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Savannah State University and HCA Healthcare announce major strategic partnership

WHAT: Savannah State University (SSU) and HCA Healthcare are pleased to announce a strategic partnership aimed at enhancing educational opportunities and healthcare services within the community.

WHEN: Tuesday, June 25, 2024 | 10 a.m.

WHERE: Savannah State University | Howard Jordan Building, Torian Auditorium | 3219 College St., Savannah, Ga. 31404

WHO: Cynthia Robinson Alexander, J.D., Interim President, Savannah State University; Brad Talbert, CEO, Memorial Health Savannah, HCA Healthcare; SSU students, faculty, staff and administration; Healthcare professionals and community leaders

DETAILS: The partnership between Savannah State University and HCA Healthcare is designed to create robust educational pathways for students pursuing careers in healthcare. This collaboration will address critical workforce needs in the healthcare industry.

Forsyth Farmers’ Market and Black’s Tropical Homestead to host free bread making class on Thursday, June 27

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Courtesy of Forsyth Farmers' Market
The Forsyth Farmers’ Market will partner with Black’s Tropical Homestead to host a free bread making class on June 27 from 5 to 7:30 p.m. at the Pennsylvania Avenue Resource Center, located at 425 Pennsylvania Avenue.

WHO: Forsyth Farmers’ Market, a nonprofit organization headquartered in Savannah that organizes south Georgia’s largest farmers’ market, supports local sustainable farming and expands community access to fresh, healthy food through innovative year-round programs.

WHAT: Free Bread Making Class With Black’s Tropical Homestead. The Forsyth Farmers’ Market will offer a free bread making class in partnership with Black’s Tropical Homestead in Savannah. Homesteaders Bobby and Sherrie Black are high-profile TikTok, Instagram and YouTube influencers dedicated to “keeping your food fresh, ditching the junk from store-bought goods and living a healthier, more eco-friendly life.” The Blacks share their adventures in planting, farming, harvesting and cooking on their popular social media channels and seek to inspire their followers, known as “soilbrothas” and “soilsistas,” to live a healthier lifestyle.

In this immersive, hands-on class, Sherrie Black will teach participants how to make bread from simple ingredients. Attendees will hand knead the dough and learn tips and tricks for baking homemade bread that is free of preservatives and other additives.

While the bread bakes, attendees will create delicious additions and learn to make mayonnaise from scratch. Ultimately, participants will have the opportunity to enjoy fresh tomato sandwiches, a summer classic, as well as chickpea “tuna” sandwiches.

The Forsyth Farmers’ Market’s bread making class is free and open to the public. Space is limited, and advance registration is required. At the time of registration, please list any food allergies.

WHEN: Thursday, June 27, 2024 | 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

WHERE: Pennsylvania Avenue Resource Center | 425 Pennsylvania Ave. Savannah, Ga.

REGISTRATION: To register, please contact Forsyth Farmers’ Market Director of Community Building Aja Embry at [email protected] or call (912) 509-0894. Pre-registration is also available through Eventbrite.

Artisan Spotlight Series at the Historic Kennedy Pharmacy to Continue With Painting, Sketching, Candle Making and Sustainable Mixology Workshops

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Courtesy of Historic Savannah Foundation
Historic Savannah Foundation and the Davenport House will continue the Artisan Spotlight Series with special events focusing on sketching, watercolors, candle making and sustainable mixology. All events are open to the public and will take place at the Historic Kennedy Pharmacy, located at 323 E. Broughton Street.

Historic Savannah Foundation and the Davenport House Museum are pleased to announce a full schedule of immersive, creative workshops at the revitalized Historic Kennedy Pharmacy, located at 323 E. Broughton St., as part of the Artisan Spotlight Series.

The Artisan Spotlight Series, which officially launched in the spring, celebrates local talent by providing a dynamic platform for artists and artisans to share their unique creative processes with local residents and visitors from around the world. These engaging, hands-on events have quickly grown in popularity and has inspired participants to explore different facets of Savannah.

“We’ve had such a positive response to our new community-focused series,” said Davenport House Museum Executive Director Danielle Hodes, who is organizing the Artisan Spotlight Series. “Our initial Artisan Spotlight Series events were filled with participants eager to learn new skills and to explore the Hostess City through a creative lens. This summer and fall, we invite the public to join us for exclusive workshops with a new set of preeminent Savannah artists and artisans.”

The Artisan Spotlight Series will offer creative workshops for all skill levels, including:


Saturday, July 13, 2024 | 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

$50/person | $45/person for HSF members and Davenport House Museum docents

Experience the magic of hand sketching with a lecture about the cognitive benefits of this age-old practice followed by live sketching sessions on the picturesque Historic Savannah Foundation campus in Savannah’s National Historic Landmark District. Artist and architect Ivan Chow will help participants learn how to translate the essence of Savannah’s iconic architecture and lush landscapes onto paper with confidence and finesse. Suitable for beginners or seasoned artists, this interactive event will provide a unique blend of artistic and intellectual enrichment for those looking to refine their technique or gain hands-on experience. Light refreshments and art materials will be provided.


Saturday, September 14, 2024 | 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.

$35/person | $30/person for HSF members and Davenport House Museum docents

Explore the vibrant world of watercolor painting and find inspiration in the enchanting Davenport House Museum gardens. Local artist Amy Challis will introduce participants to various watercolor techniques and encourage them to unleash their creativity in a relaxed and supportive atmosphere. Throughout this engaging workshop, participants of all skill levels will master basic brushstrokes and experiment with color mixing and composition. Tickets include art materials.


Friday, October 11, 2024 | 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

$45/person | $40/person for HSF members and Davenport House Museum docents

Embark on an enchanting journey into scent creation at the Historic Kennedy Pharmacy. Andrea Cahigal, the owner of local candle company Wild Root, will take participants on an olfactory tour showcasing a wide variety of aromatic notes and scent blending secrets. Participants will design a custom candle with a scent that resonates with their unique style. Tickets include candle-making materials.


Thursday, December 12, 2024 | 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

$35/person | $30/person for HSF members and Davenport House Museum docents

Toast to a greener holiday season with hand-crafted, eco-friendly libations. Loni Lewis, a renowned bartender and owner of pop-up cocktail company the Bar Black Club, will share her innovative approach to bartending and demonstrate the art of making sustainable cocktails and mocktails. Participants will gain hands-on experience, trying out sustainable bartending techniques and recipes. Alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverage options available. Attendees must be age 21+.

Space is limited for each Artisan Spotlight Series event. Advance registration is required. To register, please contact the Historic Kennedy Pharmacy at (912) 236-8097.

For more information about the Artisan Spotlight Series, please visit

Rep. Edna Jackson appointed to House Study Committee on Disaster Mitigation and Resilience

State Representative Edna Jackson (D-Savannah) was recently selected by Speaker Jon Burns (R-Newington) to serve on the House Study Committee on Disaster Mitigation and Resilience.

“The Savannah community has experienced our fair share of devastation at the hands of natural disasters throughout our state’s history,” said Rep. Jackson. “I am grateful to Speaker Burns for recognizing the importance of studying our disaster mitigation tactics and prevention methods, as well as selecting me to serve in this capacity. With Savannah being on the seacoast, it is important that we are a part of discussions involving flooding causes and effects. I am eager to work alongside my legislative colleagues to help better our responses to disasters so that we may reduce harm to our beautiful city and state and to those who call it home.”

Created by House Resolution 1432, the House Study Committee on Disaster Mitigation and Resilience will examine ways to develop a comprehensive resilience plan to accommodate and mitigate current and future disaster events with the goal of facilitating strong economic development, promoting tourism and assisting communities and businesses struggling with repeated disaster impacts.

Speaker Burns also appointed the following legislative members to this study committee: State Representatives Clint Crowe (R-Jackson), Lynn Smith (R-Newnan) and J Collins (R-Villa Rica).

Representative Edna Jackson represents the citizens of District 165, which includes portions of Chatham County. She was elected to the House of Representatives in 2021 and currently serves on the Appropriations Subcommittee on Education and the Economic Development & Tourism, Higher Education, Human Relations & Aging and Urban Affairs committees.


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