Island Hopping

Island Hopping is a free service for non-profits, service organizations and local groups. Items are listed in chronological order as space allows. To submit an item, email it to us at mail@theskinnie.com. Deadline is the Friday before publication.

 

February 16, 2018

 

THE NEW YOU

 

WHAT:  Are you a New Neighbors member?

CONTACT:  To join, go to the website and click on Membership, or contact Deb Werner at nnnewmember@gmail.com or 912.660.0174

WHAT ELSE:  New Neighbors is a very active club open to any individual who lives at The Landings on a full- or part-time basis, is over the age of 21 and has never belonged to the Landings New Neighbors.  The club offers more than 250 different activities, tours and events for you to enjoy. Go to www.landingsnewneighbors.com to see more examples of how exciting New Neighbors can be. 

 

BABY PICTURES

 

WHAT:  Phyllis Tildes art on display

WHEN:  January thru February – 7 days a week during normal business hours

WHERE:  At The Landings Company Welcome Center/Sales Office (just beyond the North Gate)

WHAT ELSE:  Award-winning children’s book author and illustrator, Phyllis Limbacher Tildes, will brighten the Landings Company Welcome Center during January and February with colorful illustrations of birds, plants and animals from her latest books for the very young. Birds matching the colors in their environment illustrate Baby’s First Book of Birds and Colors. A sleepy fox kit from Baby Animals Take a Nap and a puddle-bathing chickadee chick from Baby Animals Take a Bath are just some of the critters for you to enjoy during this two-month display.

 

BE A DECENT DOCENT

 

WHAT:  Davenport House Museum Docent Training Program

WHEN:  February 2018 (4 dates) 

WHERE:  Davenport House Museum, 324 E. State St.

HOW MUCH:  Free of charge

CONTACT: Sheena Fulkerson, 912.236.8097, jcredle@davenporthousemuseum, www.davenporthousemuseum.org

WHAT ELSE:  Davenport House volunteer docent/tour guide training is offered in February. This is a four-week training program.  Docents lead tours and assist with programs for people from around the world who visit the historic house.

 

RACQUET SQUAD

 

WHAT:  Adaptive tennis clinic for intellectually challenged adults

WHEN: Saturday, Feb. 17, 2 to 3:30 p.m. 

WHERE:  Franklin Creek Tennis Facility, The Landings Club

HOW MUCH:  Free

CONTACT:  Mary Smith, 404.395.8691 to register an athlete

WHAT ELSE:  Sponsored by Special Pops Tennis. Visit our website at specialpopstennis-savannah.com or follow us on Facebook at Special Pops Tennis of Savannah for more details.

 

HAIL TO THE CHEF

 

WHAT:  SIRC Annual Presidents’ Day Dinner: Guest Speaker – Ambassador John Bolton

WHEN:  Monday, Feb. 19, 5:30 p.m.

WHERE:  Plantation Club Ballroom

HOW MUCH:  $150 per person, includes dinner with wine

CONTACT:  Mary Ann Senkowski, masenkowski@gmail.com or 598.0493

WHAT ELSE:  John Bolton was U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. during the G.W. Bush Administration. He is a senior fellow at the American Enterprise Institute and a Fox News Channel contributor. Reserve now. This event will sell out!

 

SILVER SCIENCE

 

WHAT: Evening @ Skidaway: “50 Years of Science at Skidaway Institute: People, Platforms and Partnerships”

WHEN:  Tuesday, Feb. 20 - reception at 6:15 p.m., program - 7 p.m.

WHERE: McGowan Library - University of Georgia Skidaway Marine Science Campus, 10 Ocean Science Circle

HOW MUCH: Open to the public, admission is free

CONTACT:  To reserve a seat, call 912.598.2325 or email mike.sullivan@skio.uga.edu.

WHAT ELSE: Skidaway Institute scientist, Herb Windom, looks back at the amazing progress of marine research and the way it has opened mankind’s eyes to the wonders and mysteries of the ocean.

 

PLAY DATE

 

WHAT:  WEE PLAY Wednesday

WHEN:  Wednesdays, Feb. 21, March 21 - 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.

WHERE:  Savannah Children’s Museum, 655 Louisville Rd. 

HOW MUCH:  $7.50 for each guest over the age of 18 months; Free for members 

WHAT ELSE:  Visit Savannah Children’s Museum for the launch of WEE PLAY Wednesday, a new program that engages our littlest explorers in child development activities with their parent or caregiver. The program includes story times, a make-and-take craft, and music and movement activities. Bring your own snack for an extra story time picnic at the end of the program. All activities will take place in Savannah Children’s Museum’s Baggage Car unless otherwise noted.

 

HOW DOES YOUR GARDEN GROW?

 

WHAT:  UGA Extension Coastal Georgia Botanical Gardens, Community Gardening Workshop

WHEN:  Friday, Feb. 23, 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

WHERE:  Coastal Georgia Botanical Gardens and Historical Bamboo Farm, 2 Canebrake Rd.

HOW MUCH:  $10 per person at the door, includes lunch; Pre-registration required

CONTACT:  Janet Williford, 912.856.9672, Janet.williford@uga.edu

WHAT ELSE:  Whether you are delving into starting a community, school, or personal garden, sit in as the experts from UGA’s Extension Service share their extensive knowledge and experience. Topics include soil preparation and raised beds, starting and maintaining a sustainable garden, picking the best fruits and vegetables for your garden, integrated pest management, and best management practices. Finish with a question-and-answer period, followed by social networking.

 

BREAKFAST OF CHAMPIONS

 

WHAT:  Kiwanis Pancake Breakfast

WHEN:  Saturday, Feb. 24, 7 to 11 a.m. 

WHERE:  Skidaway Island Presbyterian Church

HOW MUCH:  $10 ($12 at the door), free for kids under 8

CONTACT: Kevin O’Neil, 912.712.1733, info@kiwanisofskidaway.com

WHAT ELSE:  Net proceeds benefit Savannah’s at-risk kids. Kids need Kiwanis… Kiwanis of Skidaway needs you!

 

KEYS TO SUCCESS

 

WHAT:  Piano Ensemble Competition

WHEN:  Saturday, Feb 24, 4 p.m.

WHERE:  St. Peter’s Episcopal Church

HOW MUCH:  Free

CONTACT: Tim McKee, 598.7242 ext. 5 or tmckee@stpeterssavannah.org 

WHAT ELSE:  The Savannah Federation of Music Clubs presents its first piano ensemble competition.  Hear young pianists compete for cash prizes. No admission charge.

 

DYNAMIC DUO

 

WHAT: Piano-Violin Concert – Paolo André Gualdi and Danijela elj-Gualdi 

WHEN:  Sunday, Feb. 25, 5 p.m.

WHERE:  Skidaway Island United Methodist Church

HOW MUCH:  Free

CONTACT:  Phyllis Albertson, 912.441.7216

WHAT ELSE:  Wonderful music!

 

BRUNCH BUNCH

 

WHAT:  Jewish Women of The Landings

WHEN:  Monday, Feb. 26, 10:30 a.m.

WHERE:  Member’s Home

HOW MUCH:  Free to JWOL Members

CONTACT:   Marcia Berens at nanbubbieberens@me.com

WHAT ELSE:  The JWOL Board invites all new members and those who joined in the last couple of years but were unable to attend a new members event to come to a special brunch. Get better acquainted with your fellow newbies, learn more about JWOL, and share your ideas on how we can serve your needs better. We are looking forward to hearing from you.

 

SHUTTER BUGS

 

WHAT:  John Alexander photography exhibit

WHEN:  March 1-30, with an opening reception March 1, 6 to 8 p.m.

WHERE:  JEA Art Gallery, 5111 Abercorn St. 

WHAT ELSE:  John is a well-known local photographer whose portfolio demonstrates his fascination and love for the natural world. His formal training is from University of Maryland, Baltimore County, where he received a degree in photography and graphic design in 1998. His images come alive with personality; personality that reveals a unique relationship between the photographer and his subject.

 

INCREDIBLE INVERTEBRATES

 

WHAT:  Winter Science Series

WHEN:  Tuesday, March 6, 9 to 11 a.m. 

WHERE: UGA Marine Education Center and Aquarium, 30 Ocean Science Cir.

HOW MUCH:  $15, Registration and payment required by March 3 

CONTACT:  kayla270@uga.edu or 912.598.3345  

WHAT ELSE:  Join us for a hands-on microscope lab! Ever wonder what animals live under your dock, boardwalk or boat? We will collect animals from the floating dock at the UGA Aquarium and investigate them under the microscope.  

 

COMMUNAL CULTIVATION

 

WHAT:  The Landings Garden Club February Meeting-Community Gardens

WHEN:  Feb. 26, 9:30 a.m. coffee; 10:00 a.m. meeting

WHERE:  Messiah Lutheran Church

HOW MUCH:  Free of charge, all are welcome

CONTACT: thelandingsgardenclub.com

WHAT ELSE: Dennis Hutton will present research showing the value of community gardens to residents’ health, nutrition and life skills.

 

PET PROJECT

 

WHAT: Volleyball Tournament for Save-A-Life

WHEN: Feb. 28

WHERE: Forsyth Park

HOW MUCH: Top Dog (men’s doubles open, beach rules) and Grand Champion (women’s doubles open, beach rules) are $50/team. Hound Dog division (four person co-ed recreation rules) is $100 team.

CONTACT: Ana Schretter, 912.433.0727, or vbforsavealife@gmail.com

WHAT ELSE: The tourney lasts from about 9 a.m. until approximately 4 pm. Sponsorships are available starting at $100

 

LIONS SHARE

 

WHAT: St. Andrew’s Auction and Gala

WHERE: DeSoto Savannah, 15 E. Liberty Street

WHEN: March 10 at 7 p.m. 

HOW MUCH: Tickets: $150 per person at saslions.com/giving 

WHAT ELSE: The 33rd annual event includes silent and live auction, dinner and open bar. All proceeds support the independent, Pre-K3-through-grade-12 school.

 

AUCTION ACTION

 

WHAT: Auctionmania

WHEN: Tuesday, March 13, 5 to 7 pm

WHERE: Plantation Ballroom at the Landings 

HOW MUCH: No cost; Silent auction with member cash bar and appetizers

CONTACT: Marcia McCarty at marcia.mccarty@icloud.com

COMMENT: Sign up to volunteer for this wonderful event at Marcia.mccarty@icloud.com, or attend the silent auction to find treasures that you thought you’d never need.

 

FLEA RUN

 

WHAT: Landlovers Flea Market Donations

WHEN: Ongoing collections for March 10 Annual Flea Market

CONTACT: Gretchen Nazaruk at 912.777.7904 or kechup57@aol.com 

WHAT ELSE: For large-item pick-up, including furniture, rugs, home furnishings, art, mirrors, lamps, sporting goods, electronics in working order, china and linens (marked with size or measurements). Not accepting any clothing or shoes for donation. Please go to landingslandlovers.com to see the Flea Market Acceptable Items List.

Intake dates for other donations March 3, 4 and 5. To volunteer, or for more information, landingsfleamarket@gmail.com

 

FRESH FROM THE FARM

 

WHAT:  Bethesda Academy Farm Fresh Produce Sale 

WHEN:  Thursday afternoons, 3-5 p.m. (weather permitting), and special orders by appointment

WHERE:  9520 Ferguson Ave (follow the signs) 

CONTACT:  Farm director by phone; 720.273.3070 

WHAT ELSE: An ever-changing variety of locally-grown, fresh-picked, seasonal produce, herbs and native pollinator plants available from our organically-managed, non-profit school farm.

 

PEDAL POWER

 

WHAT:  The Coastal Bicycle Touring Club

WHEN:  Saturday morning rides, monthly meetings, social events

WHERE:  Ride Start locations vary; Meetings are 1st Monday of the month at Carey Hilliard’s, 11111 Abercorn St.

CONTACT:  CBTC.org

WHAT ELSE:  Check out our website for more details and join the fun!

 

GOLF CARTS NEVER DIE

 

WHAT:  Golf carts remove barriers to great experiences for people with disabilities

WHY:  When Landings Resident Leslie Michael’s husband passed, she did not want to maintain their aging golf cart. However, she learned that instead of selling it, she could donate it to Removing the Barriers Initiative, a Florida-based nonprofit, and it would continue to live by becoming the Nurse’s cart in camps for children and families living with disabilities.

HOW:  Her sister, a speech therapist, along with her husband, a retired camp director, were involved with making traditional camp settings accessible to people with mobility issues.  With something as simple as a used golf cart, suddenly the entire camp experience could be enjoyed by families who were previously marginalized – from the s’mores at the fire ring, to the lake, to the nature trails. They call the program W.I.N. – Wheels In Nature. Camps in Georgia, Florida and Alabama are currently being served and in need of golf carts.

CONTACT:  bill@removingthebarriers.org or call 863.632.1924.  If the cart runs, they will pick it up and put it to work.  Donations are tax deductible.  

 

COMMUNITY COMMENDATION

 

WHAT: Landlovers Community Service Merit Award

WHERE: Go to www.landingslandlovers.com under “Philanthropy” then “Awards” for an application and details.

CONTACT: Maryce Cunningham at 335.1717, marycejcunningham@yahoo.com

WHAT ELSE: This award recognizes outstanding volunteer work and contributions made by high school seniors who are planning to further their education in the fall of 2018.

 

TIME TO SIGN

 

WHAT: Landlovers Membership Enrollment

WHEN:  For 2017-2018, which runs from September 1 to August 31, currently being accepted

HOW MUCH:  $20 per family

WHERE:  landingslandlovers.com, select the Join/Renew option

CONTACT: Lynn Stephens at landloversmembership@gmail.com or 228.5383

WHAT ELSE:  The Hold Harmless waiver must accompany all checks

 

WE HAVE A WIENER

 

WHAT: Landings Longdogs Get-togethers

WHEN: Every two to three weeks, as posted

WHERE: Landings Harbor Marina

CONTACT: Penny Farley, pennyfarley@rocketmail.com

WHAT ELSE: We are a lively group of dachshund owners who love to get together for dog fun...and a glass of wine!

 

BALLS OF FUN

 

WHAT: “Bocce and Cocktails”

WHEN:  Every Sunday afternoon, 3 to 5 p.m.

WHERE:  Bocce Ball Courts at Franklin Creek

HOW MUCH:  Free – but please bring refreshments to share

WHAT ELSE:  No RSVP required. Simply drop by. Please bring an appetizer to serve eight, a bottle of wine or other beverage to share, with cups, and a lawn chair if you have one. This is a non-league, fun event to eat, drink, be merry, and meet new friends, with bocce thrown in. No teams required, so players will rotate in shortened games so that all can play if they wish. Open to Landings Club members. Newbies and beginners welcomed.

 

CARING AND SHARING

 

WHAT:  Stroke Support Group

WHEN:  Third Thursday of each month, 4 to 5 p.m.

WHERE:  Messiah Lutheran Church, 1 West Ridge Rd.

HOW MUCH:  Free and open to all stroke survivors

CONTACT:  Shirley Nack, 598.7047

WHAT ELSE:  Following a stroke, a survivor’s anxiety, fear, and frustration can be enormous. We offer encouragement and determination in this group.    

 

DESK DUTY

 

WHAT: Volunteers Needed 

WHERE: The Alzheimer’s Association office in Savannah

CONTACT: Theresa Winters Bayman, 912.920.4701

WHAT ELSE: The Alzheimer’s Association office in Savannah (serving the 19 coastal counties) is seeking retirees interested in volunteering. We are looking for office greeters at 201 Television Circle. Responsibilities include welcoming guests, signing for packages, assisting in putting education packets or mailings together, and other tasks as needed. Office hours are 9 a.m. - 3 p.m., Monday through Friday, with flexible shifts. Thank you for helping us support families in our area.

 

MEET AND EAT

 

WHAT: Landlovers Social Singles

CONTACT: Barbara Meyer at 335.4673 or bpmeyer63@yahoo.com

WHAT ELSE: Are you a Landlovers member who is widowed, divorced or single?  Come join us for various social outings where you can come alone and feel comfortable and welcome. We always have fun, good food and meet great friends. Contact Barbara to be added to the membership list.

 

CERVUS WITH PURPOSE

 

WHAT: Bingo at the Elks Lodge

WHEN: Sundays at 7 p.m. and Wednesdays at 7:30 p.m.

WHERE: 183 Wilshire Blvd

WHAT ELSE: $1,500 in prizes plus Queen of Hearts Raffle. All proceeds benefit Elks charities.

 

BAT BUDDIES

 

WHAT: Landings Legends Slow Pitch Softball

WHEN: Occasional games with Hilton Head; Twice weekly evening games throughout the spring/summer in the Savannah Rec League

WHERE: The Landings Association ball field

HOW MUCH: Free to play in the island rivalry, $60 per season for the summer rec league

CONTACT: Tony Berens, exfed750@gmail.com or Ken Schuster, Kenneth.Schuster@gavilon.com

WHAT ELSE: The Legends are looking to recruit new players interested in joining the team. We have occasional practices/games at the association field, and the only equipment requirement is your own glove. Come join us and have some fun. Who’s welcome? Anyone. Male or female. If you’ve played before and can run, throw and hit, come join us.

 

FOOT PATROL

 

WHAT: New Neighbors Walking Group

WHERE: Different location each month

WHEN: 7:30 a.m. every Monday, Wednesday and Friday

CONTACT: Kate Kastner, 912.999.6564, katekastner@icloud.com

WHAT ELSE: Enjoy a brisk 45-minute walk, taking in the beauty of our island and catching up on the latest Landings news.

 

SOW WHAT?

 

WHAT: Garden plots available for rent at Skidaway Farm

WHEN:  Year-round

HOW MUCH: $100 per plot; raised beds - $150

WHERE: Skidaway Farms, McWhorter Rd.

CONTACT: Jane Kollmann, gardenher52@aol.com

WHAT ELSE: Join this wonderful community of Landings neighbors who garden year-round at Skidaway Farms. The plots are fully-fenced and electrified with a watering system to keep wildlife at bay and keep your new plants hydrated when needed. Visit www.skidawayfarm.net.

 

NEW IN TOWN

 

WHAT: Savannah Newcomers Club membership

WHEN: Women who have moved to Savannah in the past 24 months can join anytime during the year

CONTACT: www.savannahnewcomers.com/contactus

HOW MUCH:  Annual membership is $24

WHAT ELSE: This club provides an opportunity to meet others, attend monthly events and discover exciting things to do in the Savannah area. Learn more at savannahnewcomers.com.

 

LISTEN UP

 

WHAT: Free hearing screenings

WHEN: Weekly on Thursdays, 9 to 11 a.m.

WHERE: Savannah Speech and Hearing Center, 1206 E. 66th St.

HOW MUCH: Free, no appointment necessary

CONTACT: 355.4601 or speechandhearing.org

WHAT ELSE: Ages 3 to adults of all ages are screened on a first-come, first-serve basis by a trained audiology assistant. If necessary, a full audiological evaluation will be recommended.

 

TEACHING TECH

 

WHAT: Personal Computer and iPad Coaching

WHEN: 30-minute sessions by appointment

WHERE: The Learning Center of SCI, 3025 Bull St.

HOW MUCH: $15, members only; please reserve and pay in advance

CONTACT: Debbie Hornsby, dhornsby@seniorcitizens-inc.org or 912.236.0363 x146 or register online at seniorcitizensinc.org.

 

CARE FOR CROQUET

 

WHAT: Croquet Lawns at the Landings

CONTACT: Please email John West (jkwest3@comcast.net) to add your support for including croquet to the activities available at The Landings. The list will be forwarded to the appropriate officials to show them the potential players

WHAT ELSE: In order to build croquet lawns at the Landings, the officials need to know that a significant number of members would play croquet if available. Golf croquet is a fun, social game that is easily learned and is rapidly expanding in similar developments in the Southeast..  Golfers rapidly adapt to the game and for many, croquet would become a favorite sport. The Landings could be the first club to offer croquet in the Savannah area, with the potential to equal the enthusiasm seen on the Bocci courts.

 

MEETING OF THE MINDS

 

WHAT: Stroke Survivors

WHEN: Third Thursday of every month, 4 to 5 p.m.

WHERE: Messiah Lutheran Church, 1 West Ridge Rd.

HOW MUCH: Free

CONTACT: Shirley Nack, 598.7047

WHAT ELSE: Share your experiences with stroke survivors. At our meetings we listen and learn what other survivors have accomplished in order to return to an active lifestyle.

 

IT’S AN HONOR

 

WHAT:  Honor Flight Savannah seeks war veterans and volunteers

CONTACT: honorflightsavannah.org or 367.9020

WHAT ELSE: Honor Flight Savannah is offering WW II, Korea and Vietnam War era veterans living in southeast Georgia and southeastern South Carolina an all-expense paid trip to Washington, D.C., to visit their war memorials. Funding for trips is dependent on contributions from community citizens and businesses.