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Understanding vaccine rights for children

Sunday, November 8th, 2009

200490829-002Heated discussions about childhood vaccines are seen on national news channels and are being talked about more openly among parents.

To help sort through the confusion of safety, rights and choices, the following topics will be discussed during an upcoming vaccine seminar hosted by the Savannah Autism Support Group Meeting at the pediatrician office of Dr. Ramon Ramos, 313 Eisenhower Dr.:

  • Vaccine laws, recommendations and exemptions
  • Mercury/ thermarosal and other additives in vaccines
  • Questions to ask your physician or pediatrician: informed consent
  • Predisposition to vaccine reactions
  • Strategies to increase immune function if you choose not to vaccinate

The meeting will be 6:30-8 PM Tues. Nov. 10. Attendees will go home with a packet of information of guidance and support materials to help you make an informed decision for your child. The presenter is chiropractor Steve Ranicki of Pooler.

For more info, call 912-748-1506 or email RSVP requested: Jessica at or call: 667-9060.

Joy to world of fish on skates! Disney on Ice in Savannah

Friday, November 6th, 2009

nemo-150x209“Joy to the World” will be one of the tunes playing in your head after enjoying Disney On Ice presents Disney/Pixar’s Finding Nemo.

It’s just one of the Motown hits featured in the ocean adventure of the clownfish Nemo, playing this weekend at Savannah Civic Center . Remaining shows are:
Sat. Nov 7 @ 11 AM
Sat. Nov 7 @ 3 PM
Sat. Nov 7 @ 7 PM
Sun. Nov 8 @ 2 PM

The show is well-worth braving all those trinket and cotton-candy concession stands, with beg-your-parents-for $15 Nemo hats. But kids quickly lose interest in the goodies once the fish on skates hit the ice.

The production includes all your child’s favorite characters, ever-forgetful Dory, Bruce the shark, the overprotective Marlin, “super-dude” turtle Crush and Nigel the pelican.

Beware, though, there are a few, small fireworks in the first half of the roughly 90-minute show, which temporarily upset a few kids near my family. We saw the show courtesy of Feld Entertainment, the Disney on Ice promoters which provided the recent ticket giveaways on SouthernMamas.

Tickets are available @ OR 1-800-351-7469.

Open houses at local schools this month for 2010-2011

Friday, November 6th, 2009

schoolhouse1A slew of open houses at schools happening this month. If you are looking into schools for the 2010-2011 school year, below are a few open houses to check out. If you’d like to have a school included in this list, please email the info to

Open House for Prospective Families @ at St. Andrew’s School
noon-3 PM Sun. Nov 15
St. Andrew’s, a college prep school for Pre K3 through Grade 12, is hosting an Open House at the school at 601 Penn Waller Road on Wilmington Island.

Open House at St. James Catholic School,
6-8 PM Tues., Nov. 17
8412 Whitfield Ave.

Open houses at Savannah Christian Preparatory School
2:30 PM Sun. Nov. 15 at the Lower School (preK-5th), Chatham
Parkway Campus, 1599 Chatham Parkway
10 AM Thurs. Dec. 3 at the Lower School (preK-5th), Chatham
Parkway Campus, 1599 Chatham Parkway
7 PM Mon. Nov. 9 at The Lower School (K-5th) at DeRenne Avenue Campus,
2415 E. DeRenne Ave.
10 AM Wed. Dec. 2 at The Lower School (K-5th) at DeRenne Avenue Campus,
2415 E. DeRenne Ave.
912.234.1653 ext 106

Bouncing Angels inflatable play & party center gets a facelift

Wednesday, November 4th, 2009


Bouncy house lovers, take heed: Bouncing Angels , the beloved Savannah indoor play place at Victory Drive and Skidaway Road, is undergoing some fabulous changes to make it into an even more fun play space and birthday party headquarters.

The indoor inflatable play & party entertainment center @ the Victory Drive Shopping Center, 2123 E. Victory Drive, no longer charges higher weekend rates!  Now, you pay the same price every day for kids: $5 plus tax for tots 2 and younger; $8 plus tax for the 3-and-up set.  

Coming this month and in December, more inflatables and less distracting arcade games. That means kids will spend more time jumping and playing than begging Mom and Dad for money to play the coin-operated arcade games. New inflatables include Dora and Diego and a farm, plus more slides.  

Bouncing Angels also plans to add two Wii Sports games, yet another fun way for children to exert all their energy.

New discount cards are also available so after 10 visits, your next THREE visits are free. You receive a discount on admission with three or more kids.

In addition to regular walk-in, open play, Bouncing Angels also is available for birthdays, field trips, mommy clubs, group events etc. Birthday parties are a snap at this monolith of play. If you’re planning to host a birthday party there, ask about the free party deal: after 15 paid admissions of $16 each, you earn a free birthday party with up to 16 kids (a $259 value).

bouncing-angels-throneBirthday are becoming much more special at Bouncing Angels, too. Coming soon: thrones for the birthday boy or girl (like the one pictured here) as well as a personalized “Happy Birthday” banner with the child’s name.  Birthday guests receive unlimited jump time – so they can bounce off all that birthday cake.

Many popular features of Bouncing Angels will remain including the free Wi-Fi and frequent jump cards, which allow you to save on admission fees.

Bouncing Angels hours:
10 AM-8 PM Mon-Thurs.  
10 AM- 9 PM Fri.- Sat.
noon-8 PM   Sun.

Check out their Web site here. For more info. call: 912.691.8797.

Chatham Health Dept receives small supply of H1N1 flu shots

Wednesday, November 4th, 2009

swine-flu-vaccineThe Coastal Health District, which includes Bryan, Camden, Chatham, Effingham, Glynn, Liberty, Long, and McIntosh Counties, has received 1,300 doses of the injectable form of the H1N1 influenza vaccine.

Due to the limited amount of vaccine, local health departments are targeting two of the priority groups recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention:
• Pregnant women because they are at higher risk of complications and can potentially provide protection to infants who cannot be vaccinated;
• Emergency medical services personnel because they are essential critical response partners and can be a potential source of infection for
vulnerable patients.

County Health Departments are sharing the vaccine with some local obstetricians and gynecologists who initially requested vaccine from the state of Georgia, but have not yet received any. Women who are pregnant are encouraged to contact their personal physician to check on H1N1 vaccine availability.

In other words, if you’re looking for the shot-version of the swine flu vaccine for your kids, you have to wait.

“We do not have enough quantities at this time to give the vaccine to everyone who wants it and we ask for the public’s patience and understanding as we move forward with our vaccination efforts,” said Dr. Diane Weems, Coastal Health District Chief Medical Officer. “Eventually, we hope to have enough vaccine for everyone.”

Last month, the Coastal Health District received a limited supply of the H1N1 Influenza nasal spray vaccine, available for children. Click here to find out more.

Health departments will not charge for the vaccine; however Medicaid, Medicare and some private insurance can be billed for a nominal administration fee.

Mini-photo sessions offered in Forsyth Park – just in time for your holiday cards

Tuesday, November 3rd, 2009


shiver-back-forsyth-parkYes, there’s still time to have professional portraits shot for your holiday cards – without blowing your budget.

Savannah photographers Heather Shiver and Siobhan Egan are offering mini-photo sessions this weekend in Forsyth Park, Sat & Sun. Nov. 7 & 8.

The 30-minute sessions cost $50 and include the session and a CD of edited images.

To book a session, contact Heather, a SouthernMamas sponsor, via email at or call 912.844.6379.

Check out Heather’s amazing work here.

Where to donate Halloween candy

Monday, November 2nd, 2009

candyYour waistline, your children’s teeth and your children’s teachers will thank you. Here’s where you can donate that excess Halloween candy,

*Operation Gratitude sends care packages to U.S. troops overseas. You just pay to ship to California, but an extra $11 donation covers overseas postage.

*Any Soldier and Operation Shoebox will also let you donate candy.

*Ronald McDonald House Charities accepts candy donation for kids. Search for a local branch here.

If anyone knows of any local shops, food pantries, pediatric wards, nursing homes, churches or synagogues that have candy drop-offs, please comment below or on our SouthernMamas Facebook page here. Also, anyone have any tips on ‘encouraging’ kids to donate their candy?

Giveaway: Free Kindermusik semester of classes

Sunday, November 1st, 2009

kindermusik-button-adThis week, a lucky SouthernMamas reader will win a free Kindermusik semester of classes for her baby.

Kindermusik  has three new parent-and-me music classes starting this month at three locations – Mondays in the Sandfly area, Tuesdays on Wilmington Island and Saturdays on the Southside.

These particular classes in the giveaway are open to babies ages newborn to 20 months, although Kindermusik has classes for ages 0 to 7. This week’s giveaway is for one of the three 0-20 mth. old classes, which start in November and run through January 2010. It can only be used for one of those sessions and can’t be redeemed for cash.  A minimum of five children are required for each class.

Children and parents in the class will move, fly and dance with an exciting curriculum called ‘DoSiDo’. The value of the giveaway is $104, which is the cost for the class and includes tuition through January 2010 and home materials. Find out more here.  

Check out the rules below to enter to win:

  • To enter to win, comment below on the answer to this question. Kindermusik classes help spark and encourage a love for music in children. Share your favorite children’s song, children’s music CD or children’s book about music. Just click on comments below to share your tip and enter the contest or comment on our Facebook page here. Be sure to become a fan of SouthernMamas on Facebook while there. Entry period closes 9 pm Thurs. Nov. 5. Please tell us your name. We’ll pick a name at random and announce the winner Fri. Nov. 6.
  • You have to be a SouthernMamas subscriber to participate. Subscribing is free. Click here to subscribe. .
  • Don’t want to wait for the giveaway to register for Kindermusik? Enrollment is limited, so sign up soon. For exact details on times and dates or to enroll online TODAY, visit the Coastal Empire Savannah Kindermusik Web site and click on the Kindermusik for Ages 0-7 button. Or call 912.728.KEYS (5397)

    piano-88-keys-logo1A Kindermusik session makes a great  gift. Kindermusik “gift certificates” are available for a semester of classes. Click here more information.

    Check out Kindermusik’s sister site 88 Keys, for piano tuning, piano service, sales/rentals, even piano moving. The family-owned business also buys, sells and RENTS pianos. You can rent a spinet piano for $1 per day. That’s right $30 a month for a piano. For more info, click here or call 912.728.KEYS.

    See Jane Beauty Bar happy hour every Thursday

    Sunday, November 1st, 2009

    see-jane-logoCheck out the fabulous prices @ See Jane’s Beauty Bar, Savannah’s ultimate chic and cheeky destination for exceptional manicures, pedicures, waxing, brow grooming and facials.

    Custom facials from as low as $20. Brow shape waxing for $15. Custom built lashes for $20. Plain Jane Manicure for $15. Signature manicure for $20.

    Almost as enticing as those prices: BEAUTY BAR HAPPY HOUR is every Thursday night. Receive a complimentary cocktail with every service, treatment or purchase from 5-9 PM.

    See Jane Apothecary + Beauty Bar is @ 323 W. Broughton St. Click here for more info. Tell them SouthernMamas sent you! Tel. 912.234.1080. Email:

    See Jane is also Savannah’s hottest socializing space for group bookings such as bachelorettes, bridal showers, girls’ night out. Click here for more info on excusive use of See Jane. For all bookings, the hostess gets a free pedicure.