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Hail to the Chief(s) It’s been interesting listening to some of the reaction to President Obama’s upcoming visit here March 2. Much like the hysteria over his Sept. 2009 speech to public school classrooms — a commonplace enough thing for presidents before him — the negative feedback has taken on an ugly overtone. The announcement of the visit on the Savannah Morning News website is a classic example. If you read the comments below the story, you see disgust not only with his administration, but with Obama as a person and with the very idea of his physical presence. Some sentiments seem to go beyond mere political disagreement and into a stranger, darker place. Things don’t have to be this way, and things haven’t always been this way. Leaving aside President George W. Bush’s visits to Savannah — a quick non-public appearance at the 2004 G8 summit and several campaign stops at military bases — there’s been only one really big, truly public appearance here by a president in recent memory. Or not so recent memory, since it occurred almost 18 years to the day before Obama’s upcoming visit. On March 1, 1992, President George H. W. Bush visited River Street on a campaign stop during his unsuccessful reelection bid. Unlike his son’s much more tightly controlled, limitedaccess visits here, during the first Bush’s appearance anyone who wanted to brave the crowd was invited and allowed onto River Street. It was the biggest thing that had happened in Savannah in a long time, and it transcended politics. Are you kidding? It was the president! I don’t remember a word Bush said during his hour-long speech on that sunny March day on the river, but one vivid, pleasant image of the day stayed with me. After the speech, I let the large crowd

disperse and took my time walking back to my car east on Bay Street with my oldest daughter, then about three years old. Bay Street was, of course, blocked off from all regular auto traffic because of the president’s visit. Other than people walking from the event, it was deserted. Suddenly a large black limousine came west on Bay Street, alone except for a motorcycle escort. As it passed, through the tinted windows I saw President Bush lean over his wife Barbara, wave and smile at us. We were just a couple of people on a sidewalk. He could just as easily have hidden behind those tinted windows as he sped past. But he chose to make the effort to reach out to us, and that moment remains in my memory. I ended up voting for Bush in that election, a vote I don’t regret for a minute. Regardless of how much things have changed since then, I’ll always fondly remember that brief, friendly wave from a president. It was quite simply An Important Event. As is President Obama’s visit next week. You can like it or not like it, but that’s the way it is. I never met James Holland, the retiring director and founder of the Altamaha Riverkeeper. But he is one of my heroes. More correctly: Holland was himself the Riverkeeper. He began the organization a decade ago as a lifelong crabber and waterman in the Darien, Ga., area tired of seeing his livelihood destroyed by chemical and industrial effluent into his beloved Altamaha River.

Fed by the Oconee, Ocmulgee, and Ohoopee Rivers, the Altamaha is the second largest watershed on the east coast and the only undammed major river in Georgia. As a hybrid river of both alluvial and blackwater origin, it’s also one of the most interesting waterborne adventures you can experience in the United States, hosting over 120 rare or endangered species. After posting an exemplary record of holding industries accountable all along the 14,000 square mile watershed, Holland retires from the Riverkeeper effective this April. His record of environmental stewardship on the Altamaha stands in stark contrast to the condition of the Savannah River, as documented in this week’s cover story by our own Patrick Rodgers. We all could learn a lesson from Mr. Holland, and his work will be missed, though his legacy carries on. For a heartfelt goodbye letter from Pierre Howard, president of the Georgia Conservancy, go to www.georgiaconservancy.org. For more info on the Altamaha Riverkeeper, which continues to protect the river, go to altamahariverkeeper.org. A couple of weeks ago, there were some errors in a column Robin Wright Gunn wrote about the First City Network’s Saturday Social events. Following is a correction direct from the author: “In the February 10th Hear and Now column, on the First City Network Saturday Social, I included incorrect information about one of the couples at the event, Gwen and Jo Ellen. The February Social was not the first that they have attended. Also, they moved to Savannah for a work opportunity for Gwen, not for Jo Ellen. I regret making these errors and thank Gwen and Jo Ellen for contacting me to set the record straight.” cs

Good vibrations on gay issues Editor, On Feb. 8, Interim Police Chief Willie Lovett met with me, the director of the Savannah chapter of Georgia Equality, and other members of the GLBT community. The members attending had

community on an ongoing basis. It is our opinion that Chief Lovett genuinely wishes to repair any real or perceived harm that the GLBT community incurred as a result of the incident. It was mutually agreed that the issue of city permitting must still be addressed with a view toward resolving this matter once and for

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all! Chief Lovett stated that he will refer the matter to City Attorney James Blackburn for legal review and guidance. The ultimate outcome must provide for the protection of our quintessential constitutional right to free speech. Kevin Clark

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Wednesday Theatre: Call Forward

What: The Readers’ Theatre

series presents a staged reading of a new play by local playwright Pam Newton that explores attempts at connection and reconnection between a black woman and a white woman with a shared history. When: Wed. Feb. 24, 7 p.m. Where: S.P.A.C.E. Black Box, 9 W. Henry St. , Cost: Free Info: http://www.savannahga.gov/arts

Wired Magazine’s Chris Anderson

What: Anderson is editor-

in-chief of Wired Magazine and a successful author. He’ll discuss the new economy and how it translates to business future opportunities. When: Wed. Feb. 24, 7:30 p.m. Where: Trustees Theater, 216 E. Broughton St. Cost: Free

Film: Hired to Kill (Italy, 1972)

What: The Psychotronic

Film Society presents this low-budget Italian crime pic featuring a hijacked drug shipment, hitmen, a scape goat pimp, revenge killing and sweet car chases. For mature audiences only. When: Wed. Feb. 24, 8 p.m. Where: The Sentient Bean, 13 E. Park Ave. Cost: $5 Info: http://myspace.com/ psychotronicfilms

An Antique Car Show on Saturday closes Armstrong Atlantic State University’s Homecoming Week, marking the university’s 75th year

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Guerrilla Marketing 101 What: City-sponsored

workshop teaching how to create professional marketing materials for a business on a limited budget. When: Thu. Feb. 25, 10 a.m. Where: Savannah Entrepreneurial Center, 801 E. Gwinnett St. Cost: $25 Info: 912-233-9056.

Lecture: DJ Stout

What: Design consultant

and former Texas Monthly art director Stout offers up food for thought. 3rd installment in the Creative Seed Initiative Series. When: Thu. Feb. 25, 7:30 p.m. Where: Trustees Theater, 216 E. Broughton St. Cost: Free

Theatre: Dirty Rotten Scoundrels

What: The Masquers troupe

presents this hilarious comedy about con men. When: Thu. Feb. 25, 7:30 p.m., Fri. Feb. 26, 7:30 p.m., Sat. Feb. 27, 7:30 p.m. Where: AASU Jenkins Hall Theater, 11935 Abercorn St. Cost: $15/general, student/ military/senior discounts Info: 912-344-2801.

Theatre: Macbeth

What: SCAD’s Performing

Arts Dept presents Shakespeare’s classic tragedy of the title character’s rise to the throne. When: Thu. Feb. 25, 8 p.m., Fri. Feb. 26, 8 p.m., Sat. Feb. 27, 8 p.m., Sun. Feb. 28, 3 p.m. Where: The Lucas Theatre, 32 Abercorn St. Cost: $5-15 Info: 912-525-5050. http:// www.lucastheatre.com/

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Mini-Comics Expo

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made comic books and Do-It-Yourself publishing. 40 vendors. Also includes demos on drawing, binding and more. When: Fri. Feb. 26, 11 a.m.4 p.m. Where: Pirates House, 2nd Floor, 20 E. Broad St. , Cost: Free and open to the public Info: www.scad.edu

‘Anthony Benezet and the Beginning of Atlantic Abolitionism’ What: Maurice Jackson,

author and professor at Georgetown University gives a presentation followed at 1pm by a book signing. When: Fri. Feb. 26, 12 p.m. Where: AASU, University Hall rm 158, 11935 Abercorn St. Cost: Free and open to the public Info: 912-344-3141.

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tory of Madeira in Savannah (and sample a few kinds) at this recreation of an 18th Century Madeira party. For more info: 912236-8097. When: Fri. Feb. 26, 5:30 p.m., Sat. Feb. 27, 5:30 p.m. Where: The Davenport House, 324 E. State St. Cost: $20/person Info: http://www.davenporthousemuseum.org/

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Comedian Dan Adhoot What: Adhoot, a college

circuit mainstay, has made appearances on Comedy Central and Jay Leno’s show. When: Fri. Feb. 26, 8 p.m. Where: AASU Fine Arts Auditorium, 11935 Abercorn St. Cost: Donation of 2 canned food items Info: www.armstrong.edu

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Armstrong Atlantic 75th Anniversary Homecoming Week

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Saturday

Seacrest Partners Race for Preservation 10k/5k What: 10k/5k benefits

the Historic Savannah Foundation. When: Sat. Feb. 27, 8 a.m., Same day registration available at 7:30 a.m. Where: Starts in Forsyth Park at the renovated Fort Cost: $25 Info: www.historicsavannahfoundation.org

Polk’s Saturday Market What: Featuring a

variety of arts, crafts and specialty foods vendors along with all the market’s usual produce and local goods. When: Sat. Feb. 27, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Where: Polk’s Market, 530 E. Liberty St. Cost: Free Info: 912-238-3032. http://polksfreshmarket. com/

Design Revolution Roadshow

What: A program about

how design can be used to impact social change, with the ultimate goal of enabling and empowering the next generation of creative problem-solvers. Includes exhibit and presentation. When: Sat. Feb. 27, 10:30 a.m. Where: Trustees Theater, 216 E. Broughton St. Cost: Free Info: http://www.designrevolutionroadshow.com/

Fundraiser and Booksigning

What: The merchants

of Mercer Plaza host an open house featuring a fundraiser for the American Cancer Society and a book signing with local reality TV star Ruby Gettinger. When: Sat. Feb. 27, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Where: Mercer Plaza, Wilmington Island Cost: Free admission, items separate Info: www.cancer.org/

What: A day of free dance

lessons in a variety of styles and health screenings. Sponsored by the Chatham County Health Dept. When: Sat. Feb. 27, 11 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Where: Savannah Mall, Center Court Cost: Free Info: 912-644-5209.

Antique Car Show What: AASU Home-

coming closes with an antique car show. When: Sat. Feb. 27, 12 p.m. Where: AASU Sports Complex, 11935 Abercorn St. Cost: Free and open to the public

Savannah Shamrock Rugby What: Support your local

hooker, flanker and backs when the rugby club from Golden Isles comes to challenge the Shamrocks. When: Sat. Feb. 27, 1 p.m. Where: Forsyth Park Cost: Free Info: 912-441-4608.

Unmaskarade

What: A benefit for the

Rape Crisis Center featuring live music, hors d’ouevres, silent auction, raffle and more. Masquerade attire. When: Sat. Feb. 27, 6:30 p.m. Where: Savannah International Trade and Convention Center Cost: $75/person, $500/ table Info: 912-233-3000. http://www.rccsav.org/

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Theatre: The Wizard of Oz What: The classic tale of

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A glass half-empty Savannah’s water supply is threatened by growth, industry by Patrick Rodgers | patrick@connectsavannah.com

In a community surrounded by a network of rivers and marshes that segue to the ocean — and where streets are prone to flooding after even a moderate rainstorm — it’s difficult to imagine having a problem with the water supply. While north Georgia’s drought officially ended in June 2009 and was closely followed by widespread flooding in Atlanta, the state’s water problems are really only just beginning. The tri–state water wars between Georgia, Florida and Alabama have heated up like the environmental version of SEC gridiron rivalries. Meanwhile, southeastern Georgia has developed unique water problems of its own — problems that are a lot closer to our garden hoses and kitchen sinks than most folks realize. Despite its geography, coastal Georgia will not be immune to these problems, and within a decade we could be a severe drought away from disaster. It won’t be one issue, however, that potentially renders the water supply short of our growing demand. The problems that could compromise our water supply are as complex as the series of pipes and mains that deliver water to all the homes and businesses across the city. It will be a series of issues, including saltwater intrusion, industrial pollution and politics.

It begins with saltwater intrusion “It’s harder to convince people we’re running out of water when they’re surrounded by water,” explains Bob Scanlon, the City of Savannah’s Water Resources Director. “But we’re living all the time like there’s a drought because of saltwater intrusion.” Saltwater intrusion, the introduction of saltwater into our underground freshwater supply, is not a new problem. In fact, it might be the first water problem — the problem from which all other water problems will grow. It was initially recognized scientifically in the early 1960s, and by the end of that decade a cloud of saltwater was causing supply wells near Brunswick to be abandoned. Intrusion is caused by the demand placed on the Floridan Aquifer, which is essentially a huge underground limestone cavern that gathers and contains freshwater runoff from further inland. The Floridan Aquifer supplies tens of millions of gallons of very cheap, very clean groundwater per day to households and local industry alike across the Southeastern U.S. But the water levels in the Floridan Aquifer have been reduced faster than they could be naturally replenished, creating pressure that pulls saltwater from the surface down into those limestone chambers. There’s a second plume of saltwater in the aquifer under the northern end of Hilton Head Island that has also rendered numerous wells, including several belonging to the Hilton Head Public Service District, unusable. Although it’s dozens of miles away, the saltwater beneath Hilton Head is gradually moving toward Savannah because of ongoing pumping around the Savannah area. South Carolina’s Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC), Georgia’s Environmental Protection Division (EPD) and several other agencies are currently studying what the effects of a third intrusion point off the shore of Tybee Island might also mean for the future of the Floridan Aquifer as a source of clean, reliable drinking water. “Is saltwater coming through the confining unit into the aquifer at these points around the island? The answer is yes,” says David Blaize, a Division Director of DHEC’s Water Bureau. “The second question, and the one we’re working on now is, what does that mean?” The new intrusion point was discovered in 2005 during analysis of the environmental impact of the proposed deepening of the Savannah River channel. The intrusion itself is unrelated to the potential deepening, however, and is a consequence of the depression created by pumping water out of the aquifer.


Life in the ‘Red Zone’ With the long term security of our aquifer in question, changes are underway to help slow the potential impacts, and on Jan. 1 of this year a series of mandates from Georgia’s EPD took effect to reduce the amount of water being pumped out of the aquifer. The reductions to the groundwater permits, which are regulated by the EPD, were based on recommendations laid out in a June 2006 report titled “The Coastal Georgia Water and Wastewater Permitting Plan for Managing Salt Water Intrusion,” known simply as “The Plan” to those who work with it on a regular basis. The area doing the most pumping — having the most effect on intrusion — and conversely seeing the least of its immediate effects was labeled in the Plan as the “Red Zone.” That area consists of Chatham and part of eastern Effingham counties. All of the water systems pulling groundwater in the “Red Zone” were mandated to reduce their draws from the aquifer back to the levels documented in 2004 and then subtract another 5 million gallons per day (mgd). According to EPD permits, the City of Savannah lost nearly 25 percent of its permitted average daily use, a reduction of 7.4 mgd from what had been allowed, and an actual reduction in use of more than 1.2 mgd (the City is permitted more than we actually use). In comparison, International Paper had its permitted use reduced less than 10 percent, or about 1.2 mgd. Savannah and International Paper are by far the two largest groundwater users in the area. The City has largely countered the loss of groundwater with highly effective, proactive conservation efforts, like

the low flow toilet voucher program and discounted rain barrels. “We’ve had a significant water conservation program in Savannah for 15 plus years,” Scanlon says. “We’ve seen reductions as high as 20 percent a household when they’ve switched to low flow toilets.” To help balance demand and permit allowances, the City has also increased the amount of surface water blended into the drinking water supply.

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Additional analysis is pending, and Blaize says the hope is to have a report with a better understanding of the problem ready in a couple of months. Most scientific models projected that the saltwater under the northern end of Hilton Head would take around 100 years to reach Savannah. But “there’s evidence that the saltwater intrusion in the Bluffton area was moving considerably faster than what was being predicted,” says Scanlon. That potential third plume, considerably closer to the City of Savannah’s supply wells, could completely change the outlook for the Floridan Aquifer, and our ability to pull safe drinking water from it.

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Blending: Not just for Margaritas Area residents have actually been drinking from the Savannah River for over a decade. In 1998, Savannah’s Industrial & Domestic water treatment plant came online with a potential total capacity of 62.5 mgd — enough to supply the City of Savannah, International Paper and most of the surrounding area with freshwater if need be. Early on, it was conceived as water insurance for the future — savings for the opposite of a rainy day — a time when we no longer had the ability to quench our thirst from the aquifer. Recently, the City has begun using more surface water, so much that the Savannah Main system, which feeds faucets from the historic district to the southside, is now about a 50/50 blend of surface and groundwater. Parts of West Chatham are drinking surface water exclusively, according to Scanlon. Though the concept of drinking water straight from the Savannah River may strike most of us as appalling at best, thanks to state–of–the–art treatment and monitoring systems, our surfacewater is not only safe, but tastefully tasteless as well. Savannah’s treated surfacewater has won taste tests at conventions held by the Georgia Association of Water Professionals. There are drawbacks to drinking surfacewater, though, including cost and long–term safety of the water supply. We might all be drinking nothing but surface water, except that the treated river water costs about three times as much per gallon as groundwater, which requires considerably less treatment thanks to natural filtration processes. According to data provided by the Environmental Working Group, water utilities nationwide spend about 19 times more on water treatment chemicals than the federal government spends on protecting the average person from water pollution. continues on p. 10

Shots of the City of Savannah’s Industrial & Domestic Plant, the facility responsible for treating surfacewater from the Savannah River. Over the last few years its supply has gradually comprised a larger percentage of local drinking water (courtesy City of Savannah).


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Industry along the Savannah River uses massive amounts of water.

In the draft of this year’s City budget, the cost of using more surfacewater has been slowly absorbed by rate increases over the past few years. From 2007–09, cost of water increased between 6.4 and 7.7 percent. In 2010, that rate hike will slow to a 5.25 percent increase, and is projected to grow 5 percent in 2011. It is, however, a necessary evil because conservation alone simply cannot save enough water to offset the mandated restrictions on groundwater while keeping up with the demand created by increasing population. In the future, if we’re unable to use the Savannah River and need to develop additional surface water sources, it will cost even more. According to “The Plan,” a study by the Sound Science Initiative several years ago found that developing other surface water supplies will cost five times more than groundwater per gallon. But is it possible that we wouldn’t be able to pull water safely from the Savannah River at all? Actually, yes.

Up the proverbial creek The prevailing wisdom concerning water use along the Georgia side of the Savannah River has been to drink from the Floridan Aquifer and dump industrial waste into the river. According to a report issued by Environment Georgia last year, the Savannah River was the fourth most toxic river in the United States. In 2007 alone, 7.6 million pounds of toxins were dumped into it. While that’s hardly flattering, the numbers could be misleading according to some water professionals, because the toxicity is measured by volume of pollutants dumped into the river rather

than the concentrations of those toxic chemicals in the water. For example, although more than 19 tons of known cancer–causing agents were dumped into the Savannah River in 2007, because they were diluted into the billions of gallons of water that flow down the river every day, those discharges are less likely to have adverse effects on the average citizen’s health. However, as demand for river water increases, it subsequently increases the concentrations of pollutants. “The more waste water you put in, the more important it is to remain with a good high flow level,” explains Tonya Bonitatibus, executive director of the nonprofit advocacy group Savannah Riverkeeper. “For example, if the lakes are keeping water behind, then you don’t have a lot of water coming through, and what you end up with is a higher percentage of the pollution coming down.” Demand for river flow will not decrease any time soon. Beyond the increasing water needs of the greater Savannah area, Beaufort and Jasper Counties in South Carolina pull about 20 mgd from the river. Other major consumers loom on the horizon as well. One of the largest users on the river is Plant Vogtle, a Georgia Power nuclear facility. The plant requires large volumes of water to help cool its two reactors. In 2008, the plant drew an average 66.7 mgd, of which about two thirds was evaporated and the other third was returned to the river. In non–drought conditions, Plant Vogtle currently uses about one percent of the average river flow. In 2017, however, Vogtle’s third and fourth reactors are projected to come online, and the amount of water pulled from the river on a daily basis will


leased its findings in a Dec. 2009 report. They estimate the water needs of the Atlanta metro area without Lake Lanier to be about 250 mgd in 2012, which would blossom to 310 mgd by 2015, and 350 mgd by 2020. Early estimates show proactive conservation efforts could net about 80 mgd. Even though IBT was noticeably absent from the task forceâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s short list of remedies, that didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t stop Perdue from telling an audience assembled in Augusta last December that they needed to stop being so stingy with the Savannah River Basinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s water. If IBT was approved, during low flow, Atlantaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s projected use would total 1020 percent of the total flow. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We use this thing as a toilet, weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve got to continue to have the water to flush it,â&#x20AC;? says Bonitatibus.

Down the drain The thing that may hurt us the most â&#x20AC;&#x201D; or help, depending on your perspective â&#x20AC;&#x201D; is that these issues arenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t going to affect the average person dramatically this week, or even this year. But without a doubt, the issue of where and how we get drinking water will continue to be one of the biggest issues in the state during this new decade. Some issues â&#x20AC;&#x201D; like the third saltwater intrusion point â&#x20AC;&#x201D; may turn out to be less harmful than suspected after more complete studies. Or just the opposite could be true. The same might be said about pollution in the Savannah River. Though the lower portion of the river is recognized as oxygenâ&#x20AC;&#x201C;impaired, the EPD â&#x20AC;&#x201D; who helps regulate what gets dumped into the river, and by whom â&#x20AC;&#x201D; is currently conducting studies to see whether it is possible to revise the Total Maximum Daily Load of pollutants (TMDL). â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re revising the TMDL, which had shown zero capacity available,â&#x20AC;? says Jeff Larson, EPD assistant branch chief for the Savannah and Ogeechee River Basins. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It will ultimately show what poundage is available, if any.â&#x20AC;? The EPD is hoping to have the report done by May of this year, and will open possible changes up to public comment sometime before then. While there arenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t a lot of clear answers right now, if weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re not careful â&#x20AC;&#x201D; both as individuals willing to take responsibility for our own water use practices and collectively in the water policies we set for the future â&#x20AC;&#x201D; we could end up sending a lot of bright plans for the future down the drain. cs

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double to about two percent of the average annual flow. That reduction isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t that significant if the river continues to flow at a normal level. But if we experience another drought similar to the one that ended last summer, it could spell disaster. During the last drought, the river dropped below 30,000 cubic feet per second â&#x20AC;&#x201D; average low flow â&#x20AC;&#x201D; to 2500â&#x20AC;&#x201C;3000 cubic feet per second. At these historically low rates, the pull from Plant Vogtle alone grows from two percent to somewhere between five and ten percent of the total river flow. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t think the Savannah River can afford to give up any water, because weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve already got an impairment for dissolved oxygen in the lower part of the river,â&#x20AC;? says Scanlon. â&#x20AC;&#x153;If we reduce the flow, youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re gonna increase the concentration of waste loads.â&#x20AC;? For a river that already has a dissolved oxygen impairment (oxygen-depleting substances are slowly asphyxiating the underwater habitat) and zero room left under its assimilative capacity (the amount of stuff that can be dumped into the river before it stops being able to naturally repair itself), that decrease in volume of water flow would have farâ&#x20AC;&#x201C;reaching impacts. It could mean the destruction of natural habitat including, potentially, the harbor home of the endangered sturgeon. It could also render the river water undrinkable. According to the Saltwater Management Plan: â&#x20AC;&#x153;Assimilative capacity in area streams will be strained...This will be particularly evident in the area of the Savannah Harbor... The amount of oxygen demanding substances in the waters being discharged to the Savannah River and its tributaries below Augusta is of great concern even under current conditions.â&#x20AC;? Those dangers would be further compounded if Governor Sonny Perdue continues to entertain the notion of Interâ&#x20AC;&#x201C;Basin Transfers (IBT) as a potential solution for metro Atlantaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s imminent water crisis. Per the ruling of Judge Paul Magnuson in July 2009, Atlanta must stop using Lake Lanier as a water source by July 2012. Among the solutions on the table, Gov. Perdue has become oddly fixated with the concept of IBT, which is currently prohibited in the state. The idea is basically to pump water across the state from the Savannah River Basin to the Atlanta metro area. The Water Contingency Planning Task Force, appointed by Perdue, re-

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In painting, what’s old is what’s new When “Secrets of the Old Masters” opens Thursday at Trends and Traditions Gallery, some of the paintings will look familiar to local art patrons. Fifteen of the paintings were recently on exhibit at the Jepson Center during the final weeks of the “Dutch Utopia: American Artists in Holland” show. But even if you’ve never seen these works before, they still might ring a bell — they’re remarkably accurate copies of several of the 19th century masterpieces that were part of “Dutch Utopia.” Seven adult painting students, ranging in experience from a few months to several decades, created the copies as part of a Telfair–sponsored class. “The idea of the class originated in my own studio practice,” says Carl Fougerousse, the class instructor. “I do master copies routinely as a way of studying techniques. The practice dovetails nicely with the initial mission of the Telfair as a teaching museum.” “We did not plan at first on having a show,” says Michael Wood, a student in the Old Masters class. “During the class, Holly McCullough [Telfair’s Director of Collections and Exhibitions] saw the pictures and said, ‘why don’t we hang them in Trustees Gallery?’ ” After that short show came down, the class decided to present another show that featured their copies, plus originals

Carl Fougerousse, class instructor for ‘Secrets of the Old Masters’

by some members and by Fougerousse. “The members of the class were so cohesive,” says Wood. “Carl is an exceptional teacher. We felt like people needed to see what came out of it.” During the eight week class, each student sketched and then painted a replica of one or two “Dutch Utopia” paintings of his or her choosing. “All the drawings took place in the galleries,” copying directly from originals, says Fougerousse. The students painted in the teaching studio space in the Jepson, to prevent the originals from being exposed to potentially damaging chemicals from the fresh paint. Once the students began the painting process, they would “bring the paintings back up from week to week into the gallery, to compare them” with the originals, says Fougerousse. For Wood, trying to match colors was

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“Drawing from Antiquity,” an eightweek figure drawing class taught by Fougerousse, to “Painting With Large Brush and Other Odd Implements” a daylong workshop led by Betsy Cain. Cain’s work is part of the “Painters’ Reel” exhibit that just opened at the Jepson. Her already–sold–out workshop will “explore new ways of approaching painting and mark making,” she says. “My paintings in the Jepson are done with a four-inch house painters brush.” In “Drawing for Antiquity,” Fougerousse will move students into the Sculpture Gallery of the Telfair Academy. They’ll make human figure drawings using the six plaster cast sculptures in the gallery instead of live models. “That space used to house 60 plaster casts and was really built and used for teaching the figure,” says Kist. “Over the years it evolved into exhibit space.” “It’s a tradition that’s been around for several hundred years,” says Fougerousse. “For one thing, the plaster cast models are immobile. Beginners have a lot of difficulty with live models that are shifting poses. And two, you don’t have to deal with skin color. It’s a stepping stone toward life drawing, where you have a moving form, a living form.” cs Secrets of the Old Masters Art Show Feb. 25 – March 31 Reception: Feb. 25, 4–8 p.m. at Trends and Traditions, 3407 Waters Ave. For class info go to telfair.org

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An officer responded to a downtown hotel in reference to trespassing. The manager said the establishment had hired the person several days earlier, but his erratic behavior, including paranoia, had caused them to fire him and tell him not to come back on the premises.

The next day they found him back on the property, talking to a security guard. The manager took the police woman to the suspect, who was in a back room, handcuffed with his personal items laid out in front of him. The officer took the handcuffs off and began to ask questions. The man said he came back to the hotel because he felt safe there. He also said he was under surveillance and his cell phone had been “taken over.” He said he was being tracked via the cellular device. Amongst his per-

sonal items was an Altoid tin containing a pipe and some ash. When opened, the officer “detected the odor of burnt marijuana.” The man said he hadn’t smoked since he’d been in Georgia. The officer asked the manager what she wanted done with the man, and she said she wanted him banned from the property. The manager then said the suspect was actually staying in the hotel and had personal items in a room, but the hotel had already gotten him a room at another hotel for the night. The manager told the man he was suspended from his duties and not to return. He signed a ban form and was then driven to the other hotel by the police officer. • A woman went to Precinct 4 to file a report concerning an altercation with her ex–boyfriend, who is also the father of her two sons. He came to drop off the children, but then told her she wasn’t getting them back until she talked to him. The kids were locked in his truck. The older of the two boys unlocked the door and she went to take them out, but her ex shut the door and locked it. He started cursing. He then started to throw a punch but did not follow through. The woman ran inside to

call 911, at which point he drove away with the kids. Once she called 911, the phone rang but there was no answer. She hung up and called her mother. The man returned with the children while she was on the phone. She told him police were on the way. He surrendered the kids. Then the dispatcher called back to see if she was ok. She told the dispatcher she was ok and the kids had been returned. She asked the dispatcher if they were going to send an officer to file a report. The dispatcher said ‘no,’ but instructed her to call if the man returned. The woman grabbed the kids and went to mother’s house. • A man called police to report a theft. When the officer arrived, the man said his fiancee had moved out yesterday and removed her own possessions as well as his flat screen TV. The broken–hearted, TV–less man was issued a CRN and advised of his options.

• Just shy of 2 a.m. on a Thursday, an officer was sent on a check subject call and found a woman determined by the officer to be mentally disturbed. The woman said she taken ecstasy and drank alcohol earlier in the evening. The woman was uncooperative, paranoid and upset. She had lacerations on her left arm, which she said came from punching a window. The officer called EMS to examine her. She tried to jump out of the ambulance before she could be transported. Once she’d arrived at the hospital, she told the staff that she’d also had some cocaine. After a preliminary examination, the hospital staff decided to send the woman to Georgia Regional for an involuntary evaluation. While attempting to handcuff her, the woman became combative and the officer required the assistance of several hospital staff to subdue the woman. cs Give anonymous crime tips to Crimestoppers at 234-2020

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Why do babies run fevers when teething? More important, why do doctors claim that they don’t? Is it just so stupid/inexperienced mamas won’t ignore a serious infection when they erroneously attribute a fever to teething? Or do the doctors lie because they don’t understand why it happens? That seems unlikely since they admit to not knowing why/how plenty of other things work. I just had to shell out a bit of cash for an ER visit that was seemingly unnecessary. The doctor herself admitted that the only cause she could find for the 103.4-degree fever was my son’s cutting molars. —Singaporecats2009 You’ll have to excuse me. If I took my kid into the ER with a 103-degree fever and the doctor blamed it on teething, my reaction wouldn’t be “Why were all those other doctors lying?” but rather “What’s up with this quack?” However, I concede that the belief that teething causes fever is a deep-rooted one. The ancient Greeks and Hindus thought teething caused illness; the Sumerians thought it was somehow connected to worms. In 1839 more than 5,000 deaths in England and Wales were attributed to teething by the registrar general, and in 1842 this same genius claimed nearly one in eight fatalities under the age of four were caused by incoming teeth. In 1894 a well-known dentist wrote, apparently seriously, “So deadly has teething become that one third of the human family die before 20 deciduous teeth have fully appeared.” Teething fears gave rise to all sorts of foolish remedies, including tying a penny on a string around the child’s neck, having a puppy lick the child’s mouth, placing a raw egg in a sock in a drawer, lancing the child’s gums, and administering purgatives, opiates, lead, or mercury salts. To be fair, infant mortality was high in the old days; it’s not like people were imagining these deaths. However, we see a pattern that persists to this day: if you couldn’t fig-

ure out what was wrong with a kid, you blamed it on the teeth. While most modern parents have gotten past the idea that baby’s first tooth is a holler to the angel of death, many think teething can cause fever, diarrhea, and infection. Recent surveys show that about 75 percent of parents of young children believe teething and fever are associated, as do 83 percent of nurses and 64 percent of pediatric dentists. What’s the straight dope? Thumbing through the sparse research, I note the following: • An Israeli study found that of 46 babies studied over a six-month period, 20 had at least a mild fever (99.5 degrees Fahrenheit) the day a tooth emerged and 15 had a fever of at least 100.4. The average temperature on tooth-emergence day was 99.7. • A study of 111 children who produced a total of 475 teeth found a notably greater incidence of drooling, gum-rubbing, irritability, and decreased appetite on or near tooth-emergence day, and one baby in six ran a temperature above 100. Then again, of more than 2,000 days where children had temperatures above 100, only 64 of those days were when a kid cut a tooth. Only one tooth made an appearance on a day when the kid’s temperature was above 103. • Both studies above relied on parents to take their child’s temperature and record symptoms. This kind of data has a high flake factor. • Recognizing such failings, Australian researchers observed 21 children at three day care centers for seven months. A dental therapist determined when teeth appeared and took temperatures. Staff and parents filled out daily questionnaires on symptoms. Results: (1) Most parents thought their kids had teething symptoms, and half thought they had a fever. (2) By and large the kids didn’t. An analysis of staff-collected data found no relation between teething and fever, and minimal relation with any other symptom. Conclusion: “It is time to relinquish our long-held cultural beliefs about teething [and] acknowledge that . . . tooth eruption is not strongly associated with significant symptoms” (Pediatrics, 2000). If you’ve got an MD blithely telling you a temperature of 103.4 is caused by an incoming molar, that’s a good sign you’re dealing with somebody who doesn’t know what’s going on, and you’d be smart to talk to someone else. CS by cecil adams


When Dexter Blanch’s dog nearly died from complications during spay surgery, he decided to use the event as inspiration and brought to market a chastity belt to give pet owners more control of their animals’ animal instincts. The Pet Anti-Breeding System harness is especially valuable to professional breeders who may want to keep a female out of one or more “heat cycles” without resorting to sterilization. So far, said Blanch, the belts have been proven effective, but he admitted to a San Francisco Chronicle reporter in February that horndog males pose severe tests by gnawing relentlessly at the leather straps that are crimping their style.

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probably convicted) for running a $53 million Ponzi scheme in the Minneapolis area, he walked into a county judge’s chambers in December and offered to begin serving time. The judge explained that Cellette would have to wait until charges were filed and a plea recorded. • Timing Is Everything: Guido Boldini (and his mother Constance Boldini) pleaded guilty last April to soliciting a hit man to take out Guido’s ex-wife, Michelle Hudon, after a contentious child-custody battle in Keene, N.H. The “hit man” was, of course, an undercover cop, and the son and mother are now serving a combined 12 to 35 years in prison. However, unknown to the Boldinis, Michelle Hudon had been diagnosed with cancer, and in September, she died.

• The Importance of the Dictionary: Bright Ideas (1) When Donald Williams was publicly • An official in Shijiazhuang, China, sworn in as a judge in Ulster County, told Agence France-Presse in December N.Y., on Jan. 2, offices were closed, and that the city’s new “women only” parkno one could find a Bible. Since holy ing lot was designed to meet females’ books are not legally required, Wil“strong sense of color and different liams took the oath with his hand on a sense of distance.” That is, the spaces dictionary. (2) Merriam Webster’s 10th are 3 feet wider than regular spaces edition dictionary is so influential that and painted pink and purple. Also, atthe Menifee Union School District in tendants have been “trained” to “guide” Southern California removed all copies women into parking spaces. from its elementary schools’ shelves in • Lenoir County, N.C., sheriff ’s depuJanuary in response to a parent’s comties raided a suspected marijuana farm plaint that the book contains a reference in January and learned that the grow to “oral sex.” operation was all underground. The • “Texting” While Driving Is Not the 60 live plants were cultivated inside an Problem: (1) Briton Rachel Curtis, 23, abandoned school bus, which had been was sentenced to 12 months in prison buried, was accessible by a tunnel and by Bristol Crown Court in October for had a garage built on top of it. leading police on a high-speed chase while injecting heroin. (2) AuthoriThe Fragrance of Love ties in Scottsboro, Ala., in December First, farmer Dick Kleis of Zwingle arrested a man after a high-speed chase in eastern Iowa, composing a birthday during which he allegedly had methnote to his wife, arranged more than 60 amphetamine cooking in the front seat. tons of manure in a pasture to spell out (3) Long-haul trucker Thomas Wallace “Happy Birthday, Love You” in shortwas charged with manslaughter in Bufhand. Then, for Valentine’s Day, farmer falo, N.Y., in January after his rig struck Bruce Andersland created a half-milea parked car, killing the occupant, wide, arrow-pierced heart from while Wallace was distracted plowed manure at his farm near watching pornography on his the town of Albert Lea, Minn. laptop computer. Welcome “Now I’ve got my valentine!” • Too-Swift Justice: It is not back, warmth shouted wife Beth, when she first unheard of for someone to and sunshine! viewed the aerial image. commit a crime and then immediately surrender, usually Oops! for safety or for the comfort Helmut Kichmeier, 27, a of a warm jail cell (such as hypnotist “trainee” who appears Timmy Porter, 41, did in Anas Hannibal Helmurto in Britain’s chorage, Alaska, in October imCircus of Horrors, accidentally mediately after robbing the First hypnotized himself in January as he National Bank Alaska). However, was practicing in front of a mirror. Gerard Cellette Jr., 44, tried to be (Being in such a trance helps him even more helpful. Knowing that swallow swords on stage.) His he would soon be arrested (and

wife called Kichmeier’s mentor, Dr. Ray Roberts, who, as a “voice of authority,” was able to snap Kichmeier out of it over the phone.

Fine Points of the Law

(1) A death-row inmate has a right to question the fairness of sentencing jurors if they appear to be so friendly with the judge that they give him (and the bailiff) post-trial gag chocolates shaped like breasts and penises. The U.S. Supreme Court in January ordered a lower court to consider a rehearing request from convicted killer Marcus Wellons of Georgia. (2) Seattle-area resident Patricia Sylvester, on trial for vehicular assault in October, was declared “not guilty” by the jury, but her sense of relief faded. Polling the jurors, the judge learned that the verdict was not unanimous, as required by law. He sent them back to deliberate further, and Sylvester was this time unanimously found “guilty” (though of a lesser charge).

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Lloyd Norris, 57, was arrested in Gwinnett County, Ga., in February and charged with mortgage fraud, after he tried to buy a house with “cash” consisting of a nonsensical $225,000 “U.S. Treasury” promissory note, supposedly “certified” by Secretary Timothy Geithner. Norris had prepared $1 billion worth of the documents on his computer and assumed that banks would not look too closely at them.

Sometimes, Men Just Have to Prove Theirs Is Bigger

(1) A 31-year-old man was stabbed in St. Cloud, Minn., in January. He told police he and another man were approaching each other on a sidewalk, and when neither man gave way, the other man stabbed him. (2) Scott Elder, 22, was charged with shooting a 24-yearold man in Savannah, Ga., in October after an argument that started when one of the two strangers sent a text message to a wrong number. The men agreed to meet in a parking lot to settle things. (3) Lankward Harrington, 25, was walking past a gardener in Washington, D.C., in October 2006 when grass clippings blew onto his clothes. At his trial in October 2009, Harrington was convicted of murder for shooting the gardener four times in the face. Said Harrington, on the witness stand: “He got grass on me. (I) take pride in my appearance.” cs By chuck shepherd UNIVERSAL PRESS SYNDICATE

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Justin Dick and Michael Redmond, longtime veterans of the Savannah rock ‘n’ roll wars, put Niche together last fall to celebrate the ties between punk and Southern rock (and they exist, don’t you know). Drummer Tim Clough is the third component of this loud, fast and occasionally twangy power trio (Dick is a guitarist, Redmond plays bass, and they trade off on the vocals, and their earlier joint projects included Two Days, The Bricks and Whiskey Dick). Opening this show is the “folk rock/psychedelic” duo Ancient Warfare, about which, sorry to say, I can tell you absolutely nothing. Listen & learn: www. myspace.com/nicheband, www. myspace.com/ancientwarfare. At 11 p.m. Friday, Feb. 26 at the Jinx, 127 W. Congress St. $6.

CONJUNTO PRIMAVERA

Since the late 1970s, Conjunto Primavera has been one of the most successful norteno bands to come from the northern regions of Mexico. Still fronted by its founder, saxophonist Juan Dominguez, the band has topped Billboard’s Latin Albums chart five times, most recently with Que Ganas de Volver, and has been awarded several platinum albums. As with most Mexican norteno bands, Conjunto Primavera is primarily a dance outfit – the button accordion is a main instrument – but this band is also known for soulful, romantic vocals, thanks to the supple throat of lead singer Tony Melendez. Also expect rancheras, cumbias and boleros from this versatile – and quite nattily dressed – sextet. Listen & learn: www.conprimavera.com. At 9:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 27 at

Ivan Neville’s Dumpstaphunk

Ivan Neville once told a journalist how he named his band. “The guys were playing so nasty and dirty,” he explained, “we figured there is nothing funkier than a dumpster.” Neville, a singer and multi–instrumentalist, is part of the great contemporary musical lineage of New Orleans (his father is vocalist Aaron Neville ... his uncles are all Neville Brothers ... you can do the math). In the tradition of the Meters, the Big Easy’s legendary and unbeatable masters of groove, Dumpstaphunk lays on the funk, and lays it on thick — the music is like a heavy ladle of gumbo, like Parliament/Funkadelic without the wigs and wackiness, or, dare it be said, like the Neville Brothers without the jazz experiments, or the emphasis on Aaron’s silky crooning. This music is all about the bumpy, joyous ride, bay–bay. The direct line to the source of the deep funk is the band’s use of two, count ‘em, two bass guitarists — Nick Daniels and Tony Hall — and the eight– armed drummer Raymond Webber. Then there’s guitarist Ian Neville — he’s a cousin, Shoreline Ballroom, 40 Folly Field Road, Hilton Head. $40.

TOM THUMB

Those with a soft spot for the quirky acoustic–pop of Savannah’s own Dare Dukes would do well to check out the area debut of Andy Arch, from Boston, who performs as Tom Thumb. Arch writes lyrical

the son of Aaron’s brother Art, and he’s a fire–breathing monster. Ivan Neville plays piano, organ, guitar and lots of other things onstage — in the studio, he’s laid down tracks with the likes of the Rolling Stones, and toured and recorded with Keith Richards’ side project, the X–Pensive Winos. Dumpstaphunk has played at Bonnaroo, High Sierra and (of course) the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival. Each member has toured, sat in with or done session work with some of the baddest bands and artists in jam–band land, including Trey Anastasio, Dave Matthews and Gov’t Mule. “We’re very heavy on groove and funky rhythms and such,” Neville said. “But yet we’re a song–oriented band, we play songs with vocals because four of the guys in the band can sing their asses off, myself included.” Listen & learn: www.dumpstaphunk.com. At 9 p.m. Friday, Feb. 26, Live Wire Music Hall, 307 W. River St. $15.

lyrics and melodic melodies (can I say that?), and like Dukes, many of his songs are deceptively simple, hiding a complex core that hints at deeper meanings. This is deconstructed, pureed folk/pop and, in the case of the Tom Thumb album The Taxidermist, the product of a creative and fertile mind with too many ideas at once: Arch wrote

all the songs and played all the instruments himself. “It’s great that people all over the earth can hear your music on blogs and buy it online,” he says, “but nothing beats getting in front of people and playing.” Listen & learn: www. tomthumbmusic.com. At 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 26 at the Sentient Bean, 13 E. Park Ave. Free.

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Chance Garnette (center) writes the lyrics for Skeletonwitch; he’s also the band’s vocalist.

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Skeletonwitch, wooly boogers and the brotherhood of the bands by Bill DeYoung | bill@connectsavannah.com

From the other Athens — the one in Ohio — comes the brutalizing, ball–busting Skeletonwitch, one of the most popular indie metal bands now crossing the country with regularity, spreading the headbangers gospel to the faithful, one massive musical melee at a time.

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the other members of Savannah’s own metal monster, Baroness. Baizley, in fact, provided the artwork for two of Skeletonwitch’s album covers. Non–metalheads will look at a few of this band’s song titles – “Sacrifice for the Slaughtergod,” “Feast Upon Flesh,”

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agers to be seen!” Beneath the skin — if you dig past the bombast and the scary stuff — Skeletonwitch’s music is technically complex and a lot more intricately put together than the casual observer tends to notice. “There certainly are plenty of bands that are just a bunch of noise, but there’s also a hell of a lot of bands who, if you really sat down and checked it out, there’s some really, really good music being laid down,” Garnette says. “Especially like the new Baroness album — they’re all over the place on that one. “Maybe they can’t get past the vocals — like with our stuff they’re like ‘Oh, this is just noise’ — but check it out on a pair of headphones or whatever, you can hear what’s actually going on.” In the early days, Skeletonwitch toured in a pickup truck, pulling their gear in a trailer behind. Now, thanks to a solid distribution deal with Prosthetic Records and a core of rabid fans from one coast to the other, they travel in a 15–passenger luxury van. Nobody’s holding his breath for a Lear jet, but things sure are better than they used to be. Garnette remembers when he and his bandmates first ventured out of Athens. “You go on your first tour and you don’t know what to expect. You think everyone from New York’s an asshole, and if you’re from L.A. you’re going to hate somebody who says ‘y’all’ and has a country accent. “But the music really makes a common bond for everything. I’ve only met a few assholes, and I’ve met a lot of the cool guys.” It’s a brotherhood with unexpected perks. “I was thinking about this the other day,” Garnette says. “We’ve become friends with the band Goatwhore; they’re like a sludgier black metal band from New Orleans. “I used to listen to them before I knew them. And the fact that I can just call those guys up and talk to ‘em now, that’s really cool.” CS Skeletonwitch With Howl and Iron Age Where: The Jinx, 127 W. Congress St. When: At 11 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 25 Cost: $10 Online: www.myspace.com/skeletonwitch

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“Submit to the Suffering” — and think yeah, right. Metal. It’s black and it’s ugly. What kind of people are these? That’s the sort of thing Skeletonwitch guitarist Nate Garnette is used to hearing, and like most hardcore and serious metal players, it makes him laugh. “I’m sure the old ladies that see us eating dinner in the truck stop just think we’re a bunch of wooly boogers,” he says, “but heavy metal guys are some of the nicest guys I’ve met. Willing to help each other out. “I don’t know how many times I’ve helped a band re–wire their trailer so they have brake lights. It’s what we all go through, living in vans and touring as much as we all do. I think it kind of makes us a brotherhood, and a lot of people don’t get that – they just see tattoos and beards and empty beer cans and think we’re a bunch of buttholes.” As far as the songs, “Evil imagery has always been something we’ve been fans of. If you can put what you like to see with what you like to hear, go for it. “None of us worship the devil, and I don’t even know which ones of us believe in God or not. It’s not really a topic of discussion.” Garnette writes most of the band’s music, while the lyrics are supplied by his brother Chance, who’s also the vocalist. “He just takes things from his dreams, horror movies, anything that isn’t something you do on a day–to–day basis, you know?” Garnette explains. “He’s got some pretty out there stuff. Pretty brutal stuff.” Skeletonwitch is rounded out by second guitarist Scott Hedrick, bassist Evan Liner and drummer Derrick Nau. In 2008, the band played the Blackest of the Black Tour with Danzig and Dimmu Borgir, and this spring they’ll hit the road with Cannibal Corpse, on the Evisceration Plague Tour. Skeletonwitch, because of its piledriver, punk–like attack, is usually categorized as a thrash metal band. However, says Garnette, “Metal is basically metal. We just call ourselves a metal band. We’re not just a thrash band, we’re not just a black metal band, we’re not just a tech metal band. We’re just a band that likes to combine those styles, you know?” Thrash, he explains, “is kind of an attitude, too. We kind of come across serious onstage, but I think we’re more thrash off the stage than we are on the stage. We like to drink beer, cut up and be stupid. Basically act like stupid–ass teenagers, even though there’s no teen-

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culture Talkin’ ’bout a Revolution (Road Show)

Project H founder Emily Pilloton just wants to change the world by Patrick Rodgers | patrick@connectsavannah.com (Above) Project H founder Emily Pilloton in front of the Airstream Trailer. (Right) A pair of glasses with an adjustable prescription. (Below) Some of the products being exhibited inside the trailer. Photos courtesy of Project H Design.

Like so many people who were tired of their nine to five jobs, Emily Pilloton dreamed of doing bigger things, of impacting the world in a positive way. Unlike most people, she did something about it, leaving behind a job to found Project H, a non–profit design group dedicated to re–focusing design away from materials and toward solutions for real world problems. Only two years old, the Project H team is already hard at work on homelessness in Los Angeles, foster home quality in Texas, and public education in North Carolina, just to name a few. Pilloton also just published a book called Design Revolution: 100 Products that Empower People highlighting some shining examples that marry good design with humanitarian ends. Instead of just going on a book tour, she loaded 40 of the items into an Airstream trailer and is now driving around to schools, trying to help inspire people, particularly the next generation of designers. After only a couple weeks on the road, Pilloton’s already crossed the United States from California to Southeast Georgia, and adopted a dog. On Saturday, she’s parking the Airstream in front of the Trustees Theater. We spoke with her over the phone as she drove from Texas to Louisiana last week. What’s the purpose of the Design Revolution Road Show? Emily Pilloton: The Road Show is a great collection of evidence providing some proof that design can make a

difference in people’s lives and in communities and in economies. The goal is not just to bring all this stuff to their doorstep, but also provide the tools for a 20 year old design student who wants to work on humanitarian design projects but doesn’t know how. Half of the goal is make the case for design as a change agent, and the other is to provide the tools to help people to do that. There’s no shortage of problems in the world that could be addressed by design, but how do you go about choosing the projects that your organization takes on? Emily Pilloton: We’ve been around for two years, and a lot of times the projects come out of the local teams that we have set up for specific projects. The projects come out of a very personal place. “My adopted brother went through foster care and I know how bad the system is. Maybe we should try and work with a foster care home.” That’s actually a project that came out of Austin. Ultimately, for us, it comes down to what we can tackle. Within a big problem like continues on p. 22

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homelessness, our team in Los Angeles is looking at solutions for people living in homeless shelters. Instead of trying to tackle homelessness as a whole, they went in and picked apart the issue and asked, “Where could design have an impact?” When they started working with that shelter in particular, they met with them every week, on Sundays, all day long. It was six designers and six women who were living in the homeless shelter. They were as much a part of the process as the design team. If you’re meeting with the homeless shelter every week, it sounds like this is a pretty comprehensive process time–wise, and homeless shelters, among other socially overlooked groups, aren’t exactly rolling in dough. How do you keep the bills paid? Emily Pilloton: Not very well. We have 22 ongoing projects with basically $100,000 over two years and no paid employees. Technically, I’m a volunteer. One way that we keep our costs low is by using volunteer labor, which is not a great business model, but what it does is force those who are involved to either commit or fall to the wayside. We have very few people who are with us for a few weeks and then we never see again. The people who come to us know that it’s a lot of work. As far as project costs go, we’re not going to do anything that is exorbitantly expensive because we want to make the case that design can be accessible. We came up with this playground called Learning Landscapes. It’s a way for kids to learn math outside. It’s very simple space made from reclaimed tires and then we wrote this workbook on all these different games you can play within this space. The teachers love it. We’ve built six so far, and we’ll build 10 more this year. You’ve now got local chapters in a handful of metropolitan areas. How do these local chapters get established? Could a bunch of Savannahians, after seeing the Road Show, band together and form a new branch? Emily Pilloton: Actually no. We stopped using the term chapter because it implies anyone can start one. There’s no team that exists without a project. There’s no Green Drinks social group that’s gonna get together and talk about this stuff. They’re all basically satellite offices for our projects. We have eight local teams that have been around for two years now and are finally starting to work like clock work. It’s been a long road getting them there, and they’re

becoming more self–sufficient. We have a bunch of long term projects going on in rural, eastern North Carolina. Bertie County is actually the poorest county in the state. We have an informal 3–5 year contract with the school district to move there and essentially fix their district using design – both doing projects and teaching design. How did that come about? Emily Pilloton: That came about through the Learning Landscapes. We built the first one at a pilot school in Uganda. It was published in a couple different magazines and the superintendent from the school district saw it. This guy, the superintendent, is kind of visionary, and they brought him into the school district to make things better. We went and built four Learning Landscapes. We’re building new computer labs and designing a new high school campus. We did a county–wide broadband campaign. We’re trying to push to use some of their Title 1 funding to provide internet as an educational portal in all the homes. What’s the most surprising thing that’s happened to you since you hit the road with all this stuff? Emily Pilloton: We had this itinerary that started with 20 different colleges, and then partially because of our work with Bertie, we decided we really needed to have high schools in the mix. That was something we added kind of on a whim. We’re so glad we added the high schools because it’s a completely different conversation in a really refreshing way. Going to all these design schools, it’s not a hard sell, you’re preaching to the choir a little bit when you say, “design is great and design and can make a difference.” At every high school, I ask who has considered a career in design, and almost no one has. Then you take them out to the trailer and they’re like “oh, this is what design is?” They’ve probably never considered design as something other than the people who make iPods. They’ve never considered it as a way to solve problems. That’s been the most exciting thing for me. -cs Design Revolution Road Show When: Saturday, Feb. 27, 10:30 a.m.–4 p.m. Where: Trustees Theater, 216 E. Broughton St. Info: www.designrevolutionroadshow.com


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The hilly country not too far north of Verona is home to one of my favorite everyday wines: Valpolicella. This pretty wine–next–door is made entirely, or predominately, from the Corvina grape. It doesn’t put on airs, and is comparable to Beaujolais or Côtes du Rhône in France – unpretentious regional table wines. But for astute label readers, one little one can signal the transformation of humble Valpolicella into something far more interesting. The word is “Ripasso,” which means “re–passed.” In the spring, after fermenting over the winter in the usual way, select batches of Valpolicella are transferred into casks holding the grapeskins that were left over after its big, bold cousin, Amarone, was made. This process of “re–passing” the lighter wine over the bigger wine’s squeezed skins adds body, color and flavor, and launches a secondary fermentation that boosts alcohol content and character. The fruity, complex and bigger–bodied Ripasso still drinks beautifully by itself and pairs very well with red meat, game or sharp cheeses. If you’re shopping for Valpolicella, take extra care to check the label. If the word “Ripasso”

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is there, you’ve got your hands on something completely different from the everyday wine. Recently, I enjoyed lunch with other members of the wine trade and Deborah Cesari, whose family has been making Valpolicella, Ripasso and Amarone near Verona since 1936. Mara Valpolicella Superiore Ripasso is a blend of 75 percent Corvina, 20 percent Rondinella and 5 percent Molinara, Its “re–pass” is done every January, and when the wine is racked in February it ages for 12 months in a dense Slavonian oak and flavor inducing French oak. After bottling, it mellows another 8 months before being shipped. While plenty of modern production and environmental standards are practiced at Cesari, these are still very much wines steeped in tradition, regional styles and, of course, represent this historically rich terroir. Mara Ripasso poured deep ruby colored in the glass. Its aromas evoked thoughts of ripe dark fruits, raisin and hints of chocolate. To taste, it is well–rounded and loaded with fruit. That careful aging process insures well–balanced flavors and very little influence from tannins. It’s a fun exercise to have friends over, crack open a bottle of Valpolicella, another of Valpolicella Ripasso and taste the two side by side. One caveat: Open the Ripasso a couple of hours in advance of tasting. This big wine requires a breather before showing its true colors. To view a video of Deborah Cesari talking about Mara Valpolicella during her visit to Savannah, go to YouTube, search for “savannahfoodie,” and select the video. cs

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

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I kept waiting for the crowd to subside at Leoci’s before highlighting my meal there – but there seems to be no let up in sight! This Sicilian–born chef has fired up his wood oven and single handedly drawn a crowd to this typically quiet stretch of Abercorn Street. The breads from the oven are fresh, hot and salt–crusted. Mussels are sweet and smoky; pizzas are rustic and infused with the taste of oak–fired coals. Beyond the oven’s goodies, it’s refreshing to find so many made–to–order pasta dishes. On most days, there are a handful of choices that feature handmade pastas – which add an additional element of joy to this experience. On my last visit, I chose pair of half orders: a beautifully flavored bean soup and pasta carbonara – topped with an over–easy egg. The bean soup has taken a couple of evolutionary steps since opening and, regardless of its incarnation, is always nicely flavored with a variety of beans, a savory thin broth and freshly sliced scallion. The carbonara – which I’ve had with both handmade and dried fettuccine – is equally pleasing with either. While I prefer the rustic look and rich flavor of the handmade pasta, there is no mistaking the great flavors that rise from this dish. Fatty, cured pork, plenty of coarsely shredded Pecorino Romano cheese and an over–easy egg combine to create a heart–warming, classic Italian comfort food.  On this day, the allocation of handmade pasta was dedicated to a special: lobster ravioli in Bolognese sauce. It looked and smelled delicious. Smart diners will call ahead for reservations. As the weather warms, there is ample additional seating on the expanded deck behind the restaurant. The growing wine list features some nice Italian choices. To watch a video of Chef Roberto talking about his brick oven, go to: www.youtube.com/watch?v=ojMnXxlMVps 606 Abercorn St./335–7027

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Rancho Alegre did open early last week at 402 Martin Luther King Jr Blvd., about two blocks north of the I–16 flyover. This second location of the Cuban–inspired restaurant (The other at 44 Posey St.) kicks it up a notch with bright, spacious and shiny new surroundings. I have no doubt that Juan Manuel Rodriguez will be guiding this kitchen. He has studied food all over the world – we’re fortunate to have such a talented chef bringing another shot of international flair to Savannah’s culinary scene. Early word from Savannahfoodie.com followers is that the tamales are extraordinary! CS

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When the national touring production of The Wizard of Oz arrives at the Johnny Mercer Theatre March 2, Cassie Okenka will have walked down the Yellow Brick Road something like 340 times. Okenka, who just turned 24 last week, has played Dorothy Gale in this touring company since September of 2008. In fact, she’s been the only cross–country Dorothy, as this particular Wizard was actually conceived, and first produced, by England’s Royal Shakespeare Company on London’s West End. And then imported to the U.S.A. One of the most famous stories in all of American literature, The Wizard of Oz is based on the turn–of–the–century children’s book by L. Frank Baum. There’s probably isn’t a single living American who hasn’t seen the classic 1939 film, with Judy Garland as Dorothy, the innocent Kansas farmgirl swept away to the mysterious Land of Oz.

Therein lies the first hurdle for anyone attempting to stage The Wizard of Oz. How do you top the movie everybody loves? “It’s literally everywhere, so it’s a big task to take on,” Okenka says. “But it’s also fun because a lot of people haven’t seen this show onstage before. So it’s kind of cool to have it all happen before your eyes.” Her script, she explains, is an “almost verbatim” adaptation of the screenplay – it doesn’t attempt to shoehorn in the elements of Baum’s book that were left out of the film. “We kind of think of it as a celebration of the movie,” says Okenka. “There’s huge sets. The costumes are absolutely beautiful. Our witches fly, we have flying monkeys, fireballs get shot at the Scarecrow, our Tin Man’s hat pumps smoke. It’s a pretty big monster when you get down to it, creating it onstage.” As Dorothy, Okenka wears a simple gingham dress, her hair is in pigtails – and yes, she gets to dance around in a pair of ruby slippers. “As an actor, you’re given a character and you want to be that character as you and the director have discussed, and to


kind of honor anything that character has going for it,” she says. “Like you wouldn’t play Peter Pan as a mean little boy. “With Dorothy, you don’t want to replicate what Judy Garland has done because you’re not really creating anything. But you also don’t want to be different just for the sake of being different.” A Toledo native, Okenka is admitted musical theater junkie. “I actually started theater in 3rd grade, and I never had a moment of wondering ‘what do I want to be when I grow up?’” she reports. “It became something fun to do, then something extra–curricular, then it kind of just became ‘what I did.’ It wasn’t weird for me to rush home, grab food and go to rehearsal, or to dance class, or to voice lessons. It was just the norm for me.” Six months before she graduated from Ohio’s Baldwin–Wallace College with a musical theater degree, she auditioned for her first Broadway show. In a manner of speaking. “They searched all across the country through auditions and things, and 10 girls got picked to go through this rough, reality show–based audition to figure out who was going to take over from Laura Bell Bundy for Legally Blonde on Broadway.” Okenko made the Top 10, and was featured prominently when MTV aired

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Legally Blonde: The Search For Elle Woods in June 2008. She didn’t make the final cut, and never got to play Elle Woods. By the time the show aired, however, Okenka was already a college graduate, living in New York and working her “survival job” as hostess at the Brooklyn Diner. Through a friend, she heard about the auditions for The Wizard of Oz. “I went in and sang ‘Somewhere Over the Rainbow,’ and they said ‘Can you come back in a month?’” Okenka says. “I said ‘sure.’ “And so a month later I go back in, I have Dorothy’s opening monologue after the song, and for about six hours I’m going in and out of the room alternating with some other people. There’s another girl there. I go back in, I sing the song again, I leave the room, I go back in and sing the song again, I do the monologue. “You just have to invest in it for the day, but then as soon as you walk away you have to let it go, because you never know what could happen.” By September, she was bidding farewell to the Brooklyn Diner and starting off on her two–year trip from Kansas to Oz. And back again. And back again. And again. For Okenka, one of the perks of the gig is getting to work with her co–star, a tiny cairn terrier who has the “role” of Toto. “We travel with two,” she laughs. “You always have to have an understudy, just in case.” The two thespian canines, both rescue animals, are named Dusty and Loki (the latter dog was actually liberated from a puppy mill in Kansas!) Every night, every show, “Toto” responds to minimalist hand commands from “Dorothy.” The learning curve, Okenka says, was steep. “It was a lot more training me than training the dogs.” CS

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There are several strong similarities between the stage version of Dirty Rotten Scoundrels and Mel Brooksâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; The Producers. Both began as nonâ&#x20AC;&#x201C;musical movies â&#x20AC;&#x201C; funny stuff, in both cases, but not exactly blockbusters at the box office. Brooks reâ&#x20AC;&#x201C;wrote The Producers years later as a stage comedy, composing the songs himself and ratcheting up the zaniness with slapstick and visual gags. Dirty Rotten Scoundrels followed suit, and although it received generally good reviews and a pile of Tony nominations, it never enjoyed the same sort of reinvention renaissance as The Producers. Which is a shame, because the staged Scoundrels is nearly as witty as Brooksâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; twisted show business valentine. And itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s certainly better than director Frank Ozâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; 1988 movie, its source material. Armstrong Atlantic State Universityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s current production of Dirty Rotten Scoundrels - continuing through March 27 - is frivolous, fun and easy on the eyes and ears. Although marred by one or two slow sections, the show goes by quickly, the members of the college troupe clearly understanding its largerâ&#x20AC;&#x201C;thanâ&#x20AC;&#x201C;life, cartoonish quality. Scoundrels is set in Beaumont Sur Mer, a posh gambling village on the French Riviera. For years, local cad Lawrence Jameson has preyed on the wealthy American women who visit, conning them with his cultured charm, lying through his immaculate teeth and then taking their money. Smallâ&#x20AC;&#x201C;time hustler Freddy Benson arrives and proceeds to compete with Jameson. The two form an unlikely alliance, and over the course of the movieâ&#x20AC;&#x201C;slashâ&#x20AC;&#x201C;play, attempt to oneâ&#x20AC;&#x201C;up each other by increasing the stakes of each successive con. The AASU Masquers company features Jonas Boyd as Lawrence, and Brett Levine as Freddy. Theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re both watchable actors with solid comic timing. Boyd plays the entire thing deadpan, which is a good thing since his charachter has many of the showâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s most outrageous lyrics (see â&#x20AC;&#x153;Ruffhousinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Mit Shuffhausen,â&#x20AC;? in the second act). Levine has the more difficult part, since much of his shtick is physical rather than verbal. One of his Act One songs, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Great Big Stuff,â&#x20AC;? is part egotistical rap and part hipâ&#x20AC;&#x201C;swiveling Elvis

parody. And he spends much of Act Two in a wheelchair (donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t ask; itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s part of the plot). The acting plaudits for this production, however, really go to John Martin as the local (corrupt) police chief Andre Thibault (think Claude Rains in Casablanca). The pencilâ&#x20AC;&#x201C;thin moustachioâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d Martin speaks with an exaggerated Clouseau accent, and he has many of the playâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s best lines. A subplot involving Andre and one of Lawrenceâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s American conquests, which didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t appear in the movie, is one of the funniest things in an already hilarious Act Two. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s as if playwright David Yazbek figured out what wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t so great in the Launer/Shapiro/Henning film script, and found ways to make it better. While whole sections of dialogue come straight out of the movie, Yazbek has fleshed it out with clever oneâ&#x20AC;&#x201C;liners and double entendres. The songs, too, use occasional naughty words as punchlines. (You know, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s tough not to at least smile when a straightâ&#x20AC;&#x201C;faced actress musically rhymes â&#x20AC;&#x153;Oklahomaâ&#x20AC;? with â&#x20AC;&#x153;melanoma.â&#x20AC;?) Eve Butler appears as Christine Colgate, a naive young woman who won a trip to Beaumont in a sweepstakes. The doeâ&#x20AC;&#x201C;eyed Butler (a Winona Ryder lookâ&#x20AC;&#x201C;alike) is delightful in every scene sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s in; like Martinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s, her performance tends to bring out the best in both Boyd and Levine, who surprisingly donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have a lot of chemistry together. Like many lavish productions on small stages, this Dirty Rotten Scoundrels sometimes doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t know what to do with its dancing ensemble players â&#x20AC;&#x201D; they tend to look a little crowded, and â&#x20AC;&#x201D; particularly in the Act One I saw â&#x20AC;&#x201D; seemed to be counting their steps. Megan Baptisteâ&#x20AC;&#x201C;Fieldâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s set design brings Lawrenceâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s opulent seaside digs to life, and when the full moon suddenly appears over the Mediterranean (a running gag), the ambiance changes in an agreeable instant. With tongue planted firmly in cheek, this Dirty Rotten Scoundrels doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t take itself too seriously. And in musical comedy, thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s some serious business. CS Dirty Rotten Scoundrels continues through Feb. 28 at the AASU Jenkins Hall theater.


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It’s been a year since nightclub–owning novice Amy Stafford threw open the doors of the Wormhole Bar, ushering in a new era in live music for Savannah. The Wormhole is at 2307 Bull St., in what has been historically known as the Starland District. In fact, the building used to be a furniture store, and it was refurbished and re–configured by Stafford and a bunch of her friends, in the true spirit of DIY. The first–year anniversary bash takes place Saturday, Feb. 27, with a big, healthy cross–section of music, mirth and weirdness. “I really think the variety exemplified from these acts embodies the spirit of the Wormhole,” Stafford says. “A place where any musical style is welcomed, and where every night is different.” This is what Stafford, a longtime musician, music fan and proud, card–carrying bar patron, always felt was missing from the Savannah scene. So the Wormhole went up as the antidote to the “niche club.” Of course, the City’s questionable “21 and over” policy has kept the younger patrons away, and that’s caused Stafford no small amount of concern during

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her first year of business. But survival is survival, and in this case, it’s particularly sweet. “I call it a Re–Opening,’ Stafford says, ”because we have grown so much in the last year that it’s like a whole new venue.” Here’s the lineup for Saturday’s grand “re-opening”: From snowy, scenic Asheville, N.C. comes the bizarre band the Hellblinki Sextet, which turns out tunes from the other side of darkness. Bandleader Andrew Benjamin plays guitar and rudimentary drums – at the same time – while singing in a boozy, Tom Waits–ian voice about devils, angels and those stuck in hellish purgatory. It’s been described as “raw pirate blues.” Wearing whiteface makeup and an undertaker’s top hat, Benjamin leers, cackles and croons behind the kit, turning out tasty chunks of chords and wicked hell–jazz licks on his electric guitar. The band is a revolving cast of characters, including (but not limited to) violin, bass, accordion, brass, voice, samples and whatever (or whoever) happens to be in Benjamin’s orbit. He’s like Dan Hicks in the bottom of a tequila bottle. Although Hellblinki’s hard to beat, in terms of eclecticism, the night also

features a couple of Savannah’s coolest bands from multiple sides of the tracks. The Train Wrecks, the best there is at hard–hitting, rockabilly–styled Americana and roots music, are paired with the synthesized soundscapes of Sinister Moustache, one of the most popular acts to consistently pulsate and pound inside the Year One Wormhole’s dark and eerie corners. Savannah “baby band” Magazine Avenue will play, too. The New York Disco Villains, an electronic weirdo/pop group from Columbia, S.C., are next. According to the band’s own media kit: “The Villains have the campy woozy feel of an Ed Wood film soundtracked by They Might Be Giants.” And we just could not say that any better. Add to this the shake ‘n’ shimmy of Savannah’s Mei’attah Raqs bellydancing troupe, and the talents of wandering trickster David Jowers. “He’s an amazing magician and he’s been befuddling drunkards and blowing up ravers for as long as I can remember,” Stafford observes. “And just to make sure, I saw his act sober and yes, it is still amazing.” Tickets are $15 per person, or $25 per couple (or if you just want to bring a friend). Food from Angel’s BBQ is part of your ticket price. Call Stafford at (912) 398–6342. CS

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Art-O-Rama — Multimedia group show including Betsy Cain, Matt Hebermehl, John Olenyik and more. Atwell’s Art and Frames , 228 W. Broughton St. Black Heritage Month Show — Features Gullah-inspired sculptures from Judy Mooney and paintings from Richard Law and William Kwamena-Poh. Hospice Savannah Art Gallery, 1352 Eisenhower Dr. Condition — Solo show by Adam Davis. OneNine Fine Art, 19 E. Bay St. I Should Have Been A Cowgirl — Mixed media by Susie Clinard using discarded images of cowboys and Native American culture to create collages. Gallery Espresso, 234 Bull St.

I Want You To Want Me — A collection of prints by the Print Club in honor of Valentine’s Day. Sales benefit group’s trip to the Southern Graphics Council Printmaking Conference. Closing Reception: 3/4, 79pm. Lulu’s Chocolate Bar, 42 MLK Jr. Blvd. L’Union Fait La Force — Oglethorpe Gallery debuts with a group show and Haiti benefit. 50% of art sales donated to Oxfam America and Doctors Without Borders for Haiti relief. Runs through 2/27. Oglethorpe Gallery, 406 E. Oglethorpe Ave., Margaret Brennan: A Savannah Retrospective — Collection from previous series of floral and landscape photos, and debut of a series shot in France. Reception: 3/7, 2-4pm. JEA Art Gallery, 5111 Abercorn St. Nature’s Banquet: American Paintings from the Manoogian Collection — Landscapes by Hudson River School painters and American Impressionists are complemented by exquisite still lifes. SCAD Museum of Art, 227 MLK Jr. Blvd., New Beginnings Youth Art — Celebrating the talent of local middle-school and high-school students. Works in this year’s juried exhibition are based on the 2010 Black Heritage Festival theme, “Our Journey from a Glorious Past.” S.P.A.C.E. Gallery , 9 W. Henry St.

Nothing Is As It Seems — 3D mixed media works from Malaika Favorite, inspired by poet Paul Lawrence Dunbar. Beach Institute, 502 E. Harris St. Painters’ Reel: Contemporary Painting in Georgia — Eleven painters from throughout the state. Jepson Center through 5/17. Photos by Sam Scruggs — Scruggs is a SCAD alumnus who uses a unique process to capture dramatic images of Savannah at night. JEA Art Gallery, 5111 Abercorn St. Secrets of Old Masters — A group show of paintings by students copying paintings hanging in the Telfair’s Dutch Utopia exhibit. Trends and Traditions, 3407 Waters Ave. Super Fantastic Variety Show — A group show featuring work from six seniors from SCAD’s painting dept. Reception: 3/5, 6-9pm. T Gallery , 1813 Bull St. The Mysteries of Sake — Photos by Sophie Mayday exploring the qualities of the Japanese wine. The Hurn Museum, 10 W. Taylor St. Wild is the Wind — A group show organized as part of the “Africa on My Mind: Contemporary Art, Home and Abroad” exhibition series held in conjunction with SCAD’s Third Biennial Art History Symposium. Gutstein Gallery , 201 E. Broughton St. cs


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Shutter Island

Just how obvious is the big “twist” that concludes Shutter Island, Martin Scorsese’s adaptation of Dennis Lehane’s novel? So obvious that some folks who haven’t read the book are figuring it out simply by watching the trailer. But just how accomplished is the picture anyway? Enough that viewers will happily be led down the rabbit hole by a director with the ability to distract them with every technique at his disposal.

Delivering yet another topnotch performance that might help him win some sort of lifetime achievement award before he even hits 40, Leonardo DiCaprio stars as Teddy Daniels, a U.S. federal marshal who, with his new partner Chuck Aule (Mark Ruffalo), travels to a mental asylum located on a remote island off the Massachusetts coastline. The year is 1954, and the lawmen are there to investigate the disappearance of one of the inmates. But although the head of the facility (Ben Kingsley) assures them that they’ll have the full cooperation of the entire staff, it soon becomes apparent that everyone has something to hide, and Teddy must suss out the truth even while plagued by debilitating headaches, gruesome flashbacks to his World War II years, and disturbing hallucinations involving his deceased wife (Michelle Williams). Scorsese’s in pulp fiction mode here (see also Cape Fear and The Departed), which essentially means that this is one of those pleasing instances when “B”–movie material is given the “A”–list treatment. The screenplay by Laeta Kalogridis is packed with so much intriguing inci-

Back in the 1990s, three Hollywood heavyweights wrestled the horror genre away from the kiddies long enough to make a trilogy of terror that delighted anyone who enjoyed seeing monster movies that were adult in nature, literate in approach and steeped in atmosphere so pungent, you could almost cut it with a scalpel. Yet while Francis Ford Coppola’s 1992 gem Bram Stoker’s Dracula and Kenneth Branagh’s underrated 1994 effort Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein seemed to go hand in hand, Mike Nichols’ entertaining 1994 hit Wolf never quite fit with the others, with its modern setting (the other two were period pieces) the primary reason. The Wolfman, then, would on the surface appear to be the proper, belated third corner of that triangle, given its Victorian–era setting, its impeccable productions values and its distinguished cast. Unfortunately, that’s hardly the case, as this disappointing film has little to do with those ‘90s winners but instead resembles director Stephen Sommers’ sacrilegious monster mashes from the 2000s: those daft Mummy movies and the unwatchable Van Helsing. Then again, director Joe Johnston (Jurassic Park III, Jumanji) is strictly a meat–and–potatoes type

of filmmaker, not an ofttimes brilliant artist like Coppola, Nichols or Branagh, and it’s safe to state that the demands of The Wolfman were simply out of his range. Of course, anybody working from the ragtag script by Andrew Kevin Walker and David Self would have trouble keeping this thing on target, so it’s not completely Johnston’s fault. Loosely based on the 1941 classic The Wolf Man (Curt Siodmak’s excellent screenplay for that version gets a shout–out in the credits), this new take casts Benicio Del Toro in Lon Chaney Jr.’s iconic role of Lawrence Talbot, the British–born nobleman who returns to his family estate after spending most of his life in the United States. Here, Lawrence is presented as a successful stage actor who reluctantly travels home following the disappearance of his brother. The sibling turns up dead, his mutilated body suggesting that he was the victim of either a psychopath or a wild animal. Estranged from his aloof father, Sir John Talbot (Anthony Hopkins), Lawrence prefers the company of his late brother’s fiancee, Gwen Conliffe (Emily Blunt). Promising her that he’ll find the killer, he pieces together clues that lead him to a gypsy camp, an area that soon turns into a killing field as a ferocious creature shreds scores of people and wounds Lawrence in the process. The gypsy fortune teller Maleva (Geraldine Chaplin) knows that Lawrence’s injuries dictate that he will be turning into a werewolf himself whenever the full moon appears in the night sky. Lawrence isn’t sure what to think, although he senses that everything is connected to his repressed memories involving his father and late mother, who apparently continues on p. 30

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committed suicide when he was a child. As he attempts to to understand what’s happening to him, an inspector from Scotland Yard appears on the scene. But Aberline (Hugo Weaving) isn’t just any ordinary lawman: He’s the detective who recently wrapped up work on the Jack the Ripper case. Considering that the Ripper case went unsolved, that doesn’t exactly shine a favorable light on Aberline’s skills, but I digress. What’s important is that Weaving is the only principal cast member who manages to make a favorable impression. Although he’s physically right for the role, Del Toro’s line readings are unbearably stilted, and he brings none of the playfulness that Chaney contributed in his rendition. In short, he’s a brooding bore. Fresh from triumphing as the title character in The Young Victoria, Blunt is alarmingly one–note, hampered by a sketchy part that allows her to do little more than pout and fret. As for Hopkins, he’s clearly indifferent to the whole project, and one suspects his eyes kept darting back and forth between the dopey script in one hand and the hefty paycheck in the other as he mulled over whether to accept the part. The makeup design by Rick Baker is excellent, although the transformation scenes aren’t nearly as thrilling as the pivotal one in 1981’s An American Werewolf in London (for which Baker won the first of his six Oscars). Yet what sinks the film on the technical side is the abundance of CGI effects; these simply come off as (no pun intended) overkill, with Johnston pouring on the gore in an effort to disguise the fact that the picture contains nothing in the way of genuine suspense or scares. Johnston’s heavy use of cheap “gotcha!” moments (i.e. when the setting is quiet and then something suddenly LEAPS! into the frame or DASHES! across the screen) likewise points to his inability to coax any authentic reactions out of audience members, who will probably be too busy tittering at the risible dialogue anyway to concentrate on much else. As for the epic battle pitting werewolf versus werewolf – well, let’s just say it couldn’t be any less frightening had the filmmakers elected to pit Pekingese against Poodle.

VALENTINE’S DAY Like the holiday it celebrates (cheapens?), Valentine’s Day is made for couples, which perhaps explains the fastidious casting of twofers throughout its principal roster. There are two

actors from Grey’s Anatomy (Patrick Dempsey, Eric Dane), two from That ’70s Show (Ashton Kutcher, Topher Grace), two from Alias (Jennifer Garner, Bradley Cooper), two named Jessica (Alba, Biel), two named Taylor (Lautner, Swift), two from the Roberts clan (Julia, Emma), and other convenient couplings. It’s more exhausting to track than any conceivable game of Six Degrees of Separation. With such a wide range of talent on view (Shirley MacLaine and Julia Roberts on the high end, Jessica Alba and Emma Roberts on the low), It’s not surprising that the performances are all over the map almost as much as a screenplay that finds the connecting thread between roughly a dozen stories and then proceeds to tie them all together with one unseemly bow. And as is often the case with anthology–style works, some segments work better than others: I could have used more scenes with Julia Roberts and Bradley Cooper (as strangers sitting together on an airplane) or with Anne Hathaway and Topher Grace (as a phone–sex provider and her unsuspecting boyfriend), and less with Jessica Biel (as a lonely woman who hates the holiday) or with the Taylors (as lovestruck high school kids). Jennifer Garner is fine as a trusting teacher who’s being duped by her married lover (Patrick Dempsey), but she unfortunately has to spend ample screen time with Ashton Kutcher (as her best friend), who seems incapable of walking and acting at the same time. Were Valentine’s Day not such a tissue–thin confection, its underlying content might be troubling. Meanwhile, the only two characters not involved whatsoever in all the lovey–dovey exploits are both overweight women (Kathy Bates and Queen Latifah). With its cast of young and old, veteran and novice, the demographically friendly Valentine’s Day boldly asserts that it’s a film made for everyone, but look closely and you’ll find a center as squishy as that of a melted chocolate caramel nougat.

Edge of Darkness Although based on a 1985 British TV miniseries, the new thriller Edge of Darkness mostly feels like The Constant Gardener shorn of all emotional complexity and weighty plotting. That hardly matters, though: Edge of Darkness could have played like an episode of Sesame Street and audiences would still turn out just to answer the pressing


The Lovely Bones

CRAZY HEART

We might as well begin with a disclosure: I haven’t read Alice Sebold’s The Lovely Bones. And from what I’ve been able to ascertain, folks who did go buy the book are furious that the film version doesn’t go by the book, or at least not enough to stifle their cries of foul play. Normally, I wouldn’t even bring this up, as the disconnect between literature and film has been with us almost as long as cinema itself. But given the loyal fan base of Sebold’s best–selling novel, it seemed as if some sort of consumer–alert sticker was warranted, if only to prevent unsuspecting and outraged patrons from ripping up aisle seats, burning down auditorium curtains and deliberately spilling buttered popcorn on theater floors. (Always glad to do my part!) On the other hand, moviegoers who haven’t read the book and accept director Peter Jackson’s picture on its own terms (which, ultimately, is how any artistic interpretation should be judged) will be greeted with a powerful viewing experience, a rueful, meditative piece that makes some missteps (particularly toward the end) but on balance treats the heavy topic with the proper degrees of respect and responsibility. In a role far more demanding than her breakthrough part in Atonement, Saoirse Ronan plays Susie Salmon, a young girl living in ’70s suburbia with her loving family. One day after school, quiet neighbor George Harvey (a chilling Stanley Tucci) tricks her into his underground lair, where he then rapes and murders her. (Some have complained about Jackson’s decision to not show the sexual assault and slaying. I for one applaud his choice; are these critics – voyeurs? – saying that the inherent implications aren’t horrific enough on their own?) Now stranded in some sort of celestial limbo, Susie looks down as her father Jack (Mark Wahlberg) searches for the killer while her mother Abigail (Rachel Weisz) tries to hold the family together. Writing with his Lord of the Rings collaborators, Fran Walsh and Philippa Boyens, Jackson finds a fanciful way to realize the otherworldly visions in Sebold’s story without ever losing sight of the tragedy grounded at the center of the tale. Jackson loses his storytelling grip toward the end – a plot device stolen from Ghost doesn’t quite come off – but he never loses his compassion. The Lovely Bones may not exactly follow its literary antecedent, but I have to believe they share the same beating heart.

Robert Duvall appears in a supporting role in Crazy Heart and also serves as one of the film’s producers. His participation in this project makes complete sense: He wanted to personally hand the baton off to Jeff Bridges. After all, Duvall won his Best Actor Academy Award for 1983’s Tender Mercies, and now here comes four–time nominee Bridges, the odds–on favorite to finally win his own Oscar for playing the same type of role essayed by Duvall – that of a rumpled, boozing, country & western star who enters into a relationship with a sympathetic woman at least two decades his junior. Bridges’ grizzled character goes by the name Bad Blake, and that first name describes less the man who bears it – he’s fundamentally decent although, like most drunks, irresponsible and exhausting – than the circumstances of his present lot in life. Washed up, perpetually inebriated, and playing honky–tonk dives while his protege, Tommy Sweet (Colin Farrell), fills up massive arenas, Blake stays in the fight even though the odds are against him ever achieving any renewed success. But suddenly, unexpected developments on the personal and professional fronts hold real promise. Sweet turns up and, clearly fond of his former mentor, offers him an opening slot on his tour and the opportunity to write new songs for him. And Blake, a multiple divorcee and unrepentant womanizer, finds a chance at a lasting relationship when he meets and falls for reporter Jean Craddock (Maggie Gyllenhaal), a single mom whose young son also melts Blake’s heart. cs

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question: So, what’s Mel been up to these days? It’s been eight years since Mel Gibson has handled a leading role on the big screen (2002’s Signs), and he’s spent the time since then directing the biggest moneymaking snuff film of all time, getting in trouble with the bottle, with the law and with the wife, and being brilliantly parodied in a memorable episode of South Park. And now he’s back in Edge of Darkness, and while his off–screen antics have noticeably aged him – he almost looks the same age as Harrison Ford in Extraordinary Measures, even though Ford is 13 years older – he hasn’t lost a step when it comes to exuding that undeniable movie–star magnetism. Gibson plays Thomas Craven, a widowed Boston cop who’s elated that his grown daughter Emma (Bojana Novakovic) has come home for a visit. But father and child are only together for a few hours before Emma is brutally murdered. While everyone assumes the assailant was gunning for her dad, the devastated Craven suspects otherwise once he starts snooping around and finds that all signs point toward Emma’s former place of employment: Northmoor, a shady corporation with all sorts of underhanded ties to the government. The company’s CEO (Danny Huston, who also clocked time in The Constant Gardener) is clearly corrupt, but what’s Craven to make of a mysterious English chap named Jedburgh (Ray Winstone), who pops up at odd hours to utter cryptic phrases before disappearing back out of sight? Edge of Darkness is effective as a cathartic revenge yarn, at least until the absurdities begin to pile up during the final half–hour. Most of the villains are laughable even by the standards of one–dimensional action flicks, while Jedburgh, the most interesting character, requires more scenes in order to make his character arc more believable. Winstone still steals the film through sheer personality, but the script doesn’t provide him with much assistance. As for Gibson, he’s just fine in the sort of role that’s been his bread–and–butter for the majority of his career: the maverick out to right a massive wrong by any gory means necessary. It’s not exactly a fresh interpretation but it demonstrates that Gibson knows the best way to reconnect with his sizable fan base is by giving them what they expect and nothing more.

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Activism & Politics Chatham County Campaign For Liberty

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

Chatham County Democratic Party

For info, contact Tony Center at 912-233-9696 or TonyCenter@comcast.net Chatham County Democratic Headquarters, 313 W. York St. , Savannah http://www.chathamdems.net/

League of Women Voters

meets first Monday of the month at 5 p.m. in Room 3, Candler Heart and Lung Building. Must be 18 or older. Candler Heart and Lung Building, 5354 Reynolds Ave. , Savannah

Savannah Area Young Republicans

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

Benefits AAYO Spring Concert

3/7, 3pm: The Armstrong Atlantic Youth Orchestra performs with soloist Regan Bowers. Refreshments will be served. All proceeds benefit the AAYO. $25/ticket. To reserve seats: 598-8113 or chas3jjj@aol.com. AASU Fine Arts Auditorium. 11935 Abercorn St.

Bravo Music Company Summer Camp

Annual fundraising luncheon for the 501c3 summer music program will be held 3/27 at the Savannah Marriott, 100 Gen. McIntosh Blvd. Tickets are $40, or purchase table for $400. Call Rose M. Smith, Music Director, 912-236-6681 or Johnye Gillans, 912-236-1934 for tickets. Reserve by 3/15.

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.

Tour de Epicure

2/28, 4-7pm - A trolley tour of great food and fine art. All proceeds benefit America’s Second Harvest. Tickets are $75 and can be

purchased through America’s Second Harvest, 912-629-0298.

Unmaskarade

2/27, 6:30pm - A benefit gala for the Rape Crisis Center. $75/person or $500/table of 8. For event tickets, raffle tickets or more info, call 912-233-3000 or visit www.rccsav.org. Savannah International Trade and Convention Center,

Call for Entries Artist Submissions: “Sculpted”

Desotorow Gallery is now accepting submissions for “Sculpted”, a juried exhibition featuring three-dimensional works of art. Submissions due by 5pm EST on 2/26. Download the prospectus at http://www.desotorow. org/exhibits/calls/sculpted.html Desotorow Gallery , 2427 Desoto Ave. , http://www. desotorow.org/

Call for Artists

Want to collab with the Co-Lab? We are open wed thru sat noon-6pm contact: thecolaboratory@gmail.com or visit: zecolab.tumblr.com The Co-Laboratory, 631 E. Broad St. ,

Poster Contest

Polk’s Saturday Market Poster contest. Winning image will be used to promote the market and sold as a fine art poster. First Place will receive $250.00 plus a commission from all sales of image. Deadline for entries is March 1, 2010. For info, contact: Dicky Trotter, 912-665-4488, or dickyt1954@yahoo.com.

Classes & Workshops “How To Be A Better Storyteller”

Savannah Storytellers present a two-hour workshop. Thurs. 3/25 at River’s Edge Retirement Community. Admission is $10 for the public or $7 for members. Space is limited so participants should register in advance. Call 912-354-7688 or email Savteller@aol.com.

700 Kitchen Cooking School

Hands-on educational/entertaining cooking classes at the Mansion on Forsyth Park, 700 Drayton St. Mansion on Forsyth Park, 700 Drayton Street , Savannah http:// www.700kitchen.com/

AASU Continuing Education

The Armstrong Center for Professional and Continuing Education will offer a number of courses March 1-13. Course descriptions,


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. 2365310. 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/

Community Art and Design Workshops

Presented by SCAD and lead by faculty members. A variety of programs running during late February and early March. For additional information contact Katrine Trantham, 912.525.5123 or ktrantha@scad.edu. To register online, visit www.scad.edu/ce.

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

Conversational Spanish Group

Want to improve your Spanish skills? Meet at the Sentient Bean every Monday, 5:00pm. Group focuses on increasing vocabulary, grammar, and conversational confidence! Free and open to all levels of experience. Call Ronnie at 912-257-0333, or email dvorakquartet12@yahoo.com for more info.

Crime isn’t a Civil Right

The ongoing speech/spoken word presentation by local freelance crimefighter & communicator Nadra Enzi aka Capt. Black seeks venues to “grow safety consciousness together as one community.” For booking e-mail nadracaptblack@ymail.com

Crochet & Crafts

A free workshop. 3/13, 11am-12pm. African American Health Information and Resource Center. 1910 Abercorn St. Call 447-6605.

English as a Second Language

We are tiny groups, 2-4 students. Learn English in a fun, relaxed way. We meet when you have time in a coffee shop downtown Savannah. Single meetings are available too. There is a small fee per class. call: 912-604-3281

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

Financial Education Workshops

Presented by Step Up Savannah and its partners. Classes on basic budgeting, managing credit, understanding credit scores, and building savings for emergencies. Banking Basics: 1/4, 2pm & 1/25, 6pm at the Bull St. Library; 1/11, 6pm at the Carnegie Library (537 E. Henry). Managing Credit: 2/1, 2pm & 2/22, 6pm at the Bull St. Library; 2/8, 6pm at the Carnegie Library. Credit Report and Scores: 3/1, 2pm & 3/22, 6pm at Bull St.; 3/8, 6pm at Carnegie. Sav-

ings: 4/5, 2pm & 4/26, 6pm at Bull St.; 4/12, 6pm at Carnegie. Reservations required. Call 691-2227

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.

German Language Classes

Have fun learning German with small groups of 3-6 students. Classes meet Monday & Thursday evening at the Sentient Bean. The choices are Beginners I or II, or advanced Conversational class. There is a small fee per class. I am a native professor from Switzerland. For more info: (912) 604 3281 The Sentient Bean, 13 E. Park Ave ,

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The Housing Authority of Savannah hosts a series of regular classes at the Neighborhood Resource Center. 1407 Wheaton Street. Adult literacy/GED prep: MonThurs, 9am-12pm & 1pm-4pm. Financial education: 4th Fri of month, 9-11am. Basic Computer training: Tues & Thurs, 1-3pm. Community Computer lab: Mon-Fri, 34:30pm. For more info: 912-232-4232 x115 or www.savannahpha.com

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Knitting Class

Knit your own scarf, hand-warmer or blanket. You choose your colors and what you like to knit. I teach you how to do it. We meet in small groups downtown Savannah. Meeting in a coffee shop. There is a small fee per class. Please call my cell: 912-6043281

Puppet Shows

Offered by St. Joseph’s/Candler AfricanAmerican 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

Rape Crisis Center Volunteer Training

The Rape Crisis Center will hold its next volunteer training March 18th through March 25th. Volunteers answer our 24-hour crisis line or accompany sexual assault victims to the hospital for a forensic examination. Applicants must be at least 18 years old and submit to a criminal background check. If interested, please call 912-2333000. We would love to have you on board!

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Savannah Conservatory for the Performing Arts

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2/26 - Ceramics specialist Matt Maggioni hosts demonstrations of the ancient Japanese ceramic firing technique. Pieces will be available for participants, or you can bring your own. $10 firing fee. S.P.A.C.E. 9 W. Henry St. Call 912-651-6783 for more info.

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Red Hot Raku Friday

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

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Be bilingual. Call 272-4579 or 308-3561. e-mail 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

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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 Ms. Musheerah Owens 912-234-0525 ext.1506 The Starfish Cafe, 711 East Broad Street , Savannah http://www.thestarfishcafe.org/

Thinking of Starting a Small Business is a course offered twice a month atthe Small Business Assistance Center, 111 E. Liberty St. $50 in advance or $60 at the door. 651-3200, www.savannahabdc.org. Small Business Assistance Center, 111 E Liberty Street , Savannah http://www. sbacsav.com/

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/

Clean Coast

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

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 ,

Historic Savannah Chapter of ABWA

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

Historic Victorian Neighborhood Association

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

Low Country Turners

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

Make Friends in Savannah

Clubs & Organizations Bimmer Club of Savannah

Are you a BMW nut? Want to share your passion with others? Meet up for car shows, drives and group lessons in maintenance, etc. Email for more info: carlor2002@aol. com, or call 912-308-0221 after 8pm.

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.

Civil Air Patrol

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

Aerospace education programs and activities for adults and teens ages 12-18. Meets every Thursday from 7-9 p.m. Visit www.

For anybody, every age, every race and nation. We chat, hang out, go to movies and more. Meet in a coffee shop downtown Savannah. A small fee covers the efforts of the organizer, a well educated, “out of the box” woman, who lived in New York and Europe. Call 912-604-3281.

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

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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 9:15-11:30 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/

No Kidding

Join Savannah’s only social club for people without children! No membership fees, meet great new friends, enjoy a wide variety of activities and events. For more info, visit http://savannahnokidding.angelfire.com/ or e-mail: savannahnokidding@gmail.com

Old Time Radio Researcher’s Group

International fan and research group devoted to preserving and distributing oldtime 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 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 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.

Savannah Sunrise Rotary Club

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

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. 484-6710. Memorial Health University Medical Center, 4700 Waters Avenue , Savannah

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 Group

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 meetand-greet precedes the meeting at 6:30pm. Contact Carol North, 912-920-8891. 8108 Abercorn St , Savannah

Son-shine Hour

Meets at the Savannah Mall at the Soft Play Mondays from 11-12 and Thursdays from 10-11. 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 912-925-3940 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 in aviation. Regular meetings are held once a month and new members are welcome. Visit www.southernwingz.com

Stitch-N’s

Knitting, spinning and crocheting Monday and Tuesday from 5-8pm and occasional Sunday 2-4pm at wild fibre, 409 E. Liberty. Jennifer Harey, 238-0514. wild fibre, 409 E. Liberty , Savannah

Tarde en Espanol

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

Telfair Academy Guild - Women in Business

Group’s monthly meeting is 3/8, 10:30am at the Jepson Center. Includes presentation entitled, “More than Meets the Eye.”

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The Armstrong Center

The Armstrong Center is available for meetings, seminars, workshops or social events. Classrooms, meeting space, auditorium and 6000-square-foot ballroom. 344-2951. Armstrong Atlantic State University, Savannah

The Peacock Guild

A literary society for bibliophiles and writers. Monthly meetings for the Writer’s Salon are held on first Tuesday and the Book Club meets on the third Tuesday. All meetings start at 7:30 p.m. at meet at 207 E. Charlton St (Flannery O’Connor’s Childhood Home). Call 233-6014, facebook Peacock Guild or email peacockguild@googlegroups.com for more info.

Theremin/Electronic Music Enthusiasts

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.

Tybee Knights Chess Club

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

Tybee Performing Arts Society

meets the first Tuesday of the month at 6:30 p.m. at the old Tybee school All interested, please attend or send e-mail to ried793@ netscape.com. Old Tybee School, Tybee Island , Tybee Island

Urban Professionals

Meets first Fridays at 7:30 p.m. at Vu at the Hyatt on Bay Street. If you’re not having fun, you’re not doing it right. Call 272-9830 or send e-mail to spannangela@hotmail.com. Vu Lounge at the Hyatt, 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 927-3356. Savannah

Dance Abeni Cultural Arts Dance Classes

Classes for multiple ages in the art of performance dance and Adult fitness dance. Styles include African, Modern, Ballet, Jazz, Tap, Contemporary, & Gospel. Classes are held

| Submit your event | email: happenings@connectsavannah.com | fax: (912) 231-9932 | 1800 E. Victory Dr., Suite 7, Savannah, GA 31404 Monday through Friday at the St. Pius X Family Resource Center. Classes start at $25.00 per month. For more information call 912-6313452 or 912-272-2797. Ask for Muriel or Darowe. E-mail: abeniculturalarts@gmail.com St. Pius Family Resource Center,

Adult Intermediate Ballet

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

African Dance & Drum

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

Argentine Tango

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

Beginners Belly Dancing Classes

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.

Hodgson Memorial Drive. Mondays at 7:30 p.m. For more info email PrideofIrelandGA@ gmail.com.

Chicago Step Classes

Coastal Georgia Steppers is offering adult Chicago-style steppin dance classes every Sunday from 4:00– 6:30pm at the Tominac Gym on Hunter Army Airfield. All are welcome. Free admission; no partner required. For more info, send email to Robert.neal75@ yahoo.com.

Christian Cabaret and Line Dance Extravaganza

3/13 - The 1st Southeast Line Dance Competition. An evening of fun and dancing. Line dance contest from 7:30-9:00pm. Cabaret from 9:00-midnight. ILA Reception Hall. 221 East Lathrop Ave. $20 before 3/5, $25 after. For contest info: inourvision@yahoo.com. For tickets: Diane Tremble @925-9272

Flamenco Enthusiasts

Dance or learn flamenco in Savannah with the Flamenco Cooperative. Meetings are held on Saturdays from 1-2:30 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. Maxine Patterson School of Dance, 2212 Lincoln St , Savannah

Free Swing Lessons

Beginners Fusion Belly Dance

Every Thursday at Doubles Night Club (7100 Abercorn St.) Join the SwingCats for a free lesson at 7:30pm, followed by dancing from 8-10pm. No partner required. Drink specials.

C.C. Express Dance Team

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. Nassau Woods Recreation Building, Savannah

Every Tuesday, 6-7pm. If you have never danced before or have limited dance experience, this is the class for you. Cybelle, a formal bellydancer for over 10 years will guide you through basic bellydance and fusion Walk ins welcome. 15.00/class 912-414-1091 http:// cybellefusionbellydance.wordpress.com/

Home Cookin’ Cloggers

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. Windsor Forest Recreation Building, Savannah

Irish Dance Classes

Ceili Club

Experience Irish Culture thru Irish social dancing. No partner or experience needed. Learn the basics of Irish Ceili dancing. 7176

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.

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Mahogany Shades of Beauty Inc.

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

Modern Dance Class

For beginners/intermediate. Tuesdays 1011:15am. Doris Martin Dance Studio. 7360 Skidaway Rd. For info, call Elizabeth at 912354-5586.

Pole Dancing Class

For exercise...Learn dance moves and spins while working your abs, tone your legs and arms, a total body workout. Ladies Only! The only thing that comes off is your shoes. Classes are held Wednesdays at 7:30pm and on Fridays by request. Call for details 912224-9667 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. Delaware Recreation Center, Savannah

Salsa Lessons

Tuesdays and Wednesdays. No partner required. Tantra Lounge, 8 East Broughton St. Contact: salsasavannah@gmail.com, or call 856-7323. www.salsasavannah.com Tantra Lounge, 8 E. Broughton St. ,

Savannah Shag Club

Shag music every Wednesday, 7pm, at Doubles Lounge, 7100 Abercorn St. and every Friday, 7 pm, at American Legion Post 36, 2309 E. Victory Dr.

Shag & Beach Bop

The Savannah Dance Club hosts Magnificent Mondays from 6:30-11 p.m. Free basic shag, swing, salsa, cha cha, line dance and others are offered the first two Mondays and free shag lessons are offered last two 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. ,

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Bellydrills

Khebeyet Tribal is now offering classes in Tribal Style Belly Dance. Mondays 7-8pm at Archer Way Townhomes on Abercorn St. For more info call Maya at 912-704-2940 or email mayakali7@yahoo.com. http://www. khebeyet.com/

2 hour dance workout utilizing basic bellydance moves. This is geared to all levels of ability. Dance your way towards a better sense of well being. Bring water bottle. $25/class. 912-414-1091 http://cybellefusionbellydance.wordpress.com/

Events

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 6526780 or 965-9629. U.S. Highway 80 West , Pooler

4th Annual Race for Preservation

2/27, 8am - 5 or 10k race/walk benefitting the Historic Savannah Foundation. Registration is $25. Advance registration is recommended, but you can register on Race Day. Forms and info: www.historicsavannahfoundation.org, HSF’s office, or Fleet Feet.

Bingo

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

Diesel Train Rides

3/2-18 -All aboard for a ride on the old diesel train. Tues thru Sun. 11am, 1pm, 2pm. Sunday rides at 1pm, 2pm. The Roundhouse Railroad Museum. 601 W. Harris St. www. chsgeorgia.org

Preservation Tour of the Davenport House

Learn about the preservation and care of the Isaiah Davenport House. The museum’s director will discuss the recent restoration, maintenance issues and techniques for preserving the site. Includes areas not seen on regular tour. Tuesdays and Saturdays in March (2, 6, 9, 13, 16, 20, 23). $18. Refreshments included. 324 E. State St.

SSU Career Planning Seminar

Feb. 24-26: Panel discussions, workshops and classroom visits. Topics include facing business challenges, being a leader in the workplace and choosing employment or higher education after graduation. Contact SSU’s College of Business Admin. 356-2836.

Tacos on Tuesdays

All you can eat tacos for $5 every Tuesday, 6-9pm. Bar available. Open to everyone. 398-6732 or 354-5515. American Legion Post 184, 1 Legion Dr. , Savannah

Film & Video Film: Police, Adjective (Romania, 2009) 2/28, 7pm - A critical favorite and winner at Cannes. A police officer gets into trouble for failing to arrest a teenage drug dealer. Romanian with English subtitles. Victory Drive, west of Optimist Stadium, http:// www.reelsavannah.org/

Movie Night for Women

2/25, 5pm - St. Joseph’s/Candler AfricanAmerican Health Information & Resource Center presents, “Movie Night for Women.” 1910 Abercorn Street. Screening followed by a brief discussion. Refreshments provided. For more info, call 447-6605.

Fitness Bellydancing for fun and fitness

The most fun class you’ve ever taken to get you in the best shape in the least amount of time. We provide bright colorful veils, jangling coin hip scarves, and exotic music. Every Thursday at 7:30pm. $15 drop-in or $40 for four if you pay in advance. Call 912-660-7399 or email ConsistentIntegrity@ yahoo.com

Cardiorespiratory Endurence Training

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. 3558111. Jewish Educational Alliance, 5111 Abercorn St , Savannah http://www.savj.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

Mommy and Baby Yoga Classes

Mondays, 10-11am (crawlers and toddlers) and 11:30-12:45 (infants and pre-crawlers) at the Savannah Yoga Center. The cost is $14 per class. Multi-class discounts are available. Walk-ins welcome. Call 232-2994 or visit www.savannahyoga.com. Savannah Yoga Center, 1321 Bull St. , Savannah http://www.savannahyoga.com/

Pilates Mat Classes

Mat classes are held Tues & Thurs 7:30am8:30am, Mon 1:30pm-2:30pm, Mon & Wed 5:30pm-6:30pm, Thurs 12:30pm-1:30pm, & Sat 9:30am-10:30am. All levels welcome! Private and Semi-Private classes are by appointment only. 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.

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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

Savannah Yoga Center

Located at 1321 Bull St. Call 232-2994 or visit www.savannahyoga.com for schedule of classes, times and fees. Savannah

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,

Tai Chi Classes

From 10:30-11:30am every Mon and Fri, and from 5:30-6:30pm every Tues and Thurs. Tai Chi is an exercise derived from the ancient Chinese martial arts. Call to pre-register. 912-819-6463 St. Joseph’s/ Candler Center for Well Being,

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Vinyasa Yoga (Donation-based)

Invigorating all-level flow class with longer holdings to focus on precision alignment. Donation yoga lets you pay what you can, when you can, so you can enjoy your yoga practice without breaking your budget. Every Thurs. 9:15-10:15am. The Yoga CoOp. 2424 Drayton St. The Yoga Co-Op, 2424 Drayton St. ,

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Georgia Equality Savannah

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

Savannah Pride, Inc.

Meets 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.

Health Better Breathers of Savannah

Meets to discuss and share information on C.O.P.D. and how people live with the disease. For info, call Dicky at 665-4488 or dickyt1954@yahoo.com.

Community Cardiovascular Health

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

Free blood pressure checks and blood sugar screenings

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Zumba Fitness

Hearing: Every Thurs. 9-11 a.m. Speech: 1st Thurs. of each month. Savannah Speech and Hearing Center, 1206 E. 66th Street. Call 355-4601. 1206 E 66th St , Savannah http://www.savannahspeechandhearing. org/

Yoga and Pilates Classes

Yoga: Tues 8am & 5:45pm, Thurs at 8am & 5:30pm Pilates: Mon at 7pm, Sat at 8am. Class sizes are small, so please RSVP: 912-341-9477 or brandon@pro-fitpersonaltraining.com Pro-Fit Personal Training, 18 E. Broughton St. 2nd Floor , All levels welcome. Improve your range of motion and energy levels. Small groups and private lessons available. Historic District studio. Please call to set up your first class. Times are flexible to suit your needs. 912232-4490 or email blh63@hotmail.com

Free hearing & speech screening

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. All ages and shapes are encouraged to attend. $7 per class. For location and info, contact Carmen at 484-1266 or calexe@comcast.net.

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

Conducted at three locations. From 8:30a. m.-12:30p.m. and 5:15p.m.-7 p.m. every Tuesday and Thursday at the SJ/C AfricanAmerican Health Information and Resource Center, 1910 Abercorn St. Call 447-6605 for appt. Every Monday from 10a.m.-12p.m. at the Smart Senior office, No. 8 Medical Arts Center. No appt necessary. Every MondayFriday from 10a.m.-2p.m. at St. Mary’s Community Center at 812 W. 36th St. Call 447-0578. Savannah

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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

Get 10 free minutes of full body massage with every paid hour. No appointment necessary. 10am 7pm M-F SAT 10-5. 233-4808. Sol Tanning, 18 E. Broughton St. 2nd Floor ,

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. ,

Healthy Eating and Food Talk

A two part series discussing nutrition and improving food choices. Part 1, 3/4. Part 2, 3/11. 5-7 p.m. African American Health Information and Resource Center. 1910 Abercorn St. Call 447-6605.


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 For info, contact Jackie King at 691-6882.

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.

Hypnobirthing Childbirth Classes

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.

I am your ‘live’ coach

You like to be happy, healthy and successful? I am your coach, helping you to life your live to your fullest potential in all fields. I help you to expand your talents. I offer small groups or one person appts. Please call: 912-604-3281

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

Mobile Mammogram Tests

St. Joseph’s/Candler’s Mobile Mammography Unit will be at the following location in March. Rincon: 3/2 and 3/16. Richmond Hill: 3/3. Islands: 3/4. Landings: 3/9. Hardeeville: 3/10. Bluffton: 3/11. Pooler 3/23. Pembroke: 3/24. Sun City: 3/31. Appointments are required. Call 819-6800. (Please specify that you are calling for the Mobile unit.)

Planned Parenthood Hotline

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

The Quit Line

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

Weight Loss Through Hypnosis

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

Nature and Environment

Pets & Animals

Birding with an expert

A Walk in the Park

Wilderness Southeast is offering a series of birding trips with local expert Diana Churchill. Trips include the Savannah National Wildlife Refuge, Tybee Island, Wassaw Island and Webb Wildlife Management Area. For more info, call 912-236-8115 or visit www.wilderness-southeast.org

Dolphin Project of Georgia

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

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, Savannah

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

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St. Almo

The name stands for Savannah True Animal Lovers Meeting Others. Informal dog walks are held Sundays (weather permitting). Meet at 5 p.m. at Canine Palace, 618 Abercorn St. Time changes with season. Call for info 2343336. Savannah http://www.caninepalacesavannah.com/

Readings & Signings Circle of Sister/Brotherhood Book Club

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

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Signing: H. Terrell Griffin

3/8, 3-5pm: The author of “Wyatt’s Revenge,” his latest in the Matt Royal mystery series, will be available to sign books and answer questions. “Wyatt’s Revenge” is an intriguing mystery about revenge and the lengths a man will go to find the killer of a dear friend. E. Shaver Bookseller. 326 Bull St.

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/

“Anthony Benezet and the Beginning of Atlantic Abolitionism” 2/26, 12pm - Maurice Jackson, author and professor at Georgetown University gives a presentation followed at 1pm by a book signing. AASU University Hall, rm 158. 11935 Abercorn St.

Religious & Spiritual 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

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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 drumcurious are welcome. Call 234-0980 or visit uusavannah.org. 313 Harris St. , Savannah http://www.uusavannah.org/

Live Web-streaming

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

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 66:30pm. Sundays from 9-10:30am which includes a Dharma talk. Donations accepted. Rev. Fugon Cindy Beach, cindy@alwaysoptions.com. The Savannah Zen Center, 505 Blair 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 2336284 or 786-6075, e-mail UUBC2@aol.com. Celebrating diversity. Working for justice. Savannah

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Unity of Savannah

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, 1877-494-8629, www.freedompathonline.org, freedompath@yahoo.com. Savannah

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

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/

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/

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 4-5 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

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Quakers (Religious Society of Friends)

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/

Sports & Games Savannah Area Tennis Association

Tennis Teams Forming at all levels from beginner to advanced for Adult Men, Adult Women, Senior Men, Senior Women and new Weekday Women. Most leagues play is in the evenings or on the weekends at vari-


Savannah Bike Polo

Like regular polo, but with bikes instead of horses. Meets weekly. Check out www. facebook.com/savannahbikepolo for more information.

Savannah Shamrock Rugby Club

Always looking for new players, coaches and supporters. Meeting for training Tues & Thurs 6:30pm at Forsyth Park. No experience needed. Call 912-441-4608 for info.

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.

Cancer support group

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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

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 1-800-264-7154.

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/

Grief 101

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

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

Grief Support Group

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

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Caring for Us

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.

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

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6:00 p.m. Tues. at Full Circle Grief and Loss Center, 450 Mall Blvd. Seven-week support groups for children and adults are offered by the bereavement counselors at no charge as a complementary service of Hospice Savannah. For information call 912.303.9442 or visit www.HospiceSavannahHelps.org. Savannah A free support and education group for those who have suffered or want to prevent or reverse Heart Disease, and/or Diabetes problems. Contact, Jeff: 912-598-8457; email: jeff@heartbeatsforlife-ga.org

Hope House

Provides housing and support services such as life skills, resources and referrals, followup 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

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, Savannah http://www.memorial-

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ARIES

(March 21–April 19) “Everything is complicated,” wrote poet Wallace Stevens. “If that were not so, life and poetry and everything else would be a bore.” I hope you will choose his wisdom to serve as your guiding light in the coming weeks. It is high time, in my astrological opinion, for you to shed any resentment you might feel for the fact that life is a crazy tangle of mystifying and interesting stories. Celebrate it, Aries! Revel in it. Fall down on your knees and give holy thanks for it. And by the way, here’s a big secret: To the extent that you do glory in the complications, the complications will enlighten you, amuse you, and enrich you.

TAURUS

(April 20–May 20) This is one time when you can be both the river and the bridge. In fact, I strongly suggest that you make every effort to be both the river and the bridge. I’ll leave it up to you to interpret how this metaphor applies to your life, but here’s a clue to get you started. Be a force of nature that flows vigorously along even as you also provide a refuge for those who want to be close to your energy but are not yet ready to be inside it and flow along with it.

GEMINI

(May 21–June 20) Almost exactly ten years from now, you will be blessed with an eruption of personal power that’s so crafty and so practical that you will be able to visualize a solution to a problem that has stumped you for a long time. It may take you months to actually carry out that solution in its entirety, but all the while you will have the luxury of feeling perfect certainty about what must be done. And you know what the weird thing is, Gemini? Something very similar is in the works for the next few weeks: an eruption of crafty, practical power that will help you materialize the key to solving an old dilemma, hopefully followed by months of carrying out your lucid plan.

CANCER

(June 21–July 22) Last night I had a dream in which I was addressing a crowd of thousands of Cancerians in a large stadium. I was referring to

them as dolphins rather than as crabs. “I say unto you, my fellow dolphins,” I proclaimed (I myself was born June 23), “that you have been given a sacred assignment by the great gods of time themselves. And that assignment is to master the art of Timeology.” When I awoke from the dream, I was awash with feelings of deep relaxation and ease, although I wasn’t sure why. I had never before heard that word “timeology,” so I googled it. Here’s how the Urban Dictionary defined it: “spending time doing what you want to do, not accomplishing anything major but also not wasting time.” It so happens that this prescription is well–suited to our current astrological omens. I suggest that you and I be as playful as dolphins.

LEO

(July 23–Aug. 22) In an episode of the animated TV sci–fi series *Futurama,* we get to see inside the headquarters of Romanticorp, where “love research” is being done. One of the experiments involves robots delivering various pick–up lines to actual women. The line that works best is “My two favorite things are commitment and changing myself.” I recommend that you make that your own catchphrase, Leo –– not just this week but for the foreseeable future. The entire year of 2010 will be an excellent time to deepen your commitments and transform yourself, and the weeks ahead will bring unprecedented opportunities to intensify those efforts.

VIRGO

(Aug. 23–Sept. 22) “Be not forgetful to entertain strangers,” advises a passage in the Bible, “for thereby some have entertained angels unawares.” While that’s always good counsel, it’s especially apt for you in the coming days. I believe you will come into contact with people who can provide you with valuable teaching and healing, even if they’re disguised as baristas or pet shampooers or TV repairmen –– and even if this will be the one and only time they will provide you with teaching and healing.

LIBRA

(Sept. 23–Oct. 22) Metaphorically speaking, you have recently begun crossing the water in a dream boat that has

a small leak. If you keep going, it’s possible you will reach the far side before sinking. But that’s uncertain. And even if you were able to remain afloat the entire way, the shakiness of the situation would probably fill you with anxiety. My suggestion, then, is to head back to where you started and fix the leak.

Whatever it is, this would be an excellent time, astrologically speaking, to work with it. For the next few months, you will be able to call on what you need in order to diminish its power to limit you.

AQUARIUS

(Jan. 20–Feb. 18)

Some Scorpios bring out the worst in people. Other Scorpios draw out the best. Then there are those members of your tribe who sometimes bring out the worst in their fellow humans and other times bring out the best. Where do you fit in this spectrum? Regardless of your position up until now, I’m betting that in the coming months you’ll be moving in the direction of bringing out more of the best. And it all begins now. To get the process underway, think of five people you care about, and visualize the wonderful futures that it might be possible for them to create for themselves.

“We cannot change anything until we accept it,” said psychologist Carl Jung. “Condemnation does not liberate, it oppresses.” Make that your hypothesis, Aquarius, and then conduct the following experiment. First, choose some situation you would like to transform. Next, open your heart to it with all the love and compassion you can muster. Go beyond merely tolerating it with a resigned disappointment. Work your way into a frame of mind in which you completely understand and sympathize with why it is the way it is. Imagine a scenario in which you could live your life with equanimity if the situation in question never changed. Finally, awash in this grace, meditate on how you might be able to actually help it evolve into something new.

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PISCES

More than a few fairy tales feature the theme of characters who accidentally find a treasure. They’re not searching for treasure, don’t feel worthy of it, and aren’t fully prepared for it. They may initially not even know what they’re looking at, and see it as preposterous or abnormal or disquieting. Who could blame them if they ran away from the treasure? In order to recognize and claim it, they might have to shed a number of their assumptions about the way the world works. And they might have to clear up a discrepancy between their unconscious longings and their conscious intentions.

If you were going to launch a career as a rap artist any time soon, I’d suggest that maybe you use the alias “Big Try” as your stage name. If you were planning to convert to an exotic religious path and get a new spiritual name, I’d recommend something like “Bringit Harder” or “Pushit Stronger.” If you were about to join an activist group that fights for a righteous cause, and you wanted a new nickname to mark your transformation, I’d urge you to consider a tag like “Radical” or “Prime” or “Ultra.” And even if you’re not doing any of the above, I hope you’ll carry out some ritual of transition to intensify your commitment to your life’s vital dreams.

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CAPRICORN

(Dec. 22–Jan. 19) Everyone alive has some kind of learning disability. I know brilliant physicists who are dumb about poetry. There are fact–loving journalists whose brains freeze when they’re invited to consider the ambiguous truths of astrology. My friend John suffers from dyslexia, while I myself am incapable of mastering the mysteries of economics. What’s your blind spot, Capricorn? What’s your own personal learning disability?

(Feb. 19–March 20)

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

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/

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

Narcotics Anonymous

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

National Alliance on Mental Illness

A recovery support group for people living with mental illness. Meets at several location throughout the week. Tuesdays: 6:30-8pm, Trinity Lutheran Church, 12391 Mercy Blvd. Thursdays: 6:30-8pm, Pine Woods Retreat, 1149 Cornell Ave. Suite 3A. Saturdays: 1:303:30pm, Candler Heart & Lung Building (2nd Floor). Call 912-353-7143 for more info.

Overeaters Anonymous

Meets weekly at several locations. Please visit www.oa.org to locate a meeting.

Pancreatic Cancer Support Group

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

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 cinder-block wall where incest survivors can throw plates as an anger management technique. In order to continue, donations of china are needed. Call 233-3000 to make a donation.

Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy Support Group

The group welcomes anyone suffering with this disorder, and family members or caregivers interested in learning more about it. For information, call Martyn Hills at 651-4094.

S-Anon Family Group

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


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

Senior Citizen’s Inc. Alzheimer’s Support Group

For families of persons suffering from Alzheimer’s Disease and other forms of dementia. Second Thursday at 5:30 p.m. at Ruth Byck Adult Day Care facility, 64 Jasper St. Call ahead to reserve a seat. Call Stacey Floyd at 236-0363. 3025 Bull St , Savannah

Sexaholics Anonymous

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

Smoking Cessation Support Group

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

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/

Support Group for Parents of Ill Children

who have a seriously ill child receiving treatment on an inpatient or outpatient basis. A case manager facilitates the meetings, and a child life specialist provides an arts and crafts activity Meets once a week. Call Donna at 3505616. Backus Children’s Hospital, 4700 Waters Avenue , Savannah http://www.memorialhealth.com/backus

The Parents of Difficult Teens Group

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

Transgender Support Group

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

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/

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/

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Women who love too much

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

Theatre “Macbeth”

2/25-2/28 - SCAD’s Performing Arts Dept presents Shakespeare’s classic tragedy of the title character’s rise to the throne. Tickets: $515. The Lucas Theatre. 32 Abercorn St. www. lucastheatre.com 912-525-5050.

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. ,

Volunteers America’s Second Harvest Food Bank needs volunteers

To help with various tasks around food bank and warehouse. 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.

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/

Good Samaratin Clinic Needs Volunteers

St. Joseph’s/Candler’s Good Samaritan Clinic in Garden City needs stellar souls to volunteer as nurses, physicians, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, Spanish interpreters and clerical staff. The Good Samaritan Clinic opened two years ago to serve people without insurance and whose income is less than 200 percent of the federal poverty line. To volunteer call Greta Tholstrup at 429-1502.

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

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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/

Music Festival Volunteers Needed

Ushers, greeters and ticket takers for more than 100 daytime and evening events this March 12-April 3. Volunteer Application Form is available at http://tinyurl.com/ycstm73. For more information contact Daniela at volunteers@savannahmusicfestival.org or 912-234-3378 ext. 113.

Oatland Island Education Center

Oatland Island Wildlife Center often needs volunteers. Call 898-3980. Oatland Island Wildlife Center, 711 Sandtown Rd , Savannah http://www.oatlandisland.org/

Rape Crisis Center Volunteer Training

The Rape Crisis Center will hold its next volunteer training March 18th through March 25th. Volunteers answer our 24-hour crisis line or accompany sexual assault victims to the hospital for a forensic examination. Applicants must be at least 18 years old and submit to a criminal background check. If interested, please call 912-233-3000. We would love to have you on board!

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.

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

Ronald McDonald House volunteers needed

Help in the “home away from home” for the families of hospitalized children. Volunteers also are needed to provide 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/

Speech and hearing center needs volun-

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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/

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, 7908827. Telfair Academy of Arts and Sciences, 121 Barnard Street , Savannah http://www. tefair.org/

The Dolphin Project of Georgia

needs boat owners, photographers and other volunteers to help conduct scientific research on the Atlantic Bottlenose dolphin along the coast of Georgia. You must be at least 18 years old. Call 232-6572 or visit the Web site at www.TheDolphinProject.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. Call 201-2133. cs

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APARTMENTS, NEWLY RENOVATED & IN NEWLY CONSTRUCTED WEST SAVANNAH . •3BR/1BA CH&A, partially furnished, $850/month. •DOWNSTAIRS DUPLEX2BR/1BA, CH&A, $650/month. Call 912-659-9726 or 912-925-9796 or email: dpierce56@comcast.net

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AVAILABLE NOW: 3BR/1.5BA on dead-end street. Carport, washer/dryer hookup, new interior/exterior paint, new wood laminate floors throughout, DR, LR, AC. Near schools and HAAF. $849/month. No section 8; No smoking. 920-1936.

for rent 855 AVAILABLE NOW! FOUR BEDROOM HOUSES 10804 White Bluff Rd-$1600 5757 Ogeechee Rd. $1400 THREE BEDROOM HOUSES 620 E. 60th St-$925 302 E 65th St-$850 2 Soling Ave. $850 1734 E.33rd St. $825 1919 Causton Bluff $750 2012 Nash St. $795 TWO BEDROOM HOUSES 1507 E. 48th St. $850 122 Inglewood Dr$750 1105 E.41st St. $650 APT/TOWNHOUSE Three Bedrooms 303 Gallery Way $1100 45 King Henry Ct. $950 Two Bedrooms3 Kingslan Ct. $950 6 Orchid Ln $950 7207 Walden Park $900 27 Pointer Place $825 403 Windsor Xing $650 1107 E. 57th St. $600 1132 E 53rd St-$550 Large 1 Bedroom 740 E. 45th St. #3 $695 COMMERCIAL/2000SF 11202 White Bluff Rd. $2000 offices, kitchen, bath, parking FOR DETAILS & PICTURES VISIT OUR WEB PAGE WWW.PAMTPROPERTY.COM Pam T Property 692-0038

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HALCYON BLUFF. Unique executive-style 3-bedroom/2-bath home on quiet street. Sunken LR, wood floors, dishwasher, ceiling fans, garage, CH&A, fenced yard w/pretty shrubbery. $1069/month, $1399/security deposit. Military & Police discounts available. No indoor pets. No smoking. 920-1936. Happenings

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Nice home in Windsor Forest! Spacious 3BR/1BA, LR, DR, family room, washer/dryer connection, central heat/air, new wood floors. No smoking. $869/month plus deposit. No Section 8. 912-920-1936.

for rent 855 Bnet Management Inc. Savannah East 1535 East 54th Street.3BR/1BA, 1225Sqft. LR, DR, W/D connections, central heat/air, fenced yard $825/month Savannah Westside 718 West 38th Street 3BR/2BA, 1380Sqft. LR, DR, central heat/iar, laundry room, fenced yard $715/month SECTION 8 WELCOME 507-1489/844-3974 CLEAN, FURNISHED EFFICIENCY, on busline, $800/month or available weekly at $200/week plus deposit. Call 210-1327 or 236-1952 Art PAtrol for the Latest Openings & Exhibits connectsavannah.com

DAVIS RENTALS 11515 WHITE BLUFF RD. 1BR, LR, walk-in closet, laundry room, bath $575/month. _________________ NEAR MEMORIAL: 1304 E. 67th Street 2BR/1BA, walk-in closets, laundry room $695/month. _________________ TOWNHOUSE 1812 N. Avalon Avenue. 2BR/1-1/2BA $675/month. _________________ SOUTHSIDE 207 Edgewater Rd. 2BR/2BA, Large $750/month. SOUTHSIDE 1159 Mohawk St. 3BR/3BA, garage. New townhouses. 310 E. MONTGOMERY X-ROADS 912-354-4011,Office

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Eastside Area: 2118 New Mexico- 3BR/1BA, new ch&a, remodeled & furnished kitchen, LR, laundry room, carport, fenced yard, Outside pets OK. $825/month, $800/deposit. Available 2/15/2010. No Section 8. 912-352-8251 Who’s Playing What and Where? Check out Soundboard for a complete list of local music events.

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SECTION 8 ACCEPTED 104 Marian Circle Southside, Newly Renovated, CH&A, ceiling fans, 3BR, 2BA, Living Room, large den, eat-in kitchen w/range, refrigerator & dishwasher, inside laundry, screened porch, dbl. carport, fenced yard w/storage shed $950/Rent, $900/Deposit. 2215 Pecan Drive Fernwood Subdivision, 3BR, 1B, Living room, Den, Kitchen w/appliances, inside laundry, CH&A, Fenced Yard, $800/Rent, $775/Deposit. 2215 Louis Mills Blvd. Mobile home, Total Electric, 2BR/2BA, Living room, kitchen/dining, W/D connections, CH&A, Covered Deck, Car Port, Fenced Yard. $550/Rent includes water & $500/Deposit. Pets OK with Approval. References & Credit Check Required on Rentals

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HOUSE FOR RENT: 45 Wesley Street. 3 bedrooms, 1.5 baths, central heat/air. $810/month, $810/deposit. Available after March 1st. Call 912-429-2404

Large Furnished Efficiency. Very nice, includes utilities, cable, washer & dryer. $200/week. $200/deposit. 912-236-1952

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897-1984, 8am-7pm Westside, Lamarville **1925 Cowan Ave. 3BR/1BA $700/month. **1929 Cowan Ave: 3BR/1.5BA $775/month. **1921 Fenwick 3BR/1BA, $725/month. **1921-B Fenwick 2BR D u p l ex , 1BA $550/month. Eastside**1704 E. 35th St. 3BR/1BA $725/month. kitchen appliances furnished.

*All above have carpet, A/C, washer/dryer hookup, fenced yard. References, application. Oneyear lease minimum. Deposit same as rent. None total electric, No smoking, pets negotiable. .

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Mobile home 2BR, utilities included, cable, furnished kitchen, carpet, tile, nice & clean on busline. $200/week. $200/deposit. Rosalind, 912-484-0002

Midtown- 2219 Armstrong Drive. Completely renovated 3BR, 2 baths. Stove, refrigerator, dishwasher furnished. Fenced backyard. $875/month plus deposit. Call 656-5000.

GARDEN CITY: 159 Varnedoe Avenue. 2 BR, 1 Bath for rent Central heat/air. $625/month plus $500/deposit. Call 912-856-0747. Read Week At A GlAnce to find the best events this week. connectsavannah.com

Home in Bloomingdale 14 Osteen Rd, 3bed 2bath, 2100 Sq.ft. Call 912-823-3302 www.mtpisgahproperties.com

Midtown Guest House 2 Bedrooms, 1 bath, huge kitchen, CH&A, fenced yard, w/d, new carpet, parking, Pets OK w/ deposit. $775/month. 912-925-8590

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


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•2018 Live Oak St: 3BR large upstairs apt. $650/mo+security •838 W. 39th St: 2BR house, living room, dining room, kitchen, CH&A, parking, $650 +security •FOR SALE- 122 Mapmaker Lane, 2000sq.ft., 3br/2 full baths. Priced for quick sale!!! LANDLORDS: If you are in need of a good Property Manager, CALL US. Managing property is what we do best! Call Lester 912-234-5650 or 912-313-8261

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595 WEST 54th STREET: 2Bedroom Apartments/1.5baths, washer/dryer connection/total electric, deposit/$330, $660/monthly. Section-8 Welcome. Call 912-232-7659. MUST SEE! 2BR apt. LR, DR, hardwood floors, lots of closets. Quiet neighborhood, near Candler/Hunter. 19 Berkeley Place. $595/month. 354-4574 NEWLY RENOVATED WILMINGTON ISLAND DUPLEX, 2 bedroom, 1 bath, living room, dining room, kitchen, $775/month. Call 897-6789 or 344-4164

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2BR/2BA Condo, furnished kitchen including washer/dryer. Fireplace, breakfast room and many more extras. $795/rent, $500/dep. ZENO MOORE CONSTRUCTION 409 E.Montgomery Xrds. 927-4383

216-1/2 Screven Avenue: 1BR, $525/month. 1108 E. 38th St.-2BR $700/month. 1104 East 31st St. 3BR $625/rent. 2407 Tennessee: 2BR/1BA, $725/month. 2027 E.36th St: 3BR/1BA $700/month. Several Rent-to-own properties. Guaranteed Financing. STAY MANAGEMENT 352-7829 RENT: DUPLEX 1204 E. 54th. 2-bedroom, 1-bath $550/month plus deposit $550. Two blocks east of Waters Ave. Call Alex @ 912-401-5710, Days/Nights/Weekends, email: alexcerbone@gmail.com RIVERSBEND: 9781 Whitfield Avenue, 3-bedrooms 2-baths, fireplace, eat-in-kitchen, 1-car garage, central heat/air, $875/month $850/deposit. No Section 8. Call 912-507-6780 Savannah Pines MHP, Garden City: Large beautiful 3BR w/den fireplace, dining room. 2,600SF. Credit check required. Low deposit. $750/mo. 912-964-7675 SOUTHSIDE: 4BR/2BA, private, kitchen furnished $895+deposit. ELMDALE: 4BR/2BA, fireplace, kitchen furnished, fenced $895+deposit. FALL AVENUE: 2BR/1.5BA mobile home, kitchen furnished, carpet $525+deposit. Call 234-0548 SOUTHSIDE- Hampstead Oaks Two bedroom, 1.5bath townhouse apt, total electric, $600/month with washer & dryer $625. Call Debra at 912-356-5656 Studio apartment: 2410 Jefferson. Living room, kitchen, bedroom open. Closed bath. Stove, fridge, AC/heat window unit. $325/month + deposit. 912-398-5637 or 912-232-4906 THUNDERBOLT Harbour, Waterfront. 3BR Condo, boat slip, pool, deck, fireplace, 2-car garage, elevator. Reduced! $1800/month. Call 912-661-4814 TOWNHOUSE- Lewis Dr. 2 Bedroom, 1.5 Bath, Stove, Refrigerator, washer/dryer connections, dishwasher, central heat/air, no pets. $600/month $600/deposit. 912-657-4583, 912-495-1889.

for rent 855 Tybee 1BR Furnished Newly remodeled, utilities paid. low rent in exchange for occasional work at owner’s property. Seek strong honest person. Should have minimal carpentry/landscaping experience. Other work possible. Call 912-786-9176

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32 GOEBEL Avenue: 3BR/1.5BA garage apt. $800/month. 1 REDDING Court off Hwy. 17 on private culdesac. 3BR/2BA duplex$1200/month. Very Nice •3Bed/1Bath home. 2042 East 60th Street. $825. •2bed/2bath townhome, 72 Knollwood Cricle. $750. 912-507-7934 or912-927-2853

for rent 855 WINDSOR CROSSING Condo Total electric, 2BR, 2BA, water & trash included $650 + $25 Water. CROATAN STREET 1BR, 1BA Duplex, furnished kitchen $495. GEORGETOWN 2BR, 2.5BA Townhome, furnished kitchen, fireplace, fenced rear patio $750. THE SHADOWSMall Blvd 3BR, 3BA, furnished kitchen $950. GODLEY VILLAGEPOOLER Exec. home, 3BR/2BA, like new, 2000+ sqft. $1250. Frank Moore & Co. 920-8560 FrankMooreCo.com

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•WATERFRONT: 10016 Pin Point Dr. 3BR/2B cottage on 4 acres. Beautifully landscaped. Dock/floating dock. $1,300. mo. •ARDSLEY PARK: 54th & Atlantic. Studio apartment. $475. mo. JAN LYNES 912-898-1600 or 912-508-2001

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CommerCial ProPerty For rent 890 3200 sq ft warehouse. With office & bathroom, overhead door, Hwy 17 Near Lynes Pkwy. $1050/month, 912-656-6698 ROWLAND AVENUE, Thunderbolt area business rental. 1800Sq.ft. kitchen, 2 baths, like new. $1200/month. 2805 Roger Lacey. Call 912-661-4814 rooms for rent 895 DOWNTOWN & SOUTHSIDE 1st week $100. 2nd week until star ting $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 912-604-1890 EFFICIENCY ROOMS Includes stove, refrigerator, private bath. Furnished! $180/week + deposit. Call 912-844-5995.

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ROOMS FOR RENT Completely furnished. Central heat and air. Conveniently located on busline. $120 per week. Call 912-844-5995.

Chevy Pickup ‘97- 350 V8 engine, AT, AC, power windows, CD, cruise control, bedliner & cover, excellent condition. $5000. Call 925-5343 Dodge Dakota 1997 98k miles, $4800. Call 912-897-2253 Dodge Dakota SLT 1999 Ext. Cab, auto, 4x4, Power Everything! Low miles, new tires/brakes, More Options! Hurry! $4200obo. 386-490-6125

Plymouth Grand Voyager 1997 V6, 3rd row seat, 116k miles $3600. Call 912-897-2253

near Skidaway/Thunderbolt area. Quiet neighborhood and clean environment. For Responsible Tenants Only! Shared living area, bath, and kitchen. No Drugs! $140 per week, plus deposit, includes utilities, HVAC, cable, TV, washer/dryer. 912-352-4484

Rooms for RentRooms w/microwave, refrigerator, central heat/air, washer/dryer, cable. Starting at $100/week. Ask for Bob: 912-323-6609 or Eddie: 912-428-6529. Rooms for Rent- starting at $125 a week. Westside. Cleaned and monitored on a daily basis. Safe neighborhood. Call 912-228-1242

LARGE VICTORIAN with windows on two sides, across from library, nicely furnished, all utilities. TV/cable/internet, washer/dryer, $140/week. $504/month. 912-231-9464 Other apts. avail.

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over 20 yrs. Freshly painted Apts $150/wk. Rooms $70-80/wk. Furnished and utilities included. Call 234-9779

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Furnished, affordable room available includes utility, cable, refrigerator, central heat/air. $115-$140 weekly, no deposit. Call 912-844-3609 Read Week At A GlAnce to find the best events this week. connectsavannah.com

NEED A ROOM? STOP LOOKING! Great rooms available ranging from $115-$140/weekly. Includes refrigerators, cable w/HBO, central heat/air. No deposit. Call 912-398-7507. 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.

Room for Rent Safe, Quiet environment in new home. Utilities & cable included. On busline. $120/wkly, $50/deposit. Call 912-484-1347

Tybee Beach House Large 5 bedroom, fully furnished, all utilities included, parking & w/d, $450/month, single occupancy, no pets, or drug abusers, alternative lifestyle okay. 9am-7pm, 912-272-8883

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cars 910 $3900 OBO LINCOLN TOWNCAR, 1998. Fully loaded, AC/heat, strong V8 engine, stereo sound, alarm system, keyless entry, cruise control, tilt steering, leather interior. Very well maintained. For more info, call JT at 912-503-0200. CADILLAC Seville SLS, 1997- NORTHSTAR V8, auto, AC, 4-door, power everything, moonroof, new tires/brakes, priced right @$2800 OBO. 386-490-6125, Savannah

CHEVROLET AVALANCHE LT, 2008. 12,000-miles, gray, leather, 4-door, sunroof, fully loaded! Satellite radio, OnStar. Non-smoker, All scheduled maintenance. $27,000 OBO.912-988-6783 CHEVROLET EL CAMINO 1985- nice classic, auto, V8, Conquista, NO RUST! New tires/brakes and MORE. Hurry! Priced at O N LY $3995. 386-490-6125 Chevrolet Silverado C10 1986 5.0 engine, 1 owner, 92k miles $6500. Call 912-897-2253 CHEVY Monte Carlo, 1986. $2200 OBO Call 323-9797

FENDER BENDER? Paint & Body Work. Reasonably Priced. Insurance Claims. We buy wrecks. Call 912-355-5932. Ford Crown Victoria 1999. 115,000 miles, excellent condition, ac, automatic, all power, 4.6 V8 Interceptor, Fast! $4,300. 912-412-0699 FORD FUSION, 2007. V6 black interior, gray exterior, 5-speed, extra clean, 43K miles. $15,200. Call Nick 912-659-5416 Ford Mustang GT 1995 5.0 V8, 1 owner, 135k miles, $7000. Call 912-897-2253 FORD Ranchero, 1966. $1200 OBO. Call 323-9797 Ford Windstar 1995 V6, auto, 95k miles, 1 owner, $4700. Call 912-897-2253 GMC Safari, 1989- Custom van, 197,400 miles, V6, 4.3L, one owner, good maintenance, good working van for crew, $1,800.00 (912)695-1186 LEXUS 430, 2005. Silver, extra clean, Loaded! $24,200. Call Nick, 912-659-5416 LINCOLN Town Car, 2000. Very nice, new tires, battery, brakes, etc. $5295. Call 912-598-7652 Mazda Miata MX-5, 1992, convertible, new paint, rear spoiler, great condition. $4000. OBO. 912-659-0097 MERCEDES BENZ E320, 1998, Grey. $5200 OBO. Call 323-9797 MERCEDES BENZ S320, 1994. $4200 OBO. Call 323-9797 NISSAN 300ZX, 1990 $2200 OBO. Call 323-9797

OLDSMOBILE DELTA 88, 1984. White, very good condition, A/C and heat. Asking $2500. Call 272-8811

PONTIAC Bonneville, 1987. $3500 OBO. Call 323-9797 Saturn SL1 2001 1.94 cyl. engine 140k miles, $3900. Call 912-897-2253 VOLKSWAGEN NEW BEETLE GLS,‘01. 49,000 miles!! Excellent condition. Manual. Sunroof. Heated leather seats. 6CD player. New timing b e l t. $7995. 912-713-5331 SUVS 930 Subaru Forester ‘06AWD, AT, black w/ beige int., very clean, new tires, needs no repairs, 62k, $12,600. Call 912-450-6628 Motorcycles/ AtVs 940 HARLEY DAVIDSON Heritage, 2003. Black & silver, 100yr. anniversary edition. Excellent condition, garage kept, Vance & Hines, extras. $14,500. 912-663-2445 Boats & accessories 950 For Sale- 14 foot aluminum boat, 25 Mariner motor, and trailer. Rig in showroom condition, always garaged, truly rare quality. Many accessories. $3800. Call 912-691-0737.

GRADY WHITE-Reduced-$7500-New Trailer- 87 Tournament 19 with Yamaha 200hp runs fantastic! Dual Console..Great shape as I have enjoyed it for 15 years! 912-604-0904 PROLINE BOAT, 17’. Galvanized trailer, in excellent condition, no motor. $3000 OBO. 115 Mariner motor, needs work $300. Call 748-5011

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