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music Aranda, a true product of sibling revelry, hits the Live Wire Thursday | 20

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‘Tis the season to live up to the hype There are a lot of important issues these days: Health care, joblessness, Afghanistan, a terrifying rise in random shootings... and of course the state of Tiger Woods’ marriage.

So it might seem silly, even irresponsible, for me to now focus on Christmas decorations downtown. But I think there’s a larger point to be made about civic identity and what cities can do to market themselves in a competitive economy. Case in point: This past weekend’s “Holly Days” event on Broughton Street. If you didn’t make it downtown, the setup is simple and ripe with potential: Barricade several blocks of Broughton, making it pedestrian-only, feature local vendors in the middle of the open street, have merchants stay open late, hold performances, and offer a fun form of ice-free ice skating (or plastic skating, I guess you’d have to call it). To clarify: I totally support Holly Days and I think it’s something that should be continued. I had a great time when I was there Friday night, and there was a good crowd, especially considering the frigid temperatures. In short, Holly Days was a success, and I give full credit to all involved. But... where was, you know, the actual holly? Where were the copious seasonal decorations that one would expect at an event like this, indeed, that one would expect were one to visit any other city holding a similar event? Sure, there were a handful of lighted wreaths over one block of Broughton, and some small, cheap-looking bows tied to streetlights. But the dearth of decorations, banners, etc., contributed

to a Mad Max feel, a sense that one was wandering the empty streets of a carless city. That’s the best we can do? In Savannah? Alleged Hostess City of the South, supposedly a place that knows how to put on a party? Bows from Walmart? Again, I bring this up not because I had a bad time at Holly Days. To reiterate, my family and I had a great time, as did many others. I bring it up because this is part of a larger problem with Savannah, one I’ve written about before: For a city that rests on its laurels as a showcase for Southern beauty and hospitality, there usually aren’t many laurels on display! If we are actually this gorgeous gem of a city, this shining exemplar of urban design — as the marketing always reminds us — then the entire length of Broughton Street from East Broad to MLK should be absolutely festooned with seasonal decorations right now. The squares should be chock-a-block with seasonal decorations. Every church should be dressed to the nines. City Market should be an absolute scene. It’s Savannah, people. Let’s live up to the hype. We should be doing more — a lot more — than

depending on the Paula Deen gravy train to get us through this recession. I realize many people in this town think the world ends at the border of Chatham County. It’s nice to think that sometimes, but I assure you it doesn’t. There’s a big, wide world out there, one in which savvy cities — like Austin, Miami, Boston, and yes our old rival Charleston — market themselves in the most time-honored and effective of ways: by prettying themselves up, by getting ready for the party. I was in Fort Walton Beach, Fla., recently, a tiny seaside town in the Panhandle. Their miniscule downtown area was attractively and vibrantly decorated for the holidays. As a visitor, it made a huge difference to me and couldn’t have cost very much. It’s a tough economy, you say? No money for frivolous decorations, you say? Well, a lot of businesses do make that mistake, cutting advertising in bad times. And that’s exactly what I’m talking about: Civic advertising. But bad times are actually the worst times to cut advertising. It’s a fool’s gambit, I promise you. I’ve seen it a lot, and it always ends badly. More to the point: We have an alphabet soup of organizations responsible for packaging and selling Savannah: SDRA, SEDA, DNA, CVB, Chamber of Commerce. Am I to believe that between all of these organizations, they cannot do as good a job as Fort Walton Beach? If it really is such a dire, competitive economy — then we should by God compete, shouldn’t we? cs

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The word on SCT Editor, Thank you for your attention to our local theatre scene in recent issues. I want to briefly mention some facts about the Savannah Children’s Theatre of which I am a board member. Our mission is to “inspire, educate & entertain children & families through the experience of quality theatre both on & off the stage.” With this in mind, our theater, which includes our actors, our staff, our volunteers, our families and our sponsors, all come together during each production to challenge ourselves to bring live theater to our community. We do so over 40 times per year. Our shows include 2 main stage

productions that are open audition for both children and adults. We have class shows whose objective is twofold: 1) to teach young actors the skills to not only be on stage, but also how to put on a production. 2) to bring a play to life and provide a quality show for our Savannah audience. We also have teen classes and other theater related workshops as well as a school field trip program offering circular based educational plays. Another mission of the Savannah Children’s Theatre is building the foundation for local theatre. We are very proud that several of our actors were in the recent productions of the city’s To Kill a Mockingbird and the Little Theatre’s The Diary of Anne Frank.

We are also thankful of the many “regulars” who attend our shows. Many of the comments on Ryan McCurdy’s Facebook page were those who support and attend shows at the Savannah Children’s Theatre! With our success in mind, one of our most frustrating issues is getting people in the door. We need good positive coverage from the local media to not only fill our seats, but provide our corporate supporters with the knowledge that their generosity is rewarded. All of our productions are geared for family entertainment. Please cover our shows and help bring theatre to the forefront of our community. Adger Ross

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Cabbie rules Editor, Doug E.’s recent Fare Game column, “The cabbie reality,” is one of the very best articles you have ever run. It truly depicts the American reality of today, particularly in real estate. I have a suggestion for Doug E.: Perhaps he should give up driving a cab and write full-time. And also, if the owner of Connect Savannah is looking for a partner, or at least a full-time editor, Doug E. might be a good choice!

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Wednesday

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2009 Special Olympics Winter Games

Wright Square Holiday Open House

tham and Liberty Counties will be competing for medals in bowling, skating and basketball. To get involved, contact Chairperson, David Hooker at hooker@savcds. org. When: Wed. Dec. 2, 10 a.m. Where: Largo-Tibet Bowling Lanes, Victoy Lanes, Supergoose and Savannah High

Square will be open late. Enjoy refreshments and entertainment, as well two piano concerts at the Lutheran Church of the Ascension. When: Fri. Dec. 4, 5-9 p.m. Where: Wright Square Cost: Free

What: Athletes from Cha-

The Market at Trustees Garden What: Events include a

farmer’s showcase, organic gardening presentations, films and more. When: Dec. 2, 4 p.m.-7 p.m., Dec. 9, 4 p.m.-7 p.m. Where: Charles H. Morris Center, 10 E. Broad St., Cost: Free and open to the public. Info: http://trusteesmarket. com/

Film: Night of the Bloody Apes (Mexico, 1969)

What: Low budget drive-in

gem where a mad scientist attempts to cure his son’s leukemia by transplanting a gorilla heart into his boy. His son mutates into a deformed man-ape who goes on a rampage When: Wed. Dec. 2, 8 p.m. Where: The Sentient Bean, 13 E. Park Ave. , Cost: $5 Info: http://myspace.com/ psychotronicfilms

Where: Savannah Humane Society , 7215 Sallie Mood Dr.

Holiday Bazaar

Friday

What: Featuring a variety of

holiday gifts, decorations and treats. Proceeds benefit the Davenport House. When: Sat. Dec. 5, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Sun. Dec. 6, 1 p.m.-5 p.m. Where: Kennedy Pharmacy, E. Broughton St. Info: 912-236-8097

What: Shops on Wright

Coastal Pet Rescue Adoption Day and Blood Drive What: Adopt a pet that

Tybee Tree Lighting Ceremony

What: The ceremonial lighting of the Tybee Christmas tree, including live music and special visit from Santa to help the mayor switch on the lights. When: Fri. Dec. 4, 6:30 p.m. Where: Tybrisa near the pier, Tybee Island

First Friday Fireworks What: Celebrate the end of

the week with some pyrotechnics on the river. When: Fri. Dec. 4, 9:30 p.m. Where: River Street Cost: Free Info: http://www.riverstreetsavannah.com/

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Saturday The Savannah River Bridge Run

What: The Bridge Run gives

participants the chance to cross Savannah’s Talmadge Bridge, a 1.4-mile span at a 5.5% grade, 196 feet above the Savannah River, on foot. The Enmark Savannah River Bridge Run has something for everyone

Freebie of the Week | What:

Night of the Bloody Apes is one of Psychotronic Films’ offerings this week at the Sentient Bean – races, awards, and a fun after-race party with food, refreshments, music and more. When: Sat. Dec. 5 Where: Talmadge Bridge Info: http://www.SavannahRiverBridgeRun.com/

When: Sat. Dec. 5, 9 a.m.-8

Yard Sale for Change

What: The Savannah Local

What: The Arts Academy’s

Making a Difference club will host a yard sale to benefit Invisible Children, an organization helping children affected by war in Uganda. When: Dec. 5, 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Where: Savannah Arts Academy, 500 Washington Ave.

Christmas on the River

What: The usual first Satur-

day festivities on the river are joined by regional arts and crafts and live holiday entertainment followed by the lighted parade through downtown at 5:30pm.

p.m.

Where: River Street Cost: Free Info: http://www.river-

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Forsyth Farmers’ Market

Food Collaborative has joined forces with Starland Farmers’ Market. When: Sat. Dec. 5, 9 a.m. Where: South end of Forsyth Park, 501 Whitaker St., Cost: Free

Gay Volunteer Day

What: The Savannah GLBT

hosts a volunteer day at the Savannah Humane Society. Help care for animals or donate goods like pet food and blankets. To RSVP or for more info: stpatstay@ yahoo.com or call Mark at 912-352-2645. When: Sat. Dec. 5, 10 a.m. 11:30 AM, 1:00 PM,

needs a home, and then donate some blood. For every blood donation Savannah Community Blood Bank will make a $5 donation to Coastal Pet Rescue. When: Dec. 5, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Where: Tails Spin, Habersham and 63rd Cost: Free Info: www.coastalpetrescue.org/

Tybee Holiday Stroll and Campfire Roast

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art

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What: Celebrate holiday

cheer and free parking on the island for the month of December at this day long event. Campfire with hotdogs and s’mores at Doyle’s Landing starting at 1pm. When: Sat. Dec. 5, 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Where: Tybee Island Business District Cost: Free

Film: Polar Express

What: Enjoy games, face-

painting, crafts, a train ride and more. Then, watch the movie in the Savannah History Museum theater. When: Dec. 5, 1-5 p.m. Where: Roundhouse Railroad Museum, 601 W. continues on p. 

Pearl Harbor Memorial Service

The Fleet Reserve Association and the Savannah Council of the Navy League host. Dec. 6, 2 p.m. Where: Rotunda of the Mighty Eighth Air Force Museum, off I-95 in Pooler When:

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Garden City Tree Lighting Ceremony What: The mayor will

light the official city Christmas tree in Volunteer Park (on Hwy 21) followed by a holiday festival in Sharon Park (507 Sharon Park Dr.). When: Sat. Dec. 5, 6 p.m. Where: Volunteer Park and Sharon Park Cost: Free

Drive-Thru Nativity Scene

What: The church Youth

Ministry will host a live, drive-thru Nativity scene. Proceeds benefit scholarship fund. When: Dec. 5, 6:30-9 p.m. Where: St. Frances Cabrini Church, 11500 Middleground Rd. Cost: $3

Swingin’ At Club Sweets

What: An adaptation of

Tchaikovsky’s holiday classic set in the roaring 20s. Featuring dancers from the STUDIO and a jazz ensemble. When: Dec. 5, 7:30 p.m. Where: The Lucas Theatre, 32 Abercorn St. , Cost: $28-35/general, $10/discounted

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What: I Cantori,

Savannah’s professional Chamber Choir, presents a holiday concert featuring a variety of traditional carols. When: Dec. 5, 7:30 p.m. Where: St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 1802 Abercorn St. Cost: $15/general, $10/ students Info: 912-925-7866.

Children’s Ballet Theatre: The Nutcracker

What: A rendition of the

holiday classic. Where: Trustees Theater, 216 E. Broughton St. When: At 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 5 and 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 6 Tickets: $28 Contact: (912) 525–5050

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Sunday Chili Bowl IV

What: A chili cook off and

flag football tournament with live music from Liquid Ginger and Carteland. Proceeds benefit Help Us Save One of Our Own, which helps families with extraordinary medical costs. When: Dec. 6, 12-4 p.m. Where: Forsyth Park Cost: $10/adults, $5/kids

First Sunday Lecture Series What: “Humble Images

from Novice Nuns in a Fourteenth-Century Copy of Meditations on the Life of Christ” by Stephen W. Wagner, Ph.D. When: Dec. 6, 4 p.m. Where: St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 34th and Abercorn Cost: Free

Tree of Light Ceremony

What: Memorial gath-

ering featuring the Savannah Children’s Choir. Raises funds for bereavement staff. When: Sun. Dec. 6, 5 p.m. Where: Hospice Savannah, 1352 Eisenhower Dr.

Wise Guys and Starry Skies

What: Southside Chil-

dren’s Choir presents a family-oriented musical. When: Sun. Dec. 6, 5 p.m. Where: White Bluff United Methodist Church, 11911 White Bluff Rd. , Cost: Free

AWOL 2000 Strong Campaign Launch What: Local non-profit

All Walks of Life kicks off their new fundraising campaign to help offset budget cuts. When: Dec. 6, 6-9 p.m. Where: Lulu’s Chocolate Bar, 42 MLK Jr. Blvd., Info: www.2kstrong.org/

Lecture: ‘Passing On the Unwritten Rules to Your Children’ What: Author/consultant

Harvey Coleman discusses the job market. When: Dec. 6, 7:30 p.m. Where: Jewish Educational Alliance, 5111

Abercorn St. , Cost: $10/non-members, $6/members Info: 912-355-8111

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Tuesday Holiday Potluck, Program & Market What: Join Ogeechee

Audubon and Sierra Club for their annual Potluck. Diana Churchill, birder and photographer, presents a duck program. When: Dec. 8. Potluck is 6 PM, Program at 7 PM Where: First Presbyterian Church, 520 E. Washington Ave. Cost: Free

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As the temperatures cool down for the few weeks that pass for winter in Savannah, a cup of chili starts to sound like a nice way to warm up. This Sunday, try 25 different cups of chili for a good cause and trade heart burn for heart–warming at the fourth annual Chili Bowl. The day–long event in Forsyth Park will raise money for Help Save One of Our Own, a local organization that provides financial assistance to local families suffering with exorbitant medical costs from extraordinary circumstances. Founded by local rock favorite Ginger Fawcett, of Liquid Ginger fame, and the band’s manager Danny Mitchell, the Chili Bowl has helped raise tens of thousands of dollars for families in the community. “We really wanted to give back to the community,” Mitchell explains. “And instead of giving to a national organization, we wanted to keep the money here and have it go directly to a family.” They’ve been able to help when it was needed most. Even for families that have insurance covering some of the costs associated with illness, when unique case arises, there are numerous unforeseen costs that pile up quickly, particularly if special treatments are necessary. “Last year the little boy that we worked with, his mother had about $35,000 in bills,” says Mitchell. “The only area that could treat him effectively was this hospital in Ohio and the insurance companies don’t pay for all the gas and hotels and down time of missing employment, just trying to keep her son normal.” The Chili Bowl will feature 25 different competitors, drawn largely from local restaurants, in a no holds barred cook–off, judged by the Deen Brothers, for a trophy and the title of best chili. There is also live music from Liquid Ginger and special guest Cartel, as well

as a flag football tournament and interactive entertainment for kids. The proceeds from the event all go to Help Save One of Our Own, a local 501c3 started about 15 years ago by a group of local doctors. Once the money has been raised, the board of doctors reviews all the bills from the chosen family and decides how and where the money will be used. Choosing which family to help is usually the hardest part. “We could probably get 600 or 1000 applicants that really need the help, so it’s through word of mouth, and we get about 30 to 40 applicants,” Mitchell explains. Out of that group, three or four final candidates are selected, and then submitted to the board, who makes the final decision. The choice this year was difficult enough that for the first time since the inception of the Chili Bowl, funds will be raised for two individuals instead of one. Everyone involved is hoping that this year’s event will be the biggest yet in order to help the two recipients; Morgan Mason, a seven year–old boy born prematurely and suffering from gastroschisis, a condition where some of his intestines are outside his abdomen, and Reggie Sheppard, a father of two who needs a kidney transplant that will cost $100,000, and which must be pre–paid before he can receive the surgery. Last year’s event drew over 5,000 people and helped raise over $20,000. “Every year we’re looking at growing it bigger and bigger,” says Mitchell. “This year, we’re hoping we’ll top 6,000 people.” cs What: The 4th Annual Chili Bowl When: Sunday, December 6, 12–4 p.m. Where: Forsyth Park Cost: Wristbands to enter chili tasting are $10/adults, $5/kids


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Shots from a recent public presentation on Tybee Island by representatives of SCAD’s Sustainable Design classes

If you get less sand in your car after a trip to the beach on Tybee, be sure to thank one of the students from SCAD professor Verena Paepcke–Hjeltness’ Sustainable Design class — because they found a way to save the beachside showers. Following concerns about the ongoing effects of excessive water consumption on the Floridan Aquifer, including a state mandate to reduce water consumption in the Savannah area by 7 million gallons per day, the showers were going to be cut off until Hjeltness’ SUST 384 class created an environmentally friendly and economical solution. During a Global Warming Teach–in last February, Hjeltness met Tybee City Councilman Paul Wolff, who was giving a presentation at the event. Wolff mentioned the problems with the showers during his talk, and after a brief conversation, Hjeltness, who was instrumental in pushing for the creation of SCAD’s new sustainability program, said she and her students might be able to help. What began as a small project to design showers that could capture and use rainwater, quickly grew into a comprehensive, four–phase concept that

will address the showers, renovations of the public restrooms on North Beach, and the future addition of solar panels, all of which will substantially reduce the resources used by beach visitors. Wolff is excited about the possibilities of the project and during a meeting with the students told them how meaningful the project could be to the area. “Even though you’re just going to be here for four years,” he told them, “you can leave a legacy that will far outlast your tenure in Savannah.” The project was broken up into phases to help it develop more quickly, and make it more reasonable financially for the island. “We decided that we just wanted to offer one big project divided by different phases to allow Tybee to select what they wanted to do when and where,” Hjeltness explains. Cost was one of the major obstacles Tybee had cited during previous projects it had done with

SCAD students in the past. The first phase in moving toward greater water conservation includes installing water aerators and low flush toilets that use rainwater rather than pulling water from the system. It also includes some other waterless solutions like putting turf on the boardwalk to help brush away sand as people walk, and landscaping using indigenous plants that require less water. Even before the design process began for the students, there were legal and political complications that needed to be addressed including the aesthetic impact of the project and state law regarding potable water use. “I actually met with the class on their first day, and explained some of the political realities,” says Wolff. “Ideally, you’d have a cistern to capture rain water and then use gravity to feed water into the shower, but if you have anything higher than the sand dunes, people on the landward side are gonna be raising hell about it interfering with their view.” The students dealt with that by creating several plans involving a lined cargo container being sunk into the ground in order to store the captured water, and a

mechanism to pump it back up to the toilets and showers. That is all part of the latter phases of the project. The potable water regulations proved a little trickier. State law dictates that water in public showers must be drinkable, which means that captured rainwater can’t be used without being filtered first. “Even if we capture rain water it has to be filtered enough to be drinkable, which really adds expense and extra steps to what otherwise might be a pretty simple process,” Wolff explains. The solution to that problem was found by students in the form of living filtration system, utilizing plants as a means of purifying the water. The second phase of the program will involve relocating the showers closer to bathroom area, which will consolidate space, allow easier access to the rainwater collection system, and simplify the design of the area. Both the first and second phases include outreach components that will help educate the general public about water conservation. The class project also includes an educational campaign, featuring a cartoon character named Salty the Sea continues on p. 12


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Turtle, who will help educate visitors and residents alike about the virtues of sustainable practices. The hope is that once people know about the sustainable practices they are a part of when at the beach, they will also start to use incorporate the same practices into their home life as well, creating additional water conservation locally and beyond. The bathrooms at the North Beach use about 37,000 gallons of water per year, and while the islands average annual rainfall is more than sufficient to take care of that, but tying the awareness of the weather to water use, Hjeltness and her students hope the public will be more conscientious of the water they use. “We applied the four pillars of sustainability to this project,” Hjeltness says. “Be environmentally friendly, foster the economy, be sure to involve the community, and then we also wanted to educate on water conservation.” The economic pillar provided another valuable lesson for students in the class, who helped research upcoming grants that can be used to fund the later phases of the overhaul, which will help create jobs locally. “Within the next two years, they can start applying for these grants which will help finance the idea and we can create jobs with that and help bring more tourism to the city,” Hjeltness explains. Although the scope of the project will necessitate it being one that could take several years, Wolff is glad to have a plan of action laid out because time is of the essence, and inaction is not an option. “If we don’t do something,” he says. “We’re gonna end up with much more expensive and probably temporary solution to our long term water issue.” The Savannah area consumes about 21 million gallons of water per day, and according to a mandate from the State’s Environmental Protection Division, we must reduce water use by 7 million gallons per day in 2010. “The City will have to add surface water to the very clean Floridan Aquifer water that we’re using, which is not really a bad thing, but it’s going to cost money,” explains Hjeltness, whose next project will include working with Savannah’s Water and Sewer Bureau to find possible conservation solutions. “If the City would just cut down on the water consumption, which isn’t a big problem except that people don’t know about it — then we might not have to use the surface water.” cs


The five days of Thanksgiving It seemed only fair to allocate Thanksgiving five days on the calendar last week instead of the sole Thursday assigned by Abraham Lincoln, and officially approved by Congress. No encroaching of Christmas into the last weekend of November, when there’s all of December stretching ahead for that holiday. At 3 p.m. Wednesday my official season of Thanksgiving began. No hustle, no hassle, just preparation and then celebration for the rest of that day, and the four days that followed. The weekend’s busy but unrushed pace, the meals of every variety, the alternating gatherings of dozens or only a few, the outings and the quiet times at home, weaved together into an extended gratitude event that was more than just a feeling. Call it “The Five Days of Thanksgiving,” the overture to the grand musical that is the busy–ness and celebrations of December. On Wednesday afternoon, my first day of Thanksgiving, I was grateful for food in abundance, in evidence at the grocery store. The shelves overflowed with thousands of options for food, despite it being “the last minute” when I arrived there at 5 p.m. True, the only remaining turkeys were frozen, with not

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enough time to thaw. And no pumpkin products could be found. But there was no turkey or pumpkin on my list; instead, ham, cheese, dessert, hummus and veggies, ingredients for weekend snacks and pickup meals. Plus, salad makings and iced tea to contribute to a grand feast on Thursday. On the second day of Thanksgiving I was grateful for families — mine and others, those who open their doors wider until everyone can fit inside. On Thursday, the families of “The Kids Block” in Parkside Neighborhood, i.e. the 1200 block of 49th Street, held a street party/sit down dinner, complete with official city permits and barricades to reroute traffic. A single

table straddled the middle of the block, set for over 40 people. My mom and I opted to join this casual outdoor extravaganza instead of doing something more formal at a downtown restaurant or more intimate at home. Nine–month old twins Hamish and James Pinkerton were the youngest there, with almost 20 kids present altogether. My mom and I sat across from a family we didn’t know–a SCAD professor and his two sons. The boys go to Charles Ellis School, where Mom attended kindergarten in the 1930’s. After living in Parkside for 14 years I know a lot of my neighbors, but there were many unfamiliar faces. At four o’clock I excused myself and headed

to Wilmington Island for another new kind of family Thanksgiving — the first for my half–brother and half sister since their mom, my stepmother, died this past spring. Brenda Hershey’s home was always the place for family get-togethers, and with her gone, everything’s different. Her sister Ginger’s home, site of this year’s Thanksgiving, was filled with the delicious smells of casseroles and gravy, and crowded with cousins and nieces and fiances and husbands. Football was on TV, and there were plenty of jokes and hugs. But lingering through the afternoon was an odd, unspoken gap in the crowd, as if Brenda was away on an errand, or maybe running late. Friday, the third day, I was grateful for solitude — glad to spend a quiet morning alone with coffee in the living room, deep in a book, with breaks to check reports on Facebook regarding friends’ shopping conquests on Black Friday. Saturday, I was grateful for friendships. Drop in visits to neighbors to deconstruct the Thanksgiving party. Tentative conversations about plans for the coming month– a wedding one weekend, a Chanukah celebration the next. And a last–minute get-together for football watching, made even more fun by the lack of planning required — grab some leftovers and go. Sunday, the fifth day, I was grateful for endings. The end to Thanksgiving 2009, wrapped in a bright red Christmas bow. CS

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While on patrol along Ogeechee Road an officer pulled into the Thunderbird Motel. He saw a white golf cart driving through the parking lot suddenly make a hard left turn, throwing two of the passengers from the vehicle, a one year old boy and his grandfather. The driver stopped the cart and picked up the passengers. The officer stopped the golf cart to ask if the passengers were ok. The child was screaming and had cuts on his arm and forehead. The grandfather was bleeding profusely from his arm. The officer asked what happened, and the driver stated that “he took the corner too hard,” and “they slipped off.” EMS arrived, along with the child’s mother, who refused EMS services and said she would take the child to the hospital. The officer asked the driver of the golf cart for a driver’s license. The man produced an expired Florida

license that was suspended. The officer then noticed a 16 ounce can of beer on the ground next to the golf cart, and when he asked the man why he’d tried to conceal it, he replied “I didn’t want to get caught.” The officer asked the man to stand up and remove his sunglasses. His eyes were glassy and he had a difficult time standing. He said he’d only had two beers. The officer gave him a preliminary breathe test on a portable breathalyzer after he consented. He tested positive for the presence of alcohol. When the officer asked him to put his hands behind his back, the man fell forward and slumped over the trunk of the patrol vehicle. The officer asked if he was alright, and the man said he was fine. Another officer arrived with a more precise device, the Intoxilyzer 5000, and the man came back four times over the legal limit. He said this was not his first rodeo and he’d done research on the internet. He was charged with DUI, reckless driving, endangering a child and an open container violation. • While on patrol one afternoon, an officer spotted a man wandering around the buildings in Yamacraw Village. The officer

approached the man and asked him to stop. The man identified himself but did not stop walking. The officer followed the man and asked him again to stop. The man yelled, “what the fuck do you want?” He approached the officer aggressively, smelling of alcohol and slurring his words. He kept repeating himself and yelling curse words. The officer asked the man to calm down and walk to the patrol vehicle. The man then dropped to the ground and yelled “do what you have to do!” He was placed in handcuffs and charged with disorderly conduct, public intoxication and possession of a drug related object. He had a crack pipe hidden in a pack of Newports. • A man called police because he had a court order stating that his ex–wife was not allowed to have overnight guests of the opposite sex while his daughter was in her custody. The man said that his ex–wife’s boyfriend was in the house. The police arrived and made contact with the woman,

who stated she was unaware of the court order. The officer showed it to her, and she complied. She was very unhappy they were knocking on her door after 3 a.m. • A man was walking to the bus stop when two black males in a pick up truck pulled up beside him. The passenger asked if he had change for a $20 bill. The man said that he did and pulled out his wallet. The passenger pulled out a revolver instead of currency and took the man’s wallet, which contained $223. The victim said the two men were in a red Nissan pick up. The vehicle had a washing machine and some bicycles in the back of it. The suspect had short hair and was wearing a hoodie that had paint stains on it. A canvas of the area for the suspects failed to uncover the whereabouts of the suspects. cs Give anonymous crime tips to

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to some skepticism.) A few years later a chauffeur in Hawaii confessed under scopolamine to writing the note in a kidnap-murder case but repudiated his statement afterward; ultimately the crime was pinned on someone else. By the mid-1930s, scopolamine had been abandoned in favor of safer drugs such as sodium amytal and sodium thiopental (of which Pentothal is a brand name). But the theory stayed the same: once you’re in a trance and have thus lost the brain functions needed to sustain a lie, you’re reduced to telling the truth. The problem with truth serums is the results can’t be depended on. It’s easy to find case reports of people recounting detailed stories under the influence of drugs of which they have no recollection afterward—and the stories check out. But researchers also admit that they know of just as many confessions that were demonstrably false. But hope lives on in the shadowy corners of government. During World War II, the Office of Strategic Services, forerunner to the CIA, tried using cannabis extract to make people talk. Later generations of spies wondered whether they could get results with mescaline and LSD. In the 1950s the CIA launched a covert research program called MK-Ultra to explore the possibilities of truth serums and behavior-modification drugs; it’s said to have run at least through the late 60s. The project gained notoriety after one participant jumped out a hotel window while on LSD. The U.S. Supreme Court has ruled that confessions obtained using drugs are inadmissible on the premise that the practice violates the constitutional protection against self-incrimination. The European Court of Human Rights has likewise prohibited the practice. Nonetheless, drugs continue to be used to extract confessions in some parts of the world. After 9/11, some in the U.S. argued that truth serum ought to be used to extract information from terrorism suspects. Nothing so far suggests U.S. authorities tried it, though it’s possible we turned suspects over to other countries with fewer scruples. Though I don’t make light of ethical considerations, the argument likely to carry more weight is the practical one. Let’s say out of 100 bits of data forcibly extracted using drugs or other means, five are legitimate. How do you know which five? cs

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• Lisa Blair and her six sisters were enjoying a Thanksgiving meal in Hamilton, Ontario (in Canada, Thanksgiving was Oct. 12), when they began noticing suspicious flecks in the food and realized that their necklace lockets, containing the ashes of their mother (who had passed away two weeks earlier) were leaking. A local funeral services store restocked and sealed the lockets. • In November, researchers roaming the depths of Scotland’s Loch Ness in a submarine, looking for the legendary monster, reported finding mainly “hundreds of thousands” of golf balls at the bottom, from popular use of the lake as a driving range. A recent Danish Golf Association report lamented the slow decomposition of golf balls (taking 100 to 1,000 years), and one U.K. legislator has called golf balls “humanity’s signature litter.” • The October “Miss Asia” beauty pageant in Hong Kong mostly followed a traditional script, but special bonus competitions were added, according to a report in The Straits Times. Contestants appeared behind boards with only certain body parts exposed so that judges could comment without knowing which woman they were observing. Breast-judging turned out well for each of the three finalists, as did waist-judging. However, the judges had harsh words for two contestants’ hair. Wang Zhi Fei was criticized for “lots of dandruff and oily scalp,” and Wang Chen learned the hard way that she had significant “signs of hair loss.”

• Veteran marathoner Jerry Johncock, 81, was four-fifths through the Twin Cities Marathon in October when he was overtaken by a medical problem common to men of his age: urinary blockage. As he stopped to discuss his plight with officials, noting that he would have to quit the race to get to a hospital before his bladder burst, a spectator overheard the conversation and offered him the use of a “spare” catheter he had in his car. Johncock repaired to a rest room, administered the catheter, and returned to finish the race. • Shipments of Ford passenger vans arrive each month in Baltimore from a Ford plant in Turkey, but each time, workers immediately rip out the non-driver seats and replace the side windows with steel. The reason, according to a September Wall Street Journal report, is to avoid an expensive tariff on imported “delivery vans,” which is News That Sounds Like a 10 times the tariff on “passenger vans.” Joke Ford found it less costly to re-fit passen• In September, prominent ger vans than to acknowledge importchocolate food engineer Hanna ing delivery vans. Ironically, the Frederick introduced her latest tariff was imposed in 1963 to concoction at a conference of protect the U.S. auto industry Ok, turkey the Meat Industry Association from foreign imports. muffins was in New Zealand: dark chocolate • In October, Poland’s Polskipushing it truffles tinged with venison too far. eradio reported a settlement and salami. Said Frederick: in the 18-month legal battle “There’s this smoky taste to between two neighbors in start, then a strong chocolate Mikowice over a plastic flavor comes in, and at the end bucket worth about $4.50. One you have this wonderful taste of had sued, accusing the other of salami. ” Earlier in the year, she had ruining the bucket by kicking it. introduced chocolates injected with The respondent had elaborately Tongkat Ali, a Southeast Asian offered proof of innocence by herb reputed to stimulate testossubmitting video of the neighbor terone production. continuing to use the bucket as

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(1) Kenny Jackson, 30, was arrested in St. Paul, Minn., in August after rampaging through his house, destroying furniture and menacing his son, 4, upon finding the boy wearing a blue shirt, which happens to be the color favored by a rival gang (to Jackson’s Bloods). (2) In April, Helen Ford was evicted from her home of 30 years in Cambridge, Mass., the result of, she says, being tricked by her son six years earlier to sign the house over to his “business associates” (who recently defaulted on the mortgage). Her son is former college and pro basketball player Rumeal Robinson, 43, who is under federal indictment for bank fraud. Ford (for exemplary community service) and Robinson (for basketball fame) are both prominent citizens of Cambridge, and the house in question sits on Rumeal Robinson Way.

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(1) The victim of fatal gunshots in Buffalo, N.Y., in October: Mr. Mister Rogers, 23. (2) Arrested for flashing women in Annville Township, Pa., in October: Mr. Hung Thanh Vo, 19. (3) Sentenced for burglary in Portland, Ore., in November (for a December 2008 incident in which he, nude, was detained by the 88-year-old female homeowner, who had grabbed his scrotum): Mr. Michael G. Dick, 47. (4) Arrested for prostitution in Forsyth County, Ga., in October: massage parlor employee Mi Suk Yang, 47.

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From a police report in the Oct. 6 Jersey Journal: An out-of-state visitor who parked his Ferrari Modena overnight on the street in Jersey City returned the next morning to find the car burglarized and a $100,000 Audemars Piguet watch that he had left inside the car missing. cs

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Lead singer Lzzy (short for Elizabeth) Hale gives this Pennsylvania rock quartet a sort of Heart–meets–Evanescence feel. She’s also the band’s rhythm guitar player. The Halestorm single “I Get Off,” perhaps understandably, has attracted a lot of attention (it reached the Top Ten on the American “Mainstream Rock” chart). “On that song,” Lzzy says, “I reach outside of myself and explore sexuality. It also has this crazy metaphor of me getting off on the crowd getting off on me.” This show finds them headlining a bill including Aranda (profiled in this issue) and Adelitas Way. Listen & learn: www.halestormrocks. com. At 10 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 3 at Live Wire Music Hall, 307 W. River St. $12.

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From Hilton Head Island comes an earnest four-piece rock outfit that not only covers R.E.M. exclusively, they’ve named themselves after the Athens boys’ first (and, in the eyes and ears of many, best) album. Murmur consists of Nate Shefsick on (slurred) vocals and guitar, John Bruner on drums, Kieron O’Grady playing bass, and guitarist extraordinaire Ben Russ. O’Grady promises the band does “a lot of the early stuff,” which makes us anxiously look forward to the next incarnation of R.E.M.sh bands, Reckoning and Fables of the Reconstruction. Saturday, Dec. 5 at Wild Wing Cafe, 27 Barnard St.

MOSE ALLISON

The legendary blues pianist, singer and songwriter was 79 when he performed for the Savannah Jazz Festival in September; he’s just celebrated Birthday No. 80. “If you say one thing about my style, it’s going to be wrong,” said the author of “Parchman Farm,” “Young Man Blues” and a host of other classic and oft–covered tunes. “Because it’s a conglomeration of things. There are several things involved – classic jazz, the kind that swings, and a heavy blues

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Billy Joe Shaver

Some of these old Texas singer/songwriters make it for the long haul; some don’t. Billy Joe Shaver came up through the ranks at the same time as the late, great Townes Van Zandt; in fact, they used to open for each other at the famous Old Quarter in Houston, back in the day. Van Zandt’s rugged lifestyle choices killed him but Shaver, 70, has hung on and persevered. When you seen him on the Jinx stage Saturday, you’ll be looking at a survivor. Shaver never had what you’d call a hit, but his 1973 debut Old Five and Dimers Like Me was considered one of the first “outlaw” country albums (“outlaw” being a loose translation of “I’m doing what I want and to hell with you if you don’t like it”). He has written some classic genre tunes including “I Been to Georgia on a Fast Train” and “I’m Gonna Be a Diamond Someday.” It was, however old pal Waylon Jennings and influence. A lot of my vocals are definitely blues–permeated.” Ain’t no Mose like Mose Allison.

his groundbreaking Honky Tonk Heroes album (also in ’73) that brought Shaver a lot of attention. All but one of the tunes on that album were Shaver originals. In the 1990s, he and his guitarist son Eddy had a band together called Shaver. Eddy died in 2000, the same year Billy’s wife passed away, and the guy’s still on the road, making music, playing gigs and getting into the occasional scrap. Once an outlaw, always an outlaw. Listen & learn: www.billyjoeshaver.com. At 10 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 5 at the Jinx, 127 W. Congress St. Tickets $20 advance, $25 day of show. CS

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Sibling revelry

The brothers Aranda set their sights out of Oklahoma by Bill DeYoung | bill@connectsavannah.com

The big dust bowl out of Oklahoma City these days is the rock ‘n’ roll band Aranda. Fronted by brothers Gabe (lead vocals) and Dameon (guitar and vocals) Aranda, the band is getting attention because Kelly Clarkson, whose music couldn’t be more different from theirs, covered two Aranda originals on her 2009 All I Ever Wanted album. The tunes are “Whyyawannabringmedown” and the title song, “All I Ever Wanted.” The Clarkson album has gone multi–platinum – presumably selling to teenyboppers not familiar with the hard–charging Aranda versions. “You kind of lose a little street cred,” Gabe Aranda laughs when asked if the great Clarkson coup isn’t actually a double–edged sword for the brothers. “It’s one of those things where you just kinda are flattered. It’s the first time a big artist has taken notice of what we’re doing – we’re still pretty much a baby band. It’s one of those things you’re just happy to have happen.” The checks, he says, aren’t rolling in just yet. These things take time. “As far as the financial benefits, we haven’t seen anything from it. But she’s selling a decent amount of records, and

when that stuff does start to come in it’s going to help us fund our own projects. And keep this band going, because at the level we’re at now we need all the help we can get.” In the meantime, Aranda travels from yon to hither, hawking the Aranda album, trying to win over new fans. The band opens for Halestorm Thursday, Dec. 3 at the Live Wire Music Hall. At 28, Gabe Aranda is 18 months younger than his brother. They each write the band’s songs, and their harmony vocals are a big element in the propulsive nature of the music, which blends a sort of ‘80s power–ballad thing with Van Halen and Hendrix riffing, and an order of Red Hot Chili Peppers funk on the side. Rock ‘n’ roll brother acts, of course, are notorious for imploding under the

stress of constant music–making. “We did a lot of our fighting when we were young,” Aranda says. “It’s almost like we fought ourselves out, whereas we’re so close now that it’s like I can’t even remember the last time we had a real fight. I mean, we argue and stuff like that. “But all the bands that we love, the Black Crowes and Oasis, you hear about these brothers knocking each other out onstage. We never had that before. We realized that this is what we want to do, and that stuff is only going to be

counter–productive for us. “Maybe after we get a hit we’ll start fighting, I don’t know.” The current club tour is the farthest the brothers Aranda and their compatriots have been from their native Oklahoma. From the start, Gabe Aranda says, this has always been the family’s dream. “My dad started teaching us both guitar when we were little,” he recalls. “Dameon just took to it – he was just a prodigy right out of the box – but I decided it was too hard, and started


really watch it, really warm up before the shows. “First and foremost you just have to say ‘It’s a gift.’ I think we all have gifts that God gives us, and it’s what you do with them ... it’s recognizing those gifts and working on them.” And until the Kelly Clarkson royalties appear in the family mailbox, working will be the operative word. Not that a little money or notoriety will slow them down. “You just want to get to a point where your band is self–sustaining financially,” Aranda says. “It’s fun and all, but it’s still a business. We’re out here running a mobile business, running around from city to city. “And you can’t do it for free. Everybody’s got bills at home and stuff that’s got to be paid.” CS Aranda Opening for Halestorm Where: Live Wire Music Hall, 307 W. River St. When: 10 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 3 Cost: $12 Online: www.livewiremusichall.com

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singing. “Music was always a big part of my family’s life. My cousin’s the bass player in the band, and when we were little we would put on shows in my grandparents’ living room and stuff. And they encouraged it. I think that was the key. “My grandmother to this day, whenever we play within two or three hours of Oklahoma City, she will be at the shows. That’s the type of support we’ve gotten from our family over the years.” Gabe Aranda’s lead vocals are from the throat–shredding school of Lou Gramm and Stephen Tyler. Traveling from one smoky club to another, in all kinds of weather, the vocal chords must be protected. Which isn’t always easy. “For me, it is a battle,” he says. “I can speak for both of us – we both sing with everything we have. It’s not a technically sound technique, you know? We’re not singing from the diaphragm – we have no idea what we’re singing from, just the heart. “My brother can bounce back from blowing his voice out in a couple nights. He’s back to normal. Me, I’ve got to

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Mountain Heart: Aaron Ramsey, left, Barry Abernathy, Josh Shilling, Clay Jones, Jason Moore and Jim Van Cleve

Back in blue

Mountain Heart is not your grandfather’s bluegrass band by Bill DeYoung | bill@connectsavannah.com

Smack in the middle of Mountain Heart’s most popular instrumental rave–up, “#6 Barn Dance,” the award–winning bluegrass sextet will veer into 4/4 time and start banging out some familiar–sounding chords ... and there it is, like it was meant to be part of an old–time breakdown: AC/DC’s “Back in Black.” That’s the sort of thing to expect from this most progressive of progressive bluegrass groups: The unexpected. Ever since the band was formed, 10 years ago, by exiles from Alison Krauss’ and Doyle Lawson’s bands, Mountain Heart has been about adding surprise and showmanship to its certifiably brilliant brand of acoustic musicianship. Mountain Heart returns to Randy Wood Guitars, to the intimate Pickin’ Parlor, Friday, Dec. 4. Every time they’ve played at Randy’s, the place has been packed. The band includes founding members Jim Van Cleve (fiddle) and Barry Abernathy (banjo), plus Clay Jones (guitar), Jason Moore (standup bass) and Aaron Ramsey (mandolin), each one a bluegrass virtuoso and a harmony singer of considerable prowess. The newest member is 26–year–old Josh Shilling, who grew up in a Virginia

mountain town, not far from where Mountain Heart and other acoustic artists worked at a small recording studio. Shilling, who cut his teeth on rhythm ‘n’ blues music, is a versatile vocalist capable of stunning shifts of color and power, and his addition to the band in 2006 turned a really, really good group into one of the great ones (ever heard a bluegrass version of the Allman Brothers’ “Whipping Post”?) The days of Bill Monroe and a bunch of stiff–backed guys in coats and ties are long gone. Bluegrass, thanks to energetic, electric bands like Mountain Heart, has reached the present day. How did you come to join Mountain Heart? Josh Shilling: I would be in doing these demos of R&B–type stuff, and this engineer I knew also ran sound for Mountain Heart. I think he took some

of my demos on the bus one weekend, and turned the Mountain Heart guys on to me as a singer. They’ve always been progressive and innovative; a little bit outside the norm as far as the traditional bluegrass band is concerned. They were a phenomenal band, way back when. The first time we all actually met was in 2005. They were recording Clay Jones’ solo record, and I went by the studio and hung out with them. They talked to me about if there would ever be a possibility of me singing with them. At that time, I’d never thought of myself as a tenor singer, whatsoever. I was this behind–the–groove, backbeat kind of guy who played all this R&B and funk stuff. Another year or two, they were actively looking for another singer. And I was in an R&B band – big horn section, I’m playing Hammond organ. Drums, soul singers, a full–on R&B band. I was wearing myself thin, playing like four or five nights a week. And not getting the exposure I wanted, I think, as a singer or as a writer. It was a very good time for them to make a change, and it was a good time for me to try something new. Did it gel right away?

Josh Shilling: If there was something that pushed me over the edge, it was when at our first rehearsal we worked up a song that I’d written. These guys were willing to go out there and represent my songs with their talent. It was an honor, first of all, and secondly it was “Hang on. This looks more like a career situation than playing in festivals and honky tonks, and playing cover music every night.” Which is kind of what I was doing. You’re a piano player ... but you have the second guitar spot in Mountain Heart, which isn’t exactly softball stuff. Josh Shilling: I played acoustic guitar, but I only used it for writing songs. And I might break it out onstage every once in a while, for a country song in a bar somewhere, and play rhythm. When they approached me I said “Man, I’m not a real good guitar player.” I’m thinking of all the negatives: I’m not a tenor singer, and I really don’t know any bluegrass material. They were like “Trust us. This will be awesome if we can work it out.” We had one rehearsal, and we decided to give it a trial run. Then they called and said “We got your first gig – we’re playing at the Ryman Auditorium, at the Grand Ole Opry, on live radio.”


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Welcome to the contemporary world of bluegrass. Josh Shilling: I’d never been exposed to bluegrass, really, in that sense. I mean, I knew what bluegrass was, but I’d never been to all these festivals and realized that man, there’s this huge cult market all over the world for this stuff. I thought it was a kind of East Kentucky, Tennessee, Virginia kind of a thing. I didn’t know you could go over to Switzerland and everybody knows you by your first name. You can play a festival in London and they think you’re stars. I didn’t realize that at all. There are a lot of progressive bluegrass bands around. Is there a feeling in the band like “Yeah, we’re doing something really different”? Josh Shilling: There are bands that have done some things that are really different, just to be doing something different. Just to try to make the bluegrass community mad, or try to mix something into country that country wouldn’t allow. Honestly, Mountain Heart just kinda does whatever represents who’s in the band. Aaron, who plays mandolin, is more of a jammer, like Sam Bush or somebody. So we do some of that stuff – let him jam, let his hair down, go wild. And it’s because that’s his personality. When I think about the Doobie Brothers, you’ve got Pat Simmons and Michael McDonald, random guys. You’ve got all these different personalities who came together to make this sound, and that’s kind of like what Mountain Heart’s done. All these differ-

Are you thinking this might be temporary, that you might use this as a springboard to something else, a door to a solo career? Josh Shilling: I don’t think it’s temporary. When I first joined the band I wondered how long it would work out for them, as a group. At the time they were still very bluegrass, even though they were on the edge of bluegrass. And I didn’t know if bluegrass was something I wanted to do forever. Now, we can go do a bluegrass show. We’ll go out with Tony Rice and sing bluegrass all night long. Or, we can go on tour with Lynyrd Skynyrd, which we’ve done, and be a rock ‘n’ roll band. We can add a drummer and go do a country or rock show. Or we can strip it down and be as traditional ‘grass as you want to be. Yeah, they do give me a lot of the spotlight, which has been an awesome situation to be in. Considering I had all these tunes and all these ideas that I didn’t really have an outlet for. We get out on the edge of acoustic music, or bluegrass for sure, and I think that’s part of what’s made it OK for me to be here. And it’s also part of what’s made me want to stay. I don’t see this as a door at all. It’s almost 2010, and the music business is down. It’s not 1990 when Garth Brooks could put out almost anything, and sell 50 million records out of a Wal–Mart. Those days are gone. I guess what I’m saying is: If the perfect case scenario came along, and I saw a huge opportunity for me – and there was no doubt it was going to be a huge deal for the country music world or whatever, and for me – that may be an opportunity that I would have to take. But that opportunity’s never come along. The thing about the music business today is that if you’re making a living doing your own thing, then man, you’re doing better than 99 percent of the people out there. CS Mountain Heart Where: Randy Wood Guitars, 1304 E. Highway 80, Bloomingdale When: At 7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 4 Tickets: $30 Online: www.randywoodguitars.com Artist’s Web site: www.mountainheart. com

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As one local Nutcracker says goodbye, another says hello by Bill DeYoung | bill@connectsavannah.com

It’s last call at Club Sweets.

All jazzed up: The Studio’s Swingin’ at Club Sweets combines Nutcracker ballet with swing music.

Saturday’s performance of Swingin’ at Club Sweets will be the final one for the young dance students of The Studio. Director Valerie Moretti Niebuhr says her adaptation of The Nutcracker – staged by her students for five consecutive years at the Lucas Theatre – has run its course. “I’m always looking for more,” she says. “I want more. It’s a great show, and this doesn’t mean I could never do it again. It’s always there. But I just aspire to do something else, and bigger.” The Rhode Island–born Niebuhr studied with New York’s Steps on Broadway, and danced as part of the Metropolitan Ballet Theatre and other troupes. She’s been in Savannah since 2001, first taking a teaching job with (the now defunct) Ballet South, then opening The Studio in 2004. Swingin’ at Club Sweets is a jazz–age translation of the time–honored tale of little Clara and her Christmas dreams. Accompanied by a five–piece jazz combo, the cast turns the stately home of Herr Drosselmeyer into a speakeasy, populated by finger–poppin’ swingers and jazzbos. The music is by Duke Ellington, Cab Calloway and others of that idiom. But it’s not what you’d call jazz dance, Niebuhr says. “It’s all ballet. All the dancers are en pointe. It’s contemporary, but it’s certainly classical ballet. But it’s pushing the envelope in terms of what they’re doing. And it’s incredibly demanding, technically.” The cast of 30 includes dancers ranging in age from 6 to 18, and several of the kids have been a part of Club Sweets since its inception. “They’re not just running across the stage on their tippy–toes,” Niebuhr laughs. “They know it’s an opportunity to do a lot of dancing and carry the show. “Because once I’ve finished giving them all the choreography, it’s their show. I give it to them. They definitely look forward to it.” It’s become a popular show, too, and one that’s always well–attended (and not just


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The Children’s Ballet Theatre does a more traditional Nutcracker.

by the kids’ families – that’s what The Studio’s spring showcase is for). Still, Niebuhr admits, she’s never actually sold out the Lucas. Since hers is one of two (or three) Nutcracker adaptations performed in Savannah each winter, she wonders if the disparate local companies might someday unite, pooling their best dancers, for a truly killer Nutcracker. “If the community could come together to do a ‘Savannah’ show, it would be such a fantastic thing, I think,” she says. “And then you could sell out, and do so many nights. It would be fun. But people aren’t willing to go there.” Ah, but Swingin’ at Club Sweets, according to its choreographer, has gotten better every year as The Studio’s dancers grow and mature. “I constantly evolve the choreography, and that helps make it more fresh,” Niebuhr explains. “Every time we work on it, it’s almost more fun because it’s different.” Still, “I’m ready to try something else next year, and unless I could have a 20–piece jazz orchestra and a bigger group of people performing, I don’t think I want to do it again.” New to the Nutcracker sweepstakes for 2009 is Paula Fichtenkort’s Academy of Dance; her performing company, the Children’s Ballet Theatre, brings their interpretation of the original show to the stage of the Trustees Theater Saturday and Sunday. Fichtenkort, a native of England who founded Connecticut’s Westport Academy of Dance, started the Academy after arriving in Savannah in 2006. For the last three holiday seasons, she’s had her kids doing The Night Before Christmas. “I was kind of getting them ready before we jumped into The Nutcracker,”

Fichtenkort says. “I did it for many, many years in Connecticut. They’re ready now. I didn’t want to do some rinky–dink thing, or some recital–type show; I wanted it to look good.” The cast includes, she says, 60 children – starting at age 3. Most of the principals are dancers from the Academy’s junior and senior companies. Her choreography follows, more or less, the classical Nutcracker format laid out by George Balanchine. “I haven’t varied from it,” Fichtenkort explains. “I know some people do the southern one, and they do the bayou one down in Louisiana, but this is straight classical.” As for the sets and props, which are integral to a classical Nutcracker experience, “We’ve had a lot of help. The high school has built us a tree. The sets for the Land of Sweets, we were lucky enough to be given them by Ballet South. And we have a nice man here in town who’s a carpenter – he’s built us loads of stuff, cannons, the soldiers’ guns, everything. “I’ve been very lucky. It’s an expensive proposition to mount a Nutcracker, especially in this economy.” CS The Studio: Swingin’ at Club Sweets Where: Lucas Theatre, 32 Abercorn St. When: At 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 5 Tickets: $28–$35; $12 for students and military with ID Contact: (912) 525–5050 Children’s Ballet Theatre: The Nutcracker Where: Trustees Theater, 216 E. Broughton St. When: At 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 5 and 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 6 Tickets: $28 Contact: (912) 525–5050

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Don’t duck the Duckhorn For me, there are a handful of California wineries whose names are immediately synonymous with the elegant, painstakingly crafted wines they produce. One of those is Duckhorn Vineyards. I recently had the opportunity to taste through the wines from its vineyards in Napa Valley and Anderson Valley. The wines were paired with dishes prepared at 700 Drayton at The Mansion on Forsyth Park. Vineyard founders Dan and Margaret Duckhorn’s passion was for Bordeaux style wines and they brought that love to market in 1976 with a meager 800 cases of Cabernet Sauvignon. Sauvignon Blanc followed closely and the vineyard soon began to yield its foundation varietal — Merlot. This varietal is typified for its body and smoothness. In classic Bordeaux blends, Merlot is used to foster those two attributes — Duckhorn’s Merlot delivers both, along with food friendly characteristics. The 2006 Napa Valley Merlot I sampled adds minute splashes of Cabernet Sauvignon and Petite Verdot that lend to its complexity. The wine was paired with cocoa dusted wild boar, which played beautifully with the fruit flavors of cherry and raspberry. French oak (60 percent second year) aging for 16 months is managed nicely and lends subtle oakiness and rich texture. Of course, wine maker Bill Nancarrow gets a huge helping hand from the varied terroir of the region and, in the case of this vintage, a long growing season that added exceptional complexity and intense flavors. Fork–tender braised pork belly was the perfect foil for 2006 Paraduxx Red Blend, a proprietary label of Duckhorn that represents carefully combined selections of Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon. The blend varies from vintage to vintage, but the goal

remains to create a complex blend that is ripe and zesty. Hints of spicy pepper and tobacco punctuate this elegant wine that’s as welcome with a meal as it is enjoyed with friends around the fireplace. Paraduxx winemaker David Marchesi is fastidious with the process of blending this wine. Individual varietal lots of Zin and Cab are barrel aged for 18 months. The first blending creates the ultimate marriage of these varietal lots, Only then do the varietals come together to create Paraduxx. Again, careful vineyard selection allows Marchesi to exploit terroir — the final cut relies on his palate, and the benchmark set for Paraduxx with its first vintage in 1994. I gravitated to 2006 Goldeneye Anderson Valley Pinot Noir. The Goldeneye label was launched in 1996 on rolling terrain in Anderson Valley, north of Napa, where Pinot Noir thrives with cool ocean fog, clay soil and long, mild days. Goldeneye winemaker Zach Rasmuson developed his skills at Stag’s Leap Wien Cellars. With a solid foundation in Bordeaux style wines, Rasmuson found himself drawn to the challenges or Pinot Noir. This medium–bodied wine delivers boldness, a long finish and complex flavors that I appreciate in good Pinot Noir. It stood shoulder–to–shoulder with duck breast; the wine’s vanilla notes and aromas of cinnamon and clove created a comforting experiences with sides of sweet potato and sunchoke puree. Overall, the dish was sweet, the wine’s long finish added just the right spice to carry off the pairing. The Duckhorn family of wines: Duckhorn, Paraduxx and Goldeneye are easy to pick off the shelf: each features beautifully rendered duck paintings. These are great gift wines as well — each has the ability to lay down for 3–5 years before passing peak. cs

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

Vic’s on the River

With the opening of this beautifully restored building just a handful of years ago, River Street finally had a restaurant that stepped beyond fried seafood and cheap beer to offer upscale cuisine at moderate prices. Owners Dr. Irving Victor and Bill Hall (of Huey’s on the River) hold true to those tenets today — and the formula has made Vic’s as popular with busloads of visitors as it is with locals looking for inventive Southern cuisine and a jaw–dropping view of the Savannah river. I’m partial to the heartwarming and ribsticking dishes like the brown sugar–cured doublecut pork chop or the lunch portion of shrimp and smoked cheddar grits pictured here. The menu offers far more variety. Vic’s salad menu is popular with downtown workers at lunch — and even the pickiest diner is sure to find something among the array of fish, shellfish, steak, chicken and sandwiches. Delicious little Southern–style biscuits accompany every meal and are served with soft, whipped butter and orange marmalade. If I’m dining alone or with just one other, I enjoy sitting at high–top tables in the bar where I can get a great view of passing ships. Founding chef Jay Cantrell set the tone for Vic’s, and that legacy is being carried forward and upward with the recent addition of Chef Dusty Grove, recently of 700 Drayton at The Mansion on Forsyth Park. In fact, Vic’s kitchen boasts a stable of three former executive chefs who combine talents to offer what I predict will emerge as one of the city’s top three restaurants. One necessary element, the wine list, has grown substantially since opening, under the watchful eye of Dr. Victor and General Manager Sean Dylan. The new Vic’s on the River cookbook treats home cooks to the recipes and secrets behind dozens of dishes that are staples of the restaurant — or favorites of Dr. Victor, Bill Hall and the staff of the restaurant. The collection pays homage to Southern cuisine and particularly emphasizes the fresh, local ingredients that make Savannah a unique culinary destination. Main course,s sides, desserts and more ar outlined in thoroughly tested recipes and the book features photography that accurately illustrates key recipes — and leaves your mouth watering. The 160–page hardcover also highlights the founding of the restaurant and its historical context. $29.95 at the restaurant or Kitchenware Outfitters. 26 E. Bay St. & 15 E. River St./721–1000

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I rolled into this southside restaurant more excited about the little bowls of kimchi than I was about diving into a main course. The kimchi did not disappoint: traditional cabbage, cucumber, bean sprout and potato offered lots of textural variety and differing levels of heat. It’s a treat to pick through these dishes with chopsitcks and savor each bite. For my main course, I selected job chae, a stir fried noodle dish — I added chicken. The mountain of savory, dark glass noodles were enough to share. Adding flavors were an assortment of mushrooms, green onion tops, sliced white onions and bits of zucchini. The chicken was tender and nicely flavored. Overall, it was a wonderfully satisfying choice and one that kick–started my taste buds. Servers have always been helpful explaining each dish so I can broaden my appreciation for what turns out to be a great assortment of Korean dishes. 149 E. Montgomery Crossroad/920–7273


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The Chinese Golden Acrobats have a January date in Statesboro.

Romy’s Viennese Christmas

Sigmund Romberg (1887–1951) was an Austrian composer, famous for his operettas (The Student Prince, The Desert Song, Viennese Nights) who became even more well-known as an orchestra conductor and radio host. He collaborated with the likes of Gershwin, Porter and Berlin. “Romy,” as he was called, and the Sigmund Rothberg Orchestra began touring in the 1940s, performing Broadway tunes (including many of his own), classics, pops and, yes, Christmas music. Which brings us to this week’s performance by the New Sigmund Rothberg Orchestra. The concert – Wednesday, Dec. 2 at Skidaway Island Presbyterian Church, 54 Diamond Causeway – is called “A Viennese Christmas,” with the full orchestra and vocalists performing traditional carols and holiday songs, European sleigh–ride standards, and a generous helping of Rothberg chestnuts to roast on your open fire. The current cross–country tour represents the New Sigmund Romberg Orchestra’s 15th anniversary season. Jason Altieri conducts. Tickets for the 7:30 p.m. concert are $35; call (912) 598–0151.

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Nashville–based singer/songwriter Joni Bishop, a past performer at the Savannah Folk Music Society’s First Friday series, will appear Friday, Dec. 11 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, 1707 Bull Street. It’s an

annual event, and it’s free, and The Sacred Heart Church Folk Choir will open. That’s a 15–member ensemble featuring vocals, guitar, bass, Irish drum and flute. The 7 p.m. concert is free (a “love offering” will be taken).

Chinese acrobatics

Time–honored traditions infuse the acrobatics, traditional dance, ancient and contemporary music and theatrical techniques of the Chinese Golden Dragon Acrobats, coming to Georgia Southern University (Statesboro) Jan. 22. This award–winning troupe jumps, twists, turns, flies and defies gravity, putting on a show that blends awe–inspiring stunts with colorful costume designs, tremendous skill levels and good old showbiz panache. Tickets are $25 for the 7:30 p.m. show, held in the school’s spiffy performing arts center.

Fantastic fretmen

Guitarists Lulo Reinhardt, Itamar Erez, Stephen Bennettt and Brian Gore constitute the lineup for the International Guitar Night tour, which comes to the Lucas Theatre Jan. 23. These are four exemplary acoustic guitarists who individually, cover a variety of styles. Reinhardt, in fact, is a gypsy jazz player who fronts a band called Django Reinhardt and the Heartbreakers. Which is a pretty darn cool name. Tickets are $14–$37 at (912) 525–5050, or online at www.lucastheatre.com. cs

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Paintings by Vicci Waits — New paintings from Waits who is known for her bold strokes and use of the impasto technique. Hospice Savannah Gallery , 1352 Eisenhower Dr. , Small Presents of Art — A collection of gift-sized art, 11” x 14” or smaller, by 11 Savannah artists. Reception 12/12 6-9pm. Gallery 11, City Market Franklin South (upstairs) Small Works — Annual exhibition of SCAD artists featuring smaller, affordable works of art. Gutstein Gallery , 201 E. Broughton St., The Journey: Large Format Photography by Ben Ham — New work from the nationally renowned photographer, heavily inspired by Ansel Adams. He shoots in black and white using an old 8x10 field camera. Arts Center of Coastal Carolina, Hilton Head Island Tiny Treasures — The Signature Gallery presents a collection of gift-sized paintings. Opening reception: 12/12, 6-9pm. Signature Gallery , City Market cs


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Fantastic Mr. Fox Whatever is in the water out in Los Angeles is forcing today’s most acclaimed young filmmakers to bring beloved children’s books to the big screen.

First it was Spike Jonze directing an adaptation of Maurice Sendak’s Where the Wild Things Are, and now it’s Wes Anderson helming a motion picture version of Roald Dahl’s Fantastic Mr. Fox. At this rate, can we soon expect Darren Aronofsky to tackle Dr. Seuss’ Hop on Pop and Paul Thomas Anderson to serve up Arlene Mosel’s Tikki Tikki Tembo? As for Anderson’s stop-motion-animated opus, it’s an improvement over Jonze’s recent live-action effort, even if it falls short of being the new family classic dictated by the advance buzz. The mistake would be in categorizing it as a children’s film, as it largely leaves out the sort of oversized humor found in movies made for the small fry. Instead, its pleasures, including Anderson’s painterly compositions and the A-list vocal cast, seem more likely to win over viewers of voting age and above. George Clooney brings his usual mix of leading-man swagger and character-actor eccentricity to his interpretation of the title character, a newspaper columnist who once promised his wife (a largely wasted Meryl Streep) that he would leave behind his life of danger (i.e. stealing chickens) but instead finds himself being lured back by the prospect of sticking it to a trio of insidious farmers (the leader being voiced by Dumbledore himself, Michael Gambon). Moving to its own laid-back rhythms (an approach sure to cause seat-shuffling from those not on its wavelength), this likable lark functions as a reprieve from the plasticity of most modern ’toon flicks. It may not be fantastic, but it’s good enough.

Hollywood’s second foray into the Twilight zone features enough fantasy and romance to satisfy most hardcore devotees of Stephenie Meyer’s vampire saga, but just as many viewers will notice that this is too often a case of the emperor –– or, more specifically, buff teenage boys –– wearing no clothes. A step down from last year’s box office hit Twilight, New Moon has retained the same screenwriter (Melissa Rosenberg) but opted to switch out directors (The Golden Compass’ Chris Weitz in for Thirteen’s Catherine Hardwicke). Perhaps it’s this changing of the guard that prevents this latest picture from ever maintaining a steady rhythm. After all, Twilight might have been occasionally ripe, but that worked for the material, as Hardwicke instinctively fed into the oversized angst that all too often defines the lives of teenagers wrapped up in their daily melodramas. By comparison, Weitz keeps the proceedings on a low simmer, an emotional oasis only punctuated every once in a while by Bella’s howls as she pines for her one true bloodsucking love. But we’re getting ahead of ourselves. In New Moon, vampire Edward Cullen (Robert Pattinson) has decided that it’s too dangerous for his human girlfriend Bella (Kristen Stewart) to be around his kind, so he and his family pack up and leave their Forks, Wash., home, ostensibly for good. Missing her soulmate, Bella shuts down completely, and is only slowly drawn out of her shell by her friend Jacob (Taylor Lautner) –– and by the discovery

that Edward appears in ethereal form whenever she’s in danger. Bella repeatedly puts herself at risk - riding motorcycles at daredevil speeds, diving off impossibly high cliffs, gorging on fast–food combos every day for a full month (OK, kidding on that last one) - but soon discovers that an even deadlier option materializes with the return of some vampiric foes. And what’s with those gigantic werewolves stomping through the Pacific Northwest woods? As before, the whole enterprise is primarily held together by Stewart’s performance, a believable mix of adoration for her man and attitude toward the rest of the world. The plot structure limits Pattinson’s screen time, but that’s not necessarily a bad thing: Less effective than he was in Twilight, here the actor seems bored by the franchise, as if he’s already anxious to try his hand at more mature roles. As Jacob, Lautner projects a wholesome earnestness, even if he’s victim to most of the film’s most risible moments –– I especially chuckled during the scene in which he tends to a cut on Bella’s forehead not by tearing off a swatch of his shirt but by whipping off the entire garment, thus allowing audiences to appreciate his bulging biceps–upon–biceps. Then again, you can’t say that Weitz doesn’t have his target audience in sight. In my review for Twilight, I wrote that the movie was “a love story first and a vampire tale second.” Given Pattinson’s ascension to pinup star as well as the pack of shirtless hunks filling out this latest film’s supporting cast, it’s safe to amend that statement to read that New Moon is a love story first and a male–model calendar second. The vampire tale has become almost incidental.


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THE BLIND SIDE

The Blind Side is typical of the sort of racially aware films Hollywood foists upon middle America, purportedly focusing on a black protagonist but really serving as an example of the goodness of white folks. The only reason this young black boy exists, it seems to hint, is so that a Caucasian woman can feel good about herself. The fact that The Blind Side is based on a true story dispels much of this criticism, although it still would have been nice if

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“Kitchen sink realism” was the term invented to describe a specific type of artistic movement that took place in England in the 1950s and 1960s, and here comes Precious to borrow that expression for a more modern, decidedly Americanized look at life among the lower classes. Adding to the appropriateness of subletting that term is that fact that a good part of this harrowing drama is set in and around the kitchen, as a frying pan to the head and hairy pigs feet to the arteries both take a toll on the well–being of the story’s heroine, 16–year–old Claireece “Precious” Jones (Gabourey Sidibe). Living with her hateful mother (Mo’Nique), a woman who abuses her in every way imaginable, Precious has to contend not only with a disastrous home life but also with the fact that she’s pregnant with her second child, both kids the result of being raped by her own long–gone father. Grossly overweight and largely illiterate, Precious nevertheless harbors a poetic side and can only hope that her life will take a turn for the better. She finally finds some allies in a patient teacher (Paula Patton) and a no–nonsense social worker (Mariah Carey, surprisingly effective), but their encouragement repeatedly gets negated by her mother’s assertions that she’s ugly, unloved and unwanted. The 2009 release least likely to be mistaken for the “feel–good movie of the year,” Precious is for most of its running time so pessimistic that it threatens to hammer viewers into a fetal position from which they may never emerge. Yet it’s this hard–edged honesty –– a far cry from the chipper, meaningless platitudes on view in many other works –– that earns this film its stripes. Yet its key ingredient is Sidibe, whose excellent performance crucially transforms Precious from a character to be pitied into a person to be admired.

writer–director John Lee Hancock had thought to include the character of Michael Oher (Quentin Aaron) into more of his game plan. Instead, he’s a saintly, one–dimensional figure –– although he (like everyone else in the film) seems like the spawn of Satan when compared to Leigh Ann Tuohy (Sandra Bullock), the feisty Southern belle who decides to feed, shelter and eventually adopt this homeless lad after spotting him one dark and stormy night. Bullock’s a lot of fun to watch in this role, and the movie itself contains enough humor and heartbreak (though next to no dramatic tension) to make it an engaging if undemanding experience. But its true intentions are revealed in its ample self–congratulatory dialogue. “Leigh Anne, you are changing that boy’s life.” “No. [insert dramatic, Oscar–friendly pause here] He’s changing mine.” You can almost see the filmmakers patting themselves on their backs before heading home to their maximum–security Beverly Hills mansions.

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Jackson Curtis (not to be confused with Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson) who must rise from Everyman to Superman in order to save not only himself but his fractured family unit (ex–wife, distant son, chipper daughter). There’s also the well–meaning scientist (Chiwetel Ejiofor), the duplicitous politician (Oliver Platt), the self–sacrificing U.S. president (Danny Glover), the conspiracy–theory nut who turns out to be right about everything (Woody Harrelson, whose zealotry was a lot more fun to watch in Zombieland), and so on. Even “master of disaster” Irwin Allen liked to shake up the status quo in such films as The Poseidon Adventure and The Towering Inferno, but Emmerich has no imagination: His A–listers live, his support players die. Worse, he subscribes to a rigid ethical code usually reserved for slasher films and fundamentalist diatribes: Likable characters tempted by the flesh suffer mean–spirited ends, as does anyone who dares to stand in the way of traditional family values. Such sermonizing takes a back seat, of course, to the action sequences, which basically seem to run on the same loop: A car (or

plane) misses getting crushed by only this much. It’s marginally exciting the first 20 times it happens, less so the subsequent 30 times it’s shown. Then again, practically everything about the picture is lazy and uninspired, making 2012 just one more blockbuster that’s strictly by the numbers.

The Men Who Stare At Goats Loopy enough to stand out from the homogenized pack but not bold enough to truly go the distance, this eccentric satire (inspired by Jon Ronson’s nonfiction book of the same name) proves to be a modestly pleasing piffle in which journalist Bob Wilton (Ewan McGregor, sincere but straightjacketed by an undemanding role) searches for a great story on the outskirts of the Iraq War and finds one in Lyn Cassady (George Clooney). Cassady claims to be a former super–soldier, a military man who had been trained in the ways of the paranormal in order to use psychic abilities to combat the enemy. Cassady and his fellow recruits flourished under the

tutelage of Vietnam War vet Bill Django (Jeff Bridges), but once a devious soldier named Larry Hooper (Kevin Spacey) entered the picture, everything went to hell. Now many years later, Cassady insists to Wilton that he’s on a covert mission, and he drags the inquisitive yet uncomprehending reporter along with him. Clooney and Bridges are both adept at giving off–kilter performances (let’s not forget that they’ve both headlined quirky Coen comedies), and they achieve the proper buzz in a picture that, until a protracted finale, gets high off the fumes of its own freewheeling inclinations.

A CHRISTMAS CAROL Officially, the title is Disney’s A Christmas Carol, which is acceptable since it sure as hell isn’t Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol. While it might be true that this animated version retains more of the literary classic than might reasonably be expected, it’s also accurate to state that a key ingredient of the novel –– namely, its humanist spirit — is largely missing from this chilly in-

terpretation. Director Robert Zemeckis, who used to make fun movies in which the spectacular special effects served the story and not the other way around (Back to the Future, Who Framed Roger Rabbit, Forrest Gump), has become obsessed with the motion capture process (this is his third consecutive picture utilizing this technique, following The Polar Express and Beowulf), and one gets the sense that he chose the Dickens chestnut not because of a desire to revive its moral tale for a new generation but because it seemed like a suitable vehicle for his new techno–toys. But Zemeckis can’t keep still, and rather than remain within the parameters of the meaty story, he fleshes out a story that didn’t exactly cry out for extraneous material. Zemeckis pads the material with such nonsense as Scrooge (Jim Carrey) being blasted into the stratosphere or dashing through the cobbled streets of London (a chase scene? Really?) while simultaneously turning into the incredible shrinking man. Carrey gives the role of the miserly Scrooge his all (he also voices a half–dozen other characters), and the 3–D effects (offered

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A sadness permeates the opening moments in the behind–the–scenes piece This Is It, but it has nothing to do with Michael Jackson’s death. Instead, the sequence – filmed, like the rest of the movie, while Jackson was very much alive – centers on the talented young dancers and singers who auditioned to be a part of the King of Pop’s planned series of London concerts. As each person describes the thrill of being included in the Jackson legacy – many of them tearing up as they speak – they comment on how much this opportunity means to them, with one or two even stating that this concert gave them a newfound purpose in their unfocused lives. It’s a heartbreaking sequence, considering that Jackson’s death meant that none would be able to live the dream that seemed within their collective grasp. It’s a smart way to open. Then there come the dance steps, not as fast and furious as before, but still deft enough to catch the eye. And finally, there’s the sheer spectacle, the showmanship that was arguably as responsible for keeping MJ in the light as any other aspect of his carefully constructed career. Combined, these elements make resistance futile, and for two shimmering hours, all the ghosts of scandals past melt away, leaving in their wake an entertainer whose only desire is to dazzle. And dazzle he does. With all of the footage coming from the rehearsals that took place from April through June of this year, This Is It provides backstage access to all the prepping for what promised to be one hell of a concert. With the special effects work completed for many of the show’s rear–screen spectacles, the movie is able to hint at the larger–than–life dimensions that even at their most bombastic never threaten to obscure the human dynamo working front and center. Ultimately, This Is It doesn’t quite feel like a documentary, nor does it seem like a concert film. It’s clearly a love letter to the fans, but, perhaps more importantly, it’s an olive branch to the latter–day critics, cynics and naysayers, all of whom have probably shown up to bury Jackson, not praise him.

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as volunteers. Call for more info: 912-233-1951 West Broad St. YMCA, 1110 May St. ,

Toys for Tots/Savannah Humane Society

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 R1999MHAR@aol.com. Chatham County Democratic Headquarters, 109 W. Victory Dr. , Savannah http://www.chathamdems.com/

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 www.constitutionparty.com

Drinking Liberally

An informal gathering of left-leaners. august1494@excite.com or www.DrinkingLiberally.org.

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 http://www.sip.armstrong.edu/CivilRightsMuseum/Civilindex.html

Purrs 4 Peace

Three minutes of simultaneous purring by cats (and honorary cats) around the world, conducted online (Facebook & Twitter) each Sunday at 3 p.m. by Savannah residents Confucius Cat and his human Staff. Details at www.ConfuciusCat.blogspot.com. Contact @ ConfuciusCat (Twitter) or Acolytes of Confucius Cat (Facebook).

Savannah Area Republican Women

meets the first Wednesday of the month at 11:30 am at Johnny Harris Restaurant Banquet Room on Victory Drive. Cost is $13 at the door. 598-1883. Johnny Harris Restaurant, 1651 East Victory Drive , Savannah

Savannah Area Young Republicans

For information, visit www.savannahyoungrepublican.com or call Allison Quinn at 308-3020.

Benefits 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.

Lions Club Xmas Tree Lot

The Lions Club of Savannah will host a Christmas Tree Lot this year. Proceeds benefit their chairtable endeavors. Douglas Firs ranging from 5-12 ft. tall. Open Nov. 22 thru Dec. 11, except Thanksgiving Day, until 8:30 p.m. Victory Drive, west of Optimist Stadium,

Miracle on May Street

The East Broad St. YMCA is collecting toys for their annual Christmas toy drive to help local families. They are looking for donations as well

The Lucas Theatre will be collecting donations of new, unwrapped toys for Toys for Tots as well pet supplies like food and blankets for the Humane Society. Items can be dropped off whenever the lobby is open for a performance. For more info: mewalsh@lucastheatre.com Lucas Theatre, 32 Abercorn St. ,

United Way Fundraising Campaign

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. uwce.org/

Call for Entries “In Progress”

Open call for submissions to a juried exhibition of process work. For more info: 912-355-8204 or info@desotorow.org. Desotorow Gallery , 2427 Desoto Ave. , http://www.desotorow. org/opportunities/inprogress.html.

Busy Woman of the Year Award

In 250 words of less, say why your nominee should be given this award. Nominations can be submitted online at www.verveffect.com/busywoman or by mail at 648 Henry St., Savannah, 31401. For info, visit Savannah.EveryBusyWoman.com.

Community Assistance Applications

The Junior League of Savannah is accepting applications for local non-profit organizations who advocate on behalf of women and children in the community. Applications are available at jrleaguesav.org or by calling (912) 790-1002. Deadline Dec. 15. The Junior League offers funding and volunteers to its partner organizations.

Home and Heart Warming Program

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.

Story Submissions

Savannah-based children’s book publisher, Castlebridge Books, has announced a January 10, 2010 deadline for story submissions. Selected stories will be included in a book titled “Sharing Savannah”. The book will be a benefit for reading is fundamental. Guidelines: 400-600 word story, with a tie to Savannah, for children aged 0-5. Entry guidelines can be found at CastlebridgeBooks.com http://www.bigtentbooks. com/rifsavannahproject.aspx

Classes, Camps & Workshops “Money Smart” Financial Education Classes

Learn how to save money and budget wisely. Presented by Consumer Credit Counseling Service (CCCS), in partnership with the City of Savannah, Bank On Savannah, the FDIC, and Step Up Savannah. 10/5, 11/2, 12/7 at 2pm. or 10/19, 11/16, 12/21 at 6pm. Call to reserve space 912-691-2227. Bull Street library, board room, 2nd floor ,

Abstinence Education

Hope House and Savannah State University are providing an after-school program for youth and young adults ages 12 to 29. Program activities last for about 2 hours every Wednesday at SSU. Transportation is provided. Snacks, field trips and supportive services are provided at no charge. 236-5310. Savannah http://www. savstate.edu/

Art,-Music, Piano and Voice-coaching

For all age groups, beginners through advanced, classic, modern, jazz improvisation and theory. Serious inquiries only. 961-7021 or 667-1056.

Beading Classes

Learn jewelry-making techniques from beginner to advanced at Bead Dreamer Studio, 407A E. Montgomery Cross Rd. Call 920-6659. Bead Dreamer Studio, Savannah http://www.beaddreamer.com/

Construction Apprentice Program

Free 16-week training program for men and women interested in gaining construction skills for career level jobs in construction. Earn a technical certificate of credit with no cost for trainingk, books or tools. To apply, call Tara H. Sinclair at 604-9574.

Conversational Spanish

Do you want to practice your Spanish? Come to the mesa de espanol the second Thursday and last Friday of the month at 4:30 p.m. For information, e-mail cafecontigo@gmail.com. The Sentient Bean, 13 East Park Ave. , Savannah

English as a Second Language

Have fun learning English with a teacher who has 20 years of experience. Small class sizes. Meets every Thursday from 7-8pm. Walk-ins welcome. For more info, call: 845-764-7045 The Sentient Bean, 13 E. Park Ave. ,

Fany’s Spanish/English Institute

Spanish is fun. Classes for adults and children are held at 15 E. Montgomery Cross Rd. Call 921-4646 or 220-6570 to register. Savannah

Free swimming lessons

The Savannah Storm Swim Team is giving free swim lessons to any child between the ages 7 to 18. An adult must accompany any child or children under 10. Send e-mail with contact info to: thesavannahstorm@gmail.com.

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

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.

Online Tools and Techniques for Fundraising

Learn the latest technologies, techniques, and best practices for online fundraising and more information that will teach you to make the successful online ask. Dec 8 from 1-4pm at the United Way Building, 428 Bull St. Call the Georgia Center for Nonprofits 912-234-9688 to register.

Porcelain Painting

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

Puppet Shows

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:// www.sjchs.org/1844.cfm

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 savannahlatina@yahoo.com or visit www. savannahlatina.com. 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.


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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 http://www.uwce.org/

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 , http://studiophase3.com/

Meets monthly on the first Monday. Visit www. cleancoast.org for event schedule. Jewish Educational Alliance, 5111 Abercorn St , Savannah http://www.savj.org/

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 coastalminis.com. Starbucks, Victory Drive and Skidaway Road , Savannah

Coffee & Conversation

Held every Tuesday at 8am by Creative Coast as a networking event. http://links.thecreativecoast.org/conversation. Cafe Ambrosia, 202 E. Broughton St. , Savannah

Geechee Sailing Club

Bike Night with Mikie

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

Brothers Growing for Humanity

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

Clubs & Organizations 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 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 http://buccaneerregion.org/solo.html.

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:// groups.yahoo.com/group/ChiSavannah/.

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 N303WR@aol.com, or call Capt. Jim Phillips at 412-4410. Savannah Flying Tiger Composite Squadron, Savannah International Airport , Savannah

Historic Savannah Chapter of ABWA

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 sylviapf@aol.com. 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 www.mops.org. First Baptist Church of the Islands, 6613 Johnny Mercer Blvd , Savannah http://www.fbcislands.com/

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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 beshiresjim@yahoo.com or visit www.otrr.org.

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.

Rogue Phoenix Sci-Fi Fantasy Club

Members of Starfleet International and The Klingon Assault Group meet twice a month, on the first Sunday at 4 pm. at 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 kasak@comcast.net or visit www.roguephoenix.org. 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 savannahadventureclub@gmail.com or visit www.savannahadventureclub.com

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

Now accepting membership applications for 2010. The SAA is for visual artists of all media types. We gather monthly to exchange ideas, support and promote awareness and appreciation of the visual arts in Savannah. We also provide affordable avenues for members to market and exhibit their art. Call 232-7731 to receive an application.

Savannah Brewers’ League

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

Savannah Browns Backers

This is an official fan club recognized by the Cleveland Browns NFL football team. Meet with Browns fans to watch the football games 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 373-5571 or send e-mail to KMDUST4@hotmail.com or Dave Armstrong at Darmst0817@comcast.net or 925-4709. Tubby’s Tank House (Thunderbolt), 2909 River Dr , Thunderbolt

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 http://www.stewart.army.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 savannahfencing@aol.com.

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 at 6:30 p.m. Dinner is included and there is no charge for guests. Call 961-9913 or visit www.savannahjaycees.com. 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 savannahphc.com for the events calendar or e-mail mickie_ragsdale@ comcast.net.

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Savannah Sunrise Rotary Club

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

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:// www.memorialhealth.com/

Savannah Wine Lovers

A sometimes formal group that also sometimes just gets together to drink wine. Visit http://groups.google.com/group/savannahwine-lovers.

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

Son-shine Hour

Meets at the Savannah Mall at the Soft Play Mondays from 11-12 and Thursdays from 1011. Activities include songs, stories, crafts, and games for young children and their caregivers. Free, no registration, drop-ins welcome. Call Trinity Lutheran Church for details 912-9253940 or email KellyBringman@gmail.com Savannah Mall,

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

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Stitch-N’s

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 vicky.mckinley1@comcast.net. Savannah http://www.sjchs.org/

Tarde en Espanol

Meets first Fridays at 7:30 p.m. at Vu at the Hyatt on Bay Street. If you’re not having fun, you’re not doing it right. Call 272-9830 or send e-mail to spannangela@hotmail.com. 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

Dance Abeni Cultural Arts Dance Classes

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

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 information call 912-631-3452 or 912-2722797. Ask for Muriel or Darowe. Email: abeniculturalarts@gmail.com

Meets every Wednesday, 6:30pm at Seaside Surf Coffee Shop. All levels welcome. For more info, call Will Strong, 912-604-8667. Seaside Surf Coffeeshop, Tybee Island

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 ,

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@ netscape.com. Old Tybee School, Tybee Island , Tybee Island

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:// www.ayoluwa.org/

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

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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 Cookin’ 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

Irish Dance Classes

Tybee Knights Chess Club

Adult Intermediate Ballet

Tybee Performing Arts Society

African Dance & Drum

Glor na h’Eireann cultural arts studio is offering beginner to champion Irish Dance classes for ages 5 and up, Adult Step & Ceili, Strength & Flexibility, non-competitive and competition programs, workshops and camps. TCRG certified. For more info contact PrideofIrelandGA@ gmail.com or 912-704-2052.

Argentine Tango

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.

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 information call 912-925-7416 or email savh_tango@yahoo. com. Doris Martin Dance Studio, 7360 Skidaway Rd ,

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

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Wednesdays 6PM-7PM @ The Charles H. Morris Center for the Arts, 10.00$ per class, Thursdays 6:30-7:30PM @ Fitness Body & Balance Studio, 4 classes for 60$ or 17.50$ per class, and Sundays 11:40 AM-12:40 @ Tantra Lounge, 10.00$ per class. For more info contact Nicole Edge at kleokatt@gmail.com, or 912-596-0889. www.cairoonthecoast.com.

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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. Call for details 912-224-9667 or visit www.fitnessbodybalance.com. 2127 1/2 Victory Dr. , Savannah

Salsa Classes

Learn Salsa “Rueda de Casino” 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

Salsa Lessons

Beginners class: Mondays, 7:30-8:45pm. Intermediate class: Tuesdays, 7-8pm. No partner required. Contact : salsavannah@gmail.com for more info. Tantra Lounge, 8 E. Broughton St. ,

Savannah Shag Club

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Shag & Beach Bop

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

Ceili Club

Experience Irish Culture thru Irish social dancing. No partner or experience needed. Learn the basics of Irish Ceili dancing. 7176 Hodgson Memorial Drive. Mondays at 7:30 p.m. For more info email PrideofIrelandGA@gmail.com.

Chicago-Style Steppin’ Lessons

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

Country/Western & Line Dancing

Every Tuesday through December at 6:30pm. American Legion Post 36. American Legion Post 36, 2309 E. Victory Dr. ,

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Pole Dancing Class

Belly Dance Classes

Taught by Nocturnelle. Contact Maya,313-1619, nocturnellegbd@yahoo.com or www.nocturnelle.org.

Savannah Center

Mahogany Shades of Beauty Inc.

offers shag music every Wednesday and Friday at 7 p.m. at American Legion Post 36. 2309 E. Victory Dr , Thunderbolt 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 Monday’s. The lesson schedule is posted at www.shagbeachbop. com. Lessons are held 6:30-7:30 p.m. Doubles Lounge, 7100 Abercorn St. ,

Swing Dancing by Savannah Swing Catz

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

Events Bingo

Join in the fun every Monday and Saturday. Games start at 7:30pm. The Fraternal Order of Eagles, 5406 LaRoche Ave. ,


Men On Weights

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

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

Fitness

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. savannahyoga.com. Savannah

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. hiddenwellacupuncturecenter.com or hiddenwellacupuncture@gmail.com. 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. consistantintegrity@yahoo.com.

Cardiorespiratory Endurence Training

Offered by Chatham County Park Services for persons 18 and up at Tom Triplett Park on Tuesdays from 5:30-6:30 p.m. and Thursdays from 8-9 a.m. Participants should wear comfortable clothing and will be required to sign a waiver form before participating. All classes are free. Call 652-6780 or 965-9629. U.S. Highway 80 West , Pooler

Crossfit Hyperformance

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

Crunch Lunch

30 minute Core and ABs concentration class. Offered 11:30 am and 12:00pm Monday, Wednesdays & Fridays @ Fitness Body & Balance 2127 1/2 East Victory Dr. www. fitnessbodybalance.com 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 http://www.savj.org/

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 Phillippa’s Place. 313 Harris St. , Savannah http://www.uusavannah.org/

Hatha Yoga classes

Every Monday and Wednesday from 5:306:30 p.m. Pre-register by calling 819-6463. St. Joseph’s/Candler Center for Well Being, Savannah http://www.sjchs.org/

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 http://www.sjchs.org/

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

“Geography Sudoku” Solve this as a normal sudoku, but with letters: When you’re done, every row, column, and 3x3 box will contain each of the nine given letters exactly one time. If you’ve solved the puzzle correctly, one row or column will reveal a well-known geographical reference. psychosudoku@hotmail.com

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Pilates Class

This exercise program strengthens and revitalizes without building bulk. Call to preregister 912-819-6463. St. Joseph’s/Candler Center for Well Being,

Pilates Mat Classes

Mat classes are held Tues & Thurs 7:30am8:30am, Mon 1:30pm-2:30pm, Thurs 12:30pm-1:30pm, Mon & Wed 5:30pm6:30pm. All levels welcome! Private and Semi-Private equipment classes are by appointment only. Parking available. Carol Daly-Wilder, Certified Pilates Instructor Call 912.238-0018 Momentum Pilates Studio, 310 E. 41st St , http://savannahpilates.com/

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. ashramsavannah.com/

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. islandsomatherapy.com, 843-422-2900. Island Somatherapy, 127 Abercorn Street , Savannah

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Savannah Yoga Center

Located at 1321 Bull St. Call 441-6653 or visit www.savannahyoga.com 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 http://www.yogacoopsavannah.com/

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

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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,

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

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, 5963009. No prices at this time, but contributions accepted. Tybee Island

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Yoga In the Park

Presented by the Savannah Food Coop, a paywhat-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-youcan/$12 suggested, www.savannahcoop.com.

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. 912-2324490 or email blh63@hotmail.com

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 4841266 or calexe@comcast.net.

Gay & Lesbian First City Network Board Meeting

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

Eating Disorders/Self Harm Support Group

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

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 4476605 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

Free Chair Massages

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

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

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

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 http://www.savannahspeechandhearing.org/

Gay AA Meeting

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 Tues of every month at 7 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 or email christina@savpride.com. 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 info@ standoutyouth.org or visit www.standoutyouth. org. First City Network, Savannah http://www. firstcitynetwork.net/

What Makes A Family

A children’s therapy group for children of GLBT parents. Groups range in age from 10 to 18 and are held twice a month. Call 352-2611.

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Community Cardiovascular Health

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 dickyt1954@ yahoo.com.

Free hearing & speech screening

Free Vision Screenings

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

Healthcare for the Uninsured

St. Mary’s Health Center is open for health needs of uninsured residents of Chatham County. Open Monday through Friday from 8:30 AM to 3:30 PM. For information or to make an appointment, call 443-9409. St. Mary’s Health Center, 1302 Drayton St. ,

Hearing Aid Funds Available for Infants and Children

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 6916882 or toll-free at 1-866-647-0010.

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.

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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 http://www.mybrothazhome.org/

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 843-683-8750 or e-mail Birththroughlove@yahoo.com. 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, tiffany@savannahdoula.com.

Immune System Disorders

12/3, 5:30pm - An educational program covering immune system disorders. Call for more info: 447-6605. SJ/C African American Health Resource Center, 1910 Abercorn St. ,

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. Every Tuesday from 5:30-7pm. 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, http:// meditation.meetup.com/490

Meditation for Relaxation and Stress

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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 (next to Jalapeno’s). 897-7979. 115 Charlotte Dr , Savannah

Memorial Health blood pressure check

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. memorialhealth.com/

Memorial Health CPR training

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

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 http://www.sjchs.org/

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.

Yoga for Cancer Patients and Survivors

Class is free for people with cancer and cancer survivors. Learn to increase your strength and flexibility and improve your overall well-being. For more information, call 350-0798. FitnessOne, 3rd Floor of Memorial Center for Advanced Medicine ,

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Dolphin Project of Georgia

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 http://www.caninepalacesavannah.com/

Boat owners, photographers and other volunteers are needed to help conduct scientific research. Must be at least 18 years old. Call 727-3177, visit www.TheDolphinProject.org.or e-mail gadolphin@comcast.net.

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. tybeemsc.org. 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, www.oatlandisland.org. 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 lesleycastle@gmail.com 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 and all sizes. 898-0361 or www.thesavannahyogaroom.com. 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 sherry@coastalpetrescue.org.

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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

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. liveoakpl.org/

Religious & Spiritual Calling All Christians

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

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 uusavannah.org. 313 Harris St. , Savannah http://www. uusavannah.org/

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Insured, bonded, certified in pet first aid and CPR. 355-9656, www.athomepetsitters.net.

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

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 www.savannahkennelclub.org. 209 Ste-

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, www.freedompathonline.org, freedompath@yshoo.com. Savannah

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Every Wednesday at noon at Montgomery Presbyterian Church. Bring your lunch and your Bible. 352-4400 or mpcsavannah.com. Montgomery Presbyterian Church, 10192 Ferguson Avenue , Savannah http://www.montgomerypresbyterian.com/

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 www.wbumc.org. 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 http://www.trinitychurch1848.org/

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, uusavannah.org 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, cindy@alwaysoptions.com. The Savannah Zen Center, 2424 Drayton St. , Savannah

Unitarian Universalist Beloved Community Church

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 UUBC2@aol.com. 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. 2340980, admin@uusavannah.org or www.uusavannah.org. 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. www.unitysavannah.org Unity Church of Savannah, 2320 Sunset Blvd , Savannah http://www.unityofsavannah. org/

Women’s Bible Study

at the Women’s Center of Wesley Community Centers. Call 447-5711 1601 Drayton St , Savannah http://www.wesleyctrs-savh.org/

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Open Doubles Tournament at 1 p.m. each Saturday at Tom Triplett Park on U.S. 80 between Dean Forest Road and Interstate 95. Tom Triplett Community Park, U.S. Highway 80 West , Pooler

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 http://al_anon_savannah.freeservers.com. 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 http:// www.fpc.presbychurch.net/

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 bariatrics.memorialhealth.com.

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.

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 madison@savannahcasa.org. Savannah

Celiac Support Group

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

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1 Leon Uris novel “___ 18” 5 Enter 9 Uses as a source 14 Shape of some mirrors 15 It now includes Lat. and Lith. 16 Muhammad Ali’s daughter 17 Macho way to say “dandruff ”? 19 How bad grades are sometimes written 20 Jackson or Johnson 21 Category for everything else: abbr. 23 Night before 24 They may get stroked 26 Drying-out stage 28 Watch chain 31 “Hedwig and the Angry ___” 33 Wine refused in “Sideways” 36 “He’s a complicated man/but no one understands him/but his woman” 38 Shankar on the sitar 40 “Slithy” “Jabberwocky” creature 41 Like Shaquille O’Neal 42 Rocky and Bullwinkle’s nemesis 43 Graceful swimmer 44 Airport near Paris 45 2007 NBA Draft #1 pick Greg 46 He voices Shrek 47 Currency replaced by the euro 49 Musician descended from Herman Melville (hence the name) 51 “Marble” deli loaf 52 Perot, formally 54 Exhaled response 56 Blood-type system 58 Ticket leftover 60 Childbirth assistants 64 Fictional typing tutor Beacon 66 What somehow happens to the vegetables in your TV dinner? 68 Beyond husky 69 Muppet with his pet fish Dorothy 70 Bullring yell 71 Cobb, for one 72 “Liquid sunshine” 73 Word that can precede either word in 17- and 66across and 11- and 30-down

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1 N.Y.C. gallery 2 “One Day in the Life of ___ Denisovich” 3 Arrive at the airport 4 Woodard of “Desperate Housewives” 5 Chew, as with a rawhide bone 6 “Charter” tree 7 Prop, really 8 Polite refusal 9 “Think outside the box,” for instance 10 James Bond creator Fleming 11 That sharp nail in the road you just ran over? 12 Abbr. on a mountain sign 13 “No Ordinary Love” singer 18 For real 22 Mid-tournament rounds 25 Atlantic catch 27 Bohemian 28 Camera setting 29 Frequent site for flight layovers 30 Tool used to clean out the pits in kiddie playlands? 32 Group of wives 34 Egg producer 35 Edgy 37 It may get jammed under your windshield wiper 39 Italian restaurant selections 42 Be a braggart 46 “___, it’s full of stars!” (“2001” line) 48 Threw out 50 Tries for, in an auction 53 Awesome 55 Smarts 56 “Good Times” actor John 57 The Who’s “___ O’Riley” 59 Horror actor Lugosi 61 Mane man? 62 Fuzzy style 63 Put away your carry-ons 65 “Love ___ Battlefield” (Pat Benatar) 67 “___ dreaming?”

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Children’s Grief Groups

ARIES

(March 21–April 19) When Carolee Schneeman was a kid, her extravagant adoration of nature earned her the nickname “mad pantheist.” Later, during her career as a visual artist, she described her relationship with the world this way: “I assume the senses crave sources of maximum information, that the eye benefits by exercise, stretch, and expansion towards materials of complexity and substance.” I hope that you’re attracted to that perspective right now, Aries. To be in most productive alignment with the cosmic rhythms, you should be in a state of nearly ecstatic openness, hungry to be stretched –– like a mad pantheist.

TAURUS

(April 20–May 20) “Dear Rob: Last night my son and I were star–gazing. When we focused on the constellation Cassiopeia, an owl started hooting. Then a brilliant shooting star zipped by as a huge bat flew right over our heads. Was this a bad omen? Bats are creepy –– associated with vampires. And in Greek mythology Cassiopeia got divine punishment because she bragged that she and her daughter were more beautiful than the sea god’s daughters. But I don’t know, maybe this blast of odd events was a good omen. Owls are symbols of wisdom and shooting stars are lucky, right? What do you think? Are we blessed or cursed? –Spooked Taurus.” Dear Spooked: The question of whether it’s good or bad luck is irrelevant. Here’s what’s important: You Tauruses are in a phase when the hidden workings of things will be shown to you –– the mysterious magic that’s always bubbling below the surface but that is usually not visible.

GEMINI

(May 21–June 20) The week ahead will be a ripe time to pull off magic reversals. May I suggest that you try to transform dishwater greys into sparkling golds? Or how about recycling the dead energy of a lost cause in such a way as to generate raw fuel for a fresh start? I’m confident, Gemini, that you’ll be able to discover treasure hidden in the trash, and that you’ll find a way to unleash the creative zeal that has been trapped inside polite numbness. Now ponder this riddle, please: Do you think there’s any mystical sig-

nificance in the fact that the word “stressed” is “desserts” spelled backwards?

CANCER

(June 21–July 22) Lately you remind me of the person Robert Hass describes in his poem “Time and Materials”: “someone falling down and getting up and running and falling and getting up.” I’m sending you my compassion for the times you fall down, and my admiration for the times you get up, and my excitement for the times you run. It has probably become clear to you by now that the falling down isn’t a shameful thing to be cursed, but rather is an instrumental part of the learning process that is teaching you marvelous secrets about getting back up and running.

LEO

(July 23–Aug. 22) “I burn for no reason, like a lantern in daylight,” writes poet Joseph Lease. I think that’s a succinct formulation of one of your central issues, Leo. Burning for no reason, like a lantern in the daylight, can be the cause of either failure or success for you, depending on subtle differences of emphasis. This is how it can be failure: When you’re mindlessly and wastefully burning through your prodigious reserves of fuel without any concern for the benefits it may provide you and others. This is how it can be success: When you are exuberant and self–disciplined in shining your light and radiating your warmth just because it feels so good and so right and so healthy, and without any thought about whether it’s “useful” to anyone.

VIRGO

(Aug. 23–Sept. 22) In one of his short poems, John Averill (twitter.com/wiremesa) describes a scene that I think captures the essence of your current astrological omens: “Today is the day of the photo of moonrise over Havana in a book on a shelf in the snowbound cabin.” Here’s a clue about what it means: The snowbound cabin is where you are right now in your life. The moonrise over Havana is where you could be early in 2010. How do you get there from here?

LIBRA

(Sept. 23–Oct. 22) An estuary is a bay where the

salt water of a sea mixes with the fresh water of rivers. These days you remind me of such a place. You are two–toned, Libra. You’re dual–purpose and double–tracked. You’re a hybrid blend of the yes and the no, the give and the take, the extravagant and the traditional. And somehow this has been working out pretty well for you. You’re not so much a dysfunctional contradiction as an interesting juxtaposition. You’re not being crushed by a squeeze of opposites so much as you’re getting massaged by the oscillating throbs of complementary influences. Keep doing what you’ve been doing, only more so.

SCORPIO

(Oct. 23–Nov. 21) Big shiny egos with flashy tricks may be mucking around in everyone’s business, calling narcissistic attention to themselves as they pretend to do noble deeds. Meanwhile, I hope you’ll be doing the hard, detailed work that must be done to serve the greater good –– quietly and unpretentiously improving people’s lives without demanding major tribute. That approach will stir up some sleek, silky karma that will come in handy when you undertake the building of your masterpiece in 2010.

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22–Dec. 21)

“Dear Rob: I love to be proven wrong. That’s not an ironic statement. I actually get excited and feel creative when I acquire new information that shows me I’ve been operating under a misunderstanding. One of my very favorite life moments occurs when I am convincingly liberated from a negative opinion I’ve been harboring about someone. As you can tell, I’m quite proud of this quality. The way I see it, emotional wealth and psychological health involve having so much self–respect that I don’t need to be right all the time. –Sagittarian Freedom Fighter.” Dear Freedom Fighter: Thanks for your testimony. The capacity you described is one that many Sagittarians will be poised to expand in 2010. And this is an excellent week for them to start getting the hang of it.

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22–Jan. 19)

In an early version of the tale of Pinocchio, friendly woodpeckers

chiseled his nose back to its original size after it had grown enormous from his incorrigible lying. From a metaphorical perspective, Capricorn, a comparable development may soon occur in your own life. A benevolent (if somewhat rough) intervention akin to the woodpeckers’ assistance will shrink an overgrown, top–heavy part of your attitude, allowing you to proceed to the next chapter of your story with streamlined grace.

AQUARIUS

(Jan. 20–Feb. 18) “There is light enough for those who wish to see,” wrote French philosopher Blaise Pascal, “and darkness enough for those of the opposite disposition.” I’m hoping you will align yourself with the first group in the coming week, Aquarius. More than ever before, what you choose to focus on will come rushing in to meet you, touch you, teach you, and prompt you to respond. Even if all the smart people you know seem to be drunk on the darkness, I encourage you to be a brave rebel who insists on equal time for the light.

PISCES

(Feb. 19–March 20) White dwarfs are small and extremely dense stars. They’re typically no bigger than the Earth but as heavy as the sun. You currently have a resemblance to one of those concentrated balls of pure intensity. I have rarely seen you offering so much bang for the buck. You are as flavorful as chocolate mousse, as piercing as the scent of eucalyptus, as lustrous as a fireworks display on a moonless night. Personally, I’m quite attracted to your saucy and zesty emanations, and I think most people with strong egos will be. But some underachievers with lower self–esteem may regard you as being more like astringent medicine. My advice: Gravitate toward those who like you to be powerful.

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 355-1221 or visit www.coastalempirepoliosurvivors.org. 5354 Reynolds Ave. , Savannah

Compassionate Friends Support Group

A self-help organization offering friendship and understanding to bereaved parents Candler Heart & Lung Bldg., Conference Room 3, 5356 Reynolds St. ,

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_savannah@ hotmail.com. 55 Al Henderson B;vd. , Savannah

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 DAsavannah@ yahoo.com. Savannah http://www.trinitychurch1848.org/

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 http://www. memorialhealth.com/

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

Fibromyalgia support group

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

First Line

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

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/


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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

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@ heartbeatsforlife-ga.org (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 http://www.memorialhealth.com/

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

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

Living without Violence

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

Lupus Encouragement Group

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

Man to Man Prostate Cancer Support Group

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

Memorial Health Bleeding Disorders 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

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:// www.memorialhealth.com/

MomsNext

As mothers enter the school years, new challenges and issues arise, but the need for community and hope remains. MOMSNext is a group for mothers with children in grades K-12. Monthly meetings are the 1st Monday of each month 10am to 11:30am. Contact Connie at 898-4344 or Jen at 210-0491 for more info. Islands YMCA, http://www.mops.org/momsnext

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. armstrong.edu/Maps/index.html

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 http://www.wesleymonumental.org/

Overeaters Anonymous

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

Overeaters Anonymous

meets Fridays, 6:30pm. Melissa, 844-4524. Unity Church of Savannah, 2320 Sunset Blvd , Savannah http://www.unityofsavannah.org/

Pancreatic Cancer Support Group

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

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. memorialhealth.com/ 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. presbychurch.net

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.

Parkinson’s Support Group

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

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 http://www.sjchs.org/

PRIDE Support Group

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:// www.memorialhealth.com/

Rape Crisis Center

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.

Expires 12/31/09. Non-transferable for cash value.

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Spouse/Life Partner Grief Support

Parkinson’s Disease Support Group

A support group for sufferers of Parkinson’s Disease and their families. Marsh Auditorium at Candler Hospital,

Free 22oz. fountain drink with purchase of a regular wrap and a side.

Transgender Support Group

Transitions Grief Support

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. al-anon.alateen.org. Unitarian Universalist Church of Savannah, 313 Harris St. , Savannah http://www.uusavannah.org/

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 http://www.uwce.org/

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 http://www.uwce.org/

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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 http://www.statecourt.org/

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 http://www.sjchs.org/

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 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 http://www.thepirateshouse.com/

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. helpendhunger.org

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.

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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/

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) 233TREE or visit us online at http://www.savannahtreefoundation.com.

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 http://www.roycelearningcenter.com/

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. liveoakpl.org/

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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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. rebuildingtogethersavannah.org.

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. rmhccoastalempire.org/

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

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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. savannahspeechandhearing.org/

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 cboles@savannahtech.edu. Type “ESL volunteer” in the subject line. Savannah Technical College, 5717 White Bluff Rd , Savannah http://www.savannahtech.edu/

Stitches from the Heart

Volunteers needed to knit, crochet or quilt blankets, little sweaters and hats for babies in need. Patterns available. Yarn donations also accepted. For info, call 877-985-9212, or email stitchfromheart@aol.com.

Telfair Docent Program

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 http://www.tefair.org

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 volunteer@uwce.org. United Way of Coastal Empire, 428 Bull St , Savannah http:// www.uwce.org/

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 http://www.wesleyctrs-savh.org/

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.

Tutoring Volunteers Needed

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 AfricanAmerican Health Information and Resource Center at 447-6605. African-American Health Information & Resource Center, 1910 Abercorn St , Savannah http://www.sjchs.org/1844. cfm cs


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VARNEDOE DRIVE: Newly renovated, 2BR/1BA, $625/mo. CAROLINE DRIVE: Newly Renovated 2BR/1BA, $650/mo. DUANE CT: 2BR/1BA $675/mo. Call 912-897-6789 or 912-344-4164

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WINDSOR CROSSING Condo Total electric, 2BR, 2BA, water & trash included $675. GEORGETOWN 2BR/2.5BA, furnished kitchen, fireplace, fenced rear patio $775. OAK FOREST Renovated, 2BR/1BA Apt, furnished kitchen $525. DUANE CT. Like New 2BR/1BA Apt, furnished kitchen $625. COASTAL CT. Nice 2BR/2BA Apt, furnished kitchen $625. CRESTHILL 3BR/1BA, furnished kitchen, home $750. WILMINGTON ISLAND 2BR/1BA, furnished kitchen, Duplex $650. LOUISIANA AVE. Spacious 3BR/1BA Home, LR, den, 2 screened porches $625. RINCON 3BR/2BA Home, furnished kitchen, eat-in, garage, fenced backyard, deck $895. GODLEY VILLAGEPOOLER Exec. home, 3BR/2BA, w/Bonus, like new, 2000+ sqft. $1450. Frank Moore & Co. 920-8560 FrankMooreCo.com CommerCial ProPerty For rent 890 1711 Deanforest Rd, office & warehouse, 1500 sq ft, available now, 3000sq ft. Available Dec 1st, 912-925-8165

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

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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: http://savannahrooms.cjb.net CALL 912-220-8691 or 912-604-1890

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

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Furnished, affordable room available includes utility, cable, refrigerator, central heat/air. $115-$140 weekly, no deposit. Call 912-844-3609 NEAR MEMORIAL/ W. CHATHAM East Savannah. Furnished, includes utilities, central heat and air, Comcast cable, television, washer/dryer. Hardwood floors, ceramic tile in kitchen and bath. Shared Kitchen & Shared bath. 5 minutes to Memorial Hospital. **ROOMS $100 & UP** Call 912-210-0144. NEED A ROOM? STOP LOOKING! Great rooms available ranging f ro m $115-$140/weekly. Includes refrigerators, cable w/HBO, central heat/air. No deposit. Call 912-398-7507.

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NICE HOUSE or ROOM for rent, Nice neighborhood. For reliable working person. No drugs! Contact 912-844-8716 or 912-272-6452 ROOM FOR RENT:130 Alpine Drive. $480/month $400/deposit or $150/week. Near HunterAAF. 1/2 electric. Available Now. 912-272-8020 ROOM FOR RENT: Safe Environment. Central heat/air, cable, telephone ser vice. $400/$500 monthly, $125/security deposit, no lease. Immediate occupancy. Call Mr. Brown: 912-663-2574 or 912-234-9177.

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