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Community announcements for Feb. 11
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Ribbon sales are currently under way to benefit Evan Nelms, a 5-year-old Richmond Hill boy who is battling leukemia for the second time in a year. Orange bows to be placed on mailboxes or storefronts are on sale for $10 and can be purchased by calling 912-308-3774. All proceeds go toward Evan’s medical expenses.
A festival fundraiser is also planned for 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Feb. 23 at J.F. Gregory Park in Richmond Hill. The day will include raffle prizes, horse rides, face painting, live music and more.

Meeting canceled
The Richmond Hill Planning and Zoning Commission meeting set for Monday has been canceled due to a lack of agenda items. Next meeting is at
7:30 p.m. Feb. 25 at City Hall.

Educators meeting
The Bryan-Evans Retired Educators Association will meet at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at Mrs. Rogers’ Restaurant in Claxton.
Debbie Durell will speak on the changes in the state health insurance and answer questions. BEREA encourages all retired educators to attend.  
For more information or questions, please call Nancy Page (858-2800) or David Green (739-1771).

Club meeting
Richmond Hill Garden Club will meet at 10 a.m. Wednesday at the John W. Stevens  Wetlands Education Center in J. F. Gregory Park.  
This month’s speaker will be Maria Wargovich from the Georgia Department of Community Health. Wargovich’s topic will be “Dangers in the Garden.”  New club officers will be nominated and voted on for the coming two years.  The public is invited to attend. For more information, call 727-3219.

Arbor Day event
The city of Pembroke will celebrate Arbor Day 2013 with a tree-planting ceremony at 10 a.m. Friday near City Hall.
This will be the beginning of Pembroke’s 10th year as a Tree City.
A white dogwood will be the new tree planted.

Chili Cook-off
The North Bryan Chamber of Commerce will host its fifth annual Chili Cook-off from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Feb. 16 at the Senior Center in downtown Pembroke.
Enter and compete, or just come out and eat. Cash prizes will be awarded for first, second and third places. The cost is $5 for chili, a drink and dessert, and kids eat for $2.50.
To enter the contest, call 653-2219 or 653-2244.

Wild Game Supper
Beulah Baptist Church Men’s Ministry will host a Wild Game Supper at 6 p.m. Feb. 16 at the church in Pembroke. All men are welcome and may wear camouflage clothing.
For more information, call John Dowd at 912-667-2245.

Hometown Expo
The Women’s Business Alliance of Richmond Hill is hosting the 2013 Hometown Expo from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Feb. 23 at the Richmond Hill City Center in J.F. Gregory Park.
The event is an opportunity for the public to learn about local businesses. It also offers businesses the chance to showcase their goods and services.
In addition to the expo, which is free to the general public, the Richmond Hill-Bryan County Chamber of Commerce will host a reception for participating businesses from 5:30-7 p.m. Feb. 22.
For more information, or to become a sponsor or exhibitor, contact Jennifer McIrvin at 344-7561.

Dolphin count
The Dolphin Project will hold an informative program and research-training workshop from 10 a.m. to noon Feb. 23 at the Southside Library behind the Savannah Mall.
The program and workshop are appropriate for ages 10 and up. Dolphin-related books and merchandise will be available for sale with all proceeds going to dolphin research. Volunteers must be 16 and older to participate in research surveys.
No reservations are necessary. For more information, email or visit

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Have a fundraiser, group meeting, church announcement or other nonprofit events you’d like to have announced?  Email announcements and contact information to or fax to 756-5907.

History program
Mill Creek Missionary Baptist Church will host its annual Black History program at 3 p.m. Feb. 24 at the church at 327 Mill Creek Church Road in Ellabell.
The public is invited to attend.

Bark for Life
Registration is open for the Bark for Life, the canine fundraiser event to fight cancer, from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. March 9 at J.F. Gregory Park in Richmond Hill.  
The event will raise money to support the American Cancer Society. Food and games also will be available.
Early registration ends Feb. 16. Volunteers and business participation/sponsorships are needed. For more information, go to or call 912-547-1936 or 912-355-5196.

Cancer study
The American Cancer Society is looking for at least 400 adults in the Coastal Empire and Lowcountry areas for a cancer prevention study.
Participants who may qualify need to make a long-term commitment to the study, be between the ages of 30 and 65 years old, and have never been diagnosed with cancer.
To enroll, go to or call 912-355-5196.

Tutors needed
The Adult Community and Education program at Royce Learning Center in Savannah is seeking volunteer tutors to assist adult learners with GED prep and literacy needs. 
Classes are 5-7 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 9-11 a.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays at Royce Learning Center and at Wesley Community Center. Tutor training is offered for free.
For more information, call 912-354-4047 or email

Health care forum
The Richmond Hill/Bryan County Chamber of Commerce will hold a forum on the Affordable Care Act and how it will affect small business owners from 8-10 a.m. Feb. 28 at the Richmond Hill City Center in J.F. Gregory Park.
Presented by Jeffrey Williamson of J.L. Williamson Law Group, the forum will focus on key provisions of the act scheduled to phase-in next year including, the employer mandate and new taxes imposed by the ACA.
The ACA Business Forum is complimentary for RHBC Chamber members; the cost is $15 for non-members. A continental breakfast will be served and reservations are required as seating is limited. Reserve space by calling 756-3444 or e-mailing

Volunteers needed

Hospice Savannah is seeking homecare volunteers in Bryan, Liberty and Effingham counties and will host two training sessions Feb. 2 and Feb. 9.
If interested in working with this not-for-profit group, please call Paula Hudson at 912-629-1331 to find out more, or apply online under the “How You can Help” tab at

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