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Live fire training

The Bryan County Fire Department will be conducting a "Live Fire" training exercise with a structure located on Mill Hill Road. The exercise will begin at 8 a.m. on Saturday, March 28. The purpose of the training is to provide real life training conditions for firefighters from Bryan County and surrounding areas. For questions, call Chief Jim Anderson at 858-2799 or


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.


Tax help

The Fort Stewart-Hunter Army Airfield tax centers are extending their dates of operation until June 1. They provide cost-free tax preparation services to the soldiers returning home from deployment and their family members.

The Hunter tax center is in building 1211, and the Stewart tax center is at 1067 Gulick Avenue, building 617. Hours of operation at both locations are 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

For more information, call 767-2479.


NAACP meeting

The Bryan County N.A.A.C.P. Interest Group monthly meeting will be at Mount Moriah Missionary Baptist Church, 185 Poplar Street in Pembroke on Monday, March 31, at 7 p.m.

All are welcome and encouraged to attend. You do not have to be a member to attend. Everyone has a voice. For information call Dave Williams at 653-3472.


Lunch and learn

Alliance for Children and Families First will present an adoption "lunch and learn" seminar to provide information for families interested in international adoption. Everyone is invited to attend Friday, April 18 from 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. at Candler Hospital, Marsh Auditorium 5353 Reynolds Street, Savannah. The seminar is free and a light lunch will be provided. Please RSVP to Christina Bennett, Families First, at 441-9346.


Explore RHPD

The Richmond Hill Police Department Explorer Post is inviting those age 14-20 to attend a meeting at 7 p.m. on March 31 at the police station for information about becoming a Law Enforcement Explorer. The program teaches kids different aspects of police work such as patrol, traffic enforcement, crime scene investigation, firearms handling and safety and search and seizure. Many activities are lined up for this free program. For more information, contact Jason Sakelarious at 756-5645 or online at


Botanical festival

Georgia Southern Botanical Garden is hosting three joint events: a spring festival, farmer’s market, and plant sale. All events will be Saturday, March 29 at 1505 Bland Avenue, Statesboro. Spring festival hours are from 10 a.m.-2 p.m., farmers’ market from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. and the plant sale from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. For more information log onto or call 871-1149.


UW fundraiser

The Clothes Line, a partnership of the United Way and the City of Pembroke, located at 53 N. College St., Pembroke, will have a winter sale April 5, 7, 9, 12, 14, and 16. All items that cost $1 or more will be half off; all children’s items that are 50 cents will be half off also. The Clothes Line is open from 10 a.m.–2 p.m. Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday.


Fort clean up

Civil War Trust Volunteer Day at Ft. McAllister will be Saturday, April 5, from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Volunteers will assist the park staff with a spring clean up of the fort and grounds. T-shirts and lunch will be provided for the volunteers. In addition, a historical talk will be given on the fort. For more information, call 727-2339.


Spring cleaning

Richmond Hill will kick off Georgia Cities Week with three days of large item trash pickup starting Wednesday, April 16, through Friday, April 18. 

This opportunity is for the city's current water account users in residential zoning areas only. 

OMI will pick up curbside large items such as appliances, furniture and other bulky items normally not picked up by the regular trash service. All city residents should place their items on the curbside Wednesday morning by 7 a.m. for pickup. 

The following items will not be collected: tires, hazardous waste items, paint, refrigerators or freezer, oil or oil-based products, grease products, batteries or gas-based products, lawnmowers, Freon or Freon-based products.


Alzheimer's info

The Alzheimer’s Association is holding an educational session Thursday, April 3, from 9:30 a.m.-3 p.m. This training will be held at Memorial Hospital, in the Mercer Auditorium. They will provide information on Communication, Behaviors, Caregiver Wellness, and more. This training will concern Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias and is designed to help family caregivers learn more about the disease and in turn become more educated and understanding caregivers. Food will be provided. Please RSVP to the Alzheimer’s Association office at 920-2231 or 1-800-272-3900 by March 28.


Giveaway planning

The third planning meeting for the 2008 Christmas Food and Clothing Giveaway will be Monday, March 31 at 6:30 p.m. at the Christian Revival Center, 2020 Bull Street, Savannah. For more information, call 233-3545.



'Party with a purpose' to benefit The Alzheimer’s Association of Coastal Georgia. The Savannah Parrot Head’s Bar Hop & Scavenger Hunt on Tybee will be Saturday, April 5. It will start at the Dolphin Reef, go to Stingray's, Spanky's, Wind Rose, DOC’s Bar, and end at Fannies.

Check in starts at The Ocean Plaza Hotel’s Dolphin Reef Restaurant at 12 p.m. Cost is $25, includes t-shirt and goody bag

Questions, call Mickie Ragsdale at 897-0686 or e-mail



The Georgia Department of Labor’s 2008 Summer Internship Program will offer internships for up to 80 students.

Applications are available at any office of the Georgia Department of Labor, on the department’s Web site at, or by writing to Annie Hughley, Georgia Department of Labor, Marketing and Community Relations, Suite 600, 148 Andrew Young International Blvd., N. E., Atlanta, GA 30303-1751. The deadline to apply is April 16, 2008.


Water Witch

The Georgia Department of Transportation will present Dr. Gordon Watts’ lecture on the scientific search and underwater discovery of the Civil War gunboat USS/CSS Water Witch. It will be Thursday, March 27 at 7 p.m. at the Coastal Georgia Center in Savannah. Visit for more information.


Historical speaker

The Richmond Hill Historical Society is pleased to present Charles Fenwick, Superintendent of Fort Pulaski, as its April 3 speaker.

Fenwick will be sharing stories about his experiences working with the Federal Parks Service, his love of history, and the impact Fort Pulaski has had on local history.

The meeting will be at the Wetlands Center at 7 p.m., free and open to the public. If you have questions call 756-3697.


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.


Kingston reps

A representative of Congressman Jack Kingston’s office will be in Richmond Hill and Hinesville Thursday, March 27, to meet with anyone who needs assistance with a federal agency during a Congressional "Day Office."

The event will be from 11 a.m. to noon in Richmond Hill City Hall and from 2-3 p.m. in Hinesville City Hall. For more information, contact Trish DePriest 352-0101.


Boating courses

On April 5, the Georgia DNR will offer a boating safety course from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., with an hour break for lunch. In order to attend, call the Demeries Creek office at 727-2111. The class will be held at the Wetlands Center.


Spaghetti supper

The Pembroke Masonic Lodge 469 will host a spaghetti supper Friday, March 28, from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Dinners are a $6 donation per person.



St. Joseph’s/Candler will be performing mammograms to screen for breast cancer in its mobile screening unit on April 2 and 16 at St. Joseph’s/Candler Medical Group in Pembroke, and on April 8 at the Bryan County Health Dept. in Richmond Hill. Financial assistance is available to women who qualify. Appointments are necessary and may be made by calling 819-6800. Call 354-9357 for more information.


Business expo

The Richmond Hill and Bryan County 2008 Business & Consumer Expo is scheduled for April 18 and 19 at the Richmond Hill Recreation Center. The Friday event is slotted as a business to business gathering. The Saturday event is scheduled from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and is open to the public, free of charge.

Businesses that wish to participate or individuals who would like to help out can get more information by calling the Chamber of Commerce at 756-3444 or Shirley Heagerty at 756-7113.



The Friends of the Library are asking for donations of paperback books. They are in desperate need of young adult paperbacks, suitable for ages 11-14. They also need paperbacks from the spy, mystery and adventure genre. 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


Garden expo

Celebrate the green life at the 8th Annual Savannah Garden & Antiques Exposition. The Expo begins Friday, April 4 and will run through Sunday, April 6, rain or shine, at the Roundhouse Railroad Museum on 601 Harris Street. This year’s theme is "Celebrate the Green Life" and includes local speakers. All proceeds will benefit the Davenport House and the Historic Savannah Foundation. For tickets and a complete list of events, dates, times, and prices, please visit or call 236-4795.

Docs and desserts

Coastal Georgia Regional Office will present a "Docs and Desserts" program Thursday May 8, at the JEA, 5111 Abercorn Street. This program is designed to give people with questions regarding Alzheimer’s disease and dementia an open forum to ask those questions of an expert the field. This Docs and Desserts will focus on research. This program will begin at 6:30 p.m. R.S.V.P. to the event by May 2.

To receive additional information about this or other programs please call Jenny House at the Alzheimer’s Association’s Regional Office at 912-920-2231 or 1-800-272-3900.


Steak fundraiser

The Pembroke Christian Church, Hwy. 280, Pembroke, will be selling grilled pork steak dinners on Sat., 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.


Tour de Cure

The Tour de Cure, an annual bicycling event which raises money for research for a cure for diabetes, will take place in Tyrone this year. Georgian cyclists will join over 33,000 other cyclists and volunteers this spring who are participating at more than 80 sites across the United States.

Ride the "silk sheets" in South Metro Atlanta which offers smooth terrain and beautiful scenery. Cyclists will enjoy fully-catered rest stops, lunch and plenty of route support during a fun-filled day of riding, food and entertainment. Help make a difference in the lives of the 21 million Americans with Diabetes. Ride Today. Cure Tomorrow.

There are four rides, ranging from an 8-mile fun ride to a 100K. Riders can ride solo or form a team. Registration is now open. The ride will be Sunday May 18, starting at the Sandy Creek High School, Tyrone. For more information, visit or 1-888-DIABETES.


Fire Auxiliary

The Pembroke Fire Women's Auxiliary meets every other Thursday at 7 p.m. at the Pembroke Fire Department. Refreshments are available and everyone in the community is invited to attend. For more info, call Christi Waters at 653-8797 and leave a message.


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.

Arts on the Coast

The annual Georgia Cities Week celebration in Richmond Hill, sponsored by Arts on the Coast, will run Thursday, April 24 through Sunday, April 27. All performing groups who would like to participate in the program should contact Donna Dasher at 727-4490. Performances will be scheduled during the day and in the evenings from Thursday through Saturday at J.F. Gregory Park. All school, civic, community, adult, youth, and church groups are encouraged to participate.


Make a Wish

Restaurants in the Savannah and Statesboro areas will be participating in the second Annual Dining for Wishes on Thursday, April 24, to benefit the Make-A-Wish Foundation® of Georgia and Alabama.

Dining for Wishes is a day-long event where restaurants pledge a percentage of their day’s food and non-alcoholic beverage sales to benefit the Make-A-Wish Foundation®. The servers, managers and other personnel of contributing restaurants are asked to promote Dining for Wishes to their customers throughout the day.

For more information and a complete listing of participating restaurants, go to our website at or contact Jean Doliber at 330.0476 or


RH Rec Board

Richmond Hill Recreation Board of Director’s Meetings are held on the second Wednesday of every month at 6:30 p.m. at the Bottoms. Everyone is welcome to attend.


Energy Oasis 5K

Energy Oasis will hold its second annual 5K race on April 19 at 9 a.m. They have chosen the International Rett Syndrome Foundation to be the beneficiary of the race, with local Richmond Hill resident Amber Gant, 13, as their inspiration and representative. For more information, call Kathy Ackerman at 756-5865.


Onion fundraiser

The American Legion Post 164 of Pembroke, is once again selling Vidalia jumbo onions to support the post activities. A 10-pound bag is $7.50; 25-pound bag is $15. Delivery will be late April or early May. Call BJ Clark at 653-4958 or Billy Marshall at 653-4933 to place an order, or see any member of the post. Tickets will be available until late April in the Pembroke, Ellabell and Richmond Hill area.

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