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First Friday Art March Friday, December 4th

A monthly art walk featuring galleries, restaurants, boutiques and more. Free Trolley transportation, Indie Arts Market, and Kids Art Activities. Art Rise Savannah, 2427 Desoto Ave. Free



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Christmas on the River & Lighted Parade Saturday, December 5th

Savannah’s Lighted Christmas Parade is an annual tradition and local favorite. The parade takes place during Christmas on the River each year. The parade marks the official arrival of St. Nick and will take place on Saturday at 5:30pm starting on West River Street, traveling throughout downtown and ending in City Market.

Wednesday / 2 Film: Furious

Let’s just say it’s about a group of martial arts heroes that battle aliens from the Astral Plane for control of the universe. 8 p.m The Sentient Bean, 13 East Park Ave. $6

Holiday Pop-Up Shop

Holiday shopping in the Starland District on Shop Small Saturday and throughout the first week of December. We have 8 different local artists showing their holiday works with us including items such as holiday gift card sets, holiday ornaments, leather goods, ceramic works, and of course, art. Nov. 30-Dec. 5 Non-Fiction Gallery, 1522 Bull St.

Lecture: Unlocking the Powers of Hemp

Brighter Day Natural Foods Market sponsors this lecture about the powers of hemp, from Stuart Tomc. Coastal Georgia Center, 305 Fahm Street. 2 p.m. Free and open to the public

Dance: The Nutcracker in Savannah Saturday, December 5th

Presented by Savannah Ballet Theatre. Shows at 2 pm and 5 pm. No better way to kick-off the holiday spirit than by joining Clara as she goes from a fabulous holiday party set in 1940’s Savannah to a dream unlike any other. Lucas Theatre for the Arts $12-42

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Savannah Bridge Run Saturday, December 5th

The Enmarket Savannah Bridge Run runs over historic Talmadge Bridge. The event has three races involved: the 5K, 10K, and Double Pump, which participants run in both the 5K and 10K events for a total of 3 times over the bridge.

Carols in the Garden

Join Pacci for a night of carols, hot toddies, sparkling wine, complimentary festive treats, and St. Nick. Bring your pets for a photo with Santa. 7-10 p.m Pacci Italian Kitchen + Bar, 601 E Bay St.

Rooms With A View: Holiday Impressions

This two-week-long show features local interior designers along with the internationally acclaimed designer Mary McDonald. Rooms will be constructed in the Jepson Center atrium, transforming it into a dazzling showhouse. Jepson Center, 207 West York St.

Friday / 4 Brent Monahan Book Signing

Brent Monahan, the author of The Jekyll Island Club, will sign copies of the new addition to his period murder mystery series. 5-7 p.m Barnes & Noble, 7804 Abercorn St. 4

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Christmas on the River & Lighted Parade

First Friday Fireworks

Savannah’s Lighted Christmas Parade is an annual tradition and local favorite. The parade takes place during Christmas on the River each year. The parade marks the official arrival of St. Nick and will take place on Saturday at 5:30pm starting on West River Street, traveling throughout downtown and ending in City Market. Dec. 4-5 River Street, River St.

Concert: The Little Roy & Lizzy Show

This enjoyable duo and their band are well-known in the worlds of both bluegrass and Gospel music for their musical -skills, comedic stage show and all-around bluegrass chaos. 7:30 p.m Randy Wood Guitars, 1304 East Hwy. 80. $25

Celebrate the end of the week and the beginning of a new month with First Friday Fireworks, presented by Wet Willie’s. first Friday of every month, 9:30 p.m Rousakis Plaza, River St. Free

First Friday for Folk Music

Monthly folk music showcase hosted by the Savannah Folk Music Society in a friendly, alcohol-free environment. December performers: The Pace Brothers, JL McGee first Friday of every month, 7:30 p.m First Presbyterian, 520 Washington Ave. $5 donation

Lights On for Tybee Celebration

Following the tree lighting ceremony, there will be singing led by the Tybee Arts Performing Society, dance performances by Gretchen Greene School of Dance First Friday Art March students, and an awards presentation by A monthly art walk featuring galleries, res- Tybee Beautification Association for the taurants, boutiques and more. Free Trolley best decorated businesses. transportation, Indie Arts Market, and Kids 6:30 p.m Art Activities. Tybee Roundabout, Tybrisa and Strand. first Friday of every month, 6-9 p.m Art Rise Savannah, 2427 Desoto Ave. Free

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Theatre: Steve Martin’s The Underpants

Presented by Collective Face Ensemble. puritanical bureaucrat Theo Maske is outraged at his wife, Louise, for allowing her underpants to fall to the ground. Dec. 4-5 at 8 p.m. Muse Arts Warehouse, 703 Louisville Rd. 912/232-0018

Theatre: Charlie Brown Christmas

Heart-warming musical based on the beloved cartoon! When Charlie Brown complains about the overwhelming materialism he sees among everyone during the Christmas season, Lucy suggests that he become director of the school Christmas pageant. Charlie Brown accepts, but this proves to be a frustrating endeavor. Dec. 4, 11, 18 at 7 p.m. Dec. 5-6, 12-13, 19-20 at 3 p.m. Savannah Children’s Theatre, 2160 East Victory Dr. $15-20

5th Annual Illumination Night of Lights & Music

See Grand Hall transformed into a gorgeous outdoor winter scene with dozens of trees and silvery decorations, music, a fabulous feast, house tours and wagon rides through woods filled with sparkling holiday lights. Seating limited. Tickets $55 for adults, $49.50 for senior citizens and military, and $45 for children ages 8-17. 4-10:30 p.m Dunham Farms, 5836 Islands Hwy.

Christmas Parade

This family-friendly event is a time honored tradition in Richmond Hill and will feature a Christmas at the Movies theme. 10 a.m J. F. Gregory Park, Richmond Hill. Free

Concert: Lessons & Carols for Advent

This program is adapted from the Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols that has been celebrated annually at Kings College, Cambridge, for almost a century. Nine scripture lessons are read with songs

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from The Sacred Harp and An American Christmas Harp. Music is provided by the Savannah Sacred Harp Singers. 2 p.m Skidaway Island Presbyterian Church, 30 Diamond Causeway. Free and open to the public

Dance: The Nutcracker in Savannah

Presented by Savannah Ballet Theatre. Shows at 2 pm and 5 pm. No better way to kick-off the holiday spirit than by joining Clara as she goes from a fabulous holiday party set in 1940′s Savannah to a dream unlike any other. Lucas Theatre for the Arts, 32 Abercorn St. $12-42

Forsyth Farmers Market

The tour highlights classic historic Tybee Island cottages restored by the famous interior designer, Jane Coslick. Tour benefits Savannah Humane Society Low Cost Community Spay/Neuter Clinic. 10 a.m-3 p.m. $30 Tybee Island

Savannah Bridge Run

The Enmarket Savannah Bridge Run runs over historic Talmadge Bridge. The event has three races involved: the 5K, 10K, and Double Pump, which participants run in both the 5K and 10K events for a total of 3 times over the bridge.

Tamp & Tap

Local and regional produce. 9 a.m.-1 p.m Forsyth Park

Gardening Session

Jane Coslick Holiday Cottage Tour

Kerry Shay, an organic farmer and owner of landscaping company Victory Gardens, provides free instruction. first Saturday of every month, 8:30-9:30 a.m Charles H. Morris Center, 10 East Broad St. Free and open to the public

Southbound and Perc Coffee present Moonlight Drive, an American imperial coffee stout, benefitting Art Rise Savannah. Live music by Bottles & Cans. 1-4 p.m Southern Pine Co., 616 E. 35th St. $25 advance, $30 at door

Thunderbolt Boat Parade

Enjoy lighted boats, live music by Luke Lander, fireworks, and food and drink at

this 30th annual parade. 4:30 p.m Fish Tales at Ft. McAllister Marina, 3203 Ft. McAllister Rd.

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Tybee Island Christmas Parade

Festive floats and spirited parade participants as Santa and Mrs. Claus are led from the 14th Street parking lot to the Tybee Gym on 5th Street. 1 p.m Tybee Island, Tybee Island.

First Holly Jolly American Traditions Christmas Special featuring Kim Michael Polote, 2001 Gold Medal winner in The American Traditions Competition. 2-4 p.m Mars Theatre, 109 S. Laurel Street. $20

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Christmas Open House & Book Signing

Exclusive book signing event with author Johnathon Scott Barrett. His culinary memoir, Rise and Shine! A Southern Son’s Treasury of Food, Family and Friends, is now in its third edition. 12-3 p.m The Cottage Shop, 2422 Abercorn Street.

Savannah Children’s Choir Holiday Concert

Start off your holiday season on the right note with a family-friendly concert celebrating the sounds of the season. 3 p.m Lucas Theatre for the Arts, 32 Abercorn St.

Concert: A Holly Jolly American Traditions Christmas

Non-denominational, contemplative sharing of music, stories and memories. 5:15 p.m Full Circle Grief and Loss Center, 6000 Business Center Drive.

Wednesday / 9 Mystery Redd Foxx Film

The PFS salutes the late, great comedic and dramatic actor Redd Foxx with a rare public viewing of one of his least-known performances. Exact title remains a surprise until showtime. 8 p.m The Sentient Bean, 13 East Park Ave. $7



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After ‘The Cover’: What’s next? by Jim Morekis

LAST WEEK’S cover image not only damaged Connect Savannah itself. Much more importantly, it badly damaged the community we serve. Racial inequity and injustice have a long history in Savannah, and certainly didn’t begin with our extremely misguided attempt to parody the iconic Norman Rockwell painting “Freedom From Want.” The image depicted Mayor Edna Jackson as the matriarch serving turkey at Thanksgiving, in what many people saw in an offensive light. But that long history only makes our mistake that much more indefensible. The cover image further divided an already-divided city at the worst possible time. It undermined our mission, and even our very name. There are some who will never forgive us for it. There are others who agree the cover was a huge mistake, but don’t think all bridges have been burned. Regardless, it’s our responsibility now to do the best we can do to mitigate the anger and outrage caused by the cover, and to do our best to reconcile with the community. It’s the right thing, and the only thing, to do. One of the definitions of institutional racism is that organizations composed of people who aren’t themselves individually racist can support racism indirectly. No reasonable person who is personally acquainted with any staffer at Connect Savannah would label any of us individually as a racist.


No reasonable person familiar with our body of work would say we’ve been anything but sensitive and proactive in covering issues of racial and economic injustice and inequity—in ways that, before last week anyway, other local media frankly haven’t even come close to doing. That said, we clearly, obviously, have a lot of work to do. That work has to begin now, and it must continue without end, open-ended and into perpetuity. No window dressing. No expiration date. We must as an institution not only work to fix the divide we have caused—clean up

It’s our responsibility now to do the best we can do to mitigate the anger and outrage caused by the cover, and to do our best to reconcile with the community. It’s the right thing, and the only thing, to do.

our own mess—but work with intentional effort toward breaking down institutional racism within our own walls. Only then can we effectively do the same thing outside our walls, in the community we serve. This is work that has to continue regardless of who is in charge, or who is working in what position. This work will have to include much more input from persons and communities of color. This work will have to include a much more serious effort at diversifying our staff. This work will have to include other changes we haven’t even realized need to happen yet. This work will require education. We can do this and still fulfill our ongoing commitment to freedom of speech, to a free exchange of ideas, to being a community watchdog, and to speaking truth to power. In the days following the controversy, a wise local community activist gave me some very pragmatic advice: She said, “Jim, if Connect Savannah can manage to do this—if the newspaper can, as an institution, address these issues and be the change you want to see—you’ll already be doing more than just about any other institution in Savannah is doing.” Easier said than done, to be sure. But a worthy goal moving forward, and we will try our best to make it happen. Whether or not we succeed will be a judgment our readers will make for themselves. cs

Editor, The recently released cover featuring the candidates for mayor and other city positions is, like everyone says, in poor taste. It is distressing to a consumer like me that your publication would release this piece of, what might not have been intended to but has become, disgusting propaganda. It is in poor moral taste and quite frankly poor quality (the Photoshop quality is terrible!). As someone who looks to

Connect Savannah often, I am extremely disappointed. I would be interested to know why this image was chosen and what the thinking process was. It did not fill me with thanks or joy for the upcoming holiday but fills me with the reminder that although we have so much to be thankful for we have not come far enough as a community. I am afraid that instead of being thankful for this publication that allows this community to come together, I am disappointed Mel McCarthy

Cover was offensive

Editor, I normally don’t write feedback like this—especially when it’s a publication I don’t typically read. However, I happened to see the artwork and couldn’t let this one go. Depicting the mayor of Savannah, a Black woman, as a maid is beyond poor taste. If you didn’t realize this was in poor taste, this begs the question: what does the newsroom look like at Connect Savannah? How many eyes look over the written and visual content?

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F*#% you, cancer! By Jessica Leigh Lebos

Damn it, I’ve had it with cancer. Not that I am battling it myself; I’m onmy-knees thankful that me and my immediate loved ones are healthy. But it seems that everywhere I turn right now, people whom I adore and admire are dealing with scary diagnoses, tremendous upheaval and treatments that leave them sick, exhausted and sometimes dead. It’s really pissing me off. I’ve seen enough to understand that when cancer invades your house, it takes over. Cancer demands to eat in the dining room then breaks all the china while things like romantic daydreams and vacation plans and opinions about Syrian refugees have to go eat in the kitchen with the dog. Cancer doesn’t discriminate about race or religion or political allegiance or even age—it is an equal opportunity terrorist that declares war, taunting everyone. Cancer doesn’t care how much money you have. You can try to buy cancer off, but it will just punch you in the face and steal your wallet. It has been chased into corners and corralled temporarily by the billions of dollars sunk into researching ways to get rid of it for good, but it always seems to find a way to morph somewhere else like the creepy liquid cop in Terminator 2. Also, cancer laughs at ribbons. Right now cancer is probably setting a whole pile of pink and purple satin pretzels on fire in a bathtub full of Methotrexate. You can try to sneak around cancer by giving up the cigs and drinking vegetable smoothies and doing six types of yoga and meditating really well, but that can’t guarantee that it won’t catch you up in its lizard eye and find you anyway. (But those healthy habits will make you more invisible to cancer, so do them.) Cancer is a master of disguise. Sometimes it masquerades as a common cold, other times it’s an itchy mole, sometimes it’s a lump, or it’s a dull, nagging pain. It’s always ugly. Anyone who’s ever had to deal with cancer—as a patient, as a loved one, as a caregiver, the nurses, the doctors, the hospice workers, the friends—knows without a 8 doubt that cancer is a full-on ASSHOLE.

Cancer Institute at Memorial University Medical Center. Over 400 people showed up for a recent luncheon to benefit the Stephen Hollenberg Fund that finances Memorial’s pancreatic cancer research, making Savannah a world-class ring to go all UFC on cancer. Just ask former patient and champion Jeff Kole, who recounted for the crowd his battle that has left him “grateful and gracious” to be cancer-free for four and half years. The Hollenberg fund also helps families shoulder the financial burden and has been overseen for a decade by Steve’s wife, Tobi, who continues to raise awareness about the disease that emcee Sonny Dixon called “no respecter of persons.” Few know that better than the event’s keynote speaker, Lisa Niemi Swayze, Dozens of artists flipped cancer the bird at the Savannah Flamingo Fest. who watched her husband, sexy strong superstar Patrick Swayze, deteriorate in a matter of months from pancreatic cancer I’m sorry if you’re offended by my lanshimmery rock ‘n’ roll robe was pinned up in 2006. guage, but I’m deeply fucking offended by in a stunning installation of photos and Still looking like the lithe dancer cancer and will not stop swearing about it memorabilia, including her iconic pointyglimpsed in the video for Patrick’s hit song until it apologizes for being such a nefaritoed white Creepers. All came decked out “She’s Like the Wind” (check it on Youous presence in our lives. in their Civvies best. Tube for an instant cry), Lisa promises I’m extra irate because I’ve attended Scott Stanton—better known as the that the man we adored as a Catskills hotway too many gatherings with this jerk artist Panhandle Slim—brought the tie, a roadhouse bouncer, a loyal ghost and cancer over the last few weeks. Some of wooden easel that Robyn insisted on givPony Boy’s older brother fought valiantly, them were funerals. ing him when she learned he was painting even as the heinous thief stole his life day Last month brought the passing of Dr. on the floor. He shared her mantra for all by day. Harvey Zarem, Savannah son and world- those who want to contribute to the greater “’The brave may not live forever, but the renowned plastic surgeon who, among good but might doubt their talents: cautious do not live at all,’” she quoted. many other accomplishments, helped “Just go do it and don’t fuck it up!” Facing cancer takes every ounce of courpioneer the field of post-cancer breast There is some not-awful news in here, age a person has, along with the bravery of reconstruction. and that is that cancer doesn’t always win. those who surround them. The good doctor returned to his homeOur local indie theater muse JinHi Soucy Those close to him laud the strength of town in 2011 after a brilliant career in Los Rand has been flipping it the bird for a cou- Chatham County Sheriff Al St. LawAngeles to “retire,” though he continued ple of decades, though she lost a few feathrence, who succumbed to his quiet fight to work with Savannah Plastic Surgery ers in her latest round with the devil. against cancer last week at the age of 81. until the demon C caught up with him at Considering JinHi’s affinity for fabulous Finally, there is my beloved mother-inthe age of 83. plumage, it was apropos that artistic activ- law, Marcia Lebos. She survived breast The older brother of our beloved Bobby ists (or active artists, take yer pick) Karen cancer in 2003 only to find waiting for her Zarem and husband to the lovely Beth, Dr. Abato and Corey Houlihan invited dozanother insidious destroyer of lives, fronZarem is also survived by six children, six ens of local creatives to interpret everytotemporal lobe dementia. grandchildren and thousands of grateful one’s favorite pink plastic lawn ornament Her suffering ended on Thanksgiving, patients. in her honor for the Savannah Flamingo and we are so grateful for the outpouring Days before, the inimitable and inspirFestival on Nov. 15. of support from the Savannah community. ing Robyn Reeder transmuted to the (It was a privilege to revive my yarnThere’s only one decent thing I can astral plane. Punk rock goddess, fearless bomb and glue skills by knitting a fuzzy think to say about cancer and its evil colentrepreneur, and tireless champion of green “lawn” sweater and attaching a min- leagues, and that is this: Savannah, Robyn demonstrated fierce iature garden gnome and in gleeful irony— It puts the precious gift of our lives in grace in the decade that she lived with the a teeny flamingo! JinHi herself dubbed it perspective. world’s worst roommate. the “Absurdimingo.”) It dwarfs the rest of our problems, The fabulous 40 year-old leaves behind The festooned works were auctioned reducing the politics and the polemics to her husband, Igor, her sister, Jenny, her off along with donated gifts from local dust under its blinding glare. mother, Mina, and a town full of artbusinesses to raise funds for her medical It reminds in the harshest of ways that ists, musicians, fashionistas and weirdos expenses, because in addition to being a underneath the flimsiness of whoever it is stamped on the heart with her indelible total creep, cancer is also stupid expensive. we think we are, all that’s left is love. cs style. If you would like to support Jin-Hi and Cancer tried to be the center of attenthe marvelous Muse Arts Warehouse, tion at Robyn’s glorious memorial at the her brother, Chris, has set up a GenerosLegion Ballroom Nov. 12, but it was far fund in her name. outshone by Robyn’s love and legacy. Fortunately, cancer has some seriously Her Silver Machine bandmates conformidable enemies, like the oncologists ducted the beautiful ritual of draping and scientists developing new treatments her drum kit in flowers. Robyn’s own and earlier detection at the Anderson




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Holidays at the beach with style maven Jane Coslick

Tour some of Tybee’s prettiest cottages and help the Humane Society Sat. Dec. 5 by Jessica Leigh Lebos

When it comes to Christmas décor, red and green is the go-to scheme for most of the planet. But not on Tybee Island, where bright teals and vibrant corals are making spirits bright this holiday season thanks to local style maven Jane Coslick. The renowned interior designer has decked the halls of some of the island’s loveliest cottages with her signature beach chic for her fourth annual Holiday Cottage Tour Saturday, Dec. 5, to benefit the Humane Society. “I use a lot of color and plenty of white for Christmas,” says the celebrated preservationist whose transformative work regularly appears in iconic shelter mags like Southern Living, Sunset and This Old House. Coslick has been adding cheer to homes near and far since 1984, mixing up vintage pieces and radiant hues for the islandinfused atmosphere she’s been asked to recreate everywhere from big city condos to mountain cabins in North Carolina. “It’s about that old Tybee feeling,” she describes. “It’s the idea of the whimsical, the relaxed, the comfort and the nature.” Seven of her meticulously decorated cottages will be on this year’s tour, along with a grand holiday display at the recently opened Tybee Post Theater. “All these house are so exciting, they all have interesting personalities,” says the Isle of Hope denizen. “When it comes to my flair, it’s always about presenting the feeling of the house. Porches are very important. And little paths around the yard.” Along with color and spaces, animals are another great passion of Coslick’s, especially the plight of the feral cat colonies on Tybee. The cottage tour began in 2011 as a fundraiser for the Humane Society of Greater Savannah, which she collaborates on with Tybee locals and avid HSGS volunteers Shirley Sessions and her sister, Sandy McCloud “Every year we say we’ll never do it again! But then one of us will say, ‘it’s about the animals!’ and we’ll get to work,” laughs Sessions. Sessions reports that the tour has raised between $6,000 and $11,000 each year for HSGS programs like Operation New Hope, giving inmates an opportunity to help a shelter dog become adoptable, and Nuzzle Buddies, which pairs young readers with a furry companion. “Our philosophy is that however much 10 money we make, it’s more than there was

Celebrated designer and preservationist Jane Coslick (bottom right) makes the season bright with her signature island style.

to begin with,” says Sessions. The building fund for a low-cost spay and neuter facility also greatly benefited from past décor tours, and the trio of organizers is overjoyed to see that project come to fruition. HSGS broke ground on the clinic earlier this fall and is slated to open it mid-January. “What this means that the community will be able to have their cats and dogs spayed and neutered for as low as 30 dollars,” says Sessions. “It’s not meant to take the place of veterinarians, but it gives people who can’t afford to spay or neuter their animals a way

to help curb the population explosion. The goal is to see less homeless pets.” Sessions likens Coslick’s enthusiasm for preserving Tybee’s original beach cottages to tending to the thousands of unwanted animals that HSGS sees every year. “When a house gets old, sometimes it’s torn down and dismissed, like a puppy or kitten that people lose interest in when is gets older,” she muses. “There is still so much joy that can come from an older home or an older pet with a little care.” Christmas at the beach may include unconventional merriment like sea stars

ornaments and sand instead of tinsel and glitter, but it’s all part of the holiday season on Tybee. Coslick is grateful to those who open their charming beach houses for the charitable event. “It’s an opportunity to educate the public on preservation and animal rescue, and it’s also going to be just a lovely time.” cs

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ON SATURDAY I received excellent news. After decades of living in Atlanta, two of my friends announced they are moving to Savannah. What attracted them to our city? Was it the colossal H&M store being built on Broughton Street? Our two — count ‘em — two Chipotles? No, my creative, welltravelled, successful friends were likely attracted by things that are more authentic. For instance, I can imagine them really digging a place like Johnny Harris. Uh oh. The restaurant will likely be demolished by the time they get here to make way for a new shopping center being developed by ARS Ventures LLC, which is — of course — based in Atlanta. When the Savannah City Council voted 6-3 last week to rezone the 11-acre site on Victory Drive for the development, traffic was cited as a concern by those in dissent. With good reason. In the words of Fred Kent, founder of the nonprofit Project for Public Spaces, “If you plan cities for cars and traffic, you get cars and traffic.” Unfortunately, that seems to be the exact approach that’s being taken. In an initial report prepared by the Chatham County Savannah Metropolitan Commission, it’s clear the shopping center will generate more traffic on Victory Drive and surrounding streets. “Based on the conceptual square footage of the proposed shopping center, the trips expected to be generated by the proposed development are approximately 7,221 weekday trips and 9,806 Saturday trips.

The developer anticipates that 30 percent of the trips to the proposed development will be pass by trips already in the area. Based on this assumption, the number of new weekday trips will be 5,055 and the number of new Saturday trips will be 6,864,” wrote Gary Plumbley, development services planner at the MPC, in the report. For perspective, a 2014 traffic count conducted by the Georgia Department of Transportation found 28,900 cars and trucks pass by the site every day. If the shopping center is constructed using suburban style model, with stores surrounded acres of parking, we can expect that almost all of those trips will be made in automobiles. Even worse, increased automobile traffic on currently bikeable streets nearby could dissuade people like me who currently ride bikes to the nearby Victory Station shopping center from Parkside, Ardsley Park and other nearby neighborhoods. But it doesn’t have to be that way. The north end of the Truman Linear Park Trail will be located on the south side of this property and designing safe and convenient access from the trailhead to the shopping center would allow people way down on the Southside to shop by bike. What a shame it would be for people who ride all the way from Lake Mayer, located on notoriously bicycle- and pedestrianunfriendly Montgomery Crossroad, to find a similar situation when they reach the end of the trail. The proximity of Daffin Park also presents an excellent opportunity. If people are able to walk or bike from activities in the park — such as youth sports, special events or morning jogs on the Robert Espinoza Trail — both the shopping center and the park are enhanced.

Without biking and walking connections, these trips will be made by car or not at all, diminishing both areas. To quote Kent again, “If you plan for people and places, you get people and places.” If you wanted to convince people to move to Savannah, would you try to seal the deal by showing them the stretch of Victory Drive between the Truman Parkway and Skidaway Road? Of course not. Yet if we don’t think carefully about how new developments work with existing neighborhoods and land uses, we’ll be inviting suburban sprawl to creep further into the city core, degrading historic neighborhoods. A Nov. 25 story by Richard Florida on the CityLab website summarizes the findings of researchers who examined, “the connection between community vibrancy and economic growth in urban and suburban neighborhoods.” Their findings revealed that “high-growth firms “ tend to “cluster in both urban centers and suburban areas that are dense, diverse, walkable, vibrant, and served by transit.” Forward-looking communities across the country understand this and are working to undo the damage done by building automobile-centric developments in urban areas. They are redeveloping these sites to be more diverse, walkable, vibrant, and transit-oriented. With its Victory Drive Project, ARS Ventures can get it right the first time and create a place that improves quality of life for people who live near it. The firm could offer a new standard for redeveloping similar sites around the city and around our state. If it doesn’t, Savannah will be stuck with the consequences for decades to come. cs



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Why are there so many mattress stores?

How do mattress stores manage to stay in business? They’re all over the place, but the average adult buys a mattress once every five to ten years. With high overhead and infrequent purchases, how are they around? —Not Bethany

I SEE your query, NB, and raise you. To my mind, it’s not just about how these stores manage to stay in business: the question is, moreover, how are there so goddamn many of them—particularly right now? Where I live, in Chicago, entire blocks are all but overrun with the places, which frankly don’t do much for a street’s aesthetics. In June a Texas Monthly article described the worrisome proliferation of mattress stores in Houston, where the venerably groovy Montrose neighborhood has become known as “the Mattrose” on account of all the new sleep shops. An April headline in the Northwest Indiana Times asked, apropos the town of Schererville, “Why the heck are so many mattress stores opening?” So: you and I aren’t the only ones wondering. What gives? One thing that jars about this state of affairs is that, in the age of Amazon, there’s

something very old-economy about mattress stores, beyond their relentlessly cheesy look. No one goes to bookstores to buy books anymore, right? Well, not exactly. A 2014 report by the consulting firm A.T. Kearney found that despite the digital hype, overall a full 90 percent of retail transactions still take place in physical stores. And according to an investor presentation by industry giant Mattress Firm, dedicated mattress stores account for 46 percent of total mattress sales, handily beating out furniture stores (35 percent) and department stores (5 percent) for the largest share of the market. So mattress delivery by drone is still a ways off. But again, these stores aren’t just surviving, they’re flourishing—that market share has more than doubled in the last 20 years. Why open a mattress store when there’s another just down the street? Turns out the economics make perfect sense: Running a mattress store doesn’t cost much. Since each store is essentially a showroom, with the product delivered to your home from a warehouse, sellers don’t keep a lot of inventory around. And the salespeople generally work on commission. So contrary to your assumption, overhead is actually pretty low. Plus, the uninhibited signage at these places provides constant free advertising. The industry is benefiting from postrecession catch-up. According to the trade journal Sleep Retailer, the global mattress market saw a decrease in sales in 2008 and 2009; in the years since, the rebounding economy—including increasing home ownership—has occasioned “remarkable” growth in the industry, says SR, expected to reach $25 billion globally by 2017. The U.S. is the largest retail mattress market worldwide.

The markup is stupendous. This is the big one. Mattress markups are notably higher than for other furniture items: Consumer Reports puts gross profit margins on mattresses at 30 to 40 percent, both for wholesalers and for retailers, and up to 50 percent for makers of super-luxe products. One estimate (from a boutique mattress upstart, so take this with a grain of salt) claimed that mainstream retailers can charge $3,000 for a mattress (after wholesale and retail markups, marketing costs, and commissions) that actually cost only $300 to produce. What accounts for this? It’s your classic oligopoly, where the market is dominated by just a few makers—think familiar names like Serta, Sealy, et al. More on this below. Certain ancillary factors are working in the mattress-pushers’ favor too. Newspapers and lifestyle magazines provide great propaganda in the form of endless encomiums to getting a good night’s sleep, and the well-publicized resurgence of bedbugs certainly plays nicely with the industry’s attempts to get you to replace your mattress more often. On the principle of Chekhov’s gun, if I use a loaded term like “old economy” in the first act, we’ll be talking about “disruption” here in the third. And lo: some not-exactlydisinterested observers say it’s high time to disrupt the mattress industry, which has been described variously as a “scam,” a “racket,” and, as suggested above, an “oligopoly.” Critics are galled by a system wherein retailers charge exorbitant, and wildly variable, prices for products whose differences from one another are often (a) slight, and (b) described in nonsensical language—e.g., “ComforPedic iQ” with “Ultra Cool Memory Foam” and optional “AirCool Memory Foam with Micro GelTouch.” (Lots of product labeling is

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similarly nuts, of course; on the other hand, you’re not dropping $2,000 on a razor blade.) They point to the eyewear business, which has similarly been called oligopolistic, where the entrepreneurial upstart Warby Parker found success selling cheap glasses to hipsters. Whence the white knight of mattress sales? I found an article profiling one contender whose cofounders show the right credentials—both have Silicon Valley backgrounds, one’s got a great beard—but if I were a mattress seller, I wouldn’t be losing any sleep just yet. cs By cecil adams Send questions to Cecil via or write him c/o Chicago Reader, 350 N. Orleans, Chicago 60654.

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2015 Sav/Chatham County Homicide Total through Sunday Nov. 29: (17 solved)

Two dead in ‘murder-suicide’ gun battle between two cars

At about 7 p.m. Saturday, officers responded to a report of a domestic dispute. “The dispute involved two individuals, driving in separate vehicles on Abercorn St. Dispatchers could hear shots being fired from one vehicle at the other,” police say. The dispute continued until the vehicles reached the area of Edgewater Rd near Montgomery Cross Rd. “The driver of one vehicle crashed into the other vehicle. Both drivers were deceased with gunshot wounds upon officers’ arrival at the scene.” The deceased are Marquita Jones, 21, and Jordan Fields, 22, both of Savannah. “Preliminary investigation shows that Jones was struck by bullets fired from Fields’ vehicle, and that Fields sustained a self-inflicted gunshot wound. Investigators believe Jones and Fields were in a relationship,” police say.

Suspect sought in homicide

At 7:40 a.m. on Thanksgiving Day, SCMPD officers responded to 13 Oak


Forest Lane in reference to a dead body. Officers found Bobby Owens, 43, of Savannah, deceased in front of the residence. “A suspect in the homicide has been identified and an arrest warrant has been obtained for Johnathan Maurice Gibbs, 18. Gibbs is described as a black male, 5 feet 5 inches tall, weighing approximately 130 pounds and is considered to be armed and dangerous,” police say.

Homicide on Wheaton Street

About 4 a.m. Friday, officers responded to shooting at 703 Wheaton Street (G3 gas station). Officers found Mario Williams, 29, in the parking lot of the business suffering from a fatal gunshot wound. A crime scene was established and SCMPD detectives and forensics responded.

Incidents appearing to target Yusuf Shabazz are “linked,” police say

Savannah-Chatham Metropolitan Police Department’s Criminal Investigations Division is investigating three apparent criminal incidents that appear to be linked. “On Nov. 25 at 6:22 p.m. officers responded to the Shabazz Seafood Restaurant at Victory Drive and Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd. ShotSpotter and citizens reported gunshots in the area,” police say.

“Two victims described a white male, with a beard, and a tattoo on his forehead, driving a black Camaro as the offender. This male pointed a pistol at the victims and fired several rounds. Shell casings were found in the area. No one was struck by the bullets and there was no visible damage to any of the surrounding structures. The owner of the restaurant, Chatham County Commissioner Yusef Shabazz, was on the premise at the time of the gunfire,” police say. “On Nov. 26, at 11:30 p.m. officers responded to a residence in Georgetown on a report of damage to property. This residence is the home of one of the victims from the shots fired call at Shabazz Seafood. The mailbox to the residence in

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Georgetown was damaged and a threatening note left inside. Detectives and forensics responded and the investigation into this incident continues,” police say. “On Nov. 27, at 12:15 a.m. SCMPD and Savannah Fire and Emergency Services (SFES) responded to a structure fire on the 2600 block of MLK Jr. Boulevard. SFES extinguished the blaze. The building sustained significant structural damage. Police, fire investigators and agents of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives are working to determine whether arson is the cause of this fire. This building is a church and owned by Yusef Shabazz,” police say. Investigators are looking for a male subject seen when the fire started. The male, race undetermined at this time, is described as having a fair complexion, about 5’10” and weighing 180 pounds. He wore all black clothing and a covering over his head and face. The subject was last seen heading toward Burroughs Street from the lane behind the church. cs


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The manager of the agency in Louisville, Ky, responsible for development planning, zoning changes and historic landmarks revealed in November that his headquarters has a “boogers” problem and ordered users of the third-floor men’s room to stop hocking them onto the walls adjacent to the urinals. According to an internal memo cited by InsiderLouisville. com, Metro Planning and Design Services manager Joe Reverman called the mucus buildup “a very serious situation” and had his executive administrator post signs instructing restroom users on the basics of proper disposal of “anything that comes out of or off a person’s body.”

Great Art!

• The 1968 Cy Twombly “blackboard” painting sold for $70.5 million at New York City’s Sotheby’s auction in November (higher than experts’ estimate of $60 million). The painting consists of six horizontal lines of continuous circular swirls (white chalk on a “blackboard”) — perhaps the same swirls that might be made by an extremely bored, aggressive first-grader given a supply of chalk and the absence of the teacher. • The Baltimore-based “experimental music” creators Matmos announced the release of their new album, “Ultimate Care II,” consisting entirely of “music” made by a Whirlpool washing machine (the Ultimate Care II model). According to a November report in Time magazine, the machine’s 38-minute wash cycle will be “sampled and processed” to lighten the original sound. (Matmos previously “played” canisters of helium on stage at Radio City Music Hall and a cow’s uterus at the San Francisco Art Institute.)

Cultural Diversity

In an enterprise somewhat resembling “American Idol,” amateur performers in China become self-supporting online not by soliciting money directly, but through virtual gifts from enthralled fans, with performers getting a cut of each sale. Beijing’s hosts original performances, and two of the site’s favorites, Mr. Earth and Ms. Cloud, earned the equivalent of about $160,000 last year from their universe of 1.8 million fans (according to a November Wall Street Journal report). In an ancillary industry (led by, hard-core fans can purchase access (think “virtual limousines,” shown “arriving” at a “concert”), giving them bragging rights. (A simple “applause” icon after a song costs about a penny.)

Bright Ideas

introduced live bowel bacteria into the The exasperated drug enforcement chief brain — on lab rats — supposedly to stimuof Indonesia told reporters in Novemlate the immune system when other remeber (following confiscation of a massive dies had faltered. However, Dr. Muizelaar, quantity of methamphetamine from emboldened, also introduced the bacteria China) that the ordinary death penalty into brains of a man and two women who was insufficient for drug runners, who had highly malignant glioblastoma tumors should instead be forced to overdose on (each patient having consented). However, their own shipments. Budi Waseso also two died within weeks, and although the mused that crocodiles would make betthird survived more than a year, UC Davis ter prison guards than found numerous protocol humans because crocs can’t violations. Dr. Muizebe bribed and later added laar’s new supervisor told tigers and pirhanas to the the Associated Press that proposed guard roster. Even he nonetheless felt lucky so, Waseso’s boss reiterated to land him because “not we are all that the government is comeverybody wants to move mark richt mitted to rehabilitation over to Appalachia.” punishment.


New World Order

Watch Your Language: (1) Recently added to the list of words and phrases to be officially discouraged on campus, according to the University of WisconsinMilwaukee’s website: “political correctness.” The phrase is said to be a “microaggression” that might make some students feel uncomfortable or unsafe if they hear it or read it. (2) In November, the University of Vermont held a (voluntary) three-day “retreat” open only to students who “self-identify as white,” so that they can study the implications of “white privilege” in society (e.g., “what does it mean to be white?” and “how does whiteness impact you?”).

Government Inaction

The Queens (New York) Redbird Tourist Information Center was finally ordered to close in July following an extraordinarily unsuccessful seven-year run in which, possibly, not a single tourist ever walked through the door. The New York Post, interviewing neighbors in Kew Gardens, found no one who ever saw a visitor, and the center’s lone staff member said she recalled only lunchtime drop-ins from jury duty at the criminal court building down the block.

The Continuing Crisis

Marshall University (Huntington, West Virginia), seeking a “star free agent” for its medical faculty, hired neurosurgeon Paul Muizelaar in July despite controversy from his previous work at the University of California, Davis. There, Dr. Muizelaar and colleagues, in a daring experiment,

Deputy sheriff Michael Szeliga of St. Petersburg, Florida, in Fort Lauderdale for a weekend training session in July, was to receive a commendation at the formal banquet, for exemplary DUI enforcement, presented by Mothers Against Drunk Driving. (This is News of the Weird; you’ve already guessed the outcome.) He, escorted by two fellow deputies, arrived for dinner “staggeringly drunk” (though he did not drive), according to an internal affairs investigation, and he was ordered to go sleep it off. (Szeliga wrote an apology and was transferred out of DUI work. Sheriff Bob Gualtieri said Szeliga was a good deputy but that the incident was “one of the most ridiculous things” he’d ever heard of.)

People With Issues

Social science professor Dr. Jeff Justice resigned from the faculty at Tarleton State University (Stephenville, Texas) in October to head off an investigation into whether he supplied alcohol to students and proselytized at least one to undergo a self-mutilation practice. Justice admitted, post-resignation, that he was a devotee (since age 13) of the “Sundance” ritual, in which he would hang from a tree in his backyard by hooks connected to stakes in his bare chest and that he demonstrated it to some students but apparently interested none. He attributed the incidents to “severe depression.” (Bonus: He had won a Faculty Excellence award in 2015.)

Least Competent Criminals

Kaleb Alexander, 25, was shot and killed in October as he emerged from a United Dairy Farmers convenience store in Columbus, Ohio, still with his gun defiantly drawn after he had just then robbed the clerk. A Columbus police SWAT team was waiting outside the store because Alexander had robbed the store the previous two nights, as well, and somehow must have thought that the police would not catch on to his cunning robbery strategy.

Recurring Themes

Are We Safe? As News of the Weird chronicled in 2010 and 2011, Iraqi police (either corrupt or sincerely unsophisticated) continued to purchase worthless bomb “detectors” to use at checkpoints in Baghdad, instilling residents with a false sense of security, with the result that hundreds of people died in supposedly safe neighborhoods. Briton James McCormick, the most successful con man/ seller, is serving a 10-year sentence for the “ADE 651” (which, somehow, Baghdad police continued to buy long after the U.S. had warned of the scam). Since then, more bogus detectors have been peddled to Thailand and other governments. In November 2015, London’s The Independent, in a dispatch from the Egyptian resort Sharm el-Sheikh, reports that luxury hotels’ security officers are now using similar bogus detectors to reassure tourists frightened by the recent terrorismsuspected Russian plane crash in Egypt.

A News of the Weird Classic (March 2011)

Mental health practitioners, writing in the January (2011) issue of the journal Substance Abuse, described two patients who had recently arrived at a clinic in Ranchi, India, after allowing themselves to be bitten by cobras for recreational highs. Both men had decades-long substanceabuse issues and decided to try what they had heard about on the street. One, age 44, bitten on the foot, experienced “a blackout associated with a sense of well-being, lethargy and sleepiness.” The other, 52, reported “dizziness and blurred vision followed by a heightened arousal and a sense of well-being,” and apparently was so impressed that he returned to the snake charmer two weeks later for a second bite. By chuck shepherd UNIVERSAL PRESS SYNDICATE

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All in the Family by Anna Chandler

“Good people. Good music.” It’s a simple mission statement, and one that Athens band/collective Family and Friends truly inhabit: radiating positivity and inherent, contagious fun, the band’s heading back to The Jinx this weekend for a Savannah Stopover-produced show with Savannah’s Carpet Coats and Curbdogs. “We’re stoked to be back,” says vocalist/ guitarist Mike MacDonald. “It’s been too long!” Inspired by classic songwriters like Bob Dylan and Paul Simon as well as modern folksters like The Avett Brothers and The Head and the Heart, Family and Friends are a lightning bolt of energy onstage and

Athens band Family and Friends lift up Georgia with positive vibes and great tunes

“Folk is still the backbone, but we’re taking everyone’s influences into consideration. It’s a very collective writing process these days.” on-record. Their latest and second EP to date, XOXO, was self-released in July. With huge builds, scintillating textures, bright guitars, grooving bass, and memorable harmonies, the band’s earned enough Mumford & Sons comparisons to last them a lifetime, but the resemblance is only slight. Really, Family and Friends’ dynamic stage presence (two dueling drummers and seven, sometimes more,

16 Talent runs in the Family (and Friends) with this bunch. Photo by Chelse Kornse

weightiness to the thing in contrast with Love You Mean It, their wispy, bright spring day of a debut EP. “As far as what we we’re writing now, we want to explore that space more,” MacDonald says. “Folk is still the backbone, but we’re taking everyone’s influences into consideration. It’s a very collective writing process these days.” people onstage makes for a never-a-dullRecorded at Asheville’s lauded Echo moment show), firm grip on balance, and Mountain Recording Studio with some exuberant, layered percussion brings to overdub work completed in Lawrenceville, mind Givers, who Stopover brought to Georgia, XOXO was all recorded live. That town in 2011, or even Atlanta’s Little Tybee was a first for Family and Friends, who (hey, Stopover, can we make a triple bill recorded Love You Mean It track-by-track, happen?). laying down guitar first and layering overXOXO’s six songs show Family and top. MacDonald says both studio experiFriends wandering toward studier terences were vital in finding out the best way ritory; there are more electric whims, to capture the band’s spirit. heavier-hitting drums, and an overall “We’re happy with both,” he says. “We’re



always down to experiment. This time, it was definitely a goal to bring in some room, make eye contact, and play off each other.” The beauty of it all is that MacDonald’s sharply observant and tender lyrics still sit front and center in Family and Friends’ lush songs. It’s a difficult kind of balance to strike, turning up the volume and hitting it harder than before while still embracing a rootsy, down-to-earth feel, but Family and Friends have achieved a sound that’s both gentle and a little raucous. “A lot of it stems from when we write, and me bringing in songs on acoustic guitar,” MacDonald explains. Though, like many, he took piano lessons as a kid, and was a “typical marching band geek,” MacDonald didn’t begin playing guitar until late high school. “You can’t take a saxophone to a party and be the cool kid!” he laughs. MacDonald learned guitar in order to write songs; he was fleshing out original material from the get-go and taught himself how to play. “All the guys” in Family and Friends met while attending University of Georgia in Athens; the college town and music hub has proven to be a post-collegiate haven and perfect incubator for Family and Friends. “It’s a small enough town to where everyone knows each other and is supersupportive,” he says. “In the music scene, there’s something for everyone. You also have the historic background in Athens, so it’s kind of under a microscope.” The Athens scene and community has gladly embraced Family and Friends, and how couldn’t they? With such a fun live show, a habit of calling friends and audience members onstage to participate, leading sing-alongs, and that trademark blissful attitude, they’re a hometown band worthy of a warm embrace. “We like to break the fourth wall,” says MacDonald of their live show mentality. “You’re not just going to a concert; you’re being a part of it.” Sometimes, it can be a challenge to directly engage a new audience, but Family and Friends always finds a way to win them over. Having already charmed the Lowcountry in the past, they return to a crowd that’s ready for an evening of fellowship and spontaneity. “We’re so excited to be back in Savannah,” MacDonald says. “It feels like home.”

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This year’s annual Savannah Children’s Choir Christmas Concert is a particularly special one as it marks ten years of tradition and community. “We are singing the Savannah Children’s Choir greatest hits,” says Executive Director Roger Moss. “What’s exciting for audiences is that we have singalongs—it’s a very interactive concert, and it’s a lot of fun.” Expect a mix of traditional carols, jazz, classical, and more. The Christmas concert has become such an annual favorite, Moss even has a snow globe of the yearly poster’s artwork sitting on his desk. “It’s so much fun, and great memories,” he says. “You can’t help but sit there and think, ‘Wow, I remember that.’ It’s the music that takes you to different places in your life: the first time you saw the Charlie Brown Christmas special. The sound of children at Christmas is very special; it’s beyond children singing. The children are so talented, and the sounds that they make are so gloriously musical, you close your eyes and it’s idyllic.” SCC has more in store for their birthday celebration, including February’s One Small Voice award and the official ten-year spring concert celebration in May. The organization is offering several tiers of ticket pricing, with $5 admission for students (including college!) and children and $10 tickets for adults. “We want more people to experience an art form that, historically, started for the people,” shares Moss. “And this year, we are doing that kind of pricing for all of our events.” Moss advises that Sunday’s event is the perfect way to get familiar with the SCC. “This is a great intro concert,” he says. “One thing we’ve always been known for is the children’s ability to sing a variety of music—so they can go from singing Vivaldi’s Gloria to singing jazz! Our children are amazing.” Sunday, December 6, 3 p.m., $50 VIP, $25 reserved, $10 general admission, $5 student/child, all-ages

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Yes to all-ages spaces, yes to shaking up typical show format, yes to multidisciplinary art forms happening together, yes to Dad Joke. The local booking entity has planned a wild evening where rock and roll, comedy, and visual art collide in a creative spectacle of non-stop entertainment. Portland’s Psychomagic have come through town before, playing Dollhouse last November with Crazy Bag Lady and Santoros. Expect surfy, psychedelic garage rock with grimy splashes and playful hooks from this Lolipop Records band. Crazy Bag Lady’s back on this bill, with indie-folk Savannahians Miquel Moure, and Hawaiin Boi, Adam Intrator of Triathalon’s solo looper project. Comedians include Michael McGuire, Stacey Silverman, Melanie Goldey, and Liam Ross. While the bands tear it up and the comics put you in stitches, artists Miggs Son, Alfredo Martinez, Lauren Schwind, and Josie Pi will create original works of art before your very eyes. Mix-up, indeed! Don’t miss it. Monday, December 7, 6 p.m., $7 or $5 with a canned good, all-ages

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Savannah Children’s Choir Annual Christmas Concert @The Lucas Theatre

As frontman for indie heroes Pedro the Lion, songwriter David Bazan was a crossover hit, finding legions of adoring fans in the indie rock and Christian music community from 1995 to the band’s dissolution in 2006. Bazan’s fuzzy confessional writing and warmly deep vocals touched on early emo, indie rock, and pop-punk in a way that charmed a variety of music lovers. After a brief moment playing in indie-synth band Headphones with Frank Lenz and T.W. Walsh, Bazan made his solo debut in 2009 with Curse Your Branches. An intense kind of break-up record, it’s a documentation of Bazan carefully considering and ending his faith and relationship with the Christian orthodoxy that played such a large role in Pedro the Lion’s early career. Currently, Bazan’s on a living room show tour. Alongside bassist Yukki Matthews, he’ll play Pedro the Lion, Headphones, and solo songs in an intimate setting; the tour is being filmed for an upcoming film about Bazan, so if you attend, you might just see your mug in a rock doc! The location of the low-key concert, booked by the folks at Revolution Yoga, will remain a secret until you buy a ticket; get yours at Friday, December 4, 8 p.m., $25

Jeff Two Names & the Born Agains Photo by Tom Cartmel

Savannah Children’s Choir

David Bazan @Secret

Jeff Two-Names & The Born Agains, The Toxic Shock, Between Symmetries, Sunglow @Hang Fire Bar

With self-aware snark and huge power chords, Savannah’s band of (50%) punk dads are celebrating the release of their first LP. Hashtag Dad Band is a round-up of all the Jeff TwoNames songs that show attendees have heard over the last few years. From the declarative “You Don’t Know Rock & Roll!” to the handy guide “You Gotta Read Books (If You’re A Punk Rocker)” to continuous digs at the band’s bass player (“Petee Doesn’t Own A Ramones T-Shirt”), it all feels like one big inside joke...or, better yet, a joke told by the dad who just can’t stop ragging on you. The sound is rippin’ loud, snotty, timeless punk rock, and it’s going to get stuck in your head. “We’ve become much better at writing songs about ourselves,” explains guitarist/vocalist Jeff Storey-Pitts (Jeff Two-Names). “We try to write songs people can relate to about how we’re the best band in the world!” In all seriousness—something not often found in the self-declared “Dad Band”—StoreyPitts assures that all the bravado backing their four-chord punk rock is all in good fun. “I would say you can simplify it for them,” he offers. “Have you ever seen a band play a one-fret, one-string guitar solo that melts their face?” Well? Have you? Friday’s show also marks the official induction of new Two-Names’ “auxiliary lead guitarist” “Michael Doctor MD” Lewis; he’s played Halloween cover band night and a couple smaller shows with the band, but the Hashtag Dad Band release night is his big debut. Savannah punks The Toxic Shock and rock four-piece Between Symmetries will open, with Sunglow rounding out the evening with a good ol’ fashioned dance party (take your Aleve and get on the floor, dads). Friday, December 4, 10 p.m., free 19



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You’ve probably heard the sad news by now: historic Johnny Harris Restaurant will be closing due to a land purchase by developers. Take the whole family to experience the gorgeous ballroom while you still can and enjoy some great, original music while you nosh on BBQ. Payne Bridges (pictured), Stan Ray (co-founder of Savannah Songwriters Series, Accomplices drummer), Tom Cooler, and Roy Swindelle perform. sunday, december 6, 6 p.m., free, all-ages Club One Karaoke Doodles Karaoke Thursday & Saturdays Flashback Karaoke Jukebox Bar & Grill Karaoke Little Lucky’s Karaoke McDonough’s Karaoke Mediterranean Tavern Karaoke Rachael’s 1190 Karaoke Rusty Rudders Tap House Karaoke World of Beer Karaoke


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Get a glimpse of Collective Face’s Underpants! by anna chandler

Following October’s incredible season opener Kiss of the Spiderwoman, our friends at Collective Face Theatre Ensemble are ready to make sides split and panties drop! Originally written in 1910 by German playwright Carl Sternheim, The Underpants was adapted by the one and only Steve Martin (yep, that’s the one) in 2002; with the actor/writer/banjoist’s signature absurdist, hammy touch, this season’s comedy is definitely one to catch. Set in the Prussian Kingdom at the turn of the 20th century, “It’s a lot of doorslamming, intrigue kind of play,” explains director David I.L. Poole. In The Underpants, audiences meet Louise Maske (played by Vanessa Stipkovits) and husband Theo Maske (Dennis Lopez), a middle-level clerk. While attending a parade for the king, Louise’s bloomers accidentally fall to the ground in front of everyone. While Louise waves it off, insisting the crowd had their eyes on the actual parade, Theo is humiliated. The scandalous incident is never actually shown, but it sets the trajectory for this uproariously hysterical farce. The Maskes are struggling to make ends meet; to make a little money, they rent out a room in their home. When two gentlemen, obsessed with Louise since the parade incident, express interest in the room, hilarity and sharply-written social satire inevitably ensue. “It’s a really interesting play, and that’s why I think it was such a cool idea that Steve Martin did the adaptation,” says Poole. “He took the original German and adapted it—and the thing about Steve Martin that people may not know is that the man is a frigging genius! He’s really brilliant, he’s a brilliant writer, and so when he adapted this, I thought it was interesting; it’s got his humor in it, but it’s also very intelligent.” Poole advises that, in true Martin fashion, there’s a surprise at the end, but we’ll hold back on spoilers for now—ya gotta see it for yourself.

Above: Corey Hollinger and Vanessa Stipkovits pucker up. Below, Dennis Lopez and Lynita Spivey strike a pose. Photo by Stephen Morton

“The writing is just so well-crafted, and so specific, and ingenious,” Poole admires. “It’s a perfectly well-made play; it all takes place in one location in that standard of well-made plays. “Also, it’s contemporary enough for our audiences now; period pieces tend to be a bit stodgy and old-fashioned, so when I came across this play, I was like,

‘Hmm—interesting. Steve Martin, who’s very contemporary, does an adaption of this play that’s in the classical canon. Let’s see what we can do with it.’” Poole says the piece is also very feminist, which interested him due to the time period. “It’s talking a lot about women’s independence and the role of a woman in society,” he elaborates. “Theo is very much about order and numbers and being able to afford everything, and the way he feels, a woman’s place is in the kitchen and in the home. His wife being young also gains her independence; she puts her foot down in this play, and she finally understands the power of her femininity.” Watch for a standout performance from Lynita Spivey as the Maske’s upstairs neighbor Gertrude, who’s living vicariously through Louise’s hijinks. As an outside observer, Gertrude is pretty progressive— while she’s certainly nosy and often butting into the Maske’s business, she also asks important questions of Louise regarding her relationship with her husband, showing Louise that she can find a better man with whom to build a life. The Underpants is entirely set in the Maske’s apartment; while that may sound like a simple set, capturing the time period was a welcome challenge for the Collective Face team. With a staircase, two bedrooms, a dining room area, a parlor, and a kitchen, it’s a lavish stage into which a lot of hard work was poured. “We spent a lot of time on this kitchen,” says Poole, “because it has to have what appears to be a working stove,


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Justin Kent, Dennis Lopez, and Corey Hollinger are simply scandalized! Photo by stephen morton

refrigerator—well, icebox in that period— and a sink that works.” Trying to find period-appropriate appliances was a struggle, so the crew opted to make them by hand instead. The icebox was crafted from a plastic tub, wood, and a door. “We made this beautiful stove everyone’s gaga over!” Poole says excitedly. “It appears to be a ceramic tiled, coal-burning stove. It’s ultimately made out of a box with a lot of molding and tile cornels. When you see it, you really think it’s cast iron.” “Also, a challenge was for the actors to understand how to turn on the stove,” Poole notes. “In this play, you have to put coal in the stove, set it on fire—all this stuff has to be done that’s very different than what we’re used to.” Difference and lack of certain technology is a key element in the play’s narrative. “It’s interesting how in this play, they don’t have telephones, and how fast rumors still spread through the town,” Poole says. The cast is comprised of familiar faces around town on the theater and comedy scene. “I tried to get the best comedians I could find in this play,” says Poole. “Lynita Spivey and Justin Kent are both Odd Loters, Vanessa Stipkovits, who helps run the board for Odd Lot, has done a lot of Collective Face shows and was in Boeing, Boeing. Dennis Lopez, who’s playing Theo, does a lot of standup at Chuck’s, and Bill Cooper is another standup guy.” With so many funnymen and women, it’s been tough to hold in the chuckles during rehearsal. “Peter Brook, who was one of the world’s best directors, wrote this book that anyone

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Collective Face Theatre Ensemble Presents: The Underpants

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White Elephant Opening Reception and Open Studio Night — White Elephant is an eclectic group show of over twenty local Savannah artists. All work priced $50 and under. As usual this is also your monthly opportunity to tour our studios and see what our studio renters have been working on. Free and open to the public Fri., Dec. 4, 6-9 p.m. 912-657-1122. info@ events/1066430543408527/. sulfurstudios. org. Sulfur Studios, 2301 Bull Street.

Coeur de Lion jewelry trunk show — Handmade in Stuttgart, Germany using a combination of various elements such as steel, glass, rhodium, and Swarovski to create timeless, stunning, and high-quality designs. Dec. 4-31. The Grand Bohemian Gallery, 700 Drayton St. Diversivacation — This show will display Laughlin’s interpretive explorations covering a diverse range, from dogs and landscapes, Savannah locales and more ethereal subjects on largely miniature canvases, some as minute as 1 x 1 in. Opening reception Fri. Dec. 4th from 6-9pm in part with the Starland Art March. Free Fri., Dec. 4, 6-9 p.m. Black Orchid Tattoo Studio & Gallery, 118 West Victory Dr. Faculty and Student Christmas Pottery Sale — The Armstrong Department of Art, Music & Theatre presents the 27th annual faculty and student Christmas Pottery Sale from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. each day in the back of campus across from University Police in Armstrong Annex 2. John Jensen, Armstrong professor of art, joined by colleagues and select students in the Armstrong art program create hand-crafted pottery and ceramics ranging from fine art to functional items for this sale. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to the Noel Lemmen Ceramics Collection. Wed., Dec. 2 and Thu., Dec. 3. Armstrong State University, 11935 Abercorn St. Holiday Open House — Enjoy refreshments while browsing local art. Meet co-op artists and watch while they demonstrate their special styles. Sat., Dec. 5, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Tybee Cottage Art Gallery, 1204 Hwy 80.

Continuing Exhibits

The 3rd Annual Student, Instructor & Staff Exhibition & Art Sale happens at the City of Savannah’s Cultural Arts Gallery at 9 W. Henry St. Reception is Friday, Dec. 4, 5-7 p.m.

I Have Marks to Make — Celebrating the therapeutic power of art for more than two decades, Telfair’s annual I Have Marks to Make exhibition features work by individuals of all ages with disabilities and work by others making art in rehabilitation from injury or illness. Dec. 7-Jan. 3. Jepson Center for the Arts, 207 West York St. Rooms With A View: Holiday Impressions — The Telfair Academy Guild presents the Second Annual Rooms With A View: Holiday Impressions exhibit. This two-week-long show features local interior designers along with the internationally acclaimed designer Mary McDonald. “Rooms” will be constructed in the Jepson Center atrium, transforming it into a dazzling showhouse. Dec. 3-18. telfair.

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Top: Karen Harvell, Basket Weaving, Wall Basket Left: Printmaking Demonstration by Savannah State University students. Right: Irene McCollam, Ceramics Open Studio, Pedestal Vase


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DECEMBER 4 - JANUARY 15 CULTURAL ARTS Gallery Reception December 4 | 5 - 7 PM This year’s exhibit features over 100 works created by two dozen students and instructors and includes sgraffito ceramic platters and bowls, raku vases, clay boats, kumihimo jewelry, encaustic and oil paintings, hand-cut paper constructions and much more! There will be a printmaking demonstration during the reception by students from Savannah State University.

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org/rooms. Jepson Center for the Arts, 207 West York St. Student, Instructor and Staff Exhibition Art Sale — Throughout the year, the City of Savannah’s Department of Cultural Affairs offers over 50 classes and workshops in ceramics, metalsmithing, fused and stained glass, painting and mixed media for youth and adults. The 3rd Annual Student, Instructor & Staff Exhibition & Art Sale will be exhibiting works created in these classes and workshops. This year’s exhibit will feature over 100 works created by over two dozen students and instructors. An artists’ reception is set for December 4, from 5-7 p.m. Dec. 7-Jan. 15. City of Savannah Department of Cultural Affairs, 9 West Henry St.

Old School: The Alchemy of Ruins — Savannah photographer Kathleen Thomas presents a documentary photography exhibition featuring an abandoned schoolhouse in Bulloch County Georgia built in 1935 and its transformation over a period of two years. All the images included in this body of work were created using a traditional 35mm camera and film. Now through December 6. Southern Pine Co., 616 E. 35th St. City Transversed — Lisa D. Watson’s wall pieces are made with 90% reclaimed materials. On display will be the I-95 - Savannah River Bridge, CSX - Savannah River Bridge, the Houlihan Bridge, the Talmadge Memorial Bridge, Factors Walk, RRX - Henry Street and Islands Expressway Bascule Bridge. Through Dec. 31. Savannah City Hall, 2 East Bay Street. CJ Mellor — “Soon everything will be different in Cuba. Call it the world’s last great mistake,” says photographer C.J. Mellor, who shows a photographic journal of Cuba. Through Dec. 2. Gallery Espresso, 234 Bull St.

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Eclectic Encounters — Telfair Museums houses more than 6,500 objects in its permanent collection. Eclectic Encounters gives an inside look to works that have not been seen by the public in over 10 years. The exhibit features pieces that cross time periods and art movements to reveal the wide range of the museum’s holdings. Jepson Center for the Arts, 207 West York St. Ed Jones and Daniel Smith — Ed Jones displays his sculpture and Daniel Smith shows his paintings. Through Dec. 31. Hospice Savannah Art Gallery, 1352 Eisenhower Drive. Floresco — Floresco is a solo exhibition of work by sculptor John Bisbee. Through Jan. 3. SCAD Museum of Art, 601 Turner Blvd. Folk Art: Simply Profound — Exaggeration and simplicity converge to describe the innermost soul of the folk artist as he deals with God, family and the human condition. Beach Institute, 502 E. Harris St. From Bankers to Presidents: The Work of Joseph Gallettini — Gallettini was Savannah’s foremost ship model builder, and his work is displayed at the museum. Through Dec. 31. Ships of The Sea Museum, 41 Martin Luther King Jr Blvd. The Highwaymen — The exhibit features several well known black artists known as The Highwaymen. A total of 26 artists, one woman and twenty-five men, traveled the highways of Florida from the early 1960s to the early 1990s selling oil paintings from the trunks of cars. Through Dec. 31. Beach Institute, 502 E. Harris St. History, Labor, Life: The Prints of Jacob Lawrence — “History, Labor, Life: The Prints of Jacob Lawrence” explores three major themes of Lawrence’s larger oeuvre

and specifically focuses on his graphic work. Through Jan. 25, 2016. SCAD Museum of Art, 601 Turner Blvd. Holiday Pop-Up Shop — Holiday shopping in the Starland District on Shop Small Saturday and throughout the first week of December. We have 8 different local artists showing their holiday works with us including items such as holiday gift card sets, holiday ornaments, leather goods, ceramic works, and of course, art. Through Dec. 5. NonFiction Gallery, 1522 Bull St. Irons for the Ages, Flowers for the Day — “Irons for the Ages, Flowers for the Day” is a large-scale installation by Beijing-based sculptor Li Hongbo, who primarily uses handmade paper to create visually compelling and malleable sculptures that challenge the viewer’s perceptions of metamorphosis in sculpture. TSCAD Museum of Art, 601 Turner Blvd. Jonathan Gregory Keller — Jonathan began painting during a time of struggle in his life and discovered that painting gives him peace and serenity. His artwork was first displayed in an art gallery in Savannah’s City Market. Since then Jonathan has climbed the Savannah art ladder and now owns his own art gallery in City Market. Reception Dec. 3. Through Dec. 31. Jewish Educational Alliance, 5111 Abercorn St. The Making of Dakota Jackson — “The Making of Dakota Jackson” is the first major museum exhibition of Jackson’s work and retrospective of the visionary furniture designer’s life. The exhibition profiles Jackson’s life and career and includes iconic works from his oeuvre, tracing the development from 1974, when he established his New York City design studio, to the present. Through Jan. 18, 2016. SCAD Museum of Art, 601 Turner Blvd.

Mickalene Thomas at Giverny — The dazzling mixed-media works of Mickalene Thomas (b. 1971) combine rhinestones with acrylic and oil paints to create compositions that often reference iconic works of art from nineteenth-century Europe. In her reimagined renderings, the artist replaces the European subjects of these images with powerful and glamorous African American women, inviting questions about conventional beauty, racial identity, and the traditional art historical narrative. Jepson Center for the Arts, 207 West York St. Monet and American Impressionism — The Jepson brings four paintings of French master Claude Monet to Savannah for the first time in the city’s history. Monet galvanized the work of countless artists as a founder of the French art movement Impressionism. Jepson Center for the Arts, 207 West York St.


Patch Whisky — From murals to museums, Patch Whisky’s bright and playful characters have engaged and delighted viewers since 2008. The Butcher Tattoo Studio, 19 East Bay St.

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Prints from the Collection — Carefully stored away and sheltered from damaging light, Telfair Museums holds a treasure trove of fine prints by some of the most widely known artists in all of Western art history. This exhibit features approximately 40 European and American works dating from the 16th century through 1945 and includes works by Rembrandt, Cezanne, Degas, Renoir, Goya, and others. This exceptional exhibit at the Telfair Academy, Savannah’s only historic mansion and art museum, includes original etchings, lithographs and wood engravings on paper by Rembrandt, Cezanne, Degas, Renoir, Goya, and others. Telfair Academy of Arts and Sciences, 121 Barnard St.

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IT IS not uncommon these days for breweries to throw a party surrounding a special release beer. Southbound Brewing is putting their own unique spin on the concept, however, bringing local flair to their coffee infused imperial stout Moonlight Drive release party on Saturday, December 5th. Each year Southbound Brewing releases Moonlight Drive at an event dubbed Tamp and Tap. The Tamp comes from the PERC coffee that is used the brewing of the beer and the tap… well, that’s the beer itself. The Southbound-PERC collaboration started three years ago and has continued each year since. Carly Wiggins of Southbound spoke about this year’s Moonlight Drive and how it differs from previous years. “Each year they (PERC) pick a coffee blend they feel will be appropriate for the brew. This year Philip (Brown) chose Guatemala Asproguate. It’s rich and sweet with hints of burnt sugar and raspberry,” says Wiggins. “Instead of adding the coffee whole bean into the boil we take a different approach. We add it in after fermentation is complete. It sits on the coffee for about 72 hours. It’s actually more like a cold press. This ensures it retains its smoothness over time.” Many beer collectors will buy several bottles of an imperial stout because they tend to age well. This isn’t always the case for coffee beers as the coffee flavors that make them distinct fade with time. Carly says Moonlight Drive is an exception to this, as the cold press process slows that

Why is Philip Brown of PERC Coffee Roasters in a beer column? Southbound’s Moonlight Drive imperial stout is coffee-infused!

fade and helps maintain the richness of the coffee over time. The local flair of the Tamp and Tap isn’t limited to the Southbound-PERC collaboration. Since the event’s inception, Tamp and Tap has been held at Southern Pine Company, which is also PERC Roasters’ home. “Ramsey Khalidi lets people walk through SPC and check out his space. It’s really unique,” says Wiggins. Serving up food with be local favorites Johnny Harris who will be featuring their BBQ and sauces from their Bow-Tie line, each made with a local ingredient. One of these sauces is made form Sounthbound’s

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Hop’ln IPA, another with Savannah Bee Compnay’s honey. Savannah Bee will be on hand for tastings and sales. Included in the local frenzy is the band Bottles and Cans who will be playing throughout the event. “This event was created to celebrate all of the really amazing products coming out of our beautiful city. Not only the products, but the people,” Wiggins says. “I know everyone puts their heart into what they do and it shines through in the product. Being able to come together and have a space to share this is really special. We just want everyone to have the opportunity to share that and for the end user to get to know the people behind the products.”

Moonlight Drive may be the focus of the event but Tamp and Tap also benefits ArtRise one of Savannah’s up and coming arts organizations, Choosing ArtRise was a no brainer for Carly. “Art Rise made sense for this. They are all about promoting creative opportunities here in Savannah. Everyone involved in this event are artisans. We’re creating high quality ingredients, sourcing locally when we can, and contributing back to the community.” ArtRise is thrilled to be part of Tamp and Tap. Clinton Edminster, Executive Director, tells me “This is our second year working with Southbound and Perc and we couldn’t be happier. Last year’s event was a blast and looking back it’s amazing to see how much has changed for all our organizations.” “To be honest, Art Rise is fueled by the two drinks we’ll be celebrating. I have a mug of Southbound Scattered Sun Belgian Wit every morning to get me motivated, and a cup of PERC coffee to put me to sleep. Without those, I’d still be asleep.” Tamp and Tap will be held in the courtyard of Southern Pine Company Saturday Dec. 5 starting at 1 pm. Entry to the event is free but if you want o partake of Moonlight Drive and Southbound’s other beers you need a ticket, $25.00 in advance and $30.00 at the door, though advance tickets are highly recommended. Ticket prices include a Southbound souvenir pint glass and Several of Sounthbound’s beers including two taps of Moonlight Drive, regular and nitro. BBQ from Johnny Harris will be on sale as are wares from all participants. This is a kid and pet friendly event. Don’t forget your ID. Cheers! cs

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// For a stretch of 30 years (1976-2006), Sylvester Stallone wrote the scripts for six Rocky films—if ever a series could have benefitted from fresh blood, it was this one. The franchise has been gifted to writer-director Ryan Coogler, but what’s disappointing about Creed is how closely it follows the template of the previous pictures. It’s as if Coogler, who made his startling feature debut with the powerful Fruitvale Station, was too afraid of messing with a sure thing, and the result is a movie that might as well have been written by Stallone himself. It’s certainly not bad—it’s the best entry since 1982’s Rocky III—but aside from the character shift, there’s nothing here that’s especially original, and one’s enjoyment depends entirely on how charitable one is feeling in the nostalgia department. Michael B. Jordan is excellent as Adonis Johnson, the result of an adulterous tryst by the late Apollo Creed (played in earlier pictures by Carl Weathers). Now grown up, he returns to Philadelphia and asks Rocky Balboa (Stallone, of course), his father’s nemesis-cum-friend, to take him under his wing. Stallone is never better than when he’s playing this role he nurtured from birth, and his relaxed and generous performance shows that he has no problem moving from series star to supporting sage. But too many beats are far too familiar: There’s even a Rocky-cribbed scene where Adonis is surrounded by fans and friends as he jogs down the Philly streets, and anyone

who doesn’t know exactly how the climactic fight will turn out clearly isn’t paying attention.


/// The best movies are often the ones that educate as well as entertain, and with the magnificent Trumbo, we have a film that succeeds on both fronts. And the most important movies are often the ones that, regardless of setting or time frame, manage to lend a voice to today’s issues, and in that regard, the picture again passes with high marks. In a 21st century largely defined by the manner in which right-wing politicians in this nation have successfully used fear and bullying in their strategy to divide and conquer, this look at the Hollywood blacklist during the days of the Red Menace hysteria seems especially timely … and pointedly frightening. Breaking Bad’s Bryan Cranston is superb as Dalton Trumbo, the brilliant screenwriter whose work on such hits as Kitty Foyle and A Guy Named Joe made him one of the film capital’s most successful wordsmiths. But Trumbo was an acknowledged Communist, and once World War II ended and the Cold War began in earnest, Trumbo and those like him were soon targeted by the House UnAmerican Activities Committee. What followed was a national disgrace, as any entertainer with leftist sentiments, even Democrats like Edward G. Robinson (Michael Stuhlbarg), were thrown to the zealous politicians. Some were jailed, others cracked and willingly gave names, and almost all found their careers derailed. But

Trumbo fought to survive, writing scripts and placing others’ names on them—this necessary deception ended up winning him two Academy Awards (for Roman Holiday and The Brave One), neither of which he could claim. Such an abbreviated synopsis provides but a mere peek at everything going on within the confines of this simultaneously weighty and breezy picture, which looks at his home life (Diane Lane plays his wife while Elle Fanning portrays his oldest child) almost as much as his professional one. Trumbo isn’t portrayed as a saint: His workaholic tendencies alienate him from his family, and, like most people who subscribe to any one ideology, he can be somewhat of a hypocrite (as a friend notes, he’s a share-the-wealth Commie whose private property includes a lake). But there’s never any doubt that he was needlessly persecuted, and while the real-life Trumbo eventually stated that there were no heroes or villains during this era of the blacklist, that’s not exactly true. Folks like actor Kirk Douglas and director Otto Preminger (respectively, and winningly, played by Dean O’Gorman and Christian Berkel), men who bravely helped break the blacklist, could be counted among the heroes, while columnist Hedda Hopper (Helen Mirren), politicians Joseph McCarthy and Richard Nixon (both seen in vintage footage) and, to a lesser degree, even actor John Wayne (a fine David James Elliott) could be numbered among the villains. Astutely written by John McNamara (from Bruce Cook’s book Dalton Trumbo) and zestfully directed by Jay Roach (the


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Emmy-winning helmer behind the HBO political flicks Game Change and Recount), Trumbo is alternately poignant, amusing (John Goodman provides most of the nyuks as garrulous B-movie producer Frank King), infuriating and always thought-provoking. It’s also a potent wakeup call for anyone not too lethargic to heed its alarm.


// It’s a situation worthy of an Alanis Morrisette song. Isn’t it ironic that in the same week I pen an article ranking all the previous Pixar movies and noting that all of them are recommended to some degree, along comes the first Pixar movie to score a negative review? That’s the case with The Good Dinosaur, a crushing disappointment from an outfit generally known for its exacting high standards. Forget such modern gems as this summer’s Inside Out and the Toy Story trilogy—The Good Dinosaur makes even such indifferently received efforts as Cars 2 and Monsters University look great by comparison. Pixar pictures have always been for adults as much as for children, yet this one marks the first time that grown-ups have been left out of the mix, with the studio fashioning a film designed to play only to the small fry (or as Tim Robbins’ Norville Barnes would say in the Coens’ The Hudsucker Proxy, “You know, for kids!”). That’s all well and good, but I’m not even sure the target audience will warm to a film so bereft of humor or excitement (or, should I say, warm to it as much as to other family films, as most kids will invariably watch anything as long as it involves bright colors and loud noises). The film begins with a “what if?” scenario: What if the comet that wiped out the dinosaurs missed the planet? The only reason for this supposition is so a human protagonist—a feral boy—can eventually be added to the story, since this opening act doesn’t impact the film in any other way. Mostly, the plot centers on a young dino named Arlo and how his life is irrevocably altered by a tragedy lifted straight out of The Lion King. And like another lion, the one taking the road to Oz, Arlo needs to finds his courage, and he only does so after getting lost and teaming up with the aforementioned boy, a lupine lad named Spot. The story is suffocating in its simplicity, and while the backgrounds are gorgeously rendered, the characters are a visually drab lot (as my wife accurately noted, Arlo and his family members look like animated cucumbers). Thankfully, The Good Dinosaur never indulges in the sort of scatological humor seen in other studios’ toon efforts. Still, that’s a consolation that only goes so far, given that innovation and imagination prove to be as extinct as pterodactyls in the modern world


/// For once, the Ugly American didn’t have to leave U.S. soil to fully earn this designation—with the vile and decidedly unchristian decision by most citizens to side with opportunistic politicians seeking to block the acceptance of foreign immigrants in general and Syrian refugees in particular, there are more than enough Ugly Americans to be found slithering through every city in the nation. Whether these knuckledragging knuckleheads would appreciate Brooklyn is up for debate—its lead character is certainly an immigrant, but, hey, at least she’s white!—but discerning filmgoers will immediately welcome it with open arms. Adapting the novel by Colm Toibin, scripter Nick Hornby again demonstrates that he’s a master at tackling works centered around female characters, following 2009’s An Education and 2014’s Wild (both placing on my 10 Best lists in their respective years) with this lovely coming-of-age tale. Saoirse Ronan delivers a nicely modulated performance as Eilis, a young lass who leaves her Irish homeland with the hope of making it in America. With the help of a kindly priest (Jim Broadbent), she lands a job at a department store, but homesickness and loneliness seek to crush her spirit at every turn. She meets a nice Brooklyn kid named Tony (Emory Cohen in a breakout turn), but just as things seem to be turning around for her, an unexpected tragedy occurs, consequently forcing her to choose between the past and the present as she plans for the future. Brooklyn is a tale of introspection and retrospection, of having to make difficult decisions when the road maps laid out by the emotions and the intellect prove to be impossible to read clearly. The picture is gracious toward all of its characters, and it provides a rose-hewed vision of a world in which the only borders are those that exist on books.


// The new horror opus Victor Frankenstein cites Paul McGuigan (Lucky Number Slevin) as its director, but it’s entirely possible he’s only covering for Guy Ritchie. That’s because in its approach and execution, it plays like an exact copy of Ritchie’s Sherlock Holmes films, taking a popular piece of brainy literature and turning it into an action spectacle crammed with dashing heroes, a villain who dreams of global (or at least U.K.) domination, and the most elaborate sort of visual effects overkill that money can buy. James McAvoy plays the title character, but he’s not really the star. That would be Daniel Radcliffe, cast as a nameless circus hunchback whose medical knowledge so

impresses the good doctor that he makes him his lab assistant, removes his hump by syphoning all of the liquid from inside it, and gives him the name of Igor. There are nods to the 1931 Boris Karloff classic Frankenstein as well as a shout-out of sorts to Mel Brooks’ 1974 masterpiece Young Frankenstein (although, sadly, no one exclaims, “What knockers!”). There’s an extended cameo by Dawn of the Planet of the Apes’ scar-faced chimp Koba. And, oh yeah, there’s also a monster, a lumbering behemoth who figures in a risible climax that owes more to Michael Bay than Mary Shelley. McAvoy and Radcliffe deliver fine performances, but they’re let down by Max Landis’ script. Instead of portraying men who dare to play God, they come across as boys who would be rather be playing God of War. Too bad it hadn’t been created yet.


/// As far as the cash-grabbing practice of splitting final books into two separate motion pictures goes, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2, not at all surprisingly, ranks below the final Harry Potter but above the final Twilight. While it boasts the same problems as many multi-part franchises—namely, the decreased use of audience favorites (see: Hagrid in Harry Potter) and a needlessly protracted finale— it provides a satisfying conclusion to the exploits of Katniss Everdeen, one of the best heroines of recent years and a perfect role for the immensely talented Jennifer Lawrence. Picking up where Part 1 left off, we find Katniss dealing with a Peeta Mellark (Josh Hutcherson, simply not up to the rigorous demands the role now requires) who has been programmed to kill her, a President Snow (Donald Sutherland, deliciously evil) who’s determined to crush her and the rebellion she leads, and a President Coin (Julianne Moore) whose end game grows more suspicious by the minute. Meanwhile, her puppy dog of a part-time lover, Gale (Liam Hemsworth), continues to hang around seeking scraps of affection, while the saga’s most interesting supporting players—Woody Harrelson’s Haymitch, Elizabeth Banks’ Effie and Jane Malone’s Johanna among them—are lucky to be given a scene here, a line there. Aside from some outlandish moments toward the end, such as when the creatures from The Descent unexpectedly show up, the picture benefits from its relentless bleakness, as decent people die unexpectedly, personal traumas continue to haunt many of the characters, and Katniss learns that when it comes to government, plus ça change, plus c’est la même chose. The Hunger Games franchise is often dismissed for its Young Adult designation, but as far

as the films are concerned (I haven’t read the books), they often showcase a maturity and sobriety that put many Old Adult efforts to shame.


/// There are two obvious reasons why Spotlight is earning near-unanimous raves from critics across the board. The first is a personal one: Like All the President’s Men, State of Play and Shattered Glass (once we move past Stephen Glass, of course), it’s a celebration of journalistic integrity, presenting its reporters as moral crusaders who will do whatever it takes to uncover the truth. How can a writer, even the lowly ones who pen movie reviews for a living, not respond with pride to this interpretation, particularly when the movie also nails the actual look and feel of a newspaper office back in those halcyon days before massive layoffs turned heavily populated buildings into half-empty crypts? The second reason is of more importance to moviegoers: It’s an excellent movie, one of the year’s finest. If it isn’t quite the match of the peerless All the President’s Men, we have to remind ourselves, what is? Writer-director Tom McCarthy, who’s already made two pictures that graced my 10 Best lists (2003’s The Station Agent and 2011’s Win Win), and co-scripter Josh Singer keep their eyes on the target every step of the way, foregoing any narrative distractions and remaining firmly focused on the team of Boston Globe reporters who broke the story of the sexual abuse being committed on children by members of the clergy. (Correction: Kristen Lombardi of the alternative weekly Boston Phoenix actually broke the story, and the Globe subsequently ran with it. McCarthy acknowledges Lombardi’s invaluable contribution in the film, which is more than many of the Globe participants have ever bothered to do.) The abuse has been going on for years, but it takes an outsider—the paper’s new (and, pointedly mentioned, Jewish) editor, Marty Baron (Liev Schreiber)—to assign the crack Spotlight team, the journalists committed to pursuing long-term stories, to uncover enough evidence to drag the scandal out from the shadows. And so they go to work, with Spotlight editor Walter “Robby” Robinson (Michael Keaton) riding herd over reporters Mike Rezendes (Mark Ruffalo), Sacha Pfeiffer (Rachel McAdams) and Matt Carroll (Brian d’Arcy James). Unlike Baron, most have been in Boston for years or all of their lives, and all have ties to the Catholicism that seeps through almost every square inch of the city.

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For Robby, separating himself from this atmosphere is especially hard, since he regularly plays golf with friends who are deeply involved in the church. But as Sacha interviews now-grown survivors, Matt hits the archives, and Mike attempts to work in tandem with a lawyer (Stanley Tucci) driven to expose the abuse, they discover that the reach of the tragedy extends even further than any of them could have imagined. A movie that ends up being about the awful abuse of power as much as about that last-gasp period before journalism shifted from being a conduit of reliable information into a circus act of celebrity reporters riding unicycles of distortion and deceit, Spotlight is especially admirable in its restraint, not only in its approach to unsettling material (there are no visual flashbacks to sordid scenes, just disturbingly descriptive dialogue) but also in the relatively muted acting by all concerned. There’s no Oscar-clip showboating in this picture, just terrific actors delivering terrific close-to-the-vest performances. In a cast of equals, Keaton probably stands a centimeter taller than the rest, although there’s much to be said for Ruffalo’s searing intensity. As noted, Spotlight doesn’t quite match All the President’s Men, one reason being that McCarthy’s no-frills directorial style can’t provide the same sort of charged atmosphere or world-shaking gravitas of Alan J. Pakula’s masterpiece. And for the sort of rage-against-themachine fury that this story demands, it also comes second to Deliver Us From Evil, the soul-staining 2006 documentary about Irish priest Oliver O’Grady, who over the course of three decades sexually molested dozens, maybe hundreds, of children (one as young as nine months old) throughout the state of California. But ultimately, these are mere asides. Spotlight may celebrate journalism at its best, but in also exposing humankind at its worst, it remains topical and relevant as long as those in power continue to prey upon those powerless to stop them


/// The Argentinian drama The Secret In Their Eyes earns my vote as the best nonEnglish import of at least the past 10 years, deservedly taking the 2010 Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film. An American remake sounded like a suicide mission, the sort of wrong-headed thinking that allowed the superb and uncompromising Dutch thriller The Vanishing to be remade as a dim-witted Yankee property, complete with a tacked-on happy ending. Shockingly —and happily—that’s not the case with the stateside interpretation Secret In Their Eyes (oddly dropping the The), which never 30 matches the intensity of its predecessor

The crispness of these visuals is matched by the smartness of the script, which includes all the relevant touchstones (the baseball mound, the Red Baron, the adults’ unintelligible gibberish, “It was a dark and stormy night”) while adding some delightful shout-outs to the franchise’s storied history.



but still manages to work quite nicely on its own. Billy Ray, whose past credits include writing and directing Shattered Glass and penning Captain Phillips and the first Hunger Games film, has smartly found a way to localize and contemporize the material, changing the original’s backdrop of Argentina’s Dirty War to our nation’s 9/11 tragedy. There are a couple of other major changes—neither crippling—but the thrust remains the same: Constantly shifting between two time periods (2001 and today), it follows an intrepid investigator (Chiwetel Ejiofor) as he spends years trying to locate the man (Joe Cole) who raped and killed a young woman, assisted in his efforts by his colleagues (Nicole Kidman and Julia Roberts) but meeting heavy resistance and even interference from top-level government officials. Unlike the original, Ray’s update doesn’t have the pervading atmosphere of paranoia or persistent stench of evil hanging over every scene, but it does have Ejiofor, whose performance is a thing of beauty.


// For over a dozen years, best buds Ethan (Joseph Gordon-Levitt), Isaac (Seth Rogen) and Chris (Anthony Mackie) have spent Christmas Eve in frantic search of the legendary Nutcracka Ball, a wild party whose location is even more guarded than that of the masked orgy in Stanley Kubrick’s Eyes Wide Shut. Finally obtaining (actually, stealing) three tickets to the exclusive bash, the three putz around NYC waiting for the magic hour—during that time, Ethan gets beaten up by a pair of street Santas, Isaac trips hard on shrooms, coke and other drugs, and Chris gets ripped off by a self-professed Grinch (Ilana Glazer).

The Night Before is the sort of BFF (Bro Friends Forever) flick that now invades our multiplexes with clockwork regularity, all cut from a similar template: an amusing premise, appealing actors, a handful of large laughs in the early going (“I haven’t done cocaine in 11 years!” “No one has, I don’t think.”), some tedious soulsearching moments in the late innings, and a couple of cameos from big stars playing themselves (the ones here are wholly underwhelming). What provides the picture with most of its unexpected spark is the deft turn by Michael Shannon, hilarious as a rambling pot dealer who operates out of his car. Even his radical character gets neutered by some dopey plotting toward the end, but until then, he’s the performer who most earns his wings.


/// The world needed a CGI version of Charles Schulz’s beloved Peanuts as much as it needed yet another unwatchable Alvin and the Chipmunks movie; however, The Peanuts Movie turns out to be a pleasant surprise—and a great relief. The continuing adventures of Charlie Brown, Snoopy and the rest of the gang haven’t been rendered in the soulless mode of computer graphic imagery that in the past has perverted such toon creations as Mickey Mouse and Spongebob Squarepants. Instead, working from a script by Cornelius Uliano and (here’s the key) Schulz’s son and grandson, Craig Schulz and Bryan Schulz respectively, director Steve Martino and his team of animators have created the basic character outlines via slick CGI but have lovingly kept the crude facial features as simple and as expressive as those in Schulz’s comic strips and on the various TV specials.

// SPECTRE, the 24th film in the established 007 canon, is, alas, the first Daniel Craig outing to qualify as a disappointment. The pre-credits sequence, set in Mexico City during the Day of the Dead celebrations, gets the movie off to an exciting start. Bond’s brief time south of the border finds him foiling a stadium explosion, wrestling with a villain for control of a spiraling helicopter, and locating the clues necessary to continue his globetrotting—and, it should be noted, completely unsanctioned—mission that remains a secret from M (Ralph Fiennes) and all other special branch operatives with the eventual exceptions of Eve Moneypenny (Naomie Harris) and Q (Ben Whishaw). Bond’s sleuthing ultimately uncovers a criminal network whose leader, Franz Oberhauser (Christoph Waltz), sports some interesting ties to his own past. Craig’s previous Bond pictures were all of a piece, with plot elements carrying over into each subsequent film and the movies working beautifully as a self-contained trilogy. The decision to shoehorn SPECTRE into that narrative proves to be a disastrous one, as a perfectly engaging 120 or so minutes is then run into the ground for a wince-inducing final half-hour of unfortunate developments. It’s too bad, because what SPECTRE provides during its initial two hours is sound—and potent enough to still earn this a modest recommendation. While Guardians of the Galaxy’s Dave Bautista (as the brutish henchman Hinx) is the only cast newcomer to make an impression—Waltz is shockingly bland as the Bond master villain, nowhere near as menacing as Inglourious Basterds’ grinning Nazi, while Lea Seydoux is the dullest Bond woman in a long time—repeat performers like Harris, Whishaw and Jesper Christensen (as the elusive Mr. White) continue to register strongly. As for Craig, he’s still the best Bond since Connery, though it’s uncertain how much longer he’ll remain with the franchise. He certainly needs to hang around for at least one more picture, as it would be unfortunate if his swan song turned out to be an entry that, while overall enjoyable, doesn’t quite capture the spirit of the series’ all-time highs. CS


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Activism & Politics

Drinking Liberally Every first and third Thursdays, 7:00 p.m. A gathering of Liberals for an informal discussion of politics, the economy, sports, entertainment, and the world around us. Free to attend. Food and beverages available for purchase. Free first Thursday of every month, 7 p.m. (912) 341-7427. savannah. Tondee’s Tavern, 7 E. Bay Street. Savannah Area Young Republicans Get involved. Contact is Michael Johnson, via email or telephone, or see website for info. 912-604-0797. chairman@sayr. org. Call or see website for information. Free ongoing. 912-308-3020. Savannah Libertarians Join the Facebook group to find out about upcoming local events. Mondays. Facebook. com/groups/SAVlibertarians. 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. 1308 West, Henry St. and Montgomery St. Young Democrats Mondays at 7pm on the second level of Foxy Loxy, Bull Street. Call or visit the Young Democrats Facebook page for more information. Free ongoing. 423-619-7712. Foxy Loxy Cafe, 1919 Bull St.

Auditions and Calls for Entries

Auditions for Armstrong Youth Orchestra Open to students enrolled in primary grades through high school and including Armstrong students (available for course credit). Auditions, by appointment, are in Armstrong Fine Arts Hall. To schedule an audition, e-mail: Info is also available at AYO is sponsored in part by the Savannah Friends of Music, www.savannahfriendsofmusic. com ongoing. index.html. Armstrong State University, 11935 Abercorn St. Call for Entries for Elementary Student Artwork The City of Savannah is seeking submissions of original elementary student artwork celebrating the 50th anniversary of Savannah’s National Historic Landmark District (designated in 1966) to display in an exhibit in City Hall’s first floor rotunda. Submissions will be judged by a panel of artists, preservationists, and City leaders. The winning entries will be framed and displayed by the City of Savannah in City Hall for the period July-December 2016 for all our citizens and visitors to enjoy. These winning works will become the property of the City of Savannah and will not be returned

Figure Drawing Classes

Tuesdays 6-9pm and Wednesdays 9:30-12:30am. $60/4-session package or $20 drop-in fee. At the Studio School. ongoing. 912-484-6415. Studio School, 1319 Bull St. to the artists. Work not selected for display will be returned to the artists after judging. Up to 6 winners will be chosen, including a “Best in Show.”All winners will receive an award certificate, prize of art supplies, and reproduction of their winning work for their portfolio. Winners will be announced to the public during an exhibit opening at City Hall. For more information, visit savannahga. gov/artcontest or contact Luciana Spracher at or 912-6516411. Through March 11, 2016. Savannah City Hall, 2 East Bay Street. Call for Entries for “IN:LINE” The Gallery at Sulfur Studios is now accepting entries for a group exhibition to be held in January and February of 2016. Artists are encouraged to submit work that explores the theme of Line. Lines connect, separate and demarcate. Lines can be used to define or to obscure, they can point the way or bar the path. The lines featured in submitted work may be actual or metaphorical and work in all media will be considered. Entries are due December 30, and the show runs January 27-February 13. Entry fee is $20 for up to 3 works. To submit your work, please visit Through Dec. 30. sulfurstudios. org. Sulfur Studios, 2301 Bull Street. Call for Jewelry and Sculpture Artists

The gallery is now seeking innovative emerging and mid career artists specializing in jewelry-making and sculpture. 2 tracks are available: Full Time Artist & Visiting Artist. Submit 5 images of your recent work, CV, Artist Statement and link to website to Deadline for submission is December 15th, 2015. Through Dec. 15. Kobo Gallery, 33 Barnard Street ,. Call for Participants in PTSD Study Are you a recent combat veteran experiencing psychological or emotional stress related to your combat? You may be eligible to receive first-line medication and talk therapy interventions with proven effectiveness. PROGrESS is a study looking to learn more about how to effectively treat recent combat veterans with PTSD. The therapies are not experimental. You will be randomly assigned to receive either psychotherapy, medication, or both. For more information about the PROGrESS study, please call 912-920-0214 ext. 2169. ongoing. Online only, none. Call for Performers, Vendors and Volunteers for Savannah Asian Cultural Festival The Savannah Asian Cultural Festival, which will take place April 15-16, 2016 at Armstrong State University,

is currently seeking live performers, Cultural Marketplace vendors and event volunteers. There is no cost for performers to participate. All vendors must be consistent with the theme of the festival. The cost for vendors is $85 per booth. The festival’s Cultural Marketplace will offer the opportunity to learn more about each country and discover the traditional arts, crafts, fashions and treasures unique to each nation. From Ming-shared jewelry to calligraphy sets, original paintings, handbeaded clothing, Asian accessories and henna body painting, an entire continent’s worth of treasures can be found at the festival. If you would like to participate as a performer, vendor or volunteer at the 2016 Savannah Asian Cultural Festival, please contact James Anderson at james. or (912) 3443224. Through April 15, 2016. about. Armstrong State University, 11935 Abercorn St. Homeschool Music Classes Music classes for homeschool students ages 8-18 and their parents. Offered in Guyton and Savannah. See website for details. ongoing. Oatland Island Seeks Memories and Recollections for 40th Anniversary Oatland Island Education Center is looking for memories of Oatland Island in honor of their 40th anniversary. People who were part of the Youth Conservation Corp that helped to build Oatland Island Education Center in the 1970’s. Great memories from field trips. Special family memories of Oatland Island. Send your photos and stories to memories@ Deadline is August 31. undefined. 912-395-1500.


Call for Participants for CASA’s Secret Santa Initiative Bring light to a child’s life by participating in Savannah/Chatham CASA’s Secret Santa Initiative this holiday season. CASA serves our community’s most vulnerable children: those who have entered the child welfare system after suffering abuse and neglect. Each Secret Santa is confidentially paired with a child or sibling group to fulfill their holiday wishes. The gifts are then delivered by CASA volunteers as a special delivery from Santa. To participate in the initiative, please contact Advocacy Coordinator Charlene Peebles at (912) 447-8908 ext. 103 or Through Dec. 11. CASA Savannah-Chatham County, 428 Bull St. Call for Volunteers and Donations for Miracle on May Street Every year, the West Broad Street YMCA hosts Miracle on May Street as an opportunity for the families of Urban Savannah to stock up on gifts, clothing and holiday cheer. Miracle on May Street is made possible through generous donations

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from our friends and partners. Please join us in celebrating the families that we serve with respect and integrity, by working together and making this holiday season the brightest we have ever known. Your donations of either new or gently used toy, books, games, clothing or house wears, gift wrapping materials and holiday decor would be very greatly appreciated. Items may be shipped to or dropped off at the West Broad Street YMCA (1110 May Street Savannah GA, 31415) or to Loop It Up Savannah (103 North Fahm Street Savannah GA,31401). If you plan to donate a large quantity of items and would like to schedule a pick up, please contact the West Broad Street YMCA at 912-233-1951. Financial donations and gift cards will also happily be accepted. We are also seeking a team of elves (volunteers!) to help set up and staff the event. If you’re interested in volunteering, please sign up at volunteer/ and Chelsey Williams will be in touch. Through Dec. 11. YMCA-West Broad St, 1110 May St. Christmas at Sea Attendees are invited to enjoy dinner including salad and dessert and to bring a festive gift, sweet treats or a Savannah souvenir to brighten up Christmas Day for seafarers who will be at sea during the holidays. Suitable gifts should be something that you would personally like to be given and reasonably portable. $25 Thu., Dec. 3. Garden City United Methodist Church, 62 Varnedoe Ave. Holiday of Healing Live and silent auctions, hors d’oeuvre and a cash bar are among the festivities and will help raise funds for Coastal Children’s Advocacy Center and SAFE Shelter, which help children who have suffered abuse or family violence. Thu., Dec. 3, 5-9 p.m. Knights of Columbus Hall, 3 West Liberty St. $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. ongoing. 912.356.8280. SCMPD Animal Control seeks Volunteers Savannah Chatham County Animal Control seeks volunteers to serve various tasks as needed by the shelter. No prior animal shelter experience is necessary. Newly trained volunteers will be authorized to serve immediately after orientation. Potential volunteers are asked to notify J. Lewis prior to orientation; though, walk-ins are welcome. Volunteers must be at least 17-yearsold. ongoing. (912) 525-2151. jlewis01@ Trustees’ Garden Greenery Sale Visit Click Greenery Sale” to place order. Firm order deadline 10/23/15. Local customer must pick up products @ Wormsloe in Dec. Proceeds benefit club’s beautification projects. ?’s call E. Skeadas 912.844.1989 Varies Wed., Dec. 2, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. 912-84432 1989 or 912-657-4524.

Knitters, Needlepoint and Crochet

Meets every Wednesday. Different locations downtown. Call for info. No fees. Want to learn? Join us. ongoing. 912-308-6768. info/wormsloe/. Wormsloe Historic Site, 7601 Skidaway Rd.

Classes, Camps & Workshops

Art Classes at The Studio School Ongoing weekly drawing and painting classes for youth and adults. See website, send email or call for details. 912-4846415. 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. Baby & Mom Quarterly Workshop Practicing Baby & Mom (or Dad!) yoga gives perfect opportunity to strengthen and gain a deeper understanding of the parent & baby bond. Parents are not distracted by the outside world and can focus on their little one’s intentions, needs and desires while simultaneously enjoying the benefits of yoga. Babies thrive with postures designed to make them feel love, trust and and the joy of stretching and releasing that yoga brings. In addition this practice will help baby and mom sleep longer, digest better and grow stronger. $25.00 in Advance, $35 at the Door Sun., Dec. 6, 1-2:30 p.m. 912-232-2994. savannahyoga. com/workshops. Savannah Yoga Center, 1321 Bull St. 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, 101 N. Fahm St. Beginning Belly Dance Classes Taught by Happenstance Bellydance. All skill levels and styles. Private instruction available. $15 912-704-2940. Board Game Nights Bring your favorite board game or learn to play one of ours! Join our community of gamers and make some new friends while having an awesome time. Guild Hall members get in free; entry for non-members is $15. Saturdays, 7 p.m. Guild Hall, 615 Montgomery Street. Cake Baking & Cake Decorating We educate children on the tools & techniques to properly bake and decorate cakes, such as birthday cakes, and wedding cakes. The children have fun learning, make new friends, and leave feeling a sense of accomplishment. Great for Mommy & Daughter dates, Birthday Parties, and Educational Workshops. $20 Saturdays, 12-3 p.m.. 912-826-3976. rinconsweets@ The Cake Mix Academy, 5936 Georgia 21. Cake Baking & Cake Decorating Classes We educate children on the tools & techniques to properly bake and decorate cakes, such as birthday cakes, and wedding cakes. The children have fun learning, make new friends, and leave

feeling a sense of accomplishment. $20 first Sunday of every month, 4-7 p.m.. 912-826-3976. The Cake Mix Academy, 5936 Georgia 21. Cake Baking & Decorating Classes for Children We educate children on the tools & techniques to properly bake and decorate cakes, such as birthday cakes, and wedding cakes. The children have fun learning, make new friends, and leave feeling a sense of accomplishment. Great for Mommy & Daughter dates, Birthday Parties, and Educational Workshops. $20 first Saturday of every month, 4-7 p.m.. 912-826-3976. html. The Cake Mix Academy, 5936 Georgia 21. Cake Decorating Classes for Children Educate children on the tools & techniques to properly bake and decorate cakes, such as birthday cakes, and wedding cakes. The children have fun learning, make new friends, and leave feeling a sense of accomplishment. Great for Mommy & Daughter dates, Birthday Parties, and Educational Workshops. $20 Wednesdays, 5-7:30 p.m.. 912-826-3976. rinconsweets@ The Cake Mix Academy, 5936 Georgia 21. Champions Training Center Offering a variety of classes and training in

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mixed martial arts, jui-jitsu, judo and other disciplines for children and adults. All skill levels. 525 Windsor Rd. 912-349-4582. Chinese Language Classes The Confucius Institute at Savannah State University offers free Chinese language classes starting January 17. To register, please call 912-358-3160. ongoing. 912-3583160. confuciusinstitute@savannahstate. edu. Savannah State University, 3219 College St. Clay Classes Savannah Clay Studio at Beaulieu offers handbuilding, sculpture, and handmade tiles, basic glazing and firing. 912-351-4578. sav.. Boating Classes Classes on boat handling, boating safety and navigation offered by U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary. See website or call to register. 912897-7656. Creativity Coaching Do you have a creative idea but don’t know where to start? Is it time to move forward with your project? Work with your very own creativity coach and learn how to blast through blocks, plan your time, and enjoy the richness of a creative life. See website for more info at coaching/ or contact Creativity@LaurenL. com ongoing. Online, 2222 Sedwick Drive. 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. Krav Maga / Tactical Self Defense: Dynamic Defensive Tactics combines the Israeli self defense techniques of Krav Maga with tactical fighting concepts. This is NOT a martial art but a no nonsense approach to self defense. With over 37 years of experience, Roger D’Onofrio will teach you solutions, which are aggressive, simple and effective, to the violent situations of today. Note: these are private sessions for adults only. ongoing. 912-308-7109. ddt_910@ 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. Fany’s Spanish/English Institute Spanish is fun. Classes for adults and children held at 15 E. Montgomery Crossroad. Register by phone. ongoing. 912921-4646. Figure Drawing Classes Tuesdays 6-9pm and Wednesdays 9:3012:30am. $60/4-session package or $20 drop-in fee. At the Studio School. ongoing. 912-484-6415. melindaborysevicz@gmail. com. Studio School, 1319 Bull St. Guitar, Mandolin, or Bass Guitar Lessons Emphasis on theory, reading music, and improvisation. Located in Ardsley Park. ongoing. 912-232-5987. 34 Housing Authority Neighborhood

Resource Center Housing Authority of Savannah hosts classes at the Neighborhood Resource Center. Adult literacy/GED prep: Mon-Thurs, 9am-12pm & 1pm-4pm. Financial education: 4th Fri each month, 9am-11am. Basic computer training: Tues & Thurs, 1pm3pm. Community computer lab: Mon-Fri, 3pm-4:30pm. ongoing. 912-232-4232 x115. html. Neighborhood Resource Center, 1407 Wheaton St. Intro to Blender: Modeling a Scene This class takes place on our Guild Hall campus, at Miskatonic Labs. We will teach a guided production of a scene using Blender, a 3D modeling software. Very limited seating, must pre-register. $20 Tue., Dec. 8, 6-7:15 p.m. 844-MY-GUILD. events@ Guild Hall, 615 Montgomery Street. Intro to Circuit Design Series with Raspberry Pi Intro to Circuit Design Series with RaspberryPi to take place in our Miskatonic Labs. This series of classes includes: 1. Dec 2 - Install Raspbian on Raspberry Pi 2. Dec 9 - Design Gameboy cartridge plug board with KiCad. 3. Dec 16 - C / C++ / Python programming basics with Raspberry Pi. Also interface with breadboard circuits 4. Dec 23 - Assemble Gameboy cartridge plug board and learn how to dump ROM / RAM 5. Jan 6 - Design USB joystick with https:// and some buttons /3D model enclosure 6. Jan 13 - Print enclosure and assemble joystick $20 per class Wed., Dec. 2, 6-7:30 p.m. 844-MY-GUILD. Guild Hall, 615 Montgomery Street. Knitting & Crochet Classes Offered at The Frayed Knot, 6 W. State St. See the calendar of events on website. Mondays. 912-233-1240. thefrayedknotsav. com. Maximizing Innovation and Improvement Positions leaders to be effective change agents through continuous improvement. It teaches them how to align continuousimprovement projects and innovation efforts with their companies’ business strategies. The session also explains the rationale for continuous improvement, the tools and techniques that support such efforts, and how to assess improvement projects’ return on investment. Additionally, it describes the difference between incremental improvement and innovation, and the need for both. Cost: $895. Register here: leading-well-maximizing-innovation-andimprovement Wed., Dec. 2, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Georgia Tech Savannah, 210 Technology Circle. 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. ongoing. 912-358-0054. Georgia Music Warehouse, 2424 Abercorn St.

Music Lessons--Multiple Instruments Savannah Musicians’ Institute offers private instruction for all ages and experience levels in Guitar (electric, acoustic,classical), Piano, Bass, Voice, Banjo, Mandolin, Ukulele, Flute, Clarinet, Saxophone, Music Theory/Composition/Songwriting. 609 69th Street, Savannah GA. ongoing. 912398-8828. New Horizons Adult Band Program Music program for adults who played a band instrument in high school/college and would like to play again. Mondays at 6:30pm at Portman’s. $30 per month. All ages and ability levels welcome. Call for info. ongoing. 912-354-1500. Portman’s Music Superstore, 7650 Abercorn St. Novel Writing Write a novel, finish the one you’ve started, revise it or pursue publication. Awardwinning Savannah author offers one-onone or small group classes, mentoring, manuscript critique, ebook formatting. Email for pricing and scheduling info. ongoing. 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. Piano Lessons Piano lessons with a classically trained instructor, with theater and church experience. 912-312-3977. ongoing. Georgia Music Warehouse, 2424 Abercorn St. Piano Voice-Coaching Pianist with M/degree,classical modern jazz improvisation, no age limit. Call 912-9617021 or 912-667-1056. Serious inquiries only. ongoing. Pole Fitness Classes Pole dancing is a beautiful artform, and a combination of dance, flexibility and gymnastics. Pole dancing has quickly become one of the most popular forms of fun and exercise for women. It can help you lose weight, gain beautiful muscle tone, make you stronger than ever and build confidence like no other form of exercise can. Join us on Tuesday nights and get fitter and stronger than you’ve ever been, with this amazing full body workout. Schedule TBA $20 Every other Tuesday, 7-9 p.m. 912-9881052. Mediterranean Tavern, 125 Foxfield Way. Qigong Class A six week Qigong class. Simple Qigong forms, breathing exercises, and standing and walking meditations will be practiced in this class. Each week will focus on a different organ, the corresponding internal energy exercises, self massage and sounds to clear stagnant and toxic energy from that organ to promote health, vitality and longevity. The Longevity Qigong form, a simple set of ten exercises to improve the flow of Qi throughout the body, calming the mind, will be practiced. 6 classes @ $60. or $15. per drop in class Thu., Dec. 3, 6:30-7:30 p.m. 912-484-0675. nszychowski@gmail.

com. Branches Yoga Center, 242St.4 Drayton. A. Roper Studio - Voice Technique and Coaching Experienced and successful voice instructor is accepting students. Nurturing and collaborative studio. Services offered include strengthening the voice, range extension, relaxation techniques, and coaching through various styles of music. Audition and competition preparation. Located 15 minutes from downtown. Varies Mondays-Saturdays, 8 a.m.-8 p.m. 912-4840628. Downtown Savannah, downtown. Russian Language Classes Learn to speak Russian. All experience levels welcome, beginner to expert. Call for info. ongoing. 912-713-2718. Soul Progression Yoga In this practice of yoga, we use the asanas(postures) as an artistic expression of ourselves as we open our hearts, physically and energetically to set the foundation with an intention for having a more open heart in our daily life. This class offers a deeply rooted spiritual foundation integrating alignment techniques and enlightening messages woven throughout the practice. Open to all Levels Class Prices: Ongoing classes: $15 drop in. 5 Class card: $70 (3 month expiration) 10 Class card: $130 (4 month expiration) Tuesdays, 6:30-8 p.m. 912-308-3410. yogamelynn@ Branches Yoga Center, 242St.4 Drayton.

Clubs & Organizations

Abeni Cultural Arts Dance Classes Classses for multiple ages in performance dance and adult fitness dance. African, modern, ballet, jazz, tap, contemporary, gospel. Held at Abeni Cultural Arts studio, 8400-B Abercorn St. Call Muriel, 912-6313452, or Darowe, 912-272-2797. ongoing. Avegost LARP Live action role playing group that exists in a medieval fantasy realm. generallly meets the second weekend of the month. Free for your first event or if you’re a non-player character. $35 fee for returning characters. ongoing. Buccaneer Region SCCA Local chapter of the Sports Car Club of America, hosting monthly solo/autocross driving events in the Savannah area. Anyone with a safe car, insurance and a valid driver’s license is eligible to participate. See website. ongoing. Business Networking on the Islands Small Business Professionals Islands Networking Group meets first Thursday each month, 9:30am-10:30am. Tradewinds Ice Cream & Coffee, 107 Charlotte Rd. Call for info. ongoing. 912-308-6768. Chatham Sailing Club Friday evening social event at the clubhouse. Meet Members and their families who all enjoy water based activities but whose prime interest is sailing. This BYOB event is free and all are welcome, but Membership is encouraged after several visits once interest is gauged!! We look forward to meeting you.


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Fridays, 7-10 p.m. Young’s Marina, 218 Wilmington Island Rd. Coastal Bead Society Coastal Bead Society monthly meetings, 12 noon on the third Friday of the Month at the Coastal Georgia Center, 303 Fahm Street, near SCAD. All beaders are welcome. ongoing. cgc. Coastal Georgia Center, 305 Fahm Street. Fiber Guild of the Savannahs A club focusing on weaving, spinning, basket making, knitting, crocheting, quilting, beading, rug hooking, doll making, and other fiber arts. Meets at Oatland Island Wildlife Center, first Saturday of the month (Sept.-June) 10:15am. Mondays, 10:30 a.m. Fiber Guild of the Savannahs, 711 Sandtown Road GA. Historic Flight Savannah A non-profit organization dedicated to sending area Korean War and WWII veterans to Washington, DC, to visit the WWII Memorial. All expenses paid by Honor Flight Savannah. Honor Flight seeks contributions, and any veterans interested in a trip to Washington. Call for info. ongoing. 912-5961962. Historic Savannah Chapter: ABWA Meets the second Thursday of every month from 6pm-7:30pm. Tubby’s Tank House, 2909 River Drive, Thunderbolt. Attendees pay for their own meals. RSVP by phone. ongoing. 912-660-8257. Knitters, Needlepoint and Crochet Meets every Wednesday. Different locations downtown. Call for info. No fees. Want to learn? Join us. ongoing. 912-308-6768. Low Country Turners A club for wood-turning enthusiasts. Call Steve Cook for info at number below. ongoing. 912-313-2230. Military Order of the Purple Heart Ladies Auxiliary Meets the first Saturday of the month at 1:00pm. Call for info. ongoing. 912-7864508. American Legion Post 184, 3003 Rowland Ave. Philo Cafe Discussion group that meets every Monday, 7:30pm - 9:00pm at various locations. Anyone craving good conversation is invited. Free to attend. Email for info, or see Mondays. R.U.F.F. - Retirees United for the Future RUFF meets the last Friday of each month at 10am to protect Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid and related senior issues. Parking in the rear. Free to all Seniors ongoing. 912344-5127. New Covenant Church, 2201 Bull St. Safe Kids Savannah A coalition dedicated to preventing childhood injuries. Meets 2nd Tuesday each month, 11:30am-1:00pm. See website or call for info. ongoing. 912-353-3148. Savannah Brewers’ League Meets 1st Wednesday of the month, 7:30pm at Moon River Brewing Co. Call or see website for info. ongoing. 912-447-0943. Moon

Society for Creative Anachronism

Meets every Saturday at the south end of Forsyth Park for fighter practice and general hanging out. For people interested in recreating the Middle Ages and Renaissance. Free Saturdays, 11 a.m.. Forsyth Park, Drayton St. & East Park Ave

River Brewing Co., 21 West Bay St. Savannah Charlesfunders Investment Discussion Group Meets Saturdays, 8:30am to discuss stocks, bonds and better investing. Contact by email for info. ongoing. charlesfund@gmail. com. Panera Bread (Broughton St.), 1 West Broughton St. Savannah Council, Navy League of the United States A dinner meeting every 4th Tuesday of the month at 6:00 pm at local restaurants. 3rd Tuesday in November; none in December. For dinner reservations, please call Sybil Cannon at 912-964-5366. ongoing. 912-7487020. Savannah Go Green Meets most Saturdays. Green events and places. Share ways to Go Green each day. Call for info. ongoing. 912-308-6768. Savannah Kennel Club Monthly meetings open to the public the 4th Monday each month, Sept. through June. ongoing, 7 p.m. Barnes Restaurant, 5320 Waters Avenue. Savannah Newcomers Club Open to women who have lived in the Savannah area for less than two years. Membership includes monthly luncheon and program. Activities, tours and events to help learn about Savannah and make new friends. ongoing. savannahnewcomersclub. com.

Savannah Parrot Head Club Beach, Buffet and no dress code. Check website for events calendar or send an email for Parrot Head gatherings. ongoing. savannahphc. com. Society for Creative Anachronism Meets every Saturday at the south end of Forsyth Park for fighter practice and general hanging out. For people interested in re-creating the Middle Ages and Renaissance. Free Saturdays, 11 a.m.. Forsyth Park, Drayton St. & East Park Ave. Savannah Toastmasters Helps improve speaking and leadership skills in a friendly, supportive environment. Mondays, 6:15pm, Memorial Health University Medical Center, in the Conference Room C. ongoing. 912-484-6710. Memorial Health University Medical Center, 4700 Waters Ave. Savannah Veggies and Vegans Join the Facebook group to find out more about vegetarian and vegan lifestyles, and to hear about upcoming local events. Mondays. Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 671 Meets second Monday of each month, 7pm, at the American Legion Post 135, 1108 Bull St. ongoing. 912-429-0940. rws521@msn. com. Woodville-Tompkins Scholarship

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


Comedy Night Join us for an evening of ice cream and laughter...the perfect combo for your Friday night! All ages welcome. Free Fridays, 8-10 p.m. Exit Strategy Icecreamists, 310 E Bay St. Odd Lot Improv An improv comedy show in the style of “Whose Line Is It Anyway?” $5 Mondays, 8 p.m. Muse Arts Warehouse, 703 Louisville Rd. Odd Lot Improv: On The Spot Mysteries Dinner Theatre Odd Lot is teaming up with the brilliant Chefs of Savannah Coffee Roasters to bring you a whole new dining experience. The always surprising talent of Odd Lot will perform a fully interactive Friday night Murder Mystery while you dine on a delicious three course meal. Seating is at 6:30pm Friday nights. Reservations are strongly recommended. Four actors and three courses all for $40. It’s certain to be a night to remember. Great for groups, parties, or anyone who loves a good show. $40 35 continues on oddlot. p. 36 Fridays, 6:30 p.m.


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Qigong Class

A six week Qigong class. Simple Qigong forms, breathing exercises, and standing and walking meditations will be practiced in this class. Each week will focus on a different organ, the corresponding internal energy exercises, self massage and sounds to clear stagnant and toxic energy from that organ to promote health, vitality and longevity. The Longevity Qigong form, a simple set of ten exercises to improve the flow of Qi throughout the body, calming the mind, will be practiced. 6 classes @ $60. or $15. per drop in class Thu., Dec. 3, 6:30-7:30 p.m. 912-484-0675. Branches Yoga Center, 242St.4 Drayton. org. Savannah Coffee Roasters, 215 West Liberty Street.


13th Colony Sound (Barbershop Singing) “If you can carry a tune, come sing with us!” Mondays, 7pm. ongoing. 912-344-9768. Thunderbolt Lodge #693, 3111 Rowland Ave. Concert: Longing for Home: Lessons and Carols for Advent This program is adapted from the Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols that has been celebrated annually at King’s College, Cambridge, for almost a century. Nine scripture lessons are read with songs from The Sacred Harp and An American Christmas Harp. Music is provided by the Savannah Sacred Harp Singers. Free and open to the public Sat., Dec. 5, 2 p.m. 912-655-0994. Skidaway Island Presbyterian Church, 30 Diamond Causeway. Concert: Savannah Children’s Choir Holiday Concert Start off your holiday season on the right note with this annual tradition, which brings together Savannahians and visitors together in a family-friendly concert celebrating the sounds of the season. $5-$50 Sun., Dec. 6, 3 p.m. 912-525-5050. Lucas Theatre for the Arts, 32 Abercorn St. Concert: A Holly Jolly American Traditions Christmas A Claus for celebration! Our first Holly Jolly 36 American Traditions Christmas Special

featuring Kim Michael Polote, 2001 Gold Medal winner in The American Traditions Competition with a guest appearance by Mr. Jim Wann, Broadway lyricist, composer, performer, and judge for the American Traditions competition. $20 Sun., Dec. 6, 2-4 p.m. 912-754-1118. info@marstheatre. com. Mars Theatre, 109 S. Laurel Street. Cookies, Carols & Christmas: A Savannah Christmas Concert A family-friendly Christmas Benefit Concert presented by Shelter From the Rain Inc. with cookies and carols to benefit low-income single moms in Savannah. Featuring recording artist Isaac Smith and Special Guests. Accepting donations of diapers or baby wipes. $15.00 Adults $10.00 Children 5+ Thu., Dec. 3, 7-8:30 p.m. The Gingerbread House, 1921 Bull Street. First Friday for Folk Music Monthly folk music showcase hosted by the Savannah Folk Music Society in a friendly, alcohol-free environment. $5 donation December performers: The Pace Brothers, JL McGee. first Friday of every month, 7:30 p.m. 912-898-1876. fpc. First Presbyterian Church, 520 Washington Ave.


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

ongoing. 912-234-8745. Adult Ballet Toning Always wanted the body of a ballerina? Well.. YOU CAN! Our class is designed to stretch, tone, and enhance your body to become healthier than ever. Join us and check out the calendar for dates to enroll. (this is apart of our fitness package of 10 classes for $80) $10.00 Mondays, 5 p.m. 912.312.3549. reservetodance@gmail. com. Salon de Baile Dance Studio, 7064 Hodgson Memorial Drive. Adult Intermediate Ballet Mondays and Wednesdays, 7pm-8pm. $12/class or $90/8 classes. Call for info. Academy of Dance, 74 W. Montgomery Crossroad. Wednesdays. 912-921-2190. Argentine Tango Wednesdays, 7 p.m. Salon de Baile Dance Studio, 7064 Hodgson Memorial Drive. Lessons Sundays 1:303;30pm. Open to the public. $3 per person. Wear closed toe leather shoes if possible. Doris Martin Dance Studio, 8511-h ferguson Ave. Call or email for info. ongoing. 912-9257416. Awaken with Chakradance™ A free-flowing, meditative dance, with eclectic music selected to resonate with each specific chakra, along with guided imagery. No dance experience or chakras knowledge needed. $20 ongoing, 7-8:30 p.m. 912-663-1306. Chakradancer@ Synergistic Bodies,

7901 Waters Ave. Ballroom Group Dance Class Weekly ballroom dance classes focus on two types of dance each month. Open to partners/couples or to solos. The $35 for 4 weeks or $10 drop in Mondays, 7 p.m. 912.312.3549. reservetodance@gmail. com. Salon de Baile Dance Studio, 7064 Hodgson Memorial Drive. Ballroom/Latin Group Class Group classes every Tuesday and Wednesday at 8pm. Tuesdays focus on fundamental steps, styling, and techniques. Wednesday’s classes are more specific, with advanced elements. $15/person and $25/ couple Wednesdays, 8 p.m. and Tuesdays.. 912-335-3335. savannahballroom@gmail. com. Savannah Ballroom Dance Studio, 11 Travis Street. Basic Shag Lessons Every Wednesday at 6:45 p.m. ongoing. Doubles Nightclub, 7100 Abercorn St. Beginner’s Belly Dance Classes Learn basic moves and choreography with local Belly Dancer, Nicole Edge. Class is open to all ages and skill levels. Walk-ins welcome. 15.00 Wednesdays, 7-8 p.m. 912-596-0889. Fitness on Broughton, 1 E. Broughton St. Beginners Belly Dance Classes Instructed by Nicole Edge. All ages/Skill levels welcome. Sundays, 12pm-1pm. Fitness body and balance studio. 2127 1//2


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E. Victory Dr. $15/class or $48/hour. Call or see website. ongoing. 912-596-0889. Beginners Belly Dancing with Cybelle For those with little-to-no dance background. Instructor is formally trained, has performed for over ten years. $15/ person. Tues. 7pm-8pm. Private classes and walk ins available. Synergistic Bodies, 7724 Waters Ave. ongoing. 912-414-1091. C.C. Express Dance Team Wednesdays, 6pm-8pm. Clogging or tap dance experience is necessary. Call Claudia Collier for info. ongoing. 912-7480731. 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. Forsyth Park, Drayton St. & East Park Ave. Dance Lessons (Salsa, Bachata) Learn to dance Salsa & Bachata. For info, call Austin (912-704-8726) or Omar (Spanish - 787-710-6721). Thursdays. 912-704-8726. Dance Party Dance on Thursdays at 8pm--fun, friendship, and dancing. Free for Savannah Ballroom students. $10 for visitors ($15 for couples). free - $15 Thursdays, 8 p.m. 912335-3335. Savannah Ballroom Dance Studio, 11 Travis Street. Dance: The Nutcracker in Savannah Shows at 2 pm and 5 pm. Presented by the Georgia Council for the Arts, The City of Savannah Cultural Affairs Weave-a-Dream, Savannah Magazine, United Community Bank, Colonial Oil, and Braddy Electric. Sat., Dec. 5. Lucas Theatre for the Arts, 32 Abercorn St. Free Dance Thursdays at Lake Mayer Lake Mayer is offering free dance and fitness classes for all ages every Thursday, in the Community Center. 9:30 am and 10:30 am is the “Little Movers” class for toddlers. 12:00 pm Lunch Break Fitness. 1:30 pm Super Seniors. 5:30 pm youth hip hop. 6:30 pm Adult African Fitness. FREE ongoing, 9:30 a.m.-7:30 p.m. 912-652-6780. sdavis@ Lake Mayer, 1850 E. Montgomery Crossroads. FUNdamentals Dance Lesson Group dance lessons every Tuesday and Wednesday at 8pm. Tuesday: fundamental steps, styling, and techniques. Wednesday: advanced elements. $15/person $25/ couple Tuesdays, 8 p.m. and Wednesdays, 8 p.m.. 912-335-3335. savannahballroom@ 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. ongoing. 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. Wednesdays.. 912-704-2052. prideofirelandga@gmail. com. Kids Hip Hop and Jazz Mondays, 6 p.m. salondebailedancestudio. com. Salon de Baile Dance Studio, 7064 Hodgson Memorial Drive. 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. 912-3353335. Savannah Ballroom Dance Studio, 11 Travis Street. LaBlast Dance Fitness Created by world renowned dancer and ABC’s “Dancing with the Stars” professional, Louis Van Amstel, LaBlast uniquely combines a wide variety of ballroom dance styles and music genres. Do the Cha Cha Cha, Disco, Jive, Merengue, Salsa and Samba set to everything from pop and rock to hip-hop and country – and burn fat and blast calories! No experience and no partner necessary. $15.00 drop in or 10 classes for $80.00 Mondays, 6-7 p.m. and Wednesdays, 6-7 p.m. 912.312.3549. reservetodance@ Salon de Baile Dance Studio, 7064 Hodgson Memorial Drive. Line Dancing Take down Tuesdays. Jazzy Sliders Adult Line Dancing, every Tuesday, 7:30pm-10:00pm. Free admission, cash bar. Come early and learn a new dance from 7:30pm-8:30pm. ongoing. doublesnightclub. com/. Doubles Nightclub, 7100 Abercorn St. Mahogany Shades of Beauty Dance classes - hip hop, modern, jazz, West African, ballet, lyrical and step. Modeling and acting classes. All ages/levels welcome. Call Mahogany for info. ongoing. 912-2728329. Modern Dance Class Beginner and intermediate classes. Fridays 10am-11:15am. Doris Martin Studio, 7360 Skidaway Rd. Call Elizabeth for info. ongoing. 912-354-5586. Salsa Lessons by Salsa Savannah Tues. 8pm-9pm and 9pm-10pm. Thur. 8pm-9pm and 9pm-10pm. Sun. 5pm-6pm and 6pm-7pm. Salon de Maile, 704B Hodgson Memorial Dr., Savannah, 31406. Tuesdays.. Salsa Night Come and shake it to the best latin grooves and bachata the night away in Pooler where it’s cooler. Wednesdays, 8-11 p.m. 912988-1052. Mediterranean Tavern, 125 Foxfield Way. Savannah Shag Club Wednesdays, 7pm,at Doubles Lounge. Fridays, 7pm, at American Legion Post 36, 2309 E. Victory Dr. ongoing. Doubles Nightclub, 7100 Abercorn St. Savannah Swing Cats--Swing Dancing ongoing. Doubles

Nightclub, 7100 Abercorn St. Sizzle: Dance and Cardio A class designed to maintain that summer body by dancing and having fun. Incorporates dance and cardio to fun, spicy songs. $10 drop in or 10 classes for $80 Tuesdays, Fridays, 10 a.m. 912312-3549. Salon de Baile Dance Studio, 7064 Hodgson Memorial Drive.


1st Thursdays Professionals Networking Mixer The 100 Black Men of Savannah present a mixer for all Professionals in the Greater Savannah area. This is a great event for networking as well as a chance for newcomers to the coastal empire to meet new fun and interesting people. No admission cost. Food and drinks for purchase on your own. Dress attire is business casual. Door prizes, live music. free to & drink own your own first Thursday of every month, 6-9 p.m. Cocktail Co., 10 Whitaker Street. 5th Annual Illumination Night of Lights & Music See our grand Hall transformed into a gorgeous outdoor winter scene with dozens of trees and silvery decorations, music, a fabulous feast, our famous riverside candle ceremony, house tours and wagon rides through woods filled with sparkling holiday lights. Seating limited. Tickets $55 for adults, $49.50 for senior citizens and military, and $45 for children ages 8-17. $45-$55 Sat., Dec. 5, 4-10:30 p.m. 912-880-4500. Dunham Farms, 5836 Islands Hwy. Amazing Scavenger Hunt Adventure Turn Savannah into a giant game board with this fun scavenger hunt adventure. Combine the excitement of the Amazing Race with a three-hour city tour. Guided from any smart phone, teams make their way among well known and overlooked gems of the city, solving clues and completing challenges while learning local history. Available 365 days a year, sunrise to sunset. Start when you want and play at your pace. Save 20%Only $39.20 for a team of 2-5 people after Promotion Code: CONNECTSAVANNAH. Only $39.20 for a team of 2-5 people after Promo Code: CONNECTSAVANNAH Mondays-Sundays, 9 a.m.-7 p.m.. 805-6035620. Franklin Square, Montgomery and St. Julian Streets. Awaken with Chakradance™ Thursdays Join us for a free-flowing, meditative dance and experience the healing power of Chakradance™. With eclectic music selected to resonate with each specific chakra, along with guided imagery, Chakradance™ will take you on a spiritual journey, free the energy in your body and open you to a deeper experience of life. No dance experience or prior knowledge of the chakras is necessary. Limited to 12 participants – email to reserve a spot today! $20 Thursdays, 6:45-8:15 p.m.

912-663-1306. Chakradancer@comcast. net. Anahata Healing Arts Center, 2424 Drayton St. Suite B. Build a Bridge Anniversary Gala Black Tie Affair to celebrate the work and accomplishments of BBF and to highlight children and families that we service and the volunteers that make it all happen! Cocktails begin at 6 pm. 40.00 Sat., Dec. 5, 7-9 p.m. 912-272-5834. SSU King Frazier Student Center, Savannah State University. Business Social and Networking Event The business community in Coastal Georgia is cordially invited to a Business Social and Networking Event at Blessingdales, Gift, Thrift, and Furniture Galore Store. For more information contact: Brad Howard at 912-200-0321 or Amanda Howard at 912-412-0430 or email or Tue., Dec. 8, 6-8 p.m. Blessingdale’s Gift, Thrift and Furniture Galore Store, 6 Television Circle. Chili Cook-Off and Christmas Tree Contest The community is invited to come out and enjoy some of the best chili around and will be asked to help choose the “People’s Choice Award” winner by voting for their favorite chili. Trophies and cash prizes will be awarded to winning participants. Local businesses and organizations are also invited to take part in the Christmas Tree Contest, which will be on display during the Annual Chili Cook-Off. This year’s theme is “Christmas at the Movies.” $1-$2 for each sample of chili Fri., Dec. 4, 6:30 p.m. J. F. Gregory Park, Richmond Hill. Christmas Parade This family-friendly event is a time honored tradition in Richmond Hill and will feature a “Christmas at the Movies” theme and include creative, holiday decked out floats, marching bands and antique cars making their way down through town from Maple Street to J.F. Gregory Park. Free Sat., Dec. 5, 10 a.m. J. F. Gregory Park, Richmond Hill. Common Grounds Common Grounds is a collaboration of the Episcopal Church and the United Methodist Wesley Fellowship. We meet on Wednesday nights for open theological discussion on hot button issues. All are welcome regardless of faith background or where you are on your spiritual journey. We are open and affirming of the LGBT community. Order for Compline by candlelight is offered on Sunday nights at 8PM. Wednesdays, 8 p.m. The Foundery Coffee Pub, 1313 Habersham St. The Evolution of Christmas Traditions in America Why do we hang stockings on chimneys and kiss under the mistletoe? Take a walk through history as we explore past Christmas traditions and their influence on the holiday we know today. The OwensThomas House will be decked out to help you experience the simplicity of a Regency Christmas during the tenure of the Richardsons, the growing sophistication

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of the antebellum customs practiced by the Owenses, and the more recognizable Victorian holiday as the Thomases would have enjoyed it. Through Jan. 4, 2016. telfair. org/visit/owens-thomas-house/overview/. Owens-Thomas House, 124 Abercorn St. First Friday Fireworks Celebrate the end of the week and the beginning of a new month with First Friday Fireworks, presented by Wet Willie’s. Free first Friday of every month, 9:30 p.m. Rousakis Plaza, River St. First Friday Oyster Roast Enjoy oysters, cocktails and live music and take a tour of the new Whitman Yacht. first Friday of every month, 6:30-9:30 p.m. Westin Savannah Harbor Golf Resort & Spa, 1 Resort Drive. Gently Used Items and Baked Goods Sale First annual thrift sale. All proceeds will benefit playground renovations. Lots of kid’s and women’s clothing, shoes, and toys, plus baby gear, home goods, fresh baked goodies and more. Accepting (taxdeductible!) donations at 6610 Abercorn through December 3rd. free to the public Sat., Dec. 5, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. 912-3528404. Maggie’s Morning School, 6610 Abercorn St. Gingerbread Village Competition Don’t miss this winter wonderland of edible art. Through Dec. 30. Westin Savannah Harbor Golf Resort & Spa, 1 Resort Drive. Guided Tours of the Lucas Theatre for the Arts Learn the history of the historic Lucas Theatre on a 20-30 minute tour. Restoration, architecture, history of the theatre and of early cinema. $4. Group rates for ten or more. School trips available. Tours are Monday-Friday 10am-5pm and must be scheduled. To schedule a tour, contact Megan Chandler at 912-525-5029 or ongoing. 912525-5023. Lucas Theatre for the Arts, 32 Abercorn St. Jane Coslick Holiday Cottage Tour The tour highlights classic historic Tybee Island cottages restored by the famous interior designer, Jane Coslick. Tour benefits the Savannah Humane Society Low Cost Community Spay/Neuter Clinic. Sat., Dec. 5, 10 a.m. Tybee Island, Tybee Island. Kingdom Business Networking Alliance Our mission is to Grow, Encourage, Inspire, Ignite & Equip Christian Business owners on how to do business with a Kingdom mindset. We promote and celebrate excellence in the business arena while developing the future generations of leaders through Christian values, disciplines, honor, integrity and expression of skills. Register early before the event closes out and please share this event by inviting a guest. Free first Wednesday of every month, 7:30-9 a.m. 912-257-6248. Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites Savannah Airport - Pooler, 103 San Drive. 38 Lights On for Tybee Celebration

Following the tree lighting ceremony, there will be singing led by the Tybee Arts Performing Society, dance performances by Gretchen Greene School of Dance students, and an awards presentation by Tybee Beautification Association for the best decorated businesses. Fri., Dec. 4, 6:30 p.m. Tybee Roundabout, Tybrisa Street and Strand Avenue. The original Midnight Tour One of the spookiest tours in town. Learn about the untold stories of some of the most haunted locations here in Savannah Georgia. Guaranteed to give you a few goose bumps and an unexplained need for a night light. 33.00 ongoing. 1-866-666-3323. 6th Sense Savannah Tours, 404 Abercorn Street. PBJ Pantry A free food pantry held every Thursday, 10-11am and 6-7pm. Contact Jessica Sutton for questions. 912-897-1192 ongoing. YMCA (Wilmington Island), 66 Johnny Mercer Blvd. Savannah Storytellers Tall tales and fun times with the classic art of storytelling. Every Wednesday at 6pm. Reservations encouraged by calling 912349-4059. Wednesdays, 6 p.m. liveoakstore. com/tubbysthunderbolt. Tubby’s Tank House (Thunderbolt), 2909 River Dr. Shire of Forth Castle Fighter Practice Local chapter of the Society for Creative Anachronism meets Saturdays at Forsyth Park (south end) for fighter practice and general hanging out. For those interested in the Middle Ages and the Renaissance. ongoing. Southbound Brewery Saturday Tours and Tastes Savannah’s first microbrewery is open for public tours and tastings Wednesday - Fridays from 5:30-7:30 and Saturdays from 2-4. Hang out, have a few cold ones, and learn a little more about Savannah’s first craft brewery. Free Saturdays, 2-4 p.m. 912-335-7716. info@southboundbrewingco. com. Southbound Brewing Company, 107 East Lathrop Ave. Tamp & Tap Southbound and Perc Coffee present Moonlight Drive, an American imperial coffee stout, at this celebration benefitting Art Rise Savannah. Enjoy live music by Bottles & Cans, beer, BBQ, coffee and honey tastings, and more. $25 advance, $30 at door Sat., Dec. 5, 1-4 p.m. Southern Pine Co., 616 E. 35th St. Thunderbolt Boat Parade Enjoy lighted boats, live music by Luke Lander, fireworks, and food and drink at this 30th annual parade. Sat., Dec. 5, 4:30 p.m. Fish Tales at Ft. McAllister Marina, 3203 Ft. McAllister Rd. Tongue: Open Mouth and Music Show hosted by Melanie Goldey A poetry and music open mic with an emphasis on sharing new, original, thoughtful work. second Tuesday of every month, 8 p.m. The Sentient Bean, 13 East Park Ave. Tree of Light Bring meaning to this year’s holiday season by attending this non-denominational,

contemplative sharing of music, stories and memories. Sun., Dec. 6, 5:15 p.m. Full Circle Grief and Loss Center, 6000 Business Center Drive. Tybee Island Christmas Parade The parade will fill the streets with festive floats and spirited parade participants as Santa and Mrs. Claus are led from the 14th Street parking lot to the Tybee Gym on 5th Street. Once they arrive at the gym, they will spend time listening to children’s Christmas wishes and having photos taken. Sat., Dec. 5, 1 p.m. Tybee Island, Tybee Island. Under The Rainbow On Thursday nights come out to the coolest spot in Pooler for Under The Rainbow. Every week we will host a different event that will cater to those that play over, around and under the rainbow. Thursdays, 8-11 p.m. 912-988-1052. Mediterranean Tavern, 125 Foxfield Way.


Christmas on the River and Lighted Parade Savannah’s Lighted Christmas Parade is an annual tradition and local favorite. The parade takes place during Christmas on the River each year. The parade marks the official arrival of St. Nick and will take place on Saturday at 5:30pm starting on West River Street, traveling throughout downtown and ending in City Market. Dec. 4-5. River Street, River St. Winter Wonderland & Gingerbread Village The Westin Savannah invites families to celebrate the season with beautiful holiday lights, Santa’s Workshop, the Gingerbread Village, charitable guests and more! Open every Thursday - Saturday, November 27th - December 12th, and daily December 17th - December 23rd. $5 donation requested Thursdays-Saturdays, 5-9 p.m.. 912-201-2000. Westin Savannah Harbor Golf Resort & Spa, 1 Resort Drive.


$8 Community Yoga Classes Savannah Power Yoga offers a community yoga class nearly every day of the week for just $8. All proceeds support local organizations. See schedule online for details. Most classes are heated to 90 degrees. Bring a yoga mat, towel and some water. $8 Mondays-Fridays, Sundays. (912) 349-2756. info@savannahpoweryoga. com. Savannah Power Yoga, 7360 Skidaway Rd. $8 Community Meditation Classes Join us for breath work, guided meditation, and yoga nidra, a deep relaxation technique to relieve stress, quiet the mind, and find the calm within. All proceeds support local organizations. $8 Sundays, 6-7 p.m. 912-349-2756. Savannah Power Yoga, 7360 Skidaway Rd. Al-Anon Family Groups An anonymous fellowship of relatives and friends of alcoholics. The message of Al-Anon is one of strength and hope for friends/family of problem drinkers. Al-Anon

is for adults. Alateen is for people age 13-19. Meetings daily throughout the Savannah area. check website or call for info. ongoing. 912-598-9860. Bariatric Surgery Support Group Located in Mercer Auditorium of Hoskins Center at Memorial. For those who have had or are considering bariatric surgery. Call or see website for info. first Wednesday of every month, 7 p.m. 912-350-3438. Memorial Health University Medical Center, 4700 Waters Ave. Barre Classes Looking for a fun way to tone and burn calories? Savannah Yoga Barre offers daily barre classes to help you reach your fitness goals. Diverse classes ensure there’s something for everyone. All levels are encouraged to attend. Start where you are and go from there. Classes start as early as 6 a.m. and as late as 6:45 p.m. $15 drop-in or use class pass ongoing. 912200-4809. Savannah Yoga Barre, 2132 East Victory Drive. Beach Body Workouts with Laura MONDAYS at 6:15 PM at the Lake Mayer Community Center $5.00 per session Mondays, 6:15 p.m. (912) 652-6784. Lake Mayer, 1850 E. Montgomery Crossroads. Beastmode Fitness Group Training Train with this elite team. A total body program that trims, tones and gets results. Personal training options available. See website for info. Meets at West Broad YMCA. 5am-6am and 8pm-9pm. ongoing. YMCA-West Broad St, 1110 May St. Beginning Pole Fitness Pole fitness is a fun and flirty way to get in shape! Taught by Pole Dance America National Professional Champion Sabrina Madsen, you’ll learn the basics of pole dance in a safe and welcoming environment. Gain strength, balance and confidence. Beginner Classes are open to all shapes and sizes and are for ladies only (men welcome at our Intermediate Class). $25 for drop-in or $100 for a package of 5 classes Tuesdays, 8-9 p.m. 801.673.6737. firstcityfitness. com/pole-fitnessparties.html. First City Fitness, 2127 1/2 Victory Dr. Blue Water Yoga Community donation-based classes, Tues. and Thurs., 5:45pm - 7:00pm. Fri., 9:30am-10:30am. Email for info or find Blue Water Yoga on Facebook. ongoing. Talahi Island Community Club, 532 Quarterman Dr. Breema Join us October 3 and every first Saturday 10-12. Discover a practical and transformative approach to life and health. Receiving Breema bodywork releases deeply held tension in the body, mind and feelings. Breema is a way to practice being present. Taught by Laura Ike. Open to community. Donation jar. Call 912 658-5592 with questions. first Saturday of every month, 10 a.m.-noon. Asbury Memorial United Methodist Church, 1008 Henry St. Core Pilates This fun and challenging Pilates class will tone your entire body while focusing


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on building core strength. Betsy HunterHughes is at your service every MonWed-Fri 9:45 at Savannah Yoga Barre. $15 drop-in or class pass Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays, 9:45-10:45 a.m. 912200-4809. Savannah Yoga Barre, 2132 East Victory Drive. Fitness Classes at the JEA Sin, firm it up, yoga, Pilates, water aerobics, Aquasize, senior fitness, and Zumba. Prices vary. Call for schedule. ongoing. 912-3558811. 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 in need of support for the caregiving they provide. ongoing. Free Yoga for Cancer Patients St. Joseph’s/Candler’s Center for WellBeing offers Free Yoga for Cancer Patients every Monday from 1:30 – 2:30 p.m. in Candler’s Heart & Lung Building, Suite 100. The very gentle movements and breath work in this class will give you much needed energy, it will make your body feel better, and it will give you a mental release. This class is free to cancer patients. Mondays, 1:30-2:30 p.m. 912-819-8800. Candler Hospital, 5353 Reynolds St. Functional Training Class Celebrate fall with a Saturday morning workout class. All levels welcome. A smooth mix of cardio and strengthening exercises. Call Kara 912-667-0487 if interested. ongoing. Downtown Savannah, downtown. Dude’s Day at Savannah Climbing Coop Thursdays, 2 til 10 p.m. Savannah Climbing Coop 302 W Victory Dr, Savannah Every Thursday men climb for half price, $5. See website for info. Thursdays, 2 & 10 p.m. 912-495-8010. Savannah Climbing CoOp, 302 W Victory Dr. Happy Hour Boot Camp Classes Amanda Jessop, certified strength and conditioning specialist, teaches classes for those who enjoy challenging and fun workouts and have goals to lose weight, tone up, or get in shape for the new year. Different packages available: Classes start out at $8 Tuesdays, Thursdays, 6-7 p.m.. 832-470-2257. sports-conditioning-boot-camp/. Tom Triplett Community Park, U.S. Highway 80 West. 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 7am10pm. Call or see website. ongoing. 912-598-2300. SkidawayIsland. skidaway/. Skidaway Island State Park, 52 Diamond Cswy. Kung Fu School: Ving Tsun

Ving Tsun (Wing Chun) is the world’s fastest growing martial arts style. Uses angles and leverage to turn an attacker’s strength against him. Call for info on free trial classes. Drop ins welcome. 11202 White Bluff Rd. ongoing. 912-429-9241. Living Smart Fitness Club St. Joseph’s/Candler African-American Health Information and Resource Center offer the Living Smart Fitness Club, which is an exercise program to encourage healthy lifestyle changes. On Mondays and Wednesdays the classes are held at the John S. Delaware Center. On Tuesdays, the classes are held at the center, at 1910 Abercorn Street. Classes include Zumba (Tuesdays) and Hip-Hop low impact aerobics with cardio and strengthening exercises (Mondays/Wednesdays). Mondays, Wednesdays, 6:30-7:30 p.m. and Tuesdays, 5:30-7 p.m. 912-447-6605. Delaware Recreation Center, 1815 Lincoln St. Mommy and Baby Yoga Mondays. Call for times and fees or see website. ongoing. 912-232-2994. Savannah Yoga Center, 1321 Bull St. Nonstop Fitness Spin Class Join us every Thursday at 5:30pm for Spin. Space is limited, please call 912-349-4902 to reserve your spot and to inquire about our other classes. 10 classes for $50 Thursdays, 5:30-6:30 p.m. 912-349-4902. kristi@ nonstopfitnesssav. com. NonStop Fitness, 8511 Ferguson Ave. Pilates Classes Daily classes for all skill levels including beginners. Private and semi-private classes by appointment. Carol Daly-Wilder, certified instructor. Call or see website for info. ongoing. 912-238-0018. savannahpilates. com. Momentum Pilates Studio, 8413 Rerguson Ave. Pregnancy Yoga Ongoing series of 6-week classes. Thursdays. A mindful approach to pregnancy, labor and delivery. Instructor Ann Carroll. $120. Call or email for info. ongoing. 912-704-7650. ann@aikyayoga. com. Savannah Yoga Center, 1321 Bull St. Pregnancy Yoga Classes Pregnancy is a transitional time when many physical and emotional changes take place. Pregnancy Yoga is about honoring these changes in ourselves, our body and our baby. Yoga strengthens the rapidly changing body and increases the ability to relax, and helps to prepare for a more mindful approach to the challenges of pregnancy, labor, delivery, and motherhood. Pregnancy Yoga classes are offered as a 6 week session on Thursday evenings from 6pm – 7:15 pm. The class is suitable for all stages of pregnancy and no prior yoga experience is necessary. $120 - six week session Thursdays. 912-704-7650. ann@ Savannah Yoga Center, 1321 Bull St. Qigong Simple meditation in motion. Done standing. Tuesday evening @ St. Thomas Episcopal, Isle of Hope. 5.45pm. Balance, Breath, Calm. continues on p. 40

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1 Watch chains 5 “I Love a Rainy Night” country singer Eddie 12 ___ deferens 15 Farmer’s measurement 16 Team with the football 17 “Bravo, bullfighter!” 18 Flour sorters that form patterns? 20 Pack member, for short? 21 This evening, in ads 22 “___ me, that’s who!” 23 Go over some lines? 25 “Well, lah-di-___!” 26 “LOSER KEEPS ___” (billboard seen before the U.S.-Canada gold medal hockey game of 2014) 27 Particle in a charged state 29 I, in Munich 32 Borneo ape, for short 34 Motors that are better suited for flour mills? 40 Test giver’s call 41 Dormant 42 Kunis of “Black Swan” 43 Giant bodies of flour and water that won’t rise? 46 Marshmallow holiday candies 47 “I don’t wanna know about your infection” initials 48 Elly May Clampett’s pa 49 Check to make sure 52 Annual MTV bestowal 54 “Help!” actor Ringo

55 Turntablists, familiarly 58 Bout before the main event 61 Dye holder 62 The next batch of flour being from the same common grain as the last? 65 Cherry discard 66 “Wait, let me wash up first!” 67 Rain hard? 68 Like some winks and grins 69 Like some poker games 70 Naysayer’s view


1 Hard to catch 2 Cuatro plus cuatro 3 Staples or Hooters, e.g. 4 Antique photo tone 5 One of the “Golden Girls” 6 Movie buff’s org. 7 Lifelong pals, less formally 8 ___ noire (bane) 9 Gospel singer Andrews 10 Co. that introduced Dungeons & Dragons 11 Mic check word 12 Some English homework, casually 13 Writer Munro 14 “Against the Wind” singer Bob 19 Principle of good conduct 24 Current government

26 Paperback publisher named for a small fowl 27 “It ___ laugh” 28 Psych suffix 30 Pursued 31 Approach for money 32 Pitcher Hershiser 33 Stopwatch button 35 “(Don’t Fear) The ___” (1976 Blue Oyster Cult hit) 36 White-tailed coastal birds 37 Stealthy-sounding (but subpar) subprime mortgage offering 38 “Waiting For the Robert ___” 39 Anti-DUI gp. 44 Top-five finish, perhaps, to an optimist 45 Joie de ___ 49 Invitation replies 50 Net business, as seen in crosswords but not in real life 51 Ramshackle 53 “A.I.” humanoid 55 Cope 56 Actress Gertz of “The Neighbors” 57 Cherry discard 58 “Ahem” relative 59 “Down ___” (Nine Inch Nails song) 60 1551, to ancient Romans 63 Insurance option that requires referrals 64 “___ said before ...”



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Taught by Tricia Richardson. 658-5592. Tuesdays. St. Thomas Episcopal Church, 2 St. Thomas Ave. Qigong Classes Qigong exercises contribute to a healthier and longer life. Classes offer a time to learn the exercises and perform them in a group setting. Class length averages 60 min. Any level of practice is welcome. $15 ongoing. Renagade Workout Free fitness workout, every Saturday, 9:00 am at Lake Mayer Park. For women only. Offered by The Fit Lab. Information: 912376-0219 ongoing. 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, 912-596-5965. ongoing. Rock’n Body Fitness Bootcamp Ultimate outdoor power workout! Group physical training program conducted by former military personnel. Build strength and fitness through a variety of intense group intervals lasting approx. 45 minutes. First Class FREE MondaysFridays, 6:30-7:30 p.m. 912-675-0952. Forsyth Park, Drayton St. & East Park Ave. Savannah Bridge Run The Enmarket Savannah Bridge Run runs over historic Talmadge Bridge. The event


has three races involved: the 5K, 10K, and Double Pump, which participants run in both the 5K and 10K events for a total of 3 times over the bridge. Sat., Dec. 5. Downtown Savannah, downtown. Ladies Day at Savannah Climbing Coop Wednesdays, 2 til 10 p.m. Savannah Climbing Coop 302 W Victory Dr, Savannah Every Wednesday women climb for half price, $5. See website for info. ongoing. 912495-8010. Savannah Disc Golf Weekly events (entry $5) Friday Night Flights: Fridays, 5pm. Luck of the Draw Doubles: Saturdays, 10am. Handicapped League: Saturdays, 1pm. Singles at the Sarge: Sundays, 10am. All skill levels welcome. Instruction available. See website or email for info. ongoing. Savannah Striders Running and Walking Club With a one-year, $35 membership,free training programs for beginners (walkers and runners) and experienced athletes. Fun runs. Advice from mentors. Monthly meetings with quality speakers. Frequent social events. Sign up online or look for the Savannah Striders Facebook page. ongoing. SIZZLE- Dance Cardio The hottest cardio class to keep or get you in shape for summer. Sizzle is designed to give you cardio, strengthening, and

stretch training that you need for that bikini body. Enroll now and get the first class free. $10.00 or $80 for 10 classes Tuesdays, Fridays, 10 a.m. 912.312.3549. Salon de Baile Dance Studio, 7064 Hodgson Memorial Drive. Somatic Movement Improvisation This class is for everyone who moves! Improve your dynamic alignment, breath, grounding, and the ability to access fluid movement. You will improve in all your movement activities, while awakening more fully within your own life as an embodied experience. Led by international teacher Janet Kaylo. Wear light, loose fitting clothes suitable for dance or yoga. No experience necessary. $15 drop-in Tuesdays, 7-8:30 p.m. 912-2004809. Savannah Yoga Barre, 2132 East Victory Drive. Turbo Kick Cardio Workout Lose calories while dancing and kick-boxing. No experience or equipment needed. Tues. and Thurs. 6pm, Fitness on Broughton, 1 E. Broughton Wed. 6pm Lake Mayer Community Center, 1850 E. Montgomery Crossroads. $5 ongoing. 586-822-1021. Yoga for Cancer Patients and Survivors Free for cancer patients and survivors. The classes help with flexibility and balance while also providing relaxation. Located at FitnessOne, on the third floor of the Memorial Outpatient and Wellness Center. Tuesdays, 6:30 p.m. and Thursdays, 12:45 p.m. 912-350-9031. Memorial Health University Medical Center, 4700 Waters Ave. Yoga for Meditators Yoga for Meditators One hour of gentle slow flow and yin yoga with breath work to prepare the body to sit comfortably in meditation, followed by a half hour guided meditation based on the work of Jon KabatZinn’s mindfulness based stress reduction program to reduce anxiety, depression and chronic pain. You will experience a full cycle of self-care starting with the body and ending with the mind. By practicing mindfulness in this way you may experience a deeper connection with the world and your place in it and a more accepting attitude towards life’s difficulties. Wednesdays 6-7:30 PM, $15. Visit savannahzencenter. com or find us on Facebook. Located at 640 E 40th St and Reynolds. Text (912) 429-7265 for more info. ongoing. The Savannah Zen Center, 640 E. 40th St. Yoga Teacher Training Program Interested in teaching yoga or simply deepening your practice? Join us for our annual 200-hour yoga teacher training program. The journey begins on October 9 and takes place over the course of 9 weekends in an 8-month period. You’ll work in a timeframe that allows you to fully digest and incorporate new knowledge and skills into your yoga practice as well as your everyday life. While our 8-month program prepares you for teaching yoga to others, it’s not necessary to want to teach yoga to benefit from this training. Whether you

choose to teach yoga or not, our 200-Hour training will help you develop your unique style and cultivate your inner voice. Through May 15, 2016. Savannah Yoga Center, 1321 Bull St. 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. ongoing. 912-349-4902.

Food Events

Carols in the Garden Join Pacci for a night of carols, hot toddies, sparkling wine, complimentary festive treats, and St. Nick. Bring your pets for a photo with Santa. Dec. 3, 7-10 p.m. paccisavannah. com. Pacci Italian Kitchen + Bar, 601 E Bay St. 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. Forsyth Park, Drayton St. & East Park Ave. Honey Tasting and Body Care Samples + Store Tour Daily honey tastings and body care demonstrations. Come see honeybees in the observation hive or call 912.629.0908 to schedule a tour of the Bee Garden. Free Mondays-Fridays, 10 a.m. 912-234-0688. 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. ongoing. 912-236-7423. Tybee Island Farmers Market Featuring a variety of produce, baked goods, honey, granola, BBQ, sauces and dressings, popsicles, dog treats and natural body products. The market is non-smoking and pet friendly. Stephen Johnson, 206 Miller Ave. Wilmington Island Farmers’ Market The Wilmington Island Farmers’ Market is held every Saturday rain or shine from 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. @ Islands Community Church located at 111 Walthour Road on Wilmington Island. Includes Artisans Market on the First Saturday of every month, guest chefs, local non-profit groups, special guests and musical guests, story time for kids of all ages, crafty corner on the last Saturday of the month, monthly Charitable Organizations, Healthy Kids Club, and shop with Chef. FREE 912844-0920. Islands Community Church, 111 Walthour Rd.


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permanent drop box for disposing of unused prescription drugs and over the counter medication. In the lobby of the University Police building on campus. Open to the public 24 hours/day, year round. Confidential. All items collected are destroyed by the Drug Enforcement Administration. ongoing. 912-344-3333. index.html. Armstrong State University, 11935 Abercorn St. Free Enrollment Help for Medicaid and PeachCare Parents can find the help they need to renew or sign up their children (ages 0-19) on Medicaid or PeachCare. Enrollment Assisters will work with clients through the process. Free and open to the public. Mondays, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. and Wednesdays, 1-5 p.m.. 912-356-2887. Free Hearing and Speech Screening Hearing: Thursdays, 9am-11am. Speech: First Thursdays,. Call or see website for times. ongoing. 912-3554601. Savannah Speech and Hearing Center, 1206 E 66th St. Free HIV Testing at Chatham County Health Dept. Free walk-in HIV testing. 8am-4pm Mon.-Fri. No appointment needed. Test results in 20 minutes. Follow-up visit and counseling will be set up for anyone testing positive. Call for info. ongoing. 912-644-5217. 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. ongoing. 912-443-9409. St. Joseph’s/Candler--St. Mary’s Health Center, 1302 Drayton St. Hypnosis, Guided Imagery and Relaxation Therapy Helps everyday ordinary people with everyday ordinary problems: smoking, weight loss, phobias, fears, ptsd, life coaching. Caring, qualified professional help. See website or call for info. ongoing. 912-927-3432. Know Your Water What everyone ought to know about our drinking water (bottled, tap, distilled, reverse osmosis, filtered, alkaline and spring.) Are you paying thousands of money for water that is making you sick? Find out what water is best for your body. FREE Tuesdays, 7-8:15 p.m. 703-989-6995. oggisavannah@gmail. com. Anahata Healing Arts Center, 2424 Drayton St. Suite B. La Leche League of Savannah A breast feeding support group for new/ expectant monthers. Meeting/gathering first Thursdays, 10am. Call or see website for location and other info. ongoing. 912-8979544. Lecture: Unlocking the Powers of Hemp Brighter Day Natural Foods Market sponsors this lecture about the powers of hemp. The speaker, Stuart Tomc, will introduce the history and current science about CBD oil from agricultural hemp and how it may relate to human health. Free and open to the public Wed., Dec. 2. cgc.georgiasouthern.

edu/. Coastal Georgia Center, 305 Fahm Street. 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.) ongoing. 912-447-6605. Planned Parenthood Hotline First Line is a statewide hotline for women seeking information on health services. Open 7pm-11pm nightly. ongoing. 800-2647154. Prepared Childbirth Class This course gives an overview of reproductive anatomy and physiology and explains the process of labor and delivery in simple, easy-to-understand terms. The four-week course includes a tour of the labor and delivery unit. This class is popular, so please register early $75 per couple Wednesdays, 6:30-8:30 p.m. 912-350-2676. Memorial Health University Medical Center, 4700 Waters Ave. The Savannah 7-Day Diabetes Repair If you are ready to take control of your life and health, call today, enroll in this fun but intensive seven week program to heal your body of diabetes. You will learn how changing can heal. You can reverse diabetes by following a new protocol, even if you have been diabetic for years. Includes over a year of follow-up support. $450 Thursdays, Saturdays. 912-598-8457. Southwest Chatham Library, 14097 Abercorn St. Women’s Health Symposium Enjoy onsite screenings, interactive health sessions and special guest presentations. Sat., Dec. 5, 9 a.m.-noon. Beach High School, 3001 Hopkins St.

Kid’s Happenings

Georgia Pre-K Program The YMCA Pre-K program is a fun way to introduce your child to school. Using creative curriculum as a guide, our teachers arrange each room into a variety of learning centers that provide children with both active and quiet plat experiences. Guest speakers, community events, and field trips also bring the learning environment to life. Kids must be 4 years old by September 1, 2015 and a resident of Georgia to be eligible. Mondays-Fridays.. 912-233-1951. YMCA-West Broad St, 1110 May St. Healthy Kids Club The Healthy Kids Club’s mission is to educate and inspire children to take part in their local farmers market while enjoying nutritious foods and empowering their families to make healthy choices at home. Saturdays, 9:15-9:45 a.m. Wilmington Island Farmers Market, 111 Walthour Rd. Holiday Open Studio! Scribble Art Studio would like to help your holidays run more smoothly. Drop your child off for some fun holiday art. $15+ Sat., Dec. 5, 12-5 p.m. 912713-7376. info@thescribbleartstudio. com. Scribble Art Studio, 212 E. 37th St. Irish Dancers of Savannah Savannah’s first organized Irish dance school welcomes dancers, ages 4 and up. Learn Irish Step and Ceili (Irish square) Dancing at a relaxed pace. Convenient mid-town location. Adult classes available. Thursdays.. 912-897-5984. irishdancsav@ Kids Night Out featuring Kidding Around Yoga Kids Night Out with Lynn Geddes. $15.00 per child, two children for $25.00. Ages 5 to 12. Bring a NEW toy for Greenbrier Children’s Center and receive $5.00 off. The event will offer mindful awareness practices, musical activity with yoga poses, yoga class, arts and crafts (gift making), Toe-ga game, healthy snack and drink while sharing the benefits of eating fresh whole foods that come from the ground. $15.00 per child TWO children for $25.00 Bring a NEW toy for Greenbrier Children’s Center & RECEIVE $5.00 off Fri., Dec. 4, 6-8 p.m. 912-308-3410. schedule. Branches Yoga Center, 242St.4 Drayton. Savannah Children’s Museum School Year Hours SCM hours beginning 8/31/13 will be Sunday 11am-4pm; Tuesday-Saturday 10am-4pm. Open on holiday Mondays that SCC Public Schools are not in session including Labor Day. For more details go to ongoing. Savannah Children’s Museum, 655 Louisville Road. Theatre: Charlie Brown Christmas Come see this heart-warming musical based on the beloved cartoon! When Charlie Brown complains about the overwhelming materialism he sees among everyone during the Christmas season, Lucy suggests that he become director of the school Christmas pageant. Charlie Brown accepts, but this proves to be a frustrating endeavor. When an attempt to restore the proper holiday spirit with a forlorn little Christmas fir tree fails, he needs Linus’ help to learn what the real meaning of Christmas is. 15-20 Fri., Dec. 4, 8-10 p.m., Sat., Dec. 5, 3-5 & 8-10 p.m. and Sun., Dec. 6, 3-5 p.m. 912-238-9015. Savannah Children’s Theatre, 2160 East Victory Dr. Toddler Time Bring your 2-4 year old to enjoy stories, games and learning designed just for them. Each week there will be a different naturebased theme. $5 parking Thursdays, 10 a.m. Skidaway Island State Park, 52 Diamond Cswy. Toddler Tuesdays at Oatland Island Wildlife Center Toddlers 6 months to 4 years, and their adults. Themed programs--story books, singing songs, finger puppet plays, crafts, guided walks, up close encounters with Oatland animals. Preregister by 4pm Monday. $5 children. Gen. Admission for adults ($5 or $3 for military & seniors) Tuesdays. 912-395-1500. Oatland Island Wildlife

Center, 711 Sandtown Rd.


First City Network Georgia’s oldest LGBT organization (founded in 1985), is a local non-profit community service organization whose mission is to share resources of health care, counseling, education, advocacy and mutual support in the Coastal Empire. Members and guests enjoy many special events throughout the year, including First Saturday Socials held the first Saturday of each month at 7pm. Mondays. 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. ongoing. Georgia Equality Savannah Local chapter of Georgia’s largest gay rights group. 104 W. 38th St. 912-547-6263. ongoing. GVNT HAVS GVNT HAVS is a free monthly drag show that houses the unique antics of the House of Gunt, a Savannah based free-form drag collective whose mission is to connect the trashy with the flashy, the kitschy with the classy, and the people of Savannah with a breath of fresh, queer air. Free first Thursday of every month, 10 p.m. houseofgunt@ Chuck’s Bar, 305 West River Street. Savannah Pride, Inc. Organizes the annual Savannah Pride Festival and helps promote the well-being of the LGBT community in the South. Mission: unity through diversity and social awareness. Second Tuesday/month. Call for location. ongoing. 912-288-7863. heather@ Stand Out Youth A gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and questioning youth organization. Meets every Friday at 7pm. Call, email or see website for info. Fridays, 7-9 p.m. 912-657-1966. standoutyouth. org. Vineyard Church Office, 1020 Abercorn Street. What Makes a Family A children’s therapy group for children of GLBT parents. Ages 10 to 18. Meets twice a month. Call for info. ongoing. 912-352-2611.

Literary Events

Brent Monahan Book Signing Brent Monahan, the author of The Jekyll Island Club, will sign copies of the new addition to his period murder mystery series, The St. Simons Island Club. Fri., Dec. 4, 5-7 p.m. Barnes & Noble, 7804 Abercorn St. Christmas Open House and Book Signing The Cottage Shop will host a Christmas Open house featuring an exclusive book signing event with author Johnathon Scott Barrett. His culinary memoir, Rise and Shine! A Southern Son’s Treasury of Food, Family and Friends, is now in its third edition and chronicles the Southern son and his life’s

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relationship with food. Books available for purchase ($27) and signing. Sun., Dec. 6, 12-3 p.m. The Cottage Shop, 2422 Abercorn Street. Circle of Sister/Brotherhood Book Club Meets last Sunday of the month, 4pm. Call for info. ongoing. 912-447-6605. sjchs. org/body.cfm?id=399. African-American Health Information & Resource Center, 1910 Abercorn St. Tea Time at Ola’s (Book Club) A book discussion group that meets the 4th Tuesday, 1pm. Bring a book you’ve read this month and tell all about it. Treats to share are always welcomed. Tea is provided. Call for info. ongoing. 912-232-5488. liveoakpl. org/. Ola Wyeth Branch Library, 4 East Bay St.

Nature and Environment

Coffee with a Ranger Start your morning right by getting coffee and having a discussion with a park ranger. Fridays, 8:30 a.m. skidaway/. Skidaway Island State Park, 52 Diamond Cswy. Dolphin Project Dolphin Project’s Education Outreach Program is available to speak at schools, clubs, organizations. A powerpoint presentation with sound and video about estuarine dolphins and their environment. Age/grade appropriate programs and handouts. See website for info. ongoing. First Saturday Hike This moderately-paced, 3-mile hike will include a talk about the different ecosystems of the park. Wear sturdy shoes and bring water and insect repellant. Parking pass is $5. $2 first Saturday of every month, 9 a.m. 912-727-2339. FortMcAllister/. Fort McAllister Historic Park, 3894 Fort McAllister Rd. Gardening Session Learn how to garden and harvest vegetables and herbs to bring home. Kerry Shay, an organic farmer and owner of landscaping company Victory Gardens, provides free instruction. First and third Saturday of every month. Free and open to the public first Saturday of every month, 8:30-9:30 a.m. Charles H. Morris Center, 10 East Broad St. GreenDrinks Savannah A happy hour networking gathering for folks who want to save the Earth. Second Tuesday of each month at 5:30pm. Location varies monthly. Check the “GreenDrinks Savannah” facebook page. Free to attend. Cash bar. second Tuesday of every month, 5:30 p.m. Home.aspx. Molly MacPherson’s Scottish Pub, 311 West Congress St. Recycling Fundraiser for Economic Opportunity Authority Support EOA through the FundingFactory Recycling Program. Recycle empty cartridges, cell phones, small electronics, laptops, to EOA for recycling. They will receive technology products and cash. Businesses may also recycle items on behalf of EOA for credit. Drop off at EOA, 42 681 W. Anderson St. See website, email or

call for info. ongoing. 912-238-2960 x126. Walk on the Wild Side A two-mile Native Animal Nature Trail winds through maritime forest, freshwater wetland, salt marsh habitats, featuring live native animal exhibits. Open daily, 10am-4pm except Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Years. Call or see website for info. ongoing. 912395-1500. oatlandisland. org/. Oatland Island Wildlife Center, 711 Sandtown Rd. Wilderness Southeast A variety of programs each month including guided trips with naturalists. Canoe trips, hikes. Mission: develop appreciation, understanding, stewardship, and enjoyment of the natural world. Call or see website for info. ongoing. 912-236-8115.

Pets & Animals

Low Cost Pet Clinic TailsSpin and Dr. Stanley Lester, DVM, host low-cost pet vaccine clinics for students, military and seniors the second and fourth Wednesdays of each month. 5pm-6pm. Vaccinations: $12, ($2 is donated to Savannah pet rescue agencies). See website for info. ongoing. tailsspin. com. TailsSpin Pet Supplies Store, 4501 Habersham St., Habersham Village. Operation New Hope Operation New Hope allows inmates to train unadoptable dogs from the Humane Society for Greater Savannah. The goals of the program are to decrease the recidivism rate among Chatham County inmates, help inmates learn a new skill, and help previously unadoptable dogs find loving homes. The graduated dogs are available for adoption can be viewed at, and www. Operation New Hope is funded by the Humane Society and community donations. ongoing. Humane Society for Greater Savannah, 7215 Sallie Mood Dr. St. Almo’s Savannah True Animal Lovers Meeting Others. Informal dog walks on Sundays, 5pm (weather permitting). Meet at Canine Palace. Call for info. ongoing. 912-234-3336. Canine Palace Inc, 618 Abercorn St.

Religious & Spiritual

Band of Sisters Prayer Group All women are invited. Second Tuesdays, 7:30am-8:30am. Fellowship Assembly, 5224 Augusta Rd. Email or call Jeanne Seaver or see website for info. “The king’s heart is like channels of water in the hands of the Lord.” (Prov. 21:1) ongoing. 912-663-8728. georgia. Buddhist Meditation All ages, lineages, and newcomers welcome. Our schedule is: Tuesdays 6-7:30 PM- for 30 minutes mediation followed by study group, $10. Wednesdays 6-7:30 PM- one hour of gentle yoga followed by 30 minutes of guided meditation, $15. Sundays 9-10:30 AM- Mediation, dharma talk and tea, $10. Reiki healing is offered by appointment.

Text Rev. Cindy Beach at (912) 429-7265 for more info or visit or find us on Facebook. Located atLocated at 640 E 40th St and Reynolds. $10-$15 ongoing. The Savannah Zen Center, 640 E. 40th St. Catholic Singles A group of Catholic singles age 30-50 meet frequently for fun, fellowship and service. Send email or check website to receive announcements of activities and to suggest activities for the group. ongoing. familylife@ Gratitude Circle in the Squares Join Joanne Morton and others on Wednesdays for a weekly gathering of positive energy. All are welcome. Free hugs. View calendar for the square of the week. Wednesdays, 12-12:30 p.m. 917-6764280. Downtown Savannah, downtown. Guided Silent Prayer Acoustical songs, 30 minutes of guided silent prayer, and minutes to receive prayer or remain in silence. Wednesdays, 6:45-8:00pm at Vineyard Church, 615 Montgomery St. See website for info. ongoing. Maritime Bethel “Sundays on Thursdays” worship at the Fellowship Assembly. Plenty of parking for large trucks. Free Thursdays. 912-220-2976. The Fellowship Assembly of God Church, 5224 Augusta Road. Maritime Bethel Thursday Worship Join us for worship, fellowship and dinner on the first Thursday of every month. We are offering the opportunity for people who work or are unable to attend church on a Sunday this monthly service. Followed by dinner. first Thursday of every month, 6-7 p.m. The Maritime Bethel at Savannah, 193 Main St. A New Church in the City, For the City Gather on Sundays at 10:30am. Like the Facebook page “Savannah Church Plant.” ongoing. Bryson Hall, 5 E. Perry St. New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary Courses are now being offered at the new Savannah Extension of New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. Full course loads for both Undergraduate and Graduate Degrees will be offered. Apply now at www.nobts. edu to start classes this winter. ongoing. 912-232-1033. Savannah Baptist Center, 704 Wheaton Street. Read the Bible in One Year A Bible book club for those wanting to read the Bible in one year. Open to all. Book club format, not a traditional Bible study. All welcome, regardless of race, creed, sexual orientation, religion. Thurs. 6:00pm-7:00pm. Call for info. ongoing. 912-233-5354. Holy Spirit Lutheran Church, 622 E. 37th Street. Savannah Friends Meeting (Quakers) Un-programmed worship. 11am Sundays, third floor of Trinity United Methodist Church. Call or email for info. All are welcome. ongoing. 636-2331772. 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 ongoing, 7 p.m. 440-371-5209. Sweet Water Spa, 148 Abercorn Street. Service of Compline Enter the stillness of another age. Gregorian Chant sung by candlelight at 9:00-9:30 p.m. every Sunday night by the Complne Choir of Christ Church Anglican. Come, say good nigh to God. All are welcome. ongoing. Christ Church Anglican, 37th and Bull. South Valley Baptist Church Weekly Sunday services. Sunday school, 10:00am. Worship, 11:30am. Tuesday Bible Study/Prayer Service, 6:30pm. Pastor Rev. Dr. Barry B. Jackson, 480 Pine Barren Road, Pooler, GA “Saving a nation one soul at a time.” ongoing. Sundays on Thursdays Worship Service Thursdays. 912-826-0206. The Fellowship Assembly of God Church, 5224 Augusta Road. 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. Sundays, 10 a.m. YMCA (Habersham Branch), 6400 Habersham St. Theology on Tap Meets on the third Monday, 8:30pm-10:30pm. Like the Facebook page: Theology on Tap Downtown Savannah. ongoing. The Distillery, 416 W. Liberty St. Unitarian Universalist Church of Savannah Liberal religious community where people with different beliefs gather as one faith. Sundays, 11am. Email, call or see website for info. ongoing. 912-234-0980. uusavannah. org. Unitarian Universalist Church of Savannah, 313 Harris St. Unity Church of Savannah Everyone is welcome. Unity of Savannah is not concerned with where people come from, what they look like, or whom they love – Unity is just glad that each person is here. Sunday 9:15am meditative service and 11:00am celebratory service show what the New Thought Movement is all about. Children’s church 11am service. Unity loves all people, just as they are. Sundays. 912-355-4704. unityofsavannah. org. Unity Church of Savannah, 2320 Sunset Blvd.


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Special Screenings

Film: Furious Although this ultra-low-budget film is essentially unknown, having never been released on DVD anywhere in the world, everyone who has ever seen it cannot seem to forget it. There is no use describing the plot, so let’s just say it’s about a group of martial arts heroes that battle aliens from the Astral Plane for control of the universe. $6 Wed., Dec. 2, 8 p.m. The Sentient Bean, 13 East Park Ave. Mystery Science Theater 3000 #BringbackMST3K! We all miss this show and we are supporting a Kickstarter launch to bring it back. Join us on December 7 to watch an episode and discuss all things Mystery Science Theater 3000. Show up early to order food and get a good seat. Mon., Dec. 7, 8-9:30 p.m. 844-MY-GUILD. The Chromatic Dragon, 514 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.

Sports & Games

Adult and Junior Tennis Clinics On Thursdays. Intended for a class size of 4-8 students. Buy four classes, get the fifth class free. $15 per class ongoing. 912-201-2000. The Club at Savannah Harbor, #2 Resort Dr. Adult Coed Flag Football League 8x8 Coed Flag League. Play adult sports, meet new people. Sponsored by Savannah Adult Recreation Club. Wed. nights/Sun. mornings, at locations around Savannah. $450. Minimum 8 games. Ages 18+. Coed teams. See website or call for info. ongoing. 912-220-3474. Amazing Scavenger Hunt Adventure- Savannah Turn Savannah into a giant game board with this fun scavenger hunt adventure. Combine the excitement of the Amazing Race with a three-hour city tour. Guided from any smart phone, teams make their way among well known and overlooked gems of the city, solving clues and completing challenges while learning local history. Available 365 days a year, sunrise to sunset. Start when you want and play at your pace. Save 20%- Only $39.20 for a team of 2-5 people after Promotion Code: CONNECT. Sign up online at www.UrbanAdventureQuest. com. $39.20 for a TEAM of 2-5 people Through Dec. 31, 10 a.m.-7 p.m. 805-6035620. Franklin Square, Montgomery and St. Julian Streets. Bears Elite Football Learn the fundamentals of football. Ages 4-12. Sign up now. Mondays-Thursdays, 5:30-7:30 p.m. 912-272-6684. Daffin Park, 1198 Washington Ave. Derby Devils Roller Derby Classes Roller derby league offers 12-week courses for beginners, recreational scrimmaging for experienced players and two annual bootcamp programs. See website for info. ongoing. Grief 101 Support Group Seven-week morning or evening adult support group offers tools to learn to live with loss. Tuesdays, 10am-11am; or Thursdays, 6:00pm-7:00pm. Free of charge. Offered by Hospice Savannah, Inc. Call for


info. ongoing. 912-303-9442. Full Circle Grief and Loss Center, 6000 Business Center Drive. Saturday Group Run or Walk Join us in our quest for fitness. Beginners are welcome. We can help you exceed your fitness goals. Free Saturdays, 7-8:15 a.m. 912-398-4130. Lake Mayer, 1850 E. Montgomery Crossroads. Sav. Strider Weekly Group Run or Walk Downtown Join us for a run or walk downtown or over the bridge if you’re feeling froggy. The best part is afterwards when we get coffee or whatever else your heart desires from Savannah Coffee Roasters. Free Sundays, 7-8 a.m. 912-398-4130. runthecity@live. com. Savannah Coffee Roasters, 215 West Liberty Street. Savannah Bike Polo Like regular polo, but with bikes instead of horses. Meets weekly. See facebook for info. ongoing. savannahbikepolo. Sports Coach Golf, Tennis, Baseball, Etc. for novices or professionals. Fine tune your mental game with guided imagery and visualization. 25 years experience. For more info call 912247-4903. ongoing. Online only, none. Ultimate Frisbee Come play Ultimate! Tuesdays and Thursdays, 5:30pm until dark. Sundays, 4:30pm until we get tired. The west side of Forsyth Park. Bring a smile, two shirts (one light or white, one dark), water, and cleats (highly recommended). ongoing. pick-up/. Forsyth Park, Drayton St. & East Park Ave. USMNT (Soccer) American Outlaws Chapter USMNT is a national soccer team that represents the U.S. in international soccer competitions. American Outlaws Savannah chapter of USMNT meets regularly. Call for details. ongoing. 912-398-4014. Flip Flop Tiki Bar & Grill, 117 Whitaker St. Wizard’s Duel Tournament Playtest Wizard’s Duel is a two person card game that uses various elements to attack.




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It’s a funded Kickstarter game that we’re play-testing in the form of a tournament. This tournament will be run by the creator, Justin Cardiff, so any and all questions can be answered! Be among the first to play this game! Join us Saturday, December 5, at 3:00pm! $15 Sat., Dec. 5, 3-4 p.m. 844-MY-GUILD. d%27sDuelTournamentPlaytest. Guild Hall, 615 Montgomery Street.

Support Groups

1 More 2 Save Mental Health Support This is a group for consumers of all Mental Illnesses. It’s a place to come learn,

relax and speak on a weekly basis about symptoms, emotions and overall health. Every Tuesday at 7pm. Venues subject to change. Free Tuesdays, 7-8:30 p.m. 912 344 8019. Forsyth Park, Drayton St. & East Park Ave. Alcoholics Anonymous For people who want or need to stop drinking, AA can help. Meetings daily throughout the Savannah area. Free to attend or join. Check website for meeting days/times, or call 24 hours a day. ongoing. 912-356-3688. Alzheimer’s Caregiver and Family Support Group For individuals caring for Alzheimer’s and dementia family members. Second Monday,

Wilm. Isl. United Methodist Church, 195 Wilmington Island Rd. Second Thursday, Ruth Byck Adult Care Center, 64 Jasper St. Sponsored by Senior Citizens, Inc. Call for info. ongoing. 912-236-0363 x143. Amputee Support Group Open to all who have had limbs amputated and their families or caregivers. Call for info. ongoing. 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 ongoing. Brain Injury Support Group For traumatic brain injury survivors and their caregivers. Third Thursdays, 5pm. In

Free Will Astrology ARIES (March 21-April 19)

“Charm is a way of getting the answer ‘yes’ without having asked any clear question,” wrote French author Albert Camus. I have rarely seen you better poised than you are now to embody and capitalize on this definition of “charm,” Aries. That’s good news, right? Well, mostly. But there are two caveats. First, wield your mojo as responsibly as you can. Infuse your bewitching allure with integrity. Second, be precise about what it is you want to achieve -- even if you don’t come right out and tell everyone what it is. Resist the temptation to throw your charm around haphazardly.

TAURUS (April 20-May 20)

I suspect that in the coming days you will have an uncanny power to make at least one of your resurrection fantasies come true. Here are some of the possibilities. 1. If you’re brave enough to change your mind and shed some pride, you could retrieve an expired dream from limbo. 2. By stirring up a bit more chutzpah that you usually have at your disposal, you might be able to revive and even restore a forsaken promise. 3. Through an act of grace, it’s possible you will reanimate an ideal that was damaged or abandoned.

GEMINI (May 21-June 20)

To the other eleven signs of the zodiac, the Way of the Gemini sometimes seems rife with paradox and contradiction. Many non-Geminis would feel paralyzed if they had to live in the midst of so much hubbub. But when you are at your best, you thrive in the web of riddles. In fact, your willingness to abide there is often what generates your special magic. Your breakthroughs are made possible by your high tolerance for uncertainty. How many times have I seen a Gemini who has been lost in indecision but then suddenly erupts with a burst of crackling insights? This is the kind of subtle miracle I expect to happen soon.

CANCER (June 21-July 22)

In September of 1715, a band of Jacobite rebels gathered for a guerrilla attack on Edinburgh Castle in Scotland. Their plan was to scale the walls with rope ladders, aided by a double agent who was disguised as a castle sentry. But the scheme failed before it began. The rope ladders turned out to be too short to serve their intended purpose. The rebels retreated in disarray. Please make sure you’re not like them in the coming weeks, Cancerian. If you want to engage in a strenuous action, an innovative experiment, or a bold stroke, be meticulous in your preparations. Don’t scrimp on your props, accouterments, and resources. 44

LEO (July 23-Aug. 22)

If you give children the option of choosing between

the gym of the Rehabilitation Institute at Memorial. ongoing. Memorial Health University Medical Center, 4700 Waters Ave. Breast Cancer Survivors Group Tuesdays, 5:20pm at First Presbyterian Church. For survivors and caregivers. Call for info. ongoing. 912-844-4524. fpc. 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. ongoing. 912-819-5704. Nancy N. and J.C. Lewis Cancer & Research Pavilion, 225 Reynolds Ave.

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food that’s mushy and food that’s crunchy, a majority will choose the crunchy stuff. It’s more exciting to their mouths, a more lively texture for their teeth and tongues to play with. This has nothing to do with nutritional value, of course. Soggy oatmeal may foster a kid’s well-being better than crispy potato chips. Let’s apply this lesson to the way you feed your inner child in the coming weeks. Metaphorically speaking, I suggest you serve that precious part of you the kind of sustenance that’s both crunchy and healthy. In other words, make sure that what’s wholesome is also fun, and vice versa.

now I’m telling you. According to my divinations, a new frontier is calling to you. An unprecedented question has awakened. The urge to leave your familiar circle is increasingly tempting. I don’t know if you should you surrender to this brewing fascination. I don’t know if you will be able to gather the resources you would require to carry out your quest. What do you think? Will you be able to summon the necessary audacity? Maybe the better inquiry is this: Do you vow to use all your soulful ingenuity to summon the necessary audacity?

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22)

Your mascot is a famous white oak in Athens, Georgia. It’s called the Tree That Owns Itself. According to legend, it belongs to no person or institution, but only to itself. The earth in which it’s planted and the land around it are also its sole possession. With this icon as your inspiration, I invite you to enhance and celebrate your sovereignty during the next seven months. What actions will enable you to own yourself more thoroughly? How can you boost your autonomy and become, more than ever before, the boss of you? It’s prime time to expedite this effort.

“Once I witnessed a windstorm so severe that two 100-year-old trees were uprooted on the spot,” Mary Ruefle wrote in her book *Madness, Rack, and Honey.* “The next day, walking among the wreckage, I found the friable nests of birds, completely intact and unharmed on the ground.” I think that’s a paradox you’d be wise to keep in mind, Capricorn. In the coming weeks, what’s most delicate and vulnerable about you will have more staying power than what’s massive and fixed. Trust your grace and tenderness more than your fierceness and forcefulness. They will make you as smart as you need to be.

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22)

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18)

Police in Los Angeles conducted an experiment on a ten-mile span of freeway. Drivers in three unmarked cars raced along as fast as they could while remaining in the same lane. The driver of the fourth car not only moved at top speed, but also changed lanes and jockeyed for position. Can you guess the results? The car that weaved in and out of the traffic flow arrived just slightly ahead of the other three. Apply this lesson to your activities in the coming week, please. There will be virtually no advantage to indulging in frenetic, erratic, breakneck exertion. Be steady and smooth and straightforward.

SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21)

You will generate lucky anomalies and helpful flukes if you use shortcuts, flee from boredom, and work smarter rather than harder. On the other hand, you’ll drum up wearisome weirdness and fruitless flukes if you meander all over the place, lose yourself in far-off fantasies, and act as if you have all the time in the world. Be brisk and concise, Scorpio. Avoid loafing and vacillating. Associate with bubbly activators who make you laugh and loosen your iron grip. It’s a favorable time to polish off a lot of practical details with a light touch.

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21)

“Like all explorers, we are drawn to discover what’s out there without knowing yet if we have the courage to face it.” Buddhist teacher Pema Chödrön said that, and

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19)

Aztec king Montezuma II quenched his daily thirst with one specific beverage. He rarely drank anything else. It was ground cocoa beans mixed with chili peppers, water, vanilla, and annatto. Spiced chocolate? You could call it that. The frothy brew was often served to him in golden goblets, each of which he used once and then hurled from his royal balcony into the lake below. He regarded this elixir as an aphrodisiac, and liked to quaff a few flagons before heading off to his harem. I bring this up, Aquarius, because the coming weeks will be one of those exceptional times when you have a poetic license to be almost Montezuma-like. What’s your personal equivalent of his primal chocolate, golden goblets, and harem?

PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20)

“Unfortunately, I’m pretty lucky,” my friend Rico said to me recently. He meant that his relentless good fortune constantly threatens to undermine his ambition. How can he be motivated to try harder and grow smarter and get stronger if life is always showering him with blessings? He almost wishes he could suffer more so that he would have more angst to push against. I hope you won’t fall under the spell of that twisted logic in the coming weeks, Pisces. This is a phase of your cycle when you’re likely to be the beneficiary of an extra-strong flow of help and serendipity. Please say this affirmation as often as necessary: “Fortunately, I’m pretty lucky.”


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Children’s Grief Support Group Seven week structured educational support group for children 6-17. Support, coping tools, utilizing play and activity to learn to live with loss. Free of charge. A service of Hospice Savannah, Inc. Call for dates. ongoing. 912-303-9442. Full Circle Grief and Loss Center, 6000 Business Center Drive. Citizens With Retarded Citizens For families with children or adults with autism, mental retardation, and other developmental disabilities. Meets monthly. Call for info. ongoing. 912-355-7633. 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. Free and open to the public. ongoing. 912-927-8332. Connect for Kids This group is for children who have a loved one with a life-limiting illness. Wednesdays, 2-3 p.m. 912-350-7845. memorialhealth. com/. Memorial Health University Medical Center, 4700 Waters Ave. Debtors Anonymous For people with debting problems. Meets Sundays, 6:30pm at Unity of Savannah. See website or call for info. ongoing. 912-572-6108. Unity Church of Savannah, 2320 Sunset Blvd. Eating Disorders Anonymous Free, volunteer-led support group for recovery from anorexia/restrictive eating and/or bulimia/binge/purging. Not a diet group, nor for those who struggle solely with overeating. Mondays, 7:30pm-8:30pm. Email for info. ongoing. 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, 3:00pm-4:30pm. Call for info. ongoing. 912-819-2224. Nancy N. and J.C. Lewis Cancer & Research Pavilion, 225 Reynolds Ave. Fibromyalgia Support Group Second Thursdays, 5:30pm-6:30pm. Call or see website for info. ongoing. 912-8196743. Candler Heart and Lung Building, 5353 Reynolds Ave. Gambling Problem 12 Step Program Twelve step program offers freedom from gambling. Meets weekly. Leave message with contact info. ongoing. 912-748-4730. 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: 912-412-6675 or 912-414-3827. ongoing. Grief Support Groups Hospice Savannah’s Full Circle offers a full array of grief support groups and individual counseling for children, teens and adults is available at no charge. Counseling is offered

at 450 Mall Blvd., Suite H in Savannah, and appointments are also available in the United Way offices in Rincon and in Richmond Hill. Call or see website for info. ongoing. 912-303-9442. HospiceSavannah. org/GriefSupport. Head and Neck Cancer Support Group Meeting This group is open to patients with cancers of the head or neck and their caregivers. Call or visit website for more information. Wednesdays, 2-3 p.m. 912-350-7845. Memorial Health University Medical Center, 4700 Waters Ave. 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. Free and open to the public. Tuesdays. 912-598-8457. 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 47-XXY. Email to meet for mutual support. ongoing. Legacy Group: For individuals with advanced and recurrent cancer. Group addresses the concerns of advanced and recurrent cancer survivors from the physical, emotional, spiritual, and social aspects of healing. To register for a specific session and to learn about the group, please call Jennifer Currin-McCulloch at 912-350-7845. ongoing. 912-350-7845. 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. Located in the Summit Cancer Care office at the Curtis and Elizabeth Anderson Cancer Institute. Thursdays, 5-6:30 p.m. 912-350-7845. Memorial Health University Medical Center, 4700 Waters Ave. Narcotics Anonymous Call for the Savannah Lowcountry Area NA meeting schedule. ongoing. 912-238-5925. National Alliance of Mental Illness NAMI Savannah is offering their monthly Mental Health Education meetings on the second Tuesday of every month from 6-8 PM at The Reed Clubhouse on 1141 Cornell Drive, Savannah. Connections Group which is for anyone with a Mental Health diagnosis is offered weekly on Tuesday nights from 6-8 PM at The Trinity Lutheran Church at 12391 Mercy Blvd, Savannah. Family Support Group is offered on the last Monday of the month at The Reed Clubhouse on 1144 Cornell Drive, Savannah from 6-8 PM. Please call for any further information. NAMI Savannah phone number is 912-3537143 second Tuesday of every month, 6-8 p.m. Trinity Lutheran Church, 12391 Mercy Blvd. Overeaters Anonymous Is food a problem for you? Overeaters

Anonymous can help. Savannah meetings Mon 6:30pm, Wed 5:30pm, Fri 6:30 p.m. See website for locations and info, or call 912358-7150. ongoing. Parents of Children with IEP’s (Individualized Education Plans) For parents of children attending ChathamSavannah Public School System who have IEP plans, to offer mutual support through the challenges of the IEP process. Email for info. ongoing. Parents of Ill Children Backus Children’s Hospital sponsors this group for parents with a seriously ill child receiving inpatient or outpatient treatment. Case manager facilitates the meetings. Meets weekly. Call for info ongoing. 912350-5616. Backus Children’s Hospital, 4700 Waters Ave. Parkinson’s Support Group First Thursdays, 5pm-6:30pm, Marsh Auditorium at Candler. Call for info. ongoing. 912-355-6347. Candler Hospital, 5353 Reynolds St. Prostate Cancer Support Group: Man to Man This group is for prostate cancer patients and their caregivers. Meets in the Conference Room of the Curtis and Elizabeth Anderson Cancer Institute. Wednesdays, 6-8 p.m. 912-897-3933. Memorial Health University Medical Center, 4700 Waters Ave. Pryme Multiple Sclerosis Support Group Meets the second Tuesday of each month at St. Joseph’s Hospital,11705 Mercy Blvd., Meeting Room 1(on the 2nd Floor above ER entrance) at 6 p.m. An opportunity for people with MS and their families and friends to share information, develop coping strategies, receive support and become involved in community activities. ongoing. 912-819-2224. St. Joseph’s Hospital, 11705 Mercy Blvd. Rape Crisis Center Assists survivors of rape and sexual assault. Free, confidential counseling for victims and families. 24-hour Rape Crisis Line operates seven days a week. 912-2337273. ongoing. Real Talk Real Talk and Peer to Peer is a support group for the LGBT community to come together to sit, eat and socialize while talking about issues relevant to the community. Meetings are completely confidential and private. Meets in the Lecture Conference Room. first Monday of every month, 4-5 p.m. 912-231-0123 ext. 1410. Chatham Care Center, 107 Fahm St. Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy Support Group Second Tuesdays at 7pm in Marsh Auditorium at Candler Hospital. For anyone with this disorder, plus family members/ caregivers interested in learning more. Call for info. ongoing. 912-858-2335. Candler Hospital, 5353 Reynolds St. SBC Toastmasters Toastmasters is an organization dedicated to the art of public speaking. In a friendly, supportive atmosphere, members learn to speak more precisely and confidently via prepared speeches, impromptu speaking,

and constructive evaluations. It’s fun, informative, and a great way to network with area professionals. Tuesdays, 12-1 p.m. 912-663-7851. St. Leo University, 7426 Hodgson Memorial Drive, Suite A. Sex Addicts Anonymous If you believe you have a problem with sex addiction (or are wondering if you might) and you want to change your behavior, we recommend that you attend a meeting of Sex Addicts Anonymous. The only requirement is a desire to stop your addictive sexual behavior. Meets Mondays at 7 pm. Call for venue information. ongoing. 731-412-0183. Downtown Savannah, downtown. Spinal Injury Support Group Third Thursdays, 5:30pm, at the Rehabilitation Institute at Memorial. Call or see website for info. ongoing. 912-350-8900. Memorial Health University Medical Center, 4700 Waters Ave. Spouse/Life Partner Support Group Open support group for adults whose spouses or life partners have died. Meets Thursday mornings from 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Thursdays, 11 a.m.-noon. Full Circle Grief and Loss Center, 6000 Business Center Drive. Support Group for Women Coping with Infertility or Who Desire to Pursue Adoption For women who are on the infertility journey, or have the desire to pursue adoption, and need support from other women who have been there or are on the same journey. Meeting location: 217 E. 55th Street. Email for meeting days/times. Every fourth Thursday. emptycradle_savannah@hotmail. com. Survivors of Suicide Support Group Suicide often leaves survivors with guilt, anger, hurt and unanswered questions. Hospice Savannah/United Way of Coastal Empire/Coastal Suicide Prevention Alliance offer an ongoing support group. Third Thursdays, 6:30-7:30pm. Safe and confidential. Free to attend. Barbara Moss at Full Circle of Hospice Savannah, 912-6291089. ongoing. Full Circle Grief and Loss Center, 6000 Business Center Drive. Teens Nurturing Teens (Cancer Support) Support group for teens with a family continues on p. 46

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member or loved one impacted by cancer. Meets at the Lewis Cancer Pavilion. Call for information. ongoing. 912-819-5704. Nancy N. and J.C. Lewis Cancer & Research Pavilion, 225 Reynolds Ave. Teens With No One to Turn To Help for people ages 11-18, or concerned parents of teens. Park Place Outreach Youth Emergency Shelter. Call or see website. ongoing. 912-234-4048. Young Survival Coalition Young breast cancer patients and their caregivers in the greater Savannah, Hilton Head, and Coastal Georgia area are invited to join this group. Meetings include presentations from local medical community and discussions. Meetings conducted in the Conference Room of the Curtis and Elizabeth Anderson Cancer Institute. Saturdays, 4-6 p.m. 912-897-3933. Memorial Health University Medical Center, 4700 Waters Ave.


Savannah Dan Onstage Sit back and relax while Savannah Dan takes you through Savannah’s deep history with his personal style that will have you hanging on his every word, laughing out loud and captivated by stories told uniquely by Savannah Dan in the comfortable airconditioned Historic Savannah Theater. Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays, 2 p.m. The Historic Savannah Theatre, 222 Bull St. Theatre: Dramarama he Armstrong Masquers troupe presents ”Dramarama,” an entertaining evening of comic and dramatic songs, scenes, and one-act plays produced by the fall semester directing class. Masquers perform three distinct productions in repertory. Call for exact schedule of performances. Audience discretion is advised. Not recommended for children. Free Dec. 3-5. about.armstrong. edu/Maps/index.html. Armstrong State University, 11935 Abercorn St. Theatre: The Underpants Presented by Collective Face Ensemble, the play opens with a scandal: puritanical bureaucrat Theo Maske is outraged at his wife, Louise, for allowing her underpants to fall to the ground at a parade for the king. Fridays-Sundays.. Muse Arts Warehouse, 703 Louisville Rd.


Bethesda Seeks Volunteer Docents for New History Museum/ Visitors Center Bethesda seeks volunteer docents for their new visitors center/museum. Volunteer docents needed during regular museum hours, Thurs.-Sat. 10am-4pm. Docents will share Bethesda’s rich history and inspiring legacy with visitors from across the country and around the world. ongoing. 912-3512061. Elizabeth.brown@bethesdaacademy. org. Bethesda Academy, 9250 Ferguson Ave. Call for Volunteers for AARP Tax Aide Program Volunteers are needed to prepare Federal and Georgia state tax returns. This free service to consumers began 47 years ago 46 with a small group of four people and has

grown to help provide needed assistance especially for but not limited to the age 60+ population. All volunteers who will prepare tax returns will need to attend a five-day training program which will be held in early January. The tax preparation season will run from February 1st through April 15th, 2016. A background in accounting is not necessary, only a willingness to help low- to middle-income residents and familiarity with computers. Volunteer opportunities are not limited to tax preparation. Each location also has a person to welcome and organize taxpayers as they come into the site. To begin the volunteer process, please visit and complete the application as soon as possible. You will be contacted by a current volunteer in your area who will answer all your questions. Through Feb. 1, 2016. Online, 2222 Sedwick Drive. Docents and Volunteers Needed at Flannery O’Connor House Flannery O’Connor Childhood Home seeks additional volunteers and volunteer docents to help on Fridays and Saturdays, 1p-4pm, and for possible extended hours. Duties: greet visitors, handle admissions, conduct merchandise sales and help with tours. Docent training and written narratives for reference during tours are provided. ongoing. 912-233-6014. haborrello@aol. com. Flannery O’Connor Childhood Home, 207 E. Charlton Street. Dolphin Project Seeks Volunteers Dolphin Project needs boat owners, photographers, and other volunteers to help with scientific research on the Atlantic Bottlenose dolphin along coastal Georgia. Must be age 18 or older. Call or see website for info. ongoing. 912-232-6572. Good Samaritan Health Clinic St. Joseph’s/Candler’s Good Samaritan Clinic in Garden City needs volunteer nurses, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, Spanish interpreters and clerical staff. The clinic serves people without insurance and those whose income is less than 200 percent of the federal poverty level. Call to volunteer. ongoing. 912-964-4326. Hospice Volunteers Needed in Chatham and other Coastal Counties Island Hospice, THA Group’s nonprofit hospice service, seeks volunteers for patient socialization and caregiver respite. Also seeking nonpatient contact volunteers who can contribute by providing services including, but not limited to, office work, crafting, sewing, light yard work, housekeeping, playing guitar for patients, and licensed hairdressers. Serving patients in Chatham, Bryan, Bulloch, Effingham, Liberty, Camden, Glynn, McIntosh, and Screven Counties in Georgia, and Beaufort, Jasper, Hampton, Charleston, Colleton Counties in South Carolina. See website or email or call for info. ongoing. 888-8424463. thagroup. org. Join the grassroots campaign for Bernie Sanders 2016! Through Feb. 28, 2016. SavannahForBernie. org.

Live Oak Public Libraries Volunteers needed to assist in a variety of ways at its branches in Chatham, Effingham, and Liberty Counties. Call or see website for info. ongoing. 912-652-3661. Medical Professional Volunteers Needed St. Joseph’s/Candler’s St. Mary’s Health Center, a free clinic serving the uninsured, seeks physicians, nurse practitioners, nurses, lab techs, and patient care techs. Non-clinical volunteers needed to to schedule appointments. Contact Stephanie Alston. ongoing. 912-443-9409. St. Joseph’s/Candler--St. Mary’s Health Center, 1302 Drayton St. Oatland Island Wildlife Center Oatland Island Wildlife Center often needs volunteers. Call or see website for info. ongoing. 912-395-1500. Oatland Island Wildlife Center, 711 Sandtown Rd. Pre-School Volunteers Needed Seeking early childhood education majors, retired elementary teachers and/or community residents to help 3 & 4 year olds with language development skills. Mon.-Fri., 9am-12noon. Call for info. ongoing. 912447-0578. St. Mary’s Community Center and Health Center, 812 W 36th St. Retired and Senior Volunteer Program Share time and talents through the RSVP program of the Equal Opportunity Authority. Seniors 55 and older serve in various community organizations. Call for information. ongoing. 912-238-2960 x123. Ronald McDonald House Help in the “home away from home” for families of hospitalized children. Volunteers needed to provide home-cooked meals for families at the house. Volunteer internships available for college students. Call or see website for info. ongoing. 912-356-5520. rmhccoastalempire. org/. Ronald McDonald House, 4710 Waters Avenue. Specialized Foster Care Services Lutheran Services of Georgia provides Specialized Foster Care services for children in the custody of DFACS and Department of Juvenile Justice. We specialize in placing children that are special needs including (a) sibling groups, (b) teens, (c) children with physical, mental, developmental and behavioral disabilities, (d) commercially sexually exploited children. We look for the best home to match the children’s needs. Lutheran Services seeks to provide the best support for the child and the foster family. LSG Foster families have been evaluated to ensure that children in care will be provide a safe and nurturing home that can provide care and attention to children’s medical, emotional, educational and social needs. ongoing. (912)228-7873. lmccrary@lsga. org. Stand-Up Paddleboarding Lessons and tours. East Coast Paddleboarding, Savannah/Tybee Island. email or call for info. ongoing. 912-4843200. Tutoring Volunteers Needed Education majors, retired reading teachers or community residents sought to volunteer

for a reading and math tutorial program for elementary and middle school students. Call for info. ongoing. 912-447-6605. sjchs. org/body.cfm?id=399. African-American Health Information & Resource Center, 1910 Abercorn St. Tutors Sought for Adult Learners (GED Prep and Literacy Needs) The Adult Community & Education Program at Royce Learning Center seeks volunteer tutors to assist adult learners. Monday Thursday, 5pm-7pm. Tuesday & Thursday, 9am-11am. Classes at Royce Learning Center and at Wesley Community Center. Free tutor training. Email or call for info. ongoing. 912-354-4047. kmorgan@roycelc. org. Urban Hope An after school program for inner city children seeking adult volunteers to help with homework, Bible Study, art classes, and more. See website or email for info. ongoing. Volunteer at the Forsyth Farmers’ Market The market occurs each Saturday morning at the South End of Forsyth Park, from February through December. To volunteer, see website for contact info. ongoing. Volunteer for Meals on Wheels There are seniors in our community who are hungry. You can make a difference by volunteering one hour a week to delivering Meals on Wheels to homebound seniors. We have routes throughout Savannah, so we can match you to an area that is convenient. Training included. Volunteers use their own vehicle. Gas stipend is optional. There are over 500 seniors on the waiting list to receive meals, and the number continues to grow. For more information, contact Lauren at or 912-236-0363 Mondays-Fridays, 10:45 a.m. Senior Citizens Inc., 3025 Bull St. Volunteers Needed for the EOA Share your time and special talents with others; join the Retired and Senior Volunteer Program of EOA. We need your help to help others. Through RSVP seniors 55 and older serve in various community organizations from 1 to 40 hours per week. Make your choice of where you want to serve from the many local agencies we are affiliated with. Qualifications are to be 55, want to enjoy life and have the desire to share your personal talents with others. ongoing. Downtown Savannah, downtown. The Yoga Room visit the website or call for a schedule of classes, times, and fees. ongoing. 912898-0361. Savannah Yoga Room, 115 Charlotte Dr.

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CLIFTON’S DRY CLEANERS Hiring for All Positions. Apply in person: 8401 Ferguson Avenue. No phone calls.

EXP. ELECTRICIAN NEEDED ASAP. Apply at Rushing Electric, 411 Hwy 80, Garden City, GA or call 912-965-0805 for additional info.

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106 WELWOOD: Reduced AND new AC compressor. 3BR/1.5BA, brick, corner lot, fenced, 1-car garage. REDUCED $88,900. Tom Whitten 912-663-0558. Realty Executives Coastal Empire, 912355-5557

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3BR/2BA house, LR, DR, kitchen w/appliances, fenced yard, CH&A, hardwood floors & carpet. $750/ month.

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*1106 East 31st Street: 3BR/1BA Downstairs Apt. $700/month. Several Rental & Rent-To-Own Properties. GUARANTEED FINANCING STAY MANAGEMENT 352-7829

HOUSE FOR RENT, 4 bed/2 full baths in Thunderbolt area. Large yard, front porch and more. $1200/month plus security deposit. Serious Callers Please. 843-415-2440

12 NELSON STREET - 2BR/1BA Apartment for Rent. LR, DR, kitchen, washer/dryer hook-up. NEAR BARTOW $400/month, $400/deposit. Call 3BR/1BA, just renovated. Kitchen 912-354-0869. furnished, carport. Yard great for garden & BBQ’s. $785/month plus 2BR APT. FOR RENT On Westside. deposit. No Section 8. Call 912Washer included. $575/month 234-0548 plus deposit Call 912-308-3934. NEWLY RENOVATED Brick Home 102 Forrest Avenue 3BR, 1-1/2 Baths, living room, dining room/kitchen, laundry, central air/heat, all electric. No Section 8. $925/per month, $800/ deposit. 912-656-9676 743 E. Henry - Unit A Downstairs 3BR/2BA, LR, Kitchen with appliances, Central H&A, W/D hookups, off-street parking. $975/Rent, $925/Deposit. 1524 E. 32nd St. 2BR/1BA, Living/Dining room, Kitchen with appliances, Central H&A, W/D hookups, is not total electric. $750/Rent, $700/Deposit. 912-898-4135


SPECIAL! SPECIAL! *11515 WHITE BLUFF ROAD: $625/month for 1BR/1BA Apt. with $500/deposit. *1303 EAST 66TH STREET: 2BR/2BA $775/month, $500/ deposit. *207 EDGEWATER ROAD. Nice location. 2BR/2BA, all electric, $795/month. *COMMERCIAL SPACE: 310 & 320 E. Montgomery Crossrds. Upstairs $800-$1,200.

DAVIS RENTALS DUPLEX: 1227 East 54th Street. 310 EAST MONTGOMERY 2BR/1BA $550/month plus CROSSROADS, $550/deposit. Two blocks off 912-354-4011 OR 656-5372 Waters Avenue, close to Daffin Park. Call 912-335-3211 or email Days/ RENT OR RENT-TO-OWN: Nights/Weekends. Remodeled mobile homes, 3BR/2BA, in Garden City mobile EASTSIDE 2BR/1BA, living room, dining home park. Low down affordable room, kitchen, CH&A, fenced payments. Credit check approval. yard. $750/per month. Call 912- Call Gwen, Manager, at 912-9647675 660-4296 or 912-507-7875. FOR RENT 118 Croatan Street, 3 bed/2 bath $850/month. 1123 E. 54th Street, 2 bed/1 bath CH/A, $600/month. Call 912-398-0404 FURNISHED APTS. $180/WK. Private bath and kitchen, cable, utilities, washer furnished. AC & heat, bus stop on property. No deposit required. Completely safe, manager on property. Contact Gail, (912)650-9358; Linda, (912)690-9097.


Kitchen, Dining area, Bedroom, LR, Large walk-in closet w/ shelves, Cable TV. $550/month (utilities included in rent) plus $550/security deposit. 20 Albion Street. Call 912-964-2877 GREAT APARTMENT! Ardsley Park/ Baldwin Park. 1BR/1 Bath with separate living and dining rooms, includes washer & dryer. $775/ month. Call: 912-659-6206.

ADULT LIVING At Upscale Boarding home near SSU. $150/ per week. Call for information, 912-308-5455


CLEAN, comfortable rooms. Washer/dryer, air, cable, ceiling fans. $125-$145 weekly. No deposit. Call Ike @ 844-7065

ROOMS FOR RENT - ADULT LIVING: $150 weekly. No deposit. Furnished rooms. All utilities included. Call 912844-5995 SAVANNAH’S HOUSE OF GRACE

SENIOR LIVING AT IT’S BEST FOR AGES 50 & BETTER Shared community living for full functioning seniors ages 50 & above. Nice comfortable living at affordable rates. Shared kitchen & bathroom. All bedrooms have central heating/air and cable. Bedrooms are fully furnished and private. Make this community one you will want to call home. SAVANNAH’S HOUSE OF GRACE also has community housing with its own private bath. Different rates apply. Income must be verifiable. We accept gov. vouchers. Prices starting at $550.

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SINGLE, Family Home w/ Room for Rent: Furnished, includes utilities, central heat/air, Comcast cable, washer/dryer. Ceramic tile in kitchen & bath. Shared SECTION 8 WELCOME Kitchen & bath. Call 912*3BR/2BA: 2231 East Gwinnett. 210-0144, leave message Carport, porch $950. *7 Brookview: 3BR/2BA, Den. Good school district $1050. Roommate Wanted *1306 East 40th: 3BR/2BA w/ separate 1BR unit $1100. 624 MONTGOMERY STREET. Call 912-257-6181 Downtown. Furnished, all VERY NICE HOUSES FOR RENT utilities. Clean, quiet, nice *2136 E. 43rd St. 3BR/1BA $885 room on bus line. $140 & Up *5421 Betty Dr. 2BR/1BA $700 per week. email: *318 Forrest Ave. 3BR/1.5BA $825 Call 912-507-7934, 912-927-2853, or 912-631-7644. ROOMMATE WANTED: Single,

Mature Individual. Safe Environment. Central heat/ air, cable, washer/dryer. $585/ ROOMS FOR RENT Monthly; $280/security deposit, $75 MOVE-IN SPECIAL TODAY!! No lease. Immediate occupancy. Clean, large, furnished. Busline, Call Mr.Brown, 912-663-2574 cable, utilities, central heat/air. $100-$130/weekly. Rooms with Call 912-721-4350 and bath $145. Call 912-289-0410. Place Your Classified Ad Today! *Paycheck stub or Proof of income and ID required. Find Out What’s Going On

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