Thursday, October 31, 2019

Union Mission prepares for Homeless Awareness Month

Posted By on Thu, Oct 31, 2019 at 1:09 PM

Union Mission estimates that "on any given night there are between 750 and 1,000 individuals experiencing homelessness in our community. In order to bring much needed awareness to this issue, November serves as Homeless Awareness Month."

Union Mission invites the public "to influence change" by participating in any or all of the following activities:

Attend a Union Mission Lunch N’ Learn on Thursday, November 14 from 11:30am – 12:30pm at Grace House (120 Fahm Street). This program allows individuals the opportunity to learn more about homelessness in Savannah and the services Union Mission provides. Lunch will be provided by Starfish Catering. Reserve your seat at

Order Starfish Catering. Their social enterprise offers a number of options from party platters, box lunches or buffet-style breakfast and lunch. Contact (912) 238-2777 or to place an order.

Organize a Dress Down Day at Your Company. Designate a casual day(s) where employees donate a minimum of $5 each to wear jeans. All proceeds benefit Union Mission.

Donate to Giving Tuesday. Union Mission will be raising funds for Giving Tuesday during the month of November to remodel 4 bathrooms at Magdalene Project, a 20-bed emergency shelter for homeless women and their children. Each bathroom will cost $2,000 to remodel. Donate at If you or your civic organization is interested in sponsoring, contact Suzanne Willis at (912) 238-2777 ext. 1315 or

Volunteer at Union Mission for the Thanksgiving Meal on Wednesday, November 27th at Grace House (120 Fahm Street) from 8:30am to 10:45am or 10:45am to 2:00pm. In the spirit of the holidays, Union Mission will serve 300 free Thanksgiving dinners, provided by Gulfstream Aerospace Corporation with the support of Sodexo, to local families and individuals in need. Volunteers will have the opportunity to serve a meal or assist with donation giveaways. Space is limited so register at

Monday, October 28, 2019

First Responder Appreciation Luncheon to be held today at 11 a.m.

Posted By on Mon, Oct 28, 2019 at 8:35 AM

 In honor of National First Responders Day on October 28, Harris Lowry Manton LLP will host the 6th Annual First Responder Appreciation Luncheon, featuring free lunch for local paramedics, firefighters, police officers and emergency medical responders.

Catered by Chef Kirk Blaine of The Howlin’ Hound, Castaways and Driftaway Café, complimentary hamburgers, pulled pork sandwiches, drinks and sides will be available on-site or to-go for all area first responders.

The event will feature live music by Junkyard Angel as well as exciting giveaways, including University of Georgia football tickets, Savannah Bananas tickets and restaurant gift certificates.

There will also be a special tribute to fallen first responders and a check presentation to The 200 Club of the Coastal Empire.

This event is free and open to all area first responders.

Friday, October 25, 2019

Downtown events to bring major road closures, parking restrictions all weekend

Posted By on Fri, Oct 25, 2019 at 12:10 PM


A packed weekend calendar will bring multiple street closures and parking restrictions to downtown Savannah.

Events include the SSU Homecoming Parade, the SCAD Savannah Film Festival, the Savannah Pride Festival, the Savannah Speed Classic, and the Jewish Food Festival.

SSU Homecoming Day Parade map
  • SSU Homecoming Day Parade map

The SSU Homecoming Parade runs from 9 a.m. Saturday through about 1:30 p.m. The parade route runs from East Broad to Broughton Street to MLK Jr. Boulevard.

The parade Staging Area on East Broad Street will be closed from 6 a.m. on, with route closure starting at 8:45 a.m.

Saturday closures for the Savannah Pride Festival.
  • Saturday closures for the Savannah Pride Festival.

The Savannah Pride Festival features a parade beginning 8 p.m. Friday evening along River Street and Broughton Street, concluding in Ellis Square. From 8 a.m.-midnight Friday, Barnard from W. Bryan to Broughton (Including both sides of Ellis) and St. Julian from Whitaker to Barnard will be closed.

On Saturday, Pride continues from 10 a.m.-midnight in Ellis Square. Barnard from w Bryan to Broughton (Including both sides of Ellis) and St. Julian from Whitaker to Barnard will be closed.

There will be a split of Congress Street for pedestrians with a vehicle lane to keep eastbound traffic flow

Pride continues in Ellis Square from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday.

Closures for the SCAD Savannah Film Festival
  • Closures for the SCAD Savannah Film Festival

The SCAD Savannah Film Festival begins Saturday and runs through Nov. 2

Portions of Broughton Street and Abercorn streets will be closed Oct. 26 after the SSU Parade until midnight, and evenings throughout the Film Festival until its conclusion the following weekend.

The Shalom Y'all Jewish Food Festival happens Sunday in Monterey Square.

The Savannah Speed Classic happens on Hutchinson Island through Sunday. Vehicles will be heard throughout the downtown area. 

Wednesday, October 23, 2019

Painting With a Twist hosts 'Painting With a Purpose' fundraiser for Union Mission

Posted By on Wed, Oct 23, 2019 at 11:22 AM

Painting With a Twist in Savannah is raising money to support Union Mission programs for the homeless with a special Christmas-inspired Painting With A Purpose from 7-9 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 14.

Since its founding in 1937, Union Mission has provided emergency shelter, permanent supportive housing, behavioral health services, support for people living with HIV/AIDS and employment and educational services.

The Painting With a Twist studio is at 512 E. Oglethorpe Ave, Savannah, GA 31401, in Crawford Square Plaza.

The cost is $35 per person. An art instructor will lead a "creative evening of fun" with a step-by-step painting of your choice of Santa Claus or Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer.

To register, go here

For more information on Union Mission, visit

Attendees are encouraged to arrive 30 minutes early. Those arriving more than 20 minutes late will not be allowed to paint. Painting classes are subject to change and cancellation for unforeseen circumstances. Registrants will be notified prior to class time and refunds will be processed.

AT Painting With A Twist painting sessions, attendees can sip their favorite beverage and enjoy step-by-step instructions with experienced and enthusiastic local artists. 

Pink Martini to play Savannah Music Fest pre-season show

Posted By on Wed, Oct 23, 2019 at 10:37 AM

In a special pre-season concert, Savannah Music Festival (SMF) presents Pink Martini on February 26, 2020 at 7:30 p.m. at the Lucas Theatre for the Arts.

Tickets for Pink Martini go on sale on Friday, October 25 at 10 a.m., and can be purchased online at, by phone at 912.525.5050 or in-person at the Savannah Box Office at 216 E. Broughton St.

The performance is sponsored by Wilmington Trust, Dorothea & Tim Coy, Abshire PR, The Kennickell Group and Sound View Wealth Advisors.

Under the musical direction of founder and pianist Thomas Lauderdale, Pink Martini performs its multilingual repertoire on concert stages and with symphony orchestras throughout Europe, Asia, Greece, Turkey, the Middle East, Northern Africa, Australia, New Zealand, South America and North America. Pink Martini made its European debut at the Cannes Film Festival in 1997 and its orchestral debut with the Oregon Symphony in 1998 under the direction of Norman Leyden.

Tuesday, October 22, 2019

Velvet Caravan to play Victory North the night after Thanksgiving

Posted By on Tue, Oct 22, 2019 at 12:44 PM

Savannah’s Gypsy, Swing, Honky-Tonk and Upbeat Latin band, Velvet Caravan, will headline an special evening of music Thanksgiving weekend on Friday, November 29 at 8 pm at Victory North Savannah.

Savannah Stopover is the presenting sponsor of the event.

The band continues its upward trend over the last year few years with gigs at South By Southwest Music Festival, Rochester International Jazz Festival, The Iridium Club in New York, Word Cafe in Philadelphia, and NPR’s Latino USA.

Locally, they have appeared at the Savannah Jazz Festival, Savannah Stopover Music Festival, Revival Fest, and the grand finale event for the 2018 Savannah Music Festival.

Tickets for the show will be available via Eventbrite with tiered pricing at $16-$26 for General Admission standing room and $51-$76 for reserved table seating.

Pre-Sale tickets will be available at 10:00am on Wednesday October 23rd to members of Velvet Caravan’s and Savannah Stopover Music Festival’s mailing list.

General Public tickets will go on sale Friday, October 25th at 10:00am on Eventbrite here.

Tickets can also be accessed from here

Wednesday, October 16, 2019

SCAD Savannah Film Festival honorees announced

Posted By on Wed, Oct 16, 2019 at 4:26 PM

Olivia Wilde
  • Olivia Wilde
The Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) today announced the 2019 honorees to be recognized at the 22nd annual SCAD Savannah Film Festival, taking place Oct. 26 - Nov. 2.

This year, SCAD will honor:

Aldis Hodge and Valerie Pachner with the Discovery Award

Daniel Kaluuya and Elisabeth Moss with the Spotlight Award

Danielle Macdonald with the Rising Star Award

Samantha Morton with the Virtuoso Award

Alan Silvestri with the Lifetime Achievement Award for Composing

Olivia Wilde with the Rising Star Director Award (Wilde is a previous Spotlight Award winner)

The festival’s Breakout Award honorees include Beanie Feldstein, Kaitlyn Dever, Jharrel Jerome, Mena Massoud and Camila Morrone. The five actors will participate in a panel discussion on Wednesday, October 30.


Friday, October 11, 2019

Georgia earns prestigious Hope Spot designation

Posted By on Fri, Oct 11, 2019 at 11:06 AM

Coastal ocean advocates on Friday announced the designation of Georgia's offshore waters as an international Hope Spot.

The Hope Spot is a project of Mission Blue, led by oceanographer Sylvia Earle, and means that our waters are important to our ecosystem and should be protected.
  • Grays Reef National Marine Sanctuary/NOAA

The push for the designation was led by Paulita Bennett-Martin, Georgia Campaign Organizer for Oceana; Angela Hariche, CEO of Catapult Design; and ocean advocate Dr. Simona Perry.

Partners include the Caretta Research Project, Grays Reef National Marine Sanctuary, and the Georgia Conservancy.

The Hope Spot is comprised of Georgia's continental shelf and the Blake Plateau, which Hariche explains covers 16,865 square miles.

The U.N. says that there are 8,878 pieces of plastic litter can be found on every square mile of the ocean.

"There are 136,235,470 pieces of plastic litter in our Hope Spot, all of which comes from land activity," says Hariche.

Minimizing the pollution of our offshore waters is just one priority. Perry says that the Hope Spot plan has four specific goals: create an official representation site linking all the marine habitats; support and raise awareness regarding sustainable fisheries; prevent and reduce marine and nutrient pollution; and reduce adverse effects to the North Atlantic right whale and take action for their recovery.

"This is a clarion call to the rest of Georgia to start taking action for our oceans," says Perry.

For more information, visit 

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Tuesday, October 8, 2019

Deep Center unveils first policy brief

Posted By on Tue, Oct 8, 2019 at 2:42 PM

Deep Center on Tuesday unveiled its first policy briefing for a more equitable Savannah.

The brief was written by executive director Dare Dukes, community engagement coordinator Raphael Eissa, director of communications Coco Papy, and community partner Kate Blair of Savannah/Chatham CASA.

The six recommendations Deep makes are:

1. Community, civic and faith-based organizations should build skills and capacity to undertake systems-change advocacy.
2. Child serving institutions should embrace a healing-centered, whole-village approach to building a climate of community healing, achievement, and thriving.
3. Chatham County Juvenile Court should abolish economic sanctions for youth in the juvenile justice system.
4. Our community should re-imagine policing.
5. Savannah Chatham County Public School System should centralize and codify positive school discipline across the district.
6. Chatham County should expand affordable mental health care.

Deep reached these conclusions by partnering with researchers at the University of Georgia to perform youth participatory action research. Through that process, the researchers found the most harmful system to be the school-to-prison pipeline. Deep encourages all child-serving institutions, municipalities, law enforcement, and civic- and faith-based organizations to join in advocacy for these policies.

Deep Center was founded in 2008 to foster literacy in Savannah's youth by hosting free creative writing workshops at middle schools. Since then, Deep's offerings have expanded to move into the community and fighting for equity and justice for our youth.

For more information on Deep, visit


Chatham County Police adopt new protocol for domestic violence victims

Posted By on Tue, Oct 8, 2019 at 12:49 PM

The Chatham County Police Department is instituting new measures "to help better serve domestic violence victims."

After several months of study and preparation, "the department is implementing a protocol designed to help identify the most at-risk victims of domestic violence, and take immediate action to help ensure their safety," a spokesperson says.

"When patrol officers are dispatched to a call involving domestic violence, they will ask the victim a series of questions known as a lethality assessment. The purpose of the lethality assessment is to help determine how at-risk the victim is for escalating, and potentially fatal, violence at the hands of the other party involved in the dispute," police report.

"In cases where the risk is deemed great, victims will have the opportunity to be transported by a Chatham County Police officer to Safe Shelter where they will immediately receive assistance and a place to stay. The questions are based on a national model, and will be asked in a private setting so the victim feels free to speak truthfully without fear of further angering the other party involved in the dispute."

Training will be conducted for all patrol officers on when and how the questionnaire should be used, and what results require immediate action.

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