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FREE family-activities to promote voting in Nov. 6 Georgia Governor’s Election

Wednesday, September 12th, 2018

Register to vote Chatham County November 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.

Are you registered to vote?

Registration deadline is Oct. 9, 2018. Register online before Oct. 9 here.

National Voter Registration Day

There will be voter education opportunities for current voters and for children (i.e. future voters). You are invited for civic engagement about becoming a more informed voter with lots of kid-friendly activities, refreshments & door prizes, 10AM-2PM.

Facepainting (Saturday only), kids’ crafts & booth visitations available all day.

Sat. Sept. 22 @ Southwest Library Auditorium
14097 Abercorn St.
Savannah GA 31419

Tues. Sept. 25 @ Chatham County Voter Registration
1117 Eisenhower Dr. Suite E
Savannah GA 31406
912-790-1520

Sat. Sept. 22

10AM: Doors open/greeting & brief overview of voter registration office.
10:30AM: Absentee ballot training.
11AM: Story time/reading Dr. Seuss’ “One Vote, Two Votes, You Vote, I Vote!
11:45AM: Individuals & organizations third party training
1PM: Story time/reading: Doreen Cronin’s “Duck for President.”

Tues. Sept. 25

10AM: Doors open/greeting & brief overview of voter registration office
10:30AM: Story time/reading Dr. Seuss’ “One Vote, Two Votes, You Vote, I Vote!
11AM: Story time/reading: Doreen Cronin’s “Duck for President.”
11:45AM: Absentee ballot training

#NationalVoterRegistrationDay
#CCNVRDAY

For more info, call 912-790-1520.

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Prior to Election Day – confirm your registration and poll location by calling Voter Registration at (912) 790-1520 or use the My Voter Page website at www.mvp.sos.ga.gov.

Keep your residence and mailing address updated with the Voter Registration Office, 1117 Eisenhower Dr, Ste E, Savannah, Georgia 31406

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

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Important dates

Oct. 9: Deadline to register to vote.

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

.99-cent scoops @ Leopold’s Ice Cream birthday block party, Savannah

Wednesday, August 8th, 2018

Leopold's Birthday Block Party

Leopold’s Ice Cream is 99 years old and you’re invited to a big old-fashioned block party in Savannah to celebrate on Sat. Aug. 18 2018, 11AM-7PM.

Free and fun for the entire family.

Highlights:

* .99 cent single scoops all day
* Largest I Pledge for Ice Cream event ever with a giant flag hanging from a 250 feet ladder fire engine
* Doggie Oasis – Bring your pup to cool down with a free Doggie Sundae
* Oatland Island animals on site – A percentage of all t-shirt sales at the party will go towards helping Oatland Island’s tornado recover efforts
* DIRTT Kids’ Zone – FREE fun
* Win ice cream for a year by posting your pics from the day with #leopolds99
* 2018 birthday party logo designed by Leopold’s soda jerk

Block Party in front of Leopold’s Ice Cream
212 E. Broughton Street
Savannah, GA 31404

New this year, Chatham Emergency Services will bring an ambulance and a ladder truck for the kids to explore. At 2:30PM, all kids are invited to participate in the largest I Pledge for Ice Cream event as a huge American Flag is hung from the 100-foot ladder truck. All participating kids will receive a free cup of ice cream.

SEE THE FULL STAGE SCHEDULE HERE. 

Free Savannah Events: FREE Community Field Day, Aug. 4

Wednesday, July 25th, 2018

Free Field Day Savannah

Creatures of the Night nature program @ Savannah National Wildlife Refuge

Monday, July 23rd, 2018

Owl nature program

Nancy Owen of the Gryphon Den presents “Creatures of the Night” nature program @ Savannah Coastal Refuges Complex. Part of the monthly “Second Saturday” presentation series.

The program addresses our Earth’s vital need for bio-diversity. Features the physical adaptations of nocturnal owls, and bats, including an opportunity to see these live birds in person.

The kid-friendly program begins promptly at 1PM @ the Savannah National Wildlife Refuge visitor center.

Sat. August 11 2018, 1-2PM
Vistor Center @ Savannah Coastal Refuges Complex
694 Beech Hill Ln
Hardeeville, South Carolina 29927

Free Movies in the Park, Tybee Island: Lilo & Stitch

Monday, July 23rd, 2018

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Free Movies in the Park
Memorial Park, Tybee Is.
Sat. Aug. 18, 2018 8:30-10:30PM

Head on over to the park with your chairs, blankets as the sun begins to set.

The free showing of Disney’s Lilo & Stitch will begin as soon as the stars can be seen in the sky and on the screen.

Part of Tybee’s Movies in the Park series.

National Dance Day 2018 @ Forsyth Park, Savannah

Monday, July 23rd, 2018

National Dance Day Flash Mob Savannah 2018

Celebrate National Dance Day in Savannah.

Come learn the official National Dance Day 2018 routine & take part in a flash mob!

Meet at the field near the tennis courts at the Forsyth Park Farmers’ Market at 10:30AM on Sat. July 28 2018.

10:30AM: Tutorial
Noon: Flash Mob

FREE Instrument Petting Zoo, Savannah

Sunday, July 22nd, 2018

Explore musical instruments and how they work with members of the Savannah Philharmonic @ a Free Instrument Petting Zoo this FRI JUL 27 @ 10:30-11:30AM @ Bull Street Library in Savannah.

For ages 5 & older.

Bull Street Library
2002 Bull Street
Savannah, GA 31401

Free admission July 25 for teachers to Jacksonville Zoo & Gardens

Tuesday, July 17th, 2018

Free teacher admission

Wednesday July 25 2018 is Teacher Appreciation Day @ Jacksonville Zoo & Garden. 

Educators get in FREE with their school or district ID.

This is not just limited to Florida teachers either; Georgia teachers included, too.

Jacksonville Zoo & Garden, 370 Zoo Parkway Jacksonville, Fla 32218, (904) 757-4463 www.jacksonvillezoo.org

Free July 4th Events: 4th of July Tybee Bike Parade

Monday, July 2nd, 2018

Tybee 4th of July Bike Parade 2018

Come one, come all. Come celebrate the 4th of July, Tybee style, by decorating your bicycles with your favorite red, white and blue.

Show your patriotic pride by parading throughout Tybee on your tricked out bicycles with flag inspired frills.

Meet at the flags at Tybee Memorial Park on Butler Avenue on Tybee Is.. Family Friendly Fun.

Wednesday, July 4 2018, 11AM-Noon
Tybee Memorial Park

FIND MORE SAVANNAH-AREA JULY 4th FESTIVITIES HERE. 

50% off during July @ Starlight Pottery (paint-your-own-pottery studio) Savannah

Monday, July 2nd, 2018

Starlight Pottery 2013

Starlight Pottery at 7070 Hodgson Memorial Dr. in midtown Savannah is having a 50% off sale during the entire month of July! So bring the kids in to paint their own pottery & cool off.

Price of the pottery you paint is all you pay.
Call or email Starlight Pottery to reserve your table. Call 912.303.9599 or emailcontactus@starlightpottery.com

Studio Hours

Tuesday & Thurs 1-6PM
Friday 3-8PM
Saturday 11-8PM
Wednesday Appointments only (great for groups/field trips~no extra fee)

Starlight Pottery may close one hour early if there are no painters in the studio. Call ahead if you’re coming around that time. Tel: 912.303.9599

Starlight Pottery, 7070 Hodgson Memorial Dr., Savannah, Ga. 31406, tel. 912.303.9599, contactus@starlightpottery.com , http://starlightpottery.com/ Starlight Pottery is a SouthernMamas.com advertiser.

Summer Fun List: Things To Do With Kids This Summer In & Near Savannah

Friday, June 22nd, 2018

Summer Kids' Events Savannah Hilton Head

Things to do with kids this summer in and near Savannah. Click on the links below for details.

Fourth of July Fireworks & Festivities

Water Parks (near Savannah), Pooler, Statesboro, Jekyll Is., Charleston  

FREE Savannah Spray Pools.

FREE Summer Library Kids’ Shows & Programs 

Savannah-area Summer Camps

$1 Kids’ Morning Movies in Savannah, Pooler, Bluffton 

Best Daytrips from Savannah 

FREE Savannah-area Kids’ Events 

Savannah Refugee Film Festival 2018

Saturday, June 16th, 2018

savannah free refugee festival 2018

The Savannah Refugee Film Festival – organized by Mountainfilm on Tour Savannah, Georgia Southern University and Lutheran Services of Georgia – will be 6:30PM this Tuesday, June 19 at the Georgia Southern Armstrong Campus, Ogeechee Theater in the Student Union in Savannah

The festival is free and open to the public.

This is the first refugee film festival in Savannah. The following short films will be shown: “50 Feet From Syria”; “How We Choose” ; “Zain’s Summer: From Refugee to American Boy”; “The Sculptor of Damascus.”

The film festival coincides with World Refugee Day.

Learn more about the festival & how to help refugees resettling in the Savannah area here.

If you go

The Refugee Film Festival in Savannah
Tuesday, June 19, 6:30PM at the Georgia Southern Armstrong Campus, Ogeechee Theater in the Student Union, Savannah
Free and open to the public.
A reception will follow the screenings.

Night @ the Museum & Hikes @ Skidaway Is. State Park, Savannah

Thursday, June 7th, 2018
Skidaway Island State Park in Savannah invites you to these weekend events.
Fee: $5 for parking.
Saturday June 16
11:00 AM Sandpiper Nature Trail Hike:  Walk a mile through the marsh with a
knowledgeable park ranger to learn about our native plants and animals. Call to confirm: 912-598-2300.
2:00 PM Lost Prevention and Preparedness: A park naturalist will talk about how to prevent getting lost and show you simple items to bring along on a hike that could be a life-saver (child-oriented but is for all ages). Call to confirm: 912-598-2300.
8:30 PM Night in the Museum:  Enjoy a relaxing night of crafts and games in the interpretive center. All ages are welcome. Call to confirm: 912-598-2300.
Sunday June 17
11:00 AM Lichen and Fungus Fun: Explore another one of nature’s fascinating kingdoms as we delve into the world of Fungi.  Learn about the different types of fungi and lichen.  Take a short walk on the trail to see live examples.  Call to confirm: 912-598-2300.
3:00 PM Reptile Dinner Time: Watch as the ranger feeds the reptiles.  We have leaping  lizards, chomping turtles, and snakes licking their chops. Call to confirm: 912-598-2300.
Skidaway Island State Park
52 Diamond Causeway
Savannah, GA 31411

Easter Egg Hunts 2018 in Savannah, Pooler, Richmond Hill, Bloomingdale, Hilton Head Is.

Friday, March 23rd, 2018

Easter Egg Hunts Carnivals Savannah 2018 Richmond Hill Hilton Head IslandEaster Egg Hunts 2018

SouthernMamas.com Easter Egg Hunts Guide 2018 includes free egg hunts, Easter festivities in Savannah, Richmond Hill, Bloomingdale, Hilton Head Is.

Plus, the annual chick hatchery, where kids can hold newly hatched chicks will be a different location this year.

Get all the details here.

Free Puppy Palooza @ Wilmington Is. Farmer’s Market, Savannah

Sunday, March 11th, 2018

The Wilmington Island Farmers’ Market will host Puppy Palooza on Sat. March 31 2018 as a fundraiser for the local chapter of the Southeastern Guide Dogs: a non-profit organization that raises and trains puppies to become compassionate companions for the blind and our nation’s veterans.

Sponsored by Savannah Puppy Raisers of Southeastern Guide Dogs, Spectrum Printing & Marketing, Inc., Coca Cola, TailsSpin, Aequilibria Massage Studio and Hipster Hound, this family friendly event will feature puppy nail trimming by Pawsitive Mobile Grooming, puppy massages, puppy selfies & more.

Mercer University medical students from the Memorial Health University Medical Center will offer free blood pressure, body mass index and random blood glucose checks.

Kids will love the dog-themed bounce house, face painting, story time and crafts. The market will also offer its customary variety of delicious food, including $1 hot dogs, and handcrafted items for purchase from regional vendors.

This event is free and open to the public.

WHEN:
Saturday, March 31, 2018
9AM-1PM
Aequilibria Massage Studio Pet Massages: 9-11AM
Ben & Jerry’s Food Truck: 10AM-1PM
Dollar Dog Day $1 Hot Dogs: 11AM-1PM

WI Farmer’s Market
Islands High School
170 Whitemarsh Island Road
Savannah, Ga. 31410

Restrictions, Enhanced Security Zone set for Pence visit for Savannah St. Patrick’s Parade 2018

Thursday, March 8th, 2018

St. Patrick's Day Savannah Enhanced Security Zone Map Restrictions 2018 Pence

 

SAVANNAH ST PATRICK’S DAY PARADE

Sat. March 17 2018, 10:15AM.
See the parade route here. 

The City of Savannah Police and other law enforcement agencies will implement an enhanced security zone for the Vice-President’s visit to the Savannah St. Patrick’s Day Parade. The enhanced security zone will be located between Bay Street to the north, Oglethorpe Street to the south, Whitaker Street to the west and Drayton Street to the east.Enhanced Security Zone map

The zone will go into effect at 12:01 a.m. Saturday morning. At 12:01 a.m., no parking will be allowed on streets between Drayton Street and Whitaker Street from Bay Street to the north and Oglethorpe Street to the South. This includes but is not limited to:

Bay Street
Bryan Street
Saint Julian Street
Congress Street
Broughton Street
State Street
York Street
Oglethorpe Street
All lanes between streets

 

Authorities will begin towing any vehicles parked on the street at 12:01 a.m., including the vehicles of residents. Vehicles will still be permitted to drive through the enhanced security zone until 2:00 a.m.

From 4AM-7AM, no one is allowed into the enhanced security zone due to a security sweep of the area. During this time, only residents who are already in the enhanced security zone will be permitted in the area. Residents are subject to be stopped at this time and will be asked for identification and proof of residence. Business owners and employees will not be permitted in the enhanced security zone until the magnetometer check points open at 7 a.m.

Enhanced Security St Patrick's Day parade 2018 Pence

On Saturday March 17 at 7:00 a.m., the enhanced security zone will re-open for pedestrians. All pedestrians wanting to enter the enhanced security zone must pass through a magnetometer check point.

The magnetometer check points will be located at the following roads intersecting with Whitaker Street

Bay Lane
Saint Julian Street
Congress Street
Broughton Street
Magnetometer checkpoints will also be located at the following roads intersecting Drayton Street

Bay Lane
Broughton Street
President Street

Pedestrians coming from the west side of Savannah are encouraged to use the Saint Julian Street and Broughton Street check points on the intersection of Whittaker Street. Pedestrians coming from the east side of Savannah are encouraged to use the President Street and Broughton Street check points on the intersection of Drayton Street.

Pedestrians will have until 10:00 a.m. to enter the enhanced security zone. After 10:00 a.m. the enhanced security zone will be closed and pedestrians wishing to enter will be denied at the check points.

Inside the enhanced security zone, pedestrians will not be allowed to cross the parade route (Bull Street) at any time until security clearance is given at approximately 1:00 p.m.

Due to the number of restrictions in the enhanced security zone, the City is providing bleacher seating. All parade goers will be able to purchase items from stores that are open inside the enhanced security zone. In addition, the City will allow four food trucks into the enhanced security zone; two will be located in Johnson Square, two will be located in Wright Square.

Savannah residents with any further questions can call 311. Non-Savannah residents can reach the 311 Center by calling 912-651-6565