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Ordinary Magic celebrates fifth anniversary with events, workshops & charity raffle

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Ordinary Magic owner Kelley Boyd

Ordinary Magic, a Savannah shop offering unique and intentional gifts, celebrates its fifth anniversary with a week of workshops and events. Money raised from the raffle will benefit the Friends of Oatland Island.

On Friday, June 21, there will be a Summer Solstice DIY Candle Workshop 6-7:30 p.m. “This event helps to usher the Solstice in and to foster a sense of creativity, purpose and community,” said founder Kelley Boyd.

Ordinary Magic offers a space for exploration, connection, and a touch of magic in the ordinary to a longtime customer, a curious visitor or somebody seeking a unique gift.

Ordinary Magic is a haven for spiritual seekers. It creates a safe space for individuals exploring alternative spiritualities. They offer tools for various paths, from meditation to prayer, while workshops and classes provide opportunities to connect with like-minded people.

Owner Kelley J. Boyd opened Ordinary Magic in 2019, inspired by a lifelong love of nature and a deep curiosity about the world. The shop’s name reflects a belief in finding magic in everyday life.

“Ordinary Magic thrives thanks to its loyal customers, supportive community, and dedicated staff. The fifth-anniversary celebration is a testament to the shop’s role in fostering connections and spiritual exploration in Savannah," said Kelley Boyd, founder of Ordinary Magic.

Judge Realty partners with Hospice Savannah to offer home modification to support aging in place

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Judge Realty recently partnered with Hospice Savannah to encourage and support aging in place through strategic home modification. Judge Realty works with Hospice Savannah’s CAPABLE+ program to help older adults live independently with strategic support.

Judge Realty – a leading commercial, residential and property management firm proudly headquartered in Savannah – is honored to partner with Hospice Savannah to encourage and support aging in place. Judge Property Management, a division of Judge Realty, is working in conjunction with Hospice Savannah’s CAPABLE+ program to help older adults live independently with strategic support in the privacy of their home environment.

“We’re deeply honored to partner with Hospice Savannah to help local seniors age in place,” said Lori Judge, founder and CEO of Judge Realty. “We want to do everything we can to help older adults in our community remain independent for as long as possible.”

Hospice Savannah’s CAPABLE program provides a support team, including a Registered Nurse, an Occupational Therapist and a Handyworker who offer home visits and provide limited care for older adults, which can decrease hospitalization and reduce healthcare costs. The standard CAPABLE program is available as a free service for low-income adults age 62 or older in Chatham, Bryan Effingham or Liberty County who are cognitively intact, but experiencing some difficulty bathing, dressing, grooming, eating or walking.

The CAPABLE+ program is available as a paid service for adults age 55 and older and is offered in partnership with Judge Property Management.

In a population of older adults who participated in the CAPABLE program, 75 percent of seniors improved their self-care over the course of five months. The average program participant experienced a decrease in the number of self-care tasks requiring assistance as well as a reduction in symptoms of depression.

To register for the CAPABLE program or the CAPABLE+ program in the greater Savannah area, please send an email to [email protected] and include the client’s name, date of birth, phone number and street address. A Hospice Savannah team member will get in touch to complete an eligibility screening over the phone.

Forsyth Farmers' Market hires Erika Davis as bilingual community outreach specialist

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Erika Davis, Bilingual Community Outreach Specialist, Forsyth Farmers’ Market

The Forsyth Farmers’ Market, South Georgia’s largest farmers market, recently hired Erika Davis, a native Spanish speaker, as the nonprofit’s bilingual community outreach specialist, underscoring the market’s commitment to expanding outreach initiatives within the local Latino community.

In her new role, Davis will provide culturally-appropriate translation, interpretation and support services for the Forsyth Farmers’ Market in an effort to increase Hispanic participation in the nonprofit’s community-focused, educational programming. Originally from the Dominican Republic, Davis earned a B.A. in Psychology from the Universidad Católica Santo Domingo. Before joining the Forsyth Farmers’ Market, she served as an assistant property manager and housing compliance specialist in Maryland.

“We’re thrilled to welcome Erika to our team and appreciate her support to help us reach Spanish-speaking individuals across the greater Savannah area, expanding access to fresh, local food,” said Tina Saxe, Interim Executive Director of the Forsyth Farmers’ Market. “We are committed to ensuring that everyone in our community has access to healthy, affordable food and to supporting local farmers.”

According to the U.S. Census Bureau’s 2020 Census, there are nearly 10,000 Hispanic or Latino-identifying people living in the city of Savannah, Ga. and 23,790 in Chatham County. The Forsyth Farmers’ Market aims to engage the Latino community at the weekly farmers’ market in Forsyth Park, through the mobile Farm Truck 912 or via educational programming.

In 2023, the Forsyth Farmers’ Market garnered more than 150 new Hispanic participants for its popular Food Farmacy, a free program that addresses health disparities and promotes wellness by using fresh produce as a form of medicine to help mitigate diet-related chronic illnesses. With the addition of a fluent Spanish speaker, the Forsyth Farmers’ Market hopes to make an even wider impact within the Latino community in 2024.

     

Chantel Britton

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