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Volunteer to read at Savannah Rotary Read-In 2019

Saturday, February 9th, 2019

Savannah Rotary Read-In 2019 literacy schools

The Rotary Club of Savannah is searching for volunteers to serve as community readers for the second annual Savannah Rotary Read-In on Wed. March 13 2019. 9-10:30AM.

The goal of the event is to promote literacy by encouraging the desire to read more.

A report by the Annie E. Casey Foundation indicates children who aren’t reading at grade level by the end of third grade are four times as likely to drop out of high school.

Read about the Read-In co-chair & Savannah public school advocate Frank Moore, Jr. in our Savannah Morning News column here.

Last year’s inaugural event drew 526 volunteer readers who read to students in 566 classrooms. This year, Savannah-Chatham public schools plans to add pre-kindergarten to the list, which means rotarians and volunteers will read to students in 600 pre-k through third-grade classrooms in 32 schools.

You don’t have to be a rotary member to participate.

Register online to volunteer here.  

Free Savannah Sailing Regatta 2019 for Children with Autism

Thursday, February 7th, 2019

Free sailing regatta for children with autism 2019

Families with children who have autism or special needs are invited to participate in Savannah’s 8th Annual Free Sailing Regatta for Children with Autism. 

Hosted by Savannah Sailing Center and RHHS Sailing Team.

The event on Sat. April 13, 10AM-2PM @ Lake Mayer includes sailing, arts and crafts as well as lunch. This is a FREE event. However, families need to register to get the shirt and goody bags.

Find registration & waiver forms online here. 

Registration deadline to receive a T-shirt is March 25, 2019.

Self-serve dog wash fundraiser, Savannah

Tuesday, February 5th, 2019

Wash your dog @ Hipster Hound for a good cause.

For every self-serve dog wash purchased from noon-5:30PM Sun. Feb. 17 2019, Hipster Hound will donate $5 back to the PTA @ Charles Ellis Montessori Academy, a Savannah-Chatham public school.

Charles Ellis Self-Serve Dog Wash Fundraiser @ The Hipster Hound
Sun. Feb. 17, 2019, noon-5:30PM
1 Diamond Causeway; Suite 13 (Kroger shopping center)

Bitty and Beau’s Coffee Opening in Savannah

Monday, January 7th, 2019

Bitty Beau's Coffee Savannah Down Syndrome disabilities

Bitty & Beau’s Coffee opens in Savannah this Sat. Jan. 12.

This will be the third location for the North Carolina-based coffee shop that reinvented the coffee experience and won 2017 CNN Hero of the Year.

There will be a Ribbon Cutting and Grand Opening ceremony Sat. Jan. 12 2019 @ 10AM.

The shop is located at 319 W. Congress St. and will be open daily 8AM-6PM.

The shop is run by people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD), and provides a one-of-a-kind experience that is changing the way people view those with disabilities.

Amy and Ben Wright founded Bitty & Beau’s Coffee in 2016, in honor of their two youngest children, Bitty & Beau, who have Down syndrome. With approximately 80% of people with IDD unemployed nationwide, Bitty & Beau’s Coffee creates a path for people with IDD to become more valued, accepted and included in every community.

Learn more here.

Savannah schools: Veritas Academy “Tour of Churches” fundraiser to raise funds for scholarships

Friday, January 4th, 2019

Tour of Churches Veritas Academy Savannah schools

Here’s a chance to take an architectural tour of Savannah’s churches & support a good cause at the same time.

Veritas Academy in Savannah announces “Tour of Churches” fundraiser for Sat. Jan. 12 2019 with goal to raise funds for scholarships

This new fundraising event will begin at 3PM where guests will enjoy a walking tour of five historic, downtown churches: First Baptist Church, Christ Church Episcopal, St. John’s Episcopal Church, Trinity United Methodist Church, and Independent Presbyterian Church.

Guests will be led inside each church by the following architects and architectural historians: Dr. David Gobel, Christian Sottile, Father Gavin Dunbar, Dr. Christopher Hendrix, and Dr. Robbin Williams. Following the tour there will be a hot chocolate bar and themed raffles to partake in.

Tickets are limited and may sell out. Ticket prices: $40 for the expert tour, hot chocolate bar, and a chance to purchase raffle tickets. Transportation is available for those unable to walk. Purchase tickets or learn more online here.

Tour of Churches 2019
3-5:30PM Sat. Jan. 12
A walking tour of five historic, downtown Savannah churches: First Baptist Church, Christ Church Episcopal, St. John’s Episcopal Church, Trinity United Methodist Church, & Independent Presbyterian Church
Purchase tickets here.

“We are excited to offer this historically rich event to the Savannah community,” said Candace Brodmann, event chairperson. “We are hoping to raise funds to benefit Veritas Academy, which relies entirely on tuition revenue and private donations from family and friends, charitable foundations and business partners in order to operate the independent school for pre-kindergarten through 12th-grade students.”

For more info, to participate or lend support, please contact Brodmann at cbrodmann@veritassavannah.org .

ABOUT VERITAS ACADEMY

Veritas Academy is located at 25 W. Oglethorpe Lane in downtown Savannah. The school’s mission is to assist parents in the education of their children by cultivating truth, goodness, and beauty in students through a distinctly Christ-centered, classical, and covenantal education. The organization relies entirely on tuition revenue and private donations from family and friends of the school, charitable foundations, and business partners.

To learn more about Veritas Academy, email , call or visit the school at 25 W. Oglethorpe Lane, Savannah, GA 31401, or online here. 

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(Savannah private schools) Veritas Academy guest writer blog spotlights adoption

Wednesday, October 24th, 2018

Adoption Savannah Veritas Academy

 

Veritas Academy in Savannah has a new guest writer blog & you will appreciate the moving piece on it about adoption by pastor David Cleland of Savannah’s Hope Bible Church.

Pastor Cleland & his wife have adopted five children. FIVE. That is simply beyond impressive. Read it here.

More about Veritas Academy

Veritas Academy in Savannah offers a distinctive combination of substantive academics, genuine Christ-centered culture, and a format that tangibly engages the family.

Interested? Come find out how Veritas Academy’s classical, Christian, and covenantal education model is right for your children. During this open house you will get a chance to:
-Tour the campus
-Sit in and experience the classroom atmosphere
-Have a Q & A session with the Headmaster
-Receive curriculum & admissions information

Veritas Academy Open House 2018 PreK-2nd grade
Thurs. Nov. 15 2018, 9-11AM
25 W Oglethorpe Ln
Savannah, GA 31401-3971

Stay connected with Veritas Academy by liking their page on Facebook here.  On Instagram here.

Veritas Academy , Pre-K through 12th grade,  25 W. Oglethorpe Lane., Savannah 31401, 912-238-1222,  email info@veritassavannah.org www.VeritasSavannah.org Veritas Academy is a SouthernMamas.com advertiser

Savannah Urban Garden Alliance benefit to help grow Public School Garden Manager Program

Tuesday, October 23rd, 2018

SUGA Savannah school gardens

SUGA Savannah Urban Garden Alliance fundraiser to support the school garden manager program to help get kids in the gardens and help SUGA grow into another public school in 2019. Kid-friendly.

Learn more here.

Sat. Nov. 3, 6-9 PM
Two Tides Brewing Company
12 West 41st St.
Savannah GA 31401

Free Election Day childcare to allow parents to vote @ YMCA of Coastal Ga branches; free Election Day Ben & Jerry’s ice cream

Thursday, October 18th, 2018

Free Election Day Childcare YMCA of Coastal Georgia branchesThe Y is making it easier for parents to vote!

The YMCA of Coastal Georgia knows how important it is to cast your vote- and the Y wants to make it easier for parents!

On Nov. 6 2018, the YMCA of Coastal Georgia is offering free childcare to allow parents time to visit the polls. You can visit any participating YMCA to take advantage of their Election Day childcare.

Taking kids to the polls may add stress for busy parents and caregivers; the Y is committed to doing its part to help remove barriers to voting so that all Americans can vote.

Effingham YMCA: 1224 Patriot Dr, Rincon, GA 31326 8:45AM -12PM and 4:30PM – 8PM
Golden Isles YMCA: 144 Scranton Conn, Brunswick, GA 31525 8AM – 10:30PM and 5PM – 7:30PM
Habersham YMCA: 6400 Habersham St, Savannah, GA 31405 8AM – 1PM and 4:15PM – 7:30PM
Islands YMCA: 66 Johnny Mercer Blvd, Savannah, GA 31410 8AM – 1PM and 4PM – 8:30PM
Liberty County/ ASYMCA: 201 Mary Lou Dr, Hinesville, GA 31313 8:30AM – 12PM and 4:30PM – 8PM
McIntosh County YMCA: 1111 Magnolia Bluff Way, Darien, GA 31305 9AM – 12PM and 5PM – 7:30PM
Richmond Hill YMCA: 154 Thunderbird Dr, Richmond Hill, GA 31324 8:15AM – 12:15PM and 4PM – 8PM
Statesboro YMCAL: 401 Clairborne Ave, Statesboro, GA 31458 8AM – 12PM and 4PM – 7:30PM
West Chatham YMCA: Isaac G. LaRoche Dr, Pooler, GA 31322 8:45AM – 1PM and 4:15PM – 7:30PM

Parents will need to complete a registration form and sign a waiver upon arrival at Childwatch if not a YMCA member.

YMCA of Coastal Georgia is a SouthernMamas.com advertiser

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Election 2018

Learn more about the candidates? Check out Voters Guide at lwvcga.org.

Find your polling place: mvp.sos.ga.gov

VOTE EARLY:  Find early voting hours & locations here. 

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Free Ben & Jerry's ice cream Savannah Election Day Georgia Voter sticker

Free Ben & Jerry’s ice cream for voters

Keep those “I’m A Georgia Voter” peach stickers after you vote.

Show your Georgia Voter sticker on Election Day Nov. 6 @ Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream on Broughton Street in Savannah to receive a free scoop of ice cream. Open 11AM-11PM on Tuesdays.

UPDATE: This offer is no longer being offered as Ben & Jerry’s said they cannot offer any special treat for voting, saying it’s illegal according to Secretary of State. 

Ben & Jerry’s Savannah
25 E Broughton Street, Suite 1B
Savannah, GA 31401

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More Election Day Treats 

Show your “I’m A Georgia Voter” peach sticker on Nov. 6 to get these Election Day discounts:

Duck Donuts
99 cent coffee and free basic donut
7127 Hodgson Memorial Dr.

Bojangles
Free 22 oz. iced tea (all 5 Savannah area locations)
29 West DeRenne Ave.
4401 Ogeechee Rd.
1021 East U.S. 80, Pooler
7111 GA-21, Port Wentworth
130 Carter St., Hinesville

Sentient Bean
10% off all drinks
13 East Park Ave.

Ben and Jerry’s
Free scoop of ice cream
25 E. Broughton St.

Leopold’s Ice Cream
Upgrade your single scoop cone to a double scoop cone
212 East Broughton St.

The Coffee Fox
10% off your order
102 West Broughton St.

Henny Penny Café
10% off your order
1514 Bull St.

Blowin’ Smoke
Complementary peach-themed dessert or drink
1611 Habersham St.

B. Matthews
Complementary peach-themed dessert or drink
325 East Bay St.

East End Provisions
Complementary peach-themed dessert or drink
420 East Broughton St.

The 5 Spot
Complementary peach-themed dessert or drink
4430 Habersham St.

Early Voting through Nov 6th

Civvie’s on Broughton
10% your purchase
14 East Broughton Upstairs

Starlandia
10% off your purchase
2438 Bull St.

The Book Lady
20% off one regular stock used book
6 Liberty St.

Duck Donuts
99 cent coffee
7127 Hodgson Memorial Dr.

Salacia Salts
10% off your purchase
208 West Hall St.

The League of Women Voters of Coastal Georgia and 9to5 Georgia have arranged for local businesses to give incentives for voting in the midterm elections on Nov 6 2018. Some businesses also are offering incentives during the Early Voting period as well. 

KATMA 2018 Kick-A-Thon Fundraiser, Savannah

Thursday, October 18th, 2018

Kick-a-thon KATMA

Sponsor a KATMA student or provide a team to test how many kicks you can do @ the KATMA Kick-a-Thon Fundraiser in Savannah. How many kicks can you do? Each kick is $0.05 per kick.

Kombative Academy of Traditional Martial Arts in Savannah is initiating their Skills for Life, community outreach mission. The mission is to provide affordable self-defense training to those who seek it.

Training will be provided at a reduced cost and free to others and will be based on financial need.

Skills for Life, is open to children and adults who normally would not have the opportunity to take part in martial arts, personal safety or safe-defense training.

The goal is to provide training the following groups of willing and qualified participates:
-Children and adults that have been bullied.
-Individuals that are victims and survivors of molestation and sexual assaults.
-Children and adults that have disabilities and are physically able to participate in training.
-Children that are currently in foster care. As well as children adopted with families in a financial need.
-Children and spouses of first responders and deployed military if qualified.

Sat. Nov. 10, 2018, 11:30AM-3PM
Kombative Academy of Traditional Martial Arts – KATMA
210 W Victory Dr.
Savannah, GA 31405

Old Fort Jackson 37th Annual Silent Auction 2018, Savannah

Wednesday, October 10th, 2018

Old Fort Jackson Savannah Annual Auction 2018

Save the date for Old Fort Jackson 37th Annual Silent Auction fund raiser Sat. Nov. 3 2018, 5-9PM.

Guests can enjoy beautiful views of the Savannah River, a silent auction featuring many unique luxury items, observe artillery and musket demonstrations by costumed historical interpreters and eat delicious Lowcountry cuisine provided by Creative Catering.

The money raised from this fundraiser will directly support Old Fort Jackson in Savannah and will help support daily educational programming as well as special events.

The Annual Auction will have dozens of highly sought-after items for guests to bid on, including a 2-night stay at Tybee Beach Vacation Rentals valued at $600, an inflatable paddleboard from North Island Surf and Kayak valued at $625, 4 tickets to Atlanta Zoo valued a $104, a makers workshop for 6 to Salacia Salts valued at $240 and an Old Fort Jackson Soldier’s experience to learn how to fire the cannons valued at $750.

Old Fort Jackson in Savannah is the oldest standing brick fort in the state of Georgia and one of only five remaining Second System coastal brick fortifications in the United States. The site is solely reliant upon admissions and donations from community supporters to continue operating as a public historic site.

Admission to this event is free of charge.

The Annual Auction is a family event and all ages are welcome.

A Lowcountry boil and alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages are available for purchase.

This event is made possible by generous support from: Savannah Hardscapes, Dunn Foundation Inc, and Creative Catering.

Coastal Heritage Society is a SouthernMamas.com advertiser 

Old Fort Jackson Auction 2018
Sat. Nov. 3, 2018
5-9PM
Old Fort Jackson
1 Fort Jackson Rd, Savannah, Georgia 31404

Early Voting 2018 in Chatham County

Wednesday, October 10th, 2018

Early Voting Chatham County Savannah 2018

Republican Brian Kemp and Democrat Stacey Abrams face off in the race to become Georgia’s next governor. The election is Nov. 6 2018.

Learn more about the candidates? Check out Voters Guide at lwvcga.org.

Find your polling place: mvp.sos.ga.gov

EARLY IN-PERSON VOTING: Oct. 15, 2018-Nov. 2, 2018

Early in-person voting is available 21 days prior to the General Primary and Nonpartisan Election. Any
eligible registered voter desiring to vote in advance during this period may do so in-person at the Voter

Registration Main Office, 1117 Eisenhower Dr, Suite E, Savannah, GA 31406, Mon-Fri, 8AM-5PM
No reason is required for absentee early voting.

Learn more here.
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SATURDAY AND SUNDAY VOTING

Oct. 27, 2018 Main Office 1117 Eisenhower Dr., Suite E 9AM-4PM.
Oct. 28, 2018 Main Office 1117 Eisenhower Dr., Suite E Noon-5PM

ADDITIONAL EARLY VOTING LOCATIONS AND HOURS: Oct. 29, 2018-Nov. 2, 2018
Additional voting locations around the county will be opened for your convenience. See locations and
times below.
Main Office 1117 Eisenhower Drive, Suite E 8AM-6PM
Civic Center 301 W. Oglethorpe Ave 9AM-4PM
Mosquito Control 65 Billy B. Hair Drive 9AM-4PM
Islands Library 50 Johnny Mercer Blvd 10AM-4PM
Southwest Library 14097 Abercorn St 10AM-4PM

Important dates

Oct. 15-Nov. 5: Early voting

Oct. 27: Saturday voting

Nov. 2: Request for absentee ballot

Nov. 6: Absentee ballot deadline

Nov. 6: Georgia General Election, including for governor

Opening in Savannah: Bitty & Beau’s coffee shop that employs people with disabilities

Tuesday, October 2nd, 2018

Bitty & Beau’s coffee shop – which gives people with disabilities the chance to work – is opening in Savannah this month.

Founder Amy Wright named the shop after her two children who have Down syndrome.

The mission of the Wilmington-NC based organization is to employ those with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities including Down syndrome, autism, cerebral palsy and more.

The Savannah shop will be at 319 West Congress St. and is expected to open in October.

Wright anticipates hiring approximately 20 employees with disabilities, along with a small support staff at the Savannah coffee shop, which is the third Bitty & Beau’s location. The second location is in Charleston, SC @ 159 Church St.

Wright, recipient of the CNN Hero of the Year Award for 2017, said in her acceptance speech, “My children are not broken. My employees are not broken. 200 million people across the world living with an intellectual or developmental disability are not broken. What is broken is the lens through which we view people with disabilities. Bitty & Beau’s Coffee is a new lens, one that changes the way that people see other people.”

Bitty & Beau’s employees launched a new social media campaign titled #notbroken.

Learn about hiring opportunities here.

(Savannah Fall Festivals 2018) Pee Wee Rodeo 2018

Friday, August 17th, 2018

Pee Wee Rodeo 2015 Savannah Urban Hope

Save the date for the 5th Annual Pee Wee Rodeo, Nov. 17, 2018 @ The Old Dairy Farm, 2500 Tennessee Ave.
Time: 10AM-1PM
Purchase tickets at www.urbanhopesavannah.org

Grab your cowboy hat, boots, spurs and chaps and come for a fun filled day of cowboy/cowgirl activities.

Your child will enjoy the chance to participate in stick horse rodeo events!

There will be other fun activities, such as pony rides, wagon rides, mechanical bull, face painting, archery, and farm animal petting zoo. Food & beverages available for purchase.

All proceeds from the event will benefit Urban Hope, a free after school program for inner city and at risk children.

10th Annual Statts Fest Savannah

Thursday, August 16th, 2018

10th Annual Statts Fest will be Sept. 29 2018 @  in the yard @ the Rail Pub in Savannah & live music & silent auction.

Friends of Jason Statts have planned a benefit to help subsidize the medical assistance that Statts, a quadriplegic as a result of violent crime, requires.

Statts Fest fundraiser
Sat. Sept. 29 2018
4PM – 7PM

Learn more @ friendsofstatts.com .

About Jason Statts

On June 28, 2008, Jason Statts, a professional graphic designer, local musician, 1996 SCAD graduate and overall amazing guy, was a victim of a violent crime in Ardsley Park. Statts was shot in the neck and suffered irreparable damage to his spinal column.

Since then, he has relied on government assistance to cover his mounting medical costs, and the support of his friends and family to keep him smiling. His family and friends host fundraisers to help fill in the gaps in his finances so that he can receive the benefits and medical assistance he requires.

For more information, please visit www.friendsofstatts.com or email info@friendsofstatts.com.

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2018 Buddy Walk & FREE Family Fun Festival, Savannah

Wednesday, August 15th, 2018

Lowcountry Down Syndrome Society

The 2018 Buddy Walk will be Saturday, Oct. 6 at 10AM in Forsyth Park in historic downtown Savannah.

The 13th annual one-mile fundraiser benefits the Lowcountry Down Syndrome Society (LDSS).

Past events welcomed over 5,000 participants and this year LDSS is hoping to have even more community members come out and raise awareness and funds for local programs that benefit people with Down syndrome and their families.

The Buddy Walk Program encourages participants of all ages and abilities. Carriages, strollers, wheelchairs, little red wagons and pets are all welcome. The goals are to promote acceptance and inclusion of people with Down Syndrome and to positively influence local and national policy and practice. Past Buddy Walk events have raised millions to benefit education, research, and advocacy initiatives nationally, as well as the Night of Champions, Camp Buddy and many other services here in the Lowcountry and Coastal Empire.

Family Fun Festival

The walk begins at 10AM with a Family Fun Festival being held immediately thereafter. A wide range of activities including face painting, bouncy houses, other games, as well as music and refreshments will last until 2pm.

Register for the Buddy Walk

Online registration is available here. Participants can also signup starting at 8:30 am the day of the event. Registration is $15 per person or $50 for a family of four, which includes a T-Shirt, lunch & admission to the festival. For more info, contact Candy Bogardus at (912) 728-8505 or jcbogardus@gmail.com, or visit www.ldssga.org.

Find more information here.

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(Savannah Summer Camps 2018) FREE camp @ The Fresh Air Home, Tybee Is.

Wednesday, June 6th, 2018

Fresh Air Tybee Summer Camp 2018

For over 120 years, The Fresh Air Home on Tybee Is. has served as a summer camp for children of Savannah & surrounding areas.

The Fresh Air Home – located on the beach on Tybee Island – provides a camp for children whose family could use a little help.

The Fresh Air Home offers a loving, secure and nurturing environment. For many, attending camp is an experience of a lifetime. The organization that runs the camp is a non-profit group of 50 women who are all volunteers.

Thanks to many generous donors, there is no charge to attend this 11-day, overnight camp.

The Fresh Air Home on Tybee Is. accepts campers ages 4-11. The typical child who attends may be from a single parent home, a family that is in financial crisis, one dealing with an illness or other family issues.

The camp is for a child who could benefit from time at camp but the parent can not afford this luxury.

Registration packages are mailed out as requests from the hotline are processed.

To request an application, please call the voicemail hotline at 912-786-4886. The phone line is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week beginning April 23rd.

Camp Dates 2018

Session II: Mon. June 18 – Fri. June 29
Session III: Tues. July 2 – Fri. July 13
Session IV: Mon. July 16 – Fri. July 27

Learn more here.