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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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FOR MORE FALL FESTIVALS 2018, VISIT THE SOUTHERNMAMAS.COM FALL FUN GUIDE HERE. 

(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. 

Fundraiser for family of “Kate the Great” @ Wilmington Island Farmers’ Market, Savannah

Tuesday, June 5th, 2018

Kate Great Fundraiser Savannah 2018 Wilmington Island Farmers Market

The Wilmington Island Farmers’ Market  will host a fundraiser for the family of nine-year-old dancer Kate McKay, also known as “Kate the Great,” who was diagnosed with leukemia and passed away on April 26.

Donations will be collected to help the McKay family, who live in Thunderbolt, pay for medical bills and funeral expenses. Funds will also be raised via a silent auction featuring over 70 items, including a Yeti cooler, a round of golf at the new Savannah Country Club, jewelry by SCAD alumna, original artwork, beauty packages, gift cards to Savannah businesses and more.

Highlights of this family-friendly event include a guest appearance by 97.3 Kiss FM, free information sessions with the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society – Savannah, a water slide, a soccer skills demonstration from Savannah United, Father’s Day crafts, giant yard games with Mathnasium and Leopold’s famous ice cream. The market will offer its customary variety of food, including $1 hot dogs, and handcrafted items for purchase from local vendors.

Admission to this special market, co-hosted by Gretchen Greene School of Dance, is free and open to the public. Parking is available on-site.

Learn more here. 

Saturday, June 16, 2018
9AM-1PM
Leopold’s Ice Cream: 10AM- 1PM
Savannah United Soccer Skills Demonstration: 10:30 – 11:30AM
97.3 Kiss FM Radio Appearance: 11AM-Noon
$1 Hot Dogs: 11AM-12:30PM

Wilmington Is. Farmer’s Market
Islands High School
170 Whitemarsh Island Road
Savannah 31410

Free school supplies, haircut, uniform for kids @ Back to School Bash 2018, Savannah

Sunday, June 3rd, 2018

free back to school bash

Families are invited to visit Compassion Christian Church East Campus in Savannah for a FREE Back to School Bash.

This is a chance for children to receive free uniforms, school supplies, toiletries, and a haircut before going back to school.

This event is offering each child: a free bag of school supplies, a free bag of hygiene items (toothpaste, toothbrushes, bars of soap, shampoo, deodorant) and an opportunity to pick out a free, gently-used uniform and shoes (while supplies last); plus a free haircut.

There will be games, prizes & fun

Sat. July 21, 2018
9-11:30AM
Compassion Christian Church East Campus
9150 Old Montgomery Rd.
Savannah, GA 31406

Giveaway: Free month of Kindermusik Savannah to two children with special needs.

Thursday, May 10th, 2018

kindermusik savannah toddlers mommy & me

Imagine…an entirely free month of Kindermusik Savannah for your child in June.

Imagine…a place where your special needs child is welcomed, integrated, and treated just like everybody else- the uniquely special individual that she is!

At Kindermusik Savannah , every child has a special need- the need to be himself – in a comfortable, affirming and joyful learning environment.

This June,  Kindermusik Savannah with 88 Keys Piano is giving away a free month to two children with special needs. Deadline to apply is May 31, 2018. For more information, email info@kindermusikwith88keys.com or text “FREEJUNE” to 912-432-5885.

Musical playdates for ages 0-7

There is still limited space left in our May musical play dates- “This is My Dance!” Open to ages 0-7 and their caregivers. Play dates will be May 19; May 23 & May 26 at 10AM. Enroll at kindermusikwith88keys.com.

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

Savannah dentists: Dogwood Pediatric Dentistry creates sensory quiet room for patients with special needs & ages 1-3.

Monday, April 16th, 2018

Savannah dentists Dogwood Pediatric Dentistry Dr. Krista special needs autism

Dogwood Pediatric Dentistry in Savannah is doing even more to help put your child at ease when visiting the dentist.

The practice is building a sensory quiet room for those with special needs and for younger ones, age 1-3.

Dogwood Pediatric Dentistry accepts most insurance including the following insurance: Amerigroup, CareSource, PeachState and Well Care (these are all Georgia Medicaid) The other main ones accepted @ Dogwood are United Concordia/Tricare (military), Ameritas, MetLife and Cigna.

Dogwood Pediatric Dentistry in Savannah is accepting new patients and you can request an appointment online by visiting their Web site here.  

SPECIAL NEEDS PATIENTS

If you’re the parent or guardian of a child with disabilities, you’ll appreciate the support, skill and compassion found with Dr. Krista and our office.

Dogwood Pediatric Dentistry can help put your child on the path of good oral health with a preventative dental care plan customized to fit your child’s needs.

Dogwood Pediatric Dentistry
4849 Paulsen St., Suite 101
Savannah, GA 31405
912-298-KIDS (5437)

Dogwood Pediatric Dentistry, www.dogwoodsmiles.com, 4849 Paulsen St., Suite 101, Savannah 31405, 912-298-KIDS (5437), email admin@dogwoodsmiles.com. Dogwood Pediatric Dentistry is a SouthernMamas.com advertiser

(Savannah Summer Camps 2018) Kids Fashion Bootcamp @ House of Strut

Tuesday, April 10th, 2018

Kids Fashion Bootcamp Summer Camps Savannah 2018 House of Strut

House of Strut in Savannah’s Kids Fashion Bootcamp 2018 is a week long, hands-on fashion workshop camp for children ages 5 to 11 years. Camp concludes with a runway show!

Children design, create and have fun.

Camp will be June 25-June 29 or July 9-13 2018.

Camp hours are 10AM-3PM, Monday through Thursday and Friday 10AM-6PM with the runway show at 5PM on Friday.

KIDS FASHION BOOTCAMP

The Kids Fashion Bootcamp 2018 focuses on educating these creative students on personal style, vintage versus fast fashion and fashion history lessons.

The hands-on projects include designing and creating their own fashions for the runway show at the end of the week. Fashion projects include: up-cycling denim, creation of jewelry, natural dying, screen-printing, styling and runway practice and education.

At the end of the week, the children will put on a runway show for parents, friends and the public.

CAMP APPLICATIONS

To submit an application for your child, please click here.

The camp supports the Savannah non-profit, Loop It Up Savannah. 

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House of Strut, www.houseofstrut.com, 17 West 41st St. (Lower Unit), Savannah 31401, (912) 712-3902, email erica@houseofstrut.com House of Strut is a SouthernMamas.com advertiser

Savannah Schools: Martinis & Masterpieces fundraiser for St. Vincent’s Academy

Monday, March 26th, 2018

Martinis Masterpieces Savannah schools St. Vincent's Academy

Here’s a fun way to support St. Vincent’s Academy in Savannah.

St. Vincent’s Academy’s Martinis & Masterpieces event will be Thurs. April 19 2018 at the Knights of Columbus on Liberty Street from 6-9PM.

The night will feature a fabulous jazz trio, wonderful food, signature martinis, and a reverse art raffle with over 100 pieces of local art included with your ticket price.

After perusing artwork during cocktail hour, when your number is called out, you will be able to choose one of the pieces of artwork to leave with that evening!

It promises to be a night of great fun! Purchase your ticket today online here.

This event is open to the public. You do not need to have a child currently attending St. Vincent’s to participate.

St. Vincent’s Academy is a SouthernMamas.com advertiser 

Free Savannah family events: Visit a Mosque Day @ Islamic Center of Savannah

Thursday, February 22nd, 2018

Visit Mosque Day March 10 Savannah 2018

Visit A Mosque Day – Savannah
Hosted by Islamic Center Of Savannah

You are invited to Visit a Mosque Day on March 10, 2018, 3-6PM. Although most mosques are always open to the public, this is a chance for individuals and groups to enjoin in a casual setting with Muslims from their neighborhoods. Members of all faiths are invited. This is a kid-friendly event.

Edward Ahmed Mitchell, Executive Director of CAIR Georgia, will be the keynote speaker.

Come and get to know your Muslim neighbors. Be sure to invite your friends, neighbors, and colleagues and enjoy Middle-Eastern hors d’oeuvre & sweets.

Visit www.AtlantaMuslim.com/VAMD for a list of Georgia Mosques participating. #VisitAMosqueATL

Saturday, March 10, 3-6PM
Islamic Center Of Savannah
1030 Dutchtown Road
Savannah 31419

Help Savannah-area foster children

Monday, February 5th, 2018

Help foster children foster parents Savannah Georgia

There’s a huge need for foster homes in the Savannah area. There are ways you can help – whether it’s taking the huge step and becoming trained to become a foster parent or simply by volunteering to help support foster kids in our area.

Here are some resources to help foster kids:

Lutheran Services of Georgia

Lutheran Services of Georgia is one of the largest non-profit providers of specialized foster care services in Georgia. Lutheran Services of Georgia works in partnership with the Division of Family and Children Services (DFCS) to ensure the safety, permanency, and well-being of children. LSG provides Specialized Foster Care services for children in the custody of the DFCS and the Department of Juvenile Justice.

Specialized Foster Care Services are offered in Savannah among other Georgian cities.

Learn about becoming a foster parent & upcoming trainings here. 

Georgia MENTOR

Georgia MENTOR is an agency that partners with the Department of Family and Children Services to place foster children with emotional, behavioral or medical challenges in care.
Georgia MENTOR also provides training and support to foster parents to care for children who have been through many difficult challenges. That’s in addition to what foster parents receive from DFACS.
The Georgia MENTOR program in Savannah, which serves several counties in the surrounding area, has a huge need for therapeutic foster homes.
CONTACT: Complete a foster application with Georgia MENTOR online at makeadifferenceathome.com or call 912-234-6853.

Read our newspaper column about the need for foster care homes in Savannah here. 

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Volunteer or donate to help foster children in the Savannah area

Savannah/Chatham County CASA program

Savannah/Chatham County’s nonprofit CASA program, part of a national program which stands for Court Appointed Special Advocates, is in need of more volunteers to represent the best interests of abused or neglected children in the court system.

CASA trains volunteers to serve as the eyes and ears of judges in child abuse and neglect cases. A newly trained volunteer is appointed one case at first to research in depth. This involves talking to the children, relatives, teachers and others, attending court hearings, completing court reports and more. The volunteer then reports back to the judge with information gathered about what would be in the best interest of the child.

Abused or neglected children in the court system who have a CASA volunteer are more likely to find a safe, permanent home, more likely to get more help while in the system, and more likely to do better in school.

CONTACT: Donations to the Savannah/Chatham program are accepted online. Volunteer applications are also available online. Find out about both here.   

For more information, contact Samantha Oughtred, one of four advocacy coordinators at Savannah/Chatham County CASA Inc: samantha@savannahcasa.org or 912-663-9728

Read our newspaper article about the need for CASA volunteers in Savannah here. 

Read our newspaper article about two CASA volunteers helping abused and neglected children in Savannah here. 

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More Savannah resources for foster care families, children

Foster Care Closet in Savannah

When a child enters foster care, they often have little or no personal belongings. At the Foster Care Closet in Savannah, they can get a duffel bag, toiletries and a clothes bag with two new outfits, a pair of pajamas and socks and underwear.

The P.A.C.K. closet at the Department of Family and Children’s Services Building in Savannah is accessible only to social workers. They are able to bring children with them into this happy space and allow them to choose a duffle bag, a bag of clothes (2 outfits, PJs, socks, underwear), a toiletry bag, a stuffed animal, a blanket, and other necessities. When the children cannot be present, the items are selected by their case worker.

Volunteer or donate with P.A.C.K  (People of Action Caring for Kids) in Savannah to help with the Foster Care Closet. Find more information at packsavannah.com or email packsavannahga@gmail.com

Read our newspaper column about P.A.C.K. here.

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To have additional Savannah foster care children resources listed here, please email the information to anne@southernmamas.com

Loop It Up Savannah hosts community fundraiser with Soup It Up

Thursday, February 1st, 2018

Soup It Up for Loop It Up 2018 fundraiser outreach Savannah

You are invited to a special Savannah community fundraiser: SOUP IT UP for LOOP IT UP 2018 – The Second Serving!

This event marks the second year of Loop It Up’s signature fundraising event, in which local chefs will compete for the title of the Golden Soup Bowl while generously raising funds to support Loop It Up Savannah’s programming for Savannah youth and services to local families.

A fundraising campaign that’s currently under way will culminate with the SOUP IT UP for LOOP IT UP event on March 3, 2018 at Ghost Coast Distillery in Savannah. The event will be from 7-10:30PM and will feature soup tasting, hors d’oeuvers, raffles, a children’s art exhibition, live music and the soup contest itself.

Funds raised will support Loop It Up Savannah, a nonprofit that provides programs for Savannah young people and services to Savannah families in low-income areas.

Purchase a ticket online here by specifying the in the message section of your donation the number of tickets you are requesting. Single tickets are $60. Couples are $100. Tickets come with sponsorships so please consider one of the sponsorship levels listed here.

Soup It Up for Loop It Up 2018
Sat. March 3 2018, 7 PM
Ghost Coast Distillery
641 Indian St.
Savannah, GA 31401