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Holiday hours

In observance of the Labor Day Holiday, all Federal offices will be closed Monday, along with banks and schools.


Health meeting

The Bryan County Board of Health will meet Sept. 2 in the Bryan County Health Department conference room at 10 a.m. in Pembroke.


DFCS new hours

Effective Sept. 22, the office operating hours for the Bryan County Department of Family and Children Services (DFCS) Satellite office in Richmond Hill, 9665 Ford Ave., will be reduced from 40 to 28 hours a week.

This reduction in operating hours is due to inadequate staffing at the office due to state revenue shortfalls for staff allocation.

The Richmond Hill office cannot continue to operate with the few staff housed there and continue to provide the level of services needed all day each day. As not to over stress and over burden the staff there, an administrative decision was made to reduce the hours at the Richmond Hill office in order to bring it to a more manageable state.

The Pembroke (main) office will continue to operate at 40 hours a week while continuing to provide the highest level of services to the customers of the Bryan County community.

The Richmond Hill office will be opened on a daily basis, however the hours will be reduced. The following are the hours for operation at the Richmond Hill Satellite office effective Sept 22:

Mondays, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.; Tuesdays, 8 a.m.-noon; Wednesdays, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.; Thursdays and Fridays, 8 a.m.-noon.

Please note that the office will close for lunch at noon each Monday and Wednesday.

Customers needing assistance during hours that the Richmond Hill office is closed should contact the Pembroke DFCS office at 51 North Courthouse Street, 653-2805.


Retired teachers

The Bryan – Evans Retired Educators Association will meet Sept. 9 in the Pembroke United Methodist Church Social Hall at 10:30 a.m. If interested, please call Jean Owens in Pembroke, Faye Hodges in Bellville, or Esther Sexson in Richmond Hill.


Teen Achievers

Middle school and high school students are all welcome to join the YMCA Teen Achievers program. The program is designed to help teens set and pursue high education and career goals. The Richmond Hill/Pembroke YMCA goals and objectives are to build character and develop positive self esteem. Please call the Branch Office for information, 756-5856.


Before & After

Registration is still going on for the YMCA's Before and After school care. There is a $35 registration fee. For more information please contact Richmond Hill Office at 756-5856. Scholarships are available.



The Armstrong Center for Professional & Continuing Education will offer "Project Management Basics."

The lively two-day course will be offered Sept. 12 and 26, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. The fee is $495 and includes meals and materials.

Taught by local expert, Doug Winters, PMP, SSBB.

This course, based on PMBOK, gives a broad yet complete overview of project management and covers key skills and tools employees need to be successful in the planning and completion of assigned projects.

Professionals who want to expand their knowledge of project management and learn the latest project management tools and techniques; current or future project leaders, project managers, and project team members; and professionals seeking PMP certification are encouraged to attend.

To register, contact the The Armstrong Center for Professional and Continuing Education at 344-2555 or visit


AASU art

The AASU Department of Art, Music & Theatre presents an art exhibition by the Savannah Fibers Guild in the AASU Fine Arts Gallery. The exhibit will run through Sept. 5 and features an interesting tapestry of fiber media including weavings, handmade paper, and quilts, amongst functional clothing and sculptural styled pieces. Hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., weekdays, free admission.


Art Show

An upcoming art show at the University of South Carolina Beaufort entitled "Made in the USA" includes 17 artists and will run from Sept. 1-27. A gallery opening reception is scheduled for Sept. 4, 5-7 p.m. in the USCB Gallery located in the Performing Arts Center on Carteret Street in downtown Beaufort.

The theme of the "Made in the USA" portfolio is intended to examine the role digital technologies play in shaping popular culture as well as its influences on contemporary printmaking.  Participants will be encouraged to examine topics and issues that reflect upon how American culture is impacted by capitalism and technology.


Fort Morris

Are you looking for someway to closeout your summer with a bang? Then visit Fort Morris Labor Day, Sept. 1 from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. as they commemorate the holiday with hourly soldier talks and cannon and musket firings. Bring the family and a picnic lunch for a day of recreation and fun.

Fort Morris State Historic Site is located seven miles east of I-95, exit 76, follow the brown Liberty Trail signs. Site admission is $3 for adults, $2.50 for seniors and $1.75 for children 6-18. For more info please contact 884-5999 or


Clam Jam 08

River and coastal protection can be exciting and fun and that’s just what the Altamaha Riverkeeper wants to share with Clam Jam 2008. Support the watershed’s natural resources by attending the event Saturday, Oct. 4 at Pelican Point Restaurant’s River View room in Belleville from 4-9 p.m.

The Clam Jam will offer the bounty of the Georgia Coast with local morsels from the sea including clams, shrimp, and a taste testing of oysters. Artwork, catered dinners, and coastal adventures such as guided river paddles, fishing trips, and overnight stays at coastal inns will highlight an auction.

The event overlooking the Sapelo River will continue with dancing to music by Jonny Hibbert and Friends.

Costs for the event are: $75 per person, $100 per couple, $30 for guests 30 years or under or guests with a commercial fishing license.

The Altamaha Riverkeeper is seeking donation items for the auction and there are opportunities for Clam Jam sponsorships. For more information call 912-437-8164

Please RSVP for the Clam Jam by sending a check to:

Altamaha Riverkeeper, P.O. Box 2642, Darien, GA 31305

You can also RSVP by paying online at


Pembroke Garden

The Pembroke Garden Club will resume their monthly meetings starting on Sept. 18 at the new community center, located on Lanier Street. The meeting will begin at 10 a.m. and everyone is welcome to attend.


RH Garden

The Richmond Hill Garden Club will meet Wednesday, Sept. 10, at 10 a.m. at the Richmond Hill Library. Their speaker will be Jean Van Buskirk who will talk about Terrariums and the garden house that she built. The Garden Club meets the second Wednesday of the month and all are welcome.


New lecture

Maintain your Brain!, a workshop presented by Jenny House of the Alzheimer’s Association, will be Saturday, Sept. 13 from 10 a.m. to noon, with a free continental breakfast provided.

The first in a series of monthly talks designed to "Take the Edge off Aging" presented in celebration of Hospice Savannah’s 30th anniversary. House's talk will focus on nutritional and lifestyle advice, interactive exercises and activities designed to keep your memory sharp.

The free event will take place at the Community Education Room, rear entrance of Hospice House, 1352 Eisenhower Drive, Savannah. For more info, call 355-2289.


No tea party

The American Legion Ladies Auxiliary 164 tea party scheduled for Sept. 14 has been cancelled until further notice.


Isle of Hope

A Day On The Island is a popular bi-annual event presented by The Isle of Hope United Methodist Church, one of the region’s most historic houses of worship.

This year's event will be Friday, Oct. 3 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at The Isle of Hope United Methodist Church, 412 Parkersburg Road, Isle of Hope.

Tickets are $25, with all proceeds benefiting various Isle of Hope community outreach activities. Tickets are available at The Isle of Hope United Methodist Church and at Johnson Lighting at 7601 Waters Avenue. For additional information, please call 355-8527.


Memory Walk

The Alzheimer’s Association’s Savannah Memory Walk Festival will take place Saturday, Sept. 27 at Johnson Square in Savannah.

Come enjoy music by Bucky and Barry, BBQ from Sticky Fingers, games and a walk through historic downtown. Registration begins at 10 a.m. Walk begins at 11 a.m. Start your team today or make a donation by visiting the Alzheimer’s Association at or call 920-2231 for more information.

ADA fundraiser

Richmond Hill Pharmacy is hosting a fundraiser Saturday, Sept. 13, to benefit the American Diabetes Association (ADA). The pharmacy will also have a team participating in Walk on the Wild Side, the ADA’s fall fundraiser at Oatland Island Wildlife center in Savannah, Saturday Oct. 18.

The fundraiser will be held at the pharmacy from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. and feature a sidewalk sale, bake sale, silent auction, refreshments and raffle drawings. All donation proceeds will go to the ADA.

For more information, contact Cindy Chapman, Richmond Hill Pharmacy, 756-3331 or


Ladies Lunch

There will be a Ladies Luncheon, Wednesday, Aug. 27, noon, at Carey Hilliard’s Banquet Room, at 11111 Abercorn St.

Attendees will enjoy a buffet lunch for $9.75, Harry Collins of Piccadilly Square will present delicious edible arrangements, Mary Ann Mulvehill will sing and Linda Farrell from Kathleen will speak.

For free nursery call Faye at 925-6129. For luncheon reservations, call Betty at 925-3789 or Faye at 925-8192, or e-mail Ginny at

The meeting is sponsored by Chatham County Christian Women’s Club, affiliated with Stonecroft Ministries.


Labor Day

The annual Labor Day Program at Fort McAllister will be Saturday, Aug. 30 from 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

This Labor Day weekend, come see some of the trades necessary in keeping a Civil War fort in working order. The program will include blacksmithing and musket firing demonstrations, as well as cannon firing. Learn about Civil War cooking and take part in some old fashion games. Also partake in a game of baseball…Civil War style! There will be fun for the whole family all day long. The cost is $4 for adults and $2.50 for children.

Monday, Sept. 1, join the fort on a scenic canoe trip down Redbird Creek. Participants will see the wildlife around Ft. McAllister while cruising down the creek, stopping to explore the sandbars along the way. To reserve a canoe, you must go to the visitor center and register ($10 fee) before Sept. 1. Life jackets will be provided and participants should be at the visitor center at 8:30 a.m. on Monday, with a departure time of 9 a.m. There is a parking fee of $3.

For more information about the Labor Day program or any other upcoming events at Fort McAllister, call 727-2339.



Jazzercise classes held at New Beginnings Community Church in Richmond Hill will be having an Open House Aug. 25-29.

The public is invited to join the group for a free class during that week and see what Jazzercise has to offer. Jazzercise combines elements of dance, resistance training, Pilates, yoga, kickboxing and more to create programs for people of every age and fitness level.

Classes are held Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 8:30 a.m. and Monday, Tuesday and Thursday at 6:15 p.m. For more information contact Judy Leibold at 251-605-4409.

Bike Run

There will be a "Bike Run and Turkey Dinner" for a family whose 14-year-old son has been diagnosed with Leukemia. The ride will be Aug. 23, beginning at Johns V Twin Cycle Shop at the L. Scott Stell Park in Effingham. The cost is $25 per person. There will be a raffle and door prizes.

For more information call Crystal Dasher at 704-1583 or go to Monetary donations can also be made to Johnnie and Teresa Jackson, 222 Frank W. Dasher, Guyton, GA, 31312. Blood donations can be given to the Savannah Community Blood Bank, account 5216.


Magnolia Manor

Linda Hilts Lamas, Executive Director of Park Place Outreach, Inc., will be the guest speaker for the Sept. 11 installment of the Renaissance Lecture Series. The focus of the discussion will be on Park Place and how family members can help in a runaway situation. For more information, call 756-4300 or visit


Pumpkin Patch

Richmond Hill Garden Club is pleased to announce the 8th Annual "Pumpkin Patch" will be held Saturday, Oct. 4 at J. F. Gregory Park, 9 a.m.-1 p.m.

They will be selling pumpkins of all sizes, beautiful garden mums, bales of straw, corn stalks and other fall decorating accessories. There will be games for the children, face painting and a lady who makes animals from balloons. The Richmond Hill Garden Club invites everyone to come out and enjoy browsing the "Pumpkin Patch." Admission is free. The Pumpkin Patch is the main fundraiser for the Garden Club.


Docent training

The Bamboo Farm and Coastal Garden is looking for some special volunteers to become Bamboo Farm docents. The trained volunteers will work to ensure everyone’s visit to the Bamboo Farm an enjoyable, memorable experience.

The docent class is Wednesday morning from Sept. 10 through Oct. 22, 9 a.m. until noon and each class is led by an expert in the field. When the training is complete, docents will be asked to lead tour groups or to work with the Roots & Shoots program for K-5 school children. Others may work in the office to greet visitors, assist them with wayfinding, answer general questions and/or provide program information, maps and handouts.

The only requirement is a love of gardens, an interest in people, and a willingness to attend a free, seven-week training program and commit to 60 hours as a volunteer docent.

For more information or to register, contact Jeff Webb at 921-5460 or by e-mail at



The Wormsloe historic site in Savannah will present a special program, "Tools And Skills That Built A Colony" on Aug. 30 from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Included in the program will be craft demonstrations from the colonial period such as woodworking, blacksmithing, candle making, weaving and more. The cost is $4 and $2 with senior and military discounts. Wormsloe is located at 7601 Skidaway Road in Savannah. For more information call Ashley Henderson at 353-3023 or email


Blood shortage

More donors are needed immediately to put an end to the current shortage. While all blood types are needed, types O and B are in immediate demand.

There are 14 blood donor centers across Georgia, and blood drives are held daily throughout the Region. Appointments for donations can be made by calling 1-800-GIVE LIFE (448-3543) or by visiting





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