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Sesame Street Live, Savannah (June 10 & 11)

Tuesday, April 22nd, 2014

sesame street live ticket giveaway savannah UPDATE: WINNER is Jennifer Roulo. Congratulations Jennifer! Please email us at anne@southernmamas.com

This week, a lucky SouthernMamas.com reader will win four tickets to Sesame Street Live’s “Can’t Stop Singing” – coming to the Savannah Civic Center – Johnny Mercer Theatre this summer June 10 & 11 2014.

To enter to win, visit the SouthernMamas.com Facebook page by clicking here; like the page; then comment on our wall, telling us your favorite Sesame Street memory from your own childhood or your child’s or your favorite Sesame Street character.  Deadline to enter: 9 PM Sun. April 27. We’ll pick a name at random & announce the winner here & on our Facebook page.

Sesame Street Live
“Can’t Stop Singing”
Savannah, GA; Savannah Civic Center
Tuesday, June 10 & Wednesday, June 11, 2014

When Elmo gets his furry fingers on Abby Cadabby’s magic wand, there’s something in the air – and Sesame Street becomes a nonstop, all-singing, all-dancing musical montage! Grover and Baby Bear sing their highs and lows, Cookie Monster sings fast and slow, Bert and Ernie converse in song and Murray makes mouth music for all to sing along! Learn why it feels good to sing a song, but why it feels good to stop, too! What will Elmo learn about the power of musical magic? Join the conga line of fun to find out!

Sesame Street Live is a larger-than-life, musical touring stage production featuring Big Bird, Elmo, Cookie Monster, Bert and Ernie…and more. Each performance is 90 minutes of singing, dancing and audience participation, including a 15-minute intermission. The perfect length for very young children.

Ticket information
• Tickets on sale now at the box office and all Etix locations. To charge by phone, call 912-651-6557. Ticket prices: $15, $25, $30 (Gold Circle) & $55 (Sunny Seats).
• Group savings available. Groups 10+ call 912-651-6557.
• Get the ultimate fan experience with Sunny Seats. The Sunny Seats Package includes a VIP Seat and a pre-show Meet & Greet photo opportunity with two Sesame Street Live friends.
• Additional fees/surcharges may apply.

Performance Schedule
• Tuesday, June 10: 6:30 PM
• Wednesday, June 11: 10:30 AM & 6:30 PM

Discounts on Kids’ Pottery Camps 2014 @ Savannah’s Clay Spot

Tuesday, April 22nd, 2014

Pottery Camps Savannah 2014Only more week to get a 15% discount on Pottery Camp at Savannah’s Clay Spot, if you register and pay by May 1st.

Pottery camps are weekly 9-12noon running June, July and August. For more info, click here.

Savannah’s Clay Spot is at 1305 Barnard St., Savannah, GA 31401. The studio sits on the SW corner of Barnard and Henry Street with the front door facing Henry St. There is parking right in front of the studio facing Henry Street. Look for the fun red fence.

For all information either call Lisa Bradley at 912-509-4647 or e-mail lisa@savannahsclayspot.com

“Like” Savannah’s Clay Spot on Facebook here to stay connected.

Savannah’s Clay Spot, www.savannahsclayspot.com, 1305 Barnard St., Savannah, 31401, tel. 912-509-4647 or e-mail lisa@savannahsclayspot.com

Disney free dining promo may be coming soon for Fall 2014

Tuesday, April 22nd, 2014

FREE Disney dining 2014Disney Free Dining Promotion Coming Soon?

Although nothing is official, the rumor mill is going strong that Disney will release a Free Dining promotion in the coming week(s). It’s expected that the offer will be available for travel dates this fall.

If you’re planning a Walt Disney World vacation this year and looking for a great value, this is Disney’s most popular discount. Request your no-obligation vacation quote now from Tara McCoy, Vacation Specialist at Two Sisters Travel & she’ll add your name to her priority email list.

Tara McCoy, Vacation Specialist at Two Sisters Travel
843.284.3241
Become a Facebook fan here.

Tara McCoy is a SouthernMamas.com advertiser

Receive 50% off Scribble Art Studio Summer Camps when you sign up with a friend before 5/1

Tuesday, April 22nd, 2014

 

Scribble Art Studio Summer Camps 2014 discount

Scribble Art Studio Summer Camp 2014 in Savannah & Pooler. Sign up by clicking here for June & July 2014 camps. Camps are 10am-1pm Locations: Downtown 37th St or Pooler For Ages 4-7

Cost: $150 for One Week at Scribble!

Discounts
*10% off Sibling Discount
*15% off Early Bird Discount [for sign-ups before May 1st]
* 1/2 off when you sign-up with a friend [for sign-ups before May 1st]
*20% off when you sign-up for a week with Scribble & Savannah’s Clay Spot pottery studio (Only the best discount applies)

Pay your deposit online here.

Scribble Art Studio in Savannah & Pooler also offers private & group art classes, summer art camps, adult art parties & children’s birthday parties, both in the studio & at-home DIY art birthday kits. For gifts, Scribble as art kits & gift certificates. For more information, contact artist Carrie Christian at (912) 713-7376 or email info@thescribbleartstudio.com . Click here for more info. Scribble Art Studio is a SouthernMamas.com advertiser

FOR MORE SUMMER CAMPS 2014, CLICK ON OUR NEW SUMMER CAMPS GUIDE HERE.

Free child care in celebration of Mother’s Day

Tuesday, April 22nd, 2014

Free childcare Savannah for Mother's Day 2014We love this! Free child care for Mother’s Day!

The Happy Hearts Learning Academy in Georgetown is giving back to the community! They will be donating 3 hours of free child care, with activities, so that moms can go out and have some time to themselves (without having to worry about cost).

This is being done 10 AM-1 PM Sat. May 10 (the day before Mother’s Day). Other businesses have agreed to donate goods or services so that they can be raffled off to help mom’s feel good. Also, there is a food donation bin from Second Harvest. Another way to give back to the community.

What a sweet idea.

Learn more about The Happy Hearts Learning Academy here. For more information, call (912) 920-5022.

May family golf clinics (free for kids) @ The Club at Savannah Harbor

Monday, April 21st, 2014

Family golf clinics at Club at Savannah Harbor

Join  The Club at Savannah Harbor every Thursday in May to celebrate Troon’s Player Development Month with a one hour golf clinic at 5 PM. Call today to sign up.

$20 for adults; Juniors free under 17. Open to the public. Sign up for individual clinics.

Dates are:
May 1
May 8
May 15
May 22
May 29

Contact Paul Killgallon for more information at 912.201.2240, email paul.killgallon@westin.com or click here.

The Club at Savannah Harbor, Hutchinson Is., 2 Resort Drive, Savannah, 31421, 912.201.2240, email Golf.savannah@westin.com https://www.facebook.com/TheClubAtSavannahHarbor, www.theclubatsavannahharbor.com  The Club at Savannah Harbor is a SouthernMamas.com advertiser.

Are Metal Amalgam Fillings Safe for You, Your Kids and the Environment?

Monday, April 21st, 2014

Brad Durham Dentistry in Savannah Bluffton

The post below is sponsored by Beyond Exceptional Dentistry in Savannah & Bluffton, www.braddurhamdmd.com, (912) 234-8282, email office@braddurhamdmd.com Beyond Exceptional Dentistry is a SouthernMamas.com advertiser

When metal amalgam fillings were introduced in the US about 180 years ago, their use was declared to be medical malpractice. The controversy rocked the dental community and overturned the old dental association, and the American Dental Association was founded on, among other things, a belief in metal amalgam fillings. Now the controversy rages again, and it’s hard to know the truth.

What we do know is that metal amalgam fillings contain mercury, and that the mercury moves through the body. In pregnant women, this mercury moves into the fetus, and in lactating women, the mercury contaminates breast milk. We also know that metal amalgam fillings are a significant source of mercury in our environment. How best to respond to these facts is something every mother will have to decide for herself.

Metal Amalgam Fillings Contain Toxic Mercury

Metal amalgam or “silver” fillings are actually more mercury than they are anything else: currently 50% by weight, though the proportion has been even higher in the past. Mercury is one of the most toxic elements in our environment, with the potential to cause damage to the brain and nerves, as well as causing some cancers.

Metal Amalgam Fillings Are Believed to Be Safe

There are two major proponents of the safety of metal amalgam fillings: the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the American Dental Association (ADA). Both assert that metal amalgam fillings should continue to be available. You can read FDA’s statement here. This 2009 statement is based on 2004 research.

The basic statement says that we haven’t proved the harmfulness of metal amalgam fillings beyond reasonable doubt. There is good reason to believe that people with metal amalgam fillings may suffer no significant consequences.

However, there are also reasons for concern.

Mercury Moves through the Body

One of the main reasons for concern is that mercury in the fillings doesn’t stay in the fillings. It migrates through the tooth enamel into the bloodstream, and it evaporates into the mouth where it is inhaled and swallowed. What happens with this mercury when it leaves your mouth? Scientists explored this by giving 12 fillings each to five pregnant sheep. The fillings were marked with special radioactive mercury not found in nature. Researchers took measurements of the sheep’s excretion of mercury and after 140 days, they sacrificed the sheep and measured the levels of radioactive mercury in the sheep. They found high levels of radioactive mercury in the sheep’s kidney and liver, and in the liver and pituitary gland of the fetus.

There are several complaints about this study, that the fillings were prepared with higher levels of mercury than are currently used, and that inadequate care was taken to ensure sheep didn’t swallow mercury, and others. But this study also took place over less than six months. Mercury fillings are expected to be in the bodies of people for decades.

Mercury Is Found in Breast Milk

In a follow-up to their initial sheep study, researchers prepared more sheep with fillings and looked at the presence of mercury in their milk and the concentration of mercury in their lambs. They found that mercury did seem to pass from the ewes to the lambs both in the womb and through breast milk. Researchers also measured mercury in the breast milk of women and found that it correlated with the number of fillings they had and the level of mercury found in their mouths.

Mercury from Fillings in the Environment

A recent study shows that even in remote lakes in National Parks, fish are exposed to high levels of environmental mercury. About 68% of fish tested in these parks contained mercury levels high enough that people should limit their consumption of these fish. How is this related to mercury fillings?

It turns out that mercury released from fillings during cremation is actually a significant source of pollution, accounting for perhaps 5% of mercury in the air in some places. This means that the toxicity of mercury in fillings may have far-reaching consequences for our environment.

Is There a Safe Level for Fillings?

With the controversy over the toxicity of mercury fillings, the warring sides have produced little in the way of what seems like usable guidance. Estimates of the number of fillings necessary for toxic exposure in adults range from 2 to 450. A more recent analysis suggests that 6 fillings for children and 8 fillings for adults is likely to be the amount required for toxic exposure.

In response to the potential risks, many countries have banned mercury fillings completely, and 150 nations recently agreed that mercury fillings are a source of toxic mercury that may need to be phased out. With this level of concern, it seems that many people around the world are not convinced that metal amalgam fillings are safe, no matter what our government says.

The above post is sponsored by Beyond Exceptional Dentistry in Savannah & Bluffton, www.braddurhamdmd.com, (912) 234-8282, email office@braddurhamdmd.com Beyond Exceptional Dentistry is a SouthernMamas.com advertiser

FREE SCAD Sidewalk Arts Festival (April 26), Savannah

Monday, April 21st, 2014

SCAD Sidewalk Arts Festival 2014An annual tradition nearly as old as the university itself, the SCAD Sidewalk Arts Festival offers students, alumni and prospective students an opportunity to create temporary chalk masterpieces on the paved walkways of Savannah’s scenic Forsyth Park every spring.

April 26
Forsyth Park

Chalk drawing begins at 11 AM. More information here.

The event is free and open to the public, which will have the opportunity to view and photograph the amazing creations.

Fun activities for children will be available, and food vendors will be on site.

FOR MORE FREE SPRING 2014 KIDS’ EVENTS IN THE SAVANNAH AREA, CLICK HERE.

Parent & Me: Register for Kindermusik in Savannah new May classes

Monday, April 21st, 2014

Kindermusik banner option 2

Kindermusik in Savannah announces brand new themes for May classes:
For ages 0 & 1: “Mama Goose.” meets Mondays at 9:30am.
For ages 2 & 3:  “Colors and Shapes on the Farm,” meets Mondays at 10:20am.

Next Monday April 28 is the last week for April’s classes, so it’s a perfect time to come for a free trial class with your child! To attend a free visit with your child, please email music@88keysga.com or call 912-988-KEYS (5397). For more information about Kindermusik, visit their website at www.88keysga.com , then click on the Kindermusik link.

Kindermusik Savannah, email music@88keysga.com, 912.988.KEYS (5397), www.88keysga.com then click on Kindermusik link. Kindermusik is a SouthernMamas.com advertiser

You’re invited: Sunday Supper in the Strawberry Patch, Savannah

Monday, April 21st, 2014

Sunday Supper in the Strawberry Patch SavannahSunday, April 27, 2014
5 to 7 pm

At the usual height of the strawberry-picking season, join Coastal Georgia Botanical Gardens in Savannah for this 20th annual traditional Sunday supper at the Lakeside Pavilion.

The meal culminates with a fresh strawberry shortcake dessert from fruits harvested from the field at CGBG. This year’s supper is by Chef Nick Mueller. Silent auction tables offer a wide array of items, and all proceeds benefit the Friends of the Coastal Gardens — the non-profit supporter of the expansion efforts at the botanical gardens. Cost is $30 per person, $15 per child age 12 and under.

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

FREE SCAD Sand Arts Festival, Tybee Island (May 2)

Monday, April 21st, 2014

SCAD Sand Arts Festival 2014

View elaborately created sand castle designs, sand sculptures & sand reliefs.

FREE Sand Arts Festival
9:30 AM- 4 PM May 2 2014
Tybee Is., Ga
North Beach, near Tybee Lighthouse
30 Meddin Drive

The public is invited to enjoy the Sand Arts Festival but the competition is limited to SCAD students, alumni, staff and faculty. This year, high school students will have the opportunity to compete in teams, as well as take a tour of the campus. Details here on how high school students can register.

The annual Sand Arts Festival, presented by the School of Fine Arts, School of Foundation Studies and sculpture minor program, features competitions in sand castle design, sand sculpture, sand relief and wind sculpture.

SCAD professors and staff members judge the competitions.

Rain date: TBD.

FOR MORE FREE SPRING 2014 KIDS’ EVENTS IN THE SAVANNAH AREA, CLICK HERE.

FREE Tybee Beach Bum Parade (May 16)

Monday, April 21st, 2014

free tybee beach bum parade Savannah 2014Don’t miss the South’s largest water fight: Tybee’s annual Beach Bum Parade.

Parade floats will be filled with water-throwing paraphernalia as spectators line up along Butler Avenue armed with buckets of water, squirt guns and hoses ready for battle. This event is an all-out water war for fun-loving beach bums of all ages. FREE & open to the public.

Tybee Beach Bum Parade
May 16, 2014
6:30-7:30 PM
Butler Avenue

Admission: Free
Phone: 912.786.5444
More info here. 

FREE Hovercraft Competition @ Armstrong Atlantic State University, Savannah

Monday, April 21st, 2014

Hovercraft competition Savannah You’re invited to bring your kids to watch a free competition for Savannah area high school student teams to design and build a self-propelled hovercraft

FREE Hovercraft Competition
Armstrong Atlantic State University
April 26, 2014 1-4pm

1:50pm-2:15 pm Hovercraft weigh in P3 Parking Lot
2:20pm-2:45pm Sprint competition P3 Parking Lot
2:50pm-3:25pm Maneuvering Competition P3 Parking Lot

2014 Engineering Design Challenge: Armstrong Atlantic State University’s Engineering Studies Program will host the 2014 Engineering Design Challenge, which will showcase the ingenuity and creativity of students from Johnson High School, Beach High School, Savannah High School, Savannah Early College and Savannah Christian Preparatory School.

Each team, comprised of four to six students, has designed and built a self-propelled hovercraft with the assistance of a project mentor and Armstrong students. The final competition will include a 40-meter race, a timed maneuver course and a design poster presentation with an engineering journal evaluation. Engineers from Gulfstream and other local companies will evaluate and select the winning design. The winning team will receive a $500 cash prize. For more information, please click here 

Candidates’ Forum for Savannah-Chatham School Board President, May 7

Wednesday, April 16th, 2014

Savannah schoolsThe PTAs for Charles Ellis Montessori Academy, Garrison Elementary, Jacob G. Smith Elementary & Heard Elementary along with SouthernMamas.com are sponsoring a non-partisan forum for candidates running in the May 20, 2014 election for President of the Savannah Chatham County School Board.

All 5 candidates have confirmed participation: Sadie C. Brown, Jolene Byrne, Chester A. Ellis, George Seaborough, Dave Simons.

Come & hear where the candidates stand on issues that directly affect our children’s lives.

Wednesday, May 7, 2014
6:30-8 PM
Savannah Jewish Educational Alliance
5111 Abercorn St. Savannah, Ga.31405
Details here.

FREE & open to the public.
FREE childcare will be available with RSVP by Monday, May 5th to Jennifer Rich at 912-355-8111 or programming@savj.org

April 21 is the deadline to register to vote in the May 20 Savannah-Chatham school board president election. Click here to register to vote or update your registration.

MORE PUBLIC SCHOOL BOARD PRESIDENT CANDIDATE FORUMS:

• 6 PM Wed. April 23: Downtown Neighborhood Association Debate at the Coastal Georgia Center, 305 Fahm St.
• 6 PM Tues. April 29: Junior League of Savannah Debate at the Coastal Georgia Center, 305 Fahm St.
• 6:30 PM Wed. May 7: PTA/Southernmamas.com Forum at the Jewish Educational Alliance, 5111 Abercorn St.

Tybee Island Kite Flying Festival (April 27)

Wednesday, April 16th, 2014

Tybee Kite Flying Festival 2014Come out to fly a kite to support and create awareness about Parkinson’s and other movement disorders. Tybee Island will host the 3rd Annual Tybee Island Kite Festival to benefit movement disorders on April 27. Open to the public!

In honor of Parkinson’s Awareness Month, The Savannah Parkinson’s Support Group and North Beach Bar & Grill welcomes the community to participate in the 3rd Annual Tybee Island Kite Festival to help raise awareness for Parkinson’s Disease and other movement disorders. Participants will enjoy a fun-filled day at the beach featuring food, fun, art, kite flying and music provided by “The Band with No Name.” Students of Savannah Arts Academy will also participate in a fun Kite Design Contest.
WHEN:
Sunday, April 27
11-2 p.m.
WHERE:
Registration is at the North Beach parking lot next to North Beach Bar & Grill entrance.
COST: Registration for the Kite Festival is $10 which includes a kite provided by IntotheWind.com and Gumbo provided by North Beach Bar & Grill. For more information call 912.663.6803 or email krpnova@aol.com or visit Savannah Parkinson’s Support Group on Facebook.

FREE Eye, Ear, Dental, & Nutrition screenings for school students, (April 30) Savannah

Wednesday, April 16th, 2014

Health Department to Hold Free Eye, Ear, Dental, & Nutrition Screening for School Students

WHO: Chatham County Health Department (Eisenhower location only)
WHAT: Free eye, ear, dental, and nutrition screening for Chatham County School students. (Normally a $30 fee applies when getting the screening at the health department).
WHEN: 8 a.m. – 12 p.m., Wednesday, April 30 (No appointment necessary).
WHERE: Chatham County Health Department, 1395 Eisenhower Drive

WHY: It has been a requirement for parents to present a completed vision, hearing, and dental screening form (form 3300) to school authorities for children entering a Georgia school for the first time. That is still a requirement; however, the form has been revised to include “nutrition” as a category. The nutrition category measures height, weight, and Body Mass Index (BMI).

If a child is going to start school the 2014-2015 (August 2014 and going forward) school year, then they will need the new form, no exceptions. Every child must have a completed form 3300 when entering a Georgia school for the first time, no matter what the grade level (First time means never enrolled in a Georgia school before at any time in their lives).

The Chatham County Health Department wants to help parents beat the back-to-school rush by offering a free screening event on Wednesday, April 30, from 8 a.m. to noon at the Eisenhower health department location only. Students will be seen on a first come, first served basis.

If parents have had the old form completed in the past three months, they can bring their child in during the screening event to have nutrition portion of the new form added so that it is correct and complete prior to turning it in to school officials.

For additional information, call the Chatham County Health Department at 356-2441.