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Winner of the CURIOUS GEORGE LIVE! tickets

Thursday, April 29th, 2010

curious-george-liveBree Trott wins a family four pack of tickets to CURIOUS GEORGE LIVE!, which will be at Savannah Civic Center June 22 & 23. Congratulations

Thanks to everyone who entered to win by having your kids  complete this sentence “A good mother is someone who ….?  Great responses in the comments section under the initial giveaway post and on the SouthernMamas Facebook Fan page.

Tickets for the CURIOUS GEORGE LIVE! show in Savannah in June are now for sale. For more info, click here. Order online by clicking here.

Children 1 Year and Up are required to have a ticket.

THREE SHOWS:
Tues. June 22 @ 7 PM
Wed. June 23 @ 10:30 AM
Wed. June 23 @ 7 PM

TICKET PRICES ALL DAYS
$15.00 – $50.00

Tybee’s Beach Bum Parade 2010 set for May 21

Wednesday, April 28th, 2010

tybee-beach-bum-paradeTybee Island Beach Bum Parade will be 6 PM Fri. May 21.

The parade celebrates the beginning of summer and includes playful water-play for all ages between floats and spectators lined up along Butler Avenue. Spectators arm themselves with bucket, squirt guns and other water spraying weapons.

For more information call (800) 868-2322 or click here

Education Savings: 2011 Changes to your Coverdell ESA – Lower contribution limits and K-12 excluded

Tuesday, April 27th, 2010

marsha-woelber-headshotBelow is a guest post by Marsha Woelber, a Partner at Independent Investment Services, LLC/Securities Offered through LPL Financial, Member FINRA/SIPC.

Marsha does occasional posts on SouthernMamas about  becoming financially savvy.  To read her previous posts, click here.

What is a Coverdell ESA?

Coverdell Education Savings Accounts (ESA) came about in 2001 to give parents more options for their children’s education. Similar to an IRA, a Coverdell ESA allows individuals to set aside up to $2,000 per year (2010) tax-deferred in an account earmarked for education. As long as you are using the money for qualified expenses, withdrawals are tax-free.

The big benefit of using a Coverdell ESA is that you can use the money in the account for elementary and secondary education expenses (including private school tuition). This is unlike a 529 plan, where the funds must be for higher education.

Many Savannah parents utilize both types of plans to enjoy the tax treatment for K-12 expenses (Coverdell), and the higher contribution limits of a 529 plan.

What is changing in 2011? Unless Congress extends current limits, maximum annual contributions into a Coverdell will fall to only $500 (from $2000) after 2010. More bad news: K-12 expenses will no longer qualify. Any amounts accumulated at the higher contribution limit can remain in the accounts, but you will have to pay tax on the investment gains in any amounts you withdraw for K – 12 expenses after Dec. 31, 2010.

What should I do with my Coverdell ESA(s)? If you can’t spend the money in your Coverdell prior to Jan. 1, 2011, it is probably best to roll it into a 529 plan. Technically, you must take the money out of the Coverdell and put an equal or larger amount into a 529 plan in the same year.

A 529 does not provide any tax advantages for K-12 expenses, but it does allow tax-deferred savings for college. For more information on 529 plans, please see my previous SouthernMamas article by clicking here. Be sure to contact a tax or financial advisor to help you move your funds from a Coverdell to a 529 plan to potentially avoid any negative tax consequences.

Marsha Woelber is a Partner at Independent Investment Services, LLC/Securities Offered through LPL Financial, Member FINRA/SIPC. She can be reached @ marsha@iissav.com or 912-650-2852. The opinions in this material are for general information only and are not intended to provide specific advice or recommendations for any individual. Please talk to your tax advisor before executing any strategy.

Giveaway: a family four-pack of tickets to Curious George Live!

Sunday, April 25th, 2010

curious-george-liveThis week, a SouthernMamas subscriber will win a family four pack of tickets to CURIOUS GEORGE LIVE!, which will be at Savannah Civic Center June 22 & 23.

  • To enter to win, in honor of Mother’s Day, ask your child (or children) to complete this sentence “A good mother is someone who ….? Share their answers and ages by commenting below this post (Just click on comments). If your child’s too young or not interested in filling in the blank,  share your own response. Also, please tell us your name. Or comment on the SouthernMamas Facebook page here. Please become a Facebook fan of SouthernMamas.
  • Entry period closes: Thurs. April 29. We’ll announce the winner here Fri. April 30.
  • You have to be a SouthernMamas subscriber to participate! Subscribing is free. Click here to do so. Click here to become a fan of SouthernMamas on Facebook.
  • Tickets for the CURIOUS GEORGE LIVE! show in Savannah in June go on sale at 10 AM Mon. April 26. For more info, click here. Order online by clicking here.

    Children 1 Year and Up are required to have a ticket.

    THREE SHOWS:
    Tues. June 22 @ 7 PM
    Wed. June 23 @ 10:30 AM
    Wed. June 23 @ 7 PM

    TICKET PRICES ALL DAYS
    $15.00 – $50.00

    CURIOUS GEORGE LIVE! is the new can’t miss live stage musical that will delight your whole family! Curious George is the inquisitive and loveable little monkey who takes everyone along on intriguing problem-solving adventures. Live on stage in his World Premiere musical tour, Curious George swings and flips his way through a fun-filled story that takes the audience from home to Rome.

    Savannah Down syndrome support group vs. prenatal genetic testing

    Sunday, April 25th, 2010
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    Katie, Lucy and Ella Marchese

    With broader prenatal genetic testing, the number of children with Down syndrome could radically decrease. Earlier this month, I had the chance to talk to local parents who hope that doesn’t happen.

    Molly and Joe Marchese of Springfield are parents of three beloved and beautiful daughters (pictured here), including a 4-year-old with Down syndrome, Ella, who has enriched their lives in countless ways. The Marcheses are among those families who have become Down syndrome advocates in the face of broader prenatal testing to prevent the genetic condition.

    The Marcheses are the focus of my newspaper column today. Read it by clicking here.

    The Marcheses, along with other members of the Lowcountry Down Syndrome Society, are working to help parents dealing with a definitive prenatal Down syndrome diagnosis and invite prospective parents of babies with Down syndrome to monthly support group meetings.

    Contact the Lowcountry Down Syndrome Society by clicking here or email jmarchese@LDSSGA.org

    SouthernMamas Savannah-Hilton Head Is. Summer Camps 2010 Guide

    Saturday, April 24th, 2010

    summer-camp-guide-24Surfing summer camps on Tybee Island. Kayak summer camps for kids or for the entire family. Art and clay summer camps in Savannah. Fitness summer camps in Bluffton.

    Mommy and Me summer camps at the Marine Science Center and Aquarium on Skidaway Is. Horse camps. Music and choral camps. Train camps.

    We have all types of summer camps in the Savannah-Hilton Head Is. Summer Camp 2010 Guide. Click here to find the perfect camp for your child.

    For your convenience, the link to the Savannah-Hilton Head Is. Summer Camp 2010 Guide will remain posted in the column to the right. Enjoy! Please share the link with all the local parents you know.

    If you have a summer camp you would like to have included in the guide, please email the information to anne@southernmamas.com.

    Order tickets online for Curious George Live! in special SouthernMamas presale

    Thursday, April 22nd, 2010

    curious-george-liveTickets for the CURIOUS GEORGE LIVE! show in Savannah in June don’t officially go on sale until Mon. April 26.

    But SouthernMamas readers can order CURIOUS GEORGE LIVE! tickets online from now through Sunday (April 25) by using the code: GEWW

    This is an exclusive offer that won’t be valid once tickets go on sale next week. Order online by clicking here.

    CURIOUS GEORGE LIVE! will be at Savannah Civic Center June 22 & 23.

    CURIOUS GEORGE LIVE! is the new can’t miss live stage musical that will delight your whole family! Curious George is the inquisitive and loveable little monkey who takes everyone along on intriguing problem-solving adventures. Live on stage in his World Premiere musical tour, Curious George swings and flips his way through a fun-filled story that takes the audience from home to Rome.

    Laugh out loud, tap your toes, sing and dance along as you follow Curious George on his quest to win the Golden Meatball Contest.

    Children 1 Year and Up are required to have a ticket.

    THREE SHOWS:
    Tues. June 22 @ 7 PM
    Wed. June 23 @ 10:30 AM
    Wed. June 23 @ 7 PM

    TICKET PRICES ALL DAYS
    $15.00 – $50.00

    Winners of the ‘Beauty & the Beast’ ballet tickets

    Thursday, April 22nd, 2010

    Amy Estees and Molly Taylor will win two tickets each to “Beauty and the Beast” presented by The Children’s Ballet Theatre of the Academy of Dance.

    Thanks to everyone who entered.

    The ballet will be Sat. May 8 at the Savannah Civic Center. There will be two shows, one at 3 PM and one at 6 pm.

    You can order Beauty and the Beast tickets one of three ways:
    -Call 921-2190 Mon-Fri 2-6 PM; Sat. 11 AM-2 PM
    -Email aodsav@gmail.com
    -Or purchase tickets at the Savannah Civic Center Box office

    The price is $30 adults; $20 kids, senior and military; $15 tickets for groups of ten or more so you can pull your friends together to go for a discount. All tickets are general admission.

    Voice your opinions about school nutrition at Savannah Community Health Forum

    Wednesday, April 21st, 2010

    healthy-savannah-community-forumUpset about what your child eats at school? Here’s a chance to voice your opinions about your child’s school meals and school partnerships with fast-food restaurants.

    The public is invited to a free Community Health Forum, 6-8 PM at Savannah Civic Center.

    Healthy Savannah will join with local co-hosts St. Joseph’s/Candler Health System, Memorial Medical Center, Savannah State University, Junior League of Savannah, A Phillip Randolph Institute, GeoVista Credit Union and 100 Black Men of Savannah to sponsor this first Community Health Forum.

    Healthy Savannah is working on several issues including getting junk food out of public schools. Find out more here.

    Free St. Andrew’s Youth Concert at Forsyth Park

    Wednesday, April 21st, 2010

    forsyth-park-bandshellHere’s a great FREE way to check out the brand new stage and bandshell at Forsyth Park.

    The St. Andrew’s School Spring Concert at Forsyth Park will be 5:30-8:30 PM Mon. May 3. The public’s invited to this free spring concert at the park’s new bandshell. Bring your blanket or lawn chairs and enjoy an evening of music. The program features students in grades 3 through 12 and includes string, chorus and band students. Musical selections include pop, jazz and classic pieces.

    Autism 101 Conference in Savannah for Parents and Teachers

    Monday, April 19th, 2010

    autism-puzzleParents and teachers are invited to an Autism 101 full-day conference featuring seven speakers who will provide information that educates, enables and empowers families and professionals caring for children on the spectrum

    The Autism 101 Conference will be 8:30 AM-4:30 PM Fri. April 30 at Armstrong Center for Professional & Continuing Education, 13040 Abercorn Street, Savannah, GA 31409 (across the street from the Savannah Mall)

    Speakers include Dr. Renee Tocco, coordinator of Hope for Autism. She promotes a vitalistic healthcare approach and is dedicated to educating the public about non-invasive, natural healthcare.
    Other speakers will be:
    -Dr. Stephen A. Ranicki of Ranicki Chiropractic and The Mindspring Center
    -Parent to Parent of Georgia to provide an overview of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act and the Special Education process. Both parents and professionals will learn great tips and rules of this process during the presentation.
    -Samual Crossley of Mass Mutual Financial Group about the financial implications of raising a child on the spectrum.
    -Dana Lee on the benefits of music therapy
    -Lynn Adams, Author of “Parenting on the Spectrum: A Survival Guide”
    -LeAnne Geoghagen, a 19-year old student, will give her personal perspective of dealing with Asperger’s Syndrome

    For questions about the conference, contact Jennifer McGee at The Matthew Reardon Center jennifermcgee4@comcast.net, (912) 355-9098

    For more info on local autism resources, visit the SouthernMamas Autism/Asperger’s Resource Guide for Savannah/Bluffton by clicking here.

    Giveaway: Four tickets to ‘Beauty and the Beast’ at Savannah Civic Center

    Sunday, April 18th, 2010

    beauty-and-beast-giveawayThis week, two SouthernMamas readers will win two tickets each to “Beauty and the Beast” presented by The Children’s Ballet Theatre of the Academy of Dance.

    The ballet will be Sat. May 8 at the Savannah Civic Center. There will be two shows, one at 3 PM and one at 6 pm.

  • To enter to win, tell us the best activity you’ve enrolled your child in (ballet, soccer, mommy-and-me music class, art, cooking, violin) or, if your child is too young, what activity you’re looking forward to enrolling in. Answer by commenting below this post (Just click on comments).  Also, please tell us your name. Or comment on the SouthernMamas Facebook page here. Please become a Facebook fan of SouthernMamas.
  • Entry period closes: Thurs. April 22.
  • You have to be a SouthernMamas subscriber to participate! Subscribing is free. Click here to do so. Click here to become a fan of SouthernMamas on Facebook.
  • We’ll announce the winner here Fri. April 23.
  • Can’t wait for the giveaway? You can order Beauty and the Beast tickets one of three ways:
    -Call 921-2190 Mon-Fri 2-6 PM; Sat. 11 AM-2 PM
    -Email aodsav@gmail.com
    -Or purchase tickets at the Savannah Civic Center Box office

    The price is $30 adults; $20 kids, senior and military; $15 tickets for groups of ten or more so you can pull your friends together to go for a discount. All tickets are general admission.

    Winner of Classic Kids giveaway

    Thursday, April 15th, 2010

    classic-kids-logo-12Christy Lynes wins this week’s SouthernMamas giveaway!

    Christy wins  a boy’s seersucker lime birthday cupcake shortall  from Classic Kids , which offers custom-made children’s clothing and accessories for any time of the year.

    At Classic Kids trunk shows, you can see all of Classic Kids designs or even design you own ClassicKids outfit.Become a fan of Classic Kids on Facebook and you will be updated on new designs and fabrics and catch monthly specials and giveaways. Orders can also be placed through the Classic Kids Web site or you can find Classic Kids at La Dee Da in Rincon

     

    Free Moms’ Night Out Expo at Island Playground, Hilton Head Is./Bluffton

    Wednesday, April 14th, 2010

     IslandPlayground_LogoIsland Playground, an indoor playground featuring inflatable fun & creative play for kids, will host a special night for moms in May.

    The FREE MOMS’ NIGHT OUT EXPO to honor all moms will be 5:30-8:30 PM Thurs. May 6 at the playground. Grab all your girlfriends and enjoy FREE admission for all moms, FREE gifts and samples, FREE massages, FREE facials, FREE manicures, FREE makeovers, FREE margaritas, a raffle to benefit the Boys & Girls Club with a chance to win fabulous prizes, and special event-night discounts from Island Playground and other local businesses.

    For more information contact Island Playground at (843) 837-8383 or click here.

     Island Playground, 1538 Fording Island Rd, Suite 104, Bluffton, S.C. near the HHI bridge on the Bluffton side (843) 837-8383

    Island Child now has Fore! Axel & Hudson boys’ clothing line

    Tuesday, April 13th, 2010

    fore-at-island-childWatching all that golf during the Masters inspired you to start dressing your future Mickelson like a little pro.

    So check out the new line Fore! Axel and Hudson at Island Child. Think country club meets California cool. Sizes range from infant through size 8.

    Fore Axel & Hudson is an eco-friendly brand. Most pieces are made from ultra-soft and sustainable bamboo/spandex.

    Island Child owner Steve Powell says Fore Axel & Hudson is perfect for the “golf” lifestyle here in the Lowcountry and it is a great look for boys even if they are not into golf.

    The Island Child store is in the Village at Wexford on Hilton Head Is. You can also order clothes on The Island Child  Web site . Or call 1.888.705.5437 or 843.686.5437.

    Getaway with kids: Georgia Sea Turtle Center, Jekyll Is.

    Tuesday, April 13th, 2010

     gstc_logo.gifSouthernMamas reader Monica Patel emails that the Georgia Sea Turtle Center on Jekyll Island is well worth the visit. The drive is about 1.5 hours.  Indoor exhibits are geared more towards young elementary-school-aged kids, but Monica’s 3.5 year-old loved the turtle rehabilitation area and turtle hospital, where he got to watch one of the turtles being given a multivitamin and another turtle get rubbed with ointment, to undo some of the damage caused by the recent cold weather.  She writes the staff there is very friendly and willing to answer questions.

    Thanks for the recommendation, Monica!

    The Georgia Sea Turtle Center  introduces you and your children to Georgia’s turtles with hands-on activities, games, crafts, and outdoor exploration.

    Find out the various methods sea turtle biologists use to follow sea turtles as they migrate from the beach to the ocean. And how you too can follow sea turtles online.

    Georgia Sea Turtle Center, 214 Stable Rd, Jekyll Island. Cost: $6 for adults (13+ years); $5 for Seniors (65+ years); $4 for children (4-12 years); FREE for children 3 and under. $5 for Active Duty Military Personnel, Students and Teachers (ID required). For more info, call 912.635.4444 or click here. Stay savvy with the happenings at the Georgia Sea Turtle Center via the center’s blog.