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(Savannah St. Patrick’s 2019) New, free family-friendly Irish Heritage festival: Celtic Ceol Feis

Thursday, February 28th, 2019

Celtic Ceol Feis St. Patrick's Savannah 2019 new

Kick off St. Patrick’s season in Savannah with this new, FREE family-friendly Irish Heritage festival: Celtic Ceol Feis in Emmet Park, Sat. March 9, 2019, 11AM-6PM.

Enjoy Irish dancing and music, Irish food & kids’ activities.

Opening ceremonies with presenting of the colors & national anthems will kick off the festival at 11AM.

Irish music & dancing follows featuring headliner Padraig Allen & McLean Avenue Band; Irish Dancers of Savannah; Harry O’Donoghue; Legacy Irish Dance Academy; Tracie Brown with her Celtic harp.

Kids’ activities include: the Waterfront Kidz Zone, plus The Coastal Heritage Society & Savannah Children’s Museum will have “Plant a Shamrock” gardening activities. The Savannah Waterfront Association will also be leading pen-pal letter writing to Irish children of an adopted sister elementary school in Ireland. Children’s author Lynda Suwala will do readings & kids’ activities connected to her new picture book, “In the Land of Ireland”.

Free & open to the public.

Irish cuisine, Irish beer and beverages will be for sale.

Students from St. Vincent’s Academy & Benedictine Military School will be volunteers @ Celtic Ceol Feis.

Hosted by the Savannah Waterfront Association.

(Savannah private preK-8th grade schools) Open House @ Blessed Sacrament School

Wednesday, February 27th, 2019

Savannah private schools Blessed Sacrament preK Catholic Chatham County

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Still accepting applications, limited openings available!

Blessed Sacrament School in Savannah
Open House
Wed. March 13, 2019, 8AM

Learn more about Blessed Sacrament – a pre-K through 8th grade school – here.

Blessed Sacrament Catholic School, www.bss-savannah.org, 1003 E. Victory Drive, Savannah 31405. On Facebook here 912-356-6987. Blessed Sacrament Catholic School is a SouthernMamas.com advertiser.

(Savannah golf lessons) New 2 Golf Women’s Classes, March 12 & 13

Wednesday, February 27th, 2019

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Here’s a new, healthy twist on mom’s night out.

Learn how to play golf with your gal pal crew @ Savannah New 2 Golf Clinic, 5:30-7PM Tues. & Wed. March 12 & 13 2019 @  Mary Calder Golf Club.

This class is an introduction to golf class for women. You will learn the basic movements of the golf swing, the terms that golfers use, and experience the game of golf.

The class is 2-hours in length and equipment will be provided for your use.

Come enjoy a social atmosphere with other women in a non-husband environment.

So have a “Girls Night Out” at the New 2 Golf Class.

To register, call 912-421-8582 or register online here. 

New 2 Golf for Women Class, Savannah
Cost: $25
5:30-7PM Tues. & Wed. March 12 & 13 2019

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Monthly kids’ art activity, story time & tour @ Telfair Museums’ Jepson Center, Savannah

Wednesday, February 27th, 2019

You’re invited to Art Start Stroller & Toddler museum tour, art activity @ Telfair Museums’ Jepson Center in Savannah on the 3rd Thursday morning of each month.

Art Start March Theme:  Jaume Plensa: Talking Continents.  This artist is widely known for large-scale public artworks and more intimate and meditative installations that aim to unify people through connections of spirituality, the body, and shared memory. This exhibition includes 19 cloud-like, stainless steel sculptures composed of letters from various languages. 

March 21 2019, 10:30AM / Jepson Center (207 W York St.) Learn more & register online here. 

Telfair Museums’ youngest patrons are invited to the museum for story time, a special tour, and an art activity. Strollers, crying babies, toddlers, and older siblings are all welcome here. Come play and learn.

$5 per child / adult members free / adult non-members $12

Upcoming Art Start & Toddler Tours

March 21 2019 theme: Jaume Plensa: Talking Continents. Register online here. 
April 16 2019 theme: Rembrandt. Register online here. 

Art Start Stroller & Toddler Tour
Telfair Museums’ Jepson Center
Jepson Center for the Arts
207 W York St.
Savannah, GA 31401

Learn more & register online here. 

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(Savannah cardiologists) SouthCoast Health’s Dr. Roy Flood answers questions about high blood pressure

Wednesday, February 27th, 2019

high blood pressure help doctors SouthCoast Health Savannah

High Blood Pressure affects 1 in 3 American adults.

If you or your loved one is one of those with this medical condition, check out this SouthCoast Health post in which SouthCoast Health Cardiologist Dr. Roy Flood explains high blood pressure & gives guidelines to reduce the effects of this disease.

Flood discusses the causes of high blood pressure & what you can do to prevent high blood pressure here.

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(Savannah-area moms groups) MOMS Club of Richmond Hill

Wednesday, February 27th, 2019

Connect with other moms

Join the MOMS Club of Richmond Hill.

This chapter of MOMS Club serves the 31324 zip code, and is one of many chapters around the world dedicated to the support of stay-at-home moms. From park playdates and museum outings, to mom’s night out, there is always a way to connect with other local moms and their kids.

Find more information about the Richmond Hill chapter of MOMS Club here.

Send us the group information via the group’s website, or email momsclubofrichmondhillga@gmail.com.

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Savannah Postpartum Support Group for Moms

Wednesday, February 27th, 2019

Postpartum Support Group Savannah Moms There’s a donation-based postpartum support group in Savannah for moms seeking community and connection during baby’s first year. The group meets @ 10AM Fridays and will meet for 8 consecutive weeks:

This weekly support group welcomes moms who are seeking support, connection, and community during baby’s first year. Life with a new little one can be both wonderful and very, very challenging. Come together with like-minded women as we explore topics such as health and wellness, relationships, body image, sexuality, mood changes, bonding with your baby, and more.

Friday mornings at 10AM
@ the Midwife Group + Birth Center
1692 Chatham Parkway, Savannah
Suggested donation of $20

You do not have to be a patient of the Birth Center to attend. Children younger than 2 are welcome.

Learn more here. 

Questions? Email bridget@bridgetcrossLCSW.com or call (912) 495-8549.

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FIND MORE SAVANNAH-AREA MOMS GROUPS HERE. 

Giveaway: A family-four pack of tickets to The Sleeping Beauty ballet in Savannah

Tuesday, February 26th, 2019

Sleeping Beauty Ballet South Carolina Savannah 2019

Experience the South Carolina Ballet fairy tale ballet for all ages in Savannah.

Come see The Sleeping Beauty ballet Sun. March 10 2019, 3PM  @ the Savannah Civic Center.

Giveaway 

This week, SouthernMamas.com is giving away a family four pack of tickets to a lucky SouthernMamas.com reader.

To enter to win four tickets, go to the giveaway announcement post on our SouthernMamas.com Facebook page by clicking here & comment on it telling us your Spring tradition, THEN SHARE THE POST.

Deadline to enter to win is 9PM Mon. March 4. We’ll pick a winner at random & announce it here & on our Facebook page.

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South Carolina Ballet is proud to present a sparkling version of the greatest fairy tale ballet of all time, The Sleeping Beauty. Staged and choreographed by South Carolina Ballet Artistic Director William Starrett, The Sleeping Beauty will dazzle children and adults.

The Sleeping Beauty is a ballet for companies who wish to display the virtuosity and strength of their dancers. Just the names of the roles- Aurora, Bluebird and Lilac Fairy – evoke memories of exacting technical requirements and accomplishment for dancers the world over. Princess Aurora and her Prince are sure to mesmerize in South Carolina Ballet’s stellar production of this timeless classic.

Can’t wait for the giveaway? Buy tickets online here or call 912-651-6556.

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Hip-Hop Dance Class for ages 5 & older @ Crowned Elite Athletics, Savannah

Tuesday, February 26th, 2019

Hip Hop Dance Class Savannah Crowned Elite Athletics Dancing Classes Cheer Gymnastics

Crowned Elite Athletics hip hop classes in Savannah are high-energy classes that combine many different urban dance styles such as poppin’, locking, and breaking.

Crowned Elite instructors will encourage students to step outside of the box by bringing their own individual style and personality to their dances.

Crowned Elite instructors teach rhythm, coordination, musicality and choreography without suggestive music or movements. Dancers are challenged to think on their feet while enjoying an energetic and fast-paced class.

Hip hop dancers develop focus, strength, and agility while having fun.

Crowned Elite hip hop classes are excellent for high-energy children who want to learn while having FUN.

Open to the public. ALL SKILL LEVELS ARE WELCOME! Ages 5 and older.

Sign up online here or email office@crownedeliteathletics.com for additional information.

Crowned Elite Athletics, (912) 308-5719, crownedeliteathletics.com, 202 Bourne Blvd, Suite 160 Savannah, GA 31408, Crowned Elite Athletics is a SouthernMamas.com advertiser

U-Pick strawberries no longer offered at Coastal Georgia Botanical Gardens in Savannah

Monday, February 25th, 2019

We’re sad to learn that a longtime Savannah spring tradition has come to an end.

Coastal Georgia Botanical Gardens in Savannah will no longer offer pick-your-own strawberries.  Nor will these gardens on Canebrake Road offer pick-your-own blackberries in summer.

“The Gardens will no longer have pick-your-own berries due to our budget in keeping the fields up but we are turning that area into a teaching garden,” writes Kahlitah Greene of Coastal Georgia Botanical Gardens via email.

We know many of you have enjoyed taking your kids there for years to pick berries, picnic and enjoy the gardens. The gardens have offered pick-your-own berries since 1994.

The following farms have early strawberries this year and offer pick-your own. Please call ahead & check their Facebook pages for updates on the strawberry fields’ status.

Please let us know about other pick-your-own berry farms in the area by emailing anne@southernmamas.com

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Dempsey Farms U-PickSt. Helena Is., SC

Dempsey Farms –  a family owned operation on St. Helena Island, SC,  11 miles east of Beaufort – has opened for the Spring 2017 U-pick strawberry season on a limited schedule. Please call for hours & to confirm the u-pick fields are open. When the fields get picked out, the u-pick fields close so berries can ripen.
(843) 838-3656
Payments: Cash or checks
1576 Sea Island Parkway
Saint Helena Island, SC 29920

Learn more here. 

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Ottawa Farms U-Pick, Bloomingdale, Ga.

U-pick strawberry fields updated on their Facebook page here.

702 Bloomingdale Road
Bloomingdale, Ga 31302
Call ahead to check when fields are open for picking: 912-748-3035

Learn more here.

(Savannah Summer Camps 2019) Tumbling, Cheer, Stunt & American Girl @ Savannah Sharks Gym

Monday, February 25th, 2019

Savannah Summer Camps 2019 preschoolers toddlers cheer princess

Richmond Hill Summer Camps 2019 Tumbling Cheer American Girl Stunt Savannah Sharks

Savannah Sharks will offer a variety of Summer Camps 2019 for all ages including Tumble Camp, American Girl Cheer Camp, Co-Ed Stunt Camp, Imagination Station for Preschoolers & Catholic School Cheer Camp @ their Savannah gym.

Savannah Sharks will also offer plenty of Summer Camps 2019 @ their new Richmond Hill gym including American Girl Cheer, Tumbling, Cheer & Stunt Camps.

Learn more here. 

To register call 912.308.3818 or email SavSharks@gmail.com

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Savannah Sharks gym
1686 E. President St
Savannah GA 31404
(912) 335-2234

Richmond Hill gym
82 Longwood Drive Suite A
Exit 90 off of I-95
(912) 308-3818

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Savannah Sharks Cheerleading and Tumbling, (912) 335-2234, 1686 E President St, Savannah, GA 31404
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(St. Patrick’s 2019, Savannah) Greening of the Forsyth Park Fountain, Parades

Sunday, February 24th, 2019

Greening Fountain Forsyth Park Savannah St. Patrick's Day 2017 The Greening of the Forsyth Park Fountain, parades on Hilton Head Is., Tybee Is. & in Savannah – all are part of the special month of March in Savannah.

(Reminder: No Tara Feis Irish Celebration this year. Read why here)

St. Patrick’s festivities for 2019 include:

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GREENING OF THE FORSYTH PARK FOUNTAIN, SAVANNAH

Fri. March 8 2019, Noon-1PM. Details here. 

See the Forsyth Park fountain be dyed green. Free & open to the public.

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CELTIC CEOL FEIS, EMMET PARK, SAVANNAH

Sat. March 9 2019, 11AM-6PM

This is a new, family-friendly Irish Heritage festival featuring Irish music, Irish dance, kids’ activities & more. Details here. 

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TYBEE IRISH HERITAGE CELEBRATION PARADE

Sat. March 9 2019, 3PM Tybee Is.’s Butler Avenue. Details here. 

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SAVANNAH ST PATRICK’S DAY PARADE

Sat. March 16 2019, 10:15AM.  Details here. 

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HILTON HEAD ST. PATRICK’S DAY PARADE

Sun. March 17, 2019, 3PM

36th Annual Hilton Head Island St. Patrick’s Day Parade. Details here.

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FAMILY-FRIENDLY IRISH BOWLING

Ancient Order of Hibernians’ Irish Road Bowling Tournament
Sat. March 23 2019, 10AM @ Hutchinson Island Racetrack
Cost: $20 per person, $60 per team.
Details & register here. 

Things to do with toddlers in Savannah: Kindermusik parent-&-me classes

Sunday, February 24th, 2019

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Dedicate some weekly together time with your 0-7 year old, and watch their curiosity and love for music blossom

Kindermusik Savannah with 88 Keys Piano  invites you to a free introductory class.

Join Kindermusik Savannah Mondays, Tuesdays or Saturdays- classes are ongoing – join in anytime.

Visit kindermusikwith88keys.com or text free class to 912-432-5885!

Kindermusik…where music & learning play.

Kindermusik Savannah, kindermusikwith88keys.com,  email music@kindermusikwith88keys.com or info@kindermusikwith88keys.com, 912.988.KEYS (5397) Kindermusik is a SouthernMamas.com advertiser

Savannah-Lowcountry Summer Camps Guide 2019

Saturday, February 23rd, 2019

Savannah Summer Camps 2018

Lots of fun, creative, stimulating summer camps out there in Savannah & the Lowcountry for Summer 2019.

Find them in our Savannah-Lowcountry Summer Camps 2019 here. We’re adding more camps all the time.

(Savannah Summer Camps 2019) Art, Video Game Development & Pre-K Camps @ Telfair Museums’ Jepson Center

Saturday, February 23rd, 2019

Summer Camps 2019 for K-12 @ Telfair Museums’ Jepson Center, Savannah include photography, art with the pros (featuring a different local artist each day), crafting, portfolio builders, STEAM, and videogame design. Each camp culminates with a reception and exhibition in the Morrison Community Gallery.

All classes are located in the Jepson Center at 207 W. York St. unless otherwise noted.

Register by calling 912-790-8823 or email bradleyk@telfair.org.

Learn more here.

Drawing Portfolio Builder Camp
10–12yrs: May 28–May 31, 9am–3pm
12–14yrs: July 2–6, 9am–3pm (no camp July 4)
Members $160 / non-members $180

This four-day camp is designed to help upper-elementary and middle school students improve their drawing skills and begin the process of developing a portfolio. Students will focus on measurement, proportion, perspective, and use of value to create volume and space. The camp will also include practice portraiture and sketching from clothed models. The Drawing Portfolio Builder Camp is a great class for students to learn and advance the skills necessary for developing art portfolios.

Master Artist Photography Camp
10–12yrs: June 3–7, 9am–3pm
13–16yrs: June 10–14, 9am–3pm
Members $200 / non-members $235

This intensive, weeklong program focuses on black-and-white and digital photography, as well as the basic functions of 35mm manual cameras. While instructors emphasize the advancements of digital media and Adobe Photoshop, they will also cover conventional methods of film photography, including pinhole cameras, to supplement the experience. The camp features student use of both manual and digital cameras and study of photography in Telfair exhibitions. The program will culminate with a reception and exhibition of the participants’ work in the Jepson Center.

Raising STEAM: Technology, Art, and Electronics
10–12yrs: June 17–21, 9am–3pm
Members $200 / non-members $235

This comprehensive STEAM camp gives young people the opportunity to explore the artistic potential of technology. In this weeklong camp, students will learn to use a variety of technologies and methods to create and express themselves. Students will explore 3D printing, create images with Adobe Photoshop, and solder their own electronic-noise toys. Participants will also learn basic computer programming with Arduino microcontrollers. The program culminates with a reception and exhibition of the participants’ work in the Jepson Center.

Art with the Pros
6–10yrs: June 24–28, 9am–3pm
Members $175 / non-members $195

Each day, this camp will feature a different local artist providing a unique lesson based on his or her medium. Lunch in Telfair Square (weather permitting), breaks and games in ArtZeum, and special tours of the galleries are all included. Students will learn to give constructive criticism on their own and their peers’ artwork. The program culminates with a student art exhibition and a reception in the Jepson Center.

Videogame Development
12–14yrs: July 8–12, 9am–3pm
14–18yrs: July 15–19, 9am–3pm
Members $175 / non-member $195

Full STEAM ahead! In this weeklong camp, students will build their own videogames. Students will explore, play, and learn computer programming from scratch using game-making programs. The summer camp culminates with a reception and exhibition of the participants’ games in the Jepson Center’s Morrison Community Gallery.

Museum Explorations Pre-K Camp
4–6yrs: July 22–July 26, 9am–noon
Members $100 / non-members $125

Stave off the summer doldrums! Exploring Telfair Museums’ three sites and exhibitions has never been so much fun. Each day, participants will tour a new exhibit and learn to create the very same types of art seen in the galleries, finding inspiration with instruction in drawing, painting, and printmaking. Students will immerse themselves in innovative arts lessons taught by professional artists.

Crafters Camp
8–11yrs: July 15–19, 9am–3pm
Members $175 / non-members $195

The Ultimate Crafty Kids Camp is packed with a variety of projects: screen printing, knitting, friendship bracelets, calligraphy, paper crafts, and much more. In this weeklong camp, students will explore and learn techniques in a rich variety of crafts that will inspire and develop their desire to be independent makers.

Videogame Design with Scratch
9–12yrs: July 22–July 26, 9am–noon
Members $100 / non-members $125

This summer camp teaches beginning students how to create their own videogames using Scratch, a colorful programming environment that makes it easy to bring interactive stories to life. In class, students collaborate on developing a game from beginning to final polish—a fun and informative way to introduce younger students to the art of videogame development.

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Hyperformance Athletics in Savannah guest post on making habits stick

Saturday, February 23rd, 2019

Fit Kids Fest 2019 Savannah Junior League CrossFitHP

Below is a guest post from Hyperformance Athletics in Savannah 

Wouldn’t it be amazing if you always did healthy things all the time without even thinking about it?

That’s the beauty of a habit. It just happens without a whole lot of resistance.

We’ll got habits – the routine things we do from the moment we wake up to the moment we go to sleep (even the way we sleep is a routine).

Our kids have habits too. Some are great, and some we wish as parents we could break before it gets harder later in life.

Here are few tips for making some of those things we KNOW we should be doing more of a habit. (These are good for grownups and well as kids.)

One thing at time. Don’t try to pile on multiple new habits at once. That’s a recipe for failure.

Pair the habit with something you already do routinely. For instance, if you’ve decided that you should drink more water, connect it with something you already do. Perhaps when you turn the water on to take a shower in the morning, it triggers you to go snag a quick drink as you wait for the shower to warm up.

Chunk it down. Reduce resistance to getting started by setting a goal in the smallest increment possible. If getting more activity during the day is a goal, you’re not likely to stop your other habits to work in 30 minutes. But if you can work in 1 minute a couple of times a day you’ll find you are getting in much more than that one minute. Getting started is the hardest part.

Reward yourself (with something healthy of course, but enjoyable). My kids don’t love to read, but they like their time with me. So we read for a bit and then they get some bonus attention that is just theirs.

Take notice. You want your kids to pick up after themselves? Verbally applaud them for doing the task as soon as notice it getting even a tiny bit better.

Progress is better than perfection. Our habits are always a work in progress. Keep looking for news ways to make doing the good stuff easier.

Want more ideas? Check out the the Junior League of Savannah’s FREE Fit Kids Fest on Sat. March 2 2019, 1-4PM @ Savannah State University. There will all sorts of activities and local vendors that love to make Savannah families healthier. Stop by the Hyperformance Athletics Obstacle Course and say hello.

The above is a guest post from Hyperformance Athletics in Savannah 

Hyperformance Athletics, 904 E. 70th St.Savannah, 31405
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