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“Like” The Savannah Soap Co. on Facebook to receive a free Fresh. Clean. Smart. canvas laundry bag

Monday, January 31st, 2011

greenlaundromatssavannahgaThe Savannah Soap Co.  - a new green laundromat on the Southside that can save you time and money - is expected to open in early February 2011, possibly as soon as this Saturday, Feb. 5.

So what are you going to do with all the time and money you save by doing your laundry at The Savannah Soap Co.? Tell us by “liking”  The Savannah Soap Co. on Facebook by clicking here, then answer that question by commenting on their wall. The first 100 SouthernMamas readers to comment will each win a cute, canvas Savannah Soap Co. laundry bag with their logo “Fresh. Clean. Smart.”

You can then pick up the bag at the store when visiting anytime over the next four weeks.

At  The Savannah Soap Co., you can do 10 loads of laundry in 20 minutes, using eco-safe, non-toxic laundry soaps. And cut back on your electric bill, too. It’s time to rethink laundry, and laundromats. The Savannah Soap Co. is so sleek and hip, it’s the Starbucks of laundromats with sleek stainless steel cabinets; the largest commercial state-of-the-art energy efficient washers and dryers in the country; white porcelain mosaic floors; retro white subway tile on the walls; white carrara marble countertops; and a fun ceiling made of authentic antique washboards.

The Savannah Soap Co.  features: a T-bar that serves two unique sweet teas and two unsweetened teas each day. (Refills are free); a full wash/dry/fold service; and a natural and organic soaps boutique which carries eco-safe laundry soaps, kitchen and baby products you could not previously find in Savannah.

As little as $36.99 buys you unlimited wash and dry for a month. To see just how much you’ll save on your electric bill by doing your laundry at The Savannah Soap Co., click here.

Half of the The Savannah Soap Co.’s easy-to-operate washers are already loaded with pre-measured, premium eco-friendly laundry detergents and softeners using their trademarked system called “Perfect Wash” or you can add your own favorite detergent and softener to any of their other washers. Continental’s commercial E-Series High-Performance front load washers reach extract speeds of 354 G-Force, roughly 3 times greater than conventional commercial washers. The result is your clothes emerge virtually dry, saving you even more time.

The Savannah Soap Co., 12324 Largo Dr, Savannah GA 31419, 912.335.1538, email fresh@thesavannahsoapco.com, www.thesavannahsoapco.com  Opens the first week of February. The Savannah Soap Co. is a SouthernMamas sponsor

Online e-letter: Children and family events in Savannah, Hilton Head Is. for the week of Jan. 31

Sunday, January 30th, 2011

coastal-kids-market-logo-11This week’s e-letter is sponsored by Coastal Kids Market, a seasonal, upscale children’s consignment sale in Pooler just outside Savannah.
This highly popular sale – set for March 3-5 2011 @ The Shops at Godley Station, Pooler Parkway – offers amazing deals on high-end, gently-used boutique & trunk show clothing. Think Lilly Pulitzer, Bailey Boys, Oilily, Hannah Kate, Mini Boden, Anavini, Strasburg and Kelly’s Kids, to name a few. Registration for consignors is OPEN. Remember, consignors who volunteer at the sale get to shop early before the Preview Party as well as earn a higher percentage of their sales. Click here for more info.

The below are not all the kids’ events happening this week. To read the complete list of this week’s activities for kids and families, click here.
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cannon1Super Museum Sunday 2011 is this Sun. Feb. 6
Free admission to most Savannah-area museums and forts including Savannah History Museum, Roundhouse Railroad Museum, Old Fort Jackson, Ships of the Sea Museum, Mighty Eighth Air Force Museum. For a list of local organizations participating in Super Museum Sunday 2011, click here.

Not only is admission free but most museums will have scheduled activities for the whole family such as the Colonial Faire and Muster at Wormsloe State Historic Site on Sat. and Sun. Feb 5 & 6, 2011 from 10 AM to 4 PM both days.
This event is free and open to the public. Visitors can see, hear and experience everyday life during colonial times through activities and demonstrations by on-site interpreters. There will be historical re-enactments, cannon firings, music and dance, and demonstrations of cooking and craft techniques. No Admission Fees

Special events at the Savannah-Ogeechee Canal Museum & Nature Center – free admission from 9 AM-5 PM Sun. Feb. 6 – will include ongoing events from 1-5 PM such as a Live Native Reptile Exhibit; 1930s Arts and Crafts. The Museum is located at 681 Ft. Argyle Rd. (Rte. 204) 2.3 miles past I-95. Info: (912) 748-8068 or info@savannahogeecheecanal.com.
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mops-logoPooler MOPS School Fair for the Savannah area Struggling to make the right decision on where to send our children to school? Pooler MOPS tries to make the decision a little bit easier by hosting a School Fair each year.
Wed. Feb. 2 from 9 AM-noon at First Presbyterian Church of Pooler 305 HWY 80SE, Pooler.
Public, private and home schools . The event is open and free to the public.
Interested schools can contact Liz St.Lawrence at poolermops@gmail.com if they would like to attend. A list of confirmed schools can be found by clicking here.

garrison-open-houseEF Garrison School of Visual and Performing Arts (K-8) Open House, 649 W. Jones St.
5-7 PM Thurs. Feb 3 with a presentation at 6 PM.
The new arts K-8 school at Garrison prepares students for the district’s premier high school, Savannah Arts Academy.
The school does not have an attendance zone/district. Parents who would like to chose a specialty school for their child rather than their neighborhood school may apply for admission.
(912) 395-5975

The above are not all the kids’ events happening this week. To read the complete list of this week’s activities for kids and families, click here.

Savannah area youth spring sports (Spring 2011 Savannah kids leagues)

Saturday, January 29th, 2011

soccerpreschoolerssavannahThis past weekend’s welcome sun and warmth served as a reminder that spring is around the corner – thankfully.

Have you signed up your little ones for a spring sport? Thanks to our SouthernMamas Facebook fans for these suggestions on Savannah-area sports leagues.

Savannah

Savannah Celtic Soccer (sessions include toddler and youth soccer): http://www.savannahceltic.com/
Isle of Hope Tball (coed teams) for ages 7 and younger and baseball: http://www.isleofhopetball.com/
YMCA of Coastal Georgia, registration starts at age 3: http://www.ymcaofcoastalga.org/metro/news/spring-youth-sports

Pooler
Pooler Rec: http://activenet5.active.com/poolerrecdept /

Effingham
Effingham County Recreation and Parks has registration under way for baseball ages 5-17, softball ages 5-16, tball for 3 1/2 and 4 year olds; soccer for girls and boys ages 8 and up. Visit www.effinghamrec.org  

Statesboro
Bulloch Recreation offers t-ball for ages 4 and up: http://www.bullochrec.com/
Upward Soccer in Statesboro starts at 4: www.upwardstatesboro.org

Savannah therapists: Georgia Outreach provides family, individual and couples counseling

Friday, January 28th, 2011

georgia-outreach-therapyWe all need counseling every now and then – whether for our romantic relationships, our children or ourselves.

Which is why it’s comforting to know about a new therapy practice in Savannah doing individual and family therapy called Georgia Outreach. Georgia Outreach therapists Ashley Richbourg and Kim Brauda offer a fresh, innovative approach to therapy.

Georgia Outreach Therapist Kim Brauda

Georgia Outreach Therapist Kim Brauda

Georgia Outreach Therapist Ashley Richbourg
Georgia Outreach Therapist Ashley Richbourg

When it comes to children or adolescent therapy at Georgia Outreach, the parent and therapist work as a team. The goal being that the therapist will serve as a resource to parents, as extra support in helping children during transitions. Georgia Outreach strives to provide an environment that children are eager to return to.

Georgia Outreach also offers couples counseling, whether you’re married or dating. Such therapy can be useful even before there’s ever an issue. “If you are having a “great” relationship you can make it better,” said Georgia Outreach therapist Ashley Richbourg. “If you find the right therapist, they will not point out what is wrong with you, but should focus on what is working and how to make the positives shine even more.”

During talk therapy for individuals, the therapist provides a non-judgmental, let-it-all-out, retreat-type session for individuals.

For SouthernMamas readers, Georgia Outreach offers a $20 discount per session on any private pay client who starts sessions in February. Mention you read about Georgia Outreach on SouthernMamas to receive the discount. Georgia Outreach is a SouthernMamas sponsor.

Georgia Outreach, 408 East Bolton St., Savannah 31401, 912.349.4495, email Info@GaOutreach.com, www.gaoutreach.com

Savannah custom photographer offers newborn portrait special

Wednesday, January 26th, 2011

newbornphotographysavannah

Highly sought-after Savannah photographer Britt Anderson  is offering a newborn portrait special and SouthernMamas freebie.

Schedule and pay for your newborn session with Britt Anderson Photography in January or February, and you’ll receive 50 percent off the session fee and 20 percent off any collection.  Mention you read about Britt Anderson Photography on SouthernMamas and you’ll receive a free 8×10!

For more details regarding sessions, please check the website here.

Contact Britt today at contact@brittandersonphotography or by giving her a call at 912-966-0498. Let Britt capture those memories to last a lifetime.

Britt Anderson Photography is a sponsor of SouthernMamas.com.

Opportunity for Savannah nonprofits: apply for a year of free marketing services

Wednesday, January 26th, 2011

bowsternUPDATE: America’s Second Harvest of Coastal Georgia is the winner! Congratulations.

BowStern Marketing - which just opened a Savannah office – is offering a unique program developed exclusively for Savannah and surrounding communities.

Through the new program called “Serving Our Savannah,” BowStern will select one non-profit and provide comprehensive integrated marketing support for an entire year.

Here are the guidelines:
• Deadline for application is February 28, 2011
• Pro bono marketing services will last through February 28, 2012
• The winner will receive 35 service hours per month for use in the areas of:
Advertising
Graphic Design
Branding Public Relations
Social Media
Strategic Marketing Plan

The BowStern team will develop an integrated marketing plan, valued at $6,000, at no charge. For more information, contact Savannah President for BowStern Kimberly Pannell at kpannell@bowstern.com or 888.912.1110. For more information on BowStern, click here.

Social event to benefit Savannah’s inner city children

Wednesday, January 26th, 2011

urban-hope-logo-2You’re invited to “A Taste of Hope” Presented by Urban Hope and Comcast, 7 PM Fri. Feb. 18, 2011 at Charles H. Morris Center, 10 E. Broad St.

The social event – which benefits Urban Hope and the inner city children of Savannah – will be a night full of  appetizers, incredible desserts, music, and exciting auction items. There will be one of a kind restaurant/caterer packages, artwork, furniture, and many more items included in the auction. All the auction proceeds will go to supprt Urban Hope and the inner city children of Savannah. Many high-quality restaurants, caterers and local Savannah businesses will participate.

Tickets: $25 per person and can be purchased by clicking here or by email at urbanhopesav@aol.com.

Sponsors: Comcast, Kevin Beckwith-Merrill Lynch, Happy Medium Design Group, Seacrest Partners and Creative Approach.

Classic Kids spring & summer collections have arrived; SouthernMamas receive discount

Tuesday, January 25th, 2011

classickidsmichellemorrisphotographyClassic Kids  Spring and Summer Collections are here!

Online ordering is now available and SouthernMamas readers will receive 25% for orders over $100. Use the code SM2011 to receive your discount.

All Classic Kids  items are custom made to order and made locally. If you see a fabric you love, but don’t see it in the design you love, please email Classic Kids at classickids@hargray.com.  Classic Kids gladly accepts custom orders. Make sure to become a fan on Facebook to keep updated on all of our promotions and events! We look forward to dressing your Classic Kid!

Become a fan of Classic Kids on Facebook  to keep updated on all of their promotions and events!

Classic Kids, Timelss Designs/Distinguished Style, www.classickidsga.com

Coastal Kids Market recruiting consignors, vendors, advertisers for March sale

Monday, January 24th, 2011

coastal-kids-market-logo-11We simply can’t say enough wonderful things about Coastal Kids Market, a seasonal, upscale children’s consignment sale in Pooler just outside Savannah.

This highly popular sale – set for March 3-5 2011 @ The Shops at Godley Station, Pooler Parkway – offers amazing deals on high-end, gently-used boutique & trunk show clothing. Think Lilly Pulitzer, Bailey Boys, Oilily, Hannah Kate, Mini Boden, Anavini, Strasburg and Kelly’s Kids, to name a few.

Registration for consignors is OPEN. Remember, consignors who volunteer at the sale get to shop early before the Preview Party as well as earn a higher percentage of their sales. Click here for more info.

Not only is Coastal Kids Market teeming with quality brand bargins. But the moms who run Coastal Kids Market are always so great about giving back to the community. Once again this season, Coastal Kids Market is partnering with The Next Generation to do a book drive for the Backus Children’s Hospital at Memorial. Shoppers who bring three children’s books (new or previously used in excellent condition) will get to enter the sale 15 minutes early on Opening Night!

A portion of the proceeds from the Spring Sale will be donated to the Erin Fray Medical Fund. Erin is a young Pooler mother of three and friend of Coastal Kids Market battling breast cancer. You can read about her journey on her blog by clicking here.

Coastal Kids Market Spring Sale also offers affordable opportunities to promote your business. If you want to advertise, contact Coastal Kids Market by clicking here.

Stay connected to Coastal Kids Market by “liking” them on Facebook here.
Coastal Kids Market SPRING 2011 SALE DATES
Thurs. March 3, 6-8 PM
Fri. March 4, 9 AM – 5 PM
Sat. March 5, 9 AM – nooon
**Select items will be half price on Saturday
Coastal Kids Market accepts cash and credit cards. A $15 minimum purchase is required for credit cards. http://coastalkidsmarket.com/

Coastal Kids Market is a SouthernMamas sponsor.

Upscale, green The Savannah Soap Co. reinvents how we do laundry and we like it!

Monday, January 24th, 2011

greenlaundromatssavannahgaImagine if you could do 10 loads of laundry in 20 minutes, using eco-safe, non-toxic laundry soaps. And cut back on your electric bill, too.

You can at The Savannah Soap Co., a new green laundromat on the Southside that can save you time and money. The Savannah Soap Co. opens the first week of February 2011.

It’s time to rethink laundry, and laundromats. The Savannah Soap Co. is so sleek and hip, it’s the Starbucks of laundromats.

Forget the drab, uncomfortable laundromat from your college days. Instead picture sleek stainless steel cabinets; the largest commercial state-of-the-art energy efficient washers and dryers in the country; white porcelain mosaic floors; retro white subway tile on the walls; white carrara marble countertops; and a fun ceiling made of authentic antique washboards.

The Savannah Soap Co. also includes vintage décor (Yes, that real nickel plated antique cash register works); a T-bar serving two unique sweet teas and two unsweetened teas each day. (Refills are free); a full wash/dry/fold service; and a natural and organic soaps boutique which carries eco-safe laundry soaps, kitchen and baby products you could not previously find in Savannah. They have wonderful small custom wood boxes with their logo branded on them which they use to create unique gifts boxes of products. Think “Mommy-To-Be rescue kits” or “New Mommy relief kit,” or “Not so New Mommy in need of something special kit,” very cool.

As little as $36.99 buys you unlimited wash and dry for a month. To see just how much you’ll save on your electric bill by doing your laundry at The Savannah Soap Co., click here.

No schlepping your own detergent to this laundromat. Half of the The Savannah Soap Co.’s easy-to-operate washers are already loaded with pre-measured, premium eco-friendly laundry detergents and softeners using their trademarked system called “Perfect Wash” or you can add your own favorite detergent and softener to any of their other washers. Continental’s commercial E-Series High-Performance front load washers reach extract speeds of 354 G-Force, roughly 3 times greater than conventional commercial washers. The result is your clothes emerge virtually dry, saving you even more time.

Most Savannah Soap Co. customers have their own washers and dryers at home. They come to save time and money. The Savannah Soap Co. boasts four sizes of washers, including four massive 90lb washers which is the first of its kind ever installed in a retail setting in the country.

And that translates to no longer spending your weekends doing laundry, even if you are not in college anymore!

The Savannah Soap Co., 12324 Largo Dr, Savannah GA 31419, 912.335.1538, email fresh@thesavannahsoapco.com, www.thesavannahsoapco.com  Opens the first week of February. The Savannah Soap Co. is a SouthernMamas sponsor.

New charter school proposed for Savannah

Monday, January 24th, 2011

savannahcharterschool1Are you looking for a public school that provides elementary and middle school-aged children in
Chatham County with a rigorous, content-rich, educational program that develops academic potential and personal character?

Then take time to attend an information session about the newest proposed charter school in Savannah: The Savannah Classical Academy: A Challenge Foundation Academy. The information session, which is open to the public, will be 4 PM Sat. Jan. 29 at the Caraway Café, 202 E. Broughton St.

Contact: Barbara Grimm at 912-484-6581 for more details or visit the school’s website at www.sca.teamcfa.org

For more information on local schoools, including schools open houses and info on the admissions process for lottery-funded (free) pre-K, visit the SouthernMamas Savannah-Chatham School Guide by clicking here.

The Ballet School’s Mommy and Me program for Savannah toddlers

Sunday, January 23rd, 2011

mommyandme-ballet-school

There’s still time to join The Ballet School’s “Mommy & Me” program, which is from 10-10:30 AM Tuesdays and Thursdays and for ages 18 months to 3 years of age.

“Mommy & Me ” is a 10-week program for $125. Each child must be accompanied by an adult.

The program was such a success last session, that The Ballet School had to add a second class.

In a fun and encouraging environment, children explore their musicality, rhythm, creativity while moving in their space. This class introduces age-appropriate stretching, basic strengthening, balance, motor skill development and repeated coordination movements. It’s a wonderful way to develop their social skills.

While having a non-stop, fun-filled classtime, there is a gentle and positive discipline at all times. Over the 10-week programs, mommies will see a huge progress made by each child. This is a very rewarding program for all that attend. Check out The Ballet School’s website by clicking here to see the full array of programs from children thru adults.

The Ballet School is a SouthernMamas advertiser.

Looking to lose the baby weight? Train with Savannah Striders to run the Rock n Roll Savannah 1/2 Marathon

Saturday, January 22nd, 2011

rocknrollsavannahmarathon“Live Bands Every Mile.”
“Live Bands Every Mile.”

That was the mantra I kept repeating in my head as I apprehensively entered the first Savannah Striders Rock N’ Roll Marathon and ½ Marathon Training meeting earlier this week. I was nervous to be the still-haven’t-dropped-the-baby weight mom in a room of fit and fabulous runners.

But everything was fine. The crowd at the standing-room-barely meeting could not have been more welcoming. I left looking forward to taking part in The Savannah Striders coaching program to run the 1/2 marathon. The Savannah Striders training is available for beginner runners like me as well as more advanced runners. All you need is the desire to run or walk the inaugural Rock ‘n’ Roll Savannah Marathon & ½ Marathon on November 5, 2011. The run will start on Bay Street and end at Forsyth Park.

The coaching is FREE once you join the Savannah Striders Running Club, a cost of $25 which includes a free technical running shirt. Coach Ivan Levinrad, a Doctor of Physical Therapy who has many years of running experience having completed 105 marathons, will help us beginner runners out with everything, right down to telling us whether we’re sporting the right running shoes.

The next Marathon & 1/2 Marathon Training Meeting is 7 PM Thurs. Feb. 3 at The Exchange Restaurant on Waters Avenue. For more info, click here. And remember: Live Bands Every Mile.

Check out Charlotte Smarty Pants before visiting Charlotte

Saturday, January 22nd, 2011

charlottewithkids1Travel is definitely on our minds lately with spring break and summer on the horizon. Wouldn’t it be fabulous if every city you visited had a Web site like SouthernMamas listing kid-friendly resources and events?

We know one city that does: Charlotte, NC. Parents there are smitten with CharlotteSmartyPants.com. Be sure to visit CharlotteSmartyPants before visiting Charlotte, NC. with kids. And spread the word to any parents you know moving to that area. Because as SouthernMamas readers know so well, entertaining kids is so much easier when armed with a wealth of fantastic child-friendly places and activities.

Savannah family photographer offers winter special

Saturday, January 22nd, 2011

leeannritchsavannahphotographer2leeannritchsavannahphotographerA favorite Savannah photographer LeeAnn Ritch is offering a Jan/Feb. special: A photography session, online proofing and high-resolution CD for $250 plus tax (Regular cost is $575) for January or February. If you book two shoots, cost is $450!

The Savannah family portrait photographer and mother of two specializes in newborn, baby, child, and family photography. LeeAnn is known for shooting warm, sun-drenched candid portraits like these pictured here.

Check out more of her work by clicking  here.

Click here to book a session. Be sure to mention SouthernMamas to take advantage of the winter special. T follow LeeAnn Ritch’s work and stay updated on her specials, be sure to “like” her Facebook page by clicking here.

 LeeAnn Ritch Photography, 912.308.9327 or email leeann@leeannritchphotography.com , www.leeannritchphotography.com

Pooler MOPS School Fair for the Savannah-area

Thursday, January 20th, 2011

mops-logoWe all know how hard it is to make the right decision on where to send our children to school.

Pooler MOPS tries to make the decision a little bit easier by hosting a School Fair each year.

This year, the Pooler MOPS School Fair is Wed. Feb. 2 from 9 AM-noon at First Presbyterian Church of Pooler 305 HWY 80SE, Pooler. There will be public, private and home schools represented. The event is open and free to the public.

Interested schools can contact Liz St.Lawrence at poolermops@gmail.com if they would like to attend. A list of confirmed schools can be found by clicking here.

Hubbard’s Maid Service in Savannah results in shiny, happy houses

Wednesday, January 19th, 2011
hms1Hubbard’s Maid Service in Savannah and the Lowcountry came to my rescue today. Our rental property needed some sparkle and shine before the tenants moved in.

I contacted Hubbard’s and they immediately scheduled a cleaning time. Hubbard’s cleaning technician showed up EARLY – a true rarity in Savannah. She did a walk-through of the house with me, asking me in detail what I wanted done. She could not have been more professional, making sure that she had my contact info so she could call me when she was done.

The final job was beyond impressive. Hubbard’s cleaning tech mopped the hardwoods THREE times. They’ve never looked better. The bathroom was so well scrubbed, even the baseboards and tile walls.

If you’re looking for a professinal, efficient, affordable maid service,  SouthernMamas highly recommends Hubbard’s Maid Service, which offers 50 percent off your first time cleaning with regular service. Hubbard’s will even throw in a gift-wrapped bottle of merlot. Call 912.961.9131 for a free quote. Mention SouthernMamas to receive your discount.

Serving Savannah & the Lowcountry since 2004, Hubbard’s Maid Service has been keeping thousands of houses and offices spotless. You can be assured that Hubbard’s licensed, bonded, and insured team has one goal: your complete satisfaction! No office, house, store, or construction site is too small or large for Hubbard’s cleaning crews.

Hubbard’s Maid Service, 912.961.9131, www.hubbardsmaidservice.com  Hubbard’s Maid Service is a sponsor of SouthernMamas.com

Register for Make a Joyful Noise early childhood music classes

Monday, January 17th, 2011

make-a-joyful-noise-new-logoMake A Joyful Noise starts a new semester of early childhood music education classes! SouthernMamas readers who register (postmark) before Jan. 22 can waive the $15 registration fee. Classes are open to the public. The Make A Joyful Noise studio is on the campus of Savannah Country Day School.

Family Music: Babies – 3 year olds: Starting Mon. Jan. 31, from 10:15 – 10:55: Sing, dance, move and play! Develop your own musical sensibilities right alongside your child! ($185 includes CD and 15 sessions. Only 4 openings remain!)

At the Keyboard: Current 1st and 2nd graders: Starting Tues. Feb. 8, from 5:30 – 6:40. ($365 includes 2 CDs, student workbook and 15 sessions.) This unique approach develops the skills needed to begin a successful musical journey toward piano playing and musicianship. The group setting allows for musical interactions with peers for music games and activities, and the aural approach has children playing folk tunes within the first couple lessons. Parents join for the last 10 minutes of every session!

Saturday classes include:
All Together Now: Mixed Ages Babies – 5 year olds:: Saturdays starting Feb. 12: 9:45 – 10:25 ($170 for 12 sessions, includes materials)

At the Keyboard: 7 – 9 year olds: Saturdays starting Feb. 12: 10:30 – 11:40. ($315 includes 2 CDs, student workbook and 12 sessions.) This unique approach develops the skills needed to begin a successful musical journey toward piano playing and musicianship. The group setting allows for musical interactions with peers for music games and activities, and the aural approach has children playing folk tunes within the first couple lessons. Parents join for the last 10 minutes of every session!

Contact Vicki Mills at 920-6542 or MakeAJoyfulNoiseMusicStudio@comcast.net for a registration form or more information. SouthernMamas readers who register (postmark) before Jan. 22 can waive the $15 registration fee! The Make A Joyful Noise Music Studio is located on the campus of Savannah Country Day School.

Make A Joyful Noise is a SouthernMamas advertiser.

Sundays are Family Nights at The Melting Pot, Savannah’s fondue restaurant

Saturday, January 15th, 2011

fonduerestaurantsavannahEvery Sunday afternoon make mealtime, quality family time at The Melting Pot .

Fondue dining allows everyone to enjoy good conversation, eat slowly and savor each bite.

Every Sunday, receive up to two complimentary child’s entrees with the purchase of Big Night Out (gratuity will be added prior to discount).

“Like” The Melting Pot on Facebook by clicking here to stay connected and learn about special deals. For more info on The Melting Pot, click here. The Melting Pot is a SouthernMamas sponsor.

The Melting Pot, 232 E. Broughton St. Savannah, 912-349-5676, Mon. – Thurs.: 5-10:30 PM, Fri: 5- 11:30 PM, Sat.: 4 – 11:30 PM, Sun.: 4 – 10 PM 

FOR A LISTING OF VARIOUS KIDS EAT FREE NIGHTS in SAVANNAH, CLICK HERE

Treat your princesses to Cinderella at Savannah Children’s Theatre

Saturday, January 15th, 2011

cinderella-musicalSinging, dance and pageantry spell crowd-pleaser. Which is why you need to treat your little princesses and princes to Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella, A Musical at Savannah Children’s Theatre this month.

This production spellbinds with bling. My 4-year-old and I attended opening night Friday and he couldn’t take his eyes off the stage.  Kudos the Savannah Children’s Theatre for another engaging show, which includes a live, seven-member orchestra.

The show is two hours with one intermission. Popcorn at the snack bar is only $1.

The tulle and tiaras aren’t limited to just the stage. If your wee one falls into the frilly set, plan to attend “Tea with Cinderella” 1 PM Sat. Jan. 22 at Savannah Children’s Theatre. Come join Cinderella and her friends for tea and then stay for the matinee. $30 (includes tea and the show)

Talk about the royal treatment.

Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella, A Musical: A main stage production at Savannah Children’s Theatre, 2160 E. Victory Drive
January 14-30th
Friday and Saturday evenings at 8pm Jan. 15, 21, 22, 28 and 29 
Saturday and Sunday matinees at 3pm Jan. 15, 16, 22, 23, 29 and 30.
TICKETS ARE AVAILABLE NOW. $20 for adults; $15 for children, seniors and military.
(912) 238-9015
www.savannahchildrenstheatre.org

Register for Savannah art classes for children, toddlers

Friday, January 14th, 2011

art-for-little-handsTime to register your budding Picasso for art classes with Savannah art teacher Melissa Holloway.

A few spots still remain the age groups below in the 2011 Winter Art Sessions for Children at Art for Little Hearts and Hands:

The Scribblin’ Squirrels (THREE SPOTS ARE OPEN)
Ages 2-3
Saturdays 10-10:45am
Jan. 22 – Feb. 26
$90 for 6 classes
The 2-year-olds must be accompanied by an adult.

The Paintin’ Pandas (THREE SPOTS ARE OPEN)
Ages 4-5
Saturdays 11:15 – Noon
Jan. 22 – Feb. 26
$100 for 6 classes

Savannah art teacher Melissa Holloway

Savannah art teacher Melissa Holloway

Art supplies included. Space is limited so register now. Classes are small in order to provide individualized attention. For more information or to sign up, e-mail Melissa at melissaminerholloway@gmail.com or call 228-424-2415. Click here for more info.

Melissa Holloway received a Bachelor’s in Fine Arts with an emphasis in Art Education at Ole Miss. For the past five years she lived in Santa Fe, New Mexico where she earned a Masters in Art Therapy. Melissa currently works part-time at a local pre-school and also volunteers at Backus Children’s Hospital.

Art for Little Hearts and Hands is a SouthernMamas advertiser.

Giveaway: two four packs of tickets to Ringling Bros and Barnum & Bailey circus

Thursday, January 13th, 2011

Update: Winners are Laura Powell and Katie Donehoo. Congratulations, ladies and thanks for reading SouthernMamas.com! Let me know if you didn’t receive an email about your win. Email anne@southernmamas.com

southern-mamas-buttonRingling Bros and Barnum & Bailey® ZING, ZANG, ZOOM will be at the Savannah Civic Center Thurs. Jan. 20-Sun. Jan. 23.

SouthernMamas is giving away TWO family-four packs of tickets to opening night, 7 PM Thurs. Jan. 20. Two SouthernMamas readers will each win four tickets. To enter to win, you need to do a little shamless promotion of SouthernMamas.com. Just post the SouthernMamas logo pictured here and the www.southernmamas.com link on your Facebook page and email the link of your FB page to anne@southernmamas.com.

Not a Facebook fan? Then just email the image and SouthernMamas link to five of your friends and CC anne@southernmamas.com on the email, to enter to win.

Deadline to enter to win is 10 AM Tues. Jan. 18, 2011. We’ll announce the two winners here Tuesday.

PrintCopy the SouthernMamas logo by right clicking on it, saving it in your computer, then repost it on FB or in an email just as you would a photo. We’ll also post the SouthernMamas logo on the SouthernMamas Facebook fan page.

Can’t wait for the giveaway? Purchase tickets to the Ringling Bros and Barnum & Bailey® ZING, ZANG, ZOOM by clicking here. Showtimes are as follows:
Jan. 20, 2011 7 PM
Jan. 21, 2011 7 PM
Jan. 22 11 AM, 3 PM, 7 PM
Jan. 23 1 PM

Beach Properties of Hilton Head offers deals on rental vacation homes, villas

Wednesday, January 12th, 2011

hiltonheadbeachhomerentalLooking for a quick weekend or week long getaway? Take the family to the beach! Hilton Head Island is the perfect place to visit for a long weekend or for an entire week. There are tons of activities for children of all ages. From collecting shells on the beach, to biking along a nature trail or getting up close to the dolphins on a boat cruise—Hilton Head Island has it all!!!

Perhaps the best way for families to visit is by staying in a vacation rental. Staying in a vacation home, villa or condo provides families with all the comforts of home, while being close to the activities and events happening on Hilton Head. All properties come with fully equipped kitchens, washer & dryer, linens, cable television and best of all a short walk to the beach!! This is the best way to get the most “bang for your buck” while on vacation!!

Beach Properties of Hilton Head offers over 275 homes and villas on Hilton Head Island. Visit during this spring and you can stay for 3 nights and receive 1 additional night for FREE. Stay the whole week by paying for 4 nights and get 3 nights FREE! Be sure to call one of their Vacation Planner’s today to hear about any specials or hot deals. Mention SouthernMamas.com and you will receive a beach pail filled with discount coupons for Hilton Head area activities and restaurants when you arrive!!

Beach Properties of Hilton Head is a SouthernMamas advertiser.

Beach Properties of Hilton Head, e-mail: rentals@beach-property.com, call toll free 1-800-671-5155 (US & Canada) or 1-843-671-5155, www.beach-property.com

Two new Scholastic Storybook Treasures feature animals with attitude

Tuesday, January 11th, 2011

truestory3pigsTwo new SCHOLASTIC STORYBOOK TREASURES DVDs featuring animals with attitude saved us over Christmas.

The Georgia Christmas snow storm meant we were snowed in for four and half days in a mountainside cabin in Blue Ridge, Ga. Four days with a 2 and 4 year old and a quickly diminishing supply of treats (and patience). Fortunately, I had packed the two new Scholastic Storybook Treasures DVDs.

One collection “The True Story of the Three Little Pigs and More Animal Adventures” (62 mins. + extras, $14.95) features Jon Scieszka’s fun and creative take on the Three Little Pigs along with four additional stories. Kids get to hear the rest of the story, straight from the wolf’s mouth and learn that the whole Big Bad Wolf thing was just a big misunderstanding.

The DVD also includes “The Pig’s Wedding” (adapted from the story written and illustrated by Helme Heine); “Wallace’s List” about a mouse who can do almost anything – as long as he has a list; “Henry Builds a Cabin”, from the book by D.B. Johnson and narratd by James Naughton and “This is the House that Jack Built”, narrated by Mandy Patinkin from the book by Simms Taback.

clickclackmooThe second all new DVD collection that helped entertain the kids after playing all day in the snow featured adaptations of Doreen Cronin’s best-sellers “Click Clack Moo: Cows That Type,” “Giggle Giggle Quack” and “Duck for President. ” The 3-DVD set “CLICK, CLACK, MOO: COWS THAT TYPE…AND MORE AMUSING ANIMAL TALES (3 hrs., 44 mins. + extras, $24.95) is amusing for both kids and adults, even if you’re not snowbound.

The collection also includes includes Cronin’s new classics “Diary of a Spider”, “Diary of a Worm” and “Diary of a Fly”, as well as “The Cow Who Fell in the Canal”, “Chicken Little”, “I, Crocodile”, “Hot Hippo”, “Waiting for Wings”, “Let’s Give Kitty a Bath”, “Roberto the Insect Architect”, “The Story of the Dancing Frog”, and “Dooby Dooby Moo.”

To learn more about these clever and educational DVDs, click here.

SouthernMamas guide to Savannah School Open Houses for Winter 2011

Monday, January 10th, 2011

savannahschoolopenhouses1Check out the new SouthernMamas page Savannah School Open Houses for the Winter 2011.

We’re trying to make the tough process of selecting the right school a little easier and will add more school open houses and general info on the pre-K lottery and how to get your child into the pre-K of your choice.

To have a school open house or other info included in the guide, email the info to anne@southernmamas.com.

New arrivals of First Communion dresses at Island Child on Hilton Head

Monday, January 10th, 2011

islandchildfirstcommuniondressesIsland Child is more than just a children’s boutique.

The upscale shop on Hilton Head Island also has items you might not expect to find there, such as First Holy Communion dresses. See some of the dresses by clicking here. Island Child will host a trunk show showcasing these dresses in mid February at a date to be announced: dresses, veils, jackets, boleros.

Check out the store online or shop visit the Island Child @ the Village at Wexford on Hilton Head Island.

Island Child – a sponsor of SouthernMamas – also offers first birthday outfits for boys and girls, trendy pettiskirts, more children’s clothing and unique one-of-a-kind items.

Oh Baby! Fitness brings exercise classes for new and expectant moms to Savannah

Sunday, January 9th, 2011

ohbabyfitnessMoms often ask us for info on prenatal water aerobics, stroller workouts and mom and baby water exercise classes. We’re thrilled to tell you Oh Baby! Fitness is bringing all of the above to Savannah

These exercise classes for new and expectant moms will be at Chatham County Aquatic Center (7240 Sallie Mood Drive) and Lake Mayer Community Park (1850 E. Montgomery Crossroads).

For details on classes including costs, click here. Oh Baby! Fitness  offers SouthernMamas readers a 10 percent discount off  the classes.  To receive the discount, just enter discount code SOUTHERNMAMAS when you register online for a full session.

Chatham County Aquatic Center classes include:
H2O Baby! Mom and baby exercise classes, 10 AM Saturdays March 5-March 26
H2O Baby! Mom and baby exercise classes, 11 AM Tuesdays March 8-April 12
Pregnancy Water Aerobics, 11 AM Saturdays March 5-March 26
Pregnancy Water Aerobics, 6 PM Mondays March 7-April 25

Lake Mayer Community Park
Stroller Workout, 11 AM Mondays March 7 to April 11
Stroller Workout, 11 AM Thursdays March 10 to April 14

To register, click here.

Savannah free pre-K application process starts Feb. 7; lottery held in late March

Saturday, January 8th, 2011

savannahschoolsinfo1The madness that is the Savannah pre-k lottery (i.e. the race to get into your choice of free pre-Kindergarten) starts soon.

Applications for the 2011-2012 Pre-Kindergarten Program will be available Mon. Feb. 7, 2011 through Fri. March 4, 2011.  The FREE Georgia pre-k program is a full-day program available at some public and private schools. 

Coastal Empire Montessori Charter School holds its pre-K at different dates than the rest of the public schools. Click here for more info.

The FREE pre-K classses are funded by the Georgia Lottery and open to children who will be 4 years of age prior to or on September 1, 2011.

At Savannah-Chatham public schools, children will be selected through a lottery process, which will be held in late March 2011. Parents will receive written notification of acceptance or waiting list status. Applications will continue to be accepted after the classes are filled, but they will be placed in a “waiting” folder in the event that openings occur in the Pre-K classes.

To obtain an application, go to any of the sites with the program. The Information desk at 208 Bull Street will also have applications.

Private schools also offer the free pre-K program including Maggies’ Morning School, Savannah Youth University, Candler’s  The Children’s House, and  YMCA Childcare Plus: but many have a different application process. If you’re interested in a private child care that has it, call the school to find out when their applications are due.  Many are on a first-come, first-serve basis.

 

Savannah-Chatham Public Schools: Speciality Elementary Schools (These public schools either don’t have an attendance zone/neighborhood district or they also accept children outside of their attendance zone/neighborhood district)

Bartow Elementary
Math, Technology and Design Program
1804 Stratford St. Savannah, GA 31415
912.395.5300
Has 20 lottery-funded (Free) Pre-K spots; children in the school’s attendance zone receive first priority. Any remaining spots are open to children outside the attendance zone.

Charles Ellis (P-8)
Montessori Academy
220 E. 49th St., Savannah GA 31405
912.395.5470
Has 40 lottery-funded (Free) Pre-K slots and no specific attendance zone/neighborhood district.

Garrison Elementary (P-8)
School of Visual and Performing Arts
649 W. Jones St., Savannah, GA 31415
912.395.5975
Has 20 lottery-funded (free) Pre-K slots and no specific attendance zone/neighborhood district.

Heard Elementary
Advanced Learning with Core Knowledge Program
414 Lee Boulevard, Savannah GA 31405
912.395.6630
Has 40 lottery-funded (free) Pre-K slots. Children in the school’s attendance zone receive first priority. Any remaining spots are open to children outside the attendance zone.

Hodge Elementary
Medical/Allied Health Program
3609 Hopkins St., Savannah, GA 31405
912.395.5200
Pre-K slots number not available

Jacob G. Smith Elementary
Traditional program with Core Knowledge
210 Lamara Drive, Savannah GA 31405
912.395.6530
Has 20 lottery-funded (free) Pre-K slots. Children in the school’s attendance zone receive first priority. Any remaining spots are open to children outside the attendance zone.

Largo-Tibet Elementary
International Baccalaureate Primary Years
Programme Candidate School
430 Tibet Ave., Savannah GA 31406
912.395.3450
Pre-K slots number not available

Marshpoint Elementary
International Baccalaureate
Primary Years Programme
135 Whitemarsh Island Rd, Savannah GA 31410
912.395.4000
Has 20 lottery-funded (free) Pre-K slots. Children in the school’s attendance zone receive first priority. Any remaining spots are open to children outside the attendance zone.

Charter Schools

Coastal Empire Montessori School
301 Buckhalter Rd, Savannah, GA 31405
912.238.1973
2011-2012
Online Application Process Opens Tues. Feb. 1 2011. The deadline for application is Fri. March 4 2011 @ 4:30 PM.
Before applications are accepted, parents/guardians are required to attend a scheduled Open House.
Open House Schedule:
Wed. Feb 9 4:30 – 6:30 PM
Thurs. Feb. 24 4:30 – 6:30 PM
Wed. March 2 4:30 – 6:30 PM
http://www.cemco.org/index.htm

Savannah school open houses in Jan/Feb 2011

Saturday, January 8th, 2011

Several local schools welcome prospective students and families at January Open Houses, during which you can tour the school, meet teachers and ask questions. This is not a complete list of schools having open houses. If there’s a school you’re interested in call, it’s best to call the school to find out when they will host their open house.

garrison-open-houseEF Garrison School of Visual and Performing Arts (K-8) Open House, 649 W. Jones St.
5-7 PM Thurs. Feb 3 with a presentation at 6 PM
The new arts K-8 school at Garrison prepares students for the district’s premier high school, Savannah Arts Academy. The school does not have an attendance zone/district
Parents who would like to chose a specialty school for their child rather than their neighborhood school may apply for admission.
(912) 395-5975
http://internet.savannah.chatham.k12.ga.us/schools/gvpa/default.aspx

Coastal Empire Montessori School, Charter School
301 Buckhalter Rd, Savannah, GA 31405
912.238.1973
2011-2012
Online Application Process Opens Tues. Feb. 1 2011. The deadline for application is Fri. March 4 2011 @ 4:30 PM.
Before applications are accepted, parents/guardians are required to attend a scheduled Open House.
Open House Schedule:
Wed. Feb 9 4:30 – 6:30 PM
Thurs. Feb. 24 4:30 – 6:30 PM
Wed. March 2 4:30 – 6:30 PM
www.cemco.org

savannahcharterschool1An information session (not an open house) about a new charter school proposed for Savannah
The Savannah Classical Academy: A Challenge Foundation Academy aims to provide elementary and middle school-aged children in Chatham County with a rigorous, content-rich, educational program that develops academic potential and personal character.
A public information session will be 4 PM Sat. Jan. 29 at the Caraway Café, 202 E. Broughton St.
Contact: Barbara Grimm at 912-484-6581 for more details or visit the school’s website at www.sca.teamcfa.org

 

Coastal Empire Montessori School, Charter School
301 Buckhalter Rd, Savannah, GA 31405
912.238.1973
2011-2012
Online Application Process Opens Tues. Feb. 1 2011. The deadline for application is Fri. March 4 2011 @ 4:30 PM.
Before applications are accepted, parents/guardians are required to attend a scheduled Open House.
Open House Schedule:
Wed. Feb 9 4:30 – 6:30 PM
Thurs. Feb. 24 4:30 – 6:30 PM
Wed. March 2 4:30 – 6:30 PM
www.cemco.org

Bacon Park Christian Day School Open House, Cokesbury United Methodist Church, 5411 Skidaway Road
4-6 PM Sun. Jan. 30, 2011
No accepting applications for K through 6th grade
No uniforms required.
A private day school offering a Back-to-Basics curriculum including art, Bible, music and Spanish as well as a small student-to-teacher ratio allowing for more one-on-one instruction time.
Contact: 912.484.9880 or email bpcds@att.net
www.baconparkchristiandayschoo.com

Veritas Academy Open House and Winter Recital at the Telfair Chapel Education Building Independent Presbyterian Church, Bull and Oglethorpe streets, downtown Savannah
7-8 PM Thurs. Jan. 20
Featuring grammar school recitations; logic school debates; rhetoric school orations presented by Veritas Academy, which offers classical Christian learning.
Early registration for school year 2011-12 is Jan. 27-28.
Call 912.238.1222 or email info@veritassavannah.org
www.veritassavannah.org  

new-covenant-preschoolThe New Covenant Preschool Open House
Thurs. Jan. 13, 6:30-8:00 PM
2201 Bull St., Savannah (corner of Bull and 38th St.) Come out and enjoy an evening of family fun while learning more about The New Covenant Preschool for your family. Activities will include: tours of the facility, face painting and balloon animals, food, door prizes, and more.
Enjoy a free trial day with New Convenant Preschool
Take advantage of the school’s 50 percent off Registration (Good through Jan. 30, 2011)
Email newcovenantpreschool@ymail.com or call (912) 232-7012
www.newcovenantpreschool.com

jacobgsmithopenhouseJacob G Smith Elementary School Open House, 210 Lamara Drive
5:30 PM Thurs. Jan. 20
5:30 PM PTA Meet and Greet in the Media Center
6 PM School overview, Q&A with principal Jane Tyler and school families
6:30 PM See the school in action as school families return to school for Family Science Night 
912.303. 6530

Savannah Christian Preparatory School Open Houses 
DeRenne Avenue Lower School Open House PreK-5th
**PreK will be available 2011-2012 school year
Wednesday, January 12th 10 am
Chatham Parkway Lower School Open House PreK-5th
Thursday, January 13th 10 am
Personal tours of both campuses and all grade levels are available by appointment by calling our Director of Admissions, Debbie Fairbanks at 912.234.1653 ext. 106.
Savannah Christian Prep offers multiple testing opportunities and two acceptance dates this year.
Early Acceptance- Announced February 9th
Testing Dates
Saturday, January 22nd Lower School
Saturday, January 29th Middle and Upper School
General Acceptance- Announced March 9th
Testing Date
Saturday, February 26th Lower, Middle, and Upper School
Openings maybe still available after the General Acceptance date. Please contact our Director of Admissions, Debbie Fairbanks at 912.234.1653 ext. 106 to discuss openings and to set up individual testing opportunities.

Blessed Sacrament School Open House
Sun. Jan. 30 from 11 AM-2 PM
1003 E. Victory Drive in Savannah (the front door faces 44th Street).
(912) 356-6987
www.bss-savannah.org

saintpeteropenhouseSaint Peter the Apostle Catholic School Open House
Wed. Jan. 26
Pre-K and Kindergarten 9-10:30AM
1st-8th Grade 11AM-1PM
Please RSVP to the school office 897-5224
7020 Concord Road, Wilmington Island

Sunday, January 30 10-11 AM
Scholarships available for all grade levels; including Prekindergarten.
www.saintpetertheapostle.com

For more info on Savannah-Chatham public school houses, click here.

mops-logoPooler MOPS  School Fair for the Savannah area
Wed. Feb. 2 from 9 AM-noon at First Presbyterian Church of Pooler 305 HWY 80SE, Pooler. There will be public, private and home schools represented. The event is open and free to the public. Interested schools can contact Liz St.Lawrence at poolermops@gmail.com if they would like to attend. A list of confirmed schools can be found by clicking here.

Pre-K Lottery Info: How to get your child into the pre-K of your choice

Applications for the FREE 2011-2012 Lottery-Funded Pre-Kindergarten Program in Savannah-Chatham Public Schools will be available Mon. Feb. 7, 2011 through Fri. March 4, 2011. 

The FREE Georgia pre-k program is a full-day program available at some public and private schools.

Coastal Empire Montessori Charter School holds its pre-K at different dates than the rest of the public schools. Click here for more info.

The FREE pre-K classses are funded by the Georgia Lottery and open to children who will be 4 years of age prior to or on September 1, 2011.

At Savannah-Chatham public schools, children will be selected through a lottery process, which will be held in late March 2011. Parents will receive written notification of acceptance or waiting list status. Applications will continue to be accepted after the classes are filled, but they will be placed in a “waiting” folder in the event that openings occur in the Pre-K classes.

To obtain an application, go to any of the sites with the program. The Information desk at 208 Bull Street will also have applications.

Private schools also offer the free pre-K program including Maggies’ Morning School, Savannah Youth University, Candler’s  The Children’s House, and  YMCA Childcare Plus: but many have a different application process. If you’re interested in a private child care that has it, call the school to find out when their applications are due.  Many are on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Savannah pre-season lawn care special

Friday, January 7th, 2011

preseasonlawncareofferHere’s a chance to SAVE some money with All American Property Maintenance’s Pre-Season Lawn Care Special.

All American Property Maintenance is recognized for our reliable, professional, affordable and high quality service. They understand that your time is valuable, but even more importantly: that you receive the most value for your money. All American Property Maintenance  guarantees you will not find a better service at a better price anywhere!

The biggest problem All American Property Maintenance hears about other landscape companies is that they’re just not reliable. All American Property Maintenance is different. They do what they say, when they say and you will never have to follow up behind them or wonder if they’ll be there to service your property!

You’ll Never Have to Worry About When We’ll Show Up. If All American Property Maintenance  misses their scheduled day, your NEXT visit is FREE!

To sign up for lawn service, call (912) 308-8544. For more info, click here.