this time. Call Claudia Collier for info. . 912-748-0731. 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. . 912704-2052. prideofirelandga@gmail.com. Kids/Youth Dance Class

Kids Group class on various Ballroom and Latin dances. Multiple teachers. Ages 4-17 currently enrolled in the program. Prepares youth for social and/or competitive dancing. $15/person Saturdays, 10 a.m. 912-335-3335. savannahballroom@gmail.com. savannahballroomdancing.com. Saturdays, 10 a.m Savannah Ballroom Dance Studio, 11 Travis Street.

all levels welcome. Call Mahogany for info. . 912-272-8329. Modern Dance Class

Beginner and intermediate classes. Fridays 10am-11:15am. Doris Martin Studio, 7360 Skidaway Rd. Call Elizabeth for info. . 912-354-5586. 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. . 912-398-4776. fitnessbodybalance. com. 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 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. . salsasavannah.com. Savannah Dance Club

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

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

. doublesnightclub.com/. Doubles Nightclub, 7100 Abercorn St. Zumba & Zumba Toning with Anne

Ditch the workout & join the party. All levels welcome. Wednesdays, 6:30 PM 7:30PM. Lake Mayer Community Center 1850 East Montgomery Crossroads $5 class - discount cards available Bring a friend & it’s free for you! . 912-5961952. Lake Mayer, 1850 E. Montgomery Crossroads.

Fitness $5 Community Yoga Classes

Savannah Power Yoga offers a community yoga class nearly every day of the week for just $5. All proceeds support local organizations. Check out our schedule at www.savannahpoweryoga.com for details. Note that most of our classes are heated to 90 degrees and you will sweat! Bring a yoga mat, towel and some water and get ready to have some fun! $5 Mondays-Fridays, Sundays. (912) 695-9990. info@savannahpoweryoga.com. savannahpoweryoga.com. savannahpoweryoga.com/. Mondays-Fridays, Sundays Savannah Power Yoga, 7360 Skidaway Rd. AHA Yoga Classes

Jivamkuti Inspired w/ Brittany Roberts Mondays 6:30pm – 7:45pm Soul Progression w/ Lynn Geddes Tuesdays/ Thursdays 12:30pm – 1:45pm & 6:30pm – 7:45pm TGiF! Power Hour with Lynne McSweeny Fridays 5:45pm – 6:45pm All Levels Yoga w/ Christine Harness Glover Saturdays 9:30am – 10:45am n/a first Monday, Tuesday, Thursday-Saturday of every month. 912-308-3410. first Monday, Tuesday, Thursday-Saturday of every month Anahata Healing Arts Center, 2424 Drayton St. Suite B. 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. . 912-598-9860. savannahalanon.com. 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. . 912-350-3438. memorialhealth. com. memorialhealth.com/. Memorial Health University Medical Center, 4700 Waters Ave.

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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. . doublesnightclub.com/. Doubles Nightclub, 7100 Abercorn St. Mahogany Shades of Beauty

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MONDAYS at 6:15 PM at the Lake Mayer Community Center $5.00 per session Mondays, 6:15 p.m. (912) 6526784. 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. . beastmodefitnessga.com. 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. . bohemianbeats.com. 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. . egs5719@aol.com. 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. Through Jan. 29, 2014. critztybeerun.com/registration. 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. . 912-355-8811. savj.org. savannahjea. org. 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. . savannahcommons.com. Guy’s Day at Savannah Climbing Co-op

Thursdays, 2 til 10 p.m. Savannah Climbing CoOp 302 W Victory Dr, Savannah Every Wednesday men climb for half price, $5. See website for info. Thursdays, 2 & 10 p.m. 912-495-8010. savannahclimbingcoop.com. Thursdays, 2 & 10 p.m Savannah Climbing CoOp, 302 W Victory Dr. 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. . 912-598-2300. gastateparks.org/ SkidawayIsland. gastateparks.org/info/ skidaway/. Skidaway Island State Park, 52 Diamond Cswy.

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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. . 912-441-4891. customfitcenter.com. 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. . 912-429-9241. Mommy and Baby Yoga

Mondays. Call for times and fees or see website. . 912-232-2994. savannahyoga. com. savannahyoga.com/. 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. . 912-238-0018. savannahpilates.com. pilatessavannah. com/. Momentum Pilates Studio, 8413 Rerguson Ave. Pregnancy Yoga

series of 6-week classes. Thursdays. A mindful approach to pregnancy, labor and delivery. Instructor Ann Carroll. $120. Call or email for info. . 912-7047650. ann@aikyayoga.com. savannahyoga.com/. 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 . qigongtim. com/. Anahata Healing Arts Center, 2424 Drayton St. 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 . Lake Mayer, 1850 E. Montgomery Crossroads. Richmond Hill Roadies Running Club

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. . Savannah Climbing Co-op Ladies Day

Wednesdays, 2 til 10 p.m. at Savannah Climbing CoOp 302 W Victory Dr, every Wednesday women climb for half price, $5. . 912-495-8010. savannahclimbingcoop.com. 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. . savannahdiscgolf@gmail.com. savannahdiscgolf.com.

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. . savystrider.com. Tai Chi Lessons in Forsyth Park

Tuesdays, 9am-10am. $10. North End of Forsyth Park. Email for info. . relaxsavannah@gmail.com. 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 . 586-822-1021. facebook.com/turbokicksavannah. 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. . 912-350-9031. memorialhealth.com/. Memorial Health University Medical Center, 4700 Waters Ave. Zumba and Zumba/Toning with Mai

Fall/Winter schedule. Mondays at 8:30AM Zumba/Toning Lake Mayer Community Center 1850 E. Montgomery Crossroads $5.00/class Mondays/ Wednesdays at 6:00PM Zumba/ Toning Windsor Forest Elementary Gym 308 Briarcliff Circle $5.00/class Tuesdays/Thursdays 10:00AM Zumba/ Toning Curves @ Savannah Mall (912) 921-1771 14045 Abercorn St #1610 31419 $5.00/class (Non-Members) Tuesdays @ 5:30PM Zumba St. Paul CME Social Hall (912) 233-2849 123 Brady St (at Barnard St) 31401 $3.00/ class (Non-Members) Wednesdays @ 9:30AM Zumba/Toning Frank Murray Community Center (912) 898-3320 160 Wilmington Is Rd 31414 $3.00/class Bring water, proper shoes and attire. . 912-604-9890. Zumba Fitness (R) with April

Mondays at 5:30pm, Thursdays at 6:30pm. Nonstop Fitness in Sandfly, 8511 Ferguson Ave. $5 for nonmenbers. call for info. . 912-349-4902. Food Events Forsyth Farmers Market

Local and regional produce, honey, meat, dairy, pasta, baked goods and other delights. Rain or shine. Free to attend. Items for sale. 912-484-0279. forsythfarmersmarket.com. Forsyth Park, 501 Whitaker St. Honey Tasting and Body Care Samples + Store Tour

Daily store tour, honey tasting, and body care. FREE Come to the WILMINGTON ISLAND store and see the bees behind our observation hive glass. FREE Mondays-Fridays, 10 a.m. 912-

234-0688. tildsley@savannahbee.com. Mondays-Fridays, 10 a.m Savannah Bee Company, Wilmington Island, 211 Johnny Mercer Blvd.

Prepare Sunday Suppers at Union Mission

Local organizations are invited to sign up to prepare Sunday Supper for people who are homeless and live at Union Mission’s shelters for homeless people. Groups must sign up in advance and bring/prepare a meal, beginning at 2pm on Sundays. Call for information. . 912236-7423. 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. . 912-236-CITY. firstcitynetwork.org. 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. . Georgia Equality Savannah

Local chapter of Georgia’s largest gay rights group. 104 W. 38th St. 912-5476263. . 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. . 912-288-7863. heather@savpride.com. 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. . 912-657-1966. info@standoutyouth.org. standoutyouth.org. 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. . 912-3522611. 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. . 912-356-3688. savannahaa.com. 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. . 912-344-3333. armstrong.edu. about.armstrong.edu/ Maps/index.html. Armstrong Atlantic State University, 11935 Abercorn St.


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Free Hearing and Speech Screening

Hearing: Thursdays, 9am-11am. Speech: First Thursdays,. Call or see website for times. . 912-355-4601. savannahspeechandhearing.org. savannahspeechandhearing.org/. 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. . 912-644-5217. Chatham County Health Dept., 1395 Eisenhower Dr. 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. . 912-443-9409. St. Joseph’s/Candler--St. Mary’s Health Center, 1302 Drayton St.

Health Insurance Marketplace Enrollment Assistance

Enroll in the new health care plan between Oct. 1, 2013 and March 31, 2014. Free, in-person guidance and counseling for enrolling in the new health plan can be done by appointment at: Curtis V. Cooper Health Clinic, 912-527-1115; and J.C. Lewis Health Clinic, 912721-6726. Or general information at CVS, Kroger, Rite-Aid, Walgreens, or Walmart pharmacies. Through March 31, 2014. 912-651-7730. chathamcountysafetynet.org. Through March 31, 2014 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. . 912-704-7650. carroll362@bellsouth. net. 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. . 912-927-3432. savannahypnosis.com. 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. . 912-897-9544. lllusa.org/web/ savannahga.html.

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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. . 912350-3438. bariatrics.memorialhealth. com. memorialhealth.com/. Memorial Health University Medical Center, 4700 Waters Ave.

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. 5:30-7:00 Zumba at St. Joseph’s Candler African American Resource Center. (Program sponsors.) . 912447-6605.

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Living With Diabetes Six Session Course

Jacqueline Huntly, M.D., MPH, a family medicine physician, is forming this support group to help people with diabetes gain information about nutrition, physical activity, stress management, and relaxation techniques.Featuring diabetic-friendly cooking demos. 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m., Mondays, January 13, 20, 27, and February 3, 10 and 17, Memorial Health University Physicians – Family Medicine Center, 1107 East 66th Street. Space is limited. Plan to attend all six sessions. Information or to register call 912-350-8404. Free to attend. Registration required. Through Jan. 12, 2014. Through Jan. 12, 2014 Managing Chronic Pain Six Session Course

Jacqueline Huntly, M.D., MPH, a family medicine physician, is forming this support group to help people with chronic pain. The group will learn about nutrition, physical activity, stress management, and relaxation techniques to cope with chronic pain. 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., Tuesdays, January 14, 21, 28, February 4, 11,18, Memorial Health University Physicians – Family Medicine Center, 1107 East 66th Street. Information or to register call 912-350-8404. Free to attend. Registration required. Through Jan. 14, 2014. 912-350-8404. Through Jan. 14, 2014 Planned Parenthood Hotline

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

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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-ofhospital cardiac arrests. Call for info. . 912-651-6410.

ARIES

(March 21-April 19) Sometimes I think too fast and too much. My logic gets sterile. My ideas become jagged and tangled. When this happens, I head off to Turtle Back Hill for a hike through the saltwater marsh. The trail loops around on itself, and I arrive back where I started in about 15 minutes. Sometimes I keep walking, circumambulating four or five times. Going in circles like this seems to help me knit together my fragmented thoughts. Often, by the time I’m finished, my mind feels unified. I recommend  you find your own version of this ritual, Aries. From what I can tell, you need to get rounder and softer.

TAURUS

(April 20-May 20) In the mid-19th century, French art was dominated by the government-sponsored Salon, whose conservative policies thwarted upcoming new trends like Impressionism. One anti-authoritarian painter who rebelled was Camille Pissarro. “What is the best way to further the evolution of French art?” he was asked. “Burn down the Louvre,” he replied. The Louvre, as you may know, was and still is a major art museum in Paris. Judging from your current astrological omens, I surmise that you might want to make a symbolic statement equivalent to Pissarro’s. It’s time for you to graduate from traditions that no longer feed you so you can freely seek out new teachers and influences.

GEMINI

(May 21-June 20) “Lead us not into temptation, and deliver us from evil,” is a request that Christians make of God when they say the Lord’s Prayer. If we define “temptation” as an attraction to things that feel good even though they’re bad for you, this part of the prayer is perfectly reasonable. But what if “temptation” is given a different interpretation? What if it means an attraction to something that feels pleasurable and will ultimately be healthy for you even though it initially causes disruptions? I suggest you consider experimenting with this alternative definition, Gemini. For now, whatever leads you into temptation could possibly deliver you from evil.

CANCER

(June 21-July 22)

“You get tragedy where the tree, instead of bending, breaks,” said the philosopher Ludwig Wittgenstein. But you don’t have to worry about that outcome, Cancerian. The storm might howl and surge, but it will ultimately pass. And although your tree may bend pretty far, it will not break. Two weeks from now, you won’t be mourning your losses, but rather celebrating your flexibility and resilience. Congratulations in advance!

LEO

(July 23-Aug. 22) It’s a perfect time to start reclaiming some of the superpowers you had when you were a child. What’s that you say? You didn’t have any superpowers? That’s not true. Before you entered adolescence, you could see things and know things and feel things that were off-limits, even unknown, to most adults. You possessed a capacity to love the world with wild purity. Your innocence allowed you to be in close touch with the intelligence of animals and the spirits of the ancestors. Nature was so vividly alive to you that you could hear its songs. Smells were more intense. The dreams you had at night were exciting and consoling. Your ability to read people’s real energy -- and not be fooled by their social masks -- was strong. Remember?

VIRGO

(Aug. 23-Sept. 22) Not all darkness is bad. You know that. Sometimes you need to escape from the bright lights. It can be restorative to sit quietly in the pitch blackness and drink in the mystery of the Great Unknown. The same is true for silence and stillness and aloneness. Now and then you’ve got to retreat into their protective sanctuary. Dreaming big empty thoughts in the tranquil depths can heal you and recharge you. The magic moment has arrived for this kind of rejuvenation, Virgo.

LIBRA

(Sept. 23-Oct. 22) In the movie *Clueless,* the character played by Alicia Silverstone describes someone as a “full-on Monet.” What she means is that the person in question is like a painting by the French Impressionist artist Claude Monet. “From far away, it’s OK,” says Silverstone. “But up close, it’s a big old mess.” You may still be at the far-away point in your evaluation of a

certain situation in your own life, Libra. It appears interesting, even attractive, from a distance. When you draw nearer, though, you may find problems. That doesn’t necessarily mean you should abandon it altogether. Maybe you can fix the mess so it’s as engaging up-close as it is from far away.

SCORPIO

(Oct. 23-Nov. 21) Your power animal for the coming months is the Bateleur eagle of Africa. In the course of searching for its meals, it covers about 250 square miles every day. It thinks big. It has a spacious scope. I hope you get inspired by its example, Scorpio. In 2014, I’d love to see you enlarge the territory where you go hunting for what you want. Fate will respond favorably if you expand your ideas about how to gather the best allies and resources. As for this week, I suggest you get very specific as you identify the goals you will pursue in the coming months by exploring farther and wider.

SAGITTARIUS

(Nov. 22-Dec. 21) The standard dictionary says that “righteous” is a word that means virtuous and highly moral. The slang dictionary says that “righteous” describes someone or something that’s absolutely genuine and wonderful. Urbandictionary.com suggests that “righteous” refers to the ultimate version of any type of experience, especially “sins of pleasure” like lust and greed. According to my analysis, the coming week will be jampacked with righteousness for you. Which of the three definitions will predominate? It’s possible you will embody and attract all three types.

CAPRICORN

(Dec. 22-Jan. 19) In the dreams you’re having at night, Capricorn, I bet you’re traveling through remote landscapes in all kinds of weather. Maybe you’re recreating the voyage of the Polynesian sailors who crossed hundreds of miles of Pacific Ocean to find Hawaii 1,500 years ago. Or maybe you’re hiking through the Darkhad Valley, where the Mongolian steppe meets Siberia’s vast forests. It’s possible you’re visiting places where your ancestors lived or you’re migrating to the first human settlement on Mars in the 22nd century. What do dreams like

this mean? I think you’re trying to blow your own mind. Your deep self and your higher wisdom are conspiring to flood you with new ways of seeing reality.

AQUARIUS

(Jan. 20-Feb. 18) It wouldn’t be too extreme for you to kiss the ground that has been walked on by people you care about deeply. And it wouldn’t be too crazy to give your special allies the best gifts ever, or compose love letters to them, or demonstrate in dramatic fashion how amazed you are by the beautiful truths about who they really are. This is a unique moment in your cycle, Aquarius -- a time when it is crucial for you to express gratitude, devotion, and even reverence for those who have helped you see what it means to be fully alive.

PISCES

(Feb. 19-March 20) In a letter to F. Scott Fitzgerald, Ernest Hemingway described his vision of paradise. It would have a trout stream that no one but him was permitted to fish in. He’d own two houses, one for his wife and children and one for his nine beautiful mistresses. There’d be a church where he could regularly confess his sins, and he’d have great seats at an arena where bull fights took place. From my perspective, this is a pretty vulgar version of paradise, but who am I to judge? I suggest you draw inspiration from Hemingway as you come up with your own earthy, gritty, funky fantasy of paradise. It’s an excellent time for you to get down to earth about your high ideals and dreamy hopes.

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. unityofsavannah.org/. 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) . 912-663-8728. jeanneseaver@aol.com. capitolcom.org/georgia. 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. . familylife@diosav.org. diosav.org/familylife-singles. 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. . vineyardsavannah.org. The Journey

Experience life the night Christmas began in an outdoor production that draws thousands from across the Southeast. A walk through the recreated ancient Middle Eastern town of Bethlehem teeming with bakery, tannery, blacksmith and jewelry shops and an inn that’s full to capacity. Follow shepherds to find Mary, Joseph and a baby crying softly in a manger. $5 per person. Children free. Maximum family fee: $20 912-925-9657. SCCJourney.com. Savannah Christian Church, 55 Al Henderson Blvd. A New Church in the City, For the City

Gather on Sundays at 10:30am. Like the Facebook page “Savannah Church Plant.” . 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


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Un-programmed worship. 11am Sundays, third floor of Trinity United Methodist Church. Call or email for info. All are welcome. . 912-308-8286. savbranart@gmail.com. trinitychurch1848.org/. 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 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 , 7 p.m. 440-371-5209. , 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. . savannahzencenter.com. Service of Compline

A chanted service by candlelight held every Sunday night at 9pm. “Say goodnight to God.” Presented by Christ Church Anglican. . 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.” . 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. tapestrysavannah.com. ymcaofcoastalga.org/. 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. . distillerysavannah.com. 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. . 912-234-0980. admin@uusavannah.org. uusavan-

nah.org. uusavannah.org. 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 classes, workshops, and more. . 912-355-4704. unityofsavannah.org. unityofsavannah.org/. Unity Church of Savannah, 2320 Sunset 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. . 912-5989860. 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. . 912-356-3688. savannahaa.com. 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. . 912236-0363 x143. Amputee Support Group

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

For traumatic brain injury survivors and their caregivers. Third Thursdays, 5pm. In the gym of the Rehabilitation Institute at Memorial. . memorialhealth. com. memorialhealth.com/. 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. . 912-844-4524. fpc. presbychurch.net. First Presbyterian Church, 520 Washington Ave. Cancer Support Group

For anyone living with, through or beyond a cancer diagnosis. First Wednesdays, at Lewis Cancer Pavilion. Call for info. . 912-819-5704. Nancy N. and J.C. Lewis Cancer & Research Pavilion, 225 Reynolds Ave. 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. . 912-303-9442. 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. . 912-355-7633. 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. Polio survivors and guests are invited. James Aberson, Chatham County ADA Coordinator, will be the speaker. Free and open to the public. . 912-927-8332. coastalempirepoliosurvivors.org. 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. . 912-596-0852. emptycradle_savannah@hotmail.com. 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. . 912-572-6108. debtorsanonymous.org. unityofsavannah.org/. 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. . edasavannah@yahoo.com. 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. . 912-819-2224. Nancy N. and J.C. Lewis Cancer & Research Pavilion, 225 Reynolds Ave.

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. . 912-3039442. HospiceSavannah.org/GriefSupport. 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. . 912-598-8457. jeff@heartbeatsforlifega.org. 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. . amkw21@gmail.com. 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. . 912-350-7845. 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. . 912-350-7845. memorialhealth.com. memorialhealth.com/. Memorial Health University Medical Center, 4700 Waters Ave. Narcotics Anonymous

Call for the Savannah Lowcountry Area NA meeting schedule. . 912-238-5925.

Fibromyalgia Support Group

Second Thursdays, 5:30pm-6:30pm. Call or see website for info. . 912-8196743. sjchs.org. sjchs.org. 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. . 912-7484730. 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: 912-4126675 or 912-414-3827. . Grief Support Groups

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