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Savannah’s gun violence epidemic is a public health threat

Friday, November 21st, 2014

Savannah's Gun Violence Crime Problem Public Health Issue

(UPDATE: A 12-year-old Savannah boy named Keith Passmore was shot dead Saturday night Nov. 22. That means three children were shot in three different shootings in Savannah in less than one week.)

This week, two different shootings of Savannah children serve as horrific reminders of this city’s gun violence epidemic.

Kiaja Smalls, 2, was shot dead Tuesday night while sleeping in her Savannah Southside apartment.  The shots were fired from outside the apartment.

On Thursday, a Savannah 6-year-old girl was shot during a domestic dispute. She suffered non-fatal injuries.

Imagine if these cases involved another consumer product other than guns.

Imagine if Kiaja died because of a malfunction in a crib or if she swallowed a laundry detergent pod. Then we would hear from various health and public safety advocates about how to prevent such deaths along with tips about keeping our children safe.

However when it comes to gun violence as a public health issue – we rarely hear from the medical community about how to prevent gun violence.

Even though there are about about 11,000 homicides, 19,000 suicides and more than 2,000 fatal accidents involving guns every year nationwide.  That’s an average of 88 gun deaths per day.

We’d love to see Savannah physicians become more active in counseling patients and the public about firearm safety and working to reduce injuries and deaths from firearms, in the same way that they work to reduce injuries and deaths from poisonings, smoking, motor vehicle traffic accidents, incorrectly installed car seats etc.

For example, how many pediatricians regularly tell parents that according to the American Academy of Pediatrics, the safest home for children is one without guns?

Health experts – we would love to talk to you about Savannah’s gun violence epidemic and to get your input about what we as parents can do to prevent these shootings from becoming the new normal. Please contact us at

Funeral donations
Donations are being accepted for the funeral expenses for Kiaja Smalls, 2, who was shot and killed Tuesday night inside a Savannah apartment. The family says donations will be accepted at any local Wells Fargo Bank. A gofundme page has also been set up for the family:

Clearance Blowout @ Once Upon A Child Savannah, Dec. 6

Thursday, November 20th, 2014

Holiday Clearance Blowout Once Upon A Child Savannah

Clearance Blowout this Saturday December 6th  at Once Upon A Child in Savannah @ 1100 Eisenhower Drive Eisenhower Square.

Once Upon A Child Savannah, 1100 Eisenhower Drive Eisenhower Square, Savannah, 31406 tel: 912-351-0555,  Once Upon A Child Savannah is a advertiser

Savannah Preschools: First Christian Preschool of Savannah

Thursday, November 20th, 2014

Savannah preschools, pre-K

Looking for a Savannah preschool for next fall that has a proven history as a well-established, quality preschool? Check out First Christian Preschool, which was formed in 1952 by Carolyn S. Jordan and has been in continuous operation since that date.

First Christian Preschool of Savannah
711 E. Victory Drive, Savannah

The preschool – located on Victory Drive in the Savannah’s Ardsley Park –  serves 15 mths to 4-year-old children and is in session from 9AM to noon Monday through Friday. First Christian Church members receive a 25% discount on tuition.

Savannah preschools: First Christian Church Preschool Ardsley Park First Christian Preschool provides an environment that is warm and welcoming so that your child will feel safe and comfortable. Classrooms are bright and inviting so your child will be excited about learning and will be prepared for kindergarten. Most of all, your child will have a lot of fun and be involved in meaningful play. Play is a child’s “work” and it is through play that a child learns to be social, to solve problems, to be independent and to be creative.

The preschool employs the Unit Approach Curriculum. It is designed to meet appropriate skill levels for each age group.

The school offers a Spanish program as part of the curriculum for the 3 and 4-year-olds . Music is incorporated into daily activities in the classrooms and all classes come together Friday mornings for music.

Children participate in two school-wide programs, one at Christmas and an end-of-the-year program. A Thanksgiving feast, carpool and lunch bunch, and early birds are other activities that are a part of the preschool program.

Some of the activities all of students participate in are:
Fall Festival
School Wide Pajama Party
Dessert with Daddy
Mother’s Day Tea
Graduation Program
Friday Morning Music

The preschool includes Christian principles in its program, teaching the children the Christian values of loving, sharing, being kind to one another

Visitors are welcome. First Christian Preschool staff  look forward to meeting you and your children.

For more information, please call Mrs. Sarah Marquez at 912-234-3149 or email

First Christian Preschool, 711 E. Victory Drive, Savannah, 31405, 912 234-3149, First Christian Preschool is a advertiser.

2014 Festival of Lights & Winter Carnival, Hutchinson Island, Savannah

Thursday, November 20th, 2014

Savannah Festival of Lights Winter Carnival 2014 WestinThe Savannah Festival of Lights 2014 offers an all new, exciting holiday experience for kids of all ages with the addition of the Winter Carnival located in Bryan Square, adjacent to The Westin Savannah Harbor Golf Resort & Spa and the Savannah International Trade & Convention Center.

One of the most important factors this year in creating the Winter Carnival, was the ability to move all of the family indoor and outdoor activities over to Bryan Square, with access to free parking at the Trade & Convention Center, The Westin and the beautiful Riverfront Esplanade views for the carnival rides. The Festival of Lights light show is located just across the street at the Grand Prize of America Road Course.

New at this year’s festival:

  • Festival of Lights features a holiday light show with a self drive-through 80 light display, a $20 per car ticket and/or an interactive, guided Trolley Tour, with free parking at the Trade Center
  • Ferris Wheel in Bryan Square, with majestic views of the river and downtown
  • Carousel & Swing rides
  • Santa’s Bourbon & Chocolate Lounge with a special holiday menu for adults and children
  • Inflatable Village with the Arctic Plunge, various obstacle courses, train rides and the “Sugar Shack” with hot chocolate and great sweet treats from Santa’s elves
  • Breakfast with Santa Sun. Dec. 21
  • Photos with Santa Claus and in the new Winter Wonderland Snow Globe
  • Holiday Concert series and local performances.
  • S’mores Kits with stations for roasting marshmallows and interactive holiday activities for the kids
  • “Frozen” Princess Parade – where girls of all ages are encouraged to dress-up as their favorite princess and parade through the Gingerbread Village Mon. Dec. 22
  • Snow Machines on the festival grounds
  • Expanded Gingerbread Village with 80 entries

Boat Parade of Lights, Nov. 29

The Savannah Harbor Boat Parade of Lights on Saturday, November 29 will feature over 30 boats, holiday concert, Bag Pipes, Oglethorpe Christmas Proclamation, snow machines, kids activities, carnival rides, fireworks and the arrival of Santa Claus. Details & schedule of events here. 

The 2014 Savannah Harbor Festival of Lights dates and hours:

Fri. Nov. 28 – Sun. November 30:  6-10 PM
Thurs-Sun.: December 4-7; December 11-14:  6-10 PM
Open All Holiday Nights: Thurs. Dec. 18-Sun. Dec. 28: 6-10 PM

$20 up to 8 passengers
$40 9-16 passengers

Admission to the Carnival is included with the drive-through light show, but pricing for the Winter Carnival rides varies. All rides and concessions are 1-7 tickets. Ferris wheel: $5 for adults; $3 for children. Concessions available for purchase.

Nightly events include:

Festival of Lights car tours and Trolley Tours, Gingerbread Village Tours, Winter Carnival rides and Inflatables Village and Fun Zone, Sugar Shack, holiday movies, live musical performances, see Santa Claus and more!

Special event schedule:

Friday, November 28 – Grand Opening, Sawers Family Volunteer Night
Saturday, November 29 – Savannah Harbor Foundation Boat Parade of Lights presented by WTOC-TV and Official Christmas Tree Lighting, with Fireworks Display
Thursday, December 4 – Savannah Chamber of Commerce Business After Hours and Oyster Roast, celebrating the Westin Savannah Harbor Golf Resort & Spa’s 15th Anniversary (private event). Festival of Lights & Winter Carnival open to the public.
Thursday, December 5 – South East Bullock High School Choir Concert
Thursday, December 11 – WTOC Night, “Elf on the Run” race.
Sunday, December 14 – Humane Society Volunteer Night
Wednesday, December 17 – Fabulous Equinox Holiday Concert benefiting the Empty Stocking Fund
Thursday, December 18 – Garrison Wind Ensemble
Friday, December 19 – Starlight Jazz Band
Saturday, December 20 – Reindeer Run
Sunday, December 21 – Brunch with Santa
Monday, December 22 – “Frozen” Princess Parade presented by Christmas on 98.7 The River
Tuesday, December 23 – BI-LO Night, Free Gingerbread Cookie Decorating
December 27– Jingle Jog
**Schedule subject to change

For additional information, visit

Follow the Festival of Lights & Winter Carnival on Facebook here.


Holiday Tours of Juliette Gordon Low Birthplace Nov. 20-Dec. 30; Candlight Tours Davenport House Museum Dec. 26-30, Savannah

Thursday, November 20th, 2014

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Nov. 20– Dec. 30 2014
Juliette Gordon Low Birthplace

Step back in time at the Juliette Low Birthplace, beautifully decorated for the holidays. Explore customs during the Victorian era and how the Gordons celebrated in 1886. The table is set for Christmas dinner, the stockings are ready in Mama’s bedroom, and the vintage “Game of Merry Christmas” is out. Admission charged. Admission costs here. 
(10 E. Oglethorpe, Savannah 31401)
Open Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday 10AM -4PM
Sunday 11AM-4PM
Closed Wednesdays, Thanksgiving Day, Dec. 24 – 26, 28, 31 including Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, New Year’s Eve.
Open Nov. 28 1-4 PM

Details here. 


Holiday Evening Tours by Candlelight
Davenport House Museum
December 26-30 2014
6 -8:30PM
Enjoy a glimpse of how the elite celebrated the holidays in the 19th Century in the Old South. This is a real taste of colonial life you won’t find anywhere else. (324 East State St. Savannah 31401)
Details including admission cost here.


Parent & Child Holiday Clay Workshop & Fused Glass Ornament Workshop, Savannah, Dec. 6

Wednesday, November 19th, 2014

Holiday Art Workshops Savannah

Parent and Child Holiday Clay Workshop & Fused Glass Ornament Workshop will be offered Dec. 6 2014 @ City of Savannah’s Department of Cultural Affairs studios at 9 W. Henry St.

Register now online here or by calling (912) 651-6783.


Fused Glass Ornament Workshop fee is $15 per person. Holiday Clay Workshop is $15 per parent & child duo. Fees include instruction, use of studio space, use of equipment and all materials and tools required. Space is limited and advance registration is required. Credit cards are accepted.

Art classes & workshops @ City of Savannah’s Department of Cultural Affairs studios. 9 W. Henry St. (912) 651-6783 On Facebook here. On Twitter here. Savannah Dept. of Cultural Affairs is a advertiser 

Telfair Museums in Savannah offers two educational programs for babies, toddlers, preschoolers

Wednesday, November 19th, 2014

Telfair Museums in Savannah has two fun & educational programs for young children – babies, toddlers & preschoolers – to visit the museum, learn and make art together.

Mommy and me activities Savannah Stroller Art ToursStroller Tours Stroller Tours 3rd Thursday of Every Month
Telfair Museums is excited to introduce its newest program for the stroller set! Join Telfair Museums for a monthly gathering where parents & caregivers can enjoy a morning at the museum while also engaging infants with art. Babies thrive on dynamic environments, so each month we’ll explore a different set of artwork. There will be touchable toys for the little ones, adult conversation for you & like-minded art lovers. Finish your visit with a leisurely talk over complimentary coffee & tea in Telfair Museum’s café. Strollers, crying & older siblings are all welcome here.

December 18 – Color/Contrast
Discover different ways colors are combined in abstract and representational works in Savannah Collects.

Infants from 2-18 months and adults welcome. Included with museum admission; free to members. Ten spaces are available.

CLICK HERE TO PRE-REGISTER or contact Glenna Barlow at 912.790.8821.

toddler preschooler art programs SavannahTelfair Tots 3rd Thursday of Every Month
Start your day with art! Once a month preschoolers aged 2 ½ – 5 and their adult companions are invited to the museum for story time, a special tour, and an art activity. Younger siblings are welcome to tag along. Come play and learn with us!

December 18 – Silver and Gold
These shiny metals aren’t just for jewelry. Take a walk with us to explore the various metals and materials used in sculptures around the museum. Then you‘ll create your own modified brass rubbings in silver and gold.

Activity fee is $5 per participating child; regular museum admission for caregivers. Adult members are always free.

CLICK HERE TO PRE-REGISTER or contact Glenna Barlow at 912.790.8821.

The two above new programs are in addition to other kids’ programs currently offered by Telfair Museums in Savannah including WCWM (What Can We Make?) & FREE Family Days offered one Saturday a month. Details here. 

Jepson Center, 207 W York St. Savannah, 31401 , Telfair Museums is a advertiser.


You’re invited: Armstrong Atlantic Youth Orchestra Fall 2014 Concert, Nov. 23

Wednesday, November 19th, 2014

Armstrong Atlantic Youth Orchestra Savannah Did you know there is an amazing youth orchestra program right here in Savannah?

If you’re not already involved, come and listen to this Sunday’s Fall concert at Armstrong in Savannah and hear students doing a great job.

Armstrong Atlantic Youth Orchestra
Neil Casey, Conductor

The Atlantic Chamber Orchestra
Lyric Youth Orchestra AND Debut Strings & Lyric Strings Ensembles

Fall Concert
Sunday, November 23, 2014
ASU Fine Arts Auditorium
3:00 PM
Adults $10.00
All students FREE
Tickets: available at the door

Armstrong Atlantic Youth Orchestra organizers are also a great resource to find Savannah-area music instructors.

Learn more here.

Thanksgiving decorations, costumes + Black Friday Sale at Barnett Educational Supplies in Savannah

Wednesday, November 19th, 2014

Thanksgiving supplies Savannah Barnett Educational Supplies Barnett Educational Supplies in Savannah has all your Thanksgiving decorations & supplies.

Please like Barnett on Facebook here to stay updated on their sales & products.

Barnett is open until 5PM Wednesday Nov. 26. Closed on Thanksgiving Day. Then open again for their Black Friday sale on Friday, 9AM-7 PM

Store hours: Mon – Fri: 9 AM-7 PM; Sat: 10 AM-5 PM; Sun: 1- 5 PM.

Barnett Educational Supplies, 38 W De Renne Ave., Savannah, 31405-6742, tel: 912-356-1878, email , Barnett Educational Supplies is a advertiser.

Scribble Art Studio Weekend Art Workshops (Kids make & wrap a present), Savannah & Pooler

Tuesday, November 18th, 2014

Holiday children events Savannah Scribble Art Studio



Holiday art workshops for kids Savannah


Scribble Art Studio in Savannah & Pooler offer oodles of ways to keep your kids creating this holiday season including kids workshops where they make & wrap a present.

To learn more about Scribble’s holiday workshops, ongoing art classes & children’s birthdays in Pooler & Savannah, click here or call 912-713-7376 or email

Savannah location: 212 E 37th St, Savannah, 31401

Pooler location: 115 Canal St, Pooler, GA 31322

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  . Click here for more info. Scribble Art Studio is a advertiser

Savannah Holidays 2014: Sailing with Santa (photos with Santa & one-hour Savannah Riverboat Cruise)

Tuesday, November 18th, 2014

Sailing with Santa Savannah Riverboat Cruises

2014 Sailing With Santa Cruise with Savannah Riverboat Cruises

Take your Christmas photo on board with Santa! Kids sail FREE with the donation of an unwrapped toy. (*prices do no include 3% port fee and 7% sales tax) This year’s toy donations will benefit:  The Salvation Army.

Use Promo Code SSM to receive 10% off an adult ticket when you bring your child/children with a new, unwrapped toy. 

DATES: Friday, November 28th; Saturday, November 29th; Saturday, December 6th & Saturday, December 13th

Boards at 1:30PM; Sails from 2-3PM

Prices: Adult: $21.95- Children 4-12: $12.95

Learn more here. 

To reserve your family’s spot, click here.  Use Promo Code SSM to receive 10% off an adult ticket when you bring your child/children with a new, unwrapped toy. 

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Gone With The Wind movie @ Lucas Theater, Nov. 28

Tuesday, November 18th, 2014

Gone with the Wind Lucas Theater Savannah Gone with the Wind will be shown at the Lucas Theater in downtown Savannah FRIDAY NOVEMBER 28 AT 7 PM

Celebrate the 75th Anniversary of this classic film.

Rated PG. 238 minutes.

Tickets are $8 general admission or $5 student/senior/military. Also eligible for use with the Lucas Theatre Movie Pass. Available online or by calling 912-525-5050. You may also pick up tickets in person at the Savannah Box Office at 216 E. Broughton Street.

Don’t miss Happy Half Hour before each of the Lucas Theater movies. From 6-6:30 enjoy half price beer and popcorn specials.

Details here.

Special new Savannah family event: Family Holiday Pops Concert, Dec. 13

Tuesday, November 18th, 2014

Special Family Event: Family Holiday Pops Concert, Savannah For the first time ever, the Savannah Philharmonic is offering a Family Holiday Pops concert this holiday season!

Along with special guests the Savannah Children’s Choir, the Philharmonic will feature performances from the popular films Frozen and The Polar Express, as well as traditional holiday classics

The Family Holiday Pops concert will be Saturday, December 13 at 3PM

The one-hour musical event will be held at Cathedral of St. John the Baptist, one of the most visited attractions in historic Savannah.

General admission tickets are $25 for a family of four or $10 for a single ticket. Learn more here. 

“As a cultural arts organization, we feel it is important to give back to the community and generate interest in music and the arts,” said David Pratt, executive director. “That is one reason we priced tickets for the Family Holiday Pops concert so reasonably, so everyone can enjoy the spectacular sensation of listening to beautiful music.”

For more information about the Family Holiday Pops concert, or about the Annual Holiday Pops evening performances, please contact the Savannah Philharmonic at 912.525.5050 or visit


Save more than $1,000 on last-minute Disney Cruises

Tuesday, November 18th, 2014

Disney Holiday Cruise deals Savannah Take advantage of incredible last minute Disney Cruise deals and share the splendor of the holidays onboard a Very MerryTime Cruise.

A winter wonderland awaits you aboard each Disney Cruise ship as well as on Disney’s private island, Castaway Cay. You’ll enjoy special holiday-themed entertainment, decorations and activities including:

Mickey’s Tree-Lighting Magic –Disney characters lead holiday carols and the lighting of the glittering, three-deck-tall tree.

Winter Wonderland BallCelebrate the arrival of Santa and Mrs. Claus, with your favorite Disney friends at a glamorous ball.

Holiday Carolers – Dickens-inspired characters and carolers carry the spirit of the holidays throughout the ship while singing holiday classics, sometimes with the help of favorite Disney friends.

Disney Deals on Christmas Cruises All of these special events are in addition to the activities you already love, like meet and greets with Santa, building gingerbread houses, listening to holiday storytellers and dancing at the tropical-themed “Deck the Deck Holiday Party.”

With last minute rates as low as $108 per person, per night you don’t want to miss this opportunity to spend quality time with your family this holiday season! These rates are available on select 3, 4, or 7-night itineraries sailing from Port Canaveral or Miami.

Hurry, these deals won’t last long. Call Tara McCoy at Two Sisters Travel 843-284-3241 for details, or get a no-obligation quote online!

Tara McCoy, Vacation Specialist at Two Sisters Travel


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Enjoy a $21 organic meal for 4 from SCAD’s Cafe Bon Appetit in Savannah every Friday

Tuesday, November 18th, 2014

Pick-up meal for $21 from SCAD Cafe Bon Appetit

Enjoy a meal for four each Friday with fresh organic foods for only $21 from SCAD’s Cafe Bon Appetit in Savannah!

Simply email Eric Davidson at by 2 PM Thursday. Please put FOHTY in the subject line (From Our House to Yours) Give him your name for the order and let him know that you were referred by . . . and, enjoy your meal!

Meals are ready for pick up on Fridays between 3:00pm and 6:00pm at Jo’s Cafe, 201 W. Oglethorpe Avenue.

Learn more here. 

Thanksgiving meals Savannah pickup to-go


Want a less-stressful Turkey Day? Order a complete Thanksgiving meal to pick up.

Check out SCAD’s Cafe Bon Appetit  Thanksgiving menu above.

To place your order, call Heather at 912.525.8745 or email Orders must be placed by 2PM Mon. Nov. 24.

SCAD’s Cafe Bon Appetit,, 201 W. Oglethorpe Ave., Savannah, 31401 email On Facebook here. SCAD’s Cafe Bon Appetit is a advertiser. 

Couple’s Toolbox for Labor & Delivery @ Savannah Yoga Center, Nov. 22

Monday, November 17th, 2014

Labor & Delivery class for expectant moms, couples Savannah Yoga CenterCertified Labor Doula Ann Carroll and Savannah Yoga Center present Couples Tool Box for Labor and Delivery @ Savannah Yoga Center’s Savannah location, 1319 Bull St. 31401.

Moms-to-be, bring your labor partner to this nurturing workshop for hands-on practice in providing pre-delivery comfort: breathing, massage, positioning, pressure points and more.

Join Certified Labor Doula Ann Carroll for a 2 hour workshop for you and your partner.

Click here to learn more and register.

Savannah Yoga Center in Savannah & Pooler, 1319 Bull St, Savannah, GA 31401 & 111 Canal St. #101, Pooler, GA 31322 On Facebook here.
Email (912) 232-2994, email , Savannah Yoga Center is a advertiser