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July 2016

Savannah Film Alliance Publishes eBook to Boost the Entertainment Industry in Savannah

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(SAVANNAH, GA) The Savannah Film Alliance is pleased to announce it will launch an eBook that will be a comprehensive guide specifically designed to boost the film and television industry in Savannah. The publication is intended to provide movie and television producers with all of the information needed when considering the Savannah area as a location for filming, and provides additional resources that address complex questions which routinely arise in the entertainment field. It will be unveiled at the group’s quarterly meeting on Wednesday, August 3.

“One of the pressing needs identified by the Alliance was the lack of a single comprehensive guide containing all of the information required by production companies that are considering Savannah as a location. This eBook was designed to fulfill that role and cover everything from the state and local tax incentives to available locations and resources as well as safety regulations, unions and even funding,” explained business and entertainment attorney Charles Bowen, who spearheaded the development of the Alliance and serves as its ex-officio attorney. “We will also be launching the Alliance’s new logo as we mark our first anniversary at the August meeting.”

Bowen led the formation of the Alliance last summer as an informal way for everyone involved in the coastal Georgia film and television industry to meet each other, communicate and coordinate. Those with a stake in the entertainment industry are invited to gather together quarterly to discuss their goals and how to improve the filmmaking experience in the Savannah area.

“The mission of the Savannah Film Alliance is to promote the film community within Savannah and the greater Coastal Empire through advocacy and action via education outreach and collaboration efforts,” said Bowen. “Our goals include developing awareness and training resources, such as this eBook, as well as events to help those interested in becoming involved in the local filmmaking industry learn more about resources available to them.”

To further those goals, Bowen says the Alliance has spent a lot of time discussing the expansion of the Georgia Film Academy into Savannah. This pilot program was announced by Governor Deal last year to coordinate and support entertainment industry job training in Georgia. As of this summer, classes are now offered at Savannah Technical College with 200 students, seven classes, four sites and a waiting list.

“There is a huge potential for growth in this program,” Bowen added. “There is an intense need right here in Savannah for not only skilled industry trades such as carpenters and camera operators, but also for business owners in almost every other profession that wish to expand into the entertainment industry, such as caterers and dry cleaners.”

The Savannah Film Alliance was also a very big supporter of the Big River Film Festival, held in Savannah in early July, which offered workshops, films and presentations to participants from 44 countries.

The Alliance’s upcoming meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, August 3 at 3 p.m. at Savannah Tech’s main campus, located at 5717 White Bluff Rd. For more information, contact Bowen at 912-544-2050 or cbowen@thebowenlawgroup.com.

ABOUT THE SAVANNAH FILM ALLIANCE: The Savannah Film Alliance promotes the film community within Savannah, Georgia, and the greater Coastal Empire through advocacy and action via education, outreach, and collaboration efforts.

ABOUT CHARLES BOWEN: Charles Bowen is a business attorney who focuses on commercial, banking, entertainment and manufacturing law. Bowen has his mediation certification from the Georgia Supreme Court as both a General Civil Mediator and a Domestic Relations Mediator. He received his law degree from Georgetown University Law Center and has been a member of the Georgia Bar since 1995. Bowen has received the Martindale-Hubbell® AV® Preeminent™ rating, the highest rating based upon confidential surveys sent to other attorneys. Bowen was named “Business Advocate of the Year” in 2015 by the Savannah Morning News, and received the Helen V. Head Small Business Advocate Award in 2016 from the Savannah Area Chamber of Commerce. With panoramic views of the city and the Savannah River, The Bowen Law Group is located on the top floor of the Manger Building at 7 East Congress Street. For more information, call 912.544.2050 or visit thebowenlawgroup.com. Find The Bowen Law Group on Twitter at @bowenlawgroup.

CONTACT
Charles J. Bowen, Founder
The Bowen Law Group
912-544-2050
cbowen@thebowenlawgroup.com
thebowenlawgroup.com

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Original Skin Tattoos Wins Best of Show at Inaugural Savannah Tattoo Festival

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Best of Show%2C Savannah Tattoo Festival%2C goes to Original Skin at the Savannah Mall

(SAVANNAH, GA) Original Skin Tattoos and Piercings, located on the upper level of the Savannah Mall, is pleased to announce it received the “Best in Show” award at the first annual Savannah Tattoo Festival, which attracted 200 artists plus exhibitors and competitors from more than 50 tattoo shops from the U.S. and abroad.

Bill Cassat, resident artist, created the winning project, a three-dimensional depiction of the face and head of a woman with a bearskin headdress. The full-color tattoo was applied to a male client’s left thigh, just above the knee. It took Cassat nearly eight hours to complete the project on-site at the festival.

“This subject matter is very popular right now, but Billy has the ability to depict it in an unmatched way with 3D realism,” said Chap Chaplin, owner of Original Skin. “There are only a few artists out there working in this style, and with this award, Billy has proven he is one of the best.”

Cassat’s design won both the “Best Tattoo of the Day” on Saturday and overall “Best in Show” award. He is a resident artist at Original Skin, which is one of Savannah’s newest tattoo shops, yet one with a well-seasoned staff who have a combined 22 years of experience amongst the three lead artists. The store opened at Savannah Mall in August 2014. Although it seemed like an odd location for a tattoo business, the selection turned out to be a good move for both Chaplin and his clients, and is a favorite with Mall patrons.

“Tattoo shops typically don’t have much business over the winter and I wanted to put my store where people usually go to shop over the holidays,” Chaplin explained. “The Savannah Mall was a good choice for that and to showcase the talents of our artists. The front of our shop looks more like a downtown art gallery that a typical tattoo parlor. People who might never have considered walking into one frequently drop by. They browse and shop, and sometimes do even more.”

Chaplin recalled a Richmond Hill mom who accompanied her daughter to the store and left with “a cute little design” on her wrist. Instead of being an oddity, he says people now often think of tattoos as mainstream. He has also noticed a trend with those in the 40-and-up age range getting them. But he realizes one of the most appealing aspects for clients is that his custom shop helps them feel comfortable in their decision to get a tattoo because they can be part of the creative process.

The Inaugural Savannah Tattoo Festival was held at the Savannah International Trade and Convention Center. The highly anticipated three-day event featured more than 200 artists from across the country and celebrated all aspects of the tattooing industry. It also incorporated music, local fine artists, tattooing on-site, circus sideshows, contests and other entertainment. A annual event is already in the planning stages for 2017. For more information, visit http://savannahtattoofest.com/

With a combined experience of 36 years, the artists of Original Skin Tattoos and Piercings offer a variety of tattoo styles, specializing in 3D realism, portraits and cover-ups. They also offer body piercings. At the front of the shop, a gallery showcases local artists and features displays of paintings along with handcrafted metal and leather jewelry, plus accessories, photography and skin care products.

For more information, contact Chaplin at originalskinartworks@gmail.com, or visit the Original Skin Facebook page at www.facebook.com/originalskinartworks.

ABOUT SAVANNAH MALL
Originated in 1990, the Savannah Mall, located at 14045 Abercorn St., features anchor stores Bass Pro Shops, Dillard’s, Target, Burlington Coat Factory and A.C. Moore. The 960,000-square-foot, two-level mall is also home to Victoria’s Secret, Bath & Body Works, Gymboree, Game Stop, Champs, Hibbet Sporting Goods, Kay Jewelers, Shoe Dept., Zales Jewelers, Rue 21, Cato, Savannah Piano, Fitness Emporium, Relentless Records and Vapors Smoke Shop. Virginia College offers a variety of classes in areas such as cosmetology, medical billing, culinary arts, business, healthcare and more. The Savannah Mall’s Food Court features Chick-fil-A, Sbarro Italian Eatery, China Max, Sakkio Japan, Cajun Café, American Deli, Sarah Janes Kitchen and Subway. Other dining options at the mall include Ruby Tuesdays and Texas Roadhouse, along with Savannah Candy Co., Cold Stone Creamery and the Nuts About Savannah. The Savannah Mall has a double-decker carousel in the Food Court and soft play area on the lower level for children. For leasing information, contact Becky Orsi, marketing/specialty leasing manager at 912.927.9663 or borsi@urbanretail.com. For more information about the Savannah Mall, call 912.927.7467 or visit www.savannahmall.com. Find the Savannah Mall on Twitter at at @savannahmall.

CONTACT
Chap Chaplin
originalskinartworks@gmail.com
912 659 5675

Original Skin Tattoos and Piercings
14045 Abercorn St. #2316
Savannah Mall
Savannah, Ga 31419

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Angel Learning Center Announces Ribbon Cutting and Grand Opening Celebration for 8 Million Dollar Early Childhood Education Facility in Savannah/Pooler Area

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(SAVANNAH, GA) One of the largest child development centers in Georgia, the Angel Learning Center, will hold its grand opening on Saturday, July 16. The new 20,000 sqft facility at 178 Basswood Drive, Savannah, GA 31407 is located between Savannah and Pooler. A ribbon cutting ceremony will take place at 12 p.m. followed by tours and open enrollment until 2 p.m.

The public and parents of prospective students will be invited to tour the $8 million dollar state-of-the art facility. Programs will be available for infants (6-weeks-old) to pre-k children year-round. The Angel Learning Center also offers a variety of diverse and stimulating enrichment programs for after-school students (up to 18-years-old).

According to the Marsico Institute for Early Learning and Literacy at the University of Denver, the birth-to-three period is the fastest rate of brain development across the entire human lifespan. Angel Learning Center understands this and has created a unique approach combining a developmentally appropriate curriculum with balanced technology and language integration.

Pediatric occupational therapist and child development expert Cris Rowan states there are four critical factors children need to prosper in their psychological and physical development: touch, connection to humans, movement and being close to nature. The center will provide a private learning interactive ecosystem (nature), a hands-on learning kitchen (connection to humans), STEM laboratory (touch), gymnasium and infant/toddler gross motor room (movement) and art studio (creative expression).

The Angel Learning Center designed an interactive kitchen which will allow students to study healthy food choices, sustainability and the use of whole foods rather than processed foods. The center will have vegetable gardens on the grounds to allow children to see the process of food preparation from “farm to table.” All food served at the center will be organic and created by a chef on staff.

The center also has a staffed nurse and observation room to care for sick children until further care can be provided. “We want our parents to know we have not only the child’s learning interests in mind, but that we also keep health and safety as a top priority.” said Sheri Showalter, Program Director.

Highlighted activities for the indoor gym and gross motor room include a variety of exposure to different ball activities, balance, tumbling dance, yoga, and calisthenics. The art room will provide opportunities for creative expression through painting, exploring water-colors, pottery, clay and wire sculptures, paper mâché, and paper oriented projects. The STEM laboratory is designed to challenge students in a variety of topics related to science, technology, engineering and math.

Using an educational bilingual language program developed by a leading neuroscientist Dr. April Benasich, educators, native language experts and a bilingual mother, Angel Learning Center will offer families 14 different languages to integrate into their child’s daily learning.

“Many early childhood centers with programs of this caliber around the United States can easily range from $400-600 a week,” said Showalter. “Angel Learning Center is delighted to introduce this type of learning center to families in our community for a significantly lower rate and show that high-quality learning can be affordable.”

The Angel Learning Center is currently accepting enrollment applications. For enrollment information, visit  http://angellearningsavannah.com/register-now/

For more information on the center, visit www.angellearningsavannah.com or call 912-417-9533.

ABOUT ANGEL LEARNING CENTER
 The Angel Learning Center, featuring a variety of programs for children 6-weeks-old to 18-years-old, is located at 178 Basswood Drive, Savannah, GA 31407, which is halfway between Savannah and Pooler. For more information, call 912-417-9533, send an email to: info@angellearningcenter.com or visit online at http://www.angellearningsavannah.comwww.angellearningsavannah.com or on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/angellearningsavannah/

CONTACT
Angel Learning Center
178 Basswood Drive, Savannah, GA 31407
912-417-9533

info@angellearningcenter.com

www.angellearningsavannah.com

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Marjorie Young
Carriage Trade PR, Inc.
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Sheri Showalter,The Angel Learning Center

Sheri Showalter,The Angel Learning Center

Savannah Yoga Center Presents $2,047 to the Lowcountry Down Syndrome Society

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(LEFT TO RIGHT) Joe Marchese, Immediate Past President of LDSS, Tom Kenkel, LDSS Board Member, Emily Kenkel, Daughter of Tom, receive $2,047 donation from Kelley Boyd of the Savannah Yoga Center

(LEFT TO RIGHT) Joe Marchese, Immediate Past President of LDSS, Tom Kenkel, LDSS Board Member, Emily Kenkel, Daughter of Tom, receive $2,047 donation from Kelley Boyd of the Savannah Yoga Center

(SAVANNAH, GA) The Lowcountry Down Syndrome Society (LDSS) received a $2,047 donation from the Savannah Yoga Center in support of the non-profit organization’s program and educational endeavors. LDSS is a family support group to benefit people with Down syndrome and their families through a variety of efforts.

“We greatly appreciate this generous gift from the Savannah Yoga Center,” said Joe Marchese, Immediate Past President of LDSS. “This type of public support means so much toward getting our message of inclusion and acceptance for families with Down syndrome in the area by helping to fund programs such as our Camp Buddy.”

Since 2003, the Savannah Yoga Center, located at 1319 Bull St. in Savannah, has provided a diverse offering of yoga workshops and training. Their mission is to be a community-oriented center for all ages and abilities. Every six months, Savannah Yoga Center teams up with a local non-profit organization to bring awareness and help raise funds for the group. Donations are raised through community classes, special events and YOGA FEST Raffles.

For more information about LDSS, visit http://www.ldssga.org/. For more information for Savannah Yoga Center, visit http://savannahyoga.com

MORE ABOUT THE LOWCOUNTRY DOWN SYNDROME SOCIETY
The Lowcountry Down Syndrome Society (LDSS) is a family support group to benefit people with Down syndrome and their families through local leadership, outreach, education, and advocacy to champion and celebrate acceptance and inclusion. Meetings are held every 4th Tuesday of the month, typically with a guest speaker and social time for families to meet and interact with one another. LDSS encourages people to bring their children. LDSS is an affiliate of the National Down Syndrome Society. For more information about LDSS, visit http://www.ldssga.org/. Find LDSS on Twitter at @LowcountryDSS.

CONTACT
Candy Bogardus
Lowcountry Down Syndrome Society
912-728-8505
jcbogardus@gmail.com

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CarriageTrade PR
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Savannah Mall’s Bass Pro Shop Donates Fishing Equipment to Boy Scout Camps

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 Chris Finnegan, Bass Pro Shop’s Operations Manager (center), at the Bass Pro Shop Savannah Mall store presents donations to Hillari Keese Operations Manager for the Coastal Conservation Association’s Savannah Chapter (left) and Nikki Bing, District Executive for the Coastal Georgia Council Boy Scouts of America (right).

Chris Finnegan, Bass Pro Shop’s Operations Manager (center), at the Bass Pro Shop Savannah Mall store presents donations to Hillari Keese Operations Manager for the Coastal Conservation Association’s Savannah Chapter (left) and Nikki Bing, District Executive for the Coastal Georgia Council Boy Scouts of America (right).

(SAVANNAH, GA)  Bass Pro Shop, located in the Savannah Mall, made a large donation of rods and reels to the Coastal Georgia Council Boy Scouts of America and the Coastal Conservation Association of Georgia.  Coastal Georgia Council District Executive, Nikki Bing and Coastal Conservation Association Operations Manager, Hillari Keese were on hand to accept the donated equipment at the Bass Pro Shop at Savannah Mall.

Local Boy Scouts Field Director, Micah Donaldson said, “We greatly appreciate this donation of equipment that will be used at our Scoutreach Fishing Derbies here in Savannah and at our two camps, Black Creek Scout Reservation in Sylvania and Camp Tolochee in Brunswick.  Our on-going partnerships with Bass Pro Shops and the Savannah branch of the Coastal Conservation Association of Georgia have been instrumental in helping us introduce our Scoutreach members to the great outdoors and the sport of fishing through our annual fishing derbies.”

Bass Pro Shop’s Operations Manager, Chris Finnegan said, ”Bass Pro Shops is donating 32,000 rods and reels across the US and Canada as part of ‘Gone Fishing,’ a nationwide Bass Pro Shop campaign to inspire kids to put down their digital devices and pick up a fishing pole and discover the great outdoors.”

About:  The Coastal Georgia Council Boy Scouts of America serves over 5,500 young men and women annually in coastal Georgia though traditional scouting, inner city Scout Reach programs and Explorer Post career exploration programs. Boy Scouts of America provides the nation’s foremost youth program of character development and values-based leadership training, which helps young people be ‘Prepared. For Life.’  For more information, or to join Boy Scouts, call 912-927-7272.  The council website address is http://www.coastalgeorgiabsa.org/

ABOUT SAVANNAH MALL
Originated in 1990, the Savannah Mall, located at 14045 Abercorn St., features anchor stores Bass Pro Shops, Dillard’s, Target, Burlington Coat Factory and A.C. Moore. The 960,000-square-foot, two-level mall is also home to Victoria’s Secret, Bath & Body Works, Gymboree, Game Stop, Champs, Hibbet Sporting Goods, Kay Jewelers, Shoe Dept., Zales Jewelers, Rue 21, Cato, Savannah Piano, Fitness Emporium, Relentless Records and Vapors Smoke Shop. Virginia College offers a variety of classes in areas such as cosmetology, medical billing, culinary arts, business, healthcare and more. The Savannah Mall’s Food Court features Chick-fil-A, Sbarro Italian Eatery, China Max, Sakkio Japan, Cajun Café, American Deli, Sarah Janes Kitchen and Subway. Other dining options at the mall include Ruby Tuesdays and Texas Roadhouse, along with Savannah Candy Co., Cold Stone Creamery and the Nuts About Savannah. The Savannah Mall has a double-decker carousel in the Food Court and soft play area on the lower level for children. For leasing information, contact Becky Orsi, marketing/specialty leasing manager at 912.927.9663 or borsi@urbanretail.com. For more information about the Savannah Mall, call 912.927.7467or visit www.savannahmall.com. Find the Savannah Mall on Twitter at at @savannahmall.

 

Enmarket Encourage Health Series Presents “10 Ways Buildings Affect Your Mission to Healthy Life” on August 30

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Denise Grabowski

(SAVANNAH, GA) At the third of four lectures in the 2016 Encourage Health Education Series, Denise Grabowski will present “10 Ways Buildings Affect Your Mission to Healthy Life” on Tuesday, August 30 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. The lecture will be hosted at the Auditorium of the Savannah Morning News, located at 1375 Chatham Parkway in Savannah.

On average, 90 percent of our time is spent indoors. In this session, the audience will learn about how the buildings we occupy affect our physical, mental and social well-being.

A healthy lunch will be provided. Attendance is free and open to the public, but RSVPs are required at Healthy Savannah’s website, http://healthysavannah.org/event-sign-up-page/.

Grabowski will introduce the WELL Building Standard, which based on medical research is comprised of seven components: air, water, nourishment, light, fitness, comfort, and mind. She started Symbiosctiy,a planning firm dedicated to maximizing mutually beneficial relationships between the built and natural environments. She works with several clients on a variety of projects including community master plans, mixed use developments, redevelopment plans, local government consultation, and public participation.

In addition to Symbioscity, Grabowski is also a co-founder of Designing4Health, a collaboration of diverse professionals working to increase the understanding between public health and community design.

Grabowski has presented at several national and regional conferences on smart growth and sustainable development, including the American Planning Association and the National League of Cities.

Locally, she serves on the Design Review Council, SCAD Architecture and Urban Design; Savannah State University Urban Studies and Planning External Advisory Committee; Community Council for Savannah Technical College; and is a member of the Metropolitan Savannah Rotary. On a larger scale, she serves on the national U.S. Green Building Council Board of Directors and is a previous member of the Georgia Planning Association Board of Directors.

Grabowski has a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science from Furman University and a Master of City Planning from Georgia Tech. She is a graduate of the Institute for Georgia Environmental Leadership (IGEL) and Leadership Savannah. In 2009, she was named to Georgia Trend’s “Top 40 Under 40: Georgia’s Best and Brightest” list.

During Grabowski’s presentation, Savannah Tree Foundation, a nonprofit organization focused on preserving, protecting and planting canopy trees in Chatham County, was selected to receive the $1,000 enmarket Encourage Health grant.

This presentation is sponsored by enmarket, Healthy Savannah, Sandfly Family Dental, Savannah Morning News, Savannah Magazine, Gulfstream Aerospace Corp. and GPB Savannah – WSVH 91.1/WWIO 89.9. For more information on this presentation or the enmarket Encourage Health Series, visit http://enmarket.com/EncourageHealthSeries

MORE INFORMATION ON THE ENCOURAGE HEALTH SERIES
Enmarket’s 2016 series of wellness lectures is sponsored by Healthy Savannah, Sandfly Family Dental, Savannah Morning News, Savannah Magazine, Gulfstream Aerospace Corp. and GPB Savannah – WSVH 91.1/WWIO 89.9. The series features four presentations throughout the year, from the area’s most respected experts sharing insights on nutrition, fitness and general tips for healthy living. Selected 501c3 nonprofit organizations are awarded a $1,000 grant from Encourage Health Education Sponsors and allotted an enmarket Dollar Day, along with a chance to win a grand prize at the end of the series. For more information, visit http://enmarket.com/EncourageHealthSeries

ABOUT ENMARKET
Founded as Interstate Stations in 1963 by Robert Demere, Enmark Stations, Inc., which recently rebranded as enmarket, is a family-run business committed to offering its customers top-notch service and superior products. Today, the Savannah-based company, which celebrated its 50-year anniversary in 2013, operates 61 stores in Georgia, South Carolina and North Carolina. Enmarket’s mission is to Enrich Life! Stores offer freshly prepared food and healthy snacks, high quality double filtered gasoline, beverages, lottery services and more. Enmarket customers can save up to $.10 per gallon by using the company’s Cash Card, a reloadable stored-value card that can be used directly at the pump. Coupons, promotions, and a location finder are available on the free mobile app. For more information on enmarket, please call 912-236-1331 or visit www.enmarket.com. Follow enmarket on Twitter at @enmarkenjoy.

CONTACT
Matt Clements
Director of Marketing
enmarket
MClements@enmarkstations.com

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Marjorie Young
Carriage Trade PR, Inc.
912.844.9990
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