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Valentine’s Organic Dinner @ Hunter Cattle Company: Romance Under the Stars, Feb. 14 & 15

Friday, January 24th, 2014

Valentines Dinner Savannah Romance Under the Stars Hunter Cattle

Are you ready for another romantic night with your love out at Hunter Cattle? Come out to HC for a lovely night of great, local and organic foods, live music, served by your favorite farm hands. Last year was such a big hit, Hunter Cattle Company decided to have their Romance Under the Stars dinner in 2 evenings. There will be 5 fires for you and your Valentine to warm up by and stay toasty.

Click here to reserve your spot.

Friday – February 14th; 7-9pm (Tickets will be $120 per couple)

Saturday – February 15th; 7-9pm (Tickets will be $120 per couple)

The dinner will include a four-course local and organic meal along with live music and entertainment!

Menu
Honey Wheat Rolls with Homemade Butter
Soup
Roasted Butternut Squash Soup with HC Lamb Sausage
Salad
Heart Beat Salad
Entree
HC Filet Mignon wrapped with HC Black Strap Molasses Bacon
Dessert
Flourless Chocolate Torte
*Farm Fresh Ingredients from various local farms*
*Alcohol will not be provided but you may bring wine/champagne for your dinner*

Click here to reserve your spot.

Questions? Contact Hunter Cattle at 912-823-2333 or events@huntercattle.com

Hunter Cattle Co. Farm, 934 Driggers Road, Brooklet, Ga., 30415, www.huntercattle.com tel: 912.823.2333 Hunter Cattle Co. is a SouthernMamas.com advertiser

Georgia History Festival’s FREE Georgia Day Parade, Feb. 19, Savannah

Thursday, January 23rd, 2014

Georgia History Festival 2014 SavannahPopular FREE kids’ events of the upcoming 2014 Georgia History Festival in Savannah include:

Georgia History Festival’s Colonial Faire and Muster
Saturday and Sunday, February 8-9, 2014
10 AM – 4 PM.
Wormsloe State Historic Site, Savannah
Experience the everyday life of colonial times during the 18th century through historical re-enactments, cannon firings, demonstrations of craft techniques, period music and dance.  Food concessions will be available. Free and open to the public. Details here.

Georgia History Festival’s Super Museum Sunday
Sunday, February 9, 2014, 12:00 noon – 4:00 p.m.
Multiple sites throughout Coastal Georgia
From downtown to the edge of the city, from Statesboro to Darien, over 40 cultural institutions, historic sites, house museums, art museums, and other points of interest in Savannah and coastal Georgia open their doors to the public for this Georgia Historical Society tradition. Free and open to the public. Details here.

Georgia Day Parade Savannah 2014Georgia History Festival’s Georgia Day Parade
Wednesday, February 19, 2014, 10:30 a.m. Along Bull Street from Forsyth Park to City Hall, Savannah
As part of the annual commemoration of the founding of the Georgia colony of February 12, 1733 by James Edward Oglethorpe, a tradition dating back to the earliest years of the colony’s founding, students, musicians, local dignitaries, and costumed historical figures march through Savannah’s historic squares during this beloved annual event. Free and open to the public. Details here.

The Great Backyard Bird Count 2014 @ Skidaway Is. State Park, Feb. 14-17, Savannah

Thursday, January 23rd, 2014

great backyard bird count Feb. 15-17 2014 savannahWe love this! Skidaway Island State Park in Savannah will participate in the 2014 Great Backyard Bird Count on February 14 through 17 2014.

All that weekend the park will have special bird programs and guided hikes. They’ll be counting birds on the hikes as well as counting at the Interpretive Center bird feeders.

Stop by for 15 minutes or all day to participate. Stay tuned for program specifics. Note that although it is a Monday, the Interpretive Center will be open February 17 because it is President’s Day.

The park always has binoculars and bird identification books in the Interpretive Center’s bird room. So even if you cannot make this special event, you can always check out our latest bird visitors.

children's books for young bird watchers Great Backyard Bird Count SavannahClick here for a list of children’s books for young birdwatchers at Science Books for Kids

For more free kids nature events at Skidaway Island State Park, click here.

Skidaway Is. State Park , 52 Diamond Causeway, Savannah, 31411

Registration for FREE State-Funded Pre-K for 2014-15 starts Feb. 3 @ Maggie’s Morning School, Savannah

Wednesday, January 22nd, 2014

free state-funded pre-K in Savannah for 2014-15 Maggie's Morning SchoolMaggie’s Morning School in Savannah will begin open registration for the 2014-2015 school year on February 3rd, 2014.

Maggie’s Morning School will NOT have a weekend open house for the BFTS (lottery state funded) Pre-K program as in the past. Instead, parents may register any time beginning on Monday February 3rd. Please note, this is popular preschool and registration is taken on a first come first served basis. So if you want your child to attend, register as early as possible.

Children must be 4 years old by Sept. 1 for the Pre-K. Required documents include proof of birth and proof of residence; registrations will not be accepted without both documents.

Maggie’s Morning School is open Monday through Friday 7:30 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

For the school year, Maggie’s serves children ages 18 months (by Sept 1) through 3 classes of State-Funded (FREE) Pre-K. Maggie’s Morning School in Savannah offers part-time preschool for 4-year-olds.

Call (912) 352-8404 or (912) 352-8065 for more info or click here. Tell them SouthernMamas.com sent you!

Stay connected by “liking” Maggie’s Morning School on Facebook here.

Maggie’s Morning School, 6610 Abercorn St., Savannah, 31405, www.maggiesmorningschool.org,  On Facebook here. (912) 352-8404, (912) 352-8065 Maggie’s Morning School is a SouthernMamas.com advertiser

FREE family stargazing night @ Coastal Georgia Botanical Gardens, Savannah (March 8)

Wednesday, January 22nd, 2014

Don’t miss the FREE winter family stargazing event @ Coastal Georgia Botanical Gardens (formerly called The Bamboo Farm and Coastal Gardens ) in Savannah: Gazing in the Garden!

The Coastal Georgia Botanical Gardens in conjunction with the Oglethorpe Astronomical Association invite you to a night of stargazing in the Garden. Saturday March 8 2014 6:30 PM. Telescopes will be set up for observation, but you are welcome to bring your own. Free & open to the public.

Before the star-gazing, you’re also invited to a free showing of a classic 1950s sci-fi movie in the Annex. Be prepared for less-than-ideal acting and effects in the movie, but know telescope views of the rising moon and stars await you on the Great Lawn.

Once the sun sets, join the group on the Great Lawn to view the waxing gibbous moon and other celestial entities! Dress for the weather, and feel free to bring a lawn chair, hot cocoa/coffee as you gaze upward with the help of telescopes set up by the Association. Alcoholic beverages are prohibited

Free and open to the public. This is a great family event!

Here’s a list of children’s books on astronomy:

“Night Sky Atlas” by Robin Seagell
“Astronomy” by Kristen Lippincott
“Black Holes & Other Space Oddities” by Alex Barnett
“Space” by Simon Holland
“The Solar System: An A-Z Guide” by Christina Wilsdon
“Cosmic Light Shows” by Bobbie Kalman & April Fast
“Find the Constellations” by H.A. Rey
“The Stars: A New Way to See Them” by H.A. Rey

Coastal Georgia Botanical Gardens (Formerly The Bamboo Farm and Coastal Gardens), 2 Canebrake Road, Savannah, GA. 31419. Please enter the gate on US Hwy. 17. Please call 912-921-5460 for information, http://bamboo.caes.uga.edu/, On Facebook here

(Note: “Night Skies – Telescopes at the Tybee Pier and Pavilion” are hosted on the second Friday of each month by the Oglethorpe Astronomical Association at sunset. View the night sky through high-powered telescopes, weather permitting. Free. (912) 401-8634 or e-mail oaadir@kwbell.net.)

Family Weekend Activity: Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey® Presents Super Circus Heroes, Savannah

Wednesday, January 22nd, 2014

Ringling Bros circus in Savannah 2014

We had a blast at opening night Wednesday of The Greatest Show On Earth®.

Be sure to add the circus to your family fun list for this weekend. Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Presents Super Circus Heroes  will be at the Savannah Civic Center January 22-26 2014.

While the kids loved every bit of the Circus Super Heroes, Asian elephants, horses, camels & acrobats, the four little kid volunteers from the audience definitely stole the show with their antics with the clowns. If you’ve got floor seats, be sure your kids are ready to volunteer to participate. And no, they will not be made to do any acrobatics.

Don’t forget to arrive early for the interactive All Access Pre-show, which takes place on the arena floor one hour before the show and is FREE TO ALL TICKET HOLDERS. This is a fun way to get close to the performers. The actual circus is about 2 hours with an intermission.

For more information, visit www.Ringling.com . All seats are reserved, and tickets are available at Etix by phone at 800-351-7469 and the Savannah Civic Center Box Office. For group rates and information, call toll free: (770) 578-5125 or visit groupticketsplus.com

Performance Schedule:
Thursday, January 23 7pm
Friday, January 24 10:30am & 7pm
Saturday, January 25 11am, 3pm, & 7pm
Sunday, January 26 1pm & 5pm

Savannah Irish Festival 2014, free for children younger than 14, Feb. 14-16

Tuesday, January 21st, 2014

Savannah Irish Festival 2014Time to start getting in the Irish spirit. Savannah’s St. Patrick’s Day parade isn’t til March. But the festivities kick off in February with The Savannah Irish Festival, Feb. 14-16, 2014 at the Savannah Civic Center.

The festival begins Friday night with a traditional Céili where those who attend will be taught Irish folk dancing in large groups.

The festival continues through the weekend with four stages of live entertainment, food, crafts and fun including the top Irish traditional acts and Irish Dancing. The Children’s Area features bounce houses, a free arts and crafts area for kids, face painting & live entertainment.

The Festival Cultural Stage will provide discussions on various topics of Irish History, Irish Literature and Irish Music.

Attendees can also browse the vendor booths and enjoy food prepared by Savannah’s many Irish Organizations.

Children under 14 are admitted FREE! A one day ticket for Saturday or Sunday costs $12 and a two day ticket is $16, plus service charges for both from the Civic Center Box Office.

Purchase tickets the day of the event or call 912-651-6556 or 800-351-7469. Purchase tickets online from the Savannah Civic Center’s website.

Friday Night Céili: A $5 donation taken at the door. The Céili at the Knights of Columbus Hall at #3 West Liberty Street. The party starts at 6:30 PM. Cash Bar, Light Snacks for purchase. More info here.

Gymnastics, tumbling, martial arts & ballet classes @ ~Coach Wayne! Gymnastics, Savannah

Tuesday, January 21st, 2014

Coach Wayne Gymnastics Tumbling Savannah

 

~CoachWayne! Gymnastics in Savannah Mall offers world-class gymnastics, tumbling, martial arts and ballet classes.  Classes are offered for children ages 18 months to teen. More information here.

Looking for a little gym for your toddler? ~Coach Wayne! Gymnastics offers preschool classes including Parent & Child classes for children as young as 18-30 months old. Attention working parents: these parent & child classes are even offered on WEEKENDS (including Sundays!) as well as Fridays. Details here.

Other class options include:

Preschool tumbling starting at 18 months to 5 years old (offered seven days a week). Click here.

Gymnastics for ages 6 & older (offered seven days a week). Click here.

Ballet classes including Mommy & Me; beginner; intermediate; advanced (including Sunday classes) Click here.  

Martial Arts for ages 5 & older. Click here

Stay connected with ~Coach Wayne! Gymnastics on Facebook  here.

~Coach Wayne! Gymnastics,  Savannah Mall (upstairs near Dillards), 14045 Abercorn St. Suite 2506, Savannah, 31419, (888) 548-4545, email info@coachwayne.com  On Facebook here, www.coachwayne.com ~Coach Wayne! Gymnastics is a SouthernMamas.com advertiser

Roadtrip: Sid the Science Kid @ Family Science Night, Tellus Museum, Cartersville

Tuesday, January 21st, 2014

Tellus Museum Science Night Sid the Science Kid

Wish we could lure Sid the Science to Kid to Savannah.

This looks worth the roadtrip to Tellus Science Museum in Cartersville, north of Atlanta: Family Science Night on Feb 21.  Family Science Night welcomes Sid the Science Kid, the star of his own TV show that airs on Georgia Public Broadcasting. Sid will be on hand all night for photos, so don’t miss out!

Friday 2-21-14 5 – 9 PM

Highlights include:

Children of all ages can take part in a glider competition. Design your own paper airplane and see if you’ve got what it takes to be champion of the air. Races will be held in the Great Hall.

Exciting hands-on activities will show kids how the Wright Brothers went from bicycle repairmen to aviation pioneers, as well as other techniques used by the brothers to help them conquer flight. Also, make a kite – the very first flying machine!

Step into the observatory for a stargazing experience. The observatory will be open until 10 PM and additional telescopes will be on site to assist us in searching for the Orion Nebula and Jupiter.

Plus: • Meet Amelia Earhart and Orville & Wilbur Wright • Collect four new Tellus trading cards of Science in Motion Gallery aircrafts • Tour the Solar House • The planetarium will be open until 9 PM with an extended schedule of shows • More surprises to come

Want more roadtrip ideas? Click here for our picks for best daytrips from Savannah.

Tellus Science Museum, 100 Tellus Dr. Cartersville, Ga. 30120 (770) 606-5700, www.tellusmuseum.org

You’re invited: Open House at St. James Catholic School, 1/26, Savannah

Tuesday, January 21st, 2014

catholic school open house savannah 2014You’re invited to an Open House at St. James Catholic School in Savannah this Sun. Jan. 26.

Come see all that St. James Catholic School in Savannah has to offer! Stay connected & informed about St. James Catholic School by liking them on Facebook here.

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Open House Sun. Jan. 26 2014 Sunday 8:30 AM-1 PM

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St. James Catholic School, 8412 Whitfield Ave., Savannah, Georgia 31406, www.sjcs-savannahga.org, (912) 355-3132, email christinawi@sjcs-savannahga.org  St. James is a SouthernMamas.com advertiser.

You’re invited: Open House at St. Andrew’s School, Wilmington Island (Jan. 26)

Tuesday, January 21st, 2014

St. Andrew's only Savannah private school named one of most challenging schools in the U.S.

St. Andrew’s School on Wilmington Island invites you to their ONLY All-School Open House event of the 2014-2015 application year at 1:30 PM Jan. 26.

St. Andrew’s is Savannah’s only independent, college-preparatory school with Apple Distinguished School status for three years running; partnered with Thrive Cafe, Savannah’s only green-certified restaurant for healthy lunches; and recognized as an International Baccalaureate World School for focus on global competency.

Here are some other features to consider:
> As one of the Washington Post’s Most Challenging High Schools, students have early placements this year to University of Georgia, Yale, Colorado, and the United States Naval Academy.
> There are no more than two classrooms per grade in lower school with a 9:1 student to teacher ratio, and fifth graders are part of the middle school program.
> The three year old and four year old kindergartens have a curriculum that includes a literacy specialist, mathematics and science specialist, art specialist, music specialist, and physical education specialist. World language in the form of Mandarin Chinese and Spanish are also part of lower school.
> A community garden managed by lower schoolers is integrated into the curriculum and supplies food for the dining hall this year in the innovative Farm to Table philosophy.
> Bussing from Southbridge communities and Skidaway communities through both downtown and Isle of Hope provide access for families to the “only independent school on the islands!”
> A robust scholarship and financial aid program makes the experience available to countless mission-appropriate families seeking the best for their child.

The school is intentionally sized at no more than 500 students. As other schools in the region grow for growth’s sake, St. Andrew’s remains committed to the most important factor in education–the relationship between the teacher and student. School administrators pledge to be an environment where every child is known and valued–a personalized educational experience.

Come to the open house Sunday to hear St. Andrew’s parents, teachers, and students share their stories.

For admission information, visit www.saintschool.net/admissions . For academic information, visit www.saintschool.com

St. Andrew’s School, 601 Penn Waller Road, Savannah, 31410, www.saintschool.com St. Andrew’s School is a SouthernMamas.com advertiser.

Kindergarten Online Application for Savannah-Chatham Public School Specialty Programs for 2014-15 School Year

Tuesday, January 21st, 2014

speciality program open houses at Savannah Chatham public schools for 2014-15If you are interested in applying to the various specialty programs including kindergartens offered by Savannah-Chatham public schools, online application is available now and open house dates are set! (These public schools such as Garrison Elementary, J.G. Smith Elementary, Charles Ellis Montessori Academy etc. either don’t have an attendance zone/neighborhood district or they also accept children outside of their attendance zone/neighborhood district).

CLICK HERE TO APPLY ONLINE. Deadline to do so is Feb. 7 2014.

Savannah-Chatham County Public School System offers 23 Specialty Programs throughout the district from elementary through high school including kindergarten.

Specialty Application Timeline Specialty Applications is available beginning Jan. 8 2014.

  • Specialty Program Applications for the 2014-2015 school year will be available online and at the school sites.
  • The Specialty Lottery will be held electronically. At its conclusion, an email will be sent to parents with a status update for their child.
  • Each Specialty Program has entrance requirements, please click here for Specialty Program Entrance Criteria.

Parents may select up to three choice programs.

Important Dates
Applications Released January 8, 2014
Deadline for Application and Required Documents February 7, 2014
Lottery Date February 26, 2014
Registration Begins February 27, 2014
Registration Deadline March 14, 2014
Wait List Callouts March 18, 2014

To view the Savannah-Chatham County Public Schools Specialty Programs 2014-13 Open House Schedule, click here. Contact information for each school can be found under the Site List tab here.

CLICK HERE TO APPLY ONLINE. Deadline to do so is Feb. 7 2014.

The Pre-K Lottery for Savannah-Chatham public schools is different & will be at a later date.

Questions? There is going to be a representative from the Savannah-Chatham public school system at the Pooler MOPS preschool/school fair Wed. Jan. 22 at First Presbyterian Church in Pooler. The school fair is open to the public. You do not have to be a MOPS member to attend. Details here.

Win a free child portrait session with Photography by Julie Anne in Richmond Hill

Monday, January 20th, 2014

Photography by Julie Anne Savannah children photographers

Photography by Julie Anne is holding a contest!

The prize is a one hour session with 20-30 images for your child (6 months and above) on location in Savannah or Richmond Hill.

All you have to do is head over to her Facebook page by clicking here and click like and post what is your favorite thing to do with your kids when the spring comes!

Winner will be announced on February 12 on Julie Anne’s Facebook page! And everyone who clicks like one her page will get 10% off any session!

Visit www.photographybyjulieanne.com  or https://www.facebook.com/PhotographybyJulieAnne  for more information!

Come by and visit Photography by Julie Anne’s brand new studio in Richmond Hill right on Ford Avenue.  Gift certificates are also available and they do offer a military discount! To view more of Julie Anne’s work, visit www.photographybyjulieanne.com or like them on Facebook.  You can get direct information at Julie@photographbyjulieanne.com or call 912-655-9497.

Photography by Julie Anne,  email julie@photographybyjulieanne.com,  (912) 655-9497, www.photographybyjulieanne.com ; On Facebook here.  Photography by Julie Anne is a SouthernMamas.com advertiser

Mini-Golf Tournament @ Live Oak Public Library, 1/25, Savannah

Sunday, January 19th, 2014

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Tee Off with TWIGS: Live Oak Public Libraries Foundation presents its Inaugural Mini Golf Event: Saturday, January 25, 2014 from 10 AM to 4 PM @ Bull Street Library,

The library will be transformed into an 18-hole miniature golf course for the day! Enjoy refreshments, family activities and more.

Tee off any time between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. For more info, call 912-652-3600

Tickets
Family Foursome: $40
Children (ages 4 and older): $15
Adults (age 16 and older): $5

Register and pay online today by clicking here.

Payment Methods
Payment accepted at the door, online or call Ed Field at 912-652-3667.

Reserve your tee time today! Download the flyer here.

Download the Tee Off with TWIGS FAQs here.

American Girl Doll Art Birthday Parties with Scribble Art Studio, Savannah

Sunday, January 19th, 2014

American Girl Art Birthday Parties  What a perfect option for a birthday party: an American Girl Doll Art Party with Scribble Art Studio. Along with the usual art party activities, guests will create a fashionable accessory for their American Girl Doll.

For details, call 912.713-7376 or email info@thescribbleartstudio.com

Scribble offers superhero parties, classic art parties & princess parties. Scribble Art Studio also offers children’s art classes in Savannah & Pooler.

Details here.

Scribble Art Studio, 212 E. 37th St Savannah, 31401, (912) 713-7376 email info@thescribbleartstudio.com , www.TheScribbleArtStudio.com , Scribble Art Studio is a SouthernMamas.com advertiser

Valentines Under Venus Stargazing Party @ Fort McAllister, Richmond Hill

Saturday, January 18th, 2014

Stargazing party at Fort McAllisterWe love this idea for a Valentine’s event: Valentines Under Venus Stargazing Party @ Fort McAllister Historic Park, Richmond Hill,

Friday, Feb 14, 2014 7 PM to 8 PM

Enjoy a night beneath the moon and stars as we learn and solve the secrets of space with Ms. Mullenax, Professor of Astronomy and Physics at AASU. Bring a blanket and a picnic dinner to eat under the stars. Alcohol is prohibited.

Bring your telescope or look through one of the ones provided.  It will be a full moon that evening.

$7 per person $5 parking. 912-727-2339.

Location:
Fort McAllister Historic Park
3894 Fort McAllister Road
Richmond Hill, 31324

More information here.