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Family Farm Picnic Fundraiser, Savannah

Tuesday, April 26th, 2016

Savannah Farm Picnic 2016

You’re invited to the 2nd Annual Farm Picnic Fundraiser.
Proceeds benefit the NEW mobile initiative Farm Truck 912.

Sun. May 1, 4-7PM @ The Old Dairy Farm, 2500 Tennessee Ave.

Tickets $35 in advance/$40 at the door.
You can buy tickets at Forsyth Farmers’ Market every Saturday from 9AM-1PM or here.

Tickets price includes:
Picnic dinner by local restaurants (Savannah River Farms, 22 Square, Cha Bella & The Florence)
Wine and beer. Must be 21+
Music from COEDS, Tokalos and Kristin King Trio.
Petting Zoo.

Bring picnic blankets, sunscreen& bugspray.

The FarmTruck912 is bringing fresh, locally grown produce and fruit to our neighbors with little access to fresh food. We are also combating diet related diseases such as obesity and diabetes and providing nutritional education.
The FarmTruck912 accepts cash, credit, debit and offers 50% to anyone shopping with EBT/SNAP.

Matilda Jane Clothing to Host Charitable Trunk Show @ Savannah Children’s Museum

Wednesday, April 20th, 2016

Matilda Jane Savannah Children's Museum Matilda Jane Clothing will host a special “Janes Give Back” trunk show @ Savannah Children’s Museum, with a percentage of proceeds benefiting the museum.

The event will be this Sat. April 23, 11AM-1PM @ 655 Louisville Rd. Savannah, 31401.

The trunk show is open to the public and is included in the cost of regular admission to Savannah Children’s Museum, $7.50 for all guests ages 18 months and older. Free for Coastal Heritage Society members.

The colorful and whimsical fashion line carries clothing for babies, ages 3 to 24 months, girls age 2 to 10, tweens age 8 to 14 and designs for ladies sizes XS-XL. Gift cards will also be available for purchase at the event. The “Janes Give Back” program has raised more than $180,000 for 849 organizations.

Coastal Heritage Society is a advertiser

Girls on the Runway fashion show to benefit Girls on the Run Coastal Georgia

Sunday, March 20th, 2016

Girls on the Runway Fashion Show Fund Raiser Girls on the Runway!

Hosted by Mercer University School of Medicine, Girls on the Runway is a Fashion Show event that will celebrate strong, confident girls on Sunday, April 3 from 1-3PM.

Purchase tickets here. 

Girls on The Runway will feature great new looks from Runway Seven, Matilda Jane, Kendra Scott, and Fleet Feet Savannah for girls and women of GOTR of all ages and sizes.

*all proceeds will go to the Girls on the Run Coastal Georgia Scholarship fund-to expand access of running and mentor programs to Savannah girls who need them most*

The show takes place at the Memorial University Health Center- Hoskins Center 1250 E 66th St Savannah, GA 31404.

Don’t miss this opportunity to enjoy fashion, refreshments and music while celebrating the healthy, joyful girls and women of our community!

Not only will your ticket give you access to our fashion show but also to inspiring female speakers, local vendors and designers, wellness information, a raffle and a silent auction boasting items from Stella and Dot, Savannah Day Spa, Lululemon Athletica, Pure Barre, 40 Volume Salon, Hairport Salon, Glow Medical Spa, Lovin’ Spoons, Kendra Scott, Thirty One Gifts, Hester Zipperer and Beetnix Juice Bar, to name a few.

The show takes place at the Memorial University Health Center- Hoskins Center 1250 E 66th St Savannah, 31404.

Tickets are limited, so purchase yours now by clicking here.

Tybee Island Kite Festival 2016, April 24

Wednesday, March 16th, 2016

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Tybee Island Kite Festival 2016

11AM-2PM April 24 2016

Savannah Parkinson Support Group invites you to the 5th Annual Tybee Island Kite Festival on Sunday, April 24, 2016 from 11AM-2PM on North Beach, Tybee Is.

This year’s festival is sure fun for the entire family with live music, a kite making booth, caricatures of family and friends and face painting, all free to the public.

There will also be kite contests on the beach, with winners taking home new and decorative kites of their own.

Plastic Kites and a cup of North Beach Grill’s famous gumbo will be available for a $10 donation.

Because of construction in the North Beach Parking Lot, the festival has shifted to the North End of the parking lot, facing the Atlantic, between North Beach Grill and the Tybee Island Shrine Club.

Come early, since the parking lot fills quickly during April because of the warm weather and cool breezes.

Take a few minutes to wander through the booths, learning about a variety of movement disorders, such as Parkinson disease, Multiple Sclerosis, and Essential Tremor. According to the Parkinson’s Disease Foundation, movement disorders affect more than 40 million Americans. These diseases are chronic, painful and debilitating, often leaving the person affected without the ability to control his/her movements.

Information will also be available for People with Parkinson disease in the Savannah/Chatham County/Low Country area who are interested in participating in GEM!, a unique and effective exercise program developed by WTOC Hometown Hero, Coach Michael Cohen. These classes are held twice weekly at the Anderson-Cohen Weightlifting Center. Participants are charged a nominal fee and all supplies are provided.

Any donations made during the 5th Annual Kite Festival will be directed toward the further growth and development of this amazing exercise program that encourages people with Parkinson disease and their caregivers to work side by side, fighting the debilitating effects this disease.


Fun for the whole family. For more info, contact or call 912-376-9833,

Details here.

Savannah Children’s Museum & Ronald McDonald House Charities offer art program for Memorial’s pediatric patients

Sunday, February 28th, 2016

Carts with Heart Memorial Savannah We love that the Coastal Heritage Society, in partnership with Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC) of the Coastal Empire, has started a new hands-on art education program for children who are receiving medical care at The Children’s Hospital at Memorial Health.

This program for pediatric patients is called “Carts with Heart.”

The program will take place regularly at The Children’s Hospital at Memorial Health and the family room at the Ronald McDonald House, which provides a place for families to rest, re-charge, and interact. Each art education program will be geared towards children between the ages of 4 and 12 and the anticipated number to be served throughout the year will be approximately 3,000 people or more.

Savannah Children’s Museum educators will lead academic art activities from a mobile cart for child-patients and their families, providing an opportunity for these children to continue their education through hands-on, creative activities while receiving medical treatment.

The goal is to alleviate stress for children and their families by providing quality time together that is not focused on the child’s illness.

“Carts with Heart” is provided through generous support from the Arts Ashore Legacy Fund grant through The Savannah Community Foundation.

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Kids’ Open Studio & Painting with Dad & More @ Everyone’s An Artist Studio, Pooler

Sunday, February 14th, 2016
kids art classes Pooler Everyone's an Artist Studio

Spring Break Art Camp

Everyone’s An Artist  studio in Pooler will have a Spring Break 2016 art camp March 14-18.

Cost per child: $175. Register before March 1 to receive a $25 discount. 

To register, call 912-755-4567.


Open Studio

How to get some childfree time. Bring the little ones to Open Studio @ Everyone’s An Artist  in Pooler.

Bring your child in for an hour of fun arts and crafts.

Kids can do supervised art work while you cross items off on your to-do list

Below are the February 2016 open studio schedule for the studio.

Open Studio times are:

Thurs., 2/18

Monday, 2/22, Tues. 2/23, and Thurs. 2/25

10AM-1PM (drop-off)

Call ahead to register. 912-755-4567


Children with special needs

Saturday, 2/20, 1-4PM:  Very Special Artists Open Studio for those with Special needs. Siblings welcome. $15 per art kit (drop-in with parents/caregivers for support)

Call ahead to register. 912-755-4567


Painting with Dad

Sunday 2/21 2-4PM Painting with Dad. Ages 8+ (recommended but not required). $45 for each couple.

Call ahead to register. 912-755-4567


Monsters vs. AliensMovie & Craft Night for Kids, Kid-Free Night for Parents<

Everyone’s An Artist studio offers regular Kids’ Movie Night where kids can enjoy a movie, art project & pizza while you enjoy a childfree night.

Saturday 2/27 6-9PM Kids’ Movie Night.
Movie will be Monsters vs. Aliens.

Call ahead to register. 912-755-4567


Everyone’s An Artist studio, 115 Canal St. Pooler, offers group & private art classes, birthday parties, kids’ movie nights, adult art parties & more. On Facebook here. Everyone’s An Artist studio is a advertiser. 


Kilt and Kolor 5K Run 2016 to benefit Lowcountry Down Syndrome Society

Saturday, February 6th, 2016

Kilt and Kolor Run Savannah LDSSThe Lowcountry Down Syndrome Society (LDSS) will be the charity partner of the 3rd annual Kilt and Kolor Run on Sat. March 19 at Savannah Christian Prep School – 1599 Chatham Parkway in Savannah. (Please note this change in location)

The non-profit organization has been selected to be the beneficiary of the 5K race and is assisting with coordination of the event. For more information or to participate in the 5K race as a sponsor or volunteer, contact Kim Watson,

To register for the race or to donate online, visit

Registration opens at 6:30AM and the event begins with a clean, timed 5K race followed by a 1/4 mile kids’ fun run filled with color.

The main event at 9AM is a 5K Kilt and Kolor Run. All participants receive two color powder bags, a t-shirt, medal and photo.

This marks the first year that the Kilt and Kolor Run proceeds are benefitting a Savannah area non-profit.

Since 2006, LDSS has grown from a group of a few families to an organization serving Savannah and the surrounding counties through events such as The Buddy Walk, The Night of Champions and Camp Buddy.

Outreach: Bella’s Big Heart Gives Back Pizza Party, Savannah

Friday, February 5th, 2016

Bella's Big Heart Gives Back Savannah My Pie Sandfly 2016Bella’s Big Heart Gives Back 2nd Annual Savannah Pizza Party

Sat. Feb. 13 2016
11AM-4PM @ Your Pie Pizza, 7360 Skidaway Road in Sandfly
Raising Money and Awareness
Supporting Shriners Hospital for Children Tampa and Chicago.

Help Bella provide fun playground equipment to the Shriners Hospital for Children Hospitals that have helped her get on her feet – literally.
Goal: $20,000 to provide tables for Chicago and an indoor playgrounds and ADA swing for Tampa.

If you can’t make it, but want to donate please contact Desiree Bartels @ 912.441.9224 or for the address to mail donations to. Or make a online donation here.

Three years ago, Bella Grace Bartels was born with a rare disease called Osteogenesis Imperfecta type 3, also known as brittle bone disease.

There is no known cure but through infused biophosphate treatment therapy, surgeries,and pain management, Bella has thrived.

Since she was 8-weeks old, she has traveled back and forth from Shriners Hospital for Children Tampa and Chicago.

Join Bella for a day of pizza, fun, raffles and a silent auction so that she can meet her goal.

Meet other Shrine kids and hear their stories plus receive your free ticket to the Southern Womans Show Saturday, February 27th for Bella’s Day while supplies last.

10% of sales from Your Pie will be donated to the Shriners Hospital for Children 501c3

100% of all donations will be made to Shriners Hospital for Children

Please make all checks out to Shriners Hospital For Children, notes Bella Bartels.

Read more about Bella in our 2015 newspaper column here. 

Farm Truck 912 mobile farmers market in Savannah

Wednesday, January 27th, 2016

Farm Truck 912 Savannah Thanks to Gulfstream Aerospace Corporation’s Live Well. Be Well. initiative, Forsyth Farmers’ Market has created Farm Truck 912, a mobile farmers’ market that will bring local fruits and vegetables to Savannah neighborhoods with the least access to healthy food.

Farm Truck 912 will both accept and double SNAP/EBT benefits and offer health and nutrition opportunities.

Weekly Farm Truck 912 Schedule:

Department of Children and Family Services Center
Mondays, 10am-11:30am

Savannah Gardens
Mondays, 3-4pm

Sheppard’s Gas/Food Mart on Gwinnett
Tuesdays, 11am-Noon

Sustainable Fellwood
Tuesdays, 1-2pm

Moses Jackson Community Center
Tuesdays, 3-4pm

WW Law Community Center
Thursdays, 3-4pm

Memorial Health
Fridays, 11am-1pm

For more information or to offer support, contact: or click here.

Savannah Community Event: Dr. Temple Grandin

Monday, January 25th, 2016


Dr. Temple Grandin to speak in Savannah 2016 autism

UPDATE: The event featuring keynote speaker Dr. Temple Grandin is sold-out. 

On Feb 11-12, The Matthew Reardon Center for Autism (MRCA) will host the 2016 Autism Conference in Savannah that will feature keynote speaker Dr. Temple Grandin, one of the most accomplished and well-known adults with autism in the world.

Her life, with all its challenges and successes, was brought to the screen with the HBO full-length film Temple Grandin, starring Claire Danes. Grandin developed her talents into a successful career as a livestock-handling equipment designer, one of very few in the world. She also speaks on both autism and cattle handling.

Dr. Grandin’s current bestselling book on autism is “The Way I See It: A Personal Look at Autism and Asperger’s.” She also authored “Unwritten Rules of Social Relationships”; “Animals Make Us Human”; “Animals in Translation”; “Thinking in Pictures”; and “Emergence: Labeled Autistic.”

Savannah Community Event featuring keynote speaker, Dr. Temple Grandin
“Different Kinds of Minds”
Followed by book signing
(Books will be available for purchase)
7pm Friday, Feb. 12 2016
Coastal Georgia Center
305 Fahm St. Savannah, GA 31401

Tickets: $20

To purchase tickets, click here.

Donate toys for Miracle on May Street, Savannah

Thursday, December 3rd, 2015

miracle on mayHelp the West Broad Street YMCA collect toys for the 34th Annual Miracle On May Street event, which is a holiday gift give away for the families that the YMCA and Loop It Up Savannah serve.

Organizers are in great need of enough toys to make the event a success.  Families are also needed to volunteer as the “elves” at the event and the day before.

Miracle on May Street in Savannah is 9AM-1PM on Sat. Dec 12 2015.

Donated toys can be new or lightly-used, preferably unwrapped so that the parents can “shop” for their kids.

Toy drop-off locations:

– The West Broad Street YMCA – 1110 May Street
– Loop It Up Savannah @ Jelinek Creative – 103 N. Fahm Street
– Sulfur Studios – 2301 Bull Street
– Starlandia Creative Supply – 2438 Bull St.
– United Way – 428 Bull Street
– Vernon Donovan State Farm – 1935 E. Victory Drive #300
– Cumulus Broadcasting – 214 Television Circle
– 520 Wings- 2705 Bull Street

Interested in volunteering? Sign up by clicking here.

All-inclusive family vacation to Beaches Negril Resort with special group savings, volunteer project

Tuesday, November 10th, 2015

EXCLUSIVE family getaway to Beaches Negril ResortNext summer take a vacation that your family won’t forget!

The gals at Two Sisters Travel have planned the adventure of a lifetime on their EXCLUSIVE getaway to Beaches Negril Resort in Jamaica June 20-25, 2016!

This luxury all-inclusive vacation combines fun and sun for the whole family, with special group savings.

Your family will also have the opportunity to participate in a special family-friendly volunteer project at a local school. Two Sisters Travel have partnered with the Sandals Foundation to offer this special Day of Caring activity. It will be a priceless lesson to teach your children about appreciating differences, respecting others, and the importance of community service.

Beaches Negril Resort provides the perfect setting for this special getaway. Situated on the world-famous 7-Mile Beach, at Beaches everything is included from unlimited watersports like waterskiing, paddle boarding, even SCUBA diving. And there are 6 kids programs for every age from infants to teens. This will truly be a vacation for everyone.

Join Two Sisters Travel online Thurs. Nov. 19 9PM for a Virtual Q&A. They’ll be answering all of your questions, discussing details of the trip, and sharing tips on staying at an all-inclusive resort with the family. Visit the Facebook event here to join or for more information.

There are only 12 rooms available for this exclusive getaway. Book your room now with a $400 deposit. Two Sisters Travel can even arrange an easy to follow payment plan for you.

Get a customized quote now or call 843-284-3241 for details. See you in Jamaica, mon!

You’re invited: SMA Angels Charity Ball, Nov. 21, Savannah

Wednesday, October 28th, 2015

SMN Angels Charity Ball

You’re invited to the SMA Angels Charity Ball Saturday, Nov. 21 for a magical evening of dinner & dancing, live & silent auction @ Marriott Riverfront Savannah.

Featuring “The Swingin’ Medallions” Band. Matt Mattingly, auctioneer, Roger Widener, dinner music.

Profits will be used in the fight against Spinal Muscular Atrophy “SMA”. SMA is the No. 1 genetic killer of infants under the age of two.

Purchase tickets: call 912-727-4SMA

Read about the amazing Richmond Hill family with twin daughters born with Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA) by clicking here.

A devastating neuromuscular disease, SMA is the number one genetic killer of children under two. At present, there is no cure or treatment.


SMA Angels Charity is a 100% volunteer, non-profit charity that was inspired by two amazing little girls, Cassie and Skylar Swanson. They were born March 7, 1997 and, at five months, were diagnosed with the deadly disease Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA). These beautiful identical twins inspired not only their family, but a community of friends. Determined that no parent should ever again hear, “Your child, will never sit, stand or walk and they will die before the age of two,” this charity began its fight against SMA. The organization helps provide support for the crucial research to find a cure or treatment for SMA; sponsors investigation into the best quality of care for children with SMA; provides medical equipment and supplies to families of children with SMA; and continues to work to spread awareness and education about this deadly disease. For more information, please visit, call (912) 727-4762.

Elephants for Ella

Thursday, October 15th, 2015

12072834_964693316922766_5571411845136952453_nElla Bothwell is a 7 year old Rincon girl who has been diagnosed Stage 4 DIPG, an aggressive tumor at the base of the brain.

This type of cancer is usually terminal.

The love and support a family receives from its community in a time like this is immeasurable and often transformative.

It reaffirms that in your darkest times, we are all together and ultimately willing to do whatever it takes to help take care of one another.

The students at Scribble Art Studio in Savannah & Pooler have created …Elephants for Ella, a series of prints to raise money for Ella’s medical treatments.

Prints are a high quality 13″ x 19″, with 5 different Elephants to choose from. Each print is $20 and all proceeds go to Ella’s medical fund.

You can purchase Elephants for Ella here .

Prints also available at both Scribble Art Studio‘s Savannah and Pooler studio locations, as well as Effingham Loves Ella Festival 11AM-4PM on Oct. 31 at the Effingham County Fairgrounds. More festival info here. 

Please contact Scribble Art Studio for more info 912.713.7376 or

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Please visit Ella’s Facebook Page, Prayers for Sweet Ella, for more information about this special little girl.

Pee Wee Rodeo, Nov. 21, Savannah

Thursday, October 15th, 2015

Pee Wee Rodeo 2015 Savannah Urban Hope

Save the date for the 2nd Annual Pee Wee Rodeo, Nov. 21, 2015 @ The Old Dairy Farm, 2500 Tennessee Ave.
Time: 10 am to 1 pm
Tickets: $15 adults, $10 kids, $50 family max, 2 and under are free
Purchase tickets at

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.

A photo booth will provide a chance for you and your family to get a picture taken by Melissa Levesque Photography. There will be food and beverages for purchase from Savannah Food Truck Festival and Thomas the hog dog man.

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

Generous sponsors include: Moves With a Purpose – Savannah Real Estate Consultants, Hancock Askew, DX Marketing, Bill Lucas Insurance, Seacrest Partners, South University, North Western Mutual, Secretariat, Kathleen Horne, Rebecca Jordan Starling, The Yost Family and Savannah River Logistics.



2015 EMS Challenge, Savannah

Saturday, October 10th, 2015

Diabetes fundraiser

Here’s a chance to help a Savannah-area family and have some fun, too: Take part in a EMS Challenge organized by Southside Fire EMS.

This challenge is open to all local EMS services.

Organizers are also looking for a deli or sub shop that would be willing to donate lunch to feed all the paramedics, EMTs and nurses participating in the challenge.

Money raised will go toward fund-raising efforts for a Diabetic Alert Dog for Vivienne Harper, a Savannah-area child who has diabetes.

Sat. Oct. 17, 11AM at Rescue Training Inc., 9 Mall Terrace, Savannah

Registration fee: $50 per team

Contact Carol Crockett at 912-272-9372 or Joe Johnson at 912-312-4899 to register your team.