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Archive for September, 2007

October events – Savannah and nearby

Sunday, September 30th, 2007

For a listing of events in the Bluffton/Hilton Head Island area, click here

Wednesdays, 5:30 pm Moms in Motion, a one-hour pre-and post-natal exercise program, St. Joseph’s/Candler’s Center for WellBeing. (912) 819 -(MIND) (6463)

Saturdays: Special reptile programs, 2 pm in the lecture hall at the Center for Wildlife Education, Georgia Southern University, Statesboro. Flighted raptor program 3 pm in the amphitheater of The Lamar Q Ball Jr. Raptor Center, GSU. (912) 681-0831 or email

Oct. 1, creativeminds-poster.jpgSavannah Country Day School presents Alexandra Robbins, author of “The Overachievers: The Secret Lives of Driven Kids” kicks off the Creative Minds Lecture Series. 6:30 pm at Jelks Auditorium, SCDS. Tickets $8 in advance, $10 at the door. (912) 961-8828

Oct. 1 & 15, Infant and child CPR/safety in the home class, 6:30 pm in the Candler Professional Bldg, Rm. 508. For new and expectant parents. Cost: $10 a person and $15 a couple. Call CareCall (912) 819-3368 or (800) 501-4054

Oct. 3 Come to Just for Baby on the Southside at 7720 Waters Ave. for the Very Important Baby party to help support the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. Shop from 7-9 pm and receive 20 percent off storewide excluding furniture and metal goods (strollers, car seats). To enter the party, a tax-deductible $10 donation is required to The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society for the Light the Night Walk for Leukemia & Lymphoma is on Friday Oct. 5 in Forsyth Park.

Oct. 3 International Walk to School Day: SafeKids Savannah and FedEx volunteers will walk more than 400 children to Pooler Elementary School at 308 Holly Ave. about 8:15 am to demonstrate important safety behaviors.

Oct 5-6, Tybee Island Pirate Fest: Tybee South Beach parking lot, Tybee Is. Featuring a pirate invasion Friday evening and pirate parade at 3 pm Saturday. Includes a market, food, costume contests and children’s activities.

Oct. 5, Light the Night, fundraising walk for The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, 5:30-9 pm at Forsyth Park. This year’s goal: $157,000. To walk or become a sponsor, call (912) 898-0663 or

Oct. 5, How do astronomers find dwarf galaxies? Free lecture at the Georgia Southern Planetarium with free shows at 7 and 8 pm. Star shows and telescopic observing outdoors follow each presentation. Free star and moon maps will be given to all visitors. Planetarium is in the math/physics building across Herty Drive from Hanner Fieldhouse on Georgia Southern University. Call (912) 681-5292

Oct. 5-6 Junior League of Savannah Thrift Sale, Savannah Civic Center. Proceeds go toward improving the Savannah community. 10 am-2 pm Oct. 5 and 10 am-3 pm Oct. 6. Advance tickets on sale. (912) 651-6556. Admission: $5 on Friday. $3 on Saturday, when every item is reduced by 50 percent. Cash only.

Oct. 6 First Saturday, 10 am-1 pm Monthly program for young people at Telfair’s Jepson Center for the Arts, 207 W. York St. Includes studio art workshops (available by advance reservation), storytelling and activities for young children in ArtZeum, and classic family films in the Neises Auditorium. The film will be shown at 11 am. Free admission. Studio Workshops free by reservation only (912)790-8823

Oct. 6 wiener-dog-festival-logo.jpgAnnual Savannah Wiener Dawg Races on River Street, 9 am. Part of Oktoberfest. Dachshund T-shirts, awards, wiener dog costume contest and free directory of local pet charities. Proceeds benefit Dachshund Rescue of North America, non profit charity. Call (912) 443-0977

Oct. 6 Sibling Awareness Class. Recommended for children, ages two and half and older to help adjust to their new role as big brother or big sister. Telfair Women’s Hospital at Candler Hospital (912) 921-3368 (800)501-4054

Oct. 6, Breastfeeding class for expectant parents, 1:30 pm. St. Joseph’s/Candler The Telfair BirthPlace in the Mary Telfair Women’s Hospital. The Prepared Childbirth Education classroom, suite 508A. Candler Professional Building, Cost: $10 (912) 819-3368 or (800) 501-4054.

Oct. 6, Savannah Children’s Theatre Masquerade Ball and Silent Auction. An evening of food and drink, costumes, dancing, live music, silent auction. Benefit to support the non-profit Children’s Theatre $25-$50 6:30 pm-midnight. Alee Temple, 100 Eisenberg Drive (912) 238-9015

Oct. 7 Coastal Empire Lacrosse Fall Tournament & Youth Clinic, 10 am, Savannah Country Day School. Free. (912)920-4568 or

Oct. 7 Tea & Tour of The Telfair Women’s Hospital for expectant mothers and guests, 2 pm and 3:30 pm. (912) 819-3368 or (800) 501-4054

Oct. 7, Picnic in the Park, 4 pm Forsyth Park. Featuring The Savannah Children’s Choir, Skyelite Jazz Band and The Savannah Sinfonietta. Free and open to the public. The program will highlight music from the movies.

Oct. 10, 10-11 am. Fun in the Fall story time at the Kidz Zone at the Roundhouse Railroad Museum, 601 W. Harris St. Leaf printing and play in the Kids Zone. Wonderful stories about the fall. Cost: $4 per child with a limit of 20 children. Reserve your space by calling (912) 651-6823 or e-mail at

Oct. 13 Skidaway Marine Science Day, noon-5 pm a-marine-science-day.jpgSkidaway Institute of Oceanography, north end of Skidaway Island. Free. Public open house. The grand re-opening of the University of Georgia Aquarium and high-tech treasure hunt. Free.

Oct 18 Toddler Third Thursdays, Telfair Jepson Center for the Arts, downtown Savannah. Designed for preschoolers ages 3-5. 10-11:30 am Tour of art exhibits, art project that kids can take home. Cost. $4 per child with adult admission fee (adult members free). Registration and adult supervision required (912) 790-8823 or email

Oct. 19-21 Great Ogeechee Seafood Festival. Live music, fireworks, amusement rides, class car show, seafood. 5-11 pm Oct. 19, 10 am-11 pm Oct. 20; 11 am-5 pm Oct. 21 J.F. Gregory Park, Hwy. 144/Ford Avenue, Richmond Hill. (912) 756-3444

Oct. 19-21 and 26-28 Thomas the Tank Engine. Hosted by SAM Shoreline Excursion Train, preschoolers and their families get to ride with the star of the popular Thomas and Friends series. Photo opportunities, arts and crafts, storytelling, live music; $16 for ages 2 and older. On the hour from 9 am-4 pm, Georgia Veterans State Park, Cordele 1-877-GA-RAILS

Oct. 20: Candle Lantern Tour of Fort McAllister. Walk through historic grounds and watch re-enactors. Admission fee. 7 pm Fort McAllister Historic Park, Richmond Hill, (912) 727-2339.

Oct. 20, 21 Tybee Island’s 120th Birthday Celebration, two-festival of art, history, cuisine and entertainment. Outdoor evening concert at the lighthouse will feature the SCAD Jazz Ensemble. Free. Memorial Park, the beach, pier and lighthouse.

Oct. 26-27 Halloween Hike, Oatland Island Wildlife Center. Take a hike with your trick-or-treater in the “Friendly Forest”. Children will collect treats and meet some lovable, huggable critters along the way. Other activities include crafts, face painting, pony rides and hay rides. Costumes are encouraged. $5 for children, $3 for adults. (912)898-3980

Oct. 26 Find out the latest discoveries regarding Einstein’s theory. Georgia Southern Planetarium with free shows 7 and 8 pm. Star shows and telescopic observing outdoors follow each presentation. Free star and moon maps will be given to all visitors. Planetarium is in the math/physics building across Herty Drive from Hanner Fieldhouse on Georgia Southern University. Call (912) 681-5292

Oct. 27. Peter Rabbit at storytime, 11 am. Barnes & Noble, Oglethorpe Mall.

Oct. 27& 28 Special childbirth course, The Weekender, for expectant couples with busy schedules, time constraints and transportation difficulties. Candler Hospital. A fee is charged. Registration required. (912) 819-3368 or (800) 501-4054

Oct. 27 Bamboo Farm and Coastal Island Fair Fall Festival, 9 am-4 pm. Presented by Friends of Coastal Garden, UGA Cooperative Extension and Chatham County. Garden tours, educational displays, arts and crafts, food, children’s activities and more. $1 parking. 9 am 4 pm, Bamboo Farm and Coastal Gardens, 2 Canebrake Road. (912)921-5460

Oct. 27, Family Day to celebrate the 10th Anniversary Celebration at the Center for Wildlife Education, Georgia Southern University, Statesboro. 3-11 pm. Programs include exotic wildlife presentations, trick or treating in the campground, Magic Marc, fireworks, music. All free. (912) 681-0831 or email

Oct. 28 , Shalom Y’all-Jewish Food Festival, 11 am. Congregation of Mickve Israel’s 19th annual food festival. Forsyth Park. Delicious food from around the world. Your child’s chance to try latkes, cholent, brisket and more.

Oct. 31, 10-11 am. Special Halloween Celebration. Wear your costume. Face-painting, pumpkin decoration and Halloween stories at the Kidz Zone at the Roundhouse Railroad Museum, 601 W. Harris St. Cost: $4 per child with a limit of 20 children. Reserve your space by calling at (912) 651-6823 or e-mail at

October events – Hilton Head/Bluffton

Sunday, September 30th, 2007

For events in Savannah and surrounding area, click here.

First and Third Tuesdays: Mommy & Me movie, Sea Turtle Cinemas, Buckwalter Parkway, Bluffton. $6 for adults, $3 for children; babies up to 12 mths are free. This month’s movie: “The Game Plan” (843) 706-2888

Tuesdays: Baby Sign Language Class for parents and children ages 8-24 months at St. Andrew By-The-Sea United Methodist Church, Hilton Head Is., 9:30 am through Oct. 16. Presented by The Sandbox, an interactive children’s museum. Pre-registration required. 20 Pope Ave. (843) 842-7645

Wednesdays: Mommy & Me classes for ages 2-4 and their caregivers, The Sandbox, an interactive children’s museum, 10:30-11:30 am. Free with paid admission. Pre-registration required. 18A Pope Ave. (843) 842-7645

Thursdays: Art of Magic Class, for ages 9-14 at the Arts Center of Coastal Carolina, 4-5:30 pm (843) 686-3945 ext 222.

Thursdays: Reading Rainbow Loft at The Sandbox, an interactive children’s museum, 10:30-11:15 am. Free with paid admission. 18A Pope Ave. Hilton Head Is. (843) 842-7645

Friday & Saturdays, Hilton Head Prep’s Haunted House at The Mall at Shelter Cove, Fri. 7-9:30 pm; Sat. 7-9 pm; Oct 31, 6:30-10:30 pm (843) 686-3090

Fridays: Free car seat safety checks at the Town of Hilton Head Island Fire & Rescue headquarters, 1-3 pm. Call for an appt. 40 Summit Dr. (843) 682-5145.

Saturdays: Do-Drop-In Story Time for all ages at the Hilton Head Public Library, 10 am. Pre-registration encouraged. 11 Beach City Rd. (843) 342-9200

Oct 1-31: “Home, Sweet Home” a monument sculpture created by artist Patrick Dougherty on display at The Village Green in Palmetto Bluff. Free and open to the public. (843) 681-5381

Oct. 1-14: The Main Street Youth Theatre presents Disney’s “High School Musical” 7 pm Thurs-Sat, 2 pm Sun. 3000 Main St. (843) 689-6246

Oct. 1 Kick-off of daily hayrides, hay-maze, pumpkin patch, haystack-jumping, petting farm at Lowcountry Produce, a farm just outside Beaufort, 1919 Trask Pky in Lobeco. Hayride costs $2 per child. Open seven days a week. (843) 846-9438.

Oct. 5: First Friday Family Night at The Sandbox, an interactive children’s museum, 5:30-7:30 pm. 18A Pope Ave. (843) 842-7645

Oct. 6 symphony_kids_join3.gifSymphony Kids Saturday: Meet the Woodwinds” with the Hilton Head Symphony Orchestra at Sea Turtle Cinemas in Bluffton, 9:30 am and the Main Street Theater on HHI, 11:30 am (843) 842-2055

Oct. 7 Hilton Head Island Heritage Festival, benefit for the Heritage Library Foundation. Family entertainment with re-enactments, craft demonstrations of lost arts like blacksmithing; music and food; $7; free for 12 and younger. Parking $3 at Honeyhorn Plantation.

Oct. 13, Clay Pumpkin Luminary class for ages 5-12 at the Arts Center of Coastal Carolina, 10 am-noon. Pre-registration required. 14 Shelter Cove Ln. (843) 686-3945 ext. 222

Oct. 13: Annual Oyster Roast at The Salty Dog Café in South Beach Marina Village, HHI, 4-9 pm (843) 671-2233

Oct. 13, Chalk on the Walk, Beaufort Town Center. . 10 am-8 pm Art, street performers, blues tunes and a craft market. Last chance to see Beaufort’s 31 mermaids in one place.

Oct 16, Teen program “Read It and Eat” at the Hilton Head Public Library, 5-6:30 pm. Dinner and book discussion. (843) 342-9200 or

Oct. 19-20: Annual Community Festival hosted by the Coastal Discovery Museum at Honey Horn, 5:30-9:30 pm. A haunted trail and more. (843) 689-6767

Oct. 20: Scary Scarf Marionette class with Yostie the Puppeteer for ages 6-12 at the Arts Center of Coastal Carolina, 1-2:30 pm Pre-registration required. (843) 686-3945 ext 222

Oct. 20: Fall Festival at the Salty Dog Café in the South Beach Marina Village, HHI. 12-4 pm (843) 671-2233

Oct. 21, Port Royal Oktoberfest: noon-5 pm. Classic car drive-in, children’s activities and a Halloween costume contest along Paris Avenue.

Oct. 25. 6:45 pm Bedtime Story Program begins at the Hilton Head Public Library. Wear your pajamas, bring your favorite stuffed animal, register to win bookstore gift certificates, take home cool stuff and a bedtime snack. Soothing songs, silly poems and a wonderful evening.

Oct. 26 Halloween fest at the Sandbox Interactive Children’s Museum, 5:30-7:30 pm. Free evening of fun, games and treats. 18A Pope Ave., Hilton Head Island. (843) 842-7645

Oct. 26: Salty Dog Pumpkin Patch hosted by the Island Rec. Center at Jarvis Creek Park, HHI, 5-7 pm (843) 681-7273

Oct. 27: Grand Opening of the Coastal Discovery Museum at Honey Horn, 9:30 am-4 pm Programs include live alligators from Gatorland and Marsh Tackies. Visit the renovated former hunting lodge featuring interactive exhibits and a kid’s area. (843) 689-6767 ext. 224

Oct. 27: Annual Camp TLC Youth Bereavement Day Camp for ages 6-16 at Sgt. Jasper Park in Hardeeville, 8 am-3 pm. Hosted by Hospice Care of the Lowcountry. Free for local children. Pre-registration required. (843) 342-8919

Oct. 27: Haunted BBQ & Costume Contest, The Salty Dog Café in South Beach Marina Villlage, 4-9 pm (843) 363-2198

Oct. 31: Trick-or-Treat & Halloween Fun at The Mall at Shelter Cove, 5-7 pm for ages 12 and younger. (843) 686-3090

Oct. 31 Trick or Treat at the Hilton Head Island Public Library. 9 am-5 pm with a spooky story time with creepy cookies at 4 pm.

Library hopping between story times

Sunday, September 30th, 2007

mother-goose1.jpg humpty-dumpty.gif old-lady-shoe.jpg mother-goose-2.jpgThere are so many local story times, you can take your child to at least one every weekday. Here’s a look at some offered at the Live Oak Public Libraries branches in Chatham and Effingham counties. Story times are also offered at 10 am Wednesdays at Barnes and Noble in Oglethorpe Mall ; the second and fourth Wednesdays in the Kidz Zone at the Roundhouse Museum in downtown Savannah. Click here for more on those venues. Click here for to find out about story times in Bluffton/Hilton Head Island.

Bull Street Library
2002 Bull St.
Wednesdays at 10:30 a.m.
Age: 3-4 years
Thursdays at 10:30 a.m.
Age: Infants-2 years

Carnegie Library
537 East Henry St.
Tuesdays and Thursdays at 10:30 a.m.

Effingham Branch Library
810 Hwy. 119 South, Springfield
Thursdays at 10:30 a.m.
Age: 2-4 years

Forest City Branch Library
1501 Stiles Ave.
Tuesdays at 11 a.m.
Age: Preschoolers

Hitch Branch Library
840 Hitch Drive
Tuesdays at 11 a.m.
Age: 3-5 years

Islands Library Branch
125 Wilmington Island Rd.
Thursdays at 10:30 a.m.
Age: Infants-4 years

Kayton Branch Library
624 West Gwinnett St.
Thursdays at 10:30 a.m.
Age: 3-5 years

Liberty Branch Library
236 Memorial Drive
Mondays at 10:30 a.m.
Age: 3-4 years
Tuesdays at 10:30 a.m.

Ogeechee Branch Library
1820 Ogeechee Road
Tuesdays and Thursdays at 10:30 a.m.
Age: 3-5 years

Oglethorpe Mall Branch Library
7 Mall Annex
Tuesdays at 10:30 a.m.
Age: Infant and above

Port City Branch Library
3501 Houlihan Ave.
Tuesdays at 10:30 a.m.
Age: Preschoolers

South Effingham Branch Library
17th Street & Hwy. 21
Tuesdays at 10:30 a.m.
Age: 2-4 years
Wednesdays at 10:30 a.m.
Age: 1-2 years

Tybee Branch Library
405 Butler Ave.
Tuesdays at 10:30 a.m.
Age: 4-5 years.
Tuesdays at 11 a.m.
Age: 0-4 years

West Chatham Branch Library
216 S. Rogers St., Pooler
Wednesdays and Thursdays 10:30 a.m.
Age: Preschoolers

W.W. Law Branch Library
909 East Bolton St.
Mondays at 10:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m.
Age: Preschoolers

Special bedtime story times on HHI

Sunday, September 30th, 2007

beaufort-library.GIFFinally a chance to show off your cute PJs and enjoy a good book.

Bedtime stories are offered on occasionally at the Hilton Head Island’s branch of the Beaufort County Library. The first in the series is 6:45 pm Oct. 25. Wear your PJs, bring your favorite stuffed animal, register to win a book store gift certificate, take home cool stuff and a bedtime snack.

Other bedtime story dates at the HHI branch are Nov. 15, Holiday Program Dec. 13, Jan. 17, Valentines’ Program Feb. 14 and March 20.

The HHI Public Library also offers Do-Drop-In-Story-Time program at 10 am Saturdays. For children of all ages. Residents and visitors are welcome. Stories, songs, silliness, take-home ideas and more.

The library is at 11 Beach City Road. (843) 342-9200. Click here to find out about story times in Chatham and Effingham counties.

Your kids’ weekend guide

Friday, September 28th, 2007

joseph.jpg“Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Savannah Christian Church, 55 Al Henderson Blvd. The youth production will be 7 pm today (Friday), 8 pm Saturday and 7 pm Sunday. Cost: $5. (912) 629-4765.

Blues Crab Boil, The Salty Dog Cafe, Hilton Head Island, 4-8 p.m. Saturday. Music, blue crabs, Cappy the Clown, 5-7 pm. (843)671-2233.

Fair Family Fun Run 5K, Saturday, within the Coastal Empire fairgrounds and adjoining park. Pre-registration is $20 for runners 12 and older, $10 for younger than 12. Proceeds benefit the Center for Prevention of Child Abuse. Call Jim Lewis at (912) 232-1979 or

Medieval Festival, Oatland Island Wildlife Center, 711 Sandtown Road. Costumed re-enactors, sword fighting, crossbow demo, storytelling, dancing, children’s games. 10 am-5 pm Saturday. Cost: $5 for adults; $3 for children 4-17, seniors and military. Children 3 and younger are free (912) 898-3980

“Go Dogs Go,” Savannah Children’s Theatre, 2160 E. Victory Drive, showtimes are the afternoons of Saturday and Sunday. Call for times and ticket prices. (912) 238-9015.

Weekly roundup of parenting news

Friday, September 28th, 2007

motherchildreunion_a.jpg“Need help parenting? Just hire a coach” (Los Angeles Times)

“Killing the consumer” (Newsweek)

“Play yards recalled after baby’s death” (Associated Press)

“Judge orders extra break time for breastfeeding medical student” (Boston Globe)

“Vaccine compound is harmless, study finds, as autism debate rages” (New York Times)

“Baby, what’s in a name?” (Contra Costa Times)

Babies can’t wait

Thursday, September 27th, 2007

babies-cant-wait.jpgWith autism in the news so much lately, many new moms – this one included – confess to having “autism anxiety.” Symptoms of this parenting disorder include overacting if your child doesn’t say “Mama” exactly when the baby books say he should.

But for parents with legitimate concerns about your child’s development, free evaluations are available through Babies Can’t Wait, Georgia’s state and federally-funded program designed to help parents with infants/toddlers who are born with developmental delays or disabilities or BabyNet, the equivalent program in South Carolina.

And you don’t need a doctor’s referral.

Any parent, guardian etc. can call Babies Can’t Wait or BabyNet for a free screening. If the screening indicates concerns, then the team will formally evaluate the child’s development. Evaluations are free. If the child shows significant delays, a plan of services is written. Services include physical, occupational and speech therapies at minimal or no cost, depending on the child’s medical coverage.

We all know how important the first three years of life are. The sooner the therapy, the better the outcome.

“Children with special needs and their families must get the right services, as soon as possible, giving the child the best foundation to reach their full potential” said Dawn Carter of Babies Can’t Wait in Savannah.

Contact Babies Can’t Wait in Savannah at (912) 691-6888 or (877) 808-3689.

Contact BabyNet in South Carolina at 1-800-868-0404.

Dawn says early signs of autism include:
Lack of sustained attention to different sights or sounds. Aimless. Does not turn to look at sounds. (0-3 mos.)
No engagement or only fleeting expressions of joy, rather than robust, sustained engagement. No initiated smiles. Self-absorption or withdrawal. (2-5 mos.)
No interactions or only brief back and forth interactions with little initiative. Random or impulsive responding. (4-10 mos.)
Inability to initiate and sustain many consecutive back and forth social interactions or exchanges of emotional signals, ex. showing dad a toy. Repetitive vs. purposeful behavior. (10-18 mos.)
No words, or rote use of words. For example, child may only echo what was last heard with no apparent understanding of meaning. (18-30 mos.)
No words, or memorized scripts, coupled with seemingly random, rather than logical, use of ideas. (30-42 mos.)

Yoga for kids, expectant moms, babies

Wednesday, September 26th, 2007

little-yoga.jpgWhen Savannah Yoga Center moves into its new digs this weekend, the mom-friendly center will start offering pregnancy yoga, yoga for kids and will continue to offer mommy and baby yoga. Savannah Yoga is moving to 1321 Bull St. between Henry and Anderson streets. The center’s wrapping up the last classes Thursday at the studio on 40th Street. Opening day at the new location is Saturday (Sept. 29) Stop by after 3 pm to visit. (912) 441-6653.

Here are some mom-and-kid friendly classes the center will offer in addition to other yoga classes:

  • Kids Yoga with instructor Amanda Westerfield: 4:30-5:15 pm Wednesdays
  • Prenatal Yoga with instructor Amanda Westerfield; for expectant moms in their second or third trimester. Must have physician approval: 5:30-6:30 pm Mondays.
  • Mommy & Baby Yoga with instructor Betsy Strong: for babies 5 weeks to 16 months; 10:30-11:45 am Wednesdays.

Other local mom or kid-oriented yoga classes:
Pregnancy yoga, 7116 Hodgson Memorial Drive. Tuesday and Thursday evenings in eight week sessions, Participants can take one or two classes a week. Call ahead for space availability. Instructor Ann Carroll, (912)786-4882/ (912) 596-0584 or email
The Savannah Yoga Room, 115 Charlotte Road, Whitemarsh Center
Mommy & Child yoga classes for children roughly 4-12 years old. 3:30-4:45 pm Mondays.
Mommy & Baby yoga classes start in October. Call or visit online for times. (912) 898-0361.
Studio V, Hilton Head Island
Prenatal yoga for women in or beyond their fourth month. For times and locations, call (843) 785-9776 or email
Ongoing Moves Studio, 2 Marshland Drive, Hilton Head Island
Prenatal yoga: 10:15-11:15 am Saturdays (843) 842-5356

Grocery Grabbers lend a helping hand

Tuesday, September 25th, 2007

octopus.jpg Goodbye checkout line.

A new grocery delivery service called The Grocery Grabbers allows you to order groceries and have the goods delivered to your home. Three local women started the Pooler business at 807 U.S. 80: Libby Miller, an educator, Gay Fortson, a business owner and Robin Stewart, mother of five.

The Grocery Grabbers Website has a variety of product selections from beef loin steaks and fresh seafood to formula and diapers. You just register and order. Then let Grocery Grabbers do the work. They deliver throughout Savannah, Pooler and Richmond Hill. Register to become a customer by calling (912) 412-7467, fax (912) 748-1715 or register online by clicking here.

Grocery Grabbers is ideal for senior citizens, people with disabilities, corporate accounts and, of course, Southern Mamas too busy to shop. Don’t forget Grocery Grabbers gift certificates for new moms too sleep-deprived for the checkout line.

Linus-approved hayrides and mazes

Monday, September 24th, 2007

great-pumpkin.jpgSouthernMamas subscribers are wonderfully direct about what they want from this site.
Subscriber Katie Walker of Savannah wants to know where to find pumpkin patches and hayrides. Subscriber Alison Jackson of Wilmington Island, who’s a first-time mom, asks where to find Halloween costume contests for kids.
We have an answer for Katie and are at work on Alison’s. If you know of local costume contests, email anne@southernmamas and we’ll include it in a post.
Here’s the pumpkin patch roundup.
North Georgia has the best selection of what’s become known as agri-tainment: acres of corn mazes, hayrides, pumpkin patches.
But we have at least one that would win Linus’ approval.

Lowcountry Produce just outside Beaufort S.C.
1919 Trask Pky in Lobeco
Starting Oct. 1, this mom-pop-and-son owned wholesale produce company with pumpkin patch, hayrides, barnyard animals, a hay-maze and a country store that sells jams, preserves, pickles, gumbo and more. There’s even a haystack and jumping in it is highly encouraged. The only charge is for the hayride: $2 per child. Southern Mama and owner Martha Garrett says weekends and weekday afternoons are best to visit to avoid school group tours. Open seven days a week. (843) 846-9438. Their Website is in the works:

Sea Pines Resort on Hilton Head Island has special Haunting Hayrides planned for 7-9 p.m. Oct. 26-27 through the forest preserve. It’s open to the public: $16 per adult and $13 per child 12 and younger. All children two and younger are free. Additional hayrides may be offered during fall. (843) 842-1979.

Entire Websites are devoted to listing pumpkin patch/hayride/corn maze farms state by state. Such as this one
Here are a few in the North Georgia/Atlanta area. Check the Websites for directions, hours and details:
Cagle’s Dairy Farm-Riverbend, Resaca, between Atlanta and Dalton
six corn mazes, evening hayrides and bonfires. Second location in Canton with one corn maze
Burts Farm, Dawsonville
Uncle Shucks, Dawsonville
Southern Belle Farm, Henry County near McDonough

Other Halloween activities
Oatland Island Wildlife Center’s Halloween Hike, Savannah, Oct. 26-27. Adults: $3; Children: $5. Children are encouraged to wear costumes. (912) 898-3980 or click here
After-dark party to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Center for Wildlife Education at Georgia Southern, Statesboro 3-11 pm Saturday Oct. 27 after the Georgia Southern Eagles vs Citadel homecoming game. Family-style fun including exotic wildlife presentations, trick or treating, magic shows, fireworks, music and dancing. All free. (912) 681-0831
Boo at the Zoo at the Riverbanks Zoo in Columbia S.C. Oct 12-14 , 19-21, 26-30, 6-9 pm (ages 3 and older). Children 12 and younger are invited to wear costumes for a spook-fest complete with Frankenstein’s Foam Zone, a DJ dance party and a trick-or-treat trail with candy. Kids can explore a pirate-themed hay maze or take a moonlight stroll in the new Wicked Wooded Walk.

Welcome Kitchens on the Square!

Monday, September 24th, 2007


We’ve all coveted the cookware and cuisine on the Food Network.

Now you can learn to whip up meals that will stun even Rachel Ray into a jealous silence.

We’re thrilled to announce a new SouthernMamas sponsor: Kitchens on the Square.

The business at 38 Barnard St. in downtown Savannah has funky kitchen gadgets, inspiring gifts and colorful cookware that chefs use on the Food Network. It also offers a variety of demonstration style cooking classes taught by local chefs who are caterers and restaurant owners. Many classes include tips on party themes such as “tablescapes” and floral arrangements.

That’s right, restaurant chefs and caterers on hand to help even those of us kitchen-challenged Lean-Cuisine aficionadoes. Students receive copies of the recipes cooked, samples of dishes and a beverage. Each participant also gets 10 percent off items purchased in the store on the day of class. Class prices vary depending on the menu.

What a great way to help Southern Mamas ditch the drive-thru and return savory suppers to the family table. Click here for a list of classes. Register online here or call (912) 236-0100 to sign up.

Kitchens on the Square is offering a special to Southern Mamas, but you have to be a subscriber to take advantage of it. Sign up by clicking here. It’s free to subscribe.

Kitchens on the Square does it all. Now if they can just get Rachel Ray to stop saying “EVOO” in lieu of extra virgin olive oil.

Feed your foodie fetish

Monday, September 24th, 2007

tomatoes.jpg asparagus2.jpgKitchens on the Square in downtown Savannah offers so many demo-style cooking classes, we can’t list them all without working up a dangerous appetite. So in the interest of our waistlines, here’s a tasty sample of classes coming up soon. Register online or call (912) 236-0100.

Quick & Easy Weeknights, two classes, noon and 6 pm Oct. 4. Learn three meals that really are quick and easy: comfy chicken pot pie; autumn roasted porkloin w/ roasted root vegetables and blackberry demi; and parmesan country meatloaf with French-style beans. Bonus: Dessert in 15 minutes. Taught by Bethany Hewitt, cooking school director and owner of Southern Graces, a full service event company. Cost: $40. Register here for evening and here for day class.

MOPS Night Out, 7 pm Oct. 6. Open to mothers of preschoolers who want to expand their little ones’ palettes beyond McNuggets. Cost: $10. Register here. Also taught by Bethany Hewitt.

Southern & Pink, 6 pm, Oct. 8. Learn how make meals served at the Olde Pink House Restaurant on Reynolds Square from the restaurant’s executive event chef, Christopher Hewitt. Menu includes cheerwine BBQ sliders; cornflake-encrusted chicken; creamed collards; and chocolate skillet cake. Cost: $45. Register here.

Girls Night Out 6 pm Oct. 16. One of several offered. The theme of this one: Rock the Casbah. Menu: hummus with spicy pita chips; lettuce-wrapped Moroccan meatballs with fresh tomato salad; lemon-chicken tangine, ginger-scented saffron rice; almond phyllo bites and rockin’ Morroccan cocktails. Cost: $40. Register here. Also taught by Bethany Hewitt.

Classes are also offered for private groups or parties such as bridal showers. Girl Scout cooking classes allow troops to earn a badge and eat the meal they prepare.

Kitchens on the Square is a sponsor of SouthernMamas. For information on how to become a sponsor, email

Kids Triathlon Saturday on HHI

Monday, September 24th, 2007

wheaties.jpg If your child likes to swim, bike and run, all on the same day, and is ready for his or her own Wheaties box, consider the Kids Triathlon hosted by the Island Recreation Center, 20 Wilborn Rd. this Saturday Sept. 29 on Hilton Head Island.

Race begins at 8:30 am. Here’s what’s expected of the little Bruce Jenners.
Ages 10 and younger: swim 100 yards, bike 3.1 miles, run .5 miles.
Ages 11-13: swim 200 yards, bike 6.2 miles, run 1.2 miles.
Ages: 14-14: swim 200 yards, bike 8 miles, run 2 miles.

Pre-registered fee: $15 or $20 for two children. Day of fee: $20 or $35 for two children. Register here or call (843) 681-7273.

Shop late, shop for a cure

Sunday, September 23rd, 2007

dragonfly.jpgYou’re invited to a 20 percent off party at Just for Baby.

The VIB – Very Important Baby – sale is 7-9 pm Wed. Oct. 3 at the store at 7720 Waters Ave.

During those two hours only, save 20 percent off storewide, excluding furniture and metal goods (strollers, car seats).

Gaining entrance merely requires making a $10 tax deductible donation to The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. The Light the Night Walk at 5:30 p.m. Oct. 5 in Forsyth Park raises funds that go to the society’s work for a cure for leukemia, lymphoma and myeloma.

Join the Just for Baby team for Light the Night or make a donation by clicking here.

New products at Just for Baby include Halloween costumes that fit up to 25 pounds from Mullins Square (The dragonfly is modeled here) and dress-up musical skirts from Acting Out.

You say “born,” we say “free”

Sunday, September 23rd, 2007

born-free.jpgBorn Free baby bottles aren’t just free of the risky bisphenol-A. They’re also becoming increasing popular as the bad news about BPA-bottles spreads.

In August, a panel of scientists found there is “some concern” that bisphenol-A (BPA), an estrogen-like compound used in shatterproof, polycarbonate baby bottles, poses a risk to brain development in babies and children. Studies of newborn animals showed low doses of BPA cause structural changes in the brain that trigger learning deficits and hyperactivity. Read more by clicking here.

Some of the biggest baby bottle manufacturers – Dr. Brown’s, Avent, Gerber, Nalgene, Evenflo, and Playtex – use BPA.

If you’re concerned, try BPA-free plastic Born Free or Medela bottles; glass bottles; or stainless steel ones. Playtex makes drop-in liners that are BPA-free. Sounds like there are enough options to avoid BPA-bottles.

As the author of “Baby 411″ is quoted as saying in the Chicago Tribune:

“If there is a reasonable alternative to limit BPA exposure in those who are most at risk, why not try to avoid it?” asked pediatrician Ari Brown, co-author of “Baby 411″, who now tells parents to stop using polycarbonate baby bottles until more is known.

Subscribe to SouthernMamas and save

Sunday, September 23rd, 2007

mother-and-baby.gifOn Monday on this site, we’ll announce our new sponsor!

But you have to be a subscriber to to take advantage of the special that our new sponsor plans to offer Southern Mamas subscribers. Sign up by clicking here. It’s free. FREE.

Every Monday, we email a newsletter to our subscribers listing various giveaways and discounts. Don’t miss out. Be a savvy Southern Mama and subscribe.

New petting farm in Midway

Saturday, September 22nd, 2007

peacocks.jpgThanks to a Southern Mamas subscriber who emailed us about a new petting farm featured on WTOC.

Camp Tree of Life Petting Farm in Midway, Ga. has peacocks, emus, buffaloes, miniature horses and all your regular barnyard critters, 300-plus animals on about 20 acres. Bishop McKenzie opened the farm years ago for young members of his church, according to WTOC. He recently opened it to the public.

The farm is on Lewis Frasier Road in Midway. Open 10 am-4 pm Saturdays. Admission: $10 for 12 and older; $4 for children ages 3 to 11. Click here for more info.

SouthernMamas is compiling a list of petting farms within a day’s drive. Keep us savvy by emailing

The most reliable book character wins

Saturday, September 22nd, 2007

crying-kids.bmpMaisy the Mouse was a no-show today at the Barnes & Noble in Oglethorpe Mall. Kids still had story time, received goodie bags and had a chance to color and play. But the children’s book character apparently had a hurt leg and couldn’t make her scheduled appearance. (No word whether cats were involved) Which happens sometimes, we realize, and we wish the beloved mouse a speedy recovery. This summer, this Southern Mama and baby went to see Peter Rabbit at the Barnes & Noble on Hilton Head Island where he was supposed to be hopping around, telling Mr. McGregor tales and entertaining fans. Some kids were so excited they even wore little Peter Rabbit ensembles, only to learn that Peter Rabbit apparently had too much overtime for that week and couldn’t make his appearance. Hmmm.

We want to continue to publicize these Saturday morning story book character visits because we know kids love them. But please call the store ahead to confirm so you won’t have to explain what “no-show” means later.

Gift idea: children’s books by locals

Saturday, September 22nd, 2007

kiki-red-shoes.jpgSavannah storyteller Bess Chappas has a new book released just days ago.”Kiki and the Red Shoes.” The story by Bess includes pastel illustrations by local artist Sandy Branam and a read-along CD by the author.

The story takes place in 1939. Six-year-old Kiki lives in Athens, Greece with her mother and little brother. A special gift from an American aunt plays an important role in Kiki’s school program. Cost $18. Email

Bess said she will even hand-deliver orders in Savannah. Bess also has a ghost stories CD perfect for Halloween: “Savannah Ghosts and other stories.” On the CD, she tells four ghost stories set in historic Savannah. She also throws in three funny stories to lighten things up. Click here for order info.

Another fun spooky read by a local children’s author is “The Forgotten Tunnel: A Savannah Mystery” by Nancie Clark.

A Southern Mamas favorite local children’s book is the informative “The Hilton Head Alligator Book” by talented artist and Hilton Head resident Leslie Parker. Several copies are available at The Island Bookseller, Hilton Head’s last independent bookstore.

There’s also Charlie’s Perfect Day and Charlie’s Special Friends, two books about a Hilton Head Island-based alligator, by Kim W. Likins.

We’d love to highlight more local children’s authors. Email us your favorites at

Does your mutt want to strut?

Saturday, September 22nd, 2007

humane-society.gifThis will get your child to finally take the dog for a walk.

Sign him or her up to partake in the Mutt Strut, an annual dog walk fund raiser for the Humane Society. The benefit isn’t until Saturday, Nov. 3. But it’s time to start raising those funds.

For info on how to get involved raising money, click here. Anyone who raises $50 wins an exclusive Mutt Strut T-shirt. Proceeds benefit the work the Humane Society does.
Held rain or shine, the dog walk consists of a one-mile walk around Forsyth Park in downtown Savannah. Participants walk in teams or as individuals, with or without a dog.

Registration opens at 9 am with complimentary Starbucks coffee and breakfast pastry. The walk begins at 10 am, followed by contests, prizes and live entertainment. No registration fee or minimum amount to raise, but participants must register either on the day of the walk or by clicking here.

Snakes! Raptors! Giant Mouse!

Friday, September 21st, 2007

second-maisy.jpgHere are some new ideas and reminders of what’s going on this weekend, for those kids not old enough for the Savannah Jazz Festival which starts Sunday.

Want to know about ongoing kids’ happenings, not just weekend ones? Read my article “Toddlers Take Savannah” in today’s Savannah Morning News.

Weekly roundup of parenting news

Friday, September 21st, 2007

mother-child.jpg“Why some expectant moms are worried about tattoos” (WSJ)

“FDA warns about pediatric sanitizer ad claims” (Reuters)

“McCarthy suspects MMR shot caused autism” (Chicago Tribune)

“Sperm ban means some in short supply” (Associated Press)

“U.S. sex offender laws do more harm than good” (Reuters)

“FDA OKs nasal spray flu vaccine for toddlers (WebMD)

Sale benefits children’s choir

Friday, September 21st, 2007

childrens-choir.jpgOne of the best bets for today is the Tiny Tots Consignment Sale 9 a.m.-6 p.m. today (9/21) and Saturday, St. Michael’s Episcopal Church, 3101 Waters Ave.

Some of the proceeds benefit The Savannah Children’s Choir. Call 412-2833 or email

The Savannah Children’s Choir recently completed its first successful year. The local non-profit community choir is for children from all walks of life. The only requirement is children must maintain a B average or better. Volunteer tutors are available to help the children whose grades drop below the standard. Email

Halloween haute couture

Thursday, September 20th, 2007

pinkwhitepetttiskirt.jpgBabyGap has its line of cutesy Halloween costumes out including Chicken Little and Bust-A-Moo-ve.

But for those of you who want to buy something that the kids might actually wear again this year, check out Island Child on Hilton Head Island. The store has a line of “make-believe” dresses such as Cinderella complete with cape, Dorothy and Toto dress jumper; and Little Red Riding Hood ensemble. All of which could be worn to events year-round other than trick-or-treating.

Island Child‘s new arrivals include the splashy, trendy pettiskirts that we told you about earlier, for the kids who want to dress up as princesses for Halloween and every day. And, for $80 a skirt, pretend like they have princess trust funds, too.

Pizza playdates, whine-free dinners

Thursday, September 20th, 2007

basils-logo.jpgOnce again, a tip from a Southern Mamas subscriber helped beef up our list of family-friendly eateries. Suzy Buelvas told us how Basil’s Pizza & Deli, a Wilmington Island business owned by mother-daughter duo Amanda and Diane Keck, keeps kids entertained. The restaurant offers kids their very own parent-free room.

Mom and Dad enjoy wine (without whines) and food while spying on their kids via a closed-circuit TV camera that shows what’s going on in the nearby kid’s room. What they usually see are kids lounging about on carpeted bleachers and a couch, watching movies with all the rest of the kids.

Sounds like this could become a trend: non-attachment parenting. Goodbye crayons and paper placemats. Hello mini kids-only movie theaters. Is there any surprise a savvy mother-daughter duo are behind this idea?

How bout them U-pick apples?

Wednesday, September 19th, 2007

tree.jpgU-pick apple orchards are as rare in the Lowcountry as basements.

So if September makes you want to feel crisp mountain air, put on some tweed and take the kids apple picking, plan on trekking to North Georgia this weekend or next for to catch the last two weekends of the Annual Apple Pickin’ Jubliee at Hillcrest Orchards. The festival includes everything that you associate with autumn and farms: apple bobbing and corn shelling, cloggers and country bands, mule-drawn wagon rides, homemade fried apple pies and caramel apples, and, of course, pippin-picking from dwarf trees.

Kids can milk Buttercup, the farm’s milk cow; meet Barney the Talking Bull; watch a live bee demo; cheer on pigs racing toward an Oreo cookie; and compete in the John Deere Derby pedal tractor trike track. Oh, and did we mention you’re supposed to find time to pick apples, too? Good thing the farm is open all day, 9 am-6 pm Saturdays and Sundays.

Admission: $5. Separate $3 admission to petting farm.

All activities are available every weekend in October, too, EXCEPT the apple picking part. That’s only this month, leaving much more time next month for caramel apple eating.

Jenny McCarthy’s new book on autism

Tuesday, September 18th, 2007

jenny-mccarthys-book.jpgJenny McCarthy’s new book was released this week, focusing on her son’s autism: “Louder Than Words: A Mother’s Journey In Healing Autism.” Evan was diagnosed in 2005.
McCarthy – actress, model, mother and author of a SouthernMamas must-read when pregnant: “Belly Laughs” – is also the new spokesperson for a California non-profit called TACA (Talk About Autism Now).
This month, McCarthy will share her son’s story on several shows, including today on Oprah. For more listings of her appearances, click here.
Certainly, critics say stars should stick to acting or modeling and leave health issues to the experts. But when it comes to autism, if it takes star power to draw the necessary attention to this problem, then the more star power, the better.

Baby shower – you’re invited

Tuesday, September 18th, 2007

babyshower1.jpgGet the diaper cake ready.
There’s a baby shower this Saturday (Sept. 22) in Savannah, open to all expectant Southern Mamas, their spouses, new parents, grandparents, caregivers and relatives.
That’s right – you’re invited. 10 am-noon Marsh Auditorium, Candler Hospital.
The theme: safety. The shower is a learning party where activities focus on keeping baby safe at home. Win prizes by playing “hot water safety duck” and other games. Refreshments and free gifts.
The party’s sponsored by two local groups committed to parent support: First Steps Parents of Newborns Program and the Coastal Empire R.O.C.K. Group, Inc. (Raising Our Children Kindly)
Remember the shower is free and open to the public. (912) 897-1713. Email

Savannah’s own backyard barnyard

Tuesday, September 18th, 2007

oatland.jpgThanks to a tip from savvy Southern Mama subscriber Pamela Kraft of southside Savannah, we have one more petting farm to add to our list.

Oatland Island, aka Savannah’s zoo, offers more than a two-mile nature trail with timber wolves, alligators, sandhill cranes, panthers and other native animals. For kids who want to get up close with animals, there’s a barnyard open on weekdays. It features a cow, donkey, two sheep, three goats, a pig, two bunnies, geese, ducks, a chicken and turkeys.

The barnyard program “Hop, Run, Swish and Swim” involves teaching the kids about the animals’ movements, colors, textures and more, said Oatland teacher Pam Keener.

It’s great for schools, moms groups or even sitters, usually groups of 10 for $3 each child. If your group is smaller, you can still make a reservation, but minimum cost is $30. The barnyard program is also one of the themes available for birthdays. Reservations required (912) 898-3980.

Pedal for charity this Saturday on HHI

Monday, September 17th, 2007

ride-kids-2.jpgHelp raise money and get a workout.

The Morgan Keegan Ride 4 Kids, a charity cycling event benefiting the Boys & Girls Club of Hilton Head Island, kicks off at 8:30 a.m. Saturday (Sept. 22) from the Hilton Head High School parking lot. There are 5, 10 and 25 mile options along the pathways of Hilton Head. For all ages and skill levels. T-shirt, food, drinks, entertainment, health fair. Pre-register $30, $10 for students; $35 the day of the ride. (843) 689-3646 or register online by clicking here. Key words are Ride 4 Kids.