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Volume 3 - December 2 • Savannah’s News, & Entertainment Weekly• Volume 5 ••Number Number9• 14November • Dec. 2826 - Jan. 3 • Savannah’s News, Arts,Arts, & Entertainment Weekly•

‘Mark Twain Tonight!’ An interview with Hal Holbrook, who brings his celebrated one-man show to town

New Year’s Eve Polar Bear Roundup of events

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The Real Deal Solstice dreaming



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Table of Contents


Volume 5, No. 14, December 28, 2005 On the Cover: Hal Holbrook as Mark Twain

News Cover Story

8 St Hal Holbrook tonight

Community 10 Making a big splash for the new yearAKIN Jane Fishman

11 Will the pendulum swing?ill ill

Free Speech 12 Running with the big dogs

Cover Story 8

News of the Weird 13 Strange but true Blotter 14 Earthweek 15

From SPD reports This week on your planet

Culture HoTHo Art Patrol 22 Exhibits & openings

Community 10

Vibes Connect Recommends 18


Concerts of the week

Music Menu 19 Local gigs a la carte Regional concerts

Soundboard 24 Who’s playing and where

Music Interview 22

Now Showing 26


All the flicks that fit

The 411 Week at a Glance

6 Our best bets for cool stuff to do

Happenings 31 All the stuff, all the time

Art Patrol 22


Classifieds Weather 15 News from the sky Sudoku Puzzle 32 It’s all the rage Crossword Puzzle 33 Mental fun Classifieds 41 They call it “junk,” you call it “couch”

Now Showing 26

Staff Administrative


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Music Feature 16 New Year’s celebrations and events


Week at a Glance

THE 411|

compiled by Linda Sickler

Thursday, Dec. 29 Holiday Programs by the Sea

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City Market New Year’s Eve Celebration What: Ring in the New Year with live music and entertainment for the whole family. When: Saturday, Dec. 31 from 9 p.m. to 1 p.m. Where: City Market. Cost: Free. Call: 2324903 or visit

Wednesday, Dec. 28 Holiday Evening Tours at the Davenport House What: The understated taste of an authentic Federal-style holiday season is the theme of the 1820 historic house museum’s period room exhibits. The tours explore how members of the Davenport household celebrated Christmas and New Year’s between 1820 and 1827. The evening tours provide a view of the house by candlelight. Light refreshments, music and interpreters are among the highlights of the presentations. When: Dec. 28-30 from 6-8:30 p.m. Visitors wishing to have a complete experience should be at the Davenport House no later than 8 p.m. Where: Isaiah Davenport House Museum, 324 E. State St. Cost: Adults, $8 in advance or $10 at the time of the tour; children ages 6-18, $5 in advance or $7 at the time of the tour. Call: Call 236-8097 to reserve a space or send e-mail to

Tybee Theater Cafe Presents Jacob Marley’s Christmas Carol What: Move over, Scrooge, it’s time for your old partner, Marley, to tell his story. This play is irreverent, yet affectionate and very moving. When: Dec. 28, 29 and 30. Showtime is 8 p.m. with the doors opening at 7 p.m. for light fare and drinks. Where: Tybee Theater Cafe is above Las Palmas restaurant at Highway 80 and Jones Avenue. Cost: $20. Call: 786-6384, Reservations are required.

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What: Join the staff of the Tybee Island Marine Science Center for feeding demonstrations, sea creature crafts, story book time, marine videos and more. When: Dec. 29-30. The center is open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., except for Tuesday, when it closes at noon. Where: Tybee Island Marine Science Center, 1510 Strand St., Tybee Island. Cost: $4 adults, $3 for children 3-16. Call: 786-5917 or send e-mail to

Puppet Making Workshop What: Kids of all ages will enjoy exercising their imaginations, sparked by the instructions and supplies provided by the world-famous Puppet People. When: Dec. 29-31 from 9-11 a.m. and 1-4 p.m. Where: Puppet People’s Workshop, 3119 Furber Ave. Cost: $10 per hour per puppet maker. Many different types of puppets can be made in one hour. Call: 3553366 for reservations or visit for information.

Skatefest What: Skate on real ice. Each session lasts one and a half hours. When: Dec. 29 and 30 at 10 a.m. noon, and 2, 4, 6, 8, and 10 p.m.; Dec. 31 at 10 a.m., noon, and 2, 4 and 6 p.m.; and Jan. 1 at 2 and 4 p.m. Where: Savannah Civic Center’s Martin Luther King Jr. Arena. Cost: $7 per person. Call: 651-6556.

Christmas at the Mercer House Museum What: One of Savannah’s most famous historic houses, Mercer House was designed by New York architect John S. Norris for Gen. Hugh W. Mercer, greatgrandfather of Johnny Mercer. It was restored by Jim Williams. See it dressed up for the holidays. When: Dec, 29-31. Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3:40 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 4 p.m. The museum is closed on Wednesdays. Where: 429 Bull St. on Monterey Square. Cost: Admission is $12.50 for adults and $8 for students. Call: 236-6352 for reservations or visit

Christmas Castaways What: Chatham County students receive free admission to the Ships of the Sea Museum with a paying adult, up to three stu-

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Holiday Cannon Firings at Old Fort Jackson What: Get your holiday celebrations off with a bang. The holidays are a blast at Old Fort Jackson, with uniformed Civil War soldiers firing one of the fort’s cannons twice every day. When: Dec. 29-31 at 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. Where: Old Fort Jackson, 3 miles east of downtown off President Street. Cost: Admission $4 for adults, $3 for students, active or retired military, members of AAA and senior citizens, and free for ages 6 and under. Call: 232-3945.

show. After the show, guests will be invited onto the stage for dancing and entertainment as the show’s band plays songs and requests. Other festivities will include a countdown to 2006, a champagne toast and party favors. When: Dec. 31 at 9 p.m. Where: Savannah Theatre. Cost: $60 adults or $25 for children. Call: 233-7764 or order tickets online at

Sunday, Jan. 1 Tybee Island Polar Bear Plunge What: This event features the bravest of the brave plunging into the Atlantic Ocean on New Year’s Day. Feeling brave? Jump on in! Not so brave? It’s a lot of fun to watch. When: Jan. 1 at noon. Where: Tybee Island South Beach by the pier and pavilion. Cost: Free. ◗

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Friday, Dec. 30 West Savannah’s 2005 Kwanzaa Celebration

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What: This year’s celebration will focus on “Nia,” or “purpose.” This event is sponsored by the LIFT Initiative to encourage the building and development of the community. When: Moses Jackson Center. Where: Dec. 30 at 7 p.m.

Saturday, Dec. 31 New Year’s Eve Masquerade Gala What: This event will feature a five-course dinner, live entertainment by Diggin’ in Dreamland, champagne and more, with fireworks at midnight. Proceeds will benefit local children’s charities. When: Dec. 31. The doors will open at 7:30 p.m. Where: Westin Savannah Harbor Golf Resort & Spa. Call: 1-800-917-3986. Week at a Glance Sponsored by:

Jukebox Journey New Year What: Ring in the New Year with the cast of Jukebox Journey and an evening of song, dance and entertainment. The evening will begin with a performance of the stage

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Cover Story


interview by Jim Morekis

‘Mark Twain Tonight!’ FROM SHADOW-CLOAKED, CHAINSMOKING whistleblower Deep Throat in All the President’s Men, to a POW who blinks Morse Code in Pueblo to a recurring role on The West Wing, Hal Holbrook’s long and impressive resume has made him one of America’s most beloved actors. However, future generations will likely remember him most for the remarkable run of his celebrated Mark Twain Tonight!, a one-man show Holbrook has performed for the last 51 years.

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An interview with Hal Holbrook, who brings his celebrated one-man show to town As a hungry young actor with a new wife and baby to feed, Holbrook’s first solo performance as Mark Twain was at the Lock Haven State Teachers College in Pennsylvania in 1954; he has performed some version of that show in every year since without a break. Now acknowledged as one of the world’s foremost Twain scholars, Holbrook brings Mark Twain Tonight! to the Johnny Mercer Theatre Thursday, Jan. 5. Mark Twain Tonight! follows no set program, and no performance is ever the same. Holbrook keeps the show fresh not only by constantly mining history for new Twain quotes and anecdotes, but by steadily rotating the 15 or so hours of continuous Twain material he has memorized over the years. Holbrook has won five Emmys for his long resume of film and TV work, with Mark Twain Tonight! winning six major stage awards. An avid sailor, Holbrook singlehandedly raced his 40-foot Yankee Tar from San Francisco to Hawaii in 1980 Now 80, he is married to the actress Dixie Carter. They divide their time between L.A. and Tennessee. Holbrook spoke to Connect from New York City on Dec. 13.

Connect Savannah: Before we talk about Mark Twain Tonight, I want to ask the

Hal Holbrook, pictured above and at right in full costume as Mark Twain, has been performing his oneman show for over half a century

man who played Deep Throat how he feels about now knowing the real identity of Deep Throat. Hal Holbrook: It was a role I played. Of course I had an idea in my mind of who it was. Mark Felt’s name often came up as a possibility, but I didn’t attach a whole lot of importance to who it was. It wasn’t the important point, which of course nobody got. The media spent the entire time on that one point. The important thing is why Mark Felt did it, not who he was. What was the seat of that decision that made him do it? The quandary I had to deal with as an actor was the morality of that action, which was the important point. In the very superficial news media situation we’re in, nobody gets into that. Everyone wants to ask me, ‘So did you guess right or wrong?’ Which is typical, I guess.

Connect Savannah: Mark Twain traveled the country for years doing humorous solo performances. In a sense, was Mark Twain himself the originator of what we now call the “one-man show?” Hal Holbrook: Oh no, not at all. He saw Artemus Ward out in Virginia City doing “lectures,” which is what those kinds of performances were called in those days - Bob Hope would have been called a lecturer. That gave him the idea to give it a shot himself. There were people Josh Billings wrote about doing the same thing. There were other people who did that, all the way up until I started doing it. Emlyn Williams was doing Dickens in that manner before I did Twain.

Connect Savannah: What was the germ of the Twain show you began in 1954? Hal Holbrook: The idea took shape out of an act I did with my first wife, Ruby. We developed a show in our last year at college. In that show we did scenes from Shakespeare and Moliere, and scenes from the Brownings. The last number was always Mark Twain being interviewed by a newspaper reporter -- basically a satire of what you and I are doing right now. We had no money and no family to support us. In those days, it wasn’t expected that your family would always support you. In those days your family didn’t support you until you were 35 years old, like now. You had to work for yourself. Then we pounded the pavement for a while here in New York. I developed a

solo show about Mark Twain because I knew I could get it booked. I developed the solo show to put bread on the table. That was the whole reason for developing the show, really. I was provided opportunities to continue doing it off and on, so I decided to take advantage of the opportunities instead of discarding them. I’ve always had that deep-seated knowledge in my brain: That the business of being an actor is a survival trip. Being an actor is totally a survival trip. You can go down anytime. You just don’t throw away any prospect of earning a living. That has ruled my whole life I’ve been very, very fortunate in this, because there were times I wanted to quit it. Of course I’ve done a lot of other things -- a lot of theatre, then I started doing movies and TV -- but I never gave this thing up. I knew some day I’d be more than happy to have it. At my age it’s nearly impossible -- or certainly it’s very difficult -- to get a job in movies or TV. The kinds of stories they’re putting out now don’t have anything to do with people my age. There are few opportunities open to those of us in the business who are my age. It’s all about kids now. So I still have this wonderful show that I really enjoy doing. It’s a tremendous outlet for my exasperation with the world. I get out my frustrations -that’s a calm word for what I feel about things that are going on now (laughs). I have access to all this marvelous material I can seek and edit and put together. It’s for the most part the main source of income for me now at this age, so I’m very fortunate.

Connect Savannah: I’m most intrigued by how you tailor your mental storehouse of Twain material differently for each performance. The show is an evolving thing almost with a life of its own. Hal Holbrook: That comes out of a couple of things. First, I don’t like to repeat myself. I realized a long time ago that with all these bookings of Twain over and over again, the great danger was to get tired of the show and to lose interest. While Twain’s material is hard to lose interest in because it has a wonderful lifelike quality, you can get tired. That’s why I don’t book myself heavily. I take a day or two between bookings to travel and get a good night’s sleep. I can’t afford to get tired. Good physical condition is important so your morale doesn’t suffer from erosion or exhaustion from dragging around the country.

Connect Savannah: If he were alive today, do you think Mark Twain would go into entertainment rather than into literature and journalism? Hal Holbrook: Given Twain’s dramatic personality -- nobody dresses in a white suit when everyone else is in black -- it’s hard to believe he wouldn’t get himself seen or heard through whatever material was available. But still, we cannot forget the fact that first and foremost he was a great literary genius. His literary output has stood the test of time, not only in this country, but throughout the world. Twain is widely read and revered as a world-class

Hal Holbrook: That story has a lot to tell us about courage. It’s healthy to pay more attention to the people that are showing such courage today, whether you’re in favor of the war in Iraq or not. Pete Bucher was a man who went through hell for his country, and never lost his love for the Navy and the country. He died a year and a half ago. His son is now on a ship in the Red Sea, I believe. They’re a real Navy family. Pete’s responsibilities were enormous. But he was a very humane person. In the Navy they have this dictum of never surrendering the ship, but he had 87 other people on board. Eighty-seven boys. That was very significant to him. A lot of people don’t know this, but Bucher was an orphan, he grew up in Boys Town. He remained grateful to Boys Town all his life, and I believe his experience growing up there had everything to do with his decision to surrender. He was thinking about his boys, there on that ship. I mean, they just had rifles and pistols, with maybe one .50 caliber gun sheathed in ice. And they were being strafed with planes and attacked by gunboats. Say you go down with the ship -- in that water? It was 33 degrees. So you’re dead in five minutes. It was that, or save the boys -and Bucher decided to save the boys. That went beyond any other responsibility he felt he had. I knew Pete. He was a wonderful man. I’m very proud to have been able to play that role. I put every bit of my heart and soul into it. Late in life he taught himself to paint. I have several of his paintings. There’s one of the Pueblo, of course, and one of three wild mustangs.

Connect Savannah: Your own hobby is sailing, but you don’t sail so much anymore, do you? Hal Holbrook: Oh... it hurts my heart to say my boat is still waiting. But when you’re on the road as much as I am there’s never time. I’m working on a new play at the Alley Theatre here in New York. Dixie and I

Connect Savannah: Is The West Wing as fun to work on as it seems to be?



Hal Holbrook: I’ve known Marty (Sheen) for a long time. But I wouldn’t say it’s fun. It’s serious work. That’s the trouble with TV -they try to jam everything into this constrained amount of time. And you know an hour of TV time’s not a full hour, and that hour’s a lot shorter now than it used to be, because there are so many commercials. There’s a lot of tension in maintaining the pace of shooting a one-hour show. It’s nervewracking. A while back you would shoot a one-hour show in eight days, whereas now you shoot it in maybe six.

Connect Savannah: Living part of the year in Tennessee would tend to put a damper on sailing, too. Hal Holbrook: Well, I married this beautiful Southern woman. Southern women are great, because they’re very feminine and pleasant. They haven’t decided to be a man yet! (laughs) That’s another thing that happened in the ‘60s. I understand the desire for freedom and equality, but I think in the ‘60s we threw out the baby with the bathwater sometimes. We’re living in Dixie’s family home most of the time now, since we took in her father. He’s one tough 95-year-old man. It’s a little two-gas pump, one-cannon town between Nashville and Memphis.

Connect Savannah: Every small Southern town’s got to have that one cannon. Hal Holbrook: Yes, it’s a one-cannon town. Nathan Bedford Forrest went through there. Blew up the ammo dump on his way out. So of course we’ve got the cannon pointed north, towards the Yankees (laughs). There’s a real honesty there, a real lack of pretense. Which believe me, is very refreshing when you come in from L.A. (laughs). Dixie’s never been to Savannah though. She would love it there.

Connect Savannah: Dixie Carter’s never been to Savannah? Hal Holbrook: No, she’s never been. But I know she would fall in love with Savannah instantly. She would have to buy a house right there on the spot. Oh, I’d go broke for sure if Dixie ever comes down to Savannah with me (laughs). ◗




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Hal Holbrook: I learned long ago that my instinct never to update the material turned out to be a good one. In the beginning I didn’t want to modernize because I was so intent upon trying to remain “authentic.� It was a long time before I ventured to edit, only to find out that Mark Twain did the same thing. He changed stuff all the time. That was a great relief to me. Also, I realized that some written material won’t read -- that is, it doesn’t play well to an audience. In spoken material you don’t need as many adjectives as are used in literary material. You are the adjective as an actor. I am an adjective! (Laughs)

Connect Savannah: My first exposure to your work was as a boy watching you play Commander Lloyd “Pete� Bucher in Pueblo, about the North Koreans taking a U.S. Navy ship in 1968. My dad was a Korean War vet and he made sure we watched that movie together.

are doing a show down in Coconut Grove soon. But you don’t make any money doing plays. So for example, I’ve got a small role in a movie shot in Toronto, called Kill Shot.

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Connect Savannah: It’s amazing how current Twain’s writings are to this day. They don’t seem dated at all.

literary giant. This is not to be dismissed. People talk about him and compare him to current entertainment figures -- there are no comparisons! That’s what annoys me about that Mark Twain Circle Award they give every year. To me there’s something arrogant in it. There is no Mark Twain except Mark Twain! He’s one and only. To even suggest that anyone who is very clever and observant in the comedy area today can approach the depth of his observations and his commentary strikes me as ridiculous.


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The other reason is I’m always looking for something more to say. Because the only thing I watch on TV is the news. Of course you can hardly find news anymore, just some cute featurettes or something about somebody getting stabbed in Akron or a car crash in the valley in California. Real world-stopping events (laughs). Nobody’s trying to find out what’s really going on in the world. C-SPAN is about the only place on TV where people speak logically and intelligently about things. I do read the newspapers, because you find out so much more from them than from watching TV. I try to find out what the country is dealing with at that moment -- what are the most important things the country is concerned about or should be concerned about? What are the dangers eating away our society? What are the dangers up ahead if we don’t watch out? All these actions contribute to my search for more material so I can say something about all this stuff. Let’s see -- I have with me my notes from the last two times in Savannah, at the lovely Lucas Theatre. Here they are right here. When I come there and get ready for the show, I’ll be looking at these notes and I’ll be coming on with a lot of stuff I didn’t do last time. I don’t try to do all new shows each time, but I am motivated quite a bit by the need to say something about concerns on my mind right now. One thing I think I’ll do is the “savagery of corporations,� about our love affair with money.



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Brrrrr!!! The Tybee Island Polar Bear Plunge offers a unique alternative to celebrate the new year HOW ON EARTH do you survive a says. “It’s grown so much, it’s gotten a plunge into the Atlantic Ocean on one of little bit out of hand, so we moved it from the coldest days of the year? the North Beach by the lighthouse to the Well, I don’t know, but there will be a South Beach near the pier and pavilion.” plucky group of people on Tybee Islands’ By moving the event, more parking South Beach on is available and Jan. 1 who will microphones can find out. At High be placed on the Noon, they’ll take pier. “We can do a flying leap, a announcements,” slow stroll or Ernst says. merely poke a There is an timid toe into the even bigger change frozen surf. this year. “The City No, it won’t of Tybee is sponsorbe that bad. It ing the plunge,” won’t be nearly Ernst says. “That as cold as a takes all of the liaPolar Bear bility off poor, old Plunge in, say, Don.” Last year’s Polar Bears wait to plunge New York, For your Minnesota or plunge to “count,” Alaska. you must get wet all over, even your hair. But even in coastal Georgia, the “We have had everyone from a 1-year-old ocean in January does get cold. So why to an 80-something plunge,” Ernst says. do they do it? “We’ve had lots of women,” he says. To find out, Connect Savannah “We even had a family who came from asked Don Ernst, one of the founders of Kansas. They saw it on the Internet, and the Tybee Island Polar Bear Plunge. all six of them came to swim.” “Essentially, it started with five of us There is no doubt the Georgia jumping into the ocean about six or plunge is warmer than most, Ernst says. seven years ago,” he says. “It’s really kind of a spoof on the others,” Turns out everyone in Ernst’s neighhe says. borhood goes to the same New Year’s And it does make an excellent way Eve party. Somehow the subject of Polar to kick off a new year. “It’s kind of Bear Plunges, normally held in Northern cleansing,” Ernst says. “You wash off the climes, came up. old year and start fresh.” “i’m from New York,” Ernst says. Many participants have started com“Another guy who was there is from the ing dressed in costumes. “We have a North, somewhere in Virginia, I think. guy who comes dressed as a cowboy,” “We got to guy-talking,” he says. Ernst says. “He has a horse on a stick he “You know, ‘I can do this thing,’ and ‘I rides into the water.” can do that thing.’” There’s also Batman and the By the end of the party, Ernst and Masked Avenger. Last year, two brides his friend, Lee Mailler, had dared each made the plunge. other to jump into the ocean. “We both “I always have a new hat,” Ernst showed up and had three other guys says. “I start shopping in February. Last who came,” Ernst says. year, I wore a shark hat.” That first year, the weather truly was Although Ernst’s wife, Pam O’Brien, cold. “That water was so cold,” Ernst comes out to watch and offer support, says. “It was kind of like, ‘Shoot, I’m not she does not plunge. “But she does doing this again.’” come dressed up,” he says. But the next year came and so did Want to participate? “Just show up,” the plungers. The crowd of spectators Ernst says. began to grow. Even if you don’t plunge, you can Now, the Polar Bear Plunge is a popbuy a commemorative T-shirt at Gallery ular event. The weather is usually more By the Sea or from the 40/8, the honor cooperative, with air temperatures as society of the Chatham County American high as 70 degrees, although the water Legion. Proceeds will benefit a nursing stays in the chilly 50s. scholarship. That hardy group of five has now There is one change Ernst would like grown to a crowd of 500 to 600 swimto see at future plunges. “We’re trying to mers. And the crowd of none has grown get more restaurants to open on New to 2,000 screaming, happy spectators to Year’s Day,” he says. “If we’re going to cheer them on. get all of these people out to Tybee, we “They all come out, dressed in cosmight as well let them stay for lunch.” ◗ tumes, and have a good old time,” Ernst

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speech that said in part: “The crimes of the United States have been systematic, constant, vicious, remorseless, but very few people have actually talked about them. You have to hand it to America. It has exercised a quite clinical manipulation of power worldwide while masquerading as a force for universal good. It’s a brilliant, even witty, highly successful act of hypnosis.” Pretty harsh. “I put it to you,” he continues, “that the United States is without doubt the greatest show on the road. Brutal, indifferent, scornful and ruthless it may be, but it is also very clever. As a salesman it is out on its own and its most salable commodity is self-love.” But on this sunny day with the new year right around the corner in a city of generous, original, uncommon and singular people and the best tuna fish sandwich I ever ate in front of me, I’m thinking things won’t always be this way, that surely the pendulum has to swing back to a more humane and charitable time. A girl can dream. ◗

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Bethlehem, Pa.) Something that doesn’t come from a Big Box or a multinational company. I think people are beginning to see how easy it is to plant - and harvest - collards (or broccoli or lettuce or garlic), how painless and effortless it is to put up a chicken coop, get a few biddies, buy some chicken feed, remember to fill the water bin every few days (they do seem to drink a lot), then go out and hunt around for some eggs. Or to give a gift of chickens for Christmas, which someone donated in my name through Heifer International, a nonprofit organization in Little Rock, Ark. A month ago, when I told someone in London that many of us grow our own basil and eat our own bananas and keep a few hens and build studios in the back of our houses to throw pots and make art, I could see he didn’t believe it. He didn’t associate people from this country with things like that. When he thinks about people from the United States, he said, he thinks about our government and how it throws its weight around the world, not unlike a bully. He thinks about the words of Harold Pinter, the Pulitzer Prize winning playwright who right around the time I was in the U.K. accepted his honor with a

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these trees, stripped from their peelings, fill half my freezer. The branch snapped a few months back so I brought nearly 30 bananas into my house, spread them out on the dining room table and on the advise of a friend, placed another piece of fruit, a pear from Harry and David, nearby to encourage ripening. It worked. The bananas, grown three feet from my house, look different from what you find in the supermarket, shipped from far shores, picked many months earlier. Mine are triangular in shape. They’re sweet and dense. They’re the real deal. Just like the eggs I get regularly from my chickens. And the eggnog delivery I got yesterday (with a danger ribbon wound around the neck of the bottle), right around the time a neighbor brought over some hand-rolled, homemade croquettes, a Cuban dish. Both homemade. Both the real deal. I think people in this country are starting to hunger for the real deal. Something that represents who we are, that isn’t plastic, that isn’t phony. Something that doesn’t say, “Made in China” on it. (Like the marshmallow Peeps snowmen; while not homemade, the nutritionally challenged “sugar men” continue to be manufactured in a plant in

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ON THE SHORTEST DAY OF THE YEAR I sit outside at high noon on Broughton Street, enjoying the hottest part of a winter day, with no newspaper, no news of Congress or Iraq, no television, and eat the best tuna fish sandwich of my life at Leopold’s Ice Cream, a one-of-a-kind shop, the real deal. Five dollars and four cents. Perfectly toasted. With chips on the side and a server who didn’t have attitude. What a concept. What a deal. There are coffee specials that cost more. It’s the winter solstice - a watershed day in the calendar - and probably, if we look back in a few years, on a government, disingenuous, greedy and ungenerous, more interested lately in what happens overseas than in our own country. Witness New Orleans. The night before, as the season’s first temperatures hit the 30’s, the last four red leaves of the persimmon tree bite the dust and the remaining basil, tall and leggy but still aromatic, finally give up the ghost. No more pesto possibilities. The banana trees took a whipping, too. And it’s OK; they need to rest up for next year. Right now, the fruit from one of


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Dog day afternoons CALL ME SEXIST. Say I’m old fashioned. But I’ve always thought women should be seen with small dogs. Pooches small enough to fit into one Paris Hilton’s Hermes handbags. Right next to the collapsible battery operated back-massager. And while I’m on Paris Hilton (and who hasn’t been?) I must admit not only does she own the appropriate size dog -albeit Chihuahuas remain ugly as hell no matter what you put or dress them up in -- she also bestowed an appropriate name on the little rat, I mean mutt. Tinkerbelle.

Women should not name their dogs Scott or Ted. Or anything sounding suspiciously like the names of ex-boyfriends or husbands. People might talk. Yes, giving appropriate consideration to the size and name of her dog is probably the only ladylike thing Paris has ever done. And for that I applaud her. (The video tape wasn’t bad either) But guess what? My hard held views concerning people of the female persuasion and their canines are beginning to soften. Yes, this old dog is being taught a new trick. It all started a few weeks ago while strolling around downtown Savannah. Something I noticed was afoot. And I don’t mean your average thug running off with your car stereo.

No, everywhere I turned I saw huge, monstrous dogs -- the kind that should either be guarding the gates of Hades or patrolling your nearest drug dealer’s backyard -- escorting dainty white women around the squares of our historic district. I was baffled. I’m used to seeing the occasional bulldog being walked by some hot-shot lawyer’s secretary around lunch time. Hey, this is Georgia after all. But what I witnessed that day was something else entirely. A virtual cavalcade of caninedom’s most deadly was on parade. German Shepherds, Dobermans, and Pit Bulls, some so huge you could put a saddle on them and pass them off as Christmas ponies Dogs with vicious names. Names that say, “Back off! Or I’ll take off that hand.” Names like Killer, Chainsaw, and Napalm. I even came face to face with a nasty little Shih Tzu named Rove, as in Karl, not Rover. Was this some new weight resistance/exercise fad? You know, get yanked around by a 100 pound Great Dane and lose weight while gaining muscle tone. Was this dog-lattes? Or was Big Mean Dog suddenly on the SCAD school supply list along with backpacks and i-Pods? (Little did I know that this theory was probably closer to the truth than I had imagined) Needless to say, I had to get to bottom of this. Questions demanded answering. Suspicions needed confirmation. And besides it was getting dark. So I decided to phone self-proclaimed cracker, recently retired Armstrong history professor, and my sometime canasta opponent Ephraim Zachary Beauregard. Friends call him E-Z.

“E-Z, what’s with all these young white women and big ‘ol dogs gallivanting around downtown Savannah?” “Well, Mark, they don’t have boyfriends and therefore --” “You don’t mean...” I interrupted. “Get your mind out of the gutter,” he snapped. “I’m surprised you ain’t figured it out, Mr. Shooting Victim.” “I’m not following,” I lied. Because I knew exactly where E-Z was going. It had finally dawned on me what was going on. And let’s face it, after one bullet through the chest I’d rather E-Z say it. “Well, let me break it down for you. Did you see any black people on the same sidewalk with these women while they walked their dogs?” “Well, actually most of them crossed the street,” I answered. “Bingo! I hate to call a spade a spade but most people from the ghetto, I mean the inner city, are scared to death of dogs. And who’s got time to whip out a can of mace these days?” “That’s the most racist thing I’ve heard,” I kinda lied. “I remember this time when a pretty little thing got herself a hold of one them retired drug dogs. Well, that dog ‘bout chased half the people he saw around the squares.” When I finally returned home that day I felt all dirty and yet somewhat nostalgic. I yearned for a time unsullied by race and fear. Suddenly I started rummaging through boxes and cabinets until I located my old dog collar and a leash. Finding those handcuffs, the leather whip, and that phone number I got at the bar, now that was a real bitch. ◗


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(1) Wasps (Research by a Department of Agriculture scientist and a University of Georgia professor, reported in December, showed that with five minutes’ training, certain wasps can detect drugs, bombs and dead bodies as well as dogs can). (2) A parrot (The wife of Frank Ficker of Freiberg, Germany, filing for divorce, said in November that she learned of her husband’s infidelity when her parrot, Hugo, imitating Frank’s voice, continually cried out for some woman named “Uta.”) Animals Being Animals: (1) The Harbor Commission of Newport Harbor, Calif., met in emergency session in September after news that 18 200- to 800-pound sea lions had jumped onto a 37-foot sailboat and sunk it. (Elsewhere on the coast, sea lions eat boogie boards, vomit on docks and bark ca-

Fetishes on Parade (1) Large Rubber Exercise Balls (Christopher Bjerkness, 27, pleaded guilty in August in Duluth, Minn., to slashing almost 100 exercise balls at fitness centers because of what he told police was a sexual urge). (2) Dryer Lint (A separate collection of it was found among the 3,000 items of women’s underwear stolen by Mr. Sung Koo Kam, 31, who was sentenced in November to more than four years in prison upon conviction in McMinnville, Ore.). ◗


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The gigantic hit TV series “Frasier” grossed $1.5 billion during its 11-year run, but according to the show’s executives (responding to a recent lawsuit by the program’s creators for a greater share of the “profits”), the traditional Hollywood accounting methods reveal that the show earned no profit over its lifetime but actually lost $200 million. According to a 2004 study by Georgia State University researchers, based on public information, one “investor group” substantially outperforms not only the stock market as a whole but also financial houses’ top stock-pickers. That investor group is U.S. senators, who

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cophonously, and efforts to disperse them are ineffective because they are protected by a 1972 federal law.) (2) In September, an exceptionally rare American veery (a thrush-like songbird) landed in Britain’s Shetland Islands and briefly excited the country’s birdwatchers, but just as word was circulating, according to Scotland’s Daily Record, a local cat ate it. Readers’ Choice: In November in Leeuwarden, Netherlands, as the staff of the television company Endemol NV were working to set up 4 million dominoes in an attempt at a new Guinness Book record, a sparrow flew in through a window, landed on the formation, and toppled about 23,000 of them before built-in gaps stopped the collapse. (An exterminator with an air rifle tracked the bird down in the building and killed it, to the outrage of animal rights advocates.)

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somehow between 1993 and 1998 beat the market by an average of 12 percent annually (whereas fund managers are regarded as “stars” if they beat the market by as little as 3 percent). The findings received heightened attention recently, following revelations that Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist (R-Tenn.) this year made a huge profit selling stock from his blind trust at just the right time.


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The latest technologies and sophisticated biomechanical gaugings are being used to design brassieres to liberate women from the discomfort of which most complain (and especially buxom women, since a D-cup bra normally carries breasts weighing from 15 to 23 pounds). Leading work (according to a November Wall Street Journal report) is being done in China by engineers for Top Form Inc. (suppliers to Victoria’s Secret, Playtex and Maidenform) and by biomechanist Deirdre McGhee at the University of Wollongong in Australia. A British professor, David Morris, teaches “bra studies” at De Montfort University in Leicester, and Hong Kong’s Polytechnic University recently created a degree program in bra studies. Still More Breast News: The Piet Zwart Institute in Rotterdam, Netherlands, announced recently that retail studies student Wendy Rameckers had designed a wall with rows of silicon breasts in various shapes, primarily, she said, to help male shoppers decide what size bra to buy for their women. And prominent British futurist Ian Pearson of BT Laboratories told reporters in October that he could see the day when breast implants housed MP3 players (sending signals to a woman’s headphones), to give the implants some actual functionality. Where the Best Surgeons Are: The increased expectations of fans have driven today’s bullfighters to use riskier moves than their predecessors did, and competition has pressured them to return to work quickly after being gored. As a result, according to a November Wall Street Journal dispatch from Madrid, up to three dozen elite surgeons, highly skilled in complicated procedures, follow the bullfight circuit, on call to repair serious injuries that formerly would kill or maim a matador. In fact, most bullfighters today have already endured several critical gorings but remain eager to work.

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ommended that part of his sentence include community service picking up litter. The young manâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s guardian was contacted by telephone and advised of the incident. She was uncooperative and refused to give the officer her personal information. â&#x20AC;˘ Police were called to a Stiles Avenue residence in response to a call of an alleged stabbing. Officers arrived on the scene, along with emergency medical personnel, to locate the victim. They knocked on the door of the house and checked the premises, but no victim could be located. Dispatch advised the officers of the name the alleged victim had given and said he stated his wife had stabbed him with a fork. Neighbors were questioned but did not know anything about the incident. Case report number cards were provided to neighbors in case the victim turned up. â&#x20AC;˘ Police were dispatched to the Gideon Court area of Hitch Village after a report of an armed robbery. The victim gave the dispatcher a description of the suspectâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s appearance, and the officer observed a man fitting that description and went to speak with him. Before the officer was able to make contact, the suspect walked into an apartment. Another officer knocked on the door and the man answered. He was asked to step outside and complied, stating that he had no identification on him. However, he gave the officers a name, birth date and social security number. The man was placed in a squad car while his identity was checked. One of the officers asked the woman who lived at the address what the manâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s name was, and she gave a different name. The officers learned that there was a warrant on the suspect for contempt of

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court and also a parole hold. They also learned that the name the man gave them was an alias he had used in the past. The suspect was placed under arrest. During questioning, he first said he had made the alias up, then later told officers it was his cousinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s name. â&#x20AC;˘ An East Victory Drive resident filed a report of harassing phone calls. She said her father let his girlfriend drive his vehicle, but after they broke up, she and her father went and picked the car up and took it home. The complainant said her fatherâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s girlfriend called her and asked her had picked up the car. The complainant said she had told the suspect they had picked up the vehicle because ti belonged to her father. She said the suspect then said â&#x20AC;&#x153;Fuck youâ&#x20AC;? over and over and called her names. The suspect called again and said she wanted her belongings, which were in the vehicle. The complainant asked for a police escort to return the property. â&#x20AC;˘ An officer on routine patrol was stopped at a red light on Gaston Street at Whitaker Street when a pickup pulled up beside him. The truck was traveling west in the eastbound lane. The vehicle turned south onto Whitaker when the light turned green. The officer followed and initiated a traffic stop. The truck turned west onto Huntington Street before coming to a stop. The driver said he thought Gaston was a one-way street. The officer ran the manâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s information through NCIC and was informed there was a warrant for his arrest for contempt of court and failure to appear in court. The officer made the arrest. â&#x2014;&#x2014; All cases from recent Savannah/Chatham Police Department incident reports. Give anonymous crime tips to Crimestoppers at 234-2020




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Whale Rescue Volunteers, tourists and officials struggled to save more than 120 pilot whales that became stranded on a beach at the top of New Zealand's South Island when the tide went out. The whales initially beached themselves over a long stretch of coastline, but grouped together when the sea came back in. After keeping the marine mammals wet for hours in shallow water, the rescuers used brute force to eventually push them back out to sea. When some of the whales tried to swim back to shore, the rescuers formed a human chain to prevent their return.





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Thousands of birds mysteriously died in central Malawi, sparking alarm that bird flu had arrived in the East African nation. Officials said sample tissues from the birds had been sent to South Africa for analysis. Much of Africa has been on alert with the arrival of wild birds from avian influenza-affected regions of Siberia and other parts of Asia. • Ethiopia calmed fears that avian influenza had arrived by announcing that tests of dead and sick birds recently found in the country showed the birds did not have the virus. The agriculture ministry said they had died of Newcastle disease, which is another deadly viral infection among birds but harmless to humans.


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Australia's summer bushfire season began just before Christmas with fire crews working to contain blazes in the states of Victoria and New South Wales. One of the most serious wildfires erupted in a northern Sydney beach community, threatening a number of homes. New South Wales Rural Fire Service announced that no traditional Christmas beach barbecues would be permitted in

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A sudden cold wave spreading across north07B ern Mexico killed six 6.4 children and forced airlines to suspend flights. The coun+112 0 Nullagine, try's health secretary warned that W. Australia the low temperatures could persist 3.9 in several northern states, including Chihuahua, Coahuila, Nuevo Leon and Sonora. He reminded residents in those areas that coldweather risks include hypothermia and carbon monoxide poisoning, which can be caused by faulty heating equipment. The cold front also Developing tropical depression produced snowfall in Mexico City, forcing 25W unleashed widespread the cancellation of nearly 200 international flooding over central parts of and domestic flights. the Philippines, killing at least 10 people. The disturbance briefly atA village in northern India's tained tropical storm strength before Jammu and Kashmir state has bringing heavy downpours to flood-weary been terrorized by scores of Vietnam. More than 60 people have permonkeys, which have forced ished and several major highways have some people to evacuate to surrounding been blocked by incessant rainfall in villages out of fear. “These monkeys strike Vietnam during most of December. • Cyclone-battered parts of southeastern when the male members of the family are not at home. We have appealed several India received additional heavy rainfall as times to the local administration for help, Tropical Cyclone 07B passed just offbut no one has come to our rescue so shore. far,” said Cheryai village resident Jugal Kishore. Other villagers say the simian The most deadly lightning marauders get into their houses, eat anystrike to hit northern Malawi in thing in sight and vandalize the rooms. recent memory killed 11 people Some of those who have evacuated to attending a holiday church other villages say the monkeys have folservice. The victims were among the 40 lowed them, and are now terrorizing their people in the Church of Central African new homes. ◗ Presbytery in Mzimba, about 190 miles north of the capital Lilongwe, when the electrical storm struck. A church

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Shaking from a powerful magnitude 6.4 temblor, centered in eastern Indonesia between Sulawesi and the Moluccas islands, caused a brief panic on land. There were no reports of significant damage or injuries. • Earth movements were also felt in northeastern Japan, the Marlborough region of New Zealand, northwest Greece, the French Alps, southeastern New Mexico and along the Nebraska-South Dakota border.

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A New Year’s Eve


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Need some last-minute destination suggestions? IT STANDS TO REASON, that if you’re planning on leaving the hose to enjoy some sort of public celebration of the coming of 2006, then you’ve more than likely already cast Saturday evening’s festivities in stone. You’ve done your homework, checked the ads that have been running in our paper for the past few weeks, and asked friends, family and co-workers where “the place to be” is this time around. However, the truth is that although plenty of restaurants, bars, nightclubs and public spaces are offering some sort of live entertainment for this most universal of holidays – many of them have chosen not to trumpet their wares through standard channels. Some are simply hoping that word of mouth will do the trick. But let’s be honest. This is Savannah we’re talking about – and sometimes all that word of mouth gets you is a halfempty room and a lot of unused party favors to box up the next morning. In the interest of making sure that everyone within eyesight of our paper is adequately informed in advance as to their celebratory options, we offer this admittedly incomplete guide to what’s going on this New Year’s Eve in the Coastal Empire. Now, we can’t promise that every single event that’s taking place is listed here. Far from it. We’re at the mercy of the info that’s been passed along to us! So be advised, there may be good times and great memories to be had elsewhere. However – as of press time, this is what we

here at Connect Savannah have been hepped to. If you’d planned to spend the night bundled up inside your own home watching that Ryan Seacrest buffoon, but now realize that’s just no way to live, then by all means, consider supporting one of the establishments and musical artists listed below. They’ll appreciate it, and so will you. Remember, there are few things in life as wonderful as experiencing live music firsthand. If – on the other hand – you can’t even bear the thought of staying in Savannah for the whole mishegoss, check out our Good Show, Will Travel section. That exhaustive regional concert calendar includes dozens of great club, theatre and arena shows within a few hours drive of here. You’ll find a much wider selection of shows to take in on December 31st, but of course, it’ll take you a while to get there and back. Which brings up another very important point: There’s never a good time to cause or to be involved in an automobile accident, but I can’t think of many worse ways to start off a new year than to hurt someone needlessly or to be hurt yourself. Between the surge in gas prices and the reluctance of the city to allow them the rate increase they so dearly deserve, cab drivers have been hit pretty hard financially this year. If the holiday spirit moves you – or you’ve had one too many – save your health, your pride, and your license. Ditch

the car, and pay a few extra bucks to get you and yours home safely. Like Hank Kingsley says, “You’ll be glad you did.” Don’t forget that many of these parties and dances sell out in advance, so if you want to make sure you’re where you want to be when the glitter is thrown, call the venues ASAP and reserve a seat... Here now, the shows – broken down by broad musical category.

Jazz Big Band enthusiasts will be happy to know that American Legion Post #135 on Bull Street at Park Avenue is bringing in Sophisticated Swing, a 9-piece Florida orchestra playing swing and Latin jazz. It’s part of the 2nd Annual Stardust Memories Ball, the proceeds of which benefit the Alzheimer’s Association. The retro-themed ball includes a champagne toast and catered midnight a few members of breakfast. Sophisticated Swing A few blocks North, the tony Mansion on Forsyth Park has got the potent double bill of Eat Mo' Music with vocalist Trae Gurley. Eat Mo’ is a local quintet specializing in funky, rockedged soul jazz that’s perfect for dancing. Gurley is a singing actor who pays tribute to Frank Sinatra by performing the late icon’s signature tunes. Music at 9 pm. The newly-formed Consuelo's Duelo is an instrumental, organic jazz combo led by acoustic guitarist Jon Dunn, and featuring several young, promising musicians. They play the Luna Lounge inside Il Pasticcio restaurant at 9:30 pm. The Jazz Corner on Hilton Head is the area’s heaviest jazz supper club, and they’re hosting one of their most popular acts, The Noel Friedline Quintet. This criti-

cally-adored Florida act features piano, bass, drums and vibes, as well as threepart vocal harmony.

Acoustic Acts At 10 pm, prolific local songwriter and guitarist Greg Williams draws on his back catalog of acclaimed indie CDs for an evening of folk and blues-influenced modern rock at Jen’s & Friends, a small bar on the corner of Bull and Broughton that’s quickly developed a loyal following. Veteran local keyboardist and vocalist Chuck Courtenay, Sr., reunites with his guitar playing sons The Courtenay Brothers for a rare trio show of pop, country and soft rock standards at the Knights of Columbus Hall #631 (on the corner of Bull and Liberty Streets). That The Courtenay starts at 9 pm. Brothers And local legend Jude Michaels plies his wares at Molly MacPherson’s Scottish Pub starting at 9 pm. Michaels plays both acoustic guitar and cello and peppers his setlist of covers with original tunes.

Pop The Desoto Hilton nabbed Liquid Ginger this year. The extremely well-liked local modern rock group recently shot a music video to help promote their second DIY CD. They’ll play originals and pop hits from 8 pm on. The Savannah Theatre slightly modifies its existing Jukebox Journey musical production show to include a special postLiquid Ginger show set of mainstream dance music (folks can join the


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17 band onstage) and requests. There will be a champagne toast at midnight. It all starts at 9 pm. The Greg Snyder Trio (featuring Annie Allman) will be on hand at Tybee’s Tango restaurant for a wide variety of danceable hits in a wide variety of genres.

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Hard Rock Savannah’s only dedicated indie-rock, metal and punk venue is aiming to outdo its own recent Halloween show. That impressive undertaking found a handful of local bands (some of which formed specifically for that gig) dressing up as and performing the songs of some of their major musical influences. This time out, members of Kylesa, Black Tusk and Whiskey Dick will be teasing their hair up mighty high when they appear as Looks That Kill, and play the songs of noted feminists Motley Crüe. This 21+ gig also boasts a “champagne gulp” at midnight. And finally, there will be some sort of live enetertainment and celebration going on for free in the City Market Courtyard. No details available at press time, but anyone looking for a chilly good time may want to suss that one out. ◗

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Local sensation (and internationallyknown recording artist Eric Culberson and His Band hold court at Congress Street’s Mercury Lounge, no doubt playing fiery Memphis and Chicago-style material from his new live album. A few blocks away in City Market, the gritty, Delta-influenced blooze rawk of Bottles & Cans will be heard at one of their favorite subterranean haunts, the aptly named Savannah Blues club. Jazz’d Tapas Bar underneath the Gap on Eric Culberson Broughton Street presents regular attraction The Jeff Beasley Band. While also known as one of the frontmen in the group Too Blue, Beasley has recently retooled this project, and added plenty of old-school ‘50s and ‘60s rock and roll to their repertoire (think Elvis and Roy Orbison). The show starts at 9 pm.

The Fundamentals will be grooving hard to funk and R & B party tunes from the ‘70s and ‘80s at Cha Bella (the new eatery located in the former Suzabelle’s location on the corner of Broughton and East Broad Streets). Cosentino’s (another recently opened downtown eatery on the opposite end of Broughton Street) welcomes P.R.O.F. – or the Peoples’ Republic Of Funk. Based in Macon, they dabble in jazzy dance music and cool bebop with plenty of nods towards Miles’ fusion period. That show starts at 10 pm. Local favorites Absylom Rising return to Fiddler’s Crab House on River Street for the second night (ssee Music Menu).

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Up-and-coming regional singer/songwriter Bryan Clees brings his band to the Tubby’s in Thunderbolt for an evening of honky-tonk hits and original material that begins at 9 pm. Popular area bar band High Velocity play the second of a two-night stand at The Silver Dollar on Highway 204. Their show starts at 9 pm, and includes songs by everyone from Skynyrd and The Allman Brothers to The Doors and Led Zeppelin. The Georgia Rhythm Band returns to Scandals on the far end of Tybee Island Southpaw (ssee Music Menu). Tommy’s in Pooler hosts Southpaw (ssee Music Menu).

Down on River Street at J.J. Cagney’s, newcomers Seven Gates To Elsewhere offer up a combination of tried and true covers of the classic rock variety and bluesy, soulful originals that bear a striking resemblance to early Bad Company and other ‘70s British imports. A few blocks East from Cagney’s, The Warehouse has chosen Texas-bred songwriter Jason Bible and his band The Train Wrecks to keep the crowd rocking till the wee wee hours. This trio features Hazel Virtue’s drummer, and deals in rootsy Americana covers and organic originals with a strong folk and blues influence.


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Jekyll Island’s 30th Annual New Year’s Bluegrass Festival It’s interesting to note that a few days ago, Savannah’s Coastal Jazz Association celebrated their Thirtieth Annual Christmas Day Concert and Jam Session, and here we have another extremely long-running musical event that also focuses solely on one of America’s only truly indigenous art forms. When Bill Monroe first created this hopped-up, improvisatory hybrid of country, gospel and mountain music in the 1940s, he might have found it hard to imagine that now, some six decades later, there would be literally thousands of artists worldwide who have devoted their lives to this extremely technical style of acoustic picking, and millions of listeners who not only swear by the music itself, but pledge allegiance to the bluegrass lifestyle – a relaxed, reverent attitude that (if one were to try and describe it in basic terms) focuses on homespun values, a strong work ethic, and compassion for one’s fellow man. This three-day event about an hourand-a-half drive from here features some of the biggest names in the genre, and is sure to thrill those from seven to seventy. Thursday’s lineup includes Audie Blaylock & Redline, The Steep Canyon Rangers, The Primitive Quartet, The Larry Stephenson Band, The James King Band, and Nothin' Fancy. Friday’s lineup includes Williams and Clark Expedition, The Gary Waldrep Band, The Village Singers, Bobby Osborne and The Rock Top X-Press, Doyle Lawson and Quicksilver, and Pine Mountain Railroad. Saturday brings The Carolina Road Band, The Bluegrass Brothers, The

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engagement, she’ll share the decks with local DJ Pimpsatan. This weekly event is normally hosted by award-winning local DJ Shrapnel. It is billed as the “premiere techno-gothicindustrial dance party” in the area, and provides a singular outlet for fans of manic, grinding, and mesmerizing underground dance music. Thurs., 10 pm, Club One.

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This double-bill of unapologetic metalcore and melodic, scream-heavy punk provides a nice encapsulation of everything folks seem to like about the socalled “Savannah Sound.” I say so-called, because most of the locally-based bands of this type who’ve followed in the wake of the city’s pioneers of abrasive and brutal rock have in some way or another either aped or collaborated with musician and producer Phil Cope. As bassist for the increasingly high-profile act Kylesa and Damad before that, he’s been at the forefront of developing a mood, tone and production technique that has won his own groups a worldwide following, and those newbies he works with a certain imprimatur.

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However, the funniest part about the “Savannah Sound” is that it’s always captured at a studio in Columbia, South Carolina! Both the Unpersons (who tour nationwide) and Two Days of Freedom (who have yet to hit the road as hard) offer up their own unique takes on the loud/louder and scary/scarier variants of their chosen genres – but within that sometimes overpoweringly similar rubric, they moods they create are quite different from one another. Unpersons’ cacophony invokes nightmarish vistas of distorted guitars and maddening rhythmic structures that practically beg the listener for submission to a vision of morbid distress and despair. Two Days of Freedom used to be known as Roswell, and while they don’t care much for being tagged with the emo/screamo bit, in some respects they do fly that flannel. Their blistering and frenetic punk definitely shows the influence of melodic pop, but cracks a whip and packs a punch. Their latest release (a split seven-inch with fellow locals The Bricks on ultra-indie Hyperrealist) has been getting high marks for its fresh take on an established format. Fri., 10 pm, The Jinx. ◗


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Absylom Rising Extremely eclectic dance-oriented jam quartet from Oxford, Miss. that blends elements of bluegrass, classic rock, funk and traditional country, and is known for its vocal work. Fri. - Sat., 10 pm, Fiddler’s Crab House.

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Mary Davis & Company Acoustic trio centered around the vocals and guitar of Davis – better known as the frontwoman for the impressive Wilmington Island-based party act Band In The Park. This trio’s sets focus on well-known rock, pop and soul tunes. Thurs., 6:30 pm, Baja Cantina (The Landings).

The Bobby Ryder Quartet Hilton Head-based music scene veteran who specializes in approximating the sound of the big band era (think vintage Sinatra) with just a four-piece group. Thurs., 7:30 pm, The Jazz Corner (Hilton Head).

Southpaw w/Scott Owens Regional quintet playing popular modern and classic country covers. For these shows, they’ll be joined by a guest lead vocalist. Fri. - Sat., 9 pm, Tommy’s (Pooler).

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Gail Thurmond A downtown fixture of sorts, this vibrant singing pianist has been playing jazzy standards and show tunes in this cozy darkwood bar for over a decade. Many folks make it a point to stop in and see Gail whenever they pass through the area. She’s a welcome constant in the increasingly disparate downtown entertainment world. Tues. - Sun., Planter’s Tavern (beneath The Olde Pink House Restaurant). ◗

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This tight and Regional band offering extremely entertaining covers of popular country, electric blues combo has Southern rock and classic rock been playing in this area hits form the past few for almost two decades. decades. Fri. - Sat., 9:30 pm, Despite a number of Scandals (Tybee). lineup changes, their drummer Ken Harrison has remained a constant Acoustic duo (who also presence, and guides the function as the core of the Teddy Adams band through scores of electric band Two Path Road) upbeat, danceable specializing in country and shuffles and Chicago-style ballads. Fri., classic rock hits. Known for their vocal The Warehouse. harmonies and tendency to stretch their songs out into extended jams. Thurs., 10 pm, Fiddler’s Crab House. Local outfit that straddles the line between Hellhound rock and gritty Delta blues. Fans of T-Model Ford, Hound Dog Smooth jazz, fusion and R & B. Fri., Taylor and late-period Tom Waits will find 9:30 pm, Il Pasticcio. much to like about this stirring quartet. Thurs., 10 pm, Savannah Blues + Fri., 10 Beloved, locally-based, native Irish pm, JJ Cagney’s + Sat., Savannah Blues. troubadour who plays the acoustic guitar and bodhran. The host of Georgia Public

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Intense acoustic guitarist and singer who previously served as the frontman of local hard rock cover band The Long Awaited. His sets include both popular rock tunes, and slightly left-of-center choices. Thurs., 8 pm, Bernie’s On River Street + Fri. - Sat., 9 pm, Bayou Absylom Rising Café.

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One of the key figures in the local jazz scene (and the Coastal Jazz Association), this trombonist has performed and collaborated with many of the greats in his genre. He leads his own groups, but plays infrequently in town, so it’s always worth catching when he does. Thurs., 8 pm, The Mansion on Forsyth Park.

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‘The Anti-postcard Show!’ -- Features paintings by Lind Hollingsworth and photographs by Michael Ellison Jan 3 through Feb. 28 at the Hospice Savannah Art Gallery, located at Hospice House, 1352 Eisenhower Dr. An opening reception will be held Friday, Jan. 13 from 5:30-7:30 p.m.

Monterey Square and Forsyth Park. The gallery represents over 20 local and national artists.

‘Small Works’ -SCAD annual holiday exhibition featuring work from students, alumni, faculty and staff, at The Red Gallery, 201 E. Broughton St. All ‘Ossabaw Road’ by Meryl Truett ‘Half the Story’ -pieces are priced at Rosewood Studio at $500 or less Paintings by Nancy and measure 18 Doolan showing at inches or less in any one direction. Pinnacle Gallery, 320 E. Liberty St., through Jan. 9. ‘millions of unusual small creatures lurking everywhere’ -- Black Orchid Meryl Truett -- New photographs Gallery at 131 Drayton St. hosts this exploring the vernacular architecture of exhibit by Ladyboy, a Philadelphia based the American South, at Rosewood Studio artist. The show runs through December. and Gallery at 113 Oglethorpe Ave. ‘Various Views’ -- Work by Fran Thomas, Morgan Kuhn, Charlotte Dunlap, Frances Walters, Angela Coonce, Carolyn Neely and Preston Russell is on display at Gallery 440, 440 Bull St. between

‘A Host of Folk Angels’ -- New exhibit at the Hurn Museum, 1015 Whitaker St., through Dec. 31. Closed Monday.

‘Faces of Folk’ -Rare portraits in a new exhibit at The Hurn Museum, 1015 Whitaker St., through Dec. 31. Closed Monday. ‘Horne & Thistle Gallery -- Through December, a group show at this new gallery at 424 E. Oglethorpe Ave. features Gamble Moore, Craig Stevens, Arnold Desmarais, Mary Ellen McLaughlin, William Peterson, and Hillary Parker.

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A strong film, an important work, and already a lightning rod for controversy and (one hopes) healthy debate. But another instant Steven Spielberg classic? Not quite. With a script drafted by heavyhitters Tony Kushner (Angels In America) and Eric Roth (Forrest Gump), Munich is largely a fictionalization of the events that transpired after that tragic day at the 1972 Olympics in Germany, when a group of Palestinian terrorists known as Black September slaughtered the Israeli athletes they were holding as hostages. The movie reveals that, in an effort to exhibit their toughness to the world, the Israeli government sent a select band of assassins to eliminate everyone who was responsible for the Munich massacre. Spielberg and his writers bring to vivid life this motley crew of enforcers: Avner (Eric Bana), the sensitive leader of the group; the fiery getaway driver Steve (Daniel Craig, aka the new James Bond); the meticulous “clean up” man Carl (Ciaran Hinds); the jittery bomb maker Robert (Mathieu Kassovitz); and the pensive forger Hans (Hanns Zischler). But these characters aren’t positioned as Israel’s version of The Untouchables, with clear-cut visions of right and wrong. Instead, as they carry out each hit on their eye-for-an-eye agenda, each man reacts differently to the consequences of their actions. Spielberg’s muddying of the

moral waters is already drawing heat (primarily from Jewish leaders), but it’s to his credit that he asks the hard questions and doesn’t flinch from any unsettling truths that might emerge. This is perhaps the least sentimental of any motion picture in the director’s strong filmography, with a couple of scenes that stand among the most memorable he’s created in recent times.


Director Rob Marshall’s adaptation of the Arthur Golden novel plays like a Disney version of a Zhang Yimou movie, though the end result isn’t as dreadful as that designation might suggest. As movie artifice, it’s above average, but it goes no deeper than that. The cast features a who’s-who of leading actors from the East, though because none are from Japan, the film’s been swallowed up in a maelstrom of controversy. Nationalities notwithstanding, the performers are up to the task at hand. Two Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon alumni handle the key roles: Ziyi Zhang plays Chiyo, the penniless foster child who grows up to become the legendary geisha known as Sayuri, while Michelle Yeoh essays the role of her mentor, Mameha. The Last Samurai’s Oscar nominee Ken Watanabe has the principal male role as the Chairman, the older man who catches

27 Sayuri’s eye at an early (pre-pubescent) age and finds himself the center of her adoration over the ensuing years. The struggles of these characters make for adequate screen entertainment, though the movie curiously mutes the tragic dimension of women being bartered over and sold like trinkets in an open-air marketplace.


The Academy isn’t exactly known for its embrace of comedy -- only in its humorless universe could Ben-Hur win the Best Picture Oscar in the year of Some Like It Hot -- but in the 1968 race, voters were in a giddy enough mood to hand the Best Original Screenplay Oscar to Mel Brooks for his comic gem, The Producers. Don’t expect similar accolades for this latest version, since a funny thing happened on the way to the podium. Brook’s commercial failure but cult success was

resurrected by the comic legend himself as a Broadway musical, one so successful that it earned a record 12 Tony Awards to go along with its enormous box office booty. That a movie version would follow is no surprise; what’s startling is how the picture plays as little more than a static filming of the stage play, barely more mobile than those one-set Shakespeare dramatizations that used to pop up regularly on PBS. In the Gene Wilder role of the timid accountant Leo Bloom, Matthew Broderick strains too hard to be funny -you almost feel sorry for the guy, praying he doesn’t give himself a hernia through all those pained expressions. Nathan Lane, on the other hand, is a riot in the Zero Mostel role of Max Bialystock, the struggling producer who determines that a dreadful show called Springtime for Hitler is his ticket to riches.


Sarah Huttinger (Jennifer Aniston), a newspaper obituary writer who can’t decide whether or not to marry her easygoing boyfriend (Mark Ruffalo), learns through a series of events that the bestselling novel The Graduate was based on the experiences of her own family. Over 30 years ago, both her mother (now deceased) and grandmother (Shirley MacLaine) had slept with Beau Burroughs (Kevin Costner), who in more recent times has become a billionaire thanks to the booming Internet trade (the movie’s set in 1997). Convinced that Beau can help her sort out her own ambivalent feelings regarding her family, she maneuvers to meet him in person, only to find that, like her mom and grandma before her, she can’t resist his roguish charm. The hook turns out to be the most entertaining aspect of the film, as Sarah strives to

learn exactly how all the pieces of the Graduate puzzle fit together. But once she becomes romantically entangled with Beau, the picture grinds to a halt, losing its comic conceit and getting bogged down in the mundanity of its older manyounger woman relationship. Director Rob Reiner then proceeds to make matters worse, repeatedly mistaking frantic for funny and basically turning these initially promising characters into gibbering idiots.


What could be more idiotic than releasing a foreign slasher flick in the high-profile summer movie season? How about releasing a foreign slasher flick on Christmas Day? This Australian import strands three college-age kids (Cassandra McGrath, Kestie Morassi and Nathan continued on page 28

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If you fall in love with a touring actress, what better way to get her attention than to follow her around hoping to “bump” into her? If that doesn’t work, attempt to overdose on opium and in your narcotic state create a symphonic tribute to your object of desire. Oh, and don’t forget to add the part where the blade chops off your head and it tumbles into a basket. Romantic or disturbing? You decide.

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Phillips) in the Australian Outback, whereupon they meet a hulking roughneck (John Jarratt) who proceeds to slice and dice them as he sees fit. Wolf Creek bills itself as “Based On Real Events,” a dubious claim since the film is rife with the sort of boneheaded plotting that can only be found in subpar thrillers of this nature. As if releasing this on December 25 wasn’t disturbing enough, there’s also a scene in which one of the young protagonists finds himself attached to a wall crucifix-style, with his arms outstretched and nails hammered through the palms of his hands. Father, forgive them, for they clearly know not what they do.

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Peter Jackson’s new Kong will make a fortune, and it saddens me that it will be viewed by scores of people who won’t even give the original 1933 take a passing glance because they lack the imagination to immerse themselves in the world of vintage black-and-white cinema. But that’s their loss, and certainly not Jackson’s fault. He’s done his part by treating the property with love and respect, and, much to my surprise, his Kong is a -- pardon the pun -- roaring success. In essence, Jackson has taken the 103-minute original and stretched it out to a 190-minute running time. The three-act structure remains intact, however. The first portion of the film

details how visionary filmmaker Carl Denham (Jack Black) elects to head out into uncharted waters to make his epic adventure movie, recruiting a struggling actress named Ann Darrow (Naomi Watts) to serve as his leading lady. Denham is all business, meaning that Ann’s romantic escapades arrive in the form of Jack Driscoll (Adrien Brody), a sensitive screenwriter with the heart of a poet but the steely resolve of an action hero. The second part charts the sea voyage and the arrival on Skull Island, whereupon Ann is co-opted by the local natives for the purpose of serving as a human sacrifice to the great ape known as Kong. The climactic third act finds Kong captured and taken to New York, where, billed as “King Kong, The Eighth Wonder of the World,” he becomes the featured attraction in Denham’s lavish theatrical production. Naturally, Kong escapes and goes on a rampage. From there, it’s a quick jaunt up the Empire State Building and an even quicker trip back down. Despite a hefty $200 million budget, the film’s visual effects aren’t as seamless as one might expect, particularly when it comes to the dinosaurs. Yet the FX team comes through when it matters most: Kong himself is a visual marvel, with an expressive range of emotions, and the final battle between Kong and the fighter planes is one of the movie year’s defining spectacles. Jack Black’s turn as showman Carl Denham

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Bob Barnes (George Clooney) is a CIA field operative who’s stunned when his years of service count for naught once his superiors decide it’s in their best interest to betray him. Syriana offers little hope and no answers, catering instead to the substantial number of Americans who feel that the bad guys -- chiefly, Big Business and Big Government -- have already won, and there’s not a damn thing we ordinary citizens can do about it. For those who already believe this, the movie’s a well-executed downer. For those seeking to educate themselves, the movie’s a must-see.


An impersonal slab of sci-fi sameness, Aeon Flux wears its lethargy as a badge of honor, with Karen Kusama’s draggy direction and Charlize Theron’s monotonous performance front and center in every scene.

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Puccini wrote his opera La Boheme in 1896, and it was exactly 100 years later that Jonathan Larson’s update Rent created seismic waves in the theater world. Rent faithfully follows the story structure of La Boheme, although Larson injected a sense of immediacy by adding AIDS to the equation. Unfolding in the late ‘80s, the story centers on a group of bohemians in New York’s East Village. If it sounds like Melrose Place on welfare, the story’s defining characteristic is that half of its leading players are HIV-positive, contracted through either sex or drug use. For a musical, there isn’t much dancing per se, and director Chris Columbus and choreographer Keith Young stage the few numbers competently if not excitingly. ◗

Initially more reminiscent of the brittle Thanksgiving yarns Home For the Holidays and Pieces of April than the warm-and-fuzzy titles usually foisted upon us at Christmas, this ensemble

The 1977 original employs two actors of marginal comedic abilities -- Jane Fonda and George Segal -- in a lumbering yarn about a well-to-do married couple who turn to crime once the husband loses his job. This new version one-ups its predecessor right out of the starting gate by casting two bona fide comedians in the central roles. Jim Carrey and Tea Leoni play the new Dick and Jane, who find themselves in a similar predicament once the CEO (Alec Baldwin) of Dick’s company bails out, leaving thousands of employees without jobs, pensions or benefits. After working a series of low-paying odd jobs (the picture’s funniest sequences), the couple eventually turn to robbing local shops with a squirt gun, earning enough dough to engage in even more elaborate heists. Softballs are briefly lobbed at former Enron CEO Ken Lay and George W. Bush, the two men most emblematic of the greed that continues to divide the haves from the havenots, but otherwise, this is strictly a congenial, end-of-year trifle aimed at providing families with somewhere to go after all the presents have been opened.

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Christians, heathens and everyone in between will be inspired to hold hands and sway to the gentle rhythms of The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe. C.S. Lewis’ source material -- the first book in a series of seven Narnia adventures -sprinkled Christian allegories throughout a fantasy yarn that was aimed primarily at children, and the movie steadfastly respects Lewis’ intentions. Like the best kid flicks, this one never talks down to its target audience, and its religious themes -- issues involving honor, forgiveness and redemption -- embody the true spirit of Christianity and in effect serve as an antidote to the sadistic theatrics of Mel Gibson’s garish snuff film, The Passion of the Christ. Lewis and The Lord of the Rings author J.R.R. Tolkien were friends and contemporaries, so it’s not surprising that the films based on their respective works often resemble each other in style and structure. In fact, I’d wager that it took the massive success of the LOTR flicks for Narnia to even be given the green light. Therefore, it’s easy to see the plucky Pevensie children -- Peter (William Moseley), Susan (Anna Popplewell), Edmund (Skandar Keynes) and little Lucy (Georgie Henley) - as human Hobbits, bravely entering enemy territory to defeat an evil entity whose cruel reign threatens all sorts of races and civilizations. Director Andrew Adamson, coming off the Shrek toons, isn’t as accomplished a filmmaker as Peter Jackson, so his tale feels cramped and on occasion even claustrophobic (cinema’s widescreen possibilities appear to hold little interest for him). But the child actors are appealing, Swinton makes a suitably chilly ice queen, the supporting critters add color, and the brisk storyline fuels the imagination. It may be kid stuff, but it’s suitable for the whole family.

piece centers on the Stone family, a liberal New England clan whose members prove to be remarkably closeminded when it comes to accepting a conservative prude into their abode. Oldest son Everett (Dermot Mulroney) brings girlfriend Meredith (Sarah Jessica Parker) home to meet his parents (Diane Keaton and Craig T. Nelson) and siblings, but except for his laidback brother Ben (Luke Wilson), all the family members -especially bitchy sister Amy (Rachel McAdams) -- treat their guest poorly, finding it impossible to warm up to her sheltered viewpoints and physical eccentricities. The arrival of Meredith’s younger sister Julie (Claire Danes) only makes matters worse, as she’s everything (warm, witty, understanding) that her sister is not. Writer-director Thomas Bezucha tips his PC hand early by making one family member (Ty Giordano) deaf, gay and attached to a black lover (Brian White), but he nevertheless manages to make the various strained character interactions believable.



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Activism & Politics

Savannah Republican Club

Amnesty International

Sierra Club

meets the third Tuesday of the month at 6 p.m. at the Sentient Bean Coffeehouse, 13 E. Park Ave.. Call Raymond at 898-3506.

Chatham County Democratic Committee

Meets every second Tuesday of the month. Call 927-7170. meets the 3rd Thursday of each month at 7:30 p.m., at the First Presbyterian Church, 520 E. Washington Ave. 351-7436.

meets the second Monday of each month. at 6 p.m. Call Joe Murray Rivers, chair, 2345969, or Janice Shay, 547-5212 or visit

Skidaway Island Democrats

Chatham County Democratic Women

Local activist group focused on protesting the war in Iraq. Call Richard DiPirro at 4417167.

For information, call Maxine Harris at 3520470 or 484-3222.

Chatham County Young Democrats Call Cory at 508-3335 or send email to

Chatham County Young Republicans For information, call Brad Morrison at 5964810.

Coastal Democrats For information, call Maxine Harris at 3520470 or 484-3222.

Drinking Liberally Promoting democracy one pint at a time -share politics while sharing a pitcher at a local Democratic drinking club. This is an informal gathering of like-minded, leftleaners who may want to trade ideas, get more involved and just enjoy each other’s company. Meets the first and third Thursdays of the month at 7:30 p.m. at Coach’s Corner. For information, visit or send email to

Fellowship of Reconciliation The oldest interfaith peace and justice organization in the United States meets the second Tuesday of each month at 6 p.m. at The Sentient Bean, 13 E. Park Ave.

Call Tom Oxnard at 598-4290 or send e-mail to

Speak Up!

Auditions Lowcountry Ensemble Company is looking for actors, writers, directors, producers, musicians, poets and others. Send e-mail to

Benefits & Fundraisers Backus Children’s Hospital Ornament Sale The One Hundred is selling pewter bear ornaments designed by Phyllis Tildes and crafted by Woodberry Pewter for $8 each. Proceeds will benefit the Backus Children’s Hospital. To place an order, call Kelly Dykes Claxton at 350-6374 or send e-mail to

Blessingdale’s thrift store at 2118 Bona Bella, at the corner of Skidaway and Bona Bella in the Bacon Park Shopping Center, sells clothes, furniture, electronics and household items. Proceeds support The Living Vine Christian maternity home. Donations appreciated. Call 355-4339.

Boy Scouts Holiday Wreath Sale

meets on the first Monday of the month at 5 p.m. in Room 3 of the Heart and Lung Building at Candler Hospital. Membership is open to anyone18 and older.

These holiday wreaths are offered for sale in your neighborhood or drop by Savannah Toyota, Greyson Stadium, Keller’s Flea Market, and the Piggly-Wiggly and Kroger in Richmond Hill. You also can call 927-7272 to order them.

Libertarian Party of Chatham County

Give for the Gulf

League of Women Voters

meets each Thursday at 8:30 p.m. at Moon River Brewing Co., 21 W. Bay St. Call 3083934 or visit

National Council of Negro Women meets the first Saturday of every month at 10 a.m. at the Ralph Mark Gilbert Civil Rights Museum.

Planned Parenthood meets the second Thursday of the month at 6 p.m. at The Sentient Bean, 13 E. Park Ave. For info, call Megan Burgoyne at 352-4052 or send e-mail to

Savannah Peace Coalition meets every Tuesday on Yahoo Chat around 7 p.m. Send an e-mail to to receive an invitation to join the chat.

is a year-long, comprehensive Armstrong Atlantic State University initiative that will raise funds and provide community services for evacuees of Hurricane Katrina. Visit

Hurricane Katrina Benefit Website A community website/blog where local Hurricane Katrina relief efforts, fundraising events and other information are listed can be found at

Night Stalkers Association In honor of the fallen soldiers who served in the 3rd Battalion, 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment (Airborne) out of Hunter Army Airfield, the Military Affairs Council of the Savannah Area Chamber of Commerce is encouraging donations. Call Linda R. Rogers at 352-6645 or send donations to: The Night Stalkers Association, 3/160

SOAR, 1304 N. Lightning Rd., Hunter Army Airfield, 31409-4719.

Southside Fire/EMS 2006 Calendar This project raises money for burn victims throughout the region. Models for the calendar are actual firefighters and emergency personnel from the Southside Fire Department. The calendars are $10 and are available at three SunCom locations in Oglethorpe Mall, on Hodgson Memorial near Kroger and at the Savannah Crossing Shopping Center on Abercorn Extension. Calendars also may be purchased at SSFD Headquarters on Norwood Avenue or by calling 354-1011.

Call for Entries Chatham County Chamber seeks musicians The Chatham County Chamber Group is seeking classically trained musicians. Call 232-2326.

Cultural Affairs Artist Roster The City of Savannah's Department of Cultural Affairs is compiling a list of artists of all disciplines of the arts and humanities to include in a Savannah Artists Roster. Call Daisy Williams at 912-651-6417 or send an email to and include: group and/or individual name, contact information, and discipline.

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Portrait Contest My Dream Productions of Savannah is sponsoring this drawing contest in commemoration of the slain civil rights leader’s 77th birthday. Draw a sizeable image on poster board or any appropriate sketching material. Submit by Friday, Dec. 30 at the Ralph Mark Gilbert Civil Rights Museumm, 460 MLK Jr. Blvd.; Cumulus Broadcasting, 214 Television Circle; Shuman Middle School, 415 Goebel Ave.; On Time Fashions-Heyman and Sons, 28 W. Broughton St; and Lester’s Florist, 2100 Bull St. Entries may be mailed to Martin Luther King, Jr. Portrait Drawing Contest, Box 3565, Savannah, 31414. First, second and third prizes will be given and all entries will be displayed. Call 351-6159.

Stained Glass Window Competition The Unitarian Universalist Church of Savannah is offering a $500 award for the best design for a stained glass window to be placed in the apse behind the pulpit in the historic Jingle Bells church located on Troupe Square. The window must display religious symbols from a variety of faiths with the Flaming Chalice being predominant. Judging will take place after Jan. 15. Send email to to receive the window design and instructions.

Two Pale Josephines is a boutique gallery/working studio on West Broughton Street that is looking for artists to consign work, especially clothing, accessories and textiles, plus home decor, painting and sculpture. Send email to or call 232-4848.

Classes & Workshops Adult Art Classes are held at The Art School Mondays from 79 p.m. and Tuesdays from 10 a.m. to noon. Beginners are welcome. For information, call Lind Hollingsworth at 921-1151.

Adult Education The Women’s Center of Wesley Community Centers, 1601 Drayton St., offers tutoring Tuesday and Thursday from 6:30-7:30 p.m. in basic literacy skills, GED preparation and computer training. Call 447-5711.

Art and Theater Classes at S.P.A.C.E. are being offered for children and adults at S.P.A.C.E., 9 W. Henry St. For information, call 651-4248.

The Art School The Art School provides quality art instruction for ages 6 through adult. Register now for afterschool classes. Classes provide a comfortable, non-competitive atmosphere for students of all levels. Tuition includes professional art supplies. Located across from Summit Gymnastics/Sharks Cheerleading at 74 W. Montgomery Crossroads. Call 921-1151 or visit

Baby sign classes Savannah Speech & Hearing Center is offering Baby Sign classes for babies aged 6-12 months and their parents. The cost is $50, which includes materials. To register, call 355-4601.

Babysitters training class St. Joseph’s/Candler Childhood Injury Prevention Program offers a class for boys and girls 11-15 who want to become babysitters. The cost is $35. Call 819-8583.

Basic computer class Eastside Concerned Citizens Inc. at 803 E. Park Ave. offers basic computer classes every second and fourth Saturday from 10 a.m. to noon. 232-5280.

Beginners quilting classes are held Tuesday at 10 a.m. at the Wesley Community Centers of Savannah, Inc., 1601 Drayton St. 447--5711.

Blessed Sacrament Catholic School at 1003 Victory Dr. will hold a Pre-K and Kindergarten round-up Tuesday, Dec. 6 from 9-10:30 a.m. Call 356-6987.

Building a Home The UBuildIt office in Savannah offers free seminars. Call 236-1211.

Career Achievement Program St. Mary’s Community Center, 812 W. 36th St., an affiliate of St. Joseph’s/Candler, offers a program to help adults with math, reading and writing skills. Participants choose their hours between Monday-Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Call 447-0578.

Ceramics, Visual Arts and Theater Classes The City of Savannah Cultural Affairs Department will offer classes in ceramics, painting, stained glass, jewelry, theater and

31 more. Classes start in mid-January and registration begins Jan. 1. Call 651-4248 or visit

Chatham County Aquatic Center

basis on Tuesdays from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Savannah Art Association in City market. Sign up at any time. Call 925-5465 to register.

offers open lap swim, water aerobics classes, swim lessons and competitive swim teams for all ages, home school programs and field trips for students on Monday and Wednesday or Tuesday and Thursday. 6526793 or

Eastside Concerned Citizens, Inc. Project Tomorrow Inc.

Church Music Seminar

offers free computer classes in Computer Basics Level One plus the study guide program software for the Georgia High School Graduation Test. Call Gloria Ferguson at 238-2960, Ext. 153.

The School of Church Music located at 101 Bull St. offers specialized workshops to give practical help with almost every area of music ministry. Call 236-1566 or send email to

Classes at Familiar Pathways

Coastal Scooters Classes

Basic introduction to computers and Microsoft Works offered at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, Bull and 31st streets. Cost is $20 for the session and $20 for the text book. Pre-registration is required. Call 3550219.

Creative Minds: A Symposium of Ideas This seminar is presented by Savannah Country Day School and will feature William Damon, James Garbarino and Dan Kindlon discussing Raising Children of Character in an Age of Indulgence on Saturday, Jan. 7 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. The school is located at 824 Stillwood Dr. The cost is $50 for the seminar plus $17 for lunch from Lady & Sons. Reservations are required. Call 9618828 or visit and click on ”Creative Minds.”

Spanish is fun. Classes for adults and children are held at the Jewish Educational Alliance, 5111 Abercorn St. Call 920-2171 or 220-6570 to register.

First Steps parent education program This parent education and support program is based at St. Joseph’s/Candler. Call 8196910.

Housing Authority offers free classes The Housing Authority of Savannah Neighborhood Resource Center at 1407 Wheaton St. is offering classes free to the public. Job Search and Job Skills training is offered the second, third and fourth Tuesdays from 9 a.m. to noon. Job Training Unlimited for ages 14-21 is by appointment. Adult Literacy classes are offered Mondays and Wednesdays from 4-6 p.m. Call 2324232, Ext. 115.

Free Coaching Session and Assessment for personal, career and professional development. Call Executive Leadership Coaching, 443-9860, or send e-mail to

Free computer classes St. Joseph’s/Candler African-American Health Information and Resource Center offers free computer classes. Call 447-6605.

Inquiry Circle based on the work of Byron Katie offers immediate help when you need answers right away. No charge. Contact Ursula at 484-0134 or send e-mail to For information, visit p.

Legal Secretary Certificate Program at Armstrong Atlantic State University is a series of 10 courses over a one-year period. Each course meets once a week for six weeks. Fees are $135 plus textbooks. Call 927-5213.

Culinary Arts Classes

Life Challenge Consulting

Enroll now in a free culinary arts training program at the Starfish Cafe. This program is a collaborative effort of Union Mission, Inc., and Savannah Technical College. For information, call Mindy Saunders at 2382777.

When would now be a great time to engage yourself in life-changing strategies. Career; stress reduction; spirituality. Free initial halfhour consultation. Call Cindy Beach, M.S., at 429-7265.

Discover Creativity Coaching

offers free classes on using computers to access information at the Bull Street Library. Call 652-3662.

Free initial consultation. Expert with two creativity degrees helps you kick-start your project, sort ideas, break through blocks, clarify intentions and plan approaches. Call 412-9199 or send e-mail to

The Live Oak Public Library

Memorial Health positive parenting class The cost is $10 per person and is most beneficial to parents of children less than 4 years. To register, call 350-9335.

Drawing Inspiration From the Masters

Mindful meditation classes

Free drawing classes for teens, adults and seniors are offered by the Savannah Art Association on Saturdays through October from 9 a.m. to noon at Armstrong Atlantic State University’s’ Fine Arts Hall. For information, call 897-5612 or 598-8217.

will be held Monday from 8:30-9:30 a.m. and on Thursday from 6-8 p.m. at the Integrated Behavioral Center, 1121 Cornell Ave. The cost is $10 per session. Call 355-4987.

Drawing to Painting to Clay

Mindfulness and Ordinary Recovery Indepth exploration of the 11th step. Meditation and contemplation instruction

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focus on road skills, safety and the proper maintenance of scooters. Classes are limited in size to provide personal assistance. Each rider is equipped with a TGB 49.5cc scooter and helmet. The class is three hours in length, consisting of classroom, field and on-road instruction. Classes meet on Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. or Sundays from 1-4 p.m. The cost is $40. To register, call 232-5513 or visit Coastal Scooters at 418 W. Broughton St.

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Several classes are offered, including Meditation 101 and 102; Aura 101; Tarot 101, 102. 103 and 104; Witchcraft 101 and 102; Henna 101 and 102; Herbology 101, 102 and 103; Deity 101 and 102; and The Art of Control: Principles and Tactics. Most classes cost $50 and lunch is included. Many classes are ongoing, running every month. Payment is to be made two days prior to the class starting date. Call Anastasia at 443-9678.

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provided as it applies to recovery and maintenance. Classes are held on Monday from noon to 1 p.m. or 7:30-8:30 p.m. Class fee is $12. 313 E. Harris St. For information, call Cindy Beach, M.S., 429-7265.

Multiple blessings is a four-week education course offered by Memorial Health and designed for the family expecting twins, triplets or more. Call Barbara at 350-3129 or visit

Open Studio Nights Bring your preferred medium to work in the company of fellow artists. No teacher, no schedule, no pressure, just share the artist’s experience. $5 a session. Held every Tuesday from 6:30-8 p.m. at the Savannah Art Association Gallery, above Belford’s in City Market.

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Painting Classes for beginners and studio groups for experienced artists/ Private studio in historic district. Professional instruction by MFA graduate of the Savannah College of Art and Design. Oil and acrylic painting, charcoal, pencil and pastel drawing. $125 for six-week course or $75 a month for weekly studio sessions. Call 234-5737 for information and registration.

Paralegal Certificate Program The Armstrong Atlantic State University paralegal programs provide real-world skills and training. Each course meets once a week for eight weeks. Fees are $130 plus textbook. Call the AASU Center for Justice Administration at 927-5231.

Parent and Teen Driving Course The Savannah-Chatham Metropolitan Police Department will present a free two-hour parent/teen driver’s course the last Thursday of each month at 6:30 p.m. at Calvary Baptist Day School, 4625 Waters Ave. Call 651-6653 or send e-mail to and request a registration form. The course is designed for 14-16 year olds and their parents. Advance registration is required.

Parenting the preschooler is a course offered by Telfair Women’s Hospital at Candler. Call at 819-3368 or visit

SCAD Online Application Special Students who apply online to SCAD on any Tuesday in December will pay a reduced fee of $25, half the regular application fee. Students who visit the college in person at 342 Bull St. also can take advantage of the discounted fee. Students may apply for SCAD programs in Savannah, Atlanta or online via SCAD e-Learning by vising

Savannah Art Association Life Drawing Drawing sessions will be held the first three Tuesdays of every month from 9:30-11:30 a.m. at the Savannah Art Association (located in City Market upstairs over Belford's). Bring your own drawing supplies. $10 per session for members.

Savannah Entrepreneurial Center at 801 E. Gwinnett offers business and computer classes.

Savannah Area Tennis will hold an after-school and weekend Junior Group Tennis Program for ages kindergarten through 12th grade at various sites throughout Savannah. A cardio tennis program, Adults’ Workout With a Racquet, is a group activity that features drills aimed at giving players of all abilities a high-energy workout. Sessions are $10. For information about either program, call Phyllis Greene at 961-9862 or 507-9862 or send e-mail to

Small Business Record Keeping and Taxes This series of classes will be held Tuesdays from 6-9 p.m. beginning Jan. 17 with Basic Record Keeping and Business Structure. Business Tax Deductions is set for Jan. 24. Employment Taxes Jan. 31 and Understanding Financial Statements: Managing by the Numbers Feb. 7. The cost is $30 per workshop or $99 for all four. Call 651-3200 to register.

Thinking of Starting a Business Workshops will be held Jan 12 and 26 from 6-8:30 p.m. at the Small Business Assistance Center, 111 E. Liberty St. The cost is $40 in advance or $50 the day of the workshop. Call 651-3200 to register.

Tybee Island Marine Science Center offers hands-on classes for students of all ages from pre-kindergarten through adults. Classes include microscope labs, squid dissection, guided beach walks and tours of the Science Center. Call 786-5917 or visit

UGA Marine Education Center and Aquarium presents outreach programs that are interactive, with live animals, costumes and fun activities. Contact Stephanie Edgecombe at 598-2335 for reservations. "Turtle Tales" is a 60-minute outreach program that combines science and art for pre-kindergarten and kindergarten students. Call Edith Schmidt at 598-2447.

proceeds of a 50/50 drawing go to the military for phone cards and other items.

Bipolar Support Group John J. Dunn, Ph.D., is interested in hearing from people who want to participate in a bipolar support group. Call 692-1230 after 6 p.m.

Bridge club meets at the JEA 1511 Abercorn, ACBL certified duplicate bridge game every Wednesday at 1 p.m. There is a $4 fee. Call Lynn Pierce at 3549739.

Chihuahua Club of Savannah A special little club for special little dogs and their owners meets one Saturday each month at 10:30 a.m. For information, visit h/.

Civil Air Patrol is the civilian, volunteer auxiliary of the U.S. Air Force and is involved in search and rescue, aerospace education and cadet programs. Meets every Tuesday at 6 p.m. for cadets (12-18 years old) and 7 p.m. for adult members at the former Savannah Airport terminal building off Dean Forest Road. Visit, send e-mail to, or call Capt. Jim Phillips at 412-4410.

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Clubs & Organizations

meets monthly on the first Monday at the Jewish Educational Alliance, 5111 Abercorn St. Check for event schedule.

AASU Sci-Fi Fantasy Club

Coastal Bicycle Touring Club of Savannah

On Thursdays, the club sponsors free role playing. The club meets at 7:30 p.m. at the AASU Compass Point Club House and sponsors a laser tag team and bi-monthly children’s readings on Saturdays from 1-3 p.m. at Media Play. Call Antonio at 713-1470 or send email to

sponsors a ride every Saturday. Visit for a ride schedule and more information. Meetings are held on the first Monday of each month at Tubby’s Tank House restaurant in Thunderbolt at 6:30 p.m. 728-5989.

ABATE (American Bikers Active Toward Education)

Meets the 3rd Saturday of every month. 9610602.

District 11 meets the 2nd Sunday of each month at 3 p.m. at the Silver Dollar Saloon on Hwy. 204 and Old River Rd. Please call for more info. 233-9800.

Community Hymn Chorus

Alternative Video/Film Enthusiast Viewings are held in private homes which includes social time as well as viewing a movie. Call Don at 655-0482 or send e-mail to

Coastal Georgia Volkswagen Club

All denominations are welcome to come together to make a joyful noise every Tuesday at 11:15 a.m. at White Bluff United Methodist Church’s Horton Hall, 11911 White Bluff Rd. Call Ronn Alford, Director of Music Ministries, at 925-5924.

Daughters of Destiny

meets the second Thursday from 5:30-8:30 p.m. of the month at Books-A-Million. Bring your art, art books of interest, techniques, etc. to discuss and share with the group.

An ongoing seminar for women who want to make changes in their lives through spirituality and positive reinforcement meets every Monday at 7 p.m. at Daughters of Destiny House, 12 E. 41st St. Facilitated by Miriam Center. Call 663-0894.

Ascension Lutheran Dinner and a Movie

Friends of Oatland

Art, Coffee and Conversation

Join other college-age Lutheran friends for fun and fellowship on the first and third Sundays at 5:30 p.m. at Ascension Lutheran, 120 Bull St. After dinner, the group will attend Reel Savannah screenings. Call 2324151 or send email to

Board of Directors meets every third Wednesday at 6:30 p.m.; general membership meeting follows at 7 p.m. at the Oatland Island Educational Center. Call Serena Nasworthy at 897-3060.

Banner of the Nations Savannah

meet the first Monday of each month at 5:30 p.m. at the Bull Street Library. Call 652-3655.

meets Sundays at 10:30 a.m. at 12 Drake Dr. Call Frank Spencer at 352-2323 or visit the Web site at

Beach Historic Neighborhood Association meets monthly on the third Thursday at 6 p.m. Call 605-4471 for details.

Beanhead Writers Group meets very second Saturday at 1 p.m. at The Sentient Bean, 13 E. Park Ave. to critique works in progress and to discuss technique and marketing. Fiction and non-fiction, but no poetry.

Bike Night with Mikie every Saturday at 6:30 p.m. at The Red Zone Bar and Grill in Richmond Hill. Half of the

Friends of the Library Georgia Christian Singles Memberships start at $25 and remain active until marriage. See website or call for local chapters. 1-800-869-2500.

Gold Wing Road Riders Association promotes education, safety and fun to motorcycle riders. Call Julian at 920-2700 or John at 858-5414 or visit

Goth Night Savannah A place for those interested in the Gothic subcultures. Visit

Harley Owners Group HOG meets the second Tuesday of every month at 7 p.m. at the Mighty Eighth Heritage Museum. Call 925-5349.

Historic Victorian Neighborhood Association meets the second Wednesday of every month at 6:30 p.m. at the American Legion, Post 135, 1108 Bull St. between Park Avenue and Duffy Street. Call 236-8546.

Hostess City Toastmasters Club Gain confidence in public speaking. Meets Tuesday evenings, 7pm at 6206 Waters Ave, Rivers Edge Retirement Community. 3555450.

Irish Session All instrumentalists interested in Celtic music are welcome. Meets the second and fourth Sundays at 5:30 p.m. at the Folk Traditions Store, 12 Price St. Call 341-8898.

Learn to play Go the game that will soon replace Chess as the intellectual strategy game par excellence., Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. at Books-AMillion on Abercorn. Call Greg at 232-7549.

Low Country Artists’ and Artisans’ Society sponsors a Country Textiles African American Quilt Making Guild. Call 447-1888.

Loyal Order of Moose at 2202 Norwood Ave. sponsors bingo every Tuesday and Friday starting at 7:30 p.m. There is a $700 jackpot.

MOMS Club for stay-at-home moms and their children. For information, call Courtney at 921-1462, visit or send e-mail to

MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers) The Island Mothers of Preschoolers meets every first and third Wednesday at First Baptist Church of the Islands, 6613 Johnny Mercer Blvd. Child care is provided. Call Linda at 897-9632.

Millionaire’s Club for Women The purpose is to achieve wealth and success in personal and professional life and to share this wealth by mentoring others. Call 236-3660.

Objectivist Society of Savannah meets biweekly at the Lion’s Den Lounge. Call Brian at 234-2484 or

Oglethorpe Business & Professional Women’s Club meets for lunch the second Tuesday of each month at 12:30 p.m. Call 966-3619 or visit

Partners for Community Health is a group that meets every other month to discuss healthcare topics that impact the community. Call Dana Huffman at 350-6357.

Philo Cafe Philosophical sessions taking on a different topic each time at Barnes & Noble every Wednesday at 7:30 pm. Call 659-2930 or 443-9267.

Postage stamp meeting and auction The Savannah Stamp Club meeting and stamp auction is held the second Thursday at 7 p.m. at the Grace United Methodist Church, 6412 Waters Ave. Call 354-8870.

Progressive Guys’ Discussion Group An opportunity for men to discuss books, music, film and cultural issues in an intellectually stimulating and non-judgmental environment. Meets the third Wednesday at 7 p.m. at the Sentient Bean Coffee House. 231-8841.

Rogue Phoenix Sci-Fi Fantasy Club Members of Starfleet International and The Klingon Assault Group meet twice a month, on the first Sunday at 4 pm. at Books-AMillion and the third Tuesday at Chen’s

Chinese Restaurant at 20 E. Derenne Ave. at 7:30 p.m. Call 692-0382, email or visit

Salon for Women Seeking Change Lively discussion, laughter and fun. Call 2368581.

Savannah Adventure Club People who enjoy outdoor activities and are looking for adventure are invited to join. Visit for information.

Livingston Ave. Call Carol Taylor at 9254064.

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Savannah Linux Users Group The group meets the first Wednesday of every month. Call 210-9066.

Learn to be a real estate investor or landlord. Group meets the second Tuesday of each month at 6:30 p.m. at the Holiday Inn Midtown on Abercorn. The $20 guest fee will apply to your membership if you join.

meets the second and fourth Thursday at 12:30 p.m. at the Savannah Golf Club. For information, call 355-6033.

Savannah Art Association

Savannah Brewers’ League

meets the second Tuesday of every month at 7 p.m. See

Savannah Newcomers Club is open to all residents who have lived in the Savannah area for less than two years. The club hosts a monthly luncheon and program on the third Wednesday of each month at various area restaurants and sponsors tours, activities and events to help new residents. Call 351-3171.

Savannah-Ogeechee Canal Society Dinner meetings are the second Tuesday of the month at 6:30 p.m. at the Fairmont Restaurant, 65 W. Fairmont Ave. Volunteer Saturdays are the second Saturday of the month from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Savannah-Ogeechee Museum & Nature Center at 681 Fort Argyle Rd. (Highway 204) 2.3 miles west of Interstate 95. 748-8068.

Savannah Port City Lions Club meets every first and third Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. at Ryan’s Restaurant on Stephenson. For information, call 920-9081.

Savannah Chapter of the Sons of Italy

Savannah Psychogeographic Society

is the oldest and largest national organization that celebrates Italian/American heritage for men and women. Call Dennis Piasio at 1-888-674-2937.

The society will investigate spaces in and around downtown. Celebrate the ordinary, the extraordinary, the overlooked, the neglected and the transcendent in Savannah’s built and natural landscapes. Contact Ryan at

Savannah Chess Club meets Monday at Books-A-Million from 7 to 11 p.m. Bring your chess sets. Call 631-0338 or send e-mail to geocities/

Savannah Council, Navy League of the United States has a dinner meeting the fourth Tuesday of each month (except December) at 6 p.m. at the Hunter Club, Hunter Army Airfield. Call John Findeis at 748-7020.

Savannah Euchre Club

Savannah Ski Club For information, see

Savannah Stitch-N-Bitch meets every second Tuesday of the month from 6-8 p.m. at wild fibre, 409 E. Liberty St. All that is required is an interest in knitting or crocheting. Bring a project and join in the stitching, talking and munchies. Call 2380514.

Euchre is a four-handed card game in the same family as Hearts and Spades, a poor (but discerning) man’s Bridge. Call Katie at 308-9815.

Savannah Sunrise Rotary club

Savannah Express Network Chapter of American Business Women’s Association

Savannah Toastmasters

meets the first Wednesday at 11:45 a.m. at the Savannah Golf Club on East President Street. RSVP to Laura McLaren at 236-6750, Ext. 14, or 898-9362.

Savannah Fencing Club offers beginning classes Tuesday and Thursday evenings for six weeks. Fees are $40. Some equipment is provided. After completing the class, you may become a member of the Savannah Fencing Club for $5 per month. Experienced fencers are welcome to join. Call 429-6918 or send email to

Savannah Italian Club is dedicated to discussing and preserving the heritage of Italians and ItalianAmericans. Meets the first Tuesday at 2717

meets every Thursday from 7:30-8:30 am at the First City Club in downtown Savannah. 233-1600. helps you improve speaking and leadership skills in a friendly and supportive environment on Mondays at 6:15 p.m. at Memorial Health University Medical Center, Conference Room C. 352-1935.

Savannah Ultimate Frisbee meets every Tuesday and Thursday at 6 p.m. and Sundays at 3 p.m. in Forsyth Park. Bring a white and dark shirt, water, cleats and a positive attitude. Visit for information.

Single People in Christian Education (SPICE) discusses education and plans and hosts social events and functions for singles throughout each month. Meets Sunday at 9:30 a.m. at White Bluff United Methodist Church, Room 22.

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

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offers affordable art workshops, social activities and a chance to display art in a downtown gallery. Drop by the gallery at 309 W. St. Julian St. above Belford’s in City Market or call 356-0249.

Savannah Lions Club

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will meet Saturday, Jan. 7 from 2-4 p.m. at First Christian Church, 711 E. Victory Dr. The public is invited to come and sing early American music and folk hymns from the shape note tradition. This non-denominational community musical activity emphasizes participation, not performance. Songs are from The Sacred Harp, an oblong songbook first published in 1844. Call 6550994.

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for young professionals ages 21 to 39 is a Junior Chamber of Commerce that focuses on friendship, career development and community involvement. Meets the second and fourth Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. Dinner is included and there is no charge for guests. Call 232-6682 or visit

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Southside Optimist Club

The Savannah Shag Club

is a civic organization catering to youth and community service projects that meets every Wednesday at 12:30 p.m. at Taylorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Restaurant inside the Days Inn on Mall Boulevard. Call Linda Lee at 695-7733.

Savannahâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s original shag club meets every Wednesday at the Holiday Inn Midtown at 6:30 p.m. Admission is free. Call 927-9439.

Subbuteo Table Soccer meets monthly for tournaments and practice matches. For information, call 667-7204 or visit

Tybee Beautification Association meets the second Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. With the exception of the June and December meetings, the association meets at the Tybee Community Center.

Tybee Performing Arts Society (TAPS) meets the first Tuesday of the month at 6:30 p.m. at the old Tybee school All interested, please attend or send e-mail to

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Waving Girl Smocking Guild meets the fourth Mondays at 6:30 p.m., August through May, at the Coastal Development Services, 7712 Seawright Dr. Those who love smocking and sewing are invited to attend. New members are welcome.

Weekend Warriors is a program at Portmanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Music for people who were musicians as kids, but went on to pursue other types of careers. The cost is $95, which includes two hours of instruction each week for four weeks. The latest gear will be provided. Call 354-1500.

Writers Unite! Serious writers who want to read, do warmup writing, hold each other accountable, call 236-3660 and ask for Dana.

The Young Professionals of Savannah For information, contact Jacob Cottingham at

Dance Adult Ballet Classes at Islands Dance Academy. All levels welcome, including beginners. Challenging, rewarding and fun. Mondays at 6:30 p.m. and Thursdays at 7 p.m. at 115 Charlotte Rd. on Whitemarsh Island. Call Sue Braddy at 897-2100.

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater will come to Savannah on Jan. 31 at 7 p.m. at the Savannah Civic Centerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Johnny Mercer Theatre as part of the 2006 Black Heritage Festival. Admission will be free, but tickets are required. Call 691-6847 to reserve tickets. Unclaimed seats will be distributed to those waiting 10 minutes prior to the show.

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body sculpture and senior toning. Want a total fitness program designed just for you? Make exercise and good health a passion. Call 656-1310 and ask for Peggy for a free fitness consultation.

hosts Magnificent Mondays from 7-9 p.m. at Doubleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s, Holiday Inn/Midtown, 7100 Abercorn St. Free swing dance lessons are offered the first two Mondays and free shag lessons are offered the third and fourth Mondays. No cover and club membership is not necessary. Call 927-4784 or 398-8784 or visit

Pilates Classes

Youth Dance Program

Have you always wanted to try yoga but were unsure about participating in group classes? Do you need a safe, gentle and effective method of creating radiant health, reducing and even eliminating stress, and increasing happiness and joy in your life? Then consider learning the ancient and timehonored science of yoga in your own home. Instruction will be tailored to fit your individual needs and help you create a daily, personal practice or allow you to feel more confident practicing in a group setting. The instructor is certified and thoroughly educated in the practical applications of yoga as well as its history and philosophy, and has taught group classes and private students for the past 10 years. For information or scheduling, call Hunter Leaf, 354-9274.

The West Broad Street YMCA, Inc. presents its Instructional Dance Program in jazz and ballet for kids 4 to 18. $30 per month for one class and $35 per month for both classes. Call 233-1951.

Fitness A balanced life Student massage and yoga classes are offered at the Savannah School of Massage Therapy, Inc. Cost ranges from $20 to $30 for a one-hour massage and sessions are instructor supervised. Call 355-3011 for an appointment. Multi-level yoga classes are offered Monday and Friday at 5:45 p.m. Cost is $10 for drop-ins, $40 for a package card of five classes. Walk-ins are welcome. The school is located at 6413B Waters Ave.

Center for Wellbeing Hatha Yoga classes are offered Monday and Wednesday from 5:30-6:30 p.m. in Suite 203 of the Candler Heart and Lung Building, 5356 Reynolds St. Cost is $30 for four sessions or $50 for 8 sessions. 819-6463.

The Jewish Education Alliance Join Amy Levy at 9:45 am on Fridays for yoga. Fee is $35 per month, Water Aerobics, Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday at 10:30 am. Fee is $42 a month for up to 16 sessions, Step Aerobics will be offered at the JEA on Thursdayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s at 6:15 am. Cost is $35 per month. Call Drew Edmonds at 3558111.

Ladies Living Smart fitness club provides nutritional education and exercise to encourage lifestyle changes at the St. Josephâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s/Candler African-American Health Information and Resource Center, 1910 Abercorn St. at 5:30 p.m. Call 447-6605.

Personally Yours Work-outs havenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t been working for you? Just canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t seem to fix problem spots or stay motivated? Look and feel absolutely fantastic. Personal trainer will come to your home, office or gym to work with you one on one to give the individual attention you deserve. Arthritis exercise therapy, deep

are offered at the St. Josephâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s/Candler Center for WellBeing, Suite 203 of the Candler Heart and Lung Building, 5356 Reynolds St. Four sessions are $30, eight sessions are $50. Pre-register by calling 8196463.

Private Yoga Instruction

Savannah Yoga Center The only center in the area that brings in the worldâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s leading yoga teachers to conduct workshops. Located at 25 E. 40th St. at Drayton. Call Kelley Crane at 441-6653 for more info and directions or visit Current class schedule is as follows: Monday, Mellow Flow Yoga, all levels, 5:30-6:45 p.m.; Tuesday, Beginners Basic Yoga, 6-7:15 p.m.; Wednesday, Flow Yoga-All Levels, 6-7:15 p.m.; Saturday, Flow Yoga-All Levels, 10-11:15 a.m. (no class Oct. 8 due to workshop). Drop-in rates are $12, Students with ID $10, active duty military/dependents with ID $8. KIRTAN Indian Chant concert with David Newman â&#x20AC;?Durga Dasâ&#x20AC;? on Nov. 18. All workshops are held at Epworth Methodist Church, 2201 Bull St.

Tai Chi Classes are offered Mondays and Wednesdays from 10:30-11:30 a.m. and Tuesdays and Thursdays from 5:30-6:30 p.m. in Suite 203, Candler Heart and Lung Building, 5356 Reynolds St. Four sessions are $30 or eight sessions are $50. Call 819-6463.



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Yogalates Classes are offered by St. Josephâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s/Candler for WellBeing on Thursdays from 5:45-6:45 p.m. in Suite 203 of the Candler Heart and Lung Building, 5356 Reynolds St. The cost is $30 for four sessions or $50 for eight sessions. Call 819-6463.

Food and Beverage 700 Kitchen Cooking Classes Holiday-themed classes for adults and children will be offered at Mansion on Forsyth Park, 700 Drayton St. New Yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Eve Hors dâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Ouevres will be offered Dec. 29 from 6:30-9 p.m. and Dec. 31 from 2:30-5 p.m. The cost is $90. Art of Entertaining: Christmas/Winter Brunch will be presented Dec. 31 from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The cost is $90. Call 238-5158 and ask for cooking school reservations.

Calling All Cooks The Tybee Island Marine Science Center is planning to publish a cookbook that will feature seafood recipes along with illustrations and the natural history of the fish, crabs, shrimp, oysters, mussels, clams and so on featured in each dish. The cookbook also will include appetizers, salads, side dishes and deserts that will compliment the seafood entrees. Visit for information on submitting your recipes.

Gay & Lesbian Alpha Financial Management seminars A series of free seminars specifically designed for the LGBT community will be held. Attendees will learn about the tools needed to increase their wealth, protect their assets, take actions that are congruent with their own values, and to build a sense of financial and emotional security in life. For information, call 353-9343.

First City Network Board Meeting

Water aerobics at the JEA

Meets the first Monday at 6 p.m. at FCNâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s office, 307 E. Harris St., 3rd floor. 236-2489.

The Jewish Educational Alliance is offering aquatics classes. Call Shannon at 748-2393.

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The FCN Community Center & Library is open Saturdays from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Visitors are welcome to check out gay/lesbian books and obtain information on â&#x20AC;&#x153;Gay Savannahâ&#x20AC;? businesses and happenings. 236-CITY

The City of Savannah, Leisure Services, Recreation Services Department, offers a yoga class on Saturday from noon to 1 p.m. at the Windsor Forest Center, 414 Briarcliff Circle. The fee is $10 per month for ages 14 and over. Call 921-2105 or 651-3650.

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Tuesday 6-7:30 p.m. and Sunday 5-6:30 p.m.; Hatha Flow levels I and II Monday 6:30-8 p.m.; Vinyasa Flow-Power Yoga Saturday 910 a.m. and Thursday 6:30-7:30 p.m.; Mommy & Me Yoga Monday 4-5 p.m. for 5years old and up and Wednesday from 4-5 p.m. for 2 and 4-year-olds; Baby & Mommy Yoga call for schedule. Private instruction and gift certificates available. Whitemarsh Center, 115 Charlotte Rd. Cost is $12 for drop-ins and $75 for eight classes. Call 8980361.

A six-week series of Yoga @ Work will be held Mondays from 5:30-6:30 p.m. in offices located in downtown Savannah starting in January. The series will incorporate discussions about stress and provide tools to use during the work day to combat the stress we all experience. The class is available to all ages and levels of physical ability. No special attire is needed. The instructor is Ann Carroll. The cost is $90. Call 667-8877 for information on space availability or send e-mail to

The Yoga Room Hatha Flow Level I Wednesday 10-11:30 a.m., Friday 6-7:30 p.m. and Saturday from 10:30 a.m. to noon; Hatha Flow levels I and II,

First City Networkâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Workforce project offers assistance to youth and young adults who need and want a job or a better job. Call 236-2489 or send e-mail to

Friends & Company bowling league meets Sundays at 5:30 p.m. at AMF Victory Lanes, 2055 E. Victory Dr. 354-5710.

Gay AA Meeting meets Sunday and Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. at 307 E. Harris St., second floor. For information, contact Mark at 441-4407.

Georgia Equality Savannah is the local chapter of Georgia's largest gay rights group. 104 W. 38th St. 944-0996.

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Lesbian Potluck Girls eat and socialize. Meets the 3rd Saturday of each month. 236-CITY.

Lesbian Therapy Group Share your thoughts, feelings and concerns in a safe, confidential environment that is facilitated by a licensed therapist the second and fourth Friday at 7 p.m. Spaces are limited. Call 352-2611.

Savannah Gay Business Guild meets the second Tuesday at 7 p.m. to offer a networking service of gay and gay friendly businesses, organizations and individuals. For information, contact Kevyn Withers at

Standout is First City’s gay youth support group. Meets every Thursday at 7 p.m. at the FCN Headquarters, 307 E. Harris St., 3rd floor. Call 657-1966.

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What Makes A Family is a children’s therapy group for children of GLBT parents. Groups range in age from 10 to 18 and are held twice a month. Call 3522611.

Health Community HealthCare Center provides free health care for those patients who live in Chatham County, are under 65, who do not have primary medical coverage, and who do not exceed certain financial thresholds. 310 Eisenhower Drive Medical Center. Call for an appointment at 692-1451.

Community Cardiovascular Council, Inc. offers free blood pressure checks Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 1900 Abercorn St. Call 232-6624.

Dual Recovery Anonymous This 12-step program addresses all addictions and mental health recovery. Persons who are recovering from an addiction and a mental health problem can send e-mail to for information.

Eating Disorders/Self Harm Support Group A 12-step group for people with eating disorders and self-harm disorders. For information, call Brandon Lee at 927-1324.

Free blood pressure checks and blood sugar screenings are conducted at three locations within St. Joseph’s/Candler. From 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and 5:15-7 p.m. every Tuesday and

Thursday, checks will be offered at the St. Joseph’s/Candler African-American Health Information and Resource Center, 1910 Abercorn St. Call 447-6605 to make an appointment. Checks are offered every Monday from 10 a.m. to noon at the Smart Senior office, No. 8 Medical Arts Center. No appointment is necessary. Checks will be offered Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at St. Mary’s Community Center at 812 W. 36th St. Call 447-0578.

Free hearing & speech screening Every Thursday morning from 9 a.m.-12 noon at the Savannah Speech and Hearing Center, 1206 E. 66th Street. Call 355-4601.

Gastric Bypass Surgery Session Memorial Health Bariatrics presents free informational sessions every Wednesday at 6 p.m. in the Medical Education Auditorium with Dr. John Angstadt and other staff members, who discuss obesity and the surgical process. Free. Call 350-DIET or visit

Got a drug problem? Need help? Call the Narcotics Anonymous Helpline at 1800-334-3322.

HIV/AIDS and STD awareness training My Brothaz Home, Inc., a local nonprofit HIV/AIDS organization, offers free HIV/AIDS and STD awareness training, risk reduction counseling and prevention case management to individual males and groups of males. Upon completion of the training, a monetary incentive and educational materials will be given to each participant. Call 231-8727.

La Leche League of Savannah Call 897-9261.

Lose Weight like Mark Merlis on Dateline. Safe, effective, reasonable cost. Researchers at the University of Connecticut found that people who used hypnosis lost 60 percent more weight than any other method. The Alpha Institute, 201-0071.

Loving Care Personal Home Bring your heart to us. Offers three meals a day, medical assistance, transportation, assisted daily living and more. Call 927-0671 or 921-4577 for more information.

Mammograms St. Joseph’s/Candler will be performing mammograms to screen for breast cancer in its mobile screening unit. Most insurance plans (with the exception of Blue Cross HMO) are

accepted. Financial assistance is available to women who qualify.

March of Dimes The March of Dimes offers valuable information for women. or 1888-MODIMES. 354-5900.

Massage by Certified Massage Practitioner at your home, business or hotel in the Savannah and Richmond Hill area. He comes to you. Offers therapeutic and relaxing massage, Swedish massage, deep muscle, reflexology and energy balance. Pain treatment, cellulite reduction, long established business. Specials for women or couples. Gift certificates available. Call 8561534.

Memorial Health blood pressure check

pregnant women and information on a certified nurse midwife-assisted birth, whether at a birth center or area hospital. Call 826-4155.

Miracle on Wheels will make available power (electric) wheelchairs to non-ambulatory senior citizens (65 and over) usually at no out-of-pocket expense. This service also may be available to the permanently disabled of any age. Call 1-800-749-8778 or visit the Web site at

The National Wellness Foundation sponsors a lecture every Thursday at 6 p.m. titled "The Essence of Chiropractic for the 21st Century." Call 356-5887.

Planned Parenthood Hotline

are offered free every Tuesday and Thursday from 7:30-9:30 a.m. at GenerationOne. 3507587.

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

Memorial Health CPR training

Project SAVE

FitnessOne provides American Heart Association courses each month to certify individuals in infant, child and adult CPR. The cost is $30. Call 350-4030 or visit

The program provides eye exams, education and care to those who have no health insurance, are unable to pay for care privately and meet certain qualifications. The clinic meets Thursdays by appointment. Call 3522032.

Memorial Health group meditation sessions are offered free to the public every Tuesday from 5:30-6 p.m. on the third floor of the Center for Advanced Medicine.

The Quit Line

is held once a month at FitnessOne. The appointment takes about 40 minutes and the cost is $50. Call Midge at 350-4042.

a toll-free resource that provides counseling, screening, support and referral services for all Georgia residents 18 or older and concerned parents of adolescents who are using tobacco. Call 1-877-270-STOP or visit

Memorial Health Joint Replacement Lecture

Senior companions needed

This free orthopedic lecture series is held the third Tuesday of each month from 6:15-7:30 p.m. in the Medical Education Auditorium at Memorial Health to educate the community about the risk factors of arthritis, the prevention of arthritis and medical and surgical joint replacement. To register, call 350-3603.

Citizens Inc. is seeking Senior Companions 60 or older to provide care to older adults. Applicants must meet program requirements to apply. Call 236-0363, Ext. 120 or 121.

Memorial Health heart risk assessment

Memorial Health SET Focus Group This is a program to encourage Sickle Cell patients ages 11 to 18 and their parents/caregivers to learn more about Sickle Cell disease. Call Donna at 350-5616 or Saundra at 350-3396.

The Midwife Group The Midwife Group/Family Health & Birth Center is offering a free program to women at any stage of pregnancy that includes free information on pregnancy, birth and parenting, an opportunity to talk to other

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Super 2 Access Clinic Super 2 Access (After Cancer Cure Evaluation Strategy and Support) is a clinic for children and adolescents who completed cancer treatment at least two years ago. For information, call Pam at 658-2215 or Donna at 667-8943.

Stop Smoking Researchers at the University of Iowa combined 600 studies covering 72,000 people and found that hypnosis is the most effective way to stop smoking. Call the Alpha Institute. 2010071.

37 Wanted: CPR and First Aid Instructors The Savannah Chapter of the American Red Cross is looking for instructors. Call 6515371 or send email to

Readings & Signings A.W.O.L. -- All Walks of Life, Inc.


is a spoken word troupe that hosts an open mic night every third Sunday at the Sentient Bean, 13 E. Park Ave. Free and open to the public.

A Missing Steam Train

The Casual Poets Society

The Coastal Heritage Society is trying to locate a working replica of the Central of Georgia’s No. 406 passenger train that was built in the 1950s by machinist J.L. Owen. The 1/12th sized train operated on actual steam power and included child-sized passenger cars. Owen pulled kids around the former Gold Star Ranch, which was located off White Bluff Road. Anyone with information about the train is asked to call Michael Jordan at 651-6895 or send e-mail to

holds an open poetry reading the second Saturday of the month at 4 p.m. at The Casual Reader bookstore, 1213 Highway 80. on Tybee Island at The Shops at Tybee Oaks. Call 786-7655.

Nature & Environment Dolphin Project of Georgia

Take a walk on the wild side

Visit the center to discover the Georgia coast. The exhibits and aquariums are home to more than 100 species of fish, reptiles, amphibians, corals and other interesting sea creatures. Beach Discovery Walks are offered Fridays and Saturdays at 2 p.m. Call 786-5917 for information about current programs. Admission is $4 for adults and $3 for children 3-16. The center is open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., except Tuesdays when it is open 9 a.m. to noon.

Wild Islands & Estuaries Join naturalist John ”Crawfish” Crawford aboard Capt. Mike Neal’s Island Explorer on a discovery cruise through Georgia’s tidal creeks and saltmarsh. Look for dolphins, birds, oysters and other inhabitants of the coastal estuary. Venture ashore on Williamson Island, Georgia’s youngest barrier island. Reservations required. Cost is $40. Call 897-5108.

Pets and Animals 2005 Home 4 the Holidays A pet adoption and fundraising drive is being conducted by Coastal Pet Rescue. Adoptions in December will be rewarded with a free weekend of pet-sitting from At Home Pet Sitters, adoption treats from Winston’s Bakery, a $10 off coupon for pet first aid and CPR training from the Savannah Chapter of the American Red Cross and coupons and information from Purina’s Rally to Rescue program. Call Lisa Scarbrough at 351-4151 or visit

Site Launched for Reclaiming Lost Pets A new website has been launched to help people reclaim lost pets. It is located at t

Wesley Community Centers offers weekly book discussions of life situations and complexities every Monday at 6:30 p.m. at 1601 Drayton St. All women and teen-aged girls are invited to attend. Stop by the center or call 447-5711.

The Islands book group discusses thought-provoking literature with a different theme monthly the second Monday at 7 p.m. at the Islands Branch Library, 125 Wilmington Island Rd. 897-6233.

Lunch bunch book group An open book discussion the fourth Wednesday at 1 p.m. at Barnes & Noble. Participants can talk about any book.

Page turners book group meets monthly to get the scoop on what other adults are reading at the Ogeechee Branch Library, 1820 Ogeechee Rd. Call 232-1339.

Quakers (Religious Society of Friends) meet Sundays, 11 a.m. at Trinity United Methodist Church, 225 W. President St., Savannah. Call Janet Pence at 652-3496.

Woodlawn United Methodist Church

Savannah Buddhist Sitting Group meets Sundays from 9-10:30 a.m. at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Savannah, on Habersham Street at East Harris and East Macon Streets, on Troup Square. Please arrive and be seated no later than 8:55 a.m. Sitting and walking meditation and Dharma talk or reading. All practices are welcome. Newcomers should contact Cindy Beach, lay ordained Soto Zen Buddhist, at 429-7265 for sitting instruction.

Unitarian Universalist Beloved Community Church Affirming the worth and dignity of every person. A Celebration of Kwanzaa will be presented Sunday, Jan. 1 at 10 a.m. The church is located at the corner of Houston and Oglethorpe streets. Religious education is provided for K-12 youth. Call 233-6284 or send e-mail to

Unitarian Universalist Church of Savannah A liberal religious community where different people with different beliefs gather as one faith. The church has moved to a temporary home at the Congregation Mickve Israel, 20 E. Gordon St. on Monterey Square. For information, call 234-0980, or send e-mail to or visit www.jinglebellchurch org. The Uncommon Denomination.

Sunday school is at 9:45, worship at 10:50 a.m. and 6 p.m. 2502 Highway 80, Garden City.

Women’s Bible Study at the Women’s Center of Wesley Community Centers. Call 447-5711 or stop by 1601 Drayton Street.

Sports & Games Savannah Area Tennis will hold an after-school and weekend Junior Group Tennis Program for ages kindergarten through 12th grade at various sites throughout Savannah. A cardio tennis program, Adults’ Workout With a Racquet, is a group activity that features drills aimed at giving players of all abilities a high-energy workout. Sessions are $10. For information about either program, call Phyllis Greene at 961-9862 or 507-9862 or send e-mail to

Savannah Masters Adult Swimming is available at the Chatham County Aquatic Center, 7240 Sallie Mood Dr., next to Lake Mayer. Levels are Beginner, Fitness, Triathlete and Competitive. Times are Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 5:306:45 a.m., Monday, Tuesday and Thursday from 6-7:15 p.m. and Saturday from 7-8:30 a.m. For information, call Scott Rabalais at

Reader’s theater meeting every other Thursday from 4-5:30 p.m. at the South Effingham Library in Rincon. This performance group is a free program for middle and high school students. Call Linda Bridges, children’s coordinator at 826-2222.

Tea time at Ola's is a new book discussion group that meets the fourth Tuesday at 1 p.m. at the Ola Wyeth Branch Library, 4 E. Bay St. Call Beatrice Wright at 652-3660. Bring your ideas and lunches. Tea will be provided. 2325488 or 652-3660.

Tongues of Fire: erotic poetry will be held the third Monday of each month from 8-11 p.m. at 800 E. Derenne Ave. Poets should stop by by 7 p.m. The fee is $5 general admission and $2 for poets. All are welcome regardless of race, sexual orientation or class. For directions, call 354-1678 or 352-2134.

Religious & Spiritual Chanted Office of Compline The Service of Compline, ”Saying good night to God,” is chanted Sunday evenings at 9 p.m. by the Compline Choir of Christ Church Savannah (Episcopal), located on Johnson Square. The choir, made up of singers from churches around the city, sings in the darkened nave of Christ Church by candlelight. Compline, the last of the monastic prayer services before retiring, is a service in which one is invited to meditate and reflect on the day or week past and then enter into the little death of sleep to rise with hope and thanksgiving for the days ahead.

Christian Businessmen’s Committee meets for a prayer breakfast every Tuesday at 6:30 a.m. at Peggy Lynn’s Country Cooking, 3718 Ogeechee Rd. Call 964-4297.

Ekklesia, The Church Do church in a casual and relaxed setting on Saturday nights. Fellowship begins at 6 p.m.,

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Inspirational book club

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at the Oatland Island Education Center. The “Native Animal Nature Trail” features a variety of live animals and landscapes and winds through maritime forest, freshwater wetland and salt marsh habitats. Located 5 miles east of downtown off the Islands Expressway. M-F:9 a.m.-4 p.m. and most Saturdays from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Admission is $3 per person for everyone over 4. 898-3980 or visit

meets the last Sunday at 4 p.m. at the center, 1910 Abercorn St. 447-6605.

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Circle of Sister/Brotherhood Book Club

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Savannah Shamrocks women’s rugby team Practices are every Monday and Wednesday at 6 p.m. in Forsyth Park near the tennis courts. Call 404-449-5875 or send e-mail to

Wheelchair Basketball BlazeSports Club of Savannah, a program of The Rehabilitative Institute at Memorial Health Medical Center, sponsors wheelchair


basketball. Practices are held each Monday. Beginners and intermediate players practice from 6-7 p.m. Advanced players practice from 7-8 p.m. Basketballs and sports wheelchairs are provided. Call 350-7268.

Support Groups African-American Women Overcoming Depression and Bi-Polar Disease meets the third Thursday of the month at the Bull Street Library. For information, call

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CANCER (June 21-July 22): The coming months will not be a time for less talk and more action, my fellow Cancerian, but for more

The group is for caregivers, family members and friends of persons affected by Alzheimer’s Disease or other dementia-causing illnesses and meets the first Monday and third Tuesday of each month from 10:30 a.m. to noon in Room 111 of the Skidaway Island Methodist Church, 54 Diamond Causeway. Upcoming meetings are set for Tuesday,

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talk and more action. Here are other prescriptions to help you get the most out of 2006: Go on wilder adventures and entertain fewer superstitions. Indulge in fewer mood swings and invest in an experience that will serve as the best anchor you've ever had. Explore your secrets more aggressively, but keep fewer secrets. Work harder to know the difference between true intuitions and fearful delusions. Feel less remorse and more forgiveness. Cultivate wetter love and dryer humor. Commit yourself to faster promise-keeping and slower fault-finding. LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): I know people who love the feeling of family but who don't have much contact with their parents and siblings and haven't started their own broods. Instead, they quench their longing for an intimate network by hooking up with a spiritual family--a tribe of likeminded people who share their values. The coming months will be prime time for you to either find a group like that or, if you already have one, to deepen and expand your web of connections. You don't have to sacrifice your relations with your biological kin to do so. The more family you have, the better your mental health will be. VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): In her book Women Who Run With the Wolves, Clarissa Pinkola Estes talks a lot about fairy tales. As a psychotherapist, she recognizes that the conditions they depict are similar to how the deepest part of the psyche works. A central theme of fairy tale justice, she says, is that it's always a good idea to be kind to people who don't seem important or beautiful or cool. Characters who honor that principal are invariably rewarded, while those who spurn it are punished. This will be a key idea for you in 2006, Virgo. You can't afford to dismiss those you consider your inferiors, nor should you demonize the less attractive aspects of your own nature. Your success will hinge on the care you take with underdogs.

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LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22): I have selected a quote by Irish playwright Brendan Behan to serve as your motto in 2006. I suggest that you write it out on a piece of red paper and place it in a prominent place like your bathroom mirror or computer monitor. “If you have a talent, use it in every which way possible,” said Behan. “Don't hoard it. Don't dole it out like a miser. Spend it lavishly like a millionaire intent on going broke.” SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21): Widely regarded as a top military historian, Martin van Creveld has written books that have been influential in shaping modern theories of warfare. The U.S. Army makes his work required reading for its officers. That's why it was so remarkable when he described America's invasion of Iraq in 2003 as “the most foolish war since Emperor Augustus in 9 BC sent his legions into Germany and lost them.” I urge you to regularly imitate Creveld's example in 2006, Scorpio: Speak out in dramatic fashion against the follies that your expertise gives you the right to critique. Drawing on your special experience and knowledge, make rigorous evaluations of the authorities and institutions whose decisions affect your life. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21): “Dear Rob: I'm a very analytical person, with a doctorate in nuclear physics and a high-tech job. All my training and business savvy tell me that your astrology column is superstitious bullshit, yet every time I've faced a crisis in the last ten years, your horoscopes have provided accurate wisdom and counsel when things seemed darkest. On the one hand this makes no sense, and on the other hand I don't care that it doesn't make any sense. Somehow I'm able to draw sustenance from something whose power I don't understand or even believe in. In any case, thank you! -Humble Sagittarian Genius.” Dear Sagittarius: In 2006, you Sagittarians will have the chance to benefit from many phenomena that fit the description you applied to my column. Open yourself wide to mystery.

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): Germany and the Soviet Union failed to sign a peace treaty after the global hostilities of the mid-20th century. Technically, then, World War II never officially ended. This lack of closure doesn't seem to have had any lingering repercussions, though, so I won't worry about it. On the other hand, there are unresolved situations from your past that are still causing you problems. In my astrological opinion, 2006 is an ideal time to finally wrap up all the unfinished business that has been subtly draining you. It's a perfect opportunity for the ultimate karmic cleansing, preferably carried out with grace, gratitude, and generosity. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): In 1503, wealthy silk merchant Francesco del Giocondo commissioned Leonardo da Vinci to paint a portrait of his wife Lisa. But when Leonardo finished the work, now known as the “Mona Lisa,” del Giocondo was so dissatisfied with it that he refused to pay for it. It seems he didn't recognize its value. I offer this as a teaching story for you, Aquarius. Please make sure that when you get what you ask for in 2006, you don't make the same mistake del Giocondo did. Eagerly welcome your dream-come-true, even if it's different from what you expected. PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20): In his book The Disappearance of the Universe, Gary Renard quotes the counsel of his teacher: “A jet airliner is always going off course, but through constant correction it arrives at its destination. So will you arrive at yours.” Remember that advice throughout 2006, Pisces. My analysis of the astrological omens suggests that you will be frequently straying from the path of your highest destiny, and yet that's exactly what needs to happen in order for you to reach your highest destiny. Forced to keep making regular adjustments, you will tone and strengthen your willpower, which is essential to you achieving the goals that really matter. ◗

GEMINI (May 21-June 20): Many Geminis fit the description of a class of people that *Wired* magazine calls “yeppies,” or “young experimenting perfection seekers.” Overwhelmed by a profusion of conflicting opportunities, they are restless and insatiable. They treat life “as an exercise in comparison shopping, refusing to commit for fear of missing a better offer.” While this approach is pretty normal for your tribe, I suspect it won't work as well in 2006 as it has for you in the past. That's why I urge you to try out some very different attitudes: a tolerance for imperfection, a respect for limits, an appreciation for the value of peace of mind, and a willingness to concentrate on just two or three possibilities instead of 17.

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TAURUS (April 20-May 20): “We live in a world with too much music,” writes Joe Nickell at He's bothered by the fact that everywhere he goes, there are tunes pouring from cell phones and mp3 players and TVs and radios and live bands. As far as you're concerned, though, Nickell is utterly off-base. In 2006, you should take advantage of the profusion; you should immerse yourself in music more than you ever have before. To do so will be instrumental in helping you accomplish your top assignment in the coming months, which is to feel deep, rich, interesting emotions as often as possible.

A fellowship of relatives and friends of alcoholics meets Monday at 12:30 p.m. and 8 p.m., Wednesday at 1:30 p.m., Thursday at 8 p.m. and Sunday at 8 p.m. at 1501 Eisenhower Dr. and Tuesday at 8 p.m. at Goodwill on Sallie Mood Drive. Call 5989860 or visit

If you or someone you know has a problem with alcohol, call 354-0993.

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ARIES (March 21-April 19): Thai coffee salesman Prayoon Thongiorn owns a pet crocodile. So thoroughly has he tamed the creature that he lets it sleeps in his bed with him, even resting his head on it as if it were a pillow. I predict that you will make a comparable conquest in 2006, Aries. Some dragonish influence that would be risky for most people to harbor will become your ally. Congratulations in advance on both your courage and the ingenuity you will summon to wrestle that beast into submission.

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Jan. 17 and Monday, Feb. 6. Visit or call 920-2231.

Alzheimer’s Support Group This monthly support group is for families of persons suffering from Alzheimer's Disease and other forms of dementia and is held the second Thursday at 6 p.m. at Ruth Byck Adult Day Care facility, 64 Jasper St. Call ahead to reserve a seat. Call Amanda Christenson, 236-0363, Ext. 105.

Compassionate Friends Support Group

Amputee Support Group

Depressive/Manic support group

Open to all patients who have had a limb amputated and their families or caregivers. Call 355-7778 or 353-9635.

Open to persons diagnosed with depression. Meetings are held in classroom B in the Surgery Center Building of Memorial Hospital every Tuesday at 7 p.m. 920-0153 or 927-2064

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from10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Candler Heart and Lung Building, second floor, Room 2. Call 352-8383 or 927-8332.

who have a seriously ill child receiving treatment on an inpatient or outpatient basis. A case manager facilitates the meetings, and a child life specialist provides an arts and crafts activity Meets once a week. Call Donna at 350-5616.

Backus Children’s Hospital Support Group for Parents of Children with Bleeding Disorders meets the fourth Tuesday of every month at 6:30 p.m. at Memorial Health. Call Mary Lou Cygan at 350-7285.

Bariatric/Gastric Bypass Support Group for past and potential obesity surgery patients and their families. For information, call Cheryl Brown at 350-3644.

Better Breathers support group meets quarterly, March 24, June 16, September 15 and December 15, at noon, Conference Room 2, Candler Heart & Lung Bldg. 5356 Reynolds St. Contact Tina Nelson at 819-7340 or Cindy Balkstra at 8198032.

Bipolar Support Group John J. Dunn, Ph.D., is interested in hearing from people who want to participate in a bipolar support group. Call 692-1230 after 6 p.m.

Bulloch County Rape Crisis Hotline The Bulloch County Sexual Assault Task Force has announced a new 24 hour/7 day a week hotline staffed by trained volunteers to aid victims of rape, incest and sexual molestation. The number is 912-531-1771.

CASA Support Group This support group is for parents and extended caregivers whose child or children have been involved with DFCS and/or returned to your custody after being in foster care, or who have been given custody of a family member’s child who has been involved with DFCS and/or has been in foster care. The group meets the first Thursday of the month from 6-7 p.m. at Youth Futures Family Resource Center at 705 Anderson St. For information, call Madison at CASA at 447-8908 or send email to

Cancer support group meets every Wednesday from 11 a.m. to noon in the board room located on the first floor of St. Joseph's Hospital. 819-2475.

Caring for Us is a support group for caregivers of ill or injured family members or loved ones. Call Kimberlee Mitchell at 350-3399.

Celiac Support Group for anyone with celiac disease who is allergic to products containing gluten, their family or friends. For information, call 507-2592.

Citizens With Retarded Citizens Open to families of children or adults with autism, mental retardation, and other developmental disabilities. Meets monthly at 1211 Eisenhower Drive. 355-7633.

Coastal Empire Polio Survivors Association meets the fourth Saturday of the month

offers friendship and understanding to bereaved parents. It meets the first Thursday of the month from 7-8:30 p.m. in the Candler Heart & Lung Building, Conference Room 2, 5356 Reynolds St. 9255195.

activities. Call Jennifer Currin at 350-7845.

Keeping hope alive while living with cancer meets the fourth Monday from 4:30-5:30 p.m. in the Women’s Services Conference Room at the Center for Advanced Medicine at Memorial Health. Call 350-7845.

Koolostomy Accessories is a support group open to anyone who has an ostomy and their loved ones. Call Jennifer Currin at 350-7845.

Leukemia, Lymphoma and Myeloma Support Group Each month, the group focuses on a specific topic related to blood-related cancers and also discusses ways to improve quality of life. Call Jennifer Currin at 350-7845.

story/coloring book, I’m Feeling Just Ducky!, is available for children to better explain seizure activity.. Call Pam Steadman at 233-1006.

Pancreatic Cancer Support Group will meet Dec. 28 from 4-6 p.m. at the Cancer Institute Conference Room at Memorial Health. Call Jennifer Currin at 3507845.

PRIDE Support Group This is a support group for parents of children with bleeding disorders. Call Mary Lou Cygan at 350-7285.

The Parents of Difficult Teens group for parents having problems with their teens and pre-teens. 353-7699.

Diabetes support group

Living without Violence

Rape Crisis Center Incest Survivor’s Group

meets the third Thursday at 6 p.m. at Memorial Health in Conference Room A. Call Robin at 350-3843.

The SAFE Shelter offers free drop-in counseling to anyone who is in an abusive relationship. Meets every Thursday from 7-8:30 p.m. at the First Baptist Church Education Building at Whitaker & McDonough St. 2349999.

Lowcountry Huntington’s Disease Group

As part of its ongoing work with incest survivors, the Rape Crisis Center has built a cinder-block wall where incest survivors can throw plates as an anger management technique. In order to continue, donations of china are needed. Call 233-3000 to make a donation.

Call 964-0455 or visit Call 964-0455.

Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy Support Group

Lung Cancer Support Group is for families who are going through lung cancer treatment and survivors of lung cancer. It meets monthly at Summit Cancer Care. Call Patty Thornton at 350-9385.

The group welcomes anyone suffering with this disorder, and family members or caregivers interested in learning more about it. For information, call Martyn Hills at 6514094.

Lupus Encouragement Group

Safe Shelter Outreach Program

A support group that is open to patients with lupus, their family members and friends. 447-6605.

Providing services for survivors of domestic violence. All services are confidential and free. 3025 Bull St. 651-0004.

Memorial Health Diabetes Support Group

St. Joseph’s/Candler Emory transplant support group

Domestic violence community support group SAFE Shelter provides a domestic violence support group every Thursday from noon to 1 p.m. at the Senior Citizens Building at 325 Bull St. Call Brenda Edwards, 629-8888.

Domestic Violence Hotline The Georgia Human Resources Department and Georgia Coalition on Family Violence, have a new number, 24 hours a day. 1-80033-HAVEN

Eating Disorders/Self Harm Support Group A 12-step group for people with eating disorders and self-harm disorders. For information, call Brandon Lee at 927-1324.

Fibromyalgia support group meets the second Thursday from 5:30-6:30 p.m. in Conference Room 2, Candler Heart and Lung Building, 5356 Reynolds St.. 8196743.

First line is an after-hours referral and information line to talk confidentially about birth control, sexually transmitted diseases and pregnancy options. A free service from Planned Parenthood, available nightly from 7 to 11 p.m. at 1-800-264-7154.

Full Circle Grief and Loss Center a program of Hospice Savannah, offers the free counseling services for anyone dealing with loss. Call 355-2289. Grief 101 is a seven week support group for individuals who have suffered a loss by death. Pre-registration required. Tuesdays 6-7 p.m. Grief Support Network is an on-going peer-run support group. Tuesdays 6-7 p.m. Children's Groups, call for times. Specialty Groups such as Spouse Loss Group and Loss by Suicide Group are offered when needed.

Gay AA Meeting An Alcoholics Anonymous group for gays meets Sunday and Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. at 307 E. Harris St., second floor. For information, contact Mark at 233-4255.

HIV/AIDS :living with HIV/AIDS? My Brothaz Home is a support group for men meets every Thursday of the month. Come on out and meet other brothaz. 231-8727.

Hope House provides supportive housing for single mothers with one child. Please call 236-5310 for information.

Huntington Disease Support Group meets the last Tuesday at 6 p.m. in the Heart and Lung Building at Candler Hospital, second floor, Room 2. Call Sandra at 964-0455.

Journey Through Journaling People whose lives have been touched by cancer are invited to this support group that delves into the creative expression of cancer experiences through journaling and craft

meets the third Thursday at 6 p.m. at the Error Prevention Conference Room. A variety of guests discuss ways to improve health. Call Glenda at 350-3690.

Memorial Health Hemophilia Support Group for parents of children with bleeding disorders. Call Mary Lou Cygan at 350-7285.

Memorial Health Pancreatic Cancer Support Group’ For information, call Jennifer Currin at 3503988.

Memorial Health POPPS! Group

meets every other month, Jan. 12, March 9, May 11, July 13, Sept. 14 and Nov. 9, in Conference Room 2, Candler Heart & Lung Building, 5356 Reynolds St. For information, call Terria Manning at 819-2171 or Karen Traver at 819-8350.

Sarcoidosis support group meets quarterly, March 24, June 16, September 15 and December 15, Noon, Conference Room 2, Candler Heart & Lung Bldg. 5356 Reynolds St. 692-2032.

for children with cancer and their parents and caregivers. Call Donna at 350-5616.

Savannah Chatham Truancy Intervention Project

Memorial Health SET Focus

meets the fourth Thursday of each month from 5:30-6:30 p.m. at 428 Bull St. in the United Way Building. The project can educate you regarding the new truancy law and how it impacts your child.

SET Focus is a program to encourage Sickle Cell patients ages 11 to 18 and their parents and caregivers to learn more about Sickle Cell disease. For information, call Saundra at 350-3396.

Mommy and Me: Life With Your Little One is a support group that meets the first Thursday of the month from 5:30-6:30 p.m. at the Candler Professional Building, Room 508A, 5354 Reynolds St. Call 819-6171 for information.

Multiple Sclerosis support group discusses topics that are relevant to anyone with a debilitating disease every fourth Thursday at 3:30 p.m. at St. James Catholic Church, 8412 Whitfield Ave. at Montgomery Cross Roads. 355-1523

Muscular Dystrophy support group meets Jan. 28, April 19, July 19 and Oct. 18 from noon to 1 p.m. in Conference Room 2, Candler Heart & Lung Building, 5356 Reynolds St. 354-9576.

National Alliance for the Mentally Ill meets the third Sunday from 3:30-6 p.m. at the Armstrong Atlantic State University Sports Education Building, Room 226. 3517035 or 353-7143.

Overcoming the Stigma of Seizure Disorders meets the fourth Thursday at the Wesley Monumental United Methodist Church at Abercorn and Gordon streets. A free

The Savannah Parkinson’s Support Group meets the first Thursday of the month from 5-6:30 p.m. in the Marsh Auditorium at Candler Hospital. Call 355-6347 or 238-4666.

Sexaholics Anonymous is a fellowship of men and women whose purpose is to help those with sexual addictions. 351-7440.

S-Anon Family Group is a fellowship for families and friends of sexaholics. For information, call 663-2565.

Smoking Cessation Support Group is open to anyone who has stopped smoking and needs additional support or to those who are considering trying to stop smoking. Call 819-8032 or 819-3361.

Teen Mom Support Program Hope House of Savannah provides support for teenage mothers between the ages of 13 to 19. Childcare, snacks and transportation provided. Call 236-5310. ◗


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513 East 36th Street A charming 2 bedroom, 1.5 bath cottage nestled near a park. Offers the closeness of downtown without the price. Recently renovated kitchen and baths. Great for 1st time buyers or student rentals. $112,000 Alexander Grikitis 912-220-1700 Coastal Real Estate

Come view this finely appointed 3 bedroom 2 ? bath all brick home, sitting on a spacious lot across from the club in Honey Ridge. Cherry cabinets, trey ceilings, corian counter tops, cultured marble in baths, hardwood floors, ceramic tile and oversized 3 car garage. Back porch is covered with surround sound speakers inside and out.Large fenced in back yard. Call LaTrelle for your personal viewing @ 658-7777. $291,900 H-4337*


311 West Henry Street Completely renovated tri-plex near SCAD with great rental history! Two cottages are 2BR/1BA units, and one is a 3BR/1BA unit. All new appliances, electric, HVAC, plumbing, carpet and paint! Price has just been reduced, so don't miss your chance! Listed at $295,000. Call Lori Judge 912-236-1000

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Beautiful Design & Fantastic View are yours to enjoy in this brick home in sought after Royal Oaks Subdivision. Open Foyer, Formal Dining Room, Great Room with fireplace, kitchen has custom cabinets, corian countertops, breakfast bar, 5 bedrooms, 4 full baths, bonus room w/ wet bar. Guest suite with full bath amenities, romantic evenings to be enjoyed around fireplace in the hearth room. Adjourn to your master suite and relax in the whirlpool bath while the kids enjoy the upper floor with game room and TV area. Rear grilling porch great for the summer dinners with wonderful view. So much more! $419,900.00 Call LaTrelle @ 658-7777 ERA Adams-Pevey Realty H-4191*

Beautifully appointed Savannah Grey Brick Home. Custom built by Douglas Leonard. Hardwood floors and ceramic tile. 10 ft ceilings with crown molding. Custom built cabinets & built in bookcases. Golf course lot with private lagoon view. Many extras. Call LaTrelle for list and viewing @ 658-7777 ERA Adams-Pevey Realty 826-2550 H-4226 $289,500*

Beautifully appointed 3 bed/3 bath home on 5 +/- acres. Deck overlooking 1 1/2 acre stocked pond, inground pool and Koi pond with waterfall. Large greatroom, separate dining room. Jenn-Air cooktop in kitchen with large, separate eating area. Skylights with remote control blinds. Dentil molding, wood floors. 30 x 50 insulated 3 bay metal building with electricity. Many extras! $438,000 H- 4211 Call Latrelle for details @ 658-7777

Staged for Country Pleasure; A welcome escape from the city bustle. Three +/- 5 acre lots available. Lot 1 has a pond. Be the first to choose the one you want. Call LaTrelle 658-7777, ERA Adams-Pevey Realty 826-2550. Prices starting as low as $35,000. A-4295*

Large 3 bedroom/2 1/2 bath home with great room, heated sun room and large office/den. Master bedroom has 2 walk in closets and master bath has double sinks with cultured marble vanity and separate water closet. 3 stall barn has tack, feed and tool rooms utilizing approx. 1440 sq. feet. Pasture is approx 2 1/2 fenced acres and pond is approx 1/3 acre. Call LaTrelle @ 658-7777 for your personal viewing of this lovely property. Offered for only $324,900 H-4292 ERA Adams-Pevey Realty 8262550*

Beautiful low country on large wooded lot, large bonus, master on main has master bath with double vanities, whirlpool and walk in marble shower. Kitchen has island, large pantry and bay window. Eating area and screened porch off of kitchen. Call LaTrelle @ 658-7777 for your personal showing. $282,900 ERA Adams-Pevey Realty 826-2550 H-4310*

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Custom country 3 bed/2bath home on 2 plus acres. Second floor overlooking great room and cathedral ceiling. Front great room features a clerestory that illuminates the open great room. Upstairs master retreat has loft/study that can be converted into additional bedroom. For your personal showing of this lovely property Call LaTrelle @658-7777 ERA Adams-Pevey Realty 826-2550 $254,900 H-4309*

Beautifully appointed custom built Savannah Grey Brick 3 bed/ 2 bath home. Hardwood and ceramic tile floors. 10 ft. ceilings with crown molding. Custom built cabinets and bookshelves. Separate Dining Room. 22 x 33 all brick patio overlooking golf course with private Lagoon view. Many custom features set this home apart. Call LaTrelle for a personal viewing @ 658-7777 H-4226 $289,500 ERA AdamsPevey Realty 826-2550 *

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Welcome to the Country! Build your new home in the peaceful country. 4 lots with acreage between 5.05 and 7.52 acres. in Register, Ga., near Statesboro – Horses welcome - call today, don’t delay. Prices range from $28,000 to $42,000. Plats are available in the office. LaTrelle Pevey @ 658-7777 ERA Adams-Pevey Realty 8262550 A-4239*

1505 Grove St Great investment or starter home! Charming 3BR/1BA bungalow in the Eastern Victorian District is completely renovated and ready to move in. New fixtures, hardwood floors, central heat and air, electric and plumbing system. Lots of Southern Charm! Offered at just $88,900 Could also be rented for $725/month. Call Lori Judge or Sheri Cermak, Judge Realty 236-1000 *

1507 Grove St Absolutely charming Eastern Victorian bungalow! This move in ready 2BR/1BA home is remodeled with new central heat and air, electric and plumbing system. Fenced in yard great for entertaining. New fixtures and adorable paint job make this a must see property! Great for 1st time home buyer or investor! Move in today for just $85,000. Could also be rented for $600/month. Call Lori Judge or Sheri Cermak, Judge Realty 236-1000 *

311 W. Henry Completely renovated triplex near SCAD, with great rental history. Two cottages are 2BR/1BA units and one cottage is 3BR/1BA unit. All new appliances, electrical, HVAC and plumbing. Great Investment! $295,000 Call Lori Judge, Judge Realty 484-1514 * 307 Briarcliff Circle Windsor Forest Easy walk to Windsor Forest Elementary and Windsor Forest High School! 3 bedrooms, 2 baths, living room, dining room, den and family room. New carpet and garage has been converted into a nice family room. Two car carport and a fenced in backyard with metal storage building. Roof and AC compressor 1 year old and house is well above grade with no flooding problems. Some furnishings for sale. Call Betty Stevenson at 912-351-0510 or 912-224-5200.* Super Floor Plan 3 bedrooms, 2 1/2 baths. Includes extra lot. Midtown 2864 sq. ft. heated. 2 car garage &breezeway. $359,000 Asking price. Call Betty Stevenson with Prudential at 912-351-0510 or 912-224-5200 * continued on page 44

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Wonderful family home in Ardsley Park with 4 bedrooms and 4 baths. Included is a secret garden, bricked private patio, and an apt. rented for $900 per month. Totally restored to perfection! Call for a private showing. Priced to sell at $529,000. Sun Coast Realty, Rhondda Netherton 912 507-9800.

Historic district, historic home and best price in the district! Free standing and large kitchen, plus screened porch. 3 fireplaces, restored, heartpine floors, and many extras. 223,900. Sun Coast Realty, Call Rhondda at 912 507-9800.

515 E Huntingdon St .

1.5 acres on the lake! Midway lot with water, Isle of Wright location! Lot has been cleared and has the most beautiful views. Build your dream house or get-away home! $80,000. Sun Coast Realty, Call Rhondda at 912 507-9800.

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314 West Penrose Drive Room for the Brady Bunch…Or your growing family. Huge brick Colonial offers 4226sf, 6BR, 3 full/2 half baths, mother-in-law suite, eat-in country kitchen, barbecue pit, 2-car carport & fireplace. A bargain on the islands! $375,000. Katherine W. Oxnard, Keller Williams Realty C.A.P. (912) 704-3545/356-5001. ,*.

669 East 32nd Street Adorable 2BR/1BA Bungalow in a mature neighborhood.New systems and appliances. House sits on a nice corner lot with a cozy backyard and off-street parking. Nice location. Asking $82,900. Could also berented for $700/month. CALL SHERI OR LORI AT 912-236-1000. JUDGEREALTY*

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514-516 East Bolton Street Downtown No-Brainer! Charming Historic District quadplex with over 1100sf/unit, strong rental history and a buildable side lot—for less! Property for sale next door: nearly the same price for half the space (and no lot)! A steal at $399,000. Katherine W. Oxnard, Keller Williams Realty C.A.P. (912) 704-3545/356-5001. ,*.

6007 Waters Avenue Cute Tabby Cottage Former Low Country parson’s house makes a great investment or starter home. Rented for $700 month-to-month, with original tabby (stucco and shell) exterior, 2BR/1BA, new appliances incl. dishwasher & stackable washer/dryer ,plus large fenced yard with shed. $90,000. Katherine W. Oxnard, Keller Williams Realty C.A.P. (912) 704-3545/356-5001. ,*.

416 West 36th Street This 1920 grand home needs your final touch to bring it's lost splendor back. Hardwood floors, parlors, garage and so much more! Area of active restoration.$224,900 Call Sonja Bannon 441-4470*

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626 East 53 rd Street Hate Bad Renovations? Want an Arts & Crafts charmer with architectural integrity? Many original features: oak & heart pine floors, 4-over-1 windows, front porch, cedar closet & brick fireplace. With 3BR/2BA & 1634sf, it’s a rehabber’s bargain in Ardsley. Reduced to $209,500! Katherine W. Oxnard, Keller Williams Realty C.A.P. (912) 704-3545/356-5001. ,*.

409 Cranman Drive No Hard Stuff The current owners of this wellbuilt 3BR/1BA 1950s ranch have done all the hard work: new roof, windows, siding, appliances, water heater, flooring. All you need to do is move in your furniture and live happily ever after! $130,000. Katherine W. Oxnard, Keller Williams Realty C.A.P. (912) 704-3545/356-5001. ,*.


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MIDTOWN 2033 SKIDAWAY RD- 2bd, 1ba, $650.00 1628 E 51st ST- 3bd, 2ba, $1100.00 12 COLUMBUS- 3bd, 2ba, $1200.00

401 N. CROMWELL ROAD #R8 THE COMMONS 2 bedroom, 2 bath condo. French doors leading to screened porch, washer/dryer, kitchen nook. $875/mo.

THUNDERBOLT 2612 WHATLEY Unit 11- 3bd, 2ba, $1,000.00 2812 WHATLEY- 3bd, 2ba, $1,100.00

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307 E 51st Totally renovated Ardsley Park home just steps from McCauley Park. 3 bedrooms, sunroom, fabulous kitchen with island is a cook's dream. Fenced yard, deck, off street parking. It's even wired for sound and has a new roof! Reduced to $249,000. Call Lisa Moore at 441-9314 or visit

ISLANDS 103 OYSTERSHELL D-12 - 3bd, 2ba, $895.00 32 MAPMAKER LN- 3bd, 2ba, appt only$900.00 919 BETZ CREEK- 3bd,2ba,$1200.00 ( appt only) 103 RUNNER RD- 3bd, 2ba, marsh view $1400.00

204B WEST DUFFY 2 bedroom, 1 bath apartment. Open living room, kitchen area, central heat and air, washer/dryer. $650/mo. 315 WEST TAYLOR STREET 2 bedroom, 2-1/2 bath townhome, living room, kitchen with convection oven, side by side, washer/dryer, dining room with columns, garage parking, shared courtyard. $2,025/mo. Free months rent with 12 month lease. 202A EAST GASTON 2 bedroom, 1 bath apartment. Living room, furnished kitchen, wood floors. Great location near Calhoun Square and Forsyth Park. $850/mo. Includes water.

211 REDAN DR- 3bd, 2ba, Avail mid Dec $1000.00 206 REDAN DR- 3bd,2ba, $ 1,100.00

SOUTHSIDE 129 RED FOX- 3bd, 2ba, $1,250.00 10 PUTTERS PLACE- 3bd, 2.5ba, $1200.00 9 DELMAR- 3bd, 1.5ba, ($950.00) 2 RUSTIC LN -3bd, 2ba, $1050.00

WESTSIDE 5 WESTBOURNE-3 bd, 2 ba, $1175.00 25 FAIRGREEN -3 bd, 2 ba, $1175.00

27 E 55th Large Ardsley home with 3 bedrooms and 2 1/2 baths. Open floor plan is great for entertaining, wonderful kitchen with Italian cabinets,Silestone counters, and stainless steel appliances. Master suite with private sunroom and bath. Only $329,000. Call Lisa Moore at 441-9314 or visit*

18 E 41st Starland Design District Classic Victorian beauty with fully restored exterior in area of high interest and active restoration and new construction. Original details abound including restored standing seam roof, and heart pine floors. Buyer to complete interior. Call Lisa Moore at 441-9314 or visit

FAIRWAY OAKS/MIDTOWN SAVANNAH. 2050 sq ft. 2 story brick home. 2 bath, 3 bedroom, formal livingroom/ diningroom, updated kitchen, garage + 2 car carport, large patio, fenced backyard. Hardwood floors. Great neighborhood! $275,000. Call 355-8875.

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210 WEST 31ST STREET 3 bedroom, 1 bath apartment. Living room, kitchen, hardwood floors, CHSA approved. $575/mo. 509 EAST PRESIDENT STREET 2 bedroom, 1 bath home. Heart pine floors and cabinets, exposed wood beams, washer and dryer, central heat and air, security system, courtyard. Available January 2006. $1,300/mo. 2003 BULL STREET Upper. Large 2 bedroom, 1 bath apartment with view of Bull Street Library, Washer and dryer connections. Available March 6th. $1,100/mo. 201 EAST 49TH STREET Lower. 2 bedroom, 1 bath duplex. 2 off-street parking spaces, living room, dining room, hardwood floors, Available mid-January. $900/mo. 1312 LINCOLN STREET 3 story, 3 bedroom, 2 bath apartment, living room, alarm system, washer and dryer. $950/mo. 3602 MONTGOMERY STREET Renovated 2 bedroom, 1 bath duplex, central heat and air, washer and dryer connections, all new appliances, carpet with off street parking. $750/mo. (SCAD Students $650/mo.) 2314 BARNARD STREET 4 bedrooms, 2 baths, living room, kitchen with gas stove, hardwood floors, central heat and air, washer and dryer, small deck. $1,200/mo. 203 WEST WALDBURG STREET Garden apartment. 2 bedroom, 1 bath apartment, living room, kitchen, shared courtyard. $850/mo.


234-0606 1314 East Victory Drive Large 2 BR, 1 BA with separate DR, hardwood floors, C H/A, kitchen with stove and refrigerator and off-street parking. Views of Daffin Park and steps away from Spin City. Petfriendly apartment. $595/mo.

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19 EAST 63RD STREET 4 bedroom, 2 bath home approx. 2,700 sq. ft. Large rooms, balcony overlooking family room with fireplace, large kitchen next to sunroom, large fenced yard, patio with wet bar $1,700/mo.

Dazzling Queen Anne Interior details have been painstakenly restored while kitchens and baths have been updated with all new appliances and fixtures. This 3,200 square foot home has four bedrooms, three baths, eight fireplaces, new windows, large walk-in attic (could be studio or apartment), hardwood floors and artistic detail. Offered at $574,900. Call Christi Oates 695-5945 or Roberta Carver 596-0107. Celia W. Dunn Realty, Inc.

730 E 48th Ardsley Park Great opportunity to buy in Ardsley for less! Adorable 3 bedroom bungalow with all the details such as wood floors, high ceilings and front porch. This one even has off street parking, a garage, and wonderful courtyard with fountain. A little love and care will make this bungalow fabulous! Call Lisa Moore at 441-9314 or visit*

WE BUY HOUSES Need repairs? Vacant? Has’t sold yet? Liens, divorce, etc. Let us help, call today. We are NOT agents. Quick offers. Quick closing. Call 351-0500.

Commercial Property 111 West Anderson St. Superb Commercial space available for Sale or Lease, Located near forsyth park. Aprox. 1500 Sq.Ft, w/ lots of parking.Front and rear access, high traffic area. Contact: 912-220-1020 Residential & Commercial development potential. 10,500 sq. feet lot! Eastside Commercial Building 2,600 + sq. feet. Great location. Front and back access, large bay with overhead door. Offices and baths. Call Betty Stevenson with Prudential at 912-351-0510 or 912-224-5200.* Building Lot Eastside 45x110 approximate size. Priced to sell at $30,000. Call Betty Stevenson with Prudential at 912-351-0510 or 912-224-5200* Business Only For Sale Parcel Forwarding located at 7082 Hodgeson Memorial Drive. Priced at $60,000. Make an offer. Call Betty with Prudentialfor tax info and showing at 912-351-0510 or 912-224-5200* 107 Whitaker St. Commercial space - basement level. Brick walls and unfinished. 4764 sq.ft. in a great location corner of Whitaker and Broughton. Great investment opportunity. $595000. Call Rhondda @ Sun Coast Realty 507-9800* Connect Savannah cannot guarantee the goodwill of those placing ads. Misprints: Connect Savannah is not responsible for any typographical errors which appear after the first week of an ad’s publication. Please check your ad promptly for accuracy.

15 Berkley Place Large 2 BR, 1 Bath, separate dining area, hardwood floors, W/D connections, central H/A, total electric, off street parking. Quiet neighborhood and close to Montgomery Hall. Pet friendly apartment. $625/mo. 7 East 33rd Street Six short blocks to Forsyth Park. Spacious 2 BR, 1 BA with formal LR & DR, kitchen with stove & refrigerator, hardwood floors, central H/A, W/D connections, large front porch. Petfriendly apartment. $775/mo. 702 Maupas Avenue Large 3 BR, 1 BA apartment in Baldwin Park with formal dining room, breakfast room, sun room, small bonus room, hardwood floors, cenral H/A, W/D connections, small backyard, off street parking. Pet-friendly apartment. $875/mo. Available February 2006. 14 West 40th Street In the heart of the Starland District. Beautifully renovated 2BR, 1BA, with formal DR, refinished heart pine flooring, ceiling fans, new bathroom & kitchen with ceramic tile floors, C/H/A, total electric and security system. Separate laundry room, private courtyard and front and rear balconies. Petfriendly apartment. $875/mo. Currently under renovations. Available February 2006. 1112 East Victory Drive Spacious 3 BR, 2 Bath house with large family room, hardwood floors, central H/A, W/D connections, wrap around porch, small backyard, garage & driveway. Pet friendly home. $975/mo. Available January 2006.

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RELATIONSHIP ADVICE Why are realty professionals called “agents?” What is the meaning of the term "agent" in the context of real estate? Real estate is practiced under the "Law of Agency," in which one party - the agent - represents the interests of another - the principal. The association is termed an "agency relationship." As the sellers' agent, the representative acts on the sellers’ behalf, with their best interests in mind, to locate a buyer. The buyers must be treated honestly and fairly, but they are not "represented" by that agent. The sellers' agent is always faithful to the sellers' best interests (but not necessarily those of the buyer).

In the past, most buyers were not represented by an agent – they made their buying decisions using factual information presented to them by the sellers or their agent. Because of the increasingly complicated nature of real estate transactions, however, "buyer agency" has become more common. To gain representation in their purchase, buyers may employ an agent to represent their interests and fulfill the obligation to faithfully serve them. What's the real message about agency? Both buyers and sellers should know whether they are represented and by whom. To find out, ask the agent(s), "Who are you representing in this transaction?" Inform yourself and make confident decisions by learning the facts about agency relationships before you buy or sell.


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102 Acres of Effingham Co. Land Great property for residential development.Priced at $20,500 per acre for 57.71 of upland acres.Will yield at least 128 units.County water & sewer on Hwy. 30 access for property. Won't last! $1,183,000 Call Lori Judge 912-236-1000*

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Tybee Island Rental by the week, or month. 1/2 block to the ocean for this 2 bedroom/2 bath. Sleeps 6. All utilities, phone and cable tv. Totally furnished. Winter rate is $1250 per month. Call Rhondda @507-9800*

Wilmington Island 6523 Concord Road Adorable 3BR/2BA House, Large Fenced Back Yard, Hot Tub, 2 Car Garage $1200/month Call Judge Realty 236-1000.* 413 East 58th Street Ardsley Park Great spacious 3BR/2BA home in beautiful Ardsley offers over 2,000 square feet of space. Can be made into 4 Bedrooms if needed. Home has been renovated and features new appliances and large, open floorplan. $1,200/month Call Christen @ 912-236-1000 Judge Realty*

705 East Henry 2BR/1BA newly remodeled, hardwood floors, fresh paint, new appliances, off-street parking $750/month Call Judge Realty 236-1000* 116 West 39th Huge 3BR/1BA duplex in up and coming Starland District! Newly remodeled with 12 foot ceilings, 4 fireplaces,hardwood floors, security alarm, and tons of historic charm.$1,000/month Call Judge Realty 236-1000* 1317 Bonaventure 3BR/2BA, freshly painted, hardwood floors, fenced yard, offstreet parking, lots of closets. $900 Call Judge Realty 236-1000*




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TYBEE ISLAND Properties for rent. 1 bedroom efficiency, furnished, utilities included, $650/month. Short term lease. 2 bedroom, 1 bath, unfurnished, water included, $850/month. Long term lese. Contact Tybee Vacation Rentals. 912-786-5853.

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309, 315, AND 317 WEST GWINNETT STREET Spacious, charming condos in area of active restoration. Approx. 1400 sq. ft. with covered front and back porches. Living and dining rooms have brick fireplaces, Fully equipped, eat-in kitchen. Beautiful Victorian district. Call agent for completion dates. Southside / Midtown Office (912) 927-1088 Islands Office (912) 898-3600 Richmond Hill Office (912) 459-1088


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223 E Bolton Street Very upscale condo with courtyard, 2 bedrooms, granite tops in kitchen and fireplace. Gorgous! $1200 Per month and available January. Call Rhondda @507-9800*

907 Montgomery St. Adorable Victorian duplex awaits your arrival. Each unit is 2BR/1BA, hardwood floors, new central HVAC, washer/dryer, new appliances. Walking distance to Forsyth Park. $850/$900 Call Christen at Judge Realty 236-1000.*

1505 Grove Street. Completely renovated charming 3br/2ba bungalow in eastern Victoriandistrict. Hardwood Floors, quiet street, close to Downtown. Move-in for $825/ month. Call Christen at 912-236-1000. Judge Realty.*


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Make your classified ad stand out for only $2.00 extra a week. Sell it fast with a bold headline in Super Type! Call 238-2040.* Tybee Island and only 1/2 block to the ocean has some openings for weekend specials. Walking distance to everything on Southbeach, Only $3

2210 Atlantic All American 2BR/1BA home, white picket fence and all! Hardwood floors, new appliances, huge fenced yard, marble accents and all new systems. Move in today for only $800/month. Call Judge Realty 236-1000*

1507 Grove Street. Charming Eastern Victorian Bungalow. 2br/1ba, totally redone cozy home awaits you for $700/month. Call Christen at 912-236-1000. Judge Realty.*

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If interested in having your home or condo managed short term, long term, or executive furnished rentals - call us and we will be happy to find you a tenant. We have many people waiting for rentals right now!!!! Rhondda @ Sun Coast Realty 912 507-9800

Charlton Street on Troup Sq. Furnsihed home with 2 bedrooms, 2.5 baths, cable tv and all utilities included. Courtyard that is very special! Must see this 3 story home. Available in June - $2500 per month, month to month lease. Call Rhondda @507-9800*



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RENT TO OWN-1,700 sq ft, 4 br, 2 ba, home. Georgetown. Dining room/sunroom/2 car garage/exterior hot tub/lagoon view, $3000 down, $1450/month, 20% applied towards down payment. 912-308-7836.

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T WO BEDROOM, 1300 sq ft town home in historic district, near Whitfield Square, built 1900. Has hardwood floors, high ceilings, four fireplaces, porch/backyard. Includes washer/dr yer. Walk to shops, restaurants and groceries. Cats ok. $1050/month. Call 912-224-7111.

Apartments for Rent 414 East Park Avenue 2BR/1BA, all new appliances, central HVAC, off-street parking, available Jan. 1st $850. Call Judge Realty 236-1000*

Specials: 1 bedroom / 1 bath and 2 bedroom / 2 bath. Receive 1/2 to 1 full month FREE!

3 or 4 BEDROOMS, 2 baths, livingroom, sunroom, full kitchen, hardwood floors, fireplaces, washer/dr yer connection. Per fect for roommates. $1050/month $1000/deposit. Call 912-897-0438.

Six floor plans to choose from... Students, Military, Gulfstream, and Hospital Employees receive half off security deposit. (Half of $250 = $125)

The Hammocks would like to thank: •A Plus Carpets •Apartment Finder- Carie Gainey •Belfore •First Baptist Church of the Islands •International Fire Protection Inc. •Joe Dean •Onyx- Jay Howell •Publix •Red Cross •Savannah/Chatham County Police •South Side Fire Department And to the rest of the families and community members who stopped by to see if they could be of any help, we greatly appreciate everybody's time and concern.

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DOWNTOWN 1 bedroom, 1 bath apartment for rent. 215A E. Henry St. Within blocks of Forsyth Park, SCAD buildings and bus route. Updated with refinished hardwood floor, french doors, mantle, new appliances, and CHA. Amenities include washer/dryer, off-street parking and fenced yard. $675/month. Contact 912-224-25 48 for appointment or 1 AND 2 BEDROOM 1-BATH Apartments. Newly renovated, wood and tile floor, appliances include washer/dryer & dishwasher, central heat/air, security doors/bars, porches, pets negotiable. 50 4/506 E. Duf fy St. $740-$820/monthly plus security deposit, water/trash included. Call 912-247-8216 STARLAND DISTRICT. Beautiful 2-bedroom, 1-bath apartment. Recently renovated, with hardwood and tile floors, hvac, off street parking. $900/mo., includes water and trash. 22 1/2 E 39th Street. (912)658-8550 CARRIAGE HOUSE, 112 East Henry Lane. 2/1 with loft. Central heat/air. $750/month. 596-5489.

HISTORIC DISTRICT 1310 E. HENRY ST. Four Units Available 2-bedroom, 1-bath apartments, 1200 sqft, separate living room, dining room. Completely remodeled with Central Heat/Air, Washer/Dryer furnished, dishwasher, fireplace, kitchens by Ikea. Off-street parking, 6-month to one-year leases. $795/month William 912-412-5517 or Lazaro @ 912-272-0382. LARGE 1-BEDROOM apartment with porch, renovated Victorian. LR, DR w/fireplaces, spiral stairs to master suite/loft w/full bath, private deck and washer/dryer, guest bedroom or office and 2nd-bath on main floor, hardwood floors, central heat/air, water included, $875/month. Call 912-233-5246 for appointment. Available February 1st. CHEAP APARTMENTS in Historic District. Nicely updated student discount. 2329799.



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