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Thursday, July 28th at 8pm It’s an evening of popular music like you’ve never heard it before. Our biggest show to date, Jackson Evans will be singing along with Natasha Drena and Maggie Evans to create an evening full of pops songs with a jazzy twist. Expect the unexpected in this retro cabaret.

Friday, July 29th at 8pm After witnessing a Mafia murder, slick saxophone player Joe and his long-suffering buddy, Jerry, improvise a quick plan to escape from Chicago with their lives. Disguising themselves as women, they join an all-female jazz band and hop a train bound for sunny Florida.

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Film: Memorial Tribute to Claudette Colbert

We celebrate the lengthy, impressive career of Paris-born Claudette Colbert, who became one of Hollywood’s top female stars of the 1930s, 1940s and 1950s, and died of a stroke 10 years ago. This rare public screening features one of the best dramas she ever starred in, and one which is often overlooked. 8 p.m The Sentient Bean, 13 East Park Ave. $7

Film: The Good Dinosaur

This 3D animated comedy adventure from Pixar Animated Studios and Walt Disney Pictures tells the story of what Earth might be like if dinosaurs had never gone extinct. 3-5 & 7-9 p.m The Tybee Post Theater, 10 Van Horne Ave. $7 Adults, $5 Children 12 and under 912-472-4790. info@tybeeposttheater.org. tybeeposttheater.org

Ice, Ice Maybe?

Skate Savannah Mall’s synthetic ice rink and see if you can tell the difference. Hours are Mon-Sat 10am-8pm and Sun 12-6pm. Sessions start every half hour. Ice skates are available to rent. June 4-Aug. 7 Savannah Mall, 14045 Abercorn Street.

Film: The Fits FRI / 29

In The Fits, the thrillingly kinetic psychological drama from the first-time director, Anna Rose Holmer, an 11-year-old girl joins a dance drill team at her local rec center, but her newfound teammates and friends begin to suffer from terrifying episodes of fainting. From our friends at CinemaSavannah. Two screenings! 6 & 8 p.m Muse Arts Warehouse 703 Louisville Rd. $8

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Harry Potter is back, and Barnes & Noble Savannah will host a special Countdown to Midnight Party leading up to the release of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Parts One & Two, a special rehearsal edition script book, which goes on sale July 31 at midnight. The party will feature a special Muggle Wall where customers can share their favorite memories of Harry Potter as well as several amazing giveaways. Barnes & Noble 7804 Abercorn St.

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Front Porch Improv FRI / 29

Front Porch Improv is an improv party where Savannah audiences laugh until they cry…and then they laugh at people crying. Come loaded with suggestions where the Savannah’s Improv Company Ensemble will take your suggestions and blast out hilarious unscripted scenes. The 90 minute performance kicks off the night with Improv Games, followed by the featured team, a brief intermission, and a delicious Long Form for dessert. 8-9:45 p.m Bryson Hall, 5 E. Perry St. $12 SavannahsImprovCompany@gmail.com https://facebook.com/Front-PorchImprov-928374610566972/

Bring your dog to the game for free. 5 p.m Grayson Stadium, 1401 East Victory Dr. $9

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Concert: With a Twist

It’s an evening of popular music like you’ve never heard it before. Our biggest show to date, Jackson Evans will be singing along with Natasha Drena and Maggie Evans to create an evening full of pops songs with a jazzy twist. Expect the unexpected in this retro cabaret. 8 p.m Lucas Theatre for the Arts, 32 Abercorn St. $25


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Film: My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2

Filmed 14 years after the wildly successful “My Big Fat Greek Wedding,” the sequel follows Toula and her husband Ian through married life and brings back her memorable family. 3-5 & 7-9 p.m The Tybee Post Theater, 10 Van Horne Ave. $7 Adults, $5 Children 12 and under 912-472-4790. tybeeposttheater.org

Film: Some Like It Hot

After witnessing a Mafia murder, slick saxophone player Joe and his long-suffering buddy, Jerry, improvise a quick plan to escape from Chicago with their lives. Disguising themselves as women, they join an all-female jazz band and hop a train bound for sunny Florida. 8 p.m Lucas Theatre for the Arts, 32 Abercorn St. $9

Front Porch Improv

Front Porch Improv is an improv party where Savannah audiences laugh until they cry and then they laugh at people crying. Come loaded with suggestions where the Savannah’s Improv Company Ensemble will take your suggestions and blast out hilarious unscripted scenes. The 90 minute performance kicks off the night with Improv Games, followed by the featured team, a brief intermission, and a delicious Long Form for dessert. Friday / 29 Film: The Fits 8-9:45 p.m Concert: Diane Berry w/ Dennis In The Fits, the kinetic psychological Bryson Hall, 5 E. Perry St. Payne and Smiley Roberts drama from first-time director Anna Rose $12 Born into the musical life of “The Holman Holmer, an 11-year-old girl joins a dance SavannahsImprovCompany@gmail.com. Family,” each time Diane sings, pure drill team at her local rec center, but her https://facebook.com/ country music is what you hear. Flawless newfound teammates and friends begin to Front-Porch-Improv-928374610566972/ rhythm guitar and a smooth, sweet voice. suffer from terrifying episodes of fainting. Savannah Bananas 8 p.m From CinemaSavannah. Vs. the Lexington County Blowfish. m Randy Wood Guitars (Bloomingdale), 1304 6 & 8 p.m 7 p.m East Hwy. 80. Muse Arts Warehouse, 703 Louisville Rd. Grayson Stadium, 1401 East Victory Dr. $23 $8 $9 Critical Mass Savannah Film: Beaches thesavannahbananas.com Join Savannah’s bicycle community for a It’s about the tears, dears, with this melofree ride to raise awareness for bike rights. drama starring Bette Midler and Barbara Last Friday of every month, 6 p.m Hershey. Wine and tissues provided. Forsyth Park, Drayton St. & East Park Ave. 7-9 p.m The Tybee Post Theater, 10 Van Horne Ave. $10

Theatre: The Wizard of Oz

This bold retelling puts Dorothy in the middle of an attic where she greets the band of characters that help her journey down a path that is filled with mishaps and detours. This is the script and score everyone knows and loves, but Savannah Stage Company surrounds the material with simplistic actor-driven sound effects, found objects that are molded into whimsical props, and brave storytelling that explores relationships in a deeper way, all with only 10 actors. 8-10 p.m Ampersand, 36 MLK Jr. Blvd. $15 or Pay-What-You-Can 912.421.9484. creative@savannahstagecompany.com. savannahstagecompany.com

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Join West Broad YMCA for school supply and uniform giveaways, free haircuts, games and activities for the whole family, a barbecue lunch, and information and enrollment opportunities for the Y’s after school and early learning programs. 11 a.m.-2 p.m YMCA-West Broad St, 1110 May St. 912-233-1951

Sapphire Bullets of Pure Love

The Sapphire Bullets of Pure Love have been a part of the Savannah music scene for years, performing rhythm and blues in rare but popular concerts. The Bullets - 13 pieces including the five-member “Bonaventure Horns” - play soulful rhythm & blues, with one goal in mind. “We provide music for people to dance to,” says Phil McDonald, the soul machine’s founder, funk-fueled bassist and prime motivator. You’ll dig the Bullets’ James Brown medley. Or Tom Jones’ “It’s Not Unusual.” Or “Flip Flop and Fly.” Or blistering slow jams like “Me and Mrs. Jones”. 8-10 p.m The Tybee Post Theater, 10 Van Horne Ave. $25 Reserved Seating, $22.50 Theater Members 912-472-4790. info@tybeeposttheater.org. tybeeposttheater.org

Theatre: The Wizard of Oz

This bold retelling puts Dorothy in the middle of an attic where she greets the band of characters that help her journey down a path that is filled with mishaps and detours. This is the script and score everyone knows and loves, but Savannah Stage Company surrounds the material with simplistic actor-driven sound effects, found objects that are molded into whimsical props, and brave storytelling that explores relationships in a deeper way, all with only 10 actors. 8-10 p.m Ampersand, 36 MLK Jr. Blvd. $15 or Pay-What-You-Can 912.421.9484. creative@savannahstagecompany.com. savannahstagecompany.com

WWE Live Summerslam Heatwave Tour

See your favorite WWE superstars in the ring. 7:30 p.m The Savannah Civic Center, 301 West Oglethorpe Ave.

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Film: 105th Birthday Tribute to Lucille Ball

Most folks remember Lucille Ball as the beloved, award-winning comedienne from the landmark TV sitcom I Love Lucy. However, many are unaware that long before she became a household Countdown to Midnight Party name for that timeless classic, she was a Harry Potter is back, and Barnes & Noble working Hollywood actress with handfuls Savannah will host a special Countdown of B-movies under her belt in a variety to Midnight Party leading up to the release of genres, including dramas, romances of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Parts and even film noirs and crime thrillers. One & Two, a special rehearsal edition Psychotronic Film Series celebrates script book, which goes on sale July 31 at Lucille Ball’s career with a rare public midnight. The party will feature a special viewing of one such forgotten film, the Muggle Wall where customers can share 1947 B&W mystery Lured, which was ditheir favorite memories of Harry Potter as rected by the legendary Douglas Sirk and also boasts a great cast, including Boris well as several amazing giveaways. Karloff, Alan Napier and George Sanders. Barnes & Noble, 7804 Abercorn St. Folks who only know Lucille Ball from her Forsyth Farmers Market comedic work may get a big kick out of a Local and regional produce, honey, meat, seeing a younger Lucy in a more glamordairy, pasta, baked goods and other deous dramatic role. lights. Rain or shine. 8 p.m 9 a.m.-1 p.m The Sentient Bean, 13 East Park Ave. Forsyth Park $7 forsythfarmersmarket.com

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When the lack of a plan is the plan by Jim Morekis

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ONE OF the most common complaints about Savannah is that have no strategic vision, no plan to manage growth. The important thing to remember is that the lack of a plan is itself a plan. When we have no overarching vision backed up by enforceable guidelines, then large developers and large corporations can get what they want on a case-by-case basis —a situation which serves their needs just fine, but not the public’s. Case in point is the latest attempt by a developer to get a new five-story selfstorage facility approved in the cozy but increasingly threatened little neighborhood just behind Whole Foods. Just three months ago, local regulators had to rule on a nearly identical plan for the facility proposed for Limerick Street. That plan was turned down for two reasons: 1) Their vegetative buffer was insufficient; and 2) the self-storage facility was deemed too large and obtrusive a use for that small street. Technically they aren’t supposed to be able to come back with the same plan for a year. But they got a variance to come before the Zoning Board of Appeals again just a few months later—Aug. 25, if you’re inclined to attend —apparently because they tweaked the vegetative buffer. But regardless of the buffer, as you can see from the accompanying image, Limerick Street is still as small as it ever was, and still can’t reasonably host a facility this large. (Oddly, there is no height limit in that area, and the project’s overbearing height isn’t even up for discussion.) Perhaps most crazy of all: The longanticipated Truman Greenway multi-use

trail is essentially set to end right where the big self-storage facility will be! Heck of a message to send. “I’m stunned this is back before us again so soon. Both issues were thoroughly discussed at the last meeting. It’s mind-boggling to think they can just bring up the same thing again three months later,” says Stewart Dohrman, a Parkside resident and smart growth activist. “A lot of people in these neighborhoods put in a lot of time and effort to go to meetings about this project,” Dohrman says. “Having to play whack-a-mole every few months with it isn’t fair to the citizens who take off work to go to all the meetings.” Dohrman says the common sense approach would simply be for the City to “stop and wait for the results of the Victory Drive Corridor Study. The City has abdicated its responsibility. We have great planners, but the City needs to let them do their job.” Well... let’s be careful what we wish for. While sadly there’s no moratorium on new projects in the Victory Drive corridor, City staff is proposing a moratorium in another part of town—but a proposal which has folks scratching their heads. Largely at the behest of outgoing City Manager Stephanie Cutter’s office, the City will attempt to address transportation safety issues on Bay Street by eliminating all on-street parking on that key east/west corridor for the entire month of September, as a test case. The well-intentioned goal is to slightly widen the tight lanes of the historic avenue. Also tested will be some temporary “pedestrian refuges,” i.e. an ad hoc median, to discourage jaywalking. (I thought it was a joke at first, but the medians will apparently be marked by orange traffic barrels! Literally the least attractive and reassuring design possible.)

But the very thing that makes Bay Street most unsafe for pedestrians and bicyclists —the 18-wheeler trucks—will be allowed to continue using Bay Street. The issue that most people agree is the single most pressing one with Bay Street isn’t being addressed at all. In fact, the City’s “solution” seems to be to make it easier for traffic to go even faster on Bay Street by eliminating on-street parking and widening the available space for trucks and cars alike. (For a take from a cyclist’s perspective, check out this week’s News Cycle column from guest contributor Julie Wade.) Now, don’t get me wrong. There’s no easy answer to trucks on Bay Street, a thoroughfare specifically reinforced and designated as a main truck route many years before Savannah’s tourist boom. Look at the awful fatalities recently on I-16 to see what might happen if we reroute heavy trucks to say, DeRenne or the Truman, going 50-60 mph. And we’re always complaining that Savannah needs to diversify beyond the tourism industry, right? Well, truck traffic, ugly and smelly and noisy as it is, is a direct reflection of economic diversification. But if we’re going to start experimenting with new ideas, it’s interesting to note that the single most logical experiment to improve safety on Bay Street—a onemonth moratorium on tractor-trailer traffic—wasn’t proposed. Why a lame-duck City Manager is allowed to flail around, with City Council support, on such a visibly flawed and counterintuitive notion is beyond me. In any case, the larger picture remains, that the lack of a coherent strategy continues to be the elephant in the room. And until we address it, expect more half-baked ideas. cs

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News & Opinion The (Civil) Society Column

How to be a better white person right now By Jessica Leigh Lebos

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I’ve been telling myself that I’ve just been taking my time unpacking the knapsack. I’m still learning the vocabulary, I say to the lady in the mirror, the one who keeps asking when I’m going to get serious. I don’t want to say anything idiotic or insulting—or worse, I whine when she arches her eyebrow and crosses her arms. I’m worried it’s only going to get more uncomfortable, I admit quietly as she nods. For many socially conscious white folk, facing the undeniable rot of racism in 2016 is an awkward task. We fervently believe

questions about the problem at hand, I gently invite you to consider that enema. This is the tip of a personal and necessary exploration about how to be a better ally to people of color, especially in my own community, where the effects of our national narrative of institutional racism are reflected in our educational and economic, political and policing realities. Savannah is also a place with its own distinct stories—from its largely unacknowledged slave history to its foundation of cooperative collaboration between its black and white citizens as well as the daily experiences of violence, poverty and prejudice that so many continue to suffer. While there are still too many who bark about their backwards-ass hate online and off, most of the people I know truly believe in equal rights and access for all humans regardless of race, religion, gender, sexual-

a turn at the mic again. It just means other people who have waited a long time to be heard are having theirs. Listen and learn, read and share. 2. Check our assumptions. In the latest season of Orange is the New Black, hippie liberal Susu assumes the internationally educated Poussey is an inner city crack baby—a telling example of how “dogoody” white folk can foist racist stereotypes even as they believe their hearts are pure. “I think that’s a big part of where we get stuck—we do so little self-reflection in this society the delusion that we are bias-free is part of the problem,” says local writer and former political consultant Omkari Williams, who recently penned an essay about growing up in a highly academic family with roots in the Caribbean and the differ-

“You can’t organize people if you don’t love them,” writes Wise in White Like Me: Reflections on Race from Privileged Son. “And however hard it can be to love the racists you come in contact with, doing so is the first obligation of a white antiracist.” Whew, this is a hard one. If we can call filling someone’s inbox with clips from comedian W. Kamau Bell “love,” I guess I can start there. 4. Show up. While we don’t need to add our voices at this moment (see #1), we can show our support for the movement with our warm bodies. Our presence might be appreciated next Sunday, Aug. 7 at Forsyth Park, where Linda Wilder Bryan has organized a back-to-school picnic, giveaway and tribute to her slain son, Lawrence, whose 2015 murder has not been solved.

Of course that’s the irony—and maybe the entire point: I have the prerogative of ducking difficult conversations with myself and others about racism indefinitely.

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that we are all equal, so we worry that pointing out race in everyday conversation is not only rude but racist itself. We prepare careful rhetoric only to have it fall apart into a middle school namecalling match with some asshole from high school in the comments section of a post about the new Ghostbusters. Myself, I’ve been sorta hoping to avoid this conundrum by coasting on my street cred, as if hanging around the intersection of feminism and social justice and general otherness for so long might excuse me from owning the ways racial socialization affects and infects my world. Maybe I’ve been too self-absorbed or lazy to undertake a rigorous self-examination of such, which is sort of like the moral version of a coffee enema: Cleansing in the long run but shitty while it’s happening. Of course that’s the irony—and maybe the entire point: I have the prerogative of ducking difficult conversations with myself and others about racism indefinitely because my skin is white. (It’s also dimply and wrinkly in some unfortunate places, though no one ever got pulled over for driving with a waddle.) But the lady in the mirror isn’t having it for another minute. You need to get over yourself, and fast, she’s saying. And don’t come back ‘til you do. Let me be clear: this isn’t an invitation to debate whether white privilege is real or parse statistics about how police shoot all kinds of people, not just unarmed black 8 men with their hands up. If you still have

ity, age or ability. We want to help achieve that. And yet sometimes we become paralyzed in our hand-wringing over correctness or else we’re so dang enthusiastic we end up hijacking the whole room. Or maybe we keep quiet on the fringes, because we’re afraid of what dismantling the white supremacy in our power structures might mean for ourselves. Honesty and humility is required as we stand up in this work to level the field for all players and create an anti-racist, multiracial platform for social change. As an awkward white lady with good intentions, I humbly share what I’ve learned thus far. 1. Now that we’re standing, sit down. Even if we have experienced injustice and prejudice in other ways, it is not the same systemic oppression suffered by people of color in this country, reminded the organizers of a workshop hosted at Quolab last week titled The Role of White People in the Movement at this Time. The “movement” is the struggle to achieve freedom and equality for everyone, and right now we’re going to focus on black people, because there is some serious emergency shit going down. Based on materials available through the Atlanta-based LGBT activist hive Southerners on New Ground (SONG), the workshop was a crash course on how to create connections, respect those expressing their anger and frustration and hold a space without imposing ourselves. This doesn’t mean that we will never get

ence between identifying as black and African American. While Black Lives Matter wields a unifying message, can we please remember that not all people of color share the same experience or opinions? Not every black man is a felon and not every brown child needs charity—these are stereotypes that get perpetuated even by those trying to “help.” It doesn’t. “When we assign a label to someone, it is for our own comfort and ease, because it means we can stop thinking,” stresses Omkari. So let’s keep thinking and be extra sure that we’re not assigning imaginary, damaging stories to others. 3. Don’t unfriend the racists. In a widely shared post on her blog JustJasmine.com, writer Jasmine Banks Brown points out that while it may be easy for us to click away the hate, people of color have no such luxury in real life. The poison seems to be coming in waterfalls these days, but when we shut down those conversations we miss opportunities to stand at the front lines and engage the actual problem. Yeah, it’s uncomfortable, awful even—and not even close to the malevolence black and brown people endure all damn day. A new friend, Gwendolyn Glover, recently introduced me to the work of antiracist activist Tim Wise, who admonishes that we must go further and meet the irrationality with calm and kindness.

Anyone seeking to understand things from a young black man’s point of view will want to be at Savannah Perceptions: A Real & Uncensored Dialogue on Race, Culture, History & Crime, hosted by Solidarity in Savannah at the W.W. Law Regional Center on Aug 18. If you’ve finished watching Stranger Things and are looking for something else to do, the Savannah Lives Matter Facebook page is an excellent resource to stay updated on other events where allies are welcome to learn, witness and celebrate. Also, let’s remember that the most dominant color in this culture is green. Several local business owners have learned the hard way lately that their online bigotry is visible to all, giving us opportunity to wield our greatest power: Where to spend—and not spend—our money. The Urban Savannah Chamber of Commerce is an excellent place to start. 5. Don’t overthink it. We white allies can turn ourselves inside out trying to say and do the right thing and end up sucking at it anyway. But being afraid of looking like a hypocrite or a honky isn’t a valid excuse. We are going to make mistakes. They might even be big ones. (Boy, do we know about that around here.) But there is work to do and a movement to elevate. The only way forward is to own our missteps, ask for forgiveness and stand shoulder to shoulder as we rise together. cs


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Savannah has many examples to study for better safety by julie wade

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MY HUSBAND loved bicycling before he loved me. When we met in high school, he had a thin layer of asphalt under his skin from a crash. Later, we biked 60 miles from Marietta to my grandparent’s house at Lake Lanier. We spent a weekend in Dahlonega, where we sped downhill from the mountain, and suffered a long, slow, painful ride back up. I pedaled along because I was a girl with a crush on a cute boy who happened to like to ride his bike…everywhere. Drew, founder of the Savannah Bicycle Campaign, bikes not just for exercise or for speed, but for a certain way of life that I never quite understood. When we landed 10 years ago in Savannah, where everything is close and flat, Drew embraced that lifestyle, riding to work, to get our Christmas tree, and with the kids to school. Friends would spot him dressed in a suit on his bike or hauling all sorts of things by bike that most would transport by SUV. I tolerated it and occasionally pedaled along, although in recent years the logistics of transporting our three school kids replaced the fun of getting there by bike. Truth be told, I never really got it. This summer we had the opportunity to take a family vacation in the Netherlands. Now, I get it. Bikes, bikes, bikes everywhere. In Amsterdam it felt like the Midnight

Judy Grossman who died on Bay Street, less than a mile from the end of her week-long bike ride across Georgia, could have arrived safely if we had a safe bike infrastructure in place. Garden Ride every day. Old, young, professionals, and leisure riders — everyone was on bikes. Kids ride on the front, in the back, in cargo buckets, or on their own bikes. During the workweek, professionals might arrive with slightly disheveled hair or a thin layer of sweat, but also having had a lovely ride on the bike before the stress of the workday. Bikes are loaded down with groceries from the market and briefcases from work. Drivers, the minority, take a backseat to people on bikes. Beyond the city, we biked along a complex network of bike trails, which were well paved and well traveled. Rarely did we have to share the road with cars. When those paths crossed, cars stopped for us, a welcome change from the fear of crossing the street by bike that many experience here. Throughout our travels, everyone looked fit and healthy. The bike culture created a healthy life style almost inadvertently.

So can this utopian bike culture of Northern Europe translate to a lifestyle change in Savannah? At first glance, no. We lack the infrastructure and culture to put everyone on bikes. Plus, it is really hot for at least a couple of months. But those are just excuses – the Dutch do it year round, through rain and snow. Imagine if activist and musician Frank Barham was able to ride his wheelchair from Atlanta to Savannah by bike path, instead of on Highway 21, where he was tragically struck by a car and killed. Judy Grossman who died on Bay Street, less than a mile from the end of her weeklong bike ride across Georgia, could have arrived safely if we had a safe bike infrastructure in place. Despite these failures, a lifestyle shift has been happening in the past ten years here, and I am ready to cross the line and join it.

Through efforts of the Savannah Bicycle Campaign and other advocacy groups, we have seen more bike lanes and bike parking. With more people riding, the familiarity of the sight causes drivers to be more aware and respectful. We can look to Atlanta’s Belt Line as an amazing example of changing the culture and economy of an otherwise depressed area. Restaurants and shops have sprung up along the route to accommodate the many people enjoying the the multi-use path. Cities like Minneapolis have embraced bikes, with an extensive network of bike paths. Rumor has it that the city plows the bike paths before it plows the streets. Most of all, riding a bike ride to work or school is fun. It is a healthy activity that helps clear the mind. Neighbors can greet one another with the ring of a bell or a friendly “hello.” We can all enjoy this beautiful city while staying healthy and active along the way. In this day of differences and distrust, imagine the good energy we could generate by pedaling together. So if you see me downtown with my hair a bit disheveled and with a thin layer of sweat, you’ll know that I chose to ride my bike that day. I suspect I’ll be in a happier mood and a little bit healthier. I hope when it is convenient for you, you will give it a try. And finally, I will admit, my husband was right all along. cs

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...the video captures a distinctly antiunion climate in Port Wentworth, one that the city’s public servants may be enforcing illegally. a polite Speight explaining to the officer that he and his colleagues were standing on public property. “OK, but we still have a small little technicality,” chuckles the officer. “This is the city of Port Wentworth.” Speight goes on to ask another officer where they can go to hand out the leaflets informing truckers of their right to form a union. The first officer, later identified as

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continues to breathe fresh air.” When fellow organizer Irwin asks for the officer’s badge number, he replies, “You know what? We’ll settle this in court.” To the activists and many who have viewed the video, this captures a distinctly anti-union climate in Port Wentworth, one that the city’s public servants may be enforcing illegally. In a letter dated July 13 to Port Wentworth Deputy City Attorney Elizabeth Pavlis, Schoenfeld writes that “there is no other reasonable interpretation of Officer Anderson’s statements regarding ‘fresh air’ than that the Police Department considers union activity poison.” Schoenfeld’s letter goes on to inform Pavlis that while his clients had not broken any laws, the officers had violated their established rights under the National Labor Relations Act and the U.S. Constitution. If the citations aren’t dropped, he continued, a suit will be filed against the Port Wentworth Police Department and the officers. Last Wednesday, July 20, was supposed to be the Teamsters’ day in court. After the video was released, the City of Port Wentworth postponed the hearing until August 3. Speight says he and his team expect that the charges will be dismissed, given the widespread sharing of the video and an online petition that has garnered more than 1100 signatures. Calls to the City of Port Wentworth have not been returned. Speight expresses frustration at the efforts to stymie a trucker union in Port Wentworth but says that the support he and fellow organizers have received since the video went viral have buoyed them to continue their work. “These drivers are being exploited,” says Speight. “We just want to give them an opportunity to be informed about their rights in a lawful way.” cs

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For the past year or so, steel shipping containers have been piling up on every vacant commercial lot in America, for sale or lease. What’s up? Is there a new, better way to ship and deliver bulk cargo? Or has there been a decrease due to the recession? Could shipping containers provide a low-cost housing alternative? —Brent PAST year? Buddy, empty shipping containers have been piling up for decades. Not just in the lot across the street, incidentally, but also on the ocean floor, which accepts thousands of the steel boxes annually—they fall off boats in bad weather, etc. This has risen to the level of a capital-P problem, with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Atmospheric Administration publishing a 2014 study of the containers’ effects on aquatic ecosystems. Short answer? Not great. But that’s a question for another day. Back on land, the reasons for the glut of intermodal cargo containers, as they’re called, are neither mysterious nor particularly complicated. Take the relationship between the U.S. and China. The relative strength of the American dollar, paired with the weakness of the Chinese economy, means we’re currently buying a lot more stuff from them than they are from us. So a ship laden with iPhones crosses the Pacific to the Port of Los Angeles, unloads, and . . . then what? It either takes the empties back, or it leaves them behind. Extrapolate this over the vast, intricate web of various international economic relationships—and consider that moving those empties around the globe accounts for 5 to 8 percent of shippers’ operating costs, maybe $20 billion a year all told— and you’re looking at a whole lot of accumulated empty containers. Before we go on, though, let’s pause for a brief appreciation of containers. Prior to their invention, things were basically thrown onto boats willy-nilly, which as you can imagine wasn’t ideal for business— for one, it took forever to load a ship that way. In 1956, a North Carolina truckingcompany owner named Malcom McLean

started moving cargo in stackable containers (wheelless trailers, essentially) that could be transferred straight from truck to boat. It made so much sense that a mere five years later, the federal government announced it’d give subsidies only to ships configured to carry such boxes. International sizing standards soon emerged, resulting in the Lego-like multicolored stacks of eight-foot-wide containers, mainly in lengths of 20 or 40 feet, seen on cargo ships today. This was such a boon for efficiency that within 20 years the cost of shipping from North America to Asia dropped by half; the Economist has argued that containerized shipping has been more important to globalization than 50 years of trade agreements. OK, yay for American ingenuity and all that. But what the hell do we do with all the empty ones? You’re not the first to suggest they could be used as dwellings; this is one of those trendy ideas that the media marvels over every few years, and it’s been tried here and there. Containers could house the homeless, the thinking goes, or provide temporary lodging in the wake of natural disasters. There’s a catch or two, though, as pointed out in a 2011 article at the architecture website ArchDaily. Designed to stand up to all sorts of weather, shipping containers come coated with some pretty toxic stuff—think lead-based paint—that has to be stripped off before they’re inhabitable, and their plywood floors contain things like arsenic to keep pests away. “The average container eventually produces nearly a thousand pounds of hazardous waste before it can be used as a structure,” ArchDaily notes. “All of this, coupled with the fossil fuels required to move the container into place with heavy machinery, contribute significantly to its ecological footprint.” However unsexy, it’s often greener and cheaper to just build a new wood-framed structure than to repurpose a container. Housing aside, another proposed solution to the empty-container problem is the “gray box”: moving away from the current practice of companies owning, painting, and labeling their own containers, and toward a more fluid, coordinated system where everybody draws from a collective pool, the boxes reassigned as needed. Will this happen? Not immediately. Any comprehensive fix will be a heavy lift, trying to get all the shippers, regulators, et al. in sync, meaning you’ll have to put up with the eyesore a while longer, I’m afraid. But hey, better in your front yard than banging into the Great Coral Reef, right? cs

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news & Opinion blotter 2016 Sav/Chatham County Crime Stats through Sunday July 24

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Triple shooting at Southside apartment complex leaves one dead Detectives are investigating a triple shooting at the Live Oak Apartments on Waters Avenue that claimed the life of one adult male and injured two others on Sunday, July 24. “At about 2:30 a.m. Metro responded to an apartment complex on the 8500 block of Waters Avenue, where Josh Lewis, 22, and George Thorpe, were found with gunshot wounds,” police say. Lewis and Thorpe were transported to Memorial University Medical Center for care. Thorpe was treating for non-life threatening injuries. Lewis succumbed to his injuries. Michael Riley, 18, was arrested July 24 and charged with Lewis’s murder and two counts of aggravated assault. Terrell Bonds, the third gunshot victim linked to this case, arrived at MUMC in a privately owned vehicle. Bonds also was treated for non-life threatening injuries. “The three men were outside the apartment when they were shot. Detectives are following leads in this case. This incident is not believed to be a random act,” police say.

Two arrested in City Market shooting

Police identified and charged Kortni Dunham, 21, and Malik Lloyd, 23, in a recent shooting in City Market that injured Keenan Gray, 25. “Lloyd and Dunham were arrested during a warrant service on July 22. Dunham is charged with aggravated assault

and simple battery. Lloyd is charged with aggravated assault and possession of a firearm during commission of a felony. Both suspects were arrested without incident and transported to the Chatham County Detention Center,” police say. “At approximately 12:47 a.m. on Sunday, July 17, Metro responded to City Market, where Gray, a US Army Soldier stationed at Hunter Army Airfield, was found suffering from a gunshot wound,” police say. “Gray was reportedly shot after an altercation with the suspects.”

Man apprehended after pointing, shooting gun at residents near Coffee Bluff Road

Police responded to a shots-fired call and arrested a man near Coffee Bluff Road and Daveitta Drive, last Wednesday morning. Just before 11 a.m. “Metro received reports of a man walking down the street pointing a gun at residents nearby,” police say. “The man reportedly fired the gun on at least one person. Officers were able to respond to the area within two minutes and detain Julius Tate, 30, shortly thereafter. Investigators are working to determine if Tate may have been under any type of influence. There were no reported injuries from this incident,” police say. Tate is charged with eight counts of aggravated assault and one count of criminal trespassing.

Sexual Assault on Eleanor Street

Police ask the public’s help in locating the suspect in a sexual assault on Saturday, July 23, in the 1300 block of Eleanor Street. “Just before 6 p.m. the victim, a young adult male, was reportedly walking on Eleanor Street when the suspect approached him in a silver Chevrolet sedan. The suspect reportedly started a conversation with the victim, fondled him, then fled,” police say. The suspect is described as a black male

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Info sought in Florence Street shooting

Savannah-Chatham Metropolitan Police Department’s Violent Crimes investigators ask the public’s help in identifying suspects in a late night shooting on Florence and 36th streets that injured Brandon Fuller, 21. The shooting occurred at about 11:45 p.m. on Wednesday, July 20. Fuller was reportedly walking on Florence Street when an unknown armed male approached him from behind. The suspect reportedly fired at Fuller when he attempted to run. Fuller sustained serious, but non-life threatening gunshot wounds. He was transported to Memorial University Medical Center for care.

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A 28-year-old woman, unnamed in news reports, veered off the road and into a house in the Florida panhandle town of Mary Esther on July 7. She apparently was free of drug or alcohol influence, but readily explained to police that she must have gone through a stop sign and left the road when she closed her eyes to pray as she drove. (The house was damaged, but no one was injured.)

Weird Numbers Making the News Recently

• The Transportation Security Administration announced in May that it had collected $765,000 in loose change left behind in airport scanner trays during 2015 -- an average “haul” for the agency of $2,100 a day (numbers assuming, of course, that TSA personnel turn in all of the money they find). Los Angeles and Miami airports contributed $106,000 of the total. • Take Your Word for It: Scientists at the University of Cambridge, writing in May in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, claimed to have figured out how to construct a “motor” a “million times” smaller than an ant. (It apparently involves lasers, gold particles and “van der Waals forces,” and the object is to bind the gold particles and then cause them to automatically “snap” apart with, according to author Jeremy Baumberg, “10 to a hundred times more force per unit than any known other machine.”) • CEO Michael Pearson told a Senate committee in April that he “regret(s)” the business model he instituted in 2015 for Valeant Pharmaceuticals -- the one that, for example, allowed a drug (Cuprimine) that treats liver failure and formerly cost a typical user out-of-pocket about $3 a pill (120 per month, $366) to, overnight, cost the user $15 a pill. (The insurance company’s and Medicare’s cost went overnight from about $5,000 per 100 tablets to $26,000.) (A Deutsche Bank analysis of the industry tallied Valeant’s all-drug average price spike at more than five times the average of any competitor’s.) Pearson told the senators he had no idea that such

postal mail. a pricing strategy would turn out to be so • In a June verdict still reverberating controversial. • Neck and Back Support: The Japanese through the telemarketing industry, a jury in Utah found that three companies run branch of the intimate apparel maker Genie is currently advertising, in Japanese by Forrest Baker III had illegally made 99 million phone calls to consumers on the and English, a handy guide for bras that Do Not Call Registry and an additional emphasizes the hardship women bear by 18 million calls telling people they were having to lug around breasts of certain merely doing surveys when the purpose sizes in ill-fitting garments. The Genie was hawking their family-friendly movchart reveals weight in ounces of typical ies. Both charges are violations of the A-cup chests (11.5 ounces) through F-cup Federal Trade Commission’s Tele(41.7 ounces, or 2.6 pounds). To assist marketing Sales Rule. Although any innumerate Japanese shoppers, the total fine and damages the chart also shows practical comhave not been decided, the law parisons, such as A-cup pairs weighMY EMAILS provides that the most serious ing as much as “two chipmunks,” ARE BORING offenders could be assessed C-cups as “one newborn polar bear $16,000 per phone call (for cub,” and F-cups as “one 3-montha maximum of almost $1.9 old Persian kitten.” • The Passing Parade: (1) Mark trillion). Herron, 49, of Sunderland, Eng• A recent study by a Harland, was arrested again in May -vard University data scientist his 448th arrest on alcohol-related estimated that the government charges. The year started “well” for of China funds the creation of at Herron, with only 14 collars through least 488 million bogus socialMarch, and he cleaned up briefly media posts a year. The report before a “family bereavement” sent refers to a rumored governhim spiraling downward again. His ment-sponsored arrangement current lawyer admitted that his client that pays people the equivalent of 8 U.S. has been in court more often than he himcents per post of “news” for the purpose self has. (2) Austrian Hans Heiland vowed of distracting social-media users and in June to assist a needy family in Oberholz channeling them to subjects preferred by by donating to a charity fundraiser sponthe government (such as successes of the sored by the local fire department. He has Communist Party). been collecting bottle tops through the • The family of a Virginia Tech student years and figures he could sell his “treamissing since 1998 was notified in March sure” now, as scrap metal, to help the famthat the man’s remains and ID had been ily. He has at least 10,000, no, make that 10 found in a wooded ravine 700 feet below million caps, weighing “several tons.” the New River Gorge bridge near Beck• Wait, How Many Fell for This? In May, ley, West Virginia -- in an area the man’s the federal government finally shut down vehicle tracker had long identified for a long-running international scam that potential searching. A West Virginia State had sold psychic assurances (prosperPolice sergeant told reporters that in the ity! winning lottery numbers!) to more years since the student disappeared, the than a million Americans. In personalremains of 48 other bodies had been found ized form letters, two French psychics had underneath the bridge. guaranteed success and riches to clients if • Recurring Themes: (1) Fernando they would only buy their $50 books (and Estrella, 41, was arrested in Franklin massive upselling usually followed). The County, Vermont, in March and charged Justice Department estimated that durwith making the foolish error of runing the spree, the sellers earned upward of ning a stop sign while carrying a heroin $180 million on at least 56 million pieces of haul. Estrella was rectally packing three

condoms stuffed with enough heroin, said police, to fill 1,428 street-retail-size baggies. (2) Esteysi Sanchez Izazaga, 29, was arrested for DUI, hit-and-run and vehicular manslaughter in Oceanside, California, in June after driving three-fourths of a mile (3,960 feet) with a pedestrian’s corpse firmly lodged in her windshield after she struck the man. (The drive ended up at her home, where her horrified husband noticed the body and called police.) • As typical of many pervert suspects in News of the Weird, Roger Marsh, 65, of Cowling, England, was a prodigious collector/hoarder of his indecent images. He was caught with a camera attached to his shoe following skirted women around an Ikea store, and in May was ordered to jail for 18 months by Leeds Crown Court, covering six offenses. However, police had also discovered a trove of 709,376 images and videos at his home, and preliminary perusal of the collection showed 1,600 live files of voyeurism and about 9,000 indecent images of children.

A News of the Weird Classic (August 2012)

New Mexico is an “open carry” state, with otherwise-law-abiding adults authorized to display loaded handguns in public. However, in the town of Vaughn (pop. 500, about 90 miles east of Albuquerque), perhaps the only people not legally able to carry are the town’s two police officers. A June (2012) KOB-TV report revealed that Chief Ernest Armijo had been convicted in 2011 of criminal non-support of a wife and two sons, and was barred from possessing a gun. Deputy Brian Bernal has his own domestic issue: a conviction for family violence that bans him, under federal law, from carrying. (A month after the News of the Weird story, both men resigned, leaving the town’s police dog the only active “officer.”) By chuck shepherd UNIVERSAL PRESS SYNDICATE

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Natasha Drena is all smiles as we weave our way back to the Lucas Theatre’s green room. The historic venue’s On Stage Cabaret, a hit summer series featuring local musical luminaries in a stunning yet low-key environment, is in its fourth season. What began as an unusual, thinkoutside-the-box concept has evolved into the hippest date night in town, with locals snapping up season passes and shows selling out shows before posters can even be made. “It’s crazy,” says Drena, an in-demand vocalist who’s been with the series since the beginning and serves as On Stage Cabaret’s Artistic Director. The idea to seat an audience right on the Lucas stage while musicians play an intimate set before them was a road trip musing carried out to the fullest. [Lucas Theatre Director] David Harris and I were in the car on the way to Disney World,” Drena remembers. “He had just met [pianist] Kim Steiner and said, ‘I’ve got this idea. I finally found a piano player… we could turn it around, but I don’t know how to do it.’ I did cabarets all the time in New York, so I said, ‘I could help!’ We literally mapped out the first show in the fourhour drive to Orlando.” “Cabaret” can summon a variety of sepia-toned imagery; for The Lucas, the focus is an elevated, intimate performance. “If you look at the French or New York cabaret scene, table service is a thing,” Drena says. “Sometimes, it’s stadium seating. It’s whatever you want to make it into. We can set up whatever we want! Once you put the musician on the stage, there’s cabaret-type music, and there’s an actual cabaret-type venue. But they’re all different. For me, cabaret is about letting artists show people who they are personally, versus the façade that they show as a wedding band or as an actor. My personal mission is that the audience members get to know our performers as people.” Drena will be singing in what’s perhaps On Stage Cabaret’s most creative night yet, joining jazz guitarist/vocalist Jackson Evans, vocalist/bassist Maggie Evans, drummer Robert Britton Saunders, and a horn section featuring Calvin Barnes and Jody Espina. While they find themselves playing the same venues and often attracting similar audiences, this collaboration is a first, and all parties are excited to unveil

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“Historically, that’s what jazz has done,” he points out. “All the standards, the American Songbook, those were musical songs first, they came off of Broadway, then they got put through the jazz filter. That’s the tradition of jazz in the first place. But those standards stayed in place through the rock ‘n’ roll revolution. Not until recently did bands like The Bad Plus or any number of young, up-and-coming jazz musicians have the talent and the idea of, ‘Those guys did that with popular music— why can’t we do that with Nirvana? Why can’t we do that with Rush? Why can’t we create the same concept with more contemporary music?’” “With A Twist” shows off fresh arrangements of songs from the ’60-‘80s, but there are some selections in the program that are even more recent. Rising Australian singer-songwriter Vance Joy’s sweeping love ballad “Mess Is Mine” gets the jazz treatment, as does happy-go-lucky hippie-romance anthem “Home” by Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeroes. There’s even a little Nirvana sprinkled in there. “I’m singing ‘Black Dog’ by Led Zeppelin with a swing arrangement!” Drena cries. “I used to listen to that in the car on the way to high school!” “Probably the most fun one to arrange was ‘Dr. Feelgood’ by Mötley Crüe,” Evans laughs. “We’re doing it gypsy-swing style.” There’s a storytelling element to the show, as well—a first for On Stage Cabaret. “I wrote the playlist out with a plotline,” Evans explains. “There’s a little love triangle situation going on. the characters are represented roughly by each singer, and the plot that goes with the songs has been illustrated, so everyone will have a comic book to go along with it. The whole thing takes place in Swingtown, which is a city

where all the rock ‘n’ roll you know and love happened, but it didn’t happen as rock ‘n’ roll. The jazz sensibility stuck around through the ‘50s, ‘60s, ‘70s, and ‘80s, and didn’t switch off like it did in real life.” SCAD alum Ash Walsh created the visuals for Evans’ story. “We couldn’t have done this without Jackson,” Drena praises. “There’s nobody else whose brain could do all that he’s done!” Drena recommends getting tickets in advance for “With A Twist” and notes that there are still half-season passes left for folks who want to make On Stage Cabaret a weekly tradition. If you’ve only seen the Lucas from its wooden seats, take advantage of this rare opportunity to be perched onstage like a star. And, like all On Stage Cabarets, this particular lineup playing these particular arrangements will never happen again, making the event all the more special. “I always like to say that it’s an intimate performance in a grand space,” Drena says. “If you’ve ever wanted to know what it was like from the performer’s perspective, you get to come in the back door, use the star dressing room, sit onstage looking out at empty seats. That’s what a lot of people think the price of admission is worth, just stepping onstage at The Lucas.” First and foremost, it’s going to be an entertaining night for all. “With tons of creative freedom, it’s just been fun,” says Evans. “The Lucas has been so supportive. It’s going to be really fun—don’t miss out.” CS

With a Twist: Summer Cabaret Series When: Thursday, July 28, 8 p.m. Where: Lucas Theatre for the Arts Cost: $25

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Ash Walsh’s visual interpretation of Nirvana’s “Lounge Act,” created for the comic book that will accompany “With A Twist.” artwork by ash walsh

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music interview

Hard workin’ Southern boys The Weeks return to Savannah ‘Even if we’ve got a 20-person team, we have to be the hardest-working people, and it’s all on us.’ by anna chandler

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Sam Williams has spent his day lugging carpet under the blazing summer sun. The Weeks’ guitarist is in the midst of an engrossing project with roommate and Weeks’ guitarist Johny Fisher: transforming their basement into a studio/rehearsal area, complete with a stage. With every Weeks member living on the same street, having a creative hub where everyone can leave their gear will be a dream, but they’re gonna have to work for it. “It’s too hot to be doing all this,” Williams laughs, fresh off a Home Depot run. There are a few more hardware store trips to be made before the band embarks on a Southeast tour. But even if time off

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the road is spent doing manual labor, the members of The Weeks value those fewand-far-between breaks. For ten years, the band of childhood friends has entertained nationwide audiences with their Southern-fried take on no-fuss rock ‘n’ roll. This weekend’s show is their first Hostess City gig in two years, following a lauded performance at 2014’s Savannah Stopover Music Festival. We chatted with Williams about working on new material, functioning as an independent band, and the magical discovery of a certain long-forgotten hard drive. You just released a 10-year-old Weeks album. How’d that happen? It’s from 2006, and just due to some weird circumstances, we ended up re-recording

three of them and took six songs off. There’s still a handful of songs from the first record that we’re still hiding. Is this never-before-heard material? It was available for one month when we were in high school—we weren’t touring, there wasn’t any Spotify, it wasn’t on iTunes. I think it was available for three, four shows in 2006! We worked on this record three or four weeks after our first band practice. We had three or four songs and said, ‘Let’s do an EP.’ This guy—surreal name, Mischa Hercules—this 20-year-old kid, had a great studio in his mom’s yoga studio. He had the back part of it to himself with great recording gear. We hadn’t really done any records; we were just learning to write and record

music all together in that year and a half. What’s it feel like to put those songs out there a decade later? It’s weird! We have all the context—we know how old we were, the circumstances. We were losing ourselves in it as 14, 15-year-olds—given the context, this is pretty good. It’s a 10-year-old record. But you say, ‘You know what? Fuck the context. This is really good!’ We definitely have songs we’re more proud of than those, but that was one of the proudest moments of the last decade. It’s always good when you’re 10 years down the road to remember, this is the same four dudes the whole way. There’s a lot of nostalgia. It re-energizes you. We kind of lost the recordings, we weren’t even sitting


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It’s always good when you’re 10 years down the road to remember, this is the same four dudes the whole way. There’s a lot of nostalgia. It re-energizes you. on it; nobody had CDs of it. Computers crashed and we forgot about it entirely. How’d you get ahold of the recordings? One of my old hard drives had crashed, I was looking for some other Jackson, Mississippi band’s music on there—pretty sure it was this band Champagne Heights—I did the GeekSquad thing, they restored it, and there it was: ‘Holy shit! This is the first record!’ It wasn’t even the rough mixes—it was the final masters. You spent 2015 writing new material. How’s the next album coming? We have a new record, it’s done right now. It’s like 30 songs…we’re in the process of picking and choosing 10-12 songs, and it will probably be out in February next year. It’s been four years since the last album. We’ve been writing more because there’s nothing like a four-year break between releases to make you say, ‘We can never do that again.’ Once this record comes out, we’re going to be putting out a record every year. Why a four-year break? We toured Dear Bo [Jackson] for a solid two years. We did 4, 500 shows for that record. We had just started recording in late 2014 in the middle of tour and came to the realization that, if we put this record out in six months, we’re going to do another two years of touring. Then we’d be nearing 700 shows. In those two years, the longest we were home, not working, was 20 days. So we recharged our batteries a bit. Writing and recording on tour is not the wisest decision—tension’s always high. We’re a band of brothers. We’re not PC, everybody-loves-everybody; we gripe with the best of ‘em. It wouldn’t have been a healthy thing. We hunkered down at my house, having sleepovers four nights a week, grilling out and trying to get back to the old days when we didn’t have a big schedule. We just said, ‘Let’s just hang out, drink beers, smoke, and eat steak and write whatever we want to.’ It takes the pressure off. It’s important to know when to pump the breaks.

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How are you releasing the album? We might be going the self-release route. I’ve been fascinated with that. The model of this industry has been changing so much, we’ve been doing it for so long and we’re really entrenched in watching other artists and learning how they’re doing things. We like to have all hands in the pot—we’re a bunch of creative dudes, but also, we’ve run our own business for a while. We went a year without management, to take a step back and say we need to get everything figured out by ourselves so we’re entirely accountable for everything. In rock ‘n’ roll, sometimes things don’t work out and it’s easy to say, ‘It’s our agent’s fault,’ ‘It’s management’s fault.’ We need to take a break and say, ‘This is us. If it doesn’t happen, it’s our own fault.’ Even if we’ve got a 20-person team, we have to be the hardest-working people, and it’s all on us. We learned a lot. We’re excited to put this album out by ourselves. We’ve been with a bunch of labels; we’ve seen what works and doesn’t work. We’re ready to give it a shot. CS

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McLovins, Those Cats @Barrelhouse South

Hartford, Connecticut’s own McLovins offer an innovative take on improvisational jam rock in their Barrelhouse South return. With funky basslines, tight arrangements, and soulful vocals, the band’s a festival favorite known for delighting audiences at Gathering of The Vibes, Mountain Jam, The Peach Festival, the legendary Nateva Music Festival, and many more popular weekenders. The four-piece boasts a variety of influences ranging from classic funk like The Meters to weirdo art-pop like The Flaming Lips. The sharp musicianship of Jason Ott, Jake Huffman, Justin Berger, and Atticus Kelly and their clear chemistry makes for a compelling shows that fans of all genres will enjoy. The band joins Statesboro funk/soul band Those Cats for Saturday’s show. Saturday, July 30, 10 p.m., free, 21+

Diane Berry @Randy’s Pickin’ Parlor (Bloomingdale)

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Country performer Diane Berry hits the Pickin’ Parlor to share a lifetime of musical talent. Berry grew up in a musical household, performing with her kin, The Holman Family, on their own afternoon radio show when she was just nine years old. A guitarist and vocalist, Berry moved to Nashville in the early ‘80s to star in a show at Opryland Park, a beloved American musicthemed amusement park outside of the city. Her stint at the park led to an opportunity to perform at the Grand Ole Opry as “King of Country Music” Roy Acuff’s guest. With the spotlight on her, Berry’s career boomed after her Opry appearance, leading to collaborations with the likes of Tanya Tucker, Dottie West, Jeannie Seely, and many more. An in-demand session musician, Berry has played rhythm guitar and sung background vocals on numerous records. In her original tunes, Berry has a clear, classic country quality reminiscent of the golden days of Nashville song. 20 Friday, June 29, 8 p.m., $23, all-ages

Not Blood Paint, Tokalos, HottPlate @El-Rocko Lounge

Bushwick’s Not Blood Paint plays an unusual blend of visionary rock that hearkens back to the psychedelic sixties while maintaining a contemporary edge. The band’s touring in support of their latest album, Believing is Believing. It’s a transcendental, skull-rattling thing of elaborate beauty, fascinatingly impossible to categorize in its weaving arrangements and melodies. If you like mind-melding progressive rock with Zappa-meets-Mars-Volta swagger and the daring of ‘60s psych risk-takers, you won’t want to miss this. Known for their wild shows, Not Blood Paint utilizes costumes, set pieces, and theatrics to create an immersive experience; it’s sure to look particularly dazzling in the glitz of El-Rocko. The Savannah ties run deep with the Brooklyn band—when Tokalos drummer Natalie Cutitta was living in Brooklyn, she co-ran a venue/collective called Good Friend Electric. The members of Not Blood Paint were frequent performers. Tuesday, August 2, 9 p.m., free, 21+


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culture ampersand

& now what?

As another downtown performance venue shutters, creatives must get creative by anna chandler

Over three years, Ampersand’s antique floorboards have been scattered with glitter, feathers, sequins, swizzle sticks, the occasional bobby pin, fallen from a wig. The three-story restaurant/ club/venue has opened its doors to countless performers, from rock stars to drag queens to comedians. On July 30, its doors will close for good. July 14’s social media announcement was met with sorrow and many crying Emojis. As a destination for college students, the LGBTQ community, and artists, Ampersand offered a place to gather, dance, dine, drink, showcase visual artwork, and perform. It was also one of the last multipurpose spaces in Savannah’s Historic District hosting a variety of entertainment and readily embracing the experimental and avant-garde. From wild dance parties to burlesque shows, business was booming. “The owner sold the building, and the new owners aren’t resigning our lease,” explains Ampersand manager Jimmy Reese. Reese and his team have a huge final week of fun planned, but after 36 Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard turns over its keys, many creatives are wondering where they’ll find another a downtown space that can host theatre, classes, burlesque, music, and epic DJ nights.

Ampersand was home to live music, improv, theatre, and performance art.

“Any given night, you’d have a DJ in the basement, on the next floor a drag show, on the third floor a tango or salsa night or theatre,” explains The House of Gunt’s Max Arnzen (Influenza Mueller). “They were really open to that, and that was the best thing about it. That’s what’s happening with these spaces sadly going away; they had this sort of collaboration with the community. ‘You want to try something different? Great!’ They could see there was a value in that instead of sticking to one aesthetic and one clientele.” & A Creative Space For the past two years, Ampersand’s Savannah Stopover Music Festival, drag third floor was Savannah Stage Company’s collective The House of Gunt, The Savanmainstage. nah Sweet Tease Burlesque Revue, theatre “It’s the first place that felt like home,” group Savannah Stage Company, and elec- says SCC Artistic Director Jayme Tinti. “It tronic music crew Daas Underground are has given us stability, a place downtown. just a few organizations that have regularly Ampersand and their staff did so much utilized Ampersand’s space and stage. to help push our shows online. It gave us Weekly events like Blues and Brews and an opportunity to lay down some serious Jazz Night offered diverse musical stylroots and build an audience—because we ings, and DJ nights brought new talent to didn’t have one two years ago.” the tables. From rehearsals to improv camp, the “We’ve supported the DJ scene and third floor has been a haven of creativity given a ton of local DJs their start,” says and learning for the company. Even durReese. “I think we tried different things ing the restuarant’s closing hours, SCC had and took a different avenue. I think it their own key and used their floor to teach appealed to a lot of people because, when youth the joy of performance. you go down Congress, you see a lot of the The Savannah Sweet Tease Burlesque same stuff going on. We always tried to Revue valued the Ampersand stage as a place they could test out new and different stand out.”

shows. “1, 2, 3, Tease,” the Ampersandexclusive burlesque game show, was a hit. With the restaurant downstairs, the troupe was able to put on “A Sweet Rendezvous,” a black tie affair with a three-course dinner and live entertainment. The House of Gunt made its Ampersand premiere in 2014 for “Transcelestial Vibrations,” a collaboration with DJ showcase Cape Fear that interspersed drag performances with DJ sets. The House has thrown many an Ampersand show since.

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Though Ampersand did not consider itself an “official” gay bar, its welcoming environment made it a beloved destination for the LGBTQ community to dance, DJ, perform, and commune. Connect Savannah readers even voted Ampersand Runner-Up Best Gay Bar in the 2016 Best of Savannah Awards, second only to Club One. “It’s funny,” Reese says. “I don’t think there is such a thing as a gay bar anymore; I think, especially in downtown Savannah, most places are pretty safe for LGBT. The thing with Ampersand and what we’re trying to achieve is really just to be open to all. We didn’t discriminate against anybody or anything.” In the same way that many performers are now looking to nontraditional spaces—establishments that may not be

performance-oriented, but can become temporary stages with flexibility and openmindedness—LGBTQ nightlife is finding a home in spaces that might not outright identify as gay bars. “The only conventional space that’s safer is Club One—which has always been there, and it’s great,” says Arnzen. “But I think for queer people, it’s never enough. The gay bar, you should always be thankful that there is one, but sometimes you’re like, ‘So, what else is there?’” For a long time, Hang Fire functioned as House of Gunt’s “mainstage.” Its versatile room and welcoming environment, like Ampersand, made it a favorite location for LGBTQ folks and young people. When it closed last year, much of its clientele headed west down the Congress strip to Ampersand. “That’s what The House of Gunt was born out of,” Arnzen explains. “It was not about creating a space…it was more about taking that space and injecting the queerness, the feminism…into these spaces that are neutral. Having to find a bar where you feel comfortable, where other queer people feel comfortable, it’s always been about trying to figure out where that can be. And surprisingly, that happens in spaces that aren’t gay bars. It happens in spaces where the owners are willing to experiment and see the benefit in that. They’re not completely turned off by the idea of having a diverse demographic.” “Savannah in itself, when it comes to safe space for community, we’re limited,” says Ampersand bartender and Savannah Sweet Tease co-founder Anita Narcisse. “I feel like having establishments like [Ampersand] is a way of telling the community, ‘We’re not going anywhere. We won’t be intimidated.’ You also have straight women who find themselves in these spaces because it’s somewhere they can go and not be harassed.”

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Many creatives and entertainers consider Ampersand to be the last venue of its kind in the Historic District. For a nonprofit like Savannah Stage Company, it offered both affordability and downtown convenience; now, they’re looking toward the Starland District and gallery spaces for improv shows and the- The Teases and Gunties teamed up for “Disney Whirled,” a coatrical productions. Tinti production that took place at Ampersand and The Jinx. Grannie is embracing the positive: Glitter Gams grins. Photo by matt slade SCC’s latest show, The Wizard of Oz, has been such a surrounding areas as a place of growth. In hit that the Ampersand attic can’t quite Arnzen’s few years in Savannah, he’s seen hold their growing audience. plenty of turnover. “At this point, we are turning people “I don’t know where we go, because not away because there aren’t enough seats much has changed; this is the same strugavailable,” she says. “We are thinking of gle every day,” he says. “Hopefully, we can this as a graduation for us.” put ideas into a new space in the city.” The Sweet Tease still keeps The Jinx as Innovations in LGBTQ nightlife, like their home stage, but they enjoy variety, Lesbian Pop-Up Bar Savannah, which and hope to continue “3, 2, 1, Tease” in takes over a different venue each month, another welcoming space. offer promise for downtown diversity. “The burlesque we do does not necesWith a rich arts culture and so many sarily appeal to the male gaze,” Narcisse innovators, finding fresh stages may be points out. “And people loved our game a challenge, but the creators will prevail. show. We want to take time and weigh Ampersand is glad to have been a part of it. options, if there are any, for a place that’s “A lot of people say Ampersand wasn’t going to accommodate our concept.” a bar, but a culture,” says Reese. “We defiNarcisse, a native Savannahian, is connitely tried to open a space where people cerned about the lack of business interest in cultivating entertainment and nightlife. felt safe to do stuff a little differently and accept everybody from all walks of life. “A lot of people are making decisions It was a safe place to go. We were around based on what will generate revenue,” she says. “That’s what business is all about, but almost three years to give the community that space, and we appreciate all people there really aren’t any business owners in who have been our patrons. Thanks, nightlife that support the arts enough to Savannah.” CS believe in it and fight. There are very few with that soul, like Susanne at The Jinx, or Ampersand Closing Week Wes who was a partner in Hang Fire, and Thursday, July 28: DJ Cleaveland, Karaoke ConAmy at The Wormhole. Our music scene isn’t going anywhere; it’s the performance test with DJ Dirty D, $1 well drinks until 1 a.m. Friday, July 29: DJ C-ROK, DJ Pieces, House of art scene like House of Gunt and us who Gunt, $3 wells all night, $2 top shelf shots are fighting wholeheartedly to stay.” Arnzen hints toward possible collabora- Saturday, July 30: DJ RudyLui, Daas Undertions with new downtown bars; The House ground, .25 cent craft, draft, and bottles, $2 of Gunt is also feeling out Starland and the shots and drinks


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The Classic: Works by Arend Neyhouse and Jesse Lee — The works of Arend and Jesse center on pop culture items. Arend’s paintings are created with broad passages of colors and shapes. Jesse’s illustrative work captures the delicate and intrinsic line work. Aug. 1-28. Foxy Loxy Cafe, 1919 Bull St. Historic Cottons to Modern Polyesters: Quilts from Telfair’s Collection — Made from the rarest silks to the simplest cottons, corduroys, wools and modern polyesters, Telfair Museums’ collection of quilts are presented in Historic Cottons to Modern Polyesters. Ranging from early 19th-century examples of pieced patchwork, to an appliqué story quilt made in the 1980s, the exhibition spans nearly two centuries of quiltmaking. July 30-Nov. 6. telfair.org. Telfair Academy of Arts and Sciences, 121 Barnard St. Psychedelic Art Fair — Savannah Record Dig & Psychedelic Art Fair is taking submissions for a juried art show of 2D work. $20 for entry, up to 3 pieces per artist. 1st place prize is a $250 gift certificate to Graveface Records, 2nd place $100 gift certificate to Starlandia Reclaimed Creative Supply, 3rd place $50 gift certificate for Green Truck. 20.00 Sat., July 30. thirdsister@isakdove. com. fearnoarts.com. Savannah Hellenic Center, 14 West Anderson Street. Robert Summerlin — The main focus of Robert Summerlin’s artistic expression is portraiture. All of his paintings are completed in oil alla prima on wooden panels. Aug. 1-31. savannahjea.org. Jewish Educational Alliance, 5111 Abercorn St. Sabree — Sabree is a Gullah artist who is known for her bright paintings of people in the Gullah community. Gini Steele’s fiber art will also be featured this month. Aug. 1-31. gallery209savannah.com/. Gallery 209, 209 E River St.

Continuing Exhibits Afar — Most recent work of acclaimed Brooklyn-based video artist, Janet Biggs. Created with the support of the museum, “Afar” depicts Biggs’ travels in the Afar Triangle, a geologically unstable but visually arresting desert region at the intersection of Ethiopia, Eritrea and Djibouti, in Africa. SCAD Museum of Art, 601 Turner Blvd. Aint-Bad: Vision to Reality — Multimedia exhibition profiling the archive and lineage of Aint–Bad, a multiplatform photographic publisher based in Savannah and founded by SCAD alumni. SCAD Museum of Art, 601 Turner Blvd.

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Face to Face: American Portraits from the Permanent Collection — Spanning the period from the American Revolution to World War II, the paintings in this exhibition demonstrate the broad range of American portraiture found in Telfair’s permanent collection. Telfair Academy of Arts and Sciences, 121 Barnard St.

Boxed In/Break Out — Tricia Cookson has been selected to install a site-specific work for Boxed In/Break Out. This project encouraged artists to propose a creative installation that activates six windows at the Jepson Center (facing Barnard Street) with original artwork. Jepson Center for the Arts, 207 West York St. Built, World — “Built, World” is a group exhibition featuring works by leading international artists investigating architecture and constructed realities with a variety of media across a range of scale. Through photography, printmaking, sculpture and installation from the miniature to the monumental, this exhibition engages the social landscape, explores the real and mimetic and deconstructs architectural forms, histories and legacies. Through Sep. 4. SCAD Museum of Art, 601 Turner Blvd.

Elvis at 21: Photographs by Alfred Wertheimer — Taken during the year Elvis Presley turned 21, Alfred Wertheimer’s photographs are a remarkable visual record of rock ‘n’ roll’s most enduring figure. Jepson Center for the Arts, 207 West York St.

Landmark: A Decade of Collecting at the Jepson Center — Since the Jepson Center opened its doors to the public 10 years ago, Telfair Museums has added 1,267 works of art to its permanent collection. To celebrate the remarkable strides made in collecting during the Jepson Center era, this exhibition highlights 10 of the most significant acquisitions made from 2006 to the present. Through Aug. 14. Jepson Center for the Arts, 207 West York St. Mildred Thompson: Resonance, Selected Works from the 1990s — Over several decades, Thompson devoted her artistic practice to exploring and expanding the language of nonrepresentational abstraction. This exhibition presents a selection of works from the 1990s that collectively represent her highly developed visual language. SCAD Museum of Art, 601 Turner Blvd.

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The Farmer and The Larder: Building coastal community

Black-owned and operated Brunswick restaurant focuses on breaking down barriers

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After gaining perspective and hearing the uncertainty of the future for his famBy Jared A. Jackson ily land, he decided to move back home jacksonjared48@gmail.com and open up this one of a kind restaurant with his partner. BUILDING a community is tough work, The Farmer and the Larder is not your and it starts with dedicated people who average Southern restaurant, which is are incredibly inspired. It is through those exactly how they designed it. eyes, minds, and hands, that we begin to “We are built on what we call E.A.T., form the glue that holds everything and which stands for Educational Adventures everyone together. in Taste,” Jovan says. “For us, it is all about Culture is a huge component of any comtaking people out of their comfort zones.” munity, and as time continues to pass, its And they accomplish that goal with style culture beings to develop a flavor profile. and flare. The atmosphere is very invitOne of the reasons I love writing about ing and comforting, while their menu will food so much is because I believe food and push your tastebuds to places they are not its traditions are a major way we are able to used to, but they will most definitely thank see the culture of a community. you for taking them. Savannah and the surrounding areas Javon further explains, “We create are not flooded with authentic food. But menus that are accessible for many, but the authentic food sources we do have are also challenging for others, and in the prodripping with tradition, history, and culcess we are challenging the way most peoture. Those are the places that give you a ple are looking at Southern food.” peek into where we come from, and where And their sense of community extends we are headed next. way beyond their menu design, but also I was fortunate enough to find a pearl of reaches into how they interact with their a restaurant, like none I have ever seen in patrons. Consistently having tastings and the area. special events provide a more intimate The Farmer and The Larder is in downspace for their customers to get to know town Brunswick, about an hour away them, and feel more at home with their from Savannah, and is most definitely a favorite restaurant in town. place worthy of a trip. I was blessed with “We are constantly looking for new ways an opportunity to sit and have a conversato provide opportunity for people to contion with the owners and operators of this tinue to create community.” place, Matthew Raiford and Jovan Sage. And when we speak on community, let’s This beautiful couple met in Italy a few peel back a few layers and look at things years ago, both coming from different from a different lens. backgrounds, but food remained the comLiving in the South does not provide any mon thread between the two. Jovan spent easy roads to success, especially if you are a lot of time curating her community orga- ‘We are built on what we call E.A.T.: Educational Adventures in Taste,” Jovan says. “For us, it is African American. Even if you graduate nizing skills in Brooklyn by way of Kansas all about taking people out of their comfort zones.’ Photos by melissa delynn from the top culinary school in the counCity, and advocated for food and farms try, because of prejudice and generational through Soul Food USA; which is what she racism, people will still question your was doing when she met Matthew. knowledge and status. Matthew was born in Brunswick, Because of the color of your skin, living and grew up on his family farm, Gilliard in the South, people will assume you are Farms, as a kid. This farm has been in just the back of the house, instead of the the family since the 1800s, is completely owner of the establishment. Matthew and organic, and is same farm this couple lives Jovan are no exception to this unfortunate on today. reality. Being the youngest boy in the family by However, instead of putting up walls many years he, by default, ended up spendand being rightfully angry, they used these ing a lot of time in the kitchen. It was in moments as an opportunity to find inspithese moments when his curiosity in food ration to actually make a change. And they began. did. Growing up on a farm meant a lot of Jovan and Matthew have developed work, and also a different understanding what they call a “community table,” and on how agriculture could have an effect on it has become a cornerstone of their a community of people. Matthew spent a restaurant. lot time gaining a worldly perspective, liv“If you are a single top, or a deuce and we ing everywhere from D.C to Germany, and do not have a table available, we will ask received his culinary degree from C.I.A in you to sit at our community table” Mat26 New York. thew explains.


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“Then you have a decision to make, either you can step outside of your comfort zone, and enjoy a mouthwatering meal at the same table as some people you may not know, or you can figure out another plan for your evening,” and miss out on such a humbling experience. Matthew elaborates, “When you do sit at our community table, towards the end of your evening, you are making friends with people who you probably would have never met, and having conversations with people you may not have ever talked to.” And their food is just the catalyst for such conversation. They opened up with a charcuterie board adorned with house made pickles, crustinis, and bacon jam. A panzanella salad tossed and topped with homemade croutons. I then promptly unfastened my belt so I could continue. For my main, I chose the fresh market fish of the day, which was under a bed of fresh vegetables and risotto. Melissa chose the “double oink,” which is a bone in pork chop, wrapped in bacon, served under a bed of sauteed vegetables with their homemade jelly.

I noticed Javon running one of their burger plates, which was served with no bun in a cast iron topped with a duck egg; needless to say, I’ll be coming back. After unbuttoning my pants, at this point I could see the finish line, which was in the form of a sea salt pot de creme. This food was incredible, and simultaneously my mind and heart felt completely satisfied. This is way food was intended, this is the way to build a solid community of people around the culture of a city. This is the way to inspire people coming together and step outside of their comfort zone, and into a zone of growth. Restaurants like this one, always leave me hopeful for what the future holds. Matthew and Jovan are a beacon of light for the future, and he explains to me: “It is and always has been important for us to create opportunities for folks to come together and reach across the table.” That feeling is quite evident when you spend an evening in this space. My soul is warm after this one. Let’s keep stirring that pot, people. cs

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Hitch: Food & Drink common connoisseur

‘This is for the locals’ Welcoming the brainchild of the visionaries behind Treylor Park

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TREY WILDER, with partners Bill Wilder, his father, and Rick Kunzi, proudly walked around greeting customers while immersing themselves in the bustle of their latest quirky restaurant experiment, Hitch. A lively crowd piled into the recently renovated space on July 15, the night of Hitch’s Grand Opening. With just about 60 new staff members, Hitch’s bartenders and waitstaff had their hands full as they enthusiastically served eclectic menu items as passed hors d’oeuvres on the house. Guests sampled decadent locally cured meats and cheeses scattered around the restaurant. Enticing menu items such as Beef Carpaccio Pizza, Fried Green Tomatoes and Smoked Bacon Bourbon Wings, were eagerly plucked from platters. The bar, several people deep, earnestly served wine, beer and an array of specialty cocktails. Grape Vodka Soda and Infusion Flights, such as Smoked Bacon Bourbon, were in high demand. This opening was every bit of grand. After Treylor Park’s success with first locals and now predominantly tourists, owners sought to create a restaurant similar to the one on Bay Street, but with a few tweaks. Although Treylor Park has a strong local following, the two-hour wait may deter faithful followers. “This is for the locals,” Wilder declares. With locals helping them get Treylor Park on the map, Wilder reports that they want to “give back” to those people. There is such a strong dichotomy between fine dining and dive bars in Savannah, but not a lot of in-between restaurants. Hitch “meets in the middle,” Wilder affirms. Its vibe, price point and cuisine appeal to a variety of people from all walks of life. Although Hitch and Treylor Park have parallels, Wilder states that he did not want to “copy and paste” the new restau28 rant to its older brother.

While Hitch maintains the integrity of what makes the original restaurant so special, it is a slight step up, making it Treylor Park 2.0.

The brick building off of Liberty and Drayton, that once housed the Granite Restaurant and Bar, is now home to the one and only Hitch. Hitch, the brainchild of the enterprising visionaries behind Treylor Park, inherits its name from the concept of a trailer hitch. “It’s an extension of the original Trey-

lor Park,” Trey Wilder, co-owner of both establishments, illustrates its figurative meaning. Wilder’s aspiration, to establish a noshery for locals that offers eccentric food and drinks at approachable prices, was skillfully executed. “The space had a good footprint on it, it just needed some character, textures, life and energy,” Wilder admits, referring to the space that had once been occupied by the previous tenant Granite. Owners resourcefully transformed the space by adding grey tiled floors, a wooden plank ceiling, a fresh coat of paint, and brick accent walls. Original high top granite tables, from the previous used by Granite, were utilized as community tables, occupying the former dance floor. With minimal construction, removing one of the previous bars and dividing the restaurant into two spaces, the bar side and the restaurant side, Hitch was able to open two weeks after the initial set date, and it did not disappoint. The industrially designed ambiance displayed liberal use of exposed brick walls, with distressed wooden elements, metal features and copper-tone accents, all set under the rustic glow of Edison blub lighting. Hitch’s take on Southern bar fare reinvents comfort food in a quirky and unconventional way. Their menu offers 35 unique twists on otherwise well known items, some of which originated at Treylor Park. From the Nachos Grande to the PB&J Wings, many popular eats made Hitch’s whimsical southern menu. Wilder’s reasoning? “If it’s not broke, don’t fix it.” We all tend to agree. However, it is clear Wilder and crew sought to “take it up a

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Duck Confit Pizza Pie, topped with melted smoked gouda, slow cooked duck, onion marmalade, diced green apple served with drizzled blueberry vinaigrette.

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Trey Wilder (right), with partners Bill Wilder (middle), his father, and Rick Kunzi (left), proudly walked around greeting customers, immersing themselves in the bustle of their latest quirky restaurant experiment, Hitch.

Lastly, we dug into the Fried Quail and Donuts, a snappy take on the brunch staple, chicken and waffles. The quail was delicate, complimenting the crisp peppery batter that encrusted it. In our opinion, quail was a good choice, as chicken would have been too dense and overpowering in this dish. The house-made donut was light and airy with a faint sweetness. The chunky habanero peach salsa, that topped the donut, provided an intense natural sweetness followed by a swift kick of heat from the pepper. While Hitch has found its niche of serving vibrant and high quality ingredients at affordable prices, a concept that is lacking in the downtown Savannah area, Wilder, Kunzi and Wilder have aspirations to build a brand. Wilder expressed intent to open a new restaurant every year for five years. This “controlled growth” makes the demanding restaurant business a more gratifying experience, thus reducing the burnout rate. Next year, we can anticipate a beachy joint on Tybee with seafood-forward grub. Wilder divulged that their future plans would expand to Hilton Head and surrounding areas. As I sat and watched the crowds of food enthusiasts gather around dish upon dish of exciting and fun new fare, I could not help but notice the grins of approval. As I sat and watched groups of thirsty patrons enter the bar from the hot streets of Savannah, I could not help but see their eyes light up as they experienced the house infused distilled beverages. And finally, as I sat and watched Trey Wilder and his partners weave through their new foodie disciples, I could not help but recognize the pride in their faces. The night was truly a success. One can even dare to say, it went off without a Hitch. cs

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notch” by incorporating higher quality ingredients such as Mini Lamb Chops, Beef Carpaccio and Whole Quail into Hitch’s menu. Aside from menu similarities, the primary focus was to “tweak the plating and presentation” at Hitch. Unlike Treylor Park, Hitch’s menu is predominately sharable, making it ideal for the indecisive foodie. Hitch encourages patrons to pass the plates and eat with their hands. The result is a trendy tapas-like restaurant that is perfect for Savannah. Hitch’s menu flirts with playful flavor combinations that sound exciting on paper and deliver on the plate. On the carefree Sunday afternoon after Friday’s Grand Opening, I had the opportunity to indulge in some of these enticing shareable eats with a few friends. Given that we all had different cravings, we happily compromised by picking one item that tickled our fancy and sharing them. I had been eyeing the Duck Confit Pizza Pie, made with homemade dough and topped with slabs on melted smoked gouda, slow cooked duck, onion marmalade, diced green apple served with drizzled blueberry vinaigrette. The crust served as an edible plate, highlighting the freshly cut smoky cheese and richly pungent duck. The bright crunch of apple sang with the sweet onion jam and zippy vinaigrette. At $15, it’s the most expensive item on the menu, but is 14 inches of sweet and savory delightfulness. Next, we sampled a unique twist on the classic Shrimp and Grits. This taco filled with fried grit nuggets and crispy shrimp dressed in a splash of vibrant chimichurri sauce and creamy chili aioli did not disappoint. The black beans, served on the side, were not an afterthought, as they were flavorsome with bits of bacon hidden inside. In this dish, Tex Mex met the Deep South and their sultry marriage was intriguing.

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Sometimes the best way to have your film screened across the country is to have it banned. Vaxxed: From Cover-Up to Controversy made headlines last spring after the Tribeca Film Festival pulled the documentary from its 2016 line-up, saying that other filmmakers had threatened to take their work out of the 15 year-old festival if it were included. Directed by Andrew Wakefield, the film centers around the charge that findings from a study by the Center for Disease Control were tampered with, thereby suppressing evidence that linked a certain vaccine with autism. Much of the ensuing publicity focused on discrediting that premise, calling it “pseudoscience” and citing public health officials who have debunked any connection between vaccines and the uptick in autism, which has risen from 1 in 150 children ages 3-17 in 2002 to the current statistic of 1 in 68. In the critical crosshairs was Wakefield, the British gastroenterologist who co-published a 1998 study in the medical journal The Lancet that suggested the 3-in-1 measles, mumps and rubella vaccine causes autism. The study was retracted in 2010, and Wakefield was stripped of his medical credentials but has continued to advocate for more research in vaccine safety. After being kicked out of Tribeca, grassroots support has encouraged the producers of Vaxxed to seek out alternative distribution options. Since partnering in June with Gathr.com, a theatrical ondemand service that arranges one-night showings after a certain threshold of reservations has been met, there have been over 570 screenings of Vaxxed booked nationwide. Two screenings have already been green-lit for Savannah on August 1 and 8, with a third pending for Aug. 22 in Pooler. Producer Del Bigtree was aware that taking on this controversial subject matter could be “career suicide,” but he felt compelled to make the film and bring it to the public.

“We all thought that this discussion was over, that the vaccine/autism link had been disproven and we could all move on,” he told ABC News World Report before the film was pulled. “I know that’s what I believed until I heard this new information.” That new information is a series of recorded phone calls with CDC vaccine scientist Dr. Bill Thompson, who co-

Screenings are scheduled in the Savannah area August 1, 8 and 22.

authored the MMR safety study that is often referred to by pro-vaccination proponents as hallmark proof. In the calls, Dr. Thompson claims he was present for the destruction of research that proved a “causal relationship” between the MMR vaccine and autism. “It’s the most compelling evidence of fraud I’ve ever seen,” said Bigtree, a former producer for the daytime TV show “The Doctors.” “This is not an anti-vaccine movie. It’s about fraud, scientific fraud committed by the CDC.” Dr. Thompson’s confession raises questions about whether the results of other

vaccine studies may also be false. Those who have seen the film believe it presents a powerful case for further investigation. “People base their belief that vaccines are safe on the fact that the CDC is infallible,” says local children’s health activist Kim Spencer. “Yet here you have a CDC scientist whose name is on the very study they point to when they say vaccines are safe who’s calling it a fraud.” While public officials and others vehemently dismiss any link between vaccines and the increase in autism-related disorders, many autism parents maintain that more than just the MMR science is faulty. Spencer explains that many of those characterized as “anti-vax” are actually seeking more safety studies that focus on multiple vaccines, including the impact of the current immunization schedule. The CDC recommended in 2016 that American children receive 48 doses of 14 vaccines before the age of 6, more than twice its 1983 recommendations of 22 doses of 7 vaccines. No study has been conducted evaluating the effect of giving up to 8 or 10 vaccines at once, as is often the case in busy pediatric practices. Proponents hope that the information presented in Vaxxed will confirm the need for vaccine reform. “Pediatricians, politicians, nurses, anyone who works with children’s health should come out and see it,” says Spencer. “At least see if what you think you know holds up.” Audiences are increasing in spite of—or perhaps because of—the controversy surrounding Vaxxed. After it was taken off the Tribeca schedule, festival cofounder and autism parent Robert DeNiro continued to express support for the film. “I think the movie is something that people should see. I, as a parent with a child who has autism, am concerned,” he told the TODAY show’s Savannah Guthrie and Willie Geist in April. “I want to know the truth. And I’m not anti-vaccine. I want safe vaccines.” cs

‘Vaxxed: From Cover-Up to Catastrophe’

7:30pm, Monday, Aug. 1 and Monday, Aug. 8 at Savannah Stadium 10, 1132 Shawnee St. 7:30pm, Monday, Aug. 22 at Pooler Stadium 12, 425 Pooler Parkway Tickets: gather.us or vaxxedthemovie.com


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Visit our website online at www.connectsavannah.com/ savannah/MovieTimes for daily movie times and trailers

multiplexes CARMIKE 10 www.carmike.com 511 Stephenson Ave. 353-8683

spotlight EISENHOWER savannah.spotlighttheatres.com/ 1100 Eisenhower Dr. 352-3533

\ REGAL SAVANNAH 10 www.regmovies.com 1132 Shawnee St. 927-7700

VICTORY SQUARE 9 www.franktheatres.com 1901 E. Victory 355-5000

Carmike WYNNSONG 11 www.carmike.com 1150 Shawnee St. 920-3994

POOLER Stadium 12 www.gtcmovies.com 425 POOLER PKWY. 330-0777

ROYAL Cinemas POOLER www.royalcinemaspooler. com 5 TOWN CENTER CT. 988-4025

Indie venues Call or Visit the venue ‘s website for specific movies and times

Muse Arts Warehouse www.musesavannah.org 703 Louisville Rd (912) 713-1137

Sentient bean www.sentientbean.com 13 E Park Ave (912) 232-4447

Edina and Patsy are Absolutely Fabulous on the big screen

ABSOLUTELY FABULOUS: THE MOVIE

// “I wouldn’t recommend getting in the Jacuzzi. It’s a smoothie of old-man semen.” While it’s tempting to believe this eyebrow-raising snatch of dialogue came from Finding Dory or The BFG, it’s actually one of the many naughty bits found in Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie, the big-screen adaptation of the popular British comedy that ran off and on for 41 episodes between 1992 and 2012. Having never seen the show, I can’t state how well it carries on TV’s AbFab tradition — a colleague who cites the series as among his all-time faves opined at the advance screening that it fails to recapture its former glory, while others have written that it’s a marvelous tribute to the Brit sitcom. My advice: Definitely take a chance if you’re a fan of the show, but newbies should proceed with caution. The movie does get off to a, yes, fabulous start, as best friends Edina Monsoon and Patsy Stone (series stars Jennifer Saunders and Joanna Lumley) are still trying to remain trendy and amass gargantuan wealth — Edina by nabbing Kate Moss as a client for her PR firm, Patsy by doing as little as humanly possible. Matters turn disastrous for the pair, though, when they attend a swank fashion soiree and Edina accidentally knocks Moss into the Thames. Because the supermodel is presumed dead (her body can’t be found), Edina suddenly becomes the most hated person in the world, and she and Patsy flee to the French Riviera in the hopes of finding a rich husband for Patsy so the pair can fade away in rich anonymity. For a while, the fact that this looks and

sounds like no other movie in theaters works to its advantage, with colorful characters and off-kilter dialogue dominating the proceedings. But after the Moss drowning, when the film should kick into a higher gear, it instead idles to a stultifying degree, and the draggy midsection (comprised primarily of Edina and Patsy wallowing in self-pity) suggests that director Mandie Fletcher (who also helmed episodes of the series) and Saunders (as screenwriter) didn’t have enough material to justify a feature-length outing. Luckily, the movie rallies during the third act (complete with a closing scenario echoing Some Like It Hot’s classic finale), although even here, Fletcher’s clumsy small-screen staging is at odds with Saunders’ efforts to open up the film. As expected, there are cameos galore (Jon Hamm, Lulu and Emma “Baby Spice” Bunton are among those playing themselves), as well as small roles for currently hot actors (Rebel Wilson as a flight attendant, Mark Gatiss, Sherlock’s creator/Mycroft Holmes, amusing as a book publisher) – you can also count on seeing celebrities who haven’t been in the public consciousness since Reagan was president (Joan Collins, Jerry Hall). All these fleeting appearances are like the movie itself: Amazon hot and Arctic cold, with some inspiring affection and amusement and others leading to nothing more than an exaggerated shoulder shrug.

HUNT FOR THE WILDERPEOPLE

/// A grouchy old man and a roly-poly boy; the devastating loss of a significant other; a faithful canine companion (two, actually); the sighting of a rare kind of bird. Sure,

it might sound like Hunt for the Wilderpeople is a live-action remake of the Pixar gem Up, but it’s actually its own beast, a unique tale alternating between heaviness and heart. Sam Neill plays the grizzled elder, stuck in the New Zealand wilds with a young boy (Julian Dennison) and being pursued by authority figures who mistakenly believe that he not only kidnapped the child but is also sexually abusing him. That couldn’t be further from the truth: On the contrary, the kid doesn’t especially want to return to civilization and fancies himself a hardcore gangster successfully eluding the police (in truth, he’s no more gangster than any of the Little Rascals). Written and directed by What We Do in the Shadows creator Taika Waititi (who interjects himself into the proceedings by playing a minister in one strained scene), Hunt for the Wilderpeople is excellent when it focuses solely on the relationship between — and the misadventures of — its two central figures. It’s less captivating when the attention turns to several doltish characters, most critically an abrasive social worker (Rachel House) but also a selfie-loving slacker (Troy Kingi) and a conspiracy theorist named Psycho Sam (Rhys Darby). Still, these supporting players are only the side dishes, and the main course is more than savory enough to cover up their overcooked flavorlessness.

GHOSTBUSTERS

/// The timing is certainly coincidental. In the same week that’s witnessing the release of Ghostbusters, a new scientific study (I believe conducted at Johns Hopkins University, but don’t quote me on that) has conclusively revealed that the brain size of Men’s Rights Activists, misogynists, and other militant morons is larger than a penny but smaller than a quarter. The test, which originated in the wake of the release of 2008’s Sex and the City and entered the home stretch as Mad Max: Fury Road was hitting theaters last summer, serves as the bookend to a similar study that yielded the exact same results among racists around the time the Annie remake starring Quvenzhane Wallis was playing multiplexes. As Thomas Dolby emphatically declared, “Science!” Yet the interesting component is that, as this reinterpretation of the beloved 1984 Ghostbusters gets underway, it appears as if maybe, for the first time in their entire worthless lives, the social suicide squad of female-fearing fanboys will be right — albeit, of course, for the wrong reasons. After a mood-setting prologue, the film doesn’t start so much as lurch forward, and the inclusion of some unnecessary and unfunny scatological humor suggests

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that maybe rebooting this franchise wasn’t such a great idea if the end result was basically going to be a gender-swap The Hangover with a higher CGI budget. But as the script by Paul Feig (who also directs) and Katie Dippold (a writerproducer from Parks and Recreation and MADtv) gets its bearings, as additional characters are added to the roster, and as the gags start to rely less on locker-room humor and more on the comic abilities of the cast, Ghostbusters soon takes off and never looks back. Is it better than the original? Not quite, although the distance between the two is a lot closer than anyone will care to admit. And despite some terrific contributions from the newcomers, there’s no ‘buster quite as glorious as ’84-vintage Bill MurJulian Dennison stars in Hunt For The ray, whose deft turn was one for the comic Wilderpeople ages. But to be clear, this is no rancid Ghost seems to stay still as she infuses trek so clueless and self-centered that it soils memories of the original; if anything, Holtzmann with eccentric personality. The picture becomes heavy with visual it enhances it, with some nicely placed effects spectacle in the final act, but cameos (even the late Harold Ramis, sort because the creatures on display are a far of) and clever allusions to the original (be sure to stay through all the credits to catch cry from the usual dinosaurs, spaceships and Transformers, even this section mana teaser not unlike the grabber that closed ages to remain inventive and eye-popping. Batman Begins). The smartness of the script not only Wisely, Feig and Dippold don’t make their stars female versions of the boys from informs the nods to the original (marshback in the day (e.g. Peter Venkman hasn’t mallow, anyone?) but also directly addresses the tantrums thrown by the suddenly become Patricia Venkman) but nation’s man-boys, from a nice line about rather come up with new characters for the bullying of women to the fact that the them to inhabit. Kristen Wiig is, comvillain of the piece (played by SNL scribe paratively speaking, the calm one — she’s Neil Casey) looks exactly like the sort of Erin Gilbert, a scientist who tries to bury keyboard warrior who spends his Friher ghost-dabbling past as she’s set to day nights anonymously bashing women attain tenure at a prestigious university. online (as someone accurately notes, “It’s But that’s easier said than done since her always the sad, pale ones”). former partner in the paranormal, Abby Whether on its own fearless terms or Yates (Melissa McCarthy), has been hawking their previously published novel on the even as an update of a zeitgeist-charged smash, Ghostbusters proves to be an oasis subject all over the Internet. As expected, Erin does not attain tenure of entertainment in the midst of this cinematic summer drought — a pop-culture but she does develop a reenergized interest in ghosts, joining with Abby and her lab popcorn picture designed to raise spirits in mate Jillian Holtzmann (Kate McKinnon) more ways than one. as they investigate some unusual activities THE LEGEND OF TARZAN occurring around the Big Apple. // And once their outfit is enhanced by In my youth, I used to mainline Edgar the presence of MTA worker Patty Tolan (Leslie Jones) and possibly hindered by the Rice Burroughs’ Tarzan novels as if I were Al Pacino snorting up all that cocaine in addition of dumb-as-a-brick receptionist Scarface. My habit extended to the filmic Kevin (Chris Hemsworth), all the team versions, including all 12 Johnny Weissnow requires is a catchy name and logo. muller yarns, most of the Gordon Scotts Wiig and McCarthy are fine playing and Lex Barkers, the TV series starring within their normal parameters, so it’s Ron Ely, and 1984’s intelligent and handthe support staff that yields the largest dividends. Jones is very funny as a woman somely mounted Greystoke: The Legend of Tarzan, Lord of the Apes. I even suffered whose common sense occasionally (and through the 1981 Bo Derek atrocity Tarunderstandably) takes a back seat to hyszan, the Ape Man, a movie so agonizingly teria, while Hemsworth builds on the comedic promise he displayed in last year’s awful in every regard that critic Leonard Maltin, in his annual Movie Guide, amusVacation with an absolutely riotous poringly wrote that it “nearly forced editors trayal of a hunk so lunk-headed, he covers of this book to devise a rating lower than his eyes whenever he hears a loud noise. 32 Best of all is McKinnon, who never BOMB.”

Like James Bond, Tarzan on screen has never gone away, but unlike the dapper double-oh agent, his movie appearances rarely generate much notice — one would have to go back to the final year of the last century to find a Tarzan flick that more than 12 people saw (that would be Disney’s 1999 animated take). The Legend of Tarzan seeks to jumpstart the franchise for a new generation, and it certainly puts its money where its mythology is. It’s directed by David Yates (helmer of the final four Harry Potter pics), it stars former True Blood hottie Alexander Skarsgard as the ape man, and it features a supporting cast led by two-time Oscar winner Christoph Waltz, ever-popular Samuel L. Jackson, and current Hollywood “It Girl” Margot Robbie. The script by Craig Brewer and Adam Cozad dispenses with the familiar origin story in a couple of flashbacks and instead opts to begin with the former jungle man already having assumed the mantle of Lord John Clayton III, Earl of Greystoke, back in England. Happily married to Jane Porter (Robbie), he’s talked into heading back to Africa by George Washington Williams (Jackson), a human rights activist and, interestingly, an actual historical figure who protested the cruel treatment and enslavement of Africans in the Congo, all under the order of Belgian King Leopold II. Another real-life character appears in the form of Leon Rom (Waltz), the king’s emissary in the Congo and a sadist who reportedly kept the decapitated heads of local blacks in his garden. Thankfully, nothing this Rom does is quite that awful, but he’s nevertheless an amoral opportunist and the reason Lord Clayton shucks his duds and returns to the swinger lifestyle. With his soulful eyes and ripped abs, Skarsgard is more than acceptable as Tarzan, although the same can’t be said for his co-stars. Robbie is rather drab as Jane, while Jackson again proves to be too contemporary an actor to be believable in a period setting. Waltz is fine, but we’ve seen him play this part before. As for the animals — well, there are none. Part of the joy of the Burroughs adaptations of yore was watching Tarzan and Jane interact with the jungle denizens, but here everything has been created by computer. Indeed, the fact that the movie has been CGIed to death is one of its biggest shortcomings — even the jungles created on the studio back lots were more convincing than the sterile sheen that dogs this picture’s every move. As with The BFG, imagination too often takes a back seat to artifice, and while this film’s robust energy makes it the better bet of the two, the return to the intersection of Hollywood and vine deserved a more memorable retelling.

 

INDEPENDENCE DAY: RESURGENCE

/ The first inanity in Independence Day: Resurgence — and what is this sequel to the 1996 smash Independence Day if not an endless stream of inanities? — arrives when it’s revealed that the entire global community felt so connected in a United Colors of Benetton sort of way following the defeat of the invading aliens 20 years ago that everyone has lived in peace ever since. There have been no territorial wars, no terrorist psychos blowing up buildings, no televised Sean Hannity rants against the dangers of “libtards,” apparently not even a couple of kids throwing spastic punches in the schoolyard. And that Kumbaya feeling only threatens to expand once those nasty e.t.’s return for the 20-year reunion, again set on annihilating all of humankind. Will Smith may have opted not to collect a sizable paycheck for a sequel that reeks of cash-grabbing desperation, but practically everyone else is back, including Jeff Goldblum, Bill Pullman and the late Robert Loggia (who passed away last December). The problem, though, isn’t the old-timers — it’s the newcomers. While the original ID contained characters who kept us entertained, this picture adds characters who are so devoid of personality, they barely register as living organisms.

THE SHALLOWS

/// Just when you thought it was safe to go back in the sunlight following what’s proving to be a rather desultory summer movie season, along comes The Shallows to drive everyone back into the deep end of the auditorium. The opening scene, a flash-forward which takes places after much of the action has already transpired, is a mistake, since it strips away some of the piece’s unpredictability. But we’re then back at the beginning of the story, which finds a young American named Nancy (Blake Lively) journeying to a secluded Mexican beach, the same one her late mother visited while pregnant with her 25 years earlier. After enjoying some killer waves, Nancy soon finds herself terrorized by a killer shark, and although the rock on which she’s stranded is a mere 200 yards from shore, the silent predator blocking her path means that the distance might as well be that from the earth to the moon. The true star of The Shallows isn’t the junior Jaws but rather Blake Lively, who’s in almost every scene of what’s basically a one-woman show. Lively, whose big-screen career felt as if it were on life support until last year’s The Age of Adaline allowed her to strut her stuff, is excellent in this picture, delivering a performance both physically and mentally demanding.


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Happenings

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Activism & Politics

One of the Guys Guys, have you found yourself in a social rut, or just have a need for the art of conversation? Make a change in 2016. The past decade a diverse group of guys have been getting together about every two weeks to share dinner and opinions on just about any topic. No membership requirements or dues. Just an open mind and willingness to expand your friendship base. For more information visit us on Facebook at Savannah Men’s Club, or if you prefer, email details/questions to savannahmensclub@gmail.com. ongoing. Downtown Savannah, downtown. 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. sayr.org. Call or see website for information. Free ongoing. 912-308-3020. savannahyoungrepublicans.com. Savannah Libertarians Join the Facebook group to find out about upcoming local events. Mondays. Facebook. com/groups/SAVlibertarians. 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. foxyloxycafe.com/. Foxy Loxy Cafe, 1919 Bull St.

Auditions and Calls for Entries

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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: savaayo@yahoo.com. Info is also available at www.savaayo.org. AYO is sponsored in part by the Savannah Friends of Music, www.savannahfriendsofmusic. com ongoing. about.armstrong.edu/Maps/ index.html. Armstrong State University, 11935 Abercorn St. Auditions for Henry V Savannah Shakes presents its next production of Henry V, directed by Sheila Lynne this November and seeking a diverse cast of people to bring the Battle of Agincourt to Vietnam! Auditions are Saturday and Sunday at Muse Arts Warehouse from 2pm - 5pm and will consist of prepared monologues from any Shakespeare play and cold readings from Henry V. If you are interested in auditioning and cannot make either time, please email savshakes@gmail.com to set up a separate audition time. Show opens November 11th, and rehearsals will begin in August and meet several times a week based on schedules. July 30-31. 912-421-9585. savshakes@gmail.com. musesavannah. 34 org/. Muse Arts Warehouse, 703 Louisville

Call for Entries for Savannah: A Southern Journey Photo Contest

The Tourism Leadership Council is seeking submissions for the cover photo for the eighth edition of Savannah: A Southern Journey. Photos should depict a scene that is unique to Savannah. Savannah: A Southern Journey is the premier guide to Savannah’s sights and activities, providing valuable information for the guests who stay in area lodging properties. This beautifully produced coffee table book also features stunning photography of the sights of Savannah. Entries will be accepted through Sept. 1, 2016. Finalists will be selected by a panel, and the winner will be selected by a public poll after submissions close. For more detailed rules and to submit your photos, visit tourismleadershipcouncil.com/southernjourneycover. Sep. 1. Tourism Leadership Council office, 1 International Dr

Rd. Call for Applications for Weave a Dream Initiative The City of Savannah’s Weave-A-Dream (WAD) Panel has issued a call for proposals for the 2016 Weave-A-Dream Cultural & Arts Projects initiative. Applications will be accepted through the calendar year, while funds are available. Programs are to be completed prior to December 31, 2016. The application must be submitted at least eight weeks prior to the start date of the project; the last date an application can be submitted is October 21, 2016. Project funding is available up to $2,000 for specific and innovative arts, cultural, or heritage projects or presentations that have a measurable, quantifiable benefit to Savannah’s diverse populations. The Weave-A-Dream Panel seeks proposals that actively involve youth, seniors, and those who have limited access to arts based programs in Savannah. A priority of the WAD funding program is that organizations reach neighborhood communities, encompassing all city districts. To be eligible for consideration, an organization must be a non-profit, 501c3, head-quartered in Savannah’s corporate limits. Proposed programs must also be produced within the City’s corporate limits. No individual artist

applications will be accepted. Agencies funded by the City of Savannah for 2016 are not eligible to apply. Applications are available at www.savannahga.gov/ arts. Applying organizations may request application materials and technical assistance by contacting Rebecca Brown at 912-651-6760 or rbrown02@savannahga. gov Through Oct. 21. City of Savannah Department of Cultural Affairs, 9 West Henry St. Call for Collegiate Chapters for Yeshua Next Generation Young adults between the ages of 21-25 with technical and people skills are needed to attend Savannah Chamber of Commerce events and to act as Overseers for collegiate chapters. Please contact Reverend Brenda Lee at (912) 236-3154, email:revbrendalee@ yahoo.com ongoing. Downtown Savannah, downtown. Call for Entries for Artists and Artisans Tour The Arts Resource Collective (ARC) of Savannah offers all greater Savannah area artists an opportunity to submit and exhibit their work for sale at the 2016 Artists and Artisans Tour on September 29. Artists will be selected by jury. This show celebrates the magnificent historic residences and extraordinary artistic talents that, along with

the food, wine and people, make Savannah a great cultural center. For more information, email info@arcsavannah.org. Through Aug. 8. Downtown Savannah, downtown. Call for Entries for Savannah: A Southern Journey Photo Contest The Tourism Leadership Council is seeking submissions for the cover photo for the eighth edition of Savannah: A Southern Journey. Photos should depict a scene that is unique to Savannah. Savannah: A Southern Journey is the premier guide to Savannah’s sights and activities, providing valuable information for the guests who stay in area lodging properties. This beautifully produced coffee table book also features stunning photography of the sights of Savannah. Entries will be accepted through Sept. 1, 2016. Finalists will be selected by a panel, and the winner will be selected by a public poll after submissions close. For more detailed rules and to submit your photos, visit tourismleadershipcouncil. com/southernjourneycover. Through Sep. 1. Tourism Leadership Council office, 1 International Dr. Call for Exhibition Proposals for Cultural Arts Gallery The City of Savannah’s Department of Cultural Affairs is now accepting exhibition proposals at the Cultural Arts Gallery for the 2017 calendar year. In conjunction with each exhibition, artists are encouraged to develop and present a learning opportunity to the public such as a workshop, lecture or demonstration. All mediums will be considered for non-degree seeking solo or group exhibitions, including video and installation pieces. Proposals should be professionally presented and should include a cover letter; a resume; an artist statement; a previous exhibition record; 10-12 digital images of the work to be considered; and a self-addressed stamped envelope if the proposal needs to be returned. The deadline for submissions is September 9, 2016 at 4 p.m. Proposals should be submitted to Debra Zumstein, Arts Programs Coordinator, City of Savannah Department of Cultural Affairs, 9 W. Henry St., Savannah, GA 31401. Proposal guidelines are available online at www.savannahga.gov/arts or by calling (912) 651-6783. Through Sep. 9. City of Savannah Department of Cultural Affairs, 9 West Henry St. 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.


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Homeschool Music Classes Music classes for homeschool students ages 8-18 and their parents. Offered in Guyton and Savannah. See website for details. ongoing. CoastalEmpireMusic.com. 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@ oatland40th.org. Deadline is August 31. undefined. 912-395-1500. oatlandisland.org. Raw Gallery Raw Gallery is now accepting exhibition proposals for the 2016 calendar year. In conjunction with each exhibition, artists are encourage to develop and present a learning opportunity to the public such as a Demonstration, Gallery Talk, or Workshop. All mediums will be considered for degree & non- degree seeking solo or group exhibitions including video and installation pieces. Email your proposal as a single PDF file to rawgallery2016@gmail.com with “Exhibition Proposal” in the subject line. Through Aug. 15. Downtown Savannah, downtown. Tell Us Your Ghost Story? Organization seeks to document your first hand experiences with psychical phenomenon for analysis and potential investigation. Our investigators have reputable credentials and long time investigation training and connections with the top minds and researchers in parapsychology field research and other areas. We are especially interested in Chatham and neighboring counties with special emphasis on Savannah itself and the Historic District. Interviewees should be comfortable with video documentation of themselves and events w/privacy level negotiated beforehand. ongoing. amchclub@yahoo.com. Downtown Savannah, downtown.

Benefits

$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. bikramyogasavannah.com. 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@ savannahga.gov.

Classes, Camps & Workshops

Adult Contemporary Dance Class Ages 16+. Dance technique and intricate choreography. $15 Thu., July 28, 5:30-6:30 p.m. 954.682.5694. elyse.thestudi0@ yahoo.com. thestudiosav.net/ongoingclasses-2016.html. thestudiosav.net. The STUDIO, 2805b Roger Lacey Dr. 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. Beading Classses at Epiphany Bead & Jewelry Studio Learn jewelry-making techniques from beginner to advanced. Call for class times. 912-677-3983. epiphany.indiemade.com. 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. happenstancebellydance@gmail.com. happenstancebellydance.wordpress.com. Boys and Girls Hip Hop Summer Hip-Hop class. Fun, upbeat choreography and skills. Ages 4-9. $15 Thu., July 28, 4:30-5:30 p.m. 954.682.5694. elyse. thestudio@yahoo.com. thestudiosav.net/ ongoing-classes-2016.html. thestudiosav. net. The STUDIO, 2805b Roger Lacey Dr. Champions Training Center Offering a variety of classes and training in mixed martial arts, jui-jitsu, judo and other disciplines for children and adults. All skill levels. 525 Windsor Rd. 912-349-4582. ctcsavannah.com. Children’s Summer in the Garden Bring the kids to learn in the garden, while you converse with the other adults in the community and maybe do a little work. ​​Free Sat., July 30, 9 a.m.-noon. 912-999-6988. occugardens@gmail.com. OccuGardens-Thomas Square Edible Park, 114 East 39th street. 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. savannahstate.edu. savstate.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.. claystudio@gmail.com. Boating Classes Classes on boat handling, boating safety and navigation offered by U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary. See website or call to register. 912897-7656. savannahaux.com. 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 www.laurenl.com/creativity_ coaching/ or contact Creativity@LaurenL. com ongoing. Online, ---.

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. Family Law Workshop The Mediation Center has three workshops per month for people who do not have legal representation in a family matter: divorce, legitimation, modifications of child support, visitation, contempt. Schedule: 1st Tues, 2nd Mon, 4th Thursday. Call for times. $30 912354-6686. mediationsavannah.com. Fany’s Spanish/English Institute Spanish is fun. Classes for adults and children held at 15 E. Montgomery Crossroad. Register by phone. ongoing. 912921-4646. Game Academy Summer Camp A two-day on-campus enrichment program that will give students the opportunity to refine their video game designing techniques. Advanced students will be able to not only explore video game design at a higher level, but also jump into new video game designing platforms such as designing in 3D. For grades 3-8. Cost is $150 Mon., Aug. 1, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. and Tue., Aug. 2, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. 912-966-7922. carolyn. perry@ceismc.gatech.edu. pe.gatech.edu/ savannah-campus/k-12/summer-camp. Georgia Tech Savannah, 210 Technology Circle. Guitar, Mandolin, or Bass Guitar Lessons Emphasis on theory, reading music, and improvisation. Located in Ardsley Park. ongoing. 912-232-5987. 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. savannahpha.com. savannahpha.com/NRC. html. Neighborhood Resource Center, 1407 Wheaton St. Knitting & Crochet Classes Offered at The Frayed Knot, 6 W. State St. See the calendar of events on website. Mondays. 912-233-1240. thefrayedknotsav. com. 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. smisavannah@gmail.com. savmusiciansinstitute.com. New Horizons Adult Band Program Music program for adults who played a band instrument in high school/college and would like to play again. Mondays at 6:30pm at Portman’s. $30 per month. All ages and ability levels welcome. Call for info. ongoing. 912-354-1500. portmansmusic.com. Portman’s Music Superstore, 7650 Abercorn

St. Novel Writing Write a novel, finish the one you’ve started, revise it or pursue publication. Awardwinning Savannah author offers one-onone or small group classes, mentoring, manuscript critique, ebook formatting. Email for pricing and scheduling info. ongoing. pmasoninsavannah@gmail.com. Photography Classes Beginner photography to post production. Instruction for all levels. $20 for two-hour class. See website for complete class list. 410-251-4421. chris@chrismorrisphotography.com. chrismorrisphotography.com. Piano Voice-Coaching Pianist with M/degree,classical modern jazz improvisation, no age limit. Call 912-9617021 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. Project Management- Basics This course provides an overview of the ten knowledge-based principles for managing successful projects: Scope, integration, communication, time, cost, procurement, risk management, quality control, human resources, and project stakeholder management. The training includes practical exercises and an in-class group project. Participants receive a manual, electronic forms, and other resource materials. $675 Mon., Aug. 1, 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. 912-6512005. academics.georgiasouthern.edu/ ce/programs/projectmanagement/. cgc. georgiasouthern.edu/. Coastal Georgia Center, 305 Fahm Street. Puppet Show and Puppet Making The Puppet Show & Puppet Making is designed for all ages especially the younger kids but not limited to those young at heart. All attendees will learn how to make a simple puppet and enjoy a puppet show afterwards. $15.00 Sat., July 30, 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. 912-355-3366. puppets@ puppetpeople.com. puppetpeople.com/ calendar/. puppetpeople.com. Puppet People Studio, 3119 Furber Avenue. R&B Soul Adult Line Dancing The R&B Soul line dance group Savannah Show Stoppers are conducting line dance classes every Monday night at the West Broad St. YMCA and every Tuesday nights at the John Delaware Center. Both classes starts at 6:30. Lamont Hunter, the founder of the Savannah Show Stoppers, is the Instructor. Donations Mondays, 6:30-8 p.m. and Tuesdays, 6:30-8 p.m. 912-220-7712. hlamont70@yahoo.com. YMCA-West Broad St, 1110 May St.

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Read to earn rewards and prizes. Special activities all summer. To get started, visit any branch of Live Oak Public Libraries and pick up your “On Your Mark, Get Set, Read” reading log or download one from our website, liveoakpl.org. Open to kids ages 0-18. July 31. Southwest Chatham Library, 14097 Abercorn St.

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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. Sign Language Basics Did you know that American Sign Language (ASL) is the fourth most-used language in the US? Our sign language course gives students a solid foundation in basic vocabulary, structure, syntax, and grammar. Students will focus on mastering the basics of finger spelling, numbers, colors, facial signs, grammar and sentence structure along with learning conversational & cultural behaviors necessary to hold a beginninglevel conversation in ASL. $100 Tuesdays, 6-7:30 p.m.. 912-651-2005. academics. georgiasouthern.edu/ce/programs/signlanguage/. cgc.georgiasouthern.edu/. Coastal Georgia Center, 305 Fahm Street. Summer Literacy Classes Royce Learning Center’s Adult & Community Education program has partnered with the White Bluff United Methodist Church to offer a free Summer class. Classes will focus on preparing adult students for High School Graduation, Reading & Literacy Support, and the General Education Development 36 Diploma (GED). The Adult & Community

Education (ACE) at Royce Learning Center is a program designed for adult learners of all ages and abilities. ACE uses an individualized, learner centered approach with an understanding that each learner has a different motivation for seeking education. Mondays, Wednesdays.. 912-354-4047. wbumc.org/. White Bluff United Methodist Church, 11911 White Bluff Rd.

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1 Million Cups 1 Million Cups is a free, weekly national program designed to educate, engage, and connect entrepreneurs. Developed by the Kauffman Foundation, 1MC is based on the notion that entrepreneurs discover solutions and network over a million cups of coffee. Free Wednesdays, 9 a.m.. 1millioncups. com/savannah. Creators’ Foundry, 415 W Boundary St. 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. abeniculturalarts@gmail.com. Avegost LARP Live action role playing group that exists in a medieval fantasy realm. generallly meets the second weekend of the month. Free for your first event or if you’re a non-player character. $35 fee for returning characters. ongoing. godzillaunknown@gmail.com. avegost.com. 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. buccaneerregion.org. Business Networking on the Islands Small Business Professionals Islands Networking Group meets first Thursday each month, 9:30am-10:30am. Tradewinds Ice Cream & Coffee, 107 Charlotte Rd. Call for info. 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. Fridays, 7-10 p.m. pranschkec3@gmail.com. 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. wyrnut18@gmail.com. cgc. georgiasouthern.edu/. Coastal Georgia Center, 305 Fahm Street. Faith Based Business Networking Event - Savannah 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 Tuesday of every month, 7:30-9 a.m. 912-257-6248. info@kbnalliance. com. https://eventbrite.com/e/christianbusiness-networking-event-savannahtickets-17883772846. Calvary Baptist Temple, 4625 Waters Ave. 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. fiberguildsavannah.homestead.com/. Fiber Guild of the Savannahs, 711 Sandtown Road GA. Georgia Nature Photographers Association-Coastal Chapter Coastal Chapter of the GNPA. The GNPA is 100% focused on nature photography and offers Field Trips, Monthly Speakers, Competitions, Seminars and Workshops and the Annual EXPO with prominent nature photographers and keynote speakers. Photographers of all levels are welcome! $35 per year first Tuesday of every month, 6 p.m. 912-234-2571. alfie.wace@gmail.com. gnpa.org. oatlandisland.org/. Oatland Island Wildlife Center, 711 Sandtown Rd. 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. honorflightsavannah.org. Historic Savannah Chapter: ABWA Meets the second Thursday of every month from 6pm-7:30pm. Tubby’s Tank House, 2909 River Drive, Thunderbolt. Attendees pay for their own meals. RSVP by phone. ongoing. 912-660-8257. HVJ Class of ‘86 30th Reunion Classmates and friends are invited to Herschel V. Jenkins Class of ‘86 30th Reunion Weekend. To make reservations and more information contact Lisa Smith Edwards @ 912-596-1277 or Tiffany Maxwell @ 912-658-8662 for further details and deadlines to participate. 120.00 Thu., July 28, 7:30 a.m.-7:30 p.m. 912-658-8662. tiffmaxx68@gmail.com. Tiffany Maxwell, 137 DeVane Street. Interested in Ham Radio? In our program this month, we will be discussing several of the more popular digital modes that used in radio communication. Although, everyone has probably heard of Morse Code (CW), only a few may know Radio Teletype (RTTY). So come out and learn about some of the other newer modes being used along with the computer software used to interface to the radios. Learn about modes like packet (PSK31), Slow Scan TV (SSTV) and JT-65, which is a digital mode that can communicate when conditions are are near impossible for other transmission types. We hope to see you there. Free to the public Mon., Aug. 1, 7 p.m. 912-704-9244. coastalamateurradio@ gmail.com. coastalamateurradiosociety. net. Coastal Amateur Radio Society, 10710 White Bluff Rd. 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 Facebook.com/SavannahPhiloCafe. Mondays. athenapluto@yahoo.com. R.U.F.F. - Retirees United for the Future RUFF meets the last Friday of each month at 10am to protect Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid and related senior issues. Parking in the rear. Free to all Seniors ongoing. 912344-5127. Savannah Tree Foundation, 3025 Bull Street. 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. safekidssavannah.org. Savannah Brewers’ League


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Meets 1st Wednesday of the month, 7:30pm at Moon River Brewing Co. Call or see website for info. ongoing. 912-447-0943. hdb.org. moonriverbrewing.com/. Moon 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. panerabread.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. savannahnavyleague.us. Savannah Go Club This is a new club for the board game “go” (igo, weiqi, baduk). For places and times, please call John at 734-355-2005. ongoing. Downtown Savannah, downtown. 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. savannahkennelclub.org. Carey Hilliard’s (Southside), 11111 Abercorn St. 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 help you learn about Savannah and make new friends. Ongoing sign-up. savannahnewcomers.com. ongoing. 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@yahoo.com. 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.. savannahsca.org. 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. memorialhealth.com/. 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. Toastmasters Toastmasters International is an organization which gives its members the opportunity to develop and improve their public speaking abilities through local club meetings, seminars, and contests.

Regardless of your level of comfort with public speaking, you will find a club that is interested in helping you improve your speaking abilities. Free Tuesdays, 6-7 p.m.. hostesscity.toastmastersclubs.org. thincsavannah.com. Thinc Savannah, 35 Barnard St. 3rd Floor. U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla A volunteer organization that assists the U.S. Coast Guard. Meets 4th Wednesday at 6pm at Barnes, 5320 Waters Ave. All ages welcome. Prior experience/boat ownership not required. fourth Wednesday of every month.. 912-598-7387. savannahaux.com. 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. vvasav.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@ comcast.net.

Comedy

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. Front Porch Improv Front Porch Improv is an improv party where Savannah audiences laugh until they cry…and then they laugh at people crying. Come loaded with suggestions where the Savannah’s Improv Company Ensemble will take your suggestions and blast out hilarious unscripted scenes. The 90 minute performance kicks off the night with Improv Games, followed by the featured team, a brief intermission, and a delicious Long Form for dessert. $12 Fri., July 29, 8-9:45 p.m. SavannahsImprovCompany@gmail. com. https://facebook.com/Front-PorchImprov-928374610566972/. Bryson Hall, 5 E. Perry St. Odd Lot Improv An improv comedy show in the style of “Whose Line Is It Anyway?” $5 Mondays, 8 p.m. musesavannah.org/. 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 Fridays, 6:30 p.m. justin@oddlot.org. oddlot. org. Savannah Coffee Roasters, 215 West Liberty Street.

Concerts

13th Colony Sound (Barbershop

Singing) “If you can carry a tune, come sing with us!” Mondays, 7pm. ongoing. 912-344-9768. savannahbarbershoppers.org. Thunderbolt Lodge #693, 3111 Rowland Ave. Concert: With a Twist It’s an evening of popular music like you’ve never heard it before. Our biggest show to date, Jackson Evans will be singing along with Natasha Drena and Maggie Evans to create an evening full of pops songs with a jazzy twist. Expect the unexpected in this retro cabaret. $25 Thu., July 28, 8 p.m. lucastheatre.com. Lucas Theatre for the Arts, 32 Abercorn St. Concert: Sapphire Bullets of Pure Love The Sapphire Bullets of Pure Love have been a part of the Savannah music scene for years, performing rhythm and blues in rare but popular concerts. The Bullets - 13 pieces including the five-member “Bonaventure Horns” - play soulful rhythm ‘n’ blues, with one goal in mind. “We provide music for people to dance to,” says Phil McDonald, the soul machine’s founder, funk-fueled bassist and prime motivator. You’ll dig the Bullets’ James Brown medley. Or Tom Jones’ “It’s Not Unusual.” Or “Flip Flop and Fly.” Or blistering slow jams like “Me and Mrs. Jones”. $25 Reseved Seating, $22.50 Theater Members Sat., July 30, 8-10 p.m. 912-472-4790. info@tybeeposttheater. org. tybeeposttheater.org. The Tybee Post Theater, 10 Van Horne Ave.

Dance

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. salondebailedancestudio.com. Salon de Baile Dance Studio, 7064 Hodgson Memorial Drive. Adult Contemporary Dance Classes Ages 16+. Contemporary dance classes. Summer session. Learn intricate choreography. $15 Thu., July 28, 5:30-6:30 p.m. 954.682.5694. elyse.thestudio@ yahoo.com. thestudiosav.net/ongoingclasses-2016.html. thestudiosav.net. The STUDIO, 2805-b Roger Lacey Dr. 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. salondebailedancestudio.com. 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. savh_tango@yahoo.com. 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@ comcast.net. chakradance.com/. synergisticbodies.com. Synergistic Bodies, 7901 Waters Ave. Ballet FIT! Love ballet? We are ready to get that body in ballet shape. This total body workout is great for low impact and high impact movements. With a series of bar, floor, and mat exercises, you will leave refreshed and stretched. Toning, stretching, and strengthening are our goals for you. See calendar for details. $15.00, $10.00, $8.00, $5.00 Thursdays, 5-6 p.m. 412.470.6683. salondebaile.dance@ gmail.com. salondebailedancestudio.com. salondebaileballroomdancestudio.com/. Salón de Baile Dance & Fitness Studio, 7068 Hodgson Memorial Dr. 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. salondebailedancestudio.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. savannahballroomdancing.com. Savannah Ballroom Dance Studio, 11 Travis Street. Basic Shag Lessons Every Wednesday at 6:45 p.m. ongoing. doublesnightclub.com/. 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. edgebelly@gmail.com. edgebellydance.com. 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 E. Victory Dr. $15/class or $48/hour. Call or see website. ongoing. 912-596-0889. cairoonthecoast.com. 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. 7pm8pm. Private classes and walk ins available. Synergistic Bodies, 7724 Waters Ave. ongoing. 912-414-1091. info@cybelle3.com. cybelle3.com.

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Blues Dance & Lesson Learn blues dancing with us at our bi-weekly social dance. Beginner’s lessons run from 8-9pm and social dancing continues until 11pm. Drinks and snacks are provided, no prior experience or partner necessary. $7 for the lesson and social OR $5 for just the social. *$2 off with student I.D.* Fri., July 29, 8-11 p.m. 912-604-5763. vonmulan@gmail. com. Studio School, 1319 Bull St. C.C. Express Dance Team Wednesdays, 6pm-8pm. Clogging or tap dance experience is necessary. Call Claudia Collier for info. ongoing. 912-748-0731. Windsor Forest Recreation Building, Windsor Forest. Dance for Peace A weekly gathering to benefit locals in need. Music, dancing, fun for all ages. Donations of nonperishable food and gently used or new clothing are welcomed. Free and open to the public. Sundays, 3 p.m. 912-547-6449. xavris21@yahoo.com. Forsyth Park, Drayton St. & East Park Ave. Dance Night Salsa Savannah sponsors this dance night. Be advised that locations often change. Visit salsasavannah.com or call 912-704-8726 for updated locations. Fridays, 10 p.m. Latin Chicks (Waters Ave.), 5205 Waters Avenue. Salsa Savannah sponsors this dance night. Be advised that locations often change. Visit salsasavannah.com or call 912-7048726 for updated locations. Thursdays, 10 p.m. Gatsby’s, 408 West Broughton Street. 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. 912-3353335. savannahballroom@gmail.com. savannahballroomdancing.com. Savannah Ballroom Dance Studio, 11 Travis Street. DJ Greer DJ Greer spinning some old and new R&B. Happy hour all night long. Fridays, 8 p.m.-2:30 a.m. 828 216 9005. jgoodfellas@ yahoo.com. doublesnightclub.com/. Doubles Nightclub, 7100 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@ chathamcounty.org. Lake Mayer, 1850 E. Montgomery Crossroads. Free Trial Shimmy Chic: Belly Dance Fitness Shimmy and Shake with a BRAND NEW dance fitness program that we will start offering in January after the holiday break. Shimmy Chic is a low impact, high cardio workout that is designed to teach beginners and challenge the seasoned dancer. You will learn the true skill of belly dance while getting a great workout. Our instructor, Kit Dobry, is the only one certified in the Savannah area to teach this great workout! *Yoga mat is required Join us for a FREE trial Thursday, December 17th. FREE Thursdays, 7-8 p.m.. 612-470-

683. salondebaile.dance@gmail.com. salondebailedancestudio.com. Salon de Baile Dance Studio, 7064 Hodgson Memorial Drive. 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. Kids Ballroom Group Class Get the next generation involved with all the styles of partnership dances. We teach etiquette, the history, and how to actually dance them! Get them involved today to get ready for our Monthly Ballroom Dance. $40 for 4 weeks Tuesdays, 6-6:45 p.m. 612.470.6683. salondebaile.dance@ gmail.com. salondebailedancestudio.com. salondebaileballroomdancestudio.com/. Salón de Baile Dance & Fitness Studio, 7068 Hodgson Memorial Dr. Kids Hip Hop and Jazz Mondays, 6 p.m. salondebailedancestudio. com. Salon de Baile Dance Studio, 7064 Hodgson Memorial Drive. Kids Tap Teaching two skills in one class: music and dance. Join our newest tap class for kids to enjoy learning different rhythms and foot patters for fun music. Tap shoes are required and can be purchased at our studio! Sign up today and start tomorrow. $40 for 4 weeks Thursdays, 6-6:45 p.m. 612.470.6683. salondebaile.dance@ gmail.com. salondebailedancestudio.com. salondebaileballroomdancestudio.com/. Salón de Baile Dance & Fitness Studio, 7068 Hodgson Memorial Dr. 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. savannahballroom@gmail.com. savannahballroomdancing.com. 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@ gmail.com. salondebailedancestudio.com. Salon de Baile Dance Studio, 7064 Hodgson Memorial Drive. Latin Nite Salsa DJ Vaina Enventos brings Latin Night to Doubles. Happy hour all night long. NONE Thursdays, 8 p.m.-2:30 a.m. 828 216 9005. jgoodfellas@yahoo.com. 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


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Beginner and intermediate classes. Fridays 10am-11:15am. Doris Martin Studio, 7360 Skidaway Rd. Call Elizabeth for info. ongoing. 912-354-5586. Mom and ME DANCE Classes Does your baby love to dance? Sign up for our MOM and Me Dance class and explore movement to fun music and learn the basic skills of dance to develop better motor skills for your child. 18 months to 2 years old. $40.00 for 4 weeks Saturdays, 9-9:30 a.m. 612.470.6683. salondebaile.dance@ gmail.com. salondebailedancestudio.com. salondebaileballroomdancestudio.com/. Salón de Baile Dance & Fitness Studio, 7068 Hodgson Memorial Dr. National Dance Day The Coastal Health District Chronic Disease Prevention Program wants folks to get ready to break out some moves for National Dance Day. An event will be held on Saturday, July 30, at Savannah Mall to celebrate dance as a form of exercise. Two practice dance sessions will be held prior to the event. Sat., July 30. 912-644-5217. savannahmall.com/. Savannah Mall, 14045 Abercorn Street. Salsa Lessons Learn to dance salsa and bachata, and try it free before you buy it. Call 912-704-8726 to reserve your space and visit salsasavannah. com for more information. ongoing. Salsa Savannah Latin Dance Studio, 408 Bull Street. 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. medi.tavern314@gmail.com. Mediterranean Tavern, 125 Foxfield Way. Salsa! Salsa! Salsa! 0 Thursdays, 9 p.m.-2:30 a.m. 828 216 9005. jgoodfellas@yahoo.com. doublesnightclub. com/. Doubles Nightclub, 7100 Abercorn St. Savannah Shag Club Wednesdays, 7pm,at Doubles Lounge. Fridays, 7pm, at American Legion Post 36, 2309 E. Victory Dr. ongoing. doublesnightclub.com/. Doubles Nightclub, 7100 Abercorn St. Savannah Swing Cats--Swing Dancing ongoing. doublesnightclub.com/. Doubles Nightclub, 7100 Abercorn St. Shimmy Chic Dance Fitness Shimmy and Shake with a brand new dance fitness program that will have you burning calories while learning the true skill of belly dance. Shimmy Chic is a low impact, high cardio workout that is designed to teach beginners and challenge the seasoned dancer. Yoga mats will be required. See calendars for details. $15.00, $10.00, $8.00, $5.00 Thursdays, 7-8 p.m. 612.470.6683. salondebaile.dance@ gmail.com. salondebailedancestudio.com. salondebaileballroomdancestudio.com/. Salón de Baile Dance & Fitness Studio, 7068 Hodgson Memorial Dr. 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. reservetodance@gmail.com.

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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. salondebailedancestudio.com. Salon de Baile Dance Studio, 7064 Hodgson Memorial Drive. West Coast Swing Group Class Love to swing dance? This class is for you. Join us for 4 weeks of triple steps, rock steps, and whips! Need to practice? We got that covered too. Get ready and join this class to come to our Monthly Swing/Blues Night! $40.00 for 4 weeks Thursdays, 6-7 p.m. 612.470.6683. salondebaile.dance@ gmail.com. salondebailedancestudio.com. salondebaileballroomdancestudio.com/. Salón de Baile Dance & Fitness Studio, 7068 Hodgson Memorial Dr.

Events

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. anahatahealingarts.com/healing-aha/. Anahata Healing Arts Center, 2424 Drayton St. Suite B. Bee Royal Runway This fundraiser/fashion show event will be showcasing multiple collections created and designed by emerging fashion designer and SCAD alumna Daniette A. Thomas. Event will have the fashion show as well as allocated time to shop and donate toward the goal for the event. Local vendors will be present selling their merchandise. $20-$35 per person Sat., July 30, 5-9 p.m. daniettellc@gmail.com. https://eventbrite.com/e/bee-royal-runwaytickets-26308621796. shipsofthesea.org. Ships of The Sea Museum, 41 Martin Luther King Jr Blvd. Bonaventure Cemetery After Hours Savannah’s only after-hours cemetery story event! See this great Victorian with Shannon Scott and all of the intrigues from bootleggers to murderers and those loved, lived and are now part of these immortal story grounds. $35.00 Saturdays, 5-8 p.m.. 912-319-5600. shannon@shannonscott. com. zerve.com/shannonscott/BonCemAH. savannahga.gov/cityweb/cemeteriesweb. nsf/cemeteries/bonaventure.html. Bonaventure Cemetery, 330 Bonaventure Rd.

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. facebook.com/commongroundssavannah. The Foundery Coffee Pub, 1313 Habersham St. Critical Mass Savannah Join Savannah’s bicycle community for a free ride to raise awareness for bike rights. Last Friday of every month, 6 p.m. Forsyth Park, Drayton St. & East Park Ave. Drinks After Work This group is for people that enjoy getting out mid-week, being social after work, and want to discover new places in the downtown Savannah area. Come have a cocktail, make new friends, and get over the hump. The group will meet on Wednesdays at various establishments throughout Downtown Savannah and nearby area. http://www.meetup.com/Drinksafter-work/ https://www.facebook.com/ groups/960991837322187/ Wednesdays, 7 p.m. drinksafterworksavannah@gmail. com. meetup.com/Drinks-after-work/ events/227656080/. distillerysavannah. com. The Distillery, 416 W. Liberty St. The Exchange Club of Savannah In a rut? The Exchange Club of Savannah welcomes men and women like you to support, serve and encourage the best teachers, students, firefighters, crime fighters, leaders and organizations in our community. Check us out at savannahexchange.org or find us on Facebook. Mondays, noon. 912-441-6559. ddewitt30@yahoo.com. Savannahexchange. org. Exchange Club of Savannah, 4801 Meding Street. Film: Beaches It’s about the tears, dears, with this melodrama starring Bette Midler and Barbara Hershey. Wine and tissues will be provided. $10 Fri., July 29, 7-9 p.m. 912-472-4790. info@tybeeposttheater. org. tybeeposstheater.org. The Tybee Post Theater, 10 Van Horne Ave. Film: My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2 Filmed 14 years after the wildly successful “My Big Fat Greek Wedding,” the sequel follows Toula and her husband Ian through married life and brings back her memorable family. $7 Adults, $5 Children 12 and under Thu., July 28, 3-5 & 7-9 p.m. 912-472-4790. info@tybeeposttheater. org. tybeeposttheater.org. The Tybee Post Theater, 10 Van Horne Ave. Film: The Good Dinosaur This 3D animated comedy adventure from Pixar Animated Studios and Walt Disney Pictures tells the story of what Earth might be like if dinosaurs had never gone extinct. $7 Adults, $5 Children 12 and under Wed., July 27, 3-5 & 7-9 p.m. 912-472-4790. info@ tybeeposttheater.org. tybeeposttheater.org. The Tybee Post Theater, 10 Van Horne Ave. Free Monthly Expectant & New

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Parent Support Group This FREE monthly support group is held on the first Tuesday of each month. No pre-registration is required. Please join us for conversation, support and refreshments. Children are welcome! FREE first Tuesday of every month, 10 a.m.-noon. 912-544-6387. erigosavannah.com. Erigo, 5301 Paulsen Street. 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 mchandle@lucastheatre.com. ongoing. 912525-5023. lucastheatre.com. Lucas Theatre for the Arts, 32 Abercorn St. 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. 6thsenseworld.com. 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. ymcaofcoastalga.org/. YMCA (Wilmington Island), 66 Johnny Mercer Blvd. Ribbon Cutting/ Re-Grand Opening One of the nation’s top builders of affordable semi-custom homes opens their new Showroom and Design Studio for all to see. Come envision every possibility for your new home and see all the quality features and options you desire. Come enjoy summer time in the city with beach music and fun food catered by local businesses. Silent Auction of donated items with proceeds going to benefit Pooler ‘s First Responders’ charitable causes. Come out to support Pooler’s First Responders. Free Wed., July 27, 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. 912-3352669. scrosby@americashomeplace.com. americashomeplace.com. America’s Home Place, 1108 E. Hwy 80 Ste. 100. Savannah Country Show Down Win $100,000 in cash and prizes in America’s #1 country talent search. Get your entry form online at kix96.com or savannahashicon.com. Finale July 29. Fri., July 29, 8-10 p.m. coachs.net/. Coach’s Corner, 3016 East Victory Dr. 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. 40 ongoing. savannahsca.org.

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. southboundbrewingco.com. Southbound Brewing Company, 107 East Lathrop Ave. True Tales of Pirates & Lighthouses of the Southeast This 7-week series kicks-off on July 5 and continues each Tuesday night at 7 pm through August 16. There is a suggested donation of $5 with all proceeds benefiting the non-profit Tybee Post Theater and Gray’s Reef National Marine Sanctuary Foundation. In addition, the Tybee Post Theater concession stand will offer beer, wine, soft drinks, hot popcorn, and candy. Doors will open 30 minutes before each show. Suggested Donation of $5 Tue., Aug. 2, 7-9 p.m. 912-472-4790. info@tybeeposttheater. org. tybeeposttheater.org. The Tybee Post Theater, 10 Van Horne Ave. 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.

Festivals

ReptiDay Savannah Reptile & Exotic Animal Show ReptiDay Savannah is a one-day reptile event featuring vendors offering reptile pets, supplies, feeders, cages, and merchandise as well as live animal seminars and frequent free raffles for coveted prizes. Exciting, educational, family-oriented fun for everyone! Adults - $10, Children (5-12) - $5, Under 5 - Free Sun., July 31, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. 863-268-4273. RepticonEvents@repticon. com. reptiday.com/savannah.html. Alee Shrine Temple Arena, 13 Eisenberg Road.

Fitness

$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. savannahpoweryoga.com. $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. 912349-2756. 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. savannahalanon.com. Ballet Body Toning Ballet Body Toning is a ballet inspired workout designed to improve balance, flexibility, and use body resistance to strengthen core, legs & booty. This workout is low impact and scorches major calories and teaches you basic ballet! Call to make a reservation before class. This is a semiprivate class so space is limited! $10.00 Wednesdays, Sundays, 6:30-7:30 p.m. 732.232.3349. FitnessFoodWine@gmail. com. thestudiosav.net/. The STUDIO, 2805-B Lacy 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. info@savannahyogabarre.com. savannahyogabarre.com. 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. beastmodefitnessga.com. 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. info@firstcityfitness.com. 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. egs5719@aol.com. Talahi Island Community Club, 532 Quarterman Dr. Core Pilates This fun and challenging Pilates class will tone your entire body while focusing 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. info@savannahyogabarre.com. savannahyogabarre.com. Dance DynaMix Dance DynaMix is a choreographed dance fitness class inspired by funky hip hop and

sleek jazz moves! No dance experience required. Call 732.232.3349 to reserve your spot ahead of time, as class space is limited. Stay after class for a 30 minute stretch to wind down for the weekend with! $10.00 Wednesdays, Fridays, 10-11 a.m. 732.232.3349. FitnessFoodWine@gmail. com. thestudiosav.net/. The STUDIO, 2805-B Lacy Ave. 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. savj.org. savannahjea.org. Jewish Educational Alliance, 5111 Abercorn St. Free Caregiver Support Group For anyone caring for senior citizens with any affliction or illness. Second Saturday of the month, 10am-11am. Savannah Commons, 1 Peachtree Dr. Refreshments. Free to attend. Open to anyone in need of support for the caregiving they provide. ongoing. savannahcommons.com. 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. sjchs.org/. 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. Get Excited and Move This program is designed to combat the effects of Parkinson disease for Savannah/ Chatham-area people and their caregiver. The activities are designed to enhance and improve muscular strength, and endurance, coordination, agility, flexibility, speed work, and voice command. $10 a month Mondays-Wednesdays, 10:30-11:30 a.m. & 6-7 p.m. and Tuesdays-Thursdays, 10:3011:30 a.m. 912-376-9833. psgsav@gmail. com. Anderson-Cohen Weightlifting Center, 7230 Varnedoe Drive. 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. savannahclimbingcoop.com. Savannah Climbing CoOp, 302 W Victory Dr. Hiking & Biking at Skidaway Island State Park Year round fitness opportunities. Walk or run the 1-mile Sandpiper Nature Trail (accessible) the additional 1-mile Avian Loop Trail, or 3-mile Big Ferry Trail. Bicycle and street strider rentals. Guided hikes scheduled. $5 parking. Open daily 7am10pm. Call or see website. ongoing. 912-598-2300. gastateparks.org/ SkidawayIsland. gastateparks.org/info/ skidaway/. Skidaway Island State Park, 52 Diamond Cswy. Kung Fu School: Ving Tsun


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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. savannahyoga.com. savannahyoga.com/. 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. 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. pilatessavannah.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. savannahyoga.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@ douladeliveries.com. douladeliveries.com. savannahyoga.com/. Savannah Yoga Center, 1321 Bull St. Qigong

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1 Buds 2 Athens is there 3 Makes it? 4 L.A. clock setting 5 Bit of resistance? 6 Places down, as carpeting 7 Dope 8 Take money off the top 9 “___ comment?” 10 Acrimony 11 Comic-strip girl who debuted in the 1930s 12 Berry for the health-conscious 13 Halloween decorations 18 Swiss Roll lookalike 22 Expressed admiration 24 Compass tracing 25 “Chop-chop!” 27 Available without a prescription, for short 28 Achilles’ vulnerable spot 29 With more “years

young” 30 Well out of medal contention 31 Distiller ___ Walker 32 Northern California town that once had a palindromic bakery 33 “___ Out” (musical based on Billy Joel songs) 34 “Chicago” actress Zellweger 38 Growing planes? 40 “I remember well ...” 42 ___ 500 45 French connections? 47 AKA, before a company name 50 “___ doin’?” (Joey Tribbiani greeting) 51 Got the highest score, in golf 54 Leave out 55 Jacob’s Creek product 57 Fast money sources 58 “The New Yorker” cartoonist Addams, for short 59 “In memoriam” bio 61 Burlap material 62 Administered by spoon 63 Catch sight of 65 What Elmo calls Dagwood in “Blondie” 66 “Wooly Bully” opening number? 67 Sapphire’s mo.

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Simple meditation in motion. Done standing. Tuesday evening @ St. Thomas Episcopal, Isle of Hope. 5.45pm. Balance, Breath, Calm. 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. qigongtim.com/. 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. rocknbodyfitnessbootcamp@gmail.com. rocknbodyfitnessbootcamp.com. Forsyth Park, Drayton St. & East Park Ave. 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. savannahclimbingcoop.com. Savannah Disc Golf Weekly events (entry $5) Friday Night Flights: Fridays, 5pm. Luck of the Draw Doubles: Saturdays, 10am. Handicapped League: Saturdays, 1pm. Singles at the Sarge: Sundays, 10am. All skill levels welcome. Instruction available. See website or email for info. ongoing. savannahdiscgolf@gmail.com. savannahdiscgolf.com. 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. savystrider.com. 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. salondebaile.dance@gmail.com. salondebailedancestudio.com. Salon de Baile Dance Studio, 7064 Hodgson 42 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. info@savannahyogabarre.com. savannahyogabarre.com. 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. facebook.com/turbokicksavannah. 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. memorialhealth.com/. Memorial Health University Medical Center, 4700 Waters Ave. Zumba Fitness Isn’t lifting weights and running on the treadmill boring? Come join Sheena’s Zumba Fitness class and have fun while burning calories! The class regularly has 75+ participants that know that Sheena is the best Zumba instructor in Savannah! So show up early and see you soon! Free with YMCA membership Tuesdays, 4:30-5:30 p.m. 912-354-6223. https:// facebook.com/ZumbaFitnesswithSheena/. ymcaofcoastalga.org/. YMCA (Habersham Branch), 6400 Habersham 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 & Drink Events

Five Course Wine Dinner Join us for a divine French meal prepared by Chef Quay with paired wines from Blackbird Vineyards. $135 plus gratuity and tax July 28, 6:30 p.m. holycityhospitality.com/39-ruede-jean-savannah/. 39 Rue de Jean, 605 W Oglethorpe Ave. Richmond Hill Farmers’ Market The City of Richmond Hill will reopen its Farmer’s Market on March 15th. There will be free balloons for children, shopping bags for market customers, and activities such as corn hole, a bouncy house and the fire department will bring their water cannon. Handicap parking will be available. Each Tuesday from mid-March until November, the market will offer the best in local produce and crafts. The City has extended shopping hours from 2 p.m. until 7 p.m. 2-7 p.m.. 912-756-3345. jlee@ richmondhill-ga.gov. https://facebook.com/ RichmondHillFarmersMarket. J. F. Gregory Park, Richmond Hill.

Bethesda Farm and Gardens Stand Each week, this popular organic farm stand, managed by Bethesda students and staff, sells fresh produce, seasonal vegetables, herbs, free range eggs, a variety of plants, goat milk soap, firewood and more. In addition, 100 percent grass fed ground beef in various quantities are available at the farm stand, which is raised and distributed by Bethesda Academy’s Cattle & Beef Operation. Specialty cuts are also available. merrin.slocombe@bethesdaacademy.org. bethesdaacademy.org. Bethesda Academy, 9250 Ferguson Ave. Fire & Wine Half priced bottles of wine, campfires in the courtyard, marshmallows and s’mores kits. 912-401-0543. info@foxyloxycafe.com. foxyloxycafe.com/. Foxy Loxy Cafe, 1919 Bull 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. forsythfarmersmarket.com. Forsyth Park, Drayton St. & East Park Ave. Happy Hour 39 Rue De Jean favorites at happy hour prices! Enjoy $4 house wine, $4 well cocktails, $8 daily cocktail feature, Moules en Six Preparations for $8, $8 1/2 dozen raw oysters, and more. MondaysThursdays, Sundays, 5-7 p.m. 912-721-0595. holycityhospitality.com/39-rue-de-jeansavannah/promotions/. holycityhospitality. com/39-rue-de-jean-savannah/. 39 Rue de Jean, 605 W Oglethorpe 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. Garden tour available March through October. $3 per person. Must call ahead. Free MondaysFridays, 10 a.m. 912-234-0688. jessie@ savannahbee.com. 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. tybeeislandfarmersmarket.com. Stephen Johnson, 206 Miller Ave. Wine Sampling Sample the variety of wines Lucky’s Market has to offer. luckysmarket.com/ savannah-ga/. Lucky’s Market, 5501 Abercorn St.

Health

Armstrong Prescription Drug Drop-Off Armstrong Atlantic State Univ. hosts a permanent drop box for disposing of unused prescription drugs and over the

counter medication. In the lobby of the University Police building on campus. Open to the public 24 hours/day, year round. Confidential. All items collected are destroyed by the Drug Enforcement Administration. ongoing. 912-344-3333. armstrong.edu. about.armstrong.edu/Maps/ index.html. Armstrong State University, 11935 Abercorn St. Blood Pressure Screenings St. Joseph’s/Candler’s SmartSenior offers blood pressure screenings on every Monday from 10 AM to Noon in the SmartSenior office, #8 Medical Arts on 836 E. 65th Street. No appointment is necessary; the screenings are free and open to the public. For more information, call (912) 352-4405. ongoing. St. Joseph’s/Candler Medical Arts Building, 836 E. 65th St. Free Hearing and Speech Screening Hearing: Thursdays, 9am-11am. Speech: First Thursdays. Call or see website for times. ongoing. 912-3554601. savannahspeechandhearing.org. savannahspeechandhearing.org/. Savannah Speech and Hearing Center, 1206 E 66th St. Free Hearing Screenings The Savannah Speech and Hearing Center offers free hearing screenings every Thursday from 9-11 a.m. Children ages three years old to adults of all ages are screened on a first-come, first-serve basis by a trained audiology assistant. If necessary, a full audiological evaluation will be recommended. Free and open to the public Thursdays, 9-11 a.m. 912355-4601. speechandhearingsav.org. savannahspeechandhearing.org/. Savannah Speech and Hearing Center, 1206 E 66th St. Free HIV Testing at Chatham County Health Dept. Free walk-in HIV testing. 8am-4pm Mon.-Fri. No appointment needed. Test results in 20 minutes. Follow-up visit and counseling will be set up for anyone testing positive. Call for info. 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. savannahypnosis.com. 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


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Thursdays, 10am. Call or see website for location and other info. ongoing. 912-8979544. lllusa.org/web/savannahga.html. 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. memorialhealth.com/. 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. jeff@heartbeatsforlife-ga.org. Southwest Chatham Library, 14097 Abercorn St.

Kid’s Happenings

Back to School Bash and Open House Join West Broad YMCA for school supply and uniform giveaways, free haircuts, games and activities for the whole family, a barbecue lunch, and information and enrollment opportunities for the Y’s after school and early learning programs. Sat., July 30, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. 912-233-1951. YMCA-West Broad St, 1110 May St. Girl Scouts on the Go Rising 7th through 12th grade girls will spend three days and two nights exploring STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) at stops in Warner Robins and Atlanta. Girls will try on an astronaut suits and test out the flight simulator at the Warner Robins Museum of Aviation and catch the Tech Trolley for a quick tour of the Georgia Tech campus, including lunch in the cafeteria with other students, a tour of the urban beekeeping center and dorms, and learn about innovations, inventions and robotics from women students, faculty and staff. $195 Through July 27. Georgia Tech Savannah, 210 Technology Circle. 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. wifarmersmarket@aol.com. Wilmington

Island Farmers Market, 111 Walthour Rd. I’m a Maker! Bootcamp During the I’m A Maker! Bootcamp, youths between the ages of 10 and 15 will receive training on various shop equipment and power tools with an emphasis on their safe and responsible operation. Once trained, the young Makers will create two spinning tops, one carved by hand on a wood lathe and another utilizing state-of-the-art 3D modeling and 3D printing technology. The camp will include competitions pitting the Makers’ spinning tops against one another to find out which ones spin the longest. Through July 29, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. mavenmakers.com. mavenmakers.com. Maven Makers, 415 West Boundary Street. (it)s’ Big Summer Improv Camp Improv Summer Camp is a way to provide engaging and affordable summer intensives for students who desire to cultivate bravery, expand their imagination, build self confidence, and grow as artists and humans by diving deep into the unknown world of improvisation. The camp will consist of two separate groups--rising 3rd-6th graders and rising 7th-12th graders--with 6-10 campers per group. There are six sessions through the summer, and there will be a performance each Friday at 4:30pm. The fee of $150 per session includes a snack, drinking water, and a Savannah Stage Company t-shirt. There is a pay-what-you-can option available. $150 per session Through July 29, 9 a.m.-noon & 1-4 p.m. 912-421-9484. sparetimesavannah.com/. Ampersand, 36 MLK Jr. Blvd. 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 savannahchildrensmuseum.org ongoing. Savannah Children’s Museum, 655 Louisville Road. Summer Reading Program Read to earn rewards and prizes. Special activities all summer. To get started, visit any branch of Live Oak Public Libraries and pick up your “On Your Mark, Get Set, Read” reading log or download one from our website, liveoakpl.org. Open to kids ages 0-18. Through July 31. Southwest Chatham Library, 14097 Abercorn St.

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. gastateparks.org/skidawayisland. gastateparks.org/info/skidaway/. 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. oatlandisland.org. oatlandisland.org/. Oatland Island Wildlife Center, 711 Sandtown Rd.

LGBT

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. Savannah Pride, Inc. Organizes the annual Savannah Pride Festival and helps promote the well-being of the LGBTQI community in the South. Mission: unity through diversity and social awareness. Second Tuesday/month. PO Box 6044, Savannah, GA 31414. 501c nonprofit. ongoing. info@savannahpride.com. savannahpride.com. 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. 912-288-1034. info@standoutyouth.org. 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

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. Countdown to Midnight Party Harry Potter is back, and Barnes & Noble Savannah will host a special Countdown to Midnight Party leading up to the release of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Parts One & Two, a special rehearsal edition script book, which goes on sale July 31 at midnight. The party will feature a special Muggle Wall where customers can share their favorite memories of Harry Potter as well as several amazing giveaways. Sat., July 30. Barnes & Noble, 7804 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. gastateparks.org/info/ 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

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handouts. See website for info. ongoing. thedolphinproject.org. 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, 681 W. Anderson St. See website, email or call for info. ongoing. 912-238-2960 x126. dwproperty@aol.com. fundingfactory.com. 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, 10am4pm except Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Years. Call or see website for info. ongoing. 912-395-1500. oatlandisland.org. 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. wildernesssoutheast.org.

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.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

Free Will Astrology ARIES (March 21-April 19)

Free your body. Don’t ruminate and agonize about it. FREE YOUR BODY! Be brave and forceful. Do it simply and easily. Free your gorgeously imperfect, wildly intelligent body. Allow it to be itself in all of its glory. Tell it you’re ready to learn more of its secrets and adore its mysteries. Be in awe of its unfathomable power to endlessly carry out the millions of chemical reactions that keep you alive and thriving. How can you not be overwhelmed with gratitude for your hungry, curious, unpredictable body? Be grateful for its magic. Love the blessings it bestows on you. Celebrate its fierce animal elegance.

TAURUS (April 20-May 20)

The people of many cultures have imagined the sun god as possessing masculine qualities. But in some traditions, the Mighty Father is incomplete without the revitalizing energies of the Divine Mother. The Maoris, for example, believe that every night the solar deity has to marinate in her nourishing uterine bath. Otherwise he wouldn’t be strong enough to rise in the morning. And how does this apply to you? Well, you currently have resemblances to the weary old sun as it dips below the horizon. I suspect it’s time to recharge your powers through an extended immersion in the deep, dark waters of the primal feminine.

GEMINI (May 21-June 20)

An Interesting Opportunity is definitely in your vicinity. It may slink tantalizingly close to you in the coming days, even whisper your name from afar. But I doubt that it will knock on your door. It probably won’t call you seven times on the phone or flash you a big smile or send you an engraved invitation. So you should make yourself alert for the Interesting Opportunity’s unobtrusive behavior. It could be a bit shy or secretive or modest. Once you notice it, you may have to come on strong -- you know, talk to it sweetly or ply it with treats.

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[Editor’s note: The counsel offered in the following oracle was channeled from the Goddess by Rob Brezsny. If you have any problems with it, direct your protests to the Queen Wow, not Brezsny.] It’s time to get more earthy and practical about practicing your high ideals and spiritual values. Translate your loftiest intentions into your most intimate behavior. Ask yourself, “How does Goddess want me to respond when my co-worker pisses me off?”, or “How would Goddess like me to brush my teeth and watch TV and make love?” For extra credit, get a t-shirt that says, “Goddess was my co-pilot, but we crash-landed in the wilderness and I was forced to eat her.”

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LEO (July 23-Aug. 22)

Be alert for white feathers gliding on the wind. Before eating potato chips, examine each one to see if it bears a likeness of Rihanna or the Virgin Mary. Keep an eye out, too, for portents like robots wearing dreadlocked wigs or antique gold buttons lying in the gutter or senior citizens cursing at invisible Martians. The appearance of anomalies like these will be omens that suggest you will soon be the recipient of crazy good fortune. But if you would rather not wait around for chance events to trigger your good luck, simply make it your fierce intention to generate it. Use your optimism-fueled willpower and your flair for creative improvisation. You will have abundant access to these talents in the coming weeks.

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22)

You have just begun your big test. How are you doing so far? According to my analysis, the preliminary signs suggest that you have a good chance of proving the old maxim, “If it doesn’t make you so crazy that you put your clothes on inside-out and try to kiss the sky until you cry, it will help you win one of your biggest arguments with Life.” In fact, I suspect we will ultimately see you undergo at least one miraculous and certifiably melodramatic transformation. A wart on your attitude could dissolve, for example. A luminous visitation may heal one of your blind spots. You might find a satisfactory substitute for kissing the sky.

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22)

For many years, my occupation was “starving artist.” I focused on improving my skills as a writer and musician, even though those activities rarely earned me any money. To ensure my survival, I worked as little as necessary at low-end jobs -- scrubbing dishes at restaurants, digging ditches for construction companies, delivering newspapers in the middle of the night, and volunteering for medical experiments. During the long hours spent doing tasks that had little meaning to me, I worked diligently to remain upbeat. One trick that worked well was imagining future scenes when I would be engaged in exciting creative work that paid me a decent wage. It took a while, but eventually those visions materialized in my actual life. I urge you to try this strategy in the coming months, Libra. Harness your mind’s eye in the service of generating the destiny you want to inhabit.

SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21)

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 www.humansocietvsav.org, and www. chathamsheriff.org. Operation New Hope is funded by the Humane Society and community donations. ongoing. chathamsheriff.org. humanesocietysav. org/. Humane Society for Greater Savannah, 7215 Sallie Mood Dr. St. Almo’s Savannah True Animal Lovers Meeting Others. Informal dog walks on Sundays,

You have every right to celebrate your own personal Independence Day sometime soon. In fact, given the current astrological omens, you’d be justified in embarking on a full-scale emancipation spree in the coming weeks. It will be prime time to seize more freedom and declare

more autonomy and build more self-sufficiency. Here’s an important nuance to the work you have ahead of you: Make sure you escape the tyranny of not just the people and institutions that limit your sovereignty, but also the voices in your own head that tend to hinder your flow.

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21)

Of all the forbidden fruits that you fantasize about, which one is your favorite? Among the intriguing places you consider to be outside of your comfort zone, which might inspire you to redefine the meaning of “comfort”? The coming weeks will be a favorable time to reconfigure your relationship with these potential catalysts. And while you’re out on the frontier dreaming of fun experiments, you might also want to flirt with other wild cards and strange attractors. Life is in the mood to tickle you with useful surprises.

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19)

You have a special talent for accessing wise innocence. In some ways you’re virginal, fresh, and raw, and in other ways you’re mature, seasoned, and well-developed. I hope you will regard this not as a confusing paradox but rather as an exotic strength. With your inner child and your inner mentor working in tandem, you could accomplish heroic feats of healing. Their brilliant collaboration could also lead to the mending of an old rift.

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18)

“Where is everybody when I need them?” Even if you haven’t actually spoken those words recently, I’m guessing the voices in your head have whispered them. But from what I can tell, that complaint will soon be irrelevant. It will no longer match reality. Your allies will start offering more help and resources. They may not be perfectly conscientious in figuring out how to be of service, but they’ll be pretty good. Here’s what you can do to encourage optimal results: 1. Purge your low, outmoded expectations. 2. Open your mind and heart to the possibility that people can change. 3. Humbly ask -- out loud, not just in the privacy of your imagination -- for precisely what you want.

PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20)

Millions of Pisceans less fortunate than you won’t read this horoscope. Uninformed about the rocky patch of Yellow Brick Road that lies just ahead, they may blow a gasket or get a flat tire. You, on the other hand, will benefit from my oracular foreshadowing, as well as my inside connections with the Lords of Funky Karma. You will therefore be likely to drive with relaxed caution, keeping your vehicle unmarred in the process. That’s why I’m predicting that although you may not arrive speedily at the next leg of your trip, you will do so safely and in style.


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5pm (weather permitting). Meet at Canine Palace. Call for info. ongoing. 912-234-3336. caninepalacesavannah.com. 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. jeanneseaver@aol.com. capitolcom.org/ 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 savannahzencenter.com 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@diosav.org. diosav.org/familylifesingles. Contemporary Worship Service New Contemporary Worship Service. For more information contact (912) 925-4839 free Sun., July 31, 1-2 p.m. 912-925-4839. Trinity Lutheran Church, 12391 Mercy Blvd. Gratitude Circle in the Squares Gather with others to share gratitude. Everyone welcome. Park next to Bull Street Library. Wednesdays, 12-12:30 p.m. 917-676-4280. facebook.com/ savannahgratitude. liveoakpl.org. Bull Street Library, 2002 Bull St. 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. vineyardsavannah.org. 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. 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. revwasson@gmail.com. Savannah Baptist Center, 704 Wheaton Street. Psychic Medium Your Pal, Erin Ready to reconnect you with your loved ones who’ve passed and your own inner knowing? I’m here to help. Let’s all work together to create the amazing new life you truly desire, releasing old situations that no longer serve you. Readings available in person and by phone. 60 minutes, $65. Group readings of 5 or more, $30 per person for 20 minutes. Get your personalized, 45 minute prerecorded “Tuesday Tune-Up” emailed to your inbox for just $45. Visit www.yourpalerin.com for more information or contact psychicyourpalerin@gmail.com today. ongoing. Online only, none. 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. savannahquakers@gmail.com. trinitychurch1848.org/. Trinity United Methodist Church, 225 West President St. Savannah Reiki Share During shares, participants take turns giving and receiving universal life force energy via Reiki and other healing modalities. Present at the shares are usually no less than 2 Reiki Masters. Come share with us on the 1st and 3rd Thursday of every month at the Sweet Water Spa in downtown Savannah. Sign up at Savannah Reiki Share or Reiki by Appointment on Facebook. Free 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 continues on p. 46

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. maritimebethelatsavannah.org. 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. tapestrysavannah.com. ymcaofcoastalga.org/. 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. distillerysavannah.com. The Distillery, 416 W. Liberty St. Unitarian Universalist Church of Savannah Liberal religious community where people with different beliefs gather as one faith. Sundays, 11am. Email, call or see website for info. ongoing. 912-234-0980. admin@uusavannah.org. uusavannah.org. uusavannah.org. Unitarian Universalist Church of Savannah, 311 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. unityofsavannah.org/. Unity Church of Savannah, 2320 Sunset Blvd.

Special Screenings

Film: Memorial Tribute to Claudette Colbert We celebrate the lengthy, impressive career of Paris-born Claudette Colbert, who became one of Hollywood’s top female stars of the 1930s, 1940s and 1950s, and died of a stroke 10 years ago. This rare public screening features one of the best dramas she ever starred in, and one which is often overlooked. $7 Wed., July 27, 8 p.m. sentientbean.com. The Sentient Bean, 13 East Park Ave. Film: Some Like It Hot After witnessing a Mafia murder, slick saxophone player Joe and his long-suffering buddy, Jerry, improvise a quick plan to escape from Chicago with their lives. Disguising themselves as women, they join an all-female jazz band and hop a train bound for sunny Florida. $9 Fri., July 29, 8 p.m. lucastheatre.com. Lucas Theatre for the Arts, 32 Abercorn St. Film: The Fits In The Fits, the thrillingly kinetic psychological drama from the first-time director, Anna Rose Holmer, an 11-year-old girl joins a dance drill team at her local rec center, but her newfound teammates and friends begin to suffer from terrifying episodes of fainting. $8 Fri., July 29, 6 & 8 p.m. musesavannah.org/. Muse Arts Warehouse, 703 Louisville Rd.

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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. westinsavannah.com.

theclubatsavannahharbor.com/index.php. 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. savadultrec.com. 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. savannahderby.com. 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. Ice, Ice Maybe? Skate Savannah Mall’s synthetic ice rink and see if you can tell the difference. Hours are Mon-Sat 10am-8pm and Sun 12-6pm. Sessions start every half hour. Ice skates are available to rent. Through Aug. 7. savannahmall.com/. Savannah Mall, 14045 Abercorn Street. 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. runthecity@live.com. savystrider.com. 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. savystrider.com. Savannah Coffee Roasters, 215 West Liberty Street. Savannah Bananas

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Vs. the Lexington County Blowfish. $9 Fri., July 29, 7 p.m. thesavannahbananas. com. thesavannahbananas.com. Grayson Stadium, 1401 East Victory Dr. Savannah Bananas Bark in the Park Bring your dog to the game for free. $9 Wed., July 27, 5 p.m. jusak@tailsspin. com. thesavannahbananas.com. Grayson Stadium, 1401 East Victory Dr. Savannah Bike Polo Like regular polo, but with bikes instead of horses. Meets weekly. See facebook for info. ongoing. facebook.com/ 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. savannahultimateproject@gmail.com. savannahultimateproject.wordpress.com/ 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. savannahflipflop.com. Flip Flop Tiki Bar & Grill, 117 Whitaker St. WWE Live Summerslam Heatwave Tour See your favorite WWE superstars in the ring. Sat., July 30, 7:30 p.m. savannahcivic. com. The Savannah Civic Center, 301 West Oglethorpe Ave.

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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. lidnsaywittaa@gmail.com. Forsyth Park, Drayton St. & East Park Ave. Al-Anon Family Group meeting Isle of Hope For Today Find comfort and understanding for families and friends of alcoholics. AFG is an anonymous fellowship seeking to find serenity for those impacted by the effects of alcoholism. Free Mondays, 7-8 p.m. savannahalanon.com. St. Thomas Episcopal Church, 2 St. Thomas 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. savannahaa.com.

Alzheimer’s Caregiver and Family Support Group For individuals caring for Alzheimer’s and dementia family members. Second Monday, Wilm. Isl. United Methodist Church, 195 Wilmington Island Rd. Second Thursday, Ruth Byck Adult Care Center, 64 Jasper St. Sponsored by Senior Citizens, Inc. Call for info. 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 the gym of the Rehabilitation Institute at Memorial. ongoing. memorialhealth.com. memorialhealth.com/. Memorial Health University Medical Center, 4700 Waters Ave. Breast Cancer Survivors Group Tuesdays, 5:20pm at First Presbyterian Church. For survivors and caregivers. Call for info. ongoing. 912-844-4524. fpc. presbychurch.net. First Presbyterian Church, 520 Washington Ave. Cancer Support Group For anyone living with, through or beyond a cancer diagnosis. First Wednesdays, at Lewis Cancer Pavilion. Call for info. ongoing. 912-819-5704. Nancy N. and J.C. Lewis Cancer & Research Pavilion, 225 Reynolds Ave. Children’s Grief Support Group Seven week structured educational support group for children 6-17. Support, coping tools, utilizing play and activity to learn to live with loss. Free of charge. A service of Hospice Savannah, Inc. Call for dates. ongoing. 912-303-9442. Full Circle Grief and Loss Center, 6000 Business Center Drive. 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. debtorsanonymous.org. unityofsavannah.org/. Unity Church of Savannah, 2320 Sunset Blvd. Eating Disorders Anonymous Free, volunteer-led support group for recovery from anorexia/restrictive eating and/or bulimia/binge/purging. Not a diet group, nor for those who struggle solely with overeating. Mondays, 7:30pm-8:30pm. Email for info. 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. Female Military PTSD Support Group STAIR Group stands for Skills Training in Affective and Interpersonal Regulation. It is a support group for female veterans, retired and active duty service members who have experienced service-related PTSD (post-traumatic stress) and/or MST (military sexual trauma). This is not a group to process trauma details, but to explore how trauma has impacted thoughts, feelings and behaviors. Goals are to increase coping skills for distressing emotions and improve relationships. A brief phone interview and commitment to complete the entire group is required. Group max is 8 participants led by experienced civilian therapist for 10 sessions. Begins early August. Thu., July 28, 5-6:30 p.m. 912-436-6481. melaniemills01@ bellsouth.net. Private Counseling Practice, 24 Commerce Place, Suite D. Fibromyalgia Support Group Second Thursdays, 5:30pm-6:30pm. Call or see website for info. ongoing. 912-8196743. sjchs.org. sjchs.org. Candler Heart and Lung Building, 5353 Reynolds Ave. Free Monthly Support Group for New & Expectant Parents Come and meet fellow parents and kids. Discuss and learn different ways to enjoy parenthood. Cate Glyn-Jones, registered nurse, midwife, and lactation consultant, will be on hand to answer all of your questions. This is a free event with refreshments served and takes place the first Tuesday of every month. Free first Tuesday of every month, 10 a.m. 912-544-6387. support@ erigosavannah.com. erigosavannah.com. Erigo, 5301 Paulsen Street. 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 individuals with cancers of the head and neck area and their caregivers. At the meetings, we have a brief discussion from experts in the treatment of head and neck cancer and allow time for group discussion. For more information, please call Suzy Buelvas at 912-350-7845. Wednesdays, 1-2 p.m. 912-350-7845. memorialhealth.com/. 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, 6 p.m. 912-598-8457. jeff@heartbeatsforlife-ga.org. Southwest Chatham Library, 14097 Abercorn St. Klinefelter Syndrome/47-XXY Support Group For parents of children with this diagnosis, and for men with this diagnosis. Started by the mother of a boy with 47-XXY. Email to meet for mutual support. ongoing. amkw21@gmail.com. Legacy Group: For individuals with advanced and recurrent cancer. Group addresses the concerns of advanced and recurrent cancer survivors from the physical, emotional, spiritual, and social aspects of healing. To register for a specific session and to learn about the group, please call Jennifer Currin-McCulloch at 912-350-7845. 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. memorialhealth.com. memorialhealth.com/. Memorial Health University Medical Center, 4700 Waters Ave. Narcotics Anonymous Call for the Savannah Lowcountry Area NA meeting schedule. ongoing. 912-238-5925. 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. oa.org/meetings. 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. amkw210@gmail.com. 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. memorialhealth.com/backus. memorialhealth.com/backus. Backus Children’s Hospital, 4700 Waters Ave. Parkinson’s Support Group The Parkinson’s Disease Support Group will meet on the first Thursday of the month from 5:00 to 6:30 PM in the Marsh Auditorium at Candler Hospital, 5353 Reynolds Street. Featuring medical and therapeutic guest speakers, join us for discussion, support, and new community activities. For more information, call Fran McCarey at 912-819-2224. ongoing. 912355-6347. sjchs.org/. Candler Hospital, 5353 Reynolds St.


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