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Republican notice

This is a notice from the Bryan County Republican Party: Qualifying for the July 15 Republican primary will be at Sellstate Coastal Realty, 9390 Ford Ave., Suite 4 in Richmond Hill on the following dates:

From 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday, April 28 through Thursday, May 1 and from 9 a.m.-noon on Friday, May 2.

Anyone wishing to qualify must appear in person. For more information contact Karen Hewitt, Chairman, Bryan County Republican Party at 459-1200.


GA Cities Week

The City of Richmond Hill will celebrate Georgia Cities Week with music and entertainment at J.F. Gregory Park, beginning at noon on Saturday, April 26.

At noon, The Commissioned Quartet Gospel Singers perform; at 12:30 Dasher’s Music Studio will feature strings, piano, vocal performers; at 1:30 Tatiana Lambert a hip hop singer performs; at 2 p.m. Life Moves Dance Studio performs and at 3 p.m. Journey to Sittabacuttaba Land, sponsored by EducationStations4Kids. There will be free goodie bags for all children who attend this performance.


Study abroad

A study abroad experience is a valuable addition to a college application - and so much more. If you’re in high school or about to graduate, there’s still time to apply for a summer study abroad program or ‘gap year’ experience. AFS has been sending high school students abroad for 60 year and provides advice and connects you with students who have just returned. Financial aid is available. Call 1-800-AFS-INFO today or visit to learn more.


Eco-friendly art

The new exhibit at Gallery S.P.A.C.E. from May 2-27 is "Reincarnated: Art Showcasing Reduce, Reuse & Recycle."

The exhibition will showcase artists that use found art or recycled materials in their works, like shoes fashioned out of rubber tires, handbags and frames fashioned out of National Geographic magazines, mosaics made from sea glass and sculptures made from old computer parts.

An artists’ reception is set for May 2, 6-8 p.m. The exhibition and reception are free and open to the public. The gallery is located at 9 W. Henry Street and free off-street parking is available. For information visit


Children's crusade

There will be a Children’s Crusade at New Life Worshiop Center in Richmond Hill from May 4-7 at 7 p.m. each night. The church will present the Gospel Gang with Tony Evans and friends. New Life Worship Center is located at 16252 Hwy. 144 East. For more information call 727-3369.


"Magnolia Days"

"Magnolia Days" is a week of events for all Magnolia Manor residents, beginning Sunday, May 11 with a Mother’s Day Lunch and ending Friday May 16 with an Irish Variety Concert and hot dog roast. Other events include an ice cream social, Bingo and a wide variety of musical entertainment.

May 8, the manor's monthly Renaissance Lecture will feature Crysell Stewart of Dimensions art gallery in Savannah. She will be discussing "How to Critique a Painting." The event starts at 5:30 p.m. and includes a light supper. The event is free and open to the public, call Julie Gartside to RSVP at 756-4300.

To find out more about these or other upcoming events, call 756-4300 or visit


New exhibit opening

Leahy Art Gallery, Fine Art and Custom Framing will have the opening of their next art exhibition Friday, May 9.  Join them for a reception with the artists from 5:30 – 9 p.m.  Featured artists include multi-media painter Brian MacGregor, contemporary sculptor Sarah Hagy Volker, RHHS seniors Matt Page and Rachel Sweeney, photographer Michelle McBride and new works by Jim Leahy. The evening will also feature music by guitarist Cesar Perez and refreshments will be served.  For more information, contact 727-5330 or  Leahy Art Gallery is located in Richmond Hill Court, 11258 Ford Avenue, Suite 4.


Art evening

The Board of Directors of Golden Isles Arts and Humanities Association (GIAHA) and patrons of the arts are throwing a party for the organization to support its many programs and services to the community.

The public is invited to an Evening of Art Thursday, May 8, beginning at 6:30 p.m. at the home of Susan Corn Wainright on Sea Island. 

The cost of the event is $75 per person. Anyone may attend, but must RSVP by May 2, call 912-262-6934, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Tues.-Fri. and 10 a.m.-2 p.m. on Saturdays, or email


Choir fundraiser

The Pete Broxton Youth Choir is having a fundraiser dinner May 17 from 11 a.m.-7 p.m. The menu consists of fried chicken, potato salad, green beans and roll. Come dine and help support our youth. The price is $8.


Fashion show

McDonald’s of the Richmond Hill Plantation is having a Mother/Daughter Spring Fashion Show Sunday, April 27 from 3-5 p.m. inside the new McDonald's (near Publix).

The fashions for the show will be provided by three local entrepreneurs: Lori Fisher's children's line, Deborah Hollowell's women’s clothing line. All models will be outfitted in accessories by Beverly Kullman. All items will be donated to a silent auction, held immediately after the show, with proceeds benefiting the Ronald McDonald House Charities. For more information, call 876-9301.


Rabies clinic

Saturday, April 26, the Bryan County 4-H Club will be hosting a rabies clinic from 8 a.m.-12 p.m. at Lanier Primary School.

There is a $9 pet vaccination fee for cats and dogs. Dr. Keith Miller, head veterinary of Claxton Veterinary Clinic will be administering the vaccinations. For more information contact the 4-H Office ate 653-2231.


Blue Star Memorial

On Wednesday, April 30, at 1:30 p.m., the Richmond Hill Garden Club will dedicate a Blue Star Memorial Marker in J.F. Gregory Park at the Veterans Memorial. The Blue Star Memorial Marker has a long history with the Garden Clubs of America. Featured will be members of the Armed Forces, RHHS ROTC, Rifle Drill Team, Chorus and Band. Sonny Dixon, WTOC anchor, will be Master of Ceremony. The public is invited to the dedication ceremony and for light refreshments after the ceremony. For more information or inquiries: or 727-3219.


Home loans

The United States Department of Agriculture, through the USDA Rural Development Agency, has made available low-interest loan funds to income-eligible applicants to purchase a home in Bryan County. Contact their office at 912-871-2620, Option 4, for assistance in qualifying for a home ownership loan.


The Root Ball

Savannah’s Ben Tucker Jazz Trio will perform in Richmond Hill Saturday, April 26th at 7 p.m. for the Coastal Bryan Tree Foundation’s Root Ball fundraiser at the Speir-Brogdon Building.

The Root Ball, which is open to the public, is an evening of great jazz music, food, and fun. There will be a live and silent auction with a wide range of items. Local WTOC television favorite, Sonny Dixon will emcee the event.

To purchase advance tickets or find out about sponsorship packages, call Carole Brogdon (756-5884) or Wendy Bolton (727-2544). Visit the Foundation’s website at



St. Joseph’s/Candler will be performing mammograms to screen for breast cancer in its mobile screening unit May 7 and 21 at St. Joseph’s/Candler Medical Group in Pembroke; and May 8 at Bryan County Health Department, Richmond Hill. Appointments are necessary, call 819-6800.


Boy Scout fundraiser

Richmond Hill Boy Scout Troop 527 will host its annual Delicious Chicken Dinner Saturday, May 3, noon-4 p.m. at Richmond Hill United Methodist Church. The dinner includes a half grilled chicken, green beans, potato salad, roll and iced tea (dine in or take out). Tickets are $7 per dinner. Desserts will be sold separately.

The Delicious Chicken Dinner, a long-time Richmond Hill tradition, is Troop 527’s only fund-raiser. Look for Scouts selling tickets around their neighborhoods and local businesses or call 756-4561 to purchase tickets by April 28.


Pembroke yard sale

The city of Pembroke will host its annual City-wide Yard Sale on Saturday, May 3 from 8 a.m. until noon. Booth spaces are available for $10.00 each. There is no charge for non-profit organizations. If you would like to reserve a booth space, please call Tonya at 653-5554.


Pork fundraiser

The Pembroke Christian Church, Hwy. 280, Pembroke, will be selling grilled pork steak dinners on Saturday, May 3, from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. Each dinner will include a grilled pork steak, green beans, potato salad, bread, and slice of pound cake for $6. Bulk pork sausage by the pound will also be for sale. To purchase a dinner ticket or order bulk sausage, please call the church secretary weekdays, 9 a.m.-noon, at 653-2457; or call Shirley Collins at 653-4431 or Carol Aksdal at 541-5636. All proceeds will go towards the church building fund.


Art show

Arts On the Coast will have its third annual Members Art Show April 25-26. The show will be at the Wetlands Center in Gregory Park in Richmond Hill from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. on Friday and 10 a.m.-2 p.m. on Saturday. The show is open to the general public and there is no charge to attend. Arts On the Coast looks forward to highlighting the creative talent and efforts of local visual artists. Come share their vision to promote arts in our area.


Top 40 singer

Pembroke United Methodist Church welcomes top 40 Singer Michael Bright in concert Sunday, April 27 at 11 a.m. at the church, located at 102 College Street in Pembroke.

Michael Bright’s music has charted in the Top 40 in the United States. His single, It’s Gonna Be a Good Day, went #1 for two months and stayed in the Top 40 for eight months in the UK.

His concerts uplift the Lord in a unique way through different styles of gospel music such as: Southern Gospel, Country Christian, Big Band and 50’s style.

For more information call 653-2220.


Lecture signing

The Richmond Hill Historical Society is pleased to present Gary Smiley, author of Seasons of Liberty, as their speaker May 1. The novel is infused with the history of Liberty and Bryan Counties. Mr. Smiley grew up in the Hinesville area.

This meeting will be at 7 p.m. at the Richmond Hill Historical Museum on Ford Avenue, open to the general public at no charge. Come early and visit the Museum, then stay to hear about the history of where you live.

If you have any questions call 756-3697.


BCITC meetings

The Bryan County Interagency Transition Council meets the first Thursday of the month at 6:30 p.m., in the Family Center at the St. Anne’s church.

This parent-driven group aims to support the transition of students with disabilities to live, learn and work in the community. Anyone with input, ideas or questions is encouraged to attend.


See more announcements on page 10A.



Sarah Society

The Sarah Society Support Group for women facing infertility will meet on April 29, 6:30-7:30 p.m. at the Pembroke Senior Center. For more information, call Shiela Johnson at 704-6164.



MS bike ride

May is the Georgia Power Savannah Multiple Sclerosis Bike Ride. Event organizers are still looking for teams and volunteers. The event is May 3 and 4 with 40, 60 and 80 mile routes.

If anyone is interested in riding but don’t have a team to sign up with, Cindy Milloy can help you find one, call her at 675-5422. There are also several volunteer spots that need to be filled and they are looking for Motorcycle Marshalls to ride the route, making sure everything is moving smoothly, and drivers for the supply vehicles. Find out more information at


Ghost tour

On May 9, a Ghost Tour Walk with Dogs event will be hosted by St. Almo, a Savannah social networking group for dog owners. All proceeds from the ghost tour will go toward the Bryan Animal Caregivers. The funding helps Bryan Animal Caregivers offer their Low-Cost Spay/Neuter Program, which is responsible for aiding in the sterilization of over 1700 domestic and feral animals since 2003. For more information, visit or call 727-2694.



The Friends of the Library are asking for donations of paperback books. They are in need of young adult paperbacks, suitable for ages 11-14. These books must be in good condition: no missing covers, torn or yellowed pages. The resale of these books benefits the Richmond Hill Public Library. All donations are tax deductible. Please bring books to the Richmond Hill Public Library. For more information call 756-3580.


Animal fundraiser

GARD is now accepting yard sale items for their 503(c) nonprofit no-kill animal shelter fundraiser. For more information or to drop off donations, call 858-4530.


Benefit auction

The 14th Annual Georgia 4-H Benefit Horse Auction will be Saturday, April 26, at the University of Georgia Livestock Instructional Arena, in Athens, in conjunction with a benefit sale for the UGA Equine Science Program.

The combined sale is being promoted as the 1st Annual Bulldog Bonanza Benefit Horse Sale. The arena is located at 2550 South Milledge Avenue. The 4-H auction, co-sponsored by the Georgia Farm Bureau Equine Advisory Committee and the University of Georgia Cooperative Extension Service, will begin at noon. Riding demonstrations by UGA equine students, beginning at 9 a.m., will precede the benefit auction.

For a complete list and description of the horses to be auctioned, contact Dr. Gary Heusner, University of Georgia Equine Specialist, at or (706)542-9092 or visit benefitauction.htm.


Help the Wall

The Moving Wall, a traveling replica of the Vietnam Veteran’s tribute in Washington, D.C., is coming to Richmond Hill from June 12-16.

Organizers of the local event are looking for help and contributions from the community. To send a tax-exempt donation make checks out to: The American Legion, P.O. Box 250, Richmond Hill, GA 31324 or call Gregory MacDougal at 884-7273.

Interested volunteers, partners or sponsors are encouraged to contact the Richmond Hill Bryan County Chamber of Commerce at 756-3444 or Jan Bass at 756-6459.

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