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Walk-in Hours for Sick Kids – No Appointment Necessary @ Memorial Health University Physicians – Family Medicine Center, Savannah

November 25th, 2014

Memorial Health Family Medicine Center Savannah Walk-in hours for sick kids Kids get sick on their own schedule, not yours.

So Memorial Health University Physicians – Family Medicine Center is offering special walk-in hours just for infants and children up to age 17, no appointment necessary.

Family medicine physicians are available Monday through Thursday from 7:30 to 8:30 a.m. to treat colds and flu, strep throat, ear infections, and other illnesses. Stop by for fast, convenient medical care.

When is it best to keep your sick child home from school? Donna Prill, M.D., a family medicine physician at the Family Medicine Center gives parents some important tips in this video:

The Family Medicine Center is conveniently located at 1107 East 66th St., one block south of Memorial University Medical Center.

Appointments for immunizations, school and sports physicals, chronic disease management and other healthcare needs are available by calling 912-350-8404.

Memorial University Medical Center is a SouthernMamas.com advertiser. 

You’re invited: Baking with Snow White, Savannah, Dec. 20

November 24th, 2014

Enchanted Baking with Snow White Savannah Enchant My Party

Join Snow White for Enchant My Party’s FIRST EVER enchanted baking event at Cake It Away Bakery on Whitemarsh Island on Sat. December 20 2014.

Enjoy storytelling, sing-a-long, games, cupcake decorating and a special gift for each child from Snow White.

For children 3 & older
Tickets are $18 per child

Session 1: 10am-11am
Session 2: Noon-1pm
Session 3: 2pm-3pm

Each session is limited to a dozen children so organizers encourage purchasing tickets early before they sell out.

Cake It Away is at 4700 US HWY 80 E, Suite E, Savannah, Georgia 31410 near Wiley’s BBQ

Learn more here. 

About Enchant My Party

This Baking with Snow White event is organized by Enchant My Party in Savannah , a children’s princess party business that sends costumed-princesses to homes or party spots to entertain at your child’s regal birthday party with storytelling; singing & dancing; crafts & games.

“Like” Enchant My Party on Facebook here.

Enchant My Party, www.enchantmyparty.com, Savannah, Ga.  912.713.1253, email enchantmyparty@gmail.com 
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Holiday Hours Thanksgiving Week & Black Friday Drop & Shop @ Jumping Jacks indoor play center, Savannah

November 24th, 2014

Jumping Jacks Family Fun Inflatable Jump Black Friday Drop and Shop Savannah

Jumping Jacks indoor playcenter in Savannah has special hours this holiday week while kids are out of school for Thanksgiving Break 2014.

Jumping Jacks will be open
Monday 10am-8pm Nov. 24
Tuesday 10am-8pm Nov. 25
Wednesday 10am-3pm Nov. 26
Thursday(Thanksgiving Day) CLOSED
Friday(Black Friday)8am-10pm Nov. 28 (Special Black Friday Drop and Shop Program. Details to the right)

Like Jumping Jacks on Facebook here to stay updated about specials this week.

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Jumping Jacks is a locally-owned fun center with huge inflatables, over 50 arcade games, mini-bowling, laser tag, a large concession counter and the best redemption counter in the Savannah area.

With almost 20,000 square feet, there are 4 party rooms and six jump zones including one for children ages 6 and younger.

FOR DETAILS ON JUMPING JACKS BIRTHDAY PARTY PACKAGES & DISCOUNTS, CLICK HERE. 

Jumping Jacks,  On Facebook here. 5918 Ogeechee Rd, Savannah, Georgia 31419, 912-920-2474, email jumpn.jacks@yahoo.com, On Twitter here, www.jumpingjacksga.com Jumping Jacks is a SouthernMamas.com advertiser. 

Savannah Chess Tournament open to elementary, middle & high school students, Dec. 6

November 24th, 2014

Savannah Chess Club Tournament Dec. 6 2014

Here’s a great way for your little chess players to meet other Savannah chess players and improve their game:

USCF (United States Chess Federation) Rated K – 12 Chess Tournament
Dec. 6th at Bethesda Academy
9520 Ferguson Ave. Savannah.

Organized by ClubCheckmate – a Savannah chess club.

Entry Fee: $15 on site/ Must preregister

Trophies awarded to top 3 in each section (Elementary, Middle, High school)

Must have valid USCF (United States Chess Federation) membership. Becoming a member is easy. Click here to do so.

Contact Skyler Kelly @ 912-604-1741 or Skyler@ClubCheckmate.com to preregister for the Dec. 6 Savannah tournament.

Registration cap – 49

ROUND TIMES
Sign in/fee payment 9 – 9:45 A.M.
Round 1: 10:15 AM – 11:15 AM
Round 2: 11:25 AM – 12:25 PM
Lunch: 12:25 PM – 1:15PM
Round 3: 1:15 PM – 2:15 PM
Round 4: 2:25 PM – 3:25 PM
Round 5: 3:35 PM – 4:35 PM
Awards Ceremony: 4:45

Learn more about the Savannah chess club: Club Checkmate by clicking here.   

Mommy & Me Programs: Kindermusik in Savannah December themes

November 24th, 2014

preschooler baby classes Mommy & Me Kindermusik Savannah

Join Kindermusik in Savannah for brand new December themes starting Monday, December 1st!

For babies 0’s and 1’s: Mondays at 9:20AM for “Old MacDonald!”.
Tune up Baby’s listening ears, because we’re off to the farm. With a heehaw here, and a cock a doodle there, this unit is packed with fun, animal-themed activities that emphasize focus, listening discrimination, and cognition.

For toddlers 2’s and 3’s: Mondays at 10:15AM for “Silly All Over!”.
While enjoying giggles, tickles, songs and games, your toddlers will also experience developmentally appropriate activities such as stop and go, up and down, use their fine motor skills, and of course, enjoy the joy and laughter of music.

NEW for the month of December: a class for 4’s and 5’s: Monday afternoons at 3:50PM
December’s theme is “All Keyed Up!” There is magic to be found in those 88 keys. Together we’ll explore staccato and legato through instrument play, movement and musical notation. Join Kindermusik & explore the world of keyboard instruments.

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Kindermusik December Playdate for ages 0-7

The monthly musical playdate for December includes a double delight: the December playdate, “This is my Dance!”, will be offered TWICE.
Choose between either Tuesday, December 16 at 10AM or Saturday, December 20 at 10AM
If you attend the first playdate, admission for the second playdate is FREE* Playdates are open to children ages 0-7 and all participants receive an instrument/prop, 10 Kindermusik songs and a BONUS gift at the end of class.
Tuition is $15;siblings are only $5

Online enrollment is available now at www.88keysga.com and spaces are limited, so sign up today and experience the magic of Kindermusik with your child in December! Kindermusik …where a good beginning never ends.
* admission to second play date is free; materials are only given out once.

Visit www.88keysga.com & click on the Kindermusik link or call 912.988.KEYS (5397).

Kindermusik…A Good Beginning Never Ends.”

Kindermusik Savannah, email music@88keysga.com, 912.988.KEYS (5397), www.88keysga.com then click on Kindermusik link. Kindermusik is a SouthernMamas.com advertiser

FOR MORE PARENT & ME ACTIVITIES IN SAVANNAH & HILTON HEAD IS. , CLICK HERE. 

Savannah Holidays 2014: December Nights, Holiday Lights starts Fri. Nov. 28

November 23rd, 2014

December Nights, Holiday Lights at Coastal Georgia Botanical Gardens 2014 Savannah

Enjoy 275,000 sparkling lights on this self-guided tour through Coastal Georgia Botanical Gardens @ 2 Canebrake Road, Savannah on select evenings between Thanksgiving Friday and Christmas Eve.

At 2014 December Nights & Holiday Lights, view white reindeer among green-glistening timber bamboo, the Orchid House roof aglow in red and green light, a Nativity scene with a deep blue background, blue Stars of David, white trumpeting angels in a bed of champagne gold lights, green and white lights around an illuminated fountain in the Rose Garden, glowing willow trees in the Mediterranean Garden, giant red poinsettias, and a candy-inspired children’s experience in the Cottage Garden.

Mrs. Claus’ Kitchen offers a chance to purchase hot drinks and holiday goodies. Spirited music fills the air, sometimes with roaming live carolers.

Live music events

Live music events, ranging from brass choirs to classical string and modern ensembles are anticipated for this special annual event that has grown every year. Indoor musical performances will take place in the new Visitors Center.

December Nights & Holiday Lights 2014 Coastal Georgia Botanical Gardens Savannah

December Nights & Holiday Lights 2014

Eighteen select evenings from the day after Thanksgiving to Christmas Eve:

Nov. 28 – 30 (Friday – Sunday)
Dec. 4 – 7 (Thursday – Sunday)
Dec. 11 – 14 (Thursday – Sunday)
Dec. 18 – 24 (Thursday – Wednesday)

6 to 9 pm

$5 per person
Infants (ages 2 and under) FREE
Cash or Credit Card accepted

December Nights & Holiday Lights encompasses at least ten acres around the historic core of farm buildings and gardens.

The Holiday Lights experience is stroller and wheelchair friendly. Please, no pets during this special event.

More details here. 

Coastal Georgia Botanical Gardens, www.coastalgeorgiabg.org, 2 Canebrake Road Savannah, Ga. 31419, (912) 921-5460 e-mail: coastal@uga.edu, On Facebook here. Coastal Georgia Botanical Gardens is a SouthernMamas.com advertiser 

FOR MORE SAVANNAH-AREA HOLIDAY FAMILY EVENTS, VISIT OUR HOLIDAY FUN GUIDE 2014 BY CLICKING HERE. 

FREE Family Day; Cool Yule Holiday Museum Sale; Living History Programs @ Telfair Museums

November 22nd, 2014

Free Savannah Holiday Events: Jepson Jingle tree lighting, festivities

Free Holiday Festivities & Tree Lighting at the Jepson Jingle, Dec. 2.

Telfair Museums and Libbie Summers invite Savannah to a free holiday tree lighting on Tues. Dec. 2 from 5-7PM in the Eckburg Atrium of Telfair Museums’ Jepson Center, 207 West York St. Summers is partnering with Telfair Museums to create a holiday tree because she was so deeply moved and inspired by the Whitfield Lovell installation, Deep River, currently on display at the Jepson Center. Local artists and art teachers will decorate the tondos similar to those in Lovell’s installation to create one-of-a-kind ornaments for the grand holiday tree in the atrium of the Jepson Center.

Additionally, aspiring artists from the Savannah public school’s 4th grades have created self-portrait tondo ornaments through Telfair Museums’ 4th grade School Tour Program which will adorn two smaller trees. Telfair serves 2,500 4th graders each year through this program that Telfair has run since the 1930s.

Free admission and light refreshments, graciously provided by the Jepson Café. All galleries will be open to visitors. The artist-made tondo ornaments will be available for purchase for $25 with all proceeds benefiting the Telfair Museums’ extensive children’s education and outreach programming. Learn more here. 

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Free kids' events in Savannah

Free Family Day: I Have Marks to Make, Dec. 6
1-4 p.m. December 6. Jepson Center for the Arts, 207 W York St.
Make your mark at the Jepson Cnter with hands on activities for all ages as a part of the 20th anniversary weekended celebrating I Have Marks to Make. Longtime “Marks” artist and instructor Kenneth Martin will be on hand to discuss his work with visitors and the museum will present a 3 pm performance called “Be Brave, Leave Your Mark” by Jacksonville-based performance artist Liz Gibson. Born with 7 fingers, Gibson calls her work “deformance art empowerment” teaching the overcoming of adversity and empowerment through storytelling, songs and visual props. Free and open to the public. Details here.

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Cool Yule Holiday Shopping Sale 2014 Savannah Telfair Museums

Cool Yule Sale, Dec. 6-7
10a.m- 5p.m. December 6
12-5p.m. December 7
Jepson Center for the Arts and the Owens-Thomas House
207 W. York Street and 124 Abercorn Street.
Holiday shopping and Member’s Double Discounts are offered again this year during Cool Yule weekend. Discounts apply to all shoppers at two of our Telfair Museums sites! Exclusively at the Jepson Center store, we present a children’s book signing on Saturday the 6th and the annual Artists Trunk Show all week­end. Several local children’s book authors and illustrators will be reading and signing their books, and local artists offer hundreds of unique gifts that your friends and family will love. Make it an afternoon at the Jepson—the store provides free gift wrapping, a children’s activity table, and refreshments!

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Savannah 150th Civil War Anniversary Programs

“Savannah in the Civil War,” A Film by Michael Jordan, Dec. 11
6 p.m. December 11. Telfair Academy, 121 Barnard St.
Local filmmaker/historian Michael Jordan’s 90-minute film highlights events and people who played a role in Savannah’s Civil War story. More than a dozen historians discuss forces that shaped Savannah’s war years, and thirty local actors portray important Savannahians of the time. Characters include Suzie King Taylor, the only African-American woman to keep a journal during the war, and Francis Bartow, who suggested gray as the Confederate military uniform color. Learn about the massive prisoner-of-war camp in that housed thousands of Union prisoners in Forsyth Park, the dramatic battle between ironcal warships in Ossabaw Sound and other key events. General museum admission and free to museum members.

“The Eve of Occupation” Living History Program, Dec. 12-14
6 p.m. and 7 p.m. December 12, 13, & 14. Telfair Academy, 121 Barnard St.
Telfair Museums present a living history program interpreting the Union occupation of Savannah from the perspective of the Telfair family.

From the beginning of the Civil War, Savannahians had viewed the conflict and its horrifying consequences as distant spectacles. On December 10, 1864, everything changed. 60,000 Union Troops maneuvered on the outskirts of the city. Confederates, numbering only 10,000 successfully retreated to Hardeeville. Lacking military defense, on December 21st, Mayor Richard Arnold made a plea for peaceful surrender of the city:

“…we… the people of Savannah… do hereby resolve that we seek to have peace by laying down our arms, and submitting to the national authority under the Constitution… laying aside all differences and burying by-gones in the grave of the past, we will use our best endeavors to bring back the prosperity and commerce we once enjoyed.” Tickets are $20 per adult and $5 per child.

Jepson Center, 207 W. York St. on Telfair Square, 912.790.8800, www.telfair.org, Telfair Museums is a SouthernMamas.com advertiser

FOR MORE SAVANNAH-AREA HOLIDAY FAMILY EVENTS, VISIT OUR HOLIDAY FUN GUIDE 2014 BY CLICKING HERE. 

FREE Winter Reading Program @ all Live Oak Public LIbrary branches

November 22nd, 2014

FREE Winter Reading program 2014 Live Oak Public Libraries

Winter Reading Program
Dec. 1 to 31
All Live Oak Public Libraries branches
Ages 0 to 18
Children and teens are invited to participate in this year’s Winter Reading Program at Live Oak Public Libraries.

To get started reading for prizes this winter break, stop by any Live Oak Public Libraries branch to sign up and pick up your Winter Reading Record.

Each time you read a total of three hours, return your reading record to the library for prize (while supplies last) plus an entry form to win one of the Grand Prizes, a 7” tablet. All entry forms for the Grand Prize must be submitted by Wednesday, Dec. 31, 2014, to qualify. Grand Prize drawings will be held the first week of January.

Learn more here.

Savannah’s gun violence epidemic is a public health threat

November 21st, 2014

Savannah's Gun Violence Crime Problem Public Health Issue

(UPDATE: A 12-year-old Savannah boy named Keith Passmore was shot dead Saturday night Nov. 22. That means three children were shot in three different shootings in Savannah in less than one week.)

This week, two different shootings of Savannah children serve as horrific reminders of this city’s gun violence epidemic.

Kiaja Smalls, 2, was shot dead Tuesday night while sleeping in her Savannah Southside apartment.  The shots were fired from outside the apartment.

On Thursday, a Savannah 6-year-old girl was shot during a domestic dispute. She suffered non-fatal injuries.

Imagine if these cases involved another consumer product other than guns.

Imagine if Kiaja died because of a malfunction in a crib or if she swallowed a laundry detergent pod. Then we would hear from various health and public safety advocates about how to prevent such deaths along with tips about keeping our children safe.

However when it comes to gun violence as a public health issue - we rarely hear from the medical community about how to prevent gun violence.

Even though there are about about 11,000 homicides, 19,000 suicides and more than 2,000 fatal accidents involving guns every year nationwide.  That’s an average of 88 gun deaths per day.

We’d love to see Savannah physicians become more active in counseling patients and the public about firearm safety and working to reduce injuries and deaths from firearms, in the same way that they work to reduce injuries and deaths from poisonings, smoking, motor vehicle traffic accidents, incorrectly installed car seats etc.

For example, how many pediatricians regularly tell parents that according to the American Academy of Pediatrics, the safest home for children is one without guns?

Health experts – we would love to talk to you about Savannah’s gun violence epidemic and to get your input about what we as parents can do to prevent these shootings from becoming the new normal. Please contact us at anne@southernmamas.com

Funeral donations
Donations are being accepted for the funeral expenses for Kiaja Smalls, 2, who was shot and killed Tuesday night inside a Savannah apartment. The family says donations will be accepted at any local Wells Fargo Bank. A gofundme page has also been set up for the family: http://www.gofundme.com/hid3wk

Black Friday Sale @ Once Upon A Child Savannah

November 20th, 2014

Black Friday Sale Once Upon A Child Savannah Black Friday Event at Once Upon A Child in Savannah @ 1100 Eisenhower Drive Eisenhower Square.

40-30-20% Off Select Fall & Winter Clothing and Accessories, Fri. Nov. 28 2014

Arrive 9:30am – 10:30am receive your 40% off coupon (Arrive the first hour of business, receive your coupon and shop at your leisure-no time limit)

Arrive 10:31 – 11:30am your coupon is 30% off

Arrive 11:31am – close and shop at 20% off

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Holiday Clearance Blowout Once Upon A Child Savannah

Save the Date: Clearance Blowout is coming Saturday December 6th

Once Upon A Child Savannah, 1100 Eisenhower Drive Eisenhower Square, Savannah, 31406 tel: 912-351-0555, http://www.onceuponachildsavannah.com/  Once Upon A Child Savannah is a SouthernMamas.com advertiser