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(SAVANNAH, GA) Buy Local Announces January 24th Awards Luncheon at the Pirate’s House. Keynote Speaker will be Ryan Chandler, Vice President of Business Development for the Colonial Group, parent company of several local businesses including Enmark. He will discuss the pivotal role that local businesses play in the local economy. The cost is $20 for members and $30 for non-members, and RSVP’s are required by 5 PM Monday, January 21. Reservations and advanced payment may be made on-line at www.buylocalsavannah.com

(STATESBORO, GA) Goodwill in Statesboro will hold a ribbon cutting for the Grand Opening of the Retail Store and Job Connection Career Center  on Thursday, January 17, 2013 at 9:00am – 10:30am.

(SPRINGFIELD, GA) Enmark Stations, Inc. will celebrate the grand opening of its newest location in Springfield, Ga., on Friday, January 18 at 11 a.m. The station, located at 1283 Highway 21 South, is the company’s first store in Springfield. Mayor Barton A. Alderman and several city council members are expected to be on hand for the ribbon cutting. For more information on Enmark Stations, Inc., please call 912-236-1331 or visit www.enmarkstations.com.

(HUFFINGTON POST) 3 Themes for 2013, by Brendan Burchard. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/brendon-burchard/new-years-resolutions_b_2406954.html

(SAVANNAH, GA) 2013 Economic Outlook Luncheon | January 17
The local economic forecast will be presented by Dr. Michael Toma of Armstrong Atlantic State University. And the state, regional and national projection will be delivered by Dean Robert Sumichrast of Terry College of Business.
 Noon at The Westin Savannah Harbor Golf Resort & Spa
MRussell@SavannahChamber.com http://savb.informz.net/savb/event.asp?eid=3818

(HILTON HEAD, SC) The Jazz Corner has been selected by Downbeat as one of the top jazz clubs in the world for 3rd consecutive year. http://thejazzcorner.com/

(SAVANNAH, GA)  Can you help keep your eyesight healthy through diet and exercise? Find out Monday, January 14 at 6 PM at the Live Oak Public Library on Bull Street.  Carolyn Guilford, local nutritionist, author and wellness consultant gives a workshop, "The Eyes Have It." For more information contact Carolyn Guilford at www.Healthrestoration101.com, Carolyn@healthrestoration101.com, or the Bull Street Library at 912.652.3600

(SAVANNAH, GA)  Junkyard Angel is headed to Nashville to record second CD and you’re invited to their "pre-CD release" party! Come out Saturday, January 12 at the Isle of Hope Pool from 2-5 PM.  $5 donation gets you beer, bbq and honky tonk tunes!

(SAVANNAH, GA) Mary Ann Horne has joined Celia Dunn Sotheby’s International Realty as an Associate Broker. Horne is a certified Senior Real Estate Specialist, a Certified Buyer Broker, and a Luxury Real Estate Specialist, and is a member of Who’s Who in Luxury Real Estate. Known for its tradition of integrity, Celia Dunn Sotheby’s International Realty specializes in residential and commercial properties in Savannah and the Low Country of Georgia and South Carolina.

(SAVANNAH, GA) Bernard Williams Insurance and Financial Services is pleased to announce that Alisha L. Haywood has joined the company as a commercial lines property and casualty account manager. Haywood comes to Bernard Williams from Roork Insurance Group of Phoenix, Arizona, where she served as an office manager and account executive for commercial lines/property and casualty accounts. For more information on Bernard Williams, please call 912-234-4476 or visit www.thepoweroftheshield.com.

(SAVANNAH, GA) Savannah Urban Garden Alliance received $1,000 from IKEA.  The money will be used for programs like the Growing Edge Garden located at the West Broad Street YMCA where children learn about healthy eating through hands-on activities as part of the after school program. SUGA’s mission cultivating a gardening movement in Savannah communities through outreach and education compliments IKEA’s world wide vision of children’s right to a healthy and secure childhood.

(SAVANNAH, GA)  Celia Dunn Sotheby’s International Realty presents 307 Duffy Street, http://www.celiadunnsir.com/listings/residential/mls-104107-307-duffy-street/ Agent Lucy Hitch can reached at 912-234-3323.

(SAVANNAH, GA) Diary of a Wimpy Kid series author and cartoonist, Jeff Kinney, is coming to the 2013 Savannah Book Festival. This publishing rock star for young readers will energize the Trustees Theater on Saturday, February 16, 2013 at 10:00 a.m. with his "Start Your Morning with Jeff Kinney" event. The sixth annual Festival extends from February 14 to 17, 2013. This special program is presented by the Savannah Book Festival and the Children’s Book Festival/Live Oaks Public Libraries.
For more information contact Executive Director Robin Gold at 912.598.4040

(SAVANNAH, GA) Top-selling author James Patterson will donate 200 copies of his books to local Savannah schools in conjunction with the 2013 Savannah Book Festival. Now in its sixth year, this world class book festival will take place February 14-17, 2013 and for the first time is placing an emphasis on the Young Adult genre, giving it its own theme-Find Yourself in Books. Most
events free and open to the public. For more information contact Executive Director Robin Gold at 912.598.4040

(SAVANNAH, GA) Liz Taylor announces her new business, SIMPLE SOLUTIONS. She helps clients with daily duties: errands, shopping, doctor appointments, clearing out closets and garages. 912.507.0092

(SAVANNAH, GA)  Take a walk back in time!  Free walking tours of the historic Bonaventure Cemetery are offered year-round on the second Sunday of each month.  Guides depart from the intersection of Mullryne and Wiltberger Ways at 2 p.m., 2:30 p.m. and 3 p.m. A typical tour lasts about an hour.  www.savannahga.gov

(SAVANNAH, GA) "The Savannah 7-Day Diabetes Repair". Brand New Program To Reverse and Heal Diabetes Meet once a week for seven weeks, (a total of 7 meeting days). Small class, limited seating , starts on January 10, 7 PM. $250.00 Per Person Call now to reserve your  space … call Carolyn Guilford – 912 236-8987
(SAVANNAH, GA) Nearly a dozen local authors will be featured in the upcoming 2013 Savannah Book Festival. Among them are rock legend Gregg Allman, local physician and Savannah Book Festival board member Mark Murphy and favorite son Bobby Deen, who will be featured in a special lifestyle presentation on Friday afternoon, February 15, 2013. Now in its sixth year, this world class book festival will take place February 14-17, 2013 with most events free and open to the public. http://www.savannahbookfestival.org/



(SCORE) Small Business Owners, mark your calendar for the 4th Thursday of each month, for area experts giving their TOP TEN TIPS on various subjects. First lecture will be "How to get the most from your Social Media",  on Thursday January 24, 2013 from 11:30 – 1pm at 111 East Liberty Street. FREE. RSVP 912.652.4335Noah Yaughn, the owner of Arc Media Group will be the speaker.

(SAVANNAH, GA) TEAMS FORMING NOW: The Lowcountry Down Syndrome Society invites Savannah area businesses and groups to participate in the inaugural "Time Starts Now!" Competition, on Wednesday, January 24, 2013 at Benedictine Military School Gym. Teams will compete in "Minute to Win It"-style challenges, building confidence, raising funds and having fun all at the same time. All funds raised will benefit Lowcountry Down Syndrome Society programs and activities. MORE INFO


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