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music Marshall Tucker Band headlines the Tybee Pirate Fest | 24

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Beloved ‘70s folk singer Janis Ian — of ‘At Seventeen’ fame — headlines the Savannah Folk Music Festival. By bill deyoung | 22

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Living History: The Yellow Fever Epidemic What: Take a trip back in

time to experience life during the 1820 Yellow Fever epidemic that plagued Savannah. Call 912-236-8097 or email When: Oct. 9, 7:30 p.m., 8, 8:30 and 9 PM, Oct. 10, 7:30, 8, 8:30 and 9 PM, Where: Davenport House Museum Cost: $10-15/adv, $1517/door

Wednesday Pumpkins for Sale

What: White Bluff Method-

ist Church’s annual pumpkin patch runs through the 31st. Proceeds benefit the Youth Ministry. When: Oct. 7-14 Where: White Bluff United Methodist Church


Georgia Colleges Career Fair

What: SSU and AASU pres-

ent this opportunity for seniors and alumni. When: Oct. 7, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Where: SSU Tiger Arena

The Market at Trustees Garden

What: Farmer’s showcase. When: Oct. 7 &14, 4-7 p.m. Where: Charles H. Morris

Center, 10 E. Broad St. Cost: Free

Film: Tenebrae (Italy, 1982) What: Kick off PFS Horror

Movie Month with Dario Argento’s classic about an American writer stalked by a serial killer in Rome. When: Wed. Oct. 7, 8 p.m. Where: Sentient Bean, 13 E. Park Ave., Cost: $6


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Forsyth Farmers’ Market

What: Fresh food and food

Little Theatre of Savannah presents Last of the Red Hot Lovers When: Oct. 8-11 Where: Jekyll Island Convention Center

Rivers Rock Benefit What: Benefit for the

Ogeechee-Canoochee and Satilla Riverkeeper organizations. Live music from The Packway Handle Band. When: Oct. 8, 7-10 p.m. Where: Moon River Brewing Co. Cost: $35

The Buccaneer Ball

What: Tybee’s Pirate Fest

kicks off with a chance to shake your booty with music and costume contest. When: Thu. Oct. 8, 8 p.m. Where: The Crab Shack Cost: $20/adv, $25/door

Theater: Last of the Red Hot Lovers What: Little Theatre of

Savannah presents Neil Simon’s look at a middleaged man catching up with

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When: Oct. 8, 9, 10 at 8 p.m.,

Oct. 11, 3 p.m. Where: Freight Station Theatre, 703D Louisville Rd., Cost: $12-22

Theatre: I Love a Piano

What: Musical revue honoring Irving Berlin. When: Oct. 8, 7:30 p.m. Where: Johnny Mercer Theatre Cost: $28-48


Friday Rod Run Car Show

What: Register to show off

your hot rod, truck, muscle car or street rod in this benefit. Call 897-5401. When: Oct. 9-10 Where: Ocean Plaza Lot on Tybee

Savannah Folk Music Festival

What: Friday night features

concerts in City Market 711pm. Saturday includes a youth songwriting competition and Old Time Country Dance. Sunday features Janis Ian, Jay Unger & Molly Mason at Grayson Stadium. When: Fri. Oct. 9, 7-11 p.m., Sat. Oct. 10, 8-11 p.m., Sun. Oct. 11, 2-7:30 p.m. Where: Various venues Cost: Free Info:

Pirate Fest and Fireworks

What: Use your peg leg to

kick off the weekend at Pirate Fest. Live music from Roy & the Circuitbreakers, The Trainwrecks and the Eric Culberson Band, along with fireworks, food, drink and fun. When: Begins 5 p.m. Where: Tybee Pier Cost: $10 includes days

All-Day Sing

What: Come and sing, or

just listen to the centuries old art of Sacred Harp singing (also known as fasola singing). Visit www. When: Oct. 10, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Where: Faith Primitive Baptist Church, 3212 Bee Rd.



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Georgia Arts & Crafts What: Support your local

artisans at this event. When: Oct. 10, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Where: State Farmer’s Market, 701 Highway 80 West, Garden City

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U.S. Air Force Concert Band & The Singing Sergeants

program full of great band classics. 9, 7:30 p.m. Where: AASU Fine Arts Auditorium, 11935 Abercorn St. Cost: Free When: Oct.

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is a new production of Puccini’s Tosca by Luc Bondy. James Levine conducts. When: Sat. Oct. 10, 1 p.m. Where: Regal 10 Cinemas, 1132 Shawnee St., Cost: $7.50

When: Oct. 10, 10 a.m.-4 Where: Wilmington Island Club, 501 Wilmington Island Rd. Cost: $30 What: The Savannah

Shag Club is having an all day dance and party. This is a celebration of 21 years of shagging in Savannah. A dance workshop will be held and 2 meals will be served. Safe Shelter of Savannah will be the beneficiary of money raised. When: Sat. Oct. 10, 11 a.m.-11:59 p.m. Where: American Legion Post 135 Cost: $35 Info:

BBQ Fundraiser

What: BBQ pork, Bruns-

wick stew and the fixins. Proceeds fund church renovation and outreach. When: Oct. 10, 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Where: Montgomery Presbyterian Church, 10192 Ferguson Ave., Cost: $7/plate Info: 912-352-4400 .

Book Signing with Judge Murray Silver Sr. What: Local lawyer

turned judge will hold a book signing for his new book “Daddy King and Me” which details his friendship with Martin Luther King Sr. When: Oct. 10, noon-2 p.m. Where: Barnes & Noble at Oglethorpe Mall

Skidaway Marine Science Day

What: Open house in-

cludes Skidaway Institute of Oceanography, University of Georgia Marine Education Center and Aquarium, UGA Shellfish Research Laboratory, Gray’s Reef National Marine Sanctuary and WSVH Georgia Public Radio. There will be a program for students interested in science careers at 1pm in the McGowan Library Auditorium. When: Sat. Oct. 10, 12 p.m.-4 p.m. Where: Skidaway Institute of Oceanography, 10 Ocean Science Circle

What: Live premiere

Drums and Shadows

What: Part of the ongoing ‘Soul of a People’ series dealing with the Federal Writers Project. and AASU professor Barbara Fertig will discuss oral histories of African American communities of coastal Georgia. When: Oct. 10, 3-5 p.m. Where: Carnegie Branch Public Library, 537 E. Henry St. Cost: Free

Pirate Fest Victory Parade

Check out the parade of pirates rolling down Bulter Ave. as well as a live performance from the Marshall Tucker Band later in the evening. When: Sat. Oct. 10, 3 p.m. Where: Tybee South Beach Cost: $10 Info: What:

Flannery O’Connor Childhood Home Fall Fundraiser What: Celebrating the

20th anniversary of the home purchase, and the ongoing effort to preserve O’Connor’s legacy in Savannah. Silent auction, live music, full bar and heavy hors d’ouevres. For more information call Toby Aldrich at 912.233.6014. When: Sat. Oct. 10, 6:30 p.m.-9:30 p.m. Where: 32 E. 65th St. Cost: $75

Rollerderby: Savannah vs. Charleston What: Come see the

Savannah Derby Devils in a bout against their rivals from Charleston the Lowcountry High Rollers. When: Oct. 10, 7 p.m. Where: Supergoose, 3700 Wallin St. Cost: $10 Info:

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War Bonds: Songs and Letters of WWII What: A sentimental

journey with the Greatest Generation mixing history and music. When: Oct. 11, 3 p.m. Where: USC-Beaufort Performing Arts Center, 801 Carteret St., Beaufort Cost: $30-40

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Film: Sustaining Life

What: Oscarnominated documentary about the eradication of extreme poverty made by SCAD grad Robert Hess. When: Oct. 12, 7:30 p.m. Where: The Sentient Bean, 13 E. Park Ave, Cost: Free


Wednesday Richard Wright and 12 Million Black Voices

What: Part of the ongoing ‘Soul of a People’ series. Kalenda Eaton, AASU assistant professor of English, will discuss Wright and the Federal Writers Project, focusing on his work “Twelve Million Black Voices” and its accompanying Depression-era photographs. When: Oct. 14, 6:30 p.m. Where: Armstrong Center, 13040 Abercorn St., Cost: Free

Film The Stone Tape (UK, 1972) What: In this rare BBC-

made thriller, scientists attempt to analyze a malevolent ghost trapped in the walls of a creepy British mansion. When: Oct. 14, 8 p.m. Where: The Sentient Bean, 13 E. Park Ave, Cost: $6 cs

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rooming houses and courtrooms. by jim morekis

Some of you might wonder why I wrote a two-and-a-half page story in this issue on the plight of a local rooming house. After all — are there two more unpopular groups of people than landlords and rooming house boarders? Other than congressmen and bankers, that is? As I was originally looking into the story, I was gripped by the double angst going on at both ends of it: The plight of a local real estate investor facing a no-win situation because of a city crackdown, and the plight of the boarders themselves, a group of people already on the edge of society. Not least of all, I was driven by a nagging question: How would I handle it if one morning I found myself being made an example of by the full might of an entire city task force? I’m still not sure, other than getting the best lawyer I could afford as quickly as I could. How would you handle it? Read the story for some insight. cs

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And perhaps best of all, the rain held off until Monday morning, when none of us are really having much fun anyway.

Two prize-winning picnics: At top, ‘The View from Johnny Mercer’s Porch’ was an elaborate family affair which simulated the view from Johnny Mercer’s childhood home on what’s now called Moon River (it was called the Back River during his time there). At bottom, the grand prizewinner was ‘Days of Wine and Roses,’ featuring a live saxophonist playing Mercer tunes and a large dance floor. For many more picnic photos, go to


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Death by Wal-Mart Editor, I live on the Southside, and for those of you who just pass through and wonder what is going on between the Saturn dealer and the Krystal across from Savannah Mall, it’s the arrival of another Wal–Mart. So far they have destroyed a salt marsh, closed a public road to facilitate movement of their construction vehicles, and all without a single public meeting to let people know about these disruptions.

So, when Wal–Mart says jump, apparently our local politicians merely say, “How high?” Now we will have more low–paying jobs that do not pay enough for people to live, more tainted goods from China, and more local merchants run out of business. There are many things wrong with the American economy. Wal–Mart’s control of so much of the consumer economy is mafia–esque. They are the disease; what is the cure? Jim Casey

Cars, jobs and the American Way

Editor, I recently saw a car with a bumper sticker that read “Lost Your Job? Buy Foreign Again.” I am assuming a lot here: 1. That this person does not realize that most American cars have components that were created and/or assembled in foreign lands. 2. That this person does not realize the American car companies have foreign investors and/or interests. 3. That this person does not

realize the car companies have plants in other countries that manufacture and sell cars there just as “foreign” car companies do in our country. 4. Lastly I assume this person does not realize that people losing their jobs in this country as they currently are does not directly have to do with the car industry, the housing market, the banks failing, the wars we are in, or the fact that Obama is our President. The failing of the economy, domestic and abroad is a very complicated topic, one that I would never presume to fully undercontinues on p. 8

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the work of the great Irving Berlin comes to the Civic Center. by bill deyoung

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You just never can tell. Some of us were a little worried about this past weekend’s Picnic in the Park and whether it would live up to past editions. Would people still put a ton of time and effort into constructing elaborately creative picnics when the theme was limited to Johnny Mercer, in honor of his centennial? Would people show up for an event that did not feature a symphonic performance, as is customary, but for an evening of jazz? Worse, would people who didn’t realize there would be no symphony orchestra show up and be angry because there wasn’t one? Thankfully, we spent too much time worrying. Attendance was huge despite the mild threat of rain — some of which began drizzling during intermission. The registered contest picnics — 23 in all — showed the same loving, almost obsessive attention to detail we have come to know from Picnics past. And most of all, the music was divine. I confess to being skeptical that a smaller ensemble of musicians playing jazz could fill the park, sonically speaking, in the way a full orchestra can. I should have been more optimistic, because the result went above and beyond anything I expected. The sound quality, despite a couple of glitches, was excellent. The performers, including Roger Moss, Huxsie Scott, Gina Rene, and Trae Gurley, sounded magnificent, as did their various backing bands.

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stand. The fact of the matter is that buying any new car is a good thing for our economy, any tax dollars at this point are a good thing. Isolating ourselves more in this world by saying we should purchase only products made in the USA only makes the world push us away more as they have from how we entered the Iraq War. The world gets smaller every minute through advances in medicine, technology, industry, education and political systems. We cannot afford to live in a bubble as if we are the most important nation in the world. Other countries do not approach things in this matter, while there are exceptions, the more successful ones reach out to their neighbors through economic ties and political, as well as humanitarian aid. I love the United States of America, and am very proud to be living in this country. It just frustrates me when people try to oversimplify a problem with a bumper sticker. Lastly, not to oversimplify something, but we are living in a country where freedoms exist. I would argue some issues of freedom of speech can infringe on others’ right to not explain why a pair of testicles are hanging off of a truck’s back end. I recently noticed a truck where I go to school that has a trailer hitch in the form of metal testicles hanging. This was apparently very clever in design and execution, and I am not so sure that the form follows the function, but do we really need to see something like that when we have a van full of kids on Abercorn heading to a soccer game? Sadly the driver probably needs to display that which he does not have, assuming the driver is a “he.” I just hope the trailer hitch in question was made and assembled in the USA. Harvie Dent

Thanks for Ferst story Editor, A big thank you to Connect and reporter Patrick Rodgers for the Sept. 22 article on the upcoming Ferst Foundation online auction to promote childhood literacy. The Ferst Foundation aims to instill a love of books in all Georgia preschoolers by providing registered children with a FREE, age–appropriate book mailed to their home EVERY MONTH from birth to age 5. All costs are covered by the local Community Action Team in each county.

The goal of the upcoming online “Ferst Things First auction” is raise funds to cover the costs of The Chatham County branch of the Ferst Foundation. Anyone who wants to improve a child’s ability to read can do so by bidding on some of the enticing auction items at between now and Oct. 14. You can bid any time of the day on a variety of donated items including gift cards, cooking and music classes, autographed books & CDs, custom pet portraits, professional photography sessions, restaurant gift certificates, customized jewelry, artwork and weekend getaways. Anne Hart

A note on isms Editor, Regarding your column “American idiots”: The notion that fascism and socialism are diametric opposites is false. Fascism, as it evolved in Italy during the early 1920’s under Mussolini, involved an extremely nationalistic, almost totalitarian government( the Fascists did let the King of Italy stay on, even if it was as a figurehead) dictating to privately owned manufacturing the products and means by which they were to be produced. Take this idea, blend it with a sense of racial superiority, become completely totalitarian, and you get Nazism. And let’s not forget that “Nazi” was an abbreviation of the party’s real title: National Socialist German Workers’ Party. Socialism, while not necessarily nationalistic in nature as fascism is, has the government owning and managing certain aspects of the economy. Think of Venezuela and Chavez nationalising oil production or the British National Health Service. Communism would be the government’s running of all means of production. When you look at these –isms side by side, it appears that, economically speaking, they all share the ideas of control, just to varying degrees. Therefore to say that fascism and socialism are opposites, is simply not true. Perhaps Capitalism and Communism would have been a better choice. John Stevens

Editor’s Note — Thanks for the insight, John. We seem to agree that both terms are not interchangeable, which was my main point.

Backus traded the Savannah way In hindsight, the September 30 closing of Backus Cadillac is hardly surprising. Known for generations as Backus Cadillac Pontiac, the auto dealership on East Victory Drive dropped part of its name earlier this year, when General Motors (GM) phased out the Pontiac brand during bankruptcy restructuring. Almost at once, the number of vehicles on Backus’s new and pre–owned sales lots dwindled. By mid–September it seemed that fewer than a dozen cars remained. Despite the warning signs, Savannahians seemed caught off guard, as well as saddened, by last week’s closing of the family–owned business, open since December 1955. The final nail The classic neon sign at the Backus lot in Backus’s coffin was GM’s decision not to renew the dealership’s plant was founded in 1919; Backus was Cadillac franchise agreement. a kid by comparison. As the news spread late Wednesday, In local economic data, Backus’s Facebook postings popped up with demise will hardly be noticed. It’s likely memories of the dealership and condothat the 20 or so staff still there at the lences to Backus’s employees: recollecend will soon find other work, or retire. tions of the pink–stucco, glass and neon Within weeks, GM is expected to building; the partially hidden 50’s era award the Cadillac franchise to another Pontiac–Cadillac blue, red and white local dealer, which could easily generate sign; and the “O’ Backus” St. Patrick’s a few new hires, rendering the overall Day TV ads from decades ago. Savannah employment picture mostly Burned into my brain since childunchanged. hood is their longtime advertising Yet, along with Backus’s closing goes slogan, emblazoned on their temporary a personalized way of doing business dealer tags: “Backus Traded MY Way.” that’s growing rarer in every industry, Back in the day, “trade” was old–Savanespecially auto sales. nah slang for “shop,” so even new–car In an era of giant car lots covered buyers “traded” at Backus. with rows of identical vehicles, on“We knew Friday that Wednesday line–only car companies, screaming TV was going to be our last day,” said Chris ads, and 20–foot–tall inflated advertisMooney, a Backus sales consultant for ing gimmicks announcing great deals, 21 years. the Backus sales approach remained un“Sonny Dixon did a news thing derstated and old–school, with a focus Wednesday night on WTOC,” said on service and relationship–building. Mooney. “The news broke at 6:12, and Mooney spent his last day at Backus at 6:13 my phone started ringing and it calling his longtime customers — not hasn’t stopped.” trying to sell the last few cars, but Since the recession started, many breaking the news to them himself, and Savannah businesses have closed or cut thanking them for their business. staff. Backus wasn’t the largest or the “The Backuses allowed me to treat oldest affected. When Great Dane Trailmy customers so well, it was about ers closed its Savannah plant in January, like working for myself,” he said. “If I nearly 300 people lost their jobs. That wanted to take someone a car to test

drive, they had no problem with it. If I wanted to pick up someone’s car for servicing, and drop them off a loaner, they had no problem with it. “Backus had such a loyal following. I had a customer tell me once, ‘I really want that new BMW but if I don’t buy from Backus I’m going to feel like I’m cheating on my wife.’” That people–first approach was established by the late George Backus, the out–front customer guy in the family. George’s wife Marie worked behind the scenes with a sharp eye on the bottom line. Despite his gentleman’s tactics, George was a salesman first, Mooney noted. “He’d say, ‘Take that car out to Mrs. So-and-So to test drive it.’ I’d say, ‘But Mr. Backus, she doesn’t like that car.’ ‘Well, just tell her to drive it until she learns to like it!’” The Backus’s fingerprints remain everywhere in the community, from the George and Marie Backus Children’s Hospital to the George Backus Memorial Golf Tournament, to the Matthew Reardon Center, founded by Kim Backus Reardon to provide education for children with neurodevelopmental disabilities. And then there’s that canary yellow 1976 Eldorado, on display in the glass– walled showroom for over 33 years. “It was the last ’76 convertible delivered to Backus Cadillac,” said Sales Manager John Bunker in an interview earlier this year. “They said they weren’t going to make any more, so the company bought the car. It was never sold.” Each year since, the Eldorado has been the lead car in the St. Patrick’s Day parade, with appearances in a few other parades. Mooney reports that the dealership tried to donate the Eldorado to the St. Patrick’s Day Parade Committee, but liability and maintenance issues prevented that from happening. That’s when a local business leader purchased the car, so that it will continue to drive in the parade, in keeping with community tradition. It sounds like he traded the Backus way. cs

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A new program in the County’s Juvenile Court system could provide young people with mental health issues a better option than probation. On Oct. 6 the Juvenile Mental Health Court announced its formation to the public at an event timed to correspond with the beginning of National Mental Illness Awareness Week. The JMHC officially started services in April, but the new program, the only one of its kind in Georgia, wanted to iron out operations before announcing the grand opening this week. “We’ve been in shakedown mode, making sure that it works,” explains Mary Jo Gajewski, the JMHC’s mental health clinician. “We took a look at children who had a mental health issue that weren’t doing well with traditional probation, that were committing new offenses and spending more time in detention, and tried to develop a way to address their needs and keep the community safe,” says Gajewski. Previously, youth with suspected mental health issues were given assessments by local service providers like Gateway or Recovery Place; however, there was no means to provide additional care within the probation system. With the advent of the JMHC that will change, and a specialized probation officer will deal exclusively with young people in the JMHC system. The probation officer will have a smaller case load, which in turn will allow him to make

more regular face–to–face visits with juveniles and their families. “We’ll have one officer who can have multiple contacts with these families and I think it will greatly benefit them,” says Scott Brown, the County’s Probation Supervisor. The hope is that by providing more individual contact, children who might have otherwise slipped through the cracks and become repeat offenders because of mental health problems will get the care they need to be rehabilitated. “The advantage of this,” explains Gajewski, “is that kids get the type of supervision, the type of programs, services, and advocacy that they need in order to be successful on probation and ultimately in the community.” When a child is brought before the County Juvenile Court, they will receive a checklist that will help distinguish whether they need additional mental health care. At that point, they will either receive an assessment from Gajewski, or attend a multi–disciplinary staffing evaluation. Currently, some of the JMHC’s partners include the Housing Authority, the School Board, local service providers and other community organizations. At its current capacity, the JMHC will handle about 12–15 cases at a time; however, as youths begin to graduate from the system, the total number of youth served per year will be more than that. cs

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Actions of the City’s rooming house task force leave some frustrated, angry — and evicted

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One afternoon last week, I sit with John Wilder on the porch of the rooming house he owns on Park Avenue. Only it’s not a rooming house anymore. The City of Savannah says the house’s 18 tenants aren’t safe remaining in the building because Wilder couldn’t get a sprinkler system installed on short notice, as the City — and later a judge — demanded. Next to the front door is a piece of bright orange paper tacked up by a City inspector, giving the tenants 48 hours to pack up and leave. That was 48 hours ago. A little bit of time remains before an

inspector comes by with police to make sure the 88–year–old building — interestingly, originally built as a boarding house by the railroad — is padlocked. Until then, two tenants remain on the porch, waiting on rides. Or just waiting. They packed up their things long ago. It didn’t take long, because they really didn’t have much to pack. They’re “safe” now — moving into temporary situations with relatives, continues on p. 12

Clockwise from upper left: Tenant Vincent gets some help moving out; unlike most local rooming house, John Wilder’s house on Park Avenue was originally built for that purpose; Wilder on the front porch the day his tenants had to leave

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friends, or social service agencies, with almost no money other than the security deposits Wilder has made a point to return in full, in cash. “And basically here we are — sitting on the front porch of a building that’s been in my family ever since I can remember and it’s been pretty much taken away,” says building owner and property manager John Wilder. More importantly, says Wilder of the tenants with whom he’s built an unlikely but real rapport, “these people all had to go. The City and the newspaper article said no one would be displaced. As far as I’m concerned they were displaced — they had to find other places to live. They’re on very limited incomes. Most likely they’re going to end up in another rooming house.” The story of this now–shuttered Park Avenue rooming house is worth a closer look — not because the world needs to feel sorry for a landlord or for rooming house boarders, two constituencies who don’t exactly have huge fan clubs — but because of the real world impact the City’s decisions have on real people trying to get by in a challenging economy. John Wilder’s tenants are — were — almost all African–Americans of very low income. They span a wide age range, from fairly young to quite elderly. The majority are men, though there are a couple of women. Some have been there a few months, while one, a man in his 70s, has been there over 15 years. All of them that I meet speak highly of Wilder and are comfortable in his presence. Out of Wilder’s earshot, with nothing to lose now that he’s no longer their landlord, they say the same thing. “He’s a very good landlord,” says 54–year–old Vincent, a wiry man of good humor and sunny personality. “I’m sorry to be leaving here.” Vincent does have a new place to stay — “thanks to that guy,” he says, pointing at Wilder, who’s about 50 feet away helping other tenants load their things into vehicles. “That guy they’re trying to down so much. They come at him, he fixes it, they come at him again, he fixes it — but they just keep on coming.”   The fire department does routine checks of rooming houses all the time, Wilder says, so he wasn’t worried when the Fire Marshal told him he needed “some more smoke detectors, some new exit signs, and he said my fire extinguishers were not the size they needed to be. I did all that the same day he told me.”

‘This building’s value went almost to nothing with that sticker up there,’ Wilder says of the inspector’s shutdown order

About a week later, Wilder got a call from the City saying they needed to inspect the building. “I came over here to meet them and was expecting to see four or five people. When I got here, not only were those people here as well as the fire department and the media — it was about 35–40 people here — the police were here too. The whole street was full of cars up and down. It was a circus.” The “circus” was the big rollout of the City’s new task force to crack down on illegal rooming houses, which involved inviting the media along to document the first unfortunate example. “There are lots of different violations that touch different departments,” explains City of Savannah spokesman Bret Bell on the need for a consolidated task force. “Rooming houses aren’t bad, it’s just that they attract other issues like crime and loitering and property maintenance issues.” The task force picked Wilder’s building, Bell says, because of police input. “We’d been getting lots of complaints there,” he says. “This house first got our attention after police made an arrest there. The officer went through and saw all these violations and brought it to the attention of the task force. This is not like some harmless B&B.” Feeling victimized by the task force photo op, Wilder didn’t talk to media much that day. “I felt slapped around on all sides. It was overwhelming.” Because he kept his mouth shut, reports in the Savannah Morning News and on WSAV the next day conveyed almost exclusively the City’s side of the story — including the claim that no tenants would be displaced. The City officials, with police escort,

walked through the building for the inspection, and then gathered at their vehicles. “And that’s when another City official came up to me and said ‘the real problem here is you don’t have a Certificate of Occupancy,’” Wilder says. “I said, yes, actually I do. I presented that, along with my 2009 business license that said ‘rooming and boarding house’ right on the license.” Then came yet another ad hoc committee meeting in the road, Wilder says, followed by a City official presenting a handwritten list of complaints. “He said, ‘here’s a list of several things that need to be done today,’” Wilder says. “And this was about four o’clock in the afternoon. He said I had 24 hours to have a licensed electrical contractor obtain a permit and install emergency lighting. He said he’d be over here at 3 p.m. the next day to see that it’s all done” — thus Wilder actually had less than 24 hours to make all the repairs. Wilder worked until late that night, including removing burglar bars from downstairs windows — the tenants didn’t like that, he says — removing a deadbolt on a hallway door, and installing 16 more smoke detectors in addition to the 16 smoke detectors the Fire Marshal made him install days earlier. As for the emergency lighting, “That afternoon I found a contractor that said they would do it. They got a permit first thing in the morning. That was an impossible feat to be done in that frame of time. But the City said if we get there and see you’re working and only have a few to go, that would be fine. And that’s how it went. “That’s the only time they seemed to be OK with everything.”

Despite making the requested modifications, from there things went rapidly downhill for Wilder. Ordered to show up in Administrative Court for a preliminary hearing early the following week, Wilder and his lawyer were approached by some of the same City officials that had come by days earlier. “One of them said ‘Things have drastically changed. We’ve decided that because of life safety issues we’re condemning the building.’” By “life safety issues,” the City meant the rooming house needed a building–wide sprinkler system. Wilder then found out the case was immediately – as in that day – going to Recorder’s Court. “So my lawyer had basically 15 minutes to prepare a case. We were told it was just an administrative hearing. We were not prepared to argue in open court.” Judge Willie Yancey did not make a ruling that day, but said he would make a ruling that Thursday. Wilder quickly got a bid on a new sprinkler system — $28,000 – but was under the impression that the demand for a sprinkler system was on hold until the judge’s ruling. That wasn’t the case. While Wilder and his lawyer were readying themselves for the Thursday court decision, the City revoked the building’s Certificate of Occupancy and issued the shutdown order. “My attorney and the City were talking about coming to some sort of agreement so everybody could be happy. We offered to evacuate the building and not reinhabit it until all upgrades were made, as long as they don’t condemn the building. But they weren’t budging.” Judge Yancey didn’t rule that Thursday, either. He asked that both parties return to Recorder’s Court on Monday, Sept. 28. When they did, Judge Yancey said the lack of a sprinkler system, in particular, was the reason he was backing the City’s decision to shut the rooming house down. “They wanted to give the tenants 24 hours to get out, but were able to get them to agree to 48,” says Wilder. The City of Savannah maintains that they were very involved in trying to relocate the tenants, and that contrary to Wilder’s portrayal, “not all of them were sorry to leave,” spokesman Bell says. “Different people have different feelings about this whole thing.” Assistant City Manager Rochelle Small–Toney concedes that the Park Avenue situation was not her ideal scenario for this kind of thing, but that the

City had little real choice in the matter. “When I know or the judge knows that their life is in danger because of violations that were as significant as they were, then you have to make that judgment call: Do you put them in a place that may not be as comfortable but is safer? And that place was simply

unsafe,” she says. “I think if fate had actually demonstrated it to be unsafe, then we’d be having a different kind of conversation. It would be, ‘If you knew all this was going on why didn’t you move them out of that life–threatening situation?’ That’s the kind of judgment call we have to

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make,” says Small–Toney. Bell maintains that City personnel worked with the tenants since the Monday prior to their Wednesday eviction, trying to find new housing. “We did interviews with 11 of the tenants, and most indicated they already had places to go,” Bell says. “We were able to place four of the tenants in alternative, comparable housing. Anytime we deal with rooming houses it’s difficult. A lot of times when we need to address this problem it requires some vacation of the tenants until the changes can be made.” Small–Toney says the City doesn’t have responsibility for the placement of the tenants in this situation — “that’s the responsibility of the landlord,” she says — but it does strive to help out people who might be displaced. “In our process we certainly advise the landlord of the condition of the house. And when that order is given the judge also tells the landlord that you have X number of hours or days to remove your tenants. Even in this case he was given that time of notice very

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early in this process,” she says. “In terms of the task force, it has a representative from the Community Planning department who is a Neighborhood Coordinator. That individual understands how many people are potentially affected and begins trying to provide assistance, talking with other agencies or places where these people can go,” says Small–Toney. “That’s not something we’re required to do, but as a good steward in the community, that’s something we offer to do. And we do it well.” Back on Park Avenue, Joseph, a younger tenant on his way to new housing, says, “The person from the City did help me out a lot. I will give them that.” But he’s also adamant that his soon–to–be former landlord is “a good man. He’s been a very good landlord. He really helped me out.” As he leaves the house for the last time, he shakes Wilder’s hand, and with a slight hint of tears in his eyes, gives him a quick hug. “I appreciate everything you’ve done for me, man.”

The Rev. Micheal Elliott is the CEO of Union Mission, a nonprofit which serves the local homeless population — and therefore might have to deal with some of Wilder’s former tenants one day in the future. He says there has to be a better way. “While the City is correct to enforce codes that protect its citizens, the impact on people’s lives must be taken into account,” he says. “Homelessness in Savannah is episodic in nature. People fall into homelessness and then climb out. One of the primary reasons is the city’s lack of affordable housing, especially for people who work inconsistently or earn salaries near minimum wage,” says Elliott. “Eighteen evictions at one time leads to homelessness and to overcrowded housing as people stay with friends.” While Elliott says he and Union Mission are excited that Mayor Johnson recently said the City wants to do more about homelessness, “looking at practices like this, which certainly adds to the problem, is one of the first things that we need to do.”  


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While he makes a point to stay away from conspiracy theories on the subject, John Wilder does mention that in the latest property tax assessment from the county his rooming house on Park Avenue sank in value by $70,000. “I did think that was pretty odd,” he says, without further elaboration — though he would add later that “This building’s value went to almost nothing when that sticker went up there,” pointing to the orange document from the City tacked up beside the front door. So now he’s stuck in a horrible real estate market with a building no one can live in, and no guarantee he’ll get a new Certificate of Occupancy even if he makes the suggested repairs. But of course he still has to pay his taxes. “It’s bad all the way around. They have emptied this building, and without income it’s going to be hard to find the money to do these things they want done. Everything they needed done could be done with people living here,” Wilder says. “They said I could reopen as long as I met their conditions. But honestly they’ve said a lot of things to me already. I don’t believe anything they say anymore.” Rochelle Small–Toney says if Wilder gets the building up to code properly, the City will have little choice but to honor his request to reopen it as a rooming house. “If the zoning allows for it and the property owner brings it into compliance, we can’t deny it, because authorization has already been given by virtue of the fact that the zoning approves for

it to exist,” she says. “But he has to bring it up to code. That perhaps diminishes his income stream, but that’s his call,” she says. “He can raise weekly rates to make up that difference. It’s up to him.”


A few hours after I left Wilder’s front porch, City inspectors came with police to make sure the building was empty. According to Wilder, as they were leaving they noticed one of the ex–tenants, an elderly man named Dewey, leaning on Wilder’s pickup truck. “Dewey had nowhere to go, so he was out on street with the only thing he owns — a five–gallon bucket of clothes,” says Wilder. “They were writing him a subpoena.” The police told him if he didn’t leave the area he could be taken to jail — and might also have to pay a $1000 fine. Angry at the harassment of the man and stunned that the whole ordeal still wasn’t over, Wilder says he approached a police officer and said, “What do I have to do to make this stop?” When he was told the man had to have a place to go, Wilder reached into his wallet, pulled out $100 in cash, and handed it to Dewey. “I gave him a hundred bucks to get a room,” he says. “Then I turned to the officer and said, ‘Is that good enough?’ “That infuriated me more than anything else that’s happened,” Wilder recalls. “I finally had to walk away before I said something I’d regret.” cs

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Budgeting for safety

The City and County continue negotiating the terms of the Metro Police merger

Patrick rodgers

Since May of this year, talks have been ongoing between the City of Savannah and the Chatham County Commission in regard to funding for the Metro Police Department, which was created after an intergovernmental merger in 2005. At the heart of the discussion is the issue of the formula used to calculate how much each government body contributes to the MPD’s annual budget, which is currently near $70 million. Declines in collections of sales tax, the hotel/motel tax and property taxes have lead to questions for both the City and County governments about to move forward without damaging public safety, which is the highest priority for both. “We’re under the same financial constraints they are,” explains Assistant City Manager Chris Morrill. “So until we finish our budgeting for outcomes process, we’re asking everyone to tighten their belts.” The City is currently in the process of trying to figure out how to cover a projected deficit for next year close to $15 million, and according to a budget workshop held Sept. 24, they are close to solving the issue, but may still need to find another $2 million in savings before their 2010 budget is balanced. The County succeeded in passing their budget at the end of June, and in doing so escalated the imperative to renegotiate the police merger by allocating less funds for the MPD than was dictated by the formula set forth in the merger agreement. The County budget runs on a fiscal year from July 1 through June 30 of the following year, while the City budget runs on a Jan. 1-Dec. 31 calendar year. While the County has provided the funding for the MPD through the end of December, starting January 1, their budgeted amount is $837, 916 less than the amount of funding established by the merger formula. “The merger agreement is very clear how the costs should be distributed,” Morrill says. “There’s no question of what that formula is.” The complaint among several of the County Commissioners is that the

Although the terms of the merger were agreed upon in 2005, negotiations are ongoing about how much the unincorporated area should pay for police service

agreement established in the merger has put an unfair financial burden on the unincorporated areas of Chatham County, also known as the Special Service District, which includes most of the islands, as well as other areas of the county that remain outside any established municipalities. “The original contract calls by population, which is really good if you’re the city of Savannah, and really bad if you happen to be in the unincorporated area,” says County Commissioner David Gellatly, a former Chief of Police. Combined, the unincorporated areas of the county represent what would be the second largest municipality after the City of Savannah, with a population of approximately 75,000, nearly one third of the county’s total population. What Gellatly and County Commission Chairman Pete Liakakis, among others, have argued is that because there is less crime happening in the unincorporated area than within Savannah’s city limits, calculating the MPD budget off population alone is unfair to residents of the SSD. “Population ought to be a factor, but the calls for service needs to be put in there also, and some of the calls for

services need to be weighted,” says Gellatly, who further explained his point by saying that a noise complaint should be weighted differently than a homicide for instance, because the homicide requires investigative manpower. “There’s much less crime in the unincorporated area of the county than it is in the city, so they did some auditing and felt that the formula needed to be changed,” Liakakis says, although he would not elaborate on how the County calculated the reduction in budget for the first six months of next year. According to a memo from City of Savannah Finance Director Richard Evans written in July, if the City were to follow the same method of under–budgeting for the MPD, it would result in a total shortage of over $4.6 million for the police. “To achieve a savings that approximates $4,626,773, the force would need to be reduced by approximately 87 officers,” Evans writes. Although such drastic measures will not be necessary, the City has asked the police department to look at ways to reduce their overhead without reducing the quality of service provided to the continues on p. 16



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community. “We are asking the police to tell us how they’re going to achieve our public safety priorities and how they’re going to do it efficiently,” says Morrill. “Police have been great at looking for ways to reduce costs for next year. It may be a non–issue.” While the County’s argument for a renegotiation of the terms of the merger has centered around the disparity of funding police based on population alone, according to correspondence between Police Chief Michael Berkow and County Manager Russ Abolt in June of this year, when the MPD budget is broken down per capita, residents of the SSD are paying $182.63 per year for police services, while residents of the City of Savannah are paying $329.03. Berkow’s letter also points out that while the SSD has less total crime per capita than the City of Savannah, the amount of crime in the unincorporated area has increased 13 percent from 2005 to 2008. What may be a bigger problem for the County, which is actually serves in two capacities – one as the County government under the Maintenance and Operations Budget, and second as the municipal government for the unincorporated Special Service District – is how to continue to fund the SSD without raising the millage rate. According to Evans’ memo, when June 30, 2010 rolls around the M&O

portion of the county’s police funds will still have a surplus of about $18,000, however, the SSD will come up short by $856,614. At the County Commissioners’ meeting at the end of June, when their budget was approved, the funding of the SSD was a major issue of contention, and County Manager Russ Abolt said even then that it was “in serious trouble.” County Commissioner Pat Shay pointed out in the same meeting that the SSD’s administrative costs were being passed off onto the shoulders of other county residents, whose M&O tax dollars were being used to subsidize the SSD budget rather than raising the millage rate for SSD residents. In the County’s 2009-2010 budget, the M&O received only one transfer of $867,627 from the SSD to cover administrative costs. However, that number should be closer to $5 million, or 18% of the total SSD budget, which is what the County pays for admin costs. While the City still has several months to review budgeting for next year, if the police budget can’t be reduced to the level set by the County’s budget, than the City will have to invoice the remainder. “As the merger agreement spells out, we would send them an invoice for their share of the cost,” says Morrill. “We would expect that they would pay that.” cs

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An officer on patrol spotted a white male that appeared to have fallen off a bench at a bus stop and was lying on the ground.

The man was lying on his back with his feet over the bench as if he had fallen straight backwards. The officer recognized the man, who had been sitting at the bus stop all evening, and who had been the subject of previous calls to his sister’s house for being drunk and disorderly. The officer had seen the man earlier drinking from a white Styrofoam cup and when he approached him, there was a strong smell of alcohol. The officer announced his presence without any response and then tried lightly shaking his foot, which was still propped on the bench. The man eventually responded by saying “keep the f*** away from me,” while flailing his hands. The of-

ficer repeated that he was there to check on the man, who less than congenially replied, “I’m going to beat your motherf***ing ass if you don’t leave me alone.” The officer called for backup over his radio, which apparently woke the sleeping drunk, who then looked up and said, “hi officer, what are you doing here?” The drunk returned to being surly and was taken into custody for public drunkenness and open container. • A woman called police after a man supposedly threatened her dogs. She had been walking her dogs near Forsyth Park when she passed a home where a man was shouting at the front door. She asked him to use the doorbell instead of shouting, to which the man replied that he does not sell drugs, and then, according to the woman, threatened to “put holes in her dogs,” one of which was without a leash. Police found the man, who said that after the woman told him to use the doorbell, she said something to the dogs. He felt that the dogs were going to attack him, so he stated that he was going to “kick them in the jaw” if they came near him. He denied saying he would shoot anyone.

• Police were called by a man who felt threatened while driving west bound on Montgomery Cross Roads from the Truman. A blue truck pulled up behind him and began to follow him very closely, so he changed lanes. The truck, being driven by a white male in his 50s with short hair, pulled up beside his vehicle and the driver “gave him the finger.” He then began signaling that he wanted the man to pull over. The suspect gave him the finger again, and signaled that he wanted the man to pull into the Lake Mayer parking lot. He did so, and obtained the blue truck’s tag number, but he did not get out of the vehicle for fear of being assaulted. The driver of the blue truck drove away. • While on patrol an officer saw a man riding a bicycle the wrong way down a one way street. The man was riding a bike and pushing a shopping cart with two damaged televisions in it. The officer approached the man to advise him of the bicycle violation

and to inquire about the televisions. The man stated that he found the televisions in a nearby lane with some trash. While talking with the man, the officer saw an orange prescription bottle in his back pocket. He asked the man whether the pills were his, and he stated that he found them near the TVs. The bottle contained five hydrocodone pills prescribed to someone else. After a subsequent search of the man, the officer also discovered a packet in his wallet containing a white powdery substance. The man stated that it was sweet and low sugar substitute, however, a field test came back positive as cocaine. The bicycle the man was riding had also been reported as stolen. The man was arrested for two counts of possession of a controlled substance and one count of theft by receiving. The two televisions were returned to the lane. cs Give anonymous crime tips to Crimestoppers at 234-2020

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Years ago you were asked whether it was legal to publish a letter someone sent you. You said the author’s permission was needed. Now that it’s 2009, I wondered if one could take a post on, say, the Straight Dope Message Board and publish it without permission. Second question: If I have a blog and someone posts a comment, can I publish it without their permission? Finally, say I have my own message board and tell people when they join that anything they write becomes my property. I then publish a book called “The Best of Level3Navigator’s Message Board!” without getting permission. Is this legal? —Level3Navigator I get the feeling you’re headed somewhere with this. Nonetheless, you raise issues worth examining in the age of the Internet. Let’s start at the top. As you rightly presume, the answer to your first question is no. It’s well established legally that the creator of content owns the copyright. Prior to the 1976 Copyright Act, unpublished letters couldn’t be published without the writer’s permission except in limited circumstances, and then only by the recipient. Anybody else was out of luck. After 1976, copyrightable works became subject to the Copyright Act’s “fair use” provision, which allows publication of short excerpts—usually. In the 1980s, reclusive author J.D. Salinger successfully sued to prevent the quoting and paraphrasing of his unpublished letters. The court felt the author’s right to determine first publication tilted the fair use balance in Salinger’s favor. You wouldn’t have that problem quoting message board posts, which have already been published. But this is poorly charted territory; somebody might still sue. Vindication could cost you a lot. Your second question is trickier. If it’s your blog, can’t you publish whatever appears there? No. The law says, “Copyright . . . vests initially in the author or authors of the work.” Your blog’s comments section is merely the

canvas on which the creative individual displays his genius. It’s as if you own a building and a graffiti artist has sprayed a brilliant original sonnet on your wall. You can repaint the wall, or tear down the building, but you can’t include the sonnet in a poetry collection. Now your third question: how does a user agreement change things? Probably a lot, although few such agreements have been tested in court. Let’s look at Facebook’s agreement, which created an uproar earlier this year. Facebook’s terms of use once included: “By posting User Content to any part of the Site, you automatically grant . . . to the Company an irrevocable, perpetual, non-exclusive, transferable, fully paid, worldwide license (with the right to sublicense) to use, copy, publicly perform, publicly display, reformat, translate, excerpt (in whole or in part) and distribute such User Content for any purpose, commercial, advertising, or otherwise, on or in connection with the Site or the promotion thereof, to prepare derivative works of, or incorporate into other works, such User Content, and to grant and authorize sublicenses of the foregoing.” Am I granting first dibs on my kidneys, too? But then it got worse. Originally Facebook agreed that once you removed content from its site, its license to your stuff expired. Last winter, however, Facebook deleted that provision, implying that once you post something, Facebook controls it forevermore. Users howled. Protesting innocence, the company revised the language. But the gist remains: anything you leave posted here is ours to do with as we will. The Straight Dope Message Board agreement has a similar clause: “You grant [our company] and its successors and assigns a nonexclusive irrevocable right to reuse your posting in any manner it or they see fit without notice or compensation to you.” Big difference: inclusion of “irrevocable.” If users later can withdraw their part of the conversation, what’s left becomes incomprehensible. So the irrevocability of the SDMB license arguably serves the greater good. Still, the SDMB’s user agreement, like Facebook’s, grants a broad license. However, suppose our evil clones, the FUMB and Scumbook, took their collective content to Bangkok to . . . well, one shudders to think. Would the courts enforce the user agreements then? We’ll have to wait and find out. cs By cecil adams

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• David Cerullo came to prominence after purchasing the television studios abandoned by Jim and Tammy Faye Bakker and established what is perhaps the boldest of all Christian “prosperity gospel” ministries (that pays him an annual base salary of $1.52 million). With his father, semi-retired Pentecostal preacher Morris Cerullo, they assure followers that the more they give, the more God will return to them. In a recent TV spot, Morris, speaking first in tongues and then addressing the currently credit-challenged: “When you (donate), the windows of heaven ... open for you ... 100 fold.” “Debt cancellation!” (The on-screen message: “Call now with your $900 offering and receive God’s debt cancellation!”) • In September, a judge in Stuart, Fla., was about to sentence pastor Rodney McGill for real estate fraud, but McGill was undaunted, addressing a courtroom prayer for his enemies: “Jesus, Jesus, Fine Points of the Law Jesus, for every witness called (1) Marine Sgt. Michael against me, I pray cancer in Ferschke was killed in Iraq in their lives, lupus, brain tumor, Bonnie Raitt, 2008, but his wife and their son, pancreatic cancer.” The judge eh? I believe both Japanese citizens, cannot then sentenced him to 20 years when I see it! enter the United States. The in prison. couple exchanged vows under Japanese law by long-disQuestionable Judgtance proxy, as Michael was ments about to deploy, but immigra• The cheap-drink Tuesday tion law does not recognize night special at the Attic bar in such unions, unless subsequently Newcastle, England, in early “consummated.” (The Ferschkes had September was a money-back conceived their child before they guarantee at the end of the night were married.) (2) Marine Lance to anyone who could still leCpl. Josef Lopez took the Corps’ gally drive (measured by the bar’s


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Least Competent Criminals Failure to Keep a Low Profile: (1) Angel DeLeon, 30, admitted to police in May that he was the one who had just robbed the National Penn Bank in Reading, Pa. Police originally started after DeLeon’s car when he raced by them with his radio blaring. (2) Ricky Dale Ford was jailed in September in Conway, Ark., accused of stealing an all-terrain vehicle. While joyriding, Ford had accidentally hit a beehive, and when police found him in nearby woods, he was “barely breathing,” one officer said, having been stung more than 100 times.

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Beneath the luxury hotels on the Las Vegas Strip is a series of flood tunnels that are home to dozens of people who work odd jobs such as hustling leftover change in casino slot machines. A correspondent for London’s The Sun gained the trust of a few and even photographed their “apartments” for a September dispatch, showing well-stocked quarters, with scrounged appliances and furniture and even one makeshift shower rigged from a water cooler. “Amy,” who has lived in the tunnels with her husband, “J.R.,” for two years, said she “love(s)” the Vegas lifestyle and appears in no hurry to leave her setup. “Kathryn” (who lives with boyfriend “Steven”) also appears content except, she says, for the fragrance, the black widow spiders, and the periodic rush of water through their home (threatening any “valuables” not stacked on crates).

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This smoking hot Philly fusion quartet tore the roof off the Jazz’d Tapas Bar in July, and people are still talking about it. Here’s why: Dirk Quinn is a guitarist who might have sprung fully–formed from the head of Jeff Beck. The band – Mike Borowski on keyboards, Stephen Kurtz on bass and “Z” (Steve Zegray) on drums – lays down a heavy, funk–rich jazz groove for Quinn to boil in, over and around. It’s acid jazz, it’s R&B, it’s as good as it gets. Listen & learn: At 10 p.m. Oct. 10 at the Wormhole, 2307 Bull St.




Vocalist Leslie Adel fronts Savannah’s dedicated R&B outfit, which crosses lines between serious funk and sweet soul music. A revolving band of players, many of whom double up on each other’s instruments during one of ANBOF’s energetic stage shows, pull out all the stops on Stevie Wonder, Chaka Khan and jazz/rock covers, along with material written by the talented Ms. Adel. Horns, baby, horns! Listen & learn: www. At 11 p.m. Friday, Oct. 9 at Rock House Tybee, 1518 Butler Ave., Tybee Island. At 10 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 10 at Tantra Lounge, 8 E. Broughton St.


Seriously funky jazz from San Francisco, this all–instrumental trio is fronted by hard–bopping saxman Gary Schwantes, who also plays bamboo flutes and keyboard samples, and is rounded out by North Carolina bassist Duston Hofsess (he plays the group’s East Coast dates; they use a different guy out west) and drummer Robin

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From the unlikely musical hub of Fort Lauderdale, where Spring Breakers cruise the beach like predatory sharks and tourists snap pics of inflatable alligators and other tacky Floridian ephemera, comes one of the South’s most precise and funky jam bands. Who’da thought? There’s reggae and dub grooves, stinging guitar, loose but harmony–rich vocalizing and a blissful sense of transcending the obvious – jammy nirvana, in other words. This is a band comfortable enough in its own skin to release a two–CD debut (Whale), and good enough to share bills with the likes of Umphrey’s McGee, Matisyahu and the Creative Coast’s own Perpetual Groove. Tolleson, who also has a jam band called Big Block Dodge. This band is all about deeply textured grooves and tight improv, on material from the likes of Miles Davis and John

The fab five have played Bonnaroo, moe.down, Gathering of the Vibes, Asheville’s beloved Trinumeral Fest and Florida’s trippy Langerado. The Pets are: Jeff Lloyd (lead guitar/lead vocals), Justin Carney (bass), Jim Wues (keyboards), Jamie Newitt (drums), and Mike Garulli (guitar/vocals). Listen & learn: At 10 p.m. Friday, Oct. 9 at Live Wire Music Hall, 307 W. River St. $8.

Coltrane. They also have a fair amount of cerebral original material, which can be tastily sampled on the Web site. What they’re doing in Savannah is anybody’s

guess but hey, we’ll take it. Listen & learn: At 9 p.m. Friday, Oct. 9 at Jazz’d Tapas Bar, 52 Barnard St. cs

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Society’s grownup:

A conversation with Janis Ian



Legendary singer/songwriter headlines this week’s Savannah Folk Festival by Bill DeYoung | Photos by Peter Cunningham

Her lyrics to the contrary, Janis Ian didn’t learn the truth at 17. It took a lot longer than that. Ian, headlining the Savannah Folk Festival Sunday at Grayson Stadium, was already a big star by the time her 17th birthday rolled around. The New Jersey teen had written “Society’s Child,” about a doomed interracial romance, and watched it climb the national charts in mid 1967. “Society’s Child” was controversial in those largely segregated days; as Ian reveals in her autobiography (also called Society’s Child), she regularly received death threats, virulent hate mail and angry, vocal protests from (white) members of her concert audiences. Ironically, “Society’s Child” wasn’t autobiographical; Ian had grown up in a mostly black neighborhood, and had written the lyrics as an exercise in songcraft. Nevertheless, she never had another hit. Not for a while, anyway. In the early ‘70s, Ian re–emerged, fully formed as an adult singer/songwriter, and delivered a string of well–received and top–selling albums: Stars, Between the Lines, Aftertones and Miracle Row. Her poignant, introspective lyrics read like brilliantly etched confessional poetry. The single “At Seventeen” went to No. 3 in 1975, and earned two Grammy Awards. A melancholy look back at the awkwardness of adolescence, it wasn’t entirely based on Ian’s personal experience, either – but it resonated with fans around the world and remains, to this day, her signature song. Ian was the musical guest on the very first Saturday Night Live broadcast. Her autobiography chronicles those heady years, her childhood, and everything that came later: A commercial tumble, an abusive marriage, tax troubles and years of soul–searching. Today Ian, 57, lives in Nashville with Patricia Snyder, her partner of two decades, and writes and records when she feels like it. The truth is: There’s no place like home.

‘One of the luxuries of being in my 50s,’ says Janis Ian, ‘of not having the pressure, is that I just have so much less to worry about.’

important very often are not that important. And things that you went “Eh, that doesn’t really matter” do matter a lot. That was interesting. But cathartic? No. I think I’d already done enough therapy that it really didn’t matter. Were there any things you had to think hard about revealing in the book? Janis Ian: A lot of it, yeah. The part about being molested, that’s not comfortable to talk about no matter what. My own feelings about my fans – even though I had reconciled that, I felt a little funny letting them know there had been times I’d been scared of them, or had been nervous about them. Stuff like that was hard. Harder than I expected. Ah, to be a major pop star in the ‘70s, recording for Columbia; your contemporaries were people like Billy Joel and Bruce Springsteen. What was that like? Janis Ian: It would have been a lot cooler if I’d had the time to enjoy it. But I think the big problem, when you’re going through something like that, is that there really isn’t any time. Your time is spoken for, for years in advance. So you don’t really get to enjoy it. In fact, if there’s anything I tell young performers when I meet them, it’s don’t listen to everybody who says “No, you can’t stop.” Stop now and then, just take a look around and see what you’re doing and enjoy doing it.

Regarding the book: Was it cathartic to put it in all down on paper, in one place?

Was there a period when you couldn’t, or wouldn’t, perform “Society’s Child?”

Janis Ian: Not really, but I learned some things from it. I learned that things that you think are

Janis Ian: When I was much younger, right when I’d started performing

again after “Society’s Child” had been a hit and I had been away for a while. I stopped doing it completely because I really got tired of people only wanting to hear that. And I felt like I’d grown up some, and I needed to be identified with something else. I didn’t do it again until about 2002. What you became known for, of course, was “At Seventeen.” You say in your book that it wasn’t really your personal story, either, like “Society’s Child.” Janis Ian: It couldn’t be, because I didn’t go to high school. Well, enough of it was my story that it was weird to sing it. Speaking of weird ... does it feel weird to still be singing “At Seventeen” in your 50s? Janis Ian: No, it feels great. It’s amazing to have a song like that in your catalog, a song that so many people know. It feels great, it really does. Are you glad you took all that time off in the ‘80s? Janis Ian: Yeah. Absolutely zero regrets about that. I wouldn’t have done it if I didn’t think it was absolutely necessary. There’s no way that I could’ve continued at the pace I was going, and done any decent work. Maybe not have even done any work. That was a ridiculous pace. How many shows do you do a year now? Janis Ian: Probably between 50 and a hundred. That’s not a lot, but it’s more than I would like. When you think that 100 tour dates probably means 200 days away from home, at least.

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– maybe with the exception of the Beatles – is going to be remembered in a hundred years. And even then – who knows how things will have changed by then. It’s staggering. I really am not concerned with it, and I know artists who are. But to me, why worry about things that are going to happen after you’re dead? You can’t take it with you.



The Enquirer will run that photo and say “She was a teenage folk star, full of angst, who wrote a controversial song about interracial romance ...” Wouldn’t you say “Wait a minute – there’s a much bigger body of work here”? Janis Ian in 1969, shortly after she broke through with ‘Society’s Child’

I guess you’re tired of people asking you about coming out and all that... Janis Ian: I don’t mind. It’s a good thing. Things have changed so much since I was younger. When people complain that they haven’t changed enough, particularly as a gay person, I always say “Well, we can’t be arrested for this any more. We can’t be locked up in a mental institution.” And I think it’s important that people like me are comfortable enough being ourselves. I don’t know if you’d call it being “out” any more, just being ourselves. Being true to ourselves. I talk about Pat onstage, I talk about my relationship. I think the world has changed enough that we may actually have equal rights at some point. You got married in Canada? Janis Ian: Yes, in Toronto, when it was first legal. But really, we’ve been together for 20 years. It’s nice to have the recognition; it would be nicer to have things like the insurance and the death benefits. I would much rather have that stuff than the certificate. OK, the corny question: When they write your epitaph ... Janis Ian: Ha! ... what would you like to be best remembered for? Janis Ian: I could care less. I think that’s something that they start asking you when you hit your 50s. When you hit your 50s, reporters start showing up once a year from the Enquirer to take a picture... and you know that it’s for the obit. They like to keep up to date! Pat’s still pissed off because they called her my “gal pal.” I really doubt that any of our music

Janis Ian: You know, I really have stopped worrying about that. One of the luxuries of being in my 50s, of not being with a major label, of not having the pressure, is that I just have so much less to worry about. And that’s one of those things I don’t worry about. If I look back, I have 300–plus songs recorded, and an awful lot of covers. I’ve got a good catalog that’s there if anybody wants to listen to it. But I really don’t worry about how people are going to perceive me. A lot of it now comes down to the prosaic and the mundane – can I earn a living, am I healthy, do I have some quality of life? Do I like my work? I try not to get too involved in my own persona, if you will.

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I’m sure people still recognize you in airports. Janis Ian: Here and there. Just enough to be comfortable, and not too much that it’s annoying. cs Janis Ian Headlining the Savannah Folk Festival Where: Grayson Stadium, 1401 E. Victory Drive When: Festival runs 2–7:30 p.m.; Janis Ian performs at 3:55 and 6:45 p.m. Also appearing: Jay Unger & Molly Mason, David Jacobs–Strain, Osalimi Lamoke Admission: Free Online: Artist’s Web site: Other Savannah Folk Festival events: Oct. 9: FolkFest in City Market: Local acoustic performers 7–11 p.m. in the City Market courtyard Oct. 10: Youth Songwriting Competition finals: 2 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church, 520 E. Washington Ave. Old Time Country Dance: 8–11 p.m. at Notre Dame Academy gymnasium, 1709 Bull St. ALL EVENTS ARE FREE

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Just like the young Jacksonville musicians who’d titled their group after their junior high gym teacher, Leonard Skinner, Spartanburg, S.C.’s Toy Caldwell and Doug Gray borrowed the name of a local piano tuner. For no other reason than they just liked the way it sounded. They didn’t even know the guy. The Marshall Tucker Band that’ll play the Tybee Island Pirate Fest Saturday isn’t exactly the same MTB that carved out a legendary spot in Southern Rock in the 1970s: Lead guitarist and chief songwriter Caldwell died in 1993; his bass–playing, stage–pattering brother Tommy has been gone since 1980. Original rhythm guitarist George McCorkle died in 2007. The music, still as strong as ever, remains: “Can’t You See,” “Fire on the Mountain,” “Take the Highway,” “Heard it in a Love Song,” “Long Hard Ride,” This Ol’ Cowboy.” Good music will do that. Distinctive vocalist Gray has been “fronting” the Marshall Tucker Band since Toy Caldwell’s passing. He says the band has always been about a communal spirit. “Me and Toy were both in Vietnam,” he says, “and we didn’t give a shit about leading. All we wanted was for somebody to bring us a drink, and then we’d go and play our ass off. It’s that simple.” In its glory days, the band scored seven gold and three platinum albums. At 61, Gray has become the keeper of the flame. Lately, he’s been going through live and studio tapes,

Silversun Pickups bring the buzz to Hilton Head’s Shoreline Ballroom by Bill DeYoung |

Tybee Pirate Fest headliner has always been a communal entity First, a little history: Marshall Tucker was a real person, but he never played in the Marshall Tucker Band.

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and old film and video, and re–mastering them for archival release. “The reason that I’m still doing this is not because I’ve got 17 and 18–year–old kids,” he says, “and 28–year–old kids. I do it primarily because I love it. “I’ve been one of these fortunate guys to be able to have known some real, real legendary people. When I’m sitting there re–mixing some of this live stuff, that’s the beauty of being in the position that I’m in. I remember what all this stuff sounded like onstage. “The reason we started the Marshall Tucker Band was because Toy and I got out of the service at the same time, and we said ‘OK, let’s give it one shot.’ Toy had ‘Can’t You See’ and ‘Take the Highway,’ and we decided we’d work for one weekend and make enough money for the beer. That’s what we’d done in high school.” The current lineup performs somewhere around 130 shows per year. “It is amazing to me that we still go out there,” Gray adds. “Sometimes you see different artists in the audience – people who are really big – or country artists that think we just ruled the world back in the ‘70s and ‘80s. I don’t have a clue why.” The songs are now considered timeless. “I’ve been singing for 55 years, and that’s a real figure,” Gray explains. “The reason I’m still having such a good time is because I can have an 18–year–old girl climb up on the stage that knows ‘Can’t You See’ as good as Toy Caldwell did.” The Marshall Tucker Band has a very special place in the rock ‘n’ roll history books. “Well, Toy does,” Gray laughs. “My place in history’s yet to be found! see feature, p. 25

One night last week, all four members of the indie band Silversun Pickups were in Savannah. Driving between gigs in Tennessee and Florida, they had a free night and pulled off I–95 to check things out. “We just walked around, did a bunch of stuff and ended up at this club called the Jinx,” singer/guitarist Brian Aubert says. “What a beautiful town. Savannah’s gorgeous.” A Los Angeles export, Silversun Pickups play fast, heavy and melodic rock, heavy with Aubert’s buzzsaw guitars. It’s an electric dreamscape, part Smashing Pumpkins and part My Bloody Valentine, elevated by an exploratory keyboard sound, and by Aubert’s knack for finding a melody in a sonic haystack. Silversun Pickups perform Wednesday, Oct. 7 at the Shoreline Ballroom in Hilton Head. I begin our interview by telling Aubert that my introduction to the band was the video for “Substitution,” from their most recent album, Swoon. The Pickups are onstage in a Moose Lodge somewhere, with no audience. But a half dozen stunningly beautiful young women, wearing f––– me pumps and sexy short dresses, are playing musical chairs in the center of the room. Whenever the band stops playing, the girls plop down in the chairs, one less each go–round. The loser takes a chair away before the music starts again. The video certainly got my attention (although it took me a minute to actually notice the musicians were in it ...). Welcome, I tell Aubert, to the awesome power of marketing! “It’s good to know somebody’s actually watching the videos,” the guitarist says, when he stops laughing “The girls, they really played as hard as they could. It was scary because they were pretty intense about it. When they started knocking each other off chairs, we were just ‘Oh, my God.’ “They actually were playing for a prize, but I don’t remember what it was.” Then we get down to business: I’ve heard you say it took you a while to play as loud and unfettered as you do now. Why? see Interview, p. 25

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Does that change the way you write? Do you write an introspective song and then go, “Now let’s loud this up”? Brian Aubert: No, not really. Sonics are important to us, you know? We think about them first. We almost think about those things more than we think about chords. Everything is sort of movement oriented, and how it’s going to work, and what it’s going to sound like. That’s usually the basis for a song. We get real schizophrenic, meaning if we’re too quiet we feel like we’re just too pretty or something. Then we’ll go write something really loud, and we feel like a metal band. I like the use of orchestra on some of the Swoon songs. Where did that come from? Brian Aubert: We wanted to bring a

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Brian Aubert: I think you just get comfortable. When we started, we were just figuring it out. For us, there was something about being too timid to be loud. That sounds strange, but we were almost too afraid to really let it out. All our songs were much quieter and slower. I remember the first time we played “Well Thought Out Twinkles,” which is a song off our album Carnavas. It was the first song we had like that, ever, and we were quite nervous about performing it – “Have we gone too far?” You tend to think about silly shit. We played it for the first time at a party at our house. And I tell ya, the best focus group to have, if you want to try anything out, is just a bunch of drunk people who don’t care. They love everything!

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little warmth back on this record. What I mean by that is, on our EP, there was organic sounds, acoustic sounds, things like that. And when we made Carnavas, we wanted to strip it completely from all that. We wanted it to sound futuristic and sort of sting–y. With Swoon, we were just feeling very grand and moody and romantic, and wanted to pull in more warmth. That was pretty much the orchestra. We didn’t want to dominate the record with it, so we peppered it in, on four songs. It’s just a good mood enhancer. Coming from L.A., where there’s literally a band in every garage, do you have to have an incredible drive throw yourself into that big competition pit? Brian Aubert: Los Angeles is so large, and there’s so many different bands and such a strong, crazy culture. And the counterculture, which is sort of the area we live in, really sticks together. Through meeting people and becoming friends, and seeing your friends start all these interesting bands – you like the music, you go see them play and sometimes play with them – it destroyed the myth. cs Silversun Pickups Where: Shoreline Ballroom, 40 Folly Field Road, Hilton Head When: 8 p.m., Oct. 7 Opening: An Horse, Cage the Elephant Tickets: $25 advance, $25 day of show Online: Artist’s Web site: www.silversunpickups. com

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There’s no business like ‘I Love a Piano’

Irving Berlin’s song catalog becomes a stage revue by Bill DeYoung |

Give Irving Berlin 88 keys and a half hour, and he’d come up with a song that would soon have America singing. He loved a piano, did our Irving: So you can keep your fiddle and your bow Give me a p–i–a–n–o, oh, oh I love to stop right beside an upright Or a high toned baby grand. That was all producers Ray Roderick and Michael Berkeley needed to hear. With a catalog of 64 songs by the great tunesmith, they constructed the musical revue Irving Berlin’s I Love a Piano, which has been touring the country – to great acclaim – since 2006. The tour visits the Johnny Mercer Theatre Thursday. “It captures both the astonishing range of Berlin’s musical styles and the cleverness of his simple rhymes,” said the Boston Globe, “which makes it easy to understand why the songwriter remains a national treasure.” Six “triple threat” performers (that means they can act, sing and dance) make up the cast of the revue, which is no “random” collection of songs: The plot follows the titular instrument through 70 tumultuous years in modern American history. From “Alexander’s Ragtime Band” and “Puttin’ on the Ritz” to “God Bless America,” “White Christmas” and “There’s No Business Like Show Business,” Irving Berlin’s I Love a Piano strolls through the decades and gives each tune a context, from the innocent days of Prohibition and the First World War, the bitterness and worry of the Depression and World War II years, to the renewed sense of optimism that came with the 1950s. Berlin (1888–1989) composed more than 1,500 songs in his lifetime; although 25 of them reached the top of

the record charts, he had reached iconic stature long before such charts existed. He could write a popular song, simple and catchy (“A Pretty Girl is Like a Melody,” “Blue Skies”), and an exquisite love song (“What’ll I Do,” “I’ve Got My Love to Keep Me Warm”) and was adept at musical theater (Annie Get Your Gun, Call Me Madam). “He wrote most of his songs from the point of view of the ‘man on the street,’ Roderick once observed. ”So it becomes a natural and, I think, truthful creative step to put his insightful and heartfelt music and lyrics into the mouths of Americans who were living through some of the iconic moments when he was writing those songs. “And the stories we tell with his songs are the stories of so many Americans at those times.” Wrote the Los Angeles Times’ reviewer: “I knew 15 minutes in that I was thoroughly enjoying I Love a Piano – by the ending, I was in love. “Blame it on Berlin, and Roderick and Berkeley, and everyone else connected with this enchanting entertainment.” cs Irving Berlin’s I Love a Piano Where: Johnny Mercer Theatre, Savannah Civic Center, 301 W. Oglethorpe Ave. When: At 8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 8 Tickets: $28–$48 at Phone: (912) 651–6556 Show Web site:

The musical revue “Irving Berlin’s I Love a Piano” strolls through the decades and gives each of the great songwriter’s tunes a context. (Photos courtesy of JAM Theatricals)

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Constructs and Inventions — The etchings of Erik Desmazieres. Jepson Center for the Arts, Telfair Square, Dutch Utopia: American Artists in Holland 18801914 — Encompassing over seventy works drawn from public and private collections throughout the United States and Europe examining the work of fortythree American painters drawn to Holland during the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Jepson Center for the Arts East Line, West Plane — Ching Levy will present a new collection of works that meld the Chinese art form of calligraphy with western styled paintings in an exhibition at Gallery S.P.A.C.E. Oct. 8 – 30. Reception Oct. 9 from 6-8 p.m. Four Seasons — The reopening of the Off The Wall Gallery at 45 Bistro begins with new work from Brian Macgregor. Show runs 10/112/1. Opening Reception: 10/2 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Off the Wall Gallery at 45 Bistro, 123 E. Broughton St. Full On! — A colorful collaborative show of paintings and photography from Jose Ray and Tim Foster. Hangfire, 37 Whitaker St. Going Against the Grain - Color on Wood — Veterinarian/Painter Buck Drummond makes his Savannah debut with a collection of new work accentuating the natural beauty and grain of wood with color from acrylics, stains, dyes, oils, and natural materials. Smitten Gallery, 345 Abercorn St.

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Margy Rich’s MFA thesis show is at Hall Street Gallery, with a reception Oct. 9, 6-8 p.m. International Aerospace Art Exhibit — Over 50 paintings by artists from around the world who specialize in aerospace subjects. Mighty Eighth Air Force Museum, 175 Bourne Ave., Pooler New Work by Brenda Turner and Margaret Brennan — A shared show between two local artists: Turner, a painter, and Brennan. Merrill Lynch Office Building, 7414 Hodgson Memorial Dr. , On the Interval — Artist Margy Rich explores the peaceful interludes that occur in a space between events. Rich’s work is part of her MFA thesis. Opening reception 10/9, 6-8pm. Hall Street Gallery, 212 W. Hall St. Recent work from Marilyn Foley — A collection of pastoral watercolors from artist Marilyn Foley. Opening reception 10/16 at 6:30pm. Iocovozzi Fine Art, 1 W. Jones St. SCAD Graphic Design Dept Exhibition — A collection of recent work by professors from SCAD’s graphic design department. Reception Oct. 3. Indigo Sky Community Gallery, 915 Waters Ave.

‘Serendipity’ — An exhibition of new paintings by Jeff Zeigler. Opening reception 10/15 at 7pm. Decisions Business Center, http:// S.P.A.C.E. Gallery seeks artists — The Department of Cultural Affairs seeks artists to exhibit at Gallery S.P.A.C.E. in 2010. All media will be considered for either solo or group exhibition, including video and installation pieces. Proposals should include a cover letter; a resume; an artist statement; previous exhibition record; 10-12 digital images of work to be considered; and a self-addressed, stamped envelope if you would like your proposal returned. Deadline is October 30 at 4 p.m. Proposals should be submitted to Debra Zumstein, Arts Programs Coordinator, City of Savannah Department of Cultural Affairs, 9 W. Henry St., Savannah, GA 31401. Proposal guidelines are available at cs

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Tim’s restaurant hopping turns up intriguing and satisfying meals. He picks three experiences every week to share:


This whole Three Bites thing is killin’ me. Since beginning this column in late April, I’ve given you a quick overview of meals at more than 60 Savannah restaurants. It’s intense, it’s a scramble. A couple of my clients (I’m a business and communications consultant by day) have even commented about my lifestyle and my sedentary ways. I need to change my ways. One of my client friends is even sending me to Houston for a four–day seminar on fitness and nutrition. But I groove on the gig. I love finding new food, great back stories and fun new restaurant people to turn you on to. Still I just can’t eat like this week in, week out. So this week, I’m gonna slide into a new format. You’ll still get plenty of foodie news and restaurant info — but without me having to eat everything in sight. If it’s possible to be a leaner, meaner gourmand, sign me up. Buckle up foodie pals, here we go:

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A couple of great picks “A bottle of red, a bottle of white...” Billy Joel And that’s what I have to share this week — a pair of great drinking wines for under $20 each. I thought I had picked up a bad bottle of 2008 Murphy’s Law when I noticed the traditional over–cap covering the cork was gone. I sighed, returned to the bin...and found every bottle the same. Doh! Murphy’s Law! Anything that can go wrong, will go wrong. The clever marketers of this red blend went so far as to typo the word “wrong” on the back label. It left me suspicious of what I would find in the bottle. I was even more leery when I found the wine scored 90 points from Wine Spectator. I don’t normally buy wine by “the numbers.” Still, I strapped into the test glass and gave this blend of Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Malbec and Sangiovese a spin. Grapes for the blend come from Washington State’s Columbia Valley and packed the sweetness I imagined. It’s certainly not the robust Merlot–based wine like I recently sampled from Napa — but it’s no dog. If anything, it’s particularly accessible to red wine drinkers who might be developing their palate — or for wine lovers who want an easy drinker, or perhaps an inexpensive red to pair with grilled burgers. Nine months of barrel aging is virtually unnoticed in terms of oakiness. Instead, this wine is juicy and rich with ripe plums, black cherries

— and if you let it mature in the glass — hints of cassis and figs. Subtle tannins coax a lingering finish without stepping on the fruit. Score a few bottles of this bargain — only 2,900 cases are available nationally. For those of you who insist you don’t like ANY oak in your Chardonnay, well, I’m not convinced. But, to assuage your senses, check out 2008 Foxglove Chardonnay — which also earned 90 points from wine guru Robert Parker. Again, I was not impressed until the juice hit my palate. Wow, It packs a great floral and citrus set of aromas and then delivers pretty complexity of roasted pear on the front, citrus or green apple on mid–palate and then closes with a nice pinch of acidity to insure a clean finish. This Chard is one of three value–line wines from Varner, a prestigious Central Coast producer better known for premium Chardonnay and Pinot Noir under the Varner or Neely labels. This Chardonnay has garnered a handful of accolades from both wine and mainstream media for its quality to value. In other words, it drinks like a wine carrying a far higher price tag. Good news: it’ll lay down for up to two years. I had mine with grilled chicken; try it also with pan–sauteed fish, pork tenderloin or simply seasoned grilled pork chops. Enjoy these two recession busters! cs

Ms. T. J. and I passed through the VIP gala for the 2009 Chocoholic Frolic at Ruth’s Chris, yummy prawns, mini crab cakes, chocolate martinis — and lots of friends to catch up with! Give founder Sarah Copeland some love: she retooled the event this year to be based in restaurants over an entire month. Your Chocolate Passport is good at EVERY listed eatery — and imparts no further obligation. Visit the website for details. We slid out and tried to eat at “an unnamed City Market eatery.” The hostess made us wait for 15 minutes ’cause, “We’re in the weeds,” with half the house seats empty. We were finally seated, then left because no server materialized. We found a seat immediately at the bar at Vinnie Van Go–Go’s Pizza — man talk about an evening at opposite ends of the spectrum. We loved our shared three slices: hamburger, pepperoni and a “supreme slice with spicy Italian sausage, bell peppers, and onions.” Pizza purists might trash the joint — still it’s an institution that offers up decent pizza with a funky atmosphere, cold beer and plenty of distractions.

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Jazz’d Tapas and Martini Bar set the bar for tapas in the city. This week they did it again by rolling out a new menu. Old favorites are still there, you’ll notice some face lifts and a handful of new dishes on this elegant menu designed by the folks at In addition, chef ’s specials offered Thursday through Sunday nights step outside the box for some remarkable flavors and great values.

World Class Wines...

If you read this early enough, you can still score a seat at the Elizabeth on 37th wine dinner featuring Catena Winery of Mendoza, Argentina. It’s Thursday, Oct. 8, beginning at 7 p.m. The five–course dinner by Chef Kelly Yambor will showcase six wines. Those, and two others will also be offered for sale at remarkable special event pricing. The dinner isn’t for the faint of heart. Still the $150 per person price tag is certainly in line with what these wines — and this meal — will offer.

Seafood with an Attitude....

I love to slip into Desposito’s, nearly under the Thunderbolt bridge, for shrimp salad, a stuffed crab and even a nicely sized Lowcountry Boil. Pulling away the other night, a full moon shone on the tin roof, neon beer signs silhouetted couples dancing close to a nicely stocked jukebox. It’s a roadhouse for seafood — and easily accessible — too bad more people don’t get it. Or maybe not. cs

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Culture dates to put in your calendar

Big movies, celebs at the Savannah Film Festival

Actors Patricia Clarkson, Woody Harrelson, Ben Foster and Emmy Rossum are the celeb honorees who’ll turn up at the SCAD–sponsored 2009 Savannah Film Festival, Oct. 31–Nov. 7 That’s cool news, to be sure, but the Savannah Film Festival – a week–long blend of big–budget features (many of them before their national release dates), shorts, documentaries, student films and get–into–the–business workshops – is taking its place among the country’s impressive cinematic showcases. Among the films receiving exclusive screenings in Savannah: An Education, based on Lynn Barber’s memoir of life in swinging early 1960s London, with a screenplay by Nick Hornby; Pedro Almodovar’s Los Abrazos Rotos; Richard E. Grant and Carrie–Anne Moss in Love Hurts; Telstar, another early ‘60s pop

music parable, this one starring Kevin Spacey and Con O’Neill; Anthony Hopkins and Laura Linney in The City of Your Final Destination; the 2008 drama The Loss of a Teardrop Diamond (Bryce Dallas Howard, Ellen Burstyn), based on a “lost” Tennessee Williams story. Then there’s the paranormal military mystery The Men Who Stare At Goats (with George Clooney and Ewan McGregor); the British historical drama The Young Victoria (Emily Blunt, from The Devil Wears Prada, stars as young Queen Vicky); the award–winning Valentino: The Last Emperor; You can catch director Lee Daniels’ moving Precious: Based on the Novel ‘Push’ by Sapphire, winner of the Grand Jury Prize at Sundance and the Audience Award at the Toronto Film Festival. Daniels and star Gabourey “Gabby” Sidibe will be in attendance. Precious is about an illiterate, abused teen, twice impregnated by her own

Scenes from the film festival, clockwise from far left: Honorees Patricia Clarkson and Woody Harrelson; Lee Daniels’ ‘Precious’; honoree Ben Foster, George Clooney in ‘The Men Who Stare at Goats’; Emily Blunt as ‘The Young Victoria’

father. Tyler Perry is the film’s executive producer. As for the stars, Clarkson is one of those character actors whose name you might not know, but whom you’ll immediately recognize. She was the cancer–afflicted warden’s wife in The Green Mile, TV news writer Shirley Wershba in Good Night, and Good Luck and was unforgettable in Pieces of April, Lars and the Real Girl, Far From Heaven and Woody Allen’s Vicki Christina Barcelona. In fact, Clarkson co–stars in Allen’s Whatever Works, which will be screened at the festival. She’s to receive an Outstanding Achievement in Cinema award. With his new film Zombieland just in theaters, one–time Cheers star Harrelson is getting the same award, and will screen his next movie, The Messenger. The film also stars Ben Foster (3:10 to Yuma, Al-

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Capitalism: A Love Story It goes without saying that Michael Moore’s latest documentary, Capitalism: A Love Story, hardly shows the United States of America at its best. The sobering afterthought is that it hardly shows Michael Moore at his best, either. Easily the controversial filmmaker’s weakest nonfiction piece to date, Capitalism contains many powerful sequences yet ultimately is too scattershot to serve as effective agitprop.

Tackling the subject of capitalism is even more daunting than tackling the subject of health care (as he did so expertly in Sicko), and Moore is unable to coalesce all the different chapters of his odyssey into a cohesive whole. Using home–movie footage from his own comfortable middle–class existence as a child, he shows how the basic tenets of this economic system allowed everyone in the postwar decades to take part in the American Dream, with the country only truly going to hell once Ronald Reagan and his puppetmasters arrived on the scene. From here, Moore jumps all over the place: watching ordinary folks being thrown out of their lifelong homes by the evil banking industry; chatting with erudite actor–playwright Wallace Shawn about economics; detailing how various people (including a judge) were getting rich by throwing typical teens into a juvenile detention center for offenses as minor as hurling a piece of meat across the dinner table; noting how many banking–industry officials have been a key part of the past few administrations; and examining the clandestine bank bailouts. This is all well and good, but we already knew most of these stories

from even just cursory glances at newspapers and news blogs, and more than ever, we get the sense that Moore is preaching to the choir with no real inclination to expand his audience (admittedly, he’s such a polarizing figure that it’s hard to imagine anyone not already having an opinion of him). This isn’t to say that Capitalism: A Love Story doesn’t succeed in some areas. Moore reminds us that Franklin Roosevelt was one of our great presidents (via invaluable newsreel footage showing FDR proposing a second Bill of Rights that would have guaranteed Americans, among other benefits, universal health care) while Reagan and George W. Bush were among our worst. Yet even here, the filmmaker gets carried away, treating Barack Obama’s election (as presented by Moore, the only thing missing is a heavenly choir) as the turning point back toward a respectable and compassionate society. (Uh, wake me when this actually happens.) Moore’s on–camera antics are still moderately amusing but increasingly reveal that he needs new material rather than repeating the same old schtick of, say, walking up to the office building of an important person and trying to gain access that he knows ahead of time won’t be granted. As always, he’s at his best when he gets the hell out of the way and lets average citizens have their say. These are the moments that alternately provide the most inspiration, such as tracking a profitable company run solely by its own employees, and the most outrage, as in a heartbreaking discussion of how numerous despicable corporations (among them Wal–Mart, Bank of America and AT&T) take out what they call “Dead Peasant” insur-

ance policies, collecting giant sums when one of their employees dies (they prefer the deceased young and female, since that yields the greatest financial rewards). By the end of the picture, Moore takes to the streets, brandishing the verbal equivalent of a shotgun and calling for the end of capitalism. Yet even his own footage at the beginning of the film suggests that the problem isn’t capitalism itself but rather capitalism as it’s abused by those in charge. Moore means well, but in this case, he seems to have used that metaphorical shotgun to shoot himself in the foot.

Zombieland What’s with this unlikely epidemic of good zombie flicks? Now here’s another one. The blood flows freely in this gonzo horror tale, but, more importantly, so do the laughs. And while the humor may be frosty around the edges, it’s never downright mean–spirited, thanks in part to a director (Ruben Fleischer) with a light touch, two screenwriters (Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick) who have obviously done their zombie–film homework and humorously place the rules for survival front and center (they include keeping fit, being weary of bathrooms, and always wearing seat belts), and four actors (five, if you include the A–lister who turns up in a crowd–pleasing cameo) who remain ingratiating throughout. Jesse Eisenberg, giving up Adventureland for Zombieland, plays the lovably geeky Columbus, while Emma Stone and Abigail Breslin are savvy survivalist sisters Wichita and Little Rock. Yet it’s Woody Harrelson, all rolling thunder as kick–ass cowboy Tallahas-

WHIP IT Despite the title, you wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t find any Devo on Whip Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s soundtrack, but the Ramones and .38 Special both make vocal appearances in this film that marks the directorial debut of Drew Barrymore. If those two songs (â&#x20AC;&#x153;Sheena Is a Punk Rockerâ&#x20AC;? and â&#x20AC;&#x153;Caught Up in You,â&#x20AC;? respectively) made the journey from Drewâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s iPod to the big screen, more power to them, as theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re certainly in tune with the rock & roll aesthetic on display throughout this rowdy, rebellious film. Junoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Ellen Page once again flashes her impressive acting chops, this time playing Bliss Cavendar, a 17â&#x20AC;&#x201C;yearâ&#x20AC;&#x201C;old whose mother (Marcia Gay Harden) is hellbent on entering her in every beauty pageant that pops up anywhere near their rundown Texas town. But Bliss eventually finds her true calling when she discovers the sport of roller derby: Adopting the name Babe Ruthless, she lands a second family in the form of her sisters on skates (played by, among others, Kristen Wiig as Maggie Mayhem and Barrymore as Smashley Simpson). The trappings are all familiar â&#x20AC;&#x201D; a disapproving parent, a competitive rival (Juliette Lewis as hardâ&#x20AC;&#x201C;asâ&#x20AC;&#x201C;nails Iron Maven), scheduling conflicts, and the climactic championship match â&#x20AC;&#x201D; but in the capable hands of Barrymore and scripter Shauna Cross (adapting her own novel, Derby Girl), theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re all given a fresh coat of paint that allows the movie to easily skate by on the charms of both its novel setting and its gungâ&#x20AC;&#x201C;ho cast.

BIG FAN Robert D. Siegel, who wrote the original screenplay for last yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s superb drama The Wrestler, now makes his directorial debut with a picture that shifts the spotlight from the sports arena to the stands. Big Fanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s protagonist is Paul Aufiero (Patton Oswalt), who considers himself nothing less than the New York Giantsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; most ardent supporter ... ever. Now in his midâ&#x20AC;&#x201C;30s, Paul is perfectly OK with living at home with his exasperated mother (Marcia Jean Kurtz), staying away from members of the opposite sex, and working a deadâ&#x20AC;&#x201C;end job as a parking attendant. Aside from the

occasional masturbatory session under the sheets, his only pastimes are watching Giants games with his friend Sal (Kevin Corrigan) and religiously calling into a nightly sportsâ&#x20AC;&#x201C;radio station to offer opinions which heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s scrupulously scripted ahead of time. All runs smoothly in Paulâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s insulated bubble until the night he spots his favorite Giant, linebacker Quantrell Bishop (Jonathan Hamm), and gets up the nerve to talk to him. The encounter lands Paul in the hospital and Quantrell on the NFLâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s suspension list, but Paul ultimately isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t too worried about his own wellâ&#x20AC;&#x201C;being; more importantly, he wonders how this distracting incident will affect the rest of the Giantsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; season. The cult of organized sports often requires many sacrifices from its diehard devotees â&#x20AC;&#x201D; of time (for starters, that Fantasy Football can sure eat up weekends!), money, even family. Siegelâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s picture takes it to the extreme, examining the outer reaches of this particular mode of hero worship and the psychological impact of sacrificing oneâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s entire life to something that yields limited dividends.

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Jennifer’s Body



When Diablo Cody won the Best Original Screenplay Oscar for the delightful Juno, I’m assuming it was less for her hip–today–gone–tomorrow dialogue more for her creation of several ingratiating yet recognizably flawed characters as well as her deftness in telling a story with numerous emotional peaks. With her sophomore — and sophomoric — script, Cody has retained the hipster–speak but left out everything else. In Jennifer’s Body, the warmth and wit have been replaced with cruelty and denseness, and what might have been a penetrating high school comedy — a new Heathers or Mean Girls — turns out to be nothing more than a cheap horror flick packed with lowbrow titillation. Megan Fox stars as the Jennifer of the title, who lusts after desirable lads while her best friend Needy (Mamma Mia!’s Amanda Seyfried) tags behind like a stray puppy. Although they’re nothing alike, the pair have remained BFFs since their days playing together in the sandbox. So when Jennifer orders Needy to break a date with her sweet boyfriend Chip (appealing Johnny Simmons) so she can accompany her to see the obscure band Low Shoulder at a ramshackle bar in the middle of nowhere, Needy dutifully complies. Once they reach the bar, though, matters take a disastrous turn, as the venue is destroyed by a fire that kills several students and Jennifer is abducted by the band members, who believe that by sacrificing a virgin as an

offering to Satan, they’ll be rewarded with a major–label contract. Of course, Jennifer is hardly a virgin, so after they hack her up with a knife she returns for some reason as a vampire–zombie–thingie that must gorge on human blood to survive. Ultimately, instead of serving as a much–needed role reversal take on the standard terror tale, Jennifer’s Body is merely a sellout, most notably in a pointless scene in which (fanboy alert!) Jennifer and Needy briefly lock lips — a desperate sequence that’s about as erotic to behold as Glenn Beck in a wet T–shirt.

The Informant! Last year at this time, the Coen Brothers were treating (or mistreating, depending on your point of view) audiences with their off–kilter offering Burn After Reading, a dark comedy flexing a quirky brand of lunacy not usually seen in comparable American fare. Like the Coens, Steven Soderbergh is no stranger to coloring outside the margins, so in a similar vein, he presents The Informant!, a like–it–or–leave–it endeavor blessed with a terrific central performance from Matt Damon. Damon, who’s a better actor than he’s often given credit for being (as evidence, check out his potent one–two punch from 2006: The Departed and The Good Shepherd), leaves behind Jason Bourne’s muscularity and goes all pudgy as Mark Whitacre, a midlevel executive at the major conglomeration Archer Daniels Midland. Whitacre seems like a pleasant enough fellow, so when he

approaches FBI agents Brian Shepard (Scott Bakula) and Bob Herndon (Joel McHale) volunteering to uncover a price–fixing racket at the company, they believe he might be honest when he claims he’s turning whistleblower because it’s the right thing to do. Unfortunately, with Mark Whitacre, there’s far more than meets the eye. Whitacre has a way of embellishing some stories and leaving crucial facts out of other ones, which leads to no small amount of frustration for the agents trying to do their jobs. In Whitacre’s mind, he’s the hero of this particular saga, but to everyone else, he might merely be a lying nutjob. In adapting Kurt Eichenwald’s book The Informant (A True Story), scripter Scott Z. Burns and Soderbergh find the proper consistent tone to allow this to function as a loopy satire (in other words, no one will be confusing this with the somber drama The Insider). Yet even within the constraints of what often feels like a coldly calculating gameplan, there’s some genuine poignancy on tap, made palatable by a sterling performance from Damon that allows the character to come off as clueless and immature rather than simply Machiavellian. This generous interpretation in turn fuels the film’s comedic quotient, much of which comes from the thoughts racing through Whitacre’s mind. The Informant! is heavy with Damon’s voiceovers, as we’re privy to his character’s inner thoughts — most of which are non sequiturs that illustrate how little Whitacre is paying attention to what those around him are saying or doing (his inner monologue involving

polar bears is knockdown hilarious) Adding to the mirth is a bouncy score by veteran Marvin Hamlisch, which never provides us with the musical cues we might expect.

CLOUDY WITH A CHANCE OF MEATBALLS A pleasant surprise, the animated Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs skewers more closely toward the quality exhibited in films produced by Pixar and Studio Ghibli than those produced by, well, almost everyone else. Missing are the pushy pop culture references that continue to hopelessly date the likes of the Shrek series, the unseemly visual schemes that turn such efforts as Delgo and Battle for Terra into eyesores, and the scatological humor that runs rampant in the majority of today’s family features. By my count, there’s only one crude gag in Cloudy, a mere misdemeanor considering the imagination driving the rest of the film. Although it’s based on a children’s book (by Judi and Ron Barrett), Cloudy is one of those equal–opportunity exercises that provides as much merriment for adults as for kids. After all, it’s the grownups who are sure to get a chuckle out of a voice cast diverse enough to include Bruce Campbell, James Caan and Mr. T, it’s the grownups who will pick up on the movie’s gentle ecological themes. As for the rest, the adults will feel like kids when bombarded by the film’s freewheeling innovations and bright color schemes — all made even more irresistible in 3–D. The film’s


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Hollywood used to believe less in the adage “War Is Hell” and more in its own bastardization, “War Is Swell.” For over five decades, war was treated as a boys’ adventure story, with the occasional sobering drama (e.g. All Quiet on the Western Front) the odd film out among countless movies that made viewers take delight in the wartime exploits of our fighting men (The Dirty Dozen, The Guns of Navarone, Where Eagles Dare, and on and on and on). The Vietnam War changed all that forever, with such titles as The Deer Hunter and Platoon putting a kibosh on matinee thrills and heralding in a new era of humorless (anti–)war flicks. Even the World War II yarn, the most action–packed of all fightin’ film genres, has been forced to go down this path, resulting in works as varied as the superb Saving Private Ryan and the doddering Valkyrie. If someone were to even think about making an old–school war film, complete with all the trimmings of fun and excitement and amazing feats of derring–do, it would immediately be shot down in to-

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Activism & Politics Chatham County Campaign For Liberty

A group that is carrying the torch that Ron Paul lit for freedom and liberty. Mitch Anderson, 695-7746, or visit www.campaignforliberty. com/usa/GA/Chatham/ for dates, time and meeting place.

Chatham County Democratic Party

Contact Maxine Harris at 352-0470 or Chatham County Democratic Headquarters, 109 W. Victory Dr. , Savannah

Coastal Empire Constitution Party

Meets every third Thursday of the month at Savannah Joe Coffee House in Pooler. 6pm for the Truth Project and 7pm for the Institute on the Constitution, plus current events and activities related to freedom. Call 484-5281 for more info or

Drinking Liberally

An informal gathering of left-leaners. or

National Council of Negro Women

meets the first Saturday of the month at 10 a.m. Ralph Mark Gilbert Civil Rights Museum, 460 Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd. , Savannah

Progressive Action for Savannah

Group interested in progressive politics in Savannah. If you’re interested in joining the cause, contact Claudia Collier 912-748-0731 or

Purrs 4 Peace

Three minutes of simultaneous purring by cats (and honorary cats) around the world, conducted online (Facebook & Twitter) each Sunday by

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Savannah Area Republican Women

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Savannah Area Young Republicans

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Benefits 14th Annual Bill Davis Golf Tournament

The tournament will take place at the Al Henderson Golf Club on Oct. 30, corresponding with SSU homecoming. Proceeds benefit SSU’s athletic scholarship endowment. Registration deadline is Oct. 15. For info contact 912-3562286 or

CASA Dancing with the Stars Fundraiser

CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) of Chatham County is looking for sponsors and auction items for its annual Dancing with Savannah’s Stars benefit to help abused and neglected children. For more info, call 912-4478908.

Hope House of Savannah

A nonprofit housing program for homeless women and their children. Hope House is requesting donation of new or gently used furniture for its transitional housing program, Peeler House. Pick-up can be arranged and a tax deductible letter will be provided. Call 236-5310.

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Operation Christmas Child

The group encourages volunteers to fill simple shoe box gifts with toys, necessity items, school supplies, candy and often hand-written notes of encouragement. The gifts are then hand-delivered to children worldwide who are suffering because of natural disaster, disease, war, terrorism, famine and poverty.

Pumpkins for Sale

Halloween is just around the corner and the White Bluff Methodist Church’s annual pumpkin patch runs through the Oct. 31st, with pumpkins and decorative gourds of all shapes and sizes. It’s open from 10am until dark Mon.Sat. and noon until dark on Sundays. Proceeds benefit the Youth Ministry at WBUMC. White Bluff United Methodist Church,

Shop for a Cause at Macy’s

The Rape Crisis Center of the Coastal Empire will be selling tickets for $5 that can be redeemed at Macy’s on 10/17 from 10am10pm for a 20% discount off any purchase. All proceeds will benefit the Rape Crisis Center. If interested, please call 912-233-3000.

United Way Fundraising Campaign

Items for Silent Auction

Coastal Pet Rescue is looking for items to include in it’s Yappy Hour Blue Jeans Ball on November 14. Please contact if you have an item or gift certificate to donate.

Donations can be made to the United Way of the Coastal Empire for their annual fundraising drive. Credit-card donations may be made calling 651-7701, and checks and money orders made payable to the United Way of the Coastal Empire, and can be mailed to: United Way of the Coastal Empire, 428 Bull St., Savannah, 31401. United Way of Coastal Empire, http://www.

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Extras Needed

A SCAD thesis film titled “The Brotherhood of Men” is seeking extras, both male and female of all ages. The film is a comedy. Send email for details. Kyle Duris at kduris20@student.

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The United Way of the Coastal Empire is taking applications for this Atlanta Gas Light Co. program. United Way was given a grant to be used to help low-income homeowners with free repair or replacement of gas appliances, such as hot water heaters, furnaces, space heaters and stoves. Qualified customers also can apply for free weatherization of their homes. The program is open to residents of Chatham, Bryan, Effingham, Liberty and Glynn counties. Call 651-7730.

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Juried Exhibit: Show and Tell

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Young Writers Contest

This year’s Savannah Children’s Book Festival Young Writers Contest challenges young poets to use five words from Johnny Mercer song titles in a poem. Maximum length is 20 lines. Entry deadline: 6 p.m., Wed. Oct. 28. For submission details, contact: Christy Divine, 652-3605 or

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Garbage, Goo, Recycling and YOU

The Chatham County Department of Public Works is sponsoring this show by the Puppet People, which will tour elementary schools to teach students the importance of learning to Reduce, Reuse and Recycle. For bookings, call 355-3366.



Georgetown Playgroup

20 Wings or Large Pizza & Beer Pitcher $19.95

$2 Dom. Drafts Large 2 Topping Pizza $9.99 $2 Dom. Bottles, Drafts & Wells

Meet the first and third Thursday of the month from 9:30-11am at the Northside clubhouse in Georgetown. Free.

German Language Classes

Two ongoing classes for beginners and experienced adults. We read, learn and talk. Everybody who likes to learn German or likes to brush up German is welcome and will learn with a lot of fun. Beginners meet on Monday from 6-7pm, advanced from 7-8pm. 845-7647045. The Sentient Bean, 13 E. Park Ave ,

Housing Authority of Savannah Classes

Free classes will be offered at the Neighborhood Resource Center, 1407 Wheaton St. Some classes are on-going. Adult Literacy is offered every Monday and Wednesday from 4-6 p.m. Homework Help is offered every Tuesday and Thursday from 3-4:30 p.m. The Community Computer Lab is open Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. GED/adult literacy education is being offered Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m. to noon or 1-4 p.m.

Poetry Workshop

$1 PBR Drafts, Chicken Fajita or Buffalo Chicken Wrap $4.99

A poetry writing workshop sponsored by the Poetry Society of Georgia devoted to exploring how to better capture inspiration from the senses and intellectual experiences of life. Saturday Oct. 10 from 1-5pm. Gordonston Cottage Edgewood Dr. One block north of Henry St.,

Porcelain Painting

Happy Hour all day & night!

Ongoing beginner, intermediate and advanced 4-day class. $250 includes supplies, brushes, porcelain and firing of art. 706-495-6724, renowned teachers. Tybee Island,

Puppet Shows

Thursday Oct. 8 Happy Hour 5-7 Live Music @9:30 Bottomless Spaghetti $7.99 Southern Comfort & Lime Shots $4 Live Music @9:30

Offered by St. Joseph’s/Candler African-American Health Information & Resource Center for schools, day cares, libraries, churches, community events and fairs. Call 447-6605. African-American Health Information & Resource Center, 1910 Abercorn St , Savannah http://

Registration for Virtual Middle School Classes

Middle school students can now register for online, fall quarter, core academic and elective courses through the Georgia Virtual School division of the state Department of Education. Courses for enrichment, remediation, or acceleration are 9 weeks in length. http://www.

Savannah Conservatory for the Performing Arts

Low cost instruction in a group lesson format. Classes in drama, dance, percussion, woodwinds, brass, strings, piano, vocals, guitar, visual arts and music theory Tuesdays and Thursdays 5:30, 6:30 or 7:30pm. $60 per quarter. 352-8366, tsaconservatory@bellsouth. net. Salvation Army Community Center, 3000 Bee Rd. , Savannah

Savannah Entrepreneurial Center

Offering a variety of business classes. Call 6523582. Savannah Entrepreneurial Center, 801 E. Gwinnett Street , Savannah

Savannah Learning Center Spanish Classes

Be bilingual. Call 272-4579 or 308-3561. email or visit www. Free folklore classes also are offered on Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Savannah Learning Center, 7160 Hodgson Memorial Dr. , Savannah

Starfish Cafe Culinary Arts Training Program

This 12-week full-time program is designed to provide work training and employment opportunities in the food service industry, including food preparation, food safety and sanitation training, customer service training and job search and placement assistance. Call Mindy Saunders at 234-0525. The Starfish Cafe, 711 East Broad Street , Savannah http://www.

Volunteer 101

A 30-minute course that covers issues to help volunteers get started is held the first and third Thursday of the month at 6 p.m. The first Thursday, the class is at Savannah State University, and the third Thursday, at United Way, 428 Bull St. Register by calling Summer at 651-7725 or visit www.HandsOnSavannah. org. United Way of Coastal Empire, 428 Bull St , Savannah

Watercolor Painting Workshops

Learn the art of watercolor painting from award winning landscape watercolorist Dennis Roth. Classes available Sept - Dec. Call for info. Class size is small, so reserve space early. Studio Phase 3, City Market ,

Clubs & Organizations Bike Night with Mikie

Every Saturday at 6:30 p.m. Half of the proceeds of a 50/50 drawing go to the military for phone cards and other items. The Red Zone Bar and Grill, 3975 Highway 17 , Richmond Hill

Brothers Growing for Humanity

A fraternity for single men of all ages (like the “bachelors” in Midnight in the Garden) devoted to comradeship and serving (as little as one hour per week) those alone/lonely, confined to their home, a nursing or retirement home, or in hospice. Fraternity brothers embrace attitudes/attributes of compassion and love, honesty, patience, forgiveness, humility, faith, and reverence for human life. Call Brother Dennis at 786-7614.

Buccaneer Region SCCA

is the local chapter of the Sports Car Club of America. It hosts monthly solo/autocross driving events in the Savannah area. Anyone with a safe car, insurance and a valid driver’s license is eligible to participate. Visit

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 http://

Civil Air Patrol

Aerospace education programs and activities for adults and teens ages 12-18. Meets every Thursday from 7-9 p.m. Visit www.gawg.cap. gov, send e-mail to, or call Capt. Jim Phillips at 412-4410. Savannah Flying Tiger Composite Squadron, Savannah International Airport , Savannah

Clean Coast

Meets monthly on the first Monday. Visit www. for event schedule. Jewish Educational Alliance, 5111 Abercorn St , Savannah

Coastal MINIs

Local MINI Cooper owners and enthusiasts who gather on the first Sunday of the month at 10 a.m. to go on motoring adventures together. Visit Starbucks, Victory Drive and Skidaway Road , Savannah

Coffee & Conversation

Held every Tuesday at 8am by Creative Coast as a networking event. Cafe Ambrosia, 202 E. Broughton St. , Savannah

Derby Devil Jeerleaders

Do you like roller derby? Want to wear fun costumes and cheer for your team? Enjoy all the punk rock roller derby attitude without the threat of injury and support our local rollergirls as part of the Jeerleader Squad. Email for more info.

Fibers Guild

Meets on the first Saturday of the month to explore techniques and creative aspects of fiber arts, including weaving, spinning, knitting, crochet and more. Call 355-2985 or 927-8706 for info. AASU Fine Arts Building, rm 203,

Geechee Sailing Club

Meets the second Monday of the month (except for November) at 6:30pm. Open to all interested in boating and related activities. Tubby’s Tank House (Thunderbolt), 2909 River Dr ,

Historic Savannah Chapter of ABWA

Meets the second Thursday of every month from 6-7:30 p.m. The cost is the price of the meal. RSVP to 660-8257. Tubby’s Tank House, 2909 River Dr , Thunderbolt

Historic Victorian Neighborhood Association

Meets the second Wed. of every month at 6:30 p.m. Call 236-8546. American Legion, Post 135, 1108 Bull St. , Savannah

Low Country Turners

This is a club for wood-turning enthusiasts. Call Hank Weisman at 786-6953.

Military Order of the Purple Heart Ladies Auxiliary

Meets the first Saturday of the month at 1 p.m. Call 786-4508. American Legion Post 184, 1 Legion Dr. , Savannah

Moon River Chorus

Ladies’ barbershop chorus. Rehearsals are Thursdays from 7-9 p.m. Visitors are welcome. Call Sylvia at 927-2651 or Whitefield United Methodist Church, 728 E. 55th Street , Savannah http://www.whitefieldumc. com/

Mothers of Preschoolers (MOPS)

Join other moms for fun, inspiration, guest speakers, food and creative activities while children ages birth to 5 are cared for in a preschool-like setting. Meets the second and fourth Wednesday of the month from 9:1511:30 am Call 898-0869 and 897-6167 or visit First Baptist Church of the Islands, 6613 Johnny Mercer Blvd , Savannah

Old Time Radio Researcher’s Group

International fan and research group devoted to preserving and distributing old-time radio broadcasts from 1926 to 1962. Send e-mail to Jim Beshires at or visit

Richmond Hill Roadies Running Club

A chartered running club of the Road Runners Association of America. For a nominal annual fee, members will receive monthly training sessions and seminars and have weekly runs of various distances. Kathy Ackerman,756-5865 or Billy Tomlinson 596-5965.

Members of Starfleet International and The Klingon Assault Group meet twice a month, on the first Sunday at 4 pm. at 5429 LaRoche Ave and the third Tuesday at Chen’s Chinese Restaurant at 20 E. Derenne Ave. at 7:30 p.m. Call 308-2094, email or visit Savannah

Savannah Adventure Club

Dedicated to pursuing adventures, both indoors and outdoors, throughout the Low country and beyond. Activities include sailing, camping, skydiving, kayaking, hiking, tennis, volleyball, and skiing, in addition to regular social gatherings. Free to join. Email or visit

Savannah Area Sacred Harp Singers

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 655-0994.

Savannah Art Association

Enjoy classes, informal “playshops” and shows on River Street and area businesses. Now accepting applications for new members. 232-7731. Senior Citizens Inc., 3025 Bull St. Savannah

Savannah Brewers’ League

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

Savannah Browns Backers

This is an official fan club recognized by the Cleveland Browns NFL football team. Meet with Browns and support your favorite team Sundays at game time at Tubby’s Tank House in Thunderbolt. The group holds raffles and trips and is looking into having tailgate parties in the future. Call Kathy Dust at 3735571 or send e-mail to KMDUST4@hotmail. com or Dave Armstrong at Darmst0817@ or 925-4709. Tubby’s Tank House (Thunderbolt), 2909 River Dr

Savannah Council, Navy League of the United States

A dinner meeting held the fourth Tuesday of each month (except December) at 6 p.m. at the Hunter Club. Call John Findeis at 748-7020. Hunter Army Airfield, 525 Leonard Neat St , Savannah mil/

Savannah Fencing Club

Beginner 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 Jaycees

A Junior Chamber of Commerce for young professionals that focuses on friendship, career development and community involvement. Meets the second and fourth Tuesday

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Book Signing Daddy King and Me • Murray Silver @ Barnes & Noble - this weekend! Local author Murray Silver will be at Barnes & Noble on Oct. 10, 2009 from 12-2pm to sign copies of his new book Daddy King and Me. Silver also wrote Savannah’s best-seller This Bo Peep Ain’t No Fairy Tale! BarNeS & NOBLe Oglethorpe Mall 7804 abercorn ext. Savannah • 353.7757

Daddy King and Me is available at: Barnes & Noble • E Shavers • The Book Lady • Books A Million


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at 6:30 p.m. Dinner is included and there is no charge for guests. Call 961-9913 or visit www. Jaycee Building, 101 Atlas St. , Savannah

Savannah Newcomers Club

Open to all women who have been in the Savannah area for less than two years. Membership includes a monthly luncheon and program and, in addition, the club hosts a variety of activities, tours and events that will assist you in learning about Savannah and making new friends. Call 351-3171.

Savannah Parrot Head Club

Love a laid-back lifestyle? Beach, Buffet and no dress code. Check out for the events calendar or e-mail mickie_ragsdale@

Savannah Sunrise Rotary Club

Meets Thursdays from 7:30-8:30 a.m. at the First City Club. 32 Bull St , Savannah http://


Savannah Toastmasters

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. Memorial Health University Medical Center, 4700 Waters Avenue , Savannah http://

Savannah Wine Lovers

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A sometimes formal group that also sometimes just gets together to drink wine. Visit

Savannah Writers Network

meets the second and fourth Tuesdays at 7pm at Books a Million to discuss, share and critique writing of fiction or non-fiction novels, essays or short stories. A meet-and-greet precedes the meeting at 6:30pm. Melissa Sanso, 4410030. 8108 Abercorn St , Savannah

Social Media Club Savannah

A networking group for those who are interested in social media personally and/or professionally. Next meetup is Monday, October 19th from 5:30-7:30 pm at SEED Eco Lounge, 39 Montgomery Street. This month’s topic will focus on the importance of social media monitoring. For more information, go to http://www. or find us on Twitter @smcsavannah

Southern Wings

Local chapter of Women in Aviation International. It is open to men and women in the region who are interested in supporting women in aviation. Regular meetings are held once a month and new members are welcome. Visit


Knitting, spinning and crocheting Monday and Tuesday from 5-8pm and occasional Sunday 24pm at wild fibre, 409 E. Liberty. Jennifer Harey, 238-0514. wild fibre, 409 E. Liberty , Savannah

Sweet Adeline Chorus

rehearses weekly on Wednesdays from 7-9 p.m. in St. Joseph’s Hopsital’s meeting rooms. Contact Savannah

Tarde en Espanol

Meets the last Wednesday orf every month at 6:30pm in different locations to practice spoken Spanish in a casual environment. 236-8566.

The Telfair Academy Guild

The October TAG meeting will be held on 10/12 at 10:30 a.m. in the Neises Auditorium in the Jepson Center. The program will include Courtney McGowan discussing the Art of Erik Desmazoeres.Jepson Center for the Arts, 207 W. York St. ,

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A club for enthusiasts of electronic music and instruments, including the theremin, synths, Mooger Foogers, jam sessions, playing techniques, compositions, gigs, etc. Philip Neidlinger,

Tybee Performing Arts Society

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 ried793@ Old Tybee School, Tybee Island , Tybee Island

Urban Professionals

Meets first Fridays at 7:30 p.m. at Vu at the Hyatt on Bay Street. If youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re not having fun, youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re not doing it right. Call 272-9830 or send e-mail to 2 W. Bay St. , Savannah

Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 671 Meets monthly at the American Legion Post 135, 1108 Bull St. Call James Crauswell at 9273356. Savannah

Want to make friends in Savannah?

We chat, play games, have fun and do what the group wishes to do. Led by a well educated, experienced woman. For more information please call (845) 764 7045 or e-mail:

Dance Abeni Cultural Arts Dance Classes

Classes for multiple ages in the art of performance dance and Adult fitness dance. Styles include African, Modern, Ballet, Jazz, Tap, Contemporary, & Gospel. Classes are held Monday through Friday at the St. Pius X Family Resource Center. Classes start at $25.00 per month. For more info call 912-631-3452 E-mail:

Adult Intermediate Ballet

Mondays & Wednesdays, 7 - 8pm, $12 per class or 8 classes for $90. Class meets year round. (912) 921-2190 The Academy of Dance, 74 West Montgomery Crossroads ,

African Dance & Drum

Learn the rhythms of West Africa with instructor Aisha Rivers. Classes are held every Sunday - drums at 4pm, dance at 5pm Rhythms of West Africa, 607 W. 37th St. , Savannah http://

Argentine Tango

Lessons Sundays 1:30-3:30. Open to the public. Cost $2.00 per person. Wear closed toe leather soled shoes if available. For more info call 912-925-7416 or email Doris Martin Dance Studio, 7360 Skidaway Rd ,


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Argentine Tango continuing series Thursdayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s @ 7:30PM. Call David Allen @ 912-401-2280 for information and enrollment. The STUDIO, 2805-b Roger Lacey Ave. ,

Beginnerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Belly Dance Class

Classes teaching the basics of belly dancing. Walk-ins welcome. Sundays 11:40am-12:40pm. Contact Nicole Edge: 912-596-0889. kleokatt@ Tantra Lounge, 8 E. Broughton St. ,

Belly Dance Classes

Taught by Nocturnelle. Contact Maya,313-1619, or

C.C. Express Dance Team

Meets every Wednesday from 6-8 p.m. at the Windsor Forest Recreation Building. Clogging or tap dance experience is necessary for this group. Call Claudia Collier at 748-0731. Savannah

Chicago-Style Steppinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Lessons

Every Thursday from 7-9 p.m. Also learn new line dances. Contact Tunya Coleman at 6316700.

Flamenco Enthusiasts

Dance or learn flamenco in Savannah with the Flamenco Cooperative. Meetings are held on Saturdays from 1 to 2:30 or 3 p.m. at the Maxine Patterson School of Dance. Any level welcome. If you would like to dance, accompany or sing, contact Laura Chason at laura_chason@yahoo. com. 2212 Lincoln St , Savannah

Gretchen Greene School of Dance

Register for fall classes in tap, ballet, lyrical, acrobatics, jazz and hip-hop for ages 3 and up. Adult tap classes are held Tuesday from 7:308:15 for beginners and Monday from 7:15-8 p.m. for intermediate. Call 897-4235.

Home Cookinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Cloggers

Meet every Thursday from 6-8 p.m. at Nassau Woods Recreation Building on Dean Forest Road. No beginner classes are being held at this time, however help will be available for those interested in learning. Call Claudia Collier at 748-0731. Savannah

Mahogany Shades of Beauty Inc.

offers dance classes, including hip hop, modern, jazz, West African, ballet, lyrical and step, as well as modeling and acting classes. All ages and all levels are welcome. Call Mahogany B. at 272-8329.

Maxine Patterson School of Dance

Now accepting students age 3 and up for fall classes. Adult intermediate classes in tap on Tues from 7:30-8:30, and beginner tappers on Thurs from 7:30-8:30. Teen and adult hip-hop class on Wed from 7:30-8:30 and hip-hop for

students on Saturday mornings. Call for information: 234-8745 or 352-3156.

Pole Dancing Class

For exercise...Learn dance moves and spins while working your abs, tone your legs and arms, a total body workout. Ladies Only! The only thing that comes off is your shoes. Classes are held Wednesdays at 7:30pm and on Fridays by request. Private parties available with reservation. $70 per month or $22 per class. Call for details 912-224-9667 or visit www. 2209 Rowland Ave, Suite 2 , Savannah

Salsa Classes

Learn Salsa â&#x20AC;&#x153;Rueda de Casinoâ&#x20AC;? style every Wednesday, from 6-7pm Beginner, 7-8pm Intermediate, at the Delaware Recreation Center, 1815 Lincoln St. Grace, 234-6183 or Juan, 330-5421. Savannah

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Savannah Shag Club

offers shag music every Wednesday and Friday at 7 p.m. at American Legion Post 36. 2309 E. Victory Dr , Thunderbolt

Shag & Beach Bop

The Savannah Dance Club hosts Magnificent Mondays from 6:30-11 p.m. Free basic shag, swing, salsa, cha cha, line dance and others are offered the first two Mondays and free shag lessons are offered last two Mondayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s. The lesson schedule is posted at www.shagbeachbop. com. Lessons are held 6:30-7:30 p.m. Doubles Lounge, 7100 Abercorn St. ,

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Free swing dance lesson and dance every Monday, 7:30-8pm, dancing from 8-10pm. Tantra Lounge 8 E. Broughton St. Free. 220-8096, Savannah


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Events Market at Trustees Garden

A weekly event serving up fresh, local produce, gardening showcases and much more. www. Charles H. Morris Center, 10 E. Broad St.

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Music in the Parlour

Step into the past with jazz pianist Diana Rogers for an intimate view of Victorian life in Savannah. An afternoon of music, history and refreshments. Reservations required: 912-236-2866.

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All you can eat tacos for $5 every Tuesday, 6-9pm. Bar available. Open to everyone. 3986732 or 354-5515. American Legion Post 184, 1 Legion Dr. , Savannah

Fitness Acupuncture for Health

Available Monday thru Saturday at Hidden Well Acupuncture Center downtown. Traditional Chinese medical consultations and treatments are available with Fawn Smiley and Nicole Coughlin Ware. 233-9123, www. or 318 East Huntingdon Street , Savannah

Belly Dancing for Fun and Fitness

Colorful veils, jangling coin hip scarves, jingly rattling bracelets, exotic music are provided. Held Tuesdays at 1 pm and Saturdays at 3pm, cost is $20 per class.

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Crossfit Hyperformance

Meets mormings at 6:30am at Crossfit Hyperformance. Visit or call Jennifer at 224-0406 or Drew at 541-0530. 904 E 70th Street , Savannah

Fit Lunch

Join us for a 30-40 minute workout on your lunch hour. Classes offered Monday, Wednesday & Friday from 10:45am until 2:00pm by Fitness Body & Balance Personal Training Studio. Classes will utilize a variety of training techniques. Advanced booking required. Call for details 912-398-4776 or 912-224-9667. 2209 Rowland Ave, Suite 2 , Savannah

Fitness Classes at the JEA

Spin, firm it up, yoga, Pilates, water aerobics, Aquasize, senior fitness, and Zumba. Prices vary. Call for days and times.

355-8111. Jewish Educational Alliance, 5111 Abercorn St , Savannah

FitnessOne Classes in October

Memorial Healthâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s FitnessOne center will hold a variety of classes open to the public in October, including pilates, spinning, zumba, power sculpting, yoga stretch, and an active seniors program. Please call 350.4030 for more information and class schedules. FitnessOne,

Gentle Yoga

Offered Wednesdays at 5:30 p.m. Participants must be 18 or older. Mat and blanket are required. Limited to 12 participants. Pre-register at adultenrichment@uusavanah. org or call 234-0980. Held at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Savannah upstairs in Phillippaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Place. 313 Harris St. , Savannah

Hatha Yoga classes

Every Monday and Wednesday from 5:306:30 p.m. Pre-register by calling 819-6463. St. Josephâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s/Candler Center for Well Being, Savannah

Kidz Fitness

Aerobic fitness class for children 6-13 with weight concerns. Meets Tuesdays and Thursdays from 5-5:45 p.m. at the Candler Hospital Wellness Center. Children must be members of the Candler Wellness Center. 819-8800. Savannah

Learn Kung Fu Today

The Temple of Martial Arts is a Kung Fu school where men and women of all levels of martial arts experience come together to learn the art of Wing Chun and Tai Chi. SiFu Michael, 429-9241. 407 E Montgomery Cross Rd, Ste B , Savannah

Men On Weights

Designed for those who want to work out in a group setting with family and friends. For pricing call 898-7714. Spine & Sport, 22 West Oglethorpe Ave , Savannah

Mommy and Baby Yoga Classes

Wednesdays from 10:30 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. at the Savannah Yoga Center, 1321 Bull St. Infants must be 6 weeks to 6 months, pre-crawling. The cost is $13 per class. Multi-class discounts are available. Walk-ins are welcome. Call 441-6653 or visit www. Savannah

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Qi Gong

Ancient Chinese “energy work” that is the precursor to Tai Chi. Gentle exercises that relax and energize. Sundays. 4pm. Ashram Savannah 2424 Drayton St. http://www.

Reiki Treatments

Reiki master Dante Santiago is trained in Usui Reiki Ryoho. Fifty-minute sessions are $60 and 50-minute in-studio sessions are $45. Call 660-1863 for times and appointments.

Rolf Method Bodywork

For posture, chronic pain and alignment of body/mind/spirit. Jeannie Kelley, LMT, certified advanced Rolf practitioner. www., 843-422-2900. Island Somatherapy, 127 Abercorn Street , Savannah

Savannah Yoga Center

Located at 1321 Bull St. Call 441-6653 or visit for schedule of classes, times and fees. Savannah

Savannah Yoga Co Op

Discounted class prices, open studio time and special events. Ashram Savannah, 2424 Drayton St. , Savannah

Senior Power Hour

A program for people over 55. Health and wellness professionals help reach fitness goals. The program may include, but isn’t limited to, strength training, cardio for the heart, flexibility, balance, basic healthy nutrition and posture concerns. Call 898-7714.

Squats N’ Tots

This class will help you stretch and strengthen overused body parts, as well as focus on muscle endurance, low impact aerobics, and abdominal work. Your baby (age 6 weeks to one year) can get in on the fun, or simply stay close to you on your mat. Call to pre-register 912-819-6463. St. Joseph’s/Candler Center for Well Being,

Student Massage

Student massage is offered at the Savannah School of Massage Therapy, Inc. Cost ranges from $30 to $40 for a one-hour massage and sessions are instructor supervised. Call 355-3011 for an appointment. The school is located at 6413B Waters Ave. www.ssomt. com. Savannah

Tai Chi Classes

St. Joseph’s/Candler offers Tai Chi classes in the evenings every Tuesday and Thursday. Tai Chi is an exercise derived from the ancient Chinese martial arts. Call to pre-register. St. Joseph’s/Candler Center for Well Being,

The Yoga Room

Visit or call 898-0361 for a schedule of classes, times and fees. Savannah Yoga Room, 115 Charlotte Dr , Savannah

Tybee Island Sunrise Boot Camp

is held Monday – Friday from 6-7am. Park at North Beach parking lot and go over first crossover. Bring a mat. Three days of strength training and two days of cardio. Vicki Lyn, 596-3009. No prices at this time, but contributions accepted. Tybee Island

Yoga and Pilates Classes

Yoga: Tues 8am & 5:45pm, Thurs at 8am & 5:30pm Pilates: Mon at 7pm, Sat at 8am. Class sizes are small, so please RSVP: 912-341-9477 or Pro-Fit Personal Training, 18 E. Broughton St. 2nd Floor ,

Yoga at Lake Mayer

Wed. 6-7pm $5 cash or first class free. Call 652-6782 or drop-in. Please bring yoga mat or towel/blanket. Lake Mayer Community Center,

Yoga In the Park

Presented by the Savannah Food Coop, a pay-what-you-can yoga class in the south field of Forsyth Park. Bring a large towel or yoga mat. Wednesdays 9:30-10:45am. Pay-what-you-can/$12 suggested, www.

Yoga with Barbara

All levels welcome. Improve your range of motion and energy levels. Small groups and private lessons available. Historic District studio. Please call to set up your first class. Times are flexible to suit your needs. 912232-4490 or email

Zumba Fitness

Classes are being held every week in the Pooler and Rincon areas. Zumba is a fusion of Latin and international music, dance themes that create a dynamic, exciting and effective fitness system. No dance partner is required. Participants of all ages and shapes are encouraged to attend. The cost is $7 per class. For location and info, contact Carmen at 484-1266 or

Gay & Lesbian 1st Annual LGBT Film Festival

The Savannah Gay & Lesbian Film Society Film Festival opens Friday, Oct 23, at 7:30 pm at Telfair’s Jepson Center for the Arts and 3 matinee films on Saturday, Oct 24 at Little Theatre of Savannah. For more information contact: 912 897-5455, or go to www.sglfs. com. Tickets online at: www.firstcitynetwork. net, or go to Home Run Video, 4 E. Liberty St. or TailsSpin, 4501 Habersham St.

First City Network Board Meeting

Meets the first Monday at 6:30 p.m. at FCN’s office, 307 E. Harris St., 2nd floor. 236-CITY or 307 E Harris St

Gay AA Meeting

meets Sunday and Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. at 311 E. Macon St. Savannah

Georgia Equality Savannah

The local chapter of Georgia’s largest gay rights group. 104 W. 38th St. 944-0996. Savannah

Savannah Pride, Inc.

meets on the first Wednesday of every month at 6:30 p.m. at the FCN office located at 307 E. Harris St. Everyone is encouraged to attend. Without the GLBT community, there wouldn’t be a need for Pride. Call Christina Focht at 663-5087. First City Network, Savannah http://www.firstcitynetwork. net/

Stand Out Youth

A Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender and Questioning youth organization. Meets every Friday at 7 p.m. at the FCN building located at 307 E. Harris St. Call 657-1966, email or visit First City Network, Savannah

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Better Breathers of Savannah

Meets to discuss and share information on C.O.P.D. and how people live with the disease. For info, call Dicky at 665-4488 or

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Community Cardiovascular Health

Control your high blood pressure. Free blood pressure checks and information at the Community Cardiovascular Council at 1900 Abercorn St. Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. 232-6624. . , Savannah

Community HealthCare Center

A non-profit organization that provides free medical care for uninsured individuals who work or live in Chatham County and do not qualify for Medicare or Medicaid. All patients receive free examinations, medicine through the patient assistance program and free lab work. Women receive free pap tests and mammograms. Call 692-1451 to see if you qualify for services. Located at 310 Eisenhower Dr., No. 5, Medical Center. Savannah

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A 12-step group for people with eating disorders and self-harm disorders. For information, call Brandon Lee at 927-1324.

Every Step Counts Survivor Walk

This monthly cancer survivors’ walk is free and open to all survivors and their loved ones. Call DeDe Cargill at 398-6654.

Free blood pressure checks and blood sugar screenings

Conducted at three locations. From 8:30a. m.-12:30p.m. and 5:15p.m.-7 p.m. every Tuesday and Thursday at the St. Joseph’s/ Candler African-American Health Information and Resource Center, 1910 Abercorn St. Call 447-6605 to make an appointment. Every Monday from 10a.m.-12p.m. at the Smart Senior office, No. 8 Medical Arts Center. No appointment is necessary. Every Monday through Friday from 10a.m.-2p.m. at St. Mary’s Community Center at 812 W. 36th St. Call 447-0578. Savannah http://www.sjchs. org/1844.cfm

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Free 10 minute chair massages. First come, first serve. Mon, Wed & Fri from 5-7pm. Therapeutic Massage Specialists, 18 E. Broughton St. 2nd Floor ,

Free hearing & speech screening

Help for Iraq War Veterans

A method used at Fort Campbell to treat lack of sleep, anger, flashbacks, nightmares and emotional numbness in veterans is available in Savannah. 927-3432.

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. 211 Price St , Savannah

Hypnobirthing Childbirth Classes

The group classes offer an opportunity for couples to learn the child birthing process together. Classes provide specialized breathing and guided imagery techniques designed to reduce stress during labor. Classes run monthly, meeting Saturdays for three consecutive weeks. To register, call 843-6838750 or e-mail Family Health & Birth Center, 119 Chimney Rd , Rincon http://www.themidwifegroup. com/

HypnoBirthing Classes

Learn to birth in a calm and gentle environment without fear. Uses relaxation, meditation and guided imagery to achieve the birthing experience you desire. Tiffany,

La Leche League of Savannah

Mothers wishing to find out more about breastfeeding are invited to attend a meeting on the first Tuesday of every month at 6:30 pm. La Leche League of Savannah is a breastfeeding support group for new and expectant mothers. 897-9261, www.lllusa. org/web/SavannahGA.html. Family Health and Birth Center, 1692 Chatham Parkway , Savannah

Ladies Living Smart Fitness Club

Providing nutritional education and an exercise program to encourage lifestyle changes for women. Call for more info. St. Joseph’s/Candler African-American Health Information and Resource Center, 1910 Abercorn St. ,

Meditation and Energy Flow Group

Meet with others who practice meditation or want to learn how, discuss techniques, & related areas of holistic health, healing, Reiki, Energy Medicine, CAM. Reduce stress, increase peace & health! www.ellenfarrell. com,

Meditation for Relaxation and Stress Relief

Every Thursday morning from 9-11 a.m. at the Savannah Speech and Hearing Center, 1206 E. 66th Street. Call 355-4601. 1206 E 66th St , Savannah

Learn to relax through non-religious meditation. Instruction and practice followed by Q&A. Thursdays, 6-7pm. $5. Small World Therapeutic Massage on Whitemarsh Island. 897-7979. 115 Charlotte Dr , Savannah

Monday, Tuesday and Friday from 11a.m.5p.m. at Sam’s Club Optical-Savannah. No membership is required. Call 352-2844. 1975 E. Montgomery Cross Rd. , Savannah

Free every Tuesday and Thursday from 7:30-9:30 a.m. at GenerationOne. 350-7587. Memorial Health University Medical Center, 4700 Waters Avenue , Savannah http://www.

Free Vision Screenings

Memorial Health blood pressure check

Hearing Aid Funds Available for Infants and Children

Memorial Health CPR training

The Coastal Health District’s Universal Newborn Hearing and Screening Initiative has funds available for the purchase of hearing aid devices for infants and children 3 and under who qualify and live in Bryan, Camden, Chatham, Effingham, Glynn, Liberty, Long and McIntosh Counties. For info, contact Jackie King at 691-6882 or toll-free at 1-866647-0010.

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 www. Memorial Health University Medical Center, 4700 Waters Avenue , Savannah

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Narcotics Anonymous

Call 238-5925 for the Savannah Lowcountry Area Narcotics Anonymous meeting schedule.

Smoke Stoppers

Group-facilitated smoking cessation program offers an intensive class in 7 sessions over 3 weeks featuring a wide range of proven-effective strategies to help smokers control their urges, manage nicotine withdrawal and stress and avoid weight gain. The cost is $100. Call 819-6718. Candler Hospital, 5353 Reynolds St. , Savannah

Stop Smoking Through Hypnosis

No pills, patches, gum, lasers, weight gain, withdrawal or side effects. 15 years experience. 927-3432.

The Quit Line

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 www.unitegeorgia. com.

Weight Loss Through Hypnosis

Lose weight with Guided Imagery and Hypnosis. No pills, diets or surgery. 927-3432.

Nature and Environment Dolphin Project of Georgia

Boat owners, photographers and other volunteers are needed to help conduct scientific research. Must be at least 18 years old. Call 727-3177, visit e-mail

| Submit your event | email: | fax: (912) 231-9932 | 1800 E. Victory Dr., Suite 7, Savannah, GA 31404 Tybee Island Marine Science Center

Exhibits and aquariums are home to more than 100 species of fish, reptiles, amphibians, corals and other interesting sea creatures. The center offers Beach Discovery and marsh walks. Aquarium hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Wednesday through Monday, and from 9 a.m. to noon on Tuesday. Call 786-5917 or visit www. 1510 Strand , Tybee Island

Walk on the Wild Side

The Oatland Island Wildlife Center offers a 2-mile Native Animal Nature Trail that winds through maritime forest, freshwater wetland and salt marsh habitats, and features live native animal exhibits. Open daily from 10-4 except Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Years. 898-3980, 711 Sandtown Rd , Savannah

Pets & Animals A Walk in the Park

Professional pet sitting, boarding, dog walking and house sitting services offered in downtown Savannah and the nearby islands. All jobs accepted are performed by the owner to ensure the safety of your pets. Local references available. Please call 401.2211 or email to make a reservation.

Dog Yoga

Class is held every first Sunday of the month at 2 p.m. at Forsyth Park. The cost is a $10 donation, with all donations given to Save-A-Life. Bring a mat or blanket and a sense of humor. Yoga for dogs is a fun way to relax and bond with your four-legged pet. Great for all levels

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and all sizes. 898-0361 or Savannah

Feral Cat Program Needs Supplies

The Milton Project is seeking supplies, including small spice containers (plastic only), medium-sized gloves, batteries and flashlights with hook-on belt loops, hand-held can openers, puppy training pads, canned tuna and mackeral, bath sheets and beach towels, blankets and buckets to hold supplies for trappers. Contact Sherry Montgomery at 351-4151 or

Halloween Pet Costume Contest

Case Veterinary Hospital presents this contest for the best pet costumes on Oct. 17. Prizes for best cat, dog, kitten, puppy, and owner/pet combo. $5 entry fee. $100 Grand prize. All proceeds benefit Friends of Animals Inc. Registration at 1pm, judging at 2pm. 111 Eisenhower Dr. ,

Professional Pet Sitting and Dog Walking Insured, bonded, certified in pet first aid and CPR. 355-9656,

Savannah Kennel Club

The club meets monthly on the fourth Monday at 7 p.m. from September through May at Ryan’s restaurant on Stephenson Avenue. Those who wish to eat before the meeting are encouraged to come earlier. Call 656-2410 or visit 209 Stephenson Ave , Savannah

St. Almo

The name stands for Savannah True Animal Lovers Meeting Others. Informal dog walks are held Sundays (weather permitting). Meet at 5 p.m. at Canine Palace, 618 Abercorn St. Time changes with season. Call for time change. Call 234-3336. Savannah

Readings & Signings Circle of Sister/Brotherhood Book Club

meets the last Sunday at 4 p.m. at the AfricanAmerican Health Information & Resource Center, 1910 Abercorn St. Call 447-6605. Savannah

Tea time at Ola’s

Birth Control: so I can plan for today and for a family tomorrow.

A 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. 232-5488 or 652-3660. Ola Wyeth Branch Library, Savannah http://www.

Religious & Spiritual Protecting Future Fertility: STD testing and treatment can protect my ability to have a baby someday.

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Open prayer will be held the second Thursday of the month from 4-4:20 p.m. at the Forsyth Park fountain. Call Suzanne at 232-3830. Savannah

Celtic Evening Eucharist

Deeply rooted in Celtic spirituality and hospitality. Find a welcoming space, a sense of belonging, a loving encounter with God where everyone has a place at the table. St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 34th and Abercorn ,

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, located on Johnson Square. Christ Church, 28 Bull St. ,

Christian Businessmen’s Committee

Meets for a prayer breakfast every Tuesday at 6:30 a.m. at Piccadilly Cafeteria in the Oglethorpe Mall, 7804 Abercorn St. Call 898-3477. Savannah

DrUUming Circle

First Saturday of the month at 7:30 p.m. at Unitarian Universalist Church of Savannah on Troup Square at Habersham and Macon streets. Drummers, dancers and the drum-curious are welcome. Call 234-0980 or visit 313 Harris St. , Savannah http://www.

Live Web-streaming

Attend church from home Sundays at 9 and 11am with Pastor Ricky Temple and Overcoming by Faith Ministries. Log onto www., click ’Watch Now’. 927-8601. Overcoming by Faith Ministries, 9700 Middleground Rd. , Savannah

Metaphysics For Everyday Self-Mastery

A series of metaphysical/New Thought classes at The Freedom Path Science of Life Center, 619 W 37th St., Mondays 8pm, with Adeeb Shabazz. $10 suggested donation, 1-877-4948629,, Savannah

Midweek Bible Study

Every Wednesday at noon at Montgomery Presbyterian Church. Bring your lunch and your Bible. 352-4400 or Montgomery Presbyterian Church, 10192 Ferguson Avenue , Savannah

Music Ministry for Children & Youth

The children’s choir for 3 years through second grade will be known as Joyful Noise and the youth choir grades 3-5 will be known as Youth Praise. Joyful Noise will meet Sundays from 45 p.m. and Youth Praise will meet Sundays from 5-6 p.m. Call Ronn Alford at 925-9524 or visit White Bluff United Methodist Church, 11911 White Bluff Rd , Savannah

Nicodemus by Night

An open forum is held every Wednesday at 7 p.m. at 223 E. Gwinnett St. Nicodemus by Night, Savannah

Quakers (Religious Society of Friends)

Meets Sundays, 11 a.m. at Trinity United Methodist Church. Call Janet Pence at 2474903. Trinity United Methodist Church, 225 West President St , Savannah

Realizing The God Within

A series of Metaphysical/New Thought classes presented by The Freedom Path Science of Life Center, featuring metaphysical minister and local author Adeeb Shabazz. Mondays at 8pm. 619 W 37th St. , Savannah

Soka Gakkai of America

SGI is an international Buddhist movement for world peace and individual happiness. The group practices Nichiren Buddhism by chanting Nam Myoho Renge Kyo. Introductory meetings are held the third Sunday of the month. For further information, call 232-9121.

Stand for Peace

A sllent witness for peace that will be held in Johnson Square the fourth Sunday of every month from 1-2pm until the occupation ends. Sponsored by the Unitarian Universalist Social Justice and Action Committee. 224-7456, 231-2252, 234-0980, Johnson Square, Bull & Abercorn Sts. , Savannah

The Savannah Zen Center

Soto Zen Meditation offered weekday mornings 7:30-8:30am; Tuesday evenings 6-6:30pm with Study Group following from 6:30-7:30pm; Friday evenings from 6-6:30pm. Sundays from 9-10:30am which includes a Dharma talk. Donations accepted. Rev. Fugon Cindy Beach, The Savannah Zen Center, 2424 Drayton St. , Savannah

Services begin Sunday at 11 a.m. at 707 Harmon St. Coffee and discussion follow each service. Religious education for grades 1-8 is offered. For information, call 233-6284 or 786-6075, e-mail Celebrating diversity. Working for justice. Savannah

Unitarian Universalist Church of Savannah

Liberal religious community where different people with different beliefs gather as one faith. Sunday, 11 am, Troup Square Sanctuary. 234-0980, admin@uusavannah. org or 313 Harris St. , Savannah

Unity of Savannah

A church of unconditional love and acceptance. Sunday service is at 11 a.m. Youth church and childcare also are at 11 a.m. 2320 Sunset Blvd. Spiritual Tapas offers something different every Saturday at 6:15 p.m.: spiritual movies, discussion groups, guided meditations, great music and all things metaphysical. Unity Church of Savannah, 2320 Sunset Blvd , Savannah

Women’s Bible Study

at the Women’s Center of Wesley Community Centers. Call 447-5711 1601 Drayton St , Savannah

Support Groups Al Anon Family Groups

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 598-9860 or visit Savannah

Al-Anon Meetings

Meetings for families and friends of alcoholics are held every Monday at 5:30pm and Saturday at 11am. Melissa, 844-4524. First Presbyterian Church, 520 Washington Ave , Savannah

Alcoholics Anonymous

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

Alzheimer’s Caregivers Support Group

Senior Citizens, Inc. hosts a Caregiver’s support group for individuals caring for Alzheimer’s and dementia family members. The group meets every second Monday at the Wilmington Island United Methodist Church, 195 Wilmington Island Road. For more information, call 236.0363, ext. 143. Savannah

Amputee Support Group

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

Bariatric Surgery Support Group

For past and potential obesity surgery patients and their families. Call 350-3438 or visit

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.

Cancer support group

Meets the first Wednesday of the month from 11am-12pm. at the Nancy N. and J.C. Lewis Cancer & Research Pavilion on Reynolds Street across from Candler Hospital. The group is open to anyone who is

living with, through or beyond a diagnosis of cancer. Call 819-8784. Savannah

Caring for Us

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

“Strip Sudoku” - No, you don’t have to take your clothes off to play Strip Sudoku. Just fill each square in this grid with a digit from 1 to 9 so that, as in a standard sudoku, no digit is repeated in any row, column, or 3x3 box (as marked off by shading in the grid). Each three-square strip (as marked off by heavy black lines) contains an S, M, and L-marked square, which stand for small, medium, and large. The S will be the smallest of the three digits in its strip, the M will be the middle digit, and the L will be the largest digit. Now solve!!

CASA Support Group

For parents and caregivers of children who have been involved with DFCS and/or returned to your custody after being 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 Savannah


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Celiac Support Group

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

Children’s Grief Groups

Open, drop-in support groups for children ages 6-17 who have experienced a loss by death. Meets Tuesdays 6-7pm at Full Circle, a Center for Education and Grief Support, 7212 Seawright Dr. 303-9442. Savannah

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. Savannah

Coastal Empire Polio Survivors Association

Meets the fourth Saturday of the month at 10:30 a.m. at the Candler Heart and Lung Building, second floor, Room 2. Call 3551221 or visit 5354 Reynolds Ave. , Savannah

Couples Struggling with Fertility Challenges

Meets every Saturday at 6:45 p.m. at Savannah Christian Church, Room 250. This is a group for couples struggling with primary or secondary infertility, whether they have been on this journey for one year or many years. Call Kelly at 596-0852 or email emptycradle_ 55 Al Henderson B;vd. , Savannah

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Debtors Anonymous

Meets Mondays at 5:30 p.m. at Trinity Church, 225 W. President St. in the third floor New Beginnings Room. Enter on President Street through the left-hand set of glass doors between Whitaker and Barnard streets. Arrive early, as the entry doors are locked promptly at 5:30 p.m. For information, e-mail Savannah

Depressive/Manic support group

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. 4700 Waters Avenue , Savannah

Divorce Recovery Group

For men and women dealing with the pain and shock of divorce. For more information or to sign up, call Paula Morris, 353-2808. First Presbyterian Church, 520 Washington Ave , Savannah http://www.fpc.presbychurch. net/

Domestic violence support group

SAFE Shelter provides a domestic violence support group every Thursday from noon to 1 p.m. at the Senior Citizens Inc. Building at 3205 Bull St. Call Brenda Edwards, 629-8888. Savannah

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meets the second Thursday from 5:30-6:30 p.m. in Conference Room 2, Candler Heart and Lung Building, 5356 Reynolds St.. 819-6743. 5354 Reynolds Ave. , Savannah http://www.

Fibromyalgia Support Group

A support group for sufferers of fibromyalgia. Meets the 2nd Thursday of every month. Candler Heart & Lung Bldg., Conference Room 3,



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meets the second Wednesday of the month at 6 p.m. on the second floor of the Lewis Cancer & Research Pavilion. 355-5196. Nancy N. and J.C. Lewis Cancer & Research Pavilion, 225 Reynolds Ave. , Savannah

For traumatic brain injury survivors and their caregivers. Meets the third Thursday at 5 p.m. in the gym at The Rehabilitation Institute at Memorial University Medical Center. 4700 Waters Avenue , Savannah http://www.memorialhealth. com/

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. Memorial Health University Medical Center, 4700 Waters Avenue , Savannah http://

A 7-week educational group offering support and coping tools for adults who have experienced a loss by death. Meets Tuesdays 6-7pm at Full Circle, a Center for Education and Grief Support, 7212 Seawright Dr. RSVP to 303-9442. Savannah

Heart Beats for Life

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A support group that is open to patients with lupus, their family members and friends. 4476605.

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 1-800264-7154.

Gray Matters Brain Injury Support Group

“Four in a Row”--somewhere in there, there’s a sequence.

Lupus Encouragement Group

A free support and education group for those who have suffered, or want to prevent, Heart, and/or Diabetes problems, everything from heart attacks, strokes, heart disease, type 2 diabetes, excess weight. Please contact :Jeff@ (912) 598-8457.

HIV/AIDS: My Brothaz Home

A support group for men meets every Thursday of the month. Come on out and meet other brothaz. 231-8727.

Hope House

Provides housing and support services such as life skills, resources and referrals, follow-up care and parent-child activities funded by DHR Promoting Safe and Stable Families. Please call 236-5310 for information. Hope House of Savannah, 214 E. 34th St. , Savannah

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. Memorial Health University Medical Center, 4700 Waters Avenue , Savannah

KidsNet Savannah Parent Support Group

meets on the first Thursday of the month at 4:30 p.m. at the Department of Juvenile Justice Multi-Purpose Center, 1149 Cornell Ave. Call Carole Kaczorowski at 598-7001, Lorr Elias at 351-6375 or Bruce Elias at 644-5916. Department of Juvenile Justice Multi-Purpose Center, 1149 Cornell Ave , Savannah

Leukemia, Lymphoma and Myeloma Support Group

Call Mary Lou Cygan at 350-7285. Memorial Health University Medical Center, 4700 Waters Avenue , Savannah http://www.memorialhealth. com/

Memorial Health Focus


As mothers enter the school years, new challenges and issues arise, but the need for community and hope remains. Discussion time on topics relevant to mothering, tips and resources. Starting in October, monthly meetings will be held at the Islands YMCA, from 10:00am-11:30pm. Please call 898-4344 or 210-0491 for more info and to register.

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. St James Catholic Church, 8412 Whitfield Ave , Savannah

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. 351-7035 or 353-7143. Armstrong Atlantic State University, 11935 Abercorn St. , Savannah http://about.

Overcoming the Stigma of Seizure Disorders

meets the fourth Thursday at the Wesley Monumental United Methodist Church at Abercorn and Gordon streets. A free story/coloring book, I’m Feeling Just Ducky!, is available for children to better explain seizure activity.. Call Pam Steadman at 233-1006. Wesley Monumental United Methodist Church, 429 Abercorn St , Savannah

Overeaters Anonymous

meets Wednesdays at 5:30pm. Melissa, 844-4524. First Presbyterian Church, 520 Washington Ave , Savannah http://www.fpc.

Overeaters Anonymous

meets Fridays, 6:30pm. Melissa, 844-4524. Unity Church of Savannah, 2320 Sunset Blvd , Savannah

For patients with blood-related cancers and their loved ones. Call Jennifer Currin, 3507845. Memorial Health University Medical Center, 4700 Waters Avenue , Savannah http://

Pancreatic Cancer Support Group

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. 234-9999. First Baptist Church of Savannah, 223 Bull St. , Savannah

This is a support group for parents of children with bleeding disorders. Call Mary Lou Cygan at 350-7285. Memorial Health University Medical Center, 4700 Waters Avenue , Savannah http://

Living without Violence

Call Jennifer Currin at 350-7845. Memorial Health University Medical Center, 4700 Waters Avenue , Savannah http://www.memorialhealth. com/

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(March 21–April 19) The poet Stephen Mallarm wrote the following in a letter to a friend: “I don’t know which of my internal climates I should explore in order to find you and meet you.” I love that passage. It alludes to one of the central facts about the nature of reality: The quality of your consciousness is crucial in determining whether you’ll be able to attract the resources that are essential to your dreams coming true. In order to get what you want, you have to work on yourself at least as hard as you work on the world around you. This is always true, of course, but it’s especially true for you now, Aries.


(April 20–May 20) Is there anything in your life that you don’t really want but nevertheless find it hard to part with? A situation or experience that gives you a perverse sense of comfort because of its familiarity, even though it has a steep emotional cost and doesn’t serve your higher dreams? If so, the coming week will be an excellent time to change your relationship with it. You will make dramatic progress if you brainstorm about how you could break up the stagnant energy that keeps you entranced and entrapped.


(May 21–June 20) One of my New Age friends says she has it on good authority that the Seven Lords of Time will reconvene in their Himalayan sanctuary on December 21, 2012 and reinvent the nature of time, as they last did back in 3114 BC. I have no idea if that’s true or not, but if it is, I say “hallelujah!” We would all benefit from some big–time reinvention of time. But that happy event, even if it actually does come to pass, is still more than three years away. What to do in the meantime? Luckily, you Geminis now have major personal power to do some time reinvention of your own. To get the meditations rolling, ask yourself what three things you could do to stop fighting time and start loving it better.


(June 21–July 22) Soup is your metaphor for the week, Cancerian. Symbolically speaking, it’s the key to your personal power and a model for

the approach you should take in everything you do. On the most basic level, you might want to eat some soup every day. That will make potent suggestions to your subconscious mind about how to mix lots of ingredients together so that their value and beauty as a totality are more than the sum of their parts. Not just in the kitchen, but in every area of your life, blend many little miscellaneous things into one big interesting thing.

drink a lot more than they used to. The watering ritual at the old house used to come once a week, but now it’s every other day. According to my reading of the astrological omens, a comparable shift is occurring in your rhythm, Libra. Metaphorically speaking, more heat and light are coming your way.


Amazingly enough, the good deeds you do in the next 21 days could alone qualify you for a permanent exemption from hell. It seems God has cooked up some imminent tests that will give you a chance to garner some ridiculously sublime karma. What’s that you say? You don’t believe in either God or hell? Well then, interpret the opportunity this way: The good deeds you perform in the coming three weeks could practically ensure that the sins you’ve committed thus far in your life will not stain the world or be passed on as IOUs to the next generation.

(July 23–Aug. 22) Change your password. Take a different way home. Ask a question you’ve never asked. Dream up a new nickname for yourself. Choose a new lucky number. Change the way you tell the story about an important event in your past. Make it a little more difficult for people to have you pegged. Eat a type of food you’ve never tried. Do the research necessary to discover why one of your opinions may be wrong. Add a new step to your grooming ritual. Feel appreciation for a person whose charms you’ve become numb to. Surprise yourself at least once a day.


(Oct. 23–Nov. 21)

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22–Dec. 21)

One of the best modern Turkish poets was Seyfettin Bascillar, who worked as a meat inspector in New Jersey for many years before his death in 2002. Nobel Prize– winning poet CzesÅ‚aw MiÅ‚osz lived in Berkeley, California for over four decades while writing his books in Polish, his native tongue. Iceland’s great poet of the 20th century, Stephan G. Stephansson, lived in Canada most of his life but always wrote in Icelandic. These people remind me of what you’re going through: striving to do what comes natural and authentic in a situation very different from the place where you originally learned to be natural and authentic. The interesting fact of the matter is that this feeling of displacement could very well be the key to your success.

In 1968, Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn finished his book *The Gulag Archipelago,* a scorching indictment of the oppression that he and his countrymen suffered under the totalitarian regime of the Soviet Union. Banned for years, it was never formally published in his home country until 1989. Even after that, the new Russian government tried to control the teaching of history by suppressing texts like Solzhenitsyn’s. This year, all that changed. *The Gulag Archipelago* became required reading in Russian high schools. At last, the truth is officially available. (Maybe one day the equivalent will happen in the U.S., with alternate histories by Howard Zinn and Noam Chomsky finding their way into the curriculum.) I celebrate this breakthrough as a symbol of the events that are about to unfold in your personal life: the long–lost truth finally revealed.



The sun shines brighter on my new home. The old place had resemblances to a cave and was surrounded by tall trees. My new space is surrounded by a wide sky and drinks in the solar radiance from dawn to dusk. As you might expect, my 15 plants need to

John, a colleague of mine, is a skillful psychotherapist. His father is in a similar occupation, psychoanalysis. If you ask John whether his dad gave him a good understanding of the human psyche while he was growing up, John quotes the old maxim: “The


(Aug. 23–Sept. 22)

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shoemaker’s son has no shoes.” Is there any comparable theme in your own life, Capricorn? Some talent or knowledge or knack that should have been but was not a part of your inheritance; a natural gift you were somehow cheated out of in your early environment? If so, the coming weeks will be an excellent time to start recovering from your loss and getting the good stuff you have coming to you.


(Jan. 20–Feb. 18) Let’s imagine that an independent filmmaker has been following you around, gathering footage for a movie based on the story of your life. This week he or she would face a dilemma. That’s because unexpected new sub–plots may arise, veering off in directions that seem to be far afield from the core themes. The acting of the central players won’t be bad or unskillful, but it might be out of character with what they’ve done before. And there could be anomalous intrusions that impinge on the main scenes, like a bug landing on your nose during an intense conversation. Yet I can’t help wondering if this chapter of the tale won’t be extra intriguing for just these reasons.


(Feb. 19–March 20) “Tenderness and rot / share a border,” writes the U.S. Poet Laureate Kay Ryan in one of her poems. “And rot is an / aggressive neighbor / whose iridescence / keeps creeping over.” Your job in the coming week, Pisces, is to reinforce that border –– with a triple–thick wall, if necessary –– so that the rot cannot possibly ooze over and infect tenderness. It is especially important right now that the sweet, deep intimacy you dole out and stimulate will not get corrupted by falseness or sentimentality. I urge you to stir up the smartest affection you have ever created.   cs

assists survivors of rape and sexual assault. The Rape Crisis Line is active 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at 233-7273. The center offers free, confidential counseling for victims and their families.

Rape Crisis Center Incest Survivor’s Group

As part of its ongoing work with incest survivors, the Rape Crisis Center has built a cinderblock 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.

Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy Support Group

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 651-4094.

S-Anon Family Group

A fellowship for families and friends of sexaholics. For information, call 663-2565.

Safe Shelter Outreach Program

Providing services for survivors of domestic violence. All services are confidential and free. 3025 Bull St. 651-0004. Safe Shelter Outreach Program, 3025 Bull St. , Savannah

Sexaholics Anonymous

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

Spinal Injury Support Group

Meets every third Thursday of the month at 5:30 p.m. at the Rehabilitation Institute at Memorial Health. For information, call Jami Murray at 350-8900. Savannah http://www.

Spouse/Life Partner Grief Support

An open, drop-in support group for adults. Meets Thursdays from 11am-12:30pm at Full Circle, a Center for Education and Grief Support, 7212 Seawright Dr. 303-9442. 7212 Seawright Dr. , Savannah

Stroke Support Group

Speak with someone who has survived a stroke, who will listen and understand stroke patients’ experiences. Groups meet in three locations -- every Tuesday from 12:30-3:30 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church, 520 Washington Ave.; every Friday from 10-11 a.m. at Savannah Speech and Hearing, 1206 E. 66th St., (call Jane Medoff at 355-4601); and every third Thursday of the month from 4-5:30 p.m. at Messiah Lutheran Church at 1 W. Ridge Rd. on Skidaway Island. Call Ann Farr at 598-1766 or Shirley Nack at 598-7047. First Presbyterian Church, 520 Washington Ave , Savannah http://www.fpc.

Support Group for New Moms

Sometimes being a mom isn’t what you expected. Offers new mothers a chance to share their feelings in a safe, friendly environment. Meets 1st and 3rd Mondays of the month at 10am. Call Marlin, 786-4114 for more info.

The Parents of Difficult Teens Group

for parents having problems with their teens and pre-teens. 353-7699.

The Savannah Parkinson’s Support Group meets the first Thursday of the month from 5-6:30 p.m. in the Marsh Auditorium. Call 355-6347 or 238-4666. Candler Hospital, 5353 Reynolds St. , Savannah

Transgender Support Group

My Brothaz Home, Inc. is sponsoring this support group. For information, call Lady Maverick or George at 231-8727.

An open, drop-in support group for adxults who have experienced a loss by death. Meets Tuesdays from 6-7pm at Full Circle, a Center for Education and Grief Support, 7212 Seawright Dr. 303-9442. Full Circle Center for Education and Grief Support, 7212 Seawright Dr. , Savannah

Troup Square Al-Anon Family Group

A support group for friends and family of alcoholics, with special attention to issues of adult children of alcoholics. 495-9758 or www. Unitarian Universalist Church of Savannah, 313 Harris St. , Savannah

Truancy Intervention Project

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. United Way of Coastal Empire, 428 Bull St , Savannah

United Way’s First Call for Help

Telephone information & referral service that provides expertise and relief to individuals and families in need, with a database of more than 500 agencies and organizations. 651-7730. United Way of Coastal Empire, 428 Bull St , Savannah

Victim-Witness assistance program

is for families of murder victims. The meetings are at 6 p.m. in the Chatham County Courthouse on Montgomery St. third Thursday of each month. 652-7329. Chatham County Courthouse, 133 Montgomery St , Savannah

Wheeze busters

is an asthma support group for children that meets in the Rainbow Room at The Children’s Place at Candler Hospital. Call 921-3368. Candler Hospital, 5353 Reynolds St. , Savannah

Women who love too much

meets Fridays from noon to 1 p.m. Call Maureen Wozniak at 355-4987.

Women’s Self-Harm Support Group

For women with self-harm disorders. Dr. Patricia English, 335-2508. Free, although love offerings will be accepted.

Theatre “Cabaret”

The Arts Center of Coastal Carolina kicks off it’s ’09-10 season with the award winning musical about 1930s-era Germany and the infamous Kit Kat Club. Show runs Sept. 30 - Oct. 25. Visit to order online, or contact the box office at 843-842-ARTS. The Arts Center of Coastal Carolina ,

Dinner Theater: “Dead Men Don’t Speakeasy”

Enjoy dinner and a Roaring ’20s era who-dunnit murder mystery revolving around a cast of shady characters in a speakeasy. Every Friday, Saturday and Sunday from Oct. 2 - Feb. 28. Seating begins at 7pm. Call (912) 231-8888 for reservations. Il Pasticcio, 2 E. Broughton St. ,

Who Wants to Kill a Millionaire?

An interactive performance that lets the audience solve the crime. The cost includes the show and a choice of three dinners. Every Friday, Saturday and Sunday at 7:30 p.m. The Pirate’s House, 20 E. Broad St , Savannah

Volunteers America’s Second Harvest Food Bank needs volunteers

to sort, clean, & shelve salvaged foods from reclamation centers where bent cans or crumpled boxes of nutritious food is sent. Apply as soon as possible. 912-236-6750 ext 109. America’s Second Harvest of Coastal Georgia, 2501 E. President St , Savannah http://www.

CASA needs volunteers

to speak up for abused children in court for their best interests and to help ensure they are placed in safe and permanent homes. Call 447-8908.

Community Health Mission

This non-profit organization is looking for volunteer nurses, doctors, nurses practitioners and development/fundraising volunteers to work at the center, which provides free medical care for working uninsured individuals. Flexible schedule. Apply by mail to: Community Health Mission, Inc. Attn: Dr. Miriam Rittmeyer, 310 Eisenhower Dr., Suite No. 6. Savannah, 31406. Fax number is 352-3980 or send email to For info, visit www. Community Health Mission, Inc, 310 Eisenhower Dr., Suite 6 , Savannah

First Steps

Become a volunteer with First Steps and provide support, education and community resources to help parents of newborns establish healthy and positive relationships with their babies. Call 819-6910. St. Joseph’s Hospital, 11705 Mercy Blvd. , Savannah http://www.sjchs. org/

Oatland Island Education Center

Oatland Island Wildlife Center often needs volunteers. Call 898-3980. Oatland Island Wildlife Center, 711 Sandtown Rd , Savannah

Rebuilding Together Savannah

Volunteer organization in partnership with the community that rehabilitates houses of lowincome homeowners, particularly the elderly, disabled and families with children. Visit www.

Red Cross Volunteers

Every Wed @ 5:30pm or Fri @ 11:30am. Help your community through Disaster Services, Services to the Armed Forces, Health & Safety, or Office Assistance. Contact Alison Maruca at 912-651-5321 or marucaa@savannahredcross. org. American Red Cross, 41 Park of Commerce Way, Building 200 ,

Red Cross Volunteers

Every Wed @ 5:30pm or Fri @ 11:30am. Help your community through Disaster Services, Services to the Armed Forces, Health & Safety, or Office Assistance. Contact Alison Maruca at 912-651-5321 or marucaa@savannahredcross. org. American Red Cross, 41 Park of Commerce Way, Building 200 ,

Riverview Health and Rehabilitation Center

is looking for volunteers to assist residents in activities or just come and visit. For information, call Rhonda Sheffield, volunteer coordinator, at 354-8225, Ext. 243. Riverview Health and Rehabilitation Center, 6711 LaRoche Ave. , Savannah

Road to Recovery Volunteers

Many cancer patients have difficulties traveling to their appointments because they do not have a car or are too sick to drive. The Road to Recovery program provides free transportation to cancer patients who need assistance. American Cancer Society ,

Ronald McDonald House volunteers needed

Help in the “home away from home” for the families of hospitalized children. Volunteers also are needed to privde home-cooked meals for families staying at the house. Volunteer internships also available for college students. Nikole Layton, 356-5520. Ronald McDonald House, 4710 Waters Avenue , http://www.

Spanish Oaks Hospice

needs volunteers. Spanish Oaks Hospice and Retreat is located at 8510 Whitfield Ave. Orientation and training are available to all interested volunteers. Call Cyndi Haggerty-Krupa at 3560233. Spanish Oaks Hospcie, 8510 Whitfield Ave , Savannah

Speech and hearing center needs volunteers

to conduct hearing screenings for adults and children. Nurses and retired nurses are encouraged to apply for eye, ear, and dental exams on pre-school children. Flexible scheduling is available. Savannah Speech and Hearing Center, 1206 E. 66th Street. Call Jane Medoff at 355-4601 Savannah Speech and Hearing Center, 1206 E 66th St , Savannah http://www.

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Forestkeeper Volunteers Needed

Volunteers meet the second Saturday of each month at 9:00 a.m. at different locations each month to help care for trees and beautify our community. For more information, please call the Savannah Tree Foundation at (912) 233-TREE or visit us online at http://www.

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Lifelink of Georgia seeks volunteers

Needed to speak to community groups, pass out information at health fairs and organize awareness-raising events. Potential volunteers include transplant recipients and their families, patients waiting for organ or tissue transplantation, donor families or anyone interested in organ and tissue donation. Call 341-0000. Lifelink of Georgia, 18 Chatham Court South , Savannah

Literacy volunteers needed

Project READ, an adult literacy program, is in need of volunteer tutors who can commit to 2 or 4 hours each week. Call Jodi at Royce Learning Center at 354-4047. Royce Learning Center, 4 Oglethorpe Professional Blvd , Savannah

Live Oak Regional Public Libraries

needs volunteers to assist in a variety of ways at its branches in Chatham, Effingham and Liberty counties. Call 652-3661. Bull Street Library, 2002 Bull St , Savannah http://www.

Meals on Wheels

Senior Citizens Inc.’s Meals on Wheels volunteers are responsible for delivering hot, nutritious meals to seniors on routes that typically do not exceed one hour in length. Volunteers may deliver as frequently as they choose and all meals are brought to the area by Senior Citizens Inc. staff. Training and support is provided. Call 236-0363. Senior Citizens Inc., 3025 Bull St. , Savannah

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for guest representatives who would work directly with the Hearth Hospital Clinical Initiatives Director. Their primary responsibility would be to assist families in the waiting room while their family members is having a cardiac or peripheral vascular procedure and acting as a liaison between the family and staff. Call 8193393. St. Joseph’s Hospital, 11705 Mercy Blvd. , Savannah

State Adult Literacy Program Volunteers Needed

If you have good clerical skills, are reliable, can make a minimum 8-hour a week, 3-month commitment, are willing to undergo a background check and want to help provide the best program possible for adult learners of English as a Second Language, call Pauline Goodman at 201-5391 or send e-mail to Charita Boles at Type “ESL volunteer” in the subject line. Savannah Technical College, 5717 White Bluff Rd , Savannah

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The Telfair Museum of Art is accepting applications for its volunteer docent program. After completing training, docents will be responsible for leading tours in the Telfair Academy and Jepson Center. Call Sarah Ward, 790-8827. Telfair Academy of Arts and Sciences, 121 Barnard Street , Savannah

The Retired and Senior Volunteer Program

Share your time and talents with others. Through RSVP seniors 55 and older serve at various community organizations from 1 to 40 hours per week. Call 234-7842 or Linda Fields at 238-2960, Ext. 123.

The Volunteer Center

is a service of the United Way of the Coastal Empire. Call 2-1-1 or 651-7726 between 9 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, or send e-mail to United Way of Coastal Empire, 428 Bull St , Savannah http://

The Women’s Center

Volunteers are needed to teach Basic Literacy Skills and Basic Computer Skills. Call Rhonda Anderson at 236-4226 or 447-5711. Wesley Community Center, 1601 Drayton St , Savannah

Truancy Intervention Project

Matches volunteer attorneys and other professionals with children who have been brought before the court for excessive school absenteeism. Provide legal representation and other resources to children and their families to prevent school failure. TIP is recruiting professionals in the fields of education, law enforcement and social service. Become a mentor today and help make a difference in a child’s life. For information, call 201-2133.

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If you are an education major, retired reading teacher or a community resident who is interested in volunteering your time to a reading and math tutorial program for elementary and middle school students, call the African-American Health Information and Resource Center at 447-6605. African-American Health Information & Resource Center, 1910 Abercorn St , Savannah

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2003 3BR/2BA doublewide, on over ½ acre lot. Completely renovated, appliances included. Off Hwy204, Chatham County. $77,000 owner financing 912-748-6831

For Sale by Owner. Southside-very clean, 3bdr/2ba, large corner lot, privacy fence, 2-car attached garage, carport, minutes from WalMart & HAAF. $159,900 OBO. 912-356-0414 New Construction 1118 NE 36th St. 3 Bed, 2 bath, living/dining room. Laundry room, rear parking. $105,000. 507-4948

Fisherman’s Paradise For Sale $129,000 Large, Well Maintained 16X80, Fully-Furnished, 3BR/2 Bath, Raised Ceilings, King Master w/Garden Bath, Front Porch. Tucked away in great cul-de-sac neighborhood. Private but very convenient, short walk to everything. Only minutes from fishing the best location on the Atlantic Coast. 912-739-3902 ConneCt Savannah ClaSSified adS Work!

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806 CROSBY STREET: 3BR/1BA home in Carver Village. Good investment. Only $59,000. Call Alvin 604-5898 or Realty Executives Coastal Empire 355-5557. ConneCtsavannah.Com music, Art And EvEnts listings. updAtEd dAily And whEn wE’rE not working on thE print Edition

NICE, BRICK Home, Port Wentworth. 3BR/2BA, huge family room, privacy fence. Walking distance to shopping. Very close to I-95. Motivated seller. $142,000. Elite Coastal Properties, 355-2494 Margarita Vassileva, 912-228-2208 ConneCt Savannah ClaSSified adS Work!

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FOR-SALE-BY-OWNER 1.1 acres of land with unfinished 2-story house. 50X56 ft. Great opportunity. Create your own interior. 1947 Fort Argyle Rd (Hwy 204). 912-748-8194 ConneCtsavannah.Com Online listings & cOntent

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$1100/Monthly 117 Live Oak Ln, New 3 Bedrooms, 2 Baths, Familyroom, Diningroom, Huge Mast e r, N ew NeighborhoodGarden City. 706.313.1090 1240 E. VICTORY DR/ DAFFIN PARK . 2BR/1BA, hardwood floors, W/D conn, gas heat & water. No pets. $775/month. Reese & Company. 236-4233 1/2 OFF 1ST MONTH’S RENT! Rent A Manufactured home, 14x70, on a high/wooded lot. 3BR, 2BA, save $$$, Gas, heat and stove, central air, refrigerator, full miniblinds, carpeting and draperies, washer/dryer hookups, 48sqft. deck w/hand rails and steps, double car cement parking pad. Swimming pool, recreational areas, onsite garbage service (twice weekly) and fire protection included, cable TV available, guest parking. Starting at $500/month, including lot rent. 800 Quacco Road. 925-9673. 15 QUAIL FOREST DRIVE: 3 bedrooms, 2 baths, eat-in kitchen, 1-car garage, fenced backyard, washer/dryer connections, central heat/air. $950/month + deposit. Call 912-596-7551.

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1140 E. 55th

912-660-3478 or 912-330-8330. CALL TODAY: $8,000 Federal tax credit info

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FOR SALE BY OWNER: 29 West 52nd St 2BR/2BA renovated includes new int/ext paint, new heat/air, ceramic tile/carpet, new appliances (Washer/dryer, stove &refrigerator). Ideal location to SCAD (2 min walk). Large fenced back yard. $99,500. 912-596-8861 or 912-659-1320

REDUCED!$90,000 or best offer. $1,000/rent per month. 3103 Bull Street. Call Mr. Gibbs, 257-3000 or 352-3080

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Easy Qualify! 3/4BR, 2BA, Rincon. Rent or Lease to Purchase. $875/month, $84,900, call 877-574-5340 RENT-TO-OWN: 3yr. option to buy. Large 3BR/2BA all brick home, 2-car garage. Desirable location. Call 404-826-0345 for appt.


1204 MLK: 4 Units

Could be converted to Residential. Selling for $30K under Assessed Value. Doris Thomas Realty Inc. 912-272-4378 or 912-631-2909 for rent 855 1019 Maupas- 4 or 5 BR/2 bath, Extremely large! $1000 per month. 7 BrookviewBeautiful 3BR/2 bath with den $900 per month. 124 Elm Circle- 3BR/1 bath $815 per month. Call 912-257-6181

3BR/1BA $550

1138 E 55th St. 2BR/1BA, $450.

+DEPOSIT, NO-PETS, NO-SMOKING. Call Bill:656-4111

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2BR/1BA, large LR, DR, eat-in kitchen, fenced yard. Pets ok with approval. References/credit check required. $735/month, $700/deposit. 898-0078 2212 Mississippi Avenue: 3BR/1BA, central heat/air, hardwood floors, fenced yard. $750/month. Call 844-0694 or 508-2397


Near Thunderbolt. 2BR, 1 Bath, LR, DR, fenced yard. Pets ok with approval. References/Credit check required. $735/month, $700/deposit. 898-0078 2 bedroom, 1 bath, 780 & 790 East Gwinnett St. $350, $400, and $450. Call Deloris Lovette. 272-3926 or Century 21 Lomas Realty.

2 BEDROOM, 1 BATH duplex for rent on Wilmington Island. Available Sept 1st. $735/month, + $36 water. Call 912-897-6722. 2 bedroom apts, central heat and air, $450-$550. Hassell Realty Company. 234-1291 2BR/1BA, Completely furnished, Bloomingdale. Call for details, 912-210-0144 2BR/1BA DUPLEX: 103 East Fairmont Avenue (Southside). Total electric, washer/dryer hookups, fenced-in yard. Quiet neighborhood, close to everything. $675/rent, $650/security deposit. Call Chip at 912-665-2300 or Dawn at 661-0409.

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Apartment-$450/month, water included. Rooms for rent. $125-$150 per week. 507-7174

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1BR APT. FOR RENT. 3103 Bull Street, washer/dryer connection. $500/month, $500/deposit. Call Mr. Gibbs, 257-3000 or 352-3080.

3/4 Brick off Montgomery & Staley on 3 lots. 8 rooms, Newly painted. Sale/Rent. No reasonable offer refused. Call 912-224-4167 5159 Heriot St: 2BR 1BA, central heat& window ac with stove & refrigerator $480, sec. Call 912-308-0957

for rent 855 726 East Anderson Street. Newly renovated, 3BR/1BA, all appliances, large fenced yard, washer/dryer, large rooms. $800/month, $300/deposit. 912-667-3968 ConneCt Savannah ClaSSified adS Work!

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8 McLaughlin Ct. 3/2 $850 106 Trellis Way 3/2 $950 127 Quail St. 4/2 $1250 Prime Properties 897-2272 CALL 925-6870


ARDSLEY PARK AREA 721 East 57th ST 3BR/2BA, CH&A, no smoking, no pets, $1175/mo, $600/deposit. Call for details 484-1347

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Near marina and river. 2BR/1BA, w/d, s/r, $850/month. Best neighborhood in Savannah. Call 912-441-3342


11515 WHITE BLUFF RD. 1BR, LR, walk-in closet, laundry room, bath $550/month. _________________ NEAR MEMORIAL: 1301 & 1303 E. 66th Street 2BR/2BA, walk-in closets, laundry room $700/month. _________________ TOWNHOUSE 1812 N. Avalon Avenue. 2BR/1-1/2BA $675/month. _________________ SOUTHSIDE 127 Edgewater Rd. 2BR/2BA, Large $795/month. WILMINGTON ISLAND 7 Dogwood Ave. 3BR/2.5BA, garage, hardwood floors, s/s appliances. $1250/month. 310 E. Montgomery X-Roads 912-354-4011 FOR RENT Upstairs, 2 bedroom washer/dryer connections CH&A, balcony, front and rear. Off street parking. $650/month $500/deposit. 201-A West 39th & Barnard. 604-5040 FURNISHED EFFICIENCY Apt. Great for retired person or single mature adult. Utilities included. No pets, no smoking. $190/week, $190/dep. 912-236-1952.

Unique executive style 3 bedroom/2 bath home with sunken living room, wood floors, dishwasher, ceiling fans, garage, Central H & A/C. $1149/per month, $1399/security deposit. Military & Police discounts available. No indoor pets. No smoking. 920-1936


Mobile Home lots for rent. First month rent free! Wooden deck, curbside garbage collection twice weekly, swimming pool and playground included. Cable TV available. House for rent: 3BR 2BA. Victory Drive, thunderbolt 950/month, Hassell Realt y Co. 912-234-1291 HOUSE FOR RENT: 643 West 40th Lane (between Burroughs & Florence). 3 bedrooms with central heating & air. $675/month. Call 912-844-0694 or 508-2397 House for Rent- 915 Crosby St. Carver Heights area 1 Apt. for Rent- # 8 Massey St. Wheaton at Bee Rd. 2 bedroom, 1 bath, washer and dryer connection, new carpet and paint $510 - $525 per month. Call 912-884-3357 or 904-545-2355 HOUSES Two and Three bedroom houses. $550-$850. Hassell Realty Company. 234-1291 LARGE 1BR: Whitaker Street. High ceilings, hardwood floors, fireplace, A/C, furnished kitchen, off-street parking. Clean, Antique, Nice neighborhood. 691-2368.

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MOBILE HOMES: Available for rent. Located in mobile home park. Starting at $450 per month and up. 912-658-4462 or 925-1831.


One, two and three bedroom apt & houses, located throughout Savannah. Monthly special. Section 8 welcome. 272-6820


Duane Court: 2BR, 1 Bath, Completely remodeled. 675/month. 3222 Bee Road: 2BR, 1Bath $595/month. Call 897-6789 or 344-4164


595 WEST 54th STREET: 2 Bedroom Apartments/1.5 baths, washer/dryer connection/total electric, deposit *$315, $660 monthly. Section 8 Welcome. Call 912-232-7659.

MUST SEE! 2BR apt. LR, DR, hardwood floors, lots of closets. Quiet neighborhood near Candler. 19 Berkeley Place. $595/month. 354-4574 NICE 2BR/2BA Townhouse, Southside, fully furnished kitchen, central heat/air, wallto-wall carpet and more. $785/monthly. Call 507-7934 or 927-2853

NICELY Furnished 1BR Apt. near Eisenhower & Skidaway Rd. All utilities and cable included. $235/month plus deposit. Call 507-0222


2BR/1 Bath, furnished kitchen, washer/dryer connections. Free Rent with qualified application. $550/rent, $500/deposit. ZENO MOORE CONSTRUCTION 409 E.Montgomery Xrds. 927-4383


Southside Apt. only $585 per month! Small, quiet complex in a great location between the malls. Moss Gate Apts., 10600 Abercorn St. Call Jeanette at 920-8005

ONE TWO & THREE Bedroom Apartments for rent. 656 East 36th & 623 West 48th Street. Call 912-232-3355.

Room for Rent- Garden City area furnished utilities and cable. Bed, TV, microwave, fridge, air conditioner, private entrance, shared bath, no pets or smoking $100 wkly. Clean, quiet, available now! Serious inquiries only. 912-695-2116

PHOTOGRAPHY STUDIO: $485/monthly plus $85 utilities. Near Downtown, 210Sqft. w/6’ wide closet, extra closet, fireplace (non-op). Close to Forsyth Park. 2 large windows; Lots of natural light. Call 717-823-3805

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POOLER HOME Hampton Place 3 NANTUCKET CT: 4bedrooms, 2-baths $1,050. SAVANNAH HOME 822 W. 44TH STREET: 3-bedrooms, 2-baths $850. DOWNTOWN APTS. 530 E. HUNTINGDON ST: 2-bedrooms, 1baths $575. ASK ABOUT MOVE-IN SPECIALS!! Jean Walker Realty, LLC 898-4134

RENT: 1510 E. 53RD ST.

3BR, 2BA House. $795/month plus $800/deposit. CALL ADAM @ 912-695-9081 RENT-TO-OWN: 3yr. option to buy. Large 3BR/2BA all brick home, 2-car garage. Desirable location. Call 404-826-0345 for appt. RENT TO OWN #95 Savannah Pines, garden city, totally remodeled. 2 bedrooms, 2 baths, $1500 down payment, $425/month. no credit check.

912-398-1821 912-224-0710- ESPANOL TRAILA PARA VENDER #95 Savannah Pines, Garden City. Completamente Remodelada 2 cuartos, 2 banos $1500/ entrada, $425/mensuai NO CHEQUEO CREDITO. 912-224-0710

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SAVANNAH PINES MOBILE HOMES Lot 6 Village drive, very nice 2BR2BA, furnished, kitchen, ch&a, fireplace, $600/month, 507-7934/927-2853

Section (8) Approved Newly Renovated. 2 bed, 1bath, a/c, w/d, all electric, hardwood, 2504 Oak Forest Drive. R&D:$625. Call 912-306-4490

SECTION 8 WELCOME: LEASE OPTION OR RENT-3 or 4BR, 2.5BA, 3yr. old 2-story sitting on 3/4 acre. Includes stove, refrigerator, dishwasher, washer/dryer, central HVAC, 1-car attached garage, fireplace, newly painted. In quiet residential, very desired Effingham school district. Bus picks up children in front of house. Call Jim, 912-661-3331

SOUTHSIDEHampstead Oaks

Two bedroom, 1.5 bath townhouse apt, total electric, $600/month with washer & dryer $625. Call Debra at 912-356-5656 TOWNHOME: 1600 Habersham St. between 32nd & 33rd St., Savannah. Thomas Square area. Spacious 2BR/1BA, kitchen and living room, central heat/air, total electric. $575/month plus $575/deposit. Virtual tour at Call Adam @ 234-2726.

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1210 STILES AVENUE 4BR/1.5BA $800/month, $800/deposit. Very nice Rooms fully furnished, share kitchen, laundry, living areas. Includes utilities, cable, wifi. Lots of amenities, great value! 3 locations from $450-575/mo all inclusive. Lease & deposit. Call Jinny 808-264-9336 for showing.


351-0500 RENTALS AVAILABLE APARTMENTS 1806 E. 39th St. 1BR/1BA. Available Now. $460/month. HOUSES 1721 E. 39th St. 3BR/2BA, Central heat/air. Available Now. $850/month. 901 W. 52nd St. 3BR/2BA, Central heat/air $750/month. 9521 Dunwoody Southside 3BR/2BA, Central heat/air $995/month.

References and Credit Check required. 351-0500



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TURTLE CREEK APARTMENTS 927-6713 WILMINGTON ISLAND Duplex, 2 bedroom, 1 bath, living room, dining room, kitchen, $775/month. Call 897-6789 or 344-4164

for rent 855 WINDSOR CROSSING Condo Total electric, 2BR, 2BA, water & trash included $675. OAK FOREST Renovated, 2BR/1BA Apt, furnished kitchen $525. DUANE CT. Nice 2BR/1BA Apt, furnished kitchen $610. COASTAL CT. Nice 2BR/2BA Apt, furnished kitchen $650. CRESTHILL 3BR/1BA, furnished kitchen, home $775. SPEIR ST. Nice 3BR/1.5BA Home, fenced backyard, carport $1000. WILMINGTON ISLAND 2BR/1BA, furnished kitchen, Duplex $685. LOUISIANA AVE. Spacious 3BR/1BA Home, LR, den, 2 screened porches $700. POOLER 3BR/2BA, furnished kitchen, eat-in, family room, garage, fenced backyard $1000. Frank Moore & Co. 920-8560 CommerCial ProPerty For rent 890 Commercial sales or warehouse, 52nd street extension, near Ogeechee road. $2000/month, Hassell Realty Co. 234-1291 Commercial Space available 600 sq. ft. with bath and coffee bar. Ideal for workshop, studio, storage, etc. Also Small Bedroom availableBoth Thunderbolt area. Call 912-355-1359 rooms for rent 895


1st week $100. 2nd week until starting at $125/week. Furnished rooms w/cable tv,wi-fi, free laundry & off street parking. All utilities included. Minimum deposit $50 required. See online at: CALL 912-220-8691

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ROOMMATE WANTED: 4BR/2BA on Southside. Cable, washer/dryer, private bath. No pets, No drugs, non-smoking. $550/month plus 1/2 utilities. Call 912-508-9830.

Includes stove, refrigerator, private bath. Furnished! $180/week + deposit. Call 912-844-5995


Liberty City area. Star ting at $130/week plus deposit. Includes cable, internet, all utilities, CH&A. Shared kitchen and bath. Safe environment. Call Life Housing @ 912-228-1242

LEGAL Rooming House in business

over 20 yrs. Freshly painted Apts $150/wk. Rooms $70-80/wk. Furnished and utilities included. Call 234-9779 NEAR MEMORIAL/ DELESSEPS East Savannah. Furnished, includes utilities, central heat and air, Comcast cable, television, internet, washer/dryer. Hardwood floors, ceramic tile in kitchen and bath. Shared Kitchen & Shared bath. 5 minutes to Memorial Hospital. **ALSO PLACES AVAILABLE IN WEST CHATHAM! Call 912-210-0144. ROOM FOR RENT: Safe Environment. Central heat/air, cable, telephone service. $400/$500 monthly, $125/security deposit, no lease. Immediate occupancy. Call Mr. Brown: 912-663-2574 or 912-234-9177. Roommate for large furnished Victorian near librar y $150/weekly. $540/monthly. Utilities, washer/dryer, tv, cable, internet, included. Full apartment also available. Monday-Saturday 912-231-9464 Art PAtrol for the Latest Openings & Exhibits

Roommates Needed to Share 3BR/3BA house near Savannah State $150/week. All utilities included. Washer, dryer, central air, cable. 912-856-7222

ROOMS FOR RENT. $125/week. Call 912-308-7731. ROOMS FOR RENT: Cable, refrigerator, total electric. $140/weekly. APT. FOR RENT, total electric $450/month. Call 912-313-0227.


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